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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

100 years ago

The Times reporter Saturday went down to the Joe Groves farm in Pilot where Elsworth Carr was having a job of threshing done with the Caswell traction thresher.

When we arrived the thresher had just pulled into a fourth setting, three good sized straw stacks revealing that the machine had been hard at work and with good results. It looked rather queer to see a machine running itself but this will soon be a familiar sight for the Caswell is destined to largely supplant the old steam thresher, except in a country where grain is about the only crop raised when possibly more power would be necessary than could be conveniently used on this thresher, but for the ordinary farm the Caswell is the machine. Its advantages are that it is self propelling and can be in motion as a traction propeller almost while one was pulling the belt on the old style of thresher with separate traction engine.

Then the cost of operating is only a small part of what it costs to operate the old style.

Farmers Co-op - The Farmers Cooperative Co. once stood on the corner of Pine and Main St., where the Cherokee City Hall now stands.
There is no water boy and team and expensive engineer to pay. In fact, a man and a boy is all that is necessary to operate the machine, while with the old style there is the engineer, water boy and usually two men with the separator.

The Caswell which we saw in operation is run with a four cylinder, forty-five horse power marine gasoline engine.

The field where the machine was at word was plowed but went easily over this, showing that it can be taken any where that an ordinary threshing outfit can be taken. The machine is past the experimental stage the Carr job being the fourth job of actual threshing this year.

Friday at two o'clock Miss Ella R. Brown was united in marriage to Mr. Y. E. Wiley, of Brewster, S. Dak. The ceremony took place at the home of the bride's sister, Mrs. Clara E. Fisher in this city with Rev. F. M. Archer officiating. The couple left on the afternoon train for Sioux City where they went to the home of the groom at Brewster, S. Dak.; where he owns and operates a large stock farm. Miss Brown has taught in the public schools here for several years and is a very capable young woman with many characteristics which will brighten the home in which she is going.

The young people of Silver and Pilot were invited to a party at the John Laposki home in Silver Thursday and some forty of these had a delightful time and partook of a bountiful supper provided by Mrs. Laposki. They were having such a good time that Old Sol was almost ready to peep over the eastern horizon before they went home.

75 years ago

About 20 mannequins will promenade during the style show to be held in conjunction with the American Legion drum and bugle corps dance at the armory Wednesday evening. Music will be furnished by Harmony Kings orchestra starting at 8:30 o'clock. The style show is scheduled for 8:45 o'clock and the dance will follow.

Larry's Seed Nursery - Larry's Seed Nursery was located at 224 W. Main, formerly the Empress Theater.
Special decorations and a promenade through the hall are being arranged. R. C. Trembath is in charge of preparations at the armory. Karl Hall, H. O. Rulon and Mile Sauer constitute the general committee and Mrs. John M. Gilchrist is director of the show.

Both men's and women's styles for the coming season will be displayed with additional attention given to footwear, lingerie and hairdress.

Gildner-Sauer, Waters Bros., Knipe's shoe store, Diehl Shoe store, St. Clair & Kovaleske, J.C. Penney company, Velma's Specialty shop, Helga's and Paris beauty shops are firms taking part in the show.

Cherokee county recovery board, meeting at the Chamber of Commerce office Monday evening, reported that all towns of the county show good progress in NRA work with all but eight concerns found to be operating under the president's reemployment agreement. Several towns have completed the consumer pledge campaign and others will be completed within a week.

In the future this board will act as the Cherokee Compliance board, cooperating with local compliance boards. Under instructions of the NRA administrator, complaints and interpretations committees will be reorganized into compliance boards, adding such members as are required to provide representation of employer, employee and consumer.

50 years ago

Ken Clausen has been elected president of Cherokee Community Chest and will conduct the 1958 campaign toward a goal of $14,000.

The goal adopted by the Chest directors for the October fund drive is $2,000 more than the amount sought through voluntary contributions last year.

The new president said 13 health welfare and recreational agencies will share in this year's Chest funds.

Clausen, manager of the J.C. Penney Company store here succeeds David Sayre. The 1957 president will continue to serve on the Chest's board of directors.

