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W located at 111 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 ,~E!,I FZLE ..... " 01-S1-L(~),~ ffC 65 ~O)" 2(.,! .. 9~Rt::~ AR. 72852-950i ";~' "'h,hh,,hll, h,,i,hll,,i,,,llll,,,,,,llih,~I Price 50 Established 1890, Volume 113, Issue No. 21 USPS, NO. 274-940 Thursday, May 22, 2003 look back at Gloria Garman-Schlaefli has been 50 years ago that 106 school seniors graduated from schools in Jewell County of these graduates will be together and looking back to school day years together and day in May 1953. early 50s brought a lot of to this country. The farming was not doing well because conditions but the farmers introduced to more modem Cars were being stream- ~11 music had just introduced. graduating senior boys were with an uncertain future as the War was still being fought. In County a new highway district was being constructed on the east side of town; in Mankato sold summer ; and at A.W. Schlagle, beef roast sold for43 cents a ~s were 30 cents a dozen, i 4 cents a pound and cake 32 cents each. new models of GMCs being advertised at Beardmore Company, Mankato. The Old Day celebration was held and it celebrated the 20th of the Limestone Creek Project. The movie Express," g Charlton g was show- Ute Theatre in Mankato. High School was gradu- ,five seniors VemaMiller. Sylvia Marilyn Rogers. Don Swanson Coffman. They had faced of activities that second week On May 8 the junior-senior had been held with the theme Fair Hawaii" and following uet the classes traveled to Su- attend the "picture show." ~arty was held to honor local ill Cook and J.O. Leece who L~0on tO leave to enter the military Baccalaureate was heldat the Church, Sunday,May 10andcom- the school May evening. up the White Rock Creek the gh School was hold- commencement for 21 se- class members were Iva Lee Shirley Purcell, Bill Kiehl, ~Oliver, Alan Hancock, Margaret Janet Michael, Stanley Short, Jeffery, Merlin Alexander, Howe, Jerry Lockwood, Bar- Jane Brown, Bud Lewis, Jean Stevenson, Gary Simmons, Alice Dell VanDusen. Royce Roger Lewis were the co-valedicto- of the class. ion James McDonnel class president, the to the class of Estaline Glover. , pre- awards and the class of 1963. School Ross, Marian Mohler, Hoard. Howard Rathbun. Issaacson, Wayne Dunn and Kauer. The clasgenjoyed the banquet earlier in May theme, "Flower Garden." was held May 13, with Fred Mont- Y as the speaker. The class vale- was Marian Mohler. seniors in 1953 and they were Montgomery, LeRay Fa~k, Gary Don Parsons and Charles The class was known for irl and were one of They had held two 'tps, one allowing Phyllis to on a trip to Kansas on second trip she was taking the trip and Walter Smith was the :hool. graduates of Mankato High Were Bob Boyd, Gwendolyn Everson, Jeanie Graham, Patricia Green, Howard Lois Groves, Leonard a, Ruth O'Hara, Grover Rohla, :Kim, Bobbie Parsons, Jackie , Ray Outler, Patricia Hayes, Nancy Teeple, Lula :, John Russell. Darlene Owen, Steele, Anita Siemon, Carroll Jerry Pauline Th- !18, address was given by Dean of the University of Kansas titled "Today Is A Good numbers were given by PatriciaGreen.Duane The valedictorian was Ruth the salutatorian was Bob High School corn- was May 14 ~nd the bac- was held at the Evan- Brethren Church Sun- ,10, The seniors held of 1953 their senior sneak and went to Colo- rado and the sponsors were Mrs. Fedde and Mrs. Ahlvers. Taking cars on the trip were Roger Fedde. John Wilson and Mr. Borror. The class left on Wednesday and returned on Sunday. Class of 1953 members were Harry Funk Jr., Glenda Ahlivers, Kathleen Loomis, Mona Baker, John Wilson, Gerald Grasch, Ardeth Wright, Glendolyn Bartley, Lyle Wright and Marion Roger Fedde. This class will be holding their 50 year reunion in October in Ionia. Esbon High School Class of 1953 were Joy Jeffers, Bill Shook, Marilyn Gibbs, Patsy Clark, Norma Sink, Connie McGinnis, Richard Kirchner, Marvin Dodd, Galen Sloan, Eldon Hollern. Pearl Anderson, John Crumley, Leslie Carver, Don Broeckeiman, Shirley Lantis. This class held a late graduation on May 22. Speical music for the com- mencement was provided by Nadine Andersen, Patsy Cook and Marvin Dodd. The address was given by the class valedictorian William Shook. Hilton Frost, board clerk, handed out the diplomias. The class sponsor was Don Templemeyer. ". Jewell Rural High.School had 11 seniors graduate in 1953 and they were Stanley Abram, Ruth Burks. Melva Hunter, Joy McMurray, John Snyder, James Blacker, Colleen Doxon, Gena Knarr, Vonna Belle Rodgers and Carol Zimmerman. The graduation was held on a Tuesday eve, May 19, with Ira Scott from Fort Nays State Teachers College giving the address, "Beyond The Horizon". The seniors had held a class night with Melva Hunter provid- ing the class history and Ruth Burks reading the class prophecy. Randall Rural High School gradua- tion