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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Night at the Opera - An inside look at the stage of the Cherokee Opera House. The date of this photograph is unknown , but the stage is lighted by gaslight.
100 years ago

Fire of a very mysterious origin was discovered in the barn of Ellis Wright at about 2 o'clock last Sunday morning and although the citizens were quickly aroused and the ever faithful bucket brigade promptly the barn was burned to the ground; in fact, at no time after the fire was discovered was there a ghost of a show to save that barn and the entire attention was given to keeping the fire from spreading to other buildings. This was by no means an easy task, for in any direction there was either a house, barn or other building all within sixty feet, and some were not more than ten feet from the burned barn. Fortunately, however, there was but little wind, an abundance of water and many willing hands ready to transfer the water to where it would do the most good, and in this way the fire was confined to the one barn. Mrs. Athey's house and the one occupied by John Keener were both on fire at times but there were extinguished before any damage was done. In the Wright barn were nine fine young pigs of about 130 pounds each; all of these were burned, as was everything else except the horse which was gotten out, but it was badly burned. Mr. Wright had but $200 insurance, while the loss will easily foot up to $500 or $600. No one can give the slightest idea of the origin. It seems to have started in the haymow and the whole ablaze when discovered.

75 years ago

An auxiliary to L. A. Wescott post, V. F. W. of 33 charter members was installed by Mrs. Rose Cochrane of Sioux City, department president, at the armory Monday evening. Seven elective and eight appointive officers were selected and obligated. Plans were made for regular meetings every second and fourth Tuesday of the month.

The charter remains open for 60 days and any eligible woman is invited to become a member. Qualifications are that one be a wife, mother or sister of some United States veteran who saw service on foreign land.

Officers elected are Viola Boosalis, president; Irma Jones, senior vice president; Nellie McCulla, chaplain; Ann McCulla, treasurer; Hazal Stevenson, conductress; Sarah Sanger, trustee for six months' term.

Appointive officers are Maude Wheelock, secretary; Muriel Wheelock, historian; Naomi Irwin, musician; Musa Edwards, patriotic instructress; Carolyn Geiger, Elizabeth Whitmore, Minnie Eubank and Stella Dickson, color bearers.

Delegates to the state encampment to be held at Fort Dodge June 29 to July1 inclusive are Ann McCulla, Irma Jones, Maude Wheelock. Alternates are Muriel Wheelock, Minnie Eubank and Musa Edwards.

Members include Viola Boosalis, Ann McCulla, Irma Jones, Sarah Sanger, Minnie Eubank, Maude Wheelock, Musa Edwards, Muriel Wheelock, Elizabeth Whitmore, Caroline Geiger, Naomi Irwin, Stella Dickson, Hazel Stevenson, Esther Ollin, Nellie McCulla, Mae Garrett, Sylvia Garrett, Florence McCarthy, Hattie Campbell, Iva Berry, Marina Bloomberg, Emma Geiger, Mary Brown, Stella Campbell, Helen Specht, Delia Bunkers, Katherine Leyda.

Treptow post, No. 230, American Legion, has adopted the following resolutions relating to the controversy between James D. F. Smith, county attorney of Cherokee county, and Governor Herring and the latter's military representatives:


"Whereas, the attention of the executive committee of Treptow post No. 230 of the American Legion has been called to a certain article uttered by the county attorney of the county of Cherokee, Iowa, and printed in the Marcus News of June 15, 1933, and,

"Whereas, the said county attorney in his official capacity makes certain comments n said statement derogatory to the American Legion and ridicules a past department commander of the state of Iowa of the American Legion, while acting in an official capacity, and,

"Whereas, it is the considered judgmenet of the post that said article was unwarranted and subversive of the best interests of government;

"Therefore, be it resolved by the Treptow post of the American Legion of Cherokee, Cherokee county, Iowa, acting through its executive committee, that said post resents the accusations in said article concerning the American Legion and the past department commander thereof; that it resents, deplores and condemns the attitude expressed by said county attorney n his official capacity toward the maintenance of established institutions of government.

"Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Marcus News, Marcus, Iowa; Cherokee Times, Cherokee; Iowa; the board of supervisors of Cherokee county, Iowa; the governor of the state of Iowa, and to the Iowa Legionnaire, Colonel Glen Haynes and J. D. F. Smith.

"Adopted this 22nd day of June, 1933.

50 years ago

The order of march for the big Fourth of July parade here next Friday was announced today by the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce.

This event scheduled for 9:30 a.m. sharp is to open the holiday observance, whose highlight will be dedication of the new Municipal swimming pool in Gillette Park.

