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Friday, June 24, 2011

American Theater - This picture of the American Theater was taken on Sept. 15, 1920. Construction began in 1919, but the building went unfinished after the theater company went broke. The building was then purchased by Dale Goldie and was finished, with the grand opening held in 1924.
100 years ago

Cherokee has been growing. This is evidenced by the census. It is more strongly evidenced by the increased consumption of water.

A few years ago pumping two or three days a week kept an abundant supply in the standpipe. This has gradually increased until now it is not only every day but nearly every night to keep a supply on hand.

The city dads have faith that the town is going to continue to grow and are taking means to ward off the danger of a water famine. At a council meeting Tuesday evening there was present representatives of the firm of Lewis & Reeder, of Sioux City, who presented plans for a new concrete reservoir of 200,000 gallons capacity, and also for reinforcing the present reservoir.

These plans were accepted and bids are advertised in this issue for the construction work. This will about double the capacity of the plant. At present there is the standpipe holding 150,000 gallons, the reservoir holding 60,000, to that when the new reservoir is completed there will be a total reservoir capacity of 410,000 gallons.

That ought to be sufficient to provide for a considerable growth in Cherokee. It is thought that the present wells will furnish a supply for the increased reservoir but if not an additional well will be sunk. Nobody need go thirsty in Cherokee.

Notice To Those Who Drive Automobiles:

The law provides that all motor vehicles must be equipped with lights, white and red. The white to be displayed in front of the machine at least one hour after sunset and till one hour before sunrise while the machine is in use. The red lights are to be displayed at the rear during the same time.

The rate of speed in the city and corporation limits to be reduced to ten miles per hour. Good judgment of the driver will make it less than that when there is the least danger of an accident. Nearly all accidents are due to fast driving and the above laws will, so far as possible, be strictly enforced.

The first violation of the above laws will be punished by a fine of not exceeding twenty-five dollars. The second violation shall be punished by a fine of not less than twenty-five dollars nor more than fifty dollars or thirty days confinement in the county jail.

75 years ago

Parallel parking on four Cherokee business streets was passed by the Cherokee city council by a 4-1 vote at a special meeting called by Mayor Andrew Nordstrom Tuesday night. J. F. Lockyer cast the opposing vote to parallel parking with W. R. Johnson, J. R. Nicholson, Bard Parker and Dewey Kennedy voting yes.

Time Limit Unmentioned

Ordinance established the parallel parking zone as extending from First to Fourth streets on Main and from Maple to Willow on Second. No action was taken as to setting a time limit for parking. Lanes had been marked out on Main Street Wednesday morning.

Nothing further was decided about the 30-minute, 24-hour parking ordinance, which became a law early this month with its publication more than a year after its passage.

Enforcement of the 30-minute time limit has been lacking to date, however.

G. E. Wilson and Forrest Knipe represented the business men and the Chamber of Commerce and presented four remonstrance petitions against traffic control, signed by approximately 100 business men, to the city council. Business man opposed to both the 30-minute and parallel parking methods of traffic control had taken no further action Wednesday morning.

Conflicting opinions of city council and business men on the question date back to a year ago when the 30-minute ordinance was first passed. Business men agreed to attempt to solve the traffic problem and the city councilmen this month published the ordinance in accordance with their views that business men had not successfully done this.

Earlier in the meeting A. Allen of Eagle Manufacturing company had discussed traffic control lights and signs with the council. He is the second salesman to appear before the council during the past month.

Granting of bar and cigarette permits and approval of bonds was the other section taken at the meeting. Beer and cigarette permits were issued to Peck and Son, 225 West Main; Joe Benson, 114 South Fourth; W. W. Casey, South Second; Statos and Muchalas, Fourth and Maple; John T. Collister, 502 West Main; Chris M. Christensen, 118 South Second; Ellen Waldron, 110 North Second; Robert Dahms, 221 West Maple; Peters and Angnos, 102 East Main, and E. P. Burke, 229 West Main.

Cigarette permits were renewed for Fred J. Carpenter, H. R. Lamoreux, Mrs. J. H. Ware, Kolinger and Davis, Viloa M. Boosalis, J. E. Wirth, Cherokee Sales (wholesale) and P. O. McWilliams.

It is expected that contracts will be awarded for paving primary highway No. 5 from Cherokee by the middle of July, announced Chairman O.J. Ditto of the state highway commission. Plans will be considered at Ames Wednesday.

It is hoped, also, says Mr. Ditto, that contracts can be awarded and paving completed as far east as Alta this season. Paving from Alta to Storm Lake will be delayed until next year on account of difficulties encountered in widening the right-of-way to the present standard of 100 feet.

Surveyors are now at work between Cherokee and Aurelia and also west of Newell, where a relocation is planned taking the highway directly west from Newell to a junction with U.S. highway No. 71 south of Storm Lake.