Named vice-president to succeed Clausen was Dr. James Moore. Mrs. R. J. Vining succeeds Moore as treasurer and Mary Annette McCulla succeeds Mrs. John Dewar as secretary.

Don Hughes, Chest president during 1955 and 1956 was named publicity chairman for the 1958 campaign.


At the organization's annual meeting held Wednesday evening at Sioux Valley Savings and Loan Association, four directors were elected to serve until 1961. They are Jay Yagey, Lyle Poulson, Mrs. Vining and Miss McCulla.

These four will fill expired terms of Miss Dorothy Freriks, Mrs. E. J. Willbrandt, Mrs. Dewar and Mrs. J. L. Lawlor.

Board members whose terms continue are Robert Engel, Sherm Peirson, James Corken and Sayre, whose terms expire next year. Mrs. Edith Meloy, Dr. Moore, Dick Graves and Clausen, who will serve until 1960.

The budget committee which investigated the Chest's participating agencies and recommended specific allocations to the board was comprised of Clausen, Sayre, Peison, Hughes, Corken, R. T. Steele, Mrs. Vining and Miss McCulla.

Following the agencies which will receive support from the 1958 Chest fund: Camp Foster, Boy Scouts, Associated Charities, Salvation Army, Red Cross, Girl Scouts, Sister Kenny Foundation, Iowa Children's Home, Iowa Mental Health Association, Boys and Girls Home of Sioux City, Northwest Association for Retarded Children and Florence Crittenton Home.

Two accidents this week were reported today by Iowa Highway Patrol headquarters here.

In an intersection collision at 6:10 p.m. Tuesday near Fielding, vehicles driven by Larry E. Sano of Remsen and Hans B. Carlson of Meriden received considerable damage.

Both drivers were injured but neither required hospitalization. At the time of the accident Sano was heading east and Carlson was traveling west and turning south.

In a one-car mishap at 8:59 p.m. Wednesday near the "Y" north of Cherokee, Carl O. Benson of Cherokee escaped injury as his auto was rendered a total loss.

Benson apparently lost control of his car and went into the ditch at the intersection of Highways 59 with 5 and 3.

25 years ago

Chances are Wednesday night will bring a gentle rapping on your door. It might be a boy scout, or a Kiwanian, or any one of a number of volunteers who will be participating in the door-to-door Cherokee County Fund Drive from 5:30 to 8 that night.

They will be distributing gold contribution cards.

Their goal is to raise $26,000 for disbursement among 14 service organizations serving Cherokee County. An organizational meeting for volunteers will be Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the Community Center in Cherokee. Potential volunteers for Cherokee may also call Andy Leatherman or Jean Northcraft. (Rural residents will be contacted by mail.)

For some of the organizations funded by the county drive, the allotments are the budget for a year. A brief description of each organization included in the county drive and its allocation request follows.

AID CENTER--$900. The AID center in Sioux City, provides human resource information and services to residents of five counties, including Cherokee, including crisis intervention, transient and resident emergency assistance, senior counseling, housing search, Specialized Children's Clinic and consumer credit counseling. It provides a 24-hour service and a toll free telephone number (1-800-352-4929).

In Cherokee County, 492 contacts were made in the referral service, said local AID Center contact Joanne Lundquist. The $900 requested is targeted for Cherokee County, she said.

ALZHEMIER'S DISEASE--$100. This disease is recognized as the most common cause of severe intellectual impairment in senior citizens, and may lead to confinement n nursing homes with supervision.

It is estimated that one in every 20 people between 65 and 75 and two in every 10 people over 80, are afflicted with the disease.

In Cherokee County, the new Alzheimer's Disease group is starting up a county support group for victims and their families. About 12 families are involved, and money allocated is to be used locally, said Julie Maddox, County Fund Drive Chairman.

AMERICAN RED CROSS--$7,390. The Red Cross provides Cherokee County with disaster and recovery assistance, financial aid, counseling and communication for servicemen and women and veterans, trains water safety instructors for three county pools and provides equipment, trains volunteers for first aid instruction classes and maintains a 24-hour telephone service.

