Th° Ch™"' PP Conn'v Fin ,ind Pilot Rock Plowing Match, held each fall at • new- permanent grounds at the south edge of •Cherokee.-probably i; P far crv frrm the first county fair ever held here. In the October 11. 1872 issue ef the Cherokee Times, the following account acpwrs. telling of this First County Fair: Early Day Photo Of The Old Fort Congratulations on the The Cherokee County Fair Northwestein Iowa is but a new country but the elements 'of civilization as contained in more developed parts are being rapidly transplanted hers bv the entw- prise of the people Who are laying the broad foundation of its future greatness From time to ;j>me we are called on to recount he first meetings, first organiza- cns and in geneial terms the /ord "fust" has been prefixed o almost every move in the past ears and now we are called on o repoit on the doings of the list county fair ever held in Cherckee county The difficulties n the way of a first fair aie ob- rious to every considerate- mind ind everything had to be built rom the foundation'and anyone not a carpenter by profession must concede the arrangements veie very superior and the prep- arations thorough and ample The grounds are situated to the west of the village and enclos- about 50 acres in the center of Which is laid cut a race-course, though not first-class, yet a fair (course. The hall was rough and oi ''tempera r y construction but i roomy for all purposes. A spries of pens had been built for cattle, hogs and sheep, conveniently arranged. The treasurer's and secretary's offices were of the same kind as the hall and sufficient for all purposes'. f- =, GENERAL AUTO REPAIR *' Specialized Kydramaiics Carburetor Electrical Service Blankenbaker Automotive Service Phone 1291 601 E. Main Since 1949 The weather was unfavorable being cold, raw and black, with a stiff northwest breeze which for- boded winter and overcoats closely buttoned were much in favor So sold was it indeed that the secretary had to have^a heating stove rigged up in his office to make it possible that he could proceed but not withstanding all the drawbacks or inconveniences the fair was in every sense of the word a success. The first day of the fair was devoted to making entries which amounted to 200 in all. In the afternoon, a trot was got up for the amusement of boys which answered the purpose .for which it was intended. The second day was most unpleasant yet in the afternoon large numbers of people visited the grounds and all were well pleased with ,he exhibition. ,..'"-.••'" The art-hall was the principle olace of attraction and we den walking around it with our readers. ] The left-hand side as you enter | was devoted to farm products, the right hand side to paintings, drawings, flowers and fancywork. In the center of the hall were suspended quilts, counter- oanes and ornamental needlework. On the table between (he front doors was a showcase containing cutlery and natural curiosities. On the other end of the table were preserves and jellies innumerable, done up in jars dramatically sealed against hungry fingers. To the left, the eye was first confronted by potatoes, onions, melons, carrots, cabbages, corn and every product that rewards 'the. farmer for his time and labor. The judges had to decide that some particular sample was the best but in most cases their skill was sorely tested. The exhibition of potatoes was of Jhe highest order of its class while the display, of pumpkins squashes, beets -and so forth, showed what the soil, of this country was capable of raising. The huge citrons of Mr. Herring were a subject of remark and the big beets of Cha's. Durkee. There were but two samples of wheat and both by the Henderson family. The Green Mountain wheat by J. A. Henderson was a fine sample of grain as any farmer could, desire. The berry is remarkable for its length and transparency. The Russian wheat of .James Henderson, .though plumper, was 'not so bright. The judges gave it the first premium; bot ; h samples: yielded about 40 bushels to the jtore. In close proximity." to the wheat were peanuts''fresh from the soil of J. N. Lester's farm and ground -hestnuts which grew on a v|r;e resembling grass.- These were eaten toy many with mucTi relish. Corn of all shades and sizes were •: there,, among, others "Yankee Corn" that reminded' one of olden' times. Popcorn was in endless ^profusion and very pretty indeed. In the further end of the hall hung a set of double harness, some collars and- saddles, all manufacutred by T. Hopkins of. this place. They were choice specimens of the work of a thorough tradesman and very greatly admired . Passing to the right-hand- side we first met a feather-flower wreath by Miss Bradfield which ,was rather pretty. Some very FAIR ' ' .. . ' >'' y IcLaughlih Firm Smse Year 1939 L. D. in started elecfri- i.handscrne craVcn, paintings and ! cone-work by Mrs. Coombs. An ' I agricultural wreath -by Mrs. Cornish which v/as very beautiful indeed. There were some fine oil paintings on exhibition. The rattier rustic ones of William Cor- | belt had many admirers. Among, the c-hief attractions 'in this de-. partment was the art gallery of u u .ivicijautjmin stui-ieu cic^m- J. C. Wilson, photographist.. His ca j- contracting in Cherokee _.back. artistic .sun-painting was the j n 3339-. Although his son,'W. "Al theme of unusual commenda-, M c L a ughlin was sjlil in schooh.at, liens, -all expressing admiration ^ • tim 'e ( - his father'emphatically of the life-like work. There were ^^ that he wag a ,. part ^ the garlands of. flowers, richly paint- bus i ne s S ":; even then. " '" ed bouquets and artistic nose- NQW ^ McLaughlin's have a gays,' profusely decorating the m ^ ^.^uilding on East 'Main, stand, together with many beau- ^ .^ ig5Q * £ < tiful var ! tiesof ;f 0 ^ s - s ^^'' They...sell Norge appliances, do h dehca e as e an s residential and industrial wiring, S n we- c^ot^eS^ttan -Pair work an * emergency ca ? . but all were good: the paintings L. D, McLaughlin was born and ' cf-Miss-Hall,''hair-work of Mr.