Collected by Tracey Peters
50 years ago
The covered wagon came back in style last week when the Board of Supervisors places an embargo on all secondary roads due to mud. This prohibited school buses from running their routes so farmer took the children to school in wagons pulled by tractors.
Charles H. Grover of Clutier State Bank was elected as the president of the Tama County Bankers Association.
Mr. and Mrs. George Simpson are to open the Traer bakery this week in the Frank Nowadszky building.
Residential Construction in Traer increased 500 percent last year with six new homes.
Clutier was very nearly isolated by the mud blockade last week. As of late Monday of this week the only passable road for automobiles in and out of Clutier was the state road sex miles to highway 21.
The Clutier Board of Education has offered contracts to all members of the present teaching staff, with the salary increases ranging from $100.00 to $300.00.
100 Years ago
Fifty men attended the seed corn meeting at City Hall in Traer. Seed corn tested below 18 percent this year.
A passenger car taking the place of the bumblebee, wrecked Monday morning. Three people from Traer were on it but they were only badly bruise, no deaths resulted from the wreck.
Miss Flora Wilson will come back to Traer, her hometown and sing in May. Traer has be trying to get Miss Flora to come here and she finally agreed with a $300.00 charge.
The local High School will open the season with a game with Reinbeck High School on Saturday. Businessmen of Traer greatfully rented the ballpark.
A motor car which stood on the side tracks in Traer for three days was hitched and taking to be repaired. About a mile out of town the motor jumped the track and ran for one mile before stopping. Two men who had been inside the car working on it got the scared of theirs lives.
It is reported to us that an epidemic of the epizootic is raging among the guinea hens. Given a good start, the epizootic will go through a flock of guinea hens like a woodpecker through a tar roof.