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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

100 years ago

Pursuant to law the Republicans and Democrats of this county met in convention at 11 o'clock Saturday. A. B. Knox called the Republican convention to order, read the call and then called W. B. Keck as temporary chairman. T. W. Hartigan was chosen temporary secretary and on motion the temporary organization was made permanent.

Railroad work - A classic look at how the Illinois Central Railroad built the railroad through Cherokee.
The only committee named was for the purpose of relecting delegates to the state convention. The following were chosen: James Payton, L. P. Nelson, Oscar Peterson, J. F. Lookyer, Grant Seely, L. Richards, Hal Dewar, W. H. Lysaght, Frank Ogle, L. H. Sanguin, W. H. Keck.

Weston Pelson was nominated for coroner.

The convention named L. P. Nelson as congressional committeeman; A. B. Knox, senatorial committeeman and T. McCulla judicial committeeman from this county. After adjournment the county central committee met and elected J. A. Miller county chairman.

E. Hayward was made chairman of the Democratic convention and H. H. Lucas, secretary. Grant McDonald was nominated county treasurer and C. E. Bush was nominated for county recorder. Chas. Knapp was nominated for auditor but declined to make the race. It was decided to pass the office of county superintendent.

75 years ago

Fourth of July - With the 4th of July fast approaching it may be an appropriate time to look back and see how the holiday was celebrated in 1904.
A resolution to transfer $25,000 from the maintenance fund to the poor fund was adopted by the board of supervisors, meeting in regular session Monday afternoon. Report of the treasurer showed $47,862.74 in the maintenance fund and $20,486.85 in the construction fund. The transfer, approved by the state budget director, is to be made primarily to meet an overdraft of over $18,000 on the poor fund.

Preliminary survey of the county cash on hand and in banks June 1 was made the final report to be presented by Treasurer F. M. Tyner at the next meeting, Friday, June 16.

Claims of Earl Kludas for $30 and of John Fraser, jr. for $10 from the domestic animal fund were allowed. Kludas asked the amount for the death of three ewes, $19, and of seven lambs, $21. Fraser's claim was for two ewes.

Bill presented by the Salvation Army for care of Eunice Osborn was rejected by the board.

A crew of 10 men hired by the city began work Tuesday morning repairing defects of the pavement on outlying streets. It is expected that three days will be required to complete the work planned. Nothing will be done within the business district at present as there is a possibility that new pavement will be laid on those streets, according to Mayor A. Lawrey, jr.

Thirty men will be employed on the repair project, the crew to be changed after two day shifts.

Tomorrow the nation will observe the 156th birthday of her flag--the Stars and Stripes. Old Glory as displayed tomorrow remains the same, except for the addition of 35 stars, as that established by the Continental Congress June 14, 1777.

That flag marked victory for the states in their struggle for independence. Tomorrow the flag will wave over a nation becoming victorious in its battle to overcome economic depression.

The resolution which gave birth to our flag read: "That the flag of the 13 United States be 13 stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be 13 stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation." Today the field of stars has grown to 48, arranged in six rows of eight each. Congress authorized the addition of a star for each new state.

Colonial flags representing hopes of our forefathers which preceded the Stars and Stripes showed anchors, beavers, rattlesnakes, pine trees and other insignia. Mottos included "Hope," "Liberty," "An Appeal to Heaven," and "Don't Tread on Me," as written beneath the rattlesnake design.

Keeping step with the forward march of the nation, the flag now as 156 years ago stands for patriotism, loyalty and fidelity to the ideals of our county.

50 years ago

The free summer playground program sponsored by the City Recreation Commission is to begin Monday, June 16 for eight weeks.

Jack Sandvig, recreation director, will be in charge of activities conducted by three assistants.

In charge of the program at Garfield Grade School playground will be Myrna Cowan. Mrs. Darlene Klatt is to direct activities at Webster Grade School playground.

Evan Knapp, Wilson Junior High coach and part-time guard for the Municipal Pool, will assist with afternoon playground events.

Children who are in school or who will start to school next fall are eligible to attend. The only cost involved will be nominal fees for handcraft materials.

The morning program at both sites is to be for youngsters through fifth grade. Playgrounds will open each week day Monday through Friday at 9 a.m. and the morning session will conclude at 11 o'clock.

Following a "getting ready" period from 9-9:15, a project hour is scheduled from 9:15 to 10:15. Organized games will take place from 10:15-10"45, with a 15-minute period for putting away equipment and cleaning up the playground.

