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Times Gone By

Friday, August 7, 2009

Kelley & Walrath - Kelley & Walrath had plenty of goods to sell back when this photograph was taken in 1874. The store was located on the north side of West Main Street, in the vicinity of where the Book Vine and Main St. Pharmacy are today.
100 years ago

The Little Sioux River claimed another victim last evening when Bob Foye met his death by drowning. Mr. Foye and Chas. Royer were in bathing a block west of the 2nd street bridge. The water is about twelve feet deep where Foye was drowned. Foye was an excellent swimmer and was probably taken with cramps, otherwise he would have been able to get out. Royer hurried up town at once and a searching party was at work looking for the body by 7 o'clock. They worked until late at night and started again at 4 this morning but the body has not been found.

Mr. Foye came here from Massachusetts over thirty years ago and this city has been his home since that time. He leaves a brother and sister in the east. Mr. Foye was never married.

Later--The body was found just before noon today about 1,000 feet from where he went down.

Early farmers - Pictured above is a look at early farming in Cherokee County, sometime around 1890. The farmer is pictured with a bottom mow board-walking plow with his team of horses, and in the background you can make out a buggy. In the foreground , you can see a two-horse roller with a tree limb tongue.
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James Will, a resident of this county since 1869, died at his home in Silver Township at four o'clock Saturday afternoon from Brights disease. Mr. Will had been in poor health for more than a year.

James Will was born in Scotland about sixty years ago and came to Clayton county in this state in 1863 and has been here ever since. He was married March 14, 1864, his wife dying in 1887. Five children were born of this union, all of whom survive.

In 1881 Mr. Will was married to Mrs. Brown who with one daughter still survive.

The funeral was held at ten-thirty this morning from the home of the deceased.

Mr. Will had accumulated a considerable of this world's goods and was a highly respected citizen.

75 years ago

Crew of men employed by the Eugene Eberhard construction company of Guttenburg began construction Wednesday of a bridge over the west fork of Little Sioux river on trunk road H. Work is to be completed by October 1.

The bridge will consist of three 33 foot spans, replacing a bridge too narrow for traffic of the road. Several accidents in the past were caused by the size of the old bridge.

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Statistical information is being complied daily at the local and all other national reemployment offices, according to Geo. Collins, district manager, to provide officials in Washington, D.C. a picture of unemployment throughout the entire nation.

Applications of the unemployed who are seeking work are analyzed on the basis of occupational fitness, sex, age, color, legal preferences, length of unemployment and pre-depression occupational relationships with industry. All units of the recovery administration are eager as steps are taken in appropriate programs, to have such vital statistics currently available.

Job openings accruing and placements made by the employment offices are also analyzed to determine the type of industries, businesses, or employers who are requisitioning employees. The length of the job, amount of wages paid, hours worked per week or day, sex, age, color, and legal preference orders, will also be reported. All activity in the office is summarized daily, with a special division of all reports, showing the status of veterans.

50 years ago

Two soloists and a duet will highlight the final summer concert Saturday evening by the Aurelia band.

Tom Kruse, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Kruse, will present, "Soliloquy for Trumpet."

"Valse Lynette," an alto saxophone solo, will be played by Keith Peterson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Peterson.

Bob Pingel and Rich Larson, two of the band's tuba players, will be featured in "Tarantella," a bass solo performed as a duet. Pingel is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Pingel and Larson's parents are Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Larson.

The Aurelia band is to go to Storm Lake Sunday afternoon to present a concert in the Sunset Park band shell at 3 o'clock.

In exchange Storm Lake Municipal band will play a concert in Aurelia at 8 p.m. on Saturday, August. 15.

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Climaxing the summer playground program, 125 Cherokee youngsters had a highly enjoyable outing Wednesday at "The Barn" near LeMars.

One of the many popular features was the huge fire engine on which youngsters rode as it was driven around the fields by Richard Eyres, proprietor of the recreation site.

The children also had fun playing pioneers and Indiana in the wooden stockade which boasts a lookout tower.

Other attractions contributing to a good time included various power-driven rides, swings, a sand pile with a tunnel, a player piano and games played in "The Barn."

Pop to accompany sack lunches was furnished by the Cherokee Recreation Commission.

Playground Coordinator Betty Sandvig reported that "everyone had a wonderful time, all were well-behaved and there were no casualties!"

The children were transported in a bus furnished by Richard and Marie Eyres, owners of "The Barn" in a Cherokee Public School bus driven by Earl Hobbs and in four cars driven by Mrs. Sandvig. Supt. R. L. Kinkead, Les Licklider and Evan Knapp.

Playground activities concluded Thursday with showing of the film, "Pueblo Boy," at Sanford Museum and Koolade at Garfield for groups from both playgrounds.

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The Lincoln School property was appraised Friday at $52,500 by a board of three appraisers.

