100 years ago
John C. Bass, a Marcus boy, a senior at Morningside College, Sioux City is to have his name perpetuated in college athletics by having the college athletic park named Bass Field. As to the motive a press report says: Through the generosity of John C. Bass a Morningside student, the new athletic park will be equipped with an amphitheater seating 1,500 persons. The park as it now stands costs $2,200. Of this $1,100 was pledged by the students. Up to date $600 have been paid by the students. Monday night at a meeting of the trustees John C. Bass, a member of the senior class and captain of last years football team, offered to be responsible for the $1,100 providing the $600 already raised be put into a grandstand. The trustees accepted the proposition and at a mass meeting this morning the student body voted to accept the liberal offer. The grandstand will be of concrete. The students will do the grading. It will be known as Bass field.
Last week the mayor sentenced Frank Ingraham to seven days labor on the streets with ball and chain accompaniment but Frank won't work. This morning it was found that Frank had disappeared though Marshal Stiner says the door was locked when he went there to give the prisoner his breakfast. This is the second time that a prisoner has been released from the city jail. Some time ago a bunch of keys among them a key to the jail was lost and it is thought that they fell into the hands of some one who amuses himself releasing prisoners. A new jail lock would seem advisable.
75 years ago
Political zest was added to the June primaries when county democrats filed a slate for national, state and county offices Wednesday morning.
Candidates were named for every office with the exception of county recorder. Democratic leaders said, however, that a candidate probably would be named for this office before the deadline for filing Wednesday, May 4.
Guy M. Gillette is candidate for congress; Mike J. Fisch, LeMars, is running for state senator and William H. Smith, Rock township is a candidate for state representative.
Sheriff Art Tilton, elected to office two years ago, and Dr. C. F. Quinn county coroner are the only men on the ticket who are running for reelection.
James D. F. Smith is the democratic candidate for county attorney.
E. D. Lamb, candidate for sheriff, A. A. Coburn and N. M. Nelson, candidate for state representative and Lew McDonald, candidate for state senator on the republican ticket also are understood to have filed papers. Both Nelson and McDonald are running for reelection.
All present county office holders plan to run for reelection and have papers out for some time. These are Ray Adsit, treasurer; Boyd Sinkey, recorder; F. J. Carpenter, clerk; W. O. Dailey, auditor; R. G. Rodman, county attorney and Art Tilton, sheriff.
Ticket sales for the fiftieth annual Cherokee firemen's ball has proved satisfactory. Members anticipate further calls for tickets at the door at the opening of the dance n the Armory Wednesday evening. Harmony Kings orchestra has decorated the hall in preparation for a colorful dance.
All aspects of the affair promise to follow the success of the traditional firemen's ball of the past 50 years.
Proof that the event was first started in 1882, fifty years ago, was discovered in the personal effects of John Russell, father of Fred Russell, following his death. A ticket of the first dance was among his belonging.
A volunteer organization existed before 1882 but no records remain of the department. In the flood of 1891, the home of the secretary of the department was washed way, and all organization accounts destroyed.
At present the department is composed of 15 firemen and assistant chief for three years. Equipment of the department is of the latest and best.
The department answers calls in the rural sections when possible to do so without leaving the city unprotected although the equipment was purchased and the department maintained by municipal funds only. Feeling that the farmers have no particular interest n the department, no effort if made to solicit them for sale of dance tickets.
50 years ago
Immaculate Conception School will host a Diocesan Music Festival on Wednesday, May 1.
Some 400 seventh and eighth grade students from throughout western Iowa are expected to take part in the one-day program of vocal and instrumental music.
Father Cletus Keleher of Sioux Rapids, deanery youth director, is to be in charge of the festival.
The program will open with a solemn high mass sung by a choir made up of vocalists from participating schools.
Father L. J. Lynch of Cherokee is to be celebrant of the mass schedule for 10 a.m. Father John Eagan, former assistant here, and now at Laurens, will be deacon of the mass.
Alvey of Pocahontas, Father Dean Walker of Sutherland is to give the sermon.
Following are the towns, which will be represented in the festival: Cherokee, Storm Lake, Marcus, Maryhill, Varina , Pocahontas, Fonda, Early, Odebolt, Wall Lake, Ida Grove, Holstein, Auburn, Sac City, Schaller, Sioux Rapids, Rolfe, Laurens.
Mary Ellen Kelly of Marcus is to be principal speaker at a meeting Tuesday, April 30 of the Central Deanery of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women at Fonda.
The meeting will begin at 2 p.m. in the auditorium of Our Lady of Good Council school.
All Catholic women, affiliated with the Central Deanery are invited to attend. Cherokee residents wishing transportation may call Mrs. C. F. Fitch or Mrs. J. H. Bell.
Miss Kelly will review the book "Lend Me Your Hands," by Bernard F. Meyer. M. M.
Musical numbers are to be presented by pupils of O.L.G.C. school. Fr. Leo McCoy of Marcus, moderator of the central deanery, also will appear on the program.
Invited guests include Msgr. Edward V. Vollmer, Diocese moderator, priests of the deanery and Diocesan officers. A coffee and social hour will follow the meeting.
Mrs. Fitch of Cherokee is treasurer of the Central Deanery.
The seventh annual school art exhibit is to go on display Sunday at Sanford Museum, continuing through May 22.
Mrs. Josephine Olsen, art supervisor, has assembled the show with assistance of classroom teachers.
Examples of work from the elementary, junior high and high school level are to be displayed.
Art work to be shown includes sketching, painting, sculpture in several mediums, silks screen work, linoleum block prints, mosaic and jewelry.
Punch will be served from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday with senior art students as hosts.
The public is invited to attend the event and view samples of art work done in the public schools during the past year.
25 years ago
Footings have been poured and plans are progressing for the erection of a custom-built 75-foot steel structure that will serve as a bell tower for Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee. Enhancing the tower will be three electronically operated carillon bells and a 14-foot cross at the top.
The project culminates three years of planning, according to Pastor Delmar Carlson, and the approximate $35,000 cost for the project is borne entirely from gifts and special memorials given the church.
Speakers will be located inside and outside of the church that can be used separately or together with the bells when pealing.
The bells will be used for the usual call to worship and during weddings or funerals. In addition, there is a two-octave keyboard with 25 organ chimes connected with the organ that also can be used separately inside or outside or both. Hymns can also be programmed to play.
Grundman-Hicks Construction is contractor for the project and HEG Painting is sandblasting and painting the tower. The projected date for completion is late spring or early summer, said Carlson.
The Cherokee County Fair Board has opened the Fair Queen contest to girls who are not involved in 4-H.
Previously, contestants were required to be a member of a 4-H club, but the new rules say only that each candidate must be a member of some club or organization.
Additional changes in the rules note that final judging will not be based on the number of tickets sold, and contestants need not be sponsored by anyone.
The basic rules will still apply; contestants must be at least 16 and a resident of Cherokee County and should be unmarried and have no dependents.
Each contestant will be judged on beauty, charm, poise and personality and will model three varieties of clothing. The queen will be crowned on stage at the county fair Thursday, July 8 at 7 p.m. Special merchandise prizes will be awarded the queen.
Monday prizes will be awarded to the top four girls as follows: $150 first, $75 second, $50 third and $25 (Miss Congeniality).
Application forms can be obtained from the Cherokee County Extension Office or Joyce Gross, R.R. 1, Box 82, Meriden. Entries must be returned to the Extension Office or Gross by May 15.
Four-H clubs, their leaders and queen candidates will be selling season tickets to the fair. The club will be given 10 percent of their total.