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Friday, November 6, 2009

100 years ago

That despicable specimen of humanity, the chicken thief, is again paying his nocturnal visits to the hen roosts of ours and surrounding townships, and should be given a warm reception by anyone detecting him in the act of kidnapping our biddies, the greatest wealth producers in the country. Not only old hens, but young chickens by the score are stolen, and the farmer's wife who has labored faithfully all summer to raise these frys, feels the sting more than her husband, whose assistance comes in mostly at the table when they are served.

Recently on arising one morning a neighbor found a young rooster with his legs tied together and a quantity of string evidently left by the marauders in their haste to escape detection. Not only are chickens missed but complaints have reached us of canned fruit, etc. being stolen from the cellar. This is the limit, and a very effective way of stopping these midnight raids would be to load up the old musket and give the full benefit to the first sneak thief prowling around after bed time. Give some surgeon a chance to dig lead out of his legs.

The little city of Cherokee is undergoing a house cleaning of a new sort. The council has ordered that all racks, stands, boxes, cigar store Indian barber poles and even stairways, steps and chairs must be moved off the street, sidewalk or alley. They even made one man cut a foot off the end of his store because it stuck out into the alley that far. Oh, yes, the town is a little excited about it.

They say the mayor is to blame and one man tossed said mayor out of his store and told him he'd run his business to suit himself. They had even enforced an order against allowing teams to stand on the street. Nice business like state of affairs isn't it?

Next thing the mayor will make everybody polish his sidewalk with sapolio every morning, travel underground or in an airship from home to store, and go out in the country every time he wants to expectorate. Sounds as if the inmates of the asylum and the council had changed places. And we always thought Cherokee was a nice sensible little city with a desire to grow big and busy.

The long controversy over the location of the New Presbyterian Church is happily settled by the assistance of the pastors of three Presbyterian churches, D. W. Faus from Waterloo, O. H. Mason from Cedar Falls, and H. W. Reheard, of Boone, respectively.

These gentlemen visited Cherokee this week and looked over the various proposed sites and made a sealed report which was opened last evening at the Congregational meeting. The report was unanimous for the Steele lots, corner of Third and Willow streets. Now that this bone of contention is settled it is expected that this nice improvement to Cherokee will go rapidly forward and this strong congregation will soon be housed in quarters commensurate with its strength. The location is central and close to the business section, very desirable considerations in locating a church.

The plan of settling this dispute was such as to insure absolute impartiality. First, the three arbitrators were selected from a distance so that they were absolutely disinterested, second, they were furnished plats of five sites numbered form one to five but not disclosing ownership, with these plats the sites were visited and the selection made. In the united judgment of these arbitrators the site selected will best subserve the interests of the church and their decision is accepted in good spirit by all the congregation.

We understand that the sites considered were the present location of the church with additional lot adjoining; the Robertson corner; the Steele's corner; the Hodgin corner and the opera house corner.

75 years ago

Balloting continued heavy early in the afternoon with a total of 1,186 votes cast in Cherokee wards by 2:45 o'clock. Cherokee township vote was 115 by that hour. According to wards the numbers stood 584, first; 213, second; 389, third.

With the republican party seeking to regain offices within the county and a number of Cherokee county persons named as district candidates of three parties, democratic, republican and farmer-labor, record off-year general election balloting is expected in the county.

620 By Noon

Cooking some up - John Ogilvy, left, and his fellow bakers are pictured here baking bread at the Stowell and Ogilvy Store that was located at 123 East Main Street in Cherokee. The picture was taken sometime in the 1930's.
From early indications the expectation will be realized for by noon 620 votes were cast in the three Cherokee wards as compared with 858 at the last presidential election. Cherokee township's balloting was heavier, 54, than the morning of November 8, 1932.

The balloting by noon was 317 in first ward; 113, second ward; 190, third ward.

Cherokee county was considered of paramount importance this year with the republican party hoping to reinstate its wandering members who joined the democratic party seeking to retain the hold on the latest additions and the farmer-labor party trying to gain a foothold. For this reason campaign rallies were centered in the community.

Contrasting with the heavy snow of two years ago, weather conditions were ideal for prompting a big vote.

During the first hour 121 votes were cast in the first ward; 42 in the second; 86 in the third; 18 at Cherokee township polls. Counting began in all wards of the city after the first hour, more than 50 ballots being marked at each polling place.

A large number of absentee voters' ballots were distributed or mailed by Auditor Benj Delaney and his deputies prior to election day. Delivery of ballots through a third person is no longer permitted and because of the rush of business during the day of election the auditor's office is unable to supply ballots for persons confined to their homes.

