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Friday, December 17, 2010

100 years ago

Thursday while coming to town in a buggy occupied by himself, wife and sister-in-law, Mr. H. Halstrom , of Liberty, had an exciting experience. When near the state hospital he met an auto, usually his driving hag pays no attention to these and in this case let the auto pass and then began to "cut up," rearing and plunging in an unaccountable manner and overturned the buggy, spilling them out and the buggy falling on top of Mrs. Halstrom. Fortunately the horse became entangled in the harness and was thrown to the ground and could not move or the consequences would have been serious, probably resulting in the death of Mrs. Halstrom. As it was the occupants were bruised and shaken up severely. The occupants of the auto came to the relief of Mr. Halstrom and brought them to town where Dr. Pritchard attended the injured ones. The buggy was entirely demolished.


At the November election the Grand Meadow board declared a tie for clerk between the republican candidate, E. R. Hapgood, and his democratic opponent, LeRoy Pease, and on drawing cuts Mr. Pease was declared the winner by the board.

The friends of Mr. Hapgood were satisfied that he had in fact received the larger number of votes and induced him to appeal from this decision on the ground that the board had erred in counting the vote for this office. On appeal in such cases the chairman of the board of the supervisors becomes chairman and one of the contest judges and each of the contestants selects one judge. In this contest therefore Chairman Dieterich was one of the judges, Mr. Hapgood selected A. H. Denlinger, and Mr. Pease selected Mahlon Roberson and these constituted the contest board. The hearing was held at the court house Friday morning and a recount of the ballots showed them an error had been made whereby Mr. Hapgood had failed to receive credit for one vote, giving him this majority over his opponent. The board unanimously decided that Mr. Hapgood was entitled to the office and rendered judgment accordingly.

This was the only election contest in the county.

75 years ago

Richard Cleaves Tells Rotarians of Interesting Journey to West Indies

Returned to America As Stowaway With Only $2

Recounting some of his adventures on a trip to the West Indies and return in 1932, Richard Cleaves, clerk to Congressman Guy M. Gillette entertained Rotarians and several guests with an interesting talk Monday noon.

"I started out with $175 borrowed money and got back to New York as a stowaway with $2 in my pocket," Cleaves said. "That proves one can travel and see things for five months without having much money to start with."

Cleaves, with two or three other Dartmouth graduates, got special rates on a ship south. He described his stay at Martinique Island, (latitude of Panama) and the difficulties encountered in attempting to find transportation back to the United States when he was offered a position as Gillette's clerk.

"Martinique is an island in the West Indies about 20 miles long." Cleaves said. "It was there in 1902 that the Mt. Pelce eruption cost the lives of 50,000 people who had gathered at St. Pierre on an election day."

Describing his stowaway trip back to the United States Cleaves said he succeeded in getting as far as Porto Rico where he met many handicaps in obtaining further transportation, finally dressing in his Sunday best, walking up the gang plank of a ship and sitting in the first class lounge until the ship sailed. He informed the steward that he was a stowaway, was decked out in a quartermaster uniform and put to work washing the bridge. He became more or less of a hero on board, ate at the quartermaster's mess and slept in the crew hospital. But when he arrived at New York he found he was padlocked in while immigration authorities debated what to do with him. Finally, with an official U.S. passport, Cleaves was permitted to go ashore.

Guests of the club were John Ogilvy, George Stowell, P.O. McWilliams, Joe Wostoupal, J. C. Hoglan, Dr. Tanner, J. C. Nelson, Verne Ellerbrock, Dr. Noble, Archie Nelson and Francis Naulteus.

Next meeting will be a treat to small boys, an annual custom of the club at Christmas time.

Train travel hazards - Here's a look at an Illinois Central train wreck that occurred in 1923 near Hills, Minn.,as the train was headed to to Sioux Falls. This demonstrates the hazards of train travel in the early Twentieth Century.
Selection of an alderman to succeed C. L. (Roy) Berry, who was found dead at his home last Friday morning, was discussed but was not settled Monday night as the city council and Mayor Andrew Nordstrom held a special meeting in the city hall.

