Today is Sept. 6, the 249th day of the year. So, there are 116 days left in 2018. Below are news items from the Creston News Advertiser for this week (Sept. 3-9) in history:
10 years ago
Creston teacher and coach, Pat Schlapia, told of a life changing procedure, the Lap-Band, he had done to shed weight. After mounting health issues, Schlapia started the process and was approved for the procedure in June 2007. He had the surgery Dec. 3, 2007, and had lost more than 100 pounds. He told of starting his morning with three doughnuts and a big Diet Coke before the surgery, and how his diet had changed to a 1,500 to 1,900 calorie-a-day diet.
20 years ago
The Southside Booster’s Kitchen Band was a three-time Iowa State Fair champion and performed at hospitals, retirement centers, county fairs, community festivals, business picnics, Congregate Mealsite, Afton’s Lawn Chair nights and Relay for Life. Members were Maxine Roberts, Dorothy Jackson, Ruby Cornelsion, Betty Lynam, Pam Morrison, Martha Miller, June Sprague, Mary Osborn, Betty Chabick, Darlene Loudon, Clare Linninger, Donna Swanson, Bonnie Baker and Susie Miller. They were formed in 1969 as a spur of the moment idea by Loudon as a way to celebrate Creston’s Centennial.
With 77 percent in favor, voters approved a $1.92 million bond issue to build a new middle school in Fontanelle after a spring storm seriously damaged the old, three-story school. The bond had failed in its first three attempts.
50 years ago
The Goodyear Service Store held its grand opening in its new location at Sumner and Livingston avenues after 10 years in its former location on Highway 34. The new building had a 40 by 50 foot display and sales area in front and a five-bay service area at the rear. An ad that ran introduced Bill Stuart – complete car care specialist – with a front-end alignment for $6.66 and tune-up for $5.88 (8-cyl. cars were $7.77).
Howard Myers, new owner of Creston Livestock Auction, held his first sale with a prize of a heifer calf awarded to an attendee, along with free coffee and doughnuts. Don Stripe of Humeston had moved to Creston to be the manager and auctioneer.
Tom McCann was elected president of the CHS senior class. Gretchen Lines and Rhonda Fry were named co-editors of the Crest yearbook, Rozlin Webb as vice president, Sandy Hoyt as secretary and Ron Adams as treasurer were also elected.
Rainhard Scheel, McKinley Park custodian; Fred Butler, member of park commission; and Alvin Dunn, Rainbow Park custodian, were busy as Creston Park Board launched an extensive tree planting program in anticipation of expected mortality of elm trees from the Dutch elm disease.
First Baptist Church held it final services in its old building at Maple and Mills streets. The first public service in the new building at Lincoln and Prairie streets was planned for Sept. 15 with a dedication service planned Oct. 20, 1968. The church had been in the old building since 1909.
The Peppy Steppers square dance club held a dance at the Hy-Vee parking lot with Duane Young as caller. Harry Byars, Hy-Vee manager, served cookies and coffee to the 16 member couples and 14 guest couples.
Six coaches handled the Panther football squad for the 1968-69 season. They included Jerome Hruska, head freshman coach; Dick Skarda, sophomore coach; Arlan Biere, coach of sophomore backs; Niel Jones, freshman backs; Ron White, varsity line coach; and Dave Koos, head coach.