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Times Gone By

Friday, May 15, 2009

100 years ago

The Cherokee High School Athletic team will leave this evening to take part in the northwest Iowa high school field meet at Spencer Friday. Edwin Wilson, Harry Champion and Max LaShelle are entered for the 100, 220, and 440 yard dashes. Charles West and Kenny Larkin for the hurdles. Tom Knapp and John Rogers for the half mile and mile runs, Frank Johnson and Glen Curtis for the hammer throw. Kenny Larkin for the discuss throw and putting the shot, Herman Lueder for the pole vault, Lloyd Dawson and Max LaShelle for the broad jump and Tom Knapp for the high jump.

On Wednesday night the clerks held a meeting in the K.P. hall for the purpose of organizing an association which shall meet once a month for a social time and discuss plans that are of interest to clerks and their employers. The following officers were elected. President, John Greigg; Treasurer, Louis Adsit; Secretary, Laura Donavon; Treasurer, Celia Nordstrom.

All retail clerk's are invited to join.

A very successful convention of the Woman's Foreign Missionary Society was held in the Methodist church closing Sunday evening.

Three very able workers assisted. Miss Pierson, president of the DesMoines branch who gave a masterful address Sunday morning, Miss Joan Davis, Bombay, India, spoke efficiently the three evening of the convention. Mrs. Campbell with splendid ability pushed the business moving with alacrity and yet an excellent spirit prevailed the convention. There was an attendance of sixty delegates besides those in attendance of Cherokee.

A thank offering of $170 was taken Sunday morning including six life members of the Standard Bearers made by the following: Alma Bunn by the convention, Ruth Bond, pastor's daughter, of Spencer, by the grandfather, Robert Leeds, Helen Petersmeyer by the parents, Helen Younger by her mother, May Little by her father, Joseph Little, Clarence Tompkins by this parents. Seventeen young ladies were organized into a society of Standard Bearers.

The fine audiences completely filled the entire church Sunday morning and evening.

75 years ago

Waiving preliminary hearing in Justice D. J. Gilchrist's court at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Leslie Pitman was bound to the grand jury on charges of larceny of a car and resisting an officer. Bonds were set at $2,500 for the larceny charge and at $1,000 for the second charge. He was still held in jail at noon.

Pitman was returned to Cherokee Saturday evening following his apprehension at Sioux City. Local officials had sought his arrest since April 13 when the car belonging to Joe Huntoon was stolen from the private garage of the Hillside hotel. The automobile, practically demolished, was recovered in Des Moines, April 23.

On May 6 as Sheriff A. N. Tilton approached Pitman and a John Doe, also suspected of the car theft, to serve warrant of arrest, Pitman allegedly resisted arrest by fleeing when he saw the sheriff.

Two men from the state bureau of investigation: A. A. Robertson and E. C. Wentz, who had questioned Pitman returned to Des Moines Monday night.

Merchandise valued at $400 was stolen from Nagle Brothers produce house Tuesday night in the fifth robbery of the firm in six months. Eggs and groceries were included in the articles taken by the bandits who entered by breaking a basement window on the west side of the building. To enter the room which contained the merchandise, robbers removed the casing of a steel door leading to it.

Proprietors who discovered the loss when they opened for business Wednesday morning also found tarpaulins and other articles piled in a driveway which runs under the building, indicating that the robbers were frightened away before escaping with all their loot.

Off Main Street

The building is located two blocks east of Main street. At the time of the robbery the night watchman is believed to have been making his rounds on the other side of the town.

Larrabee Co-Op - Today the Larrabee Co-Op is part of the First Co-Op family but in 1979 it was still the Felco Co-Op. In 1999 the new grain storage units were built adding to the skyline of Larrabee.
Sheriff A. N. Tilton was notified of the theft and made investigation Wednesday. Fingerprints are to be taken.

