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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

High above - This picture shows a breath taking view of Cherokee looking to the South. You can also make out Sioux Valley Hospital at the lower left of this picture.
100 years ago

"The editor of the Cherokee Times says: The nine saloons at Remsen, which for a few weeks had been under the prohibition lid, are loose again and the thirst emporiums will be in full operation this week. Well, the open saloons are better than the blind pig. Mr. McCulla undoubtedly knows what he is talking about too, for Cherokee is the proud(?) possessor of several blind pigs. Once in a while the proprietors are hauled before the court and fined probably $50, and after the prosecuting expenses have been paid the balance is paid into the county treasury. At least that is the understanding that we have of the affairs. This town benefits by the revenue that our saloons pay. No man wants to invest any money in the saloon business, and as a result any old bum can run a joint there. Here we have all responsible men who conduct their business in a clean and satisfying manner, just as any merchant would. That is the difference."

The Editor of the News is mistaken. The blind piggers haled before the district court are fined $300, and costs, including $35 attorney fee, and this, after deducting 10 per cent allowed to the county attorney, is turned over to the county treasurer for the benefit of the school fund. But this is not the point.

The unlicensed saloon is an outlaw and acts as outlaw, while the mulet salons may be regulated, and made to observe decency, so the Times believes if the saloon must exist they would do the least harm under the restrictions of the Martin law.

75 years ago

Seven men were arrested by local and state officials Tuesday night in a wholesale raid on houses suspected of harboring bootleggers. Evidence confiscated consisted of gallons of alleged liquor and dozens of empty containers.

Sheriff A. N. Tilton, Deputy Sheriff D. E. Danielson, Marshals Albert Hurd and Wm. Huber and W. R. Arthur of the state bureau of investigation staged the raid from 9 o'clock to midnight.

One gallon jug of whiskey, one gallon of brandy, a suitcase filled with pint and quart bottles, some of them containing whiskey, several dozen empty cans and a large number of pint and half pint bottles were seized. Rather than make extra trips, considerable evidence was left at one residence, according to officers, after enough articles were taken to present what their felt to be sufficient evidence.

John Ware, Clarence Witte, Frank Alexander, a Caley boy, Hugh Swisher and a Mr. Brady were lodged in the county jail and Guy Courtright in the city jail. Officers had not yet questioned prisoners in the county jail and were not certain of the Caley and Brady men's names. Brady is not a local man.

As the officers arrived at the Witte place on Sherman avenue, Witte and Brady were leaving by the back door with alleged liquor. Officers believed they were previously tipped off. Before officers left the Witte home Alexander arrived and was arrested. Earlier in the evening Caley was captured at the Alexander residence on East Main street.

Nursing at Sioux Valley This picture is a look at the Sioux Valley Hospital nursing staff of 1930.
Arrested at Home

Ware and Swisher were both taken from the latter's home on North Second street. Attempted escape by the men was prevented.

Courtright was arrested as he ran through the back door from the Cherokee café and attempted to reach his car. Alleged liquor was found on him.

Courtright's preliminary hearing was held in Mayor A. Lawrey's court Wednesday morning. Officers expected to hold hearing for the remaining half dozen daring men.

Pleading guilty to running a disorderly house, and disturbing the peace, Courtright was fined $100.

Alexander pleaded guilty to disturbing the peace and paid a $50 fine, assessed by the mayor.

John Ware, arrested n a series of raids by local and state officials Tuesday night, was fined $100 in Mayor's court Wednesday afternoon. He paid $50 and the rest was suspended during good behavior.


Delinquent taxes are being paid daily by farmers who have received federal corn loans, according to F. M. Tyner, county treasurer. Payment through this means by a greater number is anticipated within the next few months as returns from loans are speeded up. Many farmers have told the treasurer they will be in to pay all tax indebtedness when loan negotiations are completed. "The tone of the group is optimistic." Tryner commented.

J. E. Conley topped the county record Monday when he filed warehouse certificates on 8,350 bushels of corn sealed in four cribs.

Monday's fillings were made by 23 farmers on 42,746 bushels of grain in 32 cribs, amount needed as security for $19,235.70 loans.

Records at the office of Boyd J. Sinkey, county recorder, show that 611,854 bushels of corn in 424 cribs on 182 farms have been sealed, owners seeking loans of $275,334.30.

50 years ago

Nearly 100 Cherokee County 4-H leaders, their husbands and wives attended an annual Christmas banquet and program Thursday evening in Hotel Lewis Colonnade Room.

The event is sponsored each year by the County Farm Bureau in appreciation of club leaders' work with youth.

Charlos Martin, FB president, was master of ceremonies for the program which followed a smorgasbord diner. Following his speech of welcome, Mrs. L. O. Mugge of Cleghorn gave the response for girls 4-H leaders and Dean Berger of Marcus resonded for boys' leaders.

Mrs. Mugge is chairman of the county girls 4-H committee and Berger of the county boys 4-H committee.

