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Friday, February 5, 2010

100 years ago

On Thursday evening the Cherokee Fire Department gave their annual ball and as usual was well attended. A large delegation of Remsen fire ladies and their ladies came down on the 6:15 train and the music was also from Remsen.

At 8:30 the ball was opened by the grand march headed by the Remsen Fire Boys and then the Cherokee fire boys after which the regular dancing took place.

At 12 o'clock a forty-five minute interval was had for supper after which dancing was resumed until about 2:30.

The freight on which the special car for Remsen was to be attached being late, the Cherokee boys gave a banquet in the Council rooms after the dance at which a general good time was had and at about 4 a.m. the train left with the Remsen people tired out but all declaring they had enjoyed a pleasant evening.

75 years ago

A $94,000 program for construction of local and county trunk roads was adopted Friday by the Cherokee board of approval at its annual meeting in the court house.

Nine miles of new grading and 34 miles of surfacing on local roads were approved, while a graveling and grading program for the county trunk road system was also ratified.

On the county trunk road system, projects approved included a bridge over the Little Sioux river and necessary grading between sections 16 and 21 in Spring township; one mile of graveling on county trunk road F between sections four and five in Amherst township; six miles of graveling on county trunk road D between Fielding and Schisselville; three and three-fourths miles of graveling on county trunk road M between old road No. 5 and the new highway; and one and one-half miles of graveling on county trunk road H from Fuller's corner to the Woodbury county line.

Local road construction which it was decided was most needed during 1935 included 16 projects.

In Marcus township, five miles will be surfaced; in Liberty township, one mile will be graded. Three miles of surfacing and one mile of grading are planned in Cedar township.

Cherokee township's only project is for one mile of grading, while Sheridan plans one mile of surfacing and Amherst will get four.

Board in control of state institutions announces that Dr. L. P. Ristine has been reappointed superintendent of the Cherokee state hospital for a term of four years, effective February 8, 1935.

Dr. Ristine assumed office in July, 1932, filling out the unexpired term of Dr. George Donohoe, deceased. During his tenure in this capacity the institution has made admirable progress, with great economies effected and maintained in it various departments.

Following his graduation from the state university college of medicine, Dr. Ristine practiced at Fort Dodge and Calumet and was assistant to Dr. Donohoe at the Cherokee hospital for one year. Then he accepted an appointment to the position of medical advisor in charge of athletics at the University of Iowa, remaining there several years. Following the death of Dr. George Donohoe in 1932, Dr. Ristine returned to Cherokee, his appointment being made by the board in control of state institutions. His ability as a speaker and student of psychology and psychiatry are now widely recognized, and his record here as superintendent of one of the largest of all state institutions has won him meritorious acclaim among his associates.

50 years ago

Fifteen-year-old amateur racket scientist, Harry Haupt, owner of the 25,000-foot national altitude record, will stage a special demonstration here Sunday afternoon.

Haupt moved here from Spencer last autumn where he attracted attention with his rocket firing abilities.

The youth is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Haupt. The father is music instructor at Grand Meadow Consolidated School.

All lined up - In this unidentified picture from the Cherokee County Archives, a group of youngsters are lined up outside of what appears to be a schoolyard. One point of interest in identifying this photo is that the many of the kids appear to be holding their pets. If you have any information regarding this photo please call the Archives at the Cherokee Public Library at 225-3498.
Harry told The Daily Times today that he plans to launch a new rocket in several months in an effort to "break my own altitude record."

He added that he has been constantly urged by his friends and neighbors to put on some sort of demonstration "so they can see some of my rockets in flight."

Young Haupt added that Sunday's demonstration will be similar to the one that proved so successful at Spencer.

In Nearby Field

The young scientist said the demonstration will take place Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in a field adjacent to Grand Meadow School. The public is invited.

This demonstration in rocketry, said Haupt, will consist of firing of a dozen different rockets with altitudes of up to 1,200 feet.

Altitudes will be limited for the sake of safety and visibility.

