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Times Gone By

Monday, May 7, 2007

Takin' a little trip - In the winter of 1894, Isaac Edward Kosier and his wife, Cora Alice Kosier (both pictured left), drove 11 miles in their horse and buggy from their home in Cherokee to Aurelia, to show off their first- born child, Glade. The proud grandparents of Glade were Caleb and Maria Harris, who are pictured here in front of their home, along with their other children Bessie and Lloyd Harris (pictured right).
100 years ago

All Cherokee Turned Out for Promenade Tuesday Morning. The reason?

Friday was a lovely day. Old sol shone with unusual brilliancy and did the level best to dissipate the icy air which lingered from the breath of Jack Frost who was abroad the previous night. It was such a day when the inhabitants of the town ought to be out to fill their lungs with the purest of pure ozone. And most of the Cherokee tribe were out for a needed forenoon run. For this they have to thank the Grundy household and the enthusiasm of the fire alarm boys. A shed to the lot Grundy residence caught fire from some hot ashes thrown against it and the ringers of the bell, the tooters of locomotives and the man who causes the fire whistle at the electric power house to emit the weird shrieks did the rest. The fire bell clanged, the locomotives in the yards emitted every kind of possible noise that can be made by steam and the always weird shriek of the fire whistle added a little to its wanted power, and soon all of Cherokee, with a few country cousins who happened to be in town, was taking air and exercise in a grand match to the east end. They went, there saw and came back again, at least benefited by the brisk exercise and short walk from usual avocations. Our "gude" friend Jas. Scotter got a little more exercise than the rest of the inhabitants. His stead; hitched to a buggy, was standing quietly by before the C. E. White store when the din commenced and the rattling, clattering cart came up the street. The stread was startled, through never before known to have gotten in that conditions and started on a run down the street. Jamie grabbed the lines and hung vigilantly to them but the steed made Jamie's legs go faster than they have gone since when a boy the climbed the hills of Bonny Scotland and at last he let to the lines, this apparently to satisfy the steed and at once he slackened his pace and was caught by some bystander before he had gone a half a block. No damage done except to Jamie's breath. The fire was out, the necessary exercise was over, the inhabitants were soon at the hum drum duties of life.

Class of 1909 - The Cherokee County Rural School graduating class of 1909
75 years ago

Six school children have entered the Junior Garden contest sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and the Garden club, J. E. Wirth, chairman has announced. All children attending a Cherokee school below the eighth grade are eligible to complete. Last day for entrance in May 15.

Phyllis Blankenbaker and Helen Jenkins of the seventh grade, Immaculate Conception, Frances Wallace of the fifth grade, Garfield, Donald Wallace of the sixth grade, Garfield, Walter J. Rupp of the fifth grade, Immaculate Conception, and Laura Rupp of the fourth grade, Immaculate Conception are those entered.

The contest will consist of raising a garden of not less than 120 square feet and writing an essay of 100 words or more pertaining to garden activities with a map of the plat included.

General appearance, cultivation and quality of products shall count 65 percent and the essay 35 percent toward winning prizes. Five dollars will be the award to first place with seven others ranging to one dollar.

Special prizes will be presented for the best specimen shown at an exhibit in September. Entries in the exhibit are required toward winning garden prizes.

By order of the council, meeting in regular session at the city hall Tuesday evening, a sidewalk is to be laid at once on South Second street from Locust Street to Beech Street.

Decision as to laying of sidewalk on North Second street from Wilson high school to the railroad creek was postponed until next Monday when the council will meet in adjourned session.

No action was taken on the question of reduction of water rates. Routine business was completed.

Twenty-five children of preschool age were given health examinations at the clinic sponsored by the Red Cross and Cherokee schools at Garfield school Tuesday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in observance of Child Health Week.

Dr. J. H. Wise and Dr. Lester J. Spinharney conducted the examinations given to determine physical defects which may be corrected by the time the children enter school next fall. Aim of the clinic is to interest parents in sending children to school without physical handicap.

Mrs. Chas. Swift, physical training teacher, made the posture examination, Miss Dorothy Freriks, school nurse, teeth inspection, Assistants were Mrs. E. O. Bierbaum, Mrs. George Hicks, Mrs. John Gilchrist and Miss Minna Hansen.

Several chairmen of planned pre-school clinics in the neighboring towns who observed the clinic were Mrs. Ann Parker of Cleghorn, Mrs. A. C. Will of Aurelia, Mrs. Mabel Grauer of Marcus, Mrs. Gilbert of Quimby.

Parents of pre-school children not present at the clinic plan to have them examined by the family physician.

