Times Gone By

Friday, July 24, 2009

100 years ago

" Under Difficulties But Happy." The Aurelia Sentinel editor thus good naturedly relates the experience of an Aurelia party of which he was a part at Chautauqua Friday night.

"Last Friday night, when one of the worst storms in the history of the county, struck us, a large number of Aurelians were caught in the big Chautauqua tent at Cherokee.

To those of us in the tent it seemed like a combination of a small cyclone and a cloudburst. Most of those present rushed out of the tent and received a thorough soaking while a few of us remained in the tent by standing on planks and keeping under a parasol we came out in good shape. This scribe and his better half remained in the tent and did not get very wet, but wet enough, thank you! The storm having put the lights out of business we had to depend on the lightning to enable us to see the way.

When we got up town, rooms at the Lewis were found for the ladies and most of the men, while Roy Hill and your humble servant bunked on the lounge in the hotel lobby.

As the rain had washed out the tracks, we had to wait till the next afternoon before we could get home."

Well, brother, it was tough, but wait until we get our permanent auditorium and there will be comfort.

The Chautauqua management is more than grateful for those, who like the editor of the Sentinel, remained quietly in the tent and thus helped to prevent a panic.

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A ball game, mind you advertised by the Cherokee Times was not pulled off. No apparent reason can be given. The ground was in good condition but Aurelia was notified not to come. This kind of dope is getting stale to the fans around our county seat, and we could be pleased to see a ball game mind you pulled off once in a while.

It is true that the Quimby boys were out of form the 3rd, no one knows that better than the players themselves but they are not quitters by any means, and the "yellow streak" so common with the sporting management of Cherokee is entirely absent."

Our neighbor permitted himself to get unduly excited in the above. The "sporting management" had nothing to do with that ball game. The Chautauqua management had charge of it, desiring to give the people all the entertainment possible. The committee having the matter in charge decided that the ground was unfit for a ball game and hence called it off. We were not on the ball grounds but judging from the general condition of Chautauqua grounds we thinking they were correct in their judgment. That the game was not pulled off was a matter of regret to the management as it had been thoroughly advertised at considerable expense which was a total loss to the association.

75 years ago

Two hundred persons from Washta and vicinity attended the Yung Democrats' club rally held in the municipal park at Washta Monday evening. Congressman Guy M. Gillette and H. F. Timmins, county president, addressed the group.

Having a bad day - This picture is proof that farmers in the olden times also had their bad days too. Not much is know about this photo and it was donated to the Cherokee Archives from the collection of Peter Grauer.

The congressman explained to the young democrats the policies of the party and outlined action taken by the recent congress. Timmins related the history of the club, which was first organized in 1930 "for the purpose of teaching young people the responsibility of government."

Wayne Flickinger of Cherokee, county publicity chairman, and Dorothy Anderson of Cherokee, county chairwoman, also represented the county organization.

Fred Bliss, Dorothy Bliss, R. L. Holliday and Darrel Kissinger were accepted as regular members; Chas. Bush, Chas. Kissinger, W. G. Hartman, Ferne Conley, L. H. Kissinger, Clara Kissinger and Phil Bierman, honorary members. No Washta unit, subordinate to the county club, will be organized but members become affiliated with the larger organization.

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Working on the farm - Pictured above is an example of how farmers in the 1930s unloaded grain from a concrete stave silo into a flair box wagon.

Ed Bradley and M. F. Reames of Milwaukee, held at Woodbury county jail since their capture following the robbery of two oil stations at Cleghorn, appeared before Judge O. S. Thomas in Cherokee district court Saturday for arraignment. The pair pleaded not guilty and were ordered confined in the Woodbury county jail in absence of bail.

The men, charged with committing robbery with aggravation, reserved the right to withdraw their plea and to demur to information or to file information for bill of particulars within 30 days.

Sheriff A. N. Tilton and a state agent of Des Moines brought the alleged robbers to Cherokee and returned them to the Woodbury jail.

Lewis H. Dunlavy who has been in Cherokee county jail since June 4, pending convening of the September grand jury, pleaded guilty Saturday to take in tires from the Fords Sales & Service. Judge Thomas sentenced him to six months in the county jail, sentence to date from June 4. Appeal bond was set at $1,000. Dunlavy had previously pleaded not guilty.

