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Times Gone By

Friday, January 14, 2011

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Clear view - The railroad trestle that spans the Little Sioux River near Spring Lake Park is featured prominently in this photo. Also you can see the town of Cherokee in the background. One thing that stands out in this photo is the lack of trees in Cherokee. The date of the picture is unknown, but you can make out the Cherokee Mental Health Institute in the background, which leads one to think this picture was taken sometime in the early part of the 1900's.
100 years ago

This morning the west bound passenger train pulled into Correctionville. Mrs. Lottie Stamper, a woman about 34 years of age deliberately threw herself in front of the engine and was instantly killed.

Shortly before the arrival of the train she inquired at the depot if the train was on time then returned to her home which was close to the track. Just before the train arrived she walked along the side of the right of way and when the train was about thirty feet away she deliberately threw herself across the rails and was ground to pieces, the engineer being unable to stop the train and save her.

The woman had been divorced about four years ago and was living with her ten year old son and her mother, Mrs. Parks.

No reason is known for the rash act.

The woman was at home alone at the time her mother and son being at Washta visiting relatives.

It will be remembered that about two years ago the woman's divorced husband came to Correctionville and kidnapped the son and took him to Sioux City just after a time the courts gave her custody of the child.


George Eason of this city, known as the "potato man" by reason of his large interest in spuds," together with his helper, had a novel experience during the recent blizzard. Mr. Eason has several thousand bushels of potatoes stored in a large cave near town awaiting a favorable market. He and his helper went to the cave to care for the spuds, entering through the only door and building a fire in the stove to guard against a freeze. When they attempted to leave the cave they could not open the door, the snow having drifted over it to a depth of several feet. After repeated attempts to reach the outer air the men made themselves comfortable as they could until aid should arrive, the air meanwhile becoming more and more unbearable.

Help did not arrive, however, as soon as they expected for it was not until they day following their entrance into the cave that Mrs. Eason became alarmed and sent one of the children to the cave to ascertain the trouble. The boy saw the snow-filled doorway and at once divined that his father was imprisoned. Alarming the neighbors the snow was shoveled away and the men, hungry, thirsty and somewhat weak, were released.

75 years ago

For stealing six chickens which he sold for $5 in Cherokee, Elmer Kraft, 19 year old farm hand near Paullina, became a fugitive from justice for two weeks and finally pleaded guilty in district court here Monday.

Sentence Suspended.

Kraft was given a six months' jail sentence which was later suspended by Judge W. C. Garberson of Sibley, before whom he appeared.

The young farm hand, who was brought to Cherokee Monday by O'Brien county Sheriff Ed Leemkuil, who apprehended him at the farm near Paullina where he was employed, admitted stealing the six chickens and selling them to the Barden station on East Main street in Cherokee.

Jack Bunny, proprietor of the station suspected that the sale was not legal, so he notified Sheriff A. Tilton and furnished him with the number of the car Kraft was driving.

Other Thefts.

Sheriff Tilton said Tuesday morning that other instances of chicken stealing have been reported to him in the last few days. He said Saturday several were taken in the southwest part of the county and Sunday another theft was reported.

Details of these two cases, he said, could not be supplied at present, since investigations are now being made.

50 years ago

There will be a membership clean-up meeting for the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce "Fair Share" campaign from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 17 at Hotel Lewis Colonnade Room. Coffee and doughnuts will be served.

"This is a thank you to those who have pledged their investment to the Chamber of Commerce and Cherokee's progress for 1961 and particularly to those who increase their investment to help carry the ever-increasing cost of operation," said Charles Reznikov, drive chairman.

"If you secured a new member, bring him along--if you have a prospect not yet signed, bring him along," the chairman added.

All membership salesmen are urged to have all pledge cards in the C of C office by noon on Monday and also to attend the clean-up meeting.

In appealing to membership salesmen to "go over the top" of the $18,000 budget goal, Reznikov reminded that the program of work of each bureau as well as of the Promotion Committee will be curtailed if the financing is not adequate.

"Cherokee is progressing and we don't want to be forced to quit or even slow up now because of inadequate financing."


The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors sold County Farm household equipment to George Admire at a regular board session Friday.

Sold to Admire, County Farm manager, for a total of $385 were the following second-hand items: Deep freeze, refrigerator, stove, washing machine, cream separator.

Bonds were approved for the following officials: Martha Patterson, secretary of the Cherokee County Agricultural Extension Council; Paul Fishman, justice of the peace in Cherokee Township; Roy Little, clerk in Pilot Township; Ed Meylor, clerk in Marcus Township.

The Supervisors adjusted salaries according to schedule for employers of the County Engineers; office.

Two animal claims allowed were $180 to Clifford Christensen of Alta for nine ewes and three lambs killed and five ewes crippled; $70 to Virgil Pyle of Washta for five lambs killed. The next meeting of the supervisors will be Tuesday, January 17.

25 years ago

Saturday's warm temperatures made a hard job of hand picking ear corn easier and fun for the Quimby and Washta Methodist youth group.

In the latter part of December, Eugene Ferris of rural Washta, contacted the United Methodist Church minister the Rev. Marvin Cleair to inquire about the chances of getting the youth to hand pick a few rows of corn left in his corn field. Due to early snows, it was impossible for Ferris to get to the corn with his corn picker or combine.

Ferris says, "the idea to have the young people come in and pick the corn came to me one Sunday while I was doing chores. I mentioned it to a neighbor and he suggested I talk to Rev. Cleair about it. He told me to contact Sue Kerns, so I talked with her and it was decided the youth would pick the corn."

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Winter fun - Here is a look at the inner tube slope at Silver Sioux Recreational Area. Although you can no longer tube down the hill, folks can still rent out the Silver Sioux Lodge for some winter fun.
"If I had left the corn in the fields and turned my cows out into it, they would have eaten too much and gotten sick or even died. Then I would have had a veterinary bill or worse, lost some of my cows. This way the corn gets picked, the youth group makes a little money and my cows stay healthy."

Six adult youth leaders and 12 youth met at the Washta United Methodist Church Saturday afternoon, going from there to the Ferris farm to pick eight rows of corn.

One of the 12 youth who came out to pick the corn by hand was Jamie DeWitt of Washta. DeWitt came to work on crutches, having broken his knee cap in a skiing accident.


Cherokee County may be getting new trucks to haul gravel, broken concrete and other heavy loads.

Cherokee County Supervisors discussed the possible truck purchase Monday with Mike Murphy and Glenn Crouse, with Clement Auto and Truck, Fort Dodge.

Murphy and Crouse described several purchase options for the county, but the Supervisors took no action.

Supervisor Bill Hurd said in-county truck dealers had been contacted, but only Bushlow's Inc., Cherokee, expressed interest. Hurd said a Bushlow's representative will probably meet with Supervisors.

Supervisor Jack Foresman said that if the Board decides to purchase the trucks, it will be done before July 1, which is the beginning of the 1986-87 fiscal year.

In other business, the Board received a 1986-87 budget request from representatives of the Marcus Fair.

Jim Hoefling, Marcus Fair Board secretary, requested $5,000 in county funding for the fair. This is the same amount the Marcus Fair received from the county this year. The money came out of Federal Revenue Sharing Funds.



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