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Friday, December 16, 2011

100 years ago

The Cherokee High School debating team went to Correctionville Friday evening, where they met the Correctionville school in a preliminary debate for the district of the Iowa Debating League. The question was Resolved, that the movement for the open shop should be supported by public opinion.

Cherokee selected the affirmative side. Last year Cherokee won the debate. The Correctionville debaters are John Madison, Geo. Southwell and Lynn Castle, and the Cherokee debaters, Wilmer Elfrink, Roy Hill and Francis Brown.

Cherokee won the debate with a score of two to one. Cherokee should certainly be very proud of their debating team and should do all it can to encourage the boys.


A young miss of this city was on complaint of her parents sent Saturday to the Mitchellville Industrial School for Girls by Judge Oliver who heard the case here.

We understand that there are a number of other young girls in the city who are headed the same way if there is not a quick reformation.

These have been frequenting places of amusement with young men and indulging in drinking bouts. It might be well for parents whose daughters are out nights to ascertain what they are doing and where they are spending their time.

These girls are probably not really bad but should be taught before it is too late the difference between a good time and a wild time.


Expert accountants, employed by the Plymouth county board of supervisors to go over accounts of county officers, are said to have reported a number of discrepancies in the school fund, extending over the term of Auditor J. C. Kistle, who retired from office in 1909, after ten years' of service.

The board instructed the county attorney to take the steps necessary to recover the money from the former official or his bonsdmen. The amount is said to be about $2,000. Mr. Kistle is now a resident of Shell Lake, Wis.

75 years ago

Eight domestic animal claims totaling $62 were allowed by the Cherokee county board of supervisors in a meeting held Tuesday, at the court house. Six widow's pensions were ordered paid and a piece of county property in Aurelia was sold to Louie Mongan for $200.

Claims allowed with amount asked and granted given in order were:

Eng. Anderson, Cherokee, two ewes, $14, $10; John Dawson, Cherokee, Angus calf, $18, $12; Ray Glidewell, Cherokee, one ewe, $6, $5; O. W. Larson, Aurelia, one buck, $14, $5; J. M Woodworth, one lamb, $4, $4; Orris Brickson, one hog, $12, $10; William Coltram, three lambs, $18, $12.

Property sold was a house and lots 9 and 10 of block 1 in Dicks' addition in Aurelia. It was acquired about 10 years ago on a warranty deed and has since been used for county cases. Board set December 23 as the date for the next meeting.


No progress has been reported in apprehending the two men who accosted and robbed Maurice Steffe, age about 30, Cherokee, of $75 in bills at 7 o'clock Monday night on the intersection of Bluff street with highway No. 59, Sheriff A. N. Tilton announced Wednesday. Tilton and Deputy D. E. Danielson investigated the robbery report Tuesday.

According to Steffe's story to the sheriff, he was headed for the Cherokee Bowling alley to meet Al Wise. Remembering that the latter was not to work that night, he made a u-turn on the corner of Euclid and Spruce, drove back over the tracks and stopped for the highway sign on Bluff street.

Two men jumped onto his car. The one on the right pointed a gun at him, Steffe says, and flashed a light in his face. Robber on the left did not show any weapon. Taking his billfold, they rifled it of $75, threw the pocketbook against the car and told him to drive on.

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Cooking something up - John Ogilvy, left, along with his fellow bakers, is pictured baking bread at the Stowell and Ogilvy Store that was located at 123 East Main Street in Cherokee. This picture was taken sometime in the 1930's.
Sees Men Running

Looking back as he did so, Steffe says he saw the two men running east up the railroad tracks. The man who brandished the gun wore a dark hat and overcoat while the other was attired in a gray cap and suit coat.

Steffe is a representative of a Des Moines company. He was driving a 1928 Buick, sedan licensed in Wyoming. He rooms with his mother at the Mrs. Leta Dietrich home on the corner of Elm and South Second streets.

50 years ago

Cherokee County 4-H leaders were honored and received awards at the annual 4-H Leaders banquet Wednesday evening.

The annual banquet was sponsored by county Farm Bureau with eight leaders receiving awards.

Mrs. C. E. Williams, Cherokee, was awarded a diamond pin for 20 years of service.

