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Friday, November 9, 2012

Creamery - In the early days of Cherokee there were several creameries in town. Which creamery is pictured above is not completely known. It may be an early look at the Pioneer Creamery, built in 1880 by H.C. Kellogg,and located on the southwest corner of Fountain Street near Union Street.
100 years ago

The election is past as is most of its anxieties and Roosevelt was given a big majority, but the outcome in the state is still in doubt and may go for Wilson. However this matters little who gets the state. For Roosevelt to have been elected would have been little short of a miracle, and it assumes almost that aspect when we consider the immense growth of the Progressive party since its birth the fourth of August. The party while not winning the election, and it could not expect to win is now thoroughly organized and ready for a successful fight two years from now and four years from now will be ready to elect its president.

In the county the following shows part of the vote. The total vote would take too long to set up and the complete returns did not come in until this morning.

Cherokee has been pretty will covered this week with placards announcing the special meetings to begin next Sunday. A very neat poster which was conceived by Rev. E. E. Mack, the chairman of the advertising committee has been gotten out very generally over the city so that in a better way than usual the town has been painted "red" and wherever the red cross appears with the head of Christ, by Hoffman, beside it the message is proclaimed that the united churches of the town are about to begin the tabernacle meetings for which they have been planning for several months past.

The skating rink, which was formerly owned by D. Noona, and is now the property of the Schissel Auto Co., is being prepared to serve as a tabernacle. The members of the committee have found the new owners very courteous and obliging and they are putting themselves out to make the place as attractive and comfortable as possible. The building will be thoroughly renovated and the floor cleansed. A platform has been erected in the southwest corner for the chorus and is ample for the accommodation of 150 persons. It is built in stages each one higher than the one in front and that every member of the choir can see as well as sing. An order has been placed with Prof. Avery of Spencer for a sufficient number of the chautouqus benches to seat the building.

Dr. Jordan and Prof. Ramsey will reach town on Saturday to take up the work of this new campaign of religious effort. The following which is taken from the Keokuk (Iowa) Gate City will serve somewhat to introduce Dr. Jordan.

"One of those short, solid, stocky men with a big head and a mobile face has come to town and will be doing things for the next few weeks. His name is Rev. C. G. Jordan and he is now well started on a religious campaign. He stands close to the edge of the platform to one side of the pulpit, leans over the edge, and then often toward the audience. Stocky, square-built as a short-born prize winner, every line of his dress a straight one he represents a mathematical figure such as are found in text books on solid geometry.

"He has the mellow voice characteristic of enthusiasm without the rasp common to all fanatics. He uses a plentitude of figures of speech and illustrative stories. His English is perfect and his style scholarly, almost academic; he preaches his sermons after the manner of the best lecturers on the platform.

"Interesting, different--very different---scholarly, cordial active, enthusiastic, solid, mild and forceful, is the evangelist who is now engaged in holding meetings in Keokuk."

After an introduction to the preacher, naturally comes one to the singer as he is every bit as important as the speaker. The words about Rev. W. J. Ramsay are taken from two different papers, the first of them the Advocate, the official paper of the M. E. church, which says:

"We would like to say that Prof. Ramsay deserves all "that has been said of him and more. He is one of the greatest leaders of song in American today, keeping everybody singing all the time, whether they ever sang before or not, and getting them into good humor at the same time. His solo work was very effective here. He seemed to sway the feelings and the hearts of the people at his will, moving them alternatively to smiles and tears. But greater than the singing is his personality. This was what impressed those who got to know him more than anything else."

"Mr. Ramsay has a pleasing personality and leads the singing with grace and skill. He is a southerner (their broad brogue, with their 'you aw'll,' 'dissovling r's and soft pedal ch all harsh sounding words, like the Italian language, was made for singing purposes) and in his voice, a sweet pleasing baritone, there are all the poetic charms of the south--the song birds, the nightingale, the plantation chants and the soul singing of the land of sweet magnolias.

Such outwardly and to the eye and ear are the men who are coming to lead the forces of all the churches in this should saving campaign. But in addition to this, and what is more important, they are devoted, concentrated, earnest men of God, whose hearts and whose lips God hath touched, and whose usefulness has been attested many times over by their success as the human instruments for bringing such spiritual blessings to communities which they have visited.

Good souls in all the church have long been praying that Cherokee might be invited with a "reviving again and we trust that these prayers will be answered in the coming campaign. As the red cross and the motto "By This Sign Conquer."

75 years ago

Cherokee county grand jury late Monday afternoon returned an indictment against Orval Greenlee, Sioux Falls, S.D., charging him with manslaughter and fixing his bond at $5,000. Judge R. G. Rodman issued a bench warrant for his arrest, but officials said it would not be used unless he fails to post the bond within a short period specified by the court.

No true bill was returned against John Lepper who was charged with practicing veterinary medicine without a license. His case was dismissed and his bond released.

The jury returned one secret indictment.

Greenlee is charged with responsibility for the death of Mrs. Arnold Kraft and her small daughter, of Marcus, in an automobile crash north of Cleghorn early in September.

His case probably will not come to trial here before the January term which convenes January 1, 1938, Clerk of Court Wayne H. Flickinger said Tuesday.

