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Friday, May 4, 2012

100 years ago

The Times is pleased to note the change this week in ownership of the Cherokee Electric plant. A. A. Boyd and W. E. Wright, of Michigan City, Ind., have been in the city some time negotiating on behalf of Michigan City capitalists for the purchase of the stock of the Cherokee Electric company and these negotiations have ended successfully. The new company with ample capital and large experience will put the plant in the very best condition and will make it second to none in the state.

It will supply a long felt want by at once installing a day service with ample power of all manufacturing enterprises, thus putting Cherokee on a par with surrounding towns and this will undoubtedly give an impetus to manufacturing which the location and importance of the city must attract.

At the Depot - Here is a look back at the hustle and bustle of the many busy people that were part of the activity at the Cherokee Depot on any given day.
The management of the company will rest with Mr. Wright and he will bring his family here as soon as he can secure a suitable house. While the old management has done well, the new will be welcomed joyfully by Cherokee for the lack of a day service has greatly handicapped the city and the new company will remove this handicap by installing an up to date day service.


School Exhibits

Cherokee People Greatly Surprised And Gratified At Exhibition At City Hall of Handiwork Of Pupils of Our Public Schools

The patrons of the city schools quite generally availed themselves of the invitation extended to examine at the city hall Friday and Saturday the handiwork of our city schools. They were both surprised and gratified at the exhibits. The exhibits showed the progressive steps from the first to eighth grade and in the high school.

The work of the pupils from the lowest to the highest grades were arranged in order. The simple efforts in the primary grades and the work of other grades step by step showed the progress of the pupils through the schools. Each grade showed an advancement over the previous grade until in the higher grades the workmanship was in many cases equal to that of the average artisan.

There were tables, chairs, lamp and book stands, couches and in fact general home furnishings which reflected credit on teacher and pupils in the manual training department. The drawings and relief maps in the grades were fine and revealed most painstaking work. The work was so uniformly good that to particularize would be invidious.

The chief value of this exhibit to our mind is the showing of the progressive steps taken in acquiring an education where individuality was encouraged and not turning out pupils of one pattern.

The exhibits in the domestic science department looked so tempting that one had to use restraint in refraining from sampling them. Certainly the girls of Cherokee are being trained in this department in the way said to be most effective in reaching the male heart through the stomach.

Credit is largely due to the instructors and it certainly shows that the teachers in our public schools have taken a great interest in the children. It is to be hoped that this excellent work may continue and many of the children may become noted for their good works.

75 years ago

Harry Pingel, Cherokee county farmer, was critically injured about 9:30 o'clock Thursday, morning when he was crushed beneath a wheel of his tractor and caught in the plow. The accident occurred on Pingel's farm about 10 miles northeast of Aurelia.

Pingel fell from the tractor as he was plowing, struck the earth in front of the tractor wheel and the wheel ran over him. His son, working nearby, saw the accident and stopped the tractor.

The injured man was taken to Sioux Valley hospital in Kroll's ambulance, suffering from a fractured pelvis and internal injuries. He is about 40 years old.

Dr. E. G. Rates of Aurelia, who is attending Pingel, said Thursday afternoon it would be a day or so before we will know the outcome of his injuries.

Annual budget of expenditures for the year May, 1937, to May, 1938, was approved by the Chamber of Commerce board of directors at their session Thursday Apr. 29. It calls for a total of $6,200 to permit the organization to carry out its program for trade promotion, maintaining the women's rest room, assisting in worthwhile charitable activities and, in particular, maintaining a general community headquarters for the support of many community activities and services. The subscription campaign was launched Tuesday, May 4.

Budget Items Listed

Budget items include $815 for organization expense, such as lights, office rent, printing, phone, postage, insurance and so forth. Payroll expense, $2,400; committee activities, such as cleanup campaign, agriculture, junior garden club, highways, plowing match and so forth; $1175; community promotion such as conventions, Christmas tree, play day and retail trade $1810.

Members of the board of directors will make a personal campaign to raise the necessary funds. George Wilson is chairman of the committee.

In addition to budget discussion the board went on record as favoring issuance of invitation to hold the national Wa-tan-ye convention in this city in 1938. The organization has clubs in South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois. The board also sanctioned support of the girls' playground project and urged the Chamber president to appoint a special committee to investigate possibilities of repaving streets in the business district.

50 years ago

The Washington High School junior-senior banquet and prom will kickoff tonight with a program and feast at Hotel Lewis.

As is customary, the juniors will entertain the graduating class. Theme of this year's affair is "Bali Hai, Island of Dreams."

Upon completion of the banquet, the social spotlight will swing to Washington High School for prom. Billy Redman and his orchestra will furnish the music for the evening.

The prom royalty will also be disclosed during the festivities at the high school.

Senior selections are: "In Ourselves Our Future Lies," class motto; aqua and white, colors and lily of the valley, flower.

With the windup of the annual event, a post-prom party sponsored by the Kiwanis and Rotary clubs and Chamber of Commerce Civic Bureau will begin.

A preview of Elvis Presley's latest movie will be shown at American Theater and a party will be given at VFW Hall.

