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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Is this your house? Recently the Cherokee County Archives received a batch of old photographs and they need your help to identify them. So if you have any information in this house, call the Archives at the Cherokee Library at 225-3498.
100 years ago

Ross Simons completed his barn last Monday and is now ready for use.

Grace Pixler and Clarissia Pixler, Mae Armstead and Nicholas Woltman were Cherokee shoppers last Saturday.

Lyceum was well attended at Fielding Hall Saturday evening.

Mrs. James Booth and Ethel returned from a visit in Nebraska last week.

The Missionary Society, of Mount Pleasant, will meet Wednesday afternoon with Mrs. Frank Coburn.

The Ladies Aid Society, of Mount Pleasant, meet with Mrs. Bill Rollison in the morning at ten o'clock. They intend to tie comforters. Everyone is invited.

Mr. and Mrs. John Williams and Lulu and Mr. and Mrs. Willie Williams and children visited Sunday at Arthur Brownmillers.

Mary Ann Williams visited over Sunday at Emma Mellies.

Blanche Rollins visited over Sunday at G. A. Brinke.

Room with a view This is another example of an unidentified home that was dropped off at the Cherokee County Archives recently. If you have any information on this home please contact the Archives.
Mrs. Kate Boothby and Alfreda, Mr. and Mrs. Charlton and Louise visited Sunday at Bert Boothby's.

Mr. and Mrs. Forsythe visited the first of last week with Ellie Wright's.

Lillian Nash and Edna Wachtler drove out Tuesday to John Waller's and spent the day with Miss Elizabeth and Bertha.

A niece of Mrs. Ellie Brown came up from Storm Lake to visit over Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Montgomery is visiting at Bert Boothby's at this writing.

Philip Bierman returned from South Dakota last week where he went to register.

75 years ago

Four families have answered the Associated Charities appeal for funds with which to finance its relief program the coming year. The drive, opened last Thursday, continues with a second call to people of Cherokee and vicinity for assistance.

Despite all efforts of public charities and of funds granted by the federal government for local use, Charities officers find there are many families unable to provide comfortable footwear and clothing for their children attending school.

Need Found Great

These borderline families have been a special care of the Associated Charities since its organization six years ago. Their need for assistance is expected to be as great this year as of last winter.

Pledges may be made in any way and of any amount desired.

The board of directors recommends orderly giving through a pledge payable monthly. The pledge published in today's Times may be signed and mailed to the Associated Charities of Cherokee.

Pledges Made.

Pledges have been received from the following persons:

Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Nelson

Mr. and Mrs. John Hill, jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Lew Johnson

Mr. and Mrs. Guy M. Gillette and Mark.


Congressman Guy M. Gillette is to speak of "You and Your Government" at two district meetings of the Women's Federated clubs of Iowa this week. He is scheduled to address a group at Woodward Tuesday and the district gathering at Hartley Thursday.

Three delegates and a number of other members of the local Art and Columbian clubs will attend the meeting at Hartley. Mrs. W. H., Jacobs, president of Columbian club, Miss Gertrude Rodman, president, and Mrs. Maude Sanford of the Art club will be present both Thursday and Friday, officially representing their organizations.

Mrs. Eugene Henely of Grinnell, federation president, and Mrs. Galen Tilden of Ames, past president, are to be among the speakers.

Holbrook To Speak.

"Early Days of Iowa," will be discussed by Prof. Royal H. Helbrook of the Iowa State college extension department staff. Mrs. Pearl Bennett Broxam of Iowa City, director of club program service, extension division, State University of Iowa, is scheduled to speak of the "Business of Program Making."

Mrs. J.J. Ressler of Washta is to respond to the address of welcome. Mrs. Mabel Ehrems of Washta, county chairman, and delegates of other clubs of the county will also be present.

Women's quartet of the Spencer Clef club, Paul Kolyn of Orange City, state champion in the high school violin music contest held at Iowa City last spring, and the drama department of the Spencer club, presenting the play, "The Conflict," are among the entertainers. Mrs. Robert B. Pike, president of the Sioux City Women's club, is to relate highlights of the state convention held at Mason City this year.

50 years ago

Twenty Washington High School students will travel to Spencer on Saturday to take part in district auditions for the All-State Music Festival.

That event will take place in Des Moines on Thanksgiving weekend.

Don McCarthy, vocal music supervisor for the Cherokee Public Schools, said 107 quartets representing 40 schools will audition at Spencer.

Of that total 40 quartets will be selected to sing at the State Music Festival.

