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Times Gone By

Friday, September 4, 2009

100 years ago

Four times a bride, Mrs. Elizabeth Dickson-Jones-Wood-Jones-Baird, secretary of the Iowa Humane society, through her attorney filed a petition in the district court today for a separation from her fourth husband, A.C. Baird, a wealthy farmer of Boone county.

Rare view - Here is a rare rear view of the Cherokee Mental Health institute's original building nearing completion. Note the plowed field (in the foreground), located northwest of the hospital, plus the original smokestack and well.
The plaintiff makes only one charge in her petition and that is desertion.

She says she was married to her husband in Des Moines on the 17th day of October, 1906, and that on December 15 of the same year he left her home and has never returned from that day to this. The divorce action was no surprise as it was known the couple had not lived together.

The plaintiff was originally Miss Elizabeth Dickson. She first married Joseph II Jones, the well known lawyer, who was formerly a law partner of Walter McHenry. She divorced him and married a man by the name of Wood. He, too, was divorced and the plaintiff was then reunited in marriage to her first husband, Jr. Jones. But trouble came again soon and the couple were divorced the second time. Mrs. Jones married A. C. Baird of Boone county, and Mr. Jones was united in marriage last week to his stenographer, Miss Ethel Gibson.

Another chapter was added to the peculiar case today by the filing of another divorce suit. Attorneys McLaughlin & Shankland appear for Mrs. Baird.

The above has reference to a couple who commenced their married life in Cherokee, and if we remember aright, here also appeared the first clouds to obscure the matrimonial sky, Mr. Jones was a member of the firm of Jones & Moore, Mr. Jones looking after the law end of the business. About a year after the firm commenced business Mr. Jones married and established a nice home on West Cedar St., for his bride and for a time there did not appear to be happier couple in Cherokee than Mr. and Mrs. Jones, but trouble arose and Mrs. Jones returned to her home, but later returned to him, and shortly thereafter the firm of Jones & Moore was dissolved and Mr. Jones removed to Des Moines.

The subsequent history of the couple is outlines in the above dispatch.

75 years ago

Approximately 400 persons attended the dedication services held at Mt. Olive Baptist church throughout the day Sunday. The program was in observance of the official opening of the new church building erected to replace the one which was destroyed by fire last winter. The original building housed the small group which organized in 1888.

Because of rain the afternoon crowd was reduced somewhat and one speaker, Rev. N. H. Carman of Sac City, was unable to attend.

Dedication sermon by Rev. E. H. Gillet of Seattle, Wash., a former Mt. Olive pastor, featured the morning service. Special music interspersed the other church numbers.

In the afternoon Rev. Frank Anderson, executive secretary of the Iowa Baptist convention, addressed the group following greetings from Aurelia, Cherokee Baptist, Good Hope, Diamond Center and Elk Baptist churches, former pastors and other friends and recognition of three charter members--Rev. Philletus H. McDowell, Glenn Falls, N.Y.; J. F. Dubee, Cherokee; Mrs. Margaret Juber, Cherokee.

Storm Lake municipal band with three Aurelia girls as a vocal trio entertained between the afternoon and evening programs. Rev. Gillet delivered an address again in the evening after a program of church music.

Dinner and supper were served by women of the church in the dining room.

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Fifteen Cherokee county persons affiliated with the Rural Letter Carriers' association and auxiliary attended the ninth district convention held at Correctionville Monday. About 200 men and women were present.

Mrs. Chas. Phipps, Cherokee was reelected president of the auxiliary. Other officer named are Mrs. Tee Emery, Spencer, vice president; Mrs. Glen Sawin, Oto, secretary-treasurer; Mrs. Hollister, Mapleton, organizer.

Officers elected by the association and installed by J. Mack Schroppel of Schaller include C. O. Beckman, Melvin, president; O. S. Bower, Smithland, vice president; Glen Barnes, Sibley, secretary-treasurer.

Melvin was selected as the site for the next district meeting to be held on Labor day, 1935.

