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Friday, August 31, 2012

100 years ago

Was At Waterman Siding On Fishing Trip and Is Now at Swanberg Home Near There

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Time for a quick dip - The Little Sioux River was a popular location to cool off on a hot summer's day.
Jake Ahsbahs is lying at the Swanberg home, near Waterman siding suffering from the effects of poisoned meat which he got into his system on Tuesday while at the river fishing.

He went down there with Henry Jurgensen and Theo. Ruther for a day's sport. They had lunch along and included in the eatables was some minced ham. Mr. Ahsbahs partook of it, but the other two happened not to eat any of it.

In short time the victim was the sickest man in the country. It was with some great difficulty that they got him to the Swanberg home. Two physicians were called, one from Sutherland and one from Peterson and one of them stayed all night with him.

He was in great danger for a time but yesterday morning found him somewhat better.

By noon he was still better, though still very ill. It was thought that if he continued to improve they could bring him home in a few days possibly tomorrow.


At a late hour last night John Haffe, of Cleghorn, while returning home from Remsen in his Cadillac car, ran off the side of the road and into the ditch at the side of a bridge.

One fore wheel was off and the other turned under the car and other parts of the machine were considerable damaged. The accident happened about five and one half miles west of town. The machine was occupied by Mr. Haffe and his family.

Fortunately no one was hurt.

75 years ago

Final approval Wednesday of a federal PWA grant of $6,300 informed citizens here of the construction of the new water pumping stations and storage tank, according to Councilman Claude De St. Paer.

The project has been sought for the past two years. The town of Larrabee will furnish $5,500 to augment the government fund for the work.

A pumping station with modern electrical equipment will be built to draw water from deep wells in the northeast part of town.

Nearby a large water tower will be erected to store a supply of water and to furnish pressure. This site has been selected because it is the highest in the vicinity and has large and adequate veins of water flowing beneath it.

Digging of ditches for water mains will start soon and a complete system will be installed, making water supply from the new wells available to every citizen in the town.

The Larrabee council will hold a special meeting Friday night to frame preliminary plans for the project and members state they expect to award contracts for the work within a short time.


Committees to have charge of women's participation in the annual Pilot Rock Plowing Match at the state hospital here September 8 and 9 were announced Saturday by Mrs. J. R. Nicholson, secretary of the women's division of the Plowing Match association.

Committees are:

Stands--Miss Hattie Dewar, Mrs. Pete Reinert; fancy work tent--Mrs. Ad Thompson; buying committee--Mrs. Tom Liffring, Mrs. Jake Lauer, Mrs. Harrison Fisher; meat fries--Mrs. Merle Clow; coffee, Mrs. Dave Patterson, Mrs. Frank Kohn; pie--Mrs. Tom Patterson, Mrs. Glenn Curtis; trays--Mrs. H. C. Fisher, Mrs. Andrew Patterson.

The committee on committees which selected the group is composed of Mrs. Dave Patterson, Mrs. James R. Fee, Mrs. Roy Little, Mrs. Tom Liffring, Mrs. Frank Kohn and Mrs. J. R. Nicholson.

Officers of the division are Miss Mary Welch, chairman; Mrs. J. R. Nicholson, secretary and Mrs. Andrew Patterson, treasurer. They were elected last fall.

This year prizes of $1 and 75 cents will be awarded in cake class instead of 75 cents and 50 cents of last year.

Two large flour companies have announced awards for the women's competition in baking. They are: Seal of Minnesota company--white yeast bread, first prize, $10; second prize, $5. White unfrosted angel food cake, first prize $10 and second prize, $5. Omar company; white bread, white rolls, angel food cake, devil's food cake, white layer cake, burnt sugar cake--first prize 48 pound sack of flour, second prize, 24 pound bag of flour.

50 years ago

Thirty-eight members of an Iowa Rural Farm Youth tour arrived in Cherokee Wednesday evening and were entertained at Speelmon's Steak House.

The young men included members from the 4-H, FFA, Farm Bureau, Rural Boy Scouts and NFO. They were selected by the various organizations to tour Northwest Iowa. Nearly all the members are from the eastern section of the state. The Iowa Development Commission sponsored the tour.

They were entertained by the promotion committee with George Rapson as master of ceremonies.

Featured speaker of the evening was former U.S. Senator Guy M. Gillette. Entertainment was provided by a new group which calls itself the "Cherokee Charlie Quartet."

Gillette opened his speech, with humorous remarks about the abbreviations for various farm organizations and then turned to a more serious side.

More Problems

The speaker said that in 30 years there has been no change in the farm problem. He said the problem is bigger today but even 30 years ago there were holding actions.

Gillette turned back to history and said in days of the Romans curtailment of food production was a criminal offense.

The speaker pointed out that new wealth cannot come to the land except from the production of food and fiber. Without these there is no wealth, he continued.

The former senator said storage is all right when there is heavy production and in this field there are three fields of thought. There is production control, surplus control and distribution. The last idea Gillette said he was for and worked with.

He said it is difficult to understand the problems of agriculture because of diversity.

He closed his talk with a question and answer period.

