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Friday, September 10, 2010

Ice harvesting - Prior to the invention of the refrigerator , people would use blocks of ice to keep their food items along with themselves cool during the summer months. Here a look at how that ice was brought to market. This work crew is hard at work cutting ice on the Little Sioux River and hauling it away, presumably to a ice house that usual was dug in to the ground were sawdust was then placed on the ice to help keep from melting and could be used during the summer.
100 years ago

This morning the First National bank is doing business in its reconstructed building, and everything is as neat as the proverbial pin and as convenient too. The building is finished throughout in marble and mahogany. The entryway is on a level with the street, there being a few steps within the entry. This entry is also the entry for the second floor, the door to the bank being on the left from the entrance. Entering this room there is first a handsomely fitted up officers' room, from which entrance is obtained to all the other departments, which in their order are: Loans, checks and deposits, collections and bookkeeper, each of these departments being especially fitted for the most convenient transaction of business.

A new department is the safety deposit vaults, where a large vault has been placed with all modern devices including a time clock for absolute safety from fire and burglars has been installed. There are private boxes to which patrons only will hold the keys, and the vault will be open at all banking hours for their accommodation. Back of the vault is a conveniently arranged room where the patrons after taking such papers as they may desire from their compartment may go to examine them and do such writing etc as they may desire. In the rear of this room is a large private office for the use of the bank. There are cloak rooms, toilet rooms and in fact every appliance and convenience found in up to date banks in large cities. The floors throughout are handsomely tiles, lessening fire risk and being easily cleaned. A broad stairway leads to the basement where there is a conveniently arranged janitor's room, and fire proof vaults.

For the storage of surplus books and papers, the bank is well equipped in this as in all other things there being five of these fire proof vaults in the building. We will reserve for another time a description of the second story heating plant etc.

75 years ago

State Highway Patrolman S. M. Jesperson gave Rotarians an interesting talk at Monday's luncheon, outlining duties of a patrolman and relating some of the more common causes of accidents.

"There were 11,011 accidents reported in Iowa in 1934," Jesperson said. "Out of this number there were 511 people killed and 11,423 injured. There were 154 pedestrians killed and 1,662 injured.

"As for your own county, Cherokee, there were 52 accidents, reported, in which 75 motor vehicles were involved. Five person s were killed and 68 injured. There were eight pedestrians and four children injured.

"We find that there are three contributing factors to highway accidents; namely, road, car and driver. New cars, we find, figure in the greatest percentage of accidents, probably due to their speed and the fact that drivers are inclined to want to open up on straighaways."

The speaker praised the drivers' examination program and the statewide drive to enforce stop sign and passing laws. He thinks that heavier penalties will be recommended for intoxicated drivers, under age children, driving without license, may be good drivers, Jesperson said, but incapable of controlling their cars in emergencies. Importance of hand signals was stressed. To conclude the talk Jesperson quizzed the club members, who scored themselves according to certain standards set forth in Des Moines police questionnaire.

Guests of the club were Robert Ray, attorney of Bartesville, Okla., F. I. Gardiner of Storm Lake and Guy Redmon, new Cherokee merchant.

Engineer J. A. Wymore and his crew of assistants, who have been located at Holstein for a few weeks engaged on surveys for the rerouting of U. S. Highway No. 59, are moving to Cherokee where they expect to be stationed for four or five weeks.

They will survey not only the rerouting of No. 59 but also the primary highways within the city included in the paving projects. These will include North and South Second street from the limits to connection with present paving and possibly the extension of paving on No. 5 from the city water plant east to the city limits. This latter will depend upon the adjustment of some preliminaries.

The survey for No. 59 as now contemplated runs directly north from Holstein entering the county at the corner of sections 34 and 35, Silver township, thence north seven or eight miles, thence diagonally across a half section to connection with the present routing.

It is anticipated that a relocation of No. 31 will also be surveyed while the engineers are located here.

50 years ago

The Cherokee Soil Conservation District is again taking part in the "Program for Permanent Agriculture."

