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Friday, November 5, 2010

100 years ago

Stephen G. Keuping the well known bachelor farmer of Willow has surprised and pleased his friends by announcing that on October 12th he was married at Dakota City, Nebr., to Mrs. Mabel Brown. When Garrett on that date announced that he was going to Sioux City it was supposed that he was going on a cattle buying trip and none of his neighbors suspected that he was a victim of Don Cupid. He was as above noted. The newly married kept the secret well and it has only recently leaked out. Garrett is the fortunate possessor of 200 acres of good Iowa soil and had no business to be a bachelor anyhow and his friends are congratulating him on the step he has taken.

Mr. and Mrs. Keuping are now at home to their friends on the farm and commence married life under very auspicious circumstances.

Monday morning's Sioux City Journal gives the following account of an accident which occurred to one of our Cherokee boys on Saturday last:

"Celebration of the Morningside victory over the Ames team caused Silas Brailey, a student from Cherokee who lives at 1716 Orleans avenue, to sustain an injury which brought an abrupt end to his frolic Saturday night.

He was marking the occasion of the triumph by parading in the streets at Morningside. Near the college campus he ran into the street, jumped behind a street car and tried to pull the trolley off the overhead wire by jerking on the guy rope. He became tangled in the fender and was hurled onto the pavement striking on his head. He was rendered unconscious and taken to a house where he was attended by a doctor. His condition is not serious."

The Woman's Foreign Missionary Society meets Friday at the parsonage with Mrs. Chapler. This will be the time for the payment of dues. Every member expected to be present. This society is doing most excellent work one of the best in the conference. Mrs. C. W. Bunn is President.

The topic for the Epworth League Devotional service for next Sunday evening will be "A Call To Self Examination" and Mae Alseph and Mrs. F. Smith will be the leaders. The meeting of last Sunday evening had the longest attendance of any for many months. The League room being well filled.

Mr. Fateles class of young men is planning for an entertainment to be given at the church, Friday evening Nov. 11th. Miss Elizabeth Hanson a reader of rare ability has been secured. This is a very enterprising class of young men, and the success of the entertainment is assured.

The Hollow'een Social given by the league at the hospitable home of Mr. and Mrs. Yeager on Monday evening was a great success. The "Blues" gave the social, and it was well planned. The house was full of a jolly company who were met at the door by "spooks" whose disguise was complete. Miss Nora Nitz is leader of this side and deserves great credit for the success of the social.

Our new song books were received Saturday and were used at the Sunday evening service. The song service was an inspiration and the congregational singing was fine. The audience room was filled with a very attentive audience. Everybody cordially invited to attend these services. Many people of Cherokee do not attend services anywhere. Come and we will do good. Half hour song service commencing at 7:30 sharp.

75 years ago

The livestock business, its relation to northwest Iowa and agriculture in general were pictured by D. H. Cunningham, secretary of the Sioux City Livestock Exchange in an illuminating talk before Rotary club Monday noon. The speaker explained the methods used in handling cattle, sheep and hogs, how the various commission firms function and what happens to livestock after it reaches the yards.

"It is a million dollar a day business," Cunningham said. "From January 1, 1934 to January 1, 1935, the checks sent to the city of Cherokee alone amounted to over $1,000,000, and that was in a low market period." The point was brought out when the speaker showed what the Sioux City stock yards and its open competitive market means to a community such as this.

The concerns most interested in the Sioux City yards are the Sioux City Stock Yards company, the Sioux City Livestock Exchange and the commission companies. Methods of including stock, how they are sorted, graded, weighed, tested, sold, and shipped, and how trucking has caused employment of three times as many men, were mentioned by Cunningham, who said, "It takes just as many men to handle a small truck load of a few hogs or cattle as it used to take to handle a full railroad car," and "where one commission company used to make, 2,500 drafts after weighing, they are now required to make 25,000. You can imagine what a large amount of bookkeeping and detail work is necessary now that shipments are more frequent and where one truck load may be owned by several farmers.

