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Friday, April 15, 2011

100 years ago

A rumor in some way gained circulation yesterday that little Harold Sage, son of Conductor Sage, had been caught by a train and was seriously injured.

An investigation made by the Times showed a very slight foundation for the rumor. Harold was running rather swiftly on the sidewalk and when near the railroad crossing fell.

Just as he fell a train passed but did not touch Harold, who arose with no more serious injury than a bruised knee, and most active boys carry this or a bruised toe as a tribute to their activity.

The Times in its last issue had an account of a free for all fight which occurred Saturday on Boiler avenue and said that the authorities were after evidence with a view to prosecuting the offenders.

The evidence was procured and this week on charges of intoxication John Hardman drew $10 or thirty days in jail. Flan Howard received the same treatment as also did Flint Mahaney. Amos Green didn't think he was guilty and stood trial and was awarded yesterday $25 or thirty days, the maximum penalty.

The cases came up before Justice Green. Hardman and Mahaney are serving out their fines in the county bastile. Howard has until Saturday to dig up the wealth. Green has taken an appeal to district court.

This is the law vindicated. Remsen whiskey did it. Some of the participants had visited Remsen that day and brought back some of the O-be-joyful. It proved to have a fight to a drop and hence all this trouble.

It is said one of the Remsen visitors brought back a gallon jug of the stuff and this was confiscated and free drinking of free booze brought on the fracas.

75 years ago

Cherokee county is being doubly penalized because it is one of the few counties in the state having no outstanding primary road paving bonds, says County Supervisor Walter Miller of Marcus.

It is being penalized so far as highways are concerned by being required to contribute to the payment of the cost of highway paving in other counties, while going without paving on its own roads. And it is being penalized again by being denied any share in the emergency relief funds set up by the state from retail sales tax receipts, to which this county contributes along with all the other counties of the state, says Mr. Miller.

Cites Experience

Reciting the experience of Cherokee county officials who went to Des Moines some time ago in an effort to secure state assistance in carrying the heavy load of relief, Mr. Miller told how and why their appeal was turned down.

On arrival at Des Moines the Cherokee county officials were informed that another county had an appointment ahead of them and that they would have to wait a short time before being heard, said Mr. Miller. However, they were told the other delegation, officials of Fayette county, was there on a similar mission and that if they cared to sit in and listen to the conference they were privileged to do so.

Promised Help

1938 Junior High Basketball - Pictured are the 1938 Cherokee County Junior High Basketball Champions. Back row, left to right, Wayne Flickenger, Thomas Boothby, Jimmy Huber, Howard Olson, Frank Lieb, James Ethington, and DeWayne Skinner. Front row, left to right, Delbert "Junebug" Perrin, Dean Curtis, Clifton "Lefty" Bunton, Robert Ogilvy, and Gerald "Jerry" Jobe.
The Cherokee county officials sat in. One of the first questions asked the Fayette officials was as to the outstanding indebtedness of their county and their reply was that they had considerable more than a million dollars in highway paving bonds. State officials lost little time in assuming the Fayette county officials that the state relief fund would assume payment of 85 percent of the total relief load of their county of everything above $700 per month.

With visions of similar generous treatment Cherokee county officials entered into their own conference. Again one of the early questions was as to the finances of the county. The state officials were informed that Cherokee county's only outstanding indebtedness was $306,000 in county bridge bonds.

This brought prompt inquiry from state relief officials as to why Cherokee county, so nearly without debt, should be asking for any assistance in meeting its relief costs. The county officials were advised to go home and prepare the county to take care of its own relief problem and to issue emergency relief bonds if necessary to meet the cost.

Thus was Cherokee county, whose relief expenses now total $48,000 a year, denied any assistance, while bonded counties carrying a similar relief load were given $10,000 from state funds set aside from sales tax receipts for relief purposes.

1937 street scene - DeWayne Skinner, James Ethington and Robert Ogilvy are pictured, along with Engle and Dorothy June Mundy, in this 1937 snapshot taken outside of the Lincoln School. Note the Skelly Station in the background.
And Cherokee county contributed to those sales tax receipts on exactly the same basis as all other counties, and its people contributed toward the payment of the other county's paving bonds just as much as though those bonds had been their own.

So Cherokee county officials came back home conscious that Cherokee county had not only sacrificed by going without paving but by doing so also lost $40,000 per year in relief aid funds. And this $40,000 for relief can now be provided only by a direct property tax levy.

While the highway paving bonds and interest would have been paid entirely out of the state primary road fund without any additional tax levy.

All of which accounts for the grey hairs that are accumulating on the heads of county officials in the gravel counties.

50 years ago

The Aurelia High School Band has been chosen by the Iowa Bandmasters Association to present the open concert at the 1961 Bandmasters Convention May 19 in Des Moines.

Each year four Iowa bands and a professional unit are picked by the group to play at the three-day affair. Bands are selected on the basis of reputation, contest ratings and nomination by membership.

Playing for the convention is considered the highest honor an Iowa band can receive; school officials said here.

