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Friday, March 2, 2012

Cherokee High School, circa 1906
100 years ago

James Robertson, Jr., a banker of Washta, Ia., heretofore as idolatrous worshipper of Theodore Roosevelt, cannot follow his one time hero in his chase after a third term.

Mr. Robertson was in Sioux City yesterday and, at the West hotel, he appeared to be enjoying a discussion of politics.

"I think I used to be the craziest Roosevelt shouter in Cherokee county," Mr. Robertson said, "Friends of mine used to joke me and say that 'Teddy' would come out as a candidate against Taft. I felt sure Roosevelt would stick by his promise not to be a candidate again under any circumstances. Along about the time Teddy returned from Africa, my democratic friends joshed me all the stronger and said it was only a question of time until he would come out in the open against his old friend Taft. I wouldn't believe it. I couldn't! Now he's out against his word--and I am against him. I have voted the republican ticket from top to bottom all my life, but I will not vote for Roosevelt for a third term; I'll vote for a democrat in preference."

The opinion of Mr. Robertson with regard to Cherokee county in the present contest between Taft and Roosevelt is that the county will be for Taft.

Frank Johnson Gives His Opponent A Good Fight

Preliminary Contest To Be Held At Sioux City

Hugh Webster, of Ames, tonight won the state oratorical contest with his oration, "Commerce and World Peace." Frank P. Johnson of Morningside, was second and Clarendon Havighust, of Iowa Wesleyan, third.

The race between Webster and Johnson was close, but the Ames man's delivery was better than that of his competitor. At the business meeting of the association it was decided to hold two preliminary contests, one in the western part of the state at Sioux City and one in the eastern part at Cedar Rapids, and the four highest in each will meet in a final at Des Moines.

John Briggs, of Morning Side, was elected president of the association. Central college, of Pella, was admitted to membership.

Frank Johnson is a Cherokee boy and his many friends in Cherokee wish him much success.

75 years ago

Forgery Suspect Is Brought Here From Avoca, Ia.

Is Alleged to Have Passed Bad Check For $20.

Joe Johnson, alias Joe Hyder, address unknown, was arrested Wednesday by officers at Avoca, Ia. upon information filed by County Attorney Archie R. Nelson last month. Johnson was returned to Cherokee by Sheriff Art N. Tilton and Deputy Dan E. Danielson to face a check forgery charge.

At a preliminary hearing in Justice of the Peace George Farr's court Thursday noon, Johnson waived to the grand jury and, is being held in Cherokee county jail.

He is alleged to have cashed a check for $20 December 26, 1936, with the forged signature of Carl Shaffer, well-known Cleghorn farmer. The check had been made out to the Cleghorn State bank but was refused at that place. Johnson is said to have hired A. Luce of Cherokee to take him to the home of relatives at Avoca for $15. When Luce completed the trip, Johnson presented the check to him, which he cashed, leaving Luce loser of the costs of the entire trip and $5.

A yearly raise in salary of $150 was voted Cherokee's mayor at the city council meeting Tuesday night. The former salary of $450 a year was raised to $600 and an ordinance, No. 339, approving the action was read and recorded. The salary has been $450 a year for many years, but according to Clerk J. A. Cary, the plan for boosting the pay has been under consideration for the past three years, but no action was taken until Tuesday night. A member of the council said the action "was to make the office more attractive to capable men." Clerk Cary said he had no statement to make regarding why the raise was voted.

Action Delayed

No action was taken on the proposed construction of a sales barn near Wescott park. The proposal was tabled for further discussion after a report by the state board of health relative to the location was heard. A group of residents of the Wescott park vicinity circulated a petition in their neighborhood late last week opposing the erection of the pavilion on the grounds it constituted a health menace and was an unsanitary nuisance.

Approve Traffic Plan

Two groups in Cherokee have been agitating for a sales barn, but neither has been granted permission to build or operate yet.

