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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

100 years ago

The Revival is in full swing. A full tabernacle greeted the Evangelists Sunday night and heard with much interest the opening song service and sermon.

Mr. Lowry addressed himself to the clergy and church members speaking plainly his disapproval of questionable amusements, worldliness and hypocrisy of many in the churches. Mr. Lowry's sermon was strongly commended by many of the audience. He quotes and backs up his arguments with scripture.

Monday evening Mr. Lowry preached on Revivals answering the charges of undue excitement by showing the enthusiasm in baseball where a man died in St. Louis and excitement in the political campaign and business.

Drug Town This is a photo of the old Drug Town pharmacy back in the 1980's. The business in now call Hy-Vee Drug, but the building still remains the same at 321 North Main Street.
He commended the methods in these lines and urged that in this greatest of work methods should be used and without unjust criticism.

Tuesday evening "Soul Winning" was the subject and the value of personal work was emphasized.

Wednesday evening the subject was "Assurance How We May Know We Are Saved."

Thursday evening the subject will be "Some Things Needed in Cherokee."

Friday evening subject "The Bible, Is it the Word of God."

Sunday 3 p.m. subject "Tithing." All Christians should bear this subject and all others interested are invited. Sunday evening subject "Covered Sin." Everyone should bear this sermon.

Prof. Moody is an able chorus leader and is doing grand work with the large chorus. The outlook is bright for a great work. All interested in the best interests are urged to attend regularly and work in and for the tabernacle meetings.

With a view to purchasing a steel casket that will some day encase his body a wealthy farmer, residing near Cherokee, Iowa, who would not leave his name, and who said that he would call next week with his son and complete the purchase of a coffin, spend nearly an hour yesterday in the undertaking establishment of George J. Kidd, 503 Pearl street.

"I have passed the allotted three score years and ten," he said. "and as I feel that I shall not be spared much longer to this life I wish to save my relatives the trouble of trying to decide on a casket. Besides, it is a far more unpleasant ordeal choosing a casket for a dead person than for one who is enjoying average health."

The far sighted farmer examined minutely several caskets and seemed as deeply interested, yet as unconcerned, as if he were bargaining for a suit of clothes. He finally said that he probably would take one of solid steel and that he would make his choice when he returned with the son. He intends to have the coffin taken to his own home.

75 years ago

Cached beneath a trap door in the floor of the Walter Christian residence located on the hill above a lonely road two miles northeast of Cherokee, two special agents from the department of justice, Sheriff Art Tilton and County Attorney R. G. Rodman, discovered a 75-gallon still in full operation on Thursday morning. More than 37 gallons of alleged liquor was seized.

Entering the premises with search warrants for stolen property, officers located what they sought and discovered the still.

It was necessary to shut off the still and wait for its cooling before dismantling it. A dray was needed to haul the still, equipment, supplies.

Part of the equipment included a gas burner, gas pressure tank and coil, 250 gallons of mash in barrels, large air pump, tools, rubber hose, funnels and a large sack of sugar.

Two 15-gallon kegs filled with alleged sugar whiskey one 15-gallon keg containing 5 gallons, two one-gallon jugs, two pint bottles and one half-pint bottle full of liquors were taken.

To reach the cache the men were forced to sit on the floor, drop to a barrel beneath the floor and thus to the room, strong with the odor of liquor and gas.

Christian, held in county jail pending hearing, is implicated in five known cases of larceny involving theft of hogs, poultry and farm household furnishings, according to R. G. Rodman, county attorney.

Through resistance was expected Christian, submitted to search of the premises. A loaded shot gun was in his home.

For some time officers have been investigating thefts occurring on consecutive Saturdays on various farms northeast of Cherokee. Discovery and identification of stolen property on the Christian premises clears a number of the thefts.

Because of the extent of the various thefts, the two special agents were sent from the department of justice, not expecting to figure in prohibition raids, but to capture the suspected thieves.

50 years ago

H. O. Petersen, superintendent of Cleghorn School, and Kenneth Christensen, superintendent at Quimby, have both resigned from their present positions.

Peterson, superintendent at Cleghorn the past five years, has accepted the superintendency at Royal Community School in Clay County.

Royal, a large school in a reorganized district, recently completed a $250,000 addition.

Mrs. Petersen, who has been music supervisor at Cleghorn, will be in the music department at Royal. The Peterson's son, Bruce, will be an eighth grade student next year.

In announcing his resignation, Supt. Petersen said Duane Newton, Cleghorn coach and Miss Nancy Bremer, fifth grade teacher, also have resigned. Newton has no definite future plans as yet. Miss Bremer is leaving to be married.

