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Monday, December 4, 2006

100 years ago

Not Guilty

That is what a jury in State vs. Rienhart pronounced in Justice Gillett's Court

The case of State vs. Rienhart came off in Justice Gillett' s court Friday as announced in our last issue and was tried to a jury which after about ten minute deliberation returned a verdict in favor of defendant.

Frank Westman charged that some weeks ago when he was driving on the road home from Cherokee he met Rinehart and the latter wanted to fight but Westman was not in a fighting mood and said he must get home to do his chores wereupon, according to Westman, Reinhart tried to climb into his wagon but was prevented by his sharply whipping up his horses. Reinhart then commenced pelting him with stones, one of which struck him and for this West man poured out the information.

Reinhart's story was that while driving home from town with his little boy he had occasion to get out of the wagon, the boy driving on ahead and was out of sight when Westman came along and struck him with a line. The trouble grew out of a quarrel which the men had here ascension day and the jury evidently concluded there wasn't much to the case and brought in a prompt verdict of acquittal. The costs are quite large but they were taxed to the state.

A Brilliant Affair

One of the swellest events of the season will be given on December 7th and will be in the basement of the library building. Visitors are expected from all the nearby towns. Leaders of fashion, school girls, farmer's wives, teachers, lawyers and in fact every body are planning to be present to purchase their supply of Christmas gifts. Christmas is close at hand and here is your chance to get the best and daintiest. Every bit of handiwork has been carefully done and you need not hesitate when you see the display. There will be a delicacy booth where the daintiest and most toothsome cakes will be found, home-made candy, homemade jelly and pickles and canned fruit, sensible aprons, fine corset covers, kimonos, shoe bags, laundry bags, fancy work bags and Christmas novelties, dust caps, sleeve protectors, vases, and other fine pieces of art and statuary.

Special mention must be given the statuary, for Cherokee has not had the opportunity to give beautiful bits of statuary for Christmas presents and at such remarkably low prices. There will be the classic pieces, busts of modern authors, musicians and statesmen and a few reliefs. The prices will range from thirty-five cents to two dollars. One beautiful and costly bust of "Illiawatha" will be sold by number. Each number will be ten cents and the decision will be announced at 9 p.m. Dec. 8th. Japanese maids will serve tea and the Dutch girls coffee on both Friday and Saturday, December 7th and 8th. The affair will be known as the Cherokee Improvement Federation Bazaar and the proceeds will go toward the work of city improvement. So you have a double purpose in attending, First, to yourself, to find Christmas supplies, second, to help in the work of your own town. Make it a point to be present.

75 years ago

Urges Caution on City Streets

Mayor Sees Need of Safe Place for Coasting

Because of the large number of school children who are using Cherokee streets for sliding purposes, Mayor A. Lawrey, jr. urged Saturday that automobile drivers and the children exercise extreme caution.

Mayor Lawrey said that he conferred with several of the councilmen Saturday morning regarding the possibility of blocking a street for sliding purposes but that they had not been able as yet to select a location.

Children are urged not to slide after dark unless carefully chaperoned.

Amateur Radio Operator Gets Curaco Message

R. N. Kjerland says his amateur radio license affords him new thrills every now and then. Friday night at 12:41 he heard a code message from Prof. L. K. Winnor of England, whose expedition is searching for treasure at Curaco, Southern Siberia.

Altho Mr. Kjerland is not permitted to divulge the text of the message, it is said that this message was sent at 2 p.m., Curaco time from station P. J.

A. C. Professor Winnor is representing the Royal Institute of Technology, London.

The message is to be repeated in three days.

Magnus Chalman Killed

Probably Stumbled In Attempt to Shoot Rabbit

Magnus Chalman, 71, farmer residing one-half mile west of Meriden, was found shot to death at 3:30 o'clock Friday afternoon. Dr. C. F. Quinn, coroner, who with Sheriff Art Tilton, investigated the affair, reported that death was accidental.

Chalman's body was found sometime after the accident by his son Phillip and a neighbor, Nate Hansen, who returned to the farm with a load of straw. The body was lying just outside the entrance of the barn door and the gun, a twelve gauge, was lying across his feet, with one barrel discharged.

On a machine, just inside the entrance of the door the coroner found Chalman's cane and several eggs he had gathered.

According to members of the family, the coroner said, it was the custom to keep the gun hanging on the wall in the barn. Friday afternoon Chalman told his wife that he was going out to the barn to shoot a rabbit.

From the position of the body, the coroner believes that he was opening the barn door and he had the gun in his hand or had placed it nearby. It is supposed that he accidentally stumbled over a crow bar found lying beside his body and as he fell the gun was discharged.

The bullet struck Chalman on his right side and traveled across the bottom of his chest lodging beneath his heart. The coroner believes that he lived long enough to lunge forward slightly land fell across the still and outside of the door. He was actually shot when in the barn.

Chalman had been lame for this past three or four years and always carried a cane.

The gun was an old type hammer action and one barrel had not been used for several years.

Chalman was born in Sweden and came to this country 50 years ago. He lived in

Wisconsin for several years and came to Cherokee county in 1906. He farmed various farms in Cherokee County and has been on his present 20 acre farm near Meriden for the past two years.

His wife, one son and three daughters survive.

First Letters to Santa Claus

Cherokee-Dear Santa: I am a little girl 2 years old. I would like a little iron, a pastry set, a little dolly and my little brother wants a rattle and rubber doll. Also candy and nuts. We will try and be good. Hope I see you Sat., Dec. 5. Your little friends, Bernice and Elmer Hoeppner.

