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Friday, May 14, 2010

Cherokee Waste Treatment Plant - Here a look at the old Cherokee Waste Treatment Plant or (Disposal Plant) part of the Cherokee sewer system. The plant was located at Wescott Park.
100 years ago

Last February William Wentworth not yet seventeen years of age, son of Charles Wentworth, of Rock Township, this county concluded that life on the farm was too tame for a youth of his aspiring nature and he ran away. Just what he has been since doing until a few days ago is not known but the stunts of the few last days have landed the youth in jail and may consign him to a yet stronger mansion. Tuesday night Walter Whitney living south of town came to town and hitched hit team attached to a top buggy to a post on Maple street and left them there while he transacted business. When he went for his team about 9 o'clock it had disappeared and no trace of them could be found. The matter was placed in the hands of Sheriff Starr and vigorous measures were taken to recover the team and capture the thief who had evidently taken them. A description of team got into the hands of Constable Wheelock, of Quimby, and as he had noticed such a team the previous day he went in search of it and Thursday found the team in possession of a young man who was trying to trade horses with G. Keuping. He was arrested and with the team brought to Cherokee where under the name of William Smith, which he averred was his own name, he was given a hearing before J. S. Green who bound him over to the grand jury in the sum of $1,000. In default of this he was given lodging in Hotel de Staff. A day there made him long for more and he divulged his real name and Saturday Mr. Wentworth furnished bail for his wayward son and he is now under the parental roof a penitent and a wiser youth.

The story of his last week of wandering furnished clues whereby a stolen horse and buggy taken from Sioux City was recovered and a youthful horse thief captured and taken to Sioux City to face in court the serious charge confronting him. Last week Byron Grimes not yet sixteen years of age secured a one horse livery rig at Sioux City for a drive but failed to return it. At Leeds he picked up young Wentworth and together they journeyed in the stolen rig to LeMars, where young Grimes traded horses with a horse traders gang and the journey to this county was made. Monday night was spent at the Fessler farm west of town and Tuesday young Grimes secured work at the Taylor farm northwest of Larrabee and turned his rig over to Wentworth with the understanding that he should use it in procuring work and when he got a job he was to return it. Instead of this Wentworth drove near the State Hospital where he unhitched and turned the animal loose and coming to town appropriated the Whitney team.

When arrested a formidable automatic revolver was taken from Wentworth and this was loaded with steel jacketed bullets. Evidently the young man's mind has been turned by Stories of the Jesse James order.

From information gained form Wentworth young Grimes was located and Friday he was captures by Deputy Sheriff Melter and was turned over to Woodbury sheriff Saturday. The horse traders were overhauled Friday at Alcester, S. D., and the Sioux City horse recovered.

Grimes' parents live near Sioux City. The boys are so young and so inexperienced in criminal ways that it is to be hoped they may be leniently dealt with.

75 years ago

Haul made Saturday night when Wilson high school was burglarized, amounted to $581.38, it was announced Tuesday by Superintendent N. D. McCombs after a detailed checkup had been made.

Nine different sums were looted, including entire gate receipts of the northwest Iowa track meet which was held here Saturday. Various department deposits, prize money and tuition fees were also taken.

Larger Than Usual.

Under ordinary circumstances, there would not have been more than $50 in the safe, McCombs said Tuesday. End of year payments, various fees and amounts kept for return to students coupled with the fact that no bank deposit was made Friday or Saturday led to the large amount being stored, he explained.

Payments on several checks that were taken have been stopped, the superintendent said. This will cut actual loss, somewhat, although much of the money was cash. Some checks were taken, while $34 worth of them were left scattered on the floor of the stock room Saturday night.

Petty cash taken amounted to $11.55. This money is kept on hand for paying telephone tolls, broken window glass, stencil expense and making change. From $10 to $15 is always kept in petty cash drawer, McCombs said.

Three Departments Loose.

Industrial arts department received payment from many students the last of the week for lumber used in making various manual training projects, and the loss Saturday night was $44.29. Similarly, commercial department lost $26.50 that had been paid in for typing fees and other fees.

A deposit that had been made to the school by Miss Ruth Thompson, secretary to Superintendent McCombs made the haul $22.54 larger than it would have been. Chemistry department had $19 on hand for repaying students yearly deposits.

Nineteen dollars in prize money that was given to the school last week for awards was included in the haul. This sum was to have been distributed at class day exercises next week.

Because it is almost the end of school year, tuition students were notified they could not take final examinations until tuitions were paid. The money began coming in Friday and was rolling in up until 5 o'clock, causing $278.46 to be stored, since officials were too busy at the track meet Saturday to make deposits at the bank.

High school tuition loss was $120.96 and grade school tuition money taken totaled $157.50. Activity fund, which included $56.50 from the track meet and amounts seniors had already paid in for cap and gown rental added another $140.04 to the loss.

Entrance was made Saturday night through the manual training room in the north end of Wilson building. Four locked doors were entered and three safe doors pried open sometime after 7:20 Saturday evening.

After getting the safe pried open, which from all appearances took both skill and strength, contents were taken to an inner room, the stock room, where they were examined and money separated from papers.

Robbery was discovered Sunday and was reported at once to county and city officers. It is believed the work was done late Saturday night, since there were footprints near the manual training room window that were probably made after a two-hour rain that fell late Saturday night.

