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     What would summer be without ice cream, especially strawberries and ice cream?  The Presbyterians in 1881 organized an ice cream and strawberry festival as a fund raiser. 

June 15, 1881
Ice Cream and Strawberry Festival

  On Wednesday June 22nd an entertainment will be given in Masonic Hall by the ladies and gentlemen of the Presbyterian society. The object of the officers is to have a grand, good social time, and if possible raise a little money to pay rent due for last winter's use of the Masonic Hall by the Presbyterian and Union Sabbath schools. Below we give the bill of fare for the evening, and the names of those who are chosen to apply a little of their ample talent in making the entertainment one of value and enjoyment to all those who may have the good fortune to attend:  [Read more about it here; scroll half-way down the page.] 

The Chronicle, Vol. 117, No. 26
June 26, 2008

The Mayor Sez…
     What a fantastic 2008 Creek Days! From Friday evening thru Sunday it’s been a blast! A big thanks to all that participated and helped make it happen. This year’s alumni committee was as follows: Dale and Linda Godbersen, Steve and Deb Bengford, Steve and Renee Bengford, and Mervin and Margaret Ann Buller. Thanks for a great alumni banquet We salute! I am sure St. Martin’s had a great reunion on Sunday.
     A big thanks to the ODC and their staff of volunteers. If I have missed anyone, we thank you, too.
     There has been a lot of comment on our 100 year old downtown buildings that are falling apart (and abandoned). The city would be happy to hear of a plan on how to save them. At the risk of being facetious, have your checkbooks with you when you present your plan.
     From the ‘bolt,
     R. J. Rex, Mayor


Faith Lutheran Vacation Bible School 2008--Are you looking to reach new heights of fun this summer?  Then you'll want to head to Faith Lutheran Church for a canopy of adventures at Rainforest Adventure!  This exciting vacation Bible school is for everyone between the ages of 3 years old through those who have completed 5th grade, and is done in partnership with other local congregations.  The fun begins Sunday, July 6th and continues through July 10th.  Sessions run from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. each day. 
At Rainforest Adventure you'll hear stories about Jesus, make cool crafts, learn catchy rainforest tunes, play super fun games, do some zany skits, and make lots of new friends!  Each day offers a new Bible story to explore through loads of fun activities.
     The church is located at 708 Locust, Odebolt.  For more information or to register for VBS, call Faith Lutheran Church (668-4515).

This week's Chronicle features four pages of photographs and results from the 14th Annual Odebolt Creek Days held June 21st & 22nd, 2008, brought to you by the Odebolt Development Corporation Committee.  Members are Jason & Beth Wulf, Tandy & Mark Reis, Bill & Marsha Tysor, Denny Sykes, Shannon & Kim Railsback and Carl Hemer.

Grassley Meeting with Iowans--Senator Chuck Grassley will host a series of constituent meetings during the week-long Independence Day congressional recess.  The Sac County Town Meeting will be from 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. at the Odebolt Public Library, 200 South Walnut Street, Odebolt.

First State Bank Open House/Tour--(photos by D. Cleveland) At the June 17 Eagles Club Open House and Tour, Odebolt Mayor Ron Rex welcomed First State Bank to the Odebolt community.  First State Bank President Wayne Nielsen welcomed guests and gave a brief history of First State Bank and of its purchase of Odebolt State Bank.  Norm Behrens, Manager for First State Bank in Odebolt, narrated a slide show presentation during the dessert reception at the Odebolt Community Center, after which guests toured the newly renovated First State Bank and former Adams Ranch offices.
     A mural of the First State Bank has been donated to the Odebolt Community and can be viewed at the Odebolt Community Center.  Richard Bogue, Chairman of the Board, First State Bank, is pictured beside the mural.

Presbyterian Luncheon--(photo) 96 women and children enjoyed the table salad luncheon at Odebolt United Presbyterian Church on June 7.  -- D. Cleveland

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In this issue ...
O-A Grad Kate Brown to study for Master's Degree at Sotheby's in London.  Read more about it

--(photo) 2008 Odebolt-Arthur Gallery new installation by Marcus Hansen, an architectural pencil drawing titled "Lake Avenue Estate."
--Trojanettes lost 2 of 3 in Mid-June.
--(photo) 16 members of 1976 and 1977 O-A football teams donate Memorial Walkway bench in memory of former Coach Dennis Carlson. - D. Cleveland


