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J/ // Price 50 located at 111 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 .... // .... o attended high school in Jewell moved into this new building in January 1923. This photo was in the. Orange and Black Yearbook. school district opens aew building 80 years ago By Gloria Garman-Schlaefli It was 80 years ago when high school Idents of Jewell Rural High School ~tgan using the newly constructed f~ool building and the same building Ilstill in use today. . , , ~Though the main part of me nigh ~ool buildinz has had additions and ~lifications-made throughout the ~ars, the original structure has done let the patrons meant for it to do 1on the planning began. The plans were met with opposition ~m the start, but when the final deci- m was made, the patrons worked I gether to assure the educational needs (~S~udents in the district would be met. ,, t was at the end of the 1910s when pK el the new schoolhouse began. y was growing in popula- Newchurch were constructed to keep up a the membership growth. New farm and larger barns were being built. There was a t~m on about every 80 acres andtimes were booming. Mtxternization hind arrived and with this came the need to make sure the local school students would be ready for these newer more modern times. World War I was ending and the roar- ing 20s were being ushered in. Times were changing. ' Rural high schools were being or- ganized and decisions had to be made whether towns and townships would advance to the future with new dis- tricts and new school buildings, which would make a difference in the loca- tion of the school and the amount of taxes levied. Montrose patrons had just decided to organize a rural high school district and a new schoolhouse was con- structed. Otego area voters had de- cided not to construct a new school- house and Athens Rural High School ........ voted not.to construct a $1,200 ulpted block of limestone is above the original front entrance of the building, showing the date of construction. Not visible in is an engraving of an owl and oak leaves, which may not be noticed ring the doors. II on Aging officers rewell County Council on Aging in Mankato and elected 2003: Shirley Wood, .rman; Betty Niles, vice chairman; Belch treasurer; Glora Heel, Ida Peroutek, director. presided at the meeting, at- 16. She read "The Seven World by Students". business was conducted. Russell reported on the Jewell portation Service and the information that goes in to Topeka. reports were given from around the county including Oak, Formoso and Esbon ~orted. Formoso reported Jerry will be in Formoso Feb. 7 at 8 rley Wickman, representative :y on Aging, Man- unable to attend but sent a of information to be read and Ussed. Simon has accepted the n as treasurer of the assistant next meeting is at Mankato mor Center Feb. 27. Mankato Weather Bill Wood, observer Monday, J~n. 20 46 17 Tuesday, Jan. 21 23 17 Wednesday, Jan. 22 23 14 Thursday, Jan. 23 11 -8 Friday, Jan. 24 NA -8 Saturday, Jan. 25 49 NA Sunday, Jan. 26 18 9 8 Monday, Jan. 27 50 Moisture for week .04 (1/2 inch o( SnoW) USD 278 Board meets Unified School District 278 b~ members met for two special board meetings Jan. 22 and Jan. 27. The purpose of the Jan. 22 meeting was for the discussion of non-elected personnel. All board members were present as well as Darrell Miller.and Lynette Bartley. After an executive session, no action was taken and the meeting adjourned. Jan. 27 a meeting was held for the discussion of the 2003-04 superinten- dent search with Dr. Bill Majors, Kan- sas Association of School Boards. Board members present were Mike Liggett, Dave Warne, Neil Becket, Steve Spiegel, Kendall Nelson, Bill Majors and Lynette Bartley. No action resulted from this discussion. gymnasium. Four years earlier Burr Oak voters made the decision to con- struct a high school building. The decisions were hard to make and var- ied from community.to comffllffaly7. The Jeweli Rural High School Dis- trict had been established in June 1920 and the first school board was elected ,the next month. In the election to establish the rural 'district, the town voted 275 for and 62 against and in the county it was 183 for and 162 against. Students 'outgrow' building Jewell High School and Grade School students were in the same build- ing prior to construction of the new building in 1922. With the school board looking at a projected high school enrollment of 150 students for 1922- 23, the board voted in 1921 to con- struct a new high school building at a cost of $80,000 for materials, site and equipment. From the beginning, the board's deCisiOn was met With opposition. A petition was circulated in December 1921 and signed by half the qualified electors of Rural High School District No. 4. In compliance with the petition, an election was to be held at School House District No. 1 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 7, 1922, on the question of issuing the bonds to finance the build- ing. Bonds were to be paid within 15 years. Voting was to be by ballot. The local newspaper, The Jewell County Republican, was filled every week prior to the election with state- ments, pros and cons. "It seems to me like anyone that says those that vote against the bonds care less for the chil- dren than livestock, is a little lacking. I think our children would get a better education if the bonds don't carry for we could put