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Friday, September 9, 2011

Garfield School - This is a 1903 picture of the first Garfield School, located on Willow Street on the same grounds that the second Garfield School was later built. The first school was built in 1884 and was razed in 1934.
100 years ago

In last Thursday's issue we published a short article in regard to the illness of Dr. Fry. We glean the following additional particulars from the Marcus News:

Last Friday about 11 a.m. Dr. Fry returned from a call and not feeling well took his auto to the barn. He was struck with blindness before he reached the house and no one knows how he managed to reach the house. He became in an unconscious condition soon after and remained in that state until 2 o'clock the following morning. Dr. Jastrom, of Remsen, was called and on Sunday night Dr. Sibley, of Sioux City, was summoned. He pronounced the case a stroke of apoplexy, caused either from a cerebral hemorrhage or an enlarged vein pressing against the brain. Mr. Sibley was of the opinion that Dr. Fry's illness would be of a long duration and that the outcome was impossible to tell. A trained nurse is in attendance and many friends are lending aid in helping to care for him. At this writing, on Thursday morning, his condition remains unchanged. Certainly the sympathy of all is extended to the family in their anxiety, but there is nothing to do but to hope, that when change comes it will be for the better and he will be restored to health to enjoy many more years.

75 years ago

More than 700 farmers from all over Cherokee county gathered at Marcus Tuesday night for the third county wide meeting of Cherokee Farm Bureau, the program being held in the athletic park. Meeting followed the big Marcus livestock show and industrial exhibit held during the afternoon.

Joe H. Anderson, Thompson, Ia., farmer member of the state board of education, was principal speaker of the evening. His talk was given over an amplifying system. Anderson, one of the best know farmers throughout the state of Iowa, is also president of the National Cooperative Creamery association and a director of the Iowa Farmers' Elevator Insurance company.

History of the cooperatives, and their coordination with the Farm Bureau program were outlined by the speaker. He told of the beginnings of cooperatives in the United States, changes made up to the present time and possible trends into the future. The speaker was well versed in his subject and related the story of the cooperatives for 45 minutes.

Program began with a concert by the Marcus band and several selections were given by the double male quartet, "Tilton's Tonsil Tanglers." Baseball game between the Marcus Merchants and the West Side Farmers was rained out in the first inning.

Fireworks display was likewise cancelled by the rain and the concessions and exhibits o the livestock show remaining open at that time were forced to close for the rest of the evening.

Lightning, striking a tree in the home of the Harry Williams residence, 260 East Cedar, during the storm Tuesday night, leaped to the porch, splintered the structure and started fire in several places. Rain, pouring down in sufficient quantities to total .66 inch official measurement in a half hour period, immediately put out the miniature blaze.

No one was home at the Williams house when the bolt struck. Evidences were found of the presence of the fire although little damage was done. "Perhaps we were lucky because we sleep on the porch," Williams said.

Tuesday night's downpour began about 9 o'clock. Pedestrians and cars were driven from the streets. Rain came down in sheets within Cherokee but was lighter in other areas nearby. County Treasurer Frank M. Tyner reported that there was only a light shower at his farm and Marcus had a considerable windstorm but not very much rain. The wind threat did, however, put an end to the Farm Bureau picnic. Utility companies reported little or no trouble.

Gusts of wind swept the rain into small rivers along street curbings here Tuesday night and cars were temporarily stalled. The first letup sent countless Cherokeans scurrying form shows and eating places to their homes and automobiles about 9:30 p.m.

Cherokee county residents still favor the old plan of diagonal parking by a wide margin in the Daily Times straw vote now being conducted.

Check made at noon Wednesday showed that 93 plus percent of the ballots cast were for the diagonal system, while 6 plus percent favored the parallel plan, now in force.

All adults in Cherokee County are eligible to express their preference. Simply cut out the ballot that appears at the bottom of page one today, and send it to the Daily Times, or drop it in the ballot box in the Times office. The check is being conducted I cooperation with the city councilmen, who have agreed to abide by the sentiment expressed by the majority.