David Trapp vs. Walter Harvey, et al. defendant given 30 days to plead.

G. A. Finance company vs. Bankers, Cleavers, et al. motion to require plaintiff to make petition more specific submitte4d. Plaintiff given 30 days to amend.

50 years ago

The Lundell Manufacturing Company will by invitation be among exhibitors at the 5th Annual Heart of America Farm Power Show, September 12-13. The Lawson Tjardes farm 5 miles southwest of Gibson City, Ill, on the U.S. Route 54 has been selected as the site for this major farm event which attracted more than 75,000 farmers last year.

This unusual farm show is dedicated to bringing all that's new in power farming together at one location. All major line farm equipment manufacturers and any short line manufacturers will be represented with the very latest from their engineering laboratories. Experimental equipment of the future will be unveiled, along with new production models and improvements.

This is the only event in the U.S.A. in which farmers can see and actually operate all the major lines of farm equipment in one field. Admission and parking is free and a CAA approved landing strip is located adjacent to the grounds.

The 1959 Heart of America Farm Power Show will again play host to the World's Championship Tractor Pulling Contest and Economy Runs--features that have had wide spectator interest.

A new feature for the 1959 show will be 80 acres of corn planted in 32 separate test plots. Both single and double crosses may be observed. Eight leading seed corn producers cooperated in planning and planting the 32 observation plots that will have received an identical amount of tillage and fertilizer.

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Although Cherokee volunteers answered 32 fire calls the first half of this year, Chief Dale Goldie said loss was nominal.

He named blazes at Cherokee Creamery and at the A. & W. Drive-in as the worst fires from January 1 through June 30.

The first was an attic fire in the creamery building on March 2 and the second occurred April 17 in the A & W kitchen.

Winter months customarily are considered the time of year when fires are more apt to take place, but April has the top number of 12 for the first half of 1959.

January ranks second with six and May was third with five fires.

There were two in February, three in March and four in June.

The great majority were grass or leaf fires--eight in all. Rubbish blazes and minor fires in cars accounted for five each out of the total of 32.

The remaining 14 included a gas line on a furnace, a hot motor in refrigeration equipment, a coal bin at a lumber yard, hog houses, barns an shed, a stove and fry pans.

25 years ago

The County Board of Supervisors has agreed to split with the city the cost of building an access road to a proposed ball field complex.

The Board approved a contract with the City of Cherokee and the Cherokee School District, stipulating the county will pay half the cost of installing a road between U.S. Highway 59 and Roosevelt Street.

The access road is expected to cost $28,000, based on a revised estimate by Bigelow Engineering Associates of Ida Grove, County Engineer Bill Bennett told the Board.

Board Member Jack Foresman suggested entering a clause n the contract limiting the amount the count would pay in case the project costs more than that.

Bennett suggested approving the contract with the understanding that the obligation incurred by the agreement is strictly limited to construction design and engineering costs as outlined in the $28,000 estimate.

Board member Dave Phipps' motion that the contract be approved passed unanimously. The Cherokee School Board has already approved the contract and the Cherokee City Council will consider approval of the contract at its regular meeting tonight.

In another matter Barb Frey, Department of Human Services Director, reported some D.H.S. policy changes.

Frey said that unpaid medical expenses of people applying for general relief may be considered when determining their net worth.

Also, burial benefits that the county will provide for county residents was increased by $100. The county will now pay up to $750 for burials, she said. The burial can cost more than that if someone else is willing to pay the difference, another policy change, she told the Board.

The Board made its own policy change after a lengthy discussion about when the county should provide payroll deductions for insurance policies taken out by individual employees.

Ron Small, president of the Cherokee County Secondary Roads Association, requested the board make some guidelines.

Previously, the Board would make payroll deductions for employees for insurance purposes after the insurance representative appeared before the Board.

The Board decided to cease that policy and voted to make payroll deductions for insurance programs in which the employee participates.

Following that the Board authorized Bennett to install a triple box to facilitate drainage at the bridge 13 miles west of Cherokee on county road C38.

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