Some months ago the Times had an account of the stealing of a team buggy and harness from the farm of Sam Rigby south of Aurelia. The team still attached to the buggy was found eating at a hay stack on a farm near Hawarden, where they had apparently been abandoned by the thief.
Mr. Rigby and the officers have been on the trail of the thief and think they have evidence sufficient to land young Harry Ingalls in the pen. The evidence developed on the hearing that Ingalls came down from his home just across the line in South Dakota from Hawarden the 14th of last December; that he was driven from this city to near Aurelia where he paid the liveryman and walked south from the former Rutherford farm. At 11:30 that night he appeared at the Pitcher farm, being discovered by the harking of the dogs. He staid there until about 5 p.m. the next day when he left going south; at 9:30 p.m. he was discovered at the Chas. Kubberness farm where he staid until after breakfast the next morning when he went to Aurelia; about 4:00 o'clock that afternoon he was seen going south from Aurelia, the team was taken from the Rigby farm about 5:00 o'clock that afternoon; at about 8:30 o'clock that night a man stopped at the Jenkins farm and borrowed a lantern to aid him in going over a bad place in the road. Mrs. Jenkins, son and daughter identify Ingalls as the man who borrowed the lantern which was found in the buggy when the team was found at Hawarden.
The defendant did not offer any evidence though he had subpoenaed several witnesses from near Hawarden and some from the vicinity of Aurelia.
The Justice thought the evidence sufficient to hold the prisoner and he was held in $800 bonds to await the action of the grand jury. As yet there have not been furnished but it is expected that Ingall's father in Dickinson county will go on the bond.
Another chapter in Cherokee burglaries furnished some excitement today. Last night the department store of C. A. Blair was relieved of about $300 worth of silks and a fur lined overcoat from upstairs.
No clue can be found to the burglar and consequently he has not been apprehended. He entered the store through a basement window and went out through the upstairs and down the back stairs. On his way out he took an overcoat that was lying on a table up stairs. It is thought there was only one man as only the tracks of one person could be seen on the stairs.
The silks he took were mostly the lighter weights such as Jap and China silk and he either overlooked or didn't want to take a large bunch of taffetas. The reason for this, Mr. Blair thinks may be one man could not carry these silks as they were so heavy. He seemed to work back of the case of thread and only so far down as he could keep behind this case as the curtain wasn't even lowered any further than this.
The silks and overcoat is all that has been missed so far and it is to be hoped that no other loss will be discovered.
R. F. Creel, Dr. A. J. Tanner and Frank Roberts were examiners. An extra examination was conducted following the award. Loren Willey, commissioner, and Dr. Hobson of Marcus, Sam Hyde of Cherokee, district commissioner, J. E. Halterman, scoutmaster of 102, and Glen Pringle, master of 101, were present. Thirty-five scouts attended.
During a short business meeting which followed the court of honor plans were made by the council to take all scouts earning the second class award by May 1 on an afternoon and overnight trip to Lake Okoboji. Expenses will be furnished by the council. Sutherland, Marcus, Quimby and Cherokee troops will take part.
Hyde, Creel and Edgar Stiles, chairman of the council, will organize a troop of scouts at Quimby Wednesday evening. Orton and Hughes will accompany the men. D.C. Kent of Quimby is sponsoring the new troop.
Merle Childs who returned recently from Spokane, Wash., to his home at Cherokee will assume duties Wednesday evening as assistant to Halterman.
Monthly session of the scout council is scheduled for Tuesday, March 27.
The largest father and son banquet in the Sioux City district was held at Quimby Friday evening, March 9. Two hundred and six fathers and sons were present to enjoy the program presented by the local men and boys and climaxed by an address by Dr. O. M. Bond, district superintendent of Sioux City.
This is the second year that Quimby has had a record breaking attendance at their annual banquet.
The City Recreation Board met Wednesday noon to discuss the employment of summer playground directors and assistants and personnel for the swimming pool.
