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Friday, May 6, 2011

100 years ago

Two weeks ago the Times recorded an accident which happened to Jay Gould, of Larrabee, but never dreamed that it would be called upon to record his death growing out of this accident. While unloading manure with a spreader it became clogged and Jay attempted to kick off a bunch of rubbish and is some way lost his balance and fell in the machine, a prong entering his leg while other minor injuries were inflicted.

A physician was called and the injuries treated and it was expected that Jay would soon recover, but this was not to be. The limb because swollen and very hard and the services of Dr. Hook were enlisted in an endeavor to overcome this. Dr. Hook made two visits, the last one Tuesday night. He realized that the case was very serious and would require the services of a surgeon and so informed the parents.

Jay was then in so weakened a condition the Dr. Hook remained with him until the arrival of Dr. Hornibrook, who came at about 10:30 o'clock. Jay had been vomiting and was quite weak and when his father came in and announced the coming of Dr. Hornibrook and suggested that an amputation would be necessary, Jay said: "Is it as bad as that?" gave a few gasps and was dead before Dr. Hornibrook entered the room.

Jay was about 24 years of age, unmarried and lived at home. He was a young man of sterling qualities and the entire community mourn his untimely death, and the sympathy of all goes out in full measure to the bereaved ones.

The funeral will be held Friday afternoon.

If the farmers who trade in Cherokee do not figuratively, fall upon L. H. Stahl's neck and call him blessed, we will miss our guess. For years we have heard complaint of the lack of a place where farmers coming to Cherokee might put their teams and know they were sheltered and safe while they were transacting business here.

Lou has met this demand by the erection of a commodious barn on the former Vandercook lots, a block east of the Opera house. He has enclosed an area 90x126 feet which will accommodate 65 teams. Farmers coming to Cherokee may drive into his feed barn and yards and know that their teams and property are safe for the trifling cost of 10 cents.

This is something which will be appreciated. Lou hasn't stopped there, but has erected a comfortable office with wash room, toilet rooms, etc. so that his patrons and their families may have conveniences while in town and headquarters always open to them. The barn is so arranged that there is a sales ring 24x100 feet so that stock sales may be held there in any kind of weather.

We have often wondered why some enterprising citizen didn't make a benefactor of himself and coin wealth as well by meeting this demand in Cherokee. Lou and the farmers are to be congratulated. The barn will be open for business Saturday.

75 years ago

Sioux Valley hospital and the State hospital are holding open house from 2:00 to 4:00 o'clock Tuesday, May 12, to which the public is invited. It is a day set aside throughout the United States and Canada for the people to visit hospitals in their community. No donations of any kind are accepted on that day as it is strictly a day to become better acquainted with the hospital and all its facilities in caring for the sick.

The State hospital band will play from 2:00 to 4:00 o'clock in the main hall and the visitors will be shown the various departments and wards.

At Sioux Valley hospital, the visitors will be served tea by the members of the ladies' hospital auxiliary and will be shown thru the hospital. There will be cars available to take visitors from one hospital to the other.

A very special invitation is given to the mothers and babies, who were born at the hospital, to be there at 3 o'clock p.m. to have a picture taken of the group. The hospital will give a prize to the mother having the most children with her; also to the oldest child and to the youngest child bon at the hospital. In this group of children the ages should range from 19 weeks down to two or three weeks.

Quimby first graders - Recently Dewitt "Bud" Sones dropped this picture of he and his classmates when they were in first grade at the Quimby School at the Chronicle Times office . Pictured are, left to right, first row, Geraldine Day, Dale Harvey, Donald Fox, Donna Ludwig, Beverly Hollinghead, Bobby Dean Seoey, Neal Zapp, Dick Frank and Harold Brownmiller. Back row, left to right, Paul Smith, Dewitt "Bud" Sone, Gordon Johnson, Fred Conley, Daune Jenness, Roger Bevins, Mary Pearl King, Shirley Larson and Sharon Clark. Bud believes the photograph was taken sometime in 1937 or 1938, and the teacher was Miss Carr.
National Hospital day was suggested first by Matthew O. Forley, editor of Hospital Management, to his readers on March 15, 1921. Less than two months later it was an accomplished event of international celebration.

Originally Foley suggested the observance with a view of "forever erasing that 'houses of death' picture form the public in mind."

