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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Fire at the brickyard - In the fall of 1891, a fire ravaged the Cherokee Brickyard, which was located south of Cherokee, along the shore of the Little Sioux River. The brickyard was started by J.M. Starbuch in 1889 . He reportedly left Cherokee for the Klondike gold rush, and D.W. Townsend was running it at the time of the fire. He later remodeled the brickyard.
100 years ago

The friends of the gymnasium movement will be glad to know that the enterprise is now in flourishing condition. The delay in getting the building ready as soon as expected and the lack of heat in the dressing rooms which resulted in having to shut off the water from the baths were very serious handicaps during the past two months. These difficulties have now been entirely overcome and the prospects for the future are bright. There is now an abundance of heat both in the gymnasium proper and the dressing rooms will be maintained at summer heat. Cold and hot water is now provided for the baths and lavatories.

A fine line of new apparatus will be installed this week which will make our gymnasium complete as far as equipment is concerned. Additional improvements will be made in the dressing rooms this week. Better seating will be provided for spectators. Backs for the apparatus installed and other minor improvements made.

Ruins of the brickyard - A picture of the ruins of the Cherokee Brickyard fire in 1891. The yards were located on the River Road, where Christensen Bros. is now located. The bricks made at the yards were used for many buildings in Cherokee.
Next week will see the gymnasium in splendid condition for all kinds of work.

Many of the classes are large and will soon tax the capacity of the gymnasium. The high school boys class and the high school girls classes are growing fast. There is also a large grade boys class of some forty members and grade of girls class of about thirty members.

There is a growing class of young business men. They are having a fine time and more should join. They meet every Tuesday and Friday evenings from eight to nine. The cost is trifling and all are welcome.

There is a class of young women forming composed of teachers and young ladies above the high school. These classes will be on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from seven to eight o'clock. On Saturday night from seven to eight Miss Bridenbach will conduct a class for teachers and any other young ladies who cannot take through the week. Miss Bridenbach will have charge of the work.

There is some talk of a class among the married ladies of the city. Anyone interested in this class will report to Miss Bridenbach.

There are a large number of basketball teams forming. There will be a basketball team among the girls of the four classes of the high school and also among the boys of the east and west building are organizing among the boys and girls. The young business men as well as the young women expect to have teams. The young men of the Catholic, Presbyterian, Congregational and Methodist churches have each organized teams and have played the first series of games.

Tickets for the gymnasium and basketball work are as follows: Girls from high school down and grade boys 15c for season. High school boys, young business men and women $1.50. Older business men and ladies $2.50. Patron membership for those who want to help a good cause $5.00 These tickets entitles holder to all the advantages the gymnasium.

Spectators are welcome but must not go upon the floor of the gymnasium nor make remarks to those taking the work. The afternoons of Wednesday and Friday are reserved exclusively for girl's classes and only ladies will be admitted.

The only special requirement of boys and men is gymnasium shoes. Girls must have full gymnasium suits.

75 years ago

Date for letting contracts for county road and materials was set for February 6 and for opening bids on printing of the auditor's financial report, January 30, by the board of supervisors meeting in regular session at the courthouse Friday.

Culvert bids will be opening at 10 a.m., February 6; lumber, 11 a.m.; blade bids, 1 p.m.; gasoline, 2 p.m.

The auditor was instructed to notify township clerks that they will meet as a board of approval and consider township road matters with County Engineer Floyd G. Rubey at 1:30 p.m. February 9.

Adopt Resolution

Resolution was adopted approving transfer of $5596.37 from the road construction fund to the maintenance fund, that amount having been expended for materials used in construction work.

Budgets of the county offices were approved as follows: Auditor, $4,000; treasurer, $4,380; Clerk, $3,415; attorney, $4,010; recorder, $2,765; sheriff, $5,120; county farm, $1,880; county superintendent, $4,453.

Mrs. Garner Reemployed

Mrs. Garner was reemployed as overseer of the poor for the ensuing year at a salary of $600 for the period.

Reports of the county engineer, of Benj. Delaney, county auditor, and of U.C. Rogers, mayor of Quimby, were approved.

The auditor was instructed to refund excess road poll tax to individuals, issuing the warrants on the maintenance fund. Persons who paid $4 poll tax previous to the law which reduced the amount to $3 are eligible to receive the refund.

Bonds of John Hamilton, operator of an oil station south of Marcus, were approved and a cigarette license issued to him.

Useless documents, some of five years and others of 10, were ordered destroyed by the auditor in accordance with section 5139 or the 1931 code of Iowa.

Francis St. Paer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Claude St. Paer, was injured Thursday night while coasting on the Gilbert hill east of town. The sled crashed into the bank of the creek and Francis was thrown off. His head was severely cut and he was bruised about the body.

Dr. Allen, who was called to attend him, was obliged to use seven clamps in closing the head wound. Francis' condition was reported as being favorable Friday.

Of the 36 prisoners held for questioning or sentenced to the county jail the past year, 26 were of Cherokee, according to figures at the office of A. N. Tilton, sheriff. Four were of Fort Dodge, two of Quimby and Marcus each, one of Aurelia, Des Moines, Marion and Springfield, Mo., each.

