Counties of the state will receive considerable more cash on April 1 from the apportionment of the automobile tax than they did last year at the first division refund. W. C. Brown, state treasurer, is preparing to cut the melon which will be exceedingly juicy according to indications.
The treasurer has on hand at the present time $470,000 taken in from the licensing of automobiles. With a little more than three weeks more before the end of March, it is expected the receipts from this source will exceed $500,000.
Last year the treasurer on April 1 had $357,927.55 auto tax receipts to divide among the counties. The apportionment, according to the law is by civil townships. There are 1,643 townships in the state and each county receives a slice of the auto tax, according to the number of its townships.
Adair county, with twenty-two townships receives more of the tax than Dallas county, which has sixteen townships, although Dallas county has more territory and more population than Adair county, the state officials say.
The second apportionment for 1913, which was made Aug. 1, amounted to $228,021.88, or $585,949.43 for the entire year. This year it is expected that the first installment will nearly equal the entire tax of last year.
The number of autos registered is nearly 50,000. Many of these are new cars. The owners of the autos often times forget how old the machines are and send more money than is required. The law provides for four years, is entitles thereafter to half rate. The secretary of state has been sending refunds to car owners at about the rate of fifty a week, owing to this cause.
The state treasury now has $518,049.76 on hand. General taxes are not due until sometime in April. The receipts from the auto registration during the first three months of this year has been timely as far as the state's finances are concerned.
The cash was received at a time when the treasury was practically empty and with no hope of securing revenue from taxation until along in April.
With the city election Monday, March 27, only five days away, interest reached a new pitch Tuesday as candidates hit the home stretch in their campaign to woo the ballots of voters in the three municipal precincts.
Holding the left hand column on the official ballot is the "Citizens" ticket, headed by George Hicks, who seeks election as mayor. Other candidates on the ticket are James M. Casey, assessor; George E. Wilson; treasurer; Albert Stahl, park commissioner; J. E. Lockyer, and Carl Goeb, councilmen at large; George Rapson, councilman first ward; Dewey Kennedy, councilman, second ward and W. B. Seippel, councilman third ward.
"People's ticket with Mayor Candidate M. O. Wheatley at the top contains the names of Lois Ware, assessor; Dale R. Goldie and J. R. Nicholson, councilmen at large; Bard F. Parker, councilman first ward; Glenn Champion, councilman second ward, and Howard Russell, councilman third ward.
The incumbent mayor, J. A. McDonald, heads the "General" ticket which also lists Nelson T. Phipps as candidate for councilman third ward.
Andrew J. Nordstrom's name occupies the first position on the "Municipal" ticket. No other names appear.
The "Independent" ticket is blank.
Where no candidate is named on a ticket, blank lines have been left in order to permit voters to write in names of candidates. The "Independent" ticket was made blank all the way through for the express purpose of giving opportunity to citizens to name their own ticket and candidate.
Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. as follows: first ward, court house basement; second ward, council chamber, city hall; third ward, basement Christian church.
John Gilchrist, 59, well known Cherokee conservationist and sportsman, Thursday night was honored as Siouxland "Outdoorsman of the Year."
The award was made to Gilchrist at the Siouxland Exposition Sports and Travel Show at Municipal Auditorium in Sioux City.
He was presented with a trophy emblematic of his selection as "Outsdoorsman of the Year."
Gilchrist is secretary of the Cherokee County Conservation Board and has contributed mightily to promotion, development and preservation of recreational pursuits in this sector. In business life, he is an insurance man.
Gilchrist has been both president and secretary of the Little Sioux Rod and Gun Club in addition to his County Conservation Board duties.
His outdoor fields are actually many and varied.
They encompass: Fish and game conservation; oil and water conservation; recreation--securing public fishing access, picnic areas, hiking and camping; active in securing legislation favorable to conservation; public relations with land owners; working with youth.
Gilchrist has probably accomplished so much in the field of conservation that a book could be written on it. He spends much of his time educating man and boy alike on facets of outdoor recreation.
From identifying of mushrooms or tying of a fly for an area farmer or taking of two boys on a carp expedition or to the Lakes for an ice-fishing trip.
Gilchrist has in his possession hundreds of photos he has taken of wildlife--from a mouse strangled by a weed to foxes trapped at various seasons of the year.
He has helped with the raising and releasing of pheasants, teaching youngsters to fly cast, with trapping schools, building outdoor barbecues free, making fishing equipment, securing river access areas before county conservation boards were ever heard of, providing for wildlife cover and myriad other outdoor projects.
Gene Dorr, Little Sioux Rod & Gun secretary who nominated Gilchrist said this:
"Gilchrist has accomplished more through personal informal talks with farmers than it would be possible to accomplish through the largest most influential outdoor group you could muster...
"This man is dedicated to the outdoors and while we are eating, he is picnicking; while we are gossiping, he is educating; while we are looking, he is photographing; while we are belonging, he is promoting."
Preliminary planning for a possible all-weather track at Washington High School was launched Monday night at the Cherokee School Board meeting.
It was decided that Superintendent Mick Starcevich should appoint a committee to study the district's needs of the track and contract the services of an architect to draw up preliminary drawings and cost estimates.
Later on, the board plans to present the idea of an all-weather track to the community to garner support for fundraising efforts.
"We have been talking about an all-weather track for six years now," said board member Joe Lundsgaard who will be the board's representative on the committees. "I think it is an idea that's time has come...We might consider a fund drive, a site levy...It merits priority...We might even be able to bring back the Tomahawk Relays."
Starcevich explained there are many things to look at when deciding on constructing an all-weather track.
"We would need to decide whether or not to recrown the football field...We might look at replacing the bleachers...We would also want to put in a press box, a concessions stand and restroom facilities...Several people have said to me if we are going to do it, to do it right."
"I feel if we view this as something that can benefit the whole community we can see the need for it," said board member Charlene Fulton. "We need to ask for input from the community."
Board President Tim Menke suggested that the first step would be to get preliminary drawings and cost estimates as a point of reference to see how much the school could put toward financing the project, how much community support was needed and if a separate bond issue is needed.
"As president of the student body I am here to say that all of the students are behind this project and are willing to help raise money for it," said WHS student Adam Timmerman.
"I don't see this as a luxury," said WHS Athletic Director Leo Hupke, who also serves as an assistant football coach and head girls' track coach. "I see it as a necessity.
"Our numbers are good, but they could be better...It would help in practicing too...Cherokee has always had pride in its track, but as you know, we don't hold any track meets here anymore because of the condition of the track...In all fairness to our kids, we need to put in an all-weather track.
Menke said that the district needed to be "fiscally responsible" and felt the district should probably look into the project now that the district had almost paid off its bonded indebtedness on the Roosevelt School.
The board plans to bring the issue of the all-weather track to the community at a later date.