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Times Gone By

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

100 years ago

Sheriff Lawrey and family met with a serious accident about eight o'clock last evening while returning home from Storm Lake. Near the foot of the big hill east of town they met a team and in turning out one wheel went over the embankment and a moment later the machine was lying at the bottom of the grade having turned over twice and landed right side up. The occupants were thrown out and badly injured.

John had his right arm broken near the shoulder and had a bad cut back of the left ear.

Mrs. Lawrey had her left wrist broken and dislocated and right shoulder broken besides internal injuries.

Bernice Poston had her left ankle dislocated.

The other members of the party, Miss Myrtle Dobbins, Tom Tilton and Ray Poston, received no serious injury but were badly shaken up.

The Caswell Bros. don't propose to rest easy as honors and wealth already won with their belt guide but have now invented a fraction gasoline threshing machine which operates the machinery when threshing and propels itself from place to place. The engine may be attached to any make of threshing machine by making certain changes. It has been tried and works perfectly. This morning the machine went, self propelled, to the John Jenkin's farm, west of town, where it will do its first job of actual threshing. The separator easily climbed the west Main street hill and as a traction power is certainly a success. From tests made the inventors are sanguine that it will be equally successful as s thresher.

Maple Street scene - Horse drawn dray lines were prominent fixtures about 1919, when this photo was taken in Cherokee. This scene shows the lineup of McConnell and Sleezer Dray Line posing in front of the John Bowers Buildings on West Maple Street.
This new power does away with the expensive traction engine, the water wagon and other accessories and will lessen the expense of operating fully one third. Success to the Caswell Bros. and may the machine be manufactured on a large scale in Cherokee.

Cherokee county ranked highest and was awarded first prize for the best agricultural exhibit at the state Fair. Cherokee county has had an exhibit at the fair for seven years and has been awarded first prize six times.

Victor Felter who has charge of the exhibit writes as follows:

It is a pleasure to tell Cherokee County people of the winnings of the Cherokee County Agricultural Exhibit at such a Fair as the Iowa State Fair. The exhibit consists of garden, orchard and field and scored very high especially in artistic arrangement. The exhibit occupies space sixteen feet square with wall space on three sides. We were awarded first premium over an old exhibitor of 20 years experience. This makes the seventh display for Cherokee county and have won first place six times. Cherokee County is all right.

75 years ago

A Ford sedan, stolen from Cherokee streets Saturday night, was recovered Sunday evening. Albert Hansen of Larrabee missed the car from where he parked it on East Maple street about 10 p.m. Saturday. It was found abandoned near the Firestone station Sunday. Nothing was damaged.

Sheriff A. N. Tilton searched about the city for the car and notified officials of nearby cities of the theft. Hansen had removed the keys from the car but the doors were not locked.

Grand opening of Hotel Lewis under the new proprietor, E. P. Burke, scheduled for Monday evening, August 28, will be featured by dinner and dancing. Orval Rennie and his ten-piece orchestra accompanied b five girls of Sioux City will furnish entertainment and music for dancing throughout dinner which is to be served at 7:30 o'clock, and during the evening. Bridge will be arranged for guests not caring to dance.

The entertainers play four nights each week in Sioux City and are in demand for conventions held at that city. They have appeared in vaudeville at one of the larger theaters.

Skelly Oil Station - The Skelly Oil Station once stood on the Southwest corner of First St. and Main St., where Gustafson Real Estate is currently. The year this picture was taken is unknown, but the license plate on the car reads 1932.
The proprietor has asked that reservations be made by Saturday night.

Following the opening the dining room will operate on a full three meals a day schedule. Sunday dinners are to be featured and arrangements made for arties.

Burke has managed hotels and cafes for more than 20 years. He came to Cherokee from Sheldon where he was proprietor of the Arlington hotel.

50 years ago

Arrangements are nearing completion for the 22nd annual Marcus Fair which opens Monday, August 25 for a three-day run.

Entry day for all departments is to be on Monday, when free tickets will be given to all exhibitors.

Highlights of the first day include Peewee baseball games plus swimming and diving exhibitors during the afternoon and the popular Children's' Parade at 7:30 Monday evening. Friacis Zembach is chairman of the feature.

Overall manager of the exception in the Rev. D. W. Samuelson, Mrs. Lee Barnes will be charge of entry materials and ribbons.

A bumper crop of women's division entries is expected. Comprising the committee for the department of grain and forage crops. Simmons, Lee Barnes, Ray Roethler, Hans Rasmussen, Max Drefke, Forrest Drekfe and Kirk Evans with Mrs. D. C. Drefke as entry clerk.

Canned Goods

The committee in charge of canned goods includes Mrs. Albert Grauer, which will serve as entry. Mrs. Joe Alesch, Jr. and Mrs. Hermann Lage.

Baked goods will be in charge of Mrs. L. P. Fitzgerals, entry clerk; Mrs. Loren Kauffman, Mrs. Vince Garvin and Mrs. Clinton Johnston. Children andyoung people up to 16 years of age may enter cake, bread and rolls cookies and candy in Class g.

