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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Pool playing - Recently the Cherokee County Archives received a box of unidentified photos and need your help to identify people, place and when the photos were taken. If you have any information on this picture please call the Archives at the Cherokee Public Library.
100 years ago

Oren Garwood, who until recently was manager of the Jas. Roberson lumber yard, left town last Wednesday without informing anyone of his destination. After reaching Sioux City he wrote back to Mrs. Garwood, saying that he was going many miles away and telling her not to look for him. He wrote a similar letter to his father at Wayne, Neb., but added that his head was troubling him again and that he would come back when he recovered. The elder Mr. Garwood arrived here Friday and assisted his son's wife to pack up and move back to Wayne, which she did Monday. He informed us that Oren has been subject to severe headaches, so bad at times as to compel him to give up study when at school, and he fears the young man's mind is affected now. Oren Garwood came here from Wayne, Neb., about eight months ago and was married two months later, bringing his bride from his old home. He was a model young man, upright in his dealings and courteous to everyone, and his many friends here hope to soon hear that all is well with him.

Last Thursday Dr. L. A. Wescott and Robert Gracey went to Sioux City to meet with some of the prominent business men there and consult with them on the proposed project of an interurban from Sioux City to Spirit Lake, which would certainly be a measure that would meet approval of the people of our city and everyone will work hard to boost such a line.

It has been talked of much and its agitation always creates a sensation of approval. Many lines have been talked of but the one which will be built, and it is quite certain it will be built, will go from Sioux City to Cherokee, then to Spencer and on to Spirit Lake.

Friday's Sioux City Journal had the following to say in regard to the meeting.

'The project for an interurban road from Sioux City to Spirit Lake, which has been advocated for a number of years, was given an added impetus yesterday when Dr. L. A. Wescott and Robert Gracey, representing Cherokee business men who recently have taken up the matter, held a conference at the rooms of the Commercial club with President Will H. Beck, Commissioner A. L. Beardsley, R. M. Dott and Wm. Gordon.

"Mr. Gordon and Mr. Dott have been interested for a number of years in the building of the Spirit Lake line, and a year and half ago went over the route of the proposed road with an engineer. Estimates of the cost were made, but the project was not pushed at the time owing to the financial stringency in the east.

The route which is proposed by the Cherokee men is different from both that outlined by Mr. Dott and Mr. Gordon and that of the Sioux City and Ireton Interurban railway, of which J. D. browning is promoter. Mr. Dott proposed to reach the lake by the way of Remsen and Hartley, while the route advocated by Mr. Browning is by way of Ireton and Orange City. The Cherokee men would run the line from Sioux City to Cherokee and thence to Spencer and to Spirit Lake.

"Dr. Wescott and Mr. Gracy, who is a prominent stock raiser in Cherokee County, have been working on the matter for the past month and have seen many men in that county through whose land a right of way could be secured.

"Mr. Beck informed the Cherokee men that Sioux City was vitally interested in the project and asked them to formally present their proposition at the next luncheon of the Commercial club. Dr. Wescott and Mr. Gracey agreed to do so.

Class time - Many of the unidentified photos that the Cherokee County Archives recently received were believed to have run in the Daily Times during the 1950s. If you know whose classroom this is, or what school this picture was taken in, please call the Archives at 225-3498.
"Primarily we desire a line from Cherokee to Sioux City," said Dr. Wescott, "And we believe it would be a paying proposition from the start. The route would be through a fine farming country and there is no question that the farmers would welcome it. To take in Cherokee on the way to Spirit Lake would mean going a few miles out of the way. Feeding lines to connect with the main line would be feasible."

75 years ago

Two ordinances--one reducing and the other raising a salary--which will save the city $300 annually were passed by the outgoing city council members Saturday morning at their last session. The new council will hold an organization meeting Monday noon.

Salaries of the city clerk and superintendent of water works are affected by the new measures which amend sections of former ordinances.

Clerk's Salary Cut.

The clerk, who formerly received an annual compensation of $900 will now be paid a salary of $480. On the other hand, the superintendent of water works whose salary has been $900 now will receive $960.

Several applications have been made for the position of city clerk. These and other appointments will be considered by the new council Monday.

Members of the new body are C. L. Berry and Clem T. Cunningham, alderman at large; Joseph Lockyer, first ward; Dewey Kennedy, second ward; H. E. Alton, third ward.

The council which completed it term Saturday is composed of Berry, Lockyer, O. A. Royer, Geo. Wilson jr., and R. H. Kuhrts.


With approximately 200 persons rushing to pay taxes and to obtain automobile licenses before the first day of April and its attending penalty, about $13,000 was received by Treasurer F. M. Tyner and assistants Friday.

Although numerous residents believed the delinquent tax date had been extended, no legislation has been enacted to change the date, according to the treasurer. As in former years the first half of taxes assessed in 1932 for payment in 1933 became delinquent April 1.

Letter From Storms.

A letter mailed by C. W. Storms, state auditor, to the county treasurer informed him that no change had been made in the code of Iowa as refers to penalties applying to delinquent real estate taxes. If favorable legislative action is given either of two proposted bills recommending a reduction in penalty, Storms stated he would advise Tyner immediately.

