On one of the pleasantest days this fall the Pilot Rock Plowing Match association held its annual meet. Unlike most occasions of its kind it has kept to its original idea, to have it strictly a farmers day, its main object being to promote good plowing, the raising of better stock and the improvement of the farm generally for the men.
The ladies also play a very important part in the day's program as they have their contests in the culinary arts and in needlework and in those things which the good homekeeper takes pride and delight.
Many such organizations have degenerated into a racing meet or a baseball tournament and therefore missed its mission. To those who love the splendid game of baseball there was an opportunity to cheer some excellent plays as a very fine game was put on between the Rock Stars and the Cleghorn nine but the baseball game is entirely a secondary matter so far as the association is concerned.
The reason that such an association can and does exist and remain true to the course laid out by its founders, is found in the rich Scotch blood that has come to us from the highlands of the mother country.
The traits of character in these people are among the most desirable and have made the race welcome and especially desirable in every part of the civilized world. Wherever these people are found in neighborhoods there is found thrift, honesty, hospitality and neatness and all those things that make life worth living.
The plowing match idea was brought with them from the mother country for the plowing in England and Scotland is an annual affair of much importance.
The Meriden band furnished music for the occasion and their playing was much appreciated. Meriden has a fine band perhaps the best in the state for a town anywhere near its size and they are filling engagements nearly every week. Seats were arranged near the dining tent where they could play n comfort and where many could sit and enjoy the music.
For the children a merry-go-round was on hand and was busy all day. It is one of the attractions that never grow old and out of date and no doubt as long as children like to ride this form of amusement will find favor.
While the amusements attracted the attention of many things that were given the most attention perhaps were the colt shows especially in the suckling class in which there was strong competition, the animals shown in the yearling class were also very fine and a credit to the owners. It took the judges some time to select the winners in the suckling class and there were a few who did not agree with their decision, but there could be no question as to the fitness of the judges and their fairness.
Mr. Bush is an Ames graduate and his work has always been considered good by those in a position to judge. C. E. Held, the other judge, has had considerable experience, being the manager of the horse department of the Mondamin farms at Hinton and on several occasions has been in Europe buying horses for importation.
These men were strangers or virtually so and the latter judge did not know who any of the colts belonged to.
The contestants in the plowing match were not so many as last year but their work would be hard to improve on. John Bridle won first with the sulky, and sweepstakes, last year he won first and is an expert with the plow.
Mrs. A. N. Thomson was a popular winner in the ladies driving contest her horse exceptionally well gaited and being young did not show the effects of years of work on the roads, as did one or two other very attractive looking horses.
The dinner was well patronized, so much so, that there was not enough food to last. The stand also did a rushing business.
The ball game was unusually good considering the condition of the grounds. When the grounds are rough the score is large but in this case it stood 3 to 2 in favor of the Rock Stars, but Cleghorn was always on the job and it was nobody's game until the last man was out. The batteries were Gano and MacIntosh for Rock Stars, and Ludwig and Brownmiller for Cleghorn.
The feature of the game was perhaps the long flys that generally fell into the fielders gloves. It was a game well worth watching.
It was a busy time the latter part of last week for Justice of the Peace George L. Farr, his records indicated Monday. Six persons were arrested and fined, one of whom was jailed. Five of the cases were highway patrol traffic violations and one man was arraigned on a "rubber check" count.
Howard "Kinny" Newell, was picked up Saturday at Sac City and brought to Cherokee to face charges in Farr's court of uttering and drawing false checks in this vicinity. He was arrested by Sheriff A. N. Tilton. Justice Farr meted out 30 days to Kinny, who had just finished the same term in Sac county on a similar charge. The local information against him, however, had been filed here since last May.
Milton Williams, Sac City, was fined $5 and costs for overloading his truck and $10 and costs for speeding. He was arrested Wednesday at Quimby by Patrolmen Kenneth Lochner and Furman Millor. He pleaded not guilty.
Ervin Thorpe, Lake View, was arrested the same day on the same count at Quimby. He also was fined the same as Williams.
Clayton Leeds, Cleghorn, was arrested Wednesday by Patrolmen Ben Brasser, for failing to have a driver's license. He was given $10 and costs with the promise that part of the fine would be suspended if he could show to the court within ten days that he had secured a license.
Paul Carlson, Sioux City, was picked up Wednesday and accused of not having a chauffeur's license. Patrolmen Lochner made the arrest in Pilot township. Carlson was fined $10 and costs and his employer, Art Rosen, manager of the Continental Baking company, Sioux City, was fined the same amount for hiring an unlicensed chauffeur.
The council of Marcus has voted to accept the government grant of $67,500 allotted from PWA funds for use in paving more streets. H. H. Hennington, Omaha engineer, Carlston, Des Moines broker, and L. J. McGivern, local attorney, met with the council Friday night to consider proposed paving and the plans for assessment.
The council agreed to accept an official schedule drawn up by Hennington, and advertise for alternate bids on curb and gutter, oilmet surfacing, 6-inch reinforced concrete or asphalt.
