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Cherokee Courier (Newspaper) - April 7, 1969, Cherokee, Iowa Kay s Day Here 20-minute copter ride after Brush with sandbags by Frank buc Kingham governor Robert Ray praised c Cherokee flood workers during his Stop Here saturday then Tock a 20-minute helicopter Jaunt Over the waterlogged Little Sioux River Valley. Ray and Cherokee mayor Tom Boothby Rode in separate Iowa air National guard choppers Over Cherokee and the Mill Creek area. Then the governor and his party left for an air Check of the Des Moines River in route Beck to Des Moines. Fly other areas earlier in the Day Ray and . Rep. Wiley Mayne of Sioux City flew Over the flooded Floyd River Valley and from there up the Little Sioux Valley. They were Able to Check on the River at c Correctionville Washta and Quimby. Accompanying them were state c Ivil defense director George Orr Othie Mcmurray Secretary of the Iowa natural resources Council and other state officials. Ray told May or Boothby that the state s agencies and their facilities Are at the disposal of this flood hit City of the need arises. Both the governor and Mayne were visibly impressed by the organization and Energy of Cherokee s flood fighting squadrons. Mayne said he Quot admired the spirit Quot of the Cherokee people. Said Hay Quot i saw quite a lot of water. I Hope it does no to get any then he added while chatting with Boothby Quot Don t hesitate to Call us organization Ray remarked about the organization of the flood Crews. He was especially impressed with the sandbagging efforts of Cherokee youths and said so. In fact the governor pitched in and shovelled Sand on East main while a couple of youngsters lie id a Sand bag a few minutes later the officials party Rode a Large maintenance vehicle to Gibson s discount Center. It was there that a tier of sandbags brushed against him and splashed water Over rays clothing. The governor was unhurt. The party with Ray and Mayne attending had a late lunch in the vow Hall basement with the auxiliary women cooking and serving the meal. Chet is troops while Here Ray also visited the National guard armory and chatted with officers and troops of the 194th Field artillery battalion guard who Are patrolling Hie Cherokee flood sector. Earlier at the Airport Ray was presented the Quot key Quot to the atty by Boothby. The Quot key Quot was a red flood worker s card. Quot guess i had better Wear it Quot said the governor. \ in am with fighting at its lowest level since the v in Cong offensive began b52 raids Are diverted from the Saigon approaches to the to Chi mint Trail. Secretary of hate William p. Rogers faces a to rage of ques Lions on Vietnam in his first official hate department news conference. Two former commanders in Vietnam say american escalation of tile War was essential and generally successful but White House restrictions prevented the military from attaining All its object lives. Washington House leaker John w. To Cor Mack Calls on president Nixon to hurry up with his legislative recommendations so Congress can get Down to business. President Nixon takes time out for the annual easter egg Roll and tile opening of Tho lie Schall season. Sen. Edmund Muskie denies having the presidential Bug Lait admits he has no intention of dropping the nationwide political Tours that have Given him tile appearance of having an itch for to get White House. National a formosan freighter and an Oil Barge collide in a fiery sex plus it Shin on Hie Mississippi River at new Orleans t he coast guard say a 26 or 27 Are missing. Twenty ivc Are injured. For 18 exhausting Days a swarm of psychologists and psychiatrists has interpreted the mind of Mehan Dis bars or ban to tile jury trying him for the murder of Robert f. Kennedy. International hard pressed Mug Hussein in coming to Washington this week to ask president Nixon to do All he can to smooth the course of Hie big flair talks. The Kremlin is expected to put new pressure on Hie Independent romanians during a visit by f foreign minister cometh Manescu to Moscow. Ilij Crnkic Dilg is tues every evening except sunday the Irmes sow in its ninety eighth i car r _ 7 5 7 a a Moi hallo i off the Chern mfr Timet it Brake Chi off. Offi Cio county and City daily Cherokee logo monday april 7, 1969 own Democrat. We he journal y0l 41 number 16/ rav and Mayne at lunch a governor Robert Ray and u. S. Rep. Wiley Mayne head turned Chat with mrs. Irene Peck at lunch in v. F. W. Hall basement saturday. Lunch was served Ray Mayne Jurty by . Auxiliary. Digger Ray a governor Robert Ray shovels Sand into a sandbag on Cherokee s East Side saturday for one of Young volunteers. Little Sioux Southwest of Cherokee a Aerial View of lilt or Sioux or a r was Token saturday looking Southwest from the Center of town. Building in lower left Corner is Lincis Central round House River St a of at 22 5 feet when it Hoto was taken. Thousands of Ai res of Airn land in the Little Sioux River Basin Are currently under water but few for Isi Homes Wert hit by sunday evening rivet is nearly i Quarter of mile wide in most places in the Hott what highs the water 23.7 and rising by Frank Buckingham Twenty five blocks of Cherokee Are under water and 200 residents have left their Homes As the surging Little Sioux River today half encircled this flood beleaguered City. If the Omaha weather Bureau and the corps of engineers Are right the worst is yet to come. New Rise the raging Stream skidded Back to 21.3 feet saturday night then began a fresh Rise at 12 30 . Sunday. Stiff rises in the Northern reaches of the Little Sioux pushed the c Cherokee flood gauge