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Friday, March 16, 2012

100 years ago

Last week was one of profit and pleasure to the people of this county who were privileged to hear Joe E. Wing, the noted agriculturist, lecturer and traveler.

He has a message of value and tells it so simply yet eloquently that it is a rich treat to hear him. Thursday and Friday he spent in the west side, talking to the Marcus Special, to the Marcus schools and to the people.

Friday night he lectured at the Congregational church in this city before a large audience, his theme being "Agriculture In Other Lands." Mr. Wing is a traveler who observes and has the faculty of telling in an interesting way what he observes and held his audience spellbound until his last word was uttered.

Saturday was teacher's and patron's day here and Miss Logan arranged an interesting program in which the work of our city schools in the primary grades was exemplified in class work. The little ones acquitted themselves nobly and incidentally impressed upon the minds of the grownups how much knowledge can be acquired under the guise of play. Lessons were given to the teachers in music and penmanship and the sessions, morning and afternoon, were enlivened with songs by the Marcus Special glee club.

In the morning session Mr. Wing did not attempt to give a formal lecture but told in a manner that interested old and young, his experiences as a cowboy and how a little extra work not called for in his contract made him foreman of a big cattle ranch before he had hardly gone beyond the tenderfoot stage.

He depicted his discouragement when in response to the earnest appeal of his aged father he gave up his foremanship and returned to the Ohio farm. Instead of 2,500 head of cattle he found 8 head on the old farm and when his father to show him that his farm was productive exhibited his books revealing that $800 of produce had been raised on the farm the previous year his heart went down to his boots, that sum was considerably less than the salary he had been earning.

However, he stuck to his job and with the aid of his good wife the old house now known as Woodland farm was earning more than $1,000 a year, for its owners.

In the afternoon he illustrated how this was done--fertilizers and especially alfalfa were the agents that had wrought the chance and while thus yielding a good yearly income is making the farm richer and more productive every year.

He has three sons and all of them announce that they will remain on the farm and Mr. Wing thinks that there is so much yet to be brought out of the soil by more intensified farming and more improved methods that there will be an abundant opportunity for the activities of all on the old farm and with good financial results for all.

After this meeting, the assembly broke up into sections for conferences, the teachers for the discussion of topics relating to their profession and the patrons for the discussion of social and economic problems on the farm.

This section was lead by Mr. Wing and covered quite a range. The chief obstacle to farm progress was the lack of hired help on the farm and in the house. Mr. Wing said on Woodlawn farm they had solved this by keeping men with families and hiring them by the year, showing an interest in their welfare, and he had found them loyal to Woodlawn farm and remained with them for years.

75 years ago

W. T. Hosmer was rehired as county engineer and Earl Bieg of Cherokee was named county garden supervisor Friday afternoon when members of the board of supervisors met at the court house.

E. N. McIlrath, director of relief, declared that each family in Cherokee county on the relief rolls would be required to plant and care for a garden this spring. A plot at least 50 x 100 feet is the size specified. The state will furnish 15 different varieties of seed and a few seed potatoes, McIlrath stated, and each family will be expected to make each garden a "subsistence" project.

Hosmer Rehired

Hosmer was reelected for the coming year at his former salary of $176 a month, and his two assistants, George Perrin and Verne Collins also were rehired for another year at a salary of $110 each per month, a raise of $10 over their former salary.

An insurance contract of $40,000 for the court house and $10,000 for its contents was awarded to Harry Lockin of Aurelia and T. E. Herbert of Marcus, representing the National Citizens Mutual Insurance company of Red Wing, Minn.

Report Approved

The semi-annual report of the county treasurer for the period ending December 31, 1936, was read and approved.

Fourteen emergency food loans totally $1,000 were studied.

Bryant, Shafer, Parker and Julius Would Incorporate And Build on Alton Feed Lot

Petition to the city council for permission to erect a sales pavilion on the R. E. Alton feed lot near the Cherokee airport will be considered within the next ten days, according to W. W. Bryant, Carl Shafer, L. F. Parker, and L.E. Julius, principals. The proposal was been contemplated for several months.

According to details as set forth in the application, which was filed Tuesday, the pavilion will be of frame construction, erected with special thought to the comfort and convenience of patrons and also from a sanitary standpoint.

