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Friday, September 14, 2012

100 years ago

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City Book Store - Not much is known about this photograph, except that the City Book Store was located somewhere on the north side of East Main Street. Pictured above are Fred Stiner, Homer Miller, Gibe, Hank Baker and WM Shardlow, sometime in the 1880's.
When the members of the Cherokee Ministerial association were looking up the right man to lead in the union meeting this fall and their attention had been directed to Rev. C. G. Jordan was an able evangelist they took pains to get in touch with pastors of churches where he had conducted similar meetings recently.

Sometimes it happens that the estimate of an evangelist after his departure is not so high as during his stay. The question was, Has this been so in Jordan's case? The unanimous opinion was that the results obtained under his leadership were of a lasting character. Following are two of the letters which have come from local ministers.

The letters appearing here are both from pastor in Ohio the first from the Baptist minister at Kenton, a live little manufacturing center of 7,500 about 50 miles northwest of Columbus, and the latter from the Methodist minister at Salem, another manufacturing town of 8,000 near Cleveland. Most of Mr. Jordan's work has been done in Ohio.

"We are strangers but interested in a common cause. Want to express my appreciation of the work Dr. Jordan did for us while in Kenton. Have been engaged in evangelistic work often and know what an advantage it is to the work to have a united effort.

Will say that you can tell the ministers that they can give Jordan their united co-operation. He is a man of good, goldy sense. He is a preacher of the word. He is free from slangy expressions.

His arguments are clear and logical. One man in Kenton expressed it this way: If I were being tried and Jordan the lawyer, I would hate for him to be on the other side. Dr. Jordan was very popular with the men here. He had the most trying weather conditions but every night he drew large audiences.

Not a word about the results. We have received by baptism 55, and have a large number waiting to be received a little later. Two months after the meeting people if anything hold him and his singer, W. J. Ramsay, in greater esteem.

We had some five hundred conversions with two other meetings going on at the same time. You will like the spirit of the man. It is Christ like, Yours in the Master's service, Phillip Bauer, Pastor First Baptist Church Kenton, Ohio."

"Mr. Jordan and Mr. Ramsay were with us in a union service October and November, 1911, and I can say without qualification that the meetings stirred a quiet and conservative community and resulted in large accessions to all the churches.

Jordan has no fads and that is a valuable quality in a union service. He is a ready, rapid speaker, having something to say, and saying it in such a straight forward and direct way that none can understand the message.

Mr. Ramsay is ideal help. His sweet spirit and long experience with Geo. R. Stuart make him a superior leader of music and a very effective personal speaker. Both men are hard workers and do not ask to be spared while on the ground.

They are dead in earnest to set men right with God. Men hear their message because it is a manly presentation. Curtis W. Smith, pastor M.E. Church, Salem, Ohio.

75 years ago

Citizens of Cherokee county and northwestern Iowa will be invited to join here in a large celebration of Iowa's centennial July 3, 4, and 5, of next year, Milo J. Sauer, president of the Chamber of Commerce declared Thursday.

The early announcement of the dates was made in order that people of this section may start planning at once for family reunion and homecoming events. The Chamber of Commerce is urging everyone to plan next year's summer program with this celebration in mind.

"We plan not only a great historical and home gathering event," said Sauer, "But will couple with it an entertainment program that will eclipse anything in the history of the city. We are inviting the cooperation and assistance of every patriotic, civic, religious, agricultural and business group in the county to participate on the program."

In due time, Chamber officials said, committees will be named and these groups will go to work making plans for the celebration.

"The year 1988 will be a memorable on in the history of Iowa," said Sauer, "in that it is the centennial year. Iowa was organized as a territory in 1838 and this centennial date will be generally celebrated by Iowa communities, great and small."

Sauer said a state organization has been formed to aid communities in arranging suitable observances of the event.

"The state commission," he added, "has agreed that a program which includes participation by every community and hamlet, is more desirable than to select some one city and attempt to build up one great exposition or program. These programs will be arranged so far as possible to portray the history, growth and development of the state from the period of the explorer, and hunters and the early settlements down through the years to the present time."


The Second annual Marcus colt show will be staged at the playground Tuesday, September 21, the show is free.

Show starts at one o'clock when the entrants parade before the grandstand, and judging will be in order at that time. All entries, committeemen say, must be on the grounds by 10 a.m. Twelve classes have been reserved for colts and horses and three for cattle.

A special prize will be awarded for the tallest stalk of corn exhibited and for the largest ear of corn. The awards are $5, $4, $3, $2, and $1.

Industrial exhibits will be of more than usual interest this year, according to officials. Many merchants have already shown their intention to erect booths at the fair. Concessions and band concerts will also be added, and arrangements for a pavement dance are in process.

A year ago approximately 70 entries were made in the show. Interest has increased this year, Kenneth Bancroft, committee head, believes and he states he anticipates even more entries this year.

Committees are hard at work ironing out details of the event. A complete program was distributed Saturday to Marcus merchants.


