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Times Gone By

Friday, October 28, 2011

100 years ago

Wasn't that a pretty game of football Saturday between Cherokee and Boone? Slugging tactics were not indulged in to any extent though in one instance a Boone player was seen to give an unnecessary twist to the neck of a Cherokee player, but in the absence of other unlawful tactics this may well be attributed to the excitement of the moment and not to intent.

The game was hard fought and for the first three quarters neither side scored. During the first quarter the visitors had the ball the greater portion of the time in Cherokee's territory but never near enough to make a touch down probable. In the next two quarters the battle waged principally in Boone territory.

At the beginning of the fourth quarter it looked like a tie game, and more than half of the last quarter had passed when Smith, Cherokee's right end neatly caught the ball in a forward pass on a fake place kick and carried it across the line and Curry kicked goal. With only four minutes before the final whistle Cherokee went in with the grim determination to make another touch down and did it.

The Boone team had greatly weakened by this time and the ball was pushed in short order to near the Boone goal line and a forward pass to Geiger, left end, was caught and the ball again carried over the Boone line. There was still a few seconds to spare and the visitors pluckily made Cherokee use them but the whistle sounded before the ball had gotten far from the center line. While the disappointment must have been very great, for Boone like Cherokee, was hoping that this game might make them champions, they showed their appreciation of fair treatment and their sportsmanlike qualities by giving a hearty cheer for Cherokee, which was responded to by Cherokee by a return should of "What's the matter with Boone? She's all right." And she is too.

The next game will be played on the Cherokee grounds next Saturday.


Newell was the scene of one of the most dastardly crimes on Sunday evening, when Estelene Steger, age twelve, who lives with her mother a short distance from the railroad tracks, was assaulted with criminal intent about 7 o'clock, while returning to her home from delivering the milk. The little girl is a deaf mute and for this reason could not cry out for protection and could only fight in defense.

Physicians say that the scoundrel did not accomplish his purpose. The place chosen for the deed was a short distance west of the Farmer's store and the little girl tells in pantomime that she was set upon, handkerchief tied over her face and she was choked and dragged to the north side of the road near an old well auger derrick, not fifty feet from a gas light, where a terrible struggle ensued. When she had escaped from the brute, she ran home in such a state of fright and excitement that it was some time before she could make her mother understand what had occurred.

Her clothing was torn and the marks of the brute's fingers were plainly visible on the child's neck and her body was bruised, showing to some extent the terrible ordeal through which she passed. In pantomime she was able to give the authorities a good clue and on Monday Sheriff Skeels and County Attorney Edson went to Newell and then to Fonda, where they arrested George Trabu, charging him with the crime. He was given a preliminary hearing before Guy E. Mack Monday afternoon and released on bonds. The little girl showed beyond question that she believes the officers have arrested the right party. He is about eighteen years of age and does not bear an enviable reputation on Newell.

The distressing feature of the case is the afflictions of the little girl who can neither talk, near, read or write. It is to be earnestly hoped that the guilty will be fully punished for the terrible, revolting and brutal crime.

75 years ago

With 123 registered delegates attending, the annual Cherokee county Sunday school council convention held Tuesday morning and afternoon at Morning Star church three miles west of Washta, ranked as one of the largest in the history of the organization. Conference theme was "Workers Together with God."

Mrs. W. E. Simonsen, Quimby, was reelected president of the conference, and Mrs. Harry Phelan, Cherokee, named secretary-treasurer to succeed Mrs. T. R. Hill, Cleghorn. District vice-presidents are Mrs. C. G. Minor, Cherokee; Mrs. Nels Carlson, Washta; Miss Nina Anderson, Meriden, and W. H. Fishman, Cherokee.

Assignments to the various working divisions included Mrs. Paul Carlton, Washta, children's division; Rev. W. O. Dailey, Cherokee, leadership training; Rev. E. L. Olson, Washta, young people, and Mrs. C. D. Allison, Cherokee, adult.

Presbyterian Sunday school of Cherokee won the distance award, a large wall picture of Christ in Gethsemane. The local unit had 15 members present. Methodist Sunday school of Cherokee ranked second with 12 present. When a Sabbath school wins the award three times, it becomes a permanent possession.