Dancing will continue with music by Bob Conley and his orchestra. A breakfast will be served and students are invited to stay for all they can eat. Chairman of the party are: Bill Grawburg from the Civic Bureau, Don Royer, Kiwanis, and Frank Greenwood, Rotary.

Young Nick Linuist of Aurelia was rushed to St. Joseph Hospital in Sioux City Thursday evening to undergo emergency surgery for a gunshot wound.

The 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Linquist, accidentally shot himself while playing with a .22 caliber rifle.

He is listed in critical today. Cherokee County Sheriff Carl Schleef said the Linquist boy had gone to the neighbors and was playing with young Loren Kreutz.

Holding the rifle with the barrel facing him the lad asked his playmate, in a kidding manner, "Shall I shoot myself?"

The gun discharged and Linquist was struck in the cheek by the slug.

He was taken to the Alta Hospital and t hen rushed to Sioux City. The Linquists live about 9 miles south of Aurelia.

Schleef said the accident happened sometime shortly before 6 p.m.

Vere Corrington, chairman of the Cherokee County District's governing body, announced today that the Cherokee County Soil Conservation District will hold an election on June 14 to select a new district commissioner.

The polls will be located at the district office in the Farm Bureau Building at Cherokee and will be o pen from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The term of Ford Ralstron of Washta expires and he has announced that he will not be a candidate for reelection. Nominating petitions can be secured at the district office.

To date, petitions have been issued to Donald DeWitt of Washta. Anyone securing petitions should have the required 25 signers and return the papers to the district office by May 22.

Outgoing commissioner Ralston has served on the District governing body for 12 years. He was the first landowner to develop a soil and water conservation plan with the assistance of Cherokee District personnel, May 1, 1945. He has been one of the district's strongest supporters in the years since then, Corrington said, and his fellow commissioners and local Soil Conservation Service personnel would like to take this opportunity to express their appreciation.

The term of a district commissioner is six years. He must be a resident of the district. His duties are to serve as a member of the board that administers district functions and funds, under the laws of the estate of Iowa; arranges for assistance from Federal and State agencies and others; and determines District operating policies.

A district commissioner served without pay but is reimbursed for mileage, meals and lodging expense incurred in the performance of his duties.

25 years ago

Cherokee County's secondary roads building will be remodeled to correct a potential health hazard.

The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors Monday reviewed blueprints for the project with Al Loebig, county engineer, and Lynn Meikle, assistant to the engineer.

For several years, the secondary roads building has had a problem with diesel fumes floating from the shop area into the office area.

A wall is the only thing separating the areas.

The county has received warnings about the problem from OSHA, and has had several grievances filed by employees who have suffered headaches from the diesel fumes. Meikle said some employees have had to be sent home sick because of the fumes.

To correct the problem, the county will extend a wall going through the middle of the building, thereby creating a hallway between the office and shop area. A new office area addition will be built onto the front of the building.

Meikle said the work should start within the next week or two, and is expected to be completed by July 31. During the remodeling, secondary road employees will be moved out of the building. No other office arrangements have been made.

The work will be done in three phases: Removal of the present office area; extending the wall and building the addition, and the interior work.

A crew of students from Western Iowa Tech Community College will do much of the mechanical and electrical work on the addition. Meikle said utilizing WIT will give the students some on-the-job training while saving the county money.

The board will review quotes for the project next Monday. The county is planning to hire a local contractor to do the work.

There was some concern that the project would require formal bids. However, after reviewing the Iowa Code, the supervisors decided the project could be done by accepting quotes and hiring a local contractor.

Meikle said the project should cost less than $25,000.

The board dealt with a few other secondary road items Monday.

Loebig and the supervisors had another discussion about a new radio system for the secondary roads department. The present system is out of date.

The board has spent several weeks discussing the new system. Purchasing the system has become difficult because of the variety of systems and prices offered to the board by various companies. On Monday, the board decided to go with Motorola equipment. However, Loebig has to do some more talking with Motorola dealers, to get more definite terms on maintenance agreements and the number of radio units the county wants.

The board also approved 1987 contracts with secondary road employees. The contract was help up because negotiations between the employees and the county went into arbitration.

The arbitration resulted in the employees getting the raise they had asked for. The rates paid secondary road employees beginning June 1 will be $8.09 an hour for general laborers, $8.30 for equipment operators and $8.74 for mechanics. Starting rate of pay will be 80 percent of the job category rate.

In other business, the board:

* Discussed cancer insurance with Ken File, New York Life Insurance agent. The board agreed to let File present a program on cancer insurance to county employees. The presentation will be during employee break times. Employees would have to pay the entire premium for cancer insurance. It is not part of the county's benefit plan.

* Approved a bid for dust control from the Iowa Western Company, Hampton. The company's rates for dust control spraying are $125 for one 400 foot application and $210 for two applications on 400 feet. Each additional 100 foot application will be $25 for one application and $45 for two applications.

Farmers who want the dust control service can sign-up at the secondary road department. People who order the spraying also pay for it.

The county received two bids for the spraying. The other was from C and E Contracting, Hampton. Loebig used to be affiliated with C and E Contracting but is now connected with the Iowa Western Company.

However, the bids were submitted by company officials, not by Loebig. Board Chairman Jack Foresman said that Iowa Western Company's bid was the lower of the two.

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