January 18, 2022

Throwback Thursday

Today is Thursday, Jan. 13, the 13th day of the year. There are 352 days left in 2022. Below are news items from the Creston News Advertiser for this week in history.

5 years ago (2017)

Creston’s 1997 boys basketball team was honored on the 20th anniversary of its wining season. Before they were honored during the halftime of the boys game Jan. 7, 2017, a varsity doubleheader against Red Oak, a reception for the team in the school library brought together all but two players and one manager from that 23-1 season, which included a 74-57 victory over Pella in the Class 3A championship game.

After three years of auditioning for the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps of Dubuque, Creston Community High School senior Maya Struhar finally achieved her dream of being selected for the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps. The previous two years, she had been selected for the Colt Cadets, the open-class corps that serves as a feeder system for the Colts. “It was a big deal. I’m super excited about it,” Maya said. “It’s a big deal to me and a big deal to my family. My dad marched Colts back in the day, so it’s been his dream since I was little that I would someday follow in his footsteps and march in Colts.” Struhar is the daughter of John and Adonica Struhar of Creston. John marched with the Colts in 1986, when he was the lead soprano bugle player.

Republican leaders kicked off the new session of the Iowa Legislature with a promise to make major changes to the workings of state government, though the party with new majorities in both chambers remained mum about specific details on plans to cut taxes, restrict abortion and limit the ability of public workers to bargain for health insurance.

First responders reported an increase of emergency calls in 2016. Greater Regional Medical Center Paramedic and EMS/ambulance manager Casey Larson said hospital EMS responded to 159 more calls in 2016, which put them at nearly 1,400 emergency calls that year.

25 years ago (1997)

Atlantic pulled off a shocker over top-ranked Creston Basketball Tuesday by making free throws. The Trojans were a perfect 18 of 18 from the charity strip from the fourth quarter on as they pulled out an 83-77 overtime victory. Atlantic (501, shot 30 free throws for the game, making 25, while the Panthers got their 13 times, making 8.

For the first time in the Mike McCabe era, Creston’s girls basketball team defeated Atlantic – an impressive 70-51 triumph on the road. Lindsay Courtney set a school record with 15 assists and Jessica Moeller made eight of 10 shots from the field for a team high 17 points.

50 years ago (1972)

More than 1,150 individuals visited the new nursing home, Creston Manor, during its open house Saturday.

The Horoscope was the newest feature in the Creston News Advertiser.

Creston Community Schools announced it may build its own central office administrative building on school property, joining the vocational Ag building near the junior high school. The current lease of $6,600 a year at its location on the corner of Adams and Oak streets was slated to expire in July 1922.

Creston wrestlers capture six of the dozen individual titles at the Panther Invitational. Creston came out on top with 139 points, followed by Greenfield (105), Winterset (58.5), Central Decatur 54.5), Chariton, 41.5, Glenwood (33), DM Roosevelt (32) and Lenox (25)

A new ice skating ring built by the city in the summer of 1921 on the summer baseball field at Division and Devoe streets reopened for skating. The rink was built by the streets department and was flooded by the fire department. The extremely cold weather this week gave it a fine surface for skating.

Creston wrestlers held two top places. According to an Omaha World Herald panel of area coaches, including Dan Hill of Harlan, John Harris of Corning and Ernie Abariotes of Neola. Curtis Bolinger at 145 and Mike King at heavyweight, both undefeated, were the Panther leaders. In addition, Dan Hayes was second at 105, Vern Loudon was second at 119.

The Iowa House passed 90-4 this week a bill to grant full adult rights to Iowans at age 18. The vote came after a morning-long debate that centered on lowering from 21 to 18, the minimum legal age for consuming beer and hard liquor.

Staff changes were approved at Southwestern Community College. W.O. Davidson, who held the administrative assistant position at a salary of $13,806, resigned, effective at the end of this school year. Under the reorganization, the position was not filled. The transfer of Jerry D. Weese from the part-time position of business manager to a full-time teaching position in the business education department was approved, which was requested by Weese in a letter to the board by Dr. Smith. Weese is was paid $7,420 for the business manager duties and the vacancy will not be filled. The superintendent told the board Weese’s new assignment will enable the college to provide more business education courses for students.

An apology was published by the Creston News Advertiser for a mail mix-up. Publisher E.J. Van Nostrand said no crossword puzzles would be in this week’s CNA as the crossword copy was missing in the mail.

Voice of Democracy winners were honored by the VFW. Commander Harry Loughry and Chairman Clyde Jensen formally awarded certificates and cash prizes to local winners of the contest. Winners were Linda Goins, Gerry Wallace and Sundra Herberg.

100 years ago (1922)

Leonard White of Union Township was elected president of the Union County Farm Bureau replacing A.D. McKee. White had served as secretary of the county’s Farm Bureau since 1917.

It was decided Creston would remain a division point for Chicago, Burlington & Quincy fast mail trains Nos. 7, 17 and 5, as in the past, according to an announcement made by General Superintendent P.G. Ustick. A plan had previously been made whereby all fast mail engines and engine crews would be shifted to Ottumwa, effective Jan. 16, 1922. This would have meant fast mail trains would not change engines in Creston and crews for those trains would have to move their residences to Ottumwa.

Chas Boyer, a well known farmer residing a short distance northwest of Prescott, reported eight head of hog ranging from 200 pounds each were stolen from his farm. The family was home at the time of the theft but knew nothing of the theft until morning. It was learned later that five of the hogs were sold by an unknown man to a dealer at Bridge water who said there was nothing suspicious about the affair, did not take particular notice of the man, and could not provide a description.

Mrs. George Hawker entertained a number of friends at her home on West Jefferson Street in honor of Mrs. Greta Green of Minneapolis, Minnesota, who is visiting with her sister, Mrs. C.W. Clark, here. The afternoon was spent in a social way and delicious refreshments were served by the hostess.



Sarah Scull is native of San Diego, California, now living in Creston, Iowa. She joined Creston News Advertiser's editorial staff in September 2012, and was promoted to managing editor in 2018. She now serves as associate editor, writing for Creston Living and Southwest Iowa AgMag in addition to the daily news.