France 6 Aug 1918. After the war, 12 Mar 1919, he was transferred to the 88th Division Show Troup headquartered at Gondrecourt, France. Fie became a member of a band of 30 musicians picked from the different bands to furnish the music for the three hour theatrical production “Who Can Tell” written and directed by Dinnie McDonald. They performed for officers and thousands of “dough boys” trucked in from various parts of France. They also went to Coblentz, Germany and entertained the "Army of Occupation.” They returned to Paris where they entertained Pres. Wilson and his staff who were there for the “Peace Conference.”
Oscar was discharged from the Army 14 Jun 1919, resumed his teaching in Glenwood 7 Jul 1919 and was given the organist job instead of presentor. He continued as organist at the Glenwood Lutheran Church for 38 years and resigned 1 Jan 1957. He also became treasurer and financial secretary, an office he continued serving until just before his death.
31 Mar 1921 Oscar was united in marriage to Florence Luella Williams at the Glenwood Lutheran Church with Rev. Olaf Brevig officiating. Two children were born: Marian Thelma and Adeline Doris.
By 2 Jan 1934 the hard times of the 30’s had also hit Glenwood and the parochial school was cut to 5 months with one month in each district. Later it was finally cut to 3 months with one month in each of 3 districts of the congregation.
During the 50 years of service to Glenwood Congregation, Oscar continued as parochial teacher, teaching at the various schools during the summer months. He acted as choir director, Sunday School superintendent and organist. He also acted as the treasurer for the Norwegian Lutheran Teacher's Assoc., an office he held for 25 years. He served as president of the Decorah Circuit Luther League and acted as manager of the Bible camp held at Luther College and attended several Bible camps held at Clear Lake as a member of the St. Ansgar-Decorah circuits Bible Camp committee. For several years Oscar was a member and contact person for the Decorah Circuit Parish Board and in charge of the Ten Weeks Teacher Training Course held in Decorah for the Sunday School teachers of the circuit. He was also a member of the Iowa District Parish Board for several years.
On 30 Sep 1962 the Glenwood Congregation had a dinner and open house commemorating Oscar's 50 years of service to the congregation. Dr. Stavig, President of Augustana College of Sioux Falls, SD gave the sermon for the services and spoke in the afternoon. Many beautiful letters of tribute were received from his almost 1200 former students. He passed away 11 Aug 1966.
Lubke, Henry and Sena (Vick)
(Alice Lubke Steine)
Henry Adolph Lubke was born in Decorah 24 Jan 1885. His parents were German immigrants, John Frederick and Johanna (Hanneman) Lubke. There were 8 children in that family: Marie, Charley, Fred, John Jr., Ida, Henry, Anna and Othelia.
Henry and Sena were married in Decorah 25 Jun 1908. They had 9 children: Ethel, Fred, Alice, Raymond, Herbert, Robert, Roger, Irene and Frances.
Henry attended rural schools and Breckenridge Institute. He purchased a farm near Decorah which included the Addiken Brewery. The brewery was in operation from about 1869 to 1900. The brewery, saloon and mill were still standing and in fair condition. What is now the Decorah camp grounds, Will Baker park and Pulpit Rock were part of the farm also.
Henry owned a threshing machine and did threshing, silo filling and shredding for farmers in Decorah and Madison townships. The longest season in any one year was 100 days. He was manager of the Decorah Farmers Ice Cave Creamery for several years, served on the Winneshiek Co. fair board for many years, and was Winneshiek Co. supervisor from the Fifth District from 1933 to 1948.
After retiring from farming Henry went back to his old trade, that of a carpenter. He built two houses, several barns and small buildings in Decorah and Madison Twps. after age 70. The Lubke family were lifelong, active members of First Lutheran Church. Henry died 5 Mar 1975 and Sena died 29 Apr 1976. They were married 66 years.
Lukes, Frank and Barbara (Zahasky)
(Jo Ann C. Dostal)
Back: Frank Jr., Emalie Lukes Voyek, Louise Lukesh Wendl and Mary Lukesh Kostka Klima. Front: Frank Sr., William, John R., Barbara Zahasky Lienhard.
Frank Lukes (Lukesh) was the eldest son of Martin and Anna Koudelka Lukes. He was born in Bohemia in 1843. Frank married Barbara Zahasky, daughter of Joseph and Mary Zahasky 8 Feb 1870. They lived on the Lukesh family farm in Sumner Twp. Frank and Barbara had 6 children: William Joseph (22 May 1880) married Rose Koudelka, daughter of Vaclav and Marie Voyek Koudelka; Frank (29 Sept 1877) married Mary Sobolik, daughter of Frank and Marie Koudelka Sobolik; John married Emma Fisher; Louise married John Wendl; Mary married a Kostka and after his death married Frank Klima; Emalie (19 Jun 1875) married a neighbor, John Voyek, 21 Apr 1896. John was the son of Mathias and Katherine Stepan Voyek. Of
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