One of the most important discussions during the Farmers' Institute was that of using the Cherokee County poor farm for experimental purposes in connection with state experiments at Ames and the adoption of a resolution indorsing that plan.
It is no new or untried scheme, being already in actual practice in a number of Iowa counties with surprising beneficial results to the farming community. In the discussion there were some differences of opinion. W. P. Dawson of Aurelia, stated what had been accomplished in Sioux county which began such use of its poor farm some years ago. At the time Sioux County corn was in about the same condition as in adjoining counties. The most progressive farmers there indeed had been experimenting on their own hook as to the best varieties of corn for their locality but there was lack of uniformity among the farmers generally.
The best corn for one farmer, obviously, is the best variety, generally speaking, for the majority in a given locality, and all ought to have it. Thus, the varieties demonstrated by experiment at the Sioux county poor farm came into general use all over the county. The result is that Sioux county corn is known to the Chicago market and is in demand and as a rule gets about two grades above the general run of corn in northwestern Iowa.
Precisely the same results can be secured as to oats and other farm products. It advertises the facts of the situation rapidly among the farmers, as well as enables them to get started with adaptable seeds and proper cultural methods.
In order to reduce expenses of operating Sioux Valley hospital and yet not restrict services offered by the institution, members of the Sioux Valley county hospital board voted Tuesday night to offer for private or public sale the present nurses' home. It was decided at the same time to add one story to the laundry building to serve as sleeping quarters for nurses.
Estimates on construction costs of the proposed change will be computed at once. Remodeling will include the building of one complete frame story and replacement of the roof.
It was shown at the meeting that the additional floor would give enough room for sleeping quarters for both day and night shifts. Located in the laundry building, heating and upkeep costs would be materially cut.
The nurses' home was given to the Sioux Valley hospital during the World war when a flu epidemic necessitated an emergency hospital to care for the large number of cases.
For many years the home was a valuable asset to the hospital when nurses' training was offered there. However, since student nurses are no longer in residence, the amount of room for sleeping and study quarters is not needed.
The State's drive against what its agents term "one of the most vicious rackets in Iowa," unlawful sale of contraceptive devices, was centered here last week when five men were arrested and fined $25 and costs in court of Justice of the Peace John Scott. They were fined $25 and costs which amounted to $30.30 each.
"As a rule," said State Agent J. W. Hurley, who was in charge of the local drive, "persons arrested for the crime are charged with indictable misdemeanor, which carries a penalty of not less than $50 and not more than $1,000 or a year in county jail.
Every village has vendors of the devices, the agent pointed out. He said there were 265 vending machines in Iowa, and that in many parts of the state high school students are not only allowed to make purchases, but are often hired as agents.
"This first trip was merely a warning," he stated. "If any further violations are discovered, or if any new offenders are caught, the causes will go through to the grand jury."
The Mental Health Institute here is in the process of selecting "a psychiatric aide of 1959" to enter in the awards program conducted annually by the National Association for Mental Health.
The local psychiatric aide chosen will be entered in national competition with awards winner to be announced during Mental Health Week in May.
Supt. W. C. Brinegar has named a selection committee to study the nomination ballots for an outstanding representative of the psychiatric aide group of the Cherokee hospital, their choice to be made from nominations made by fellow employees, volunteer workers, visitors and patients.
Evaluation of the nominees is to select a person who thoroughly exemplifies the best qualities and accomplishments of all aides in terms of: Unusually outstanding services in behalf of patients, sustained superior performance throughout a long period, skill shown in the performance of duty, kindness and devotion to patients, courtesy and consideration of patients' families and cooperation with co-workers.
Other points to be considered are aptitude for work in this field and utilization of all available training opportunities. Also of importance is the citizenship record of the nominees as demonstrated by off-duty participation in the life of the hospital and community.
Purpose of the contest nationally is to encourage higher standards of ward treatment for the mentally ill and handicapped; to focus public attention on the important role of psychiatric aides and to help gain adequate recognition and acceptance for those engaged in this profession.
The green ribbons people in Aurelia are displaying to show support for agriculture may become a bigger symbol than anyone expected.
The ribbons began appearing on businesses, houses, trees, vehicles and people over the weekend. Many of the ribbons are accompanied by posters proclaiming "Keep Iowa Green."
"We wanted to show support for farmers in general, and for the rally on the 27th in particular," said Mark Wharton, president of the Aurelia Commercial Club.
A "National Farm Rally" has been scheduled in Ames on Feb. 27. Gov. Terry Brandstad has declared the day "crisis to Agriculture Day" to draw attention to the rally.
The kick-off for the green ribbon project was supposed to be Monday, but word got out early. Wharton said he and other members of the group began getting calls about the ribbons from the media over the weekend.
Originally, the ribbons were to be a symbol for Aurelia only, but Wharton said with the attention they are getting, planners hope the idea spreads throughout Iowa and possibly outside of the state.
"It started out as a symbol for Aurelia. But it has really taken off and I wouldn't mind it being a symbol for the farm belt of this country," he said.
Cherokee Chamber of Commerce President Bernie Kult said he is planning a meeting with Mayor Jim Clabaugh to discuss bringing the green ribbon idea to Cherokee.
Wharton said everyone he has talked to about the ribbons is happy to see the support. Others involved in the group have also gotten a favorable response about the ribbons from people outside of the state, he said.
The idea for the ribbons came up Thursday when a group of Aurelia businessmen and clergymen met to discuss what they could do in town to show support for agriculture.
The green ribbon idea was inspired by the yellow ribbons which dotted the country when Americans were held hostage in Iran.
The ribbons, Wharton said, "are a quiet statement that we support agriculture. They are inexpensive and simple."
Besides the ribbons and posters, the group is hoping to take two busloads of people to the National Farm Rally. Wharton said that anyone interested in going on the Aurelia buses can call 225-2380. A send-off coffee for the people going will be 5:30 to 6:30 a.m. in Aurelia.
For the people who do not go the rally, a meeting is planned from noon to 1 p.m. at the Aurelia Community Center.
Recently the Quimby-Washta Concern Committee requested that businesses in Cherokee County close on Feb. 27 in observance of the National Farm Rally.
Kult said that with the exception of the Lemley Carlson and Hoover Veterinary Clinic he was unaware of any Cherokee businesses that were planning to close. Kult said most Cherokee businesses probably would not close because employees would lose a day's pay. However, Kult said that having the green ribbons in Cherokee will show support for farmers.
Like the green ribbons, Dr. Mark Carlson said the closing of the clinic was to show support for farmers, who make up the majority of the clinic's customers.
Carlson said he did not feel the closing was a big sacrifice, and that he would like to see other area businesses do the same thing.
"We all depend upon farmers for our livelihood in Cherokee, Iowa and closing to show support for them is not asking a whole lot," Carlson said.
He added that it was particularly important for towns like Cherokee and Aurelia, where banks have closed because of the troubled ag economy, to show support for farmers. Towns that have faced such problems are the ones that will be watched by other communities and by politicians, he said.