     Shirley Marie (Linden) Hill, age 83 years, 9 months and 13 days, passed away on April 14, 2008 at Hemet Valley Hospital in her home town of Hemet, California.
     Shirley was born in Odebolt, Iowa on July 1, 1924 the daughter of Jules and Agnes (Bilsten) Linden. She attended country schools until her graduation from Kiron High School in 1941. She received her teaching certificate from Buena Vista College in Storm Lake and taught in country schools for several years.
     After World War II she met Kenneth Darrel Hill and they were married on December 26, 1947. Two children were born of this union, a son, James Kenneth in July 1950 and a daughter, Susan Marie in February 1954.
    The Hill family resided in eight different states due to Kenneth's job territory changes. Shirley enjoyed seeing new places and setting up households in each new location. Regardless of other jobs she held over the years, Shirley's true calling was homemaking and being a wife and mother. She set a good example and fostered the old fashioned values of love, respect and family unity.
    Shirley stayed active with a multitude of hobbies, including crocheting afghans and doing other needlework and embroidery projects, many of which were given away as cherished gifts. She also painted statuary and wooden crafts with an artistic talent. She worked puzzles and read voraciously, mostly mysteries, and often read a book a day. She enjoyed western themed movies on TV and was an avid sports fan, usually cheering for her hometown teams. She methodically kept books of baseball cards, which made her laugh and say little boys would love to get those books from her. She enjoyed family get togethers where talk ran rampant about family history, Swedish heritage and her childhood. Her favorite part of the evening would then be a rousing game of dominoes. Her homes always included a variety of pets, and rarely was Shirley without a cat in her arms or on her lap.
     Unfortunately, in 1984, poor health began to affect her. As the years progressed, the crippling effects of several painful diseases she endured took their toll. As a testament to her strength, in 1999, she recovered from a bleak prognosis of renal failure and pneumonia with only three dialysis treatments. This rarity gave her the nickname of" Miracle Woman" in the Medical community of Hemet. Unfortunately she was forced into a wheelchair after that.
     Seven years later Shirley's illnesses became worse and she became completely bed ridden for the remaining 2 years of her life. She suffered through several trips to the hospital, always showing grace, dignity, class and above all bravery in the face of another unknown illness and treatment.
     Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Jules and Agnes Linden, and her loving husband of 48 years, Kenneth. She is survived by her children, son James K. Hill and his wife Kathy of La Canada, CA., daughter Susan M. Hill of Hemet, CA., grand daughter Julie and her husband Jacob and great grand daughter Alexis Castellanos of Whitter, CA., and her brother Roger Linden of Santee, CA., as well as a number of other relatives and friends.
     Shirley was much loved and respected and people often spoke of her kindness and wonderful sense of humor. She will be missed by all those whose lives she touched.

George Warren Lundell, 87, of Boone, Iowa passed away Sunday evening, June 15th at Bethany Manor in Story City, Iowa.
     Services were held on Friday morning, June 20th at 10:30 am at Augustana Lutheran Church in Boone with Pastor Daniel W. Solomon officiating.
     Internment with full military honors was conducted by the Veterans Council of Boone in Linwood Park Cemetery in Boone, Iowa.
     Memorials may be given to Augustana Lutheran Church.  Online condolences may be expressed www.starkwelin.com . Stark Welin Funeral Directors in Boone was in charge of arrangements.
     Warren was born on November 21, 1920 in Kiron, Iowa, the son of George and Anna (Linden) Lundell.  He received his education in Kiron and Odebolt, Iowa, graduating in 1938 from Odebolt High School. Warren joined the U.S. Navy during World War II, serving stateside as a Naval flight instructor.
     On April 25, 1945, Warren married Phyllis Podey of Vail, Iowa. They made their first home in New Orleans, Louisiana while Warren was in the service. Warren was recalled to the Navy during the Korean War, serving again as a flight instructor in Pensacola, Florida and then as a blimp pilot for coastal reconnaissance on the Eastern Seaboard in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Warren completed his military service and retired as a Lieutenant Commander.
     Warren and Phyllis moved to Boone, Iowa in 1961 where they were long-time members of Augustana Lutheran Church.
Warren loved his family dearly and will be deeply missed.
     He was preceded in death by his parents, his infant brother Courtney, and Phyllis, his wife of 47 years.
     He is survived by his 3 daughters and their families: Linda (Gordon) Lynn and daughters Angela (Ben) Watson and Erin (DJ) Crane, all of Houston, Texas; Signe Woodin of Teaneck, New Jersey; and Lisa (Brian) Beck and son Tyler of Greenwood, Indiana.

Thank You, Ron and Rod! 

    Ron Nelson and Rod Sorensen are retiring from Farber & Otteman Funeral Homes on June 30, 2008, after a combined total of 65 years of service to our communities.  Their tireless and caring professional service to the people in our area is well-known by all who live here.
     Ron and Rod have requested that no formal event be held to mark this occasion.
     We, however, cannot say thank you enough to them both for all they have done to help and sustain the many families they have served during these years.  We will remember you as caring professionals and good friends to our communities.  And we wish you both all good things, now and in the years to come.
     With the greatest of respect and heartfelt best wishes from your friends and colleagues at Farber & Otteman Funeral Homes.

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B. Horak & B. Ekse, Webnews Editors

The 2008 All-School Reunion Alumni Banquet was well attended.  Click the photos for enlarged views of some of the folks present at the banquet. (Photos by Chuck Hanson)

Click for the All School Reunion Program

Click for 2008 Class Reunions Held During Creek Days


Eleanor Peterson
Grand Marshal of the
2008 Creek Days Parade
(Photo by Jean [Peterson] Jones)

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2008 Alumni Reunion & Creek Days Slides


The Odebolt History Pages


Krusentjerna Hardware Interior
(Click the photo to enlarge)

     Those of you who visited the Odebolt Museum during Creek Days will be interested in this photograph of the same space in the 1920's or early 1930's when it was Krusenstjerna Hardware.  
     Russell Krusenstjerna (second from right) owned the store and his younger brother Art Krusenstjerna (far right) was his employee.  Note the ladders which could be rolled along a ceiling track to reach items on the top shelves.  It's possible that some of these items remain in use in Odebolt homes today, or maybe they've come full circle and are back on display as museum pieces in the same building in which they were purchased! 
     We thank Jack Krusenstjerna, son of Russell Krusenstjerna, for the scan of this great photo.  The original is in the Odebolt Museum. 
     Read an interview with Jack Krusenstjerna and learn more about the hardware store: 

