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Thursday, July 24, 2008

100 years ago

A couple of weeks ago Jeweler Burris noticed a fine appearing horse being driven by Asa Wheelock, of Pilot township, and as it would make a good mate for his driving horse a trade was struck and Burris came into possession of the coveted nag. Some days after he noticed the horse was running at the nose and he called Dr. Hammond who on examination said he thought the horse had glanders, but to be sure would make a test which he did that night and the next day informed Mr. Burris that the horse had the glanders and he must kill and bury it. Mr. Burris, as a good citizen, did his best to comply, and hired Flan Howard to kill and bury the animal. Flan thought he saw a way to make double wages and told Mr. Brechwald that he had an old horse which he wanted to dispose of for its hide and carcass and the animal was thus disposed of. Brechwald not knowing it was diseased killed and skinned the animal and fed the carcass to his hogs. Flan duly appeared at the Burris store and stating that he had performed his work received his pay. The method of disposing of the animal leaked out and immediately something was doing. The state veterinarian was informed of the facts and at once ordered the Brechwald hogs quarantined for thirty days. An information was sworn out against Mr. Burris in mayor's court and he was fined $100 and costs on the theory that he must personally see that such an animal is killed and buried as required by law. Mr. Burris thinks he did all that an ordinarily prudent man would have done and has taken an appeal to the district court. Flan's genius for speculation has made lot of grief.

Cherokee Boosters - On June 5, 1913 Cherokee Booster Club members were out promoting area businesses.
75 years ago

This has been a week of accidents in Washta. John Prange received a cut on the arm requiring twelve stitches to close when his car struck a bridge after making a difficult turn Sunday afternoon. Three others with his escaped without injury but the car was badly damaged.

Mrs. Albert Hunter's hand was cut with glass when a baseball was thrown through the windshield of her car. On Monday Mrs. Harold Knapp received a cut on her leg and her small son's head was cut when his car upset because of locking gears.

Dave Bashaw was injured in an accident with his binder. Two stitches had to be taken in his head.

On Wednesday Opal Conley ran a pitchfork into her ankle. Tetanus antitoxin was administered.

Jim Martin of Springfield, Mo., held in the Cherokee county jail on a charge of larceny, escaped at 6:30 o'clock Friday evening when L. G. Sagness, jailer, took him his supper. Officers searched until 11 o'clock but found no trace of the alleged robber. Chiefs of police at Sioux City, Fort Dodge and Storm Lake were notified Friday evening. Letters were sent to others in Iowa and Missouri Saturday.

Sagness reported that Martin had evidently escaped from the cage (the enclosure inside the jail proper in which prisoners are kept) hidden behind the outer door and walked out as he entered with the prisoner's supper. A bolt which holds the cage bars in place was found under the pillow, in Martin's cell. After questioning Martin during the afternoon, officers had slipped the bar into place but had not noticed that the bolt was missing.

Sheriff A. N. Tilton, Night Marshal Wm. Huber, Constable Otto and Tilton searched above the railroad yards in sheds likely to furnish shelter and other places about the city for nearly five hours.

Martin was arrested in Springfield when found driving the Chevrolet coupe stolen from Harry Swenson's garage the night of June 27. Tilton brought him to Cherokee Thursday night and a preliminary hearing was held Friday morning. The case was continued to next Wednesday pending further investigation.

In talking with the constable Martin said he purchased the automobile from a garage in Kansas City. He claimed to have paid $100 as down payment of the $250 asked.

The escaped man is described as 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing about 150 pounds, light brown curly hair, blue eyes, dimple in chin. He was wearing green shirt, blue bibles denim overalls and a brown cap.

Martin's photograph and finger prints had been taken before his escape.

50 years ago

Fishing at Spring Lake Park - This picture, taken in June of 1964, shows area children enjoying some fishing at Spring Lake Park in Cherokee.
Girls from 4-H clubs who wish to enter the 1958 Cherokee County Fair Queen contest may fill out entry blanks and send them to the Chamber of Commerce office between Tuesday and Sunday, July 20.

Upon each girl's registration, she will receive a bonus of 10,000 votes in the ballot--getting contest for Queen.

Candidates will obtain season tickets for the Fair when they register. Each ducat sold carries a specified number of votes.

The 4-H girl chosen Queen of this year's Cherokee County Fair will receive $100 certificate for clothes of her choice.

Other Awards

Awards for those placing second through fourth will include a complete set of camera equipment, clock radio and wristwatch. Candidates must range in age between 14 and 21. Every girl taking part will receive an individual prize.

Contest officials will keep names of the winners secret until the evening show on August 16 at the Fair. Then all contestants will appear on stage. Phyllis Smith--1957 Fair Queen--will preside at the coronation.

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 exhibitor's tent or Women's tent up to 3 p.m. on August 16.

A Sutherland girl, Miss Betty Wilkin, left late last week on a tour that will cover Europe and the World's Fair in Brussels, Belgium.

