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Friday, August 24, 2012

The Pleazol Cigar Store was located at 208 West Main St. The building one of the few wooden structure that is left in Cherokee.
100 years ago

Homer Patterson, who has earned free transportation and living expenses to the State Fair, with his 500 word essay on Iowa, seems born to accomplish great things if he continues to follow the course which he had already mapped out. We print with pleasure the essay which was judged the best from Plymouth County. The contest was for boys between the ages of 12 and 16. The essay follows:


I-O-W-A. Only four letters and yet representing the finest and grandest state in the union. When the first settlement was made at Dubuque in 1788, those early pioneers never thought that they were laying the foundation for the Iowa today. Why is Iowa land is going up?

In the early part of the nineteenth century land could be bought for from seven to ten dollars per acre, while now it is selling for two hundred dollars per acre, and why? Because the corn institutions, state and county fairs and many other sort of agriculture gatherings are getting the people interested in a "better Iowa."

When our state was roved over by tribes of Indians who knew nothing of tilling the soil, they raised a practical part of the amount we receive per acre today. They, in time learned that by stirring up the soil they could receive a larger yield, and they construed rude tools to do it with. They knew nothing about how deep to plant the corn of how far apart to plant the kernels. They never thought of such a thing as sorting out seed corn, but by experimenting, these things have been brought about. This is what our agriculture schools, fairs, short courses and other placed of learning are for, to get us to compete with our neighbor and against other states to see which can raise larger and better crops.

Iowa is not only an agriculture state but a stock raising, mining and manufacturing in state, also her stock markets rank among the first in the union. Cattle and hogs leading, while sheep are raised in abundance, and there are many horses exported.

In the large cities there are factories, foundries, etc. Creameries are found in every locality.

There is not much mining done, although in some parts of the state coal is found and there are lead, ore and zinc minks around Dubuque, Gypsum, from which stucco is made is found in large quantities around Fort Dodge.

Iowa has a very good system of education, her schools ranking highest in the country. There are high schools in almost every town of any size and graded schools placed two miles apart almost all over the state, although central schools are now taking there places. There are many colleges the leading being the Agriculture college at Ames, the University at Iowa City, Normal School at Cedar Falls and Drake University at Des Moines. Short courses are held in almost every county in Iowa for the benefit of the farmers. They are under the auspices of the Agriculture College of Ames.

Experiments are tried at the county poor farm and at various other places. Granges and clubs are held by the farmers for social and educational purposes. In some counties fairs are held, while at Sioux City the Interstate Fair is held and the State Fair at Des Moines. The farmer brings their products and stock for competition, and to show what their part of the state or county will produce. Prizes are given to the winners in each class.

There are several reformatory institutions in the state among them the college for the blind at Vinton, the Feeble Minded Institution at Glenwood; the school for the deaf at Council Bluffs; the Soldier's Orphan Home at Davenport and the Old Soldiers home at Marshalltown. The hospitals for the insane are located at Mount Pleasant, Cherokee, Independence and Clarinda. The penitentiaries are at Anamosa and Fort Madison.

Much more could be said of the prosperity of Iowa including thoroughbred stock and poultry raising, fruit growing, etc., but think I have said enough to prove that Iowa is the first and best state in the Union.

Homer Patterson

LeMars, Iowa

75 years ago

The routing of new primary No. 221 extends from the McQuinn corner on No. 5, five miles east of Cherokee, directly east to a junction with the new paving on U.S. highway No. 71, thence south one mile on No. 71, thence directly east to a junction with primary No. 10 at Pocahontas.

All of this route is already quite well developed excepting five miles, four in Buena Vista and one in Pocahontas county. Work is already under way for the improvement of these. One mile at the east side of Buena Vista has been graded within the past week and the grading crew is now moving westward for two additional miles of grading. Five miles of the route will be regraveled.

To Construct Grade

The mile at the west edge of Pocahontas county included Clear Lake, through the north section of which construction of a heavy grade will be required. Engineers are not engaged in surveying and planning the improvement of this mile.

After the three miles of grading in Buena Vista are completed the route may be traveled to the west line of Pocahontas county. From there, pending completion of the grade through Clear Lake, it will be necessary to go one mile north, one mile east and one mile south to connect with the road leading directly to Pocahontas. This will shorten the present route two miles and two additional miles will be saved when the grade through the lake is ready for traffic.

Some Cherokee motorists traveled over the course of the new highway Sunday and report it in quite good condition excepting for the three miles now in process of development. They predict that No. 221 will be one of the most heavily traveled roads in this section as soon as it is marked and officially opened for use.

Cherokee Boy Writes Of Trip Through Denmark

By James Ziegenbusch

"I am having a fine time in Denmark.

"When we arrived in Copenhagen the city looked very much different from an American city. There are no tall skyscrapers and not much traffic. There are very many bicycles. A few days ago we went to a town named Ellisinon where the famous Ellisinon castle it. There we went up in one of the high towers and had a wonderful view of the city and Sweden. We then went to the dungeons which were far below the ground and very dark and damp.

"We also saw the room where the men were killed if they committed a crime, etc. It was shaped like a cone and slaves would take a log and push him into the center of it until it killed him. Two thousand Swedish soldiers were in the dungeon for three years.

