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Saturday, March 5, 2011

The Bridges of Cherokee County - Here is a view of the East Main Street Bridge that stood over the Little Sioux River. the photo was apparently taken in 1898.
100 years ago

For five years the Cherokee high school has struggled for the championship of Northwest Iowa. Twice they have missed it only by a 1 to 2 decision. Tuesday evening they secured it by a 2 to 1 vote.

To say that the school is delighted is putting it mildly. At the beginning of the season there were eight schools in Northwest Iowa members of the league. In the first series four were defeated leaving Webster City, Algona, LeMars and Cherokee. In the next series LeMars and Cherokee won unanimously on the affirmative. It was Cherokee's turn to entertain which gave LeMars their choice of sides. Naturally they took the side on which they had won. This left Cherokee to prepare, learn and get ready to deliver a debate on the negative in three weeks and three days.

LeMars had won three unanimous decisions and Cherokee realized that nothing less than heroic work would win from their splendid rivals. It is only justice to the team and coach to say that many a night found them burning the midnight oil.

A week ago Tuesday Mr. Maus became dissatisfied with Cherokee's position as being untenable and in the short span of one week the whole basis of the debate was shifted, the speeches rewritten and committed. During this time one, two and three o'clock has found the lights still burning in the rooms where the debate was prepared. This change would have been out of the question had it not been for the fact that our team can be depended on to deliver a debate well with little or no practice. More time would have seen a better finished production.

The LeMars team arrived at 6:30 accompanied by about 125 enthusiastic supporters, largely high school students. The Cherokee high school was out in mass. Mayor Molyneux, of Cherokee, acted as chairman. The LeMars team was composed of Margaret Sammis, Roy Osborne and John Feuel. They presented one of the finest debates ever heard in Northwest Iowa. Their English was smooth and strong. Their arguments were well selected and their presentation forceful. They have many admirers in Cherokee and LeMars may well be proud of their team. Cherokee's team had had more experience in previous years, had taken a position almost impregnable and were masters of both sides of the question.

They had made a careful study of the works of some fifteen of the world's greatest writer's on taxation, had studied the tariff and tax laws religiously and had even employed the Nelson Research bureau, of New York, in getting the details of the law in various lands. They went into the debate fearing nothing except that they might forget.

Their debate was their best only in argument. Glen Curtis was the only one to do himself full credit in delivery. The recent overhauling of other speeches made Wilmer Elfrink and Herman Leuder a little afraid of their memories and hence did not give them their usual freedom in delivery. As a finished literary production LeMars had the advantage but in argument and forceful delivery Cherokee had the advantage. This gives Cherokee the championship of Northwest Iowa in debate.

Last spring we won the track meet, last fall the football championship and this last victory puts all the trophies in inter-high school contests into Cherokee's possession. No wonder every member of the school walks a little straighter and steps a little higher. Cherokee, always proud of her schools, has full right to rejoice with her high school as the great 20-foot pennant of gold bearing "Victory" upon its folds floats proudly from the flag staff of our high school building.

75 years ago

County board of supervisors meeting Tuesday at the court house instructed the county engineer to put notices at the beginning, end and intersections of all county roads incapable of bearing the customary traffic without undue damage.

Melting of snow and the frost coming out of the ground necessitated the action and the supervisors unanimously voted that the maximum gross weight limit would be set at 8,000 pounds. Roads on which the embargo would be placed were expected to be named Thursday.

Plans for the sheriff's residence and the county jail were also slightly changed at Tuesday's meeting. All metal windows and guards in the basement detention rooms, cellblock and first floor women's room and the wood frame and guard in the second floor detention room are to be made of superosistand tool resisting steel with bent grilles and screens and angle iron frames. Special metal sills will also be installed. The above change made no increase in the contract price.

Spacing in the toolproof steel bars in the first floor concrete will be changed and similar bars of the same spacing in the concrete slab over the cell block, women's room and entrance to jail will be installed. The above change costs $124 in addition to the original contract price.

Claims against the county were allowed as audited. County superintendent's report of the institute fund was approved as was the report of the steward of the county farm.

Claim of Mrs. Lou Campbell for room and board for Mark Garvin and Fred Ritter was rejected and the claim of Herman Woltman against the domestic animal fund for $27 was settled for $14.

Supervisors J. A. McDonald, J. E. Pennington, Leroy Pease, Walter J. Miller and Arthur Hickey attended the meeting. The group meets again Friday.

Temperatures went down a bit Wednesday but snow and ice were still melting enough to create numerous inconveniences on sidewalks and city streets for pedestrians and automobile drivers.

The colder weather forecast for late Tuesday night was borne out but the rain turning to snow did not arrive although the accompanying cloudiness was apparent throughout Wednesday.

