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Friday, August 19, 2011

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First hospital - This was probably the first hospital in Cherokee and may have doubled as the doctor's home.
100 years ago

Last Thursday afternoon a junk dealer with his horse and wagon came to town and the man camped near the Guyon residence in the north part of town. The man unhitched the horse and fastened it to the wagon and then laid down under it and that was the last seen of him. The rig remained where the man put it until Saturday afternoon when Constable Smyth and Marshal Stiner brought in the outfit. The poor beast remained fastened to the wagon for two days without food when it succeeded in breaking the halter strap and when found was appeasing its hunger on the grass growing on the commons but was suffering badly from thirst.

The man had been going through the county buying iron, old rubber etc. and from shipping tags it is thought that his name was Jacobs. What has become of him is a mystery. Has he met with foul play, become mentally deranged and wandered away or what?

It is hardly supposable that he voluntarily abandoned his outfit and left the poor horse to die of thirst and starvation. But he has disappeared and there is now a chance for some Sherlock Holmes to unravel a mystery which may shroud a crime.

Later--The man appeared this morning and paid all expenses and his property was turned over to him.


There was quite a scare thrown into owners of frame buildings on Main street Friday when Deputy State fire marshal J. A. Tracy and chief Heymer went the rounds and while in several cases the fire marshal made suggestions for repairs and changes and left the impression that if the suggestions were not complied with the buildings would be condemned, we have not heard of one where such an order was in fact issued. The work is not yet finished and there yet may be further orders, but there will be no wholesale destruction of property.

The law under which the State marshal and his deputies act, was passed by the last legislature and has not yet run the gauntlet of the courts, and officials will be very careful about destroying private property until the law has been declared constitutional by the higher courts.

All the frame buildings along Main and Maple streets were inspected and about every place that the officials case their optic upon was announced condemned by the knowing ones, until about all the frame buildings on the two business blocks on these streets were under the ban.

How such stories became circulated is seen in the Pelton building incident on E. Main occupied by Mr. Riley. Marshal Stiner happened in the building and observing Mr. Riley cleaning up jokingly said, "What's the use, the State fire marshal is in town and has ordered this building torn down in three days." This was taken seriously and soon other buildings were also in the condemned class.

75 years ago

Registration of new automobiles in Cherokee during the first seven months of 1936 is behind the corresponding period for 1935.

Figures released Wednesday by Miss Edna Mahaney, auto registration clerk in County Treasurer F. M. Tyner's office, listed 429 new cars registered as compared to 513 for the same period a year ago. Both figures, however, were several times more than figures of 136 and 210 for 1933 and 1934.

January and April of 1936 set new highs for their respective periods of time, however, with 39 and 95 new cars being registered in those months.


Sheridan-Rock Township 4-H girls' club demonstration team won first honors in the annual Achievement day held Tuesday morning and afternoon at the Methodist church and thereby qualified for the state fair competition to be held later in the month. Betty Joe Gates and Rose Melter presented the demonstration entitled "Washing and Drying Dishes for Pleasure."

Second place, which this year for the first time carries with it a trip to the Clay county fair at Spencer was won by the Afton township girls, Marie Anderson and Nellie Mongan. "Selecting and Caring for Kitchen Knives" was their presentation.

Competition for places was extremely close in the opinion of the critic judge, Mrs. Fern Brown Ausenhus. She ranked the youngest team, Elsie Larson and Shirley Minkler of Pilot township, third. Their demonstration was "Hazards in the Kitchen."

Nine township clubs completed for honors in three other divisions, general booths, standardized clubs and individual exhibits for state fair entry.

Amherst and Sheridan-Rock exhibits were ranked first and second and three clubs, Sheridan-Rock, Afton and Pitcher, received standard blue certificates awarded by the Farm Bureau and presented through cooperation of the Iowa State college extension services at Ames.

Individual items selected for state friar entry with the exception of the chore board and partition drawers were:

Knife rack--Marie Anderson, Afton, first; Gladys Larson, Pitcher, second.

Lid rack--Charlotte Riley, Silver, first.

Partition drawers--Bernadette Eisenmenger, Pilot, and Adeline Libolt, Spring second.

Mop rack--Dorothy Mortenson, Silver, first; Gladys Urban, Cedar, second.

Spice rack--Dorothy Mortenson, Silver, first; Betty Jo Gates, Sheridan-Rock, second.

Laundry bag--Lucille Rupp, Sheridan-Rock, second.

Shoe shelf--Betty Jo Gates, Sheridan-Rock, first; Madeline Nolan, Sheridan-Rock, second.

Chore board--Celestine Corzilius, Sheridan-Rock, and Dorothy Donovan, Sheridan-Rock, second.

Clothespin bag--Elaine Alexander, Cedar, first; Helene Mattson, Grand Meadow, second.

Laundry basket--Burdetta Eisenmenger, Pilot, first.

200 Attend

Between 150 and 200 attended the afternoon session of Achievement day demonstrations. Four demonstrations were given during Tuesday morning and five presentations were included on the afternoon program. Songs, piano numbers and tap dancing were included in the interim numbers presented.

50 years ago

Rotarians Monday heard A. M. Larsen speak on the background of electricity in Cherokee.

The Cherokee Electric plant was built in 1890 and promoted by J. C. Hutchins of Monmouth, Ill.

Before it was completed it was sold to four Cherokee bankers at a sheriff's sale. E. D. Huxford, W. A. Sanford, R. H. Scribner and J. C. Hull bought the plant.

