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Thursday, October 4, 2007

100 years ago

Downtown Quimby - Although the area was filled with settlers, it was not until 1887, when the Cherokee & Dakota RR decided to extend its lines from Cherokee to Onawa, that the town of Quimby was platted. The town was named for Dr. Fred Quimby, an official of the I.C.R.R. Co.
The new council hall and fire house has now assumed a stage where its proportions and effect can be judged. For a city the size of Cherokee the general exterior appearance of the building is very credible and the interior is all that could be desired. On the first floor here is a very conveniently arranged fire hall for the storage of the fire apparatus so that it may be reached at a moments notice. On this floor there is also the city clerk's office fitted with a fire proof vault. The room itself is large and cheerful and it will be all that could be desired in the way of such an office room. The public having business to transact at this office will appreciate it being on the first floor.

On the second floor is located the city hall, mayor's office, waiting rooms, toilets, etc. In the rear of the building two stories high is the hose tower where the hose can be speedily dried, greatly preserving its life and always having this material ready for service in the event of a fire.

A bad back is always bad.

Bad at night when bedtime comes,

Just as bad in the morning.

Ever try Doan's Kidney Pills for it?

Know they cure backache--cure every kidney ill?

If you don't, some Cherokee people do.

Read a case of it:

G. W. Hodgins, retired liveryman, of 5th street says: "I had a great deal of pain in my back. When seated the exertion required to arise to a standing position always caused severe twinges. Morning after morning I was lame and sore across the loins particularly if I contracted a slight cold when aggravation of the complaint was sure to follow.

I noticed on such occasions that the secretions from the kidneys were excessive and much more noticeable at night. An advertisement of Doan's Kidney Pills induced me to go to Schuster Bros. drug store for a box and commence to treatment. After a fair trial the results obtained from their use was so satisfactory that my advice to all sufferers from their weakened or over excited kidneys is to give Doan's Kidney Pills a trial."

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75 years ago

Testimony of witnesses for the defense opened Cherokee district court Wednesday morning as the State vs. Loucks case continued into its third day. Nine witnesses for the state testified Tuesday, among them the two star witnesses who pleaded guilty to the charge of burglary, implicating James W. Louck, the defendant. The state accuses Loucks of stealing $64 worth of tankage and feed from the Farmers' Elevator at Larrabee.

List of Witnesses: Lawrence Montgomery, Wm. Sleezer, Glenn Sleezer, Glenn Dyslin, Estal Sexon, Sheriff A. N. Tilton, Deputy Sheriff D. E. Danielson, Melvin Waddell and Roy McManus testified Tuesday. Opening statements were made prior to the hearing of testimony as selection of the jury occupied all of Monday.

Previous to the calling of the star witnesses, jurors were denied access to the courtroom while legality of using testimony of the two men was argued. Defending attorneys, having lost the argument, continued by attempting to strike practically all questions asked Waddell who was the first one called.

Early Quimby Baseball Team - Team picture of the Early Quimby baseball team around 1920. Pictured in the back row, left to right are: George Laposky, Frank Wheel, Riley Wheelock, Mike Ryan (umpire), Dobby Richards and Ernie Fox. Front row: Vernon Carnahan, John Goff, Cliff Wright and Hano Dahlgren. Reclining in front is Saylar Pearse
Waddell and McManus in their testimonies told of securing the feed from the elevator and of caching it in a grove of trees east of the Will Sleezer farm. McManus also told of the trip made by Loucks and himself to Sapulpa, Okla., several days after the theft. Local officers returned the men from Sapulpa.

Jurors of the case are John Ogilvy, Alfred Stief, Jewell Hendrickson, Joe Eilers, D. H. Dubes, Mrs. Franklin Coburn, Glen Green, R. C. Peters, Theo Tigges, Ira Hinspeter, Mrs. A. W. Stahl and Glen Leeds.

Decrees were signed in two cases Tuesday, that of Estate of Emma E. Whitmore, deceased vs. Peter P. Laposky, et. Al, and of Henry Myers, vs D. B. Johnson et al.

50 years ago


Some 500 Timesland youngsters donned costumes or decorated vehicles to appear in the Pied Piper Parade here Thursday afternoon.

