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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

100 years ago

On a Lark

Out to see the world on a capital of thirty-nine cents

Four Sioux City kids ranging from twelve to fourteen in age of come to City as blind baggage of destination Ft. Dodge.

When the flyer arrived here Monday evening, the conductor turned over to the Constable Smyth four Sioux City kids named respectively Bly Davis, Will Lazarus, Cleo Veper and Harry Frieaod. They boarded the blind baggage at Sioux City, they say intending to ride as far as Merrill and return home on the freight. Missing the freight and having a combined capital of thirty-nine cents they decided to make a further pilgrimage into the wide, wide world by going to Ft. Dodge where they apparently expected to find the pot of gold which awaits the adventurous and to then return to their mammas wealthy and with the glamour of heroes enveloping them. However, the railroad officials put on end to their fair dreams by turning them over to the authorities here. They were a badly frightened lot of youngsters when they were taken before Mayor Barlingame, who eyed them sternly and informed them that they must spend the night in jail. However, the mayor on an appeal from Constable Smyth later relented and the quartette were escorted to the Cherokee House where they spent the night and after a hearty breakfast Tuesday morning were in high spirits and made things lively around the hotel. They were typical types of the city gaming, mischief with every feature, a mischief which with guided may make of them usual citizens but left unrestrained will probably recruit the ranks of the criminals. The different railroad lines were well represented by the quartette. The Sioux City chief of police was notified of the boys presence here and that they would be sent back on the clipper which was done, under supervision of Constable Smyth.

A Day of Family Reunions

Thanksgiving generally observed in this city of stores close for evening service at M.E. Church

Thanksgiving day was quite generally observed in Cherokee. In the afternoon our businessmen generally closed their stores and there were a large number of small dinner parties and other special gatherings. Among these there has come to the notice of The Times the following:

Miss Mary McNeal and nieces entertained at twelve o'clock dinner Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Heywood and Miss Jessie Swem.

Mrs. Lou Stanoeheck and family and Mr. Charles Phipps, of Wilmot, Minn., were Thanksgiving day guests at the Henry Phipps house in the country.

Miss Ruth Bogg came up from Ft. Dodge to eat Thanksgiving dinner with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Kennedy.

The McWilliams family had as Thanksgiving day guests Mr. and Mrs. Quirin and family of Marcus, and Mr. and Mrs. F. D. Phelan.

C. A. Stiles and family served a delightful Thanksgiving dinner to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Anthony, of Sioux City, Mr. A. J. Fonte and Miss Maude Molyneux.

Mr. and Mrs. John Williams had as Thanksgiving day guests Miss Maud Trego, of Onawa, and Roy Williams, of Sioux City.

Harold Williams, who is attending business college in Sioux City, spent Thanksgiving with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Williams.

Mrs. O. Gage and Mrs. Brooks spent Thanksgiving in Tilden at the Owen Brooks home.

Mr. and Mrs. J. N. Snidicor came up from Washta Thanksgiving to eat turkey at the house of their daughter, Mrs. F. A. Ballard.

Herb Pelton came down from Sioux City to spend the day with her parents, W. Pelton and wife.

Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Kuhrts entertained at Thanksgiving dinner Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Biegel, and Mr. and Mrs. Colton and Dr. and Mrs. W. E. Miller.

Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Lysaght served a most delicious Thanksgiving dinner at which Dr. and Mrs. P. B. Cleaves and W. K. Herrick and wife were guests.

Mr. and Mrs. W. Z. Wright and family had for their Thanksgiving guests Mr. and Mrs. O.P. Garrison of Sioux City.

Dr. M. A. Hoard and family entertained at a one o'clock dinner the families of Frank Hull and B. O. Hoard.

75 years ago

Job Will Take About 2 Weeks Flint Declares

Evans Company hauling from Cherokee pit.

Graveling of new primary road No. 5 was started Friday of last week and with good weather should be completed within 10 or 12 days, according to L.L. Flint, maintenance engineer for the state highway commission. The Evans construction company has the contract.

Work was started one mile south of Marcus and the construction company will move this way. Forty trucks are working from 4 o'clock in the morning until 10 o'clock each night.

Gravel is being hauled from a pit one mile north of Cherokee and approximately 1,000 yards are being used to the mile. The construction company averages about a mile each day.

