10 YEARS AGO – 2009

Leisure Lake project lost a large grant. Jackson County officials who have been administering funding for construction of a sewage system at Leisure Lake were scrambling to save two grants that, if lost, could doom the long-sought project. The project is intended to design and construct a centralized sewage collection and treatment system for residents instead of individual septic systems.

Hospice of Jackson County plans to build a seven-bed hospice facility in Bicentennial Park. The building project is estimated to cost well over $1.4 million. To date, the Catholic Daughters of Sacred Heart Church have raised more than $5,200 for the hospice house.

Prepare for emerald ash borers again this year. Things that can be done to help Iowa prepare. Assist collaborative partners permitting access to property. Volunteer to help community to develop inventory. Protect your trees from mechanical injuries. Report suspect ash trees or beetles to Iowa State University extension. Talk with city and county officials regarding prevention. Encourage local firewood purchases to visitors. Resist the urge to apply a preventative insecticide now. Keep informed through ISU Extension websites.

20 YEARS AGO – 1999

Clinton vote costs Delwood $110,000 yearly. That’s what Delwood School District voters found out in a special countywide election to authorize the imposition of a 1 percent local sales and services tax in Clinton County for school infrastructure.

Ad: Maquoketa State Bank “We’ve Doubled Our Size and Our Staff.” Stop by the newly expanded west-side office soon to visit with Lonna Voy, branch manager, and the entire staff to experience first hand the great surroundings, the personalized service and the convenience offered by the recent expansion.

Alice Sterbenz, fourth-grader at Cardinal, won a reading contest held at the school to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Students at Cardinal recorded their reading time from Feb. 23 to March 1. The total recorded reading time was 129.5 hours or 5.4 days.  

30 YEARS AGO – 1989

Pearson Memorial Center was overflowing with industries and county residents at the seventh annual Industrial Products Show. About 1,500 people came to see displays and exhibits from more than 35 businesses and industries in the county.

A Jackson County landmark will soon go on the market. Gonner’s Store, one of Iowa’s last remaining village general stores, is due to be listed with a realtor. Sale of the business represents the end of three generations of family ownership in the huge native stone building for over a century now.

Maquoketa remains the capital of Big Bend Conference boys basketball for another year as both the Cardinal varsity and sophomore teams capped near-perfect regular seasons.

40 YEARS AGO – 1979

The Decker House Inn has been endorsed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Decker House, completed in 1878, is cited as a major example of mid-19th century commercial architecture in the Italianate style. The hotel was a prominent stop for stage travelers who stayed in Maquoketa in the 1870s.

“They’re Three Wild and Crazy Guys.” Dean Konrardy, Paul Grosskruger and John Kress admit that they never would have gone out for cheerleading by themselves. In fact, it all began as something of a dare and led to a season of experiences none will forget.

A thief or thieves made off with a county truck, tools and supplies sometime before 8 a.m. from the Jackson County repair shop on East Grove Street in Maquoketa.

50 YEARS AGO – 1969

Emil Marcucci celebrated the 25th anniversary of his tavern, 115 E. Platt St., Maquoketa, by serving a large roast hog to his customers.

Jackson County’s new highway engineer is William Upmeyer, who began March 1. He succeeds C. C. Bowman in the position. An increased push is now on the area for improved grading and surfacing of more county roads. 

The first class in training for electronic technicians (TV repair) will be held on March 29 at the Community Service Building. Professors from the State University of Iowa will teach the course. Classes will cost $2 per evening. Anyone who cannot afford this amount may apply for assistance.

60 YEARS AGO – 1959

A cast of 140 vocal music students at Maquoketa High School will present a variety show in the high school auditorium. “Travelin’ Along” is the show’s theme.  

Dr. E. D. Farwell recently assumed the pastorage of the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew.

Exterior work on the addition to St. John’s Catholic Church in Andrew has progressed well since the remodeling project was begun last summer. Addition has been replaced at the rear of the building and workmen are busy inside during the winter months.

70 YEARS AGO – 1949

Miss Margaret Helen Carlson became the bride of Darrell Reed, with the Rev. Harold Kumpf performing the ceremony. Nuptial music was played by Mrs. J. Lon Bovis and Mrs. Howard Carlson of Burlington was vocalist.

Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Stromeyer announce the engagement of their only daughter, Miss Laurel Stromeyer. She is the bride-elect of Jack Williams.

Birdhouses and flower boxes occupy the spotlight for about 12 boys who attend woodworking classes at the Salvation Army Church. Learning proper use of tools is accomplished under the instruction of Capt. George Haram.

80 YEARS AGO – 1939

R. E. “Ressie” Scheib has purchased the Allen Nut Shop here.

Glen “Red” Henton will leave April 20 for Grand Forks, N. D., where he will report for training with the St. Paul baseball club. St. Paul is a Chicago White Sox farm.

Dr. A. W. Sunleaf of Bellevue and Dr. M. A. Dalchow of Maquoketa attended the analgesia or dental twilight sleep demonstration at the M. N. Jacobs Dental Supply Co. in Davenport.

90 YEARS AGO – 1929

New Buchner Mortuary formally opens. The decorative work was done by Jesse Miller and his crew. The electrical work was installed by Carl Moenck. D. A. Joles supervised the plumbing work. G. L. Stockham and workmen took care of the remodeling process.

Mrs. Carolyn Pendray spoke to a large crowd of Farmers Union members and friends. She went into detail regarding various legislation bearing on the farmers interest.

The large barn on the farm commonly known as the Atherton farm burned to the ground. The fire was a heavy loss, not only to owner Frank Hunter of Preston, but to Adolph Busch, who lost all four of his horses just two days before he was to move to Dye farm near Baldwin.


100 YEARS AGO – 1919

From Alfred F. Budde to Mrs. J. W. Budde: We are now at a big camp near Le Mons. This is the first real move towards home. We will be here any time from a few days to two weeks. From here we go to the loading point, Brest.

From Pvt. Arthur J. Knorr to Mr. and Mrs. James Gibson: Dear Friends: I will let you know I went over the top, but a German nearly got me with a machine gun. What do you suppose my little brother would think of that?

From Geo. J. Francois to Mr. J. Francois: I have been corresponding relative to this proposed A. E. F. college work. The chaplain believes our division is to move homeward before many weeks. If the 35th remains in France, I shall certainly endeavor to go to school.