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Times Gone By

Friday, January 18, 2013

100 years ago

Early Wednesday morning the fire company was called to fight fire in the basement of Russell Brothers' grocery and bakery. About 4:30 the baker had started a fire in the furnace and then went to the bake room and began to get ready for the morning work of baking up the day supplies.

In a short time he noticed that smoke was coming from the basement into the room where he was at work and as soon as he opened the basement door to investigate, the smoke rolled into the room where he was and the alarm was at once turned in. The alarm being sent only to the fireman and to the proprietors no one knew about the fire until they came up town a few hours later.

When the firemen arrived they found the basement full of dense smoke, but the fire was quite easy to get at as there was a long window near where the fire was burning in a pile of egg cases. It may be that the furnace door was blown open by gases from the furnace and some sparks struck paper or other inflamable material near the cases as there were two piles not far from the furnace.

The principal damage was from water and smoke, while the joints supporting the floor above were scorched they will not have to be removed. The egg cases were destroyed or ruined and water and smoke damaged a lot of canned goods, apples and flour stored in the basement.

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Little snow? Eh! - Recently Glenn Cave brought some photographs in to the Chronicle Times. This photo featured Dr. Simonsen, longtime Marcus Veterinarian, standing in Joe Alesche's drive way after a snow storm in February of 1936. The Alesche farm was located one and half miles west of the Marcus Junction.
The loss to Mr. White, who owned the building, will probably amount of $100 and twice that amount will possibly cover the loss of Russell Brothers.


The people of Cherokee have a right to be proud of the distinction given our county through her representative W. P. Dawson at this session of the state legislature.

He is now serving his third term and so honestly and ably has he represented his constituents that he is recognized as one of the strong men in the thirty-fifth assembly.

This is manifest by the appointments, for though he is now serving his third term and entitled to some of the more important committees, without having exceptional merit he would not be placed upon nine committees five of which are very important.

It is not often that his name appears in the big headlines as a result of some great spread of oratory, but he is usually mentioned when something of importance is being done.

Buena Vista, Woodbury and Sioux counties are also taking prominent parts in the legislative work at Des Moines.

75 years ago

Mrs. Myron Bushlow of Pilot township was elected Thursday, Jan. 14 to replace Mrs. James H. Fee on the county 4-H club girls' committee as all the other members were reelected at a special meeting in Hotel Lewis here.

The 1938 committee is now composed of the following: Mrs. Emmett Ammons, Pitcher township, chairman; Mrs. R. R. Jones, Afton; Mrs. Harry L. Miller, Amherst, Mrs. Roy Ohlson, Diamond and Mrs. Bushlow, Pilot.

Gladys Adams, representing the extension department, Iowa State college, Ames, was present at the meeting to conduct the annual training school in the girls' 4-H project for the year. This year's project is clothing. The session, which started at 10 a.m. and continued until 1 p.m. was devoted to an extensive study of tailored finishes, bound and tailored buttonholes, arrowheads and other technical matters entering into the construction of garments. A discussion on the types of materials to be used in tailored garments, styles to wear and various occasions, clothing record books and account ledgers was a feature.

The information given out at the meeting will be retold at future meetings of 4-H clubs over the county.

Eleven club leaders and members were present. They were: Mrs. Emmet Ammons, Pitcher; Mrs. John Blake, Aton; Eleanor Blake, Afton; Mrs. Loucks, Afton; Mrs. Fred Felton, Spring; Mrs. Glen Waddell, Pitcher; Lillian Johnson, Pitcher; Mrs. Robert Nolan, Rock; Rose Melter, Rock; Dorothy Mortensen, Silver; Mrs. Ralph Peterson, Pitcher.

Home Demonstration Agent Lola Antisdel, who also is club leader, was present and assisted Miss Adams in the training school.


A well-dressed young man was reported to have taken an automobile belonging to Paul Gruenhagen, of Paullina, early this week and driven it to Granville where it was abandoned after he had tried unsuccessfully to hold up and rob Herman Bennier, filling station attendant.

The automobile was taken while Gruenhagen attended a show. Gust Gruenhagen received a telephone call from Granville later in the day stating the car had been found there and identified as belonging to his son.

