25 Years Ago This Week —
Aug. 18-24, 1988
The Newton Daily News reported: On Aug. 19, 1988, a Newton Community Theater group would perform a re-creation of the Fibber Magee and Molly radio show at the Iowa State Fair on Saturday, Aug. 27. The group had performed together for seven years and included Betty Allen, Tim Blount, Fred Chabot, Lea Chabot, Bryan Healy, Mike Moyers, Bill Perrenoud, Linda Perrenoud, Koni Scarbrough, Ed Wade, and Deb Wearmouth. Nine members of the Fennekohl and Crawford families, from Houston and Denver, descendants of Vernon and Mary Francis Skiff, visited Skiff Medical Center as part of a trip to visit family-owned properties and gravesites. The Newton City Council voted to purchase the Winpower Company property at the intersection of East 12th Street and First Avenue East and to erect a brick-sculpted community identification sign, designed by artist Nick Klepinger, along the east side of Iowa-14 near S. 12th Ave. W.