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Monday, December 3, 2007

100 years ago

Washta, Ia., Nov. 23, Special: When the tent in which George Harrison, near here, was conducting his cattle sale was entirely filled with men and women, a fractious heifer escaped from her keeper and rushed into the crowd. The frenzied beast climbed to the very top seat of the amphitheater and then jumped off, striking on Walter Cockburn of Correctionville, who was taken home seriously bruised.

A dozen others were injured either by the hoofs of the animal as she clambered over them or by the precipitous flight which the 200 persons made. Charles Mahnke of this place was seriously hurt. It is said one man has since learned that a bone in his wrist is broken.

There were a dozen women standing in the entrance near the auctioneer, and when the heifer made her attack on the crowded seats they rushed out, but were held back by a wire fence. The men came out pell mell and crowded the women into the barbed wire, tearing their clothing, but not injuring them to speak of. To add to the confusion the main support of the tent was broken by the fleeing crowd, and the canvas came flapping down upon them.

Bird's eye Pictured above is an aerial view of downtown Cherokee. Note the construction work on North Second St.
Before the sale began a section of the amphitheater collapsed, precipitating nearly a score of persons to the ground but all escaped harm.

Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Hall and Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Frisbie were hostesses at a pleasant gathering at the Hall home on West Cedar on Friday evening.

Five hundred was the game and a right merry time was had by the forty-eight guests. The prizes were captured by Mr. Lorne Parker who received a cut glass knife rest and Mrs. E. D. Huxford who won for her skills a half dozen cut glass salt dishes.

Booby prizes were awarded to Mrs. H. J. Schuster and Mr. George Wilson each receiving a tiny pumpkin pie.

The hostesses were remembered by a bouquet form Mr. and Mrs. O. B. Palmer.

At the conclusion of the game delicious refreshments were served. Mr. and Mrs. Frisbie, Mr. and Mrs. Hall and daughters Ethel and Ruby and W. K. Herrick assisted in serving the guests.

75 years ago

Preparations to make Cherokee "The City of Christmas Cheer" were pushed forward Wednesday with decoration of the streets, of business houses and of residences well underway.

Final arrangements were made Tuesday afternoon by the Chamber of Commerce street decorating committee members who have planned a new type of trimming. Instead of the small trees in front of each business house and the several streamers of colored lights, spruce wreathing interspersed with lights will be hung above the streets. These numerous arches strung form the electrolliers and the usual Christmas tree are expected by the committee to furnish the most attractive Christmas trim Cherokee ever has had. F. Johnson is chairman of the committee composed of Glen Champion, C. A. Drayer, L. L. Flint, C. R. Fullerton, J. J. Mathews, J. C. Nelson, James Richards and E. E. Swanson.

Merchants of the city are urged to complete trimming interiors and decorating windows by Saturday so that all portions of the business district will present a complete holiday appearance. In former years people have come from long distances to see decorations of several Cherokee business houses. The committee hopes that visitors will be called to "The City of Christmas Cheer" in similar manner this year.

Likewise the committee recommends that residents of the city and organization members decorate their homes and halls both inside and outside with lights, greens and other trimmings. To create in Cherokee the desired effect all possible steps must be taken by its citizens, the committee believes.

Greens and bright lights are to serve as a background to the season's program planned by the Chamber of Commerce, the Associated Charities and other organizations in making Cherokee "The City of Christmas Cheer."

Afton township neighbors of Mrs. Wm. Dwyer played the good Samaritan Monday, when 40 men gathered at the farm home and assisted in picking 1,400 bushels of corn. Numerous farmers who had not yet completed the harvesting of their own crop put aside this work to join cheerfully in the aid of an unfortunate neighbor, and those who labored found as much joy in their accomplishments as did the recipients of their kindly service.

50 years ago

The junior class of Washington High school will stage "George Washington Slept Here" at 8 o'clock Tuesday evening in the auditorium.

Director for the three-act farce comedy is Maurice Roberts, English and speech instructor.

Students will be admitted on activity tickets. There is a nominal price for adults and special admission fee for children under sixth grade.

The class play chronicles the tribulations of a family man who craves and finally obtains a "little place in the country to call his own."

Ensuing troubles include a search for water, a quarrel with a neighbor, an attempted elopement of the daughter win an actor and the customary invasion of weekend guests.

Appearing in the production are the following students: Pat Miller, Larry Dyslin, Paris Mentis, Gary Meyer, Nancy Fowler, Nancy Welch, Sharon Davis, Jim Stratton , Mona Meadows, Jerry Campbell.

Jim's Trading Post - Jim's Trading Post was located on South First Street, next to East Elm Street. It was initially a Livery Stable, then for many years housed Stahl Furniture before Jim Cates used the building as a "trading post." The building was razed in the early 1990's.
Also: Judy Ware, Barbara Brasser, Tom Hetrick, Tom Augard, Bill Mongan, Gayle Fuhrman, Gary Bunn.

25 years ago

The Cherokee City Council approved a motion Monday to extend job benefits to an existing radio operator if that person fills the new department secretary position.

If a current employee is hired, that person will be offered sick leave, vacation benefits figured at $3.50 per hour wage rate set by the council. Longevity pay will also be carried over if a radio operator is hired.

At the last council meeting Nov. 23, some council members favored treating the job as a new position, allowing no benefits to be carried over.

Monday's move came in a special afternoon meeting after Mayor Bob Fassler asked that the council clarify its benefits position on the hiring to take effect when the Cherokee County Law Enforcement Center opens in January.

In other business, the council: proceeded with a resolution calling for the sale of industrial revenue bonds for the purchase of a Cherokee nursing home, and heard the presentations of the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce and the Cherokee Industrial Corporation.

Acting on the hiring matter, Fassler said Cherokee Police Chief Norm Hill needed more information on what benefits could be offered if one of the city's current radio operators were hired.

The city will terminate its four radio operators before county takes that function in the new countywide communication center. However, the police department, which will also be quartered in the center, is advertising for a secretary for its office operations there.

the more things change ... This photo of the Cherokee water tower in the 1980s bears a strong resemblance to the tower's current look, after a recent paint job.
In the Nov. 23 meeting, some council members voiced support for not hiring any of the current radio operators. Those comments were suggested to Hill, who told the council he'd rather hire an experienced person.

Hill, who attended Monday's meeting, said he has not decided whom he will hire yet. Hill will make the final hiring decision.

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