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Friday, April 2, 2010

Look a little closer - At first look at this photo of downtown Cherokee, most would see the classic cars that are parked on the south side of the street. But if you look a little more closely, you can also see a worker removing the third story of the Wolff building. Today. " The Other Place" occupies the building. It is believed that this photo was taken sometime in the 1930's, and the third story of the Wolff building was removed for safety reasons.
100 years ago

The teacher's institute last week was one of the most successful and profitable ever held in the county, and that is saying a good deal in view of the uniformly successful and profitable institutes of the past. The attendance was large as will be seen by the appended list. Every session was crowded with good work and the evening lectures were instructive and largely patronized. The Roberson illustrated lectures were as usual drawing cards.

The expense of such an institute as those held in this county is large and how they are met may be of interest. The cost is borne entirely by the teachers of the county. The fund is constituted by teacher's examination fees, registration fees and institute enrollment fees. These funds are paid in to the county treasury and constitute the institute fund, and is drawn upon as demanded. Miss Logan has managed to increase this fund and thus enlarge the field of institute work by interesting the general public in special lectures for which admission fees are charged.

The modern institute is one of progress and profit and Cherokee is recognized in the first rank of such institutes.

The 18 month old son of Dr. and Mrs. J. K. Rice had a remarkable experience yesterday, and his parents are congratulating themselves that nothing serious resulted. The baby was playing outdoors and had wandered out to a beehive and climbed on top of the hive. Mrs. Rice heard the child cry and was horrified to see the little fellow climbing off the front of the hive amid a swarm of angry bees. She rushed out and grabbed the child in her arms and ran to the house, herself receiving several stings. Upon examination the baby was found to be covered with stinfis, forty-six stingers being found in the little fellows limbs alone and his face and body had their portion.

75 years ago

Construction of a hangar at the Cherokee airport was approved in a resolution adopted by councilmen meeting in special session at the chambers last Thursday evening. The structure, as granted by the federal government will be 60x90 feet. Purchase of material and labor expense are to be financed by the government under the new plan to be put into operation April 15. Plans call for a hangar to accommodate 15 planes. It will be constructed with a 60-foot door and will probably be of "dome" nature, according to Mayor A. Lawrey, jr. Material is to be lumber, the roof to be supported by arched timbers. This method is used in constructing many large hangars throughout the country. The building will be about the size of the armory which is 70x90 feet.

Approximately $4,000 will be expended for materials in constructing the hangar. Bids of local dealers were submitted Friday to the department at Des Moines. Contracts for fence, materials for markers and seed were divided among lumber men, hardware and seed dealers of the city last week.

Final approval of hangar construction was learned by Councilmen Roy Berry and B. E. Alton and J. A. McDonald, supervisor, who conferred with J. H. Keefe, airport engineer at Des Moines Thursday.

An appropriation of $225 has been made by the council for incidental expenses and a resolution for transfer of $6,000 from the water fund to the airport fund for purchase of the site, adopted.

50 years ago

Mr. and Mrs. Olle Cedar of Stockholm, now visitors in this city already are admiring the U.S. for its vast expanse and "straight roads."

Most Swedish roads are curved and winding.

Those were their opinions Wednesday as they lounged and chatted in the David Cedar residence at 323 South Ninth.

Olle and David are brothers.

Both were born in Sweden, but David, now St. Paul's Methodist Church custodian, came to this country at the age of 18.

This is the first visit to the U.S. for both Olle and his wife, Alece.

The grandfather of the men, Karl Lindberg, lived in Sweden as a soldier years ago.

The Olle Cedars have the same view toward the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics as many other West Europeans.

People--Not Gov't

In other words, they like the Russian people--but not the Red government. Admittedly though, both of them said they can see more good in Soviet Chairman Nokita Khrushchev than the late Premier Josef Stalin.

Olle Cedar does transport work for a lumber yard in the Stockholm vicinity.

The couple took a Norwegian ship, the Steargerfjord, from Copenhagen, Denmark to New York. They arrived earlier this month in Minneapolis via plane from New York.

They plan to return to Stockholm by the same modes of travel on or about May 18.

Cedar told how advanced work is going ahead on construction on nuclear bomb protection shelters near Stockholm. The shelters are dug into the sides of mountains.

The couple has seen both Swedish and American television and like both.

Cedar said that Swedish TV is government-controlled. Each set owner in that country is required to pay 100 crowns tax a year for usage.

