Today is May 15, the 135th day of the year. There are 230 days left in 2014. Below are news items from the Creston News Advertiser for this week (May 12-18) in history.
5 years ago
Chyrsler filed for bankruptcy. The company, in a motion filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York, said it wanted to eliminate 789 dealerships by June 9. According to the motion, just more than 50 percent of dealers accounted for about 90 percent of the company’s U.S. sales. Chrysler had intentions to eliminate roughly a quarter of its 3,200 U.S. dealerships.
A goat named Molly gave birth to five babies at the Janie and Jack Davis farm in Orient. Janie said she had never seen a goat give birth to five babies at one time.
Rob Gillum of Des Moines, a 48-year-old furniture installation manager, finished the first leg of his run across Iowa in Creston. He was running in an effort to raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society. Gillum started at the Missouri border with plans to run 40 miles per day for five days, while stopping in Creston, Guthrie Center, Rockwell City, Pocahontas and Estherville, before finishing the last 27 miles of the 227-mile jaunt at the Minnesota border.
10 years ago
Iowa State University’s solar car team visited Creston High School. Students learned about the mechanics of the sun-powered car named Prisum. The team all shared about competing in solar car racing events. Ryan Emerson, a 2001 Creston High School graduate, was a member of the team.
20 years ago
The Arrow, Creston High’s School newspaper publication, reported Larry and Ellen Turbot were retiring from Creston High School after a combined 69 years of working at Creston School District. Ellen retired as a physical education and health science teacher. Larry retired as librarian, but had previously been a speech and English teacher. The article was written by student Jumar Gordon.
Kent Post Office was determined structurally unsafe, so business was temporarily moved to the home of Postmaster Linda Roach. She sorted mail at her kitchen table. Kent Post Office served 17 customers at the time.