Times Gone By

Friday, October 16, 2009

100 years ago

While playing around the cellar being excavated for the Clark building north of M. Novinski's restaurant near the depot. Lyle Healess attempted to catch onto a wagon full of dirt, but missed his hold and fell to the ground beneath the wagon and the back wheel passed entirely over his body.

How he escaped alive is a miracle, as the wheel of the wagon struck his right hip and crossed diagonally across his legs. However, after the wagon had passed on, the little fellow managed to get up and walk to the bill boards back of the restaurant and had started back to the cellar when he had to give up. He was carried into the restaurant and his parents and Dr. P. B. Cleaves called. Dr. Cleaves had him carried to his office where he was examined and was then taken home.

In speaking with Dr. Pritchard who has charge of the case, he said it was simply a miracle that he escaped alive, but as it is no bones are broken and the lad seems to be resting real well and will soon be out again.

A Marriageable Ladies League in a small western town recently passed this by unanimous vote: "Be it resolved, That we, the members of this Marriageable Ladies' league, do hereby agree not to marry any man who is not a patron of his home newspaper, for it is strong evidence of his want of intelligence, and that he will be too stingy to provide for a family, or educate his children, or support institutions of learning in the community."

Level headed girls those who will make the best of wives and their happiness will not be lessened by insisting in having men not machines for husbands.

Now is the time to subscribe $1.00 per year and that splendid weekly farm paper the Farmer's Tribune this offer is good for a short time only.

75 years ago

Nora Rolf, nursing field representative of Midwestern branch, American Red Cross, St. Louis, Mo., left Tuesday afternoon after spending several days conferring with Mable Olson, county Red Cross nurse, and members of the local chapter.

Much of Tuesday was spent by Miss Rolf with Mrs. Lester Ary, nursing activities chairman of the Cherokee Red Cross.

Monday Miss Rolf accompanied Miss Olson during inspection of Afton No. 6, Afton No. 1, and Spring No. 2, rural schools.

At the latter school the nurses found mothers of all the enrolled pupils present to cooperate with Miss Olson and Leonne Stanford, teacher.

Marked Improvement

"A marked improvement in the health status of Spring No. 2 pupils was evident," Miss Olson declared, "due entirely to the fine cooperation of parents and teachers."

Miss Olson reported also that concrete steps and porch were laid, toilets repaired, window ventilators installed and schoolhouse walls papered during the summer. Miss Stanford was instructor in this school last year also.

Dr. E. L. Ritter of Iowa State Teachers' college will conduct reading demonstration sessions and a study center for rural school teachers in Cherokee county for four days, beginning Wednesday, according to Irene Brooks, county superintendent. Six group sessions on the first three days will be followed by a session for all rural teachers in the courtroom at 9 a.m. Saturday.

The demonstration and institute are for the purpose of preparing for reading tests to be given to pupils of the third to eighth grades inclusive in rural schools of the county.

Liberty and Marcus township teachers will meet at Liberty No. 3 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon Wednesday for the first group meeting. Pupils of that school, taught by Astrid Stark, will remain for demonstration purposes but students of the other teachers will be excused during the period.

Amherst and Tilden

Wednesday afternoon, from 1 to 4 o'clock, Amherst and Tilden teachers will meet at Amherst No. 8, Mrs. Madge Drefke, instructor; Thursday morning, Spring and Afton at Afton No. 2, Mrs. Jennie Silke; Thursday afternoon, Rock, Harrison independent, Pilot Nos. 4 and 8 at Rock No. 5, Pauline Henke; Friday morning, Diamond, Silver and Alliance independent, Silver No. 1, Lucille Simmons; Friday afternoon, Cherokee, Sheridan, county farm school, Pilot Nos. 1, 3, 5, 6, and 7 at Cherokee No. 6, Frances McSweeney.

Observations made during the reading demonstrations in the county will be related and the tests explained by Dr. Rigger at the study center Saturday.

50 years ago

Cherokee unit of National Guard Company C will take part in an all-day drill session Sunday at a site northeast of the city.

After marching to the training area, Guardsmen will receive instruction in patrolling and security measures form Lt. William Carson and Col. Wayne Leonard.

