Cherokee Daily Times from Cherokee, Iowa on May 31, 1960 · Page 37
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State 'Hospital,., "The Way They Acted It (Looked As If They (Needed An Asylum" "If Cherokee had been up before all eyes in the state, the\ evidence would have been most emphatic'that Ian asylum! was needed here and that thie legislature had done the proper thing." That was ^he description in a nut shell of the actioris of residents of this community when word finally came through on Thursday, March 29,1894 that Cherokee had finally been picked as the site for the; new Istate institution. It ended a; long, and bitter fight on the part of several northwest Iowa towns, including Le- Mars, Sheldon, Storrn. Lake, Ft. Dodge and Cherokee. ;, .'.'-.••..• •':.;•••.•• . . • ; ' • The battle;had :been going on for many months. The legislature had said that they would establish a state insane .hospital in northwest Iowa,; arid? from then on ail towns were after it. Each community' : had a lobby at Des Moines . . . and, Cherokee i became very active. However as the ''tirrie-'near^d .for'.a;' vote,v.the residents of the community were not :in a very good frame of mind. They thipught • it had been lost and that something was'-, radically wrong. Very few remained out that; night to get the news from Des Moines, most being satisfied to await the morning and' hearHhe good or bad news. LeMars or Storm' 1 Lake had been favored they thought. About midnight, March 29, 1894, the news came and in trie morning the word was spread throughout the city. : The Cherokee Democrat of that week asked that the ". . . outside world will excuse Cherokee for going wild." \ : Most of the Heroes were still in Des Moines and were., to return on the evening train. A big reception was planned 1 . Committees went to work, flags went up, the town was gayly decorated. "Seldom has there been such .a blowout arranged for, in so short a time," was the Democrat's report. : . ' '; '••-•'• ••-•irf«4 The train pulled into the Cherokee depot at 5:50 p.m. on March 30. Hundreds of citizens were gathered at the depot. Leading the procession were Aurelia and Remsen bands, the Cherokee fire department in uniform, Company "M" of the Iowa National Guard and • a "broom brigade" composed of nearly 200 businessmen, with banners and "amusing get-ups appropriate to the occasion." A new pleasure boat, which had recently been built by Cherokee men, ,was placed on a wagon, drawn by four horses,..arid in this all the workers who had been fat Des\ Moines were seated. ."Amid the music of the ••• bands, the firing of a salute by Company' "M" and the cheers of the people, the procession started: on its way through the principal streets," reported the Democrat. 'The group stopped .at the 'Washington' house where the "Cherokee warriors were ushered in, to partake of a splendid banquet, already prepared." • '-.... The committee was joined in the banquet hall by many citizens. Principal speaker of the evening'was E. C. Herrick. The Hon. A. F. Meser- yey had almost lost his voice during the battle at Des Moines and consequently they did riot require him to say more than, a few words. -.. The selection of Cherokee as the site for the hospital was made when the house and senate met in joint convention especially for that purpose. . . "•-•.• The legislature, in picking Cherokee, said that the new hospital would accbmodate 1,000 patients and cost more than a million dollars. Over fifty lobbyists representing the competing towns, watched the balloting. Cherokee led with 44 votes in the first ballot, with Sheldon second, LeMars third, Storm Lake fourth and Ft. Dodge, fifth. On the second ballot, LeMars changed places with Sheldon. The same order was maintained on the third and fourth ballots but 'on the fifth ballot, LeMars went to the top with 41 votes. The sixth and seventh ballotts did not change the order, but on the eighth, Cherokee and LeMars were tied for first place, each having 45 votes. On the next ballot, Cherokee led LeMars by three votes. Cherokee held it's lead on the tenth and eleventh ballots. The eleventh ballot resulted: Cherokee 46, LeMais 39, Sheldon "34, Fort Dodge 15, and Storm Lake 8. Under the law providing the method of .procedure, Storm Lake was dropped. The thirteenth ballot placed Sheldon ahead of LeMars and the latter was dropped. Cherokee was selected on the fourteenth ballot. The fight which ended in this: balloting was a bitter one. The surprise of the contest apparently was the remarkable strength developed by Sheldon. They had made no active campaign for the hospital until just a week prior to the balloting. At that time, they simply dropped into the legislative circles and went about their work quietly 'and systematically. It was a surprise to everyone that Sheldon placed second in the first ballot. LeMars, which'general opinion had classed as the most likely winner, was defeated on the thirteenth ballot. . Cherokee owed, much of its victory. to the persistence and popularity of ex-Senator Meservey, who had been in Des Moines almost constantly since the opening of the session. Earlier, a commission had been sent out to look over the various possible sites. .This report "was so manifestly prejudiced in favor of Storm Lake", that.it virtually killed every chance that • city had of securing the location of the