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Friday, October 21, 2011

100 years ago

The E. Turner big store at Marcus has perhaps been the most burglarized one in Iowa. During the past few years rich hauls have been made at this store by Jimmlemen on three different occasions and Thursday night the fourth attempt was made but with more gratifying results to Mr. Turner.

Entrance was first attempted at the same window where the previous entrances had been effected, being on the north side. But Mr. Turner, grown wary through previous experiences, had placed heavy iron bars on the inside of the window.

Thus baffled the burglars attempted a second window on the same side of the building, only to find this also securely barred They were industrious, however, and going to the east side of the building, the alley side, by lighting matches found a window where by breaking the glass a catch could be opened. A neat hole was made above the catch, a hand inserted and the catch opened.

However, Mr. Turner had been vigilant here also having placed iron bars over this window on the inside, but with the window opened to wrench one of these out would not have been difficult. But they didn't. Their operations had not been unobserved. Nightwatchman Arthur Waldstein had gotten a line on the industrious workers and on hands and knees had crawled in the curbing to point near where they were operating expecting to wait until an entrance was effected and then nab the men.

A sharp whistle given by one of the burglars convinced the nightwatch that they had taken alarm and he jumped to his feet and commanded the men to hold up their hands. Instead of doing this they started to run and the one nearest the nightwatch in making his getaway bowled over his pall.

The nightwatch fastened on to the downed man and sent four shots after the flying one which unfortunately failed to take effect and the sprinter got away. The other man was taken to the lock up and Friday was taken before Justice Neild, where on arraignment the man who gave his name as Ed Brown remarked that as he was caught red handed he might as well plead guilty which he did and was bound over to the grand jury in the sum of $1,000 and not having the wealth or friends at hand to meet this requirement, Marshal Nagel Friday night brought him down and placed him in the boarding house on the hill where he will remain until court convenes, when he will undoubtedly change boarding houses locating either at Anamosa or Fort Madison for an indefinite period of from one to ten years.

An effort was made to locate the other man, and a party who it was asserted had been seen in Marcus before the arrival of the Flyer and who after getting a shave departed on the local was arrested at Remsen and questioned. This man claimed that he had spent the night at Cherokee obtaining a bed only by the aid of officers, and he had boarded the Flyer intending to go to Remsen to husk corn, but as the train didn't stop there got off at Marcus and took the next train for Remsen, getting shaved at Marcus.

The officers here partially corroborated his statement and the National bank examiner, who was at Marcus, going there from Cherokee, said he saw the man get on the train at Cherokee and get off with him at Marcus. This proved a good alibi and the man was released. He was pretty well loaded up with Remsen red eye when he was telling his story and appeared to cross his lines frequently but on the whole told a pretty straight story.


The first and second teams of the Cherokee high school contended for victory in football Saturday.

The first team played at Fort Dodge and returned home with flying banners after a hardly contested game, defeating their plucky adversaries by a score of 6 to 3 score, close enough to let them know that they had been in a game. It must be remembered that Cherokee is handicapped by Capt. Knapp, the big full back being out of the game with an elbow which was put out of joint at Correctionville yet the team goes right along toward winning the pennant.

The game was fast and clean throughout and was intensely interesting, as it was marked by spectacular plays. No where have the Cherokee boys received such sportsmanlike and courteous treatment as they received at Ft. Dodge.

There is a good material in the second team from which to recruit next year, as is evidenced in the victories they are winning. Saturday they walloped on the Cherokee ground the Newellites to the tune of 34 to 6 and the Newell team are no slouchers either.

At Correctionville the Sioux City high school engaged Correctionville and returned home with trailing banners and many bruises from rough playing.

The score stood 6 to 3. It is said that as Sioux City and Cherokee tied and Correctionville won from Sioux City the Correctionville will claim, as stated by the News, a return game with Cherokee.

Cherokee having beaten Correctionville which in turn beat Sioux City, in view of the games played by high schools throughout the state claims the championship already won, unless defeated Thanksgiving at LeMars. Next Saturday Cherokee will play on the home grounds with Boone, the week following with Ames and Thanksgiving with LeMars, all on the home grounds.

The only game scheduled away from home is at Storm Lake Nov. 18th.

That Cherokee's claim of Championship is well founded will be seen by glancing over this: Marshalltown defeated Waterloo 29 to 0; Ames defeated Marshalltown 11 to 0; Boone defeated Ames 11 to 0; and if we win over Boone Saturday will cinch the championship.

75 years ago

First trace of snow this autumn fell in Cherokee Tuesday night and although noticeable on housetops and automobiles, was too insignificant to be measured.

Water was frozen on sidewalks and streets Wednesday morning, however, and the mercury dropped to 23, lowest since early last spring and the second freezing temperature of the past 30 days. Some automobile drivers had trouble starting their cars.

Tuesday temperatures were 57 and 34 at the extremes. First trace of snow in 1935 fell October 31 following a one-inch rain. Flurries followed at intervals during the next month with the first heavy snowfall coming on November 27.

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Early Marcus - Here is a photograph of Main Street in downtown Marcus. The building on the far right is the Hotel Central as it looked in the early days before the fires of 1911.
In the wake of snow which sifted down over northwest Iowa Tuesday night, the weatherman bluntly stated Iowa is in for a general freeze Wednesday night which will end the 1936 growing season.

He said further continued cold weather is in store Thursday.

