Fred Lawrey was shot through his left arm on Wednesday Night
and has refuses to tell who shot him or why.
Who shot Fred Lawrey? Why was he shot? Were questions frequently fired at the Times reporter on Thursday. The reporter might have given various versions more or less sensational but they would have been merely hearsay and not reliable.
The one chiefly interested, Fred himself, refuses to give any information regarding the affair. He first made his condition known to a railroad man in the yards and was taken to the McCoy restaurant and Dr. P. B. Cleaves called who caused him to be taken to the office where an examination showed that Fred had been shot in the left arm.
The bullet was probed for and extracted and the wounded man later taken to the home of his brother-in-law, Art Stevens, where he is resting comfortably, and a speedy recovery is expected. The shooting is shrouded in mystery. It occurred about 8:30 o'clock and who did the shooting and the cause as yet has not been made clear, though many stories are afloat. No arrests have been made and there probably will be none unless Fred later determines to prosecute.
Friday Fred made a partial statement of the affair as follows: That he was walking towards town on the sidewalk just opposite the Unger livery barn when a man passed him, and just as he passed Fred turned partially round and saw the man pointing a gun at him and he started to run when the man fired wounding him as above described.
Mrs. M.E.A. Young met with a serious accident Wednesday morning, breaking a lower limb. She arose at her usual hour at about 5:30 a.m. and started down stairs and when part way down her left knee, which was weak, gave way and she fell to the bottom breaking the right limb near the thigh.
She was alone at the time but pluckily dragged herself into an adjoining room to the telephone where she summoned aid and then unfastened the outside and storm door when she became so exhausted that she remained on the floor until aid arrived. Drs. Hornibrook were called and the fractured bone was set and the patient made as comfortable as possible. Endued with strong courage and a vigorous constitution it is hoped that Mrs. Young may recover speedily. Her sister-in-law, Mrs. Berry, of St. Paul, Minn., was summoned and arrived Thursday.
Only the day before this accident Mrs. Young received the news of the death of her brother-in-law, True Young, who for many years made his home in this city, residing with Mrs. Young. Death came to him at the ripe age of 92 years and came suddenly and painlessly. He had eaten a hearty dinner and after dinner had gone after some wood. On returning with the wood it was noticed he was not looking well and his daughter asked him if he was not feeling well and he replied no and passed away in a few moments.
The beaver used to be king of the fur-bearing animals in Iowa. Now he is an ex-king, protected by rigid game laws and left to himself, but like an ex-king he is wary. Max Gano of Washta, recently found one of the animals dead on the ice of the Little Sioux river, about two miles below town. Beavers have burrowed into the river banks there and established homes but not a beaver is in sight. You can't find the worker but you can find his work. Trees have been cut down and stumps bear the marks of beaver teeth. Last week a 40-foot cottonwood tree was felled. Several dams have been started but none completed as yet.
Is Good Engineer
The beaver is a good engineer. He makes his head save his heels. His chief food is the bark of trees but he is not built to carry wood on dry land. It is easier for him to swim with it. So when he has cut down all the trees at the water's edge he builds a dam to raises the river level and brings more trees within his reach. He cuts the green wood into short lengths, about the size of fire-wood, then floats the wood to the mouth of his lodge or burrow, and stores it inside for winter food. The door of his home is concealed.
A "real Canadian honker" (later called a "decoy"), which Sutherland residents viewed curiously from December 13 to 25 at the home of Miss Cora and Adolph Ewaldt there, is only one of four tame geese owned by Del Perrin, Cherokee, according to the story told Wednesday by C. E. Menter.
One of the females disappeared December 11 after the quartet had become separated when chased by a dog. According to geese raisers, the birds, when not in molting season, take flight when separated from their tame companions.
Twenty miles away, later that week, Ewaldt heard a familiar "honking" in a lot south of his house and drove the tired goose in with the chickens. Ewaldt believed the bird had become lost from its flock when headed southward. Later, when he saw its clipped wings, he believed the bird was a decoy and planned to turn it over to the state game warden.
Leaves Chicken Flock
Copy of a Sutherland paper with a story of the "Canadian goose" and "decoy" reached Dana Perrin, father of Del. He turned the weekly over to his son with the 'query,' "Do you suppose it could be yours?"
Accordingly, Perrin and Menter loaded the other three geese in a car Christmas day and drove to Sutherland. The trio, placed a short distance from the chicken pen in which the captive was kept, began "honking." The "Canadian goose" and "decoy" immediately waddled through the flock to join its former mates.
Dale R. Goldie, one of the Midwest' veteran theater men and a showman before the advent of the talking picture, today told The Daily Times he will sell the American Theater Jan. 7.
Few would have thought that after 36 years of operation the Goldies would ever sell the American.
But Goldie and his wife decided that the well-known theater on East Main Street will join the Chief Corporation of the Pioneer chain owned by Harold Field.
The Pioneer chain owned by Fied also owns the Arrow Theater here.
The American is known for its huge, Indian murals in keeping with the city name of Cherokee
Goldie is mayor-elect of Cherokee and chief of the city's Fire Department.
He began at 9 years of age by selling popcorn with Mark Brunson at the old Grand Theater in 1907 (were the Arrow now located). Brunson was the son of the manager at the Grand then.
Goldie became head usher at that same theater in 1909.
He's been going strong for the movies ever since.
Goldie said Pioneer officials assured him the "American will be on of the finer theater houses and have the pick of all the productions."
"of this I am very glad. Spliting a diminishing supply of product (film) has been hard on both houses at one time or another," he added.