Are "Hotel Managers"

"The Stock Yards company has nothing to do with buying or selling. They are the "hotel" managers, renting out pens, and apportioning out the feed to shippers. The actual buying and selling is done by the commission firms, several of which make up the Livestock Exchange." Cunningham stated the government regulations are very strict and there is no chance of livestock coming into or leaving the yards without close inspection by government experts. In closing, he remarked that direct buying of livestock or sale of livestock at community auctions, could result in widespread contamination of herds everywhere.

An address by Congressman Guy Gillette and election of nine directors are expected to be highlights of the annual Cherokee County credit bureau banquet which will be held at 6:45 o'clock Thursday night in the Lewis Hotel.

The congressman will be introduced by L. J. McGivern of Marcus. Other program numbers will include tap dance numbers by Misses Dorothy Gill and Eloise Lamont of Meriden and Oliver Eldon Beers of Washta. Accompaniments for these numbers will be supplied by Miss Dorothy Sage of Meriden.

Community singing will be led by Superintendent N. D. McCombs and music during the dinner will be by the Lewis hotel orchestra.

Committees in charge of arrangements for the annual event are the nine directors: A. J. Lenth, Marcus; Gus Rud, Cleghorn; L. J. Montgomery, Larrabee; C. O. Larson, Aurelia; George Wilson, Meriden; George Totman, Quimby; Paul Carlton, Washta; and J. R. Richards and Fred Morrison, Cherokee. They have been assisted by C. R. Fullerton, George Brummer, R. T. Steele and James Dunt, all members of the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber is cooperating in staging this year's banquet and it has been decided that the meeting shall be open to the public. Reservations must be made, however, with committee members or at the Chamber offices in Cherokee.

50 years ago

(This information furnished by courtesy of Board of Supervisors)

The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors is facing up to a responsibility in asking the public to vote in favor of the new courthouse proposal.

They are no more interested in increased public expenditures, where it can be avoided, than any other citizen.

The estimate they have received for doing a remodeling job is only a minimum of what needs to be done. In addition, there is the recent examination by the State Fire Marshal's office. His recommendations, which must be eventually carried out, would run the cost even higher. Considerable more money would be spent. This would all amount to a huge sum.

Building a new courthouse would also amount to a huge sum. Which is the wisest course? To use a huge sum of public money and still have an old, inadequate and hazardous building, or to use a large sum and build a new structure in keeping with progress, with adequate office and work space, with adequate storage space and providing a safe storage for the thousands of vital and important records?

Cherokee County Courthouse - The former Cherokee County Courthouse is pictured as it was being demolished.
The eventual cost of the taxpayer may be about the same. During the last 10 years $38,000 has been spent to maintain and repair the old courthouse. This will undoubtedly increase during the next ten years. In addition to this you have the large sum to be expended for remodeling and to carry out the recommended changes indicated by the State Fire Marshal's office.

Still no additional work space, no additional storage space is gained. Still there is a condition of extreme fire hazard. The citizens of Cherokee County would still have an old building, chopped up and patched up to do a stop-gap service for a few years until it would have to be abandoned due to the forces of time and the elements. For the old building is in a state of deterioration in the support walls that cannot be repaired.

The wooden framing of the building is weak and rotting in many places. In some areas this can be replaced--in most areas it cannot. The safety factor can never be overlooked. For here people are directly involved. People who work and serve the citizens of the county--spending eight hours a day every day in the building plus persons who come in from time to time to carry on business.

Some one has suggested that since the old courthouse building has done the job all these years with a wooden room, wooden floors, wooden stairwells, no elevators, inadequate storage space, inefficient and inadequate work and office space and the ever present fire hazard--why in the world do we need a new one? Yet the man who suggests this does not use a horse and buggy for transportation, does not wear clothing of the design and materials of 1890, does not use a kerosene lamp to light his home at night, does not have an open fireplace to heat his home, does not go to a doctor who practices in the manner of 1890, does not sit down in the chair of the dentist who practices the "painless" dentistry of 1890, does not expect his children to be taught from the textbooks of 1890, would not favor a teacher whose training ended in 1890.

