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Friday, November 2, 2012

100 years ago

In many ways the City of Cherokee has brought honors to our county, but there are very few that know the Masonic Orders of Cherokee lead the state in loyalty to and pride of their cause and of the magnificent halls which they call home. On Saturday the writer was privileged to visit the halls and there jotted down our impressions. On entering those halls the visitor was at once impressed that here is something which men take pride and delight, in making that Masonic home in name, a home indeed, that ever the best of us might be satisfied with and proud of.

The main hall is equipped with five large magnificent station chairs, one each east and west and three south in front of which stands large pedestals.

On top of Pilot Rock- High on a ridge at the south end of Cherokee is Pilot Rock, an enormous glacial boulder that overlooks the Little Sioux River Valley. The rock was carried to its current resting place by the most recent continental glacier, over 20,000 years ago. The rock is approximately 20 feet high by 40 feet wide and 61 feet long.
The secretary's desk is of the latest and most convenient pattern as is the prelate's desk. Around the hall is situated ten leather seated and backed, four settees, and in the center is a massive alter, a fine piece of furniture with raised leather center. In the south end is found a find Ludwig piano which furnishes music for the occasions which desire it.

The waiting rooms are large and comfortable seated with room leather seated and backed chairs. The parlor is furnished with two arm chairs to match the rockers and a large three cushion settee with loose cushions. In the center of the room is placed an attractive table of the same wood and finish as the other furniture, making a very pleasing harmony with all the decorations.

The main hall is also arranged so that the powerful double steropticom lantern can be used to the best advantage for the illustration of lectures.

The kitchen, that very important part of any well organized institution, has not been overlooked and here we find equipment sufficient to please the desires of the most exaction culinary artist.

The large dining hall is lined on each side with neat lockers for the use of the Commandery, and the hall is large enough for the sumptuous banquets held each year.

Two toilet rooms and lavatories have been provided for the use of the organizations. Each and every room is well lighted with large windows in the daytime and attractive electric chandeliers for the evening.

All the furniture in the main hall, waiting rooms and parlor is of mission style with fume finish, everything large and heavy and made to special order by Karpan Bros., of Chicago, and bought through W. L. E. Appleyard. All the woodwork is solid and the furniture in the main hall is upholstered in black leather with hair and in the waiting room and parlor with rich goat skin and hair. All the furniture of the same wood and finish giving a pleasing effect and unusual harmony. Everything is in the best quality of material and finish. Besides these there are one hundred folding chairs of the same wood and finish to be installed for use in emergency.

These rooms are occupied with the four orders of the fraternity:

Speculative Lodge, A.F.A.M., Nos. 307.

Burning Bush Chapter, R.A.M., No. 99.

Crusade Commandery, Knights Templar, No. 39.

Carnation Chapter, O.E.S. No. 157.

From what the Fort Dodge and Des Moines papers say it is evident that someone has been "getting a line" on the Cherokee high school football team. They report that our team weighs on the average between 165 and 170 pounds, that our style of football is straight college football in which we use only line backs formations and that we are slow in the executing of these formations. These things we do not deny neither do we claim them to be true. After next Saturday Fort Dodge may and again they may not have a different opinion of our team. Forty minutes will tell. IN the same item it is said that the Fort Dodge high school team has not won a game this season and they hope to redeem themselves by defeating Cherokee next Saturday. Their team averages around 160 pounds to the man and their back field has a reputation of being mighty fast. Since Fort Dodge has played and will play important schools such as Des Moines, Iowa Falls, Burlington and others, Cherokee is playing this game with Fort Dodge chiefly to see how our team ranks with the more important teams of the state.

50 years ago

Forty students from Cherokee County are among this fall's record-breaking enrollment of 12,114 at the State University of Iowa.

Donald M. Rhoades, registrar, made the announcement and said this is the third consecutive year enrollment on the Iowa City campus has increased.

Among those students attending from Cherokee are: Ruth Allison, Anne Anderson, Ronald Becker, Fern Bowen, Neil Bredman, Thomas Dalton, Louis Eischen, Barbara Fritz, Jean Fuller, Andrea Goeb, Michael Hanson, Gill Hartliep.

Joan Jacob, Lee Knight, Delores Mueller, James Mueller, Thomas Parker, Harriet Rasmus, Rex Ritz, Robert Schissel, Margaret Scothorn, Marilyn Turner.

