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Friday, April 8, 2011

Downtown crowd - Here is a look at the intersection of Main Street and Second Street in downtown Cherokee, taken on July 4, 1904. It shows a very busy day in the "old downtown"
100 years ago

Mike Hughes, a well known citizen of this city, passed away very suddenly Thursday afternoon about 5 o'clock from heart failure. He had left the McCoy restaurant but a few moments and had gone down the street but a short distance when he suddenly dropped in front of the Fairweather pool hall.

He was at once taken into the pool hall and Dr. P. B. Cleaves summoned but he died before medical aid could be given him.

The deceased is a brother-in-law of Mrs. W. B. McCoy of this city and was at the time of his death employed as night man at the McCoy restaurant. He was a man about 37 years of age and leaves a wife and numerous other relatives and friends to mourn his loss.

The remains were taken to Council Bluffs Friday afternoon, where interment took place. Saturday morning services were held at the Catholic church in that city.

After completing some routine work last Monday evening the major and all but one of the council resigned the robes of office to the newly elected. This change in administration also involves changes in the offices of marshal and city solicitor. Of the old appointive officers city clerk alone survives.

The change was quite informal. Ex-Mayor Molyneux remarked that if the new officials experienced as great pleasure in assuming office as the old did in resigning office, their enjoyment would be great indeed and he surrendered the gavel to his successor. Mayor Burlingame wasted no time in an inaugural. He proceeded to name his committees, after which the appointive officers were selected by ballot. The roster at the close of standing committees and appointive officers is as follows:

Finance--Lockyer, Wilkie, Gracey.

Streets and Alleys--Wilkie, Hill.

Water--Kuhrts, Lockyer.

Sidewalks--Hill, Wilkie.

Fire--Lockyer, Kuhrts.

Lights--Gracey, Kuhrts.

Cemetery--Gracey, Hill.


City Attorney--Mulvaney.

Marshal--A. Stiner.

Street Commissioner--Geo Rand.

Health Officer--P. B. Cleaves.

This completed the work of the evening, general work not being attempted, and the council was ready to turn itself into a board of review, but Assessor Lawrey not being present adjournment as taken until 7:30 last evening and meetings as a board of review will be held each evening until the assessment rolls have been adjusted.

During the evening city finances were discussed and the necessity for retrenchment was emphasized. A water bond of $3,000 is about to mature and other finances are strained, so that a primrose path will not be trodden by the new administration.

75 years ago

Verdict for defendant was returned by the jury at 10 p.m. Tuesday, five hours, after receiving final instructions in the case of Arthur R. Shepro vs. Louis Collins in Cherokee district court. No claims were involved in the verdict.

Shepro sued for $9,048 for injuries alleged received in an auto collision a mile and a half south of Merrill on highway No. 75 on April 24, 1935. Collins filed a counter claim for $1,730.

Jurors were George Nafziger, E. W. Randall, Mildred Spinharney, Olive Conley, Wilfred Mortenson, Ivis Montgomery, Barbara Loughlin, Margaret Scott, Leta Sanborn, J. L. Johnston, Mrs. James Archer and Albert Weathers.

Defendant's and plaintiff's motions for directed verdict were observed Tuesday. Jury was given choice of returning damage verdict for either Shepro or Collins or regular verdict for Collins. Plaintiff was given 30 days to file motion for new trial.

Jurors were being drawn Wednesday morning for the case of Leland vs. Conley.

Billy Zangeer, eight year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Zangeer, was knocked unconscious and possibly seriously injured at 8:15 o'clock Tuesday morning when struck by a car driven by Darrell H. Miller, 14, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter J. Miller, near a country school four and one-half miles northwest of Marcus. He had not regained consciousness Wednesday noon.

Billy was running from behind the car driven by Miss Myrtle Witt when hit by the Miller car groin in the other direction, Road Patrolman J. C. West, who investigated the accident reported. Miss Witt had picked Billy up on the way to school.

Patrolman West reported the accident is the first serious one to occur in his territory of five countries, Lyon, Sioux, Osceola, Cherokee and O'Brien in 1936.

Second Street - Here's a look at Second Street and Main Street. The photo shows a view of Second Street looking south, and in the foreground one can see a group of young children gathered in the middle of the intersection.

Petition of voters asking for widening of a section of North Second street was presented to the city council by Henry Hatterman at the meeting Tuesday night. The section of North Second street north or Cedar street would be widened to the width of Second street running south from Cedar street, according to the petition.

Council discussed but took no action on the petition. The matter will be investigated and the highway commission consulted as to the possibility of making the improvement.

