Few people in this community are aware of the efforts that are being made by the members of the American Woman's league to secure a club or chapter house for its organization in Cherokee. It is also very doubtful if they realize the benefits that will accrue to those who are members and that are actively pushing this enterprise in our city, or to those who may become members of this great organization of which the local chapter with a membership of over thirty is a part.
The members at large will number a hundred thousand or more by March 1st. The requirements for obtaining a chapter house for Cherokee, is a paid up membership of 75 members. A person or either sex can become a full paid members by simply securing $1 worth of subscriptions per week to The Woman's National Daily, published by the Lewis Publishing Co. of St. Louis, Mo., or subscriptions to any of the great magazines that are affiliated with this publishing company, until a total of $52 worth of subscriptions has been secured. Should anyone prefer to pay this amount in cash instead of getting subscriptions, they can do so and will get fifty-two certificates worth $1 each that can be used as cash in paying for any of their publications or any of the large magazines. $26.00 of this amount goes into the fund of the league which they use in providing these beautiful chapter houses that are now adorning a great many cities and giving forty-five thousand people the full benefit of any and all of the correspondence courses, and that will be given to all persons who may become members and their minor children. The balance of the fund goes to the various publishing companies as their share of the proceeds.
Membership in the league, will cost after February 1st, $100, and it will require a membership of one hundred and fifty-five to secure the chapter house. It will require prompt action to accomplish this before that time.
It is to be hoped that every family in Cherokee will take the trouble to investigate this proposition and help boost this great educational enterprise. In the next issue of this paper, through the kindness of its editor, we hope to give an outline of the full benefits to be derived by those holding a membership therein.
Skaters who use the athletic field skating rink will do so at their own risk, according to information given out following a board of education meeting Monday night. The school, the board says, is furnishing the location for the rink, but could hardly be expected to furnish policing and bear all the expense of maintenance. It is reported that an American Legion committee is now making plans for FERA labor to take full charge of the rink.
Members of the city street department, fire department and American Legion have done all the preliminary work connected with flooding the rink. There is now a good base of ice and the smooth top coating will follow. As soon as lights are installed it is planned to hold a night opening. Many children are using the rink at the present time, but it is not in its finished stages. Recent heavy snows have put a crimp in the popular sport.
Farm Bureau women interested in dramatics are expected to come from all over the county Wednesday morning for an all day training school to be held by Miss Zanetta Eager, extension specialist from Iowa State college, in the dining room of Lewis hotel.
Ten women from each township, including chairmen and drama chairmen, have been invited to attend the meeting, arrangements for which have been in charge of Miss Pearl Sims, home demonstration agent.
Because Cherokee county made a good showing in the drama work last year, Miss Eager has announced that she will devote the entire training school to a short review of last year's lessons and a detailed study of advanced work.
Included in the lesson will be survey of suitable plays, problems of directing, essentials of acting, inventory of talent and equipment and a questions box based on what to do and how to do it.
The recreation plan was introduced in Cherokee county last year and won favor in all parts of the county. Twelve townships produced one or more one act plays, and the casts interchanged with others as that almost every township had a chance to see all plays produced.
Appeared At Fair
It is hoped this year that a drama festival may be held late in the spring, at which time all plays would be produced to give a composite picture of advanced made this year.
Two plays were given by Cherokee county players at the state fair last August. As a result of last year's project, each township home project club in the county this year has a qualified drama chairman to direct activities.
Many of the townships have already selected plays, and these groups will receive special training from Miss Lager Wednesday. At 3 o'clock Wednesday afternoon township chairmen will hold a special called meeting to consider other business and decide on next year's project.
Nursing activities sponsored each year in Cherokee county schools by the Cherokee County chapter of the national Red Cross association got underway Monday when Mrs. Hazel Rendleman of Des Moines began her work in the Aurelia public school.
Mrs. Rendleman was sent out by the national Red Cross headquarters at St. Louis and will be in charge of four months' service in this county.
Started in Aurelia
She began work at Aurelia Monday and expected to complete examinations there Tuesday. Monday night she was introduced to members of the nursing activities committee who met in the office of Miss Irene Brooks, county superintendent of schools, at the courthouse.
In the four months she is here Mrs. Rendleman expects to conduct a short course in home hygiene for high school students. She will likely establish another course for Cherokee women who wish to study home hygiene similar to the one held here last winter.
Chairman of the nursing activities committee of the Red Cross is Mrs. Grace Heller, superintendent of Sioux Valley hospital.
The Cherokee Post Office will have new doors and also be painted inside and out, according to an announcement Friday by Postmaster Paul F. Hoyt.
Information was received today from post office department officials in Kansas City that the contract for the work has been awarded to William F. Forman of Pipestone, Minn.
The improvement project will begin within a few days and is to be completed in 60 days from the contract date of December 30.
Hoyt said that in accordance with a request he made some time ago, lighter weight doors will replace the heavy glass ones. The new doors will be made of pine. Decision on colors for interior painting will be made after the contractor arrives here, Hoyt added.
