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Friday, January 22, 2010

100 years ago

A handsomely dressed woman, supposed to be Mrs. Emma Farnsworth, of Sheldon, Io., is a patient in the observation ward at the city hospital, suffering from aphasia. She was found wandering around the union station in St. Louis last night, after alighting from a Chicago train.

She had been unable to tell her name, but has mentioned "Farnsworth," "Presbyterian" and "Dr. Burns" several times. A ring is marked "Emma," and the officials believe she has been a patient in the Presbyterian hospital in Chicago.

She had only a small amount of money on her person, but wore many valuable rings and other jewelry.

She is about 25 years old. The woman was partially identified tonight as a daughter of F. W. Farnsworth, of Sheldon, Io.

She has been a patient in a Chicago hospital, but it is not known how she came to be in St. Louis.

St. Louis, Jan. 18--City hospital officials said tonight that they had been informed by attaches of the Presbyterian hospital in Chicago that an Emma Farnsworth underwent an operation there two years ago, performed by a Dr. Burns, who had since died.

Local physicians say her experiences at that time have been recalled to mind by the presence of nurses at the city hospital.

Chicago, Jan. 18--The records of the Presbyterian hospital show that in 1898 an Emma Farnsworth, 16 years old, of Sheldon, Io., was a patient at the hospital.

To whom is due the credit of having first conceived the possibility of county hospitals is unknown. But the originator and elaborator of such a brilliant idea conferred a boon, not only upon sick and suffering humanity, but a benefit upon the community at large as lasting and far-reaching in its effects as that derived from its more elaborate progenitor, the city hospital.

The county hospital as provided for by the legislature of this state, is one giving equal rights to all and special privileges to no particular schools of medicine, applies equally as forcibly to the individual, which is to say, that it is a hospital of the people, governed by the people, for the people, a hospital recognizing no particular creed nor color, a hospital giving shelter and succor to the poor and at the same time adequately meeting the demands of the rich; a hospital wherein the suffering patient may remain under the care of his own physician and at the same time receive the treatment and nursing heretofore obtainable only in the larger hospitals in the cities.

The question may now well be asked, why not a county hospital in the county of Cherokee? The question is easily asked but the answer is a somewhat more difficult task. In all projects having for their object the good of the public health the main avenues for the dissemination of such knowledge is through the press, from the pulpit, and by the physician. We must therefore examine these main channels and ascertain if possibly they are at fault or if the matter has been brought to the notice of the people why it has not been acted upon before this late date. The press has indeed taken the matter up in a more or less desultory way, but outside of this nothing can be said to have been done, no one sheet in the whole community taking as much interest in the matter as any one of them would exhibit over a local election, and yet it has been shown how the carrying out of such a project would mean dollars and cents in the pockets of rate payers in this county.

Do you know these boys? The Cherokee County Archives is still looking for help in identifying photos and needs your help. If you know who these young men are and when this photo was taken , please call the Cherokee County Archives at the Cherokee Public Library at 225-3498.
50 years ago

The board of Cherokee County Chapter of American Red Cross met Thursday noon in Hotel Lewis with Archie R. Nelson presiding.

LaVerne Espeset, home service chairman of the Carrington, N.D. Red Cross chapter before he came to Cherokee, described his experiences in this volunteer work. Espeset, manager of the J.C. Penney Store, was a guest at the meeting.

Appointment of Evan Knapp as manager of the Municipal Pool for 1960 was announced to the board by A. I. McClintock, water safety chairman.

Knapp, McClintock and Supt. Richard Kinkead will serve as a committee to work with the recreation commission in management of the pool during the coming season. McClintock also announced plans to send two youths to Aquatic School this summer.

The activities of Junior Red Cross were reported by Mrs. William Morris. The JRC fund now totals $266.96, and is complete except for reports from three schools.

Mrs. Morris told the board of visits made to nursing homes in Cherokee by JRC members. On November 14 Sherry Scothorn, Sharon Hogan and Sue Curtis called on nursing home patients. Six girls visited the homes and sang carols with the residents on December 12. In the group were Miss Scothorn, Miss Hogan and Miss Curtis, as well as Carolyn Campbell and Andrea Goeb of Cherokee and Nancy Carstens, Quimby, the JRC chairman accompanied the girls on both visits.

It also was reported the Immaculate Conception School students sent 36 favors to Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital during the holiday season.

Mrs. Emma Meloy, executive secretary, reported that Six Gray Ladies served a total of 54 hours during November and 10 members served a total of 85 Ω hours in December.

During the last two months of 1959, the secretary aided seven veterans and 10 civilians, and handled 25 injuries and counseling cases. The total amount paid out from the chapter office during November and December was $164.09.

Present for the board session in addition to Nelson, McClintock, Mrs. Morris and Mrs. Meloy were Margene Otto, Mrs. E. J. Willbrandt, Mrs. Pete Carstens, Virginia Herrick, Rev. Carl Beekman, Mrs. Jay Yaggy, W. D. Frankforter, Mrs. James Corken, Mary Annette McCulla, Mrs. W. L. Hantsbarger and Walter Brenner.

