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Times Gone By

Friday, June 26, 2009

Camping - One of the best family activities to do is take the clan for a campout. Not much is known about the people pictured above, but "have tent will travel"
100 years ago

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 Boblotz was taken aboard and all went well until they came to a bend where the swift current took them under an overhanging 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 towards 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 Staver, 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 harnessmaker 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.

Climbing hills - Pictured here are a group of gentlemen - who are believed to be part of the Caswell family in Pilot Township - climbing a hill in a Traction Thrasher near Cherokee in 1912.
Thursday evening some twenty-five or thirty of the boy and girl friends of Francis Archer Jr. descended on the Archer home in force and took Francis by surprise. One of his friends on some pretense had gotten Francis down town and on his return he found the home in possession of his young friends who had assembled during his absence. Master Laurence McCulla explained to the surprised Francis, the meaning of the gathering and in their name presented him with a set of military brushes which he hoped when he used them in his far away home on the coast would remind him of the friends who had regard for him in Cherokee. Francis, though denying any ability at speech making responded in fitting terms returning thanks for the gift and assuring his young friends that they would always be remembered by him. The good things to eat which the girls had brought were then spread and ample justice done them and the evening was passed in various pastimes. On leaving Francis was given best wishes for a happy time in his California home and thus closed a very pleasant evening.

75 years ago

Dreams do sometimes come true. Cherokee county people were convinced of this Monday when Alfred Jensen and his crew of highway commission workers removed the old "21" signs that had marked the north and south primary highway through this territory and replaced them with signs bearing the new designation of "73." This change signalized the formal induction of the local highway into a new role as part of a great interstate highway reaching form Winnipeg, Canada, south across six states and almost to the Gulf of Mexico. For the present the markings follow the old routing through Cherokee county but as soon as construction work on the rerouting is completed the marking will be transferred to the new and more direct route.

Work Moves Rapidly

Work is progressing rapidly on the new highway north of Cherokee.

R. R. Harris, circulation manager of The Daily Times, 15 local newsboys and one of Aurelia returned to Cherokee Monday evening after four days of camping at Stony Point beach, on Spirit Lake.

Included in the party were Glen McCord, Kenneth Wittkamp, Robert Graves, Kenneth Hoyt, Laurence Ehrich, Billie Siple, Ivan Mundy, Chas. Berry, Robert Olsen, Howard Olsen, Clinton Diehl, Gordon Steele, Edwin Banney and Leonard Leeds of Cherokee and Gerald Rapp of Aurelia.

But one-third of Cherokee county residents more than 21 years of age have paid the old age assistance tax, according to F. M. Tyner, County treasurer, who reports receipts of $2,524 for this purpose prior to Saturday evening. As the tax of one dollar for 1934 is due by July 1, the treasurer urges immediate payment. The office will be held open until 10 p.m. Saturday, to accommodate those wishing to pay at that time.

Payment of the tax may be made to the treasurer's office by mail. "Send a check, money order or currency for the payment of the tax with a letter stating the name, age, street address or township of the person for whom the remittance is sent." Tyner stated. "If the payee is a woman, the given name should be used as Mrs. Mary Smith," not "Mrs. John Smith," The age and other data is for identification purposes so as to insure that credit will be given the proper person on the tax list."

The per capita tax is due from every resident of Iowa which is 21 years of age or older, who is a citizen of the United States and who is not an inmate of a state or county institution. After July 1, this tax becomes a lien on the property of the delinquent taxpayer or is collectible from the employer of any delinquent person. After three year's failure to pay any one year's per capita tax, the liable person losses his right to the insurance benefits of the old-age assistance law, according to the treasurer.

Paul Prehn, who lives with his uncle, August Prehn, near Quimby was seriously injured when kicked in the abdomen by a horse Tuesday morning. Following examination by a physician, Prehn was taken to Sioux Valley hospital for treatment. He is in serious condition possibly suffering from internal injuries.

Prehn was preparing to go to the field when struck by the horse which has not been considered vicious. The victim was helped to the house and a physician summoned immediately.

