Times Gone By

Friday, June 16, 2017

100 Years Ago

Liberty Bond Rally Tonight

Everywhere in the United States today there will be a final rally for the sale of Liberty bonds, and Cherokee county will do its part to make it a memorable day in history.

Every bank in the county will remain open until midnight tonight to receive subscriptions for Liberty bonds, and in this city preparations have been made for a big demonstration.

West Main Street - Here is an early photograph of Cherokee’s West Main Street.

At three o'clock this afternoon, the old Liberty bell in Philadelphia will toll the hour and every bell throughout the nation will take it up. All the bells in Cherokee will toll the hour each hour from three o'clock this afternoon until ten o'clock this evening.

This evening a special public program will be presented, including a concert by the. Cherokee band and addresses by A. R. Molyneux, Guy M. Gillette, E. E. Lyman, John Grigg and J. H. Burlinghame.

Sale of Liberty bonds lagged for some time,.but within the past few days the people have awakened to the call and the need of making the bond issue a success.

Subscriptions have been coming in increasing numbers to the various banks. However, there is still urgent need of support on the part of every one to insure fullest success. It is expected that many applications will be filed today, and for the purpose of receiving them, banks will be open until midnight tonight.

The sale of Liberty bonds will close Friday noon.

Bundle Day for Cherokee Red Cross

Every one will have an opportunity to help the Red Cross next Saturday by contributing bundles of used linens and other material that may be used in the making of articles for the army service. Bundles of old table linens, bed spreads, trukish towels, muslins and outing flannels, and also pieces of new muslin, such as are left in the making of undergarments, can be used to advantage and will be

gladly received by the society.

Autos will make the rounds of of the city Saturday gathering up these bundles. If you will wrap up your material in a bundle and hang out a white flag as a signal, the auto will stop for your contribution of material. Your help in this will be greatly appreciated and will assist in a most worthy cause.

50 Per Cent in Exemption List

A complete tabulation of the enrollments for Cherokee county on military registration day shows 1,625 men between the ages of 21 and 31. Of this number, 806 are included in an exemption list. These include the following: Legislative, judicial and executive officers, 3; totally disabled,16; having dependent relatives, 698; occupational exemptions, 89.

However, many of those included in the exemption list did not make special claim of exemption. For example, everv one shown to have dependent relatives was listed in the 698 covering that item in the exemption list, but many of those did not make claim of exemption on this account, One man who indicated that he had a wife and two babies dependent on him wrote “no” in reply to the question, “Do you claim exemption?”

There were many other such instances. Of the four Negroes who registered, all four are included in the exemption list. There were 157 aliens, and 16 of what are termed “alien enemies” registered.

75 Years Ago

Meeting called to protest I.C. Proposal

Mayors, commerce associations and patrons of the Illinois Central railroad in towns along the Fort Dodge to Sioux City line were invited Tuesday to attend a meeting at 8 p. m. Thursday, June 18, in the Chamber of. Commerce office here to discuss joint action in protesting the railroad's proposal to discontinue Trains 15 and 16 on the main line.

The railroad firm announced Monday that on June 28, trains Nos. 15 and 16, at present connecting Chicago and Sioux City, will operate hereafter between Chicago and Fort Dodge. The local service they have provided west of Fort Dodge will be handled by adding local stops to the present schedule of trains No. 11 and 12, lengthening the overall schedules of the latter trains.

Leonard S. Brown, president of the Chamber, in commenting on the Thursday meeting, said Tuesday morning that “if we find that we are in accord in the belief that trains 15 and 16 are vital to us as a matter of both necessity, and convenience, we can then take steps to prepare our 'case' opposing this curtailment in train service."

These briefs will be submitted later at a formal hearing, if and when called by the state commission.

June 25th is just 12 days ahead—all too short to prepare our protest to action that looks, on

the surface, at least, as not justified," the Chamber president declared.

Turn In Scrap Rubber At Nearest Filling Station, Salvage Chairman Urges

Arthur, A. Coburn, Cherokee county salvage chairman, Tuesday called upon every citizen of the county who has reclaimable scrap rubber to take it to the nearest gasoline filling station. Acting on President Roosevelt's instructions for an all-out nationwide drive to collect scrap rubber between June 15 and June 30, the Cherokee county chairman urged full co-operation of this county.