Making the trip by bus will be the following Cherokee students: Delores Bengtson, Pat Miller, Dave Nelson, Tom Hetrick, Mary Lou Fee, Carol Schultze, Larry Dyslin, Denny Benson, Sandra Berry, Nancy Fowler, Roger Fuhrman, John Koser, Sharon Davis, Sherill Roberts, Bob Stahl, Rex Ritz, Becky Crocker, Jeanne Morris, Deon Meyer, Bradley Awe.

McCarthy is to accompany the group.

"Committee planning is being finished up in fine shape for a successful Evangelism Mission Week here," reported Marvin Hesse today. Hesse is Mission Week general chairman for Trinity Lutheran Church.

"Work began six months ago and the last step which we took was a vast visitation last Sunday to unchurched people in our area."

The Rev. Robert Miskimen, new pastor of the Trinity Lutheran congregation here, added that plans call for an "on-going, year-round program of welcoming people into the church activities and unto the blessings of God through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ."

The Rev. T. H. Rehwaldt, guest missioner from Granite Falls, Minn., will speak at six consecutive services from Sunday morning through Thursday evening.

"The congregational members, themselves, who have done the work of visiting, calling and meeting stand to gain the most in a strengthened faith in Jesus Christ which is able to do Christian work," emphasized Forrest Kohrt, publicity chairman.

25 years ago

Rex Thompson of Cherokee is a commuter, a vagabond of sorts.

He likes to travel. His family relationship depends upon it.

Thompson, who has a doctorate in psychology and a master's in social work, was employed by the Plains Area Mental Health and for a time had a private practice in his Cherokee home.

In February 1982, he accepted a position at Knoxville, a psychiatric hospital for veterans, and has been commuting back to Cherokee on weekends since.

"The patients get weekend passes," said Thompson. "I get a weekend pass every week, so I can appreciate how they must feel."

Thompson and his wife Joyce have been married 23 years and during that time, lived in nine different residences. He maintains an upstairs apartment in a private home in Knoxville, making it his tenth.

Joyce Thompson is a social worker for Area Education Agency of Sioux City and spends many hours commuting between Cherokee and the 14 schools in the area. The AEA office is headquartered at Ida Grove.

"Joyce comes down for two separate weeks during the summer," said Thompson. "She has the summer off and our daughter in college is home. The first year Joyce refused to do much driving."

"Joyce is my representative at during-the-week activities in Cherokee," said Thompson. "Our youngest daughter is a freshman at Washington High School and she makes her wishes known about attending events."

For example, her mother will attend the school play Friday in which their daughter is cast and then get up early Saturday to drive straight to Iowa City for the football game. Thompson will drive to Iowa City from Knoxville.

As a family you have to make commitments, decide priorities, he said.

Separate jobs in separate towns make up for being stuck in one town or the other, said Thomson. Joyce's job seems to be more secure now than ever, so a move to Knoxville at this time would be inappropriate.

"Sometimes you weigh all the facts and come up with no solution," said Thompson. "And then again sometimes when you weigh all the facts you don't want a solution."

Weekends the Thompsons make the most of their time. One priority is making certain her '80 Chevy Citation with 93,000 miles logged and his '67 Buick Skylark with about 168,000 miles have "checkups" on Saturday morning to keep them running.

Thompson doesn't do any laundry during the week in Knoxville. He doesn't do much food preparation either. "Joyce is a very good cook so I enjoy meals at home on the weekend," he said. "During the week I get along on tomatoes, bananas, cereal and milk--sort of diet foods in my apartment."

Does his wife resent the time spent Saturdays away from the house and her?

"No," said Thompson. "We don't want to overburden each other even when we're together. We have to be individuals and not hamper one another's movements too much."

They do have to be direct in terms of what needs to be done and making decisions. Joyce has assumed more responsibility.

"People ask me what I do with my spare time," said Thompson. "Don't I get lonely? Don't I get bored?"

Thompson has been involved in community chorus and the Knoxville Area Community Theater production of "The Haunted Honeymoon," the theater's first production. Play rehearsal for him was twice or more a week. While in Cherokee he participated in two community plays.

He, along with a group of therapists, has formed a part-time private practice contracted with a local medical clinic. There is paper work and he does some professional writing. She also is active in some church work.

As time goes on, and Joyce comes to Knoxville more often and they attend activities there, the phone calls to each other are more frequent. "Letters are too slow and there's no feed back," he said. "Even though it's more expensive, I would rather hear a voice."

The Thompsons consider themselves to be tradionalists--family oriented. Their jobs and commuting seem to be part of it.

"Life is more exciting in Iowa now than if (they were both) living and working in Cherokee or living and working in Knoxville," said Thompson "I'm having my cake and eating it too. It makes up for being away from family because I feel secure with family."

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