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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Welcome to Fielding - Fielding, a small-town that was located 11 miles south of Marcus, it was a popular gathering place for folks in the early days. Besides being a post office from 1887 to 1901, the country store sold dry goods, cloths, farm supplies as well as a full line of groceries. Also dances and social events were held on the second floor of the country store. This photo of the Marcus Boosters was taken in the 1920's.
100 years ago

Ground was broken Tuesday morning by the Catholics on their property on Piety Hill for the erection of a new church. The building will stand to the west of the priest's house and will be a handsome building. It will be 52x116 feet. It is expected the new church will be ready for occupancy by fall.

Sioux City Journal: John Dormady, who was taken from Woodbury county on March 23 to the asylum at Cherokee, Io. escaped from that institution last Friday evening. Superintendent M. N. Voldeng, of the hospital, having failed to capture the fugitive yesterday wrote Clerk Johnson, of the district court, asking that a watch be maintained on Sioux City, as the patient may wander back to his old home.

When Dormady was received at Cherokee he was placed in one of the new cottages where the more trusted patients are kept, and he seemed satisfied. However, when the patients were counted Saturday morning Dormady was missing.

Dormady and his sister recently were committed to the insane hospital together. Dormady is a physical giant, and it took four men to control him at the time he was taken from his home at 2200 Rebecca street.

The particular delusion under which he labors is that he has a large flock of sheep on a piece of land near Holt, Neb., but that the government deprived him of this work and took the land away from him. On account of his belief he may find his way to Holt.

Every community which has a telephone service is likely to be confronted by the question of granting a franchise to a rival company.

Each case must be decided by the governing circumstances, but every case will show the peculiarity of the telephone problem. The telephone is a natural monopoly, for it is to the advantage of every subscriber that all users of telephones should be on the same system with him.

More than one system means that a subscriber must have more than one instrument, or be out of communication with part of the world of telephone-users. It is difficult, however, to adjust human nature to ideal mechanical conditions. Established companies, without rivals, lack the motive of competition to keep rates down and service good.

Therefore some communities have welcomed new companies which promised better and cheaper service. Dual systems, like labor strikes, are on their face economic losses, yet it may be worth while to endure the temporary discomfort and loss in order to secure better conditions ultimately.

The butcher may be on one system and the baker on another, yet, low rates may bring two instruments within the previous cost of one, and may so increase the number of subscribers within call as to atone for the inconvenience.

If finally one company absorbs the other, the community may have become so well established in low rates that the surviving company dare not raise them.

On the other hand says the Youth's Companion, the effect of competing companies is sometimes merely to divide the telephone-users of a community without adding many to the total number, and if the companies then make an agreement to keep rates up, the community is worse off than before.

In the strategical game which a community plays with public service companies, it is difficult to determine in the case of the telephone service how far the actual or threatened establishment of a rival company stimulates mechanical improvement and checks the natural tendency of a monopoly to extortion. No community can settle the question without careful study.

75 years ago

Charges of bootlegging and sale of intoxicating liquor to minors probably will be filed against Lloyd Love and his wife, Wednesday, County Attorney R. G. Rodman has announced.

The Loves together with Leonard Jenkins were arrested Tuesday afternoon by county officers after a raid on the Love home. All are in county jail waiting preliminary hearing. Those taking part in the raid were County Attorney Rodman, Sheriff Art Tilton and Deputy Sheriff D. E. Danielson.

Two boys, one 18 and one 19 years old, entered the Love home as the officers watched. The pair purchased a pint of alleged alcohol and tendered $1 in payment. Officers had checked the serial number of the bill before and as soon as the boys left the house, the $1 was found in the pocket of an apron Mrs. Love was wearing, the officers said.

Jenkins who was in the house at the time attempted to pour out a quantity of alcohol, officers said.

Love was out on bond pending disposal of a case against him in which he was charged with having violated a liquor injunction. He was scheduled to appear in district court soon. If found guilty of violation of the injunction he is liable to a year's imprisonment in the penitentiary.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Love were arrested on a charge of unlawful possession of intoxicating liquor January 3.

Love was tried at the February term of court, the same year and was acquitted on the third ballot. Following the trial Mrs. Love was permitted to sign her own bond and was released.

Lewis House - Robert Lewis built his Victorian gothic home high upon a hill in 1879. Pictured here is the house in its full grandeur
Recently Love was sentenced to 30 days in county jail by the city.

Five children, members of Juvenile Tone Circles of Cherokee will enter competition at the state convention of Federated Music clubs at Mason City Thursday and Friday. They will be accompanied by their mothers, the instructor and two Tone Circle members.

Barbara Richards, Mary Joyce Wilson, Marilyn Bunker, and Barbara Caswell will enter the piano playing contest and Grace Johns of Cleghorn will compete in the violin division.

Mrs. Boyd J. Sinkey, Tone Circle delegate, Mrs. J. K. Rice, state parliamentarian, and Mrs. Ruth Banister Cordon, violin instruction, will attend the convention.

Mrs. George Wilson, jr., Mrs. J. E. Bunker, Mrs. G. W. Richards, Mrs. Louis Johns and Mrs. Paul H. Caswell will accompany their daughters.