According to preliminary surveys improvement of No. 5 east from Cherokee will include a widening of the curve on the east hill just out of Cherokee, to provide better visibility and thus reduce the possibility of accidents.

It is expected that contracts for this east project will be awarded within a few weeks, as soon as necessary

preliminaries can be completed.

50 years ago

Jack Sandvig reported today that next week's summer recreation theme will be "Let's Make Music."

The recreation director said youngsters will make drums, tambourines and other musical instruments.

A parade down Main street Thursday morning will highlight the week's activities.

Sandvig said about 200 children are expected to take part in the 10 o'clock parade. The procession will form at Love Tire Shop and march to the corner of North First Street and Main.

Commenting on last week's activities, the director said 602 kids attended the playground at Garfield and Webster schools.

A scavenger hunt and registration constituted Monday's program. On Tuesday there were classes on Temper, painting and games were played. Everyone made Father's Day gifts during the period Wednesday. The children made fish stringers from clothes hangers and string.

A King and Queen playground contest was on Thursday's program. Gary Frankforter and Janice Beazley were chosen king and queen and Tim Miller and Patty McCarthy were crowned prince and princess.

Officers of the Sutherland Community Fund were elected at the re-organization meeting Monday night and the 1962 budget was set at $3,000.

Officers elected are: Ralph Jalas, president; Mrs. June Gellhaus, vice-president; Mrs. May Barry, secretary; W. R. Steinert, treasurer.

The new budget is the same as the previous year. Officials said the drive will begin October 6 and be concluded by November 1.

The drive this year will sponsor one new agency making a total of nine. Arthritis-rheumatism has been added to the list.

Other agencies include cancer, heart, Red Cross, retarded children, and Camp Fire Girls.

Representatives from Rock, Willow, and Pilot Townships met recently to organize the Quimby Community Fire Department.

Officers of the new department are: Clarence Pinkerton, president; William King, treasurer; Allen Conley, secretary.

During the last general election the three townships voted favorable for a tax levy to be used for fire protection.

Enjoying Mill Creek - Mill Creek was once a popular destination point for vacationers, as it was an excellent place to spend time and be cool in the heat of the summer.
The Quimby department will serve approximately the south half of Rock Township plus sections 13, 14, and 15 and the southwest part of Pilot Township. Quimby and Washta departments will serve Willow Township.

Since dial telephone systems are being installed this fall, officials said, residents of the area will receive information through the mail regarding procedures for turning in fire alarms.

25 years ago

Cherokee County is going on-line with a new computer system.

The Board of Supervisors Monday approved the purchase of a new $57,000 IBM system and $39,000 worth of new software. The purchases will be made with Federal Revenue Sharing funds.

The IBM system will replace the county's eight-year-old Quantel system. The system cost the county about $62,000 including the software. About seven years ago, the county spent another $30,000 for a Quantel unit for county motor vehicle department.

County Auditor Beverly Anderson, county assessor Kathy North and county treasurer Pat Carlson have been checking out new computer systems for about three months.

Anderson said the county has been happy with the Quantel system, but that it needs to be updated. The county would have stayed with the Quantel equipment, except for the increasing costs of library support, she said.

The county had the library support, which is a computer resource service, through a firm called DataTech. The support cost the county $22,000 from July, 1985 to May, 1986, Anderson said.

When the county first began with DataTech the firm had offices in Des Moines and Omaha. The firm has since moved operations to South Carolina. The distance of the library support was another reason the county decided to switch to IBM, Anderson said. The library support for the IBM equipment will be through CompuTech Systems, Spencer.

Anderson said the IBM system also has several other advantages.

First, the county could eventually hook-up with the state's computer system, which is also IBM.

Second, the cost of the new programs can be divided between the 25 other Iowa counties which have IBM systems. Only two other counties have Quantel systems, Anderson said.

Thirdly, the maintenance charge for the IBM system will be much lower than that for the Quantel system.

Anderson said the new system will be installed as soon as possible. The county's computer system is used for keeping records of voter registration, property valuations, department budgets and accounting.

Strong winds accompanying a thunderstorm late Saturday night resulted in damage to several Cherokee area businesses.

Winds ripped the roof from a building at Northside Tire in Cherokee and damaged two storage buildings at High Country Salvage near the city.

Damages at Northside Tire were estimated at $4,500. Damages at High Country Salvage were estimated at $4,000. One building was destroyed and the roof was blown off another building there.

No estimates were available Monday for the damage to a city fence around the water tower along U.S. Highway 59. The fence was damaged by the blowing remnants of the roof of Northside Tire, which is located across the highway from the water tower.

Bernie Kult, area manager for Iowa Public Service (IPS) said there were some power outages in the area during the storm, thanks to the high winds and downed trees or branches in the county. But Kult said the damage to power lines was not extensive although some electrical users in the area were without power for several hours.

The Daily Times weather recording machine listed a peak gust of 44 mps shortly after midnight Saturday.

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