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Family band - Pictured above is the Rankins Family Band. The talented family was popular in the Cherokee County area in the late 1800's. This photograph was taken in 1890.
100 years ago

Every once and awhile some subscriber comes in and planking down the needful for another year's subscription remarks, "that makes ---times I have paid for The Times, have taken it since it first started," until it has become interesting to know who is in fact the "oldest subscriber." Tuesday Samuel Ramsden came in and made this remark and there can't be many who are ahead of him. He subscribed for the paper, then called "The Chief" and edited by J.F. Ford, when it was Vol. I, No. 5. It was then published in the court house in Old Cherokee and Mr. Ramsden has been a continuous subscriber since that time.

Mr. Ramsden made his first visit to this country in the summer of 1869. He and his father-in-law, James Jenness, made the trip by wagon from Clermont, Fayette County. Their destination at starting was to near the headwaters of the Boyer in Crawford county, but finding government land all taken there and hearing of vacant land up this way they continued their journey to Storm Lake, intending to go from there to land near the northwest line of the state. At Storm Lake they fell in with Dick Lambert and Thos. And Joe Scurlock who had settled in this county, who were hunting elk, and were by these persuaded to locate in this county. Mr. Ramsden and his father-in-law, Mr. James Jenness, looked the land over and concluded to locate. Mr. Ramsden entered an 80 in Section 28, Pilot township, while Mr. Jenness located in Diamond. In November of that year they brought their families and became permanent residents. Two brother-in-laws, Cheslery and Milton Jenness came with them and these had the honor of naming two of the most prosperous township. Chelsey Jenness located in Diamond and gave the township that name. Milton located in Silver and gave that name to the township.

At that time there wasn't a house between Cherokee and Storm Lake and but one house in Storm Lake, that of a young married couple named Anderson, nor was there a house between Storm Lake and Sac City. For flour and other supplies they went to Deloit, a town about six miles north of the present town of Denison.

Lambert and the Scurlocks were great hunters and there were great herds of elk and deer which furnished an abundant meat supply. Buffalo had disappeared before they came. Every spring Lambert would go hunting for baby elk. These young elk he would bring home, sometimes as many as 20, and raise on cows milk and when they were about a year old would ship them east, realizing a good profit on them. As they waxed strong they would go through any fence and at times became a great nuisance to settlers whose crops they destroyed.

The present Cherokee was at that time unknown and was marked by a single house, that of George W. Leborveau. The land entered by Chesley Jenness in Diamond is now a part of the R. T. McCready farm while the land on which the Dubes school house stands was owned by Milton Jenness. Theses families later sought homes elsewhere but their descendants are still residents of this county. Mr. Ramsden says that the early settlers sought lands near streams that they might be near wood and water, hence the best lands remained for the late comers.

Mr. Ramsden is now 77 years old but is hale and hearty. Three years ago he left the farm and moved into Quimby where he now resides, his son working the farm. He has a fund of information and we are glad to have been able to draw the above form him. From such scraps as this some future historian will gather the material for a thrilling history of the Western Iowa pioneers.

75 years ago

A robber believed to be preparing for the hunting season, broke into Swift & Co. office Wednesday evening and stole guns, clothing and other articles. The bandit gained entrance by breaking glass to the rear door, enabling him to reach in and open it.

Two shot guns, one a 12-guage Riverside and the other a 410, rubber hip boots, sheepskin coat, a metal tool box filled with tools, small brass clock, a blow torch, about $3 worth of stamps and a can of tooth powder were among the articles taken. No cash is left at the office over night.

Taken From Lockers

Guns were kept at the office for killing rats about the stockyards. These and the clothing were removed from four lockers, two of which were locked. Most of the articles were owned by D. F. Bixby, manager, who discovered the loss when he opened the office Thursday morning. Employees locked the office about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Marshal Albert Hurd and Mayor A. Lawrey, jr. were notified of the robbery. Sioux City police were asked to be on the lookout for the stolen articles and L. L. Totman, Illinois Central railroad detective, was told of the theft.

