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Friday, October 14, 2011

Ice Man - When you needed ice back in the old days, chances were that you called up Billy Koehler, who is pictured in front of his ice wagon.
100 years ago

A petition is being circulated this week directed to Congressman Hubbard asking that he use his influence to secure an appropriation for the purchase of a site for a postoffice and the erection thereon of a suitable building. Attention is called to the growth of Cherokee and that it is now the second city in population in the Eleventh district; that there is every prospect of a healthy future growth and that even if speedy action is taken additional facilities will be badly needed before a building can be erected.

The petition is being generally signed by the patrons of the office and it is believed that the congressman will be successful in obtaining an appropriation as the requirements of the office will soon demand larger and permanent quarters.

A sad accident occurred at the Wm. Hemple farm in Rock Tuesday before noon which resulted in the death of Willie Hemple, 19 years old. While Willie was raking hay and about 11 a.m. the team, frightened probably by the tongue breaking, and ran away. The broken tongue digging into the ground shows that the team ran about 30 rods. The accident was witnessed only by a 4-year-old brother who ran to the house and told his mother who, on going to the field, found Willie with the lines tightly drawn around his neck and unconscious. She ran to the phone and summoned a physician and her husband who was in Quimby and near neighbors who quickly gathered at the scene and carried the unconscious boy to the house but death ensued before the physician arrived.

The little tot is too young to give a lucid account of the accident but the surroundings indicate that the tongue broke and fell to the ground frightening the horses which started to run. Probably Willie had the lines over his shoulders and these became wound around his neck. There was a bad bruise over his temple and the neck was lacerated by the lines and other bruises on the face show that he had been dragged a considerable distance. He was found near a fence and it is thought that death was caused by his head striking against a post of this. A wheel of the rake caught against the adjoining post and this stopped the team. Coroner Pelton was notified and with Constable Smyth and County Attorney McCulla visited the scene of the accident and jury was empanelled which returned a verdict in accordance with the above facts. Willie was a young man of exemplary habits and the neighbors speak in highest praise of his sterling qualities and his death comes with crushing force to the parents.

The funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock this afternoon from the family residence and interment will be made in Roc cemetery.

75 years ago

Dr. Alfred Bullock, Quimby, is in a Sioux City hospital suffering with a fractured skull but the manner in which he received the injury is a mystery. He is in a semi-conscious condition and unable to speak.

The Quimby physician took charge of Bullock hospital in Cushing for his father Tuesday morning when the latter and another son, Dr. Grant Bullock, Washta, and their wives went to St. Paul to attend a medical clinic.

Dr. Bullock completed his rounds at 10 o'clock Tuesday morning and half an hour later the Cushing telephone exchange received an emergency call from his office. Julius Prochs, who investigated found the Quimby man unconscious on the floor, the blood streaming from a severe cut on his head. There also was a trail of blood from the basement, up the steps, through the drug room and into the office. Zella Smith, a nurse who works in the telephone office, was summoned, there being no other doctor in the town.

A Sioux City hospital was called and Dr. Bullock was taken there for treatment. His father and brother returned from St. Paul late Tuesday night.

Whether the injury was accidental, or inflicted by an unknown person concealed in the building is not known. Telephone office employees are equally uncertain about who called in the emergency message. They believe it may have been either Dr. Bullock before he collapsed or someone else.

Rep. Guy Gillette of Cherokee, democratic candidate for the United States senate, in a radio address delivered Tuesday night declared that "there is a greater menace to democracy than unwarranted governmental interference with business, and that is business interference and domination of government."

At the same time, Gillette asserted that he wanted governmental interference with business kept at the lowest possible minimum.

Lauds President

The democratic senatorial nominee lauded the courageous action of President Roosevelt in restoring confidence in the American people and praised especially the enactment of legislation setting up the federal housing administration, the farm credit administration, the public works administration, the home owners loan corporation, and the reconstruction finance corporation which provided credit to farmers, home owners, railroads, financial and industrial institutions.

"Notwithstanding careless statements, loosely made, the credit agencies established by the federal government in 1933, will ultimately cost the taxpayer very little. The RFC has already collected more than $350,000,000,000 of its loans. All of these credit agencies have been run on as sound principles as govern private institutions of similar magnitude and power and I have yet to hear a challenge of this statement made by any responsible person anywhere," Gillette said.

Furnished Employment

"This credit furnished and continued employment for millions of men and women and has saved not only the homes, the farms and industrial plants, but also saved the morale and self-respect of our citizens.

50 years ago

The Cherokee County Chapter of the American Red Cross Thursday set the quota for a March fund drive at $6,595.

The disclosure was made during the annual meeting.

Various committees made reports and the nominating committee named board members for three-year terms. Board members are: Tom Boothby, Jr., Esther Boothby, Mrs. Richard Hamnquist, Faye Mangold, Mrs. E. A. Peterson, Gordon Steele, Faye Yaggy.

Committee chairmen appointed for 1961-62 are: Ben Adams, budget; Walter Brenner, Emily Curtis, publicity; Virginia Herrick, service groups; Frances Morris and Leslie Williams, junior red cross; Mary Lou McCollister and Ona Broderick, home service; A. I. McClintock, water safety; Gwen Corken, first aid; Jack Sandvig, disaster; Faye Mangold, home nursing.

