The evangelist in charge of the meetings, Rev. Dr. J. W. Mahood, is a preacher of unusual ability.
He eschews the sensational and his pleas for Christian living and Christina service are couched in terms so simple and presented in a spirit so charitable and so eminently sane that they wield great influence on the large congregations that assemble at each meeting of Dr. Mahood it must be conceded that while the truth as he presents it often burns and blisters and sears, yet it is the truth as preached in the Christian bible that has that effect and not the mannerisms nor the spirit of the speaker.
The church of Aurelia that secured Dr. Mahood evidently made no mistake in the man and a great work will be wrought in Aurelia if the proper support is given him by those who are under every obligation to help and not retard the moral and spiritual awakening and rejuvenation of the community.
The music of the meetings is under the direction of Oliver Arnold of Scranton, Penn., a graduate of the Boston Conservatory of Music and for some time had charge of the music in Tremont Temple Boston.
Sunday evening marked the close of the special union services that have been going on in the skating rink for the past five weeks. During these meetings many have started to lead the Christian life and many whose names were on the church rolls have woke up to their responsibilities and privileges.
When these services commenced many thought the whole town was going to be torn up, but nothing of the kind has happened. The meetings every one of them have been conducted in an orderly Christian manner so no one has had a chance to complain.
The churches have been carrying on a campaign similar to what has been and is being done by every wide awake business institution, merely advertising and seeking to increase its business.
It looks to us as though this would be a profitable thing for churches to make a practice of as well as any other business enterprise. The forces opposing the church are on the job all the time as is competition in anything.
In their brief stay Dr. Jordan and Mr. and Mrs. George have made many warm friends who were sorry to see them leave. On January 5th they go to Caldwell, Ohio, where they will open the next series of meetings.
From here Mr. and Mrs. George went to Lincoln, Neb., where they will spend the holidays and Dr. Jordan will spend the holidays at Olant, Penn.
Will Holck, Marcus, was seriously injured late Tuesday afternoon when he was thrown through the windshield of an automobile as it plunged over a steep embankment 11 miles southwest of Cherokee. Officers reported the car was driven by Holck's son.
At Sioux Valley hospital Wednesday morning, the Marcus man was in a critical condition and he was still unconscious, physicians reported. They said he had a broken wrist, head injuries and numerous lacerations.
The car in which he was riding, it was reported, attempted to pass a truck on the icy highway and ran too close to the edge of a deep ditch along the side. Before the driver could gain control, the machine plunged down the bank and was wrecked.
The son was only slightly injured. The accident occurred about 4 o'clock. Passerby rushed the injured man to Sioux Valley hospital here.
Witnesses said the machine crashed through a highway guidepost and into a tree stump before it came to a stop at the bottom of the ditch. The impacts of the two crashes caused the older man to be thrown through the windshield.
Fire of undetermined origin Dec. 8 destroyed a double corn crib and overhead granary, two leanto machine sheds, 3,000 bushels of corn, a supply of seed barley and other small grain, and a full line of farm machinery including two tractors, on the John Panther farm three miles east of Sutherland.
The flames had gained such headway when discovered between two and three o'clock that little could be done when the local firemen with the truck answered the call for aid.
Roy Dobricka, farmer living north of the Panther place, discovered the blaze as he was passing the farm. Mrs. G. Panther, mother of the owner, alone in the house at the time had not noticed the fire. John Panther was at Primghar at the time, having been called there by the critical condition of his brother-in-law, Will Westphal, who had been injured in a car-train crash the night before.
Sutherland firemen battled the blaze until nearly dark. They had just returned to town about six o'clock when they were again called to the scene when the fire again broke out. A crew of firemen and neighbors worked late into the night, salvaging some of the corn from the smouldering heap.
The loss estimated at thousands of dollars is not covered by insurance, except on the buildings.
A display exemplifying an old-fashioned Christmas, as might have been observed in the mid-nineteenth century can be seen at the Sanford Museum.
The Sanford Memorial room furnished in the fashion approximating the Victorian age has been decorated for Christmas as any home might have been in that era.
Attracting most attention and provoking some nostalgic memories of the pre-electric generation is the Christmas tree decorated with home made ornaments of paper, tiny paper drums, gilded nuts and festooned with garlands of popcorn and cranberries.
Under the tree, awaiting this little girl's enjoyment are such toys as a rag dolly, a doll with a china head, wrought iron ice skates with wooden soles, known to be at least 100 years old.