50 years ago

Time seemed to turn backward in its flight here Friday morning as antique vehicles of the Midwest Horseless Carriage tour rolled into Cherokee.

Some 60 automobiles of bygone eras made up the cavalcade traveling today from Storm Lake to Lake Okoboji.

Crowds lined Main Street to view the quaint-appearing cars and charming, authentic costumes worn by SERPAC members.

While the tourists from seven Midwest states and Cherokee area members of the antique car organization attended a coffee in Hotel Lewis Colonnade Room, their vehicles were on display in the block between Second and Fourth on Main.

Stand Guard

National Guard Company C stood guard over the costly machines as young and old alike gathered to study the fascinating exhibit.

The city's "welcome" flags billowed overhead in breezes that brought some relief from the heat of a late June day.

Guests were welcomed at the coffee by Guy M. Gillette, Mayor E. A. Peterson and Ben Adams, Chamber of Commerce president.

As the reception concluded in late morning, the parade which recalled memories to many observers headed northward for a luncheon stop at Sutherland.

The tour was to reach "The Inn" on Lake Okoboji late this afternoon for a weekend program of entertainment and parades in the lakes region.

SERPAC vehicles will transport "Miss Iowa" contestants in a parade Sunday afternoon through Arnolds Park, site of this annual beauty contest.

25 years ago

Cold turkey in December prompts Christmas celebration in June.

Bernice Johnson of Cherokee has traditionally prepared Christmas dinner on Dec. 25, but the last two years due to the weather, children and grandchildren couldn't get home.

"I'd had it!" said Johnson. "I'm known for doing crazy things," she said. "But when I started talking Christmas in June, people did begin to wonder."

She started preparations early. Christmas wrapping paper was purchased the day after Christmas. A quilt was livingly made for each family. Christmas tree skirts were made and gifts wrapped for under the tree, which incidentally was put up and decorated in full regalia for the June 24 weekend celebration.

What Johnson didn't foresee was that the weather doesn't always cooperate in June either. She hadn't anticipated the rains that were to douse the area. Water on the floor of the basement of her home on the 500 block of Sartoga Street meant the family couldn't get into the basement.

Family members, including Don and Sandy Johnson of Dallas, Texas, Ted and Carol Johnson and daughters, Rock Island, Ill. and Dr. R.J. and Ann Meylor and children of LeMars, arrived Friday evening for the weekend.

A bountiful meal of roast turkey, dressing, cranberries, salads, pumpkin pies and all the trimmings, prepared in advance by Johnson was served Saturday. Twenty-eight relatives shared in the food, eaten at tables set up in the garage in full view of the neighbors.

Out and about in Quimby - Here's a look at Quimby from 1970. Quimby will be holding Watermelon Day this weekend. If you have the time, stop by for a slice.
In keeping with the summer season, watermelon also graced the tables.

The occasion also marked the 89th birthday on Friday of Emma Wiese, Johnson's mother, and the upcoming birthday on Monday of Johnson. The youngest member present was two-month-old Jennifer Miller.

"We had a wonderful time," said Johnson. "The little children could play outside, it was nice and cool, and there were no bugs or flies to bother us."

Saturday cartoons were made for the out-of-season celebration. When the children turned on television the cartoons were for Christmas.

The grownups want Christmas back next June or July, said Johnson. The date will be set around job schedules family members have, but next year, Douglas and Mary Johnson of Tallahassee, Fla., and children will be home too.

The tree and trimmings were taken down and put away Sunday, said Johnson, and there's a "blah" look. There's an empty feeling when all the family goes home.

Christmas in June allows the children and their families to celebrate real Christmas in their own way, said Johnson. It also leaves her free to spend Christmas in whatever way she chooses.

The Christmas spirit must have been catching for late Sunday afternoon a group of friends came a caroling at the Johnson home. "It was a wonderful weekend," said Johnson. Crazy, maybe, but daring to be different renewed the spirit of Christmas.

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