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Friday, April 4, 2008

100 years ago

Living in modern times, there are things that we sometime take for granted -like paved streets, for example. A look at 4th St. in 1910 shows that folks back then didn't have that luxury.
During the past winter owners of personal property in this county have suffered severe losses through thieves. During the night these have made raids on corn cribs, oat bins, hogs and young live stock as well as almost every other species of portable personal property. Some time ago Constables Wheeler and Smyth decided to find the marauders if it took all winter and it did. As a result of their labors Wallace Shook faces an indictment for perjury, while John W. Stubbs, Albert Peters and Roscoe Tiffany face indictments for breaking and entering and grand larceny.

It has been a long chase to get these men in the toils and the officers have been patient and persistent. That the gang is broken up will be a cause of joy to the many sufferers. Statements made by parties implicated will give the best idea of how the gang operated. Roscoe Tiffany made this statement and was substantiated by others:

"On or about February 5th, 1908, Albert Peters, Fred T. Luloff and myself went to the Johnson slaughter yards west of Aurelia, Iowa. We had Peters' team and wagon. I held the team, Peters and Luloff went into the yards, caught a hog, struck it in the head two or three times with an ax in the head, then stuck the hog with a knife and put it in Peters' wagon. Luloff and Peters put the hog into the wagon.

Main St. in 1913 - A look at the Southwest side of Main St. back in 1913. Interesting how people used the sides of buildings to place advertisements.
It was very cold and storming, we had some trouble in getting to Cherokee on account of the snow drifts. We skinned the hog at Luloff's house, threw the skin into the river, cut the hog in two parts, Luloff kept one half and Peters the other half. I make this statement freely of my own accord."

H. E. Johnson, of Aurelia, who had suffered repeatedly, tells this story of how Stubbs was captured and gives inkling of the diversity of the stealing:

"I went with Smyth, Wheeler and Lockin on the night of March 10, 1908, at about 9:30 p.m. to my slaughter house and pass just west of Aurelia.

Street scene - Looking north from Maple St. onto 2nd St. showing what the buildings that are currently home to Natural Health Solutions, Carey's Café and the Chronicle Times looked like back in 1912.
A short time after we got there, two men drove a two horse light wagon to my pens and tied the team up on the outside of the yards. All four of us were in hiding in the receiving pen. They got over the fence, opened the gates and came to the receiving pen where we were hiding. Stubbs opened the door of the receiving pen. It was fastened with an iron hook on the outside. Stubbs opened the door and on seeing us said, "O my God the stuff is off." On seeing us the men ran off, we went after them. Johnson shot two or three times at Stubbs before he would stop and hold up his hands. Smyth and myself brought Stubbs Aurelia. Wheeler and Lockin drove the team to Aurelia. I found in the wagon two dead hogs, my property, also one pair of old shoes, a part of a single harness, a summer buggy lap robe, a buggy whip, two pairs of ladies rubber shoes, and a butcher knife used for skinning purposes. This was in the front part of the wagon and was claimed next day by George Stubbs a brother of John W. Stubbs. There were also some sacks in the wagon, and Stubbs had one or more sacks in his hand at the time he came into the yards. The men were there for the purpose of stealing and I did not give them any permission to enter onto my property. I did not know them prior to that time."

The charge of perjury against Shook is based on the fact that at a hearing when he was defending a charge of larceny in staling a canvas stack cover from Leslie Hayward he swore that he knew nothing about how a part of the cover came to be on his bed.

75 years ago

Our present day problems of depression and the methods suggested for remedying conditions present little that is new but are largely a rehashing of what was written into history hundreds of years ago, declared N. L. Stiles in a talk before the Rotary luncheon Monday.

In 35 A.D. and for a period of 150 years Rome was struggling with similar conditions intermixed with periods of unbounded prosperity. Land values shrank, agriculture touched bottom, unemployment prevailed everywhere, business all but faded away, said Mr. Stiles, and hard times was the subject of conversation wherever two or more gathered together. And as in the present-day world, every one had a different but plausible remedy for what ailed the nation and its people--but, as now none of the remedies seemed to work. And many of these remedies seem very familiar in these days, for they included inflation, changing the money standard, creation of employment, requirement that two-thirds of all capital be invested in real estate, easement of debts, restricted production about everything that has been suggested as a cure for what ails us now. And after these various remedies had been discarded or tried and found ineffective, said Mr. Stiles, the people went back to their work with a determination to solve their own problems--and they did.

History, said Mr. Stiles, affords the best guide for the solution of world problems, and in this England has an advantage over the United States, for its statemen view their problems in the light of history and past experiences, while America is inclined to act on the basis of political expediency.

50 years ago

Plans are progressing for what is believed to be the only Midwest Easter Parade to be held here following church services on Easter Sunday.

The youngsters chosen as Prince and Princess are to be awarded merchandise certificates. There are also to be other prizes given to some of the participants.

Interviews will be conducted with a number of the participants.

Invitations have been issued by the Chamber of Commerce to mayors of Timesland towns and to wives of Chamber and City Council members.

Extensive damage resulted to two vehicles in a collision at 11 a.m. Wednesday on County Road "A" 2 ˝ miles west of Cherokee.

The Highway Patrol reported that the accident occurred when A. Homer Miller, 80, Cherokee made a "U" turn while heading west on "A."

Miller's car and an auto driven westward by Kenneth Dale Hartz, 23, Lawton, collided. Miller attempted the "U" turn at the intersection of a county road with Road "A."

Extensive damage was done to the left, front end of Miller's vehicle and the right front end of Hartz' auto.

Neither driver was injured.

25 years ago

The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors met Monday with County Engineer Bill Bennett to discuss cleanup efforts n the aftermath of the weekend snow storm.

Bennett told the supervisors that due to the soft road conditions under the snow that accumulated as a result of the storm, customary snow removal procedures would cause extensive damage to the county roads that are not hard-surfaced.

"We would have a terrible, terrible mess," Bennett said in describing the effect extensive road cleaning would have on the roads. The other alternative he offered the board was to not remove the snow and allow it to melt. With warm temperatures predicted for the remainder of the week, Bennett said the melting process should begin immediately. However, he warned that allowing the snow to melt on the roads will make for muddy conditions.

In order to avoid damaging the roads, the supervisors agreed that the snow removal crews should attempt to open the blocked roads but that total snow removal should not be attempted.

In other action, the board learned from Bennett that plans are progressing on the replacement of the Quimby bridge. Construction of the new bridge is tentatively scheduled to begin in the late summer or early fall with a completion date sometime in 1984. The county engineer added that plans for the bridge call for it to be closed during construction and, as a result, the Cherokee and Meriden Fire Departments will cover fires that may occur in the northern section of the Quimby area.

Bennett also told the supervisors that, under a new agreement with the federal government, the county will pay approximately $50,000 toward the bridge with federal funds used for the remainder of the cost.

In other business, the board discussed selling the building on Beech Street that formerly housed the Cherokee Work Activity Center. The county has the option of either taking sealed bids on the sale of the property or selling it at public auction. Although no formal action was taken; the consensus of the board was that the property should be sold at auction.

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