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Times Gone By

Friday, August 20, 2010

Paving the way - Here is a picture postcard that had the post date of 7-31-1914 and shows an asphalt machine paving the road in front of the old Lincoln High School.
100 years ago

The Congregational Sunday School picnic held Friday at Fuhrman's Grove furnished a most pleasant day for the boys and the girls, the mothers and fathers and friends.

The hour for meeting was at the church at nine o'clock where autos and carriages conveyed all to the grounds. Everybody felt at home and amusements were provided which caused a great deal of fun especially in the running races between the girls and women and the boys and the men.

At twelve o'clock a splendid dinner was served all the older pupils and guests of the school sat in chairs in a circle on the green and the little ones in a group by themselves in the center. One unusual feature was the serving of hot coffee and weinerwursts. A treat followed at 3 o'clock in the way of ice cream and water melon.

These grounds are ideal for a picnic, swings were put up and hammocks swung. Miss Trego Supt. of the Sunday School, and Robt. Gage, Assistant Superintendent, and all connected with the Sunday School wish to thank the owners of this grove for the happy day spent on their grounds and to all who so kindly gave the use of their autos. It truly was the best picnic the Sunday School have enjoyed in years.

During the rain storm early Monday morning the large barn on the Kearney Wise farm, a mile and half west of town, was struck by lightning and burned to the ground. The barn contained four horses, a pony and a colt, four cows, eight or nine pigs, fifty or sixty chickens, forty tons of hay, a lot of grain, some machinery, two buggies, harnesses, etc., and the contents was a total loss, with the exception of the pony and one horse, which broke loose and escaped, but the horse was badly burned and may not live The colt escaped from the barn, but was so badly burned that it had to be killed. The other animals were roasted alive. The horses were all valuable ones. Altogether, the loss is estimated at about $4,000, with $2,500 insurance.

75 years ago

With congress almost sure to adjourn this week, Congressman Guy M. Gillette, who was called home because of his wife's illness, arrived in this city Monday and busied himself Tuesday making adjustments and resuming his work in Cherokee.

Here is a picture of the hard-working employees of the Cherokee County Road Department. The date of the photo is unknown, but information written on the back of the original photo suggests that the photo was taken somewhere near Quimby, and that the name of the cook standing next to the chuckwagon is named George Jenness.
A tour of the district following a 10 day vacation with Mrs. Gillette, whose condition is somewhat improved, a change in his office location and sundry matters occupied the congressman's attention on his first day back home after several months in the capitol city.

Plans District Tour

The proposed tour of the district will take him to the county seat of each of the 13 counties in the ninth congressional district.

He expects to spend one day in each of the 13 towns and confer with persons in all counties who may have "momentous problems" to discuss with him.

The tour, which will last two weeks, will include Rock Rapids, Lyon; Sibley, Osceola; Spirit Lake, Dickinson; Orange City, Sioux; Primghar, O'Brien; Spencer, Clay; LeMars, Plymouth; Storm Lake, Buena Vista; Sioux City, Woodbury; Ida Grove, Ida; and Onawa, Monona.

Leaves On Trip

Accompanying him on the short vacation which began Wednesday were Mrs. Gillette and their son, Mark.

Office of the congressman is being moved from the second to the third floor of the Brummer building, 101 East Main street. In charge of the office during Gillette's absence will be Don Parel, secretary. Dick Cleaves, the congressman's other secretary, is expected to arrive in Cherokee from Washington within the next few weeks.

Coming through Sioux City on his way home Monday, Gillette told newspapermen that "Time alone will tell what I do politically. Right now I don't know whether I will be a candidate for any office next year."

That was his answer to an inquiry as to whether he will be a candidate for United States senator, as has often been rumored in the last few months.

A trip to the state fair this year as representative of Cherokee county's 4-H girls' club will not be first experience of its kind for Miss Gertrude Rupp of Sheridan township.

Having won the title of Cherokee county's health champion, Miss Rupp was last Thursday awarded a free trip to the fair where she will compete with candidates from every other county in the state for the title "Iowa's healthiest farm girl."

Was State Champ

This is the first year that Miss Rupp has been health champion. But last year she also won a free trip to the fair when a demonstration given by her and her sister, Florence, won county honors and later state championship.

The health champion found the old adage "third time is a charm" true in her case. For she competed in the health contest last year and the year before.

Score Above 97

Last year she ranked high but lost the honor by being 12 pounds underweight. In the last year she has forced herself to drink milk, which she does not like, and well-balanced meals to correct that condition.