In a few counties of Iowa the boards of supervisors voted to abolish all penalty fees on taxes not paid April 1. According to a ruling by Attorney General Edw. O'Connor such action was illegal and has no bearing on penalizing delinquent taxpayers. State Treasurer Leo. J. Wegman has stated that supervisors of treasurer who grant an extension of the delinquency date are directly liable for the amount of revenue lost by the action.

50 years ago

This year marks the eighth annual edition of the Barnes Rodeo here, the increasingly popular western sports classic scheduled for May 31-June 1.

The only world's championship rodeo owned and produced by Iowans. It again will be staged at the Rafter B Bar arena 4 miles north of Cherokee on Highway 59.

Produced by Bob Barnes of Cherokee, it will open on Memorial Day and conclude Sunday afternoon, June 1.

According to Dittmann Mitchell, advance agent for the Barnes Championship Rodeo, "it will be bigger and better than any in the past, which each had added new features and attractions and played to more people each succeeding year."

Mitchell said that Barnes has added new equipment again this year, along with all new acts and attractions.


"He is assured of the appearance of the largest contingent of contesting cowboys and rough stock hands ever to come to Cherokee. Other rodeos in the southwest just before and in the northwest just after the event here will make Cherokee's classic more centrally located and better timed to attract them than ever before," explained Mitchell.

The rodeo agent reported that he had found much interest in the Cherokee rodeo while he was on the winter circuit in Florida and the southwest.

"We should have a lot of top hands in each of the five contest events this year. Rodeos generally have drawn more talent and more fans in the spring season and Cherokee will have its share."

Barnes and Mitchell attended the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo and the National Rodeo convention in January to see new acts. Mitchell and Barnes is now on a trip engaging another new act.

"We can assure the thousands of loyal fans of the past at the Rafter B Bar annual that they will see a new, bigger and more thrilling rodeo than ever before, beginning on Memorial Day."

25 years ago

The option of charging county jail prisoners for the cost of their incarceration was a topic of discussion for the second consecutive week during the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors meeting Monday.

During the meeting, each supervisor was given a copy of a similar policy that was recently implemented by the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors and went into effect April 1. Delaware County also recently adopted a prisoner "room and board" policy that went into effect Sunday.

The Humboldt County resolution calls for prisoners to pay for the cost of their incarceration to "lessen the property tax burden upon the general public."

Under the policy, each person liable for payment would be issued a statement of charges upon release from jail. Payment is due immediately and persons not able to make full payment upon release are required to work out a payment schedule with the sheriff.

The payments are collected by the sheriff and deposited in the county general fund on a monthly basis. In addition the sheriff is required to provide the Board of Supervisors with quarterly report on the number of prisoners in the jail, the number making full payment, the number on a payment plan and the receipts for the quarter.

The policy further states that if payment is not made, the sheriff is authorized to take legal action in order to collect. The cost is $30 per day.

The Cherokee County supervisors are studying the resolution prior to possibly establishing a similar policy for this county. The subject was first raised during the supervisors' April 25 meeting when Supervisor Jack Foresman proposed the policy.

At the time, Foresman admitted that the county probably couldn't expect to collect 100 percent payment from all prisoners. However, he added, "If we only get 50 percent we would still be ahead." The supervisors have indicated they might ask the judges serving the area to order the payments as part of a prisoner's jail sentence. Foresman said during Monday's meeting that he will attempt to meet with Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller in the near future to discuss the possible legal implications of the plan.

In addition, County Auditor Beverly Anderson told the supervisors that Sheriff Bud Stroud, after reviewing a copy of the Humboldt County resolution, called the policy "unworkable" because the majority of prisoners in the Cherokee County Jail would not have the finances to pay the jail charges. Anderson added that if the policy were implemented, it would mean a considerable increase in paperwork for the Sheriff's Department.

In other action, the board named Tom Miller, Bob Roberts and Chuck Clark as candidates to the Private Industry Council, which will administer the Jobs-Training Partnership Act when it goes into effect in October. The federal program replaces the Comprehensive Employment Training Act (CETA).

Miller was nominated to represent the private sector and Roberts the educational community. Clark was nominated as a second choice to represent the private sector. Members of the 13-member council will be officially named within the next few days by the chairman of the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors.

Cherokee County is one of five counties that have joined together to form a service-delivery area. Cherokee, Ida, Monona and Plymouth counties will each be represented by two council members, and Woodbury County will have five representatives on the council.

The board also:

--Voted to sign a contract with W. G. Jaques Co. of Des Moines for exterior repair work on the courthouse. The cost of the project is $16,750. The Jaques bid was the higher of the two bids submitted; however, the supervisors voted to take the high bid on the basis of the company's experience. The other bid of $15,600 was submitted by Miracle Mud Jacking, which is located in Nebraska.

--Appointed Gene Keck of Washta to replace Robert E. Johnson of Quimby on the Eminent Domain Commission.

--Signed a nine-year contract with Hallett Construction for the purchase of gravel. The cost of the gravel will be 35 cents per ton. A provision of the contract allows for re-negotiation of the price after three years.

--Sold two pieces of property, including the maintenance shed at Aurelia and the old Work Activity Center in Cherokee. The Aurelia property was sold to Cliff and Doris Carlson for $5,050. LeRoy Schoon of Schoon Construction purchased the Work Activity Center for $12,500.

The Aurelia property is assessed at $10,755, while the Cherokee piece of real estate is assessed at $36,890.

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