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Monday, May 5, 2008

100 years ago

When a man's wife is away he plods hopelessly through the chaos that he had erstwhile called home and wonders how he ever could have imagined that he was boss of the job.

Being a widow keeps some women so busy that they don't have time to think of remarrying.

The hand that darns the stocking is the hand that keeps expenses down.

Nothing is easier than giving good advice, except neglecting it.

A woman who knows how to cook a good dinner is seldom found wanting in other respects when an emergency arises.

A boy that has good sense is in an alarming condition and should receive immediate and careful attention.

A woman will forgive a man for being fond of her if he will only keep it to himself.

Cold cash may sound like a chilly proposition, but it usually receives a warm reception.

A certain way for a girl to become beautiful is to go out and make a noise like an heiress.

If men were inventive and observing creatures they might learn something from the reflection that they never saw a baldheaded woman.

The people who don't mean any harm are by no means necessarily the harmless kind.

How is it possible to speak the truth when it has ever been an impossibility to get together two well informed men who will unanimously agree as to what the truth is?

Kids Television The Cherokee County Archives recently received a box of photographs. Not much is known about these pictures, and the Archives are asking for your help to identifying people, places and events that are depicted in this pictures. All that is known about this photo is that it was taken in a classroom some time in the 1950's. If you know any information about this picture you can contact the Cherokee County Archives at the Cherokee Public Library at 225-3498.
As a general proposition the man who has a scared and difficult look is the honest man trying to do business.

When a man has to swallow his pride and eat his words he doesn't have much appetite for anything else.

If it were not for the pessimist the optimist would miss a lot of the joy of living.

False pride is probably about the most expensive thing a man can carry about with him.

In the spring the grasping landlord tries this best to raise the rent.

When a man makes a fool of himself it seems so like an oft repeated tale.

When we insist upon justice in the superlative degree, a close analysis generally discloses that it is for the other fellow that we want.

To be weak is tolerable when one can make use of all the strength that resides in strong ones.

There is always plenty of material for the "I told you so" man to work upon and enunciate his theories from.

If some one would invent an infallible method of growing young, all the juveniles in the community would doubtless drop dead with disgust.

Some people never grow old--at least they never reach the age of discretion.

Our real friends are those whose interests are insolubly bound up with our own.

Self concept has its proper use in making the wheels of our individualism turn easily and run smoothly.

He who does not reason is not only not living his own life, but is also permitting another to live it for him.

When to reasoning ability we add receptivity of mind of the resulting imputation amounts to a wise man if the receptive member be large enough.

75 years ago

In accordance with the federal regulation, men are being appointed by the Chamber of Commerce to superintend blending of alcohol and gasoline at the service stations during the demonstration scheduled for Wednesday as a feature of Dollar Day.

A.R. Hallhauser, Clarence Allison, Archie Haburn, John Lockwood and R. C. Trembath have been secured to officiate at several stations. Other men are to be appointed and assignments made by Wednesday morning.

These men will add a gallon of alcohol for each nine gallons of gasoline in the tanks of the cars to be used in the demonstration. All motorists are urged to take part in determining the feasibility of using this means of furnishing a market for Iowa grains. The alcohol will be sold at cost.

Considering the unusual bargains offered by local merchants for Dollar day and the interest manifested in the fuel blend demonstration, it is anticipated that record crowds will visit the city of Cherokee Wednesday, fair weather prevailing.

Return of 12 cents or more a pound is anticipated for wool growers who pool their product this year, according to word received by A.A. Coburn, president of the county association, from Chas. Sexton, secretary of the Iowa Sheep and Wool Growers association.

As in former years the Cherokee association will sponsor shipment of a carload of wool to the state and national pools. It has a supply of wool bags and twine at the Farm Bureau office which are available to those participating. Sexton informed the association that wool tied with sisal or binder twine cannot be accepted.

Interested growers have been asked to signify the probable number of fleeces to be consigned. They are to be notified later as to the shipping date.

Advance Promised

The market justifies the state association making a substantial advance this year, Sexton writes, of from nine to ten cents on all grades of medium or native wool with prospects for a much higher market later in the year. Growers or producers who pool their wool will be given the advantage of any later increase in values.

Complete schedule of advances is 10 cents, bright half, quarter and three-eights wool; 9 cents, semi bright, also low quarter and clothing; 6 to 9 cents, fine wool, according to staple; 6 cents, burry, seedy, black of pulled.

50 years ago

The names of 14 new teachers signed by the Cherokee Public School system for the 1958-59 year were announced today by Supt. Lloyd W. Sexton.

Marie Haley has been secured as librarian for Washington High School. A native of Sioux City, she attended Briar Cliff College. Miss Haley has been school librarian at Harlan for the past two years.

Judith McDonough of Odebolt, now attending Iowa State Teachers College, will teach first grade.

A teacher at Tekamah, Neb., for the past two years, Erma Tejral is to teach third grade. Her home is at Lyons, Neb., and she is a graduate of Wayne State Teachers College.

Bake Sale The Cherokee County Archives recently received a box of photographs. Not much is known about these pictures, and the Archives are asking for your help to identifying people, places and events that are depicted in this pictures. All that is known about this photo is that it was taken some time in the 1950's at a bake sale at the American Theater.
Fourth Grade

Signed to teach fourth grade is Avis Clark of Lake Park. She is currently attending Iowa State Teachers College.

