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Office located, at 111 E. Main, ",l',,,,,q,i,,,,'l,l",,,,li-,i,lllh,,qlllq,hhlllq.% MS C005~"~0'; 95"*D'17 ~CORRESPONO SMALL. TOWN PAPERS 2'~7 W COTA STREET SHELTON WA 98584-2263 Mankato, Kansas 66956 Established 1890, Volume 127, Issue No. 20 USPS, NO. 274-940 Price 50 Thursday, May 19, 2016 By Joanne Freeman Marilyn Jeffery was born in Scottsbluff, Neb. and she along with her morn and dad, Myrtle and Red Brandon, came to Burr Oak when she was but six or seven months old. Marilyn was an only child but that didn't stop her from learning the true meaning of family. "My mother came from a family of 14 so we always had lots of family around," said Marilyn. Marilyn married Curtis Jeffery and became a farm wife. She and Curtis raised a daughter and two sons. Connie Shulda is the oldest and lives in Cuba. Cregg lives in Mankato and Todd lives in Northbranch. "When it came to holiday time, any holiday, the Jeffrey family always got together," said Marilyn. "Since I was an only child, Christmas Eve was al- ways at my folks home and my husband' s parents came with us for the evening." The Jeffrey family laughs a lot. There always has been laughter and still is. All the Jeffrey women were good cooks, nothing special, but good cooks. "At Christmas Morn Jeffrey would fix a roaster full of turkey and dressing. Once she had everything in the roaster and the lid on it, it was never opened until we were ready to eat. This made for more soft liquids than most people' s Sheriff working on lock(town procedm'es for the courthouse TheJewell County Board met Mon- day with commissioners Steve Greene, Mark Fleming and Dwight Frost present. Carla Waugh, county clerk, was also present. Minutes of the May 9 meeting were approved as printed. Don Jacobs, sheriff, discussed op- erations of his department. He has veri- fied they will no longer be taking calls for Rolling Hills Electric Cooperative, effective June 6. Rolling Hills will apparently have its own call center. Jacobs said the Safe Program has ended with the school year. He is working on the lockdown procedures for the court- house. Joel Elkins, general superintendent, reported on road and bridge mainte- nance. The commissioners reported road concerns. Joel discussed purchas- ing asphalt millings from the Venture Corporation, the contractor working on the Highway 36 construction project. Darrell Miller, county attorney, had a check in the amount of $10,394.97, the proceeds on the personal property portion of the former Kansas Minerals property. The closing on the real estate will be on a later date. Miller requested an executive session to discuss legal matters. No action resulted. School' s out! Many area youths are ready and waiting for the summer pro- grams and activities this community offers. The swimming pool will open when the water temperature reaches 70 de- grees, which will hopefully be May 27. On the other hand, they don't have to wait on the warmer weather to play ball. Practices have already started in preparation for those anticipated first games. This past weekend, the eight board members of the summer youth pro- gram were joined by about 25 volun- teers, which included at least five youths, at the Grizzly Field north of the high school to make ready the softball and baseball fields, bleachers and sur- rounding area for the quick approach- ing summer ball games. One of the projects tackled by the volunteers was new boards on all bleachers at the north field. The bleach- ers on the south field were sealed with a weather proof'rag product. The outfield fence on both fields was put up, and also the signage "We still have room for and could use some more sponsors with the signs," said Janet Higer. The equipment room was cleaned out and organized for the upcoming season. The trees to the west of the fields block a lot of wind and aid with the blocking of the sun for early games, but the trees are a catch all for trash that gets thrown down or blown into them, so a considerable amount of time was devoted to cleaning inand around the trees, The group started on the project of replacing the chain link fence at the north field, excluding the back stop, coming down both baselines and into the outfield. Lime has been added to both the north and south infields. The lime helps with the shedding of water from rains and will allow the games to continue while still receiving a quarter to a half inch of moisture. The volunteers accomplished all of this readying of the facilities while turkey and dressing but it was deli- cious," said Marilyn. "As the families grew in size, there was hardly enough places to set. Every room in the house was full of people, even the bathroom." "What I remember the most is there was always laughter," said Marilyn. "As our youngsters grew and our grand- children were born, the laughter car- ried on. There was always laughter. Curtis said more than once as we sat in the living room on those family get- togethers, 'just listen to those kids." For holiday get togethers Marilyn' s morn traditionally fixed chicken and noodles, a creamy rice dish, and home- made bread and cinnamon rolls. "My favorite thing as a youngster at home was Morn fixed fried bread with butter on it" said Marilyn. If asked, Marilyn fixes chicken and noodles usually at Easter or Christmas time. Her immediate family usually gets together at Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and some of the birthdays. "My home just isn't big enough for all of us now. Usually we are at Connie's Thanksgiving. For Christ- mas and Easter we are usually meet