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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

100 years ago

The former residents in this vicinity of Cherokee county, Iowa, held their second annual reunion yesterday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. S. F. Goodrich on East Eighth street, those present being S. F. Goodrich, L. H. Goodrich, Frank Lei Van, F. M. Ogle and D. R. Siefkin and their families, and Miss Frances Ross, of Delphos, Kansas, a teacher in the McKinley school of this city.

The Thanksgiving dinner was served on three long tables which were decorated beautifully with carnations and red roses.

One of the principal features of the dinner was three large Kansas turkeys.

The following menu was served:

Roast turkey and dressing, cranberry sauce, roast chicken and mashed potatoes, bake beans and sweet pickles, rolls and coffee, vegetable salad, cookies, doughnuts, mince pie and cheese, ice-cream and candy.

After the excellent dinner had been disposed of the photographer C. C. McDaniel, was called and took a picture of the group of thirty-eight on the porch, after which a musical program was rendered by the younger members of the gathering.

All present had a pleasant time and one which they will look upon with fond recollections, the only feeling of regret being the loss soon to be sustained in the removal form the city of L. H. Goodrich and family, who expect to leave soon for Winfield to educate their children.

Cherokee has been remarkably free from store burglaries but the charm was broken when on Saturday morning it was discovered that burglars had broken into the C. D. Allison store and secured a big haul of fine silks, nothing but silks being taken.

An entrance was effected by breaking in a light of glass in the area door on the east side of the building and through this the burglars entered. Evidently the lay of the haul had been furnished the burglars for they went at once to the silk section on the first floor and throwing aside the hanging curtain full, bolts of silks of the first quality was taken. At this writing it is impossible to fix the exact amount of Mr. Allison's loss but it will be between $600 and $800. The heaviest loss is on Skinner's satins a very superior quality of these goods worth $1.50 per yard had just been put in and all were taken. None of the cheaper silks were molested, though by mistake a couple of bolts were taken into the basement and left there when their inferior quality was discovered.

West end of town - No information is known regarding the reason for this parade of now- classic cars down West Main St., but it a stunning picture nonetheless.
Just when the store was entered is a matter of conjecture, but it must have been near daylight for notwithstanding the large broken window the room was warm this morning, showing clearly that the window glass had not been out long.

A gang or gangs of silk thieves have been operating in Iowa for sometime and have been working towards the western portion of the state, a fact noted by Night Watch Payton who several weeks ago warned Mr. Allison that such a visit to Cherokee might be expected. "These are undoubtedly several in the gang and the movements of the night watch can be easily watched. It is thought that on entrance was effected about five a.m. just after Mr. Payton had made his last round.

A rich haul of these goods had been made in Waterloo two days before. It is said that usually a couple of richly clad people precede the burglars, put up at first class hotels and "shop." They spy out the ground and locate goods to be stolen and a diagram of the premises is sent to confederates who do the actual work. A richly clothed man and woman without apparent business had been stopping at the Lewis for several days before the burglary and "doing the town." It is thought that these people located the goods in the Allison store, and this of course is only surmise, and as they would have no stolen goods it would be very difficult to attach them with the crime even if found.

The telephone and wires were freely used to spread the information of the burglary to surrounding towns, but better luck follows the officers than at other points where silk thieves have operated the chance for apprehending them is not very bright.

75 years ago

East end of town - Not to be out done by the West side of town, this picture, which also has no information about it, depicts these classic trucks are also having a parade - but on the East side of Main St.
More than 25 ice dealers of northwest Iowa arrived by noon Tuesday for the meeting called by the committee on arbitration and appeal for the Iowa ice industry. A large increase in attendance was expected during the afternoon session.

John O. King of Centerville, secretary of the committee, and W. E. Kooker of Des Moines, chairman, held the meeting for the purpose of acquainting dealers of this territory with provisions of the ice industry NRA code. Questions regarding the code and its application were answered and discussed.

Other members of the committee are E. K. Johnstone of Keokuk, F. E. Johnson of Mason City, S. A. Martin of Centerville and J. A. Young of Waterloo, Geo. Albrecht of Davenport, Ollie Rocho of Boone.

Telling humorously of several instances in which he was mistaken for Father Coughlin, widely known as a radio speaker, Father Calkins of Detroit, who was guest speaker at the Rotary club luncheon Monday, disclaimed adherence to the former's declaration that "Roosevelt or ruin" is the fate of America. "I have too much faith in the ingenuity of Americans to believe that they face ruin even though they do not accept the policies of Roosevelt," said Father Calkins.

Illustrating the ability of Americans to adapt themselves to the needs of the times, the speaker, who is a graduate of Annapolis naval academy and saw service with the navy in the World war, cited the readiness with which America solved the serious problem of troop transportation during that conflict. American troops he said, during the earlier period of America's participation in the war were sent to Europe on English transports but the cost was found so excessive that naval authorities decided to take American college boys, give them a brief training at sea and then use them to man American transports. So apt were the American boys in acquiring skill in navigation that the experiment was remarkably successful and resulted in an immense saving. With its people so gifted in ability to meet emergencies of every kind, Rather Calkins expressed no alarm over the predictions of ruin as a lone alternative. "But," he said, "The times call for personal, undivided effort on the part of all of us." Rev. Father Ivis was also a guest of the club.

