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Times Gone By

Friday, August 13, 2010

Class of 1913 - Here a wonderful picture of the Cherokee High School Class of 1913 as they pose with a May Pole.
100 years ago

Co. M. I. N. G. left last night to attend the annual encampment which will be held at Sparta, Wis. The company in command of Capt. G. M. Gillette left Cherokee last night on the flyer for Fort Dodge where they will take the Great Western for Sparta. They will have a tourist sleeper from there and will be joined by several other companies of the 56th Regiment I. N. G. enroute. The boys expect to be absent ten days. The boys are finely equipped and made a fine appearance as they marched to the depot to take the train.

The following are the members of the company who went:

Guy M. Gillette, Leroy A. Wescott, Fred J. Stiner, John W. Stevens, Jewett C. Farr, Peter Pederson, James Noonan, Tracy F. Elfrink, Merle Bird, Jonas C. Lundgren, Roy C. Siple, Elliot Weart, Fred Rupert, Frank E. Brunson, Louis Adsit, Herman Leuder, Charles Anderson, Mark Brunson, James Casey, Frank Casey, John W. Griggs, Dale Goldie, Ralph Geiger, Guy Haynes, Ross Hart, Ed C. Huber, Elmer Jones, Paul \Johnson, Thomas Knapp, Leslie Leonard, Henry Like, Harrison Molyneux, Evan Quirin, Ray Reeder, Charles E. Stevens, Ellsworth Shook, Earnest Shook, Roy Spinharney, Walter E. Sones, Roy A. Stace, George Wilson, Verr Gardner, Wright Polkinghorn, Duncan Campbell, Garland Goldie.

"You," a problem play of the western plains, by Miss Helen Francis Ingersoll, for years society reporter for the Sioux City Journal, was given its first production at the Moore theater last evening by Margaret Anglin and company under the title "Shifting Sands."

The scene of the play is the western plains, and the story is a gripping one. The cast is small and the characters are well drawn. The very fact that she gave the play a production bespeaks Miss Anglin's own confidence in the piece, and she expects to make it a part of her repertoire.

The first production showed the play to contain good and clever lines. As in the case of practically all new plays, the initial production developed features in which the play may be strengthened. In cooperation with Miss Anglin, Miss Ingersoll will make these changes, and it is predicted by Miss Anglin and other dramatic experts that the play will be a decided success. Miss Anglin has the part of Liz, a dance hall girl, which offers her excellent opportunities.

Miss Anglin's confidence in Miss Ingersoll's talent is indicated by the fact that she has secured an option on all of Miss Ingersoll's dramatic offerings.

The above refers to Miss Helen Ingersoll who formerly resided with her parents in this city. Miss Ingersoll has many friends here who are deeply interested in her welfare and hope that she may meet with the success her ability merits.

75 years ago

An additional hour each day for beer selling was authorized and dancing in beer parlors was again legalized Monday night by a new ordinance adopted by a 3 to 2 vote at an adjourned meeting of the city council.

Placing of certain land within corporate limits of Cherokee, opposition to state approved malta fever tests and fair trade practices among beauty operators were other matters that came up during the busy session Monday night.

The new beer ordinance was adopted by a split vote following petitions and discussions among beer parlor operators that have held the spot light for the last few weeks. The new ordinance becomes effective on publication in The Daily Times Tuesday.

At a meeting August 6, City Solicitor John Loughlin was instructed to draw up a new beer ordinance in answer to requests from beer vendors who were dissatisfied with the 12 o'clock and no dancing restrictions adopted late in June.

Later however, it appeared that a majority of the operators were in accord with the existing ordinance. At Monday night's session Robert Dahms presented a petition signed by a majority of beer dealers requesting that the ordinance not be amended.

His petition was rejected by the council, Aldermen J. R. Nicholson, Bard Parker and Dewey Kennedy favoring the rejection and Alderman C. L. Berry and Will Johnson approving, instead the petition.

