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Monday, November 5, 2007

100 years ago

The livery and feed barn formerly owned by Chas. Spinharney has been sold to Dr. W. E. Miller, a popular veterinary surgeon and Harry Clow, who has for several years been an efficient employee in the Lawrey livery barn. These gentlemen took possession Friday November 1st, and will doubtless carry on a successful and satisfactory business. The barn is a comparatively new one and with a few improvement which they expect to make will be one of the best equipped livery and feed barns in the county, and both the new proprietors being so well and favorably known all over the county they need no introduction to the public.

Conductor Most Tyndall is suffering today from a painful bruise which unfortunately is in his left eye.

He was attempting to light a lamp yesterday morning in the chair car being conductor on No. 104, and was standing on the arm of the chair when the chair turned and threw him off and he struck the corner of another chair and the blow got him in the eye.

He was unable to get a physician then as he was just starting on his run but he wired ahead to Dr. Martin at Pomeroy who met him at the train and gave his eye attention. It is a bad bruise and is badly discolored and swollen and it will probably be some time before Mr. Tyndall can get his eye opened to its usual width. While not so painful now it is most inconvenient and a speedy recovery is hoped.

75 years ago

Firemen were called to extinguish a blaze in the west wall of the Home Bakery on North Second street at 10:20 o'clock Tuesday night. Bakers were permitted to resume rolling batter in 20 minutes.

A doughnut cooker, placed close to the wall, caused the fire between the plaster and sheeting. Chemicals were used to extinguish the blaze which might have done considerable damage, according to W. I. Nelson, chief, as the building is particularly dry because of the ovens.

Damage cannot be determined until repair estimates are made.

"We must do away with war, not because of sentimental reasons but because the future progress of the human family requires it," said Dr. Hugh Chang of Canton, China, in addressing the Rotary club luncheon Monday. Dr. Chang, a highly educated Chinese graduate of five colleges and universities and now studying for a Ph. D. degree at Iowa State university, plead earnestly for a better understanding between nations. "The best thing for world peace," said Dr. Chang, "is for nations and peoples to understand each other better." Sentiment is not a sure foundation for peace, he said, for sentiment is too easily swayed. United States, under Taft, took leadership in formation of the league of world peace, said Dr. Chang, but when war flared across its pathway the rallying cry of America was "whip Germany to save the world for peace."

Speaking of conditions in China, he said Americans are inclined to magnify Chinese banditry and disorders, forgetful of the fact that banditry, gang rule and murder are even more prevalent in Chicago. The struggle in China is not characteristic of Chinese but of the whole world, said Dr. Chang. "There are as many bad Chinese as good, and the bad always get into the politics everywhere." Human nature is the same all over the world. America is a step ahead of China, and it is your duty to tell us how to catch up. It is your duty not to laugh at China or Japan but to see what you can do to make these two countries better. If the two understand each other, there will be no more war."

Dr. Chang was introduced by Glenn Pringle, principal of the junior high school, a former college mate. Joe Cuffel, director of manual training and assistant principal of the high school, was a guest of the club.

50 years ago

Cherokee's important Lakes Conference football game at Storm Lake Friday night was "called off by mutual agreement" of school officials in both cities because of the mounting flu epidemic and inclement weather.

Supt. A. R. Block of Storm Lake and Supt. Lloyd Sexton of Cherokee made the announcement Friday afternoon. In addition, school officials here said it was "improbably" that the Spencer game will be played.

Some 270 students in the Cherokee Public School system were out with the flu and other illnesses Friday.

Washington High School had its heaviest toll to date, officials said here.

School officials in both cities said that playing of Friday night's Lakes contest at Storm Lake might easily have endangered the health of the flu-ridden forces. Cherokee and Spencer, co-leaders, have 5-0 and 6-0 marks.

Storm Lake's football squad is just beginning to recoup from a major siege of the flu. But it was feared that possible recurrence of the malady might have set in, including both squads.

In addition, Friday's heavy afternoon rain added to that health danger, officials declared.

Cherokee and Storm Lake were not the only ones without a football game last night.

Both Spirit Lake and Emmetsburg have canceled their football schedules for the remainder of the season because of the ravages of influenza.