at the home Brian and Jess and Brian will either cook ham or brisket and the rest of us will fill in. Brian and Jess are quite the entertainers and have been gracious enough to host many of the get togethers. Usually there are 30 of us. Connie will sometimes make bread. Jess makes good pies and Gina's pies are pretty good also. Belinda has a pretzel salad that she makes which I like and she usually makes deviled eggs," said Marilyn who has nine grandchildren and most of them like to cook. Her 10 great-grandchildren are all to young yet so time will tell. When daughter Connie was in col- lege, she would come home for the weekends and Saturday morning was house cleaning day. "One weekend Connie asked do we always have to clean on Satur- day?' Connie liked to cook so from then on she cooked and I cleaned," said Marilyn. What is Marilyn's favorite recipe, "nothing really" said Marilyn. "I use to make homemade Long Johns when the kids were home. I don't like to prepare a meal and then eat it later. I enjoy fixing it when it is needed and then eating it.aMy favorite breakfast is real mincemeat pie." Marilyn is not a produce gardener. "Mom Jeffery and my Mom always shared their garden produce," said Marilyn. "Mom Jeffrey taught my sis- ter-in-law Loyce and I how to dress chickens. My morn was the canner." For the past 19 years, Marilyn has lived in her present home in Northbranch. For the 45 years before that, she and Curtis lived a half mile south of Northbranch. "Curtis' mother lived in a trailer on this property for a while and then we working around some practices of the youths as well as some of the volun- teers having to have some practice themselves. VFW and Auxiliary members will be manning the concession stand this summer. Sherry Jeffery, president of the VFW Auxiliary, has been busy cleaning the concession stand while other members have been busy gather- ing supplies. The stand will be ready and in operation for the first game of the seaon, which is May 25. There will be picnic tables available right beside the concession stand for those wishing to eat there. Central National Bank Insurance, Trevor Elkins, has spon- sored bottled water for the concession stand. 'The VFW members will have the honor of cooking the hamburgers and hot dogs on the nights there are games. The Auxiliary will be running the in- side part of the concession," said Sherry. This year the fields will be main- tained by Mason and Tycen Higer. Justin Schoonover will be the head umpire for the summer program. Other umpires helping will be Trevor Elkins, Tycen Higer, Luke Bmeckelman, Drew Beam, Robbie Dean and Joel Broeckelman. "Clayton Peterson remains a vital supporter of the Rock Hills Summer Youth Program. Just recently he has helped with players fees, buying of extra ball gloves and purchasing of balls," said Janet. For the past two years the hats for the Pee Wees have been purchased by John and Betty Johnson. Businesses that are sponsors and will have their names appearing on the front of the uniforms will be: Mankato Express, State Exchange Bank, Guar- anty State Bank and Trust, Malcom Flying, Lloyds Standard, Melby Mor- tuary, Tyler Chiropractic, Ken's Body Works, Farmers Union Insurance-Ja- son Ortman. The Zadina family have reserved the fields for June 4 so they may be used for a softball tournament. "At the age of 97 my mother helped me celebrate my 75th birthday. We attended lots of mother-daughter ban- quets together. The girls would also come and bring their girls. This was my mother's treat for the year," said Marilyn. Mom Jeffrey, my mom, my girls (daughters-in-law, granddaughters-in- law, and probably great-great-grand- daughters-in-law). Throughout the in- terview Marilyn referenced as such when speaking of them. "They are all my girls and I have wonderful sons-in-law, grandsons-in- law also," said Marilyn. "Life, not to exciting, but I'm very happy with my life. We didn't like to travel," said Marilyn and that is evi- dent in the fact that Marilyn has lived in three locations in her entire lifetime. "Church is important to me....family, friends and church. They are all important," concluded Marilyn. Bryan Houchens, PAC, joins medical staff at Jewell Co. Hospital Marilyn Jeffery enjoys embroidering while she sits in this glider-rocker next to the northwest window located in her TV room. Here she is working on a Christmas table runner. moved in this home," said Marilyn. Out the back door of the home, just off the deck, is a huge pine tree. "The pine tree out the patio door has been there about 90 years," said Marilyn. "It was planted by the Stansbury folks who lived just to the east of here. They brought if from Colorado when it was just a seedling and planted it where it stands today. When we put this home in, we set the house so the tree could be left and enjoyed." Most homes face north, south, east or west, not Marilyn' s. The front win- dows to the home face southeast. The pine tree dominates the steps to the back deck but Marilyn doesn't mind. "My sons would like to cut some of the branches back as they hang really low and have overgrown the back steps to the deck to where the steps can' t be used but I like it the way it is," said Marilyn. Lots of birds come to the tree to raise their families and also to roost and she enjoys watching them. Setting on the deck railing to the right side of the steps is a heated waterer for the birds. With the cover of the pine tree and the constant water source Marilyn has birds that will stay with her year Board members for the summer youth program are Bobi Fogo, presi- dent, Janet