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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Threshing - Here's a look at a Minneapolis Return Flue Engine on the Huntsinger farm in Silver Township. They were busy threshing in September 1891.
100 years ago

Notice has been given that commencing Monday next the clipper trains which were abandoned when the two cent rate bill went into effect will be resumed.

The morning clipper train will leave Ft. Dodge at 6:30, will arrive here about 9 a.m., and at Sioux City at 11 a.m. Returning it will leave Sioux City at 4:40 p.m. and arrive in Cherokee about 6:45 p.m. and at Ft. Dodge at 9:15 p.m. The time of the flyers will be shortened by the addition of the clipper trains about forty-five minutes. The morning flyer will arrive about 6:45 a.m. and the evening about 7:30 p.m. the exact schedule has not been received at this writing but will not vary greatly from the above. New trains will also be put on between Waterloo and Dubuque. These will not alone be balled with satisfaction by the traveling public but with joy by many railroad men to whom it will bring a promotion when the clipper trains were abandoned the crews were put back on freight runs, and the freight crews in turn put back a notch. It is expected that these men will now be put back to their former positions thus making advancement all along the line.

Now if the Central would only seize progress by the horns and put on a second train between Cherokee and Sioux Falls, people all along the north line would be happy. The Central ought to do it up Brown while at it.

75 years ago

With the public expressing by more than a three to one vote Monday the desire for a new school building to replace the fifty year old Garfield structure the Cherokee school board swung into action Tuesday to wind up the red tape so that the building may be started as soon as possible. The school bond issue carried by a vote of 742 to 202.

School board members will meet Tuesday night with Buettler & Arnold, Sioux City architects to work out final details for the new building preparatory to advertising for bids.

Commenting on the voting R. A. Caswell, president of the school board said Tuesday morning, "We are all glad the people left no doubt as to their wishes in the matter. I think their decision was the wise one. We expect to get them their money's worth in a building none of them will live long enough to see replaced.

"We plan to have the building completed by next fall," he said. "Some of the equipment from the old building will be moved into the new one during the summer in time for the opening of school next year."

Some Delays.

The only delay in starting work will be that required by law. School Superintendent N. D. McCombs said. "We are going right after it and will complete our plans as rapidly as possible."

At the suggestion of the state advisory board a preliminary report was submitted the week before the election so that the board might rush it through without delay in event of the bond issue being carried. The local school board already has obtained the necessary blanks from Chapman and Cutler, Chicago attorneys nationally recognized as bond specialists, who have been engaged to guide the legal proceedings in issuing of bonds and are cooperating with the board to save time. Blanks will be filled and returned immediately.

After architects' plans are completed, which will be within the next few days, school board members indicated, advertisements for bids will be placed. A delay of two weeks is required by law before bids are opened and contract let.

The old Garfield building built half a century ago at the corner of West Willow and Fifth streets, for some time has been described as unsafe. A recent investigation showed the need of extensive and costly repairs to render the building fit for use another year.

Garfield school building was built in 1884 to replace the public school located on the corner just north of the Swedish Lutheran church that had burned in 1883. Before the new Garfield was opened classes were held in vacant rooms in the Methodist church, the city hall and anywhere that was available.

The "new" Garfield building" was a frame structure until after 1910. This brief historical data concerning the building was given in a report on the history of Cherokee schools presented by Mrs. A. G. Eddy before the Columbian club Monday night.

One hundred sixty dollars in cash was stolen from the Farmer's Elevator at Marcus Monday night. Sheriff Art N. Tilton received a call early Tuesday morning to investigate the case.

At the elevator the dial was found broken from the door of the safe and the money gone. Checks were not disturbed. Thieves gained entrance to the building by breaking in the front door, the sheriff said.

50 years ago

Thousands lined Cherokee streets late Thursday afternoon to see former President Harry S. Truman as he traveled in an open car from Municipal Airport to Hotel Lewis.

The entourage was met on South Second by the Washington High school marching band, stepping smartly along in strong, biting winds.

As the procession neared the Main Street intersection, Mr. Truman took a position on the back of the convertible from which he waved and smiled broadly at the cheering crowd of children and adults.

