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Times Gone By

Monday, August 20, 2007

Our grand old opera - The Cherokee Opera House was located at 200 South Second St. Pictured above is Company M standing at attention during the Fourth of July in 1897. A fire in 1938 destroyed the interior of Opera House but the walls remained and were later reinforced and remodeled to become the Arrow Theater. The theater was later razed and the Steele State Bank was built in its place. Currently Valley Bank is located at the spot that housed the opera but part of the building still survives. Above the doorway there was a bust of William Shakespeare, which is currently displayed outside of the Cherokee Community Center.
100 years ago

Seasonable temperature prevailed the first three days, and the balance of the week was cooler than usual. The average daily deficiency of temperature was 5 to 7 degrees. The sunshine was generally above the normal. The six work days were rainless. In the larger part of the state, and the light showers on Sunday were timely and beneficial. It was an ideal week for field work and the time was well improved in harvesting hay and grain. Threshing from the shock is in progress. Reports of yield of winter wheat indicate fairly good returns. The output of oats is generally below the average, the grain being materially damaged by rust. Corn has made very good progress on well tilled land. The hay crop is nearly all in stack or barn. Pasturage, potatoes and gardens are doing notable well.

Reports of crop correspondents for August have been tabulated, and following is a summary of their estimates:

Corn, 70 per cent; spring wheat 85; oats 76; barley 85; flax 88; hay 80; potatoes 90; pastures 100; apples 40; grapes 8;

Fourth of July parade - The Fourth of July has always brought out a feeling of pride for the residents of Cherokee. This is a picture of townfolks gathered in 1906. Note the early vehicles parked on the south side of the street.
Last Year's Conditions-Corn 90; wheat 93; oats 90; flax 95; hay 76; pasture 83; potatoes 91; apples 70; grapes 91.

Grumblers who have fallen into the habit of complaining about their real or imaginary troubles are nuisances to those who associate with them. The business man who is ever grumbling and growling about things makes a blue atmosphere about him. There is no good in grumbling. Grumbling is an evidence that you are looking at the world through blue glasses; that you haven't the proper estimate of other people. Grumbling is an advertisement to the world that you are not a success, says New York Weekly. Grumbling won't help things a bit. The more you indulge yourself in grumbling the quicker you form the habit, and it becomes so fixed upon you that later on you find it almost impossible to shake it off.

75 years ago

A gold watch valued at $50 was stolen from A. L. Smith, depot agent Friday afternoon while he was busy at a desk. The watch is one that Smith has hung over another desk each day for the 24 years he has been agent at Quimby. Entering the office, the culprit took the watch from the desk and left without being seen or heard.

Because he is unable to hear a customer speak from the ticket window, the agent leaves the office door unlatched while he is busy at his desk.

A petition asking that additional counsel be employed by the board of supervisors to contest the suit that seeks to set aside the results of the paving bond election on grounds of unconstitutionality as regards the 60 per cent affirmative vote requirement, was filed with the board by 40 members of the Cherokee County Taxpayers association Tuesday.

Soapbox Derby - One event that used to draw hundreds of people to downtown Cherokee was the Soapbox Derby. Pictured above was the first derby held.
Previous to the group's appearance at the courthouse, a mass meeting was held at Marcus Monday evening. Taxpayers from all sections of the county were among those presenting the petition.

Members of the board of supervisors took the matter under consideration.

Among the bills and claims allowed by the board at the regular session was one of the $60 to cover loss of a horse owned by E. L. Cline. While Harry Rankin and Cline were working on bridge construction between sections 22 and 23 in Willow township, the team of horses driven by Rankin ran away, frightening the team driven by Cline. During the trouble a broken wagon tongue was forced into a shoulder of the Cline horse, causing its death.

The board was notified of the approval by Oscar Anderson, director of the budget, of the proposed transfer of $14,000 from the general fund to the poor fund. This diverting of funds is done to prevent further county indebtedness through issuance of funding bonds to cover the poor fund overdraft.

50 years ago

Cleghorn Consolidated School will open for the fall term on Monday, August 26.

Fred Wood, new Cleghorn superintendent, said an enrollment of 250 is expected. This number includes 180 elementary pupils and 70 high school students.