The jury of seven men who indicted Greenlee was composed of Edward Wiese, W. J. Mann (foreman), Glen Klingensmith, Raymond Goettsch, Glen Champion, Ralph Peterson and Charles Swindle.

According to testimony last the coroner's inquest, Greenlee was allegedly driving a new coupe at high speed on a country road which intersected an arterial highway four miles northwest of Cleghorn. He was accompanied by Jabez Martin of Primghar.

Witnesses avered Greenlee failed to observe a stop sign on the intersected highway and crashed broadside into a light automobile driven by Arnold Kraft, young farmer and containing his wife and daughter.

The subsequent impact allegedly hurled the Kraft automobile more than 80 feet through the air.

Mrs. Kraft and her small daughter, Colleen Joyce, were killed almost instantly. Kraft, Martin and Greenlee were seriously injured and were taken by neighbors, living near the scene of the accident to Sioux Valley hospital at Cherokee. Martin, least injured, was taken to the Carl Shafer home, a short distance away.

Greenlee, who is a cattle buyer for a Sioux Falls packing firm, in company with Martin had been visiting the Carl Shafer home on business and were en route to Martin's home at Primghar when the crash occurred.

Kraft and his family were returning to their home when the collision occurred.

According to County Attorney A. R. Nelson, the maximum penalty for manslaughter if convicted is a penitentiary sentence of not to exceed eight years and a fine not to exceed $1,000.

50 years ago

In a meeting with the architect Wednesday night at the hospital the Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital Board of Directors reviewed preliminary sketches for the new hospital and authorized the architect to proceed with final working drawings and advertise for bids on the project.

It is expected that the hospital will be ready to accept bids in February or March 1963.

The board of directors will at that time, approve or reject the new hospital project on the basis of how high the bids are and how much money has been raised between now and February to offset the $109,000 shortage in pledges needed to complete the project financing.

The hospital architect, Dane D. Morgan of Burlington, described the new 63-bed project in a combined meeting of the board and the medical staff in the hospital dining room. Present also were the architectural engineer for the new hospital and other members of the architects staff.

63 Hospital Beds

He explained that the new unit would contain 63 acute hospital beds, also diagnostic, therapeutic, dietary and mechanical areas that can serve both the new and old units. He further explained that the laundry, storage, physical therapy and personnel facilities were planned for the old unit but designed to serve both the old and new. The remainder of the old unit is to be used as a long-term care unit.

The connection between the two units will be a heated above the ground corridor, connecting the ground floor of the old unit to the roof elevation of the new two-story hospital. He indicated that a three-story elevator would serve this new connecting corridor at the point where the new corridor meets the new hospital.

He also described the large car parking area and site development necessary to complete the project. He proposes to have a new street constructed between North First Street and Roosevelt Avenue passing on the south side of the road and new units.

This street would provide access to the new hospital, its public parking areas, emergency drives and service drives.

This new street will also provide access to the new Roosevelt Grade School from the large area served by the school to the west and south and open areas that can become attractive residential sites.

25 years ago

A Certificate of Merit Award, the highest award given by the Red Cross, was given to Heath Mallory of Cherokee at the 70th annual Red Cross Dinner Monday at the Cherokee Country Club.

Heath, then 17, was one of three individuals involved in the resuscitation of nine-year-old David Beffil, a drowning victim at West Lake Okoboji on June 15, 1987. Heath received his CPR training from Dean Parrish and Bill Smith, who had received their certificates from Karl Beals, first aid and CPR instructor for the local chapter of the American Red Cross.

Beffil was released from the hospital in September and is enrolled in classes for the handicapped although he is expected to make recovery.

Pin awards for membership were presented to Jan Lundsgaard, 5 years; John Cook, Jr., Tom Nelson, Kris Johnson, each 10 years; Doris Meloy, 15 years' and Phyllis Cosgrove and Martha Buddenhagen, each 25 years. Beals received an embedment in recognition for giving a minimum of 500 hours of service during five consecutive years. He has over 700 hours. He also was recognized for perfect attendance to meetings for the second consecutive year.

This summer there were given a total of 78 water safety courses from beginner swimming to advanced lifesaving. A total of 342 certificates were issued. In addition three young people received $50 toward training to become water safety instructors at the pools in Aurelia, Marcus and Cherokee. There are now 46 trained instructors in the chapter.

Tracey Mummert, replaces Cindy Hiller as the new Water Safety Instructor Trainer.

This year there have been a total of 10 classes in standard and advanced first aid, CPR, emergency care and reviews, and a total of 76 certificates issued. The chapter has a total of seven first aid instructors and one instructor trainer.

During the past year, there were a total of 17 cases of service to our armed forces, veterans, and their families. There were also 18 cases of service to civilians in our county.

Other activities in the past year included a successful Food Pantry project through Cherokee County Schools with distribution to the needy by Mid-Sioux Opportunity Inc. Fifteen space heaters were given to needy families.

Eleanor Johnson was presented a gift certificate of appreciation for acting as chapter director in Jean Northcraft's absence last year.

Various other reports were given, new board members were welcomed and returning board members acknowledged. Dave Deedrick was presented a certificate for his services as chairman the past year.

The next meeting will be in January.

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