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Times Gone By

Friday, January 28, 2011

100 years ago

Are the women of Cherokee going to rise to the occasion and secure the fine $1,000 chapter house to be built and furnished complete by the American Woman's league? Other towns are securing them, many are already built and in use and even though the time is short in which to work and explain the great plan of the league, the league members and the club women, who have been working strenuously the past few days, feel that the new interest which has been roused in the league plan argues well for success, and they are making every effort possible to bring the membership up to the required number before the time limit expires. The fact that some of the most substantial business men in town are taking an interest and have pledged themselves to take a membership in the American Woman's league to help the cause locally, gives the women new zeal to continue the effort. In order to get the chapter house the local chapter must have a hundred members. Last week the membership was 33, and in the past two days about 15 people, men and women, have pledged themselves to take membership. One enthusiastic club woman, who became a member a day or so ago, said she could not understand why some one had not told her about the wonderful opportunity earlier, that is the opportunities the membership in the league brings outside of the chapter house benefits.

To secure a membership one has to secure $52 worth of magazine subscriptions and one has a year in which to do this. In the meantime he or she becomes a member of the league. The advantages are so many that space forbids more than a mere mention. One feature alone is the correspondence school which includes sixty courses taught by the best instructors in the United States. These are absolutely free to the members. The Founder's chapter, which is to close when it has 100,000 members has comparatively few vacancies left. After February 1 the number of magazine subscriptions necessary to secure a membership will positively be raised to $100 worth. The time limit for the chapter house in Cherokee is Feb. 1. We must have 100 members by that time or lose this wonderful opportunity. Find out how to become a member without the expenditure of a single dollar.

Club women wake up! Rally to this cause and secure for yourselves and for your city a beautiful finished chapter house.

The cause of the State vs. John Ross jr. was tried to a jury Monday in Justice Pelton's court. Information was filed against Young Ross by the Coates, who appear to blame Ross for the trouble they got into when they were arrested and fined for hunting without a license last week.

Quite a number of witnesses were subpoenaed. Several members of the Coates family swore that they saw Ross shoot a pigeon on the public highway. This Ross and his brother denied, saying that John discharged the gun when firing at a target on railroad right of way, but that he did not shoot at a bird. Evidence in impeachment was brought in assailing the reputation of the Coates for truth and veracity. After being out a short time the jury returned a verdict of not guilty.

75 years ago

Representatives from 14 towns, 85 in number, were on hand at 12:30 o'clock Tuesday as the luncheon-meeting of Highway 59 association got under way at Hotel Lewis

Snow which was falling in Cherokee Tuesday morning was said to be general and in many parts of the state more treacherous. The 85 persons, however, were able to reach Cherokee to attend the meeting which is of vital interest to cities located on the new federal highway.

Towns represented were Cherokee, Denison, Holstein, Ida Grove, Shenandoah, Avoca, Hancock, Schleswig, Calumet, Primghar, Larrabee, Sanborn, Ocheyedan and Harlan.

Special communications were to be read at the meeting from members of the association in Thief River Falls, Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Montivedo, and Marshall, Minn.; St. Joseph, Mo.; Winnipeg, Canada; Parson, Atchison, Lawrence and Ottawa, Kas,; Bronson and Port Arthur, Tex.

D & R Lunch - D & R Lunch was a popular place to stop and have a bite to eat. The dinner was located on the east side of Cherokee at 433 E. Main St.
Justin Barry, president of the association, was to have charge of the program following the luncheon, and William J. Lewis of Harlan, vice president, was also expected to play a prominent part in the affair.

Only a few delegations from distant points and from other stated including Kansas and Minnesota, abandoned plans to make the long trip here because of the weather conditions.

Much enthusiasm was manifested among those in attendance as they discussed plans for future development of the highway, which now extends from Winnipeg, Canada, to the Gulf of Mexico. Letters and messages of greeting were received from leading cities all along the route including Winnipeg, the northern terminus and Port Arthur on the gulf coast.

50 years ago

Nearly 300 prep musicians representing 100 Northwest Iowa schools will take part in the sixth annual Northwest Iowa Band Festival here Saturday, February 4.

Clarence Sawhill, professor of music and director of bands at the University of California (Los Angeles, (UCLA), will conduct the major band event.

The Saturday night concert at Washington High School Auditorium is scheduled for an 8 o'clock starting time.

Treat For All

The band, whose members will represent communities throughout every section of Northwest Iowa, plans a program of varied music which officials feel will prove a musical treat for all attending.

Student members of the Festival Band were selected by audition January 7 in Storm Lake. They have been a month in preparation for the forthcoming concert.

Sawhill will rehearse the 250-piece band of selected high school musicians from this area both Saturday morning and afternoon.

The festival is sponsored by the Northwest District of the Iowa Bandmasters Association.

Arrangements have been made for the festival by officers of the Northwest Iowa band group.

