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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

100 years ago

Cherokee people will be favored next Monday night by an opportunity to hear a fine man lecture on a fine subject. W.M. Chandler comes highly recommended and it is the desire of the committee that a full house be present to hear him. The following from the Elmira, N.Y., Y.M.C.A. tells what he is and how his lecture took there and dozens of other recommendations say the same of him:

"In the truest sense a masterpiece, this can be said of the lecture on" The Trial of Jesus from a Lawyer's Standpoint, "as delivered by the Hon. Walter M. Chandler, of the New York bar. Mr. Chandler possesses a fine voice, is skilled in the use of words, presents a splendid appearance on the platform, and is withal a Christian gentleman. His hearers are won at the fall of the first few words, and the eyes of all are riveted on him. He is a master of the law, interprets it without a fault, and leads his hearers from one sublime realm to another. What may appear to be from the nature of the subject a dry lecture proves a most fascinating and instructive discourse of the world's greatest tragedy. Men from all ranks unite in unstinted praise of the high moral value of this lecture. He will fill a return date in Elmira soon. Associations will do well to see that Mr. Chandler has no vacant dates."

Messers. Bass of Marcus and P.P. Holm of Cleghorn returned Tuesday night from a trip to Chicago with stock. An interesting as well as exciting incident occurred on their homeward journey but was fortunately headed off by a wary passenger.

At Dubuque a man got on the train and pretending to be the brakeman went through the car with a lantern asking passengers where they were going and examining their tickets and if the tickets happened to be in their pocket books managed in some way to extract money also from the book.

In several instances he did this and in one instance made an old man believe if he rode in the coach he was in he would have to pay extra which the man did. He was alarmed however by the actions of some of the passengers and skipped at Independence.

Shortly before Company M 56 Regiment. shipped-out for W.W.I. The men took time for a proper send off from the community in 1916. They are pictured here standing at attention in downtown Cherokee.
It seemed the newsy was in the cahoots with him and he thought wise to depart from the train at Waterloo leaving his wares on the train. It was a hold up game that displayed some little amount of nerve and one different from most instances o this kind for he approached the people riding in the coach and not those in the sleeper.

75 years ago

Despite his boast that he "never would be taken from Iowa." Geo. White, alias "The Turk," was sentenced to life imprisonment in the Ft. Madison penitentiary by Judge O. S. Thomas in the O'Brien County District Court Wednesday morning. White was convicted Friday for his part in the robbery of the State Bank, Calumet, on June 24, 1930. The jury deliberated only 30 minutes.

Conviction on this charge carries a mandatory life sentence.

White was reported to have made the statement about not being taken from Iowa when he was being returned from California after his capture there.

He was sought by officials of Cherokee county for robbery of the Quimby State Trust & Savings bank in January, 1930, but made no effort to bring White here for trial pending the outcome of the O'Brien County case.

White was captured in California in January of this year and was returned to Iowa by Sheriff Ed Leemkuil, O'Brien county, and an agent from the state bureau of investigation.

"The Turk" had gained considerable reputation as a jail breaker and while in jail in O'Brien county attempted to cut his way out with a saw he had secreted about his person. Following this attempt he was taken to the Polk county jail for safe keeping.

White was positively identified by two witnesses for the state, Ray Mugge, cashier of the Calumet bank, and Charles Mathern, 10-year-old boy who was forced into the vault were sure of the identity of the bandit leader.

The defense made no attempt to introduce alibi witnesses as was anticipated.

Motion for a new trial was overruled by Judge O.S. Thomas before sentence was passed.

Despite weather that put a crimp in attendance, the Rialto theater was well filled Tuesday for the second day of The Daily Times and Chief annual cooking school. Mrs. Leona Jones, instructor, again displayed appreciation for the splendid turnout. It is believed that, with good weather, the Rialto would not accommodate the crowds.

Although there is no information about when or where this picture was taken. It does give us a glimpse into early farm life here in Cherokee County.
The school comes to a conclusion this afternoon. It has met with the highest expectations of the publishers from a standpoint of practicability and actual benefit to women of the community. And the women attending are loud in their praise of the school, while others from a distance said they were very sorry the weather prevented them from being present at all sessions.

Both Monday and Tuesday saw the main auditorium of the theater well filled. Tuesday's crowd was somewhat larger than Monday's but the overflow was taken care of in balcony seats. Reports are that kitchen technique in this section of the county is due for a boom.

The opera house management, headed by Thos. McCulla, is entitled to special commendation for its successful efforts in keeping the big auditorium in comfortable condition during the sessions of the school.

50 years ago

School elections are to be held in Cherokee County, as well as throughout the state, on Monday, March 11.

Polls in the city of Cherokee will be open in the City Hall from 12 noon to 7 p.m. Three candidates are running for the two open posts on the Cherokee Board of Education. George Hicks and R. T. Steele are running for reelection to three-year terms, opposed by Pierce Green.

The term of Albert Eggert, board treasurer, does not expire for another year.

At Aurelia, Rex Whitney and Floyd Johansen are running to succeed themselves in the two posts open. L.E. Christensen is running for reelection as board treasurer.

Four candidates seek the two posts open on the Marcus board. William Witter and Wendel Grauer filed for reelection, opposed by Bud Boots and Jack McKernan. George Wilson is running for reelection as treasurer.

