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November 20, 2009
Laura Beard


NOV. 18, 2009

Grundy County holds 1st tire Amnesty Day on Saturday, Nov. 20.

Marlys Shoup, 86, Grundy Center, passed away Nov. 9 at the Grundy Hospital.

Roger Fleming, 84, died Oct. 1 in VA.

Clarence Slifer, 87, Grundy Center, passed away Nov. 12 at Allen Hospital.

Beth Sindt, Reinbeck, Hawkeye Instructor, was recently awarded the Iowa Business Education Association Area 7 outstanding postseconary Business Educator Award.


NOV. 30, 1989

Bernice Gienger celebrated her 80th birthday.

Robert Kubik placed 4th place overall in the Run, Punt, Pass contest at the UNI dome.

Lisa Henningsen and Scott Swanson were united in marriage on Oct. 21 at Old St. Anne's Church in Scott Co Park.

Sheree Newsum and Ron Sharp were united in marriage on Oct. 21 at the United Church of Christ.

Pvt. Allen Neal graduated on Nov. 15 from Ft. McClellan, AL Military Police School.

Jean Roberts, 84, Reinbeck, died on Nov. 23.

John Niedermann, 98, Garwin, died Nov. 21.

Grace Fonken, 86, Grundy Center, died Nov. 18.

Harlen Springer, 74 Grundy Center, died at his home Nov. 18. He had suffered from Lou Gehrig's disease for five years.

Roger Rickert, 73, LaPorte City, formerly of Reinbeck, died Nov. 28 at his home following a heart attack.


DEC. 6, 1979

Jean Schneider, 37, was killed in a two-car collision at the junction of Grundy Center blacktops T-53 and D-35, about 3 1/2 miles north of Morrison.

John Stein has retired as manager of Reinbeck's Iowa State Liquor store, a position he has held since the store opened here 13 years ago.

"A Celestial Visitor" the community Christmas Cantata, will be presented on Dec. 16 at the United Methodist Church.

In the first round of the Reinbeck girl's tournament the Ramettes put on an excellent offensive showing as they raced to an 80-68 win over New Hartford.

Mr. & Mrs. Ray Rannfeldt are parents of a daughter born Dec. 1.

Mr. & Mrs. Rod Wiebensohn are parents of a son born Dec. 4.

Funeral services for Clarence L. Boege, 82, Reinbeck, were held on Dec. 1 at the United Church of Christ.

Leroy Thiel received the annual football "Oil Can" Award at the Reinbeck High School Fall Awards assembly.

Mr. & Mrs. Wade Hayes of Morrison have purchased the Barbara Glaw home at 301 Upper Ridge for $59,500.

Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Hayes have purchased the Wade Hayes home in Morrison for $45,000.

Mr. & Mrs. Randy Ohrt purchased the home of Marietta Stone on north Pioneer Road for $19,000.

Gregg Harms purchased the Lillian Storjohann home at 508 Commerical for $21,000.

Jack Steffen has purchased the home of Dora DeGrote for $23,500.

Funeral services for Mrs. Christine Wrage Lorenz, 82, were held on Dec. 1 at Salem Church in Lincoln.


DEC. 4, 1969

Steven Roberts, 36, Reinbeck, was one of three persons killed in the crash of a private plane near Galveston, TX on Nov. 26

Mr. & Mrs. Larry Newton are parents of a son born Nov. 29.

Inabell Hubbard and Stanley Heideman exchanged marriage vows on Nov. 24 at the United Church of Christ in Reinbeck.

Reinbeck Mayor, James Westergaard, made the first Direct Distance Dial call from Reinbeck to his daughter in Boyceville, WI.

Leonard Hamann, 47, passed away on Nov. 26 at Americana Nursing Home in Waterloo of a lingering illness.

Harry T. (Bud) Adair will hold a closing-out sale of his farm machinery on Dec. 9.

Emma C. Runft, 84, died Nov. 26 at Allen Hospital following a stroke.

Mr. & Mrs. Ed Witt will observe their 65th wedding anniversary on Dec. 7th.