The young man reported to have taken it, was not identified. He is said to have entered the Granville filling station and ordered three gallons of gasoline.

As the attendant was making change from the cash register, the stranger suddenly drew a gun. Bennier seized the gun from him and as the bandit fled, he fired. No trace of the man has been found, officials report.

50 years ago

Some 300 high school musicians will gather in Cherokee Saturday, February 2 to participate in the Northwest Iowa Band Festival.

Washington High School will again be the site of the festival in which 92 Northwest Iowa schools are participating.

Don Marcoulier, director of bands at Drake University, will conduct the mass band.

The instrumentalists begin practice at 9 a.m. on the morning of the concert with a final preparation period at 1:30 p.m. The concert for the public will be presented at 8 p.m. in the evening.

For Cherokee

Representing Cherokee will be Jim Rhoads, B-flat clarinet; Pam Fassler, B-flat clarinet; Mary Ellen Sayre, flute and Kay Bleakley, baritone sax.

Other area schools include Aurelia which will be represented by Dennis Ostlund, tuba; Dean Pingle, drums; Julie Nelson, French horn; Blaine Strumpe, trombone; Dick Johnson, trumpet and Tom Parrott, contra-bass clarinet.

Marcus Community school: Barbara Johnson and Evonne Johnson, both on clarinets and Neal Drefke trombone.

Meriden-Cleghorn Community: Jean Mason, trumpet; Jim Kilts, tenor sax.

Willow Community: Douglas Johnson, B-flat clarinet and Kathleen Simmonsen, bass clarinet.

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On top with old Smokey - Here is another photograph that Glenn Cave recently brought in to the Chronicle Times. This pictured was taken in January of 1975 and shows the dog Smokey setting atop a snow drift that almost reached the top of Cave's home.
A business meeting of the Northwest Iowa Bandmasters association will be held at 3 p.m. prior to the concert.

Representatives for the festival were selected during tryouts in Storm Lake Jan. 5.

25 years ago

Stanley O. Nervig, President of Iowa Banc Corp., Marcus, and Carleton C. Van Dyke, President of the Farmers State Bank of Marcus have announced the sale of the Farmers State Bank of Marcus to Iowa Banc Corp. of Marcus.

Stanley O. Nervig, President and Kenneth L. Ogren, Vice President of West Iowa Banc Corp. stated that a group of mostly local investors have agreed to purchase 80 percent of the stock in the Farmers State Bank.

Nervig also stated there would be no changes in bank personnel and the bank would continue under the name of Farmers State Bank of Marcus. All present officers, employees and directors of the bank will remain the same with the exception of Van Dyke. He has been the majority stockholder in the Farmers State Bank since 1946 and is wishing to retire so he is divesting himself of his interest in the bank.

The Farmers State Bank has been serving the Marcus community for 60 years starting in 1928 and has over $30,000,000 in assets as of Dec. 30, 1987.

The sale is subject to approval of both the federal and state banking authorities with final approval expected before April 1.

West Iowa Banc Corp. is made up of local investors ad Ogren says that it is a good thing for the community to have a locally owned bank.


Family stories are flowing in for the new Cherokee history, according to Betsy Grause, project director. The new history book is being published by Curtis Media Corporation in cooperation with the Cherokee Daily Times.

Space is still available for additional family and business stories, and all residents, both "old timers" and newly arrived, are invited to submit their family history, or histories, and photos.

If needed, help is available for writing your story, and brochures are on hand with instructions and hints on writing. Volunteers are even willing to tape record your story and type if for you. All this help is available by calling 225-4776.

Grause says to write your story in your own words, just as you would tell it. Your story will not be edited or changed, and it will have your name listed as author. This is what makes this type of book so interesting and so personal. "We expect to have several hundred stories, hence several hundred authors," explained Grause.

All writers are encouraged to include photos with their stories. The publisher has a policy of letting each story include one free photo, and additional photos can be included for a very small charge. Having your valuable photos published in the new book is one very good way to insure that these photos will be around "forever."

Old business photos or other photos of our area are welcome and, if used, will be returned to you unharmed.



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