Today is Oct. 11, the 284th day of the year. So, there are 81 days left in 2018. Below are news items from the Creston News Advertiser for this week (Oct. 8-14) in history:
10 years ago
Orient Macksburg second-grader Hailey Arendt, daughter of Bob and Chris Walter of Creston and Harry Arendt of Cromwell, registered in the Smile for Education drawing at Creston Hy-Vee. Her name was drawn as the winner of a new Apple MacBook and her school won a $5,000 award. O-M Elementary Principal Teresa Thompson said the school would use the money to purchase books for the library.
Steve and Cathy Myers received the 2008 Volunteers of the Year from Creston Activities Booster Club. Booster Club co-president Stacy Wood presented the award to them.
20 years ago
Southwestern Community College named eight students as ambassadors for the 1998-99 school year. They were Jennifer England of Ellston, Brandie Shields of Mount Ayr, Joe Farley of Panora, Alex Bolinger, Christopher Piel, Adam Snodgrass and Lisa Sychra, all of Creston and Amy Driftmier of Clarinda. Ambassadors gave campus tours, met with prospective students, performed telemarketing services and participated in public relations efforts.
Ground was broken on the 40-unit motel complex south of Casey’s Texaco in Creston. Supertel Hospitality of Norfolk, Nebraska, owners of the existing 84-unit Super 8, planned to operate the new units as a Super 8. Completion was expected in February 1999.
Shari Walters and Michael Carroll of Creston won honors in the Farm Bureau photography contest “Picture Perfect Iowa” in Union County. Walters placed first in the family and environment categories. Carroll placed first in the community category.
Winifred Britten of Creston had returned home on 110th Street from Greenfield when she noticed what she thought was steam coming from her car engine. After she parked in her garage and noticed smoke, she tried to back the car up, but it wouldn’t start. She contacted neighbors Betty and John Downing, and they called 911, and by the time firefighters arrived, the car’s gas tank had exploded and destroyed the garage. From there, the attic and west end of the house were nearly destroyed.
50 years ago
Winners in the United Fund poster contest for Creston fifth and sixth graders were announced at the kick off of the campaign. There were 55 posters entered. Fifth-grader Donnie Shelton was the grand prize winner, winning a transistor radio. Vicki Phillipe won $3 first prize and Paula Clem won $2 second prize for sixth grade. Steven Moulin won first and Robyn Howe won second for fifth grade.
Apollo 7 astronauts were preparing for the nation’s first three-man space crew mission. Navy Capt. Walter Schirra was command pilot making his third trip to space, and Air Force Major Donn Eisele and civilian Walter Cunningham finished out the crew. Cunningham was born March 16, 1932, in Creston and lived here for a time as a child before his family moved to California. He was the first Iowan on a space flight team. Also of note, aluminum castings made in the McCannalloy division plant in Creston were in the Apollo rocket. The gear boxes and carriers on eight separate engines were made here according to plant president, Edgar Hummel.
Dr. Larry Hicks returned to Creston from active duty with the U.S. Army. He was called to active duty as a captain two years previously, and planned to resume his practice of optometry in Creston which he had for 39 months before leaving.