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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

100 years ago

Well, it is done and Cherokee will have a new city hall and fire house. At a special meeting of the council held Tuesday evening bids were opened and C. F. Leuder of this city had the best bid by the narrow margin of $1, his bid being for $9,044 while Whitney & Berdold, of Marshalltown, was the next nearest, their bid being $9,045. The contract was awarded to Mr. Leuder who is to have the building completed by July 1st.

The building will be two stories and basement. The basement and foundation will be of concrete and the super-structure of brick to be faced with red pressed brick and good quality of brick for other walls. The building will be 30x80 feet with wing 20x32. The basement will be used for boiler room, cool storage, etc. The first story for fire apparatus and the second story for mayor's and clerk's office and council room. While the council might have worried along in the present building better facilities for the fire department in imperative that hose may receive proper attention and the apparatuses always be in readiness for use. What dispositions will be made of the present building and lot has not as yet been determined. About the only thing that keeps the building from falling is that adjoining buildings act as a prop, so that the value of the building will not be great.

Cherokee was quite a lively railroad center yesterday morning. Four passenger trains standing on the track and going out at about the same time. No. 101, the morning flyer, was delayed at Sulphur Springs by a wrecked freight car on No. 52 which broke an axle and derailed the car. This brought the east and west trains and this train here at about the same time, the north train also stood on the track awaiting No. 101. While the Sulphur Springs wreck caused all this commotion no great damage was done by the wreck.

75 years ago

Reeve Peare's Ford sedan was stolen from in front of the home of Dr. F. A. Barnes between 7:30 and 8:15 o'clock Monday night. Tuesday morning, the sheriff's office reported it found just where they expected to find it - at Aurelia.

Peare's was the fourth automobile that has been taken this month, three of which have been found in or near Aurelia. The fourth was abandoned south of Cherokee.

After the addition was built next to Griffin's Market ,the Address of 427 West Main St. referred to the whole building, and was home to Golden's Appliances for many years. As time went by, the building was divided up into different sections, and currently Wibe & Phillips, Attorneys at Law have the honor of having the 427 address.
The W.R. Griffin building - original address 427 West Main - was built in 1915, and was the home of Griffin's Market. Currently, Bags & Baubles, located at 423 West Main, and the Copper Cup, at 425 West Main,occupy the space which housed the old Market. The Western Union Office at 421 West Main, also pictured above, is currently home to Jerry's Barber Shop.
Cars stolen to date are those of Floyd M. Rubey, F. M. Waters, John M. Gilchrist and Reeve Peare. Three of the number have been Fords. Rubey's was a Chevrolet.

The car was parked on the road in Aurelia this time. Both previous times the cars were found in the ditch.

An occasional cackle and squawk announced the presence of exhibit A as the case, State vs. Gerhardt Hoeppner went into its second day in Cherokee district court.

The exhibit, nine live chickens, was ordered brought in after James Smith, attorney for Hoeppner, intimated that the chickens were seized from Hoeppner without a search warrant. Hoeppner is charged with larceny of domestic poultry.

The nine chickens in question are said to be those which Sheriff Art Tilton took from the Olson farm, south of Cherokee, to the John Jenkins, Jr. farm in an attempt to establish ownership.

Hoeppner is alleged to have stolen a number of chickens from the Jenkins farm during the latter part of December and to have placed them in the care of his nephew, Leonard Olson, who resides south of Cherokee.

Monday afternoon after the ease was well under way, Hoeppner's attorney made his charge concerning the illegal seizure of the chickens, declaring that they belonged to his client. He requested that Judge O. S. Thomas order the chickens removed from the Jenkins farm and brought into court so that he could return them to his client.

Three witnesses were placed on the stand by the state Monday. Mr. and Mrs. John Jenkins, from whom the fowls are alleged to have been stolen, were first to testify. They were followed by Joe Johnston, who lived near Hoeppner at one time. He testified that Hoeppner had never kept any chickens similar to the ones he is alleged to have placed in Olson's care.

Five women were drawn on the jury. The jury: Mrs. Mildred Wadell, second ward; Helen G. Peterson, Cherokee; Ira Bulyer, Marcus; Mrs. Harry Hull, Cherokee; Frank Huckert, Marcus; Mark Meehan, Marcus; Margaret Stratton, second ward; Henry Wendt, Marcus; Walter Anderson, Aurelia; C. F. Fogleman, first ward; Mrs. John Godwin, Cherokee; George Nystedt, Cherokee.

