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Friday, September 24, 2010

Illinois Central Division office - Workers at the Cherokee Depot, which was the Illinois Central Division office, took time off on Aug. 17, 1903 to pose for a photograph for the Illinois Central Magazine. Pictured are, on the roof, left to right, William Shardlow, Clerk to the Superintendent, A.T. Bailey, Chief Clerk, B.G. Gilless, Accountant, T.H O'Donnell, Operator, M.G. Gilless, Accountant, Claude Gillette, Clerk, N.P. Mills, Chief Dispatcher. On the platform, D. E. Christensen, Baggageman, Chester Jones, Ticket Clerk, Henry Stuart, Janitor, P.E. Sullivan, Supervisor and W.D. Patterson, Agent.
100 years ago

The Cherokee County agricultural exhibit was awarded first premium by a new set of judges yesterday afternoon, following a threatened contest by the Cherokee representative on the ground of prejudice, Cass county, Ia., was ranked second, Woodbury county, third; Noble county, Minnesota, fourth, and Dakota county, Nebraska, fifth.

In the first ranking, Woodbury and Cherokee counties were placed in a tie by the two judges, each being given a grade of 82. Superintendent Sundberg decided to call in a third judge and happened upon F. M. Peletier, who is a director of the Fair association, and asked him to break the tie. Mr. Pelletier was willing and the two judges in question willing. It did not occur to the superintendent that Mr. Pelletier himself lived in Woodbury county and he still does not believe that Mr. Pelletier had any prejudice in the matter, but it occurred to the Cherokee man, and he balked when Mr. Pelletier gave his judgment in favor of Woodbury county.

In order to settle the matter without bad feeling, it was agreed all around that three new judges should be chosen. They went over the exhibits yesterday afternoon and rearranged the order, so that Cherokee got first money and Woodbury was dropped to third place.

The Woodbury exhibits by Nels Anderson, of Sioux City, and the Cherokee display by Victor Felter, of Cherokee.

The Woodbury exhibit consists of nearly every agricultural product native to this region. In it are displayed wheat, oats, barley, rye, corn, popcorn, sweet corn, cane, beets, carrots, potatoes, alfalfa, clover, celery, watermelons, pumpkins, cantaloupes, squash, eggplant, potatoes, peas, beans, peppers, onions apples and even honey.

The Dakota county display, by H. W. Meeker, which was one of the most attractive of them all and well diversified in most particulars, got a low ranking because of its lack of grain specimens. The main feature is a great cornucopia made up of wheat and pouring out vegetables.

The judges who made the final awards in this class were: H. Schaper, of Sioux Falls, S.D.; J. J. Buchanan, of Winnipeg Can., and E. O. Worth, of Mondamin, Ia.

Saturday witnessed the first game of this season for our high school boys. They went to Sioux City for a practice game with the first team of Morningside college. Of course there was no thought of the high school defeating the college but the boys gave good account of themselves.

Morningside has a very strong, heavy team and the fact that the score was only 33 against us is evidence that we have a good team for a high school.

Coach Hollister, of Morningside, said it was the best high school team the college had ever gone up against. It is impossible to give individual praise without mentioning practically every man. There was splendid team work and the boys are expected to give good account of themselves in the game here Saturday with the Sioux City high school.

75 years ago

Dan Jordan, son of Mrs. Kittie Jordan of this place, who graduated from Morningside college in June, is waiting for completion of arrangements to leave for India, where he will take up missionary work of the Methodist church.

He and another graduate of Morningside, Laird Loveland of South Bend, Ind., will work their way across the ocean on either a liner or transport ship and their application for such a position has been filed.

Pastor Is Sponsor

Sponsoring the young men will be Rev. Fred Fisher, pastor of Central Methodist church of Detroit. Rev. Fisher was at one time bishop to India.

The two graduates will go to Lucknow, India, where they will meet Rev. E. Stanley Jones, who has recently set up a school there. While at Lucknow, they will be orientated to Indian customs and language and will attend school in preparation for the master of arts degree.

They will contact Mahatma Gandhi and will be kept at his institution at Ahmadabad, where they plan to take work.

During the heat of the summer they will go to the Himalayan Mountains. Later they will attend the school at Muttra for a sociological course in the slum survey of that city. It will take two years for the young men to complete their courses in the foreign land.

The county board of supervisors has put in circulation petitions asking that the paving of primary No. 5 "be given first preference over all projects in Cherokee county to be completed under the road construction program to be carried out in connection with the federal allotment for primary roads in the state of Iowa." The board petition expresses the belief that "from the allotment of federal funds to the several states it would be possible to pave the road through Cherokee county now designated as primary No. 5." It is understood petitions are being circulated throughout the county.

50 years ago

A crude, homemade bomb laid on a kitchen broiler at the rear of Speelmon Steak House exploded with a shattering crash here Thursday night.

Flying metal from the expensive, modern broiler narrowly missed several employees of the steak house and D & R Lunch.

One employee, Jimmy Stewart, was standing at the end of the counter in the D & R. He was struck in the neck by flying metal, but apparently not injured.

Fay Schulke, employed in the kitchen, was cleaning the area and bending over at the time of the explosion.

Don Speelmon, owner of Speelmon's Steak House and the D & R said if the woman had stood upright near the broiler, she would have been struck in the face.

