Expert Horse Thief Safely Housed
Joe Lewis, Colored. Sent To Fort Madison Penitentiary--An Old Offender--Has Served Five Years--Convicted Of Stealing Lyon County Team
Sheldon Mail: Joe Lewis, colored, the confessed horse thief, who has made his headquarters in Sheldon for some time, and who was sentenced last week at Rock Rapids to serve a term of five years in prison for stealing a team belonging to James O'Neal, of George, has a long criminal record, and is now serving his fourth term in the state penitentiary for horse stealing, according to statements made today by Sheriff Geo. A. Wheatley, of Lyon county, who has just returned from taking Lewis to Fort Madison, where he is to serve sentence.
According to the officials at the prison at Fort Madison, Lewis, is considered one of the "expert" horse thieves of the state and his return to the state bastile was not a surprise to the people who knew of his operations and records in former years. Lewis first appears on the prison records of the state of Anamosa, here under the alias of Joe Smith, he was in prison from 1894 to 1896.
After a lapse of six years, he returned to his old pursuits, and giving his name as Joe Anderson, he served time at Anamosa from 1902 to 1906. Again in 1909 he fell into the clutches of the law and served until 1910 in the prison at Fort Madison. Under the name of Joe Lewis, he is now at Fort Madison where he will be kept until 1916.
Lewis caused considerable trouble in the county jail at Rock Rapids before he was taken to the state institution, and were it not for the fact that Sheriff Wheatley anticipated trouble and changed his plans for taking the prisoner to Fort Madison, Lewis would undoubtedly have made his escape. With an improvised saw, which he had made from an old knife, he had cut some of the prison bars of the jail.
Wm. Cook, a forger who was then in the Rock Rapids jail awaiting sentence, planned to escape with Lewis. They had saved portions of the meals which had been served to them in the jail, so as to provide food until they were out of the state.
Cherokee Park To Have Lights, Night Program
Playground and Band Stand to Be 'Bright as Day.'
Electronically lighted roadways, playgrounds and bandstand will greet visitors in Wescott park, Cherokee, this season, according to the park commission. Contract has been let to the Iowa Public Service company to start installation of poles next Monday. There will be 100 watt lights every 60 to 100 feet on the inside of the roadway in the main park area.
Children's playgrounds will be illuminated and the bandstand will be "bright as day" the commission says. "Our idea is to fix up the park for the use of the people of this community," Chas. Rhoads said.
There will be evening entertainment at least once a week according to Albert Stahl who is in charge of that particular detail of the park management. "We'll have something to entertain the public even if it's just a jew's harp and accordion a commissioner stated.
In addition to the lighting program, the commission has sold 75 park benches to merchants at $1.50 each. The $1.50 does not handle the entire cost of a bench, but the commission is furnishing balance of funds needed.
Picnickers will find six more tables than usual. Three of these are 20 feet long and three are 16 feet long. There are six new fire places under construction throughout the park area.
The park commission, of which Carl Gesland is chairman, is organized on an efficiency basis this year, each member having specific duties to perform. Albert Stahl is in charge of concessions, cabins, playgrounds, seats and tables; Chas. Rhoads is in charge of the grounds and Gesland has lights, driveways and equipment.
Sheriff Tilton Get New Lead On Metal Thief
Says State Men Are Aiding in Investigation
Sheriff A. N. Tilton Friday night said he had a new "lead" on a man suspected of having been responsible for a series of house robberies in Cherokee recently. He said he had been making a number of "quiet" investigations in this territory and early this week had a former county resident picked up in Mason City, but that this man was apparently not the one wanted.
Tilton declared that sheriffs all the way to Keokuk, Ia., had had experiences with a prowler who visited county towns and with the aid of a skeleton key entered homes and stole old gold articles and jewelry. State men have been on the trail of this man, whose name Sheriff Tilton did not reveal, but thus far have been just a step behind. The sheriff predicted, however, an arrest would result soon.
Wester Case Is Settled
Elmer and Mable Wester, 411 Ash Street, where given a $42,000 settlement in the case of Wester vs. Cherokee County Rural Electric Cooperative, Boyd Simons, Dorothy Berkheimer, individually and Boyd Simons and Dorothy Berkheimer as administrator et al., of the estate of Glenn Simons, deceased.
Settlement was reached between the parties after selection of the jury on Monday and opening statement to the jury by the plaintiff on Tuesday.
Judge A. R. Nelson then dismissed the jury.
Plaintiff was represented by James McDonald and Wiley Mayne.
