100 years ago
"I have a mule, which I propose to ride over the state in search of votes," Hisey announced to deputy Secretary Jameson.
"Is her name Maude?" inquired the sympathetic deputy.
"Maude? No!" came the sputtering reply. "Her name is Caroline, after the young woman at Minneapolis who spurned my heart and hand."
H. B. Clark, who for two years has been a successful official in the post office here has tendered his resignation which is to take effect July 1. Mr. Clark has been an accommodating and efficient deputy postmaster and has also been prominent in church and social circles. He will be greatly missed for during his residence here in the capacity of professor in the schools and deputy postmaster here has made many friends.
Mr. Clark remains here until after the 4th of July when he goes to Madison, S. Dak., to visit for a month with his parents. He then expects to leave for Seattle, Wash., where it is very probable he will remain indefinitely.
There has no appointment been made by Postmaster Hogan for the position vacated by Mr. Clark but it is rumored that it will be given to R. C. Sullivan.
75 years ago
The ninth district conference to consider specific recommendations for public works projects under the federal government's great $3,300,000,000 employment plan, will be held in Cherokee at an early date, yet to be fixed by C. G. Lytle of Sioux City, district chairman.
The invitation was extended by Mayor Lawrey and unanimously accepted at a conference of 300 representatives of towns and cities of the thirteen counties composing the district, held at Sioux City Monday.
A chairman was elected by the representatives of each county, whose duty it will be to perfect a county organization. Included among the chairmen named are: Buena Vista county A. H. Cunningham, Storm Lake, Cherokee, J. W. Nield, Marcus; Clay, Leo. C. Dailey, Spencer; Ida, M. F. Buckwold, Galva; O'Brien, C. D. Jory, Sheldon; Osceola, O. J. Ditto, Sibley; Plymouth, J. F. Gamending, Remsen.
At the meeting in Cherokee project plans will be submitted by various counties and from these will be selected definite recommendations to be submitted to the state committee recently named by Governor Herring.
Resolution was adopted demanding that the ninth district receive a fair and equitable portion of the funds to be allocated to Iowa. These funds, provided by the federal government, will be used to finance the projects finally selected, a portion being contributed by the government and the remainder loaned by it to the county or municipality making the improvement.
An informal discussion followed with various community projects outlined. Two new schoolhouses were reported, city street graveling projects, city buildings, and various other projects. Spencer seemed to be the only community with a definitely adopted program to include a new county hospital, in sewage disposal plant and a recreation park.
Cherokee is not working on plans to be submitted to the district conference, and it is likely that other towns and the county will have definite proposals to present when the meeting convenes in this city.
The Marcus delegation included J. W. Nield, L. Radcliffe, J. Peters and W. Muller.
Christian Endeavor delegates numbering 227 and representing 21 societies of 15 northwest Iowa cities answered roll call Tuesday morning at the eleventh annual district convention being held in the local Christian church. Dutch Reformed, Presbyterian and Christian church young people are included in the group.
A Bible reading contest featured the morning session, with Ted Van Zandbergen of Hospers placing first: Earl Stanford of Cherokee Christian church and Alice Mae Perrin of the same church, second and third.
Rev. P. E. Roll of Cleghorn spoke of "Our Entrenched Enemies" and special music was furnished by Ed Hoeven of Sanborn, vocal solo and selections by a Sanborn quarter.
At the fellowship banquet Monday evening Rev. B. H. Coonradt of Cherokee addressed the gathering with "Our Invisible Allies," and Rev. J. G. Brouwer of Orange City, "The Steadfastness of Christ." C. H. Diehl, president of the Chamber of Commerce, gave the welcome talk and Alice De Boom of Hartley, district president, responded. A male quarter and soloist, John Wesselink, of Sioux Center, presented several numbers.
Edgar Mack of Storm Lake presided and toasts were given by John Begelow of Sheldon, "Starting," and Wanda Halderman of Storm Lake, "Winning." Song services at each session are led by Attorney Henry Tepaske of Sioux center.
The program is to continue throughout Tuesday afternoon and evening. Cities represented are Merrill, Rock Rapids, Sioux Center, Boyden, Maurice, Orange City, Sheldon, Hospers, Spencer, Akron, Archer, Storm Lake, Sanborn, Little Rock and Cherokee.
50 years ago
Each of the four Chamber of Commerce bureaus are taking an active part in preparations for Cherokee's 102nd birthday on June 18.
Activities featuring a "Miss Cherokee" contest are under general chairmanship of Bud Norviel.
