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Friday, January 20, 2012

Classic Victorian - This classic Victorian home once stood on the southeast corner of Ninth Street and Main Street in Cherokee.
100 years ago

Two important cases against the Illinois Central which were expected to consume all of this week to juries were settled without trial. The first case that of John McCarty was settled after the jury had been empanelled. McCarty was seriously injured at Alta by reason of stepping on a chunk of coal while switching cars, he was thrown to the ground and his body partially under the moving cars, severing an arm and injuring his hip severely and permanently.

This case out of the way the settling spirit set in and efforts were made to settle the Hay case. Mr. Hay was section foreman and while riding a track bicycle was run down by an engine, which was backing to this city from Calumet, to obtain water. The engine was attached to the north bound freight and had passed Hay but had run out of water at Calumet.

Mr. Hay had no reason to expect any train from the north and it would appear that he did not hear the engine, which struck and killed him. The settlement in this case was $3,500 which considering the age of deceased and his expectancy of life is considered a very good settlement.

The next case that of State vs. Buckley was continued on showing of defense to the next term of court.

Yesterday the case of Keuping vs. Hall was tried and will be followed by Keuping vs. Wright. These cases involve business transactions between neighbors. The next case is that of State vs. Swanson, where defendant is charged with larceny of a steer, the property of Howard Ogle.

Then comes the case of Barnes vs. Roberts involving the right of custody of a stallion. This will be followed according to the assignment with State vs. Snyder accused of maintaining a liquor nuisance.

Yesterday Ed Clark, one of the boys indicted for giving liquor to girls, plead guilty and was fined $25 and costs. His home is at LeMars, though he is now working at Sioux City. George Edwards, of this city, indicted for the same offense, was given a heavier fine of $200 and is now laying it out in the county jail.

The cases of the two remaining young men indicted for this offense have not as yet been disposed of.

Notwithstanding the falling out of the two railroad cases there appears to be plenty of work to keep the court busy all of next week when the term closes by limitation.

Patrick C. Eubank has been employed as locomotive fireman on the Cherokee district of the Iowa division.

Engineer, H. U. Richards, who has been on the sick list the past few days, resumed his run this morning on trains 691-692, Sioux Falls district.

Engineer Wm. J. Shea spent Wednesday in Fort Dodge visiting friends.

Engineer Edgar A. Blake is on the jury this week.

Elmer Gram, of Washta, has been employed as helper at the local shops.

Car inspector A. E. Tatroe was at Kennebec Monday on company business.

Machinists Alfred Smith and Wm. B. Deterer were transferred to the Fort Dodge shops Monday.

Leonard Rowe, helper at the shops, resigned Tuesday.

Engine 756 has been in extra service between Cherokee and Sioux City the past few days, handling stock.

Geo. Tipps, coal crane engineer, has been on the sick list since Sunday, and Alvah M. Chase is handling the crane during Mr. Tippy's absence.

75 years ago

A campaign to secure establishment of a child welfare program in Cherokee is now underway, E. N. MelRath, emergency relief director, announced Tuesday.

MelRath, members of the board of supervisors and representatives of Associated Charities, Chamber of Commerce, American Legion, Red Cross and county schools met last Friday in Wilson building with Dr. O. L. Crisey, a member of the state child welfare bureau, to hear details of the plan, and to determine the interest of the community in such a project.

Four Districts

According to the proposal, the state will be divided into four district5s. Cherokee will be in the area serviced by Fort Dodge. Each district is to have an experimental unit, which is composed of one, two or three counties. In the experimental unit, there will be a skilled, full time child welfare worker paid from state and federal funds.

Problems arising from delinquency, neglected children, orphans, maladjusted and handicapped children will be assigned to the trained worker. A traveling child welfare clinic also will be available in each district. This will be transported to all counties but those in the experimental unit will be given preference over the others.

The only expense is the county selected as the experimental unit would be the office space and one-half the salary of the office assistant. Should two or three counties be included as experimental territory, this would be cut to one-third or one-fourth of the salary.

Soil-depleting and soil-conservation bases which will be established for each participating farm under the provisions of the 1937 agricultural conservation program, will be used to determine the amount of payments for which the owner may qualify, C. H. Thompson, county agent, said Tuesday.

Thompson and members of the county committee have been explaining how payments will be computed in the series of township meetings completed Monday night.

Production System Considered

In establishing soil-depleting bases the township and county committees are considering the production system on the farm and sound farm practice for the community. Soil-depleting bases which proved equitable last year probably will be continued although the committee may make adjustments. Total bases in the county, however, must not exceed the county limit. The acreage in the soil-conserving base will be the difference between the total number of acres of cropland and combined acres in the soil-depleting base and in orchards and vineyards.