Denatured alcohol will be extensively manufactured in Des Moines as a byproduct of the huge incinerating plant which is to be built here by Mack Olsen and a group of capitalists which he has organized into a syndicate. Refuse and garbage will produce denatured alcohol. At the same time the huge plant will provide a market for thousands of tons of the cornstalks of Iowa which will be converted into denatured alcohol, fine paper and various byproducts.

Negotiations are in progress for the erection of the incinerating plant and accompanying denatured alcohol factory. The ground is secured and the plant will be established as soon as a franchise is granted by the city, Mr. Olsen says. The factory is to be located in Highland Park.

"Millions of dollars will be added to the value of the corn crop of Iowa," said Mr. Olsen, "when we begin the manufacture of denatured alcohol from cornstalks. By a new patented threshing machine the stalks will be run through and stripped of corn and delivered in bundles ready for shipment. When received at our new plant they will be placed in alcohol tanks for a steaming process which will dissolve the starch. The resulting liquid is drawn off and fermented. Passing through a still it becomes commercial or denaturized alcohol, which is tax free and may be sold at a low price.

"With the starch gone the stalks are passed through a drier and then over an endless chain to a machine which takes out the pitch, or cellulose, and delivers it for manufacture into a fine quality of paper. The casing of the stalks remains for manufacture into stiff board boxes.

"Paper will be one of the most important byproducts of the plant. Cornstalks contain as much paper-making material as the same quantity of wood pulp. The cost to make paper from cornstalks is about $26 a ton, while the per ton cost from wood pulp is about $75. The cornstalk paper is of a much finer quality, too, and commands better prices."

50 years ago

The Sanford Museum Association is launching its third year with an invitation to all residents of Cherokee and surrounding territory to join the organization and participate in supporting the museum and its educational activities.

Members of the Volunteer Committee and others have been working during the past few days addressing some 3,000 brochures which will be in the mail soon. The cover of the brochures features an abstract design by Ben F. Laposky, Cherokee, whose design exhibits have been circulated by Sanford Museum to museums, colleges, and art centers in more than 50 United States cities, during the past five years.

The Sanford Museum Association was organized in recognition of the fact that the museum was in need of additional support if it were to continue as in the past. Although the museum was built and is endowed through the Tiel Sanford Memorial fund, the income is becoming inadequate to keep pace with increasing demands on its facilities and the rising case of maintaining the building and its services. Thus, through the Sanford Museum Association, individuals are given an opportunity to assist in the educational projects and programs for which the museum has become widely known.


The Sanford Museum Association has planned an interesting series of programs for the winter season beginning with two lectures by Dr. Stephen F. Borhegyl, Director of the Milwaukee Public Museum, who will discuss his recent work in Guatemala skin diving for archeological remains of ancient civilization.

Next spring a program on Satellite Tracking given by Professor Percy W. Carr, Iowa State University, will give members and visitors a chance to hear about current activities in this field.

A musical program by the Little Sioux Symphony and an evening of one-act play readings by the Cherokee Little Theater group are also planned. Preceding the Sunday lectures there will be a Saturday evening "Member's Night" program which will enable members to become acquainted with the visiting lecturer and to talk with him on an informal basis. The Members' Night featuring Dr. Borhegyl's program on October 7, will also be the opening of a temporary exhibit on Mexico. This will be the culmination of the membership drive and a "fiesta" with typical Mexican foods is planned for the evening.

The Museum Association is also sponsoring the Audubon Wildlife Film Lecture through the winter season. This will be the first time for this series in Cherokee and is offered to only 200 cities in the U.S. and Canada. These programs will have great appeal to sportsmen and all who enjoy nature and the out-of-doors. Members of the Association will be entitled to a special rate for these programs.

Specifically the association in its two years, has sponsored classes for young people in nature study and art. It has financed the roofing of the court for storage area, thus permitting, the release of another room which has been converted to a display gallery in the form of a Period Room of the middle Nineteenth Century.