Cherokee-Dear Santa: I am a little girl 3 years old. I wish you would bring me a little iron, an ironing board, dolly, and a little tub and wash board. Bring me lots of candy and nuts. Your little friend, Marcella June Hoeppner. I will try and see you Dec. 6.

Cherokee-Dear Santa: How are you. I am just fine. For Christmas, I want a chest, a dress, a bank, and a pair of stocking and a pair of mittens and some candy and nuts. Ruth Johnson

Cherokee-Dear Santa: I hope you can come December 5th. There are lots of families here that need food, clothes and coal to go to them first. If you have a train left I would like it. I'll leave you a sandwich as I always do on Xmas eve. With love, Dale Gabby.

Cherokee-Dear Santa: I am a little boy 5 years old. I go to Lincoln school. Please bring me a car with a gas tank, a train, a little wrecker like McFarlane has, tractor and plow. Please bring me candy and nuts. I will be there to see you Saturday, Dec. 5. Your friend, Junior Hoeppner.

Aurelia-Dear Santa: I would like to have a doll this year. Her name is Billie Boots and her 20 piece wardrobe. And please bring me some nuts and candy and put them in my stocking for it will be hanging there for you to fill. I would like to have a French telephone too. I know you think I am asking too much, but please bring what I ask for. Eileen Christensen.

50 years ago

Red Cross Quota: $520

Cherokee County Red Cross chapter has been assigned a quota of $520 toward providing emergency relief for Hungarian refugees.

The announcement was made today by Mrs. Edith Meloy, executive secretary of the county chapter.

Mrs. Meloy explained that American Red Cross opened a special campaign this week to raise 5 million dollars for that purpose.

It is reported that some 8,000 refugees have already crossed the border into Austria. Beginning today 50,000 sufferers will be fed daily in Budapest.

American Red Cross has appropriated more than $300,000 from funds on hand to initiate this relief work. Tons of food, clothing, shelter and medical supplies are being provided to those who have fled to Austria.

Residents wishing to aid in this relief program may make contributions at the Red Cross office in Cherokee.

Meanwhile a women's church group here is considering sponsorship of a refugee.

Regarding what Iowans can do as individual to aid the thousands of Hungarian refugees, authorities state the most pressing needs is for cash.

Among major agencies accepting contributions in addition to ABC are Lutheran World Relief, 50 Madison Avenue, New York City; National Catholic Welfare Conference, 350 Fifth Avenue, New York City; Cooperation for American Remittance to Everywhere (CARE) 600 First Avenue, New York.

AE Board Makes Move

Chart 10-week Course for Next Fall

Residents of the Cherokee area are assured of an Adult Education program in 1957 as a result of decisions made this week at a meeting of the AE Advisory Board.

Classes are to start September 12 and run for 10 weeks, concluding November 14. Those dates were set up at a planning session of the 4 advisory groups held Tuesday evening.

AE officials were headed by Supt. Lloyd W. Sexton as a chairman; said suggestions for the classes will be welcomed.

Considered in a tentative outline for the 1957 course is the possibility of offering instruction in golf. Lyle Midland was appointed to report on equipment needed and interest shown in such a class.

Officers on the AE Board in addition to Sexton are W.B. Frankforter, vice-chairman; Mrs. Donald Wray, secretary; Midland, treasurer.

Serving a one-year term on the present board to July 1, 1957, are Ben Brasser, Virginian Herrick, Sexton and Mrs. Sam Mangold.

Remaining on the board for a two year term are Frankfurter Midland, Mrs. Wray and Mrs. Jay Yaggey.

25 years ago

'Young' Mat Braves Host SL

When the curtain rises on Cherokee's wrestling season here Wednesday, area mat fans will see a lot of new and young faces in the Brave's lineup.

Cherokee hosts Storm Lake in a season opening dual meet with seven or possibly eight underclassmen riling varsity starting roles. Junior varsity action is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. with the variety dual to follow.

According to Cherokee Coach Jim Llewellyn, four sophomores have secured starting roles, while three freshmen have already tabbed to represent the varsity Braves against Storm Lake.

"The fact that we will field seven and maybe even eight underclassmen makes this team the youngest we've opened with since I've been coaching here" said Lewellen, now entering his 13th season at the Braves' helm.

The reason for the Braves young starting lineup this season is due to the loss of several key wrestlers to graduation. Gone are state tourney runner-up John Haussler (167 lbs.), runner-up John Hassler (167 lbs.) State tourney sixth place finisher Jeff Davis (145 lbs.), state tourney qualifier Tom Vest (126 lbs.), conference champion Kyle Woltman (156 lbs.) district qualifier Jan George (185 lbs.) and regular starter Jim Northcraft (119 lbs.)

For Some, The Snow's Good News

While a lot of area residents grumbled and groaned about the inconvience caused by this week's snowfall, there are those who greeted the white stuff with a smile and are praying for more.

Snow means business for Cherokee Ray Lesse, owner of a cross-country ski area located just east of Cherokee the"East Hill" area.

The two businesses were initiated last year, a winter in which little snow fell in the area, causing a slow first season for both skiing operations.

Leese's Last chance Ranch Ski Area covers about 350 acres and features several miles of trails for beginner, intermediate and advances skiers.

With the area's first snowfall Monday, Leese's cross-country ski area was open for business Tuesday. The area is located east of Barnes' Access county park and is the first left turn past Stoner's Bridge. It also can be reached by taking the bypass east of Cherokee to Iowa 3 and turning left on M-10. Follow M-10 until it ends and turns left. Then take the first right turn. The land is being rented from local rodeo stock contractor Bob Barnes.

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