This same man cannot bring himself to understand that the cost of keeping the old building may be the same or even greater than the cost of providing a new courthouse. Does this man consider himself an informed citizen? Is he taking a responsible attitude?

The present courthouse was built in 1891 with the outlook, the ideas and the materials available at that time. Materials and construction practices have greatly changed. The Model T Ford was the greatest thing on wheels when it first appeared on the American scene. It isn't the greatest thing on wheels today by a long shot. The man who would retain the old courthouse is not driving a Model T Ford! Why not? An old Ford will still get him down the road! The very same reasons he might use to defend his owning a modern automobile could be used to state the case for a new courthouse.

Has he no pride in the progress of his county? Is he not for efficient operation of government? Has he taken time to check the facts himself? Is he "agin" it just to be against something?

The great majority of taxpayers in Cherokee County would pay less than $2.50 a year for a new courthouse. A few would pay more. A vote in favor of the proposed courthouse is a vote for progress, a vote for safety, a vote for efficiency, a vote for adequate storage space, a vote for needed work and office space and a vote for pride in your county.

There has been much talk in Iowa during recent months about the possibility of combining several counties with one courthouse building to serve the combined group. A vote in favor of the new courthouse proposal might eventually turn out to be a vote to retain a courthouse in this area. If any county has a new courthouse in operation, then they have a good case to retain county business. Those that do not, should the above possibility gain ground might lose out completely.

This is a bare fact, the possibility of which--from an economic point of view--should not be overlooked by the voters when they mark their ballot Tuesday.

25 years ago

Cherokee city officials and business people say the city is in the right gear with its shift to diagonal parking on Main Street this year.

"I think it has been better than I expected," said Mayor James Clabaugh, who also owns Fashionette, a downtown women's clothing store.

"I still receive several comments about it a week," Clabaugh said. "I think it was a very good move."

It was also a move that took time to get approved.

The city at one time had diagonal parking on Main Street, but it was switched to parallel parking many years ago when the street was made wider, according to Cherokee Street Superintendent Dick Curtis.

In February of 1964 the Planning and Zoning Commission proposed putting in diagonal parking on both sides of Main Street, First Street and Willow Street and making Main, First and Pine one-way corridors.

The idea, said Planning and Zoning head Dale Galles, was to double the parking capacity of the downtown areas and make parking easier.

But city officials said it appeared unlikely that plan would gain Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) approval because of the state highway and the change in traffic patterns the plan would cause. So, in October, the city dropped that plan and one month later it proposed another idea.

The new plan called for putting diagonal parking on the south side of main Street from First Street to U.S. Highway 59 and on the north side of Main from 59 to Fourth Street.

That proposal eventually gained DOT approval and was put into effect in June. In late August, the Council approved extending diagonal parking on the north side of Main Street from Fourth Street to Sixth Street.

That change was implemented in early September and Clabaugh said he is satisfied with it.

He said the main advantage is the ease of diagonal parking compared with parallel parking. He said it also means more downtown parking spaces for customers.

Galles, who owns Mr. G's, a downtown men's clothing store, said he has heard nothing but praise for the move from his customers.

"It has turned out better than all my expectations," he said. "We've definitely had a lot of customers saying how much they like it."

Curtis said he also likes it.

"I think the traffic moves a lot smoother than it did" with parallel parking on both sides, he said.

He said the change could make snow removal more difficult, but that will not be known until winter.

Another worry with the change was that it would result in more traffic accidents because of people backing into traffic, but Cherokee Chief of Police Norm Hill said he hasn't noticed any problem.

"So far we haven't had any increase in accidents," Hill said.

He said he would know more about the safety of diagonal parking after drivers are faced with slick winter traffic conditions.

But the popularity of diagonal parking on Main Street probably won't result in any changes in the rest of Cherokee, Galles said.

"I think that right now we're probably at our limit," he said. "I doubt it will be extended any more."

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