Times Gone By
100 years ago
The total enrollment in the high school numbers 205. There are 84 boys and 121 girls, 40 are from other districts, among them two graduates of the Washta high school, three from Quimby and one from Meriden.
Rev. Mack conducted the devotional exercises on Friday morning. He spoke for fifteen minutes from the text "So run that ye may obtain." In a forceful manner and with apt illustrations he made it clear to his bearers that the end of all activity, whether work or play, should be efficiency. The school always enjoys and appreciates such helpful messages.
Because of an unavoidable delay the report cards for the first month were not given out until Friday at noon. There was a general feeling of satisfaction among those who had been doing faithful and conscientious work.
There was too the usual amount of disappointment among others. Some are prone to forget that every failure to prepare a lesson in advance of recitations subtracts materially from the month's grade. No doubt everyone will put forth a worthy effort to make a better showing next month.
The second team went to Newell Saturday and left their scalps to the tune of 28 to 12. For all but two of the boys it was their first experience in a match game. Stage fright and lack of experience were the reasons of the down fall.
Hereafter there will be a regular game between the first and second teams in the middle of the week. No doubt by the time Newell comes up to play a return game, our boys will be well prepared to redeem themselves. Come out and watch the practice every afternoon at 4:15. It will do you goo and help the boys.
The pastor of the Christian church announced on last Sunday that his church would enter a bible reading campaign leading up to the union meetings and that he would present a fine Front Rank bible to the one reading the largest number of chapters in the good book during that time.
The pastor explained that in his estimation no better preparation could be made for the meetings than to get everyone to reading the bible. The sermon for next Sunday and each succeeding Sunday until the meetings begin will be evangelistic and preparatory for the meeting.
Beginning with next Sunday night the evening service at the Christian church will open each evening with a half hour song service.
The songs will be all of the old familiar kind in which all can join and the pastor will tell the history and life story of the song used form time to time. If you are not obligated elsewhere come with us, we will do you good and you are sure to enjoy these services.
50 years ago
As the entire student body at Washington High looked on misty-eyed Diane Sump was crowned 1962 Homecoming Queen this afternoon.
The five-foot one-inch brown-eyed blonde was officially crowned by Clyde Trimble, guest speaker.
The 17-year-old senior, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Sump, 25 Sioux Valley Drive, was adorned in a ballerina length white chiffon formal trimmed with pink embroidery and cummerbund.
The theme of this year's coronation was "Regal Royalty." The auditorium was decorated in multicolored blue streamers.
The royal event opened with "Pomp and Circumstance" played by Margaret Boothby at the piano.
"Honor C" members had the honor of escorting royal candidates to the throne. Queen Diane was escorted by Jerry Johnson, Leo Sand escorted Sue Curtis, Ron Burch escorted Nana Davis, Steve Hankens was escort for Micky Dorr, Bill Thomas escorted Connie Hayden and Gary Hatterman was the escort for Pam Mahoney.
Queen Diane is active in school as student council secretary, a member of mixed chorus, GRA, Pep Club, Pow Wow typist and Cherokee Staff. Earlier this year she represented Cherokee in the 1962 Sheldon Soybean Contest.
Miss Curtis is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Curtis. She is active in vocal music, Capers, Cherokean staff, Pep Club, GRA, band and is her homeroom officer.
She is also a member of the National Honor Society, cheerleader and was in junior class play. She wore a sleeveless black and gold cocktail dress with bell shaped shirt.
Seventeen-year-old Nana Davis, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hunt Davis, is co-editor of the Cherokean, Pow Wow reporter, Pep club member, GRA, and National Honor Society.
She is also active in marching and concert band, vocal music, girls sextet and Capers. She wore a sleeveless ivory lace cocktail dress with copper-colored satin sash.
MIcky Dorr is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Dorr. She wore a sleeveless black taffeta cocktail dress with bubble skirt accented by a single red rose.
Miss Dorr is active in vocal music, girls sextet, Capers, Pow Wow, a member of Cherokean staff, Pep club, GRA, and was a junior class officer.
Dr. and Mrs. M. D. Hayden are the parents of Miss Connie Hayden. She wore a brocade tinsel top dress of silver and gold with a skirt of silk organza over taffeta and net.
The 16-year-old senior is active in band, mixed chorus, girls glee club, declam, Pep Club, is a member of the National Honor Society and plays in mixed clarinet quartet and clarinet solo.
Pam Mahoney, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Mahoney, is a cheerleader, Pep Club member, has been in band and mixed chorus, GRA, and is Pow Wow typist. She has also been homeroom officer and in Capers.
She wore a white chiffon gown with pastel blue and white, cummerbund with bow.
Following the coronation, the annual Homeroom parade through the downtown section of town took place with 18 floats led by the Washington High school marching band.
Tonight during halftime the three winning floats will be paraded past the spectators. Queen Diane and her royal court will be introduced before the game.