Cook is Speaker

Lisle Cook of New Providence, a 1958 International Farm Youth Exchange student, described his six-month stay in England and Wales. The Iowa State College junior also showed slides of his visit.

Martin presented service pins provided by the Farm Bureau and Walt Fuhrman awarded Extension certificates to leaders honored for their service.

Mrs. Burt Mummert as Aurelia received a diamond centered, gold clover pin for 20 years as a 4-H leader. A gold pin for 10 years was given to Mrs. Paul Roepke of Washta.

The following women leaders were awarded silver clover pins for five years: Mrs. Carl Grauer, Marcus; Mrs. Robert Jackson, Aurelia; Mrs. Leo Cosgrove, Cherokee; Mrs. Kendall Stevenson, Quimby; Mrs.Leonard Stanford, Larrabee; Mrs. Marion Hackett, Cherokee.

Boys 4-H leaders receiving five-year pins were Emmet Wolf, Cleghorn; Clinton Erickson, Marcus; Harvey Miller, Marcus.

Candies surrounded by evergreen and gumdrop favors decorated the tables.


Civic Bureau activities during 1958 are reported by Chamber of Commerce Secretary Alice Timmins in an annual report to the board of directors.

This C of C group had a total of 37 members as of December 1 and all pledges paid.

The Civic Bureau sponsored the luncheon for Tomahawk Relays coaches and officials and was co-sponsor with Rotary and Kiwanis clubs of the post-prom party for Washington High School juniors and seniors.

It also co-sponsored the annual B.I.E. Day with Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs.

Other Activities

Other activities included conducting a clean-up, paint-up week; aiding the word of the C of C. Highway Committee, continuing work of the Conventions Committee; placing souvenir rules in Sanford museum for school children visiting there.

Among additional projects were staging a July Fourth celebration including a parade; fireworks and a band concert; conducting a Fire prevention Week program including city inspection by the Iowa State Fire Prevention association; continuing long-range City Beautiful program for Cherokee; continuing the Welcoming Newcomers program in conjunction with members or Retail Trade Bureaus.

The Civiv Bureau also contributed to the cost of Christmas street decorations and encouraged Christmas home lighting.

It elected one member and one alternative for a two-year term to the Chamber Promotion Committee and took part in its financial and instigated formation of a committee for long-range planning.

Chamber activities in which Civic Bureau members participated included: Easter Egg Hunt, Farmers Appreciation Festival; "Miss Cherokee" construct and the drive the funds to finance a railroad spur to the Industrial site south of Cherokee.

25 years ago

Cherokee placed second and had three individual champions in an eight-team prep wrestling invitational here Saturday.

Sophomres Chris Hupke and Mark Borkowski won the 123- and 199-pound competitons, respectively, while senior Clark Voge won at 167.

The Braves with 129 points, repeated their second--place finish from a year ago, when they scored 117. Millard (Neb.) North, which won the tourney with 160.5 points last years, again tons this time with 188 points.

Hupke, the top seed at 112 received a fire-round bye, then scored a 9-0 superior decision over Steve Shelton of Omaha, Roncalli in the second round, and pinned Bill Kelly of Lincoln (Neb.) East in 1:31 to win the championship.

Borkowski, seeded third at 119, pinned Lincoln East's Joe Bredensteiner in the second period, scored a 16-2 superior decision over Omaha Burke's Brain Glasz, and pinned Joe Champion of Ohama Roncalli in 3:51 to win the title.

Voge pinned East's Dan Breeden in 16 seconds, Chris Graves of South Sioux City in the second period, and decisioned Pat Friend of Milard North 8-3 to clinch the championship.

Cherokee Junior Ben Hupke was the runner-up at 126, losing the title bout to Chuck Russell of Millard North, 11-5. En route to the championship round, Hupke pinned Burke's Jim Bryce and decisioned Rick Grnit of Roncalli 4-0.

Senior John Pearce, the winner at 145 a year sago., finished third time as did junior heavyweight Jim Lochner. Pearse lost in the second roundto eventual champions Brian Benjamin of Millare North, 13-5, while Lochner was pinned by Brad Barauskas of Millard North in the first round before scoring two wins I the wrestle-back.

The Braves' Steve Heffernen finished fourth at 105. Other Cherokee wrestlers competing at the meet were Darren Mann (132), Jerry Woodall (138), Rod Sauer (155) and Bryan Ludwig (185)

Coach Jim Lewallen said he was "very pleased" with his his wrestlers did.

"We scored more team points than we did last year," he said. "We did a very good job against some preety good-sized schools."

Cherokee did especially well in the evening session, Lewallen said. The Braves were in third place, behind Millard North and Roncally, when the session begin, but won three-of-four championship bouts, plus several consoloations-roud matches to pass Recall.

Roncalli finished thirs with 120 points, while Wayne (Neb.) had 77, South Sioux City 74, East 69, Burket 68 and Sioux City North 29

Cherokee will host LeMars Community in a dial meet Tuesday.

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