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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

At the Depot A look back at the hustle and bustle at the Cherokee Depot on any given day
100 years ago

John Ehm who has been renting a farm near Marcus was killed by a fall from a load of hay last Friday afternoon. He was unloading hay in the mow of a barn and was pulling the trip rope when the rope broke and he fell from the top of the load to the ground striking on the back of his head and crushing his skull. He lived about two hours after the accident. Mr. Ehm was on the same farm on which Mr. Greenwalt was killed about a year ago in falling from a load of hay.

The funeral was held yesterday at Marcus.


A stunning look at Downtown Cherokee from the Old Cherokee County Courthouse. This picture was taken some time in 1903.
Thomas Williams died at the Cherokee Medical and Surgical Institute Friday from lock jaw resulting as recorded last week from injuries received by falling from a load of hay and breaking his leg above the ankle. He was brought to the hospital for treatment but the best of treatment and nursing did not avail. Deceased was born in England thirty-five years ago and came to this country fourteen years ago.

Two brothers attended the funeral, one living in Nebraska and the other employed at the State Hospital, this city. The funeral was held yesterday afternoon from the Baptist church an eloquent and appropriate sermon being preached by the pastor, Dr. Archer. The Eagle lodge then assumed charge and some fifty of the members followed this deceased member to his last resting place in Oak Hill where ritual services were held by President of the lodge, W. A. Banister and Chaplain Dana Perrin.

That the Eagles have a good place in the world is evidenced from this case. The lodge took charge of the injured brother from the date of the accident, provided the best of medical assistance and nurses and paid all funeral expenses. This not as a charity but as a right to which every member is entitled, being a provision of the by laws of the order.

75 years ago

Several hundred dancers and onlookers attended the V. F. W. dance held at the armory Tuesday evening. Five Civil War veterans were received into honorary membership, three medals awarded and several state officers gave talks during a program which preceded dancing.

C. M. Dearinger, Abe Stiner, Geo. Funk, W. C. March and Fred H. Crepps became members. Other Civil war veterans of the county are to be obligated at their homes.

In the absence of Milton W. Strickler of Des Moines, state commander, who arrived too late for the program, I. C. McCulla presided. Frank H. Bostwick of Boone, past department commander who mustered in the local post, Geo. J. Schreck of Des Moines, department adjutant, Mrs. Rose Cochrane of Sioux City, auxiliary state president, and Past Commander McCauley of Sioux City, a Spanish American war veteran, gave short talks.

Ronald Dyslin and V. D. Anderson, local post commander, were presented Purple Heart medals and Claud Bensley a past commander's badge.


Cherokee speakers received two firsts and Aurelia one first at the sub-county and preliminary state declamatory contest held at Quimby high school Tuesday evening. Friends of the speakers from four schools, Quimby, Washta, Aurelia and Cherokee, filled the auditorium. Judges, the superintendent and two women trained in public speaking of Kingsley, commented on closeness of judging.

Eldon Siehl of Cherokee with the selection, "Ropes," received first in the oratorical class; Kathryn Allen of Cherokee, "In Case of Fire," first in humorous; Marianne Chandler of Aurelia, "The Valiant," first in dramatic.

Second Place Winners.

Second place winners were Helen Kirkpatrick of Washta, "The College Women and the Twentieth Century Home," oratorical; Beth Kelly of Cherokee, "The Dog Wolf," dramatic; Claire Whitney of Aurelia, "Bill McGee's Weapon" humorous.

Ratings in third place were James Stevenson of Quimby, "Padlocked Speech," oratorical; Barbara Beazley of Washta, "Thrush," dramatic; Howard Campbell of Quimby, "The Fall of Georgie Basset," humorous.

Other speakers were Paul Jones of Aurelia, "Crime and the Criminal Court," oratorical; Fernetta Pruel of Quimby, "The Hunchback Zia," dramatic; Harley Kissinger of Washta, "Brothers I Love," humorous.

Music was furnished by the Quimby high school band both before and after the reading presentations.

First place winners will compete in the next round of the state meet, date and location not arranged as yet. Firsts and seconds will compete in the county meet at Aurelia next week.

50 years ago

A 9-year-old substitute paper carrier was snatched from certain death here early Thursday evening when his desperate father and a policeman freed him from a watery trap beneath a huge 500-pound cement block in Railroad Creek.

The boy, Frederick Jensen, 305 East Maple, was termed in "good" condition today at Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital.

Doctors said this morning that the Jensen boy was seriously hurt, but responding well to treatment. He had suffered from severe shock and exposure at the outset.

Physicians said Frederick sustained a skull fracture, broken clavicle, several broken ribs and soft tissue injuries about the left shoulder. He also suffered multiple bruises and lacerations over the right side of this body.

