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Friday, June 1, 2012

100 years ago

The Class of 1912 -

Thirty Young People With Good Training For Life's Work

One of the Best Classes in the History of The Local School Finishes Its Work With A Fitting Program

Julia Allison has finished the Latin course. She has done good work in school and besides is a pianist of enviable ability. Her rendition of Chopin's "Polonaise" on last Friday evening showed the work of an artist. Julia expects to attend Downer next year and continue her work in music.

Ray Barnes has taken the commercial course. He has been of value to the high school in track work. His interpretation of the king in the class play excited much favorable comment and showed that he "reads" as well as "runs."

Francis Brown graduates from the Latin course. He entered high school from the country and has been one of the best students in the class. The last year found him an able member of the high school debating team that defeated LeMars in a brilliant contest. Francis plans to attend the State university and ultimately to enter the teaching profession.

Florence Frisbie has finished the Latin course and taken two years of German in addition. She has always been a good student and a help to the chorus. Her work in the class play deserves mention as a specimen of unusual grace. She is planning to attend college.

Ethel Dickinson is from the English course. During her high school course she has shown marked ability in dramatic work which she brought to a successful climax in the class play as Lady Psyche. In this role she was enthusiastically received for her matchless interpretation. Ethel plays the violin too and expects to give some lessons. She may return to the high school and complete the normal course.

Letha Gardner has taken the English course. She has been a great help in the high school chorus. She says she may teach.

Ruth Gardner has completed the Latin course and made a start on the normal training course which she expects to finish next year. She has sung regularly in the chorus and has always done good work.

Robert Gage graduates from the English course. He has been a busy man this year. He has debated and sung in the Glee club. He took one of the leading parts in the class play and covered himself with glory. Besides attending to all his school duties he has held the position of substitute mail carrier for a year. His plans for the future are uncertain.

Rae Heymer has taken the English course. He has been general utility man for the Electric Light company and a great help at the high school along the same line. He played football in 1910 and held the position of quarterback in the great Sioux City game of that season. Rae's work in the class lay proves him no mean dramatist. He may go to college next year.

Roy Hill entered Cherokee from Aurelia two and a half years ago and finished in the English course. He has done excellent work as a student and has taken a large part in other activities of school life. He has debated and sung in the Glee club and chorus. He played quarterback on the team of 1911 when Cherokee won the state championship. His dramatic ability was well shown in his handling of the part of Gama in the class play. Roy may go to college.

Ralph Hotz has finished the commercial course. He has worked persistently and conscientiously. Around the school he has always been quiet, and attend strictly to business. He played football a while in 1910 and 1911.

Ethel Hull has taken the Latin course and has done exceptionally good work. Her interpretation of the "Princess" showed that the faculty made no mistake in giving her the leading part. She plans to teach next year and will undoubtedly make a fine teacher. Her personality is a guarantee of her success.

Florence Jacobs is from the Latin course. She has been doing some normal work and plans to complete the normal course next year. She has been of valuable assistance to the high school as accompanist for opening exercises and has sung in the chorus.

Floyd Jewell, the youngest member of the class, graduates from the commercial course. He has used his spare time to improve the Illinois Central road bed. He has been a faithful student and will make a good record at business college if he goes as he is planning.

Almeda Leonard finishes the English course. She tried Morningside for one semester but finding out the superiority of the Cherokee High, she returned to finish here. She says that her plans are not definitely made.

Viola Lohnes, the class secretary, has completed the Latin course. She has sung in the chorus for four years. Her work in the class play was very creditable. She may return for normal work next year, but plans ultimately to go to Ames to take up a course in home economics.

Amos Mathews, of the Latin course, has been class president. He won first honors with an average of over 95 per cent. He delivered forcefully a strong oration on the commencement program. He executed well one of the leading parts in the class play and was a member of the state championship football team of 1911. He says he is going to college.

Irene McKishan has completed the Latin course with two years of German. She has sung in the chorus during the entire course. Her presentation of the class gift on the commencement program, given in her winning natural style, was greatly appreciated. Irene will go to college.

