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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

100 years ago

"Say" said a Meridenite to the scribe "that robbery described by your correspondent should have read:"

"It was past the witching midnight hour Saturday when a good resident of the quiet burg, of Meriden, was "awakened by a noise at his window giving evidence that parties were trying to break into the house.

With hair standing erect "like quills upon the fretful porcupine" the good citizen stealthily crept to his phone and awakened his neighbor and told him of the attempted invasion, the neighbor advised a retreat via the back door where together they might devise means of repelling the invaders. This was done and while in conference the town marshal joined in the conference. On inspection of arms it was found that each had a gun but no cartridges. Deeming this inadequate to repel the invaders, three in number and still at work, the trio awakened another resident from his early morning snooze. This brave one had both gun and ammunition, and the quartette carrying lanterns, approached the invaded premises, but the intruders evidently seeing the approaching forces by the lantern's fitful gleams jumped into a buggy and dashed away into the country. The force went into council as to further proceedings and had about decided to ring up Sheriff Lawrey and call out forces from this city, when the sound of approaching buggy wheels warned them that the intruders had not abandoned the siege, with fear and trembling the quartette shrank into the shadow of a building, but the brave one, the armed one, drew a big draught on his courage and just as the buggy passed he sprang out and thrusting his revolver into the face of the driver in hoarse tones shouted for them to halt or have their heads blown off. In tremulous tones come entreaties from the occupants of the buggy not to shoot and the assurance that they weren't bold burglars but only town boys out for a lark who had been using a tie-tac. One of the boys was the son of a member of the repelling quartette--but let us draw the curtain. The scare is over and all are alive but it was a close call--for the boys."

75 years ago

A committee of five men has been appointed by Ray Murray, secretary of agriculture, to act as the Cherokee county warehouse board in administering the government corn loan plan locally.

The board includes C. C. R. Bush of Washta, George Nitz of Larrabee, John Sand of Marcus, J. H. Fee of Cherokee and F. E. Fuhrman of Cleghorn.

To Convene Soon.

This group will meet within a few days to complete organization and learn further details of the program. As soon as contracts arrive the board will be prepared to accept applications from farmers seeking to borrow 15 cents a bushel on their corn.

Sealers will be appointed by the board to warehouse the grain as security for the loans. Considerable activity is anticipated within the county as more than 200 farmers have already manifested interest in the loan.

The board will determine if applicants are conforming to regulations concerning storage of corn and agreement to receive acreage.

Humor of plot, beauty of costume and talent of the players were combined to make the operatta, "Oh Doctor" presented by Wilson high school Thursday evening, an enjoyable entertainment. Patio of the Drinkwater sanitarium furnished the southern atmosphere for intrigue and romance. Colorful lighting and costuming effects enhanced the music and dancing.

Helen Cary, as Honor, who posed as Dr. Drinkwater's granddaughter, Glory, to help her friend and furnish medical care for her mother, was outstanding in both her speaking parts and many musical numbers. Lulu Schultz, as the actress granddaughter whose profession displeased the doctor, presented her songs in a sweet manner.

Cherokee public school teachers have subscribed through the Teachers' club, one-half of one percent of their salaries to the Associated Charities during a six months' period. The club contributed monthly last year also.

Similar pledges on a salary percentage basis were made by several local institutions in 1932, notably the Northwestern Bell telephone company employees and those of the Iowa state highway commission.

66 Have Pledged.

Pledges of the teachers and of the Westminster society of the Presbyterian church bring the total number to date to 66.

Although 188 men of the county are obtaining employment thru the civil works program the demands of Associated Charities are as great or greater than of last year, officers find.

Employment of men in the federal relief projects is of material help but more than 500 remain unemployed within the county. Reserves are depleted in most cases because of the drain on resources the past few years.

All dressed up - Here is a look at some young professionals dressed to head out for a hard day's work. This photo was taken sometime in the early 1950s and the young students pictured were part of a costume parade held in downtown Cherokee.
Associated Charities expresses appreciation of 50 quarts of canned food contributed by women of the Bethlehem Lutheran church. The canned goods, collected at a recent meeting of the Aid society, is stored at the Chamber of Commerce rooms and will be distributed in Christmas baskets.

50 years ago

The Christmas season in Cherokee is to be inaugurated Friday afternoon with a colorful Santa Claus parade through the business district, already festive with holiday lights and greenery.

Unless enough snow arrives by then to travel by sleigh, the jolly gentleman plans to arrive by jet plan in Sioux City and drive to Cherokee for the 2 o'clock parade.

