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Times Gone By

Friday, February 12, 2010

A busy day in Cherokee - Out of the many pictures that are shown on the Times Gone By page, this picture of downtown Cherokee from the early 1900's is one of the most popular, and we are often asked to run it again.
100 years ago

The wrestling match Saturday night between Mans Matthews and Dave Woodley was a clean bit of sport and one of the most interesting affairs that Cherokee admirers of athletic sports have had an opportunity to witness in a long time, if not the best entertainment of the sort ever seen in this part of the state. The local friends of the principals, who are Cherokee favorites, added zest to the occasion, and besides it was a clean and fairly contested bout.

The preliminaries were good also. The little Wayman brothers first occupied the stage and their work was well received. Then young Woodley and Crippen engaged for two bouts, Crippen winning both. Fred Casey and Dick Matthews showed a good contest which was fought out to a draw.

Webster School - This is another popular photo that many readers have requested to see again. This picture of the first Webster School was taken on Nov. 12, 1903, when the school was located on Roosevelt Street, were Bright Beginnings is now located.
The match between Matthews and Woodley was for two falls out of three, and the contestants had hardly engaged when it was apparent that the struggle would be a spirited and determined one. Both were in the condition and both showed remarkable proficiency in the game. It took an hour and twenty-four minutes for Matthew to throw Woodley, and it was not certain for a long time which would throw the other. For the first twenty minutes Woodley took the aggressive, but afterwards was on the defensive all the way through. He was finally put over with a full nelson.

The second fall was won by Matthews with a half nelson and a toe hold, after only five minutes. It should be noted that both got flying falls during the progress of the contest, but that didn't count, as it took two points fully down.

75 years ago

Wilfred Hosmer has been elected county engineer to succeed Floyd Rubey, whose resignation becomes effective March 1, it was announced Saturday. Hosmer said he expects to take over his new duties soon after March 1.

Son of Mrs. Bessie Hosmer, one of Cherokee's early residents, the new county engineer has grown up in this community. He was graduated from Wilson high school in 1921 and for four years following graduation was employed locally.

In 1930 he received his degree from the engineering department of Iowa State college. He has been employed recently by the Iowa highway commission at its local office. Before he takes over his new duties he will take state technical examinations necessary for qualification.

While the board of supervisors, which has charge of hiring the county engineer, has not as yet included the matter in the proceedings of its official meeting, it was admitted Saturday that the selection had been made. It is expected that official action will be completed when the board meets February 15.

Ruby's resignation was accepted late last month. He has accepted a position with the Western Engineering company of Council Bluffs. In order that there would be no interruption in the large highway improvement project planned for this year, Rubey agreed to stay until his successor was chosen.

Mr. and Mrs. Hosmer reside at 714 W. Main Street.

Protesting against a proposed consolidation of the three local rural free delivery routes into two, members of the Aurelia Business Men's association authorized their secretary, W. A. Lewis, to communicate with Congressman G. M. Gillette in an attempt to prevent the proposed consolidation.

When M. Hines, carrier on route two, retires April 1 after 30 years of service, it is understood that the post office department plans to merge his route with another. The matter has also been discussed at the Community club, where a similar protest was drawn up.

Consolidation of the two routes, it is believed by rural mail patrons, will result in less satisfactory service in that many will receive their mail much later in the day. Opponents to the plan are pointing out that it will provide employment for one less man, which is directly against the government's NRA policy.

50 years ago

In 1910 when the Boy Scouts of America began, there were few youth organizations in the nation, and comparatively few adults serving as volunteer leaders. The organization absorbed the Sons of Daniel Boone led by Daniel Carter Bears, later National Scout Commissioner; and Ernest Thompson Seton's Tribe of Woodcraft Indians; and some groups following a Scouting program based on the British Scout organization.

Today there are nearly 1,400,000 adult leaders in the Boy scouts of America serving more than 3,700,000 boys in Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, and Exploring.

The population of the United States in 1910 was 91,972,266 persons. There were neither radio nor television sets, and the automobile was still regarded as a curiosity. Streets were still lighted by gas in many places. A transcontinental train trip took four days.

Some interesting events occurred in 1910, the year Scouting came to America.

By means of a telephone transmitter, the voice of Enrico Caruso singing backstage at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York was heard as far away as Connecticut.

At the dedication of the Pan American Union Building in Washington, D. C. by President Taft and Andrew Carnegie, donor of the structure, a "tree of peace" was planted, dedicated to friendship among the American republics.

Glacier National Park in Montana was named a national park by Congress and a notable, beloved American, Mark Twain passed on.

Halley's Comet passed over the sun that year frightening hundreds of thousands of Americans. All were certain the comet's appearance would coincide with the end of the world.

Glenn H. Curtiss won a prize of $10,000 for completing a flight from Albany, New York to New York City, a distance of 142 miles in two hours and 51 minutes.

25 years ago

The County Board of Supervisors has requested a legal opinion concerning whether Cherokee County can levy taxes for two fairs.

The Board Monday requested County Attorney John Wibe submit a written opinion on the issue.

County Fair Board Member Darrel Paulsen said a question about levying taxes for two fairs arose at a recent state convention.

Cherokee County levies taxes for the county fair and Marcus Fair. This fiscal year, the county levied $10,000 for the Cherokee County Fair and $5,000 for the Marcus Fair.

Beverly Anderson, Cherokee County auditor, said that a section in the Iowa Code dealing with home rule gives counties the authority to levy permissible taxes, which includes taxes for fairs.

Anderson said the county has been levying taxes for both fairs since she came to office 16 years ago, and had probably been levying them long before that.

In addition, Anderson said the county budget is audited by state officials annually and there was never a question that the county had acted improperly in levying taxes for both fairs.

Also, officials received word that the Secondary Roads Employee Association had voted 7-5 to accept a wage freeze for 1985-86.

Orville Peckenschneider, association president, said the group had approved the freeze at its last meeting. The association had requested a 3.5 percent wage increase for the 1985-86 contract year.

The Board also took these actions:

Deep sleep - This is the last of the unidentified photos from the Archives series. If you know who or when this picture was taken, please contact the Cherokee County Archive at the Cherokee Library at 225-3498.
*Appropriated $500 in Federal Revenue Sharing monies for the installation of a Cherokee County Rural Crisis hotline at the Plains Area Mental Health Center. Lynn Herrick, a therapist at PAMH, discussed the establishment of the telephone line at the Feb. 4 supervisor's meeting.

The hotline is for farmers and business people who might be facing emotional stress because of the economy. Herrick said he hopes people will use the hotline to seek help and to offer help. Herrick said the installation of the line would cost $110 and that monthly maintenance would be $30.

*Received word that the county may be sued by a former radio operator at the Cherokee Law Enforcement Center who was discharged by Sheriff Bud Stroud in November who alleged she was discharged without cause.

Attorney Dennis Green has made a settlement proposal to the Cherokee County attorney's office in connection with the matter and said the county has a few months to decide whether to accept the proposal. If the proposal is not accepted, the former employee has six months to file a civil suit.

Assistant County Attorney Mark Cozine is scheduled to give his recommendation on the proposal at the supervisor's meeting next week. The Board, which usually meets on Monday, will meet Tuesday due to the President's Day holiday.

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