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Times Gone By

Friday, February 18, 2011

100 years ago

George Schee, of Primghar, has given $12,500 to equip the 487 rural schools of Mahaska, Marion and Kellogg counties with American flags, 4x6 feet in size. Mr. Schee was a member of the 33rd Iowa regiment, recruited in these three counties. The flags are staffs are to cost $2,500, and the $10,000 is to be placed at interest, the income to be used in replacing the flags and staffs when worn out.

The above clipping from a recent exchange is one which would have delighted the heart of Mrs. Henry Wallace, "Hearts and Homes," as Uncle Henry used to call her in these columns. Mrs. Wallace was a lover of the flag, and an ardent admirer of the men who fought under it through the Civil War. Nothing aroused her indignation more than to see the flag or old soldiers ignored.

Eight years ago at this time, Mrs. Wallace said in this department what is equally applicable today:

"Let us give everyone who enters our homes lessons in patriotism by having our country's flag in a special place of honor. The portraits of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln should be near the flag, and the history of their lives on the table or in the library. Every true and patriotic American should be well informed on the history of his own country, and of the men who won our liberty and broke the bonds of slavery.

A pretty story is told of a neighbor's little boy's love for the stars and stripes and his faith in our flag. A baby sister had come, and he was put to sleep in a room adjoining that of his mother. Never having slept alone, the child was lonesome and afraid, and called to his mother, who told him that the angels were near and caring for him. His reply was: "But I don't know the angels mama; can't I have the lamp lighted?"

"No, dear." Silence for a minute, then he again called: "Mama, may I have grandpa's flag to put up at the head of my bed? You know grandpa said the flag would protect us."

His request was granted, and soon he was fast asleep, his fat little hand holding a bit of the protecting flag.

The Championship in debate for Northwest Iowa will be determined at Cherokee, February 28th. These two schools have been intense but friendly rivals for years. Each school has defeated three other schools by unanimous decisions. LeMars has the advantage in that she has the same side of the question she has been debating while Cherokee has had to change side in the short space of three weeks. However Cherokee's team and their coach, Mr. Maus, are working night and day and expect to put up the finest debate ever produced in northwest Iowa.

75 years ago

It was reported at 2:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon that a westbound train would probably arrive in Cherokee at 7 p.m.

Practically every road in the county was blocked Tuesday as wind and snow once more baffled county and state highway men as they fought a losing battle to clear deep snow gullies for resumption of traffic in northwest Iowa.

Three inches of snow fell Sunday night and Monday adding to the grief of road men as the wind whipped the loose snow down high banked roads. The mercury registered scant relief Monday as it hovered between 14 and 9 below during the day. Moisture was recorded at .20 of an inch. The thermometer dropped to 16 below at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Railroad tracks were no better off than highways. A train left Fort Dodge and on to Chicago if it could get through. The Illinois Central office reported Tuesday morning that they had no other information concerning arriving trains.

County engineer's office reported that all county roads were tied up. Large groups of men with shovels continued to advance ahead of the snow plows breaking huge chunks of snow so that the plow could move them. State highway office reported that all county roads were blocked and traffic was at a standstill.

11th St. water tower - Pictured is the nearly - completed 11th Street water tower. The picture of the "new" 400,000 gal. tower was taken in March of 1936.
George M. Crowson of the Illinois Central system in a story from Chicago in which he points out the great test to which the railway transportation system is being put write that:

"Veteran members of the railway organization declare they can recall nothing to compare with these storms. Snow and subzero cold combined with bitter winds to fill the railway cuts with drifts far higher than locomotives. For the most part it was 'sugar' snow that slid or drifted back as fast as it could be removed, necessitating a continuous battle by the railway forces."

"Monday was the toughest day of the winter" was the statement made at the post office Tuesday morning by city and rural mail carriers. Most difficulty was experienced and the roads were at their worst, rural carriers reported. Ed Ralston's car got stuck in a drift on old highway 5 and he states that he "was going to leave it there until spring." Carrier No. 1, Charles Phipps, had to have his car pushed in from Walnut Grove.

Treacherous drifting snows appeared to be relenting a bit Wednesday morning as a few of the county roads were reported open and trains were arriving into Cherokee somewhere near scheduled time. There was little relief as far as cold was concerned, however, when the mercury dropped down to 21 below at 7 a.m.