was held May 21.Thursday. Miss Ann Hutchinson played the piano as the senior marched in wearing their gray caps and gowns. Superintendent Homer Higham gave the address in the absence of the scheduled speaker. Darrell Behrends, school board member, presented the diaplomas. Vaughan Prather was given a award for having a record of being neither absent or tardy during his four years of high school. The class members were Carolyn Atkins, Clinton Matter, Vaughan Prather, Joyce Flinn, Robert McElroy and Barbara Stilley. New fencing is being put along the Avenue of Flags at the Mt. Hope Cemetery, Mankato. Gavin Garman, left, and David Callaway, nght, of Callaway Fencing, Esbon, pour concrete to set a post. Abandoned Burr Oak cemeteries restored Two small rural cemeteries east of Burr Oak, neglected for years, were recently restored. Hidden by tree limbs and tall grass. one cemetery, 1 1/4 miles east of Burr Oak. was not even visible as travelers drove down the county roads into town. Local resident Alma Garman, who has 'lived on the same farm near the cemetery most of her life, knew there was a cemetery there but did not know much about it. Township board investigates The local township board decided to investigate and t earned from records that this cemeter3~, a!i~ tmother just a. mile west of it, w~r~ ~tli" Gen.han Baptist Brethren cemeteries. Know- mg some of the earliest settlers in the Burr Oak area were of the German Baptist Brethren faith, it was believed these would be two of the oldest cem- eteries in the area. In 1870 John Faidley, Burr Oak's first shopkeeper, arrived at the future towp site of Burr Oak. He was a Ger- man Baptist Brethren and the Church was organized in 1872. Allen Ives, a church elder and owner of the property at the site of the cemetery nearest to Burr Oak, deeded land to the church for this cemetery. This cemetery is hidden behind what is now the home of Richard and Cam Gates. This was once the location of the residence of the Ives family. The only access to the cem- etery is through a field and people are asked to travel to this cemetery by foot when the ground is planted to a crop. The cemetery established on the Ives property has four stones and most needed repairing. There were no records as to ~'hb is buried there, only the stones that remain tell the story. Identification on the stones name Lacy Ann Harris, 1878; Earl Ires, son of C.A. and M.C.Ives; a 15-year-old male from the Lewis family; and the oldest grave is of Millard Ires, who was the son of the !and donor and died in 1874. Township board members and vol- unteers worked to clean the area and installed a new fence around the cem- etery. At the other cemetery on east there were seven stones repaired and put back into place. Most of the stones were broken and had fallen down. Mike Lehr, Red Cloud, was called to do the restoration at both sites, with the aid of the volunteers. Tree branches and shrubs were cut--22 loads-- and hauled from this cemetery. Some graves moved It was learned that 10 graves from Residents prepare for Memorial Day, alumni activities Residents of Jewell County are pre- paring for alumni and Memorial Day events at several locations, Scheduled alumni events are in Jew- ell, Burr Oak, Mankato, Ionia, For- moso and Superior. The Webber High School Alumni will meet for a noon lunchat the Supe- rior Elks Club, Superior, Nebraska, May 23. Formoso High School alumni are planning a noon luncheon, Saturday at the F0rmoso Senior Center, For reser- vation to the catered luncheon contact Charles Westin. Formoso classes to be honored are those of 1952 and 1953. A potluck dinner is scheduled for Ionia and Athens Alumni Sunday at 12:30 p,m. at the Ionia United Method- ist Church Annex. Jewell High School Alumni Ban- quet is Saturday Jewell High School, at 7 p.m, with Curt Doxon as emcee. Musical entertainment is by Ashley Lienberger. Classes of 1953 and 2003 will be honored. An afternoon recep- tion is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the for this cemetery to the German Bap- tist Brethren in ! 890. The oldest grave marker in this cemetery is that of Spaulding who died in 1886. It is not known why the German Baptist Breth- ren had two cemeteries so close to- gether. Monday morning as showers fell, Jewell High School. " Lovewell Alumni meet Saturday, June 7 at the Lady Vestey Room, Su- perior. Social hour will begin at 5 p.m. with supper at 6. Burr Oak and White Rock High School Alumni banquet Saturday night at 5:30 p.m. with a entered meal at 6:30 p.m. at the high school in Burr Oak. Classes reservingtables are 1943,1948, 1953, 1954 and 1963. An updated Alumni Directory will be available. Mankato High School Alumni will have open house at the USD 278 Ad- ministration Buildingh~e former high school tmildiflg, 301 N.W., and at the present high school buildin~ from 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday. Registration for the banquet and program at the Mankato National Guard Armory begins at pan. The program begins at 6:30 with the Mankato City Council installs new mayor, council members Jim Ross was sworn in as Mankato on the council, and to Rick Diamond, a dance. Council voted to approve the City councilman at the May 6 meeting, plaque for 12 years of s~rvice, application and that a special permit Ross was appointed by Mayor Don Loomis administered the oath of also be issued to allow the event. this cemetery were moved in 1939 to supper after. tmh-~:lUi~ ?