Sunday morning Will Laposki, of Siler, loaded into his fatherâ€™s automobile a party of friends who expected to spend the day at the Laposki home. They were H. C. Miller, D. P. Noonan, Chas. Lauer, and Wm. Atkinson. They went merrily and swiftly out of town and all went well until when at the R. Warburton farm in Pilot Homer discovered smoke apparently coming from his trouser lines and immediately got into action. However, the fire was not in his clothes but in the machine. Dust had gathered beneath the screen and this probably became saturated with oil and was ignited by heat from exhaust pipe. The fire had gained considerable headway when discovered and there was a lively fight made to save the machine from destruction, there being only dust to fight the fire. This was scooped up by handsful and thrown upon the flames, thus extinguishing them. The body of the auto was considerably burned but the propelling power is not thought to be injured. The insulation on connecting wires was burned so that the machine was put out of commission and the party which started out in the luxuriously furnished automobile humbly and sadly started to trudge back to town on the dust covered road. Later a good Samaritan took pity on the perspiring fat man of the party, H. C. Miller, and gave him a ride but the others covered the distance back to town. Donâ€™t ask any of them whether they had a pleasant day Sunday. Itâ€™s dangerous. Laposki went to Sioux City today to see about getting the machine repaired and the writer of this expects to be out of town on his return.
75 years ago
Little Ruth Wallace suffered a peculiar poisonous insect bite on the end of a finger the last of the week, probably that of a certain species of spider, according to the physician who treated it. He stated that it was well that the parent did not attempt to open the large thick yellow puff of the skin encircling the finger, as rapid spread of infection to other parts of the hand would no doubt have resulted. The swelling came up in a single night and although it seemed to cause very little pain she was taken to the physician next day because of the unusual appearance of the finger.
They physician stated that a day or two of delay would probably have resulted in the loss of the little girlâ€™s arm. She was taken to Cherokee again Monday morning to have the finger treated.
John Holst, jr. game warden, left petitions seeking an open season on pheasants in Cherokee county with interested parties Wednesday. These are to be circulated for signing by farmers and landowners of the county. One hundred and fifty signatures proved to be bona fide are necessary to secure the hunting privilege.
Before arranging the petitions, the game warden and Wm. Schuenke of Des Moines, supervisor of wardens, conferred with huntsmen in each town of the county to learn the sentiment toward an open season.
Petitions read â€śthat crops grown upon our premises are now being damaged or have been damaged by pheasantsâ€ť and that signers â€śpetition the state fish and game warden to authorize killing or capture of not to exceed three male birds per day for a season of not to exceed three one-half days sometime between November 15 and December 1.â€ť
Holst reconsidered his recommendation that the county remain closed and began the investigation on request of hunters of the district.
50 years ago
Enrollment in Cherokee County public schools totals 3,706, according to figures released by County Superintendent Earle F. Berkler.
The grand total represents 2,789 in elementary grades and 917 high school students.
The four parochial schools of the county have a total enrollment of 538. Of this number, there are 422 in the grades form kindergarten through eighth and 115 in high school.
Public school figures include the nine students enrolled in Amherst No. 8 rural school and eight pupils in Amherst No. 9.
Following is a breakdown showing total enrollment for each school cooperation in the county:
Aurelia Community, 542; Cherokee Independent, 1,351; Cleghorn Consolidated, 205; Grand Meadow Consolidated, 182; Larrabee Consolidated, 179; Marcus Independent, 460; Meriden Consolidated, 182; Quimby Community, 408; Washta Consolidated, 216.
The enrollment breakdown for the parochial schools is as follows: Trinity Lutheran 36; Immaculate Conception, 234; Maryhill, 47; Holy Name, 221.
The annual Halloween party, sponsored by the Aurelia Knights of Pythias Lodge and the DOKKS, is to be held on Saturday, November 2.
The party is given as an incentive for young people to avoid acts of mischief and vandalism.
For the teenagers, a dance complete with an orchestra will be held at American Legion Hall. A party and free movie is planned for the younger children at the KP Hall.
Free lunch will be served at both events, which are open free of charge to all young people.
As a further reward, Supt. D. J. Friedlund announced a half-holiday from school will be given providing no window soaping or acts of vandalism are reported. The holiday will be given on November 7.
Incidents of pre-Halloween vandalism have taken place this week, according to report of residents and city policy.
Police Chief Laurence Schmoldt warns that destruction of property is inexcusable and will not be tolerated.
â€śChildren or youths apprehended for acts of vandalism will be punished and they or their parents held liable for damage costs,â€ť emphasized the police chief.
Schmoldt said additional patrols and officers are put on duty at Halloween time to discourage destruction by vandals.
25 years ago
The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors Monday conducted two bid-letting sessions to purchase carpet for the law enforcement center and two pick up trucks for the secondary roads department.
The first bidding session was for approximately 273 square yards of carpeting for the law enforcement center. The bid was awarded to Martin Interiors, Cherokee, which presented the low bid of $2,823.60. The only other firm to submit a bid was Muller Furniture, Marcus, with a bid of $3,360.41. Of the total yardage purchased, about 145 square yards will be installed in the county portion of the building, with about 128 square yards in the cityâ€™s portion. The cost of the carpeting will be divided proportionately between the county and city.
During the second bidding session, Brown Chevrolet and Buick, Cherokee, was awarded contracts for two 1983 pickup trucks after submitting the lowest bids.
The bids from Brown Chevrolet were $6,224.94 for a one-half-ton truck and $10,024.94 for a one-ton truck. Both prices include a trade-in allowance.
Other bidders included Rasmussen Ford, Cherokee, with bids of $6,666.01 and $10,682.66 and Hesse Chevrolet, Marcus, with a bid of $6,867.49 on the one-half-ton model. The Marcus firm did not bid on the one-ton truck.
In other business the board:
--Met with Dr. Howard Marty, executive director of Plains Mental Health Center, for a quarterly report on the center, which has offices in LeMars and Cherokee.
Marty told the board that in terms of new patients, appointments and total number of clients, the Cherokee center has seen in increase for July, August and September over the same period a year ago.
For example, a total of 26 new patients were served at the center during the July-September period this year as compared to 22 during the same period in 1981. The number of completed appointments for the past quarter was 237 compared to the 1981 figure of 100. And the total number of clients seen during the quarter jumped from 192 in 1981 to 322 in 1982.
--Appointed Forest Kohrt as the boardâ€™s representative to the land commission.