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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Sons of Sweden - This picture was taken in 1909 at Tobias Bejasch Farm Section 34 in Tilden Township . The picture shows a social gathering of area Swedes. Pictured are, front row, left to right, August Hanson, Elmer Hanson, Jay Benson, Nels Paulson, Oscar Lindgren, Carl Nelson and August Hanson. Second row: Carl Paulson, Fred Johnson, Swan Hanson, Bert Johnson, Henning Nelson, Edwin Benson and Tobias Bejasch. Third row: Victor Paulson, William Chalman, Carl Benson, Gust Pearson, Nels Larson, Allen Erlandson, Axel Anderson, Joel Benson and Adolph Nelson.
100 years ago

This year's corn crop is to be the best in every way since 1895, according to grain men who are identified with the publication of the weekly crop report of the Illinois Central railroad. The yield this year is from ten days to two weeks ahead of that of last year and the general yield and quality of all small grains will be at least one third better than that of last year. Potatoes and general vegetable products will be up to the usual standard. Hay is to be short, but according to the report, prospects for prosperity and god business are strong. The report follows:

Corn acreage 50 percent condition 110 percent. Practically the entire crop of oats, wheat, and barley is now in the shock and stacking has commenced. Little field threshing is being done as yet and it is likely a large percentage of the small grain will be allowed to go through the sweat in the stack. The general yield and quality of all small grain will be at least one third better than the season of 1909. Most all grain will be full weight and some of it above the regulation weight. Corn could not possibly be in better condition, and is fully ten days to two weeks ahead of its condition last year at this time. Prominent grain men who have been in the field here for many years say the present season's crop all around is the best since 1895. Hay is short, pastures have made poor growth and much hay will have to be shipped in from points outside of Iowa. Potatoes will make an average crop and general vegetable farming will make the usual average. Prospects for business are good.

75 years ago

Fruit jars for canning vegetables that are being taken from subsistence gardens throughout the county are now ready for distribution at the county relief office, it was announced Thursday by Mrs. Maudwaye Conklin, acting county director of social work.

The canning supplies which were received from federal sources are for unemployment relief cases only, Mrs. Conklin said. County cases are excluded from the allotment.

Shot-Offs Eligible

In announcing the arrival of quart jars, jar rubbers and caps, Mrs. Conklin pointed out that relief cases shut off during the harvest season are eligible to share in the distribution.

She said that many erroneous reports are being circulated regarding the action, that was taken by the county. Relief was shut off only temporarily, she explained, while there is an abundance of work on the farms of the county.

"This is not a permanent shut off," she said. It takes 60 days to close a case, she pointed out, and it is expected that most cases now temporarily removed from the roll will be back in that time.

Gardens Productive

Anyone who does not understand the action, she said may come to the relief office in the basement of the court house where explanations will be given. In the meantime, she continued, jars may be called for by these families.

Peas and beans are abundant in subsistence gardens, reports from Al M. Bork of Marcus, county garden director, show. A few persons also have been canning greens. Later it is expected there will be large amounts of corn and tomatoes to preserve.

Committees for the annual Maryhill picnic and festival to be held at the Maryhill church west of Cherokee have been announced by Rev. J. A. Underberg. The event will be held August 27.

Ladies' committee in charge of chicken dinner to be served in the evening includes Mrs. Henry Rupp, chairman; Mrs. Lawrence Kohns, Mrs. Sylvester Bauer and Mrs. Joe Schissel. In charge of a fancy work stand will be Mrs. Bert Heinen, Mrs. C. Becker and Mrs. A. Reinert.

Men's committee named are as follows:

Refreshments: Joe N. Henke and William Glassmaker; program, Bert Heinen and Paul Kohns; sports, Leonard George; building committee, Peter Reinert and Matthew George; corn game, Edward Eischen and Franklin Eischen; lunch, John H. Zimmer and H. Sholley.

Spring Lake Beach - On hot summer days, the beach at Spring Lake often provided much relief from the heat.
More tables will be erected so that a greater number may be served at one time, Father Underberg said. The event has been an annual affair for many years.

