On Wednesday morning about 9 o'clock occurred a very exciting runaway when a delivery team came running down First street near the depot. Mrs. A. B. Knox was sitting in a cutter near the depot and when the delivery team passed her her horse started to go at a very rapid pace and all the bystanders thought that she would be thrown from the cutter and hurt, but she did not become excited and drop the lines as most women would have done but held on to them. She turned the corner at the Weast & Lysaght Lumber yard very quickly and did not upset. Some of the bystanders stated that Mrs. Knox was certainly to be praised for keeping her thoughts together and that she could certainly manage a horse the best of any woman they had ever seen. After Mrs. Knox's horse started to run the delivery team belonging to Harry Williams decided to get in the procession and started at a very rapid pace right back of Mrs. Knox. At first it was thought that the team might overtake her but it did not. No damage was done.
A Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul passenger train was wrecked three miles south of Storm Lake at noon today, and Fireman John Gannon, of Des Moines, will likely die as a result of scalding. Engineer Jack O'Brien was seriously hurt.
Three engines were pulling the first train through since last Friday from Rockwell City. They reached a deep cut when almost to Storm Lake and had worked there for some time, when the first and second engines left the track, entirely wrecking the first engine and turning the second one over.
Gannon was caught where escaping stream scalded him and he cannot live. O'Brien has a severe scalp wound. None of the passengers were hurt and none of the coaches derailed.
A special took the wounded men to Des Moines. The wrecked train was in charge of Conductor Arthur Gifford.
On Friday morning about 9 o'clock the fire alarm was turned in. The fire was announced to be at the J. W. Bunn residence, on Spruce street. A flame came out of the hot air pipe, causing the family to become alarmed and on account of living so far out they thought they had better not wait until the fire would get a good start. When the fire team and firemen reached the residence the cause of the alarm was known and so all they could do was to turn around and go back. There was no damage done.
Ice crusted firemen battled a stubborn blaze in zero weather at the Salsbery Studio in South Second street late Friday night but brought it under control before 1:00 a.m. Entire contents of the frame structure, owned by the J. C. Wilson estate, was destroyed. Actual loss to the building itself is estimated at around $1,200. Mrs. C. W. Salsbery, who has been operating the studio business, said any photographic equipment not damaged by fire was made useless by smoke and water. Nothing was saved.
Firemen were called at 10:10 p.m. There was a high cold northwest wind to add to hazards of the situation, but the blaze was confined mostly to the rear end of the building and within the walls. A small hollow tile structure at the rear of the studio proper, used as a dark room and for other photographic procedure, also figures in the loss.
The studio is located within a foot or two of the Northwestern Bell Telephone company building. Water was played on the walls to prevent spread of the flames, although the telephone building is of fireproof construction. Hundreds of citizens gathered and braved the elements to watch the fire fighters at work. Firemen Wm. Huber was placed on night duty to watch for new outbreaks but none occurred. The roof was still smoking and steaming, however, at 10 a.m. Saturday.
The J. C. Wilson estate is composed of Mrs. Besse Webber and Mrs. Wm. Hornibrook, both of Cherokee, and Clinton, Wilson of Minneapolis. Mrs. Salsbery's loss was "practically covered" by insurance. Most valuable of all equipment, perhaps is the "morgue" of old films and plates; expensive lenses, cameras, and high school reflector lights.
The studio has been operated by Mrs. Salsbery, assisted by Mrs. Buth Stievers and O. B. Schlotterbeck. It was built many years ago and is one of the few remaining frame structure in the business district. Mrs. Salsbery had made no statement of her plans for the future.
Donald Hughes, 16, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Hughes of Cherokee, received the Eagle Scout award, highest Scout honor, in a candlelight union service Sunday evening at the Presbyterian church, when local Scouts held a court of honor.
Donald recently passed the 21 merit tests required to receive this insignia, besides 12 others not required.
Archie Nelson, chairman of the court of honor here, presided and Fred Woolworth of Sioux City, area Scout executive spoke on the things that the Boy Scout, movement is doing for the underprivileged boys of the nation. He pointed out that there are but nine years from the time a boy is eligible to become a Scout until he was a voter, and emphasized the citizenship training the boy gets during that period.
Others who participated in the program were Clarence G. Turner, district chairman; Richard Glendening, finance chairman and Rev. R. Stanley Brown, pastor of the Presbyterian church.
Donald Hankens, deputy commissioner, conferred the Eagle Scout insignia and rank in the absence of Judge R. C. Rodman.
Seven other Scouts were given tenderfoot and second class badges following the ceremony. Rev. J. A. Farnham opened the meeting with a prayer and Rev. W. O. Dailey closed it with a benediction.
Second class awards were given to Donald Duven and Frank Druyor and tenderfoot pins were awarded to Dick Glendening, Eugene Turner, Forrest Jensen, Donald Headley and Gerald Lawrence.