Members of several women's clubs assisted in making the survey of the city which determined the number of children of pre-school age.

Children examined were:

Mark Lee Tilton, Charles Tilton, Charlene McCord, Joyce Clark, Marjory Ann Clark, Clifford Nelson, Ruth Elaine Jones, James Junior Jones.

Donald Burkhardt, Bobbie Akin, Mary Lavonne Trainor, Clair Chase, Maxine Fay smith, Jimmie Phillips, Betty Ann Weeks, Paul Wallace, Paul Nelson, Luella Salisbury, Jessie Lois Whitcombe, Darrell Vannatta, Darlene Gleason, June Wright, Donald Wright, Avis Irene Cambe.

50 years ago

The seventh annual Barnes World Championship Rodeo is to be staged near Cherokee Mary 30-June 2 in the natural arena 4 miles north on Highway 59.

The three-day event, featuring two matinees and one evening performance, is expected to attract the nation's top professional and western specialty riders for competition in five world championship contests.

A larger representation than even before is anticipated because the rodeo here will launch the season's grand opening. Scheduled to follow it are 18 rodeos in six states--Iowa, Wisconsin, Minesota, Nebraska, North and South Dakota.

In addition to regular contests presented annually at Barnes Ranch, several innovations are in store for rodeo fans. These include a brand new array of different specialty attractions.

For the first time in this area, a wild calf scramble is planned to delight rodeo viewers.

This is a catch-as-catch can contest open to Cherokee County 4-H boys in which the prizes to three winners each day will be a top-quality, well-bred calf.

Nine prize animals in all are to be awarded during the three performances. These beeves will be fed by the winning 4-H members and later exhibited at the Cherokee County Fair in August.

Bob Barnes, rodeo producer, points out that 4-H boys will have a special interest in this year's rodeo as all advance ticket sales are to be handled by them. Individual clubs will receive 10 percent of total sales.

The boys will be competing for attractive cash prizes by selling advance tickets at a substantial discount.

Barnes has just completed purchases of a new string of bucking horses in western Nebraska. He will leave this week for Mexico in search of longhorn and Brahms bulls.

The three performances will start the afternoon of Memorial Day (Thurdsay), May 30 and continue Saturday evening, June 1 and Sunday afternoon, June 2.

Dittman Mitchell, public relations man and master of ceremonies is in charge of arrangements.

The event is expected to attract a crowd that will exceed the 20,000 in attendance last year.

The annual Rally Day for Cherokee County 4-H girls has been set for Saturday, June 1 at the 4-H building just south of the city.

Campaigning for nominees to county 4-H offices until open the day's program at 9:30 a.m. with the election to follow.

Installation of officers is to take place during the afternoon with Mrs. Will Berger presiding. She will be assisted by Mrs. Burt Mummert, Karen Koth and Diane Vine.

Presentation of awards and a style show by both senior and junior 4-H girls also are planned for the afternoon program.

Candidates for county 4-H offices are the following girls: Myran Buddenhagen, Afton League of Four Leaf Clover; Sandra Johnson, Amherst Busy Bees; Naomi Bastlian, Cherokee Cloverettes, Carolyn Wan Amberg, Chipper Cherokees; Judy King, Grand Meadow Larks.

Also: Jean Ann Ciperly, Willow Wonders; Dorothy Lottman, Sring Cedar Peppy Pals; Lois Mohn, Spring Riverside; Janice Rupp, Sheridan Stars; Donna Peterson, County Ramblers, Wanda Fhurman, Liberty Bell.

The winner of the senior grooming revue will enter competition at the State 4-H convention June 19-22 at Ames

Chariman of Rally Day committees include: Mrs. Harold Clark, Registration; Mrs. Ralph Stoneking, hospitality and ushering; Mrs. Lester Mugge, election; Mrs. Elmer Fischer, leader program; Mrs. Earl Demaree, honors to older 4-H girls; Mrs. Carmen Deward awards.

Sandra Johnson will be leader for the musical part of the program with Jean Rutter as pianist. Miss Johnson and Elaine Rupp with be soloists.

Quimby Quroum 4-H Club if to have charge of floral arrangements. All 4-H presidents will serve on the clean-up committee.

25 years ago

The long awaited repair of two railroad crossings in central Cherokee has been confirmed for the end of May, an Illinois Central Gulf Railroad official said Monday night.

Bill Archer, the ICG division engineer in Waterloo, said work on the crossings at West Willow and West Cedar streets will be done then "barring unforeseen circumstances."

"They're needed," Archer said, there's no question about that."

