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Office located at 111 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 Established 1890, Volume 121, Issue No. 7 I I:l00t Price 50 USPS, NO. 274-940 Thursday, February 18, 2010 Mankato City Council approves business loan for chiropractor Mankato City Council met in regu- lar session Feb. 2 with business con- ducted by Mayor Don Koester. Coun- cil members present were Mac McCammon. Sam Becker. Jim Ross, Dave Warne and Lyle Dauner. Darrell Miller, the city attorney, John-Tyler and Brian Shulda were also present. Tyler and Shulda presented updated information regarding a revolving loan for Tyler's chiropractic business. Lo- cation, terms of the loan and collateral were discussed. The loan for $8.000 to Tyler with a five-year amortization and a 3 percent interest rate was ap- proved by a vote of four in favor and one abstaining. A letter from the Kansas Depart-. ment of Transportation regarding Kan- sas Aviation System Plan and Mankato's airport recommendation within that plan were reviewed. A let- ter from MKEC regarding adjustments to fuel adjustment billing were re- viewed. These adjustments were al- lowed by the Kansas Corporati)n Com- mission regarding purchased power from Jeffery Energy Center. Procurement procedures for the Kan-Step Firehouse Grant were re- viewed and approved. A letter from Performance Lawns for lawn services at the community center was reviewed. The council agreed to prepay for the service. A discussion on moving houses out of the city was held. Federal funds may be available to county for snow removal The Jewell County Commissioners met last Monday. At that time, Don Snyder, emergency preparedness di- rector, discussed the possibility of snow removal reimbursement from the fed- eral government. Linda Woerner. health nurse, dis- cussed revenue from 2009. She also discussed bio-terrorism and H1N1 grants. Chris Petit. custodian, discussed lawn maintenance. Rex Fischer. general superinten- dent. discussed the engineering firm's findings from the inspecnon of the Hardy. asphalt road. Commissioners and Fischer said the plan is to continue to patch holes, but to completely tear t all up and redo the base for the area being repaired. Present for the discus- sion were Darrell Miller. county attor- ney, Jim Zoltenko. Brad Bouray, Wes, Jack and Ralph Clark. Fischer suggested starting summer hours for 2010 Marcli 29 and continu- ing through Oct. 15. Howland Heating was to being in- Tyler returns to Mankato to open chiropractic office John Tyler has returned to Jewell County with plans to establish a chiropratic practice. He expects to have his office open within two weeks in the building which served as the First Na- tional Bank for more than 100 years. Tyler graduated from Mankato High School in 1971. The son of the late Tony and Helen Tyler. He grew up on the family farm. His first job was work- ing summers during his high school years, with Roy and Bill Blauvelt at the Blauvelt Service Station. south of Su- perior on Highway. 14. He said "That job was ] mportant to me. I learned a lot while working there." After graduat-- ing from Fort Hays State Universny, he returned to Mankato and for four years served as the manager of the Midway Co-op Service Station and also as the town's mayor. He was en- couraged by his father and Shawn Newell to attend chiropractic college. He moved to California and worked his way through Pasadena College of Chiropractic. as a security guard. In 1990 he officially became a chiroprac- tor and started his practice along with two othe, chiropractors in Pasadena. Calif. He eventually became a partner in the prac.tice. Tyler said he was drawn back to Jewell County following the death of his fatherx last May. He currently lives near Lovewell Lake. His sister. Betty Becker. Mankato. encouraged his re- turn to Jewell County. He also has a brother and sister living in Superior. Tyler said he is looking forward to the opening of his office on the corner of Jefferson and Commercial Streets. He is currently preparing the interior of the building to fit his needs. The office will be open Monday through Friday. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. He is consider- ing Saturday hours. The office sched- ule will be published in a future issue of this newspaper. Tyler said he will provide a "basic chiropractic treatment" for his patients. along with using ultra sound and mas- sage therapies. He observed. "It's sure good to be home again. That old saying 'You never can come home' isn't true at all. Ev- eryone is so friendly here. I just wished I'd come home much sooner." staliation of the radiant heaters in the shop last Tuesday. The commissioners signed a ser- vice agreement with Pierce Electron- ics for the county communications tower The commissioners telephoned Ray Winkel to discuss the courthouse elec- trical study. Winkel said he may have the Cummings Generator Technician and Heineken Electric representatives walk through the courthouse with him to determine the correct size of genera- tor. $1,000 reward posted in Mmakato A $1,000 reward has been offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person respon- sible for the armed robbery of Mac's Kwik Stop. An armed man with his face covered entered the Mankato store about 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7. Dave Fullerton, Jewell County Sher- iff. has requested that anyone with information they believe may help with the investigation to contact the Jewell County Sheriff's Department. The investigation is contmuing in this robbery case. State approves school consolidation plans The Kansas State Board of Educa- tion has approved requests that would allow four school districts to consoli- date into two districts. The board, last Tuesday, approved a consolidation re- quest from Claflin and Lorraine school district. The other approved request was from Hanston and Pawnee Heights school districts. Both consolidations must still be approved by voters in the districts. April 6. The board also approved an agree- ment to transfer 300 square miles of land from Russell County School Dis- trict to the Sylvan Grove District in Lincoln County. The above security camera image shows the armed individual who robbed a Mankato convenience store on Feb. 7. Sheriff Dave Fullerton has asked anyone with information' about the case to contact him. A $1,000 reward is offered. Es[ on fire remem00,e:ced, 60 years later A disastrous fire that destroyed a large Esbon business building 60 years ago, is still remembered today. The large brick building took up most of the west side of Esbon' s main street. It was built as a bank and busi- ness building and served for many years as the home of the Farmers State Bank. To the locals it was known as the J.E. Stedham bank. The main door was located on the corner of the building, gold that night, typical of a Kansas January night. The Esbon Times re- ported the temperature was zero at the time of the fire. Frances said whenever Jan. 26 rolls around, she remembers back to the night of the fire. She said a dance was held in the Legion Hall and when the dance ended, everyone was able to get to sleep. Though she doesn' t remember exactly what time the fire started, she which covered a large.area across the does remember when her father ran to street from the present Village Cafe. When the bank closed, the main part of the building that served as the bank's lobby and office area.was changed to serve the patrons as the post office. There was also a grocery store and meat locker housed in the same building. On the upper story of the building were apartments and the community's American Legion head- quarters. Those dwelling in the apartments m January 1950werethe Carvers Frank and Meriel and their three daughters, Roberta. Ethel and Frances: Gall and Agnes Kindler; and the postmaster, Ed Grauerholz. Frank Carver was a me- chanic who worked in Esbon rinsing his family in the one-bedroom apart- ment. The Carvers had a son. Leslie, who lived down the street with his grandmother. Gall and Agnes Kindler had been married for eighl years and were making their home in the apart- ments. Gall farmed and Agnes was employed at the grocery store located on the main floor of the building. Ac- cording to Agnes, they were "'strug- gling trying to make ends meet." The owner of the building was Mrs. Edna Frost. Today, two of the Carver daugh- ters. Roberta Lorence and Frances Dever. still remember that fateful night as if it was just yesterday. Frances was a senior at Esbon High School at the time of the fire and said it was very their bedside and shouted for them to quickly get up and get to the door. "We were in our night clothes and I couldn't find my clothes or shoes. The smoke was so thick." Frances said. "I was fed ing around for my clothes and shoes but I couldn't find them." Roberta. was in the fifth grade and said her father was awakened when he heard the large locker coolers click on and vapor began coming up through the apartment floors. "We were in the only apartment on the west side." Roberta said. The Carver family all made it to the apartment' s main door and began mak- ing their way down the. long and dark stairway. The girls had bare feet and Frances and Roberta both remember their feet being very cold. They hung on to one another as they made their way down the stairs. Agnes Kindler now makes her home in Russell. Her husband. Gait. died a few months ago. She too shared her memories of that night 60 years ago. "Gall had been involved in a house fire a few years before that night. He was working and living with the Ed Kindler family when a fire broke out in the house. Gall escaped that fire by exiting out a bedroom window and climbing down a tree. He always made sure after that fire to live in a place that had two exits. On Jan. 26. 