~937e,~he;;Ttheat ~v; trgw~ ]~sbon, Montrose and Randall High famili=, the H~enbergs and Kinzies. ' "Se~'~nig~up~d not m~tt~is The Kinzies had deeded the property year. Memorial Day observances Memorial Day observances will be held at various locations throughout the county. At the Jewell County Courthouse lawn, Mankato, VFW Post No. 7830 and Auxiliary will conduct a service at 9 a.m. Monday with another at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Mankato. The public Hamilton to serve the unexpired term of council member Wayne Dunn who resigned March 11. Other elected council members and the elected mayor were later sworn in. Mayor Hamilton conducted the meeting. , Other Council members present were Rick Diamond, Mel Brown, Lyle Dauner and Karen Ross. Others present were Harold McCammon, Don Koester, NeilBecker and Bob Roush. Correspondence was reviewed. Questions from council members re- garding lawns and mowing issues were posed. City administrator Marvin Loomis said several nuisance letters had been sent out, but there was still a need to contact a few landowners to have them mow. Bills were reviewed and approved. Bob Roush, representing USD 278 school district, asked if the city could repair the parking lot at the high school. Council had concerns regarding pri- vate contractors. Administrator Loomis stated that the areas need to be looked at, and an estimate of time and materials would need to be put to- gether for the school district. Loomis suggested that he and Roush meet at the site to look at the areas in question. The council's consensus was that the city could possibly do the work for a fee if the school board approves the expense of the repair. An estimate will be prepared. Hamilton presented Karen Ross with a plaque for 24 years of service. office to the new mayor ad council members and turned the meeting over to Mayor Koester and the new council members. Koester presented Hamilton with a plaque for. 8 years or service. Ross, Hamilton and Diamond left the meet- ing. These committees were named: fi- hance-McCammon, Dauner and Becker; street and alley-Ross, Brown and MeCammon; water, electric and sewer-Becker, Brown and Dauner; air-. port and reere~tion-Dauner, McCammon, Ross; fire department and law enforcement-Brown, Ross and Becker. Keester appointed Marvin E. Loomis as city clerk and administra- tor. A request to block off Main Street from Commercial to the alley east had been received. A beer garden and street dance is being planned for Satur- day, May 24. Afterdiscussion, council voted to allow the closing. A cereal malt beverage license ap- plication had been received from Crit- ters, 107 E. Main, for the beer garden "Put Kids First Food Drive." The event was sponsored by the Early Childhood Coordinating Coun- cil, Jewell County Resource Council and parents as Teachers, in conjunc- tion with the Week oftbe Young Child. Food was collected at the three el- ementary schools, libraries, Jewell Pre- school, and the county food pantry. Other small organizations joined in to help with the donation. All donated items stayed in Jewell County A cereal malt beverage license ap- plication was also approved for Bob's Inn, 109 E. Jefferson. Loomis had been asked if the City of Mankato would take possession of the lots referred to as Edison Park, located across the street east of the USD 278 Administration Building, if the lots were deeded to the city. Tax issues and maintenance were discussed. No action was taken and the item was tabled. Loomis reported on a Spill Control and Countermeasure Workshophehad attended in April concerning the effect of EPA regulation 40 CFR Part 112, and the requirements placed on them. The City of Mankato will have to com- ply with this regulation and a plan must be written. A professional engineer - must certify this plan. Loomis stated he could see no way to get around this regulation, and the city needed to pur- sue getting the plan in place. It was decided that Loomis contact firms and get quotes to prepare this plan. is invited to the VFW Hall for a fellow- ship and coffee time after the services. Burr Oak Cemetery is the scene for the annual Memorial Service Monday at 10 aea. with the American Legion Post and Auxiliary in charge of the arrangements. Speaker is Dan Dempsey, lay speaker of the Jewell County