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Times Gone By

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Threshing crew - In the late 1890's, the equipment pictured in this photograph was considered to be "top -of -the line ."
100 years ago

Friday morning a sad accident occurred at the Thos. Timmons home east of Cherokee. His year old son was playing in the yard and while the mother's attention was diverted from him for a few minutes he fell head first into a pail of water. In a few moments the mother found her child and it is said that the little one breathed when taken out. A physician was summoned in haste but all efforts for the resuscitation of the little one failed. The funeral was held at the Catholic church at 10 a.m. yesterday and was largely attended by sympathizing neighbors.


Sheriff Jones went to Cherokee county yesterday thinking that he had located the fellow who recently stole a team from Bert Green, of Lake Park, but he was on a false trail.


Conductor Hank Mullan was on his run this morning after a thirty days lay off which he spent very pleasantly making a tour of the Great Lakes.

Stiles Farm - A typical farm scene on the open prairie after it was tamed. Pictured above are Frank Stiles, his son Phil and wife Orpha Stiles. They farmed on the northeast quarter of Section 34 in Silver Township.
Conductor A. Harrington left yesterday for a visit to his Dakota farm. Conductor Moss Tyndall has his run.

One of the most remarkable instances of animal sagacity that ever came to light in this section is related by Engineer James Parrott and Conductor Frank King.

When the southbound passenger train was near Hallsburg a mare suddenly dashed up the track toward the train, running swiftly. It looked as if she would run into the engine, and the air brakes were quickly applied, slowing the train down to six or seven miles an hour. Engineer Parrott thought the mare was blinded by the headlight, but the train was no sooner slowed down than the mare turned about and went from the train, keeping right down the tracks and making it impossible to run fast lest the animal be struck.

The mare went straight to a bridge over a creek, and when within a short distance of the bridge of the railway it was discovered that the colt of the mare had fallen with all of its feet through the bridge, placing it where it would have been killed and had not the mare literally flagged the train. The mare stopped and began whinnying, and the train stopped also. Engineer Parrott, the fireman and some of the passengers got off and, relieving the colt, left the mare to trot off with her young as proud as a peacock. Those who witnessed the occurrence say it was wonderful.

75 years ago

Relief work for the coming winter and plans for the annual roll call campaign were discussed at a meeting of the Cherokee county Red Cross, held Wednesday evening in the historical room of the public library.

Miss Ingebritson, field representative of the Red Cross, conferred with local workers regarding the setting up of a central work room for making and distributing garments from the cotton goods supplied by the national Red Cross for use in the county.

Five hundred thousand bales of cotton contributed by the government is being manufactured into cotton cloth at the expense of the Red Cross, and this cloth will be used in relief work throughout the country, said Miss Ingebritson. Cherokee county will receive its apportionment and a local work organization will be formed for the conversion of this into garments, much after the relief plan adopted during the war. The distribution of flour in cases of urgent need will also be continued.

The Red Cross is spending $7,500,000 in relief work during the year, the largest relief project ever undertaken in the history of the world, said Miss Ingebritson. This cost is met through receipts from the annual membership roll call. Plans for Cherokee county's roll call campaign are now being matured.

Forerunner of the F20 - On the IHC Regular Tractor, pictured above in the year 1933, the rear wheels of the tractor were originally steel. The spokes were cut and rims were welded onto the tractor to hold the tire on.

Hillside Coffee shop, under the management of John Dunn who will be chef also, will open for service Saturday morning. This restaurant, with serving hours from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. is located the first door east of Hillside hotel.

Both counter and table service of regular meals and short orders will be given and banquets will be served in the Hillside dining room.

50 years ago

Three special planetarium demonstrations were announced today by W. D. Frankforter, director of Sanford Museum.

Sixth grade pupils from Lake View viewed a planetarium show at 10:15 a.m. Friday. They were accompanied by Mrs. Keith Irwin, their instructor.

Scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday is a demonstration for students of Midway School at Correctionville. Mrs. Henry Groth is in charge of this group.

Two out of town groups are expected to come to Cherokee Monday evening for a planetarium lecture and show.

They are a group of Sutherland Camp Fire Girls, led by Mrs. Elmer Baumgarten, and Girl Scouts from Newell, led by Mrs. Miles Meighen.