The Chronicle, Vol. 117, No. 25
June 19, 2008

The Mayor Sez…
     Creek Days are upon us; come on over! You won’t be disappointed. Friday evening is the OA Alumni Banquet and Sat. and Sun. are two fun packed days for everyone. St. Martin’s reunion is on Sun. A schedule of events is on our web site at www.odebolt.net, and in this week’s local papers.
     From the ‘bolt,
     R. J. Rex, Mayor

Odebolt Installs New Welcome Signs--(photo) Three of the four entrance signs have been installed.  Lundell Plastics did all the programming, routing, staining, sealing and installation of the signs.  Vance Lundell, owner of Lundell Plastics, spearheaded the project, and it was promoted by the committee of Lundell, Howard Hustedt and Kristan Bieber.  Rendee Wallace had the idea for the flamingo fund raiser which provided the start-up cost.  Gary's Backhoe and Trenching Service, Richard Sievers of Sievers Construction and Bedrock Ready Mix donated services.  Thad Diersen offered the land for the west entrance sign.

Summer Fun at Odebolt Library--(photo) Children enjoyed making crafts and listening to stories at the Odebolt Public Library the first week in June.  Over forty children and eight helpers enjoyed the various activities.

Busy Open House at Odebolt Museum--(photos) Odebolt Museum, 137 W. Second Street, held an open house following May 26 Memorial Day services at the Odebolt Cemetery.

Happy Day!--(photo) Lucille Fiebelkorn received her recognition gift for 20 years of employment at Odebolt Nursing and Rehab Center.

50-Year Member--(photo) Elaine Rex was honored recently at a luncheon by the Odebolt Tuesday Club.  President Verna Mae Schwaller is shown presenting Elaine with a corsage and certificate denoting her 50 years as a member of the organization.

Spring graduates from Odebolt:

Iowa State University:  Katherine Ann Brown, Kayla Marie Down, Katie Ann Schroeder (Magna Cum Laude and Honors Program).
Iowa Lakes Community College:  Colton Carstensen (Summa cum laude) and Derek Pudenz.

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In this issue ...
--Trojanettes win 3 softball games on the road.
--Brittany Walsh pitched perfect game in Early.
--Trojanettes win over Alta.
--Current Trojanettes have 9 letter winners from last season (photo).
Pack the Park & Senior Recognition Night:
   Baseball Boys vs. Boyer Valley at Odebolt June 26, 7 p.m.
   Softball Girls vs. Charter Oak-Ute at Arthur June 20, 6 p.m.


     Dale L. Richardson, 74 years, of Odebolt, died Saturday, June 7, 2008 at Sacred Heart Emerald Coast Hospital in Destin, Florida, with his family at his side.
     Services were held at 10:30 a.m., Friday June 13th, at the United Methodist Church in Odebolt with Reverend DeeAnn Klapp officiating.  Burial was at the Odebolt Cemetery under the direction of Farber & Otteman Funeral Home.  Military gravesite rites by the American Legion Post No. 313 of Odebolt.       
     Dale Richardson was born September 4, 1933, in Odebolt, Iowa to Orrie C. and Bessie (Roth) Richardson.  Dale was baptized at the United Methodist Church of Odebolt where he remained a lifetime member.  He attended school at Odebolt.  After his junior year he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and later received his G.E.D.
     Dale entered into the U.S. Marine Corps in February, 1953.   During that time Dale served in the Korean War based out of Camp Pendleton in California.   After boot camp he married Janice Breon, his high school sweetheart, on June 2, 1953 in Odebolt.   He was honorably discharged February, 1956.   From Camp Pendleton, Dale and Janice moved back to Odebolt where he began working for the Iowa Dept. of Transportation.   The Richardson family moved to Sac City in 1966 after Dale was promoted to Supervisor and remained in Sac City until his retirement in 1991, a career spanning 38 years.  They had three children, Steven, Gayle, and Thomas.
     Dale enjoyed fishing, golfing, hunting, feeding the birds and squirrels and being with family, especially his grandchildren.  He loved gardening and hanging out with “Fred”.  One of the things he most enjoyed was an annual fishing trip to Minnesota with Janice, his sons, grandsons, and “baby brother” Dean.  Whenever help was needed in the neighborhood, Dale could always be counted on.  Dale also spent many volunteer hours working on the Community Center, a project he really enjoyed and believed in. 
     This past Monday, June 2, 2008, Dale and Janice celebrated their 55th anniversary in Destin, Florida.  They celebrated by being with family.  Scott, Lindsay and Molly surprised them both by presenting them with a special supper they prepared. 
     Dale is preceded in death by his parents; six brothers: Clarence, Melvin, Merle, Earl, Mac and Ervin; four sisters: Dorothy Mandernach, Myrtle Mandernach, Rose Vernia and Irene McFarland.
     Those left to celebrate his life are his wife, Janice; children: Steven and wife Mary of Rockwell City, IA; Gayle Davis of Santa Rosa Beach, FL; and Thomas and wife Jody of Honolulu, HI; brother Dean Richardson and wife Lynn of Destin, FL; seven grandchildren: Heidi, Lindsay, Chase, Scott, Trevor, Molly and Ashleigh; two great-grandchildren: Taylor and Emersyn; sister-in-law Jean Richardson of Concord, NC; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

