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Times Gone By

Friday, April 23, 2010

Cherokee Fire Dept. - This photograph was taken for the Cherokee Fire Department at the J.C. Wilson Photographic Studio in Cherokee. Note the water cups as part of the dress. This coming Saturday, the CFD will be holding its 18th annual dance from 8 p.m. - 12 midnight, at the Cherokee VFW Club.
100 years ago

After enjoying married life but one short week, William Engelkes, a young farmer living near Storm Lake is without a bride. He and Miss Paulina Hodenfelt, daughter of a prominent and wealthy farmer of this county, were married on Saturday, April 2, and went to the home of the young man's parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Engelkes. Last Saturday night a party came to charivari them and insisted the week bride coming outside. She did so and was at once whisked way and has not been seen by the bridge groom or his people since. The aid of the sheriff has been invoked to find her, but that official is wondering if he has jurisdiction, as he is not sure but she left her husband of her own free will. The marriage was a complete surprise to the bride's people and they did not approve of it, and the young man's parents are prone to connect her family with the sudden disappearance.

On Tuesday night April 19th at this K.P. Hall occurred one of the great successes of the season as far as a royal good time is concerned. At this time under the auspices of J. H. Dorr, district deputy and official organizer, the Order of Owls, a fraternal society organized their local "Nest." Mr. Dorr has been in our city several weeks soliciting members, and has met with unbounded success as was shown when on Tuesday night 150 men of Cherokee and vicinity took their vows as loyal and faithful members of this order. A great many out of town members from Sioux City, LeMars, and Remsen were present. The Sioux City team did the degree work and it was certainly done to perfection, perhaps the best work ever put on the floor.

Swanson Betsworth Float - The Swanson Betsworth Practical Plumbers of Cherokee are pictured on a Fourth of July float in 1906. This photo was taken on the corner of Willow Street and Second Street.
After the organization and initiation of candidates the election of officers was held. These officers were elected to guard the "Owls Nest" during the ensuing year: Past President, Harry Williams; President, Fred Casey; Vice President, Chas. Pettingail; Invocator, R. P. Williams, Secretary, Jacob Trahn; Treasurer, H. H. Lamoreaux; Warden, Melvin Casey; Sentinel, G. E. Pelton; Picket, H. S. Clow; Trustees, J. J. Laposky, W. P. Goldie, Fred Fuller.

As a fitting close for this great event a grand banquet was served in the hall parlors and in the wee small hours of morning they separated, all promising to keep faithful watch over the "Nest" until they should meet again and declaring that they had spent a glorious evening.

75 years ago

Continuing a drive against gambling machines which was begun in Cherokee county March 28, three persons, two from Cherokee and one from Aurelia, were arrested, brought to trial before Justice of the Peace D. J. Gilchrist Monday afternoon and bound over to the grand jury.

Those expected to come before the grand jury in September term are Ellen Waldron and Fred Everett, both of Cherokee, and Jack Grapenthen of Aurelia.

Arrested Last Week

All three were arrested the latter part of last week and Monday afternoon were bound over to the grand jury by Justice Gilchrist. Charge placed against each was keeping a gambling house.

Machines were picked up at the Everett and Waldron stations and at Grapenthen's restaurant. Device at the Everett station is said by Everett to belong to Ted Schone of Minnesota, although it is believed no charges will be placed against the owner.

Two of the devices are "one ball games of skill," while the third confiscated was a poker game machine, in which awards were made for certain combinations of the cards.

Monday's actions brought to four the number of arrests that have been made since a drive against the devices was instituted by Sheriff A. N. Tilton, who made all four arrests.

Francis Wilberding, who was arrested March 28, chose to plead guilty to county attorney's information, stand trial in district court and pay a $50 fine and court costs. Charges placed against him when the machine was taken from his filling station a mile south of Marcus were the same as those against the last three arrested.

Before the drive was actually begun, Sheriff Tilton issued warning that all such gambling devices must be removed form the county. This warning followed a visit by a state agent.

All three who were bound over to the grand jury Monday will probably stand trial in September term, next term to convene here, county officials said Tuesday morning.

50 years ago

Commencement exercises for the class of 1960 at Meriden High school will take place at 8 o'clock Wednesday evening May 18.

Russell M. Eldamoe of the Morningside College faculty will give the Commencement address.

