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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

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Friday, June 4, 2010

Hillside Apartments - The Hillside Apartments was located at 510 W. Main St. and was erected by W.R. Griffith in 1925. In addition to apartments, it had a popular dinning and dancing area, known as the Hi-Ho Club. The building had several owners and was razed in 2003.
100 years ago

As the ranks of the veterans are thinned by death the devotion of those who remain becomes more marked and they are educating the youth of the land to a proper appreciation of the day. Monday was as an ideal spring day and a multitude came to observe the day in a proper manner. When the line was formed for the march to the cemetery at 10 a.m. there was in waiting a line of teams and autos which made a solid procession from the post office to the cemetery. In the line of march the place of honor was given the G. A. R's and after them presenting a brave appearance in nobby uniform came Company M, the flower girls and choir and then the long processions of carriages and autos, all being led by the band. At the cemetery the usual impressive services were held and every grave of the soldier dead received a tribute of flowers.

At 2 p.m. led by the band, the old soldiers, and a drill corps of girls wended their way to the Congregational church where the girls gave a very pretty drill in the street to the accompaniment of music, vocal and instrumental. At the conclusion an audience completely filling the large auditorium and lecture rooms filed into the church where after vocal selections by a well selected choir and reading of orders of day etc. Hon. F. F. Faville was introduced and delivered an address of rare power. He reminded the struggle of the ages of the masses for recognition of human rights as against the strong and powerful ones of earth. In stirring words he pictured the struggle of '61 and portrayed what the struggle meant. But the time of struggle and battle is not yet ended, the victory for equal rights and equal opportunity for all is not achieved, vast corporate interests which trample on human rights in a greedy lust for gain must be made to recognize the authority of law, labor in its turn must also bow to law and recognize the liberty of every citizen to seek labor as he will free form all dictation from others and to perform that labor fur such hire as he himself may determine to be fair and to work either as an individual or in conjunction with others as he chooses.

The speaker made an earnest appeal for protection for the young from the drink habit saying that within three days he had been compelled to prosecute a young man twenty-four years of age for a crime and when the judge asked the prisoner, found guilty, what he had to offer as an excuse for standing there with the penitentiary before him answered only one work your honor, whiskey is responsible.

The speaker said he spoke from experiences he has had as federal district attorney and with the knowledge that for drink a billion and a half of dollars was spent each year and 600,000 lives sacrificed. He deemed it his duty to advert to this. At the close of the speech, after benediction pronounced by Rev. Osterich, the audience joined in singing America and this closed the services of this memorable day.

75 years ago

Problems of barbers, sales pavilion operatorsdispensers, truckers and theater owners were all considered Tuesday night at a busy session of the city council which resulted in three new city ordinances.

Because all beer permits expire July 1 and provisions of the newly enacted state law become effective at that time, the council adopted an ordinance for governing sale of beer in Cherokee. Many of the provisions are exactly as the state law sets out, while in cases where some choice is given local officials, specified rules have been made.

Define Beer District

The zone of Cherokee's business district, in which, according to the state law, all beer must be sold after July 1, was set out by the council. This zoning will mean that two or three license holders will lose their rights to sell beer.

Although the city will not limit the number of licenses that may be issued, care will be taken that every permit is issued to persons who will uphold the law and who have good character references, it was decided.

Annual fee to be paid to the city was increased form $100 to $200, effective July 1. Besides this fee, permit holders must pay a $3 state license fee and supply a $1,000 bond as required by state law.

Hours at which beer may be served or sold were fixed. On week days, from 12 o'clock midnight to 6 a.m. there can be no sale or serving and beginning Saturday night the closed period lasts from midnight to 7 a.m. Monday. This city ordinance is a little more rigid than the new state law which fixes the Saturday night closing time at 1 a.m. Sunday morning.

There can be no dancing where beer is sold or served, and minors must not be sold or served unless their parents or guardians buy the drink and give it to them.

Although many traffic problems were discussed, only one ordinance was passed Tuesday night. That ordinance concerns trucks and makes parking on any street or alley in Cherokee unlawful with a few exceptions.

Vehicles or combinations of vehicles having an over-all length of 16 feet or width or more than 76 inches can park only on the east side of South Fifth street between Maple and Beech streets.

This law does not apply to vehicles loading or unloading merchandise if the work is done "as quickly as conditions permit."

Circus and theater license law was revised and the yearly fee increased. Structures having less than 300 seats must now pay $50 a year and those having more than 300 must pay $100 a year instead of the uniform rate of $30 which has been charged in the past. City officials said Wednesday this change was made to put Cherokee more in line with towns in the surrounding territory.

Unlimited hours of parking, parallel parking and other problems of traffic which have been discussed around town for some time were considered but no action was taken.

A committee of barbers was present to request that an ordinance governing the barber trade in Cherokee be enacted. The request was heard but no action was taken at the meeting. A remonstrance petition against the Stahl sales pavilion was also heard.

