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Times Gone By

Friday, April 1, 2011

Fat Men's ball teams - This scene, vintage 1910 shows the Cherokee Fat Men's baseball club, left, and the LeMars Fat Men's diamond squad on the right. Winner of the game is unknown.
100 years ago

Some days ago the Times wrote to the assistant general manager of the Illinois Central railroad suggesting that the time was right for adding an additional train north in the passenger service. The railroad evidently didn't see the matter just as we see it, but has given some concessions to Cherokee by adding a passenger coach to the freight. The arriving and departing time of this train is so near to that of the passenger as to be of no material benefit to the business men of this city who want a morning trading train, so that people from the north can come here in the morning and return home in the evening. It will finally come. We quote from the letter we have received from the assistant general manager:

"I am in receipt of your esteemed favor of March 25th, with reference to establishing additional passenger train service between Cherokee and Sioux Falls.

Your suggestion has been given very careful consideration, but after a thorough canvass, I regret to say the additional revenue that may reasonably be expected, will hardly justify inaugurating additional passenger train service in this territory. It is necessary just at this time to curtail expenses, and there are many improvements, in train service and otherwise, that must of necessity be held in abeyance for the present.

It has, however, been arranged to place a coach on local freight trains No. 691 and 692, and make some slight adjustment in the schedule of these train so as to better accommodate the patrons of the line between Cherokee and Sioux Falls. With this improved service, it is hoped the people of Cherokee and vicinity will bear with us until the conditions are such that we can better afford to absorb the expense necessarily entailed by the installation of additional train service."

On Sunday morning at 2 o'clock the fire alarm was given. The fire was soon discovered to be at the home of Ira Tuttle on the corner of Spruce and Roosevelt Ave. The fire originated from the explosion of the lamp used in an incubator which had been placed in the shed adjoining the house. The shed was entirely destroyed. A great many of our citizens did not hear the fire alarm but those who did are to be praised for the manner in which they fought the flames which might have proved more serious and destroyed the entire building. We did not hear whether the building was insured or not.

75 years ago

Charlene Bunker, Lincoln junior high school eighth grade student, Tuesday afternoon became Cherokee county spelling champion by winning first place in both oral and written divisions of the annual spelling contest held at the Methodist church. She will represent Cherokee county in the state spelling contest at Des Moines, April 18, leaving the day before to attend the banquet given contestants. Miss Winifred Belfrage is her teacher.

Paul Norris, representing Holy Name (Marcus) school, placed second and Maxine Kirchoff, seventh grade student from Amherst No. 1, ranked third, Sister Mary de Chantal and Miss Asther Anderson are the respective teachers of the second and third winners. They will compete in the interstate contest at Sioux City April 17.

In the oral contest, Maxine Kirchoff ranked second to Charlene, losing on the word "frivolous." The winner spelled this word correctly and its following one, "connubial" to take first honors.

Jeanne Nolan, seventh grade Rock school No. 5, was third in the oral division. Her teacher there is Miss Pauline Henke. Earlier in the year, however, she attended Rock school No. 8 with Miss Marie Mahaney as teacher.

150 Words

A "writeoff" was necessary to determine the winner in the written division. Both Charlene and Paul Norris wrote a perfect paper on the first 100 words, four others tying for third place with one mistake each. An additional 50 words was necessary to determine the winner, Charlene again writing a perfect paper and Paul missing only one.

The four tying for third in the written division were Mildred Koth, eighth grade, Diamond No. 7, Miss Genevieve Isakson, teacher; Bernice Goodrich, eighth grade, Cleghorn, Miss Leona Wachtler, teacher; Maxine Kirchoff and Jeanne Nolan.

The "stickers" in the oral division included several words that would naturally be unfamiliar to younger students. Included among them were ellipsis, archipelago, discrepancy, subtrahend, competent, excel, analysis, iridescent, barrage and frivolous.

All of the 42 contestants received an honorary certificate from the Des Moines Register and Tribune syndicate for winning their respective school contests.

