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Friday, July 29, 2011

Prairie ride - Pictured are Fred Hanks and Jetty Burroughs who are taking a break from a ride in the prairie sometime around 1890.
100 years ago

A very serious accident occurred to Mrs. Will Merideth Tuesday which may cost her her foot. She was driving a horse attached to a buggy and when near the railroad crossing at the Lawrence farm the animal became frightened at something and commenced to run. Mrs. Merideth seeing that she could not control the animal jumped from the buggy and in doing so broke both bones of one limb just above the ankle joint. The bones forced their way through her stocking and into the ground. This causes great danger of infection and the bones are broken so near the joint that it will be difficult to hold them in place to get a union, one of the bones being badly splintered.

The injury is very similar to one the writer suffered three years ago and from which he yet has painful reminders, though the surgeons brought him out with a pretty good limb. Mrs. Merideth has our sympathy and our wish that she may come out as well as we have.

Mrs. Merideth was taken into the Lawrence home and Drs. Wescott, of this city, and Quinn, or Meriden, were called. They made a hasty examination and concluded to remove her to her brother, Louis Julius', home, who lives near by on the Hull farm. She was placed on a cot and the removal made and the injuries received such treatment as was then possible.

C. C. Bradley got home Thursday from a month's trip through the Rockies and the northwest Pacific coast states. "Brad" had a good time all the time and comes back with a healthy coat of tan and the loss of a little of his embonpoint. On the return over the Northern Pacific he ran into a real thriller, when the train was held up and passengers robbed, up near Valley City, N.D. Here, however, his good luck did not fail him and the robbers never touched him. He and some friends were playing whist in a Pullman stateroom when the holdup took place. When the highwaymen fired a shot down the vestibule of their car, just to emphasize the seriousness of their intention, Bradley and his friends thought that the train had run over a signal torpedo, and in blissful ignorance that their fellow passengers were being relieved of valuables, they kept on with the game. Before the bandits reached their stateroom a Pullman conductor took a shot that wounded one of the robbers and the latter abandoned their loot and took to the road in an automobile that was in waiting. By just so much margin, Brad escaped with the $2.39 he had left when he came out of Yellowstone Park. At just what stage he learned that the train had been robbed, we are not informed. While the robbery was daringly planned and executed by men who had evidently been there before, it is the unbiased and unprejudiced opinion of Mr. Bradley, as a traveler of some considerable experience, that any band of robbers who expected to get much money from passengers who had just emerged from Yellowstone Park have never been through the Park themselves.

75 years ago

Farm women of Cherokee County who have developed a particular "hobby" as a pastime may exhibit examples of their study at the 1936 Iowa state fair, August 26, to September 4, Miss Pearl Sims, a Cherokee county home demonstration agent, announced Wednesday.

Three Classes

There are any number of farm women who collect glassware, weave yearn, make rugs or have other hobbies, Miss Sims believes, and any woman living on a farm where the major part of the family income is from farm products is eligible to enter the contest. Hobbies are to be entered in one of three classes, collective (collections or articles), creative (original work) and literary and art (featuring reading and art study). Scoring will be based on labeling, quality of material, attractiveness of display, educational value, significance to others and personal enjoyment.

Thirty-nine prizes will be awarded in the three classes. Best display in each class received a $10 prize, the second ranking in each class, $2 each. Hobby entries may be made with W. H. Stacy, community development section, extension service, Iowa State college by August 22. They may also be entered at the recreation rooms of the women's and children's building at the state fair in Des Moines by August 28.

A space of four feet in width will be given each exhibit. Display may be tacked up on the wall spaces this width or set put on a small table. Exhibit regulations may be secured form Mrs. Glenn Loucks, county home project chairman, or Miss Sims.

Third step in Cherokee's two-year old auto parking problem will be officially taken at 9 o'clock Saturday morning when the new ruling of one hour parking on the four principal business streets goes into effect.

Yellow and Black

Yellow signs with black letters, designating Cherokee's ruling, effective Saturdays only, were placed on street electroliers of the business territory Wednesday morning. The signs, one foot square face toward the street and read:

Parking Limit One Hour

Saturday Only

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Succeeds 30-Minute Law

First step this year was taken in the publication of a 30-minute limit, 24-hour parking law passed June 4, 1935 by the city council and not made public until June 11 of this year by official publication. This ordinance made 30 minutes the time limit for parking cars on four streets and was to be effective 24 hours per day. Signs were necessary for the enforcement and they were never erected.