The Aurelia band, under direction of Don Jackson, has received I and I-plus ratings at the state contest for five consecutive years.

The Cherokee County ASC office has made notice of a change in the feed-grain program as compared to what farmers have been told during the past week.

ASC officials have published the following questions and answers to clarify the program. They apply only to the acreage devoted to a conserving use in 1961 in order to reach the 1950-60 average of conserving acres. They do not apply to diverted acres.

Question: If oats alone are sown on conserving acres, what use may the producer in the feed-grain program make of them?

Answer. He may only graze oats when they are sown along on conserving acres.

Question: If oats are sown with a seeding on conserving acres, what use may be made of the growth?

Answer. The growth, including the oats, may be grazed. The growth, including the oats, may also be cut for hay or ensilage providing the hay is cut before the oats reach the dough state.

Question. What about conserving acres and soybeans in 1961?

Answer. To be eligible for price support on soybeans, the producer must maintain his 1959-60 average of conserving acres. Any non-cropland broken out and devoted to soybeans in 1961 must be replaced by an equal acreage of old cropland devoted to a conserving use.

As far as eligibility for soybean price support is concerned, the 1959-60 average of conserving acres on Form C38-532 applies to both participants and non-participants in the feed-grain program.

25 years ago

Gov. Terry Branstad Monday announced the list of cities chosen to take part in the program's initial year. On the list were Burlington, Fort Madison, Keokuk, Oskaloosa and Grinnell.

The Main Street Program is aimed at promoting downtown revitalization and is targeted at Iowa cities with populations of 5,000 to 50,000. Fifty-six cities meet the population requirements but only 18 applied. Cherokee was one of those 18.

"I would assume we would probably try again next year," said Cherokee Mayor Lawrence Westphal, "but I don't know we'll have to take it back to the merchants."

Downtown merchants voted in January to apply for participation in the program, which would include $15,000 from the state this year for each participating city, plus $11,000 the second year and $8,000 the third year. The rest of the estimated $30,000 to $40,000 annual cost of administering the program in each city would be paid for by the local merchants.

The state's share of the program will be funded by the Iowa lottery.

Each of the 18 cities which applied for participation gave a presentation to a panel of 11 judges about two weeks ago. The judges based their decisions on a point system which included such items as public support, the number of historic buildings."

"Eighteen towns had applied and the 13 that were not chosen had extremely strong applications," said John Schaffner, director of the Community Resource Division of the Iowa Development Resources Division of the Iowa Development Commission. "We're encouraging those 13 towns not to give up."

He said communities could work to enhance their applications for next year by "keeping their momentum going" through such efforts as working to build a stronger relationship between merchants and local government.

He also encouraged cities to join the national Main Street Network, an organization for an annual $200 fee.

Other cities which applied for but will not receive Main Street Program funding this year are: Spencer, Fort Dodge, Clinton, Marion, Centerville, Indianola, Ames, Iowa Falls, Maquoketa, Muscatine, Cedar Falls and Creston.

Grading on a portion of 11th Street in Cherokee is slated to start in July.

City officials discussed the project Monday with the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors.

The city plans to grade about one-eighth of a mile of 11th Street. Work will begin at Hillside Street, and then proceed north past the Cherokee Country Club and then around a curve.

Under an agreement approved by the supervisors, the cost of the project will be shared by the city and the county.

The estimated project cost is $182,398. Of this, 75 percent will be paid with Federal Aid Urban System funds--grant money which goes to cities. The remaining 25 percent will be paid by the city and county.

The county's cost will be about $7,000. This covers costs for grading and right-of-way purchases on about 1,300 feet of the east-west section of the city's 11th Street grading project. This section of the road is county property.

Bids for the project will be let in Des Moines on May 13. Cherokee City Engineer Ed Bigelow said the grading work will begin in July.

City Administrator Gil Bremicker said the grading work is primarily being done to insure better maintenance and water drainage on 11th Street. Because of the poor condition of the roads' surface, ditches and shoulder, proper maintenance and drainage is difficult, Bremicker said.

Grading on 11th Street has been a frequent topic of discussion among city and county officials.

While city officials have been concerned with the section of road running by the Cherokee County Club and over Pidgeon Bridge, county officials have been hearing requests for grading on the section of road running by the Catholic Cemetery.

The county has not made any final plans for grading this portion of the 11th Street, but, County Engineer Bill Bennett said it is part of the 1986-87 road program.

Bennett said the grading will aid in snow removal operations.

In addition to the 11th Street agreement, the supervisors agreed to pay a portion of the cost of designing a new access road on the south end of the Cherokee Airport. The design cost has been estimated at about $3,000. The city will pay 90 percent with federal grant money, while the county will pick up the remaining 10 percent, or about $300.

The proposed access road is on county property, but is part of the city's airport improvement project.

In other business, the board approved a permit allowing Teleconnect, a long-distance telephone service, to install underground cable along the railroad right-of-way which runs from east of Aurelia to west of Marcus.

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