Times Gone By

Friday, November 18, 2011
First Depot - The first depot in Cherokee was built in 1871 on the west side of the tracks between Elm Street and Maple Street.

100 years ago

A peaceable conclusion was reached today at the high school in an affair that gave promise of causing an open ruction, when, after a conference between Principal J. S. McCowan and the parents of seven second team football players, who stayed over in Cherokee Saturday night, the boys voluntarily apologized and the incident was closed.

The second team played at Cherokee Saturday. Their coach, Wilbur Brewer, bought tickets for all the boys to return. When the seven youths did not return on Saturday night and appeared at the high school yesterday they were notified that they could not resume their studies until they brought their parents with them in order that the whole situation might be placed before the parents.

The boys, instead, went to M. G. Clark, who upheld Mr. McCowan. The parents were interviewed individually as they came to the high school yesterday afternoon and this morning and to each Mr. McCowan explained that he had given instruction to the boys to return the same day they went, as it is contrary to the policy of the school to allow athletic teams to remain outside the control of their teachers or coaches, as well as contrary to the rules of the Iowa conference. To the one parent who had given his son permission to stay over, this explanation was satisfactory, and the result was the return to their studies of the whole seven.

The Cherokee public library always tries to keep up-to-date in every way possible. The newest thing to be tried is the sanitary towel system. By its use children who come into the library from their play will have an opportunity to wash their hands before using the books. In this way they will learn cleanliness and neatness and the books will be kept in a much better condition. This plan has been tried in a number of other libraries and has proved very successful. It is hoped that it may be a success here in our own library. A large number of children are making use of the books and the reading room this year. It is hoped that even this number may be increased. The library is for everyone.

Tuesday evening A. Waddell, a fireman on the Illinois Central, came near getting killed. He was standing in the engine with his head out of the cab window when the engine gave a sudden jerk, throwing him from the cab and landing him between the engine and the elevator. His shoulder was bruised, some ribs broken and he received other minor injuries. He was at once taken to Storm Lake and placed in a hospital where he will receive proper care. Mr. Waddell is glad that he escaped as luckily as he did. His many friends here are sorry to hear of his misfortune and all hope for his speedy recovery.

75 years ago

Adopting a code of conduct that could well be emulated by their older brothers and sisters and even parents, Lincoln Junior high school boys and girls this week went unanimously on record to live up to certain state objectives, Principal Glenn Pringle reported Wednesday.

Formed by Students

The code was formulated in the various home rooms whose presidents are Robert Ogilvy, Billy Montgomery, James Ziegenbusch, Arleen Cave, Betty Kirkpatrick and Bobby Frank. Each reported to the assembly Monday the desires of their various home rooms.

A chief aim of the program is to promote a student study of pedestrian traffic and increase the importance of the traffic slogan, "Be prepared."

Committees Names

Committees of students to carry out this program for the next 24 weeks was named, including Thomas Badger, Donald Duven, Francis Tilton, Beulah Osborne, Mildred Campbell and Jewewll Stowell for the first 12 weeks and Glenn Davis, De Wayne Skinner, Thomas Boothby, Geraldine Nims, Betty Jean Anderson and Maxine Campbell for the remainder of the school year. Entire faculty is behind both movements with Mr. Pringle and Mr. Joines as advisers to the above group.

The boys will survey the entrance ways and watch the street corners for their part of the program while the girls are in charge of the school corridors. Regular meeting for discussion of items observed is to be held every six weeks with special meetings to be called if necessary.

Program leaders are to wear a belt and a special badge as emblems of their positions. They will also serve as ushers, information clerks and student directors at all school functions.

Student Code

The student code adopted by the students in their efforts to "promote the ideals of Lincoln Junior high school" lists every student as endeavoring:

1.To be courteous to all pupils at all times.
2.To think, use and encourage self control at all times.
3.To be reverent in times of reverence.
4.To be sincere, think justly and speak accordingly.
5.To be able to take defeat as easily as victory.
6.To be trustworthy, honest and kind.
7.To never cheat in lessons or sports.
8.To be ambitious to succeed which in turn required industry.
9.To respect the property of others.
10.To be clean in clothes, body, mind and habitation.
11.To be friendly, cheerful and helpful to others at all times.

Members of the Cherokee Junior Chamber of Commerce voted by a one ballot margin Tuesday night at their regular meeting to affiliate with the state organization. Other northwest Iowa chapters already members of the Iowa association are Sheldon, Storm Lake, LeMars, Spencer and Sioux City.

Don Hankens, president of the local group, and James Dunn, secretary, outlined the benefits possible through such an affiliation and after considerable discussion by members the vote was taken.

The organization approved plans for establishing and furnishing a club room in the basement of the Lewis hotel. Financing of the project will be by special assessment. The rooms will be open to members each evening with a 12 o'clock deadline to be strictly enforced. Justus Miller, chairman of the clubroom committee, presented the proposal to members, who approved it unanimously.

Q. Thornburg, chairman of the civic committee, reported that the Cherokee sign to be erected by the organization is now being built. Consideration also is being given to the project of circulating maps of the city of Cherokee.

Entertainment committees for the next two meetings were appointed by E. N. McIlrath, program chairman. He named Dr. G. J. Fleig, Kenneth Wilson and Joe Swanson for December 1 and Justus Miller, Jack Cannon and Scotty Warrender for December 15.

Tom Warrender, chairman of the dance committee, reported plans are being made for a dance early in December.

2 Films Shown

Two sound films, "Light and Sight" and "Courage of Kay" were shown by John Abbott, Sioux City, at the conclusion of the meeting. James Imboden for the second time was awarded the kitty amounting to $9.33 but he was not present. Jimmy Ferrin was awarded half that amount as second prize.

