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Monday, September 22, 2008

Coast-to-Coast - The Coast-to-Coast hardware store located at 107 W. Main St. was once a downtown fixture. Today, the D. Cotton building is half of Carey's Furniture.
100 years ago

Tuesday there was secret conferences between county officials and other county employees and the board of supervisors which betokened that something was up. And there was. The denouement of a ring formation was at hand and they were nervous. These men gathered in the supervisor's room and evidently decided upon a victim to bear the blunt of their plotting. James Heymer was called in and induced through the glowing words of Chairman Bunn to become chief bearer of the ring. Chairman Bunn reminded him that for a good many years he had served the people of Cherokee county, and said that it had leaked out on that day he, Mr. Heymer, had attained his fifty first birthday; that in all the years of his service in the courthouse he had never been identified with a ring; that now they had resolved to take in him and hereafter he should bear the signet of a ring. Whereupon the chairman drew from his pocket a fine signet gold ring which he placed upon the finger of Mr. Heymer as a testimonial of the esteem in which he is held by the court house gang. Thus did Jimmie become a ringster. He was too much taken aback to make much of a speech but managed to thank the donors in a fitting way. This was also fifty-first birthday of another great man, President William Howard Taft.

As G. H. Pull, 1414 West Fourth street, was crossing the Milwaukee railway tracks at West Third and Kansas streets last evening, his buggy was struck by the engine of an incoming freight train and Mr. Pull had a narrow escape from death. The vehicle was partially demolished and Mr. Pull thrown to the pavement.

The horse was not injured, and as a cab was called to take Mr. Pull home the horse was led behind. Reaching home, Mr. Pull got out of the cab alone to take care of the horse, which is his pride, but had to give up and allow himself to be taken to the house. The extent of his injuries was not determined fully, but it was thought that he would not suffer a permanent hurt.

Mr. Pull is a cattleman at the stockyards.

75 Years Ago

Russell Leonard was cleared of larceny charges Monday afternoon when Judge O. S. Thomas instructed the jury to return a verdict of not guilty. At the close of state's evidence the defense filed a motion for a direct verdict which the state resisted. The judge sustained the motion and Leonard was discharged.

On motion of the county attorney case charging Mrs. Gladys Leonard on the same count was dismissed. L. C. Wise, employee at the state hospital, testified that while riding with the couple the evening of April 18 he was robbed of $138.

Nine women comprise the junior college faculty this year, according to Sister Emmanuel, dean of the school. Three new instructors were added to the staff this year.

Miss Gladys Busher replaced Miss Florence Barr n the science department. She has taken graduate work at the New York university where she taught biology and chemistry and at the university of Washington D. C. Miss Barr is to do research work in the chemistry department at Iowa State college this year.

German, offered in the local college for the first time, is being taught by Miss H. Ruska who also conducts classes in education. Miss Ruska took advanced work at the state university of Iowa, at Northwestern university n Chicago and at Leland Stanford in California. She also traveled abroad for several years.

Teaches History

Sister Mary Paula replaces Miss Lois Crane as history instructor. Her graduate work was received at the state university of Iowa.

In addition to performing the duties as dean Sister Mary Emmanuel teaches all mathematics courses and educational psychology. Sister Mary Theodora, who received graduate work at the state university of Iowa, is librarian and Sister Dolores as of last year is registrar. Her training was in Creighton university and the State University of Iowa.

Miss Winifred Healy who was given a leave of absence last spring to take advanced work in choral, organ and other instrumental music at Northwestern university is again in charge of the music department. Miss Marilou Dunnechache is French instructor and Miss Mary Jo Hummer, English and public speaking.

A Ford car belonging to K. L. Bates of Larrabee, stolen from East Main street Saturday night was recovered on West Maple street Monday afternoon, according to Sheriff An. N. Tilton.

The abandoned car was undamaged and the gasoline supply practically the same as when the car was taken.

H.S. Henry notified officers that the car had been parked in front of Maple apartments Since Sunday morning.

50 years ago

Mrs. John J. Dawson, the former Anna Mae Buswell of Meriden, received a Master of Arts degree in Educational Psychology last month from the University of Minnesota.

The daughter of Arthur M. Buswell, she was graduated in 1932 from Meriden High School with valedictory honors. She continued her education at Buena Vista College and Coe College, where she received a B. A. degree in 1936.

