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Friday, November 20, 2009

100 years ago

There was an exhibition Monday on Main St., of bull dog grit and senseless rage and stubbornness, when the bull terriers of Noonan and Hitchcock measured forces. One of the dogs seized the other by the mouth and held on like grim death. Everything that could be done in the way of pounding and pulling only fastened the fangs into a firmer grip until sticks were thrust into the jaws of each and thus forced open. No sooner were the dogs apart than the one who had the worst of it snapped his bleeding jaws together viciously and wrenched himself from detaining hands and bounded through the crowd which had gathered to his antagonist who was on his part only too willing for another bout and again the jaws of the dogs had to be pried apart to save one or both from death. This time the Noonan dog was dragged into the Bender store and out through a back door and the contest ended. The Noonan dog though having the worst of the gray was frantic with rage and it was a rather dangerous proceeding even for his owner to keep him from again trying conclusions with the Hitchcock dog.

There was little for dogs to fight about, a growl in passing, an answering snarl and then the fight. However, many of the fights of men and nations are little less meritorious, as witness the last Franco German war but the cost in blood and treasure was enormous.

The dogs were living up to their nature but when men and nations engage in causeless conflicts they live down to the level of the dog. The dog spirit, too, was manifested by some in the crowd who wanted the brutal fight continued and would doubtless have considered it fun to have witnessed a fight to the death. Verily, those who are so horrified over Spanish bull fights might find material at home for a crusade against cruelty to men and animals.


Ole Theobaldi arrived in town Friday morning for his concert in the Opera House. When we entered his room he was deep in the task of "rejuvenating" his masterpiece "De Wizards Shiloe" which he will play in Chicago shortly. This piece was composed by Mr. Theobaldi in 1900 to be rendered in Paris at the World's Fair. It is for one string, the G string, and won for him the Grand Prix. There were a few places which needed retoning and the artist was engaged in this work. In speaking of this composition he said that he worked four hours a day for ten days in its composition having no musical instrument with him with which to test the harmony.

He carries three violins with him worth respectfully $25,000, $6,000 and $1,000. The one most valued was formerly the property of Ole Bull. All were played at the concert. He has many medals, decorations, ribbons, jewels, etc., presented him by foreign courts, among them being a wonderful creation in gold, diamonds, pearls, and ribbons, given by St. Ann's Cloister in Moscow, something rarely bestowed except upon persons of royalty. His violins and decorations are carefully kept under lock and key.

He has a most pre-possing appearance. His hair is that of an eminent artist, long and bushy. He is of large stature and speaks English brokenly.

75 years ago

During the first 301 days of the annual production test being run on the hear of registered Holsteins owned by the Cherokee state hospital, a daily average of 1.3 pounds of fat per day has been maintained, according to information received from the Holstein-Friesian association of America.

Three cows in the heard have topped the 500 pounds fat mark for the period, high honors going to Cherokee Hengerveld Fobes 2d with a credit of 507.8 pounds fat and 12,891.9 pounds of milk.

Miss American Luecke Homestaed 2d holds the milk production record for the herd during the 301 days with a credit of 15,942.2 pounds milk and 500.5 pounds fat.

During the last month of the test the herd was led by Cherokee Hengerveld Fobes 2d with a yield of 1,310.4 pounds milk and 46.2 pounds fat.

Twenty cows in the herd have completed lactation records in class B at this time. Five of the 20 have topped the 500 pounds fat mark. Cherokee Belle Ormsby is the high cow for this group with a yield of 15,502 pounds milk and 561.3 pounds fat.

Secretary Beaverns of the Holstein association reports that during the first eight months of 1934 there were 76,657 Holstein cattle registered and 28,496 transferred which was considerably more than the combined total of all other dairy breeds.

Dr. E. E. Heizer of the Ohio State university was added to the extension department of the association in October, enabling him to devote his full time to the problem of better breeding.


Mr. and Mrs. James Kerns of near Quimby suffered slight injuries Monday evening when their car struck the bridge on old highway No. 31 just south of Cherokee. Because of the fog Kerns was unable to see the structure.

The couple went to Sioux Valley hospital for first aid treatment, her forehead and Kerns a gash on his hand. While driving to the hospital, the attending physician narrowly escaped an accident.

Windshield of the Kerns car was broken, the axle and frame bent.

R. E. Geiger reported taking a motorist into Cleghorn Monday night about 9 o'clock following an accident a few miles west of Cleghorn. The man's car was badly damaged when he drove into the ditch, unable to see the road.

50 years ago

"Safeway is sold on the Cherokee trade area and has decided the people merit a brand new facility. We picked the finest design that could be built for a grocery store and put it here in Cherokee," says Tom Clark manager of the new store. The handsome Safeway location opens on Thursday.

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The Soda Grill - The Soda Grill was located at 102 East Main Street in downtown Cherokee as pictured above in this 1947 photograph. The build was also home to The Chocolate Shop prior to the Soda Grill and is currently home to Creative Cutters.
The store is 72x100 feet in ground area. The building is constructed of reinforced-concrete, brick and glazed tile. The floor is covered with asphalt tile and the ceiling of the fibre-board material laid up in panels. A special type of plate glass designed to reduce heat transfer and simulate fogging has been installed.