"The Danish landscape is very pretty and often looks like paintings. Most of the farm homes have thatched roofs. Before we went inside the castle we had to go over a bridge and through a wall. In this the servants lived. We then went over another bridge and through a wall and we were inside the castle. In the front of the castle are 23 cannons. During the olden days if a boat did not pay a fee to Denmark they would try to sink it. We also saw the big dining hall where all the knights and nobles ate.

"The trains are very different. The cars are much smaller and the engines are very much smaller. We also saw a drug store which dates back to 1577. One difference in the meals is that they never serve water.

"Gasoline is 36 cents a gallon. The night before last (August 4) we went to Tivoli amusement park. One place was a kitchen with many plates sitting around. You pay a small fee and get six balls and break as many plates as you can. At 10:30 they shot off many skyrockets.

"I had 48 pictures taken of myself for only 60 cents."

50 years ago

A new coin-operated dry cleaning service has opened here.

The dry cleaning service has been added to the Robbins Laundry at 217 East Main across form Council Oak Store.

The business is operated by Bertram (Dutch) Robbins and consultants are on duty at all times.

According to reports, through this self-service automatic dry-cleaning operation as much as 75 percent can be saved on cleaning.

Officials report that eight pounds of clothing can be cleaned at one time and will be finished in less than an hour.

The new addition is a Norge product. Officials reported that it is not necessary to handle any of the articles during cleaning and nearly everything can be cleaned in the machines.

Crops look very good.

This was the report from Cherokee County Extension Director Forrest Kohert today.

Kohert said corn is maturing, according to weather and most fields need some warm dry weather.

Most fields are dented, however, many fields still have corn in the milk stage.

The director said prospects are very good if there is good maturing weather for another month.

In reporting on the soybean outlook, the director said the crop is looking good. Some fields have a bad weed problem.

The second cutting of alfalfa and red clover has been harvested and some fields will produce a third cutting of alfalfa with good growing weather.

Pastures look excellent and the moisture situation is adequate over the county.

A wild steer which recently escaped from the Hygrade plant was recaptured after a collision with a car four days later.

According to reports, the 850-pound animal collided with a car driven by Rollie A. Nixon, 18 Storm Lake and did $400 damage.

Although dazed the calf wobbled off and a short time later the animal was again sighted. The calf was quickly lassoed near the Illinois Central platform. But before a truck could arrive it expired.

A possible clue to the escape was the fact that a second wild escapee was a heifer.

25 years ago

Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital, under the direction of Randy Richards, chief executive officer, is in a period of transition.

Starting Sept. 1, the emergency number, for ambulance calls only, will be 225-2211, the hospital switchboard number will remain the same, 225-5101.

The decision has been made to switch to the new number to help with emergency calls. The new phone will be answered by medically-trained personnel. They will be trained to get the correct information from the caller, give information on how to help the victim until the ambulance can arrive, and keep the caller calm.

The calls will be recorded. In case of a problem, the call may be replayed to catch information which may have been missed in the first process.

The same medical personnel that answered the call to begin with will also answer the ambulance call back. This will eliminate several people in the calling process, Richards said.

The current system required the crisis caller to use the main hospital switch board. In case of emergency this can delay the tie in which the ambulance may respond. The current switchboard is operated by clerical staff, which are untrained to assist in a medical situation.

The hospital is in the process of communicating and publicizing the new number. Stickers to place on telephones will soon be available.

Richards stated another change in the hospital will be an update for the emergency medical technicians. Richards plans to extend the ambulance service, the emergency medical technicians, from basic training to advanced training. This will allow the ambulance attendants to expend the services available in pre-hospital transporting.

"This is too large a community to not have these services. We owe it to them, including the pre-hospital services," Richards said.

Another procedure in the transition stage deals with cardiac care. Currently the electrocardiogram information is sent to a doctor at Creighton University, Omaha. If the patient needs to be transferred to another location, the information goes to one doctor to be read, while the patient is sent to another doctor. Now the information and the patient will be transferred to a cardiology specialist group at Marian Health Center in Sioux City.

Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital will also see the commencement of specialists in the hospital. The program will begin with the offering of a cardiologist one day a week, and then expand to include orthopedic services. Eventually the program will offer a number of specialists for specialty clinics.

In addition to these specialists, Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital has hired a new anesthetist. Roger Meinen was the hospital's anesthetist until moving earlier this year. Since them, the anesthetists had to come from out of town which made emergency situations, according to Richards, difficult. In some cases the patient had to be transferred.

Doug Croth will begin his work on Oct. 1. Richards explained, "He brings with him a long list of experience as an attorney and in management experience."

"He should be beneficial to Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital," stated Richards.

Work has also begun on the actual hospital structure.

Richards explained that a cost study was completed on the lighting of the facility. If the current bulb-style lighting were changed to fluorescent lighting, between $2,500 and $3,000 could be saved in one year. This would also provide better lighting to the building. The replacement has begun.

"My theory is to successfully compete, you need to market your hospital services and diversify those services," Richards said.

He explained the hospital, the same as any business, "can't sit back and wait."

Richards went on to explain, "there are excellent doctors in this community."

He stated "everyone is top notch. We have a good physical structure with a competent staff."

Richards took over at Sioux Valley in July following the retirement of Kenneth Hobson. Before coming to Cherokee, he was chief executive officer of Chariton hospital.

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