Young Haupt, now a junior at Grand Meadow, said one of his rockets will soar upward, eject its own parachute and then float back to earth.

Another of the rockets will be in a two-state missile series.

Second Stage

It will soar skyward under the power of its first state engine. The first stage will then drop away and the second stage engine will take over and continue the flight.

Included, of course, will be various rockets of different using a number of different fuels.

Haupt plans to launch some rockets vertically and other horizontally. Several missiles are to be fired simultaneously. All the rockets will be launched remotely via an electrical firing system.

On August 17, 1959, Haupt fired a two-stage rocket to an estimated 25,000 feet which established a fresh mark for amateurs in this country.

The pad was on the Adams ranch, near Odebolt.

The entire rocket that the youth blasted off last August measured 12 feet in length and 3 1/2 inches in circumference. It traveled some 1,200 feet upward before the second stage triggered.

Bigger Boost

Try the Odebolt firing for the new record last year, and second stage of the rocket gunned much sooner than Haupt had thought. This gave the second stage a bigger boost than he had forecast.

The second state of the 1959 rocket contained the invaluable altimeter.

Haupt says his record-breaking rocket was powered by a solid fuel mixture of his own making. He will not disclose the formula.

What's in the hole? Here is another of the Cherokee Archives' unidentified photos. Not much is known about this picture. Is it an early picture of Spring Lake Park? The Archives needs your help to answer that question. If you think you know, please contact the Archives at the Cherokee Public Library at 225-3498.
Last year's record achievement climaxed two years of research with rockets by the Northwest Iowa youngster.

So now Harry is back in rocketry again. He has several projects on tap for future experiments. Among them: Making a robot and developing his own ham radio set.

Not counting, the most recent unpublicized firings, Haupt has launched more than 100 rockets with 15 major ones included.

That has proved an expensive hobby, but donations have helped him.

25 years ago

Cherokee County is getting a crisis hotline for farmers and business people facing emotional problems because of economic hardships.

The hotline will be similar to the one now operated through Gov. Terry Branstad's office.

Lynn Herrick, a therapist at Plains Area Mental Health Center, and Gary Graham, a farmer from the Quimby area, Monday spoke to the Cherokee County Supervisors about the project.

Graham said the hotline would be a "counseling service to direct people to the proper agencies and people to help them."

Branstad's office recently set up a Rural Concerns hotline which directs distressed callers to financial and counseling agencies throughout the state.

The number for the Rural Concerns hotline is 1-800-447-1985.

Herrick said that the Rural Concerns hotline has been swamped with calls.

Though the county hotline would provide basically the same information as the Rural Concerns hotline, Herrick said he hoped it would go one step further.

Herrick said he would like to make quick assessments of callers problems and possibly arrange appointments for them to talk to counselors. He said many callers would benefit more from face-to-face counseling than just talking over the phone.

"They may be calling for just a quick answer, but I doubt it," Herrick said.

He is willing to have a hotline go through the Plains Area office in Cherokee.

However, both he and Graham expressed concerns about the "mental health" stigma being place on the hotline.

To avoid this, a suggestion was made to have a separate line set up at PAMH.

Herrick said he would discuss this with his superiors to determine if the funding is available and will return to the next supervisors meeting.

Until the separate line is established, anyone seeking help can call PAMH at 225-4111.

In other business, the supervisors received a number of 1985-86 budget requests.

Barb Frey, with the Iowa Department of Human Services, submitted a budget request of $420,609, which is a 25 percent increase over the current $334,514 budget.

Frey said more residential treatment and specialized care for the mentally retarded created the need for an increase.

Tom Jenness, county weed commissioner, submitted a budget request of $19,470 which is a 24 percent decrease over the current budget of $25,895. Jenness said the decrease was due to chemical carry-over.

Ron Dudley, county conservation commissioner, submitted a budget request of $142,818, a 0.8 percent decrease over the current budget of $144,050. Lower amounts budgeted for utilities were the main reason for the decrease.

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