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Times Gone By

Friday, May 7, 2010

100 years ago

Friday four men who had been working on the city sewer went up to Remsen for "a good time" and one of them, Frank McCarthy, was brought back a corpse. The men had been drinking, and Saturday night Frank McCarthy and a companion boarded the clipper, No. 132, east bound, getting on the front platform of the smoker. When Conductor Mullen came along McCarthy said he had only twenty-five cents and that he wanted to go to Cherokee. The conductor told him that would not take him to Cherokee and he must get off, and he stopped the train a short distance from the Remsen depot and McCarthy got off quietly, but as the train started up he again climbed on the rear coach, he was observed doing this by brakeman Teets and the train was again stopped and McCarthy on orders quietly got off and his companion got off with him. This was the last seen of them by the passenger crew, but when freight No. 152 came along at about 9 o'clock the men boarded it and climbed to the top and attempted to pass over the cars, while jumping from a high to a lower car McCarthy fell between the cars and squarely over the rail. A low brake shoe pushed him before the wheel but the flange was grinding cruelly into the flesh and the life was being crushed out of him. His cries or that of his companion were heard by the trainmen and the train was stopped and McCarthy released, but he passed away in about an hour.

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Laposky's Saw Mill - Pictured are John Laposky, Will Laposky, Chet Fisher, Charlie Driggs, Harry Rankin, Peter Laposky, George Laposky and Fred Laposky of Laposky's Saw Mill. This photo was taken around 1910.
Frank had passed most of his life in Cherokee county, having been raised on a farm in Afton, his father Dennis McCarthy being a pioneer of that township. He resides in this city and leaves a wife and five small children to the mercy of the world. His aged mother and several brothers and sisters are left to sorrow over his sad end. Drink did it.

Awaiting word from relatives living in Colorado, the time for the funeral has not been definitely fixed but it will be either Wednesday or Thursday of this week.


Mrs. Hans Jurgensen has been taken to a Sioux City hospital and the little baby of Mr. and Mrs. Lou Gripp is in serious condition as the result of being shot in the face at a charivari. About 15 shot entered the face of the woman, one very near the eye, and the little baby was hit in one eye and in the forehead.

There were several shots fired and the exact identity of the one who caused the injuries is not known. An investigation will be made, however, and there is talk of arrests. John Bennett, a young man living near the Gripp home had one of the guns and some have accused him of doing the serious shooting, but he denies it. That the discharge of the gun in the direction of the people was an accident is certain because it was in every way a good natured company.

Fred Gripp, near Rock Branch, west of here, and Miss Edna Kearney, of Sibley, Ia., were married a week ago in St. Paul, Minn. Upon their return home this week, neighbors planned a charivari and about 25 of them attended. Mrs. Lou Gripp whose husband is a brother of the bridegroom tells of the shooting as follows:

"I was approaching the house through the crowd about the porch, carrying my baby when a gun was discharged some distance away, and Mrs. Jurgensen who was nearby cried out in pain that she was shot. My baby screamed and upon investigation I found the little one had also received several shot in the face. I do not see how I escaped being hit. The party broke up and a doctor was sent for. There were several guns in the crowd, and it was no doubt, an accident."

75 years ago

First case of a dreaded disease, infantile paralysis, has been discovered in Cherokee, city health officials said Monday morning. At present, it is believed there is only one case existent.

Ronnie Alloway, 4, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marion Alloway, 431 West Cedar street was officially quarantined Monday afternoon by health authorities. Dr. C. F. Quinn, city health officer, authorized the quarantine.

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Northwestern Bell Telephone - The Cherokee Northwestern Bell Telephone office was located at 112 South Second St. where Paula's Hair Design is now located. Date when this picture was taken was unknown.
Attending physician said the child has not been well for the last few weeks and for that reason has associated little with other children. During the last two weeks he had visited his grandparents out of town.

The boy's condition is considered serious. It was reported that he has a violent case of the disease and is running extremely high temperature. Inoculation was given him a few days ago, and it is hoped that this treatment will help materially in conquering the disease.

Warning Issued.

Other local doctors issued warning Monday that the disease is serious and must have immediate treatment. Time involved in coming down with the disease varies from six days to a month or more. The child who has it now has not been well for four or five weeks.

Bowel disorders, temperatures and common influenza symptoms are often forerunners of this type of paralysis, it was reported. Doctors urged all parents to call medical assistance at first outbreak of such diseases, trivial though they may seem, in order that a possible epidemic may be averted.

First Case This Year.

An epidemic of infantile paralysis at one time threatened Cherokee, older physicians said. At that time, several years ago, many deaths resulted from the disease in this vicinity. Last outbreak was a little more than a year ago, at which time there were scattered cases in the county.

Weekly health report put out by the United states public health service in cooperation with the Iowa state department of health showed that there were no cases of the disease in the state last week.

There is one inoculation that has proved effective in fighting the disease, doctors said. It involves use of Rosenneau's serum a treatment that was developed at the Rochester institute.


Night crawler problem was not considered at regular council meeting held Tuesday night in the city hall. City attorney was unable to be at the meeting, and only routine business and reports were heard.

Two class B beer permits were issued to Cherokee cafes, bills were approved and clerk's and treasurer's reports were read and approved before adjournment.