A representative of the Junior Chamber of Commerce outlined a project for traffic control at school intersections and the council agreed to cooperate by ordering an expenditure of $7.50 for stop signs.

Reports of dairy inspectors' tests were heard and approved.

Caucuses Called

March 12 was the date set for caucuses preceding the city election on March 29. Judges and clerks were named as follows:

First ward, C. H. Groves, J. H. Ament, Amos R. Kelley; Clerks, D. F. Holly, Virginia Woodward; second ward, Mike Heinen, George Greer, R. L. Wooley; clerks, T. R. Grippen, Leona Kenney; third ward, J. W. Richardson, John Goeb, Ella Johnson; clerks, Mrs. Ethel Tutt, Ray Barnes.

Acreage Limits Being Fixed On County Farms

Work May Be Completed by March 10, Head Says.

With announcement of county corn acreage and soil depicting acreage limits received from the state agricultural conservation committee in Des Moines, Floyd Anderson, chairman of the county committee, has announced that the final work of establishing such limits for individual farms in Cherokee county is under way and probably will be submitted to the state committee for approval by March 10.

The county soil depleting acreage limit this year is 237,860 acres in 1936. The total of the soil depleting bases on individual farms in Cherokee county must not exceed the county limits, Andersen explained.

The corn acreage limit for the county is 135,716 acres and the total of these limits on agricultural conservation program will not exceed the county limit.

The corn acreage limit for Iowa is 10,954,978 acres, slightly more than the planted acreage and about 300,000 acres more than the harvested acreage which was reduced by drouth and grasshopper damage. The state limit does, however, provide for a reduction from the peak acreage of 11,720,000 acres in 1932. The soil depleting base for Iowa form which farmers may shift acres of soil depleting crops to quality for payments, has been set at 19,616,158 acres.

The acreage limits, Anderson explained, are intended to keep counties and individual farms in line with their proportionate share of the nation's total acreage of various crops.

As soon as soil conserving and soil depleting bases and corn acreage limits for individual farms have been established by the county committee and approved by the state committee, farmers will be notified of the bases for their farms.

50 years ago

Clifford Chapman, Cherokee County Savings Bond chairman, announced today that Cherokee County's share of the Freedom Bond drive is $638,352.

The drive will be conducted during May and June. Chapman reported sales from the first six months of 1962 will also count towards the quota.

Theme of the drive will be "Underwrite your Country's Might" and citizens will be asked to purchase an extra bond during the drive.

With series E and H bond sales totaling $112,288 during January the county already has a good start toward the quota.

January sales for other counties in this are as follows: Buena Vista, $142,781; Ida, $51,650; O'Brien, $112,800; Plymouth, $143,250.

Tone Circle Music Club will open a public program Monday March 5 at 8 p.m. at Sanford Museum auditorium. Theme of the evening will be "International Music Festival" with Mrs. Warren Held as leader.

The program to be given is as follows: Piano duet, "Triumphal March" from Peter and the Wolf by Prokofieff played by Mrs. Raymond Kintigh and Mrs. William L. Roberts, "I Love But a Day," words by Robert Browning, music arranged by Mrs. W. A. Buck is vocal solo to be sung by Mrs. Murlan Haight.

Mrs. Pierce Green will play the flute solo, "Bolero," by Emile Pessard. A selected vocal solo will be sung by Miss Patricia Prunty.

A vocal trio comprised of Mesdames Kenneth Hobson, LuVerne Gustafson and James Johnson will sing "Little Bird" arranged by Grant and "Wonderful Copenhagen." "Charmonette" is a vocal solo by Victor Herbert to be sung by Mrs. W. E. Lack.

Mrs. Don C. Koser will present a selected reading. A vocal number, "The Violet," by Mozart will be sung by Mrs. James Prunty. "Romance" by Sibelius is a piano selection to be played by Mrs. Kenneth Hobson.

