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Friday, January 29, 2010

100 years ago

Successful Farmer of Des Moines which bought the best ten ears of corn in all the world at the National Corn Exposition at Omaha paying therefore $335; the best ten ears grown in Iowa exhibited at the Iowa Corn Show at Des Moines paying therefore $300 and the best single ear paying therefore $160, has instituted a campaign of education and is exhibiting this prize corn at a number of Iowa points. Through the enterprise of one of our banks, Cherokee has been selected as one of the exhibition points and next Monday and Tuesday this famous corn will be on exhibition at Korn's cigar store with a gentleman in charge to explain about the points of this corn. No farmer in Cherokee county should miss this rare opportunity of seeing the best corn grown and gaining information which may result in increased yields for him in the future. Many town people will also be interested in the exhibit which is open to all. Don't fail to examine this marvelously perfect corn.

75 years ago

Roll over - This wonderful picture of a man having his dog roll over during a street fair is part of the Cherokee County Archives 'lost' photos. It is clear by the sign in the background that the street fair was held on Second Street, but the year is unknown. If you have any information about this picture, please call the Archives at the Cherokee Public Library at 225-3498.
Twelve Cherokee men, employees of the Illinois Central Railroad company, were called to Hinton late Tuesday afternoon to assist in restoring train service after 14 freight cars of the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha railroad had been derailed in an accident involving the train and a truck.

Two Merrill men, Henry Wehrkamp, 39, and Stanley June, 30, were injured in the crash which caused damage estimated at $20,000.

June, driver of the truck, said Tuesday night in a Sioux City hospital that he did not see the train until it was too late to stop his truck. The freight cars were loaded with ice. Many of the cars, valued at about $4,000 apiece, were completely destroyed..

Other damages included the loss of ice and a serious delay in traffic. Passengers on the Illinois Central, held up by the wreck, were taken to Sioux City in a chartered bus.

At the time of the wreck, one of the trucks of the freight cars was knocked off the track, but the rest of the cars were not derailed until the train traveled to the trestle, a half mile south of the crossing.

Illinois Central trains were delayed Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. Tuesday night's passenger, which is due here at 8 o'clock arrived at 5:40 a.m., Wednesday, while the one due at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday was not able to get here until 10 a.m.

Pleading guilty to running a disorderly place, W. W. Casey, proprietor of the Cosy Corner lunch room, was fined $75 in mayor's court Monday morning, following a raid made by local police late Saturday night.

Of the 52 persons in the beer parlor at the time it was raided, four were arrested on intoxication charges. These four, Willard Miller, Leo Ford, Lawrence Dunn and Fred Witte, were fined $5 but the fines were suspended on good behavior.

Cosy Corner, which is also known as Casey's inn, is located on the south outskirts of Cherokee. It is within the city limits, however, and was granted a beer license when it opened for business about eight months ago.

Convening at 9 o'clock, the four who faced charges of intoxication were tried first in mayor's court. After they were fined and the amounts suspended, the case of Casey was considered. Local police who conducted the raid were present at the trial. Court was adjourned about noon Monday.

50 years ago

Rex Whitney of Aurelia was reappointed chairman of the Cherokee County Conservation Board at a regular monthly meeting Thursday evening in the courthouse.

Reappointed vice-president was A. J. Leonard of Holstein.

John Gilchrist, Cherokee, a new member of the board this year, was named secretary.

In attendance at the meeting was Frank Staff of Storm Lake, district conservation office.

The board discussed several sites under consideration in Spring Township and in Pitcher Township for recreation areas.

Plans to develop the roadside parl near Meriden also were discussed with the aim of getting work started there this spring. It is to be ready for use this summer, according to a spokesman for the board.

The nationwide National Guard 'Muster Day' held annually on or near Washington's Birthday is to be observed here by Company C Sunday afternoon, February 21.

Open house is scheduled from 1-3 o'clock at the armory. Complete plans have not been made as yet but the event will probably feature a weapons display.

Sgt. Loren C. Sorensen, administrative technician for the Cherokee Guard unit, said enlistments now are open in Company C and all eligible young men of the area are invited to visit the armory on 'Muster Day.'

At the regular Monday evening drill session, instruction on delaying attack and daylight withdrawal was presented by Cpl. Wayne Leonard.

Training for an infantry tank team in attack was given by Sgt. Richard Grienke, Sp-4 Clarence Hohbach discussed preparation of records for driver personnel. Instruction in small bore firing was conducted by Sgt. James Wilcox.