Soon after, ordinance 336 was presented, authorizing beer parlors to remain open until 1 o'clock and permitting dancing. On motion rules were suspended and second and third readings dispensed with. Nicholson, Parker and Kennedy again stood together, passing the new ordinance over Berry's and Johnson's objections.

Members of the highway committee of the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce appeared at the meeting concerning the placing of certain land within the corporate limits of Cherokee for the purpose of highway construction.

Councilmen decided to take time to consider the recommendation, as no action was taken at the meeting.

Nestor L. Stiles, speaking before the Rotary club Monday on the subject of "Mill Creek Cultures," traced most increasingly the story of a race that inhabited this region some 2,600 years ago, 600 years B. C. long preceding the coming of the Indians. These people, probably a branch of the Phoenicians of the eastern Mediterranean, bore no resemblance to the American Indian, said Mr. Stiles. They lived in villages, some of them fortified, built homes and displayed a culture far superior to the red men of later periods.

They had gardens and fields, practiced soil fertilization and grew corn extensively, said Mr. Stiles. Traces of these gardens and fields are still discernible in Cherokee and adjoining counties, including one corn field that covered an 80-acre tract. For fertilization they used clams and fish, which they deposited on the hills. Their villages, one of which covered 700 acres on Mill Creek just north of Cherokee, were made up of houses circular in form, and the dump grounds of these villages used over a long period reveal much of historical interest regarding the people and their customs, said Mr. Stiles.

Displaying a collection of hundreds of specimens gathered by himself in Cherokee and adjoining counties, Mr. Stiles directed attention to the evidence of skill and ingenuity displayed and the advanced achievement in many lines. Arrowheads, axes, hoes, plows, planes, mortar and pestle, ornaments, needles, even ladies compacts providing coloring matter for personal adornment, all these and many more were included. A pipe carved from stone in likeness of the head and features of a man indicated the type of people, with round head, face like a full moon, bearing around the head a turban of Turkish style.

Tablets of stone on which had been graven n hieroglyphics the story of events and travels of the early people were shown by Mr. Stiles. ON these times was indicated astronomically by likenesses of the sun and the moon. The presence of a well designed compass indicated familiarity with this instrument.

Two men secured $37 from Will Cave in a holdup staged last Thursday evening at Cave's small farm home three miles northeast of Cherokee.

Returning to his home after transacting business in Cherokee, Cave was met by two men who ordered him to keep his hands up while they robbed him of his wallet. He was then locked in his one room home and told to "keep still for 15 minutes."

Although darkness and surprise kept Cave form getting detailed descriptions of his assailants, he told county officials that one was a very large man and the other was of medium size.

Both, he said, wore handkerchief masks over their faces and had only small openings for their eyes. They were attired in dark trousers and light shirts, he recalled.

Cave spends most of his time in Cherokee, being engaged in insurance business. He is unmarried and keeps house along in a small dwelling about three miles from town.

Having spent most of the evening in Cherokee, Cave had bought provisions and had also been paid by an acquaintance who owed him. About 9:15 o'clock he left for home.

Upon arriving home, Cave said he took the groceries in the house and then decided to run his car in the garage to protect it in case of rain. He said he usually leaves it out at night.

As he was about to drive the car in, two men accosted him and one augmented his command to "stock them up" by pushing a "big gat" into Cave's ribs. After securing the wallet which contained $37 in cash and papers, the men shoved him in his house, locked the door and commanded him to stay there for 15 minutes.

Cave said he waited, until he saw the car disappear in an eastern direction and then got in his own car and hurried to town. He notified Sheriff A. N. Tilton of what had taken place.

There were no clues left, Sheriff Tilton said. Lack of accurate descriptions of the two holdup men gave little to work with in solving the case.

50 years ago

Vital statistics recorded by Cherokee County Clerk Litta Carpenter for the past month all showed an increase over July totals a year ago.

