Aurelia, January 23rd, special to the Times: This little town today is all agog over a sensational elopement, the details of which have just come out.
The principals to the affair are Lloyd Wilson, a barber married and the father of three children, and Miss Gertrude Waddell, daughter of O. D. Waddell, a wealthy and greatly respected citizen of Aurelia. It appears that these parties eloped Monday night going by team to Alta and taking a train from there. That they had gone together did not develop until last night when the irate father became convinced that his daughter had been led astray by Wilson and he lost no time in getting the officers of justice on his trail. He offers a reward of $300 for his apprehension and he is determined if possible to secure his punishment. Miss Gertie is about twenty years of age and is an accomplished young lady and much sympathy is expressed for the parents in the trouble which has come upon them.
Yesterday was the annual "home coming" and roll call at the First Baptist church of this city. The congregational gathered in force in the newly furnished parlors of the church at 11 a.m. and promptly at 12 sat down to a sumptuous feast prepared by the ladies. After dinner the pastor acting as toastmaster inaugurated a most pleasing feature of the gathering. The roll of the membership was called and responses in neat little speeches were given by D. P. Hiscox, Geo A. Andrews, Deacons Wm. Hale, Myron Kenny and J. C. Dowding and Mrs. Hattie Wolf and Norman Wintesteen. The social functions were kept up until four p.m. and all left feeling that it was well to have been there, but not before a group picture of the congregational with the church building as a background had been taken.
75 years ago
Requirement by law of universal fingerprinting records was advocated by Raymond Davis, fingerprint expert of the Cherokee State hospital, in a talk before the Rotary club and its guests at a dinner served Monday evening at the Hotel Lewis. Mr. Davis, who has made an intensive study of fingerprinting, sketched interestingly the benefits of establishing and maintaining such universal facilities for identification and their use not only in identification of criminals but also of kidnapped or lost persons or unknown dead. He also emphasized its usefulness as a means of identification for the cashing of drafts and checks and in the certification of various legal documents.
Mr. Davis illustrated the methods used by fingerprinting several club members and guests and explained how fingerprint records are secured from automobile doors, safes, guns and other sources used in search for identification of criminals.
The club had as guests the Rotary Anns and members of Rotary families. The musical program included trombone numbers by Paul Goeb, with Miss Georgiana Mantor as accompanist.
The first of a series of meat cutting and curing follow-up meetings was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon in Spring township. Both men and women, regardless of Farm Bureau membership, were invited to attend the demonstration held at the Adolph Tigges home. C. C. Turner, county agent, was to supervise the meat cutting and curing and Mrs. Lawrence Davis and committee the canning. Beef and pork were obtained for the demonstration.
Similar sessions are to be held throughout the county by township leaders who secured the material at two county demonstrations conducted by C. W. McDonald of the Iowa State college extension department.
The Christian church at Sutherland will hold a Bible festival February 5. A display of old Bibles of all kinds is being arranged and citizens are asking to cooperate and loan Bibles for the occasion.
Bibles for the blind, miniature Bibles, those of odd and rare bindings, translations and those printed in foreign languages are wanted.
The sermon for that evening will be "The Greatest Book in the World." Services will close with "The Old Book and the Old Faith," a pageant. Monday and Tuesday the bibles will be displayed in a downtown window; Wednesday they be at the public library. A prize of one dollar will be given for the oldest Bible and another dollar for the most interesting Bible.
50 years ago
Accidents within the city of Cherokee during 1957 numbered 200 with a total damage estimate of $18,383.
Records kept by Police Chief Laurence Schmoldt show that 111 of the accidents resulted in damage of $50 or more and thus were reported to the state as required by law.
Arrests, chiefly for reckless driving, followed 17 of the 111 accidents.
Comparison with previous recent years shows there were 210 accidents in 1956 at a total estimated damage of $21,424.
Figures for preceding years show 260 accidents in 1955, $17,580 total damage; 211 accidents in 1954 $12,248 total damage; 253 accidents in 1953, $22,706 total damage.
