Today is Nov. 9, the 313th day of the year. So, there are 52 days left in 2017. Below are news items from the Creston News Advertiser for this week (Nov. 6-12) in history:
10 years ago
Former Creston News Advertiser Publisher Arvid Huisman, whose Country Roads column was published each week from 1988 to 2000, published a book. “Country Roads” was a compilation of 75 of the more than 700 columns he had written over the previous 20 years.
Afton Police Chief John Coulter and the city of Afton had a fully functioning surveillance camera installed aimed at the Afton square. The weather-proof camera was to record everything, including vandalism or burglary and other things in the city park.
A feature story on Wayne Kerns, 85, of Macksburg shared every year on his birthday Nov. 4, he spent part of the day picking corn by hand. This year in 2007 was the 71st year of the tradition.
20 years ago
Marcella Howe, retired teacher; Fern Swanson, retired teacher; Barb Crittenden, president of SWCC; Fannie Luther, manager at congregate mealsite; and Jan Pickerell, Hospice and Home Care nurse with Greater Community Hospital were honored as women of the year by Creston Business and Professional Women’s organization.
Creston Police Chief Bill Heatherington announced senior patrolman Roger Saxton was promoted to the rank of sergeant with primary assignment to investigative case duties to follow up cases such as burglaries, thefts and narcotics. Saxton previously was an officer with Afton Police Department and had been a patrolman since October 1990 in Creston.
Creston High School freshmen Brooke Weber and Shannon White were chosen to participate in the 1997 Opus Honor Choir at CY Stephens Auditorium in Ames. Nearly 3,000 students submitted audition tapes.
Fannie Luther was named Citizen of the Year by Creston Chamber of Commerce and Creston News Advertiser. Luther, 61, was in her 19th year as site manager and activities director for Area Agency on Aging congregate mealsite. “The biggest thing I’ve had to overcome is getting the point across this is not a poverty program. It’s a socialization program, getting people up, dressed and having on good meal a day,” she said.
50 years ago
Ten young people were chosen to served on the 4-H county council for 1968 in Afton. They were Charlotte Woods, Janette Looney, Cathy Luther, Sandi Diers, Cathy Bradley, Chris Hood, Allen Ricks, Jim Giles, Fred Franklin and Ed Cheers. Also chosen, were honorary members of Union County 4-H. They were L.E. Riley and Mrs. Kenneth Caldwell. They were presented certificates by Linda Winkler of Creston, state president of 4-H girls clubs in Iowa, Dave Waigand, Union County 4-H president and Linda Kingery, county 4-H secretary.
The Surveyor 6 spacecraft raced Nov. 7 toward an intended soft landing in a rugged area in the middle of the moon’s visible face. It carried a television camera and a small automatic chemistry set to analyze the lunar soil. The 2,223-pound mechanical marvel soared into space from Cape Kennedy aboard an Atlas-Centaur rocket and was expected to reach the moon Nov. 9.
Measles vaccine was administered to 453 children in Creston, 215 in Bedford, 453 in Afton and 150 in Lenox for a total of 990 in one day during an immunization clinic. The vaccine was administered by the air jet method in which it was shot into the child’s arm by a powerful jet of air and no needles or syringes were used.
Four Creston seniors, all with their third football letters, were selected to captain the Panthers. There were Ron Webb, full back; Rod Turner, gaurd; Karl Knock, guard; and Rollie Vorrath, halfback.