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Times Gone By

Friday, November 19, 2010

Here is a classic look at Cherokee's Main Street, looking east. Note the parking meters which once adorned the city.
100 years ago

M. J. Foley, an old resident of Cherokee, passed away at his home on West Willow Street Monday morning at 10:30 o'clock.

About eleven years ago he suffered a stroke of paralysis since which time he has been an invalid being cared for by friends in the most loving manner.

Mr. Foley was born in Ireland in the year 1854 being 56 years of age at the time of his death. At the age of fourteen he came to America where he settled down and a few years later was married. About twenty-five years ago he with his wife came to Cherokee City where he has since resided. Eleven years ago his wife was taken from him and four years later he was married a second time to Mrs. Duffy.

His wife is the only surviving relative and to her goes out the sympathy of the whole community.

The funeral services were held yesterday morning at 9 o'clock from the Immaculate Conception Church Rev. Father Desmond officiating and was largely attended. Interment was made in the Catholic Cemetery.

75 years ago

Pleading guilty to charges of illegal possession of liquor, Mrs. William Dixon of Marcus was sentenced to nine months in the county jail and was then paroled by Judge O. S. Thomas of Rock Rapids last Thursday.

Arrested by county officials after a raid on her home the night of September 22, Mrs. Dixon waived preliminary hearing when she was brought before Justice of the Peace D. J. Gilchrist September 25.

She was released on $500 bond at that time and came before Judge Thomas in district court Wednesday to plead guilty and waive time for sentence. After being sentenced to nine months in the county jail, she was paroled during good behavior to a Marcus professional man.

In the information entered against her by Sheriff A. N. Tilton, Deputy Sheriff D. E. Danielson and County Attorney Archie Nelson, all of whom took part in the raid, Nelson said Mrs. Dixon admitted she had been selling illegal liquor.

Although part of the whiskey allegedly found in the house was said to have been poured out, officers confiscated one container which did not have an official Iowa seal.

Court is scheduled to reconvene next Monday.

Five more Cherokee county boys, two from Cherokee, two from Washta, and one from Quimby, were accepted for civilian conservation corps duty and were taken Friday to the CCC camp at Moorhead, Mrs. Mary H. Jensvold, director of county relief, said.

Acceptance of the additional number triples the original quota set for Cherokee county. It was first announced that five more boys form this county would be accepted between October 15 and November 15, and Friday's number brings to 15 the number actually enrolled to camps during that period.

On the latest list are Robert Witcombe and Merlin Whisman, Washta; Willis J. Gano, Quimby; and Anuel J. Byerly and Harold E. Olson, Cherokee.

Five who were taken two weeks ago have been transferred from Denison to Moorhead and the additional five taken Friday were also sent to the new camp. Recruits were taken by J. A. McDonald, Cherokee, and J. E. Pennington, Silver township, both members of the board of supervisors.

Selections were made by Mrs. Jensvold and McDonald, the latter being ERA director for Cherokee county. To be eligible boys must be between 17 and 25 years of age and members of families which are on relief rolls.

Since a one day extension was given, more recruits could be accepted until Saturday.

Northwestern Bell - The Cherokee office of the Northwetern Bell was once located in this office at 112 South Second Street. The building currently houses Paula's Hair Design, an owner Paula Burch recently completed a restoration of the building.

Congressional passage of the Frazier-Lemke act and rulings on it by the United States supreme court have attached national significance to the fight of William Francis Lindsay, 84, year old Aurelia farmer, whose battle to keep his farm as long as possible will come before Judge Geo. C. Scott in United States district court at Sioux City at 10 o'clock the morning of November 25.

Both the old and the amended Frazier-Lemke farm mortgage moratorium laws, which were passed by congress, have affected the case, and because the amended law has already been called unconstitutional by one federal judge the matter is expected to attract wide attention.

Lindsay's urgent request that Congressman Guy Gillette do "all in his power" to help him caused the congressman to wire Representative William Lemke, Fargo N. D., one of the authors of the bill, asking him to be present at the hearing in Sioux City.

In asking Lemke to be present, Gillette qualified the invitation to help in presenting the case by saying that this action would be appreciated by the client, providing attorneys of record would give their consent.

Filed Bankruptcy

It was November 1, last year, that Lindsay filed bankruptcy in district court in Cherokee. First hearing of the matter was reached December 15, 1934. Before a continuance expired on June 12, 1935, the Frazier-Lemke act was declared unconstitutional by the United States supreme court.

In August this year the Farmers Loan and Trust company commenced action in Cherokee county district court for foreclosure of the farm. Lindsay applied for a stay order against the foreclosure and the plaintiff mentioned for a dismissal of this petition.

