Today is July 13, the 194th day of the year. So, there are 171 days left in 2017. Below are news items from the Creston News Advertiser for this week (July 10-16) in history:
10 years ago
Local wildlife conservation departments wrangled and tagged as many geese as they could in local bodies of water, including Green Valley, Three Mile and Summit lakes. DNR Wildlife Biologist Chad Paup said the birds were checked for age, sex and if they’ve been tagged before. The goal was to tag 200 birds before July 4.
Creston skateboarding youths and city officials gathered for the groundbreaking of Creston Skatepark in McKinley Park. They included Spencer Bakerink, Creston Councilwoman Marsha Wilson, Cody Gilbert, Lucas Waltz, Mathew Waltz, Creston Mayor Mike Tamerius, Kyrie Smith, Keith Smith, Roberto Cardenas, Creston City Administrator Mike Taylor, Zach Ellis and Creston Police Chief Jamie Christensen.
The Grote Company acquired Vanmark Corporation effective July 1, 2007, as the need for efficient, safe and sanitary food-slicing equipment was ever expanding.
Theresa Koets of Creston Elks Lodge No. 605 was installed as the new leader of the Southwest District of the Iowa Elks Association at the Elks national meeting held in Charlotte, North Carolina. Koets’ responsibilities included working with local Elks lodges to fulfill the Order’s commitment to promote charity and patriotism in their communities.
20 years ago
A 54-year-old Virginia woman was charged with animal cruelty and illegally possessing wildlife after police found a 2-month-old fawn adorned with earrings in her pickup truck. She told officers she found the young deer along the side of the road five days earlier, wanted to adopt it as a pet and didn’t know it was illegal to have it. The fawn needed antibiotics for infection in its pierced ears.
Six young women entered the contest for Union County Fair queen. The candidates were Renea Baker, Cherie White, Tiffany Gale, all of Creston and Dana Downes, Sheila Young and Sarah Kelley, all of Afton.
Bill Cosby testified in court he badly wanted to know whether 22-year-old Autumn Jackson was his daughter after a brief affair in the 1970s. Cosby testified he gave $100,000 over the past 20 years to Jackson’s mother because she implied she might reveal their affair. Jackson was accused of trying to extort $40 million from Cosby by threatening to talk to the tabloids.
Gianni Versace, 50-year-old Italian designer, was the apparent latest victim of one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives after he was shot twice at close range at his home in South Beach, Florida. The prime suspect was a 27-year-old fugitive, Andrew Cunanan, suspected in the slaying of four men from Minneapolis to New Jersey.
Creston was busy preparing for the 25th RAGBRAI to roll through town. More than 20,000 visitors were expected and public officials were worried about the strain on public services such as water, sanitary sewer, trash collection, transportation and traffic and emergency services.
50 years ago
The golden anniversary reunion of Company C 168th Infantry in WWI was held at McKinley Park. The company was called into federal service July 15, 1917. Company C of the 3rd Iowa Infantry was mustered into state service in April 1917 and camped at the park.
About 200 acres of land along the north border of the city of Creston became part of the city after being approved by Judge Thomas S. Bown. The annexation became effective immediately after the judge’s order was filed with District Court Eldon L. Breese and with County Recorder Louise Winkler.
An open house was held at the new Berning Motor Inn. The inn occupied the entire second floor of the Berning building at Adams and Elm streets. the entrance was west of the entrance to the Berning lounge and Red Carpet Room. There were 21 motel units, each with a modern sleeping room, tile bath, air conditioning and color television.