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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

100 years ago

Tuesday afternoon at about half past one the citizens of Cherokee were startled by the fire bell and the shrill fire whistle. If nothing whatever was happening that fire whistle would frighten every one within hearing distance, but as it happened very much was happening on Third street. The Perrin ice house and barn were burning and it was all our efficient fire company could do to keep the Perrin and Warren houses from catching on fire. The fire seemed to start in the Perrin barn where it is thought a spontaneous combustion occurred from the damp hay stored in the barn.

When the fire was first noticed it had a good start and by the time the fire company could get there the barn and ice house were completely covered with flames, and it was not long before the barn on the place owned M. Baumgardner and occupied by John White was briskly burning and also the barn belonging to Jas. Warren next door to Perrin's was also on fire. The fire company worked nobly and swiftly as well as very quietly there being very little confusion which expedited the work greatly. Some of the new hose were brought for use and very soon three strong streams were playing on the flames and it wasn't many minutes before they had begun to get a little headway in putting out the blaze but it was some time before the fire on all three buildings was extinguished. Fortunately the fire came at a season of the year when the place was all out of the ice house and also the buildings on the Perrin place were insured.

There was about two tons of hay in the Perrin barn and twenty bushel of corn but no animals perished. Everything was gotten out of the White barn and there being no hay in it, the last having just been used there was no loss there except the building and the Warren barn was almost a total wreck, and as it was a comparatively new barn and a well built one the loss will be quite heavy. Everything was taken out of the houses of the Perrin and Warren and Jobe families as it looked for a time with the wind from the north that they too would catch but the company managed in keeping the flames in the buildings which were already on fire.

The alarm was perhaps not given as soon as it might have been owing to the fact that Miss Pearl Perrin was in the house alone and no one around the buildings, the children being at school and Mrs. Perrin being down in the country. John Lawrey was the one who noticed it and by the time be could get to the fire house and back again the whole of the barn and the ice house were burning.

It was the largest blaze that Cherokee has had the misfortune to have and the most dangerous, owing to the close proximity to other buildings and if the fire had once got away fro the firemen would have doubtless gone the length of a block along the alley.

The Fountain House stood from the 1870's to the 1930's. It was a world- renowned sanitarium and a destination point for the sick and wealthy alike. The Fountain House possessed a magnetic spring that was said to have healing properties. One story reported was, if you dipped a knife into the spring water it would have enough magnetic strength to pick up a nail. The Fountain House was located on the East side of town before you reached the Little Sioux River.
Universal Epidemic

"Telephone neck" is the latest bad disease to invade the country and is said to be especially prevalent in the smaller town and country where the telephone companies are what are known as "party lines."

The disease has reached Sanborn. In fact it has been known to exist in more or less dangerous stages for some time. The little term known as "inquisitiveness" is responsible for the disease. It causes the head to twist over and the neck to be kinked.

Physicians claim that it is due to leaning over the telephone when someone is talking to a neighbor over a party line. Everything has been done in the past to dissuade listening over three party lines until it seems that now even nature has revolted. The next time you call up someone on a party line and hear a number of receivers clicking, make up your mind that there is someone on the line afflicted with "telephone neck."

75 years ago

Resolutions, prepared by the county Legion unemployment committee and adopted amid applause at the county meeting at Aurelia Monday night follow:

1. Your committee submits the following report and recommends its adoption.

2. The Cherokee County American Legion and the American Legion auxiliary in convention assembled at Aurelia on the 15th day of February 1932 composed of 750 organized voters.

3. Commends the action of the American Legion posts and auxiliary units, other organizations, firms and individuals who have aided in the placing in employment of men, and contributed funds for the relief of the unemployed of the county.

4. Recommends to each post that an organization be perfected to assist in the placing of men in jobs, that Legionnaires with good position employ men whenever possible and that assistance be given to organizations ministering to the needs of the unemployed.

5. Directs its officers to make it known to responsible parties that it is the mind of the American Legion that to hire women married to men in good positions is opposed so the public welfare in these trying times and the positions now held by these women should be conceded to some of the many competent men of families or dependents, who have no jobs/ that the consolidation of government jobs is directly opposed to the recognized function of good government, namely the promotion of the general welfare of the people.

6. Condemns the action of the Cherokee county board of supervisors reducing wages of persons under their supervision for the following reasons.

7. The last cut meant an actual saving to the person whose taxes are $100 of only 24 cents, all such action possible to this board making negligible saving to the tax-payers although in many instances it means great hardship to the person whose wages are cut. The accepted principles of just taxation are violated when the heaviest burden is placed upon the persons with the least means and that is the result when small savings to taxpayers are made at great expense to low paid persons.

8. Capable men should be paid wages permitting them to maintain accepted standards of living for their families. Such men should be hired and they should be paid what their work is worth. Advantage is taken of present conditions is not becoming to government and is not consistent with section of the federal and state government.

9. Wages paid by the county govern to a certain extent other wages and the present starvation scale paid by Cherokee county will contribute to a general low scale received by the laborer, a condition that will be taken advantage of by the contractor, who will derive the greatest benefit from such wage scale. We therefore urge that the county board of supervisors stipulate, that contractors shall submit bids with wage scales and consideration be given only when such wage scale permits a reasonable standard of living for the laborer and his family.

10. Support for the program outlined is asked by adoption and the direction to the adjutant that copies be mailed to each new paper in the county, each school board, the home department of the American Legion and each post in the county.

50 years ago

Improved postal delivery service is to go into effect Monday, February 18 in the Cherokee business district, according to an announcement today by Acting Postmaster Paul F. Hoyt.

All business houses and professional offices, with a few exceptions, will receive two deliveries each day from that date on.

