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Cherokee Daily Times (Newspaper) - July 11, 1977, Cherokee, Iowa Kero acc Lailo a i tics Cherokee Iowa 15c copy 106 years Young monday july la 1977 remember the �?T36 drought news editors note although Northwest Iowa has fared better weather Wise this year than last moisture still is a problem for the Hawkeye state. In this the first of two stories the daily times takes a look at problems Iowa Farmers faced in the drought years of the mid-1930s. By Paul Holley staff writer a heat maintains grip on county. No Relief Likely a screamed headlines in the Cherokee daily times of 41 years ago. The summer of 1936 still holds the infamous title of the hottest on record and its tragic results Haven to been forgotten by Long time area residents or by record keepers at the Iowa department of agriculture. A the hot weather set in about june 25 then and stayed throughout the month of july a said Paul Waite state climatologist. A the average temperature that month was 83.4 degrees in Cherokee and the Normal average is 72.6 degrees. There a never been another summer quite like it except maybe 1934.�?� Bill Rhea of 1009 Rock Island ave., who once Farmed in Rock township remembers 1936. That was the year he bought a new . Allis tractor. A we had just a fair crop in �?~35, but we went ahead the next year As usual a he said. A the pasture went out first then the Alfalfa and then the oats.�?�, hot weather in Early july wiped out Rhea a com and kept his soybean yield Down to two bushels per acre. A my livestock came through it All pretty Well a he said. A the weeds grew in the oat Fields so we used them for but a scarce Ness of feed that fall forced Rhea to sell several of his cattle at Low prices. He said he does no to recall the Price that buyers paid for calves that year but cows brought to cents per hundredweight. Rubber tires for Rhea a new tractor had to wait another year. Dry weather that summer brought another problem to area Farmers Grasshoppers according to Back issues of the daily times. A a heavy infestation of Grasshoppers was reported in four townships by county agent . Turner who recently inspected the Southwest Cherokee county area a said a june 23 Story. The daily times reported a few Days later that the county a Farmers would receive a share of bran molasses Poison from the Federal government to fight the Grasshoppers. The insects were reported to be damaging crops in Silver grand Meadow Tilden and Willow townships. Meanwhile temperatures began a Rise to record Levels. A season temperatures Marks went into disregard thursday afternoon when the Mercury Rose to 97 degrees five above the previous Mark of several years ago a said the daily times of june 26. The temperatures reached too i degrees on june 28 and then remained in the upper 90�?Ts until the fourth of july weekend. A the Corn was hassled by the fourth of july. Id never seen it look better than it did the morning of the said fourth that year a said Hawthorne Soper who was farming in Woodbury county in 1936. A but then it got Independence Day of 1936 saw record High temperatures throughout the state including a blistering 108 in Cherokee. Cherokees highs averaged 104.6 degrees Over the weekend. A searing heat like a withering blast Furnace raced into Cherokee county on a Southeast wind Over the weekend bringing damage to crops and acute discomfort to residents a said the july 6 daily times. The times editors apparently did no to want readers in those pre air conditioned Days to feel too miserable in the heat because elsewhere on the Page was a Short Story telling of the 35 straight Days of below Zero temperatures the county had seen the previous january and february. Soper recalled conditions that year. A it was an experience a he said. A we had Snow and ice in the Winter of �?~35-�?~36 until hell have it. We got quite a lot of rain that june then it was All Over. A the temperature hovered near the 110 degree Mark for three Days in a Row and then stayed near too for the next two weeks he said. A the com shrunk and the Grasshoppers moved in. I had 120 acres of com and never picked an the drought was a positive Selling Point for the then new hybrid seed com he recalled. A my neighbor to the North had bought one bag of hybrid seed com and planted two rows of it in a Field with his other com. When the hot weather came those two rows of hybrid com were a Darker Green than the others and he even had a Little com from them in the the july 7 daily times reported that the weather had made local history. A monday marked the fifth straight Day that the Mercury went into the three figure territory a said the papers Lead Story. A monday was also the first time in the history of Cherokee county that 100-degree temperatures have extended for More than three retired Farmer vere Chapman of Meriden also had memories of 1936�? his first year of farming. The year Wasny to a total loss he said because his Oats yielded to bushels to the acre and he got a single cutting of Hay. The Rains that fell on his farm North of Meriden were Seldom enough to help. A i was Young and starting out and nothing bothered me a said Chapman. A we got by the Best we could. We had tomatoes and potatoes for dinner and for supper we just reversed the by the end of july a first week the weather had taken its toll on the crops. A most Farmers Are Busy cutting Grain at this time since the ripening process was forced ahead of time by excessive heat a said the july 8 daily times. A the second cutting of Alfalfa which is