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Friday, September 23, 2011

On top of the rock - One of Cherokee County's most unique natural wonders is Pilot Rock. According to the information from this photo that is from the McCulla History of Cherokee County the rock is 40 feet wide, 61 feet long and 20 feet high. Pilot Rock is a solid red rock that has no similar rock formations within the area.
100 years ago

Miss Winifred Fife Weds Mr. Roy Williams Wednesday Afternoon

On Wednesday afternoon at the Lewis Hotel occurred the marriage of Miss Winifred Fife to Mr. Roy Williams, both of this city, Rev. J. W. Bean performing the ceremony. The bride is one of Cherokee's most popular young ladies and was a stenographer, being employed at Sellers' hardware store until a few weeks ago when she resigned her position. She is very well and favorably known among the young people of this city and has a host of friends who wish her much prosperity in the path which she has chosen. The groom is well and favorably known in Cherokee and vicinity, being a member of the firm of Schmidt & Williams and is worthy of the bride he has won.

The young couple will make their future home in Cherokee on Eighth street in a cottage which is ready for their occupancy.

Rev. Dr. Henry Dolliver, brother of the late Senator J. P. Dolliver, of Iowa, and of Mrs. E. R. Graham, whose husband is a member of the firm of Jennings & Graham of the Methodist Book concern, died on Saturday in Hot Springs, S. D. The announcement was made from the pulpit of the First Methodist church, Evanston, by Rev. T. P. Frost.

Dr. Dolliver for four years was superintendent of the Black Hills mission, which comprises Deadwood and a large area surrounding. He was born in Kingswood, W. Va., April 1, 1856. He spent several years in the ministry in Iowa and Dakota and in 1884 was pastor in Yankton and chaplain of the Dakota legislature. He was a graduate of the Garrett Biblical institute, Evanston. He contributed to the church press, advocating a union for the Methodist Episcopal and the Methodist Episcopal Church South.

The experiments which are being carried on at the county farm this year are with corn of different varieties and types. Samples of seed corn from representative farmers throughout the county were collected last spring, taken to the county farm and planted in plots side by side. These plots have been cultivated during the summer and this fall they will be harvested and a record kept of the yield per acre of each man's corn.

The crops are now nearly ripe and it has been decided to hold a county picnic so that everyone interested in better crop production may have a chance to see what is being done right here in our own county.

The picnic will be held at the county farm, four miles northwest of Cherokee on Wednesday, Sept. 27.

At 10:00 a.m. Mr. Murl McDonald, of Ames, who has had charge of the work, will go through the plots with those who are interested and explain the work and results. In the afternoon Prof. A. H. Snyder, of the extension department at Ames, will lecture on some phase of better crop production. Music will be furnished by the Meriden band. There will be a ball game and other sports to occupy the afternoon.

Take a day off--come to the county picnic--bring your picnic dinner basket and have a general good time.

75 years ago

Grading crew of 20 men was to begin work on the highway No. 5 project one and one-half miles east of Marcus corner Wednesday afternoon, according to report of the National Reemployment office.

Three men will also be digging storm sewers for the Union Construction company and the Wicks firm has placed three more in culvert work.

Paving operations will start Monday.

Resurfacing of 20.8 miles on sections of two highways by Maulding Construction company is to get under way Wednesday from Larrabee to the O'Brien county line and on No. 31 from Ida county line to Quimby and thence to the No. 31 junction with U.S. No. 59.

Official enrollment of Wilson high school pupils is now 384, Principal R. E. Creel announced Wednesday. There is only a difference of two in the number of boys and girls registered, figures being 191 and 193 respectively.

This month's total is only 10 below the 394 that was reported to the state department of education a year ago. The smaller number may be found in the senior class where there are 62 students this fall compared to the 98 who graduated last spring.

