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Friday, September 11, 2009

100 years ago

In police court this morning Mrs. Charles Hitchcock testified that her husband, a prisoner before the bar on the charge of disturbing the peace, had not drawn a jack knife on her at their home on Wall street last night.

"We have been having trouble since we came from Cherokee because he had been drinking" testified Mrs. Hitchcock. "There are no saloons in Cherokee and he never drank there but he's been drunk ever since we came here and that is why I had him arrested."

Remembering Company M - Company M officers are pictured on the steps of the Cherokee Opera House. The Company was well trained by Col. Kreger, They started off to the Spanish-American War, but only got as far as a camp in Georgia, where they contracted typhoid fever.
Mrs. Hitchcock is a young woman and rather pretty. He is a young man and does not impress one as being thoroughly bad.

Calling him to the bench, Ole T. Naglestad, setting police judge, urged him to change his mode of living and take care of his pretty wife.

"There is enough grief in the world as it is, without youngsters like you, just starting out in married life, to fuss and fight and make themselves miserable.

"In accordance with the evidence, I'll have to fine you $7 or two days, but the fine is suspended pending your good behavior."

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Training camp - During the Spanish-American War many Cherokee area residents stepped up and volunteered to go to war. Pictured above are members of Company M at their training camp in Georgia.
C. H. Wegersley yesterday received a telephone message from H. L. Pierce at Linn Grove conveying the news that coal had been found in quantities in the mine which his company has been operating at Lin Grove for the past two years. The company has met with many reverses since they began work, and it is with relief that the discovery has now been made. There are many stockholders at this place and all over the county who will rejoice in the fact that at last we will have a real coal mine. More prospecting will be done along the river, as other companies have been but waiting to see the outcome of the Linn Grove shaft.

75 years ago

Ralph Edmunds, formerly of Correctionville and a member of Company M 52nd Iowa Volunteer Infantry during the Spanish American war, was elected junior vice commander in chief at a national meeting of the S. A. W. veterans held at Pittsburgh in August, according to word received by Wm. Shardlow, local S. A. W. veteran.

Company M was represented at the national convention by more members than any other company of Iowa. Among those attending were Hi Adams of Cherokee, Gus Lund of Alta, Dr. Roy Faust of Eugene, Ore., and Edmunds. Regardless of a veteran's residence he retains membership in the company with which he was affiliated during the war.

Edmunds, now an attorney of Idaho Fall, Idaho, in addition to his Spanish American war service was an officer for many years in the Idaho national guard; volunteered in the World war; was S. A. W. department commander in Idaho in 1933-34; was elected to honorary membership in the D. A. V. and in the V. F. W. because of his work in behalf of the wounded and disabled of the World was and is a member of the American Legion.

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With the purchase of 50,000 feet of snow fence and of 5,000 steel posts by the board of supervisors Monday, County Engineer Floyd G. Rubey anticipates that the total amount owned by the county will be sufficient to place fence on all trunk roads and most mail routes. However, there will be none available for school bus routes or other side roads, he stated.

$3,675 Winning Bid.

Contract for the fence was let to the Wheeler Lumber Bridge and Supply company of Des Moines. The winning bid of $3,675 was lowest of five received. Des Moines Steel company was awarded the post contract for $1,332.50, lowest of three. All bids were close.

September 21 was set by the board of supervisors as date for hearing on graveling assessments. Property owners may appear at that time to protest assessment.

Millage Computed.

Resolution pertaining to the tax levy for 1934 was adopted. Millage as computed will now be sent to the state board of assessment and review for approval.

Salary of investigator of cases approved by the old age pension board was set at $1.50 per day with mileage of 5 cents and postage allowed also. Stenographer's salary was fixed at $1 per day. The pension board is to employ the county investigator Tuesday.

Claims Allowed.

Domestic animal claims totaling $87 were allowed as follows: A. R. Johnson, 5 ewes killed by dogs, $30; O. H. Briggs, 1 lamb, $5; Herman Fassler, 4 lambs, $24; Ralph Kludas, 4 lambs and 2 ewes killed by wolves, $28.

50 years ago

W. D. Frankforter, Sanford Museum director, and three other members of the Northwest Chapter of Iowa Archeological Society returned Thursday from a five-day field trip in Nebraska and Wyoming.

Making the trip with Frankforter were Joe Beals and C. H. D. Smith of Cherokee and Earl Brewster of Sheldon.

Enroute to Wyoming, the four stopped in the Nebraska Bad Lands near Crawford where they collected fossils and visited Toadstool Park.

The group met Dr. George Agogino, now professor of anthropology at the University of Wyoming in Laramie and Jim Duguld at Lusk, Wyo.

Early Culture

The six men worked two days at the Agate Basin site collecting bison bones. Frankforter said this site contains three early cultures--the Agate Basin, the Folsom and a middle horizon as yet unknown. The Agate Basin site is estimated to be from 8-10,000 years old.