Heading the flower division are Mrs. Ed Ducommun, Mrs. Myrtle Benedict, Mrs. Walter Garlow, Mrs. Gotfeid Polson, Mrs. Lornie Echlenger andMrs. Vernon Grauer, entry clerk. The flower show is to include a professional division an amateur division and a division for children up to 16 years old.

Committee members for the fancy work and sewing division are Mrs. Frank Hewickler, entry clerk; Mrs. Ralph Cave, Mrs. Art Nielsen, and Mrs. Delbert Drekes, Class N. under this division is for sewing entries made by young persons up to the age of 15.

Corn Division

There is to be a separate division for corn entries which will feature a special corn contest for boys and girls under 20 years of age. The following prizes will be provided by seed corn exhibitors for this competition

Comprising the swine committee are Hendy Dorr, Jr., and Walter Corr with Darrell Miller in charge of sheep.

Judging in all departments will be done by qualified judges. Judging of swine and also of entries in the agricultures tent is to take Tuesday morning with the baby beeves being judged Tuesday afternoon

Sale of livestock is set for 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Fire Prevention Week October 6-12 in Cherokee will feature a special Fire Safety Day on Wednesday, October 8.

The safety program is being sponsored by the Civic Bureau or the Chamber of Commerce, with Charles Bell as the chairman of the fire prevention committee.

William Friend, secretary of the Iowa State Fire Prevention Association met here this week with the fire prevention committee to plan the special day.

In attendance at the session were Supt. Richard Kinkead, representing the Cherokee Public Schools; Father L. J. Lynch, Immaculate Conception School; Ed Radke, Farm Bureau insurance agent; John Noble, Farm Bureau fieldman; Dwight R. Clark, representing the Cherokee Newspapers.

On the special Fire Safety Day some 30 inspectors from the Association will inspect business houses and make recommendations regarding fire prevention.

"This inspection will have no connection with fire insurance rates," explained Bell, "but is being conducted to make the city less susceptible to fires and to make the work of our already efficient fire department easier."

The Cherokee Fire Department, headed by Chief Goldie is one of the finest in the state, added Bell. "Cherokee has one of the lowest per fire damage-loss rates."

The fire prevention chairman said that this city is one of five in Iowa which will have this special program this year.

Inspectors are to be accompanied on their tour by Cherokee Boy Scouts, who will earn merit badges for participating in this project.

Both the public and parochial schools plan full cooperation with the safety program. Home inspection blanks will be given to children to fill out and return to the inspectors on October 8.

Films also will be shown to pupils in junior high and high school classes, along with talks by the inspectors.

25 years ago

The national economic recovery is so strong now that even the media can't deny it, Sen. Roger Jepsen, R-Iowa, said at the annual Cherokee County Republican dinner Monday.

Jepsen also touched on Central America, farm policy and educational reform in his speech before the 100 or so GOP supporters gathered at the Cherokee Community Center.

"Times haven't been easy, but we have stayed the course," he said. "Now we are having an economic recovery."

A show of hands of people who heard the term "Reaganomics" used by the press in the past month or two would probably be very small, Jepsen said. "It isn't used because it is working.

"The inflation we heard talk about…is now flat on the deck," the senator said.

"Will the budget deficit increase: No. In fact, I think you will find the deficit, for the first time in some time, will show a decrease," he said.

The economy will grow at a faster and faster rate, lessening the chance of a tax increase, Jepsen predicted.

"The country--the people of this country--want to know the budget is under control," he said.

High interest rates, however, are proving to be the proverbial fly in the ointment with regard to President Reagan's economic policy results. Jepsen said that the interest rates are "not what we would like them to be" despite some improvement over last year.

"What we need is a stable and consistent Federal Reserve monetary policy," he said.

Jepsen summarized, "All I believe, is that we need the courage to stay the course."

Jepsen's support for Reagan's policies extended to the president's foreign policy, namely to U.S. involvement in Central America.

In response to Iowa's 6th District Rep. Berkley Bedell's statement made here Saturday that U.S. backing of counter-revolutionaries is immoral, Jepsen said, "If it is immoral to be involved in supporting that type of (democratic) government, then I don't understand this country."

The type of government to which Jepsen referred was that in El Salvador: The existing government came into being after several years of give and take between right and left wing factions.

The result, Jepsen said, was a government that came into being after an election that was internationally supervised and televised with glass ballot box and an 80 percent voter turnout.

In contrast, the government in Nicaragua is "an example for the whole world to see of what happens to promises when the friendly guerillas take over," he said. "The Sandinistas have postponed elections indefinitely, closed the free press and committed genocide against the Mosquito Indians on the Honduras border, Jepsen said.

Moving back to domestic concerns Jepsen called for a more involved comprehensive farm policy after the "costly and ineffective" policy of the last two years.

The Payment In Kind program "saved many farmers from going under financially," he said. However, "we must have all people involved" in the future farm policy planning.

He called for a "total consensus" of opinion and concerns to provide food at reasonable prices of consumers, yet still give farmers a good return on their yields.

And finally, Jepsen responded to reports released earlier this year entitled "A Nation at Risk," which outlined severe deficiencies in the U.S. educational system.

Rejecting solely "check book" remedies, Jepsen offered several suggestions, including requiring more homework, more rigorous courses than bachelor living, more courses in mathematics and social studies and stricter discipline.

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