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Friday, September 17, 2010

Laposky's Saw Mill - Pictured are John Laposky, Will Laposky, Chet Fisher, Charlie Driggs, Harry Rankin, Peter Laposky, George Laposky and Fred Laposky of Laposky's Saw Mill. This photo was taken around 1910.
100 years ago

On account of the rain the plowing match had to be postponed Thursday until the next day and this day opened anything but propitious, but as the good housewives had prepared stacks of good things for the tables which would not keep, it was decided to go on with the event but with many misgivings as to the result. Jupiter Pluvius however appears to have a soft spot for courage and ordered his water wagons off. A stiff wind rolled the clouds away and dried the roads, so before noon there was but one road in this county and this to the Liffring farm in Rock. In the morning the fields were a trifle heavy for plowing but the events went on and by the time the bountiful dinner had been served the surface of the ground was well dried up.

The event of greatest interest was the Sulky plowing match which involved the champion cup won last year by Dave Patterson and who was on hand with steady horses, a steady hand, a level head and a determination like the celebrated David of old to conquer and to call that cup his own. And he does. But by a mighty chose shave, for his kid brother, John, had looked al year upon that cup and it was good. He determined to venture where others were afraid to tread. He ventured and almost won, the judges score putting him only half a point behind David, while he didn't capture the cup this year it's nailed to the family tree and John will have an opportunity of capturing another just as handsome next year, and in the meantime will have a forty dollar Sulky won by himself to practice with.

A feature which attracted not only the men but the women and children as well, was the exhibition given by Homer Miller of the working of a Hart-Parr Tractor engine and a gang of eight plows. The plowing was pronounced first class by all and it was surprising what a strip of ground as turned over each round. It was kept at work about two hours and in this time over six acres was turned. The whole outfit costs $3,000 and for those who have comparatively level land and large farms it is worth what it costs. The fuel is kerosene and the cost of this for a long day's work is about $2 and performs the work of 21 horses. The only outfit of this kind in this county is a six gang one owned by T. J. White of Grand Meadow, though Mr. Miller has sold several which have gone to the Dakotas and Canada. The one exhibited Friday in the demonstration has been sold to Mr. Dave Scotfield, of Rock, and will be shipped to Presho, S. Dakota where it will be operated on this farm.

75 years ago

Two seventh graders, Laura Rupp of Immaculate Conception and Francis Wallace of Lincoln, tied for first place in the fifth annual Junior Garden club contest conducted for boys and girls of Cherokee by the Chamber of Commerce, according to an announcement made Tuesday morning by contest officials.

Competition in the annual event this year was keen, judges said, and the two leading junior gardeners each made a score of 93 per cent. The contest started in April and closed September 11.

Each Gets $5.75

Harvest time - With harvest time right around the corner, this is a good time to see how far farmers have come since they had to pick corn by hand.
Each of the two who tied for first place this year received cash awards of $5.75. Both have competed each of the five years the contest has been sponsored and their high scores were attained by excellence in all division of competition.

Contestants are graded on the following basis:

Map, 10 percent; essay, 25 percent; garden appearance, 20 percent; cultivation, 25 percent; quality of products, 20 percent. Quality of products is determined at the Pilot Rock Plowing match show.

Scoring of the two winners was as follows: Laura Rupp, appearance 20 percent, cultivation 25, essay and map 33, quality 15; and Francis Wallace, appearance 20, cultivation 25, essay and map 30 and quality 18.

Mary Dillon Third

Mary Ann Dillon, sixth grade Webster pupil, received $3.50; Wayne Caldwell, fifth grade Garfield, $2.75; Billy Caldwell, seventh grade, Lincoln, $2; Robert Bugh, eighth grade, Lincoln, $2.

Cash prizes also go to Cletus Eisenmenger, Alfred Eisenmenger, Eleanor Learn, Peggy Burnside, Eleanor Rupp and Joann McCarthy, all of Immaculate Conception; Rachel Woodworth.

Neil Whitney, formerly of Aurelia, has been installed as temporary resident works relief engineer of Cherokee and three other counties, it was announced Tuesday by county relief officials.

He succeeds H. W. Hahan, who came here June 1 as the first resident works relief engineer Cherokee county had ever had.

