Years Gone By

5 years ago:

     • The Great Jones County Fair begins next week. Entertainers scheduled to appear are Boston, Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line and For King & Country.  (7/13/2016)

15 years ago:

     • The reserved seating capacity for the Jones County Fair’s mainstage music acts is even bigger this year, with the addition of 1,104 north side bleacher seats. Last year, bleachers were added to the south side of the amphitheater, which resulted in 1,152 new reserved seats.  (7/12/2006)

20 years ago:

     • Citizens State Bank, Monticello, recently completed an expansion project into the FSI building, adding five new offices. An open house is scheduled for July 13.  (7/11/2001)

25 years ago:

     • Among the new features planned for the 144th Great Jones County Fair is a 20-ton sand sculpture. The working exhibit will begin on Monday and will be a near-lifesize replica of the Anheuser-Busch Keg Wagon. The project will be completed by fair’s end and will be located near the ticket office.  (7/10/1996)

     • Baseball will be a part of the Great Jones County Fair. The Little League Tournament will be held Wednesday. Monticello will play host to Anamosa, Farley and Cascade. The Prep League Tournament will be held Thursday. Teams scheduled to play are Monticello, Cascade and Manchester.  (7/10/1996)

50 years ago:

     • The APCO service station in Monticello will hold its grand opening July 9 and 10. Two bicycles will be given away along with other prizes. The station is located at the corner of Oak and South Main streets. (7/8/1971)

75 years ago:

     • Monticello’s marching band, participating in the Bob Hope Victory Parade in Des Moines as part of the state centennial celebration, took second place in the high school division of the parade competition. According to Boyd Shannon, superintendent of schools, the band combined a full day of sightseeing with the parade. With over 40 mothers accompanying, the band left at 6 a.m. in three chartered buses. The group was on hand when Bob Hope and his troupe arrived at the airport in two C-47 transports with a navy escort. Carlene Winkler shook hands with Hope, but he would not give any autographs. The highlight of the parade through downtown Des Moines was the jet-propelled P-80 Shooting Star, which sped over the parade route at 625 miles per hour on four or five different occasions. (7/11/1946)

100 years ago:

     • Those people who have had occasion to travel over the road to Pictured Rocks, find it in very bad shape. The road is part of the country road and should be taken care of. Pictured Rocks is one of the beauty spots of Jones County and is visited by many thousands of people annually. It should be put in passable shape, at least, so that vehicles can travel over it safely. (7/14/1921)

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