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Throwback Thursday

Today is Sept. 10, the 254th day of the year. There are 112 days left in 2020. Below are news items from the Creston News Advertiser for this week (Sept. 7-11) in history.

5 years ago

Judy Kiburz-Harrison of Mount Ayr won first place in the “Favorite Frosted Sugar Cookies” competition at the 2015 Iowa State Fair. Contestants were tasked to take a traditional sugar cookie recipe and make it their own by adding a few new twists.

Ryan Frederick, who was on the organizing committee for Orient’s Pumpkin Days in 2015, described the town’s two-day festival as a “giant block party.” About 400 locals gather for the weekend celebrations. The event itself began in 1906 when a group of farmers and local businessmen organized an event to thank the community for its support. The celebration features several fundraising events, 5K run, 1-mile walk as well as a street dance.

A demonstration of the sim lab in SWCC’s Allied Health and Science Center showed how their six full-body wireless patient simulators work. The lab’s two SimMan Essential “bleeding,” three “Nursing Anne” and one Nursing Kid mannequins were fully paid for by a U.S. Department of Labor grant, and completed at the end of May 2015. The mannequins bleed, make groaning noises and other realistic actions to train medical students for real-life situations.

15 years ago

Then Creston Mayor, Mike Tamerius, Union County Emergency Management coordinator Roger Nurnberg, local churches, clubs, workforce development, business and concerned citizens decided to form “All for One” an organizational committee dedicated to the mission to host families and up to about 500 evacuees from Louisiana devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

In an AP story out of San Jose, Calif., a Nevada couple pleaded guilty to charges that they planted a human finger in a bowl of chili at a Wendy’s restaurant, in an attempt to extort money from the chain.

Self-guided historical “barn tours” took place on a weekend throughout Iowa, with some area barns included in the tour being the McBroom-Hargis and Gillespie barns in Winterset, the Ramsey barn east of Mount Ayr and the Redman barn in Osceola. The barns were renovated through grants from the Iowa Barn Foundation and other restoration grants.

25 years ago

Panthers’ 31-6 season opener resulted in a 31-6 victory against Clarinda, and was much tougher than expected. Creston/O-M converted a key touchdown pass late in the second quarter wearing down the Cardinals in the second half to post a season-opening victory.

Prescott celebrated its quasquicentennial (125-year) anniversary celebration, where “something for everyone” was being planned, with the theme being “A Small Town With Many Roots.” The town was officially named Prescott in 1858 after a man who was instrumental in the building of the railroad.

The Creston High School class of 1933 held its 62nd reunion Sept 2, 1995, at Berning’s Cafe. 17 classmates, spouses and relatives were in attendance, with Bob and Elizabeth Tollman hosting the social hour prior to the buffet dinner. Centerpieces in school colors were given as door prizes to Merle Duckworth, Dorothy Selim, Alice De Voe and Sharon Plummer.

In varsity volleyball, Creston squashed Shenandoah in a straight-set victory, with the Pantherettes scoring 15-2, 15-0 and 15-5, disposing of the Fillies in only 45 minutes.

50 years ago

Cecil Borcherding’s Cecil’s 66 Service on Highway 34 in Creston, was cited with “customer service,” including correctly pointing out a defect check, as part of Gates Tire’s “Mystery Cars,” which would make various stops at service stations around the country in a mystery shopper-type campaign to see if their customer service was up to scratch.

According to the 1969 Iowa farm census report, 2,678 people lived on farms in Union County, and the average size of an Iowa farm was 247 acres.

George W. Orr, the Iowa Crime Commission Director at the time, suspected that a recent influx of heroin in Iowa was due to the “Mafia.” He continued, “there is no question that heroin is coming into Iowa through an international crime syndicate.. which has ties to the Mafia.”

“Now playing at the Strand” in Creston, Sept 3, 1970, “Two Mules for Sister Sara” starring Clint Eastwood and Shirley MacLaine.

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