The state conference will be held at Ames November 9.

The Iowa Drivers Education Association, in cooperation with the State Department of Public Instruction and Safety Education division of the Iowa Department of Public Safety, will hold a regional conference at Quimby.

The regional conference for Northwest Iowa, to be held November 2, is one of four which will be held in the state. It is designated for school administrators, Board of Education members and driver education teachers.

Harold A. Carlton, educational consultant of the American Automobile Association of Washington, D.C., will speak to the group on "What Price Driver's Education?"

Prior to Carlton's speech at 9:30 there will be a registration and coffee period at 9 a.m.

The speaker will be followed by a panel discussion on the administration and supervision of driver's education which will be moderated by Ivan L. Eland, director of safety education, Sate College of Iowa.

Following a noon luncheon and talk by Major Howard E. Miller, chief examiner, Iowa Department of Public Safety, Carlton will begin the afternoon activities with a speech on "Evaluating the Driver Education Program."

A second panel discussion on "Need for Public Support" will also be part of the afternoon program. The session will conclude with an audience discussion.

The Cherokee Saddle Club held a fun and field day last Sunday. Although due to cool weather several races though a small group attended were held, officials reported.

Winners in the various races were:

Apple race: Mike, Bobby and Doug Corrington placed first, second and third respectively.

Run, Ride and Lead: 1. Mike Corrington, Cherokee; Jane Duncan, Alta; Chris Ludwig, Cherokee.

Pole Bending: 1. Mike Corrington, Chris Ludwig; Marlene Frerik, Hawarden.

Musical tire: 1. Marlene Frerik, Hawarden; 2. Lorne Schlenger, Marcus, 3. Bobby Corrington.

Water Cub race: 1. Lorne Schlenger, Mike Corrington; 3. Dale Cave, Aurelia.

Sack race: 1. Mike Corrington. 2. Chris Ludwig. 3. Dale Cave.

Relay race: 1. Mr. Frerik-Marlene Frerik, 2. Mike Corrington, Bert DeRolse, Archer; 3. Jane Duncan, Alta-Barbara Potts, Storm Lake

Egg and Spoon race: 1. Chris Ludwig 2. Marlene Frerick, 3. Loren Schlenger.

Cloverleaf race: 1. Time Schlenger, Marcus; 2. Marlene Frerik, 3. Mike Corrington.

Rope Race: 1. Mike Corrington, 2. Tim Schlenger, 3. Chris Ludwig.

Balloon race Kay Bleakly, Cherokee and Bruce Rainboth, Aurelia tied for first and Gary Ludwig Cherokee was third.

25 years ago

Cherokee County has received its last Federal Revenue Sharing entitlement.

The end of FRS, which resulted from federal budget cuts, will have several ramifications for Cherokee County. These ramifications were discussed Monday between the Cherokee County supervisors and County Auditor Beverly Anderson.

This fiscal year, the county allocated $373,923 to several county agencies, departments and organizations. These groups will still receive the FRS allocations, which were approved at a public hearing in February.

However, in light of the continually tightening county budget and protests against property taxes increases, funding for these groups in the future is questionable.

"Next year, these services will either not be funded, or funding will have to be provided through taxations," Anderson said.

The groups receiving FRS money this fiscal year include the Cherokee County Fair, the Marcus Fair, computer services, Mid-Sioux Opportunity Inc., secondary roads, senior citizens, Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital ambulance service and the Cherokee Industrial Corporation. Some of these groups receive county funding from FRS only.

FRS money comes from the federal government, and it used to ease property taxation. If tax money had been used this year, instead of the $373,923 in FRS money, property taxes could have been about 10 percent higher, Anderson said.

In July, 1985, the county received $49,907 in FRS. In January, the county received $53,153, a 6.48 percent increase.

The same amount was received in April. However, since then, the entitlements have decreased: $46,000 in July, and $33,778 this month. This month's entitlement was the last the county will receive.

While the county has made use of FRS money, there has been a reserve building. Anderson said barring any budget amendments, she would estimate the reserve would total about $250,000, including accumulated interest.

Anderson has suggested two options for the reserve.

"I would caution the supervisors to take a look at the balances, and put the money aside for a year so it could be used for priority items I the future," she said.

The second suggestion was using the money for self-insurance, to avoid the cost of increasing insurance premiums. However, before this option can be considered, the county will have to look into the legality of using FRS for this purpose, Anderson said.

In other business, the board approved plans for the rural numbering system.

The plan calls for one-sided signs on 6 foot posts. The signs will carry numbers and letters which will indicate the location of rural properties in Cherokee County. The numbering system will be used by fire departments, law enforcement officials and ambulance drivers in location rural properties.

The signs will cost about $7.21 each. The sign plates and letters will be purchased from Iowa Prison Industries, and the posts from Caswell Manufacturing in Cherokee. Conley Painting, Cherokee, will prime and paint the signs and posts. The signs will be assembled by the Cherokee County Work Activity Center.

Installation of the signs will probably be done by volunteer organizations in the county, and supervised by local fire departments.

The board also canvassed election results from last week's city council election. There were no changes in the results previously reported.

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