due about this time in an Ordinary year is out of the picture right now. Pastures have been burned to a Crisp and crops generally Are suffering. Com will stand a few More drought the temperature averaged 101.5 degrees during the first seven Days of july and the county agent reported that 50 percent of the county a Small Grain crop had been damaged by Grasshoppers and drought. Meanwhile in the City of Cherokee water consumption jumped to record 620,000 Gallons in one Day and caused City officials to ban Lawn and Garden watering. The municipal swimming Pool was closed for a Day so it could be heavily chlorinated and tested. Normally the Pool was drained and refilled every two weeks but City officials Felt that there Wasny to enough water available to afford that luxury. The area was promised Relief from the heat on july la and 13, but Only a Trace of rain materialized. The july 18 daily times reported a Hie com crop has been Cut to 40 percent below Normal. Excessive heat drought and Grasshoppers Are blamed for the the state Hospital now the Cherokee mental health Institute said that to of 16 deaths during july were directly attributed to the heat and 15 of the persons that died were Over 50 years old. A Chart in the july 18 daily times showed that the temperature Only dipped below the 100-degree Mark twice during the period of july 3-17. The promised Rains finally appeared july 19 As part of a dust storm that blew in from the West. But the july 21 daily times reported the .12 of an Inch rainfall did Little to help the crops. The month ended with a grim statistic. More than half the states expected 419,000,000-Bushel com yield had been destroyed by heat drought or Grasshoppers. Cherokee county Farmers and most of their midwestern counterparts were declared eligible for drought Relief assistance from the . Department of agriculture that month. Yet despite the losses most banners survived. A you got by with a lot less Money than you do now a said Soper. A if you did no to have something to sell you buy anything. A besides a Farmer loses his crop an average of about four times a year tomorrow the Outlook this year Meriden fun receipts Haven to been tallied but Large crowds were present both nights of the Meriden picnic As Young and old gathered for Ute entertainment food drawings and just to meet old friends. The a space ladder was a popular attraction with Many futile attempts made to conquer the distance to the top. Members of the younger set took Opportunity to ride the motorcycles and other vehicles along with other rides provided by the Baumann shows inc., of Aurelia. Ken Schlenger lv2-year-old son of the Melvin Schlenger registers Delight As he receives one of the 400 baby ducks that were Given away. Photo by Bernice Mcintosh hostages freed hijackers flee Helsinki Finland a two hijackers who seized a soviet jetliner on a Domestic flight released 49 of their hostages in Helsinki today and then were reported to have taken off in a Light plane. The hijackers seized an Aeroflot Jet with 79 passengers and Crew aboard sunday evening and demanded that they be flown to Stockholm. But the plane landed in Helsinki apparently because it had insufficient fuel. Airport police in Stockholm said the hijackers left Helsinki aboard a Cessna but their destination was not immediately known. Finnish authorities would not confirm the report. The report gave no indication whether the hijackers took any hostages on the Small plane. Security at the Stockholm International Airport was tight because Oil ministers were arriving for a meeting of the organization of Petroleum exporting countries. Sweden had earlier said it would not let the hijackers into the country. Finnish officials said the pair then demanded to be flown to a some other country and threatened to blow up the plane unless it was refuelled. An earlier Hijack drama in the Mideast ended sunday when six palestinians who commandeered a kuwaiti Airliner Friday surrendered at Damascus Syria and released the last of their hostages unharmed. The hijackers of the soviet plane released seven crewmen sunday and 42 women and children this morning. But they kept 30 hostages aboard while a intensive negotiations Quot continued a government spokesman said. The pair described Only a a Young males a commandeered the Aeroflot jetliner with 79 persons aboard during a 175-mile flight from Petrozavodsk the capital of soviet Karelia to Leningrad sunday night. The motive for the hijacking was not immediately known. The Pilot radioed Stockholm for permission to land there but instead came Down at Helsinki Airport apparently because the plane did not have enough fuel to reach Sweden 250 Miles away. In Helsinki the hijackers threatened to blow up the plane unless they were Given fuel to continue on out of the country. Finland has an agreement with the soviet Union for the automatic extradition of air hijackers. Police surrounded the twin Jet to 134 and it was towed to a Remote part of the Airport. Soviet ambassador Vladimir Stepanov and three finnish Cabinet members went to the Airport to talk with the hijackers. The Interior ministry said the hijackers released seven Crew members sunday night. This morning they freed a woman and her infant child and 2l/2 hours later they released 20 women and children. Shortly after noon they released 20 More women leaving 30 passengers aboard. The freed hostages were reported in Good health and officials said they would be flown Back to Russia As soon As possible. The finnish government set up a four Man ministerial group to