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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Downtown fire - In 1900 firemen fought hard to save the newly- constructed Lewis Hotel when a five broke out in some of the old buildings on Main St.
100 years ago

Three ballots will be used at the election next Tuesday, the regular large white election ballot, the small yellow constitutional amendment ballot and the small white senatorial primary ballot.

The first two ballots named will be given to all voters by the judges of election.

The Republican senatorial primary ballot his printed upon it the names of Albert B. Cummins and John F. Lacey. This ballot will be given only to voters who sign and present a printed request asking for the primary ballot. These requests may be obtained from the judges of election or they may be obtained elsewhere. The requests may be signed if desired before the voter goes to the polling place.

Upon presenting the signed request to the judges of election the voter will be given a senatorial primary ballot which he will take to the voting booth and there mark X in the square opposite the name Albert B. Cummins if he favors Cummins or opposite that of J. B. Lacey if he favors Lacey. After marking the other ballots, he will fold all three of the ballots separately and return the three to the judges of election.

The right to vote is determined by the qualifications set forth in the "request" as follows: "I declare that I affiliate with and am in sympathy with the principles of the republican party; that it is my intention to support generally at this general election the nominees of such a party; that I have not enrolled with nor participated in any primary election or convention of any other political party since the first day of the last proceeding year."

The intent of the law is that the voter shall be in good faith a republican, but it does not require one to vote for every republican candidate on the ticket in order to vote the senatorial primary ballot. The voter who scratched his republican ticket two years ago will have the same right as the voter who scratches his ticket this year. It is hoped that every republican voter will vote the entire ticket.

If a voter is challenged as to his right to vote the Republican Senatorial Primary ballot, he shall be required to make oath to the statement made in the request.

75 years ago

Grading by the J. W. Scothorn crews south of Larrabee on relocated highway No. 21 is scheduled to start Wednesday, according to Resident Engineer P. T. Savage of the highway commission. About 20 men will comprise each of two shifts which will begin operations at the south end of the two miles just out of Larrabee.

Savage has not been informed when the Martin Wunderlick company will begin grading the remainder of the highway but expects the outfit to move into the city within a few weeks.

11 Culverts Ready

Of the 18 culverts to be constructed by Graves and the Christensen companies all but seven are completed. Graves is delaying construction of the last one in his contract, pending the condemnation hearing on propert6y south of Larrabee. Six of those included in the Christensen contract are unfinished.

Humphrey & Son, contractors for one bridge and 19 pipe culverts, have completed about 20 percent of the bridge construction. Work will be started on the culverts this week.

Inside the Lewis Hotel - An inside look at the lobby of the Lewis Hotel. The date is unknown , but a closer look at the counter shows a rotary phone with several different lines. Best guess is early 1960's.
Until Elizabeth Seidel is located a definite date for the hearing first set for October 10 cannot be set. Compensation to be paid by the highway commission on property of the Seidel and D. F. Holly premises located just south of Larrabee is to be determined at the hearing.

Petition seeking an injunction to restrain the board of supervisors from making appropriations for the Farm Bureau was filed in Cherokee district court Monday. Wm. H. Smith and James Draper, residents and taxpayers of the county, are plaintiffs with Cherokee county, the board of supervisors. Auditor Benj. Delaney, Treasurer F. M. Tyner and the Farm Bureau as defendants.

The petition alleges that the farm organization has not the 200 bona fide members with dues and pledges totaling not less than $10,000 as required by law to permit appropriation of further sums from the general fund.

Farm Bureau officers have certified to the board that their membership roll and dues total the amount required and have asked for the legal $2,000 aid.

Plaintiffs in the suit ad other taxpayers of the county have demanded that the Farm Bureau show the list of members but the organization has refused, the petition states. Also plaintiffs have demanded that the board of supervisors compel the Farm Bureau to comply with this request and the board has refused, plaintiffs allege.

The petition further states that appropriations were made unlawfully n the past and "we believe the board will continue in the future to wrongfully and unlawfully appropriate" for the Farm Bureau money collected from tax payments.

Plaintiffs ask that an injunction be issued restraining the board from appropriating further sums for the Farm Bureau and enjoining future levies on property; that the auditor be enjoined from spreading the same on the tax list and that the treasurer be enjoined from paying out said money.

Three persons were injured severely and six others received slight wounds when two cars collided two and one-half miles southwest of Meriden Sunday.

Harold Raymond of Meriden and his brother, Harry of Marcus occupied the latter's car which was overturned. Harry was knocked unconscious and his hand was cut. Harold was injured about the collar bone, shoulder and vertebra. Douglas Donovan, a passing motorist, took the two men to a Cherokee physician for treatment.

Mrs. John Nielsen, who with her husband, four children and sister-in-law of Remsen occupied the other car, is receiving care at Sioux Valley hospital.

Both cars, forced into the ditch by the impact were badly damaged.

Eighteen boys and girls of the county have enrolled in the 4-H baby beef club of 1934, according to C. G. Turner, county agent, and 16 calves have been purchased. Of the enrollment six are taking part in the club program for the first time.

Calves already being fed by club members include seven Herefords, five Angus and four Shorthorns. Turner made a trip to the Sioux City stockyards Monday to purchase four calves.

Interest is Sharp.

Interest in the club is greater than of any former years, the county agent stated, with increased appreciation of the club's value.

