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Friday, April 6, 2012

'Prairie Pioneer' - This is a photo of the painting "Prairie Pioneer," which currently hangs in the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors room at the Cherokee County Courthouse. The subject of the painting is John F. Potter, benefactor and first pioneer, and the arrival of a wagon train in old Cherokee. Some interesting points of the painting includes Indian Mound, Military Road, the block house and stockade,the Twiford house,the Phipps house and barn and the Twiford dam and flume, wagons, and original prairie vegetation. Photo by Mike Leckband
100 years ago

Holstein To Build A Round House

Local Freights Will Lay Over There

Good Improvements

Commencing with last Monday the Northwestern inaugurated a new local freight schedule on this branch, making Holstein a local freight division.

Under the new schedule the local freights from both east and west still arrive here in the afternoon and will lay over until the next morning, leaving here for the west at 5:30 and for the east at 5:45.

Officials of the company were here the past week conferring with the council in regard to procuring water from their town plant, and this having been arranged satisfactorily a round house will be built here in the near future to house the engines.

This new arrangement has been talked of for years, as the freight division from Carroll to Sioux City is too long for one continuous run for one crew and as Holstein is practically the midway point the division of the runs was made for this place. Two freight crews as well as the round house men will remain here over night and the new schedule will cause many traveling men to come to Holstein for the night and get out on the early trains east and west.

Easter Exercises in Cherokee Churches

Easter services were celebrated in all the different churches yesterday with sermons appropriate to the Sabbath and by special music adapted to the resurrection.

The Knight Templars worshipped at the Methodist church and heard a fine sermon by the pastor, Rev. C. E. Chapler.

Rev. J. W. Bean preached to a good-sized congregation at the Presbyterian church which enjoyed the sermon by their pastor.

At the Baptist church there were good musical numbers and an original poem, "The Resurrection," by the pastor, Rev. Connors.

Rev. Huntley spoke words of cheer to his congregation at the Christian church.

The Congregational church had a very fine musical service which was greatly enjoyed by a large congregation. The choir of this church had been at work for some time to give to the people beautiful anthems.

The solos were especially good and a tribute is due Mrs. Will Johnson, leader of the choir for her faithful services rendered for this occasion. In the evening in this church the Sunday school had a very enjoyable program. To Miss Hattie Sage and Miss Elizabeth Howard is due the credit for thrilling the little folks in their song and recitations for this program. The evening was in charge of the superintendent, J. Ashley Noll.

At the Immaculate Conception church there were large audiences, two masses being celebrated, early mass at 8 and late mass at 10 o'clock. The choir, which is composed of the younger members, rendered many beautiful selections and a fine Easter sermon was given by Rev. Father Desmond.

75 years ago

Mural Unveiling Rites Completed Thursday Night

Public Views Picture In Masonic Temple

Ceremonies in connection with dedication of the mural painting "Prairie Pioneer," placed in the parlor of the Masonic temple as a memorial to John Potter, through whose beneficences erection of the temple was made possible, were concluded Thursday, April 1, with a public showing of the pictures. This followed an afternoon showing for members of the Art and Columbian club.

W. P. Seippel, master of Speculative lodge, presided as chairman of the evening meeting, which was attended by many, some of whom viewed the picture for the first time while others had returned for a second opportunity.

Dr. Cleaves Speaks

Dr. P. B. Cleaves, speaking of "The White Man," traced the coming of the whites into the middle-west and their first appearance in Cherokee county in the person of fur traders and explorers. French maps, he said, prepared hundreds of years ago and long before any settlements had penetrated this region, charted with accuracy the Little Sioux river from its source at Spirit Lake to its confluence with the Missouri. Early fur traders used the Little Sioux as part of their transportation route for cargoes of furs which were sent to the Gulf of Mexico and thence by ship to Europe.

N. L. Stiles sketches interestingly the early history of the county, which was the crossroad for Indian travel in the early period and which still abounds in sources of historical tracings and records.

Musical Features

Musical features included numbers by the double male quartet with Mrs. G. E. Wilson as director, and a group of vocal solos by Mrs. Forrest Barnes with Mrs. M. J. Gilleas as accompanist.

As the previous showing guests were presented with copies of an attractive booklet, "Prairie Pioneer," issued by Speculative lodge, presenting a reproduction of the painting, a portrait of the artist, Mrs. Helen Johnson Hinrichsen of Davenport, and several pages of interesting historical matter relating to the early settlement of the county.

About 150 women, members of Federated clubs of the city, attended the tea given by Art Club, Thursday, April 1, in the ballroom of the Masonic temple for viewing of the newly unveiled mural, "Prairie Pioneer." Tone circle, Columbian club and Garden club members were the guests.

A musical program was presented and Dr. R. H. Cleaves and Nestor Stiles told about the picture.

Miss Frances Johnson played a violin selection, accompanied at the piano by her mother, Mrs. C. H. Johnson. Mrs. W. H. Horn and Darrell Olson sang a duet, with piano accompaniment by Mrs. Alice Duell. Cherokee high school's violin quartet, composed of Marjorie Spoor, Frances Johnson, Patricia Kent and Grace Johns, and the accompanist, Virginia Kent, played two numbers. Mrs. Forrest Barnes sang a group of songs composed in the early 1800's.

Dr. Cleaves' remarks on the Cherokee pioneer history led up to Mr. Stiles' talk on the origination of the idea of the mural, and the efforts of the artist and of the mural committee to get authentic facts on the setting of the picture, the wild flowers and grasses so that it might be of value to future generations as a record of the times it depicted.