negotiate with the hijackers. A the government has tried to solve the problem through negotiations. So far the tactics have led to the release of More than half the hostages a a government communique said. It was the second hijacking of a soviet Airliner in six weeks. A 37-year-old Mechanic named Vasily Sosnovsky took Over a twin engine Aeroflot an24 on May 26 and forced the Pilot to Fly him to Stockholm. After he applied for Asylum the swedish government refused to extradite him and said it would put him on trial. The soviet Airliner was seized about eight hours after five palestinian hijackers turned on their Leader and forced him to surrender with them to syrian police who guaranteed them a absolute two Arab officials and five British Crew members of the kuwaiti airlines Airliner were freed weather a thunderstorm a accompanied by Strong winds knocked Down several Trees and interrupted electrical Power As it passed through the Cherokee area Early today. The City received .9 of an Inch of rainfall in the storm. Police reported that Trees fell at 432 Euclid St., 207 s. Roosevelt St. And 412 e. Main St. Power lines near the Corner of Spruce and Euclid streets were downed by a tree and a camper trailer at 114 e. Maple St. Was hit by a falling tree. Iowa Public service co. Crews were still repairing fallen individual lines this morning. Power was Cut to a portion of the business District for a few minutes when a breaker at the generating Plant was knocked out by lightning a spokesman said. About 40 Cherokee county Rural electric cooperative rec customers in the Larrabee area were without Power for about two hours when Trees fell on lines reported Bill Devos rec manager. Another 20 customers West of Cherokee lost electrical service when lightning knocked out a fuse on a line. Rec Crews were kept Busy restoring outages caused by lightning and wind at several individual farms he drive set representatives of tile Cherokee chamber of Commerce the county pork producers cattlemen a Assn. And the farm Bureau will conduct a one Day drive tuesday to collect funds to help finance a beef and pork Day this fall. The drive will begin with a Coffee at 9 . At the farm Bureau meeting room for team assignments to Contact local businesses for their financial support. A Barbecue will be held for the workers at noon and at 3 . Workers will report Back. The beef and pork Day activity which was termed a Success when held for the first time in 1976, was financed through donations. Four thousand meat burgers were consumed during the �?T76 event which also included a variety of gather the Cherokee county cattlemen a Assn. Will Host members of the Ringgold county cattlemen a Assn. For a tour wednesday and thursday of local cattle facilities. Points of interest will include Wilson foods corp. At Cherokee Bryant beef Aurelia and tentatively the cattle operations at the farms of Robert Rawson Rural Pierson and Roger Nelson Marcus. The tour is part of an Exchange program the two counties have initiated. During 1976, the Cherokee contingent visited Ringgold county to View the cattlemen a cow calf operations. Any member of the cattlemen a Assn. Or the cowbells is invited to participate in the tour which will begin at 1 30 . Wednesday at Wilson a. For More information interested persons May Contact Erik Radke president of the cattlemen a Assn. Or a township Board tonight the Cherokee Board of education tonight will discuss the sept. 13 school election. The terms of Board members Charles Meloy and Darrell Adamson Are expiring As is a 2m>-Mill schoolhouse fund Levy. Also at the 7 15 meeting at the administration building a number of routine fiscal year actions will be taken a report on summer maintenance activities will be Given and changes in the school Board policies will be up for adoption. Finally the Board will act on the following proposed contracts Clayton Courtright associate High school principal Lee Ann Siegfried High school special education and David Zelle High school mathematics. Guard skips Camp stays to recruit by Paul Holley staff writer at a time when most Iowa army National guard units Are engaged in annual summer training Camp trips the units based in Northwest Iowa will be staying Home this year to recruit members. Sgt. Paul Younie administrative Supply technician for the Cherokee unit said that in previous years some members have stayed Home to Aid recruitment while the others have made the Camp trip to Camp Ripley Minn. This year however the recruiting push will apply to the entire unit. The drive started saturday and will last until july 23. A the unit members Are spending the entire 15-Day Camp trip time Here in town to concentrate full time on recruitment a said Younie. A we plan to follow up on about 150 prospects in the area and working with business people to distribute guard store cherokees guard unit currently numbers la men. Five will be involved in the 15-Day recruiting Effort. Three members have excused absences and three Are in the process of transferring to other units. Younie said he is hoping the drive will bring 12 new recruits to the unit. The Cherokee unit and other guard units in the state have had an under strength problem for the past several years. Hie guard recently embarked upon a revised training program and a Public relations Effort in an attempt to lure More members. Hie Cherokee unit will still attend a training Camp session but it will be held in february said Younie. That Camp will replace the 1978 summer session

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