Cherokee Daily Times from Cherokee, Iowa on May 31, 1960 · Page 52
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Cherokee Daily Times from Cherokee, Iowa · Page 52

Cherokee, Iowa
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Tuesday, May 31, 1960
Page 52
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Triangular Area At Union and Euclid Avenue 'Was;.,.. CHEROKEE'S FIRST RECREATION AREA • Federation Park, a ' small, triangular area at the intersection of Euclid and Union Streets, was Cherokee's first official recreation area. • Riverside'Tourist Park.— later changed to Vflescott 'Park in hon- cr of Dr. L. A. Wescott, Cherokee with the purchase of 20 acres from the Mary Button estate for the amount of $2,500. • • ,. The city park area was enlarged in•.• 1941-when 57.78 acres around Spring Lake were purchased from the Cherokee Realty Amusement Corporation-for-$17,- docto'r-^-was acquired in 1922 500. Later, 20 acres on the east First Everybody -got a thrill when the Illinois Central "Green Diamond tooted its' way through Cherokee back in 1936. It was the first .streamliner to come through Cherokee and marked the beginning o£:the end for the old "steam" engines. In the second'lphoto is a "head-on" view of ih^ new tram and-the-Bbttoin-filioto is a shot "of the coaches'and crowd. side";of Highway 59 .were purchased from the Fuhrmgn estate. .W.,;A. Sanford, J-.°'W. Stevens and W. I. Weart served on the first city Park Board, present directors are" Dr. Don C. Koser, Albert ,W. Stahl and Clyde Trimble. Margaret Stratton is Secretary. .. Y .'••••-.--. Improvements to ' Cherokee's park: area Include those made to Spring : Lake for swimming purposes, .the addition .of - desirable picnic areas- and facilities,'driveways,..shelter .'house, band stand, rest' rooms: 'and .a baseball diamond, located, in Wescott Park...'. ; The proposal for a Park Commission was approved at an elec-.- .tion held March 15, 1951, Thro u'gh work of 'this commission^ the park : areas have been increasingly-improved • and beautified. >• .Each summer finds city park facilities used, and- enjoyed • by :.- countless out-of-tcwn residents - as - well '-as Cherokee' youngsters: and adults. • Augmenting .recreation afforded by the parks, a'summer playground' program was- initiated by- Rotary Club in .1936. . : . That year Rotarians gaver$100 to provide-a'month of supervised recreation, .with A. I. (Mac) Me -Clintock in charge. 'Prent Jones, former .. Cherokee . resident, took 'over. : in 1937. . . , " ^ •.--•-•-. •;-.• .-.. Rotary and Kiwanis Club: gave financial "assistance - up - to . 1948, raising, funds for, the summer pro- grarrrthrough -paper "drives. .-•> The late Otto Huebner, high school coach ; f of nearly a decade here, director each'sum- mer from-1945 -to 1949.. Records were • not kept on 'directors for 'the program from..1937:'.to '45.;-•-. '' On June .9,- 1948; the city voted a -half mill -levy to support youth activities in an-;annual summer playgorund program. Following the tax levy, a board was- set\up to direct • the program. It- is 1 ' always comprised of one member of :the ' City .Council, .superintendent , of 'the: public schools-and one- citizen. - '•-'• •-•:..: '. :• ' '•'-'.. "•••;••. : ' •'. •• Serving on .the-first board .of directors were Clint -Lowry, .R: B. Creel and Mrs. Lyle. .Maxwell, •The.-,1956 board: consists:of 'Lyle Maxwell, Supt' Lloyd W. Sexton and Mrs. Don Hankens. " - : ;.-•-;. Huebner also started Midget baseball'/which- was self-supporting Art Locke, a former ci'ty police chief, managed the Midgets for several years with Jack Watts assisting Baseball activities • were -.later included in the regular 'pay- ground schedule after the millagc provided a summer- director. Playground directors in addition to McClintock and'Huebner have been 'Bernie Saggau, Wilson chased and a craft program'added through funds made, available by the half mill levy. Big Midgets ,l>lay in the Junior Midgets I Sportsmen's League with teams of nearby communities. Little Midget games arc part of Junior High principal and coach; jthe regular playground schedule, •M. E. (Chris) Christopherson, for-,along with such sports as archery, mer head high school -football .tennis anc ( go ]f. coach, and Andy Bellandier, In> i Special events to which parents _ . maculate Conception School .men-; arc invitod arc staged throughout rectors go each Thursday after- events and other contests as well as a concluding picnic and treasure hunt at the -park. During the past several years, W. D. Frankfurter, Sanford Museum lecturer and director, has taken youngsters on field trips to Indian sites in the area. Through co-operation with the Red Cross swimming' program, playground patron:; and their di- tor. Sports jthe summer recreation program neon for free swimming at Spring equipment . was . pur-! These include pet shows, track Lake. Mrs. Edith Meloy, executive secretary of the Cherokee County Red Cross chapter, estimates that more than 3,000 young people have taken part in thq free Red Cross swimming lesson .program during the past five years. From 1950 to '55, 1,000 swimming certificates have been awarded and 12 junior and 12 senior . livc/-saving certificates earned. Swimming instructors and lifeguards for the five years on which records of the '-lie'd Cross program are available -were: 1951, Louise 'Bong, 'Delia Flbrine 'and Mary Jo Bierbaum; 1952, Madeline Broderick, Mary':'Jo Bierbaum, Delia Flbrine, .Ann Spih- harney; 1953, Sally. McClintock, Janeen Knipe, Mrs. Don Elliott; 1954, Mrs. Don Elliott, Corrine Larson, Janeen Knipe, Patsy Florine; 1955, Ann-' Spinharney, Louis Eisohen, Marlene Jensen, Madeline Broderick, : Patsy Florine. ' '.•'•'.'•'•''•' ' : •*"-•- ' . 40 Successful Years .1... Serving Cherokee STU; When the hatchery first opened for business; it had a setting capacity of 20,000. This number has increased - - in 1956 - - to 132,000. In a normal hatching season, . 300,000 to 400,000 chicks are produced here. We feature AMES IN-CROSS HYBRIDS AS WELL AS POPULAR STANDARD BREEDS ' HEADQUARTERS FOR HEALTHY CHICKS Modern facilities for custom grinding and mixing of feeds! ./ Sixteen formulas registered with the State of Iowa for Blue -Ribbon poultry, -hog and cattle feed. Owned &

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