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Friday, September 28, 2012
Threshing crew - Here is a wonderful photograph from 1899 of the Smith threshing crew of Tilden Township. The goose that is pictured was just a spectator.

100 years ago

One death and two cases of serious illness from infantile paralysis has resulted in closing the public schools here. The schools will not be opened until the end of next week, at least, states C. W. Manning, superintendent.

Those who suffered attacks of the disease are:

Clarence Johns, 17 years old, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Johns, who live five miles out of Pierson on a farm. He was taken ill two weeks ago and died.

Carol Peterson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fritz Peterson, who lives one mile south of Pierson. His case is serious. If he recovers he will be an invalid for months, doctors say.

Roy Bruce, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Bruce. His case is the latest and has not reached a definite stage.

Clarence Johns was a brother of Edwin Johns, who graduated a year ago at Morning Side College, in Sioux City. Mitchell Briggs, a Morning Side student, now principal at the Pierson high school, is spending the enforced "vacation" in Sioux City.

Last Saturday night Capt. E. E. Barclay, of Texas, addressed a small group of progressives that were able to take time from their business. So far the local organization has not been able to get a speaker for a night earlier in the week but we hope to be able to get one soon for the benefit of those who were not able to attend either of the Saturday meetings. In the next few paragraphs are extracts from his speech:

The progressive party stands for the abolition of child labor, the minimum wage for women, eight hour day for women and for all industries that are run continuously for twenty-four hours. We stand for one day's rest in seven, the abolition of convict labor, organization of industrial workers, an industrial federal commission.

These questions cannot be settled by the state alone as they involve national issues. We control the banks and the railroads today by national legislation and that control in satisfactory to all parties.

The jewels of the nation are its men, women and children and their interests cannot be relegated to the rear with a sneer at the ten commandments or the digging up of the mistakes and errors of the past.

The only party that dares to speak out on these questions, that economic and social future of this nation is the progressive party.

The progressive party and its platform is the expression of the people of the United States to take back their government into their own hands.

We are the only nation in the world in which the political boss reigns supreme. They form an invisible government which regardless of party lines controls both the democratic and republican parties.

This movement has been germinating for several years. Four years ago Mr. Bryan was asked to lead such a movement without regard to parties and politics. Mr. Bryan replied, "Wait until 1912" and then delivered his party over to Murphy, Sullivan, Taggart, et al. Mr. LaPollette was asked to lead a similar movement this year. He said "Wait until 1916."

75 years ago

Cherokee firemen battled for four hours early Monday morning two stubborn blazes which caused extensive damage to a grocery store and a residence in the city. The damage to the two places is unestimated but is expected to run high.

Fire gutted the upstairs and roof of the John Haase grocery store, corner of Fifth and Elm street. Fire department was summoned at 2 o'clock a.m. after Mrs. Haase awakened to smell smoke and hear crackling of flames overhead. Fire Chief W. I. Nelson said he thought the blaze originated in an upstairs storage room through combustion. Volunteer firemen fought the blaze for more than two and a half hours. It was confined to the upper part of the building and did not damage grocery stock to any extent. The grocery is part of the Haase residence. Part of the roof was burned off. Insurance fully covers the loss, Mrs. Haase said Monday.

After the flames had been extinguished and the fire fighters had returned to the station to check in equipment only 10 minutes elapsed before the second alarm sounded.

Firemen were called to the Charles Guynn residence, 365 South Ninth street, where an explosion of unknown nature was reported by Guynn to have started a fire on the back porch.

When the department arrived the porch was a mass of flames and the kitchen was ablaze. For over an hour and a half the firemen played streams of water on the blaze. All the furniture in the kitchen was destroyed. Two dogs, sleeping on the back porch were trapped in the flames and burned to death. Roof of the house was badly burned. Smoke and water damaged other portions of the residence. A small son of Guynn was seriously ill in bed with blood poisoning and during the fire was removed to a neighbor's home with considerably difficulty. Guynn is city dumpmaster. He said he had no insurance.

50 years ago

Immaculate Conception High School students will undergo the annual Iowa educational development tests Thursday and Friday.

The state tests include nine exams designed to provide a comprehensive and dependable description of general educational development of high school pupils.

New delivery - Heavy equipment dealers Sachse & Bunn are pictured with some new deliveries that came in by rail.

All students in grades 9 through 12 are administered the tests.

Through the results teachers and counselors are able to keep themselves more intimately and reliably acquainted with the educational development of each pupil.