Figures on enrollment by classes:

Freshmen 61 boys, 47 girls, total 108

Sophomores 55 boys, 33 girls, total 88

I.C. Catholic Church - Here is a look at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at 709 W. Cedar St. shortly after its constuction. Also featured in this photograph is the original parish house located next to the church.
Juniors 38 boys, 62 girls, total 100

Seniors 35 boys, 47 girls, total 82

Total 191 boys, 193 girls, total 384

50 years ago

George Stevens, resident engineer with the Iowa Highway Commission here, reported that the grading crew from Booth and Olsen Inc., Sioux City, has been working on the bypass north of Cherokee.

Although wet weather has slowed the operation somewhat, work is going ahead and the paving crew is moving in.

Stevens said paving work is expected to begin at the east intersection of the bypass in the near future.

Preparations are also underway for the relocation of the exit north of the city.

Officials estimate it will take about one month for grading and paving to be completed at the north intersection.

Frank Morrow, 72, East Jeffries, was admitted to Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital Thursday with lacerations of the last two fingers of the left hand.

According to reports, Morrow was leading a riding horse when it bolted and his hand became entangled in the rope. Attendants reported his condition is good.

Dave and William Good, who were admitted to Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital Sunday with gun shot wounds, were dismissed this morning.

The brothers were admitted after a gun discharged when they stopped to rest while squirrel hunting. Both were shot by the same bullet.

It struck William, 17, in the right lower abdominal wall first and then struck Dave, 12, in the wall of the left chest where it lodged.

Chester Benson, Cherokee County extension associate, reported today that good reports have come in from the 4-H Camp fund raising drive.

Benson said no figures have been brought in but township chairmen have reported that response to the drive has been good.

The extension man said, "If the reports received are any indication and continue the county goal of $2,000 should be achieved without difficulty."

About half of the townships are expected to go over their quotas officials said.

25 years ago

Ruby Ryan's bank account got quite a bit larger Monday, when she collected the first payment on the $963,000 she won in the Iowa Lotto game over the weekend.

Ryan picked the six winning numbers in the lottery game Saturday. Monday she made the trip to Des Moines to pick up the first of 20 annual $36,000 payments from the state.

The 75-year-old former head of the hot lunch program for Cherokee Community Schools said she was surprised when the winning numbers were announced on television Saturday night.

"I thought perhaps I had written the numbers down wrong and it was a mistake," she said.

But she checked her numbers again and listened as they were broadcast again. "Then I decided I had really won," she said.

The winning numbers were 2, 5, 6, 20, 22, 23.

"It was all guess work," she said of her choice of numbers.

Ryan said she plays the lotto game every week, usually buying her tickets at the Kum-N-Go convenience store or at Hy-Vee in Cherokee. Saturday's winning ticket was purchased at 11:32 a.m. Friday at Kum-N-Go.

"I haven't missed a week yet," she said. "I like playing the lottery. I'm not really a gambler but I have a little fun with it (the lottery)."

She said she didn't know yet what she would do with her lottery winnings.

"I don't have any idea yet," she said. "I'm still kind of recovering from the weekend."

She said she has no plans to fly to Las Vegas or make any major financial decisions about the funds yet. At least some of the funds will probably be invested, she said.

She also said she didn't think the winnings will mean she would need to move from the low-income apartment she lives in.

Meanwhile, Shirley Misner, manager of Kum-N-Go I Cherokee, said the winning ticket has already brought more people to her store to play the lottery game.

"Sunday it was just booming in here," she said.

The Salvation Army gives assistance to an average of 25 to 40 individuals and families a year. Most of the people served are transients passing through the area who need gas, food, or lodging, said Jeanine Valentine, police department liaison.

The local committee works with the Omaha unit which serves western Iowa, Nebraska, and all of South Dakota. There are 719 service committees, including Cherokee. There are also three adult rehabilitation centers and one home for unwed mothers covered by the unit. In 1945, more than 4,000 people were given assistance, said Valentine.

"Locally, people contribute very well through the fund drive," said Valentine. "The nice part is that the money contributed locally is spent almost 100 percent in the community for meals, lodging, gas, and other immediate short-term help."

The police department got involved as liaison with the Salvation Army because this office is open 24 hours a day.

Locally, referrals may come from ministers and school personnel. The police department also works with social services and other towns.

The local asking for the Salvation Army in the County Fund Drive is $1,900.

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