Iowa is becoming a cradleless state. It is the home of race suicide and the spinster. To break even with the statistics of last year 26,000 babies should have been born last year in Iowa.
These astonishing facts will be given to the world next month at the international Sunday school convention by Rev. F. F. Fitch, state Sunday school superintendent, who has made a careful canvas of the state for these returns. This alarming decrease of infants means a loss to the Sunday schools of the state.
That there has been a steady decline in number of children born in Iowa in the last three years is evidenced by the report of the Rev. Mr. Fitch. In 1905, the Sunday schools in church, denominations, had 448,251 children; in 1906, 441,464 and in 1907, 421,909, or a decrease of 26,382 children in three years.
A humorous incident is given that illustrates this condition. A primary teacher of the Methodist church in Guthrie Center canvassed the city for a cradle roll of babies under three years of age and listed twenty-seven. The primary teacher of the Presbyterian church, not to be outdone, searched the little city over and received but one baby, but the Methodist preacher had cornered the babies in that city. Guthrie Center, as is given in the report has the largest percent of old maids and bachelors in the state.
The Rev. Mr. Fitch gives as his reason for this decrease the number of unmarried people in the state and the migration of former pioneers with large families to western states.
Cherokee leads in number of children and Dubuque county the lowest birth per cent.
Friends here were saddened last Tuesday by the news that Wilbur Williston, of Sutherland had been kicked by a horse and that he was perhaps fatally injured. This sad fact was proven on Saturday when he died at the home of his parents Mr. and Mrs. John Williston at Sutherland.
The young man was attempting to catch the horse which was loose when he received the fatal kick.
His death is a particularly sad one. He was a very fine young man with bright prospects and his marriage was to have occurred this fall and his unexpected death comes as a sad blow to his affianced wife as well as to his relatives and friends.
The funeral was held this morning at ten o'clock from the home.
75 years ago
With stores closing at 10 o'clock and other business houses and offices not opening Tuesday morning, all residents of Cherokee will be given an opportunity to take part in observance of Memorial day.
The program, as planned by the American Legion committee headed by H. B. Adkins, will begin with the parade at 10 o'clock. Cars have been contributed for carrying the three local Civil war veterans--George Funk, Abe Stiner and C. M. Dearlinger--in the parade that will move off from the Legion hall. Trucks furnished by McConnell and Sleezer will carry flowers from the hall at 9:30 o'clock to the cemeteries for placing on soldiers' graves.
Order of organizations in the parade is the municipal band, flower girls, Boy Scouts, women's patriotic organization, Civil War veterans in cars, Spanish American war veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion drum and bugle corps, auxiliary drill tem, American Legion and Disabled veterans.
Spanish war veterans, women's organization and flower girls fall out at Fifth street; auxiliary drill team and Boy Scouts at Sixth street; American Legion at Seventh street; drum and bugle corps at Eight street, band at Ninth street.
Ceremonies at Oak Hill cemetery will open with prayer by Rev. E. J. Smith. A Spanish American war veteran will read the General Orders to be followed by "America" by the band; Gettysburg address. Eldon Siehl; ritual program by women's organizations; "Flanders Field" by Viola Boosalis; "Answer: by Ernie Crane; rifle salute and taps with echo and placing of flowers on graves of soldiers.
Rifle salute will be fired and taps sounded during placing of flowers on veterans' graves at Calvary cemetery, also.
C. D. Meloy, commander of the American Legion, will be in charge of the program at the monument; Tom Crelly, policing the traffic; Harry Williams, placing of flags in veterans' graves.
Courthouse offices will be closed in addition to other offices. General delivery and stamp windows at the post office will be open from 8 to 8:30 a.m. and all mail will be sent and distributed but there will be no city or rural delivery service.
50 years ago
The new $100,000 Cherokee Municipal Swimming Pool in Gillette Park is to open for the season Friday, weather permitting.
Hours for recreational swimming are to be from 1:30 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. daily.
