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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

100 years ago

Wednesday Geo. W. Lyons was preparing to grind sausage at the City Meat Market and attempted to start up the Gasoline engine which propels the grinder. The engine was slow in starting and George attempted to assist it by pulling on the belt. It started quickly and before he could withdraw his hand it was drawn between the pulley and two fingers on the left hand were so badly lacerated that it was necessary to call a surgeon who on dressing the fingers and drawing the lacerated flesh together put two stitches in one finger and three in the other. The wounds are very painful but George bears the pain heroically and no serious consequences are anticipated.

Back to School - The Immaculate Conception Catholic School was built in 1917 and was added on to in 1949. The school was torn down in 1987 after a fire destroyed most of the second floor although the gymnasium is still intact today.
Sunday afternoon Cherokee sent up a special train of rooters for the fat men's team of that town who crossed bats here with the fats of Remsen. The game was called at 2:30 and an attendance of about 500 were on hand to witness this big battle of fat men. Cherokee had the lead on us in the first inning, getting 2 scores while our ponderous men failed to touch the rubber. In third inning the score was tied--5 to 5--and in the seventh the tie stood 11 to 11. In the eighth our fats got 2 more to their credit and the total in the ninth was 13 to 11 in our favor. The game throughout was full of fun and good natured joshing. The Cherokee fats are a jolly bunch and at not time was there one bit of rag chewing. Some of the funniest plays were made and the game was hilarious one. Kuster and Jas. Brennan umpired the game and gave good satisfaction. The fats of Remsen have made a record and their names should be inscribed on the pillars in the hall of fame that they may go down in history as the fastest team of fats Remsen has ever had.

Every one f the visitors were shown as good a time as the circumstances would allow. While the saloons were closed and the streets were lined with Cherokee men and whose tongues hung out a foot, they all claimed that the water in the town well was plenty good. They left in the evening at six o'clock having spent a peasant afternoon and as well pleased with the treatment accorded them by Remsen.

75 years ago

Filing of 15 cases the past few weeks brings the total for the September term of Cherokee district court to 64. Last day for filing is August 25. Trial jury list was drawn Tuesday by Clerk Wayne Flickinger.

Judge O. S. Thomas of Rock Rapids will open court September 4, summoning the grand jury September 5 and the petit jury September 11.

Among the recent suits are two in which landlord's writ of attachment have been issued. O. W. Larson vs. Enoch Nelson; Jessie . Emerson, et al, vs. Guy Anderson.

Mabel C. Green asks divorce from Glenn Greene and custody of the three children who are 13, 9, and 2 years of age. The couple was married August 22, 1919. Alleged non-support was among complaints filed.

In two suits S. C. Myrtlle seeks to have a land and personal property bill of sale and deed set aside alleging the such sale was made by Alvin Conley et al, to prevent collection of a judgment granted by the court.

Congressman Guy M. Gillette will delver an address at the Inwood American Legion field day and 10,000 persons at Grandview Sioux City, Wednesday. He will explain the purpose and details of the NIRA program at the Sioux City meeting.

NIRA association and the chamber of Commerce are sponsoring a parade through the business district.

Four city officers left Tuesday morning to attend the thirty-sixth annual convention of municipalities league at Decorah. Mayor A. Lawrey, Clerk Jas. Cary, Attorney John Loughlin and Joseph Locyer, council man and member of the state committee were in the group.

Local men expected to arrive in time for the first session, which convenes at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Addressed dealing with law enforcement and special assessments were scheduled for the meeting. Tuesday evening the Beatty-Bennett bill and taxation and assessment were topics to be developed in two talks.

Group meetings of mayors, clerks, solicitors and municipal utilities heads were planned for Wednesday morning. Legislation, sewage disposal and municipal utilities are to be discusses Wednesday afternoon. Dr. F. J. Swift, deputy state health commissioner and H. E. Coo, Ottumwa city engineer, are scheduled for addresses.

Governor Clyde L. Herring and Hon. Fred Bierman, fourth district congressman, will address the league Wednesday evening. Plans of the state highway commission and of the Iowa conservation committee are two be presented Thursday morning, the final session of the convention.

50 years ago

Filling the grandstand, exhibition tents and midway at the Cherokee County Fair Thursday evening was a crowd of some 4,000 persons for a successful opening night.

Speaking to an overflow audience of youth and adults, Dr. William G. Murray said--from his own experiences on a farm he realized "the class relationship between town and country.

"Iowa can have a great future if the country and city can join hands and work together."

Dr. Murray, Republican candidate for governor, pointed out that the population on Iowa's farms is not increasing because not as may persons are needed today for their operation.

School days - A look at the newly completed Washington High School. Note the gymnasium and auditorium had yet to be built
Need Balance

"With that situation, why not device "more industries" in towns commented Dr. Murray. "If we plan wisely, we will be a fine agricultural-industrial balance in 25 years.