United Methodist Parish. Monday services at the Esbon Cem- two township board members and two volunteers placed the cemetery signs at both locations. With most of the work completed, board members and volunteers are glad they decided to take on the task of bringing these two cemeteries back to life. Burr Oak Township board mem- ber's are DOn McLean, Susan Able- Diehl, and Dan Garman. County resource council hears reports of activities The Jewell County Resource Coun- cil met recently and heard reports on recent activities. Informational meetings were held at the Jewell Community Center and for county and public employees. Par- ents ~ Teachers program is now serv- ing 21 families and 23 children. Re- newal of the contract between Beloit l.,earning Co-op and Jewell County is slated for July 12. A countywide fund raising project was discussed to raise the needed $7,000 to continue this pro- gram. A committee of Lesa Peroutek, Mike Waite, Nancy Spiegel and Amanda Anderson will work out de- tails for the "Keep parents as teachers in Jewell County" fund-raising proiect which will be a 20-day opportunity for local residents and organizations to held in conjunction with the street Randall City Council Redevelopment is subject of workshops swears in new members Kansas State University's Techni- Donald Bigham, mayor, Bradley It had been reported the roof of the calOutreachServicestoCommunities Barrett, Warren Joert~. and Terry city hall-library is leaking. Possible Behrends were sworn m to council purchase donation tickets for the draw- mg at.the county fair. Half the funds raised will be contributed directly to the Jeweli County Parents as Teachers program and the remaining half will be divided among three lucky ticket hold- ers. Tickets will go on sale June 23 and may be purchased from any resource council member. Present were officers Spiegel, Peroutek and Thadd Hinkle and board members Laura Fricker, Stun COIson, Waite, Ken Smith, and Deanna Sweat. Other members are Anderson, Shirley Varney, Stephanie Barrett, Deanna Sweat, Gary Tordrup, David Wame, Paul and Carole Matter, Stun Colson, Patricia Bird and KimGillett. Early copy needed Early copy, ads andphotos for this newspaper are needed for the May 29 issue. Food drive gets 30 bags for food pantry A total of 30 bags of food was donated to the Jewell County Food ing redeveloped because of environ- pantry at the conclusion of the first mental concerns; available programs positions prior to the start of the May council meeting. RogerHoughton was - absent and will be sworn in later. Routine business was conducted. A letter of resignation from Bill McMillan as treasurer for the Randall Firemen's Relief Fund was accepted. Archie Thompson, fire chief, will ap- point someone to fill the position Bigham reported he had checked with the Randall Branch on the pre- mmm on the city tractor and recom- mended that next year when the pre- mium came up for renewal to consider revising coverage because of the age of the tractor, A residence not connected to the new water line will be connected as soon as a plumber can be contacted. The open position on the council was discussed. Present council mem- bers will contact possible candidates who might consider serving. solutions to the problem were dis- cussed. No action was taken until fur- ther information can be obtained about the costs and who would be able to do the job. Junior Wi Ison reported that a meter had been installed,at the city well to keep a record of the output, This meter was required by the state and has been inspected by a state representative and he told Wilson that it was okay to be used on the city well. The output readings will be recorded each month . in the water account book and sent in ,annually to the state. Two abandoned properties in the city limits were discussed. Citizens ill town would like to have the properties cleaned up or have the city force the property owners to maintain their va- cant properties. Further information is needed by the council on the actual ownership of the property before any action can be taken. News and ad deadline is Tuesday at 4 p.m. and photQs will be needed by Friday at the Mankato office. If something has to be mailed to the newspaper, please mail early because of the Monday holiday. The newspaper will accept photos of class reunions and alumni banquets for publication. Please bring or mail items to the newspaper office, along with a write up and photo identifica- :ion, or e- mail to tse @superiome.com. Photos must be of good quality-- clear and taken as close as possible to show faces cle~ly. Submiteitherorigi- nal photosor digital files on disks or CDs. Bob's Inn opens for business Friday A Mankato landmark business is once again open under new ownership~ Barry Alexander, rural Mankato, recently purchased the business from AI Surmeier and Penny Surmeier and will open