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Friday, February 1, 2013

100 years ago

The season supper at the high school Saturday evening, which was given to defray athletic expenses was a brilliant affair and proved to be a "howling" success. At the hour of five large crowds began to arrive until the halls were well filled. The supper was as clever an affair as has been given here for some time. Much work and time was spent in decorating the rooms and much comment was given. The price of admission was determined by the date of one's birthday and each person was assigned to whichever of the four booths, spring, summer, fall and winter, in which their birthday came. This novel scheme caused much merriment and fun and every one had a royal good time. The spring booth, which was managed by the seniors, was truly a spring bower. It was decorated in sweet peas and daisies, pink, green and white. In one corner was a statue of an owl with a senior pennant on it. This is the emblem of the senior class, it being a wise class. The menu here consisted of olives, wafers and dainty salads.

Classic Victorian - This classic Victorian home once stood on the southeast corner of Ninth Street and Main Street in Cherokee.
The summer booth, managed by the Freshmen class, was equally as pretty with its decorations of green vines, forming a canopy over the room. The tables were spread with lunch cloths each with a centerpiece of pink carnations and fern leaves. Ice cream and cake was served here.

The juniors had charge of the fall booth. Here were the autumn leaves and decorations of corn. Red and yellow shades on the candles gave the room an air of Halloween. Pumpkin pie, apple pie, cheese, doughnuts and coffee made up the menu.

The winter booth, the work of the sophomores, was very artistic and to them much credit is due. The tables were set among the snow covered pine trees and far down behind the trees was a good old winter moon. The centerpiece on each table was a small Eskimo, but of cotton with an Eskimo doll outside. The sophomores served chicken pie, oysters and pickles.

The post graduate girls were not to be outdone in this affair. These young ladies had charge of the large candy booth in the lower halls. This was decorated in high school pennants and blankets. The whole affair was a success from a financial standpoint as well, the proceeds being over $200.00.

O.F.H. Walker, employed by the Illinois Central in building a water tank east of the Union station, fell while at work on Tuesday, cutting a deep gash in his head and cheek, necessitating the care of a physician. Walker was working in a pit below the tank and in getting out, it is thought by his fellow workmen, he slipped on an icy beam and fell backwards to the bottom of the pit, a distance of about six feet. He was carried into the Union station, and the company physician was called and several stitches were required to stop the flow of blood. Wednesday evening he was taken to his home at Cherokee, where he has a wife and family. Two sons of the injured man were working with their father at the time.

75 years ago

Florence Rupp was elected vice president of the Cherokee county Junior Farm Bureau on Thursday Jan. 27, and was installed with other officers, previously elected, at induction ceremonies in Immaculate Conception church hall.

Dale Smith, president and Celestine Corzilius, secretary, were named delegates to the Rural Youth assembly at Ames, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 11 and 12. This is one of the final features of the state Farm and Home week at Ames. Smith is voting delegate.

Officers installed at the meeting are Dale Smith, president; Florence Rupp, vice president; Celestine Corzilius, secretary; Vernon Peterson, treasurer and Mercedes Eisenmenger, publicity chairman.

Charles Martin, retiring president, was installing officer. Thirty were present at the meeting.

A program of entertainment included community singing, talks on current events by Delores Eisenmenger and Lewis Shea and games. An oyster supper was served.

Registration of both automobiles and trucks, increased sharply during the period, December, 1937 and January, 1938, in comparison with the same period a year ago, License Clerk Edna Mahaney reported Wednesday at the court house.

One hundred fourteen more cars and 86 more trucks were licensed this year, she pointed out. Total registration for this year's period was 3,465 cars and 438 trucks. In the corresponding 1936-37 period 3,351 cars and 352 trucks were licensed.

Twenty-one trailers were registered this year.

During the month just ended, 2,145 trucks, 13 trailers, nine truck tractors and 106 wagon box trailers were licensed.

Mildred Dinsmore, hair stylist, and Marjorie Seydell, hair tinting expert, both of New York City, gave demonstrations, and F.W. Allen spoke on specialty merchandising at a monthly business meeting of the Northwest Iowa unit, No. 29 of the Iowa State Hairdressers and Cosmetologists association at the Wolf Beauty Shop in Storm Lake, Monday evening, January 31.

