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Wed
20
Sep

Milestone for store - Wilke’s celebrates 150 years!


The original Wilke’s Store, pictured above, opened in Clayton Center near the end of the Civil War.

Here’s an inside view of the St. Olaf store taken around 1915. On the left is Elmer (Dave’s grandfather), and on the right is Henry (Elmer’s father). The woman is Mrs. Fred Wilke.

Exterior view

By Becky Wilke

Near the entryway of Wilke’s grocery store in Elkader is a registration box where customers write their names and phone numbers on their receipts in hopes of winning the monthly drawing for a $150 Wilke’s gift certificate. This is just one of many promotions that Wilke’s is running in honor their 150th year serving the residents of Clayton County.  

Wed
20
Sep

DESKS REMOVED FROM CLASSROOM


Central students in Kelly Erickson’s Spanish class have quickly adapted to the room’s non-traditional arrangement.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

The most notable thing about Kelly Erickson’s classroom is not what’s in it but what’s not in it: desks. Before the school year started, Erickson removed the desks from her foreign language classroom at Central. She’s filled the space with other, more comfortable furniture including a sofa, loveseat, chairs and pillows.

Wed
20
Sep

Larry Miles

Larry Lorraine Miles, 75, of Elgin, Iowa, died Monday, September 11, 2017, at his home in Elgin, Iowa. Larry was born November 9, 1941 to Virgil and Elna (Robinson) Miles in Aurora, Iowa. He graduated from Valley High School in 1959. After graduation, Larry joined the United States Navy in 1960 and proudly served until 1962 as a first-aid attendant in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Vietnam, Guam, Hawaii and Hong Kong. He was involved in the Cuban Missile Crisis in the Bay of Pigs. Larry later served in the Naval Reserve.

Larry was united in marriage with Marcia Dennler on March 9, 1974. Two daughters were born to this union, Sherri Lynn and Kristi Ione

Tue
12
Sep

Pumpkin Island - Geisert’s latest book set in Elkader


Arthur Geisert has completed a new book that prominently features Elkader.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

The first official day of fall is still more than a week away but elements of autumn—specifically, pumpkins—have been on Art Geisert’s mind for a long, long time.

Tue
12
Sep

PEACE CHURCH: 25 YEARS OF BELLS


Peace Church members Janet Off, Ruth Goings, and Amie Moser polish bells prior to a recent rehearsal.

Members of the Peace Church bell choir are, front row, left to right: Sue Gnagy, Helen Leavenworth, Susan Johnson, Kristina Miller, and Donna Anderson; back row, right to left: Michelle Moser, Hila Garms, Director Brittany Barnard, Laura Moser, Penni Leonard, and Sue Stott.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

The 25th anniversary of the Peace United Church of Christ bell ringers will be celebrated this weekend. In addition to a dinner gathering Saturday at Schera’s Restaurant in Elkader, there will be a special worship Sunday, September 17, beginning at 9 a.m. at the church. The current bell choir will play four numbers. The service is open to the general public.

Tue
12
Sep

Rodger Sear Jr.

Rodger Cletus Sear, Jr., 75, of Garber, IA, died Thursday, September 7, 2017, at his home near Garber. He was the son of Rodger and Betty Sear Sr., and was born October 23, 1941, in Dubuque.

Rodger received his education locally, and served his country in the United States Army. He owned and operated the Sear Auto Salvage and Sear 66 Service for a many years. On November 26, 1976, he was united in marriage with Carla Hansel in Dubuque. Rodger enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting and spending time with grandchildren.

Tue
12
Sep

Sherry O’Neal

Sherry Lynn O’Neal, 65, of Garnavillo, Iowa died Saturday September 9, 2017, at her residence in Garnavillo, Iowa.

Sherry was born May 13, 1952, at McGregor. She was the daughter of Clayton and Lucille Glawe, O’Neal. Sherry was under the care of Scenic Acres most of her life. She enjoyed watching television and listening to music. 

She is survived by four sisters, Donna Starkey of Luana, Diane (Milo) Doerring of Luana, Susan (Joe) Ludvick of Prairie du Chien, Linda Ambrose (Jim Schlitter) of Luana and a sister-in-law, Nancy (Chuck) Blong of Farmersburg. 

Tue
05
Sep

Class of 2030 - What kindergartners want to learn

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

Meet the Class of 2030.

 

These 21 lively and inquisitive youngsters started their academic journeys on August 23 as kindergartners. Their adventure ends in 12 years with their high school graduations.

Tue
05
Sep

Harley Glawe

Harley Glawe, 90, of rural St. Olaf, died Thursday, August 31, 2017, at the Elkader Care Center. 

Harley Carl Henry Glawe, son of Herman and Louisa (Polkow) Glawe was born September 17, 1926, in Boardman Township, rural Elkader.  He was raised and educated in Clayton County, attending Pony Hollow School. He wanted his children to go to college because he didn’t get to graduate from high school

Tue
05
Sep

Roger Lee Glawe

Roger Lee Glawe, 64, of Volga, died on Tuesday, August 29, 2017, at home, following a long illness. He was born January 9, 1953, in McGregor, to Lloyd and Ivanelle (Schuety) Glawe. He was baptized at Norway Lutheran Church, rural St. Olaf, and confirmed at Peace United Church of Christ in Elkader. Roger graduated from Central High School in 1971.

He was united in marriage to Phyllis Peterson on December 5, 1981, at Marion Lutheran Church, Gunder.   He lived and farmed on his family farm near St. Olaf. Roger worked at Korte Implement, Elkader Co-op and Leete Trucking until he started working at Corby’s Tire and Muffler in Elkader, where he worked for almost 30 years.

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