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Friday, June 10, 2011

Busy day in Cherokee - Here is a classic photo of downtown Cherokee on a very busy day. It is interesting to see all the canopies that lined the stores on Main Street. If you look really close, you can make out a speaker that the crowd had gathered around.
100 years ago

On Monday afternoon Amos Green, Wm. Green, Jos. McCoswold and Ole Johnson all decided that Cherokee wasn't a lively enough place so they went to Remsen. When they returned home in the evening they were certainly feeling happy and tried to liven up Cherokee, but the people wouldn't stand for it.

They were all arrested and taken before the mayor where they plead guilty. After listening to their little story they were fined as follows: Amos Green, $50 and costs; Ole Johnson, $25 and costs; Jos. McCoswold, $25 and costs and Wm. Green $5 and costs.

Some of them paid a part of their fine while others did not so it is probable that some of them will be working on the streets for a few days. We bet it will be some time before they will try this stunt again.

You needn't shudder when you see Judy Farr approaching and wonder how he found you out. He isn't deputy sheriff now. He resigned that honorable and fear inspiring office this week. He is an ex now.

No, there was no row, no difference of opinion between him and his chief. Two years ago Judy was fired by the powers that be of the Illinois Central as brakeman. Judy wasn't at fault as far as an outsider could see but from a railroad point of view he was. It was this way, Judy was braking on 105 and while at Newell a fellow brakeman left a switch open. Judy was attending to work away at the rear.

Conductor Wurtsmith was attending to unloading freight at another place. The engineer failed to notice that breakie had left the switch open. In railroad ethics it was the duty of the engineer to see that the brakeman turned the switch; the duty of the conductor to see that the engineer saw that the brakesman turned it and the duty of the hind brakesman to see that the conductor saw that the engineer saw that the brakeman turned the switch--a kind of a house that Jack built affair.

The entire crew was fired. That is why Judy went out of the railroad service, not for any fault of his own but on account of what another did and which he could not see or prevent.

But he sort of pined for the old situation and when last week he was reinstated it didn't take him long to resign as deputy sheriff. Now that the ban is off Judy's friends are hoping that he may soon write "con" before his name.

The conductor, H. Wurtsmith, and the engineer, Claud Owens, have been reinstated so that of the then crew of 105 all are back but the man who left the switch open. He probably won't come back.

Armed with nothing more harmful than an ordinary metal beer bottle opener, John Brenna, aged 15, a messenger boy in the local A. D. T. office, last night held a man wanted by the police for assault and battery until officers arrived.

The lad, hardly four feet tall, found Peter Hindlin hiding in an alley. Pointing the metal opener at him he promised death if a move was made.

Peter Hindlin was wanted for attacking a former companion in one of the theaters of this city. His victim was badly cut about the face and head, but will recover.

75 years ago

Proposal to organize a Junior Chamber of Commerce for young men of Cherokee under 33 years of age was approved Tuesday night at a meeting held in the Hillside hotel dining room attended by 40 persons. Don Hankens, chairman of the committee on arrangements in charge of the meeting, presided.

System Explained.

Explanation of the system used at Spencer, where the junior chamber is now three years old, was made by Leo C. Dalley, secretary of the Chamber of Commerce there, and four officers, including Paul Martin, president; Gilbert S. James, secretary-treasurer, and Dr. W. P. Golly and J. G. Peterson, directors.

Spencer Junior Chamber of Commerce began as a distinctly local organization three years ago. Its next step of growth was to affiliate with the state organization and in 1936 it joined the national setup. The group holds its own meetings and social functions separate from the senior body and sponsors several civic projects, including the airport.

Meet in 2 Weeks

Cherokee young men decided to meet again within two weeks to elect officers and to vote on a constitution and by-laws governing the organization. Committee to take charge of these various divisions for the meeting is to be appointed Wednesday or Thursday.