The lighting involves an integrated system of fluorescent lamps and incandescent spots throughout the store. An intercommunication system permits quick contact with all personnel.

A number of the latest self-service food shopping ideas are included in the new store. Many new and different items will be introduced to Cherokee folks at the new Safeway store on West Maple.

A modern wrinkle is the 64 lineal feet of open top refrigerated display case for dairy products, frozen packaged meats, fruits, vegetables and juices.

The meat department is self-service, with all the various cuts placed in the refrigerated display case within easy reach of the shopper. Each meat package is wrapped in cellophane and carries a label which names the cut, net weight and price of each package.

The weight includes only that of the meat, not the wrapping and cardboard backing, explained Clark.

The various cuts are weighed, priced and wrapped in a temperature-controlled area behind the display case, Meat cutters are always available to help the shopper select her meat. They are even helpful in meal planning and selection of meats for home freezing.

A drinking fountain is provided for the thirsty shopper. Also readily accessible is a six-foot magazine rack carrying only selected magazines.

Walk-in Cooler Boxes

The stock room includes three walk-in cooler boxes, providing more than 4,000 cubic feet of refrigerated area.

Among other features are special coffee grinders for the "grind-it-yourself" set. For the children and quite a few adults 15 feet of candy display has been provided.

The parking lot will provide off street parking for 21 cars. It is asphalt-covered and illuminated by mercury-type lighting.

"All employees will be kept busy filling shelves, checking purchases and answering questions," Clark said. In addition to the refrigerated cases, five long islands of shelves, plus shelving along the walls will hold what Clark says is one of the most complete selections of grocery items in Cherokee.

The nested shopping carriers in which customers wheel their purchases are streamlined for space saving and equipped with small seats in which mothers may place their children while shopping.


The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors decided to advertise for bids on an old furnace and stoker at the County Shop and also on a drill press and hack saw.

That was the only action taken at a meeting of the board Tuesday morning.

Kenneth Hobson, superintendent of Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital, met with supervisors to discuss adjustment of hospital rates for county patients.

He also answered several questions of the board in regard to plans for a proposed convalescent home in connection with the hospital.

Two Rock Township women appeared to suggest to the board that they be allowed to place trash containers along the highway in their area in an effort to cut down the accumulation of rubbish. No objection was made by the supervisors to the project.

The next board session will be on Tuesday, November 24.

25 years ago

A Cherokee Mental Health Institute patient who held a Catholic priest hostage for seven hours Monday has been charged with second degree kidnapping.

Gary Hastings, 42, Hardin County, Monday night was charged with kidnapping after holding the Rev. Gene Sitzmann, a Catholic chaplain with the institute, hostage for about seven hours. Hastings, who is being held in the Cherokee County Jail, surrendered to law enforcement officials at about 9:30 p.m.

Hastings had escaped from MHI over the weekend and was the subject of a search before being located Monday morning.

The kidnapping incident began at about 2:45 p.m. Monday, hours after Hastings was returned to the facility, when he went into a restroom at the hospital and emerged with knife. Law enforcement officials said they do not know where Hastings got the knife.

After coming out of the restroom, Hastings took control of a nursing station; and held Sitzmann and a patient hostage at knifepoint. The patient, who was not identified, was released at about 4:20 p.m.

State and local law enforcement officials were on the scene as MHI officials and several employees spent most of the night in the hospital's lobby waiting.

Law enforcement officials attempted to negotiate with Hastings much of the evening.

Hastings finally surrendered after speaking with his wife, Barbara, who was brought to the hospital after talking to her husband on the phone. She was accompanied by three unarmed police officers as she entered the ward in which Hastings was holding Sitzmann hostage.

Prior to his surrender, Hastings had demanded $1,000, a car or plane in which to leave. Officials would not confirm if any of these concessions or others rumored to have been requested were met.

Cherokee Police said Hastings had offered no resistance when he was found at an Aurelia tavern and was returned to the hospital Monday morning.

A hospital official said Hastings had been admitted Friday for a court ordered evaluation.

Cherokee Police said they were aware of no injuries in the incident.

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Boys and puppies - These young men, along with their puppies, are part of the Cherokee Archives photographs which need to be identified. If you know who these young men are, please contact the Archives at the Cherokee Public Library , 712- 225-3498.
For most of the evening, an ambulance stood by outside the front of the hospital.

After the surrender, a stretcher which had been taken into the hospital, was returned to the ambulance empty.

The incident was handled by the Cherokee Police, the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

Dr. Ervin Kjenaas, superintendent of the MHI, praised the work of the law enforcement officials in a statement released to reporters, particularly those who negotiated with Hastings.

"The negotiators who talked with Hastings throughout the afternoon and evening deserve particular recognition. They knew exactly how to handle the situation and they seemed to have it under control even during the tensest moments," he said.

He singled out Lt. Jim Hein, Sgt. Marlo Feick and Randy Stone of the Iowa State Patrol, and Robert Leach of the Cherokee Police Department for their efforts in the case.

Questions concerning the case have been directed to Charles Palmer, head of the mental health division of the Department of Human Services, by local hospital and law enforcement officials.



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