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Monday, December 29, 2008

100 years ago

Mr. Wilkinson, the expert who is checking up the books of county officers created consternation in the clerk's office by discovering that the clerk following a long established custom, had been paying the county attorney too large a percentage on fines collected. Section 308 of 308 of Code provides "In addition to the salary above provided he shall receive the fees as now allowed to attorneys for suits up on written instruments when judgment is obtained for all fines collected where he appears for the state, but not otherwise." Under this section where over $200 was collected on a fine, ten per cent is excessive and in fines collected for maintaining a liquor nuisance the amount frequently is above that sum. A computation on this basis showed that county attorney Gillett had been paid by the clerk $105 too much. The clerk phoned to county attorney and he at once covered that amount back to the clerk who in turn covered it into county treasurer's office. Section 2429 of the Code provides where a fine is imposed and collected in actions to abate a liquor nuisance the prosecuting attorney shall receive in addition to other fees ten percent of the fine collected and it is under this section that the ten percent has been allowed the county attorney.

We understand that the expert has changed his decision as far as liquor fines are concerned and all but $17.50 of the money paid in by Mr. Gillett has been returned.

There was excess paid for collections on gambling fines and as to these there is no question but what there was an excess over the amount required by law which accounts for the $17.50


Phew, just think of an Illinois Central conductor flashing a $300 diamond on us poor mortals. But that is just what conductor J. A. Jones of this city is doing. He won it too in the great popularity contest of Sioux City Daily News. It may be prudent when Jones approaches to shade the eyes for there is no telling what dire effect the brilliancy of the sparkler may cause. Conductor Jones led all the contestants as the most popular man having 811,425 votes to his credit, the next nearest man only 365,125.

Groundbreaking for SVMH - The Honorable Guy Gillette (left) and Dr. Chester Johnson (right) are pictured turning the first shovel of dirt along with James Dunn, president of the Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital Board of Directors on June 27, 1963.
The diamond is in a ring so when Jones waves his hand look out for the dazzling light.

Well, everybody will be glad that Jones got it and will extend warmest congratulations.

75 years ago

Snow and falling temperatures over the holiday furnished Cherokee an old-fashioned Christmas setting and children an opportunity to make use of new sleds and warm mittens. The mercury began its descent Christmas eve and shortly after 6 a.m. Monday, the ground was covered with a mantle of snow. Continuing throughout the morning, the snowfall totaled 1.05 inches. The warmest temperature Christmas day was only three degrees above zero. During the night it dropped to 16 below, a record for the season and the coldest recorded in the state Tuesday morning.

Sharp contrast.

Contrasting with zero weather are records of the three previous years. Christmas celebrations experienced the warmth of 33 degrees in 1930; 34 in 1931; 33 in 1932.

The entire month of December was mild in 1930 and 1931 but a cold period during which the mercury dropped to 30 degrees below zero occurred in December 1932 previous to Christmas.

Only .88 inch of snow fell before the holidays this year, but in 1930, 4.77 inches occurred earlier in the season; in 1931, 2.75 inches; in 1932, 11.5 inches.

Sioux Valley Hospital - A look at the newly completed Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital in 1963. The hospital is currently called the Cherokee Regional Medical Center, and has undergone many changes through the years. The latest addition will be complete some time in the near future.
Winter became a reality in Iowa as temperatures slid into the sub-zero depths today, hitting an official low of 14 below for the state at Mason City.

The Spirit Lake region reported the minimum unofficial low temperatures, thermometers about the lakes registering 22 and 20 below.

Snow is General

Snow was quite general in the state, six inches falling at Charles City while the ground was at least covered in nearly every section.

Two deaths attributed to cold were reported Christmas day. M. F. Killien, 65, of Iowa City, froze to death after he had slipped on a sidewalk and was knocked unconscious by the fall. Joe Olsen, 23, Cedar Rapids garage employee, was fatally injured when a wrecking car was struck by an auto driven by R. F. Nelson of Des Moines. Nelson said slippery pavement prevented his stopping in time after seeing the wrecker.

In Serious Condition

George Minnis, Des Moines meat cutter, was in a serious condition at Broadlawns hospital from exposure. He was found nearly frozen yesterday near Des Moines with feet, hands and ears frozen. Altho Charles City lost its usual honor of being the coldest spot in Iowa to its neighbor Mason City, the two cities tie for the heaviest snowfall of six inches. Charles City had a minimum of 13 below, one degree warmer than Mason City. The unofficial mark at Mason City was 17 below. Fort Dodge had 17 and Waterloo's minimum was 12 below last night and the temperature there had risen to 11 above with the appearance of the sun today.

