Times Gone By

Friday, June 8, 2012

100 years ago

Some time during Tuesday night burglars made their annual visit to the Turner store in Marcus. This makes the seventh time that the store has been entered by burglars.

They broke out the window in the front part of the store, entering and then breaking the lock on the back door so that they could easily make their getaway.

Upon going to the store the following morning Mr. Turner discovered that twelve suits, of men's clothing, one lady's cravenette and some hangers had been taken. The hangers were found on the road between Remsen and Marcus and it is thought the burglars were very shrewd and went that far throwing away the hangers to make people think that was the route they took and then went in another direction.

The authorities were at once notified and started in search of the robbers. It is certainly hoped they will be captured and that they will be punished to the full extent of the law.

Friday morning the sad news of the death of Mrs. Grant Powell was received by her many friends. She had had several bad attacks of the disease before and for sometime her health had been getting worse.

On Thursday afternoon she had been up town and that evening she was visited by her sister-in-law, Mrs. Cotton, sand was apparently feeling good. Friday morning she did not arise at the usual time and her daughter-in-law called her but there was no response and she then opened the door to find Mrs. Powell was dead. A physician was called who thought death had occurred about two hours before.

Rebecca Allen was born Jan. 21, 1859, in Green county, Wisconsin and lived there until 1882, when she was married to Grant Powell and moved with him to Meriden, where they made their home for ten years and then moved to Cherokee, where they have since lived. To them were born four children, one of whom died in infancy. Those remaining are Bert, Byron and Harlan, all of whom reside in Cherokee. She leaves besides her husband and three boys an aged father and mother and two brothers, all of whom reside in Browntown, Wis.

Her brothers, Charles A. Allen and Clarence K Allen, were at the funeral. She died Friday morning, June 7, 1912. She joined the Methodist Episcopal church in her early life. The funeral services were held at the Methodist Episcopal church conducted by Rev. Charles Elmer Chapler and the body laid to rest in beautiful Oak Hill cemetery.

The sympathy of the entire community is extended to the sorrowing ones because of their loss.

75 years ago

In order to construct a new road in Rock township, Cherokee county board of supervisors Friday afternoon condemned a portion of land bordering fields on the Henry Woltman and William B. McFeeters estate farms. A strip seven feet wide on each farm, was condemned in order to widen the new highway.

T. M. Timmins was appointed appraiser to represent the county and County Auditor H. M. Montgomery was instructed to serve proper papers on owners. Damages caused by the condemnation will be paid to the owners after three appraisers, one of whom may be appointed by the owners, decide the amount due. Appraisers must file claims by June 14, and the hearing on protests will be held June 25.

Contract Rescinded

At the same meeting, the action of awarding a contract for culvert work to J. Rosenboom of Centerville, was rescinded when the board discovered itself to be in error on calculations of bids. Another firm, name not divulged, was said to have made a lower bid. The Centerville company will be asked to return its contract.

Bond of the Moville construction company was read and approved. Claim of Farmers' Elevator Company and St. Paer's store of Larrabee for supplies furnished Charles Urban while he was under quarantine was rejected as was the claim of Henry Loop for hauling dirt.

Creel Selected

R. E. Creel, Wilson high school principal, was appointed county weed commissioner at a salary of $100 per month and in this capacity he will head the county weed eradication machine in cooperation with the state weed control station at the state hospital.

Following domestic animal claims were read and allowed: Frank Chinn, claim of $9, allowed $9; Ott Conley, $12, $10; J. E. Pennington, $5, $5; Wilbert Dunn, $21.50, $19; Paul F. Hoyt, $46, $28; W. H. Hutchinson, $5, $5; Wilbert Dunn, $5.50, $5.

County Auditor Montgomery was instructed to advertise for bids on 400 100 lbs drums of sodium chlorate, bids to be accepted and opened 1:30 p.m. June 25.

Purchase of an Iron Fireman automatic furnace stoker from Karlsons and Betsworth of Cherokee for the installed price of $688 was approved.

Dr. Charles F. Quinn, 78, Cherokee county coroner and city health officer, died at Sioux Valley hospital here Tuesday at 12:05 o'clock. He had been a patient at the hospital for 10 days.

The veteran physician is survived by his wife and one son, Clarence, of Sioux City

Born in Wisconsin

Dr. Quinn was born in Wisconsin in 1859, the son of John and Sarah J. Fuller. His parents were farmers. The family traveled overland by covered-wagon to California I 1861, where Quinn's father died the following year. Following his death, the mother took her children, Charles, Albertus, and a younger sister back to New York with her by way of the Isthmus of Panama. Not being able to pay fare the family was forced to walk across the Isthmus. Shortly after arriving at New York, the family again moved west and took up residences in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa.

Left fatherless at an early age, Dr. Quinn was adopted in 1868 by Hollis S. Quinn of Bureau county, Ill., and took his name. In 1870, the Quinns came to Cherokee, finding it a pioneer district.

Quinn was then nine years of age. They camped for two weeks where the Fountain House Hotel was formerly situated. A short while afterwards Quinn's foster father purchased a farm near Meriden, and later moved to Sioux Falls, S. Dak.

His son, however, remained in Cherokee. In early manhood he became a pharmacist but afterward studied medicine and was graduated from the Sioux City College of Medicine with the class of 1894. Again in 1896 he took post graduate work there and studied in the post-graduate school at Chicago in 1900.