Cherokee city officials have been waiting for word on when the repairs would take place, as the paperwork was completed last year.

"We're ready, willing and able for the work to begin," City Administrator Gil Bremicker said Monday, as city staff had expected the work to be done last fall. He said he doesn't know why it wasn't done then.

But Archer said the railroad hadn't made all the necessary preparations until too late in the construction year.

Previously, the most recent word on the project was that it would be completed sometime during May. Public Works Director Barney Hester said.

He explained that he wrote the railroad two weeks ago asking for a more specific timetable and hasn't received a response since.

Beicker said the new crossing will be structure of a CobraX" substance and will be funded equally from three sources--the railroad, the city and the state.

Archer estimated the repairs would progress at a rate of one week per set or tracks per crossing. Using that calculation, the Cedar Street project would take about two weeks and the Willow Street project about five.

Also in the repair picture is the badly deteriorated West Elm Street crossing.

Archer said the final construction agreement on that segment is expected to be completed soon, but he doesn't know if the repairs can be completed by this summer.

Hester said he is awaiting the railroad crossing repairs to proceed with construction of added parking at an area bordering the ICG tracks. The planned parking area will stretch from Main Street to Cedar Street.

The parking lost contruction will be paid for entirely with city funds, as the Cherokee City Council has purchased the parcel from the railroad.

As a patrolman with the Cherokee Police Department, Ron Harrison is looking for help.

Recently Harrison approached the Cherokee City Council with a plan that would give him and the other members of the Police Department some extra help in their efforts to cut into the rising local crime rate.

Harrison's plan focuses on a program called Neighborhood Watch. And during a recent interview, the patrolmen explained just how the program works.

"Basically, it's a functional program that the people in the neighborhoods can use to protect themselves," Harrison explained. "It's simply that the people in the neighborhood become our eyes and our ears and aren't afraid to call on the phone and report something that 's out of line.

"As an example," Harrison said, "you should be able to walk out the front door of your house and look up and down the street and notice something that 's out of place. On the other hand, I could drive by in a squad car and I wouldn't know."

"You might have an elderly lady who lives down the street and doesn't own a 10-speed bike, yet she's got two of them in her front yard.

"You might see a van backed up to a neighbor's house and you're going to have an idea that that van is out of line. We might go out there and find guys putting carpet in the house. Or we could also go out there and find guys loading a TV up to leave."

If initiated, the program would be developed on a block-by-block basis. Metal signs would be erected at the entrances to each block, stating that the area is protected by the Neighborhood Watch program.

In order for a block to join the program, 80 percent of the blocks' residents must agree to participate. But Harrison doesn't see that requirement as a stumbling block. "I think all it 's going to take is for us to get to them and explain that all they have to do is open their eyes and also listen for us a little bit, and pick up the phone and call us if they hear something out of line or they see something out of line."

"And I think once we get the thing going and we get to the people, we're not going to have a problem."

What Harrison does see as a problem is the 2,300 residences located on the 45 miles of streets the Police Department must protect.

"There are only 10 of us, and there are about 7,000 people," Harrison said. "And it 's a little hard with two officers working to be in a dozen different places at once. We patrol the streets. We try to help the people protect themselves a little bit. But we can't do it all. We've got to have some help."

Although the City Council has discussed the program at two separate meetings, official action has been tabled. During one of the meetings, councilman Jim Clabaugh said, in his opinion, a need for the program has not been proven.

In an effort to prove to the council that a definite need exists, Harrison is in the process of making a comparison study of offense reports from the past two years.

Although the study hasn't been completed, the figures compiled to date indicate that only about half the complaints received from residential neighborhoods are solved by an arrest.

Harrison has requested $5000 from the council to originate the Neighborhood Watch program. Of that amount, he said about $1200 would be used for printed materials and the remainder used to purchase the signs. Harrison estimates that if he gets approval from the council, the program could be in operation within about 30 days.

While Harrison is convinced the program will attract participants, he also is aware of the hesitancy of many residents to call the Police Department.

"I think the people are afraid. And somehow we're going to have to overcome this to get these people involved," he said. "We don't want everybody in town running around with a shotgun in the car. This is not what we're trying to get the people to do. We're trying to get them to get involved enough to pick up the phone and call."

"They don't have to even tell us who they are. But they've got to get over this fear of picking up the phone and calling us. The old adage 'I don't want to get involved' has got to stop. The people in this area have lived in their peaceful, tranquil little town for a good many years and haven't had a problem."

"But people are going to have to start waking up to the fact that crime is going up. And this is a good chance for them to help us do something about it."

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