10 YEARS AGO – 2009
Shirlene and Larry Davis of Maquoketa are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. A family vacation is planned at a resort near Bemidji, Michigan, to observe the occasion.
The Maquoketa Chapter of Lawrence Van Hook D.A.R. met at the North Bend School outside of Spragueville. Eight members and three guests answered roll call telling a school memory. Host Don Wentworth told of the restoration of the school.
North Bend scholarship award winners announced. The scholarships were established in 2007 in tribute to Leota Tillmony Fowler and the Rev. William Reed family, key figures in the history and development of North Bend and Jackson County. The winners were Alyssa Hoerschelman, Kallie Jo Tebbe, and Laura Wentworth.
20 YEARS AGO – 1999
School doors open next week. Briggs Principal Pat Bollman announced there will be three classes of kindergarten at the school rather than the anticipated two that numbers had indicated were needed at the time of kindergarten orientation.
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The Delmar and Elwood United Methodist Churches are hosting a worship in the park at Delmar on Aug. 22 at 10:30 a.m. The public is invited to attend. Come for the worship service or remain for the potluck dinner to follow. Bring a dish to share and your own table service.
30 YEARS AGO – 1989
Bicentennial Park on West Grove organizers are upset over bulldozing adjacent to the park in preparation for the Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church. While clearing their property adjacent to the park operators have downed trees and plantings on park property. The park is owned by the Jackson County Public Hospital employees.
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Pamida theft reported. The west entry doors were broken, and thieves took a radar detector, equalizer, a television video game plus 50-60 cartridges and two cameras. Estimated value was $2,600 according to the report.
40 YEARS AGO – 1979
Playing on the Cornelius Seed Corn PeeWee League team were Todd Romer, Lohnne Shady, Jordan Pitz, Tim Ruff, Scott Portz, Charlie Kilburg, Dennis Michel, Brian Cornelius, Chad Weuste, Travis Batten, Bobbi Barnes and Dwayne Edwards. Coaches were Keith Weuste and Bob Batten.
Two of the three polling places for the Sept. 11 school board of election in the Maquoketa Community School District have been changed. Voting in Maquoketa will no longer take place at Briggs Elementary School. Instead, voting will be done at the Jackson County Courthouse. The old school building at Zwingle will no longer be a voting place. Voters in that area can cast their ballots at the St. Lawrence parish at Otter Creek. Voting will still take place at the county shed at Baldwin.
An added bit of history for the records covering 105 years for the Fulton Community Church was made on the evening of Aug. 11. Nuptial vows were spoken by Kimberly Ann McKinsey and William DeLarm in the presence of 125 relatives and friends. Thus, was recorded the first wedding ever occurring in the little country church built in 1874.
50 YEARS AGO – 1969
An original oil painting of the old Hurstville Lime Kilns will be given to the Jackson County Historical Society following its display at the Jackson County Fair. The artist is Don Henry, a Maquoketa barber.
Aug. 30 will mark the end of an era for many rural LaMotte postal patrons. On that day mail carrier Anthony Beringer makes his last stops along the 35-mile route he has served almost daily for nearly half a century. Tony’s 47 years of service span the careers of five LaMotte postmasters.
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60 YEARS AGO – 1959
A 40-horsepower Avery steam engine owned by Justin Hintgen will be one of the many attractions at the fifth annual reunion of the Mississippi Valley Old Time Threshers Association at the Jackson County Fairgrounds Aug. 28-30.
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70 YEARS AGO – 1949
Bellevue — St John’s Lutheran Church observed it’s 85 anniversary Aug. 14-15 with special programs on Sunday and a banquet on Monday. St. John’s was organized in 1864 and for more than four years, the Rev. J.M. Schueler of Andrew served as pastor. The Rev. J.G. Rembold was the first resident pastor, and it was during his pastorage that the 50-by-30 church was built of native stone.
Andrew — Mrs. Elmer Feye, a gladioli grower here for the past nine years, won the grand championship at the shows in Cedar Rapids and Waterloo recently. Her flower “White Christmas,” which stood 55 1/2 inches high and had 10 florids open was judged highest in Cedar Rapids, while “Candy Heart” a huge pink with blooms 8 1/2 inches across took top honors in Waterloo.
A bit of rolling Jackson County farmland and a six-room frame house on the Arnold Stamp farm northeast of Maquoketa is being turned into a home for a Latvian family of displaced persons this week. The Janis Tums family will have a home of their own for the first time since 1944.
80 YEARS AGO – 1939
Celebration of the diamond jubilee of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic parish at Springbrook is being held today with a high mass at 9 a.m. The parish was organized and the first church built in 1884.
The third annual picnic of the Felderman’s was held in the Bellevue State Park with about 300 in attendance. The pioneer family, Mr. and Mrs. John Dietrich Felderman, came to Jackson County and settled in the St. Donatus locality 93 years ago.
George W. Tabor, 76, of Baldwin, senator to the 43rd general assembly in 1929-30, died at his home north of Baldwin. Mr. Tabor was born near Baldwin on Dec. 6, 1862, son of Andrew and Nancy L. Tabor.
90 YEARS AGO – 1929
It is with pleasure and a sense of keen satisfaction that Frank Purinton announces the opening of the new Ben Franklin store in this city. Artisans have for the past few weeks been working time and overtime in putting this mammoth store room, formerly occupied by the Martensen Dry Goods Co., in readiness to home one of the finest merchandise stocks in this section.
Jackson Sentinel letter: “Dear Sirs: Find enclosed a check for $2.50 to pay for paper subscription for this year. It will soon be a year since we left Andrew-like the country and climate here in the Sacramento Valley just fine. Have bought us a five acre interest with peaches and also have a nice home. Peaches were damaged last spring, olives will be fairly good. Yours truly, Chas. C. Hoyt, Roseville, California.”
Ice Cream Social at the Verl Dutton home at Iron Hill Wednesday evening, Aug 21. Benefit M.E. Church
100 YEARS AGO – 1919
A crew of workmen began their labors Monday morning tearing up the pavement along the west side of Main Street preparatory to the emplacement of the telephone wire cables underground. This will do away with all telephone poles along the main street between the Decker Hotel and Maple Street.
During the storm Wednesday evening, lightning struck the barn on the Peter Beck farm near Bridgeport setting the building on fire, consuming with all its contents.
The Sentinel is constantly reminding its readers of the advisability of patronizing our home merchants, and we do this because we believe in it and practice it. We believe in keeping as much of our money at home as possible.