Clayton County Register

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Knokes married 60 years

 

Sheila and Fred Knoke will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on July 25, 2013.  Sheila Mae Erickson married Fred Charles Knoke on July 25, 1953 at the E&R Church in Elkader.  The couple, who has been long-term Elkader residents, have three children and five grandchildren.  Their children include: Nancy Mc Clure in Temple, Texas, Elaine Martin in Bettendorf, Iowa, and Fred Knoke (Amy) in Decorah, Iowa.  Grandchildren, include, Dani Heaton, Trisha Martin, Joe, Tom and Jack Knoke.  

Mon
22
Jul

Garnavillo family is National-bound


TJ Wille, Garnavillo, will show his heifer, Amanda, at the Clayton County Fair.

Meet the Wille family:  Phil and Tonya, and their children Alexis, TJ, Jayce and Alyssa Wille. The Willes, who live on a farm just south of Garnavillo and milk approximately 50 head of cattle, are pretty familiar with the expectations and projects of 4-H. 

Members of the Garnavillo Hawks 4-H club, the Willes are busy preparing for the upcoming Clayton County Fair in National. Only two of the kids, Alexis and TJ, are old enough to be involved with 4H, but Jayce and little sister, Alyssa, are excited to reach fifth grade so they too can participate. 

Mon
15
Jul

Girls fall in first round of regional play


Central’s Ashley Nemechek successfully steals second base in a game against Kee High. The Warriors lost the hard fought battle, 2-1. More photos on Facebook. Photo by Bev Hamann

On July 8th, Central faced Lansing Kee High in Elkader for the first-round of Regionals.  The Warriors lost the game by a score of 2-1.

Ashley Nemechek had a hit and scored Central’s only run.  Gabrielle Berns also had a hit. Paige Funk was the losing pitcher but did a nice job on the mound with no earned runs allowed.

Mon
15
Jul

Swishers married 65 years


Eldon and Shirley Swisher

 

Eldon and Shirley Swisher of Garnavillo will be celebrating their 65th Wedding Anniversary on Saturday July 20, 2013 with a 4 PM Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Garnavillo, IA and a family dinner following. Eldon Swisher and Shirley Weber were married on July 20th, 1948 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Guttenberg, IA. 

They are the parents of two children, Susan (Dennis) Troester of Dubuque, IA and Jeffrey (Chris) Swisher of Wheaton, IL. They have three grandchildren and five great-grandsons.

Mon
15
Jul

Doeppkes married 40 years


Janita and Steve Doeppke

 

Steve and Janita Doeppke of Elkader will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary July 21, 2013.  They were married at Peace Church in Elkader on July 21, 1973.  They are the parents of William (Kari) of Valdasta, GA, Grant (Brooke Pritchard) Doeppke of West Union, and Shane Doeppke of St. Louis, MO.  Their grandchildren are Austin, Hunter and Kale Doeppke of Valdasta, GA and Connor Doeppke of West Union.  Steve and Janita are celebrating their anniversary by taking a vacation to Georgia and Nashville, TN to spend time with their family.

 
Mon
15
Jul

50 years of Sweet Corn Days: Jaycees were key to the first event


The Northeast Iowa Shrine Mobile Clowns have long been a fixture of the Sweet Corn parade.

It started in 1962 when two Elkader men, Gerry Kramer and the late Ed Olson, struck up a conversation with Don Hartung, a member of the Oelwein Jaycees.  Kramer and Olson thought it would be a good idea for young men in and around Elkader to form their own Jaycee chapter to help promote the town.

“The way it works is that a chapter in one town goes into another town to charter a new group,” Kramer said.  “The Oelwein Jaycees and Waverly Jaycees were more than willing to do that with us.”

Mon
08
Jul

Girls preparing for regionals

The Central girls finished their regular season last week with a record of 13-22, winning four and losing two.  On July 1, the team traveled to Maynard to face West Central for a conference double-header. Central won the first game by a score of 12-2.

Mon
08
Jul

Nola Nelson-Blake Memorial Service Notice

A celebration of life and memorial service will be held for Nola Nelson-Blake at the the Norway Lutheran Church, St. Olaf on Saturday, July 13, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  All friends and family are welcome.

 
Mon
08
Jul

Vera Minger Patrick

 

Vera (Minger) Patrick, 87, of Guttenberg, died Saturday, June 29, 2013, at Guttenberg Care Center. She was born the daughter of Albert and Blanch (Penhollow) Minger, February 17, 1926, in Guttenberg.

Vera graduated from the Guttenberg High School, taught country school, worked for Muters Co Original Enders Co. for eight years and was a homemaker for many years. On November, 11, 1946, she was saved.

Mon
08
Jul

Change is coming: 4 shops closing


The Buttery, an Elkader retail fixture for 35 years, is one of four business that will soon be closing.

Four businesses in downtown Elkader will close this summer but the town’s economic development director says there’s no reason for alarm: Elkader remains one of the most vibrant communities in Clayton County.

“Nobody’s closing because business is bad,” said Roger Thomas, Director of the Elkader Economic Development Corporation. “More than anything, it’s an indication of the shifting interests of business owners.”

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