Drivers training is a new subject added to the curriculum for 1957-58.

Wood is a graduate of Westmar College and has taken graduate work at Iowa State College and the State University of Iowa.

He taught the past two years at the Lake Township school at Dickens. Prior to that, Wood taught nine years at Mallard and eight years at Greenville-Rossie.

The new administrator said school will be in session from 1:15 to 3:45 p.m. on the opening day. "It is very important that every child be present the first day," added Wood.

School lunches are to be served starting Tuesday August 27, when the fall schedule of classes will be held.

The superintendent also will instruct classes in algebra and geometry.

There are three other new members on the Cleghorn School faculty. Merlyn Carstens of Washta, a graduate of Westmar College, is to be principal.

Carstens will teach driver training and American government, as well as coaching boys and girls basketball.

Bob Roberts, also of Washta and a Westmar graduate, will coach football and baseball. Roberts is to instruct science classes.

Miss Shirley Anderson has been secured as vocal and instrumental music supervisor. A graduate of Drake University, her home is at Ogden.

W. W. Steele, Cherokee, has entered four Yorkshires in the livestock show which will be a feature of the Iowa State Fair, August 23-September 1.

This year's show promises to be the largest in State Fair history, according to fair officials, with upwards of 8,000 head entered in cattle, swine, sheep and horse competition.

Judging in the open class livestock competition begins August 26 and continues through August 30. FFA and 4-H entries will be judged August 23 and 24.

Judging rings will be open to the public each day, so fair visitors may see the actual process of judging and selection as ribbons and over $130,000 in cash prizes are awarded.

25 years ago

The one-week-old dispute between two Cherokee County officials ended Monday with a handshake during the Board of Supervisors meeting.

County Attorney Jim McDonald appeared before the supervisors Monday to demand an apology from County Assessor Vernon Peterson for remarks the assessor made during the supervisor's Aug. 9 meeting.

During that meeting, Peterson asked the board's support in hiring an attorney to handle 11 tax assessment appeals that have been filed in Cherokee County District Court.

Peterson stated that he needed another attorney because McDonald, who ordinarily would handle the cases, "doesn't care if we win or not. I don't feel the county attorney is defending me as he should."

Monday, McDonald called Peterson's remarks "malicious and slanderous. This was a slanderous attack on me personally and on my office."

McDonald told the supervisors that in preparing the legal defense of the assessment appeals, he and Peterson had disagreed on one case. "I didn't tell him what he wanted to hear," McDonald said. "I guess that's being uncooperative. It's not my duty to tell county officials what they want to hear. It's my duty to tell them the proper way to handle a situation."

The county attorney added that despite his differences with Peterson he is in the process of defending that appeal along with the other 10 appeals.

McDonald also invited the supervisors to attend the first court hearing on the appeals today if they believe McDonald is not doing his duty.

Regarding Peterson's statement that McDonald does not care if the cases are won or not, McDonald said defending himself, "I think this board knows me better than that.

"I'm a big boy," he added, "and if I need help I'm not above asking for it. I haven't asked for help because I don't need it…This whole thing was unwarranted, unfair and it should never have happened. It was a malicious attack on my professional reputation and I should have been here to explain my position. I feel the assessor owes me an apology. If he apologizes and withdraws his statements, I'm willing to forget the whole thing."

Board Chairman Don Tietgen apologized to McDonald for not asking him to attend the Aug. 9 meeting. However, Tietgen said at the time he was unaware of what Peterson was going to say.

After Tietgen's statement, Peterson told McDonald, "I do sincerely want to apologize for some of the remarks I made last Monday. I understand that we all have to work together and I know that sometimes we open our mouths when we shouldn't. I never meant to suggest that you be removed from the cases, but that you could be assisted by an attorney who works on this type of case all the time."

With that the two men shook hands, saying that they would continue to work together.

In other action the board:

--Agreed to lease office space to the soil survey crew until December 1985. The current lease for space at the courthouse expires Sept. 30. The new lease will include a 5 percent increase form the current rental rate of $219.41 per month and will be reviewed annually.

--Set Aug. 30 as the date for receiving quotes for construction of the new parking lot at the courthouse.

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