Mr. Berry was serving his third term as councilman-at-large. He held memberships on fire and finance committee of the council this year and in the past had been on sewers and sidewalks committee.

The council will choose a man to take his place for the remainder of his term until elections in 1937.

Monday night's session was spent in general discussion of city affairs such as the PWA water tank project now in operation; fire truck needs; and street and alley lighting problems.

50 years ago

Cherokee Garden Club's first Christmas tour of homes the past weekend was attended by 575 persons from this city and the Timesland area.

Taking the tour of three homes Saturday afternoon were 275, including 30 patients of the Mental Health Institute here escorted by members of the Garden Club's therapy committee. Furnishing cars for this group of guests were Mrs. C. F. Fitch, Mrs. C. E. Broderick, Mrs. R. L. Kelly, Mrs. James Ziegenbusch, Mrs. H. F. Timmins and Miss Ella Jackson.

Visitors Sunday totaled 300. Area towns represented by guests included Sioux City, Storm Lake, LeMars, Laurens, Marcus, Cleghorn, Aurelia, Alta, Sac City, Quimby, Rock Rapids, Larrabee and Spencer.

Setting the theme of "Family Christmas" as the home of Mrs. R. T. Steele, 464 Euclid, was a jolly Santa with a pack of toys on the lawn and a wreath of greens on the front door. An accent note of gold foil roses, used to decorate a large evergreen in the living room corner, was carried throughout the house on swags of greens and to trim two topiary trees at either side of the fireplace.

Other highlights were a rustic nativity scene constructed of weathered Cherokee area wood, three wise men carved out of wood by W. D. Frankforter and a handsome wreath created of two hoops trimmed with brown pine cones, gold foil roses and cluster of green and gold grapes. A festive effect in the dining room was table centerpiece of poinsettia, pine branches and holly; red candies in silver holders and gold gift boxes at each place.

Gold Ornaments

Gold ornaments surrounded a red glass punch bowl on a corner table while a table in the bay window held a sleigh filled with miniature packages. Imaginatively trimmed by Mary Annette McCulla, pine swagging with twinkling lights framed a picture over the buffet, decorated with Austrian pine and huge cones. Merry accents in the kitchen included red boxes on a set of apothecary jars, red buttoned gingerbread men, a saucy elf made by Mrs. G. E. Wilson and coffee cake topped with holly and red ribbon.

Entrance hall highlights were a white cupid birdbath filled with ornaments and multi-colored paper birds perched on the rim and hanging above it, and the stair railing extending to the second floor landing converted to resemble organ pipes with posts painted gold and entwined with greens.

Proclaiming a "White Christmas" was a king-size greeting card festooned with greens and red bow on garage doors of the Irving Johnson home at 517 North Eleventh. A miniature evergreen just outside the front door was gay wit h red bows and a bright cardinal.

Initiating the decorative theme of "white Christmas" was a lovely white Madonna figurine on the hall desk against background of spiral sprayed silver-white, and a swag accented with silver bells framing the hall mirror. Pine sprays with small white bells decorated a chest in the dining room, while gilded flowers made form pine cones and greens surrounded the punch bowl on a corner table.

The large table was covered with a pale blue cloth and set with white milk-glass plates and cranberry glassware. Frosted clustered of grapes and fruit gracefully arranged on a compote formed the centerpiece.

At the entrance to the living room a wall niche held white Christmas scene figures against an ice-blue background. White tulle bows and birds and white paper flowers decked the evergreen before the living room windows. End tables at either side held white poinsettia plants, one in a container covered with white fur fabric and the other with white tulle.

Other outstanding living room arrangements were a white paper nativity scene on a book shelf; a white deer figurine accented by blue ball ornaments; white Madonna, white carnations and greens, along with white birds and flowers on the mantel.