Goldie declared, "If the American must fall into other hands than mine. I am glad it falls to the capable hand of Harold Field."
The veteran theater owner said his wife really did not want to sell the business. "On January 6 she will have sold tickets 12,999 nights.
But this was not enough. Even on the night she fell downstairs and smashed her teeth and toes, she showed up to sell tickets."
Goldie said "He hates to leave the business, too. "In the old days his mother put on stage shows with home talent. As a boy and young man he was in many of those productions.
Since high school days, give or take a few lapses, he had been in the theater show business. First it was the old Murat on East Main and then the American.
His wife spent almost all her childhood in show business. It was recalled that Mrs. Goldie's father had shown the first motion picture in Cherokee as a specialty number between acts of his road show.
Of the American, Goldie said: "They would not have found a house whose decor fits in better with the chain (Pioneer).
He added: "Mr. Field has been my competition for 20 years and I will say he has been good, clean competition. I, myself, have tried to be, even when my competition consisted of smaller theaters it was always a live-and-let-live policy for me.... That all the theaters which have been in this town for the past 36 years have gotten along so well together is a very unusual thing."
"When you meet the Pioneer managers and I have met a good many of them, you are struck with on thing.... their quick almost fanatical loyalty to their employer... and from this you begin to learn the caliber and caracter of the man.
Cherokee County will pay more for liability insurance next year, but receive less coverage.
The Cherokee County Supervisors discussed several insurance policies Monday with Chuck McClintock, agent with Miller-Mac Insurance, and Ron Kitchell, with W.W. Kitchell Inc., professional risk management consultants.
The county's 1987 umbrella liability policy will cost $18,000 for $1 million coverage.
This year, the county paid $16,750 for $3 million coverage.
However, the 1987 premium for $3 million coverage skyrocketed to $42,000, causing the supervisors to decrease the amount of liability coverage.
McClintock said many insurance companies are not offering this type of coverage because of excessive losses.
This is the second year in a row the county has lowered the amount of liability coverage.
"We had $5 million last year and dropped to $3 million because of the cost, and now we dropped it to $1 million because of it," said board chairman Don Tietgen.
Tietgen and McClintock said that despite the changes in coverage, next year's county insurance package should be in line with this year's costs.
"Outside of the horrendous increase in liability, this is very much in line," McClintock said.
Kitchell said that even though liability coverage has been lowered, the county's insurance package is still in good shape.
"You don't have any less coverage than any other county to my knowledge," Kitchell told the supervisors.
In light of the increasing insurance premiums, the supervisors have discussed taking steps toward self-insurance. Many counties are already developing self-insurance programs because they eliminate some costly policies or decrease premium costs.
Tietgen said he expects the county will eventually be involved in a self-insurance program. Under self-insurance, the county would carry a low-cost policy to cover only the more catastrophic claims. The money saved in premiums would be kept in a separate fund to pay the smaller claims.
Kitchell said supervisors should establish an annually funded reserve account before stepping into self-insurance. Kitchell plans to send the supervisors more information on the matter.
The supervisors also made a slight change in the county's errors and omissions coverage. Errors and omissions covers unforeseen costs that may result from procedural mistakes made by county officials.
The county will pay $5,077 for errors and omissions coverage in 1987, compared to this year's premium of $6,918.
The lower premium is accompanied by lower coverage. This year the county's errors and omissions policy was for $1 million per claim and $1 million aggregate. This means the insurance company would pay up to $1 million for an individual claim, and up to $1 million over the entire year.
Next year, the policy will be for $250,000 per claim and $1 million aggregate.
McClintock said the market for errors and omissions coverage has "dried up." McClintock said he believes companies are not offering the coverage because of the increased incidents of bank closings. Bank officials, including board of directors members, are often covered by errors and omissions insurance. The officials can be sued by federal bodies, like the Federal deposit Insurance Corporation, when a bank closes.
The supervisors also approved a $494 policy covering boiler explosion. Public facilities are required to have coverage for boilers.
The policy cost $494 this year. However, the 1986 boiler policy premium increased about 50 percent over 1985's, McClintock said.
The supervisors delayed approval of an accidental death and dismemberment policy for Law Enforcement Center employees. The policy would cost $120.
Kitchell recommended the supervisors approve the policy only if it would be in addition to workmen's compensation. Kitchell and McClintock checked into the policy after the meeting and found out it would be an addition.
In other business, the supervisors received three 1987-88 budget requests.
Sue Owens, director of Homemaker Health Services, requested $250,000 the same amount the agency received this fiscal year.
Owens said the agency has more clients, but they are not requiring as much services.
"A lot of people are not requiring as much services. They're getting by on a little. We have new clients, but we're not going to have a lot of people who need a lot of hours of service."
Homemaker Health offers several services for people who, because of illness or injury, are homebound. The services include personal care, such as help with bathing and prescribed exercise and therapy, and home management, such as meal preparation, grocery shopping and housekeeping.
Dick Sievers, executive director of Mid-Sioux Opportunities, Inc., requested $5,500 from the supervisors. This is the same amount the agency received this year.
Sievers said the agency's costs are down slightly, and, because of the current economic situation, he did not feel it was appropriate to ask for an increase in funding.
Mid-Sioux serves Cherokee, Sioux, Ida, Plymouth and Lyon counties. The agency received funding from those counties and their cities. Programs offered by the agency include food and clothes pantries and health and weatherization programs.
Jean Sturdevant, executive director of Siouxland Alcoholism, requested $4,778 from Cherokee County to maintain a local office. The agency received about the same amount this fiscal year.