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Times Gone By

Friday, October 30, 2009

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100 years ago

A fine of $25 and costs each was assessed against Webb Waddell and Carl Herold, of Aurelia, for sending an obscene letter to a couple of Cherokee girls in district court Friday afternoon when they pleaded guilty to the indictment returned against them by the federal grand jury. The lads had made the acquaintance of the girls at the Alta fair and went to Cherokee, their home, to visit them. But the girls liked the home boys best, and when Webb and Herold, in their store clothes and "biled" shirts, and their hair slicked down with "hair oil" approached the young ladies at Cherokee they held their heads high and said, "Who are these persons?" or words to that effect. Humiliated the lads returned to Aurelia and concocted their letter. As both are young and it was a first offense Judge Reed let them off easy.

Last Sunday while coming toward Marcus, a defective fork in the motor cycle which Harvey Blood was riding broke, throwing him on his head and rendering him unconscious. It is not known how long the man was in the road in this condition before Frank Cargin, who was riding south of town on his motor cycle found him about two miles south of town hear the farm of Chas. Bass. Being unable to learn anything from the man Mr. Cargin returned to town and got Dr. Fry, together they returned and brought the injured man to Marcus where his wounds were dressed. There was a bad cut over the right eye and the eye lid was cut badly. The eye shields which he was wearing cut a deep gash in his right side of the face first under the eye, which will probably leave an ugly scar. Mr. Blood does not remember anything of the accident and Tuesday morning he could not recall even the breaking of the fork.

75 years ago

Thirteen hundred pounds of fresh beef or frozen veal will be distributed to needy persons of Cherokee county each week thru-out the winter, according to word received by VeNeita Southwick, county statistician, from the FERA.

The first shipment of fresh beef arrived Tuesday and will be given to families of the unemployed and county charges who obtain permits from Miss Southwick. The meat is stored at Alton's grocery where individuals from all parts of the county who wish it must call for it.

Type To Alternate.

Frozen veal will be received next week. Type of meat distributed will alternate weekly, always arriving on Tuesday.

Portion of thirty-seven cases of canned beef and 50 cases of beef broth, obtained last week, is yet to be allocated within the county. Rice and butter are expected by the statistician during November on any day of the week, the meat, however, on Tuesdays only.

Aline Onn is assisting Miss Southwick this week in preparation of the usual monthly reports. Because of the collection of surplus hogs program, the statistician is busier then usual.

Local Girl Scout leaders are elated over the fact that a national leader, Miss Eunice Prien of New York City, will be in Cherokee next Monday and Tuesday for a series of meetings. She arrived in Sioux City Sunday to take part in activities on National Girl Scout week. She is a member of the training staff.

Plans now call for several social affairs during her stay here. All troop committees and leaders have been requested by Mrs. Paul H. Caswell, chairman, to meet at 4:30 p.m. Friday at the scout room in the Lincoln school building to complete arrangements.

Miss Prien introduced the unit system in camp life, where girls live in groups of 24, each six or eight forming a patrol with its own leader. She now devotes her time to training of leaders. While here she will conduct a course for leaders on "Tramping and Training" which will include a survey and demonstration of outdoor programs.

The local Girl Scout organization, formed only last summer, has made a magnificent start despite the fact that the whole routine was new to leaders and committees alike. The movement is almost sure to develop into something worthwhile to the community, affording, as it does, recreation and inspirational training for young girls who otherwise would have no such activities to keep them interested.

The entire community is urged to lend its moral support to the local Girl Scout movement.

50 years ago

New gas pumps are being installed at Municipal Airport near the site of the new terminal building and a 21x38 concrete apron has been poured by the pump site.

Manager Larry Westphal reported that these improvements are being made by Brown Oil Company and Cherokee Flying Service.

Transient aircraft stopping recently at the airport here included planes from Estherville, Fort Dodge, St. Louis, Chicago, Mason City, Council Bluffs, Des Moines, Minneapolis, Denver and California.

Several business flights were made in the past 10 days by Lundell Construction Company, Grundman-Osterling Construction Company, James Schissell, Ronald Pigott and Paul Pigott.

Plane trips made by Caswell Manufacturing Company were to Des Moines, Sioux City, Morris and Kansas City.

Lundell Manufacturing Company flights were made to Waterloo, St. James, Minneapolis, Chicago and Des Moines.

Charter trips by Cherokee Flying Service were to Des Moines, Omaha, Sioux City, Iowa City and Mitchell, S.D.

In recognition of traffic safety activities conducted during the 1958-59 school year, Quimby Community High School has been awarded a certificate by the National Commission on Safety Education, a division of the National Education Association in Washington, D.C.

Cited for "meritorious activities," the school was one of 91 in 34 states to receive such recognition. These include 25 schools that received plaques and 66 that received certificates. Only two other Iowa schools besides Quimby--Sioux City Central and Knoxville--were honored.

