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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Piety Hill This look at St. Paul's United Methodist Church is from the 1890's. This was the second church that was built on the church site that sits on the corner of Main St. and Sixth St. In the background you can see the old catholic church, on of the many churches that once sit on what locals called Piety Hill.
100 years ago

Yesterday morning a terrible tragedy occurred at the farm home owned by Albert Hanson, one mile south and one-half mile west of Larrabee, where two brothers Solomon and Carl Swanson were killed by being overcome by foul air in a well.

Sunday morning they attempted to clean out the well and Carl Swanson went down with a rope tied around him. He was overcome when partly down and then Albert Hanson tied a rope around himself and went down after him. However the men holding the rope were more careful and as soon as they found he had encountered the foul air they hauled him up quickly but he was unconscious and it took some little working with him to secure his recovery. As soon as he was brought up Solomon brother of Carl became excited and without any preparation whatever went down into the well to rescue his brother but of course when he struck the damps he became unconscious and not having a rope to hold him fell to the bottom. Hanson couldn't distinctly remember but it is thought that he must have taken he rope and thrown it around Carl Swanson's leg for they were able to pull him up and later by the aid of a hook and rope they secured the body of Solomon.

Solomon, more commonly known as Sam worked for a farmer in Rock township and was twenty-eight years old.

Carl Swanson, his brother aged twenty-four years was employed by Albert Hanson who owned the farm where the fatal accident occurred.

They have a sister unmarried, who lives at Denver and a telegram received by her and answered said she would be here tonight or tomorrow morning. The deaths occurred at 11:30 and a doctor from Larrabee and the coroner, R. J. Smyth, from here were called. The coroner thought an inquest was unnecessary and did not hold one.

St. Paul's United Methodist - This is a look at the third and current United Methodist Church shortly after the addition of the church's educational center.
Joe Dishaw, a former owner of the farm says the farm has always been subject to damps and R. J. Smyth in testing the well said he could only get a lantern down four and a half feet before it went out. Definite arrangements for the funeral have not yet been made.

75 years ago

Financial problems again will confront educators when the ringing of school bells the end of this month sends about 550,000 Iowa boys and girls back to their studies.

Looking forward today to the new school year beginning Aug. 28 in many Iowa rural communities and the first week in September in cities, Miss Agnes Samuelson, state superintendent of public instruction, referred to the financial problems of the schools as "still serious."

Miss Samuelson is hopeful that some means will be devised of "thawing out" the state sinking fund for public deposits, against which the schools have claims estimated at $10,000,000 and of releasing money tied up in closed banks.

If these steps are taken schools may look forward with confidence to the new school year, she said, but if they are not the financial problem will be difficult. Schools also were said to expect the special legislative session this fall to act on the problems.

NIRA activities in Cherokee Monday included the addition of three proprietors to the list and increasing of the service station schedule.

Nordine & Olson, Marathon Oil company and Hanford's brought the city's total number of firms complying with the temporary code to 194.

Meeting at the Chamber of Commerce office, service station managers adopted a schedule permitting 99 hours of business of a possible 168 hours per week. Stations will open earlier and close later on all days than other businesses.

Dean Gallup was elected chairman of the meeting. Postmaster R. G. Knox gave a short talk urging adoption of a uniform code permitting service to the public and compliance with the NIRA program.

Hours will be from Monday to Friday inclusive, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

High life - This is a breathtaking view of the corner of 2nd St. and Bluff St. You can see Washington High School in the background date of the picture is unknown.
50 years ago

The Cherokee County Council of Republican Women is sponsoring an open house from 2:30-4 p.m. Thursday, August 11 at Speelmon's Steak House.

Dr. William G. Murray of Ames Republican candidate for governor is to speak at the event.

Free coffee and cookies will be served and everyone interested is invited to attend.

Prior to the open house, the council will hold a short business meeting at 2 p.m.

Dr. Murray is to speak that evening at the Cherokee County Fair.

Garry Gould of Larrabee, representing rural Boy Scouts, is one of 38 young Iowans who will take part in the eighth annual Iowa Farm Youth Tour.

Sponsored by the Iowa Development Commission, the tour is scheduled from September 2-5.

The chartered-bus tour will include visits to industries in Albia, Fairfield, Washington, Iowa City, Maquoketa, Anamosa, Amana and Newton.

The tour also will take the group to visit with Gov. Loveless in Des Moines.

Purpose of the 600-mile trip is to give young rural leaders an opportunity to see first-hand the importance of industry to Iowa's balanced economy and the interdependence of farm and factory. The boys represent four groups: 4-H Clubs, Farm Bureau Young People, Future Farmers of America, Rural Boy Scouts.

25 years ago

Renovation of the city's swimming pool probably will not begin until the spring of 1984.

The Cherokee Parks and Recreation Commission learned of the delay Tuesday, shortly before the Cherokee City Council subsequently voted to proceed development of specifications in accordance with funding guidelines for the project Tuesday night.

According to a representative of DeWild Grant Reckert and Associates, who met with the commission, the renovation work tentatively scheduled for this fall, must be postponed because it probably could not be completed before the onset of winter.

Preliminary estimates of the project set the price at $121,000--of which the city would pay slightly more than $60,000. The remainder of the funding will come from a federal grant, which was recently approved.

Under the DeWild Grant Reckert plan, the existing pool gutter and two feet of wall would be demolished and replaced along with the pool apron.

Bids for the project are expected to be let during December or January, with actual construction to begin sometime in April. Because of a four-to-six week construction timetable, the pool may not be ready to open as usual over Memorial Day Weekend. However, a delay of only one week is expected.

The commission took no formal action on the matter pending consideration by the City Council at its meeting Tuesday. The council subsequently authorized the Park and Recreation Commission to proceed with the project.

In a related matter, pool manager Paul Fuhrman sought and was granted approval to increase the salaries of pool workers 25 cents per hour retroactive to the beginning of the summer.

Fuhrman told the commission members that because of poor weather the employees have worked about 300 hours less this year than in previous years and, at the same time, the pool is having a moderately successful year financially.

The increase is expected to cost about $1,000, or less than $100 per employee.

Fuhrman also reported that the month of July was "frustrating" because of several acts of vandalism and discipline problems at the pool. However, he was unable to give a specific reason for the increase in problems, which have since subsided.

Fuhrman also was instructed by the commission to get cost estimates on materials to construct new starting blocks for the swim team. The blocks would be built with volunteer labor.

In other business the commission:

-Met with Janey Pullen, representing the Cherokee Community Theater, to discuss the deterioration of the curtain on the stage at the Community Center. Pullen said the curtain was repaired three times during the recent theater production, but due to the rotting of the fabric, it must be replaced. Pullen estimated the cost of replacing the curtain could be as much as $5,000 to $7,000. Members of the commission asked Pullen to make inquiries about costs and make a report at a later meeting.

-Agreed to purchase two new motors for the Parks Department at a cost of about $150 each.

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