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Friday, December 19, 2008

Church of the past - There were only three congregations of the Church of the Children of Zion in the world. The Paterson brothers started them: one at home in England, one in Canada and the third in Cherokee. The local church erected this building at the corner of Fifth and Cedar streets and had a lively group as long as Elder John Paterson was around to provide inspiration. Paterson's study of theology convinced him that the end of the world was due on a certain summer night in the early 1890's. Robed to resemble the heavenly host as much as possible, they spent the night on the terrace of this building. Alas, the Lord did not appear.
100 years ago

To the cooperative and mutual telephone companies of Cherokee county.

Do you know that we can have universal free county service throughout the county by simply bringing our separate systems to a common center by trunk lines into the town of Cherokee? It requires only a few miles of additional wire and poles to bring about the project and it will increase the value of every farmers telephone system in the county fully one hundred per cent.

The Iowa Telephone Co. has recently established an exchange in the town of Cherokee and will give free service to any and all farmers systems entering their Cherokee exchanges through one trunk line to any other town in Cherokee county. All local farm circuits entering Cherokee direct to be charged only a nominal switching fee by owning their own entire equipment.

The system of the Farmers Telephone Co., of Quimby, covers the larger part of the southern portion of Cherokee county, reaching Quimby, Washta, Fielding and Holstein over their own wires. It will be connected at Cherokee with the exchange of the Iowa Telephone Co. and would like to meet all the farmers' lines of the county at Cherokee thereby establishing a universal county system through the medium of the exchange at Cherokee. This plan it will be seen at a glance is vastly superior to the present one whereby the separate farmers' systems are connected by a toll line that requires a fee every time you talk to your neighbor if he happens to be on the adjoining systems and possibly only half a mile away.

Many counties in the eastern states and in eastern Iowa have solid county service on the basis above outlined. Why should not the people living in the county of Cherokee have the same telephone advantages.

Only be means of the separate co-operative companies meeting with trunk lines at a common center can we secure this ideal system of free county service.

Are you ready to grasp the opportunity or would you prefer to pay toll for the privilege of talking to your neighbor and your business man in Cherokee. If you desire further particulars communicate with L. Mighell, Washta, Iowa.


In our last issue we had an account of a beer scrimmage at Quimby in which there was a general mix up at a dance. It appears that a dance was in peaceable progress Saturday night when John Brechwald and Andy Brechwald came in. Andy engaged in the dance while John looked on and having endulged somewhat freely of that which stealeth away the brain he is said to have made rather slurring remarks of the couples as they passed in review. He was told to keep quiet and resenting this he pulled his coat and invited the mentor to come out in the street and have it out. The challenge was accepted and there was a rough and tumble fight in which others soon became involved until there was a regular Donnybrook fair.

John Brechwald was getting the worst of the affair when Andy tried to separate the combatants, and got one under the ear which brought him to the ground. He pulled his gun and fired whether at his assailant or into the air is in dispute, but the effect was magical and street was cleared in an instant and none ran faster than the man who struck Andy.

This man, it is said, never stopped running till he reached home and got between the blankets.

Monday the affair was aired in mayor's court. At first an information was filled for assault with intent to do great bodily injury against Brechwald, but there were so many involved in the affair that this was withdrawn and Brechwald was fined by Mayor Cline $20 and costs for his fun with the gun. And so the chapter endeth.

75 years ago

Santa Claus will distribute candy to boys and girls at Cherokee beginning at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, according to W. H. Schmidt, general chairman of the Christmas committee of the Chamber of Commerce. Before leaving last Saturday, Saint Nick assured Schmidt he would return next Saturday to give boxed sweets to the children.

All kiddies who appear at the center of Willow street in front of Wilson high school at 1:30 o'clock Saturday will receive candy from Santa.

E. O. Bierbaum is chairman of a group to plan a reception for the jolly old man. He will be assisted by Glen Pringle and the Boy Scouts.

Other members of the committee for candy distribution are Geo. Hicks, Geo. White, C. G. Kudrie, J. H. Hirschman, Dr. R. C. Siple, Rev. M. P.Arrasmith, N. D. McCombs, R. N. Kjerland, T. D. Boothby, Garland Goldie, Karl Hall and Gerald Clark. All committee members are to meet at the Chamber of Commerce at 1 o'clock Saturday.

Rev. R. C. Mitchell of the Christmas sing committee announces that words to the music which will be sung are now on hand at the Chamber of commerce rooms. Interested individuals and groups are urged to procure these copies previous to Monday evening, December 18, date of the sing.

Mayor A. Lawrey, jr. has written to Governor Herring asking for an extension of time in considering establishment of an airport at Cherokee. Previously the federal airport funds administrators had stipulated that December 9, was the last day to apply for allotments on the projects.

Site Studies

The local committee is investigating possibilities of obtaining an air field on the state hospital grounds. Dr. L. P. Ristine, superintendent, has been appealed to but doubts that the board of control will approve the suggested plans.

No Local Funds

As no local funds are available for leasing or purchasing a site, it is hoped by the committee that the state will furnish the land without cost to the community. Labor would be obtained through the CWA program. If established the airport would be planted to alfalfa and harvested as any other field.

Board of directors of the Associated Charities and Dr. J. E. Bunker, chairman of the special committee, appointed by the American Legion to cooperate with the association in its relief work, met Monday evening in the office of the Chamber of Commerce to make Christmas plans.

The report from the clothing department showed a total of 350 garments issued to 117 families during November. The call for shoes and overshoes was especially heavy. These calls come from boys and girls who are now in school and will not be able to remain there after the first fall of snow without new footwear. Associated Charities has not been able to provide these because of lack of funds. Subscriptions to date are only about one half of what they were last year at this time.

