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Friday, December 3, 2010

100 years ago

Five men, who were occupants of an auto which turned turtle near here last night, had a narrow escape from death. Two members of the party, George Coleman, proprietor of the Hartley telephone exchange, and Roy Lampman, who was driving his father's machine, were seriously hurt. Coleman's right arm was broken, and one leg, which was caught under the machine, was badly bruised. Lampman's right hand was bruised and his right ear was cut off. Editor Eugene Peck, Mayor Lock and Tom burns, the other occupants of the car, were all thrown clear of the machine, which turned over twice in the air, and escaped with a severe shaking up. The machine was wrecked.

The members had been to Paullina to inspect an engine at the Paullina electric plant and were returning home when the accident occurred.

The accident was due to Lampman's attempt to avoid running into a fence at a sharp turn in the road with which he was unfamiliar.

The victims were taken to Paullina, where their injuries were attended to.


The Times this week is largely printed with type set on a Unitype machine which we have just installed. It is claimed for the Unitype that it is a perfect type setting machine, and from the short trial we have given it appears to justify the claim. It will perform the work of four ordinary compositors, and distributes the type automatically, thus saving about a third in time over hand distribution.

It will set up to 30 ems in width, thus making it adaptable to book and brief work, and the Times will now be able to turn out this class of work promptly and it will enable us to compete for this class of work with offices having type setting or type casting machines. Before purchasing this machine the Times investigated the various devices for type setting and casting and became convinced that for our requirements the Unitype was superior to Junior Lineotype, thought the latter has advantages and is a splendid machine, and the cost of the two machines is the same.

Miss Maud Lent is installed as operator of the machine and will be pleased to explain its working to those who honor us with an inspecting call, and all are invited to do this.

75 years ago

The community of Meriden was shocked again Monday evening as second accidental fatal shooting in 10 days occurred. Mrs. Russell Runnings, 32 year old house wife, was accidentally shot and killed by her husband shortly after 4 o'clock at their farm home a half mile north of Meriden.

After two hours of deliberation Tuesday morning, a coroner's jury pronounced death caused by accidental shooting and the distraught young husband was dismissed. Full account of the testimony will be published in Wednesday's issue of the Daily Times.

While relatives were being questioned and evidence was being heard by Dr. C. F. Quinn, county coroner, and his jury composed of Al Popma, C. B. Hearley, and P. A. Swanson, all of Cherokee, arrangements for the funeral were made.

Services will be held at the Presbyterian church at Meriden at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon, with Rev. W. O. Dailey, pastor of the Cherokee Christian church, in charge. Burial will be made at Meriden.

The gun accidentally discharged as Runnings was preparing to kill a cat, striking his wife. Runnings immediately called medical aid following the accident.

The charge which entered near the heart caused death in a few minutes, however. Coroner Quinn was summoned and called an inquest for 10 o'clock Tuesday morning.

Mrs. Runnings is survived by her husband, one son, Wardie, 13, two daughters, Florajoan, 9, and Minnie Joe, 2, her mother, Mrs. M. Heaney and a brother, Gordon Heaney.

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Happy Chef - The Happy Chef Restaurant was located at 1301 N. Second St. and was home to the Happy Chef Statue. The best part about the statue was a button that you could press to hear him talk. Monterey Mexican Restaurant is currently at that location.
Residents of Meriden were just recovering from the shock of an accidental shooting which November 23 cost the life of Jim Peterson, 57, year old bachelor.

Funeral services for Mr. Peterson, who was found by Ed Carlsen and six other Meriden men Sunday afternoon a half mile from the Ernest Pierson farm from which he had started on his solitary and fatal hunting trip, will be held at 10 o'clock Thursday morning at the Appleyard and Boothby funeral home in Cherokee.

Mrs. Running's body was also brought to the Appleyard and Boothby home, but it was to be taken back to the home early Tuesday afternoon.

50 years ago

The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors purchased an International two-ton truck from Bushlow Implement Company of Cherokee Friday at a net price of $3,375.75.

The board also bought a Coats Model C-1 one-way snowplow from All-Wheel Drive Company of Davenport at a net price of $721.

Approval was given by the supervisors to the County Farm report for November and to bonds for Ruth Wachtler as administrative assistant to the county superintendent of schools and Nels Pallesen as Soldiers Relief Commissioner.

In addition to allowing bills against the county, the board approved the following animal claims: Richard Klingborg, Marcus, $15 for one pig; Harold Clark, Quimby, $15 for one lamb; C. W. Martin, Aurelia, $49 for three ewes and one lamb; Fred Witte, Larrabee, $27 for one ewe and one lamb; Robert Carlson, Marcus, $45 for three ewes.

The next meeting of the board will be on Monday, December 12.


Illustrated talks here this weekend at Sanford Museum by Heannie Lowton, Buena Vista College professor, will include pictures of Stratford-On Avon; Ann Hathaway's home; the home of Shakespeare's mother, and the Coswolds Hills area of England.

