iroquois history

1942: Thrashing season has begun


August 8, 1912

Iroquois now has an all-night electric light service, a step-in advance that is highly appreciated by patrons. The town board is installing lights in the alleys in the business district, and from now on, both streets and alleys will be lit all night. With the town thoroughly lighted and a night watchman on duty, the evildoer is at a decided disadvantage and has mighty little chance of committing a depredation.

The Kingsbury County Bankers Association held a meeting at Lake Henry last Thursday and indulged in a picnic and a generally good time. Those who attended from Iroquois were A. Johnson, C.T. Liddle, J.W. Lane and D.F. Wilmarth and their families.

August 11, 1932

Harry J. Meyer has booked a new contract of pictures for his theatre and will show on a regular schedule again, every Saturday and Sunday evening, after closing his theatre for a week to make necessary repairs and put his talking equipment in first-class shape. “Snooky,” starring Jackie Cooper and Robert Coogan, is booked for this coming weekend.

The Iroquois municipal band, under the direction of F.W. Aughenbaugh, played a concert at Cavour on Friday evening before a large and appreciative audience. At the close of the concert, the band members were treated to ice cream and cake by the Cavour businessmen as a token of appreciation for the fine concert rendered. The concert at Yale by the Iroquois band, which was booked for Friday evening, has been postponed due to the fact that many of the band members are now in the midst of a busy threshing season.

August 13, 1942

Some of the farmers began threshing the first of this week, and by next week, practically every rig in this community will be in action. Fred Moeller threshed 30 acres of Spartan barley, which yielded about 35 bushels per acre. It is reported that Adolph Kuehl threshed a 50-acre field of oats, which produced over 70 bushels per acre. A field of Thatcher wheat combined by Philo Bishop ran 20 bushels to the acre, and rye is also expected to produce a good yield.

Joe Rounds left Monday for Aberdeen to enter the government radio and signal corps school, resigning from his job at the south branch of the C. & N.W. section. Rounds attended several months of night school sessions at Huron College during the winter and spring, preparing himself for this work. The family plans to move to Aberdeen the first of next week.

The salvage of junk campaign is now on, and it is so important that every individual should make it his business to take an active part in the gathering of badly needed metal, rubber, rags and fats. Don’t leave it for George to do. This is our war, and if we are to win it, we must all do our part.

Owing to the shortage of help, shocking the big crops of rye, barley, oats and wheat has been quite a problem, but this job is now well in hand. The farmer is now faced with the task of threshing the crops, with an insufficient number of men to keep the threshing machines running, and of finding storage room for the grain after it is threshed. These obstacles will be surmounted in some way, even if they do loom big at the present moment.

Heavy rains this summer have flooded the basement of the Grannis house on a number of occasions, and upon investigation, Marshal Salter found that a broken tile at the outlet of the manhole on that corner kept water from draining off fast enough to avoid trouble. Salter and L.C. Gathman repaired this obstruction yesterday. The damage was done by someone placing a light or telephone pole on that corner years ago, and unfortunately, set it directly through the tile. Later, the pole was removed; the stub was left in the ground, and gradually, the outlet was completely stopped up.


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