In general, the soil-conserving base is the portion of the farm which would normally be devoted to soil-conserving crops, although because of loss of seedlings in 1936 due to the drought, actual acreage of soil-conserving crops in many areas is expected to be less than the acreage in the soil-conserving base.

50 years ago

It was announced today that a 1962 station wagon has been purchased as a new ambulance to replace the 1956 model previously used.

The announcement was made by Arthur Heick, ambulance driver who bought the new vehicle.

The ambulance is equipped with red light and siren and also has oxygen for patients at all times.

The emergency vehicle is stationed at Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital, where Heick works, for stretcher cases and emergencies.

Night and day service is available and can be acquired by a cab to the hospital.

Sanford artist - Dwight Kirsch is pictured here in 1965 he was the artist-in-residence at the Sanford Museum.

The homes of Cubs belonging to Pack 107 are busy places. The Pack bought Pinewood Derby kits for each Cub to assemble with the assistance of his father for the big derby. The Pinewood Derby will be run as a monthly Pack meeting on Tuesday, January 23 at 7 p.m. at the basement of St. Paul's Methodist Church.

Each race must meet certain specifications. First it must weigh no more than 5 ounces completed, fully assembled. Each racer will be weighed before the race.

Ribbons will be given to each boy who enters a racer in the race and ribbons will be given to each Den winner. An award will be made for an over-all winner, the champion.

Aurelia School students will conduct a "Bundle Days" campaign January 22-26 for needy children and adults of the American Southern Mountains area and elsewhere.

People in the southern mountains in depressed and disasters areas seriously need the clothing which comes from communities all over the country.

Summer and winter shoes along with coats, dresses, suits, blue jeans, dungarees, underwear and gloves are being asked for.

New emphasis has been put on the quality of clothing as much received in the past has been unusable and has cost time and money to transport.

Anyone wanting to contribute should take the clothing to the Aurelia school.

25 years ago

The much-delayed Mill Creek bridge replacement project might be back on track again.

That "might," however is a big one.

The project has been delayed for about five years because of archeological surveys of the Mill Creek site. The final archeological report was submitted Monday to the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors by Sanford Museum Director Terry Walker.

The report states what many county officials and area archeologists have been saying several years: The Mill Creek site has little cultural value, and a third archeological survey was probably unnecessary.

The report covers the results of a Phase III archeological survey done last summer by Walker, University of South Dakota professor Larry Zimmerman, and USD students.

The survey found that the site had been heavily disturbed, probably because of farming activity. This disturbance has mixed up any archeological materials at the site, and subsequently, limited any cultural value the site may have had.

Before the Phase III examination began, Walker said he doubted any significant findings would be uncovered.

"I was right in the beginning. That makes me feel good, but I also feel bad the county had to go through this," Walker said.

The report now has to go to the State Historic Preservation Office for final approval. SHPO approval will allow the county to move on plans to replace the 75-year-old Mill Creek Bridge.

The bridge is on a gravel road north of the Hy-Vee warehouse. The county has been planning to tear out the old bridge, and build new one slightly to the west.

The new one was supposed to be built five years ago and serve as a by-pass when the Iowa Department of Transportation replaced bridges on U.S. Highway 59 just north of Cherokee.

With those bridges already built, the priority of the Mill Creek project is unknown, said supervisor chairman Jack Foresman. Foresman said that because of the delays, there is no official design for the bridge and no right-of-way purchased.

"I don't know what the priority is anymore. It's in the five-year road plan. This is probably something we'll (the board) get into next month," Foresman said.

The first major delay in the project was in 1963, when a Phase I archeological survey by the Iowa Archeological survey by the Iowa Archaeologist's office uncovered artifacts back to prehistoric Indians. Phase I led to a Phase II.

Findings from the examination indicated the Mill Creek site could be significant. Those findings results in a recommendation and then an order for the Phase III.

The Phase III was going to cost about $30,000 if the state did it. After meetings with Walker, the board of supervisors decided it would be quicker and cheaper to use the USD students.

The three archeological examinations have cost the county about $17,000. Also, because of the delay, the county has lost federal funds which would have helped pay for the bridge replacement project.

Some good might have come out of the Mill Creek Bridge issue, however.

Walker said Mill Creek was the "straw that broke the camel's back." As a result of the problems with Mill Creek, SHPO, which approves recommendations for archeological surveys, has adopted new policies to insure more thorough Phase II examinations.

Walker sand SHPO officials will now make on-site examinations of excavations, instead of basing decisions solely on survey reports.

Mill Creek's final report was written by Walker, Larry Zimmerman and survey crew member Vicky Todd.

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