Aurelia graduates attending SUI include: Steven Bryan, Fredrick Kolpin, Jane George, Marcia Nelson, Janadene Radke, John Sjoberg, Mark Wehrspann, Norma Wilson.

Thomas Bjorge, James Cochrane and Dick Montgomery are also attending from Larrabee and Janice Nelson at Meriden is attending SUI.

Students attending the university from Marcus are: Sandra Dorr, Edmund Frangenberg, Sharon Hagey, David Klingborg, Gary McClintock.

Plymouth County students at the State University of Iowa are: Frances Beardaley, Millicent Crabb, Roger Ladenthin, Janet Phelps, all of Kingsley.

Representing LeMars are: Roland Bedell, Jerry Biskely, Eugene Hanson, Richard Johnston, Robert Johns, Thomas Kamp, Joan Kroepel, Mary Mauer, Nancy Mauer, Robert McCown, Paul Melaney, Diann Sieverding.

Glenna Williams, Richard Borchers, Grover Chicoine, Marion Chad, Jean Dull, John Dull, James Fisch, Jean Hammans, Larry Hart, Thomas Hoffman, Donald Kehrberg, John Kelley, James Kelley, Bruce Mauer, Karen Mauer, Frances Schrauer, Donald Urban, Rachel Vanderstoep, Phillip Vanderstoep.

Remsen graduates at the university include: Paul Fitzsimmons, Robert Huewe, Kathleen Johnson, Ty Kesel, John Scharff, Walter Wietor. Stephen Zimmerman.

Among those students representing O'Brien County are: Ruth Brink, Charles Edel, Carlen Gruenhagen, John Hansen, James Johnson, Jerry Kracht, Dennis Pauling, Lavonne Sup, Patsy Sup, Steven Test all of Paullina.

Ronald Greeles and Susan Wilson represent Primghar and Robert Schultz and Neil Swanson are attending from Sutherland.

A regular meeting of Lakes Conference superintendents is being held in Storm Lake today.

Supt. R. L. Kinkead reported that the meetings are held so superintendents may review various aspects of teaching and school programs.

The session opened at noon with a tour of the new Storm Lake High School.

Following the tour the officials held discussions on the various aspects of the instruction program.

They also took up the pupil accounting systems and changes necessary as recommended by the department of public instruction.

Other topics included modern mathematics and methods of teaching along with Junior High organization in regards to curriculum.

Supt. Kinkead said the officials also exchange school schedules, pay scales, budget forms and curriculum plans.

The Cherokee County Extension service will sponsor a meeting for girls 4-H leaders on subject matter training Tuesday, November 6 in the Farm Bureau meeting room.

The meeting will run from 10-3 p.m. It will be the first of four lessons given by the extension department in preparation for the new year's 4-H program.

Officials reported that Shirley Jean Smith, extension specialist I textiles and clothing from Iowa State University will give the lesson.

Leaders attending are asked to bring scraps of fabric large enough to show color, design and texture. Scraps should be 6x8 inches. Scissors will also be needed along with clothing and organization materials.

Building permits totaling $59,100 were issued by City Solicitor Loyal Martin during the month of October.

The city official issues the following six permits: Emmet Holton and Charles Weeks with Otis Haley as contractor were issued a permit for an addition to a present building on Prairie Avenue for $1,000.

Leo Harrison received a permit for a one-story frame house on East Spruce street for $26,000, Ament Construction Company is contractor.

A permit was issued to Lane Moore Lumber Company with Otis Haley as contractor for a one-story addition on West Main. Estimated cost is $15,000.

Irv Begler was granted a permit to have Nafe Construction Company build a garage on West Cedar for $1,500.

Louis Bengston received a permit for construction of a garage on North Roosevelt for $750.

Ronnie Ehrich took out a building permit for a one story house and garage for $15,000 on Sac Street. Walt Wallace is the contractor.

25 years ago

Neil Bush, 32, son of Vice President George Bush, made a stop at the Cherokee Daily Times Saturday to outline some of his father's ideas for the 1988 presidential campaign and also to announce Bush's Cherokee campaign stop.

The vice-president will be at Washington High School on Nov. 20. The time and further details will be announced later. The visit will be open to the public.

Neil, the third of five Bush children, hails from Denver, Colo., and has been on the campaign trail for his father. He says all the Bush children are involved in the campaign in one way or another.