Snowfall is Just in Time For Big Day

Altho motorists and pedestrians complained Saturday their complaints were offset by the pleasure of kiddies who gathered to see Santa Claus. The snow and sleet made it possible for him to drive his sled down Main street.

Rain turning into sleet early Saturday morning by time for citizens to go to work made all the streets and sidewalks slick. Shortly after 8 o'clock the sleet gave way to snow.

It was the first heavy sleet of the year.

Several hundred Cherokee county boys and girls gave Santa Clause a rousing welcome when he came to Cherokee Saturday morning. Following his arrival, Santa stopped for at time at the center of Main and Second streets, where he led his admirers in a series of songs and cheers.

Santa himself came in a sled drawn by four reindeer and he was followed by an Eskimo assistant who drove a sled drawn by huskies. Several were permitted to ride in the dog drawn sled.

Santa stopped at Fifth and Elm streets at 1 o'clock in the afternoon and again was given a royal welcome. A parade was held starting at 8 o'clock.

Santa was scheduled to remain here all day and planned to be in the business section from 7 to 9 o'clock Saturday night.

Two Rooms Full of Old Clothes

In response to the appeal of Associated Charities for old clothing and the collection program of the American Legion, two rooms are stacked full over Helln's store. Cooperation of citizens in placing clothing where it was readily available for the collectors, the entire collection was made in slightly over an hour Friday afternoon.

Beginning Monday a committee of women appointed by Associated Charities will begin the job of sorting, mending and otherwise preparing the clothes for distribution.

It will be arranged to have the rooms open two or three times a week in order that those needing clothing can obtain it.

In addition to a large amount of clothing and shoes, many toys were sent for distribution by the charities organization.

Marcus Case In Hands of Jury

Final Closing Arguments Made Wednesday A.M.

The case, Snyder vs. Farmers Elevator company, Marcus, went to the district court jury at 11:30 o'clock Wednesday morning. Taking of testimony was completed Tuesday afternoon and two of the closing arguments were made. Final closing arguments were made Wednesday morning.

Snyder is suing the elevator for collection of money alleged due him for grain. He alleges that his tenant sold grain to the elevator on which he had a lien.

Witnesses for the plaintiff Wednesday were Elmer Knebel and W. C. Garteson, Sibley. For the defense Walter Miller and L. C. McCulla testified.

In the matter of the Exchange bank of Marcus, Ia., and Edmonds-Londergan company, Cora Hillger claim comes in for hearing. Jury waived by both parties. Receiver dismissed counter claims. Court finds for claimant and that she is entitled to recover and should be allowed the sum of $200 from the received in full payment of all service, rendered by her.

50 years ago

Plan Yule Lighting Contest

More Prize Money for Winners

To Judge Homes in Both Rural Area, Cherokee City

Details of the annual Christmas home lighting contest were announced today by George H. Pingrey and Kenneth L .Wilson, co-chairmen of the contest committee. Committee members assisting with plans are M. O. Moe and Levi Lundquist.

Homes in both the rural area of the county and in the city of Cherokee are to be judged, with an increase in the amount of cash prizes to be awarded winners.

In accordance with contest rules, entry blanks must be in the mail or received by December 15 by Pingrey at the Central Trust and Savings Bank.

Judging will take place the week of December 17-24 with definite dates to be announced later. County representatives will judge city entries and city representatives are to judge rural entries.

Winners are to be determined on the following judging basis: General artistic effect, 35 percent; originality and ingenuity in utilizing surroundings, 30 percent; conformity to the Christmas spirit, 25 percent, size 10 percent.

There will be a grand prize of $15 for the top city entrant with the winner ineligible for a district prize. In the city portion of the contest, there are to be four district prizes of $7.50 each and four district prizes of $5 each.

Awarded in the country area will be a first prize of $15 and second prize of $7.50.

Pingrey explained prize money will be divided as listed above because of the fact the number of city entries is usually about five times the number of country entries.

For the city contest, zones will run north and south, dividing the town of Cherokee as follows: Highway 59 to Eighth Street; Eighth Street to city limits; Highway 59 to Roosevelt; Roosevelt to city limits.

Following are the officials who will represent the county in judging the city contest: Delaine Kolb, Farm Bureau president; Frances Patterson, president of County Girls 4-H; Forrest J. Kohrt, County Extension Director.

