Times Gone By

Friday, December 11, 2009

100 years ago

F. A. Ash, manager of the Western Drug company, of Cody, formerly a well known resident of Storm Lake, Iowa, where he was born and raised and engaged in business, was murdered shortly after midnight with a gun trap, which had been arranged by unknown persons in his room.

Ash received the full contents of both barrels in his abdomen and lived only fifty minutes. He tried to crawl through an alley over the snow to the home of Dr. Louis Howe, a personal friend, to get medical attention, but only managed to get 200 yards when he became too weak from the loss of blood to proceed further. Ash was discovered at daylight by Jacob Allee and removed to the Waples hospital, where he dictated his will and died.

Light it up - This classic picture of downtown Cherokee shows off the wonderful Christmas decorations that used to drape the downtown area.

Ash's own gun was used in murdering him. The weapon was placed on a table in the center of the room with the muzzle pointing directly at the door and discharged by means of a rope attached to the trigger and stove pipe and the door in pulley fashion when the door was swung half way back. There is no clue to the murderer or murderers. Ash was not known to have enemies. Bloodhounds have been sent for.

After ten years, management and ownership of the White Rose Creamery, C. E. Austin consummated the deal last Saturday by which the plant becomes the property of the Glendell Dairy Co., of Sioux City and the new proprietors took possession Monday morning. Mr. Austin will return to Zion City, Ill., about the 15th of the month where he has accepted a very flattering business proposition. The people of Marcus will part with him and his estimable wife with reluctance for during their residence in Marcus they have been numbered among the most progressive class, and such as these are always missed in any community.

The products of the White Rose Creamery have gained for themselves a reputation second to none in the state and the new owners may be congratulated in coming into possession of so good a plant. We bespeak for them the same generous patronage afforded Mr. Austin and bid them welcome among the business interests of the best town in northwest Iowa.

75 years ago

Illustrations of what has already been done by home owners who have taken advantage of the opportunity offered under the better housing act were shown at the visomatic lecture presented by L. D. Beckett, assistant state director of the program, and J. E. Craft, publicity director, in Wilson auditorium Monday evening. Home owners, housing material merchants, bank, loan and insurance company representatives and building tradesmen were included in the group attending.

Makes Credit Available.

The national program was planned, according to Beckett, to make credit available at low cost thru private concerns, to aid home owners desirous of improving their property and to create employment

"Through this act property owners and tenants may obtain funds with which to modernize, repair or remodel," Beckett demonstrated through the slides. "From $100 to $2,000 may be borrowed for each unit improved. No security other than character and good credit standing is required. A borrower may take five years in which to cancel the note by means of regular, easy payments. Financing rates are low. The government lends no money, but insures the notes taken by local financial institutions."

One of every five men now unemployed originally was working in some phase of building trades, the lecturer declared as he pointed out how the housing program will improve employment conditions.

Pictures demonstrated how fire hazards may be removed, the fuel bill reduced, waste attic and basement space utilized, unpleasant room brightened, the exterior of homes improved and garages provided economically under this plan.

Home owners were urged to confer with contractors, architects, bankers or housing material dealers to learn further of the program and procure estimates on cost of improvements.

C. R. Fullerton, representing the Chamber of Commerce and American Legion which sponsored the meeting, introduced the speaker.

50 years ago

Christmas activities are underway at the Mental Health Institute here. The tall stately cedar tree at the entrance of the grounds has its holiday colored lights in place and is lighted each evening.

Small indoor trees are being readied for each department and ward throughout the hospital. Other decorations have been made and put in place and an air of festivity is apparent throughout the entire place.

The public is cooperating in furnishing Christmas cheer by sending gifts for patients and providing various parties and programs in keeping with the season.

On December 13 Washington High School's music department will present an operetta for the enjoyment of patients in the hospital auditorium.

The Cherokee Count Women's chorus and orchestra under direction of Mrs. Della Beth Thomson of Cleghorn will appear for an evening concert December 18; Children from Immaculate Conception School plan to entertain the patients the afternoon of December 21 with a Christmas program.

The choir from St. Paul's Methodist Church will carry on its tradition of carol singing on the hospital wards on Sunday afternoon, December 20. The hospital chorus also sings carols throughout the hospital on Christmas morning.

Church services will be conducted on Christmas Day: Protestant services at 9 a.m., Catholic mass at 10 a.m., and Lutheran worship at 7 p.m. Gifts are to be distributed on the wards from a Christmas tree setting on the afternoon of December 25.

Christmas Parade - Back in 1975, area children lined up on Main Street to watch the Cherokee Christmas Parade. Pictured above is a group of Cherokee youngsters about to get some presents from a particularly frosty snowman.

Post Christmas entertainments include a program of new and old songs and novelty acts by the Barbershop of Storm Lake on the evening of December 28. A New Year's eve dance on December 31 will close the holiday activities.

In addition a traditional holiday dinner will be served at noon on Christmas day to everyone. Chief dietitian Joseph Tallman announces the menu as follows: Roast turkey, sage dressing, whipped potatoes and giblet gravy, candied yams, buttered green beans, waldorf salad, cranberry sauce, relishes, New England fruit cake, rolls, butter, candies, nuts, coffee and milk.

Supt. W. C. Brinemar states that no one is forgotten any more at Christmas time in the Cherokee hospital since new churches, clubs and various civic groups all join the hospital personnel in seeing that all patients are provided with gifts and an opportunity to hear the Christmas message in scripture, story and song.

25 years ago

Having little luck the first time around, Cherokee is trying again to secure funds for an industrial development project.

A public hearing is scheduled for 8:30 tonight in the Community Center on the city's proposal for the state to subsidize half of the interest on funding for a $500,000 industrial development project here.

O Christmas tree - Pictured above is the community Christmas Tree which stood in front of the J. H. Brummer Building on the corner of Main Street and Second Street in Cherokee.

The application, made through the state's Economic Development Set-Aside Program, a part of the Iowa Community Development Block grant, is being made on behalf of a company which has requested anonymity.

It is the same company on whose behalf the city in August applied for a $225,000 interest-free Iowa Community Development Loan to buy land and erect a building, said City Administrator Gil Bremicker. The city would have sold the land and the building to the company over a seven-year period, but the proposal was not approved.

When that loan application was discussed, Bremicker told the City Council that the company indicated the project would create four or five jobs initially and possibly more later.

The city would have no such involvement under the Economic Development Set-Aside Program, Bremicker said. "The industry has to obtain its own finances," he said. "And the state will pay up to one-half of the interest rate, whatever the market rate is."

Other than being a "conduit" through which the application is made, the city would not be involved in the project, he said.

The set-aside program is new, stemming from an action by the Iowa Legislature which targeted 15 percent of CDBG funds toward economic development, Bremicker said. The federal government has appropriated $25 million in CDBE funds for use in Iowa for 1985.

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