Begun in 1935.

The whole problem came to a head in June, 1935. After the passage of the ordinance, Cherokee business men promised to attempt to solve the parking problem for their respective customers. In the opinion of the city council, this failed to work out and the ordinance was published June 11 after voting the night before to print it.

Parallel parking on the four blocks as a second step followed June 23 at a meeting of the city council. This ordinance passed by a 4-1 vote.

50 years ago

On Tuesday August 1 at 1:30 the Cherokee County 4-H Girls committees will gather at the girls 4-H building on the fair grounds with Carmen L. Dewar, extension home economist and begin preparation for the 38th Girls' 4-H Achievement show.

All entries must be in Wednesday. Registration will be from 1:30 to 4:30 at the 4-H building.

Carmen Dewar said she expects approximately 1,000 exhibits from the county 4-H girls' clubs.

The economist continued saying she had visited many local shows and that girls are busy preparing entries for the fair.

One point she addressed was that anyone who plans on entering Quick breads should make sure they have baked long enough. Because of the high humidity many of the breads with a heavy batter will require more baking.

The economist said kitchens all over the county were humming in preparation for the achievement show.

On Thursday, August 3 all senior demonstrations will be held. Mrs. Elmer Lund of Le Mars will judge the senior division and Mary Margaret Rupp will judge the junior contest.

Senior Demonstration

The first demonstration will begin at 9:15 when Wanda Smith and Janice Corrington representing Afton Lucky Clovers, present, "A Dasher Dandy."

Virginia Zwick and Connie Johnson will demonstrate "Quick Trix With a Hamburger Mix," representing the Aftonettes at 9:45.

The Pilot Pepper Uppers will present the demonstration at 10:15. Phyllis Ann Hackett and Carol Hackett will represent the club doing "Chicken Look in."

At 10:45 Country Ramblers Lois Corrington and Roberta Wise will show a "Quick Trick for a Busy Day."

Beginning at 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon Joan Montgomery and Becky Johnson representing the Cherokee Comets, will present "Budget With Your Broiler."

"Pain Ordinaire for Family Fare" will be given by Cathy Ferrin and Konnie Sadler at 1:30. The Girls represent the Grand Meadow Larks.

The Quimby Quorum will make their presentation at 2 p.m. Faye Escue and Nancy Smith will present "Handy Hamburger Mix."

The Sheridan Stars Junior team Barbara Lux and Beverly Rupp will demonstrate "Magie Variety Mix" at 2:30.

The Cherokee Cloverettes Junior Team will demonstrate "Food for the Field" at 3 p.m. Diane Dunn and Linda Gould will represent the club.

The judges comments will be announced at 3:45 in regards to the senior demonstration. Placings will also be given at the same time. The announcement of the Iowa State Fair team and the team which will go to the Clay County Fair will be aired after the judges comment on the demonstration.

Junior Demonstration

Junior Demonstrations will begin at 9:30 Friday morning. Becky Johnson 4-H Girls' county president will preside.

The first demonstration will be given by Diane and Teresa Peck from the Aurelia Lassies. They will demonstrate "A Child's Best Friend."

At 10 a.m. Chipper Cherokees Janene Weiland and Kay Rutherford will demonstrate "Quick Trix With a Cookie Mix."

"Start the Day, the 4-H Way" will be the theme of the Cherokee Paposses. Carol Olson and Karen Koopman will represent the club.

Janet Griffin and Mary Florence of the Sunny Silver Sisters will present "Heavenly Heights" at 11 o'clock.

The last demonstration Friday will be given by Willow Wonders Myrna Peterson and Patty Lee Nelson. The girls will present a special activity demonstration.

The final junior demonstration will begin again at 9:30 Saturday morning.

"Summer Delight" will be the theme of the Pilot Pepper Uppers. Dorothy Sears and Geraldine Steward will represent the club.

At 10 a.m. Elaine Winterhof and Ann Rober will represent the Country Ramblers, "Dressing Up A Salad."

"Quick and Neat Nut Bread Treat" is the demonstration Patricia Henke and Ina Irwin will present for the Grand Meadow Larks at 10:30.

At 11 o'clock Cherokee Champions Holly Snapp and Cindy Gates will demonstrate "The Fourth Meat."

