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Times Gone By

Friday, October 15, 2010

Circus coming to town - Cherokee residents are pictured lining the streets to get a look at a circus coming to town. The circus is pictured on Main Street and presumably going to set-up near the Fountain House that was located near the Little Sioux River. The date on this photograph is unknown.
100 years ago

Tuesday afternoon Miss Ada Smith and her guest, Bessie Anderson, were driving in a buggy and when near the Talger Creek bridge the sudden appearance of an auto driven by Gus Hahn of this city, frightened the horses and these making a quick turn overturned the vehicle spilling out the young ladies. A broken double tree freed the horses from the vehicle and they started on a run towards home but were stopped by George Cave when near the S. B. Champion home. He started back with the team and soon came upon Mr. Hahn who was taking the girls home in his auto. Mr. Cave obtained an extra pair of double trees and the broken rig was fixed up so that the young ladies drove home in it.

Miss Anderson escaped without a scratch but Miss Smith was badly bruised about the face and on the arm. Her injuries thought painful are not serious, and all concerned are congratulating themselves that what might have proven a serious accident is no worse.

A turn in the road and large trees prevented seeing any distance a head at the point where the accident occurred.

Thursday evening a party of Young People's Epworth League of the M.E. Church of this city, wended their way, long after the evening shads had fallen, to the home, of Mr. and Mrs. S. B. Champion, and stealthily approaching the door, broke in upon the quietude of their peaceful abode.

The surprise was complete; and Howard was compelled by force of circumstances over which he had no control to make a hasty toilet before he felt at ease in such a charming company of boys and girls. Perhaps the fact, the young ladies gave him some excellent advice for a bachelor caused this attention to the toilet.

We got an idea somewhere around the "woodpile" that Gladys got an inkling of what was coming for the seemed prepared company whether it was for us or, "someone else."

The evening was spent in songs and with mirth provoking conundrums and after which substantial refreshments were served. It was a delightful occasion, and combined with a delightful evening, made everyone present regret, that "Father Time" could not have lingered at the door step a little longer.

Farewells were warmly spoke, and the party returned to their homes happier for their evening lark.

75 years ago

Picturing Huey Long as he held the floor of the senate thru his long filibuster, reading from a ponderous volume as large as a school dictionary and having but one lone senator remaining on the floor as a listener, Miss Winifred Belfrage, history instructor in junior high school, gave Rotarians an interesting and animated story of her experiences and observations in Washington, as she addressed the club luncheon Monday.

Describing amusingly her methods, disappointments and triumphs in efforts to meet the great and near-great of the nations' capital during her three months' stay there, Miss Belfrage told enthusiastically of the climax of these efforts in the securement of personal interviews with Vice President Garner and Speaker of the House Byrns and of having the privilege of sitting in at one of the speaker's press conferences.

One of the 60 teachers from the different states gathered for the purpose of studying first hand the national governmental machinery and its operations, Miss Belfrage shared many unusual opportunities and privileges in contacting the various departments and observing the mechanics of government. Access was had to department heads, congressmen, committee chairmen, the house of parliamentarian, budget bureau representatives, and others who could be helpful in supplying desired information. Sessions of congressional committees were visited including the committee investigating lobbying activities and another uncovering sensational stories regarding was munitions and their manufacturers.

Congress was observed in session and Miss Belfrage pictured the noisy, busy house session in contract with the more dignified and orderly procedure of the senate.

Because he feels that the Milford CCC camp should be left there and transferred to a different service instead of being moved to another point in Iowa, Congressman Guy Gillette Monday sent two telegrams to Robert Fechner, director of emergency conservation work at Washington, D.C. urging such a ruling.

The citizens' conservation corps camp was established at Milford under the national park service, Gillette explained. Work for that department has now been completed and rumors of anticipated moves have been in circulation.

Moves Rumored

Dispatches from various state conservation and CCC officials have indicated that the entire camp might be moved to Denison or to Emmetsburg.

Meanwhile, however, the state has made available funds for a biological laboratory in the Okoboji Lake region of Iowa. Believing that the camp could do more good assisting in the biological survey than it could if made a soil conservation camp at Denison, Gillette Monday decided to bring the matter to Fechner's attention.

The first wire sent by Gillette advises Fechner that the camp at Milford is now under park service.

Tremendous Mistake

"I am informed contemplated removal to other points for soil erosion work," it continues. "Most strongly urge a transfer of Milford camp to biological survey and retention at present location. State funds and other funds now available constructing biological laboratory Lake Okoboji.

"Really valuable work can be secured by transfer this camp and utilizing these suggested resources. Feel it would be tremendous mistake and loss to transfer this camp to soil erosion."

In a second telegram to Washington, Gillette calls attention to the fact that Iowa now has more than 30 erosion camps of which most are located in south Iowa. Northwest Iowa, he said, has only two such camps.

The second telegram to Fechner calls attention to "real discrimination against northwest Iowa in establishing these camps."

The city of Milford has been making efforts to keep the camp, which, during its tenure there, has been responsible for many improvements in Iowa's lake region.

50 years ago

The huge yellow Dutch windmill constructed by Homeroom 2 won first place in the annual Homecoming Parade here Friday afternoon in competition with a number of outstanding floats.

Boasting rotating blades and surrounded by a tulip-trimmed picket fence, the top entry bore the slogan: "We'll Run 'Em Through the Mill."

Judged second was the Homeroom 1 float featuring an outsize rabbit and two bunnies with the caption, "We'll Multiply the Score in a Hare-Raising Game."

Can't Lose

Third place went to Homeroom 3's entry using an election year theme stating "Jack and Dick Agree--You Can't Lose with Cherokee." Facing each other on the float were a chubby gray elephant and a shapely brown donkey.