Improved service to the city of Cherokee will be the result of an application now before the Interstate Commerce Commission and Iowa Commerce Commission wherein the Crouse Cartage Company proposes to purchase all of the physical assets including the intra and interstate permits of Stomac Motor Express of Fort Dodge.
This announcement was made by Paul E. Crouse, president of Crouse Cartage Company and R. C. Stoner, president of Stomac Motor Express. Crouse says temporary authority for the purchase is expected soon.
Crouse Cartage Company has been in operation since 1941, with its general office in Carroll, and terminals at Carroll, Des Moines, Fort Dodge, Omaha and South Sioux City, Neb., and is authorized to serve 114 towns in west central Iowa.
Stomac Motor Express has been operating since 1952 with authority to serve 74 towns adjoining Fort Dodge and Sioux City. Terminal of the two firms at Fort Dodge, Des Moines, and Sioux City will be consolidated and the personnel integrated with no cutback in personnel in either company, it was announced by Crouse.
Paul Crouse will continue as president of the combined operation with R. C. Stoner and Raymond Shoneberger, a partner in the Stomac Company, as vice presidents.
Crouse said if the purchase is allowed by the commission and he is allowed to effect the economies of the combined operation, it will make a strong dependable transportation service for the people of central and western Iowa.
How to balance the state checkbook will be the major topic when the Iowa State Legislature meets in Des Moines Monday for the start of what promises to be a stormy session.
"This has the potential to be, if not, the most difficult session in a long time, at least to be close to it," said Sen. Richard Vande Hoef, R-Harris.
Vande Hoef and Rep. Tom Miller, R-Cherokee, both said cutting the budget and trimming the size of the state government will occupy much of the legislature's time this year.
"Money and the distribution of money will be the main things," Miller said. "and we can't afford to miss this time. On four of the past five budgets the governor has had to cut."
The two area legislators said the government must either cut programs or raise taxes, and a tax hike isn't likely.
Instead, the focus will be on Gov. Terry Brandstad's proposal to reorganize the state government and to cut back on certain programs.
Vande Hoef said most legislators agree that the state government must be reorganized, but they don't agree on where the budget cuts should be made. That's where the arguments will begin.
Any cuts in education or social services would be felt almost immediately by the public, he said, and will probably draw fierce opposition. Cuts in economic development could hurt the state in the long run.
Miller said he agrees with most of the governor's proposals, but he doesn't want to see a big cut in funding for education.
"My emphasis will be to try to give it the same money next year as it had this year before the (across the board) cut," he said. "We have to be very careful not to be complacent when it comes to education."
But the cuts will be made somewhere, Vande Hoef and Miller said. They will be made, because the legislature has little choice.
Another major question facing the legislature is whether to put a cap on what the courts can award to accident victims who are suing the state.
"It's a situation of crisis proportions," Vande Hoef said. "I think the legislature would be derelict of its duty if it didn't address the liability problem."
That story of that problem is all in the numbers, he said. In 1961 the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) spent a little more than $15,000 in damages to victims. Last year the DOT spent approximately $5.3 million for the same thing.
"There are an awful lot of legal headhunters out there," Miller said.
A third issue sure to come before the 1966 legislature is whether to raise the drinking age to 21. The legal drinking age is now 19, but Iowa faces a big loss of federal highway funds if the age isn't raised to 21.
The state senate voted to raise the age in 1965 and Vande Hoef said he expects the house to do the same this year.
Miller agreed, saying the state simply can't afford to lose the federal funds.
"It'll be done," he said. "When it comes down to getting the money or not, we'll knuckle under."
He said he hopes the change will also cut down on the number of teenagers who are killed each year in alcohol related accidents.
In a related issue, neither of the area legislators said they expected a new prison facility for drunk drivers to be approved by the legislature, because the money just isn't available.
Several proposals for a new facility have been offered, including putting one in the state school for the blind facility in Vinton (that would hinge on whether the legislature approves moving the school.) Officials at the Mental Health Institute in Cherokee have also offered the use of facilities here.
Vande Hoef said it is possible that county jail facilities could be used instead of building a prison for drunk drivers, but said several legal problems would need to be cleared up before that could be done.
The two area legislators also mentioned several other topics which may come before the legislature this year. For example:
* Economic development and tourism will be included in any state reorganization plan. Miller and Vande Hoef said any reorganization must be closely inspected to make sure it doesn't scare more money out of the state economy than it saves the state government.
* The Iowa World Trade Center is probably a dead issue for this year's session of the legislature. There just won't be enough time or money for it.
* Branstad's proposal to merge the state schools for the deaf and the blind will probably come up for discussion, but Miller and Vande Hoef said it has no more than a 50 percent chance of gaining legislative approval.
* The weak agricultural economy is a major problem in Iowa, but neither area legislator said the state has the power or the money to offer any major help.