Back up to 23 feet late sunday afternoon. That 23-foot Reading held until about 12 30 when the gauge read 23.1. The River then Rose steadily to 23.7 at 9 . The weather Bureau now predicts Only warming temperatures and a Strong Chance of showers for this area today. There have been fears the Crest would be 24-26 feet by tuesday but no one could pinpoint a time period. Chance of rain a 25 percent Chance of showers in Northwest Iowa today might further complicate the flood picture Here. Any substantial Rains in the River s watershed above Cherokee could Worsen the already grim Outlook. One fifth of Cherokee already lies inundated and some 60 families have left their Homes in what May become the second most disastrous overflow of the Century for this City. C Cherokee was hit by a monster 27.1-foot Crest in 1965 when one third of the town was under water. Damage four years ago was estimated at nearly a half million dollars. A dozen business firms Are in water threatened sectors of Hie City. Most of them Are sandbagged and All of their doors Are locked. Critical hours near Cherokee flood committee volunteers now numbering an unofficial 300 men feel that tonight and tuesday May be the critical hours. Snow melt and flood Waters from the Ocheyedan River tributary far North began flowing heavily for the first time Over the weekend. The Ocheyedan flows into the Little Sioux near Spencer and the Clay county seat reported a River depth of up to 14.70 feet last night. Peterson had an 18.9-foot Reading. Spencer is protected by a new earthen Dike. Large areas of agricultural land Are under water Down the entire River Valley. One observer who flew Over the Ocheyedan said the River saturday looked like it Quot was a mile wide Quot near its Mouth. Cut off Cherokee is Halfway Cut off from outside because both . Highway 59 South and old no. 5 on East main Are under water and blocked. Motorists entering the City from the East must use the bypass on Highway 3 around North and come Back Down 59 into the business District. Those driving from the South on Highway 59 must turn East at Laposky s Corner and follow secondary roads before linking up with Highway 3. More residents in the Low South and East sections decided to quit their Homes sunday. The red Cross and the flood committee cooperated in the evacuation. Flood control officials said tile swollen River will have to go up another foot before additional residents will be faced with evacuation. Residents Are being evacuated by truck with their furnish tile scrambler select words meaning the opposite of the words above the squares arranging the letters in the two words to form a new word which Means to capture a Nom unrestrained runner a a a a a the scrambler word is a Lse i i i la i a War to previous scrambler rash be t lie of of Ile of a mint Quot Unk i or Nippo Ile a a a Coli ref Quot. The scrambler word Quot a i in it Hise. Ings before the water enters their area so As to alleviate confusion and transportation problems. A boxcars Volunteer red Cross workers loaded furnishings from a number of Homes in boxcars on the Illinois Central Railroad sunday. Southeastern Cherokee is one giant Lake. That s the Way it was yesterday when this writer went for a ride in a motor boat through the flood areas. Jim Wallace former c Cherokee resident and now a game Warden out of Lake View was at the Helm As we zipped Down Beech through a backyard and out into what was a slowed Field three Days ago. Water coursed rapidly across old Tomahawk Field while nearby new Lincoln school stood empty and heavily sandbagged. At Gibson a we cruised through some fast water and came out on East main where two men waved from five foot High sandbags surrounding Gibson s discount Center. They were Gunnar Osterling and Loren Anderson. Launching for return to our Home based at flood control no. I on South second and Highway 59�?we ducked under a rope that was Strung barely three feet above Hie water. Wallace revved up the motor and we scooted out into the River s Swift boiling Channel and sped upstream. A safer out Here Quot it s probably safer out Here in t be Channel than Back there in Hie Brush Quot Wallace yelled. We slowed Down and he plunked a weighted rope into the churning Waters. Wallace yanked the rope in and said Quot Twenty four feet of yes. On the return trip from the East Side we passed a Green Street sign. It read Quot water Street Quot it lived up to its name. Lincoln s classes arc switched the morning class for Lincoln children will be held at Roosevelt school during the flood threat Here. A other Lincoln pupils will attend classes at memorial presbyterian Church classrooms. School lunches will be served As usual. A Telephone will be installed with the same number As the Lincoln school building the Lincoln school building 225-2322. No kiwanis luncheon the c Cherokee kiwanis c Lub meeting scheduled for tuesday at Speelmon s Steak House has been cancelled. The restaurant is in Cherokee s flooded Eastern Section. Tone Circle for april 21 tone Circle meeting for tonight has been rescheduled for monday april 21 at Hie same site and same hour due to present flood emergency. Bridge Breaks free floats in Creek times news service Washta a a wooden Bridge broke Loose Early today and is now floating free in 10-foot deep Stratton Creek. The Span buckled under the pressure of Strong water flow. It s located in the North Side of Washta. Tile Bridge had been barricaded. Flood notebook i a it Arcadia ten purr synodical 164 will rebuild Mcville fort Correctionville reconstruction of fort Correctionville in Little Sioux Park was recently decided at a committee