At about 3:40 a.m. Oct. 26th westbound fast freight No. 151, engine 21, Chicago to Sioux City in charge of Conductor George W. Brown, engineer, Andrew E. Fischer, with Head Brakeman F. Corey and Rear Brakeman Geo. L. Ford, encountered a head on collision with switch engine 265, in charge of Yard Foreman Sauers and Engineer John Dunn on Carney's Siding about 14 miles east of Cherokee across the Little Sioux river. The freight came around a very sharp curve about three hundred feet to the east and switch engine 265 was pulling about five cars out of the east No. 4 switch on the siding. It is a ruling that all trains shall be in absolute control within yard limits and as this was in the yard limits, it is supposed that Conductor Browns' train was not under control, otherwise, this collision could not have happened with such force as it did. Engine 21 of the freight was stoven slightly on the boiler head and smoke box, her cab shattered to splinters and the tender or tank was thrown about twenty feet clear of the track into the ditch adjoining the track. Three cars of merchandise, one car stock, and one car of tiling were thrown from the rails into the ditches at either side of the track. Switch engine 265 was torn up much more than the 21 on account of the terrific impact caused by the heavy collision with Engine 21 and the thirty-eight cars behind her. A car of grain behind the switch engine was shoved underneath the rear end of the engine causing her pilot to stick partly in the ground while her tank was thrown from the track into the ditch alongside the tank of Engine 21. About a dozen hogs from the stock car were killed and the balance were herded together and driven to town by stock men off the train. That both crews were not killed is a miracle. The switch engine crew had much more of a chance than did the freight crew for the freight No. 151 came at an estimated speed of from 45 to 50 miles an hour down the heavy grade from Aurelia to Cherokee. Superintendent Downs, Chief Dispatcher Auseman, Roadmaster H. Gilleas, Trainmaster N. P. Mills, Road Supervisors J. Cosgrove and L. M. Gunstead, B. and B. Supervisor J. Jordan, of Fort Dodge, Foreman Shannon and Claim Agent Busse were at the clearing of the wreck from the beginning. On Saturday little progress in the way of moving the engines was made, however, the freight packages, grain and tile were transferred into cars and moved forward to their destination.
Photographers Steinhaus and Thomas were able to get many fine views of this wreckage as were also many other person. It was indeed an interesting sight to see the hundreds of Cherokee people crossing the trestle over the Little Sioux and the fields south of town in an anxious endeavor to see the wreck.
Observances for the 70th anniversary at Oakdale Evangelical Free Church of Meriden open today.
The anniversary observances will continue through Sunday with special services. Two former pastors, Rev. Eugene Wernberg and Rev. George Nehf will be guest speakers during the special services.
Rev. Wernberg served the church from 1918-1922 and Rev. Nehf from 1947-1962.
The Oakdale Evangelical Free Church began as the result of a revival which took place in the winter of 1891 and 1892.
In the spring of 1982 services were held in the Center School House. The first business meeting was held July 20, 1892 and the church was organized.
In November plans were made for erection of a church home and during the fall and winter months the first church was built.
Rev. E. A. Florine served as first pastor of the church and also as supervising carpenter for the construction work with assistance of the members.
The first structure measured 28x40 feet and in 1909 a 10x14 addition was made for class room and a mother's room.
The church was first called "Swedish Free Mission Class" but later the present name replaced it.
The first parsonage was built in fall 1911 and a new church was erected in 1919. However a few years later in 1926 the church was destroyed by fire.
Immediately following the fire another church was built on the same site. Eleven y ears after the church was built the "Young People's Society proposed a balcony be built to accommodate a large attendance and it was constructed.
The last new addition came in 1956 when Christian Education unit was dedicated.
The church library was established in 1951 and it now contains nearly 900 volumes for all ages.
The church has carried on a large missionary program and during the past 17 years it has sent out six missionaries who were members of the church. They include Rev. Dale Halstrom and family; Mr. and Mrs. Howard Miles; Rev. Merle Wester and family.
A tradition of the church has been to rely exclusively on free will gifts for its support. At the present time the membership of the church is 137 with 299 enrolled in Sunday School.
Adjoining the church ground, which was donated by the late John Lundell, is a four-acre park given to the church by the Anderson estate in memoriam of Mr. and Mrs. August Anderson. It is equipped with playground equipment for the youngsters. An annual Sunday School picnic has been held in the park since 1896.
Anniversary services will begin at 8 p.m. tonight with Rev. Wernberg as guest speaker.
On Friday evening at 8 p.m. Rev. Nehf will be guest speaker.
The observance will close Sunday with a program at 11 a.m. when Rev. Eugene Werhberg conducts the morning worship and Rev. Nehf will speak at a 7:30 p.m. evening service. Following the final service there will be a fellowship hour and lunch for all attending.
The big weekend has arrived for Little Theater goers and Dick Flennkien has announced that many of the roles are double cast. Those of you who plan to attend the show at Eagles Hall on Sunday and Tuesday will see Shirley Malek as Ophelia, Don George as Uncle Tom, Sherry Wheeler as Marie, Dorothy Royer as Cassie and Sonia Kahl as Eliza, plus the rest of the cast.
On dress rehearsal night and Monday, you will see Sherry Wheeler as Ophelia, Bill Roberts as Uncle Tom, Shirley Malak as Maris, Sherry Held as Cassie, and Marjorie Geoff as Eliza.
The remainder of the cast is as follows: Lyle Carlson will enact the part of Shelby, the son, as well as appearing later in the play as George Shelby, the father. George will be Tom Johnson; Simon LeGree Gene Hornsby; Mark--Bob Engel; Phineas--John Petty; St. Clair Bill Grawburg; Little Eva Phyllis Cochaine; Topay--Arinda Johnson; Aunt Chloe--Lila Saxby; and Emmeline--Judy Hayes.
