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Friday, January 11, 2013

100 years ago

In this issue we are making the announcement of the greatest gift offer ever made in Cherokee county. A Ford Topedo Roadster heads the list of our prizes, while a piano of $300.00 value is second. Diamond rings, watches and many other valuable prizes will be awarded. In fact the total value of our prizes will be considerably over $1,000.00.

All of these valuable prizes are to be awarded in a few weeks to the men and women of this county and surrounding territory who are of the more ambitious sort.

The people of Cherokee County know that the Times stands behind this phenomenal offer and that the prizes will be awarded exactly as advertised.

The Times awarded several valuable prizes something over three years ago, but this eclipses anything in the history of gift offers in Northwestern Iowa.

A special contest manager will be here to conduct our contest for us and his sole business will be to give help and information to those who are desirous of helping themselves along.

Working particulars of the contest are given in our big announcement which appears in this issue. Read over the offer and see if you know someone whom you would like to nominate. If you nominate the winner of the Ford Roadster it will net you a $5 gold piece.

Cherokee Times Readers -

Shortly after taking charge of the Times office the present management sought to increase the popularity of the Times and make it easier for its readers by trying to have it delivered at the homes. In some sections of the city this has been satisfactory to all concerned and in others it has been the opposite.

The difference in the service has been to the extent of the differences of the carrier boys. A short time ago orders were given to the boys to put each paper in the mail boxes or places provided by our patrons. Some of the boys have done this and others have not. One lady missed her paper Monday afternoon and not finding it in the mail box looked on the porch and it was not there but finally found it in a snowdrift.

What we want our readers to know it that we do not sanction that sort of work and since we are paying these boys good wages we are determined that you shall have good service and can only assure you that when these infractions are reported to us, as we are determined to discharge those boys who are negligent and keep hunting for boys that are faithful until we find them. Please notify us promptly when your copy if thrown on the porch, or in the yard, or you are missed altogether.

75 years ago

Aimed at the prevention of automobile accidents and fatalities, now reaping a grimmer harvest each year, a six-day short course in automobile safety education has been scheduled at the Iowa State Teachers college for the week of January 24 to 29.

Registrants at the course, whose names are not yet available, will be high school teachers and a group of hand-picked advanced students at Teachers college.

Designed especially for these high school teachers present and future, the short course is being sponsored by the state department of public instruction, the state motor vehicle department, the state safety council, and Teachers college.

In charge of arrangements is a campus committee appointed by President O. R. Latham, and including Irving H. Hart, head of the extension division, and E. C. Denny, head of the department of education.

"The classes," says Mr. Hart, "are a constructive measure looking toward the education of youth in safe driving."

Classes will meet Monday through Friday during three periods--8:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. During the morning sessions the teachers enrolled will work out definite lesson plans for instruction of high school students in highway safety.

A lone bandit, brandishing a pistol held up and robbed the Fred Davis Oil Station in downtown Sutherland Sunday evening shortly before eight o'clock.

Driving into the station the bandit purchased two gallons of gas and as Davis, who was alone at the time, went inside to make change, the youth, described as about 22 or 23 years old, followed him inside the building. As Davis opened the cash register and bandit forced him into the corner at the point of his gun and proceeded to gather the contents of the cash drawer. Amount of the haul totaled $32.

The robber then hurried form the building and fled in his car, the engine of which he had left running.

Davis described the robber as small of stature and dark complexioned.

He was driving a V-S Ford coupe that had been stolen about half an hour earlier from the streets of Peterson. It belonged to Dwight Chatteron.

The car was recovered Monday morning north of Peterson unharmed. The speedometer registered 80 miles more than when Chatterton had parked it Sunday evening. Also missing from the coupe were a small rifle and a Kodak.

A filling station robbed at Laurens Saturday night, and one reported robbed at Sioux Rapids Sunday afternoon are thought to have been done by the same person.

Sheriff Ed Leemkuil, notified at Primghar Sunday night, shortly after the robbery, is working on the case.

James McNear, 75, who lives with his brother, Henry McNear, in the northwest part of Quimby, was seriously injured last week while engaged in sawing wood with a buzz saw near Anthon.

McNear was throwing the wood from the saw when his clothing was caught in the revolving saw blade drawing him under the machine. All the clothing was town from the upper part of his body. He was picked up unconscious and rushed to St. Joseph hospital in Sioux City. At first it was feared that his back was broken but later reports are that it is not. He suffered very severe bruises. His lungs were injured and later pneumonia developed. At this time he shows signs of improvement and it is believed he will recover.

50 years ago

A private psychiatrist in Florida recently advised one of his patients to return to his home in northwest Iowa and to seek treatment in the Mental Health Institute here. The doctor said, "Your state of Iowa is now ranked among the best in the nation for treatment it can offer those needing psychiatric help. Since I believe that you need hospitalization, I recommend that you go back to Iowa."