Three top conservation farmers chosen by the commissioners will represent the district.

Farmers selected are John Zimmer of Cherokee, Arthur Northwehr of Peterson and Clyde Petty of Cherokee who operates the farm owned by Dr. A. W. Krause.

The trio was selected from a number of previously nominated county farmers doing an excellent job of soil and water conservation on their farms.

The winning farms all have well balanced conservation programs which include contour cultivation, grassed waterways, terraces, headlands, correct land use and a live-stock program to utilize the grain and forage.

The three selected farms will represent the district against other county SCD winners of the area including Plymouth, Woodbury, Ida, Monona and Crawford Counties.

Area judging of the farms will be completed by September 30 and winners announced as soon thereafter as is possible. Recognition and awards to the individual farmers and winning districts will be made at the Better Farming Day banquet in Sioux City, November 9.

Otto Jensen of Cherokee was chosen winner of the district's progress contest. He was selected on the basis of accomplishments made in soil and water conservation on his farm in the past year. This farm is completely laid out on the contour with a planned four-year rotation of row crop-row crop-small grain-meadow.

Installation of 5,598 linear ft. of level cropland terraces was completed this part year and waterways will be left in sod. New pasture planting has been established on 9 acres with a grass-legume mixture of alfalfa-brome for permanent pasture.

Land-use and conservation practices used meet the district's recommendations. He will be presented a certificate at the Better Farming Day Banquet in Sioux City.

25 years ago

Polls for the school elections will be open from noon to 8 p.m. today.

Cherokee Northwestern Novelty Works - This is a picture of a fire at the Cherokee Northwestern Novelty Works that was located on East Cedar Street just north of the Wilson School were Swain Motor Company is located today. Note the wood bridge over Railroad Creek.
Candidates and polling places for seven area elections are: Cherokee: Joe Lundsgaard is running unopposed. Voting will be at the Cherokee Community Center.

Aurelia: Jim Ebel and Carl Plagman are running unopposed for two open seats on the School Board. Voting will be in the Aurelia Community Center.

Meriden-Cleghorn: There are two open seats. Howard Rupp and Dennis Bush are running against each other for one seat, and Don Blackstone is running unopposed for the other. Voting will be in the Cleghorn Shelter.

Marcus: There are three seats up for grabs on the Marcus School Board. Jim Nelson, Pete Bindner, Faith Juhl and Steve Bierman are running for the District 1 seat. Dr. Steve Schachterle, Cindy Kass, and Ed Recker are running for the District 2 seat. Kent Erickson, Tammy Johnson,and Nancy Hohbach are running for the District 4 seat.

A vote on a 67 cent schoolhouse levy will also be on the ballot. Marcus School District voters who live in the citty will vote at the Marcus Community Center; vopters who live in Tilden Township will vote in the Tilden Township Hall; District voters in the Grand Meadow area will vote in the Grand Meadow quonset hut.

Willow: Monteno Leonard, Calvin Husman,Betty Woltman and Gary Graham are running against each other for two open seats, and Wayne Leonard is unopposed. Voters who live in the Quimby half of the district will vote at the Quimby Community Center, and voters who live in the Washta half of the district will vote in the Washta Community Center.

Sutherland: Harold Rahbusch, Dennis Magnussen and the Rev. Glenn Davis are running against each other for two open seats on the School Board, while Mark Horstmann is running unopposed. Sutherland voters will vote in the mayor's office.

Galva-Holstein: Val Weise and Cal Leonard are running unopposed for two open seats on the school board. Galva area residents will vote in the American Legion Hall and Holstein area residents will vote at the Holstein City Hall.

Western Iowa Tech Community College area representative Robert Stephenson of Cherokee will be on ballots in the Cherokee, Aurelia, Willow and Galva-Holstein Districts, and Northwest Iowa Technical College area representative Suzanne Weaver of Sutherland will be on ballots in the Marcus, Meriden-Cleghorn and Sutherland Districts. Both are unopposed.

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