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Times Gone By

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

100 years ago

For several years the Sunday school picnics of the various schools has been looked on by the older members of the school as nothing less than a sacrifice for the children and was generally conceded to be classed as a "decided bore." But this year a scheme was hit upon which worked to perfection, that of a union picnic and field meet, and it certainly was a success.

Usually a load or two of children and a few self sacrificing older people would go from the school, take their dinner to some secluded spot and while the children were reasonably satisfied the grown people were glad when the day was over.

But what a change this year. The children, young people and grown people from the Methodist, Presbyterian, Congregational, Baptist and Christian Sunday schools went in crowds to Riverside Park Friday morning about eleven o'clock and spent a grand day, and everyone now will anticipate another such a picnic with pleasure.

After a splendid picnic dinner the field meet took place which was heartily enjoyed by the participants and onlookers. This was under the direction of H. B. Clark and the ball game under Ben McCleery. The Baptist and Christians failed to organize ball teams. The Methodists vs. Congregationalists played the first game which was hotly contested and won by the latter in a score of 14 to 13. The Congregationalist then went up against the Presbyterians but failed to land a victory here and gave the game to the latter the score being 19 to 10.

75 years ago

Voting was extremely light at local polls Tuesday morning according to judges and clerks in charge of the balloting concerning repeal or retention of the eighteenth amendment.

Only 410 votes were cast by noon in the three Cherokee wards. First was showed 172, second ward 93, and third ward 145. Twenty ballots were marked at the Cherokee Township polls.

Compared with the number of votes usually cast by noon, clerks found today's balloting to be only about 50 per cent of normal. A greater number is expected to visit the polls later in the afternoon w hen it is cooler.

Counting will not be started until after the closing of polls at 8 p.m. It is expected that counting will be completed by 10 or 11 o'clock.

Iowa and the New England states of New Hampshire and Connecticut voted today on repeal of the 18th amendment.

Prohibitionists conceded defeat in Connecticut, a state which never gave approval to the 18th amendment.

New Hampshire and Iowa, however, were expected to show a more evenly divided sentiment.

Thus far 11 states have voted on repeal. All have favored it. The approval of 36 states is necessary before repeal.

Iowa, hope of prohibition forces in their effort to stem the repeal tide, today recorded its stand on national prohibition.

Two other states, Connecticut and New Hampshire, also were voting today, but attention was centered on Iowa, whose dry record makes it a pivotal state in the fight to ratify or reject repeal.

By today's vote, Iowans will name either 99 wet or dry delegates to attend a constitutional convention on July 20. The election is in the nature of a referendum, and the convention will be a formality.

Neither the repeal nor anti-repeal leaders in the state were willing to predict the outcome as the voting progressed. Polls opened at 7 a.m. in the cities and 8 a.m. in the country, closing at 8 p.m.

Both factions professed to see victory for their respective causes in a heavy vote. Repealists, particularly, believed that a vote of more than 400,000 would assure repeal.

Warm weather which continued in the state today was regarded as a deterrent to an above normal vote, while the lateness of the agricultural season probably will cut the farm vote.

Today's vote was writing another chapter in the fight over liquor which has been wanted for nearly 100 years in Iowa, traditionally regarded as dry. Saloons closed in Iowa in 1916, under the state prohibition law passed by the general assembly.

However, the last popular vote on the question in Iowa was against the prohibition cause, the people in 1917 defeating the constitutional amendment, 214,936 to 215,625. The assembly subsequently ratified the national amendment.

Important of Iowa's stand in today's election is shown by the contentions of national prohibition leaders that it will be one of the first state's with "dry" records to put the repeal issue to test.

F. Scott McBride, superintendent of the Anti-Saloon league, in a recent statement declared that of all the 11 states which so far have joined the repeal ranks, the majority were wet when national prohibition was adopted.

States which so far have ratified repeal include Michigan, Wisconsin, Rhode Island, Wyoming, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada and Indiana.


