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Friday, March 18, 2011

100 years ago

Fire of unknown origin destroyed the large barn with contents of grain and hay and eleven head of horses, on the Joe Heidish farm six miles southwest of this city last Friday night.

Members of the family had attended the moving picture show at Remsen that evening and after returning put away the horses in the barn and retired for the night. The men were smoking cigars and it is possible that sparks fell and rested among the hay and straw, which caused the flames to break forth at 1 o'clock Saturday morning. The family were awakened by the fire, but not until too late to get the horses from the burning building.


Wm. Buhmann, who lived in Holstein for several years, moving to Washta and about a month ago to Lawton, is in trouble again and was placed under arrest yesterday on a charge of assault with intent to do great bodily injury. Buhmann's ugly disposition got the better of him again a few days ago and proceeded to make a rough house, striking his wife in the side, then on the head felling her to the floor. The lady is in a delicate condition and serious illness may occur as a result of the blows.

Buhmann was in several scraps in Holstein and those who knew him had always hoped that after he left the town and was making some money he would reform but it appears that he is to continue in his old habits. It is possible that the grand jury of Woodbury county will take his case under consideration at their meeting next week.

The man is probably the same Buhmann who conducted a grocery store in Cherokee some time ago.


There was quite an exciting time Friday afternoon at the Saberson farm southeast of town. They had set fire to stocks in a corn field and the strong wind carried the flames towards the farm buildings and it looked for a time as though they were doomed. A telephone message brought aid from town, a number of the fire boys going though an alarm was not sounded. These with other help from town and the neighbors checked the flames when they were only ten feet from the big barn. It was a very narrow escape from a disastrous fire.


One of the indictments returned by the grand jury this term was one for forgery against John Domick. Domick canvassed this county last summer for the Dairy Stock Food company, of Atlantic, Iowa, and took an order for $40 worth of stock food from O. O. Strickling living near Washta. Mr. Strickling alleges that he signed no order but the Domick told him the food would be shipped and he could use what he wanted of it or kept the balance subject to the order of the company. The goods came within three days and later a signed order for $40 turned up. Mr. Strickling says he never signed such an order. Domick was found at Manning and arrested on order of Sheriff Staff who brought his man back here Saturday. The case will probably be tried this term. The Daisy Stock Food Company has co-operated in every way with the authorities in running Domick down.

75 years ago

Appointment of three members of the five to be included on the temporary Cherokee county committee to direct the soil conservation program was made Tuesday according to information received at the Farm Bureau office.

The three members appointed in accordance with the national program are LeRoy Pease, Grand Meadow township, chairman of the county corn-hog committee, who will act as chairman; Glenn D. Curtis, chairman of the county agricultural planning committee, and County Agent C. C. Turner. These three will meet soon and select the other two members of the new committee.


Four cases were considered and the grand jury began its deliberations as March term of Cherokee district court moved into the second day Tuesday. The grand jury was still in session Wednesday and a report was not expected before Thursday or Friday of this week.

Grand jurors are Lyle Burch, J. F. Kintigh, John Leckband, I. M. McCannon, Will Amendt, F. W. Demming and Charles Lockin.

The defendant was given 10 days to plead in the case of Adrian O. Anderson vs. Carl E. Anderson et al. Rose A. Keigh was granted a divorce and custody of two minor when her husband, Kenneth Dale Keith, failed to appear or be represented by counsel.

All defendants except the state of Iowa defaulted in the case of the estate of O. G. Walrath, deceased, vs. Tom Fitzgibben et all.

Objections of the defendant to the report of James D. F. Smith, reference in partition, were overruled in the trial of Cora Killins vs. T. H. Carney. The referee was authorized and directed to make distributions in accordance with the report.


A bicycle belonging to Junior Spray was still missing Wednesday noon, having been stolen from his front porch for the second time Sunday night. The wheel was padlocked at the time of the theft.

Three times since January, Junior has had similar losses. First a sled was stolen from his front porch. Two weeks ago the bicycle was taken, only to be found several days later in a ditch along the road to Quimby.


Iowa's extreme cold winter weather did not affect Cherokee bee colonies, according to Amos Keller and John Stoughton, who operate 175 hives on North Eleventh street. They report that the snow covering the hives protected the bees form the extreme cold.

Keller and Stoughton have recently added 100 hives to their spiary. This will increase their honey production to 30,000 pounds or a car load annually. One hive often produces 200 pounds in a year, they said. Some honey is sold locally but the larger amount is marketed through the Sioux Honey association in Sioux City.

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American Theater - The American Theater in downtown Cherokee is pictured above. Playing at the theater was the 1940 film "Three Faces West," staring John Wayne and Sigrid Gurie. This classic movie was about a Viennese surgeon and his daughter who come to a small town in North Dakota as refugees from Hitler. When the winds of the Dust Bowl threaten the town, John Phillips (Wayne) leads the townsfolk in moving to greener pastures in Oregon.
50 years ago

Little Calumet has played in four previous boys state high school basketball tournaments--but never have the Indians had as much at stake as they do Saturday night.

