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.
One hour parking on Cherokee's four main business streets will be enforced from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturdays only, beginning August 1, Chief of Police C. C. Cobb announced Wednesday.
Signs approximately 15 inches square have been ordered by the city council and will be erected next week on the street electroliers. Three signs on each side of the two Main street blocks will be installed and two on each side of Second street blocks between Maple and Willow streets. No limited parking will be enforced on the other days of the week.
The one-hour parking will amend the 30-minute, 24 hour edict issued in June and made an ordinance by official publication a year after passage by the council. Enforcement of the ordinance was dependent on the erection of signs and these were never installed.
Amendment will be made in a few days at a special meeting of the city council. Parallel parking also a part of the changed traffic program, has been in vogue for almost a month.
More than 60 boys are busy every morning and afternoon on the newly established playground for Cherokee boys, located southeast of the Wescott park diamond. Total enrollment to date is 121. Afternoon attendance is more than 60 and the morning enrollment somewhat larger.
"Hike" and "Tournaments"
The two topics uppermost in the minds of the boys Wednesday were the "overnight hike" scheduled for Thursday and the "tournaments" that are to begin next week. To qualify for the fun and enjoyment of the overnight hikes to be taken under the direction of A. I. McClintock and Prent Jones, the youngster must attend all sessions for a week or present a card from his parents permitting his absence. List of youngsters going on the first "hike" will be published Thursday.
Tournament competition will begin Monday in all sports. Baseball, softball, table tennis and "tin can alley" are proving the most popular games at the present time with horseshoes and croquet in the second division.
"Tin can alley" is a combination of bowling, softball and running. Two men on a side are at bat at the same time and the catcher pitches, rolls or bowls the ball along the ground. The batsmen keep their clubs in a hold, back of which are two cans. After the ball is hit or swung at, the defensive team tries to knock over as many cans as possible before the batsmen can change places at opposite ends of the diamond, or if a clean strike is made, before the bat is placed back in the ground.
A home run is a one base hit and with the other exception that a foul ball is not possible, the game is the same as softball. Three outs constitute an inning and three innings a game on the playground, although any number could be played. The number of fielders also varies, depending on the number playing.
Contributions for the playground fund, inaugurated by Rotary Club with a cash donation of $100, may be mailed or telephoned to the office of Postmaster W. H. Fishman or left with supervisors.
Kiwanians Tuesday heard Lee Miller summarize the International Convention of Kiwanis which he attended at Toronto, Canada during the July 4 weekend.
Miller said 18,400 members registered for the convention, the highest number to ever attend the event.
Highlight was the address by Prime Minister Diefenbaker of Canada.
The 1962 International Convention will be held in Denver.
The 43rd annual Nebraska-Iowa district Convention will be held in Spencer September 17, 19.
Jim Zigenbusch program chairman presented a new film entitled, "Our Roots Grow Deep." The film was produced by the Northern Natural Gas Company.
Dr. G. D. Gerdes presided over the session. Guests included: Roger Frisbie, Cherokee and Dr. Carl Colbie, California.
Cherokee Appliance will observe its grand opening for three days starting Thursday.
Co-partners in ownership of Cherokee Appliance are Wayne Johnson and Howard Kintigh.
A large prize list is planned for the grand opening days. The firm features the series line of RCA Whirlpool and Maytag washers and dryers.
There will be special registration for an RCA whirlpool vacuum cleaner, it has been announced. Other top prizes are on the list plus many other valuable gifts.
Cherokee Appliance will give also feature free refreshments--coffee and doughnuts--during the grand opening period.
The Cherokee County Board of Education met Monday evening to determine an attendance center for Larrabee High School students for the 1961-62 school year.
The Larrabee Consolidated School Board was also invited to sit in on the meeting held at the county courthouse.
Those designated to Cherokee Public High School were students who live in sections 22, 26, 27, 34 and 35.
Students were also designated who live in home 69, section 21, Elmer Anderson and Robert Ehrig; home 77, section 24, Arnold Lottman.
All high school students who live in Larrabee desiring to come to Cherokee were also designated.
Ed Bjorge who lives in home 25, section 9, is to be given special designation for a high school student to meet the bus and come to Cherokee.
Cherokee Public School buildings are being given a final check in preparation for the upcoming school year and teacher workshops are planned.
Officials reported the new school buildings, Lincoln and Roosevelt, will be ready for classes this fall.
The schools are ready except for minor changes and the Board of Education can make final acceptance of the buildings.
Supt. R. L. Kinkead said teacher workshops will be held for three days beginning August 28.