Young Jensen suffered a severe skull fracture and extensive shock from the harrowing ordeal. Officers said the boy had miraculously escaped death by inches, minutes.

The father, David Jensen, and Patrolman George Ferrin, 44, arrived at the scene about 150 feet south of the East Main Street span almost simultaneously.

Jensen and Ferrin finally managed to shift the weighty, angular block of cement enough to free Frederick.

Frederick lay trapped with the pressure of the block against his skull for 20 minutes before help arrived.

An older brother accompanying the boy, Russell Woodard, 12, clambered up the creek embankment and ran to nearby Bill's Market for help. Mrs. Bill Loucks immediately called Cherokee City Police and the parental Jensen residence.

Jensen and Ferrin found Frederick partially entombed and lying on his back--half of his body in the snow-melted waters of the Railroad stream.

Officers said that the fact the cement block pressed young Jensen's head against the soft earth probably saved his life. They declared that if the carrier had fallen another 18 inches north his skull would have been crushed between the settling block and a creek-bed rock.


Witnesses said that had the block pressed the boy's body a few more inches lower, his head would have been immersed and he would have drowned.

The block was described as a large section of concrete with curbing attached.

Young Frederick remained conscious throughout the ordeal. And, with assistance up the embankment, he walked to his father's car parked nearby. Witnesses said the injury from pressure of the cement block was located on the boy's forehead.

The injured lad was subbing with Russell in carrying papers for another Terry Jensen who was ill. Young Jensen delivers papers for the Sioux City Journal.

The paper bag was still strapped around Frederick when he was found.

Relatives said Frederick and Russell had taken a "short-cut" along the Railroad Creed bank. Frederick slipped, began to fall and grabbed for the block which came rumbling down the 10-foot incline with him.

Young Jensen is a second grader at Lincoln School here. They boy's father is employed by the State Highway Commission.

Doctors plan further X-rays and diagnosis.

Ferrin, on duty in the police prowl car at the time, received word of the boy's ill-fated mishap by police radio.


The fifth annual Aurelia Variety Show is being presented at 8 o'clock tonight in the high school auditorium by the school music departments.

Following the show, the Band Boosters carnival will take place in the old gymnasium.

Entertainment is to be provided by the high school recreation band for half an hour before the Variety Show opens.

The program this year is patterned after an old fashioned minstrel show, with songs, dances and comedy presented by student musicians.

A special feature is to be the "Jubilee Minstrels of Ogelthorpe, Ga."

Proceeds will be used to complete payment on band uniforms purchased this year. There is a nominal admission price for adults and children.

25 years ago

Students from Washington High School, Aurelia High School and Marcus High School brought home the honors over the weekend in District Individual Speech competition.

Seventeen entries from Aurelia High school earned Division I's in the competition they hosted Saturday.

They were: Becky Nelson, public address; Todd Johnson, dramatic acting; Janece Winterhof, humorous acting; Pat Miller, literary program; Kris Todd, interpretive poetry; Angie Coombs, interpretive poetry; Andrea Will, after-dinner speaking; Leesa Stevens, after-dinner speaking; Brad Dyslin, interpretive poetry and improvisation; Jacquie Champney, interpretive prose; Lois Glienke, radio news; Lisa Hinkeldey, radio news; Roger Conley, radio news; Ritsuko Murooka, extemporaneous address; Deb Perry, extemporaneous address; and Tom Cope, extemporaneous address.

The students are coached by Carol Hedberg.

WHS students earned a total of 13 Division I ratings during the contest at Aurelia.

Students receiving I ratings included Heidi Baldner, literary program, dramatic acting; Kelli Kennedy, humorous acting; Kris Watts, poetry, book review; Julie Torbensen, poetry; Julie Jenness, prose, extemporaneous speaking; Elizabeth Cunningham, literary program, radio news announcing; Randy Walters, original oratory; Lisa Ducommun, storytelling and John Lundquist, radio news announcing.

The students are coached by Ruth Hayes.

Marcus students earned eight Division I ratings during the competition Saturday at Sanborn.

Students receiving I ratings included Lauri Henke, expository address, storytelling; Susan Ballard, storytelling; Dan Berglund, expository address; Terry Brady, radio news; Ryan Collins, radio news; Donna Drefke, literary program, and Jim Glackin, literary program.

Mavis Diment is their coach.

Those receiving I's at District will compete in the state contests in March.

Daylight Donuts, 103 E. Main St., has been sold to a couple from Shenandoah, owner Kevin Carlson announced Tuesday.

Bob and Louise Banwell of Shenandoah will be taking over the shop, Carlson said.

Though it had been doing good business, Carlson said he sold the business because of personal medical reasons.

The new business will keep the Daylight Donuts name, he said.

Carlson operated the shop for a year and a half, he said.

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