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Friday, April 30, 2010

100 years ago

A good sized audience greeted the Buena Vista Faculty at the concert given at the opera house Friday night. All the numbers were heartily encored.

The Fish orchestra played, if possible, better than ever and made the time pass very pleasantly during the unavoidable delay in beginning the program.

Schoeneman Bros. Lumber Company - The Schoeneman Bros. Lumber Company originated in Cherokee in 1888 at 400 W. Elm and remained for 77 years. In the background you can make out both the Cherokee County Courthouse (center) and the first Garfield School.
Miss Gilmore, who has often pleased Cherokee people with her playing on the pipe organ, needed only her first number on the piano, "Rhapsody, No. II,"--Liszt, to win the heartiest applause and show that her excellent work is appreciated. The charm of her manner added much to the occasion.

Miss Wallace's singing disclosed a beautiful voice, flexible and rich in quality, her enunciation is pure, and her personality very attractive. Her group of songs were most enjoyed.

Miss Miller's impersonations in "At the Photographers," showed great ability, and her other selections were well received.

Miss Briggs played as she always plays, beautifully. Although only nineteen, her interpretation and quality of tone showed her an able and talented artist. Liebling, before whom she has played, predicts a great future for her. Her last number, "Airs Styriens," was especially pleasing.

People were generally well pleased with the concert.

Monday Judge Gaynor on the application of Henry Brummer issued a temporary injunction against the Bell Telephone Co., restraining it from setting poles and putting wires in the streets and alleys of Cherokee.

The Bell Co. has for some time had a long distance station here and was preparing to put in an exchange, when the injunction was issued against them.

Mr. Brummer says the company has no franchise or right to the use of the streets of our city except for a toll line and that it would injure his property greatly for them to do as they intended to, as the company insisted on putting a pole in front of a window used for putting coal in basement.

A hearing will be had and matters will be settled in a short time.

75 years ago

Charged with attempting to flee with the company's panel truck, Frank Duffy of Des Moines is being held in county jail here, having been arrested Monday afternoon by Sheriff A. N. Tilton.

The truck, a 1934 Dodge, which disappeared sometime after 2 o'clock Sunday morning from in front of a rooming house at Fifth and Cherry streets, was found abandoned and overturned in the ditch a mile south of Holstein Monday morning.

Acting on a tip, the sheriff conferred with residents in Holstein vicinity, one of whom said he had brought a man to Cherokee from the scene of the accident early Sunday morning.

When it was discovered that the truck was missing, all four men employed by the National Sweeper service, owner of the truck, were in their rooms at the Charles Lynch home. All four took part in the search.

One of the four, Duffy, was allegedly identified by the Holstein person who did not leave his name for publication. The man said Duffy walked to his home and asked to be brought back to Cherokee. He said Duffy directed him to the rooming house and went in to bed between 8 and 9 o'clock Sunday morning.

After leaving Holstein, driver of the stolen truck, went south and then started to turn east. At this point, a mile south of Holstein, the truck overturned in the ditch. Sheriff Tilton said damages to the car were not great.

Holstein residents said a man answering Duffy's description was in town early Sunday morning and asked the way to Denison, according to reports made to Sheriff Tilton.

Advisability and possibility of hiring a trained social service worker for Cherokee county were considered, but no definite action was taken at an unrecorded meeting of the board of supervisors held Friday at the court house.

Called originally as a special meeting of the board, the lack of decision led to cancellation of records of the meeting. It is probable that a future meeting will deal with the same problem.

Contingents Favor Plan

In order that Cherokee county may receive federal relief, it is necessary that a trained worker be employed in the county. Organized groups have pressed the board to employ such a person.

At Friday's meeting, Mrs. Emma Moynihain, field representative of Iowa state emergency relief commission was present. Mrs. Moynihain works out of Des Moines and has headquarters at Storm Lake.

Garden Plans Continue

Following the meeting, Miss T. Ve Neita Southwick, county FERA statistician, announced Saturday morning that the county will make effort to rent enough ground to that each family on relief may have a subsistence garden.

Fifteen acres of potatoes will be planted at t6he county farm and upon maturation the crop will be distributed among the poor of this county.

Cherokee Electric Company - Cherokee's first electric light plant was built in 1890 but before the plant was completed, it was taken over by the Sheriff of the county and sold at a Sheriff's sale to four Cherokeans with Gus Lungren becoming manager. Service was not available on a 24-hour basis until 1913, service was only from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and a whistle blew to alert customers as to the availability of the service. Only one truck was needed or used then to maintain service. The Company was sold in 1925 and became a part of the Iowa Public Service in 1927.
Miss Southwick also said that seed potatoes for subsistence gardeners are expected to arrive at an early date. One-half to one bushel will be given to each family.