Fern Melter has taken the commercial course. She has been a faithful student and a great help on the chorus and the Girls' Glee club. She plans to go to college for a course in public speaking.

Alpha Murphy has had two years of German in addition to the Latin course, carried extra work for two years of her high school career and always maintained a high average. Her plans for the future are not definite.

Hattie Nelson entered the high school from the country and has always been a comfort to her teachers. During the last year she was a valuable assistant in the commercial department of which she is a graduate. She has done excellent work in the chorus. She plans to attend commercial college. Those who know her well feel sure of her success in her chosen line.

Irvin Nelson, more cream of the country school, is also a graduate of the commercial department and is one of the youngest members of the class. His work in the class play was of the highest order. He played the invincible guard on the celebrated 1911 football team. Irvin has always been a good student and very fittingly closed his high school career with the masterly presentation of his declamation on commencement evening. He plans to go to college in a year or two.

Ellen Patterson has taken some normal work in addition to the regular Latin course. She plans to return next year. She has been a member of the chorus and a good student always.

Charles Pendleton graduated from the Meriden high school in 1911 and came to Cherokee where he has finished the English course. He has made an excellent student and has sung in the chorus. He plans to go to college.

John Rogers has taken two years of German and finished the Latin course. He came from the country and has been an excellent student. He is noted for his perseverance. He has been a valuable man on the track as a long distance runner. He plans to farm for a year or two and then go to college.

Stanley Shepard has completed the English course. His high school career has been divided between Hudson, Vinton and Cherokee. His plans for the future are uncertain but he will likely go to college in a year or two.

Mary Stace Graduates from the commercial department. She has been a strong member of the chorus and Girls' Glee club. Her declamation at the commencement program was given with a sweetness of style that captivated the audience. Mary may teach for a year or two.

Ernest Stocking has taken the commercial course. It is said that the English are slow, and Ernest is the exception that proves the rule. His conscientious work will insure his success in whatever he undertakes.

Hazel Wallace graduates from the English course and plans to return for the normal course next year. Those who know her and have worked with her feel already that her cheerful disposition will make her life work easier whatever it may be.

Ellen Weart graduates from the Latin course. She has been a fine student and stands a close second for honors in the class. Those who heard her in the class play are one in the opinion that she possesses marked dramatic ability and her oration on commencement evening showed that she is an able speaker as well. Ellen will attend Knox college.

75 years ago

Roy Huff, Cherokee alleged to be implicated with two companions Saturday in car and garage robberies at Sutherland was being held in O'Brien county jail on charges of "larceny in the night," the O'Brien County attorney reported Wednesday.

His companions, Don Speelmon and Jens Nielson, were being detained for further investigation. All three young men were to be arraigned Thursday at Primghar before Justice of the Peace George Little.

The trio was arrested Saturday night after they had allegedly stolen several articles from the car and garage of C. B. Jensen at Sutherland. In a scuffle with Huff the Sutherland man was said to have been beaten about the face. Huff's clothes were torn and officials said he raced out of town in Speelmon's small Austin automobile only to abandon it later.

Sheriff Ed Lemkull, of O'Brien county, declared he thought the arrests would "clear up car and garage accessories thefts in and around Primghar during the past few months."

Sheriff A. N. Tilton Wednesday noon announced several juvenile offenders had been taken into custody Tuesday night on suspicion of having part in the recent thefts of articles from parked automobiles in Cherokee. Because the youths are minors, their names were not revealed. Tilton indicated several others would be picked up for investigation.


The accidental discharge from a 410 gauge shotgun he was cleaning at the rear of the John Doupe farm home north of Cherokee Thursday afternoon fatally wounded Merritt Gilbert, 27, son of Mr. and Mrs. B. W. Gilbert of Meriden. The accident occurred at 2:15 o'clock.

The charge struck Gilbert's chest on the left side near his heart. He was discovered prostrate on the ground by Doupe, Wayne Lockin and a hired man.