E. L. Gustafson, Washington High School principal, will manage the pool for the City Recreation Commission.
Regular lifeguards are Bob Klatt, Margaret Carlson, Louis Eischen and Mary Jo Barry. Those who will serve as guards on an irregular schedule are Marla Miller, Norma Jacobsen of Meriden and Evan Knapp.
Other swimming pool personnel includes Andrea McClintock, head basket girl; Linda Sagness, Jerilyn Hetrick and Janice Faber, assistants. Extra basket-room attendants are to be Ann Ellsworth, Margaret Scothorn and Dottie Dugan.
There is to be a nominal price for seven weeks of swimming instruction as well as for single adult and children's admission.
Season tickets also are available for families, adults, students and children. Gustafson said season tickets will be sold at the pool on Memorial Day.
Youths who graduated from high school this year are eligible to get in on a family season ticket. However, officials said those who have been out of school a year or who are not attending high school will be required to pay adult single admission or have their own season ticket.
Classification swim sessions will take place June 16-20 with assignment to classes by June 22.
Regular swimming classes during morning hours are to begin on June 30 and conclude August 15. If sufficient interest is indicated, there is to be adult swimming instruction.
According to the City Recreation Commission, other tentative plans include organization of a swimming team and the staging of swimming meets.
Martha Ortner, 16, Holstein, is to be Queen of the 1958 Barnes World Championship Rodeo here over Memorial Day Weekend.
The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Ortner, she is known throughout the ages as an accomplished horsewomen.
Miss Ortner was presented at 10:35 p.m. Wednesday over Station KVTV.
Several complaints concerning vandalism at Oak Hill Cemetery have been filed with the city police department.
Flowers and plants have been pulled out and graves molested.
"Anyone apprehended breaking the law in this manner will be subject to a stiff fine," warned Mayor George Rapson.
"This type of vandalism will not be tolerated and every effort will be made to stop it," said Police Chief Laurence Schmoldt.
25 years ago
More than 6,800 rodeo fans converged on Cherokee last weekend for the 17th annual running of the Cherokee Memorial Weekend Rodeo. A record 2,400 turned out Monday for a new single-performance attendance record.
This year's total eclipsed last year's 6,543 attendance tally, and more fans turned out each day of the 1983 three-day ridin' and ropin' extravaganza. Saturday night attracted 2,100 to the Cherokee County Fairgrounds, with 2,300 paying customers Sunday and Monday's 2,400.
The top attendance total in the history of the local event was in 1980, when 9,000 fans attended.
Record prize-money and a record number of rodeo contestants combined to make more competition and more to compete for at this year's Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association-sanctioned event. A total of 273 cowboys vied for a total payoff of $14,295.
"Bronc" Rumford of Abbeyville, Kan., was rewarded for a bone-jolting day's work by winning the "All-Around Cowboy" title with earnings of $892.19. He will have his name inscribed on the Fred Wilkie Memorial Award trophy, and he wins an additional $150 for the effort.
Rumford corralled a $491.57 third-place win in the steer wrestling event and lassoed $400.62 for fourth place in calf-roping.
To be eligible for the "all-around" honor, a cowboy must compete in two or more events.
Individual event winners were Don Logue of Cumby, Tex. (Bareback); Tom Neuens of Bismark, N.D., (Saddle Bronc); Jerry Beagley of Calers, Okla., (Bull Riding); Leslie Jenkins of Marlow, Okla., (Calf-Roping); and Tim Saunders of North Sioux City, S.D., (Steer-Wrestling).
Also, Paula Phillips of Pawhuska, Okla., rode away with first place in the girls' barrel race event.
The local favorite, Doug Corrington of Cherokee, finished barely out of the money in the bronc-riding event. Last year, he took home a share of fourth-place money.
The end of the 1985 rodeo in Cherokee does not mean the end of the trail for the Barnes Rodeo Co. of rural Cherokee, which provides the livestock for the event.
From here, the Barnes Co. will travel to Chicago for a rodeo later in the week.