There is no contest in the Cleghorn school election. Bill French and Lyle McIntosh, incumbents, seek reelection to the two positions whose terms expire this year.

At Washta, also, the two incumbent members whose terms expire are running for reelection. They are Russell Gray and Lyle Klassinger.

In Grand Meadow's school election, two candidates filed for the two open posts. Purl Nobel is running to succeed incumbent Gunnard Carlson, who did not file for reelection. Howard Sadler, appointed on the death of Harold Cowan, seeks reelection on the board.

Don Wiese is running for a three-year term to the Meriden Board of Education and Kenneth Gould seeks election to a one-year term.

Amil Florke and Lester Prunty are the only candidates for the two open directorships on the Larrabee School Board. These are for three-year terms.

Larrabee voters will also mark a special ballot regarding adoption of the two following propositions:

"That the surplus now existing in the School House Fund of the said School District which now exists by virtue of a levy of a School House Tax of 2 1/2 mills on the dollar originally approved by the voters of the said School District on the 12th day of March, A.D. 1951, and said tax being first levied for the tax year 1952 and based upon the school budget submitted on behalf of said School District to the County Auditor of Cherokee County, Iowa, on the 27th day of July A.D. 1951, be transferred to the said General Fund of the said School District."

And also: "That the 2 1/2 mill School House tax Levy above described be rescinded, revoked and cancelled for the remaining years originally prescribed by the electors of the said School District."

In regular school election of the Quimby Consolidated School District, Fred H. Meyer and Duane Hollenbeck are running for the two directorships which will expire June 30.

Following are the candidates for the special school election of directors and treasurer for the new Quimby Community School District:

Arthur H. Bobolz and Fred H. Meyer are running for two school posts to serve until the next regular election.

Three candidates seek two posts to serve as school directors until the second regular school election:

Peter W. Carstens, Harold H. Clark and Ross Pinkerton.

Running for one post to serve as director until the third regular school election are Duane Hollenbeck and Donald O. Todd.

William E. Nelson is the only candidate running for school treasurer, to serve until July 1 following the second regular school election.

There is only one vacancy in Area 4 for the County School Board. Walter J. Peterson of Aurelia is the only candidate for this vacancy.

Running for the one vacancy in Area 3 for the County Board are Eldred Beeghley and Dean Simonsen, both of Quimby.

Aroused by a recent widespread wave of dog-poisoning, Marcus citizens have called upon Cherokee County Sheriff Carl Schleef for assistance. City officials reported to Schleef Friday that 10 dogs and several pet cats have died from being poisoned.

Dr. M. R. Nelson, veterinarian was present for a special meeting held yesterday by Marcus officials.


He said that, although no autopsies have been performed as yet on the animal victims, their symptoms indicated death was caused by strychnine.

The sheriff has agreed to the officials' request that he check outlets in this area regarding purchasers of such poison.

Residents believe the culprit has been driving around town scattering poison, as animal deaths from this cause have not been limited to one area of the town.


In an all-out effort to put a stop to this cruel and dangerous practice, Marcus officials and the sheriff request anyone having any information about the poisonings notify them immediately.

As a further step in tracing down the culprit, the Marcus News has given $25 to start a reward fund. Several residents also have pledged to contribute to it.

Sheriff Schleef said anyone apprehended on this charge is liable to severe penalties. He also stressed the danger to the lives of children, who might pick up poisoned food intended to destroy dogs.

25 years ago

The Cherokee Board of Education Monday took the first step toward converting the district's entire fleet of buses to diesel operation with a unanimous vote to purchase a diesel bus chassis from Brown Chevrolet and Buick of Cherokee.

A total of four local dealerships offered bids on the chassis, with Brown's bid the lowest. In addition, the board accepted a low bid of $12,467 for a 65-passenger bus body manufactured by the Thomas Company in North Carolina.

Prior to the vote, Supt. Francis Peterson presented the board with figures that indicated a savings of about $6,738 for a diesel engine compared to a gasoline engine. Peterson also presented figures that showed a $520 savings with a propane engine compared to a gasoline engine. The savings were based on 100,000 miles traveled.

Peterson indicated that if the board chose to purchase a diesel chassis, a 10,000-gallon underground tank and pump would need to be installed at the bus barn.

In other action, the board unanimously approved the 1982-83 budget for the district, which totals $4,948,662. The estimated tax levy for the budget is $14.89 per thousand dollars valuation, which will generate $2,201,709 in revenue.

No comments or objections were raised during the public hearing prior to the vote to approve the budget.

In other business the board:

--Went into executive session to discuss a student discipline problem. After reconvening, the board voted to expel the sophomore student for the remainder of the school year.

--Heard a presentation on costs and methods of resurfacing the gym floor at Washington High School. The costs presented ranged from $38,000 to $53,500. No action was taken.

--Approved a teaching contract for Mary Jo Losen for the remainder of the school year. Losen replaces Deb Mugge as the high school home economics instructor.

--Heard a report from high school Principal Larry Shiley on the recent accreditation evaluation conducted at the high school. Shiley said he was generally pleased with the evaluation and that a written report will be received before the end of the school year.

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