Don Hankens, Cherokee, and Joseph McGroaty, Omaha, represented Cherokee Rural Electric, Herbert Jones, Des Moines, and Robert Beebe, Sioux City represented Simons.
56 Entries At Aurelia's Science Show
Fifty-six entries were displayed at the first annual Science Fair at Aurelia Tuesday.
The fair, which was attended by more than 100 adults and students, was sponsored by the Student of Science club at Aurelia High School.
The fair was designed to stimulate interest of students to express themselves by using their skills and interests in science and to identify and encourage scientifically gifted students.
Projects were judged by Paul Boyd of Marcus and Alfred Green of Alta. Leland Anderson, Aurelia science instructor, served as faculty director of the fair.
Beef Council Secretary Is Speaker Here
Bud Brandenburg, executive secretary of the National Beef Council, was guest speaker at the noon meeting of the Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Bureau.
Elmer Anderson, Larrabee, vice-president of the NBC, was also a guest at the meeting.
Brandenburg reported that the purpose of the council is to increase consumer demand for beef through promotion and advertising.
The speaker pointed out the exceptional demand for material at the consumer level throughout the U.S. and foreign countries.
W.W. Steele, chairman of the bureau, presided over the session.
Citation To Quimby Club Unit
Quimby Women's Club recently was notified that the club had received a citation for dedicated service on behalf of a better community. The national community improvement program sponsored by General Federation of Womens Club and the Sears-Roebuck Foundation, was conducted 1960-1962.
The Quimby club has long been active in community affairs. The account of these activities in scrapbook form was designated for Honorable Mention by state judges. The Town Library was instigated and is supported by the club. Club members serve on the Library Board. The club also sponsors Red Cross swimming lessons each summer for nearly 100 boys and girls.
A new fireplace was built to replace one destroyed by pranksters. A backstop was erected for the softball diamond and also to protect the new flower bed. Signs were placed at each edge of town to direct tourists to improved park facilities.
Plans are underway to paint and repair the playground equipment this summer and to beautify the flower bed with new plants.
Mrs. Ralph Pinkerton serves as president of the Quimby Womens Club. Community improvement chairman is Mrs. Charles McClintock who is aided by Mrs. Lloyd Dickman, Mrs. Harold Clark and Mrs. Floyd Harvey.
True cooperation between individuals and groups has brought about good community feelings and tangible community improvement.
Cherokee district gets good grades
Cherokee's school system got high marks from people who took the time to fill out a needs assessment survey.
The district sent the survey out last spring to 175 households. Sixty percent, or about 105 of the surveys were filled out and sent back to the district.
The report detailing the results of the survey was reviewed Monday by the Cherokee School Board.
"The majority of the response is very positive," said school Superintendent Mick Starcevich.
The report was compiled by the district's curriculum chairpersons' committee, which is headed by Principal David Deedrick.
The survey covered such areas as curriculum, school environment, extra-curricular programs, communication between the school and the home, school services and the condition of the district's buildings and grounds. Starcevich said people had to spend about two hours to fill out the entire survey.
The overall response to the survey was heavily positive. The majority of the respondents agreed with the way the district is now being run.
However, the chairpersons' committee did look into survey sections that had several negative responses and made recommendations. (In all cases, the positive response was greater than the negative.)
Building and grounds: Continue playground improvements at Roosevelt and Garfield schools, and study the feasibility of increasing the lighting in front of Washington High School.
Home-school communication: Study the feasibility of starting advisory committees made up of parents, students, teachers, administrators and other district residents, evaluate the new parent-teacher conference form and make any necessary changes.
School services: Study feasibility of hiring an elementary counselor-social worker, offer a salad or other low-calorie dish as an alternative in the middle school and high school hot lunch program; look into increasing the number of school crossing guards, and consider initiating a training course for all bus drivers.
School environment: Continue efforts to provide a drug-free environment for all students.
Other recommendations: Increase public awareness of the services provided by the Area Education Agency; make efforts to inform district residents about expenditures of district funds; school board and administrative staff should make prudent decisions concerning requests for increases in property taxation or special levies; develop a more efficient staff evaluation system to make teachers more accountable; consider starting a pep club to increase school spirit, and consider holding an annual science fair.
The average respondent to the survey was 31 to 45 years old, had a college degree, had professional to white collar employment, had lived in the district 11 or more years and had children attending school.
The school board expressed surprise at some of the responses. The survey showed a majority of support for competency testing of students, and offering summer school programs for middle and high school students. The district is developing a summer school program for this year.
The district is studying competency testing.