Making the appraisal were Don Hughes, A. A. Woltman and George W. Hoyt.

The property is comprised of six 25-foot lots, each 100 feet deep.

Property improvements

The figure of $52,500 covers the property "together with improvements thereon" consisting of the Lincoln School building.

According to law, the fact that the property is for sale must be published once each week for two consecutive weeks.

Following legal publication, the Cherokee Board of Education will set the date for opening of bids on sale of the property.

Residents passed the proposal to put the Lincoln property up for bids at a special election July 22.

Money obtained from sale of the property will be used toward replacement of classroom space lost when the school building was condemned earlier this year.

25 Years Ago

Despite a number of speeches against it Monday, the Calumet Junior High School will be closed at the beginning of the 1964-65 years.

The Sutherland School Board voted to close the building at a meeting July 30. The topic resurfaced at a School Board meeting Monday.

School Board Member Dennis Magnussen told the board and about 75 people present that he thought the matter should be reconsidered. Magnussen abstained from the vote on July 30.

The board voted Monday, 3-2, not to reconsider the matter.

Magnussen said he would like to see the Calumet school open another year while the matter is looked at by the board and the people of Sutherland and Calumet. After this, another tax levy could be presented to the people, he said.

The closing of the Calumet building follows the failure of a 67 Ω cent tax levy vote. The board had stated before the July 24 vote that if the levy failed, the Calumet school would be closed.

If it had passed, plans called for the Sutherland elementary school to be demolished and pupils to be housed in an addition at the high school.

Tom Whorley, a lawyer from Sheldon who has worked with various school boards on matters concerning the closing of a school, appeared at the meeting. He said he had been contracted by a group of people from Sutherland and Calumet.

Whorley said he didn't say which plan for the district was the best, but he said the board should reconsider its decision. He suggested a committee of school officials and citizens be established to discuss the future of the Sutherland School District.

Otherwise, he warned, the closing of the Calumet building could cause "scars that will never, ever heal."

Many people at the meeting were concerned about how all the district's students would be able to use the gym in Sutherland.

Concerning this matter, the board voted 3-2 to close the Calumet building but leave the fate of the gym open for future discussion.

Sutherland school superintendent Bill Brandt said if the Calumet building is closed, the district will have to spend an estimated $37,000 for repairs and will have $61,300 in available funds. This would leave the district with $34,100 for emergencies.

If the school is not closed, the district will have to spend $69,440 for repairs and will only have $31,800 in available funds. This would mean the district would have to find $17,000 to cover the most necessary repairs, Brandt said. Other work would have to wait until the money was available.

The board has made plans for the Sutherland Elementary School building to be ready for the new school year and new students. The elementary school has a third floor which had been closed due to lack of students. With the incoming Calumet students it will now be reopened.

The building will also be tuck-pointed and re-wired.

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Contested races highlight more than half the school district elections in the county this year.

Cherokee, Aurelia, Paullina and Meriden-Cleghorn school districts will have contested races in the Sept. 11 election, while incumbents in Marcus, Galva-Holstein, Sutherland and Willow are running unopposed.

The deadline for filing candidacy papers was Thursday.

In all but one contested race, one or more incumbents have chosen not to run for re-election.

The exception is Meriden-Cleghorn, where Dennis Bush is challenging incumbent James Wilcox for the director at large seat. In the other M-C race, Vicki Menke and Lance Shafer are vying for the District 2 seat held by James O. Hughes. Hughes did not file candidacy papers.

Cherokee's election is marked by a three-way race for the two seats on this fall's ballot. Incumbent Vicki Wittgraf, who was appointed to her position earlier this year, is running for election, but the other incumbent, Merle Pruett, is not. Ron Ehrich and Dr. Tim Menke have also added their names to the ballot.

There is also a three-way race for two board spots in Aurelia. Both incumbents, Marlene Lundsgaard and Sherm Nelson, failed to file candidacy papers. Instead, Lynne Virgil, Dennis Engdahl and Robert Peterson have announced their candidacy.

In Marcus, both incumbents, Elizabeth Knudson and Ron Galles, are running uncontested.

An incumbent in Willow, Richard D. Simonsen, who was appointed to the board a year-and-a-half ago, is running uncontested.

Paullina, however, will have two new board members after the election, which features two contested races. One incumbent, Dennis Gebert, chose not to run for re-election and a district change made the other incumbent, Bill Simm, ineligible to run for the seat he now holds because of his residency.

Instead, Thomas C. Bortacheller and John D. Leonard are running in the District 2 race in Paullina. Candidates in the District 4 race are Daniel Feltman and Luther N. Gesme.

In Galva-Holstein, the three incumbents up for election this year, DeWitt Gries, Lane Volkert and Gayland Winterhof, are running uncontested.

And in Sutherland, incumbent Sandra Dau is also running uncontested in that district election.

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