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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

100 years ago

The Memorial Day program will be observed this day In Cherokee as usual.

The program in Charge of G.A.R.---Following is the Program as it Will be Carried Out.

9:00 A.M. The Post will assemble at the G.A.R. Hall.

9:10 A.M. The procession will form on Union Street, the order of procession being as follows: 1st Marshal of the day, 2nd State Hospital Band, 3rd City Officials, 4th Flower wagon, 5th School children, 6th Color bearer, 7th Grand Army of the Republic, 8th Citizens in carriages, etc.

The procession will march South on Union Street, to Main thence west on Main to the Cemetery, with a halt near E. C. Herrick's to permit the mounting in carriages of the Grand Army and the musicians. At the cemetery the procession will halt at the spot designated as the Mound of the unknown dead, where will be held the grand Army Memorial Service, followed by the sounding of Taps. Next occur the ceremonies of the decoration of the graves, with suitable music by the State Hospital Band. This completes the ceremony at the cemetery.

1:30 P.M. Post will reassemble at G.A.R. Hall, and thence will be escorted on Union street to Main, thence on Main to second, then south on second to the Opera House.

2:00 P.M. sharp, services at the Opera House.

Program: 1st Music, Soldiers' Chorus; 2nd Invocation, Rev. Chas. E. Freeman; 3rd Music, They're Growing Old; 4th Recitation, The Dying Soldier (Hadley) Mrs. Eshleman; 5th Music, Brave Heart, Sleep On; 6th Address, Hon. W. D. Boies, Sheldon, Iowa; 7th America.

4:00 to 5:30 P.M. Band Concert on Main Street.


Tomorrow is the opening game of the baseball season and it is due to the people who have tried to make ball playing a pleasure in this place to have large crowds at the game.

It is a thoroughly American game and with a team like we have this year will be a fair, clean test of strength and skill. The love of this game rarely ever leaves a person and when the boy who ever since he could handle the ball has played it with vigor, is no longer a boy and no longer able to play the game they enjoy seeing others play it and to maintain an amusement of this sort that many would enjoy if they would get interested takes money and the admission fees should to far towards paying the expenses. It is therefore up to the people who like to see this royal American game to show their appreciation of the efforts that have been put forth to obtain a good team and the way to do this is to give the games big and enthusiastic patronage from the start.

75 years ago

Sixteen completed garments were displayed in the St. Mary's high school dressmaking contest held in the home economics laboratories Saturday afternoon, Sister Dulours, instructor, has announced. The gowns varied from simple percales to elaborate organdy dresses.

Prize winners, named at the class day exercises Sunday evening, included Lavonne Wester, Margaret Ann Muraine and Mary Jane McWilliams, first three places; Reta Grace Lieh and Ellen Sheridan, honorable mention.

Judges were Mary Smith, Bernice Mullin and Frances Halstrom, home economics students of junior college.

Scoring was based on materials suitability to design, 5, durability, 10, laundering qualities, 5, design and color--suitability, 10, individuality, 10, beauty of line and color, 10, workmanship--choice of and neatness of seams and hem finish, 20, perfection of stitching, handmade or machine, 20, general appearance--cleanliness, 5; press, 5.


Sioux Valley Hospital - A look back at what the old Sioux Valley Hospital used to look like back in the 1940's.
A.A. Baustian, assistant district highway engineer, was guest speaker at the Rotary club luncheon Monday, speaking extemporaneously of the work of the local division office. Having jurisdiction over construction and maintenance work, in the primary highways of sixteen northwest Iowa counties the division office also cooperates with the various counties in awarding of contracts for secondary road projects. There are included within its jurisdiction 1,450 miles of primary highway and 200 persons employed in various capacities throughout the district field. In addition to the district headquarters in Cherokee, there are four division centers--Rock Rapids, Sioux City, Storm Lake, and Denison. The headquarters staff consists of E. W. Dunn, district engineer; Mr. Baustian, assistant engineer; R. H. Densmore, district material inspector, and Miss Nissen, stenographer. Highway buildings and equipment within the district represents an investment on the part of the state of approximately $450,000, and the monthly budget approximates $550,000 said Mr. Baustian.

50 years ago

Results of the annual "Clean-up, Paint-up and Fix-up" Week sponsored by the Civic Bureau are reported by Chairman Lyle Maxwell.

There was a 46 percent return of suggestion sheets given to school pupils to take home and check off as projects were done.

The sheets listed under the heading, "Student's Responsibility." Front yard, rear yard and planting, with such suggestions as: "Rake lawn, remove rubbish for fire safety, clean around plantings, trim shrubs and plant flowers."

Mongan Decorating A Red Ribbon cutting for Mongan Decorating located on East Main St.
Under "Parents' Responsibility" were the same subheads but different points suggested for improvements. These included: "Repair screens, porches and steps, clean caves, do necessary painting, trim trees and sow grass."

