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Friday, May 20, 2011

Class of 1897 - Pictured is the Cherokee High School Class of 1897. Members of the class, according to a accompanying list with this photograph and in no particular order, Homer Burbank, Addie Maltby, Herbert Pelton, Irenius Hall, Harry Phelan, Clara Ross, Mabel Coffman, Irnie Allison, Arthur Kennedy, M. Winifred Steele, William Mennet, Abraham Lindberg, Carrie Green, Eliz Payton, Harold Maltby, Alice Blake, Harriet Johnson, Mary Gillease, Lenna Kenny, Evangeline L. Thompson and Rex Burlington.
100 years ago

Cherokee won the northwest Iowa high school field meet Friday afternoon with a lead of 16 points over Hawarden; the nearest competitor.

The day was ideal and a large crowd witnessed the events which were close and exciting. Eight schools were competing. Two of the number, Aurelia and Sutherland failed to score. Records for the N.W.H.S.A. were broken in the 100 and 440 yard dashes and in the high hurdles. Vernon, of Hawarden, was the individual champion of the meet. He won five firsts and one second place in the meet.

Wilson, of Cherokee, and Osborne, of LeMars, ran mighty close in all the dashes, Wilson winning the 100 and 440 and Osborne, the 220. Both relays were won by Cherokee, the mile being won in a walk. Probably the most exciting event of the meet was the mile run. The finish was close between Ferrin, of Cherokee, and Summer, of Hawarden, and Ferrin won by a margin of six inches after a hard sprint of 120 yards.

The prediction the News made some months ago that a greater Marcus would be the result of the two great fire disasters, is to prove true. At that time all--or many at least of our otherwise optimistic citizens were prone to look upon the debris and see any bright future for the little city which they had watched for years grow and prosper through improvement and industry until no town in all Cherokee county could favorably compare with it and every citizen felt just pride in its achievements.

But the prosperity was for a time dormant, but with the awakening--the people do not intend to see Marcus go backwards. Fry & Bass have let the contract for rebuilding on their lots to Ayres, a contractor of LeMars. The plans are to be more elaborate than were the buildings destroyed by fire.

W. H. Hoxie has the contract for cleaning away the debris, and as soon as this is accomplished building operations will commence. With the rebuilding of the Fry & Bass block, the entire ruins of the second fire will be rebuilt.

Mike Kelly purchase the lot owned by N. Rassell in the burned district and will erect at once a building 52x60. The contract has been let to Hully & Sylvester of this city and will include a full basement and modern conveniences.

75 years ago

Rabbi Hyman K. Rabinowitz of Sharre Zion synagogue, Sioux City, has been secured as the speaker for the program which begins at 1 p.m.

Presentation of awards for outstanding work in the various divisions will follow the varied program with which the assembly opens. Rev. R. Stanley Brown will pronounce the invocation after the eighth grade processional led by Gordon Steele.

Eighth grade chorus will sing "Praise ye the Lord" directed by Miss Geneva Nelson. Donald Turner will dedicate the program and Mary Joyce Wilson will follow with a piano solo.

Program will be concluded with the address by Rabbi Rabinowitz and the singing of the eight grade class song "Faith in Future," accompanied by Betty Spoor.

Second part of the recognition day affair will include the presentation of awards for the outstanding achievements, concluding with the awarding of eighth grade diplomas by Superintendent N. D. McCombs and Principal G. L Pringle.

The trouble of a typical American family living high and being "hit" by the depression form the story for "Shirt Sleeves," senior class play to be presented next Wednesday night in Wilson auditorium.

Written by Charles Quimby Burdette, the three-act comedy was rated first during the 1932-33 and 1933-34 school years as the most often reported play for high school production. Last year it lacked but a single vote to tie for first place.

Included in the Wilson senior cast are: Mr. Rand, Washburn Steele; Mrs. Rand, Ida McCord; Dianna Rand, Anabel Rupert; Donald Rand, Bill Nelson; Theodore Rand, Frank Onstine; Esther Rand, Helen Bloomberg; Margie Mason, Betty Bare; Richard Crandall, Harlow Fishman; Norman Aldrich, Roy Sawnson; Kitty, Fern Spears; Elmer, Douglas Gallup; Clarissa, Fanny Foster; Midge, Gladys Judy; Rose, Catherine Sweet; Pansy, June Ary; baggagemen, Stanley Patterson and Donald Holt.

Miss Mary Berne is directing the play and Elmer O. Bierbaum has charge of ticket sales.

Lose Fortune.

The story centers around the Rand family which loses all of its inherited fortune when the business established by Mr. Rand as a book publisher dwindles and the bank fails. Open rebellion results among the children as the family is faced with poverty but the twins, Theodore and Esther, fight to the last ditch for their parents.

Situation is intensified when Donald, the oldest son, marries Margie Mason, daughter of a notorious lawbreaker. However, Margie becomes priceless as she turns the tide against Richard Crandall, a suave politician trying to take advantage of the Rand's misfortune and make a fool of Mr. Rand.

50 years ago

Norma Jean Otto and Douglas Whitney have been named valedictorian and salutatorian of the Aurelia High School graduating class.

Miss Otto, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Otto, has participated in many school activities. She as a member of the Annual staff, school newspaper staff, FHA and FHA officer, Pep club, and Cheerleader.

She also took part in the junior class play, marching band and entered declam. She is a member of the library staff and was elected to the National Honor Society.

Douglas Whitney, salutatorian, is a letter winner in basketball, football and track. He is an officer of the student council and works on the annual and newspaper staff.

