Today is April 5, the 95th day of the year. So, there are 270 days left in 2018. Below are news items from the Creston News Advertiser for this week (April 2-8) in history:
10 years ago
Creston Parks and Recreation Board was selling bricks to be used in the memorial gardens at McKinley Park. Two sizes were offered – $75 for a brick that would allow two lines of print for name or message and $125 for a larger brick that would allow four lines of copy. Proceeds would help build and maintain the gardens.
After a long process, East Union’s new track was ready to host home track meets. EU athletic director and track coach, Rich Bryson, had spent five years working to get the project organized. EUs track had been a red kalite cinder surface used in previous generations. EU Superintendent Steve Clark said more than $200,000 had been spent during the past two years for construction on the track.
Commercial Associate Broker Gay Lynn Owens and agent Roger Saxton with Stewart Realty announced the purchase of the old EconoFoods building on West Townline Street by Kent and Juliann Sinn of Greenfield. The Sinns opened their first store in Greenfield in 1997 and were excited to expand to Creston. They were going to work on the building in the spring and summer, and planned to open in the fall.
20 years ago
Creston City Council agreed to allocate $2,777 as the city’s share in a proposed program to put a police officer in Creston High School for at least 13 hours each week. The “Blues Program” sought more than $8,000 in grant funds applied for by Police Chief Bill Heatherington. The program put an out-of-uniform officer in schools as a way to build relationships with students and faculty. Heatherington and Sgt. Roger Saxton were likely to be the officers used at the school, if funding was received.
Mount Ayr Police Chief Todd Jackson made up the entire police department and was on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Former officer Bob Booth began duties as Bedford chief of police and the other part-time officer, Elb Strange, was in Texas for the winter and would not be back until later in the month, if he didn’t retire.
After two years of work, Dr. Dan Walker’s dream of a Christian radio signal in Creston was realized when the switch was thrown for 90.9 FM to broadcast American Family Radio.
45 years ago
In 1973, possibly the worst April blizzard on record in Iowa pounded the state from April 8-10. Snowfall totals of 12 inches and winds gusting up to 50 miles an hour resulted in near zero visibility and blew the snow into drifts as deep as 6 to 14 feet closing most roads in the state. Schools were closed, many roads were impassable and the post office called in mail carriers both April 9-10 with no deliveries in the city or on rural routes.
50 years ago
Creston Planning Commission recommended the city council study the cost of renovation of both the depot and First Christian Church building for use as a city hall. Burlington Railroad intended to build a smaller depot and planned to dispose of the present building.
Billie Jean King turned pro as she signed a contract to play tennis with the new National Tennis League, and would make $70,000 playing the game in 1969.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was slain by a Memphis sniper, setting up a manhunt for the killer and bringing a national outpouring of grief and sorrow.