Following the contest with Emmetsburg's E-Hawks there will be a Homecoming dance at the high school with Bill Redman's Combo playing.
The dance is sponsored by the Student Council.
A hard frost is needed to help dry out corn and stop the growing process of soybeans in Cherokee County.
This was the report, today from Forrest Kohrt, county extension director. The director said a frost will speed up the maturing process of beans so fall harvest can move into full swing.
The official reported that corn in the county still has about 30 percent moisture content.
For efficient picking and cribbing the corn should have 20 percent moisture or less.
The extension director said picking should be underway by October 15 with good drying weather. Some farmers are beginning to fill their silos with ear corn silage now as the moisture content is about correct.
Kohrt reported that many farmers estimate this year's yield to be less than last year. However, this may vary.
When asked about beans in the county the director said that the harvest is now about 10 days late. The bean harvest may get into full swing next week if drying weather prevails.
He said the bean yield is varied with some reports of very good yields and some reports that the yield is down considerable.
Other activities throughout the county include fall plowing with the majority of it completed.
There is some silo filling being done and building repairs are being made. Some hay is also being put up.
Residents of the Aurelia community met Wednesday night to discuss the possibility of a golf course at Aurelia and it was the decision of those persons attending to go ahead with plans.
Directors were elected and will serve until January 1. They are: Ervil Rapp, Richard Vogt, Edgar Allen, John Lockin, Vernon Rath, John Christenson.
Officials also reported that the club will be built with volunteer labor and will be a community project. Volunteers will be asked to put in 30 hours.
The club will be located north of Aurelia on the Sanford farm where there are some 40 acres plus additional land from Eric and Oscar Gustafson.
Shares in the club are now being offered at $100 each.
25 years ago
Gov. Michael Dukakis apparently is through apologizing for the sins of his former campaign manager and Friday in Cherokee set about restoring a positive, confident and hopeful campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.
This week, it was revealed that Dukakis' campaign manager had made the videotape detailing the plagiarism of then-candidate Sen. Joe Biden. The plagiarism issue was one element in Biden's decision to quit the campaign. The campaign manager, John Sasso, and others involved in the videotape have resigned.
Dukakis, obviously saddened by the turn of events, said he and the campaign must learn from the experience. His campaign must be for the presidency, not against another candidate, he said.
Dukakis has made economic development a key to his campaign. In his first two terms as governor of Massachusetts, the state has gone from the Rust Belt to a state with 2.5 percent unemployment and a job surplus in some areas. The reversal was not accomplished with defense spending as some critics have charged. Less than 5 percent of the new industries are defense-related, he said.
Massachusetts turned itself around because of a partnerships for economic development among labor, management and government, Dukakis said.
The United States also needs to commit itself to a strong international role in the world. That means working with the existing international organization like the United Nations and the Organization of American states.
"It's kind of interesting that when we really get into a mess in the Persian Gulf, this administration suddenly discovers the Security Council," Dukakis said. The problem was the cease-fire and embargo on foreign arms sales were about 6 ? years late. During the first 6 1/2 years of the Iraq-Iran war, the members of the Security Council were all selling arms to the combatants.
Dukakis told the 50 or so listeners at the Cherokee Community Center that the OAS had the authority to step in if the Sandinista government of Nicaragua tried to take over another country. While that didn't happen, that doesn't give the United States the power to violate that agreement either.
Dukakis would end aid to the Countra rebels and also back the Arias peace plan.
"That plan ought to be our plan," Dukakis said. "The only obstacle to that plan is the White House. Everybody else is for it."
Recent arms negotiations also hold great promise for peace.
"The arms race is a race without a finish line," Dukakis said, adding he would like to see arms agreements limiting missiles in Europe, a test ban, bans on missile flight testing, long-range missiles and conventional forces.
On other topics:
Agriculture. For the time being grain supply will have to be controlled through the price support system. But "the best solution ultimately is to find new markets for the grain farmers produce." One market is ethanol fuels which would help agriculture at the same time as cleaning up the air. He supported Sen. Tom Harkin's amendment to provide $75 million to research non-agricultural uses for agriculture products.
Education. Asked for a resume of his Secretary of Education, Dukakis said "it wouldn't be William Bennett. (He) doesn't have a real sense of what it takes to teach in the public school system."
Half the public school teachers in the country will retire in the next 10 years, Dukakis said. The best and the brightest must be brought into the profession. He proposed scholarships for students entering teaching. He also suggested field training centers where veteran teachers could take time off from the classroom, get additional training and renew their enthusiasm for the task.
Health Insurance. Dukakis supported catastrophic health care insurance bill being proposed, although he said there are other ways to provide health care. IN Massachusetts, pre-paid health plans take Medicare and for a few additional dollars a month, a person can get no-deductible total medical coverage including catastrophic illnesses. The system has also cut hospitalization, among the elderly drastically, Dukakis said.
He added that 40 million Americans do not have any health care coverage. He said he has proposed universal health care for citizens of Massachusetts.