Friday. Hours will be from 11 a.m. to midnight, Monday through Saturday. Hamburgers and short orders will be served. program and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment will part- ner with economic districts form across the state in June to offer four interac- tive workshops to educate small and rural communities about brownfields redevelopment issues. The workshops will focus on how to identify brownfields, which are aban- doned or underused properties not be- to assist with redevelopment and how properties are "assessed for potential contaminants and cleaned up. Presenters also will discuss liabil- ity and financial issues. A case study of an actual small town that has been through the brownfields process will be presented. A local workshop is June 4 in Jew- ell. To register, contact Barb Johnson at barbj @k-state.eduor Angie Burgoon at 1-800-798-7796. etery are at 1 ! a.m. with the local American Legion in charge. The American Legion Post No. 193 and Sons of the Legion color guard will be present at the Memorial Day service at 8:20 a.m., at the Balch Cemetery on Highway 36 east of For- moso. Services at Pleasant View Cem- etery (Greenwood), near Montrose are at 10:30 a.m. Monday. Webber Memorial Day Service at the cemetery is at l I a.rrb and a color guard from Superior will be present. The program will be provided by the Harmony United Methodist Bell Choir. A potluck lunch will follow the service at the United Methodist Church, Webber. Jewell American Legion Post No. 72 and the Jewell Ministerial Alliance are sponsoring a community Memo- rial Worship Service at the Jewel l Trin- ity Methodist Church, Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Patrioticmusic is provided by the JewellChristian Church Choir. An- otherspecial is planned with a patriotic video produced by the Jeweli High School. Wayne Fiegal will deliver the message. The public is invited to at- tend this service. The annual Poppy Day Dinner is Saturday at noon in Jeweli. USD 278 Principal Hurford resigns Bruce Hurfoid, principal of grades 7 through 12 at M_aakato Junior-Senior High School has resigned. ~,t a special board meeting May 16, the board accepted the resignation, ef- fective the end of his 2002-03 contract. Dean Schultz, superintendent, dis- cussed the screening and hiring pro- cess for the principal's position. The board also approved contracts for Belinda Jeffery and Crystal Cosand as summer school teachers for June with the salary tobe $1,125 per teacher ~, for the ~~..~i~. graduates 16 Joel Knarr, valedictorian of the Jew- ell High School senior class, advised his 15 classmates to "Work to Suc- ceed" in his address Saturday at com- mencement. Knarr pointed out that 10 class members had been together since kindergarten. Salutatorian Hank Kummer's an- dress, "Here we are," noted the changes the seniors face. Seniors presented their parents with burnt orange roses. Guest soloist, Tif- fany Lawrence, performed a vocal number. These scholarships were presented: Leon Boden, Jewell American Le- ~iarahOn, $100 each to Joel Kemmerer and Birdsell; FawnaBarrett, Ameri- can Legion Auxiliary, $100 each to Sarah Birdsell and Tracy Bohnert; Jeff Bourbon, Max Bourbon Memorial to Joel Kemmerer; Ginna Sharp, Heart- land Bank and After Prom awards, Hank Kummer and Sarah Birdsell; Eric Durham scholarship, Mark Peters; Elaine Peters, Peggy Peters 4- H scholarship, Tracy Bohnert, Peggy Peters Family scholarship, Mark Pe- ters and Jeremy Bledsoe. Ginna Sharp announced scholar- ships and plans for each senior. As a class, the seniors received $19,650 in scholarships. JeffTravis, principal, presented the class, and diplomas were given by Robin Griffeth and John Kemmerer as Ron Kelley, superintendent read the elms roll. Graduates were Lac, ~ Dawn Bartsch, Sarah Ann Birdsell, Jeremy. Charles Bledsoe, Tracy Ellen Bohnert, Scott Judd Dooley, Patrick Glenn Faulkner, Joel Robert Kemmerer, Joel Jesse Knarr, Hank Allen Kummer, Mark Christopher Peters, Erik Schaper,~ Ivlegan Joelle Shelton, Shanffon Kay Snell, Joan Dean Stafford, Ambe Marie Kay Waterman, Kristy Beth~ WinkeL Pastor Dan Daniels spoke the invo- cation and Pastor Terry Mayhew, the oenediction. "Pomp and Circumstance" was played on two pianos by Becky Bur- gess, Susan Greene, Mary Ann Kibbe. and Ki'isti Vetter. 9 get diplomas at White Rock High Nine seniors received diplomas at White Rock High School Commeoce- ment Sunday at the high school in Burr. Oak. Honor students were recognized and Robyn Konen received the Guide RocE Certificate of Achievement. Konen presented the salutatory address and Jeanell Tucker gave the valedictory address. The high school choir sang and a senior slide program was presen- tation. Ken Garman, board member, presented the diplomm. Kathy Wiest played processional and recessional music. A combined reception was held in the cafeteria following the commence- ment.