The Sutherland Community Fund will pay out $2,513 to nine agencies in meeting obligations for 1962.
The money is allocated from the budget set up for the drive last fall.
The money, is being forwarded to the nine agencies and in addition to the campaign money $15 has been given as a memorial to the Cancer Fund by the Hans Dau family.
Money going to the nine charities has been divided as follows: Cancer $515, Red Cross $300 which goes to the county chairman at Primghar; Prairie Gold Area Boy Scouts $385; Heart Association $250; Polio $300, Salvation Army $246 with $196.80 to head quarters and $49.20 for the local treasury; Camp Fire Girls $175, Retarded Children $150 and Arthritis Rheumatism Foundation $191.
Residents of Sutherland and Waterman and Grant Townships are reminded that no fund drives from agencies beginning their 1962 campaigns will be held in these areas.
An Estherville couple was admitted to Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital Friday afternoon after their car went out of control and struck a power pole a half mile south of the O'Brien County line on Highway 59.
Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Kline were taken to the hospital.
Mrs. Kline escaped injury but was admitted for observation. Edwin Kline, 54, suffered cuts and bruises. X-rays have been taken.
According to reports, the car was traveling north. After hitting a patch of snow Kline lost control of the vehicle. It skidded into the ditch overturning and struck an Iowa Public Service Company power pole, breaking it off.
The car was declared a total loss.
IPS officials replaced the pole after a short interruption to local farmers.
Shoplifting incidents involving Meriden-Cleghorn students have resulted in controversy over the district's extra-curricular conduct code.
The shoplifting incidents and the code were discussed Monday by the Meriden-Cleghorn School Board and several parents.
The shoplifting incidents are under investigation by the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department. Sheriff Bud Stroud said the county has not filed any charges yet, but might after the situation is discussed with a juvenile probation officer.
Four M-C high school students were charged last month with fifth-degree theft (shoplifting) in cities outside of Cherokee County.
LeMars Police charged two 16-year-old Cleghorn males and one 16-year-old Meriden male with fifth degree theft on Jan. 28. The three were charged in connection with a shoplifting incident at a LeMars Alco store.
Storm Lake Police charged a 17-year-old Meriden male on Jan. 23 with a fifth degree theft. That charge was in connection with a shoplifting incident at a Storm Lake convenience store.
Stroud said the four males are part of an on-going investigation by Cherokee County. The investigation involves shoplifting incidents in Cherokee, Buena Vista, O'Brien and Plymouth counties.
According to information from the sheriff's department, the juveniles were shoplifting items and giving them to school friends. Many items have been confiscated by the sheriff's department. The items include jeans, shorts, tapes, compact discs, radios and tennis shoes.
M-C High School Principal Jay Pedersen said several M-C students have already been disciplined for the shoplifting incidents or for having stolen merchandise in their possession. Both situations are considered misconduct under the district's extra-curricular code.
Pedersen said 10 high school students have been suspended from extra-curricular activities for 15 days, while two others have been suspended for 45 days.
Parents and several school board members asked why some students were punished by the school and others were not. They also were concerned that only students in extra-curricular activities were punished.
Board member Lance Shafer asked Pedersen how he determined which students he should talk to about the shoplifting incidents. Pedersen said he first talked to students he had heard were involved, and later talked to students which parents told him were involved. Pedersen said he asked the students two questions: "Were you involved in the possession of any stolen articles?" and "Who else is involved?" Pedersen said no pressure was put on the students to answer the questions.
Shirley Staver, an M-C parent, asked if the sheriff's department had provided a list of students that were thought to be involved in the situation. Pedersen said he asked for a list but was not given one. Board president Jim Wilcox suggested that a list be obtained so all students involved could be appropriately punished.
Staver and another woman at the meeting alleged that several students that were in possession of stolen items were not punished. They suggested that only the students who confessed to some type of involvement in the situation were punished, and those who lied went unpunished.
They said the district should have done a more thorough investigation into the matter, and then punished all the students at the same time.
Shafer said that some students who had stolen goods in their possession thought they were merely gifts, and that many returned them after receiving them or after finding out they had been stolen.
Pedersen said he is still looking into the matter, and is still questioning students--some several times.
Stroud said the shoplifting has probably been going on since last fall. Bruce Eckenrod, high school teacher and coach, said no teachers were aware of what was happening until the students were charged last month.
Anderson said the situation has been a shock to the district.
"I think we've got one of the best student bodies in northwest Iowa. I never thought anything like this would happen," he said.
A student at the meeting, who was not one of those disciplined, suggested that community service replace suspension. This would discipline all students, not just those in extra-curricular activities.
Superintendent Leland Anderson and Pedersen suggested a committee be established to study the district's conduct code.
In other action, the board agreed to combine football programs with Cherokee next fall, took the first look at a preliminary budget and approved a new contract for teachers.