Iroquois History

1931: Lake Byron has practically dried up

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July 20, 1911:

The Huronite was represented yesterday at Iroquois, when the annual day of sports brought the people to that center from many miles around in all directions. It was one of the big days for Iroquois. Business was closed except the drug stores, and the people gave themselves a genuine holiday. It was the tenth annual sport day of the tribe of Iroquois. and its promoters and participants seem to have learned how to do it. The field sports were at the ball grounds, and there a large crowd assembled, a distinct feature of the gather being a hundred or more automobiles that had brought farmers into town. There were foot races and various other kinds of field sports, the greatest attraction being the baseball game between Carthage and Howard teams, with Amanda Clement of Hudson as umpire, who has been out of the umpiring business for a couple of years on account of an injury received while presiding over a game. The game was won by Howard, by a score of 18 to 3. Another game was taken by Lake Preston from Cavour, score 7 to 5. The streets of Iroquois were thronged with farmers, and farmers’ teams were parked by the hundreds in compact mass, while the owners enjoyed the affair, evidence that their serenity of mind was not disturbed by the anxieties of the season.

Someone who has no regard for the law or the hereafter took the wheels from a surrey belonging to C. Casperson on the night of Sport Day and left in their place a set of old wheels. It would seem as if anyone having that much nerve would have taken the whole rig.

July 23, 1931

The Kingsbury County graveling outfit has finished the job of graveling the highway from Lake Preston to Oldham and will next proceed to gravel the county line road from Iroquois south to the county line, a distance of 12 miles and from the county line road east to Esmond, an additional four miles. While these graveling projects are being done by the Kingsbury County crew, the state reimburses the county for the cost of material and work. We have waited many years for a real highway south from Iroquois, and when we get an all-weather road, it will be fully appreciated by the people living in the territory south of Iroquois.

Lake Byron, once a pleasure, bathing and fishing resort, has practically dried up, four feet of water being the maximum depth. Game fish are being seined from the lake, and they will be planted in the Jim River. A diversion ditch from Foster Creek was completed several months ago, and it is the hope that the lake will again fill up from future rain and snow fall.

July 24, 1941

Frank Zeidler has been busy the past week mowing weeds along the streets and alleys as well as on all the vacant lots, and our city again is beginning to present a more pleasing appearance. Marshal Salter has also been busy cutting weeds in places where it was impossible to get with the horse-drawn mower.

Thirty-two thousand rural mail carriers are now acting as agents in the sale of Defense Savings Stamps. The stamps range in value from ten cents to five dollars, and purchasers are given albums in which they can be mounted. When filled, the albums may be exchanged for defense savings bonds.

The government defense agencies continue to urge purchasers to fill their coal bins this summer. When the weather turns cold and everybody wants coal at the same time, transportation facilities will be clogged with defense hauling, and it may be impossible to deliver it. As a further argument to act now, the price will be higher.

At a special meeting of the city council last week, it was voted to purchase the golf course property, containing 16 ½ acres, which will be used for park and gravel pit purposes. The consideration was $118.22. Tests show that this property contains a good supply of gravel along the east edge of the tract which is vitally needed for the city streets, and even with part of the land being used for park purposes, the grounds will still be available for a golf course. The local golf association found it hard to meet obligations on this property and thus by the city taking it over will be maintained as a recreational spot, besides furnishing the city all the gravel needed for street purposes, instead of possibly being turned into a farm tract.

The government started a nationwide, door-to-door campaign this week to collect about 20,000,000 pounds of aluminum which is needed to supplement normal supplies to meet defense requirements. D. F. Wilmarth, local chairman, announces that a house-to-house canvas will be made in Iroquois next Mon., July 28, between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to gather up pots, pans, kettles and other aluminum scraps which may be melted down and turned to defense uses. Nearly every family in Iroquois has some aluminum equipment no longer useful and housewives are urged by Mr. Wilmarth to check over their kitchen utensils and search over their basements and attics for scrap aluminum articles and have them ready for the boys when they make their door-to-door canvas Monday. The Civilian Defense Office said all old aluminum would be turned over to the treasury’s procurement office for allotment to smelters participating in the defense program. Properly processed, it then will be used in aircraft, aircraft engines, tanks, battleships and other weapons.

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