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Times Gone By

Friday, November 4, 2011

White Mill Dam - C. Anderson, Lou Bader and "Sody" Edwards are pictured in a boat on the east side above the old dam at White Mill on the Little Sioux River around 1900.
100 years ago

In spite of the warning the people had regarding Halloween four of our Cherokee young men thought they could perform their pranks.

As they were big they thought no one would dare to say or do anything to them but they had just got nicely started at their work when one of the watchmen who was near by arrested them.

They were given notice to appear before the major at 9 o'clock Wednesday morning. The mayor gave them a good sound talking to and let them know that when he said order he meant it. They were all dismissed on good behavior. It is hoped that this will be a lesson to other boys.

It was a very orderly Halloween so far as we have heard of, no serious damage being done.

The opening meeting of the Art Club Monday was a very enjoyable affair and the sixty ladies present unite in saying it was a most profitable meeting.

The regular program was carried out with Mrs. T. F. Shanno leading. The topics on modern Mural paintings in America and of the three great artists, LaFarge, Abbey and Sargent were given by Madames Foley, Goldie, Eshleman and Misses North, Wellman and Jimison.

Miss Irene Heymer gave a fine talk on "Mural Decorations in Iowa," and showed the eight lunettes by Keeyon Cox in the state house at Des Moines. Mrs. Gardner played a beautiful piano solo after which Mrs. Pease, principal of the Garfield school, was introduced.

She gave an interesting and clear cut talk on the work in the public schools along art lines.

When Nelson Foster, who lives two miles north of town tore the burning clothes form Leila, his three-year-old daughter, one afternoon last week he saved her from a dire fate.

At the time of the incident Mr. and Mrs. Foster were engaged in house cleaning and had built a bonfire of rubbish in the yard. The children, Orvil, Ellsworth and Leila, were cautioned by the parents not to play with fire, but curiosity conquered the heeding to Orvil.

While whirling a fire brand about his head, a burning ember fell upon the dress of Leila, igniting it immediately. With her clothes ablaze the frightened child ran to the father in the kitchen where Mr. Foster grasped her in his arms and tore her clothing from her.

The child was burned, terribly under the right arm, extending to the shoulder blade and back. Mr. Foster's hands were painfully burned while saving his child's life, the cutile coming off in patches.

The child's burns were dressed by Dr. McQuitty and it is probably that flesh will have to be grafted upon the child to restore it fully.

75 years ago

All Cherokee county office holders were reelected in Tuesday's general election, unofficial and partial returns Wednesday indicated, but in two instances the races were so close that the winners could not be determined until the last few precincts had reported.

Sheriff A. N. Tilton, democrat, faced a stiff battle all the way with his republican opponent, John Farran, but retained his office by a 308 margin when all the votes had been counted.

Archie Nelson, republican county attorney, likewise was pushed by Harold McWilliams, his democratic rival, but beat off the challenge and emerged with a 170 edge.

Although beat by another democratic landfall, the two republican office holders besides Nelson were able to win in comparatively easy fashion. Boyd J. Sinkey, county recorder, won from Wm. Huber, and H. M. Montgomery, county auditor, was victor over Benj. Delaney, former holder of that position.

F. M. Tyner, county treasurer, polled a comfortable margin over A. D. Robertson and Wayne Flickinger, clerk, won from James Casey.

Voters in Cherokee county joined the nation in overwhelmingly approving Roosevelt. The president received 4,711 votes to 2,002 for Landon, his republican opponent.

Gillette was accorded a lopsided margin over Halden in the senate race, polling 5,140 votes to Halden's 2,490. Governor Clyde L. Herring, also a candidate for the upper house, received 3,070 votes to 3,156 for Dickinson.

N. G. Kraschel, candidate for governor on the democratic ticket, was given a narrow lead over George a. Wilson, republican. Kraschel's total was 3,465 while Wilson received 3,446.

Vincent Harrington, candidate for congress received a small edge over Fred Wolf in the 21 precincts of the county. The Sioux City aspirant polled 3,413 votes to 3,343 for Wolf.

Dr. Winfred A. Mighell of Ida Grove beat out R. E. Hess in the race for the county's votes in the state senator battle. Dr. Mighell had 3,640 votes and Hess received 2,914.

Glenn Curtis, state representative from Cherokee County, received 3,989 votes to 3,182 for James C. Rae, republican.

50 years ago

Virginia Herrick is head of the actors, actresses and director and works many long hours and when the play is presented they receive most of the glory and justly so.

But many other people also put in long hours to make a production successful and some of the glory should go to them.

These are some of the people who are working behind the scenes in the Community Theater production of "Blithe Spirit" which will open Monday at Eagles auditorium.

Technical director is Dick Flenniken. Assisting him are Mary Mann, bill Mitchell, Ron Ehrich and Dick Mulder.

