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Times Gone By

Friday, February 6, 2009

100 years ago

We had been saying much about the warm weather and wondering when our bad days were coming for the good ones and the worst predictions were realized Thursday night and Friday. All day Thursday it misted and rained and that evening the wind came up good and strong and about seven o'clock it began to snow. All night the wind blew and the snow whirled around in every direction.

Many window lights were blown out and coal house doors were torn from their hinges. All night Thursday night and all day Friday the storm raged. No trains came in expecting a train from the east which carried no mail and arrived here at eleven o'clock Friday morning and the train going east went about ten o'clock but only got as far as Storm Lake, where it was wrecked. The south train attempted to go on its run but only got as far as Correctionville when it had to return home. The north train made its run on Friday and Saturday both leaving here about four o'clock.

Last train out of town For nearly a century, passenger trains carried people from Cherokee to all points. Pictured above are some of the last passengers to board the last passenger train from the Cherokee Depot. The Cherokee County Archives are interested in naming the people pictured above. If you have any information, please contact the Archives at the Cherokee Public Library at 225-3498
The large plate glass in Sturgess Bros. store was broken Thursday night by the wind. The window in the front of the house occupied by the Chas. Lynch family was blown in and the parlor filled with a good sized snow drift. Bill boards were blown down and car roofs blown off. The storm door on the west side of the Lewis was also blown off.

At the Cherokee Medical and Surgical hospital considerable damage was done, a corner of the building being torn away exposing to the elements the room occupied by Mrs. W. O. Tompkins. She was taken to another room and though it was feared the shock would be serious she rallied speedily and it is thought she will be able to return to her home this week.

It grew steadily colder until Saturday morning when the wind went down and also the thermometer but the bright, clear, cold day was a relief from the fierce wind and snow of the day before.

Those who remember say that twenty-one years ago was the last real fierce storm of this kind but that lasted for several days.

The train that is usually the surest about being on time was an hour and a half late Friday morning the fierce storm which was raging being more than the train could handle and No. 104 found it hard work coming from Sioux City down. They managed to get here about ten o'clock and left here with a double header but only got a mile the other side of Storm Lake when they met with disaster.

The engines and all the cars were thrown off the track and considerable damage done to the track but fortunately no one was injured. Mullen was the conductor and Snodgrass and the Bird were the engineers on the double header. They managed to get the wreck cleared away by Saturday afternoon when the first train from the east carrying mail since Thursday afternoon got here about three thirty but on account of the wreck at Marcus they went no further but returned east that night leaving here about ten o'clock.

That same morning the Clipper No. 131 came up from Ft. Dodge getting here about eleven and got on through to Sioux City. It left that place on No. 102's time at seven-thirty and got as far west as Marcus when they went into the ditch, double header, coaches and all. This was decidedly the worst of the two, several persons being hurt while in the wreck at Storm Lake no damage was done to persons.

The train was not entirely derailed in this case only the two engines and the baggage and mail cars getting off the track. The conductor on the train was Harrington and the engineers were Packard and Todd. Ed Blake, who was firing for Mr. Packard was the one who was hurt the most and he was not injured to any great extent, his arm and side being slightly scalded by the steam. One of the engineers was on one side of the track and the other on the other side. The wreck was not cleared away until Sunday afternoon and the train got through to Sioux City, one going about one o'clock and the other at seven that evening.

This morning the trains are all running on their regular time.

75 years ago

Twelve speakers and three alternates were selected in elimination contests in the past week to appear in Wilson high school declamatory contest in the auditorium Thursday, February 8. Alternates were named to complete the program should any contestant be unable to take part.

Of the nine competing in the oratorical class the following were selected: Ernest Halford, "Dream True"; Donald De Witt, "Builders of Destiny"; Jeanette Peterson, "The Martyrdom of Joan of Arc"; Erle Stanford, "How Much Land Does a Man Need"; alternate, Emmadell Wayman, "Pioneer Blood."

Eighteen tried out in the dramatic division, those winning being Lola Schultz, "Connor"; Beth Kelley, "The Scar"; Dorothy Pelton, "Eyes"; Kathryn Kahley, "Glory for Sale"; alternate, Lu Ida McCurd, "The Chosen Witness,"

Humorous class preliminaries consisted of 25 speakers presenting readings with the following selected: Helen Cary, "Mrs. Cohen at the Beach"; Marjorie Person, "Aint Love Wonderful"; Eleanor Simmons, "Dollie Dependable"; Kenneth Walker, "I and Columbus"; alternate Raymond Heinen, "Boy Who Wanted to be Spanked."


Superintendent N. D. McCombs received word Tuesday of approval by the state department of public instruction of the suggested salesmanship class in the adult education school. If a sufficient number of students enroll the class is assured.

Persons interested in the course are urged to attend organization meeting at Wilson school building at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Those who are unable to be present because of the president's parties or for other reason may register Thursday evening. Each of the two meetings this week are for organization purposes.

