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Friday, April 13, 2012

100 years ago

Little Hilda Gellert, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Theo. Gellert, met her death in a peculiar accident at the school three miles east of town yesterday afternoon.

In company with the teacher, Miss Grace Winters, Hilda and four other children started home. A short distance west of the school Hilda started south through the field toward home as was her custom, and the teacher and other children continued their way home. About 4:45 as Mrs. Albert and Anton Holengran, of Galva, were driving past the school they discovered Hilda hanging in the window, the sash being down across her back.

They quickly released her and carried her to the home of J.P. Adams, a short distance north of the school and called a physician. Dr. Crane arrived on the scene in a short time but the spark of life had left the little body.

While there were no witnesses to the terrible accident the presumption is that Hilda had forgotten her dinner pail and went back to the school to get it. Mrs. Adams noticed her at the school house when she went after the mail, the boxes being at the school corner, but paid no particular attention to the little girl as children were frequently seen about the school.

While the door of the school was not locked Hilda was unable to open it owing to a broken latch, and she piled some cement blocks at the window on the east side of the school and opened the window and started to climb in. When part way through the opening the window fell striking her across the back just over the heart, rending her condition such that she could not release herself and causing death.

Hilda was a bright child nearly nine years old and the only daughter of her unnatural and untimely death has filled the hearts of the parents and the entire community as well with the deepest sorrow.


The funeral services of Carl Pingel, a highly respected farmer of this community, whose accidental death was briefly mentioned in these columns last week, were held Sunday at Germantown.

The services were in charge of Rev. Gerfe, pastor of the German Lutheran church and interment made in the cemetery of Germantown.

The accident which caused the death of Mr. Pingel occurred about 5 o'clock on Wednesday, April 3, on the streets of Granville. Mr. and Mrs. Pingel and daughter had been doing some trading and were about to start home when the accident happened.

Mrs. Pingel and daughter were in the wagon and as Mr. Pingel was climbing to the seat, the horses became frightened, throwing him beneath the wheels, crushing his chest, resulting In his death twenty minutes later. The team ran a quarter of a mile before Miss Pingel was able to get control of it.

Deceased was born in Germany Aug. 15, 1849, and came to America soon after and settled in Cherokee county. In December, 1882, he was married to Analie Kanuft. Six children were born to them as follows: Mesdames Augusta Mertons and Bertha Straub, of Near Paullina; Christ, of Near Cleghorn; Charles, Louis and Anna, who reside at home.

Mr. Pingel owned 285 acres of Cherokee county land. He has always been a hard worker and his efforts were rewarded, for he was one of our substantial farmers. Deceased has been a member of the German Lutheran church ever since he came to this county and was very religious and highly esteemed by all the community.

75 years ago

"Early Mill Creek Civilization" was discussed by N. L Stiles before members of the Cherokee Teacher's club Tuesday night at Garfield school auditorium.

He outlines the geology of Iowa from its earliest beginning thru the glacial period and the era when the middle west was submerged beneath the Atlantic ocean.

To substantiate his statements, he exhibited coral, rock formations and different types of limestone, which was positive evidence, he said that this land at one time lay beneath the Atlantic's waters.

Explains Rock Formations

Following this explanation, he summarized rock strata and formations throughout the state and explained each.

Coming to his Mill Creek theme, Stiles asserted he had personally uncovered indisputable evidence that the early Indian tribes which inhabited Cherokee county were direct descendants of the mighty Phoenician race of pre-biblical time. This race was the first to make extensive sea and land voyages and were the world's first and largest colonizers. They were the greatest commercial nation of early times.

Stiles declared that one of the evidences he had uncovered in Cherokee county was a sewing implement used by the early Indians here which corresponded almost exactly to the same implement used by the Phoenicians in sewing sails for their ships.

Glenn L. Pringle, principal of Lincoln Junior high school and president of the Teacher's club, presided. He appointed a committee to report at the next meeting on nominations of officers for the coming year. After three vocal selections by the boys' octet of Wilson high school, directed by Miss Geneva Nelson, light refreshments concluded the meeting.


Ed Timmins, jr., arrested Saturday night and sentenced to 10 days in jail for disturbing the peace, was released Monday afternoon when he paid his fine of $15. He was arrested in Mayor McDonald's drive to "clean up Cherokee" and warned a harder penalty will result if he appears again.

Ed Specht, picked up the same night on intoxication charges, was still a prisoner Tuesday morning. He must finish 15 days or pay a fine of $25. He plans to work his fine out on the city streets, city officials said.

Four men were arrested Saturday night and a warrant issued for the arrest of a fifth Monday as Mayor J. A. McDonald began an intensive police drive to "clean up Cherokee."

Ed Timmins, jr., was arrested late Saturday night at Casey's Inn a mile south of town by Special Officer Dempster Steward and charged with disturbing the peace after it was alleged he struck a CCC youth without provocation, knocking out a tooth. Placed in jail over Sunday he was brought before Mayor McDonald Monday morning at 10 o'clock and sentenced to 10 days in jail.

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Prom season - During the 1923 high school prom, the gymnasium at Wilson High School was turned in to a simple but elegant dance hall and fine dinning room.
Ole McCurrin, picked up by Night Officers Don F. Phipps and G. W. McDonald at 2:30 o'clock Sunday morning, after allegedly being intoxicated and climbing into Don Phipps' car, was arraigned Monday morning and fined $5 in mayor's court. He was admonished that if he appeared again, a "stiffer" penalty would result.

