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Friday, December 7, 2012

100 years ago

On Tuesday and Wednesday, two miles south of Cleghorn, S. A. Ensign, one of this county's most prosperous farmers, will offer for sale all his pure bred Percheron horses and Shorthorn cattle besides a number of grades both in horses and cattle, also his farm machinery, hogs, chickens and other material used on the place.

His poor health is the only cause of his leaving the farm. He knows that his herd of cattle and horses cannot be kept up to the high standard, which is his ideal, without his personal care and attention. Knowing this and his health being such that he cannot give the stock his care, he has decided to sell and retire from the farm, rather than run the farm in an indifferent manner.

In laying the foundation of his herd of horses he had a number imported from France that he might have the best. It is this seed stock and their offspring that is now up for auction and on Wednesday these animals will be sold at the bidders' prices. Those who have seen them will not need any description, but to others who are needing a stallion of exceptional merit there are two two-year-olds, Picador and Albert, either of which would do credit to the stable of any breeder. Besides these two there are nine others younger. It is seldom so fine a bunch of pure bred colts are offered for sale in this country and those who attend will have an opportunity they may never have again.

The mares are large, several weighing close to a ton, the kind that means profit to the farmer who will give them the proper care. Most of these mares were imported for the purpose of laying the foundation of one of the finest herds in the country and not with the idea of selling them as many importers do. Their pedigrees show them to be from the best blood lines and are from families that are noted producers.

On Tuesday he will hold his farm sale consisting of the usual stock and machinery. In this sale will be offered about a dozen pure bred Shorthorn cows. These animals are registered and will make a valuable addition to any Cherokee county farm.

Mr. Engisn has gone to considerable expense to make everything comfortable at his sale and if you do not think you care to buy, go anyway and get a good lunch and enjoy his hospitality. As soon as he gets his business affairs settled he will move to Storm Lake, where he will make his future home.

75 years ago

Four children of school age were injured in highway accidents during the first 10 months of 1932 in Cherokee county, according to figures compiled by the American Legion in the highway safety drive. A total of 1,540 children were killed or injured in the state in that period.

In 1931 the Legion first sponsored the campaign now under consideration by local units under the direction of Robert W. Colflesh, then state commander. Shortly before his election a niece was killed by a carelessly driven automobile. Her death drew his attention to the toll avoidable accidents were taking in the state, especially among children. In the Legion, with its 569 posts and 474 auxiliary units located in every town of any size in the state, he saw a medium through which the menace might be reduced.

W. Earl Hall of Mason City was appointed state Legion safety director and under his organization a safety campaign was waged. With the cooperation of Miss Agnes Samuelson, superintendent of public instruction, safety instruction was carried to the public schools.

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 "Three Faces West" staring John Wayne and Sigrid Gurie, which was released in 1940.
Harding Polk of Des Moines, now state director of the safety drive, proposes to make the people of Iowa "highway safety" conscious and to make them realize the numerous other dangers which might be avoided. Cherokee county posts, if they adopt the plan offered, will intensify its safety program during the coming year.

Accounting practices at state institutions were criticized and changes recommended by accountants who today filed audit reports with the state board of audit.

The reports on 12 state institutions for the fiscal year ending June 30 noted errors in the "accounting practice" but made no charges of shortages or irregularities.

Accountants criticized particularly the methods of handling sales and collections or other receipts at several institutions, including the state hospital at Clarinda and Mt. Pleasant, the school for the deaf in Council Bluffs and the state sanatorium in Oakdale.

Installation of a double entry or internal check system of bookkeeping was recommended for the Cherokee State Hospital, school for the deaf, Independence state hospital and Women's reformatory at Rockwell City.

Remarks on Cherokee state hospital: Cherokee state hospital, Louis S. Goldberg of Sioux City, accountant--urges three major recommendations made last year be placed in effect. These dealt with adoption of new accounting system, amending basis for billing counties for care of patients, and that counties be notified to cash balances for patients.

A.A. Howland of Merrill escaped injury when the Ford truck he was driving overturned into the ditch on highway No. 5 east of Cleghorn at 7:30 Tuesday evening. Defective steering gear caused the accident, according to the driver.