This morning the tour was guests of the promotion committee at a breakfast and then went on to tour the Lundell Manufacturing plant here.

Officials reported the farm youths consumed a large breakfast as they ate pancakes consuming three gallons of batter, six pounds of ham, four pounds of bacon, 120 eggs, plus toast and beverages.

They return to Des Moines Friday.


Many low bolts of lightning were seen and reported with the overnight rains here.

Shortly after 9 this morning Mrs. Ronald Seeman, 251 East Maple, escaped possible serious injury when a bolt struck very near the home.

Mrs. Seeman was standing in the kitchen drawing water from the tap with one hand in the water when the bolt struck.

According to reports, sparks shot from her left arm and fire from the faucet. Luckily she was wearing rubber-soled shoes and was standing on a rubber mat.

Although not knocked down, her arm was nearly paralyzed for a time and she felt as though the wind had been knocked from her.

25 years ago

The dark brown eye and jet black hair of 18-year-old Yayoi Kuroda contrasted sharply to her blonde-haired friend, Carrie Hill, 16, seated at the dining room table at the Mike and Connie Hill resident in Quimby.

Two years ago neither knew the other existed, but a bond of friendship developed through the airways in the past 18 months inspired Yayoi of Japan to save for a second trip to America and visit her pen pal.

Her first visit two years ago was as a member of a young people's church and school exchange to the Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Cherokee County where she stayed in the home of Marlys Gregg.

Gregg, who teaches at Willow Community school, became the liaison between Yayoi who wanted a pen pal, and Carrie who would write to her.

During her two weeks with the Greggs, Yayoi was given the American name "Dawn," befitting her radiant smile and vivacious spirit, and to which she readily responds.

Language was never a barrier between the teenagers as Yayoi, 18, has had six years of English. Yayoi sometimes writes to Carrie in her Japanese language, along with translation. Both have kept the others' letters. Postage is usually $1 per letter to Carrie, which she spends an average of 44 cents to send letters to Japan.

Yayoi is presently enrolled at Seiwa College in Nishinomiya, where she's majoring in English.

"I want to be Japanese language teacher for foreign adults," she explained.

Staying in a dormitory is very expensive, so to cut the cost, Yayoi said she rooms at home. She gets up between 5 and 5:30 a.m. as total time to walk, ride the bus and change trains three times, takes 2 hours to get to college for her first class at 8:30 a.m. It is about 8:30 each night when she returns home.

She timed her two-month vacation to America between terms, the fall term starting Oct. 1. From her job in a Chinese restaurant and teaching English and mathematics (tutoring) to one student, she saved to make the trop.

Yayoi doesn't care for airplane travel--the airports create a language communications problem, she said. In her country she hopes to be able to help foreigners, but there is no one here to explain slowly what she doesn't comprehend.

Customs may vary but the pen pals found they have some things in common.

"We both like to dance, watch movies, and write about clothes and hair styles (including pictures) and classes and the weather," said Carrie. "Madonna" and "Dance Party U.S.A." are among Yayoi's favorites.

Carrie took Yayoi shopping and to a football game. Yayoi taught Carrie a Japanese card game and introduced her to such foods as seaweed. In Japan, Yayoi watches "Little House on Prairie," "Night Rider" and "The Flintstones" in Japanese version on televisions, and enjoys swimming, the rock group Wham, Melissa Gilbert, actor Tom Cruise, English and American, she said.

Yayoi will remember her visit with her pen pal for new experiences, including having an American perm, and putting banana clips and a bow in her hair, American style.

"Rock Stars in Japan have curly hair," she said, trying hard to accept her new look. "Everyone in Japan has dark eyes and hair," said Yayoi. "In American everyone's different so I have to read (labels) to know about product to use on my hair."

She also brought lotion to protect her skin form the dryness of the atmosphere her. In Japan the climate is wet and sultry, she said.

Yayoi's father is a part-time rice farmer and works in the steel company. Her mother is a housewife and she has two younger brothers.

"You never wear shoes in the house," she said. "Some of the rooms have straw mats on floor to sleep on and some are western style rooms." Because some of her friends have beds to sleep in, Yayoi convinced her parents to get a bed for her room.

Yayoi, who is used to both a bathtub and a shower at her home, explained that the tub is for washing a person's body and the shower is for rinsing off afterwards. She finds it inconvenient when there is just one or the other.

She wears blue jeans but in Japan they are worn in one's room or for sports. She likes dresses and skirts very much.

Getting used to potato chips as part of a meal has been new to her. "They are just a snack in Japan, not a meal," she said.

Carrie has a driver's license but her pen pal can't obtain one until she's 18 and only if her parents agree to it. Yayoi's parents are strict about dating, also. Young people go out in a group in the daytime. However, if she's not married by the time she's 25, her parents will arrange a marriage. "I can disapprove of the person," she said.

Yayoi attended first day classes with Carrie at Willow High School Tuesday. She will then leave to stay with friends in Story City, Kansas City, Portland and then California, where her former Missionary English teacher lives. She will return to Japan on Sept. 28.

"She is my sister," said Carrie affectionately. "I want to go to Japan in three years."



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