The oil industry has agreed, through its filling stations and dealers acting as agents, to buy all types of reclaimable scrap rubber at a uniform price of one cent a pound. The industry also has agreed to make available all of its personnel and facilities, including its filling stations and bulk plants, which will be used as collection depots.

Chairman Coburn has been directed by state headquarters during this period to "devote all the time and energy possible to this drive.”

The oil industry will sell the rubber collected to the Rubber Reserve company, a subsidiary of the Reconstruction Finance corporation.

Chairman Coburn emphasized the fact that the drive is not a moneymaking proposition, because "nobody makes a cent; this effort is for the war only."

The oil industry turns over to the national headquarters of the U:S.O., Army Relief, Navy Relief and the. American Red Cross, on an equal basis, any receipts in excess of purchase price. There is to be no profit to the oil industry. Oil industry trucks will take collections of rubber from the filling stations, industrial plants, etc., to company bulk plants or other concentration points selected by the industry.

Reclaimable rubber which is acceptable will include all kinds of rubber except battery boxes and parts thereof and tire beads. Metal, wood and leather should be removed from such articles as leather shoes, baby buggy tires, etc.

50 Years Ago

Akron Loss Estimated At $200,000

AKRON, Iowa (AP)—This northwest lowa town was still picking up debris Friday from a tornado that caused an estimated $200,000 damage.

The twister that sliced through a wide path here Wednesday night spared most homes from destruction but left part of the town looking as if it had been a battleground.

Surveying her littered hack yard Mrs. Harry Nelson said: "It's one of those things you have to go through and be thankful you're alive to clean it up."

Still in the hospital were Jerry Lias, 20, and his 17-year-old wife, Linda, whose mobile home was blown apart. She was reported in fair condition, but her husband was listed as serious in a hospital at Sioux City.

The damage in Akron consisted of unroofed garages, shattered windows, scrap lumber, uprooted trees and broken utility poles.

Rains Delay Crops

Crop reports in the last week showed an average of only 2.2 days.suitable for field work, down 1.1 from the preceding week for Cherokee County.

The fields themselves had adequate to surplus amounts of water, with some flooding in lowland areas.

Rainfall to date in June exceeds the normal amount tor the entire month.

Moisture is delaying cultivation of corn and soybean fields, and rains have delayed hay harvest.

By June 13, the first cutting of alfalfa w:as only 12 per cent complete compared with 23 per cent a year earlier, and the previous five year average of 41 per cent.

Crop and field developments are estimates based on,reports of correspondents and are prepared

jointly by the U S. Departments of Commerce and of Agriculture.

Day Camp Scheduled June 19-23

Day Camp time approaches and 91 girls have registered for the week of outdoor cooking and crafts. Director Gwen Corken said today that additional registrations may be made with her.

June 19-23 marks the dates of Day Camp at Spring Lake Park where from 9 to3 daily, girls and their leaders will explore the joys of the outdoors. Registration for Girl Scouts is $3 and for non-troop members is $4.

On Monday, the girls must bring sack lunches, although milk will be provided. Thereafter, the girl 'will devise their own menus and prepare their own food. Girls are asked to bring silverware to donate for Day Camp use.

Mrs. Corken said the camp will be held every day, weather permitting.

The director urged all participants to know the name of their family physicians on Monday, when the Day Camp opens.

25 Years Ago

Police call incident 'confrontation'

A man and a woman matching the description of a couple involved in attempted child abductions

in Ida County had a "confrontation" with a local boy last week.

Cherokee Police say an incident here June 5 was not an attempted abduction. Reports of

the incident were not released locally until Friday.

"As far as we're concerned it wasn't an attempted abduction," Police Chief Troy Valentine


"It was a confrontation," the officer who investigated the incident said. He asked not to be


At 1:20 p.m. June 5, an 11-year-old boy riding his bike on Bluff Street was approached

by a car he described as light gray. An older man was drivingthe car while a woman with gray

hair was a passenger in the car.

The boy did not see a license plate on the car.

The couple asked the boy his name and he *just took of on his bike," police secretary and matron

Jeanine Valentine said.

The incident was reported to Cherokee police at 4:45 p.m. on June 5.