Rev. O. G. Herbrecht, Des Moines, representing the Iowa council of religious education, was the principal speaker. His subjects were "Through Christian Education" and "Our Share in a Great Task," given respectively during the morning and afternoon. Separate conferences were twice held during the day in the various divisions for children's, young people's and adult works.

"Permanent Values of the Sunday School," a talk by Rev. A. J. Quirin, Marcus, opened the morning session after praise and prayer service conducted by Rev. Olson. Rev. Hill, Cleghorn, directed the afternoon praise and prayer service and Rev. Hulse, Grand Meadow, pronounced the closing devotional meditation.

Conference leaders were Mrs. Lloyd Knipe, Cherokee; Rev. Olson, Rev. Herbrecht, Mrs. Allison, Rev. Dailey and Rev. Faris.

Women of Morning Star church served the noonday dinner to all delegates and visitors in the church parlors.


An Outdoor pep meeting which will include speeches, yells, special features and band numbers, officially opens the first annual Cherokee high school homecoming at 7 o'clock Thursday night on the field back of Wilson building, Miss Helen Kurtz, general chairman of the faculty committee in charge announced Wednesday afternoon.

Cherokee vs. Spencer

Spencer-Cherokee football game, a title bearing contest in the Lakes conference race, is to high light the observance with the opening kickoff scheduled for 8 o'clock Friday night at Tomahawk field. Goalposts will be decorated in colors and the Lakes Conference pennants, representing all of the eight schools will be flying as usual from the various staffs.

Thursday night meeting will have as speakers Dr. F. A. Barnes, and W. H. Fishman and Karl Kennedy, postmaster and assistant postmaster respectively. Parade forms at 4 o'clock Friday afternoon, route yet to be determined.

Procession Itinerary

Procession will be made up of the 48-piece marching band, pep band, pep club members, football team and various floats and banner carriers form the individual home rooms. Faculty committee working with the cheer leaders and pep club in arranging the program include Miss Kurtz, Miss Cleda Wellborn and Roy Jarrard.

Local merchants are asked to display their Cherokee flags Friday in observance of the affair.

^^ 50 years ago

R. L. Kinkead, superintendent of Cherokee Independent schools will appear on a panel Thursday November 2, for the drivers education conference to be held at Quimby.

The conference at Quimby is one of four regional driver education conferences to be presented in Iowa for school administrators, board members and teachers.

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Classic costumes - Here is a picture of area youngsters wearing some of the more popular costumes of 1950.
Other persons who will be appearing November 2 are: Bernie Saggau, insurance agent, Cherokee; Herman VanderWell, driver education instructor, LeMars; Hans Sorenson, driver education instruction, Primghar: Charles McClintock, insurance agent, Quimby; Walter Fricks, driver education supervisor, Sioux City; and Bill Bates, salesman, Storm Lake.

Conferences are sponsored by the State College of Iowa, Iowa State University and Iowa Education Association and the AAA Motor Club of America.

Harold O. Carlton, educational consultant for the American Automobile Association, Washington, D. C. will be guest speaker at the conference.

He will speak on financing and evaluating driver education programs in the area.


Contractor's Bond Gets Approval

The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors approved the contractors bond for Christensen Brothers Construction Shop at a meeting Thursday.

The construction firm has been contracted to construct two bridges, one in Tilden Township and one on County Road A.

The board also voted to vacate the road between section 25 and 26 in Cherokee Township.

The report from the Cherokee County Fair was approved.

A resolution was passed for the erection of stop signs in Diamond Township.

Signs will be erected at the corner of Sections 15, 16, 21, and 22 stopping north and east bound traffic; at the corner of sections 14, 12, 22, and 23 stopping north and south bound traffic; sections 13, 14, 23, 24 stopping north and south bound traffic; at the corner of sections 23-26 stopping east and west bound traffic and at the corner of section 25, 26, 35, 36 stopping east and west bound traffic. Southwest corner of section 13 stopping south bound traffic.


Junior Class Comedy For Aurelia

The junior class of Aurelia High will present a three-act comedy November 7.

The play, "No More Homework" was written by John Henderson. It tells the story of what can happen when the principal is absent and students are left on their own.

The class play will be presented in the high school auditorium at 8 p.m.

