May 29, 2024

Throwback Thursday

Today is Thursday, June 1, the 152nd day of the year. There are 213 days left in 2023. Below are items found in the Creston News Advertiser for this week in history.

15 years ago (2008)

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Special left Creston for Red Oak early Monday morning. This was the debut visit this year for the vintage passenger train. Now it’s continuing a 8,000 mile trek, stopping at 14 cities in Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Montana and South Dakota.

Instead of practicing last Friday, the Creston softball players went on a two-hour fundraising drive for the Aplington-Parkersburg softball team. Teams of three visited five or more businesses each, collecting nearly $1,000. An EF5 tornado swept through Parkersburg May 25, destroying the softball field and school, damaging 400 homes and 21 businesses and killing five people.

A tornado-producing storm reached Union County at 9:20 p.m. Wednesday after one twister touched down southeast of Prescott near Highway 34. Tornado damage was reported in Adams and Union counties, but flooding remained the main problem today after Creston received an estimated five to eight inches of rain in a series of storms that passed through the area.

KSIB announces the hiring of Michael Cooley as its news director. Cooley is a 2004 Orient-Macksburg graduate.

25 years ago (1998)

Creston’s Mike Mansour ended his high school career in style, winning two gold medals at the state track and field tournament Saturday at Drake Stadium. The Creston senior won the 200 meter dash with a time of 22.33 and successfully defended the Class 3A 400 title with a time of 48.63 in his final race. Earlier in the day, he finished fourth in both the long jump and 100.

A brisk breeze to left field and a depleted Corning pitching staff paved the way for Creston’s own version of Home Run Derby Saturday afternoon in a 26-1 Panther win. The final game of the triangular ended in five innings. Tanner Kuhl won the game for Creston against West Central with a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh for a final of 9-7. The Panthers are now 5-0.

At 3:30 p.m. Monday, the dismissal bell rang for the final time at Grand Valley Community School. After two years of planning, voters approved dissolution effective the end of the 1997-98 school year for the district. In it’s final days 47 students, preschool through sixth grade walked the hallways of the Kellerton building.

Diagonal standout Mike Goodale signed a letter of intent Monday to play basketball at Southwestern Community College. Goodale led the conference in scoring, steals and assists for the Maroons. He scored 1,577 points and had 337 assists during his high school career.

45 years ago (1988)

Union County Chief Deputy Sheriff Willard Von Tull, Republican candidate for sheriff, said today he seeks the office because county residents who feel change is needed strongly urged him to do so. Tull has been a Union County deputy for seven years and is a former Afton Police chief.

Over $1,500 was raised in the April 30 March of Dimes Walk in Creston with more than 26 people walking 18 miles to raise money for the the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation. The walk brought in the most money in it’s three-year history, raising the most money with the least number of people walking.

First National Bank issues a public notice which states “It has become necessary for the safety and convenience of our customers who use our night deposit at 101 West Adams to authorize the Creston Police Department to apprehend and file charges against persons who park in or block our night depositor area. Recent incidents have been reported by our customers which made this step necessary.”

55 years ago (1978)

The pressbox at the baseball field at McKinley Park was blown down in strong winds late Tuesday night. Seven of the eight legs which supported it were broken off at ground level and the eighth was pulled out of the ground.

A Farmer’s Market will be held in Creston again this summer, tentatively set to begin June 24 at the covered parking lot of the Iowa State Savings Bank. Under new rules of the state agriculture department, only fruits, vegetables and honey will be sold.

A “car smash” for the Heart Association will be held here 1-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Easter’s Family Center parking lot, in cooperation with the Union County unit of the Heart Association. For 25 cents per swing you can put a dent in an old car, donated by Charley Brown Auto Salvage.

Creston High School junior’s Pat McManus and Devon Goetz, will be delegates to the 1978 Hawkeye Boys State. The two were selected by the Creston American Legion.