Miss Merna Miller will sing the number "My Heart at Thy Sweet Voice" from Sampson and Delilah by Saint-Seans. Mrs. William Robinson will play a violin solo, "Herd Girl's Sunday" by Ole Bull.

25 years ago

Speech students from throughout Cherokee County will compete at a state contest March 21 at Buena Vista College.

The students earned advancement to the state contest after receiving Division I ratings at district individual speech contests Saturday at Cushing and Laurens.

The students who earned Division I ratings, and their areas of competition are:

Cherokee: Division I rations went to: Amy Lemley, dramatic acting, expository address; Sue Everhart, dramatic acting, Kari Pape, dramatic acting, Valarie Grashoff, humorous acting, prose interpretation; Amy Griffith, humorous acting, radio news announcing; Norma Noble, humorous acting, storytelling; Jay Carlson, prose interpretation, extemporaneous speaking; Michelle Waldner, prose interpretation, Julie Nichols, prose interpretation; Shannon Hensley, poetry, interpretation, after dinner speaking; Amy Jo Waggoner, poetry interpretation; Delores Jones, literary program; Gina Smith, literary program; Mike Sonka, after dinner speaking; Anne Tolzin, after dinner speaking; Theresa Guthridge, storytelling; Lysa Jacobson, public address, radio news announcing; Shawn Ruden, improvisational acting and Mike Clark, radio news announcing.

Division II ratings went to: Waggoner, literary program; Tolzin, radio news announcing; Clark, extemporaneous speaking; Julie Johnson, radio news announcing, literary program; Stacey Fallis, prose interpretation, book review, Waldner, storytelling; Guthridge, poetry interpretation; Sarah Hensley, prose interpretation; Dawn M. Miller, poetry interpretation, and Julie Anderson, literary program, improvisational acting.

Ruth Hayes is the Washington High School speech coach.

Aurelia: Division I ratings went to: Anke Stephan, humorous acting; Sonya Benson, poetry, dramatic acting; Amy Honsbruch, literary program; Gina Todd, humorous acting; Dedra Honsbruch, storytelling; Chris Lloyd, dramatic acting; Peg Boock, prose interpretation; Jodi Johnson, poetry interpretation; Lissa Peterson, prose interpretation, and Kathy Haselhoff, humorous acting.

Division II ratings went to: Toni Clark, radio news announcing; Val Bauman, literary program, and Sue Whitford, prose interpretation.

Cindy Cone is the Aurelia High School speech coach.

Marcus: Division I ratings went to: Kyle Drefke, literary program, extemporaneous speaking; LouAnn Drekfe, literary program, humorous acting; Darcy Downs, literary program, poetry interpretation; Liz Pearson, storytelling; Kristy Eckhoff, storytelling; Karla Lehan, storytelling; Kristy Pearson, prose interpretation Geri Lynn Galles, prose interpretation, and Brian Honsbruch, expository address.

Division II ratings went to : L. Pearson, prose interpretation; Alli Smith, poetry interpretation; Gina Geerdes, poetry interpretation; Brian Thomas, radio news announcing; Craig Anderson, radio news announcing and Chad Nielsen, radio news announcing.

Mavis Diment is the Marcus High School speech coach.

Willow: Division I ratings went to: Andy Linn, poetry interpretation; Sean Clark, humorous acting, and Tim McMurrin, humorous acting.

Anne Droegmiller is the Willow High School speech coach.

Division II ratings went to Carri Jo Husman, improvisational acting; Debbie Lorenzen, storytelling and Amy Crouch, improvisational acting.

Meriden-Cleghorn: Division I ratings went to: Denise Hohbach, prose interpretation, expository address; Jamie Rogge, dramatic acting; Becky Rupp, poetry interpretation, and Tammy Robinson, improvisational acting, storytelling.

Division II ratings went to: Durband, improvisational acting; Jenny Rupp, storytelling, and Alan Ames, prose interpretation.

Scott Mattison is the Meriden-Cleghorn High School speech coach.

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