Alexander Boyd and R. F. Garrelson of Michigan City, Ind., purchased the plant from the bankers in 1912.

The plant operated with a 150 horse power steam engine belted to a line shaft and to a 200 K.W. generator and a 100 horse power engine directly connected to a 100 K.W. generator. The generators were 1,100 volt machines.

Prior to May 15, 1912, only night service was available. At 4 p.m. a whistle was blown to let people know electricity was available. The whistle blew again at 11 p.m. announcing that electricity was off until 4 p.m. the next day. The rate per KWH was 20 cents.

On May 15 24-hour service went into effect and the rate was reduced to 15 cents on the top step and then with a sliding scale to 4 cents.

In 1915 the steam engine was replaced with a diesel connected directly to a 200 K.W. generator. At one time the engine ran continuously for 288 days without shutting down.

In 1916 Wiley Boyd began work and the business grew steadily until 1920 and another engine and generator was added.

In June 1925 Cherokee Electric Company was sold to Central Iowa Power and Light Company in Humboldt. A few months later it was sold to the Iowa Light, Heat and Power Company at Carroll. The load kept growing all the time and the Cedar Valley Hydraulic Company built a line from Sioux City to Quimby with a substation built at Cherokee with a capacity of 400 K.W.

Aurelia and Larrabee built lines in 1920 and in 1927 Iowa Public Service Company became successor to the several companies.

In 1927 a 1,400 horse power diesel engine and 1,000 K.W. generator were installed in a new plant.

The two engines were junked and a 1,600 horse power 10-cylinder diesel was installed.

A Hawkeye plant was build in 1948-49. A second unit was built in 1951.

During 1952 plans for the Iowa Grid were announced. Another plant is in the process of being installed near the Missouri River now, Larsen said.

Robert Engel presided over the session and presented Ex-president Gordon Steele with this past president button.

Rod Dickey, Storm Lake, was a guest.


Work has been completed and the final inspection of the Waterman Spring watershed area was held Friday, according to Harvey Lindberg, Soil Conservation Service official here.

The watershed entailed work on 2,000 acres of land in Spring Township, Cherokee County and in O'Brien County.

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High above - This picture shows a breathtaking view of Cherokee looking to South. You can also make out Sioux Valley Hospital at the lower left of the picture.
Officials said 1,300 acres of water shed are located on four farms in Cherokee County. The Ralph Simonsen, Ed Beck, Mrs. Joe Nelson and Adolph Tigges farms are located on the watershed in this county.

The construction work included three flood detention dams, concrete shoots, mile of diversion dikes and nearly a mile of channel construction.

25 years ago

A better, faster way to save lives visited the Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital grounds Monday.

The New Life Flight emergency helicopter transport will be put into service this week from Saint Joseph Hospital, Omaha. The twin engine Bell, 222 model replaces the smaller Life flight helicopter currently in use. The larger cabin will allow medical specialists to care for two critically ill or injured people who can be placed side by side instead of stacked--the less severe on the bottom.

Cruising speed of the new helicopter is 156 miles per hour compared to 132 miles per hour of the current aircraft. The new vehicle has a maximum speed of 175 miles per hour. The 103-mile flight from Omaha to Cherokee previously took 50 minutes as compared to only 38 minutes Monday.

The emergency unit contains the latest in computerized navigational and specialized medical equipment. Sophisticated communications equipment on board enables the pilot and flight crew to be in constant communication with hospital physicians and first responders at the scene of an accident. The craft can be adapted for neonatal transport.

Life Flight began serving the area seven years ago and the current aircraft has made more than 2,000 flights and covered more than 450,000 miles. Crew members oriented area hospital staff of its added capabilities. The next stop was the Buena Vista County Hospital.


The Cherokee School Board voted Monday night to cool off some of the students at Roosevelt School this year with a set of air conditioning units.

The board approved the bid from Modern Cooling and Heating in Cherokee for five 2 -ton self-contained air conditioning units for classrooms and one two-ton unit for the office and teachers lounge.

The total bill for the units will be $12,983. Parts of the Roosevelt School are now air conditioned, but the five classrooms and the office and lounge are not. The five classroom units will be installed on the roof of the building, despite the fact that the roof was just recently resurfaced.

School Superintendent Mick Starcevich said he favored putting in the separate units over installing just one large unit because then each room's temperature could be controlled separately.

"I don't like putting five holes in our new roof," he said. "I think we'd be money ahead with separate room settings."

In another move the board voted to spend approximately $4,000 to patch the back parking lot at Washington High School.

Starcevich said the patching would be done by Brower Construction at the same time it is scheduled to do other paving work for the school. He said the exact amount of the bill wouldn't be known until the work is complete because it depended on the amount of materials used.

In other action the board:

* Approved the low bid to supply the school system with milk for the new school year. The bid was from Wells' Dairy Inc.

* Approved the low bid to supply the school system with bread for the school year. The bid was from Hy-Vee in Cherokee.

* Appointed board member Vicki Wittgraf to a committee to study the school's Talented and Gifted (TAG) program.

* Was told energy costs in the Cherokee school system have dropped during the past three fiscal years. The combined electric and gas bills (not including the heating bill at the Larrabee school) fell from $180,275.17 in 1984-85 to $177,474.15 the next year to $164,414.84 in 1985-86.

The lower bills were attributed to energy-saving improvements made at the schools.

* Was told a request to lease the old Lincoln School had been withdrawn. The request had originally been made by Filmore Gustafson of Fun Creations, Inc. Called at home, Gustafson said he had no comment on the request of why it was withdrawn.



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