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Friday, December 23, 2011

Grand old tree - Pictured is a grand old Christmas tree located on the south side of Main Street. This photo was taken sometime in the early nineteen hundreds.
100 years ago

Gov. Carroll's unexpected departure for the state penitentiary, following so closely upon the statement of Editor Kneedler, of the Hardin County Ledger, that he knows positively that neither Frank or Nate Rainsbarger had a hand in killing Enoch Johnson, has led many state house people to believe that this winter will see a complete re-opening of the famous case.

Those who are familiar with the charges and counter charges, and who have been associated with the case in one way or another, declare that such will be the case and that sensations will be disclosed when this re-opening comes.

No one in the executive offices would vouchsafe any information as to why the governor suddenly went to Fort Madison.

All members of the board of parole are also out of the city.

Editor Kneedler's statement, which is causing the speculation, is printed in his paper as follows:

"The small coterie who inspired much that was done, and who, from motives of self-preservation have kept these men in the penitentiary all these years, have taken alarm and are today trembling lest exposure and punishment fall upon them.

"What at first was a good deal of a mystery is readily explainable now. Every thread of evidence has led directly to one center and the whole infamous plot is plain. We know that neither Frank or Nate Rainsbarger had any hand in the killing of Enoch Johnson."

Ten prominent Marcus stockmen, who were arrested yesterday for disorderly conduct on an Illinois Central train, were fined $100 and costs today in police court. Their attorney at once appealed to the district court.

The accused men are J. Hobbs, W. Hobbs, Chester Hobbs, Robt. French, E. Comrade, E. Pierce, W. W. Bryant, F. E. Rubbert, Jas. Williams and A. Birsch. They furnished $100 bonds each for appearance in the district court.

Twenty-five men were on the way to Chicago with three trains of stock, and as only one caboose was allowed them, eleven left the caboose at this city and boarded the regular passenger train. Trouble ensued over the payment of fares. J. Hobbs is still at a hotel here seriously injured as a result of the trouble.

The trouble arose, the stockmen say, because though they had three trainloads of stock they were given only one caboose in which to make the trip to Chicago.

This being inadequate, they left it at Fort Dodge, determining to continue by regular train. The conductor refused to recognize their stock passes, and, they allege, would not accept money fares.

They feared to leave the train to buy tickets for fear of getting left, and the conductor called for the special officers to eject them forcibly and arrest them. The stockmen today asserted they would start suit against the railroad.

75 years ago

Preliminary distribution of Christmas baskets to needy families began at the Chamber of Commerce Wednesday morning. Families without children are to receive their presents of food Wednesday and the others will be delivered Thursday.

Between 100 and 150 families are on the Chamber's list. Items in the baskets include poultry, celery, butter, bread, potatoes, coffee, tea, sugar, apples, milk, salt, soap, canned fruit, canned vegetables, candy, nuts and cereal. Associated Charities is again sponsoring the custom.

Lonesome Folks dinner will be held Friday noon at the C. A. Perrin home, 208 South Roosevelt. Forty transients and "lonesome folks" with no place to go were served Christmas day in 1935.

Acceptance of recommendation of Congressman Guy M. Gillette that Ronald Ehrich and Kenneth Kingsbury, both of Cherokee, be considered as principal and alternate for appointment to the United States Naval academy at Annapolis was received Wednesday by the Cherokeans. Vacancy in this district will be created by graduation next spring.

Bureau of navigation last summer requested Gillette, while he was still congressman, to recommend two young men.

Confirmation of his recommendation at the time has been since forthcoming. Grades of the two will be sent in during the early spring. Should they not be high enough, Ehrich and Kingsbury will take the academy examinations in April.

Twice District Winner

Ehrich graduated from Wilson high school last spring. He was a member of the football squad for two years. In 1935 and 1936 he placed first in the district half mile run and anchored the two-mile relay team. Ehrich also took a part in the junior class play and edited the track section of the 1936 Cherokean.

He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Ehrich.

Kenneth Kingsbury, son of Mr. and Mrs. D. Kingsbury, also graduated last spring. Now a student at the University of Iowa, he took second place in the 125 pound class at the state meet after winning four wrestling letters under Coach Elmer O. Bierbaum.

A member of the "C" club for that length of time, he also participated in tennis and track. He took part in the triangular and junior class plays, mixed chorus and senior representative contest.

50 years ago

A 4-H officers training school will be held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church Wednesday, December 27 beginning at 1:30 p.m., Cherokee County Extension officials announced today.

The school sponsored by the extension service is for officers of all the girls and boys 4-H clubs in Cherokee County. The two county presidents, Becky Johnson and Jim Smith, will have charge of the meetings.