The Tilden Tillies will present "Tangy Tasty Muffins" For their demonstration at 11:30. Mary Sokolowski and Linda Ferrin represent the team.

The judges comments and placings will be announced at 1 p.m.

Mrs. Dewar pointed out that all of the demonstrations are beneficial to homemakers and everyone is urged to attend. Special exhibits will also be given during the program.

The 4-H girls will show methods of making ice cream, baking French bread, brown and serve rolls, preparing hamburger mix, cake and cookies mixes, snacks, breakfasts, muffins, sandwich fillings and an important exhibit of First Aid in the home.

25 years ago

Rick Hurd went to Washington D.C. to take a vacation from his grain storage woes. Instead he ended up discussing them in front of a congressional committee.

Hurd, manager of the Farmers Cooperative Elevator in Cleghorn, said his testifying was the result of a stop at 6th District Congressman Berkley Bedell's office while on vacation.

He told Bedell about grain storage problems in Iowa and the congressman asked him to talk at the hearing, which was held July 24. Bedell is head of the House Agriculture Committee's subcommittee on department operations, research and foreign agriculture, which held the hearing.

Hurd said he didn't see the situation quite as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials at the hearing saw it.

"They basically said they didn't think there was much of a problem," he said. "I said everybody's full in our neck of the woods...I got the feeling they were kind of going to snow everyone."

But Hurd, with a grain elevator sitting nearly full of government grain, was not impressed. He said he has had a shipping order with the Commodity Credit Corporation since March and has still been unable to move grain.

"There's a big problem," he said.

He said much of the grain in Cherokee Count elevators was sealed in exchange for $2.47 per bushel loans from the CCC last fall. Since corn prices are now only a little more than $1.80 most farmers have been willing to forfeit the grain to the government rather than pay back the loans.

As a result, most grain elevators are floating in a sea of government grain and they cannot ship it.

The best solutions offered by USDA officials at the hearing involved temporary storage and putting grain on the ground, Hurd said.

"If you were my banker and I said I was going to put a million bushels of grain on the street, what would you think? I'm responsible for that grain," he said.

And Hurd said he got the impression the government is dragging its feet when it comes to moving the grain, hoping farmers will eventually sell at the market price because they must move it somehow.

That could create prices this fall far below those now offered, he said.

Despite that, Hurd said at times he got the feeling that nobody in Washington or at the USDA really cared about the grain storage problem. He also said he doesn't know how much he accomplished by testifying, but he's glad he did it.

"It doesn't do any good if you don't try," he said.

COBRA, a federal law dealing with insurance benefits, could put a slight bite on Cherokee County.

COBRA is the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986, a federal law which allows for employees to continue group insurance benefits after they quit or are fired. It applies to employers who employ more than 20 employees on a typical business day.

Under the new law, a former employee can get coverage for up to two years after he quits or is fired. The new law also covers the former employee's beneficiaries. For example, if an employee dies, the spouse and dependent children can get coverage through the employer's package for up to three years after the death of the employee.

Under the new law, a former employee would pay total premium costs, instead of splitting the costs with the employer. This benefits the former employee because it continues insurance coverage between jobs, and at package premium rates, Cherokee County Auditor Beverly Anderson said.

Though the county is not paying a portion of the premium, COBRA still could cost some money.

The county, as well as other employers which are affected by COBRA, will have to pay the premium to the insurance company, and then collect it from the former employee or beneficiary.

Overseeing the insurance continuation program will make more work for the county, and could result in some administrative costs, Anderson said.

Also, because more people will be involved in the county's insurance package, it could increase usage. Increased usage could mean increased premiums, said board chairman Don Tietgen.

COBRA is a labor law that was tacked onto a tobacco bill passed by Congress. The county plans to notify all employees of the new law as required.

COBRA is not the only new insurance development the county is dealing with.

Because of a new state law, the county will have to offer chiropractic insurance in 1987 to employees under a collective bargaining agreement. This would apply to secondary road workers.

The county expects this to increase insurance premiums, but the amount of the increase is unknown.

In other business, the supervisors:

* Scheduled a culvert construction bid letting for Aug. 18 at 10:30 a.m. The letting will be for two culvert projects in Willow Township.

* Scheduled a bid letting on the sale of two lots of county-owned land for Aug. 18 at 9 a.m. The lots are on South Roosevelt Street in Cherokee. The county assumed ownership of the land because of delinquent taxes. The property has been put up for sale before, but no bids were received.

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