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Friday, May 8, 2009

Cherokee County Courthouse The Cherokee County Courthouse was completed late in 1891, minus the clock, but it did have the Statue of Justice. Later pictures of the old courthouse the statue is missing.
100 years ago

Beech Palmer is getting more than his share of broken limbs. Something over a year ago he had a limb broken which laid him up for many months. Tuesday he was hauling logs to the Warren saw mill which was in operation at the Chas Wilmott place in Spring when one end of a log slipped from the wagon and in swinging round struck Beech on the leg breaking it below the knee. He was brought to town and the broken leg set and Beech is getting along well, but this second misfortune coming just at this busy season for teamsters is very tough and he has the sympathy of all our people.

In the Mayor's court Monday afternoon five tramps were given three days of hard labor on the streets, two of them showed a disposition to use the spade and pick and after a few hours were permitted to shake the dust of the city off their shoes. They got. The other three refused to demean themselves by engaging in manual labor and are having a season of meditation in the city bastile the inner man being reinforced three times each day by a loaf of bread and a jug of water.

Tuesday the court was engaged in hearing the details of a free for all Saturday night flight at the Ogle barn as a result of the hearing Mr. Ogle contributed to and Amos Green $10 to the town treasurer.

Tuesday Mr. Johnson, tinner for H.H. Toman had a narrow escape from death by falling off the roof of the court house when he was doing some repair work. He run a sliver in his hand and in pulling it out turned faint, remarking to Jas. Heymer who was assisting him that he felt sick and he was preparing to leave the roof when he fell in a dead faint. Heymer grabbed him thus preventing his falling to the ground and a horrible death. He was finally taken down the ladder to the ground where he soon recovered and he is again at work.

75 years ago

Family education This photo that belongs to Margaret Woltman was recently brought into the Cherokee County Archives with the hope of identifying the individuals that are pictured in the photograph. If you have any information on who these marry band of readers are? Please contact the Cherokee County Archives at the Cherokee Public Library at 225-3498.
George C. Mantor, secretary of the local Chamber of Commerce, was elected first vice president of the Iowa association of commercial organizations at the annual meeting held at Fort Dodge Monday.

Other officers are Hugh Lundy, Albia, president; Ralph Tackaberry, Sioux City, second vice-president; Lester Milligan, Mason City, secretary-treasurer. These officers together with Charles Mason of Cedar Rapids and Fred R. Kleeberger of Clinton make up the executive committee in charge of the activities of the organization which is a clearing house of Chambers of Commerce of 60 Iowa cities.

Principle subjects of discussion at the meeting were the sales tax, Iowa old age assistance act and the national recovery act.

High lights in the discussion of sales tax follow: It is clearly the intent of the law that the tax shall be added to the retail price as a separate item and the gross collected from the consumer. Purchases bought by the federal government are exempt from taxes. The attorney general has ruled that purchases made by the state or by state institutions are exempt from taxation, but that purchased made by counties, cities, school district and other taxing units carry the tax which must be paid by the purchasing unit. The tax is a part of each sale and must be added at the time the sale is made and not set-up and added once a month on the basis of 2 percent of the gross months sales as has been done in some cases.

George Campbell, third of the trio who pleaded guilty to driving the C. T. Simmer car without the owner's consent, was taken to Fort Madison Tuesday in the custody of Sheriff A. N. Tilton to begin serving a one-year sentence. Judge O. S. Thomas, holding a day of adjourned court at Cherokee, sentenced Campbell Monday.

Campbell escaped form the state hospital where he was confined as an inebriate April 16 and with Freeman Marsh and Chas. Bowers drove to LeMars in the Simmer's car. Plymouth county officers captured them as their car stalled on the railroad tracks at LeMars.

Two Others Sentenced.

Both Marsh and Bowers were given sentences similar to Campbell's by Judge C. W. Pitts April 18. Campbell, however, was returned to the state hospital from which he escaped again several weeks ago, being captured by Sheriff Tilton and Deputy Sheriff D. E. Danielson the same night.

Officers took Campbell from the hospital Monday for appearance before the judge.

Case Continued.

Plaintiff's evidence in the case of A. C. Kenny vs. A. W. Jones, et al, was commenced Monday. Defendants in the suit of Joseph Zeimer vs. Asa Wadsley, et al. defaulted on personal service and default was entered.

