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Times Gone By

Friday, October 22, 2010

Iowa's first planetarium - Pictured is J. Terry Walker, former Director of the Sanford Museum (1982-1991) as he takes a look at the Spitz A-1 Planetarium Projector. The Sanford Museum's Planetarium was the first planetarium in the state of Iowa.
100 years ago

Word has been received here of the death of Dr. H. M Stewart which occurred at Lincoln, Neb., on Tuesday, October 11th, 1910 and the funeral was held at the home of his daughter. Mrs. Will James at Carroll, Neb., on Friday last. Besides his mother Mrs. Mary R. Stewart, Dr. Stewart is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Wm. James, Mrs. Joe Cain, and Mrs. W. A. Carr.

Dr. Stewart was formerly editor of the Cherokee Republican having come from Mapleton about two and a half years ago to found a third paper in Cherokee. About a year later he sold out to J. T. Hogan and moved elsewhere.

Since leaving Cherokee Steward has been practicing in his chosen profession of osteopathy. Mr. Stewart has many Cherokee friends who will be sorry to hear of his demise.

Jockey Eddie Taplin and his manager Fred Taplin arrived here Monday morning from Toronto, Canada, to join their mother, Mrs. Anna Taplin, and sister, Miss Stella Taplin for a visit at the Betz and Carter homes.

Jockey Taplin received a heavy fall at Toronto, Canada, his hip being dislocated and other otherwise badly bruised. He was taken to a hospital and as soon as he was able to travel was brought on here. Eddie was born in Cherokee and many friends of the family are pleased to hear of this boys wonderful success as a rider.

He is now classed champion Jockey of the United States, and Canada winning 111 races this year and 147 last year having rode in every principal City in the United States. Next year plans are being made for him to start for Europe and France. After a visit here they will accompany their mother and sister to their home in Fresno, California. After a visit there they will enter the races at Oakland, Cal., where a brilliant record stands to this Jockey, a record no other one Jockey is so well and widely known as Taplin. Much credit is also due to his brother, Fred for the skillful way he manages for his brother. Many friends here are anxious to renew acquaintances with these Cherokee boys.

75 years ago

A petition asking that any excess of corn and hogs or the cash receipts from the same be turned over to the poor fund of Cherokee county was adopted., reestablishment of the school at the county home was approved and two gravel petitions were placed on file at an adjourned meeting of the board of supervisors held Tuesday at the court house.

Five domestic animal claims totaling $123 were allowed at $102, and other routine business was transacted. Next regular session is scheduled for November 1.

Urge Action

The petition addressed to the Cherokee county Corn-Hog Control association follows:

"Whereas under the Corn-Hog Control association there is a possibility of an excess of corn and hogs in the county, and whereas such as excess could be used to advantage in the county poor fund of Cherokee county,

"Now, therefore, be at resolved by the board of supervisors of Cherokee county, Iowa, that we do hereby urge and petition the Cherokee county Corn Hog Control Association that any excess of corn and hogs or the cash receipts for the same, which may develop in the carrying of the adjustment of contracts and the duties of said association, be turned over to the poor fund of the county."

After it was decided to reestablish the school at the county home, which was discontinued this fall, Miss Kathryn Kohn was employed as teacher. It is expected the school will reopen next Monday.

Five miles of gravel in Afton township and two miles between Afton and Spring, all of which serve as school and mail routes, have been requested in a petition placed on file Tuesday. Forty-six families would be affected by this work.

A second petition placed on file Tuesday asks for one mile of gravel in Cedar township which would affect eight families.

Roy Glidewell, Cherokee, entered a claim for $5 for one 100 pound lamb which was allowed at $4; John Hronek, Quimby, was allowed $8 instead of $20 for two lambs; Ott Conley, Washta, was allowed his full claim of $45 for nine sheep; and Elmer Peck, Quimby, was allowed $25 as entered for five ewes and $20 instead of $28 for four other ewes.

