Today is Nov. 19, 324th day of the year. There are 42 days left in 2020. Below are news items from the Creston News Advertiser for this week (Nov. 16-20) in history.
5 years ago
Dee Travis began writing in 1995, when her friend and collaborator Lynne Reeves encouraged her to gather notes and recipes after they held “grandma parties,” gatherings at church for widows and single older women. Travis, 59, of Creston wrote the book “Celebrate Life!” as a way to encourage others to celebrate the little things in life. The book was her third and was published in 2015.
More than 1,000 tickets were sold to Creston High School’s “Seussical the Musical” performed over the weekend at the CHS auditorium. The musical, which included a pit orchestra, was directed by Jane Warner and Jerry Huffman with set design by Shari Walters and choreography by Leslie Tyler.
15 years ago
“Business as usual” was expected at Trolli as Wrigley announced the sale of Trolli candies to Farley’s Sather. In addition to broadening the current portfolio of brands, Farley was planning to increase manufacturing capacity with the acquisition.
The Lenox Tigers suffered their first loss of the season, and it was against Glidden-Ralston at state finals in Cedar Falls. The 35-26 loss dropped the Tigers to 11-1 and was the school’s first-ever appearance to a state championship. Officiating at the eight-man championship game were back judge Paul Somers, referee Brad Baker, umpire Jeff Mostek, linesman Steve McCann, all of Creston and line judge Scott Giles of Mount Ayr.
25 years ago
Cheryl Davenport, daughter of Jean Davenport and Charles Davenport of Thayer, was selected as a finalist in the 1995 Pre-Teen Iowa Scholarship and Recognition program in Waterloo. Pre-Teen Iowa is by invitation only for young girls 7 to 12 years of age and judged on academic achievements, volunteer service, school honors and activities, personal skills and accomplishments.
Jody Emerson was chosen as Iowa’s Outstanding Secondary Business Educator during IBEA’s convention in Des Moines. She was completing her 20th year of teaching business education at Creston High School. Emerson felt her biggest challenge was keeping pace with technology to prepare her students for the working world or more education.
55 years ago
While Marty Pelman was starting his car on North Maple Street, on the west side of Creston High School, his carburetor backfired, starting a car fire. Firefighters were called and put out the fire quickly. There was no damage to the car and Marty was able to drive it away with no problem.
New Chamber of Commerce officers were elected for 1966. They were Ronald Longstaff, president; Deane Smith, first vice president; Harold N. Lawton, second vice president; Ed Peak, secretary; and A.J. Duben, treasurer.
Chu Pong Mountain in Vietnam was the site where troops of the U.S. 1st Cavalry wiped out a North Vietnamese regiment in the biggest battle of the war, up until that date at least. Enemy losses were estimated at between 1,000 and 1,300 during the three-day battle, but U.S. casualities also were heavy.
Henry Wallace, former U.S. vice president born in Adair County, died Nov. 18 at the age of 77. His life was deeply rooted in Iowa – graduating from Iowa State College in 1910. Wallace served as vice president from 1941 to 1945 during the third term of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Creston’s J.C. Penney store installed a catalog sales desk, announced then store manager Don Hammers. The desk was to open Nov. 22, and Mrs. Lola Freeman was to be the manager-in-charge. Catalog sale desks were to be installed in other J.C. Penney’s stores throughout the country.