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Times Gone By

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Flags on the fourth - Flags were flown through out the down town area during the 4th of July celebration. In not quite clear what year this photograph was taken but you can see the old courthouse in the background.
100 years ago

The ball game which was to have been played a week ago but was postponed on account of rain was played with Aurelia on the Cherokee diamond Tuesday afternoon. It had been looked forward to as being one of the best games of the season and in that was not disappointing. Both teams were in excellent condition and both played a splendid game. An enthusiastic but quiet crowd witnessed the battle which was a good natured and friendly throughout. Aurelia made her first score in the first half and the Indians tied the score in the last of the third. Excitement remained tense until the first half of the seventh and Aurelia made score two. Cherokee tied it again in the eighth and at the end of the ninth was still a tie. Aurelia could make nothing in the tenth but an excellent hit made by Whisman. Fisher came home making the third for Cherokee. Aurelia made twelve hits and Cherokee made only seven. Dingman for Aurelia, pitched a might good game and as usual Burnett made a good for the Indians. Ellis caught for Aurelia and Holmes for Cherokee. The Aurelia bunch is a good one and hard to beat and we feel justly proud of having been victors over them. They are a clean bunch of fellows and the game was free from intentional roughness.

Harry Merriam umpired the game and he is a good one. Perfectly fair and always vigilant allowing nothing to escape his notice and always umpires to the perfect satisfaction of players and audience. A good sized crowd witnessed the game but not as many as should have. It is a pretty place to go and everyone would feel better if they would take an occasional afternoon off and go over to a game.

The ball game with Correctionville Friday was a dismal one, very one sided. The score was 14 to 2 in favor of Cherokee. However the Correctionville team was not at its best and the next game they play here will probably be a much better one.

The game Saturday with Rock Stars was a better one and one that was much enjoyed by the crowd. It was anticipated to be a good one and it was the final score being 5-2 in favor of the Indians.

75 years ago

Since last month, when Frank Godfrey found a well preserved buffalo or bison head on his farm in the outskirts of Washta, several other heads have been reported found in this vicinity. Residents now are confident that bison in abundance once roamed the hills and plains in this part of Iowa.

Clarence Kissinger found a large bison head on the farm of W. B. Chapman, southwest of Washta. It was found in a deep, newly washed gully after a flood had done considerable damage on the farm.

Claude Hamilton found a head on his father's farm two miles north of here; small boys found another head on the farm of Lawrence Boothby, several miles northwest of this place; and one was found a short distance north of here on the farm owned by Will Jenkins and farmed by George Wych.


Dimensions of the two trees that were awarded first place in the recent tree contest have been announced by Mrs. C. L. Holden, chairman of the committee.

The 30-year old Colorado spruce, belonging to Mrs. Anna Radcliffe of Marcus, measured 40 feet in height and the circumference of the foliage 62 feet. It casts a 19 foot shadow. It is located near the new park and playgrounds of Marcus.

Mrs. G. S. Delaplane's cork elm, a 40-year old tree, is 60 feet high, has a maximum branch spread of 28 feet and measures 47 _ inches in circumference around the trunk four feet from the ground.

A Boy Scout Maple tree was found to be the largest tree in the county. It is one of the trees selected each year by the organization to receive attention in pruning and other care so as to prolong its life and beautify its condition.

50 years ago

Signaling the start of Cherokee's "old-fashioned," all-out Fourth of July celebration will be the roar of modern jet planes.

Jets from Sioux City Air Base are to zoom over the city in flying formation between 10 and 10:05 a.m. next Thursday.

At the same time, the parade will take off eastward down Main Street from the top of the courthouse hill.

One of the big features of the parade is to be the children's unit. Youngsters are urged to decorate their pets and vehicles and join the procession.

Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl and Brownie Scouts are also being asked to march in the parade, according to Melborn Schmidt, chairman of the Independence Day program.

Adult units are to include bands, Northwest Iowa Trailriders, members of the Company L National Guard and representatives of various veterans' organizations.

