Times Gone By

Tuesday, March 10, 2009
"I deliver the Goods" This picture was taken around 1914, and pictures the first oil delivery in Marcus. This picture belonged to Robert Boothby Sr. The caption on the lower right reads, "I deliver the Goods"

100 years ago

"The Corn Specials" of a few years back which have done so much is increasing corn yields by giving information as to selection of seed and culture of corn is now to be followed by an "Oats Special." The cars will be especially fitted to aid Prof. Holden, of Ames, and assistants in giving lectures and demonstrations which will, it is hoped result in better and larger oat crops. At the smaller stations thirty minute talks will be given in the cars and all farmers are invited to be present. In a number of towns there will be longer lectures in halls. Cherokee is one of them. The special will arrive at 7:15 p.m. March 11th and there will be a free lecture at the court house that evening. Every farmer tributary to Cherokee should attend this lecture, and it won't hurt the people to attend. Also other car meetings for this county will be Thursday, Marcy 11th, Aurelia 2:30 p.m., Quimby 3:45 p.m., Washta 4:25 p.m., Larrabee 9:00 a.m., March 12th.

The Aurelia Sentinel of February 29, after announcing a change of ownership and arrangements made for subscription accounts gives the following interesting data:

"It was August 15, 1893, the present proprietor purchased the Sentinel office of C. G. Bundy. Since that time the paper has grown from a small concern to nearly the limit and for the past two years has been one of the official papers of Cherokee county. The paper has enjoyed a fine run of business of late years and like every other business it takes hustling to get it.

Aurelia business men have a good reputation and always know a good thing when they see it. They have patronized the paper liberally and have our thanks for this and we bespeak for Mr. Crabb the same liberal patronage. That the people have fully appreciated the Sentinel and the efforts put forth to make it a good county paper is attested by the number of subscribers who read it every week. The new proprietor is a newspaper man and printer of considerable experience and for the past few years has conducted the Hinton Gazette. He will give Cherokee county a good paper and meet with unqualified success. Our people will be glad to know and it is a pleasure for us to announce that the paper will fall into good and competent hands.

While we have some things in view, for a few months, nothing definite will be undertaken. We will take a little rest."

The Sentinel has well covered its field under the management of Mr. Lloyd and has been that most desirable thing in a family paper, clean. It has never been necessary for heads of families to first look over the Sentinel to see whether there wasn't something in it which the children ought not to see. What Mr. Lloyd intends to do in the future is not stated, but the newspaper boys will all hope that his lines may fall in pleasant places. The new editor will have their best wishes for his success.

75 years ago

Extra! Extra! Here is a look at the staff of the "Marcus News." Unfortunately, the date of the photo is unknown.

Many will move from this neighborhood March 1. A partial list includes Mr. and Mrs. Victor Frank and family and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Frank to a farm south of Diamond Center; Chas. And Alpha Bruce families from the eastern part of Iowa will move on the farm which they own, vacated by Victor Frank. The Dan Dunn family of Afton township will move on the farm vacated by Paul Frank. The Oscar Gustafson family from near Alta will move to the farm vacated by Berger Samuelson. The Samuelson family is moving on their own farm northwest of Quimby. The Tony Carlson family is moving to a farm near Galva. The Oscar Carlson family is moving to a farm near Truesdale, Ia., The Harold Allen family is moving on a farm near Quimby. The Henry Sievert family who has worked for Victor George the past year has moved to Cherokee.

Ray Miner, former manager of the Farmers Elevator at Meriden who was indicted in 1932 on an alleged charge of embezzlement, was returned to Cherokee from Worthington, Minn., Monday by Sheriff A. N. Tilton and the Cherokee county attorney. Miner has been at liberty without bond. It is expected that his trial will be held during the March term of Cherokee district court.

Indicted by the grand jury of the October, 1932, term of court, Miner was not called to trial until September, 1933. At this time a motion to dismiss the indictment was overruled. A plea of the defendant to the jurisdiction of the court was submitted and overruled in November, 1933.

Miner was at Worthington two weeks. Monday morning Tilton notified officers to hold him for return to Cherokee.

Nels A. Christensen, brother of D. E. Christensen of Cherokee, has been recommended by Congressman Guy M. Gillette for the postmastership of Alta. He is to receive $2,300 a year. It is reported that he served in this capacity several years ago.

Five other postmasters for northwest Iowa offices were appointed this week. Martin C. Ennor was named for George and will receive an annual salary of $2,000; Justin Foley, Sanborn, $2,100; Wm. J. Hollander, Sheldon, $2,700; Thos. B. O'Donnell, Anthon, $1,900; H. M. Michaelson, Sergeant Bluff, $1,400.

50 years ago

Manager Ben Adams of Northwestern Bell Telephone Company here appealed to the public today to use greater care in dialing numbers.

