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Friday, July 6, 2012

100 years ago

Country living - No information is available for this photograph, but it shows the simple living that many of the early settlers endured while fulfilling their dreams.
Friends of Ed Rice were somewhat surprised to hear of his making anyone so provoked as to take a shot at him.

He is one of the most inoffensive fellows on the east side of the county, but even that sort of a person cannot keep out of trouble all of the time.

Mr. Rice accompanied by his son Ronald and brother-in-law Geo. Fritz was on his way to a field he has rented.

When about a mile northwest of town they came to where two men were camping and as they were driving by asked in a joking way if they had any trading stock on hand. It was then the fireworks commenced, and Rice got busy with his mules. Fortunately no one was hurt and as soon as a telephone could be reached the deputy sheriff was notified and he was taken at once to Aurelia in Roe Unger's car.

By the time they got there the men had left and were overtaken on the east side of town on their way to Alta. Here they were covered by most of the heavy artillery in town and the fellow who had been very brave before now became very meek. He admitted the shooting but said he just did it to scare and there is no denying that he scared.

The fracas occurred about eight o'clock Tuesday morning and by eleven the fellow was in the county jail. His partner was not molested as he took no part in the shooting.

The man gave the name of Clyde Smith and says his father lives in Holstein and is a doctor and that he has a brother in Sioux City who he wanted to defend him.

From his actions and the fact that he tried, in Aurelia, to buy opium it is supposed he is a drug fiend.

Whatever he is it is not safe to let him have his liberty and perhaps a few years in the pen will clean him up. He was given a hearing before Mayor Fraser and will have to await the action of the grand jury.

75 years ago

City and county officials Wednesday declared they would make no intensive investigation into the escape of Emmett Flynn form the city jail late Monday night.

"We're glad to be rid of him and he won't cost the county or city any more money," was the consensus of opinion. The officers indicated Flynn would probably "stay clear of Cherokee" in the future.

The prisoner partially wrecked the city prison when he tore off heavy galvanized sheeting on the inside of the cell block, kicked out half inch siding boards and dropped about eight feet to the cement fire station floor before tearing a heavy tool house door off by the hinges to take flight.

The cell enclosure is in the rear of the fire station.

As Good As Ever

Wednesday morning city employees had patched up the damaged portion of the jail and pronounced it "as good as ever."
Flynn was being held on a theft charge. Deputy Sheriff Dan E. Danielson arrested him near the White Mill bridge north of town late Sunday afternoon after W. A. McFarlane alleged he stole a box of cigars from his café on North Second street.

While in confinement Monday, Flynn, who said he was a paving gang worker, told other prisoners he really was "a big city gangster," boasted of several "murders" he had committed and told of experiences with major gang figures of the country and his travels around the world.

Cherokee voters, Wednesday night in a special election voted 7 to 1 to grant the Iowa Public Service company a ten year extension of its franchise to furnish light and power to the city. Final vote was 1,878 for the franchise and 222 against it.

Vote by ward:

First--751 (yes) 62 (no)

Second--290 (yes) 69 (no)

Third--537 (yes) 91 (no)

New Power Plant

Under terms of the franchise Cherokee was definitely assured of a new $125,000 power house.

Special Representative J. A. DeWitt of the Sioux City offices, declared work would "start immediately on the new project." He said workmen would begin preliminary operations at the site of the old plant early Friday morning. The new structure will be 102 feet long and 48 feet at its widest point. It will be built around the old plant on new foundations and new floors. The old plant will continue to operate until the new building is finished when it will be torn down from the inside. This, DeWitt stated is in order not to interrupt service while the new plant is being erected.

Housing the largest single Diesel engine the Iowa Public Service company owns--a 1,400 H.P unit--the new plant will generate 2,100 H.P. including that of small units.

To accommodate the huge 1,400 H.P. machine, a floor clearance space of 20 feet and a widening of the building to nearly 50 feet is required.

To Install Cranes

As the top of the structure powerful electric cranes will be installed to lift and convey huge parts of the machinery for repair or adjustment when necessary.

R. J. Mullins, supervising construction engineer, will arrive here shortly and take charge of operations. Work is expected to last three months. Employment for a large number of local men will be furnished by the project, according to company officials. No outsiders, other than are necessary for certain skilled work, will be hired, they state.

One of the main features of the plant will be a machine shop which will be equipped to handle all the repair work of the entire western division of the power company. This division includes more than 100 towns in northwest and western Iowa.

DeWitt said that not only will considerable employment be provided local men throughout the summer, but also a number will be permanently employed in the new plant and machine shop. He did not know the exact number of men that could be furnished with jobs, but said "it is quite a large number."

"We appreciate it deeply that the people of Cherokee granted us permission to stay here," officials said Thursday, "We have contemplated locating our new plant here for some time and are glad that we now have the opportunity of doing so. This city was picked out as the ideal spot for the new plant for in times of emergency, it will be able to furnish power for many surrounding communities.

