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Friday, July 17, 2009

City Service - Recently Gary Jones, left, brought in several photographs from his personal collection. Pictured above is Jones along will his sister Sally, they are standing next to the gas pumps at City Service Gas Station that stood on the northeast corner of Maple St. and Second St. were A to Z Liquor is today. According to Jones this picture was taken sometime between 1945 and 1947.
100 years ago

Monday's Times had an account of the storm of Sunday which did damage in Grand Meadow. The account was in the main correct but since then more particulars have been obtained. The house which was destroyed is on a farm owned by Eli Crum located about a mile out of Washta, and was occupied by Jim Williams. The family escaped injury by fleeing to a cyclone cave. The building was carried six rods, lifted into the air turned upside down and was dashed to pieces when the roof struck the ground. In the demolished barn there were seven horses but these escaped with slight bruises. The barns blown down as mentioned in the Times were on the Carey Wise, I.E. Knapp and Henry Aston farms. At the last named farm a row of big cottonwood trees were uprooted and many other trees were broken down by the storm. The injuries of Mrs. John Keck were about as stated Monday. Her son Ernest was driving and seated by Mrs. Keck was her mother, Mrs. Baker. All were thrown out but not seriously injured.

The corn and small grain in the path of the storm were laid flat, but the path was a narrow one, so that while the loss is severe on individual farms in the aggregate it is not large.


It was thought that J. Pluvius had a special grouch against the Cherokee Chautauqua and that with the close of that he would be good and cease emptying his tanks in this vicinity. At first to confirm this we had two day's of bright sunshine, Monday and Tuesday but yesterday he made up for his temporary amiability by engineering a violent electric storm during which he emptied some of his largest tanks on devoted Cherokee. The lightning was vivid and vicious and ever householder was sure that some near building had been struck, but so far as we have learned it did its deadly work only on the A. B. Knox pasture where it struck and killed a valuable Jersey cow belonging to Elmo Archer.

Downtown parade - Other photos from Gary Jones included a collection of pictures which depicted a parade going through downtown Cherokee. The interesting thing about this picture is all the people on top of the buildings who are watching the parade.
At Aurelia one of the grain elevators was struck, the bolt struck the flag staff and then run down the side of the elevator to the ground, the report is that the end was torn out and the building badly damaged.

Today is as bright as it was last Monday and the weather appears as settled. But his year no man can tell what a day will bring forth.

75 years ago

Learning of increased community interest in the development of a Federal Savings and Loan association at Cherokee, the committee on investigation made application Monday evening for permission to organize. Although but five signatures are required, the entire committee signed the application, expressing personal interest in the plan. The application will be sent to Washington, D.C. Tuesday.

Share Sale Next Step.

Next step, if permission is granted, will be the naming of officers and board members and the selling of shares in the organization. Purpose of the association is to provide funds at a low rate of interest on a longtime basis to home owners wishing to remodel or build.

The committee composed of P.H. Caswell, chairman, L.C. Ary, George Brummer, Chas. Groves, C. R. Fullerton, Carl Goeb, Albert Hughes, Mrs. Eva Salsbery, Mrs. A. T. Dahlin, W. H. Schmidt, T. M. Timmins of Cherokee and G. A. Rud of Cleghorn, met in the Chamber of Commerce rooms.

Government Approves.

The federal government has placed its stamp of approval on the monthly repayment loan as the ideal method of financing home ownership. This plan is the only one permitted in the government-sponsored and supervised Federal Savings and Loan associations, one of which is being planned for Cherokee.

The day of the so-called "straight loan," with its large difficult annual or semi-annual interest and principal payments to meet is past, in the opinion of committee members. Experience shows that few "straight loans" are ever paid off and sometimes become due and must be renewed at a time when money is difficult, if not impossible to obtain. Renewal costs are frequently high.

Plan Is Sound

The average homeowner's income is monthly, and it is easy for him to set aside regularly, a small amount to pay interest and past on the principal. Interest charged on the decreasing unpaid monthly balance steadily becomes less, thus greatly lowering the cost and speeding up the full repayment of the loan. The goal of a home free from debt is thus easily achieved.

Savings and loan associations have used the loan which never comes due plan successfully for over a century and have proved it to be the safest and soundest method for both borrower and investor.

Anyone with a good credit standing and ample security and wishing to buy, build, modernize, repair or refinance a home, will do well to investigate this plan, those backing the local organization declare.