"There he is. There's Harry!" was heard from time to time along the parade route as spontaneous applause broke out.

Governor and Mrs. Loveless also drew greetings when the onlookers spotted the pair riding in the back seat of another convertible.

Leading the parade was Chief Laurence Schmoldt and secret service agent in a city police car.

Republicans as well as Democrats turned out to honor the unprecedented visit here of a man who once held the nation's highest office.

A silvery-hued, twin-engine aircraft settled down softly on Municipal Airport runways Thursday--and moments later a beaming visitor said:

"It's certainly good to see you folks."

Harry S. Truman, only one of two former Presidents living, looked alive to the occasion.

He received a warm Cherokee greeting. Iowa Governor Herschell Loveless, who had arrived shortly before via air form a Dubuque appearance, clasped hands with the former chief executive.

Cherokee's former Senator Guy M. Gillette was in the forefront of the greeting line. The Eighth District committee chairman brought a personal Cherokee welcome as did Mayor George Rapson, Roger Millikan, Chamber of Commerce president, and Larry McGivern, McGivern of Marcus, was chairman of the Truman Rally staged here.

A crowd estimated at nearly 400 persons surrounded Truman's plane in a wide semi-circular arc. Applause and shouts echoed n the chill October air as Truman stepped from the aircraft.

Photographers, television men and reporters ringed the official Truman party and top-rung Iowa Democrats. Cameraman flashed away as Truman smilingly conversed with Loveless, Gillette and others.

Finally, Gillette asked the press: "Well boys, are you through? And Harry Truman strode to a waiting open convertible. A little girl peered over the edge of the gleaming vehicle.

The former President of the United States clamped her hand warmly.

October seemed less chilly.

25 years ago

Lundell Stock Chopper - Tony Reinert is pictured driving the Lundell Stock Chopper with silage attachment in this undated photo.
The trial plan for the placement of baseball-softball diamonds in Cherokee struck out.

Mick Starcevich, Cherokee Community School District superintendent, submitted a grading report from Bigelow Engineering Associates of Ida Grove to the School Board at Monday's meeting.

The plan called for baseball field, a softball field and several Little League diamonds to be constructed on the lower section of 27 acres of school-owned land. The land is on Roosevelt Street near the water tower.

The report deems the plan unfeasible because the area's hilly terrain would result in grading costs of $100,000.

Starcevich said this section of land was desirable because it had easy access and was visible from Roosevelt Street.

The Board decided to have Bigelow work on a plan for placing the ball fields further west on the acreage. Starcevich said grading costs for this area would probably be $50,000.

The board also discussed the possibility of trading the land with someone who owned land more suited for the construction of the ball fields. The board decided to further discuss this option in a closed session.

However, following the meeting, Starcevich said the board would be lucky to find a suitable trade.

The project cost for the baseball-softball complex is $130,500, excluding engineering and grading costs. Starcevich said Bigelow will begin layout plans on the west section next week, and that actual construction of the complex will probably start next spring.

The board also took action on two repair projects.

PMS Inc. of Nebraska was awarded a $62,192.25 contract for repairing leaky roofs at Washington High School and Wilson Middle School.

PMS handed in a bid of $54,038.50 for the installation of a 1-inch layer of polyurethane foam insulation over approximately 34,470 square feet of the Washington roof. Another bid of $5,208.75 was submitted for an additional inch of foam insulation to insure proper drainage on approximately 11,575 square feet of the roof.

PMS bid for repairing approximately 1,900 square feet of the Wilson Middle School roof was $2,945. The company will be covering up leaking skylights and building up puddling areas so they will drain properly.

Work on the roofs should begin next week, Starcevich said.

Bids for waterproofing the district's brick school buildings were set aside by the board until more information on the necessity of such work is determined.

Starcevich told the board that waterproofing was a precautionary move against have to tuck-point buildings.

Because the buildings have never been waterproofed, the board asked Starcevich to find out how long the waterproofing would last, and determine a comparison of the costs of waterproofing and tuck-pointing.

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