Corydon Times

Jack Pester and Peggy Lammers move on from family business
Jack Pester steps from the first Leer jet he owned on the Feb. 1976 cover of 'National Petroleum News.' This wood mockup was one of several items donated by Pester and sister Peggy Lammers to Prarie Trail Museum of Wayne County in Corydon. Photo by Jason Selby
After donating memorabilia to Prairie Trails Museum of Wayne County in Corydon, Jack Pester and Peggy Lammers sat down to reflect on their own history. Joining them was Pester’s stepson and former employee, now that Pester has sold the company, Aaron James, along with Lammers’ dog Fanny, named after their grandmother.

Pester was a Hornet, graduating from Corydon High School in 1953. He was also a Bulldog—in more ways than one—graduating from Drake University in 1957 with a degree in business. Lammers graduated from Cambria-Corydon High School in 1960.

“It was the first year of the Falcons,” Lammers said. “I remember the assembly where we chose the new logo and name. Someone from the football team stood up and said, ‘the team likes the ‘Falcons.’ The rest is history.”

Sep 28, 2015, 08:54

Corydon Fire Department places fourth at Iowa convention
Members of the Corydon Fire Department, which finished fourth as a team at state. Photo by Jason Selby
At the 137th Iowa Firefighters Association Convention on Sept. 12, the Corydon Fire Department finished fourth overall against stout competition from across the state. Their success in Story City is indicative of the quality and dedication of these volunteer firemen, who work, succeed, and experience loss together as a team. When they returned home, Corydon greeted the firefighters with something they do not receive enough of—thanks and praise.

The convention has been held annually since 1878. Second assistant fire chief Josh Cobb estimated there were 1,300 campers in 2015. The fire trucks put on a 40-block parade in Story City, which in actuality ended over 100 miles south in Corydon when a crowd of well-wishers welcomed home their local heroes—on a lazy Sunday afternoon for most people—to a pageant atmosphere.

Sep 21, 2015, 08:52

Linda Liggett Wiges publishes second novel 'Worth the Weight'
Linda Liggett Wiges holds up her second novel, ‘Worth the Weight.’
At the 62nd Allerton Alumni Banquet—and later that evening in the Old Time Soda Fountain, where she spent many an afternoon after high school—Linda Liggett Wiges will be present both as a 1961 graduate of Allerton and for a book signing of her second novel, 'Worth the Weight.'

Though the brick school building is now buried where it once stood, its spirit remains. It serves as inspiration still for Wiges as an author.

“All of my writing shows the influence of Allerton,” Wiges said. “One play I wrote is called 'Best Seats in the House,' and it’s in a small town where nothing ever happens. These women have coffee every day in this café in front of a big window—and they can see if anything should happen. I have them talk about what’s going on in the hotel across the street, and I always pictured it as The Inn of the Six-Toed Cat.”

Sep 14, 2015, 09:07

Allan and Nancy Jacobsen share Sacred Valley with grandson
From left to right, Brooks Jacobsen, Alan Jacobsen and Lucho Abarca pose in the Andes Mountains of Peru.

Allan and Nancy Jacobsen were so awestruck by the famous Incan city of Machu Picchu in 2007 that they started making plans immediately to return to Peru. They intended to take their grandson, Brooks Jacobsen, the next time. Unfortunately, he was only seven years old when they first traveled to South America. The next journey had to wait until 2015.

“It was a mountaintop experience,” Allan said. “I wanted to wait until my grandson was old enough, and I wasn’t too old. I wanted to walk that trail with him.”

Sep 8, 2015, 10:52

Lisa Gibbs Fry touts Box Tops for Education program
Wayne Elementary School special education teacher Lisa Fry helps organize Box Tops for Education. Photo by Jason Selby
Lisa Gibbs Fry is a 1984 graduate of Wayne Community High School. She has been teaching elementary special education at Wayne for 20 years. Iowa has always been her home, even when she lived 3,000 miles away in an Inuit village.

Five years ago, Fry by default became Wayne’s Box Tops for Education organizer.

“I found a bag of them in a closet that someone didn’t have time to do,” Fry said. “I probably spent 18 hours sorting from expired coupons and clipping at home, getting ahead of it. I feel like it’s a good program, but it takes a lot of time.

“I have PTA volunteers to help sort and cut. My [teaching] associates help, as well as some elementary TAG students once a week in study hall. The TAG students usually have their homework done during study hall and are bored. They love organizing and sorting, so I just turn it over to them."

Sep 8, 2015, 10:42