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Friday, December 10, 2010

100 years ago

On Wednesday afternoon Fred Stubblefeldt came to town in his automobile to get some repairs for the Wm. Smith clover miller. The next morning he delivered the repairs and was cranking his automobile to start home. In some manner his left leg struck the protruding tongue of a wagon and the small bone of his leg was broken. It was done so quickly that Mr. Stubblefeldt was unable to tell much about the accident. A physician was summoned who attended the injured man and he is reported as getting along nicely, though he will be confined to his bed for sometime as a result of the sudden and unexpected starting of the pesky engine. This office has had considerable experience with gas and gasoline engines and find them more unstable than a fashionable woman, more freakish than a Spring wind and more obstinate than a mule. Fred has our full sympathy.

R. W. Hay for many years a section foreman for the Illinois Central at this place was instantly killed Thursday morning north of town by being run over by an engine.

Mr. Hay was inspecting the track north of town and was on his way back. The Sioux Falls freight had reached Gaza but could not get a supply of water there as the tank was frozen and it was necessary for the crew to come back to Cherokee in order to get water. They were backing to Cherokee and when a short distance north of Mill Creek ran into the velocipede which Mr. Hay was riding. He was killed instantly and was so badly mangled as be hardly recognizable.

The place where the accident happened was in the open and it seems strange that he was not seen in time to prevent the accident.

75 years ago

"Joy to the World," "Silent Night" and other traditional Christmas songs will be sung by the hundreds of persons expected to gather on Main street between Second and Fourth the evening of Thursday, December 19, when Cherokee's third annual community song festival will be held.

This Christmas sing, which has been sponsored each year by the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce, has been successful in other years and has now come to be one of the highlights of the pre-holiday season. Last year more than 1,200 persons participated.

For Whole Sector

Every individual and every organization in Cherokee and all its trading area will be welcome at the festival, those in charge of arrangements announced. The program will last for more than one hour.

Songs to be included besides "Joy to the World" and "Silent Night" are "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear," "Adeste Fideles" and "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing."

In cases where there is more than one musical version, the familiar melodies will be followed. Song sheets carrying the words are being prepared at the Chamber of Commerce rooms and will be available to all individuals and organizations who may wish to get them at once for practice.

Groups, Individuals

Under the customary plan, school and church organizations will come to the sing with their leaders, but persons not affiliated with any group have been urged to come individually.

Committee in charge includes Superintendent N. D. McCombs, Mrs. Joseph Westoupal, Miss Grace Morley, Mrs. G. A. Anderson, Mrs. H. E. Bennett, Mrs. L. C. Ary, Mrs. L. P. Ristine, Miss Marjorie Morey, Rev. Reinhard Nemmers, Rev. R. C. Mitchell, R. N. Kjerland, Wilbur Fishman and W. W. Reader.

Mrs. Santa coming to town - Here is another of the "mystery photos" from the Cherokee County Archives. Pictured is Mrs. Santa Claus riding on a parade float with the Lewis Hotel in the background. When this picture was taken, or who Mrs. Santa is, is unknown. If you have any information about this photo, please call the Cherokee County Archives at the Cherokee Library at 225-3498.
War on defective automobile lights which has been declared all over Iowa by Mrs. Alex Miller, secretary of state, will center in Cherokee and its surrounding territory in the next few weeks, it was announced Tuesday by J. C. West, state highway patrolman in this area.

Many other sectors have begun the drive, West said, and emphasis on properly focused lights will be placed in the next few weeks in this area.

"Every driver should be sure both his lights are in use, always properly focused and dimmed at the right time," West said. "It is for every individual's own protection as well as protection of others."

Statistics show that a large percentage of automobile accidents occur at night, and an unofficial survey made locally shows that majority of car wrecks occur after dark.

Proper lighting can eliminate many of these tragedies, the patrolman said. He has asked the cooperation of every motorist in making this area as well and safely lighted as any in Iowa.

50 years ago

Are you civic-minded? Do you have a desire to be part of a worthwhile community project?

Would you like to have a rewarding experience by helping others? If the answer to any or all of these questions is yes, there is a place for you as a hospital volunteer at the Mental Health Institute here.

The Institute, which has an average daily census of 900 patients, is a treatment center for emotionally disturbed and mentally ill persons from 25 counties in Northwest Iowa. Sociological and economical factors indissolubly link the institute to this area.

Patients are members of the surrounding communities, and as such are the responsibility of the entire citizen body. The institute is maintained by your money. It is your investment in the treating and curing of mental illnesses.

The therapeutic teams of the institute are achieving excellent results in rehabilitating patients to useful and purposeful living in their communities. Many so called "hopeless cases" are functioning satisfactorily within the community. Now is the time for the volunteer to take his or her place on the "hospital team." It is a challenging assignment, for the volunteer is the liaison person between the community and the hospitalized patients.

The volunteer has the two-fold responsibility of conveying to the patients the feeling of being accepted by, and belonging to, the community; and promoting within the community the important fact that patients need to be accepted by their fellow citizens. The volunteer helps the public understand that there is no stigma attached to mental illness--that it can be successfully treated with the help of all concerned--including the volunteer and the general public.

Volunteer assignments are both interesting and varied. They include such diversified activities as playing cards and bingo with patients, helping feed elderly patients, sponsoring social parties for groups of patients, sewing and mending patients' clothes, taking patients for outings, etc.