Iowa's observance of National Hospital day will be officially proclaimed by Governor Clyde L. Herring this week. May 12 has been set aside by the hospitals of America as it is the birth date of Florence Nightingale, whose name, life and work became a legend to those who are interested in hospital work.

Because hospitals are so thoroughly humanizing their institutions is the reason that they have became the appreciated organizations they are now in contrast to the places of horror and suffering they were in the early days following the Crimean War of 1854.

The fact that the health of the people of the United States and Canada has never been better than it is at present is ample proof of the officacy of the hospital with its medical staff, personnel and modern equipment. Hospitals are not only the chief agency in restoring the sick and injured to normal health but they are the most important single influence in keeping people well, according to Dr. George F. Stephens, Winnipeg, Manitoba, president of the American Hospital association.

50 years ago

The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors set June 5 as the date for receiving quotations for construction of a building on the grounds where the county shed is now located at the regular meeting Wednesday.

Ruby Hazen was put on a monthly salary of $200 as of May 1 in the treasurer's office.

The performance bond covering the gasoline and diesel contract with Standard Oil Company was approved by the board.

The board voted to allow Verland Anderson, deputy sheriff, 85 percent of the $600 which is the estimated value the sheriff receives in living quarters.

As of May 1, Helen Schleef was allowed $96 a month for operating the sheriff's radio and phone.

The board bought an electric time stamping machine for the clerk's office for a sum of $170.10 from Cherokee Stationary Company.

J. A. Zarr of Washta was authorized issuance of a duplicate deed for property purchased in Washta.

The county engineer, William Bennett, was rehired for a sum of $9,300. The monthly report for April from the county farm was approved.

Animal claims were allowed to Mrs. Fred Marsh, Aurelia, 12 laying hens and five ducks, $22.50. Vera Corrington, Cherokee, one ewe and one goat, $23.

Some 1,000 grade school students from the first through the sixth grade will begin work on the Clean-Up Paint-Up, Fix-Up Week which is May 3-13.

Quimby School - In modern times it is hard for many to imagine that most small towns in Iowa once had their own schools. In fact, for many generations these small schools prospered throughout the state. Pictured is the Quimby School, which many county residents attended and of which they have fond memories.
The annual event is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce Civic Bureau in a city-wide program to make Cherokee a cleaner and prettier place to live in.

A list of responsibilities is being distributed to school students throughout the city. The notice not only includes things which students should do to clean up the yard but a list of jobs for the parents is also included.

Some of the duties asked of parents are that they repair screens, porches and steps, clean eaves and make house numbers visible.

Also repair fences, trim trees and sow grass where it is needed.

The students are asked to help with raking the lawn, cleaning gutters and hedges around the house. They will also help with planting and trimming of shrubs.

A clean-up committee has been appointed for the week. Members are H. F. Timmins, John B. Keeline, W. A. Grawburg, Lee M. Miller, Robert Grant.

25 years ago

The firm was hired Monday by the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors.

The farm numbering system has been under discussion by county officials for several months.

The purpose of the system is to insure better fire protection. The supervisors decided to develop a county-wide system, after Quimby Fire Department officials began developing one for their area.

The system calls for all rural properties with buildings on them to be assigned a number, that would give an accurate location description. With this description, firefighters, ambulance drivers and law enforcement officials would be better able to pinpoint the location of an emergency.

Under the new system, all north-south roads in Cherokee County will be given a number between 10 and 34, and all east-west roads will be given a number between 50 and 74.

The figure assigned a property will consist of a number, a letter and then another number. The first number will identify the road the rural property is on, the letter will identify the 1/4-mile mark the property is on and the second number will identify the road which intersects the road identified by the first number.

The numbers will eventually be posted at rural properties, though posting plans have not been finalized.

The assignments of numbers will be part of the development of the map.

Copies of the final map will be given to the Law Enforcement Center and area fire departments.

Work on the map is expected to start in about 10 days. The work is expected to last about a month.

The county will pay Kuehl and Payer about $5,000 for the work.

In other business, the supervisors reviewed the county's personnel policy with various department heads.

Supervisor Jack Foresman said the policy was written in 1975, and needed updating. Among the proposed policy changes was inclusion of the new overtime law, a more detailed section about maternity leaves and revision of disciplinary action procedures.

The board plans to discuss the legal ramifications of the proposed changes later this month with an Iowa State Association of Counties representative.

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