A look back at February 1992 - Clear Lake businesses joined in the Buddy Holly mania sweeping Clear Lake in 1992. The Clear Lake Bakery was among those participating in a window decorating contest. Pictured is Linda Wells (left) and Evi Sell. They were joined by other bakery employees that brought some of their 50’s treasures to the store to create a 1950s bedroom scene.
25 Years Ago
Bo Diddley, The Crickets, Bobby Vee, Ricchocettes, and the Whitesidewalls will all make an appearance on the Surf Ballroom stage for the Buddy Holly Tribute ’92.
On Saturday, Feb. 1, Clear Lake Bank and Trust of Clear Lake, officially opened its doors for business in Garner, Iowa after purchasing the assets and deposits of the Garner office of Home Federal Savings and Loan of Algona from the Resolution Trust Corporation. Clear Lake Bank and Trust acquired the $11.9 million in deposits at the Garner branch in addition to $3.3 million in assets. Ray Hewitt, president and chief executive officer of Clear Lake Bank and Trust said all former Home Federal Savings & Loan employees will be retained.
Mayor Lois Kotz informed the City Council that Tim Ostrander, of 900 S. 8th St., was her appointment to the Board of Adjustment. Estranger replaces Dave Snyder who resigned from the board Jan. 7.
Outstanding volunteers were honored at the Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting. Dalena Barz was the 1991 Volunteer of the Year. Retiring Board members and representatives included: Andy Anderson, Ruth Lease, Chuck Madson, Art Tesar, Dick Bydlon, Tom Lovell, Kavin Swenson and Roger Walston. Special recognition for time and efforts also went to Jim Ransom, Dr. J.K. Johnson and Todd Johnson. Outgoing president Terry Peterson was honored for his service and incoming president Lee Speakar was welcomed.
Darla Westling was the winner of a 1963 1/2 Ford Galaxy raffled by the Iowa Easter Seals Society. Westling and her husband bought the lucky ticket from Century 21 Anchor Realty salesperson Dianne Hensley. Hensley was also the top ticket seller in the state for the event.
John Brandt has announced the sale of his hoist business, barge service, shop and storage buildings to Jim Larson, owner of Clear Lake Boats.
Humboldt flexed its muscle against the Clear Lake wrestling team, pinning the Lions with a 62-4 defeat. Sophomore Ryan Boeshart came away with the lone Lion victory.
The Clear Lake boys defeated Clarion, 71-47. Scott Schroder led all scorers with 26-points and 10 rebounds. Jeff Lester also had an outstanding game, recording 14-points, 12 assists and six steals. Later in the week, the Lions fell to Iowa Falls, 65-52. Paul Bruns led the team with 15-points and 11 rebounds. Schroeder pulled down 17 rebounds and tossed in 12-points.
The Ventura boys basketball team won two games to break their four game losing streak. The Viking defense allowed only 47 and 51 points in the two games. The Vikings pulled off a close 51-47 win over SC-MT. Matt Halvorson led the Vikings with 12-points and eight rebounds. The Vikings pounded Alden, 82-51. Matt Dillavou led scorers with 25-points, including hitting seven of 10 from the three-point range. Troy Roenfanz had 12-points.
Grocery specials for the week at Easter’s Super Valu include: Milwaukee Beer, 12-12 oz. cans, $3.49; Dad’s Root Beer, 2 liter, 89¢; Keebler Club Crackers, 16 oz., $1.49; Kraft Cheese Singles, 16 oz., $2.19; Kemps Sour Cream, 8 oz., 49¢; California Lettuce, head, 59¢; grapefruit, 5 lb. bag, $1.59; Hormel Cure 812 Boneless Ham, lb., $2.49; Family Fryers, lb., 59¢; and Oscar Mayer sliced Bologna, 8 oz., $1.19.
50 Years Ago
Retail sales were well over the three million mark during the second quarter of 1966 in Clear Lake, this represented a 19 percent increase over the same period in 1965.
Grocery specials for the week at Shop-N-Save included: Shurfine coffee, lb. 59¢; bananas, lb., 10¢; while sugar, 10 lbs., 89¢; Charmin Facial Puffs, 4/89¢; Decker’s Iowana Canned Picnics, 3 lb. tin, $1.89; and Chuck steak, lb., 49¢.
Clear Lake lost to Webster City, 25-15, in a wrestling meet. Duane Schlichting pinned his man in 1:50 to keep his record unblemished at 11-0. Bill Kennedy was also a winner at 145 pounds.
The Clear Lake boys basketball team smashed a school record by scoring 102 points against Garner. Another highlight was the play of Ken Grabinski. The 6’5” forward scored 35 points Friday night and 36 on Saturday for a 71-point total in two games. Clear Lake’s record in loop play is 8-3.
75 Years Ago
A 50 mile an hour speed limit for daytime and 40 at night has been recommended and approved by the Iowa Safety Council.
Hot school lunches will be served each Tuesday and Thursday at noon under the direction of Miss Mildred Burns and cooking students at the high school.
Mrs. A.C. Liggett has left California and gone to Oregon. She states that she didn’t like California as she felt too close to the defense industry, oil wells and the coast. She experienced two blackouts while in California and said everything was well guarded.
Girls basketball is now well on its way. There are three squads playing alternating quarters. LaVonne Weiland, Dorothy Mulert and Peggy Heffner were elected captains for the session.
100 Years Ago
Things are going to be lively over at Bayside next summer. Stansfield and Pierce, owners, have contracted for a merry-go-round, roller skating rink, soda grill, a $10,000 roller coaster and a fine dance band with the Erwin-Wells orchestra.
The people of Clear Lake are strongly opposed to the proposed bill requiring a fishing license according to a petition which has been almost universally signed here and in Mason City.
900,000 Americans are now playing the amazing game of golf, unheard of 25 years ago.
Roy Stanfield has a new pet, a live alligator sent to him by Byron Pierce who is spending the winter in Los Angeles, Calif.