On March 6 the produce house was robbed for the fourth time of the winter, bandits transporting 50 sacks of sugar, 18 cases of eggs and other merchandise in a new truck also stolen from the firm. This time the robbers evidently had their own truck.

The third robbery of the firm the past season occurred February 8, only a few articles being taken. Earlier in the winter, previous to January 1, the store was broken into two other times.

50 years ago

Well known Cherokee attorney and Iowa State Board of Education member Lester C. Ary will be honorary referee for this year's 21st annual running of the Tomahawk Relays classic here Saturday.

Ary's selection was announced by Tomahawk Relays officials.

The Cherokee resident is no stranger to track and the coaching field.

At one time Ary served as superintendent of the Sioux Center Schools, Rock Rapids Schools and Cherokee Public Schools. He also coached both basketball and track as Sioux Center and Rock Rapids.

Ary is a past president of the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the Buena Vista College Board of Directors for some 20 years.


In addition to his current post with the State Board of Education, Ary is a former Cherokee School Board members and past president of the Iowa State Teachers College Alumni Association. He is a past District Rotary governor.

Ary is a graduate of I.S.T.C., the State University of Iowa Law School and has done graduate work at Columbia University.

While a student at Iowa State Teachers, Ary captained the track and cross country squads.

Flames from a trash fire late Monday afternoon spread rapidly through dry grass in the area around the Cherokee radio station transmitter about 2 miles north of the city.

Although grass burned all around the transmitter and close to the tower frame, no actual damage resulted.

The Cherokee rural fire department called out at 4:43 p.m. started a "back fire" to head off the flames approaching the transmitter.

The trash fire which ignited the grass was on the Paul Phipps farm located on the west side of Highway 59, down the hill southwest of the transmitter tower.

Grass on the entire hillside and along the road parking burned, involving from 10 to 12 acres.

25 years ago

The bent bridge at Larrabee has caused headaches for county officials. Now it is causing headaches for some county residents.

Heat straightening of several spans of the bridge began Monday. The work is scheduled to take 10 working days. During that time, a section of county road C-16 will be closed.

Ray Mullins, Larrabee, said the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors made a bad decision when they opted to have the bridge repaired now. Mullins, who is running for the District 1 supervisors seat, appeared at the board meeting Monday.

Boy Scout event This Boy Scout event was held at Spring Lake Park but little other information is known about this event. If you have any information about when this photo was taken, contact the Cherokee County Archive at the Cherokee Library at 225-3498.
Mullins said Larrabee farmers use the bridge to get to their farms. The bridge is particularly important now because many farmers are plowing and planting, he said.

Mullins asked the board if the project could be delayed two weeks so farmers could get field work done. The board told Mullins that the project had already started and could not be delayed.

The repair project was slated for June 1. However, the date was moved up for safety reasons.

The bridge was damaged in December when an unknown vehicle struck several spans. Don Teitgen, board chairman, had been measuring the distance between the spans to determine if movement had occurred, said Bill Bennett, county engineer. Tietgen said the bridge had moved about 3/8 inch.

The bridge had been posted to allow passage of vehicles weighing up to four tons. However, Bennett said there have been vehicles with heavier loads going over the bridge.

"It's very safe for that (four tons), but people have been running a lot heavier over it," Bennett said.

Supervisor Dave Phipps, whom Mullins is running against, said he knew it was a bad time to close the road. But he and other supervisors said movement of the bridge has caused concern over the safety of the structure. Repairing the bridge now removes the risk of the bridge moving more and possibly collapsing, supervisors said.

Supervisor Jack Foresman asked Bennett if the bridge repairmen could work on the weekend so the project could be completed sooner. Bennett said he would check with workers and with officials from Neye, Tiseo and Hindo, Ltd. the Michigan firm supervising the heat-straightening project.

The detour will start at the junction of county roads C-38 and L-51, then go west four miles to county road L-40, north four miles to Iowa Highway 3, then east four miles to the junction of L-51 and Iowa Highway 3.

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