Emmett Flynn, a transient was arrested by McDonald and Phipps at 11:45 o'clock Saturday night near the police station where he was intoxicated and disturbing the peace. In McDonald's court Monday he was warned to leave town at once or else get three days of hard labor on the city streets. He agreed to leave town with all possible haste.

Ed Specht was brought in at 1 o'clock Sunday morning by McDonald and Phipps and charged with being intoxicated at the Cherokee café. He was arrested recently and given a suspended sentence. Mayor McDonald sentenced him to 15 days in jail.

On information, by Special Officer Steward, a warrant was sworn out for the arrest of "Red" McMurrin, whom Steward said struck a man at Casey's Inn Saturday night and escaped before he could take him into custody.

Mayor McDonald asserted Monday morning that he was "going to clean up some of this drunkenness and disturbing of the peace in Cherokee."

"I'm not going to stand for such 'goings'-on'" Cherokee's new mayor declared.

"There's going to be an end to this shameful policy of suspending everybody's sentence and letting them go free to do as they please.

"These law breakers might as well learn now that if they intend to have their fun they're going to pay for it. That's what we've got a jail for. They'll either pay a stiff fine or they'll stay in jail and work It out on the streets. I've got officials here who are not afraid of any one and I've instructed them to enforce the law to the fullest extent," McDonald declared.

50 years ago

The Cherokee County Red Cross Chapter met Thursday and agreed unanimously that a big vote of credit and thanks was due volunteers who assisted during the flood.

Officials reported that the Red Cross office was open around the clock manned by volunteers. Everyone reported there was a wonderful willingness on the part of many citizens to aid those people stricken and in need.

Mrs. Pete Carstens and Mrs. Richard Hammquist gave a fund drive report. The co-chairman reported that some townships have not yet turned in funds but expected to have a full report available in a week's time. Township soliciting was delayed because of early road conditions.

Mrs. Edith Meloy gave the home service report. The local chapter helped two persons on active duty; five veteran and eight civilians. Inquiries and counseling services numbered 30. Two gray ladies worked 44 hours during March. Anne Anderson has received her application for aquatic school which will be held at Lake Okoboji June 10-30.

The noon session was held in Speelmon's Steak House with LaVern T. Espeset presiding.


The Soil Conservation Service has 35 projects of assistance to landowners in Cherokee County prepared and will begin work as soon as soil conditions allow, Harvery Lindberg, conservationist, reported today.

Twenty-one farmers in the county have asked assistance in installing erosion control dams. Construction plans are completed and several are being worked on for others.

Lindberg said five landowners are planning to install risers on road culverts. Risers are concrete boxes built on the upstream and of existing road culverts.

Their function is to raise the outlets of entering waterways, thereby stabilizing the grade and helping prevent further cutting. They also allow shaping and seeding of the waterways.

The ASC committee for government cost0-sharing assistance has approved 14 projects in shaping and seeding grassed waterways. Several other people have indicated they also plan to do some work of this nature.

Nine farmers have been approved for ASC cost-sharing on terrace--building for this spring. Several others are also planning to build terraces under the program if time permits before corn planting time.

In addition to the above work, several thousand acres of contour guide lines will be laid out as soon as field conditions permit. It is anticipated that Soil Conservation Service technicians will assist more than 250 farmers during the spring season, Lindberg said.

25 years ago

Prom has become an expensive tradition.

But, according to Washington High School seniors Heidi Rohweder, Adrianne Thompson, Heather O'Neal and Shawn Thoma, the expense is worth it, especially if you have a decent date.

The four seniors said getting the right look for prom can cost anywhere from $150 to $500.

Jane Rasmus, of Willow Hill, and Rena Frangenberg, of Hawley-Allison, said prom formals will cost between $125 and $150.

Both businesses are busy this year outfitting high school girls for prom.

"They usually know what they want, but look at everything. They want everything to be just right," Rasmus said.

"This is a one-time only thing, just like a wedding. They go all out for it. It gives them a chance to get out of the blue jeans and dress up and be a real girl again. Even tomboy-ish girls act a little more feminine," Frangenberg said.

Frangenberg said high school girls are spending a lot more on prom, and are leaning toward more mature looks.

The search for the right prom dress usually begins in February.

"We've had a couple come in with their dads. Dads want their girls in the typical little ruffly dress," Rasmus said.

Mothers' tastes are harder to peg. Some want the little girl look while others want their daughters to go all out for prom. Occasionally, the mothers and daughters will argue over just what the right look is.

"There are sometimes tears," Rasmus said.

Most students go to the after prom party. The party is free and is organized by parents. May of the students who don't attend prom, at least attend the after prom party.

Clayton Courtright, WHS principal, said the expense of prom probably deters some students, who can't afford the fancy formal or the tuxedo rental, from attending.

Courtright said he does get calls from parents who complain about the expense of prom. But, he said, the money students spend on prom is something parents have to control, not the school.

The school, however, does have some say about the expenses of putting on the prom dance.

Courtright said the prom dance can cost about $2,000, with decorations, refreshments and entertainment.

The money for prom is raised through the junior classes' magazine sales. Courtright said some years, magazine sales are down, which makes prom financing a touchy situation.

But, WHS students have taken some steps to keep the cost down, Courtright said. One step is hiring a disc jockey to play music, instead of a band. A band can cost from $500 to $600, where a disc jockey usually runs between $200 and $250.

There has been some talks about doing away with the Cherokee prom's traditional Grand March, where the formally attired students march through the high school gymnasium while getting the once over by friends and family.

Courtright said the Grand March will remain the tradition it now is.

"The Grand March is a tradition in Cherokee, and it is here to stay. It's more for the parents than the students, and that's fine. It will stay as long as they want it," Courtright said.



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