50 years ago

A Lutheran Women's Missionary League Rally will be held on Tuesday May 12 at Peace Lutheran Church in Marcus.

Some 200 women representing nine congregations of the Cherokee Zone are expected to attend.

The Lutheran Women's League is a national organization of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod which has as its chief aim the support of missions throughout the world.

Miss Harriet Lieske of Chicago will be featured speaker of the day. Miss Lieske, who formerly lived in the Marcus community has just returned from Nigeria, Africa where she was serving as a missionary teacher.

Headlining the afternoon program will be Mrs. L. Patterson of Aurelia, district president of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League.

Representatives are expected from Marcus, Aurelia, Paullina, Cherokee, Sutherland, Quimby, Correctionville, Germantown and Trinity Lutheran Church of Marcus.

The recent Boy Scout "Good Turn Day" drive to collect clothing for the handicapped at Goodwill Industries had good results, according to Mark Perkinson, Prairie Gold Area Council executive in Fort Dodge.

Cherokee Cub and Boy scouts were among those taking part in 111 towns throughout 19 Northwest Iowa counties.

Cub Scouts in the Prairie Gold area delivered 43,838 Goodwill bags to homes and Boy Scouts collected 34,148 full bags of clothing and other items.

The average bag return for the whole Council was 77.89 percent, the largest number of bags collected to date in any of the Prairie Gold Council Goodwill drives.

Cherokee had a return of 51.05 percent, or a total of 919 bags filled out of 1,800 distributed.

Collection of the bags here was handled by some 35 Boy Scouts of Troops 106 and 107. Neville Lucas is leader for the Legion Troop 106 and Howard Anderson for the Methodist Troop 107.

Percentages of collection for other towns in the Timesland area were as follows: Quimby, 108.66 percent; Holstein, 89.53 percent; LeMars, 87.59 percent; Aurelia, 74 percent; Marcus, 67.01 percent; Larrabee, 60.83 percent; Storm Lake, 56.39 percent; Cleghorn, 47 percent.

25 years ago

The proposed replacement of a bridge overlooking Mill Creek seems to be a victim of Murphy's Law.

The replacement project has been delayed because Indian relics were discovered on the proposed site for the new bridge. The old bridge is on county road 21.

The proposed new site is west of the current bridge and the Board of Supervisors wants to get the new bridge built before the Iowa Department of Transportation closes off a section of U.S. highway 59 in 1985 to replace several bridges on the roadway.

However, in light of recent events, County Engineer Bill Bennett said it is unlikely this will happen.

The state archeologist's office conducted a study of the site in March. Monday, Bennett brought news of the study to the Board of Supervisors.

Bennett said that the archeologists' office notified him that a Phase II study of the site had produced chipping hammers, arrowheads and ceramic remains of cooking materials. The Phase II study cost the county $3,000.

Because of the discovery, the archeologist's office is considering a Phase III study--a complete excavation, which could cost the county $30,000-$40,000. After the excavation, the county would be able to build on the site.

Jim Theier, project director for the IDOT and the state archeologist's office, said plans for the Phase III excavation are still in the preliminary stage. Before such a study can be conducted a recommendation must be made to the state historical preservation officer. The officer and IDOT officials will then decide whether a Phase III excavation is called for, Theier said.

It could be several weeks before a decision is made. Theier said materials found at the Mill Creek site are still being analyzed, but they may be connected to the large Cherokee archeological dig that is listed in the National Archeological Registry. Theier said the materials may be from around the same time--1000 to 1200 A.D.--and have similar cultural connections.

Bennett said he wasn't expecting a Phase III excavation. He said a man involved with archeological digs said there have been hundreds of Phase II studies over the years, but few of them led to Phase III studies.

"We always knew what the possibilities were. We kept hoping for what we would consider the best. They got what they thought was the best, and we got what we think is the worst," Bennett said.

The board has discussed building the new bridge on the current site. Bennett said he expects no problems with this archeologically, but said there may be problems design-wise.

Bennett said because of a bad curve on the north end of the bridge, the IDOT may not approve a new structure being build there. The board decided to have Bennett contact DOT officials in Sioux City and have them look at the current site to see if it could be an acceptable place for the new bridge.

"There's got to be some way to do it," Bennett said.

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