100 years ago
Frank Clarkson, of the Ida County Pioneer, has just found why he lost a good friend two years ago. Frank is deaf in one ear and failed to hear this friend when he called to him when passing down the street. The friend concluded that Clarkson had purposely ignored him and has since been an enemy. How much better it would have been had the friend asked an explanation of why he was ignored.
The editor of this paper had a somewhat similar experience. A man who had been a good friend stepped into the office room years ago when we were writing on looking up with our mind intent on our work we miscalled his name though we knew it as well as our own. He did not correct us and it was some years before we found out we had given him deadly offense. Charity should cover even more than a multitude of sins.
An entirely new feature for the Iowa State Fair this year, Aug. 20-28, will be the pavilion night shows where all prize winning like stock will be shown under most favorable, auspices. There will be a special program in which will be shown how domestic animals of all kinds are made use of in all the civilized countries of the world. There will be a dairy maid show, a trained collie driving sheep, old fashioned teaming with oxen and old style wagons etc. There will be best music and other features. It will be at once a live stock show and a hippodrome. On the last night, August 28, the race track show will be combined with the pavilion show and Liberati will furnish the music for the greatest show of this kind ever given at a Fair.
The reduced rates granted for the Iowa Fair will be appreciated by all Iowa people. The rate will be a cent and a half a mile each way.
75 years ago
Sheriff A. N. Tilton said he believed the car to be the property of a rum runner. A trap door in the rim of the spare tire leads to a space arranged for holding a large number of roofing nails. A lever on the dash board is attached by a cable to the rear of the car permitting release of the nails. Other equipment was arranged for carrying a large amount of liquor, the sheriff found.
Officers are of the opinion that the liquor was hi-jacked Sunday night and the car abandoned here. Keys were left in it.
Two slot machines were stolen from the McCoun pool hall at Washta Monday night, according to Deputy Sheriff D. E. Danielson who made investigation Tuesday morning. Robbers entered through a rear window, removing the screen and breaking the lock.
Proprietors discovered the theft when they opened for business. The sheriff's office was notified at ten o'clock.
Among other clues Danielson took finger prints found on the screen.
50 years ago
Eleven Cherokee county boys began an intensive 4-H club livestock judging program at a meeting conducted by C. G. Turner, county agent, at the Farm Bureau office Tuesday evening. Plans were made to hold an all-day judging session Tuesday. Three classes of dairy cattle are to be studied in the morning and hogs in the afternoon. A picnic dinner will be served at noon.
Chas. Addy, Merrill Ames, Thos. Lingle jr., Bruce Lingle, Phillip Peterson, Wilmer Dubes, Ross Pinkerton, Stanley Patterson, Harlow Fishman, Harold Miller and Orval McDonald were the 11 present. Other interested boys may receive information at the Farm Bureau office concerning future plans.
A lesson on naming the parts of a cow, sheep, horse and hog was conducted by Turner. Charts had been studied previous to the meeting. Picture of a model Holstein cow and Holstein bull were studied to aid the amateur judges in recognizing perfect characteristics.
Mr. W. L. Gund of Marcus fell against the cellar door last Saturday evening while he was watering his flowers and fractured his shoulder. He was taken to the Sacred Heart hospital in LeMars for treatment and it is reported that he is about the same.
Opposition was expressed to the employment of married women in cases where the husband has a good job and further action along this line was promised for the next meeting to be held August 8.
The city police force is conducting a campaign aimed at reducing the accident hazards on Main Street particularly at the intersection of Main and Second Streets.
"By blowing the whistle on jaywalkers, we hope to discourage this dangerous practice," explained Police Chief Laurence Schmoldt.
He said that motorists are asked to give pedestrians the right-of-way when they are walking across the intersection with the green light.
"Traffic becomes jammed up and hazardous within a few moments when people cross the street in the middle of a block or against the red light."