No representatives were present from the west part of town, although a contingent has appeared in the past to ask that the city take steps to stop damage that is being done by night crawler hunters.

A week ago the council heard from one man that as many as 30 or 40 men and boys sometimes visit in that part of town in search of fish bait. He spoke for Westside residents in saying that gardens and lawns are being damaged.

50 years ago

Most of the oats in Cherokee County are up or showing and plowing is the current major activity.

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Heavy hauling - Pictured is a work crew on the corner of Willow Street and First Street as the deliver a large transformer to the Cherokee Substation located north of town. The weight of the large transformer was reported to be 80,500 lbs and this photograph was taken in 1965.
In making this crop report, Extension Director Forrest Kohrt said the next farm project is planting corn.

"However, the ground is till too cold to plan corn as the low temperature has to be 55 degrees before germination will take place while the ideal soil temperature for growth is 65 degrees.

Kohrt estimated that corn planting could begin in this county within 10 days if the weather stays warm.


"Clean up is not just a slogan, it's a vital way to prevent fire from threatening your home and loved ones." Chief Dale Goldie of Cherokee's Fire Department said toady in conjunction with the beginning of the annual Clean Up Paint Up Fix Up campaign.

Goldie urges all residents to check that their homes meet these standards:

Furnace and heating system checked spring and fall.

Determine if wiring system meets today's electrical demands (fuses blowing out often, flickering lights, appliances operation slowly are warning signals that wiring is out of date).

Old clothes and furniture and newspaper are removed from attic, basement and garage.

Oily rags and paint-stained cloths are disposed of or kept in closed metal containers. Oily mops should be hung up so air can circulate around them.

No leaves or grass cuttings are near building foundations.

Periodic home fire drills are held with instructions on what to do should fire start from an uncontrollable cause.

"The one sure way to successfully fight a fire is before it starts--so take advantage of the current campaign and Clean Up no," Goldie advised.

25 years ago

For some people, sleeping in a teepee and dressing in buckskin might not be the most enjoyable way to spend a weekend.

But the "buckskinners" who participated in the Cherokee Ridge Runners Blackpowder Club's annual Spring Shoot over the weekend have a lot of reasons why they enjoy it.

Buckskinners are outdoors enthusiasts who like a little authenticity in the hobby. At events like the Spring Shoot, they dress and live much like people did on the western frontier from about 1800 to 1850.

One of the main attractions of the Ridge Runners event is the blackpowder shoot competition. Bruce Rahn, Sac City, said the shoot was just one more way of creating the old west era.

Participants include traditionally dressed buckskinners as well as those dressed in modern garb who still like the old method of blackpowder shooting.

"We enjoy this form of competition--getting together with people with similar interests. The shooting is a real drawing card," Rahn said.

Blackpowder shooting is not just reserved for competition. Rahn said many buckskinners use the method while hunting.

Rahn said he had even heard about a blackpowder shooter who killed an elephant while hunting in Africa.

For some of the buckskinners, part of the pleasure of the Ridge Runners event is business oriented. This weekend the Little Sioux Wildlife Area took on the look of an old west trading post as teepees with displays of blankets, beads, pottery and leather gear covered the campground.

Joe DeLaRonde, a full-time blacksmith from Iroquois, S.D. was attending his first Ridge Runners shoot this year.

DeLaRonde said his "bread and butter" is the tomahawks he makes using the same methods and designs used for a 1,000 years. DeLaRonde sells his creations through catalogs and at blackpowder shoots.

His tomahawks have been sold all over the country and have reached Australia, Germany and France.

DeLaRonde also recreates old tools and weapons for museums.

The fulltime blacksmith had been numbering the tomahawks he made, but quit two years ago when he hit 1,000. He estimates that he has made about 3,000 tomahawks.

He still runs into some of the numbered tomahawks during his travels around the country. Over the weekend he ran into a "buckskinner" who owned number 10.

"A guy in Hutchinson, Minn., has number one," he said.

Sonya Auberg, who assists boyfriend Dick Bennett in the operations of Rembrandt Leather, said coming to the Ridge Runners Spring Shoot has given business a boost--through sale and through the trading of ideas and advice with other crafts people.

Auberg said she and her boyfriend have been coming to the blackpowder shoot for about three years. They come to relax, and to display the sheepskin clothing the make Auberg said.

"We enjoy the people, the outside, the different style of life and getting out of the humdrum," she said.

Sometimes it's so nice, it is hard to leave.

"I cried last year when we left," Auberg said.

Relaxation is a major part of the Ridge Runner event. Larry Ober, Aurelia, called the weekend, "anti-heart attack medicine."

The Rev. John Tschudy with the Aurelia Congregational Church of Christ agreed with Ober.

"We live to camp, get out in the fresh air and this is a good way to do it," he said.

One of the main features of the Ridge Runners Spring Shoot is the teepees and lean-tos in which the buckskinners stay.

Kathy Jentzen Grinstead, a former Cherokee resident who now lives in Des Moines, traded a small lean-to and some other items for the teepee in which she stays.

Teepee's provide warm, dry and comfortable lodging, she said.

Grinstead's teepee was about six inches off the ground, and had an inner lining. The inside liner creates an updraft allowing the teepee residents to build fires inside.

"We love doing this kind of camping. It's a different era you're learning about," Grinstead said.



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