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Friday, October 19, 2012

100 years ago

People all over our city were shocked by the terrible news that Roy, the five-year-old son of Allen Nelson had been burned on last Tuesday, but hoped he would soon recover and be able to join his playmates in a few weeks at most.

At the Depot - Here is a look back at the hustle and bustle that was typical on any given day at the historic Cherokee Depot.
But fate decided otherwise, his burns had been too deep and in spite of all that loving hands and skilled doctors could do the life left the little body and his parents, brother and sisters are left to mourn over the unfortunate one.

He had become so wrapped in the affections of his parents that their grief is almost unbearable. Perhaps they should not be so sad for they have been blessed with his presence for five years and his memory will be with them forever, but such a misfortune comes to very few and only those who have had similar experiences can understand.

Roy was born at Cherokee, Iowa, June 18, 1907, and died at the home of his parents Thursday evening at 5:30, age 5 years, 4 months and 6 days.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the home in charge of Rev. Bean and Rev. Lindberg. Interment was made in Oak Hill cemetery.

Last Saturday morning on the new Cherokee high school athletic field there was staged one of the prettiest and most exciting games ever seen here. Cherokee kicked Sioux City at 10 and then started that battle royal. It was evident from the beginning that Sioux City would be compelled to play an entirely defensive game.

And so it developed throughout, for Sioux City and unable to circle our ends and our line held like a stone wall. Cherokee played their usual brilliant offensive game. Our fast back field went around the ends for big gains with that usual splendid interference. At one time Sage caught a seemingly impossible forward pass and was tackled within two yards of the goal line.

A fumble on Cherokee's part, with nobody in particular to blame, and a quick recovery by one of Sioux City's forwards, saved the Sioux's from defeat at that time. Time and time again the ball was within twenty yards of the Sioux City goal, but the visitors seemed to tighten up and a touchdown by Cherokee was not forthcoming.

Cherokee came back strong in the fourth quarter and Sioux City was forced to punt continually, while Elfrink returned the ball with great ability at dodging and running. Sioux City was all worn out and called time tome considerably. The last three minutes Cherokee advanced the ball steadily and the forth minute struggle ended with the ball within ten yards of Sioux City's goal.

As far as score goes it has not been decided who is who. But in our minds and in the minds of the Sioux City sporting editors Cherokee had the advantage at every stage of the game.

Jerked from its place on the corner of the Northwestern bank building, Fourth and Pierce streets, by a swaying "Headquarters Grand Lodge I.O.O.F." sign in heavy terra cotta ornament fell at 9:25 o'clock this morning on the heads of Richard Murphy, night porter at the hotel, West and Willmore A. Winston, a reporter for the Daily News.

Both men were knocked flat on the walk and rendered unconscious, while blood from their wounds covered the sidewalk. Dr. H. Lawrence, whose office is near, and Dr. S. E. Sibley were among the first to arrive.

Wescott's automobile ambulance reached the scene a few moments after the accident, and conveyed the men to the Samaritan hospital.

The report was generally circulated that Winston was dead. At the hospital it developed that Murphy's wounds were the more serious. There was a hole in the top of his head and one of his legs were broken.

Winston's scalp was badly cut and bled freely, but as far as the doctors had been able to ascertain up to 2 p.m. there was no danger of serious results. The doctors said Murphy was carrying a suitcase, as he was moving from the Albany hotel to the Vendome hotel. Winston had left the News office only a few minutes before and was on his regular rounds. At the hospital Murphy remained unconscious, and Winston is in a semi-conscious condition. Murphy had been at the West for about eight weeks.

He told Landlord Donahoe that he had been working at a Carroll and Vail. His home is in Providence, R. I. A postal picture that was found in a pocket indicates that he is a married man at any rate it showed a young woman sitting and him standing. Winston is one of the best liked Newspaper men in Sioux City.

Some months ago he quit the business to take charge of the sale of Keadon lots, and last summer he had charge of the amusement privileges at Riverside. He was back on his old job on the News for the winter. The cloth sign which caused the accident was stretched from the new Martin hotel to the bank building.

The wind swayed it back and forth, and the strain was too much for the corner ornament, to which it was attached on the south side of Fourth street. The ornament was of heavy material. It was put up by the Odd Fellows.

50 years ago

Cherokee Community Theater is proud to present their version of the famous play, "Uncle Tom's Cabin" with Dick Flenniken directing. It is considered one of the 14 most successful plays in the history of the American theater and is the most socially significant drama in the nation's history.

So many companies have adapted this play to their own particular dramatization that a complete and detailed history would make a book.

