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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

100 years ago

Tuesday was Farmer's picnic day at Aurelia and nature was at her best to make it a perfect day. It is estimated that four thousand people attended, and they all found something to interest, amuse or instruct them.

The committee had arranged a fine program of sports consisting of foot races, horse races, nail driving contests for women, ball throwing and other like sports. Then there was two games of baseball. In the game of Aurelia, second team, against Afton team victory perched on the banner of Aurelia by a score of 5 to 4. The second game was between Aurelia's first team and Newell and again the Aureilates were victorious, the score being 7 to 4.

White Mill Dam - A look at the White Mill Dam as it looked when it was rebuilt after the great flood of 1891.
In the afternoon there was excellent speaking, the principal speeches being by Mr. Greeley, of Chicago, and Mr. Sykes, president of the Meat Producers association.

The speeches were along the line of cooperation among farmers in grain and stock handling and they went right to the meat of the subject and greatly interested the farmer audience.

The picnic was a great success and this annual event will continue to be a feature of the east and farmers.

McConnell and Sleezer - McConnell and Sleezer Dray Line Equipment are pictured here lined up on Maple St. In the background you can see the Opera House, the Cherokee Library, City Hall and Wm. Vene's Gun & Locksmith Repair Shop. Date on this picture is unknown.
Mr. Hall has greatly improved this town by the new cement sidewalk running from Mr. Grey's premises south to Mose Woodworth's. This includes nice walks leading from the Main street to the Methodist church, M. E. parsonage and Presbyterian church. That piece of sidewalk outside the hotel is being fixed also. This town is well worth sidewalks all over.

The remains of Herman Salzkorn were taken to Cedar cemetery on the 29th . An impressive service was conducted by Rev. Freeman, of Cherokee. A number of Old Soldiers paid their respects to the deceased, who was an Old Soldier, by their attendance.

Mrs. L. Gilbert and two sons, Frank and Max, visited her brother, Mr. John Spurr, at Sanborn, going on the 27th and returning on the 29th.

Mr. Milton Spafford who has been spending his vacation here returned on the morning train of the 1st inst.

Ray Hilton has gone to Cedar Falls to attend a Commercial school there.

Mr. and Mrs. Dawson left on the early morning train of the 1st inst. For a visit at their sons in Minnesota.

Charles Pope took the evening train on the 2nd inst. Bound for Bisbee, Arizona, where his relatives are located. He intends to go mining there.

Raymond Kent, who recently located in Larrabee from England, has received a situation in Sioux City in a music warehouse where he goes on the 11th inst.

The Junior society of the M.E. church are proposing a picnic for themselves and their friends one day the latter end of this week. It will be held about two miles out of town. About seventy young people are expected to be there.

Larrabee country schools are in full sway this week.

Larrabee High school opens on the 7th inst.

Several young people mean to attend Cherokee High School of this district this fall.

75 years ago

The 40 boys and girls enrolled in the Junior Garden contest sponsored by the Plowing Match association and the Chamber of Commerce are being notified by the committee that it is time to complete care of their gardens and prepare exhibits to be shown at the match September 6 and 7.

Exhibits may be left at the Chamber of Commerce office no later than 9 a.m. September 6. Special prizes will be awarded for the best specimens shown in the zinnia, aster, carrot, beet, cabbage, tomato and potato classes. Prizes in each class are 75 cents, 50 cents, 25 cents, 25 cents, and 25 cents. Some prize will be awarded every boy and girl completing the project. One or more entries must be made to entitle the gardener to contest prizes.

Garden prizes are $4, $2, $2, $1, $1, $1. General appearance, cultivation and quality of products counts 65 percent. An essay of not less than 100 words which must be submitted by each entrant and treat of garden activities counts 35 percent.

With the exception of spading or plowing and the first harrowing, the gardens are expected to be exclusively the work of the boy or girl entering.

