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Times Gone By

Monday, July 7, 2008

207 West Main St. was once home to the Blumer-Clay & Co. clothing. The building was also home to John Scott Real Estate and Insurance, A.C. Smith Real Estate and Insurance and W. Shamilton Real Estate. Plus the law offices of J.F. Loughlin, Guy M. Gillette and John Bunn, Justice of the Peace. Today the building is home to the Gathering Place.
100 years ago

The Chautauqua is the one place to go where nothing but a good time can be had and this fact seems to be appreciated by everyone as the attendance continues to be very large.

The lecture by Sylvester Long on "Lightning and Toothpicks" Monday was excellent and nothing better could have been provided.

Monday evening and Tuesday was a rare treat for everyone, W. I. Nolan giving two genuinely humorous and delightfully spicy lectures. Tuesday evening Rosani, one of the cleverest of jugglers performed wonderful feats of juggling and his entertainment was altogether too short. On Wednesday Gov. Cummins was to have delivered a lecture but was unable to come but an excellent substitute was provided in Dr. McGurk, of Kansas City. His lecture was "Tom, Dick and Harriet" and was filled with truths well put and excellently delivered. The audience was not at all discontented by the weather, it raining most of the time during the lecture. The speaker's voice well laden with excellent ideas was easily heard above the commotion of the weather and his talk was heartily enjoyed.

The concerts each day by the Hungarian Orchestra who certainly can play as no other orchestra here has played and the Lyric Glee club who have delighted everyone with their music which was filled with a melody and harmony were great drawing cards of he Chautauqua and everyone was very sorry to see the quartette take their departure this morning. Six days is a long time for a quartette to stay in one place of these kind and more credit than ever is due the Glee Club in view of the fact that the last concert they gave was enjoyed as much or more than any the others. Last night they sang songs that had been requested and the number of requests sent in was surely an added compliment to their excellent concerts.

The Virginia Jubilee come today and gave their first concert this afternoon. Dr. N. M. Waters lectures this afternoon on "Daniel Webster."

75 years ago

Archie Nelson, proprietor of the oil station two miles north of Cherokee on highway No. 5, was held up and robbed of $32, his Sunday receipts, at midnight, according to Sheriff A. N. Tilton.

The F.W Woolworth Co. was located 211 West Main St. and is currently Wilson's TV and Appliances. Notice the parking meters that were located on in front of the store on Main St.
Two men, brandishing guns, demanded that Nelson "stick 'em up" just as he locked the station. After searching him and taking his wallet from his pocket, the bandits ordered him to enter the building and to remain for a few minutes until they escaped. They were on foot, Nelson said.

Because of the darkness the proprietor was unable to gain a description of the two men.

Early n the spring the Nelson station was robbed of merchandise, thieves entering through a window.

Cherokee county received $3.91 of the $22,948.85 collected as ton miles tax from motor carriers during June according to the state railway board. Of the total amount $17,359.08 was allocated to counties for highway maintenance.

Counties receive the taxes in proportion to the number of miles on which the carriers operate. Of the sum 80 percent is allowed the counties and 20 per cent used for administration of the motor carrier law.

Gus Linneweh and J. H. Warm, prominent citizens of Calumet were drowned in West Okoboji lake about 7 p.m. Sunday when their boat capsized. The men were fishing previous to the accident.

Being unable to swim, Warm drowned immediately in 16 feet of water. Linneweh, an experienced swimmer, swam within 40 feet of shore, then sank exhausted in eight feet of water. A motor boat which put out to the rescue of Linneweh was within a few feet of him when he drowned. A broken car delayed the boat in stopping, causing it to shoot past Linneweh.

Warm's body was found at 3 a.m. Monday and that of Linneweh at 3:30 o'clock

Both men left Calumet at 1 p.m. Sunday in Warm's car. The registration card in the automobile led to identification of the victims.

Warm was depot agent at Calumet for many years and served as mayor of the city for five years. He leaves his wife, one daughter, Geneva, and two sons, Clifford and Roger.

Linneweh has conducted a store in Calumet for the past 25 years and also owned a store at Des Moines. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Douglas Baldwin of Des Moines and Mrs. Roy Lockwood of Calumet and five sons, Walter, Lester, Richard, Oscar and Harold.