Whitney has been employed as engineer with headquarters at LeMars during the last few months. When shifts in the WPA setup were made September 1, he was selected to have charge for the time being of all projects in Cherokee, Buena Vista, Ida and Sac counties.

Hahn said he would return to state headquarters at Des Moines where other work to the new system would be assigned him.

After coming here early in the summer Hahn organized on project, the leveling of the east addition of Wescott park. He was also instrumental in establishment of a canning project now run by county relief officers.

Before leaving he wrote up several applications for WPA grants for many civic, county and other organized groups I Cherokee county. These projects have not yet been acted on by state officials, according to word received here.

50 years ago

The Washington High School marching band, directed by Norm Meyer, is working industriously in early morning practices on half-time routines for the four home football games.

Sophomore Joe Smith will lead the band this year as drum major. Including 28 new members, the band is comprised of 73 high school and junior high students.

There are 60 instrumentalists and 12 twirlers and flag bearers. Five additional members will appear with the marching group as soon as new uniforms on order arrive. There also are eight alternate members.

The routine for the first home game here Friday evening September 23 will feature a salute to the new grid season. The first visiting team will be Spencer.

"Campaign Capers" is the title for the show at halftime when the Braves meet Storm Lake here October 7.

The Homecoming theme for the contest with Emmetsburg here October 14 will feature a salute to the Homecoming Queen and to alumni.

The election year theme will again be followed for a "Let's Vote" routine at the final home game with Sheldon on October 28.

Chester G. Sjoberg has resigned effective September 30 as town clerk, after serving in that position for nearly 20 years.

Donald N. Wieland, assistant cashier at Farmers National Bank, was named to succeed Sjoberg.

In accepting his resignation, the Town Council voted to continue Sjoberg's salary for the remainder of 1960 as a token of appreciation for his services.

Since taking office in April of 1944, he served under the following mayors: J. W. Grapenthen, W. W. Heimsoth, Harry Howell, Orlo Shank, H. C. Grienke and Walter Matzdorff, the present mayor.

25 years ago

Cherokee School Board members favor increased use of programs shared with other school districts.

Cherokee Superintendent Mick Starcevich briefly discussed the idea with the Board at a meeting Monday.

Currently, the Cherokee School District shares its special education programs with eight area school districts, and its junior high football program with Meriden-Cleghorn.

M-C sends three football players and a coach to Cherokee, and the sharing "is working very well," said Starcevich.

Because of the benefits of sharing programs, and because of tightening school budgets, Starcevich suggested the Cherokee School District explore other program sharing possibilities.

School Board members strongly encouraged such suggestions.

Jerry Namanny said the Cherokee District has always had a cooperative attitude with area districts.

Bob Lundquist said that if sharing programs means "more subjects being offered to more kids, we need to stand by it 100 percent."

Tim Menke said both Cherokee and area schools could benefit from increased use of sharing programs because it may give students the opportunity to take classes some districts cannot offer now because of low enrollment and tight budgets.

The School Board suggested Starcevich contact all area superintendents and school board members about the idea.

Starcevich said the state is pushing for more sharing programs, and has recently increased funding for them.

At Monday's meeting, the Board also briefly discussed the fate of the Larrabee Middle School, though Starcevich said the district is in "no hurry at all" to take any action.

The district has two options: Giving the property to the community of Larrabee, or selling it.

If Larrabee wants the building, it could be given to the town without an appraisal, election or advertisement for bids.

The School Board suggested Starcevich contact the mayor of Larrabee to see if the town has any interest in owning the building.

If the district decides to sell the building, it must first be appraised by three disinterested landowners residing in the school district.

If the property is appraised at $25,000 or less, the Board could sell it without an election.

However, if the appraisal exceeds $25,000, district voters would have to approve the sale. If the sale is approved, the district can take bids on int.

In other business, the Board:

Approved a contract for Karen Thomsen, assistant girls' basketball coach at Washington High school.

Approved Oct. 6 as an open house at the Roosevelt Elementary and Middle School. The open house will be from 1 to 4 p.m.

Approved a donation of a small parcel of land near Lincoln Elementary School form Delia Niles, Quimby.

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