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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

100 years ago

Many priests attended laying of the corner stone of the new Catholic Church.

The corner stone of the new Catholic church was laid yesterday afternoon. Bishop Garrigan, of Sioux City and Monseigner Lenehan, of Ft. Dodge, conducted the imposing ceremony and were assisted by Fathers Heelan of Ft. Dodge, Masterson of Fonda, O'Reilly, of Marcus, and Warzawa of Mary Hill. The Woodman band of Cherokee furnished music for the occasion.

Cherokee State Bank - The original Cherokee State Bank was located on the south side of West Main St.
A copy of the Times, Democrat, Irish World, Sioux City Journal, True Voice, Catholic Messenger, the names of the mayor and city officials, county officials, postmaster, contributors, President of the United States, Governor of Iowa, Pope Pious X, Bishop Garrigan, Monseignor Lenehan, Pastor W. P. Desmond, Byrne and McClean, contractors, and Steele, architect, Dr. Voldeng and staff of State Hospital, the names of the band and choir, officers of altar, Rosery and Young Ladies Fidelity societies and names of the building committee were placed in the corner stone.

The Ladies of the parish served dinner in the basement of the church.

The following history will be of interest to the many friends of the church.

In the fall of 1870 the first Catholic priest, Father McNulty by name, came to Cherokee from Sioux City and said mass in a private residence.

Catholics were few at this time and mass was not said again until the following summer. Father Lenehan, of Sioux City, came at this time and mass was again said at a private residence. Father Lenehan afterwards sent an assistant or came himself about once a month or until Father Mice, then stationed at LeMars, took charge. This change took place along in the year of 1877.

Father Mice came and said mass regularly about once a month, or until Father Gaffney was stationed at Storm Lake, then Father Mice was transferred and Father Gaffney took charge until he was transferred to Lansing Ridge, Allamauke county, Father Slattery taking his place at Storm Lake.

In the year 1884 Father Gaffney was transferred back to Cherokee and Father Slattery was sent to Early where he now is.

In the year about 1873, through the efforts of Father Lehehan and the few Catholics here at this time, and poor as they were, they subscribed liberally, in many instances depriving themselves of all luxuries and many necessities, and through their generosity the first Catholic church was built on the site where now stands a blacksmith shop on Main street below the post office. The church itself was not very large, about 10 feet in length by about 20 in width, seated the first year with rude benches, afterwards filled with chairs.

Mass was said in the little church until 1881. In the meantime it had become quite a valuable piece of property. A good offer was made for it and it was accepted by the congregation, they knowing that it would be only a matter of a short time until they would move to a more imposing site, where now stands the present large edifice. During the time when the first property was sold until the new church was completed mass was said in Buchanan's hall where now stands the grand opera house. It was about one year that mass was said in the hall.

First mass was said in the new edifice in the hall of 1882, but it was some little time until the church was completed and furnished throughout.

J. T. Saunders received his appointment the last week of July, 1887. Cherokee had been out missions of Storm Lake. In the course of time Father Darey received an appointment in a mission in Webster County, Iowa and Father Smith was appointed to take charge of Storm Lake. Father Smith's letters of appointment did not include Cherokee and Baum, hence Father Reynolds continued to administer the sacerdotal affairs of J. T. Saunders to his mission, July 1887. Father Saunders left in Dec. 1904 and Father Barron came the same month and remained one year. Father Desumond, the present pastor came in Dec. 1905.

Building of the Theater - This picture of the American Theater was taken on Sept. 15, 1920. Construction on the building began in 1919, but the building went unfinished after the theater company went broke. The building was then purchased by Dale Goldie and the building was finished. The grand opening was held in 1924.
75 years ago

Nagle Brothers, proprietors of the dance hall at Marcus, were found not guilty of disobeying a city ordinance Tuesday when tried in Mayor P. P. Holm's court. Information was filed against them after they held a dance Sunday night despite recent action by the council.

Testimony at the hearing revealed that the ordinance which prohibits operating dances without a license does not refer specifically to prohibition of Sunday dances.

