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Friday, June 18, 2010

Spring Township School - Pictured are members of the 1900 Spring Township School in Cherokee County. Back row, left to right, are: Martha Felten Kracht, Bertha Felten Amendt, Silas Clark, teacher goldie Thomas, Martha Schween, Clarence Clark, Maudia amd Rohrbaugh Montgomery. Middle row: Sophie Roths, Eda Tigges Braasch, Henry Roths, Fred Roths, Fred Schwenn, Lillie Miller Engfer, and Minnie Roths. Front row: Chris Felten, Mamie Tigges Kracht, Charles Rohrbaugh, Alma Schwenn and Lillie Schwenn.
100 years ago

The June issue of the Northwestern Banker contains a very fine half tone cut of Glen M. Gracey, of the First State Bank of this place, and pays him the following compliment:

Although young in the banking business, Mr. Gracey has every reason to feel proud of the record he has made thus far. He was recently remittance clerk with the Des Moines National to bookkeeper with the Cherokee State Bank. After serving in this capacity for a few years, he was recently elected to the position of cashier of the First State Bank of Holstein, his election to the latter office, having taken place March 1, 1909. At the time Mr. Gracey became cashier, the total assets of the bank were $56,000. In the year during which he has occupied the office of cashier these assets have increased to $159,000, a net increase of $103,000, a very fine showing for the bank, and reflects great credit upon Mr. Gracey's ability as a financier. The First State Bank of Holstein was organized in 1907, and has enjoyed a very healthy growth, becoming rapidly recognized as one of the strong banking institutions in that community.

Maryhill School - Pictured are some of the members of the Maryhill School staff from 1910. Not everyone is identified in this picture, and the ones that are identified are listed as Tom Liffering, Harold Peck, Claude Peck, Albert Rupp, Charles Kohn, Chester Peck, Theresa Collister, Angeline Collister, Irene Collister, John Collister, Merle Collister, Bertha Melter, Teddy Melter and Kate Collister. Thelma Peck donated this picture to the Cherokee County Archives.
A meeting of citizens was held on Tuesday night at the city hall to consider whether Cherokee should celebrate the glorious fourth of July this year. The meeting was well attended considering the short notice given as nothing was thought about it until Tuesday morning.

Each citizen expressed his opinion as he was called upon and these varied greatly. Some thought the time too short to prepare a celebration, while others thought that Cherokee ought to furnish an attractive celebration but all were willing to cooperate in case it was decided to hold a celebration.

A committee composed of C. Allison, J. S. Green, Jos. Zeiner, W. A. Banister, P. A. Swanson and F. A. Colby, were appointed to canvas the businessmen and other citizens funds.

They were ordered to rush their work on Wednesday and be able to report the results at a meeting held last night.

This they did and funds were contributed generously but little interest was shown a majority of people thinking that the time was so short that the best would already be engaged. It was therefore decided not to celebrate this year, but, if circumstances allowed, to get an early start next year and put up a celebration that would be the best ever held in this part of the state

75 years ago

With accommodations for the farmer trade that comes to Cherokee the uppermost thought in their minds, 34 retail merchants of the city met Wednesday morning at the Chamber of Commerce rooms and drew up a resolution urging the city council not to adopt two traffic ordinances which were passed last Friday.

Closing hours July 3 and 4 were discussed, a resolution proposing marking of all city streets in Cherokee and consideration of the North Second street viaduct danger also received attention at Wednesday's meeting.

Propose More Space

Those present agreed that merchants and employees in the city's various business firms should not park their cars up town during hours of traffic congestion. They agreed to take steps toward control of this matter if the council will leave traffic regulations as they have been for the last few years.

Since three councilmen were present and were in accord with the resolution, it is expected this plan will at least be tried for a period of 60 days.

Opinions were heard from each of the representatives before a vote was taken on the resolution. Since the new laws were announced last Saturday, many of the merchants have discussed the matter with their farmer customers and the consensus seemed to be that the farmers, for whom the laws were passed, are not in favor of the restrictions.

Question Enforcibility

Many expressed the idea that one hour parking is not long enough, grocers especially feeling that customers want more time for their shopping. Enforcibility of the new laws was also questioned.

