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Times Gone By

Monday, April 9, 2007

Pilot Rock - "Amid the monotonous rolling of the prairie, a single naked and ragged rock arose on the margin of a little watercourse which found its way, after winding a vast distance through the plains, into one of the numerous tributaries of the Father of Rivers." James Fenimore Cooper, The Prairie, 1827.
100 years ago

The first graduation exercises for county graduates was most successful and will be long remembered not only by the graduates but by the large audience which heard the splendid exercises. The Fish orchestra discoursed pleasing music entertaining the audience while for some reason it was kept waiting beyond the opening hour.

County Superintendent Miss Logan presented the diplomas and in connection gave a very sensible address. She emphasized the fact that this was only the first step in gaining an education, and that the young people had the advantage through rearing on the farm of having obtained habits of industry and through outdoor life beautiful bodies, which gave them a splendid equipment for the future.

On top of Pilot Rock - High on a ridge at the south end of Cherokee, Pilot Rock, an enormous glacial boulder, overlooks the Little Sioux River Valley. The rock is composed of Sioux Quartzite, and was carried to its current resting place by the most recent continental glacier, over 20,000 years ago. The rock is approximately 20' high by 40' wide and 61' long. Long before white settlers used this marker to find the fertile valley where Cherokee was founded, ancient trails led Native American travelers to the massive landmark, which they called "Woven Stone."
She hoped that they would press forward to higher educational attainments that they might in the future be leaders in communities in which they might locate and be that most desirable quantity in a republic, good citizens. Prof. followed along the same line of thought and hoped that the graduates might next year be welcomed into some of the high schools of the county.

Speaking of the men who had achieved distinction he said they were often alluded to as men of genius but the only genius they possessed was the geniuses for hard continued work and he illustrated his thought by illusions to Webster, Lincoln and Edison. The fact had been noted that the responsibility early placed upon the farm child developed those qualities of industry and sense of responsibility and concentration which made of them the best students.

He referred to the fact that the time had been when the uneducated could attain success of wealth which had come to the farmer who years ago settled on Iowa farms for which he paid only a nominal sum and had grown wealthy by increase in value of lands.

Now, the sons of those were confronted by the problem of $100 land and this must increase to $200 land and education along special lines was necessary for success. This is an age of specialists along every line and a good education was the basis on which the specialists must build.

He, therefore, hoped the bright young people before him might press on to a higher education and he thought it the duty as well as the best investment a parent could make for his child to see that he obtained this education.

The room was then darkened and Mr. Roberson gave an illustrated lecture of rare value on the "Panama Canal." It was a lecture very appropriate for the young people for whose benefit it was especially given, giving them a glimpse of the great work going on in the world and certainly inspiring them with a desire to become creditable factors in this work. Miss Logan is entitled to credit for conceiving this idea of a county graduation day.

75 years ago

Cherokee's new South Second street bridge presently will begin to emerge from the litter that accompanied its production and take on the aspect of beauty that it presents to Cherokee.

Three separate moves are contributing to this beautification.

Contractors have begun work of finishing grades, concrete work on the bridge is being finished and the park board has conferred with an architect concerning a plan for landscaping the new addition to Wescott Park purchased last year.

According to L. L. Flint, maintenance engineer for the state highway commission, grades to the bridge will be completed by next week if favorable weather prevails. The dirt used in completing the grades is being taken from an area in the new park site. Before completing the job, the contractors will level off this area. Flint said that he had not learned whether or not the grades would be graveled.

Washing and polishing of the concrete work on the bridge is being carried forward rapidly. This cleans the concrete of dirt particles and leaves it white.

N. F. Guernsey, Sioux City, landscape architect, conferred recently with members of the park board concerning a plan for beautifying the park addition. According to Carl Goeb, president of the board, no definite action has been taken. Guernsey will submit a plan, but the board reserves the right to approve or reject it.

Pleading guilty to the theft of $27 worth of chickens from the Andrew Christensen farm, 7 1/2 miles east and one half mile south of Cherokee, last week, Sandy Nelson and Alvar Lindburg, farmers living near Alta, were fined $250 and sentenced to six months in jail by Judge James DeLand at Storm Lake.