Dr. J. H. Wise, Sheriff Tilton and Deputy Dan E. Danielson were summoned immediately and the injured man rushed to Sioux Valley hospital. He died there a short time later.

"Unquestionably an accident" was Sheriff A. N. Tilton's opinion. In the absence of C. H. Quinn, coroner, who is ill, Archie R. Nelson, county attorney, told the Daily Times Thursday noon there "would be no inquest. It appears from all angles to have been an accident," he said.

Gilbert was working for Doupe as a hired hand. His father is a member of the Meriden school board.

Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon, with prayer at the home at 3:30 o'clock and services at 4:00 o'clock at the Methodist church in Cherokee. Rev. John Farnham will officiate and Rev. W. O. Dailey will assist. Burial will be at Oak Hill cemetery. Appleyard and Boothby is in charge.

He is survived by his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. B. W. Gilbert of Cherokee township, and two brothers and two sisters. The sisters are Mrs. Lester Kirchoff of Cleghorn, and Dorothy, at home and the brothers, Gerald and Laurence at home.


A sudden and dashing torrent of rain best down over Cherokee county late Sunday afternoon, doing little property damage but sending rivers and streams coursing bank-full down their channels throughout the area. Weatherman J. E. Wirth reported a total of nearly an inch and a quarter of precipitation.

The abrupt storm centered over the southeastern section and traversed a path in that direction. Ida county felt the full force of the downpour. Fields were badly washed and the Maple river, which runs between Cherokee and Aurelia, was out of its banks all the way through Ida county. Lowlands in that territory were inundated, and in many cases families were forced to evacuate.

In Cherokee the Little Sioux was within inches of its flood stage as a wall of water rolled down from the north and in some low places it had already poured over. It receded rapidly, however, and Tuesday morning had gone down about three feet. The current still remained strong, nevertheless, and all kinds of debris was being carried downstream.

In many places in the county, Highway No. 59 and other roads were temporarily under water in low places where streams overflowed or water drained down from a field or incline. Road beneath the railroad underpass south of Cherokee on No. 59 Sunday night and Monday morning was impassable where a huge puddle had formed.

Many fields were badly washed and crops recently planted damaged. Some fields may be replanted if they dry soon enough or else some other crop will have to be put in later.

A severe storm was reported in the vicinity of Alta and Storm Lake. The lake level was reported to have risen several inches and many streams and rivers in Buena Vista county were at flood stage. Serious damage to crops also was reported.

County Agent C. H. Thompson declared he did not know whether or not the rain had destroyed any of the grasshoppers infesting Cherokee county but said he was planning to make a tour of inspection later Tuesday to see what effect it did have upon their incubation.

50 years ago

The Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital Planning Board has submitted building plans for review by the Iowa Department of Health and Hill-Burton fund officials to facilitate an appreciation for grant-to-aid.

At the preliminary session in Des Moines last week, plans centered on an application for Hill-Burton aid at an early date.

Estimated construction costs as given by the architect total $1,201,750.

The Des Moines conference indicated that the current plan would be approved along the lines being developed. It was also pointed out that further study and development should be next to complete initial plans.

This coincides with the idea of starting work drawings perhaps in August.

F. V. Pickworth of the Hill-Burton Administrators said there is no current authority to commit funds until Congress passes an appropriation.

Process and Review

But Pickworth added that the plans will be processed and reviewed so that final approves--when funds become available--will prove almost automatic.

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Hope's Fashion Farm - Hope's Fashion Farm was located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 59 and Highway 3. Note how there is just one barn at the time this photograph was taken. The building is now the home of 'Bits and Pieces', which sells the finest Western wear around.
Present at the session in the offices of the State Department of Health: Dr. H. J. Fishman,, M.D. Dr. H. D. Seely, M.D. James Dunn, Lee Miller, Ken Hobson, all of Cherokee; Doyle Simonsen, Quimby; Fred Ducommun, Cleghorn; Dane Morgan, Carl Blum, hospital architects, Burlington; John Sweetland, hospital consultant, Minneapolis; H. W. Stricker, Pickworth, representing Hill-Burton Administrators.


