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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

100 years ago

What was at first feared to be a fatal automobile accident occurred Monday night about ten thirty.

Johnie Donovan, the fourteen year old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Donovan, of Sheridan, in company with a Hart boy, were crossing the street on West Main by the Graves meat market. They saw the machine approaching from Main Street but thought it was going up the hill and started to run across on the crossing. The machine belonging to the Miller and Clow livery barn and driven by Harry Clow, turned the corner and as the occupants say there was no head lights lit on the machine the driver did not see the boys in time to avert the danger. The Hart boy barely escaped and the Donovan boy was struck by the machine, thrown about twenty feet in front and was then run over.

The men in the car got out, picked up the injured lad and took him to Dr. Hornibrook. He was entirely unconscious when picked up and it was at first feared that he could not survive. He was taken from the doctor's office to the J. T. Hogan home where he passed a fairly comfortable night and the next morning it was discovered that he was not seriously hurt and he went to his home Wednesday.

At about one o'clock Thursday afternoon twelve empty cars standing on a side track south of the Illinois Central railroad bridge were discovered on fire. They were Illinois Central cars and were so located that they could not be reached by our fire boys and the cars were entirely consumed. The fire was thought to have originated from spontaneous combustion. The roaring flames and great black clouds of smoke made an interesting scene and was witnessed by a number of citizens who walked or drove to the siding.

The loss was estimated at about $6,000. One of the cars was a foreign car, an Erie refrigeration car.

75 years ago

Jurors were drawn and opening statements made Tuesday morning in the suit of state vs. Sheriff A. N. Tilton, charged with conspiracy in connection with the shooting of pickets near Cherokee last year. Names of thirteen jurors were struck before the trial jury was selected.

On a sustained motion of the defense special bailiffs were appointed to have charge of the jury which will remain in one body until conclusion of the case. Witnesses both for the state and the defense are prohibited from the courtroom until after they have testified.

Miss Hattie Dewar, C. R. Montgomery, Raymond Gould, R. F. Lockwood, John L. Miller, Frank Mummert, George McCurdy, Mrs. A. T. Nicolarsen, Ed Brownmiller, John Odle, Arthur Ohlson, Nina Ohlson are the jurors, most of whom are farmers.

Others Excused

Loyd Knipe, Mrs. E. H. Dull, Walter Gordon, W. A. Lieb, Fred Hoxsie, C. H. Goodman, Fred Miller, Herb Gates, Mrs. E. A. Phelans who was a witness at a previous grand jury investigation in the case, C. H. McConnell, R. S. Peare, Erhest O'Berg and Guy Rae were struck from the jury for this case. All jurors except those sitting on the case were excused until 10 a.m. Monday.

All of Monday afternoon was spend in questioning 16 jurors of which 11 were struck. In filling demand for separate and immediate trial Tilton was granted the separate trial but the state resisted the immediate trial which the court finally allowed.

Four other cases were considered by Judge O. S. Thomas Monday and a ruling by Judge C. W. Pitts in the suit of James Smith vs. Times Publishing company received. The judge sustained the defendant's demurrer filed August 25.

Mary LeBeck vs. Sadie L. Gearke, judgment granted on note; E. W. Rates, rec., vs. Robert Lundie, order of September 5, vacated, defendant given one week to plead; Fort Dodge Grocery company vs. Anton Dahlgren, judgment entry signed; Maude T. Sanford vs. O. F. Evans, et al, time to plead extended to September 27.

Richard Eshelman and Alice Hogan were appointed special bailiffs to be in charge of the jury during the trial.

Nine local firms were victimized Saturday by a check artist of about 70 years of age. Checks of from five to ten dollars were cashed, the man receiving change and merchandise. Groceries purchased at two stores were not taken from the place. Other business houses, unknown to Constable Otto Morton, are believed to have cashed checks for the man.

Gives Name of Meyers

Giving his name as C. R. Meyers of California, a former Cherokean, he said he had returned to the city because of property which came back on his hands. He established residence at the Mary Foster home on East Main street. In conversing with Jay Long he mentioned that his son had business dealings with Long's son in California.

Warehouse Sales - Warehouse Sales was located at 201 S. Fifth St., where KCHE is currently located. This is a picture of their opening day in December of 1961.
In at least one instance Meyers visited a store early in the week, asking the clerk to write a check for him and also fill out the stub. He did not cash the check but on calling Saturday night identified himself to another clerk by means of the local clerk's writing on the stub. He carried a Cherokee State bank check book, having deposited $100, officers reported. A few checks written Saturday evening were honored but funds were insufficient for the remainder as he withdrew about $90, officers understand.

As the checks were written after the close of banking hours the game was not discovered until Monday.

Meyers was described as a man weighing about 160 pounds, of about 5 feet 10 inches in height, smooth shaven and gray haired.

Berry & Son, Alton's grocery store, McWilliams drug store, Gildner Sauer company, Nelson's drug store, Brunswick cigar store, A & P, Penney's and Wolff's were victims.

50 years ago

The area for the new $650,000 Walnut Grove Products Company plant here has been staked out at the site south of Cherokee.

To have a $40,000-ton capacity per year, the plant will be located half a mile south of the city on the east side of Highway 59.

Gibson's Discount Center - Gibson's Discount Center was located at 601 E. Main St.
Leonard Brown, president of the Cherokee Industrial Corporation, said a railroad crew is currently doing grading work which will connect the plant to the Illinois Central Railroad tracks near the site.


The contract for sale of 13 acres of land to Walnut Grove Products Company was signed August 30 at Atlantic by officials of the feed manufacturing firm.

Present for this industrial milestone for Cherokee were representatives of the Cherokee Industrial Corporation. These included Brown; Robert Fassler, secretary; Mayor George P. Rapson, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce promotion committee, and Dave Sayre, attorney for the Industrial Corporation.

