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Times Gone By

Friday, April 29, 2011

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Here is a classic photo of workers of the Illinois Central Railroad at the Cherokee Depot in 1903, according to the back of the photograph.
100 years ago

Mrs. Ed Miller, residing on Tremont street, was bound hand and foot and gagged in her home by unknown parties on Friday evening between 8:30 and 9 o'clock. The occurrence is an unusual and mystifying affair and has so far kept those who are on the case baffled. The exact nature of how it happened is unknown, as Mrs. Miller was so upset over the incident that she was unable to give full details. According to one story circulated, two masked men entered the house and bound her. When asked about the details, however, she was in such a nervous and unstrung condition that she was unable to tell whether there were one or two persons involved. The mother and sister of Mr. Miller had been visiting her that evening and left the house at 8:30. Nothing had occurred at that time to excite any suspicions that the house was being watched. At a few minutes after 9 Mr. Miller entered the house and found his wife gagged and bound hand and feet. Her arms were crossed behind her back and tied at the wrists to a door knob. She was in a sitting position and her three months' old baby had been placed in her lap. The police were immediately notified and marshal Sudmeyer was sent for. Thinking that perhaps the motive for the action was robbery he started on a hunt through the house, but found nothing had been disturbed. The rope and gag had been secured from the premises and no clue was left that might indicate where the miscreants might have come from. It might be possible that the parties were going to rob the house and were frightened away, but a more feasible clue has been found. Mr. Miller received a letter some time ago from a young woman who indicated that if he would leave his wife the writer would go away with him. Mr. Miller paid no attention to the matter, however, and dismissed the subject from his mind. When he discovered his wife bound and gagged to the door his suspicious were immediately aroused and thinking that the writer of the letter might have a hand in the work, he turned the letter over to the marshal. All clues that can be found are being worked upon, and it is expected that something will turn up in the near future which will cause the arrest of the intruders. Several suspicious characters are being watched and it is hoped that the mystery will be cleared up in a few days. Mr. and Mrs. Miller have only been married about a year. She was formerly Miss Lucy Rollinger, of this city.

75 years ago

"Cleanup Week" was given a rousing sendoff Saturday afternoon in the 30 minute parade sponsored by Lincoln Junior high school which twice marched down Main streets from North and South Second streets Saturday afternoon. The parade was divided into 21 sections.

Leading off with the high school band, various methods of individual participation in "cleanup week" were shown. Bob Olsen and Rachel Diehl, elected last week at the most representative boy and girl in Lincoln school, followed the band on ponies escorted by banner bearers.

Boy and girl scout flag groups followed the most representative students, preceding the eighth grade "cleanup" chorus.

Following sections included the Dutch feature, "house on wheels," "washing up everything" and "Fill In."

"Doin' Our Bit" came next, heating and window washing being among the suggestions offered. This was followed by the bicycle fleet. Ways of cleaning up vacant lots were also given, including "build a fence," "plant a garden" and "pasture animals."

"Invest in Civic Pride," the long and short argument of the whole campaign wound up the procession. This was presented by Lealand Christensen and Lawrence Borrink. Cherokee's new fire truck also appeared in the parade. One of the largest Saturday afternoon gatherings n several months saw the procession.

City officials, Rotary club, Wa-Tan-Ye and the Chamber of Commerce have suggested a definite program to be followed as nearly as possible this week. Mimeographed copies of the program were distributed Friday and Saturday to every Cherokee home by children.

The suggested program for Monday and Tuesday:

Monday--Front yard day. Rake lawns, prepare gardens and flower gardens for planting, clean walks and gutters, salt cracks in sidewalks, exterminate ants.

Tuesday--Dandelion and flower bed day. Dig dandelions, exchange plants, plant flower beds and trim shrubbery.


Cherokee Country club board of directors voted in session Tuesday night to authorize construction of a women's and girls' shower and dressing room on the ground floor of the club house. Work is to be completed by the house committee before opening of the swimming pool Memorial day.