The tests provide school administrators with a more dependable and objective basis for evaluating the total educational offering of the school.

The Cherokee Fire Department held a regular meeting Wednesday night and a discussion was held on operation of the recently received Geiger counters.

Detection instruments were sent to the fire company by the U.S. government.

Four firemen, Carl Eischen, Art Reed Jr., Art Reed Sr., and Jack Matthews, gave instructions on operation of the instruments. The four men earlier attended a school of instruction in Sioux City.

The firemen also took the city truck out and connected all hoses to a hydrant to test them under 200-pound pressure.

Following this the firemen saw a film on mouth to mouth resuscitation and lunch was served.

Manager Rollin K. Stonebrook, manager of the American Theater announced today that the two big musical roadshow attractions are now dated and set to show in Cherokee.

Meredith Wilson's "The Music Man," will play 16 days starting Thursday, October 18 and "West Side Story," winner of 10 Academy Awards, will be at the American Theater for two weeks starting Thursday November 1.

Both pictures are in Technicolor and technidrama. Each picture runs about 3 hours and will be presented once each evening starting at 8 o'clock.

Washington High School students cast their ballots for a Homecoming Queen early this week.

The students made their selection for six senior girls. This is one more than in past years.

Five of the six girls will comprise the Homecoming court. The girl who received the most votes will be crowned queen during ceremonies next week.

The six senior girls who make up the royal court are: Susan Curtis, Micki Dorr, Nana Davis, Diane Sump, Pam Mahoney, Connie Hayden.

Festivities for the Homecoming game with Emmetsburg will move into high gear next week. The game will be played on Friday, October 5.

25 years ago

County Fund Drive will collect money for 13 service groups

More than a dozen organizations will benefit from the annual Cherokee County Fund Drive this year. The drive's house-to-house campaign will be Oct. 5.

Cherokee Fund Drive's Century Club member's names will be published. The club will include those donating $100 or more to the drive.

This is the first part of a series describing the work of the organization which will benefit from the fund drive. There are 13 in all.

Cherokee County chapter of the American Red Cross which provides servicemen and women veterans and families with financial aid, communications, and counseling; county-wide disaster and recovery assistance; provides training and equipment for water safety instructors for three county pools; trains volunteers for local first aid instruction classes such as CPR certification and provides equipment for training. New goals include providing health services for the elderly; A.I.D.'s education and organ donors. Maintains 24-hour service.

The organization is asking for $7,000.

The purpose of the Association for Retarded Citizens is to insure that mentally retarded, both children and adults, are able to receive quality education and enable rich and full lives as much as their lives will allow and to not be discriminated against.

In the county, the ARC monitors schools and provides services that can't be provided by other means--information and support for parents, diagnostic testing, social and recreational opportunities and other assistance.

High-interest low-vocabulary books have been purchased by the ARAC for the Marcus and Cherokee public libraries.

The ARC is asking for $2,000.

Girl Scouts is an organization for kindergarten age through 18 with registered and trained volunteers providing instruction and leadership in educational and recreational activities for girls. They receive experiences in growing up, meeting the public, aspects of business, and first steps toward career exploring.

The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors will go ahead with the replacement of a bridge near the Keeline Addition over the objections of land owner Chuck Ganger.

The board made the decision at its regular meeting Monday. The project was let in late July, according to County Engineer Al Loebig. The county went through a condemnation hearing with Ganger at the last board meeting and concluded it Monday. Ganger had objected to the project because of the way the project was designed.

The county will pay Ganger $5,300 for the right of way, including trees and fence. Ganger has the right to appeal the decision.

One of the reasons given for the decision is that the county is too far into the project to reverse it. Approximately $10,000 of steel was already purchased.

Loebig said the project will get underway this fall. The narrow bridge will be replaced with a box culvert. The project also includes the approaches to the bridge.

In other action, the board will meet Oct. 9 with representatives from 31 counties in Northwest Iowa on providing a juvenile detention center. As of July 1, juveniles cannot be imprisoned with adults, according to County Auditor Bev Anderson. But there is not enough demand for each county to build a separate juvenile holding facility.

The Cherokee County Jail got a good report from an inspector from the Iowa Department of Corrections. Byron Whittlesey's report stated that Sheriff bud Stroud "maintains and operates a very immaculate facility."

Weed Commissioner Tom Jenness will be spraying this fall to control thistles. He will make a progress report to the board in two weeks.

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