Also a "wonder of the age"--a major lantern or slide projector and other toys reminiscent of the era represented.
The whole room, including the tree, was decorated as a project of the Cherokee Garden Club with Mrs. W. K. Herrick, Mrs. Jack Chesnutt, Mrs. John D. Loughlin, Mrs. John F. Loughlin and Ella Jackson carrying out the project.
The mantle and tea table are other centers of interest. Long white hand-made stockings such as any little girls of that era would wear hang in front of the fire place. On the mantle is a beautiful arrangement using flowers in the manner and of the kind that our ancestors would have used in such arrangements.
A tea table using antique moss rose china is complimented by a rose arrangement.
On the side table if a "fussy-mussy" arrangement, an old fashioned bouquet is a regular "fussy-mussy" container that is the property of Mrs. Herrick. This treatment is different than seen in any flower arrangements to day.
An advent wreath on the ceiling light, a piano arrangement using thirty-three roses symbolic of Christ's thirty-three years on earth are other details of the Christmas of almost a century ago.
Much of this display must be seen to be appreciated.
Going right along with this decoration is the "History in Patchwork" by Virginia Herrick, displaying more than 300 quilt blocks plus of finished-quilts of ancient history.
When the quiltwork exhibit closes here it will be circulated to be shown throughout the United States.
Adding to the quilt display is a bedroom scene using antique furniture, a rope bed, nearby a cradle donated by the Meloy family covered with a crib quilt made by Mrs. Roy Seaman in 1906 and loaned to the Museum by Mrs. Charles Seaman.
The unique quilt collection each with a legend explaining its name and history includes more patterns than can be mentioned but among those made up in full size quilts is a friendship quilt which belonged to Edna Brockway made in 1888 by "Young Ladies Light Society" of the Baptist church.
Embroidered thereon are many familiar names including Hornibrook, Kenyon, Wakefield, Sykes, Nicholson, Matthews, and Morrison.
With only nine days left to mail cards and packages, momentum at the Cherokee Post Office is going full speed ahead.
Monday saw three times as many cards and letters and three times as much parcels as normal, according to George Engebretson, supervisor of postal operations. Four window clerks worked the front counter all morning when one with one back-up generally handles the operation.
"This has been the first real heavy day," he said. "Persons should try to get their mailing done this week."
The postal department tries their best to make the deliveries by Christmas, however for late mailings send First Class or Priority Mail, or Express which costs $10.75 up to 2 pounds.
Postmaster Jerry Phipps reported at 5 p.m. Monday that the post office had handled over $700 worth of packages and $1,400 in stamps in the one-day of business this week. A heavy workload is anticipated all week.
During the Christmas season, three Star Route dispatches of mail is made each day from Cherokee to speed up the mail. Time of departure is 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 5:10 p.m.
The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors approved the recommended 10-percent pay increase for county elected officials as presented by the County Compensation Board Monday.
"Keep in mind we feel this just covers the cost of living adjustment," said Karl Grimmelmann, compensation board member.
Jerry Conley of the Cherokee County Taxpayer's Association said in light of the size of the county, he felt a six-percent raise would be more in line. He also pointed out that it was not quite right the Supervisors set their own salary and that there was no public hearing scheduled or mandated by law.
Cherokee County Auditor Beverly Anderson responded by saying through the open meetings law, the public had a chance to respond and that the budget hearings were another platform from where the county could hear from the public.
Compensation Board President Charles Knudson said many factors had been taken into account when coming up with the 10-percent across-the-board hike. One of those factors, he said, was the fact that the Mental Health Institute adds an additional work load to the Cherokee County offices.
Supervisor Jack Leinbaugh, in making the motion to approve the hike, said that the county had professional people and he felt they were entitled to compensation. Supervisor Keith Walker seconded the motion.
"A raise should be coming for the work that gets done around here," said Supervisor Chairman Jack Foresman. "Our officers are receptive to the public and they have done an excellent job in budgeting."
Anderson reported the deputy status of the county offices. Deputy salaries will go from $360,063 to $400,657, a $40,593 increase which includes IPERS and Social Security.
"I am willing to restructure my budget and stay as low as I can," she said, "because my employees are entitled to a raise."
The rate hike passed 4-1 with Supervisor William Herd Jr. casting a no vote making no comment during discussion on the motion.
The approval of the 10-percent across-the-board rate hike ends a three-year wage freeze for Cherokee County elected officials. The raise affects the salaries of the supervisors, auditor, treasurer, recorder, sheriff and county attorney.