While accommodations for farmers was the main thought of the meeting, some consideration was given to commercial travelers who stay in Cherokee week nights and who under terms of the new laws, could not park their cars in front of one hotel in this city.

50 years ago

Cherokee has been awarded an honorable mention award by the American Automobile Association in recognition of its efforts to save pedestrian lives in traffic, according to the AAA Motor Club of Iowa.

In announcing the award, the AAA Club said that the city of Cherokee has had no pedestrian deaths since it first participated in the AAA Pedestrian Program Appraisal in 1949.

There have been only 12 pedestrian injuries since that time.

The AAA Motor Club of Iowa commended Chief of Police Laurence H. Schmoldt for his efforts in connection with the Pedestrian Safety Program here.

Accident Records

In judging, officials said Cherokee earned especially high scores for its keeping and use of accident records in its pedestrian program.

Other activities that won special notice from the judges included safety organization and engineering.

Cherokee has won nine national awards in connection with the program since 1950 including second place in 1951.

Commenting on the award, John R. Doyle, manager of the Motor Club of Iowa, saluted the efforts of school officials and police here in connection with the program.

He also pointed out that on a national level pedestrian deaths have dropped from 15,500 in 1937 to a low of 7,750 last year.

Work on the relocation of Highways 5 and 3--commonly known here as the bypass--will begin Monday at the east end by Christensen Bros.

The Cherokee firm has the culvert contract for the work.

Officials here said the bypass will start 700 feet east of the Barney Lane residence. Grading will begin later and be completed this year.

Current plans call for paving in 1961 of the 3.018 miles covered in the bypass area. The new bridge for the relocation already is completed.

Brueck Construction Company of Battle Creek has the grading contract. Jess Akin will do the clearing for them.

25 years ago

After a year's span, the bridge on county road C-38 is scheduled to be rebuilt.

The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors Monday received notice that the state had approved a bid of $103,279 for the construction of a new bridge. The bid came from Graves Construction, Melvin, the same company that built the Quimby Bridge.

A hunk of the C-38 bridge, which is about 13 miles west of Cherokee, washed out during a flooding in June, 1964. The entire bridge has since been removed.

Supervisor Jack Foresman said the county is getting "quite a savings" by replacing the bridge instead of just repairing it.

Repair cost was estimated at about $91,000, which the county would have had to pay.

Sioux Valley Golf Tournament It was suggested by the Cherokee County Archives to run one of their 'mystery photos' this week in honor of the 6/18-19 Sioux Valley Golf Tournament. Not much is known about this photo, so if you have any information on when this photo was taken and who the gentlemen pictured are, please contact the Cherokee County Archives at the Cherokee Public Library at 225-3498.
However, because matching state and federal funds are involved, the county will pay only about $30,000 for the new bridge, Foresman said.

Ken Graves, owner of Graves Construction, said work on the C-38 bridge will probably start in three weeks and should take about a month.

In other bridge matters, the supervisors delayed accepting a bid for the replacement of a span on county road L-36 in section 15 of Tilden Township.

The bridge is old and obsolete, and is included in the county's bridge replacement program, Foresman said. Five bids were received, with the lowers being $115,632 from Christensen Brothers of Cherokee. The highest bid--$129,000--came from K.S. Kramme of Des Moines.

County Engineer Bill Bennett had estimated the project would cost about $100,000, supervisors said. Because the bids were higher than the estimate, supervisors decided to talk with Bennett next week before accepting one. Bennett is on vacation this week.

The project has a completion date of Nov. 8, 1985.

In other business the Board:

* Renewed a contract with the Department of Human Services Child Support Recovery Unit. The county receives incentives for participating in the child support recovery program. From May, 1964 to April, 1965, Cherokee County has received $10,053.49 in incentive payments. The county's administrative costs were $3,567.71, for a profit of $6,485.78. The money goes into the county's general fund.

* Heard from Jerry Zellar, of the Siouxland Regional Transit System, and Andrea Leatherman, with the Cherokee mini-bus, that Ben Well's taxi service would be used to transport mini bus patrons if there was an overflow. The STRS has a provision for the use of private transportation services, Seller said.

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