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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

100 years ago

A Happy Wedding

The pleasant home of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Theroux, near this city, was the scene of a merry gathering last Wednesday evening, December 3, when their son, Fred. F. Theroux, was united in marriage to Miss Nettie H. Bates, of Madison, S. D. There were only a few of the immediate relatives and friends present, those from outside being Miss Louise, of Granville, and Mr. and Mrs. L. Theroux, and son and Mr. Capes, from Owen. Rev. H. McHenry, of the Presbyterian church, performed the ceremony. The bride is an accomplished young lady of excellent education and refinement, having taught for several terms in the primary department of the School for the blind, at Gary, S. D. and that is where the acquaintance was formed that culminated so happily last Wednesday evening. The groom is a well known and popular young business man of this city, having resided here for the past fifteen years. It is with a feeling of unusual pleasure that we extend congratulations to our fortunate townsman in his excellent choice of a helpmate, and extend the charming bride a hearty welcome to our midst. We wish them both long lives of happiness, contentment and prosperity.

Serious Run Away

Horse Belonging to Henry Bush Runs Away.

Mrs. Bush Thrown Out and Both Legs Broken

A horse belonging to Henry Bush, of Sheridan township, indulged in a serious runaway this morning on Main street. Mrs. Bush was thrown out in front of the court house and both legs were broken. Whether she is otherwise hurt is now known at this writing.

75 years ago

Stores Will Be Open Evenings

Christmas Throngs to Invade Cherokee For Gifts

With Cherokee stores open evenings next week it is anticipated that throngs of people will take advantage of this extra service to complete their gift buying and get ready for a grand Christmas celebration Friday.

Merchants report, as a rule, that business has been fairly good the past two weeks and that prospects are for normal business next week. Shoppers from points 50 miles from Cherokee have been reported as among the visitors here recently. Much of this increased interest in Cherokee as a shopping center, no doubt, is due to the fact that the Daily Times and Chief are now reaching out farther than ever to carry the messages of local advertisers.

With Santa Claus scheduled to appear again Monday, the 21st, the coming week should start off with a bang.

Plan County Small Pox Campaign

Red Cross Cash Will Be Used in Health Program

County Organization Collects Over $689 This Year.

Reports of the county roll call chairman, the junior Red Cross chairman and the county health nurse were heard at the regular monthly meeting of Cherokee county Red Cross in the historical room at the public library Wednesday night.

The group went on record as favoring county wide vacation against small pox and authorized the county health nurse to make plans for the project. Miss Mable Olson, county health nurse, said Thursday, that this work probably would start sometime after Christmas vacation.

Mrs. Justin Barry was elected secretary to replace Mrs. W. I. Weart, elected at the last meeting, but unable to serve.

Report of Mrs. F. M. Bauer, county roll call chairman, showed collections so far received by her totaled $689.55. Several townships and one town have not made returns, Mrs. Bauer said. This group includes Aurelia, Amherst, Tilden, Grand Meadow, Liberty, Willow, Cedar, Cherokee township, Spring, Pitcher and Diamond.

50 years ago

Nab 2 After County Road Block

Sheriff, Policeman Arrest Pair

Sioux Cityans Held for Quizzing On Spencer Robbery

Two Sioux City men arrested last night at a road block near Cleghorn are being held by the Cherokee County Sheriff's office for return to Spencer.

Herbert Ariose, 51, and Eugene Rose, 37, have been charged with breaking and entering in connection with the burglary of a Spencer firm Tuesday evening.

Sheriff Carl Schleef and City Police Officer Carl Thies, stopped the car on a gravel road near Cleghorn after Spencer authorities put out a call for road blocks.

A Spencer man who said he saw two men carry a box from the Preston Tire Company there had given police the license number and description of the car.

Schleef said a woman in the car with the two men, identified as Mrs. Eugene Rose, 37, had been released.

The Cherokee County sheriff quizzed the two men until 5 a.m. Wednesday regarding items taken from the Spencer firm. They included four radios, two pairs of boots and two electric fry pans.

Schleef said the only thing Ariose and Rose had in their possession at the time of the apprehension was about 500 pounds of copper wire.

The vehicle in which the three were riding when arrested was a 1949 black Buick with the license number of 97-9F65.

Charges against Ariose and Rose were filed Wednesday morning by Clay County Attorney Earl Hoover.

