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Monday, November 12, 2007

Company M parade - Officers of Company M are pictured in a War-dress parade in Des Moines while they were receiving training for the Spanish/American War.
100 years ago

Sometimes it is one crop and sometimes another that takes the lead in the agricultural development of the farm belonging to the state and operated by the patients who are able to work and desirous of doing so.

This year the potato crop takes first place for from ninety-five acres of ground they have gotten a good many more than 20,000 bushels after having used potatoes from the ground for the institution since the first of July. Possibly twenty acres were used up to the time they gathered them all, leaving the 20,000 bushels to come from about seventy five acres of ground.

This is an especially good yield this year as the potato crop generally over the country is not the best that it has been. These potatoes cannot be all consumed by use for the institution and they will have some to market.

The farming of the state's farm at this place is done in a very scientific and thorough manner, as is every branch of the work at the hospital, the most watchful and efficient managers' overseers and physicians being employed and it is not surprising that a good crop rewards them for the summer's work.

Saying good bye - When Company M was called up for duty many of the area citizens showed up at the train station to give a found farewell to the boys.
A deputy sheriff this morning took Virgil Sawville to Ft. Dodge to answer to a charge of breaking and entering in connection with the Barnum bank breaking. Virgil says that he was at Barnum that night but on business of the Illinois Central company, he being employed with the bridge gang and that he can account for his movements. On the other hand his landlady says that Virgil didn't get in the night of the breaking until 3 a.m. It is a case in which quick judgment should not be given and it is hoped Virgil may be able to establish his entire innocence in connection with this matter. One of the Bell boys, formerly of this city, is also said to be implicated.

75 years ago

All Cherokee county precincts had reported before 3 o'clock Wednesday afternoon and results were unchanged. N. M. Nelson was defeated by Wm. H. Smith for representative and Boyd Sinkey maintained his lead over Wm. Drummond.

Returns from 18 precincts of Cherokee county by noon Wednesday gave all but three democratic candidates for all offices, federal, state and local, majorities. G. C. Greenwalt, secretary of state, Ray E. Johnson, treasurer of state, and Boyd J. Sinkey, county recorder, were the three republicans in the lead. Wm. H. Smith (D) state representative, led N. M. Nelson (R) incumbent by only 53, however. Other offices were conceded to the democratic party.

With 6642 residents casting ballots, over 300 of whom were absentee voters, a record vote was piled up in the county and in most instances in each precinct. Complete returns of all 21 precincts will appear in the Thursday issue of The Daily Times.

In keeping with the nation's democratic landslide, Roosevelt led Hoover in the county by 1720 votes; Murphy's vote exceeded Field's by 1294 with Brookhart receiving 240. State republican officers trailed in the county.

Guy M. Gillette (D), candidate for representative of ninth district in congress with a total vote of 4439, led in all but one precinct, Grand Meadow. Ed H. Campbell, (R) polled 1975 votes.

From present indications Art Tilton, incumbent sheriff, (D) who received 8991 votes to E. D. Lamb's 2502, and Sinkey with a lead of 247 over his democratic opponent. Wm. Drummond, will be the only county official to remain in office.

Lew McDonald (R), incumbent state senator, trailed Mike G. Fisch of LeMars (D), by 577. Ben Delany (D) led in the race with W. O. Dailey (R) for county auditor by 503 votes. A lead of 269 was piled up by F. M. Tyner (D) over Ray Adsit (R). for the office of county treasurer.

Wayne Flickinger (D) polled a vote 572 in excess of that for F. J. Carpenter (R), incumbent clerk.

50 years ago

As the stars and stripes billowed overhead in the brisk breeze of a bright November morning, a handful of faithful veterans and residents took time out to observe Veterans Day.

WWII Honor Roll - During WWII, the Cherokee County Honor Roll sat on the southwest corner of Main St. and Fifth St. Although the boys were away they were remembered at home.
Traffic was halted at the intersection of Main and Second at 11 a.m. while color guards of the American Legion and V.F.W. lined up facing the east.

About a score of businessmen-veterans and several representatives of veterans' auxiliary units fell into position behind the uniformed men.

Fr. L. J. Lynch and the Rev. Walter Lack opened the brief but impressive ceremony with prayers expressing appreciation to those who "fought and died to make this nation what it is today."

After a moment of respectful silence, a rifle volley was fired in salute.

Some 150 parents attended a Parents Night discussion session Tuesday evening at Washington High School.

Doors opened at 7 p.m. to allow parents to meet with teachers in their individual classrooms.

Parents gathered in groups according to the grade in which their children are enrolled.

At those separate sessions, a variety of teenage problems were taken up and suggestions given by parents.

In the final phase of the evening program, all groups convened in the auditorium to hear reports by a representative from each separate session.

Supt. Lloyd Sexton presided at the meeting. He presented Washington's principal, Ernest L. Gustafson, who introduced faculty members.

Following consideration of topics stressed in the group sessions, parents and teachers met informally in a coffee hour.

25 Years Ago

The possibility of diagonal parking on Main Street was brought up before the Cherokee City Council Tuesday night meeting with sharp disagreement among council members.

Though the idea was brought up by Mayor Bob Fassler, Councilman Jim Clabaugh was vocal in support of changing at least one side of the downtown business district to diagonal parking.

He said many customers, especially women and elderly, don't care to parallel park on Main Street. Providing convenient parking would benefit customers as well as merchants.

Clabaugh, who owns Fashionette, agreed there are ample parking spaces in the general downtown area, but said the most effective parking is within sight of merchants' storefronts.

"Where we need it the most is where we've lost the most" spaces in the downtown area, he said.

In difficult times for businessmen, he said the city should be looking for ways to keep businesses from folding.

But other councilmen were equally vocal in opposing the idea.

Councilmen Aaron Vest and Floyd Ehrich said the plan would hinder the flow of traffic on Main Street.

"We'd be putting bottlenecks on Main Street," said Ehrich, adding the current situation allows for four lanes of smooth-flowing traffic.

"I think it's stupid," asserted Public Works Director Barney Hester. He noted that the city had just sold $40,000 in general obligation bonds for development of a new parking lot bordering the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad tracks. If the council was intending to go the diagonal-parking route, he said, the money for new parking lot development should be saved.

He also said the move would result in increased traffic accidents, as was the case when diagonal parking was allowed previously.

Responding to Ehrich's argument on traffic flow, Clabaugh said a downtown business district was not meant "to rush people through. They're designed for shopping."

And he also warned that downtown businesses are depreciating at a "shocking" rate, which is not happening in similar towns nearby.

Fassler supported Clabaugh. "I don't own a building downtown so people can drive past it."

And City Attorney Wally Miller said it was his impression that there is less activity downtown now than in the past.

Following the lengthy debate, the council appointed Fassler and Councilman Dale Julius to get responses on the idea from the business community and the public.

The council also received a letter from Cherokee attorney John Loughlin backing diagonal parking. Loughlin's letter was in response to a note of thanks from the mayor for removing the former Greer Hotel building.

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