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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

This Cherokee County Courthouse was built in 1891 and used until 1965.
100 years ago

Yesterday, as Sheriff Lawrey was driving over the East Main Street Sioux River bridge, his horse took fright and leaped over the side railing to the ground, a distance of more than ten feet, but Mr. Lawrey went still farther as he was thrown clear over the horses' head lighting on the frozen ground, but strange to say, he was not seriously injured, nor did the horse sustain serious injury. About the only damage done was a broken shaft. It was a lucky escape all around.

Last Wednesday, John Frazier filled a water tank at the city watering trough and then unhitched the team and tied them to the wheel of the truck wagon while he went down town. A farmer who had delivered a load of hay had weighed the empty wagon on the Weart & Lysaght scales and had left the horses a few minutes while he went into the office. His horses started off on a run and in passing the Frazier team a corner of the rack struck one of them in the side, the horse was driven home but grew steadily worse dying yesterday.

The loss is a severe one to Mr. Frazier as the horse was a good one, valued at $200. We did not get the name of the owner of the team but it was stopped near the Lawrey barn and no damage was done except to the Frazier horse.

75 years ago

Notification to begin checking up on automobile drivers who have not yet filed application for license, is expected daily by Sheriff Art Tilton. Once this checkup is started it will be too late to obtain licenses and those driving without them will be subject to penalties, the sheriff said.

To Tuesday of this week applications on file totaled 6,621, slightly more than 50 percent of the estimated number of drivers in the county. Last year 5,700 automobiles and trucks were registered. Estimating three drivers to each car, something like 15,000 applications were expected. The final figure, however, was set at 12,000, but even this total probably will not be reached.

The sheriff pointed out that automobile accident insurance will be worthless unless the drivers of the damaged cars hold licenses.

Only a small proportion of the chauffeurs in the county have applied for permits. It is not necessary to send to Des Moines for the license as has been the custom in previous years.

Warm weather Tuesday started a January thaw that threatened for a time to be serious. Large icicles that had formed on eaves in the business district recently, began falling off with resounding crashes, endangering passersby, and many roofs started to leak because eave spouts were full of ice and there was no other outlet for the water.

Streets that had been cleared of the heaviest drifts, still presented a hazard for motorists.

50 years ago

A polio benefit "Bowling Sweeper" will be held by three alleys in Cherokee County to further the 1957 County March of Dimes, it has been announced by Dr. J. F. Lawlor, Dimes chairman.

Those taking part are Cherokee Bowl and 20th Century Lanes, both in this city, and Larry's Lanes at Marcus.

Initial competition in connection with the league bowling will be held January 14 at Cherokee Bowl. Further pin matches are scheduled at 20th Century and Larry's Lanes January 21.

A final "Bowling Sweeper" roll-off is set for Sunday, February 3 at Cherokee Bowl, Dr. Lawlor declared.

Each squad competing at the three lanes will contribute $5 (a dollar per squad member) to the Cherokee County March of Dimes.

Businessmen will furnish awards for bowling team winners.

The Arrow Theater was located on the Southeast corner of Maple St. and Second St. The Theater opened Aug. 29, 1940 and had its final curtain on Jan. 17, 1962. The last movie that played at the Arrow Theater was "The King and I."
Cherokee comes back to the olden confines of Wilson gymnasium tonight for perhaps a final fling in that crowded arena, and it's no secret that the Braves would like to make tricky Emmetsburg a farewell victim.

Just what the end result will be is, of course, problematical.

Especially, when you view the fact that the Tribe and E-Hawks are deadlocked in the Lakes Conference cellar with identical 1-6 records.

Cherokee was yanked down into a half share of the bottom last week by the same Emmetsburg club. The Braves finally fell, 49-48 in overtime before Dutch Huseman's clan.

The Braves' lone success this season was a 61-47 parting of Storm Lake.

One of the major chores facing Cherokee is defensing Mr. James Fisher, a 5-10 junior guard with loads of scoring potential.

Last week the Braves threw up a zone and it worked fairly well. Except for one individual - Fisher.

The versatile E-Hawks sharp-shooter canned 28 points; including 11 buckets from far out.

Cherokee must also be wary of such other starters as 6-3 soph. Edgar Truelson, whose brother Jim is now a regular on the South Dakota U. squad, forward Virgil Fry, George Kane and John Hall.

Coach Art Sutton of the Tribe will probably start Denny Smith and Jim Nelson at forwards. Lloyd Swanson, pivot and Ron Baldner with Don Nelson at the guards.

There's a chance Cherokee's defense, as well as offence, may be shuffled about for the invading E-Hawks.

25 years ago

The Cherokee Board of Education broke precedent Monday when it voted 3-2 to grant seniors a full semester of open campus this year.

Traditionally, the board has approved an open-campus policy for seniors for the final nine-week period of the school year. But this year, a group of four students representing the senior class approached the board in December with the broadened request.

Prior to the close vote, Washington High School Principal Larry Shiley told the board the reaction from the high school faculty to the students' proposal was "lukewarm." "We've spent a couple of years tightening things down," Shiley said, "so I see it as a little inconsistent, if we turn around and open things up." Shiley's final recommendation to the board was to turn down the original request and allow the seniors open campus for the final nine-week period.

Senior Molly Meloy, speaking for the students, told the board members that allowing the semester of open campus would be a reward to the seniors for adjusting to the new scheduling system that was inaugurated this year.

But board member Meri Pruett disagreed with Meloy saying, "When people come in and ask for rewards, I'm not so sure they should get them. Good behavior was expected of them and they don't need to be rewarded. It looks to me like a step backwards."

Board member Jerry Namanny, who along with Pruett cast a negative vote, said he could see no educational value in lengthening the open-campus period. But board member Don Royer took the opposite position, saying it would offer an educational lesson for the students in learning to handle their time.

Member Pat Phipps asked Shiley and Supt. Francis Peterson if some type of data could be assembled to determine if and how much students' grades drop when the open-campus atmosphere exists. However, both Peterson and Shiley said a comparison of senior classes would be inconclusive.

Phipps later suggested that a full-semester open-campus policy could be implemented this year on a trial basis. "And I'll be the first to vote against next year if it doesn't work this year."

With the open-campus policy, seniors are not required to be in school when they do not have classes scheduled. The second semester will begin Jan. 18.

The motion that was narrowly approved by the board specifically states that the one-semester, open-campus policy is for the 1981-82 year only and if a similar request is brought to the board in the future it will be reviewed prior to any action.

In other business, the board defeated by a vote of 2-3 a motion to proceed with the sale of the school property on North Roosevelt Avenue. Voting in favor of the sale were Pruett and Bob Lundquist. Discussion on the matter centered around the advisability of selling the property at the present time or retaining it for possible future sale or use.

The board also voted unanimously to adjust the salaries of principals, secretaries and transportation workers to fall in line with the approximate 6 percent increase granted teachers and other employees during recent contract negotiations.

U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, will hold a "listening post" public meeting Thursday at the Cherokee County Courthouse.

This picture is of the VFW Clubhouse being remodeled. The house was later moved to 251 East Maple St.
The meeting is part of several stops Grassley will be making in northwest Iowa Thursday.

Grassley will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday in the Board of Supervisors room on the lower level of the courthouse.

Individuals or groups are invited to meet Grassley to discuss any topic or problem they might have with the federal government.

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