Nearly every state in the Union is represented in the long line of marching vets. They have come from the Atlantic and from the Pacific coasts to attend this great reunion, many being former residents of this state who battled for the Union during the civil war and realize that the opportunity of meeting old comrades is fast passing.
They are receiving a royal welcome. This city has been in the hands of the men, Chamberlain & Co., of Des Moines, who decorated Sioux City for the Elk blowout. They have done their best, and the beauty of the decorations excite exclamations of delight.
The camp grounds are on the Fountain House grounds and are all that could be desired. Nature and the handiwork of man have united in making these grounds most beautiful.
The National Drum corps of twenty pieces is giving stirring music, while Sioux City's great band, Reed's, is delighting the people. Wednesday was the first day but the people crowded in from everywhere and there is something for every variety of states. Second street has been converted into a Midway and attractions of every kind are there.
The morning of the first day was devoted to registering and an address of welcome by Mayor Burlingname and veiled. Capt. Lathrop's introductory remarks were felicitous and warmly received by his comrades. In conclusion he introduced Hon. F. F. Faville, of Storm Lake, who delivered an address of rare power. It contained not only an historical resume of the nation and especially of the civil war but drew lessons and made applications there from that caught the audience.
At the close men and women crowded around the orator to commend and congratulate the speaker, and the reporter heard one enthusiastic lady introduce herself as from Denver and in the fervor of the moment exclaimed that she hoped to see him president. Stranger things have happened.
A disappointment yesterday was the absence of the glee club, but the drum corps came to the rescue and filled in the gaps with stirring music.
The principal event of the evening was the address, "Historic Appomattox" by Capt. Merry, of Manchester. This was a scholarly, thoughtful and polished address, full of wholesome patriotic thoughts and it went straight to the hearts of his audience.
The character of Capt. Merry was revealed when in response to a remark of Capt. Schaller, who introduced him, that he ought to own half of the Illinois Central. Capt. Merry said that he would not care to own half of the Illinois Central, that such wealth would only be burdensome and intimated that there was higher things in life than wealth.
He said that after thirty-one years service with the Central in two days he would retire from its service to enjoy a quiet old age.
The recitation of J. W. Grigg caught the audience and he was compelled to respond to an encore.
This morning, as on yesterday, the man with the big gun ignored the 6 o'clock sunrise gun and in fact let'er go at sunrise, shortly after 5. But it is all right, people ought to get up early when the vets are in town.
This morning Reed's Military band gave a great concert as a prelude to the great sham battle which is raging as we go to press. The cannon are booming, the musketry rattling, the cheers ascending
Corn crop in Cherokee county is generally good with most of it already "knee high" and some "waist high," County Agent C. G. Turner reported Friday. Late plantings have not reached the legendary Fourth of July height but this is to be expected.
Small grain is rather worthless in some fields in the Quimby-Washta area with good fields spotted throughout the county. All grains could use moisture, however. The Aurelia district received a good rain this week but nothing more than a trace has been reported from the other sections of the county.
Walter Rasmussen, farmer living nine miles northwest of Cherokee, Friday reported that he finished cutting six acres of rye Thursday. He is the first in the county to finish cutting rye, as far as is known. Rasmussen's statement of conditions in this area were "few or no grasshoppers, corn good, grain short, need rain."
A carload of pure bran to be used in fighting grasshoppers has been billed to Cherokee county from Kansas City, was the information Turner received late Thursday afternoon after a telephone conversation with agriculture officials in Des Moines. The shipment has not been received, however, and nothing likewise has been heard of the consignment of sodium arsenite billed for Sioux City from which Cherokee county was to receive a share to be used in the "hopper war."
That the grasshoppers are "really thick" in Silver, Willow, Grand Meadow and Tilden towhships was evidenced as a fact when Turner found 30 on a prickly lettuce (weed) plant and 24 more on a single stalk of corn he happened to pick up Thursday morning.
Approximately 125 farmers attended the two demonstrations for mixing poison materials to fight grasshoppers held Thursday morning on the Ralph Robeson and C. C. R. Bush farms in Grand Meadow and Willow townships respectively.
Mixing Plant Established
Establishment of a community mixing plant in a Quimby garage was reported Friday morning by Turner. Permission to use the property has been obtained, the building has been cleaned out and sawdust shipments moved there ready for use. Twenty tons of fresh sawdust were obtained Wednesday and Turner Friday announced the purchase of 200 pounds of white arsenic, also used in fighting the "hoppers."
