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Monday, January 5, 2009

100 years ago

Those who are inclined to think that the Cherokee State Hospital is a hard place to live should attend some of the entertainments furnished for their people by the state.

The festivities began on Christmas eve when they had their Christmas tree and a children's program. If any entertainment could be called the perfect one perhaps this was one. The state never having approved of Christmas trees on account of the danger of fire had their objections overcome by our superintendent who made this feature possible by having the tree wired for numberless little electric lights, the tree which stood all week was certainly a thing of beauty. The program that evening which was given by the children of the hospital and their friends in a little cantata was splendid and as children never fail to please the patients they no doubt enjoyed this entertainment the most of all. Miss Agnes Fish also had her child's orchestra out for the occasion.

Christmas day and every day and evening some entertainment perfect in its kind and gotten up expressly for the purpose of making the patients enjoy themselves was given. On Wednesday evening of last week another feature of the week's entertainment won for the superintendent and his assistants was well earned praise. The event was a "social." The patients were all invited to the chapel where tables upon which cards and games were placed for those who wished to play these games while others entered contests which had been prepared and appropriate prizes were given the winners. The games were concluded by a game of "drop the handkerchief" in which everyone participated and then they were invited to the dining room which was beautifully decorated and the feast that they there partook of certainly excellent. The success of the social would no doubt be attributed to the matron, Mrs. McNevin, who prepared such a delicious and the dainty menu for the "guests." In the dining room the prizes were awarded after which the patients were taken to their rooms.

The first Sioux Valley Hospital The first Sioux Valley Hospital was built in 1916 by popular subscription. Dr. and Mrs. M. F. Pitchard donated the site for the hospital.
On Friday evening two short plays by the employees, and they were certainly cleverly rendered, and together with the music of the splendid hospital orchestra, made a very pleasant evening.

Saturday night a musicale was given and this completed the week's entertainment but left happy memories in the minds of all and the unselfishness with which the superintendent and everyone connected with the hospital force gave up their time to make others have a happy Christmas will always be a pleasant memory with those who enjoyed them.

A very peculiar accident befell Express Messenger Harry Pratt Tuesday afternoon at Onawa. He made the run from Cherokee to Onawa that morning and while waiting for the return trip in the afternoon took a nap in the car. While sleeping two front false teeth loosened and he swallowed them. They were on a rough gold plate perhaps the size of a silver dollar and lacerated the tissues as they passed downward.

Mr. Pratt was brought to this city and taken to the Cherokee Medical and Surgical hospital where yesterday an operation was performed but Mr. Pratt's condition was such that it could not be completed to the extraction of the teeth. The plate had torn the tissues so that a number of stitches had to be taken to close them and peritonitis is feared, though Mr. Pratt is reported easier this morning.

75 years ago

Firemen were called to extinguish but 31 fires during 1933, according to records of the department. This was 11 less than of 1932, considered a banner year when only 42 blazes required firemen's attention.

Chimney sparks igniting shingles were the cause of 16 fires, leading W. I. Nelson, fire chief, to comment on the need for fireproof shingles. "With persons using soft coal and wood rather than hard coal in increasing amounts, a greater number of roof fires may be expected unless fireproof roofing material is used. In the old days of hard coal burners roof fires were practically unknown, the finer soot being less liable to ignite shingles," Nelson declared.

December Is High.

The largest number of fires for a single month occurred in December, firemen making six runs. Four blazes were extinguished in each of the months of February and October; three, March and April; two, June, July, August, and November; one, January, May and September.

Thirteen fires broke out during the morning, 16 in the afternoon and 2 during the night.

Most serious of the year was the blaze within the Lamoreux building on West Main street, damage amounting to several thousand dollars and necessitating redecoration of the second story and considerable repairing. Origin of the fire was unknown.

Cherokee Centennial Committee - In 1956 Cherokee celebrated its Centennial. Pictured above are members of the Centennial Committee: 1st row (L to R) Mrs. Don Wray, Meyer Wolff, Virginia Herrick, Charles H. D. Smith, W. D. Frankforter, Mrs. Paul Hoyt, A. I. McClintock and Mary Annette McCulla. Second row: Russ Froyd, Roger Millikan, Loren Anderson, Carl Schleef, Ted Johnson and Barney Bowen.
Second to this was the destruction of a Cherokee creamery ice house on the night of September 5. Cause of this was likewise unknown.

Other Causes.

Oil stoves figured as eccessory before the fact in four blazes. Greatest damage resulted in the Lew Smith home on East Main street, when a can of oil he was heating ignited.

Ashes thrown against the side of a shed, negligence in covering a chimney hole with wall paper before inserting a flue stop, burning leaves at the railroad crossing on West Cherry street, filling of a gasoline tank while the engine was running, thawing of a water pipe with a blow torch occasioned other runs by the department.

Gutting of a garage at the Sundene residence and subsequent destruction of a boat and trailer were of major notice. Dropping of a lighted cigarette butt by a bird was considered by firemen the probable cause.

Unexplained burning of a shed in which old papers was stored, blazing of a car in the junk yards and ignition within a tub of cleaning fluid at a dry cleaning plant were the three other causes for runs.