meeting of organizational representatives and other interested persons tuesday night. A site on the Knoll Northwest of the reconstructed schoolhouse has been selected by Fred Thies Buck Mahn and Newell Gurnsey executive director of Woodbury county conservation commission. John Warren who is handling finances will undertake a fundraising Campaign in Hie near future. The real heroes of Cherokee s flood dilemma Are those Unsung volunteers. The Guys who work in the flood control centers around the clock. Scanning flood the citizen band two Way radios and checking the River readings by boat in the inky darkness of a starless night. The flood committee men the civil defense All who want to lend a hand. But they re not the Only ones. Right along Side Are Hie High school and Junior High youths. These area boys have formed a valuable corps. They learn the Art of sandbagging quicker than All the rest. Mayor Tom Boothby director of Public works Barnett Hester and Carvel Burkhart from Hie Cherokee flood committee Are just a few of those who feel that the preps Are Quot doing a great Job. Exclaimed one flood committee official sunday Quot we have to Tell the boys when to Stop. They work so hard and do such a great Job with those Sand some 300 volunteers Are now in Hie Duel with the River. They re battling dirt danger water and fatigue. Many of the flood evacuees Are lodged in the shelter at the mental health Institute where sleeping quarters Are available. Meanwhile Hie veterans of foreign wars Hall with the i w auxiliary women in charge is furnishing meals. It might be added that Hie Quality of Hie food for the refugees is excellent. The press had lunch with gov. Robert Ray u. S. Rep. Wiley Mayne and their party. Other flood evacuees were taken to motels in Cherokee. A one of the major problems incurred sunday by flood officials and National guardsmen from Hie 194th Field artillery was Hie heavy tourist traffic. Motorists from throughout Northwest Iowa drove into Cher Okee for a glimpse of the floodwater. Many came dressed in to Weir Quot sunday Best Quot it seems and were making the whole bit a weekend drive. This just added another headache for flood fighters. Guardsmen had to direct traffic away from Hie Lowling South and East Seckons of the City. At one Point yesterday bumper to bumper traffic was approaching Cherokee at the North bypass. Strangely enough there have been no injuries to speak of among Volunteer flood workers. Just a few scratches. Quot we Hope it stays that Way. With no injuries but we be got our fingers crossed Quot said one official at mood control no. I. 5-Day Iowa forecast temperatures for Hie five Day period beginning tuesday Are forecast to average near Normal. Normal highs Are Hie Middle 50s North to the upper 50s South. Normal lows Are the lower 30s South to tile upper 30s North. Northwest fun or Morrs to hear Mayne c it it unto i Bureau leaders will discuss National legislation next week in meetings with five of Iowa s u. S. Congressmen. At these meetings members of county farm Bureau National policy committees will meet reps. Fred Schwengel la. It. Gross John Kyi Wiley Mayne and William Salter be. County leaders met late last month with rep. Neat Smith and a Date Lias not yet been Sci Edued for a meeting with rep. John c Ulver. The Date and site of the Northwest Iowa area meeting is april 8 at stub s ranch Kitchen in Spencer with u. A. Rep. Wiley Mayne of Sioux c Ity the speaker. 1 Vos my rive student vial for no est mar Lemars a High school juniors and seniors from Iowa Nebraska South Dakota and Minnesota and their parents Are invited lobe guests of we St mar College at a prospective student night on tuesday april 15. Registration in Klee Hall of science will Start at 7 . During the next hour there will be three opportunities for students and parents to learn More about Welmar. These will include a tour of the Campus a showing of coloured slides of Campus life and a tour of Klee Hall of science which or. Wayne g. Marty director of the natural sciences division will conduct. _ at h . Or. Laurence it. Smith president owes smart ollege will address the will then select from among four discussion include Westmark a 4-1-4 Calendar which provides for an interim in january teacher education pre professional science and financial aids. Or. Dwight w. Vogel chairman of the interim committee or. James w. Wollnick associate professor of education or. Marty and John vol Mai director of financial aids will Lead Hie discussions. Miss it Hillier is honoured Denton Tex. A names of students at Hie Texas woman s University who have won distinction for excellent grades Dur ing Hie first semester of the regular academic session have been announced by or. John d. Williams vice president for academic affairs at Hie University. Twu students who achieved a quoth Quot or better Grade average will in Given pedal recognition at an honors Day Assembly on april 24. I tie list includes Janice la Belle Hubbell daughter of or. And mrs. F. A. Hulbert Cherokee. Vehicles collide two vehicles collided at 8a.m. A saturday on South second Street Between the two Bridges. Drivers involved were Ralph Hesse to Meriden and Raymond Shook 25, Biggsville in. Police said Shook crossed Hie Center line and front end damage was done to both vehicles. There were no injuries. Cherokee submerges photo taken saturday when file a it i Waters reached 22,1 foot shows East main Street area of Cherokee look ing South. Gibson s discount c enter can by seen at left. Sandbags at Eastside libations were reported holding monday. Staff photo

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