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Throwback Thursday

A float depicting Creston's part in the U.S. space effort won the Governor's sweepstakes trophy for Creston News Advertiser in the Crestennial parade. The float noted Creston was the birthplace of Walter Cunningham, one of the astronauts who orbited the earth for 11 days in October 1968 in Apollo 7. Scott Sandeman was in the space suit and Ellen Gill and Pamella Quick rode on the float.
A float depicting Creston's part in the U.S. space effort won the Governor's sweepstakes trophy for Creston News Advertiser in the Crestennial parade. The float noted Creston was the birthplace of Walter Cunningham, one of the astronauts who orbited the earth for 11 days in October 1968 in Apollo 7. Scott Sandeman was in the space suit and Ellen Gill and Pamella Quick rode on the float.

Today is July 11, the 192nd day of the year. So, there are 173 days left in 2019. Below are news items from the Creston News Advertiser for this week (July 8-14) in history:

20 years ago

Adair County Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees and Dr. Glen Hanson decided to suspend obstetrics service Oct. 1, according to Mryna Erb-Gundel, hospital administrator. When Hanson started practice in 1984, the hospital provided for 60 births, which gradually declined to half that, and in 1998, there were only 13 births. The population was getting older in rural Iowa and it was hard for smaller hospitals to keep an OB service viable.

Marion James was master of ceremonies for the rededication of the 100-year-old restored Creston Depot and 100th anniversary celebration of the VFW organization. Post commander Bill Burgduff talked about the history of the VFW; JoAnn Bradley, councilwoman, gave the history of the depot; and Norm Squier, councilman, gave a welcome from the city to more than 80 visitors.

Mayor Larry Wynn, Creston City Council and Pine Street businesses worked on the same goal of reopening Pine Street to traffic from Adams to Montgomery streets. It had been closed years before as part of the agreement between Fareway and the city that led to building a new Fareway in downtown.

50 years ago

Prince Charles was installed as Prince of Wales in a ceremony of the British monarchy. He promised to protect the heritage of the 2 1/2 million Welshmen, many of them hostile to English rule. Queen Elizabeth II, mother of the 20-year-old heir to the throne of Britain, proudly bestowed on him the enormous award.

The biggest parade in Creston’s 100 year history was held on the Fourth of July. More than 200 units – floats, bands, mounted units, comedy entries and many others – took part in the huge Crestennial parade which lasted two hours. Estimates of 35,000 people crowded along the 25 blocks of the parade route, lining streets several rows deep.

In a feature welcoming new people to Creston, Mr. and Mrs. Larry Crosser moved to Creston from Prairie City where he had been manager of the Farmers Co-op for four years. He began work March 1 as manager of Creston Farmers Co-op. The rest of the family joined him April 14 on West Montgomery Street, but planned to move to a new home being built in the Bray addition. Daughters Cynthia, 10, and Suzanne, 8, were in sixth and fourth grades, and the family attended the United Methodist Church.

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