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Friday, September 16, 2011

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

Thursday the sad news was received here that Harrison Fisher, a pioneer resident of this county, had passed away at St. Joseph's hospital in Illinois, at which place he had been for some time.

Mr. Fisher was a very wealthy and prosperous farmer living near Cherokee and has a host of friends who will certainly be shocked to hear of his death. About six weeks ago Mr. Fisher's son died, leaving only one son to be of comfort to him. Harrison, the only living son, reached his father's bedside shortly before his death.

Mr. Fisher was a patient sufferer of Bright's disease and had been in very poor health for some time, but his death came unexpectedly, heart failure being the direct cause of his death.

The remains were brought to Cherokee Saturday morning and the funeral services were held at 1 o'clock at the Christian church in this city, conducted by Rev. Howe, pastor.

The remains were laid to rest in Oak Hill beside those of his departed wife and son.

On Thursday afternoon Martin Wilson, a farmer living three miles east of town, was plowing in the field and one of his horses became a little bit gay and he thought a little trimming up might do her some good.

He tried to whip her with the buggy whip but she jumped and he missed her, striking his hand on the lever of the plow with such force as to break the bones in his hand.

Dr. Freeman Hornibrook was called and dressed the broken member and Martin is now going around with his arm in a sling. He says he don't think he will try to same stunt for some time.

His many friends are sorry to hear of his accident and hope for his speedy recovery.

A very pleasant and social evening was spent on Friday evening when about forty neighbors and friends of Mrs. F. Mahaney came to her house to help her celebrate her birthday.

The guests brought with them baskets laden with good things to eat which were greatly enjoyed by all those present. At a late hour a bountiful three-course luncheon was served after which the ladies presented Mrs. Mahaney with a beautiful pedestal as a birthday gift.

At a late hour the guests departed for their homes all declaring that they had spent a very pleasant evening and wishing Mrs. Mahoney many more birthdays.

Dr. Milo Avery, the county coroner, was called to Sanborn yesterday. A railroad man named John Todd died very suddenly and at first it was thought that it might be a case of suicide.

The railroad company is putting in a large cistern, and Todd was packing a pipe. He fell over and when spoken to said he was paralyzed and to call a doctor.

He became unconscious and died in a short time. The physicians who attended him thought he died of cerebral hemorrhage. The man came to Sanborn from Mason City.

75 years ago

A new Koehring paver, which was to have been placed in operation some time Monday, is expected to speed up work on the Aurelia-Alta project, halted Friday by rain, according to report of P. T. Savage, highway commission engineer.

The machine has the same capacity, 30 cubic feet per batch, as the former mixer, but is of newer design and model.

Work began several days ago at a midpoint between Aurelia and Alta and has progressed approximately one and one-half miles. Area covered per day is 1200 feet.

About 300 men are now being employed by Booth and Olson, Sioux City contractors, on the job. Of these, 60 percent are from Buena Vista county and 40 percent from Cherokee. During the first week, 188 men were working.

Eighteen men were placed in jobs in Cherokee county during August by National Re-employment Service, George Collins, assistant supervisor for the western half of Iowa, announced Monday. Of these, 11 were in regular positions and seven temporary.

Paving Jobs Not Included

August figures do not include the "referred to pavement" jobs of which there are approximately 109 in Cherokee, Collins stated. Placements do not become official and reported until verification and hiring is completed, he said. Likewise, figures for Buena Vista county do not included those placed on pavement jobs.

There were 727 placements in the ninth district during August with 465 in regular jobs and 262 in temporary. Regular positions are those which last longer than 30 days.

Monona County Leads

Monona county led the district in placements for the past 30 days with 172, all but six in regular jobs. Carroll and Sioux counties were second and third with 87 and 76 respectively. Figures for the various counties giving regular and temporary placements respectively in parenthesis:

Calhoun 43 (7, 36); Cherokee 18 (11, 7); Carroll 87 (21, 66); Crawford 19 (12, 7); Dickinson 33 (10, 33); Ida 63 (61, 1); Lyon 63 (59, 4); Monona 172 (166, 6); O'Brien 29 (27, 2); Osceola 21 (5, 16); Plymouth 65 (13, 52); Sac 38 (38, 0); Sioux 76 (34, 42).

Overwhelming support to the old type of parking--diagonal--was expressed in The Daily Times straw ballot which ended Saturday. Final figures showed that 89 plus per cent of the votes cast favored return to the old system while 10 plus per cent like the new parallel plan.

All ballots cast in the test were turned over to a member of the city council but it was not indicated what use, if any, that body would make of the returns.

Returns n the ballot came from a wide area outside of Cherokee and even form neighboring counties. Towns represented in the poll were Cherokee, Larrabee, Cleghorn, Aurelia, Sutherland, Meriden, Marcus, Quimby, Washta, Peterson, Ida Grove, Remsen, Holstein and Paullina.

