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Times Gone By

Monday, November 17, 2008

100 years ago

While Wm. McNames was in Cherokee Monday he enjoyed an incidental conversation with a young man who has just returned home from a trip around the world with the government fleet. Mr. McNames was not introduced to the young man and did not inquire his name, but he was someone who had come home to visit his parent's near Cherokee. The ex-sailor was paid for his government service just before he came home and as the term for which he had enlisted had expired he chose to close his service in the navy. He gives a different idea of the trip than anyone would gather from the newspapers. He thoroughly believes that when the fleet started on their cruise the official who directed the movement believed that they would see some lighting before they should reach home. The men were drilled constantly and often in the middle of the night the call to action would sound. All the time the ships were stripped preparatory for a conflict. So far as personal matters were concerned he declared that the officers were the only ones who enjoyed the sight seeing and pleasure advantages of the trip. Only twice during the year's cruise was he on land, once to Rio Janeiro. He thinks that men below the deck had a pretty strenuous experience and when they were in port the work was harder than it was while they were on the water. Altogether he sums up his own experience as one which was especially severe and, which did not afford him any particular pleasure.

We had occasion last week to examine the statement of the New State Telephone company and were greatly surprised at the strides made by this company. With connecting lines it now covers considerable portions of Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota and is entering Minnesota. Its authorized stock is $500,000 common stock, $600,000 preferred stock and $650,000 bonds. That it is making money is evidenced by the fact that it is piling up a nice surplus and yet paying two percent dividends to its common stock, seven percent on its preferred stock and six percent on its bond issue this is promptly paid in semi-annual installments.

It has a toll line system of 1500 miles of pole lines for toll purposes and 3000 miles of wire for toll purposes and in addition several miles of rural poles. It has just recently purchased the independent plant at Sioux Falls which adds 230 miles of toll lines and increases the gross earning $32,000 per year. The Times is glad to note the prosperity of the New State. It is no wonder the Bell people would like to absorb it.

Classic costumes - These youngsters are pictured in the most popular costumes of 1950.
75 years ago

The trio who narrowly escaped drowning in the Missouri River Sunday returned home Monday afternoon. Except for Rex Sleezer, sore about the shoulders and neck, they resumed work Tuesday. Floyd Rubey and D. Spoor, two other duck hunters who were caught on the river when the storm arose, accompanied Sleezer, John Custis and C. E. Menter to Cherokee.

When the trio's boat was swamped while trying to reach the Iowa side, Custis swam to shore. Sleezer, clinging to the boat, and Menter, straddling it, drifted to an island where they righted the vessel and rowed to shore, they report. Sleezer was in the water about 20 minutes.

Custis, arriving with a rescue party of eight, discovered Menter and Sleezer had reached shore and gone to a nearby farm house for care.

Everything but the motor, which was clamped securely, was lost when the boat capsized.

Rubey and Spoor did not attempt to buck the wind but went with the current down stream and to the Nebraska shore.

Two witnesses testified Monday afternoon as plaintiff's evidence was commenced in the case of Walter Kellar vs. J. W. Scothorn in Cherokee district court. Fred Fassler and Stanley Rhoads occupied the stand.

Kellar is seeking collection of $5,000 damages following collision of the car in which the plaintiff was riding with road machinery owned by the defendant, a contractor.

10 Compose Jury

Only 10 persons comprise the jury. By agreement no further persons were drawn to replace Mrs. George Mason and George Cochran who are unable to serve.

Jurors found for Claude M. Smith in the suit against the county after three hours deliberation. The plaintiff was granted a judgment of $300 for assistant county attorney fees. J. A. McDonald, chairman of the board of supervisors instructed the board might appeal the case.

D. F. Stockham of Des Moines accused of embezzling $3,000 from Ada Ashenfelter and Mrs. Belle Sturdevant of Meriden, is expected to be arraigned Tuesday. Allegedly Stockham, acting for the two women, accepted stock certificates and cash to be converted into Lender stock but failed to furnish other certificates or pay other than one dividend.

50 years ago

Tug of war - Here is a look at beautiful downtown Cherokee during the 1958 'Loco Day' celebration.
The second annual Boys 4-H banquet held Thursday evening in Immaculate Conception Church hall was attended by 187 boys club members, their fathers and special guests.

Among 44 achievement awards presented, Tyrone Artz of Marcus was named Outstanding Cherokee County 4-H boy for 1957-58.

Galen DeValois, Extension youth assistant, served as toastmaster for the 6:30 dinner and program.


County Boys 4-H officers, elected at the Cherokee County Fair annual meeting, were installed in a candlelight ceremony by the retiring officers.

In the absence of retiring president Tom Bjorge, Danny Fuhrman conducted the installation service as retiring vice-president. He was assisted by Robert Pingel and Tyrone Artz, retiring secretary-treasurer and historian.

New officers installed were Fred Johnston, president; Robert Miller, vice-president; Gayland Sadler, secretary-treasurer; Edward Smith, historian.