"Since the conversion to dial, some 15 false alarm calls have been made to the City Fire department through mistakes in dialing," Adams said.

There also have been many incidents of wrong numbers being dialed.

The Northwestern Bell official stressed that it would be much appreciated by both the fire department and the telephone company if people will take time to dial correctly.

Residents are reminded of a concert at 8 o'clock tonight in Washington High School auditorium.

The program will be given by the concert band and five choral groups under direction of Norm Meyer and Don McCarthy.

Some 180 students will take part in the concert featuring musical selections from popular Broadway shows.

Highlighting the band numbers is to be a trumpet trio comprised of Rex Ritz, Roger Fuhrman and Ronald Christ.

Tickets may be obtained at the door.

Three men have filed for election to the Board of Directors of the Aurelia Community School.

Two directors are to be elected March 9 at the annual school election.

Running for reelection to three-year terms are Robert Parrott and Verner Johnson, Melvin Johnson also has filed for a three-year term.

Aurelia voters also will elect a member-at-large to the Cherokee County Board of Education. Candidates are Merle Cave, incumbent, and Emil Lundsgaard.

Present members of the Aurelia School Board are Rueben Ohlson, Robert Parrott, Verner Johnson, J. Lester Anderson and Howard Peterson.

25 years ago

It's Friday night. Iowa Highway Patrolman Dan Maier is behind the wheel, and I'm scribbling notes in the dark.

We're cruising the city streets, the state highways and the county roads, watching for speeders, drunk drivers and other assorted traffic violators. By the way, my name's Sullivan, I'm a reporter.

Maier's been a patrolman since August. He patrols Cherokee, Ida, Sac, Buena Vista, Woodbury and Plymouth counties.

On an average night he drives about 100 to 150 miles. That's a lot of pavement and tire tread, but Maier doesn't mind, he says the job has a lot of diversity.

"Every person is different--their attitude, sense of humor. I love working with people like this," he said.

A car with a dark front headlight drives by. Maier does a quick U-turn and goes after it. The blind headlight is hazardous because of the foggy conditions, Maier said.

He pulls the car over, and when the driver gets in the back seat of the patrolcar, I immediately sense he's got a lot more to worry about than a busted headlight--he smells like he took a bath in Budweiser.

Maier explains why he stopped him, then asks if he's had anything to drink. Maier asks him to do a few routine tests: reciting the ABC's and counting off on his fingers. The driver doesn't score well on either.

Maier keeps the conversation flowing, asking about the driver's occupation, where he was coming from and where he was going.

Meanwhile, a breath tester is warming up in Maier's arm pit. The warming up takes about 15-minutes. The questions posed to the driver give Maier some insight about the man.

Maier explains the breath tester and tells the driver to blow in it. The driver obliges, if he didn't he would've immediately been brought in on a drunk-driving charge.

The breath tester is an ironic device. One blows in it to indicate how much alcohol is in the bloodstream, but blowing it results in a noise like a party-horn on New Year's Eve.

The driver scores low on the test and is able to go on his way, but with a warning about he broken headlight and with the beer that was in the car locked in the trunk.

With the current anti-drunk driver attitude, it would be easy to treat a possible OWI with something less than respect. However, Maier treats the people he pulls over with politeness and respect, the way he expects to be treated by them.

Maier said 90 percent of those who are stopped have a good attitude, but there are there are the occasions when the person who is stopped isn't as polite as the patrolman. In these cases Maier tells the person to save it for a judge, and goes on writing out a ticket.

"I write according to how their mandible (that's the jawbone) works," he said.

A tractor-trailer truck comes over a hill, the radar device immediately registers 67 miles an hour. A moment later it registers 63 miles an hour.

"He's got a fuzz buster," Maier says as he whirls around and goes after the truck.

Maier pulls the truck onto a gravel road where it won't get stuck in a ditch.

The trucker gets in the back seat and asks if he could just get a warning ticket. Maier says no. The trucker then asks if he could pay the fine there. Maier says no again.

Maier asks about the fuzz-buster.

The trucker obviously relies heavily on the warning device, telling Maier when he saw the red lights it scared the dickens (not the word he used) out of him.

"It's paid for itself, though," the trucker said.

As the night progresses Maier pulls over two more speeders: a homebound college kid and a teacher.

The kid talks about the Olympics and the stupid books at college. The teacher is a little disgruntled, she has been driving a number of hours and is almost to her destination.

"I've had a horrible day, I guess this tops it off," she says.

Each stop is a new situation for Maier, a new attitude to deal with. Though these new attitudes keep the diversity of Maier's job alive, there is always the possibility it can become routine. One more speeding ticket, one more drunk driving arrest.

"You have to have the ability to handle the situations. Think and sort out the details. It's a challenge each time. I hope it never gets to be routine," he said.

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