Emmetsburg was scheduled at Sibley Friday night and Spirit Lake had a date at home against Sheldon.

Spirit Lake's two other games with Emmetsburg and Storm Lake--both already waylaid by the flu--have been wiped off the record books.

According to present circumstances, only one contest on the flu-buffeted Lakes card remains. That's a November 5 rescheduled duel between Storm Lake and Estherville at Storm Lake.

School officials said there would be no decision on the Lakes Conference football championship until the close of the season.

Storm Lake officials said they could not work Cherokee into a postponement date next week because of their already rescheduled game with Estherville.

Meanwhile, the Braves' overall physical condition was at a low ebb for the season Friday.

Coach Bruce Pickford said from 15-20 personnel are out--most of them with the flu--some with injuries and other sicknesses.

The latest victim was touchdown threat Roger Cunningham, senior halfback. Cunningham, who has the top rushing average in the conference of 10.7 yard per carry.

Tackles Jerry Lindberg and Lloyd Swanson and end Jim Becker all have been out several days. The former two have the flue and Becker a sprained back. Among others, reserve quarterback Gill Hertliep and halfback Larry Hetrick have been stricken by the flu.

The Emmetsburg school was closed until Wednesday of this week when it finally reopened. The flu touched its peak at Estherville Friday with a total of 500 students on the absentee list. There are some 2,000 in the Estherville School system.

Last night's Spencer-Estherville game at Spencer was the lone contest on the loop schedule.

These young Flood workers are pictured her doing their duty on East Main St. This photo was taken on April 8, 1969.
25 years ago

The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors on Monday heard the details of a proposed plan that could drastically change the county's responsibilities concerning its involvement with the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) program.

Dennis Wolf, team manager for the Area 4 CETA program, which includes Plymouth, Cherokee, Ida and Monona counties, told the board that the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors is in the process of trying to form a consortium of several counties, including Cherokee, in order to receive CETA funding directly from the U.S. Department of Labor.

This picture is of Speelmon's Steak House with sandbag preparing for the flood in 1969
Wolf said the consortium is being sought in order to meet the guidelines of proposed federal legislation. Under the current guidelines, counties with a base population of at least 100,000 like Woodbury County, receive the funds directly. Counties under 100,000, like Cherokee, receive their funding through the state.

The proposed legislation, which would go into effect in October 1983, would hike the base population requirement from 100,000 to 200,000, and Wolf said it is for that reason Woodbury County is seeking to form a consortium with neighboring counties.

Wolf, who said he does not recommend forming the consortium, said if Cherokee County were to join it would require a number of changes on the part of the county. For example, he said, the boards of supervisors in the group would be legally responsible for audit exceptions, overpayments and program performance standards, a responsibility now held by the governor's office.

In addition, the new consortium would be required to develop a Private Industry Council to determine local objectives and administer the local program. Under the present system, a statewide council determines the objectives and develops a state plan.

Wolf also pointed out that developing the new consortium would take a good deal of time and the requirements of the new legislation are already in place under the present system.

Wolf told the supervisors that during the past fiscal year, the Area 4 program operated with a budget of $211,316.79 and served 165 clients. He also described the services offered by the program including pre-employment training, vocational training, on-the-job training, and job development.

Wolf stressed that the goal of the CETA program is to make taxpaying citizens out of tax recipients. For example, he cited statistics that indicate 49 Aid to Dependent Children recipients, 45 single parents, 30 law breakers and 20 handicapped persons were served during the year. In addition, he said 67 percent of the persons served by the program during the year were eventually placed in full-time jobs.

In other business, the board:

• Agreed to purchase a utility box from Northwest Bodies Inc. of Manson for $2,775.

• Discussed the possibility of instituting a mineral tax on gravel sales in the county. It is the opinion of the board that the large volume of traffic transporting gravel out of the county has done considerable damage to several roads. Monies from the tax would be placed in a special fund for repairing the roads used to haul the gravel. In order to institute the tax, the county would first have to adopt home rule.

• Discussed with County Engineer Bill Bennett road projects for 1983 including paving five miles of gravel road that runs off the River road; putting an overlay on four miles of L36 near Marcus, and replacing the Quimby bridge. In addition, the supervisors discussed a number of bridges in the county and possible work that could be done.

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