Commercial Fisherman

Bellevue Commercial FishermEn finish-off a round of coffee and cigarettes while they discuss industry prices in this photo from the early 1970s. From left Carl Clark, Orville Steines, Junie Putnam and Eddie Putman ponder why fish prices are so low when they sell to Chicago wholesalers dealers. The Bellevue gentlemen were among a group who attended a meeting with state and federal conservation and wildlife representatives, along with local businessmen, in a discussion of commercial and sport fishing problems.


JANUARY 9, 1919

Joe A. Young, chairman of the Red Cross Christmas Roll Call, reports that over one thousand persons of this locality have given their memberships for 1919 to Bellevue Chapter of the Red Cross.  This is a fine sowing and is evidence of the fact that Mr. Young and his assistants have been doing hard and systematic work.  There is still time to join and all is needed is “a heart and a dollar.”  Hand the letter to Mr. Young and get a 1919 button—a badge of honor that all should be proud to wear.

Last year the paid memberships of Bellevue Chapter exclusive of LaMotte and Andrew branches was 542 so we have now doubled.  Hats off to Mr. Young and his committees.


JANUARY 8, 1929

Jacob Goetz & Son will conduct a John Deere Tractor school at the Lutheran parish hall on Thursday, January 10.  Free lunch will be served at noon and power farming pictures and other instructive pictures will be shown.  The school will be held under the direction of a practical tractor man.  The public is invited.


JANUARY 12, 1939

The mild weather is still with us although the wind Monday night put an end to the all-time high temperature mark for this time of the year in Iowa.  Monday afternoon the thermometer climbed to 56 degrees.  Most of the frost is out of the ground and the side roads are said to be soft and muddy.


JANUARY 6, 1949

The Bellevue Herald was designated by the county board of supervisors Tuesday to continue as one of the three official papers of Jackson county, the other two being the Maquoketa papers, the Jackson Sentinel and the Community Press.

A newspaper merits the right to publish the proceedings of the board of supervisors on circulation within the county and since The Herald is so designated without challenge, there is no argument about which paper has the largest circulation in this community. The Herald is pleased to be able to publish the proceedings for the information of its subscribers.


JANUARY 8, 1959

Wally Keil, who during the 40 years since he had polio as a child has had to rely on other persons for all of his transportation, will now have transportation of his own.

A small car which can be operated with special hand controls was ordered for Wally Wednesday.

His ability to purchase the car was made possible through the help of two organizations.  Wally was the recipient of a purse at Christmas time when the Bellevue Rotary club turned over proceeds from their annual Christmas benefit party to him.

Balance of the car’s price was assured Tuesday night when the board of the county March of Dimes agreed to aid Wally.  The assistance for the polio victim was made possible under new provisions of the national organization to give aid to older cases who could not be helped by the organization’s previous programs of medications and therapy.

Rotary President Marvin Goetz, Virgil Rule and Rev. Laurence Nelson accompanied Mr. Keil to Maquoketa Tuesday evening to meet with the March of Dimes board.

Mr. Goetz placed the order for the car for Mr. Keil Wednesday and was told by the Ohio firm that delivery could be expected next week.

Use of the special car will enable Wally to go to and from his appliance repair shop in the Norpel TV store each day.  Always before he has had to depend on others to drive him back and forth.  The transportation will also enable him to get about town on his own.  Such a car has long been a dream for Wally.


JANAURY 9, 1969

ONLY 4 PAGES: Various Circumstances brought a decision to issue only 4 pages for this week’s Herald-Leader. Some stories are being held until the next issue of the Herald-Leader.

MHS WINS FIRST ROUND: Marquette high cagers won a 58 to 56 victory over Farley St. Joseph’s in the first round of the Eastern Iowa Conference tournament.  The game was played Tuesday night at Epworth.

Oelwein Sacred Heart lost to Western Dubuque, 61 to 60 in Tuesday’s second game.  Marquette was to face WD Wednesday night in the second round.

Cascade Aquin defeated Holy Cross Leo 52 to 44 and Monticello Sacred Heart dropped Independence St. John’s 46 to 41 in Sunday action.  Those winners were to meet Wednesday night also.

Finals will be Friday at the Epworth gym.


JANUARY 11, 1979

Gary Griebel of Bellevue is enrolled in the EMT-A course through the Area I Community College in Dubuque.

The emergency medical training program involves classroom instruction as well as experience working in a hospital.

The course is designed to train a person to be able to handle medical emergencies on ambulance calls.


JANUARY 12, 1989

It literally took an act of Congress to begin Bellevue’s second fisheries and river management research facility.

Quietly, without a lot of fanfare, the staff at Bellevue’s Long-Term Resource Monitoring Station went to work last summer.  They have been making their appointed rounds on Pool 13 since then and will for at least the next 10 years.

It may be hard for some to differentiate the work they do from that performed at the Bellevue Fisheries Station.  Both staffs are on the river.  Both are concerned with environmental factors.

For Russ Gent, station manager, and his technicians the LTRMP project is a long look at the same sample sites through changing conditions and time.

The goal is a broad data base to formulate an overall management plan for the Upper Mississippi River.

The LTRM program is an outgrowth of recommendations made to Congress in the early years of the decade on the future of the Upper Mississippi River.  Those recommendations embodied in the upper river Environmental Management Program (EMP) became a reality with passage of the Water Resources Development Act of 1986.


JANUARY 7, 1999

Cold weather will be the best of conditions for eager eagle watchers this coming Sunday, Jan. 10.

It’s the annual Bellevue Eagle Watch and frigid, snowy conditions are the best guarantee of seeing large gatherings of these great raptors as they feed, rest and fly around the open water of Lock and Dam 12 here in Bellevue.

The 1-4 p.m. program is an annual ritual of winter here along the Mississippi and when weather conditions clamp down and make food scarce inland bald eagles come to the open waters below the dam.

The program is hosted by the Jackson County Conservation Board, Bellevue Area Chamber of Commerce, Army Corps of Engineers, Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The role of the raptors in ecology and their unique abilities is the subject of slide show programs as well as the presentation, using a live bird, by the Mcbride Raptor Center representative at the event.


JANUARY 8, 2009

A frustrated Bellevue Fire Chief Chris Roling said last week he is not happy with how area media has covered a December 14, downtown fire story and discovery of a body in a rear apartment in the commercial building.

In a conversation with the Bellevue Herald-Leader Roling said this week he was disappointed and puzzled first by an area newspaper story based on comments from someone other than next of kin about the identity when there was no official identification and no official cause of death established.  

He also expressed dismay on coverage when his own office has not been informed officially of results from the state’s forensic laboratory, Ankeny.

Roling said elements of this investigation have been troubling, almost from the beginning. The body of the victim found in the fire has since been cremated, even though no official cause of death has been determined, nor the cause of the fire determined.

In a release to area media dated Wednesday, Dec. 31, Roling again said contrary to media accounts the victim has not been positively identified nor the cause of the death determined as well as the cause of the fire.

“With being on the phone for the last two days with the state agencies involved in the investigation it will be one to two weeks before this official information will be out,” Roling said in the release.