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Friday, June 12, 2009

Illinois Central crew - Here is a look at the men who made up the Illinois Central train crew Group #10. This picture was taken in 1896.
100 years ago

Hoping to ward off a marriage between her son, Ralph W. Stevens, and Miss Leah Cooper, both of Correctionville, Ia. Mrs. Stevens over the long distance telephone last night implored Nigh Captain "Jack" Newell to place her son under arrest or do something to ward off the proposed nuptials.

Stevens yesterday called at the county clerk's office with a friend and demanded a license for himself and Miss Cooper, giving his age as 21 and that of his fair sweetheart as 18. The publishing of the license caused relatives in Sioux City who saw the notice to telephone to Correctionville to investigate the matter. When the mother was informed of her son's step she said he was only 18 years old and that she would not consent to the marriage.

Cherokee Roundhouse - Pictured is the shop crew at the Cherokee Roundhouse in 1904. The roundhouse was located south of where the Cherokee grain elevators now sit.
An investigation at Correctionville developed that fact that Miss Cooper was in that town and according to the information given out at police headquarters the girl is under surveillance. Relatives of the young man in this city last night visited all the hotels in the city, but were unable to locate him and it is feared the girl will leave Correctionville to meet him at some appointed place.

Capt. Newell informed the anxious mother last night that he would be unable to stop the completion of the Dan Cupid plot without papers from Correctionville authorizing such action. It was said the two had not been married up to a late hour last night. The question now is, will the anxious parent or the little blind god win in the struggle.

75 years ago

Floyd Stoneking suffered a severely injured left hand when it was caught between two kegs of beer Saturday.

Amputation of one finger at the second joint was necessary and it is feared another may have to be removed as the entire finger was badly crushed and infection may result.

Lowest of 10 bidders, Evans construction company of Early was awarded the gravel contract let Monday afternoon by the board of supervisors. The wining bid of $8,135.70 was but $130.05 less than that of J. H. Hartzell company of Early, second lowest bidder.

1920 crew - Pictured in front of this steam locomotive is the railroad crew of the Illinois Central line in the 1920's. Pictured above in the back are: E. Smith, P.H. Carpenter. Front row: Frank Darr, L.P. Lawrence, E.F. Whitmer and G.I. Fuhrman.
The letting involved 24,500 cubic yards of gravel, 130,050 additional one-half mile units and 3,200 cubic yards stripping pit. Gravel is to be used for surfacing trunk and local roads in various sections of the county. Material for Tilden township is to be taken from the Simonsen pit and for Amherst from the Falke pit.

Report Approved

During the regular session the board approved of the inspection report Floyd G. Rubey, county engineer, and recommended that certain roads be incorporated in gravel assessment districts as sought by property owners who have signed petitions to that effect. It was also recommended that the assessment spread over lands within one-half mile form the improvements.

Roads considered include one mile in Liberty, three in Cedar, two and one-half in Cherokee, six in Tilden, five in Pitcher and Pilot. All of the roads included are graded and drained, making necessary only minor repairs in preparation for surfacing.

July third was set as the date for receiving bids for coal to supply the courthouse and county farm. Contract with the Iowa Public Service company, providing for electrical power at the courthouse and county farm, was approved and the office of F.M. Tyner, county treasurer, was checked.

F.R. DeWitt was allowed $12 from the domestic animal claim fund for two ewes killed by dogs and claims of Elmer Peck, previously allowed, were raised from $15 to $18 and from $42 to $48.

50 years ago

Summer playground activities will begin Monday and continue for eight weeks until August 8.

That part of the annual recreation program is under direction of Mrs. Jack Sandvig, playground coordinator.

Playgrounds are to be at Garfield and Webster schools for all children from 5 through 10 years of age, including those who just completed fifth grade.

Hours will be 9 to 11:15 a.m. Monday through Thursday for this age group.

Ann Alloway, director at Garfield, will be assisted on an alternate basis by Catherine Diehl, Diane McWilliams, Nana Davis, Sharon Hogan and Sheri Scothorn.