Those from Cherokee county present were C. L . Mase, retired carrier, Mr. and Mrs. E. g. Ralston, Mr. and Mrs. C. T. Phipps, Mr. and Mrs. Frank e. Marsh, Cherokee; Mr. and Mrs. Nels Carlson, Washta; Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Raskin, Larrabee; Mr. and Mrs. Albert Fierk, Aurelia; Mr. and Mrs. Emory Goodrich, Cleghorn.

MHI farm - For many years, the Cherokee Mental Health Institute housed a fully functional farm, as pictured above on the southwest side of the grounds. This photo was taken in 1923
The program, which opened at 9:30 a.m. with a concert by the Correctionville municipal band, continued throughout the afternoon, closing with business sessions of the two organizations.

Mrs. Chas. Phipps was introduced and gave a report of the auxiliary during the morning session. Principal addresses were delivered by H. C. McLean of Sioux City, county engineer, and Mrs. Henry Wood of Moville, president ninth district Farm Bureau women.

50 years ago

Members of the Chamber of Commerce Civic Bureau voted Wednesday to buy additional souvenir rulers to be given to area children visiting Sanford Museum.

A report on the recent DIR Day was given at the regular monthly session by Don Hankens, chairman of the board and Supt. Richard Kinkead.

George Rapson, chairman of the Promotion Committee, reported on activities of that Chamber group.

Appointed to the nominating committee were Dr. J. W. Moore, chairman, R. T. Steele and Don Hankens. Election of bureau officers will take place at the October meeting.

Bob Cook, manager of Cherokee Credit Bureau, was welcomed as a new member.

All three in attendance at the meeting were urged to appear at the Appreciation Festival here Friday evening and greet guests from the Cherokee trade area.

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Cherokee Chamber of Commerce members wearing special C. of C. hats served as hosts Friday evening at the Appreciation Festival here.

"Cherokee Charlie" also appeared at various places throughout the business district as an official greeter.

Agriculture Bureau members were in charge of the many free activities, assisted by Chamber of Commerce members from the other three bureaus.

Forrest Kohrt was host at Tomahawk Roller Rink, aided by Don Royer, Julian Schissel and Don Fairchild.

Greeting guests at the American Theater were A. R. Griffith, Chairman; Lyle Maxwell, A. I. McClintock, Robert Northcraft, Forrest Wolf and John Noble.

R. J. Vining headed the host committee at the Arrow Theater comprised of Frank Greenwood, Warren Curtis, George Anderson, Pierce Green and Dick Graves.

Chief Host for the Main Street square dance was Lyle Poulson, assisted by Sherm Peirmon, E. O. Bierbaum, Ronnie Ehrich and Robert Wray.

Presiding at Eagles Hall where modern dancing took place was Ben Brasser. Assistant hosts were Jim McDonald, Dr. G. D. Gerdes, Earl Ware, M. A. Samsel, Kenny Rupp, D. H. Schalekamp and Dale Thomas.

Roger Frisbie headed the welcoming committee at the teenage dance in the City Youth Center. Also present there were Jack Cook, Jay Yaggy, Wayne Sleezer, Harold Rasmus and Members of Wa-Tan-Ye club.

Co-chairmen for the stage show on Main Street were A. R. Hagerstrand and Dan Rice, assisted by Paul Grauer.

In charge of the refreshments of coffee and cake were A. J. Steinberg and Gerhart Baumann, co-chairmen: Paul Goeb, Charles Bell, Tom Boothby, Jr., Darrell Bunkers, E. J. Willbrandt, Frank Wetrosky, Oscar Gustafson, Whitfield Adamson, Mose R. Bell, M.A. Bloomberg, John B. Keeline, Loren Anderson, Don Meyers, Jim Corken, Ed Bryant, Carl Rahn, D. R. Clark, V. C. Pierce, Bob Admire, J & H Market.

25 years ago

The Grand Meadow Heritage Center, formerly the Grand Meadow School, will hold its annual festival Saturday starting with a pancake feed from 7 to 9 a.m.

The pancake feed is free to anyone with an admission pass. Admission is a $3 donation for adults; $1 for children under 12 years and preschoolers free.