There 's a young fellow of 80 here who's champing at the bit for the 1960 political campaign to get into full swing, although he won't be a candidate for any office.

He's Guy M. Gillette, former U. S. Senator from Iowa and while is active in Democratic party affairs, as he has been since he was old enough to vote.

Gillette is a district member of the Democratic State Central Committee at the present time.

All the party command has to do is beckon and the former senator, now often termed the elder statesman of the Democratic party in Iowa, will be out swinging.

He's A Sports Fan

And he swings pretty vigorously. He takes his daily walks about town in almost all kinds of weather, rarely misses a Cherokee high football game and loves other sports. In season, he's a good gardener.

It's no secret that Gillette would be happy to attend the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles next July, if he should be named as a delegate by the State Convention.

He follows Iowa politics closely and you can be sure that his observations are based on wide experience and many contacts.

Asked if Gov. Herschel Loveless is likely to have any opposition in his candidacy for the Democratic Senatorial nomination next June, Gillette said:

"I know of none and do not anticipate any."

Gillette was defeated for the Senate seat in 1954 by Tom Martin, Republican incumbent who is retiring. But Gillette has no ambitions to try again for the office.

"It is a six-year term and I am too old for such a term."

There have been suggestions that Gillette might try to state office with shorter terms than the Senate, but he says:

"Definitely not."

Does the former senator see any hope for legislative reapportionment in Iowa?

"In my judgment," he responds, "There is not only hope, but the future of the state demands that such reapportionment be made in fairness to all segments of our economy.

"However, this shuffling of the electorate in Iowa must come via constitutional rather than immediate legislative action. It would seem that any other approach would merely emphasize the different viewpoints of the different segments." Gillette is personally acquainted with all the likely Democratic possibilities for the presidential nomination but leans to Adlai Stevenson as "superior to any mentioned candidate on either ticket in comprehensive equipment for public service as president."

The others all have fine qualities, Gillette says, and he doubts that opposition based on his religion would be one fifth as strong against Sen. John Kennedy as it was in 1928 against Al Smith.

Gillette regards both Vice President Nixon and Gov. Nelson Rockefeller of New York as outstanding Republican leaders.

25 years ago

The Country CafÈ held its grand opening Saturday under new management, Carol Jean Golden and her husband, Jack Gibbs. For him it was like a homecoming.

Gibbs, a native of Holstein remembers the days when he rode with his father in the Old Home Bread truck, making deliveries to the three grocery stores in Washta. As a kid he said he "haunted" the more than 20 stores that lined the main street thoroughfare.

Carol Jean, native of Harlan, has had experiences in the food and beverage industry.

The couple has had varied experience in the restaurant business.

They operated an establishment with 23 employees in Taos, N.M., for about 6 years, but a desire to spend an Easter in Israel turned out to be a two-year stay instead of the two months planned.

Their intention was to take part in the Easter ceremony for it is a time of celebrations for many religions, said Gibbs.

They lived in a tent on the shore of the Sea of Galilee for a time. Two men approached them with the offer to run a resort on the Golan Height. Their reputation as being good in the restaurant business had gone on ahead of them. Lebanese troops were coming for rest and recreation. The job was supposed to be an 8-hour day but it was more like 18 hours, said Gibbs.

Their housing was furnished--an underground bomb shelter, but the view from the front door looked down on the Sea of Galilee.

Each day the fishermen operating boats on the Sea would ask what Gibbs needed for the day. The fish served was fresh and some of the finest, said Gibbs. Vegetables were harvested daily from the nearby gardens and delivered as he needed.

Some of this experience is to influence the County CafÈ. Gibbs will garden--there's been offers from local people for plots--and there will be fresh garden vegetables served.

On the fence - Here is another lost photo that the Cherokee County Archives need help identifying. If you know who this fellow is sitting on a rail at a cattle yard, please call the Cherokee Archives at 225-3498.
While in Israel, Joan opened her own cleaning business for general housekeeping to help women who operated their own farms. Jack also helped in the olive groves, preparing young trees for the next 997 years (they live 1,000 years) and for two months was a shepherd overseeing 200 pregnant ewes.

While they weren't homesick, they wanted to leave the big time behind them and operate a small cafÈ where people get to know people. After returning to Holstein, and then driving through small towns looking for a "For Sale" sign on some cafÈ, they had all but signed the papers for a place in Early when the Washta Country CafÈ availability was made known.

Gibbs easily sold his wife on the winding Little Sioux River, the bluffs to the west and the peaceful valley.

Some antiques from Jim Cates' Trading Post in Cherokee, a copy of the Washta Centennial Book--1968, restoration of the mirror from the former barber shop in Washta; and some remodeling of the Country CafÈ made Saturday's grand opening extra special.

The couple has gone full circle. They've come home to a community where people know people. To welcome them to town, local women baked the cakes that were served with the coffee and because they're antique buffs, local farmers and others are loaning items for display.

"We're having a tremendous time with people," said Gibbs.

Their winter hours are Sunday and Monday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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