50 years ago

The U.S. Rural urban renewal administration Friday approved a federal grant of $11,500 to the Iowa Development Commission to aid the city of Cherokee and three other Iowa towns.

The other communities included in the approved grant are Denison, Jefferson and Dyersville.

Financial aid from the grant to Cherokee is in preparation of comprehensive plans for growth and development.

Word of approval for the application came by telegram from Rep. Charles B. Hoeven in Washington, D.C.

Planning Commission

The Cherokee City Council made the urban renewal application upon recommendation of the Cherokee City Planning Commission.

Elmer Bierbaum is chairman of the City Planning Commission.

Other members of the commission are Dr. D. C. Koser, Dr. J. A. Fritz, Dr. Charles Jerratt, Jack Cook and Gunnar Osterling.

The application for the grant was made in a resolution dated September 20 of this year.

City files show the council resolution read: "Request the Iowa Development Commission make application to the Housing and Finance Agency for urban planning assistance.

The initial recommendation had been made by the city planning commission.

Half of the funds are furnished by the federal government, one fourth by the state of Iowa and one fourth by this city.

The Cherokee City Council already has employed a special planning consultant, Newell Guernsey, Sioux City.

Guernsey's duties will include surveying for land, development of new roads and suggestions of new uses for city land areas.

By order of the City Council, three street areas in Cherokee have been posted for parking on one side only and one for no parking on either side.

Those where parking is allowed on one side only are: North First from Bluff Street to Wilson Avenue, no parking on east side; West Cherry Street from North Second to Eleventh, no parking on the north side; Vine Street from Willow to Cedar, no parking on the west side.

The block on North First Street between East Cedar and East Cherry is posted for no parking on either side.

25 years ago

George Bush listened to a group of Iowa farmers over the weekend. Now those farmers are hoping Ronald Reagan listens to his vice president.

"There's no question in my mind that when Ronald Reagan gets back from the summit George Bush is going to let him know what's happening here," said Tom Dorr. "If he (Reagan) has got his head screwed on right, he'll listen."

Marcus' Dorr and Verdell Johnson of Cleghorn were two of 17 farm leaders who spoke with the vice president behind closed doors in Des Moines Saturday.

Dorr represented the Partnership for Economic Progress and Johnson was speaking as president of the Iowa Sheep Producers Association.

They said Bush listened to the farmers for more than an hour and seemed to be concerned with conditions in Iowa.

"He said he was there to listen," Johnson said. "He didn't give us anything concrete, but I think that he did listen."

Dorr agreed.

"My personal feeling is that the vice president was extremely sincere about wanting to help, but he keeps tying himself to the administration," Dorr said, adding that few farm leaders or politicians have expressed support for many of the recent Reagan farm policy proposals.

And Dorr said the farmers at the meeting made two important points to the vice president.

One, he said, was that the problem doesn't stop at the fence-rows.

He said several people at the meeting, including Rep. Jim Leach, told Bush that agriculture, energy and nearly every industry which deals with raw materials is struggling. Leach also said that no country can keep its economic strength if it allows its raw materials industries to falter.

The second point was even more direct.

"This administration had better quit playing political football with this farm thing," Dorr said. Otherwise, he said, the government could end up "damaging the infrastructure of agriculture. It's every bit as important as another missile or another tank."

Bush the asked the farm leaders what the administration could have done in the past five years that it didn't do. That said, Dorr, was an easy question to answer.

He said he had gone to Washington as a representative of a commodity group in 1961 and joined others in asking for a paid land-diversion program.

They were ignored.

Soon after that, grain stockpiles grew too big for the bins and the Payment in Kind (PIK) program was announced to cut down on the stockpiles.

In 1983 and 1984 commodity groups were again asking for a paid set aside, saying that stockpiles would grow and prices would fall dramatically.

Again they were ignored.

Now the vice president came to Iowa, and Dorr said he again suggested a paid set-aside program.

And this time, he said, he thinks he wasn't ignored. Bush listened. Dorr just doesn't know if the president will listen to Bush.

Dorr and Johnson also said the meeting might improve Gov. Terry Branstad's standing with the administration because the farm leaders said many of the same things the governor has been trying to tell Reagan for months.

"The governor had in fact been representing us," Dorr said. "He was not crying wolf."

Johnson said he was impressed with Branstad's knowledge of the nuts and bolts of the economic problems facing farmers, and also with the governor's independence.

"There's no question he's got Iowa in his heart. He was not afraid to get up and say Bush was wrong."

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