City living - This is an early photo of Geo Johnson's home located on West Willow Street before it was remodeled. The home is a perfect example of the grandeur that was part of early Cherokee.
"Another important feature to the city," the officials added, "is the fact that this new generating unit will be capable of handling any size industry that might ever come to Cherokee. There is little or no possibility that service will be interrupted to the town for more than a few minutes at a time because there are numerous high tension lines leading into the city and power is available from them at once. This is a guarantee of complete and uninterrupted service."

50 years ago

The Nebraska 4-H exchange program will get underway here Wednesday, July 11 with a group of four Cherokee County 4-H'ers going to Broken Bow, Neb.

Those going to Nebraska will include Margaret and Mark Patterson, son and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Patterson; Mary Cronin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Cronin and Phil Sand, son of Mr. and Mrs. Norris Sand.

Chester Benson, Cherokee County extension associate, will take the group to Nebraska and bring back the exchange group from there.

The Cherokee group will stay until July 19 and then be brought back by Nebraska officials who will pick up their youths.

The exchange is an award trip for older 4-H members to give them a better understanding of agriculture and farming in that state and so they can see a comparison of 4-H work.

All crops throughout Cherokee County are advancing rapidly. Corn and beans are looking very good and some oats are beginning to ripen.

This was the report from Cherokee County extension director Forrest Kohrt.

The extension man reported that many corn fields will not get the last cultivation because of rains and excellent growing conditions which have advanced them rapidly.

Some fields were shoulder high on the Fourth and nearly all fields were knee high.

Soybeans are advancing and look very good.

The director reported that oats are beginning to ripen and heads are heavy and well filled. Most fields are standing well except for near Quimby where winds have bent over some fields.

The second crop of alfalfa is coming very fast with recent rains. There is considerable red clover yet to be baled and recent rains have caused delays with the first cutting.

Pastures are in very good shape but many need mowing or spraying for musk and Canadian thistle.

The director said common stalk borer is attacking outside rows of corn fields as they move out of grass in fence lines and corn borers are doing considerable damage in fields.

25 years ago

The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors will let bids Aug. 10 for a certified public accountant to aid in the audit process.

"The state of Iowa has audited us every year for quite a few years, so we think it would be beneficial to have our own CPA," said County Auditor Bev Anderson.

Anderson expects there to be at least seven applicants for the position. "There seems to be tough competition out there in the accounting profession," she said.

The board decided to take applications on terms of a two-year contract.

Independent C.P.A. Gerald Fruestenberg presented his service which he has provided to county governments in Iowa. His service aids county officials in the conversion from a cash accounting system to an accrual system.

All counties in Iowa are required to convert to an accrual accounting system for the 1987-88 fiscal year.

"There was a three-year phase in program and this year is the last year," Anderson said.

In other business, the board reviewed applications and held interviews for the secondary road maintenance position. From the 27 applicants the board has narrowed its choice down to six applicants and hopes to make a final decision in the near future.

Anderson asked the board to approve the allocation of the appropriated money for the approved 1987-88 fiscal year budget.

The approved budget for the next fiscal year is $6,095,892. That amount is $157,636 less than the re-estimated budget from this year.

The greatest amount of this year's budget will go to the roads and transportation in the county. That facet will receive $2,948,538, or over one-third of the budget.

Anderson also asked that $203,512 of Federal Revenue Sharing monies be allocated to aid in various civic agencies.

The board approved both measures.

Cherokee veterinarians have not yet had to worry about the usual summertime scare of the rabies virus being spread by the small wildlife in our midst.

"We have not had any reported cases yet this summer, but I like to keep an eye open all year, not just the summertime," said Bruce Hiller, veterinarian with the Sonka & Hiller practice.

"A very high possibility exists for an outbreak of the virus due to the high number of skunks reported seen in the area," said Art Lemley, veterinarian with the Lemley, Carlson & Hoover practice.

Even though the rabies virus is fatal to any animal, skinks are able to carry the virus for a longer period of time, which is something that Lemley does not understand, he said.

"The skunk population seems to act as a reservoir for the virus," he said.

The virus can normally be seen in cattle, cats and dogs and even once in a while in hogs, Lemley said. However, he said there seems to be a greater amount of cases reported with the cats being infected.

"People don't think of the cats getting it as much as dogs or other animals, so they don't vaccinate them for it," Lemley said. "Cats are exposed just as much, if not more to the skunks."

"It seems as though the rabies go in a seven-year cycle and this year I think we are on the upswing of that cycle," Hiller said.

The rabies virus seems to be more evident in the summer, mainly because the warm weather brings out the skinks and other animals that have a tendency to carry the virus, he said.

Last year every county in the state reported at least one case of rabies, but this year has been different--so far.

"I can't say that I have heard of any cases reported, and I hope that I don't this year," Hiller said.

Lemley offers advice to humans to prevent a breakout of rabies. "Skunks should never be kept as pets."

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