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Friday, June 5, 2009

100 years ago

A New Hand at Perrin's Tonsorial Parlors Wants to Observe Memorial Day at Sioux City--Still Observing Somewhere.

A new hand named Ross took fourth chair at Perrin's tonsorial parlors last weekend developed a longing Saturday night to observe Memorial day at Sioux City but lacked proper wearing apparel. Cliff Reed very kindly loaned him a good suit which the artist donned after closing Saturday night. He evidently thought a nice hat belonging to Porter Roberts went with the suit for that disappeared with the clothes. He was evidently impressed with the idea that so many old vets would want to be shaven in the "mizzon" city there would be a scarcity of razors for he also took with him three of Dana Perrin's best razors. Ross wasn't like the cat he didn't come back, though Messrs. Reed, Roberts and Perrin, were so anxious to see his genial face that they issued a special invitation for him to return which Sheriff Starr attempted to deliver but could not find the genial Ross

Fire was discovered last night at 11:30 in the Farmers Grain & Supply company elevator. An alarm was turned in and everybody made an effort to save the building which had 50,000 bushels capacity, but it was quickly consumed and the fire spread to the Thompson & Christopher elevator, a like building on the west the Farmers' elevator and coal house, on the east, were all consumed.

It was with the greatest difficulty that the town and railroad buildings were saved. Box cars were moved out of danger by hand. The estimated loss on buildings and grain is $25,000, and the estimated insurance on the three losses is $12,000. This leaves the town without an elevator of any kind for handling grain.

Miss Bernice Spinharney met with a very serious accident last evening. Bernice and two other girls were out driving, and about 8 o'clock they drove up in front of the Graves meat market to let her and one of the other girls out, and in stepping out Bernice turned her ankle in such a manner as to break it. Bernice suffered much pain until Dr. Wescott was called who set it and it was but a short time until relief was obtained.

75 years ago

History of Cherokee county will be related in pantomime, music and drama by Farm Bureau women who will present a historical pageant during the afternoon of Achievement day which is to be staged Friday, June 15, in the local Catholic church. Miss Pearl Sims, home demonstration agent, is general director of the program which is being arranged through township groups. Entertainment to be of interest to the public is planned. No admission will be charged.

Cedar township women will open the pageant, characterizing pioneer women, statues--Madonna of the Trail, Pioneer Woman's Goodbye, Determined Pioneer Woman, Tragic Moment, End of the Trail.

Early Indian Days

In the second scene of act one Cherokee township women will illustrate early Indian days. This will be followed by Pilot township women telling of the first Cherokee county settler, Robert Perry, and subsequent Milford settlement.

Early settlers in Pitcher township and coming of the Dunkards will be developed by women of that community. Included in the scene will be music as sung by the religious sect.

County Settlement

"Flow Gently, Sweet Afton," will feature the Afton township portrayal of settling the eastern part of the county and naming of Afton.

Liberty township women will spin wool, twist grass for fuel, make candles, bake bread and present a folk dance in their scene which will depict the Swedish settlement.

Scotch and German settlers will share in the historical pageant as the Rock township group demonstrates how women of the two tongues, although unable to understand each other's language fraternized on the prairies. The movable school house which was often stolen by pranksters during the night will be mentioned.

Theft of the Ed Rose home in Marcus township forms the theme for the Marcus women's scene which will conclude the first act. Music will be interspersed throughout the scenes.

Farm women in literature of the past--biblical, historical and fiction--and the modern rural wife will be portrayed in the second act which opens with a playlet by Spring township. In this the story of Ruth and Naomi will be told.

Heroines of "Black Soil," story of northwest Iowa by Josephine Donovan; "Red Dusts," laid in Minnesota; "Giants of the Earth," by Rolvaag; "Lantern in Her Hand," by Bess Streeter Aldrich; "Vandemark's Folly," by Herbert Quick; "Let the Hurricane Roar" and "Grandmother Brown's 100 Years" are to be pictured by women of Sheridan, Grand Meadow, Willow and Diamond township.

Amherts women will show how the modern woman benefits through the Farm Bureau organization, illustrating project lessons of the year. A symbolic scene will be performed by Silver township, the pioneer woman lighting the candle of project work and giving her young child to leadership.

The concluding scene will deal with girls 4-H club work and will include in the finale, the county president, E. H. Dull, county women's chairman, Mrs. Tom Lingle, township and publicity chairmen.

50 years ago

There are 12 contestants to date for the "Miss Cherokee" competition here June 10 with the addition of two entrants announced today.

The registration deadline for the event is Saturday, June 6, at the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce office.

Beverly Kruse of Calumet and Camilla Jeanne Hanson of Holstein are the most recent entries.

Miss Kruse is the 18-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Kruse. She will be sponsored by The Cherokee Newspapers. Salutatorian of the 1959 class at Liberty Township School, she plans to enroll in elementary teaching next fall at Buena Vista College.

She is employed this summer at Mugge's Store in Calumet. Miss Kruse lists dancing as her favorite hobby.

Miss Hanson, 18, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harland Hanson. Her sponsor is Delaplane Shoe Company.

The 1959 Holstein High School graduate names singing, sports and reading as her hobbies.

