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Friday, October 1, 2010

First Cherokee Depot - Here is a look at the first Cherokee Depot built in 1871 and was located on the Westside of the tracks between Elm Street and Maple Street.
100 years ago

In our last issue we said that Victor Felter had to fight for the first prize in county exhibits at The Inter State Fair and quoted the Sioux City Tribune version supporting it correct. It wasn't Mr. Felter did not protest because a Woodbury man was placed on the list of judges to decide a tie, though this was done and in the light of subsequent events there may be some doubt as to its being done innocently. However this may be, the protest was not made on that ground. The ground of the protest was that Nels Anderson the man who placed the Woodbury exhibit had purchased the larger portion of the grains and grasses exhibit from a Cass county farmer who had exhibited them at the State fair as Cass county products. Mr. Felter recognized the exhibits and seeing the Cass county man on the grounds asked him if it was not his exhibit, the man acknowledged it was and further said that Anderson had paid him $55 for the exhibit. Victor considered the Cherokee exhibit good enough to win over the combined Woodbury and Cass exhibits and said nothing and came nearly winning, tieing with Woodbury but when a Woodbury man was put on to cast the deciding vote and promptly cast his vote for Woodbury it was too much and Victor protested but to do so had to put up a forfeit of $25, this he pluckily did and then called on the Cass county man to give his evidence. He pointed out forty eight items in the Woodbury exhibit which had been grown in Cass and sold to Anderson, when he was told that was enough and the new judges, all impartial men, decided unanimously for Cherokee.

The ugly part of the matter is that the Superintendent came to Mr. Felter and urged him not to protest, and informed him that if he would not that he would see that Cherokee obtained first on a separate exhibit of grasses, which Mr. Felter had entered. Anderson also offered to give him the money prize if he would let the award stand. Mr. Felter refused all such offers. The fair officials might easily have been deceived by Anderson but the offer to give Victor first prize on another entry is very suggestive of manipulation, as the judges only are supposed to have control over the awards. The Fair association cannot afford to have the word go out that awards are "fixed" but this is the only conclusion that can be drawn from the superintendent's proposition.

Mr. Felter also exhibited a pen of Silver Laced Wyandotte chickens on which he won four firsts, all that was possible, two seconds and one third. Had he won one more second he would have captured all that was possible in the awards. One five year old rooster won first for the fourth consecutive time at this fair.

Building the Roundhouse - Here a photograph of the Cherokee Roundhouse being build. This picture was taken in 1886.
A case that has been pending in Justice Green's court for a week past was finally disposed of yesterday by C. D. Nichols, baggageman of the Sioux Falls and Onawa line of the Central, pleading guilty to the crime of petit larceny in rifling two grips entrusted to his charge as baggageman and also appropriating eighteen car doors belonging to the company.

Nichols is a young married man and has borne a good reputation in the past and his peculations in abstracting articles from grips that could be of no personal advantage to him gave credence to the kleptomaniac theory and included the railroad company to be charitable, and although the young man had previously made a confession and waived to the grand jury, the papers were not filed in the higher court. In the meantime Nichols had made restitution of the stolen property and was permitted to withdraw his waiver to the grand jury and his pleas of not guilty and to substitute pleas of guilty in two cases to petit larceny.

The grain doors were placed in a car in which household goods of Nichols were being shipped to a claim he was holding down in South Dakota and these were converted into a shack and stable on the claim.

Justice Green imposed a fine of $100 in one case and $50 in the other. It is hoped that this lesson will teach Nichols that the way of the transgressor is hard and will be sufficient to keep him in the paths of rectitude hereafter.

75 years ago

Decision as to whether he will run for United States senate, for reelection to the house of representatives or whether he will withdraw from political life lies not with Congressman Guy Gillette but with the democratic party.

That was the essence of a statement made by the congressman Tuesday morning. It was the content of an answer he had given a few hours before at Sheldon when before members of the Sheldon Commercial club he was asked point blank regarding his intention.

"I will not be a candidate for the democratic nomination for United States senator is to secure the nomination means going into a hard fought democratic primary," Gillette said.

"If the democratic party of the state wants me to run for senate or any other office, it is my duty to run."

A similar statement was made at Sheldon Monday noon when Paul Woods, introducing Gillette as principal speaker after a Commercial club luncheon, asked if he would be a candidate for senator or would run again for reelection, to the house of representatives.

In both his Monday and Tuesday statements, Gillette smiled as he reiterated the stand he has taken during the last several weeks, during which speculation has run rampant.

