(Above) Miniature Model T - Dean Hess, age 9, son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Hess, invited his friend Dell Vosburgh, 9, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Vosburgh, all of Clear Lake, to go for a spin on the ice in 1968. The Model-T was about six feet long and 36 inches wide. The seat was 24 inches from the ground. It operated on two cylinders and had a six-horsepower, air-cooled engine which could reach the speed of 10 miles per hour. The vehicle boasted a forward and a reverse drive.
25 Years Ago
The Association of the Preservation of Clear Lake will continue sponsorship of a study of Clear Lake’s water quality. At the annual meting, Roger Bachman, of Iowa State University, who conducted the lake study with the help of the group, was the speaker. Bachman said the most feasible way to address water quality and clarity problem i by monitoring runoff into the lake. Storm sewers and other pathways to the lake carry nutrients which may accelerate algae growth, affecting the clarity. He considered dredging, another option, to be far too costly and mammoth of a project at this time.
A toxic substance leaking from a semi-trailer sent officials from the Clear Lake Fire Department, Department of Natural Resources and Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s office to the Interstate 35 northbound rest stop just north of Clear Lake Monday morning. About five gallons of Sodium hydroxide-potassium spilled from the container at the rest stop.
Members of the Clear Lake High School Class of 1993, as well as the pastors of Clear Lake churches, will participate in the Baccalaureate Service to be held at 7 p.m., Sunday, May 23, in Stillman Auditorium.
The Clear Lake Jaycees will hold their annual Sandbox Fill Saturday, May 22. Costs are $5 for one wheelbarrow load of sand or $8 for two loads.
The 50th anniversary celebration of the Clear Lake Woman’s Club was attended by 110 members and guests May 11. A brunch was held at the Diamond K Restaurant.
On May 16, Clear Lake Boy Scout Troop 30 presented Nathan Hohn with the Boys Scouts highest honor, the Eagle Scout Award.
Craig L. Draves, of Clear Lake, is one of seven graduates of North Iowa Area Community College who has earned entrance into the NIACC Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame recognizes students who have graduated from the college with all “A” grades. Just over 100 graduates have earned entrance into the Hall of Fame since it was initiated in the early 1930s.
Clear Lake’s Baskin Robbins store has new owners. Marty and Chuck Taylor, local owners of the ice cream shop for 14 years, sold the business to Bud and Lori Kishline, of Clear Lake. The Kishlines also own the Quick Shop, a convenience and liquor store at 904 N. 8th St.
North Iowa Mercy Health Center will be the name of the new organization formed by the consolidation of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and North Iowa Medical Center.
Jason Jones became the first singles player in Clear Lake High School history to win a district title. The team also qualified for Sub-State tennis.
One “old-timer” from Clear Lake and four first-time qualifiers from Ventura will compete in the Iowa Girls Athletic Union State Track Meet at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. The “old-timer” is Kendra Berge, making her fourth state appearance. Berge dominated the 2A District meet at Parkersburg, winning the long jump, 100 and 200 dashes. Ventura’s quartet of Sarah Hinrichs, Kim Lauen, Allison Cooper and Danika Swenson set a pair of school records in the 4x100 and 4x200 relays and earned two spots in the State Meet. The 4x100 time was 52.6. The 4x200 record fell in 1:49.97.
Andy Thompson and Dustin DenHartog, both of Clear Lake, competed in the USA State Freestyle Wrestling Championships. Thompson won the 110 pound class, while DenHartog won the 105 pound class. By winning their weight class, they earn the right to compete in the Northern Plains Regional Freestyle Championships.
50 Years Ago
Dianna Johnson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Johnson, has been chosen to represent the Clear Lake High School as queen candidate at the Band Festival, June 11.
John Lansing’s 15-lb., 9 oz. northern, the largest northern reported in Iowa this year, topped the Chamber’s first weekly fishing contest. He wins a pair of Sportmate Pliers from Miller Hardware.
Baccalaureate and Commencement for 119 Clear Lake seniors are planned for Sunday, May 19 and Tuesday, May 21. Both programs will be held in the Clear Lake High School gymnasium. Ventura will graduate 26 seniors on May 20, at 8 p.m., in the high school gymnasium.
The Clear Lake Commodores presented a decorated cake to Betty Wilson, manager of the new Villa, a women’s apparel shop recently opened at 305 Main Ave.
Playing at the Lake Theater is “The Savage Seven,” starring Robert Walker, Larry Bishop and Adam Roarke. Also playing is Patty Duke as “Billie.”
70 Years Ago
The new water pipes which are to be laid from the pumping station out into the lake, a distance of about 800 feet, have arrived and will be placed as soon as the ice becomes frozen to the desired depth.
Harold Low’s radio is one of the finest in Clear Lake. Last week he plainly heard messages from Alaska, Canada and Los Angeles.
Cyrus Brooks will have a sale Thursday. He has 176 head of livestock. There will be a big, hot, free lunch served at 11:30 a.m.
Ed Miles shipped some stock last week and for five of his fat heifers he received $7.25 per cwt.
C.F. Crane has been confined to his home this week as a result of rheumatism in one foot.
100 Years Ago
There was a slight blaze on the roof of Bench Cafe Wednesday, but no harm was done.
A bushel of good seed corn will be auctioned off to highest bidder on Main Street Saturday for the benefit of the Red Cross.
Chief of Police Max Gorman, Mason City, was removed from office by Mayor Potter after he assaulted Nels Ouverson, Fertile, who was leaving for Ft. Dodge. Ouverson, who was bidding good-bye to his mother and sister, failed to note the band had struck up the Star Spangled Banner and failed to remove his hat. Gorman, without any warning, struck the young soldier several times in the face. An angry crowd assembled but Gorman was hustled away before violence was done.
Auto speeders had better watch out as Police Chief John Furse is on the war path.
Lyle Stunkard, employee at the Wagner Motor Co., smashed the third finger on his left hand while working on his car.