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Times Gone By

Friday, February 8, 2008

Fats and Lean Ball Club --- The Fats and Lean Ball Club stood for a picture in June of 1894.
100 years ago

On Wednesday evening at the home of M. Mummert at about five o'clock occurred the wedding of Arthur E. Hickey and Blanche B. Mummert.

The rooms were prettily decorated in green and white. To the strains of Lohengrin's bridal march rendered by Miss Grace Kleeberger the wedding party entered the parlor. The ceremony performed by Rev. Huffman was simple and impressive.

The bride wore a beautiful dress of white Jap silk and carried a bouquet of bridal roses. The bridal pair were unattended. After the ceremony and congratulations, a bountiful supper was enjoyed, the guests being served by the Misses Grace Mummert, Opal Johnson, Pearl Coombs, Ima Fraser, Mable Leonard and Harriet Wall.

The guests present were Rev. and Mrs. Huffman, Mr. and Mrs. Jonas Mummert, John Mummert, Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Mummert, Mr. and Mrs. J. McFarlane, Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Mathwig, Mr. and Mrs. Shank, W. F. Hickey, Wm. Mummert, Misses Luella and Edna Hickey, Mrs. A. A. Dingman, Miss Gladys Bell, Miss Grace Kleeberger, Earl Fraser and G. R. Wharton.

Owing to the serious illness of Mr. Hickey's father several of his family were unable to be present.

The beat goes on --- The Cherokee Band was made up of citizens of all ages who love music. This photo was taken some time in the mid-nineteen twenties.
The bride is one of our most popular and lovable young ladies, having grown to womanhood in our midst. She has been quite active in church and social affairs and has been a member of the Congregational choir for a number of years.

The groom is a prosperous young man living south of Aurelia. He is a young man of excellent character and in every way worthy of the bride he has won.

75 years ago

About 100 dancing couples and others who were present as spectators attended the military ball held under the auspices of Treptow unit drill team at the armory Tuesday evening. The fund realized from ticket sales will be used to purchase uniform blouses to be worn by members for the first time when they compete at the district convention to be held at LeMars in May.

Concert music by Bake and His Dixie Vagabonds opened a 30-minute program which preceded dancing. Darrell Olson, accompanied by Name Irwin, sang "Trees;" Mrs. Gus Boswall presented the reading, "A Jewish Wedding," and Betty and Marjorie Spoor gave a novelty dance.

The grand march, led by Mayor and Mrs. A Lawrey, Jr. introduced the dancing.

Committee chairman were Mrs. Erma Jones, program; Mrs. Elizabeth Whitmore, ticket sales; Mrs. Inez Jacobs, decorations; Mrs. Nina Swisher, advertising.

Appreciation of the support given by Cherokee residents, of those who took part on the program and in the grand march was expressed by Mrs. Jones, captain of the team.


Wheeling Corrugated company of Des Moines was awarded contract for 2,414 lineal feet of culvert pipe and 136 pieces of bands by the board of supervisors meeting in regular session at the courthouse Tuesday. This bid of $2,675.04 was the lowest of four received. Others were $2,813.04, $2,833.28, and $2,902.72.

Eight bids concerning lumber material were rejected and 10:30 o'clock, February 11, set as date for receiving new bids.

Opinion Filed

A committee composed of L. H. Sangwin, Wm. Clark and C. C. Whitney filed an opinion of the attorney general, Edward L. O'Connor, concerning Farm Bureau membership requirements with the board.

The opinion was written in answer to a query from a Leon, Ia. Representative who asked "When does the Farm Bureau have to have its 200 paid up memberships to draw money for any particular year?"

Time of applying for membership and on the first Monday in January each year thereafter was stated as the date for payment of dues. O'Connor emphasized that to obtain an appropriation from the county, the organization must have at least 200 bona fide members whose aggregate yearly dues and pledges amount to not less than $1,000.

The attorney held that members are not bona fide if dues are not collected until December preceding the appropriation date as "it would seem that the reason for collecting those dues in December (rather than the preceding January) would be for the sole purpose of obtaining $2,000."

Attention was called to the section providing that all books, papers and records of the association shall at all times be open to the inspection of the department and the board of supervisors or anyone appointed by the board for this purpose. "The board of supervisors has a right to satisfy itself whether or not the membership of the corporation is bona fide before making appropriations."

Claims on the domestic animal fund were allowed Jud McQueen, $7 for one slaughtered bred sow, asked $10; Perry Davis, $5 for one hog; Gordon Garvin $10 for two sheep, wanted $12.

50 years ago

The month of February was accompanied by a cold wave which sent the mercury down to -9 last night from a high of only 19 here Sunday.