The association has purchased a typewriter and additional stacks for the Museum library. Also they have purchased a 12-foot wide beaded screen which will be used both at the Museum and for the Audubon Wildlife films which will be held in Washington High School Auditorium. The hospitality and Volunteer Committee have contributed hundreds of hours toward handling refreshments and assisting in many other projects.

Current membership includes not only Cherokee residents but individuals from many northwest Iowa Towns and some from Pennsylvania, Ohio, California and other states. The governing board consists of Hunt Davis, President; Joe G. Nelson, vice-president; James Ziegenbusch, treasurer; Margaret Delaplane, secretary.

Additional directors are: Mrs. C. H. D. Smith, Mrs. H. D. Seely, Eulas Quinn, Joe Beals, Dr. Charles Ellsworth, W. D. Frankforter, Dr. Don C. Koser, R. T. Steele and James Ziegenbusch.

Throughout northwest Iowa, the Museum is receiving recognition as a center for visits from school classes adult groups, alike. The planetarium is in almost continual use and the exhibits on the history and natural history of this area are attractive and information. During the past year more than 25,000 people visited the museum coming from nearly all the 50 states and many foreign countries.

The board and all association members believe everyone will find something to their liking in the programs and projects being offered and expect a sizeable increase in membership this season.

Sanford Museum Association officials in addition to officers are: Hunt Davis, president; J. G. Nelson, Vice-president; Miss Margaret Delaplane, secretary; Jim Zigenbusch, treasurer.

Board of Directors: Joe J. Beals, Hunt Davis Sr., Miss Margaret Delaplane, Dr. Charles Ellsworth

25 years ago

The Cherokee City Council got a wave of bad news about its water storage reservoir Tuesday night.

The 500,000 gallon reservoir, which was built only five years ago, stores water and channels it from the city's four wells to its watertowers. It is in poor condition and an engineer's structural condition report presented to the council Tuesday said repairs of as much as $296,000 may be necessary.

"There are a few things I don't like to bring up and this is one of them," said City Administrator Gil Bremicker.

The report was issued by Terry A. Shuck, Structural Engineers, Inc. Bremicker and City Engineer Ed Bigelow each said Shuck's report made it obvious that the original engineering design of the reservoir was flawed and major changes should be made in the structure.

"Their opinion is that it is not structurally sound," Bigelow said.

One additional problem is that the firm which originally designed the reservoir, Associated Engineers, Inc., of Fort Dodge, is no longer in business.

Shuck gave the city two alternatives: Repair the present structure at an estimated cost of $160,000 or replace it at an estimated cost of $296,000.

The council decided to seek a second opinion on possible alternatives, but members agreed something would eventually need to be done.

"I don't see that there's any question we're going to have to repair it," said council member Kent Wenck.

"This is one sad son of a gun is what it is," added council member Dennis Henrich.

But the council didn't reserve all its time Tuesday for discussing the water facility.

It voted to buy the city's existing telephone system from AT&T for $1,847. The system, which serves city hall, the fire department, and the street department (but not the police department) is presently being leased from AT&T for $2,064.72 per year. It was installed in 1977.

The council had priced the options of buying a new system from AT&T or from Executone. Each of those new systems would cost nearly $7,000.

The council also voted to pay an additional $36 per month to AT&T for warranty protection on the present system.

In another move the council voted to purchase a new 20-horsepower motor for use at the North First Street Water Plant's well number two. The pump will be purchased from Beals' Motor Rewinding Service in Cherokee at a price of $1,210.

Streets also drew some council attention at Tuesday's meeting as the group approved the new five-year street plan to be submitted to the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT).

That plan, which is subject to change each year, presently includes the paving of East Indian Street on its fifth year schedule.

No immediate plans have been made for paving the street, Bremicker said, because of questions about funding. Half of the street is under city jurisdiction and the other half is under county jurisdiction.

East Indian Street provides access to Sam Doupe Field, the baseball and softball facilities for Washington High School in Cherokee.

In other action the council:

* Gave the second reading to two ordinances, one to re-zone a parcel of land as 200 East Willow St. from R-2 multiple family to C-1 general retail, the other to change the city code's definition of a junk car.

* Discussed what to include on its 1987 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application.

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