The pavilion will be set back off the paving on the west side of highway 59 a sufficient distance so that there will be no congestion of the highway at that point and ample parking space will be provided for all cars and trucks that would have to be accommodated on the premises. The tract is about 30 acres in size and ideally located.

Purpose of the corporation will be to conduct auction sales, either in the nature of community sales, farm sales or livestock sales, as business may warrant. The group hopes to start construction as soon as a permit is granted. Since the site is within corporate limits it is necessary that the council wait ten days before considering. Reports indicate that the council will grant permission to go ahead with the building.

Theft of a large quantity of valuable aluminum and brass, metal from junked automobiles and an undetermined amount of cash from the Stahl Auto Salvage barn Monday night, was reported to Sheriff A. N. Tilton Tuesday morning by Albert Stahl, proprietor. It was the fifth robbery in Cherokee in less than a week's time. Four private residences were entered last Thursday night by thieves who took gold articles, other loot and two rings valued at more than $75.

Entrance to the salvage barn was gained by prying open a rear door, Stahl reported. The cash drawer, cabinets and desks, located in the office in the front part of the building, were ransacked. Stahl said he did not know how much money was gone, but said that it couldn't have been much. He said the metal was the most valuable thing taken.

Unknowingly, the thieves left an accurate record of the time of the robbery. Connection to an electric clock was unplugged from a wall socket to accommodate an extension cord which was used by the thieves for light. Tuesday morning, when the burglary was discovered, the clock read 11:17 p.m.

Sheriff Tilton took fingerprints at the shop Tuesday morning and sent a warning to junk dealers in this section to be on the lookout for stolen goods. No definite clues to the identity of the thieves were found, the sheriff reported.

Mechanics tools and other articles of value in the barn were not molested.

Last Thursday, when the series of thefts started, four local residences--Verne Hitchock, Fred Johnson, F. H. Snodgress and C.A. Whitney--were entered. A ring was taken at the Whitney place but was discovered the next day in the yard where it had been dropped. Two rings, a diamond and rhinestone, valued at $75 were taken from the Snodgress home. At the Johnson placed, three watches, a revolver and several rings were lost. At the Hitchock residence, a necklace, a boy's wrist watch and Gladstone bag containing clothing were taken.

50 years ago

A modern group residence for emotionally disturbed children is under construction in Des Moines by the Iowa Children's Home Society, a statewide non-sectarian childcare organization which received substantial support from residents of this area.

The one-story brick residence will house eight children, with quarters for houseparents. Designed for extreme durability, since upset children sometimes are destructive, it will cost $60,000. It replaces a frame dwelling built for ICHS in 1903, currently in use.

Funds for the building come from the estate of Roy and Nellie Farrand of Des Moines and were available only for this purpose. The Society emphasizes that all contributions made for the care of children are used entirely for care and professional service to children, and will not be applied to the building project.

Nearly all the 300 children under care of ICHS live with private families. It maintains two small group homes for children who are not ready to join a foster family. ICHS participates in more than 180 community chests, united campaigns or similar funds throughout Iowa, and serves children from all parts of the state. It works with children separated from their own parents by death, circumstances or legal action, with emphasis on cases where severe emotional problems exist.

Mr. Joe Nelson of Cherokee is a member of the Board of Directors.


A Cleghorn man has been elected chairman of the board of directors for the newly formed Northwest Iowa Swine Repopulation Association.

Emmett Wolf was elected to the post after 15 Specific Pathogen Free swine producers met and organized the association early in March.

Other officers elected include: Irwin Mullenburg, Orange City, vice-president; Irwin Vermeer, Sioux Center, secretary-treasurer.

Producers attending the organization meeting included Bruce Anderson, Alta; Calvin Mouw, Orange City; James McCarthy, Sheldon; Dick and Dean Riemenschneider, Pierson; Lorne Niles, Remsen; Bob Raawson, Pierson and Dr. Wallina, Sioux Center.

The group hopes to regulate the SPF swine accreditation procedure and assist in getting an understanding of the benefits of swine herd re-population with truly accredited SPF breeding stock.

Officials reported the office not acting as only temporary.

Marvin Corrington, a former Cherokee resident presently living in the San Diego area and assistant manager of a Woolworth's store in the Grossmont Shopping Center, was robbed of $2,500 during early March.

