From our files: July 4, 2019

10 Years ago: July 4, 2009

NEWS: Steve Ingram, of Fort Dodge, received the Legion of Merit award in honor of his 27 years of military service.

SPORTS: Fort Dodge Senior High senior Ricky Sandquist was highlighted in The Messenger’s Timeout With feature.

25 Years ago: July 4, 1994

NEWS: Virginia Weiss retired as executive director of the Webster County Red Cross after 20 years in the post.

SPORTS: Roy McCabe shot a hole-in-one at Deer Creek.

50 Years ago: July 4, 1969

NEWS: Fort Dodge native Neil E. Schaffner, who left high school after his sophomore year to seek fame and fortune as an actor, was dead at age 78. He portrayed the “Toby” character in the Toby Tent Shows for decades.

SPORTS: Russ Petersen, of Gowrie, won the Fourth of July golf tournament at the Gowrie Country Club.