Thursday Dan Phelan was assisting his tenant on his farm west of town and was driving the mowing team when it became frightened and started to run. Mr. Phelan finding himself unable to control the frightened horses and fearful of being thrown before the sickle threw himself backward from the machine and in doing so badly wrenched his back. The team was stopped after running a short distance and without injury to it, through the mower was badly wrecked. Mr. Phelan, through suffering great pain drove to town where a doctor attended him. He is able to be around the house and is thankful to have escaped so luckily.
Henry Peterson, a resident of the northern part of Ida county was brought to Ida Grove Tuesday for a hearing as to his sanity and was sent to Cherokee for medical treatment. Henry had just returned from a visit with a sister over in Nebraska and while there is no question as to his "flightiness," it is thought that the attack was brought about by reason of his getting hurt or rather sandbagged while returning home and passing through Sioux City. His brother, who accompanied him down from Midway and Dr. Summers, a former Ida Grove boy who is practicing at Cushing, testified that when he returned home Saturday he had every appearance of being in the hands of holdup men and was minus his watch and a goodly sum of money that he was known to have had. His face was in a badly swollen condition and he continually plead to not be thrown in the river. It was thought his ailment was only temporary and that a short treatment at the hospital would prove beneficial.
Mr. Peterson inherited about $5,000 a short time ago from his father's estate, the latter being a well known resident of Crawford county.
Mr. and Mrs. Miron Jenness, pioneer settlers of this county, but now living near Iroquois, S. Dakota, are visiting with their children and other relatives living in this county. The Times acknowledges a pleasant call from them Friday. They have only been in their new home a little over a year but like it very much.
Since going there Mr. Jenness has built him a modern farm home and through this is water supplied from an artesian well on his farm which has force enough to carry it with considerable pressure to the upper rooms of the dwelling, and this well also supplies an abundance of good water to the barns, a convenience which farmers will know how to appreciate. After going there Mr. Jenness added another quarter to his farm, but in a short time another fellow wanted it at an advance of $1400, and so Miron let go of it as the original farm is all he cared to cultivate, and he could use the cash very nicely in improving this.
After rising seven feet and one inch in the 24 hours between 5 o'clock Monday and 5 o'clock Tuesday evenings, the boiling, muddy waters of the Little Sioux river began falling Tuesday night and by Wednesday morning the stream was back in its banks.
Reaching its highest stage this year, the river, like Mill and Gray creeks, left a path of destruction in crop loss and other damages.
Park Under Water
Monday morning's cloudburst at Primghar which was estimated as a nine inch downpour caused the rivers to rise, and by early Monday evening Wescott park was inundated for the second time in a week.
This week's flooding of the park was especially regrettable in that many activities of the city's two-day jubilee celebration had been planned for execution there.
The water completely surrounded all cottages and the refreshment stand in the park, which was closed to all traffic Monday.
Gardens and farm plots along the river suffered unestimated damages considerably more far reaching than caused by the first flood of the season. Crops that were washed out last week were added to this week as a wide area was affected.
Farmers who suffered crop losses had not had time to replant emergency crops in their lowland fields before the second outbreak occurred.
While Cherokeans watched the river rise at a rate of about seven inches an hour all day Tuesday, damages in other parts of the state were said to be much worse than in this vicinity.
In Primghar, where the storm hit Monday morning, basements were under water and crops were lost. Pavement was washed out in many places, several small bridges throughout O'Brien county were destroyed, and a temporary bridge that had been built to replace a 30 foot concrete structure that crumbled on highway 59 last week was again destroyed.
Work on the east improvement project which is the first works relief program to be adopted in this county, was slowed up because of the high waters.
Two baseball games scheduled to be played in that sector and a fireworks display to be given in the park had to be moved elsewhere because of the flood. Because picnics in the park were impossible, Cherokeans were throwing open their lawns and homes to visitors here to participate in the city's two day celebration.
It has been the contention of the Board of Education of the Larrabee Consolidated School that in the matter of school district reorganization, the wishes of the majority should be respected. Therefore, on February 15, 1960, an open meeting for all eligible voters of the school district was held for the purpose of explaining the possibility of school district reorganization with school districts to the north of Larrabee or with school districts to the south. The meeting was attended by approximately 150 voters, representing 85 families in the school district. After some discussion, a vote was taken to determine the wishes of the people. Better than 90 percent of those people present favored a reorganization with Calumet, Gaza, and Sutherland.