Adding youthful charm and beauty to the procession will be 11 "Miss Merry Christmas" queens representing Cherokee County high schools.

They are to be feted at a noon luncheon in Speelmon's Steak House, after which they will accompany Mr. Claus in the parade and then assist in distributing treats to Timesland tots at Eagles Hall

Cherokee stores are to remain open until 9 o'clock Friday evening for the convenience of shoppers, who will find windows bright with Christmas décor.

Dolls on parade - Some of the younger citizens of Cherokee are pictured pushing their dolls and carriages along the parade route, as part of a costume parade held sometime in the early 1950s.
Recorded carols form the Chamber of Commerce office will fill the air with beloved melodies of the season.

The final representative to be chosen as a "Miss Merry Christmas" is Elaine Reinking, 17-year-old senior at Grand Meadow Consolidated School.

The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Erwin, Reinking, she is active in basketball, softball, glee club and band.

Other Christmas queens announced previously include: Sonja Festenour; Brooke Consolidated School; Mary Kay George, Quimby Community School; Luanne Ege, Washta Consolidated School; Jeanene Rupp, Marcus Holy Name School; Norma Smith, Immaculate Conception High School, Cherokee.

Also--Kathy Smith, Meriden Consolidated School; Diane Vine, Cleghorn High School; Norma Kirby, Aurelia Community School; Nancy Welch, Washington High School, Cherokee; Mary Ellen Gloss, Larrabee Consolidated School.

In Workshop

In addition to candy for youngsters Friday afternoon, Santa again will be available in his workshop for "small fry" interviews and four free movie programs have been arranged.

The free films are to be shown at the Arrow Theater from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. continuously on the following Saturdays; November 29; December 6, 13 and 20.

The city's stores are to be open evenings on the following dates in addition to this Friday and the usual Saturday hours: Wednesdays, December 3, 10, and 17; Thursday, December 18; Friday, December 19; Monday, December 22, Tuesday, December 23.

It has been recommended that all stores close not later than 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

The Chamber of Commerce Retail Trade Bureau is sponsoring the Christmas season program of events.

25 years ago

A little old lady came up to a priest who was leaving to work at a new church and said, "Father, you can't leave."

The priest looked at her and said "Well now Mary, the bishop will send another man far better than I."

The old lady answered, "Yes, but that's what they said the last time."

That story was told to parishioners at the Immaculate Conception Church by the Rev. Alfred McCoy Sunday.

It was a suitable anecdote, as it was the last sermon McCoy would be giving in Cherokee.

McCoy has spent the last 8 ˝ years as pastor of the Immaculate Conception Church.

On Nov. 29, he will become pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Ashton.

Though many of his parishioners may be upset because he is leaving, McCoy said he sees the move as beneficial.

"Priests and ministers need to move on after a length of time. You lose some of the old verve. New parishes activate the zeal again," he said.

It is hard to believe, however, that the ever-grinning McCoy could eve lose his zeal.

The grin that opens spreads across his rosy face is part of a personality that has made McCoy popular among his parishioners.

McCoy describes himself as a person who "enjoys people, and enjoys laughing."

It isn't unusual to see him out having a drink and sharing a story with friends.

That outgoing personality may not fit everyone's image of a Catholic priest, he concedes, but McCoy doesn't seem to be bothered by the dichotomy of his image and the one others may expect him to fill.

"As I often tell the people, there was only one perfect individual, one perfect man--Jesus Christ--and he was crucified by this own people," McCoy said.

Because Christ was misunderstood, McCoy said that it should be expected that his followers would be.

"Your personality will portray an image, you only hope that you are representing Christ as he should be represented," he said.

Part of McCoy's representation of Christ in Cherokee involved four years as mayor.

McCoy said his four years as mayor were enjoyable, colorful times.

How he became mayor is a long story.

"It started out as a joke," he said.

McCoy told some people he was thinking about running.

"My big mouth," he said laughing.

A couple of people filled out nomination papers for him, and McCoy signed them," he said.

"Once the election was over, I accepted the position," he said.

He did try to back out because he didn't think he could wear two hats. But, his name was already on the ballot," he said.

"But, I survived, the people were very kind," he said.

McCoy speaks highly of "the people," who he said have given him much love and warmth during his years in Cherokee.

And, it is the people he is going to miss.

"They've been so friendly, generous and enjoyable. You don't miss buildings, just the love of the people you've received."

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