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Friday, May 16, 2008

Creative process - 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

Monday evening in the office of L. H. Maus a meeting of business men was held to consider the advisability of establishing a Y.M.C.A. here. This project has several times been mentioned but owing to the fact that it takes a considerable sum of money to establish one of the best and permanent ones, and we want nothing else, it has not met with great success. The enthusiasm of all business men has not been aroused until now but it hoped it will soon be not only a matter of thought but a thing done.

There are a number who think the only advisable thing to do is to hire a secretary and go after the permanent organization and this will probably be the course pursued.

The ways in which a Y.M.C.A. would benefit the town are many its good influence and advantages coming into almost every home.

Committees were appointed to investigate ways and means. One committee consisting of Dr. Voldeng, C. A. Blair, and R. H. Scribner to see whether suitable rooms could be secured and several other things, the other consisting of Wallace Caswell, F. A. Frisbee, And Karl Herrick to see what the opinion of the people in general was and to whether the financial part could be provided for.

The meeting held Monday evening was to interest and see how many of the business men were interested in the Y.M.C.A. The young men who would be members of the Y.M.C.A. held their meeting Tuesday evening and decided to establish such an association. They elected their officers: L. H. Maus, President, Frank Johnson, Vice-President, H. B. Clark, recording Secretary and Wesley Buck, Corresponding Secretary. The treasurer was not elected as this is really the most important office and a committee was appointed to look around for a good man. The committee is H. B. Clark, J. J. Mathews and Fred Rupert. Much enthusiasm was displayed and success is sure to meet the boys on every hand.


The last weeks of school are usually filled with many duties and much hard work for the high schoolers and this year is no different from others only in that one of the most pleasurable days ever spent by the young people in Cherokee will be enjoyed here on the 15th day of May. The North West Iowa Field Meet will be held here on that day and in the evening the members of the high school will entertain the young people of the city and all their guests at the field meet that day.

It will be an elaborate reception and every effort is being put forth to make it one of our most successful and enjoyable social events of the year.

The reception will be given in the gymnasium in the basement of the Congregational church and will be for all interested friends I Cherokee and especially for the out of town people who will be here for the field meet.

Committees have been appointed and rooms will be beautifully and appropriately decorated for this pleasantly anticipated occasion.

Dainty refreshments will be served and every effort will be made to make every one have a good time and what the high school undertakes is sure to be accomplished.


There will be a local field meet and picnic supper at Riverside park tomorrow. The winners in the field meet tomorrow will represent Cherokee in the Northwest Iowa Field meet, May 15th here.

There will be three stunts by the girls, a potato race, a throwing contest and a relay race so they have their part of the day.

The admission to the field meet is fifteen cents and for field meet and supper twenty five cents. Unless tickets are secured for both at the same time, the supper will be fifteen cents.

A good time is sure to be had and large crowd is hoped for.

75 years ago

Four delegates of Wilson high school have been appointed to represent the girls of the school at the Morningside college playday scheduled for this Saturday, Miss Lillian Sherrard, principal has announced. Kathryn Allen, Dorothy Royer, Elizabeth Wallace and Mable Becker, accompanied by Miss Grace Andersons, physical training instructor, will be guests of the college at the all day meeting.

Similar delegations of schools of northwest Iowa and surrounding states are invited to the second annual playday.

Hiking in the morning with the lunch carried by the girls will be followed by afternoon field sports, an evening banquet and the evening theater tournament.

Local case of "Where the Cross Is Made," by Eugene O'Neill, will compete in the contest. James McCulla, Eldon Sichl, Beth Kelly and Wallace Davis are the players.


Cherokee high school alumni association will entertain this year's graduating class at a dance in Wilson gymnasium the evening of Thursday, May 25, Dr. R. C. Siple, alumni president, announced Tuesday. The executive board made definite plans for the evening at a meeting held in Siple's office Monday evening.

Because of conditions the entertainment will be simpler than in former years, the committee stated.

Chairmen appointed include Mrs. Fred Rupert, refreshments; Lavern Wallace, dance and decorations; Mrs. Edd Huber, hostess group; Miss Louise Eley, invitations; James Dunn, ticket sales.

At a session scheduled for Friday evening heads of committees will report an appointment of assistants and further arrangements.

Admission to the dance will be 50 cents per couple. Each alumni will also be expected to pay his 25 cents membership fee.


"Shavings," a three-act drama by Pauline Pheips and Marian Short, will be presented by Wilson high school senior class in Wilson auditorium Wednesday, May 24.

