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Friday, September 25, 2009

Cherokee's Fire Fighters - The Cherokee Fire Fighters in 1909-"Kit" and "Maude" pulled the fire truck until 1909 when they were sold. This photo by W.O. Davenport in March of that year shows the pair in front of the fire station that was located next to the Cherokee Library on Maple Street.
100 years ago

John McDonald and Peter McIntosh returned Thursday from a month's trip to the coast and a jaunt through Canada. Mr. McDonald was offered a big price for his farm and was tempted to sell and invest in the far west but very sensibly determined to investigate the different Eldorados for himself. His neighbor, Peter McIntosh also wanted to see and together they went. They took their time, investigated thoroughly and came back fully determined to hold on to their Cherokee lands. These Scotchmen know land when they see it and can size up the advantages and disadvantages of a country and when they conclude that Cherokee county affords the best opportunity for getting onto the prosperity cart you can reckon it's true.

They are not blind to the advantages of other sections. They visited Tom Caswell at his home at Ceres and say that they were delighted with his home, where they found growing in his yard oranges, lemons, peaches, figs, pears, olives and almonds and they say the climate is delightful. The land is irrigated and Tom is gaining in wealth rapidly by buying up neglected lands and making them fertile. But while a few with Caswell's foresight gain wealth, for the majority there is only climate and a bare living. In western Canada land is comparatively cheap but seasons are short and crops liable to be nipped by frosts, so they conclude Iowa is the place where prosperity will take up her permanent abode. Sensible conclusion too.

75 years ago

Three men were sentenced Monday by Mayor A. Lawrey, Jr., serve terms ranging from four to thirty days in jail. Intoxication, fishing without a license and vagrancy were charges booked against the trio.

John Klinker, 60, pleaded guilty to vagrancy and received a 30-day's sentence to be served in the city jail. He was arrested Saturday night.

Pleading guilty to fishing in Little Sioux river without a license, Paul O. Stoneburner, 41, was likewise sentenced to 30 days. He, however, was taken to the county jail. His arrest was made Saturday also.

CFD in 1928 - The members of the Cherokee Fire Department are pictured in front of the Cherokee City Hall prior to their 46th annual Fireman's Ball on Feb. 9, 1928
"Ole" McMurrin was sentenced to hard labor on the streets for four days following his plea of guilty to an intoxication charge.

Residents of Cherokee will be given an opportunity Wednesday evening, at the "hobo convention" dance to be held in the Crystal ballroom under the auspices of the V.F.W. auxiliary, to observe "Kangaroo" court procedure and crowning of the king of the hoboes. These and other unique numbers will intersperse dancing to Harmony Kings orchestra.

Mayor A. Lawrey, Jr., will act as judge of the court. Harry Wood is to be prosecuting attorney and L. C. McCulla, marshal. The defense attorney will be selected by the victims who are haled into court during the dance.

Hobo jungle atmosphere will be provided by the sponsoring organization members who will be gowned in appropriate "rags." Dancers are not required to wear costumes but either regular of "fancy" dress will be considered proper.

"We guarantee the public the time of their lives," Mrs. Viola Boosalis, local president, commented.

50 years ago

Ralph J. Block, ex-printer's apprentice, ex-river reporter at $12.50 a week, ex-motion picture producer, lights a cigarette and proceeds to unload a barrage of intriguing facts that would choke a linotype machine.

You're sitting across the restaurant table, coffee in hand, and you dazedly wonder how one man can come into such a labyrinth of chronology.

Then this graying, but still suave veteran of many duties from Hollywood to New Delhi snaps his fingers.

And you're listening intently again to Ralph Block, the budding author: "I saw many city editors and others when they were 70÷they were a bit slower÷well, here I am at 70 and I feel good."

Block with a tiny touch of the dramatic, can recall his producer days on the Hollywood lots. He was 20 years in the film colony, making both silent and talking pictures.

He produced pictures for Paramount, the old Goldwyn studio and Fox Pictures (later 20th Century Fox).

A personal friend of film stars Ralph Bellamy, Adolph Menjous and others, Block lived in Beverly Hills and cavorted with the screen notables. His attachments with the glitter of Hollywood linger on--the former Cherokee resident is an honorary trustee of the Motion Picture Relief fund of America.