The jail sentence was suspended when both men paid the $250 fine.

Both admitted theft of chickens from the John Swanson farm, west of Alta, but they were not tried on this charge

50 years ago

That Sanford Museum is increasingly used as a community and cultural center is borne out by a review of activities and attendance there during the past year.

It is estimated that at least 36,675 individual visited the museum during 1956, based on the fact that fewer than one-third of visitors sign registration books. Actual registration amounted to 12,225.

That figure includes 5,182 signatures on the museum register book, 2,848 planetarium visitors, 3,800 names in the Centennial register book and 395 who signed the Garden Club register for the annual Flower Show.

Highlighting museum activities were those in connection with Cherokee's Centennial celebration with that site serving as Centennial Headquarters

With appropriate ceremony, a time capsule was buried in the museum's front yard and marked by a glacial boulder topped with a sun dial.

All exhibits from March through August followed the centennial theme and six period alcoves were installed depicting this city's 100-year history.

The number of groups attending the planetarium for special demonstrations increased and other special programs were well-attended.

In reviewing museum events of the past year, W.D. Frankforter, director, comments on the increase also in the amount of volunteer help received form residents of the community, such assistance included school-age individuals as well as adults.

"This was welcomed, not only for the actual assistance given, but because it is an indication that the museum is coming to be regarded by many as a part of the community deserving of support," said Frankforter.

During 1956, 13 temporary exhibits were shown which ran for approximately four weeks each. In addition to exhibits obtained from customary sources, many were comprised of articles secured locally pertaining to the Centennial observance.

Nearly 150 Timesland residents expressed interest in the Centennial by contributing items for museum displays.

The period alcoves, entitled "Our Yesterdays," portrayed the following periods in Cherokee history: Pioneer Period, 1856; coming of the Railroad, 1870; A Wedding of the '80s; The Fashionable '90s; The Turn of the Century; The Roaring Twenties.

Three of the backgrounds were outdoor scenes done in pastel by Margaret Midland of the museum staff.

Ice-age animals of Iowa were displayed in two cases containing fossil remains of animals which once lived in Northwest Iowa.

"The Ancient Past" is a display composed of a series of small scale dioramas and prehistoric objects connected with the geological story of Northwest Iowa. This is a long-range project which may require another year of work before completion.

Viewing special planetarium demonstrations were a total of 92 groups, including school classes. Cub Scout troops and various other organizations from Cherokee and the Northwest Iowa area.

Regular planetarium demonstrations are given each Monday evening at 8 o'clock except during August and on Holidays.

Programs and services totaled 61 in addition to 11 special projects.

Serving on the Sanford Museum board of trustees are Loren Anderson, Virginia Herrick and Meyer Wolff. Lester C. Ary is business administrator.

The second Lincoln school - The second Lincoln school was built in 1961, and was located on South Roosevelt. The last class was the 1984-85 school year. In 1993 the school was purchased by LeRoy Schoon. He removed the classroom portion, leaving the gym to be usedfor storage. The building was later torn down, as part of the Greenspace Area project.
Comprising the museum staff in addition to Frankforter and Mrs. Midland are Virginia Dirksen, stenographer, and Leonard Lease, custodian.

25 years ago

Ron Wetherell of Wetherell Manufacturing met with the Cleghorn City Council Monday night to discuss a proposal to bring cable television to residents of the city.

Wetherell said he was seeking the council's view on the project before sending a questionnaire to residents. The questionnaire will ask residents' preferences of stations available and their interest in the project.

Wetherell said it would be necessary to have 60 to 80 households signed up to make the proposal pay. There are about 108 households in the city. The TV stations would be brought in via satellite disk, which Wetherell's firm is marketing.

The council granted permission to Wetherell to pursue the proposal. If results of the questionnaire are favorable, Wetherell would finance an election asking residents to grant a franchise for the project.

In other action, the council set April 19 as the date for the park cleanup. Rain date is April 26.

The council agreed to leave the starting time for meetings at 7 p.m. instead of changing to the original 8 p.m. time for the summer.

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