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Friday, April 22, 2011

100 years ago

On Saturday afternoon there was quite a commotion on Main Street. John B. Howley was standing near the sidewalk talking to some men when his little 11-year-old daughter, Gladys, started to where he was and was overtaken by an auto which was coming down the street. She was thrown under the auto. The auto was at once stopped and the little girl taken to Dr. Burlingname's office, where she was examined and it was soon discovered that the child was not badly hurt but very badly frightened. As usual the bystanders didn't all agree as to the speed the automobile was running. Some said it was running slow while others claimed that it was going fast.

This morning Harry Keeler was brought before Justice Green on a charge of vagrancy to which he plead guilty and was sentenced to six months in the county jail in default of a $500 bond for good behavior. Harry admitted he gambled and drank whenever he had the opportunity. Mittimus has not been issued and if he walks out of town the officers would hardly go after him.

Willard Doud, shop engineer and C. A. Shaffer, General Inspector of tools, both from Chicago were in Cherokee Friday looking over the shops with a view to betterments of tools and other shop machinery.

Laborer Wm. Young resigned Saturday. He intends to locate in Oklahoma.

Blacksmith Helper, Joe Reddington returned to work today after a week's absence on account of the illness of his wife.

Boiler maker E. Bong and storekeeper W. W. Sparks were LeMars visitors Saturday.

Engineer H. U. Richards layed off Friday to spend Sunday with his family in Fort Dodge. Engineer Dunn is on Mr. Richards run in the meantime.

Engineer F. B. Darr has given up farming and returned to Cherokee to resume his former position running on the road. He says Cherokee is good enough for him.

Engineer E. L. F. Chevaleir returned home from a visit to St. Paul last Wednesday and started on another trip to South Dakota Saturday to look after his land claim.

75 years ago

Russell Fredrickson, 31, Liberty township, was resting easier in Sioux Valley hospital Wednesday morning from injuries received Monday afternoon when he jumped from a hay mow in a barn on his farm, striking the handle of a pitchfork. A physician was immediately called to treat the lacerations and he was taken to the hospital, accompanied by his brother, Eldon.

Ship ahoy - In 1940, some Cherokee students took a biology class to the Iowa Great Lakes. Pictured are, back row, Carol Glidewell, Marjory Sleezer, and Juanita Miller. Front row: Dora Dean McManus and Betty Waters.

Billy Zangger, six year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Zangger, was to return home Wednesday from Sacred Heart hospital in LeMars, it was reported Wednesday morning.

Billy, unconscious a few hours more than two weeks from injuries received when struck by a car April 7, recovered consciousness Tuesday night. Further x-rays revealed no fractures or internal injuries.

He was knocked unconscious when struck by a car driven by Darrel H. Miller, 14, son or Mr. and Mrs. Walter Miller, while crossing a road near a rural school four and one-half miles northwest of Marcus. Billy was thrown in the ditch and except for scratches about the head and had no visible injuries. The accident occurred about 8:15 a.m. after he had stepped from and run in back of a car driven by Miss Myrtle Witt. She was taking him to school and the Miller car was going in the other direction.

Billy was taken to Sacred Heart hospital April 8. He was unconscious approximately 350 hours.

Nineteen Cherokeans attended the district meeting of the Women's Foreign Missionary society of the Methodist church n Alta Tuesday and four members of the local society took part on the program.

Mrs. Wayne Flickinger gave a paper during the afternoon session on "Citizenship" and Mrs. Frank Darr talked on "Congo Women." Mrs. Alice Devell and Mrs. Harry Phelan took part in the morning memorial service, the former singing a solo and the latter presenting a poem.

Representatives of the Missionary societies in the Sheldon district were present at the all day meeting, main feature of which included talks by Jennie Bridenbaugh of China and Letha Daubendick of India, foreign missionaries, home on furloughs. The speakers talked both in the afternoon to the older members of the society and in the evening to the young people after a fellowship supper.

Mrs. Thomas C. Collins of Spirit Lake was an evening speaker and discussed her childhood days as daughter of missionary parents in Central America.

50 years ago

Those planning to participate in the Cherokee Garden Club's thirty-second annual flower show "June Toppers," should make preparations for the show soon.

Disbudding of hyber tea roses and the grooming of plants and shrubs for the flower show should be done now.

The show will be held at Sanford Museum June 15 from 2-9 p.m.


Prior to the flower show a workshop will be held at the museum May 23-24 at 1:30 p.m. Those who attend should bring their own materials.

Mrs. James Montgomery is president of the garden club.

Those who are working on the flower show committee are: Mrs. John Dewar, Mrs. R. L. Kelley, Mrs. C. Crary and Mrs. Dan Rice, general chairman.

Mrs. H. D. Seely, schedule; Mrs. W. A. Lieb, publicity; Mrs. L. C. Hodgen, entries.

In charge of classifications are: Miss Ruby Johnson, horticulture, Mrs. W. J. Popma, placing; Mrs. A. W. Kruse, artistic; Mrs. O. W. Powell, educational; Mrs. C. E. Broderick, hospitality; Mrs. H. J. Fishman, awards; Mrs. A. Fuhrman, junior exhibits.

Old home week - Here is another picture of the biology trip that some students from Cherokee took to the Iowa Great Lakes in 1940. Some places of interest that were visited by the group were Okoboji Beach and the Lakeside Laboratories.