Secretary George Mantor read a telegram from Ralph W. Tuckaberry, Sioux City, and Leader Milligan, Mason, City, concerning the organization of a junior division here. Senior division was represented by President C. R. Fullerton and Lester C. Ary, both of whom spoke in favor of the organization of the junior chamber. A lunch was served following the meeting.

Annual home projects achievement day for Cherokee county women will be held June 18 in the Methodist church basement, Miss Pearl Sims, home demonstration agent, announced Wednesday. Meeting will be held all day starting at 10 a.m.

An inspirational talk by Mrs. Sarah Porter Ellis of the Iowa State college extension division and a pageant depicting the seasons for the year are the highlights of the afternoon program which begins at 1 o'clock. All townships will participate in the pageant.

Pageant of Seasons

Pageant's beginning is with "Spring." Amherst township presents "The Spirit of Spring" and Miss Mary Framer, Pitcher township, will sing "Last Night the Nightingale Woke Me."

Summer division include: "4-H Dream Fantasy." Pitcher 4-H club; "A June Wedding," Silver and Willow township: "A Kitchen Shower for the Bride," Marcus township; song, "O Heart of Mine," Pitcher township; anniversaries, Pitcher township; song, "Stars of the Summer Night," Grand Meadow township, and folk song, "Come, Let Us Be Joyful," Spring township.

Five parts compose the autumn section. They are:

Songs, "John Peel" and "Gypsying," Afton township; playlette, "Home Project Lessons Begin," Pilot township; Thanksgiving song. Pitcher township; processional of Thanksgiving feast, Rock township, and Swedish harvest fold game, Liberty and Sheridan township.

Winter division includes the presentation of "The Magic Pitcher" by Cherokee and Cedar township. Meeting will close with the presentation of officers.

Pilot Rock - Pilot Rock is located just south of Cherokee, and has been a marker for travelers since before the earliest of Europeans settlers ever came to the Little Sioux Valley.
Booths on Exhibit

Township booths will be on exhibit in the church basement in the morning, beginning at 10 o'clock. An hour's program is schedules to start at 11 o'clock.

Talks are to be given by County Agent C. G. Tuner, and Walter J. Peterson, Farm Bureau president. Mrs. Glenn Loucks, home project chairman, will report on the recent conference of the Associated County Women of the World which she attended at Washington, D.C., June 1-6. Miss Sims also will give a report and Mrs. Arthur Phipps will lead in community singing. Women of the church plan to serve a dinner at noon. Reservations for the dinner should be made by Tuesday night at the Farm Bureau office, or with the township home project chairman.

50 years ago

Sanford Museum and planetarium are now listed and described in two publication intended for the use of tourists in Iowa and the Midwest.

The North Central Tour Book of the American Automobile Association (AAA) has added the museum to its pages beginning this year.

The article tells about the museum's exhibits on local history, archeology, geology and other natural history subjects. It also mentions the traveling exhibits which have been a part of the museum program since its opening in 1951, and in addition, mentions the research carried on here. The planetarium is mentioned and the visiting hours to the Museum are given.

The second publication is which the museum is now listed is the official Iowa booklet describing the outstanding features of the state, places of scenic interest and recreational areas, educational institution, agricultural achievements and industrial growth. The booklet is published by the state of Iowa. This booklet carries a picture of the museum and planetarium, and the following statement:

"The Sanford Museum and Planetarium offers a valuable educational opportunity through its exhibits, planetarium and cultural programs. Thousands of school children and adults visit is annually. It was established and endowed through the Tiel Sanford Memorial Fund. The planetarium is the first in Iowa. The museum is located at 117 East Willow, Cherokee, Iowa and is free to the public.

These listings in state and nationwide publications are added evidence for the growing recognition of the Museum as an educational and cultural center unique in the state, officials here said.

Peterson Round-Up Days will be held Friday and Saturday under the sponsorship of the Commercial Club.

The George W. Nelson carnival will set up on Main Street with various rides and other entertainment.

