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Friday, June 11, 2010

Royers Jewelry - Royers Jewelry in downtown Cherokee has been in business for more than 100 years
100 years ago

Twenty-six boys and girls concluded their studies in the Cherokee high school last week, and on Tuesday night at the Opera House the Commencement exercises were held. The house was crowded to its full capacity and standing room could hardly be obtained.

Owing to the efforts of the lower grades, the opera house was beautifully decorated in blue and white, and the graduates seated in a semi-circle made a most attractive picture.

The program was opened Invocation by Rev. J. W. Bean, followed by excellent music by the high school chorus.

Then came the salutary and welcome by Ray McDonald. In a well-worded oration he told of the terrible white plague which every year killed so many people in our land, and of the educated people which was needed to rid our nation of this terrible disease. He certainly did credit to himself and his instructors.

Riley Beck and Maude O'Neil then gave recitations and proved themselves able speakers.

In a few well chosen words, Randall Jacobs in behalf of the class of 1910 presented the class gift which was a number of sectional book cases which at the opening of the next school year will adorn the high school library and be a constant reminder of the class which had just left.

The Valedictory was given by Mae Gunderson, who portrayed to the audience the purity and goodness of King Arthur.

After the graduates had done their part Prof. Maus in behalf of the school board, in a neat little speech, presented the proud students with their diplomas.

As a fitting close the class song, composed by Carl Tatroe, was sung bidding goodbye to the school and school mates. Rev. Amil Oestrich pronounced the benediction.

After the exercises at the Opera House, the graduates retired to the Woodman hall, and as the Juniors had prepared no reception for the class, the young ladies took it upon themselves to give a reception to the young men. A fine luncheon was served and a good time was had before they parted perhaps never all to meet again together.

75 years ago

Little boys who like to go down into rushes and swamps and collect frogs have nothing on Frank Fitzloff, who lives two and a half miles east of here. Fitzloff also collects frogs.

Not satisfied, however, with the few he might pick up near his home, Fitzloff recently purchased 10 three-pound adult jumbo frogs from a New Orleans, La., frog farm.

A special pool was constructed on his farm to house the 10 specimens.

Soon there will be more than 20,000 frogs in the pool. And that is what Fitzloff wants. For he has decided to enter the frog business in a big way, and in time he expects to sell all the frogs at a good price to Iowans who like the delicacy but find it hard to attain.

Russell Kullman and a younger brother, Eugene, escaped with minor injuries Friday when the car Russell was driving overturned in the ditch on a county road about three miles south of Cherokee.

Kullman said he turned out to avoid hitting some cattle that were on the road and lost control of the car, which swerved into the ditch and turned over.

The accident occurred about 10:30 Friday morning when the boys were on their way to a garden they work south of here.

Russell was cut, although not seriously, and Eugene received minor bruises. The car was badly demolished.

Spring Lake Beach announces that a modern open-air fight arena is now in process of construction on the grounds formerly used as a miniature golf course, and that there will be a full schedule of boxing all summer long. Seating capacity will be 1200. The arena is patterned after that of the late Harry Jones at Riverside park, Sioux City. It will be modern in every respect. Opening date is tentatively set for about the first of July with a specially big card for July 3 and 4.

Boxing is highly popular in this section of Iowa and an arena at Cherokee will be in a strategic location to draw the best talent in the middle west. Mr. and Mrs. Hoyt, owners of the beach, will have charge and are now negotiating for an expert fight promoter to handle all bookings and matches.

50 years ago

"It's easy to call the highway patrol a dedicated group and let it go at that. But to understand what this dedication means--to appreciate its value to the state--we must recall what typical patrolman gives up to his job. He must work 10 hours a day six days a week, always o Saturday, usually on Sunday and often at night. When he's home he can expect to be called out on emergencies, or at least, called to the telephone to answer someone's questions. He must have the temperamental discipline to go from fixing a flat for a lady motorist to pursuit of an armed fugitive. He must be able to leave a scene of death and injury and yet be courteous to the next indifferent violator he apprehends. He must be fair in the face of abuse; make balanced decisions in the face of resentment, and suspicion. He must be able to act decisively in situations that would panic you and me. In return for all this he is not highly paid nor particularly honored by the people he works to protect. When anyone calls the highway patrol dedicated he's using the right words." Statement by Iowa Safety Commissioner Donald M. Statton.