J. E. Wirth, Dr. George Avery, Shirley Barton, and Chas. Rhodes are committee members.

The Los Angeles, California, Evening Herald in its issue of August 22, picturing scenes at the national convention of Spanish-American war veterans, held in that city, presents a portrait of George W. McNeil of San Diego, formerly of Cherokee and G. L. Gregory of San Bernadino, formerly of Webster City. The two had met for the first time since 1898, when they were soldiers together in the Fifty-second Iowa infantry, and were evidently enjoying a review of army experiences.

Fifty dollars in cash was stolen from the Brunswick cigar store Monday night. Sheriff A. N. Tilton and Marshal Albert Hurd who made investigation found no clues to the identity of the robber.

The thief entered by removing planks from a basement opening at the rear of the building. A small hole was cut into the door leading to the store from the basement enabling the robber to reach through and remove bolts which held it. The thief is thought to be a small person as the hole in the door is large enough for only a small arm.

The money taken is that kept in a special place for use as change in the early hours of business. Nothing else was disturbed.

Edmund Dean who opened the store at 7 a.m. discovered the loss. The place was robbed between the hours of midnight when it was closed and this morning.

50 years ago

Grand total of the Marcus Fair livestock auction sale held Wednesday was $20,287.42.

"As near as we can determine," reported Fair officials. 'This was the highest average sale in the area."

The Marcus classic concluded it highly successful three-day run with a program Wednesday evening attended by some 2,000 persons.

One of the highlights of the evening was a concert by the LeMars Drum and Bugle Corps, followed by an impromptu and enthusiastic procession of the corps throughout the grounds, onto the ferris wheel and along the midway.

Pied Piper

Members of the unit played music during their informal parade attracting a following of some 50 delighted youngsters in Pied Piper fashion.

Favorable weather contributed much to the success of the fair and helped bring large crowds each day.

The average price per hundredweight in the baby beef auction was $30.65 with John Sand receiving the top amount of $35.50.

The average price for hogs was $24.11 and Darrell Meyer had the top price of $26.75.

Total of the beef sale was $119,70.50 and of the hog sale $579.83.

In a collision early Wednesday evening at the intersection of Main and North Second, one of the vehicles involved was damaged to the extent of $75.

According to the accident report filed with city police, Chester Brown of Des Moines was traveling south on North Second and Lotus M. Glester of Cherokee was turning north onto Second from Main.

Damage to Brown's car was estimated at $75. No damage resulted to the Glester auto.

25 years ago

Supervisors Accept Bid For LEC Improvements

Haselhoff Construction was awarded a contract for the installation of concrete steps, a driveway and a flag pole at the Law Enforcement Center by the Cherokee Board of Supervisors Monday.

Don Haselhoff turned in a bid of $3,985.69, which was the lowest of three bids. The two other firms bidding were Grundman-Hicks Construction Company and Curtis and Willis Improvement Center and Construction Company.

"The work includes a three-tier approach to the entrance of the LEC, paving on the south side, and the flag pole," said board member David Phipps.

Though it was not included in the bid, the board suggested that Haselhoff consider putting a railing with the steps.

Construction should start in a couple weeks, Phipps said.

The board also heard from Cherokee County Assessor Vernon Peterson, who asked for, and received, its support in his appeal of the recent tentative equalization adjustments issued by the Iowa Department of Revenue. Peterson will appeal the adjustments on Sept. 14 at the Hoover Building n Des Moines.

The Board also took the following actions at Monday's meeting.

--Approved the resignation of Washburn Steele, Veteran's Relief commissioner. Steele, whose resignation becomes effective Oct. 31, told the board in his letter, that he was resigning because of the pressures of business.

--Approved an adjustment n the money budgeted for mental health. The adjustment increases the budget from approximately $533,000 to approximately $595,000, said Phipps. He added that the increase comes from money being returned to the community, and not from additional property taxes.

--Approved an operation and maintenance agreement connected with construction of a riser near Quimby.

Remembering Maryhill - It's only been a little over two years since the community has lost the Maryhill Catholic Church due to high winds that destroyed this area institution.
--Approved construction of a new bridge near Quimby, and a contractor's bond of $618,477.43 for the project. Beverly Anderson, Cherokee County auditor, said dirt work on the project could start in two or three weeks, and the actual construction sometime this fall.

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