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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

100 years ago

Sioux Valley News: Harve Semper, the wealthy and eccentric bachelor, of Correctionville, is being detained at Cherokee in the hospital for the insane. The movement which resulted in sending him there is a friendly one, taken in fact by a judge of the district court, in order to protect Semper against loss of property.

Webster School - Here is a wonderful look at the old Webster School. The picture was taken on Nov. 12, 1903. The school stood for many years and was later torn down and replaced with a new school. The second Webster School is currently home to Bright Beginnings and the Early Childhood Learning Center.
A guardian will be appointed for Semper and it is likely that the several judgments standing against him in court, which he refused to pay, will be settled. He will then have nothing to worry him, unless he makes more trouble involving court costs and again refuses to pay the costs, allowing his property to go sheriff sale to settle insignificant judgments.

Semper's ideas of the laws of property do not conform to the code of Iowa and the young man who bases his actions on the theory that possession is nine points in the law--and then some--has come into conflict with the courts many times in the past dozen years. He spoke very characteristically the other day when he said to Judge Oliver of the district court.

"Mr. Oliver, you are a smart man, but you ain't read up on the latest; you don't know the law covering my case."

Them Semper declared he had possession of the property in question and said he would use physical force to prevent anyone taking it from him. This together, with statements of Sioux City attorneys that Semper has pestered them almost to death in an effort to get them to take up his cases, prompted Judge Oliver to head off the issuance of several sheriff's deeds due to issue soon, and to have Semper sent before the commissioners on insanity. The judge said that Semper was threatening to do violence, that he didn't appreciate the import of the statutes and that he would someday take the law in his own hands and probably do some one a great injury. The court thought Semper's property was being dissipated and that a guardianship would be beneficial all around. Semper didn't like the action against him and the Sioux City papers say he declared he would spend his $10,000 fortune to prevent the appointment of a guardian.

Semper has twenty five lots in Correctionville and has a fine farm. Already sheriff's deeds have issued for the farm and six of the houses, because Semper refused to pay court costs in small actions for trespass, assault, etc. It is thought that he will be released shortly after a guardian is appointed and the legal muddles which Semper has got into are straightened up.

Although Semper is peculiar, he has many admirable traits. He is honorable about keeping his promises and has given liberally at times to worthy enterprises and charities. He lives alone in a cement structure at the rear of the News office and it is thought this solitary life as much as anything else is responsible for his curious ways. He has read much on legal matters, and is rather set in his own interpretation of law. It is this last which has made him trouble.

75 years ago

Local furniture, dry goods, hardware, shoes and variety stores will begin operating under the permanent retail code Wednesday, extending hours of service to 63 per week.

Under this code stores open 63 hours or more a week are permitted a 48 hour work week for each employee. Those open between 52 and 56 hours are permitted a 50 hour working week with a maximum day of eight hours and stores open from 56 to 63 hours are granted a 44 hour working week with not more than nine hours in one day.

On one day of each week employees may work an extra hour but such hours is to be included within the maximum hours permitted each week.

The code in general applies also to retail drug stores with special provisions for longer hours of store labor and is particular for professional services of pharmacists. Food stores have an individual code.

Towns under 2,500 population are, with a few reservations, exempt from the code provisions.

American Theater - Here is a look at the American Theater in its heyday. There was no date on this photo, but it is believed that this photo was taken some time in the 1930's.

Hunters wishing to bag gray fur of timber squirrels are given one more day, Wednesday, in which to try their luck. Season on squirrels closes the evening of November 1.

However, rabbits may be killed for three more months, the season including February 1. Daily bag limit for rabbits is 15, for squirrels, 10.


Oscar Heline of Marcus, a member of the national corn and hog committee and president of the Iowa Cooperative Grain Dealers association, has been in Washington, D. C. the past week representing the cooperative grain dealers of the five states in conferences with the agriculture department regarding plans to raise farm prices.