1950. Gall and Agnes were awakened at about midnight. They heard the unforgettable sounds of large, plate-glass windows on the lower level of the building breaking in the heat of the fire. Gall and Agnes were able to reach for their clothing and shoes. Gall jumped into his overalls and boots. without taking nine to put on a shirt or socks. Agnes was in her nightgown and somehow found her shoes tucked under the bed. "White smoke was coming up from the apartment floors and it was chok- ing us," Agnes said. She said she had the feeling a person sometimes has when they are dreaming trying to run but being somehow unable to. The Kindlers made their way to the apartment's door but when Gall opened it. smoke came rolling into the apart- ment so he quickly closed the door. Gall told Agnes they could not go out the door as the fire was out in the hallway, so they ran to a window. crawled out to a nearby tree and climbed down. For Gall it was history repeating itself. Agnes said she stopped in the window and as she looked down to the bottom of the tree she thought she would not make it. Gall was in the tree and reached out for Agnes, encourag- ing her to climb out onto the tree. and finally she did. The postmaster Was able to escape with the Carvers. All reached safety for anything," she said. In the days after the fire she was able to find one of her treasured silver dollars, and one day while her lather. Sam Mizner. was searching in the rubble he found another of her silver dollarsl The Kindlers would reside with her parents on their farm. and later decided to move to California. It would be, years later, after Gall retired, that the Kindlers would move back to Kan- sas. The Esbon Times reported the Mankato Fire Department was called to help the Esbon firemen, but the fire had gained great headway before it was discovered. According to the newspaper's ac- count. "The heat was so great and smoke so dense that the occupants of the apartments of the second story had difficulty making their escape from the burning building. The Mankato firemen had a hard time in their open fire trucks facing the zero tempera- tures. They had several cars following the trucks and as fast as one truck driver fi'oze out, he went back to warm up m a closed car while another took his place '" As the fire continued to burn. all the plate glass windows icross the street were broken by the heat. The brick work above the corner archway, over and for a moment they looked in won- the first entrance to the post office, was der as the building became engulfed in the only part of the m tin building left flames. Noting the cold sidewalk on standing following the fire. It was the girls' feet. Roberta and Frances made their way to their grandmother' s house where the family stayed until other arrangements could be made. The Carvers and Kindlers lost ev- erything in the fire. Agnes said the only positive outcomes of the fire were they were alive and Gail's wallet was later found tucked in a pocket of his overalls. Agnes said she remembers the rubble burning for days. "You couldn't walk over it to search knocked down by the fire departmem as a safety measure. It was estimated the loss was $40.000. The frozen locker division of the building still burned "furiously" for days. The post office opened the next morqing after the fire in the McCoy restaurant across the street and the mail went out in the usual nme. "It was a terrible experience and I wish that no one will ever have to go through it." Agnes said. Dr. John Tyler has returned to, his home town area and will open a Chiropractic office in downtown Mankato. Scam reported in Jewell County Dave Fullerton. Jewell County sher- iff. has warned Jewell County resi- dents about a scam recently reported in the county. Fullerton said a county resident was telephoned and asked tO send funds to aid a nephew in London. The Jewell County resident wired the requested funds and later was contacted by the same party asking for additional funds. This time the Jewell County resident questioned the caller and decided not to send the additional funds. Later it was learned the nephew did not need. had not requested and did not receive the funds. Sheriff Fullerton said when people are asked tO send funds to aid a relative or friend to please verify the request before sending the funds. This same type of scam has been reported in nearby counties. Jewell blood drive collects 38 pints An American Red Cross Blood Drive was held Thursday in the Jewell Community Center building. There were 38 donors with three first time donors. The donors gave 37 units. This event was hosted by the Jewell Chamber of Commerce with Wayne and Carla Feigal as coordinators. The next American Red Cross Blood Drive in Jewell County will be from noon to 5 p.m. May 6 in Mankato. ........... )i' J :;iii .Wi k Pictured is all that remained standing after the fire in Esbon 60 years ago. The tree at left is the one the Kindlers climbed down to escape injury. Local programming returns to Jewell's cable TV system The Jeweli Public Library Board and the Jewell Chamber of Commerce have joined with the community's cable television provider, Cunrfingham Tele- phone and Cable. to return program- ming to cable television Channel 12. Currently Cunningham is having some problems in keeping the channel op- erational 24-7 but technicians are try- ing to find out what is causing it to go off every few days. The channel allows the telecasting - This Is a corner view of the bank building the way it looked before being _._ ..... Continued to page 7 destroyed by fire 60 years ago.