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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Bird's eye view - Early street scenes of the city of Aurelia. Platted in 1873, Aurelia was incorporated in 1880 and named for one of the daughters of John I. Blair, whose company built the railroad through the area in 1869-1870.
100 years ago

The Fourth notwithstanding the great crowd in the city passed off very pleasantly, there being little for the police to do in the way of quelling disorder. A scrimmage occurred at the ball ground entrance gate between an employee at the state hospital and special police Chas. Hoten. This man from the hospital who evidently ought to be a patient instead of an attendant tried to pass through the gate without paying. The gate keeper told him he could not do this but the man persisted and finally brushed past the gate keeper, who called upon Special Policeman Chas. Hoten to eject him which he did. The fellow hung around for a time when he again brushed past the gate keeper and was again ejected by Hoten. A little later he entered the grounds for a third time threatening to do up anyone who interfered with him. Hoten again laid his hand on the man when the latter clinched him and Hoten fell to the ground beneath him but succeeded in getting on top and evidently concluded that the best medicine for a bully was a kind usually kept in stock by a bully and he landed on him until it would take several beefstakes to restore anything like a normal complexion to him. He was then carried out of the gate and placed in the shade where good Samaritans fanned him until he was enabled to walk away with all desire to see the ball game completely obliterated. The attendants at the hospital are in the main gentlemanly fellows but an occasional black sheep will get into their ranks to humiliate them.

County Attorney Gillett received notice the Fourth that one Robt. Kirk, wanted to file information against Supervisor Elect Tom Mehan for assault with intent to commit great bodily injury. It appears that on the third of July there arose a dispute between Kirk, who is a laboring man and Mr. Mehan and Kirk alleges that Mehan chased him down the road with a hammer threatening to brain him and finally threw the hammer at him. The County attorney phoned the Marcus justice to investigate and if he found that evidence warranted to issue a warrant. We understand the case has been dropped.

Early Cleghorn - East side of Main St. in Cleghorn that shows the business buildings about 1914.
75 years ago

According to an attending physician the excellent health of Ronald Dorr, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Dorr, prevented him from having lock jaw or blood poisoning.

About six weeks ago Ronald cut his foot while walking in some mud in front of the Dorr home. A physician was consulted but the sore became more painful with infection finally setting in.

An x-ray picture was taken and on Thursday Dr. Sibley of Sioux City operated on the foot at the Methodist hospital, removing a rusty wire 1 _ inches long, which had lodged near the bone.

Fourteen members of the local Epworth league will leave Sunday for Lake Okoboji where they will attend the league institute to be held on the Methodist camp grounds there from July 11 to July 17. Mrs. Hulda Warbuton will chaperon the group.

The following will attend: Velma Warbuton, Mary Moses, Lorraine and Gladys Bird, Gladys Hantsbarger, Betty Dietrich, Elta Dawson, Kathryn Allen, Dorothy Turnland, Philip Allen, Dwight Barr, Stanley Allen, DeVon Hahn, and Ralph Barr.

Second and Main - In the old days, parking your horse was much like paking your car today
The institute program will include special religious and social studies and supervised recreation. Awards will be presented to winners of a bible story contest; the league having the largest and second largest attendance; the league scoring highest on a combination of attendance, distance, class credits, and pastor attendance; the league with the largest percentage of its membership present; winner of the boys' tennis tournament, girls' tennis tournament; kitten ball tournament, and winner of water sports contest.

Rev. M. P. Arrasmith, pastor of the Methodist church, Mrs. Arrasmith and their daughter, Audrey, Betty Dietrich, Elta Dawson, and Kathryn Allen left Wednesday morning for the camp, where they will make the Cherokee cottage ready for the other delegates.

50 years ago

Cherokee County-after a rash of traffic fatalities during March and April when four county residents were killed-has had an unspotted traffic record up to this date.

Sgt. M. D. Calhoun of the Iowa Highway Patrol attributes the low death rate of the post 72 days to an overall effort on the part of motorists to drive safely and obey traffic laws.

Calhoun believes that publicity and the fact that many families have been touched by accidents helps account for less trouble, especially on the holidays.

According to the patrol chief, "People are more aware of the danger."

During the holiday weekend the entire Iowa Patrol force plus Iowa National Guard will be on hand to guard the highways.

Two airplanes worked in conjunction with Clay and Emmet County law officials in enforcing highway regulations on busy Fourth of July highways.

Patrol officials urge motorists to continue driving safely for the remainder of the holiday weekend especially.

Cherokee Chief of Police Laurence Schmoldt comments that the driving has been good in the city so far this weekend.

The Cherokee police in full force will be on duty, some in civilian cars, to prevent what might become tragedy.

Purchase of land for a gravel pit was authorized Wednesday at a regular meeting of the Cherokee county Board of Supervisors.

The supervisors approved purchase of 8.2 acres in Spring Township at a price of $6,034.50 from Norma Meyer of Storm Lake.

Motion to vacate a county road in Spring Township also was passed by the board.

The resignations of Harrison C. Fisher as justice of the peace, effective July 1, 1957, was submitted to the board and accepted during the session.

In addition to allowing routine bills against the county and approving two cigarette permits, supervisors approved quarterly reports of the auditor, clerk and sheriff.

Also approved were reports of Mayor George Rapson as acting justice of the peace and of Justice of the Peace Rollin K. Stonebrook.

25 years ago

A vital educational area each year of the Cherokee County Fair is the 4-H home economics and livestock judging competition.

The popular division primarily includes registered 4-H members judging other members' exhibits in home ec and livestock. Those members, in turn, are judged on their capabilities by local 4-H directors (in home ec) and guest judges (livestock).

The judging contest in home economics, held in conjunction with, but prior to, the local fair, was conducted June 23 at the Cherokee Community Center. Four winners were selected from that competition and they are scheduled for district contests at the Clay County Fair this September. Those four winners will be announced at the Cherokee County Fair Wednesday.

Fifty-four 4-H members competed in the home ec judging, comprising Intermediate and Seniors (26 members) and Juniors (28). The four designated winners must be selected from the Intermediate and Senior division, according to state fair rules. If victorious at the districts, the judges then qualify for the state fair contest.

Under the auspices of Bertha Shaw, extension home economist, the June 23 competition included eight separate classes for the intermediate (juniors ready to enter their senior year this fall) and senior age groups, and four classes for juniors.

The 4-H judges then selected what they felt were the top four entries in each division and were then judged accordingly by Shaw and Marie Bork, Cherokee County 4-H and Youth leader, who also had compiled their top four ranking exhibits.

Other than basic knowledge in the various classes, the 4-H members do not have much in the field of preparation for the judging competition. "Basically, they just study the exhibits and then pick what they feel are the best four and rank them one through four. How they score depends upon how their rankings compared with ours," said Bork.

The livestock judging contest is held during the fair and, likewise, is o pen to any 4-H or FFA member enrolled in Cherokee County.

The rabbit judging is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, the livestock judging at 9 a.m. Saturday, and the horse judging for 3 p.m. Saturday.

Four places are awarded in each judging class, including gold (first place), silver (second) and bronze (third and fourth) medals. In addition, a special traveling trophy is awarded in the livestock division, with any two wins giving the recipient permanent possession of the hardware. Central Trust and Savings Bank of Cherokee will be donating all medals and trophies this year.

As in the home economics division, basic background knowledge on what constitutes a healthy, well-developed animal is the prime ingredient for preparation in the judging contests.

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