Some of the pupils added an artistic touch to the forms by coloring the printed figures of two merry fellows armed with clean-up tools.

Many students and parents added comments of explanation in addition to checking off suggestions followed.

The following sample comments indicate that residents took the campaign seriously and tried to cooperate in beautifying their city: "We rent, so see of the suggestions we are unable to do; "We have done the necessary spring cleaning," "We live in a furnished apartment and have not any yard


A special building fund canvas is now being organized here for the raising of funds to build an Educational Building adjacent to St. Paul's Methodist Church.

Officials of the building planning committee in charge said today that the Headley Garage building next to the church property was purchased recently to provide the additional space.

Formative Stage

Details and plans of the building which will replace the old parsonage known as Wesley House are still in the formative stage under direction of the building planning group.

Officials said other committees have been meeting to lay plans for the drive to begin following a "Loyalty Dinner" for the entire congregation Tuesday, June 3.

The dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. June 3 in Wilson Junior High School gymnasium.

George Zwick is serving as general chairman of the building fund canvas.


Sheriff Carl Schleff reported today that a billfold containing $100 was stolen Tuesday morning out of a purse which had been left in a car in Cherokee.

"The following evening," said the sheriff, "a tip was received which led to the arrest of a juvenile in Cherokee."

Schleef said the boy was picked up through co-operation between the sheriff's and the city police department.

"When questioned, he admitted he had taken the money on his way to school. After further questioning, he implicated another Cherokee boy."

The sheriff said that both juveniles have been released to their parents pending further action by the authorities.

25 years ago

The Cherokee County Fair Board once again has opened the Fair Queen Contest to girls who are not involved in 4-H.

Previous to 1962, contestants were required to be a member of a 4-H Club, but the rules say only that each candidate must be a member of some club or organization. Other changes are final judging will not be based on the number of tickets sold and contestants need not be sponsored by anyone.

Contestants must be at least 16 and a resident of Cherokee County, should be unmarried and have no dependents.

Each candidate will be judged on appearance in a formal, bathing suit competition, personal interview in street attire and judged o response, poise, grace and personality.

The queen will be crowned on stage at the Cherokee County Fair on Thursday, July 7, at 6:30 p.m.

Special merchandise prizes will be awarded the queen. Money prizes awarded to the top four girls are first, $150; second, $75; third, $50, and fourth $25 (Miss Congeniality).

Application forms may be obtained from the Cherokee County Extension Office or Joyce Gross, RR 1, Box 82, Meriden. The deadline for entry is June 1.

Four-H clubs, their leaders and queen candidates will be selling season tickets, with the clubs receiving 10 percent of the club sales. Season tickets are as follows: adults (15 and older) $6, and children (9014), $2.50. Children 8 years and under are admitted free.


Beginning July 1, there's a good chance prisoners housed in the Cherokee County Jail will be charged for their "room and board."

Monday, the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the initial reading of a resolution that requires county jail prisoners to pay $25 per day for each day of incarceration.

The resolution, which was drafted by County Attorney John Wibe and patterned after one recently implemented in Humboldt County, requires the county sheriff to collect payment upon release of the prisoner. Persons unable to pay the full amount immediately must work out a repayment schedule with the sheriff.

In presenting the resolution to the supervisors, Wibe predicted there will be many prisoners from whom the county will not be able to recover any money. "Collecting the money might be kind of a moot issue in most cases," Wibe said.

As an example, the county attorney cited the unlikelihood of collecting from prisoners who qualify financially to receive legal counsel from a court-appointed attorney. However, he also pointed out that the county can take legal action against persons who fail to make the payments.

Prior to voting on the resolution, Supervisors Roger Nelson expressed some concern about the involvement of the sheriff's office in collecting the payments. "I think it's a fine idea as long as we don't have to hire another deputy," he said.

The supervisors agreed to hold a public meeting June 13 in order to hear comments on the resolution prior to making a final decision.

In other action the supervisors:

--Learned that the county is scheduled to receive $9,831 from a social services block grant. County Social Services Director Barb Frey told the supervisors that the funds are part of $1.3 million recently appropriated by the Iowa Legislators for day care. Because the county has no actual need for day-care funding, Frey proposed the money be used to supplement residential care at the West Cherry Street home, which provides care for developmentally disabled adults. The supervisors unanimously approved the proposal.

--Met with George Wittgraf to discuss final steps in producing a contract agreement between the county and the employees of the secondary roads department. Wittgraf, who has served as the county's negotiator, told the supervisors that some last minute wording changes in the contract have been requested by the employees which will delay finalization of the contract for one week.

--Canvassed the vote for the recent Washta cable television franchise election. The official voting in the election was 45 in favor of granting the franchises to Todd Wetherell and one against.

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