The dead body of Henry Engels, aged 54, a farmer living near Seney, was found alongside the track near that place this morning. Engels was in LeMars yesterday, and it is said he was drinking heavily. He boarded a night train for Seney. It is not known whether he fell or jumped from the train.
At the coroner's inquest held this afternoon it developed that Engels, in company with Martin Nagler, a woodchopper, was in LeMars the previous day and filled up on whiskey. They went to Seney on the night train, and according to Nagler's story, slept on some trucks at the depot. Some time early in the morning they walked up the track and laid down, and when Nagler awoke he found his comrade's body a few yards away.
The coroner's jury returned a verdict to the effect that Engels was killed by a train and did not attach any blame to anyone. Engels was a single man as far as known and rented a piece of land from his brother, M. Engels, with whom he made his home.
The Storm Lake home of Claus Sellden, former Cherokee resident, was one of six burglarized early Monday morning by what police believed must have been a small gang of professionals.
Sellden lost the largest amount, $9 having been taken from pockets of clothing which were hanging in the bedroom in which he slept. Garment from which the money was taken was later found in the yard, a watch in another pocket being undisturbed.
At each of the six homes visited, only money was looted. In almost every instance other items have been worth more than the actual cash found. The entire loot, it is estimated, was less than $15.
An attempt was made to enter a seventh home, but thieves were scared away in their last attempt. Storm Lake police said they believed two men staged the entire series of burglaries.
A grown-up and a child suffered peculiar accidents here Monday. Paul Robbins, about 50, farmer living north of town, while handling a pitchfork dropped it. The fork rebounded, one tine piercing the eyelid, another the bone of the nose. Robbins was taken to Sioux City for an x-ray and treatment.
Little Annabel Deeds, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Milo Deeds, cut her arm severely, when she fell upon a tin cupboard door that was standing in a corner of the kitchen. Both Correctionville doctors being out of town, the child was taken to Anthon where three stitches were required to sew up the cut.
Two Cherokeans, E. R. Crane and Mrs. Gust Boosalis, took part in a program given at a ninth district picnic of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and auxiliary held Sunday at Remsen.
In his new capacity of department commander, Crane appeared on the program, stressing the need for continued membership drives ad cooperation with other agencies.
Mrs. Boosalis, who is serving as department chief of staff for her second consecutive term, urged Remsen women to organize an auxiliary to the newly established post there. Other delegate from here was Gust Boosalis, commander of L. A. Wescott post.
Washburn W. Steele, 41, will attend the Republican National Convention in Chicago as a delegate-at-large from Iowa. Steele will be accompanied by Mrs. Steele who is chairman of the Cherokee County Council of Republican Women. The Republican Convention will begin Monday, July 25 and is scheduled for the International Ampitheater at the Stockyards. Steele, active in Republican party activities since 1946, is also a member of the national GOP resolutions committee. There are 100 members on this committee from throughout the nation--a man and woman from each state. The resolutions committee is to be divided into 10 subcommittees dealing with various issues. Each of those subcommittees will hold hearings July 20-21 and Steele will be in Chicago to attend those sessions. Various regional and national groups traditionally appear before the subcommittees and air their opinions on the makeup of the 1960 Republican platform. The subcommittee hearings are to be held at the Hotel Sheraton-Blackstone. Washburn Steele follows in family footsteps on avid political activity for the Republican party. A grandfather, Lowell E. Jepson was a national delegate from Minnesota on three separate occasions. His father, the late Harrison C. Steele, was a prominent banker and lifelong resident here. His mother, also deceased, had represented the Eighth Congressional District at national Republican women's meetings. Steele was selected as a delegate for the 26-member Iowa delegation at the Republican State Presidential Convention in April. Steele attended Cherokee public schools, then went to Carleton College at Northfield, Minn., where he majored in economics. He was with the Steele State Bank for a year, then attended Iowa State for a year. A naval reserve officer, he was called to active duty in 1942 and served the rest of World War II in the Caribbean and two and a half years in the Southwest Pacific. Steele was employed by the Steele State Bank as a farm manager following the war, was chairman of the Iowa Bankers Assn. Agricultural Credit School Committee in 1950-51. He was in partnership with his father and two brothers, Merrill and Gordon, in lumber and cattle feeding interests. Washburn left that partnership in 1956 to devote full time to farming operations. He bought and now operates the Sioux River Ranch. Cattle feeding has been the major enterprise. But a small select registered Hereford herd is also maintained. Steele also carries out regular farming operations there. Steele has, in addition, set up an industrial park with all of the utilities and railroad siding just south of Cherokee. He is a Presbyterian and a Mason. He and his wife, Harriet are parents of two boys--Lowell, 8, and Quentin, 6. Says Steele: "The Republican party can furnish the political leadership towards creating the conditions necessary for greater opportunity for all Americans whether on farms, in towns or in our cities. America must again forge ahead as the land of opportunity. It is up to us to realize this goal with our votes. Vote for a Republican President, senator and congressman and for a Republican governor."
