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Jefferson Highway, No. 69, in the North Part of Ames
Another in a series of pictures owned by the Highway Commission which was taken about 1920 publicizing the need for better roads. This time the scene (looking north) is the planks through the mud on the north side of Ames. The houses most visible in the shot are still in existence; the one on the left is in the seventeen hundred block of North Grand Avenue. This mud is just two miles out of Milford. At the time this was the main road from Ames to points in north Iowa and on to Minneapolis.

is credited for starting Habitat for Humanity in Story County, helping oversee 16 homes.

1941 Marvin Smith Jr was one of the organizers of the Story Co Property Tax Assoc and served as one of the State Directors of the Iowa Property Tax Association.

1944 Gordon E. Bivens: Records books on tape for the Iowa Comm of Blind: visits nursing homes with his dog for senior therapy; facilitates workshops in Iowa Prisons; and facilitates alternatives to violence workshops in Iowa Prisons. How Challenging!

1947 Joe Harper: Joe drove a golf ball from State Center to Colo for the Newland Fund-raising effort to renovate the Hwy 30 historical land mark gas station and cafe. In 2008 he served as Colo's Chairman for RAGBRAI.

1952 Florine Borton Smalley: As once said of her efforts: Florine was in numerous community and professional organizations at the local, district and state levels and she was always willing and able to volunteer her time, energy and home grown or home made goodies for their activities or fund-raisers through out the year.

1955 Dale Hughes and 1956 Jurine Borton Moore: After the 2005 reunion they made a two year commitment to record the history of Milford Township and the activities of its people into a book format to be shared at the 2007 Milford Twp Reunion. They are both also responsible the content and format of Iowa Hall of Pride web-sight on Milford Twp. It is reported to be the largest in the state or has more information in than any other school district no matter what size! It's certainly been a labor of love and as Jurine says, you would have to be-- insane and single to do it, because of the dedication of time and effort involved. See page 204.

1956 Jurine Borton Moore: Provided a 400K paid up irrevocable life insurance policy for the Iowa 4-H Foundation and ISU and Iowa Wesleyan College at a two-thirds, one-third distribution. She appreciates their part in her life and its her way to pay back and pass on the opportunities.

1960R Janet Hansen Collins: Story County Planning and Zoning Commission and Story County Medical Center Endowment Foundation.

1973 Bill Couser: Lead out rider for thirty years with Sparrows 40 Horse Hitch Family sometimes travels too, Bill says, coast to coast for major parades. They have done the New York Macy's Day Parade the last 5 yrs. Also 318

Typing Classes Started in Milford School

Apparently typing, as a course, was introduced in Milford in the fall of 1936 as the Nevada Paper states in an article about the opening of school at Milford.

“A course in typewriting is being offered to juniors and seniors this year. A classroom has been arranged for the new equipment which consists of twelve typewriters and tables. This course is being taught in two double periods thereby accommodating twenty four pupils.” New LC Smith typewriters were purchased in the 1940-'41 school year. See page 95. See Teachers List 169.

1958-1959 PTA

A nine event calendar has been announced by the Milford PTA. Open house will feature the first program on 25 Sept. The other monthly programs are as follows: 23 Oct, Women's Night: 20 Nov, Grades 1-4; 18 Dec, Christmas Program; 29 Jan, Men's Night, 26 Feb, Grades 5-6, 26 March, Music Department; 23 April, Style Show; and 7 May, Eighth Grade Graduation.

PTA Officers for the year are President, Mrs Don Book; V President, CP Thompson; Secretary, Mrs Arnold Nelson; and Treasurer, Mrs Richard Sorensen.

Slowpitch Softball Pitcher- Dale Hughes

Milford's Dale Hughes `55 started playing slowpitch softball in Central Iowa in the late sixties or sooner and quickly developed into one of the best pitchers in that region. He pitched for many teams at tournaments where he was the "guest" pitcher. Besides many local and Central Iowa Tournaments, he participated, as a pitcher, in contests at the State, Multi-State, and one National Slowpitch Tournament and won several MVP honors.

He used the same big ol glove for years. It was first used in the `76 season and by the late nineties, many entire opposing teams were younger than the age of that glove. In one game in about 2002; a young fellow hit a very hard ball right back at him and he snagged it with his glove and the force of the ball broke some of the leather bindings on the glove. The batter said something like - that's what you get when you use a glove older than I am. Everyone, including Dale, thought that was funny and that's one of the things that makes the game so much fun- just the kidding around and the banter. He is still at it in 2011. See page 204.

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