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Times Gone By

Friday, May 22, 2009

Cherokee or bust - Not much is know about this group of rambling cowboys, and the Cherokee County Archives need your help. If you have any information regarding this picture, please call the Archives at the Cherokee Public Library (712- 225-3498). Note the extra "r" in Cherrokee on the side of the wagon.
100 years ago

It appears that the suggestion made by the Times that when the Omaha excursionists were in Cherokee that their attention should be called to that thirty five mile gap between Onawa and connection with the main line, which prevents a direct through line from Sioux Falls to Omaha and which if closed would greatly increase the trade territory of Omaha and Council Bluffs is bearing fruit. We know of a number of businessmen who pressed this matter on the attention of the Omaha boosters and they were quick to see the advantage. They promised to get to work at once and the following press dispatch indicates that there is something doing:

Council Bluffs, Io. June 21, Special: C. I. Ewing of Chicago, general superintendent of the northern lines of the Illinois Central railway, was here today in his special car looking over the terminals of the road here and in Omaha. He was accompanied by C. B. Fletcher, division superintendent of the road. Though no official announcement has been given out, it is believed that the object of the visit is to investigate the conditions of the local terminals in view of the building of the long talked of extension between Onawa and Missouri Valley to connect the lines in the northern part of the state more directly with those of the southwestern districts. Mr. Ewing went to Fort Dodge this evening.

Scarcely a season passes but the Little Sioux near this city claims its tribute of human life. Yesterday the tribute was paid by Julius Boboltz, a blacksmith working at the Elgin Lent shop. Yesterday afternoon Harry Williams, Frank and George Smith formed a boating party which rowed up the river and started on return shortly before nine o'clock. At the mouth of the Badger Boboltz called to the party asking them to take him on. Williams asked him if he could swim and he replied "not a stroke." George Smith, who was rowing the boat, said it was somewhat difficult to manage it in the swift current, but Boboltz was taken aboard and all went well until they came to a bend where the swift current took them under an over hanging tree. Boboltz evidently became frightened and grabbed for the tree and the boat was capsized. Frank Smith who appeared to have a premonition that an accident would occur had removed his heavy rubber boots just before this and as the boat went over he made a jump for the tree and caught a branch. Williams and George Smith caught the side of the boat and were swiftly carried by it down the stream. Boboltz let go of the branch which he had caught and which caused the upset and sank beneath the swiftly flowing waters to be seen no more. As the boat went down the stream those clinging to it called for help, but although there were a number on the bank within call they apparently thought the men were fooling and it was not until they had gotten to the small bridge above the old dam where Harry Clow was waiting in his auto to bring Williams to town was aid offered. Williams told Clow that two of their party had been drowned and Clow ran to the A. Polkinghorn home and gave the alarm which was telephoned to town and the fire bell rang to give the alarm. In the meantime Smith clung to the tree calling lustily for help and Mr. Polkinghorn took a rope and guided by Smith's cries went to his rescue. The rope was thrown him and putting it around his body he was drawn to the shore.

Owing to the darkness not much could be done toward recovering the body of Boboltz last night, but vigorous efforts are being made to recover it today. Boboltz was an Englishman coming to this country three years ago. One year he worked for Julius Stave, but for the past two years worked at the Lent blacksmith shop. He was unmarried and has two brothers in this country, one living at Paullina, and Albert, a harness maker who formerly worked at his trade in this city, but whose whereabouts is not now known, but he is supposed to be not far from here. Mr. Lent said that Boboltz had a dread of water and although invited by him several times to go on fishing trips always refused and how he happened to be on the river banks apparently alone yesterday is a mystery.

75 years ago

Fire of unknown origin destroyed the L. M. Boothby farm home, its contents, a chicken house and 275 full blooded chicken house early Sunday morning. The buildings, owned by Bert Boothby of Cherokee, were located 11 miles southwest of Cherokee I Rock township.

Leaps to Safety

Russell Fairchild, a hired man, the only one at home, was forced to leap from a second story window to escape burning. Hearing a disturbance n the yard at 2:30 a.m. he attempted to switch on the electric lights. Failing in this he started to the first floor for a lantern. He discovered the fire as he entered the smoke filled hallway.

Flames soon spread to the chicken house which was just north of the house in the pathway of the wind. Cottonwood and elm trees of the grove, surrounding the house were ignited, four being cut down Sunday because of damage.

Save Some Furniture

Neighbors who gathered were able to remove a reed davenport and chair and one rug from a room into which an outer door led. All other furniture including a baby grand piano, partially insured, was destroyed. Relatives from Cherokee also used chemicals obtained at the local fire stating in preventing further spread of the flames.

