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Times Gone By

Monday, April 21, 2008

Country living -- No information is available for this photograph, but it shows the simple living that many of the early settlers endured while fulfilling their dreams.
100 years ago

H. W. Petersmyer while working on the tabernacle on Union street was climbing a ladder and it slipped and Mr. Petersmyer fell to the ground spraining his ankle very badly and bruising him up generally. Mr. Petersmyer went home and a physician called out once. The sprain proved to be a bad one and he will be confined to his home at least six weeks. A sprain of this kind is the most painful kind of an injury and Mr. Petersmyer suffers considerably.


The Times Would Like to Know:

If Governor Cummins is a demagogue, The Times would like his enemies to point out demogogic acts.

If Cummins is a bold, bad man, The Times would like to have some of the bad acts pointed out.

Is He A Demogogue And A Bad Man:

Because, He advocated the cause of the people against the barb wire trust?

Because, He favored the people's interests as against the railroads which has given us a railroad commission which will sometime declare in favor of the people?

Because, He advocated the two cent fare?

Because, He advocated the statewide primary that every voter of every party may in the privacy of the election booth vote his honest conviction?

Because, He consistently advocated the

Iowa idea" which has become the Ohio, Illinois, Indiana and all the middle, west states which have held state conventions "idea?"

Because, He advocated the anti-pass laws?

Because, He has compelled railroads to pay just proportion of taxes?

Because, He advocated and secured a law to collect interest on state fund bonds deposited in banks?

Because, He advocated law prohibiting corporation contributions to political campaigns?

City living -- This is an early photo of George Johnson's home, located on West Willow, before it was remodeled. This home is a perfect example of the grandeur that was part of early Cherokee.
Because, He advocated law to prevent over capitalization of stocks?

Because, He vetoed the bill to permit railroad mergers in Iowa after the Northern Securities Co. was kicked out of Minnesota?

Because, He secured a pure food law?

Because, He advocated joint rates of railroads?

Because, He advocated law fixing express rates?

Because, He advocated the law limiting the life of consent petitions?

If these acts do not make Cummins a bad man and a demagogue the Times would like to have specified the acts of Cummins which do.

75 years ago

An Easter Program of 21 numbers will be presented at the Meriden church beginning at 10 a.m., Sunday, April 10.

Selections will consist of:

Processional, choir; song, "Holy, Holy, Holy," congregation; scripture reading and prayer; recitation, "First on the Program," Ruth Johnson; recitation, "Lilies in Sunday School," Billie Heaney; acrostic, "E-a-s-t-e-r," Billy Enockson, Louie White, Barbara Hull, Merlin Hunt, Georgia Heanery, Alvin Wallace.

Recitation, "My Lily," Kathryn Wallace; poem, "Easter" Fern Gibson; dialogue, "Easter Wishes," seven boys; recitation, "On the Program," Florajean Runnings; song, "The Beautiful Garden of Prayer," junior girls; recitation, "For Blessings True," Marilyn Sexton; recitation, Agnes Gibson.

Song, "Where Have Ye Laid Him," Florence Gibson, Audrey De Mars, Marjorie Buxwell, Nina Anderson; recitation, "Easter Lilies," Marion Sexton; Easter Bells," intermediate girls; duet, Mrs. Loy White and Mrs. John Lamont; dialogues, "Closing Remarks," four girls; song, "Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone," congregation.

"An Easter Pantomime," intermediate boys; scene I. Christ Before Pilate; Scene II, At the tomb; Scene III, Jesus and His Disciples, Lord's prayer, congregation.


Two Cherokee county young people were honored for scholastic achievement in annual Honors convocation held at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Monday. T. J. Thompson, dean of students affairs, has announced.

Miss Ada Scholtz, a sophomore student, who was graduated from Cherokee high school in 1931 with a record of straight A's for all subjects during her four years of high school, and Charles Wm. Ihle, jr., son of Dr. and Mrs. C. W. Ihle of Cleghorn, a junior in the college of medicine, were among the upper 10 percent in their classes.


Efforts of committees under New York leadership to almost exterminate the United States department of agriculture by elimination of its appropriations, were discussed by County Agent C. G. Turner in a talk before the Rotary club luncheon Monday. Educational and extension work, said Mr. Turner, although consuming a very small percentage of the department appropriation, approximately 3 percent, is made a victim of the movement which demands reductions in appropriations totaling more then the entire receipts of the department for all purposes.

Mr. Turner pointed out that the department of agriculture is charged with many items of appropriations which are not by right chargeable to agriculture and should not be included in any statement of the amount expended in aid of agriculture. One such item, he said, is the amount expended for the building of military and post roads through federal aid to state highway construction. This one item, while having nothing more to do with agriculture than with any other line of industry, accounts for practically one-third of the total of all expenditures charged to the department of agriculture. Mr. Turner urged the agriculture department be not made an unfair victim of those who seek to protect their own interests at the cost of serious sacrifice on its part.

50 years ago

The County Scholarship Committee will interview students interested in teacher training scholarships at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Cherokee County Courthouse.

Committee personnel includes Supt. Darwin Friedlund of Aurelia, president of the County Schoolmaster's Club; Clinton Stanfield, Cherokee, president of the County Education Association and County Supt. E. F. Berkler.

A faculty representative may accompany each candidate.