     Services for Lillian Louise Nelson, 78, formerly of Arthur, were June 13, 2008, at Faith Lutheran Church in Odebolt. Burial followed at Scranton Cemetery. Christensen-Huffman Funeral Homes, Odebolt, was in charge of arrangements. She died June 6 at Patty Elwood Center in Cresco.
     Born Nov. 15, 1929, in Bagley, Lillian was the daughter of Edwin and Jesse Sailor. She graduated from Scranton High School in 1948. Later in life, she attended Buena Vista College and earned her teaching certificate in 1973. On Sept. 10, 1950, Lillian married her high school sweetheart, Earnest Nelson. They made their home in Arthur after living in Scranton for several years.
     Lillian was a member of Faith Lutheran Church of Odebolt. She found a passion for teaching piano lessons and taught from her home for over 20 years. She truly enjoyed her students and presenting recitals and piano parties. Lillian enjoyed raising her family and taking care of her home. She will be remembered for her ability to cook great meals and bake the best cookies. She also enjoyed swimming, reading, sewing, and crafts and playing bridge. There are so many things to share about Lillian that summing it up in a paragraph or two is difficult. She truly enjoyed life.
     She is survived by four children: John (Mindy) Nelson of Columbia Mo., Jim (Anne) Nelson of Neenah, Wis., Mary (Spencer) Thury of Oskaloosa and Carl Nelson; as well As seven grandchildren; two sisters: Margaret Hart and Caroline (Jerry) Franey; and a brother, John Sailor.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Earnest, in 1993; a daughter, Jesse Kay; and her parents.
     Memorials may be directed to Alzheimer’s Association or to Patty Elwood Center in Cresco. Online condolences may be directed to www.christensenhuffman.com.

The Odebolt History Pages


We are pleased to present a new history page about William Henry Hopkins, a Civil War veteran who settled in Odebolt with his family about 1888.  He fought in many battles during the Civil War, and you can read about his experiences in his own words.  William Henry Hopkins and his wife Kate Moore Hopkins rest in the Odebolt Cemetery.  We thank Lee Ashmore for sharing her ancestor's photograph and stories with the Odebolt History Pages.


The Chronicle, Vol. 117, No. 24
June 12, 2008

The Mayor Sez…
     We have no less than fourteen high school class reunions for Creek Days weekend. We have St. Martin’s 130th celebration and all school reunion on Sunday. All of the above translates to a lot of former Odeboltians and guests coming to town. When company comes to visit, what do we do? Why, tidy up, of course. I am sure we will all cooperate and get the job done. Thank you.
     I am told that a circus may come to town either on Sat. or Sun.; more info will be coming on this event.
     Our O.D.C. board has worked very hard to make our gala Creek Days event what it has been in the past and what it will be again this year. When you see Denny Sykes, Bill and Marsha Tysor, Mark Tandy Reis, Shannon and Kim Railsback, Jason and Beth Wulf, and Carl Hemer give them a big thank you. The City would also like to extend its appreciation to all Creek Days staff and helpers. It couldn’t and wouldn’t happen without all of you. We Salute!!!
     From the ‘bolt,
     R. J. Rex, Mayor


P.S. Don’t miss the Friday night alumni banquet. It is for all OA alums and spouses, or a friend; you’re in for an evening of fun!

From the web editor.  14 classes have submitted their reunion information to odebolt.net.  There may be more Class Reunions planned but not reported to us.!  Check with your classmates.

Creek Days Kick-Off at CoBe's Bar & Grill, Friday, June 20th.  Creek Days Dinner Special:  Friday & Saturday, Steak & Shrimp or Prime Rib & Shrimp,   $16.95.  Kitchen hours are:  Friday, June 20th 5-9 p.m. ONLY.  Saturday, June 21st open 5 p.m.  Outdoor entertainment (weather permitting)  Mickey 6 Production, 9 p.m. till 1:00 a.m.

Odebolt Creek Days 3rd Annual Truck Show.  June 21, 2008.  Sign in time 8:00-9:30 a.m. SHARP.  Late entries will NOT be judged.  Trophies awarded in all classes!  No entry fee!  All Trucks Welcome!  CLASSES:  Livestock Division, Reefer Division, Flatbed/Tanker Division, Cabover Class, Daycab Class, Farm Class 1996 & Newer, Farm Class 1995 & Older, Best of Show.  For more information contact Travis Youngren at 712-369-1108 or Mitch Sorensen at 712-369-0242.

Odebolt Creek Days Antique Tractor Show, June 21, 2008.  Sign in time is 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Monument Circle.  No Entry Fees!  No Judging!  All Tractors Welcome!!  All tractors are welcome to participate in the parade and tractor ride to Boyer following the parade.

Odebolt Creek Days Car & Motorcycle Show, Saturday, June 21st, 2008.  Registration from 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  Registration $5.00.  Judging from 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. on the corner of Willow and 4th.  Fun for the whole family! 
Classes - Cars:  1920's-Earlier, 1930-1949, 1950-1959, 1960-1969, 1970-1979, 1980-1989, 1990-2008.  Modified/Hot Rods, Pick-ups.
Classes - Motorcycles:  Stock, Custom
Free Dash Plates!  2 Trophies Per Class! 
Contact Vance Lundell at 712-668-2400 or 668-4407

Bring your tractor and join the Odebolt Creek Days Tractor Ride, June 21st - right after the parade (approximately 2-2:30 p.m.) at the Tractor Pull Track.  For more info. contact Denny Sykes at 712-675-4201.

ODEBOLT CREEK DAYS Welcomes The NADAS, Saturday, June 21, 9:00 p.m. - Midnight, Odebolt, Iowa.  $8 in advance, $10 at the door.  For ticket information http://odebolt.net/creek_days.html
Beer Garden, Fireworks at 10:15 p.m.

