50 years ago
April 24, 1959
Sale at auction of three Perry township school houses, with their equipment, last Friday and Saturday, brought a total of $1,403. The net from these sales will now go into the treasury of the reorganized Traer community school district.
Eddie Malina, owner and operator of the Traer Theatre, is negotiating for the sale of the theatre to Arnold Driscoll, owner and operator of the Avon Theatre in Dysart.
Mr. and Mrs. Ed R. Buresh, southwest of Traer, are the parents of a girl, born Sunday, Apr. 19, in Mercy hospital in Marshalltown.
Gasoline prices hit a new low in Traer this week as the gas war continues. Regular gas is now selling at 22.9 cents and ethyl at 26.9 cents at most stations.
A plan for reorganization of the Traer, Dinsdale and Reinbeck school district into a large district will be studied at a joint meeting of the three school boards sometime in the future.
Robert Fuller, son of Mrs. Lucille Fuller of Geneseo, is one of the final candidates from this district for an appointment to the Air Force academy.
Boettcher Furniture Co.: Beautiful 3-piece Limed Oak Bedroom group - Double Dresser, Chest, Bookcase Bed. Now only $179; Two-piece sectional. Now only $129; Large Upholstered Rockers. Now only $29.
Frank's Shoe Store: Glov-Ett Wedgies - $8.95.
100 years ago
April 23, 1909
Clutier: Theodore Jessen, east of town, captured eight young wolves Tuesday.
Clutier: Joe Kopecky's three-weeks-old baby died Wednesday morning. The funeral was held yesterday.
Mr. and Mrs. Mason Stoakes are parents of a twelve-pound girl, their first born.
The community was startled Friday by the news of the death of Will Calderwood. Deceased was born on the home farm east of Traer June, 1875.
Six Italian laborers came here a few days ago to work on the section of the North-Western road out of Traer. The company have been unable to get men here at the price paid. A box car has been set out here for the Italians to eat in and sleep in.
Corn continues to go up in price, sixty-one cents now being paid at Traer elevators.
Dr. J. W. Gaffey, the new physician who is soon to open an office here, has purchased a four-cylinder Buick automobile.
Mrs. Frank Schuett died at her home, three miles south of Traer, this week, after a long illness.
The brick and tile works opened the season a few days ago, but a piece of iron got in the grinder and smashed things to such an extent that it was necessary to shut down until repairs come from Ohio.
The government detective sent to the Tama Indian reservation last winter to stop the sale of liquor to the Indians is doing more business these days than half a dozen grand juries. He has arrested saloon keepers and others in Boone, Oskaloosa and Marshalltown also, but his great harvest is in Des Moines, where over twenty saloon men are under arrest and must answer for selling liquor to Tama red men. The detective used the Indians as decoys, sending them to the saloons and to suspected private parties after liquor, and in nearly every case they got it. Between fifty and sixty arrests have been made by the detective within a few weeks.
The first half of this month averaged colder than Iowa has known since 1881. Rain has fallen so often farmers have had a hard time getting seed in the ground. The season is fully two weeks late.