[Masthead] Overcast ~ 36°F  
Winter Weather Advisory
Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015

Times Gone By

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

100 years ago

District Court convened at 2 p.m. Monday and the grand jury for the term was chosen as follows: Chas. Addy, J. S. Elliott, W. H. Jones, P.O. Johnson, Will Hartigan and E. V. Wilcox, Cas. Addy were appointed foreman and Addison Smith clerk to grand jury and Abe Stiner bailiff. The grand jury retired to its room and is now considering business brought before it. The state vs. Jack Wheelock liquor nuisance. Plea of not guilty withdrawn and plea of guilty substituted. Time for pronouncing sentence waived and judgement imposing fine of $30.00 and costs including an attorneys fee of $40.

Florence M. Christianson vs. Claud M. Smith motion for cost bond confessed and plaintiff given till Sept. 18th to file the same.

Final reports made in the estate of Adam Cleghorn and Geo. Roskammer, Richard W. Horton, Chas. Little, J.C. Hall, Anna Schultz, John George.

Prom season - During the 1923 high school prom the gymnasium at Wilson High School was turned in to a simple but elegant dance hall and fine dinning.
The wills of Catherine Z. McElroy, John George Montagne' Lars Otto Larson, and Jacob Huckert probated.

In the matter of guardianship of Albert Schoer, minor, final report made and guardian discharged.

Maggie May Major was given a divorce from her husband Wm. A. Major on the grounds of desertion and she was given custody of her minor child. The marriage tie was dissolved which tied together Mary Pettit and Mark Pettit on petition of Mary on the grounds of drunkness and cruelty.

The divorce case of Olive C. Bjorkland vs. Ronald Bjorkland was expected to be contested but yesterday the attorneys and parties came to an understanding and defendant withdrew answer and on evidence being taken divorce was granted as per stipulation.

John Becker yesterday had the marital tie which bound him to Sarah C. Becker severed by decree of court on grounds of desertion.

The Flinders-Bailey case is set for trial before a jury for Monday, Sept. 9 at 2 p.m.

Geo. Heimindinger vs. Ill. Cen. Company set for trial Sept. 10th at 9 a.m.

Kristina Vogburg vs. Mrs. Nelson Garrett, a slander case, is set for Sept. 11th at 9 a.m.

These jury trials are expected to take up about all the time for this session and a further assignment has not been made. Monday afternoon quite a number of aliens placed themselves in position to vote for the next president becoming naturalized citizens.

75 years ago

For the twenty-fifth time, and in celebration of the silver anniversary, Cherokee county plowmen vie today for the title of sweepstakes plowman in one of the most unusual competitive events in the United States-the annual Pilot Rock plowing match. The matches are being held on the Robert and Earl Clark farms, four miles west and four miles south of Cherokee.

Unlike most competitive events, this contest is conducted with a noticeable absence of ballyhoo. Contestants are dong a thing that is their every day job and they are interested primarily in doing it in the best possible manner.

Plowmen Work In Peace.

There is no cheering and flag waving as the contestants move slowly across the field behind tractor or plow, turning up a straight black furrow. Yet there is a feeling that both the spectators and plowmen are intensely interested.

The plowing match is connected with the traditions of the county. Its origin can not be said to be strictly American, but so firmly has this annual event been established that it has become a part of the development of the county and a reflection of the predominating interest of the state.

To Better Agriculture.

The idea was introduced into the United Stated in 1878 in West Wheatland township, Will County, Ill. A township meeting had been called to discuss ways and means of bettering agriculture. James Patterson told the group of the plowing matches held in Scotland and the idea was immediately adopted. The first match was held that year. Incidentally this same township still holds the matches.

In the 80s lured by the promise of Iowa land, many of the founders of the original plowing match moved to Iowa and settled in Pilot and Rock townships. There in 1908 these sturdy Scotch pioneers planned the first match.

Thousands to Grounds.

Since that time the growth of the match had been rapid. Crowds of 10,000 are not unusual for a single day.

Ben Thomson, field superintendent at the first match, writing in The Cherokee Chief of September 3, 1923 has this to say:

Class of '34 - The Wilson High School class of 1934 is pictured here in the gymnasium at the former high school.
"…This little company of men after discussing plans for the contest felt some foreboding and doubts as to whether or not the necessary funds to finance the enterprise could be obtained. Even some had doubts of this outcome, but there were sufficient stalwart men. Archie Cochrane, John Fairweather, H.C. Dewar, the Clows, the Fees, Pattersons, Ritchies, Bridies, Welches and Whites, to give the support to the idea. At that meeting were elected officers for what is known as the Pilot Rock plow match association.