ATTENTION!  Fireworks for Odebolt Creek Days '08 will be held on N. Main St. at dusk on Saturday, June 21 (with Sunday being the rain date).  Come and Enjoy!

Come Join us!  St. Martin Church, Odebolt, All-School Reunion.  Celebrating 130 years of Passing On The Faith.  June 22, 2008.  Mass at 10:00 A.M.  Fr. John McQuirk, Celebrant.  Followed by lunch in Parish Hall for present and former parishioners and guests.

Odebolt Creek Days Garden Tractor Pull, Sunday, June 22nd, Odebolt, Iowa.  Start at 12:30 p.m.  The LeMars Pulling Group in charge.  For more info, call Denny Sykes at 712-675-4201. 

Creek Days Demo Derby, June 22nd.  Start at 5:00.  For more information call:  James Pierce at 712-668-2262.

O-A Community Calendar
Deadline June 20th

Any organization wanting to have your schedule on the Rotary calendar for the 2008-2009 year contact Tom Down at 712-668-4813 by June 20th with your information.

Veterans Memorial "60 Day Challenge"--The Veterans Memorial Committee has set a challenge of raising $60,000 in 60 days for the Sac County Veterans Memorial.  Read about the memorial project here http://www.saccountyveteransmemorial.com/

4-H Quilt Raffle Tickets Available at Creek Days--The Sac County 4-H endowment is selling tickets for a quilt raffle.  The money raised will help support Sac County 4-H clubs, assist youth to attend leadership camps, development of new 4-H clubs, and future scholarships.  The quilt blocks were sewn in 2007 by 4-H members, parents and friends. 

Along with some old favorites, Creek Days 2008 offers some brand new events.  One of the new events will allow kids to put their creativity on display for all Creek Days visitors to enjoy. 

The Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest will be held on Main Street from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on June 21st.  Registration is free, and the contest is open to anyone age 12 and under.  First through third place prizes will be awarded in each of four age divisions:  ages 1-3, ages 4-6, ages 7-9, and ages 10-12.  So all interested artists can stop by and sign up on Main Street Saturday morning, and then they can create their design while waiting their turn at the pedal pull or the washer tournament!  And for those of you too old to enter the contest, don't forget to wander down Main Street and check out the kids' artwork.

Another new event this year is the Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament that will take place at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday in front of the Odebolt Community Center.  This single-elimination tournament is open to all ages, and prizes will be awarded to the top Rock, Paper, Scissors "athletes."  Anyone who feels up to the challenge can sign up at the beer garden starting at 4:00 p.m.

In addition to these two new events, don't forget to check out the Masons'/Fire Department Pancake Breakfast, Washer Tournament, Pedal Pull, Car & Motorcycle Show, Truck Show, Parade, Tractor Ride, Coaster Car Races, and Sand Volleyball Tournament.  The National Guard's Rock Climbing Wall will be in town, and the Sand Box Treasure Hunt will be back with even more sand toys and more buried treasure!  Kids can also enjoy some carnival games, barrel train rides, and a bounce house after the parade at the Presbyterian Church.  This big day of fun will culminate with great music Saturday night when Creek Days welcomes The Nadas from 9:00 to midnight, with fireworks at 10:15. 

Sunday will also be jam-packed with activity.  At 12:30, the Garden Tractor Pull will get underway with stock and modified garden tractors as well as mini-rods displaying their power.  The Bill Riley Talent Show will start at 1:00 p.m. at the Odebolt-Arthur High School Gymnasium, and the always popular Demolition Derby will round out the day.  For more information on any of the Creek Days 2008 events, check out the Creek Days page.


     The Peterson Pioneer Home will be open to the public from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 22 during Creek Days weekend.  Lemonade and cookies will be served.  Hostesses will be Madeline Meyer and Mary Jean Thompson.  Take advantage of this time to tour this small home which was restored by the Questers Club of Odebolt.
     The Peterson Pioneer Home is located in the 400 block on South Walnut Street on the East side of the street. Read about it

Odebolt-Arthur Education Foundation
The Odebolt Arthur Education Foundation is now a reality!  Over the past 6 months, several visionary community members have been working on establishing this foundation to support local education now and into the future.

The goal of the Odebolt Arthur Education Foundation (OAEF) is to raise funds in order to finance exceptional projects, equipment, and materials that will enhance the educational experiences of our children, focusing on projects that fall outside the scope of the school district's annual budget.

The Foundation has partnered with the Greater Des Moines Community Foundation, giving donors access to the Endow Iowa Tax Credits.  Endow Iowa allows taxpayers to receive a 20% Iowa tax CREDIT in addition to the normal state and federal charitable income tax deductions for gifts given to a permanent endowment fund.  Donors who endow their gifts can make a difference during their lifetime and provide a gift that lasts forever.

This past week the Odebolt Arthur Education Foundation Endow Iowa Fund was opened with initial funds donated by the founding directors.  The directors of the foundation are:  Curt Wareham, Jason Wulf, Carolyn Hoelscher, Kristy Dewey, Kevin Carstensen, Carol Auen, Roger Buehler, Pam Hansen, and Dr. Alex Murphy.

Support for the OAEF can be given as one-time gifts, annual gifts, planned gifts, honorary and memorial gifts, and/or pledges.

Some of the special projects already identified for consideration are science labs, technology, music labs, playground, recreational areas, cultural evens and outings, and scholarship.  Additional information will be available at the all-school reunion when a formal announcement of the creation of the foundation will be shared.  If you have questions or want more information, you can contact Carol Auen, at 712-668-2289 or 712-668-4860.

