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Friday, October 29, 2010

The Cherokee Milling Company - In 1901, when P. F. Fassler purchased the Cherokee Milling Company, he made several improvements to the plant, adding several rolls and otherwise increasing its capacity and effectiveness. At the time the mill turned out three grades of white flour, along with graham, rye flour, buckwheat, corn meal, chop feed and shorts.
100 years ago

The times in its Thursday issue contained an account of the robbery of the Galva bank on that morning. The Galva Tribune gives these additional particulars:

"The vault was opened by a charge of explosives and another charge was tried on the burglar-proof safe inside the vault but no money or valuable was gotten from it. The front of the safe was torn off but its door was not opened.

The explosion threw the safe to the floor with its face downward and this possibly saved its contents to a certain extent, as it took four or five men to turn it over when found. The large plate glass windows of the bank were blown to smithereens by the force of the explosions.

About thirty-five dollars in small coins were secured form the bank by the burglars. The John Lund blacksmith shop was entered and tools taken from it to enter the bank vault.

The Ackert & Lank hardware store was entered also. A revolver, two shot guns and a supply of cartridges and shells were taken. There the burglars tore the money drawer from the counter and scattered its contents, (a handful of pennies) upon the floor.

The saloon was visited but no money was secured. A few bottles of "Old Crow" took wings and that was all was taken. A safe behind the bar contained about $150.00 but this was overlooked.

At the Counger, Ball & Co. elevator office the safe was opened and its contents, a little less than one hundred dollars, are missing.

It is thought entrance to the bank was made through the south window. At the hardware store and saloon the glass in the doors were broken and the Yale locks turned by hand so that in each of these places entrance was gained through the door.

The team of Rev. C. A. Anderson was taken from his barn and in all probability the robbers made their escape with the team. Outside of this there is no other clue to the affair.

Sheriff McLeod was on the ground early this morning and as we go to press (3 p.m.) no clue has yet been found."

75 years ago

That Cherokee County is a top ranking agricultural unit in Iowa, a fact that needed no verification locally, has been announced to the entire United States in a report recently published by the department of commerce bureau of the census, at Washington, D.C.

Not only ranking fourth in acreage of barley in the state during 1934, Cherokee county also made gains in cattle and other grain production during the last year, the report shows.

1,903 Farms

In 1935 this county had 1,903 farms consisting of 362,476 acres with a total value of $82,599,999, the preliminary report of the 1935 census of agriculture released Tuesday by William L. Austin, director of the census bureau, shows.

The average value of land and buildings per farm was 17,131, and the average size 190.5 acres.

This county showed an increase of 5,204 acres over the 1929 barley crop, and was one of the few in Iowa reporting an increase in this crop in the last five years.

In 1934, a total of 22,534 acres were planted in barley, compared with 16,630 in 1919. Hay and the number of cattle increased, while amount of corn and oats threshed decreased, the report shows.

Submitting his preliminary report, Austin said that all statistics released at this time are subject to revision.

Because Iowa is now forty-seventh state in the United States in receipts per pupil from the state, a revision of the distribution of state tax money will be proposed by the resolutions committee at a state meeting of Iowa teachers which opens Thursday in Des Moines

McCombs Chairman

Announcement of the proposed resolution which will be presented for adoption by the state resolutions committee was made by Superintendent N. D. McCombs of this city, who is chairman of the committee.

McCombs said that the proposal has been drawn up for presentation Thursday, and that the assemblage of teachers may not vote on it until the last day of the convention, Saturday.

"Practically all funds for supporting schools have been secured form local propert6y taxes," McCombs pointed out. The committee feels, he said, that schools should share in revenues derived from new sources of taxation.

To Even Chances

State participation in the support of public schools, members of the unit feel, would eliminate the great inequalities between communities in education and opportunities provided. This help would also relieve the local property tax where it is most heavily used, they feel.

There is at present a wide divergence in the ability to provide an adequate educational program, the committee's report says.


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