Entrants previously announced include Darlene Fay Rice, Holstein; Barbara Ann Brasser, Cherokee; Karen Lee Smith, Larrabee; Karen Burnstrom, Paullina; Karen Lee Beddenhagen, Aurelia; Dian Dobson, Cherokee; Marla Jean Miller, Cherokee; Phyllis Smith, Cherokee; Sandy Webb, Galva; Bonnie Blachmer, Holstein.

Wet ride - Pictured here is the effect of one of many times that the Little Sioux River has overflowed its banks. Water flowed down Beech Street and made cross on Hwy 59 a bit troublesome in this undated photo.

Many Cherokee County farmers are taking advantage of the federal government's program to help them observe the soil and water resources of their land, according to Louis C. Bengtson, chairman of the County ASC committee.

The chairman said that needed soil and water conservation practices were established on 468 farms of the county in 1956, according to the recently completed summary of last year's accomplishments under the ACP administered by the ASC office.

Bengtson added that so far in 1959, a total of 201 requests have been received from Cherokee County farmers to take part in the program for the year.

"Since funds are available to handle more requests, all farmers having a soil or water conservation problem are urged to call at the ASC office to get complete information," the chairman said.

He explained that under the ACP plan, the government shares with the farmer the cost of establishing needed farm conservation practices.

Practices offered in this county include: Limestone, sod waterways, terraces, erosion control dams, tilling and contouring. In addition, 12 other practices are offered in this county.

Bengtson stressed that one requirement to qualify for cost sharing is that a request to participate in the program must be filed in the county ASC office before work is started on the proposed practice.

Cost shares earned by Cherokee County farmers for carrying out ACP practices in 1956 totaled $77,262.

Since the cost shares paid by the government average about 50 percent of the entire cost, the total cost of ACP practices established in the county in 1958 was approximately $154,524.

Flowers that bloom in the spring brought inspiring beauty to Sanford Museum as Cherokee Garden Club presented its 30th annual flower show there Thursday afternoon and evening.

Mrs. Carl Goeb of Cherokee won first place and also a tri-color award for her arrangement entered in Class 16 of the artistic flower entitled "Spring Showers" arrangements in this display were to be placed in a pouring container.

Mrs. Goeb won the top award for her arrangement of yellow California poppies and purple Siberian Iris in a black Pitcher decorated with gold designs.

Winning first place and a tri-color award as well for her table arrangement in Class 17 was Mrs. Charles Berry. That class was named "Good Morning," and called for an arrangement suitable for a breakfast table including cloth, one place-setting and decorative unit.

25 years ago

Beverly Anderson, Cherokee County auditor and commissioner of elections, is predicting 25 percent of the county's voters will go to the polls for Tuesday's primary.

This is approximately 2,226 of the county's 9,064 registered voters. Of those registered, 3,161 have no party affiliation, 2,754 are registered Democrats and 3,100 are registered Republicans.

Anderson said 25 percent would be a fairly good, but mediocre turnout.

"Primaries in my 16 years in office have consistently been low regardless of candidacy," Anderson said.

Anderson said the Republican nomination race between Tom Miller and Robert Ament, both of Cherokee, for the 7th District seat in the Iowa House of Representatives and the Democratic nomination race between Eric Carlson, Marcus, and William Hurd Sr., Meriden, for the District 2 county supervisors seat will attract voters. Without these two races Anderson said 10 percent or less of the county's registered voters would probably turnout.

Other contested races on the county's ballots are for the 6th District United States Houses of Representatives race. Seeking the Republican nomination are Darrel Rensink and Garry De Young, and seeking the Democratic nomination are incumbent Berkley Bedell and Michael F. Flannegan.

Anderson said she doesn't think these races have instilled a lot of interest in the county, and subsequently wouldn't cause more voters to turnout.

Iowa Secretary of State Mary Jane Odell has predicted that approximately a quarter of a million Iowa voters will go to the polls and cast votes in Tuesday's Republican and Democratic primaries.

This represents just slightly under 18 percent of the state's 1,575,171 registered voters and would be the lowest primary turnout in the past eight years.

In making her prediction, Odell cited the fact that both Sen. Roger Jepsen and Rep. Tom Harkin have uncontested primaries for their parties' nomination for the U.S. Senate and no other statewide offices will appear on the ballot.

Odell said that of the 1,575,171 registered Iowans, there are 531,304 registered as no party, 51,371 registered Democrats and 492,496 registered as Republicans.

The Cherokee Area Archives will sponsor an open house at the Sanford Museum Thursday from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Demonstrations of archival activities will be given by Archives board members. Visitors will be shown how to mark and care for photographs, documents and other records and how genealogical files are complied.

Refreshment will be served.

Larry's Clothing - Larry's Clothing For Men was located on the 109 North 2nd Street, and is pictured as it looked in 1970. The building that was located across the street from today's Hinkhouse Hearing is no longer standing, but owner Larry Watts has recently moved back to Cherokee.
The Washington High School Concert Choir and Young Singers received bronze awards at a competition in Colorado over the weekend.

The groups participated in the International Competition at Estes Park, Colo. They returned from Colorado Monday.

The students competed with groups from Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois and Oklahoma.

The trip cost about $12,000. Most of the money was raised by the students through performances, concession stands and pizza sales.

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