No action was taken on this petition, however, pending an investigation to be made by Mayor A. J. Nordstrom, who will report on his findings at a later meeting.

Current bills were paid; one new class B permit was issued to a new café which is being established on South Second street; city clerk's and treasurer's monthly reports were approved; Cit Clerk James Cary was authorized to make refunds to beer permit holders which expire July 1 and other routine business was considered.

50 years ago

The annual summer playground program will open Monday, June 13 and continue through August 4 under direction of Mrs. Jack Sandvig as coordinator.

Playground directors Sandra Berry and Lynn Hanson will be assisted by volunteer helpers at the Garfield and Webster School areas.

Youngsters from 5-10 years of age, including those who have just completed fifth grade, will meet from 9-11:15 a.m. Monday through Thursday each week at the school playgrounds.

Afternoon activities for the group from 11 years old through high school age will take place from 2-4 p.m. afternoons each week at Wilson Junior High playground.

Movie Party - As part of a business promotion, the J.C. Penney store sponsored a Back-To-School Movie Party held prior to these youngsters having to go back to school in 1957. The movie playing at the American Theater was 'Loving You,' starring Elvis Presley.
Les Licklider will supervise such specialized sports as badminton, archery, tennis, golf, fishing and rifle target practice.

Highlights of the summer program in the past have included a Hobo Day, a pet parade, watermelon feast, bike rodeo and a trip to the Old Barn near LeMars.

First week of the summer session will feature a scavenger hunt, organized games and the start of craft work. The "gypsy lady" is to visit morning playgrounds for much anticipated sessions of storytelling.

Tom Salsbery again will be official photographer for the special playground events. Pictures will be posted in the window of Steele State Bank.

Another popular phase of the summer recreation program is the baseball, with 232 enrolled to date in the PeeWee City League. This is divided into the minor league for the 9-11 age group and the major league for those 12-14.

Also offering supervised recreation for summer fun are the Municipal Swimming Pool, which opened Wednesday and City Youth Center.

More than 600 residents of the Cherokee area flocked to the Municipal Swimming Pool here Wednesday as the 1960 season opened with a free day.

Manager Evan Knapp reported some $300 worth of season tickets have been sold to date. These now may be purchased at the pool only, the manager said.

25 years ago

Some Cherokee County land could be exempted from the tax rolls under a program approved Monday.

Following a public hearing, the Board of Supervisors approved the initiation of a Wetlands Bill in Cherokee County.

Under the provisions of the bill, qualifying sections of wetlands, open prairies and forest cover can be given tax exempt status.

Some of the criteria for the tax exemption status are:

*The property must contain at least two acres;
*An aerial photo must accompany the application;
*If the property is a gully area susceptible to severe erosion, an erosion control plan approved by the Soil Conservation District commissioners must accompany the application;
*The property cannot be used for economic gain during the assessment year; and
*The property must be used for soil erosion control or a wildlife habitat.

Applications for tax exemption must be filed with the Soil Conservation Commission by April 15. Commissioners will review the applications and determine which can be approved. The applications are then sent to the Board of Supervisors for final approval.

Up to 500 acres of land could be made tax exempt each year.

But Board Chairman Don Tietgen said he would be surprised if 500 acres would be involved in the program.

However, Scott Osborn, district soil conservation commissioner, and Liz Brassesr, a Cherokee County property owner, disagreed. Both said there was a lot of interest in the program among county property owners. Osborn and Brasser were the only people who attended the public hearing.

Osborn said he thought 2,500 acres of Cherokee County land could probably qualify for tax exemption. Originally the Wetlands Bill had a 2,500 acre limit, but his was changed to 500 by the Board of Supervisors to insure the soil conservation commissioners had enough time to review applications.

Supervisor David Phipps expressed concern over the property taxes the county would lose because of the programs. However, officials said the areas in question have little potential for economic gain, and subsequently, do not carry high property taxes.

But, Phipps said the lost revenue would have to be made up in some other tax area.

Another issue faced by the Supervisors Monday was more heated. It dealt with a new air conditioner for the Law Enforcement Center.

At the Supervisor's May 24 meeting, Sheriff But Stroud said the LEC's air conditioner for the front offices was no longer working. The Board took quotes for the installation of new air conditioners from Fuhrman's Plumbing and Heating and Denny's Service, both of Cherokee.

Because the two businesses took different approaches to solving the air conditioning problem, the Board decided to look into the matter further before making a decision.

At Monday's meeting, Modern Heating and Cooling of Cherokee, Simonsen's of Quimby and the Marcus Lumber Co., submitted quotes.

Though all the companies took different approaches to the job, the supervisors accepted Marcus Lumber's quote of $1,200. This covers the costs of moving the LEC's two air conditioners onto the roof and installing a new compressor into the inoperative machine.

This caused some protest from representatives of the other businesses who said Stroud told them to submit quotes for the installation of all new equipment and not to deal with repairing the current air conditioner. Stroud told the Board that he did tell the business representatives that.

After a brief discussion, Tietgen said the Board would stand by its original decision.

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