Cherokee didn't get even a touch of the cyclone which many expected from the turbulently rolling black clouds of Saturday evening, but from the clouds came an electric bolt which nearly caused the destruction of Cherokee's temple of justice.
At one place in a storage room the wire came in contact with a gas pipe which was practically burned through permitting the gas to escape and this was set on fire the live ends of the wire then fell to the floor where they remained charring the floor.
Everything was just right for a fire which would surely destroy the building but Auditor Wilson fortunately saw the burning gas and telephoned to Janitor Heymer and together they entered the room and found conditions as above described.
Prompt measures were taken and the destruction of this fine county building prevented. The loss will be trifling.
Two Civil War veterans, C. M. Dearinger and George Funk, will unite with the local American Legion and other patriotic organizations in paying homage to Civil, Spanish American and World War dead Memorial day. Of the once large number of local comrades, these two alone survive.
Order of March
If able, Dearinger and Funk will ride in the parade which will move off from the American Legion hall at 10 a.m., promptly. The order of march will be Cherokee band, flower girls, women's patriotic organizations, veterans of Civil war, Boy Scouts, American Legion auxiliary drill team, Spanish American war veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Disabled American Veterans. Paul H. Caswell I to be marshal of the day.
Spanish American was veterans, women's organizations and flower girls will fall out from the line of march at Fifth street, drill team and Boy Scouts, Sixth street; American Legion, Seventh street; band, Eighth street. The cavalcade will continue to the Oak Hill cemetery in automobiles.
The Decorate Graves
Flags were placed Tuesday on veterans graves in Oak Hill, Mt. Calvary and the state hospital cemeteries. During the program Wednesday each will be decorated with flowers.
Cub and Boy Scouts are asked to be present 100 percent to march in the parade and assist in placing flowers on the graves. They will meet at the Legion hall at 9:30 a.m.
Preceding a band concert at Wescott park at 3:30 p.m. the Women's Relief Corps will perform a ritualistic work at the South Second street bridge at 3 p.m. to honor the sailor dead. Sprays will be dropped into the Little Sioux river during the ceremony. Mrs. F. M. Bauer, president will preside. Other patriotic orders and the public are invited to be present.
Color, music, pantomime and rhythm will feature the girls' 4-H club annual Rally day to be staged at Cherokee, Tuesday, June 19. Each of the 12 clubs of the county will present some features of the afternoon program which will be open to the public without admission charge. Definite location will be announced later, according to Miss Pearl Suns, home demonstration agent.
To Give Health Number
Chero-Pi club, wearing gymnasium costumes, will appear in a health number showing drills with colored wands and jumping ropes. The music phase of club work is to be illustrated by Liberty club members who will sing and reproduce an old time Greek ball later.
"Books and Boundaries" a pantomime dealing with the suggested reading list for club girls, will be presented by Rocketeer club, illustrating the following characters from literature: the four little women, Heidi, Robin Hood and Maid Marian. D'Artagnan from Bobbie and Gavin from Little Minister and other heroines.
Wearing green ties and head bands, Sheridan girls will tell of the club program through a bulk dance, "The Irish Waves of Tory."
Footwear, of major and consideration in club work will be considered in a minute skit, "Fond steps on the Sands of Time," in which Grand Meadows club members will through pantomime tell of 11 individuals whose shoes are mentioned in literature and story.
A courtesy question box will be conducted by Rockettes and 10 musical heroines described by Amherst girls in singing and characterization. Willow will perform the club initiation ceremony and Cedar illustrate the year's work in "A club year review."
Thirty-six plumes of rainbow and shade will figure in a drill to be presented by Pitcher girls, illustrating color combinations to be studied in club project.
"Spring Comes to Iowa," a musical pantomime, will be produced by Afton and "My Man John," a ballad, by eight spring club girls.
Cherokee takes on a jaunty far western air here Saturday as the ninth annual Barnes Championship Rodeo saddles up for a three-show performance over Memorial Day weekend.
The two-day stint--Saturday and Sunday at Rafter B Bar arena--should offer a whopping dose of wholesome outdoor fun and thrills for Northwest Iowans.
Rodeo producer is Bob Barnes who will take his classic elsewhere throughout the country in ensuing months.
Cowpokes, officials and entertainers were already beginning to converge on this city Thursday afternoon.
There'll be more and one of the most-awaited is cowboy film television comic Smiley Burnette, Burnette will be present for the weekend shows and has ready his usual fun-filled presentations.
Smiley will be accompanied here by his horse, "Ring Eey."
But before the cowhands lay a boot near Rafter B Bar, they'll all take part in the traditional rodeo parade throughout the downtown business district.
The Saturday noon parade will start in the city park and move through Cherokee's business district, then out to Barnes' rodeo arena. The afternoon performance tomorrow starts at 2 o'clock followed by an 8 o'clock show in the evening hours, Sunday's one show is set for 2 p.m.
Included in the parade will be the Washington High School band, cowboys, cowgirls and many saddle club members from this area.
Dittman Mitchell, veteran rodeo announcer says "this year will be beyond any doubt the most appealing of all the Barnes Rodeos."
Barnes had beefed up his string of rodeo stock with fresh cattle again this year. There will also be an all-new arena and set of bucking chutes plus holding pens for the classic.
Rodeo officials said roads to and from the new arena have been hard-surfaced to stand all types of weather for fans driving in.
Cowboys from throughout the nation are moving into town for the weekend activities.
One of the first arrivals was personable Don Branson of Lakewood, Colo. Brannon came here direct from a series of early indoor rodeos in the east. He won the steer wrestling division in Raleigh, N.C., last weekend.
Also back from the eastern indoor circuit are Ted Smalley of Colorado and Doug Simon, Limon, Colo.. Another personality due in is Milt Simon, (same family), one of the country's top ropers. He is a former calf-roping champ at Madison Square Garden.
Just a few of the other arrivals include a young Dennis Reiners of Belle Fourche, S.D., who first appeared here two years ago. Jim Jones of Akron, Colo., and Fred Peterson, Flandreau, S.D., Jones is all-events man. Peterson a steer wrestler and saddle bucking horse rider.
Another is Kenny Bowland of Imperial, Neb., who often goes in as many as four of the rough stock events. Beyond that there will be a dozen or more newcomers to rodeo competition here.
The Barnes arena is clustered with cars, horse trailers and house trailers as the cowhands and their families arrive.
The Rafter B Bar offers the largest purse in its history this year. This may mean the most rugged competition for top money, too.
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 $892.10. 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 Bismarck, N.D.; (Saddle Bronc); Jerry Beagley of Calera, 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 n the bronc-riding event. Last year, he took home a share of fourth-place money.
The end of the 1983 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.