Target date for completion of the plant is February 1, 1959.

Some 30 persons will be employed in the installation to be known at Walnut Grove Plant No. 6.

Cherokee's season opener with Ida Grove is scheduled for a 7:45 starting time tonight--rather than the regular 8 o'clock kickoff as used in most locales.

Ida Grove School officials made that announcement Thursday.

The Hawks, 5-1 last year, will attempt to repeat their opening victory (25-13) of last year at the expense of the Braves. Senior right halfback Dick Cranston and senior right guard Ronald Bond will co-captain Ida Grove tonight.

Ida Grove Coach Lou Bohnsack declined to name a starting lineup for tonight's game. But he did point to a number of personnel who are apt to see major action.

They are in addition to Cranston and Bond, Gary Pfleeger, Gary Hink, Darrell Miller, Curtis Rupert, David Hink, Joe Dolejs, Valgene Pluth, Howard Ehlers, Dwayne Salmon, Dennis Railsback, Don Determan, Millard Hurd, Gary Jensen, John Houlihan and Dick Bickley.

Meanwhile coach Bruce Pickford sent Cherokee through a light signal drill here late Thursday afternoon. The Braves did only light work.

Cherokee will be seeking revenge for last year's debacle here at old Tomahawk Field.

The Tribe is expected to open with the following: Ends--Jim Becker or Mike Gianopoulos and Gary Bunn; tackles--Jim Mueller and Dale Allen; guards--Dan Hankens and Ron Griffith; center--Mike Holderness; quarterbacks--Dick Orchard; left half--Bob Hall; Right half--Doug Lundsgaard; Fullback--Doug Wray.

25 years ago

Floyd Ehrich has probably spent a fair amount of his four-year tenure on the Cherokee City Council denying that he is a liberal.

Where do these rumors get started anyway? Maybe because "conservative" and "trouble-shooter" seem like a contradiction in terms.

"I say it like it is," the 1st Ward council member said. "That's the way it should be: lay it right out in front."

However, "I am not a liberal," he said in an interview yesterday. "I have been pretty conservative.

High above K-Mart - A look at the Cherokee K-Mart store from a bird's perspective, this picture was taken sometime in the early 1980's. Note that there is no Kum and Go store and Indian St. was not part of the town yet.
"But I have got a hell of a lot done by being conservative."

Ehrich, 57, has elected not to seek re-election this Nov. 5; Council members Leon Hight (3rd Ward) and Dennis Henrich (At Large) are undecided about running for a second term this year. City Clerk Deb Taylor reported Monday that no one has filed for candidacy yet.

A perceived lack of support is not Ehrich's reason for sitting this election out, he said. "At least I have felt I have had the support of the people in my term.

"I was happy to serve four years. I personally feel that no councilman should serve more than four years.

"I wish somebody would get their name in the ring," he said.

When Ehrich threw his name in the ring in 1979, he based his campaign primarily on discontent with the City Council in general and its vote for a $2.16 million water-system and treatment plant in particular.

The East Main Street Bridge, the Law Enforcement Center, an industrial sewer line in the north part of town and a new airport hangar--most at "no cost to speak of to the taxpayer," thanks to grant money--are accomplishments listed by Ehrich.

"I am not saying I did this, but the council did this," Ehrich said.

Personally Ehrich, an insurance agent, engineered a curb and gutter bill which eliminated engineering fees required by state law for such projects. Ehrich's bill enabled cities under 10,000 population to remove and replace curb and gutters through local contractors and have is assessed back to property owners at the minimal or low bid cost.

Two areas where "I feel I have failed or the council has failed, in my eyes," were the decisions to renovate the library and, most recently, City Hall, rather than build new structures. "I haven't given up (on City Hall)," he said.

A new sign welcoming visitors to Cherokee was among the items discussed Monday by the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors.

Lyle Poulson, Cherokee, came before the board to ask permission to install welcome signs east and west of the city.

Poulson said he thought Cherokee should have welcome signs similar to those in surrounding communities. The proposed logo for the signs is "Cherokee--Friendly people working together," he said.

Poulson said he has talked to four city service clubs about paying for the signs, but has not received approvals from all of them.

Poulson said the proposed signs would be placed on properties owned by James Patterson and Joe Lundsgaard. He said he had received approvals from both owners.

The board told Poulson they had no jurisdiction over privately owned land, but informally agreed with his proposal.

Jim Glouser, a Veterans of Foreign War service officer, appeared before the board to request the use of a room in the courthouse where he could meet with veterans once a week.

Glouser told the board that he helps veterans and their families with paperwork--making sure they get the medical assistance, benefits and pensions they deserve.

Glouser said that he is now working out of his home, as well as traveling around the count meeting with veterans.

Because of the benefits of Glouser's work, the board granted him the temporary use of the former probation officer's room.

Mavis Stoner, Cherokee County public health nurse, presented the board with the Public Health Nursing Service's annual report.

Stoner told the board that the service didn't need almost $3,000 of its budget for the year which ended June 30. She explained that the service had generated $53,454 during that year in revenue and grants while using only $50,516.46.

In addition, Stoner said referrals to the nursing service were down, but visits were up. The service had 1,830 visits, and served 249 different patients. Medicare services were down, and there were 609 immunizations in the Child Health Care Clinic.

Stoner and the board also discussed the possibility of the Public Health Nursing Service taking over the Homemaker Health Service. The board advised Stoner to discuss the matter with the local board of health committee and the Homemaker Health Services Advisory Board.

Bill Bennett, county engineer, and Glenn Hankins, gravel prospector, met with the board to discuss Hankins' contract.

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