There were 53 births last month in comparison to 41 for the seventh month of 1959.

Deaths this July numbered 25 while 19 were recorded for the same period last year.

Nine Cherokee County couples were married last month and seven obtained divorces. Records show seven marriages and six divorces in July last year.

Roy Victor Johnson of Cherokee was charged on two counts in mayor's court here this morning after his car rammed into a Union Street bridge abutment in the early morning hours.

In the 12:10 a.m. accident, Johnson who was driving north, struck the curbing on one side. And the car then slanted across the bridge and hit the abutment on the other side.

Johnson, still in city jail at noon, was fined $25 and costs for failure to have his car under control and another $25 and costs for intoxication. Mayor's count authorities recommended that his car license be suspended for six months. Johnson was to remain in jail until payment of his fines.

There was also another failure to have car under control case in mayor's court: Mrs. Joan Steele of Cherokee was fined $25 and costs this morning for that violation.

Police said the car she was driving struck a parked auto on South Eighth Street last night about 9 o'clock.

In other mayor's court action, Dennis Gano, Marcus, paid $10 and costs for excessive noises with a vehicle and Robert McBride, Holstein, paid the same penalty for another excessive noise with car violation.

25 years ago

Five Meriden-Cleghorn School District families' request to have their children "tuitioned-out" to other school districts have been denied.

The Meriden-Cleghorn School Board Monday denied the requests at a hearing concerning six M-C families. The hearing began about 8 p.m., and at 10:30 p.m. the Board had denied requests of five of the families. The sixth family's case had not been discussed at presstime.

Dennis Bush, one of the parents involved in the hearing, said the denials may be appealed to the Iowa Department of Public Instruction.

Tuitioning-out means that a student living in the M-C District would attend another school district, but their "tuition" would be paid with state funds apportioned to the M-C District on a per-pupil basis.

M-C School Board Attorney Steven Avery asked most of the questions at the hearing.

Avery said the transfer requests come under a new section of the Iowa Code which deals with two issues: Whether a student is being denied entry or continuance in an education program appropriate for them, and whether a student is being required to enter or continue an education program which is inappropriate for them.

At the beginning of the hearing, M-C Superintendent Lee Anderson outlined M-C's strong points, including new programs, high standardized test scores and increased graduation requirements.

Parents cited a lack of programs for gifted students as well as for students with identified learning disabilities in their requests for Board approval of the tuition transfer.

Clarence Anderson, the first parent to speak to the Board, has three children who attend school in Marcus. He lives in Cleghorn, but his wife has residency in Marcus. The M-C Board denied transfers for all three children.

Anderson said he wants his family to live in Cleghorn, but have his children continue to attend school in Marcus.

Anderson said he wanted his children to attend Marcus because the district has a Talented and Gifted program which M-C does not have, and he said that Marcus had a better band and fine arts program.

Anderson's youngest daughter is in the third grade, and has been involved with the Marcus TAG program for two year, he said.

The lack of a TAG program was also a concern of Bush, who has two sons n the M-C school system.

Bush said his oldest son would probably be eligible for a TAG program because he has always scored in the 99th percentile range in the Iowa Test of Basic Skills.

Bush said the M-C District may have too small an enrollment for what he sees as an effective TAG program.

Because of the small enrollment, Bush said he felt there would not be the academic challenge that would allow his son to "continue to progress at his intellectual level."

Bush said independent testing has shown his youngest son has a learning disability, but that the problem was never identified at M-C. The M-C district, he said, does not have a teacher who could commit enough time helping his son.

Bush also said he was concerned about heavy workloads for M-C teachers, and the low pay scale which makes it hard to keep good teachers.

Beside Anderson and Bush, the M-C Board denied requests form Jerry Menke, who has two sons attending M-C and one attending Cherokee, Janet Peck, who has two children attending M-C and Melva Miller, who has a daughter attending Marcus.

Miller, however, has already established residency in Marcus, where her daughter attended school last year.

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