10 YEARS AGO – 2008

Mark L. Anderson, Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist, led a study and excavation near Bellevue State Park that unearthed Clovis culture remains putting humans in the vicinity of Bellevue as much as 12,000 years ago. Anderson was one of the guest speakers and a contributor to the informative book prepared for the Geological Society of Iowa’s Bellevue gathering.

Worker bees disappear without explanation. It’s real, it’s serious and it’s without a cure at present. Colony collapse disorder is a case in which worker bees suddenly and without explanation so far, simply disappear. Gone. Vanished. Losses ranging from 30 percent to 90 percent were being reported.

The 12th annual Jack Marlowe Alumni Basketball Tournament, organized by the Maquoketa Community High School Alumni Association, was scheduled to take place Nov. 29 at Maquoketa High School. 

20 YEARS AGO – 1998

With walls bowing, water leaking and plumbing deteriorating, Maquoketa’s older swimming pool may have seen its final season of operation.

Ad: Don’t like to fly – Las Vegas by bus – from Dubuque and Maquoketa. March 5-14, 1999. For details, call KMAQ Radio Travel, Maquoketa.

Ad: Attention Maquoketa residents. We have completed the enumeration for the Maquoketa City Directory. $14.60 per Directory.

30 YEARS AGO – 1988

Pedro and Jovi Atienza did something last week they will cherish the rest of their lives – they voted. The Maquoketa couple, formerly of the Philippines, became Jackson County’s newest American citizens.  

Brown’s Lake rehabilitation is under way. The dredging operation is the latest to begin at the site six miles north of Sabula near the Green Island Wildlife Refuge. The Jackson County project is a joint effort by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Corps of Engineers and other state conservation agencies.

40 YEARS AGO – 1978

Coach Kim Huckstadt and Assistant Lynn Throndson have been working with a squad of 10 varsity candidates and 15 sophomores since Oct. 30 in preparation for the 1978-79 season. Huckstadt is beginning his second season as Maquoketa’s head girls coach while Throndson previously coached the Maquoketa ninth graders before taking the sophomore duties this winter.

The grand opening of Leinbach’s under the new ownership of Alice and John Gilmore was held. 

Baldwin Savings Bank can trace its beginnings back to Nov. 21, 1902, with an organizational meeting. However, it wasn’t until 1903 that the bank opened its doors for business in what is now Baldwin’s post office. Perhaps the most dominating figure the bank ever knew though was quiet spoken Charles Harding. For 57 years Harding dominated the course of the Baldwin Savings Bank. It is a tribute to Hardin that the Baldwin Savings Bank kept its doors open during the “bank holidays” of the early ’30s.

50 YEARS AGO – 1968

Ad: Wednesday is prime rib night. Order the way you want it. Only $2.50 – complete dinner. Always a complete menu. Tango Supper Club – Maquoketa.

Funeral services for Sam D. Wilcox, 80, of Rt. 3, Maquoketa, are scheduled to be held Nov. 20 at 1:30 at Haylock O’Hara Funeral Home.

Sylvester Feller of rural Bellevue was at the bottom of a 15-foot hole on a sewage system repair job when the sides gave away. Rescuers shored the area and dug a separate excavation alongside of him to effect his removal. Feller was scheduled to be released from the Bellevue Hospital where he had been taken for treatment and observation.

60 YEARS AGO – 1958

Mr. and Mrs. Almon Rockwell purchased the Emeline General Store from Mr. and Mrs. Harry Wells and Foryst Wells.

William J. Burmahl, who is quitting farming, is selling his personal property on the premises known as the old Arnold Risinger farm, located four-and-one-half miles southeast of Andrew on the Andrew-Spragueville Road.

First Baptist Church congregation at Maquoketa will sell the property known as the A. A. Hurst home, corner of West Platt and South Prospect streets, at public auction on. The property includes two parcels – a 12-room house and a large two-story garage to the rear of the dwelling.

70 YEARS AGO – 1948

J. C. Donovan lost two fingers in a cornpicker accident on the Donovan farm near Bernard.

Fred Fletcher has been chosen editor-in-chief of the Delmar High School yearbook, “The Red and Black Echo.”

The Maquoketa High School band this year features a section of four tubas, all played by girls.

80 YEARS AGO – 1938

The city council instructed Chief H. C. Fischer to obtain prices on fire trucks and assured him that the council will assist if necessary in the purchase of a machine to be used for rural fires.

The Din-A-Mite Inn on the corner of South Niagara and West Platt streets owned by Mrs. Minnie Wright-Jacobsen for the past eight years was sold to Virgil and Kenneth Shaffer of Olin.

The annual food matinee, sponsored by the Pastime Theatre and the Jackson Sentinel, will be presented under the supervision of the Maquoketa Lions Club. Admission will be gained through donations of food. A special picture for children will be shown.

90 YEARS AGO – 1928

Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Mohlenhoff and Mrs. Henry Ehlers spent a few days at Ames, where the former attended a creamery convention.

Dr. J. C. Bowen, one of our physicians and best loved citizens, was found dead in his office on West Platt street.

Judge C. L. Ely has signed orders fixing the time for hearings on authority to dispose of remaining assets of the insolvent Lost Nation Savings Bank and the Farmers and Merchants Savings Bank by public sale.

100 YEARS AGO – 1918

Nov. 11 marked the signing of the Armistice and the end of the world’s greatest war. A message was received here about 2 Monday morning and within an hour the streets were alive with people, whistles screeching, bells clanging. An immense bonfire was kindled and fed by countless loyalists all day and far into Tuesday morning. A parade was started. Bands were on hand. Some mighty fine talks were heard by an audience numbering hundreds. Then came fireworks.

Matsy Edwards of near Iron Hill received message that his son Lloyd had died in France of pneumonia. Word came to Fred Duhme of near Fulton that Chris Duhme had been killed in action in France.

While he was caring for wounded on the field, Dr. Eugene McCaffrey was overcome by gas from a shell which exploded nearby, entirely blinding him, and fragments of the shell killing his assistants. Helpless, he lay on the field for several hours before help reached him. He is in a base hospital recovering.