Snapdragons and candles in pastel hues, decorated the tea table where Mrs. W. Sanford and Mrs. D. F. Bixby presided.

Mrs. Don Hankens, chairman of the tea committee, was assisted by Miss Mildred Onstine, Mrs. D. F. Bixby and Mrs. Robert Dahms.

50 years ago

Hospital Day

"Hospital Day" proved a solid success.

The Sioux Valley Memorial drive needs more like it.

Hospital workers did a grand job Thursday by keeping up a steady stream into the Campaign office with pledges which they picked up from prospects.

Even the rural workers, who have just received their prospect cards, reported with several thousand dollars.

A total of $275,809 now has been reported to date in the drive.

Eight hundred and sixty-one pledges and gifts have been received to date. Dr. C. H. Johnson estimates that this number of donors will double in number during the next two weeks.

Although Campaign Director H. W. Haun will be leaving Cherokee on Friday night, the Campaign office at 200 West Main Street will be open for the next two weeks.

Mrs. Arthur Nelson, who has been working in the Campaign office, will be in charge there during that period.

All workers are urged to bring their remaining cards into the office as soon as possible.

Post Campaign Committees

The campaign director met with 15 or the campaign leaders on Wednesday noon at which time he briefed these important committees as to what they should do during the three-year pledge period.

These committees, by properly functioning according to the pattern left with them, can keep the loss on pledges down to a minimum and could show an increase of as much at $100,000 during the pledge period.

These committees and personnel are as follows:

Publicity and Public Relations

Meyer Wolff, chairman; Frank Buckingham, William Sangwin, Charles Bealoy, Kenneth Hobson.

Collection and Audit

Fred Duccommun, chairman; James Dunn, Roger Clausen, Don Hankens, James Corken, Kenneth Hobson.


Lee Miller, chairman; Chuck Maher, Co-chairman; Dean Simonsen, George Hicks, Emery Dull, Ray France, Elmer Bierbaum, Kenneth Hobson.

25 years ago

MHI is reported 'doing well'

The Cherokee Mental Health Institute is doing well, the Cherokee City Council was told Friday.

The council, along with City Administrator Gil Bremicker and Mayor Lawrence Westphal met with MHI officials for a brief luncheon meeting.

Dr. E. A. Kjenaas, MHI supervisor, said the hospital is "going along quite well," despite the changes that budgets cuts have created.

"We've reached our lowest point on staff reductions and budget clinches. We're doing more work with less people," Kjenaas said.

In 1979, MHI had 447 fulltime employees. At the time, admissions began to decline. Admissions are now going up, and Kjenaas said 1987 could be a record year. Meanwhile, the hospital is working with a staff of 383 full-time employees.

Staff reductions and cutback in capital improvements have resulted from the budget cuts. Last year, the hospital had to cut its budget by $400,000. The hospital is facing similar budget squeeze this year, Kjenaas said.

Despite the cutbacks, the hospital is operating at peak efficiency, Kjenaas said.

The hospital is also holding onto its professional staff. Turnover at the Cherokee institute is probably lower than any other mental hospital in the state, Kjenaas said.

The mental health profession is going through a change. The psychiatric profession is shifting "more and more to medical than psychological," Kjenaas said.

Psychiatrists are still using psychotherapy, but are also having to deal more with medicines and patient evaluation.

James Haritage, social work director at the institute, said MHI's OWI prison facility is finally showing some progress.

In early 1986, the state approved a five-bed OWI prison facility at MHI. The state created such facilities throughout the state as a way to ease crowding in prisons.

Three-time OWI offenders serve time in the facilities. Those serving time at MHI are from the Third Judicial District. The prisoners receive substance abuse treatment at the institute.

Haritage said MHI's facility is the smallest in the state. Fort Dodge has a six-bed facility. Des Moines and Davenport have 40- to 50-bed facilities.

MHI got its first prisoner in October, several months after the facility opened. Two others have entered the OWI facility since.

Haritage said the first prisoner went through treatment and then MHI officials tried to find him employment in the community. That task proved difficult until Mayor Westphal got involved, Haritage said. Westphal found the prisoner two part-time jobs. Westphal said the employers are quite pleased with the work the man is doing.

Westphal said a lack of communication may have had something to do with the difficulty in finding employment. Many employers were not sure just who they were being asked to give work to, and were wary of hiring someone they thought was a patient at the institute, Westphal said.

Better explanation of the program would "improve it, make it more successful," Westphal said.

City and hospital officials also discussed the possibility of the city taking over fire protection at the institute. The institute has a team of trained firefighters.

Warren Little, MHI business manager, said the city probably wouldn't want to take over the fire protection.

"We have a lot of small fires. Waste basket fires. Mattress fires. We wouldn't want to be calling in the fire department all the time. The trucks and sirens coming up here wouldn't be beneficial to anyone," Little said.

Little said the city has been a great help when the institute has had larger fires. Little reminded city officials that the institute has a trained firefighting staff which could help when the city has major fires.

"Supporting each other would be a better way at the moment," Little said. Cherokee Police Capt. Troy Valentine asked hospital officials what legal right police officers have to bring back voluntary patients who walk away from MHI. Valentine said there have been some cases where MHI officials have asked that such walk-aways be returned.

Kjenaas said the requests are made when hospital officials have reason to believe the walk-away is mentally disturbed and a danger to himself and others. Kjenaas said MHI would stand behind the police force "100 percent" when walk-aways who are voluntary patients are returned.

"We should be able to work out a way where we can take the heat for that," Kjenaas added.

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