Times Gone By

Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Milk Wagon - Fred and Art Phipps stand next to Frank Phipps' Milk Wagon in 1912.

100 years ago

Thursday of last week was a gala day in I.O.O.F. circles when Cherokee Lodge chartered a special train and to the number of 80 accompanied D. D. G. M. Lawrey, to Larrabee where a new lodge starting with 43 members was established. All but six of these were made members by initiation, the six being charter members. The large amount of work necessarily made the hour of adjournment late, but the good ladies of Larrabee made the succeeding hours most enjoyable to the new members and visiting guests. Of the banquet which they spread for the edification of the inner man there is but one verdict and that "the best ever." Certainly the ladies fame for good cooking will spread far and wide by reason of this banquet.

Cherokee and Primghar lodges performed the initiatory work and it was well done.

There were some 175 present at the installation, 80 from Cherokee and vicinity, 30 from Primghar, 14 from Meriden, 16 from Cleghorn and lesser numbers form surrounding towns. The excursionists returned at 2:15 a.m. tired but happy and unanimous in the expression they wouldn't have missed it for anything.


Cherokee Democrat: "State taxes in Iowa and South Dakota are considerably higher then this year that last year. Reform administrations are a nice thing but they come high."

The old, old yawp. We have figured it out as to how much higher the Democrat's taxes will be by reason of state taxes. The taxable valuation of the Democrat plant is $400, the state levy is four tenths of one mill higher than last year making the increase just 16 cents. Won't somebody kindly pass the hat to relieve the Democrat of this terrible burden.

This small increase is owing to the ever increasing needs of our state institutions. The fellows who were afraid of this cry of increased taxation in the last legislature sought to prevent this by striking out needed appropriations for state institutions, an item of $125,000 among others for a needed building at the state hospital in this city. We know that Gov. Cummins did not favor this and told the members of that legislature that Iowa was too great a state to act niggardly towards its state institutions and that if necessary to afford needed support the levy should be raised and that in his opinion the people would not have it otherwise. Cherokee got the $125,000 and $10,000 on top of it and will have a greatly needed dormitory the present quarters being even now over crowded and the use of cots in corridors is necessary. What the condition will be before a new building can be erected can be readily imagined and had another delay of at least three years been made necessary by failure of this appropriation the conditions would have been intolerable. Would the Democrat prefer to keep that 16 cents in its pocket and let the unfortunate insane suffer?

This appropriation means much to the laboring people of Cherokee. Every pound of the material for the new building must be hauled thus giving work to our teamsters and laborers in loading and unloading. Then as far as possible Cherokee labor is used in excavating, laying foundations and skilled mechanics in superstructure and interior work. This well paid labor puts cash into circulation in Cherokee which finds its way into business channels. Cherokee has little reason to howl over increased state taxation.

If the Democrat will consult its tax receipt it will find where the real increase occurs. There will be found an increase n school taxes of 2.06 mills and of 4 mills in city taxes.

75 years ago

Congressman Guy M. Gillette arrived home Monday morning from Washington expecting to remain for a week but must now return hurriedly to Washington because of President Roosevelt's summoning of congress to meet in special session next Thursday noon. Mr. Gillette probably will leave Tuesday morning for the capital city.

Congressman Gillette had gone to Washington to attend the conference of democratic members of the new house called for organization purposes and at which Congressman Rainey of Illinois was selected as the next speaker and Congressman Byrns of Tennessee as democratic floor leader. He also attended the inaugural ceremonies, leaving for home immediately following.

While there was no great excitement the tenseness of the national situation was plainly in evidence at the inaugural ceremonies and in other activities at the capital city, said Mr. Gillette The throngs of people appreciated the seriousness of the problems immediately confronting the new administration . The face of Roosevelt himself was a study. The happy smile of campaign days was little in evidence as the president assumed his solemn obligations and delivered his inaugural address.

But confidence in the future was impressively apparent not only in official circles but among the thousands of people who had gathered for the inaugural ceremonies.


James Smith, county attorney, appeared for hearing in Justice Chas. Aiken's court at Storm Lake Tuesday morning, answering charges of "failing to come to a full stop when meeting a school bus discharging pupils."

