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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Flooding is something that has always been a part of Cherokee. Pictured above is the receding river at Second St. and Locust St. in 1891.
100 years ago

Guy Lewis and Homer Kenyon, boys about seventeen years of age, were arrested Tuesday on a charge of larceny from a dwelling in the night time.

They plead guilty to the charge before George Miller J. P. of Aurelia and Tuesday night were brought here and placed in the county jail awaiting the action of the grand jury. The boys broke into the residence of Mrs. Mary Stieneke and went through the home taking property of no great value.

Irvin Darrah who was arrested Tuesday at Aurelia on a charge of conspiracy and discharged and for whom a warrant was issued the same day charging him with burglary had his hearing before Justice Miller of Aurelia yesterday. He pleaded not guilty and waived examination.

He is now in the county jail being unable to furnish the $300 bond under which he is held. Before Darrah was arrested on the charge of burglary he made an attempt to leave the country. He boarded the afternoon passenger for Sioux City. County Attorney Gillett was on the same train and arrested him.

A dog and pony show - Transportation on the Liffring farm was provided by Collie and Belle.
When the train was three quarters of a mile south of Cherokee, Darrah jumped off the train and started across country. As soon as the train reached Cherokee the telephones were put in use and Sheriff Lawrey who was returning from Aurelia with Lewis and Kenyon found Darrah near the Henry Brummer farm on his way back to Aurelia. The sheriff had no trouble in getting him to come to Cherokee where he was locked up..

In another column there is an account of a bill being introduced in the legislature to permit the construction of automobile roads. The towns proposed to be connected are named. Cherokee is among them, as is also Sioux City, LeMars and Spencer.

If such a road is even built it should go on up to Spirit Lake. The lake traffic during the summer between Sioux City and the lakes is immense and would make such a road profitable. An automobile could run over cement roads wet or dry.

If they can, as stated, make 60 miles an hour one could run up to the lakes from Cherokee in about an hour, have a good days fish and be back for supper. Yum, yum, what a glorious prospect.

75 years ago

Defaults, divorce cases, granting of citizenship rights to eight applicants, as well as action on numerous other cases marked the second day of Cherokee district court Tuesday.

Grand jurors who retired at 1:30 o'clock Monday afternoon were not expected to report before Thursday afternoon.

One liquor injunction brought by the state restraining George Brown from any further connection with intoxicating beverages, was issued.

The separate maintenance suit, Jeanne Allison vs. Cowles Allison, was opened for trial Wednesday morning. Several witnesses were called to offer testimony.

Three divorces were granted Tuesday. Florence C. Heini was granted a divorce from Fred C. Heini. Mrs. Heini was seeking divorce on the grounds that her husband is a prisoner in Michigan state penitentiary, where he was sentenced to 15 years on a charge of manslaughter.

Vivian L. Bartley was granted a divorce form Barnie V. Bartley and received custody of a minor child. A divorce also was granted Kerstein Ericson from Harry Ericson.

Stressing the need for an education program to pave the way for more effective weed eradication, R. H. Porter, Ames, specialist, conducted an all day week meeting in the K. P. hall Wednesday.

The specialist pointed out that under the present system farmers have not been fully informed of the menace that noxious weeds presents and that as a result township weed commissioners do not receive the cooperation necessary to make their work effective.

Board of supervisors, township weed commissioners and trustees attended the morning session at which Porter stressed the need of an educational program. Sixteen were present at this meeting.

The afternoon session was open to all interested and 30 attended.

Canada thistle, creeping jenny, quack grass and leafy spurge were described as the worst menaces to farming in Cherokee county.

The Ames specialist recommended continuous cultivation to wipe out Canada thistle and lefty spurge. This same method may be used on creeping jenny and quack grass, although on smaller areas spraying is recommended and has been found to be effective.

Leafy spurge, it was pointed out is the most difficult to handle in this county. With the exception of Sioux County, it is probably as prevalent here as in any county in the state. It is extremely difficult to eradicate it because of the food reserve that is carried by the roots. Canada thistle also presents a problem, but not nearly so great as that of leafy spurge.

It was said that the root system of quack grass was extremely shallow and consequently thru the use of the spring tooth harrow can be uprooted. After it is pulled from the ground it is recommended that it be raked up and burned.

50 years ago

A cheering crowd of 2,000 plus 300 cars pepped up this Northwest Iowa town Sunday afternoon as proud Calumet fans tossed out the welcome mat for their "dark ones" favorites who finished runner-up in the Class B state tournament.

Calumet (29-1 for the season), lost to highly-favored Iowa City St. Mary's 55-52, in the sizzling Class B final.

But to all this area and through out Timesland, the amazing Redskins are still "the champs."

That theme was reflected in a large sign tacked on the gymnasium stage which read: "Second in the state but first in our hearts."