Also, the mayor was found to have issued a verbal license to the proprietors who were within the local ordinance.

Mill Creek - Back in the olden days, the residents of Cherokee took time out of their days to vacation along the shores of Mill Creek.
However, the state "blue" laws apply to the situation, according to R. G. Rodman, county attorney. For further municipal action, the council may draft a new ordinance prohibiting Sunday dances or the mayor may revoke the operator's license.

The license as it stands is a verbal agreement that if the proprietors pay $6 for policing the premises, the license fee of $6 will be considered paid.

During the hearing, which lasted for several hours, validity of the city ordinance was questioned on two counts but found to be legal.

Five magazine salesmen of Minnesota alleged to have left town without paying a board bill at the Coffee shop, were cleared of all charges in Justice D. J. Gilchrist's court Tuesday.

Fred Witcraft, who filed information with officers against the crew was not present at the hearing. His father, T. P. Witcraft, was found to have withheld information, discovery of which cleared the five men.

Testimony indicated that Witcraft subscribed to magazines the total charges being $8.00 The salesmen whose bill was $8.60, offered to pay the difference but the proprietor would not accept it, holding that he agreed to such arrangement only if the men purchased $50 worth of food. No record of the latter agreement was made, it was alleged.

Judge C. F. Lovrien of Spencer plead the case for the defendants, s. R. Richardson, Mark Hayes, M. Coffman, L. Swanson and E. Ryder.

The case first opened July 1 when the salesmen were lodged in Cherokee county jail after apprehension at Spencer. They were released on bond July 2 pending the hearing July 12. The crew were students of schools of Minnesota.

50 years ago

Guy Gillette was elected chairman of the Cherokee County Red Cross board at the regular directors' meeting July 31.

Named vice-chairman was Archie Nelson, Cherokee Attorney.

Mrs. Bill McDonald was elected recording secretary and Mrs. Dorothy O'Meara, treasurer.

It was announced at the session that the national share of the county's 1958 fund drive is to be $3,753.

John Owens will replace Brad Vaughn as field representative from the St. Louis area office.

Cases handled during June by Mrs. Edith Meloy, executive secretary, totaled 25 for counseling, information and requests.


In addition, two persons in active service, four veterans and three civilians received assistance. Financial aid given to one veteran and one civilian totaled $17.

Vere Chapman sent the chapter $5 for hurricane relief in Louisiana and the Druyor family gave $12 for use by the Cherokee chapter.

The treasurer reported a balance on hand July 1 of $4,523.87.

Nine Gray Ladies served a total of 75 _ hours during the past month at the Mental Health Institute.

There is to be no chapter meeting in August. The annual meting will be held in September.

25 years ago

The Aurelia Board of Education Monday made a number of contract modifications and approved teaching contracts for three new instructors.

Several of the contracts that were modified Monday concerned coaching positions including making Marv Munden assistant basketball coach and Tom Bohnenkamp boys' golf coach. Bohnenkamp will be relieved of his assistant track coaching duties. In addition, Carol Heberg was named cheerleading sponsor.

New contracts approved Monday were for Ted Galvin, junior and senior high math, assistant girls' track coach and junior high school girls' basketball coach; David Klave, vocational agriculture, and Maxine Deason, Title I math and reading and elementary teacher.

In other action the board:

--Rejected all bids submitted for the purchase of a new school bus and agreed to ask for new bids based on different specifications, including a larger engine. The next bid letting is scheduled for Aug. 2.

--Accepted a bid from Wells Blue Bunny for the purchase of milk during the 1982-83 school year. The bid specified 11.2 cents for one-half pint, 11.7 cents for one-half pint chocolate and $1.62 for one gallon milk.

--Agreed to a new contract for Joanne Brownmiller, school board secretary. Under the new agreement, Brownmiller will serve as board secretary and central office secretary through the school year and as needed during the summer months. Brownmiller will receive a salary of $11,500. As board secretary she was paid $8,930 for the 1981-82 school year.

--Reappointed Jack Christensen of Farmers National Bank as school treasurer for the 1982-83 school year. Christensen's salary of $650 will remain the same.

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