There is no chimney near it or anything that pertains to a fire and there can be but one conclusion and that spontaneous combustion was the cause.
Sweat pads had been piled there for a long time and it was in these the fire started and the only things that were damaged to any extent.
The blaze was discovered almost as soon as it was started and several men who were in the harness shop with Mr. Smith as the time, helped him with pails of water from the faucet close at hand and put the fire out before the firemen reached the scene.
From the dense smoke in the attic it was thought there was fire there but a thorough investigation failed to find any.
Had the fire started at night it would have reached the tank of oil before being discovered and bad fire would have been the result, for while it was not hard to reach with a hose it would have gotten such a start it is probable the building and stock would have been badly damaged even if it had been confined to the one building.
Mr. and Mrs. Terrence Sheahan, former Quimby residents, are now in charge of the U.S. government weather bureau at Laguna Beach, Calif., according to word received here Thursday by relatives.
The Laguna Beach station now rates among the most efficient on the Pacific coast with the acquisition by Mr. and Mrs. Sheahan of two additional observers, the South Coast news, published there, declares in a recent article.
Mr. Sheahan formerly was mayor of Quimby and at one time he was lineman for the telephone company here while his wife operated the switchboard. They have wide acquaintance in the Quimby area.
Mr. and Mrs. Sheahan have been watching and reporting Laguna's weather for the government and the public for many months, working two twelve hour shifts.
As additional equipment is to be provided for the station by the government, the present quarters are inadequate and the larger room is to be leased at the high school. Included in the new equipment will be an automatic teletype machine. Expansion of the Laguna station is part of the nation-wide program for increasing efficiency of the weather bureaus as aid to aviation and the public.
Mrs. Sheahan's sister, Mrs. Howard McCoy, lives in Silver township.
City and county officers late Monday questioned eleven youths, ranging in age from 14 to 18; about a series of robberies from automobiles which the boys are charged with having committed recently.
The lads were recently rounded up by city officers. They were accompanied by their parents, at the interview which was held in the city police station. Officers said they elicited a few more admissions from some of the youths who previously had denied participation in the robberies.
Chief of Police, W. F. Huber said the boys admitted theft of gasoline, blankets, flashlights, accessories and other articles.
Probation Officer Don R. Hankens and County Attorney A. R. Nelson said the youths would eventually be arraigned in juvenile court on charges of general delinquency. All attend local schools with few exceptions. Hankens said the boys are not being held in confinement but are under restriction.
Officials who conducted the probe Monday night included Chief Huber, Night Officer Don F. Phipps, Sheriff An. N. Tilton, County Attorney Nelson, Mayor J. A. McDonald
Some 20 northwest Iowa Chamber of Commerce executives and wives or guests attended the group's annual meeting held here Thursday afternoon.
J. Harmen of LeMars, was elected president replacing Alice Timmins who has served during the past year. Miss Timmins was presented with a token gavel as outgoing president.
Board members for 1963 are: K. V. Christensen, Estherville; Gene Meeke, Denison and Randy Peterson, Eagle Grove.
Cherokee Chamber board members present included: Warren Curtis, R. L. Kinkead, Gordon Steele and Charles Reznikov. The session was held at Speelmon's Steak House.
On Dec. 31, the Sioux Valley Savings and Loan Association will distribute more than $89,000 as a semi-annual payment of earnings to its savings customers.
This record-breaking dividend, at the annual rate of four percent, brings dividend payments for 1962 to $175,000 and increased cumulative earnings paid by the association to $748,000.
Don Hughes, secretary-treasurer and managing officer, explained that Sioux Valley Savings is a mutual financial institution owned by its 2,100 savers.
These people share in all profits left after operating expenses are paid and required additions have been made to reserves maintained for the purpose of absorbing any losses which might occur in the association's mortgage loans.
The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors will opened up the new year with a resolution to do something about county sign vandalism and theft.
These acts are costing the county an estimated $60-$80,000 per year.
"In November alone 67 county signs were shot or stolen," said County Engineer Al Loebig. "We replaced 250 posts last year and lost 27 warning lights."
With the help of the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, the Magistrate Court, and a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of person or persons involved in sign vandalism or theft, the board hopes to curve the spiraling costs of the problem.
According to Magistrate Judge Fred Fondroy, violators found guilty could be subject to a maximum of a $100 fine, court costs and restitution to the county. The board believes restitution would be a better penalty because a fine would go to the state. Restitution would go to the county and be used toward replacing the sign.
The supervisors are posting a reward of $100 to anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of violators. The supervisors are also offering amnesty to people who return stolen signs to the county premises. No questions will be asked and the person's identity need not be known to anyone.
"You are probably setting a precedence here that will be followed by other counties," said Loebig. "This is a problem that has been talked about in the past, but nothing is ever done about it."
Sheriff Bud Stroud has put the support of his office and staff behind the new crackdown and says it is a problem the county has had often. He felt the reward was justified and felt that it would bring in information concerning stolen and vandalized county signs.
Anyone who has any information on vandalized or stolen signs can contact the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department.
Loebig says if the problem can just be cut in half it will be a help to the county.
"We need to get things down on paper and get some of these things enforced," said Supervisor Chairman Jack Foresman. "It's a New Years resolution so to speak."
In other business Monday, the board reappointed Jack Foresman as the chairman of the group. Foresman said that he foresees another tough year ahead for the county in budgeting and that the organization of the county system is starting to function better.
The board appointed Richard Tolzin to the Board of Adjustment; Jack Linebaugh, Dave Phipps and Lorna Clark as the three political appointments to the Board of Social Services and Sheree Ogren and Jo Anne Tapper, R. N. to the Board of Health. Tapper is a new appointment replacing Thayer Hoover whose term expired Dec. 31, 1987.
Tolzin's appointment is for five years while the other appointments are for three years.
The board also directed that the County Weed Commissioner submit all claims in the future by Sept. 15 so that public hearings can be timely scheduled. Three assessments were dismissed because of inadequate time to schedule a public hearing on them. The supervisors hope to avoid any problems with this in the future by mandating the earlier deadline.
The county has also extended the contract of John Calhoun, a structural engineer out of Des Moines who designed the plans for the Braasch Bridge, to access the damage to the bridge for the county's claim. Calhoun began his work Monday afternoon at the sight and advised the supervisors on what they can expect in pursuing a settlement in the matter with the private insurance company.