A herd of registered Holstein cows owned by the Cherokee state hospital has maintained the fine daily average yield of 1.4 pounds of fat per cow during the first 265 days of the current annual production test, according to a report made Monday by the Holstein-Friesian association of America at Madison, Wis.

One cow in the herd has topped the 600 pound fat mark, three cows the 500 pound mark and 13 other cows the 400 pound mark during that time, the report shows.

Cherokee Johanna Thorn is leading the herd with a credit of 611 pounds of fat and 15,645.7 pounds of milk. Cherokee Piebe Lady Sarcastic V holds high honors in mild production with a credit of 18,395.7 pounds of milk and 518 pounds of fat.

During the last reported test period 22 cows exceeded the 40 pound far mark, Cherokee Ormsby Lizzie Burke leading the herd for the month with a yield of 73.2 pounds fat and 2,436.6 pounds of milk.

Thrice A Day

Just recently, the report says, Marble Place Cornelia Ormsby II and Cherokee Segis Thorn III completed lactation records of 590.6 pounds of fat and 509 pounds respectively. Both of these records were made by three milkings a day.

This is not the first time state hospital cattle have been sited by the organization. Almost every report given by the association shows that the locally owned herd is in top ranks of the association's record.

50 years ago

It all seemed so simple in the beginning for the Cherokee Community Theater to borrow a mummy case from the Fort Dodge Theater group.

Cherokee would send a truck over to pick up the mummy case. However, the truck came back empty. So this week the actors were in a tizzy.

Can you imagine the surprised look that must have come over the Fort Dodge freight clerk's face when a long distance call from Cherokee asked him if he was holding a mummy case. (Those Cherokee folks must all be plain loco.)

For his answer to be no was even more confusing to the local committee, for they had no idea how to track down the new Fort Dodge warehouse where the mummy case was stored. Friday a carload of actors disguised as Egyptians took off for the east intent on their mission.

Will they get the mummy case safely here by curtain time? Or will they have to change the script?

Come see Monday and Tuesday night, October 24-25 at the Immaculate Conception Auditorium.

Dr. D. C. Koser obtained a building permit Friday to construct a $75,000 nursing and custodial home in the 600 block on North Second.

To be called Hilltop House, it will be leased and operated by the Gregg Nursing Homes of this city.

The one-story brick veneer structure will measure 34 x 195 and contain 17 patient rooms.

By June 1

The Cherokee physician and the work of digging the basement has begun, and plans call for the home to be finished by June 1 next year. Otis Haley, Cherokee, is the contractor.

Wonderful artwork Pictured, left to right, are: Margaret Midland, Acting Director of the Sanford Museum, Artist Norman LaLiberte, Dr. Albert Fritz, and Dennis Fritz in 1969. LaLiberte was a prominent New York artist who sold this banner to the Sanford Museum Association for the museum's art collection.
Including the nursing home, permits issued by City Attorney Loyal Martin since mid-September have a total valuation of $143,756.

Fred Wheeler was issued a permit to build a one-story frame house and garage on Warrior Street in Fishman's Third Addition. Valuation is $18,500 and Wheeler will serve as his own contractor.

Pete Carstens of Quimby obtained a permit for a one-story frame house with brick veneer front and a garage on West Bluff Street. Estimated valuation is $117,500 and Bob Johnson of Cherokee is contractor.

FB Addition

A permit has been issued to Cherokee County Farm Bureau for a 20 x 30 one-story tile addition to the present building at 500 East Main. Otis Haley is contractor and valuation is $10,000.

Rock Island Lumber Company will build a one-story frame house with breezeway at 1000 Rock Island Avenue in Pilot Rock Addition. The firm will serve as contractor and estimated valuation is $13,000.

A permit was granted to Franklin Eischen to build a one-story frame addition to an existing house at 1291 West Cedar. Otis Haley is contractor and valuation is $4,900.

William Olsen was issued a permit for a one-story frame house on an existing basement at 434 Greer with a valuation of $4,000.

