For some time negotiations have been pending between Landlord Merrill, of The Lewis Hotel and Mr. Hatton, late landlord of the Bradford, Storm Lake for the transfer of the lease of The Lewis.
These were closed Thursday, and Friday morning the new landlord took charge of the hotel which Mr. Merrill has successfully conducted since it was built. It is said that "some men are born great while others have greatness thrust upon them." It might also be said the some men are born hotel men while others achieve distinction along this line only through costly experience.
Mr. Merrill is a born hotel man and Cherokee and the traveling public will be sorry to have him go from this popular hotel. We understand that he contemplated removing to Washington, first going to Spokane where his father now is though this is not settled.
Cherokee however, is fortunate as the change must be made, in getting a landlord of the known experience of Mr. Hatton who so successfully conducted Hotel Bradford for a number of years, and who no doubt will keep the Hotel Lewis up to its present high standard of excellence.
Monday evening a little before nine o'clock as Wm. Custis and George Cook, barbers in Perrin's barber shop were going home from work they crossed the railroad tracks on Elm street and found lying fast asleep his head across the rail George Bugbee, a farmer.
With some difficulty they aroused the sleeping man and took him to the Werdel livery stable from where he was later taken to the home of relatives living in this city. As all the joints are supposed to be hermetrically sealed in Cherokee the presumption is that George was seized with sudden sea sickness watching the trains go by and laid down on the rail to get rid of that dizzy feeling.
It is a wonder that he ever woke in this world as beside the many trains the switch engine is constantly going back and forth on these tracks and from the position in which Bugabee was found his head would have been severed from his body by a passing train or switch engine. This ought to be a warning to Geo.--not to gaze too fixedly at the trains as they pass by.
Charles Mase, retired rural mail carrier, has announced that he will be a candidate for mayor at the city election March 27. Mase is running on the citizens' ticket.
Coincident with Mase's announcement was the word from Mayor Lawrey that he again would seek the office.
A full citizen's ticket slate was drawn up Tuesday and handed to this newspaper for publication. A check of the candidates, however, brought emphatic denials of candidacy in some cases and in other instances the men named said they would not be ready to make an announcement for several days.
Frank Colby, resident of the first ward, was named for councilman-at-large. Colby said, however, that he was not prepared to make a statement at this time.
W. J. Popma, third ward, candidate, also named as candidate for councilman at large said that he did not consider running and W. J. McWilliams, first ward, said emphatically that he would not be a candidate.
Richard Hallbauer was named as a candidate for second ward councilman and Harry Williams as a candidate from the third ward. These men could not be reached Wednesday morning for verification.
Harry Wilson, named as candidate for assessor, stated emphatically that he would not be a candidate. Wilson is the only one of the group named holding office at the present time.
Those whose names appear on the official ballot at the March 27 election must file their petitions each signed by 25 legal voters, 15 days prior to the election.
In the election two years ago 1,660 votes were cast when Lawrey defeated the late C. W. Salsbery by 35 votes. In this election 734 votes were case n the first ward, 328 in the second and 598 in the third.
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Sheriff Carl Schleef announced today that Gordon Grohe has resigned as deputy sheriff effective February 15.
Verland Anderson, previously deputy sheriff here for 18 months, will return to that post March 1.
Anderson has been on the city policy force since September 1, 1957. The former Meriden resident is a veteran of World War II, married and the father of one child.
Grohe, 24, who began duty with the police department today, succeeds Carl Thies. Grohe is married and has two children. Thies resigned from the force and is leaving to live in California.
When Anderson resumes as deputy sheriff March 1, he will be succeeded on the police force by Harold Smith.
Smith, 46, is moving to Cherokee after selling his farm near Washta. He is married and has two grown children.
The worst Artic blast in three years rocked Timesland and Iowa's Far Northwest over this weekend--Washta, renowned as the Hawkeye State's Sanctuary of the Frigid had a bone-numbing 33 degrees below zero Saturday night.
When the mercury virtually plunged out of sight at the south Cherokee County town on the icy Little Sioux, it tied for dubious low state honors on the weekend.
Atlantic signed in with the same awesome -33.