institution. Circulars were sent. ..out ridiculing Storm Lake, and it was literally "laughed out of the contest." The Democrat reported that, "What was doubtless intended as a kindness was a dagger in the hands of the opposing cities." In reporting the incident, the Democrat said that, "Cherokee has nobody to condemn - nobody to abuse. We thank our friends and extend our sympathy to our competitors .whom we still hold as friends." But when word went out that Cherokee had obtained the hospital ... the other communities really went all out to blast this city. Storm Lake Comments The Storm Lake Tribune was very bitter against the Iowa legislature,.:After the report of the commission favored the Lake so strongly, the people there met with a "grieveous dis- apointment." Under the heading "Cherokee Gets The Mad House", the Storm Lake Tribune said: "Regardless of the favorable report of the commission apointed to locate a site for the insane asylum, the legislature/repudiated the investigations of eminent experts and voted as their individual interests appeared financially and otherwise . . . Cherokee got the maniacs on the 14th ballot. Storm Lake, however, has no grief over the result. The favorable report of a committee of distinguished gentlemen is more gratifying to the pride of our town than the votes of a lot of lumbering lunatics who are willing to sacrifice the interests of a state institution to accomplish personal ends. Cherokee, LeMars and Sheldon, had been in the race during the past three months, while Storm Lake has devoted less than three weeks to the work. LeMars is probably the most crestfallen, she having pinned great faith to her ability to capture the maniac mansion." LeMars Weeps The LeMars Post, under the heading "Why We Weep" had this to say: "The same fellows who paralyzed the hope of the,state for relief from.the mildew and dank of : prohibition have hung crepe on the doorbell of our hope for a crazy house. It is according to the eternal fitness of things that Cherokee should get the asylum, for Cherokee is such a good, sleepy old village, whose pensive air is rudely awakened, betimes, by the harsh clamor of a cracked dinner gong, announcing to the habitues of the various bootlegging joints, the arrival of the Illinois Central. "At the alarm, forth from- the nooks and crannies of this model, moral prohibition town. <$> -" swarm the denizens of the berg with dyspeptic' lined sandwiches, rubber beef sandvviehes oleomargarine lined cookies, to give, in exchange for 50 cent silver dollars, carried by the passengers in transit, who are forced to court death in three forms, vix.: Buy buying of the train hucksters, starving, or contributions to the support of Cherokee's ambition as caterers . . . Yes . . . (they) . . . were right in locating the asylum in Cherokee. It is a reward done to the prohibitioners in the general assembly We do not mourn that thou art gone, oh crazy house, but that thou shouldst 'have found rest and contentment in such a holy spot. "Oh, Cherokee, sweet Cherokee, Thou gettest the insanity "Oh, Cherokee, sweet Cherokee, Don't swell and bust with vanity." Sioux City Journal The Sioux City Journal had this to say: "The location of the new insane asylum at Cherokee will be satisfactory. Of course, there will be keen disappointment in the localities which competed unsuccessfully for the location." The Cherokee Democrat went into complete detail on the happenings, and in one article stated that: "To them (the commissioners) some credit is due from the fact that while our water was found to be faulty, our other liquids were highly satisfactory." The commissions in their report had told of fine, water supply available at Storni Lake. Aurelia Enthused Aurelia was enthused. The Sentinel that week said: "Quite a number of our citizens are going to Cherokee this evening to help that enterprising city celebrate and to congratulate them on securing the new insane asylum. The band will go along to help the enthusiam Which is running high at that place and in general in Aurelia." Later that week, on April 3, 1894, the legislature passed the appropriation for the new asylum. .At five o'clock on that day, Dr. Cleaves received a telegram to that effect. It gave $12,000 for that year and $50,000 a year for four years. Thus it was that Cherokee obtained the State Hospital, now known as the Mental Health Institute. Their troubles were not over, however, for they experienced difficulty in obtaining enough land with the amount of money appropriated. However, Cherokee again fought the battle and finally won! Denial Lab Is Opened Here H. E. Mahoney attended and graduated from the Wilson High School, later entering the Army Technical School at O'Riley General Hospital in Springfield. Missouri. He was connected with the Army Station Hospital at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri for four years, being in charge of the Dental Laboratory there for two and a half years. His status as dental technician in Cherokee has been established since 1951. He is a member of the Na/ tional Association of Dental Laboratories, Inc., as well as the Iowa Laboratory Asociation, and the Cherokee Chamber of Com- cerce. Mrs. Mahoney operates a daily pickup and delivery route over a two hundred mile area, serving dentists in the surrounding terri tory. She has traveled some 