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Times Gone By

Friday, May 27, 2011

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Garfield School - With today marking the last day of school for many in Cherokee, let's look back at a one of Cherokee's former school buildings. Pictured is the first Garfield School, which was located on Cedar Street where the Kountry Klass Mall which may be better known as "the second Garfield School" is today.
100 years ago

Jess Mason Saturday purchased a new top buggy and was trying it on west Main street. When near the railroad tracks a wheel came off letting the axel fall to the ground and badly frightening the animal which made a dash over the tracks and under the Weart & Lysaght elevator sign which shaved off the top. The run was continued to the Bundy Co. store where it looked like the animal would go through the windows, but it slipped on the cement walk and fell to the pavement. Jess was thrown out and badly stunned so that he didn't know where he was at for a time. He was taken to Dr. Burlingname's office where an examination showed that no serious injuries had been sustained. But the buggy--it looked like a scrap heap of old iron and broken and wood and Jess didn't take that nice Sunday ride. Whether the wheel came off because of failure to put on the burr or from some cause the burr came off and caused the accident is in dispute.


On Friday morning there was some excitement in Cherokee when the fire whistle blew. In a few moments the streets were crowded with people all going to see where the fire was. It was discovered to be at the creamery. Some coal which had been placed in the sheds attached to the creamery had become too warm and was sending forth a little smoke which was soon done away with. The people were glad that the fire didn't amount to much for there was a shortage of water and it might have done considerable damage before it could be put out.


The "pathfinders" who yesterday left Sioux City to map out a route to the lakes in Dickinson county, via Marcus and Hartley, will not do its full duty if it fails to come back over the following route. From Arnold's Park to Milford, thence west ten miles, thence due south to Peterson, passing through Everly, thence southwest to Cherokee and west over the Hawkeye route to Sioux City. This route is only slightly further than via Hartley but it is over fully as good a route and near Peterson affords a view which Prof. MacBride, of the State University, asserts is that finest natural scenery in Iowa. The fine scenery at Peterson breaks the monotony of country travel and will add greatly to the pleasure of the lake trip. The writer has gone over about all the routes to the lakes form Cherokee and knows that none equal the route herein outlined. Try it, Mr. Autoist, and you will take no other.

75 years ago

Word received Wednesday from Washington, D. C. brought the information that neither war department nor department of justice records listed the transient killed here May 20 when struck by lightning near the Illinois Central bridge.

Likewise no word has been received from Rockford, Ill., where Lew Bensley, Cherokee, said the man he identified as Frank McCaty, had lived at one time. McCaty was an ex-service man and was located at Camp Grant, Ill. during the war, according to Bensley, but no verification of this has been obtained. The transient was about 50 years old, six feet tall, had grey hair and eyes and weighed 145 pounds.

Cherokee county law officials Wednesday authorized Appleyard and Boothby Funeral home, where the body has been kept since May 20, to ship the remains to the University hospital at Iowa City.


Clarence Seeman, age about 35, died at 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon in Sioux Valley hospital from injuries received Wednesday morning when he was run over by a caterpillar tractor while working on a paving project on highway No. 10 three miles east of Sutherland.

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Lincoln School - Another one of Cherokee's former schools is pictured above. The first Lincoln School was located on the corner of East Main Street and First Street. Today, that location is a parking lot, located next to Hy-Vee Drug Store.
Seeman, working on a truck, was apparently knocked off the vehicle as it collided with the tractor, and the tractor driver was unable to stop his machine before it passed over Seeman's body. Seeman was rushed to Sioux Valley hospital for treatment.

He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Seeman, of Sutherland; a sister, Mrs. Fred Wheeler, of Peterson, and two brothers, Amber, of North Fork, Nev., and Albert, an instructor in the University of Washington at Seattle. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

50 years ago

Three Storm Lake boys have been bound over to juvenile court for recent auto thefts in Storm Lake. The three were taken into custody following an investigation.

Dennis Engelhart, 17, Chuck Anderson, 15, and Stephen Van Roekel, 17, all of Storm Lake confessed to taking the cars. Police Chief Perry Cederholm quoted the boys as allegedly saying, "We took the cars so we could buy beer in Cherokee."