In the Washington conference Mrs. Heline urged that a compensatory tax on domestic beef cattle be levied and that the tariff on imported beef and beef cattle be substantially increased as a means of protecting hog production.

50 years ago

Special services marking the 75th anniversary of Congregational church in Aurelia will be held Sunday through next Friday.

Guest speaker at Sunday's worship service is to be Dr. Judson Fiebiger of Grinnell, state superintendent of the Congregational Church.

At a potluck dinner at noon, returning members and guests will be recognized.

The Rev. C. Elliott Gardner, evangelist from Swayzee, Ind., will be guest speaker at the 8 o'clock evening meetings next week.

"This pastor spoke previously here during Holy Week this year and was broadly acclaimed in our community for his capable and intriguing preaching," commented the Rev. Douglas Ostlund, pastor of Congregational Church.

According to the schedule of services during the week of November 3-7, Monday is to be Community Night and the topic will be "The Church in the Community."

Communion Service will be held Tuesday evening with the theme of "Personal Commitment." Association Night Wednesday will feature the theme of "The Wider Fellowship."

The Thursday evening service is to be Youth Night with emphasis on "The Christian Home." Stewardship and Service will be stressed Friday evening under the topic "The Church Moves On."


Karen Johnson, 16, Quimby, was transferred Thursday from Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital to Methodist Hospital in Sioux City.

The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Johnson, she suffered a fractured jaw and other head injuries in a two-car collision Sunday north of Cherokee.

Three other persons hospitalized here for injuries incurred n the crash remain in "good" condition. They are Marlene Carstens, 15, Quimby; Fred Bade, 37, rural Cherokee; Mrs. Fred Bade, 34.

Another accident victim also admitted Sunday remains in "good" condition at the hospital.

He is George Jenkin, 65, Larrabee, who was injured when he was struck by a car while riding a bicycle on Highway 59 north of Cherokee.

25 years ago

The Older Iowan's Legislature isn't like more common, high-powered, special interest groups.

Instead of letting money do the talking, persons over 60 conduct a forum on issues affecting people who otherwise may not have a voice in politics. The issues are prioritized and submitted to the Iowa Legislature in the form of bills.

"It helps the assembly to know some of the needs," said Cherokee representative Veramay Rowse. "The Legislature does pay attention to our needs in this respect," she said.

Rowse was one of 100 legislators meeting Monday through Thursday at the state capital for the sixth so-called "silver-haired legislature." Earlier, she and other local delegates from five surrounding counties had formed four bills--two priority and two alternate--to have discussed at the forum.

The bills are sent to the Commission on Aging, which assigns them to one of seven committees at the forum. "The committee is where we do all our debating," said Rowse, who served on the Education and Health Committee. "A bill is either accepted or dropped. Amendments and revisions are made in committee," she said.

"When it goes on the floor, we have someone from our committee that presents the bill," she said. Anyone on the floor can speak for or against it, she said, following the procedure of the state Legislature.

The five bills finally selected, in their order of priority, deal with: limiting the frequency of utility rate increase; supporting the development of Well Elderly (physical examination) clinics, establishing a comprehensive long-term care and community-based service program for the elderly, legalizing "living wills" for the terminally ill patients on life support systems, and increasing the number of skilled nursing facilities for intermediate long- or short-term care.

"They will be submitted as a group, but we give them in order as to what we feel the need of them is," she said.

While some bills deal specifically with elderly people, such as the Well Elderly Clinic, others affect accident victims or terminally ill patients who may need the intermediate care offered by a skilled nursing facility, she said. The bill on utility rates is another example, she said.

How many people are affected by a bill is "one of the things we need to take into consideration," Rowse said.

Rowse, who was elected by area people 60 and over in April, attended the legislature last year. Two of the bills forwarded to the state Legislature last year were voted into law, she said.

"I really think it's good," Rowse said. "You don't realize how much it is until you get into it."

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