These special demonstrations are open to the public when space permits.


Charles Edward Thompson is only five weeks old but he is about ready for steak.

The little fellow came equipped with two teeth on the upper right side that are firmly entrenched in the gum.

He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Dean Thompson of Cherokee.

Charles paid a visit to the dentist, who recommended he keep the teeth until he reaches the advanced age of six months.

At that time, it may be determined whether they are permanent or extra teeth.


Two trucks were damaged in a county road intersection crash at 10 a.m. Friday 6 miles southeast of Cherokee.

The vehicles involved were driven by Hans I. Anderson and Robert G. Bjorkgren, both of Aurelia.

Sheriff Carl Schleef, who covered the accident said Anderson was going east and Bjorkgren north at the time of the collision.

Corn stalks obscured vision of the two drivers, Schleef said. The truck driven by Anderson hit the rear of the Simonsen Mill truck driven by Bjorkgren. Damage to the latter was estimated at $15.

Damage to the front end of the truck Anderson was driving owned by Orville Shank, was estimated at $200.

25 years ago

A case of "basic good old-fashioned apathy" may result in the demise of the Cherokee County fund.

Dr. Tim Menke of Cherokee, chairman of the charitable fund drive the past two years, said Tuesday that there is a very good likelihood that there will not be a drive this year.

If that were to happen, it would mean the 14 charitable organizations that benefited from the project last year would be left on their own to solicit for funds.

"I just don't know if there's going to be any support for it this year," Menke said. He noted a seeming lack of interest on the part of volunteers, some of the organizations involved and the community.

Menke, whose term on the County Fund Board should have expired last year, said a recent organizational meeting for this year's drive was attended by only two persons in addition to him.

The terms of about half of the board's nearly 15 members are due to expire this year, but he said those whose terms are expiring were to line up their own replacements.

The Cherokee dentist added that a particularly bothersome aspect of the fund drive in recent years has been the attitude of some of the charitable organizations involved. "Some of the organizations, at least some of the members of them, have felt they could do a better job raising money than what the County Fund drive was doing. I hesitate to say that, because not all of them feel that way," he said.

Menke said he had received complaints from the representatives of both the Cherokee County Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Boys Scouts about the amount of money those groups have received in recent years from the County Fund.

Last year, when the drive fell $9,902 short of its $33,900 goal, the Red Cross received 40 percent less than its goal of $8,150, while the Boy Scouts fell 37 percent short of their goal of $2,740.

Although a goal is set at the beginning of the drive for each of the organizations involved, persons donating may earmark their donations for specific organizations.

Thus, last year four organizations met their individual goals because of those specified donations. Donations that are not specified for any organization are divided proportionally among the 14.

Menke called last year's drive "less than successful" and said that this year is no more promising. "I can't say this year the economy is any better. And if we can't raise the money for the organizations, then we have to question if we're doing the organizations any good."

Despite his pessimism, Menke said the drive could conceivably be kept alive if enough interest were shown. "I'd say if we got a lot of enthusiasm and support from the organizations and from the county--not just Cherokee--that we'd probably call a meeting to see if we could organize a door-to-door campaign.

"But if there's no enthusiasm, no desire and the county doesn't really want to have it," then there is no reason to continue the drive. "It's easy to get the organizations to go along with it. But it doesn't do any good to have the organizations want it if the community doesn't want it."

When the County Fund Board was organized in the late 1960s, it consisted of representatives of the participating organizations. Over the years it has evolved into a group of nonaffiliated volunteers.

Menke says he believes that for the board to be effective it should include representatives of each organization as well as a representative form each township in the county.

Also, he said that if a drive were to be attempted this year it would have to be done door-to-door by volunteer canvassers. For the past two year the drive has been conducted totally by mail.

Organizations taking part in the drive last year included the Arthritis Foundation, the P.A.L.S. project, the Heart Association, the Multiple Sclerosis fund, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Red Cross, Cherokee County Mini-Bus, Cherokee Count Senior Citizens, Association of Retarded Citizens, Iowa Family and Children's Services, Associated Charities, Salvation Army and Iowa Society for the Prevention of Blindness.

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