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Friday, January 6, 2012

Creamery - In the early days of Cherokee there were several creameries in town. Which creamery is pictured above is not completely known. It may be an early look at the Pioneer Creamery built in 1880 by H.C. Kellogg, located on the southwest corner of Fountain Street near Union Street.
100 years ago

In order to encourage the farmers of Cherokee County to grow better corn, the First National Bank of Cherokee, Iowa, has offered $10.00 in cash to be given to the exhibitor of the best ten ears sample of corn grown in this county at the ninth annual exposition and contest of the Iowa Corn Growers' exposition and contest of the Iowa Corn Growers' association.

This exposition will be held at Newton, Iowa, from Jan. 29 to Feb. 10. There will be thousands of dollars in premiums offered for the best samples of grain, including corn, wheat, oats, barley, clover and timothy.

Here is an opportunity for the farmers of Cherokee county to not only win some valuable premiums, but also to show what they can do in competition with samples of grain grown in neighboring counties of Iowa.

Complete premium list and full information may be had by addressing M.L. Bowman, Secretary, Waterloo, Iowa.

A disastrous wreck on the Illinois Central Sunday night at a point ten miles east of Waterloo brought death without warning to a well known citizen of this county, Phil J. Kennedy, of Washta. Mr. Kennedy was one of a number of farmers and stockmen who went with stock to Chicago leaving here Saturday night, the train being in three sections.

Mr. Kennedy was on the second section and when the train was at a point ten miles east of Waterloo the third section ran into his section, derailing the caboose in which he was riding which rolled down an embankment and burned.

Mr. Kennedy was killed instantly and several of the trainmen were very seriously injured and were taken to a Waterloo hospital for treatment. Particulars are hard to obtain but so far as we have been able to learn no one from this county are numbered among the injured.

The body of Mr. Kennedy will be brought back but whether the interment will be at Washta or in the family burial plot at Cleghorn, where his father and other relatives are buried, has not been decided, nor the time and place of the funeral been determined in time for announcement in this issue.

Mr. Kennedy was a man of fine physical proportions and with a strong mind to fit the fine form. He was a man who acted form conviction and there will be many to mourn his untimely end.

75 years ago

Ice on the wires was causing worry to both Iowa Public Service and Northwestern Bell Telephone companies Wednesday as a combination of storm elements apparently centered in the area between Cherokee and LeMars. County engineer reported that some snow had drifted on the trunk lines during the night but that it was not hampering traffic to any great extent.

Rain which froze on city streets and sidewalks made both walking and driving hazardous. Highway traffic was equally dangerous. Rain was followed in mid-morning by sleet and, before noon, by a light snow. Severe snowstorm in South Dakota Tuesday night was been reported.

Trouble Expected

Snow removal - Clearing snow the old way took team of men doing it by hand. This picture was taken in February of 1924, just west of the Pennington farm near the schoolyard. Pictured, left to right, Kaspar Gadmer, Harvey Jenness, John McCurry, Roy Arthur, Jesse Pennington, Clarence Pennington, John Jenness, Lawrence Bolin, Jack Hanlon, John Lint and Jake Feil.
Northwestern Bell employees said "no trouble reported but expected at any time." L. F. Johnson, Iowa Public Service district manager, told of considerable trouble to his company's lines between Cherokee and Plymouth county. Some was also reported south of here. Telephone lines running to the north, east and west were in the ice areas.

According to Johnson, interruptions are caused by the wind whipping the lines together. This causes the "breakers" on the wires to open, creating what are known as "bumps" or "flickers" in the current.

Morning temperature was 21 above as compared to Tuesday's extremes of 8 above and 6 below for high and low respectively.

A new style "Snogo" rotary snow plow that will battle any drift and toss it from 200 to 300 feet out into the field, has been acquired by the Cherokee, Sac and Buena Vista county districts and was in operation on the five mile stretch south of Cherokee Wednesday afternoon--its first job.

It is owned by the Iowa Highway commission.

The unit, mounted on a 5-ton truck, cost around $15,000 and will weigh from 10 to 12 tons. Its three immense screws will cut into drifts much easier than the old model rotary plow.

The truck has four-wheel drive and an exceptionally powerful motor.

The Snogo will not be used for ordinary snow removal, but will be pressed into service when drifts get too high for plows to widen traffic lanes.

50 years ago

A study was recently made to determine why some 800 firms had established new plants in certain southern states. The executives of the firms in question indicated that the five most important considerations involved in selecting these specific sites were: Convenience to markets, availability of labor, availability of sites and building, lower prevailing rates, availability of the necessary raw materials.

