At a little before 5 o'clock yesterday the fire bell and fire whistle sounded alarms but the fire demon was not to be contended with, but its chief enemy, water. The alarm was sounded to gather workers to rescue from the Little Sioux the body of a young man who while bathing was drawn beneath its swirling waters to rise no more.
Dan Connolly, a stone mason from Dubuque who was employed on the new Catholic church, a young man of about 26 years of age, his brother and another workman on the church were spending the afternoon beneath the trees and on the green grass which lines the banks of the Little Sioux.
Shortly before the alarm was given Connolly went in bathing just below the railroad bridge where the current is very strong and at the place where he sank the water is very deep. He was a strong swimmer and swam to the opposite shore and started on the return. When within ten feet of the shore he threw up his hands and sank, the waters closing over him.
Whether Connolly became exhausted battling with the swift current or was seized with cramps will never be known. His companions gave the alarm which was followed by the fire alarm, and soon hundreds lined the banks near where the unfortunate man went down.
A number of good swimmers plunged into the water diving for the body. Frank Johnson, succeeded in finding it in the very deep water and where an undercurrent made it very difficult to stay down, he partially raised the body but becoming exhausted he was compelled to drop it. The current carried the body several rods down but still in a swift current where L. Speelmon touched it but the swift current swept him away before he could raise it.
Glidden this morning with a raft and hooks succeeded in raising the body, finding it a few rods below where Johnson first touched it and about twenty feet from the bank. The remains will be taken to Dubuque for interment.
75 years ago
Chamber of Commerce "welcome" cards were placed in all business houses Wednesday in preparation for the Luther league convention which opens Thursday evening. The sessions are to be held in the Bethlehem Lutheran church and at Wescott Park during the four-day convention.
Several hundred league members from 18 northwest Iowa cities are expected to attend the meetings. Rev. N. Lundgren, Omaha, Dr. E. C. Bloomquist, Rockford, Rev. C. W. Samuelson, Akron, Rev. Raymond Swanson of Swea City, and Rev. P. Nestande of Alta are to be speakers.
Rev. G. A. Johnson and committees of the local leagues have perfected plans for the sessions and for entertainment of the delegates.
The first meeting opens at 8 p.m. Thursday with Rev. Lundgren presenting the theme sermon, "Hold Fast."
Although the United States civil service commission has warned the public against schools that sell "coaching" courses in preparation for federal civil service examinations, inquiries are received weekly at the local post office, officials state.
This week, a man from Washta asked advice concerning paying money for such a course.
One individual who secured money under false pretenses in such a manner is under indictment in Iowa at present and other similar cases are expected to follow.
Vacancies, which are few, are filled by the transfer of individuals already in service or by the reinstatement of those who have been in the service so that few appointments are being made.
50 years ago
The annual State 4-H Boys Short Course will be held on Iowa State College Campus June 25-27.
Delegates representing their cubs from Cherokee County include: Myron Pingel, Aurelia; Kent Erickson, Remsen; Ronnie Griffith, Cherokee; Bob Miller, Marcus; Dale Magnussen, Larrabee; Leo Unkrur, Cleghorn; Clarence Pearson Jr., Marcus.
John Coburn, Jr. is Cherokee County's nominee for state office. Also attending the course will be Charles Sands, Cherokee County 4-H president.
Forrest Kohrt and Bruce Campbell, new county youth assistant will accompany the boys to Ames.
This year's short course program is built around the theme, "My place in a changing Iowa."
To give the boys an insight into vocational opportunities, Iowa State College staff members will meet with the delegates in small groups.
The program also includes election of state officers and field trips to college experimental farms where new developments to agriculture are being carried on.
Field trip sites will be: Beef nutrition farms, Iowa Swine Producers testing station, agricultural engineering research farm, agronomy research farm, and soil testing lab.
A large crowd threatened to block traffic on Main Street Friday as a spectacular birthday cake was unveiled.
The enthusiastic crowd surged around the stand at which Cherokee businessmen dispensed free birthday cake, coffee and soft drinks.
Bob Crosser, Cherokee Bottling Company, furnished the soft drinks.
Mayor George Rapson cut the first piece of the gaily decorated cake which was escorted to the stand by eight men.
The cake, decorated with white frosting and 101 candles was the creation of Joe Scaletta of Baumann's Home Bakery.
Cherokee residents had never seen such a large cake. Their expressions were registered by surprised exclamations as the cake was carried onto the scene.
The success of the cake was evident from the fact that many came back for seconds of the cake which marked Cherokee's 101st birthday.
Quimby's Midgets enjoyed two big seven-run innings here Thursday evening and strolled off with a decisive 22-8 victory over Aurelia.
