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Friday, August 26, 2011

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Peck Livery Stable - Pictured above is a hearse owned by W.L.E. Appleyard. This pictured was taken in 1904 in front of William Peck Livery Stable, located on West Main Street in Cherokee.
100 years ago

Sunday night the Burcham hardware store at Quimby was broken into and a number of revolvers and rings and other small articles were taken.

The burglars evidently followed the railroad tracks in getting away, for the next day railroad section hands found one of the stolen revolvers and a lantern near the Scurlock bridge south of town.

To whom the lantern belongs is not known. It was not taken from the Burcham store. While the weary willies were rounded up here and closely questioned nothing tangible could be learned and the get-away appears to be complete.


The editor returned yesterday form a trip to the Rosebud country west of the Big Muddy. Drouth conditions grow worse as the Black Hills are approached. At Presho, near where so many Cherokeans have land, recent rains have freshened up things wonderfully. Small grain, with here and there an exception, was a total failure.

In going through the fields the stubble showed evidences of what had been an abundant stand but killed by the hot winds. Corn has revived since the rains and where properly cultivated will make a fair return.

The settlers in that locality are not discouraged and are holding on well to their land. Investors who have gone there expecting to buy for a song have gone away badly disappointed. Good claims are being held at from $4,000 to $5,000 per quarter.

While at Presho we made a short visit with John Kenney.

We found him located on a fine section of land--none better in the country. While we were there he was just finishing seeding 40 acres of winter wheat. Part of this sown only three days before was up. He has 40 acres of corn which will probably yield 25 bushels per acre. This he will cut up for feed for his stock and thus save 30 to 40 tons of hay for the market which commands a good price in the Black Hills.

John has a nice lot of horses and cattle and with a good ambitious wife, such as is outlined by a Presho editor in announcing the marriage, the outlook is extremely bright for this former Cherokee boy. You can mark it down that John will in a very few years be in the list of the solid, wealthy citizens of his county.

75 years ago

With the reopening of school less than two weeks away, hundreds of children from Cherokee city and county as well as from the surrounding territory convened here Wednesday afternoon to climax three months' summer vacation at the annual "Play Day" celebration.

Opening the afternoon of festivities, designed exclusively for the entertainment of the children, was a huge "Pied Piper" parade in which the ingenuity and cleverness of the children at disguise and construction was exhibited. There were pets, doll buggies and wheeled contraptions of every conceivable style on display.

Crowds of children and their parents lined the streets to watch the procession, which started at the corner of Main and Fifth streets and moved eastward to Lincoln Junior high school building. There participants in the parade held their places until prizes were awarded.

12 Classes

Twelve classes were included in the two divisions of the parade, each headed by a band. The junior organization led the first division and the Cherokee high school band the second.

Following the parade, the center of attraction was the sports program. Nine events were included, highlighted by the first "soap box derby" in the history of Cherokee. Concluding the sports program was a cracker eating contest for girls and a pie eating contest for the boys.


More than 600 people attended the once postponed harvest festival of Immaculate Conception church held on the church grounds Monday evening. Father T. M. Parle announced Tuesday. All concessions were well patronized as were the various refreshment stands.

The affair, originally planned to be combined with the chicken supper served by the Catholic Ladies' union, was postponed last Thursday evening because of rain. Supper was held Thursday night in the church hall. Monday night's program began at 7 o'clock and continued through until 11 o'clock. Funds raised are to be used to pay a portion of the church debt.


Approximately 900 suppers were served to visitors at the annual Maryhill chicken supper and community church festival held Tuesday night at the Catholic church, it was reported Wednesday. Pat Gordon's orchestra played for the supper period which began at 6 o'clock and continued for two hours.

Between 200 and 300 chickens were served to the patrons and a total attendance of 2,500 including those at the supper, was estimated. Food committee in charge included Mrs. Frank Wiemold, Mrs. John Corzilius, Mrs. George Rupp and Mrs. John Rupp.

After the supper, visitors patronized the various concessions, which included pop and ice cream stands and refreshment counters.

During the evening, music was furnished by the K. P. Little German band and the men's double quartet, "Tilton's Tonsil Tanglers."

Funds raised will be applied to the church general fund.

Committees reported they served to the crowds attending, 125 cans of peas and carrots, 78 gallons of potatoes, 25 pounds of coffee, 25 gallons of salad, 59 pounds of ham, 32 gallons of ice cream, 8 gallons of pickles, 10 gallons milk, 35 quarts of cream, 40 pounds of butter, 1,500 buns, 56 cakes. Salad served was made of 12 gallons of pineapple, 12 bunches of celery, 12 bunches of carrots, 12 pounds of marshmallows, 120 boxes of Jello.

The 2,500 people who attended comprised the largest crowd in the history of the picnic.

50 years ago

The first meeting of the Little Sioux Symphony Association was held recently to select a board of directors. Appointments will be announced soon.

Under the direction of Della Beth Thomson of Cleghorn, the Little Sioux Symphony has been active for the past five years. The 30-member group was featured in Picture Magazine as being unique for a community of this size.

Mrs. Thomson said of the orchestra, "This is a group of young people who love to make music. We have reached the point where future development depends on help from people other than those playing in the orchestra. Many of the members drive long distances to practice sessions and orchestra performances."

