Today is June 12, the 163rd day of the year. There are 202 days left in 2014. Below are news items from the Creston News Advertiser for this week (June 9-15) in history.
5 years ago
Greenfield began preparations to host RAGBRAI riders overnight July 20. Greenfield’s theme was “There’s Nothing Like It – Bike It!” The red geranium was chosen as the city’s official RAGBRAI 2009 flower. In preparation for the event, buildings and homes around town were decorated with red geraniums, bikes and bike parts.
About 50 Army Reserve firefighters from the 475th Engineer Detachment began two weeks of active-duty training in Creston June 1. Creston usually holds weekend training, but this was the first time in many years both the Creston and Lincoln, Neb., halves of the detachment had come to the community for yearly training. While in Creston, the reserve firefighters gained certification in driver/operator/pumper, fire officer II, fire inspector I and hazardous material instant command.
10 years ago
After a one-year hiatus, A&W Restaurant re-opened alongside Long John Silver’s on Taylor Street. Moxie Java and TCBY shared the other side of the restaurant.
Musician Ray Charles died at age 73. He was known as an innovator because his music combined rock ‘n roll with gospel. Charles was winner of nine Grammy Awards out of 12 nominations between 1960 and 1966.
Dr. E.R. Pennebaker, 101, and his wife Bessie, 96, of Lenox celebrated their 80th wedding anniversary. They were married June 14, 1924. E.R. retired at age 88 after providing chiropractic services for 68 years. Bessie spent most of her time as a homemaker, but also helped E.R. with bookkeeping.
20 years ago
Diagonal Community Center was near completion. The two-year volunteer project raised nearly $70,000. The community center was built as a place for local organizations to meet and house city offices.
Tammy Truitt of Davenport won the Miss Iowa Pageant. She went on to compete for the Miss America title in Atlantic City, N.J. As Iowa winner, she received more than $7,000 in scholarship money and keys to a new car.
50 years ago
The Creston News Advertiser was sold for 7 cents per copy.
There was dancing every Friday and Saturday night at the Hotel Iowana Lounge.
Creston municipal band opened its summer concert season June 14 at Rainbow Park. This concert featured the Uncalled Four, a male quartet made up of Creston Chorus members. Co-directors of the band were Lionel V. Foley and David Rissler.
Forty-five young people were placed in jobs through the YES – Youth Employment Service – program sponsored by Creston Junior Chamber of Commerce.
Creston police were investigating breakins at Williams Café, Highway 34 and Elm Street, and L.O. Boggs Wholesale Co. Nothing was taken from L.O. Boggs, and $71 was taken from the register at the café.