Crowds of youngsters and adults lined Main Street on an ideal autumn day to watch the much-anticipated parade pass by twice on its route through the business district.

Leading the procession was a rider from Leese Stables mounted on a white Arabian horse and clad in a striking white and gold sequin Bedouin costume.

Next came the Washington High school marching band. Convertibles bearing the royal party and new car transporting members of the football team alternated with the floats.

The Cherokee Chamber of Commerce float--complete with Cherokee Charley, Indian braves and maidens, also appeared in the big parade. Junior high students taking part in the Indian scene were Karleen Anderson, Sherry Sturgeon, Steve Koser and Paul Sleezer. Adults assisting were Darrel Stroud, Marv Hatting and Louis Larson.

Parade judges were Mrs. Richard Brown, Rev. J. E. Feller and John Sauer.

The three winning floats appeared Friday evening at the Homecoming game.

Bob Lowry, former Cherokee resident, and his clarinet were to be featured during halftime today of the Iowa-Wisconsin football game in Iowa City and seen over regional television.

"The Licorice Stick Story," starring Lowry and his electronically-rigged clarinet, was a presentation of the Hawkeye Marching Band of the State University of Iowa.

The SUI version was from a show originally designed by Frank Piersol, director of bands at Iowa State University, and composed of music identified with the clarinet.

Lowry, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Lowry of St. Louis Park, Minn., who formerly lived here was head of the instrumental music department at Morningside College for 13 years.

He is a member of the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra and lead clarinetist and saxophonist with the staff orchestra of Sioux City Civic Auditorium Enterprises, Inc. He has been concert-master of the All-American Bandmasters Band in Chicago for four years.

Lowry is now soloist and clinician with the C. G. Conn Corporation, Elkhart, Ind.

25 years ago

Cherokee teachers, custodians and school lunch employees are seeking a pay increase for the 1986-87 year.

The Cherokee Education Association and the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 179 submitted 1986-87 their initial contract proposals Monday to the Cherokee School Board.

The Board will submit its responses to the CEA and the UFCW Oct. 28.

Cherokee Superintendent Mick Starcevich said the CEA and UFCW's proposals would ease negotiations this year, because they are not as high as they have been in past years.

The CEA's total proposal package amounts to about an 8 percent increase over this year's, while the UFCW's totals about an 11 percent increase.

Bruce Lear, who heads the CEA, said the teachers' organization took current economic conditions into consideration when putting together its proposal. Because of economic decisions, Lear said he did not think Cherokee would support a large increase in teachers pay and other costs.

"And I think that's justified," he said.

The CEA is proposing a 4.92 percent increase in teacher salaries. Cherokee Schools now pay out $2,098,511 in salaries and extra duty pay for teachers, however, that figure does not include Social Security and Iowa Public Employees Retirement System costs. The proposed increase would bring this amount to $2,201,787.

Included in the salary proposal is a 1.4 percent increase in the base pay, from $13,800 to $14,000.

After negotiations last year, the first three steps on the district's pay schedule were combined. Starcevich said this was done so the district could offer a higher base pay, and thus attract quality teachers. The steps are based on education levels and experience.

The CEA has proposed doing away with combined steps, as a way to insure proper compensation for teachers who have worked for the district a number of years.

Stacevich said though such a move would help teachers with years of service, it would hurt the amount of the base pay.

Because of the proposed removal of the combined steps, Starcevich said the current pay schedule and the CEA's proposed schedule are "almost impossible" to compare.

Under other salary matters, the CEA has proposed several modifications in the supplemental pay schedule. Starcevich said the most significant of the proposals in terms of increases, are the requests for $25 instead of $10 per trip for pep bus chaperones and $10 instead of $5 per event for official scorers and time keepers.

The CEA also wants teachers to be paid $10 per event for duties outside regular school hours, such as ticket taking and crowd control.

Lear said he hoped this would result in teachers and the community working more together, with people outside the teaching staff doing such things as working in ticket booths.

The CEA has also proposed that the district pay full premiums for single health and major medical insurance, and half the premium for family coverage.

Under the current contract, the district pays up to $900 for the single coverage premium. Starcevich said this amount covers the entire cost of the single coverage premium.

However, the district does not pay anything on family coverage. Paying half coverage on family coverage premiums could mean a significant increase in insurance costs, Starcevich said.

Dental insurance, something the district does not now offer, has also been proposed by the CEA.

The current contract goes for two years, with only articles dealing with wage and salaries, supplemental pay, insurance, evaluation procedures and contract duration being negotiated annually. The CEA has proposed a one-year contract, with all articles open for negotiation.

Other CEA proposals deal with changes in current contract wording.

The UFCW has proposed a 10 percent wage increase for all employees.

UFCW members who work for the school district include custodians, maintenance personnel and school lunch employees. Salaries for these employees range from $4.25 to $5.35 per hour. The UFCW's proposal calls for wage increase ranging from 43-cents per hour to 53-cents per hour.

Todd Thoma, UFCW spokesman, said the wage increases would not be a burden for the district, since the custodial and food service staff has been reduced over the last year.

The UFCW has also proposed that the district pay full premiums for family insurance coverage, and offer dental insurance.

The district currently pays 75 percent of the premium for family insurance, but does not offer dental insurance.

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THANK YOU for posting the article about Ada Smith, Bessie Anderson and George Cave. George was my great-great grandfather and Bessie and Ada are in my family tree also.

LOVE the Times Gone By feature. Keep up the great work!

Lynette Edsall

-- Posted by LynetteE on Mon, Oct 18, 2010, at 3:04 PM

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