100 years ago
Cherokee has enjoyed two very superior lectures this week. Tuesday evening that prince of travelers and illustrators entranced a large audience at the opera house for two hours while he with the aid of exquisitely executed views gave much valuable information regarding the countries bordering the east coast of South America. Even the well informed citizen could not fail to gather much additional knowledge from this lecture.
Last evening that Cherokee favorite, Dr. Frank Smith held forth at the Congregational church on "Kings and Queens" and strengthened thereby his hold on Cherokee. The true king, said the speaker, is the manly man and the womanly woman and they spring from every rank of life. An example of the one was Lord Shaftsburry, of England who lived for the betterment of the poor. Of the other poor street apple women vendor of London who also devoted her life to the rescue from vice of the young boy or girl of London slums.
From the children of the nation must come the kings and queens, the manly man and the womanly woman and, said the speaker, could half the time and money be spent in training them for righteousness during the impressible period that is spent to reform the criminal classes the problem of the criminal class would be solved.
When the Leon Finch company left Cherokee, they left behind Mr. and Mrs. Jack Mosher who had wanted to play in their company but somehow didn't make good. They evidently didn't have much extra money for they could pay neither room nor board bill to Mrs. Shannon and Mrs. Ireland attached their trunks and keep them until matters were cleared up. It seems the manager of the Finch company was in their debt for enough to release their trunks and this morning Justice Gillette received that amount from him and they got their release, but had not enough money to leave town.
The man says he is willing to work but hasn't so far secured work which meets with his approval. One of his accomplishments is trick roller skating. They want to get to Sac City where they say they have relatives and a ticket to Chicago.
They are in decidedly a hard place as most of the paraphernalia they have with them is suitable only for show people and they are not able to dispose of it here and would not be able to get anything out of it if they so desired.
It is rather a hard time of the year to be out of a job and also rather a hard place to get a job in their line.
75 years ago
Washta again maintains the record for low winter temperatures when the government thermometer here registered 26 degrees below zero at 8 o'clock Monday morning Dec. 12, when temperature at Sioux City was 11 degrees higher, or 15 degrees below zero.
The lowest temperature ever recorded in Iowa was 47 degrees below zero at Washta in 1911, according to Charles D. Reed, of Des Moines, state meteorologist.
One of the most popular features now appearing in The Daily Times is the 20, 10 and 1 year ago column, which contains interesting highlights of the news of 1912, 1922, and 1931.
Turning back the pages of time is one of the most interesting duties of the news department. If you are following the feature you too, no doubt, have relished it as a choice bit of reading. It is compiled from old files many of which are becoming yellow with age.
After today, however, the column will discontinue its "one year ago" department, and go back to "30 years ago," instead.
After numerous delays because of inclement weather, cornpicking is nearly completed in this territory.
A number will make an all winter's job of it.
Some corn will remain in the fields until spring because of being covered by snow during a recent blizzard.
50 years ago
The Braves' Lloyd Swanson was the big offensive threat of the night as he stuffed in 28 points on 11 field goals and 6 out of 8 free throw attempts.
For the fast, keen-shooting Spirits, it was Lakes win No. 3 in four starts. It marked Cherokee's third setback in four duels--all loop affairs.
Coach Art Sutton's club caught Spirit Lake at 4-4 in the early going and moved ahead to an 18-15 lead, mainly on Swanson's basket punch. Cherokee maintained a 32-29 intermission bulge over the Redskins.
But balanced Spirit Lake scoring began to pay dividends in the third chapter. Tom Duke, Webb and Ahrens who all hit in double figures, ignited the Spirits and they squeezed ahead to a 45-42 third quarter advantage.
Cherokee, showing better offensive gunnery and improved rebounding, battled back in the fourth and came even once. But the Braves could not get across the deciding punch in the late moments. The Spirits led by six points in the finale before the Tribe rallied again.
Swanson sat out six minutes of the third with a four-foul ratio, then returned for the windup. Swanson led the way for Cherokee on both offensive and defensive rebounding, but he had good help from Shug Wray and Jim Mueller.
Wray was runnerup in scoring with 8 and guard gill Hartliep with a good floor game tacked on 7. Denny Smith had 5. Ronnie Rahn fouled to the bench in the fourth after picking up three fouls in the first four minutes.
Duke headed for Spirits' scoring with 8. Ahrens had 12 and Webb 10. Thoreson sank 9. Spirit Lake dropped .444 percent from the field compared to.324 for the Braves. Both clubs muffed 14 free throw chances.
25 years ago
School District May Close School, Add On
The Cherokee Board of Education on Monday focused its attention on future plans for the district, including the possibility of an addition for Roosevelt School and closing Lincoln Elementary School. Also discussed were proposed maintenance projects and staff changes.
In presenting the information to the board, Supt. Francis Peterson outlined considerations for the 1983-84 school year including adding a part-time vocal music teacher at Wilson Middle School; adding boys' and girls' cross-country track at Washington High school; adding an emotional disability program in the kindergarten through fourth-grade area; reducing one or two teaching positions at WHS through attrition and purchasing two new school buses.
Two of the suggestions would restore positions or programs that were dropped two years ago for budgetary reasons. As that time the position of middle school vocal instructor was dropped and the cross country track program was eliminated at the high school level.
Peterson stressed to the board that at this time these measures are not recommendations, but rather ideas for the members to consider for future discussion.
In addition, the superintendent offered a number of future project ideas including closing the Lincoln facility and adding on to the Roosevelt attendance center. Peterson handed out blueprints of a possible addition that would include a gym at the school. He estimated that the project would cost about $250,000.
In discussing the possible closing of Lincoln School, Peterson pointed out that if the school is to remain open, a considerable sum of money would have to be invested to make it energy efficient. If the school were to close, Peterson said it would not change any teaching positions; however, it would eliminate a janitorial and secretarial position.
Other future project ideas included repairing the windows and roof at Garfield Elementary School, repairing the WHS roof, adding an all-weather track at the high school and upgrading the football stadium by adding, among other things, restrooms.
The board also discussed at some length the possibility of adding vocational-agriculture to the high school curriculum. Board member Bob Lundquist, who has spoken previously in favor of adding this type of course to the curriculum, asked that the matter be considered again. However, Peterson said the cost of establishing such a program probably would be prohibitive. He also questioned the number of students interested in enrolling in an agricultural program.
In other business the board:
--Received a petition with 125 signatures from Ron Baldner asking that the physical education grades at the high school not be included in grade-point averages. The board took no action; however, Lundquist, who acted as president in the absence of Jerry Namanny, told Baldner the matter may be decided within the next two months. Lundquist added that even if the proposal is adopted it would not go into effect until next year. Several of the board members indicated they had received many comments from the community on the proposal.
--Agreed to allow the senior class open campus during the second semester.
--Heard a report from Peterson on the new federal block grant that is expected to bring the school $12,000 next fall. Peterson said the funds will primarily be used in the math and business education areas at the high school. In addition, some of the funds will be used to introduce a computer program at Wilson Middle School.