Times Ago, Dec. 25

Dec. 25

• 10 years ago in 2006

Chris Buck and Emily Morgan along with many other classmates from West Marshall wrapped $1,000 worth of toys and other gifts for State Center-area families.

• 25 years ago in 1991

Three children from the Howard Hennis family: Ryan on trumpet; Regan on trombone and Leisha on clarinet were dressed in their Marshalltown High School Band uniforms and bowl bound for the Fiesta Bowl Parade in Phoenix, Ariz.

• 40 years ago in 1976

From Supertoe plastic football launching field goal toy to a Charlie McCarthy ventriloquist dummy, Todd Heil, 8, and sister Tracy,11, enjoyed their Christmas Day fun.

Dec. 26

• 10 years ago in 2006

Travis Appelgate, of Marshalltown, and Carmen Siert, of Eldora, were scheduled for a mission trip to Reynosa, Mexico, through Central College’s campus ministries and were to help in a Christian school teaching Bible stories and working with children in an orphanage.

• 25 years ago in 1991

Mark Weese, 17, junior at LDF-SEMCO, was in the right place at the right time to snag a 210 pound, 11 point buck.

• 40 years ago in 1976

Laurie Blackmore, wife Carol and their children: James and Louise from Kent, England entertained friends here over Christmas and Boxing Day, the day after Christmas celebrated in England. Blackmore and family were here with Fisher Controls.

Dec. 27

• 10 years ago in 2006

Gerald R. Ford, who picked up the pieces of Richard Nixon’s scandal-shattered White House as the 38th and only unelected president in America’s history, died at the age of 93.

• 25 years ago in 1991

Ed Henze, formerly of Albion, was in charge of the paint shop of Walt Disney-Jim Henson Production where the TV show “Dinosaurs” is filmed. It was Henze’s job to paint all the initial characters in the “Dinosaur” family.

• 40 years ago in 1976

MHS band members Mindy Vana and Alan Sheldon helped band director Jerry Ellingson load one of the five charter buses for the trip to the Cotton Bowl Parade in Dallas, Texas.

Dec. 28

• 10 years ago in 2006

Main Street Dance Theater Inc. participated in the Younkers Community Day Sale with prizes awarded to the top coupon book sales: Sydnie Wohlert, first place; Rachel Heatwole, second; and Tiana Bolar, with the MSDT the beneficiary of more than $1,000 and the production of “The Nutcracker.”

• 25 years ago in 1991

MHS students: Alisa Wolden, Tiffany VanGundy, Katie McKibben, Emily Ott and Jenny Stalhut were busy preparing for the PRIDE-sponsored New Years Eve event at the Marshalltown Center.

• 40 years ago in 1976

Al Wuster, of McCallsburg, and Glenn Johnson, of Marshalltown, spent some time ice fishing in a Marshall County pond when Wuster pulled out a lunker large mouth bass close to 6 pounds. Both men were students at the University of Iowa.

Dec. 29

• 10 years ago in 2006

Colo-NESCO eighth grade math teacher Robert Alden was the “Jeopardy” champion winning $26,000.

• 25 years ago in 1991

Anne Gogerty, of Hubbard, a 1988 Colo-NESCO graduate and a student at Loras College, was among 25 Loras students named as National Outstanding Leaders in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

• 40 years ago in 1976

Tracy Knight and Robin Kramer were named the 1977 King and Queen of homecoming at Steamboat Rock School. Other members of the Court were: Tim Bulter, Dan Gast, Brenda Rotgers and Teresa Rash.

Dec. 30

• 10 years ago in 2006

The Marshalltown Wal-Mart Supercenter selected Mid-Iowa Community Action energy assistance program as the recipient of a $1,250 donation.

• 25 years ago in 1991

The YMCA planned to start a Walleyball league much to the delight of players: Dan Button, Nathan Button, Michael Button, Jeff Frost, John Frost and Greg Frost.

• 40 years ago in 1976

Michele Mulinix, 11, stayed awake rocking with 69 other rockers in the 24-hour Rockathon to raise money for new uniform and equipment for the Central Iowa Eye Opener Drum & Bugle Corps at the Marshalltown Mall.

Dec. 31

• 10 years ago in 2006

The University of Northern Iowa inside man Grant Stout had 17 points and nine rebounds to lead the Panthers in a 63-59 victory over the No. 16 Wichita State Shockers.

• 25 years ago in 1991

The Iowa Hawkeye football team battled the Brigham Young Cougars to a 13-13 tie in the Holiday Bowl.

• 40 years ago in 1976

Darlene Varnum, 16, of Colo, was named the first place winner in her age division for District 5 in the Make It With Wool contest. Varnum made a gray jacket, coordinating plaid vest and slacks all from wool.