Last year the Red Cross helped more than 1,000 people in Cherokee County. The fund drive's allocation constitutes the local budget, said local contact Dave Nadolski. About 30 percent of that money is then sent to the national office.

ASSOCIATED CHARITIES--$1,250. Associated Charities provides funds to needy residents who don't qualify for help from government funds. Christmas baskets for families and the elderly are provide. Monies are available for eye glasses, medical assistance, food and clothing.

About 60 families in the county were served last year. The fund drive allocation constitutes its budget.

ASSOCIATION OF RETARDED CITIZENS--$3,000. The ARC is an organization which provides information, encouragement and assistance to mentally limited individuals and family members. It provides financial assistance for summer camps, local and state Special Olympics, bowling and other learning activities.

The Cherokee Count ARC supports the State and National Association in informational programs for legislators and job training programs for the disabled.

About 60 people benefit from the program in the county, Maddox said. Sixty-five percent of ARC's local budget remains in the county, and 35 percent is forwarded to state and national offices.

BOY SCOUTS--$3,318. The Boy Scouts provides educational programs designed to build character, citizenship and fitness for boys ages seven to 18.

The local program involves about 300 Scouts and 150 adult leaders. About 70 percent of its budget stays in Cherokee county and 30 percent is forwarded to state and national organizations, Maddox said.

GIRL SCOUTS--$2,200. Girl Scouts provides opportunities for girls to develop, make friends and become part of the community through programs and activities addressing current interests and their future roles as women.

There are 235 girls and adults in Cherokee County in the program. About 80 percent of its money stays in the county, and the remainder is forwarded to state and national offices.

IOWA CHILDREN'S AND FAMILY SERVICES--$500. Based in Des Moines, IC&F provides services to troubled children, adults and families through programs such as counseling and residential care. The branch office in Fort Dodge serves the residents of Cherokee County.

Local contact Margaret McDonald estimates 160 families in the county were helped last year by IC&FS. About 75 percent of its budget stays in the county, with the remainder forwarded to Des Moines, she said.

IOWA SOCIETY TO PREVENT BLINDNESS--$150. The society, based in Des Moines, provides services aimed at the early detection of vision problems, eye safety programs, education about blinding diseases and other general education programs.

All services are available to Cherokee County residents. The society estimates that about 60 percent of the people in Cherokee County are being reached.

MINI BUS--$1,500. The mini-bus provides a means of transportation to elderly and handicapped people of Cherokee County. It is available to the citizens of each town at least one day a week. Appointments must be made ahead by calling 225-4488. Funds for the program are received from several sources.

Local contact Andy Leatherman estimates 15-20 people use the mini-bus daily in the county. All of the money received by the mini-bus is spent in Cherokee County.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS--$200. Services provided by the Northwest Iowa Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society include medical equipment loans, counseling for persons with MS and their families, public education and promoting community awareness. Its office is located in Sioux City.

The society provides services to 14 people in Cherokee County. About 45-50 percent of the money appropriated by the fund drive is rerouted back to Cherokee from Sioux City, Maddox said.

PAL PROJECT--$500. The PAL project provides children age 5-16 an adult role model and companion. Adult volunteers give one to three hours a week spending time with the child. The County Fund is the main source of PAL income.

All monies received are spent on Cherokee County residents. Between 12 and 15 children are matched with an adult in the program currently, said Maddox.

SALVATION ARMY--$2,000. The Salvation Army provides emergency assistance to those in need. Services available to residents of Cherokee County include emergency disaster relief. Booth residences, adult rehabilitation centers, emergency welfare and family services, summer camps and world services. The group also provides state-wide services.

All money received by the Salvation Army is used in Cherokee County. Fifty to 75 people were helped by the Salvation Army last year, contact Jeanine Valentine estimated.

SENIOR CENTER--$3,000. Senior Centers provide recreation programs, reassurance calls, entertainment for nursing homes and meals for the elderly. Health screenings and other activities are provided.

Funds received from the fund drive are used to help pay for the senior citizen centers in Cherokee County.

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