Evan Knapp manager of the municipal swimming pool here estimated that over 200 people turned out for the swimming meet at the pool Tuesday.
Competitive races, diving, synchronized swimming and a clown set was presented during the show.
Swimmers who competed in the races and won are as follow:
Boys 50 meter free style 12 and under: Byron Reed first with the time of :38.5 Ronnie Means was second.
Girls 50 meter free style, 12 and under: Vickie Paulson :46. Linda George was second.
Boys 50 meter free style 13-15: Mike Ballantyne, :31.3. Gene Anderson was second.
Boys 50 meter free style 16 and over: Jerry Paulson, :33.5. Garry Butter second.
Boys 50 meter breast stroke, 12 and under, Bryon Reed, :56.8. Ronnie Means second.
Girls 50 meter breast stroke, 12 and under, Cynthia Kuntzelman 1:13.9. Linda Scott second.
Boys 50 meter breast stroke, 13-15, Truman Reed, :57.8. Dale Scott placed second.
Girls breast stroke, 13-15, Kathy Martin, :48. Sheryl Still second.
Boys 50 meter back stroke, 16 and over, Mike McCally, :41.6. Garry Sutter was second.
In two 25 meter races especially for those 10 and under the winners were: Mark Northcraft, :23.5 with Kenny Clark placing second.
Linda Scott was winner of the girls' race with the time of :23.1. Cris Pickford was second.
Boys one meter diving, Jerry Unger, first; Eugene Anderson, second and Mike McCauley, third.
Girls one meter diving, Pam Mahoney first and Kathy Martin placed second.
Boys three meter diving, Mike Ballantyne, first; Jerry Unger, second and Steve Johnson, third.
Dennise Wray and Margaret Boothby put on a synchronized swimming show and will perform again in August.
Officials said the swimming meet was a success.
Ninety-year-old Dorothy Godfrey of Washta has sent her contribution to help with the restoration of the Statue of Liberty. She's looking forward to the celebration via television this weekend.
"The Statue of Liberty was in need of repairs after all these years," she said.
She should know. She's seen it nine times.
A native of England, she has crossed the ocean 11 times. "As we learned and heard more about the Statue, we got more excited each time we saw it," said Godfrey. "Everybody on deck would be straining to see her first."
She and her late husband, Albert (Bert) came to America in 1925, about 10 years after their marriage. They went to Ellis Island. She recalls how her husband laughed, wondering if they were going to be put in pens like cattle.
The couple went before three different doctors. If you didn't have vaccination papers, you were detained for vaccination, she said. They were then ferried to New York.
Godfrey's mother had gone on the boat to see them off but her father could see no reason for the couple to leave their homeland. He had reared 14 children on that soil. He told her "a rolling stone gathers no moss." Godfrey said she was never homesick.
The young folks moved in with her husband's uncle Frank near Washta and Bert learned the ways of farming in America. "I took pictures of each new thing he did on the farm," she said.
She recalled their 10th anniversary and first Sunday in Washta was celebrated with a picnic planned by the residents. There were several families, including the Whitcombs, the Wyches, the Godfrey's and Ackermans, all who had migrated from the same village, Compton Dundon in England.
Three times they went to England to stay and three times they returned to America. Twice they sold their little bungalow in Washta after farming for 21 years and twice they purchased it back. "I never wanted to return to England to stay," said Godfrey.
After their return to America in 1952, Bert decided it was time to become citizens of this country, she said.
Fingerprinted and very excited, they went to Sioux City "to become citizens." "They said my fingerprints were no good," she recalled disappointedly. "They probably were smooth from the work I'd done," At 13 ½ years of age she went to work as a nursemaid and at 19 ½ years was married. "The first six months with Uncle Frank, we received just our room and board," she said.
Bert received his citizenship in March and she received hers in October.
After retiring from the farm into Washta, the couple worked at various jobs. "I've swept Main Street clean," she said of her janitorial jobs at school for a time and she cooked for the lunchroom.
The couple shared 67 years of marriage together before his death four years ago. She is pretty much homebound now from arthritis but in early years was active in the church. Many of her hours are spent knitting mittens to be given to needy children throughout the area and watching television.
She has scores of nieces and nephews in England and some in Australia. "One niece who calls me each month and writes letters twice in between wanting me to come back to England so she can look after me," said Godfrey.
"Bert, he's all the family I got here and he's buried in the cemetery. I wouldn't want to leave him," said Godfrey affectionately. "I've had a wonderful life in America."