Fewer Families

First report on families that will not be able to provide Christmas cheer for themselves showed a considerable reduction.

50 years ago

An informal public forum on problems of juvenile behavior will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Speelmon's Steak House.

"The purpose of the meeting is to discuss juvenile activities with an emphasis on improving and assisting the youth of our town and county," explained John D. Loughlin, probation officer for Cherokee County.

There has been in existence for some time "The Iowa Commission on Children and Youth for the State of Iowa."

Many counties including Cherokee recently organized a "Council for Community Action on Juvenile Behavior."

Loughlin was named temporary chairman of the Cherokee County Council.

"The aim of the council is to assist, promote and coordinate all forms of youth activities and to promote community interest in the problems of juvenile behavior," the chairman said.

Five juveniles--including three Cherokee youths--were being quizzed today by police in connection with $125 worth of jewelry stolen Wednesday afternoon from Mulders' Jewelry Store.

Two young girls from out of the city were also questioned, according to Police Chief Laurence Schmoldt.

Schmoldt said this morning that most of the loot stolen from Mulder's has been recovered.

Pilfered sometime yesterday afternoon--presumably about 2 o'clock--from the store on South Second were: 2 women's watches, a green necklace, set of cuff links, tie clasp.

Police said all the jewelry with the exception of one watch has been recovered. They did not divulge where or how the loot was recovered.

Schmoldt said the juveniles were questioned both last night and this morning.

Frank Mulder is proprietor of the jewelry store.

25 years ago

Poverty as never before seen was experienced by Joyce Lockwood, Hilma Artz and the Rev. Bob Davis of St. Paul's United Methodist Church on their recent visit to Haiti's capital city.

There were people everywhere in Port au Prince, said Davis. People were on the street all night because there wasn't enough housing for everyone.

The poorest country in the western hemisphere, Haiti is one fifth the size of Iowa and has a population of 6 to 7 million people. Yet its population density--463 persons per square mile--is almost nine times that of Iowa's.

Davis said he questioned if God could care for everyone--the haves and the have nots.

This trio from the church had gone to deliver $2,100 to aid the Haitian's plight, which Artz described as "a mere cup of water in the ocean." The money raised locally would be added to contributions from that of other United Methodist churches to help the people.

A portion of the money was designated for a food program for needy children, said Davis.

Haiti is divided among the very wealthy and very poor, with little middle income. The average income is about $175 per year.

Hogs were a source of income for the poor people to send their children to school, but had to be eradicated because of African swine fever. It will probably be 1985 before swine will be introduced again, Davis said.

Agriculture is very primitive but there were some examples of foreign operations setting up a system to help the people. There are sugar cane and sugar plantations but the factories are very primitive.

A portion of the money was given to the agriculture farm for teaching ways of improving the livestock--crossbreeding--and to use the products in crafts. Women were taught sewing. The people are skilled craftsmen and women, said Davis.

Half of the population is under 16 years of age and only one third of the children receive an education, said Davis. The wealthy can afford to send their children to school, but it is through church funding that many others can attend.

"The people are gracious, accepting their lot," said Davis. "Women, who are abused by men in the worst way of being burdened with many children, have a certain charm. They are often seen walking with poundage upon their head (up to 150 pounds) to take their wares to market to sell for a living."

The women are upright in stature and delightfully dressed, said Davis.

Haiti is a mountainous region. Since 1960, 80 percent of the trees have been cut. There is a great need of reforestation, said Davis.

Some 6,500 peasants were engaged in a tree planting program of 4.5 million trees. But because of the conditions, only about 30 percent of the plants survived. Charcoal is used for cooking.

Culligan and Coca Cola products are found in Haiti, but there is a desperate need for water, said Davis. One wouldn't think of drawing water from the tap to brush their teeth. Pure water is purchased--5 gallons for 10 cents in the rainy season and 25 cents in the dry season.

Along with lack of pure water, the people suffer from tuberculosis, worms (it's against the law to go barefoot because of tapeworms), malnutrition, and overpopulation.

"Thank God for the churches' work because the needs are so great," said Davis. "A portion of the money our church raised also went to the medical work in the slum area of Port au Prince."

Many Haitians believe in the Witch Doctor. Usually by the time to sick or injured person is brought to the modern medicine facility, it's too late. Children are given free medical treatment at the church hospital.

Another portion of the money given was designated for the education of the lay ministers' children. There are only eight ordained ministers. There are 200 lay ministers but they receive no salary, said Davis.

The Cherokee group were in awe of the inflationary prices. A quart jar of mayonnaise cost $3.90; a 10-oz. jar of Heinz no. 57, $1.95; a No. 2 can of Sure Fine Corn, $1.01; a 24 oz. box of Kellogg's Corn Flakes, $3.62; and a jar of baby food, 61 cents.

Corn is 20 cents a pound, which makes it almost prohibitive to feed livestock. It takes a steer about six years to reach market weight.

"We never saw a newspaper while we were there," Davis said. "We take our freedom of speech too much for granted.

"I thought I knew what poverty was," he said. "These people have no government programs. Begging has become their way of life. But there is very little crime in Haiti for the people take care of the offender."

Davis witnesses a VooDoo service which is conducted mainly for entertainment for the visitors, he said.

"The trip was an experience, but now what to do with it," said Davis. He feels he has seen enough human poverty and misery to last a lifetime, but the need is so great.

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I was impressed by the picture and story of the church on 5th and Cedar. I grew up at 419 W Cedar. I had never heard the story of that church.

-- Posted by etherdave on Sat, Dec 20, 2008, at 11:28 AM

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