Word was received here Monday of the death of Will Prunty, son of David Prunty, a Cherokee county pioneer, which occurred the 9th inst. on his Colorado sheep ranch near Nunn. It appears that Will, who was batching, arose early that morning and made biscuits for breakfast and by mistake used arsenic instead of baking powder and partaking of these died that evening after a day of intense suffering.
The herdsman also partook of the poisoned biscuit and for a time was in a serious condition. He was taken to a hospital and though still suffering is thought to be out of danger. Arsenic was used in exterminating gophers and ground squirrels and in the haste of preparing breakfast it is thought Will seized the wrong package. He lingered until 9:15 p.m. when death relived his suffering. His death comes as a great shock to his aged parents and brothers and sisters, the more so that Will had written home the latter part of the week that he had arranged his affairs so he could be home for the summer reaching here Sunday evening or Monday but Monday the fatal telegram came announcing his sad demise and changed the coming home from joy to sorrow.
Besides the parents there are four brothers and three sisters, besides a large number of other relatives and friends left to mourn his sad death.
The remains, accompanied by his brother, Orren, arrived last evening at Cleghorn and the funeral, conducted by the Rev. Dobson, will be held at 2 p.m. today from the Christian church of Cleghorn. Deceased was 36 years of age and unmarried and was held in high respect by all who knew him.
The Chautauqua opened Wednesday very auspiciously, though rain frightened some away in the evening. In the afternoon after a brief outline of the work by Manager Maus, the Dunbar concert Company, consisting of six ladies, gave a very enjoyable concert, and in the evening presented a more elaborate program and responded to several hearty encores. Dr. Mansell's lecture, "The Other Fellow," was a practical talk on putting yourself in the other fellow's place before condemning. Interspersed with apt stories the lecture pleased the audience. The lecture in the evening, "The Mission of Mirth," by Thomas McClary, was very fine and captured the audience. It was sensible as well as mirthful. Sense was not sacrificed to laugh making. It was a lecture of rare merit.
This morning inaugurated the enjoyable and profitable talks by Jas. L. Lardner. This feature will be continued every day during Chautauqua. The Scout Camp for children is a feature which will greatly add to the attractiveness of Chautauqua for them.
This afternoon the Weatherwax Bros. Quartette will furnish the music and as they are ranked among the very best in America there is really something fine in store. "Old Days In Dixie" is pronounced a fine platform effort and as the lecture is by a woman there will be a novelty in the usual Chautauqua lecture routine. In the evening the Weatherwax Company will appear in a second concert and then the beautiful monologue, "The Sign of the Cross" by James F. O'Donnell.
The three following days are filled with good things. During this period such noted men as Henry, Folk and Bishop Quayle will appear. Sunday will surpass all records in Chautauqua programs with Quayle and the great Thaviu International band and concert company. Bishop Quayle will preach in the morning and this service will be free to all. He is one of the greatest of pulpit orators and all should hear him.
There may be due to those from out of town an explanation of why the main road to Chautauqua entrance is blocked. Miss Addie Adsit lies critically ill at the home of her parents located on the barricaded block and a largely signed petition was presented to the council to have this block closed during Chautauqua. This was done, and the traffic diverted one block south or north, which will not seriously inconvenience anybody.
Another change which we think will be welcomed by every patron of the Chautauqua is that of keeping autos and other vehicles out of the lower section of the grounds, which in the past has caused considerable confusion and peril to pedestrians. The west park has been thrown open to autos and makes most excellent parking place and there will be a guard there to watch over the safety of the autos. This will leave not only the usual hitching grounds for teams but the former auto parking ground as well and will keep the autos and teams entirely separate. Under the new arrangements autos can be unloaded at the front gate and turned into the park only a few steps away, or is desired run into the parking ground and there unloaded. After the exercise the autos can be run to the gate and loaded or the occupants can go a few steps further and get in where the auto is parked and there will be no teams to look out for.
Those coming in vehicles can either unload at the main gate or pass a short block north and pass through the vehicle gate and unload and load at the small gate just north of the Fountain house. We believe when this new arrangement is understood that it will be pleasing alike to auto owners, vehicle drivers and pedestrians.
Three small fires were reported in the Larrabee area during the past few days. In each instance, however, the flames were extinguished without much damage.
Fire started from a brooder lamp destroyed the brooder house and a flock of young turkeys at the Roy Lockwood home last Saturday night. Mr. and Mrs. Lockwood were away at the time but quick work on the past of Matt Lockwood kept the fire from spreading to other buildings.
Backfire from a tractor caused a small blade at Jim Cochrane's Monday, but it was extinguished before much damage was done. Tuesday, fire of undetermined origin started in the shocked grain on the Victor Moding place one mile northeast of Larrabee. About five acres of shocked oats were destroyed before volunteers fighter summoned by line calls, succeeded in checking the flames.
One hundred boys had registered for supervised play in Cherokee up to Wednesday noon, I. I. McClintock, supervisor in charge, reported to The Daily Times.
Program was scheduled to officially begin Wednesday afternoon on the lots east and south of the Wescott park baseball diamond under the direction of McClintock and Prent Jones. Student leaders will also aid them as the program is explained to the boys participating.
Equipment is a very necessary item for the success of the playground and Director McClintock Wednesday morning stated the contributions or loans of equipment would be appreciated and would aid materially to the success of the project. Sports to be featured during the play include softball, table tennis or ping pong, volleyball, tennis, croquet, horseshoe and similar summer activities.
