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Thursday, May 22, 2008

100 years ago

Cherokee is going to have baseball and good baseball at that. Friday of next week, the 22, marks the opening of the season, with a game where we will be matched with our rivals, the "Rock Stars," with our former pitcher, Whisman, dishing up the curves for the Rock aggregation. The following day, Fort Dodge comes up to give us a rub, and from that time on, there is going to be something a doing in a baseball line at the Chautauqua park right through the season, and the heart of the fan will be glad.

There have been a number of things that have operated to the disadvantage of our teams in the past few years and every effort has been made to remedy these defects, and the manager is confident that the obstacles have been overcome and that the coming season will be a marked success.

It is believed thoroughly that the Cherokee enthusiasts who have always been interested in their ream and contributed their support, will see a class of baseball that will satisfy the most patriotic rooter, and not to be a loser at the financial end. Let everyone turn out to see these first games, and all boost for a ball team that will represent Cherokee as we want to be represented. Game with Rock Stars called at 3:30 p.m. and regular prices.

Here is a list of players in the first line up who have signed with us for the season, as handed to the Times by manager Fred Brockway.

In the pitchers' box will be our own town pitcher, Ben McCleary, and alternating with him will be Joe Pflaum, of Wesington Springs, S.D. Everyone knows Ben's pitching, and a good line can be had on Pflaum's ability, when it is known that he pitched last year with Vermillion, with Sawyer, of the Des Moines team, and had opportunity to sign up with Duluth this season.

Bucking Bronco - A look at one of the many classic rodeos in Cherokee over the past fifty years. The brave rider on the horse is Doug Carrington. The year this photo was taken is unknown.
Behind the bat will be Will Seanion, of Rock Valley, who comes highly recommended.

At the initial base, W. A. Schuffler, of Tabor, Iowa, will operate. This man is a well know player in the amateur teams in Nebraska and Iowa.

At second, Johnie Scissiones, of Whealer, S. D., will take care of everything coming his way, as the manager confidently believes.

The short field will be occupied by Edward Miller, who also comes from S. D. and is considered pretty a fast worker where he has played.

On the third corner, "Bud" Stechman, our last season's third baseman, is expected to continue his good work of last year.

The left field will be worked by McCleery and Pflaum in the intervals of their pitching.

At center will be Harry Thompson, of Wagner, S.D., a fast fielder, good sticker and heady base runner.

Harrison Molyneux will probably play right field for a while. Our last year's short stop, Clare Barbour, will probably report for duty June 15th, and will complete the team.

Mr. Brockway believes that with this team he can take away the majority of games played this season. A number of the surrounding towns are putting in good teams, however and there bids fair to be some interesting rivalry before the season's championship is determined.

75 years ago

Copies of the Daily Times and Chief will be on exhibit at the National Editorial association convention in Indianapolis, the middle of June, some of its promotional ideas being used in the conduct of a newspaper clinic. Only 50 newspapers in the United States have been invited to participate. The Daily Times features its extraordinary local news coverage in the Cherokee territory, and the fact that its circulation actually increased instead of decreased during the depression years. Practical policies and features of each paper will be discussed at the clinic, and passed on to publishers everywhere for the good of the newspaper industry.


At a meeting of county officials of the state attended by Auditor Benj. Delaney and Treasurer F. M. Tyner at Des Moines Monday application of the salary reduction bill to present office holders was discussed. Although Chair Hamilton, assistant attorney general, held that the bill went into effect May 1 as regards county and township officials, the treasurer of Woodbury county decided to make a test case at the close of the month by refusing his salary warrant.

Barrel racing- Debbie Powers Langholz is pictured during the barrel race at the Cherokee Rodeo. Barrel racing is a popular event no matter what time period.
As held by Hamilton, local county officials with the exception of the sheriff are affected. Salary of the auditor, treasurer, and clerk are reduced from $1900 to $1700 each; of the recorder from $1700 to $1500. The county attorney will receive the usual $1400 but will be prohibited from collecting fees and commission on fines as formerly allowed him. Sheriff's salary remains at $1800.

Per diem payment for supervisors will be $4 rather than $5 and salary of township clerks and trustees will be $3 per day rather than $4.

Deputies' salaries, fixed at not to exceed 60 per cent of that of their principals, had already been reduced in Cherokee county to a percentage within that limit.


Vernon Olson, 26-year-old drifter from Loup City, Neb., was held in county jail Monday night following an attack on Constable Otto Morton and Sheriff Art Tilton who were attempting to capture him. Action by officials was delayed Tuesday morning, awaiting arrival of the man's father, Geo. Olson.

Olson was called to the attention of officers about 7 p.m., by motorists who reported he had thrown himself in front of their cars as they drove on highway No. 31 about seven miles south of Cherokee. When Morton and Tilton first arrived Olson ran from them, then turned and charged the constable who was walking. Before the sheriff could reach the scene from his car, Morton had been knocked to the ground and struck several times. Both eyes were bruised and his face and hands scratched on the gravel. Tilton's wrist was sprained while scuffling with Olson before the two subdued him.