Cast members include Lois Corrington, Joleen Rapp, Ardythe Ohlson, Jim Niebuhr, Jack Christensen, Judy Gustafson, Jim Gunnerson, Peggy Hartwig, Sherry Kistenmacher, John Storbeck, Ann Estes, Bob Forbes, Roberta Wise and Don Scales.

25 years ago

After 12 years, Pat Carlson's job as Cherokee County treasurer has not gotten any easier.

There have been new rules and regulations pertaining to vehicle licensing and registration, a rise in delinquent taxes and an ever tightening county budget to deal with.

But, despite the complications, Carlson wants another four-year term.

"I enjoy it. I enjoy the challenge and serving the people," said Carlson, the Democratic candidate for county treasurer.

Including this year, Carlson, 62, has run for county treasurer four times. She has had opposition three times.

Her experience is what gets her re-elected, she said.

"This isn't an office you can just walk into, it takes awhile to become familiar with it," she said.

Carlson said that during her term, interest on investments has yielded nearly $3 million.

"This is money that does not have to be raised through tax askings, so levies are kept down," she said.

Through her membership on the executive board of the Iowa Treasurer's Association, Carlson was involved in getting the staggered vehicle registration program in place. Though the switch to birthdate registration was a big one, Carlson said her office was able to make the transition smoothly.

Carlson's opponent, Republican Tom Dushinske, has charged that the treasurer's office is run inefficiently and that customers are sometimes treated rudely.

Carlson said she feels she has run the office efficiently. She noted that she was able to decrease her budget this year.

Carlson said she does not feel her office is overstaffed. The office currently has six fulltime employees.

"In 1958, the state auditor recommended a minimum of six persons for efficient operation. At present there are seven (including Carlson) even though the workload has quadrupled," Carlson said.

Carlson said she has made staff cuts over the past two years, and that if a fulltime person quit, she would probably replace them with a parttime employee.

Carlson said she feels the number of employees is justified, because it enables quick processing of tax payments. Tax payments are deposited the same day they arrive in the treasurer's office. This generates more interest, Carlson said.

"The revenue generated by this extra interest helps pay the salary of one person, and allows us to give more service at the counter," she said.

Carlson said she is unaware of anyone being treated rudely at the treasurer's office.

"If anyone was treated rudely, I apologize. It was not intentional. We try to be as cooperative as possible," she said.

Carlson is a widow, and has one son. Her activities, past and present, include being a member of Business and Professional women, a board member for the Big and Little Pals program, serving on the Sioux Valley Hospital Auxiliary and setting up the Cherokee County Credit Union.

Tom Dushinske

Tom Dushinske wants to bring some changes to the Cherokee County treasurer's office.

Dushinske, 52, is the Republican candidate for the Cherokee County treasurer. He and his wife Audrey have three children. Dushinske has been involved in purchasing and sales with Lundell Manufacturing and Held Equipment Sales. He is now an agent with Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance.

Dushinske said he feels he has the background necessary to run the treasurer's office "in a manner the taxpayers deserve."

"As a taxpayer, for the past few years I have felt the treasurer's office was not being managed properly. It is very inefficient, and, at times, the service is discourteous," said Dushinske.

Dushinske said if elected he would study ways to make the office more efficient.

Among his ideas are evaluating the office's staff. Dushinske said that surrounding counties of similar size have fewer employees in their treasurer's office.

"I want a skilled, developed staff to provide efficient service to the citizens of Cherokee County," Dushinske said.

Dushinske also wants to negotiate with financial institutions to bring about greater returns on investments of county money.

"I want to negotiate with institutions to get the best possible interest rates. If we have a time certificate, and it matures, negotiate and get a better rate," he said.

Dushinske said he has heard several complaints about people being treated rudely at the treasurer's office. This is another indication of inefficiency, Dushinske said.

"I feel I can bring the office together, and handle all the problems as they arise," he said.

Before Dushinske can do anything, however, he has to get elected.

Dushinske said the fact that he is running against an incumbent with 12 years of experience in the treasurer's office means that he "will just have to work harder."

He has been going door-to-door in an effort to make people aware of him and his ideas.

"I've been going to all the local functions, the parades and other events. But going door-to-door seems to be the most effective," he said.



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