Flenniken has chosen one which A. E. Thomas made from an earlier one by George L. Alken, which "The Players" used for their scintillating revival in 1933 with the late Otis Skinner as Uncle Tom. Thomas eliminated the visit of Ophelia and Topay to Vermont, and made from a few short moments into a big scene, the auction at which Opehlia buys Topay.

Somebody was always "tinkering" with Uncle Tom, and quite often the adapters forgot to mention the author they were stealing from, Harriet Beecher Stowe.

The first Tom show appeared at Troy, N.Y. Museum early in 1853 and ran 100 performances. On July 18, 1953, it was produced at New York's National Theater with C. D. German at Tom, G. C. Howard as St. Claire, Mrs. Howard as Topay, the fabulous George L. Fox as Phinena Fletcher, and Cordelin Howard as Eva.

The Evas were usually billed as Little Somebody. The National theater production (which played 330 times and was called "a crude aggravated affair" by the Herald) had Little Cordelia. Other Evas were Little Annie Slavin, Little Gracie Wade, Baby Beatrice, and Little Minnie Maddern.

Only a notable basic work such as the Stowe novel could survive the monkey business which was done to it on the stage. There have been Tom shows without Evans, without Topay, without St. Claires (or St. Clairs), without visits to Vermont, without auctions. In 1897 Harkins and Barbour "streamlined it" omitting bloodhounds, ice, the slave market, and the ascension to heaven on the part of some wire-hung Little Somebody.

Tickets are now available at Brown's Shoe Store, Mode-O-Day. The identity of Cherokee's cast is forthcoming.

Mrs. Margaret Coles of Manchester, second vice-president of the Iowa Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, will be main speaker at the Eighth District fall meeting of BPW clubs at Cherokee on Sunday, October 21.

Topic of her address will be "The Three R's" in keeping with the program theme of "BPW School Days."

Her talk will feature the afternoon program which follows a smorgasbord at noon in Hotel Lewis.

Others who will address the assembly include Miss Mary Morton of Rockwell City who will report on her attendance recently in Michigan of a leadership seminar for top women executives, sponsored by the National Federation of Business and Professional Women. Miss Darlene Wahlstrom of Spencer, 1963 state convention chairman, will report on plans for next year's state convention which is to be held at Lake Okoboji in June.

The morning sessions, beginning at 9 o'clock with registration and coffee, are to meet in Washington High School with Mrs. Nadeina Moore, district director, conducting the business meeting. Mrs. Gladys Kuehl of Storm Lake, state BPW chairman of personal development, will talk to the group.

There are 13 business and Professional Women's Clubs in the Northwest Iowa 8th district.

According to a report from Cherokee County Extension director Forrest Kohrt soybean harvest in the county is at its peak now.

The director said that almost everyone is in the bean field now and most fields are in fairly good condition.

Beans appear to be in good condition. The best time of day for combining varies from day to day.

Unofficial reports of 30 to 35 bushels to the acre yields have been made.

When asked about the corn situation the director said corn is drying fast and it is expected that the harvest will begin as soon as bean combining is completed.

The extension man said there are a few cases where farmers are picking corn but in most instances this is for corn silage for feeding purposes.

He said droppage and field losses appear to be normal but this could increase with high winds as there is considerable corn borer damage in many fields. Other activities now include some disking and plowing.

25 years ago

Stating that this country was at a "fork in the road," Democratic Senator Albert Gore Jr.39, from Tennessee, came to Cherokee Saturday asking for support in his bid in the 1988 presidential campaign.

"The nation is faced with a critical choice because we can not continue to travel the Reagan path," he said. "It is time for new leadership, a fresh start and to concentrate n the real battlegrounds facing our nation."

Unity within his own party was one of the battlegrounds he spoke of. Stating that the Democratic nominee in 1984 won only one out of 50 states, he said it was time for the party to enter into vigorous discussions between the candidates to find new ideas and approaches to capturing the highest office.

"We need to face facts and reach out to the independent voters," the senator said. "We need to debate our differences of opinion. The time for total party unity is after the nomination is made. The time is now to differ to discover the broader, truer consensus of the Democratic party."

Senator Gore said the party's strength had broken down after the Vietnam War.

"We learned lessons from the Vietnam War, some were right and the one was wrong."

He said the right lesson was never again should the United States send troops overseas without Congress and the people making the decision.

"When we see a conflict in another nation we need to understand the history of that nation and not see every one as a U.S./U.S.S.R. conflict. Being ignorant of history is a mistake and that is why I stand opposed to military aid to the contras."