The Cherokee museum director assisted by Dr. Agogino with the University of Wyoming digging project by identifying fossils found at the site near Lusk.

On the return trip, the Iowa man stopped at Frankforter's father-in-law's ranch near Springview, Neb., to collect fossils form the Rilocene Age. The fossil beds, estimated to be 3 million years old, were discovered this summer when the Frankforters vacationed there.

Hunt Davis, Sr., Hunt Davis, Jr. and Mike Davis, of Cherokee met the group at the ranch where they all camped out and worked on the fossil beds.

Rhinoceros, turtle and small horse bones were recovered and brought back to the museum here.

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Attendance records kept by Manager E. L. Gustafson for the Municipal Swimming Pool show a total of 52,988 for the 1959 season.

This is an increase of 10,500 over last year's total attendance, Gustafson said.

Following is a breakdown of the total number: Student season tickets, 21,799; student cash admissions, 14,789; adult cash admissions, 1,739; adult season tickets, 1,048; wading pool, 3,368; lessons, 9,885.

Swim Program

Enrolled in the Red Cross swimming instruction program were 805 persons, including 66 adults who took instruction. The 32 members of the swimming squad also received instruction although they were not enrolled in the regular classes.

A breakdown of lesson totals shows that there were 489 beginning swimmers enrolled 179 of whom received beginners; certificates.

Of the 155 intermediate swimmers taking lessons, 80 passed final tests to be classified as "swimmers."

There were 63 enrolled in the swimmers class. Of this number, 54 passed to become eligible for life-saving instruction and advanced swimming.

Fourteen of the 32 enrolled for life-saving lessons passed this course to become eligible for further life-saving training and advanced swimming lessons next season.

25 years ago

Sen. Delwyn Stromer, R-Garner, Monday impressed upon area Republicans the importance of supporting their party's candidates for local, state and national office.

Stromer, the Iowa House minority leader, addressed about 125 people at the annual Cherokee County Republicans Dinner Monday night at the Community Center.

Specifically, he stressed the importance of the GOP regaining control of the Iowa Legislature, which the party lost in 1974.

House Speaker Don Avenson and Senate Majority Leader Lowell Junkins refuse to cooperate with Gov. Terry Branstad lest they make Branstad look good, Stromer said. Unless Republicans can regain the General Assembly, that will continue, he said.

"Iowans are going to be the losers," he said.

Stromer criticized 5th District Rep. Tom Harkin and 6th District Rep. Berkley Bedell, for talking about problems they as Democrats helped create when Democrats controlled the U.S. Congress from 1977-1980. Bedell is running for re-election and Harkin is a candidate for the U.S. Senate this year.

"They could have done whatever they wanted to resolve their problems," he said. "They really didn't put much effort into any of this."

Stromer urged the audience to look carefully at what Bedell has voted for. "He talks a very good game but he doesn't always vote the game that well," Stromer said.

The president elected this year will probably have a great bearing on the Supreme Court because as many as four of the Supreme Court justices are expected to retire in the next four years, Stromer said.

Stromer concluded his address by recognizing 7th District Rep. Lester Menke, R-Calumet, as "one of the premiere legislators in the Iowa General Assembly in the past decade."

Menke declined to run for re-election this year after serving 12 years in the Iowa House of Representatives.

"Old politicians never die, they usually run one too often," Stromer said. "Les never violated that rule. He didn't run once too often."

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Cherokee County Auditor Beverly Anderson's turn-out prediction for the five districts range from 10 percent to 80 percent. The five districts have 9,264 registered voters.

The 80 percent prediction was for Meriden-Cleghorn and Marcus school districts where voters are deciding a reorganization issue. The two districs have 2,419 registered voters.

M-C and Marcus voters are also making up most of the absentee votes. The Cherokee County Auditor's office had received 110 absentee ballots by 4 p.m. Monday.

Anderson said this is the biggest school election absentee vote in her 16 years as auditor.

Of the 110, 83 are from M-C, 17 are from Marcus and 11 are from Cherokee.

Besides the reorganization issue, M-C and Marcus voters will be voting on a 20 cent tax levy for Northwest Iowa Technical College.

In M-C, Vicki Menke and Lance Shafer are running for the District 2 seat and Dennis Bush and James Wilcox for the director at large seat.

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

In Cherokee, Anderson is predicting a 30 percent turn-out. The Cherokee School District has 4,855 registered voters.

This is a lower prediction considering there are three people running for two seats on the Cherokee School Board. Running are Tim Menke, Vicki Wittgraf and Ron Ehrich.

In the Willow School District, Richard Simonsen is the only one on the ballot.

Anderson is predicting a 10 percent turn-out in Willow. The district has 783 registered voters.

In the Aurelia School District, Anderson is predicting a 20 percent turn-out among the district's 1,207 registered voters.

Seeking two seats on the Aurelia board are Lynn Virgil, Dennis Engdahl and Robert Peterson.

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