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Times Gone By

Monday, August 17, 2009

100 years ago

Two little girls and a boy, children of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Townsend were in a runaway Saturday night that might have proven very serious.

The children were driving down town and when near the Episcopal church one side of the shafts came loose. This scared both the horse and the driver and a runaway resulted. The horse came down Union street and became loose from the buggy at the bridge. The children were thrown out, on the bridge, the buggy passing over the body of the oldest girl. The boy received a bad cut over his eye and had his wrist sprained. The other little girl was not badly hurt.

Courthouse dismantled - Recently a fan of the Times Gone By section brought in some 35 mm slides of the old Cherokee County Courthouse being dismantled. These pictures give a great inside look of the day that the courthouse was razed.
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After a lingering illness of about eight months George W. Raymond was relieved by death at six o'clock last Thursday morning.

Mr. Raymond was a very patient suffer during his long illness. Funeral services were held from the home at two p.m. Saturday conducted by Rev. Thompkins.

Mr. Raymond was a native of New York. He was 67 years of age. He has been a resident of Cherokee about thirty five years being engaged in the restaurant and hotel business. Besides his wife he leaves two daughters and a son. They are Mrs. Walter Coakes of Wheaton, Ill., Gertie, who is at present at Kimball, S.D., and Earl, who is at home. Mrs. Coakes was with him at the time of his death.

75 years ago

Milo McWilliams of Cherokee, defending champion, and Obe Wenig of Sioux City, will renew an old rivalry in the finals of the tenth annual Sioux Valley golf tournament over the Cherokee country club this afternoon.

The two players came through the semi-final rounds with easy victories. McWilliams downed Kenneth Mortenson of Sioux City 5 and 4 and Wenig won from Art Ambler of Storm Lake 2 and 1. They have met previously in the tournament.

McWilliams had things his own way from the start this morning-winning the first two holes from the Sioux Cityan and continuing to increase his lead as the match progressed. He was three up at the end of the first nine.

Wenig held a two up lead at the end of the first nine, a margin by which he won the match. Wenig narrowly escaped defeat Monday afternoon at the hands of D. Grosenbaugh of Fort Dodge. After trailing most of the way and going as much as three down at times the Sioux Cityan staged a great finish, winning the match on the 18th hole when Grosenbaugh's second shot rolled out of bounds and cost him a stroke.

In the Championship consolation tournament Bill McWilliams defeated B. Ohlmache of Vermillion, S. D. 3 and 2. McWilliams previously won the consolation match from J. Lawson of Sioux City.

In the President's flight consolation George Hirschman of Cherokee defeated B. Skeel of Storm Lake 2 up.

Courthouse Clock Tower - The clock tower at the old Cherokee County Courthouse is pictured meeting the wrecking ball. This photo and the two other pictures of the old courthouse are now housed at the Cherokee Archives.
In one semi-final match of the President's flight Les Davis of Sioux City defeated Mangold of Sioux City to enter the finals.

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The Better Marcus club is sponsoring a homecoming fall festival to be held o the new municipal playground in Marcus Wednesday and Thursday, August 15 and 16. Kittenball and polo will be included in the entertainment features with concerts each day by the Marcus band under direction of R. N. Kjerland. Three kittenball games are scheduled for Wednesday-Skelly Sluggers vs. the Diamond Kings at 10:30, Vikings vs. Cleghorn at 4:00, and Marcus Merchants vs. Staver Furniture Co. of Cherokee at 8:30 p.m. The Barnes Bros. and Marcus polo teams will play at 3:00 p.m.

Political addresses will feature each day's program. Senator Geo. W. Patterson, republican candidate for lieutenant governor, will speak at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, and Mr. Ola Miller, democratic secretary of state, at 7:30. E. G. Dun of Mason City, prominent democratic orator and once candidate fro governor, will speak at 4:00 p.m. Thursday, with Judge John F. Wirds of Iowa Falls leader in the Farm Holiday movement, speaking at 7:30.

50 years ago

The fruits and vegetables division of the Cherokee county Fair hit a new all-time high today in both quality and quantity. According to Mrs. Clyde Kudrle, general chairman, there are almost double the entries of previous years.

The quality of the exhibits, comprised of almost every vegetable known to Cherokee County gardeners would provide a paradise for a seed catalogue illustrator.

There are two tables of mouthwatering displays of garden vegetables and fruits in the junior division also. As yet unjudged, the committee in charge of this department was thrilled and happy by this gigantic display. The quality of the show has surpassed that of any previous shows.

He combined in one arrangement an unusual assortment of corn, squaw, Japanese pop corn, red field corn against a background of corn tassel accented by high zinnias in soft pastel colors.

And flowers, a veritable rainbow of every hue and variety add a riotous note of color across the entire length of the women's tent. There are 166 exhibits in the Horticulture division and 160 in the junior and artistic division.

A glittering array of artistic arrangements, rated as excellent by the judge has hit an all-time high. Several outstanding arrangements with a bold masculine flair were entered by Ben Moellering, Cherokee.

Winning the tri-color award for the highest scoring entry in the artistic division was an all-yellow arrangement by Mrs. W. C. Bringar. To win such an award an arrangement must score at least 90 to be considered.

