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Iowa Ranks 1920


Iowa ranks either first or second among the states of the union as to small percentage of illiteracy, Iowa ranks fifth in percentage of boys and girls in school.

But when it comes to amount expended, for teachers salaries, Iowa ranks 33rd. At that rate how long can Iowa hold her proud position?
- Burlington Hawk Eye.

[Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, published Friday April 2, 1920, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]

Emil Reufly

Emil Reufly, a jeweler, residing in Menda, Iowa, accidentally shot himself dead on Wednesday week, while hunting.

[Alpena Argus, July 27, 1871, p2; submitted by Jessica Lentine]

Tractor Deaths Occur Often On Farms In Iowa

Reporting findings of a survey33 of power machinery accidental farm deaths in Iowa during the past three years and a half, the state health department said today the tractor is most frequently involved as cause of fatality. Tractors were involved in 58 or 60 percent of the 96 accidental deaths from power machinery which occurred during this period, the department said.

Provisional statistics for the first half of the current year shows that tractors had a place in six out of nine deaths. Last year, of the total of 34 power machine deaths, 18 were tractor caused, while the preceding year tractors were held responsible in 17 of 24 deaths and in 1941 in 17 of 29 fatalities. "Tractor deaths seemed to occur in a variety of ways," the department said, "but the most common was overturning." "Frequently the accidents took place on the sides of hills or where there were relatively sharp inclines in the fields."

Next to the tractor the cornpicker was involved in the most accidents, 13 fatalities during these years being traced to this machine.

In addition to deaths from tractor upsets there were a number of fatalities in which the deceased was run over by the machine or thrown from it, and crushed by mowers, threshing machines, wagons or other vehicles which were being pulled. One death came as a result of strikng the head against the tractor box.

[The Le Mars Sentinel, Le Mars, Iowa, published Friday, December 3 1943, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]

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