It was announced today that the Cherokee Creamery, 301 West Locust, has been sold to Alta and Minnesota firms.

The creamery, which was established her in 1907, was sold by Carl Goeb, owner and operator.

Goeb reported that the butter operation has been sold to the Alta Cooperative Creamery and Rochester Marigold has purchased the ice cream plant. The new owners are to take over the business today.

One of Cherokee's oldest firms, the creamery manufactured Pride of Iowa butter and Velvet Ice Cream.

Since it was established 97 years ago, the creamery built up a trade radius of 35 miles and was maintaining six trucks.


C. L. Hoagland, of the Chamber of Commerce Retail Trade Bureau announced today that stores in Cherokee will cooperate with the Freedom Bond Drive by giving away four $25 Savings Bonds, Tuesday, June 5 at 3 p.m.

The bonds are being given in conjunction with the Freedom Bond display which will also be in the city on June 5.

About 75 Retail Bureau stores and business houses are taking part in the project and will have registration boxes set up in their business places. Bonds are being given by the Chamber Retail Trade Bureau.

Each bond will go to a different winner who must be 18 years-old and present for the drawing which will take place at 3 p.m.

The drawing will be held at the display on Main Street. The display will arrive at 1:30 p.m. with two National Guardsmen. It will be escorted into the city by Cherokee County Sheriff Carl Schleef.

The display includes a replica of the "Honest John Rocket" and Iowa's Liberty Bell, a model of the original. The bond display will visit some 50 Iowa communities during the bond drive.

25 years ago

A group of Cherokee County employees have petitioned to form a union.

The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors received notice of the petition Monday.

According to the petition, approximately 20 county employees have filed with the Public Employment Relations Board for the formation of a collective bargaining unit. The unit would include clerical, technical, custodial employees and radio operators. It would not include department heads, such as supervisors or the county auditor, or department deputies.

Supervisor David Phipps said the petition came as a surprise to the board, but that county officials have heard comments about a move toward unionization by county employees for several months.

Phipps said the recent 75-cents-an-hour pay raise awarded to the county's secondary road employees probably prompted the unionization talks.

For three years, all county employees have been under a wage freeze. During contract negotiations with the Cherokee County Secondary Roads Employee Association this year, the supervisors tried to stick with the wage freeze. However, negotiations wound up in arbitration, with the arbitrator ruling in favor of the raise for secondary road employees.

"It was a liberal salary increase, especially in these times," Phipps said.

Jack Lipovac, with the Iowa Industries Council, told the board the 75-cents-an-hour increase was a significant raise for secondary road employees. Lipovac has been assisting the county with development of an updated personnel policy.

Monday, Lipovac was hired to assist the supervisors in dealing with the unionization issue.

The petition was filed with the PER Board through the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 61, Des Moines. The petition says about 20 county employees are involved in the petitioning, but no names were supplied to the supervisors.

The supervisors are now required to send a list of employees and their job descriptions to the PER Board. The PER Board will use the list to verify the interest shown by the petition.

Cases on determining the creation of collective bargaining units can be settled informally. However, if an agreement is not reached informally by June 11, the PER Board will schedule a hearing on the matter.

Eventually, county employees may have to vote on whether to create a collective bargaining unit to represent them.

Phipps said he felt that if the employees did unionize they would probably regret it a few years down the road.

"I think it will cause an adversarial relationship between employer and employee--a constant stirring of issues and grievances and so forth. That's my opinion, I guess," Phipps said.

In other business, the board approved transfers of $120,000 from the rural basic fund and $10,000 from the general basic fund to the secondary roads account. The board also approved a transfer of $6,000 from the Department of Human Services account into the Workfare program account. Workfare is a new DHS program, where certain recipients of assistance will have to work before receiving benefits.



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