A pearl pin for 15 years service went to Mrs. Earl Demaree, Cherokee and Mrs. Ralph Roethler, Aurelia.

Mrs. John C. Peterson, Aurelia and Chester Specht, Cleghorn were awarded 10-year gold pins.

The silver pin for 5 years service was given Forrest Spencer, Washta; Norris Sand, Larrabee and Ray Roethler, Marcus.

The Cooperative Extension Service also presented each leader with a certificate for service.

Clifford Chapman gave a color slide program and talk on his trip to British Honduras.

The Cherokee County Farm Bureau Women's Committee also donated their service by decorating the tables for the occasion.


A break-in at the Mable Sherman residence last week brought the total to five such crimes in Ida County during the past three weeks.

Officials discovered that the house, 7 miles northwest of Holstein, had been entered Sunday. The house was entered by breaking the glass in the door and unlocking it.

Bill Cowen, who lives on the same farm, discovered the disturbance as the woman is in Florida. It is not known if anything is missing but papers were scattered about the basement. Nothing was tampered with in the upstairs.

An investigation of the break-in is underway.


John Ginger returned home from a card party Wednesday night and found his room filled with smoke from a smoldering bed clothes where his brother, Dick, was sleeping.

It is believed that a short circuit in the electric sheet on which Dick was sleeping on caused the fire.

The timely arrival of Ginger saved his brother who suffered no after-effects from the incident.

Lack of oxygen is thought to have kept the fire form blazing up.

25 years ago

The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors approved an agreement for the North eleventh Street project Monday.

The agreement will now be sent to the Cherokee County Council for its approval.

The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors approved the agreement Monday.

The agreement concerns a grading project on one-half mile of North Eleventh Street, from Pidgeon Bridge to the Catholic Cemetery. Because the road slices the county-city line, the grading will be a joint project.

City administrator Gil Bremicker and the council will discuss the project agreement at a Dec. 23 meeting.

The grading project is scheduled for next year. Under the agreement approved by supervisors, the county will develop plans and specifications for the project. The county will also let and award the project after the plans and specifications have been reviewed and approved by the city.

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National Food Store - Here is a look at the National Food Store, which stood at 218 East Main Street, where Hy-Vee Drug Store is today. This picture was taken sometime in the late 1960's.
The estimated cost for the grading project is $16,192. Under the agreement, the cost will be shared equally by the county and city. The city will also pay an estimated $3,623 for land and fence right-of-way. This would bring the total estimated cost for the city to $11,720.

This is the second half of the North Eleventh Street project.

Earlier this year, grading on the section of road running past the Cherokee Country Club up to Pidgeon Bridge was completed. That grading was also done as a city-county project.

The supervisors spent most of Monday interviewing engineering firms interested in a county bridge replacement project.

The project is for the replacement of a bridge on county road C-16 near Larrabee.

Engineering firms represented at the meeting were: Kuehl and Payer of Storm Lake; Wallace, Holland, Kastler, Schmitz.


Washington High School's speech and debate teams competed Saturday at an invitational at Bishop-Heelen High School, Sioux City.

Four members of the speech team made it to the finals.

Ann Tolzin and Amy Jo Waggoner place first in the novice duo interpretation competition. Tolzin also made it to the finals for dramatic acting.

Kari Pape placed second in novice dramatic acting and third in varsity dramatic acting.

Amy Lemley placed third in varsity oral interpretation. She also made it to the finals in dramatic action.

The WHS varsity debate team won a second place trophy. Members of the varsity team are Jim Patterson, Rob Deedrick, Kyle Olsen and Kenny Kohn.

Olsen and Kohn also teamed up for the two-man competition. They were undefeated.

Another WHS varsity team placed fourth. Because of illness, varsity team members Shannon Hensley and Todd Letsche were paired with two Heelan students.

Letsche teamed up with a Heelan student for the two-man debate competition. They were undefeated.

The WHE novice team also placed fourth. Students on the novice team are John Gates, Kory Allen and Mike Clark. The fourth team member was ill.

The WHS debate team placed third in sweepstakes point. LeMars placed first and Worthington, Minn. Placed second.

The WHS speech and debate teams will compete Saturday at Sioux City North.

Jan Cook is the debate coach, and Ruth Hayes is the speech coach.



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