Carolyn Ford of Storm Lake will teach third grade. A graduate of Hayes Consolidated School, she is now finishing at ISTC.

Also teaching third grade here will be Mary Russell of Jefferson. She is completing a three-year course at ISTC.

Ardys Lauristen of Estherville, presently attending Estherville Junior College will teach first grade.

Now at Wayne state Teachers College, Marcia Nelson of Sloan has signed to teach second grade.

Joyce Martin of Guthrie Center will be a sixth grade instructor. She is attending Central College at Pella.

Finishing at Morningside College Mardell Burch of Meriden will be a third grade teacher. Also attending Morningside is Jean Grieme of Galva, who will teach kindergarten.

Charlotte Wookey of Emerson is to be a fifth grade instructor. She is currently attending Simpson College.

Now finishing at Estherville Junior College, Arleen Heiman of Estherville will teach fourth grade.

Marjorie Kleinheksel of Waterloo is to be a second grade teacher. She is now at ISTC.

25 years ago

Officials of Local 179 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union charged Sunday that Wilson Foods Corp. is "making a scapegoat out of its employees and their labor agreement." And it was learned that Wilson is planning to cut the base pay of union employees $4 per hour.

The local's published statement, which was released late Sunday night after two meetings of union members, described the company's action to immediately reduce wages and benefits as "simply nonsense and a coverup for management's failures and (a) conglomerate ripoff."

In Friday's announcement that it was filing for reorganization under federal bankruptcy laws, Wilson officials said the action was necessary because of the "large and growing disparity between the company's wage and benefit costs and those of its competitors in the pork industry."

During Sunday's meetings, union members learned the exact amount of the wage and benefit cuts that will go into effect today. Union officials would not release a copy of the statement by Wilson's. However, the Daily Times obtained a copy of the statement, which calls for a base pay of $6.50 per hour. The current base wage for hourly employees is $10.69 per hour.

In addition, new employees will be hired at $5 per hour for the first six months of employment. After that 50-cents-per-hour wage increases will be given at six-month intervals.

One benefit that was cut, according to the statement, was vacation time. According to one union member, all workers lost one week of vacation. "It will take me three years to get back the week I've lost," he said Sunday night.

"This is really a bad deal," he added. "They're (the company) taking $7,000 away from each person. Most of these guys aren't going to make it."

After Sunday's union meeting, a number of members stood outside the union hall discussing the situation. "I thought maybe it would be a small cut," one man said. "Maybe $1.50 or $2 and a small reduction in insurance."

Another member described the mood of the members during the standing-room-only session as "dazed." We don't know what's going on. All they're doing is hurting the working people," another worker added. "It's not just going to hurt us. It's also going to hurt the businessmen."

In it's prepared statement, the union flatly denied that Wilson officials ever discussed with the union alternatives to the wage and benefit cuts. On Friday, Kenneth J. Griggy, chairman and chief executive officer of Wilson Foods, stated that the UFCW rejected "remedial steps" including a profit-sharing plan in return for wage concessions, an Employee Stock Ownership Plan and a lump sum payment to employees to buy out the …terms of the contract.

Sunday, the union stated, "Wilson Foods … infers some sort of in-depth discussions had taken place between the union and Wilson Foods in an effort to avert (bankruptcy) action. This simply is not the case. No such talks have taken place between the union … and management. Moreover the union had no knowledge whatsoever that the company was thinking of filing (bankruptcy).

"The union feels that Wilson Foods employees have made sacrifices in this situation. One year ago workers froze their wages for period of three years. On the other hand, Mr. Griggy … doubled his salary during a period of time when workers froze their wages. In addition, numerous other management personnel received wage increases."

Friday Griggy said he would take a 40 percent cut in salary, and other salaried employees also would take immediate pay cut ranging from 40 percent on down.

However, union members Sunday apparently weren't impressed by the company president's self-imposed salary reduction. "All management people got raises when we got the new contract," one member said. "Now they're just giving those us. Griggy got a 50 percent raise and now he's giving up 40 percent. He's still 10 percent ahead. And we're getting our pay cut in half."

Union officials also questioned the legality of the company setting new wages while a contract is still in force. Griggy stated Friday that under the provisions of the federal bankruptcy laws, a company may be relieved of contracts that are "onerous and burdensome and threaten the survival of the company."

However, Sunday, union officials said the company is obligated to honor the terms of the existing contract unless there is a court order from a federal judge. "As of this date, at least to our knowledge, no such federal court order has been issued. Therefore the present labor agreement is still in force.

"Should Wilson Foods fail to live up to the terms and conditions of the current labor agreement, it is our opinion the company will be engaged in an unlawful act. If Wilson Foods fails to adhere to the provisions of the current labor agreement, the union will seek out all legal remedies to correct such a situation."

The statement went on to say that the union is in the process of reviewing the legal ramifications and "the possibility that this company action may be a ploy to avoid the provisions of the current labor agreement.

"It seems to us," the statement added, "that only the workers made any sacrifices in the interest of keeping Wilson Foods afloat. Now we are being asked to sacrifice again. A sacrifice that calls for working at highly substandard wages, benefits and working conditions, a sacrifice that we will not make if an understanding of this matter cannot be reached."

Local union members appeared discouraged and uncertain about the future Sunday as they left the meeting. And while some were talking about the financial ramifications of the situation, others were speculating about a strike if a new contract agreement cannot be reached. And one employee went so far as to pin a button on her coat that said, "No contract, no work."

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