The meeting was attended by representatives from Cherokee, Aurelia, Storm Lake and Sac City. Those representing Cherokee were Mrs. W. H. Wallace, Miss Agnes Cunningham, Miss Helga Peterson, Miss Ethel Huber and Mrs. Ronald Lewis.

Clayton Johann, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Johann, who for the past year and a half has been attending business college at Des Moines, last week accepted a position as personal secretary to L. J. Dickinson, former United States senator. Mr. Johann went to Algona from Des Moines last week.

Dickinson recently announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination in the June primaries.

50 years ago

The annual Kiwanis Pancake Day is set for Tuesday, Feb. 19 in Cherokee.

This is the fifth year the club has put on pancake day--the only fund raising promotion it has during the year.

With funds from the annual event the club plans its program for the year.

With money received the club does community service and youth work along with other civic projects.

A portion of this year's proceeds will go to the local chapter of the American Field Service the sponsoring organization for the foreign student exchange program.

During the past year Peter Jeuken from The Netherlands has attended Cherokee Washington High School through the program.

Jeuken will remain in Cherokee until June when he returns to his home land.

Plans are already being made for another exchange student to live here during the coming year.

The proceeds are also used for sponsorship of Little League teams during the summer.

During the summer there is visible evidence of the Kiwanis efforts at Spring Lake Park. The club has purchased a number of pieces of playground equipment at the park.

Area residents are offered all the "K-cakes" they can eat for a buck with children's tickets half price.

There will also be plenty of coffee and sausage. The all-day pancake day will be held at the VFW Hall in the basement. A prize will be given for the person eating the most pancakes in one setting. The doors open at 6 a.m. and fresh "K-cakes" will be on the grill until 8 p.m.

A Cherokee barbershop quartet will also appear during the evening hours for the entertainment of late pancake eaters.

Tickets are not available from any member or may be obtained on Pancake day.

25 years ago

Paul Simon, Democratic presidential candidate, made a brief stop in Cherokee Tuesday evening.

Supporters were able to greet him at the Cherokee Municipal Airport before he flew to his next stop in Fort Dodge.

Simon predicts the Democratic race will be close right up until the caucus Monday night. "We have a very tight race on our hands," Simon said. "I feel good about my campaign right now although I have had tremendous support at my recent Iowa stops, and the crowds have been very receptive. I want to thank these supporters in Iowa."

Simon, Missouri Congressman Richard Gephardt and Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis are generally considered to be bunched near the top of the Democratic presidential field in Iowa.

Simon does not plan to wind down his Iowa campaign at this time.

"Every bit of effort becomes critical at this point in the campaign," Simon said. "Any bit of work just might cause enough support to win."

According to Simon, the early endorsement of Berkley Bedell and Howard Hughes helped his campaign.

"The support of these two men has had a great impact on my campaign in Iowa," Simon said.

Simon said his image received mixed reactions from Iowans.

"Some people say that I don't look like a president, while others preferred the honest, clean-cut image," he said. "When people say that I don't look like a president, I usually respond by saying that Abe Lincoln didn't look like a president either. And he made a great president."

The most recent issue Simon has responded to is that of Social Security payments for the elderly.

The Illinois Senator said that Democratic presidential rival Richard Gephardt sided with the Republicans in votes which endangered these payments for the elderly.

"Congressman Dick Gephardt didn't vote in the best interest of the elderly," Simon said. "Now, candidate Dick Gephardt claims he wants to protect seniors from the same Republican forces he joined when it was popular to do so seven years ago."

The attack on Gephardt, who has surged in some recent polls as the candidates push toward next Monday's precinct caucuses, was the second consecutive assault Simon has launched on the Missouri congressman. Simon aides said the attacks would intensify during the next few days.

"The speeches and 30-second spots are great, but a candidate's record is the only thing that really makes a convincing case," Simon said.

"The most important question facing seniors and others who'll be participating in the caucuses next week is 'which candidates can you count on to turn their commercials into real commitments,'" Simon said.

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