Gore said he supports the U.S. presence in the Persian Gulf because of the "freedom of the seas" concept. He also clarified that a UPI story was mistakenly released to newspapers nationwide that he had changed his opinion toward contra aid. "I have never changed my stand on that issue," he said.

Gore said the U.S. had learned one lesson that, in his eyes, was wrong.

"We must never again move cautiously when there are true national interests at stake," he said, adding the U.S. needed to rebuild its foreign policy consensus.

Current economic policy also came under the Senator's fire. Saying the nation is borrowing $500 million a day, he pointed out that the nation was ready for responsible management of economic policy.

"There is a similarity between the national mood in 1960 and 1988," Gore said. "We went from the oldest man who had ever served as president to the youngest. We have that opportunity today."

Gore said the time is now to rekindle the spirit of the nation and that by working together a future with hope could be built.

He said he did not support mandatory farm production controls pointing to what it would do to the export market and leaving the taxpayer to subsidize the market. "We need to change and improve our commodity programs."

Gore also cited education, health care, fiscal policy, AIDS research and farm credit as major items facing this year's presidential candidates.

"We need to take a new approach to the small family farmer," Gore said. "We need to be more flexible with their debt and treat them more like the small businessmen of the nation."

Gore's visit concluded with uproar over the current farm credit situation in Iowa and the Midwest and Gore commented he would like to look into the matter further and address the issue in the near future.

The Cherokee Community School District board of Education set the tuition rate for Meriden-Cleghorn whole grade sharing and approved the purchase of lawn equipment and the 1988-89 Talented and Gifted Program during regular session Monday.

Board member Joe Lundsgaard made a motion that the Cherokee district offer M-C a three-year contract with a three-year renewable clause (total of six years) charging the district the minimum tuition rate allowable by law with transportation negotiable. Board member Charlene Fulton seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

The minimum tuition rate set by the state is no less than 50 percent of the district cost per pupil of the sending district. Currently that translates to $1,341.50 per pupil for M-C to send its students in grades 7-12. That would give Cherokee an estimated $134,150 in additional revenue to enhance its academic programs for both Cherokee and M-C students.

The board discussed transportation and feels the Cherokee district may be able to go to M-C for the students without charging additional funds, but delayed incorporating that into its offer, unsure of what M-C's true needs are in that area.

Superintendent Mick Starcevich reported that the Cherokee board was invited to an information meeting at M-C Nov. 10 to help present the Cherokee plan to the public and answer any questions. The Marcus School Board will also be at that meeting to propose its offer.

In other business the board accepted the bids of Builders Sharpening and Service for lawn equipment.

The board approved the purchase of a John Deere 855 tractor for $12,200; a 72-inch mower deck for $2,190; a 59-inch snow blower for $2,238; a Model 272 finishing mower for $1,650; and a Model 232 Aerator for $1,177.

"A couple of county schools have expressed an interest in renting the aerator from us," said Starcevich.

"For the long term, this is the most cost-effective way of doing it," Lundsgaard said.

The group also approved the T.A.G. program budget of $30,720, an increase of only $720 over last year's T.A.G. budget.

Starcevich pointed out that study skills for all the students was part of the program and that the district was working on expanding the program to include Fine Arts interests of students not necessarily identified as T.A.G. students.

"If you don't try to continually upgrade something it eventually falls back," he said.

The board tabled action on window replacement in the Central Administrative Building until more bids could be received.

The group, even though happy with the bid of $25,487 for the project from the Gerkin Company and also the work done by the company on all the other buildings, felt it was its responsibility to the community to receive at least one more bid.

The board also approved the one year release of Marcia Henke from track duties due to her pregnancy and the one year contract for Deb Hankens as assistant girls' track coach. Hankens will be paid $822 for the contract's term.

The board also approved the custodial contracts of Howard Sadler and John Seel at $5.25 per hour each.

The group approved the district's Phase III plan and Starcevich reported that it would be two to three years before the full impact would be felt in the district. He said the most innovative portions of the program were the grant proposals which allow teachers to be imaginative in creating curriculum.

The plan was put together by a committee which consisted of citizens, parents, teachers, a board member and administrators.

Starcevich proudly presented to the board the Iowa Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Award for Excellence in Curriculum which was to the teachers and administrators of the Cherokee Community Schools for their entry in cooperative learning.

"We were one of 10 schools in the state that received this award," Starcevich said.

"This is a real tribute to our teachers and our administrators who lead our teachers," said President Tim Menke.

Starcevich also reported that the 1987 graduating seniors ranked well above the state and national means in ACT scores and this occurred at a time when Iowa ACT scores were reported as going down.

"I think this speaks well of what we are doing for our students," Starcevich said.

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