He belongs to the Pep club, Boys Glee Club, Mixed chorus, dance band, and was in the junior and senior plays.

Hawkeye state.

The son of Mr. and Mrs. Rex Whitney, he has been selected to Hawkeye Boys State and the National Honor Society.

Commencement exercises for the seniors will take place Thursday, May 18 at 8 p.m.

Baccalaureate services will be held prior in the gradation on May 14. Rev. Douglas Ostlund will give the invocation and benediction, Rev. Ostlund will also give the scripture reading and prayer.

Rev. Forrest E. Flowers will present the Baccalaureate address.

The girls chorus will sing "In Silent Night" at the conclusion of the address. Don Jackson is pianist for the services.

On the following night, May 15, class night will take place in the school auditorium.

Larry Carlson will act as master of ceremonies. Janis Jones will read the class history. Douglas Whitney, salutatorian, will then address the audience.

The class prophecy will be read by Dianne Hill. Following the prophecy Norma Otto, valedictorian, will give her speech. Carolyn Anderson will read the class will.

The presentation of the Key will be made by Larry Carlson and accepted by Jim Mackay. Carlson will then present the class gift to C. W. Brant, superintendent.

The announcement of awards in football, track, boys basketball, girls athletics, declam, typing, instrumental and vocal music will be made.

The Iowa Federation of Women's Clubs, American Legion and Auxiliary, citizenship award, Danforth Foundation awards and scholastic awards will be presented.

At the conclusion of the program the entire class will sing "Auld Lang Syne."

Commencement exercises will start at 8 p.m. May 18. The Aurelia band will play "Pomp and Circumstance" at the opening of the program.

Rev. Delbert Cowley will give the invocation and benediction.

Commencement speaker will be Rev. Ronald L. Schwandt, vice-president in charge of development at Augustana college.

R. E. Miller, principal, will present the class and Robert Parrott president of the school board will hand out diplomas.

R. E. Miller, principal: Donald Jackson and Anthony Klein are the class sponsors.

Class motto: "Knowledge is Power and Power is success."

Class colors: Blue and White.

Class flower: White Carnation.

The 37 members of the graduating class of 1961 are: Carolyn Anderson, Douglas D. Anderson, Gary P. Anderson, Ruby Bjorkgren, Lyle V. Buddenhage, Lawrence D. Carlson, LaVern A. Ekstrom, Jerry Gunnerson, Dianne Hill.

Lowell Hofmann, James R. Johansen, Janis Jones, JoAnn Kasskey, Cheryl Ann Kirby, Iverson H. Leonard III, Gary Lewis, Vincent A. McGee, Julia Kay Meinking,

Lynus Morton, James E. Nielson, Norma Jean Otto, Stanley Otto, Dennis Parrott.

William J. Parrott, Keith Peterson, Larry Pierson, Robert Peterson, Jerry Storbeck, Sharri Stutz, Charlene Waddell, Mark A. Wehrspan, Douglas R. Whitney, Donna Wilson, Roger Wise.

25 years ago

A street project and plenty of ordinances kept the Cherokee City Council busy at its regular meeting Tuesday night.

The street project is to resurface seven blocks of King and North First Streets. The city would pay for the street paving and landowners along a five-block stretch of the street would pay for new curbs and gutters through assessments.

The council approved several preliminary resolutions for the project and set the public hearing on it for 8 p.m. June 10.

City Administrator Gil Bremicker said the repairs are badly needed, but residents won't have the advantage of assessment subsidies which were offered to those in similar projects over the past several years.

Those subsidies were financed by Community Development Block Grants (CDBGs). Funding for CDBGs was cut sharply by the federal government this year.

The council was also busy approving and waiving the readings of several ordinances Tuesday night.

One of the ordinances given final approval officially made the street running south from the intersection of West Beech street and South Sixth Street the "River Road." It has been commonly called the "River Road" by many residents, but did not officially have a name.

Another ordinance given final council approval will authorize the city to put stop signs on Ridgeview Drive where it intersects with Bow Drive and a stop sign on North First Street where it intersects with Ridgeview Drive.

Two other ordinances dealt with signs. One would effectively change the city code so banner signs could not be put above the street. The other would allow free-standing business signs to be flush with the front property line, although they must still be 20 feet from the other property lines. The city code previously said all free-standing business signs had to be 20 feet from all property lines.

The ordinances passed without dissent, but there was plenty of discussion on the subject of firefighters and Social Security.

The topic was raised because of a recent court ruling which said many firefighters and policemen could were not eligible for Social Security benefits because they were also paying for Iowa Public Employees Retirement System (IPERS).

Because of the ruling the city had to tell state officials whether it had full-time police officers and firefighters in 1953. If it did, present police officers and firefighters would be refunded their Social Security payments since 1977 and would not receive Social Security benefits.

"We basically had a volunteer fire department," Bremicker said. "I suppose you could make an argument either way."

What the council decided was that is had a full-time police force in 1953, but the only full-time workers dealing with the fire department were dispatcher-drivers rather than firefighters.

The four present full-time fire department employees said they preferred to stay under the Social Security program, while the police officers were generally in favor of dropping Social Security.

"It's probably to these guys' benefit (the firemen) to stay on it," said City Attorney M. W. "Wally" Miller. "We always said we'd do whatever these guys wanted."

But he said even if the police force was in favor of sticking with Social Security, it would have no choice because there was no doubt the city had full-time policemen in 1953.

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