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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Quimby Depot - Here is a look at the Quimby Depot along the Illinois Central Rail Road line. According to information on the back of this photograph this picture was taken in 1918. Also according to information on the back of the picture, the depot was razed sometime in the 1940's and another depot was built.
100 years ago

On Friday morning about 11:30 the fire alarm was turned in. The fire was soon discovered to be the building belonging to the Standard Oil Company, which is located near the I.C. round house. The fire originated from the sparks from a passing engine.

There were a number of large oil tanks located near the building and there was much fear of an explosion. The firemen worked very faithfully until they had the blaze under control. These men indeed ran a great risk of their lives and they are to be praised for their faithfulness and Cherokee should and certainly does feel proud of its firemen.

The building was entirely demolished by the flames. There were a few barrels of oil in the building all of which exploded. No other damage was done.

On Saturday night while Frank Gilchrist was on his way home he was met by a negro couple, Mr. and Mrs. John Davis, opposite the Cherokee mill. Mr. Gilchrist had been paid some money a short time before this and Mr. and Mrs. Davis must have been aware of the fact for Davis grabbed Mr. Gilchrist and his wife did the searching of the pockets and procured the nice little sum of seven dollars and fifty cents.

Mr. Gilchrist stood there trembling like a leaf for he wondered what was going to happen next. After Mrs. Davis had taken everything she wished she stepped to one side and Mr. Davis gave him a hard push and told him to get back up town as fast as he could.

Mr. Gilchrist didn't lose much time in getting back up town and at once notified the officers who soon started to investigate the case. The officers told Brakeman Art Teets to be on the lookout for this colored couple who had been described by Mr. Gilchrist, as he went through on the passenger.

Mr. Teets saw them as he passed through Meriden and when he reached Sioux City he telegraphed back to Cherokee that he had passed them at Meriden. The sheriff and his deputy at once secured an auto and went to Meriden where they captured the couple.

Mr. and Mrs. Davis had walked to Meriden and had stopped there to rest. They were brought back to Cherokee and searched, the money was found on Davis and the couple were placed in jail and are now awaiting preliminary examination.

They will no doubt get just dues for their act and it will be some time before they will try the same stunt again. They have been charged with highway robbery.

75 years ago

A membership and budget drive that is expected to put the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce "over the top" for 1936 and 1937 will be formulated at a special committee meeting Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock, according to C. R. Fullerton, president. The idea in mind, the president declares, is to enlist every business and professional man and woman in the city in the organization.

$5,850 Necessary

The budget, outlined in an adjoining column, shows that $5,850 is needed to carry out the Chamber program the coming year. The principal items are for rest room and salaries, highways, street trims, retail trade and plowing match, all come in for a large share of the proceeds.

In his recent address at the annual meeting of the organization C. R. Fullerton stated, in part:

"Our membership is encouraging but should include every business and professional man and woman in the city who is interested in the welfare of the city and county. And I am herewith extending a cordial invitation to one and all not members to become such--here and now.

"In joining the Chamber of Commerce and supporting it financially and in taking an active part in its program of work, business and professional men who are so dependent upon each others success are subscribing to a joint venture in friendship...To withhold membership and support means that they are willing to derive the benefits of cooperative effort but are not willing to do their own part."

Henry Burns, 41, 608 West Cherry street, who was seriously injured in a blasting accident on the Alta-Aurelia road project May 2, died Monday in Aurelia hospital from injuries received. Last Thursday his condition was reported improved but he gradually weakened and failed to respond to treatment.

He suffered a broken arm and leg and internal injuries.

Henry M. Burns was born at Perham, Minn., October 19, 1892. He is survived by his widow and five children, ranging in age from three months to nine years.

Funeral services will be held at 9 o'clock Wednesday morning from the Immaculate Conception church. Burial will be in Mount Calvary cemetery. The body will remain at the Schmidt Funeral home until time for funeral services.

Miss Irene Brooks was unanimously reelected as Cherokee county superintendent of schools Tuesday morning by representatives of county school districts in session in the court rooms. Her second term of three years begins in September.

Three members of the county board of education were also unanimously elected, all for six year terms. Earl Fraser, Aurelia, and Roger Leavitt, Marcus, were reelected. R. C. McKinney, Cleghorn, is the new member of the board, taking the place of W. H. Runnings.

Miss Brooks was first named superintendent of Cherokee county schools in 1933, taking the place of Miss Lulu Rose Orr, now superintendent of schools in Webster county.

She is a graduate of the rural schools in Cherokee county and received her diploma from Cherokee high school in 1918. She first attended Western Union college at LeMars, graduating from a commercial course there in 1920. Miss Books also attended Iowa State Teachers' college, finishing a public school music course in 1927. Afterward she attended summer schools at Cedar Falls in 1929 and 1930.

Prior to her selection the first time as Cherokee county superintendent, Miss Brooks taught four years in the rural schools of Cherokee county, one year in the third grade at Sergeant Bluff and four years in the commercial departments of the high schools at Lisbon, Underwood and Hayfield. She also holds a superintendent's life certificate.

