100 years ago
J. B. Demerest Has Hand Drawn Late Planing Machine at Sioux City and Terribly Lacerated. Demarest, a carpenter in the Lytle Construction Co., met with a terrible accident Friday afternoon, which practically deprives him of one hand.
While planing a plank the plank split and his hand was drawn into the knives. His forefinger was cut nearly off, and a big piece was cut out of his middle finger and his thumb. One finger was thrown out of joint.
He resides at 310 10th street. He had just got through a three weeks siege of illness and this misfortune comes doubly hard.
Wm. O'Brien, a bridge carpenter, had an eventful day Christmas. He had been drinking and got into a mixup at the Cherokee House with one Higgins before breakfast and got licked. He went on the nine o'clock train to Anthon where he was arrested and fined and he then went to Oto and cut his throat with a razor and will probably die.
He is a man forty years old and unmarried. From correspondence found in his pocket it is supposed that his relatives live at Independence, Iowa. He left a not dated at Anthon to his family saying his time had come and bidding farewell but giving no reason for suicide. A letter from J. G. O'Brien, of Independence, gave news of the family and urged him to write to his mother.
75 years ago
The original letter was written July 29 by Roosevelt to C. A. Cobb, editor of the Progressive Farmer & Southern Ruralist of Atlanta, Ga.
It reads in part:
"I believe thoroughly in agricultural education. I regard it as one of the most important and essential branches of the whole educational effort that is being carried on in the United States. I am a firm believer also in the value of the cooperative research and experimental work and the extension service which state institutions, in cooperation with the federal government are rendering.
"I think it would be nothing short of a disaster if any of this work were seriously curtailed. Particularly, in these times when farmers are having such a desperate struggle to maintain themselves, I think it supremely important that they should have the benefit of the expert advice that colleges, experiment stations and extension services are able to give them and it is equally important that we should continue to hold out to their children opportunities for an education that will make them something more then field drudges."
50 years ago
Cherokee Fire Department personnel Thursday night reelected Dale Goldie to his 14th consecutive year as the city fire chief at the department's annual meeting.
Gathering in the firehouse, firemen reelected the same slate officers. It will be the 35th straight year in the department for the veteran Goldie.
Named first assistant chief was Carl Eischen, Lowell Willbrandt is second assistant. Harry DeBolt, secretary, and Eischen also treasurer. Leo Morten is again day driver, Art Reed, Sr., night driver and Ronald Hart, relief driver.
Department members audited books for the year and approved them. Lunch of sandwiches and coffee, cake, and ice cream was served.
Firemen answered two calls during the early morning hours Friday.
At 2:30 a.m. fire personnel were called to the Sophie Russell residence and nursing home on Union. A fire alarm there was accidentally set off when a fuse over the boiler blew off. There was no blaze.
Firemen at 5 a.m. were called to the sawmill 3 miles north on old Highway 21. Piles of slabs from logs at the sawmill had ignited. Personnel hauled out 1,000 gallons of water to fight the fire for more than an hour. No damage of importance was noted.
Don Wieland, Cherokee County treasurer for the past seven months, Friday tendered his resignation to the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors.
The resignation was accepted by the Board.
The 30-year-old Wieland--married and the father of two children--will assume the post of assistant cashier at Farmer's National Bank in Aurelia.
Wieland's resignation is effective on January 31 as county treasurer. He took the county post effective May 27, succeeding Anton Dahlgren. Dahlgren had resigned after a discrepancy was found in the treasurer's accounts.
Wieland said he was accepting the bank position in Aurelia because he hopes to "better himself." He said he had enjoyed the work in the count post. Added Wieland, "It's a fine position (treasurer's post) and I sincerely appreciate the co-operation shown me."
The Aurelian had a service station business in Aurelia before taking the county treasurer's post. He has been commuting daily from Aurelia to work.
Mr. and Mrs. Wieland are the parents of two children--David 6, and Dennis, 2.
25 years ago
But if today is Wednesday and you just got your paper, the blizzardlike conditions forecast lived up to expectations.
After a day of rain and sleet Monday, the National Weather Services' winter storm warning began to look real when winds of 15-25 miles per hour began to push heavy snow at mid-evening. Visibility was reduced to nearly zero in some areas in town, and the wind and ice took its toll on a tree at Eleventh and Cedar streets, toppling it into the roadway. The tree later was removed by law enforcement officers.
While Cherokee missed the brunt of a Christmas weekend storm that hit northwest Iowa, the Weather Service said six inches of snow were likely Monday night for Cherokee, with areas of extreme northwest Iowa getting up to 10 inches.
Jerry Adams of the National Weather Service in Des Moines said snow should be tapering off in Cherokee by mid-morning today, but that "winds will still be pretty good much of the day, creating blizzard conditions. But it should die off rapidly Tuesday night and Wednesday, remaining quite cold."
Adams said winds of 20-35 mph could be expected in the Cherokee area.
The icing earlier in the day caused by low temperatures and sleet caused problems for area utilities. Bernie Kult, manager of the Cherokee office of Iowa Public Service Co., said one of the company's transformers on the North Second Street hill blew up at about 7 p.m., dousing lights at several houses in the area. The outage was not expected to last long, however.
Kult also said the wind and ice were causing problems as lines rubbed together, making the lights blink. "It's just a pain in the neck," said Kult.
"We're mainly having troubles with wires getting together and tree limbs coming down on wires."
Kult said seven of the nine linemen from the Cherokee office were out Monday night dealing with weather-related problems in Cherokee and neighboring towns.
Kevin Sump, manager of the Cherokee County Rural Electric Cooperative, said some customers in Grand Meadow Township were affected by an outage at about 7:30 p.m. after a pole broke.
Sue Cameron, radio operator for the Department of Public Safety in Storm Lake, said about 9 p.m. that reports of weather-related problems had been declining after fairly brisk business for the Iowa State Patrol earlier in the day. "Apparently drivers have decided to stay home," said Cameron.
Visibility on Interstate 29 in the Sioux City area was reported at about 100 feet, while father east it was somewhat better. Cameron said all highways were reported 100 percent snow- and ice-covered, with blowing snow and drifting.
Department of Transportation snow plows were reported attempting to clear highways in the Cherokee area, but Cameron said that plows had been called in the far northwest corner of the state.
Barney Hester, Cherokee director of public works, said city snow plows had been out earlier in the day salting and sanding but were called in before evening. "They'll be going out again after midnight and work on it," said Hester. "There's not much sense doing anything until you get rid of the cars downtown. They'll probably be working most of the night."
Adams of the Weather Service said the storm was covering the eastern halves of Nebraska, Kansas and South Dakota and was expected to hit much of Minnesota, Iowa and northeast Missouri. At about 9:30 the storm was centered on Ottumwa, he said, and was heading northeast.
Adams said no new storms are in the picture for the immediate future, although temperatures will be cold.
Radio station KNOD in Harlan was knocked off the air when ice formed on its transmitting equipment.
The storm was preceded by freezing rain and fog over most of the state, causing numerous traffic tie-ups. Des Moines Police responded to about two dozen traffic mishaps, most of them occurring on overpasses, which were the first to freeze.
"We've got a lot of problems," said a Pottawattamie County sheriff's dispatcher in Council Bluffs.
"There have been several accidents, several semis jackknifed. You name, it we have it."
By mid-morning Monday, more than 20 vehicles slid off Interstates 80 and 29 in the Council Bluffs area in the three hours since the freezing rain began shortly after 6 a.m., she said.