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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

100 years ago

W. W. Finton who for nine years has been a very well respected citizen of this city conducting a successful laundry business in partnership with his son, H. A. Finton, after a comparatively short illness died at his home in this city Friday afternoon at five o'clock. Mr. Finton had a stroke of paralysis about two weeks ago and from the first it was feared he could not recover and he was unable to rally in the least and grew worse suffering intensely all the while.

A horse can't pull a three-wheeled cart - George Johnson's rig is pictured above missing a wheel with a load of corn mired down at the Main St. Elevator.
W. W. Finton was born in Plymouth, Mich., and had reached the age of 63 years. His wife has been dead for twenty years and since that time he has made his home with his son H. A. K. also of this city, and is the only child surviving him. He has three brothers and two sisters but none of them were able to get her. Mr. Finton has been an enterprising business man and was a genial man who during his residence here has made many friends both with this young and old and leaves many sincere friends who will mourn his demise.

The body accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. H. A. K. Finton was taken to Millford, Mich., to be interred in the cemetery where lies the body of his wife.

Mrs. Ada L. Croom, the widely known proprietor, of the Croom Hotel, Vaugh, Miss., says: "For several months I suffered with a severe cough, and consumption seemed to have its grip on me, when a friend recommended Dr. King's New Discovery. I began taking it, and three bottles affected a complete cure." The fame of this life saving cough and cold remedy, and lung and throat healer is world wide. Sold at Schuster Bros. drug store. 50 cents and $1.00 Trial bottle free.

75 years ago

With more than 100 men of farm experience making application at the reemployment office, the county relief committee urges local farmers to hire corn pickers from this list. A few farmers have inquired of J. K. McGonnagle, in charge of the office, for farm labor. There are sufficient names on file to supply the entire county's demand for such labor, McGonnagle believes.

As a whole, farmers of the county plan to pay their corn pickers 10 per cent of the value of the grain when cribbed. This practice is general in surrounding counties this year.

Under this method if corn is worth 40 cents a bushel on the local market at the close of the husking season pickers will be paid 4 cents per bushel, the wages ranging in proportion to other values.

An explosion, caused by a covered receptacle of grease, resulted in serious damage to the City bakery in Marcus early Tuesday morning.

Mr. Lee, the proprietor of the bakery, had gone across the street for a short time and had left the grease on the stove. As he entered the bakery the grease exploded. Mr. Lee called his wife and girls and they left the bakery without being able to get but a few of their belongings. It was just a short time before the upstairs was full of smoke.

The upstairs was not damaged although it was badly smoked. The bakery and basement were badly damaged. No definite estimate of damage has been made.

Billiard parlor and bowling alley proprietors asked the council Tuesday evening to amend the ordinance governing their establishments, permitting them to operate Sunday afternoons and evenings from 1:00 to 10:00 p.m. The matter was discussed and proprietors notified that by circulating a petition, obtaining signatures equivalent to a majority of the number of local voters, the desired change might be made. Local theaters followed this procedure several years ago in gaining permission to operate on Sundays.

Proposal for installing a sewage system on Dakota street from Gilleas to Clark streets was accepted by the council. Property owners of the district submitted one plan.

Other routine business was transacted.

50 years ago

Plans for the appearance here October 9 of former President Harry S. Truman were made this week by a "citizens committee."

Mr. Truman is expected to arrive by plane about 4 p.m. with Governor Herschel Loveless and his party.

Four-row corn picker - This four-row John Deere corn picker was brand new in 1959.
Arrangements have been made to meet the group at Municipal Airport with several cars to transport the visiting officials to Hotel Lewis.

The route to the hotel is to include several blocks of the business district in order that school children and others will have an opportunity to see the distinguished guest.


It was reported by the committee that arrangements are progressing for the accommodation of a large crowd in the Washington High school auditorium that evening, as well as for parking of cars and policing of the adjacent area.

Ben Brasser and Loyal Martin are working on those details with the Iowa Highway Patrol and George Hicks, president of the School Board.

Appointed as a committee to decorate the rostrum and auditorium were Mrs. J. F. Lawlor, chairman; Mrs. Loyal Martin, Mrs. H. J. Fishman, Mrs. R. J. Vining, Mrs. W. D. Frankforter.

