100 years ago
A warrant was issued Monday for the arrest of Mrs. Ella Filer on the charge of enticing away little Maggie Luloff of this city. The Sioux City Journal gives the following account of the arrest of the woman: "Accused of having enticed fifteen year old Maggie Luloff from the home of her parents at Cherokee, Io., and of having brought her to Sioux City, presumable for immoral purposes, Mrs. Ella Filer was arrested at Fourth and Douglas streets yesterday afternoon by Detective Curtis.
The innocent appearing child, who was with her at the time, was taken to the station to await the return to Cherokee of the deputy sheriff, who came to Sioux City yesterday in the hope of finding the pair. She has the appearance of a girl who might easily be influenced by one of her senior and is held only on a formal charge. Her companion, however, is charged with enticing away a child. Mrs. Filer gave her age as 23, but according to her husband, who was instrumental in her arrest says she is about thirty-five.
The case in all probability will be prosecuted, for the county attorney at Cherokee refused to act unless assurance was given by the husband that he intended to carry the case through. The parents of the little girl also are actively interested.
The deputy sheriff of Cherokee assisted Detective Curtis in his search for the fair one and was with him when the two were met on the street shortly before six o'clock. They will be taken home today and it is the present intention to place the child in some home."
The woman had a hearing Tuesday before Justice Green and was bound over to grand jury in the sum of $1000. She failed to procure bail and languishes in hotel DeLawrey.
75 years ago
An organization of unemployed laboring men of the county was perfected by 150 members at Wescott park Monday evening. An address by Congressman Guy M. Gillette preceded election of officers and committees and adoption of two resolutions. Leaders who called the meeting had asked the congressman to advise them.
Bert Smith, temporary chairman, was elected president; A. L. Ballantyne, vice president, and J. E. Stevenson, treasurer.
Dick Whitcombe, Earl Horine, Dill Moore, and Wm. Roulston are members of the committee to represent the organization in meeting with governing bodies of the county and communities.
A resolution committee consisting of Chester Steward, Z. L. Southwick and A. L Ballantyne was elected to draw further measures as considered feasible. The organization will meet each Tuesday of the week at the park.
Gillette explained details of the administrations' recovery program and urged that the unemployed cooperate with the regular established governmental and community agencies in carrying out the public works program.
He recommended an organization with representative spokesmen to appear for the body in conference with members of community committees, stating that individual ideas would carry little weight.
"All you're asking is an opportunity to work, to support yourselves and your families in a respectable manner," the speaker declared. "And the community wants to give you that chance."
He suggested that committee members canvas householders and business men in each community seeking odd repair and improvement jobs to be distributed according to ability of those unemployed.
A three mile detour for motorists was made necessary, to again reach the Schisselville-Quimby county road "M" the past week end due to construction work on cement culverts, in the mile from Schisselville to Fassler's corner.
Fargie & Groth Construction company has been doing the work.
50 years ago
Each 4-H Club in the county will be asked to enter a girl in the Cherokee County Fair Queen contest.
Top prize is to be a $100 certificate for clothes of the winner's choice.
Prizes for those placing second through fourth will be a complete camera outfit, a clock radio and wristwatch.
Candidates must be between 14 and 21 years of age and each girl taking part is to receive a prize in addition to awards for the top four winners.
Names of the winners are to be kept secret until the 8 o'clock show Saturday evening, August 16. All contestants will appear on the stage at that time and Phyllis Smith, 1957 Fair Queen, will preside at the coronation.
Contestants are to fill in entry blanks and submit them to the Chamber of Commerce office between July 15 and July 20. At the time of registration there, each entrant will receive a bonus of 10,000 votes toward becoming Queen.
Upon entering the contest, candidates will obtain season tickets which they are to sell. Each ticket sold carries a certain number of votes.
Votes given with the season tickets may be kept by the purchaser and dropped in the ballot box at the Queen's booth at the Exhibitors Tent of the Women's Tent up to 3 p.m. on August 16.
In addition to providing the top four awards and prizes for the remaining girls taking part in the Queen contest, the Fair Board will give each club 10 percent of the money it turns in from season ticket sales.
25 years ago
Friday, petitions were being circulated in Cherokee asking the School Board to include a proposal for $1.25 million construction project on the ballot for the upcoming school board election in September.
According to the petition, the complex would be attached to the southwest corner of Washington High School and include an all-weather outdoor running track, an indoor swimming pool, an indoor jogging track and locker rooms.
George Wittgraf, president of Cherokee Recreation Center Inc. which spearheaded the drive in 1980, said Friday there are a number of marked differences between the newly proposed facility and the one voters turned down previously.
Under the terms of the proposal, the School District would issue bonds for the $1.25 million needed to construct and equip the facility, and private user fees and pledges would be used for maintenance and operational costs.
Wittgraf stressed that if the facility is approved, the School District would not be responsible financially for its operation and maintenance. Those funds, he said, would come from user fees and private sustaining funds including pledges and approximately $12,000 the corporation has retained since the last fund drive.
He added that approval of the bond issue would require taxation of 87 cents per thousand dollars of property valuation. And, according to figures released by Supt. of Schools Mick Starcevich, the actual tax obligation for each property owner would be less if the bond issue passes than it has been during the past few years.
Starcevich explained that in recent years the School District has levied taxes of 97 cents per thousand for a cash reserve fund and 5 cents per thousand for bonded indebtedness on the addition to the high school. However, both of those levies are scheduled to end this year, which will reduce the levies by $1.02.
While word of the project has been slow reaching the public, Wittgraf said representatives of the School Board, school administration, city government and Chamber of Commerce have met several times to formulate plans for the facility. In addition to construction and funding projections, plans also calls for the creation of a special advisory committee that would establish schedules and policy that would be of "maximum benefit" to the school and community.
And Starcevich commented that he would envision the community using the facility a "large portion" of the time.
Two years ago, the proposed recreation center was to have been a separate facility apart from the school and would have required the School District to issue $500,000 in bonds to be added to about $700,000 in contribution pledges. But Wittgraf said the new plan to directly link the facility with the school system was made to reduce operating costs. "It is the economically wise thing to do…And it will be equally accessible to all segments of the community. It will be a public facility available to all of the public."
In order to have the proposition placed on the September ballot, a total of 50 signatures are required. However, passage of the measure will require a 60 percent voting majority.