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Times Gone By

Friday, March 25, 2011

Along the tracks - Pictured are corn cribs that once sat along Sixth Street next to the railroad tracks. Also pictured is the first electric light plant that was located near Cedar Street.
100 Years Ago

Cherokee High Meet Forest City High At Opera House Saturday Evening In Contest for Championship for North Iowa Will Now Meet Missouri Valley Champions.

That was a great victory won by the Cherokee high school team over Forest City at the opera house Saturday evening. Cherokee in a contest with twelve of the best schools in northwest Iowa had won the championship from that section. Forest City in contests with a like number of school in northeast Iowa had won the championship and Saturday was to determine which of these good teams should carry the championship banner for all northern Iowa and later meet the victor in southern Iowa for the state championship. The battle was a royal one and it is most gratifying that the arbiters decided unanimously for Cherokee. Cherokee will now meet, at Iowa City, Missouri Valley, champions of southern Iowa, to decide the state championship. Cherokee friends of the high school team who have followed the contests closely are sanguine that the team will bring to their school the high honor of the state championship. They have met the requisites for success--hard and persevering work, thorough knowledge of the strong and weak points in both sides of the question and alertness to take advantage of any opening which their opponents may give, it is thought will bring victory through merit.

Judge Robinson, of the state board of control, presided, while Supt. Beverideg, of Council Bluffs, and Prof. Blackmore, of Iowa City, and Supt. Nevlin, of Storm Lake, acted as judges. The chairman stated the question for the debate to be: "Resolved, That a graduated income tax with no exemption of incomes below $5,000 per annum would be a desirable modification of our present federal taxing system.

Wilmer Elfrink, Herman Lueder and Glen Curtis, for Cherokee, represented the negative, and Roy Scibert, Carl Paulson and Ed Wartchow, for Forrest City, represented the affirmative.

While the visitors did extremely well, our team did better and even their antagonists conceded that the decision was justly awarded. Thorough preparation involving hard work did it.

At last the editor of this paper is able to answer a question which has been put to him so often during the past few months that he has lost track of the count. He has received this official communication from E. Dana Durand, director of the census: "In further reply to your letter of Feb. 14, you are advised that, according to the returns of the thirteenth census, the population of Cherokee city, Cherokee county, Iowa, is 4,884.

The published figures for the other towns in the county show that all except Meriden and Washta have held their own during the past ten years. They are as follows: Marcus, 896, against 716 in 1900; Larrabee 158, against 125 in 1900; Aurelia 625, against 621 in 1900; Cleghorn 186, returns for 1900 not given; Meriden 246, against 432 in 1900; Quimby 268, returns for 1900 not given; Washta 410, against 431 in 1900. The returns by wards for this city are as follows: First ward, 2,571; Second ward, 969; Third ward, 344. Guess this city must have been going some during the past ten years

75 years ago

City of Cherokee received its certificate of award from the National Safety Council Wednesday morning for being one of 138 cities between 5,000 and 10,000 population in the United States not having a single death during 1935 caused by motor vehicle accidents. The certificate in on file at the city clerk's office.

The National Safety council has conducted the contest for five years to lower the number of fatalities due to motor accidents. More than 800 cities and 23 states competed in all branches of the 1935 contest. All of the states competing had one or more honor cities, Illinois having 27.

Of the 138 placed on the honor roll, only two Iowa cities, Cherokee and Charles City, were named.

Immaculate Conception high school debaters will compete in the annual state high school debate tournament at Iowa City beginning Thursday afternoon at 4 o'clock.

Both Cherokee teams have been selected for competition by Dr. Baird, director of debate at Iowa City. The affirmative team includes Georgiana Barnside and Paul Dull. Madeline Fitch and Margaret Ann Muraine will compose the negative duo. The local school placed second in the state tournament at Iowa City in 1934.

The upper ranking one fourth of debate teams in the state have been selected from various class B district tournaments to compete this week end. Last year 10 affirmative and 10 negative teams competed in the state meet.

50 years ago

An unusual two-hour program of color movies of special interest to outdoor sportsmen will be presented in Cherokee on Tuesday, April 4 starting at 8 p.m. The films will be shown at Washington High School Auditorium under sponsorship of the Cherokee Kiwanis Club. Called the "Fishing Film Festival," the program consists of six separate movies filmed by some of the nation's top outdoor professional photographers.