Higer, secretary-treasurer, Dan Higer, Brian Shulda, Matthew Badger, Pamela Wirth, Nikki Ost and Patrick Faulkner. Each week there will be a summer youth ad printed in the local paper listing the games that are scheduled for that week, Sunday through Saturday. The schedule will be sponsored cour- tesy of The State Exchange Bank. The Pee Wees, grades 4 through 6, will be coached by Max Sterling and assisted by Jeromi Wagner, Dustin Bredeson and John Johnson. T-ball, pre-kindergarten and kin- dergarten team one are coached by Matthew Badger and assisted by Brian Shulda and Pare Wirth; team two will be coached by Joe Brown and assisted by Kenny and Shena Mizner. Coach pitch, grades one through three, are coached by: team one, Bret Ernst and assisted by Pam Wirth; team two, Natalie Frost and assisted by Tonia Underwood. Games for the above teams will be played at 6:25 and 8 p.m. There are two little girls teams, kin- dergarten through grade 4. Team one is coached by Bobi Fogo, with assistants Laura Shipman, Nikki Ost, Pat Faulker and Lyndsey Alvord. Team two is coached by Kenny Mizner and assisted by Chad Simmelink and Shena Mizner. Big girls team, fifth through eighth grade, will be coached by Sarah Ortman and assisted by Jalee Ortman, Sam Fogo and Allison Warner. Little girls games will start at 6:30 p.m., followed by the big girls starting at 7:30 p.m. It appears the summer youth pro- gram is growing. According to Janet Higer, who provided a little trivia about the program, participation is on the rise. This year there are 103 youths, boys and girls, signed up to play sum- mer ball. In 2015 there were 80; 2014, 65; 2013, 86; and 2012, 94. "This year, new uniforms had to be ordered to supply enough to outfit the teams," Janet said. April 20, Bryan Houchens PAC, has joined the medical personnel asso- ciated with Jewell County Rural Health Clinic and Jewell County Hospital. Houchens grew up in Wichita and graduated from Friends University with Aaron Durant (left) and Austin Durant stand in the receiving line following a degree in education and psychology, graduation. While a student at Friends, he was a around, member of the football teams which "I enjoy them a lot, they provide won two conference championships lots of company. I have an orange and a national title. canary in my home. I've had him for a Not long after graduating and be- year now and he has just started sing- ginning work in the mental health field, ing," said Marilyn. His cage is located Houchens decided to begin under- in front of a large northwest window graduate work in the medical field. ........ that looks into the big pine tree so he After receiving his physicians assis- gets to see the activity also. tant degree, his first job was in Willow A visitor to Marilyn's home sees Springs, Me. Houchens decided that ........... location was to far from family and ': lots and lots of flower pots. Most of the returned to Kansas, taking a job at the time they are home to annuals. "I like impatients and flowering Fort Riley Community Hospital. He things. Right now I have planted was in the National Guard for eight impatientsinthepot~on the deckand years and during this time was de- the rest of (he pots setting around will, pioyed to Iraq with the Infantry 2nd/ get flowers as the weather allows, 137 Battalion serving as a physician's said Marilyn, who has scaled down the assistant with the unit. Almost a year number of potted plants she will have later the unit retumed to Ft. Riley. Upon his discharge, Houchens took this year. A lot of the flower pots and a job with the Herington Hospital and other yard ornaments have been given purchased a farm in that area where he to her. Setting on Marilyn's dining room is now living, raising cattle, and farm- table, which is the center of her home, ing. He is not married but is engaged. are two candy dishes. She may change Houchens, who is in his fourth rota- the dish, or occasionally put in a differ- tion at the Jewell County Health Clinic, ent candy, but there is always a full is now accepting new patients. candy dish present. i~i :/il i i"~ :,~/~ :iii!:iiiii!!i!i:i!!iiiii!iii!ii!?~ Su nday Emily Cox and Aaron Du rant start their walk down the isle to receive their diploma during the Rock Hills High School graduation. Max Sterling bolts bleacher boards in place while Bobi Fogo, president of the Rock Hills Summer Youth organization, and Laura Shipman stand on the boards to hold them in place. T.he boards are being flipped over because they had warped. Matt Badger, a board member of Rock Hills Summer Youth, also assisted with bleacher repair project, but is not pictured. Raymond James Bryant, Rock Hills, examines his tassle following the graduation. Candidate filings The following have filed for office as of May 16: Tom Harris, Republican, County Commissioner, District 3. The following have filed for office as of May 17: Tammy L. Eilert, Re- publican, Limestone Township Pre- cinct Committeewoman. Holden Mauerhan exchanges a hug with his sister, Bergen Mauerhan, following graduation. Local weather High and low temperatures May 8 ....................................... 83 55 May 9 ....................................... 75 53 May 10 ..................................... 78 50 May 11 ................................... ..84, 50 May 12 .................................... .70 44 May 13 ..................................... 74 44 May 14 ..................................... 76 40 Betty Becker, weather observer for Mankato, reported 1.57 of participa- tion for the week. Ken Garst, weather observer for Jewell, reported 1.47 of precipitation for.the week.