Guttenberg Press

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The World War II flight diary of Veryl H. Duwe


Veryl H. Duwe flew 32 missions in a B-24 Liberator during WW II. The B-24 had higher top speed, greater range and heavier bomb load than the B-17. Duwe is buried in the Guttenberg City Cemetery. (Press photo by Melissa Spielbauer Combs)

 

By Melissa Spielbauer Combs

Veryl Duwe was a resident of rural Osterdock. He and his twin brother, Vernon, were born in Guttenberg on March 13, 1918, to Chris and Elizabeth (Schoper) Duwe. They were baptized May 20, 1918, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Guttenberg, and attended Guttenberg High School. 

Veryl served with Squadron 233 of the Army Air Corps during World War II. Veryl was a First Lieutenant and as a pilot flew missions over various places, including Germany. He flew a B-24 Liberator, an American heavy bomber. 

Veryl was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Medal of Valor. He died at his home near Osterdock on July 13, 1994. At that time he was survived by his twin brother, Vernon and family of Weeping Water, Neb., and cousins. It is possible that Vernon is still alive. He would be age 95. Vernon also was in the service. Veryl is buried beside his parents in the Guttenberg City Cemetery.

This past summer Elmer Radabaugh of Osterdock, a friend of Veryl’s, was willing to give me copies of his flight diary. There seems to be just a few who have saved important pieces of this history to share with others, some of whom might take freedom for granted. I am glad that Elmer shared it with me and The Press readers.

As the nation marks the anniversary of Veterans Day and Pearl Harbor at this time of year, it is important that Veryl Duwe is remembered.

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Nov

Low voter turn-out, numerous write-in winners for city elections

 

By Shelia Tomkins

City elections were held statewide on Tuesday, Nov. 5, but garnered minimal interest in Clayton County due to many uncontested races, resulting in low voter turn-out and numerous seats filled by write-in votes.

The following election summaries for communities in The Press readership area are based on unofficial results. Clayton County Commissioner of Elections Dennis Freitag said the official canvass of votes will take place on Nov. 12 (after Press deadline). Any changes will be reported in next week's issue.

Guttenberg

Guttenberg voter turn-out was  19.44% of all registered voters. Incumbent Russell Loven, the lone candidate for mayor, was returned to office with 219 votes.

  Council candidates for three open seats, all running unopposed, were elected: incumbent Steve Friedlein with 215 votes, incumbent  David Schlueter with 212 votes and Fred Schaub with 228 votes.

Elected to the two vacancies on the hospital board  were Susan Osterhaus with 231 votes and  Douglas Reimer with 213 votes.

The park board had two vacancies (one for a six-year term and the other to fill the remainder of an  unexpired term) with no candidates filing for seats. Austin Greve was the write-in winner for both seats, with 52 write-ins for the 6-year term and 15 for the unexpired term. 

Election Commissioner Freitag explained that Greve can accept the position of his choice, and if so, must therefore decline the other. The second place write-in for the seat Greve declines will then be declared the winner of that term. 

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Vivian M. L. Meyer

 

Vivian Margery Laura Meyer, 84, of Garnavillo, died Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital.

Visitation was Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Garnavillo, and one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services were  Wednesday, Nov. 13, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Garnavillo, conducted by Rev. Wayne Ellingson.

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Carl L. Ulbrich

 

Carl L. Ulbrich passed away peacefully on Oct. 30, 2013, after a lengthy illness.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Nov. 5, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish.

Carl will be remembered as a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a man of integrity who lived out his faith and who gave all he had to his family. He will be greatly missed. A hallmark of Carl's life was his giving nature. He was passionate about giving to the poor and anyone in need, both here in Alaska and around the world. His children are grateful for his strength of character and giving heart.

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Darwin H. Buhman

 

Darwin Henry Buhman, 82, of Guttenberg, died Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Visitation was before services at the funeral home.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Guttenberg.

Darwin was born Jan. 16, 1931, in Waverly. The son of Wilhemina "Minnie" (Bade) and Henry Buhman.

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Judy Manning

 

Judy (Troester) Manning, 60, of Spring, Texas, formally of Elkader, passed away Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, at her home due to a courageous battle with cancer.

Gravesite services were held Saturday, Oct. 19, at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Elkader, where Judy's ashes were laid to rest next to her father, Raymond Henry Troester.

Wed
06
Nov

Buy a Light for Honor Flight: Fundraising for veterans


Though her father, a WWII veteran, did not get to make an Honor Flight during his lifetime, Roxy Knockel and Riverview Café are supporting the cause. Readers can participate in this fundraiser by purchasing a light from the strand pictured. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

 

By Molly Moser

Riverview Café is supporting America’s veterans with an ongoing fundraiser for Honor Flight of Greater Dubuque. “Buy a Light for Honor Flight,” allows participating businesses to give away a cash prize to one lucky winner and simultaneously raise money for a noble cause.

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Nov

Java Queen is "docked" in Guttenberg


Molly Moser works on a mural of the mythical Java Queen riverboat at Riverside Grind in Guttenberg. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

 

By Shelia Tomkins

A colorful new mural in downtown Guttenberg celebrates the community's riverboat heritage. Located on the north interior wall of The Riverside Grind, artist Molly Moser recently completed  a painting of a mythical sternwheeler dubbed The Java Queen.

The project had its genesis in a suggestion made by a coffee shop patron to owner Cheryll Shireman, who then approached Molly with the idea.

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06
Nov

Veterans Day program in Guttenberg

 

The Guttenberg German Band, along with the Clayton Ridge High School band and any community musicians who care to do so, will form a community band for a program in the high school gym to honor the veterans in the area on Monday, Nov. 11, at 10:00 a.m.  

The program will be presented to the entire Clayton Ridge School, along with students from St. Mary's/IC School, and will involve all the veteran organizations in Guttenberg and Garnavillo, plus the music programs in the school.   Some of the faculty will also be involved and have been the highlight of the programs in the past.

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Nov

Veteran Adam Eilers settles into life back at home


With the help of family and friends (like his mother, who designed the pictured patriotic landscaping), Adam Eilers has settled into his newly remodeled home in rural Garnavillo. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

 

By Molly Moser

To peek down a gravel road and into the quiet country life of rural Garnavillo resident Adam Eilers, you’d never know that his not-so-distant past contains wheelchairs, surgeries, and hospital beds. Surrounded by fields of corn, his nine-acre property is a picture of Iowa serenity. A creaking, rusted windmill turns slowly, a cow and a goat graze, and two friendly dogs greet visitors at the door.

Two and a half years ago, a bomb detonated near the armored vehicle that contained Army National Guard Corporal Adam Eilers and two other Iowa National Guard Soldiers. Eilers spent nine months recovering from his injuries, and now, it seems, he’s settled back into civilian life.

“I bought this place at the end of June last year,” he says, “but I didn’t move in till that October.” In just three months, with the help of friends and family, Eilers’ house got a complete overhaul. It required new wiring, windows, and plumbing; removal of multiple layers of wallpaper; and an entire revamp of the kitchen and ground floor bathroom. 

Though he lives a peaceful life near his family and childhood friends, one doesn’t have to look far to see the impact of his 2010 deployment to Afghanistan. He points out the cedar walls and heated tile floors in his bathroom, then notes, “The shower is handicap accessible. I’ve been in a wheelchair, so I know what that’s like.” 

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