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Thursday, November 29, 2012

100 years ago

The 11th District Convention for which the local club women have been planning and working for some time is now a matter of club history and the Cherokee women are being congratulated and are congratulating each other upon the success it far exceeds the attendance at any meeting in the district about 200 club women from out of town being present.

Happily our club women and their friends took pleasure in entertaining these ladies, offering them the hospitality of their homes. Even the weather seemed to enter into the spirit of the occasion, for it has been ideal.

Most of the delegates arrived early to be present at the reception given by the local club women at the beautiful apartments of Dr. and Mrs. Voldeng at the State Hospital Monday evening. The committee who had the reception in charge arranged for transportation to the reception so that the delegates and their hostesses were not troubled with this detail.

This reception was perhaps the most brilliant social function that has even been given in Cherokee and gave the club women of the 11th District not only an opportunity to become better acquainted, but to enjoy the cordial hospitality of Dr. and Mrs. Voldeng.

The guests were received by Mrs. Voldeng, Mrs. Maus, Mrs. Patrick, Mrs. Woods, and Mrs. Gillette. Mrs. Homer-Miller of Des Moines, the state president was to have been in the receiving line but much to the disappointment of every one, illness prevented her being present. By 9 o'clock the spacious rooms were filled with a gay throng of beautiful gowned women. The floral decorations were profuse and beautiful. The color scheme being yellow, flowers of this shade predominated.

The daughters of some of the club mothers assisted during the evening. The frappe bowl in the dining room being presided over by Misses Wilson and Loomis, while the Misses Ella and Elisa Jackson, Steele, Sullivan, Scribner, and Hull served at the small tables that were placed in the chapel.

The chapel presented a scene of unusual beauty. A long serving table was placed in the center of the room, this was decorated with garlands of smilax and yellow chrysanthemums, yellow ribbons entrimmed with similax were suspended from the elcctrolier above to the corners of the table electrolier was circled with fern leaves and the effect was beautiful. The small tables in the chapel at which light refreshments were served were lighted with candelabra, the candles being softened with yellow shades.

The stage upon which the orchestra was seated was banked with yellow chrysanthemums and easy chairs and seats were placed at the side of the room where the guests might linger to enjoy the music. The Hospital orchestra played from 8 to 10 o'clock and added much to the pleasure of the evening.

Altogether the occasion was a most auspicious opening for the 11th District meeting and the local club women appreciate the generous hospitality of Dr. and Mrs. Voldeng.

75 years ago

Grateful for reaping a bountiful harvest this year and wanting to share it with those less fortunate, farmer members of Oakdale Free Evangelical church, six miles north of Meriden, Tuesday planned to ship an 80,000 pound carload of corn late this week to the Christian Children's home, Holdredge, Neb.

With no crop for the past four years at the Nebraska institution which is maintained by the Evangelical Free church, officials of Oakdale church said Tuesday it would be a greatly appreciated Thanksgiving gift at the home.

Other northwest Iowa churches which are cooperating in a united effort to aid the home with corn include units at Albert City, Marathon, Center Grove and Pope City.

The grain will be fed to the home's 50 head of choice bred cattle, heard of swine and poultry flocks. More than 100 children will benefit from the donation.

Six members from the congregation compose a committee which is soliciting donations of grain. They are Victor Ivarson, chairman; Elmer Lundell, Eldon Fredrickson, Axel Anderson and Bert Lundell. Preliminary plans for the drive were outlined Sunday morning during regular church services at Oakdale. It was decided at this general meeting of the congregation that each farmer would pledge a certain amount of corn to the pool which was to be collected. Some farmers gave as much as 25 bushels, which at the current market price on corn is equivalent to $10.

Donations Pour In.

The committee reported Tuesday it had collected over 700 bushels of corn and donations were pouring in as rapidly as they could be handled. On the present cent market this represents in cash more than $200. If the full 80,000 pounds, which has been set as the quota, is collected late this week, it will be worth approximately $580 and will contain about 1,429 bushels.

To be Shelled.

When all the corn is hauled in, it will be taken to the elevator at Cleghorn where it will be shelled weighed, located in a railroad car and consigned to the home at Holdrege.

Rev. C. C. Carlberg is pastor of the Oakdale church, having held that post for the past 11 years. His church, six miles northwest of Meriden on the old Paullina road, is one of the most active rural churches in this section of the state.

With a congregation of 125 members and a Sunday school of 260 members, the church has a regular Sabbath attendance averaging between 150 and 200 each week.

Holiday Package

Women of the church twice each year--during the spring and fall--gather up articles of clothing and bedding which they repair and send to the home as their contribution. Each Christmas, the Goodwill class of the Sunday school sends a big holiday package to the children of the home. The package contains all kinds of toys, clothing, candy and Yule favors.

The church has nearly a half century of service behind it. Founded as a Swedish church in 1892, it has seen 45 years of progress and growth, and in this period, when hundreds of rural church not only in Iowa, but all parts of the nation have fallen into decline or have vanished from the landscape, this church continues to advance under the leadership of competent officials and faithful members.

50 years ago

Santa came to town Friday afternoon and was greeted by an enthusiastic and large contingent of fans and friends. Treats were distributed to all during the afternoon at the Eagles Hall.

Santa expressed himself as being well pleased with his reception here and has promised to be back to visit with his friends from his workshop on the Wolff corner during the Christmas season.

He will hold open house at this location the same evening the stores are remaining open for the conveniences of Christmas shoppers.

On Monday evenings, Dec. 3, 10, and Dec. 17, Santa has promised to be in his workshop from 7 to 8 p.m. to visit with the little folks. In addition, he will be in the workshop Wednesday evening, Dec. 19 and Friday evenings Dec. 7, 14, and Dec. 21 From 7 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays Dec. 8 and Dec. 15 from 2 to 4 p.m., and available for visits.