50 years ago

A construction committee was elected by the Bethlehem Lutheran Congregation at the annual meeting Thursday evening.

The committee will be responsible for selecting an architect and working with him in planning the church to be erected by the congregation.

Those elected to the committee were: A.L. Swanson, Harlan Moen, Loren Anderson, Albert Peterson, Emil Lundsgaard, Gunnar Osterling, Robert Ament.

Church officials were also elected for the coming year. Elected were: Emil Anderson, Elmer Anderson and Oscar Gustafson, deacons; Arnold Dobson, Dennis Lundsgaard, Frank Wahlstrom, trustees; Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Engdahl, delegates to the district convention.

Albert Peterson was elected as the delegate to the Iowa Conference convention. Sunday School officers elected were: Albert Engdahl, Lenard Johnson, Gertrude Nelson, Marian Schneider, Marlene Schipper, Dick Pedersen.

Paul Pedersen and James Moard were elected auditors.

Sanford Museum will exhibit a display of antique Christmas cards from the Hallmark Historical Collection November 19 -- January 2.

The display is composed of Christmas cards appropriate to the coming holiday season and to supplement the exhibit greeting cards from the Sanford Museum collection will also be shown.

The Museum is interested in obtaining old greeting cards from area residents and anyone with such cards are asked to take them to the museum where they will be catalogued and preserved.

The origin of the first Christmas card, well documented as the Christmas season of 1843 was an especially brilliant one.

Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" had just been published and at the same time Henry Cole, a gentleman-about-town had fallen far behind in writing his usual letters of season's greetings so he decided to try out a fanciful notion.

He described his idea to an artist friend and together they created the first Christmas card.

Within a few years the idea was accepted and everyone was sending Christmas cards.

The Hallmark exhibit contains a copy of the first card and many other early cards. The collection will be one of many shown at the museum.

25 years ago

Safety and liability concerns have prompted the purchase of a new lighting system for the Washington High School auditorium.

However, before the new system is purchased, the Cherokee School Board is going to have to find $5,000.

The board also approved open campus for this year's senior class, but indicated that this was probably the last year for the privilege.

The board decided to buy a new lighting system Monday after Peter Andringa, WHS teacher, detailed the problems with the current system.

The lighting system was installed in 1972, when the auditorium was built.

Andringa said the system's light board, the device that controls the lighting was poorly constructed, and that shortly after it was installed the company that built it went out of business.

Half the dimmers on the light board no longer work, including the main switch that turns all the lights on and off at the same time.

"We've tried to have it fixed, but electricians don't even like to come in and look at it," said superintendent Mick Starcevich.

Andringa said that sometimes small blue flames shoot up when some of the switches are used. Because of this, he no longer lets students use the light board.

After hearing this, board members decided the lighting system is posing too much of a safety hazard and liability threat to put off buying new system.

The new system will probably cost around $18,000, according to bids Andringa obtained. Starcevich said there is $13,000 budgeted for a new lighting system. The project has been in the budget for three years, but has always been taken out because of cuts, Starcevich said.

If the board follows through with their plans, they will have to find an additional $5,000 to cover the cost of a new system. Some board members suggested that some type of fund raising effort could be done in the community.

"We've got to be able to find it somewhere with a problem like this," said board member Joe Lundsgaard.

The auditorium is one of the most used rooms at the high school. Andringa said it is used about 30 times a year for plays, musicals, band and vocal music performances. It is also for rehearsals, and activities sponsored by groups outside the school.

The lighting system was not the only concern the board had Monday night.

Because of its concerns over open campus at WHS, the board decided to look into whether the privilege should be continued next year.

The board did approve open campus for seniors during the upcoming second semester. With open campus, seniors can leave the high school during free periods.

However, the privilege can be taken away if students violate the rules of open campus. Ineligibility for open campus can result from such things as destruction of school property, theft, or an "F" or three "Ds" in a nine-week report card.

Lundsgaard said he was concerned that open campus might be creating non-participation in extra curricular activities among seniors. Instead of staying after school to participate in band or sports, seniors are leaving the campus early.

Clayton Courtright, WHS principal, said a drop in senior participation is particularly evident in band. Last year, 17 seniors dropped band, he said.

Starcevich said open campus might be causing scheduling problems, as some juniors try to schedule their senior year so they will have the first or last period of the day open.

Board members questioned whether open campus was promoting good study habits and time management skills.

Peter Werner, WHS librarian and senior class sponsor said he supports open campus because it has changed behavior among some students. The students are more careful not to violate the rules at the school because they do not want to lose their open campus privilege, he said.

Judy Pearse, senior class president, said open campus prepares students for college--where there are no study halls between classes.

The board plans to make a final decision on open campus within the next few months.

In other business, the school board:

*Approved the purchase of a double deck gas convection oven for the district's hot lunch program. The oven will cost $4,565, and will be purchased from Taylor Refrigeration, Cherokee.
*Approved funding for the WHS band's trip to the Red River Festival in Winnipeg, Can., in June. The trip will cost $1,500. This is to cover the transportation costs for the 170 people who will be going to the festival. The WHS band goes to the festival every two years. In 1985, the band won the festival's grand champion sweepstakes award.
*Approved a resignation for Mike Christian, custodian at Roosevelt school, and approved contracts for John Seel and Howard Sadler, custodians.
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  • i really enjoy times gone by. my sister and i found ancestors we were looking for, plus i enjoy the stories and the pictures of the old buildings thank you for a wonderful site vivian goff

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