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Friday, August 6, 2010

Debaters Championship - On March 2, 1911 the Cherokee Lincoln High School hosted the Debaters Championship of Northwest Iowa. Pictured is a crowd that gathered outside the high school to hear a speaker from the event. It is interesting to see how some people watched the Debate from the window and along the drainpipe near the entrance of the school.
100 years ago

George Carter is the name of a farm hand who gives his address as LeMars, Iowa, who will be a steady boarder at Hotel De Star until court convenes, and will then have his case submitted to the grand jury. George put in his appearance at the Peter Lux home at noon a week ago today in search of work and was engaged by Mr. Lux at $2 per day to help in stacking. He worked three days and was paid off by a check, the amount being $5.75, he having been paid 25 cents with which to buy a straw hat. George looked at that check, he thought of the long hours in the field it took to earn it, and then the tempter came with the suggestion, of easy money by changing the check to $50.75. It was easy, just put "t" over the "e" and "y" and the trick was turned. George did it and in such a way as to mark him as a novice in crime if not also deficient in the upper story. Mr. Lux had written the check with an indelible pencil, George added the "ty" with a common lead pencil and in addition crowded an "0" after the figure "5" in the margin. He then commenced the campaign of getting rid of it. He tried at hotels, at Goodykoontz' and Zeiner's but without success. He forgot that his clumsy work would excite suspicion and that Mr. Lux was connected with this city by telephone. When informed of the true situation by Mr. Lux intended victims got busy, and City Marshal Martin soon had the bird caged. Saturday morning Mr. Lux filed information charging Carter with the crime of forgery and on preliminary examination before Justice Green he was bound over to the grand jury. Young Carter is either very green or half baked, or supposed the merchants were very verdant, for his work was very coarse.

George, since his incarceration, longs for papa, and gave his address as Ithaca, N.Y., and the authorities have written there informing the father of the trouble the son has gotten into.

An automobile accident near Turin Sunday night resulted in the instant death of Mrs. Wm Quackenbush, a bride of a few months and the wife of a well known farmer near Turin and serious injury to Mrs. Fred Reese.

While attempting to make a sharp turn Fred Reese, who was driving the big car, sighted a piece of iron sticking up in the road and, steering to one side, the ditch dike gave way and precipitated the car and occupants into the ditch.

Mrs. Quackenbush was killed instantly, the running board cutting the upper part of her head entirely off.

Mrs. Reese suffered a broken arm and some bad bruises, but will recover.

Mrs. Quackenbush resided on a farm south or Turin.

Fred Reese, the owner of the car is a leading merchant in the town of Turin.

75 years ago

Complaints of nude bathing in Mill Creek Sunday were investigated by Sheriff A. N. Tilton, although no evidence was found when the sheriff arrived on the scene.

Farmers in the vicinity of the Rasmus farm in Cedar township have developed a private bathing beach in Mill creek for their families and have constructed a temporary bath house for their use.

Sunday the sheriff was called and told that a group of outsiders--adults, the informer said--had invaded the spot and were bathing in the nude. Farmers have been complaining, the sheriff said, that the spot, which was originally intended largely for children is proving too popular with "undesirable" intruders.

Hail in this vicinity early Friday morning did several hundred dollars worth of damages to corn, farmers west of here reported.

The storm hit in spots and spent most of its fury on five farms from one and one-half to three miles straight west of here.

Most damage was reported at the Raymond Gould farm, while other farms at which corn was badly shredded included those tenanted by Harry Kintigh, George Nystedt, Joe Miller and Axel Anderson.

Many farmers reported their losses were covered by insurance.

Although his injuries are not as serious as first reports indicated, Pasquala Tombollo of this city will be confined to a Sioux City hospital for several days as a result of an automobile accident in which Mr. and Mrs. Tombollo were involved Sunday.

Both other members of the Tombollo party, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Grego of LeMars, were released after being treated at St. Joseph's hospital in Sioux City where Tombollo is now confined.

Car Sideswiped

The four all suffered injuries Sunday afternoon between 3 and 4 o'clock when a car, said to have been bearing a South Dakota license, sideswiped their car and hurled them into a ditch about a mile south of Hinton on highway No. 75.

Tombollo, who is employed by the Illinois Central railroad maintenance department here, was most severely injured. Contrary to first reports, his back was not broken, although several ribs were broken.

Mrs. Tombollo, who was able to return to this city Monday, suffered minor bruises but was not seriously injured. She said her husband was pinned under the car while all others were thrown out. The car is said to have turned over several times after being struck.

Given Treatment.

Name of the driver of the other car was not learned. An ambulance was called from Sioux City and the four were rushed to a hospital after first being treated at Hinton.

Mr. and Mrs. Tombollo have been married only a little more than two months.