A Cherokee school district committee will soon be studying trends in student scores on standardized tests.
The Cherokee School Board Monday approved the creation of the committee as part of the school district's annual goals.
The goals were drawn up by district teachers and administrators.
Board members received the goals last month, recommending a study of student performance on standardized tests, such as the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills and the Iowa Tests of Education Development.
Low scores in the communication skills portion of the tests prompted the Board's recommendation.
Board Member Robert Lundquist said concern over the scores has been expressed often over the years, and he and other Board members expressed strong support for creation of the study committee.
"This is a positive step, the first positive step and I appreciate it," Lundquist said.
School Superintendent Mick Starcevich said some of the 13 chairmen of the district's curriculum committees will be appointed to the new study group.
The committee should have a report ready for the Board in October or November, Starcevich said.
Six other district goals were approved by the Board, including:
|*||Continuing development of a K-12 computer curriculum committee;|
|*||Continuing development of the Talented and Gifted Program;|
|*||Beginning an in-service program utilizing the Madeline Hunter teacher improvement model;|
|*||Initiating a cooperative learning program with the Western Hills Area Education Agency;|
|*||Selecting mathematics textbooks and updating other curriculum guides as needed, and|
|*||Establishing a committee to develop a study skills curriculum for the district.|
Starcevich said the development of the Madeline Hunter teacher program is one of the most important goals because improving teachers' skills would have the most impact on the district. Six teachers and two administrators will begin training on the model this year, he said.
Goals approved for the Cherokee districts schools are:
|*||Washington High School--Institute and experiment with a computer lab; develop a drug and alcohol program, and participate in the development of the cooperative learning program.|
|*||Wilson Middle School--Study student absences for school-related activities; develop critical thinking skills of students; build self-esteem in lower achieving students, and utilize recommendations of computer curriculum committee.|
|*||Roosevelt Elementary and Middle School--Develop specific, uniform rules of conduct for halls, lunchroom, restrooms, playgrounds and bus areas; increase students computer usage; develop staff unity, and foster pride in the new Roosevelt complex.|
|*||Webster Elementary School--Participate in cooperative learning; establish team-teaching approach in science; utilize computer curriculum committee recommendations, and assist student transition to middle school format.|
|*||Garfield Elementary School--Utilize computer curriculum committee recommendations; provide guidance and counseling for students and build students' self-esteem.|
In other business, the board:
|*||Approved an offer from the Chesterman Coca-Cola Bottling Company to commit $4,000 toward the purchase of a scoreboard for the football field. The company is also giving the district $350 a year to be used for a scholarship. In return for the money, the district is giving Chesterman exclusive concession and vending rights.|
|*||Gave Starcevich the go-ahead to hire an architect to draw up specifications for replacing 30,000 square feet of leaking Washington High School roof. This includes the area over the auditorium, office and home-ec room, he said. The project will probably cost about $100,000, Starcevich said.|
|*||Accepted the donation of a small parcel of land from Della Niles, Quimby. The land is north of Lincoln Elementary School. Niles originally offered the land to St. Paul's United Methodist Church, however, the Rev. Bob Davis told Niles in a letter that he thought the land would be better suited for the school district as a parking area for the Tomahawk ballfields.|
|*||Refused resignations from Washington High School teacher Ron Lamb and learning disabilities teacher Carolyn Steig. Starcevich said the Board will not accept the resignations until suitable replacements are found. The district is already looking for replacements, Starcevich said. Both teachers have been offered jobs out of the state.|
|*||Approved installing a sidewalk on the south side of Bow Drive. The City Council had requested the sidewalk be constructed to follow the path of Bow Drive to the corner where it intersects with Roosevelt Street and from that point to where the existing sidewalk begins on the east side of Bow Drive on school property.|