30 Years Ago - 1989
Bargain hunters shopped the specials on the sidewalk and in the street on the east side of the Greenfield square just before a big blast of wind sent merchandise flying Saturday morning. The sidewalk selling for the annual Crazy Day had been in progress for two hours by this time.
A proposal to shorten the terms on the Greenfield Public Library Board of Trustees and change the mix of residents and non-residents was approved by the city council Monday night for inclusion on the city election ballot. The Greenfield library trustees are appointed by the council and at present, the terms are for six years. The council has had some difficulty in finding citizens to serve on the board and one opinion is that the length of the term is a deterrent. The proposal will require approval by voters at the November city election. Also part of the proposal is to change the makeup of the board to include at least one non-resident, four city residents and the other two persons could be either residents or non-residents of Greenfield.
The examination of old chemicals at the County Yard in Greenfield was continuing this week by employees of U.S. Pollution Control Inc. after starting last Thursday. All of the chemicals had been moved to one location and placed in safe containers. Samples are being taken. They will be sent to laboratory analysis to identify what the chemicals are. After the laboratory report is received, plans will be made for disposal.
With only a light shower last Thursday noon, Adair County crops this week are ready and waiting for another good rain and none is in the forecast. Drying only on the topsoil moisture this year, corn and soybeans continue to look good but will need more moisture to fill ears and pods. Saturday morning’s unusual straight wind caused little damage here but brought no rain.
The whole grade sharing study committees, which began their work last spring, will make a report to the Greenfield school board at their regular school board meeting next Monday, Aug. 14 at 7:30 at the junior high. The group of 40 Bridgewater-Fontanelle and 40 Greenfield citizens were divided into four committees studying enrollments, educational program and staff, facilities and finance and transportation. The B-F board also will receive the report this month. The timetable for the study calls for hearings to be held in each district during September as the next step.
60 Years Ago - 1959
Occupancy for July was 63 percent at the Adair County Memorial Hospital, this is up 47 percent for the same month last year. There were 19 babies born at the hospital during July.
A car stolen late Monday night at Adair was recovered Tuesday in Goodland, Kansas, Sheriff Don Foster reported. The car, belonging to Mrs. Mable Richter of Adair, was stolen sometime after 10:30 p.m. Monday. She told the sheriff she had removed the car keys at that time.
Should Iowa State play the University of Iowa in football? Yes, definitely, said Gordon Chalmers, new Iowa State athletic director, to a group of Greenfield Iowa State alumni and Lions Club members at the Maid-Rite Cafe here Monday noon. Mr. Chalmers admitted that getting such a game schedule is going to be a tough job, and probably will require an act of the legislature, but he said he’s going to work hard at it.
The annual call for football practice at Greenfield High School was issued this week by Coach Walter Miller. Equipment for this year’s Tiger squad will be issued Friday and Saturday of next week, Aug. 21 and 22, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Coach Miller writes. Mr. Miller and his family have spent the summer in the East, and plans to return to Greenfield about Aug. 20. Football practice will start Aug. 24 with two sessions a day for the first week. The Tigers have a full nine-game schedule this fall, with Creston the opening foe on Sept. 11.
Seventy-one 4-H beeves and one FFA steer averaged $27.19 per cwt. in the livestock auction held Thursday morning at the Adair County Fair, reports Ivan Johannes, County Extension Director. Top price paid in the sale for beef animals was $28.00 per cwt. Receiving this price for their animals were Bill Raasch of Fontanelle, Larry Thomas of Adair and Gary Carstens of Adair. Rex McDowall of Fontanelle received $28.00 per cwt. for his pen of three beef project.
90 Years Ago - 1929
The paving crew of the National Construction Company will soon be working in Greenfield. Pavement was being poured 500 yards west of the Hamilton corner Wednesday on Primary 2 on the east approach of that road to the city. The crew expects to pave the 18 feet through the city then move to the west end of the road and work toward Greenfield, according to L.W. McKinley, resident engineer. The crew will pave the additional six feet on each side through the city next and then will pave the west approach as soon as the Bowers Grading Gang completes the grading.
The annual Mission Festival, which has been held for over 50 years, was held Sunday in an all-day service at the new Lutheran church in Greenfield. The morning sermon was delivered by the Rev. H. Bauman of Lacona, Iowa. The Rev. J. Israel of Manilla gave the afternoon sermon. All services were well attended. Dinner was served in the church parlors by the members of the A.I.D. Society. The tables and the church proper were beautifully decorated with vases of garden flowers. There were 110 guests seated at one time at the first table. The offering for the sessions was contributed to missions.