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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

100 years ago

Charles Chritchfield, who has been working in this city, has been acting queer this week. Last Friday he was taken sick while at Remsen. A physician was called and said that Critchfield was threatened with pneumonia but the next day he seemed better and on Sunday night returned to Cherokee. Monday night he was about the Lewis hotel and acted strangely. Tuesday he worked part of the day and seemed quite well but that evening after going to bed at the Greer hotel he got up and dressed except his shoes and came down to the office where he stayed for a while, then went out in the street and took off all his clothes except his underwear. After disrobing he went to Mike Novenski's where he was taken in charge by the marshal and placed in the city jail. Critchfield acted as one dazed and had considerable fever.

Later Chas. Critchfield died at ten o'clock last night at the Medical & Surgical Hospital.

Tuesday morning Cherokee people were astounded with a piece of news which so far as Cherokee is concerned brought joy to no one. It was the edict from the I.C.R.R. general offices that Cherokee division would be literally wiped out. The cause is as unexplainable as some other things the railroad has done. Superintendent C. B. Fletcher goes to Ft. Dodge and has as his territory west from Waterloo to Sioux City. He takes with him Miss Ruth Dixon, but Wm. Shardlow and George Williams have quit. Superintendent Jones, of Ft. Dodge, is given the trainmaster's office while the trainmasters office on this division was abolished. N. P. Mills who has had that position goes to his former place as chief train dispatcher. This changes the tricks around somewhat in this office. It puts Mr. Mooney back as operator and Jay Christ goes back to Sioux City.

Roadmaster H. Gilleas is transferred to Ft. Dodge and has the same territory covered by the superintendent. He takes with him one of his clerks, Ben Gilleas but the other Frank Mease is unsettled yet. The moving of the roadmaster's office to Ft. Dodge takes away the necessity of having civil engineers here and so A. F. Askins and Bert Wise are let out.

A.W. Bellows, bridge supervisor, goes to Freeport and it is possible that D. J. Callahan will also be transferred to Freeport.

A. Dillion's territory will cover this division now and will be from Waterloo west. The road supervisors. P.E. Sullivan on the division between Ft. Dodge and Sioux City, and John Cosgrove on the Sioux Falls and Onawa branches remain here.

These changes took place this morning and it is with regret deep and sincere, that Cherokee loses these officials and their families as this change will probably be a permanent one.

75 years ago

Louis Bengston farm - Here a look at farm life on the Louis Bengston farm. It is believed that this picture was taken around 1965.
A.L. Jenness, farmer located nine miles south of Cherokee, has raised corn with an odd number of rows per ear, according to three samples displayed at The Times office Saturday. These ears, picked at random from his seed supply, are of 17, 19, and 21 rows respectively.

A. Jenness and other old time corn growers who saw the samples agreed that they had never before seen or heard of corn of uneven number of rows. The raiser is thinking of applying for a $100 prize offered by an agricultural journal to the man able to grow such unique corn.

Jenness has been working for the past quarter of a century in developing his Jenness Early Dent variety from which the freak corn was taken.


Meriden, March 20--At a meeting of officers and patrons of the Farmer's Telephone company held at Meriden Tuesday afternoon, business of general interest was discussed and the following rules and rates agreed upon as a trial measure to cut expenses to patrons, to be in effect as long as a paying basis is maintained.

To shareholders the rates will be seventy-five cents per month. To other patrons who own their phones, one dollar per month will be charged, while those using rented phones will pay one dollar and twenty-five cents per month. To save further expense, no due cards will be sent out. Instead each patron must call at the office each month and make payment of his switching fee and toll calls. Furthermore, the lines will be kept in order by shareholders donating their work where needed.

It is hoped that this new trial regime will meet with general satisfaction. It is effective for the present month also, beginning with March 1.

Horsing around - Oren Coombs is pictured with his horses and a few donkeys back in October 1964.
50 years ago

George R. French of Cleghorn, Tuesday purchased the first hunting and fishing license for 1958 from Cherokee County Recorder Boyd Sinkey.

Fishing and hunting licenses for the 1958 season are now on sale at the recorder's office and throughout the county.

Noting that prices changed last July 4, Sinkey gave the following breakdown on the licenses sold during 1957 in Cherokee County.

Down on the farm - Harold Clark (right) and his son-in-law, Jim Cunningham are pictured during feeding time down on the farm in Silver Township. This photo was taken in 1964.
Resident fishing licenses numbered 1,573 at a total value of $2,359.50 prior to July 4. After that date, 96 valued at $192 were purchased.

Figures on resident hunting licenses show 37 were sold before July 4 at a total of $55.50; 645 were obtained after that date with a total value of $1,290.

Fishing and hunting licenses numbered 866 at a value of $2,165 prior to July 4 and 32 at a total of $112 after the price change.

There were 40 non-resident fishing licenses sold at a total of $60.


Mrs. Kenny Hanson, 34, Cherokee, was listed in "fair" condition Thursday morning at Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital.

She was admitted there late Wednesday morning following injuries received in a freak accident on Highway 5 west of Marcus.

Mrs. Hanson suffered shock, severe facial lacerations and broken jaw when a wooden cover was blown from a passing truck through the windshield of her car.

The physician who treated Mrs. Hanson at the hospital said Wednesday afternoon he considered her injuries "serious."

Highway patrol headquarters here said Mrs. Hanson was traveling west on High way 5 and the truck heading east when the mishap occurred.

The truck, owned by Sand Seed Service of Marcus, was driven by Francis M. Delaney, Marcus.

Marlyce Bergstrom of Cherokee a passenger in the Hanson car, was uninjured.

25 years ago

A 24.16 percent electric rate increase for the Cherokee County Rural Electric Cooperative--the entire amount requested--has been approved by the Iowa Commerce Commission.

Despite a large number of consumer protests at a recent hearing on the issue, the ICC ruling backed the request, which amounts to $475,383 annually.

"I am satisfied by the cooperative's responses to the concerns expressed by its members," stated the ICC ruling. "The cooperative has shown the increased rates are necessary to cover costs."

The ruling was issued March 3 and was set to go into effect March 2.

REC manager Kevin Sump said he has little comment on the matter Monday, but added the REC will continue its monthly review of costs. That was suggested in the ICC ruling.

"Cooperative must continue to investigate new methods of reducing its costs to its members, and must constantly review the cost effectiveness of its present policies," the document stated.

The ruling backed the REC position on one of the main issues n the case--excess generating capacity.

"I understand the cooperative's position in the electric distribution chain limits its ability to control costs associated with any excel capacity in the NIPCO system," stated hearing examiner William Haas.

Other issues mentioned in the ruling--REC use of meter readers and a monthly newsletter--were defended Monday by Sump.

He said meter readers will continue to be used, although the REC will continue to watch the cost of that as well.

And Sump said the newsletter will also be kept saying, "I feel it will be a necessity."

"I was a little surprised that was even in the order," Sump said, because it was not brought out in the hearing.

The ICC order will become final unless appealed to the commission within 15 days of the order's issuance.

According to an ICC spokesman n Des Moines, the increase means the current average monthly residential bill for REC customers will rise a total of $21.36. Thus, the average totally bill will be $107.60.

A total of 1,754 residential and industrial customers are served by the county REC, according to figures supplied by the ICC.

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