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Times Gone By

Friday, July 10, 2009

100 years ago

The board of supervisors adjourned Wednesday evening after wrestling for two days with the Washta bridge problem. There has been a change in the channel, so that the current is now striking the west abutments of the bridge and these have sunk four feet. A new span supported on piling was put in last year and the piling sunk fifteen feet, but the water has washed around these so that only about five feet remain covered.

Unless something is done quickly not only the iron bridge proper but the long approaches will fall in the river. County Surveyor Fisher was down yesterday to examine into conditions and report to the board the best plan of saving the bridge. One plan discussed is to dig a new channel where the current is now washing and put in an additional iron span.


The Illinois Central is reported to be contemplating taking over the creamery business now channeled into Fort Dodge by the express companies, thus depriving the station agents in the small towns of about $10 a month in commission. As this is considered a part of the salary of the agents, they feel it is a decided cut and have made a protest.

The Illinois Central crop report for this section is very optimistic in regard to corn. The general condition is given as 100 per cent. Oats and barley are given a percentage of 90. The report says: Corn is looking good and indicates a heavy crop. Small grains are said to be in good condition and indications are four more than an average yield. Potatoes and garden crops are good as also are the prospects for small fruits. The report says there has been about one and one half inches of rainfall all over the division the past week, most of it falling since Saturday.


Mrs. Simon Harker, probably the first white child born in Iowa, was buried today at Spirit Lake. Her maiden name was Venetta Kennedy and she was born at Dubuque, Sept. 17, 1833. Her seven sons, all residents of this county, and her two daughters were all with her when she passed away. Her death is the first that has occurred in the immediate family in forty-five years.

75 years ago

County attorney's information charging Ed Bradley, 32, who told police he was of "nowhere," M. F. Reams, 24, and Walter Leisk, 38, of Milwaukee, Wis., with robbing the Mann oil station north of Sioux City, the Kirchoff and Goodrich oil stations at Cleghorn was signed by Cherokee and Plymouth county attorneys Monday, it is reported. Bench warrants were expected to be issued by Judge C. W. Pitts of Alton, Sioux City police who captured the trio after a gunfight have filed charges of assault with intent to commit murder.

Leisk, in a Sioux City hospital, is not expected to recover from bullet wounds inflicted as he sought to elude officers in the railroad yards. Reames, wounded in the neck, was captured near the Fey apartments where his wife dressed his wounds. Mrs. Reames, 24, was also lodged in jail. Bradley, shot in the leg, was taken from the yards.

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I.C. Catholic Church - Here is a look at the recently constructed Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at 709 W. Cedar. Also featured in this photograph is the original parish house located next to the church
Sheriff Art Tilton awaits word from Sioux City regarding which county--Cherokee, Plymouth or Woodbury--will be given custody of the bandits.

Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Fritz, and Mrs. Freeman Wallace of Cherokee, Albert Ware and Carl Shafer of Cleghorn, who were robbed at the Kirchoff station Sunday evening and Mrs. And Mrs. Geo. Mann and Walter Ernest who witnessed the Mann station robbery earlier in the evening identified Bradley and Reames. The shotgun stolen at the Goodrich station served as further identification.

After holding up the two Cleghorn stations the trio drove to Cherokee, presumably seeking to repair a flat tire. Wm. Huber, night marshal, reported that the group drove west out of Cherokee. The bandits reached Sioux City by way of Oyens.

Emory Goodrich and Shafer attempted to follow the car but were unable to keep it in sight. Tilton notified Remsen and Sioux City officers that the bandits were heading in that direction. They had just left Remsen when the call was received.

The robbers obtained approximately $100 in Cleghorn, including loot taken from the two station money drawers and occupants of two cars. Goodrich was slugged when he attempted to reach a gun and Fritz was taped about the wrists and ankles during the hold up. Bandits were armed with a sawed off shotgun, rifle and revolver which were not fired during the robberies but were used in an attempt to elude police at Sioux City. The battle with officers which started in Leeds ended in the railroad yards at Sioux City.

Officers learned that the car driven by the trio during the hold-ups Sunday evening was stolen at St. Paul, Minn., July 1. The Kansas Plates on the car were replaced by stolen Minnesota plates and the car driven to Sioux City July 5.

50 years ago

The Cherokee County Fair Board will meet Tuesday evening, July 14 to work on plans for the 1959 event.

Harold Conley of Aurelia is chairman of the board this year.

Dates of the fair are August 13-15, Thursday through Saturday. Entry day is to be Wednesday, August 12.

Rental of exhibit tents will be arranged at the Fair Board session next week as well as final plans for the carnival.

Bigger Carnival

Fair officials said that Northern State Shows have been signed to provide a "bigger and better" carnival than every before.

Rides will include a new Scrambler, a new Tilt-a-Whirl and a new giant roller coaster.

Tickets books are to go on sale in the near future and may be obtained from merchants in Cherokee and throughout the county.

Through purchase of ticket books for rides, buyers may save $1.20 as 11 rides are offered for $1.

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With the reappointment of Mrs. D. L. Sanford, of rural Cherokee County as volunteer chairman plans were begun for Cherokee County participation in the 1959 annual fund appeal for the Sister Kenny foundation starting August 20.

