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Friday, May 25, 2012

100 years ago

The physicians of the County Medical Society met in the offices of Dr. L. A. Wescott on the evening of May 15 to formulate plans looking toward the building of a county hospital according to the law passed by the 33rd General assembly. A year ago the subject was talked of to some extent and the editor of the Times, at that time editor of the Sentinel, did some writing urging such a move, but nothing came of it and the subject has lain quiet to be revived now with the hopes of getting it before the voters at the fall election. The law is "An act to enable counties to establish and maintain public hospitals, levy a tax and issue bonds therefore, elect hospital trustees, maintain training schools for nurses, provide suitable means for the care of tuberculosis persons, and to make possible the ultimate establishment of an adequate supply of hospitals with equal rights to all and special privilege to none." It is necessary to get two hundred signers to the petition to the board of supervisors and as it is proposed to locate the hospital in Cherokee, it being the most central point, it will be necessary to have one hundred and fifty who are not residents of the town be the signers of the petitions which are being sent to the various towns.

This will be a hospital for all the people of the county, owned by them and encouraged by them, and is therefore a move that should interest every man and women, every club and every society in the county. It is not a charitable institution but a public hospital. "See that you get your name on the petition immediately as these petitions must be in the hands of the supervisors by July 1, 1912. Ask your physician who has a petition that you may sign, for if he has not one he probably knows who has. Let everybody get busy and keep busy. Some one might donate a site, others might donate a good sum of money in order that a larger and better hospital could be erected then the one asked for in the petition but however let everyone boost for a county hospital for the good of Cherokee county.

It is now practically certain that we are to have some paved streets and that before a great while. The town council has passed resolutions to that effect and the streets selected which will be paved first and probably this summer. On Main street it will start from the west side of the court house block and extend east to the east side of the high school grounds and possibly to the bridge across Railroad creek. The Third from Willow street to Second and Maple and Second street from Maple to Willow. Besides the streets the alleys will also be paved between these streets.

At this time there has been no decision made as to what material will be used. A number are in favor of either asphalt of concrete. Brick is objected to on account of the cost and for fear that it will not be satisfactory. The cost of concrete or asphalt should not be great as we have plenty of gravel right at home.

Parade will form at Post Hall at 9:30 under the direction of Marshal Starr and aids.

At the cemetery the ceremony of dedication the new monument will be a feature aside from the usual ritual service. The post adjutant will deliver the dedication address. Then will follow the decoration of graves.

At 12 o'clock the bells of the city will toll for five minutes.

At 1:30 the W.R.C. and G.A.R. will meet at Post Hall and at 2:15 will march to the Armory where the exercises of the afternoon will be held. A good program has been prepared by the W.R.C. for that part of the service. Senator J. U. Sammis will deliver the address. Citizens are requested to decorate their homes and business places.

75 years ago

Poppies which will be worn here in memory of the World war dead on Poppy day, May 29, have been received by Treptow unit of the American Legion auxiliary from Veterans' hospital, Des Moines, where they have been made by disabled war veterans. The flowers are crepe paper replicas of the famous poppies of France and Flanders, that flourished and bloomed amid the war's desolation. They are being arranged for citywide distribution on Poppy day.

"Each flower has been made with pains and care by some disabled World war veteran," Lillian Dahms, poppy chairman of the auxiliary, explained. "They are made to represent as closely as possible the little red flowers that these men saw in the fields of France where so many of their comrades still lie. Their significance comes from the sacrifices of those thousands of brave young Americans who died in the country's service on the battle field of France.

"Making the poppies has provided employment for many hundreds of disabled men through the winter and spring months. The work not only has enabled them to help support themselves and families, but also has been valuable as occupational therapy. It has been conducted in veterans' hospitals and in special poppy workrooms in every part of the country.

"Disabled veterans receiving little or no government compensation are the only ones employed in the poppy program. Preference is given to those with dependent families. The work is a Godsend to these men who could not possibly find or perform other employment."

It's tulip blossom time in Cherokee! At homes in all parts of the city, colorful beds of vivid red, white, yellow and variegated flowers enliven verdant lawns and add a cheery contrast.

A Daily Times reporter took a leisurely stroll through different sections of the city Tuesday night, noting how many places were given brilliant touches of beauty with tulip beds, other kinds of early flowers, blossoming trees, bushes and shrubbery.

It was observed that few homes were without flowers of some kind and that among the flowers present, tulips, of course due to their early blooming ability, predominated. In most cases the tulips were planted as borders to sidewalks, gardens and around the houses.

Vast Tulip Beds

Some homes had vast gardens of tulips containing hundreds of blossoms. At the Nathan Phipps home, 400 Spruce street, nearly 200 were said to be in bloom. Mrs. Phipps, however, said she thought 1,700 was more nearly correct. It was a beautiful sight, indeed; to view the huge array of flowers, set out in a rock garden scene. Breaking the monotony of the scene was a large bed of saucy, dark, lavender pansies and another of some tall yellow flowers.

Another extraordinarily large garden of tulips was viewed at the rear of the W. H. Bell home, 6210 North Roosevelt street. It was estimated there was at least 1,500 blooms at this place. Mrs. E. D. Huxford, 338 Fountain street, was reported to have had 1,200 blossoms in her yard, but this number has since diminished because of her generosity in presenting her friends with large bouquets.

Other places where large and colorful beds were seen included the homes of Mrs. Carl Goeb, 925 West Cherry; R. L. Kelly, 1122 West Cherry; Mrs. Chester Holden, 548 Bailey Court; Dr. C. E. Broderick, 536 Bailey Court; Mrs. Bert Boothby, 359 Fountain; and Mrs. W. K. Herrick, 801 W. Main.