Charge Algonan Here-Aiding in Store Robbery

Carl Meskin, 40, Algona, was fined here this week by Justice of the peace Harrison C. Fisher on a charge of aiding in concealment of stolen property.

The charge and penalty resulted form theft which took place on July 25, I Cherokee.

On that date, James Stroman, 21, Algona, broke into Dorr's Sports Service and stole some bows.

Stroman was recently picked up in Algona on a breaking and entering charge there. Authorities notified the Cherokee County sheriff's office that they believed he had broken in here last July.

Sheriff Carl Schleef and Stroman admitted the breakin and revealed the Meskin had transported the bows from Cherokee to Algona with the knowledge that they were stolen property.

Stroman is to be sentenced on a breaking and entering charge at Algona. Meskin was brought to Cherokee for the hearing on his implication in the theft here.

25 years ago

4% Pay Hike Okayed For County Officials

All of Cherokee County's elected officials, except the Board of Supervisors, will receive a 4 percent larger paycheck next fiscal year as a result of formal approval Monday of the Cherokee County Compensation Board's pay increase recommendation.

The Compensation Board in a previous meeting had recommended the five-member Board of Supervisors not be given a raise and that all other elected county officials receive a 4 percent pay hike for the fiscal year that will begin next July. That recommendation was approved after a brief public hearing Monday and sent on to the supervisors, who accepted it without discussion.

The public hearing on the recommendation lasted just 36 minutes and heard comments from only two people.

County Auditor Beverly Anderson appeared before the Compensation Board in an attempt to get her original request for a 5 percent salary hike passed instead of the 4 percent raise that was subsequently approved.

Anderson said when she originally appeared before the Compensation Board members to ask for a 5 percent pay increase, she thought that it was an "extremely frugal position" and a "fair figure" compared to the pay of other counties' auditors and others in the auditing field.

Anderson compared her current salary of $18,700 to that of the auditors in Clay and Buena Vista counties, now earning $19,255 and $18,750, respectively. She also compared her salary to that of Cherokee County's health nurse, and to the City of Cherokee's "government position downtown" (city administrator), who she said made $27,041 annually.

Mentioning no one by name, Anderson said that the City of Cherokee position, which she argued was responsible for approximately 6,000 people, was paid more than her position, which was responsible for the entire county's population of approximately 16,000.

Compensation Board Chairman Charles Knudson of Marcus acknowledged Anderson's points, but contended that compared to surrounding counties, Anderson's present salary was above the average for county auditors.

Knudson said all of the salaries of the county's elected officials were comparable with those of other counties, with the exception of the county's sheriff, attorney and Board of Supervisors, who he said were under the average.

Knudson added that while the Compensation Board tries to be fair with county officials, it also has to take into account the county' tax-payers.

Knudson said that every board member has received calls from taxpayers urging them to keep down the amount of increase to the officials salaries. "The contacts I have had are 'hold the line or reduce,'" he said.

Anderson said she understood the taxpayers situation, but contended that she thought she should be given the additional 1 percent increase to compensate for the responsibility of her position as auditor and county election commissioner.

The only other person commenting at the Compensation Board hearing Monday morning was Jack Clark of rural Cherokee, the Cherokee County Democratic chairman.

Clark made no direct comments in approval or in opposition of the Compensation Board's initial recommendation, instead directing his attention to the board's methodology for making comparison.

While stating that the Compensation Board made a "better effort" this year than in previous years in comparing salaries, Clark said he thought it would be beneficial if the board made a pay schedule of the salaries of person in both the public and private sector for future comparisons.

The Compensation Board's approval of its initial recommendation and the Board of Supervisor's formal acceptance of the recommendation will mean an overall pay increase of 2.8 percent, or $4,306, over the elected officials current salaries.

The following salaries will become effective for the accompanying positions on July 1, 1962: county attorney, from $15,000 to $15,600; auditor, from $18,700 to $19,448; treasurer, recorder and clerk of courts, from $18,000 to $18,720; sheriff from $20,000 to $20,800; and Board of Supervisors, $9,300.

Reward Offered

A spokesman for the Cherokee Education Association announced Monday that a $250 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for firing a gun into the home of Washington High School Assistant Principal Clayton Courtright.

The shooting incident occurred Dec. 7 and involved bullets from a .22 caliber rifle being fired into the front door and living room window of Courtright's residence.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department.

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