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Times Gone By

Friday, September 18, 2009

This early picture of the Cherokee MHI focuses on the central campus. Notice in particular the large cupola on the center of the roof, which was removed many years ago. Note also the cannon located on the front lawn. This, too, was removed years ago, and now sits at Koser Spring Lake Park.
100 years ago

The Second Annual Plowing Match held Thursday at the Cochrane home, went off as smoothly as machinery bathed in oil, there being no friction. The crowd exceeded the big one of last year but the association was better able to meet demands and if anybody failed to have a good time, and went away dissatisfied we failed to hear of him. The ladies served a dinner which would compel an epicure to express satisfaction and there was no crowding in the large tent and there was even a super abundance of good things for all. The refreshment booths were also run splendidly.

The different events all attracted large crowds. The second annual plowing match was certainly a hummer.

The following is a list of prize winners:

Gang plows: 1st, Jerome Clow, 2nd, Fred Ritchie.

Riding plow: 1st, Dave Patterson; Dave Patterson also won sweepstakes, 2nd, John Thompson, 3rd, Geo. Thompson, 4th, John W. Patterson.

Walking plow: 1st, James Cochrane, 2nd, Wm. Farran Jr.

Boys Under 18

Riding: 1st Clarence Bugh, 2nd Bert McDonald.

Boys Under 16

Riding: 1st Howard Fee, 2nd A. Dewar

Colt show: 1st Maydar Lux

Best team: 1st Fred Ritchie, 2nd Adam Thompson, 3rd John Jenkins

Ladies driving: 1st Mary Jenkins, 2nd Mame Wester, 3rd Blanche Lameroux

Ladies Department

Best Basket: 1st Mrs. Ora Courtright, 2nd Mrs. Tom Fee, 3rd Mrs. Ben Thompson, 4th Miss Emma Patterson, 5th Mrs. George Welch, 6th Mrs. L. J. Corrington

75 years ago

Leslie Pitman, 35, pleading guilty to larceny of a motor vehicle and to resisting service of an instrument, was sentenced by Judge W. C. Garberson Monday afternoon to two years in the penitentiary at Fort Madison. The sentence was one year on each charge, not to run concurrently.

Sheriff A. N. Tilton left Tuesday morning to take Pitman and Raymond Rice, sentenced Monday to one year after confessing to bootlegging, to the penitentiary.

Jurors were drawn and testimony opened in the case of David Trapp vs. Walter Harvey, et al. In this suit the plaintiff seeks $754 damages. His son allegedly lost his eye as a result of an accidental shooting by the defendant's son. Dr. Jipp of Sioux City was the witness to occupy the stand Monday. The trial continued Tuesday.

Members of the jury are Jay Peters, Frank Swart, K. W. Nagle, Everett Carver, Ben Sullivan, Rex Rosberg, Fred Hoback, Adam Hoback, Claude Fogelman, Geo. Beaton, Mary Blankenbaker, Philip Fell.

Other jurors were excused until 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Nellie L. Henderson has filed suit against O. M. Henderson, her husband, asking that a deed executed by the plaintiff to the defendant June 13 to be declared null and void. Mrs. Henderson also asks personal judgment of $480 from the defendant as rental value on the property since June 13.

Approximately 200 corn sealers, county agents and warehouse board members of northwest Iowa will meet in the courtroom from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, September 28, to be informed by state department of agriculture representatives regarding the new 1935 corn loan plan.

H. C. Asberg, assistant secretary of agriculture, notified C. G. Turner, county agent, of the pending session and asked that arrangements be made to meet at the courthouse if possible. If court is in session the group will gather at the K. P. hall.

The new plan provides for liquidation of all present loans by October 15 but gives the borrower an opportunity to take out a new loan at 55 cents per bushel.

"It is our hope," Asberg wrote, "that resealing of corn can start not later than October 1. Members of warehouse boards in good standing will continue the 1934-35 organization. The number of sealers will probably be reduced and only those who give satisfactory service to the state department of agriculture office and the commodity credit corporation will be reappointed."

Asberg recommended that sealers interested in reappointment obtain the endorsement of their warehouse board. He asked that boards be prepared at the district meeting to present a list of those sealers they wish to retain.

Persons eligible to attend the session are urged "to offer constructive criticism and suggestions and help in determining the charge for sealing. We hope to arrange a uniform schedule ranging from 40 cents to $1 per 100 bushels, depending on locations of the county," Asberg stated.

Most housewives, office managers and Cherokee County officials all have one big problem in common.That is the matter of storage space.