The Iowa Highway Patrol will mark its 25th birthday this Sunday.

The patrol was established under the administration of Mrs. Max Miller, then Secretary of State and placed under supervision of Lew Wallace, head of the motor vehicle department.

Reminiscing about the early days of the patrol, John R. Hattery recalls receiving a telephone call back in 1935 from Wallace. He wanted to know if Hattery would be interested in helping to establish the new highway patrol.

At that time Hattery was serving his third term as Story County sheriff. Hattery said even before the telephone conversation closed he was very much interested in the job. A short time later he resigned as sheriff to take the job as chief of the Iowa Highway Safety Patrol.

Jobs were scarce and the number of applications ran into the hundreds. The training schedule was very rigorous, the examinations were difficult and only those who really put forth an effort survived the final tests.

Long Hours

Hattery said the patrolmen soon learned being a "servant of the people" is not always an entirely happy role, "but those who were dedicated to the service worked uncomplainingly long hours for the salary of $100 a month."

The problem of the newly formed patrol, were many, Hattery remarked. "It was not at all unusual for me to receive an average of five calls per night between midnight and morning from various patrolmen who were confronted with situations that had not been covered in the school."

Hattery said in the beginning all of the original 50 members of the patrol had to learn to ride a motorcycle. "While they did not prove to be practical in the patrol work," he commented, "they certainly are the basis of a lot of hair-raising stories as told by the old-0timers when they meet today." (The motorcycles were replaced with cars in 1939 as automobiles became more powerful.)

Parade time - Here is a wonderful picture of a parade along Main Street. The year of this photo is unknown, but you can clearly make out the Jungle Room on the left.
Hattery, now a lawyer at Nevada, served as patrol chief from 1935 to 1939.

Eleven of the original 50 men are still with the patrol.

25 years ago

For more than 20 years, John Schnoes has followed basketballs up the courts, footballs across the fields and baseballs over the plate.

Schnoes started umpiring sandlot baseball before he was out of high school. "I liked it because the kids knew I would make fair calls no matter who was up to bat. I still feel that way. I think the kids need a fair shake by having an unbiased umpire," said Schnoes.

"Kenneth File talked me into getting my referee license and helped me get it."

To obtain a referee's license, one must apply to the Iowa High School Athletic Association in Boone. Referees must pass a written test supervised by a school official.

"Cherokee has a lot of good officials and I'm proud to be one of the group," Schnoes said. Other longtime officials in this area are: File, Sherald Grauer, Paul Eagen, Evan Knapp and Dick Byrd.

"Whenever we go to other towns we are given many compliments on the good job we do. I'm proud of that," said Schnoes.

Although he still enjoys umpiring, Schnoes stopped refereeing basketball and football when his sons started participating in those sports. Schnoes said he felt it was more important that he go to their games than to officiate some place else.

So after much thought he decided to stop being a referee and to spend that time cheering on his sons, who since have graduated from school.

And Schnoes has since gone back to officiating.

"I think today's youth are pretty good kids. It is good for them to be involved in sports. It teaches them how to be competitive, not just in sports but in life. They don't have to be involved just in sports. Any involvement is fine, band, chorus, anything that teaches them to keep on trying no matter how tough things get.

"That way when things get hard when they are adults, they will keep on trying. I also think that parents need to show their kids they're interested in what they're doing. If kids don't think their parents care what they're dong, they soon lose interest."

Schnoes has spent many years as a sports official: 10 years as a basketball referee; 14 years in football and 20 years in baseball. He officiated for three years at Paullina before coming to Cherokee.

Schnoes operates a car repair shot and drives a school bus route.

Schnoes and his wife, Katherine, have three grown sons--two are coaches and one works with his father at the automotive repair shop.

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