The junior flowers also has many more entries than in previous years, Mrs. Graham commented. Winning first place under novelties was Helen Mundy, Quimby with her gentle little creature, with a body of an ear of sweet corn, a wee cucumber tail, held aloft, supported by carrot stick legs. The head is a small green pepper with forward pointing ears of pea pods and his benign eyes are marigold buds. As a crowning touch he munches on a tiny yellow marigold.

The judges comment on this award-winning novelty was "very original, so fresh looking." She won the $2.50 gift certificate awarded by Arrow Theater.

Another eye-catching display has folks wondering and discussing "what kind of flower is that." Entered by Doug Fuhrman is an arrangement of gladioli but he added a different touch by thrusting maroon scablosa into the center of pink gladioli giving them a delightfully different and exotic appearance.

The needlework division boasts 175 entries with quilts exceeding those of previous years. The only entries by men this year are two rugs, one hand made and the other loom-woven.

In this year's new division pictures in an intriguing display entitled "pie-pan art." Utilizing foil pie pans sprayed with copper paint unusual designs were formed and framed, becoming wall plaques of novel design.

Copper art was also represented by beautiful wall plaques. One features a senorita in complete with a comb in her hair, earrings all highlighted with gold glitter.

Mrs. W. A. Ament, chairman of this division was well pleased with the quality of this year's exhibits.

Loaves of bread, in the yeast bread division are evident that bread-baking is not a lost art. Mouth-watering displays of coffee cake, clover-leaf rolls and many other yeast-bread variants filled the display cases to over-flowing.

Winning first place and "Best of Show" award in the yeast bread division was Mrs. Merlin Cosgrove, Meriden, with her loaf of whole wheat bread. She was presented the best of show ribbon and a $10 check offered for the first me this year by Standards Brands, Inc. makers of Fleischmann's Yeast.

Mrs. Lyle Mason, chairman of the division was gratified by the large number of entries and high quality of the exhibits. She commented "the 24 entries in the junior division is a nice increase and the quality is excellent. Winning plaudits in the junior division was an angel food cake rated as extra fine quality and texture.

Of excellent quality was the rating given the canned fruits, vegetables, preserves and jellies in the canning division. There were 42 exhibitors and over 200 entries. Because of the large number of entries in every department these exhibits were still awaiting judging.

Glenn Fuller has his award winning 4-H garden display in the tent too. Included among the usual fine garden vegetables is a cluster of "Job's Tears."

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The Rhoadside Greenhouse has an exotic display of flowers honoring the 50th state of Hawaii. The display includes the rare Bird of Paradise plant loaded with blossoms, branches of Ginger and Heliconia.

The consensus of opinion among fairgoers, the judges and the committees in charge is that this year's exhibits can honestly be rated as "unsurpassed in quality and outstanding in quantity."

25 years ago

A Sioux City firm will construct the Cherokee School District baseball complex.

The Cherokee School Board Monday approved a bid of $99,657.68 from Van Buskirk Construction, Sioux City. The bid is for the construction of three Little League fields, a varsity softball field, a varsity baseball field, a major league field and a senior league field.

The fields will be built on school-owned land between U.S. Highway 59 and Roosevelt Street. Dick Cook, a partner in the Sioux City firm, said work may begin Monday.

Bob Lundquist, board president, said the completion of the varsity baseball and softball fields had priority, Cook said if that was what the board wanted, that was what they would get.

The board had estimated the project would cost well over $100,000. Mick Starcevich, Cherokee school superintendent, said he was happy with the bid.

"It's the first step to having an outstanding softball, baseball and little league complex," he said.

The board received three other bids-one from Lundell Construction, Cherokee, for $105,455.51, one from Schoon Construction Inc. Cherokee, for $127,523.40 and one from Godbersen-Smith Construction Inc, Ida Grove for $131,210,66.

Cook said the Van Buskirk bid included work by sub-contractors. These sub-contractors include Christensen Seeding, Storm Lake, Schmidt Paving, Spencer, and Lundell Construction, Cherokee.

The bid also includes the cost of the new road to the baseball complex which will be paid for by the city and county. Of the $99,657.68, the school district's share is $73,226.30, the city's share is $1,425 and the city and county's share is $25,006.38.

Also in connection with the ballpark, the board briefly discussed plans for fencing and dugouts with Tracy Peterson, Cherokee Little League Board treasurer.

Peterson said the Little League Board is hoping to raise $35,000 to put fences around the three little league fields. The amount includes the cot of dugouts for the fields.

Peterson said he hopes to completely enclose the major and senior league fields and partially fence the other three fields this fall. So far the Little League Board has raised $7,000.

"We may go to busineses, we may go to the people. We're going to do everything to raise the money," he said.

Starcevich said the board will probably let bids on the fencing for the baseball complex in September. The schools will be paying for fencing on the varsity baseball and softball fields. The cost o this has been estimated at $15,000. The bids, however, will include all of the fields fencing.

In other business, the board approved an agreement where the Hy-Vee bakery would bake the district's breads. The flour the district buys will be delivered to Hy-Vee where it will be baked at a cost of 30-cents for each loaf of bread, and 4 -cents a dozen for hamburger and hotdog buns. Starcevich said this agreement will save the district 4 cents on each loaf of bread and on each dozen buns.

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