First large business deal of the new year was completed January 1 when Jos. Wostoupal of West Point, Nebraska, took possession of the Holden Monument company, corner of Main and First streets. The concern is among the oldest in the city, having been established by C. B. Holden, in 1882 at the same location.

Wostoupal has been active in monument work ever since he was a child. He is well acquainted with all details of such a business and comes with the highest recommendations. He was married quite recently and is now residing in the Lawrey apartments, 800 W. Willow street. It will be recalled that Wostoupal was a member of the famous University of Nebraska football team of 1923, 1924 and 1925 which stopped the "Four Horsemen of Notre Dame" two straight years. He has also played three years of professional football.

It was in 1922 that C. B. Holden erected a modern brick building at the corner of Main and First streets. In 1918 C. L. Holden succeeded to the business after his father's death, expanding the territory and continuing to hold the high rank of the concern throughout northwest Iowa.

C. L. Holden expects to leave Cherokee permanently, residing on his lakeshore property, thirty miles north of Grand Marais, Minn. He intends to develop the property for sale. The northland has always had a distinct appeal to him, and he spent considerable time each year in that locality. Mrs. Holden will continue to reside in Cherokee.

50 years ago

Seven persons met death in vehicle accidents during 1958 in Cherokee County.

The toll exceeds the number of traffic fatalities in the county for any year since 1950.

Only one of the fatal mishaps took place in the first half of the year. Three of the remaining six occurred during December.

Six of the total of seven were one-car crashes with the other an auto-train collision.

In five of the six one-car accidents, death resulted when the vehicles left the roadway and either overturned or struck an object in or near the ditch.

Four of the seven fatalities were on or near main highways and three were on county roads.

According to Iowa Highway Patrol records kept by headquarters here for the past eight years, the traffic toll was six in 1957 and 1953.

The score was five each in 1951 and 1956 and four in 1952. There were three highway deaths in 1954, two in 1959 and one in 1955.

The roll of traffic fatalities in the year just concluded:

Donald William McKeighan, 26, Cherokee, January 9, "motor vehicle off roadway" 2 miles north of Larrabee on Highway 59.

Donald D. Payne, 18, Quimby, August 28, "motor vehicle off roadway" one mile west of Quimby on a county road.

Edward Garrett Voorde, 35, Galva, August 29, "motor vehicle over-turned in roadway" 11 miles south and 7 east of Cherokee on a county road.

Mary Alice Clifton, 21, Storm Lake, November 26, "motor vehicle off roadway" 4 miles east of Cherokee on Highway 3 and 5.

Kenneth Raymond Clark, 41, rural Larrabee, December 1, "motor vehicle off roadway" 2 miles north of Cherokee on Highway 59.

Thomas Howard Fee, 35, rural Cherokee, December 14, "motor vehicle-train collision" at crossing one-quarter mile west of Meriden on County Road "S."

Milton Francis Mousel, 22, Alton, December 27, "motor vehicle off roadway" two miles east of Cleghorn on Highway 5 and 3.

25 years ago

Classical music lovers in Cherokee will be able to hear next month's Cherokee Symphony concert not once, but twice.

The symphony is one of 10 in Iowa to be included in the Iowa Public Broadcasting Network's "Symphonies of Iowa" series.

The network will tape the Cherokee Symphony's Feb. 19 concert and its rehearsal Feb. 18 for tentative airing May 10. The program will feature Shostakovich's Festival Overture, Bizet's Carmen's Suite No. 1 and Dvorak's Symphony No. 4.

Conductor Lee Thorson said the taping did not affect his program selections or musicians. "It will be the same people that play on a regular basis," he said.

However, a few musicians may join the 50-60 regular symphony musicians, Thorson said. Rehearsals will begin Jan. 19, he said.

The second of three concerts in its 1983-84 season, the Feb. 19 concert will be at 4 p.m. at the Community Center.

The "Symphonies of Iowa" series is tentatively scheduled to begin April 12 at 9 p.m. and the nine following Thursday evenings. Other symphonies to be included in the series are those of Waterloo and Cedar Falls, Southeast Iowa, Sioux City, Cedar Rapids, Waverly, Dubuque, Fort Dodge, Des Moines and the Tri-Cities.

Further archaeological studies of the Mill Creek Bridge replacement site will probably start in March.

Bill Bennett, county engineer, told the Board of Supervisors Tuesday that he had received word from the Iowa Department of Transportation that the state archaeologist wants to conduct a "phase two" examination of the site.

The county had been planning to move Mill Creek Bridge on old country road 21 to the west.

However, the state archaeologist's office conducted a preliminary examination of the site and found relics that indicated the area may have been an Indian campsite.

Bennett said the second phase examination will result in one of two things: either more of the same sort of relics will be found and the county will be able to use the proposed site, or the state archeologist will decide to conduct a full excavation, which will make the land unavailable until the archaeologist is finished.

Bennett said the chances of a major find are "excellent."

"They've already found some things, that's why they want to look more," he said.

The county will now have to wait until the proposed site is available, or build that new bridge on the original site.

In other business, the supervisors awarded a bid for the purchase of a new front end loader to GibbsCook Equipment Company, Sioux City.

GibbsCook submitted a bid of $48,750, which the lowest of three. The two other companies bidding were Herman Brown Equipment Company and Midcon Equipment Company, both of Sioux City.

A front end loader is used to clear ditches and snow and load gravel.

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