-raised . in Kansas, and came to Farley, leaves and lilies .of Mrs. Cherokee in 1917. For many, years D. P/'BIUT, the fancy needle- he was'employed here by Illinois work,' crocheting and so forth of Central Railroad. Fe. is a mem- Miss . Ward, the rustic pipe of ber of the Baptist Church. "W. A." Mrs. Howel, the -little '-rocker of attended Cherokee .High' School Miss Delia Corbett. We close to and served two and one-half years go to press. •"' ni the Navy. He is a member of ' the American Legion and Veteran's -_ . . __ of Foreign Wars Last Monday the street .sprinkler - ".. ' " began to-parade on Main street. . Join with Cherokee in celebrat- —Times—May 15, 1884. .r ing 100 years of growth. " -'.-• Chamber Oi Commerce Organized In 1923 The Cherokee Chamber of' Commerce was organized in 1923 o encourage and promote business and social interests of the entire community, to work for he common good m all matters ouching the general welfare of country and city through consultation and united efforts, to advance agricultural interests, encourage commercial progress, m- ciease acquaintance and harmony and secure cooperation in the things that will be helpful and beneficial to Cherokee and Cherokee County, also to encourage and promote civic pride and use ts efforts and support to im- piove and beautify the city and its'environments. The original nine members of the board of directors were H. E. Bennett, James F Weart, Justin Bairy, Charles Helin, W. F. Spm- harney,. Lprna F. Parker, H H Toman E." D..Huxford and Charles Graves. The. 1924 Board of directors-we're'.J:. It." Richards, W H. Schmidt, R. G." Knox, G. R Wharton, E. M. 'Stewart,. Sam Clay, S." L - Atkinson,-.-G.eorge -A Totman and Charles Helin. The present membership of the roup is 265 and its Board of Directors are M. E. Samsel, presi- ent; Dale Thomas, vice presi- lent; Russell Froyd, "resigned ecretary; Bill Grawburg,- treasurer; H. M. Montgomery, Art teiriberg, Don Miller, Julian Schissel, Hunt Davis,- Charles loon, Bob Northcrait, Charles Martin, Delaine Kolb. Secretaries of recent" years nclude Fred Duven.-Warren Reed, George Mantor, Guy Redmpn and Harold Rainwater. B&B Sales Co. Here Since 1933 B. & B. Sales Company is the wholesale distributor for Hamm's Beer and was established in 1933 by Robert Scherrer at 201 South Fifth Street.'' .This business has had a steady increase through the years, necessitating first a relocation in a new building in 1949, then an addition to that building- in 1951. Now plans are being, formulated for anofher- addition which is expected to be erected in 1956 or 1957.. The company began with one employe and today retains seven men on its payroll. •Mr. Scherrer was born in Rock Falls, 111., and was graduated from Hawarden school system in 1921. He belongs W Speculative lodge No. 307 A. F. & A. M., Elks Lodge of Storm Lake and Eagles Lodge of Cherokee. We Salute Cherokee on Its IQOfH Birthday! v Iii serving Cherokee and its irade-ierriiory since 1930, Bunkers .Gleaners has pioneered in the dry cleaning industry. We have in our plant ihe only 10-foot de- o^orizer'in Northwest; Iowa. Your delicate garments, formals, lace curtains, and dresses are always de-odbrized hanging on hangers; never tumbled as are heavier garments, coats, suits and blankets. ; Bunkers introduced many of the advancements in our industry — ihe still for solvent purification. 1932, where all insoluble impurities are removed from the solvent . . ..steam-air finishing, 1946, to insure proper shaping and drape of coats. In 1952 we-took pride, in being the first cleaning plant in Northwest Iowa io use the two-bath cleaning process which has,since become a "must" in our industry. There were only four other cleaners in a five-stale area out of Omaha using the process in 1952. , Through the years Bunkers has taken pride in serving you, with Quality Dry Cleaning. Bunkers uieaners Where Quality Has No Substitute Charley's Well Known As Restaurant From theater to roller rink to a nodern day restaurant ... That's the nutshell tale of Charey's Restaurant' & Steakhouse lo- ated on East Main in the City. Charley George, 38, Cherokee is wner of both Charley's Restaurant & Steakhouse. ; Cyril (Hap) Gravenish, 36, is nanager of the locations. George las been proprietor of the spot for ome 10 years. The byword at those estaurants is "Charley's Famous Steaks." In the early years, the building vas used at a theater. Later it be- ;ame a roller skating rink. Then or many years the site operated as White's Cafe. The building was he property of Mrs. T. C. Olson of Cherokee and Edna Mae Kelly Olson of Illinois. Ellen Waldron operated the site as the Green Lantern 'Cafe. George >ought the place September 15, 1945 and started' his career in the cafe business. Before entering the estaurant line Charley was proprietor of Charley's Grocery on West Cedar, now known as the West Cedar Superette. George is married and the father of eight children—five boys and three girls. Gravenish is married and the father of a daughter. No less than 14 families make their year-ar.ound living from employment and service with Charley's Restaurant & Steakhouse/ I Shop the easy modern way, by telephone. Or come in and order from our catalog.' Two-day delivery. Celebrates v withSemee - • - ' • ' -. >;' '''' ' „ s Sears is proud to be a part of this growing community ^and today is completing its 15th year of service to the community. TV sets, refrigerators, automatic washers and dryers, food freezers, ranges, water heaters and tires, and lawn equipment on display in Sears Sales Office. You can get the things you need When you need them with Sears Easy Payment Sears is your one-stop shopping center. Everything for the home. Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back. js^'in.i'iivS. ARS ^s\ //LU?
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