Quimby Community High School was eligible for the award through participation in the National Student Traffic Safety Program. Purpose of the continuing program is to help students in junior and senior high school organize and carry out activities that will improve the safety of their schools and communities.

During the past spring, each school submitted a report describing the nature and success of its past year's activities. A committee of safety education leaders in each state evaluated the reports and recommended schools for certificates and plaques.

Announcement of the awards was first made at the National Student Traffic Safety Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, August 30-September 2, 1959.

Materials to help schools plan their 1959-60 activities are now prepared. Based on their efforts during the year, schools will be eligible for similar awards next summer.

Stressing the value of the program, Norman Key, executive secretary of the commission, said, "This is not a contest but a guide enabling all students to gain knowledge and experience in improving the safety of their school and community through their own efforts."

25 years ago

Eight people were awarded Lifesaving Awards from the Cherokee County Chapter of the Red Cross Monday.

The "Award of Merit" was given to James Draper St., Sutherland. The award is the highest given by the Red Cross and marks the first time the Cherokee Chapter has given it to anyone.

Joe Draper, Cherokee, Ron Brown, Marcus, and Keith Ohlson, Meriden, all received the Red Cross' "Certificate of Appreciation."

Doug Rasmus, Cherokee, Bobbi Rasmus, Cherokee, JoAnn Laursen, Meriden, and Karen Ann Otto, Meriden, received the organization's "Extraordinary Personal Action" award.

James Draper St., his son Joe and Brown received awards for actions they took Aug. 10, 1963.

On that day, a patient at the Cherokee Mental Health Institute doused himself with lighter fluid and ignited his body. He began running when James Draper St. caught him, started putting the fire out and received first degree burns. He wrestled the man to the ground and began beating the flames out with his hand.

Still lake - Recently the Cherokee County Archives had received several photos and need your help in identifying the people, place and events that are depicted in those photos. If you have any information regarding this picture please call the Cherokee County Archives at the Cherokee Public Library at 225-3498.
Draper then got a fire extinguisher while his son Joe and Brown held the man.

The three of them were then able to put out the flames.

The Rasmus,' Laursen, and Ohlson received awards for their actions of Aug. 4, 1963.

On that day, Leon Chase, while in a well on this farm, was overcome by fumes from an ignited electrical dryer spray. His son Chad and Keith Renken were also overcome when they entered the well and tried to rescue him.

Chase's daughter Carla then ran to the highway for help and found Doug Rasmus and Ohlson, Ohlson jumped into the well and handed the boys' arms to Doug who then pulled them out.

Rasmus pushed on the boys' chests and they started breathing.

Doug then went to Laursen's home for help. Back at Chases' farm, Doug dropped a rope in the well and climbed to the corner where Leon was and tried to pull him with the rope and by his hair.

Doug could not move the 230 pound man, so he got a better hold and got him as far as the edge of the well. The Doug and Bobbi Rasmus and Laursen got a hold of Chase and began extracting him from the well. The three had thought Case was dead, but when they heard him groan they knew he was still alive.

Chase regained consciousness when he was revived by the fresh air, but then passed out again.

The Meriden Rescue team arrived shortly after.

Otto received her Red Cross award for assisting Bobbi Jo Harmelink on July 26, 1963. Harmelink was swimming in Dog Creek Lake when Karen and Daniel Otto noticed she was in trouble and unable to reach a raft. The Ottos swam out to her and towed her to shore.

In other Red Cross award action, Forrest Kohrt was given a certificate for 20 years of service to the organization and was made a lifetime member.

Cherokee County employees probably will not receive raises next fiscal year.

Cherokee County Board of Supervisors moved to freeze all wages for 1965-66 at a meeting Monday.

The freeze decision was made in a closed session while supervisors discussed contract proposals from the Cherokee County Secondary Roads Employee Association.

Through the discussion was prompted by the association's proposals, the Board's decision covers all county employees.

Supervisor Jack Foresman said "the decision is sending a message out." This message, he said, is that the Board is trying to limit expenditures.

The Secondary Roads Employee Association had requested a 3.5 percent pay increase. This is about a 26-cent an hour raise.

Though the Board has freezed wages, the Cherokee County Compensation Board will still meet to make recommendations on county officials pay. These recommendations then go the supervisors who can approve them or make an across-the-board cut.

Foresman said he doubted the supervisors would rescind their motion.

The Secondary Roads Employee Association also proposed that employees receive compensation for a decrease in insurance costs.

It also asked that a payroll deduction system be available for association dues.

Foresman said the Board is not certain of next year's insurance costs, so that request will have to be further discussed.

As to the third proposal, Foresman said it would not cost the county anything, but it would also have to de discussed to determine just how the deducted money would get to the association.

In other business, the supervisors approved the purchase of the county's first snow blower. The Board approved a bid on the snowblower from the Nerman-Brown Equiment Co. for $32,779.

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