The new room, located at the northwest corner of the building, will be equipped with two shower baths, lockers and lavatories. The room was used as a boys' shower last season. It is reported boys will have the use of the men's showers until such time as a partition can be built and other plumbing changes made in the main locker rom. Men's lockers from the north end of the large room are to be moved to a small room at the south end of the building.

According to officers of the club the membership roster is nearly filled but another half dozen regular or associate members can be accommodated. It is hoped to maintain a member list of at least 160. It is said membership from other towns in the county will be the largest this year that it has ever been.

50 years ago

Contract awards were announced today for construction of the handsome, new Cherokee State Bank building on West Willow.

The all-modern banking facilities will incorporate the latest in building design, comfort and operational usage.

The general contract was awarded to Grundman-Hicks Construction Company, Inc. Cherokee.

Modern Heating & Cooling was given the mechanical contract.

Champion Electric was awarded the electrical contract.

To Begin at Once

Cherokee State Bank President Loren Anderson said construction is expected to begin immediately on the new West Willow location.

There were about 15 initial bidders, overall for anticipated contracts, it was revealed. Bids were received Tuesday.

Architects are Atherton, Dean and Herbert of Des Moines.

Consulting engineer is Paul Walters, Des Moines.

The beautiful new one-story brick structure will be one of Cherokee's most imposing edifices.

Front entry to the new Cherokee Sate Bank will be off West Willow, but there'll also be convenient rear door entry from the north, it was announced. There will be customer parking in the rear of the building.

8,700 Square Feet

The building at 206-214 West Willow will encompass 6,000 square feet, bank officials declared. It will have a full basement.

Auto bank facilities will be available on the North Fourth Street side.

There will be a night depository and after-hour depository in the front vestibule of the bank. Several executive offices are in the plans.

A decoration piece and shrubbery will add defined décor to the front.

Other officers in addition to Anderson: Ray Erlandson, vice-president; K. L. Wilson, cashier; M. A. McCannon, assistant cashier; R. D. Pedersen.

The Cherokee State Bank Board of Directors: Anderson, Erlandson, L. C. Ary, Guy Gillette, George R. Hicks.


The cast of "The Little Foxes," current Community Theater production, goes into its last week of rehearsal Monday at Washington High School Auditorium where the play will be presented May 8-9.

The scenery crew will construct the set Friday and Saturday and the actors will move to the high school from Eagles Hall where rehearsals have been held for the past several weeks.

"The Little Foxes," written by the noted playwright, Lillian Hellman, is a superb drama concerning a hateful and greedy southern family at the turn of the century.

When the play was first presented on Broadway in 1939 is was the most talked-of drama of the year and received the Drama Critics' Circle award as the best play of the year by an American author.

Richard Watts, Jr., in his Herald Tribune review of the play, wrote: "Through its thoughtful indignation, this play becomes a scornful and heartfelt parable of the rise of the industrial south in all its ruthlessness. Its savage sense of realism and its fine scorn for the older trapping of Confederate romanticism."

The leading role of Regina, the grasping and calculating female, created originally on Broadway by Tallulah Bankhead will be played by Myri Ramnquist.

The roles of Ben and Oscar, her equally rapacious brothers, will be portrayed by Frank Leaure and Jim Haritage. Her gentle and respectable husband, Horace, will be played by Jerry Anderson. Jill Clark plays Alexandria, the young daughter of Regina and Horace, who narrowly escapes the corruption of her family.

Helen Davis plays Birdie, the vulnerable wife of Oscar, who cannot tolerate the corruption, and escapes through alcoholism, Carl Peterson plays the son of Birdie and Oscar and Mary Urban and Jim Glouser play Addie and Cal, the negro servants. Jim Lantow will be the Chicago attorney, William Marshall.

Co-directors of the production are Janet Koser and Gretchen Leasure.

