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Times Gone By

Monday, June 4, 2007

White Mill - This is a photo of the White Mill, one of the old mills that served the early community of Cherokee.
100 years ago

Monday nine mischievous youngsters were on the carpet before Justice Gillett to answer to very serious misdemeanors. Saturday they broke into the W. W. Roberts house, temporarily vacant but furnished, and ransacked the house thoroughly, appropriating small articles. They next observed the busy, buzzing bees coming and going to and fro from their hives. This set them longing for honey and they tried to get it but the bees resisted and one of the boys heard that the proper way to get honey was to smoke them out. This they proceeded to do and did it so thoroughly that when they were through there was neither bees, hives nor honey left, all being burned. Sheriff Lawrey rounded up the boys and there were heart to heart talks between the boys, their parents and the justice. The result was that the parents contributed $35 to partially reimburse him for damage done. They contributed the further sum of $13 costs and the matter was dropped. As the boys were all young and it is to be hoped mischievous rather than criminal their names are withheld.

Monday, Sheriff John Lawrey went to Sioux City to supposedly to attend the state meeting of the Patriarchs Millitant, of which he was a member and while he did attend this meeting he is unable to tell of anything that took place because his thoughts were occupied with the real reason of his visit to Sioux City. His flustrated manner of the day before was explained when Tuesday he accompanied by Mrs. Rose Postum and Mr. and Mrs. Lacy Speelman of this city went over to Leede where the two former were united in marriage at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Peck formerly of this city. The ceremony was performed by Rev. J. W. Lotbian of the M.E. church. It was a very quiet wedding there being no guests.

Classic Spring Lake - A classic look at the Spring Lake bathhouse and diving platform with a few charter boat for rent.
The groom is a widower with a family of six children and the bride a widow with six children.

This union will be a surprise to many but every one is ready to offer best wishes for a bright and happy future for both families. The Sioux City Journal of yesterday morning says in part: The union of Mr. Lawrey and Mrs. Rose Postem will give Cherokee a truly Rooseveltian family. The groom is a widower with six children, and the bride is a widow with six children. The mother of the groom's family died about three years ago, and the father of the bride's children was killed about three years ago in the Cloverdale wreck near Chicago, while accompanying a car of cattle to the Chicago market. Mrs. Postum received $5,000 damages for the death of her husband.

Sheriff Lawrey is well known to Sioux City officials, having come here frequently on business connected with his office.

75 years ago

As the choir sang "Lord I Am Not Worthy," a class of ten boys and four girls received their first Holy Communion in the church of Visitation at Maryhill Sunday.

A class of sixty one, including the first communicants also renewed their Baptismal vows, and received Holy Communion.

Fr. Underbergh urged the children to retain the "Crown of Eternal Life," also warning them against bad companions and asked the parents to guide their children carefully.

Enrollment in the Scapular of the Blessed Virgin Mary took place at Devotions Sunday evening.

Buffalo or bison once roamed the hills and plains of northwest Iowa despite the contention of some persons that they lived only west of the Missouri river, where grew the wild buffalo grass.

That buffaloes once grazed and fought and wallowed where Washta now stands was proven when Frank Godfrey found the skull and horns of huge buffalo in Stratton creek on his farm one half mile east of Washta. The skull had been uncovered during a recent heavy rain which sent the little stream on a rampage, washing out many miles of fence on farms through which it passes.

The head measures 27 inches from top to tip of the horns. It was found near the spot where an elephant's tusk was discovered about 25 or 30 years ago. The tusk was in a good state of preservation and was sent to Iowa State college at Ames, Ia., but exposure to the air finally brought about its disintegration.

A buffalo horn, not quite as large as the ones on the skull, was found by Mr. Godfrey's nephew, Bert Godfrey, at Four-Mile creek, north of Washta.

Mr. Godfrey is a native of England and has lived on the farm partly within the town limits of Washta bout 17 years. Only one other family ever lived on this farm which formerly was called Rosedale Nursery and Fruit farm.

50 years ago

J. H. Ware of 432 Euclid was born and raised on the farm in Afton where a large barn burned to the ground Monday morning, ignited by a severe bolt of lightning.

When his father, D. E. Ware, had the structure built 54 years ago, it was a show place and the site of many community dances.

Its exceptional stone foundation and unusually heavy timbers made it an outstanding building that served as a landmark in the area.

Painted white and well-kept up through the years, it had remained in excellent condition.

The J. H. Ware family lived on the home place until moving into Cherokee 22 years ago. The farm is now owned by Franz Rubbert.

Ware said the barn had lightening rods on it and he could not understand how a bolt could destroy it.

Plans for the traditional Memorial Day parade and cemetery rites were announced today by Cherokee veterans' organizations.

The procession is to start from the Lincoln School corner at 10 a.m., and progress up Main Street to its conclusion at the top of the courthouse hill.

Transportation will be furnished from there to Oak Hill Cemetery for the customary program.

Any individuals or groups are invited to take part in the parade.

Heading the line of march will be colors and color guards of the V.F.W. and American Legion, followed by the Legion firing squad.

Following is the order or remaining parade units: Washington High school marching band, Girl Scouts, flower girls. Boy Scouts, women's patriotic organizations; disabled war veterans, Spanish-American War veterans, V.F.W. members, American Legion members.

The Rev. Walter E. Lack, pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, is to offer the opening prayer at the cemetery service.

General orders will be given by James McDonald, Cherokee County Attorney. The Gettysburg Address is to be delivered by a student of Washington High school.

25 years ago

The Cherokee Parks and Recreation Commission Monday night accepted a $22,820 bid by Champion Electric of Cherokee for a lighting project at Wescott Park's Association softball field.

The project calls for installation of lights to enable extended night softball play. It will be paid for out of $24,000 in federal revenue-sharing funds and money from the Charles Potential bequest to the city.

Jim Bleakly of Champion Electric told the commission he hopes to complete the work before Aug. 1 if the materials are delivered early.

Bleakly said his work schedule is busier toward the end of the summer, so he would prefer to finish the project as early as possible.

"Often, however, the supplies are delivered later than expected, He said.

A bid option for electrical outlets for campers was also discussed by the commission. The option was intended to provide electrical outlets for planned camping space north of the field.

The option was left out which it pushed the bid totals over the amount of money available.

Commission Chairman Ray Rupp also noted that any project costing more than $25,000 must have a public hearing before approval, which would further completion.

Parks and recreation staffer Cindy Hiller said after the meeting that she had expected the project to be finished by July 1.

As a result, she said a month's worth of softball league schedules will have to be reworked.

McLaughlin Electric of Cherokee submitted the only other bid at $23,569.

In the only other action of the special meeting, the commission approved spending $250 for liability insurance and equipment for a planned park project in south Cherokee.

Prokop told the commission the existing cement slab east of the Barrel Drive-In are a planned for use as basketball and tennis courts.

He said the parcel's owner has agreed to the area's use as a park if the commission would pay for liability insurance in case of accident.

Prokop said about $150 would cover the equipment to convert the slabs into a playground area.

One last look - With the new Aquatic Center almost complete it's a great chance to look back at the City Swimming Pool.
The commission has not yet decided who will perform the labor on the project.

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