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Friday, March 5, 2010

100 years ago

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Maryhill Visitation Church - Maryhill Visitation Church was located in Sheridan Township. In 1871 John Fisch gave two acres of land so he and fellow worshipers would have a permanent place to worship. It is unknown when the first church was built on the property but it is general believed that it was sometime in the 1870's. Records also indicated that another church was built in 1895 and in 1896 John Specht donated an additional five acres of adjacent land to help the church grow. In 1904 a fire destroyed the church and was rebuilt in 1905 were it stood until a windstorm destroyed the building in 2006.
Friday was the last day for filing cases for the March term which will convene the 14th inst. The number of new cases filed is very large being in fact a record breaker for the spring term.

One of considerable interest is that of Frank B. Packard vs. Ill., Central railroad company for $20,000 for injuries received while bucking snow between Marcus and Cleghorn, January 29th, 1909. Mr. Packard was engineer on the front engine of a double header which was bucking snow. A snow plow which plaintiff alleges was defectively constructed doubled up under the engine and Mr. Packard was thrown violently from the cab sustaining injuries of which he complains alleging that he was ignorant of the defective construction of the snow plow. J. M. Parsons, of Des Moines appears for the plaintiff.

The litigation between F. S. Barnes and M. Y. Ames continues to grow and last week a number of cases in which these parties appear either as plaintiffs or defendants were filed.

Emma Cotton has commenced as action against The American Patriots, of Springfield, Ill., to recover on a certificate of the order which entitles her to a certain sum for total disability which she avers she sustained by falling from the Christian church steps some months ago.

Wm. H. Overfield has filed a petition against Peter and John Werdell claiming $2,000 damages for injuries sustained in an automobile collision last September and which as alleged by the petition was caused by the reckless driving of defendants.

Swanson & Betsworth vs. John T. Hogan and Mrs. John T. Hogan is an action on a promissory note given by defendants to plaintiffs for $312.

Claud M. Smith wants $500 from John Cleghorn for legal services performed for the latter.

Mark Petit complains that he was incarcerated in the city jail for five days and that during that time he was fed on dry bread and the jail was in a filthy condition whereby his health suffered in the sum of $1,000.

The record of no divorce cases is badly shattered this term five of these cases having been commenced last week.

There is enough old business in sight to keep the court grinding during three week's term so that probably this new business will not be reached.

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Maryhill convent - Maryhill was also home to both the Maryhill Visitation School, which was completed in 1896, and the Maryhill Convent (pictured). The convent was built in 1918 and today is home to the Maryhill groundskeeper.
The case of Dennis Piggott for the murder of Thos. Rafftry is expected to be tried at March term and will cut a big hole out of the three week's term.

75 years ago

Condition of Harrison Steele, president of Steeles' bank, who was injured Sunday when his horse threw him, was reported "much better" Thursday.

Unable to move after his horse faltered on federal highway No. 59, threw him and fell over backwards on him, Steele was found 30 minutes after the accident by Dale Dick, farm boy, who summoned Claude Davis to the rescue.

Harrison Steele, president of Steele's bank, was severely injured at 2:30 Sunday afternoon when a horse he was riding on Federal highway No. 59 about two miles south of town, threw him.

Unable to move after the horse had reared up, thrown him and then fallen on him, Steele was not found for more than 30 minutes after the accident occurred.

Following his hobby of horseback riding, Steele has never met with an accident before. Sunday, riding alone, he had taken the road south of town.

As he approached the viaduct about two miles south of town, the horse faltered, reared up, threw its rider and then fell over backwards on him.

A half hour after the accident occurred, Dale Dick, a boy who lives on a farm south of town, found Steele in a dazed condition in the exact spot to which he had been thrown. Because the boy was on horseback, and Steele was unable to move, aid was summoned at the Claude Davis residence near the scene of the accident.

Davis brought the injured man to town.

50 years ago

Charles F. Martin, executive secretary of the Iowa State Education Association, has announced that a life membership in the ISEA has recently been granted to a Grand Meadow teacher. She is Miss Florence C. Timmins of Kingsley who teachers second and third grades in the Grand Meadow Elementary School.

The life membership certificate entitles a teacher to regular membership privileges in the Association without another payment of dues. It is based on at least 20 years of active membership in the ISEA and the meeting of other requirement set up by the executive board.