Pilot Rock baseball team - Here is a look at the Pilot Rock baseball team about 1911. The successful club played all of the towns around the area. Pictured are, front row, left to right, Steve Melter and Tom Fairweather. Second row: Jerome H. Clow, Fred J. Ritchie and Perry Boughton. Third row: 'Chick' Liffring, Tom Patterson, John Patterson and John Bridie Jr.
Dr. R. W. Eaton, Omaha, pronounced the words for the contestants. Judges were Mrs. Hazel Mansfield, Mrs. Josephine McWilliams and Rev. C. V. Hulse.

50 years ago

Cherokee City police Friday swiftly grabbed a 44-year-old ex-convict less than 12 hours after he had staged a breakin at Eagles Hall.

Paul Edward Denny, alias Raymond Gray of Fairport, was held on an information signed by Police Chief Laurence Schmoldt.

Denny, who reportedly has done time in four penitentiaries, was to appear in mayor's court this morning at the city hall.

The ex-convict was charged in the preliminary hearing with breaking and entering and larceny at Eagles Hall early Friday morning.

He was charged with taking $15 in cash, an electric razor, 45 cartons of cigarettes and several boxes of cigars.

Denny had been under observation by police throughout Friday. Authorities said he had been sighted several times in the city during the past several days.

He was brought in for questioning later Friday, but denied having anything to do with the break-in here.

Tips allowed the police to follow up quickly on Denny.

The officers found that the man was believed to have a large box at the railway express station.

Denny admitted having the box there, but said it contained clothing he was sending away.

Schmoldt ordered the box opened and stolen property from the Eagles was found. The police chief said some of the cigarettes or cigars apparently had been sold, but most of the property was still intact.

Denny was reportedly shipping the box to Fort Dodge.

Later Schmoldt and city officers found a railroad ticket to Fort Dodge and a stub for the box on the ex-convict's person. The sender, 130-pound Denny was nabbed by city police at 3:30 p.m. yesterday.


Elmer Ware of the Eagles identified the 5-10 inch gray-haired Ohioan as having been in the Eagles earlier Thursday night.

Police took Denny's fingerprints at the city station.

Denny told police he was parted from the penitentiary at Canyon City, Colo.

Denny's record:

Served two years from 1956 to 1958 at Iowa State Penitentiary, Fort Madison, for carrying concealed weapon (Cedar Rapids); Served time at Canyon City for burglary (Denver).

Served three years at Leavenworth federal prison for post office burglary at Dickinson, N.D.

Served time at Mac Niel Island Federal Penitentiary for burglary and forgery of $10,500 in government bonds (Columbus, O.)

25 years ago

As a result of last week's public hearing on Cherokee County's 1986-87 budget, $100,000 has been trimmed off the secondary roads budget.

Cherokee County Engineer Bill Bennett presented the adjusted secondary roads budget Monday to the Board of Supervisors.

Bennett said that no secondary roads projects have been canceled because of the budget cut, because the 1986-87 road program has not been finalized.

Bennett and the supervisors have been working on the program, determining which proposed projects have priority.

Though nothing has been finalized, Bennett said the 1986-87 road program would deal mainly with bridges.

In other business the board took the following actions.

* Approved the hiring of Rose Beazley, Cherokee, to fill a vacancy at the Cherokee County Law Enforcement Center. The vacancy was created by the resignation of office deputy Betty Means.

* Received a 1986-87 budget from the Cherokee County Homemaker Health Service. The budget totaled $96,997, which is a decrease from the 1985-86 budget of $106,331.

Sue Owens, director of the county service, said the budget has gone down because of a decrease in hours of service.

The Homemaker Health Service, division of Mid-Sioux Opportunities Inc., receives the majority of its funding from an Iowa Department of Health grant.

Cherokee County funds $25,000 of the service's budget. This $25,000 allocation has already been submitted to the supervisors, and approved as part of the county's 1986-87 budget.

* Approved four wetlands applications. Last year, a wetlands bill was put into effect in Cherokee County. Under the provisions of the bill, land which has little potential for economic gain could receive a tax exempt status. The purpose of this is to promote conservation and erosion control.

The applications were approved for: Steve Thomas, Pilot Township, 7.3 acres; Rodney Anderson, Cedar Township, 5 acres; George Slota, 3.5 acres, Afton Township, and Robert J. Thomas, Pilot Township, 11.3 acres.

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