50 years ago

A capacity crowd filled Aurelia High School auditorium Wednesday night to hear the home concert of the 86-piece Aurelia band under the capable direction of Donald Jackson.

The band has been invited to appear at the 34th annual convention of Iowa Bandmasters Association in Terrace Room at Hotel Savery, Des Moines on Friday, May 19.

The audience was appreciative of the fine tonal shadings, contrasts of crescendo and diminuendo, forceful attacks and releases achieved by the band in its interpretation of many intricate and colorful selections.

At all times each member of the band seemed to be in perfect command of his instrument. Students participating ranged from seventh to twelfth grades.

The program opened with the lively selection, "Here Comes the Band" by Willcocks. A unique number followed. "Pines of the Applan Way" by Resphighi-D'Ella. Baritone soloist, Robert Pfaltzgraff, assistant professor music and director or choirs at Buena Vista College, was featured in a modern Ogden Nash suite by Jerry Billik with soft accompaniment by the band. Contained in the suite were "Seaside Serenade," "The Llama" and "A Caution to Hillbilly Singers, Harpists, Harpoonists, Channel Swimmers and People first in Line for the World Series Tickets."

Serving at guest conductor, William B. Green, professor of music and director of Bands at Buena Vista College then directed the band in a number composed by him which will soon be released for publication. "La Roquina," in a Spanish rhythm.

"Soliloquy and March from Divertimento for Band" by Persichetti was colorfully executed by the band. Franck-Harding's "Pysche and Eros" was the next difficult selection presented.

The band's assistant director, Anthony Klein, directed the group by playing "March Stonelined" by Margulis, Jastrey and Berg.

During intermission the offering was taken at which about $300 was realized for the band's Des Moines trip.

"Mannin Veen" by Wood was played following intermission. In the lighter vein, the band rendered "Tango for Band" by Osser with perfect rhythmic coordination. "Tuere Jaques March" arranged by Carrol was another rendition in the lighter mood.

To end the well-rounded program "Abner Overture" by DePaul from the production of the same name was capably presented by the entire band.

A rousing standing ovation was given the band and its conductor at the conclusion for their superb performance. Thomas Anderson, vocal director of the school, had served as narrator throughout the program, telling the background and theme of each selection before it was played.

Ice cream furnished by Nelson's Dairy and cake and cookies by the band mothers was served in the lunch room following the concert.

25 years ago

The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors discussed the work Monday with Bill Bennett, county engineer, and Terry Walker, director of the Sanford Museum.

The project concerns the Mill Creek bridge, which is just northeast of Cherokee near the Hy-Vee Warehouse.

The county has been planning to replace the old bridge for about three years. The project was held up, however, when the state archeologists' office did an examination of the proposed construction site and discovered Indian relics.

The initial discovery led to another examination by archeologists. After this examination, state officials decided to do one more.

The county had already paid for two examinations, and the estimated cost of the third prompted supervisors to put the project on hold.

The board is now considering getting the project on the road again.

But, before any bridge work can be done, a third examination of the proposed construction site must be completed.

Walker said a group of students from the University of South Dakota and the Northwest Iowa Archeological Society could do the work for $12,000. About $10,000 would go to USD, while the remainder would be used for expenses.

Any relics found at the site would be given to the Sanford Museum, he said.

The board delayed a decision on the third examination until next Monday.

Walker said the work could start in mid-July and be completed by August 1. A final report on the project would be ready by October, he said.

Walker said he doubts if there would be any significant finds at the site. The site does have some historical significance, however. Walker said the site was inhabited by one group of people during the period from 1000 B.C. to 600 A.D., and then another from 1200 to 1700.

Walker said he hopes an examination of the site might reveal the relationship between these two groups.

"I personally think that since we are dealing with such a small part of the site, we may not be able to do that," Walker said.

In other business, the board discussed a shelter service for battered women with Lynn Herrick, who heads the Cherokee Plains Area Mental Health Center office.

About a year ago, a Sioux City shelter service requested funding from Cherokee County. The supervisors did not grant any funds, saying that if there was a need for the service they would prefer using a local agency.

After this, PAMH formed a task force, and developed a shelter service involving Cherokee, Ida and Buena Vista counties.

Herrick and PAMH officials plan to have safe houses where a victim of domestic abuse can go. Officials also plan to start a crisis hotline for battered women, and offer counseling and referral services.

Herrick and PAMH has applied for a $19,000 state grant to fund the service. The money would come from a state domestic abuse fund, Herrick said.

In June, PAMH officials will find if they will receive the grant. If the grant is not received, PAMH will try to get funding through churches and civic organizations.

Herrick said there is about one incident of domestic abuse in Cherokee County each month.

The board also received a final report on the wetlands tax exemptions. Under the county's wetlands resolution, qualifying parcels of land, which have little opportunity for economic gain, can be declared tax exempt.

During this fiscal year, the board approved a total of 424.20 acres for wetlands exemptions.

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