Highlighting this year's day-long activity will be a mule jumping contest, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Douglas Linn of Humboldt will have his mule "Iowa Miss" champion of the 1982 mule jumping contest at the National Cattle Congress, Waterloo, at the center for the first-time event. This mule's record from a standing start is 56 inches.

There will be two jumping categories--one for the large mules and one for the small mules (under 53 inches). Races are also scheduled in each category and for anyone who wishes to enter a mule, a Jackpot race.

The final "mulish" event is a timed loading contest (mules in and out of a truck).

The contests are open to all owners of mules and there is no entrance fee.

Also new this year will be an air show with Olie-Pash from Harlan flying a Pitts bi-plane. The 15 minute show will feature aerobatics including loop, rolls, inverted flight, knife edge and a non-aerobatic maneuver.

Other scheduled events will include the antique tractor pull starting at 9 a.m. and country school sessions between 11 and 3.

The Siouxland Muzzle Loaders are scheduled at 10 a.m. and there will be horseshoeing and antique car displays by Serpeci, Storm Lake, and Sooland Auto, Sioux City, along with local collectors.

Regularly scheduled activities include the Country Store and bake sale, arts and crafts, rock polishing, a flee market, spinning, weaving and quilting and small engine exhibit.

There will be a service at 1:15 to honor 50-year graduates of Grand Meadow School.

At 3, there will be a pony hitch-obstacle course.

Food will be available on the grounds from 11 to 1, and at 5 p.m. the Cherokee County Beef Producers will have a barbecue.

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Cool weather may have dampened Cherokee area Labor Day activities.

Activities were continuing in Sutherland's annual Labor Day Weekend festivities Sunday under cloudy skies.

Elsewhere in the United States, fireworks glowed in the Boston sky, a street fair with puppets and films about working drew thousands in New York and striking copper workers rallied in Arizona as Americans celebrated Labor Day weekend.

About 1,000 members of 13 unions striking Phelps Dodge Copper works stages a two-hour march and rally at Clifton, Ariz., but there was no repetition of violence that marred some earlier rallies.

Authorities closed U.S. 666, the main link between Clifton and the giant copper plant in nearby Morenci during the afternoon march, and the company dismissed the afternoon shift two hours early to help avoid a confrontation between workers and strikers.

Thousands of Bostonians trooped to the waterfront Saturday night for a fireworks display, and Mayor Raymond L. Flynn tossed out a ball to open Sunday's North American Gaelic Football finals in Somerville, said spokesman Phil Martin. The mayor's press secretary, Frank Costello, was playing for the Boston team.

Seattle residents turned out for Bumershoot, an annual Labor Day weekend celebration of the beginning of the rainy season. The weather was anything but rainy, however, as jazz, rock, folk and country musicians and the UrvasiDance Co. of Southeast Asia entertained the crowds under sunny skies.

Crowds were smaller than usual Saturday at Nantasket Beach south of Boston, but Metropolitan District Commission Police Officer Frank Meech said, "Most three-day weekends are slower than normal, because most people go on longer trips. They have that extra day to play with."

Campgrounds in several states were filled to capacity by Friday afternoon as Americans sought the great outdoors for an end-of-summer fling.

Labor Day in New York City will kick off Monday with a parade being billed at the largest in the nation, with Democratic presidential candidate Walter F. Monday, running mate Geraldine Ferraro and New York Gov. Mario Cuomo in the lead.

The AFL-CIO, which organized the parade, said 250,000 union members and their families would participate in the demonstration, which also was planned to call for limits on imports to protect American jobs.

More than 230 people had been killed in traffic accidents across the United States by Sunday evening as the long Labor Day weekend headed into its third full day.

The National Safety Council estimated that between 450 and 550 people could lose their lives in traffic accidents before summer's last holiday ends at midnight Monday.

The counting period for fatalities began at 6 p.m. local time Friday and by 8 p.m. EDT Sunday the toll stood at 238.

During a three-day, non-holiday weekend at this time of the year, 380 highway deaths could be expected, the council said.

Last year, there were 468 traffic fatalities during the Labor Day holiday. The worst such observance was in 1968, when 688 people were killed on streets and highways.

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