Speelmon said he was visiting with John Loughlin, Jr., in the kitchen at the time of the blast. Neither was injured.

The Cherokee County sheriff's office said it was investigating the bomb incident. The blast came about 9:15 last evening, authorities and Speelmon agreed.

Speelmon said about $400 damage was done to the $600 broiler. The equipment is at the south end of the kitchen, but most of its apparatus protrudes outside the building.

The blast was heard for half a mile.

Thousands from throughout this state and the nation visit Sanford Museum each year but many residents here "just haven't managed to stop in yet."

Ben Lapoksy's current exhibit there is well worth a special trip for those who enjoy the beauty of design and color.

Warm and Glowing

"Electronic Abstractions" is a cold and undescriptive term for the warm and glowing rainbow hues in out-of-this world patterns created by Laposky's unique method.

About 40 of his amazing designs are on display in the west gallery through October 4.

One of the permanent features of the museum is the showcase in the lobby which contains items that would make ideal gifts for children as well as for adult collectors.

Proceeds from the sale of these articles are used for museum expenses.

Steam power - This weekend, the Cherokee Depot Renovation, Inc. will be hosting the annual Cherokee Fall Family Fest from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.This is a photo of a steam engine train making a stop at the Cherokee Depot. The date the picture was taken is unknown, but is interesting to see "Cherokee" written on the roof of the Depot.
In addition to a wide variety of rocks and shells, there are miniature models of prehistoric animals and various books pertaining to fields of science.

These include "A Child's Book of Stones and Minerals." "A Field Guide to Rocks and Minerals." "Prehistoric Men" and "Our Sun and the Worlds Around it."

Also displayed for sale are carved wood objects and jewelry featuring attractive stones.

25 years ago

Thursday is the last day to file nomination papers for this fall's city elections, but so far candidates haven't been knocking down the doors of Cherokee's City Hall trying to get in.

Four positions will be on the Nov. 5 ballot in Cherokee, but as of Monday afternoon, only one person had filed nomination papers.

Mark Wandro, 729 W. Cedar, has filed for the at-large City Council post presently held by Ray Wilson. Wilson has said he wouldn't run for re-election.

Wandro is an engineer in training for the Iowa Department of Transportation. He has a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Iowa State University.

Vern Cunningham, who was recently appointed to finish Aaron Vest's term as Ward II Council member, said Monday he also would not seek a spot on this fall's ballot.

"I'm not interested in the job," Cunningham said. "I've had my term on the council. It's time to let somebody else have a chance."

Cunningham served a four-year term on the council several years ago and was appointed to the Ward II spot earlier this month after Vest resigned.

The other positions on this fall's city ballot are mayor and city attorney. James Clabaugh has said he will not run for another term as mayor this fall. He was appointed to the position in March, 1984, after Mayor Robert Fassler died. City Attorney M. W. "Wally" Miller hasn't said whether he will seek re-election.

Candidates sometimes wait until the last minute to file nomination papers, according to City Administrator Gil Bremicker, but if the deadline passes without anyone filing for a position open, the election would rely on voter's write-in totals.

The deadline to file nomination papers is 5 p.m. Thursday.

A variety of positions will be open in other area towns.

* Aurelia--Mayor and three council posts will be on the ballot. So far incumbent Mayor Burton L. Johnson and Council members James R. Compton and Mervin E. Gustafson have filed nomination papers, as has Charles Mark Wharton, who isn't presently on the City Council.

* Larrabee--The mayor's seat and all five City Council positions will be on the ballot. Mayor Charles Westphal and Council Member Kenneth Roethler have filed, as have Tom Selk and Dennis Craft. Incumbents who haven't filed as of Monday are Dick Kelley, Jacob Bush, Mike Enderlin and Jodee Jordahl.

* Marcus--Voters will select people to fill two City Council positions this fall, incumbent Daryl Downs and newcomer Doug Rohwer have taken out papers, but incumbent Ryan Nadland has not.

* Meriden--Everybody's up for re-election in Meriden, but no one has officially filed for a spot on the ballot to fill the five Council seats and the mayor's job.

* Cleghorn--Two City Council seats are up for grabs in Cleghorn. So far incumbent Council Member Merlin Meyer is the only official candidate.

* Quimby--The mayor's post and three council positions will be on the ballot, but so far only incumbent Councilmen Earl Hanks has filed nomination papers. Other incumbents include Mayor Larry Nelson and Council members Willis Allbaugh and John Perrett Jr.

* Sutherlalnd--The mayor and three Council members will be elected in Sutherland. One of the Council seats is a two-year term. The others are four-year terms. Incumbent Mayor Bob Kramme has not filed for re-election. Four men have filed for the four-year Council positions. They are Jerry Jensen, brad Thorn, Ken Maurer and Tony King.

* Washta--Voters will fill four City Council positions and the mayor's post in Washta this fall. Three of the Council spots will be four-year terms. The other Council seat and the mayor's position will be two-year terms. NO one had filed as of Monday afternoon. The incumbents for the four-year Council spots are Galen Goettsch, Donald Parrott and Arlen Tucker. Michael Clark holds the other Council spot which is up for grabs and Daniel Hurst is the mayor.

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