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Tuesday, January 2, 2007

On the right track The old rail road bridge over the Little Sioux River from the South. This photo was taken before the flood of 1891.
100 years ago

Coffman-McCulla Nuptials

At the home of Mr. and Mrs. L. J. McCulla in Spring township on Christmas day, Miss Carrie McCulla, their eldest daughter was united in marriage to Mr. Samuel J. Hoffman, of Burke S.D.

It was a very pretty wedding but quiet, only immediate relatives being present. The ceremony was performed at twelve o'clock, noon, by Rev. H. B. Burnes, of Sutherland, after which a very fine wedding dinner was served.

Three years ago Miss McCulla drew a claim in the Rosebud drawing as did Mr. Coffman also, and in the task of riding over new Dakota country locating their claims the friendship was formed which reached such a happy culmination on Christmas day.

Miss Carrie has lived in Spring township all her life and has made many warm friends and though Mr. Coffman is not known in this county, nothing could speak better for him than the fact that he has won so charming a young lady for his bride. Mr. and Mrs. Coffman will make their home at Burke S. D.

Good Words for Rev. Carr

The Hinsdale Doings has the following to say concerning Dr. E. S. Carr who has resigned as pastor of the Congregational church to at that place accept the pastorate of the Congregational church here.

Sunday morning the usual program of the morning service at the Congregational church was interrupted by the announcement by Dr. Carr that the clerk had a matter of business to bring before the congregation. Mr. Deming Preston then presented to the church the written resignation of Dr. Carr, with the request that action be taken on the following Wednesday at the weekly prayer meeting. Dr. Carr has been prevailed upon by the Congregational church of Cherokee, Iowa, to accept a position with them as pastor, hence his desire to server his connection with the Hinsdale church.

The subject as requested, was laid before the church on Wednesday evening and the resignation formally accepted, though not without many regrets that so scholarly a man and one with such a keen sense of the responsibilities of his position and withal so sweet in disposition and so like his Master in kindliness, gentleness and helpfulness, should feel compelled to relinquish his pastorate here.

Dr. Carr has spent many years in Iowa, having served as pastor there early in his career, so that his return to that state is almost in the nature of a home-coming.

Dr. Carr has held a high position among the clergyman of this city, having been chairman of the business committee of the Chicago Association, as well as holding other important positions, and at home his assistance at the Women's club and in other organizations was always ready and generous.

His pastorate in Hinsdale ahs extended over a little more than two years, yet in that short time both he and his family have endeared themselves to a large circle of friends who look upon their departure with keen regret.

During the meeting a motion was made and carried by a rising vote that appreciative resolutions be drafted expressive of the sentiment of the church and society toward Dr. Edwin S. Carr and family; that a copy of same be presented to Dr. Carr, and that such resolutions be spread upon the church records. In accordance with such motion, Mr. M. A. Myers and Mrs. T. W. B. Murray were instructed to draft the resolutions, which appear below:

Whereas, Rev. Edwin S. Carr, D D., has been pastor of the Hinsdale, Illinois, Congregational church for something over two years; and

Whereas, His resignation to take effect Jan. 1, 1907 has been offered and at his request is accepted this 19th day of December, 1906; now therefore

Resolved, That we desire to express our high esteem for Dr. Carr as a preacher of unusual equipment and power, as a faithful pastor, and as a Christina gentleman. We are sure these qualities will tell greatly in the new field to which he has been called, and our earnest prayer is that God may abundantly bless his work in the coming years.

The ladies of the society recognized the splendid co-operation they have had from Mrs. Carr in their work and would bear witness to her sweet womanliness and helpfulness.

"We desire to assure Dr. Carr and Mrs. Carr and the children that they will always have an abiding place in our affection and interest.

M.A. Myers

T. W. B. Murray

75 years ago

Ask Extradition of Quimby Bank Suspect

Officers Leave For Long Beach To Claim White

If Convicted Would Write "Finis" to Whole Gang

George White, alias "The Turk," wanted by Cherokee County authorities in connection with robbery of the Quimby Trust and Savings bank, will be returned to Cherokee for trial unless other cities exercise a prior claim, County Attorney R. G. Rodman said Tuesday morning.

