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Friday, May 18, 2012

Class of 1897 - In 1897 the students of Cherokee held their commencement program. This weekend, the Cherokee Class of 2012 will hold theirs.
100 years ago

The Art Club closed its year's work with a social session on Tuesday afternoon in the Presbyterian dining rooms which was perhaps the most artistic and beautifully appointed luncheon of its kind given in this city.

It was prepared by the Westminster Circle who spared neither time nor energy nor capability to accomplish their ultimate result and they are to be congratulated on the artistic effect as well as the delicious menu prepared for Art Club and its friends.

The guests were met in the church parlors by Mesdames Eshelman, Jacobs and Wilson, at 4 p.m. and marched down stairs. The tables extended the full length of the dining room form north to south and from east to west forming a T. The color scheme of yellow and white was emphasized by the numerous candles shaded in soft yellow alternating with low bouquets of yellow tulips on the white damask.

Ferns and vines formed the centerpieces. At each plate resting on a monogrammed napkin lay a fragrant bunch of white lilac and a dainty hand painted place card in yellow. The latter were the work of Mrs. H. Richards and were much admired.

The appetizing menu of three courses was also in yellow and white and was partaken of by sixty-two guests. Soft music from the Victrola operated by Mrs. Jr. Nelson was given during the luncheon adding much to the enjoyment of the afternoon.

The president of the Art Club, Mrs. G. W. Eshelman gave a pleasant talk and introduced Mrs. Elizabeth Hanson who rendered the most excellent readings for which she was given a generous ovation.

Mrs. Hanson's ability is much appreciated and is on the kind that never tires. One feels a desire to hear her on every possible occasion knowing full well they will find a new and unexpected pleasure in her work. Miss Alma North also gave a reading and two Victrola selections by Melba and Sembrich closed an afternoon of pleasure.

H. A. Holmes and force of men are busy this week laying the foundation of the new cement livery and feed barn for Bube Morrill on the lot west of the Farmers National bank. The building when finished will measure 500 feet around it.

The east side will be 188 feet, north side 100, west side 92, and 140 feet across southwest corner where the lot is cut off for road. The walls will be about twenty feet high and the roof which will be of iron will slope to the west leaving a good large bay mow over the east portion.

The plans are not yet complete for the interior but Mr. Morrill figures on having room for about sixty head of horses in the stalls besides having a large room where the farmers can drive in and tie their teams.

When completed Aurelia will have a livery and feed barn second to none. The beauty of the thing is that home industry is getting the benefit of doing the work.

The cement blocks are manufactured right here in town, the contractor lives here and other labor will be done by home men as much as possible, Aurelia is doing things.

75 years ago

Walter Anderson, about 60, who lives a half mile south of Aurelia, mysteriously disappeared Wednesday morning after making a trip in his automobile to Cherokee. Alarmed when he did not return, relatives notified Sheriff A. N. Tilton, who at once began a hunt for the aged man, notifying police radio stations and officials of nearby towns.

Anderson has been in ill health recently and has suffered from eye trouble. He was treated in a Sioux City hospital during the winter and spring. He was in Sioux City Tuesday.

Wednesday morning, he left his home in Aurelia, bound for the Clay Dawson farm to get potatoes. The farm is three miles southwest of his home.

When relatives phoned the Dawson place at noon and found he had not been there, they became alarmed and drove to Cherokee, where they found his automobile parked in front of the old opera house. Jack Cannon, who operates the service station across the street, said he noticed the vehicle there at 7 a.m.

Employees at a local store said Anderson had called there late Wednesday and had made several small purchases, paying with a check.

Early Thursday morning, a driver for a Fort Dodge bakery notified Cherokee officials he had seen a man resembling Anderson walking along the highway near Fort Dodge. Police at Fort Dodge were notified to watch for him.

First Garfield School - This is a 1903 picture of the first Garfield School located on Willow Street on the same grounds that the second Garfield School was built. According to the information on the back of this photograph, the first school was built in 1884.

Possibility that the Staab vs. State Highway commission road litigation might be renewed was given basis Thursday, May 15, when defendant's application for a new hearing was taken under advisement here by District Judge O. S. Thomas.

Johanna Staab is seeking $3,000 damages alleged caused when the Iowa State Highway commission widened a road through her property near Cleghorn. The commission has already paid her a little less than a fifth of the sum she asks. She was granted judgment in the first trial at the March term of court.

Judge Thomas studied several other cases Thursday. In the case, H. J. Brachney, et al, vs. Nat Berliner, et al, the plaintiff's motion to strike counter claim of defendant was submitted and taken under advisement. Plaintiff seeks to attach grocery stock of the defendant to settle a debt.

Application for appointment of a referee was denied in the case, Emma Rathbun vs. William Drefke, et al. Drefke sought a receivership for his farm property.

Costs were taxed Cherokee county in a suit brought by Joseph McConnell to recover damages. The county plans straightening a road through McConnell's property which will result in the destruction of a small grove of trees.

The court decided that if the county pursued its action, it would have to compensate McConnell accordingly.

An application for continuance was granted in the moratorium case, Grace Williams vs. Joel Benson.