On the schedule of events is a baseball game at 2 p.m. on the Wescott Park diamond.

Evening entertainment will be band concert from 7:30 to 8:30 o'clock, climaxed by a bright and bang-up display of fireworks starting at 9:15 p.m.

The Plowing Match grounds just south of Cherokee were chosen as the site for this program to afford plenty of parking space and to avoid the dangers involved in parking on the highway.

Residents are urged by the Civic Bureau and Chairman Schmidt to share in a unified observance of this special day by displaying flags at their home and by using park facilities for picnics.

Schmidt said planes are to be available at the Municipal Airport at the usual charge, for those who would like to take a ride on the holiday.

Heavy hail early Thursday evening totally damaged oats and severely damaged corn on at least two farms north of Galva.

Alvern Husted, who lives three miles north of here, reported an inch of rain and heavy hail two inches deep on the ground at 8:10 p.m.

Husted also said hail piled up 2 feet deep in ditches and there was some still on the ground Friday morning.

Martin Kalin, who farms three and a half miles north of Galva, reported an inch of rain was received in 20 minutes, along with hail which covered the ground to a depth of two inches.

Kalin said his crops were severely and possibly totally damaged.

Others in the Galva area reported damage form hail, included Harold Husted, Joe Franks, Forrest Crawford, Wilbur Miller and Pete Jetter.

25 years ago

The next time you see Cherokee Brave baseball Coach Larry Weede, wish him luck. He needs it-badly.

In a season marked by misfortune, perhaps the unkindest cut of all struck Monday night in a painful 3-2 loss to Spirit Lake.

Consider this:

In the fourth inning, Todd Messerole cracks a triple to right-center, and when the relay throw gets away, it looks as if Meserole will score to tie the score at 1-1.

But as Messerole rounds third, he falls, turns his ankle, and winds up about 10 feet off the bag.

"He couldn't even crawl back so they tagged him out," explained Weede.

And later, it was found that Messerole's injury was diagnosed as torn ligaments, eliminating him from an already-depleted Brave pitching staff. It also sidelines a potent bat, as Messerole was the leading hitter and RBI man for the local squad.

It was the third Cherokee pitcher to be hurt this season, as Phil Reinhardt and B.J. Ludwig were hurt previously.

And to top it off, the Spirit Lake squad tallied twice in the bottom of the seventh to erase a 2-1 Brave edge.

In the sixth, the braves took the lead with two of their own on a solo home run by shortshop Larry Parrott, a 330-foot shot over the left field fence. The go-ahead score then took place on a John Pearse single, a sacrifice that sent Pearse all the way to third, and an error.

Though Pearse gave up eight hits, he allowed only four until the seventh. In that game, four singles surrounding a groundout spelled victory for the home team.

Aided by 13 strikeouts, Jim Krull was the winning pitcher for Spirit Lake: Pearse took the loss.

The defeat sets the Cherokee record this season at 1-11 and 1-8 in the Lakes Conference.

The junior Braves also lost, 9-0 although pitcher Kyle Peterson gave up only three hits. Nine errors by the Cherokee JV made the difference.

The braves now take on Sibley on Wednesday night at home. Dana Sump will be the starting varsity pitcher, with Jim Martin throwing for the JV.


Entries are still being accepted for the parade that will be part of a full day of activities July 5 in Marcus.

In observance of the Fourth of July holiday, the parade will be held at 2 p.m. downtown. Among the entries will be the Shrine Clowns, Rat Patrol dune buggies and many units from neighboring towns. Persons with parade entries should contact Steve Smith or Donna Dorr.

Other activities during the day include one- and three-mile fund runs in the morning; kids' contests n the park beginning at 4 p.m. for preschoolers through high school; a $1 porkburger supper from 5-7 p.m. in the shelterhouse in the park; a spouse calling contest at 7:15; an evening softball game; and two performances by the Meriden-Cleghorn High School Drill Team.

The day's events will be capped by a fireworks display.

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