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Monday, March 30, 2009

Farmers CO-OP Here is a classic look at the Farmers CO-Op located near downtown Marcus. This picture was taken in April of 1972.
100 years ago

Marcus Township

How It Was Organized Only Three Homestead Entries in the Township

Southern exposure This elk was pictured at the Jos. H. Graves Deer Farm that was located south of Cherokee in 1900.
I.M. Jackson, of Marcus, was a Times caller Friday to pay his 38th annual subscription to the Times. Mr. Jackson came to this county in 1871 entering one of three homesteads ever acquired in that township. The other two were a Mr. Bowman who entered a tract on section 36 and Ed Rose who had the tract adjoining Mr. Jackson on section 20. All the other lands in Marcus township not granted to the railroad had been grabbed, principally with script locations by speculators, before the homestead law became effective.

These three, and possibly another man named Smith who did not own land, were the sole residents of that now populous township.

The settlement of the township was somewhat retarded by what was then thought exorbitant prices put on speculators land.

Cherokee Implement Co. The Cherokee Implement Co. was a John Deere dealership and a farmer could also get his Pioneer Hybrid Seed Corn there as well. The implement was located at 219 W. Willow St. were today the Sequins Bridal Boutique is. Note the parking meters that decorate the street.
At that time Marcus was a part of Liberty township, and the few residents had quite a skirmish before the county board to obtain divorce from Liberty. This township was making the less populous part, now Marcus township, pay for building school houses and bridges for Liberty.

Mr. Jackson says some of the bridges were built on the famous O'Brien county plan and even a dog couldn't pass over them safely. Those in power didn't like to lose the graft and the first attempt at division failed but the next year Mr. Jackson and his neighbor succeeded in having the township organized.

Mr. Jackson's memory of early events is reliable and accurate, and the half hour given us was pleasantly and profitably spent.

May he live in good health to plank down his fiftieth subscription to the Times. Such old standbys maketh the heart of the editor glad.


Excitement At Meriden

The announcement last week that the Wilson Bros. store building at Meriden had been sold and that Wilson Bros. would have to vacate in a few days created considerable interest which has been intensified by the issuing of a big bill announcing that beginning today the entire stock consisting of groceries, dry goods, boot and shoes, etc would be closed out at auction without reserve and no by bidding. This would appear an excellent opportunity for the people in the trade territory belonging to Meriden to stock up on goods at their own prices.

75 years ago

Chalk Drawings Entertain Rotary

Miss Irene Brady Illustrates Series of Songs.

Miss Irene Brady, critic teacher in the Cherokee public schools, was guest entertainer at the weekly luncheon of the Rotary club Monday. Miss Brady demonstrated unusual talent as an artist as she illustrated with chalk drawing a group of songs sung by Misses Leona Staver and Gladys Glawe, with Miss Geneva Nelson as accompanist at the piano. The group included "Just a Cottage Small by a Waterfall," "Gypsy Sweetheart" and "I'm Waiting for the Ship That Never Came In," closing with "Bells of St. Mary's," in which Rotarians and their guests joined.

Helen Cary Enters Declam Contest at Anthon Wednesday

Helen Cary, humorous reader, will represent Wilson high school in the pre-district declamatory contest to be held in the Anthon high school auditorium Wednesday at 8 p.m. She will present, "Mrs. Cohen at the Beach," the selection with which she won in two sub-district meets and placed second in the local contest.

Thirteen speakers of nine towns will compete. Winners are to take part in the district contest to be held at Humboldt Friday, April 6.

Towns to be represented are Alton, Anthon, Cherokee, Hawarden, Moville, Onawa, Sergeant Bluff, Sioux Center and Sioux City, East high.

50 years ago

A 30-Acre Housing Development

Homes In Addition to Cost $11,000-$12,500

A large, three-stage, low-cost housing development--the 30-acre Pilot Rock Addition on the southern outskirts of Cherokee--will be started this spring.

The development is under ownership of Rock Island Lumber Company in Cherokee. Making an announcement of plans for the large new addition today was Bob Fassler, division manager for Rock Island Lumber Company.

Fassler said the 30-acre area designated for the development lies directly east of the Cherokee County Fairgrounds. There will be access to the development from the county road at the south edge of the addition.

Work on the development will start no later than April 25.

"This will be an answer to a type of low cost housing that Cherokee has not had in the past," said Fassler.

Range: $11,000-$12,500

The homes, he declared, will be constructed in the $11,000-$12,500 price range, including lots, streets and utilities.