They are Dean Marshall, Sac City, president; Karl Rogosch, Sioux City East, vice-president; Keith Nash, Lake City, secretary-treasurer.

Tickets for the concert at Washington will be available at the auditorium on the night of the event.

Known to Thousands

Sawhill is known to thousands of youths throughout the U.S. as a conductor, teacher, contest adjudicator, lecturer and clinician.

He currently is teaching his eighth year at UCLA. His past teaching experience includes five years at the University of Southern California, 10 years at Illinois under renowned director A. A. Harding, numerous assignments under Dr. Joseph Maddy at the National Music Camp, Interlochen, Mich., and 10 years in the public schools of Illinois and Kansas.

In addition to performances with the university concert band, Sawhill has conducted marching bands in 10 Pacific Coast Conference and Big Ten stadiums, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and three New Year's classics in the Rose Bowl.

Sawhill is a past president of the College Band Directors National Association, a member of the American Bandmasters Association, International Music Educators Association, Music Educators National Conference and many other music groups.

He is on the editorial staff of the Music Journal and The Instrumentalist music magazines.

He is co-author with a former pupil, Frank Erickson, of the band instruction method, "Guide to the Band," now being used throughout the U.S.

25 years ago

Supervisors will request funds to build airport road

County and city officials are seeking a $177,460 state grant to partially fund a road project near the Cherokee airport.

Cherokee County Supervisors approved the grant application Monday.

The road project is part of the city's planned expansion of the Cherokee Airport.

The grant money would be used to pay for paving on a road which will be built just south of the airport. The new road has to be built because the planned expansion of the airport's runway cuts through the road which is currently south of the airport.

The current road must be moved 1,300 feet south, to make room for the runway extension.

The grant money would come from the state's Revitalize Iowa's Sound economy fund. The RISE money comes from a 5-cent a gallon gas tax, which the state put into effect last spring.

Through the airport expansion is a city project, the road in question is outside of the city limits. Subsequently, the county had to apply for the RISE grant.

The total estimated cost of the road project is $315,225.

The estimated grading cost is $137,795, and the estimated paving cost is $177,460. While the paving cost would be covered by the grant, the grading costs will be paid by the city with funds received from state and federal agencies.

In a previous agreement, the county was going to pay 10 percent of the road project cost, with the city paying for the rest with the airport project funds.

However, because of a money squeeze, state and federal officials requested the city seek another source of funding for the road project.

City Administrator Gil Bremicker said that if the grant is not approved, the cost of the road project will have to be shared by the city and county, as originally planned. However, if the grant is approved, it would cover the county's 10 percent of the cost, he said.

RISE funds are pegged for projects which benefit the state's employment. City officials feel the road project is eligible for RISE funds, because the new road, like the current one, serves as an access to Wilson Foods plant, the county's biggest employer.

The grant application must be submitted to the state by Feb. 1.

Prior to approving the grant application, Supervisor Jack Foresman suggested the road project plans to include a 7-inch concrete overlay is poured, instead of 6 inches. With the additional inch of overlay, the road would be better prepared to handle industrial vehicles, Foresman said.

The application was approved with the change noted. The grant amount may increase slightly because of the change, Bremicker said.

Lamplighter Motel - Don Speelmon built the Lamplighter Motel in 1965, on the site of the former Green Gables Service Station and Restaurant. The motel had several owners over the years, and it was closed in 1996 and demolished in 1997, as part of the flood relocation program.
In other business, the board took the following action.

* Received two 1986-87 budget requests from Dick Sievers, executive director of Mid-Sioux Opportunities Inc. Sievers requested $25,000 for Cherokee County's Homemaker Health Service. Homemaker Health is a Mid-Sioux program.

The request is a 28 percent decrease over the $32,000 the service received in county funding during the 1985-86 fiscal year. Sievers said the funding request is lower, because Mid-Sioux plans to use cash reserves in 1986-87.

Sievers also requested $5,500 in county funding for Mid-Sioux's outreach programs. These programs include Head Start, a clothing center, a food pantry and fuel assistance. Sievers said the amount of the request is based on 50-cents for each outreach client in Cherokee County.

This year, as in previous years, the county allocated $2,750 for outreach funding.

Received three funding proposals from Linda Bindner, chairperson of the Cherokee County Soil Conservation District; $10,000 for construction of terrace systems on road ditches where soil erosion is a problem; $2,000 for expansion of the soil conservation commission's soil and water conservation education and information program, and $4,000 to pay for a part-time employee.

Soil conservation districts were developed by the state to administer county soil and water conservation programs.

Bindner said tightening budgets will make it difficult to continue soil conservation programs at the current level.

Bindner said she hoped the Supervisors would consider accepting all, or just a few, of the proposals.

Last year, 52 out of Iowa's 99 counties contributed to local soil conservation districts, Bindner said.

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