Times Gone By

Friday, October 6, 2017
Wilson High School - This undated photo shows the former Wilson High School in Cherokee, which became the Junior High School when Washington High School was built and remained so until the Cherokee Middle School was constructed.

100 Years Ago

Gives Loving Cup to High School

Fay Dickinson, the jeweler, has arranged to present a silver loving cup to the high school graduate who will have made the best school record during a period of four years, including the present year, in both scholarship and athletics. The cup is ten inches high, and the winner’s name will be suitably engraved upon it after the announcement of the winner at the close of the present school year.

Mr. Dickinson makes it plain that in order to win the prize, the student must make the proper showing in both scholarship and athletics. Mr. Dickinson is to be commended for his effort to add this stimulus to the school work. The student who wins will have a lifelong remembrance of school day trials and tribulations and victories.


Back to Visit With Boyhood Friends

Ginger E. MacKinnon, another old Cherokee boy who got in touch with big finances while employed at Cherokee State Bank, was greeting old friends here Friday. In the spring and summer of 1890, Mr. MacKinnon, who was living with his parents in Afton township, was walking to Cherokee each night and morning to attend the local high school, from which he graduated that year. Following his graduation, he entered the Cherokee State Bank, but about a year later he went to a bank in Laurens, and from there to Des Moines, where he has been ever since.

Mr. MacKinnon is now president of the Mechanics Savings Bank. one of the real strong banks of the capital city, and he is considered one of the leading businessmen of Des Moines and an authority on banking subjects.

While here, he visited in the home of his aunt, Mrs. Margaret Blanch,on North 1st Street, and with his uncles, A.L. MacKinnon of Afton township and Alex MacKinnon of Aurelia.


Coal Shortage Is Winter’s Outlook

Cherokee, like almost every other town, is facing a coal famine which may prove serious unless relief comes soon. Local dealers are able to secure only meager shipments of coal, and the supply on hand is sufficient to last only a short time.

The mine operators evidently have found a way around the government’s price dictation plan without openly defying the government by refusing to sell at the prices fixed. Local dealers say they don’t have any trouble with placing orders for coal or in having the orders accepted, buttheorders are simply placed on file and the mine operators do not ship the coal.

One firm which has a string of 14 yards, and which ordinarily would have received 75 to 100 cars of coal during the past month, has been able to secure but two car loads.

The dealers are powerless in the matter, and the only relief seems to be in the government’;s taking drastic measures to compel mine operators to deliver the coal. Unless some relief is provided soon, the coming of cold weather will find a large portion of the country without sufficient fuel to save the people from suffering.

75 Years Ago

25 Per Celt Of County Corn Hurt

No more than 25 per cent of Cherokee county's corn crop was damaged frost, but soybean yields will be reduced considerably as a result of recent frigid weather, J. B. Wirth, county weather and crop reporter, said Monday.

In his weekly summary of county conditions, prepared for the Iowa weather bureau at Des Moines, Wirth said: “Corn drying rapidly. Frost did not damage over 25 per cent. No beans harvested yet. Yields reduced considerably by frost. Most plowing finished. Pastures still supplying feed."

Last week's weather ranged from a low of 19 - the record for the season—to a high of 82. Only .12 inch of rain was recorded.


Old Keys “Drafted”

Old keys for which the owners have no further use are to be "drafted" for war work in Cherokee

county.The brass and steel in these keys is wanted by the government for making armaments.

To collect the old keys, the Art club had decided to place a receptacle in front of the Bell Insurance Agency office on South Second street where passersby may deposit them.

Keys of every description are sought.


High School Pupils Urged to cut out all ‘Joy Riding’

"Joy riding by high school boys arid girls should be out for the duration of the war,” declared Paul F. Hill, executive secretary of the Iowa Highway Traffic Advisory committee,Monday.

“Boys' and girls serving their country by going to school can best show their patriotism by eliminating ‘joy riding’

and unnecessary driving,” declared Hill. “Walking will make them physically fit and better citizens, and .they will help win the war by saving our tires for essential transportation.”

In appealing for school children to walk to school wherever distance and physical condiitions permit, Hill pointed out that the fresh air and exercise will promote health and endurance.

Hill also pointed out that where it is too.far to walk to school and back, a ride one way and a walk the other may be a “happy medium.


Yankees lead Cards 2-1 in 5th Inning

The New York Yankees took a 2-1 lead over the Cards in the fifth inning of the World Series here this afternoon. Phil Rizzuto put the Yankees ahead 1-0 with a home run in the first, but Enos Slaughter’s four-bagger blow tied the score at 1-1 in the top of the fourth. Then the Yanks came through with another run to take the lead.

50 Years Ago

Miss Conover, Wiese Rule at HoIstein

HOLSTEIN — Homecoming Queen Barbara Jean Conover and King Merritt Wiese were

crowned in ceremonies at the Holsteln High School- Thursday night. Mr. and Mrs. Roger Wiese and Mr. and Mrs. Alex Conover are their parents.

Named as attendants were Mary Ehrig and Allen Conover and Linda Cronin and John Desutter.

The Homecoming parade was at 3 p. m. today, made up of floats designed and prepared by

members of the high school. The parade was led by the Holstein marching band.

Climaxing the Homecoming activities will be the football game between the Pirates and

Woodbury Central Wildcats.


Hurd and Lundell Rule at M-C

Karen Hurd was named queen of Meriden- Cleghorn Homecoming activities. Dennis Lundell

was elected to serve with Queen Karen as king. Attendants are: Diane Dobson, Shirley Johnson, Reg Fulton, Jim Chapman. Coronation ceremonies were this afternoon. Homecoming activities will climax tonight with football game between Meriden-Cleghorn and Remsen- Union, and a dance at school will begin following the game. Coffee and doughnuts will be served in the lunch room following game for all fans.


Parade Sparks WHS Homecoming

A roaring fire and a "peppy" pep rally Thursday night ignited festivities for Washington's

Homecoming activities.

The annual parade wound its way through the downtown area Friday afternoon featuring

Washington's marching band, eight floats from the high school.

Led by a chestnut purebred Arabian mare, "Remalia," owned by Hope's Fashion Farm and

ridden by Liz Mossengren, arrayed in an authentic red and white costume, the parade was

highlighted by the 1967 Queen, Monica Clow ,and her royal court. Attending Miss Clow were

Nancy Perrin, Jane McCauley, Linda Hii and Sharman Ohlson.

Also appearing in the parade were several past Homecoming queens.

Climaxing Homecoming activities will be the football game at 8 o'clock tonight between the

Braves and Spirit Lake Indians. Following the game, refreshments will be served to all fans

in the. lobby of Washington High School, sponsored by the student body, and the dance will begin immediately following the game, with all alumni and Spirit Lake students invited.

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