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Times Gone By

Friday, June 3, 2011

100 years ago

Memorial day was never more generally or more fittingly observed in Cherokee than on Tuesday and much of the credit must be given to the W. R. C. which took a leading part in the exercises and did a vast amount of labor in connection therewith.

In the morning the procession to Oak Hill was very large, only the G. A. R. column was lessened as it must be from year to year until at the last a single soldier will only be left to strew flowers on the graves of sleeping comrades, and then to a younger generation will be left the observance of the day and to whom shall be delegated the duty of inculcating the lessons of patriotism for which the day was designed. Never was there such an abundance of beautiful flowers with which to decorate the graves. Around the unpretentious monument dedicated to the soldier dead on Oak Hill gathered in procession three generations, the first of those who actually experienced the horrors of way, the G.A.R.'s The second those who are bound to go forth to battle at the country's call and to endure if necessary all that the first generation endured even to death represented by Co. M. and the third generation represented by the Boy Scouts who are being taught early in life the lessons of patriotism and the beauty of the lives of those who live to make smoother the hard places of life of those for whom clouds always seem to lower and the duties of citizenship which may call for such sacrifices as the first generation endured.

The afternoon program at the armory was exceptionally fine, and was listened to attentively by an audience, which crowded even that large edifice to its capacity, many standing throughout the exercises. Especially fine was the drills and songs of the little boys and girls. Thoughtful addresses were made by Mayor Burlingame and Guy M. Gillette, the music, vocal and instrumental, was fine, there being but one omission from the program, a song by the Militia quartette which had to be committed through the illness of one of the members. The following is the program as carried out:

Song, "Star Spangled Banner"--Audience.

Prayer--Rev. Holly.

Address of Welcome--Mayor Burlingame.

Solo--Ruby Braley.

Drill--Soldier Boys.

Recitation--Joyce Paulsen.

Address of the Day--Capt. G. M. Gillette.

Quartet--C.A.R. and W.R.C.

Reading--John Griggs.

Drill--Little tots.

Solo--Wilmer Elfrink

Memorial Day drill--Girls.

Duet Mesdames Ridenour and Ling.

Song, "America"--Audience.

Prayer---Rev. Chapler.

75 years ago

Paved highways- long the dream of Cherokeans in both municipal and rural areas--became a reality Thursday morning with the pouring of concrete on the south end of the span of No. 59 leading into the city of Cherokee.

The paving program will continue throughout the summer and will carry out the wishes of Cherokee county citizens expressed in the special election April 16. Northern strip of No. 59 within Cherokee will follow the present project, all to be completed by July 1. The major road construction work on the $1,000,000 project will begin later.

Fifty-five men were working Thursday on the No. 59 project under direction of Irving Jensen and Roy S. Kragh of the Sioux City firm in charge of the work. This group will be increased to 65 or more within a few days.

One hundred feet of mixed concrete is the average to be spread per hour when the full force is working and the men become more accustomed to their respective duties. Twelve trucks were hauling the mixed sand, cement and gravel Thursday and three more will be added in a few day.

Each truck deposits 4,234 pounds of material into the "skip," including 609 pounds of cement, 1,665 pounds of sand and 1,900 pounds of gravel. This is then mixed with water in the Koehring Paver 27-E and deposited over the 28 foot "boom" by means of a mammoth "bucket."

Two "puddlers" and two "side spreaders," all wearing rubber boots, then smooth the mixed concrete with shovels and prepare it for the finishing machine that completes the work which settles into the finished product.

The 4,234 pounds of cement, sand and gravel become 32 cubic feet of mixed concrete after the water is added. Concrete is poured 10 inches high on the sides and 7 inches in the center of the road and is measured off 20 feet wide.

Open July 1.

Approximately 4,500 feet of concrete will be poured into the junction with Cherokee city paving but the work will be slower when the South Second street bridge is reached. Finishing work on the culverts is still going on although the big 4x4x130 was completed May 16.

50 years ago

More than 50 Cherokee County youths turned out for the first official meeting of the 4-H and FFA Horse project Friday on the Ralph Patterson farm.

The meeting was opened with the 4-H pledge recited by the members.

Club officers were elected during the business meeting and the following were installed. Mike Corrington, president; Mark Patterson, vice-president; Kay Bleakley, secretary-treasurer; Tom Coombs, reporter.

The organization voted to call themselves "Cavaliers." Blue was designated as the official color of the club.

About 50

Rodeo in days gone by- Some people are just head over heels for the Cherokee Rodeo. This cowboy shows why the Rodeo is so entertaining and dangerous.
The newly organized club closed its membership for the year at the session and the exact number of members, although unknown yet, is estimated to be over 50

When members were asked: "Why did you join the club?"

