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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Ditch work - In 1910, while working on a sewer line near the 900 block on West Cedar Street, a cave - in occurred, trapping Frank McCarthy (1st on the right), who was quickly rescued from the ditch by the rest of the work crew.
100 years ago

The new arrival is an 18 hp. Touring car of Franklin make. It is built for four passengers, will carry five, weighs only 1750 pounds and is known as Model G.

The motor car, which is being exhibited by Will R. Johnson, is one of fifteen models placed on the market this year by the Franklin Co. The 1909 is a refinement of the 1908 G which was so successful that it did not call for radical changes with the coming of a new season. Commodious and symmetrical in design, it is comfortable and attractive. With full elliptic springs, thirty-two inch wheels and a flexible frame of laminated wood, it insures easy riding. Finished in royal blue and upholstered in heavy, hand, buffed leather to match, it has a classy appearance.

The ignition equipment is Bosh high tension magneto with a fixed spark. The

unencumbered dash is one of the features which contribute to the beauty and attractiveness of the 1909 Franklins the oiler and the coil box being removed.

White's Grocery - The folks at White's Grocery are pictured above loading up their wagon for house-to-house delivery. The White building is located at 123 E. Main St. and is currently home to BB Arcade. Also seen in this photograph are the stairs in which Florence Porter was murdered in 1901.
Last Friday closed the first half year of the school. A number of interesting facts are revealed by the reports on file in Supt. Mau's office. One of the remarkable things is that there has not been on the average, one child tardy each time school called. In other words there has only been 136 cases of tardiness among 918 pupils in a half year. If punctuality counts for anything Cherokee children will be well grounded in this virtue. Another interesting fact is that there were but six cases of truancy.

The high school has enrolled 202 pupils which is 46 more than two years ago. This increase is due in part to the commercial course.

The school has made good improvement in three lines of work during the past semester. The new organization of the work in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades is resulting in better work and is popular with both teachers and pupils. The plan is to have one teacher teach Arithmetic for these three grades while another teaches all the Grammar, etc. The change of teachers is a rest for the children and the teacher concentrating upon one or two branches can do better work. The best result will probably be noticed when these children reach the high school in that they will be accustomed to having different teachers and the result will probably be that fewer pupils will fail during the first year in high school. The old plan with just one teacher hearing all of their classes in the eight grades and on reaching the high school having to recite to three or four different teachers was so radical a change as to be very hard for a large number of pupils to do satisfactory work.

The military work, which ahs been practically abandoned during the past two years, is now in splendid condition under Mr. Chas. Moss. The boys will be divided into companies and a competitive drill held about the time of the close of school.

The Science department is now the pride of the school This is very gratifying to the school authorities since our work in this line of new apparatus, the fine new laboratory room with its modern conveniences of water and gas have filled a very urgent need of the school. Under the untiring efforts of Mr. Pierson order is coming out chaos and Cherokee can boast of one of the best high school laboratories in the state.

There are a number of other departments worthy of special mention but these notes are not intended to call attention to all of the good work of the good work of the schools but simply to mention a few places where we were weak and have been able to make conspicuous improvement. The superintendent congratulates himself upon the fact that there is no really poor work anywhere. The indications are that the remainder of the year will bring good results.

75 years ago

Falling from a truck, Fred Mason, state highway commission employee, suffered a fracture of the skull Tuesday morning, the wheel passing over his head. Mason remains unconscious, his condition critical, according to latest reports from the Sioux Valley hospital.

Four Miles East.

The accident occurred at 9 a.m. four miles east of Cherokee on highway No. 5 as a crew was on its way to erect snow fence. Mason, riding in the back of the Ford ton and a half truck, stood up to replace a roll of fence. In some manner he slipped from the side of the truck, the rear wheel passing over his head.

A.J. Jensen, driver of the truck, felt a bump, he said, but knew nothing of the accident until Johnson, sitting in the back of the truck, yelled at him to stop. Looking back he saw Mason lying in the road. He brought the injured man to the hospital immediately.

Livestock feeders will be interested in a new tariff effective on the Illinois Central and other western trunk lines, says T. V. Dawson, city agent of the I.C. in announcing a provision for free round trip transportation for caretakers. The following clause is effective January 10, says Mr. Dawson: "Caretakers (men) sent to shipping points to return with shipments of live stock that are arranged for or that are in transit will be required to pay fare going, but such fare will be refunded if person or persons so sent execute live stock contract within 30 days after purchasing ticket and do return as actual caretakers of shipment for which he or they are sent, provided such shipments consist of one or more carloads and are made under rules and conditions of the livestock contract."

"This rule," says Mr. Dawson, "permits feeders to go to range territory and personally pick their stockers without incurring additional transportation expense. This concession is just one of many changes published within the past two years for the purpose of making rail transportation more attractive and is one more indication of better understanding of the farmer's problem on the part of the Illinois Central."

With contracts completed, the school board anticipates that construction of the new school building at Cherokee will begin March 2 or earlier, if weather permits.

Selection of face brick for the structure which is to replace Garfield building is scheduled for February 10 at 2:30 p.m. Brick salesmen will be present at Wilson high school to show the board various styles and color of the building material.

Contractors Consulted.

All contractors who submitted the lowest bids last fall are willing to continue on the delayed project on the original bid, according to Wm. Shardlow, secretary.

Edward F. White of Eldora will be general contractor; A. McKenzie of Sioux City, plumbing and heating; Donald Varney of Exira, electric wiring.

