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Friday, October 8, 2010

100 years ago

Messrs. Nelson, Pelton and Geddess Associate Themselves Together As Manufacturers

Lease the A. G. Warren Box Factory and are Busily Engaged in Manufacturing the Most Simple But Perfect Farm Gate and Reel that Makes the Housewife Smile.

Little by little Cherokee is laying the foundation for manufacturing which her location ought to command. The latest is a plant to manufacture a farm gate which thought very simple is as far beyond other devices as is the electric light is beyond the tallow dip. The gate was exhibited on the corner of Main and Second last week and every farmer who saw it was delighted with it. It is so adjusted that it can be raised so as to let hogs run under or lowered to make it hog tight. In winter it can be raised to pass over snow drifts. It is strong and with the machinery which this firm has installed can be manufactured and sold cheaper than an ordinary gate can be made. Already orders are coming in fast for the gate and there is every probability of a big industry being founded here.

The clothes reel has been manufactured here for sometime and many housewives have learned to appreciate it highly, it is adjustable and can be lowered so that clothes can be placed upon it without the strain of lifting as with the ordinary reel, which makes hanging out clothes such a dreaded task. After the reel is filled it can be raised without effort so as to be out of the way and that the clothes may catch the drying wind. The Warren plant has been leased by E. W. Nelson, T. Pelton and George Geddess as a plant in which to manufacture their devices.

Cherokee will with the new concern abundant success.


Last Monday there was a knocking down at Quimby that came very nearly being a knocking out for keeps affair. It is said that there had been bad blood existing between Joe Rose, the village blacksmith and Dan Buckley and this resulted in an encounter last Monday which resulted in Buckley being knocked down and quite seriously injured by Rose. When bystanders went to pick Buckley up he was choking with the blood which had accumulated in his throat. He was placed in a position to relive him of this and he was carried home.

He Tuesday swore to an information before Justice Green and yesterday Rose plead guilty to assault and battery. After hearing evidence for the purpose of fixing the fine the justice assessed Rose $20.00 and costs, which was paid and defendant discharged. Rose claimed that he was provoked into striking Buckley on account of a vile name the latter had applied to him. Buckley denied having called him the name and asserted that the attack was unprovoked.

75 years ago

Home project lessons will be offered Cherokee county Farm Bureau women beginning October 29, when first two weeks' session of the 1935-36 season will be given, it was announced Tuesday by Miss Pearl Sims, home demonstration agent.

Miss Sims will return to Cherokee county shortly before that date. She has been on vacation for the last few weeks and will attend a state wide conference of demonstration agents before returning to begin her new year's work.

Fifth Year's Study.

Home project clubs in this county will begin the fifth year's study or foods and nutrition in which they will learn additional ways of making the best use of home grown products.

Through the past few years groups have studied "Fundamental Food Needs of The Body," "Meals Adapted to Different Ages," "Cutting Costs But Raising Standards" and "Better Meals From Common Foods."

Women in most of the townships have already met, elected township committees and selected local leaders. Each township is allowed 12 leaders at each training school and two townships will work together at each meeting this year since Miss Sims, who also serves Plymouth county, will spend only two weeks here instead of three weeks each session as in the past.

To Review Courses.

First lesson, which is scheduled to begin October 29, will include a review of previous courses, a discussion of the place of some new vegetables in the diet and new ways of cooking common vegetables.

Each township will plan dinner menus which will be used at noon after a discussion of balance, appropriateness, and other educational factors. For recreation members will study "Music For Family Festivals."

Each local leader will then hold a meeting of her study group to pass on what she has learned at the leader's meeting. Home makers from both towns and rural districts will be invited to the meetings, dates and places of which will be announced later.

Four lessons will be presented this fall and winter by Miss Sims. The lessons are discussion units based on "New Methods of Meat Cookery and Meat's Place in the Diet," "Cost of Adequate Meals," "Modern Trends in Bread Making" and "Buying Kitchen Utensils."

50 years ago

The State Board of Control disclosed Friday that it will ask the next legislature for $20,127, 200 for improvements and additions to the 14 institutions under its jurisdiction.

In 1959 it sought $15,910,500 and was actually given $5,125,000 by the legislature.

The board's askings are divided into three classes on the basis of urgency.

The most urgently needed improvements and additions, Class I came to $7,154,500 with the largest single amount, $3,375,000, scheduled for Woodward State Hospital and School at Woodward.

Class II askings total $7,722,000 with the Mental Health Institute at Cherokee listed for the most, $2,425,000.

Second highest amount is sought for the Mental Institute at Independence, $2,100,000 and third for Glenwood State School at Glenwood, aggregating $1,850,000.

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Time capsule - This photo features the Cherokee Centennial Time Capsule commemorating Cherokee's 100 Anniversary (1856 -1956) as a city and is located in front of the Sanford Museum. The time capsule is not to be opened until June 4, 2056. On the bright side, that day is less the 46 years away.
In Class III, the Cherokee Mental Institute is tops with an asked total of $1,650,000.