50 years ago

Back home again and finally at the bottom of a bushel basket of mail awaiting her, Mary McDonald confided: "Don't be surprised if you hear I'm packing up for another trip!"

However, she added that she has no immediate plans and was only expressing her enjoyment of a six month tour concluded in November.

The former missionary teacher in Japan for 19 years sailed from California in May to visit the Orient. She remained there until September, visiting friends she was forced to leave during World War II.

Miss McDonald then traveled by plane to Korea, Hong Kong, and Manila, returning to Japan to board a ship which reached California on November 3.

"The progressiveness of Japan is very impressive and the marks of war are almost gone except in areas that were burned. They are doing everything possible to be modern and Tokyo is very westernized."

The well known resident reported that she "took such pride in two schools which the Presbyterian Church has rebuilt in Tokyo. "One is Joshi Gakuin, the oldest school for girls in the entire Empire except for one, and it was where she began teaching her first day in Japan. It was established some 90 years ago by Presbyterians."

Little Resources

"Korea is very sad," commented Miss McDonald. "It has so little in the way of resources and industry and the people have to depend on agriculture."

She added that the Korenas love Americans and have many American friends and that the contract between Japan and Korea was "most painful."

Describing Hong Kong, the traveler stressed, "I've never seen anything like it! It is filled with thousands of homeless refugees whom the city and its residents try to help--but there is just not room for them.

"It is a wonderful city to visit, however, and has the same spirit of progress that one finds in Japan. The Chinese are very different from the Japanese--as a matter of survival, the Chinese are aggressive and much more commercial."

She went on to remark that one cannot help but like the Chinese and philosophically, "One must not expect other groups or nations to have our standards.

Joyous Race

"I fell in love with the Filipinos--they are a joyous race. We especially enjoyed visiting Silliman University, a Presbyterian school which is the largest university in the islands. It is a most up-to-date place which has its own radio station."

She related that as the plane was coming in to land at Manila about 7 o'clock in the evening, the stewardess put out the lights so passengers could get the effect of huge Manila Bay. "Corregidor and Bataan are on the edge of the bay and there is a beautiful road that runs along it. It reminds one of the San Francisco Bay but is about 10 times larger."

Miss McDonald was accompanied on her Pacific plane hops by Mrs. D. W. Profitt of Maryville, Tenn., a longtime friend of hers and a member of the Presbyterian Mission Board.

Her companion aboard ship and in Japan was Miss Jean Noordhoff of Orange City, also a former teacher there.

25 years ago

Cherokee cross country skiers can hit the plains, but downhillers are going to have to wait a bit before they hit the slopes.

Randy Davis, manager of Hope's Wilderness World, said the Last Chance Ranch Cross County Ski area, Route 4, has already had several skiers since it opened Tuesday.

"We've got good snow all over. Anywhere from three inches where the wind has blown and up to 12 inches in the woods," Davis said.

Davis said he is expecting an excellent winter for cross county skiers, as long as the weather is good.

"I don't know what Mother Nature has in store, but it looks like a real good season," he said.

As cross countriers are out dashing through the snow, downhilllers who frequent the Sunset Ski Area on East Main, will probably have to wait until Dec. 15 before they can get schussing.

Mark Lundell, who, with his brother, Tom, own the Sunset Ski Area, said the hills are coming along, but there isn't enough snow yet.

"We've got up to a foot and half on the bottom, but there's still some clear areas on the hill," he said.

Those areas will be filled when Sunset's snowmaker gets some new parts, Lundell said.

Lundell said that the ski area should be opened by Dec. 15, depending on the weather.

Both the Last Chance Ranch and The Sunset ski area offer instruction and rental equipment.

The Last Chance is opened every day but Monday, Davis said.

The cross county ski area's hours are: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and Sunday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

A Last Chance Ranch pass costs $4, Davis said.

When the Sunset Ski Area opens, the hours will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and holidays, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday and 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The area is closed on Monday and Tuesday for private parties.

The weekend rates at Sunset are $8 for rental and $7 for the lift. On weekdays, the rates are $7 for rental and $7 for the lift.


Cherokee residents may find their tap water somewhat discolored this week.

City Administrator Gil Bremicker said the water is safe to consume, however, residents may want to see how discolored it is before using it to wash clothes because of possible discoloration.

The discoloration is due to rust in water lines, Bremicker said. The city is connecting a water line from the water plant on North First Street to the Hill Street water tower and has had to tap a water source not routinely used.

That process, Bremicker said, has stirred up some rust n water lines which have been dormant for some time.

"The water is safe to drink, but in some cases it could look bad. If it's really bad, people won't drink it," he said.

Bremicker said the rust could continue to appear from water taps through Wednesday, depending on how quickly the water connection for Hill Street is completed.

Washington High School took first place n the novice and varsity debate contest at Britt Saturday.

The Washington High School teams were among those from 12 teams competing in the Britt Invitational debate contest, said coach Jan Cook.

The novice squad, Jim Phipps, Kelly Erickson, Mike Pullen and Don Fauver, was undefeated in the match.

The varsity squad, Tom Vetter, John Lundquist, Blaine Petersen and Randy Walters, lost only one round finishing 5-1.

The next competition for the debates will be in Sioux City on the 17th.

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