Both little Washta and Atlantic were just one degree shy of the nation's low Saturday night--34 below at Detroit Lakes, Minn.
Right here in Cherokee is wasn't much better--27 below zero. And as a result meet Timesland thermostats were high and firesides crowded.
The current cold wave sweeping over the midlands has not kept the mercury below the zero mark in Timesland for most of the past 72 hours.
Sunday's official "high" mark here in Cherokee was 7 above. Then the mercury took another dive to 28 below last night. Washta kept up its reputation with another frigid reading of -28.
Roads, of course, were clear. But the plunging temperatures obviously curbed travelers somewhat. However, area girls' high school sectional basketball finals at Washta, Aurelia, Truesdale, Holstein and other locales went on without a hitch--and good-sized crowds braved the cold to see them.
It was so cold here in Cherokee Saturday that Swanson's Super Store carted a large share of its frozen foods (fish, lobster, shrimp, etc.) display out to benches along the sidewalk.
No one confirmed it, but it was obvious that modern deep freeze and locker units on the inside lost a round to Winter Saturday.
Highs for the weekend here ranted from 20 on Friday to 1 above on Saturday with a slight rise Sunday to 7 above.
Lows for the three-day previous were -14, -27 and -28.
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The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors gave tentative approval Monday to a $5,301,061 budget for fiscal year 1983-84 that calls for a 12 percent increase in rural taxation and a 23.9 percent hike in city taxation.
Ironically, the proposed budget itself is $188,443 less than the current budget of $5,489,504. However, dwindling reserves are forcing the supervisors to levy greater property taxes in order to keep the county funds in the black next year.
If the budget is formally approved, after a public hearing that has been set for March 7 at 9:30 a.m., the tax levy for rural residents would be $6.99425 per thousand dollars of taxable valuation while city residents would pay $3.82998 per thousand dollars taxable valuation.
The current tax rate is $6.24160 for rural residents and $3.09046 for city dwellers.
Taxable valuation is lower than the rate at which property is assessed and varies from year to year based on a "rollback" factor computed by the state.
In discussing the county's economic condition including the decline of reserve funds, County Auditor Beverly Anderson pointed out that three funds are expected to end the current year in the red. Those funds and their deficits include Mental Health and Institution, $8,940; County Fair and 4-H Clubs, $421; and Sanitary Disposal, $15,798.
Anderson also presented to the supervisors a breakdown of the current and proposed tax levies for each individual fund. The report indicated that the proposed tax levy for the Count Conservation Commission showed the largest percentage increase--91.6 percent--climbing from the present levy of 12 cents per thousand to the proposed 23 cents.
The large increase in tax askings for the commission stems from the fact that about $100,000 of the $119,000 budget needs to be raised through taxes, with only about $19,000 coming from cash reserves. In preparing its budget, the Cherokee County Conservation Board took into account that its reserve fund has been depleted over the past few years because large amounts of reserve funds were used to finance the budgets in order to keep tax askings at a minimum.
While almost all of the county funds showed increases in tax levies, those reflecting the highest increases in addition to the Conservation Fund were the Veteran Affairs Fund, up 86 percent; Mental Health and Institutions Fund, up 76 percent; County Fair Fund, up 27 percent and the Court Expense Fund, up 24.5 percent.
Two funds showed decreases in the tax levies. They were the Historical Society Fund, down 4 percent, and the Election Fund, down 4 percent.
In other business, the supervisors:
--Signed a contract with the Child Support Recovery Program for the coming fiscal year. Dan Williams, a representative of the program, told the supervisors that during the current year the county has received about $6,000, after costs, in recovered child support.
--Met with members of the Land Use Commission to discuss the future goals of the commission. The supervisors instructed the five commission members attending the meeting to go ahead with the county land inventory.
--Authorized Auditor Anderson to send a letter to the Farmers Home Administration (FmHA) concerning rescinding previous motions to abate taxes on FmHA-owned homes. The county is seeking to rescind the abatements after it learned that the abatements were not required. At the time the supervisors originally agreed to abate the almost $4,000 in taxes, they were operating on an opinion from the county attorney that abatement was required.