During the first meeting reference was made to the help given to the young organization. The Cherokee Public School has made the Washington High band room available for practice sessions.

Cherokee Tone Circle has provided financial assistance and provided help in many ways.

Mrs. William Robinson, secretary of the association stressed that all interested musicians will be welcomed to the fall organization of the orchestra.

The symphony will again be part of the Cherokee Adult Education program. According to Mrs. Thomson, two concerts are planned for the winter and spring season.


The Labor Day program planned for Sutherland will include a baseball game, races, horseshoe pitching, amateur contest and band concert.

The horseshoe pitching contest will get underway at 12:30 in the park. There is no age limit and anyone can register with Harry Brink prior to the contest.

A variety of races and shoe kick will take place during the afternoon. These events will begin at 1 o'clock.

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Maryhill Church - Maryhill Church was dedicated to the visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in October of 1905. The church was destroyed by a storm on Aug. 1, 2006. It is recorded that mass was offered in the homes of the settlers near Maryhill as early as 1887.
Highlight of the afternoon will be the baseball game which will be played prior to the amateur contest.

The amateur talent contest will get underway in the evening. Harry Brink, chairman of the entertainment committee is also in charge of the contest.

Ken Hoyne will lead the summer band in a concert which is slated t begin at 7 p.m. The band concert will be played in the business district.


Two cars sustained minor damage in a collision at the intersection of North Second and Main Friday night.

The vehicles were driven by Loren E. Fritz, Huron, S.D. and Roger K. Mullins, 17, Estherville.

The right rear quarter panel on the Fritz auto and the right front fender and headlight of the vehicle Mullins was driving were damaged. No one was injured.

25 years ago

Clients at the Cherokee County Work Activity Center will participate in the development of a rural address system.

Don Agostine, director of the activity center, discussed the project Monday with the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors.

The county has been developing the rural address system for about a year.

Under the system, all Cherokee County rural properties will be assigned three figures. The figures will be a letter and a number, and will indicate the location of a specific rural property.

The purpose of the address system is to provide accurate location descriptions when there is an emergency in a rural area. The system will be primarily used by firefighters, ambulance drivers and law enforcement officials.

The system has been developed on paper, but the county still has to have address signs made ad posted.

WAC clients will probably be involved with the lettering and numbering of the signs.

Agostine offered to look into the costs of the signs and the letters and numbers and report back to the supervisors next Tuesday.

The signs will probably be square, made of steel or aluminum.

Supervisor Jack Foresman said the postal service has okayed the signs being posted on rural mailbox posts. However, county engineer Bill Bennett said the signs should probably be on separate posts so they would be visible and be on the same side of the road as the property.

The county will need close to 3,000 signs. Supervisors said there was no real rush to get the signs posted. Foresman suggested that rural property owners could get the sign posts in before winter.


Cherokee County, like anyplace else, has crime.

But, statistics from the Iowa Department of Public Safety show that crime in the county could be dropping.

In 1985, the Cherokee Police Department reported 4,077 complaints, compared to 4,384 in 1984.

While there was a decrease in complaints, there was an increase in arrests. Arrests by Cherokee Police increased from 709 in 1984, to 722 in 1985.

The increase was mainly due to more frequent incidents of liquor law violations by adults and more traffic violations.

The number of accidents has also decreased. In 1985, police investigated 323 accidents, compares to 366 in 1984.

In 1984, 37 people were injured or killed in accidents in Cherokee. In 1984, there were 34 people hurt or killed.

Though the number of accidents went down, the number of tickets given out by Cherokee Police went up.

Last year, police recorded 401 traffic violations, compared to 381 in 1984.

But, before you decide that local police do nothing more than give out tickets, take a look at the motorist and citizen assist statistics.

In 1985, motorist and citizen assist incidents totaled 672, compared to 550 in 1984.

Drunk driving arrests dropped from 1984 to 1985 but violation of liquor laws increased.

Drunk driving arrests by city police totaled 71 in 1985, compared to 77 n 1984. Violations of liquor laws b adults, however, increase from 54 incidents in 1984 to 86 in 1985. These violations include public intoxication, public consumption and making alcohol available to minors.

Violation of liquor laws by minors increased slightly, from 25 incidents in 1984 to 27 in 1985,

A comparison of Cherokee County Sheriff's Department records from the last halves of 1984 and 1985 show no assaults in 1985 compared to two in 1984.

Burglaries investigated by the sheriff's department dropped from 13 in 1984 to 10 in 1985.

Officials have attributed the drop in burglary incident to the break-up of two livestock theft rings by county and state law enforcement officials in 1984.

Other statistics from the city's crime reports are:

* Sexual abuse: Three complaints and one arrest in 1985, eight complaints and one arrest in 1984.

* Assaults: 48 complaints and 28 arrests in 1985, 63 complaints and 27 arrests I 1984.

* Burglary: 31 complaints and eight arrests in 1985, 45 complaints and three arrests in 1984.

* Vandalism: 229 complaints and 21 arrests in 1985, 233 complaints and 20 arrests in 1964.

* Domestic problems: 128 complaints in 1985, and 55 in 1984.



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