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Times Gone By

Friday, November 11, 2011

100 years ago

Last the Times editor took an auto trip through Sheridan and Liberty townships and found most of the farmers busy in their corn fields picking the golden ears which this year will bring in golden dollars in abundance.

There has been a disastrous failure of the corn crop in Argentina, there not being enough raised for even seed for next year. This means a shortage in the world's supply of at least 150,000,000. The shortage in this country will be between 350,000,000 to 400,000,000, added to this there is a partial failure in Europe.

With this shortage in the world supply and practically no other country to look to but this for this staple, the government prediction that corn may this year reach the $1 notch is not farfetched.

Of quite a number of farmers interviewed during our trip, the lowest estimate of yield made was 45 bushels to the acre while one farmer said his corn was going in one field 80 bushels to the acre and the average would be fully 70 bushels.

While the corn crop is better in the townships visited than in some other portions of the country less favored with timely rains the average is going to be good and much wealth will be poured into the farmer's lap.

All this indicates that the dream of $200 per acre land in this county is to be realized, indeed, recent conveyances indicate that in fact it is here, now for choice land near a town.

Miss Neta Hinman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Hinman, formerly of Fort Dodge when Mr. HInman was an Illinois Central engineer, has been honored by Delta county, Col. by choice as queen of the county to represent them at the big fruit exposition in Denver, beginning Nov. 12. She had an overwhelmingly majority of votes.

Not only as the daughter of F. H. Hinman, one of the most prominent fruit growers of the county, but as chosen queen will she go to Denver and from the Austin Journal (Delta county) is drawn the information that the queens chosen from various counties will compete in Denver for the honor of queen of the entire fruit carnival.

The Austin newspaper pledges itself heartily to support Miss Hinman's candidacy and expresses faith that she will be chosen queen at Denver. The paper prints an attractive picture of Miss Hinman, taken from among her father's heavily laden pear trees.

Miss Hinman is well known here. She has visited friends in Fort Dodge within the past year.

There who attended the entertainment at the Baptist church Tuesday evening were delighted with the pleasing transformation which it has undergone in the hands of the skillful decorators, the Kover company.

The decorations are very fine. The exterior has also been fully repaired and repainted, so that within and without the Baptist friends worship in a credible edifice. Much of the credit for this transformation is due to the energy and determination of Rev. Conner.

He came to the charge July 23 last and found a church edifice in bad repair without and within dingy as well. There was but a handful of the congregation and with a less optimistic man than Rev. Conners the outlook would have appeared anything but bright.

The new pastor took hold of the work with a will and the congregation has been greatly enlarged and the church is taking on new life as is evidenced in the material improvement which has been made and which costs between $600 and $700.

Over half of the subscriptions for repairs were obtained through the personal solicitation of Rev. Conners.

With such a pleasant place of worship, a zealous pastor and enthusiastic parishioners there can be no doubt of that church being a live wire in the moral uplift of Cherokee.

75 years ago

World peace--with emergency preparedness prominent in the background--was the keynote of American Legion members who spoke at special Armistice day assemblies at each of Cherokee's six school buildings Wednesday morning, leading up to the final "taps" at the historic 11 o'clock hour first enacted 18 years ago.

As the various speakers were concluding their short talks, a firing squad and color bearers began their five block march from First and East Main streets, north to Willow, two blocks west along that street, thence a block back to Main and winding up on the intersection of Main and Second. Here volleys were fired and taps sounded.

Speakers in the various buildings were C. D. Meloy, Archie Nelson, Paul H. Caswell, Dr. P. R. Cleaves, George Wilson and John Loughlin. Excerpts from their talks included the following:

Company M at attention - Shortly before Company M shipped-out for W.W.I., the men took some time for a proper send off from the community in 1916. They are pictured standing at attention in downtown Cherokee.
C. D. Meloy (Cherokee Junior College) "Objectives of the American Legion are a sound national defense, a universal service and draft act, including the assumption of money, mean and materials to time of need. All of these go into a universal desire for the great objectives of peace."

Paul H. Caswell (Wilson Building) The eventful armistice, its signing, terms and significance, were recounted in an address by Paul H. Caswell, before the high school assembly Wednesday morning at 10:45. The speaker paid tribute to "those who are gone," stating that the living join in the prayer that the ideals for which men fought will continue in their fulfillment long after today's little children have grown to manhood and womanhood. He also stated the purpose of the American Legion and outlined its three-point program for universal draft, strict neutrality and preparedness, asserting that the Legion is an organization for peace, and not war.

Archie Nelson (Immaculate Conception High School) "We stand silent today for a few moments in tribute to those who fought in the great World war, to those who came back and to those who remained over there. Are we now headed towards another conflict as great or greater? We sincerely hope not. We do not want a repetition of the terrible aftermath which follows all wars. However, to insure ourselves against this, we must have an adequate preparedness to further the cause of peace."

George Wilson (Webster Building) "Webster defines armistice as a cessation of war by truce or mutual agreement. We stand today in tribute to those who fought in the war ended 18 years ago this hour and to those who lost their lives in the conflict. Let us today as Americans dedicate ourselves anew to the causes of peace."

Dr. P. B. Cleaves (Lincoln Junior High) "Today, the entire British empire takes part in the Armistice observance. The king places a wreath on the cenotaph, a marker, dedicated to 'our glorious dead.' The unknown soldier in England as in all the world is honored today along with all of those who fought 'over there.'"