Besides the tulip blossoms, several other kinds of early flowers can be seen. One home on Willow street near the Junior high school building had a splendid little growth of Bleeding Hearts and several small beds of the familiar Sweet Williams were in evidence.

WWII Honor Roll - During World War II the Cherokee County Honor Roll sat on the southwest corner of Main Street and Fifth Street. Although the boys were away at war, they were remembered at home.
A number of homes boasted window and porch boxes with radiant geranium plants, their bright crimson and rose hues attracting the eye at once.

Many trees are in blossom. Some of them are plum and cherry varieties. White and lavender lilac bushes are in blooms in all sections of the city.

A traveling salesman whose itinerary covers many Iowa cities, both larger and small than Cherokee, was heard to remark to a local customer, here recently that "when it comes to beautiful homes and flowers you can't beat Cherokee in the spring and summer."

After a stroll through the town, few could doubt him.

50 years ago

Some 1,800 persons turned out for the 78th annual Washington High School Commencement Thursday evening with 62 seniors graduating.

Officials termed the Commencement one of the "finest ever" and said the speaker, Guy M. Gillette, was outstanding.

Former U.S. Senator Gillette had as his topic: "Then and Now." During the course of his speech he paid tribute to graduates of the present and past.

Gillette said about 15,000 high schools and 6,000 colleges are holding graduation exercises now and probably 85 percent of them have the same theme, the world is yours now so take it and go into it.

The speaker said that he couldn't agree with the theme and thought it would take everyone's help with the mess the world is in today.

He made comparisons of the past and today and said there really are many things which are nearly the same.

Cherokee Grads

As an example of how far a graduate can go, the former senator told of a meeting he attended during his career in Washington . He said that also in attendance at this meeting were six highly successful men who were all graduates of Cherokee and all lived just a short way from the school.

During the program it was noted that the American flag displayed on the south wall of the auditorium flew over the capital of the U.S. when he was sworn in for his first term of office.

The program opened with the processional played by Diane Wilkie ad Sharon Hogan. Rev. Owen Wilmot gave invocation and soprano soloists Joan Davis and Gene Johnston sang "How Lovely Are They Dwellings."

Supt. R. L. Kinkead introduced the speaker and David W. Coviness, principal, presented the class. Diplomas were conferred by Dick Schalekamp, of the Board of Education. He also presented trophies to the Valedictorian Cheryl Thomas and Salutatorian Tom Wittkopp.

The program was closed by the high school chorus singing "America, Our Heritage" and benediction by Pastor Owen Wilmot.

With the exception of soybean planting, most farmers in Cherokee County have nearly completed field crop planting. Ninety percent or more of the corn is planted and oats seeding is complete.

This was the report given by Cherokee County Extension director Forrest Kohrt.

The director said that oats and new seeding stands are from average to good. In most cases, the new seeding in oats looks very good. Rain during the past week has improved the crops considerably.

Kohrt said that corn stands which are up still look spotted because the much of the corn was put in dry ground. In fields which were planted while the ground was moist there are also some spotted areas.

The extension man said that all sections of the county should have received enough rain this week to take care of these areas. The moisture situation is adequate now.

The soybean crop is about 50 percent planted but few fields are up enough to estimate how good the stand is. Some harrowing is yet to be completed in connection with the planting.

Pastures and hay ground look excellent at this time. First outing prospects in alfalfa and clover fields look very good.

Kohrt reminded farmers that suggested cutting time has been changed over recent years and it is felt that earlier cuttings are better. Officials feel that the best cutting time is just as the buds begin to swell previous to blooming.

Taking a look at the weed and grass situation, the director said that they are coming very fast in cultivated fields. The current outlook is that farmers will need dry weather at first cultivation time or there will be a generally heavy problem.

25 years ago

Homes and trees were damaged Monday evening when strong winds whipped through the eastside of Meriden.

The damage occurred at about 6:30 p.m. Early reports said the damage may have been caused by a tornado. The county was under a tornado watch at the time. However, reports from the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department said the damage was caused by high winds.

There were no injuries reported.

A mobile home owned by Mike Wilbur was blown about three feet off its foundation. The winds also ripped the awning off Wilbur's trailer and damaged his boat.

Wilbur said he was eating dinner when he saw a "sheet of rain" coming across the field from the south. After shutting a door and closing a window he heard a rumbling sound and told his wife and mother-in-law to hit the floor.

"We heard the rumbling and felt the trailer shake. But we didn't know it had moved," Wilbur said.

Roger Korleski, who lives up the road from Wilbur, said he was watching television when the winds hit.

"I heard a crash and looked out the window and saw the wind blowing. A big piece of tin came flying by," Korleski said.

After seeing the tin, Korleski ran for the basement.

The wind caused little damage to Korleski's home. However, a pine tree in the front lawn was snapped in half.

"The yard was filled with tin and branches," said Korleski's wife Shirley.

The tin was from Wilbur's trailer home.

The wind also caused damage to wooden shed at the Larry and Judy Heschke home, about two blocks west of Wilbur's home.

The wind ripped the shed form Heschke's backyard, carried it between two houses and deposited it in Heschke's front yard.

"My car was parked in the driveway. Then I heard a KABOOM. I looked out later and it (the shed) was sitting right next to the car," said Judy Heschke.

The shed was empty except for a few toys. Kimberly Heschke said the toys got "a little bit sliced up."

Awnings and trees at other nearby homes were also damaged. A tin shed belonging to Korleski's neighbor Lyle Mason received major damage.

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