The same man was brought to Cherokee by the sheriff Saturday when motorists reported he was lying in the road near Diamond Center. At that time Olson claimed muscular trouble was the reason for his action. He was fed and lodged in the "flop house," apparently recovered, and believed to have left town Sunday.

50 years ago

Cherokee area residents are invited to attend an annual Open House Sunday, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital.

The event is sponsored by Sioux Valley Hospital Auxiliary in observance of National Hospital Week May 11-18.

Visitors are to be taken on tours to view hospital facilities and refreshments will be served.

Co-chairmen for the occasion are Mrs. R. T. Steele and Miss Virginia Herrick.

Kenneth Hobson has been superintendent of the hospital since September 1, 1957. In addition to residents of Cherokee County, its patrons come from throughout Northwest Iowa.


The Auxiliary is a service organization of women who sew for the hospital at monthly meetings. The volunteer group also raises funds to provide various items of equipment for the hospital.

Auxiliary projects this year which are now in use include new blinds for the sunroom and a book cart.

25 years ago

Members of the Local 179 of the United Food and Commercial Workers union will meet at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday to discuss the recent talks over the Wilson Foods Corp. labor situation.

Richard Nehring, Local 179 secretary-treasurer, released a statement Sunday night saying the union and the company met recently in Chicago to discuss "the company's finances, current terms and conditions of employment, and further operation of Wilson Foods under Chapter 11."

The company recently declared itself bankrupt under federal bankruptcy law and also cut the base wage at its meatpacking plants to $6.50 per hour.

Later, UFCW announced it would mount a legal challenge to the wage-cutting action. The union adopted the position that, legally, its former contract is still in effect.

Sunday night's union announcement said "both parties continue to maintain their respective legal positions in this entire matter."

The talks produced a format for continuing the discussions in hopes of resolving those differences, according to the statement.


Cherokee Daily Times staffers won two writing awards Saturday at the annual state Associated Press Managing Editors convention at Adventureland Inn in Altoona.

Staff writer Kevin Wymore won first place in the feature story category for newspapers under 10,000 circulation. The award was for a story on mayoral term of the Rev. Alfred McCoy.

Editor Phil Marty was awarded second place in the under 10,000 "spot news" category for a story on a rural barn fire.

The contests were open to all Associated Press member newspapers in Iowa. The Des Moines Register and Tribune did not participate.


Honor graduates were named Sunday afternoon at the 1983 Meriden-Cleghorn High School commencement exercises at the high school here.

Supt. Leland Anderson and Principal Frank Smith presented medallions and certificates to the following seniors: graduating with highest honors (3.5-4.0 grade point average)--Darren Anderson; Carla Cronin, Brian Egger, Melanie Kuhnes, James Oswald, Karen Prunty, and Matt Reinert; honor students (3.0-3.5) were Amy Aduddell; Cynthia Erickson, Everett Johnson and Kyra Wilcox.

Two scholarships were given to seniors by the Meriden-Cleghorn teachers' association. A $50 award for a two-year college course went to Jerry Kintigh, and a $100 four-year award went to Erickson. Mary Halstrom received the Cherokee County agriculture award.

Other honors were: academic scholarship from the University of South Dakota, Darrin Anderson; academic scholarship and recognition of academic leadership from Briar Cliff College; state of Iowa scholars Prunty and Reinert; National Merit Scholarship, Reinert. He also received a Farm Bureau scholarship and was admitted with recognition and achievement and a $100 award to Iowa State University.


West Sioux of Hawarden ran away with the team title and eked out the medalist honors in boys' sectional golf action Saturday at the Cherokee Golf and Country Club.

West Sioux carded a 324 team total in the cold and wind, easily outdistancing host Cherokee, which finished second with a 341 total. LeMars placed third with 354, followed by Sheldon 357, Storm Lake 358, Orange City Unity Christina 370, Hull Western Christian 378, and West Lyon 382.

Matt Hummel of West Sioux took home medalist honors, nipping Cherokee's Scott Stratton in a playoff, after each carded a 79.

The winning team and the runnerup team from each sectional, as well as the medalist and runnerup medalist advance to the districts at Storm Lake (Lake Creek) this Friday. If a home team finishes first or second, the third-place team (in this case, LeMars) also advances to district competition.

Cherokee's district qualifiers and their scores include Stratton, Ben Hupke, 86, Rick Hirschman, 87, Alan Lundquist 89 and Dick Berglund 90.

West Sioux's scoring went Hummell, Brad Corlett 80, Doug Schuerkamp 82, Farrell Anderson 83, and Tom Falker 93.

LeMars sends Darren Powers 83, Brian Kramer 87, Paul Phillips 89, Chris Anderson, 95, and John Conover 99.

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