Today is Feb. 16, the 47th day of the year. So, there are 318 days left in 2017. Below are news items from the Creston News Advertiser for this week (Feb. 13-19) in history:
10 years ago
Rural Corning farmer Mike Haigwood, his wife, Barbara, and their two children, Lee and Aleesha, were featured on ABC’s show “Wife Swap.” The family prided itself on a self-sustained existence where food was grown, harvested and killed on their property with minimal help from the outside world. They also lived by a new-food philosophy that included raw beef and chicken, spoiled cheese and unpasteurized milk, and they realized their family’s lifestyle was different. Barbara traded places for two weeks with a San Francisco, California, entrepreneur who believed in perfect appearance, proper education and a cultured life for life to be considered successful.
Eight panther wrestlers were headed to the state meet. Advancing from district were Andrew Long (112 pounds), Tyler Linderman (119), Quin Leith (125), Bret Kautz (130), Trent Tucker (135), Jesse Harris (140), Caleb Brus (145) and Caleb Evans (160).
20 years ago
A healthy baby boy was born to Michael Jackson and his wife, Debbie Rowe Jackson. A source at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, said it was a natural childbirth without complications. The name and weight weren’t immediately released.
Pete and Kim Brantner of Lenox, married nearly 16 years, shared a special story Valentine’s Day 2007. Kim, 39, had recently received a new kidney. Pete, 40, was the donor. Pete was also minister of the Faith Presbyterian parish of Mount Ayr, Tingley and Platte Center. he insisted he was no hero, saying in a sense, he was selfish as he didn’t want to lose Kim.
Greater Community Hospital Auxiliary installed officers at its January meeting. President was Marge Rath of Afton, vice president was Barb Lightner of Creston, secretary was Mary Ellen Spurrier of Clearfield, treasurer was Vaughn Seckington of Creston and coffee and gift treasurer was Ethel Carson of Creston. The auxiliary had donated $8,000 to GCH for OB and patient waiting area remodeling.
Creston Panthers advanced Dylan Long and Michael Mickey to the district meet after the Class 2A sectional in Clarinda. Long was 29-1 for the season and Mickey improved to 26-6.
50 years ago
Creston sent six boys into district wrestling competition Class AA having won three titles and finished second in three other weights in sectional competition. LeRoy Barton, winner at 95 pounds; Doug Abel, champion at 103; Jerry Willets, champ at 120; and the second place winners, Dan Stephens at 112, Dennis Loudon at 127 and Don Ulm at 145 were the six representing Creston High School.
A new building was under construction for Mr. and Mrs. Harley Griffey of Cromwell in Crest Plaza. Griffey’s planned to open a Western Auto Associates store once the building was finished in April. It was east of the United Food Market at the north edge of Creston.
About 20 members of Greater Community Hospital auxiliary helped prepare rooms in the new hospital for public tours. The building had beds for 83 patients and complete hospital facilities, and was built at a cost of about $1,800,000 with $587,000 furnished through a federal grant of Hill-Burton funds. Nearly 4,000 people toured the hospital as they lined up three and four abreast throughout the afternoon of Feb. 19, 1967. Many waited in line for up to 45 minutes before they reached the entrance and could begin the tour.