The winners belted out 16 hits, including a two-run homer from Larry Kelly, Mike Clark and Denny Nelson worked on the round for Quimby. Young Nelson, brought up from the PeeWees, struck out 6 after relieving tin the sixth.
Third baseman Larry Pendleton had four for five-all singles. Stan Woltman whacked a bases-loaded triple and Nelson himself accounted for a two-run three bagger. Denny McCleerey of Aurelia slapped a triple and a single.
Johansen, Steffens (5) and Whitney (7) pitched for Aurelia. Aurelia's best inning was the fifth when the Little Bullldogs scored six times.
Quimby meets Pierson at Pierson Sunday afternoon starting at 1:30 p.m. in a Peewee-Midget twin bill.
25 years ago
Three male juveniles from Cherokee have been charged in connection with the June 16 fire that damaged J&H Market & Locker on East Main Street.
The juveniles, ages 10, 12 and 15, were charged Monday afternoon by Cherokee police with reckless use of fire. The fire apparently started in a vacant third-floor apartment in the building that the youngsters were using as a club house. Police said the youths gained access to the building by climbing a drain pipe at the rear.
Jerry Corbett of Spencer, an investigator for the State Fire Marshal's Office, said Monday that he determined that the fire was accidental and that fireworks played a part in the incident. Corbett, who has been in Cherokee for two days, said the investigation has been completed.
The boys were released to the custody of their parents and the case has been turned over to Juvenile Court authorities.
The fire resulted in smoke, and water damage to the locker plant, which is located on the first floor of the building.
Fusfield's womens' apparel store, 200 W. Main St., will be starting a going-out-of business sale this week, manager Kathy Jones said Monday night.
She said the closing date has not yet been determined, as that will depend on how the closing sale goes.
Fusfield's, a chain of four stores, is based in Sioux Falls and is owned by Dick Peterson of Sioux Falls.
Mayor Robert Fassler's request that a 67-cent-per-thousand tax levy for capital improvements be established will be presented to the Cherokee City Council when it meets in regular session at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Community Center.
To be approved, such a property tax levy would have to be approved by the voters. The tax would bring in an estimated $53,649 for use on designated projects.
Effective Saturday, a reorganization of delivery schedules will mean the in-town and rural postal carriers will make their rounds 30 minutes later than at present, the Cherokee Post Office has announced.
The changes will not affect any other operations of the post office, including pickup of mail at drop boxes, the announcement said.
Cherokee's rookie pitching staff couldn't cope with a hard-hitting Emmetsburg club here Monday as the E-Hawks rolled to a convincing 12-7 victory.
Cherokee sophomore John Pearse started on the mound and went four innings, giving up nine runs on 10 hits including a three-run homer by E-Hawk Bob Kliegl in Emmetsburg's six-run third inning.
Then Cherokee Coach Larry Weede brought in eighth-grader Kyle Peterson, who gave up three runs on five hits in three and two-thirds innings.
"We didn't walk the runs in… Emmetsburg just hit us hard," said Weede. Pearse struckout three and walked four, while Peterson fanned one and walked four.
Emmetsburg turned a slim 2-1 lead into an 8-1 margin on three big hits in the third inning that produced six runs. In addition to Kliegl's three-run homes, the E-Hawk came up with two more singles to take advantage of a walk and a Cherokee error.
"You take away that six run inning and we win 7-6," said Weede. "I can't fault our pitching…Emmetsburg just hit us, that's all."
The E-Hawks rattled the Braves for 15 hits as Kliegl cracked two singles and a double in addition to the round tripper.
Chris Jackson, Emmetsburg's starting hurler, added a triple and two singles to boost the victors.
Jackson was relived in the fourth by his brother, Brian. Between the two, they combined to walk seven and strikeout 12.
"You've got to give our kids credit though," said Weede. "We didn't quit. We came right back and scored four runs in the third to make it 8-5," he added.
Andy Schmillen had two of Cherokee's six hits, both singles.
"What it boils down to is that you can't give up five and six run innings and win very often," said Weede.
The Cherokee coach noted that with a tough four-game card this week, Braves' fans might see some new faces on the mound. Weede mentioned catcher Dana Sump, third baseman Todd Messerole and another eighth grade, Mike Leatherman, as possible candidates for pitching duties.
The Braves, 1-7 overall and 1-5 in the Lakes Conference, travel to LeMars Community tonight, host Storm Lake on Wednesday and are on the road to Spencer on Friday. According to Weede, sophomore Alan Anderson will start tonight for the varsity while B.J. Ludwig will get the nod on Wednesday. From there, Weede's not saying who'll get the nod.
Emmetsburg bettered its mark to 4-7 overall and 3-2 in the loop.
Cherokee's junior varsity captured a 6-1 win over Emmetsburg in the preliminary game behind a strong pitching performance by Leatherman (10 strikeouts and two walks).