"Its first president was Archie Cochrane, John Fairweather, vice president; H. C. Dewar, secretary, treasurer and Ben Thomson, field superintendent.

"I will never forget that picture as I stood out in the field among the men. 18 entries in all, as I remember it. They had gang plows, walking plows, classes for men, classes for boys, boys under 18 and boys under 15, all out in their field that beautiful bright September morning.

"…Again there were the boys of the old stuff those who had been young in the contest back in the old Dupage valley in Illinois. And with them were the Bughs, Schissels, McDonalds and Fred Ritchie."

50 years ago

Wilson High School - Wilson High School as it looked in the 1930's. Note the angle parking along 2nd St.
Mayor George Rapson announced today that Cherokee is to receive a comprehensive analysis of its safety and traffic control program from the National Safety Council.

The analysis will be presented at a meeting at 12 noon September 12 in Hotel Lewis.

Present to discuss the analysis will be city officials, civic leaders and interested citizens.

Frank Ullish of the Iowa Department of Public Safety is to present the analysis. It will evaluate all phases of the city's programs, covering the general administration of the city-wide traffic safety effort.

Among topics taken up in the analysis are accident records, traffic courts, school safety, public safety education and safety organization.


The mayor explained the analysis is organized to reflect best thinking and experience to date on accident prevention. "It is especially adapted to characteristics and need of Cherokee."

Rapson urges that all interested citizens, as well as officials with traffic responsibilities, attend.

"Public support-citizen participating-is the key to success in our safety effort."

The analysis is part of a statewide program offered by the Iowa Department of Public Safety in cooperation with National Safety Council.

The inventory representative for Cherokee is Police Chief Laurence Schmoldt.


Less Chances For Boys on Iowa Farms

Chances are growing every smaller that Iowa's farm boys will find opportunities on the farm when they reach farming age, according to Robert Osterbur, Iowa State College farm economist.

"The number of farms in Iowa and the United States has been decreasing for several years. Mechanization and labor-saving equipment have caused farms to grow large and fewer in number."

Normally, Osterbur points out, more people are born and raised on farms than are needed to replace those who leave the farm. Some of these "extra" people have to find jobs off the farm.

The situation interests not only farmers and future farmers, but also educators, government credit, extension and soil conservation agencies and others connected with agriculture.

Research is currently in progress to shed more light on what this situation will be in the future, explains Osterbur.

For example in Clarke County, Iowa, there were 1,281 farms in 1950. By 1955, there were 1,146, a drop of 135 farms.

It is figured that by 1975 there will be 819 farms in Clarke County. This is decrease of 462 from 1950. During the period of decrease, 1,105 farm boys will reach farming age in Clarke County.

Of those, only 431 can expect to become farmers. This is about two out of five. The other three will have to find work off the farm.

Clarke County estimates also indicate that the average farm size, which was 215 acres in 1955, should be a little more than 300 acres in 1975.

25 years ago

Tennis court repairs at two Cherokee locations are set to begin later this month and are expected to be completed within a week to 10 days, the Cherokee Parks and Recreation Commission was told Wednesday.

The repairs at Gillette Park and at the North Roosevelt Street courts will be preceded by cleaning the courts and filling in the cracks, according to commission member Mike Hauswald.

The repairs will be made with a synthetic substance.

In other business, the commission: received its final swimming pool attendance report, and accepted a parcel of land to be added on to Central Park.

Reporting on the upcoming tennis court repairs, Hauswald said the Gillette Park court could be "the top court we've got" after the repairs.

Gene Anderson of Cherokee will be doing the work, Hauswald said. He is awaiting some equipment needed for the job.

At any rate, the project should be finished by the time to commission meets next month.

The final attendance report for the Cherokee Municipal Swimming Pool showed 30 percent more people at the pool in August than in August 1981. A total of 7,965 went to the pool in August, compared to the 6,110 total of August in 1981.

For the season, 32,717 pool receipts were taken, a 10.6 percent increase over 1981's 29,588. Commission executive secretary Linda Peterson noted the total was boosted by about 3,600 bikers who visited Cherokee during the Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa. Admission was free during the RAGBRAI visit.

Season ticket sales were down from 1981, which Peterson had said was due in part to cool and rainy weather during the early part of the season. Only $8,309 in season tickets were sold this year, compared to $10,256 in 1981.

In a progress report on Central Park, Dr. Don Koser said Mrs. Clarence Bugh has offered to donate the east end of her residential lot on North Fifth Street to be used for Central Park.

In accepting the donation, Koser noted that the city would pay for the cost of the transfer of ownership. He explained the land in question slopes sharply down toward the park property.

Also, the commission was told that an Iowa Public Safety Service Co. study of the Community Center's energy-saving needs will be ready by the October meeting.

Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: