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Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Griffin's Market - W.R. Griffin is pictured here in his new meat market in 1915. Griffin was a builder, at least, he put up the money. After some years in the meat market business he built a new building for his meat market. Griffin also built the Hillside Apts. There was such an excess of bricks that he decided to build himself a fine home at 1134 West Cedar.
100 years ago

The Congregational church was crowded last evening to hear what County Attorney Gillett had to say on the subject "What Should a Community Expect of Public Official in Relation to the Enforcement of the Liquor Law." Mr. Gillett gave a very interesting and diplomatic address. He quoted the oath of office which an official must take before entering upon the duties of his office, which provides that he will "faithfully and impartially" discharge the duties of the office and left the impression that there was but the one thing for a public officer who subscribed to such an oath to do--to do his duty. Mr. Gillett thought that such a question would not be asked regarding the enforcement of any other law. The public official would not be asked as to the enforcement of the law against burglary or arson or the enforcement of the law against lesser crimes such as assault and battery or disturbance of the peace and the very question suggests a different attitude of the people towards the liquor law. As to other offenses the people all acquiesced in the judgment that they were crimes and should be punished, even the offender himself often recognizing the justness of his sentence. But as to liquor selling many people, even a majority, do not recognize it as a crime. In Cherokee a large majority favor the saloon and here the saloon exists, for the business men will say to the official we want the saloons to run and if the official does not obey the mandate off comes his head at the next election. County attorneys are told not to enforce the law and before him is temptingly placed emoluments of from $2,000 to $3,000 per year if he does not enforce the law and also the assurance of being killed off at the next election if he does. The responsibility is with the public. Mr. Gillett described conditions on "Boiler," the screened windows, the gambling devices run in connection with the saloon, lascivious picture machines maintained, according to Mr. Gillett high school boys often crowding around them eager to put their nickels in the slot and view the pictures. He severely condemned the Iowa prohibitory law, saying our statues were the worst of any state and failure everywhere, and was contemptible and disgraceful.

Yet, to our mind his presentation of conditions in Cherokee was the very best endorsement to the wisdom of the Martin law, for all the blame really was placed upon the people because they do not want the law enforced and where public sentiment was against enforcement it would not be enforced. It was recognition of this fact that is responsible for the Martin law. In communities where public sentiment is so largely against the enforcement of prohibiting the liquor traffic that convictions cannot be obtained the law gives opportunity to minimize the evils of the liquor traffic by compelling the liquor dealer to run his place with some show or decency and with some regard to the rights of others. For instance under the Martin law no gambling devices are seen in saloons, no lascivious pictures such as described by Mr. Gillett, no chairs, no tables, no painted windows, no screens to obscure the full view of interior of the saloon, no selling to minors, to drunkards or to girls, all of which Mr. Gillett pictured as conditions existing in Cherokee. Under the Martin law which Mr. Gillett so severely condemned, a wife may forbid the saloon keeper from selling her husband liquor, a child may forbid this also, and there is a good bond behind this prohibition to insure its enforcement, nor would he dare under this law to sell to a minor. In Cherokee as stated by Mr. Gillett the saloon keeper sells to any one with the price.

Why? Because he is an outlaw the tenure of his business uncertain, and recognizing this he loses no avenue of increasing his profits. So far as Cherokee City and county is concerned, there is no difference in the direction of defining the crime and the punishment than there is in defining the crime and its punishment for burglary or any other crime. The Martin law has never been in force in Cherokee county. The rigid prohibitory liquor law without any frills has always been in force in this county. If a law could be made more binding where greater provisions could be made for its enforcement than the Iowa prohibitory law--and that's the law we have in Cherokee--we should be pleased to publish a draft of it for the benefit of our readers. The law provides that no one by himself or servant shall directly or indirectly sell under any pretense whatever any intoxicating liquors, including beer and wine to any person. Whoever violates this law for the first offense in subject to a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $100, and for a subsequent offense not less than $300 nor more than $500 or by imprisonment not exceeding six months. If one uses a building in which to dispense liquors he is subject to a fine of not less than $300 nor more than $1,000, and in addition the furniture and fixtures may be seized and sold and the building itself locked up for a year.

For a second violation on conviction the punishment is imprisonment in the county jail not less than 3 months nor more than one year. The county attorney is authorized to commence action in the name of the state for the abatement of a nuisance. All peace officers are especially enjoined to enforce this law and a willful neglect is punished by fine and forfeiture of office. This is the law as it exists in Cherokee. If it could be more stringent, as we before remarked we would be glad to have werein pointed out. The mulet feature has not nor ever had any bearing upon the law in this county. The mulet feature was intended where the overwhelming sentiment of the people was in favor of the saloon so that the prohibiting liquor laws could not be enforced to permit the saloons to run with its evils reduced to a minimum.

If the prohibiting law cannot in fact be enforced, then the saloon under the Martin law would be a thousand told better than the present conditions.

75 years ago

Many kinds of buggies and wagons are seen these days but it was left to W. Bryant, auctioneer, and D. C. Kent, clerk, to find a new way to reach the Gust Ahlgren sale Monday. They drove as far as the Claude Hollingshead farm south of Quimby with a car where it became stalled in the mud. From there Mr. Hollingshead took them the remaining three and a half miles on his tractor, reaching the farm in time for the sale. Only one car and the tractor were seen there. All other conveyances were buggies or wagons.

Tentative date for ninth district convention of the American Legion here was set for June 6 by Treptow post, American Legion at the regular monthly meeting in the G. A. R.hall Wednesday night. If it is impossible to get all state officers here on the date, a change will be made, it was announced.

C. R. Fullerton was named general chairman of committees in charge of the event, by George Wilson, jr., commander of the local post. Other members of the general committee are H. O. Rulon, Rev. E. J. Smith, Randall Jacobs, Harry Williams, Forrest Knipe, H. B. Adkins, Harry Wilson, R. T. Steele, Dr. R. C. Siple and Ralph White.

Wilson outlined the duties of each committee and urged the closest cooperation between the bodies. He said plans should be made to welcome at least 800 visitors on that day.

The session will open in the morning with a meeting of auxiliary units.

50 years ago

An open meeting is to be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday in City Hall to allow discussion on the proposed development of Railroad Creek.

Harvey Lindberg of the Cherokee County conservation District will present plans and blueprints showing proactible possibilities of a watershed, which would reduce the flow of water through the city to a point where it would reach definite status.

Explanation is to be given also on how such measures would curtail any further erosion and how they can be put into operation.

"Nothing can be done to improve the route along Railroad Creek until its waters are first brought under control and drainage problems solved," according to a statement issued by Dr. J. A. Fritz, chairman of the City Planning Board.

This means that the Federal government must act through the Cherokee County Conservation District in the construction of 12 small control dams, before the planning group can proceed with its recently submitted city street improvement programs.

Cherokee residents, particularly property owners along the creek's unattractive course, are urged to attend this meeting.

Ace's Hamburger Shop - Ace's Hamburger Shop was located at 117 East Main St. If you're old enough to remember eating hamburgers at Ace's, you might agree that their burgers were so good that you can still taste them today. And if you're even older, you'll remember this place as Sweezey's Hamburger Shop. Today, the old hamburger shop is home to Nelson Locksmith.
Three traffic mishaps, one a car-train collision, occurred in Cherokee over the weekend.

According to reports filed by city police, Mrs. Nellie Dietrich, 73, Aurelia, was driving east on West Main at 8 p.m. Saturday when her car was struck by the diesel engine of a freight train.

Although the automatic crossing flasher and bell were in operation at the time, Mrs. Dietrich told police she did not see the train approaching.

Her car was pushed about 90 feet when the engine struck it broadside. The Aurelia woman was treated at Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital for a bruised knee and shock. The left side of her car was extensively damaged in the collision.

Four cars were involved in a collision about 10 p.m. Saturday on North Second as all four were proceeding south. When Howard Mordick of Alta slowed down for traffic, his car was struck in the rear by a vehicle driven by Rex Whitney of Aurelia. Whitney's vehicle was in turn struck by a car driven by Tony Audino of Sioux City. Audino's vehicle was hit in the rear by one driven by Thomas Rahbusch of Sutherland.

Estimates have not been completed as yet on damage to the four vehicles involved in the series of crashes.

The third city mishap occurred at 3:30 a.m. Sunday on West Cedar. Vernon Benson of Cherokee, traveling east on West Cedar, struck a parked station wagon owned by John Gilchrist, Cherokee.

The entire front end of Benson's car and the rear door and panel of Gilchrist's station wagon were damaged. Benson was charged with failure to have his vehicle under control He is to appear on the charge Tuesday in mayor's court.

Hy-Vee Store - The first Cherokee Hy-Vee Store was located at 900 North Second St., now the location of Jackson Recovery Center and Robinson's Furniture & Floor Covering.
25 years ago

The investment firm of Edward D. Jones & Co. is in the process of locating an office in Cherokee.

Heading the office will be Jay B. Geving, who has been with the firm for six months, coming to Cherokee from Marshall, Minn.

Geving said the office will be able to handle transactions on the New York and American stock exchanges, the over-the-counter market, as well as bonds, bond trusts, tax shelters, mutual funds and retirement plans. The office here will be equipped with a computer terminal linked to the firm's St. Louis headquarters that will provide up-to-the-minute price quotations from the major exchanges.

Geving estimated it will be about three months before the office opens. Prior to that he will be calling on businessmen, as well as an estimated 1,200 farmers in the Cherokee retail trade area to acquaint them with this firm's services. The location for the office has not been selected yet.

Edward D. Jones & Co. has more than 300 offices in 29 states.

The Cherokee County Republican convention will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the courtroom of the Cherokee County Courthouse.

State Rep. Lester Menke, R-Calumet, and State Sen. Richard Vande Hoef, R-Harris, will address the convention delegates.

The delegates will adopt a platform and elect 21 to attend district and state Republican Party conventions in Storm Lake and Des Moines on April 3 and June 26.

The county convention delegates, with alternate and junior delegates, were elected at the party's precinct caucuses Feb. 1.

The public is encouraged to attend the county convention as guests.

Ed Campbell, candidate for the Democratic candidate for governor, will be featured at a public coffee at 10:30 a.m. today at the Four Leaf Clover Inn. Campbell, the former state Democratic Party chairman and aide to Gov. Harold Hughes, is being challenged for the Democratic nomination by former U.S. attorney Roxanne Conlin and Ft. Dodge engineer Jerome Fitzgerald, who was defeated by Gov. Robert Ray in the 1978 gubernatorial race. The lone Republican candidate for governor thus far is Lt. Gov. Terry Branstad.

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