Tuesday morning, just after court convened, Sheriff Art Tilton and Louie Sagness, jailer, came into the court room carrying a coop in which reposed the chickens.

The A&W Root Beer Drive - In opened on April 30, 1955, and was located at 523 North 2nd. St., where the Fareway Store is now located
50 years ago

Main Street in Cherokee is to be the site Saturday, January 26 of a "Block of Dimes" race between men and women residents of the city and area.

Members of Kiwanis and Rotary will solicit money from passersby on one side of the block between Fourth Second, while some 20 women volunteers will ask for cash contributions on the opposite side.

Funds obtained will be lined up along the curb as men and women race to see which side achieves a "Block of Dimes" first.

According to Mrs. J. F. Lawlor, chairman of the project, the race will start at 9 a.m. and continue until 8 p.m.,or until a block-long line of money is completed.

The Cherokee County Sheriff's office reported this week a one-car accident early Saturday in which the vehicle was totally damaged.

As James P. Collins, 31, Marcus, was driving to Cherokee in a 1955 Chevrolet, he failed to make the turn on a curve and went off into the ditch.

The vehicle went through a fence bordering the Mental Health Institute grounds, breaking off several posts.

Collins was uninjured in the mishap


25 years ago

After having two of their last three coed doubleheaders postponed due to inclement weather, Cherokee basketball teams hope to return to action tonight when they host Estherville in the teams second meeting this season.

Cherokee coed doubleheaders with Spirit Lake (Jan. 15) and Sheldon (Jan. 22) were postponed and have been rescheduled. Cherokee teams will host Spirit Lake this Saturday and Sheldon on the following Saturday, Feb. 6.

But tonight it's Estherville and a shot at avenging two lopsided losses earlier this season to the Midgets and Midgettes.

Estherville's girls, ranked 15th in the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union's Class 2A poll, defeated Cherokee 91-54 on Dec. 4, while the Midgets ripped the Braves the same night by a 75-53 tally.

Some new "underclassmen" faces are expected in varsity lineups for the Cherokee Braves and Bravettes here tonight. Cherokee Braves Coach Dick Point used three sophomores in his team's win over Sibley last week, and has indicated the soph trio will see action tonight.

The sophomore additions to the Braves squad are Alan Anderson, Steve Dolph and Andy Schmillen.

According to Point, the sophomore trio will see action "off the bench."

Probable starters for the Braves are seniors Mike Stacey (6-4), Bruce Lindell (6-4), Mitch Drefke (5-10) and Larry Parrott (5-7), along with junior Bill Sauer (6-0).

Estherville probable starters for tonight's clash are center Ken Howard (6-6), guards Al Lammers and Pat Schlitz, and forwards Scott Friesner and Bob Gray.

"We've got to contain Estherville's fastbreak and stop Howard inside," said Point. In the two teams' last meeting, Estherville was paced by a stingy fastbreak and 27 points by Howard. Also, the Midgets outrebounded the Braves, 43-28.

The Midgets are now 6-1 overall and 4-1 in league play. The Braves are 2-4 overall and 2-3 in the league.

There's likely to be some new faces in the Bravette guard court lineup tonight, according to Bravette Coach Ron Sadler.

Sadler said last week that he will suit two 5-9 freshman guards for varsity -Betsy Paterson and Lisa Dilocker.

The two frosh were slated to suit for varsity in last Friday's game against Sheldon.

Sadler said the two frosh will be looked upon to help compensate his team's lack of depth after recent personnel losses to injuries. Sidelined are starting guard Deb Otto and top reserve guard Roxanne Robinson.

"I don't know how much they'll (Peterson and Dilocker) play, but one look at our rebounding statistics tells you we need some help," said Sadler just prior to the Sheldon game, which later was postponed.

Probable starters for the Bravettes tonight in the guard court will be seniors Teri Messerole (5-8) and Molly Meloy (5-5). Filling the other starting position will one of four girls-Susie Martin, Kim Lux, Trish Parrott or Mary Schissel.

Starting for the Bravettes in the offensive court will be seniors Connie Grauer (5-6) and Lori Frisbie (5-7), and junior Becky Koch (5-7).

Estherville's highly - regarded Midgettes are paced by forwards Diane Nauss, Brenda Armendt and Amy Montgomery. All three had good scoring nights against the Bravettes last time with Armendt netting 29, Montgomery 28 and Nauss 24.

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