Other members are Melba Grawburg, Frank Greenwood, Charles Diehl, Lois Clark and W. D. Frankforter.

Richard Lowenberg, Dick Flenniken and Jerry Anderson constructed and special lighting system required for arena type productions.

Myrri Hamnquist has charge of the costumes and make-up. Bobbie Flenniken, Viva Olson, Mary Catherine Diehl and Glea Frankforter assisted with costumes.

Janet Koser is house manager and also in charge of ticket sales and the box office. Members of the ticket committee are: Kris Johnson, Jewell Glade, Jim Glouser, Dick Schalekamp, Eleanor Anderson, Edith Ehrich, Kenneth Wilson.

Mary Lowenerg is publicity director for the production and Terry Salsbery assisted in distributing posters.

Shave and a haircut ... In the early days in Washta. you could go to Fred Robinson's Barber Shop and get yourself a shave and a haircut, It is unknown if the price was ""two bits" or not ...
Donna Johnson has charge of the programs and is assisted by Mary Mann and Mary Lowenberg.

Cover design for the program was made by Margaret Midland and Winky Chesnutt. Jan Crosser is chairman of the properties committee with Denny Tharpe, Lois Pickford and Lois and Frank Greenwood as assistants.

School Safety patrol youngsters were given a special training course Friday by W. R. Morrison, Des Moines, traffic safety consultant for the AAA Motor Club of Iowa.

Purpose of the session was to assure state-wide uniformity of patrol operations and minimize traffic accidents involving children at school crossings.

The program, held at Wilson Junior High, consisted of film, and a discussion of specific problems encountered by boys and girls responsible for protecting their classmates at busy intersections near school.

There are more than 600 school safety patrols in Iowa and last year only nine minor injuries were reported. It is estimated that 71 million crossings were made by youngsters at patrol protected corners throughout the state.

The AAA Motor Club of Iowa provides belts, badges and recordkeeping material without charge to all Iowa school patrols and conducts the annual training program in more than 200 schools.

Morrison complimented school administrators and police officials for their excellent job in supervising the school safety patrol.

All elementary schools in Cherokee and Immaculate Conception school attended the training session

25 years ago

A conflict of interest problem in the county attorney's office could result in some unexpected costs for Cherokee County.

The problem was discussed briefly Monday between the Cherokee County man who violated a custody agreement when he refused to return his children to his ex-wife. Under a new Iowa law, the man could be charged with a serious misdemeanor.

Normally, the case would be investigated and prosecuted by the county attorney's office.

However, through his private practice, county attorney John Wibe represented the man in civil court during the divorce proceedings. This has resulted in the conflict of interest problem. Because of this, the county will probably have to hire a special prosecutor in investigate whether charges should be filed.

The supervisors expressed some concern over the cost of hiring a special prosecutor.

Cozine said court appointed attorneys usually cost $45 an hours. Cozine said he was unsure how long the case could take.

Cozine suggested the board come up with a fee limit before hiring a special prosecutor. The ceiling for court appointed attorneys on serious misdemeanor cases is $500.

Cozine said he cannot take the case as assistant county attorney because he advised the man when Wibe was out of town. Cozine said both he and Wibe told the man several times that he could face criminal charges if he did not return the children to their mother.

No charges have yet been filed against the man. If a special prosecutor is hired, their first job would be to investigate the case to see if charges should be filed.

Wibe said conflict of interest situations like these come up occasionally. The last time it happened a special prosecutor was hired, Wibe said.

In other business, the board discussed an erosion control project with Scott Osborne, district soil conservation commissioner.

There are plans to put a grade stabilizing structure on a ditch in Section 23 of Willow Township. The structure is a concrete wall which will take some grade off the ditch, and help prevent erosion.

Osborne said that after the structure is built, maintenance will be the county's responsibility. The supervisors plan to discuss the project further at their next meeting.

The board also received a quarterly report from Mike Flaherty, director of Plains Area Mental Health. According to the report, the Cherokee PAMH office handled 24 clients from July to September.

There was also discussion over county funding for PAMH. The supervisors requested that Flaherty not ask for an increase in funding next year because of the loss of Federal Revenue Sharing.

Usually the county funds PAMH with $20,000 for FRS and $20,000 from taxation.

The novice debate team from Washington High School received first place and a trophy in the LeMars Invitational Tourney with participants from 23 schools in Nebraska, Minnesota, South Dakota and Iowa on Saturday. The team consisting of Jason Hein, John Gates, Jeff Fuhrman and Mike Clark had a 7-1 record along with top speaker points. Jan Cook, WHS instructor, also received a trophy as coach of the winning team.

The varsity team entered didn't place, however, Rob Deedrick and Jim Patterson compiled an impressive 3-1 record on the affirmative, said Cook.

The WHS debaters will next enter competition on Nov. 15 at Denison.

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