Mr. and Mrs. David Cedar, the hosts for their Swedish guests; are delighted to entertain them. The David Cedars have three children--Maynard and Leonard of near Cleghorn, Dick of Cherokee and Mrs. Vernon Wester, rural Cleghorn.

The boiling Little Sioux River -- suffering from a severe case of spring fever and snow runoff water--rose to near the 20-foot mark again here this morning in a second "sneak" crest.

Weather bureau officials believed second crest came as a result of Spencer and Peterson water.

With it probably came the additional runoff from valley creeks after recent rains late this week.

The Little Sioux plummeted to a low of 17 feet early Thursday morning.

Then the swollen stream started its second rise.

Up 3 Feet

It had soared nearly three feet by 8 o'clock this morning and was at the 19.8 mark.

The Little Sioux had risen more than a foot during the night. The South Second Street engineers gauge read only 18.7 at 9:15 last night.

Officials here said the river might continue to rise this forenoon. But they expect the second crest soon.

No danger in Cherokee is expected from what appears to be the final crest during the snow runoff. But farm lowlands are in for another full dousing and Wescott Park in addition to the Spring Lake area are far under water again.

Water was approaching a culvert between Beech Street and the river bank near the South Second Street span.

25 years ago

Though there was a lot of joking and laughing involved, a field sobriety testing session Monday at the Iowa Highway Patrol headquarters had a serious purpose.

The training session at the patrol's Post 5 headquarters just outside of Cherokee involved about 25 troopers and five local volunteers. The results of their efforts is to be the standardization of the patrol's field sobriety testing. Another group of troopers and volunteers will be involved in the testing today.

The benefits of all Iowa troopers using the same sobriety tests are many, said Trooper D. E. Parish, an instructor for the program.

The tests used have proven to be the most accurate in determining a driver's sobriety. Also, the standardization will prohibit troopers form making up their own tests of using tests that could be unfair to the driver, Parish said.

The standardized testing will also be helpful in the courtroom, Parish said.

"County attorneys will be dealing with the same tests all the time instead of a dozen different tests," Parish said.

The standardized testing should be in statewide use in about a week. In May, the standardized field sobriety testing will be taught at the Law Enforcement Academy in Des Moines. Parish said this will result in local law enforcement agencies using the same sobriety tests as state troopers.

Monday's training session began with the troopers taking classroom instruction in the three types of testing the patrol is to use: Gazing, walking and turning, and standing on one leg for 30-seconds.

At about 11:30 a.m. the five volunteers began what patrol officials called "controlled drinking."

Parish said the controlled drinking was to put the volunteers' blood alcohol level to about 0.10.

Bluff and Second - Here is a look at Second Street and Bluff Street as you travel south. The year when this photo was taken is unknown, but you can see Second Street running under the railroad bridge. You can also see the A & W Drive In where Fareway is located today. In addition, Berk Studio is featured on the left side of the road and is currently home to Pierson Photography.
This was done by determining each volunteers' weight and then figuring out how much they would need to drink over a period of time to reach 0.10 and maintain that level. The volunteers, who were supplied with beer, whiskey and vodka, drank until about 2 p.m.

The volunteers drank, played cards and traded jokes in the troopers meeting room while they waited for the testing to begin.

Troopers were watchful of the volunteers and would later drive them home.

At about 2:30 p.m. the testing began. The volunteers were told not to say how much they had to drink because each trooper was to determine each volunteer's blood alcohol level through the three tests.

The volunteers rotated to five groups of troopers and performed the three tests five times each.

The first test was the gaze nystagmus, which involved a trooper moving a pen in front of a volunteer's face and watching for any jerking of the eye as it moves to the side.

Though many people's eyes jerk when they track to the extreme side of the eye, drinking causes the jerking after just a few degrees of tracking.

Parish said the gaze nystagmus test is the most effective field sobriety test because the jerking is done involuntarily.

"There is no way to practice it. It is something we should have had 20 years ago," he said.

Parish said the eye test originated in Californian, and is now in use throughout the country.

The walk and turn test involved two parts. First the volunteer had to balance heel-to-toe while a trooper gives instruction. This is difficult for an intoxicated person because it required both balancing and listening. After this, the volunteer was required to take nine steps down a straight line, turn and take nine steps back.

The last test involved the volunteer standing on one leg and counting off 30-seconds.

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