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Friday, July 27, 2012

Laposky's Saw Mill - Pictured are John Laposky, Will Laposky, Chet Fisher, Charlie Driggs, Harry Rankin, Peter Laposky, George Laposky and fred Laposky of the Laposky's Saw Mill. This photo was taken around 1910.
100 years ago

Friday afternoon was a busy time at the Christian parsonage, corner of Sumner and Euclid streets, when Rev. and Mrs. E. E. Mack entertained at two different functions on the same afternoon. Invitations were sent out to the members and friends of the C. W. B. M. and ladies of the church to an afternoon affair from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m. to which a goodly number of ladies responded.

Mrs. Mack, as hostess, was assisted by Mrs. A. C. Smith, the serving maids of the afternoon being Misses Lola Neil, Olive Seeley, Winnie Johnson and Inez Smith. A most delightful time was had. Refreshments were served and the time was spent in a literary and social way.

A special program was rendered in which the following persons took part: Mrs. Lincoln Huntley gave a well prepared address on the present day phases of the C. W. B. M. work in Africa, while Mrs. Miller, wife of Rev. Miller, of Bayard, Iowa, spoke of the past phase of that work.

A symposium was conducted by Mrs. Mack, entitled, The "Call of Today." This subject dealt especially with the work of the women. Papers were read by Mrs. Martin Paulson on "The Call To cooperation," while Mrs. Heimers discussed "The Call To Service," and Miss Ethel Barnes closed this part of the program with a paper on "The Call To Consecration." Mrs. Granville Seeley, president of the C. W. B. M., presided at the business session on the afternoon during which time eleven new names were added to the club membership. Following this came the social hour in which the ladies were delightfully entertained with games and in a most informal way on the parsonage lawn.

The minister and wife entertained their second crowd at 7 o'clock when by special invitation the King's Daughters met on the parsonage lawn for a social evening. Cooling refreshments were served and interesting and entertaining games were the order of procedure.

75 years ago

Six persons were injured, none seriously, in an automobile crash a mile south of Afton Center shortly after 7 o'clock Monday night. Sheriff A. N. Tilton, who investigated, reported Tuesday morning.

Cars driven by O. C. Hickey, Afton township farmer, and Edwin Johnson, living 4 miles north of Aurelia, were in a head-on collision that demolished both vehicles and sent them rolling into a drainage ditch by the roadside.

Scene of the accident is five miles east and one half mile north of Cherokee. Johnson's wife, who was with him, was most seriously injured. She was cut by flying glass and suffered numerous bruises.

She was taken in an ambulance to the Aurelia hospital. Tuesday morning physicians reported her condition "satisfactory." An eighteen-year-old daughter and Johnson were less seriously injured and were taken to their homes Tuesday.

Hickey, his wife and six-month-old baby, were cut and bruised but were taken to their home where Dr. J. H. Wise of Cherokee treated them.

According to Johnson, who was traveling west, a car ahead of him raised such a cloud of dust that his vision was obscured when he turned north and he was unable to see the Hickey vehicle approaching from the south.

Sheriff Tilton said the accident apparently was unavoidable.

Scores of farm laborers have been given employment in Cherokee county harvest fields during the past week, the Farm Bureau and National Reemployment office here reported Tuesday. The men receive an average wage of $3 per day.

Although the bumper grain harvest is well under way, a number of farmers can still use hands, officials pointed out. Applications for placement may be made either at the reemployment office in the court house or at the Farm Bureau beneath the post office.

Some combines are operating in the county, Farm Bureau officials said, but there are not enough at present to raise a labor problem. Farmers owning these rigs are renting them at an average rate of from $2.50 to $3 per acre.

Threshing Soon

Threshing will begin in about two weeks, it is estimated, unless delayed by rains. Farmers are not quite half through with grain cutting. Rye, the first grain to be cut, is nearly done and work is progressing in barley and early oats. Late oats will probably be the last general cutting. There is little wheat in the county, but farmers state the few fields cultivated will be cut for grain.

Corn is coming along fine. Farm Bureau men report, and although a rain "would be welcome" the grain is not suffering any ill effects from the protracted dry spell. There are, or course, the officials declared, a few fields of light soil where the corn is in need of moisture, but generally speaking enough sub-soil moisture is present to carry corn over a long period.

Tuesday night's shower had little effect on county crops except in the northeast section of the area where a steadier and heavier precipitation was recorded.

Oats are ripening this week better than during the previous week and indications continue to point to one of the largest and finest crops in the history of the county.

50 years ago

Cherokee's fresh city budget estimate for 1963 contains good news for taxpayers.

The estimated millage for '63 will be 23.18 mills. Estimated 1962 millage was 23.27.

On the surface to a casual observer this appears to be only a slice of .09 hundredths of a mill.

But in reality, City Clerk Clyde Trimble, reminds, this is a one mill cut.

