100 years ago
When the guests arrived, they were met at the station and taken to the lodge rooms where in a nicely appointed dining room a splendid seven o'clock dinner was served.
After dinner a short time was spent in introductions and getting acquainted and then chapter was opened and the work of initiation was rendered. No chapter could do it better for every officer did their part perfectly and they could not do otherwise under the direction of their two splendid presiding officers, Mrs. Edmonds, Worthy Matron, and Dr. Dwight, Worthy Patron.
The chapter room was beautifully decorated and excellently furnished and in view of the fact that they are certainly to be congratulated on their large membership and nicely appointed rooms.
Chapter then closed in form and a short but delightful program was listened to and then came a general "visity" time which everyone took part in and merriment and pleasantry inspired by good fellowship made an hour go all too quickly.
It was certainly a splendid evening and the Marcus chapter have certainly proved themselves excellent entertainers and a genuinely hospitable, thoroughly delightful chapter.
Average enrollments in the 71 rural schools of Cherokee county is 12.13 this year, according to Miss Lulu Rose Orr, superintendent, who has completed her autumn inspection of the rural districts. This average is higher than of last year because of the closing of four schools. Total enrollment is 861 of which 132 are of the first grade and 100 of the eighth with that of the other grades ranging from 82 in the second to 118 in the fourth. Marcus No. 1 with an enrollment of 22 is the largest of the system.
There are eight schools in Afton township attended by 98 children; seven in Amherst, 99 pupils; four in Cherokee, 47; seven in Diamond, 81; four in Liberty, 63; four in Marcus, 56; seven in Pilot, 81; eight in Rock, 104; seven in Silver, 93; two in Spring, 26; two in Sheridan, 18; nine in Tilden, 95; two in Willow, 36.
Condition of buildings, equipment and grounds is excellent, despite the stressing of economy, according to Miss Orr, who expresses pleasure at the interest taken by directors and their wives.
"Floors are oiled, walls cleaned or redecorated with some cheap material, windows and curtains cleaned, stoves polished and the plants as a whole in as good or better condition than usual," the superintendent stated, "which shows much work on the part of school patrons."
Inquiry concerning occupation of the 91 students who were graduated from the rural schools last May showed that 61 are now attending high school, 21 remaining at home, four in confirmation classes and two reviewing eighth grade work with the plan of attending high school next year.
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High schools in which these graduates are enrolled include Aurelia, 8; Cherokee, 15; Grand Meadow, 3; Cleghorn, 2; Marcus, 9; Quimby, 15; Washta, 4; Adrian, Minn., 1; Brook Consolidated, 1; Galva, 2; Sioux City, 1.
A marked increase of high school attendance from Rock township schools is noticed the past few years and borne out in this year's enrollment at Quimby.
Masonic bodies of Cherokee will sponsor a charity ball at the temple Thursday, November 24, contributing the proceeds to Associated Charities, C. E. Quinn, chairman, has announced. Good music and program from 8:30 p.m. to midnight is promised for 25 cents. "While folks are having a good time they'll be doing a good turn." was Quinn's comment.
Residents of the entire county are urged to attend the dance and help the county Charities organization. Ticket sales, begun Tuesday by Rainbow Girls and committee members representing all local branches of the Masonic lodge, presaged a large attendance and much interest on the part of Cherokee residents.
Elwyn Thomas, in charge of orchestra and entertainment is making arrangements to secure leading talent of the city who will present novelty numbers between dances.
50 years ago
"Show Boat" by the Cherokee Community Chorus is to be staged Monday and Tuesday evenings at 8 o'clock in the Washington High school auditorium.
The 70-member cast representing several Cherokee music groups is under direction of Don McCarthy, public school vocal music instructor.
Taking part in the ambitious production are members of the County Women's Chorus, Cherokee Men's Chorus, Cherokee Tone Circle. This organization is a member of both state and national Federated Music Clubs.
In addition, several high school students have minor speaking parts in the well-known musical comedy.
Previews given by units from the cast indicate an enjoyable evening of song and humor is in store for those who attend either performance.
General chairman of the production is John Mills. Serving on the general committee are Dave Sayre, Barney Bowen, Helen Delaplane, Doris Capps, Harriet Haight and Marian Schneider.
Mrs. Lyle Midland, Mrs. Josephine Olsen and Mrs. Dale Cline have been working on scenery and props. Heading the costume committee is Mrs. Al Lieb, with Bowen in charge of lights and sound.
Doubling in leading roles are Mrs. Walter Lack, Miss Marilyn Springer, Ernie Nelson, Hobert Johnson, Mrs. Bernie Saggau and Mrs. Washburn Steele.
25 Years Ago
Middle school teachers are trying a new way to urge their students to do better in school--and this time they're going to make it stick.
About 240 fifth- and sixth-graders will be on their best behavior this week, as teachers will be passing out hundreds of special stickers to reward superior achievements and promote school spirit.
"We're trying to make them feel good about their work," said Marge Frisbie, sixth-grade science teacher. She also said the stickers should be prized by students, as stickers are popular decorations for notebooks and other school items.
Another reason for the stickers, according to Larrabee Principal Larry Weede, is to boost students' pride in the Larrabee school building.
"Sometimes they get the feeling that we are the 'other school' because we are away" from the other schools in the Cherokee district, said Weede, who originated the sticker idea.
Weede said the sticker message--"Larrabee Middle School--a peach of a place to learn"--was his idea, and the stickers were made in Cherokee.
About 2,000 were printed and about half of that total will be given away this week to mark American Education Week. The rest will be passed out later in the school year.
He said teachers will decide who will receive the stickers on their own, but both top efforts and improved school work will be rewarded.
As an example, he said the 1 ½ inch diameter stickers might be used to put on musical instruments.
Some have already been given out. Among sixth-graders singled out, David Phipps and Daryl Ortgies were honored for their extra work on chemical reaction experiments, Kevin Carey for special effort in reading assignments and Ron Schumann for language arts work.
In addition, the Larrabee Student Council will soon be selling badges with the same theme to raise funds.
Weede said the badge money will be used to fund refreshments for special field trip days, Christmas films and other activities.
The badges are being made by Leroy Kraai, sixth-grade math teacher at Larrabee.