Dr. Quinn was married December 5, 1885, to Miss Ella E. Earl, Meriden, and to them were born three children: Arthur, Raymond and Clarence. Clarence is the only surviving child. Dr. Quinn was a Modern Woodmen and Mason, ranking in both York and Scottish rites.

In a short life sketch in the "History of Cherokee County" published in 1914, the writer of the book described Dr. Quinn as a "self-educated and self-made man whose advancement along intellectual and financial lines is attributable entirely to his own efforts. Laudable ambition prompted him at the outset of his career and his deep interest in his chosen life work constitutes one of the basic elements of his success.

From an early age he has made his own way in the world. He made it possible to acquire the education that has prepared him for important professional service. Praiseworthy ambition has actuated him from his youth and his determined purpose and unfaltering perseverance have constituted the foundation upon which he built his success."

50 years ago

Cherokee has won a five-year battle to land a permanent federal lease for Battery A. Third Howitzer Battalion, 14th Artillery Reserves.

Gunnar Osterling said today he has signed a lease to bring the reserve unit into the east half of the Osterling Bldg. at 607 East Main.

Battery A's moving date is scheduled for about July 1.

There were times when city officials and leaders wondered if a lease would be secured.

But receipt by Osterling of signed lease papers from Officer Thomas Coleman, U.S. Corps of Engineers, Omaha, ended the waiting.

Battery A., in search of a permanent home for sometime, has maintained temporary headquarters in the 4-H building at the Cherokee County Fairgrounds.


Hope's Fashion Farm was located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 59 and Highway 3. Note how there was just one barn at the time this photograph was taken. Currently The building is currently home to Bits and Pieces, which sells the finest Western wear around.

Under terms of the lease Osterling is to have the building remodeled by July 1.

The remodeling will be done by Grundman-Hicks Construction Co.

Gross area of the building is 5,500 square feet, according to the lease files.

The first floor is to be 60 x 100 except for two areas of 60 x 60 and 6 x 12.

Use will be made of two tracts of land--one 30 x 60 to the south of the building--and the other, 60 x 155, adjacent to the east of the structure. The gross land area is 11,100 square feet.

Office, classroom, storage and vehicle parking acres will be at the reserve's services. There'll be a fenced-in parking area measuring 60 x 70 feet.

Commanding officer of Battery A is Capt. Galen Rozenboom, Sanborn.

The unit's inception was in 1947.

25 years ago

Remodeling of the Cherokee County Secondary Roads Department will be done by a local firm.

The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors Monday awarded the contract to Grundman-Hicks Construction, Cherokee. The board received two bids on the project. Grundman-Hicks bid $43,419. Hatch Construction, Cherokee, bid $54,230.

The project is primarily being done to end a problem of diesel fumes floating from the building's shop area to the office area. The two areas are separated by a wall only.

The project will also increase storage space for the secondary roads department.

The work is being done in three phases: Removal of the present office area; extending a wall in the building, building the new office area addition, and doing interior work.

The first phase is being done by county road employees. The other two phases will be done by Grundman-Hicks.

When the project was first proposed, county engineer Al Loebig and assistant engineer Lynn Meikle said the work would probably cost around $25,000.

However, supervisors found the cost would be higher a few weeks ago, when they received an informal quote totaling $59,780. The quote was submitted by Grundman-Hicks, and was the only one received by the county.

Because of the amount of the quote, the supervisors had to order more specific specifications for the project and go through a formal bidding process.

Supervisor chairman Jack Foresman asked Loebig why the project's estimate was not more accurate. Loebig said several costs were not included in the estimate, including the cost of the steel Chief Building which will be used for the office addition. Also, department officials were unsure about contractor's labor costs.

Loebig said that despite the under estimated costs, there is enough money in the secondary roads budget for the project.

Supervisor Bill Hurd said that considering the costs of the remodeling project, it would have probably been cheaper to construct a completely new building for secondary roads.

Loebig said the remodeling project was the county's "best shot" at solving the diesel fuel problem. The supervisors agreed that the building has needed improvements for several years. Also, the remodeling project will keep the secondary road offices under one roof, and add much needed storage space, supervisors said.

Outside of project's construction costs, the county has already spent $12,000 on electrical and plumbing equipment and $9,700 for the Chief Building.

The county will save some money on the project, because students from Western Iowa Tech Community College will do most of the mechanical and electrical work on the addition.

Supervisors are hoping the project will be completed by August 1. Loebig said that despite a few delays, including the one created by the need to go to formal bidding, the project is on schedule.

While the work is being done, the engineer's office has been moved to the former Cherokee Chamber of Commerce office, 227 W. Maple St.

In other business, the board:

* Renewed a Child Support Recover contract with the state.

CSR is a program designed to insure divorced spouses pay their child support payments. Cherokee County manages the program for a four-county area in northwest Iowa.

The county received a financial incentive from the state for managing the program. The county's management costs are taken from the program, and anything left over is considered profit for the county.

Under the renewed contract, the county's incentive will be $10,185. Last year the county costs totaled about $4,000.

* Met briefly with Cindy Cadwell, Job Training Partnership Act representative.

The Cherokee County Conservation Commission recently hired two part-time employees through JTPA. Cadwell said the county pays half of their salary, while JTPA pays the other half.

* Approved a cigarette license for Liberty Food Service, which runs the cafeteria at Wilson Foods.

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