DEC. 1959

Courier headline reads-$150,000 fire at Hudson, Monday. Reinbeck Fire Dept. and four other departments were called to extinquish a fire that destroyed Keith Ford Co., Towlsey Grocery, Triangle Tavern and Winchell Laundromat. Hudson Motor Co. suffered heavy damage and three families were made homeless.

On Dec. 4, the Reinbeck Fire Dept. will have an instruction session in connection with the burning of the house where the late Edward Wieck lived, next to the Dr. H.V. Kahler property.

Joe Yukl is having a complete closing out sale on Dec. 8.

Reinbeck Commerical Club to give $50.00 in Silver each Friday until Christmas.

John Beenken of Grundy Center, has been elected president of the Grundy Co. Fair Association.

James Westergaard, Jr. was re-elected Fire Chief by the department at their regular Dec. meeting.

The senior class of Dinsdale School will present its annual play, "Finders Creepers," on Dec. 8th.

Mr. & Mrs. Emil Karkosh will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary on Dec. 12.

Reinbeck has it's first electric heat home completed by Dr. Raymond Null.

Mr. & Mrs. Gary Mitchell are parents of a daughter born Nov. 22.

Mr. & Mrs. Merle Jans are parents of a son born Nov. 25.

Mr. & Mrs. Craig Dirks of Denver, CO are parents of a son born Nov. 30.

Members of the Zion Lutheran Church voted to purchase a pipe organ with six banks, containing from 73 to 97 pipes.


DEC. 1949

Iowa State Tax Commission orders County Auditor, Fred Schoenfeld to increase the assessed farm land values of Grundy Co., buildings included, by 15%. Increase is necessary to equalize Grundy Co., with the other 98 Iowa counties.

Reinbeck firemen buy two road signs costing $180, to advertise the Town of Reinbeck. The signs will be placed at the east and west edges of town.

Edw. (Buddy) Beckwith must hang Dec. 1950, rules Judge Chaleton.

Ben Fletcher, 59, died Nov. 19 in Denver, Co. Burial to be in Reinbeck Cemetery.

Local American Legion Post is to sponsor a banquet for Reinbeck's champion football team on Dec. 5.

Reinbeck was without power for 15 minutes on the morning of Dec. 29 owing to an accident in the Cedar Rapids power plant of Iowa Electric Light and Power Co.

Mr. & Mrs. Walter Schneider are parents of a son born Nov. 25.

Dinsdale junior class will present their class play, "Maid to Order," on Dec. 2.

Francis Winslow was named president of the Grundy County Fair Association.

The farm home of Jack Draper, northeast of Traer, was razed by fire on Nov. 29. Firemen lacked water.


DEC. 1939

Lavon Strohbehn and Russell Roberts were married on Nov. 26.

Mr. & Mrs. J.W. Dake observed their 25th wedding anniversary on Nov. 26.

Marie Grimmius of Grundy Center and Walter Folkerts, Reinbeck, were married on Nov. 23.

Automatic electric signals and bells to be installed soon, where the Chicago Great Western and Rock Island Railroads cross Highway 58 (now 175).

Vern Maxwell, local tank truck distributor, to build a bulk oil station at Traer and lease it to Phillip's Petroleum Co.

Mr. & Mrs. Herman Wieben to sell their property and house at public auction across from the Methodist Church on Broad St. on Dec. 9.

Gilbert Eslinger, Reinbeck High School football star, received honorable mention and is on the all-state honor roll for outstanding performance during the past season.

Crew of 300 men to headquarter at Reinbeck as Great Western Railroad will replace 11 miles of track with heavier rail next spring.


DEC. 1929

Kansas City firm given job of paving road from Hudson through Reinbeck to Grundy Center next spring.

Wm. Voss, west of town, will hold closing-out sale on Dec. 10th.

Lorna Stein and Henry Boll of Lincoln, were married on Thanksgiving Day.

The paved street leading to the cemetery was a source of great trouble and expense when it drifted full of snow, so the council voted to put up a snow fence on the vacant lots on the west side of the street.

Mr. & Mrs. Albert Meggers are parents of a daughter born Nov. 25.

Delmer Weiss, 8 month old baby son of Mr. & Mrs. Lee Weiss died Dec. 4.



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