John Loughlin (Garfield School) "Reviewing the history of the World war, we realize on Armistice day the debt that we owe to the men who gave their lives in the world conflict. You, the men and women of tomorrow, must carry on the struggle for Americanism, its sacrifice and its ideals. We must prove to those who were killed in the World war that they did not die in vain and pay to them the debt we owe for our American government and its ideals."

Squad and color guard in the Main street program included Leo Kirkpartick, Leo Dunn, Al Lieb, Gus Boosalis, Howard Phipps, Pat Toohey, O. B. Schlotterbeck, Ralph Demerest, Walter McFarlane, Jess Traver, Clint Diehl and Harry Wilson. Fred Duven sounded taps.

50 years ago

The Cherokee City Library asked for return of all books overdue last spring.

The response was generous, including return of a 36-year-old book taken out in 1925.

Counting 13,140 and a fine of two cents per day that would total $232.80.

Of course there was an out.

Library officials had already set a "free period" for return of such books.

Now patrons of both library departments may again return all books without payment of the customary fines during the week of November 12.

This is only one feature of Children's Book Week.

Theme of this year's book week is "Hurray for Books." The children's department of the Cherokee Public Library will mark the occasion with a display of some 100 new books, a poster and special bookmarks.

"Iowa Hannah," the story of a pioneer girl by May A. Heath, Waterloo will be on display as a new book in the children's department along with "Island of the Blue Dolphins" by Scott O'Dell which was awarded the Newberry Medal given annually as an incentive toward better quality in children's books.

The national observance of Children's Book Week will be November 23-28.

The city council met Thursday night and passed city ordinance 465 establishing an Airport Commission.

The ordinance also provides for a commission board consisting of three members to be appointed by the mayor.

Other business included a hearing for the establishment of the Speros Oakas custodial home on Sherman Avenue.

No action was taken on the matter as a sufficient number of people appeared stopping any action.

A city ordinance requires that 75 percent of the property owners who live within 200 feet of the establishment approve the action.

25 years ago

Veterans are a proud group, but sometimes pride can't put food on the table and pay the bills.

When these rough times hit, veterans have a brotherhood they can turn to for help. The brotherhood consists of several national groups, like the Veteran's Administration, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans. At the local level, veterans have the Cherokee County Commission of Veteran Affairs.

Jim Cates, a longtime member of the county commission and a World War II veteran, said veteran organizations have a common purpose: Veteran's preference.

"Vet's preference is when a vet needs anything, instead of going to the Department of Human Services, they go to a veteran affairs first. They are treated in a friendly, courteous manner, without the hassle of the regular channel. But, they are a proud bunch, and won't come unless they really need it," said Cates, Cherokee.

County veteran commissions, which are established under the Iowa Code, consist of three men who help vets and their families with such things as utility bills, rent, food and clothing, burial costs, medical costs and transportation to medical facilities.

"Utilities are getting to be the big item," Cates said.

The commissions operate under the authority of county boards of supervisors. Funding for the commission comes from taxes. The funding is used in emergency situations, and is not used on a long term basis. Veterans can get financial assistance from the commission for up to six months.

Veterans--often with the help of commission members--must find other programs if long term help is needed.

The other members of the Cherokee County commission are Robert Forbes, Aurelia, a veteran of WWII, and George Engebretsen, Marcus, a veteran of the Vietnam War.

Cates and Engebretsen said that because veterans have served their county when they were needed, they deserve help when they are in need.

"Veterans are special. If it wasn't for them, if they hadn't laid their lives on the live, we wouldn't be here," Cates said.

Engebretsen said veterans are the "backbone" of the United States.

"If it weren't for vets, life in this country wouldn't be the way it is," he said.

Unfortunately, veterans organizations are facing the problems that veterans seeking help are: Tight budgets. Engebretsen said the Gramm-Rudman budget bill has sliced funding for many veteran's programs.

In Cherokee County, however, tax money allocated for the commission has always been enough. Cates attributes this to the character of the American war veteran.

"We've never spent all we could have spent. We've never reached our full potential. But, vets won't ask for it unless they are down to the nitty gritty. That's good, the good old American way," Cates said.

Traditionally, the county commission has been made up of veterans from the world wars.

Recently, however, Engebretsen became the first commission member who was a Vietnam veteran. (All commission members must be honorably discharged veterans.)

Engebretsen and Cates said it doesn't matter what war a veteran served in, because by serving they are a member of the same group.

That feeling of brotherhood and comradeship has removed any stigma Vietnam or Korean War veterans may have had, Cates and Engebretsen said.

"It's a brotherhood thing, as far as I'm concerned," Engebretsen said.

While the veteran affairs commission and other organizations are there to help vets, they also have an underlying purpose. That purpose is their extinction.

"We work and strive for no more wars. No wars, no veterans. We're working for our own extinction," Cates said.

Engebretsen said the desire for peace is something that links all veterans.

"Anyone who has been there is going to be against it," he said.

To be eligible for veterans benefits, a vet must be honorable discharged and have served in the following wars during the following periods: WWI, April 16, 1917 to Nov. 11, 1918; WWII, Dec. 7, 1941 to Dec. 31, 1946; Korea, June 25, 1950 to Jan. 31, 1955, and Vietnam, Aug. 5, 1964 to May 7, 1975.

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