Highs Friday and Saturday were 25 and 27, with low readings of 8 and 2 respectively.

Traces of precipitation in the form of fine snow were recorded on Saturday.

9 Below

The temperature stood at -9 at 7 o'clock Monday morning, but had risen to zero by 6 a.m. today.

Shivering residents are promised a slight warming trend in Monday's weather forecast.

Roads in both Districts 5 and 6 were reported to be "near normal" by Iowa Patrol headquarters.

The appointment of Chester Denson as assistant extension director for Cherokee County was approved this week at the first meeting of the 1958 Extension Council.

Walter Fuhrman again was named chairman of the council in election of officers at the session Thursday evening.

Reelected to their council posts were Millard Dubes, vice chairman, and Paul Roepke, treasurer. Max Mugge was elected secretary.

Benson, 50, succeeds Dave Brueck, assistant director here the past two years Brueck resigned in December to return to farming.


The new assistant to Extension Director Forrest Kohrt is currently teaching vocational agriculture at Grand Junction.

Benson will assume his duties here February 17. His wife and three school-age children will remain at Grand Junction until the end of the school term.

Kohrt said Benson has had nine years of experience in extension work, having served as Extension director in both Sioux and Chickasaw counties.

After spending four years in private business, Benson took up vocational garniture work at Grand Junction. This was his second year as an instructor in that community.

Kohrt also announced that Bruce Campbell, Extension youth assistant for this county since last June, has left to enter service.

No successor to Campbell has been secured.

25 years ago

Heavy snow and winds gusting over 35 mph sliced through Cherokee County Wednesday, canceling all county schools Wednesday and today and making travel difficult.

The National Weather Service in Des Moines said that northwesterly winds continued from 15 to 30 mph Wednesday night for Cherokee County. The winds were to diminish today to about 10 to 15 mph, with temperatures turning colder. Highs today were expected to be from 5 to 10.

Four inches of snow had accumulated in Cherokee by 8 a.m. Wednesday, according to City Hall records. Information on additional amounts of snow Wednesday was not available.

A total of 5 inches of new snow was reported for Storm Lake as of 6 a.m. Wednesday, according to National Weather Service specialist Dan Ferry.

Despite the hazards, local law enforcement officials reported no weather-related traffic accidents in the county.

Because of the high winds that continued throughout Wednesday, city and county road crews were unable to make much headway before calling it quits Wednesday afternoon.

City Administrator Gil Bremicker said street crews quit at about 1 p.m. and began again Wednesday night.

Likewise, County Engineer Bill Bennett said the county maintenance crews were sent home when roads drifted shut as soon as they were plowed.

Bennett said one woman called to say her vehicle was stuck in a rural area, and that road had been plowed only an hour earlier.

"When the wind goes down, we'll send them out again," he said.

Unlike the last major snowstorm to hit the area, no power outages were reported.

Bernie Kult, manager of the Iowa Public Service office in Cherokee, said storm problems are more likely to arise for the power company when ice is included in the storm.

"We've been very fortunate that everything's holding," Kult said.

And Wayne Woolridge, manager of the Iowa Electric Light and Power Co. office here, also said his crews had had no problem in the current storm.

"We're in fine shape," he said.

Statewide, the story was much the same as here.

State Department of Transportation crews were still clearing roads late Wednesday, trying to remove the 7- to 10-inch snowfall that stretched from southwest Iowa through the central portion of the state to the northeast.

"If the drifting and blowing gets so bad that they can't see, we'll pull them off," said DOT spokesman George Norris.

Roads in areas unprotected from the wind were especially hazardous, Norris said.

Big band sound -- In 1970 Cherokee hosted a Band Festival at the gymnasium at Washington High School. Hundreds participated.
"As soon as they plow them, they're covered up again," he said. "Our advice to people is: if you can get home, stay there."

Most roads remained open Wednesday, although treacherous. Only Iowa 3 in Plymouth County and Iowa 9 in Osceola County--both in northwest Iowa--were closed, the Iowa State Patrol reported.

The National Weather Service issued a traveler's advisory for the entire state Wednesday afternoon and said it would remain n effect today for central and eastern Iowa. All highways in the state were reported 100 percent snow- and ice-covered Wednesday.

The snow began falling Tuesday, with the heaviest amounts falling in a band running from the southwest corner to northeast Iowa. Northeast and southeast Iowa received only 1 to 3 inches.

Des Moines reported nine inches of snow on the ground Wednesday, Waterloo and Cedar Rapids had eight inches and Sioux City five.

The Des Moines Municipal Airport closed at 11 p.m. Tuesday, but reopened Wednesday morning.

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