Diplomas will be conferred to the following graduates by Barton Sangwin of the board of Education: Mike Heaney, Daniel Enneking, Roger Nelson, Sandra Sangwin, Ardyce Latuska, Diane Enneking, Lois Lochner, Carolyn Stewart, Phyllis Schmidt.

Supt. John F. Smeltzer will present the class. Special music by Lois Lochner and the valedictory and salutatory addresses will complete the program. Invocation will be given by Rev. Eugene W. Anderson and benediction by Rev. Aaron F. Jaeger.


Baccalaureate services are planned for 8 p.m. Sunday, May 15. Rev. Jaeger will deliver the sermon and Rev. Anderson will give the Scripture reading and prayer. Processional and recessional for both occasions will be played by Janice Nelson.

"Nothing is impossible to a willing heart" has been chosen as the class motto. Colors are blue and white and class flower is the American Beauty Rose.

Another big event on the Meriden School calendar in addition to the junior and senior class play this Friday evening is the annual junior-senior prom and banquet on Friday, April 29.

The banquet will be in Speelmon's steak House in Cherokee, followed by the prom at the Meriden School. The Jimmy Smith band from Marcus will play for dancing.

Senior "skip day" to Lodge of the Ozarks in Missouri will begin May 11 and conclude May 14.

The final occasion of the term will be the school picnic on Friday, May 20 when classes conclude for the year.

Mrs. Doris Mummert of rural Aurelia, a former Cherokee resident, will sail from New York City April 28 on a freighter trip to the Scandinavian countries.

She is making the 40-day trip as guest of her aunt, Juanita Allen Quinn, also a former resident.

Mrs. Quinn won the trip for two by naming the newest boat of the Mormac Shipping Company, San Pedro, Calif., where she is employed.

The two women will travel on the freighter, "Mormac Saga," which has scheduled stops at Reykjavik, Iceland; Oslo, Norway; Gothenburg, Sweden and Copenhagen, Denmark.

They will disembark at Copenhagen and take a conducted tour of the Scandinavian countries while the freighter goes on the Poland. They will then board the freighter at Copenhagen for the return trip.

25 years ago

Former Cherokean John F. Koser has been named an alternate for the state of Minnesota's teacher nominees for next year's space shuttle flight.

Now living in Bloomington, Minn., Koser is the son of Dr. Don and Janet Koser. The Washington High School graduate is in his 21st year of teaching physics--5 years at Fridley Junior High School; 8 years at Bloomington Kennedy and the last 8 years at Wayzata High School in Minneapolis which has an enrollment of about 1,800 students. He also teaches astronomy.

"Orion Moe of Cherokee was my high school physics instructor--my model," said Koser in a recent phone interview. "I've followed NASA as a high school student."

He vividly recalls Sputnik's first journey. He had a communication receiver, set up an antenna, and equipped with binoculars, he and a coupe of friends were sure they'd pick up the talk and actually see Sputnik.

When the announcement was made public that a seat would be reserved for a teacher in next year's space flight, "I had to apply," said Koser. "but I questioned what my chances would be as there are many excellent teachers in Minnesota."

"The application was tedious and I'm sure discouraging for some," he said. "Following directions was very important and some applications were probably disqualified on that count."

From a field f 137 applicants, the number was narrowed to 12 semifinalists. The interviews were "intensive," he said.

In the final selection by the State Education Commissioners, Steve Brehmer, a physics teacher from Wanamingo, was chosen first nominee; Katie Koch-Laveen, chemistry instructor at Apple Valley, second and Koser, third out of the 137.

"It's hard to be a runner-up," he said, "It's a little disappointing. I've taken a physical and passed, and I'm desirous to go," said Koser. If one of the other of the nominees would be disqualified, he'd still be in contention.

The nominees from all states will go to Washington in June for further review, followed by the selection of 10 semifinalists in July.

Those 10 will go to Houston in September for final review by NASA officials, who will select a finalist and alternate. Those two teachers will then begin intensive training for the flight.

"I had the blessing of my wife, Beverly, who is quite liberal," he said. And daughter, Kristin, a ninth-grader and Eric, a seventh-grader, think it's okay. "As a family we've visited Washington, D.C. and the National Air and Space Museum."

The teacher in the space shuttle flight will be a mission specialist, according to Koser. Each applicant was asked to propose a project. He proposed to do a major photo documentation as he's "a photographer at heart."

Would he have qualms about traveling in space? "None whatsoever, I feel that NASA has a very reliable system," said Koser.

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