Damage of several hundred dollars is covered by insurance. The truck owned by the W. A. Walbert auto parts company, was hauled to Sioux City Wednesday.

50 years ago

The monthly statistical report from the Iowa Department of Social Welfare reveals that the Cherokee County social welfare agency paid out a total of $25,970 in grants and for nursing during the month of November.

According to the report, $19,405 was allotted for grants and nursing expenses totaled $6,565.

There were 258 cases involving 405 persons. Five new cases were opened and four were closed.

The state spent a total of $4,404,208 for welfare. There was $3,383,727 allotted for grants, $571,513 for nursing and $448,968 for medical.

There were 42,617 cases involving 72,177 persons in the state.

The State College of Iowa women's chorus will present a Christmas concert over KWWL TV Waterloo Dec. 17.

Among those taking part in the program are Janet Smith, Alta; Sharon DeSart, Lake City; Mary Lou Martin, Laurens; Rita Hatwich, Rockwell City; Mary Metz, Sutherland; and Nancy Jo Andrews, Spencer.

The program will be composed of familiar Christmas carols sung either a capella or with harp accompaniment.

Many of the service organization and church groups in the area are preparing for the Christmas holiday and getting gifts ready for patients at the Mental Health Institute.

In connection with the giving of gifts at the institute a list of articles which make the best gifts has been made up so that more useful gifts may be given.

The following is a list of articles which officials believe make the best gifts: Cigarettes, small cigars, tobacco, toilet soap, deodorants, bath powders, combs and brushes, stationery or notes, playing cards, hose and washable bedroom slippers.

Items in plastic containers include perfumes, lotions, hair dressing and shampoo. Any of the above items need not be opened. All clothing must be opened in the sorting and selection process. Newspaper subscriptions make an appropriate and lasting fits. It is appreciated by most all of the patients on the ward.

Other acceptable gifts include combs and brushes, pens and pencils, billfolds, coin purses, toys and games, belts, handkerchiefs, scarves and gloves, candy, nuts, cookies and fruit cakes.

Cigarette lighters are welcome gifts for use on the wards but they should not be included in individual packages or wrapped.

Any funds which are sent are put into a special Social Service fund from which canteen cards are issued to the patients and used by them to purchase treats such as cigarettes, candy and cookies.

Used clothing jewelry or other articles which are wearable or useable are welcomed.

25 years ago

The Cherokee City Council met Monday afternoon to discuss the possible reorganization of city departments.

According to Gil Bremicker, city administrator, the issue which needed to be discussed was cooperation between the departments.

"We feel the cooperation has been quite good," Bremicker said. "Cooperation is especially important when the departments need to share equipment. The street department has most of the large equipment pieces."

Council members discussed the possibility of merging the park and cemetery departments. The council members considered the possibility of eliminating a position by the merging of the departments.

"I wouldn't feel comfortable making a decision about this today before we even talk to the department heads," said council member Kent Wenck.

"If there is to be a consolidation in the future, those two areas seem to be the most promising," said council member Paul Goeb.

According to Bremicker, the water department employs three full-time people, the sewer department has four full-time employees, the street department has five full-time people, the park department has two full-time and two part-time employees and the cemetery department has one full-time and three part-time people.

As the meeting continued, the council members agreed reorganization would not be an easy step to take.

"It seems it's much more difficult to reorganize in smaller communities," said Mayor Westphal.

The council did agree that Bremicker should reorganize his schedule to include more time out with the city employees.

"Sometimes you can get locked into City Hall. I believe I should be out in the field with the people more often so I can see what is really happening," Bremicker said.

Bremicker agreed to work on reorganization his schedule so he could spend Mondays out with the employees.

"I don't know what I can eliminate out of my schedule to accomplish this, but we will be reviewing how things are run," Bremicker said.

"I think the key to the situation is good communication," said Wenck. "We would be a better city if we had more communication."

"Everyone should realize we are after the best solutions for the city. What we want to do is make it run as smoothly as possible," Bremicker said.

The council has set a meeting date with the park commission at the next meeting on Dec. 21 to continue the discussion of possible reorganization.

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