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Friday, May 11, 2012

100 years ago

Saturday the people of Aurelia were startled with the news that the store operated by Geo. Garber had been entered during the preceding night and about $200.00 worth of silk, fifteen dollars in cash, two hand grips, one suit case and a lot of men's furnishings taken. The robbery was not discovered until nearly eight o'clock when Mr. Garber arrived at the store.

He was attracted by some wrappings which were littered on the floor and upon closer investigation found that all his silk was gone, and on further examination found the other things missing we have mentioned. Whoever did the trick was either well acquainted with the store or were expert at the business and the latter is probably true.

The store was entered by one of the front doors which had been carefully locked after the thieves got when they wanted. The back doors were bolted so no one could enter without injuring the fastenings. The cash register which contained the money was also opened without injuring it in any way. The combination of the register might have been discovered by accident, but experts would probably have little trouble in discovering it.

At first it was thought the work had been done by some Jews who had been paddling silks and dress goods through the country the day before, but these were found at Sac City where they were searched and the officers soon convinced they were not the parties wanted. Clues at Omaha and Sioux City were also investigated, but nothing has so far come of the search.

After the officers and the proprietor had left for Sac City to find the Jews it was discovered by Alex McKinnon, a mail carrier, that an auto had been left on the east side of town during the night and that it had started east. On account of the rain it is certain the track had only been made a short time before but he failed to report the matter until after he returned in the afternoon from his trip.

From the way the car slid around on the road it must have been soon after the rain and the way the driver got off the road shows that he was a stranger or had no lights. It is now supposed the parties came in the auto and left it on the outskirts of town and after making the raid returned to it and made their escape. Since so many miles can be covered in such a short time with a machine it is likely the thieves were a hundred miles away when the robbery was discovered.

Fixing the past - Back in 1971, the Cherokee downtown sidewalks were redone to fill in old entrances and coal chutes, as pictured here in front of what is now Wilson's TV and Appliance.
At present there appears to be little hope of ever catching them.

Aurelia has a good night watch who said he had examined every door about 10 o'clock the evening before, going around again at twelve o'clock. Although he flashed his light into the windows he did not see anyone or did not hear anyone during the night. He also says he met every train the came in and saw that no one came or left on thems.

75 years ago

Mrs. Florence Lingwood, Miss Elenor Stevenson and Earl Herine have been named to supervise the girls' play program here, Mrs. Francis Naulteus has announced. The three were in LeMars Tuesday attending a school of instruction under the direction of Miss Claudine Humble, district supervisor of recreation.

With opening day, June 1, less than three weeks away, Wa-tan-ye club Tuesday issued a general appeal for donations of play equipment for the new girls' playground at Wescott park.

The project is sponsored by the organization, headed by Mrs. Francis Naulteus, committee chairman.

Mrs. Naulteus said Tuesday the club would appreciate gifts of volley balls, soft balls, soccer balls, bats, sets of one-half pound horseshoes, croquet sets, volleyball and tennis nets, tennis balls, coping saws and blades, hammers, pincers, pen-knives, screw-drivers, tin snips, jumping ropes, scissors, crayons, paints and varnishes and paint brushes. She said all of these articles are necessary and are needed immediately. Anyone having something to donate, is asked to call the Chamber of Commerce if they cannot bring it to the Chamber offices, and someone will be sent out after it.

If anyone has equipment which could be repaired, the committee will be glad to get it and make the necessary repairs.

Seventeen schools within a 23 mile radius of Cherokee have been invited to attend a "Play-Day" celebration to be staged here Saturday by members of the Wilson high school Girls' Athletic association, Miss Helen Kurtz, instructor, has announced.

Emphasizing the event is not for inter-school competition, Miss Kurtz declared its purposed was "play for play's sake," She said the girls hoped to make it an annual affair.

"It gives the GAA an opportunity to be hostess to girls of other schools like the boys are hosts to boys of other schools in their track meets," Miss Kurtz said.

Wilson high school girls are scheduled to give instruction in volleyball to visiting schools during the morning session. In the afternoon, track and field events will be held.

Officials are: Mary Taylor, clerk of course; Katherine Soth, head finish judge; Vera Pratt, assistant; Mary Berne, head starter; Cleda Wellborth and Alice Jones, event judges.

An informal dance in the high school gymnasium during the evening will conclude the program.

50 years ago

A number of new sales department promotions and appointments have been announced by Lundell Manufacturing Company, Inc., Cherokee, according to Warren Held, direct field sales manager.