Buildings Insured.

Both buildings were insured but the poultry was not. No estimate of the damage was made by the owners.

Lawrence Boothby left home for Chicago about midnight with two cars of cattle and one of hogs. His family was spending the week end with relatives at Cherokee.

Fire at Holstein

One of the most disastrous fires that has occurred here in a long time started at 3 a.m. this morning at the Albert Fritz farm one mile north and two and one-half miles west of town. When discovered by the family, who were all asleep, it had gained such headway that the largest barn filled with horses was ablaze. In just an hour flames had destroyed the complete set of buildings, said the finest in northwest Iowa. The most modern equipment was owned and used by Fritz in operation of his farm.

Every building but the house was burned. The Holstein fire department saved this structure by their hard efforts.

Fritz had the largest amount of grain on hand of any farmer in this vicinity and that with cattle, hogs, horses, threshing machine, tractor and electric light plant, were burned.

Fritz with his family owned and operated his farm. Several men were employed. He did extensive trucking business and was a big cattle feeder.

50 years ago

Class Night for the 56 seniors of Washington High School will be held at 8 o'clock tonight in the school auditorium.

Graduation activities opened Sunday evening with Baccalaureate services and will be climaxed with Commencement exercises Wednesday night.

"Entering the Race" was the sermon topic presented last night by the Rev. Owen B. Wilmot of the First Church of Christ. Special music was provided by the WHS concert choir singing "Go Not Far From Me, O Lord" and "The Creation."

Dan Hankens, senior class president, is to be program chairman for Class Night. He also will present the gift from the class of 1959 to the school.

The valedictory and salutatory addresses will be given by Patricia Miller and Delores Bengtson, respectively.

Principal E. L Gustafson is to present honor awards. A special award will be made by George Hicks, president of the Board of Education.

A fun day at Spring Lake Park - For many of our younger readers, it is hard to believe that at one time not only was swimming allowed at Spring Lake Park, a dock with a diving board was also part of the fun.
Other class officers are James Mueller, vice president; Melba Whitcomb, secretary; Denzel Benson, treasurer.

The class motto is "The Door to Success Is Labeled 'Push.'" Colors are orchid and silver with the orchid as class flower.

25 years ago

1916 barn's fate still in air, repairs needed

Despite a lengthy discussion by the Cherokee County Conservation Board Thursday, the fate of the barn at the Silver Sioux Recreation Center is still up in the air.

The discussion on whether to tear down the dilapidated barn or repair its roof and other structural problems has been going on for several years.

After a motion to abandon the repair project failed Thursday, the board decided to meet with the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors next month to discuss the financial aspects of fixing the barn.

One thing they will discuss with the supervisors is the conservation budget's $25,000 reserve fund which can be used for land acquisitions and capital improvements. The board was not sure whether repairing the barn could be considered capital improvements.

The barn was built around 1916, said Ron Dudley, conservation board executive director. It is one of the last cedar pole barns left in the county. Dudley said the problem with the barn is wood shingles on the roof which have deteriorated.

One of the cons to repairing the barn is the cost. Dudley said the shingles alone will cost between $7,000 and $8,000.

The board has discussed getting volunteers to do the work, but decided that the liability risk was too great.

Board member Duane Kent, Aurelia, said he was afraid other Silver Sioux projects would suffer if conservation workers had to spend time working on the barn.

To avoid this and to insure an acceptable job, the idea of bidding the project was approached. However, the board noted it a contractor did the job it would probably cost $15,000 to $20,000, just to repair the roof.

Dudley said there would be about $20,000 in this year's budget to do repairs. However, in order to spend this money the project would have to be let and completed by July 1, the beginning of the next fiscal year.

Because there would not be enough time to get the project done, and because of the financial problems, the board decided to meet with the county supervisors.

At April's meeting the board received a letter from the county 4-H council which stated the group supported repairing the barn.

Board member Francis Wendt, Marcus, said he wanted the barn repaired because of the history it has with Silver Sioux. He said the barn would attract people wanting to hold large gatherings.

The board also took the following actions.

Tabled discussions about wage and salary considerations for Dudley and conservation officer Lon Allen until the next meeting. The board asked Dudley to compile salary and insurance comparisons with other counties.

Adjusted the minutes of last month's meeting concerning a new policy on keg parties at Cherokee County parks. Under a new state park rule the person or group sponsoring the party must sign a permit accepting all responsibility and put a $100 deposit down with the conservation office. The board decided to make the rule apply at county parks without the deposit.

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