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Times Gone By

Friday, September 5, 2008

This Cherokee County farmstead is pictured in 1912.
100 years ago

"C. C. Hansen informs the Sentinel that the Cherokee Chautauqua association has made a satisfactory and in every way honorable settlement with him for damages sustained in the accident least July at the Chautauqua grounds. The veterinary's and other expenses were paid and he says the horse has come out of it as good as ever he was. $37.00 was the amount allowed by the association and Carl is feeling good over the settlement reached."

Mr. Hansen attended the Chautauqua with a horse and buggy which he hitched at a place provided by the association. He attended the evening session and in turning around drove into a wire fence some thirty feet from the hitching grounds. While it is doubtful whether there was a legal liability on the part of the association, the directors unanimously thought there was a moral obligation resting upon them, as they had invited the public to make use of the hitching grounds and it was morally bound to use extra precaution to see that everything was safe. Mr. Hansen was very reasonable, only asking that he be reimbursed for actual expenses and his claim was allowed without a dissenting vote. The offending fence will be replaced by a woven wire for the next Chautauqua.

A notable gathering was held at the home of Mr. Robert Prunty, near Hartford, S. D., Saturday, August 29, the occasion being a holiday visit in honor of an uncle and aunt from Illinois. They were all relatives by marriage of the Gregg family. The early morning witnessed the gathering and rejoicing, and picnic dinners were served, two long tables were filled and a merry group of young people spread their dinner on the grass in true picnic style.

They were all there, old and young, and when Mrs. Smith arrived from Wessington Springs, she had driven over from Colton, they numbered forty-two.

There were games and merry to wile the hours away. Later they had ice cream and cake, and then they went to the house where the piano and coronet accompaniment they sang many songs.

Then they began to disperse tired but happy, another mile stone in life's journey long to be remembered.

Of the visiting friends there were, Mr. and Mrs. Brooks, of Macon, Illinois, an Uncle and Aunt who are n their first visit here in South Dakota, a sister and her husband of Mrs. Smoch. The two Miss Van Oradeall, of Valentine, Neb., sisters of Mrs. Ed Gregg, and Mrs. Robinson of Cherokee, Iowa, mother of Mrs. Chvelia Gregg and Mrs. L. H. Smith, of Cleghorn, mother of Mrs. Frank S. Smith, who are more than pleased with their days outing.

75 years ago

John McDonald was exhibiting a fine ear of yellow corn Tuesday from the fields of Matt Brewster. The ear had 22 rows, was well filled, straight and a fine specimen in every way and was well matured and out of the way of frost. Mr. Brewster says his vicinity was visited by a rain about a very time one was needed with the result that his corn is a splendid crop. Corn generally, says Mr. McDonald varied widely in its stages of maturity even in the same field. While the ears in one hill may be well matured those in an adjoining hill may need some little time to insure proof against frost. Two weeks yet will find most of it out of the way of harm.

Rehearsal periods for all instrumental organizations of the school system directed by R. N. Kjerland were announced Tuesday. Kjerland will have charge of three bands and one orchestra as of last year.

High school orchestra will practice at 8 a.m., Wednesday in the music room on third floor of Wilson building. Membership is open to advanced students only, new members accepted by tryouts.

In the second Friday morning period the high school band will rehearse in the gymnasium. Advanced students are members of this body, others eligible after tryouts.

The second band will practice at 8 a.m. Friday in the gymnasium. Members are required to have one or more years of playing experience.

Beginners' band, open to all, is to rehearse at 8 a.m. Tuesday, in the gymnasium.

Total rainfall for the last month was 1.96 inches, the same amount as during the same month in 1931, but much less than in August, 1932, when 5.12 inches of precipitation was measured here. During August of 1928, Washta received 5.45 inches; in 1929, 3.07; and in 1930 .48.

The prevailing wind direction for the month was south; the highest temperature was 98 degrees, the 6th; and the lowest was 42 degrees on two nights, the 18 and 30. There were 16 clear days, 8 partly cloudy and 7 cloudy.

This will be the last weather report issued from this station after more than 36 years of continuous service with but two months reports missing during the entire time. The weather bureau of the United States department of agriculture will continue to maintain one station in Cherokee county, the one now operating at the state hospital for the insane at Cherokee.

50 years ago

Members of Battery A 928th Field Artillery Bn. In Cherokee returned August 30 from two weeks of intensive training at Camp McCoy, Wis.

"We worked harder than ever before at camp and spent every day in rugged field training. All members of the unit performed entirely n the field, including cooks who prepared meals in the field for the first time during the summer training," reported CWO Forrest Jensen.

Two evening problems started in the morning and continued until midnight, added Jensen, and night firing was conducted from noon on Wednesday to 5 p.m. Thursday the second week.

"We were up each day at 4 a.m., had breakfast by 5 a.m. and left for the field by 6 o'clock every morning."

Taking part in the extensive training were 70 enlisted men and six officers of Battery A. The Cherokee unit is commanded by Capt. Niels N. Nielsen.

Francis L. Galvin of rural Holstein in reported to "good" condition at Sioux Valley Hospital.

Galvin reportedly was admitted to the hospital here Tuesday evening for treatment of injuries received in an auto accident southeast of Holstein.