"Christmas with Color" was the decorative theme for the home of Mrs. J. F. Lawlor, 1125 West Willow. Arrangements appropriate to the home's Oriental décor were used effectively throughout the modern house. Gold and orange ball ornaments accented a topiary tree on a black pedestal in the entrance hall. Multi-colored translucent snowflakes decorated the living room picture window and greens arranged in Oriental design formed a coffee table tree. Star-shaped mobiles of pastel straws and tiny Japanese parasols were colorful accents in the kitchen.

Christmas Tree

Glowing in a corner of the family room was a pink frosted Christmas tree ornamented with pastel Japanese paper fans and lanterns. Among handsome table arrangements in this room was a white milk-glass tray filled with bright pink ball ornaments and pink pearls. Traditional red and green was used to express warmth and gaiety of the season in the dining room. Features included red place mats, green and gold glasses, a centerpiece of greens and red carnations and red tapers in gold candelabra.

25 years ago

A potential solution to a flooding problem in Pilot Township was approved Monday by the Cherokee County Supervisors.

The Board approved the solution, following some strongly worded requests from Keith Walker, John Stammer, Hosea Carnes and Bill Robinson. The four men farm in Pilot Township, sections 28 and 29.

The men said a road and bridge project on the River Road, which runs between Cherokee and Quimby, caused destructive flooding to their land. County Engineer Bill Bennett said the bridge was constructed in 1978.

The Supervisors approved a project calling for a drainage cut to be made on this east side of the road by Walker's property. The cut will between 350 and 400 feet long and tapered, with the deepest cut being 4-feet deep.

The cut, Walker said, would prevent undue flooding to his land by taking water to a nearby river.

The drainage cut should cure much of the flooding because water runs through Walker's land and then to neighboring properties.

If it does not stop the flooding, the Supervisors agreed to take further action, such as installing a culvert.

Walker said he has been trying to get the Supervisors to repair the flooding problem for four years. Walker said his land has always had some water on it, but that since the road and bridge project, the amount of water had increased substantially. The flooding has damaged terraces and resulted in the loss of between 30 and 60 acres of farmland, Walker said.

Walker said that if the county would not repair the problem, he would do it himself. However, Walker added that he did not think that would be fair, because a county project caused the damage.

"I don't expect tax dollars to improve my land, but I don't expect it to be damaged or destroyed by tax dollars either," Walker said.

Stammer said he has lost between 30 and 40 acres of farmland to the flooding.

He said he has done an extensive study of the problem and even went to Des Moines to examine files on the road and bridge project. Stammer said there seems to have been some engineering errors which resulted in the drainage problems.

Besides the drainage problem the men requested the Board to install some type of dike at the bridge, to better direct the water into the channel of the Little Sioux River.

Board Chairman Don Tietgen said a project of this sort would need more discussion and suggested another meeting with the men early next year.

In other business, the Board:

* Approved a $10,000 allocation for the Cherokee Industrial Corporation. Vilas Mayer, Industrial Development director, said most of the money will be used to finance a video featuring the best aspects of Cherokee County. The video would be shown to representatives of businesses and industry which are considering coming to Cherokee County.

Mayer said the video will cost between $5,000 and $8,000 but that it "could pay dividends 100 fold." The video, he said, will make it easier to show the benefits Cherokee County can offer business and industry.

Mayer said production of the video would probably start in January. However, the county money, which will come from federal revenue sharing funds, will not be available until next July.

* Accepted the final salary recommendations from the Cherokee County Compensation Board. The recommendations call for continuation of the current wage freeze through the 1986-87 fiscal year.

The recommendations were given to the Board following a public hearing at which no one appeared. The Board decided to wait until next week to make a decision on the salary recommendations.

Discussed paving Quimby's Main Street with Quimby City Councilmen Melvin Kohn and John Perrett. Perrett said Quimby officials were under the impression that the county was going to pay for the paving of the street, because it was more of a county road, than a city street. However, supervisors said they never made a definite decision, and that paving of the street was not a part of project road plans for the county.

Supervisors said, however, they would assist Quimby in finding funding for the project.

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