H. L. Harris has resigned as editor and publisher of the Sutherland Courier here and D. B. (Don) Robinson, Paullina, has taken over as new owner of the weekly newspaper.

Harris relinquished his duties this week.

He and his wife have been a team in the long line of Courier publishers dating back to 1883.

Mrs. Ella Drake, who has served as reporter and bookkeeper, will continue in those capacities and also serve as editor.

Plans of Mr. and Mrs. Harris are indefinite.

Robinson already is publisher of the Paullina Times.


Richard Fassler, formerly of Aurelia, has been named "Outstanding Airman" of the Headquarters Squadron 813th Combat Support Group at Lincoln, Neb. Air Force Base.

The honor was for the six-month period ending December 31, 1959, according to officers at the Lincoln base.

Col. William Working, base commander, said Fassler's selection "was based on his exemplary conduct, devotion to duty, individual efforts and eagerness to contribute to the successful accomplishment of the Air Force mission."

Fassler was given a scroll in recognition at base ceremonies. He is the son of Mrs. Mildred Crane of Long Beach, Calif. and a grandson of Fred Fassler, Aurelia.


A large number of pupils from the Cherokee Public Schools and Immaculate Conception School will be given complimentary tickets to the Saturday, April 9 afternoon performance of the Shrine Circus.

The Shrine Circus will be given in Sioux City.

The Cherokee Public Schools will receive tickets for 847 pupils and 30 teachers to attend the April 9 circus performance starting at 4 p.m.

Immaculate Conception School officials will receive 180 tickets for pupils to attend the performance Wednesday, April 6.

Officials at Shrine Circus Headquarters in Sioux City said the schools mentioned will receive their tickets in ample time to have them distributed.

25 years ago

Most of Cherokee County's residents had electricity again Monday night.

An ice storm and high winds knocked out power to much of the county Sunday morning, and those same winds compounded the problem as repair crews worked to turn the lights back on.

About 1,200 of the 1,700 Cherokee County REC customers were without power Sunday night. By Monday night, all but 50 to 100 of those customers had had power restored, said county Manager Markus Bryant.

Some parts of Cherokee and the towns of Cleghorn, Meriden, Larrabee, Calumet and Sutherland were without Iowa Public Service connections Sunday night. But by Monday, all but some rural customers had power, said Bernie Kult, area IPS manager.

But it wasn't easy going. Winds maintained a velocity in the 20 to 30 mph range much of Monday, reaching a peak at 45 mps at 2:48 p.m. in Cherokee.

The wind was a pain in the neck," Kult said.

Bryant agreed. In the afternoon especially, high winds caused problems in maintaining some power transformer lines after they had been restored.

But despite the elements, both utility companies reported steady progress.

"It takes quite awhile to get things lined up," Kult said. "We've made some inroads."

Both IPS and REC called in crews from nearby counties to assist local crews Sunday. Many of the crewmembers worked through the night and most of Monday.

REC crews were taking a short break Monday night to get some sleep. "Most of our crews have been working since early Sunday morning. You just can only work so many hours."

However, he anticipated crews will be back out there early Tuesday morning.

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Maryhill picnic - The Maryhill picnic was popular annual event that drew hundreds of people. The picnics began in 1918 and were held every year until 2005.
Bryant said most of the customers remaining without power are scattered in rural areas around the county and should have power restored Tuesday. "It just takes time to get to them all."

Typically, when a storm such as Sunday's hits an area, utilities map the outages to see where the most damage is and begin restoring power by repairing the downed feeder lines, Bryant said.

"From each substation we work the main feeder lines out to the ends. By following this method, we are able to get the most members on in the shortest amount of time. It doesn't make sense to fix a broken line in a member's yard when the feeder line to them is broke, also," he said.

REC crews from Harrison and South Crawford Counties more than doubled the force of the Cherokee County REC to combat storm damage putting 14 people out in the field for repairs.

IPS crews were assisted by IPS workers form Ida Grove, Battle Creek, Mapleton and Sioux City.

While Monday's snow would subside by Tuesday, forecasts call for highs of 25 to 30 degrees with winds maintaining their 10 to 20 mph range.

Snow and road conditions north of Cherokee also caused problems Monday. The Washington High School-Spirit Lake basketball game was cancelled, but should be played at 7 p.m. tonight at Cherokee, weather permitting.



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