Names of the following women were suggested at the session to serve as hostesses to meet Mrs. Loveless and other women in the official party at the hotel. Mrs. E. J. Willbrandt, chairman; Mrs. Dan Campbell, Jr., Mrs.L. J. McGivern, Mrs. Charles Pettengill, Mrs. J. H. Wise, Mrs. Ben Brasser.

A spokesman for the committee said the Chamber of Commerce assured the planning group that it will have welcome and other appropriate flags placed on the city's streets.

Seating arrangements for the auditorium were announced as follows by the citizen's committee: "About 1,000 seats will be reserved for those who have purchased tickets for dinners n Cherokee and elsewhere n the area. However, there will be seating facilities for some 5,000 more that will be available without charge.

"The committee wishes to assure everyone that all will be taken care of," concluded this group's announcement of plans.

The annual Homecoming celebration is being held today by students of Sutherland High School.

Climaxing festivities will be a football contest at 8 o'clock tonight with the Alta team followed by a Homecoming dance.

The Homecoming King and Queen, chosen from among 10 candidates for royalty, are to be crowned in a ceremony just prior to the game.

Eight floats which paraded with the band through downtown streets Friday afternoon are to appear in a 7:25 p.m. procession at the field.

The school band will form an entrance isle for the team, then line up for the color while the King and Queen receive their crowns.

As the opening event of the two-day observance a pep rally and bonfire were held Thursday evening on the ball-diamond. A second pep meeting took place this afternoon preceding the parade.

Queen candidates include Darla Rae Goettsch, Janice Miller, Sherryl Ploeger, Susanne Steele and Sharon Sump.

Candidates for king are Herman Rahbusch, Lyle Olhausen, Merle Triplett, Wayne Nielsen and Ken Fuhrman.

Playing for the Homecoming dance will be Jimmy Smith and his orchestra.

25 years ago

Mavis Stoner, public health nurse, thinks the Cherokee County Public Health Nurses' Office is one of the most important offices in the county.

"This office deals with health and wellness and the lives of people. Our job is to make sure that life is as pleasant as possible," said Stoner, who has been the administrator of the office since its inception 14 years ago.

Though the office offers several services, Stoner said the main one is taking care of the ill in their homes.

"We monitor medication, assist the patient in understanding special diets if they are on one and check vital signs, such as blood pressure and pulse," she said.

Psychological support is also a big part of these visits, Stone added. Nurses give homebound patients reassurance, and they teach them activities, such as arts and crafts, that will help them pass time and serve as a form of therapy.

Stoner gave the example of teaching macramé to a patient with an arm injury. The knot-tying craft serves as an exercise for the arm, she said.

Home visits come under the third category of prevention, which involves rehabilitating people who have had injuries or illnesses. This level is one of three that the public health nurses' office is involved in, Stoner said.

"With primary prevention, we encourage people to practice good health habits, like nutrition, exercise and rest," she said.

More specifically, primary prevention involves immunizations, the well elderly screening clinic and the distribution of pamphlets on health, she said.

Last fiscal year, Stoner said the office immunized 309 children during monthly clinics. Also, during this time, 156 patients were examined at the well elderly clinic, which is held once a month for two to three days, she said.

Stoner added that during the well elderly clinic the secondary prevention level or early diagnosis of illness, comes into play.

At the clinic, nurses will check patients' vital signs.

"If we find abnormalities or something that indicates they should see a doctor, we refer them to their physician," Stoner said.

Besides health care, the public health offers several educational services.

Examples of these are, "Child Safe," which is offered through the maternal and child health service, and "I Can Cope," which is conducted by the office and Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital.

"Child Safe" encourages the use of approved car restraints for children. The program also informs parents about poison prevention, and offers a film called "250,000 Ways to Ruin Your Child's Life Without Leaving Home" to local groups, Stoner said.

"I Can Cope" educates patients and their families on dealing with life-threatening illnesses, she said.

Also, Stoner said that the staff often gives health related talks to groups in the county.

Besides Stoner, the staff includes Chris Ballard, part-time nurse and well elderly screening clinic coordinator; Colleen Cunningham, full-time nurse and maternal and child health service, coordinator, and Deb Jurgenson, secretary.

The Cherokee Board of Health appoints the nurses, and the county board of supervisors finances the office, Stoner said.

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