The stolen vehicles were owned by Joe Francis, Lakeside, Leo Mester and Don Manteufel of Storm Lake.

The Francis car was found in Cherokee and the others located in Storm Lake.

Van Roekel has been on probation and has a long list of offenses, police said. None of the others have been in trouble before.


The Memorial Day holiday next Tuesday is "tailor made" for a tragic highway death toll, a state safety official warned Saturday.

William Burnett, safety education director, pointed out that this Memorial Day w ill see thousands of Iowa families taking short, one-day trips.

"It's just this kind of trip that can be most dangerous," Burnett warned, "because drivers aren't thinking about traffic hazards as they would on a longer trip."

He warned, however, that the majority of fatal traffic deaths in Iowa occur within 20 miles of the homes of the victims.

"This is probably within the area of the typical Memorial Day trip this year," he said, "and drivers must understand that they are in as much hazard as though they were driving 200 miles."

He urged all drivers to pay full attention to traffic and the highway and not to allow themselves to be distracted by children in the car "or the deceiving urge to hurry."

Burnett warned drivers to be particularly cautious in approaching or leaving smaller towns where cemeteries may border highways.

"You can expect a concentration of slow traffic in these areas on Memorial Day with pedestrians walking along or crossing the highway," he said.


Cherokee's first city directory since 1951 will be published within the next few months and delivery is tentatively scheduled to start in May, 1962.

The territory to be covered includes Cherokee.

Included in the directory will be a street guide and a numerical list of telephone numbers. A homes supplement also will be provided which will include a classified business listing and the numerically arranged phone numbers.

The director will be published by Mullinkille of Chillothe, MO, which produces directories for cities in 38 states. It will have hard covers and will be of standard size so as to fit readily into a book case.

Harold A. Spring, director, is contacting local firms, soliciting advertising for the book.

House-to-house contacts will be made later to obtain information for the residential section of the directory. Local people will be recruited to make this canvas, under the supervision of an enumeration director, Spring said.

In each residential listing will be the name of the house holders, his wife's name, the number of children under 18, names of children over 18 and the kind of places of employment of individuals. It also will indicate whether a person is the head of a household, or simply residing at the listed address.

25 years ago

Washington High School's 1986 graduation ceremony was a bit more intimate than previous ones.

The ceremony Sunday was supposed to be outdoors in the wide open space of George Hicks Memorial Field. However, due to rain, the commencement exercises were moved indoors, into the tighter quarters of the WHS gymnasium.

One-hundred and eleven graduates and their families and friends filled the gym.

To make the event even more personal, Ruth Hayes, a Washington High School teacher, delivered the commencement address.

In the past, someone from outside the district usually has delivered the commencement address. However, Superintendent Mick Starcevich said the district plans to utilize "homegrown talent" in the selection of future commencement speakers.

Hayes' speech was entitled "Becoming the Difference."

Hayes said that while graduation day was filled with tradition, the graduating seniors were not going into a traditional world.

"You are wearing the traditionally formal caps and gowns...Moms and dads are taking the traditional pictures and you will soon be going home to the traditional cake and ham sandwiches. But, you are not going out into a traditional world. Changes are occurring so quickly that we can neither keep up with them, nor accurately predict what will happen in your futures. And, that's scary," she said.

Hayes made several references to members of the WHS Class of 1986, using first names and wondering who will fill their shoes next year.

"Where will we find next year's dedicated Kate? Who will come forward in our classrooms to excel like Sally or be as diligent as John?" she asked.

Hayes said the main thing she wished for the graduates was "that it matters you were here. I hope that you are becoming the difference."

Becoming the difference requires being an individual and standing firm in your convictions, doing what you are able to do to make a difference and doing it with enthusiasm," Hayes said.

"You begin where you are and work out from there. Because of us, some things will become more than they were. Something will be left of significance because we existed. Anything, however small, which leads to good, to joy, to understanding, to acceptance, is significant," she said.

Hayes said the most important thing that is needed to become the difference is compassion.

"What is life about" It is not about writing great books, amassing great wealth, achieving great power, it is about loving and being loves," Hayes said.



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