Find Blow Torch

Later in the morning the blow torch used to open the tool box, and the box were found outside the stockyards. Officers were of the opinion the robber expected to find money in the box.

Swift & Co. were robbed once before, about four years ago.

Rapid fire balloting again featured the annual election of officers of Treptow Post American Legion, in session Wednesday night at their hall. W. M. Dushinske was elected commander to succeed C. R. Fullerton, and Karl Hall was reelected adjutant for the third successive term.

Membership drive staged Wednesday morning under the efficient captaincy of the Geo. While, netted 77, one of the best records in the post's history. Another 75 are needed and expected to pay up before installation of new officers November 6, at the Immaculate Conception church basement. "Smoke" Brown, of Whiting, the district commander is scheduled to act as installing officer. Auxiliary members and wives of legionnaires will be invited to attend.

Other officers for the 1934-35 were elected as follows: Clint Diehl, Archie Nelson and Al Lieb, vice commanders; Richard Steele, finance officer; Barney Lane, sergeant at arms; Boyd Sinkey, historian; Fr. Ivis, chaplain. Executive committee, entirely new from last year, is composed of Milo Sauer, C. R. Fullerton, George White, Leo Kirkpatrick, Lew Johnson.

The post seems about to launch one of its most successful years with such an able group of officers. New uniforms for the color guard and firing squad should arrive this week and the ninth district is "coming through" in splendid style to assist with funds to entertain disabled veterans of the state hospital.

The kitty remains intact, amounting to over $25, because of absence of R. E. Shaske from the meeting. Only paid up 1935 members will be eligible to participate in the kitty at the November installation ceremonies. Lunch was served at the conclusion of the session.

50 years ago

The city election will be held on Tuesday, November 3.

Final date for filing for city offices is Tuesday, October 6, City Clerk Clyde Trimble announced today.

Washington High School - Here is a look back at the early days of Washington High School. Note the parking lot is on the north side of the school rather than the south, and check out the stairs on the south side of the building . You can see a faint outline of a baseball diamond on the west side of the building.
All incumbent officials except Lyle Maxwell, councilman-at-large, seek reelection.

Thomas D. Boothby Jr. is running to succeed Maxwell in this post.


Petitions also are being circulated for the following offices: Mayor, E. A. Peterson; treasurer, Loren E. Anderson; solicitor, Loyal R. Martin; councilman-at-large, R. J. Vining.

Also--Councilman of the First Ward, Lewis Shea; councilman of the Second Ward, Dr. A. W. Krause; councilman of the Third Ward, Jay H. Yaggy; part commissioner, Dr. Don C. Koser.

Cherokee Sales Gain 19.5 Percent

Retail sales in Cherokee increased 19.5 percent this year over 1958 as this city moved up to fourth place among seven major Northwest Iowa cities outside of Metropolitan Sioux City.

Cherokee's retail sales went up from $2,624,640 in 1957 to $3,057,870 in 1959, according to the retail sales tax report for the first quarter of each year.

Spencer ranks at the top of the seven cities with retail sales of $4,731,340 during the first quarter of 1959. Storm Lake is second with sales totaling $4,040,440.

Carroll is in third place with $3,904,750. Ranking from fifth through seventh are: LeMars, $3,032,280; Estherville, $2,838,090; Sheldon, $2,118,400.

LeMars was the only one of the seven to have a higher increase of sales than Cherokee for 1959 over 1958. Its percentage of increase was 24.1.

25 Years Ago

Children and adults with reading difficulties will soon have an opportunity to receive tutoring in Cherokee.

A reading program, which has been operating in Battle Creek for two years, will begin here Oct. 27. The 20-week program will be conducted Saturday morning at Webster Elementary School.