Cherokee will celebrate return of its champion two-mile relay team Thursday night. Final plans have been made. The quarter, accompanied by Coach Hicks, will arrive home sometime Wednesday but the time is indefinite and rather than run into unforeseen obstacles the entertainment will be held over until Thursday.

Here is the program of events as it will be carried out:


6:30 p.m. Thursday--Banquet at Bethlehem Lutheran church. Reservations for 150 only at 35 cents pet plate. Open to any one interested in the team. The first 150 persons reserving plates will be admitted, Reservations should be made immediately with R. G. Knox, phone 666, or chamber of Commerce, phone 568. Dinner served by women of the church.


7:15 p.m. Banquet program. Music, high school male quarter, Talk, Miss Sherrard, "The School The Team." Talk Dr. Ch. H. Johnson, "The Town, The Team." Talk, Coach Hicks, "The Coach, The Team." Responses by Sjostrom, Hitchock, Jensen and Graves, the relayers.


8:00 p.m. Parade, led by band, Drum corps and drill team will also march. Citizens' cars. Public invited to participate in noise making and mirth.

If it can be definitely established what time the heroes will arrive, a number of cars of boosters will meet them at Aurelia of Alta and escort them to Cherokee Wednesday. Efforts to get in touch with Coach Hicks today by long distance were unsuccessful.

As a small token of appreciation for their splendid record, the Chamber of Commerce Sunday wired $5 to each of the boys to finance them for a little longer stay in Chicago.

50 years ago

Northwest Iowa 4-H girls are taking an especially active part in the 29th annual Iowa State Convention now underway at Ames.

Cherokee County, with one of the largest delegations of all the counties represented at the state meeting, is believed to have the largest number of State Chorus members who took part in Thursday's program.

Six Cherokee County girls were chosen for this honor. They are Alice Carlson, Carolyn Van Amberg and Maureen Ross, off of near Cherokee; Diane Vine of Cleghorn; Dorothy Lottman of Larrabee; and Judy DeWitt of Washta.

In addition to the chorus participation, Mary Ann Miller of Marcus is in the tryouts for piano solo competition.

Other county club members taking part in the official program are Jean Fuller of Cherokee; the county's official voting delegate Carolyn Halstrom of Meriden, who was named an usher; Tamara Stevenson of Quimby, the county's entry in the Country Girls Creed contest.

One of Most Active

Carmen Dewar, Extension home economist, reports the 1958 delegation to be one of the most active ever to be represented at the state meeting.

"There is a strong participation in the home furnishings discussion groups by Jean Fuller, county 4-H president and a discussion leader and the following girls: Judy Ehthardt and Beverly Otto, Aurelia; Kathleen Smith, Meriden; Dorothy Rawson, Pierson; Judy Dorr and Beverly Simons, Marcus; Marcella Jenness, Quimby; Gene Droegmiller, Washta."

Leaders present, in addition to Mrs. Dewar, are Mrs. J. D. Jenness of Quimby and Mrs. Lester Mugge of Cleghorn.

Buena Vista County has 15 girls present and has named Sally Green, county president, as voting delegate for participation in the selection of new state officers Thursday evening.

Electioneering is underway, with posters, parades and catchy slogans the vogue all over the Ames campus. Serving as an usher at the convention is Janet Frolund of Newell.

Leaders from Buena Vista County are Dorcas McPherrin, home economist; Mrs. Carl Otto of Alta and Mrs. Nolan Green of Rembrandt.

Pleazol Cigar Store The Pleazol Cigar Store was located at 208 West Main later the building was home to Cookie's Tap.
Both Buena Vista and O'Brien County delegates were in the foods and nutrition section of Thursday's meeting.

Serving as a discussion leader and as a voting delegate for O'Brien County is Joyce Smith of Primghar, Janet Lux of Hartley is an usher, while Peggy Manson of Sutherland and Sharon Brandt of Primghar are members of the State Chorus.

O'Brien leaders are Mrs. Ruby Wittrock, home economist; Mrs. James Streufert of Sutherland and Mrs. Elmer Nielsen of Paullina.

