100 years ago
The debating team composed of John Laughlin, Frank Johnson and Lura Fogleman strongly supported by a train load of Cherokeans went to Fort Dodge Friday evening to win or lose the Northwest Iowa championship.
This championship fell to Ft. Dodge and while we were bitterly disappointed yet the decision being by a divided vote shows the championship was not easily won and is so much the more prized by Fort Dodge.
The judges were Judge Deemer of Des Moines, Rev. Hagerman, of Des Moines and Supt. King of Boon and the subject for debate was "Received That Limited Disarment of the Leading Powers Would Promote the Civilization of the World."
A special train was secured for Cherokee and about one hundred and seventy-five took advantage of it and went to Fort Dodge Friday evening.
Train was met by an enthusiastic bunch of high schoolers from Ft. Dodge and for a half hour the streets were crowded with enthusiastic rooters for both sides. Good fellowship prevailed through the evening and all Cherokee congratulated Ft. Dodge on their victory which was not easily won.
Their debate proper was fine and their rebuttal speeches excellent and while victory was not theirs in their contest, they had previously won two unanimous decisions on this debate and have nothing to regret. It was very good and no one had cause to regret the effort put forth to accompany these debaters and help them along by their cheers.
75 years ago
All nine Civil war veterans of the county are to be made honorary members of Veterans of Foreign Wars at the V.F.W. dance to be held in the armory February 28, V. D. Anderson, commander, has announced. Those who are unable to attend will be initiated in their homes.
Abe Stiner, George Funk and C. M. Dearinger of Cherokee; N. T. Wells and Wm. E. Rose of Marcus; Fred H. Crepps, Frank Anderson and W. C. March of Aurelia; Luther Webb of Quimby are the nine veterans.
Milton W. Strickler of Des Moines, state commander, Frank H. Bostwick of Boone, past department commander, George J. Schreck of Des Moines, department adjutant, and Mrs. Rose Cochrane of Sioux City, president of the ladies auxiliary department, will each take part in the hour program to be presented from 7:30 to 8:30 o'clock preceding dancing. Talks are to be limited to 10 minutes each.
The commander will open the entertainment in regular session manner. Bugling by George Shove and advance of colors and chaplain's prayer will follow. Stickler will have charge of obligation of honorary members. Bostwick will tell of the eligibility of Veterans of Foreign Wars and give reasons for the organization's continuance.
A number of local members will then be decorated. Schreck assisting the state commander in the ceremony. The widow's and orphans' home of Eaton Rapids, Mich. will be discussed by Mrs. Cochrane.
50 years ago
The Cherokee Chamber of Commerce membership drive is 80 percent completed toward the 1958 budget of $13,145.
This represents 175 members signed to date, including 22 new members.
"Any past members who have not sent in a pledge are asked to do so as soon as possible," said Ben Adams, membership chairman.
"We also wish to remind individual of firms wishing to join this organization that pledges may be made at the Chamber of Commerce office."
Following are new members who have joined the chamber this year: O & G Fertilizer, Rupp's Sinclair Service, John M. Kledis, Dean's Servicenter, Peck's Coop Station, Karlson Plumbing, Ray Campbell Builders, Barney Eischen, Fred Kotecke, B. & H. Hatchery, Hartley Creamery.
Also E. V. Zitzisperiger, Guy Courtright, Peterson Refrigeration, Samsel's Pastime Cigar Store, Guy M. Gillette, United Wholesalers, Christensen Bros., Acting Postmaster Paul Hoyt, Clyde Trimble, American Barber Shop.
A custom older than the nation is to be reenacted Saturday when members of Company L 133rd Reg. of Iowa National Guard will hold their annual "Muster Day" observance.
Lt. Roger Frisbie, commander of Company L, has announced the occasion will be marked by an open house and equipment display at the Cherokee Armory.
"Company L," said Frisbie, "Is one of more than 6,000 Army and Air National Guard units through out the U.S. and its territories which will honor our first President on the date of his birth. In all some 375,000 Guardsmen will participate.
Frisbie explained the term "Muster Day" is derived from an old militia custom which began during the early days of the colonies.
"Once each year, every able bodied man for miles around gathered on the village green for roll call and weapons inspection."
This year, residents of Cherokee are invited to do the "inspecting" in a modern armory. "Instead of flintlocks, they will see semi-automatic and automatic rifles, machine guns, pistols and the latest in communication devices."
"One of the most important contributions we expect our Muster Day celebration to make," commented Frisbie, "is a public awareness of how far the National Guard has come during the past 300 years without changing its basic principle of voluntary military training on a part time basis."
25 years ago
Actor James Lawless of Minneapolis will present a one-man play, "Clarence Darrow," at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Washington High School auditorium.
The play, which toured the country with both Henry Fonda and Leslie Neilsen, dramatizes the life of the famous and controversial attorney.
Lawless appeared in Cherokee in 1974 with the Affiliate Artist program and has been in many productions in the Twin Cities.
Tickets are $4 for adults and $3 for students and are available in advance at The Bookseller, McWilliams Drug Store or by calling 225-3161. Tickets not sold in advance will be available at the door the night of the performance.
The production is sponsored by the Cherokee Community Theater.
The Cherokee County Conservation Board is scheduled to elect officers during its meeting Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Conservation Commission Headquarters.
The board also is expected to discuss the 1983-84 budget, the county finance bill, hunting and other winter recreation activities at the Silver Sioux Recreation Area and operation of the sliding hill.
What to do about the Cherokee City Hall will be discussed tonight at the Cherokee City Council's regular meeting at the Community Center. Meeting time is 6:30.
The council has discussed plans for a new City Hall several times in the past. The most recent plan called for moving City Hall to the Community Center, but that was voted down after opposition was voiced.
The matter is being brought up after the council has delayed decisions on other city improvements--such as renovation of the current City Hall offices and construction of a library elevator--pending a decision on the status of City Hall.
An estimated $316,588 has been budgeted for a City Hall through June 30, 1984, according to city staff.
In other business, the council is scheduled to address: a request for better police supervision of the Earl May Seed and Nursery Co. parking lot; notification that a Iowa Public Service Co. discount on city electric rates will be phased out; an agreement for construction of the Bluff-Second Street intersection project.
Meriden-Cleghorn Board of Education will meet at 6 p.m. today in special session at the Meriden building. The preliminary 1983-84 budget will be discussed and a public hearing date set. Teacher salaries and insurance will also be discussed.
Beginning today, the Daily Times will carry hospital admissions from Sioux City hospitals that involve county residents. The listings will appear under the Hospital Notes heading on Page 2.