50 years ago

The telephone directory which will be delivered to telephone users in Cherokee and 21 other places in Buena Vista, Cherokee and Pocahontas counties in October will be a joint undertaking of Northwestern Bell Telephone Companies, according to B. E. Adams, manager of the N. W. Bell Telephone Company here.

Some 17,000 telephones in the 22 communities will be listed in the directory. The exchanges will be arranged in alphabetical order.

A yellow page classified section will list business customers in most of the cites and town under their proper classified heading. The name of the town where the business is located will be a part of each classified business listing. The classified section is a new service for most of the communities included.

Heavy hauling - In this photograph from 1965, a work crew is shown at the corner of Willow Street and First Street as they 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
The announcement said that plans for the new directory resulted largely from requests from telephone users and the study of the directory needs of the area. It said that with the rapidly increasing volume of calls between communities, having the list of users in help to speed intercity calls.

Having the business and professional firms listed in a classified directory will make it easier to locate firms, service or products desired, it pointed out. This is particularly valuable since some firms are professional men serving several of the communities.

The communities whose telephone customers will be listed are Alta, Cherokee, Fonda, Hanover, Juniata, Knoke, Lakeside, Larrabee, Laurens, Linn Grove, Maryhill, Newell, Pocahontas, Rembrandt, Rolfe, Sioux Rapids, Storm Lake, Sulphur Springs, Truesdale, Varina, Ware and West View.

Listings of Alta customers will be first, then Cherokee, and so on. Preceding list of each community there will be a heading extending across the page showing the town and telephone company name. There will be no change in the arrangements in calling between communities.

Expanded directory service to meet the needs of a wider area have been commonly adopted throughout the country, the announcement pointed out. Costs and the variety of local service arrangements have limited expansion in the past, it said. The more general introduction of dial service and intercity dialing of long distance calls by operators make improved directories essential, it pointed out.

Two brothers, Chuck and Fred Ganger of Peterson, have taken over ownership and operation of Dee's Dairy here.

Art Steinberg, former owner, said his plans are indefinite at present.

The Gangers have operated Sioux Dairy in Peterson for the past 15 years and have lived there most of their lives. They plan to make their home in Cherokee in the near future.

Chuck Ganger and his wife have one son and the Fred Gangers are parents of two daughters.

The new owners plan to consolidate both plants and do all bottling in Cherokee. They will continue dairy routes to Peterson and Sioux Rapids from here.

25 years ago

A much-debated plan will soon be put in action when two blocks of downtown Main Street will be converted to diagonal parking.,

In a split vote, the Cherokee City Council Tuesday approved implementing the parking plan on a six-month trial basis after getting the go-ahead from the Iowa Department of Transportation.

Converting part of the downtown to diagonal parking was first proposed by the Planning and Zoning Commission in early 1984 as a way to expand parking. The proposal has since undergone several revisions to secure IDOT approval.

Council Member Paul Goeb opposed the measure while Council Members Ray Wilson, Leon Hight, Aaron Vest and Dennis Henrich voted in its favor.

The plan calls for converting to diagonal parking the south side of Main Street east of U.S. Highway 59 and the north side of Main Street west of Highway 59. The plan will affect only the two blocks in the downtown area.

The blocks with parallel parking will retain two lanes of traffic while the sides with diagonal parking will have one lane of traffic. The IDOT approved maintaining the present eight-foot parallel parking stall width, but informed the city that the width would have to be expanded to 10 feet if the parking plan was permanently adopted.

City Engineering Consultant Ed Bigelow's request that the eight-foot width be allowed on a permanent basis was denied by the IDOT.

If the parallel parking stalls are widened, the center line will have to be moved over, making less room for those diagonally parked to back out, Bigelow said. "It's sort of a technical argument between them and me. I think it's ridiculous."

No action was taken on Vest's proposal that recreation vehicles be prohibited from parking diagonally because they block the view of drivers. "That's why I am not really sold on diagonal parking," he said. "That's why we got rid of diagonal parking to begin with, was because of the accidents."

In other action the Council:

* Approved 1985-86 labor contracts with the Cherokee Policeman's Association and the street and Utilities Employees Association. The new policeman's contract calls for a 4 percent increase in police officer's base pay, from $17,239 to $17,939.45. The street and utilities contract calls for a 35 cent an hour increase in the base wage schedule. The translates into a 6.3 percent hike for a street laborer at the low end of the schedule and a 4.4 percent hike in the waste treatment chemist base wage, the highest base wage in the schedule. Both unions initially proposed a 14.5 percent increase in the base wage salaries.

* Asked city administrators to draft an ordinance allowing the city to order construction of sidewalks and assess the cost back to the property owner. Presently the city may only order repair of replacement of existing sidewalks. The Council is considering ordering sidewalks be installed on parts of Roosevelt Street, East Bow Drive and Sioux Valley Drive because of an anticipated increase in student traffic once the middle school addition to Roosevelt School is completed. The city could give owners an opportunity to install the sidewalk at a cheaper rate that if the city did it, Bremicker said.

* Tabled consideration of hiring a city engineer until Nov. 1, when work on the 1966-67 budget begins. Vest proposed seeing whether such a position could cost less than retaining an engineering consultant. After checking with other cities, City Administrator Gil Bremicker said the salary for such a position would range from $24,000 to $29,000, not including benefits. Bremicker estimates the city paid Bigelow's firm $67,478 in 1983-84 and $71,996 in 1984-85. However, some of that was paid for with federal grant money. Also, Bigelow estimates that about $22,606 in those two years could have been handled by a public works director.

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