Local cooperativeness was rated 13th in importance in this list of reasons for selection of plant sites.

However, if the questions concerning these southern plant sites had involved friendliness instead of cooperation, it seems to us that it would then have been given a much higher rank. For there, in this simple term, is one of the most important factors in community attractiveness. The plant scout, the executive, the tourist, even the local resident would have to confess--at least to himself--that his personal reaction to a community depended heavily on this one characteristic.

No doubt these men would give other more material reasons for their opinions, but nonetheless, they might well depend on whether the few people encountered had shown a decent spirit of friendliness and neighborliness.

Thus a genuine spirit of friendliness can be a most important asset to any town or community. It can lessen conflicts within the community. It can enable people to work together to carry out the community's good works. And, perhaps more important, it gives strangers a much happier personal impression than any other single factor.

Moreover, it should be emphasized, that this picture of friendliness does not result merely from the proper behavior of those in official position, such as the mayor or the policemen.

It can and often does, result from impressions gained through contact with filling station attendants, store clerks, waitresses, mostly employees or just the plain man on the street.

Nor does this economic impact producing impression depend solely on how these people treat the "Big shots" who visit their community. For oftentimes the big industry comes to a community by a series of steps.

The first of which is the establishment of a local sales office. The second phase is generally the construction of a warehouse; and beyond that, as the business grows is the new plant. Each of these steps will, at least in some measure, depend on how the community has treated the firm's local representatives, ranging upward from salesmen and warehousemen to top-echelon executives.

From this viewpoint, then, plain old-fashioned Midwestern friendliness can become an important factor in community growth and prosperity. And, it goes almost without saying, that it in reality is the only decent way for us to treat our neighbors and our visitors.

25 years ago

New hospital program will give people a way to stay healthy

A new program at Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital is designed to keep people out of the hospital.

The Wellness program--a new service at the hospital--is designed to "make Cherokee a healthier community," said Donna Michel. She and Mary Lemley are the coordinators for the new program.

The idea of keeping well is a relatively new idea in healthcare. Most people think of hospitals as places to go when they are not healthy, Lemley said. Now more and more hospitals are becoming places to go to stay healthy.

"A heart transplant is a wonderful thing," said Lemley. "But it would have been better not to have had (a bad heart) in the first place."

The goal of the wellness program is to get people to live a healthier lifestyle, Michel explained.

That means if a person is at the proper body weight but has a lot of stress, he's not healthy, Michel said. And if a person is healthy in all the ways mentioned but doesn't buckle his seat belt, "they're defeating the whole purpose."

While not everybody may maintain a healthy lifestyle in all areas, "the more parts of it you achieve, the 'more well' you're going to be," Michel said.

The popularity of wellness programs in recent years is tied to a Center for Disease Control report that 52 percent of all premature deaths are due to lifestyles. That includes smoking, eating the wrong foods, not getting pap smears, stress, and a host of other activities, Michel said.

As a result, insurance companies have started giving reduced rates to companies that have a wellness program for their employees, Lemley said. Productivity often goes up and the number of days lost to sick days goes down, she added. The schools in the county have already implemented wellness programs through Sioux City hospitals and hospital employees will be involved in Sioux Valley's.

The Sioux Valley Hospital Wellness program began Monday with individual diet and nutrition counseling. The goal of the counseling is to teach people to eat well and lose or maintain the proper weight. The program works with the dietitian at the hospital.

Other areas the wellness program will get into are safety, physical fitness, weight control, stress reduction, incentives to stop smoking and preventive medicine. Each area will use the facilities and knowledge available at the hospital along with outside speakers and programs if there is the interest.

The first step in the wellness program is a 39-question health risk questionnaire that will tell coordinators what areas a person needs to work on. A physical examination by a personal physician is also encouraged but not required, Lemley and Michel said.

After the results are analyzed, the person receives an individual program and counseling on his or her specific needs.

Businesses can also set up wellness programs through Sioux Valley, Michel said.

One goal is to make people think about their health, Lemley said. Michel agreed.

"We want people to know that just because they work a shift at Wilson, that doesn't mean they're receiving proper exercise."

The wellness program is the next step in health care, Michel said.

"We have more quantity of life, people are living longer--now we want quality of life," she said.

"Wellness is not merely the absence of disease but a positive state of being which maximizes life as meaningful and harmonious as possible," she said, quoting Dr. Gary Morsch of Kansas City.

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