July 18, 2024

Throwback Thursday - June 13, 2024

Members of the Creston Volunteer Fire Department team #2 pump during the handcar race held Saturday on the railroad tracks south of the sale barn.

Today is Thursday, June 13, the 165th day of the year. There are 201 days remaining in 2024. Below are news items found in the Creston News Advertiser for this week in history.

28 years ago (1996)

The final step in the development of a marsh north of Summit Lake was achieved Wednesday afternoon when officials from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources installed stop logs in a dam structure to begin collecting water.

A retired Minnesota school superintendent has been hired to direct Diagonal school district. Bill Bjorklund of Morgan, Minnesota, was approved unanimously by the Diagonal board at its June 3 meeting.

The Creston Pantherettes improved to 9-0 as they defeated the Lenox Tigerettes 12-4 Wednesday night. Sara Harris recorded her fifth win of the season.

June 16 will mark Creston A&W’s 3rd annual car show. The show, from 6-9 p.m. will feature 25-50 cars, oldies music with DJ Rick Foote and hula hoop contests.

Two positions were recently filled in two meetings of the Afton City Council. Marc Headington was hired to serve as a new police officer and Bob Miller was appointed to serve as Afton’s new housing commissioner.

For the first time in 15 years, members of the University of Iowa coaching staff came to Creston to speak to the Southwest I-Club. Offensive coordinator and quarterback coach Don Patterson represented the football program and was the featured speaker. Assistant basketball coach Gary Close talked about the basketball program.

48 years ago (1976)

Cub Scouts from nine packs in the Blue Grass Boy Scout district participated in a district Cub Scout Day Camp at McKinley Park here Saturday. There were 107 Cubs participating.

Tornado warning sirens were sounded in Creston at 7:16 p.m. Sunday after three reports of sightings of funnel clouds in the vicinity. The warning was in effect for 45 minutes before the all clear signal was sounded at 8 p.m. Rainfall during the night was measured at 3.46 inches at the city water plant.

Creston jumped to a 6-0 lead in the second inning here Friday night and then coasted to a 12-6 victory over Glenwood as Denny Jay gave up two hits over six innings to gain the victory. The win was the third in Hawkeye Eight play against two losses and gives the Panthers a 6-3 record overall.

The Afton Tea Party, a two-day Bicentennial celebration, will be held on Saturday and Sunday, June 26 and 27. Events will include crowning of the junior and senior king and queen, a parade, a tea party with iced tea, square dancing, water fights and a barbecue.

Pay raises of 10% for all city employees were approved by the Creston City Council at its regular meeting Tuesday night. The building inspector salary was changed to equal the salaries of the police chief, fire chief and street commissioner.

68 years ago (1956)

Mayor Fred Urbach, in a special statement on the Creston water station, today called upon all citizens to cooperate in the water conservation program asked by the city water board Tuesday. The lakes which supply Creston water are down as a result of short runoff for a long period.

Additional Methodist ministers who will return to the same church in the Creston vicinity for the coming year have been announced by Bishop F. Gerald Easley. Pastoral assignments were made Tuesday as the Iowa-Des Moines Conference closed at Mount Pleasant.

If the voting over the nation goes along with those received in the News Advertiser poll, Mickey Mantle will be the top vote getter in the 1956 Major League All-Star voting. To date Mantle has been named on every ballot received in the News Advertiser office for the starting centerfield job on the American League team.

Plans for Creston Aviation Days on Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24, are taking shape, the Creston Airport Association said today. The Aviation Days are being sponsored by the association in connection with its efforts to provide a new airport for Creston. The climax of the programs will be low passes over the field by jet fighter planes then a pass by a B-47 jet bomber.