Nine were held on charges of larceny; six disturbing the peace; three, driving while intoxicated; three, intoxication; two, had checks; three, forgery; one, wife desertion; one, embezzlement; one, illegal possession of liquor, one, rape; one, car theft; seven, questioning in other cases, as floaters or previous to commitment to the state hospital.

Of the group, two were paroled; one escaped jail; case is pending against another; one was sentenced to 15 years at Fort Madison; two to five years at Fort Madison; two to the state hospital, one to one year at Fort Madison. The remaining 28 either served their sentences in county jail or charges were dismissed.

50 years ago

Roberta Carstens has been named the 1959 Betty Crocker Homemaker of the Tomorrow at Quimby High School.

Miss Carstens received the highest score in a 50-minute written examination on homemaking knowledge and attitudes taken by graduating senior girls.

She will receive a homemaker pin bearing the slogan, "Home is Where the Heart Is." Her examination paper will be entered in competition with those of other school winners in the state to name the state Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow.

Each state Homemaker of Tomorrow is to receive a $1,500 scholarship from General Mills, an educational trip April 4-10 with her school advisor to Washington, D. C., Williamsburg, Va., New York City and Minneapolis and she will be a candidate for the title of All-American Homemaker of Tomorrow.

Winners are being chosen for 12,360 schools throughout the nation which enrolled 349,150 senior girls, the largest number in the five-year history of this $106,000 scholarship program.

When the new dial telephone system goes into effect here Sunday, February 15, residents will henceforth dial the fire station direct.

In the past, and until the changeover next month, fire alarms have been given to the operator. She, in turn, notified the fire department headquarters.

Under the new fire call system installed the past week and ready for use on February 15, a person will dial 5-2525 to report a fire.

The day or night man, on duty at the station will answer the phone and get the location of the fire from the individual calling.

To Alert Volunteers

By pushing two levers, he will alert all 20 fire department volunteers. He will then use a second phone connected to a Bell System recording machine to state the location of the fire.

This recorded message will be broadcast over the special lines connected to the homes of volunteer fire fighters.

In the event the recording machine fails to work, the man on duty is to throw a switch to "manual" on a third emergency phone and give the fire location himself to each volunteer.

There also is a fourth "overflow" phone which can be operated by central at the telephone company in case of an unusual situation.

Dial Correctly

Chief Dale Goldie advises that anyone reporting a fire under the new system take time to dial correctly and be sure he is giving the correct address.

"It would be a good idea for each resident to have his house number and street name posted on or near the telephone," the chief suggested.

"In the excitement caused by a fire, many people give an incorrect address."

25 years ago

Just when Cherokee thought is was safe to go outside again, the weather sent them back inside for the electric blanket and hot cocoa.

After a few weeks of comparatively warm weather, it's back to the layered-clothing look.

Iowa slipped even further into an icy deep freeze Wednesday and the immediate chances of climbing back out appeared bleak at best.

Temperatures plunged to below zero across the state early Wednesday. Mason City was the state's chilliest spot with 17 degrees below zero, the Associated Press reported.

Mason City residents had plenty of company huddling under the blankets, however, as Spencer had 15 below, Storm Lake and Dubuque each had 12 below and Waterloo and Ames had 9 below. Other readings included minus 9 in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Sioux City and 3 below in Burlington.

Forecasters say northern Iowans have little chance of seeing weather above zero while the warmest parts of the state will aspire highs of only 5-10 degrees above zero.

Tuesday's high temperatures included 21 in Burlington, 17 in Lamoni, 12 in Des Moines and only 11 in Mason City.

Light snow was reported around the state with Fort Madison picking up half an inch.

Bitterly cold weather will continue over the Midwest through Friday.

Another surge of arctic air is on its way from the Yukon and crossed Iowa overnight, bringing with it more subzero temperatures.

A slow warming was expected to begin on Saturday.

Sheriff Bud Stroud is cutting his budget proposal for next year, but doesn't know exactly where just yet.

The Cherokee County Sheriff's proposed 1984-85 budget is the first year to year budget since the Law Enforcement Center was built, and subsequently has a number of new items in it, Stroud said.

Stroud Jan. 9 submitted to the Board of Supervisors a proposed budget of $383,329--a 38 percent increase over the 1984-85 budget of $277,998. Monday, the board gave Stroud the budget back and requested that he trim it.

Stroud told the Daily Times Thursday that new items included in the 1984-85 budget account for about $43,624.

Because of a new county finance bill, $53,314 was added for Iowa Public Employees Retirement Systems benefits, Federal Insurance Contributions Act payments, lab service costs and car insurance.

These items previously came out of the county's general fund, and were not included on the sheriff's budget before, Stroud said.

Another new item is the janitor's salary, which on the proposed budget is increase from $7.25 to $8 per hour. The janitor's salary, payment for vacation help, and custodial supplies make up $19,860 of the proposed budget, Stroud said.

The janitor maintains LEC as well as the courthouse, Stroud said. "Somebody decided" that custodial costs should be included on the sheriff's budget, Stroud said.

Another item, which is a direct result of the sheriff's department being housed in its own structure, is utility and garbage costs. These items make up about $10,450, the sheriff said.

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