The institute has a great need for volunteers, both individuals and groups to help in the resocialization of patients. Volunteer assignments are available during the daytime and evening hours.

For further information concerning the volunteer program contact James Gregory, director of volunteer services, Mental Health Institute, Cherokee.

25 years ago

The city of Cherokee is applying for a $250,577 grant to fund construction of a senior citizens center and street project assessment subsidies.

The Cherokee City Council approved the application Monday, after a meeting with Michelle Langenwalter, a representative with the Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council.

The money the city is seeking comes from Community Development Block Grants which are given by the state. Cities and counties must have applications for 1986 block grants in Des Moines by today.

City Administrator Gil Bremicker said it will be tougher to get grants in 1986 because the grant fund has gotten smaller. There is about $18 million available, he said.

Cherokee's application includes $106,572 for the senior citizens' center, and $144,005 for assessment subsidies.

Christmas in times gone by - Here is a classic look of downtown Cherokee all decked out for the Christmas Season. Note the display that once hung above the corner of Main Street and Second Street.
The senior citizens' center will be about 3,175 square feet, including a kitchen, restrooms and area for meals and recreational activities.

The estimated cost of the center is $159,858. The grant covers two-thirds of the cost. The city plans to pay for the remaining third, either with funds on hand or general obligation bonds, Bremicker said.

Current plans call for the center to be built on Pine Street between Main and Willow streets.

The city bought the land for $50,000 in June 1984. The city takes possession in February 1986. The land was purchased with plans to use the area for some kind of public building. Although it was once considered a possible location for a new city hall, Bremicker said this is the first time specific plans have been made for the property.

Farmer's Cooperative Elevator is now on the land. However, the grant application includes $18,000 for demolition costs.

Prior to making the application, the city had to conduct a survey of at least 300 people to determine if there was public support for the center, and to see how much benefit it would be for low and moderate income people.

Bremicker said the survey was "in effect a waste of time," because only 53 percent of those surveyed supported the center.

If the survey had not been conducted, the city could have put 51 percent support on the application.

Last year, the survey showed 73 percent of those surveyed were in favor of the center.

Bremicker said he did not know why the support decreased, other than "a change of opinion by some people."

The subsidies are to help low and moderate income property owners pay curb and gutter assessments which will result from street projects planned for 1986.

These projects include curb and gutter work, overlay and storm sewer work on the following streets: North Eleventh Street from W. Main Street to W. Bluff Street; West Cedar Street from North Sixth Street to the Mental Health Institute; Bluff, King and North First Streets from Bluff Street to Ridgeview; Fountain Street from Euclid Street to Roosevelt Street; E. Maple Street and Magnetic Street from North Roosevelt Street to Saratoga Street.

The City Council discussed including costs of the overlay and storm sewer work in the grant application but decided against it as a way to keep the grant request low. A lower request has better chances of being accepted, Langenwalter said.

The City Council also approved three applications for 1984 curb and gutter assessment subsidies. The deadline for subsidy application was in August, however, the Council extended it to October and then again to Dec. 2.

After the last extension, 10 new applications were received, and three previous applications were submitted again.

Langenwalter recommended the Council approve three of the new applications but reject property owners who did not meet financial requirements which would allow them to receive assessment subsidies.

Since August, the city has received 80 assessment subsidy application, 57 have been approved, Bremicker said.

Cherokee County and Mid-Steps Inc. are seeking a state grant to fund a new home for developmentally disabled persons.

The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors discussed the grant Monday with Patty Erickson, a Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council official.

For the past several months, Mid-Steps Inc., a non-profit service agency, has been developing plans to replace West Cherry House, with a new, more energy efficient dwelling.

West Cherry House, which opened at 718 W. Cherry St., in 1978, houses physically and mentally handicapped persons.

The new house would be a 56x70 square foot, one-story building with eight bedrooms. West Cherry house is a two-story structure with six bedrooms.

The cost for the new house, including construction and administrative expenses, has been estimated at $265,260.

Mid-Steps has been working on funding for the project with Farmers Home Administration, FmHA requested that Mid-Steps ask the Board of Supervisors to apply for a Community Development Block Grant.

The grant is for $176,760. Of this, $152,660 goes toward construction, and $24,100 goes toward administrative cost.

The remaining $88,500 will come from an FmHA loan.

Erickson said that if the grant application is not approved, Mid-Steps can get a larger loan from FmHA.

Though the Board of Supervisors approved the grant application, members expressed some concern over ownership of the house.

Erickson said that under the current plan, Mid-Steps would own the house after its construction.

The county, however, could own it if the supervisors contributed the $88,500 to the project, instead of FmHA.

Because the grant application has to be in Des Moines by today, the Supervisors decided to table the ownership discussion.

In other business, the Board set hearing for two county landowners who did not destroy weeds on their property after being ordered to do so by the Supervisors.

By law, counties may clear weeds after property owners fail to, and then assess the cost of the weed destruction against the landowners' property after a hearing is held.

The assessments must be paid by March 1, 1986.

The hearings have been set for Dec. 30 at 9 and 9:30 a.m.

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I enjoyed the article .always looked forward to it.Due to my aging eye sight I need to read from my computer screen .Thank you for the Services.

-- Posted by Gert on Fri, Dec 10, 2010, at 8:46 AM

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