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Wed
13
Nov

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.

Wed
13
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. 

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.

Wed
06
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.

Wed
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.

Wed
06
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.” 

Wed
30
Oct

In the spirit of Halloween

 

Happily anticipating Thursday evening's trick-or-treat rounds, Loretta Pierce, daughter of Betty and Paul Pierce of Guttenberg, has plenty of front-porch pumpkins, ghosts, witches, cobwebs, goblins and bats to put her in the holiday spirit. Official door-to-door hours in Guttenberg are from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Oct. 31. (Press photo by  Shelia Tomkins)

Wed
30
Oct

Four generations of Clefisch family on Century Farm


Members of the Clefisch family with ties to their Century Farm are: from left, on the hood, Sage and Braeden Plagge, Katelynn and Makenzie Clefisch; standing, from left, Mike, Nichole and Chayse Plagge, Carolyn and Dick Clefisch, Judy and Steve Clefisch, Travis Clefisch and Lynn Hall and Sally (the dog). (Photo submitted)

 

The Clefisch family farm in rural Clayton County was recognized as a Century Farm this year at the Iowa State Fair. Three generations of the family attended the award ceremony in August. 

Wed
30
Oct

A touch of Paris at St. John's Gala


The bell within the tower at St. John’s is original and is not electronic. It rings out the beginning of services, during the Lord's Prayer, and tolls for the recently departed. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

 

By Molly Moser

A night of fine dining, live music, and fundraising is planned for Nov. 2 at Lakeside Ballroom. The first annual St. John’s Gala Auction will begin with a social hour from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Dinner and the live auction will follow.

Funds raised during the auction will be used to make facility repairs, especially to the church bell tower. “The bell tower is original to the church building, circa 1948, and has been an issue for several years that has been addressed with patches, band aids, etc. Now, this upcoming year, we are trying to get it fixed correctly so as to avoid water damage,” said St. John’s Pastor Shane Anderson. “We need to raise a significant amount of money to get it fixed correctly.”

Gala committee member Linda Benskin told The Press, “We started brainstorming as to what we could do to raise some money for the church, and this gala auction came up. We’ve been planning for over a year, and we really started getting the wheels rolling at the first of the year.”

Wed
30
Oct

Municipal election day is Nov. 5

 

By Shelia Tomkins

Clayton County voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 5, to elect municipal leaders. (Look for candidate interviews elsewhere in this issue.) 

Absentee ballots are available at the County Auditor's office, or by sending a completed request form to the Auditor's office. Forms are available for downloading at www.claytoncountyia.gov or by calling 563-245-1106. Votes can also be cast in person at the Auditor's Office prior to Nov. 5.

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