Rev. Walter E. Lack, pastor of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church spoke to members of the graduating class from Washington High School at Baccalaureate services Sunday.

The service began with the processional played by Cheryl Thomas and Sharon Hogan.

Rev. Lack gave invocation and the scripture reading.

Washington's concert choir sang two numbers, "Turn Back o Man" and "Onward Ye Peoples."

Rev. Lack spoke on "The Productive Use of Knowledge." He used quotes from the Bible and said that man in tempted to use his knowledge for selfish purposes. He continues, "Knowledge must be coupled with a love for God and compassion for fellow man before it can reach its highest plan and accomplish the most good."

Lack gave the benediction and the recessional closed the service.

The Northwest Iowa group of the Civil War Centennial will meet on Sunday, May 28 at 2 p.m. at Sanford Museum.

Ralph Borreson of Sheldon will present a talk, "The Assassination of Lincoln." Borreson, superintendent of schools at Sheldon, has had a special interest in the life of Lincoln, the events leading up to and the tragedy of his death.

The museum, as a part of the Centennial Observance, will continue its display of clothing, equipment, pictures, diaries and other Civil Was mementoes through July 4. Of local interest are the pictures of Custer Post G. A. R.

The meeting is open to the public.

Forrest Kohrt Cherokee Count Extension director reported today that corn throughout the county is approximately 85 percent planted.

Some of the fields are up and can be "rowed" and some rooted but have not come up yet because of cold weather.

He said considerable plowing has yet to be done for bean ground and some for corn planting. Bean planting is spotted with most farmers just starting.

Oats stands look normal but could use warm weather now. The moisture has helped them considerably.

The director said the legume seeding for hay look very good. However, there are considerable aphids working n the alfalfa fields. They have been very heavy in the southern part of Iowa and are working in the county now. There is not much which will pay to treat the crop with.

However, a chemical control can be used in the form of Methoxycholr or Malathion.

Farmers are reminded that pasturing must be eliminated for a week after treatment.

25 years ago

Washington High School's student activity code came under fire Monday as parents expressed several concerns about its fairness and its enforcement.

About 25 people, including parents, teachers and administrators, attended the Cherokee School Board's open discussion of the policy.

Those at the meeting agreed that some type of code was needed, but suggested that changes be made to make it more equitable and positive.

School board president Victoria Wittgraf said the district is in the annual process of reviewing the policy.

Several at the meeting suggested further discussion on the policy, and possibly parental input during the review.

Terry Burkhart said one alternative would be to give students an option to be ineligible for one event, such as a musical performance or a football game, and then do community service work. Burkhart said this policy has had favorable results in the Spencer and Charles City school districts, even though some thought it was too soft when it was instituted.

The current student activities code was developed about three years ago by a group of parents, school board members and administrators.

The code has recently come under criticism as a result of disciplinary action taken against some students who either admitted to or were found guilty of consuming alcohol at a weekend party.

The activities code states that a student will be ineligible to participate in activities if they admit to or are found guilty of violating state, federal or local laws, or using or possession of tobacco, alcohol or drugs. The length of the ineligibility depends upon the violation, and how many times a student has been found guilty of a particular violation.

The code is enforceable 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

While parents expressed concern over teenage drinking, they also expressed concern over whether the code addressed the problem properly.

"I'm here as a parent who is concerned about the drinking situation in this school system. I'd say 98 percent of the students drink. I don't want my kids dead. I'd do anything to change it. I don't know what the solution is. I don't think this is working," said Barb Bowers.

One of the main concerns was the fairness of the code. Many parents said the code is inequitable because it only punishes students who are in activities.

"It seems the more successful the student--the ones in National Honor Society, student officers, athletes, actors--the more the punishment. I don't think we want to do this to our leaders," said Linda Burkhart.

School board member Joe Lundsgaard said he agreed with this point, but added he did not know how to remedy it. He said he felt punishing only active students was decreasing participation in activities.

"We could have better participation in activities. We seem to be rewarding students for not participating because what we are saying is "We're not going to punish you," Lundsgaard said.

Mike Leatherman, a WHS senior, questioned whether or not district's policy was in agreement with the constitution of the National Honor Society. Leatherman was among students disciplined because of the weekend party.

Leatherman said he admitted his guilt, and was made ineligible for several student activities he was involved in, including National Honor Society.

Leatherman said he was made ineligible for NHS without any notice, which is required by the NHS constitution. Leatherman suggested that his part of the code be changed, and made retroactive.

Terry Burkhart said he felt that around-the-clock enforcement of the policy interfered with parents' responsibilities for their children. He said the code should only be enforceable when a student is in school, is on school property, is participating n a school-related activity or is found guilty of violating a state, federal or local law.

Burkhart, as well as several other parents, stressed more parental involvement in the enforcement of the code.

Pat Harrison said, "You have to consider parents' rights and decisions. Even in a court of law, parents are notified and have the right to be present when their child is interrogated."

While most comments were critical of the code, there were comments in favor of it.

Leo Hupke, district athletic director and coach, said that students need to be aware of the rules, and be aware of the consequences if they break them. He also said, that as a parent, he felt the code helped enforce rules that parents sometimes cannot.

"I'm a parent. I have a wife and four kids. I need help. I would like to see a year-round program where the school is interested in students year-round. There are some parents who have a thumb on their child, and some who don't. Some parents need help, some don't," he said.