Members of the I. & M. Bureau will construct the ramp at Tomahawk Field for use in the beauty contest. They also are to build a serving booth from which cake and coffee will be served to everyone attending the birthday program.
Civic Bureau members are to have charge of parking cars at the field and also will procure judges for the contest.
Entertainment is in charge of the Agriculture Bureau. Don Nystedt is to furnish musical accompaniment on the organ and arrangements are being made for other program features.
Members of this bureau also will have charge of lighting and will assist with the serving.
Refreshments are to be provided by the Retail Trade Bureau. Margaret Delaplane, Louis Larson and Bob Grant will be in charge of Tomahawk Roller Rink which will be used as headquarters for the contestants.
This group also is making arrangements for transportation of contest entrants form the rink to the promenade deck at Tomahawk Field.
All bureaus will assist with clean-up following the celebration.
Cherokee Kiwanis Club Youth Activity Committee is sponsoring a student employment service for boys and girls of high school and junior high ages in this city's schools.
Kiwanis committee leaders said today purpose of the service is to assist young people in obtaining work during the summer months.
The club group said the employment service facilities are open to junior high and senior high school students of both the Cherokee Public School System and Cherokee Immaculate School.
The Cherokee chamber of Commerce is helping to locate positions for the students by serving as a clearing center.
Those persons or firms desiring to employ students may call the chamber office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Phone 596).
And any students who have not yet signed employment application may do at the C. of C. office. A number of students have turned in their employment application cards to officials.
The students are interested in practically ever type of employment. Such jobs include baby-sitting, window washing, housework, lawn mowing, gardening, farm work and others.
25 years ago
At one minute after midnight today, picket lines were formed at the Cherokee Wilson Foods Corp. plant for the first time in the 18-year history of the plant.
Friday, the United Food and Commercial Workers union announced that its members had voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike against the nation's largest processor of fresh pork.
A spokesman for Lewis Anderson, international vice president of the union, said nearly 90 percent of the union's 6,000 members at the 12 Wilson plants voted in favor of the strike.
Local President Mike Wilbur said the local union had decided not to release the results of the voting despite the fact that other locals Friday announced their voting results. Wilbur did say that a majority of the 600 union members attended the strike-vote meetings and cast votes. He did not have exact figures on how many members did not vote.
According to David Thompson, public relations director for Wilson, the six plants involved in the strike are those with master union contract. While the other plants employ UFCW workers, they are not under the master contract that called for a $10.00 an hour base wage.
Wilbur said Friday all of the union employees at the12 plants were eligible to vote; however, he was uncertain how many did. It also has not been determined if any of the other six plants will join the strike action, although there have been reports of union pressure being applied to the non-striking locals to join the action.
Cherokee plant manager Robert Alex declined to comment on the strike situation Friday. However, Wilson Chairman Kenneth J. Griggy issued a statement from company headquarters in Oklahoma City saying, "We regret that the UFCW has elected to strike our plants. We continue to believe that it is possible to achieve a negotiated settlement to the wage and benefit dispute and we remain committed to that objective.
"We realize that any negotiated settlement must be acceptable to the hourly employees, but it also must result in labor costs which are competitive in today's pork industry."
Company officials declined to comment on the ramifications of the strike to its operations or the salaried employees. The Cherokee facility employs about 600 union workers and an additional 102 salaried workers.
The strike action revolves around the inability of the union and company to settle the wage and benefit dispute that arose out of the company's April 22 announcement that hourly workers' wages would immediately be cut 40 percent as part of its reorganization under Chapter 11 of the Federal Bankruptcy Code. In addition, the company announced that all salaried employees would take similar pay cutes.
Wilson claims it was forced to make the drastic wage cuts because "labor costs were as much as 80 percent higher than those of some of our competitors."
The UFCW, on the other hand, has charged that substantial losses in the futures market, not labor costs, forced the company into bankruptcy.
Reacting to the strike announcement, Cherokee Mayor Robert Fassler and City Manager Gil Bremicker took a decidedly neutral stance, saying in a joint statement, "The city needs to stay neutral and avoid making comments one way or another. It's up to the parties involved to work out a solution."
Cherokee County Sheriff Bud Stroud, whose office will be in charge of maintaining law and order at the plant during the strike, said his department it going to "play it by ear and see what happens. We'll be ready when the time comes," Stroud added that he does not plan to order extra surveillance of the plant by his deputies unless violence erupts.
In a related matter, attorneys for Wilson's went into U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Oklahoma City on Thursday seeking a restraining order against the union for work slowdowns.