They estimate the total cost at about $150,000. The difference between the grand and the total cost will be raised from funds already on hand and from a bond issue.
Presbyterian church members Sunday morning will listen to the first musical strains of their newly remodeled pipe organ when the instrument is played for the first time since its conversion from the old style pneumatic type to the latest electric action.
Installed 22 or 23 years ago, the instrument had almost outlived its usefulness when a church committee headed by Mrs. W.L. Weart mapped out a program of rejuvenation.
At a cost of approximately $1,600, Ed Held, Alliance, O., and Bryon E. Brown, Sioux City, experienced organ builders, were hired for three weeks to rebuild the organ. They now declare it is one of the most up-to-date instruments in this section of the state.
The organ boasts 1,083 pipes which can produce nearly every audible note over a vast range. It is also equipped with a set of chimes sounding 20 notes.
The two workmen, who represent the Hillgreen-Lane company, manufacturers of the organ, expect to complete their work Wednesday.
The demand for regular farm workers continues to be strong with the supply nearly non-existent.
This was the report in a farm labor bulletin from the Iowa State Employment Service.
The report states that the demand for seasonal and day workers is strong but this type worker is scarce.
Farmers who hired college and high school students are now in search of workers for harvest.
The Storm Lake office lists openings for 18 married and 15 single men for year-round work. The northwest section of the state lists openings for 42 married men and 34 single workers for yearly work.
Weather during the past week has allowed farmers to advance rapidly with field operations.
Plowing and corn shelling have been the major activities. Silo filling has picked up with most of the labor being furnished by trading help. The lat cutting of hay is in the final states.
Prices for the 1962 corn crop will be supported at a minimum of $1.23 per bushel in Cherokee County, Louis C. Bengtson, Chairman, Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation County Committee, has announced. This is the same rate as in 1961.
The chairman said that the minimum rate will not be reduced, but may be increased if the final 1962 crop corn support price determined on the basis of data on October 1 is higher than the minimum price announced last spring.
Bengston stressed the importance of a full understanding by growers of how the 1962 feed grain program affects price supports for the crop. "Corn producers who participate in the 1962 feed grain program will be eligible for price support on their 1962 production." He declared. "But there will be a limit on the amount of corn from eligible farms that can be put under support.
"The quality eligible for support will be based on the farm's established per-acre yield, based on the 1959-60 average, times the 1962 corn acreage as determined by the ASC County Committee.
"Producers of corn who do not participate in the 1962 feed grain program will not be eligible for support on the 1962 corn crop."
To be eligible for support, corn also must have been produced in 1962, must grade No. 3 or better or No. 4 because of test weight only, must meet certain moisture requirements, and must be in adequate storage. The schedule of premiums and discounts is unchanged from the 1961 program.
As in the past, the price support program for 1962-crop corn will be carried out through farm and warehouse-stored loans and purchase agreements. These will be available from harvest time through May 31, 1963. Loans will mature on July 31, 1963.
There may be some life in the old Larrabee school.
Ray Mullins of the Larrabee Fire Association asked the Cherokee School board Monday night about using the north, two-story addition of the old Larrabee Middle School for a new fire station. This is the third school year the building has been vacant.
One problem is that the fire association does not want the three-story building which has been vandalized and is deteriorating. Mullins said that part of the building would have to be torn down, an expensive proposition.
"The county has offered to take the bricks," Mullins said. "But they want them in a pile first."
Complicating the demolition is the fact that the two sections share a common wall. Another hitch is the school cannot sell the building without opening it up for bids and it probably can't give it to the fire association either, Superintendent Mick Starcevich said. One possible solution is donating the building to the city of Larrabee and having the city donate it to the Fire Association.
There are 1,447 students in the Cherokee school system this year, according to the official enrollment figures submitted at Monday night's meeting.
The total is down 12 from last year. There are another 27 students from other districts who come to Cherokee for special education programs. Class size is roughly 100 students per grade. The smallest class is 88 fourth-graders. The largest class is third grade: 125 students. Washington High School has 451 students this year.
The enrollment will have an impact on the school budget isntwo years. State aid is computed on the basis of 75 percent of the biggest of the last two years' classes plus 25 percent of the 1978 enrollment. The district can use the 1986-87 enrollment to compute the amount of state aid available for the 1988-89 budget.
But in two years, the state could require the school to use 20 percent of the 1978 enrollment, Starcevich said. That would mean a drop of 50 students in the state formula and a drop in state aid, since a school receives so much for each student. Next year, the state will receive $2,683 per pupil, Starcevich said. The state will permit the regular program budget by 3.59 percent next year, he added.
In other action:
* The board elected Dr. Tim Menke as board president. Outgoing president Victoria Wittgraf was chosen vice president.
* The district will buy 14 more computers for classrooms. Starcevich said there is an increasing need for computers as more and more teachers and students discover what they can do. For example, at the high school, a computer accounting class and programming class both meet seventh periods, making it difficult for students to get on the machine. Most of the computers are used all day long, officials said. The 14 computers would give the district a total of 97 or about one per 15 students. The computers would be purchased with federal Chapter 11 funds which are distributed by the state.