Gary Pittman, former sales office manager, has been named direct factory representative for southwestern Iowa to replace Loren Guiter, who has been named direct factory representative for the state of Indiana.

Sterling Johnson, former Worthington, Minn., implement dealer, has been appointed direct factory representative for Northwest Iowa and Gene Finch, former distributor for Wisconsin, has been named manufacturer's representative for that state.

Russell Stratton, Lundell general sales manager, said these appointments and promotions are a part of Lundell Mfg. Company's extensive program of bringing about a closer relationship between factory and dealer in sales and service contacts by working on a direct sales basis through factory employed sales people who live and work in the areas they represent. This program has already proven itself in Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, South Dakota, Arizona, California, Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana.

Lundell Mfg., Co., Inc., manufactures a full line of field-to-feed lot farming systems, including the new field watering system, marketed on a world-wide basis.

Plans have been made by the fathers of PeeWees and other interested sports enthusiasts to sponsor two dances simultaneously for the benefit of the summer PeeWee baseball program.

These dances will be held at VFW Hall and Eagles Hall on Thursday, May 17, commencing at 9 p.m.

Bob Conley's Combo will play at the VFW and Al Holler's band at the Eagles. The services of these two groups and the use of the halls have been donated for this worthwhile project.

All proceeds will be used to purchase bats, balls, and other equipment for the betterment of the league.

Boys participating in the baseball program will sell the dollar donation dance tickets from door to door starting this Saturday evening.

These youngsters will be under the direct supervision of Hal Scott, Walt Starkey, Wayne Murrell and Rob Curran on the east side of town. Don Groff, Marty Anderson, Don Campbell, and Don Campbell Jr., will be in charge of the west side of town. Tickets may also be purchased form the following individuals: Frank Phipps, Beryl Simmons, Emmett Holton, John Dean, Gary Jobe, Kenny Rupp.

New water main - 1971 was also the year that the City of Cherokee put in a new water main as pictured here going down Second Street in downtown Cherokee.
Tentative plans call for three divisions in this league this summer consisting of three age groups: 9 and 10, 11 and 12, 13 to 15. There are approximately 240 signed up to play baseball this summer.

The sponsors ask residents to leave their porch lights on Saturday evening until they have been contacted. Sales will be made between 6 and 8:30 p.m.

25 years ago

Remodeling the secondary roads building is going to cost more than county officials expected.

The estimated cost of the project was $25,000, which allowed the board of supervisors to accept quotes for the project instead of going through a formal bidding process.

However, on Monday the one quote the board received for the project came in at $59,780.

The board rejected the quote, which was from Grundman-Hicks Construction of Cherokee, and directed county engineer Al Loebig to make alterations on the project specifications and then begin a formal bidding process.

The alteration in the specifications will allow Grundman-Hicks to submit a new bid on the project.

The project involved three phases: Removing the present office area at the secondary roads building; extending a wall through the building and then constructing a new office area, and doing interior work.

Grundman-Hicks' quoted $27,330 for Phase I and III and $35,030 for Phase II. The firm quoted the $59,780 figure if hired to do all three phases.

Lynn Meikle, assistant to the engineer, said that in figuring the $25,000 estimate he was unsure of the cost of building the steel office structure and how much a contractor's labor costs would be.

The project was expected to begin in one or two weeks with completion targeted for August. However, because the county will have to go through a formal bidding process, the project will be delayed a few weeks, Meikle said.

The secondary roads building is being remodeled so diesel fumes will not float form the shop area into the office area. The building has had a problem with this for several years, and the county has received a number of complaints about it. The extension of the wall through the building will create a hallway between the shop and office areas. The areas are now separate by a wall.

The remodeling will also create extra storage room at the building, including a vault for irreplaceable documents.

In other business, the board:

* Accepted a $1,575 bid from Haselhoff Construction, Cherokee, for the remodeling of the courthouses' magistrate court office. The magistrate's office will be moved into the former sheriff's office, next to the board of supervisors' meeting room. The Homemaker Health office will then be moved into the former magistrate's office next to the Public Health Nurses' office.

* Approved the purchase of a new Motorola communication system for the secondary roads department. The system will cost $43,558. Sioux Valley Communications will have the installation and maintenance contract for the system.

* Decided to have the U.S. Post Office install mailboxes in the courthouse. The boxes will be for the various county offices in the courthouse. The board decided to install in the boxes after meeting with Jerry Phipps, Cherokee postmaster. Some county offices now have separate boxes at the post office. These will be eliminated with the boxes at the courthouse. Each box at the post office now costs $243 a year.

* Approved a cigarette license for Casey's General Store, Marcus.

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