On Friday afternoon there will be a kids race and free swimming beginning at 2:30. A band concert and Legion dance will conclude activities of the day.

A kiddie parade will be held Saturday morning at 11 o'clock with prize winners announced at the talent show Saturday night. During the afternoon there will be a Peewee baseball game and more free swimming.

Fifteen entries have been made in the talent show which will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday night. Following the show at 9 o'clock a dance will be held with music by the Rhymn Knights.

The Sutherland Community Fund organization will hold its annual meeting Monday in the Sutherland Library. The session is slated to start at 8 p.m.

Four new directors will be elected during the meeting to fill the vacancies left by other directors whose terms have expired. Directors who are named Monday night will serve a three-year term. The new directors will begin a staggered term policy which was activated a year ago.

Community Fund officers are elected from the board of directors following the annual meeting. The officers will carry on the functioning of the organization.

Officials urge all members to attend the meeting Monday night.

25 years ago

What started out to be a home run derby turned into a pitcher's duel before becoming a victim of the clouded skies here Monday as Cherokee and Storm Lake battled to a 4-4 tie before the game was suspended because of darkness.

The contest will resume at the point it left off on June 25 when Cherokee travels to Storm Lake. However, the Braves will be at a slight disadvantage as Kyle Peterson, who fanned eight batters in 3 2/3 innings of relief, will be participating in the Dr. Pepper All-Star Basketball Game in Cedar Falls that week.

The game was played entirely under a cloudy sky. Only once or twice did the sun manage to peek through and shine on the players. It did shine, however, on the Tornadoes' Mike Van Cannon in the first when he popped a Steve Shea offering over the left field fence for a two-run home run, giving SL a 2-0 lead three batters into the game.

Van Cannon drove in leadoff batter, Mike Hershberger, who opened the game with a walk and promptly stole second. After thwarting another SL threat in the first, Shea led off the Braves' first by slamming Brian Dirkx's first pitch deep over the left fie3ld fence. The ball landed in a corn field beyond the field of play, some 350 feet from homeplate.

SL got that run back n the second when Bill Davis scored on Schofield's single to right. The Tornadoes knocked Shea out of the box in the third. Shea walked the bases loaded in the third before Cherokee Coach Larry Weede called in Peterson, who fanned Davis, but fired a wild pitch that allowed Brian Uhl to score.

"Steve's breaking ball wasn't breaking," Weede said. "The wind was a cross-wind and it was holding it up. And he got behind on a lot of batters."

The game would remain 4-1 until the Braves' half of the fourth when Cherokee coaxed four consecutive bases on balls, three off Dirkx and one off reliever Uhl, for one run before Mike Leatherman drilled a single to left, which scored Rodd Slater and John Ogren with the thing runs.

Although the Braves didn't threaten in either the fifth or sixth innings, SL did as the Tornadoes advanced runners to second in each frame. In the fifth, Peterson hit Jon Swanson after getting two strikes on him. Cody Christensen sacrificed Swanson to second before Davis hit a two-hopper to Jim Martin at first.

But instead of taking the easy out at first, Martin fired to third baseman Mike Benson, who slapped the tag on Swanson at third for the second out of the inning. Davis then stole second, but it was for naught as Peterson fanned Hershberger to end the inning.

SL mounted a slight threat in the sixth when, with two out, Brad Johnson doubled. Peterson bottled that when he fanned Uhl.

Although Weede was satisfied with the tie, he wished the game could have continued.

"We had the momentum going our way, even though they had mounted a couple of threats here at the end," Weede said. "The fact we came back and work on it made quite a difference."

Weede said Leatherman's hit couldn't have come at a better time for him. Leatherman dropped a fly ball against Humboldt Friday in the eighth inning that allowed the winning run to score and the senior ran off after the game, not even staying the Weede's post-game talk. The two-run single, Weede said, takes some of the hurt away from that.

"That makes it nice," Weede said.

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