She is a niece of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Youde of Royal and is accompanying them. Also making the tour is Miss Karen Dethlefsen of Royal.

They are to sail Wednesday on the liner Queen Mary. Their tour will encompass 11 countries: Great Britain, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Italy, Monte Carlo, France. They'll also visit on the French Riviera in the month's tour.

Cherokee's Municipal Swimming Pool continues No. 1 on the area popularity list in recreational pursuits for young and old alike these July days.

Of course, most the attendance comes from younger swimmers, but adults hold their share, too.

Pool Manager E. L Gustafson reported today that Friday was the lead day last week from an attendance standpoint. The pool attracted a total of 943 swimmers that day.

Next highest last week was Thursday's 779 total. Students taking swimming lessons are included in the figures.

On Monday and Thursday of last week 300 students were in the lesson group. And 550 arrived for swim lessons at the pool on Tuesday and Friday.

The weekly breakdown list split into adult, student and total sections follows:

Sunday, July 6--4 adults; 163 students; total 167; Monday--8 adults, 559 students, total 567; Tuesday, 33 adults; 682 students, total 695; Wednesday 54 adults; 235 students, total 290; Thursday 47 adults, 732 students, total 779; Friday 33 adults; 910 students, total 943; Saturday 36 adults, 488 students, total 524.

25 years ago

City Administrator Gil Bremicker recently recommended rates for some city employees that resulted in him receiving the smallest percentage raise given. As a result, Bremicker's salary now is more than $3,000 below the average of city managers in comparable-sized towns.

And Bremicker's $29,969 salary falls even farther behind when compared to the average salary for his job in towns of 5,000 to 10,000 population in north central states, according to figures from the International City Managers Association. Bremicker is making $4,000 less than the $34,061 average for those state towns.

The City Council recently, on Bremicker's recommendation, approved a 2.77 percent increase for the city administrator. That compared to hikes from 4 to 7 percent for most supervisory and non-union employees, and as high as 10 percent for city solicitor Wally Miller for fiscal 1083-84, which started July 1.

City councilmen say the increases are based on equal dollar amounts rather than percentages so that city employees' pay becomes more in line with each other.

"The union (police and street workers) asked for increases," said Councilman Floyd Ehrich. "So then we were taking on the same percentage increases to the supervisors and non-union people.

"Pretty soon the supervisory personnel will be way out ahead of their employees. This time, we gave increases based on cents per hour, equal to everyone."

"We based our increases on comparisons to Sheldon, Storm Lake and Spencer."

However, Bremickers's salary is behind city administrator's salaries in both Sheldon and Storm Lake. According to a survey by the Iowa Office for Planning and Programming, Cherokee's administrator in fiscal 1982-83 received $13.74 per hour based on a 40-hour week. Bremicker said, however, most administrators work more than the 40 hours without additional pay or overtime. He averages about 45 hours per week.

Storm Lake's administrator earns $14.42 per hour with a population of 8,814 while Sheldon, population 5,003, pays $13.97 per hour.

Based on the OPP figures, Estherville, population 7,518, pays its administrator $14.56 per hour. Cherokee has 7,004 persons.

With 4,588 people, Orange City pays $16.29 per hour, while Carroll, population 9,705, doles out $15.48 per hour. LeMars at 8,276 pays the city administrator $12.26 per hour.

One councilman said pay may differ according to other benefits given to the city administrator. However Bremicker said most managers' benefits are similar to his and vary mostly with longevity. Vacations and life insurance are most affected by length of services, he said.

When former public works director Barney Hester retired, the council decided to eliminate his job and make Bremicker responsible for Hester's supervisory responsibilities in addition to his own. Hester earned $21,693 per year, and this year he would have earned an additional $1,024 in pay increase for a total of $23,588.

However, Ehrich explained, "Gil is taking on the supervisory part of Barney's job. The department heads will assume more authority and then everything is cleared through Gil. It's like it was when Barney had the job. He made the decisions, but everything still had to be cleared through Gil.

"It was the desire of the people to not have both Bremicker and Hester. So when Barney retired, the position wasn't refilled," he said.

"When Barney was hired there was no city administrator. But now that there is one, in my conversations with people, they've said we don't need both a city administrator and a public works director," Ehrich said.

Bremicker, himself, recommended the 2.77 percent increase in his salary for fiscal 1983-84. "In 1980-81, we rearranged the salaries to narrow the spread between supervisory people and their employees. Some we changed right away and some we are adjusting over a period of time," Bremicker said. "We want to bring forward the same dollar amount each year.

"We want to keep the total poll of people as uniform as possible."

Bremicker also explained that in the poor economy in the Cherokee area at budget time, a 5 percent increase was considered adequate. "We'll have to study the range of salaries again soon to see if adjustments need to be made again," he said.

Councilmember Leon Hight said, "We feel the salary is adequate for the job Gil is doing."

Ehrich agreed, "Gil is doing a very good job and I think he's satisfied with what he's paid."

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