Volunteer Aides

Volunteer assistants to Nancy Allison, Webster playground director, will be Margaret Boothby, Cheryl Thomas, Carol Bowen, Alana Grawburg and Mary Allison.

"Getting Acquainted" is to be the theme for the first week's program, with registration Monday morning and as required throughout the week.

Impromptu tournaments, a scavenger hunt, organized games and the beginning of the crafts program are planned for next week. The 8-10 year-old group will visit Sanford Museum and planetarium.

A storytelling gypsy lady also is to visit the playgrounds each day.

Afternoon playground hours for youth from 11 years up through high school age will be 2-4 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Wilson Junior High.

Evan Knapp, junior high teacher and coach is to supervise badminton and archery. Special events coming up will be along with a resume of the past announced prior to each week week's activities.

The third annual spring Rose Show of the Northwest District of the Iowa Rose Society will be held here Sunday at Washington High School.

It is to be open to the public without charge from 1:30 to 6 o'clock Sunday afternoon.

All amateur rose growers of the Timesland area are invited to exhibit specimen rose blooms.

Entries must be placed by 11 o'clock Sunday morning. Entry tags and numbers will be available at the show site for two hours preceding the event.

According to show committee members here, uniform containers are to be furnished by the Rose Society.

There will be classes for all types of roses and two general classification sections. One is for exhibitors who grow less than 50 roses and the other for those who raise more than 50.

Division M is the designation given to the arrangement or design division. Foliage other than rose foliage will be permitted for arrangements.

Classics in Division M are as follows: Class 45, using red roses; Class 46, roses in silver or pewter container; Class 47, floral arrangement with roses predominating; Class 48, suitable for coffee table; Class 49, design of roses with accessory; Class 50, rose with driftwood.

25 years ago

Tuesday's Cherokee County primary votes became official Monday.

The votes were canvassed at the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors meeting. Beverly Anderson, Cherokee County auditor and commissioner of elections, said no errors in the vote count were found during the canvassing.

The official primary votes for Cherokee County are as follows.

District 2 county supervisor: William Hurd Sr., Democrat, 363; Eric Carlson, Democrat, 352; and Roger Nelson, Republican incumbent, 544.

District 1 county supervisor: Dave Phipps, Republican incumbent, 902, and Ray Mullins, Democrat, 429.

District 5 supervisor: Jack Foresman, Democrat incumbent, 593.

County sheriff: Bud Stroud, Republican incumbent, 1.011, and Jim Ebert, Democrat, 418.

County auditor: Beverly Anderson, Republican incumbent, 983, and Glen Mackey, Democrat, 415.

County clerk of courts: Gerald Brown, Republican incumbent, 930.

7th District Representative: Tom Miller, Republican, 607; Bob Ament, Republican, 531, and Jack Clark, Democrat, 554.

(Figures do not include district 7 voters out of Cherokee County.)

U.S. Senator: Tom Harkin, Democrat, 602, and Roger Jepsen, Republican incumbent, 933.

4th District Iowa Senator: Richard Vande Hoef, Republican incumbent, 752.

6th District Representative: Berkley Bedell, Democratic incumbent, 790; Michael Flannegan, Democrat, 47; Darrel Rensink, Republican, 619; and Gary DeYoung, Republican, 276.

In other business the board did the following:

--Approved a resolution for the sale of $2 million in industrial revenue bonds for Sand Seed Service Inc. of Marcus. The board took the action after a public hearing which nobody attended. The public hearing is required by law, but the county supervisors have nothing to do with the bonds.

The bonds will go toward rebuilding Sand Seed property after it was destroyed in an April fire.

--Met briefly with Don Mills, the new counselor for the Siouxland Council on Alcoholism's Cherokee office. Mills also counsels in Ida County. He resides in Ida Grove.

--Informally approved adjustments in salaries for secondary road's office staff. Beginning July 1, Lynn Meikel and Tom Ryan, assistants to county engineer Bill Bennett, will receive $21,400 a year. This is about a 4 percent increase over the assistants' current $30,593 salary.

Six other secondary road office employees will receive a 23-cents an hour raise.

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