The films comprise a private collection of the best outdoor movies available in the country. They were produced by various governmental bodies and private organizations at a cost exceeding $100.00 The movies are presented by Don W. Larson of Mankato, Minn., who has shows his program in cities throughout six Midwestern states.

This truck was beloned to the Iowa Public Service (IPS) electrical company.
The Best Waters

The movies take the viewers on fishing trips to the best waters in the Midwestern U.S., wilderness areas of Canada, and Alaska and even to a remote jungle area of South America.

Devoted to fresh-water angling action, the films show experts catching giant northern pike, muskies, walleyes, bass, trout, grayling, Alaskan salmon and even the vicious man-eating piranha fish.

Admission will be charged.

Following is a list of the films in the program:

"Fishing the Midwest"--A Tour of the best lakes in the Midwest

"Alaska, Anglers' Paradise"--An exciting trip into the wilderness Kalmai area.

"Beyond the Andes"--Fishing for piranha in South America.

"Let's Go Fishing"--Tour of the best lakes in Canada.

"Lure of the north"--Muskie fishing in Ontario.

"Canada's Tackle Busters"--Fishing for small mouth bass.

Should you pass that highway patrol car?

Go ahead if the patrol car is traveling at least 5 miles under the speed limit and if the way is clear and safe.

Don't pass if the patrol car is moving right on the speed limit or just two or three miles under it.

These answers for the perplexed passer were offered by Lt. Col. James Macholz, assistant chief of the highway patrol.

"Our officers are instructed to travel at least five miles under the speed limit when on routine patrol in order to let traffic around," Macholz said.

When there's a reason to hold traffic in line, the patrolmen are instructed to travel right on the speed limit to discourage passing.

Reason for discouraging passing might be a heavy volume of traffic, an accident ahead, a series of recent accidents in the area, or hills and curves ahead.

But don't make the mistake of passing a slow moving patrol car in a restricted passing zone. "There's never any excuse for that," Macholz warned.

25 years ago

The county's purchase of two trucks from a Des Moines firm has raised some concerns among local businessmen.

Cherokee County Supervisors approved the truck purchases after receiving price quotes from several dealers. Though supervisors accepted the lowest quote, local dealers have expressed concern that the county did not make enough of an attempt to buy locally.

Representatives of Rasmussen Ford, Holzhauer Motors, Hesse Chevrolet and Bushlow's Inc. discussed the issue Monday with the Board of Supervisors.

Two weeks ago, supervisors purchased two heavy trucks form Housby Mack Inc., Des Moines, for $87,500. The trucks will be used for road maintenance.

Supervisor Bill Hurd said in checking with other counties, supervisors got the best reports about Mack truck equipment. This was a factor in the board's final decision, Hurd said.

Bushlow's and Rasmussen Ford also submitted price quotes on the two trucks. Bushlow's quote was $96,272, and Rasmussen's was $94,130.

Bill Troth, with Bushlow's Inc., and Mike Diercks, with Rasmussen Ford, said that local dealers did not have a chance to submit more acceptable quotes, because they did not know exactly what the county was looking for in a heavy truck.

In a comparison of Bushlow's and Rasmussen's quotes, Troth noted the both quoted prices for vehicles with varied features. Troth said that after balancing out the features between Bushlow's and Rasmussen's vehicles, there was only about $5 differences in the quotes.

The two men suggested that the supervisors hold a special meeting whenever the purchase of a truck or other similar equipment is planned.

Troth said the meetings would help local dealers determine whether or not they could provide the equipment and servicing the county wanted.

At these meetings, the supervisors could give exact specifications for the equipment they are looking for. Troth and Diercks said the meeting should be held 30 days prior to bid opening.

"There are two things we want. First, we want you to buy locally. We feel that's very important. Second, we want everybody to be bidding the same set of specifications," Diercks told the supervisors.

Board Chairman Don Tietgen reminded the two men that the supervisors only solicited quotes on the equipment, and did not seek out formal bidding.

Tietgen said that before any decision is made on Troth and Diercks' recommendation, he would have to look into how specification meetings work, and if they would be fair to both local and out-of-county dealers.

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