Christensen, administrator for the past two years at Quimby, will be superintendent at Kingelsy.

He said Kingsley is a 30-teacher system and a North Central Association School. "The only reason I am leaving Quimby is for an advancement in position," commented Christensen.

He was previously principal at Primghar for one year and superintendent at Trent, S.D. for three years.

The Christensens have two sons, Tommy, 7, and Randy, 5.

Villager restaurant - With the remodeling of the Family Table Restaurant in the last few weeks, this may be a great opportunity to look back at how the restaurant got its start as the Villager.
Dedication of the new Grace Baptist Church building at 758 North Second has been set for 3 p.m. on Palm Sunday, April 14.

Dr. B. Myron Cedarholm, general director of the Conservative Baptist Association of America, will be guest speaker.

Ceremonies are to open with a song service, followed by Dr. Cedarholm's message. The Speaker is the son of the late Anton Cedarholm of St. Paul, well known radio pastor.

The Rev. Robert Lehn, Grace Baptist pastor, announces that refreshments will be served following the service and extends a cordial invitation to the public to attend.

Under construction for nearly a year, the new church is of concrete and haydite block with brick facing.

The main auditorium and balcony have a seating capacity of more than 200, with space for an overflow crowd. Also on the main floor are a glass-enclosed mothers' room, classroom and pastor's study.

The full basement contains six Sunday School rooms, a small auditorium, and a kitchen.

Parking space is located behind the church.

A warning to all residents of the county regarding transient magazine salesmen was issued today by the offices of the Sheriff and the County Attorney.

Many residents have made complaints about salesmen who take money for magazines which fail to arrive.

"When a resident is approached by a magazine salesman whom he does not know, he should ask to see the salesman's receipt from the County Treasurer's office showing purchase of a permit to work in Cherokee County," the officials advise.

In the event a salesman is unable to show such a receipt upon request, the resident approached to buy is asked to notify the County Sheriff's Office.

25 years ago

A new medical office building for use by local physicians is being considered by the directors of Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital and is in the planning stages.

The announcement was made Monday night by Kenneth Hobson, hospital administrator, during the annual meeting of the Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital Association.

He said that four physicians "not now associated with each other in practice" have expressed an interest in an office building and "have agreed to help in planning" the facility.

He said the four have asked not to be identified at this time.

Though Hobson said that "a willing sponsor of the building must be found and also a method of financing," later he said that in the absence of direct underwriting by members of the medical fraternity, the hospital board would have no choice but to take the financial initiative. He said it is imperative that a medical facility be provided to retain and recruit physicians.

"We would envision that the building would be self supporting by the occupants using it," he said, and probably would be operated by a corporation separate from the hospital. He said that the hospital's "campus" here would be an excellent site.

Hobson said he anticipated "delivery of the building" within two years. "If that is the timetable agreed upon," he said, "within six months we will have to have a definite plan, and that includes financing."

Hobson said the cost of such a facility and the amount of space involved is uncertain at this time since plans are still very tentative. "We want capacity for expansion so it can be an effective recruitment tool" for attracting additional doctors to Cherokee. He added that the proposal has met with great interest from local doctors.

Hobson said methods of financing are being studied and that bonding would be a possibility, although the types of bonds involved are uncertain.

Industrial revenue bonds, which are issued through a municipality, have been considered, he said, but are unlikely due to costs involved for documenting a project. Other types of bonds are being investigated, he added.

Hobson said the hospital is in the enviable position of not having any large outstanding debts at this time, which would be advantageous should the hospital become directly involved in the financing arrangements.

A mortgage of $200,000 remains from the construction of the new hospital in 1971, but Hobson said that note has been prepaid to May 1986 and that since the interest rate on it is only 9 percent, no additional payments are expected to be made until then.

In other business at the meeting, Lois Jean Engdahl, board president, was re-elected for a seven-year term. Those continuing on the board include Dorothy Whitham, vice president; Ann Drefke, secretary; and Doyle Simonsen, Jack Cook, Robert Ament and E. A. Peterson.

The annual report presented at the meeting showed that 1981 revenue amounted to $3,327,464, compared to $3,115,437 in 1980.

Non-medical entries included "other services" of $76,238 and contributions and trust fund monies of $171,287. The other services include such things as income from the cafeteria and sales of supplies.

Expenses totaled $3,279,571, leaving a profit of $47,893. In 1980, the figures were $3,083,540 and $31,897.

Hobson said that "nearly $100,000 in new technology" was added during 1981. Patient days last year totaled 15,362, averaging a daily patient count of 42. The admission total was 3,000.

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