Local coordinator Priscilla Wilson said she hopes to get at least 20 students for the program. So far, 18 have registered. Registration deadline has been extended to Oct. 10.

The class is for children and adults who have difficulty reading. This can be related to dyslexia, phonetic problems or other learning difficulties.

The one stipulation of the program is that parents of children enrolled become involved.

"It's basically to let children know their parents are involved and interested in them," Wilson said.

Parents will be involved in the tutoring of children and adults enrolled in the program. Wilson said, however, that parents will not be tutoring their own children.

Because the tutors have children with reading difficulties, they will have a deeper empathy and be more patient with the children they are helping. Also, because the children will be dealing with someone other than his or her parents, they will be more willing to listen, Wilson said.

Because learning difficulties are often hereditary, most tutors will have the same or similar problems as their children. Subsequently, tutors will be receiving help the same time as students.

Besides reading and writing instruction (all students will earn cursive writing no matter what age), students will be involved in a social values class. With the use of role-playing, students will learn how to handle certain situations.

The course costs $80 and scholarships are available. The tuition is to cover the costs of books. Donations are being accepted to help defray costs of the program.

Besides donations, volunteer tutors are being sought because some parents have more than one child enrolled in the class. All tutors will be required to attend a workshop Oct. 13-14.

Those interested in volunteering, registering or obtaining more information can contact Wilson at 225-2771.

Wells Fargo Guard Service has assumed charge of security at the Wilson Foods Corp. plant in Cherokee.

Plant Manager Chuck Brown confirmed that Wells Fargo took over security effective Monday morning, but referred further questions to corporate headquarters in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Bailey Nichols, vice president of planning and corporate development, said the decision to hire Wells Fargo was purely economic and not related to security problems in the past.

"It was a question of whether an outside professional service could do the security function at Cherokee less expensively than it was being done by our security force," he said.

A study indicated the savings would be "substantial," he said. There were four security people formerly and there will be roughly the same number through Wells Fargo, he said.

"But our arrangement is not specific in terms of number," he said.

The Cherokee Board of Adjustment will consider a variance request at 7 tonight at the Community Center.

Russell Ridge, 2 Sioux Valley Drive, is requesting a rear yard variance to remove and rebuild a breezeway and garage. Ridge is requesting exemption from the 10-foot rear yard setback required by ordinance to use a 7-foot setback.

Anyone with comments or questions regarding the request may attend the meeting

Rep. Berkley Bedell, D-6th District, will campaign in Cherokee County Tuesday.

Bedell's schedule is: Coffee reception in Aurelia at First-Trust and Savings bank community room for the public 10-10:30 a.m.; tour or Aurelia, 10:30-11 a.m.; Cherokee 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Larrabbee, 1:45-2 p.m.; Marcus, 2:30-3 p.m.; Cleghorn, 3:15-3:30 p.m.; Meriden, 3:45-4 p.m.; Quimby, 4:15-4:30 p.m. and Washta, 4:45-5 p.m.

Supervisor, clerk candidates to talk

Candidates for Cherokee County Supervisor seats and clerk of courts will be at a public forum at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

At the forum will be Republican incumbent Dave Phipps and Democrat Ray Mullins, candidates for the District 1 supervisor seat, and Republican incumbent Roger Nelson and Democrat Bill Hurd, candidate for the District 2 supervisor seat.

Also appearing will be Cherokee County Clerk of Courts Mick Brown and District 5 Supervisor Jack Foresman. Both are incumbents running unopposed.

The forum, sponsored by the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce, will be at Danny's Steakhouse and Lounge.

Cherokee is one of six sites selected for the State Marching Band Contest Oct. 13.

The contest, sponsored by the Iowa High School Music Association, will feature 165 marching ensembles and about 13,762 students.

Approximately 2,130 students will participate in the Cherokee contest. Other contest sites are Charles City, Council Bluffs, Des Moines, Iowa City and Tama.

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