200,000 miles in this capacity during the past-three and a half years all of which have :been accident- free. ' Ben Loposky And ... Electronic Abstracts Gain World-Wide Acclaim Ben Lajposky, native Cherokee son, 'has achieved commendable note in the scientific field. His electronic abstraction photos have gained world-wide acclaim, currently being featured by a leading magazine in Rome, Italy. One-group of the design Work is being shown in a Munich, Germany magazine and a new publication of a large .French electronics concern, in Paris uses an qscillon. composition by Laposky on its cover. .Another such design appears on the cover of a recent issue of the "Argonne News", a magazine of the Atomic Energy Commission National Laboratory at the University of Chicago. •'. The exhibit of the Electronic Abstraction Photos, Which is circulated by Sanford Museum, was recently shown in New York by the J. Walter Thompson Co., /the world's largest advertising agency, to a number of its clients. These designs have appeared in a total of twenty-one magazines, thus far, six of which were European publications. Exhibit places number thirty-five, to date, one taking place in France. Dr. Wise In City Since 1926 Dr. Estella Wise first started practicing, osteopathy in Cherokee in 1926 but moved to Evanston, Illinois where she lived from 1928 to 1939, before returning here. A graduate of Des Moines Still College of Osteopathy in the class of 1926, Dr. Wise also completed a post graduate course in cranial osteopathy and attended seminars at the Institute of General Semantics in Chicago. jProfesslional memberships include those in the Osteopathic Cranlial Association and International Society for General Semantics. She is also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary; B.P.W.; Order of Eastern Star; Pythian Sisters and Re- beka'h Lodge. Most Terrific... HAILSTORM .to Behold ^^t*^^^^/^^ 5 ^ Cherokee Times June 14. 1872 The most terrific hailstorm that ever was our luckless fortune to behold swept over this section of country last Thursday about 6:00 p.m. Huge black clouds, frightful in their magnificence rolled along in a vast majestic column from the southwest, covering the heavens with a portentious scowl. The grim- faced clouds first gave vent to their wrath in a volume of rain but seemed only to grow more furious with time. Rain was succeeded by hail and ice of such dimensions as would appear to describe like one of Sinbad the Sailor's tales. We heard often of hail the size of hen's eggs which is the common, measure in all hail-storms, but this is the first time we witnessed what we really believe to be up to the required measurement. Such fearful lumps of ice- falling thick and •fast could not fail to do immense damage. Glass suffered severely, stripping the windows on the west side of the houses in some cases breaking the sash. Casey Wilson had his skylight smashed to smitherines. W. F. Hammond had 35 panes broken in his house. Deacon Beldon had his house completely stripped, and everyone suffered more or less. In Archer's lumber-yard the wind played some wlierd fantastics, hurling heavy boards to a great National News From Issue Of April 17, 1879 "England and France have each sent a squadron into Egyptian waters"." Times, May, 1877 Three carloads of Russians passed through Cherokee on Monday, on their way to Dakota.. They were.fine looking healthy people. Morris Motors Here Since '35 Glen A. Norris founded the firm,' Morris' Motors, in January of 1935. Norris Motors, is at 210 West Cedar. Norris sold his first auto in 1911. He owned an auto firm in Centerville, la., from 1922-1935. Norris Motors retails cars and services used and new autos. Norris and his wife reside at 1131 West .Cedar in the city. distance as if they had been Shingles. Fife had his stable blown from its foundation, while shingles knocked from the houses by the hail flew thick and fast. Mr. Wilberding of Pilot was caught out with his team. He was knocked senseless, while his horses ran Wildly over the prairie. A son of James Bowles of Cherokee Was overtaken by the storm while 'herding and suffered severely. He was so stupified by the storm he could scarcely make home, While Ms body was so bruised he was unable to get around for some days. Mr. Burkhart had 30 hens killed', some lost, cattle and hogs but the greatest damage was done to crops, corn being battered out of sight, and. wheat was broken badly. Forrest trees were badly hurt. We have no means of estimating the damage but it is 'hoped that it is not so bad as at first feared. mmer Clothes SPORT SHIRTS MEN'S & LADIES' SLACKS DRAPERIES CURTAINS STAY HOUSEHOLD GOODS YES! Ryden's amazing cleaning process is available to folks of the Cherokee area. Our trained 'staff has more than a half-century of combined "know-how" in expert dry-cleaning. .We all congratulate Cherokee on it's full century of progress. Kermit Schrag Jo Aim S&ou Evelyn Tropp Charles Wood Esther Walton Art Ryden Gary Aswegan Lillian Kaus Stanley Sutton Ray Stivers Larry Hunter Larrabee Calumet Gleghorn Meriden MONDAYS & THURSDAYS QUIMBY WASHTA GRAND MEADOW AURELIA TUESDAYS 6* FRIDAYS PHONE 1677 For Free Pick-Up and Delivery ACROSS FROM I. C. DEPOT Sutherland Peterson Linn Grove WEDNESDAYS . & SATURDAYS TWO-HOUR Dry-Cleaning Service When Requested

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