Kegler General Store

The old Kegler General Store of Springbrook is pictured here in this 1940s photograph. The historic building once served as the town grocer, hardware store, gas station and post office back in the day. The building is currently being restored by the Galloway family of Bellevue, who are renting out apartments on the top floor.

100 YEARS AGO

OCTOBER 3, 1918

The new tile floor in the Walch Garage is finally completed and is a handsome piece of work.  It is said to have cost $1,000.

 

90 YEARS AGO

OCTOBER 2, 1928

Mrs. M. D. Brandt, publisher of the HERALD, is indebted to Charles Budde of Minneapolis, MN, for a Police pup, which he sent to her last week.  The bumptious puppy arrived Saturday morning by express and was promptly named “Budde.” Now the football teams, baseball teams, battleships, etc., that have mascots have “nothing on” the HERALD office.

 

80 YEARS AGO

OCTOBER 6, 1938

Wilfred and Joe Till, local Hudson dealers and proprietors of Till’s garage went to Detroit Wednesday morning to attend the World Premier of the new 1939 Hudson cars staged by international distributing organizations.  The Hudson Motor Co. will soon announce three new cars in a price range described as lowest, low and moderate for 1939 and all three will feature new and major advancements in safety devices.  The Till Bros. expects to have a new Hudson on display at their garage on Saturday, Oct. 8.

 

70 YEARS AGO

SEPTEMBER 30, 1948

A parade, free acts, athletic events, a band concert and carnival attractions are on the program for the two-day fall festival to be held here Friday and Saturday, plans for which are complete.  The event will get underway tomorrow afternoon when Dean Landerfear, the well-known WMT announcer will broadcast his “man on the street” program from Riverview park from 12 to 12:15 p.m.  Next will be the parade, which will form on Third Street, pass up Second Street to Spring and then down Front Street to the Ford garage corner. 

 

60 YEARS AGO

OCTOBER 2, 1958

A killing frost closed the summer garden season and ended the ripening on the small portion of corn not already matured in this area Wednesday morning.  Temperature recorded at Bellevue lock and dam 12 Wednesday morning was 29 and thermometers around the town ranged from 28 to 30 degrees.  Bright sun began to warm the day Wednesday, although the air remained on the chilly side.  

Best estimates are that the frost will have hit less than 10 percent of the corn in this area.  Warm weather through most of September and several days of brisk winds through the recent weeks helped push most of the corn to full maturity.

 

50 YEARS AGO

OCTOBER 3, 1968

Letter of commendation honoring her for her high performance on the 1968 National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) has been awarded to a student at Bellevue Community High School, Principal Vern E. Miller, has announced.  The commended student is Cynthia Ernst.  She is among 39,000 students in the United States who scored in the upper two percent of those who will graduate from high school in 1969.  The commended students rank just below the 15,000 semifinalists announced in September by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).

 

40 YEARS AGO

OCTOBER 5, 1978

Agents of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), the state Fire Marshal’s office and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office are still investigating fires set by arsonists that destroyed two trucks at the Bellevue Sand and Gravel Company north of Bellevue last week.  Firemen were called to the scene about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, after nearby residents spotted the flames from their home across Highway 52.  When firemen arrived, they discovered a cement truck and a nearby dump truck ablaze.  Two other trucks and the company’s wooden cement mixing plant had been drenched with diesel fuel but not set fire.

 

30 YEARS AGO

OCTOBER 6, 1988

Bellevue residents like the town they live in a lot!  And they have some strong opinions about what is good, and not so good, about this river community.  Results from the recently completed Bellevue Assessment of Services and Community Needs Survey show residents think police services are good and fire protection is very good.  Residents are generally satisfied with the responses they get from city employees when they have a problem.  A telling response was a majority who feel Bellevue’s streets are in only poor to fair condition.  The survey is part of a comprehensive assessment project called the Community Economic Preparedness Program (CEPP). 

 

20 YEARS AGO

OCTOBER 1, 1998

The Lucke Family name has been connected with shoes and merchandising in Bellevue since 1857.  Lucke Bros. is Bellevue’s oldest store, perhaps Iowa’s.  Joseph Lucke started the business making shoes to customer measurements.  Today the store carries many of the best-known brands in the industry.  Lucke Bros. and footwear are synonymous in Bellevue.  Jerry Lucke is the fourth generation of this remarkable Bellevue Mercantile family to operate the business.  Once located at the present Bronco Inn, the store has been at 114 North Riverview since 1926.

 

10 YEARS AGO

OCTOBER 2, 2008

Among the events during Bellevue’s 175th anniversary celebration Saturday, a series of running and walking events.  The celebration brought visitors and residents to the downtown area through the day for music, food, history and tours.