However, county officers cannot solve this problem by a determined session of sorting and destroying the accumulation as the others do.

Vital records of many types must be saved in the event they are needed for reference--no matter how old they may be nor how rapidly they stack up.

The storage space problem at the Cherokee County courthouse has become one of too much storage and too little space.

Records dating back some 70 years are at the point of overflowing office vaults and basement storerooms.

For example, the high, closet-like vault off the county clerk's office is lined one side with large record books.

The other side of the narrow vaultroom is lined with file drawers full of legal papers--only a very few empty drawers remain.

Down a step stairway leading out of the clerk's office is a basement-level vault--crammed from top to bottom with court dockets, volumes containing various records and more file drawers all but bursting with legal papers which must be preserved.

Among vital statistic records kept by County Clerk Litta Carpenter, and ever-added to those of previous decades, are births, adoptions, deaths, marriages, divorces and wills.

County Auditor Erma Smith is faced with a similar situation despite a large vault off the auditor's room and supplementary basement storage.

Minute books of the frequent and often-extensive sessions of the County Board of Supervisors, plus highway records are stored in the office vault. Old claim registers and justice of the peace records are among those stored in the basement.

And, of course, all property deeds handled by the office of County Recorder Boyd Sinkey are kept as permanent records.

Although the present, aging courthouse seems spacious with its big main floor lobby and high ceilings--too much of it is wasted space which does not meet the need for practical, safe and convenient storage.

50 Years Ago

Plans for the third annual 4-H Father and Son Banquet were made at a meeting this week of Cherokee County Boys 4-H officers.

Awards covering activities of the past 4-H year will be presented at the event, to be held in October or early in November.

The following new officers also will be installed during the banquet program: Tyrome Artz, president; Ronnie Sadler, vice-president; Bob Nelson, secretary-treasurer.

Girls who are members of Boys 4-H clubs also will attend the annual affair.

Tossing a line - Here is another in a series of photos at the Cherokee Archives which has not been identified. It was taken at Spring Lake some time in the 1950s. If you have any other information regarding the two men in the photo, please contact the Cherokee County Archives at the Cherokee Public Library, 712-225-3498.
Officers are working now to obtain a place and speaker, after which the date will be announced.

The next planning session will be held Wednesday evening, September 23.

25 years ago

The Cherokee School Board accepted Monday a $45,514 bid to install fences at the School District's new baseball complex.

The bid, made by Broski Bros. Inc., of Omaha, Neb., includes $9,572 for fencing the varsity baseball field, $4,317 for the varsity softball field, $9,915 for the senior Little League field, $6,391 for the major league field, $9,300 for three Little League fields and $6,894 for enclosing all Little League diamonds.

The Cherokee School District will pay $13,709 for the fencing of the varsity softball and baseball fields. The remaining $31,605 will be paid by the Cherokee Little League Association.

As of Friday, the association had raised $21,765. As this is about $10,000 short of what they need, the district will pay the entire amount and be reimbursed.

Work is to start in two weeks, with completion by October 29.

During the discussion over the acceptance of the bid, the board had a lengthy talk about the Little League Association accepting a $5,000 donation. The donation is being made by an area commercial interest and carries a stipulation that a Little Leauge field will be named after it.

Though the school board cannot prohibit the association from accepting the donation, they can prohibit the field be named after the commercial donor.

Board Member Robert Lundquist said he did not want the baseball complex to become "commercial."

Lundquist said he did not see why the money should be accepted when "when we don't need it to make it work."

Board Member Joe Lundsgaard said he could see Lundquist's point, but added that the money would benefit the community.

The board brought up the point that donations had been part of Cherokee for a long time, but most had been made by individuals. Lundquist said that if the board approved of a field being named after a commercial donor, a precedent would be set.

The board decided to accept the bid on the fencing, but tabled the discussion over the donation.

In other baseball complex business, the board approved specifications for dugouts the varsity softball and baseball fields.

Plans call for the installation for four dugouts, with storage facilities and press boxes being built onto two of them.

The district will accept bids for the project October 15. The bids will not include the installation of roofs on the dugouts. The district will be doing this work itself. The total cost of the dugouts, roofs included, was estimated at $15,000.

In other business, the board took the following actions.

Adjusted salaries for thirteen teachers. Most of the salaries were increased because the teachers had furthered their education.

Approved new contracts for six aides and one custodian.

Approved a workshop for kindergarten through fourth grade teachers on October 11. The workshop, which will deal with teaching elementary students, will be in Sioux City. Cherokee students in kindergarten through fourth grade will not have school on October 11.

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