10 YEARS AGO – 2009

Hardware added to trophy case. Scott Jess, Cardinal cross-country coach, addressed the team at the team’s awards banquet while showing the trophy the Cardinal boys brought home for taking first place in the season opening Northeast Invitational at Plum River Golf Course Sept. 10.  

Maquoketa River cleanup will be under way. The cleanup is estimated to cost $80,000. The entire cost of the project will be paid for by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Public Works Director David Popp said.

Jackson County will abandon its preferred site replacing a bridge east of Andrew because of archaeological artifacts and instead will study another site. Artifacts found turned up stones that were used to make tools and other implements dating from 8500 to 1500 B.C.

20 YEARS AGO – 1999

Kirk Morales, 10, son of Pam and Gary Morales of Maquoketa, volunteered his time Thursday as a server at the Thanksgiving Community Dinner. The meal attracted 85 people. There were 40 volunteers. Turkeys were donated by Dynagear, Cardinal Elementary School prepared centerpieces and Briggs Elementary School prepared nut cups.

Ad: The Last and Best Loan Special of the Century. Mercantile Bank Maquoketa has a consumer loan rate as low as 7.25% APR Rate fixed for up to 5 years (Bring in this flyer and receive $5 cash when we make your loan.)

Monmouth Co-ed 4-H Club’s community service project continued with members assisted by Jackson County Master Gardeners planting 350 flowering bulbs at the courtyard at the Jackson County Public Hospital.

30 YEARS AGO – 1989

Home teaching in throes of change. Parents could have their child taught by a person who does not hold a teaching license, but they must report to the State Department of Education and agree to have the child tested annually in set areas.

A request to revoke annexation of the Preston-Shirk farm is on the Maquoketa City Council agenda following a vote not to use the property for an industrial site.

40 YEARS AGO – 1979

A “Going Out of Business” sale will be held at “Someplace Else” a women’s apparel store at 109 S. Main St. in Maquoketa.

The Jackson State Bank announced five promotions at the annual stockholders meeting held recently. The promotions were: Donna Henry, assistant cashier and office manager; Patricia Burris, trust officer; Richard Brown, assistant vice president and manager of the Delmar office; Loras Herrig, installment loan officer; and Gary Drew, vice president in farm loans.

As part of its effort to promote Maquoketa businesses during the Christmas shopping period, participating businesses are going to give away a 1980 AMC Spirit Liftback DL. Customers will be able to sign up for the new car only in those businesses displaying “win new car” posters in their windows.

50 YEARS AGO – 1969

Although the Clinton Engines annual report ending June 30 has not been officially released, company officials confirmed that the company has made a profit for the first time in 10 years.

Eight new members were inducted into the Robert Millikan Chapter of the National Honor Society last week at the Maquoketa Community High School. Those honored were Larry Durkop, Bruce Arneson, Debby Miller, Debbie Gutheil, Janelle Graves, LeeAnn Wissink, Bruce Myatt and Scott Zimmerman.

Jeffrey Wilming, 14-year-old son of Mrs. Ethel Wilming of Bellevue, was listed in critical condition at the University Hospital, Iowa City following a hunting accident on the Vincent Schwager farm east of Cottonville. The 20-gauge shotgun he was carrying discharged and struck Wilming in the left hand and temple.

60 YEARS AGO – 1959

When Roy Burns and his auctioneer Vern Hute came into the Community Press office to set up their sale advertising, little did they know that they would be picking the coldest Nov. 17 on record. By 3 p.m. nearly $19,000 worth of personal property had been sold and Mr. and Mrs. Burns had reached their well-deserved retirement.

Jackson County Conservation officers confiscated illegal game in a check of hunters’ cars at DeWitt. They seized 33 pheasants and 15 rabbits. Game was loaded into boxes and delivered to the county home at Charlotte.

Thousands of Christmas cards, 2,000 in fact, were not delivered by last Dec. 25, because they did not have proper addresses.

70 YEARS AGO – 1949

The Andrew water system is undergoing extensive repairs due to the dwindling water supply. The local creamery is pumping water to the mains during this period.

It was a busy, busy day at the Tom Wilcox place northeast of Baldwin, as some 100 neighbors from miles around volunteered to help finish a new corncrib and pick and husk 75 acres of corn. Mr. and Mrs. Wilcox were killed in September in the count’s worst highway accident in recent years.

Iowa hospitals will continue to be built with one-third of the cost paid by the federal government. This amendment also doubled the allotment to each state and extended the hospital building program for four more years. Further changes can be made in the federal share plan after this. Maquoketa’s hospital is built on this plan.

80 YEARS AGO – 1939

Edward Tubbs, former Maquoketa junior college student and basketball star, paced a field of 215 contenders to win the livestock judging contest held for first quarter animal husbandry students at Iowa State College, Ames. Tubbs will receive the 1939 Wentworth Medal award for his victory.

Carl Hartvigsen, who has returned to his farm home near here after a five-year stay with relatives in Bramminge, Denmark, said today that the present war situation has people there “scared and worried.” Newspaper and radio reports are anxiously awaited for last-minute information, he said.

Andrew: Of interest to Andrew residents was the movie “Saga of Death Valley” at the Pastime Theater on Saturday in which the leading lady was Miss Doris Day, a former Andrew girl, who is now in the movies in Hollywood. Miss Day is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Glen Day, former residents of Andrew. [This was not the famous actress, Doris Day whose birth name was Doris Kappelhoff and lived in Cincinnati, Ohio.]

90 YEARS AGO – 1929

Sunday was a happy day for the Baptists for then they celebrated the 87th anniversary of the founding of their church in Maquoketa.

Ad: The J.C. Penney Co. announce the grand opening of Toyland which event takes place at their fine store-room at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29. Every kiddie in town is invited and Manager Anaker and Asst. Manager Roy want to urge every youngster to bring his mother and dad, for there will be sights for all.

A new snowplow has been purchased by the Milwaukee Railroad to be used on the narrow gauge between Bellevue and Cascade during the coming winter in order to keep the track clear for train service.

100 YEARS AGO – 1919

The big new Victory bell weighing over 3,000 pounds, to be raised into the tower of St. Lawrence Church at Otter Creek, arrived last week. The bell was cast at Troy, New York. The cost of the bell was about $3,000, which sum was raised be members of the parish.

Harry Eggers, who has been working his home with his father-in-law John H. Tucker, 3 miles west of Preston, is now busy building a nice farm residence and barn of his own place just east of Mr. Tucker’s, where he and his wife will reside after March 1. The new home is 34 x 36 and will be modern in every respect.

At a box social held at Hurstville last Wednesday evening, that town demonstrated that she could do the same thing twice by again breaking records for box-suppers. Only eight boxes were sold, bringing $40. The high box, one belonging to Miss Hardin, sold for $9 to “Billy” Hurst. It is understood that the money raised on this occasion will be added to that already on hand for the purchase of a piano for the school.