The project, designed under the public works program to furnish employment for local men needing work and to replace the old building under the most economical plan, was expected to open during the winter. However, with the feared discontinuance of CWA work in February, the employment will be as valuable in March as it might have been early in the winter.

50 years ago

What needs to be done to prepare our county for life following an attack by nuclear bombs?

Headquarters of SAC (Strategic Air Command) is in Omaha, one of the first targets for enemy attack. The nerve center of our defense would have to be bombed at the start of any war of aggression.

Cherokee is less than 90 air minutes from Omaha, in the primary area of atomic trailout.

Many people feel a bit uneasy about our present state of unpreparedness for catastrophe. If--as a result of error on the part of those launching a bomb--this immediate area were to suffer a direct hit the few survivors would be in no condition to do much about helping themselves.

It is much more probable that we will not be immediately involved in the blast and pressure phenomena of an explosion. In that event, our very fist task will be to insure our own survival by protecting ourselves from radiation fall out.

Where are the Geiger counters in this county? Who knows what the present ground level of radiation is? Does our present water supply have any radioactivity?

If we are to do any kind of a job of protecting ourselves we must have the answers of these and many other questions BEFORE we find ourselves in the midst of disaster.

The second task is to prepare ourselves for the flood of injured and hungry survivors who may be brought into our area for care. Here an existing organization is of vital importance. Its members must know what shelter and medical care is immediately available.

Such information could protect us from the chaos resulting from a sudden flood of refugees and enable us to do an effective job of caring for those we do take.

Finally, the existence of a REAL Civil Defense organization throughout our country would add great strength to our national defense and lessen the chances that such an organization will ever be called into action.

A skeleton organization for Civil Defense now exists in Cherokee County. However, this small group of men and women can do very little unless the citizens of this area give active support and assistance.

Now is the time for letters to the editor. How do YOU feel about a Civil Defense organization for Cherokee County?

Financial support and backing for the proposed Little Theater in Cherokee has been pledged by the Recreation Commission.

If this community project is organized, it will operate under jurisdiction of the Commission.

An organizational meeting will take place at 3 o'clock Sunday in Sanford Museum here. Ronald C. Gee, State University of Iowa speech and drama professor, is to address interested area residents on the possibility of a Little Theater.

A question and answer period will follow Gee's talk. In addition, questionnaires are to be distributed on which each person present may indicate his special interest in the project.

Timesland residents interested in producing and directing as well as in acting are invited to attend the planning session Sunday afternoon.

25 years ago

Kim Anderson, a junior at Aurelia High School, was named the 1984 Cherokee County Pork queen at the 15th annual meeting Saturday of the County Pork Producers and Porkettes.

Her parents are Mr. and Mrs. Gary Anderson of Aurelia.

Reigning Queen Deb Perry gave a brief account of her year's activities including fairs and promotions and her upcoming participation in the state queen's contest at the Iowa Pork Congress in Des Moines as District 1 Queen.

Other awards presented included a specially designed key holder to Sharon Maselter, secretary for the Extension Office, for her outstanding commitment to the work of the Pork Producers. Board members autographed the token of appreciation.

Bonnie Sleezer, president of the Porkettes, received the Bell Ringer Award from Elanco for her outstanding efforts in support and promotion of the pork industry.

Also announced at the meeting was the fact that the fourth consecutive year, Cherokee County has master pork producer at the state level. Dennis Bush, named a 1983 Master Pork Producer will receive his award Tuesday evening in Des Moines.

Bush, who farms in rural Cleghorn, has a totally confined farrow-to-finish operation with 105 sows in the breeding herd. He began his hog operation in the fall of 1974 with a group of feeder pits.

Dick Hassler, head hog buyer at Wilson's Food Corporation in Cherokee, was named honorary master of pork producer in 1982; Dean Winterhof and Dean Will, 1981 and Jack E. Johnson 1980.

The criteria for this award include accurate records and a sound herd health program.

During the business session conducted by Butch Sleezer, president, the following township directors were elected for two-year terms each:

Blaine and Darlene Perry, Afton; Jack and Nancy Galvin, Diamond; and re-elected Gordon and Marilyn Alberton, Pitcher; Mike and Joyce Bechtel, Rock; Loren and Lynn Lundquist, Sheridan, and Roger and Sandy Johnson, Spring. The board will name directors for Liberty, Willow and Tilden.

Directors whose terms have not expired are Steve and Mary Bouchard, Marcus; Gary and Deb Nelson, Cedar; Alan and Geralyn Hoefling, Amherst; Fred and Peggy Jaminet, Cherokee; Tom and Jean Jenness, Pilot; Jim and Nancy Nelson, Grand Meadow; Tom and Shelly Mortenson, Silver and Darrell and Jeanette Ehlers, Diamond.

Guest speaker, Jim Ross, farm director at KMA Radio in Shenadoah, discussed out-of-state promotions and out-of-country tips--one trip mentioned was his journey with other reporters to Southeast Asia with President Ronald Reagan. He said 90,000 security people made it a safe venture.

He also commented on the state pork queen contest on which he has worked. "Each queen competing is really interviewing for a job," said Ross. "They work very hard at promoting the pork industry as well as giving of their time."

Judy Johnston of Cleghorn, currently district vice president, also serves on the queen's state committee.

The association noted highlights of the past year including the first "Little Miss Pigtail" contest with Kendra Mohn chosen of the 40 plus contestants; the coloring contest for second graders in Cherokee County Schools with about 400 students participating; the "Three Little Pigs" puppet show at the schools and other promotions and events.

There are 373 pork producer members in the county and 141 associate members.

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