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Friday, October 7, 2011

100 years ago

You wouldn't know it from any outbreak of violence but Cherokee is a strike center. At 10 o'clock Tuesday morning the men in the Cherokee shops after due consideration dropped their tools and walked out in compliance with the order of the grand officers.

American Theater - Pictured is the inside of the American Theater, located in downtown Cherokee. The date when this photograph was taken is unknown.
The men went away quietly and have remained away from the shops, no violence has been offered men who remain in the company's employ, no effort made to interfere with the company securing new men for their places, but little work is being done in the shops. There has been no excitement and outside of railroad circles this article will probably be the first news that many Cherokee people will have that a strike is on in this city.

Those obeying the strike order are the boilermakers, car repairers, machinists and blacksmiths and number about twenty-five. The contention between the railroad and the federated men as gleaned from the associated press dispatches is as stated in an editorial comment in this issue.

The strike probably will be a long drawn out one. The company claims that it is well supplied with equipment, that for the purpose of keeping a full force at work supplies have been made far in advance of requirements, and furthermore that these supplies can be bought direct form manufacturers instead of making them in their own shops, that only a portion of the Carmen have gone out and that enough remains to keep up the repairs to cars and that while many applicants are ready to go to work none will be employed at present. The federation has a large fund on hand and weekly benefits will be paid the strikers from this fund, so that both sides are prepared for a long siege.

This morning in talking with Master Mechanic Shannon he informed us that ten new men skilled in shop work had been installed here to take the places of strikers; that there was a full complement of boilermakers and the machinists force was about filled and there was a surplus of common labor.

He said that some injury to company property had been done. The journals of the wheels on a baggage car on 601, the Sioux Falls passenger, had been filled with sand yesterday morning and the journals had been ruined so that the two wheels had to be replaced, and that this morning the journals had again been filled with sand but this was discovered before harm had been done.

He also said that some of the new workmen last night had been threatened with bodily injury and that a guard had been placed at the shops for their protection.

The Times is sorry to hear of these lawless acts and hopes that they may not have emanated from the strikers, for such acts in this community will injure and not help the strikers' cause.

75 years ago

Parallel parking--voted by the city council June 23--was brought up again Tuesday night at a regular meeting and was approved by a 3-2 vote. Result of a recent straw ballot taken by the Cherokee Daily Times in which the old system of diagonal parking was approved by an 8-1 margin became the original reason for the question's return to council discussion.

Roll call vote came at the conclusion of the regular monthly business session which lasted more than three hours.

Lockyer, in bringing the question back for discussion, moved that "the present parallel parking be changed back to diagonal parking on Main street from First to Fourth and on Second street from Maple to Willow." His motion was seconded by Parker.

Folded ballot was first taken and the 3-2 vote resulted. To make the decision official, a roll call vote was taken, explanation being made that "yes" meant return to diagonal parking and "no" the retention of the present parallel system. The official count was:

Official Vote

Diagonal (2)--Lockyer, Parker

Parallel (3)--Nicholson, Kennedy, Johnson

Parking question in Cherokee has been a bone of contention for more than a year. During the early part of June, 1935, a 30-minute, 24 hour ordinance was enacted but upon petition of Cherokee business men to remedy the then existing situation, was never printed. It thus did not become a law until June 11 of this year when it was officially published in the Daily Times.

Hour Parking

Parallel parking was voted June 23, less than two weeks later. The 30-minute rule was dependent upon erection of signs for its enforcement and theses were never purchased or placed.

Instead, the councilmen voted on July 21 to establish 60 minute parking from 9 a.m. to 12 midnight Saturdays on the four business streets. Signs to carry out this program were bought and the system was inaugurated Saturday, August 1.

City clerk was instructed to complete arrangements for purchase of material and supplies for the waterworks improvement at the pumping station. Contract for enlargement of the pit at the station was awarded to Hugo Miller on a low bid of $255. Laying water mains was contracted to Karlson & Betsworth on their estimate of $1.10 per lineal foot. Bond of John V. Youll for city plumbing license was presented and approved. Easement of conveyance executed by Mr. and Mrs. John Ogilvy for right to use and maintain a city water main through their tract of land as per survey was approved for $25 paid.

Other bills were allowed as audited and the city clerk's and treasurer's reports for September adopted.

50 years ago

Fire Chief Dale Goldie today announced today the fire department's cooperation with other civic groups in using simple precautionary methods to prevent many damaging fires.

The fire chief, discussion replacement costs, said that, "even in small fires, where the firemen are able to confine the flames to one room, it costs property owners two to three times as much to refurnish the burned-out areas as it did 20 years ago." The chief particularly emphasized the following points:

* Great damage to our city is caused by rubbish fires. If we remove the rubbish from our cellars, attics and closets, fire losses will come down and many alarms will be eliminated.

* Buildings classified as conflagaration hazards should be protected by automatic sprinklers. Such installations will pay for themselves out of savings in insurance premiums and as a result our conflagaration areas will be eliminated.

Willow Street - Pictured is Willow Street looking to the west on an average day in downtown Cherokee. Date unknown.
* Basement fires are the hardest to fight. Firemen have difficulty fighting their way in and often to not know what the conditions will be when they reach the basement. Since a large percentage of all business fires originate in basements, if these also were protected by automatic sprinklers, our country's nearly one billion dollars in fire losses would be greatly reduced.

The chief particularly emphasized the large number of fires caused from carelessness in handling matches and smoking. "Matches should be kept where small children cannot reach them and a liberal supply of ash trays throughout the house would reduce fires," the chief said. He particularly emphasized that, "If you value your life, do not smoke in bed!"

25 years ago

This is the last of a 15-part series about the organizations which benefit from the annual Cherokee County Fund Drive. The drive's house-to-house campaign in Cherokee was Wednesday night.

Boy scouting is not a new movement, but it is gaining new popularity in Cherokee County.

"Membership has really jumped," said scout leader Jim Cates. "We've got about 830 Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts combined."

He said troops in the city and county have been growing for about two or three years and the money from the Cherokee County Fund Drive is always welcome. The scouts are asking for about $3,300 from the drive. The money pays for study materials, camping, insurance, and other items.

He attributed some of the growth of scouting in the county to parental concern, saying scouting has a good reputation.

"It's a character-building program," Cates said.

Some of the largest scout activities in the county include the recent Cub Olympics, the spring Scoutorama, and a week's stay each summer at the Thomas Ashford Scout Camp near Homer, Neb.

Boys can get started in scouting when they are seven, through the Tiger Cubs. There is one Tiger Cub troop in Cherokee and it prepares the boys for Cub Scouts, which is aimed at 8 to 10 year-olds. The Boy Scout program is directed at boys aged 11 to 17. There is also one Explorer Troop in Cherokee. It is for boys and girls aged 14 to 17.

Cherokee County Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts are part of the Prairie Gold Area Boy Scout Council. That council also includes troops from Buena Vista, Ida and Sac counties.

Fund drive nears $12,000 total

Cherokee County Fund Drive workers went door-to-door in Cherokee Monday night, gathering donations for 15 county organizations.

Volunteers in Cherokee, Washta, Quimby and Meriden collected about $7,400 in tonight's drive, according to chairman Andrea Leatherman.

Those giving at least $115 to the drive become part of its Century Club. Century Club organizer Lyle Poulson said this afternoon $4,427 had been collected from more than 30 individuals, couples and businesses who joined the club.

That is in addition to the money collected tonight. The fund drive's goal is $30,000

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