Miss Lowdon will speak on "The Shakespeare Country" at 8 o'clock tonight for members of the Sanford Museum Association and at 3 o'clock Sunday afternoon for the public.

Refreshments will be served at both events, sponsored by the museum association.

Other activities at the cultural center this weekend include visits Saturday morning by two Timesland Scout groups and a project conducted by a State University of Iowa student.

Young visitors were 15 Cub Scouts from Storm Lake, accompanied by Harold Norris, and Marcus Boy Scouts with the leader, Dale Lynn.

Bob Whiteside arrived from Iowa City Friday afternoon to study site records at Sanford Museum and make duplicates for the SUI anthropology lab. He will leave a duplicate set of SUI site records for use by the museum here.

Director W. D. Frankforter also reported that the Wilson Junior High eighth grade science class taught by Les Licklider is working at the museum at present, during class time and also from 4 to 5 o'clock in the afternoon. The students are studying the processing of archeological and paleontological material.

The director said he plans to give the traditional Christmas planetarium demonstration, "Star of Bethlehem," at 8 o'clock Wednesday evenings, December 14 and 21. This will be open to the public without reservations as far as space permits.

25 years ago

A wage freeze for Cherokee County officials will probably continue for at least one more year.

Continuation of a wage freeze imposed earlier this year by the Board of Supervisors, was approved Monday by the Cherokee County Compensation Board.

The Compensation Board took the action after discussing 1986-87 salaries with Cherokee County officials.

A public hearing on the Compensation Board's decision will be at 2 p.m. on Dec. 16 at the county courthouse.

The Compensation Board is made up of Jack Montgomery, Melvin Johnson, Burton Johnson, and Charles Knudson, Knudson was not at the meeting.

The Compensation Board meets annually and completes salary recommendations for county officials. These recommendations are given to the Cherokee County Supervisors, who can either approve them or make an across the board cut.

At Monday's meeting, Supervisor Chairman Don Tietgen said that the Board would like to see the wage freeze continue at least one more year.

"I'm sure that at some point in time county officials will be entitled to a fairly substantial raise. But, in light of the economic situation in the county and the area, our position is that we'd like to see a freeze maintained," Tietgen said.

In 1986, the state may take over all county clerk of court offices. If this happens, Cherokee County Clerk of Court Mick Brown would be on the state payroll, and not the county's

However, Brown said he won't know if he is on the state payroll until February.

Brown said would like the same salary consideration given to the county recorder and treasurer. The recorder, treasurer and clerk make the same salary.

"I'm really not here to ask for anything, but that little pit of protection," he said.

County Sheriff Bud Stroud said he would also like to be recommended for a raise, if other county officials area.

Stroud said he realized economic times were tough, but added that area teachers and some city employees are receiving raises.

Stroud, Brown, Tietgen and Supervisor Bill Hurd were the only county officials present at the Compensation Board meeting.

However, County Auditor Beverly Anderson sent a letter in which she stated she did not want a raise. County Attorney John Wibe also sent a letter in which he requested that his salary not be cut.

Current salaries for Cherokee County officials and their rank when compared to Iowa's other 98 counties are: Supervisors, $10,500, 92nd; sheriff, $24,700, 22nd; auditor, $21,000, 29th; treasurer, $20,275, 34th; clerk of courts, $20,275, 33rd; recorder, $20,275, 30th; and attorney, $19,250, 63rd.

Cherokee County ranks 54th in population.

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Hardee's - Hardee's fast food restaurant was located at 1509 N. Second St.,currently home to Sanford Home Medical Supplies.
Cherokee County's 1986-87 road program may include a bridge replacement project with Ida County.

Cherokee County Engineer Bill Bennett said Ida County is interested in a joint replacement project for abridge on the southside of section 34 in Silver Township. The bridge rests on the Cherokee-Ida border.

Bennett said Ida County officials did a "quick study" of the bridge, and have estimated the project would cost about $100,000.

The cost would be shared by Cherokee and Ida counties.

Though no formal action was taken, Cherokee County Supervisors said they would approve of the project's inclusion in the 1986-87 road program.

In other business, the Board attended a coffee sponsored by the Cherokee County Homemaker Health Service. The agency, which is sponsored by Mid-Sioux Opportunity Inc., is observing National Homecare Week.

The Homemaker Health Service provides professionally trained and supervised health aides to people needing personal care, home management and protective services.

At Monday's coffee, the homemaker aides were introduced to the Board of Supervisors. Aides with five and 10 years of employment with the agency will be awarded service pins.

The Board also discussed the 1986-87 budget with representatives of the Cherokee Public Library.

Cherokee County's six libraries each received $3,000 in county funding this fiscal year. Cherokee Public Library Board President Jean Cook requested that the library receive the same amount of funding next year.



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