Marshalltown reported 8 below, Council Bluffs and Des Moines 6 below, Iowa City 2 below and Ottumwa 1 below. The minimum at Clinton was zero. Davenport reported 1 above. Burlington 3 above and Muscatine 4 above.

Increasing cloudiness and possibly snow Wednesday was expected to bring added relief form low temperatures.

50 years ago

"Christmas Around the Clock" was the title of the annual Christmas show presented at Methodist Church on December 12 by the Quimby Garden Club. About 130 guests came to admire the 100 entries in the display.

The sacred division, "Divine Beauty," featured many Madonna's arranged in various manners with blue, pink, and sprigs of pine.

There were six entered in the coffee table arrangements entitled "Frost Christmas," attractive with sparkle.

Fourteen members entered "Candle Glow." Arrangements for TV. Various colors, shapes and sizes were arranged on pine and cedar.

Many mantle and buffet pieces were displayed in "Mantle Piece Magic." Sixteen were entered in this class.

In the "Gifts Gadgets and Christmas Greetings" classification many clever and useful ideas for neighbor, friend and the Christmas table were shown.

Six were entered in the dining table division. An outstanding display was a table-covered with a white lace cloth over a blue cloth. Blue candles were set in silvered leaves covered with angel hair and two small angles were at each base.

In "Good Morning Melodies," three singing choir children and pine were arranged on a red cloth.

Also displayed were many various shaped and designs of mobiles suspended from the ceiling. A table displayed the State Award on Therapy which the club won at Ames in November and the book made by one of the members.

The holiday tea table from which refreshments were served to the guests featured pink with a lace cloth and a centerpiece of white carnations, also a glass and silver table setting.

25 years ago

The maid's reply to the gentleman, "My face is my fortune, sir," has a modern twist in Randy Florke.

Florke, who grew up in Storm Lake and Cherokee, began a modeling career in New York a year ago and will start a 10-month world tour in late February.

Home for the holidays, Florke, 21, won't be overindulging with the rest of us.

"I don't drink, do drugs or smoke or anything," that would cause his complexion to break out, he said. "Like yesterday, before television, I was so worried I would cut myself shaving. But I didn't and I usually don't.

"It's not nearly, nearly as glamorous as it seems. It's not wonderful when its 90 degrees and you are wearing the sweater and working 12 hours. The money's great, but the jobs are few and far between," he said.

Late nights have to be curtailed, too. Florke usually get up around 9 and calls his modeling agency by 10:30 a.m.--and then every hour or so--to see if the agency has clients for him to see. "If they do, you go out and show them your book" a portfolio of about 25 photographs and magazine layouts, he said.

On days he's working, the agency shows his portfolio for him. Florke is an administrative assistant at a marketing firm part-time, researching a book on the beauty industry.

Florke has an associate degree in merchandizing and promotion from Tobe-Coburn Institute, a New York fashion career school. He enrolled in the 15-month course right after high school after entering a modeling competition in New York during his senior year.

"My desire was to orient myself to New York," he said. "I thought it was a good way to get to the city--a good excuse."

Florke was "discovered" by creative consultant Daniel Kelley when he was visiting a friend in a skin salon. Kelley asked if Florke wanted to do some modeling, and contacted clients for him.

At that point Florke considered himself ready for it. "I think I would have messed up if I started any sooner," he said.

Besides, Florke doesn't think his "look" was mature enough when he first came to New York. "It's still a little young." That poses a problem because his body is too big for junior fashions, but his face "far too immature" for menswear.

"So around 25 years old, I expect my look to be mature," he said, adding that most models are that age. Florke expects t keep modeling until he's 40. "My goal this year is to work really steady," he said. For his 10-month tour next month, he'll spend two months in Tokyo, Milan and Italy, Paris, Munich and again in Tokyo.

Florke has already had offers for television and movie appearances, but doesn't want to do anything at this point. "Because I am not good enough yet at all," he said. "I have taken (acting) classes since I have been in New York…but I don't want to jump into anything I couldn't handle and get myself stereotyped before I get a chance."

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