April 22, 2021

Throwback Thursday

Stories compiled by Katie Wray, CNA newsroom clerk

Today is April 8, the 98th day of the year. There are 267 days left in 2021. Below are news items from the Creston News Advertiser for this week in history.

5 years ago

Construction for the “new 8,000-square-foot Dollar Tree store just north of WalMart in Creston” was 70% ahead of schedule and was slated to open by July 2016. Now here, Dollar Tree offers a broad mix of merchandise such as housewares, cleaning supplies, snacks, toys, books, seasonal decor and more, all for $1 or less.

Phil Dixon, award-winning baseball historian and author from Kansas City, Kansas, introduced himself to a crowd of about 20 people at Gibson Memorial Library in Creston. Dixon told several baseball stories about Negro League players during his one-hour program including one about James “Cool Papa” Bell, who Hall of Fame pitcher Satchel Paige called the “fastest player in baseball.” Many said that Bell was so fast he could flip the light switch and be in bed before the room got dark. Dixon also said there may have been some truth to that because one room where Bell stayed had a short in the switch.

Creston senior Jenna Taylor scored 16 points as Creston girls basketball team won 76-60 at the Larry Niemeyer/IGCA Senior All-Star Basketball Games at Kirkwood Community College’s Johnson Hall in Cedar Rapids. Taylor led the 4A-5A White team over the 4A-5A Gray, shooting 7-of-10 from the field including 2-3 from 3-point range. Molly Jacobson of Adel ADM had 14 points for the Gray unit.

15 years ago

The Matilda J. Gibson Memorial Library celebrated 75 years as an information center and site for social interaction. Loy Christensen, library board member, compiled a book on the library’s history which was edited by John Judd and printed by Petznick’s. The book was available at the open house. The library opened April 7, 1931, at its current site on the corner of West Howard and North Maple streets. History shows the Creston Library actually dated back to before 1872 and was first opened in a building at Union and South Maple streets at the expense of the Burlington Railroad. Library director Marilyn Ralls said that fact establishes the library as one of the oldest libraries in Iowa.

Sadly, it was announced that the Lorimor Winnebago plant would close by mid-June of 2006. The plant had been in Lorimor for 22 years and employed 46 people. Then Plant Manager Rick Friday confirmed the announcement and said everyone was in shock. Some of the duties the workers did was sewing cushions, blinds, curtains and bedspreads for recreational vehicles. The Winnebago home office in Forest City cited distance and a slowdown in business as reasons for the closing.

25 years ago

Creston tennis coach Ron Johnson headed into his 24th year with hopes of rebuilding the young Panther team. Four of the top five off the previous year’s team had graduated. Returning lettermen included Ben Gerleman, Bill Neve, Tim Herr, Jeremiah Johnson and Neal Crawford.

Many FBI agents investigating the Unabomber suspect, Theodore John “Ted” Kaczynski, were angry that CBS reported they were about to execute a search warrant on his remote Montana cabin. The network’s report caused the arrest to come sooner than planned and could have jeopardized the entire case. Despite the report, Kaczynski ended up being charged with one count of possessing bomb-making materials after a search turned up a partially assembled pipe bomb and a typewriter that may have been used for the Unabomber’s manifesto, published in 1995.

Signs from a buried time capsule in the old Creston High School were on display after Creston High School social studies teacher Randy Hughes and students Dustin Kilgore, Jon Reeck and Chris Piel opened the black box, which had been placed in a cornerstone of the former high school located on Irving Street in 1925. The contents of the box included newspapers and clippings related to the building, letters read at the dedication on June 15, 1925, historical pictures of Creston, a 48-star American flag, a 1926 yearbook, Union County directory, a “greenback” paper bill and a brochure from the campaign to build the school for $270,000. Mayor Larry Wynn and school board president Curt Turner both explained how honored they were to uncover the historic contents.

55 years ago

An ad featured in the Monday April 5 edition for the 1966 Pontiac Catalina boasted, “We have a problem with our Catalina we just can’t fix. It looks expensive.” The ad warned that the beauty of the car could cause people not to want to even consider such an expensive item of luxury. Reassuringly, the ad went on to say that a family could purchase the “big powerful Pontiac for less than $3,000.”

An annual Mother-Daughter Tea was held by the Girls Council of the Creston Community College at 7:30 p.m. on a Friday evening at the college’s social rooms with about 100 in attendance. The mothers were honored with corsages. Cake, coffee, mints, nuts and punch were served and the guests were invited to play a game of match-up, with a photo arrangement of recent photos of the daughters to their mothers at 20 years old.

Dr. Richard Wilker of Creston spoke to the Registered Nurses Association at the home of Mrs. John Musmaker. There were 22 members present to hear “Marriage and Discord Therein.” Mrs. William Johansen, vice president, conducted the meeting. Refreshments were served by Musmaker and Mrs. Russell Booth and Mrs. Roger Moore.