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Friday, August 28, 2009

100 years ago

Thursday evening while Mrs. Will Barnes and child and Mrs. Will Stevens were driving on South Sixth street their horse frightened at some boys playing Indians with jack 'o lanterns. One of the boys in pursuit of the pale faces came around the corner with a whoop that put the horse in terror which wheeling around with a short turn broke off a front wheel at the hub, letting the axle fall to the ground, this added additional fright to the horse which commenced to kick as it ran and soon the buggy was minus another wheel, this too breaking at the axle. The horse with the occupants pluckily clinging to the buggy dashed up South Fifth street and when near the Kurtz blacksmith shop a third wheel came off, this too, at the hub, this retarded the speed of the runaway and some men rushed out and seized the horse, bringing it to a standstill with the occupants still in the buggy uninjured except for a few bruises. Their remaining in the buggy alone saved them from a serious, perhaps fatal accident.

One of Cherokee County's most unique natural wonders is Pilot Rock. According to the information from this photo that is from the McCulla History of Cherokee County, the rock is 40 ft. wide, 61 ft. long and 20 feet high. It is a solid red rock, with no similar rock formations within hundreds of miles.

Chauncey Capp, the 6 year-old son of L.B. Capp, made a hero of himself by saving the family horse from burning to death in the barn.

When the boy's mother saw the barn in flames she ran into it and pulled out the carriage and then went for a pail of water.

The horse was forgotten.

But just then Chauncey heard the horse scream in terror of the approaching flames. The east wall of the building fell down with a crash and the fire leaped up, eating hungrily everything in its path.

The boy did not hesitate for a moment. He ran into the barn and groped his way through the smoke to the stall of Jessie, the horse. With trembling, but eater fingers, he untied the horse and led her through the suffocating smoke to the outside.

The horse which would have been frantic had any other hand attempted to guide her through the flames, followed the little fellow.

75 years ago

Mayor A. Lawrey, jr. declared Tuesday morning on warning 13 drivers who were hauled into court for this violation. Inaugurating the state highway and street safety drive in Cherokee, local officers tagged all drivers seen operating cars or trucks with faulty headlights. Of the 400 vehicles which passed the intersection on which Geo. McDonald, night watchman, Wm. Huber, night marshal, and A. N. Tilton, sheriff, were located, 13 were stopped.

"Object of calling you into court is not to fine you but to urge your cooperation in this safety drive and to warn you against repeating the offense," the mayor stated as he told the offenders that if tagged a second time, a fine would be assessed.

"Loss of life because of reckless driving has crept to an appalling number the past few years," Lawrey declared, then reported that the casualty list for the state of Iowa in June was 42, with 980 injured. Last year 30,500 persons were killed and 800,000 injured as a result of automobile accidents in the United States and to date 36,000 have died from this cause in 1934, the mayor stated.

"I talked with several businessmen and received a letter from the National Travelers' association Monday. They requested that action be taken to prevent accidents. School begins soon and children will be in danger unless the 15-mile speed limit while passing school houses is observed. Cooperation of all drivers in the September safety campaign is sought," the mayor continued.

Non-observance of stop signs both in the city and country was spoken of by Sheriff Tilton and Marshal Albert Hurd. A system whereby witnesses report such violations has been installed, according to the sheriff, who stated prosecution would follow continued offense by any driver.

The mayor asked that each person act as an officer in calling a driver's attention to his violations and in notifying the police of such violations.

Drivers' license may be revoked for reckless driving and operation of a car with but one headlight is deemed reckless driving, the mayor warned. Attention was called also to the 25 mile speed limit in residence districts and to the taillight requirement.

Business men of Cherokee and other towns of the county are asked by the mayor to display n a prominent place his warning to reckless drivers, thus cooperating in the safety drive.

50 years ago

All residents of Cherokee County over 18 years of age are to have an opportunity for a free chest X-ray during the period from September 24 through October 2.

That announcement was made today following a planning session of Cherokee County tuberculosis and Health Association Wednesday evening in Hotel Lewis.

Mrs. Paul Sonner of Spencer, district representative for the State TB and Health Association, presided at the meeting attended by 14 members of the county group.