Ticket sales for this production are being sponsored by the Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Tickets may be obtained from auxiliary members. Tickets are also on sale at Dorr's Sports Shop and Brown's Shoe Fit Co.

25 years ago

Making changes in the Cherokee School District's student activities code is proving to be a tough order.

The Cherokee School Board discussed the code Monday for over an hour, before tabling the matter until a May meeting.

Though board members agreed the code has room for improvement, they did not come up with any definite changes.

The board did give Superintendent Mick Starcevich some suggestions which he will develop into proposed changes. These proposals will be discussed at next months' meeting.

In addition to proposals, Starcevich will also have reports on what other Lakes Conference districts are doing with their activities code.

The suggestions for Cherokee's code include:

* No longer removing a student from the National Honor Society, Student Council or class office if they have violated the activities code. Instead of being removed, the student will be made ineligible for these activities for a certain length of time. This is to make this section of the code consistent with the rest of the policy.

At a recent meeting Mike Leatherman, a Washington High school senior, asked that the section of the code pertaining to the National Honor Society be changed because it was inconsistent with the NHS's constitution. Leatherman, who was removed from NHS because of a violation of the student activities code, asked that the change be made retroactive.

Starcevich said that if the section is changed it will not be made retroactive. Starcevich said though Leatherman was removed from the NHS, membership in the organization is still noted on his student transcripts.

* Changing the punishment for first and second violations of the code. One suggestion was giving the students a choice for the first violation: Either taking ineligibility for one-third of regular activity events, or taking ineligibility for one activity performance and then participating in some type of counseling program.
*Putting a section in the code pertaining to how administrators will deal with rumors about possible violations of the activities code. There is nothing in the present code about dealing with rumors.
*Including junior high students in the code. Currently, only high school students are included.

Discussion of the code was prompted by complaints from several parents, who have said the code is unfair because it only punishes students who are in activities and because it does not take parental rights into consideration.

Starcevich said since the parents complaints were aired at a recent meeting, he has received several calls from parents who support the present code.

Starcevich said that while he also felt the code had room for improvement, he felt the present policy was partly responsible for the good reputation Cherokee students have in other Lakes Conference districts.

"Most coaches in the Lakes Conference will tell you that we have the best (behaved) athletes and students," Starcevich said.

Board Member Robert Lundquist said while the code needed to be refined, he did not think it wise to make major changes in it every year.

Lundquist said he felt that parents should be contacted sooner when their child is questioned about a possible violation of the activities code.

Many parents have complained because they were notified about the questioning of their children, several days after the questioning happened.

Starcevich said parents are usually contacted after the investigation into a possible code violation is completed. A recent investigation into a weekend party was lengthy because several students were involved. This is why some parents were contacted days after their children were questioned, Starcevich said.

Some board members said the questioning of students and the contacting of parents was not so much a matter for the activities code, as it was for administrative policy.

"We can have all the rules we want, but the best thing to have is skillful and diplomatic administrators," said board member Joe Lundsgaard.

In other business the board:

* Awarded a roofing project at Roosevelt Elementary School to Guarantee Roofing and Siding Co., Sioux City. The firm submitted a low bid of $42,900 with an additional $400 for a 15-year extended warranty and an addition $2,500 for a fire retardant coating.

Work on the project is scheduled to start in June.

The project will cost the district about $10,000 more than expected, because a draining problem which was not considered when the original estimates were made.

There was concern over the cost, but the board decided to go ahead with the project because of the leaking at the building.

Starcevich said if the roof is not fixed now, "we could leave it, patch it again with tar and continue using the plastic and buckets inside"

* Schedule May 12 to begin interviewing candidates for the position of WHS principal. The board will begin screening applications for the position this week. The board plans to interview three to five out of the almost 50 applicants.

WHS Principal Larry Shiley recently announced that he will resign his position at the end of the year to take a principal's position at Fort Madison.



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