"This is a service which has not been offered in Cherokee for some years," Hoyt pointed out.

The acting postmaster explained that plans for this service have been underway since October of 1956, when an inspection of city routes was made.

Following this inspection, Hoyt made recommendation for improved service to the district manager and received approval for its establishment.

"Many hours of planning have gone into setting up this improved service," Hoyt said. "It is necessitating a complete reorganization and adjustment of all city routes and the establishment of a new route in the residential district."

He added that the co-operation of the public is earnestly solicited as this reorganization is put into effect.

"In some cases service may be slightly delayed for a few days until carriers become acquainted with their new routes."

The entire post office personnel has worked with Hoyt in making plans for the adjustment and reorganization.

Former Senator Guy M. Gillette of Cherokee today personally urged President Eisenhower to "vigorously oppose" any United Nations sanctions against Israel.

Gillette; for 16 years on the foreign affairs committees in Congress and former president of the American League for Free Palaestine; wired the President a personal message.

The former chairman of the Senate foreign affairs sub-committee on the Near East and Africa confirmed the statement in an interview with The Daily Times.

The announcement pointed up the fact that the United Nations already has failed to invoke General Assembly sanctions against Soviet Russia, Egypt and India.

Gillette, drawing a global parallel, said: "Surely the United States does not wish to be regarded as favoring punishment of countries too small or too weak to resist while doing nothing to discipline larger and more powerful transgressors."

"I respectfully urge," continues the famed Cherokee resident, "that the U.S. delegate to the United Nations be instructed to oppose vigorously any attempt by the General Assembly to impose economic sanctions on Israel at this time."

Gillette, who spent five weeks in the Middle East during 1945-46 to help establish the embryo state of Israel, said sanctions should either be invoked against all member nations failing to comply with U.N. resolutions, or invoked against none.

In his message to Eisenhower, Gillette predicted the sanctions will not be imposed by the Assembly upon U.S.S.R., India or Egypt "for their directions."

The former senator, stressing that he had been urged by diplomatic sources and former associates to contact the President, said a "fairness-to-all" U.S. policy would ease tension in the Middle East.

Gillette reminded Eisenhower that the chief executive already had subscribed vocally to such a policy in a Philadelphia speech November 1.

The well known Iowan quoted the President as saying then:

"We cannot, in the world, any more in our own nations, subscribe to one law for the weak, another for the strong; one law for those opposing us, another for those allied with us, There can be only one law or there shall be no peace."

The President at the time was referring British and French military actions in the Suez Canal sector.

Gillette added (regarding that statement by Eisenhower): "You enunciated a true principle to justify condemnation of our allies, Britian and France, as aggressors in Suez."

"This was a magnificently true statement," declared Gillette.

"And if it was valid last November, it is no less valid today." Gillette asked that the Middle East crisis not be accentuated by actions "less than even-handed." The longtime senator asserted that "the American people expect no less."

A copy of the message is also being forwarded to the Senate committee on foreign affairs, Gillette said.

The Chalet Supper Club, show here under construction, was located on top of the East Hill, and is currently the home of "Everlasting Memories" Taxidermy Studio. This photo was taken in October, 1964.
25 years ago

Trading the bottle for the Bible, Cherokee tavern and restaurant owner Carey Hetrick has closed his bar on West Maple Street and will open a Christian book store in the location.

The store, which will be called Christian Book, Music and Supply, will be located in the former Carey's Lounge, and will be open by April 1, Hetrick said. Carey's Cafe and Steakhouse will not be affected by the change, although Hetrick said liquor no longer will be served in the steakhouse.

Hetrick, who describes himself as a born-again Christian, said he got the idea of changing his bar into a religious bookstore after visiting a Christian bookstore in Sioux City about a year ago.

Hetrick said he has been in the bar business for the past 15 to 16 years, and the decision to give up that business came about because "after you are reborn there are a lot of things in your life you have to clean up. I'm doing it for the Lord."

The new bookstore, which will be operated by Hetrick's wife, Carol, will feature a wide assortment of materials for both churches and individuals and will be open weekdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

As part of the transformation from bar to bookstore, all of the furnishings and equipment in the lounge have been sold to Danny Schuver.

Schuver, who formerly worked for Lundell Construction and owns Shirt World, said he will open Danny's Lounge March 1 at 223 W. Main St., the former location of Elaine's. In addition to drinks, the bar will serve sandwiches, tacos and pizzas.

Dr. James H. Wise, 84, of 1602 N. Roosevelt Ave., Cherokee, died Monday at Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital. He was a life-time resident of Cherokee County.

He was born April 16, 1897, in Washta to Mr. and Mrs. Kearney Wise. On Feb. 24, 1925, he married Inez Easton in Cherokee. Dr. Wise was educated in the Washta school system, Buena Vista College, Storm Lake, and graduated from the University of Iowa Medical School in 1921. He took his residency at Receiving Hospital in Detroit, Mich., after which he entered practice in Cherokee in 1924.

He was a member of the staff of Sioux Valley Hospital, Cherokee; Buena Vista County Hospital, Storm Lake, and the Baum-Harmon Memorial Hospital in Primghar. Dr. Wise was a member of the American Medical Association and the American College of Surgeons. He was founder of the Cherokee Clinic and had acted as team doctor for all sports in the local high schools. He was a veteran of World War I and was a member of the Cherokee Country Club.

Survivors include a son, Dr. James K. Wise, Fort Collins, Colo.; daughters, Mrs. John (Mary Margaret) Poggenklass and Mrs. Nate (Virginia) Phipps, both of Cherokee; 16 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. The Rev. A.E. McCoy will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. A rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Greenwood Funeral Home.

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