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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

A busy day - The above picture was taken from a postcard that was in circulation in the early 1900's and it was entitled "Busy Day in Cherokee, Ia." and by the looks of thing it sure was.
100 years ago

The farmers of this vicinity held a meeting Saturday at which it was decided to organize a farmers state bank with a capital stock of $25,000. At the meeting it was voted that no one be allowed to hold more than $500 in stock, and after that announcement was made sixty shares were at once subscribed, but two subscribers taking the limit. If this bank is organized and one of the other banks is not purchased it will mean three banks in Alta. The First National, Jas. F. Toy's bank, and the Alta State bank having commenced business the 15th of the month having succeeded the private bank of Parker & Tincknell. The farmers already have a successful elevator and creamery and are contemplating engaging in other lines of business.


To the citizens of Cherokee county:

Soon after the death of Senator W. B. Allison, a movement was started first, by the Iowa society in New York, for the erection of suitable monuments in Washington and Des Moines to commemorate his memory. This movement has been endorsed both by the Governor of this state, the Legislature and State Superintendent of schools.

Committees have been appointed throughout the state to solicit funds. Without notification or consultation I was appointed for this county. In order to make this movement successful and the county represented in a creditable light I must have the hearty co-operation of all persons irrespective of party affiliations. It has been suggested as one of the means of showing our appreciation of his labors for state and nation, that March 2nd be set aside as Allison Day and the State Superintendent of schools recommend taking up a voluntary contribution in all of the schools of the state. The teachers of our county will please take note: they can if in their judgement deem it wise, post-pone the day of collecting the contributions say at anytime during the month of February. I should like to have them forward to me the contributions so that I can send them to the Allison committee by the first of March.

I have started a subscription paper and anyone desiring to subscribe to this worthy cause can have this opportunity by coming into office or mailing letter, no matter how large or small the amount may be.

Respectfully submitted,

R. L. Cleaves

75 years ago

Tracing the service of telegraphy from its invention by Samuel F. B. Morse through its extensive improvement and development by Thomas A. Edison and other noted inventors, Miss Rowena Jones, local manager for the Western Union, addressing the Rotary luncheon Monday, interestingly described recent advancements in methods of wire communication. She told of the laying of the first trans-Atlantic cable by Cyrus Field and of improvements that made possible multiple transmission of messages until now as many as ten messages may be sent simultaneously over a single wire. The Western Union, she said, maintains 25,000 offices with 60,000 employees and last year handled 250,000,000 messages. The company, the largest employer of boys in the world, has 15,000 employed in messenger service.

Methods of transmitting photographs and other reproductions including facsimiles of letters, as well as the teletype methods of reproducing typewritten messages over long distances as now in use by the great press associations, were described briefly.

Four New Members

Four new members were welcomed by the club--Dr. Forrest Barnes, Dr. M. P. Arrasmith, C. H. Diehl and Howard Hughes. James F. Weart was a club guest.

There will be no meeting of the club next Monday but on the following Tuesday evening members and their ladies will be guests of the Storm Lake club.

Thirty-two men employed on the CWA projects at Meriden and Larabee resumed work Tuesday after several days' delay by order of E. H. Mulock, state emergency relief chairman. The 10 women employed in the SWA sewing rooms at Cherokee also returned to work. Remaining 320 men of the county's quota will be put to work Wednesday.

County road clearing is the work underway at Meriden and Larrabee. All projects in operation previous to last week will be extended to provide employment during the next 10 weeks.

Wage Scale Unchanged

Persons are employed but 15 hours a week, and, for the present, the wage scale is the same as was in effect during the first half of the CWA program--50 cents an hour for men and 30 for women with a graduated rate for skilled labor.

Only a few changes were made in the personnel of the crews. In several instances the reemployment office discovered that men employed had fewer dependents than other men registered. Those men whose families are in greatest need are assigned to the projects.

Re-registration of the unemployed is well underway, the office reports, individual wishing to be listed among those seeking work are urged to notify the office or their cards will be placed on the inactive list.

50 years ago

Division I ratings were earned by 11 declam students and the one-act play from Aurelia High School at the recent pre-district speech contest at Sutherland.

Those receiving Division I ratings in speech competition were Mark Wehrspann, Shirley Kasterngren, Sandra Grieme, Janet Strampe, Janet Reinboth, Janeen Anderson, Phyllis Peterson, Sally Liebsch, Carolyn Bengtson, Joan Jacob, Iris Jackson.