Even as the congressman was making his statement at Sheldon, Monday's issue of The Daily Times was being distributed in which a story concerning his popularity and fitness for the office of senator appeared.

The story, written by George Gallarno, editor of Plain Talk, a Des Moines paper, said democratic leaders in Washington, D. C., want Iowa to elect Gillette as senator and Congressman Hubert Uterback of Des Moines as governor in next general elections.

50 years ago

Thugs apparently included Cherokee in a Northwest Iowa breakin sweep during the night.

Thieves made off with approximately $220 in total receipts from two service stations here.

They broke into Marv's DX and Ruble Standard Services both on East Main.

The thieves carted off the cash register and roughly $100 in receipts from Marv's DX. Some $130 in receipts were missing this morning from Ruble's Standard Service.

Chief of Police Lawrence Schmoldt said entrance was gained at each station by knocking a small hole in a rear window and then unlatching the window. City police are investigating the breakins. The breakins came some time after midnight.

Elsewhere, both LeMars and Storm Lake reported two breakins apiece last night.

A young German woman and her son believed lost in Chicago were located in this little western Iowa town Friday.

Mrs. Marianne Cavel, 20, and her 5-month-old son, Richard, are staying with the Merle Meade family, with whom Mrs. Cavel was acquainted through a mutual friend.

She came here by bus Thursday night after flying to Chicago from Germany.


A search was initiated in Chicago by her husband, Army Specialist 4th Class, Mark Cavel, 21, on leave from Ft. Hood, Tex., when he arrived at the Chicago airport and found that the plane had landed an hour early and his wife and son were gone.

Mrs. Cavel speaks little English but Judy Meade explained here that Mrs. Cavel did not know her husband was planning to meet her and had made arrangements to visit the Meades.

Miss Meade said a friend of hers, Jack Sherman, stationed in the Navy at Chicago, had met Mrs. Cavel at the airport and put her on a bus for Marcus.

"Mrs. Cavel has talked to her husband and everything is cleared up," Miss Meade said.

25 years ago

Most Cherokee County schools have consistently ranked above state and national averages for composite scores on the American College Testing exam.

Area principals and high school counselors said the scores indicate that county students are being challenged academically and are being properly prepared for college. High school juniors and seniors take the ACT exam as a prerequisite for entrance into four-year colleges.

Statistics given by school officials in the county's five school districts show that over the last five years more than half of the eligible students take the ACT exam.

The statewide five-year average on composite ACT scores is 20.2 and the nationwide five-year average is 18.4.

Over the last five years, Washington High School students average composite score has topped both state and national averages at 21.4.

Dane Knutson, WHS guidance counselor, said he felt the statistics show that Cherokee teachers were "doing a heck of a job, at least at teaching the academic type of things that are needed to do a good job on ACT." Composite scores are the average scores for students combing scores from the four tests that make-up the ACT exam. The tests are English, natural sciences, math and social studies. The highest possible composite score is 35.

Knutson noted that while composite ACT scores are above state and national average, WHS composite grade points are below the state average. Knutson said this could indicate that Cherokee students are not getting an academic "free-ride," but are being challenged by what they are taught.

Grade points averages are determined by adding up the number value of a student's letter grades. An "A" grade is usually valued at 4 points, a "B" at 3, a "C" at 2 and a "D" at 1.

Marcus and Meriden-Cleghorn average composite scores on the ACT exam have also been consistently above state and national averages over the last five years.

Marcus's five-year average is 21.3, and Meriden-Cleghorn's is 22.4.

Jon Mitts, Marcus superintendent, and Bob Byers, M-C high school counselor and elementary principal, both said the averages indicate their students are receiving a strong education, and are being prepared for college.

Except for one year, Aurelia's ACT composite scores have ranked above state and national averages over the last five years at 20.4.

In 1981-82, Aurelia's average composite score was 19.95, slightly below the state average of 20.3.

Cindy Goodwin, Aurelia high school counselor, said that year was unusual because students had some of the school's highest scores, but also some of the lowest. There were not enough middle-range scores to balance it, she said.

Only ACT statistics from 1983-84 and 1984-85 were available for the Willow School District.

For these two years, Willow's average composite score was 18.87, while the state average was 20.56 and the national average was 18.45.

Fran Graham, who began duties as a part-time high school counselor, this year, said because she has just started her job she could not determine why the school scored below the state average.

But Graham said Willow students do show a strong interest in taking the test.

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