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Friday, December 18, 2009

100 years ago

A frightful accident occurred at noon Saturday, at the Cherokee Steam Laundry which cost Byron Powell, son of Grant Powell of this city, a good arm.

Byron had gone to the upper floor to adjust a belt on the wringer, when his shirt was caught in the belt. In reaching out his right hand to protect himself from falling the hand was caught, drawing his arm into the belt severing it below the elbow. He crawled about forty feet and called to Bert Cobb to bring a string to tie around his arm or he would bleed to death. Cobb went to him and found his clothing entirely torn off with the exception of his shoes. He was taken to the offices of Drs. Hornibrook & Hornibrook where the arm was amputated above the elbow and it is hoped that he will speedily recover though the shock was very great.

Byron is a young man of about 21 years of age and has the grit and energy to make a success of life though deprived of an arm. He has many friends to say a cheering word in this hour of trial. Many times misfortune of this kind result in turning the channel of the victim's life into sources which lead to high success and Byron's friends hope that this may be true in this case.

It is not often that wolves anywhere in this county attack livestock and it is almost an unheard of thing for this to occur within the city limits, but the snow which has covered the ground for the past few weeks have made these very hungry and bold and last week a pack attacked a Shetland pony running in the Phipp's pasture on the Little Sioux and killed it devouring most of the carcass. The animal was gashed on the throat and the ground around marked by wolf tracks. A day or two after another pony was attached and badly hurt.

There is a long ravine running up from the river affording a splendid retreat for wolves, and a pack of five have been seen chasing the ponies. A wolf hunt on a big scale would seem to be the proper caper. This would afford lots of sport besides being the means of saving valuable stock--who will start the hunt.

75 years ago

Seven musical numbers, a talk by Dr. R. C. Mitchell and a choral picture will comprise the annual Christmas program to be presented at 8 p.m., Thursday, by music and speech departments of the public junior and senior high schools. Geneva Nelson, music supervisor, and Anne White, speech instructor, will direct the program.

"Star of Bethlehem" by Granz Abt and "Christmas Song," an Italian folk song, by the junior high choral club, directed by Virginia Horr, will open the entertainment.

An instrumental ensemble will then present "Finlandia," excerpt from the "Tone Poem" by Jean Sibelius and "Chorale" from the "St. Matthew Passion" by J.S. Bach.

The high school mixed chorus will sing "Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones," a seventeenth century melody, and "Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming" by Praetorius.

"Traumeri" by Schumann will be played as a violin solo by Frances Johnson and the Christmas story will be told by Dr. Mitchell.

"The Star of Bethlehem," a choral picture with speech department students as the costumed characters, will conclude the program. Music by the double mixed quartet, girls sextet, violin soloist and junior high quartet, unseen, will accompany the picture. Costumes were obtained through the courtesy of Dr. Elizabeth Saddon and the Presbyterian church and an organ was loaned by Mrs. Rosina Nelson.

The public is invited to attend this entertainment for which no admission fee will be charged.

"Christus," a seven-reel film of the life of Christ will be shown at the Presbyterian church the evening of December 31 under the auspices of the Cherokee Ministerial Association, Rev. G. A. Johnson, president, announced Tuesday.

"The picture is a new production costing approximately $2,000,000. It is highly endorsed by churches of various denominations in cities where it has been shown," Rev. Johnson stated.

No admission will be charged but a free will gift will be received at the door.

Shave and a Hair Cut ... There used to be a little ditty about a "shave and a hair cut," and in this photo the event is actually taking place in Cherokee. The only question is - "Did it really only cost 'two bits?' (25 )?"
"It is hoped that the community will avail itself of this opportunity to see something really worthwhile. This is a moving picture that will live forever in the hearts or mankind," the president declared.

50 years ago

Work got underway this week on a new three-story office addition to the Mental Health Institute here.

Originally scheduled for completion by March 1, construction was delayed until now by the steel strike.

The brick concrete and steel addition will be attached to a hallway at the back of the main institute building.

It is to be used for professional offices and classrooms.

The general contract was awarded to Grundman-Hicks Construction Company at a figure of $19,750. Nash Plumbing & Heating have the contract for this work at $1,750. Electrical work is to be done by the M & J Company of Perry at a contract figure of $878.

Laying of brick began Thursday. It is hoped by hospital officials that the new addition will be ready for use sometime in the coming summer.

25 years ago

A team of Cherokee County soil survey scientists has passed the half-way mark in its soil identification project.

Headed by Dale Ceolla; the team has completed 55 percent of the survey in the county with 200,000 of 366,720 acres surveyed.

Thirty-two different soil types have been identified in the county on soil maps showing different mapping units, or phases. In Cherokee County there are about 95 different units which show phases of slope, degree of erosion, soil types and other data, said Ceolla.

The thrust for a modern published soil program was begun in 1959, according to the survey leader. Preliminary work in Cherokee County started in 1961.

Barber Shop- Al's Barber Shop was owned and operated by Al Horton. His barber shop was located in the old Raymond Hotel building, on the southeast corner of Maple St. and Fourth St. The date of the picture is unknown.
Ceolla has begun preliminary work in Ida County, which with Allamakee County, are the only counties in the state left to be surveyed. There are 18 party leaders in the state doing 21 counties.

Cherokee County mapping is to be completed in 1966; all of the state in 1988, and nationally, the target date is 2000.

Through the use of aerial photos and soil probes, soil surveyors map the soils of the county. It is on the photos that soil types, soil slope, degree of erosion and other data are recorded.

Soil survey interpretation sheets talk in terms of suit abilities and limitations for different uses. Soil is rated for moderate or severe limitations. This doesn't mean that the land can't be used, but points out problems and treatments to correct a problem for a given use.

Homebuilders, engineers, sanitations, farm appraisers, bankers and lending institutions as well as others considering use of land should know what they have to work with, said Ceolla.

When the survey is complete, an interim soil survey report will be issued. It will be made in two parts. The first part will contain copies of all soil survey maps, and the second, individual soil interpretation sheets and other information.

Cherokee County is unique because it is the first county to undertake characterization of two different glacial-til materials, according to Ceolla. This glacial study, was completed in September by Ron Kuehl, assistant state soil scientist, Maruce Mausbach and Erling Gamble, soil scientists from the National Soil Survey Laboratory at Lincoln, Neb., Professor Tom Fenton and Carrie Fox, Iowa State University, Coella, David Reeves and Mike Hosbein, soil scientists working Cherokee County.

Four sampling pits, each 10 feet deep, 4 feet wide and 15 feet long were dug. Technically, the crew characterized four different soils mapped to understand and "get a handle on two areas in the county."

Two pits were dug in each area--the Tazwell Glacial-til Area which is in the northeast part of the county, east of Mill Creek and the Pre-Illinoisan Glacial-til Area found elsewhere n the county.

A detailed sampling was sent to the National Soil Survey Laboratory for analysis.

The crew's fall mapping itinerary included a number of activities. Ceolla worked along the south county line with the scientist for Ida County; Hosblen's work took him along the Little Sioux River and Reeves worked at completing maps in the eastern part of the county.

During the winter months, the survey crew catches up on writing, does research, cartography, and avails members for speaking engagements on sols and geology of Cherokee County.

Occasionally they are called upon to assist in on-site investigations to provide detailed information on soil conditions or problem areas in any of the 12 northwest Iowa counties in the administrative area, said Ceolla.

A copy of the soil survey is kept in the Soil Survey Office at the Courthouse District Office in Cherokee, said Ceolla.

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