After getting the opinion of the voters of the district, the Board met with the Boards of Sutherland, Calumet and Gaza and studied a possible reorganization of the districts. After several meetings, the Board again set a date for an open meeting for the voters to present the results of their studies. The date was set for Wednesday, June 29. On June 27 a petition was circulated by a small group without any advance notice. This petition was signed by sufficient signers to draw our district into reorganization with the Cherokee district, a merger which was opposed by the majority.
As to the tax millage of the districts, those who have proposed the Cherokee district state that the tax would be from 35 to 38 mills. In a study conducted in Cherokee three years ago of the same district plus the Meriden district, Spring, Liberty, parts of Sheridan, Rock, and Afton, the mill levy was estimated at 41.5 mills. It is inconceivable to think that with higher school costs and an additional bond levy that this levy could now be lowered to 35 mills. On the other hand, the proposed Sutherland district composed of three high schools at present has an average mill levy of 35 mills, and with the elimination of two of these high schools with a savings of approximately $60,000, the levy should be 29 or 30 mills.
It is the feeling of the Larrabee Board that the Larrabee district is being forced into a district against the wishes of the majority of its patrons. It is our thinking that the Larrabee district should be deleted from the proposed Cherokee Community school district.
This week will be crucial in determining the future of the practical nursing school in Cherokee.
Western Iowa Tech College officials have extended the program's application deadline to Friday in hopes of getting enough students to make a 1985-86 session feasible.
This spring the WIT board of directors decided to drop the program if there were not enough students to justify offering it in Cherokee, said Board Member Bob Stephenson of Cherokee.
The Board will consider continuing the program if 10 to 12 students are enrolled, but by the end of last week only seven applications had been received at WIT, which is based in Sioux City.
The original application deadline was June 1, but the Board last week extended that to July 12 and began advertising the extension, Stephenson said. The program would begin Aug. 27.
Entrance to the LPN program in Cherokee requires a high school diploma or its equivalent, a high school transcript or its equivalent, and test scores from a designated college preparation examination. Tuition is $225 per quarter and four quarters are required to complete the program. Books and uniforms are extra.
"I have been trying to encourage people to make sure, if there's any chance for life in it, that we breathe life into it," Stephenson said, adding that WIT officials have been cooperative in that effort.
Cherokee Program Coordinator Genevieve Stratton, who has been associated with the program here since it began almost 20 years ago, said there is a need for the program to continue in Cherokee.
"We have some girls who couldn't go to school if it wasn't here," she said. "Some of them are holding down jobs as well as going to school."
Registered nurses, who generally have two years of training, are allowed to treat patients without direct supervision while LPNs must be supervised. Nurses must pass state board examinations before they are licensed.
Stephenson said a local program also allows students who want to remain in this area to do so. "There are certain numbers of them that certainly have no desire to live in Sioux City. They would like to get the LPN and work and practice here because of the Mental Health Institute and the number of LPNs it employs," he said.
"I think it's also an economic plus for the community as far as (keeping) more people employed here and having a higher number of trained people that like the area and are trained here," Stephenson said.
Bill Walker, assistant superintendent and director of full-time vocational technical programs at WIT, said WIT wants to maintain the Cherokee program if at all possible.
"Our responsibility as an area college is to serve the people in Area 12 and Area 12 includes Cherokee County," Walker said. "We want to be sure that everyone had the opportunity to enroll that had the desire to enroll."
Last year there were 16 students enrolled in the Cherokee program, a dramatic decline from an average class size of 30, Walker said.
However, that decline in nursing training is not a Cherokee-only problem, Walker said. "In fact, in all health programs in the state and the Midwest that's been true," he said. "We have had a declining enrollment in Sioux City and we have had to reduce the staff in Sioux City as well as Cherokee."
Walker attributed the decline to changes in nursing and hospital insurance as well as the economy. Professional nursing associations are strongly advocating that there be only two levels of nursing: Technical (two year) and baccalaureate (four year), he said.
Changes in medical insurance reimbursement for patient care have resulted in shorter hospital stays, which in turn lowers the demand for nurses in hospitals.
Another result, however, has been an increased demand for nurses in nursing homes and care facilities, Walker said. "In my opinion there are many levels of nursing needed to serve our community," he said.
Varied levels of nurses training continue to be in demand although nurses may have to relocate for experience before returning to the area in which they want to work, Walker said.
"A few years ago, you could almost pick your site. Today that's not necessarily true," he said.