them through high school and college for the same or less money than it would cost to send them to a new high school building." Signed Uncle Bill. Some patrons stated they agreed a new school house should be built but maybe it could be built for less, such as $60,000. Another article by newspaper edi- tor, Mr. Palmer, noted there were 242 rural high schools in Kansas with the highest enrollment of 190. With Jewel l Rural High School student enrollment at 150, it would be "the second larg- est." Bond issue approved The vote for the bond carried 584 to 465. A special meeting was called after the election for all patron at Evan- gelical Church, to select a site. The newspaper article stated, "All persons having suggestions must bring definite facts, concerning locations, size and prices." A total of 25 bidders were expected lk~r the project with the bid deadline set at March 31, 1922. Architects were Mann and Gerow of Hutchinson and the consulting engineer was H.A. Noble. There were 13 bids from build- ers and 13 bids for plumbing and heat- ing; 8 bids for electrical. Bid contracts were let for Corlett and Bulger, Hutchinson as builders for $58,089; Beloit Plumbing Co. for $8,848 and Ramsey-King Electrical Co., Hutchinson for $1 ;543.90. It was agreed by the contractors and the school board that the structure would be completed by Nov. I or there will be a penalty of $8 a day until it was finished. Site preparation began April 1, 1922. Soon the progress of work picked up and the foundation was be- ing put into place. Some criticize construction Some criticized the way the cement was mixed; "... hydrated lime was be- ing added to the mixture." Others complained the school superintendent's time was too taken up by supervising the construction. Problems increased whfn a retaining wall collapsed. The architect was called to the site by the board and he assured the board the foundation walls were being put in "correctly:" By Sept. 8, the stone and brick work was completed, the roof framing was Established 1890, Volume 111, Issue No. 5 USPS, NO. 274-940 Thursday, January 30, 2002 finished and two steam boilers were set in place. Enrollment was listed for Jewell County high schools as: Mankato 186, Jewell Rural 153, Esbon 110, Burr Oak 155, Randall 76, Formoso 98, Webber 19, Ionia Rural 57, Sinclair Rural (Lovewell) 59, Athens Rural 31, Montrose Rural 30, Northbranch Acad- emy 41. Lawrence Dial was county superintendent. The Jewell County Republican stated, "The new school building costs 75 cents on the thousand dollars. That pays the interest and also eventually pays off the bond." On Oct. 7 bids were to be received for equipment. By early December news was released that the school- house would not be ready for students until after the holidays because of a delay in getting in the new desks, "...oth- erwise the building is all ready." A grohp of citizens signed a note at the bank to help the high school stu- dents get stage equipment: About $250 was raised. ' First event is Christmas program Eager to use the new school house, it was decided the community Christ- mas program would be held there. The newspaper announced the grand event that would allow the children to present their program in the new auditorium and the patrons could have a first hand look at this new, modem facility. The newspaper described the Sat- urday night, Dec. 23, event. Bright lights from the many windows that surrounded the new s~hool house shone and sent out welcome beams-as wag- .ons and autos arrived in Jewell City from all directions. The new auditorium was standing room only as 1,500 people attended the program. "The acoustics were good giving such clear tones," the newspa- per reported. The Civic Improvement Club pre- pared a program which included a childrens presentation and a visit from Santa. A prayer was given by the Rev. Lowell Honderick. Carols were sung and the Jewell Rural High School Or- chestra played many Christmas selec- tions. After the program, those attend- ing had the opportunity to tour the new building. The main doors into the building were on the east side and at each side engraved in the st~ is the.year 1922, and high above the entryway are carv- ings of an owl for wisdom and oak leaves along with acorns. The hallways led to five recitation rooms, sewing room, music room, caf- eteria, cooking room, science lecture room, physics laboratory, chemical laboratory, study hall and library, rest room, teachers' room, two offices, locker rooms and a combination audi- torium and gymnasium. Adjacent to .the school house was a six acre tract which was to be used as an athletic field and an experiment field for the agricultural class, The school board members were Chas. Schafer, L.M. Jorgenson, and A.D. Buffington. Fred Meyer was the superintendent. School begins Jan. 2 School began Jan. 2, with the ar- rival of the study room desks and other equipment. Jan. ! 