Information required about each candidate, which may be sent in a sealed envelope with the applicant, includes: Probable rank in his class, IQ; what test and what year taken; comment as to probable success; need of financial assistance.

Teacher training scholarships are available to the following colleges: Briar Cliff at Sioux City; Buena Vista, at Storm Lake; Iowa State Teachers College at Cedar Falls; Morningside in Sioux City; Mount Saint Claire in Clinton; Northwestern Junior College at Orange City; Parsons College at Fairfield; Simpson at Indianola, Westmar at LeMars.

Five teachers will leave Aurelia School faculty at the end of the present term.

They are Rose Chute, first grade teacher; Velma Lister, fourth grade teacher; Lena Abts, English and declamatory instructor.

Also--Donald Fett, social science and driver education teacher and junior high coach; Louis Collier, science and physical education teacher and basketball coach.


Raymond II Berkland, a representative of the State Department of Social Welfare is conducting a routine examination of the financial records of the Cherokee County Department of Social Welfare.

An examination of this nature is regularly conducted in all county departments throughout the state.

The county Department of Social Welfare has the responsibility of administering old age assistance aid to blind and aid to dependent children programs. In addition, it administers the general relief program under the direction of the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors.

Assistance payments and other benefits distributed in Cherokee County through the old age assistance, aid to blind and aid to dependent children programs alone totaled $260,430.05 for the last fiscal year ending June 30, 1957.

Berkland is making his head quarters in the office of the county Department of Social Welfare at the courthouse in Cherokee during the period required to complete his examination.

"The cooperation and consideration of county officials and other interested individuals will be appreciated by the auditor and the department," said Mrs. Grace Anderson, director of the Cherokee County Department of Social Welfare.

25 years ago

A group of 12 Quimby area residents attended the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors meeting Monday to offer arguments and a petition in favor of a temporary bridge at the site of the Quimby bridge replacement project. The construction project, which is scheduled to get under way later this year, is expected to take a minimum of six to eight months to complete.

Group spokesman Doyle Simonsen told the supervisors that if the bridge is closed several months for construction, it would affect both the area fire protection and Quimby businesses.

Simonsen said his firm, Simonsen Inc., could incur additional expenses of $100,000 if the bridge is closed during the construction work. Of that total, Simonsen estimated it would cost an extra $42,000 for the firm's 25 trucks, which cross the bridge daily, to detour.

In addition, he said 40 of the firm's employees cross the bridge daily traveling to and from work and the 14 extra miles required by a detour could mean additional expenses of $1,260 per employee. "It's going to be a big deal for us not having service across the river," Simonsen added.

Al Henn of Terra Chemical in Quimby also expressed concern to the supervisors about the effect the bridge closing would have on local businesses. From a delivery standpoint, Henn said, 40 percent of his firm's fertilizer business is on the north side of the river and the additional expense to the company could amount to as much as $6,000. Henn also said that because of the inconvenience involved, customers might go elsewhere to do business.

A survey conducted recently by the local group showed 564 vehicles crossing the bridge in a 5 hour period. A similar Iowa Department of Transportation count found an average of 1,036 vehicles using the bridge daily.

Willow School Supt. Dan Bowman also addressed the supervisors, saying the bridge closing would have a definite impact on the School District. Bowman estimated the district could spend an additional $8,000 for transportation while the bridge is closed because an additional bus route may have to be added or the existing ones lengthened.

Several of the Quimby area residents attending the meeting also expressed concern about adequate fire protection for the townships north of Quimby while the bridge is under construction.

"People north of the bridge are concerned about it," Quimby Fire Chief Willis Allbaugh said. While both the Cherokee and Meriden Fire departments have agreed to help provide fire protection to the area. Allbaugh said, "By the time you drive 15 or 20 miles (to a fire) there's nothing left," About half of the district covered by the Quimby Fire Department is located north of the bridge.

After hearing the comments, Board Chairman Don Tietgen told the group that the construction of a "runaround" would cost about $200,000, which a number of the supervisors agreed might be excessive for a temporary bridge considering the fact that the new bridge could cost the county as little as $60,000 because of federal funding for the project.

County Engineer Bill Bennett told the group that the DOT has a portable runaround; however, it has never been used by a county before. Bennett also pointed out some disadvantages to using the DOT equipment including the fact that it must be constructed on the low bank of the river. If the river were to go out of its banks as it did this year, Bennett said the runaround would be useless. And if high waters washed the runaround away, the county would be responsible for replacing it at an estimated cost of $400,000.

During the discussion, more than one member of the group asked about the original plan of constructing the new bridge to the west of the present structure. Supervisor Jack Foresman explained that the plan had been an option at one time; however, it was scrapped after it was determined relocating the bridge would entail a channel change and the addition of two curves in the road.

No formal action was taken by the supervisors, although they agreed to give the matter further consideration.

In other action, the supervisors:

--Met with Meriden Mayor Kenny Gordon and two members of the City Council about the hardsurfacing of the east-west roadway through town. county is already committed to hardsurfacing the west section of the road. County Engineer Bennett suggested the city officials inquire about DOT road programs that are available for the work that would be required in the city limits.

--Received a quarterly report from Dr. Howard Marty of the Plains Area Mental Health Center. The report indicates that clients and services increased at the center during January, February and March of this year compared to the same time period in 1982. In addition, the board was introduced to Steven Affield, the new administrator of PAMHC.

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