The accident for which Smith was arrested late Monday afternoon occurred Wednesday, February 1, at 3:40 p.m. Virgil Anderson, 9-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Johanas Anderson of Alta was bruised when struck by the Smith car as he was leaving a Fairview school bus, returning to his home after school. He remained home the following day but resumed school work Friday.

The road was reported to be in good condition and the bus had not stopped suddenly. Smith halted to see if the child was hurt, then drove on.

No immediate action was taken in the matter, the school board awaiting outcome of injuries.

Deputy Sheriff C. R. Gaffin of Buena Vista county filed information at Cherokee Monday asking for Smith's arrest by Sheriff Art Tilton. The attorney was taken to Storm Lake for hearing but was permitted release under bond until Tuesday morning.

Statutes of Iowa read: "The driver or operator of every motor vehicle when meeting or overtaking a school but shall bring said vehicle to a full stop at least five feet from the front or rear as the case may be of such bus when pupils are being taken upon or discharged from said bus. Violation of this section shall constitute a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment n the county jail not more than 30 days or by a fine not exceeding $100."

50 years ago

A former Cherokee man, Harold Schuster, is probably Cherokee's only motion picture director. His father and his uncle, George and Henry Schuster, operated the drug store for many years in the earlier days which is now N. Williams Drug Store.

Harold went to Holly wood years ago and has seen practically all of the many things that go into a motion picture and has held many different positions with the different companies.

Now he is a full-fledged director and has made several pictures. His latest is "Courage of Black Beauty," which will be shown at the American Theatre Thursday Friday and Saturday.

Of all the Cherokee people who went to California it seems that Harold and Ralph Black were the only two who made their way in the motion picture field. Ralph was a former boss of MGM's scenario department.


Calumet's Class B State Tournament semi-finalists and the tournament-bound Holstein girls were guests of honor with their coaches and cheerleaders here Thursday noon at a "sendoff" luncheon in Hotel Lewis Colonnade Room.

A brief program featured the luncheon after which Calumet's squad and entourage departed for Des Moines and this afternoon's crucial game with defending champion Iowa City St. Mary's. Holstein's girls will play their first round game in the Girls State Tournament next Tuesday. The luncheon was sponsored by the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce.

A. I. McClintock was in charge of the program. Also welcoming the young athletes from this area to Cherokee were Chamber of Commerce President Roger Millikan and Mayor George Rapson.

Haying scene - This is a picture of the hard working men on the Roderick Waller farm near Quimby. This photo was taken in September of 1962.

Introduced later were Calumet Supt. Lee Struthers and Coach Ray Knauer, Knauer introduced individual members of his squad as did Holstein's Russ Kraai for the girls after being introduced himself, by Supt. "Duke" Christie of the Ida School.

Both Knauer ad Kraai expressed appreciation to this city for event and, in turn, wished each other luck. A number of players' parents and city business men were in attendance at the luncheon.

25 years ago

The Little Sioux River stood at 21.25 feet Sunday night at the South Second Street bridge and was expected to level off sometime today, according to the Cherokee Flood Committee.

Barney Hester, a member of the committee, said the river was "going up very slowly" and stood at 21.25 at about 8:30 p.m. At 2 a.m. Sunday the level has been 20.45.

With the weekend's rain tapering off and temperatures expected to dip somewhat, it's unlikely that the river will go high enough to cause major problems, Hester said. "Right now, I don't think it's going to get much higher than 21.6," he added.

Hester said the river has to get to about 23 feet before there is any great threat to local residential or business properties. He added that the Red Cross evacuated one household Sunday after water backed up into the basement, but said the evacuation was at the request of the resident, rather than being a matter of necessity.

Due to the new East Main Street bridge, Hester said, "we've got a whole new ball game this year."

He explained that the new span in built up more than the one it replaced and thus spreads out the water more behind it, causing lower levels near the Second Street bridge. "We don't have the bottleneck there (East Main) as in previous years."

Hester said the river level also have been kept lower by the lack of trees and other debris in the river.

The National Weather Service in Des Moines said Sunday night that rains here would be ending and there is no precipitation in the forecast for the next several days.

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