White now is being held in Long Beach, Cal., and state agents have gone there in an attempt to extradite him. Extradition will be handled by the state agents.

"In the event that another city can convict White on a charge that carries a heavy penalty we will not press the charges here," the county attorney said.

With White in the robbery, local authorities believe, were Walter Frelund and Fred Dunn, both now serving time in Fort Madison penitentiary for connection with the bank robbery at Leeds, Iowa.

Authorities here connected white with the robbery of the Calumet bank. Descriptions of the leader of the gang that looted the institution tallied with that of White.

The Quimby bank, in which the robbers obtained more than $7,000 was looted January 3, 1930 by three unmasked men. After scooping up all the cash available the three escaped toward Sioux City in a sedan.

The sheriff and county attorney who chased an automobile for several miles, resembling the one used by the bandits, lost it when the muffler came off of their own automobile.

"The Turk" was arrested in Ogden, Utah, last fall for vagrancy and while authorities were making plans to extradite him, he escaped. He was being held in Utah on a third degree robbery charge.

Firemen Fight Stubborn Blaze at Poor Farm

Outbuilding Damaged Early Tuesday; Six Hour Battle

Handicapped by a shortage of chemicals and water and cold disagreeable weather, Cherokee firemen fought a persistent fire in a wash shed at the county farm for nearly six hours Tuesday morning. Firemen were called to the poor farm at 6 o'clock Tuesday morning and at 11 o'clock were still trying to extinguish the blaze that smoldered in the roof.

The fire started beneath the floor, it was reported, and then spread up the partitions to the roof. The building is constructed of two by fours laid on top of each other which made the blaze particularly hard to fight.

The fire department trailer was taken to the blaze behind a truck and the chemical it carried was soon used in stopping the blaze under the floor. Twice Fire Chief W. I. Nelson sent to the fire station to have the extinguishers refilled.

Three washing machines in the shed were taken out only slightly damaged. Nothing of any great value was stored in the shed, it was said.

The structure is located some distance form the main building which was not threatened by the wind carrying sparks.

Two years ago a similar fire started near the roof and caused considerable trouble before it was extinguished.

Except when first discovered early Tuesday morning, the fire was not large but because of the peculiar construction of the building continued to smolder.

The floor is a complete loss and the partitions are badly burned.

One well was exhausted in obtaining water and another ran short before the fire was put under control.

50 years ago

Corral Drive-In Open July 2, 1949 by the Pioneer Theater Company, owner of the Arrow Theater and was located 1/4 of a mile north of Cherokee.
Give List for Court In County

Number Includes Both Grand and Trial Picks

Grand jurors and trail jurors drawn for January term of court were announced today. The first group is summoned to appear on January 14 at 1:30 p.m. and the latter at 10 a.m. on January 21.

Named for grand jury duty are the following Cherokee County residents: Vern Barnes, Marcus; Katherine Doxtad, Holstein; Paul Egger, Cleghorn; James R. Fee, Washta; George French, Cleghorn; William Gregg, Cherokee.

Also: Donald McQueen, Washta; Harry Pingel, Aurelia; Langdon Polson, Marcus; Fred Rupert, Cherokee; Wilbur Tigges, Peterson; Walter Turner, Cherokee.

Trial jurors are as follows: Cherokee First Ward, C. F. Fitch, Elizabeth Luge, Mrs. Ray Mace, Helen Phillips, Florence Schalekamp, Inez Wise.

Cherokee Second Ward, Clifford Booth, Gerald Jobe, Harold Mann, Ruth Streeter,

Cherokee Third Ward, Ray Borrin, Mrs. J. E. Bunker, Mrs. Lester Casey, Mrs. Keith Cue, Mrs. Harry Hall, Lewis Knight, Harvey Lindberg, Mrs. Wayne Mahoney, C. R. Montgomery, Erma Nelson, Mrs. Robert Tiffany, Mrs. Fred Townsend, Mrs. Melvin Waddell.