So if the youngsters in your house wishes to converse with Santa, he will be available at those hours at the workshop on the Wolff corner.

Also, as additional treats for the children, free movies each Saturday beginning Dec. 1, Dec., 8, Dec. 15 and 22.


At least sixteen head of feeder cattle met an untimely and shattering demise Monday morning in an encounter with an east turnabout freight train from Storm Lake to Cherokee.

The cattle, part of a wandering herd, variously estimated at between 50 and 60 head strayed from the Paul Pigott farm east of Cherokee onto the Illinois Central right-of-way approximately two miles south and one-fourth east of Cherokee and were struck about 7 a.m. Monday morning.

Portions of the cattle were thrown over a one-half mile sector and strewn about 60 or more rods back from the tracks. It was a grisly task to clean up the area and the remains were hauled away to an Ida Grove rendering work by Carl Miller who was called to the scene about 10 a.m.


The public is invited to the Quimby Garden Club annual Christmas show to be held at the Quimby Methodist church, Friday, Dec. 14. The event is open to public viewing from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and entries are open to anyone in the community.

Overall theme is "Portraits of Christmas Songs." In two of the classification, "I'll Be Home for Christmas" a dining room place setting and "Till Morning is Nigh" for the breakfast table entrants are asked to bring their own tables.

Mrs. Don Graham is president of the club. Other committees are, stage and properties, Mrs. Andrew Jessen, Mrs. Clarence Stevenson, Mrs. Laurence Bloomquist, Mrs. Floyd Simons and Mrs. Vernon Petree.

Classifications: Mrs. Ralph Pinkerton, Mrs. Floyd Harvey, Mrs. Don Graham, and Mrs. Frances Johnston.

Publicity is Mrs. Wynston Hyndman in charge of the bazaar and sale to be held in connection with the show if Mrs. Harry Brewer and Mrs. Vernie Nicolaisen.

25 years ago

Things aren't all always downhill at Cherokee's local ski resort

Operating Sunset Ski Area has at times been an uphill struggle for Mark and Tom Lundell.

But, the brothers, who are associated with Lundell Construction in Cherokee, are not about to give up on their ski venture.

"We're not quitters, we're committed. We think this is good for the community," Tom said.

The Lundells got the idea for a local downhill ski area in 1980. Mark said a growing personal interest in skiing prompted the idea.

"We picked up skiing about five years previous. Seeing that you usually had to go to Estherville or Colorado, we thought it would be nice to have an area somewhere closer," he said.

The Lundells looked at several sites for the ski area, and finally bought the site they first considered.

Sunset Ski Area is on about 15 acres of land on East Main Street, near the Iowa Highway 3 bypass. Mark said the proximity to the highway was a big reason for building there.

"And it was the only place anyone would sell," he said.

Ironically, the Lundells used to sled at the Sunset Ski Area site when they were children.

"We spent a lot of time on the hill before this all came about," Tom said.

The area was originally covered with trees and had a creek running through it.

Mark took three months off from work, cleared the area, built the lift, the main hill and shelterhouse. The Lundells have been developing Sunset Ski Area ever since.

In 1982, the rope tow and beginner's slope were installed.

In 1983, the tow and beginner's slope were extended, a pond was built and a new run was installed. The run is to the left on the main hill and is referred to as "boomerang run" by skiers because of its curved shape.

This year, a new run was built next to "boomerang run." Also the main hill has been raised about 20 feet.

Physical appearance is not the only thing the Lundells have been busy developing. Snowmaking machines have been bought and built and the selection of rental equipment has been expanded and updated. There are now about 20 sets of skis and a few hundred sets of boots available for rent.

Sunset Ski Area now has three fulltime employees, including manager Don Pitts. The area also has about 25 people who are members of the National Ski Patrol, a group trained in first aid. (Mark said there have been very few injuries there.)

Developing Sunset Ski Area has not been smooth sailing.

The first year of operation, the ski area was only open for one day because of unusually warm winter.

"I was out here in shirt sleeves. We had beautiful 70 degree days in January. You talk about bad timing--warm weather and 21 percent interest," Tom said.

In 1981, the Lundells had a well built to supply water used for making snow. The person who dug the well told the brothers that it would supply all the water they would ever need.

"We pumped it for 15 minutes and that was it," Tom said.

With the demise of the well, the Lundells built the pond which supplies the water for making snow.

Making snow has been a major part of operations at Sunset Ski Area. Winters in Cherokee may be cold, but over the last few years the snow that has fallen on Sunset Ski Area slopes has melted before it got much use.

Mark said mild winters have not been too much of a problem, because most of the snow at the ski area has been air and water made.

The manmade snow supplies a better base for skiing because it is heavier and does not melt as fast as natural snow. Currently there is a large pile of manmade snow at Sunset Ski Area. The pile is surrounded by green grass that was covered by now-melted natural snow.

The temperature has to be at least as low as 20 degrees to make snow. On a cold day, the snow machines are going full blast at Sunset Ski Area.

"When it's cold we're making snow. Whether we need it or not, we're still making it," Tom said.

Attendance at Sunset Ski Area has been anything but steady.

"We've had 200 people out here one day, and then only three the next day. And, there have been days when nobody came," Tom said.

Mark said he believes there is a local interest in skiing, but that cost might be holding some people back. A full day of skiing with rental equipment could cost about $16 at Sunset Ski Area.

Mark said a fear of skiing might also be holding some people back. There are people trained to give skiing lessons at Sunset Ski Area.

The Lundells admitted that they might not be doing enough promoting the ski area enough. But both said they plan to change that this year.

"We took a big jump and we're committed to this now. It's doing a lot better than what it was," Tom said.



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