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Times Gone By

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

100 years ago

Reception to Rev. and Mrs. Archer

The Baptist people gave a pleasant reception to their new pastor and his wife Friday evening at the Baptist church. Rev. Archer recently came here from Cedar Rapids, where for seven and one half years he was pastor of one of the largest Baptist churches in the state. He is an able speaker and the church is fortunate in being able to secure so talented a man.

In the receiving line were Rev. and Mrs. Archer, Mr. and Mrs. George Andrews, Mrs. Brockway, Mrs. G. W. Hale and J. C. Dowding. Coffee and cake were served by the ladies of the church.

The reception was largely attended, invitations having been extended to all the churches. Rev. and Mrs. Archer are very pleasant and will make many friends here.

75 years ago

W. A. Simmons Yields Cash to 2 Gun Bandits

Is accosted on street; Sheriff works on slight clue

W. A. Simmons, grocery merchant, was robbed of $31.72 by two armed holdup men at 11 o'clock Saturday night as he was walking home from his store.

Two unmasked men, one large and the other small with a Scotch plaid cap pulled over his eyes, jumped from a coupe, believed by Simmons to be a Chevrolet, as he was walking one half block south of the railroad tracks. One man, with a gun in his hand, stood behind Simmons while the other, also holding a gun, searched him.

After taking the sum of money, they ordered Simmons to walk back downtown, driving away on the road to Washta as soon as he had gone several rods.

As the car was not lighted Simmons was unable to see the license number.

Sheriff Art Tilton who was notified of the holdup Sunday morning has received word that two men, believed to be the bandits, were seen together at Holstein, the smaller of the two being identified.

Fire Department Breaks Monotony

Takes Run to Noonan House Wednesday Morning

When gasoline with which Jim Noonan, 116 East Maple street, was cleaning a suit of clothes ignited, the suit was destroyed and the interior of the washing machine badly scorched shortly before 10 o'clock Wednesday morning. Firemen ventured into the smoke filled basement and quickly extinguished the blaze before it spread to the house.

It was the first fire since Nov. 26 and the second since Sept. 14. It brought the total number of fires for the year to 40.

Previous to Nov. 26 a period of more than two months passed without the fire department receiving a single call.

50 years ago

Swine Producer Award Given Ohlson

Sherwood Ohlson, rural Cherokee, was named one of Iowa's 25 Master Swine Producers at an annual program held last weekend in Des Moines.

In making the announcement today, Extension Director Forrest J. Kohrt said the award is conferred on the 25 Iowa swine producers each year who have made the best records in size of litters, average rates of gain of market pigs and number of pigs marketed per litter.

Overall excellence of winners' swine-producing enterprise during the past five years is also considered in making this award.

Ohlson farrowed 27 sows last spring, getting an average of 10.1 pigs per litter and raising an average of 9.25 to market weight. His pigs gained at the average rate of 1.25 pounds per day.

The average for all master swine producers was 11.3 pigs per litter, 9.95 pigs weaned and 9.87 per litter raised to market weight.

The Master Swine Producers sold their pigs at an average weight of 216 pounds and their pigs averaged 1.2 pounds daily gain per head.

Free Movies for Tots on Saturday

Youngsters from throughout Timesland will be guests Saturday of the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce at a free movie program at Arrow Theatre here.

Continuous shows will start at 10 a.m., concluding at 5 p.m.

Many parents are expected to let the Arrow Theatre staff serve as "sitters" while they do Christmas shopping.

This year's free movie program, as arranged by the Chamber committee, will feature Roy Rogers in "Sunset in Eldorado." In addition there will be a short subject, "Circus Trainer," and five color cartoons.

The entire show will run about two hours, with the last complete show starting at 3 p.m.

25 years ago

2 Cherokee Boxers Win

Two members of the Cherokee Boxing Club earned victories in matches at the Riverside Boxing Club hosted junior boxing card here Saturday.

Five Cherokee boxers participated in the competition, which featured 26 bouts and boxers ranging in age of 10 through 15.

Claiming victories for Cherokee were 80 pounder Derek Briggs and 116 pounder Jason Briggs. Derek defeated Chris Kreier of Riverside Boxing Club in a decision, while Jason decision Matt Fraze of the Freeman (Neb.) Boxing Club.