Janice Corrington, 17, answered, "Because I like horses, have one of my own and it is fun to work with them."

Tom Coombs, 13, Aurelia, "To teach my horse and myself more about horsemanship. To do something besides just ride my horse."

Jim Johnson, 13, Marcus, "Because I like horses and have a horse of my own."

Margaret Reinert, 10, Cherokee, "I love horses and like to work with them and ride them."

The project has been set up to teach the proper way to care for a horse, saddling, reining techniques and to learn more about horses in general.

The club started Friday to prepare for the Cherokee County Fair when they will present an open horse show.

Work will begin in the Waterman-Spring Watershed located in Cherokee and O'Brien Counties. The work being done is part of the Little Sioux Flood Control program administered by Soil Conservation Service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Maple Valley Construction Company has been awarded the contract.

Harvey Lindberg of the SCS office said the sub-watershed includes 2,680 acres of land. The upper portion of the watershed includes all or part of 12 farms located in O'Brien County and the lower portion include most of six farms in Cherokee county's Spring Township.

The conservation official continued saying the structures will be installed on the E. E. Beck, Ralph Simonsen and Ruth Jones Nelson farms in Cherokee County. In O'Brien County the work will be done on the Mable Geelan farm. Channel improvements will also be made on the Adolph Tigges and Ruth Jones Nelson farm in Cherokee County.

Some 45,000 cubic yards of earth will be moved during the construction of dams and more than 100 cubic yards of concrete will be pouted. The construction will also include 2.2 miles of floodway.

Other conservation measures, contouring, terraces, waterways, will be installed by landowners.

In reporting on spring work Lindberg said there have been contour guidelines established on 4,550 acres of land for corn and bean ground. Twenty-four miles of terraces have been built--the largest amount yet.

Eight acres of waterways have been constructed on many farms throughout the area and 11,375 rods of contour field divisions have been established. Two miles of tile have been laid.

A trial planting of different species of pine trees has begun on the Vere Corrington farm. The trees, 800 in all, were planted for a 10-year observation.

The growth and possibility of producing trees will be studied during the time.

The SCS man said a trial planting of four different species of multiflora rose has begun on the Dick Dorr farm.

A more hardy type of multiflora will be developed by the trial planting, it is hoped.

25 years ago

The Cherokee City Council Monday decided it could do without the Siouxland Energy Conservation Finance Authority for now--but it couldn't do without a new roof for the community center.

As a result the roof will go on without a $10,000 interest-free loan from the finance authority. Those funds will come from the city budget.

The Authority is an organization formed through the Siouxland Interstate Metroplitan Planning Council (SIMPCO). Cherokee is a member of SIMPCO. The city had also planned on joining the finance authority until disagreements arose over provisions in the organization's contracts for energy improvement projects.

City attorney M. W. "Wally" Miller said at the council's May 20 special meeting that he didn't think the city should sign the contract as worded. At Monday's special meeting he stood by that opinion.

"What I'm expressing is strictly an opinion," he said. "I just think its s shoddy way to do business."

He said the contract included credit guarantee clauses, which shouldn't be needed when dealing with a public entity and which could put liens on city property if the energy authority loans aren't paid back.

The energy authority council refused to change the wording of the contract at a meeting last week, so Cherokee council members decided Monday to go ahead with the community center floor project without a possible $10,000 interest free loan from the energy authority.

Instead, the $10,000, which covers the insulation and some of the labor in the $30,000 project, will come from city coffers. The major change will be interest over the next three years, according to City Administrator Gil Bremicker.

Bringing in the herd - A herd of horses head down the big hill on Highway 59, on their way to the other side of town for the Cherokee Rodeo at the Cherokee County Fairgrounds.
"The roof on the community center is a real must for this season," said council member Paul Goeb. "I don't think we can put it off."

The council also put two other projects, which had been, previously approved o hold. Those projects were for energy work at the community center and the city sewer plant.

Wording wasn't the only reason for the change of heart by the council. Time was also a factor.

All work on projects funded with the loans are to be done by June 30. Council members said they didn't think the Cherokee projects would be finished by the end of the month.

"In other words," said council member Kent Wenck, "It's possible that we might not even get the money."

The finance authority has applied for a 90-day deadline extension. Bremicker said, that if extension was granted they would reconsider putting the sewer plant and community center energy projects under finance authority contracts. Otherwise those projects would not be done this year.

The community center roof project was awarded to the Guarantee Roofing and Siding Company of Sioux City at a recent council meeting.

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