The area is being developed in conjunction with, and under approval, of FHA land Planning Service and houses will be built under FHA supervision. This will assure maximum loan value and minimum down payments, officials said.

Fassler said that because of the initial details and arranging for FHA and city compliance, contractors and builders of the houses have not been determined as yet.

However, it was pointed out that a large share of the overall work on the housing development will be done by local firms and labor.

Rock Island officials said the projected development is indicative of the company's faith in the progress and expansion of Cherokee.

Plan 102 Lots

The Pilot Rock Addition will encompass a tentative total of 102 lots, it has been announced.

The modern development will be divided into three stages:

1. A first stage--comprising 42 lots.

2. A second stage--covering 30 lots.

3. A third stage--with 30 more lots.

The low-cost, modern homes, said Fassler, are to be of the three bedroom variety. Actual floor plans and designs now are being formulated.

First Phase

First phase of the work on the development this spring will be on utilities, streets, curb and gutter installations. Construction of the homes in the 42-lot first stage then will follow.

Overall number of lots in the Pilot Rock Addition still is tentative. This is because this depends upon completion of engineers' work.

This work includes positioning of the streets governed by the terrain.

Several interconnecting streets are planned for the new addition.

And engineering tasks will be completed in about a week, according to Fassler.

Engineering work for the Pilot Rock Addition is in charge of DeWild, Grant, Reckert & Stevens of Rock Rapids.

The Rock Rapids engineering firm, which also has handled city street work here, has been n the job for about six weeks.

Fassler met with the Cherokee City Planning Commission earlier this week to discuss and outline plans for the promising new building development.

25 years ago

Girl Scout cookies as scheduled

Area leaders anticipate no problems

About 9,350 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies will arrive in Cherokee on schedule today, said Julie Smith, area chairman of cookie sales.

The recent report of tampering with boxes of cookies in the St. Louis area apparently has no effect on cookie distribution in this area said Smith. "I'm assuming the distribution of cookies ordered in Cherokee will be the same as any other year," she said. "There have been no reports (caution or concern) from the Sioux Trail Council Office in Sioux City, and they surely would have contacted me."

No one company bakes the cookies, according to Smith, so the tampering could be an insolated case.

Girls from Cherokee's 16 troops will begin delivering the cookies today and have one week to complete the task.

Smith said people could refuse to accept their order and if they'd prepaid for the cookies, a refund would have to come from the Sioux City headquarters.

The concern stems from the finding of needles and paper clips in four boxes of cookies purchased by a suburban family in St. Louis. Officials there had 17 reports of tampering, of which eight have been confirmed by police over the past two weeks.

As a result, the sale and distribution of about 700,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies n the St. Louis area was reportedly stopped Friday, according to an Associated Press report.

The move will cost the Greater St. Louis Girl Scout Council, the nation's largest, an estimated $1 million, said Carolyn W. Logos, board chairman of the council.

Logos said she didn't feel this was a widespread problem, but officials at the Girl Scout headquarters felt a responsibility to the community to alleviate public concerns.

Friday's move was not a mandatory recall, but people who had already bought cookies could return them to several distribution points, beginning Monday, for a full refund.

According to Logos, this was the first problem the Girl Scouts have had with cookie sales in 50 years. People continued to come to the council headquarters throughout the day Friday to buy cookies.

An investigation is being held. The council, along with the Missouri Division of Health, the Food and Drug Administration and the Little Brownie Bakers of Louisville, Ky. were investigating. This company made the 2.25 million boxes of cookies distributed in the St. Louis area.


No decision yet on fate of county-owned house

The fate of the old county sheriff's house, 521 W. Willow, is still up in the air.

The Cherokee Board of Supervisors discussed the matter with Bill Bennett, county engineer, at Monday's meeting. No decision was made.

Sheriff Bud Stroud moved out of the county-provided house in November. The move was requested by the board because of the building's high utility bills.

Since the move, board members have been discussing tearing it down and making it a parking lot. However, the possibility of using the building for storage has also been considered because storage room at the courthouse is dwindling. The board has also discussed housing the Cherokee Department of Social Services in the building.

If the building is torn down, it will become the property of the contractor who does the work, Bennett said.

The board discussed salvaging materials, such as cabinets, from the structure, but decided against it.

Bennett said the cost of tearing the building down won't be any lower if the contractor salvages materials, but hopes it will make a difference in the bid.

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