50 years ago

Names of 23 teachers who have resigned their positions in the Cherokee Public School system were announced today by Supt. Lloyd Sexton.

Deadline for acceptance of rejection of contracts for the 1957-58 school year was April 15.

Of the 23 faculty members who either returned unsigned contracts or had previously indicated they did not plan to teach here next year, 14 plan to be married.

Supt. Sexton said two plan to return to college for further study; two plan to locate in the West; one will enter the armed forces and four are still undecided regarding future plans.

Faculty members not returning are: Carol Mitchell, Marilyn Roach, Joann Miller, Joan Talty, Paula Voburg, Lidia Mordinit, Mary Busse, Mary Dunlap Nelson, Lolita Laube, Mary Hamman, Donna Shaw, Jane Ogden, Marijean Panhorst, Rita Beisner, Darlene Gray, Bonnie Mayer.

Also, Arleen Lundquist, Janice Yoeger, Duane Paulsen, Rose Kirschbaum, Gerald Gadgher.

Replacements have been signed to date and applications for several of the other vacancies are pending the superintendent said.

An informal buffet luncheon Saturday will honor coaches, Tomahawk Relays officials and press radio and television men covering the 20th annual prep classic here.

The luncheon is set for 11:30 a.m. Saturday, at Hotel Lewis Fern Room, it was announced today.

George (Trigger) Hicks once again will serve as referee and official starter for the Relays. Former senator Guy M. Gillette is honorary referee for the Tomahawk this year.

The luncheon is sponsored by the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce Civic Bureau. Chairman of that unit is the Rev. Carl Beckman.

Serving on the luncheon committee Saturday are Cherokee Superintendent of Public Schools Lloyd Sexton, A. I. McClintock and Dave Eaton. Some 100 attended the annual event last year.

Hicks will he the program chairman and emcee at Saturday's luncheon.

25 years ago

Monday's cancellation of the 45th annual Tomahawk Relays marked the third time in its long-running history that the meet was scrapped due to adverse spring weather conditions.

The 13th annual meet in 1949 and the 38th annual meet in 1975 were both cancelled due to poor weather conditions.

Leo Hupke, Cherokee athletic director and chief coordinator of the Relays, called this year's 45 annual track carnival off at 1 p.m. Monday after already having to move the meet from its original Friday evening date last week.

"With the anticipation of what the weather was supposed to be like tonight, we thought it best to cancel," said Hupke. The weather forecast for this area Monday night called for a 60 percent chance of snow and temperatures in the 30s.

"We just had some bad luck," said Hupke. "It was about 39 degrees and 1 o'clock and the forecast didn't look very good at all. We had some people coming long distances and a decision had to be made."

The meet's entries dropped from 20 to 16 when Friday's original date was rained out and moved to Monday.

Approximately three times as many farms in Cherokee County have been signed up by eligible farmers in the 1982 set-aside program than were in the 1979 program, the last year the set-aside measure was offered, indicating considerable more interest is being shown.

According to a spokesman from the local ASCS office, an approximate 70 percent; 1,086 eligible farms; were signed up at 5 p.m. Friday, the deadline for the current program.

Eighty-two of these were signed Friday with 1,004 at the end of the day on Thursday, said Marvin Waechter, executive director of the local office. In 1979, a total of 372 Cherokee County farms were enrolled in the program. There are a total of 1,573 farms in the county with a total base acreage of 165,561. Corn-growers agree to idle 10 percent of the acres normally planted to crops in return for price supports and related benefits.

The signup was far more than anticipated by the local office.

As of Wednesday, slightly more than half of the eligible feed grain farms in Iowa had been enrolled in this year's set-aside program, according to Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service officials. However, if local signup is any indication the figure statewide could be larger.

A half-dozen counties had 70 percent to 77 percent of the farms enrolled with Webster, 77 percent; Wright, 76 percent; Howard and Calhoun, both 73 percent; and Pocahontas and Green, both 70 percent.

These percentages are based on the number of farms that raise feed grain; corn (and oats), in Iowa. According to ASCS records, 154,244 Iowa farms are eligible for the program, and 81,381 of those have enrolled.

Gene Johnson of the Iowa ASCS staff, anticipated that several counties would top 90 percent. In 1979, 51 percent of the eligible Iowa farms were enrolled that year, and 57 percent signed up for the 1978 program.

As of the Wednesday release, Cherokee County has 39 percent of eligible farms enrolled; Buena Vista, 50 percent; Plymouth, 36 percent; O'Brien 45 percent, Sioux, 30 percent, Clay and Osceola, both 50 percent; Palo Alto, 65 percent; Woodbury and Ida, both 46 percent; Sac, 52 percent and Emmet, 82 percent.

Farmers must participate in the reduced acreage program this year in order to be eligible for government price supports; which average $2.52 a bushel for corn in Iowa this year; and for the national grain reserve; where the price support loan will be $2.87 plus storage payments of 26.5 cents a bushel.

Participating farmers also will be eligible for deficiency payments, which will be authorized if the average price of corn falls to equal or exceed the 1982 target price of $2.70 for the five marketing months of October, 1982, through February, 1983.

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