by Michelle Watson
25 Years Ago
Clear Lake’s earliest beach combers this season won’t be tourists. City Administrator Tom Lincoln announced members of the Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.) will be in Clear Lake the week of May 16 to conduct surface and sub-surface testing of coal tar deposits located in the City Beach area.
The Clear Lake Volunteer Fire Department has elected its first woman to its ranks. Kaye Wilson was elected to membership at the May 3 meeting. Wilson successfully completed the rigorous training program and the required probationary period. The newest firefighter is a 30-year resident of Clear Lake who is employed by the Clear Lake Bakery. She and her husband, Wade, have two children, Cody, age six, and Samantha, three.
Members of the 1994 senior class of Clear Lake High School, as well as pastors of the community, will participate in a Baccalaureate Service on Sunday, May 22, in E.B. Stillman Auditorium. Following the service, a reception will be held in the Commons area, hosted by Lake S.A.F.E. (Substance Abuse Free Environment.)
Governor Terry Branstad declared May 8-14 as School Board Recognition Week in honor of volunteer School Board members who devote many hours to improving education in Iowa communities. Members of the Clear Lake School Board include Larry Hoffman, William Kennedy, Mark Ostrander, Ron Andrews and David Hopper.
After many months of planning, Community Kitchen of North Iowa in cooperation with the Clear Lake Steering Committee will open a kitchen site in Clear Lake. The location at Zion Lutheran Church will be an experimental one, and will include a free evening meal from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The current plan is to provide the food from the Community Kitchen site in Mason City.
Near each Arbor Day, the Clear Lake Friendly Garden Club donates a tree to the City of Clear Lake. This year, the club members presented two red maple trees to the city for planting in City Park.
Two Clear Lake High School wrestlers will be among 24 North Iowans participating against a Russian AAU Select squad on Monday, May 16. Sean Harlan and David Doebel will compete in the freestyle event at the Mason City High School gym.
Experience and balance paid off the Clear Lake boys golf team as they outshot Hampton-Dumont 322-326 for the North Central Conference crown. Jason Floy led the Lions with his 78. Mike Anderson shot a 80 to finish seventh, while Kevin Broers and Jason Quigley each turned in an 82.
Ted Christiansen, of Clear Lake, has been appointed wrestling coach at Waldorf College in Forest City. Christensen has had experience in all aspects of the sport.
The Clear Lake boys track team finished last in a competitive field at the Algona Relays, but bounced back to take second at the Cadet Relays in Iowa Falls. Jason Simmer was the Lions’ lone champion. He won the 3200 in 10:28.06. Tom Zirbel was second in 10:52.24.
The Clear Lake girls track team turned in some of their season’s best times to place fifth at the Iowa Falls Relays. The quartet of Jennifer Billings, Maegan Plagge, Ginny Roper and Jess Rechkemmer lead the way, combining for 31 of the team’s 54 points.
The Ventura boys track team competed in the North Star Conference track meet. The relay squad of Sarah Hinrichs, Heather Norman, Jennifer Rockow and Allison Cooper had a tremendous day with two firsts and a second.
Grocery specials for the week at Easter’s Foods include: Well’s Blue Bunny Hi-Lite Ice Milk, 1/2 gallon $1.89; Robert’s Cottage Cheese, 12 oz., 99¢; Milwaukee’s Best Beer, 12-12 oz. cans, $3.59; sweet corn, 5 ears, $1; Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup, 10.75 oz. 69¢; USDA Choice Boneless Beef Churck Roast, lb., $1.39; Corn King Boneless Ham, lb. $1.79; and Pepsi or Mountain Dew, 12-12 oz. Cans, $2.49.
50 Years Ago
Five new teachers have signed for the 1969-70 school at Clear Lake High School according to Dr. Lashier, superintendent. New hires include Sharon Doorenbos, Mary Stilwell, David Okerlund, Janice Reeder and Ilene Krauss.
Vandalism at Ventura Farm Service in Ventura could have resulted in serious injury to the perpetrators involved. Someone cut off three rubber hoses on an anhydrous ammonia applicator tank. Fortunately the tank was empty, otherwise the contents could have caused intense pain and disfigurement to the vandals. Loss of eyesight, serious burns and lung damage can result from contact with anhydrous ammonia.
Ken Short, of Newton, has purchased an interest in Houck Drug, Clear Lake, and is the store’s new owner-manager.
Hector Ibarra and Louis Schuler, Jr., both from Clear Lake, attained the rank of Eagle Scout at a court of honor Monday night at Zion Lutheran Church. Their Scoutmaster of Troop 75 is Virgil Knorr.
Clear Lake runners established two more new school records in the Drake Relays and the Comet Relays at Charles City. The Lions’ 880 relay team smashed a mark it set just a week ago by running a 1:33.7 at Drake. Handling the batons were Mike Byington, Tom Leonard, Bill Wistey and Al Kappmeyer. Clear Lake had three relay teams at Drake, but none qualified for the finals. Rick Ott was one inch away from the CLHS pole vault record of 12-1, but failed to qualify.
90 Years Ago
L.M. Foster, Belmond, has leased the Ritz Hotel at Bayside, Clear Lake, for the 1929 season. He reports the hotel will be open May 15 for parties, fishing, etc. Under the new management, the hotel will cater particularly to club, lodge and private parties, there being facilities for seating 50 persons at a time.
Marvin Winnie will assist at the News Stand this summer.
Miss Bertha Branson, of Clear Lake, who is attending the University of Wisconsin, has the high honor of being elected vice president of the graduating class of 1929. She has made a splendid record in her school work.
Miss Mary Jane Watts, will play the role of Ethel Simmons, daughter of Henry and Harrie Simmons in “The Whole Town’s Talking” a three act farce comedy, which will be presented by the senior class of Clear Lake High School.
100 Years Ago
Try a pail of K.K.K. Norway salted herring $1.30 for a 10 pound pail at Brooks Market.
A resident on East Main St. reports that several chickens were stolen a few nights ago. It is surmised who the guilty party is.
Community singing will be one of the good numbers of the Methodist Church entertainment Friday night.
Word has been received here from Sam Clausen, Jr., who left here in January for Salvador, that the family had found the heat there so intense and the food so unendurable that they have decided not to remain and at present are in Los Angeles, Calif.
Miss Maude Culver arrived home last week from Des Moines, where she had been stenographer for Rep. McGhee.