Wage scale for township week commissioners was fixed, one gravel petition was presented, one domestic animal claim was allowed and other routine business was considered at a board of supervisors meeting held Tuesday at the courthouse.

While fewer important measures were adopted than at the last few meetings of the group, hearing of claims and allowing of bills kept members of the board busy for many hours.

Frank M. Tyner, county treasurer, presented a petition asking for one mile of gravel which would be of benefit to four other property owners. The stretch he asked improvements for is one mile between section 36 in Cherokee township and section one in Pilot. The petition was placed on file.

Oscar B. Carlson was allowed $25 for five ewes. This was the claim he entered. It was the only domestic animal claim presented at Tuesday's meeting.

Weed commissioners, one in each township of the county, will receive 35 cents an hour for their services, it was decided.

No more consideration was given to suggested works, relief projects of the relief system in the county. At recent meetings possible works programs have been proposed and much action concerning relief distribution ahs been taken.

It was pointed out that the board of supervisors through H. M. Montgomery, county auditor, has already entered one application to federal sources for a PWA grant to help finance building of a new $20,000 jail and sheriff's residence. Application for a grant to improve roads in the county has not yet been made but is being studied.

All members of the board were present at Tuesday's session. Presiding at the meeting was Arthur E. Hickey, chairman of the board. Next meeting will be held August 2.

50 years ago

The advance guard of 5,000 youths began arriving in this city Friday afternoon for the Boy Scout Golden Jubilee celebration this weekend in Spring Lake Park.

Scouts from 19 Northwest Iowa counties in the Prairie Gold Council Area are taking part in the three-day camporee.

Pete Ainsworth, Spirit Lake, a member of the executive board of the council, said this will be the largest gathering in the history of Prairie Gold. He is Star District chairman.

By nightfall Friday some 2,000 Scouts had set up camp in the Spring Lake Park environs. About 3,000 Cub Scouts were due today for the Jubilee Field Day.

Activities began last night with a big campfire.

Tussle With Tents

Prior to that Scouts and their leaders tussled with tents, gateways, signs and water pails.

They also battled the heat from mid-afternoon until nearly early evening. But the blistering 90-degree heat failed to deter the Scouts on their kickoff day of the camporee.

Today's events were to include a Boy Scout demonstration area and skill contests by Boy Scout patrols in addition to the Field Day events for Cub Scouts.

A big pageant, the "Cavalcade of Scouting," awaits Scouts, parents and visitors tonight. The feature of the Jambo-Rally starts at 8 p.m. in Wescott Park. Additional grandstand seats have been provided.

The public is invited to attend. Tickets are being sold by Cherokee Scouts or may be obtained at the gate.

Outdoor church services in all faiths Sunday will commence the final day of the event.

Scheduled Sunday morning and early in the afternoon are Boy Scout patrol challenge contests and Loggers Day contests by about 200 Explorer Scouts.

Patches and troop awards are to be given before striking camp at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Counties in the Prairie Gold Council Area: Osceola, Dickinson, Emmet, Kossuth, Hamilton, O'Brien, Clay, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Greene, Cherokee, Buena Vista, Pocahontas, Humboldt, Sioux, Ida, Calhoun, Webster.

John. F. Loughlin, Civil Defense director for Cherokee County, announced today that he has appointed Charles Warburton, Washta, as radio officer for this county.

Warburton's duties will consist of coordinating the radio amateurs of Cherokee County into a local net with local practice drills on short wave radios: Paul Prange, Cherokee, has been appointed alternate.

The amateurs will take part in the National RACES program (Radio Amateur Civilian Emergency Service).

The area amateurs for the past two years have been active in the net drills of the Seventh Area in Iowa.

The Seventh Area consists of 14 Northwest Iowa counties with Sioux City, Woodbury County, the Seventh Area headquarters.

Mrs. Clarence Krager has reported seeing a ball of fire in the sky north of Ida Grove about 8 o'clock Tuesday evening.

She said it appeared to be about the size of a basketball and was traveling from the southwest to the northeast when it was suddenly extinguished.

The ball of fire, with tongues of flames trailing, was not too high in the sky, Mrs. Krager said.


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