"The large turnout and best array of costumes ever seen in a children's parade here made it successful beyond our expectations," commented a member of the Retail Trade Bureau sponsoring the special "play day."

Heading the long and colorful procession was Mayor George Rapson, riding in a new car and the Washington High School marching band led by Majorette Phyllis Smith.

Following gaily trimmed bicycles came four antique cars in charge of Frank Phipps. These included a 1914 Ford and 1918 Dodge owned by John Umhoefer, a 1919 Ford owned by Umhoefer and Phipps and a 1923 Ford belonging to Phipps.

Cherokee Charlie (Dick Samsel) came chugging along on a tiny motor-powered vehicle, pulling a cart containing an Indian lad (Mike Samsel).


Boy Scouts, also in uniform, made up a large contingent of the parade.

Costumed youngsters and decorated vehicles taking part in the remainder of the event defied detailed description and made the job of judging a difficult one.

As the procession dispersed at Lincoln School, each tot received a candy bar before rushing off to view a free movie program at Arrow Theatre.

Following are the first, second and third place prize winners in each of six divisions: Division I for hobos, hardtime outfits and clowns, Pat Sutter, Charlene Good and Dennis Peck; division 2 for cowboys and Indians, first place to a group of Indians complete with teepee comprised of Cindy, Gary, John, Sue and Mike Backridge and Rodney and Kenny Rebarak; second, Jim Adams, Neil and Nancy Eckoff; third, a tie between Jarrel and Jan Kledis and Jim Gifford.

Division 3 for nursery rhyme and fairy tale characters, Sharon Kay Nelson, Cheryl Sears, Geraldine Steward; division 4 for decorated bikes, Paul Olson, Theron Bredeson, Jimmy Bunker; Division 5 for decorated trikes, wagons and mobile toys, Robert Glade and Brad Mowry, Larry and Jimmy Russell, Neil Phipps; division 6 for decorated doll buggies and dolls, Cheryl Ross, Paulette Campbell, Joan Waller.

Lee Spence served as parade marshal. Chamber members assisting with divisions and judging entries were Ken Wilson, Ken Clauson, Mike Berkheimer, Bud Rhoads, Charles Bell, Marion Borgeson, Louis Larson, Don Royer, Otto Davidshofer, Frank Eischen, Mary Lou Lindstrom, W. D. Frankforter.

Bill Beckwith was in charge of Scoutts and Jim Corken and Dorothy Phipps in charge of band members as they assembled at Wilson School.

Treats were distributed by M. A. Samsel and Bob Northcraft, parade co-chairmen, assisted by Jay Yaggy, Sherm Peirson, Ray Brehmer, Jim McDonald, Tom Boothby Jr., Norbert Rupp, Mert Ballantyne and Bill Grawburg.

25 years ago

For about six weeks last spring, Cherokee residents waged war to keep the town's only theater from closing. Their efforts paid off, but it wasn't easy.

Near the end of April, American Theatre owner Bob Fridley of Des Moines announced he would close the local theater May 13 because of declining attendance and poor revenue.

Immediately after the announcement was made efforts were begun to convince Fridley to change his mind. The Chamber of Commerce sent a letter. A few individuals also wrote to Fridley. And the Daily Times started a petition that eventually was signed by over 300 persons from Cherokee and the surrounding area. The closing of Cherokee' theater drew interest from other communities in the county because Cherokee's only theater also happened to be the county's only theater.

Despite all of these efforts, Fridley did not change his mind and on May 13 the theater closed. Just prior to closing the theater, however, Fridley did invite theater patrons to write to him, spelling out specific problems at the theater and possible solutions.

Once again, members of the community responded and Fridley received over 20 letters, the majority of which cited management problems as the reason they did not attend the theater. In addition, several letters also mentioned poor behavior by children attending the movies.

As a direct result of the letters, Fridley announced on June 4 he would reopen the theater under new management. "We feel the public is interested in having a successful theater in Cherokee," Fridley said in announcing the reopening. "We've made a change in management and our outlook is that in a town the size of Cherokee there is no reason for a theater not to prosper."

Three months have passed since the theater opened its doors and Fridley says attendance is "reasonable good." Recently seats in the theater were sold three consecutive nights.

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