ONRC--(photo) Odebolt Nursing and Rehab hosted a Mother-Daughter-Friend Tea on Thursday, May 15 at the home.  Many attended and enjoyed the festivities.  (photo) The kids from United Methodist Church, Odebolt entertained the residents and their guests with hand chimes at the Tea.  (photo) The residents are pictured getting ready for the big balloon lift-off to start the beginning of National Nursing Home Week.  There is a message attached to each balloon in hopes that whoever finds one will reply back as to where they found it.

Jordan Walsh, a past graduate of Odebolt-Arthur High School, was named to the Dean's Honor List at Morningside College for the 2008 spring semester.  Walsh had a perfect 4.00 grade point average for the semester.

Ingleside Donates to Local Projects--Ingleside Club closed their club year with a spring breakfast meeting.  They decided to make donations to the Odebolt Pool and the Odebolt Sign Landscaping Project.  Additional local projects supported during the past club year have included:  OA After Prom, the Odebolt EMT's, the Odebolt Legion Auxiliary Girls' State Sponsorship, The Odebolt Museum, the Odebolt Community Christmas Party, CADA Guardian Angel and a College Scholarship.

Western Iowa Advantage Video Contest--People throughout Western Iowa have submitted great videos for the Western Iowa Advantage Video Contest.  Some have rapped, some have taken us for a tour of their town, and others have shown the significance of the region to their family.  Now, due to popular demand, the contest has been extended to June 30th!  Click here for more information and to see the list of great prizes:  http://www.westerniowaadvantage.com/

This week's Chronicle has an extra section:  Summer Sports 2008 , featuring photos of and write-ups about the O-A Trojanette softball team and the O-A Trojan Baseball team.  Included among the many sponsors of this extra section are these sponsors of odebolt.net:  Chronicle Printing & Publishing; CoBe's Bar & Grill; Cubby's; Dresselhuis & Heidenreich Law Firm; Farber & Otteman Funeral Home & Cremation Center; First State Bank, FDIC; Friedrichsen Trucking/Real Estate; Hemer's Plumbing & Heating; Iowa State Bank, FDIC; Jamboree Foods; Jim's TV & Appliance; Joan's Headquarters; Larry Beckman Motors; Lundell Plastics Corporation; Mark Hansen's Rex Chevrolet GMC; Odebolt Lumber company; Odebolt Assisted Living; Odebolt Nursing & Rehab Center; Reis Auto Parts & Service; Shear Magic; Swanson Insurance & Real Estate; UAP Distribution; Pioneer Ag Center; United Bank of Iowa, FDIC; Wallace Soft Water Service.

Read sports & school news in this special section of The Chronicle each week.

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In this issue ...
--(photo) Sac SWCD Poster Contest Winners
--Honor Rolls:  Middle School, High School 4th Quarter, High School 2nd Semester
--Trojanettes won second softball tournament title in a row on May 31.
--Agenda for June 16  O-A Community School regular board meeting.
---O-A Baseball activities (see schedule at odebolt-arthur.net


B. Horak & B. Ekse, Webnews Editors

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 Photo by Chuck Hanson,
odebolt.net photographer.

First State Bank has placed its name on Odebolt's historic bank building.  The structure was first occupied in 1915 by First National Bank, became Odebolt State Bank in 1967, was "Peacock State Bank" for a short time while "Peacock", the movie, was being filmed in May 2008, but has been First State Bank since February 2008.
     The bank will host an open house and tour  Saturday, June 21st from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to showcase the work they have completed restoring the building to its original condition.

See an article from March 2008
about the bank

See news on Classes of 1948, 1950, 1953, 1954,  1955, 1957, 1958, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1972, 1973 and 1978. If your class needs to get the word out about a reunion, please contact us and we'll post it on the Alumni page.


Creek Days Praise Service June 22

ODEBOLT, Iowa -- The annual Creek Days Praise Service will be at 10 a.m. June 22 at the Odebolt Community Center. The service will feature the music of Master's Voice, a men's quartet from Sioux Falls.
     This praise service is sponsored by the Odebolt-Arthur Ministerial Association which is composed of six churches, the First Presbyterian, Faith Lutheran, Trinity Lutheran, United Methodist, St. Martin's and Evangelical Free.


THE ODEBOLT SIGN PROJECT came one step closer to completion last Wednesday when employees from Lundell Plastics of Odebolt put up three of the four entrance signs [to the town].  A final coat of sealer needs to be put on the fourth sign before it can be put up. (See more in the Ida County Courier)

Nadas concert rocks Creek Days
Storm Lake Pilot Tribune

Dale Richardson
     Services for Dale Richardson, 74, of Odebolt, are 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 13, at the Odebolt United Methodist Church with Military Graveside Rites at the Odebolt Cemetery.
     Visitation is from 4:00 – 7:00 Thursday, June 12, at the Farber & Otteman Funeral Home in Odebolt.  OBITUARY

Lillian Nelson
     Services for Lillian Nelson, age 78, of Cresco, Iowa, and formerly of Arthur, will be held 11 a.m. Friday, June 13, 2008, at Faith Lutheran Church in Odebolt, Iowa, under the direction of Christensen-Huffman Funeral Homes.
     The family will greet friends one hour prior to services at the church. The Reverend Trish Underberg will officiate, with lunch to follow. Private committal will be at the Scranton Cemetery in Scranton, Iowa.