According to Ida County Sheriff George W. Miller, Galvin was traveling south when his car hit the north side of the wooden bridge. After shearing off the guard rail along its 40-foot length, the car rolled into the ditch and came to rest on its top.

Galvin's 1953 car was rendered a total loss.

Cherokee businessmen will be hosts this evening to rural and city residents invited to attend the Farmers Appreciation Festival.

Swimming at 5 p.m. at the Municipal Pool is the initial feature of the program of free entertainment, the first such event to be sponsored here by the Chamber of Commerce.

Ken Langer, director of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federations' special services, will give a talk at 7:30 p.m. in Washington High School Auditorium.

Pictured is the former Texaco gas station in Cherokee.
"The Future Partnership of Farmers and Businessmen" is the topic he will discuss.

Skating, Films

There is to be free skating with skates furnished from 7-10 p.m. at Tomahawk Roller Rink and free color films at both theaters from 7-9 p.m. "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers: is to be shown at the Arrow and "Oklahoma" at the American.

Dancing for all age groups will take place from 9 p.m. to midnight at three sites. Square dancing is planned for Main Street, modern dancing at Eagles Hall and dancing for teenagers at City Youth Center.

Cake and coffee will be served on Main Street throughout the evening for all guests.

25 years ago

Heavy storms swept through Cherokee and surrounding counties Monday evening, leaving frustrated motorists but few reports of severe damage.

Several people reported seeing funnel clouds during the storm which pelted some areas with hail and pummeled heavy rain upon much more. Only one nearby area, in Woodbury County, reported severe damage to farm buildings.

The Washta and Pierson areas appeared to bear the brunt of the storm, with Cherokee receiving heavy rains and some winds, officials said.

Heavy damage to a fruit tree orchard was reported one-half mile east of L36 on D12 (near Pierson) in Woodbury County, according to a count official there.

Another mile east, severe damage to farm houses and vehicles, including a damaged roof was also reported a county official said.

Funnel clouds had reportedly cut through bean or corn fields in that area, local officials said, but no one had contacted Cherokee County officials about damage.

The Ida County Sheriff's Department had "no reports of any damages," said radio operator Dave Jensen.

No damage was reported form the storms in Cherokee County, the sheriff's department said.

"As far as we know, there has been no damage or anything," said radio operator Teresa clement. "After it's morning and light, you might find some damage."

The National Weather Service in Des Moines said hail with the storm ranged from pea-sized all the way to baseball sized reported at Chatsworth, The Association Press reported.

The O'Brien County Sheriff's Department reported that tents set up as part of Sutherland's centennial celebration were blown down.

The weather service also reported heavy rains drenching parts of northwest Iowa with up to 1 inch in a half-hour.

Winds were near 60 miles an hour in Pocahantas.

In Cherokee County, the combination of heavy winds and rain put visibility at almost zero.

The weather service also reported that corn fields and soybean fields were flattened in northern Harrison and southern Monona counties.

The storms were moving into northeastern Iowa late Monday night.

Reports of weather-related damage was unusually light at Iowa Public Service Company also, local IPS manager Bernie Kult reported.

The company received only one call from Larrabbee reporting a power outage, which is "very unusual," Kult said. "We usually get bombarded pretty well.

"I think the majority of the storm went south of us," he said.

Jeff Lamb of Rural Electric Coop also said the lack of reported damage from the storm was "quite unusual."

"We haven't had any (power outages) that I know of," he said. "I had one call and couldn't find him on the records. I turned him over to IPS."

Quimby City Councilmen had just opened their regular 7 p.m. council meeting with a call came in reporting a possible tornado.

Fire Chief Willis Allbaugh, who also is on the City Council said the tornado warming signal was then sounded. Council members and city officials watched a funnel cloud form over the door of the fire station, but said they didn't think it touched down anywhere.

"It looked like it was coming straight for the town when we first saw it," Allbaugh said. But they watched the storm move south and east, apparently skirting the city.

"I don't think it ever came clear down," Allbaugh said.

City Clerk Leonard Johnson and Mayor Vernon Corrington said the funnel cloud looked very narrow from their firehouse vantage point.

The funnel cloud Ray Clark saw Monday night was the second in the rural Correctionville man's life. He doesn't hope to see a third.

Clark who lives three miles south of Washta in Ida County on Highway 31 said he was headed for Correctionville Monday night when he saw a black cloud on the ground.

"I immediately turned around ad went back home," said Clark. "I called my wife and we went to the cave where we stood in the doorway and watched the tornado pass about 80 rods north and east of our buildings."

According to Clark, the funnel-shaped cloud had already touched down on the west side of the Little Sioux River. The peculiar thing about the ground was when he first saw it, it was dark. But when it passed above him, the cloud was white.

"We could see the cloud twisting and turning," said Clark.

The funnel appeared to touch down in a bean field, flattening the plants but no apparent damage was done to buildings in the area.

Clark checked his neighbors to see if they were all right.

Clark said he was without electricity Monday night.

While there was hail and little more than half an inch of rain three miles north of Washta, Clark said there was barely enough to settle the dust at his place.

Mrs. Howard Fisher, who lives four miles west of Washta, reported the funnel cloud at it dipped toward the ground, rising upward and downward several times. Dirt and dust was visible.

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