50 years ago

Reigning over the Diamond Jubilee celebration here Thursday and Friday will be two queens, one of "yesteryear" and one of the present day.

Mrs. J. T. (Vina) Cousin, about 75, was elected from among five candidates to be the "early day" queen. The modern queen, also chosen by ballot is Sandra Hager, a Paullina High School student.

Attending Mrs. Cousin will be the four other candidates: Mrs. Rudolph Rohwer, Mrs. W. A. Johannsen, Mrs. John C. Lange, Sr., Mrs. Minnie Henderson.

Queen Vina has the distinction of being the first white girl born in Paullina.

Miss Hoger's attendants will be Janice Myrick, Karen Widmer Judy Feldotto and Janet Robinson.


Highlights Thursday night include three parades, one for children only, and free pageant entitled "Son of the Prairie." Following the pageant, there is to be a dance for young people on Main Street.

Planned for an old-fashioned fourth of July celebration on Friday are sack races, slipper kicking contests and pillow fights--plus rides for the youngsters and programs for all ages.

There are to be two dances Friday evening, a free square dance downtown and a dance at the Legion ballroom. A car will be given away.

The children's Fourth of July parade is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday followed by free treats. The afternoon program includes the following events: Singing by the Melody Ramblers 1 p.m.; parade 1:30 p.m.; crowning of both queens 2:30 p.m.; White Horse Patrol drill 3 p.m.; field day events 3:30 p.m.; old settlers get-together 4 p.m.; LeMars Drum and Bugle Corps 4:30 p.m.

There is to be a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday by the Paullina town band and an 8:30 show by the White Horse Patrol.

The town of Paullina has purchased 3,000 issues of the 16-page historical book of Paullina for free distribution. The jubilee committee has purchased an additional 500.

25 years ago

The Cherokee business community held a Red Ribbon cutting ceremony for The Clothes Horse on June 1, 1975. The Clothes Horse was located at 103 East Main St.
High ground water tables and recent river flooding have some Cherokee County residents concerned about wildlife and birds' survival in their natural habitat.

Fortunately, according to Tom Neal, Iowa Conservation Commission wildlife biologist in Cherokee, "The wild animals have lived here for thousands of years. They have a lot of ways to adapt. They're not as devastated as most people think.

"Floods destroy a lot of nests on the ground like pheasants' nests. But they establish another nest and nest again.

"The most seriously hurt of the common animals are the ground-nesting birds. Their nests are destroyed. The young birds may die since they're stayed wet the last couple of weeks," Neal said.

"With the deer, you very seldom see any loss to speak of. They seem to know it's coming and move their fawns to higher ground. Some fawns get chilled and catch pneumonia, so there's some loss.

"Songbirds may be killed by big wind and rain storms. Usually, their nests are just blown out of the tree," he said. "The animals that live along river banks, like muskrats, also get flooded out. But the adults are strong swimmers, so it's only the small babies in the den that are hurt." Other river bank dwellers are beaver, mink and raccoons. However, raccoons quite often live in hollow trees or on higher ground.

"Some animals are damaged indirectly. The woods or fields that they call home are covered with water, so they spend time searching for new homes. There are a lot more killed on highways, like deer," Neal said.

Although most animals can adapt to the high water, many people would like to assist the wildlife in some way. However, Neal said there isn't much that a creature of the human species can do. "You just have to remember that their homes have been destroyed. So if you see wild animals in your yard or grove, leave them alone and let them live there temporarily."

But what about a baby animal that someone finds. "If you find a baby animal, like a baby deer, and you don't see the mother, don't take care of it. That's definitely a mistake," Neal said. "The mother almost always knows where the baby is and recognizes it by its scent. The best thing is to leave things alone.

"People sometimes find baby birds that have been blown out of the nest. If it's still alive, you should put it back in the nest as quickly as possible. The parents won't desert it.

"There's going to be more contact between animals and people as they're crowded together on higher ground," Neal said. "You may see night animals out in the daytime trying to find a suitable place to live. Be especially aware of them."

Food isn't a big problem because at this time of year food is in abundant supply, Neal noted. Birds that feed on insects may find the supply of insects pretty short. But nobody can put insects in their birdfeeders.

"The bad thing about a flood this time of year is that there's so many baby animals. When it's flooding in April, there's not very many babies," said Neal.

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