Cherokee Daily Times from Cherokee, Iowa on May 31, 1960 · Page 63
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Cherokee Daily Times from Cherokee, Iowa · Page 63

Cherokee, Iowa
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Tuesday, May 31, 1960
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SECTION NINE CENTENNIAL EDITION SECTION NINE ourier CHEROKEE, IOWA, MAY 31, 1956 A Women For Sheriff? In the year 1872, it was once,suggested that Cherokee County have a woman for Sheriff . . . suggested in a rather demanding sort of way. The following brief items, taken from the Times during the month of March, 1872, tell the story af the appointment of a new sheriff: March 1st, 1872 SHERIFF On Saturday, Mr. N. Bell tendered his resignation as sheriff of this county to the board of supervisors. The causes that led to the resignation relate to his bondsmen in part withdrawing and his failure to satisfy the board with new surity. It is well known that Mr. Bell acted as deputy during Mr. Filer's term of office and whatever his qualifications were, they must have been known to the public prior to his recent election. However, the office is now vacant and to fill it with someone who is truly acceptable and 1 ; capable is the duty : of the board. Several gentlemen have applied for the^ position, so the board will have material enough to select from. As will be seen from the call from the auditor, the board meets on Friday, next, to appoint a sheriff., i ; ' - , March 1st, 1872 ; ' ,' - 'A WOMAN SHERIFF " .:..' ' .' . Cherokee, lbwa i " * March 1st, 1872 , • . Editor of the-Times Sir:-' 1 . j . Allow me to express my sentiments on the appointment of a sheriff for this county. Let the board.':of 1 supervisors act with the independ- ence becoming men and appoint a woman to the office now vacant, and we pledge our sacred honor that saloons and gambling halls will betake themselves to a more congenial latitude. We -do not ask this, as a favor; we demand it as a right, and should the board deny us, we will find a means of retaliation before long. ' Yours (and so forth) A Woman (Editors Note:) We think'"a woman" is a little too exacting for the perpetration of her claims, as her sex has not only been recognized, but the bell(e) of the town has been sheriff for two years past) March 8th, 1872 SHERIFF The board of supervisors meet today to ap point a sheriff; If the claims of the female applicants are to be overlooked, we presume the selection will be made from among the applicants of the bearded and whiskered gender We hear. Mesrs. teal, Charles Near, Oscar Chase, William McKay,, and Luther, spoken of; all excellent men. March 15th, 1872 '••-»., SHERIFF •.'.... Mr.:N-. Bellas our readers are'already aware, -resigned the'office of sheriff The board of supervisors met Friday of last week to appoint a new sheriff. 'After 'a .little deliberation, they appointed Mr. William ; Mc ! Kay, formerly clerk of the court to -the vacant -office. The appointment is one that '.- will give genera} satisfaction, as Mr McKay is -. every' -way'- competent to discharge the duties of .the office. . •. Selling Cherokee . During, the first years of settlement of' New Cherokee, following the' arrival of the railroad, the newspapers were making a constant attempt to interest people in the east in settling here. From time to- time, special articles would appear in ;the papers, with a notation that they should be; clipped' and sent, to relatives in the east. One such article was later published into a booklet, which residents bought and sent back to friends and relatives. The following .is. one of -the -articles, written to interest easterners in settling in Cherokee. It the April 12, 1872 issue of the Times. TO THE LAND SEEKER In writing and talking from time to timer upon the advantages which Cherokee offers to actual settlers, in consequence of the sameness of the subject, .one can scarcely avoid repetition but at the risk of incurring this censure, we feel it our duty to herald the magnificent opportunities now passing, never to return. • The man who fails to steer westward now and secure a foothold in this grand northwest is losing that which he can never recall. That he able to come whenever he pleases is true but the time for investment is now and he must bear in . mind the old saying,."Now or Never". Never at any past time was the influx of immigrants greater than at the .present and this is the reason (hat'now is the time-to determine on'locating 'here and securing a portion .of this domain on the fears of the immigrant. This time is happily past forever, for a total absence 1 has proved a blessing to the early settler than a super abundance. Distance from the markets in the inland position of these immediate counties also retarded ".their growth but now that numerous lines of railway stretch across them, connecting them with Chicago, Milwaukee and the East, that obstacle has been effectively removed. Blessed with good home markets for all we produce, with villages swelling their dimensions upon the broad prairies • and the iron horse .treading magestically over its grassy-meadows added to the natural resources of the country, the future is visible through the coming..years that will make.Cherokee'and the whole northwest unsurpassed by any similar portion: of this green earth. , ..