City representatives who will judge the county contest are Jay Yaggy, Rotary president; A. I. McClintock, Kiwanis president; Mrs. C. E. Broderick, president of Cherokee Garden Club.

Grawburg Heads Chamber

Succeeds Samsel in Top Position

W. A. (Bill) Grawburg was elected president of the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce for 1957 at a joint meeting Thursday evening of both the current and new boards of directors.

Grawburg, who has been chairman of the Civic Bureau, and treasurer of C of Co in 1954, succeeds M. A. Samsel.

Named vice president was Charles Coon, who will also serve as chairman of the Retail Trade Bureau in 1957.

The Rev. Carl Beckman, previously named chairman of the Civic Bureau for the coming year was elected treasurer.

Samsel was accorded a vote of thanks by the district for his "splendid work as president this year." He responded by expressing appreciation for the cooperation of all chairmen and members in carrying out Chamber projects.

It was announced that an actual report will be mailed out to members in the near future, outlining activities and accomplishments of the C of C in 1954.

In a discussion of the Christmas program in Cherokee, comments were made on the exceptionally attractive store windows arranged by merchants for this season.

Monthly reports were presented to the boards by Howard Montgomery, representing the Civic Bureau, Dale Thomas, Ag Bureau; Julian Schissel, I & M Bureau; and Hunt Davis, Retail Trade Bureau.

25 years ago

Simonsen's selling fertilizer business

Officials of Simonsen Mill Inc here have announced the firm is selling off its fertilizer division, which has accounted for roughly half of the mill's business.

Dr. Doyle Simonsen, general manager, said a letter of intent has been executed with Terra Chemicals International of Sioux City for the purchase of nine Simonsen retail fertlilzer and agricultural chemical outlets in northwest Iowa. Although the letter of intent is preliminary, with a detailed agreement yet to be negotiated. Simonsen said Terra will assume control of the plants on Dec. 15.

Involved are plants and equipment in Quimby, Paullina, Merrill, Oyens, Schleswig, Moville, Kingsley, Sioux City and Mapleton.

About five employees will be affected at Quimby, according to Simonsen, who added they are expected to be retained when Terra takes over.

Simonsen said the fertilizer business, which the firm had operated about 30 years, is being sold to allow more attention to new projects.

"There are some other things we want to proceed with at Quimby and we thought we would rather put in out time here on new operations," he said. Those would include developments in the truck body, pet food and rendering departments, he added.

Parents Urge Change For Bus Loading Site

Should the school bus stop for the Lundsgaard Addition be moved off of U.S. 59? That was the big question of the night when about 30 parents, teachers, school administrators and bus drivers met Monday at Wilson Middle School for an open forum on school bus discipline.

The forum, which was sponsored by the elementary school parent-teacher advisory council, featured Supt. Francis Peterson and bus drivers Dale Alderson and Sandy Poling.

During the question-and-answer period that followed statements by the three panelists, a number of parents expressed concern for the safety of students boarding school buses in the Lundsgaard Addition in the northern section of the city.

Present routing calls for the bus to stop in the outside land, next to the curb on U.S. 59 for boarding and unloading. Most of the parents acquainted with the situation expressed concern that the bus might be rear-ended by high speed traffic while it is stopped on the highway or that a child might run onto the highway or that a child might run onto the highway and be struck by a passing vehicle.

Peterson told the parents that the stop has been designated an official bus stop and that turning into the housing addition would be time consuming.

Initially, Peterson defended the stop; however, after the issue was raised several times he hinted that at change might be possible in the future.

Another parent attending the session suggested parents in the housing addition organize to patrol the stop and curtail rowdy behavior that could result in a child being pushed onto the highway by another student.

In his opening remarks, Peterson explained briefly how the bus routes are determined each year and the workings of the mixmaster system at Washington High school.

He also told the group that the School District's buses total 140,000 to 150,000 miles per year at a total cost of about $1.10 per mile.

In addition, Peterson said houses carrying kindergarten students to and from school mornings and afternoons total about 90 miles per day. Peterson said that with tight school finances the Cherokee district may someday be forced to change kindergarten scheduling to all day, every other day, like one-third of the districts in the state have done in the past few years.

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