Bush conveyed an outline of four issues which his father sees as most important in the 1988 campaign.

Neil says his father is very concerned about damage to rural America.

"There are three things he feels can be done to help the problem," Neil said.

The first is to convene a world agriculture conference to discuss with leaders about reducing farm subsidies.

"My father is convinced that if the subsidies war were ended, the American farmer could outcompete any farmer in the world," the younger Bush noted. "He has heard and I have heard the farmers saying more than anyone else that they want less government in their business."

The second thing is mandatory state use of ethanol and other corn based products. Neil said he has even heard of a biodegradable plastic that is being developed which uses corn. Bush says more research into the use of surplus grains is a must to help the price of the commodity.

The third thing the vice-president is concerned about in rural America is preserving the present economic development, job training and educational improvements values so that "Iowans born here and raised here can stay here."

Concerning economic policy, the younger Bush said his father favored a strong economic policy with the basic business principle of keeping the tax rate low and holding a lid on federal spending. He said his father was the only candidate running who was a businessman before entering the political arena.

Neil said the vice-president believed in a strong defense because it has been proven to keep peace. But he added there was a lot of waste in defense which needs to be found and done away with.

"The biggest issue in this campaign for my father is a moral issue," said the younger Bush. "We have had a decay in morality since the 1960s and it is important to have a First Lady who can set a proper moral tone."

Neil said his mother has done more than any cabinet member by raising five children and 10 grandchildren. He believes the country can look up to the role model of his father and mother.

"For those who want to get politically involved and get a chance to meet the next President of the United States, I would urge them to attend Dad's visit Nov. 20," concluded the younger bush.

The Aurelia and Alta school districts have taken the "first step toward a meaningful dialogue" in finding solutions to problems which face both districts.

The two school boards met in special session Monday to mutually begin a discussion on sharing a football program. Both boards declined to enter into serious discussion on the matter, but rather opted for keeping it on a preliminary basis.

The athletic directors, coaches and superintendents of both schools will begin collecting "feedback" data from the students and draw up pros and cons of a sharing agreement to share with the boards at a later date.

Both boards will discuss the option of sharing football further in the future and wait until both boards have reached a consensus that they should proceed into further discussions before they meet again.

Alta Board Member Jay Lohman opened the discussion by saying the concept of the meeting was the first step in a dialogue between the two schools.

"We both face the same dilemmas," he said. "A lot of fellow schools are merging and we saw it as a responsibility to the district to begin a dialogue with Aurelia."

He said the idea of a football sharing agreement would be protecting their students form going up against teams with twice the numbers, the safety of the kids and the competitive spirit which can be overcome by a large number of losses.

"This can be the beginning of a constructive working relationship between the two districts as we both face enrollment problems and we need to look down the road at the long term," he added. "The environment is there for a meaningful dialogue."

Alta board members do not want to enter into discussions with Storm Lake on sharing and by the same token the Aurelia board does not wish to enter into discussion with Cherokee.

Identity of the two districts is of prime importance to both boards and the members wish to work within the framework of the "realities of what the Iowa legislature may eventually mandate."

Both boards also have set out as a guideline the fact that what they do in the future will be what is best for the students of both districts.

Among items of discussion were the changes and benefits a football sharing agreement would bring, how other districts have done with their sharing agreements, how to obtain community feedback and whether nest year is the time to implement a football sharing agreement or whether to wait.

Many questions arose in the minds of the board members during the course of the discussion. It was the feeling of Aurelia Board President Lynne Virgil that the Aurelia board members take more time in discussing the issues between themselves.

If the two boards decide to continue discussions they will most likely have open forums at the individual districts. The board would appoint task force committees consisting of board members, students, staff and community members to discuss the matter.

The deadline for entering into an agreement for such a sharing program is April 30.

Aurelia Superintendent Marlin Lode recommended the item be on both board agendas for two months to give everyone adequate time to become informed on the issue. In that way, serious discussions could begin in January.

Alta School Board President Don Peterson said the community should be asked about the matter, but added the people also needed to be informed so they know why the sharing is even being discussed.

With the Iowa legislature coming up with new standards, which as yet are not totally defined, Alta board members Lohman has the best reasons for discussion the issue now.

"We want to retain our identities, deal economically without transportation issues and keep our small school values, Lohman said.

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