The cast of characters, was announced Tuesday by Miss LaVena Baker, director.

Roy Ballah will portray "Shavings." Jed Winslow: O.C. McMannus, Captain Sam Hunniwell; Chas. Crocker, Phineas Babbitt; Wallace Davis, Major Graves; Bill Chilson, Gabriel Pearse; Gordon Bourne, Roscoe Holway; Eldon Siehl, Charlie Phillips; Neva Ervin, Ruth Armstrong; Bobbie Shove, Barbara Armstrong: Elta Dawson, Maud Hunniwell.

The cast is subject to change as an alternate is being considered for several parts.

50 years ago

More N. West Pupils Visit Museum Here

Increasing the total of 70 demonstrations given at Sanford Museum since January 1 are 12 scheduled this week and nine to date for the coming week.

Fountain fun - Many of these unidentified photos that the Cherokee County Archives recently received are believed to have run in the Cherokee Daily Times during the 1950s. If you know whose classroom this is, or what school this picture was taken at, please call the Archives at 225-3498.
Visitors Tuesday morning were eighth grade students from Lake Park and fifth and sixth graders from Union Consolidated School at LeMars.

There were three groups at the museum Wednesday afternoon. Pomeroy pupils from kindergarten through third grade arrived on the train to take a tour of the site.

Demonstrations in the planetarium were given by W. D. Frankforter, director, to third grade pupils from Hayes Consolidated School and fifth and sixth grade pupils form Gaza.

Paullina fifth graders viewed a demonstration Thursday morning, followed by a second planetarium show for fourth, fifth and sixth grade students from Hospers.

Scheduled Thursday afternoon were demonstrations for Aurelia third grade and Sutherland sixth grade classes.

Dolliver Junior High students and Meriden pupils from third through fifth grade were to visit Sanford Friday.

On the museum calendar for Monday are 1:15 p.m. Marcus seventh grade, tour on animals of the past; 2 p.m. planetarium demonstration for the Mothers Club of LeMars, 7:30 p.m. Delta Phi Delta, art organization from Buena Vista College.

The schedule for Tuesday lists an 11 a.m. demonstration for Laurens fourth graders and one at 1:30 p.m. for a Westmar College class from LeMars.

Visiting the museum next Wednesday will be 44 students from Webb Consolidated High School. Third and fourth graders from Providence Consolidated School at Sulphur Springs are to visit Thursday afternoon.

Moville High School students will view a demonstration next Friday morning and Schleswig pupils will tour the museum that day. On Saturday, May 17, an Estherville Sunday School class is scheduled to visit.

25 years ago

Local 179 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union voted Saturday in favor of opening exploratory talks with Wilson Foods Corp.

Local President Mike Wilbur declined to release the exact vote totals, but said the measure passed by a clear majority.

A majority of the 13 Wilson locals need to approve the measure before the talks will be opened. The local in Oklahoma City agreed o Friday.

Wilbur added that the talks may include negotiating certain sections of the contract between the union and company.

On April 29, Wilson filed for reorganization under federal bankruptcy law and reduced wages by 40 percent.

The talks between the union and company are expected to begin Friday and go on indefinitely.

However, Wilson added that if "things don't go the way we want, we'll return home and request a strike vote."


An engineer's report on the proposed $239,000 water line upgrade in scheduled to be received when the Cherokee City Council meets in regular session Tuesday night. Meeting time if 6:30 p.m.

The plan calls for putting in new water pipes from the North First Street plant to the Hill Street tower to provide more piping capacity.

The Mental Health Institute has experienced low water pressure recently, which prompted the plan. But the council still has questions on the plan for the project engineer, John Wellner.


The Washington High School concert choir and concert band each received superior "I" ratings Friday at the state large group music contest in Spencer.

Gary Leatherman directs the choir and Tom Kruse directs the band.


Members of the Cherokee City Council and rural fire districts in the county met Thursday afternoon in a non-public sessions on financing the cost of rural fire service.

It was decided that City Administrator Gil Bremicker and a representative of the rural fire districts would try to work out an agreement.

The issue arose in recent months when Councilmen Floyd Ehrich made public claims that the $130 per call fee paid by the rural districts is not enough to pay the rural area's share of the fixed costs of operating the Cherokee Fire Department.

Ehrich, who was one of two council members at the meeting, said a model contract used by the Iowa State Extension Service might figure in the final agreement.

That contract calls for rural fire protection costs to be based on percentage of the fire calls, property evaluations, and population of the areas served.

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