100 years ago
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.
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.
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.