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Friday, June 29, 2012

100 years ago

Death made a very sudden and unexpected visit to our county Tuesday morning at the L. M. Chapman home, calling Wm. Farren who was there on business.

Previous to the accident he was chatting with Mr. Chapman and bantered him for a horse trade.

Mr. Farren was a great lover of horses and tho advanced in years he still took an active part in the care of the horses and was never quite so well pleased as when driving a fine animal. He was an old resident and a honored citizen and his loss will be keenly felt by the friends and neighbors.

As soon as he had been kicked Mr. Chapman and another gentleman carried him to the house but he died as they laid him on the bed not more than three minutes after the accident. Restoratives were applied and two doctors arrived as soon as possible but it was of no avail. Three ribs had been broken and one piece pierced his heart, one foot of the horse struck him under the left arm and the other directly over the heart.

He was a man sixty-four years old and was born in Indiana county, Penn., from there he went to Illinois and then moved to Wisconsin, and from there he came to Iowa, where he has lived for the past thirty-four years.

He leaves to mourn him his wife and five children, and four brothers and four sisters. The brothers and sisters are all here to attend the funeral. Of the children William lives in South Dakota, James in Canada, while John, Mrs. C. Johnson and Mrs. Herbert Cates live in this county.

Rev. Bean will have charge of the services and up to the time of going to press the date of the funeral has not been decided upon.

75 years ago

S. F. Steineke, of Pilot township, came near having a disastrous fire at his place Sunday afternoon while the entire family were away from home.

Only for the prompt action of Mr. Corringotn living nearby, and other close neighbors his home would have been swept away. The fire was discovered issuing from the engine and pump house located but a few feet distance from the summer kitchen and the fire had got such a headway that the engine house and tank house, together with their entire contents were entirely consumed.

By hard work the other nearby buildings were saved. The telephone and automobile played a conspicuous part in saving Mr. Steineke's property as the general alarm brought about eighty to a hundred neighbors on short notice in their autos.

Mr. Steineke's loss will probably amount to three hundred dollars, but he says he is thankful it was no worse, and wishes us to say that he feels very grateful for the kind assistance rendered by all that were there.

Two Men Found North of Primghar Wednesday Suffering From Result of Error

Jacob Johannsen and Allie Jensen are very seriously ill as a result of having accidentally partaken of some cleansing solution containing lye.

Both are here at Paullina in the care of physicians who say that the full extent of the men's injuries cannot yet be determined.

They were reported somewhat improved yesterday but not entirely out of danger. The trouble occurred Tuesday night when the pair was returning from Melvin, where they had been to attend a picnic.

American Theater - The American Theater opened on June 1, 1925. It is pictured here with the American Flag "waving" in lights high over the marquee. The feature playing was the movie "Three Faces West" staring John Wayne and Sigrid Gurie, which was released in 1940.
Both had been drinking before they started home. About 9 o'clock before they set out for Paullina. Between 10 and 11 o'clock they were about two miles north of Primghar when they stopped and sampled one of two jugs which they had in the car. One jug they knew to contain whiskey and supposed that the other did, but so far as either is able to explain they are unable to tell just how they came by the second one.

The first they bought just before leaving Melvin. When the first man took his swallow from the jog he nearly collapsed but the other man started to take a drink anyhow. He likewise was overcome.

They were unable to proceed farther and are unable to state just what happened or how. But at 5 o'clock next morning they were found by a farmer who took them to a house nearby and called a doctor from Primghar. When the identity of the men was discovered word was sent to Paullina and Will Johansen went up.

The men were in a precarious condition when brought in and two doctors worked with them most of the day. Investigation of the jugs disclosed the fact that the one which had caused the trouble contained a solution of lye. The stuff terribly burned and blistered the mouths and throats of the two men but just to what extent it injured their stomachs could not at once be ascertained.

The physicians stated that the fact that the men's stomachs already had contained acetic acid accounts for their not being instantly killed, as that acid happened to be an antidote for lye. They said that if the lye had not burned holes in the stomachs the men had a chance to pull through.

Construction of the new $62,500 boiler house at the state hospital here has commenced. J. E. Wirth, official, announced Friday. He said the project had been contemplated for some time but could not be realized until an appropriation by the state legislature had been made. This was done at the last legislative session at Des Moines.

"Although construction on the project has begun," Wirth stated "the plant will not be finished until next year."

The old plant, which furnished both heat and power for the institution, has not been able to adequately handle an increased load in recent years, making the erection of a new plant imperative.

50 years ago

Garfield and Webster playgrounds launched the first week of activities June 18 with "count down and lift off."

Astronauts reported and registered this first week, each making his own rocket name tag.