Cherokee boxers losing bouts were 75 pounder Jim Weler, 80 pounder Terry Linn and 100 pounder Doyle Kruger. Kenn Favors of Riverside dropped Weier in a first round TKO, while Toby Wright, also of Riverside, handled Linn in a second round TKO. Kruger lost a decision to Doug Towns, also of Riverside.

Three other Cherokee boxers weighed in but were not given a bout. They were Terry Campbell, Jeff Jones and Pete Cristle.

Craig Freed, coach of the Cherokee youth boxing team, and his squad's next competition will be in Yankton, S.D. on Dec. 30.

Wilson Workers Vote On No Raise Pact

Wilson Foods Corp. workers here voted Wednesday on a three-year, no-wage-increase contract proposal that a local union official said is aimed at "preserving jobs in what we see as a failing industry."

The tentative agreement would freeze wages at the current base of $10.69 per hour and eliminate cost-of-living increases or decreases for three years beginning in September 1982.

Workers would receive an extra lump-sum payment ranging from $1,000 to $1,600 in December 1983 based on the cost-of-living index. But that payment would not be added to the wage schedule.

"We're not overwhelmed (with the proposal), but under the existing economic conditions, it's about what we expected," said Todd Thoma, president of Local 179, United Food and Commercial Workers.

The ratification issue will not be decided until next week, Thoma said, when about 6,000 UFCW employees at all Wilson plant sites will have voted.

Thoma said other terms of the proposal include:

--No plant closing in the 18-month period beginning January 1982.

--A retirement benefits increase of $2 per month for each year of plant employment taking effect in 1985.

--Beginning wages for a new employee would be $1 per hour under the current base wage. That wage would hold for 60 days, with the following 30 days being at 50 cents an hour less.

--Beginning wages for anew employee on a new shift would be $1 per hour lower than the base for his first 90 days and 50 cents an hour lower for the next 30 days.

Thoma declined to speculate on how the vote will turn out, saying that more workers will vote on the proposal Sunday. Four voting sessions were held after shifts on Wednesday.

But he said the union is "more interested in keeping the jobs of the people in the industry rather pricing ourselves out of the market."

Toward that end, the union will be told where capital improvements will take place in the Wilson chain, Thoma said. That is a key element in making sure plants are provided with the equipment to stay profitable, he said.

Referring to a lack of plant reinvestments, Thoma said, "This has been a big problem in packing plants for years." For example, the recently closed Hygrade plant in Storm Lake suffered form a lack of needed reinvestments that contributed to its shutdown.

And he also said lack of reinvestment by Wilson's former parent company, Ling-Tempco-Vought, is why Wilson is in the bad financial shape it is in.

"Basically, Wilson's problem is that Ling-Tempco-Vought bled the hell out of them."

LTV announced in April that it was "spinning off" the meat-packing firm, after Thoma said it had taken $160 million in profits from Wilson since 1987.

If that money had not been taken from the firm, it would still be a "strong, viable packer," Thoma said.

He said the wage concessions for beginning workers was made to encourage the company to add new shifts.

David Thompson, director of corporate communications for Wilson, told the Daily Times Thursday that he knew nothing of the proposal and could provide no comment on it.

Thoma said the contract negotiations between union and company officials took place the first week in December in Chicago. In the part, negotiations and voting on contract proposals have not taken place until much closer to the contract expiration date.

Those negotiations came about seven months after Wilson announced the closings of three plants, including one in Des Moines. The announcement did not affect the Cherokee plant, other than through transfers of some employees form the plants that closed.

Company officials said the plant closings were part of an attempt to increase operating efficiency and to stem a $15.5 million loss in the first quarter of 1981. The idling of the Des Moines plant in October cost about 400 workers their jobs.

During a visit to Cherokee this summer, Wilson President Kenneth Griggy told the Daily Times that high wage rates were one of the factors keeping the company from profitability. He said he expected the problem to be addressed in the contract talks.

The Wilson plant in Cherokee is the community's largest employer, with more than 600 on its payroll.

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