Tactical training is to be presented to the rifle squad by Sgt. Wayne Ewoldt and Cpl. G. W. Jones.

Crew served weapon training will be given to the 81 men mortar squad by Sgt. Harlyn Phurmann and Sp-4 J. F. Jones, Training for the weapons squad is to be conducted by Sgt. Richard Grienke and Pfc. Jack Graen and for 105 personnel by Sgt. Vernon Klumpp and Pfc. Dwain Tarbill.

Attack training for the rifle platoon will be given by Sgt. Irwin Noteboom and Pfc. Gaylord Peters; for 105 personnel by Sgt. James Wilcox and Pfc. Ronald Kruse, and for 81 men personnel by Sgt. Myron Hanson and Pfc. Anderson.

Training in maintenance of equipment is to be presented to drivers by Sp-4 Clarence Hohbach. The next regular evening drill will be held Monday night, October 26.

Northwestern Bell Telephone Company here will stage an "open house" program next week for Cherokee students and also for the general public, Manager Ben Adams announced today.

Scheduled to visit the new telephone plant throughout the day Monday are 317 students of Immaculate Conception School and 40 Maryhill pupils.

Starting at 9 a.m. the students will tour the building in groups of about 25 at a time. Operation of the telephone system will be explained to each group.

Fun time - Cherokee County Archives still have many area photos that they need your help with. In these pictures groups,events, and individuals need to be identified. The picture shown here was taken sometime in the late 50's or early 60's. If you have any information on this photograph, please call the Cherokee County Archives at the Cherokee Public Library at 225-3498.

Open house is to be held Monday evening for Northwestern Bell Telephone employees and their families only.

Eight members of the Immaculate Conception School faculty will visit the plant at 7 o'clock Tuesday evening.

Adams said that 2,853 students of the Cherokee Public School system will tour the building at scheduled times Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next week.

In addition, invitations are being mailed out to telephone subscribers to visit next Wednesday and Thursday.

Open house hours are 1 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. on those days for the public.

Save The Children - Here is another example of a photo which the Cherokee County Archives needs your help to identify. The date of this photo and the names of the students are unknown. If you have any information on this photograph, please call the Cherokee County Archives at the Cherokee Public Library at 225-3498.

25 years ago

Despite budgeting problems, the relocation and construction of a new access road at the Cherokee Airport may begin this fall.

The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors Monday discussed the project with Gil Bremicker, city administrator, and Gregory Meyer, project engineer with Buell Winter Mousel and Associates of Sioux City. After a brief discussion, the board scheduled bids to be let for the project Oct. 27.

The project involved relocating an access road which runs from U.S. Highway 59 to the Wilson Foods plant. The new road will come off of U.S. Highway 59 about 1,300 feet south of the present location. It will curve around and run parallel to the railroad tracks near the airport.

The road is being relocated because it cuts into the area planned to be used for the airport's new runway.

The project's budget problems result from the length of time it took to acquire land needed for the road relocation.

Discussions on the relocation project began between the city and the county in August, 1983. At that time the project was expected to cost about $230,000. The county agreed to pay 10 percent of the cost because the new road will be outside city limits.

Bremicker said the city was planning to have the land acquired by last spring. However, due to complications with the acquisitions, the project is getting underway now.

The current estimated cost of the project is $293,500. The county will still pay 10 percent of this.

The remaining 90 percent of the original estimate, or about $207,000 will be paid by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Bremicker said the higher estimate is going to cause some problems, because the city will have to make up any remaining costs after the FAA and the county's shares of the project are determined.

The project bids will include both paved and gravel roads. How the road is surfaced depends upon how much the city can afford. Though supervisors have stated they would rather not have an asphalt road, the road may not be paved until later.

The road project will hopefully begin this fall, Bremicker said. Plans call for the construction to take 150 working days.

The new runway project will probably not be started for another year. Bremicker said the FAA will also pay 90 percent of this project. However, Bremicker said, the FAA must first be notified that all the land has been acquired and the road has been relocated.

In a related matter, the board approved a navigation easement which will be needed when the new runway is built. The easement will give pilots the right to fly over the Cherokee County Work Activity Center. The WAC will be in the flight path when the new runway is built.

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