-_-.'. , Land in Cherokee county averages $6 per, acre. Many suppose this is a .high price but if they properly consider the quality of the soil and the surroundings, they will be led to change their minds. The terms upon which the land companies offer their land are very favorable in regard to time and suppose their land had been placed in market .at a low rate,-private spec- lators would have absorbed the whole thing, . effectively shutting' out the actual settler. The price is such as a man who wishes to use the land can afford to pay but the speculator is closed out. The soil, the water and healthfulness of the country are too well known to; need pointing out. The fact that Cherokee county is equal if not superior to any place in the west is a .matter that should ,be kept before the eyes of everyone. in quest of a home. CHEROKEE TODAY Cherokee is now the third largest city in Northwest Iowa, superceded only by Ft. Dodge and Sioux City. The city today covers 5Va square miles and its trade area serves 55,000 people., Our geographical position holds industrial and commerical potentials in as much as we have direct access to the sources of raw material and proximity to major market .outlets, jln the center of Jibrary, museum, hospitals, banks, the corn and hog belt, it includes extensive farm enterprises proved by the fact that Cherokee county has consistently remained one of the two top farm income counties in the state. Cherokee is served from all directions by its highways, railroads, airport, taxi service, through-buses, truck lines, ambulance service and an excellent municipal airport. Its utilities, schools, churches, newspapers, industries,, ipost of- ifice, fire department and waterworks have been treated else! where in this edition. It will suffice to say that city government is big business. The spending of about three -'hundred -thousand [dollars in public funds each year [makes it .big business! Therefore, • it is of- grave importance that the ! citizens take a deep and serious interest in their local government and its affairs. These funds can and must be spent wisely so that the city will continue to flourish in a normal manner. Extension of city water and sewer facilities, better streets and lighting, more paved sreets, cleaning 'and maintaining of these streets, 'arc just a few of the ways that ithis money can be spent safely, 'at the same time bettering the | community and improving the ! welfare of its citizens. | Our finances are now in com- ! rnendable condition, with a gen- ! eral bond indebtedness of about j $140,000- which is about one- third of the limit possible for a I city the size of Cherokee. Cur- 'rent funds are in good balance, | viz: of the 70 mills levied by the '.board of supervisors for taxes, jcnly 15 mills is used for the oper- jation of city government. This is. Cherokee on its centennial observance . . .a youth, ful, city whose future lies in the i hands of its people. An Old Photo Of The G, W. Banister Store X; , (Located at Present-Site of Towne & Country) The last Indian had been driven from northwest Iowa . .. . the government had taken over the lands and sent surveyors to measure out and mark off the various counties. A group living in the eastern states were becoming, very much interested in the opportunities-which might be offered in this new territory. : These people, living in Milford, Mass, at thai lime, chose two men - Dr. Dwight Russell" and Dr. Slocum - to plan a route to the new country and to organize a colony for the great adventure ahead. The two men studied the rivers of western Iowa - Missouri, Big Sioux, Little Sioux, and Maple- and at last chose a spot where the Big Sioux River empties into the great Missouri. Here, they said they would build a city. ;;; The two men shook hands across the polished table. This was December 1855 . . . the start of an adventure that proved to be the beginning of Cherokee. ., Two other men - Carlton Gpr- bett and Lemuel Parkhurst I were chosen to make a ,trjp : to the new land and investigate its possibilities. Parkhurst had a wife and three children, but