He mentioned in this connection Cherokee's acquisition of the new Walnut Grove plant and expansion of exiting industries as big steps in this needed direction.

"Another important--thing we have to do is to provide good training grade school, high school and college. Parents should see that their children get the best education possible in this space age training is going to count as never before!"

Talking directly to the large number of young people present, Dr. Murray urged: "You should get the most out of your education and train yourself for some job--something important either on the farm or in town.

"Farming presents a challenge as we look into the future and the time to get training is when you're young."

The candidate concluded by emphasizing: "Iowa with its good soil and good people has a chance to make the whole community the kind we want it to be."

Whitfield Adamson, well known area farmer, introduced Dr. Murray. After congratulating 4-H youth; on the fine 1953 show, Adamson commented that "all of us are agriculturists in Iowa."

"We have not given enough thought to the economics of agriculture and there are adjustments to be made."

Queen Candidates

To open the Fair's first evening program, Kick Graves introduced the 16 county fair queen candidates and urged fairgoers to cast votes in this contest.

Graves also invited everyone to attend the Saturday evening program when the 1958 Fair Queen is to be crowned.

The 4-H girl elected as Queen will receive a $100 wardrobe with the complete camera outfit as the prize for the runnerup. The candidate placing third is to be given a clock radio and the fourth --place winner a wristwatch.

"Each remaining candidate is to receive a gift," added the Queen contest chairman.

Proof that Cherokee County is raising an outstanding "crop" of good future homemakers may be found in the 4-H building at the fairgrounds.

There tempting-looking rolls, breads and cakes made by 4-H girls were judged Thursday along with appetizing canned fruits and vegetables gleaming in glass jars and jellies in clear, jewel-like colors.

Evidence of the girls' proficiency in mastering advanced lessons in preserving and meat preparation are the senior entries of "food to form a meal" and table settings for a dinner, arranged by both junior and senior 4-H members.

Examples of food to form a meal with each entry comprised of four jars of canned food--included delicious-looking canned chicken, beet pickles, string beans and peaches and canned beef, beet pickles, carrots and raspberries.

Table Settings

Table settings featured a place set for one for the main course of a dinner with correct arrangement of silver, dishes and glassware.

25 years ago

When Ed Mallory bought Lonergan Drug Store on West Main Street in 1948, he moved into a business district that included Trimble's Furniture and Floor Coverings, Rapson Motor Company, Knipe's Shoe Store and the newly opened Hi-Ho Dinner Club.

Today, 35 years later, those other businesses are just memories. Mallory's, on the other hand, has become a tradition.

But time changes all things, and Cherokee's favorite coffee spot, where a nickel will buy you a cup of coffee, lively conversation, and true comradery, is about to close.

Mallory, who runs the drug store with his wife, Alice, and son, Bob, said Friday he plans to close the store Aug. 27 for a number of reasons, including health problems. "Besides," he said, "I'm ready to retire. I'm getting tired of working."

Mallory may be ready to retire; but his customers don't see it that way.

"We're all in a state of mourning," Cherokee attorney Dennis Green said. "Where are we going to go for coffee?"

Green, who has been having his morning cup of coffee at Mallory's for seven years is one of perhaps a hundred regular customers who wouldn't miss a morning or afternoon gathering at the drug store.

What's so special about Mallory's?

Green thinks he has the answer.

"It's classic. It really is. You don't see soda fountains anymore." Mallory's has all the usual merchandise handled by a drug store. But it's the soda fountain that makes it special.

Some of the regular Mallory crowd, like Don Royer and John Sauer, have been steady customers of the drug store's soda fountain since their days in high school. "I started going there in high school," said Royer, owner of Royer Jewelers. "I go every day to catch up on the gossip from the night before. Now I don't know where we'll go."

Sauer, who owns Sauer Clothing, says he won't go anywhere else. "Ed and Alice and I are such good friends I won't let them retire," he laughed. "If they're going to close, I'll quit having coffee and drinking pop. I refuse to go anywhere else."

Jim Clabaugh, owner of The Fashionette and an 18-year-veteran of Mallory's, knows just what he'll miss the most after the Aug. 27 closing.

"I'll miss the association with the other businessmen and Ed and Alice. And I don't think Mallory's will be replaced. It's definitely an institution in the community."

In case you think the drug store is an exclusive meeting place for the Main Street businessmen, you're wrong. Certainly, many of the regular clientele are businessmen. But the daily gatherings also include farmers, retirees and yes, even a few women.

Florence Gustafson, for example, has been a part of the Mallory scene for 10-12 years. "It's such a cozy friendly place," she said. "It just breaks my heart that it's closing. It's going to ruin my social life."

And like many of the regulars, Gustafson believes Mallory's can't be replaced. "Frankly," she said, "I don't know what I'm going to do. Stay home, I guess."

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