Bonds of City Marshal C. C. Cobb, Night Policeman Glen C. Bell, Merchant Policeman George W. McDonald, Street Commissioner John Graves and C. E. Menter were approved. Bills were also allowed and ordered paid.

City Clerk J. A. Cary was authorized to enter into contract with the McKesson, Morre and Potterfield company of Burlington for the water works chlorine requirement for the current year.

The council will meet again Friday night at 7:30 sharp.

Ed Bangert, 36, Pomeroy, State hospital patient, was killed about 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon when struck, by a westbound Chicago and Northwestern train about four miles east of here. The train was an hour and a half late on its schedule, it was reported. He had been a patient at State hospital since December 19, 1935.

Bangert was working with a crew baling hay under the direction of Albert Anderson, assistant farmer at the hospital. Bangert's body was badly mutilated.

50 years ago

The 36th 4-H Girls Rally Day will be held Saturday, April 8 at the Wilson Junior High School.

The day will start at 9:30 in the morning with registration and campaigning for county officer candidates.

Mrs. Willard Fee, county 4-H chairman will call the meeting to order and the 4-H Field Song will be sung.

Charles Simons, county 4-H president, will greet the girls prior to the business meeting.

The business meeting will consist of presentation of flags by the Pilot Pepper Uppers, playing of the national anthem, roll call, secretary and historians report.

The county clubs will make their campaign speeches, responses and hold club caucus for the election of county officers.


Candidates for county offices and the clubs they represent are: Diane Lunders, Sheridan Stars; Sharon Carstens, County Clubers; Marlene Schipper, Country Ramblers; Linda Tigges, Aftonettes.

Phyllis Hackett, Pilot Pepper Uppers; Karlice Nelson, Cherokee Cloverettes; Konny Sadler, Grand Meadow Larks.

Among the highlights will be the 4-H leaders recognition. Carmen L. Dewar, county extension home economist, will make the presentation to last year's leaders.

During the afternoon session the new officers will be installed.

Guest speaker for the day will be Don Williams of Villisca. He was an international farm youth exchange delegate to Costa Rica in 1959. Williams is one of 56 men and women who participated in the program. He will speak on his Costa Rica visit.

The meeting will close with a registration report and singing together.

Cherokee city and county officials were called to aid Storm Lake officials in the search for an escaped prisoner from the Buena Vista County jail early Friday morning.

City Police were notified at 2:30 a.m. and assisted the Iowa Highway Patrol in road block efforts, here.

Police officials said they worked in the check of east-west traffic until 9 a.m. today.

The Cherokee County sheriff's office was called into the investigation at Storm Lake after the escape was discovered and worked until this morning in the Storm Lake area.

The escaped prisoner is 19-year-old Larry Haworth of Newell.

25 years ago

One of the biggest items on the Cherokee County budget just got bigger.

County Auditor Bev Anderson was notified last week that the Department of Human Services had increased the per diem fees for county clients sent to the Mental health Institute in Cherokee. She gave the bad news to the Board of Supervisors at its regular meeting Monday morning.

According to the letter from DHS Commissioner Michael Reagan, the fees for adults would go from $98.49 per day in the first half of the 1985-86 budget year to $102.24 per day in the last half; adolescent and children's care from $133.96 to $179.89 per day; geriatric and medical care from $85.72 to $118.54 per day and alcohol and drug treatment from $87.07 to $102.77 per day.

Those figures represent between 31 percent and 36 percent more than the 1984 rates used to figure the 1985-86 budget, Anderson said. The money for the 1986-87 budget year was frozen at this year's level, she explained.

The county budgeted $768,368 for mental health for 1986-87. The county pays 80 percent of the per diem charge and the state picks up the rest.

The reason given for the increase was a one-time adjustment for the state's comparable worth salary adjustment combined with a 2.3 percent population decrease at institutes at Cherokee, Independence and Mount Pleasant, the letter stated. Anderson said the DHS told her the raises would mean an additional $1 million to the MHI staff payroll.

Anderson said in a later interview she doubted if the money would be adequate to cover the higher fee. Whether it will depends on how many people the county has to pay for.

The county is mandated by the Iowa code to pay for the admissions to MHI.

In other action, the board:

* Approved getting a cost estimate for an archaeological survey near the site of a new bridge. Sanford Museum Director Terry Walker will do the excavation.

* Approved the allocation of the Social Service Block Grant. Bard Frey, county Department of Human Services director said $1,000 of the $112,422 grant would be used to fund a local volunteer program. The volunteer program is in place but was coordinated through Sioux City, she said.

Residential care services at the West Cherry Street home will take up $59,280. That includes additional clients possible if a new building is found for the home. Sheltered workshop was allotted $29,072 and work activity $20,230.

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