50 years ago

Cool ride - Collie and Belle are pictured providing the transportation at the Liffring farm.
Cherokee Mental Health Institute will host a two-day workshop on disaster type feeding Wednesday and Thursday, September 20-21.

All 14 state institutions under the Iowa State Board of Control will send representatives for the disaster feeding demonstration.

Officials in charge of hot lunch programs at Northwest Iowa schools are also invited to take part, according to Joseph Tallman, institute dietician.

In charge of the overall workshop program will be Frank Mooseberg, chief state dietitian under the Board of Control.

Some 75 persons from state institutions in Iowa are expected to attend the disaster feeding programs.

Times for the event are 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on September 20 and 4 a.m. to 1 p.m. on September 21.

The demonstrations will be outdoors in the area east of Wade Cottage on the north edge of the institute grounds.

Lt. Col. Eugene R. Olsen who has been stationed with a radar unit in Japan has recently returned after three years' service there with the Air Force. He and his wife, Betsy, will now be at Keesler Air Base in Biloxi, Miss.

The colonel is the oldest of six children of Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Olsen of Sioux Falls, formerly of Cherokee. He was the oldest of four sons to enlist and earn commissions. All were graduates of Wilson High School. Eugene was a member of the 2-mile relay team here, having run several years with John Graves under direction of Coach George Hicks.

Howard Olsen, out for football his senior year, played tackle. During World War II he was a bomber pilot with the Air Force. He is now an aeronautical engineer having worked for Convair at Ft. Worth, Tex., since his graduation from Aeronautical Engineering school at University of Minnesota.

Robert Olsen was Lt. Junior Grade in the U.S. Navy. He is now a civilian personnel director for the Air Force stationed at Rialto, Calif.

The fourth son, Raymond, graduated from South Dakota State College summa cum laude in 1951 and was employed with Dupont at Wilmington, Del. In 1955, on three-year leave, he was Lt. Jr. in the U.S. Navy, serving most of his enlistment period at the U.S. Naval Base in the South Pacific.

The youngest son, Bill Olsen, received his degree in Archives and Records from George Washington University at Washington, D. C. At present he is employed in the U.S. Records Department. This month he began night school for a law degree in George University. His home is at Arlington, Va.

Anita Olsen whom many recall as Wilson High School majorette is married to J. D. Strain, commissioner of State Parks in Nebraska. Both she and her husband are graduates of State Teachers College at Wayne, Neb. Recently their daughter Peggy, 11, was crowned Nebraska state champion tennis player.

25 years ago

Enrollment in the Cherokee School District this year has only dropped by four students.

The Cherokee School Board discussed enrollment figures briefly at a meeting Monday.

Cherokee School Superintendent Mick Starcevich said total enrollment for 1986-87 was 1,453, compared to 1,457 in 1985-86.

Starcevich said the low drop was "incredible," considering that during the three years prior to 1985-86, enrollment dropped by over 110 students.

The grand total enrollment for 1986-87 is 1,481. The figure includes work study students and special education students who attend school in Cherokee, but live in other districts.

Of this grand total, 732 of the students are boys and 749 are girls.

Enrollment at the elementary level is 617, with 316 boys and 301 girls.

Middle school total enrollment is 431, with 197 boys and 234 girls.

Enrollment at Washington High School is 428. WHS has 215 boys and 213 girls.

The five remaining students which make up the grand total attend school in other districts, while their tuition is paid by the Cherokee district. This is done in situations where the student needs a particular type of special education program, or, when because of a family situation, the student lives outside of the Cherokee district, while his parents live within the district.

Prior to the enrollment discussion, new board members Charlene Fulton and David Ladwig were sworn in by board president Vicki Wittgraf. Fulton and Ladwig were elected to the board I the Sept. 9 school board election.

Fulton and Ladwig are filling the seats vacated by Robert Lundquist and Jerry Namanny, both of whom decided not to run for re-election after serving six years on the school board.

Lundquist was not at the meeting Monday, but Namanny was. Namanny said that while he has enjoyed the work he did on the school board, he felt six years was a long enough term.

After Fulton and Ladwig were sworn-in, Wittgraf was elected to serve another year as board president. Board member Joe Lundsgaard was elected vice-president.

In other business, the board:

* Approved $150 annual dues for membership in the Lake Conference. The board also approved a $150 salary for Lakes Conference secretary Bill Mullenberg. Mullenberg is a principal in Spencer. His salary comes out of the dues paid by the eight Lakes Conference school districts.

Starcevich said Mullenberg will be doing a lot more this year because of the restructuring of the Lakes Conference Board. Last year, the board was considering a proposal to allow the Algona-Garrigan and LeMars school districts into the Lakes Conference. During this time, the issue arose over whether or not the board's meetings should be op en to the public.

Now, because of the re-structuring, the board can meet without giving public notice. However, the board members, who are superintendents from the eight member districts, cannot make any decisions. Any decisions that need to be made will not be made by the member district's school boards.

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