After a number of years as a classroom teacher of English and journalism in Iowa and Minnesota public schools, Mrs. Dawson has been a fulltime counselor for the past four years in the 1,700-pupil senior high school of Bloomington, a Minneapolis suburb.

Attending her graduation exercises August 21 were her husband; her three sisters and her brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Milton Buswell of Chippewa Falls, Wis. Her sisters are Mrs. Louise Lament of Meriden; Mrs. Murl A. Wilson of Iowa Falls; Mrs. George Poulsen of Hudson, Wis.

Cherokee's City Council said today it has authorized a more realistic speed control program.

Mayor George Rapson said today that the Iowa State Highway Commission and city officials here have completed a study on primary road extensions through Cherokee.

Declared Rapson: "Several changes were decided upon after consideration they were approved by the City Council."

"In the near future new speed regulation signs will be erected…and it is hoped that this will aid flow of traffic through the city."

Rapson also pointed out that the State Highway Commission recommended that parallel parking supplant all diagonal parking on primary highways through Cherokee.

This in effect would mean that Second Street and East Main would have parallel parking only.

City and highway officials said they felt that after Highway No. 3 is reopened with its new paving stretch the parallel parking move here would be imperative.

They feel that additional flow of traffic from the "new No. 3" will pose a serious problem at least until the contemplated bypass is a reality.


Rapson and city officials said the change in parking regulations is at present under consideration "as it is apparent that some changes must be made as soon as Highway 3 is reopened."

City leaders reminded that progress in highway construction always necessititates changes in traffic regulations.

They asked for co-operation from area residents and concluded "Parallel parking will not be as easy or as popular as diagonal parking, but it will be a necessary change because of increase traffic flow through this city."

25 years ago

"Worthwhile" was the word used by several Cherokee citizens to describe Saturday's Dialogue on Iowa's Educational Future forum held in Sioux City.

"It was a very worthwhile day. It was a mixed group of administrators, teacher and parents, and we were able to get a real feeling for the way they were looking at these things facing education," said Washington High School Principal Larry Shiley.

Shiley was one of seven people from the Cherokee Community School district who attended the forum, sponsored by Gov. Terry Branstad, the State Board of Public Instruction and several state education associations.

The purpose of the forum, which was attended by almost 400 people representing 29 northern Iowa school districts, was to discuss issues facing education.

Mrs. Kenneth Patterson, a Cherokee parent attending the forum, said she was "very pleasantly surprised. I thought I was at the wrong place at the wrong time since I wasn't an administrator or a teacher. But there were many parents there, and I think I really learned some tings."

The majority of the meeting was spent in small group discussion covering five recommendations that were made in the "Nation at Risk" report issued by the National Commission on Excellence in Education.

Dennis Mozer, a Cherokee teacher who attended, said that he didn't think Iowa's educational suffered from many of the problems that the commission reported. However, Mozer said he did feel the forum was important.

"We in education always need to be looking. We can't just say we are doing a fine job. We can't be stagnating. I wish we could have one of these things every year," he said.

The five recommendations involved increasing curriculum content, increasing standards and expectations for academic performance and student conduct, increasing time spent in school, improving teaching and leadership and fiscal support for education.

Because Iowa ranks almost a year ahead of the national average on standardized test scores, Shiley said the consensus on increasing curriculum content was that the recommendation wasn't realistic for Iowa.

The consensus on increasing standards and expectations was that college and universities should be able to determine their own admissions standards, while it was believed to be unrealistic for secondary schools, Shiley said.

As far as lengthening the school day to seven hours a day, and lengthening the school year from 200 days to 220, as the Nation at Risk report recommended, Shiley said the consensus was that it would not be beneficial.

"Education depends on quality not quantity," he said.

Quality was a main area of concern in the discussion of the report's recommendations on teaching. Master teacher and merit pay programs were among issued the groups discussed.

Shiley said that the consensus on master teacher and merit pay was that there was no way to objectively determine who would benefit from such programs. It was decided, however, that teachers should be paid more.

"I don't think I was qualified to voice an opinion on this matter. But, when the base starting pay for a teacher is $9,000 in some areas and people who work for the city hauling garbage make double that it just doesn't seem right," Patterson said.

In the discussion of leadership and fiscal support for education, Shiley said the consensus was to leave it at the local level.

Mozer, added that there was a feeling that some rules and regulations making Iowa schools more uniform are needed from the Iowa Department of Public Instruction.

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