0 was the first basketball game in the new gym, a fund raising event with proceeds to go toward the audito- rium equipment. Admission was 25 cents. The game was between Jewell Athletic Club and the Mankato YWCA. Mankato won the game, 37 to 22, and the event was reported as being a suc- cess. Jan. 12 the first high school game was in the gym with Jewell hosting Formoso. The Jewell girls team won their game, but the boys lost. March 7, 1923, the schoolhouse was dedicated. Dr. J. Waters, formerly president of the Kansas Agricultural College, Manhattan, and then.present editor of the Weekly Kansas City Star, gave the address to a record breaking crowd. Waters congratulated the com- munity for their vision, courage and appreciation. The glee club, chorus, and orchestra provided music for the event; president of the school board (Continued to Pale 4) 4-H programs fall victim to state budget cuts State budget cuts have prompted a comprehensive review of 4-H programs in Kansas, said Gary Gerhard, assis- tant director, K-State Research and Extension, and state director of 4-H Youth Development. Educational benefits have been weighed against program costs, the level of participation and people power, said Gerhard, who described the evalu- ation and decision-making process as thoughtful and painful at times. Some long-standing programs, such as Discovery Days, an event that typi- cally allowed 500or more young Kan- sans to explore career opportunities and experience life on a college cam- pus, will be modified. "A one-day seminar is being planned to energize Kansas' youth as responsible citizens working towards their life potential. The shorter pro- gram will replace a two-and-a-half- day event that required overnight stays and intensive people power," the state director said. The initial change in the program is being considered for one year. Pro- gram review is expected to be ongoing. The AmbassadorTraining Conference has been put on hold, he said. Other changes, such as scheduling the 4-H horticulture judging contest on March 8 in conjunction with the Wichita Garden Show, rather than at the Kansas State Fair, are expected to reduce program costs without sacrific- ing education opportunities for Kan-. sas' youth. Sedgwick County 4-H volunteer and horticulture team co-coach, Evelyn TopHff is dispatcher Susan Topliff, Jewell, is now a fuil- t imedispatcher at the Jewell County Sheriff's Of- rice, She began as a part-time employee in C I~:, November. :t!~ .'~ .,~ ? *: ; She and her husband, Harold Topliff, moved from Hutchinson to Jewell a year ago. She was a office supervisor at the KPL power plant in Hutchinson. The Topliffs have seven grown children. Topliff is one of two part-time and four full-time dispatchers in the de- partment. Wind power is focus of meeting Wind Power was the main point of discussion when the Jewell County Strategic Plan Action Committee met recently. John Parsons, Northbranch, pre- sented information on kilowatts needed from a wind generator for a home, which could be multiplied for a town. Fawna Barrett had information from theState Wind Power office. The com- mittee will continue to pursue wind power opportunities. Jim Beach, vice president of Wind Power, will be in- vited to the next meeting. Updating the Strategic Plan was done as the plan adopted in April 2000 was explored. Members will bring written statements to be added as progress in the Strategic Plan is noted and new strategies are added. Com- munity improvements around the county were added and losses noted. Jim Deploy, president, reported on the value added conference in Wichita. Officers re-elected were Deploy, president, Lisa Boyles, vice president and Betty Andreasen, secretary and treasurer. Neier, noted the change will prompt teams to move up their practice ses- sions, but also introduce them to plants and plant parts at different stages, such as a b~ rather than foliage. N'ei~r, who is associate Family Nutrition Program specialist charged with building a junior master gardener proem in the state, said, "Holding the contest in conjunction with'the garden show should help contest par- ticipants expand their interest in horti- culture. That's a plus." The state 4-H photography judging competition also will be moved to March 8 in conjunction with the Wichita Garden Show this year.' 4-H photographs will continue to be exhib- ited in the 4-H Exhibit Building at the Kansas State Fair. "The popularity of the photography project has grown rapidly. The change is expected to allow more time for the judging to take place, and also intro- duce the level of interest and expertise of young photographers to a new audi- ence in the state," Gerhard said. Other contests formerly held at the Kansas State Fair. such as the Wheat Test Plot Contest, which will be moved to the Kansas Wheat Growers' Annual Meeting, and some quiz bowls also will be matched to other state events to minimize expenses, he said. 4-H participants and perennial visi- tors to the 4-H Exhibit Building at the Kansas State Fair, scheduled Sept: 5- Commission gets supervisor reports Departmental supervisors meetings were held at the Jan. 27 meeting with the Jewell County Commissioners Jim Vaughan reported that two ton of textiles were taken to Concordia. He received a letter from KDHE ex- plaining the new codes for the HHW along with $100 per year for monitor- i~g Cee. Jim Foster reported that the pup trailer was in. The Road Department has been working on the 911 signs. Foster reviewed quotes for signs to complete the county: Newman Signs, $7,444.25; Barco, $10,109.70; Welborn Sales, $8,858.24; National Sign Co. $11,750; D-C Wholesales, $9,933.70. Commissioners approved the purchase from Newman Signs. Foster advised commissioners that the bridge is taken out north of Jewell and they are ready to start construc- tion. He is reviewing his budget and is making adjustments for the loss in state cuts, with an estimated loss of $75,000 to $80,000, Foster said the first cut he will make is to the state 5-year pro- gram. The loss of state funds for 2004 will most likely be doubled. Roger Stuber, Martin Tractor, had a guaranteed repurchase for the RM350 reclaimer for a price of $107,000 in five years or 5,000 hours. The Com- missioners approved the repurchase. A request and petition from Sprint Telephone to place fiber optic from Webber to Bun: Oak was presented, approved and signed. Gary Tordrup and Deanna Sweat are working with the three schools in the county on a wheat promotion. The 'Bread in a Bag' project is for fifth grade students. The kids make bread and take it home. Lynn Scarrow reported they have been collecting more taxes and had some filings for payment under pro- tests for the county appraiser. Bruce Webb said he received five payments under protest and he is com- pleting a final review on residential property. He will then start on com- ercial property. (Continued to Page 4) 14 in Hutchinson, will note other changes prompted by the budget cuts. "Staffing during the fair will be reduced," said Gerhard, who cited the need to maintain regular job responsi- bilities with a reduced staff, travel time and expenses as key factors in the decision making process. One of the more noticeable changes may be the absence ofLinda Lindquist, who previously has managed the 4-H Exhibit Building and staffed the infor- mation booth throughout the fair. Lindquist, who has logged more than 30 years of service to 4-H, will retire in April. Some 4-H judging at the fair will be moved from the first Friday to Satur- day. While this change may delay results posting, it will allow more indi- vidual conference judging, more 4-H members will be able to attend on Saturday. Exhibits formerly housed in the Showcase Building on the fairgrounds will be moved to the 4-H Exhibit Build- ing. Demonstrations will be canceled for this year. Reductions in staffing also have prompted the decision not to continue ' participation with the "State's Largest "Classroom' series at the Kansas State Fair," Gerhard said. Less noticeable changes reflect the changing interest of Kansas' youth. For example, the bee" project, which drew only rive state eniries last year, is being discontinued. Program participants also will be asked to help defray some costs, Gerhard said. Staffing is an issue. In 2003, the state 4-H staff is being reduced by retirements by 50 percent. In addition to Lindquist's retirement, longtime state 4-H program specialist, Steve Fisher and Marcia McFarland, also have accepted cost-reduction retire- ment packages. "Under the best circumstances, well earned retirements result in a loss. The retiring trio has logged more than 92 years of service to Kansas 4-H, and the unanticipated loss of their expertise within a matter of months will leave a huge void. The fact that K-State Re- search and Extension also is under a hiring freeze compounds the loss," said Gerhard, who said that as director he will have to re-evaluate and justify the positions, then wait until the hiring freeze is lifted before they can be ad- vertised, "As Kansas 4-H nears its centen- nial celebration, set to kick off at the 2004 Kansas State Fair, the announce- ment of program cuts and adjustments has been difficult for staff members and is likely to be difficult as well for volunteers and others in the state who have benefited from the programs," the state director said. "One in four Kansans is said to have been touched by 4-H programs. In 2002 alone, Kansas 4-H served more than 150,000 young people in the state," Gerhard said. "While some grieving over neces- sary changes is inevitable, I think it's important to focus on the future, and work together to continue the educa- tional quality and spirit of citizenship integral to 4-H programs," he said. Rep. Moran will visit Jewell Co. Friday, Feb. 7 Congressman Jerry Moran will bring his district-wide listening tour to Jewell County on Friday, Feb. 7. The Congressman will be at the Formoso Community Center from 8 to 9 a.m. that morning. Each year the congress- man attempts to visit with constituents in each of the county's he represents. Wood stove blamed for fire at repair shop Mankato Volunteer Fire Depart- ment responded Wednesday morning to an attic fire at Paul's Repair. The fire was contained to the flue pipe that lead into the attic. Friday afternoon Esbon Volunteer Fire .Department responded to a CRP grass fire four miles south of Highway 36 and the Esbon junction and one and one-half miles east to property owned by Edgar Mafihugh and leased to Ra- dar Lodge. Apparently a catalytic con- verter on a 1990 Ford pickup regis- tered to Eric Vrbas, Cawker City, who is employed by Radar Lodge, was plugged with grass while,the occu- pants were hunting and ignited the field. Lost was approximately one and one-half acres of grass. The pickup was a total loss. Both occupants of the pickup Travis Fiala, Downs, and the driver were uninjured. Jewell County Sheriff's Department also responded to the scene. Friday Mankato Volunteer Fire De- partment responded to a rescue run east of the Belch Cemetery around 8:30 p.m. Keeping water available for livestock and other farm animals is a problem when temperatures dip below freezing as they did recently. This critter is part of herd still on mite stocks, a ploy by stockmen to save hay, since summer pasture conditions wilt not be good if moisture is not received.