Scoring above 97 per cent in the county competition, Miss Rupp won from 11 other township champions and runnersup. Before going to Des Moines she had dental corrections made to present greater perfection on her final score.

50 years ago

Erratic tornado funnels hopped and skipped around Northwest Iowa Friday in a sly hide-and-seek duel with weather observers.

No major damage was reported from any of the hook-shaped echo clouds in the area.

A Cherokee County spawned funnel got the day off to a swirling start, weatherwise.

It descended snakily out of murky clouds east of Larrabee and touched down twice in open fields.

Farmer Sees It

The funnel was sighted by August Magnusson and his family. Magnusson, a farmer living 4 miles east of Larrabee, said the twister appeared to be about 4 miles farther east of his place.

That would mean the northeast corner of Cherokee County.

The funnel was headed northeasterly. Later, twister reports came from around Greenville-Rosie and Ruthven in Clay County. This gave rise to reports that it may have been the same funnel that touched down east of Larrabee.

But Moneta, over in O'Brien County, also reported a funnel--meaning a possible second cloud.

With all the boiling clouds here and elsewhere over the Northwest, rain--needed for crops--was scattered.

Cherokee got less than .20 hundredths in the afternoon hours. But in western Cherokee County showers measured up to half an inch.

The weather bureau got realistic about situation and slapped a severe weather warning on into the early evening hours.

The only result was formation of a slight cool front.

Sale of stock in the Sunset Knoll corporation totaled $61,000 by mid-week here.

Additional effort will be made, officials declared, to sell stock in the location.

Those planning to purchase stock are asked to do so as quickly as possible. The stock here is for sale at $100 per share to all residents of Iowa.

Stock in Sunset Knoll can be purchased from members of the Board of Directors. They are John Christensen, Dr. Richard Berge, Paul Stieneke, H. H. Deyloff and Vernon Peterson.

25 years ago

Monday marked the first day of production in the newest operation at Wilson Foods Cherokee plant--the Recipe Ready room where boneless pork is processed.

Jerry' s Shoe Repair - Cherokee County Archives recently came across this photo of Jerry's Shoe and Canvas Repair. Not much more information is known about who or when this photo was taken. If you have any information about this picture, please call the Cherokee County Archives at the Cherokee Library, 712- 225-3498
Several officials from the Oklahoma City-based meatpacker were on hand Monday as Plant Manager Chuck Brown and local officials gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new operation which is expected to cost about $3 million and provide as many as 65 new jobs at the plant.

Wilson Foods Corp. officials had previously said the new operation would be on line by mid-August.

Plant officials are estimating that the boned and vacuum-packed fresh pork products to be processed in the new operation will be in local stores in about two weeks.

The product is geared toward retailer and consumer, offering a wide variety of cuts and is designed to spark impulse sales with its freshness and consumer appeal. Packaging allows the customer to see the leanness of the meat and the label will offer easy-to-prepare recipes for consumer convenience.

The operation extends the shelf life of Wilson's fresh pork products by controlling the atmosphere in which they are processed, officials said.

According to plant officials, the operation got off to a smooth start its first day. The operation is capable of processing 300 loins an hour and by the end of this week, officials estimate that the employees will be processing upwards of 200 loins.

The firm's Cherokee operation is the latest in a series of similar expansions at Wilson plants. The Cedar Rapids boneless pork operation began in 1980; Marshall, Mo., in 1983 and Monmouth, Ill., two weeks ago.

However, the Cherokee operation utilizes new high-tech methods the other plants are not using, officials said.

The expansion, which was expected to cost a$3 million, received a $3.6 million incentives package from city officials. The package included:

Up to $3 million in Industrial Development Revenue bonds, which would allow the meat packing firm to borrow the city's tax exempt status to issue bonds financing the new operations project;

$384,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds to be used to reduce interest rates on loans for capital investments;

Use of $200,000 now in Wilson Foods' debt service fund for expansion, with plans for the fund to be rebuilt over 40 months at $500 a month; and

$100,000 in grant money from businesses and individuals in the county.

Wilson Foods, Cherokee County's largest employer, has more than 700 workers at the present facility. This latest expansion will create a possible 65 new jobs.

This new process will enable Wilson Foods to expand distribution of fresh pork to markets otherwise unavailable because of shipping or distance limitation.

The initial project could lead to a second phase in the operation, however, no definite decision on that phase has been announced.

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