Saturday morning we were surprised and pleased to have a call from Robt. Rutherford of Gate, Okla. After renewing his subscription and in the course of our conversation we learned that he had been elected representative of Beaver and Harper counties on the democratic ticket. This in spite of the fact that these counties were normally republican by 165 yet he carried them by 41 majority. This victory came direct from the people as he spent only a few hours in the interest of his election.
While here Mr. Rutherford was a progressive republican, but during his stay in the south he has changed to a progressive democrat, some say there is no difference in the two and there appears to be but little if any.
Most all of the older residents especially in the east part of the county are well acquainted with Mr. Rutherford and in the county history we glean the following facts.
"In the summer of 1870, after taking a trip through Kansas and Missouri in company with his brother-in-law, G. W. Appleton, Mr. Rutherford located in Diamond township, four miles south of Aurelia. He bought 220 acres of land, and began to improve a farm.
In the fall of 1873 he went to California, intending to engage in the livestock business in Nevada, but decided to return to Iowa, where he could secure cheaper land. On his return in 1874 he bought 280 acres of his present home and began making improvements. He soon after married and lived on the place three years, when he leased his brother's place, consisting of 1,400 acres, lying in Diamond township; there he lived a greater part of the next ten years. In 1877 he returned to his own farm one-half mile west of Aurelia."
A few years ago he sold his home at Aurelia to W. P. Dawson and moved to Gate, Oklahoma, where he engaged in the banking and real estate business. Every year he returns to Iowa for a short visit and to look after his business interests here, as he owns considerable Iowa land.
He goes to Oklahoma City soon after the first of the year to be there when the legislature convenes on the seventh of January. He left here for his home at Gate, Okla., yesterday.
LeRoy Spinharney, 45, WPA supervisor and former Cherokean, was accidentally wounded Thursday night when shots fired by Sioux City police at fleeing car thieves ricocheted from the pavement and shattered a bone in his right leg.
At St. Vincent's hospital Friday, Spinharney was reported improved. He lived with his family in Cherokee several years ago. His mother, Mrs. S. A. Spinharney, lives at 345 South Eighth street here and his cousin, Dr. L. J. Spinharney, also lives here. There are several other relatives residing in the city besides these.
The accident in which Spinharney was wounded occurred as Patrolmen Ed Rassmussen and Lyle Shadduck, driving at high speed fired at the bandits on Third street late Thursday night in Sioux City. Pellets from police shotgun shells struck Spinharney in the leg as he stood near the curb.
A wallet that he was carrying in a breast pocket is believed to have saved the former Cherokean's life. Two glancing pellets pierced his outer clothing and lodged in his wallet, stopping them from reaching his heart.
Spinharney was standing on the northwest corner of the intersection and was struck by one of the eight pellets contained in the shotgun charge. The shot is the size of a .32 caliber bullet.
The injured man was taken to St. Vincent's hospital by Detectives Ed Becker and Bert Frink. Attendants there said the man's condition was not serious. An operation was performed to set the shattered bone and extract the bullet still lodged after the x-rays disclosed location of the pellet.
John and Dorice Neir, missionary candidates under the Evangelical Free Church of America will be presenting a message of Christmas and a challenge to the Missions in the Meriden Evangelical Free Church of Meriden, Sunday, Dec. 23, at 11 a.m.
John is a son of Mr. and Mrs. George Neir of Meriden. He has completed one year of seminary studies at Evangelical Free Church School, Trinity Seminary, of Chicago. His wife, Dorice, is a registered nurse, having received her training in Minneapolis.
This past year they have been attending Yale University pursuing the study of the Chinese language and the Cantonese dialect. John will be going as a much-needed accountant and Dorice as a registered nurse to the city of Hong Kong.
Dorice is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hull, former members of the Meriden Church and now residents of Sterling, Colo.
John and Dorice will be presenting a message of song and word, Sunday morning at 11 a.m., Dec. 23. Rev. Eugene W. Anderson is pastor.
Two motor graders were purchased for a net of $31,650 during a meeting of the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors Thursday.
The supervisors took quotations from six firms on two motor graders with a trade in allowed on a 1955 and '54 Austin Western.
The two new graders purchased were Huber-Waco 10-D graders.
The county farm report for October and November was also approved.
The supervisors rejected a claim for William Woltman for 20 ducks since the county does not pay claims on animals killed by fox.
Supervisors asked to upgrade hospital's ambulance service
Sioux Valley Hospital Administrator Randy Richards approached the Cherokee Board of Supervisors Thursday about possible funding assistance to upgrade the hospital's ambulance service.
Richards explained that eleven weeks ago Aurelia discontinued its ambulance service and says he sees a forthcoming crisis in the county's ambulance service if another unit is not obtained.
He said that the hospital receives 570 calls annually. A total of 159 of those are in rural communities while 155 are for long distance runs to other hospitals.
"I would say we have an ambulance on the road to these other hospitals at least every other day," Richards says, "leaving us with one unit to serve Cherokee County."
Richards says he expects a five to eight percent increase in calls because of Aurelia's lack of emergency service and says he sees major problems ahead if something isn't done.
He proposed to begin a tiered response system in Cherokee County, which would involve training fire department personnel in surrounding communities as first responders. He says it would decrease the investments for rural communities for emergency medical service. The first responders would be trained to care for the patient before the ambulance could get there.
"We need the vehicle to get to these areas and keep the response time short," he said.
Richards requested a 50/50 match for a $45,000 ambulance unit. Chairman Jack Foresman advised Richards that the board would look at the request seriously at budget time.
Richards said the hospital is reorganizing its ambulance service and nurses will no longer be on the ambulance anymore.
"Our responsibility is to provide service to Cherokee County," he said. "We would like to provide good emergency service, but if we lose Aurelia and Alta because we can't provide that service then this hospital is in a world of hurt."
Sioux Valley Hospital is one of 138 rural hospitals in Iowa and is licensed for 120 beds. It has seven doctors currently on the staff and has an occupancy rate of about 38 percent.
In other business, County Engineer Al Loebig reported that contact has been made with Larry Heinsohm's insurance carrier concerning the Braasch Bridge. The Rembrandt man drove a lowboy tractor trailer with a back hoe through the bridge Nov. 23. The bridge was damaged and is currently closed to traffic.
The county is seeking a civil settlement and has decided to obtain the services of a structural engineer to assess the damages.
"We need to get on this in the next two weeks," explained Loebig.
Loebig also recommended the bid of Engineering Data Systems for the Engineer Office computer system. The total bid is $38,546 which includes the unit which will connect the office with the courthouse and the personal computer for road calculations.
Foresman instructed each of the board members to contact a county who has a system and find out how it is working out and to report back Monday when the board may take action.
The board will meet again Monday at 9 a.m. at which time they will also discuss the county's problems with sign vandalism.