Also Lyle Birch, Cleghorn; Ray Bork, Marcus, Mrs. Orville Brownmiller, Cherokee; Kenneth Bruce, Aurelia; Harley Conley, Quimby; Glenn Cipperly, Holstein, Leon Ebert, Marcus; Betty Fassler, Cherokee; Frank Gilbert, Larrabee; Mary Gunn, Washta; Oscar Gustafson, Cherokee.

Mrs. Wanda Gustafson, Cherokee; Mrs. Floyd Harvey, Quimby; Carl Heesch, Marcus; Mildred Heuser, Quimby; Harlan Hinkeldy, Aurelia; Ray Howell, Aurelia; Mrs. John Hyndman, Cherokee; Ella Irwin, Pierson; Elmer Jacobs, Cherokee, Bonita Johnson, Marcus, Earl Klaaschen, Cherokee; Charles Kohn, Marcus,

Art Larson, Aurelia, Virgil Larson, Aurelia; Maynard Lux, Cherokee; Mrs. Harriet Mouw, Marcus; Harriet McCurdy, Aurelia; Delbert McQueen, Pierson; Mrs. Rex Phelan, Cherokee; John Pinkerton, Quimby; Ray J. Roethler, Marcus; Burton Sangwin, Meriden; Mildred Stevenson, Cherokee; Ira Teach, Marcus; Edna Weimer, Marcus; Joyce White, Washta.

25 years ago

Law Center Plan Promotes Musical Chairs

While the proposed city-county law enforcement center is an attempt to provide a more efficient and orderly law system for Cherokee county, getting that system into place will involve a shuffling of departments in the County Courthouse that resembles a game of musical chairs.

The music for the game hasn't started yet, but once the funding is worked out, something that may be finalized at this Thursday's Board of Supervisors meeting, it will only be a matter of time before several department heads wait for the music of remodeling and construction to stop to grab their new place of business.

Construction on the former REC building on North Fifth Street is expected to start sometime in late winter or early spring, said County Board Chairman Don Tietgen.

The actual date will depend upon the number of public hearings the Board of Supervisors have on the method of funding the project.

Tietgen said at least one hearing will have to be held because funds will be used out of the county's general fund that weren't originally budgeted for the project. A second hearing may also be required if federal revenue-sharing funds are used on the project, something Tietgen said could probably be expected.

Once the hearing process is completed, bid letting for construction will be conducted and then the players will begin the game.

The first players to have their chair pulled from beneath them will be the Cherokee County Public Health Nurse and the Cherokee County Homemaker Health service, both of which will have to leave the building at 111 N. Fifth St. to let construction crews work at the site of the new center.

The six people employed by the two services will be forced to move themselves and their belonging to the Drivers License room on the ground level of the County Courthouse, where the bulk of the musical shenanigans will take place.

Mavis Stoner, Public Health Nurse administrator, said after being informed where her office will be moved, "We'll be crowded, but we've been crowded before. I think we can handle it."

Tietgen said, "Eventually they'll take over the Sheriff's Department (office, located on the south side of the Courthouse's ground floor)."

However, until the law center is completed, both services can expect to be temporarily housed in the Drivers License room, he said.

During the time the two services occupy the Drivers License room, people will get their licenses in the Board of Supervisors meeting room, said Tietgen.

The Drivers License examiners, who operate at the Courthouse on Thursdays, should provide no problem for the supervisors, who normally meet in the room once a week on Monday.

Once the center is completed, Tietgen explained, the Sheriff's Department will be able to move out, allowing the Public Health Nurse and Homemaker Health services to move into those vacated quarters, while the Drivers License examiners will be able to do business in their usual spot.

"There should be plenty (of room) on that ground floor once the Sheriff's Department is moved out of there." Tietgen said.

If there isn't enough space while the Sheriff's Department is still in the lower level of the Courthouse, Tietgen said there is a possibility of using another room, perhaps the office housing the County Weed Commissioner.

How long the Courthouse will be faced with this temporary housing arrangement is uncertain, although the project was earlier estimated at being completed in July of 1982 if construction started in December or January.

Tietgen said that if there was an extended cramped housing condition in the Courthouse, the problem could be eased when the U.S. Soil Conservation Service finishes its four-year study of the county's soil and vacates the office it's renting in the lower level of the Courthouse.

The study was begun this summer and is expected to be completed by December 1984.

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