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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Family band - Pictured is the Rankins Family Band, a talented family that was popular in the Cherokee County area in the late 1800's. According to the information on the back of the photograph, this picture was taken in 1890.
100 years ago

The town of Quimby was thrown into great excitement Thanksgiving Day at about 6 p.m. over a shooting affray, wherein Dan Buckley, using a 32-caliber revolver, placed a bullet in the shoulder of Eb. Hull. The bullet made a dangerous wound ranging downward but at this writing had not been located.

Hull is reported resting easily and with good prospects for recovery. There are various accounts of how the difficulty originated, the one generally adopted is that Hull is keeping two horses for Buckley and called Thursday to make arrangements for keeping them during the winter, feed being high he feeling that he could not keep them at the summer prices. The men had some words and Hull started to drive away when Dan whipped out his revolver and shot him.

Another account is that Hull was simply driving past the Buckley premises and that Dan rushed out and shot him without saying a word. As Dan waived examination when arrested and brought before Justice Parker his statement of the difficulty was not obtained. Justice Parker bound him over to the grand jury in the sum of $10,000 which was furnished and Dan retains his liberty.

Leslie Pitman and some other small boys thought they were just as big as some of our larger boys and decided they would go hunting Saturday afternoon. They went out in the woods by the old white mill.

On the way to the woods they met some boys who told them that they were too small to carry guns but the little fellows laughed and thought it was a big joke. They had only been in the woods a short time when the gun on which Leslie was leaning exploded, tearing the palm of his left hand and blowing off his little finger.

The shot also passed into the abdomen and then upward striking his breast bone. Some passers by heard his cry for help and went to his assistance. He was taken to the Edwards home and from there brought to town and taken to Dr. Clarence Hall's office where he might receive proper treatment.

It is not just exactly known yet what the outcome will be but it is hoped that by good care and medical treatment he will recover. This ought to be a warning to the small youngsters who carry guns and are allowed to go hunting.

75 years ago

Jesse George, 107 South Sioux street, and his daughter, Phyllis, 17, received minor bruises Saturday night when the car in which they were returning from Quimby was wrecked as it turned over in loose gravel four miles south of Cherokee. Phyllis is a senior in Wilson high school

Four Quimby high school girls who had been picked up by the Georges were uninjured. Their names were not learned. Accident was reported Tuesday afternoon.

What proved to be a prelude to victory--an enthusiastic pep assembly--was held by Cherokee Junior college students Tuesday afternoon and Tuesday evening as the school threw itself behind this year's edition of the team 100 percent. During the afternoon an assembly was held at the college and in the evening a bon fire--the first in the history of the school--was held on the college grounds.

McCaffrey Presides

J. C. McCaffrey, athletic director, opened the afternoon assembly with a plea for school spirit and team support and introduced other speakers. His introductory remarks followed a concert by the newly organized pep band, directed by Miss Dorothy Kolb.

Bill Nelson, representing the boys, and Ethel Grady, representing the girls, spoke briefly, and then Coach Jim Brockway addressed the assembly on the development of the team and its spirit. Joe Timmins, team captain, spoke for the team.

Barnes Is Speaker

Dr. F. A. Barnes, guest speaker instilled the students with the idea of supporting the faculty, the team, the school, not only in athletics, but in other activities as well. Cheers led by Betty Bare and Ethel Grady closed the meeting.

The bon fire celebration was held at 6:45 o'clock Tuesday evening.

Pep evidenced at the Junior college game Tuesday night left no doubt that the school was behind the team 100 percent. The collegians nipped the Buena Vista reserves 32-29 in an overtime game to end an almost three year losing streak.

Permission to work out a plan for erection of safety signs on intersections near school buildings was granted Cherokee Junior Chamber of Commerce by city councilmen at the regular business meeting held Tuesday night. Report on action taken will be submitted later for final approval.

According to Lee Miller, chairman of the Chamber committee who appeared before the council Tuesday night, and other officers of the organization it is planned to secure "School--Slow" warning signs to be adjoining the various buildings during the hours in which the children are going to and from school. These signs will be removed by students assisting in the program immediately following morning or afternoon resumption of classes and at the close of the school.

Monthly reports of the city clerk and treasurer were read and approved and bills were allowed as audited. Pending Wayman litigation was taken under advisement until further action is taken.

50 years ago

Approximately 180 persons attended the annual 4-H awards banquet Thursday evening and saw Phillip Sand awarded the outstanding 4-H boy cup.

The Harry Dewar award is given on the basis of participation, projects, judging, club activities and community activities.

Prior to the presentation of awards a smorgasbord dinner was served. Featured speaker of the evening was Ronald Patrick of Hawarden.

Patrick took part in the International Farm Youth Exchange program last year and traveled to West Pakistan. The 22-year-old spoke on his trip and showed colored slides of various areas of the country. He also dressed in the garb which he wore while in Pakistan.

Twenty-one awards were presented during the banquet. Those receiving awards were as follows: Champion Swine Showman, Phil Herzenach. The award was announced since Herzenach is a member of the Aurelia FFA chapter and will be presented at a later date by Simonsen's Mill, Quimby.

Simonsen's Mill also presented the champion beef showman award which went to Chuck Simons.

The second in a series of five wildlife programs sponsored by the Sanford Museum Association and National Audubon Society will be presented Sunday, December 3.

