Looking Back

30 Years Ago May 25, 1990 The Gladbrook American Legion has built a new Flag Display Case, with the help of Ivan Gethmann for providing a heated building to construct the case in, Legion members Dale Osten, Chuck Weckersham, Bill Pippert, Roger Sievers, Dennis Haack, Elwood Sievers, Dick Denbow, Paul Landt, Leland Staker and Lynn Steiert helped with the construction of the beautiful memorial case. Traci Rank and Matt Clausen of Fort Dodge are the proud parents of a son Taylor Matthew, born May 17. He weighed 7 pounds 6 1/2 ounces. Grandparents are John and Pat Clausen, Gladbrook, Ms. Irene Rank, Fort Dodge, and Mr. and Mrs. Barry Rank of Webster City. 40 Years Ago May 30, 1980 Mr. and Mrs. Don Sams, Texas, became the parents of a baby boy born Tuesday, May 27. He weighed 6 pounds 15 ounces and was named Jeffery John. Mr. and Mrs. Dean Sams of Gladbrook are the grandparents. 50 Years Ago May 22, 1970 Edmund Groomes, of Menlo, a farmer, philosopher, humanitarian, and humorist, will deliver the commencement addresses to the graduating class of Gladbrook High School next Tuesday evening, May 26. His address is entitled ” The Future is Your Friend.” Mr. and Mrs. Albert Kroeger have received word from their grandson, Steven Kroeger, that he was seriously wounded on May 8th when their platoon, which was sweeping a Cambodian village was hit by surprise sniper fire and while trying to give cover to others, Steve was hit by mortar fire receiving injuries to his chest and both legs. He has undergone surgery twice and is in a hospital in Japan. Specialist Kroeger is a 1967 graduate of Gladbrook High School. Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Plattenberger of Martelle, are announcing the engagement of their daughter, Marilyn, to Jared O. Bauch, son of Mrs. J. Stuart Bauch of Gladbrook and the late Mr. Bauch. The couple is planning a July 18 wedding. 60 Years Ago May 20, 1960 Miss Lois Schmidt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Schmidt, and Roger Eggers, son of Arnold Eggers were united in marriage Sunday, May 15 in the Little Brown Church near Nashua. Gladbrook was one of six Tama County towns gaining in population accoriding to the preliminary 1960 Census count which was released last week. The Census Bureau indicated that the population in Gladbrook in 1960 is 948 compared to 862 in 1950. This is a gain of bout 10%. Mr. and Mrs. Harry J. Ohrt announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Gladyce to Robert M. Walker, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Walker, of Denwoody, Georgia. The wedding will take place June 4. Mr. and Mrs. Orlyn Langenbau are the parents of a son born Monday, May 16. He weighed over 7 pounds. 70 Years Ago May 19, 1950 Friday afternoon, May 26, 85 rural 8th grade graduates will hold their annual graduation exercises at the Wieting Theater in Toledo. Superintendent L.H. Ladd of State Juvenile Home in Toledo will give the graduation address. Earl Leroy Reinhard was fined $50 and costs Monday in Judge M. C. Farber’s court at Marshalltown for improper passing on Highway 14 north of Marshalltown after being involved in an accident Sunday evening. Seven Boy Scouts will receive their badge of promotion earned at a Court of Honor Monday in the Legion Hall. Dick Kienzle and Don Kleebenstein Jr. will be awarded first class badges and Larry Kelly will get a second class badge. Tenderfoot awards will be made to Karl Laufer, Frederick Thomsen, Allen Hauschildt and Robert Glass. Paul I. Lyness will deliver the commencement address here Tuesday evening when 26 seniors will receive their diplomas. Four seniors were graduated from Beaman High School Tuesday evening at the Beaman Methodist Church with Robert Ballanthpe giving the commencement address. The graduates are Dorothy H. Kaufman, Arthur W. Rein, Harold R McKinney and Owen T. Rattray. 80 Years Ago May 24, 1940 Charles E. Miller, Ablia Attorney, will address the 28 members of Gladbrook’s graduating class and their parents and friends tonight, Firday, May 24 in the high school auditorium. Sunday the Gladbrook baseball team will go to Beaman to play with Dave Ertel as manager. Those who have been picked to play on the local team include Keith Barger, Bill Koester, Norman Webber, Russell Mathern, Bill Plett, Hugo Brickhahn, Cleon Schoel, Bob Denbow, Dick Schryver, Elmer Niedermann, Victor Sebbert, Joe Taylor, Jim Hernmann, Dick Poland, Charles King, Charles Plett, Chas Ames, Marvin Barger, Floyd West and John Muggie. Gladbrook is a member of the Corn Belt League which includes the towns of Lincoln, Green Mountain, Garwin, Beaman and Toledo. Tuesday morning Schryver’s Cafe will be in its new location, two doors west of its present location. The new building has been remodeled and redecorated attractively in gay colors and a florescent lighting system has been put in. A private dining room will be a feature for organizations as well as private parties and available to the public. The Rust College Singers from Holy Spring, Mississippi, will give their concert at the Methodist Church on Wednesday, May 29. Folk who have heard this group in their concert say it is the finest group ever sent out by the college. 90 Years Ago May 23, 1930 Dr. H. D. Osborne, a veterinarian, who has been in charge of poultry disease work, with the Minnesota live stock Sanitary board, St. Paul, has located at Gladbrook for general veterinary practice. His office is located over the Iowa Railway and Light Corporation office. His phone number if No. 54. The high school commencement exercises will be held at the high school gymnasium on the evening of May 29 for 24 graduates. J. W. Gannaway, professor in the political science department at Grinnell College, will give the commencement address. The Garwin baseball team defeated the Traer Independents Sunday 7 to 6. The game was called in the middle of the first half of the ninth inning due to a sudden downpour of rain. Garwin had scored twice in the ninth frame, but according to the official 1930 rules (22 and 25) the game is called at the end to the eighth inning.