50 years ago

The annual Farmers Picnic has been set for Thursday, August 27 by the Aurelia Commercial Club.

Special features of the 1959 event will be free hot dogs and professional entertainment in addition to reduced rates on rides for children.

Commercial displays by several merchants also are planned.

The following committees for the Farmers Picnic were appointed by Dr. Herbert Hanger, Commercial Club president; Entertainment Ervil Rapp, John Lockin, Fred Rupp, T. J. Estes; lunch, Gill Bowen, K.O. Hirleman, Orrin Sweet, Elsie Nelson, Bill Fox, Cliff Menefree, Bob Forbes, Dr. Hanger.


Footings for the $24,000 administration building at Cherokee Municipal Airport were poured this week.

Some brick work also was begun by Grundman-Osterling Construction Company crews.

The job of installing heat runs in the floor was started Wednesday.

It is expected that the 40 x 32 foot structure will be completed by late summer, according to a spokesman for the Cherokee construction firm.


Tree-clearing operations began Tuesday at the Weldon Martin farm as the first step in construction work for the East Waterman Watershed.

Within the next two months, four dams will be built and a mile of new highway constructed--along with terraces, diversion ditches, waterways, floodways and other works needed to check erosion and control flooding.

The tree-clearing work started following a get-together of farmers, contractors and inspectors.

Farmers present were Herb Collier, Clarence Sweeney, Weldon Martin and Ed Zahren. Also at the meeting was John T. McGuire, Algona contractor who was awarded the general contracts for both the highway work and the soil conservation structures.

The highway contract was awarded to McGuire by O'Brien County supervisors and the conservation contract by the Sioux City Flood Control Authority.

In attendance also were three officials from the Flood Control office engineering staff, Floyd Nimmo, Orville Day and Inspector Glen Greenough. Roger Lathrop, O'Brien Soil Conservationist who called the meeting presided.

25 years ago

Plans for the Cherokee School District baseball complex has been approved and bid letting has been scheduled for Aug. 13.

The new ballfields are hoped to be in use the spring of 1985, following these actions taken by the Cherokee School Board at a meeting Monday.

The plans call for the construction of seven diamonds on school-owned land between Roosevelt Street and U.S. Highway 59. The diamonds include three Little League fields, a varsity baseball field, a varsity softball field, a major league field and a senior league field.

Nearly half--$100,000--of the estimated $228,375 pricetag on the project is for grading work.

The board said dirtwork should start Aug. 15.

The bids may carry an amendment which states the board will accept a bid only if the funds for the baseball complex are available.

The Sam Doupe Fund, money bequeathed by Sam Doupe for the construction of a recreation center, has been committed t the school district, but to use it toward the baseball complex, some type of youth center must be built.

The Doupe Fund currently has about $115,000 which will increase to $200,000 or more over the next 11 years.

The district does have a sketch for the proposed center, which will probably be a multi-purpose building with a gym and basketball hoops. Though specifications have not been drawn up, the Board recommended that School Superintendent Mick Starcevich show the sketches to contractors and try to get cost estimates.

In other business concerning the ballfield, the Board approved an agreement between the district, the city and the county for the construction of a road between Roosevelt Street and U.S. Highway 59.

The agreement calls for the school district to pay for the construction of the road, and later be reimbursed by the city and county. This came about because County Engineer Bill Bennett was not sure if he had the money in his budget to pay for the road this year, said Starcevich.

As stated in the agreement, the city and county will pay the engineering and inspection costs. Though paving the road is not part of the agreement, it is stated that any future improvements to the road will require additional agreements between the city and the county.

Maintenance of the road will be shared equally by the city and county.

The city and the county are expected to approve the agreement next week.

The Board also took the following actions.

*Approved Cherokee State Bank as the depository for funds totaling $2.2 million. They also approved Central Trust and Savings Bank as depository for funds totaling $20,000.
*Appointed Carole Conley as district secretary and Don Hughes as district treasurer. Both currently hold these titles but were re-appointed at the board's annual meeting which preceded Monday's regular meeting.
*Approved the 1984 Washington High School graduation list. Out of the 1984 class, 99 of 101 graduated.
*Awarded the 1984-85 milk bid to Well's Blue Bunny. The company submitted a bid of $.118 for each pint carton of two percent milk.
*Approved the purchase of two new copiers at the cost of $3,300 each.

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