Corrington, a graduate of Cherokee, was walking from the store to the bank when two men drove up beside him. The passenger got out of the car and pointed a gun at him asked him for the money sack.

The manager said he made deposits at the bank at different times. He had not noticed if the robbers had followed him or not.

He is the son of Mrs. Mary Corrington, Cherokee and married to the former Dixie McCaw.

25 years ago

Despite pleas for spending cuts, the Cherokee County Supervisors approved the 1987-88 budget as originally proposed.

The budget was approved after a public hearing Monday, which started at 7:30 p.m. and finished around midnight. The hearing was attended by about 100 people.

The supervisors received several requests to cut spending.

The Cherokee County Taxpayers Association requested the county budget's nine service areas reflect 8 percent increases over 1985-86. This would have made substantial expenditure cuts in six of the nine service areas. The association, however, made no request to cut tax asking proposed for 1987-88.

The county's proposed expenditures for 1987-88 total $6,095,892, 2.5 percent less than this fiscal year's estimated expenditures of $6,658,244. The total proposed expenditure figure includes $195,129 in Federal Revenue Sharing money.

The CCTA's recommendation would have knocked down expenditures to about $4.5 million.

Cutting proposed spending while keeping proposed taxation the same would "preserve the reserve, but lower spending," said CCTA president Jerry Conley.

The county will raise $2,504,608 through taxation for 1987-88, an 8 percent decrease over the current asking of $2,727,936.

Tax asking for the general basic budget is $1,609,328, a 10.28 percent decrease over the current general fund asking of $1,805,051.

The tax asking for rural basic is $885,279, a 4 percent decrease over the current tax asking of $922,886.

The levy for general basic is $3.11 per $1,000 or assessed valuation. The current levy is $3.36 per $1,000. The levy for the rural basic is $5.46 per $1,000 compared to the current rural levy of $5.75 per $1,000.

Rural property owners pay both rural and general basic levies. Urban property owners pay just the general levy.

Spending was the main target of most people who spoke at the public hearing.

The county has proposed expenditures and taxation for 1987-88 that are lower than 1986-87. However, most people at the hearing compared proposed expenditures to the actual expenditures of 1985-86.

The proposed expenditures in 1985-96 totaled $4,370 million, 39 percent less than the proposed expenditures for 1987-88.

CCTA's recommendation that expenditures for the nine service areas be just 8 percent higher than 1985-86 would have changed the county budget as follows:

* Roads and transportation: $2.9 million proposed, decrease to $2.013 million recommended.

* State and local government services: $227,893 proposed, decrease to $182,061 recommended.

* Mental health: $790,171 proposed, decrease to $553,222 recommended.

* County environment: $178,126 proposed, decrease to $159,868 recommended.

* Interprogram services: $858,135 proposed, decrease to $543,395 recommended.

* Social Services: $345,009 proposed, no change recommended.

* Public Safety: $576, 144 proposed, no change recommended.

* Court services: $19,250 proposed, no change recommended.

Eric Radke, Aurelia, said the county may be cutting taxes and expenditures this year, but the cost of running county government was still too high.

Maintaining a reserves was also questioned by Radke.

"All your doing is taxing us ahead of time," Radke said.

Ernie Glieneke, rural Aurelia, said county was spending too much and suggested the supervisors start all over on the 1987-88 budget.

"In light of what we've seen here tonight, I think you should forgo finalization of the budget this evening. Go back to the drawing board and start over," Glieneke said.

The supervisors discussed cutting some projects out of the roads and transportation budget, but decided to stick with the proposed budget. The supervisors said they would review the budget again and possibly remove two projects: Roadwork in the Keeline Addition, and replacement of Brach Bridge, near Larrabee. This would cut about $400,000 out of the construction budget.

The taxpayers association also requested that the supervisors pass a resolution stating that the county would only pay for employees' trips up to the state line. Any trip costs accumulated over the state line would have to be paid by the employee, under the association's recommendation.

Board members said it would be difficult to do this because the county sheriff often has to go out of state to pick up prisoners. Also, county officials' trips to Washington D.C. often yield grants for the area.

After a brief discussion, the supervisors approved a measure which would require board approval before an out of state trip is taken.

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