Bits of Information
from undated newspaper clippings

All of the clippings on this page are from a Lansing / New Albin vicinity scrapbook. None were dated, but the majority (but not all) of the clippings are from the 1940's and 1950's. Anyone knowing the date of the clipping, please notify the Allamakee co. Coordinator.

All clippings were contributed by Errin Wilker unless otherwise credited.

Mrs. Les Dresselhaus entertained a group of friends Saturday afternoon in honor of her daughter Shirley, 6 years old, and son Robert, five years old, Monday, March 19. The afternoon was spent playing games, after which a delicious lunch was served. The invited guests included: Joann and Harlan Reyerson; Goldie, Leo and Bob Thimmesch, David Hudachka, Jon Sinrud, Mary Mauss, Bruce Wilson, Janice Wohlers, Sharon Kumpf, Jarla Thimmesch, Grace Buege, Janice Hammer, Vera Thomson, Linda Ann Imhoff, Neil Zarwell and Mmes. Don Thomson, John Hudachka, Alvin Sires, Vincent Imhoff, Maynard Sinrud, Marcia Baechler, Herbert Zarwell, Leo Colsch, Henry Thimmesch, and Lloyd Hammer. The honored guests received many nice gifts.

James Carmine entertained a group of boys at the A. Rudnick home Saturday afternoon in celebrating his 13th birthday, which was Sunday. Games were played and refreshments served at a table with a large birthday cake as the centerpiece. Jim received many nice gifts and guest were: Irvin Kulow, Frank Mead, Louis and Allison Weymiller, Myron Cole, Earl Wohlers, Alvin and Jack Darling, Wayne Buege, Richard and Donald Franzmeier, Leo Whalen, Bob Thimmesch and Jack Metzdorf.

A disastrous fire completely destroyed the house, barn, machine shed, hog house and silo on the Herman H. Meyer farm in Irish Hollow Friday afternoon. It is unknown how the fire started but thought caused from an oil stove in the kitchen. Mr. Meyer was away from home and Mrs. Meyer had been doing some work at one of the brooder houses. Upon her return she found the kitchen in smoke which burst into a conflagration, which only got worse due to a terrible high wind. The phone was burned off so they ran to a neighbors and summoned help and the rural fire truck. The Meyer family lost everything in their home as well as the farm buildings and much equipment. It is reported that part of the loss is covered by insurance.

Thank-You! We wish to take this means of thanking the New Albin Pioneer Fire Co. and the Waukon rural fire department, our many friends and neighbors who helped us at our fire Friday afternoon. We also wish to thank each and everyone for the donations of food, clothing and money, and the many other accommodations. Mr. and Mrs. Herman H. Meyer and Daughter Selma

Mr. A.B. Ferguson of New Albin has purchased the J.V. Irons home, which is considered one of the most modern homes in our city. Mr. Ferguson and family have been occupying this house the past year and can feel proud of his purchase at $4,000. ~this clipping is from a New Albin newspaper

Lansing, Ia.--St. George High School has been notified two of its students were among the top 10 percent in the nation in a recent Mathematical Tournament, sponsored by the Future Engineers of America. They were Tommy Heiderscheit and his brother, Gerald, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Heiderscheit, new Albin. The two are eligible to participate in a national tournament Friday in Hotel Conrad Hilton in Chicago, Ill. More than 6,000 students in 600 schools in 32 states took part in the tournament, which was designed to discover mathematical talent in students and do something for them. ~clipping is from the Des Moines Register, Des Moines, IA

Kermit C. Fitschen recently sold his furniture ad undertaking business in Lansing and a branch store at New Albin to Frank L. Christen of Decorah, consideration $19,000, oil station operator. John Burke, licensed embalmer, employed by Mr. Fitschen for a number of years, will continue in the employ of the new owner. Possession of the business is to be given Sept. 1st and Mr. Christen and family expect to move to Lansing about that time. Mr. Fitschen purchased this business from William F. Saam a number of years ago, making many improvements to the building during his time of ownership and operation.

A Ford pick-up, driven by Clem Colsch, and Hupmobile owned by Walter Weymiller, collided at the intersection in front of the filling station at Waukon late Sunday night with the result that the former's truck was quite badly damaged. Some damage resulted to the Weymiller car. Sheriff Bulman was called in for an investigation. There were 7 young people in the Colsch truck, Arlene Colsch suffering from a fractured arm and Billy Schutz from painful cuts which necessitated stitches. The remaining occupants suffered minor injuries.

Last Thursday morning while men were engaged at the New Albin Co-Operative Creamery and Locker Plant, fire of unknown origin broke out in the attic of the building. It caused considerable damage to the roof and rafters but quick work on the part of the fire company had the blaze under control within a short time. Had it happened at night the fine building and plant might have been lost. Water and smoke caused a little damage but none of the contents of the locker room suffered any loss as the machines and butter making were in operation later the same day. The debris was started to be cleaned up as soon as the machines were in order. Damage will fully be taken care of by an insurance adjuster who was to arrive in town early this week. As the news reached Lansing, many cars went up as several residents have lockers in the plant and the Lansing Fire Company volunteered its services which were not needed. The many members of the Creamery Co. and residents of New Albin extend thanks to the firemen for their able and efficient work in extinguishing the fire which was almost entirely confined to the attic. They wish to also thank the Lansing firemen for volunteering their services and are glad the results were no worse.

A 10-year-old Lansing boy Wednesday was awarded $105,000 damages in a pre-trial settlement with the Milwaukee Railroad. Donald Burke charged he lost his left leg 5 inches below the knee when he was struck by a train as he walked along a public path near Lansing June 22, 1951. His attorney, James Dooley, said swaying cars made it impossible to walk the path between the tracks and the Mississippi River.


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