Today is July 3, the 184th day of the year. There are 181 days left in 2014. Below are news items from the Creston News Advertiser for this week (June 30-July 6) in history.
5 years ago
According to analysts, Iowa’s corn crop in 2009 was expected to be the second-largest since 1946, despite rainy weather and fewer acres planted. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Iowa farmers planted 13.7 million acres of corn through June and expected to harvest 13.4 million acres.
Construction of the new Ringgold County Hospital was about halfway complete. The new 61,000-square-feet facility was built to replace a 1951 facility that was barely more than half the size of the new medical complex. Groundbreaking for the $27 million project was in October 2008.
The First Church of Christ Scientist, located in the 100 block of North Oak Street, was on the market for $143,000. Members of the church decided to seek a smaller building in Creston to hold services, resulting in the potential sale of the 91-year-old church.
Creston’s Kevin Irr was selected Class 2A second-team by Iowa High School Soccer Coaches Association, marking the first time a CHS player had an All-State selection. Irr, a junior, was an unanimous first team All-Conference selection, while scoring six goals and adding 14 assists.
10 years ago
Afton Police Chief Harold Dalton retired after 30 years. He was hired on the spot by Mayor Morris Conklin in 1974. John Coulter took over as police chief after Dalton’s retirement.
Actor Marlon Brando died at age 80. He starred in “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “On the Waterfront,” and as Don Vito Corleone in “The Godfather.”
Self-checkout lanes were installed at Creston Walmart Supercenter.
Three-generation trumpet quartet of Arnold, Tim, Skip and Alex Kenyon performed the national anthem to begin the Fourth of July talent show.
20 years ago
Creston celebrated its quasquicentennial (125th anniversary) over the July Fourth weekend. It began with a celebrity softball game and ended with fireworks.
The celebration also included speeches, displays, reunions, parades, a Civil War re-enactment, songs, dancing and eating.
Gov. Terry Branstad was guest of honor during the ceremonies, helping unveil the railroad sculpture and speaking to a crowd of 400. The railroad played a key role in the development of Creston.
Quasquicentennial queen was Flossie Roberts and king was Dr. Howard Beatty. They won by public vote.
More than 80 participants from throughout the Midwest came to re-enact the Civil War’s Battle of Corinth at Pioneer Village at McKinley Park historical complex. Organizer of the event was O.J. Fargo and other representatives from Creston included Leon Lamb, Hope Good and Jeff Norman.
Creston Community Theatre performed “Chautauqua Dreams” co-written by Julie Weisshaar-Mullin and Vicki Sickels.