Over 12 songs will be rendered by various members of the cast as well as other southern songs spirituals and folk songs being played was announced by Dick Flenniken, director.
Tickets are still available at Brown Shoe Store and Mode O Day. Sunday night will be family night and there will be a 7:00 o'clock curtain call on this night because of youngsters. Monday and Tuesday night shows will begin at 8 o'clock.
Friday night's play, will be given for Mental Health patients again this year as last. The dates again are Oct. 28 through Oct. 30.
Meriden and Cleghorn residents will receive a letter informing them of tuition sharing options with either Cherokee or Marcus school districts.
The Meriden-Cleghorn School Board of Education met in special session Monday evening to finalize this letter which will go out at the end of the week.
The group also finalized plans for the Nov. 10 informational public meeting. They determined how to put together the survey which will go to all households in the district following this meeting.
The letter explains to M-C residents why the board has been looking at options to the current educational system and asks for their help in making the decision.
District patrons are invited to attend the informational meeting at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 10 in the Cleghorn gymnasium.
The letter states the proposals offered by Cherokee and Marcus and asks patrons to submit questions in writing to Superintendent Leland Anderson by Nov. 6.
The Marcus proposal calls for whole grade sharing in which Meriden-Cleghorn would send their students in graded 9-12 to Marcus for all classes and activities. Marcus would send their students in graded 6-8 to Cleghorn for all classes and activities.
Marcus also offers a second option of one-way sharing by charging the M-C district one half of their tuition rate for the 1988-89 school year (the minimum allowed by State Law.)
The Cherokee proposal would involve a whole grade sharing agreement with the district at the same rate for a three year period with a three year renewal option.
The letter does not state advantages or disadvantages to either proposal.
"It was important this letter not be our own thoughts and opinions, but rather just to state the proposals that were submitted to us," said President Don Blackstone.
The format of the informational meeting will include presentations by the Cherokee and Marcus districts, each limited to 10 minutes. Then the floor will be opened for questions and concerns expressed by M-C patrons.
The district had invited a representative from the Iowa School Boards Association to attend. Since he has indicated he may not be attending, he may be able to meet with the board at their regular meeting Nov. 9 to answer the write-in questions submitted.
The group will extend invitations to Senator Tom Miller and Senator Richard Vande Hoef and representatives from AEA.
The district is also acquiring volunteer help from an extension agent at the Iowa State University in Ames to put together a survey which will assist the board in making its decision.
The survey is expected to be sent out shortly after the meeting and Blackstone, board member Mark Wilcox and Anderson will be meeting with the agent next week to draw a rough draft of the survey, which will be fine tuned after "all the questions and facts are laying on the table."
The board plans to meet Dec. 7 to make their decision from acquired data on what to do about the sharing options. Sometime before Dec. 31 the district will have a public hearing on the matter in order to meet the guidelines for an AD20 agreement which must be signed by Feb. 1, 1988.
"We want a more inclusive survey this time," said Blackstone. "I don't want to know just where they want to go, but I want to know why. If we don't do it right, I don't want to do it at all."
The letter states--"This may be the most important issue the board has dealt with since the merger of the Meriden and Cleghorn schools in the early 60's, so please get involved."
The Cherokee County Fund Drive for 1987 has reached a total of $18,073.72, 64 percent of this year's goal of $28,200. County residents are reminded that they may send their donations to P.O. Box 21, Cherokee, Ia. 51012. Donations of $100 or more will be included in the Century Club.
A few areas which were not covered during the drive's first canvas Oct. 5 will be finished Wednesday evening by fund drive board members.
Anyone having questions about the fund drive may contact Joey Dyslin or Steve Hankens, co-chairmen.
Members of the Century Club include: Iowa Public Service, Gunnar A. Osterling, Eulas and Gertrude Quinn, Greenwood Funeral Home, Charles F. Meloy (Garst Seed), Wharton Funeral Home, and Louis F. and Catherine Morgan. Also, First Trust and Savings Bank of Aurelia, Heritage Bank, N.A. of Aurelia, Farmers Cooperative Company, Aurelia; M. W. Simonsen, Russell and Ruth Ridge, and William and Merle Robinson. Also, Champion Electric, South Side Supply, Northwestern Bell, HyVee Food Stores, Inc., Brown Auto Supply Co, and LaGrande Hacienda.
Cherokee County Auditor Beverly Anderson reported to the County Board of Supervisors Monday how the county had lost $83,229 in road use tax funds.
She said the loss would not have happened if the group had not cut the Secondary Road Fund by $100,000 to keep the tax levy low for county taxpayers. None of the county officials were aware this cutback would result in the loss of the funds.
If the county were to continue operating the Secondary Road Fund for next year as it has, the county stands to lose another $79,139. Anderson explained to the group there is a way to avoid this loss next year.
"I would recommend and ask you next week to authorize the transfer of $500,000 from the reserve and then at the end of April 1988, you authorize the transfer of $435,000 to the Secondary Road Fund," she said.
This, Anderson said would make the revenue potential higher than the levy and thus balance the formula.
"The Iowa State Department of Transportation said from 1980 to 1985 no money was taken away from counties, but now they are using the formula and we need to be aware of its implications," she said.
Cherokee County was not the only northwestern Iowa county which lost the road use funds. Pocahontas county lost $65,520 and O'Brien County lost $106,000.
Anderson says shifting the funds will help for this year, but counties are in a catch-22 situation.
"We are playing a game here with the government," she commented. "The idea is that if counties don't need the road use tax, they will give it to other counties that do."