Activities centered around general sports and play. Highlights included scavenger hunts for craft materials spatter painting and a Chinese auction.

Children attending Bible School, Girl Scout Day camp and swimming classes are encouraged to enroll at their earliest convenience. The average daily attendance at each playground was 50 per day.

Gerald Tallman and Sheryl Westfall are assisting Jean Morris at Webster. Marc Martin is assisting Linda Barnes at Garfield.

The second week introduced "Orbit One." During the week children on the launching pad built kites which were tested at a high elevation near Washington High School.

Successful engineers at the project will be announced next week. One day was spent at the municipal airport where playground members saw a variety of aircraft, toured the grounds and watched a plane take off and land.

Downtown Fareway - Long before Fareway was in its present location, it was part of downtown Cherokee located where the Fashionette is today.
During craft periods children worked with colored sawdust murals and enjoyed specialized games of badminton, softball, croquet and checkers.

Energy giving refreshments during the count down and first stage of orbit consisted of kool-aid.

The Fourth of July celebration here will open with a baseball game at 2:30 in Wescott Park.

The game will feature the Cherokee Junior Leagion team and Storm Lake Junior Legion.

At 6 p.m. the second part of the planned program will take place. A dual swimming meet between Cherokee and Ida Grove will be featured.

Evan Knapp, pool manager, said the meet will feature 20 events including diving competition. Diving will be divided by age groups.

The manager said 40 Cherokee swimmers will participate in the meet. Swimming events will include free style, breast stroke, back stroke and butterfly.

The baseball game and swimming meet are sponsored through the Cherokee Recreation commission.

The final event of the day will take place at 9 p.m. from the Cherokee County Fairgrounds. With a bigger program and more aerial pieces, the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce Civic Bureau will put on a fireworks display.

Officials report the fireworks have been purchased and this year several unique attractions are planned.

Contrary to last year the display will take place at the fairgrounds. Cars will be able to park on the grounds and display pieces will be fired from the south edge of the lot.

City officials also urge everyone to take advantage of picnic grounds in the city and have a family gathering.

25 years ago

Phase II of the state's new teacher salary bill will mean an average of $1,200 in additional money for Cherokee teachers next year.

The Cherokee School board Friday approved distribution of the Phase II money.

The new teacher bill involves three phases. Phase I is the $18,000 minimum teacher salary. Phase II concerns money targeted to increase the pay of experienced teachers. Phase III is money the district will receive to develop performance-based pay raise programs.

Phase II and Phase III money will be distributed to districts on a per pupil basis. Under Phase II, districts will receive approximately $75 per student.

Superintendent Mick Starcevich said the Cherokee district will receive about $110,000. This will be distributed in quarterly payments in teachers during the 1987-88 school year.

The Phase II allotments Cherokee teachers will receive a range from $949 to $1,415, with the average being $1,200, Starcevich said. How much a teacher receives depends on their number of years of employment, and their position on the salary schedule.

In other business, the board:

* Approved a contract for Charles Coghlan. Coghlan will serve as guidance counselor for Washington High school and Meriden-Cleghorn High School. Under an agreement between the two districts, Coghlan will work three days a week in Cherokee and two days at M-C. Coghlan's contract with Cherokee includes assistant football coach.

* Approved a contract for Steve Leng. Leng will be WHS social studies and physical education teacher, and serve as assistant coach for football and track.

* Approved the resignation of Bill Mesmer, Cherokee elementary principal. Messmer will be retained by the district as a consultant for special education, Starcevich said. Mesmer has been elementary principal in Cherokee for 18 years.


Marcus board sets pay, goals

Marcus teachers will receive an average of $840 in additional salary under the Phase II portion of the state's new teacher salary bill.

The Marcus School Board Friday, approved a plan for the distribution of Phase II money developed by Marcus teachers.

Phase II money is targeted to increase salaries for experienced teachers. Allotments received are based on a district's enrollment.

Superintendent Jon Mitts said the district will receive about $44,485 in Phase II money from that state. The money will be distributed to Marcus teachers during the 1987-88 school year.

The amount teachers will receive will depend on their position on the district's salary schedule. Mitts said the amounts teachers receive vary widely, but the average amount is $820.

In other business, the board discussed the development of goals for the Marcus School Boards. The board established four goals, which they will consider for approval at an August meeting. Mitts said board members plan to get some feedback on the goals from district residents.

The four goals discussed are:

* Examine sharing with neighboring school districts, with some type of definite action by September, 1988. Mitts said the extent of the sharing is one of the issues the board is now considering.

* Examine alternate funding for maintaining school programs, expanding programs to meet new state standards and updating curriculum.

* Maintain a quality staff and curriculum.

* Conduct some type of needs assessment survey sometime this year.

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