The dedication ceremony and program will take place at 2 p.m. while evening events will include a band concert at 8:30 and a huge display of fireworks at 9 both at the fair grounds south of Cherokee.

Veteran's Day 1963 The Cherokee VFW L.A. Wescott Post #2253 is pictured above on Main St. during Veteran's Day in 1963.
Mayor George Rapson is to head the morning procession. It will start eastward form the corner of Sixth and Main, disbanding at the corner of Euclid and Main.

Parade marshal will be T. D. Boothby, Sr., mounted on horseback.

Appearing next will be the Washington High School marching band, color guards of the American Legion and V. F. W. and a National Guard unit.

"Cherokee Charley" will prance along, preceding a Cherokee Fire Department display, Boy Scout Troops and Cub Scouts.

Girl Scouts are to ride in new cars furnished by the city's automobile dealers. Children from the summer playground program will join in with bikes, trikes and dolls.

Antique cars will be an attraction again this year. Members of the Cherokee Saddle Club also plan to ride the procession:

The following firms will enter commercial or industrial displays: Lundell Manufacturing Company, Schissel Manufacturing Company, Johnson Tin Shop, G & O Fertilizer, Bushlow Implement, Cherokee Implement, Engel Implement, Simonsen Manufacturing Company, B & B Sales, Cherokee Bottling Company.

Chamber officials stressed the parade is open to anyone who wishes to enter.

"Rural children with ponies, bikes, trikes, dolls and other items are especially invited to participate."

25 years ago

Six of seven union locals, including Cherokee's Local 179, voted on Sunday to end its three-week-old strike against Wilson Foods Corp., according to United Food and Commercial Workers union officials.

The 600-plus union employees in Cherokee are expected to return to work Tuesday or Wednesday depending on their function, Wilbur said.

In Cherokee, the approving vote was taken after Local 179 President Mike Wilbur told workers the company would sell the 18-year-old plant here if the new contract were not approved.

Union officials here did not release the vote totals, but only a simple majority of striking workers was needed to ratify.

In voting for the contract, the union is accepting a $8-per-hour base wage for production workers and $8.50 per hour for maintenance and powerhouse employees, according to local workers. New rank-and-file workers were reportedly to start at $6.50 per hour.

Added changes were made in union's original benefits package, such as cuts in holidays, vacation, medical and hospitalization insurance, and pensions, according to a worker.

Though Wilbur said he could not comment on conditions of the contract, he did say back pay was not included.

"We felt it was the best we could do" in light of current conditions in the pork industry, Wilbur said. He said most other workers here were "not very pleased" with the outcome however.

The 23-day-old strike had crippled operations at seven Wilson facilities, when nearly 6,000 UFCW members--about 90 percent of the firms' workforce--walked off the job to protest a large percent pay cut.

More than 600 workers at the Cherokee plant have been idled by the strike.

Wilson, the nation's largest processor of fresh pork, set aside the union's masters labor contract when it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on April 23.

In announcing the move, Wilson officials cited the need to lower the $10.00 base wage rate to remain competitive n the pork industry. A $6.50 per hour base rate put in its place.

The union then challenged the move in court, but later began contract talks that produced Friday's tentative agreement.

As Associated Press survey of other striking locals showed that only Logansport, Ind. Local voted to reject the pact.

The margin of rejection here was "almost 3-to-1," according to Ted Blevins, the financial secretary-treasurer for the 900-member local.

Workers at other Wilson sites approved the measure only narrowly, and there was evidence of bitterness at least one meeting.

"The union sold us out," workers were reported shouting as they left the ratification meeting at Albert Lee, Minn. on Sunday.

Despite the unhappiness, a Local 170 official said Sunday night Wilson officials had targeted five of the idled plants for closing or sale if the pact were rejected.

Joe Glackin, Local 179 chief steward, said plants at Cedar Rapids and Albert Lee were targeted for closing and the Cherokee, Mommouth, Ill. And Logansport, Ind., had been considered to be sold.

The contract approval removes that threat, however.

The six other plants affected by the strike were in Oklahoma City, Okla.; Mommouth, Ill,; Albert Lee, Minn.; Clarinda and Cedar Rapids, and Logansport, Ind.

Wilbur said the kill operation was expected to begin again on Tuesday and other departments would return on Wednesday. It will be about a week before full production is reached again, he said.

Also, Wilbur said the contract approval will end the union's challenge to Wilson in bankruptcy court and before the National Labor Relations board. The union had filed an unfair labor practice complaint against Wilson in connection with e4hwage cuts.

The new contract runs through September, 1985, according to workers.

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