Sponsors of the mobile X ray unit in addition to the county and state TB and Health Association are the State Department of Health and the County Medical Society.

In County Towns The X-ray unit will be scheduled in various towns of the county with the exact hours and location to be published prior to September 24. There will be no charge for the X-rays as the cost is covered by Christmas Seal funds and tax dollars.

In addition to finding cases of tuberculosis, the X-rays may reveal cases of enlarged hearts, tumors and other chest abnormalities.

Post card reports will be mailed to persons having negative X-ray films indication no incidence of TB.

Those persons whose miniature chest X-ray shows abnormal shadows will be asked by letter to have a 14 x 17 film at the mobile unit. It will return to the county several weeks after the initial X ray program to take these films.

Mrs. Sonner explained that in some instances, person s will be referred by letter to go to their physician even though large films are not necessary.

This is another photo that the Cherokee County Archives would like your help with in identifying the people in the picture. The only clue given on this photo is the name Cuthrell that appears on the back of the photo. If you have any information on this photo, please call the Cherokee County Archives at the Cherokee Library at 712-225-3498.
The district representa tive pointed out that most cases of TB today are found in the 40-60 age group and more often in men than women.

Residents who miss the unit in their own town may visit it for a free X-ray anywhere in the county on one of the scheduled days.

25 years ago

Seven residents of the Quimby-Washta area are seeking more than $55,000 for damages they believe were caused by the spraying of weeds in June 1963.

However, they are having a hard time getting the settlement from Hartford Insurance. Hartford insures Cherokee County and Edwards Spraying, the company hired by the Board of Supervisors in 1963 to spray weeds.

The claimants allege that weed spray blew into farm land, destroyed crops and caused loss of yields.

Don Grefe, one of the claimants, appeared before the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors Monday to find out what could be done about the year-old problem.

The claims were originally filed against Edwards Spraying, but Hartford denied them all. The claims were brought to the attention of Supervisor Jack Foresman last winter. Foresman turned them over to John Wibe, Cherokee County attorney, who gave them to Miller Mac--The House of Insurance and Real Estate in Cherokee. Miller-Mac is the carrier of the Hartford Insurance.

At a May 21 supervisors meeting, Jerry Jeros of Hartford Insurance said the claims had been denied because there was not enough proof of spray damage. He said the claims would be handled individually, but that Hartford would not pay the entire amount.

The breakdown of the claims is as follows: Bud Hoeppner, $1,638; Ernie Carstens Jr, $11,317; Jim DeWitt, $7,528; Steve Hoeppner, $7,596; Grefe, $9,658; Bob Carstens, $16,100; and Neil Warner, $1,900.

The claimants were recently notified that Hartford would only pay 50 percent of each claim.

Grefe said he wanted the amount of the entire claim and would not accept 50, or even 80 percent.

Supervisor Roger Nelson recommended the Board pay the claims then bill the insurance company. The Board took no action on this, choosing instead to discuss the matter with Wibe.

Wibe said the Board should not pay the claims now because they were never filed with the county. Also, the claimants had to file suit against the county six months after the damage.

Wibe recommended the seven claimants hire an attorney and file suit against Edwards Spraying. The spraying firm could then bring in the county as a co-defendant, he said. The claimants have two years after the incident to file suit against Edwards Spraying.

Wibe said the claimants should gather tangible evidence that there was damage due to weed spraying.

The Board requested that Wibe write a letter to the state insurance commissioner explaining the situation. Wibe said it would probably take a month to get a response from the commissioner.

For the past year, we have run photos have run on the Time Gone By page in an effort to help the Cherokee County Archives identify individuals and events. So far, with the help of readers , every picture that the archives have asked for help on has been identified. So, if you have any information on who or when this picture was taken, please contact the Cherokee County Archives at the Cherokee Public Library , 712- 225-3498.
Chairman Don Teitgen said the situation was more serious than most. After a previous weed spraying, 57 damage claims were filed, but only one was paid by the insurance company. However, none of the other claimants complained, indicating that situation was not as serious as this one.

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