100 YEARS AGO
JANUARY 2, 1919
Now that we are at the beginning of a new year, it is a good time for everybody to make the resolution that he or she will do everything in their power to make Bellevue a better town during 1919.
This is a most laudable undertaking and one in which every citizen should enter upon with the greatest enthusiasm.
We gave everything in Bellevue to make a first-class little city. Strangers marvel at the natural beauty of the place, and still, many of us fail to appreciate what nature has done for us.
We have some of the best citizens on earth. Only this week a visitor told this writer that he never met a more cordial, hospitable people than right here in Bellevue. We have modern municipal improvements. We have fine stores, and other places of business. We have splendid schools and attractive churches. We have other advantages which make Bellevue and ideal place in which to live.
But we need more cooperation among all our people. We need a greater spirit of harmony, more of the “get-together” feeling.
We need all of us to “boost” more for Bellevue. We don’t take any stock in the adage, “every knock is a boost.” It isn’t true. Every time you knock the town, you do some damage. Don’t do it. If you feel that you cannot “boost,” please don’t knock.
The annual meeting of the Bellevue Commerical Club will be held next Tuesday evening. New officers will be elected. Attend the meeting. Help to choose men who you think will best serve the interests of the city and make Bellevue a better town in 2019.
90 YEARS AGO
JANUARY 3, 1929
One of the new six-cylinder Chevrolet cars arrived in Bellevue last Saturday and is now on display at Bellevue Auto Service on Second Street and has been receiving considerable attention.
There are many new features in the Outstanding Chevrolet of Chevrolet history, among which are the six-cylinder, valve-in-head engine, developing much more power and displaying sensationally greater speed and faster acceleration, and the claim is made too, that it will average better than twenty miles to a gallon of gasoline.
There are also new four-wheel brakes, two-beam head lamps with foot control dimming device, also a new Fisher body and artistic coach work.
Drop around to the Bellevue Auto Service and let wither Orin DeGear or Clarence Pinnell demonstrate the new Chevrolet for you.
80 YEARS AGO
JANUARY 2, 1939
A daughter, the third child, was born to Dr. and Mrs. C.L. Veach at Finley Hospital, Dubuque, Sunday, Jan. 1 at 4:13 p.m.
Much interest is created by the fact that this baby is the first to be born this year at the two hospitals. It is also the first birth in Dubuque and the first one among the citizens of Bellevue and vicinity to be reported this year,
Dr. E.L. Lampe and Mrs. E.L. Lampe, RN, were in attendance and are in charge of the case.
70 YEARS AGO
JANUARY 3, 1949
Thru the cooperative efforts of local rural property owners Bellevue will have a brand new up-to-date fire truck delivered soon.
All farmers are urged to come in as members; help themselves and community by paying to the treasurer of the organization, Edmund Felderman, their $75 contribution. Or they may contact Buzz Lucke, fire chief and he will make a water supply survey of your farm and a complete card index of all members which will be instantly available to local firemen in case an alarm is sent in from the country.
Bellevue should have at least 200 subscribers for the fire protection in which case the cost would automatically drop to $50 and the extra $25 paid in would be refunded. Farmers can help themselves and their neighbors save $25 by paying their memberships at First National Bank.
The new quarters for housing the truck in the basement of city hall is about completed under the supervision of Vic Stuart.
60 YEARS AGO
JANUARY 3, 1959
What started out to be a pleasant winter vacation in the sunny south landed one Bellevue family in the hospital but fortunately no one was killed.
Dr. and Mrs. Sunleaf and son Roger left Bellevue Dec. 21 with New Orleans as their destination They got as far as Baton Rouge, La., when in some manner, they crashed into the rear of a road-sweeping machine which was obsured by a cloud of dust.
They were taken to a hospital In Baton Rouge where it was found that Dr. Sunleaf had suffered a badly shattered left arm and an eye injury, the seriousness of which could not at first be determined. Mrs. Sunleaf also suffered a broken left arm while their son Roger had four ribs broken.
Mrs. Sunleaf called Bellevue friends the next morning. Her arm had already been put in a cast but the doctor had to have surgery on his arm several days later.
The family has the sincere sympathy of the community.
50 YEARS AGO
JANUARY 3, 1969
Miss Merry Christmas at Upper Iowa College, Fayette before the holidays was Connie Doland of Bellevue. She was crowned by Santa after being elected from among five candidates to reign over the Merry Christmas Dance at the college. Connie is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Doland.
40 YEARS AGO
JANUARY 3, 1979
If patterns established last year continue into the new year, most traffic accidents in Bellevue will occur either along State Street or Second Street between 3 and 4 p.m. on a Friday or Saturday.
According to records kept by the Bellevue Police Department, there were 45 reportable traffic accidents in town during 1978. And, according to Police Chief Clarence Hinke, there were almost 20 additional accidents to which police were summoned that resulted in damages amounting to less than $250 which are not “reportable under Iowa law and are not part of the official record.