50 years ago

Contracts totaling $282,208 were awarded for construction of two new elementary buildings at a special session Tuesday afternoon of the Cherokee Board of Education.

Grundman-Hicks Construction Company of Cherokee were low bidders on general construction at a figure of $184,627. Other bidders were Paul McCorkle Construction Company of Sac City; United Builders, Inc. of Ida Grove; Helling & Rohlk, Storm Lake; Roth & Associates, Storm Lake.

Low bidders for plumbing and heating work were Budden & Sons, Sioux City, at a figure of $77,831. Also bidding for that contract were the following plumbing and heating firms: Karlson, Cherokee; Wilhelmi, Storm Lake; Vissser Bros., Orange City; Peterson, Cherokee; Webster, Spencer.

The electrical contract was awarded to Bob's Electric Service of Remsen, whose bid was $19,750. Other bidders for electrical work were Baird Electric, Lake View; Electrical Engineering Company, Sioux City; Champion Electric, Cherokee; Johnny's Electric, Sioux Center.

Supt. R. L. Kinkead said that construction is expected to start as soon as the ground is in condition for digging. It is estimated that the elementary buildings will be completed by about October 1.

In addition to evening planetarium lectures by Director W. D. Frankforter, previously announced, a number of school groups and organizations have scheduled visits to Sanford Museum this month.

Merrill fourth graders, accompanied by Mrs. Schelin, will tour the museum Thursday afternoon. Visiting Friday morning will be 50 sixth and seventh grade pupils from Gillette Grove, accompanied by Mrs. M. A. Knudsen.

On Monday, April 11, Cub Scouts of Pack 115 will visit the museum after school. Arrangements were made by Mrs. Kirk Phillips, whose husband is cubmaster. The Kilo Club of Hartley will tour Sanford Tuesday morning. Edna Kettelsen made arrangements for the group of 16 women.

The Bona Fide Study Club of Gilmore City will visit next Tuesday afternoon. Arrangements for the group of 18 women were made by Mrs. W. J. Durbin.

Visitors on Tuesday afternoon, April 19, will be first, second, third and fourth graders from Brooke Consolidated School accompanied by Dorothy Roy. The afternoon of Thursday, April 27, 28 sixth graders from Smithland Community School will be at the museum. Their teacher is Mrs. Mitchell.

25 years ago

Vina Murphy, 88, had her day Sunday.

An open house showing some of the self-taught artist's paintings was held Sunday at the Country Side Estates, where she lives.

There were 25 painting ranging from 18 by 24 inch canvas to "very small," she said. "There's no way that I can get back all the hundreds I've painted and the many I've sold, the owners are too old to bring them."

Murphy was raised on a farm observing nature all about her. But for 37 years, she was in the "beauty" business. For 22 years she owned her own business "Vina-Murr Beauty Shop" in Sioux City, retiring in 1960.

Now confined to a wheelchair because of Multiple sclerosis, this plucky lady is still busy with the painting career she began in 1930.

"I had the desire to paint, bought what I thought I needed, including sable brushes from Germany, oil and canvas, and started," she recalled. "Brushes that cost 15 cents in 1930 now cost $3 apiece and tubes of 15-cent oils are $1.60 each."

"I took pansy blooms out of the backyard, laid them on a plate, and then painted them," she said, pointing to a green one. Its color is true to nature--the only green pansy she has ever seen.

Murphy, who is self-taught, works only in oils and canvas. No watercolors and no painting on glass or other substances.

"Oils change and become more beautiful through the years," said Murphy.

Cleaning a painting can be a touchy process, according to the artist. She used to take a damp cloth and soap but when the sky disappeared in one sweep from a 10-year-old painting, she quit using the soap. She painted a new sky and an unsuspecting buyer later bought the work. It really didn't change the appearance, she recalled, but it's a happening she hasn't forgotten.

"I was never one to sit in the park and paint," said Murphy. "For one thing, I was too slow, and I liked quiet--people around me make me nervous"

"Quick hand" artists who complete paintings in minutes aren't her ball of wax either. She works in details and spends hours at a single painting.

"Animals are her favorite subjects. She's especially fond of a fox painting which took her two weeks "with one eye." She'd had eye surgery but steadfastly worked short periods at a time until it was finished.

She came to Country Side Estates a year ago and has found her niche in the stream of activities.

MS doesn't keep Murphy from being a happy person, according to Jean Sears, activity director at Country Side Estates. She finds painting a form of expressing herself.

Last December she expanded her interest by designing covers for note paper. Since then, she's had requests to design covers for special happenings including anniversaries and showers. Packets are made up at the home and she donates all proceeds to the activity department.

Murphy recalls with misgivings the "almost" showing she had in Sioux City. As it turned out, her paintings along with other amateur artists' works were never uncovered. It was a show for the pros although it wasn't advertised as such, she said.

Sunday was truly a first for Murphy.

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