Gbr-' bett was single, and they set .'out about January 10, 1856. ' The .weather was •intensely cold, and when they reached the Detroit River they had difficulty crossing on the ice. Earlier in the day, they were told, boats had crossed but by afternoon the channel had frozen over, and the two nv>n had to carry the children across on the thin ice. Scon afterward, Parkhurst left his wife and children at his brother's home in Pecatonica, Illinois, the two men going on to Davenport by train, crossing the river and then riding the train again to Iowa City. From there, they traveled to Council Bluffs by stagecoach. Time and again, the wheels would sink fast in the deep snow and the men would have to get out and pry them loose, but at last they arrived at their destination, only to learn that Sioux City had already been settled at the spot they had chcscn. They discussed their predicament and st'ljlied their maps, after which they decided to continue with the stagecoach to Sioux City, taking along some mail and several passengers. The snow was getting deeper, the paths had become almost invis-' ible, the cold unbearably intense and' the passengers' had to walk most of the way. Finally, Corbett and Parkhurst asked; the mail- carrier to let them have the mail, declaring that they could take it into Sioux City sooner than the lumbering stage and the struggling horses. This was done, and the men arrived in Sioux City at least twenty-four 'hours before the stage. It was found that this town was already established so they, trudged up the Big Sioux River scanning the territory, but seeing very little limber in this region, they started back. The next try was eight miles south, which brouhi them tired and discouraged to Sergeant Bluffs. Where could they ever find a good place for the colony which was anxiously awaiting word on the results of their expedition? The next day, however, some- I thing happened v/h:ch changed i the course of events. Corbett and Parkhurst met a stranger who said he was from Cherokee County. "Plenty of timber up there in my country," he said, "and clear springs of cold water and | all the fish you can eat." It was' Robert Perry, the "first settler in" that county, and he directed the I two young men to the Valley of the Little Sioux. • The following day, Corbett set out on foot, leaving Parkhurst behind, but taking with him another man, John Martin. They found the place which is now CorrectionviHe and from there went up the Little Sioux. They passed what is now Washta and Quimby, to a large grove in Pilot Township, and camped for the of wild turkeys. The sun shone hot and bright, and. the grass was turning green everywhere. It was now early May and the birds were singing its praises. Corbett felt good; he liked this place very much! As he stretched -his aching Hmbs, he thought of the many weeks he had traveled through snow, mud and slush all through March and April. Now it was warm and dry and he could shoot a plump bird to roast over the campfire. This would be a good place to live . . : this was Cherokee County. Following an old : Indian trail up the vailey, they suddenly came to a large, red rock. It was a strange, huge boulder in the middle of the mile?, of prairie. Its surface w-as covered with strange symbols and signs of the Indians, but they could not fathom its meaning. However, they were glad to be armed in the face cf this silent, sinister reminder of the Redman. After tramping over the region for two more days, to make certain that there was good soil, pure water, and plenty of timber lor-the new settlement, they turned back toward Cbrrecticnville, well pleased with the results of their explorations, for they had discovered a place to satisfy their fondest dreams. When they returned' to Cor- rectionviHe, a welcome surprise was in store for them, for they arrived to find that Dr. Russell and several members of the Milford colony had made the trip in six weeks time and were already there to greet them. Tents were pitched beside the (See ADVENTURE On Page 6) When morning came, they were awakened by the gobbling The weight sociable at the residence of D. White Thursday evening was"a pleasant, and successful affair.The ladies attending were duly weighed and the and weight recorded on a slip •>f pa per "and then put into a box. The gentlemen drew therefrom the name of a lady to whom he should act as escort for the evening, paying for the privilege half a. cent a pound for the full weight"of the lady. Cliff Hall drew the heavy lady attending, that evening" and hart the privilege of commanding .the smiles of ">09 nounds of feminiinity during the entire evening. " ' Times—.February 9, 1888

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