At this time last year there were no members enrolled for the work of the following year. Total membership the past year was 17. Enrollment for the 1934 year is not closed until December 31, 1933.

Four members of the 1933 club are completing the project, their claves not yet ready for marketing. Majority of the members concluded club work at the Sioux City stockyards show. Notebooks are to be turned in tot eh county agent for grading within a short period.

50 years ago

"Any resident of Cherokee County who produced corn in 1958 or was entitled to share in the 1958 corn crop will be eligible to vote in the corn referendum on Tuesday, November 25."

This announcement is made by Louis C. Bengtson, chairman of the County ASC committee.

"An owner-operator, cash tenant, standing rent or fixed-rent tenant, a share tenant or the landlord of a share tenant will be eligible to vote.

"The landlord of a standing rent, cash rent or fixed-rent tenant will not be eligible."

Bengtson said that there are also three other groups of eligible voters: 1. Any operator or landlord of a farm for which a 1958 corn allotment was established, even though corn was not planted. 2. Any person who planted corn in 1958 but did not harvest it. 3. Anyone who placed corn allotment land in the soil bank in 1958.

The ASC chairman said the purpose of the November referendum will be to determine whether the present corn program should be changed for 1959 and later years to a new program in which there would be no acreage allotments on corn and price supports would be determined on a different basis.

Kirk Evans and Judy Mead were crowned Thursday evening as King and Queen of Homecoming at Marcus Public High School.

King Kirk is a senior and plays fullback on the team. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Evans.

Queen Judy, also a senior, is a member of Girls Glee Club and Mixed Chorus and takes part in girls basketball. Her parents are Mr. and Mrs. Merle Mead.

The coronation ceremony was a highlight of the rally held last evening in the school gymnasium.

Donna Leavitt, a 1948 graduate of Marcus High School, officiated and vested the royal pair with red and white robes and matching crowns.

Preceding the Homecoming game tonight with Kingsley, the traditional parade of floats was staged at 3 o'clock Friday afternoon.

The concluding event of 1958 festivities will be a Homecoming dance immediately following game this evening.

Cherokee goes hunting for its fifth consecutive Lakes Conference victory tonight at Spirit Lake. But the dogged northerners are expected to offer ample resistance.

The Braves, co-leaders with Storm Lake and Emmetsburg, must win tonight to stay abreast of the Tornado-E-Hawk winner at Storm Lake.

That clash in the Buena Vista County seat is hand-picked as the big Lakes game of the week.

If the Braves are victorious tonight their chief contender for the crown will emerge from the Storm Lake-Emmetsburg duel.

Good Condition

Cherokee generally appears to be in good physical shape for their Spirit Lake visit. However, Coach Bruce Fickford said he would start chuck Cunningham in place of the injured Bob Hall at halfback.

The Spirits' ace halfback, Tom Duke, has been racked a couple of times this season with a shoulder injury. But he, Jim Thoreson and the rest are expected to be ready for starting duty.

Although on the light side, Spirit Lake played Spencer a one-touchdown game earlier in the fall and battled Emmetsburg scoreless for a half before falling 19-0.

Two weeks ago the Spirits were upset, 19-7, by an improved Estherville eleven.

A great deal hinges n tonight's Lakes game. But if the Braves can win and come through tonight's northern escapade in good physical fashion, they'll be well set for the last two acid league tests--Storm Lake and Emmetsburg, both at home.

In other Lakes activity tonight, Spencer is due for a victory at home against Sheldon. And Estherville is heavily favored over hapless Sibley at Sibley.

25 years ago

If you know who owns the Pidgeon Bridge, City Administrator Gil Bremicker might be interested in hearing from you.

The city doesn't know who owns the bridge north of the Mental Health Institute. The county doesn't know, either.

Both would like to find out, though, as an expansion joint on the bridge deck is expanding and someone will have to pay for the inspection and repair.

For now, the city and county agreed to split the cost of inspecting the potential structural problem, after which corrective recommendations will be made.

"It probably belongs to both the city and the county, like all corporate line roads," city engineering Consultant Ed Bigelow said. When a bridge spans the city on one side and the county on another, both parties usually made an agreement that one will maintain the road and split the cost in case of repairs, he said.

Bigelow doesn't feel repairs will be very costly in this case since the bridge appears to be structurally sound. "It just isn't sitting on its right bearing point," he said.

"Personally I felt that it was a good bridge," he said. "the work underneath is a very nice job…better than almost anything you see." Based on its design, Bigelow estimates that bridge was built in the 1920's.

However, Cherokee street Superintendent Dick Curtis, who reported the problem, favors tearing the bridge down.

"It's at the point now where you really can't do much more with it," he said. "It's really served its purpose."

Curtis believes the city and county will end up closing one lane until the bridge is fixed, and estimated the daily usage at 40 vehicles.

Ken File, who lives near the bridge, said he and other neighbors generally agreed that the bridge should be torn down from a safety standpoint.

The bridge is too narrow to accommodate a truck and a car, he said.

Nobody even knows for sure why it's called the Pidgeon Bridge. "Bridges like this one are usually named after some farmer who lives close to it," Bigelow said.

However, Curtis thought it is called Pidgeon Bridge because of all the pidgeons which roost underneath it.

City Clerk Deb Taylor said records indicated the bridge was named after a person, although who exactly or why wasn't known.

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