The snow, which climaxed one of the warmest last October days ever reported in Iowa, fell from 9 p.m. to 10:30 in Sioux City. A light snow fell at Spirit Lake Tuesday night and the temperature there at 7 a.m. Wednesday was 23 degrees.


With final time for filing cases for the November term only 48 hours away four new ones were listed Tuesday in the office of County Clerk Wayne Flickinger. Court convenes November 2.

Quieting title to real estate is asked by Erick Larson in his suit against H. H. Shook and 13 other defendants. B. L. Strohm and the D. R. A. Dessel Lumber company of Holstein seek $202.54 in their case against Mr. and Mrs. Swan Swanson for goods, merchandise and interest.

Bertha E. Bowers petitions for divorce form Charles E. Bowers. Bowers was convicted of felony and served an approximate nine months' term in state penitentiary. Custody of two minor sons is asked. Dr. A. J. Tanner is suing Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Whitney for $100 and dental services and supplies rendered.

50 years ago

A county-wide Christmas lesson is being planned by the Cherokee County Extension Family Living Committee for November 6.

An exhibit of articles for decoration and gifts will be on display in the basement of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

Mrs. Garland Hickey, president of the Aurelia Garden club, will be on hand with new and different ideas and will give a demonstration on how to make Christmas decorations. The demonstration will begin at 9:45.

Mrs. Hickey is well known throughout the area for her creative ability with this type work. Following the demonstration and talk, time will be allotted for viewing the exhibit.

At 1:30 Mrs. G. J. Jensvold will demonstrate how to make wreaths and swags for mantels, stairs and doors. She will also explain how to make a Della Robbis wreath.

Flower Judge

Mrs. Jensvold is well known as a flower judge and will show about 18 different types of displays.

Following the afternoon program there will be a question and answer period and time to view the displays.

Extension home economist Carmen L. Dewar said homemakers and everyone interested should reserve the date and attend the program.

Mrs. Dewar continued saying that while weather is still good interested parties should gather corn husks as there will be a demonstration given on their use as Christmas décor.

Homemakers and garden club members are invited to bring exhibits which can be used for decorations and gifts at Christmas.


Approximately 100 persons Sunday attended the first Audubon Wildlife film in a series to be held this fall and winter.

The speaker, Allan Cruickshank presented an hour and 10 minute film entitled, "River of the Crying Bird."

The film took the viewer on a trip of the rivers and swamps around Rock Ledge, Fla. The film showed intimate close-ups of many varieties of bird life, alligators, turtles, raccoons, insects, crabs and tropical plants.

The program shown for the first time in Cherokee, is being co-sponsored by the Sanford Museum Association and the National Audubon Society. Cliff Chapman, chairman of the Wildlife film committee for the museum association, said the committee was very pleased with the response.

The next program will be Sunday, December 3. Dr. Walter J. Breckenridge of the University of Minnesota will present his film, "Island Treasure." The film deals with a visit to an island wilderness on the Mississippi River.


John J. Dawson, author artist from Minneapolis, formerly of Cherokee, has published a new book of ballads.

Dawson graduated from Cherokee in the early 1900's. His parents were pioneers in this county and his father, W. P. Dawson, was county representative in the state legislature for eight years. The Dawsons lived in Aurelia for 20 years and also in Quimby and near Larrabee.

John Dawson's wife is Anna Maye Burwell and her father, A. M. Burwell is still living at Meriden.

Dawson's latest book, "Open Wide the Gates" contains ballads of living people and tells the story of life. The book was given its title because of the broad scope and unlimited subject matter about people in all parts of the world and especially in the U.S., Canada and Alaska.

25 years ago

Cherokee County employees will be getting the opportunity to participate in a dual-purpose health program.

Public Health Nurse Mavis Stoner described the StayWell health program Monday to the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors.

Stoner said she hopes to have the program started by January.

The program, which carries the slogan "Feel Like a Million," was developed by the Control Data Corporation. While the program is designed to promote health awareness, it could eventually save the county a few bucks on health insurance premiums.

"We're doing it to promote better employee health and make us feel better every day. The ultimate result, though, will be fewer health insurance claims, and eventually lower insurance rates," Stoner said.

Participation in the program is voluntary. Employees who participate will go through a health screening, and receive a computer evaluation of their health risks, and counseling on how to correct them.

The program will cost about $38.25 per person. However, the Iowa Association of Counties, which is sponsoring the StayWell program, will reimburse the county $50 per person, Stoner said.

The $11.75 difference will be used to pay for the nursing and supply costs, Stoner said.

Stoner said she is hoping for 50 to 70 percent participation in the program.

In other business, the supervisors did the following:

* Met with Dianna Mallet, a representative of the Teleconnect company. The county is considering signing up for a long distance telephone service. Mallet said that after reviewing the county's long distance bills for the past year, she estimated the county could save about $170 a month on long distance calls with Teleconnect.

The supervisors plan to contact other counties which have the Teleconnect service, and then decided in a few weeks whether or not to subscribe.

* Approved a beer permit and Sunday sales appreciation for Casey's General Store, Marcus.


The Washington High School Marching 150 won the Northwest Iowa Invitational marching contest held at West Lyon High School Saturday night. Other bands at the contest were Sibley-Ocheyedan and West Lyon.

Two judges scored the bands in the areas of marching and maneuvering execution and general effect. Two more judges scored the bands on music execution and general effect. The Washington band scored 84.4, West Lyon was next at 82.2 and Sibley-Ocheyedan had 80 points.

The band is directed by Tom Kruse.



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