50 years ago

The rural Electrification Administration has announced the following loan:

North Dakota-Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Bismarck, N. D., $36,600,000 loan to be used for the following purposes:

$35,000 to finance construction of 15 miles of 230 kilovolt transmission line and related facilities; $690,000 for administrative, general and miscellaneous costs.

The generating plant will be fired with lignite coal.

It's the largest single-unit plant ever financed by REA and is scheduled for operation in 1965. The transmission line will connect the plant with U.S. Bureau of Reclamation facilities at Garrison Dam. Power from the new plant will be transmitted over bureau lines.

Basic Electric Power Cooperative is a new borrower of REA loan funds and was incorporated May 5, 1961. It was created to meet the deficit power needs of its member and prospective member in the Upper Missouri Basin area.

Basin now represents 76 REA financed co-ops. Initially, however, Basin expects to meet the deficit power needs of at least 61 of these co-ops now providing central station electric service to more than 140,000 farm and other rural consumers in North and South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana and Wyoming.

Fifty-four of the 61 cooperatives have completed arrangements to buy wholesale power from Basin's proposed new plant. Of these, 52 are members of six existing generation and transmission cooperatives who handled the arrangements on an individual basis.

The REA-financed distribution cooperatives include: Cherokee County Rural Electric Cooperative, Cherokee; O'Brien County Rural Electric Cooperative, Primghar; Plymouth Electric Cooperative Ass'n., LeMars; Ida County Rural Electric Cooperative, Ida Grove. All members of the Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative (NIPCO) LeMars.

Myrna Mohn and Kathleen Flanigan have been revealed as Valedictorian and Salutatorian of Aurelia Community High School, respectively.

Miss Mohn, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eitel Mohn, has maintained a 3.97 grade point during her high school career.

The 18-year-old girl has been active in student council, annual staff, girls glee club, mixed chorus, band and Northwest Iowa band. She took part in the junior class play, played girls basketball and was an FHA member.

Miss Flanigan maintained a 3.94 grade average and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Flanigan.

Seventeen-years-old, she has been editor of the school newspaper, "Bulldog Barks," was on the library staff, in pep club, declam and a member of FHA.

The students will be presented during class night ceremonies Monday, May 21.

A trophy will be presented to each student at that time.

25 years ago

Some people receiving financial assistance from the Department of Human Services will now have the opportunity to work for it.

The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors Monday approved county participation in the department's Work Experience Program beginning June 1.

Under the program, all recipients of county general relief assistance and some recipients of Aid to Dependent Children will have to perform public service work before receiving benefits. The ADC recipients covered by program include only those in two-parent households where both parents are unemployed.

The Work Experience Program is designed to teach work skills to the unemployed, while helping the county get some return on assistance distributed through DHS.

The people who work through the program will not be paid for the work, but will be required to do it if they are to receive assistance. The participants will also be required to show up to work on time and perform supervised duties. Failure to do the work as required can result in the loss of the job, and, subsequently, the loss of the assistance.

"If they don't do the job, they don't get their assistance the next month," Frey said.

Frey said there may be some cases where work cannot be found for a person. In these cases, the person will still receive assistance, while work is being found.

The program's coordinator, Lelaine Anderson, will establish work sites for the people involved in the program. Work will be done for non-profit entities. Work sites have been targeted, but have not been chosen yet. They include various county agencies, area cities and school districts, the Work Activity Center, Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital and the Cherokee Mental Health Institute. Types of work under the program include janitorial, lawn mowing, maintenance, painting, snow removal and grounds keeping.

Frey said officials with the county, the city of Cherokee and the WAC have already expressed interest in the program.

Frey said she expects an average of 10 to 12 people to be involved in the program.

The program will cost $7,384. This covers the salary for the program coordinator, travel expenses, office supplies, workman's compensation insurance and general liability insurance. The county will fund the program, but will receive 60 percent, or $4,430, reimbursement from the state.

According to figures supplied by Frey, the Cherokee County DHS office distributed $16,736 in ADC from September, 1986, to February, 1987. From October, 1986, to March, 1987, the office distributed $5,381 in county general relief assistance.

The board also approved bids from Sleezer Roofing and Hatch Masonary for the installation of a new roof over the garage and jail section of the Law Enforcement Center.

Sleezer and Hatch submitted their bids together. Sleezer submitted a bid of $4,950 for the roof work, and Hatch submitted a bid of $1,800 to $2,500 for inside and outside wall work.

The county received five bids for the project. Because there were no specifications for the project, there were variations in the way the bidders approached the project. Wayne Sleezer, owner of Sleezer Roofing, said the project should have had specification so all the contractors would have been bidding on the same thing. Board chairman Jack Foresman thanked all the bidders and apologized for the lack of specifications.

The board accepted the Sleezer-Hatch bid after deciding the inside and outside wall work needed to be done.

In other business, the board:

* Scheduled the bid letting for the secondary roads building remodeling project for June 8. The building is being remodeled so diesel fumes will not float from the shop area into the office area. The fumes have caused some problems in the past, and the county has received several complaints.

* Al Loebig, county engineer, said electrical and plumbing equipment will cost about $12,000. The county has already purchased a $9,700, 1,600 square foot steel structure form Chief Buildings which will be used for a new office area.

* Approved an auctioneer's license for Pinky Nelson, Aurelia.

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