Tuesday the mercury actually crawled up to 1 above zero and the lowest recorded temperature was 15 below. There was only a slight trace of snow.

Changes Slight

There was reported to be little change in the county roads but plows were on the job. A few of the main roads were open, and others were expected to be passable by nightfall.

State highway office reported that highway No. 5 was open west to Sioux City and that No. 75 was open from LeMars to Sioux City. Officials said that it was possible to go south to Correctionville by going over the county road to Quimby and then taking No. 31.

50 years ago

Battery A Third Howitzer Battalion of the 14th Artillery Reserve is going to stay in Cherokee.

The building used for reserve meetings on South Sioux here is being sold to private interests.

Battery A must leave the building by June 30.

But, meanwhile, thanks to city and federal government officials and reserve officers, plans are underway for a new building.

Plans have now been drawn up for a new building and already have been approved by the Omaha Corps of Engineers 14th Army Corps and Fifth Army.

The plans, said officials, have been forwarded to Washington, D.C., for approval for a building to be constructed by a private individual or firm and leased by the government.

If the plans, now in Washington, are given the green light, construction is expected to start in 90 days.

Ice jam on the Little Sioux - In March of 1972, the Little Sioux River became swelled with ice similar to what happened two years ago, when warm temperatures melted much of the snow in the area, which created an ice jam and flooding in February.
It is believed plans call for the proposed building to cost an estimated $50,000 to $75,000.

Battery A has used the building on South Sioux for the past six years or so.

If construction on the new structure is not yet finished by June 30--Battery A will move into temporary quarters of some type, officers said.

Head officers of the 14th Artillery Reserve said they definitely want to keep the unit in Cherokee.

Officials said they have been attempting to get a building for use by the reserve unit over a period of years, but that there has been a misunderstanding with the federal government over what exactly was needed for quarters.

Government officials, city leaders and officers met this week to outline plans.

Those meeting here included: Mr. Claymore, Corps of Engineers, Omaha; Lt. Col. Gordon Brodie, Battalion commander of Third Howitzer Bn., 14th Artillery; 1st Lt. Galen Rosenboom, battery commander, A Battery; 1st Lt. Jerry Dilocker of Cherokee represent6ing battalion staff, Sioux City Headquarters; W.O. Forrest Jensen, Cherokee, representing Sioux City Battalion staff headq2uarters; Gunnar Osterling, president of Cherokee Industrial Corporation; Charles Maher, vice-president, Cherokee Industrial Corporation; Lee Wallin, assistant to U.S. Rep. Charles Hoeven.

25 years ago

The abandoned town site of Buxton, a coal-mining town in Bluff Creek Township, Monroe County in south-central Iowa, was the setting for a three-fold project of historians, sociologists and archeologists, Jim Gifford, native of Cherokee, and student at Iowa State University, said Sunday. The goal was to have Buxton accepted on the National Register, and it has been approved.

Gifford spoke Sunday to an audience at the Sanford Museum, including members of the Northwest Iowa Chapter of the Archeological Society.

He was a member of the archeological team from Iowa State University "looking for quality and quantity of artifacts." As it turned out there are about 30,000 total pieces including ceramic, leather, newspaper with the bulk in glass. "Several items are museum quality," said Gifford.

Buxton was created in early 1900s and run by the Consolidation Coal Co., supplying coal for the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad. Coal was mined year round; the predominantly black population, had full-time employment.

In 1927 following a coal miners' strike, and the advent of the diesel locomotives, the company closed the mine.

The research project, funded by the Heritage Conservation and Recreation Service, is essentially over, said Gifford. Interviews of former residents are still being taken and the glassware unearthed during eight weeks in 1981 is the subject of his master's thesis at Iowa State University.

100-foot squares were excavated for surface collections, he said. Many of the artifacts were found in trash pits outside the backdoors of the houses. The only house without a trash pit was the doctor's house. No bottles were found there but in the residential section were lots of medicine bottles indicating an interest in patent medicines.

Part of the Buxton site--once occupied by 10,000 people--is now pastureland and since the research was done during the field season, that portion was left unscathed. "tracing ownership was difficult," said Gifford.

A lot of the glass found had no markings, but on some was the name and the maker, showing what kind of distribution existed in the Midwest. Patent medicines were available from Sears Catalog as were empty bottles for filling. Buxton also had two bottling plants.

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