Odebolt Swimming Pool staff
Chelsea Larson
 Kendra Wunschel, Jessica Neumann, Kim Neumann, Kara Schroeder, Alison Hansen, Sydney Harm, and Tyler Schroeder.

Odebolt / Odebolt-Arthur
All-School Reunion News

    At present there are 242 registered for the reunion.  People are still sending in their reservations - if you haven't registered you need to get them in NOW!
     Plans for the banquet and program are going well.  The museum is lending old yearbooks, instruments and other school memorabilia for decorations.  Kyle Hustedt is performing a cabaret act accompanied by Barb Votrobek and Don & Barb (Girvan) Horak are also performing.  Other programming is in the works.  The committee is getting excited about what looks to be a great event. - The Committee

The Odebolt Museum
2008 Ornaments

The price this year is $12.50.  They are available at the Museum or Iowa State Bank.  See the Museum web page for details on ordering through the mail.

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The Museum will be open during Creek Days on Saturday from 7:30 to 4:00 p.m. (closed during the parade) and on Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

You are cordially invited to our Eagles Club Reception
Open House & Tour
of the newly renovated First State Bank,
Odebolt and the Former Adams Ranch offices.
Tuesday, June 17
at 1:30 p.m.
Odebolt Community Center
Join us at the Odebolt Community Center, 116 E. 2nd Street, for a dessert reception and presentation.  Tours will follow the reception.


Also Join Us during Creek Days
Saturday, June 21st
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
at First State Bank in Odebolt

Odebolt Museum - The Odebolt Museum be open every Sunday afternoon from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. throughout the summer, closing on Labor Day weekend.
     MUSEUM HOURS DURING CREEK DAYS - The Museum will be open during Creek Days on Saturday from 7:30 to 4:00 p.m. (closed during the parade) and on Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.
     Visitors wishing to visit the museum at other times can contact 668-2766, 668-4234, or 668-4147.


The Odebolt History Pages


Building the new bank at the corner of Main and Second streets in 1915 required several businesses to play musical chairs, beginning in 1914. Ahlberg's, a dry goods and grocery store, occupied a wood frame building on a portion of the proposed site of the new bank building. This old frame building was razed after Ahlberg's moved diagonally across the intersection to the new white tiled building at the southeast corner of Main and Second, owned by Joseph Mattes. John McFarland was the contractor for the white tiled building.
     Before the site could be cleared to begin construction of the white-tiled building, however, Charles Nelson had to move his novelty store out of the old wood frame building which occupied that corner. He then settled in the Burnquist block on Second Street.

In the months to come we'll occasionally present stories about the construction boom which began in 1914.

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Photo 1 (Second St.)
Photo 2 (Second St.)
Photo 3 (flyer showing early businesses)

Vol. 1. No. 51. March 4, 1915.

OLD LANDMARK IS GONE:  One of the oldest buildings in the city of Odebolt was razed last week when the structure at the corner of Main and Second streets formerly occupied by W. J. Ahlberg & Co. was torn down and removed.
     This was the first building in the city to house a stock of dry goods. It was built by the late Jesse Helsell in 1877 and for a few months it contained a small stock of groceries and hardware, owned by Ward Van Deusen, Odebolt's first postmaster. Later Mr. Van Deusen sold the groceries to McKibbin Bros., who added a stock of dry goods.

Fern Schramm, 82, of Odebolt passed away on Monday, June 2, 2008 at Odebolt Nursing & Rehab Center.  Services are 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Odebolt United Methodist Church with burial in the Odebolt Cemetery.
     Visitation is from 5:00 – 8:00 Thursday at the Farber & Otteman Funeral Home in Odebolt.  Obituary

Demolition of the
Masonic Lodge Building

The Masonic lodge building on 2nd Street in Odebolt was demolished starting on May 30th. 

Read the story & see a slide show.

The Chronicle, Vol. 117, No. 23
June 5, 2008

The Mayor Sez…
     Each month the City sends out letters to property owners that need to abate a nuisance. There is nothing personal or of a discriminatory nature about these notices. Most of the time they are about taking care of an unsightly mess or to complete a work permit that is long overdue. The Council always allows an adequate amount of time for such things.
     Recently, a recipient of a ‘nuisance’ letter sent a letter to the city stating that he is being ‘harassed’. The City’s position is to let the court determine such matters. I am pleased to say, and in most cases, the neighborhood consensus supports City actions.
     Another City concern is our downtown; another is our highway entries. Our critics say we aren’t doing enough. However, my response to them is to think about attending one of our visioning meetings and find out first hand how you can help make a difference. Constructive criticism is good. Empty criticism is inconsequential.
     From the ‘bolt,
     R. J. Rex, Mayor

Creek Days News

With Creek Days rapidly approaching, it’s time to get your Creek Days 2008 t-shirts. This year, there are more options than ever before. First of all, you can get the winning design in the contest sponsored by the Tuesday Club. It was inspired by Tistany Bettin and is available on a white t-shirt. A second t-shirt design is also available in either navy, burgundy, or orange. You can pick one up at any of the local banks.

It’s also time to pick up tickets to see national recording artists The Nadas! They’ll be playing outside the Odebolt Community Center from 9:00 p.m. until midnight on Saturday, June 21st. Tickets are only $8 in advance, and kids 10 and under get in free. Tickets are available at Iowa State Bank, First State Bank, Murphy Chiropractic, Reis Auto Parts & Service, Hemer’s Plumbing & Heating, United Bank of Iowa (Odebolt, Arthur, and Ida Grove branches), or from any ODC member.