"There have been no traffic fatalities within the city for eight years," added the chief.
Mayor's court hearing resulting from arrests made by city police totaled 166. Fines levied on a variety of charges amounted to a total of $3,832.40. In addition, a number of persons served jail sentences in lieu of paying penalties.
The greatest number of hearing, 48, resulted from arrests for intoxication. Speeding was the second most frequent charge, with 45 hearings for this violation.
Reckless driving charges accounted for 25 mayor's court cases and there were 12 resulting from stop sign violations.
Following are the remaining cases handled in mayor's court: Failure to have vehicle under control, 11; disorderly conduct, 9; no driver's license, 7; petty larceny, 3; improper passing, 3; leaving the scene of an accident, resisting arrest and OMVI, one each.
Cherokee's police force is comprised of eight men. In addition to Chief Schmoldt and meterman Fred Hallbauer, there are six officers; Carl Thies, Verland Anderson, Dale Scott, Wallace Erickson, Emmett Lyman, George Ferrin.
25 years ago
The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors on Monday heard a request from Dick Sievers and Alan Lanning of Mid-Sioux Opportunity Inc. for $2,750 in federal revenue-sharing funds.
Sievers told the supervisors that Mid-Sioux is requesting funding from each of the five counties it serves along with towns and local organizations in order to make up a $90,000 reduction in block grant funding.
Sievers added that the funds would be used to finance the out-reach offices in all of the counties including Cherokee. The $2,750 request for the county represents 50 cents per person from the rural areas of the county. Recently, the Cherokee City Council received a similar request from Mid-Sioux for $3,502.
Sievers and Lanning explained to the supervisors that they hope to raise half of the $90,000 through contributions from counties and cities and the other half through private donations from businesses, churches and civic organizations.
The supervisors took the request under consideration.
In other action, the supervisors agreed to postpone a request for abatement of property taxes on Farmers Home Administration homes that were recently auctioned.
The supervisors already have abated $1,189.65 in taxes on FmHA homes in accordance with state policy that says government-inventory property is not to be taxed. However, Monday, the supervisors agreed to postpone any further abatements, including these for nine pieces of property sold recently by FmHA, after learning the FmHA will pay the taxes if a request is made by the counties.
The board instructed County Auditor Beverly Anderson to write to Bruce McGuire, chief of rural housing for FmHA in Des Moines, to obtain a clarification on the matter.
In other business the county:
--Agreed to rent the former maintenance shed at Aurelia to the Aurelia School District for housing a school bus. County engineer Bill Bennett was instructed to negotiate a rental fee.
--Approved hiring lawyer Dennis Green of Cherokee to handle an upcoming case in juvenile court. County Attorney John Wibe, who ordinarily would prosecute the case, requested that Green be appointed, citing a conflict of interest if he were involved in prosecuting the case.
The Cherokee School District and the Cherokee Education Association took their contract negotiations right down to the wire Tuesday before reaching agreement on the 1983-84 master contract.
Negotiating representatives for the district and association were scheduled to meet Tuesday with Leonard Lindquist of Minneapolis for a fact-finding hearing. This is the first time in the district's history that contract negotiations reached the fact-finding stage. The hearing was scheduled when both parties were unable to come to terms on the contract after earlier sessions and two meetings with a mediator in December and January.
As Lindquist arrived in Cherokee for the hearing, the two groups went into a final private negotiation session. After about two hours, Steve Avery, a Spencer attorney who represents the Board of Education in the negotiations, announced to Lindquist and the others attending the hearing that an agreement had been reached.
The terms of the contract will not be released until they are approved by the association membership.
Despite the fact that the fact-finder did not actually hold a hearing, Supt. Francis Peterson said Lindquist is entitled to payment. The average rate for a fact-finder is $350 per day plus expenses. Peterson said he will not know the exact cost of hiring the fact-finder until he received a bill from Lindquist. However, he added that Lindquist probably will charge for two days work, which includes his driving time. The cost of the fact-finder will be divided equally between the School District and the CEA.