50 years ago
March 27, 1959
Orville B. Congdon, 78, of Cedar Falls, who was the Star-Clipper's composing room foreman and in charge of the job printing department of this newspaper about 28 years, died last Sunday morning of a heart attack.
The Win Watsons, of Traer, are the parents of a son, born last Saturday in Schoitz hospital in Waterloo. He has been named Wade Marshall.
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Mason, near Traer, are the parents of a son, their tenth child and fifth boy, born Wednesday night in Schoitz hospital in Waterloo.
Richard Elwood Green, 26, and Arthur Gramenz, 22, both of Waterloo, who were arrested recently by Cedar Falls police, have confessed to having committed between 75 and 80 burglaries in 10 northeastern Iowa counties in the last several months. Among the breakins they have admitted was the Moeller & Walter elevator at Dinsdale some months ago, where they hammered the dial off the safe lock but failed to get into the safe, leaving empty-handed.
Traer has a gas war for the first time in many years. One station cut its prices last week end and most of the others followed suit early this week. Regular gas is now selling here at 27.9 cents, with ethyl about 2 cents higher.
Cold's Super Market: Blue Bonnet Oleomargarine - 4 lbs. $1.00; Wilderness Cherry Pie Filling - 3 for $1; Kraft Miracle Whip, Quart - 48.
the Farmers Store: Van Camp Grated Tuna, 3 cans 59; Duncan Hines White or Chocolate Cake Mix, pkg. 27; Kraft's Velveeta cheese, 2 lbs. 69.
Harold's Food Center: Skippy 12-oz. Peanut Butter, Chunk or Cream - 39; Rath's or Elsheimers Hams, 12 to 14-lb. weights, Whole or Shank Half, lb. 49; Calif. Sunkist Oranges, Large 113 size, 12 for only 49.
100 years ago
March 26, 1909
After a prolonged illness, extending over a period of two years, Grandmother Leslie, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank Wilson, in Traer, last Friday. Jane Negley was born in Aleghany county Pa., March 11, 1819. In 1843 she was united in marriage to George Leslie and in 1854 they moved to Iowa.
Clutier: A baby boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Arp last Thursday.
Clutier: A baby girl came to the home of Mr. and Mrs. August Untiedt Wednesday.
Joe Krezek and Joe Visner were down to the Iowa river hunting and came back with ten ducks and one goose.
No city elections in Traer this year. The law now requires city officers in places of our size shall be elected only once in two years.
A. C. Ryan, the hustling implement man, will incorporate within a few weeks, with a capital of $50,000. His brother-in-law, A. G. Armstrong Jr., will be associated with him. The company's principal place of business will be Waterloo. Mr. Ryan has leased a large building in that city at 710 Water street, on the Illinois Central railroad, where a large stock of goods will be stored. While Waterloo will be the company's headquarters, the Traer branch will be given ample attention, as a large trade has already been worked up here. Mr. Ryan will continue his other branch stores in Gladbrook, Reinbeck, Clutier and Dysart.
For the ladies of Traer and vicinity today and tomorrow will be red letter days. Both our millinery stores have their spring opening on these days, and the goods on display will fill the ladies with delight.