50 years ago

Regular yearly school elections are due in Timesland district including Cherokee's on March 9.

Elections to fill county board vacancies will be held as a part of regular school district voting.

The elections are set regularly for the second Monday in March. Here in Cherokee the school board terms of Lee Miller and Joe Nelson expire this year.

Dr. Harlow Fishman has two years left on his board term. Board Chairman George Hicks and Dick Steele each have one year left on their terms of service here.


A petition of 10 qualified voters of the district is needed to nominate any candidate.

Voting in the school election here will be from 12 o'clock noon to 7 p.m. on March 9.

Nomination papers in all high school, community and consolidated districts may be obtained from and filed with school secretaries not sooner than noon, February 7 and not later than February 27.

County Supt. Of School E. F. Berkler said the Cherokee County Board of Education term expires in Area 2. This is comprised of Amherst Township, Cleghorn Consolidated, Liberty Township, Marcus Independent, Marcus Township, Meriden Consolidated, Sheridan Township and Bethel Consolidated School Districts.

Present incumbent is Luther Miller who resides in Marcus Independent School District.

The county board term also expires for the member-at-large for the area comprising the districts of the county school system.


They are Afton Consolidated, Alliance Independent, Amherst Township, Aurelia Community, Cherokee Township, Liberty Township, Marcus Township, Pilot Township, Quimby Community, Rock Township, Simpson Bethel Consolidated, Sheridan Township, Spring Township, Tilden Township and Wilson Independent District.

Merle Cave, a resident of Amherst District, is present incumbent.

Nominations for county board may be obtained from and filed with County Supt. Berkler.

Papers must be filed not sooner than noon, January 23 and not later than noon, February 17.


Ben Adams, manager, and Joe Cormack, service foreman of Northwestern Bell Telephone Company here, reviewed operation of the new fire alarm system at a meeting Thursday evening of the city fire department.

Chief Dale Goldie said the system, which is to go into effect February 15 with the switch-over to dial telephones was hooked up and regular calls put through to test the equipment and new alarm arrangement.

Present to observe the operation of the alarm system were four members of the LeMars fire department where a similar setup is to be installed next year.

Ted Johnson, Carl Eischen and Eldon Hatterman were named to the committee in charge of the annual Firemen's Ball to be held this spring. The date will be announced after an orchestra has been secured.

Discussion of fire apparatus and an oyster stew supper concluded the meeting.

Fires in Cherokee and the immediate rural area during 1958 totaled 60, according to a year-end report by Chief Dale Goldie.

Of that total, 41 occurred in the city of Cherokee and 19 in the rural area.

A breakdown of city conflagrations shows that five cars caught fire, there were 11 grass blazes and 23 miscellaneous fires.

Around the bend - Stock car racing was a popular event in Cherokee at one time, as pictured here at Little Sioux Raceway, which was located next to the Little Sioux River and East Main Street.
Two false alarms are included in the city total of 41.

"Cherokee was fortunate in having no serious fires resulting in personal injury of extensive loss."

"Damages were very small in city fires the past year and the department does not have damage estimates on rural fires," the chief added.

25 years ago

The idea of pooling local government funds for a better return received a lukewarm reception from area public officials.

The House Local Government Committee Thursday approved a plan under which local governments would be able to pool a portion of the money they normally invest, The Associated Press reported.

That money, in turn, would be invested by the state treasurer under the premise that larger chunks of money are easier and more profitable to invest.

Rep. Lester D. Menke, R-Calumet, a member of the committee, voted in favor of the measure and said he will support it in the House.

"I think it's alright," Menke said. "I realize that perhaps there would be people who would suggest that by doing that, the money might be going out of state for investments."

On the other hand, if the investment increased local governments' revenue, that could mean less money for taxpayers to pay, Menke said.

The measure's biggest advantage is that it would be optional rather than mandatory, Menke said.

Sen. Richard Vande Hoef, R-Harris, agreed, saying treasurers should have the prerogative to invest funds where they could get the best return.

"Local government bodies have been restricted as to how they can invest their funds and really, currently, the only place they could put them was in local banks," VandeHoef said.

However, he was skeptical of how much extra money it would generate and felt taking money from local financial bodies was a disadvantage.

Cherokee City Administrator Gil Bremicker also had a mixed reaction to the measure. "You have to balance the increased earnings with the need to support your local institutions," he said.

Also, the liquidity of the money invested under such a program is an important factor, Bremicker said. The city currently invests some funds for 30 days or less, he said.

Bremicker said he couldn't say whether Cherokee would take part in such an investment pool until the bill was signed and more information was available on it.

Cherokee County Treasurer Pat Carlson echoed that sentiment, saying she hadn't heard enough about it to express an opinion in favor or against such a measure.

I would have to study it a little further," she said.

Cherokee School Superintendent Mick Starcevich hadn't heard of the measure, but didn't feel it would markedly affect the school system.

"Well, for somebody that's got some money to invest, that would be great, but we are not in that position," he said.

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