Reappointment of Mrs. Sanford was made by the Iowa state volunteer chairman, Dr. Dwight, C. Wirtz, Des Moines.

Contributions to the 1959 appeal as in previous years, will be used by the Kenny foundation, in the main to operate Elizabeth Kenny institute, Minneapolis. Dr. Wirtz said in announcing the reappointment.

He pointed out the Kenny institute, is recognized as one of the nation's most complete in-patient treatment and rehabilitation centers for victims of neuromuscular disabilities, including polio. Admission to Kenny institute is upon referral by the patient's doctor.

The Kenny foundation provided 25,839 days care for 472 patients medically discharged during 1958 from Kenny institute, according to Dr. Wirtz. Average stay per patient was 54.74 days.

Patients discharged were in the following categories: Diseases of the brain, 261; diseases of the spinal cord and nerves, including polio, 119; arthritis, 21; severe fractures, 11; amputees, 20; diseases of muscle, 10, and miscellaneous, 30. Patients seen in all out-patient clinics totaled 3,640.

"In addition to being the treatment and rehabilitation facility for patients from Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, Kenny institute is the foundations' international training center for Kenny Therapists and medical personnel," Dr. Wirtz said.

25 years ago

For 18 years, the licensed practical nursing school in Cherokee has been full.

Limited to 20 students the first 12 years of its existence, the enrollment was raised to 30 six years ago in response to demand for the one-year Western Iowa Tech program.

But now, a matter of weeks before the 1984-85 session begins, there are no students to turn away. There are fewer than 10 students enrolled for the session, which begins Aug. 28.

The class will begin and standards will not be changed, but officials are trying to pinpoint why there has been a decline in enrollment and what they can do about it.

This is a new experience for WIT and the Cherokee program's coordinator Genevieve Stratton. And while they are concerned about the decline in enrollment and the loss of one instructor's position, officials say WIT is committed to having a nursing program in Cherokee.

Stratton has been associated with the program since its beginning, previously working as night supervisor at Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital. She says the decline is a combination of things--the economy, the job market in Iowa and changes in the way hospitals are run in connection with reimbursement for Medicare patients.

"Anybody that's got a job is going to keep the job rather than quitting and going to school," Stratton said. The program takes about a year to complete with students attending classes from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. five days a week.

They also point to the bad news crisscrossing the nation about the decline in hospital employment opportunities.

Hospital employment in Iowa is declining six times faster than in the rest of the nation, the Iowa News Service has reported. But state officials say the demand for registered nurses--one year beyond the LPN level--remains fairly good.

Registered nurses are allowed to treat patients without direct supervision while LPN's are required to have supervision, so some hospitals are pushing to have all nurses be registered.

Due to changes in hospital reimbursements, the shift toward out-patient treatment and technical advancements, hospitals need fewer employees. Some Iowa hospitals have laid off employees in the past couple years.

An Iowa Hospital Association survey of 82 members, hospitals showed a 3.4 percent drop in fulltime equivalent employment in the last year. That puts Iowa substantially ahead of the national hospital employment reduction of 0.5 percent and the Midwest level of 0.3 percent.

And while Stratton acknowledges the less-than-optimistic employment outlooks being broadcast for nurses, she backs the LPN program as a good career move, a stepping stone to higher nursing degrees or just good general knowledge after high school.

"If they come and take this year, that's something nobody can take away from them," Stratton said.

Nurses are being paid more now than even 10 years ago, our salaries have gone up quite a bit, considering," she said.

Six members of the LPN class of 30 nearing graduation this month have already been hired at the Mental Health Institute, Stratton said. Maybe a third of the class will have employment upon graduation.

"That's pretty good," she said. "I'm sure there's others seeking employment, too, but they've been in school a year and they want a vacation."

Also, after graduation the nurses must take the state board exams to become licensed practical nurses. That exam is in October and results aren't known until November. Stratton said because of pay differences for graduate practical nurses and licenses practical nurses, some prefer to postpone the job search until they are licenses.

Some transfer their credits to a two-year nursing program to become registered nurses.

M. Frances Graham, supervisor of WIT's health occupation division says there are jobs available in nursing. "They may not be all right here, but I do think there are jobs in nursing."

WIT may need to do more to educate high school students of the opportunity in Cherokee, Stratton said. WIT offers the LPN course at Sioux City and here. Other technical colleges around the state also offer the one-year program.

The Cherokee program has an advantage over some programs at other locations because of Sioux Valley Hospital, the Mental Health Institute and area nursing homes, Stratton said. In other programs, students must leave town to get the on-site experience required n the curriculum.

"We take a student in, we see that they get through," Stratton said. "We give lots of individual help if necessary. We are a small class, so we are able to do that."

Entrance to the LPN program in Cherokee requires a high school diploma or its equivalent as well as a pre-enrollment test and an interview with the health occupations supervisor. WIT officials said the pre-enrollment tests will be available through much of August, although the Cherokee office will be closed July 20 to Aug. 28.

Stratton said tuition is $212 per quarter and four quarters are required to complete the program. Books and uniforms are extra.



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