The reason is this:

In the past the city of Cherokee has received about $7,500 from the moneys and credits tax in the general government fund without making a tax levy.

This year the Iowa state comptroller's ruling is that there must be a levy in the general government fund or this money will be distributed to other funds.

Down One Mill

So, in the final analysis, when the tax millage is figured for the city by the Cherokee County auditor at the end of this year the levy will be down at least one full mill over the current millage.

City officials had this joint statement after laboring overtime on the new budget:

"Mayor Dale R. Goldie and the City Council have spent many hours on this budget and feel that it is a good workable budget for our city."

Roughly speaking, the proposed 1963 city expenditures total $495,203. But that, in city government parlance, is only a working figure. The city seldom, if ever, spends its total budget estimate.

Total to be raised by taxes comes to $182,032.

Income other than taxes amounts to $283,996, according to the budget estimate.

Estimated unencumbered balance is $29,175.

The total spent for the 1961 year was $391,538. In 1960 it was $383,711.

Cash balance by funds in January 1, 1962 totaled $110,087.

The official public hearing for the 1963 budget estimate will be August 10 at 11:30 a.m. in the city hall.

The 1963 department estimate breakdowns:

General government: $26,835; street, $12,523; public safety: $40,805--(police: $29,030; fire: $11,775).

Sanitation: $25,920--(sewers: $4,400; disposal: $14,735; dump: $4,925; rest rooms: $1,680; board of health: $180).

Municipal enterprises: $40,401--(cemetery: $11,925; library: $15,336; airport: $13,200).

Recreation: $38,325--(park: $15,325; playground: $23,000).

Utilities: $81,675--(street lighting: $20,000; water department: $61,675).

Debt service: $26,896.

Road use tax: $54,000.

Cherokee Waste Treatment Plant - Here is a look at the old Cherokee Waste Treatment Plant of (Disposal Plant) part of the Cherokee sewer system. The plant was located at Wescott Park.
Liquor profits: $18,000.

Parking meters: $16,930.

Trust and agency: $112,833--(Oak Hill permanent care: $900; Oak Hill annex: $1,700; social security: $4,500; state retirement: $5,013; Florine bequest: $720; Bushlow bequest: $100,000).

25 years ago

It was a day of celebration for the Marcus Co-op Elevator Saturday but it was also a day for state and national politicians to comment on the state of agriculture.

The audience of about 400 had found shade and lunch in a Marcus Fairground's building during the co-ops centennial celebration. In between selections from the Marcus High Jazz Band and drawings for prizes, Iowa Sen. Tom Harkins, Secretary of Agriculture Dale Cochran and 6th District Rep. Fred Grandy extolled the virtues of co-ops and the future of farming.

Harkin who praised the co-op movement and likened the situation to breaking the trusts in the late 1800s.

"Any system that endures for 140 years has to be valid," Harking said of the co-ops.

Farmers banded together in the late 1800s to defeat the Barbed Wire Trust, by producing and selling their own barbed wire, Harkin said. Farmers face the same kind of economic pressure now.

"Farmers deserve a better shake from the marketplace," Harkin commented. "Farmers will get a better deal if they get together."

Harkin's plan to restore the farming economy is the Save the Family Farm Act, part of which calls for producer referendums on production. The bill has been somewhat controversial and is opposed by some farm organizations. Harking noted that not everyone supports his approach.

"But, rest assured, the thing underneath it all is to give the farmers more power to demand a bigger price at the marketplace," Harking said.

It is the farmer that deserves to demand proper prices not the grain companies and processors who keep prices to the producer low and who gouge the consumer.

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Dale Cochran told his audience of 200 people that the state is "on the threshold of better times." He cited a survey that indicated 50 percent of the farmers in the state were in good condition. However, 26 percent indicated they still were having trouble.

"The greatest opportunity is in the field of marketing," Cochran said.

Grain quality is important to finding and keeping new markets.

"We want to see it hit the shores of Japan and the European Economic Community in the same condition as it left here," Cochran said. "That is not happening."

Cochran, elected last fall, said he sees the secretary of agriculture as the chief marketer of commodities and grain. He also wants to play key roles in guarding soil conservation and redeveloping rural Iowa.

Cochran drew applause when he mentioned the possibility of using 1 billion bushels of corn a year in ethanol production and increasing soybean usages by using soybean oil for dust suppression in elevators and in new uses such as soybean-based printer's ink.

6th District Congressman Fred Grandy of Sioux City a farm credit bill could be out of the House Agriculture Committee by the August recess, although "I hope we don't rush it."

The bill would give producers greater opportunities to acquire credit through the Farm Credit System, eliminate "suspect" lending practices and make the Farmers Home Administration more responsive to borrowers.

He repeated his call for his constituents to let him know what they need form him and Congress.

"We think the solution can come from out here," he said.

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