The sharpshooting team from northwest Iowa meets Marshalltown for the prep title in a game that matches the defending champion Bobcats against one of the most successful darkhorses in tournament history.

If Calumet can whip Marshalltown it will be the first Class B team in 23 years to win the big prize.

The Indians won the Class B title in 1959 and were second in the two-class tournament last year. Their bids in 1957 and 1956 also were confined to the Class B division, but they have proven their ability to play with the big schools in this year's one-class affair.

Hitting 45 percent of their shots, the Indians coasted past tall Davenport Assumption in Friday night's semifinals 77-65. Marshalltown also cruised into the champion game, whipping Mason City 87-53.

Marshalltown will be after its third state title. The bobcats won in 1956, in addition to taking the championship last year.

But most of the fans on hand for the finals will be pulling for Calumet's school of 20 students which has captured the fancy of the press.

The Indian's accuracy from the field pushed them into a 36-30 half-time lead against Assumption's zone defense and the Knights went into a man-to man defense for the first time this season in the second half.

But Calumet was equally as successful against that system and pulled safely in front in the second half before using reserves liberally.

Doug Swanson was the standout for Calumet, scoring 21 points on five field goals and 11 of 13 free throws. Little Bob Rehder pumped in 17 points, Ron Waggoner scored 16 and Dan Dau added 10 against the baffled Assumption team which was led by Bob Schebler's 20 points.

The victory was Calumet's 28th against one loss this season.

Marshalltown's conquest of Mason City was its 25th in 26 starts. The Bobcats best the Mohawks 74-64 earlier in the season.

25 years ago

Reorganization may mean fewer bills making it through the Iowa legislature this year, according to a pair of northwest Iowa lawmakers.

Rep. Tom Miller, R-Cherokee, and Sen. Richard Vande Hoef, R-Harris, said Saturday that the amount of time and work required to pass a government reorganization plan will probably mean fewer bills will survive the legislative process.

"More bills will die than normal because of the issue of reorganization," Vande Hoef said.

The two made their comments at a legislative forum sponsored by the Governmental Affairs Committee of the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce. The forum was held at the Cherokee Community Center.

They said the legislative process is at a critical point this week, because deadlines are approaching for bills to be out of committees. After this week the Senate will not consider any bills which have not been passed by the House and the House won't consider any bills which haven't been passed by the Senate.

"The bills are flying around into a funnel right now," Miller said.

And the funnel is already clogged with the reorganization issue, Miller and Vande Hoef said. Each house of the Legislature has passed its version of the reorganization plan. Now they will each look at what the other has done and the differences will probably be ironed out by a conference committee made up of both senators and representatives.

"I think everyone generally endorses the idea," Vande Hoef said. "But they don't want their particular programs cut. They all say 'well, I agree with the concept, but...'"

Miller said the Senate reorganization bill pared the number of state agencies from 68 to 28, while the House bill cuts the number to 22. Governor Terry Branstad's original proposal was to cut the number of agencies to 19.

All of the plans include cuts in the number of state employees as a way of saving money, Miller said. Branstad's original proposal would have eliminated 963 state jobs.

"The government's going to be less responsive," he said. "You can't do away with that many jobs and serve the people as well."

But he said the cuts are needed, because the state must live within its means and the job cuts are a better alternative than raising taxes.

Some of the bills which may be dead for this year include a property tax freeze, Vande Hoef said. He gave that bill only about a 25 percent chance of being passed.

Another idea which is dead in the water is the construction of a large prison facility to house those convicted of operating a vehicle while under the influence (OWI). Cherokee city leaders have been pushing the city as a possible site for such a facility.

But Miller and Vande Hoef said the city might still be considered as a site for a smaller prison facility if the state decided to use several places to house those convicted of OWI.

"I think it gives Cherokee a good shot for it," Miller said. "There's no reason why it shouldn't be in the running."

In other issues the two said:

* They supported the legislature's plan to do away with landfills in Iowa by 1997. "We've go to get away from burying things and dispose of them some other way," Miller said. "This will force us to face the issue."

* They doubt any bills on the corporate ownership of farmland will be passed this session. They said some proposals which would allow limited corporate ownership are not in the legislature, but probably wouldn't gain passage t6his year.

* The odds are against a surtax for education being passed this year. Vande Hoef said the idea has merit if the funds go directly toward education and they are balanced between urban and rural areas. "We need a little urban money here because they're actually living off our taxes," he said.

* Bills to promote cooperation between states on farm issues and to encourage research and marketing of new crops have support in the legislature. Both houses have already passed in interest buydown bill, but Vande Hoef said it probably won't make a major impact.

* "It isn't going to make much difference because funds are limited," he said. "Few will ultimately qualify."




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