While the peppy Sutherland High School band rang out with "Hail Hail, The Gang's All Here!" a capacity overflow throng in the gym gave Coach Ray Knauer and his Indian squad a standing ovation.

Knauer thanked fans for their support and of the Calumet Squad headed by 6-7 1/2 Denny Runge said, "They'll always be champions with us. It was an honor and a privilege to coach this team."

Other speakers included: Lester Menke, president of Calumet School Board; M. L. Vaughn, school superintendent; Calumet Mayor Delbert Jurgensen; Harry Riebesell of Calumet Community Club; Vic Christensen, Sutherland Community Club; Harold Braasch, Paullina Chamber of Commerce; Ken Irwin, Sanborn superintendent of school.

Jurgensen gave the official welcome to the squad and Coach Knauer plus the school's cheerleaders.

Also introduced was Mrs. Knauer, wife of the Calumet coach.

All speakers lauded the Indians for their outstanding play and desire.

Reminded Menke: There were many who said before that Calumet was not a tournament team; Well, our boys made them all swallow those words.

Benediction was given by the Rev. Al Yungschlager, pastor of Zion Evangelical and Reformed Church here.

The Calumet caravan; buoyed by some 50 cars; whisked through Cherokee shortly after 3 p.m. yesterday and picked up additional well-wishers on the last lap home.

Motorists tooted their horns at Larrabee and followed the caravan on into Calumet where a flood of other autos and fans awaited.

This O'Brien County town of 250 was still in a jubiliant mood Monday over the Indians' great tournament showing.

There are only 35 in high school here. And 11 out of 14 boys in school were on the varsity squad that went state tournament bound.

Seventh and eight grade students viewed a movie entitled "Sharp Shooting with Herb Parsons," Monday morning March 11 at 9 in the Wilson Junior High assembly.

The central character in the movie was Herb Parsons, as noted marksman. He brought out many points about gun safety and good sportsmanship.

In the movie also were shown many medals and awards that Herb Parsons had won by his shooting ability. He also told something about several of the guns that he owns, how to handle them and other points of interest.

Herb Parsons had his son, who was also very talented, perform with a gun.

The movie ended with scenes showing Herb Parsons and his son hunting together. He also said that by teaching a child the 10 commandments about gun safety, and that by a father taking his son or daughter hunting with him, he would not have to hunt for them as they grow older.

This movie was shown by Mr. Licknder through the courtesy of the Rod and Gun Club, which had previously seen it at a regular meeting.

25 years ago

The Cherokee County CowBelles' Annual Beef Queen Contest will be held Friday, March 26, at Cattleman's II beginning with a 6:30 p.m. dinner. Candidates will give their presentations and the 1982 Beef Queen will be crowned.

Tickets may be purchased in advance from Linda Deichmann or Shirlee Nelson, or any CowBelle officer or at the door. Cost per person is $5.50.

Girls vying for the honor are Donna Drefke, Marcus; Lois Glienke, Aurelia, and Kathy Downey, Pierson.

Drefke, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Max Drefke. She attends Marcus High school where she has been a member of the band for three years, participated in basketball three years, a member of the peer helper training course and freshman class treasurer.

She is a member and president of Peace Lutheran LYF at Marcus, a member of the Kingsley Saddle Club and a member of the American Junior Quarter Horse Association.

When she finishes high school she plans to attend a college and work in the business area.

Her hobbies include riding horses, reading books, listening to music and sewing.

Drefke was a member of the 1981 All-State Band, 1982 Northwest Iowa Honor Band, sixth at the 1980 State Fair in Western Pony Pleasure Class, and 10th in the 1978 State Spelling Bee.

Glienke, attends Aurelia High school where she is active in Future Homemakers of America, band, chorus, cheerleading, swing choir, all-school play, jazz band and is a member of the annual staff., newspaper staff, golf team and a 1982 Sweetheart's candidate.

She is a member of a 4-H club, the Cherokee County 4-H Council and a member of the LYC church group.

Hobbies include sewing, reading, cooking, knitting, crocheting, quilting, golfing and swimming.

She has received several awards for her 4-H activities, public speaking, high school piano contest, was the winner at the District level of piano contest, State Fair Fashion Revue and educational presentations at the State Fair.

After graduation, Glienke plans to attend college, majoring in accounting.

Her parents are Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Glienke of Aurelia.

Downey, is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Downey of rural Pierson.

She attends Marcus High school and is active in volleyball, track, golf and was wrestling manager.

Downey is a member of the grand Meadow Larks and Grand Meadow Future Feeders 4-H clubs. She has received local awards for her 4-H projects. She was recipient of the Beef Judging Award and qualified for the State Judging Team. Downey was a recipient of the DAR Award.

After graduation she plans to study to be a dental hygienist.

Her hobbies include showing calves and riding horses.

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