Iowans can be proud that the state's mental institutions now rate among the best while only a few years ago they were not far from the bottom. That Iowa is looked upon from coast to coast as a state excelling in mental treatment facilities is not an accident.

Iowa Public Service - Here is a picture of a work crew from the Iowa Public Service Electric Company (IPS) gathered around their International work truck. The date stamped on the back of this photograph is April 26, 1955.
What changes the picture: It hasn't been a building program because most of the institutions are using exactly the same buildings. The difference lies in the increase in professional staff and to the highly skilled and trained psychiatrists which the state has been able to hire by offering salaries which were in line with those paid in other states, and nearly comparable to the income of the average private practitioner in the specialty. This is less true today as some states are now holding forth pay scales equal to Iowa's and equal to the average in private practice.

The Cherokee Mental Health Institute lost two of its board approved psychiatrists and one board approved specialist in internal medicine. So far no success has been made toward replacement of these doctors.

The medical staff has increased from handful even as few as two doctors at the close of World War II--to a present complement of 19 doctors. The staff is low at this time and efforts are being made to hire additional psychiatrists and to obtain more applicants for residency training. There has been as many as 26 doctors on the staff a few years ago.

Of today's medical staff there is only one physician in the top salary bracket at the #22,500 figure paid from state funds. The average salary range of the remaining doctors is $13,264 per year.

25 years ago

The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors complimented the Plains Area Mental Health staff on the job they have been doing during the discussion on the budget request of the organization at the Monday meeting.

The meeting was attended by the Meriden-Cleghorn Sixth Grade class and the Marcus Freshman Civics class. Each class attended in order to see firsthand how county government works. Each of the supervisors talked briefly to both groups, explaining the duties of their office.

Supervisor David Phipps served as temporary chairman for the meeting in the absence of Chairman Jack Foresman.

Marge Moir, Acting Director of Plains Area Mental Health (PAMH), and Dr. Lynn Herrick of the Cherokee office presented the organization's request to the group.

PAMH is requesting an additional $5,000 this year. Last year the organization requested $40,000 and this year it is asking for $45,000 in county assistance.

The reason for this increase, according to Moir, is because of the increase in client contacts. The organization is projecting 3,526 client contacts in the next fiscal year. In 1986-1987, 3,128 clients were served. In 1981-1982, there were only 929 client contacts made.

The increase points to a greater awareness of the service in Cherokee County as well as an increase in need.

"I would like to explain that we have seen a three to four hundred percent increase in the juvenile court system," said Assistant County Attorney Mark Cozine. "We use Plains Area Mental Health exclusively because it is more expedient."

Cherokee County had 14 juvenile cases last month, Cozine explained, and he said the reason for that is because of the hard times some families are experiencing. He said where juvenile cases used to be petty theft cases a few years ago, the county is seeing more burglaries and car thefts. He said the increase seen in the juvenile court system is also seen in the district court system.

Herrick said that his emergency hours were up and the supervisors expressed concern over these trends. Moir said the positive things which were happening was that parents and schools were calling and requesting that classes be put on for them.

"Rural American is in the midst of a major transition," said Herrick. "I'm not sure where we're headed...but it's hard for parents who are in need themselves to be able to meet the demands of their children."

"We do know that the services we provide are of the highest quality," said Moir, "and when we request $45,000 for this next year, it is in payment for these services rendered and Cherokee County is getting more than what they are actually paying for. If you want to talk dollars I can assure you that because of outpatient therapy, we are able to keep people out of the hospital, which would be far more costly to the county."

Moir explained that the budget request was a bottom line request and the staff at Plains Area Mental Health were working to keep costs down.

"These are very stressful times. The economical situation in the rural area has created a mental health crisis," she continued, "and we are doing our level best to help these people, but these same individuals are many times the ones who are unable to pay and do not have insurance policies to assist them.

"We have a most efficient staff who work hard at keeping costs down, in fact, of the 32 mental health centers in Iowa we are one of the six lowest as far as county funding per capita and fifth lowest as far as percentage of budget funded by the county."

"I will say that you are doing a good job and people are using your services more," said Supervisor Bill Hurd. "I do think though that the state and federal government should be providing funding...there is no doubt you'd save the county money by keeping people out of the hospital and I don't know how you would put a dollar value on it."

All of the supervisors agreed that it was good news that PAMH was being utilized by the people of Cherokee County and Phipps said the request would be reviewed at budget time.

Jeanne Sturdevant, Executive Director of Siouxland Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Council presented a budget request of $4,723 to the group.

"I would like to say that it is commendable that your organization had a budget request coming in at 50-60 percent less than in the past," commented County Auditor Beverly Anderson. "You have asked for $7,000 and $9,000 before and I think it should be pointed out that you have cut your budget request by that much."

Sturdevant said that the organization is hoping for more third-party pay in the upcoming fiscal year and says since the organization has united with St. Luke's Hospital in Sioux City, more third-party pay has been received.

She said the counselor in Cherokee is working at optimum capacity and that the organization has a close working relationship with the Plains Area Mental Health Center.

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