Schmoldt added that traffic tie-ups also result when motorists try to turn onto Main Street and force their vehicles through a line of pedestrians crossing with the green light.
"It takes cooperation on the part of everyone to keep our streets accident-free," stressed the police chief.
25 years ago
Some people want to be doctors. Others long to be lawyers. Karen Lund dreams of being a clown.
It may sound zany, but it's been Lund's dream for quite a while. "My high school classmates always said I was the clown of the class!" said the Cherokee woman.
After seeing a parade in Pierson a year ago, she decided to make her dream a reality.
"In March, I got clown costume patterns and material and sewed two costumes, one for me and one for my son Tracy," she said.
While in Sioux City, Lund met several clowns and learned pointers on makeup, costumes and wigs. With these tips and a few others, Lund and son Tracy set off for their first parade.
"The worst part about parades is that we have to get made up and ready in a hot van an hour before the parade starts," she said. "At the same time, we've got to keep one red stick of makeup cool or else it melts in your fingers like suppositories."
A parade-goer rapidly discovers the unidentified clown's quicksilver humor. "At a parade, my favorites are the small children and senior citizens. The senior citizens are just a gas," she laughed.
"At Cushing, we went through the parade twice. The first time around you don't catch everybody. I like to sit on everybody's lap at a parade.
"At the Anthon parade I thought I'd never make it. They had a one-mile parade, and I don't just walk. I jog. I go over to cars and visit with people and curve back and forth on the street.
"Trace is on the bike, so he gets way ahead. He's up there yelling, 'Come on Mom!"
"I still talk with most of the people anyway, though. That's what makes a parade. It makes the people feel like 'Hey, we're here to see something and have fun!" the energetic mother of two said.
It seems clowns have a variety of duties. "After the Pierson children's parade, we still had our outfits on, so I wandered over to the tractor pull," Lund said. "They asked me to emcee for the antique tractor pull and present the trophies.
"Then they asked Governor Branstad if he'd mind having his picture taken with me. It was great!"
As a clown, Lund naturally carries the tools of the trade. "I have these great big yellow scissors. And you know hot it is at centennials. All the guys have beards, so I go around acting like I'm cutting off their beards.
"I've got a squirt flower, but it's not much good. It's got a water ball about the size of a mouse bladder."
At future parades Lund is hoping the host towns will provide the candy that she and Tracy throw to the crowd. "That would be a big help. In a one- to two-mile parade, we'll go through 10 to 12 pounds of candy. That's expensive!"
While explaining the ins and outs of clowning, Lund is deftly applying makeup and other accessories for the total clown look. One the side, she works at the West Cherry Street Home in Cherokee.
After five parades, Lund has big plans for the future. "I would like to try the WIT (Western Iowa Tech) clowning class. I want to learn how to make balloon animals and different techniques of clowning."
Lund hopes to clown at nursing homes and for small children in hospitals in the near future. "When I can't sleep, I think up all these things I'd like to do!"
Karen's husband, Dave, said, "Karen can make people laugh just by talking to them. She's really outgoing, a motormouth!"
Clowning is scary, according to the Cherokee beginner. "You get a little nervous when you put your makeup and outfit on. You're altogether a different person. You do crazier things. You kind of hide behind your costume, hoping people don't recognize you.
"A lot of friends don't' know me until I open my mouth!
"But during the parade, I get all keyed up and full of energy. I just GO! I'm not scared anymore."
With five parades under their belts, the two Cherokee clowns have plenty of stories to tell. "At Cushing, Trace was going down a big hill on his bike. I get tired, so I jumped on and put my feet up. The brakes wouldn't hold both of us and the bike started screeching down the hill. We both came out OK, though," she recalled.
Lund admits it's difficult to figure out why she wants to be a clown. "It's hard to describe the feeling of being a clown. I've always admired rodeo clowns. And I enjoy people a lot!"
For Karen Lund, clowning is the only way to go.