It was a gala event at Larrabee Friday as the last pouring of concrete was made at 7:30 p.m., completing the hard surfacing of U.S. Highway No. 59 from Cherokee north to the O'Brien County line. The final days run was 1,519 lineal feet, an exceptionally big run. Trucks and autos joined in the jollification by horn tooting and all sorts of noises in celebration of the final closing of the gap giving the town paved connection with the outside world.

Of the 287 skilled and unskilled laborers employed on highway paving jobs in Cherokee county during the month of August 180 were from Cherokee county, payroll records show. The unskilled laborers are largely local people; the demands for workmen for paving crews at times exceeding the supply of laborers available thru the local government employment bureau.

Rumors afloat that local laborers were not being employed and that most of the unskilled workers were being imported from other counties especially Ida, are in error, as is shown by the payroll records, said Resident Engineer P. T. Savage, who has supervision of all paving projects in this section of the state. Only four men from Ida county were employed on Cherokee county contracts during the month of August.

It had been hoped the paving on U.S. highway No. 59 would be completed in time so that men employed on that project might find employment on the paving project east from Cherokee on primary No. 5.

Weather conditions, however, delayed progress and the contractors for No. 5 paving, started Friday noon, had to draw an entirely new group. Paving on No. 59 is to be completed Saturday.

50 years ago

The annual fall encampment of Wahpeton Lodge, Order of the Arrow, held September 7-9 at the Prairie Gold Boy Scout Camp, Lake Okoboji.

Order of the arrow members from the Chickasaw District, the area surrounding Storm Lake, held an organizational meeting and election of officers.

Officers elected were Larry Paige, Quimby, Chapter Chief; Jim Carl, Storm Lake, vice chief; Max Brown, Sac City, treasurer; Wally Paige, Quimby, secretary. Correspondence appointments went to Colin McCullough, Bob Carlton and Max Brown, all of Sac City.

Others attending from the Chickasaw District were Ralph Reinhart and Dan Wallace, Cherokee; John Green, Quimby; Fred Wolf, Jim Hunzelman, Don Carl, Robert Trusty and C. Kenyon, district scout executive, all of Storm Lake.

Special recognition was paid Donald Carl, Storm Lake for outstanding services to the Order of the Arrow and Scouting. He was conferred with Virgil Honor membership in Order of the Arrow highest honor bestowed by that group.

A Na-Get-De-De an Indian Fair, was also held in conjunction with the encampment. Indian Lore groups from Fort Dodge, Sioux City, St. Joseph, Mo., attended as well as members of the Order of the Arrow throughout the Prairie Gold Council, B.S.A.

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Climbing hills - Pictured above are a group of gentlemen. believed to be part of the Caswell family in Pilot Township. as they climb a hill in a Traction Thrasher near Cherokee in 1912.

Continued growth and expansion of mission opportunities prompted pastors and laymen representing 165 congregations of the Iowa District West of the Lutheran Church Missouri synod to set a record work program of $1,322,403 at the fiscal work program conference at Storm Lake Sunday.

Attending from Trinity Lutheran Church of Cherokee were Rev. Robert Miskimen and Lay delegates Marvin Hesse and Edgar Wascher.

Rev. Ellis Nieting, Ft. Dodge, district missions and stewardship counselor, delivered the keynote address entitled, "Behold the Cross High."

He indicated that the greatest problem of the church is to get people to commit themselves more fully to the Lord.

Rev. R. C. Muffly, St. Louis, Mo., presented the program of the Missouri Synod and reported that the parent body has accepted a work program of $34,645,104 for 1963. The $10,000,000 increase over 1962 is the result of the synod's convention resolution requesting a budget addition of 10 million dollars each year for the next three years in place of a special collection.


Cherokee County authorities are investigation a breakin at the Mark Garvin oil station at the junction of Highways 3 and 143.

The station was broken into late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. It is on the highway south of Marcus.

Thieves stole cigarettes, oil and a small amount of cash. A further investigation is being conducted.

25 years ago

The Cherokee County board of Supervisors hired Al Loebig of Hampton as its full-time county engineer Monday.

Loebig was chosen over 10 other candidates for the position. Loebig has been the part-time county engineer for the county since January.

Loebig replaces Bill Bennett who announced in January that he would not seek renewal of his contract.

The county then hired Loebig but also began looking at other possibilities such as sharing an engineer with the city of Cherokee.

The city and the county met several times to discuss using the same engineer. But Loebig's contract mentions no such sharing agreement. The contract does state, however, that the Board of Supervisors "has no objections to the Engineer to perform Professional Services for other public and private bodies and to allow the Engineer the use of the county Engineer's Office for the performance of said Professional Services."

The contract will expire Jan. 1, 1989, and lists Loebig's salary at $37,000 a year.

The compensation board also was appointed. The board will include Rich Cook of Cherokee, Gary Dobson, Route 4, Cherokee, Bob Lundquist of Cherokee, Karl Grimmelmann of Larrabee, Dennis Timmins of Cherokee, Frank Escue, Route 3, Cherokee, and Charles Knudson of Marcus.



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