A color motion picture of nature's treasurers on an island in the upper Mississippi River of Minnesota will be shown and narrated in person by wildlife photographer, Dr. Walter Brekenridge.

Dr. Breckenridge is the director of the Natural History Museum at the University of Minnesota.

The man has known the island involved in the film and studied it as men have rarely ever studied any island. For years he has followed its season and lived along with its wildlife before filming this movie.

Breckenridge knows the age of every soft shelled turtle living on the island and has watched the beaver cut a cottonwood 20 inches in diameter.

25 years ago

Several Cherokee County elected officials requested raises Monday, citing increased workloads and the fact they have had a wage freeze for the past two years.

The requests were made at a meeting of the Cherokee County Compensation Board.

The compensation board meets annually to make salary recommendations for elected county officials. These recommendations are submitted to county supervisors, who can approve them or make an across-the-board-cut.

Cherokee County Sheriff Bud Stroud requested a $2,000 raise for fiscal year 1987-88. Stroud currently earns $24,700.

Stroud, who is in his 24th year as county sheriff, said he requested the raise because of an increased workload and because he wants to be paid on the same level as city law enforcement officials. Stroud said Cherokee Chief of Police Norm Hill is making about $1,000 more than him.

"I don't like to play second fiddle to my co-horts. The city has not seen fit to freeze anyone's pay," Stroud said.

According to the latest available figures, Cherokee County ranks 22nd out of 99 counties in sheriff's salary.

(Salary rankings and salaries from other counties noted here are from fiscal year 1985-86. The rankings and salaries are based on the latest available information from the Iowa Association of Counties.)

O'Brien County, population is about 16,200. The compensation board plans to use O'Brien, Jefferson, Plymouth, Clay and Buena Vista counties for salary comparisons.

County Auditor Beverly Anderson requested a $1,000 raise. She currently earns $21,000.

Anderson, who has been in office for 16 years, said her workload has increased because of new laws affecting county financing and elections.

Anderson noted that she is responsible for county payroll, working with a $6.9 million county budget that is developed from 37 separate accounts, receiving and recording all county revenue and working with school district and cities on property tax levies.

Anderson also cited her work as secretary to the board of supervisors.

"This is a large responsibility. Other counties have hired their own secretary or a county administrator," Anderson said.

Cherokee County ranks 29th in auditor's salary.

O'Brien County's auditor earns $20,331, and Plymouth County's earns $20,813.

County Attorney John Wibe requested a six percent, or $1,155 raise. Wibe now earns $19,250. Cherokee County ranks 63rd in county attorney salary.

Wibe said his work load has been increasing because law enforcement officials are pressing more for prosecution of simple misdemeanor offenses. Other officials are also utilizing the county attorney's office more, Wibe said.

"Two years ago I got a raise because the salary was unnecessarily low. I've had no raise since then.

I'm not complaining, but the lack of a raise has not been communicated to law enforcement officers, to the board of supervisors, the assessor, the board or review and all those who make demands on me for work," Wibe said.

Wibe said if the workload increases anymore he may request that the supervisors hire a second assistant county attorney.

O'Brien County's attorney is paid $18,630, and Plymouth County's is paid $20,813.

Recorder-elect Marilyn George said the current recorder's salary, $20,275, was satisfactory. George said she would like deputy recorder Mary Lou Lindstrom to receive a cost-of-living salary. Lindstrom has been in the recorder's office for about 16 years and earns $16,200.

The only way Lindstrom could get a raise is if the recorder's salary is increased. The deputy recorder's salary is based on 80 percent of the recorder's pay.

"The deputy has been under a wage freeze for three years. She would like a cost-of-living increase. I'd like to keep her on. She's very efficient and it would make for a much smoother transition," George said.

Cherokee County ranks 30th for recorder's salary. Recorders in O'Brien and Plymouth counties earn $19,339 and $20,813, respectively.

Supervisor Jack Foresman said he was not looking for a raise and that any raises "would be difficult to substantiate with the economic times we've got." Foresman said he was speaking as a supervisor, but not as a representative of the entire board.

Cherokee County supervisors are paid $10,500, which ranks the county 92nd in supervisor's salary. Supervisors in O'Brien County are paid $10,219 and supervisors in Plymouth County are paid $12,720.

Foresman was the only current supervisor at the meeting. Supervisor-elect Jack Leinbaugh attended but declined to speak because he has not officially taken office yet.

County treasurer Pat Carlson was not at the meeting because she was on vacation.

Carlson currently earns $20,275, ranking the county 34th in treasurer's salary.

Plymouth County's treasurer earns $20,813, and O'Brien's earns $19,339.

The clerk of courts office has been taken over by the state. Subsequently, the compensation board does not have to deal with that officer's salary.

After the presentations by county officials, Charles Reinert, a representative of the Cherokee County Taxpayers Association requested that the compensation board stick with two-year-old wage freeze.

"In view of the current economy, the Cherokee County Taxpayers Association requests no salary or benefit increases for any county officials. We feel we're in a declining economy and we're going to have to get in step with it," Reinert said.

The compensation board will meet again on Dec. 9 at 5 p.m. A public hearing on the board's recommendations will be Dec. 15 at 9 a.m. Both meetings will be in the courthouse. The compensation board plans to submit their recommendations to the supervisors on Dec. 22.

Members of the compensation board are Charles Knudson, Nancy Hohbach, Melvin Johnson, Jack Montgomery and Lawrence Westphal.

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