Appearing in the one-act play were Jan Radke, Phyllis Peterson, Janeen Anderson, Sue Christensen, Jim Johnansen, Gary Peterson, Keith Peterson, Ronnie Wilson, Keith Peterson, Ronnie Wilson. Iris Jackson was student director.

Getting clipped Mark Carlson (left) accepts $2 from a cleanly shaven Art Lemley in payment for a shaving permit button. A Beard Growing Contest was held in conjunction with Cherokee's 125th anniversary in 1981. The Cherokee Lions Club coordinated the contest and sold two kinds of buttons -- one for those in the process of growing a beard, and the shaving permit button for $2 for those not wanting to grow a beard. Proceeds form the button sale went to the local club to purchase playground equipment for Spring Lake Park.
Three Aurelia students received Division II ratings. They are Rodney Otto, Sue Christensen, Robert Pingel.


Jerry Cameron, Cherokee, escaped injury Thursday afternoon when a Singer Sewing Machine truck he was driving flipped over on its top as it struck a patch of ice.

The accident occurred 3 miles west of Highway 59 and a mile north of the Quimby blacktop road.

Cameron had just pulled out of the driveway of the Harold Clark farm home onto a dirt road when the truck slid on ice, hit a rock at the side of the road and overturned.

The back end was full of sewing machines but all were tied down and not believed to be damaged.

The truck top was damaged to the extent of about $400.

Cameron was alone at the time.


Sub-zero temperatures gripped Iowa again Friday morning, with Elkader reporting the state low, 25 degrees below.

The forecast for Friday night calls for more of the same, with temperatures ranging from 10 below in the northeast to 5 above in the southeast Saturday morning.

Other below-zero readings Friday morning included Spencer 14; Mason City 13; Dubuque and Waterloo 11; and Sioux City 10. Davenport, Burlington, Lamoni and Ottumwa were the warmest spots in the state, with readings of zero.

The Saturday forecast calls for a little warmer weather in southwest-Iowa. However, temperatures in the next five days will average 5 to 10 degrees below normal for the year.

Little precipitation is expected through next Wednesday.

25 years ago

The Planning Commission and several downtown merchants Monday agreed on one way to nearly double downtown parking.

The plan calls for making several streets, including Main Street and Willow, one way corridors in the downtown area.

Planning Commission chairman Dale Galles presented the concept to the commission and several downtown merchants at a meeting Monday night. More than a dozen people signed a document indicating support for the idea before all four members of the commission present voted to recommend the City Council adopt the change.

The plan is aimed at providing more parking downtown. Galles said the commission had previously indicated to the City Council that it was working on the plans and the Council gave a go-ahead to gather input from the public.

"Right now, we have two four-lane highways through our shopping center. We have to decide whether we want this to be a main thoroughfare or a shopping center," Galles said.

Diagrams of the plan drawn by Bigelow Engineering Associates show Main Street becoming one-way eastbound from Pine Street east to First Street. First Street would become a one-way corridor going north and Willow Street would become westbound-only from First to Pine Streets. Pine Street would be one-way southbound to complete the circle.

Under the plan, U.S. Highway 59--Second Street--would remain open to two-way traffic.

By making such changes, Galles said, the city could change to angle parking in the downtown, area to create 49 more parking spaces. There are now 53 spaces.

Eight parking spaces would be lost, however, if the city advanced the idea of putting crosswalks in between intersections to aid pedestrian traffic, Galles said.

To build a new parking lot, Galles said, would cost in the neighborhood of $2,000 per stall. But with this plan, the only cost would be for paint and signing because no physical changes would be required in the streets.

"We're talking about a four- to six-month trial basis and just see what happens," Galles said. "It will probably take a few months to get used to it."

Donna Henrich, owner of The Bookseller, said she favors the idea, but "I think it's going to take more than six months' trial."

"One thing I think is good about it, is that it's going to slow down traffic on Main Street.

Merchants at the meeting also suggested the commission request signing for the downtown areas indicating two or four hour parking was allowed in order to discourage employees and employers in the area from parking in areas designated for customers.

They also suggested putting signs south of town designating detours for through truck traffic.

Fire Chief James Bleakly said the plan would pose few problems from the standpoint of his department because the fire department travels Elm Street more than it used Main Street in the downtown area.

Galles said the commission would take the proposal to the City Council's Feb. 26 meeting. If the Council approves the plan, it would also have to be approved by the state because Main Street has been designated a state highway.

But Galles said he did not foresee any problem in getting state approval because the city would be offering a one-way detour for highway traffic and the state would not be required to maintain the detour.

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