Johnston then gave a brief speech of welcome in which he thanked parents and leaders for making the 4-H program possible.

Following introduction of special guest, County Girls 4-H President Jean Fuller gave greetings from the 375 4-H girls.

DeValois presented the various awards, assisted by Dean Berger, chairman of the County Boys 4-H Committee


The program concluded with an interesting talk on "Conservation" given by Jim Baldwin, an officer of the Iowa Conservation Commission. After describing the organization of the Commission and ways in which 4-H youth could aid in conservation, Baldwin held a question and answer session.

The trophy topped with a gold four-lead clover, presented to Artz as outstanding 4-H boy, was provided by Harry Dewar, who spoke briefly as one of the special guests. Dewar has provided this award for a number of years to express his interest in 4-H work.

Bert Lundell, also one of the special gusts, presented a trophy to Judy Brownmiller for her Holstein project. Lundell is a member of the board of directors of the Holstein Dairy Association of Northwest Iowa which provided this trophy.


Other awards were as follows: Ak-Sar-Ben, Marcia Artz; Producers' Beef, Richard Berger; Producers' Lamb, Sharon Spencer; community service, Tyrone Artz; achievement award, Donald Bobolz and Robert Pingel; dairy, Glenn Fuller; electric, Myron Pingel; field crops, Larry Plagman; garden, Glenn Fuller; health, Gayland Sadler and Vernon Johnson; leadership, Fred Johnston; poultry, Mary Stiencke; safety, Rodney Hollenbeck.

Swine award, Wayne Roethler, Ivan Bobolz, Jerry Spencer; Poland China award, Fred Johnston, boys agriculture, Kent Erickson, Dorthy Lottiman, Marjorie Jackson, Iris Jackson.

Tyrone Artz won the trophy in the livestock judging contest. Danny Fuhrman placed second; Donald Bobiz, third, and Tom Bjorge, fourth.

In the crop and weed identification contest, Michael Spencer received the first-place trophy; Jerry Spencer and Phillip Spencer tied.

25 years ago

A plan for construction of a baseball complex, which previously struck out because of high grading work, got another chance at bat.

Bigelow Engineering Associates of Ida Grove, which put together the first plan, developed a less expensive plan which was presented at the Cherokee community School Board meeting Monday.

On the new plan, the grading costs were estimated at $60,107.30, compared to the previous plan's $100,000.

The lower grading costs resulted form moving the complex site to less hilly terrain on land on Roosevelt Street near the water tower.

The complex would have one baseball field, one pony league field and six little league diamonds. The fields would be 500 feet to 1,650 feet west of Roosevelt Street.

Entrance to the complex would be from Bow Drive, and then north past Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

The estimated cost of the complex in the new plan is $96,477.

Now that a feasible plan is ready, Mick Starcevich, superintendent, said the next step is to come up with the money for the project.

"We (the school system) can't finance the whole thing by ourselves. We'll see if we can come up with other sources," Starcevich said.

Starcevich said it is premature to say exactly where the other financing will come, but little league organizations and the city were sources mentioned at the meeting.

Another cost-cutter mentioned at the meeting, was removing one of the fields.

This would save between $5,000 and $6,000 in grading costs, Stracevich said.

Grading on the fields will hopefully start this summer.

The board also took the following actions.

--Discussed the possibility of hiring another teacher, part- or full-time, for the special education class. Starcevich said the class currently has 11 students, when the maximum is eight. Five or more other students for the class were discovered during the three-year-old Child Find Program, he said.

--Discussed the possibility of buying an outdoor freezer to be installed by the kitchen at Washington High School. Currently food is being stored at Jesse's Meat Locker at a cost of $1,500 for rent. However, the cost is going up to $3,600 next year, Starcevich said.

--Approved the continuation of the superintendent's newsletter until the end of the school year. The newsletter was on a three-month trial basis.

--Approved the resignation of Nancy Grindle, Wilson Middle School English teacher.

--Awarded a tire contract for $2,299 with a possible $370 for retread credit to Highway 59 Tire Inc.

The state's deposit coverage limit for Cherokee County's deposits has been increased to a total of $8.9 million.

The increase, which resulted from a recommendation by state examiners, was approved by the County Board of Supervisors Monday.

Beverly Anderson, county auditor, said the increase was for money that was coming into the county but wasn't covered by the state's deposit insurance plan.

The increase in deposit insurance is to cover such things as revenue sharing money and money for construction that hasn't been paid out yet, Anderson said.

One of the biggest increases came in the county sheriff's account at Central Trust and Savings Bank in Cherokee.

The deposit insurance coverage was increased from $20,000 to $300,000.

Anderson said this was to cover an unexpected increase in tax liens.

Though the increase adds up to $8.9 million, Anderson said this doesn't mean the county will have this much, it simply means this amount is covered.

In other business, the board awarded the county's casualty-property insurance policy to Miller-Mac Insurance Company, which submitted a bid of $65,601. The policy covers the county in such areas as workman's compensation, boiler and machinery, comprehensive general liability and comprehensive auto liability.

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