48 Above Tuesday

Official temperatures for Tuesday were 48 above as the year's high and 31 above as the day's minimum. Wednesday morning's low was 23 above with the prediction "fair and colder."

State highway commission officials reported a crew working south on No. 59 with a plow but no further reports were available.

County engineer's office stated that while traffic was possible on most roads, unnecessary driving was inadvisable. The truck embargo passed by the board of supervisors Tuesday barring all trucks with more than 8,000 pounds maximum gross weight will go into effect as the county engineer names the roads to be included in the act.

Illinois Central's morning train from the east was four hours and 20 minutes late Wednesday for reasons unknown at the ticket office. However, trains were expected to be on regular schedule

50 years ago

Five hundred students are expected to attend the annual Cherokee County vocational Conference at Washington High School Wednesday, March 8.

Orange Bridge - The Orange Bridge, which was over the Little Sioux River at the end of Spruce Street,is pictured in this photograph along with the White Mill (in the background).
The district manager for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company Duane Hansen, Spencer, is slated as guest speaker.

The discussions will run all day beginning with a general assembly and address by Hansen.

There will be group leaders from each of the fields presenting the different facts concerning students that may consider it for a career.

For Area Students

The conference is held during the year for students throughout the county.

The fields that will be represented are: Accounting, with Warren Curtis of Cherokee as the discussion group leader; agriculture, a representative of Iowa State University will direct the discussion; airlines, Men, Humboldt Institute; airlines, Women, Humboldt Institute; armed services, Service representatives from the different branches; beautician, Marie Ellis, Ellis Beauty School; coaching, men, Dewey Hatford, Morningside College; Electronics, DeVry Institute representative; engineering representative Iowa State University; Home Ec., representative Iowa State University; Horticulture, representative Iowa State University; Iowa Employment, Iowa Employment Service, Storm Lake; Journalism, Robert Phelps, Morningside College; Law, Dave Sayre; Psychiatry, representative Mental Health Inst.; Medicine, Dr. Koser, Cherokee; Medical Technician, representative NW Inst. Of Technology; Nursing, Wave Ostenson, Methodist Hospital; Occupational Therapy, representative, Mental Health Institute; Office Opportunities, Robert Heegel, N.B.T.; photography, Phil Salsbery, Cherokee; Radio and TV, Ron Scott, WOI-TV; Religious Occupations, Rev. Goldhorn, Cherokee; Social work, representatives County Welfare; Teaching (Ele.) Dr. Street, Morningside College; Teaching (H.S.) Dr. Street, Morningside College; Trades, representative trade school; Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Jim Creel, Cherokee.

25 years ago

Cherokee is a long way from the Philippines, but recent events in the country are being watched closely by several local residents.

On Feb. 28, under pressure from military and civilian forces, Ferdinand Marcos fled the Philippines, the county he had been the leader of for 29 years.

Corazon Aquino, who ran against Marcos in a controversial election, was sworn in as president.

Since the rebellion, there has been speculation about the future of Subic Bay, a huge United State naval base in the Philippines.

Cherokee Police Chief Norm Hill, John Grant, Doug Krenzien, and Joyce Dudley are all members of a U.S. Naval Reserve unit that is assigned to the naval supply depot at Subic Bay.

In October, Hill and Krenzien spent two weeks at Subic Bay.

Hill said that while he was there, he say no indication of what would later happen in the Philippines.

The Philippine people were "very friendly, and eager to learn about the United States," Hill said.

However, Hill said that after following news accounts of the events in the Philippines, he was not surprised at the outcome.

He is scheduled to go back to the Philippines next year. Despite the new Philippine government, and speculation about the future of Subic Bay, Hill said he is "not at all concerned about going back."

Like Hill, Krenzien said he saw no indication of any political or social strife in the Philippines. Overall, the Philippines were just like any other country, and the people "were fantastic," Krenzien said.

"The people are more than willing to help you, and they are very family-oriented. If you've got pictures of your kids, they want to know all about them," he said.

If the opportunity to return to the Philippines would come around, Krenzien said he would take it without any apprehension.

Grant is tentatively scheduled to go to Subic Bay this summer. Dudley has been a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve for about six months. She is scheduled to go to the Philippines in February, 1987.

Since joining the U.S. Naval Reserve, Dudley said she has been following the happenings in Philippines closely.

"It's strange, but you never really pay attention to this sort of thing, until you realize that you're involved. You pay more close attention," she said.

Dudley said she is willing to go to the Philippines, but added that she thought the Philippines' new president would need time to get settled into her responsibilities.

"I'm willing. But, now that she (Aquino) is in power, I think we need to give her a little time," Dudley said.

Grant said he is looking forward to the chance to go to the Philippines.

Grant, who has been with the U.S. Naval Reserves since August, said people who have been to the country have told him the Philippines "are a great place to be."

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