Sessions on officer's responsibilities will meet by groups. Clyde Kurdle will conduct the session for presidents and vice-presidents. Secretaries and treasurers will meet with Chester Benson; associate director reporters with Mildred Smith and historians with Carmen L. Dewar, extension home economist.

Santa Claus paid a visit to the seven nursing homes and Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital for the fifth consecutive year Tuesday.

The event is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce Retail Bureau and is believed an exclusive type program.

The visit this year included 123 patients in the nursing homes and hospital. All of the people look forward to the visit this time of year.

Mrs. Sophia Russell expressed thanks to the various groups who bring gifts and sing carols to the nursing home patients.

Sioux Valley Hospital - Here is a look at Cherokee's Sioux Valley Hospital as it looked in the 1940's.

Dr. A. F. Burger Sr., 50, who began veterinary practice in Alta in 1924, died Monday in Rochester.

He was taken to Alta Memorial Hospital Thanksgiving and remained in the hospital until December 6, when he was transferred to Rochester.

He was born in Madison County and attended Winterset high school. The man began his practice in Alta upon completion of veterinary school at Iowa State University.

Burger took an active role in the community belonging to the chamber of Commerce, fire department and First Presbyterian church. He was a member of the Pomegranate Lodge 406, A. F., and A.M. served two years as mayor and was re-elected to his second term as of January 1.

Services were held form the First Presbyterian Church Thursday afternoon.

25 years ago

Salaries of all Cherokee County elected officials will remain frozen for the third year in a row.

The freeze stayed intact Monday after the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors rejected 1987-88 salary recommendations made by the county compensation board.

The compensation board had recommended $500 raises for the county attorney and county auditor, and freezes for the county sheriff, treasurer, recorder and supervisors.

The supervisors voted unanimously to reject the recommendations. In the past the supervisors had the choice of approving the recommendations or making an across-the-board cut. Because of the recent change in the law, however, the supervisors now either accept or reject the recommendations.

The supervisors said little about the rejection of the recommendations.

At a previous compensation board meeting, supervisor Jack Foresman told the board that any raises would be difficult to explain to taxpayers because of the area's current economic situation.

The supervisors almost delayed their vote on the recommendations because the compensation board's final vote on the issue had been a tie.

Prior to submitting the recommendations to the supervisors, the compensation board held a public hearing and made a 2-2 final vote.

Board members Larry Westphal and Charles Knudson voted in favor of the recommendations, which included the raises for the auditor and attorney. Board members Nancy Hohbach and Jack Montgomery voted against them.

Board member Melvin Johnson, who had voted in favor of the raises for county attorney John Wibe and county auditor Beverly Anderson at a previous meeting, was not at the public hearing.

Despite the tied vote, the compensation board decided to submit the recommendations to the supervisors.

Foresman said he was concerned about accepting the recommendations because the compensation board's vote was not decisive.

Compensation board member Nancy Hohbach urged the board to make a decision, and said if Johnson had been there the vote would have been 3-2 in favor of the recommendations, because he had voted in favor of the raises for the attorney and auditor.

With the recommendations rejected by the supervisors, county officials salaries for 1987-88 will be: Supervisors, $10,500; sheriff, $24,700; auditor, $21,000; treasurer, $20,275; recorder, $20,275 and attorney, $19,250.

Comments made at the public hearing were strongly in support of continuation of the two-year-old wage freeze.

"The economic crunch is really on us, and reserves are getting used up. It would be a little bit irresponsible to break the freeze now," said Verdell Johnson, Cleghorn.

Jerry Conley, president of the Cherokee County Taxpayers Association, asked the compensation board to reconsider their recommended raise for the county attorney. Conley said county attorney John Wibe had not presented a "totally thorough" reason for a raise when he made his presentation to the board. Conley also said Wibe has had a steadily increased budget, and had a raise two years ago when all other salaries were frozen.

Wibe, Anderson and Sheriff But Stroud were the only county officials to request raises.

The compensation board voted 3-2 to freeze Stroud's salary. Hohbach, Montgomery and Westphal voted in favor of the freeze.

Wibe requested that the board reconsider Stroud's request.

Cherokee lawyer Rich Cook also requested the board reconsider Stroud's request.

Montgomery said Stroud's wage was frozen because his salary was in line with counties of similar size. The salary wasn't frozen because of any dissatisfaction with his job performance, Montgomery said.

"I think he's doing a super job, an excellent job. But, based on the data I saw, I couldn't grant him a raise," Montgomery said.

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