Classes will begin Thursday, August 31. The following Monday will be a holiday and t hen the school year will be in full swing, the superintendent said.
It won't take a big crop to be a bin-buster for Cherokee County farmers this year. Some of the bins are already full.
Unfortunately, a large crop may also be on the way this fall. As a result, farmers and grain elevators are searching for storage space and ways to ship grain.
So far, the search hasn't been fruitful.
"Things are pretty full," said Cherokee County Extension Director Jim Mohn. "Some places are completely full."
He said most elevators have only limited storage space available for this fall's harvest and many farmers are looking at alternative storage facilities.
Much of the grain in area elevators was sealed by Cherokee County farmers in exchange for $2.47 per-bushel loans from the Commodity Credit Corporation. Since corn prices are now far below that rate, most farmers will forfeit the grain to the government rather than pay back their loans, plus interest.
So local grain elevators remain nearly full of government corn, which cannot be shipped out before they receive loading orders to move the grain to warehouses closer to the shipping terminals.
"We're hoping to get loading orders," said Merle Anderson, manager of the Farmers Cooperative Elevator in Aurelia, "but the government is getting so many requests for them it couldn't possibly get caught up."
Anderson's story is echoed by other elevator managers in the county, who say they are not presently taking government grain.
Instead they are only accepting grain which can immediately be sold and shipped out.
Theron Gjersvik, manager of the Cargill Corporation facility in Washta, said his facility is only about 60 percent full, compared to figures of 80 or 90 percent for some elevators.
"I'm going to be pretty full on corn this fall," he said, "but it's not a big problem for me."
Gjersvik and Anderson said their businesses have no plans to build more storage facilities this year.
"We're hoping to have hopper cars to use, but that gets expensive," Anderson said.
"I can't see any sense in my building storage," Gjersvik said. "I can see a glut for two years, but it would take me that long to pay for the storage."
That means more producers may be keeping their grain on the farm this winter.
"You might see a lot more picking and piling of grain this year," Anderson said. "Another thing is there might be more grain left in the field this fall."
He said those alternatives won't work for every farmer, but for those who planted certain resistant types of corn this spring the alternatives could save on storage space and drying costs.
But it's not without risks.
"This temporary storage stuff where people dump it on the ground has got to be watched," Anderson said. "It can spoil pretty easily."
Mohn's office is sponsoring a grain storage alternatives meeting on July 28 at Sand Seed in Marcus. That meeting will look at on-farm storage possibilities for farmers.
The 7 p.m. meeting will include a discussion of storage possibilities by extension specialist Jack Frus. After he reviews the advantages and disadvantages of various alternatives, the farmers will tour two local grain storage facilities at about 8 p.m.
The meeting is being co-sponsored by the Plymouth and Cherokee County Extension Services.
Starving cattle in Dixie will soon get some Cherokee County hay to eat.
The Cherokee Industrial Corporation decided this weekend to donate more than 50,000 pounds of hay to the cause.
"We felt in our own little way, we were helping someone survive," commented Industrial Corporation coordinator Vi Mayer.
The has is part of a hay lift--called Farmers Baling Out Farmers--begun Thursday by Dayton farmer Peter Owenson. What started Thursday as one man's project has now expanded to include farm advocacy groups, hotlines and the military.
"It's gotten to be a big project," said a weary Owenson Monday night. Since Thursday, about 600 tons of Iowa has been pledged to the effort, including 100 tons today, Owenson said.
The hay is the first cutting from a field at the corporation's industrial park north of the Hy-Vee warehouse. About 15 acres of the 17.6-acre plot is planted to hay. Normally, the hay is sold, Mayer explained. This year, there's a lot of hay around. A member of the development commission board noticed a story on the haylift Friday and suggested over coffee, giving the development commission hay, board chairman Bill Troth said. Within two hours, the phone calls were made and the hay committed.
"They were overwhelmingly wild about it," Troth said of the board.
Iowa farmers can understand the farmer's situation in the South because they've been through this, Troth commented.
"The cattle down there are starving. Money don't do them any good. They need something to eat," Troth said.
It will take two semi-trailer trucks to carry the more than 50 5x5-foot bales. The fuel, trucks, meals and other aid is donated as well, Mayer said.
The project has gotten so much response, the hay is piling up faster than there are trucks to haul it away. Owenson put out a plea for more trucks adding military transport planes are due in Des Moines Wednesday to fly hay to the drought-ravaged South. If someone in Northwest Iowa could haul the Cherokee hay to Des Moines, it could solve that problem, Owenson commented.
"I hate to ask any more, but it would help us out a lot," he said.