50 years ago

"I didn't have the faintest idea I was going to show the grand champion," declared a smiling Rodney Ogren of rural Marcus, Friday.

Lincoln School - Here is a look at the once grand Cherokee Lincoln High, which was located where the city parking lot near the Hy-Vee Drug Store in downtown Cherokee is today.
Rodney had climaxed a long, rain delayed day by showing the top steer in the 4-H livestock show at the Cherokee County Fair.

Nineteen-year-old Rodney, a 1960 Marcus High School graduate, was proud of the showing made by his 900-pound Hereford "Buttons."

Laurel Mugge, a prior grand champion winner at the fair here, shook hands with the Tilden Tiller youth after the soggy classic ended several hours late because of thundershowers.

Miss Mugge, a member of Liberty Leaders, had the overall reserve champion with a Black Angus.

"She's a fine showman," said Ogren.

Rodney, who has four brothers, chuckled: "They'll tell you that I turned kind of white when I won."

Beef cattle projects are nothing new to the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Ogren who farm 7 miles south of Marcus.

He has shown 24 during the eight-year period in which he has been a 4-H clubber with Tilden.

They've Shown 70

He, with the assistance of Roger, 17, Kenny, 15, and Steve, 11, have shown some 70 steers during the same interim. The youngest of the Ogrens--that's Paul--is still a bit too young for 4-H. But he may take a calf to the forthcoming Marcus Fair August 22-24.

Rodney, currently vice-president of the Tillers, gives his father and mother a heap of a lot of credit for his championship efforts. "They've guided us and helped us all the way," he adds.

Of his steer, Ogren was almost philosophical: "He (Buttons) is a good steer...he has a lot of patience for an animal, if you know what I mean..."

Rodney will not put Buttons up for sale at today's 4-H Livestock sale at the Fair.

"I plan to enter Buttons in another show this summer or early this fall...but I'm not sure where as yet," declared Ogren.

The Marcus showman and his brothers lend a big helping hand to their father on the 260-acre farm. They tenant the location owned partially by the boys' grandmother, Mrs. A. L. Pitts, Marcus, and by the Spinharney Estate (Cherokee).

There's about 120 acres in corn...most of the rest is in oats, soybean and pasture. About 150 beef cattle are now on the farm.

Rodney's future?

"I don't know yet what I plan to do...guess I'll be around home for awhile," he muses and then adds...

"The farm, I mean...it keeps us kind of busy."

25 years ago

This school year will be different than most in the Cherokee School District.

Workers have been busy this summer constructing the middle school addition onto Roosevelt Elementary. Cherokee Superintendent Mick Starcevich said the work has gone smoothly and the only area of concern was a strike involving the company that is to hang the folding curtains in the new multi-purpose room. However, Starcevich said the strike recently ended, and the folding curtains will be installed just a bit behind schedule.

Scheduling of classes and lunch times at the new building has been a major area of work because Roosevelt will now have about 550 students.

"It's a real complex thing to take care of," Starcevich said.

This school year each building in the district will have its own principal, instead of some principals overseeing two buildings.

"This is a first for the district," Starcevich said.

Building principals this year are: Lynn Schwier, Roosevelt Elementary and Middle School; Larry Weede, Wilson Middle School; David Deedrick, Webster Elementary School, and William Mesmer, Garfield Elementary School.

Furniture from the Larrabee Middle School and Lincoln Elementary School, the two buildings that are being closed as a result of the new middle school, will soon be moved into the Roosevelt building, Starcevich said. The two closed buildings will remain empty.

There will be some physical improvements to district property going on this school year.

More seeding will be done to the new ballfields, as well as additional grading and the installation of tiles.

Leaks at Washington High School will also be taken care of when the district re-roofs 30,000 square feet of the building. The roof leaks in the auditorium, offices, artroom and home economics room.

Starcevich said bids on the project will probably be let the first of September with work to be completed in the same month.

The district's computer curriculum will also be getting a boost this year.

Fifth and sixth graders will be able to take a class using computer keyboards, and WHS will have a new computer lab. Starcevich said the lab will have 10 to 15 computers.

Two new teaching programs will also begin this school year.

During the summer, 13 district instructors participated in an in-service program on cooperative teaching. They will be using the training in classes this year, Starcevich said.

The new program is a move away from competitive type learning, where students tried to do better than others, Starcevich said. Under the cooperative learning program, students will work as a group to achieve goals.

Six teachers and two principals will take training on the Madeline Hunter teacher improvement model this year. The group will be training once a month at the Area Education Agency 3 in Cylinder.

Another addition to the district will be a transit bus that will cut the number of bus routes from 12 to 8.

The bus will have two routes in the morning and carry a total of 135 to 140 students to various buildings. Regular school buses carry about 40 students, Starcevich said.

The bus will also be used for activity trips, eliminating the need for multiple buses.

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