To Post Developments

Delaney plans to keep interested persons posted as to election developments by means of a blackboard placed in the hall of the courthouse. As each precinct reports, the returns for offices of major importance will be written on the board. In this manner he hopes to avoid congestion in his office.

Party workers were busy since the polls opened at 8 a.m., transporting many voters to the polls. Drivers expect to continue until the polls close at 8 p.m.

At the last general election, a presidential year, the vote by noon in Cherokee wards totaled 858 with 439 in first ward; 195 second; 224, third. Forty-four Cherokee townships voters had marked their ballots.

50 years ago

An additional inch of snow was received here Thursday on a blustery day, making a total of 6 inches for the season's first blizzard.

The mercury reached a high of only 20 degrees yesterday then dropped to a low of 1 above last night.

By 7 o'clock this morning, the temperature had dropped to zero despite clear skies and bright sunshine.

Although city streets were cleared by snow plows and some areas sanded, slippery conditions still existed this morning.

Iowa Highway Patrol headquarters here reported roads in District 5 and 6 (Cherokee and Spencer areas) 50-100 percent snow-packed and icy.

National Food Store - Here is a look at the National Food Store that stood where Hy-Vee Drugstore is today at 218 East Main Street. This picture was taken sometime in the late 1960's.
In District 4 south of Cherokee, the southwest part was reported to be near normal.

District 7 in the vicinity of Pocahontas was 50-75 percent ice-covered in the northern part.

25 years ago

Three cars of an Illinois Central Gulf Railroad train derailed at West Bluff Street Monday, blocking traffic for more than an hour.

The derailment occurred about 3:45 p.m. No injuries were reported. Two of the cars were empty acid tankers and one car contained grain, police said.

Engineer Verne Pingel said he had slowed down to about 10 mph as he approached the Fareway Store area in anticipation of construction along the tracks for further south at West Cherry Street.

One of the cars probably left the track about a quarter-mile north of the West Bluff Street crossing, and derailed at the crossing, taking two other cars with it, Pingel said.

However, he offered no ideas about the cause of the derailment, Pingel said he was pulling 16-18 cars at the time.

The three cars remained connected after leaving the tracks. The first landed upside down parallel to the tracks about 15 feet away. The second car landed on its side at an angle to the track and the third just slightly off the track at the railroad crossing.

Using payloaders from the sanitary sewer line construction site, crews righted the third car and pulled it out of the intersection, and the crossing was opened to one-lane traffic around 5:15 p.m. Crews then began cleaning the rest of the track and repairing the rail, which was damaged most south of the crossing.

An Illinois Central Gulf employee in Sioux City said the accident would be investigated, but could not say when.

After it was tipped on its side, it was easy to determine the contents of this derailed Illinois Central Gulf Railroad car, which landed upside down just south of the West Bluff Street railroad crossing, 15 additional to the grain car, two other cars, empty acid tankers, derailed.

A case of semantics has delayed a right-of-way trade between Cherokee County and the city.

The trade involves the new and the present access roads at the Cherokee Airport.

The project was discussed Monday between the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors and Gill Bremicker, city administrator, and Greg Meyer, project engineer with Buel Winter Morsel and Associates of Sioux City.

A motion pertaining to the trade was made by the supervisors and then withdrawn. The board requested that Bill Bennett, county engineer, write up a more specific motion, detailing the positions of the roads.

When the trade happens, the city will gain right-of-way on the current access road at the airport. This means the county will vacate the road, allowing the city to use it for its purposes. The county currently has right-of-way on this road.

In exchange for this, the county will receive right-of-way on the new access road which is being planned for the airport. The new road will be outside of city limits. With the trade, the county will be able to use it for roadway purposes and maintain it, even though it is city owned land.

Gil Bremicker, Cherokee city administrator, said the trade has the city's approval.

But the future of the new access road is still up in the air. Bids for the construction of the road came in much higher than the city had planned, and were tabled Oct. 23.

The Cherokee City Council will further discuss the project and the financing at a meeting Nov. 11.

Bremicker said there are three alternatives concerning the road project. Proceed with the project as planned, including grading and paving the road; hold off on paving the road, or hold off on the project entirely.

The cost of the project is being shared by the Federal Aviation Administration, the city and the county.

In other business, the board directed Bennett and Count Attorney John Wibe to write a resolution detailing standards for snow and ice removal. Bennett said the resolution would help in case the county was accused of negligence where snow and ice removal is involved. If the county has standards for the removal and complies with them, negligence is hard to prove, Bennett said.

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