A sum of $6,000 in the old First National Bank trust fund was reopened Wednesday, July 15 to 530 persons, all depositors of the following institutions, according to information given out by the Central Trust & Savings Bank.
Seven percent will be paid out of the special reserve fund to the former depositors who hold participation certificates.
When the Central Trust & Savings bank took over the assets of the First National September 1, 1930, about 2,500 deposit amounts under $100 were paid in full and those over $100 were paid $5 per fund participation certificates for the remaining 15 percent.
The first money realized on the First National bank assets set aside against these 15 per cent certificates went to absorb certain known losses and to pay Fisrst National receivership expense, and the balance is being applied on these certificates. Seven per cent was paid on the certificates in November, 1934, making 14 percent now paid, with further distribution to come later, according to the advice of the committee.
The last two weeks of the summer recreation program will began at Webster and Garfield playgrounds Monday.
Recreation Director, Jack Sandvig said the activities, which are held in the forenoon, will include the following:
Wednesday, inter-playground track meet o Webster playground at 9:30. Events will include the ball throw, Three-legged race, tug of war, candy sailing and face and sack races.
On Thursday, a Dolls and Models contest will be held at individual playgrounds.
The director said the final week would include craft hour as usual on Monday and Tuesday.
Wednesday each playground will have a cleanup day.
A closing day picnic will be held at Wescott Park on Thursday for all the youngsters who participated I the summer program.
In addition t the craft hour held each day, a free play time if also given. During this time youngsters can play games, swing or do whatever pleases them.
Damages were estimated at $135 in a two-car mishap on East Main Friday night.
A car driven by Keith P. Ryan, 26, 204 West Cedar was traveling east on Main and stopped for a car backing for a parking spot.
A vehicle driven by Clarence J. Miller, 32, Omaha, was traveling east behind the Ryan auto and was unable to stop, according to police reports.
The rear bumper on the Ryan car was damaged and the Miller auto sustained damage about the front end.
Hare, who has 26 years experience in silo building, said expansion plans are still being made.
A building with 2,500 square feet of floor space is already in operation along with more land which has been leased for storage space.
Six new trucks nave been purchased for delivering purposes and the vice-president said they are working a double shift.
The day shall begin at 6 a.m. and runs until 4. At 4 p.m. the second shift comes on and works until 2 a.m.
Here said they have "the only electric" vibration machine in Northwest Iowa for making stave3s. Most plants will use a tampin system, according to the official.
According to reports from state officials, the vibration system is more water and air resistant.
Hare, who came from Lake View where he was in the same type of business, said the company here services Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa and South Dakota.
When asked about the production record, Hare said, "It's difficult to say exactly how many silos have been built during the past six months but I can say many farmers are waiting for silos to be constructed on their farms.
The official said they are making plans for continuing their expansion program in the future because it is impossible to keep up with the demand at their present size.
The board approved Monday a new blacktop playground for Roosevelt and new windows for WHS.
The blacktop project will cost about $9,520 and be done by Brower Construction Co., Sioux City. School Superintendent Mick Starcevich said Brower will do the work sometime this summer when work crews are in the area for another project. The other project is not school-related.
The cost of the project could be higher if the work cannot be done when Brower work crews are in the area, Starcevich said.
Brower will also do some patching at the WHS parking lot, Starcevich said.
Board President Victoria Wittgraf said the new playground should make parents happy, since their youngsters will not have to play in a dirty or muddy area. Board member Joe Lundsgaard said the blacktop area will also reduce the amount of dirt brought into the Roosevelt building.
The window replacement project at WHS will cost about $31,000 and be done by the Gerkin Company, Sioux City.
The company has done work for the district in the past.
The project calls for the replacement of 32 existing windows with more energy efficient models.
Starcevich said the window work will probably be done in the fall.
The two projects were among several the board discussed. The blacktop and the new windows were given priority because they have been under discussion for several months.
The other projects discussed were: New windows at the administration building air conditioning at Roosevelt, and installing an asphalt overlay at the WHS parking lot.
These projects will be discussed again at the board's August meeting.
In other business, the board:
* Decided to request that a paving project for Indian Road, the road that runs east-west by Doupe Fields and connects Roosevelt Street with U.S. Highway 59, be included in the city's five-year road program.
City Administrator Gil Bremicker has told Starcevich that the project is not currently in the program, and that a request from the school board could give the project some priority.
The board told Starcevich to request the project be done at the "earliest, reasonable time."
* Accepted the resignation of Dane Knutson, Washington High School guidance counselor on the condition that a suitable replacement will be found in time for the 1986-87 school year.
Knutson is taking a guidance counseling job at a high school in Becker, Minn.
The deadline for breaking a 1986-87 contract with the Cherokee District was in June. Knutson's resignation was submitted after the deadline, and, subsequently, the condition was included in the board's acceptance.
* Received a calendar for the Sept. 9 school board election. The deadline for filing nomination papers with district secretaries is July 31.
Cherokee board members Robert Lundquist and Jerry Namanny are up for re-election. Namanny said Monday that he would not seek re-election. Lundquist has not decided yet.
* Approved Cherokee State Bank as the depository for the district's operating fund, schoolhouse fund and clearing, and Central Trust and Savings Bank as the depository for the Wilson Activity Fund.
* Appointed Berna Jenness as the school district secretary-treasurer for 1986-87.
* Approved Ryun-Givens, Cherokee, as the district's auditors for 1986-87.