Other Class I askings for the various institutions are: Mental Health Institute, Mount Pleasant, $597,000; Mental Health Institute, $973,000; Mental Health Institute Clarinda, $645,000; Mental Health Institute, Cherokee, $646,000; Glenwood State School, Glenwood, $609,000; Iowa State Penitentiary, Fort Madison, $785,000; Men's Reformatory, Anamosa, $718,000; Women's Reformatory Rockwell City, $148,000; Iowa Training School for Boys, Eldora, $287,000; Training School for Girls, Mitchellville, $465,000; State Juvenile Home, Toledo, $284,000; Annie Wittenmyer Home, Davenport, $214,500; and Iowa Soldiers; Home, Marshalltown, $420,000.

All the askings for the Eldora and Toledo institutions were in the Class I category.


A new metered postage machine has arrived at the post office here and is now in operation. Postmaster Paul F. Hoyt reported today.

"One of the modern improvements in the postal service for accounting for paid postage, it also is a labor-saving device" the postmaster said.

Tape recording the amount paid, date and place of mailing will be placed on parcel post--eliminating the necessity of canceling the stamps or affixing them to parcel post mail.

"This machine was requested to keep up with progress in the postal service," added Hoyt.

He also reported that the wire screen enclosure has been removed to enlarge the work room and parcel post sacks have been moved nearer to the receiving windows.

"This enables the clerk accepting your package to place it in the outgoing sack which eliminated handling and makes your mail ready for dispatch at dispatch time," the postmaster explained.

He also said that furniture has been rearranged and efforts are being made to save time and motion through making changes when and where they are needed.

25 years ago

Cherokee County may implement a farm numbering system by Buena Vista and Floyd counties.

After studying the systems used in other counties, the Cherokee County Supervisors Monday discussed the county's options.

The system will be discussed further with area fire chiefs at a meeting Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Under the proposed system, rural residences will be assigned a number that would give an accurate description of their locations to firefighters and ambulance personnel.

Under the system, all north-south roads are given a number between 10 and 34, and all east-west roads are given a number between 50 and 74.

Farms would be labeled with a number, a letter and then a number. The first number indicates the road the farm is on, the letter indicates the -mile mark on which the farm is located and the second number indicates a road corresponding to the road identified by the first number. For example, if the first number is for a north-south road, the second number will be for the intersecting east-west road.

Supervisor Jack Foresman suggested the county-wide numbering system after Quimby Fire Department officials began working on one for their fire district.

Foresman said he felt the proposed system would be the simplest for the county to implement.

County Engineer Bill Bennett, who assisted in the selection of the numbering system, said the proposed idea had the "advantage of uniformity" since it is used by most counties in the state.

Supervisors eventually will have a map with all numbers listed on it. Also, the county plans to post the numbers at rural residences. Foresman said he recently learned the numbers could be put on mailbox posts.

The county would have to post signs of some kind where there are no mailboxes.

In other business, the Board met with Marian McNabb, who heads the Northwest Iowa Rails and Trails group. The group is trying to develop a 12-mile nature trail on an abandoned railroad right-of-way between Cherokee and Washta.

McNabb said the group is trying to raise $54,000 to purchase the property from Illinois Central Gulf. The group was hoping to raise enough money for a down payment by the end of September, but less than $1,000 has been raised so far, she said.

McNabb wants to give the trail to the Cherokee Count Conservation Board once it is developed. McNabb said she has met with the Conservation Board several times, but so far has failed to spark much interest. Conservation Board officials have expressed concerns about maintenance costs.

Foresman said if the trail is developed, he would want it in the hands of a private organization, instead of "on the backs of the taxpayers."

Supervisor Kenneth Ohlson said he would side with the Conservation Board if its members felt there would be a problem maintaining the trails.

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Museum Board - Here's a look behind the scenes of the Sanford Museum, as the Museum's Associate Board gathers for a meeting. Pictured, left to right, are: Roger Immele, Paul Goeb, Lois Greenwood, Jim Johnson, Virginia Simonsen, Jean Miller and Lori Alexander.
"If the Conservation Board feels it (the trail) would be a problem to take care of, it sure could be," Ohlson said.

In other business, the Board: Received an annual report on the Public Health Nurse's office from Public Health Nurse Mavis stoner.

Stoner said home and office visits made by office personnel increased 26 percent from 2,073 in 1983-84 to 2,625 in 1984-85.

Stoner also noted that only 442,227--or 45 percent of the office's $91,917 1984-85 budget--came from local tax funds. The rest came from Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance and state grants.

Approved an agreement with the city of Cherokee for the use of county machinery and manpower. The city will be using the equipment to tear down buildings on South Seventh Street which belong to Jack Clark, Cherokee.



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