Saturday night is also the night for fireworks this year! In order to allow more people to see the spectacular Creek Days fireworks display, it has been moved to Saturday night. Your generous can and money donations are helping to make an even bigger and better show possible for this year, but your continued support is very much appreciated. You can donate by dropping your cans in the drop box by Monument Circle or by dropping your change in one of the many donation cans at local businesses.

Creek Days weekend is always a great time to catch up with old friends or enjoy a summer weekend with family, but it’s also a great opportunity to support your community. Since 1999, the Odebolt Development Corporation has donated over $30,000 to local projects such as the Odebolt Community Center, the pool, cemetery, museum, tennis courts, the Odebolt sign project, as well as local emergency services and youth groups. All of these funds were raised at Creek Days, so when you buy your Creek Days t-shirts or tickets to Creek Days events, when you donate your money to support Creek Days or donate your time to volunteer at Creek Days, you are contributing to your community. So mark June 20-22 on your calendars! We hope to see you all there!

Recognized for Academic Excellence - (Photo) Mark Heidenreich of Odebolt was recognized by Governor Chet Culver for outstanding academic achievement at the sixth annual Governor's Scholar Recognition Ceremony on April 17 in Des Moines.  Heidenreich is a 2008 graduate of O-A High School.

Nominations Needed: Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation and Cookies Food Products are seeking ten individuals to spotlight in the 12th annual Iowan of the Day program which honors several of Iowa's most dedicated community volunteers each year and will take place August 7-17 at the 2008 Iowa State Fair.  Forms can be downloaded at www.blueribbonfoundation.org/iotd.html .  Deadline in July 1, 2008.

Memorial Day in Odebolt (Photos) Ruth Youngren and other American Legion Auxiliary members recited the 150 names of the deceased Veterans, whose flags fly at the Odebolt Cemetery on special occasions.  Firing Squad members of Roose Post 313 honored the fallen Veterans with a 21 gun salute on Memorial Day.

Creek Days T-Shirt Design Winner (photo) Sixth grader Tistany Bettin is shown with Tuesday Club members Arlene Sundell and Betty Hansen wearing the 2008 Odebolt Creek Days t-shirt she designed.  Tistany was winner of the Tuesday Club's t-shirt contest.

1st Anniversary - First Presbyterian Church in Odebolt will celebrate the first anniversary of Rev. Mark Volkers as their pastor at the 9:30 worship on Sunday, June 8.  Attendance has nearly doubled in the first year of his pastorate.
     Featured special music will be Taylor Lickteig, a dynamic soloist who attends school in Denison.  Visitors are welcome and expected.

The season for baseball
& softball is finally here.
We urge everyone to join us
in supporting our local athletes

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Odebolt, IA 51458


Arnim “Bud” O’Tool, age 82, of Odebolt, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, May 25, 2008, at the Loring Hospital in Sac City, Iowa.

Arnim Francis O’Tool was born on February 24, 1926, in Carroll County, Iowa near Breda, the son of William and Coletta (Schelle) O'Tool, and was baptized on February 25, 1926. He was raised on the family farm and attended country school and Auburn High School.

On September 5, 1950, he was the first Carroll County resident to be drafted into the U.S. Army, to serve in the Korean War. He was honorably discharged on September 5, 1952.

On June 22, 1953, Bud was united in marriage to, Dorothy Blessington in Carroll, Iowa. To this union two sons, Rick and Dale, were born.

The family lived in Odebolt where Bud worked as a carpenter and built the family home. He was a member of St. Martin’s Catholic Church He was employed at the Lake View lumber yard Great Plains lumber yard in Odebolt and later worked for Payless Cashways in Early. He worked in the lumber business for over 20 years, retiring in 1989. That same year Bud and Dorothy became co-managers for the Farber & Otteman Funeral Home in Odebolt.

In his spare time Bud loved to work in his shop and do woodworking and he will always be remembered for his ability to share a joke with friends and co-workers. He supported and helped organize the EMT/ambulance program in Odebolt and was always proud to be a citizen of Odebolt. Spending time with family and family vacations were wonderful memories for him.

Left to cherish Bud’s memory are his wife, Dorothy; his sons, Rick O’Tool of Sioux City and Dale O’Tool of Odebolt; two grandchildren, Jason O’Tool and Dana Brummond and her husband, James, all of Sioux City along with his two great grandsons, Joseph and Carson and great granddaughter, Kadence. Other survivors include his two sisters, Iva Boisen of Sac City and Darlene Gross and her husband Ralph of Omaha, NE: and his two brothers, Roger O’Tool and wife Carol of Glidden, Ia and Melvin O’Tool and wife Joyce of Boone, Ia.

Preceding Bud in death were his parents, brother, Lowell and sister, Dorothy Pollman.

Mass of the Christian Burial was Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Odebolt, with Father John McGuirk, officiating. Burial was in the St. Martin’s Catholic Cemetery in Odebolt, with presentation of the flag by American Legion, Post No. 313, of Odebolt.

Read sports & school news in this special section of The Chronicle each week.

STAY UP-TO-DATE AND INFORMED! VISIT www.odebolt-arthur.net

In this issue ...
---List of recognitions, awards
---Senior Spotlights on Timothy Skaren, Nicole Thies and Jay Schramm
---Trojanettes capture KP Tournament Crown
---Trojanettes down Manning, 7-0
---Trojanettes suffer first Loss of Season
---(Photos) Last Day at O-A.
---O-A Baseball activities (see schedule at odebolt-arthur.net


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