Mrs. Don Hankens, board member, and Jack Sandvig, City Recreation director, are to select playground help. Ernest L. Gustafson, Washington High School principal, is in charge of employing swimming pool personnel.
Selection of a new student committee for the City Youth Center will be made by Mrs. Hankens and Mrs. J. F. Lawlor. Plans also were made to have a band for a teen hop before the school year ends.
Sandvig said announcement will be made in the near future of meetings to plan Pee Wee and softball schedules for the summer baseball program.
Don Guest has been appointed secretary of the City Recreation Board. Present for the meeting Wednesday in addition to Guest and Sandvig were Mrs. Hankens, Mrs. Lawlor, Charles Bell and Jim Corken.
Some 250 parents and teachers heard Barney Farestad speak Thursday evening at Parents Night at Webster Grade School.
Farestad, school psychologist for a four-county area, described psychological services offered to Cherokee children through the program of the State Department of Public Instruction.
He concluded his talk with a question-and-answer period.
Supt. Richard Kinkead spoke briefly on the Lincoln School situation and appealed to the public for opinions as to what should be done.
Two Irving Berlin selections were sung by a Cherokee Tone Circle sextette comprised of Mrs. Wayne Sleezer, Mrs. Otto Schneider, Mrs. Ron Scott, Mrs. Robert Smith, Mrs. Doris Reneau and Mrs. W. J. Pigott. They were accompanied by Mrs. L. M. Johns.
The Rev. Robert Lehn served as program chairman. Following the general meeting, parents viewed art exhibits in the classrooms and refreshments were served.
With one minor change, the proposed $6.6 million 1984-85 Cherokee County budget was adopted following a public hearing Monday.
The hearing, attended by four people, was held during the Board of Supervisors meeting.
The property tax levy will be $3.50 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for urban areas and $6.86 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for rural areas.
The minor change came in the sheriff's budget, where the clerk's salary was increased from $9,142 to $10,400, a raise of $1,248. This increase was to bring this salary in line with other county clerks.
One person present, Joe Dessel of Cherokee, told the board he was concerned about the rising costs of government.
Supervisor Dave Phipps said that although the tax asking is going up only 1.8 percent--from $2,628,858 to $2,676,859--the board may freeze the budget in fiscal year 1985-86. Chairman Don Tietgen said budget cuts may accompany the freeze next fiscal year.
Though they were unable to obtain any county funding, the supervisors suggested they talk to Siouxland Alcoholism Center and Plains Area Mental Health Center, two community service groups already receiving county money.
In another matter related to the budget, the board decided not to make any changes in the budget because of the court reorganization bill. The state, with the intent to achieve a more equitable distribution of cost related to the operation of courts, is planning to take over county court offices over the next three years.
However, the state will only do this if the money is available. On July 1, the state is supposed to takeover the costs of court reporters. Subsequently this was not included in the new county budget.
Instead of including it, the board decided to wait and see if the state takes over the costs. If the state can't, the supervisors will have to amend the budget.
In other business, the board did the following:
--Approved the resignation of Mark Campbell, assistant county attorney. Campbell ahs accepted a position in Woodbury County and will be leaving Cherokee County effective March 26.
--Adopted a resolution allowing Bill Bennett, county engineer, to establish a stop sign at a T-intersection in the south ¼ corner of Section 20 in Pilot Township.
The Quimby City Council Monday night in special session unanimously voted to appoint Larry Nelson, 40, mayor.
Nelson was sworn into office by City Clerk Lennard Johnson, and will fill out the unexpired term of the late Mayor Vernon Corrington Sr.
Anyone may now petition to have a public election by filing with the City Clerk within the next 14 days. The code states that a petition may be filed within 14 days after the legal publication or appointment whichever is later.
The petition must be signed by at least ten eligible voters.
Nelson, in his first official duty, reappointed Earl Hanks to serve as Mayor pro tempore. All other appointees will remain the same.
Mr. Corrington had served as Mayor for ten years at the time of his death Feb. 22.