100 Years Ago
July 31, 1919
Our citizens fail to appreciate the natural beauty and surroundings of Bellevue. Travelers who have covered the globe insist that the view from our river front cannot be surpassed anywhere. We sit idly by, whereas, if we put forth the proper effort we might attract hundreds of tourists to our city. Talk about a summer resort, Bellevue is fully the equal of any of them.
Lieut. Clarence Lucke arrived home Saturday on a fifteen-day furlough and will return to Camp Dodge to receive his discharge. He spent a year overseas and was with the 803rd Pioneer Infantry of colored troops. He is looking fine.
Wm. P. Dunn bought the Burchedign residence on Fourth Street last week, the consideration being $7,100. This is one of the finest homes in Bellevue. Mr. Dunn got it for a great bargain.
The boom in farmlands throughout Iowa continues unabated. Fancy prices are being asked and as quickly paid. Just what it all means many people are curious to know.
George Zimmer has received new fixtures for his barbershop and is now prepared to render his patrons first-class service. He has also put in two fine showcases and will carry a line of cigars and tobaccos. He now boasts of a place that is a credit to the city.
Some of the most popular names for boys and girls now are Ronald, Edward, George, Gordon, Jean, Kathleen, Irene, Marguerite and among Welsh people “Megan” is a great favorite.
FRECKLES-Now is the time to get rid of these ugly spots. Simply get an ounce of Othine from your druggist and apply a little of it at night and morning and you will soon see that even the worst freckles have begun to disappear.
Will Roe made a large shipment of hogs to Chicago last week and was lucky in striking a $23,35 market, the highest price ever paid for hogs in this country or any other for that matter. The check Will received amounted to a fortune.
A truck brought a large load of lime from Eagle Point on Monday for the bricklayers working at the St. Donatus Church.
90 Years Ago
August 1, 1929
Mrs. Frances Kuchemon, who was Bellevue’s oldest resident, passed to her reward Wednesday. July 31, at the home of her daughter Mrs. George Schlatter on North Front Street. She had reached the grand old age of 94 years, 4 months and 6 days.
The dining room of Weck’s hotel is closed for the first time in sixty-five years. The extreme heat and difficulty in securing competent help and the desire for a vacation caused the management to close the dining room for the time being.
As usual, a big crowd assembled at Bellevue State Park last Sunday. Every available table was in use along with many seated on the ground. Over 500 registered, and many were there who did not register.
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Gurius of Mitchell, S.D. arrived here the latter part of the week for a visit with the former’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Gurius and family. The young couple stole a march on their friends and were married recently, but refuse to disclose the time and place.
The University of Iowa’s new $500,000 stadium is rapidly nearing completion at Iowa City and will be in readiness for the opening football game with Carroll college of Waukesha, Wis., Sept. 27. There will be two press boxes, each with a capacity of 250 men and equipped with electric lights, telegraph service, and a heating system.
Mrs. P.J. Weber had the misfortune to pour some hot coffee over her left forearm Monday and received quite a burn.
THE GREATEST OUTING OF THE YEAR-DIAMOND JUBILEE-IOWA STATE FAIR- 8 days and nights of pleasure-auto races, horse races, hippodrome, “Last Days of Pompeii”-world’s biggest fireworks spectacle, seven bands and scores of other features. Aug. 21-30, DesMoines.
SUITS-MADE TO ORDER-coat and pants $20.25, full suit $23.50, extra trousers $7.50. N.C. Bisdorf.
Attend the ice cream social at PotterBros. “Paradise” farm on Friday, August 9, afternoon and evening. Homemade ice cream will be served.
70 Years Ago
August 4, 1949
Much to the regret of our businessmen and upon the advice of Bellevue physicians, the Community Picnic scheduled for August 17 has been postponed to such time in the fall as the polio scare is definitely over.
Likewise and for the same reason the Chamber of Commerce has canceled the two-day celebration set for September. If anything can be done to avoid an epidemic of polio, our citizens are willing to do it.
Local citizens have become concerned about teen-agers who come from Dubuque to swim in the water at the gravel pit north of town. Since Dubuque is considered an area with dangerous proportions of polio, it is hardly to be wondered at that natives of Bellevue, whose children frequent the swimming hole, should become alarmed.
Bellevue residents are getting mighty tired of the scourge of Morman Flies or whatever name they are known by, and believe we have had more than our share of these hot weather pests. Usually one visit a season is all that occurs, but this year, we have had them for at least a half dozen times.
Bidding on the Lucke property was resumed at the hearing before district court in Maquoketa last Friday and the property consisting of the house and five lots was finally sold to Dr. J. J. Tilton for $8500.
COZY THEATRE-FRIDAY AND SATURDAY -Johnny Weissmuller, Virginia Grey-in-JUNGLE JIM.
Mr. and Mrs. H.J. Kueter and granddaughter left Wednesday norming for a trip to Yellowstone National Park.
Mr. and Mrs. John Puls and Mr. and Mrs. Scott Hachmann are enjoying a week’s fishing and vacationing in northern Minnesota.
60 years Ago
July 30, 1959
The Jackson county board of supervisors signed construction contracts Thursday for a new courthouse, with accepted bids totaling $410,436.72.
NEWS FROM LAMOTTE-Mr. and Mrs. Ray Theisen recently redecorated their store and also modernized it. They are to be commended on their achievement in bringing this convenience to the people of this community.
50 Years Ago
July 31, 1969
Bellevue’s street commissioner job remains unfilled this week as the city council continues negotiations for the position. Three applicants at the regular meeting of the council Monday night appeared for the job. When asked what they expected for a starting salary Al Hingtgen of Spragueville, was asking $2.75, Richard J. Remakel of Bellevue was asking $2.80 and James G. Skimhorn $3 an hour.
OFFICIAL NOTICE-is hereby given to all persons who have pledged purchase of stock in Riverview Development Corp., that call on those pledges is being made effective July 1, 1969.
JACKSON COUNTY FAIR-Maquoketa Iowa, August 6-10-Two New Cars Given Away, Hank Williams Jr., Harness Horse Racing, Farmers Race, Western Horse Show, “Pudgy” from the Spike Jones Show all 4 days of the fair.
SPECIAL-Thursday night-1/4 Chicken Dinner with coleslaw and fries-87 cents-Anchor Inn.
The Braves picked up a Prairie League win over Key West here Sunday in a 17-9 track meet. With a stiff wind helping, the Braves pounded out 19 hits, including five home runs and two doubles. Larry Michels pitched the game for Bellevue. Bill Pauly returned to the lineup to rap a homer and a double in two times up, Don Even had a homer and two singles in three, as did Larry Conrad. Bill Griebel and Rich Frank had the other homers and Bill Harris the other double.