This is Ralph Block, a man who may soon have his own autobiography, "Time Under My Feet," on the bookstands. In that, he's a native of Cherokee, Block, will, in part, trace a section of the pioneer society here in his works.

Block, born the son of a Czech father and Polish mother, lived here early in the 1900s. He attended school, graduated here in 1907, set hand set type at the old Cherokee "times." His father was a Cherokee clothier for a quarter of a century.

In later years federal positions of burdensome responsibility lured him on. He recently served as director of the Foreign Information Staff, of the assistant secretary of state for public affairs in Washington (1950-54).

Block now is policy advisor of the cultural side of the USLA. He recently was given an award for his service.

Service in India through a portion of World War II brought Block a Medal of Freedom award officially presented by President Truman. During the war he held the equivalent rank of a colonel and was special assistant to the personal representative of the President in India.

In the war's aftermath and until 1946, Block, was chief public affairs officer of the American Mission in India. Then it was back to the U.S. where he assumed a three-year task as psychological warfare in the planning section of the State Department.

The talented Michigan U. Phi Beta Kappa honorary had gone a long was as a producer in Hollywood by 1941. But when he left his film duties for wartime information post work after Pearl Harbor, he was never to venture back on the lots as an executive.

The U.S. named him assistant regional director of the Ninth Civilian Defense Region--the eight western states. That same year Block was asked to accept an Office of War Information post in India.

How did Block's career start? Years earlier he was headed out of Michigan for Harvard and law school. "I was even registered, but I didn't go," he says with a wry smile.

Instead I wrote a letter to Henry Watterson one of the greatest editors of them all in Louisville and told them I was a brilliant and such."

Watterson informed the eager Block, if he wanted to be a newspaperman he'd have to wait for pay. But he could work without salary. And that's what Block did for five months in Louisville.

In 1911 Block came up with a clever, humorous feature on a medicine man in a mishap and landed a $12.50 per week reporting post. From there he went successively to the Detroit News, to a Scripps sheet in Sioux City (where he worked on the pony wire service for three weeks) to the Kansas City Star for five years (where he became drama editor) and then to the Old New York Tribune 1916). Block went form a "space-writing" post with the Tribune to the New York Evening Sun. But the Tribune called him back in 1917 and made him assignment editor.Later that year Block became foreign news editor of the Tribune.

25 years ago

Daily Times reporter Ruby Peterson and Sportswriter Tim Woods won honorable mentions in the Iowa Newspaper Association's photo and writing competitions.

Winners in the association's newswriting, photo and advertising contests were announced Sunday in Des Moines.

Woods won honorable mention in the Frank Nye Newswriting--Best Feature competition. Peterson won honorable mention in the Best Photo competition.

Neil Simon's "Come Blow Your Horn" will open the Cherokee Community Theatre's 27th year.

The play will be presented Oct. 27-28.

Other shows scheduled are "Life With Father," April 19-21, and "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" July 19-21 and 25-27.

Single admission to musicals is $4.50. Season tickets can be obtained for $10. Patron membership can be obtained for $30.

The Cherokee City Council is slated to consider adoption of an ordinance establishing regulations for going-out-of-business sales at its regular meeting at 7:30 tonight at the Community Center.

Also on the agenda is an ordinance to keep people out of flood waters and recommendations from the Planning and Zoning Commission to change subdivision and sideyard requirements in residential zones. With one change, they are the same recommendations submitted to the Council in February.

U.S. Sen. Roger Jepson, R-Iowa, will be in Marcus on Saturday.

A reception is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Roger and Nancy Nelson. The cost is $25 per couple. Jepsen will discuss agriculture and the economy in Iowa.

Two California authors are seeking war brides to help them with a book they are writing.

Elfrieda Shukert and Barbara Schibetta's goal is to locate 2,000 was brides to do a comprehensive study of their history. More than 500 women have already contributed to the research project by sharing their stories via letters, tapes, interviews and by filling out a questionnaire.

Anyone with information about war brides may contact the two writers at War Brides Revisited, 1101 Ranier Ave., Pacifica, Calif. 94044, phone, 415-359-4192 or 415-334-0592.

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