The description of the couple matches that of a couple law enforcement officials throughout

western Iowa believe have attempted abductions in Council Bluffs and Holstein.

Cherokee police reported the incident to Ida County Sheriff Don Bremer, who said that

because the descriptions are similar, the incident in Cherokee may be related to attempted abductioris in Ida County arid other western Iowa communities.

"You cant cast it n concrete," Bremer said. "It's very possible. We can't say that it isn't."

Cherokee police said they received three additional reports of suspect vehicles between

June 6 and June 7, but determined those reports were unfounded.

The incident involving the couple and the reports of the suspicious vehicles were not

among police reports picked up Monday by The Cherokee Daily Times.

Medicaid tops spending talks

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — State budget bargainers Friday resumed talks that focused increasingly on reworking medical programs for the poor and elderly.

Groups representing the elderly met with Democratic legislative leaders to warn against cutting medical programs. Those leaders then huddled with Republican Gov. Terry Branstad for a third day of talks on the state budget.

The discussions are aimed at setting an agenda for a special legislative session, expected

this month, but Democrats sought a much tighter focus.

"We have one single goal," said Senate President Michael Gronstal, D-Council Bluffs, “the one thing that must be done is restoring the Medicaid budget.”

Pressure to reach an agreement was. increasing on both sides, but it wasn't nudging them toward compromise.

Branstad has vetoed a $276 billion Medicaid program approved by the Legislature, as well as funding for a $101 million raise for. state employees.

The governor has said he’d ask lawmakers back for a special session, but first says an agreement needs to be made on what the session could accomplish.

The Legislature had sent Branstad a $3.4 billion state budget that included approved a one cent boost in the state sales tax to bring it into balance. The governor rejected the sales tax hike, and the two sides have been arguing over a budget compromise since.

The budget fight has political implications because it comes in an election year. Republicans are making a determined effort to wrest control of the Legislature from the Democrats in the November elections.

Those political pressures are becoming increasingly clear. In addition to the elderly groups that met with Democratic lawinakers Friday, labor and liberal Democratic constituencies have been warning against many of the spending measures Branstad is demanding.

House Speaker Bob Arnould, D-Davenport, said that pressure is beginning to be felt. “We have every indication that voters want us to hang tough on health care," he said.

Branstad will attend Saturday's Republican state convention in Cedar Rapids, where he’ll face activists who form the core of his financial and organizational support. The convention delegates have approved a tough anti-tax platform.

Both sides have shied away from labeling the meetings at bargaining sessions, saying instead the two sides simply have been exchanging views. While some have described the sessions as “productive,” there has been little in the way. of concrete accomplishments.

Willow school board reviews smoking ban

Smokers who attend basketball games in the Willow Community School district may have to leave their cigarettes at home.

The Willow Community School Board Thursday discussed a non-smoking policy that prohibits smoking in the basement at Washta and in the hallway at Quimby during game half times. The district said that smokers will have to step outside for a smoke.

The board took no action on thepolicy Thursday, but is expected to vote on the matter at its July meeting, Superintendent Richard Caldwell said.

The policy proposed by Caldwell is designed to keep school buildings clean, provide good role modeling for students and end health problems associated with second hand smoke.

The board approved plans for a remodel of office space for the principal, secretary and a board secretary. The board secretary is currently based at a cramped Washta office,

Caldwell said the removal of a wall at the Quimby office will cost about $2,000. A plan outlining how to deal with injuries and resulting blood on schpol grounds was also approved.

The 25-page policy, required by the state, says school employees must wear rubber gloves when dealing with injuries that produce blood, and that blood must be disposed of in plastic waste bags. The schpol alsp must provide hepatitis shots for any staff members who request one.

Conservation Board wants state to take over local roadside park

The Cherokee County Conservation Board Thursday directed board Director Lon Allan to notify the state that it intends to remove the equipment and ask the- Iowa Department of Transportation if it will take over the maintenance at a local roadside park.

Warren Wulf of the IDOT said it is unlikely they will take over maintenance. Conservation Board Director Allan says that county budget, cuts forced the Conservation board to stop maintenance,

The Conservation Board tried for two months to find someone else to take over maintenance tasks, he added.

The cost to the board has been about $1,365 a year to drive to the park, clean it and mow. That price does not toilet maintenance.

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