Official visitors Monday evening were Maj. Donald Ferguson of Sheldon and Lt. Charles Edwards, Orange City.

Sgt. Sorensen and Lt. Larry E. Anderson of Company C attended a special meeting Friday evening called by Col Fred W. Tinker.

The session in regard to recruitment and enlistment was also attended by representatives of Company A, LeMars, and Company B, Sheldon.

"We no longer have a truly modern hospital here," Supt. Kenneth Hobson told members of Rotary Club in a talk before them Monday noon.

Hobson, administrator of Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital, explained that convalescent beds for longtime patients are needed along with "other facilities which have been passed up in the last 10 years."

He said the hospital was constructed in 1917 and added to in 1961.

The superintendent reported that two persons from the University of Minnesota were here last week making a survey of needs regarding hospitalization.

He commented that the surveyors found an optimistic viewpoint on industrial growth among persons contracted here.

Limited Visiting

The hospital administrator pointed out that the hospital has a 29-bed capacity on a normal basis. "Last week we had 44 patients which brought about limited visiting hours as some beds had to be placed in the halls."

Hobson concluded by telling Rotarians that the board and medical staff feel Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital has outgrown an efficient point in operation.

Guests at the meeting were Merrill Steel of California and Andy Anderson, Primghar, L. M. Boothby is chairman for the program on February 8.

25 years ago

It was all smiles and "business as usual" at Valley Bank and Trust Monday.

The hectic activity at the new bank Monday was similar to that of Friday when rumors about Steele State Bank closing became reality.

Tad Hammond and Herman Dinklage, both of Nebraska, purchased Steele State Bank Friday after it was closed by the Iowa Department of Banking due to excessive loan losses.

People visiting the new bank Monday were greeted by smiling tellers and bank officials wearing corsages and offering coffee and donuts.

"We feel great, it's nice to see this many people," said John Brown, Valley Bank and Trust president. Brown has been with the State Bank of Bedford for nine years and was an Iowa Department of Banking examiner for 14 years.

Over the weekend Brown, Hammond and Don Yates, a member of the board of directors of Valley Bank and Trust and president of the State Bank of Bedford which Hammond owns, interviewed Steele State Bank employees.

Though none of Steele's officers are employed at the new bank, Brown said the tellers and bookkeepers were kept on.

These familiar faces spent much of the day greeting familiar customers and introducing them to Hammond and other new bank officials.

Along with the introductions came questions from concerned patrons of Steele State Bank.

The race is on - The last of this week's 'lost' Cherokee County Archive photos is this picture of some youngsters having some kind of eating contest. No other information about this event or when the photo was taken is known. If you do know anything about this picture, please call the Cherokee Archives at the Cherokee Public Library at 225-3498.
Hammond said he assured many customers that their deposits with Steele State Bank were still there, and that the former bank's checks could still be used.

There were also many questions about loans which customers had with Steele State Bank.

The purchase of the bank includes the building, the bank's deposit portfolio, real estate loans and cash due on securities. It does not include commercial loans, which cover ag loans.

Those loans were taken over by the FCIC and the Valley Bank and Trust has 30 days in which to choose the loans they want to purchases from the FCIC. Borrowers can seek out refinancing for their loans. Loans which are not purchased by the new bank and which have not been refinanced through other outlets, will be handled by the FDIC.

Hammond said that he could not answer questions about the commercial loans, because FDIC officials are not finished reviewing all the loan files.

However, Hammond said Valley Bank and Trust officials were able to gain access to some loan files and make some small loans to farmers who may have written checks for cattle or hogs over the weekend and needed them covered.

Overall, the outlook is optimistic, Brown said.

"My indication is that customers are very satisfied and confident," Brown said.

At a press conference Friday, Tom Huston, superintendent of the Iowa Department of Banking, said that he had received reports of several people withdrawing money from Steele State Bank.

Other Cherokee banks Monday reported that several new checking and savings accounts were opened over the weekend.

Despite some withdrawals, Valley officials and employees said they saw a lot of loyalty Monday.

Kelly Roberts, who is a teller at the new bank, said there were many withdrawals Friday, but on Monday the emphasis was on deposits.

Hammond, Yates and Brown all said they had expected that emphasis.

"The trend is more for deposits than withdrawalsÖWe only dropped a couple of savings accounts," Yates said.

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