25 years ago

Larrabee residents are considering an offer they don't want to refuse.

The Cherokee School Board recently offered to give the empty Larrabee Middle School building and the land around it to the City of Larrabee. The building was vacated last spring after the district built a middle school addition onto Roosevelt Elementary School.

At a meeting Monday, seven Larrabee residents and attorney John Wibe met with the Cherokee School Board to discuss the offer.

Wibe, who spoke on behalf of the Larrabee residents, said city officials would love to have the property, but were concerned about taking the building because they cannot afford to insure it or demolish it.

Cherokee School Superintendent Mick Starcevich said it would roughly cost $50,000 to tear down the building, a price the school district also cannot afford.

Board member Robert Lundquist said he would support giving the property to Larrabee, but felt it would be in the best interest of the district to see if there were anyone interested in buying the building.

Starcevich said before the building could be sold, it would have to be appraised by three people. If the appraised value was more than $25,000, school district voters would have to approve putting the building up for sale. However, Starcevich said that since demolition costs could be subtracted from the appraised value, he doubted if the building would be valued at over $25,000.

Wibe brought up several options for the city and the School Board: Sharing the cost of demolition if Larrabee gets a grant to cover half the cost; sharing the cost of boarding up the building's windows to avoid vandalism problems; renting the bus barns at the school building to Larrabee, and donating the playground to the city.

The Board expressed support for all options, but said further discussion is needed.

Wibe said he would check with the Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council about available grants.

Also at Monday's meeting, the Board heard reports from Washington High school Counselor Dane Knutson and WHS Band Director Tom Kruse.

Knutson presented a report of trends in WHS students' average composite American College Testing exams scores.

Knutson said over the last eight years, WHS average composite ACT scores have consistently been higher than state and national averages. For example, in the 1984-85 school year, WHS students' average composite score was 21.4, compared to the state average of 20.3 and the national average of 18.6.

ACT tests knowledge in four area; English usage; mathematics; social studies and natural sciences. The highest possible average composite score is 35.

Following Knutson's report, Kruse spoke to the Board about the success of the WHS Band.

"It's refreshing to come to this type of meeting with everything being positive, and nothing negative," Kruse said.

The WHS has been chalking up top awards at competitions. Kruse attributed the band program's success to several factors, including strong support from parents, the community and the administration, students' dedication to the program and cooperation of all members of the district's teaching staff.

The success of the band has promoted community and school pride, cooperation among the student body, school spirit, discipline and responsibility, Kruse said.

Kruse added that the program has also been highly educational, because of experiences students have had through music, entertainment and travel.

In other business, the board:

* Approved the Talented and Gifted program for the 1986-87 year. Starcevich said the main difference in the 1986-87 program was a budget decrease, from $45,000 to $44,000. Starcevich said because the program was new, extra money was budgeted for equipment purchases. The program is now two years old.

Prior to the vote, Board Member Jerry Namanny expressed concern over TAG students being taken out of regular classes, to participate in the program. Namanny voted against the 1986-87 program.

Board President Vicki Wittgraf suggested that students, teachers and parents be surveyed about the program to see if there are any problems that need to be studied.

* Approved hiring Haselhoff Construction, Cherokee, to install sidewalks at the Roosevelt building and Webster Elementary School. The Roosevelt building sidewalk will be on the south side of Bow Street, and connect Roosevelt Street with the existing sidewalk, which goes down Bow Street and curves toward the school building.

The Webster project will involve three small sidewalks which will be installed on the parking, connecting the street with the existing sidewalks.

The project will cost $3,516, Starcevich said.

* Approved resignations from Jack Klingborg, head girls' softball coach, Leo Hupke, assistant boys' track coach and Steve Blair, head girls track coach. The board also approved contracts for Hupke as head girls' track coach, and Blair as head girls' softball coach.

Starcevich said he will begin looking for someone to take the assistant boy's track position.

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