25 years ago

Many volunteer organizations have high goals and philosophies. But when it comes time for practical, no-nonsense planning and execution, the hierarchy falls short. The Iowa 4-H Foundation has guarded against that weak position.

They found Dean Simonsen, a Quimby veterinarian with a business brain. Simonsen has worked for 36 years in the family farm supply business. The F-H Foundation discovered Simonsen's talents after a number of county organizations found him first.

Simonsen has served on the Cherokee County Fair Board, the Cherokee County Extension Council, the State Extension Advisory Committee, the county 4-H and Youth Committee and the Quimby School Board.

Stan Davidson, director of the Iowa 4-H Foundation said, "The trustees selected Dean because of his interest in 4-H and his abilities as a businessman."

"Dean is a very dedicated person to the projects in which he participates. He looks at a problem as a businessman would and comes up with realistic solutions to the problem, Davidson said. "He knows his way around budgets, etc. but he's not just a money man, he's a humanist."

Simonsen retired from the foundation last October.

As a member of the State Extension Advisory Committee, Simonsen met with the Iowa Dean of Extension four times a year to advise him as to the direction of extension work in Iowa, according to Forrest Kohrt, local extension director.

"We nominated him because he knew about business, extension and community affairs. His thinking is not selfishly built around himself," Kohrt said.

Simonsen was on the council that advised Kohrt in Cherokee County extension in the early 1960's. He also chaired the county 4-H and Youth Committee about the same time.

After all these experiences, what kind of future does Simonsen predict for extension and 4-H? It's a question that requires a logical, business mind in many ways.

"The purpose of extension hasn't changed. It used to be that if you wanted agricultural information, you'd go to the county extension director. In my time, it changed to where a lot of large farmers call somebody at the university.

"Area extension has also been set up. Sioux City has much more information to pass out now than there was 25 or 30 years ago it seems," Simonsen said.

"We need extension as long as it's a state-supported university that's doing research and coming up with new knowledge. We need the extension service to get that new knowledge out to the public," Simonsen said.

"When extension started (early in the century), farmers didn't have any other source of good information and I think there's so much knowledge that is dispensed now a days that it wouldn't be possible for extension to have a lot of it," Simonsen said. "Now I would assume extension is providing more information than ever before, but it's a small percentage of all the information available to a farmer."

"Extension has very definitely influenced the way people farm. There are a lot of companies doing research work and developing new products that started with extension research," Simonsen said.

While Simonsen served on the Cherokee County Fair Board in the late 1950's, he watched the fair change from a way to bring new ideas to farmers to a vehicle for 4-Hers to show their projects. "Farmers now have plenty of ways to learn of ideas as they come out," he said.

Simonsen believes 4-H is important for young people. "One of the things I enjoyed is watching young people grow up. You pick the leaders for here. A lot of the top 4-H kids go on to college and become the future leaders of the business world or whatever." Simonsen explained.

"I still think extension is needed to kind of be a guide. Not exactly a referee, but they can keep the ag supply people on the ball.

"In the time before World War II, most new ideas were tested at Iowa State before farmers began to use it. Nowadays, new ideas are coming so fast that farmers can't wait for the university and extension to try some of those ideas.

"Today's big farmer can do a better job or trying new ideas than his father could," Simonsen said.

"It's not extension's duty to provide for people who couldn't make it in farming. Extension provides new developments and make them available to everyone," he said. "The successful ones (farmers) took better advantage than the unsuccessful ones. Everybody had the same chance."

Those more successful farmers and former 4-Hers turned businessmen may not set aside the time to donate to 4-H and extension like Dean Simonsen has. He said, "The only way 4-H and extension succeed is by the people who volunteer."

Iverson said, "I wish we had a lot more like him. My experience is that he's not looking for headlines. He's a very education-minded man. He took one of the first off-campus courses offered by I.S.U. He's a sound thinker and a good sound leader"

Why did Simonsen contribute so heavily to volunteer work? He said, "I enjoyed that kind of work is why I served. I like the people that were in those groups."

And the sound thinker in Simonsen said, "It never hurt the business any either."

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