The afternoon program from 2-4 p.m. will feature group instruction in advanced games for students from sixth grade through high school. The games will include tennis, badmitton, archery and golf.

Sandvig said special events planned for the summer program include a trip to "The Barn" near LeMars, watermelon feeds, a pet parade, picnics and guest days.

"We also will make use of Sanford Museum and staff members there are going to help children with rock collections."

The director added that the City Youth Center would be used for activities on rainy mornings.

"What is so rare as a day in June," ask the poets.

"Friday, the 13th," answers the witch doctor.

Yes, this beautiful day of sun, wind and showers has undertones of disaster for the superstitious.

The fast and the furious - Action was always fast and furious when the Little Sioux Raceway was open. The track was located on Main St. next to the Little Sioux River.
Might be just as well to abandon all projects involving ladders and such--and sit on the riverbank and fish or relax in an easy chair with a good book.

That way one could avoid dangerous situations--providing the stream doesn't flood or the roof fall in.

So walla, walls--Bing, bang!

25 years ago

Beginning July 1, prisoners housed in the Cherokee County Jail will be charged $25 per day for their "room and board."

The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors on Monday approved the "room and board" resolution after conducting a public hearing. The only persons attending the hearing were County Clerk of Court Mick Brown and Sheriff Bud Stroud.

Prior to the supervisors' vote, Stroud urged the members to delay implementing the resolution until other counties, which have also begun charging jail prisoners a daily rate, work out any problems that might arise. "What's the use in jumping out in water over your head when you can walk on rocks for awhile?" Stroud asked.

Under the resolution, Stroud will administer the jail-payment program. Upon release from jail, each person liable for payment will be issued a statement of charges, which is due immediately. If the person is not able to make full payment, the sheriff is required to prepare a payment schedule for repayment of the bill. In addition the resolution states that if a person refuses to pay the county, the sheriff is authorized to pursue further legal action, which would involve filing a claim in Small Claims Court.

County Attorney John Wibe told the supervisors that the resolution will be "a real headache to enforce" because of the paperwork involved and the problems with collecting the payments.

From a practical point of view, Wibe said that Humboldt County, which enacted a similar resolution earlier this year, has found that the policy primarily affects drinking drivers because they are usually the only prisoners who are financially able to pay the charges.

And Wibe predicted that may well be the situation in Cherokee County. "Other than the drinking driver, most prisoners in jail are there because they can't pay a fine," he noted.

Locally, there have been rumors that at least two area attorneys plan to legally challenge the resolution once it goes into effect. However, Wibe said an assistant attorney general has told him that there are no "serious" grounds for a constitutional challenge.

And, the county attorney added, he is prepared to defend the resolution if it is challenged. "Legally, we can do it. The big problem is keeping track of it and deciding who can pay and then collecting it."

Supervisor Dave Phipps cast the only dissenting vote to the resolution. Phipps said the "enforcement provision is inadequate and should be handled through the 3rd Judicial District for correctional Services."

After the meeting, Phipps said his own research on the matter leads him to believe that the resolution is "a Pandora's Box." "I feel the county may be exposing itself to some unknown liabilities."

He added that the key defect to the resolution is the decision on who is able to pay the fee. "There will be a lack of equity under the law." On the other hand, he pointed out, the 3rd Judicial District for Correctional Services is prepared to take the responsibility for administering the program.

"The general public, on the surface, thinks this is a good idea, but I don't think the general public understands what's involved."

In other action, the supervisors agreed to transfer their contract for Chore Services to Mid-Sioux Opportunity Inc. Mid-Sioux currently contracts with the county for the Homemaker Aide program. For the past year, the work program has been administered by the Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council. The program provides elderly and other home-bound individuals with a means for having yard work and other outdoor maintenance jobs done.

The supervisors stressed that the transferring of the contract from one agency to another does not reflect on SIMPCO's ability to administer the program. The action was taken in an effort to increase the number of clients served and to consolidate similar services through one agency.

The board also agreed to pursue at least the first phase of an energy audit of county-owned buildings. Marc Emerson, a representative of Stanton, Warren and Grimes, met with the supervisors to explain the project. Emerson estimated that the county could reduce its energy consumption from 10-15 percent with little or no financial investment through the energy audit. Emerson also said funding is available for half the cost of the audit.

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