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:ated at 111 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 Established 1890, Volume 113, Issue No. 24 Illl I USPS, NO. 274-940 " Price 50˘ Thursday, June 12, 2O03 !~i~ !iiiii~!:ii~ i~ii!!!ii!i!~!~, Robbins (center) was chosen Jewell County Junior Miss 2004 at ~aturday night's competition• Laruen b was first runner up and Gayle Wilson was second runner-up. @ @ is 2004 Jewell County Miss; Jeffery runner up of 200 attended the County Junior Miss Pro- in Mankato where Melby, daughter of Steve and Terri sen 2004 Jewell County Junior Mister, Melby; Reba Liggett, daughter of atFridaynight'srehearsal. Hisparents Michael and Phyllis Liggett; Ciara are Steve and Lorieta Dunstan, For- Junior Miss candidates are judged in five categories: interview, 25 per- cent; talent, 25 percent; scholastics, 20 percent; fitness, 15 percent; and poise, 15 percent. Taking part in the program was Jewell County Junior Miss 2003 and Kansas Junior Miss, Moriah Wagner. Event chair person, Kathleen Jeffery, Burr Oak, received the Kansas Junior Miss 2003 Outstanding Local Chair Person Award plaque at the state pro- gram and was recognized during the county program. A special feature of the program was Nick Levendof=ky, ventriloquist. Program Emcee was Lynette Bartley. 2003 Jewell County Junior Mister, Lance Winslow, and the 2004 Jewell County Junior Mister also i~articiDated in the program. Jewell County Junior Miss Com- mittee members besides• Jeffery are Kim Shadduck, Elaine Lippold, Thadd Hinkle, Linda Ost, Jeanne Bleecker, Karla Fteming, SuSan Ross, Pam Garman and Kelly Melton. Wagner and Melton were in charge of the Jun- ior Mister part of the rehearsal pro- gram. The Mankato FFA was in charge of the concessions.• Chaperones were Crystal Cosand, Paula Hancock, Marlys Jensen, Alison Noller, Mary Reiter, Kim Shadduck, Teresa Shipley, Diana Webb and Dawn Garrett. Ushers were the 2003 Jewell County Junior Miss contestants. In charge of the script were Jeffery and Bartley. Other volunteers were Marc'u's Alarez, Mankato, was cho- Jewell County Junior Miss. was Lauren Jeffery, daughter of Brad and Col- Y and second runner-up was Mankato, daughter of ,ghter of Steve and Mankato, and Kari Robbins won the $250; fitness cat- talent, $250. Her talent a vocal solo. contestants were Ericka Collins, daughter of Leslie and Bob Walker; Kelsey True, daughter of Dale and LindaTrue;Nicole Jeffery,daugh- ter of Belinda and Cregg Jeffery. All are from Mankato. Other category winners and mola- etary awards are listed: Be Your Best Self, Gayle Wilson, $100; Spirit of Junior Miss, Nicole Jeffery, $100; Scholastic, Reba Liggett, $200; Poise, Gayle Wilson, $150. Lauren Jeffery received $300 as first rUnner-up and Wilson received $150 as ,second run- ner-up. Tyler Dunstan, Formoso, was cho- moso. The other contestant was Kyle Fleming, Paul Justyna, Pamela.-Bm~, Lawrence, Mankato, son.of Don, am~,--Leigh Callaway,-Dr.Bleeker, Kerry Judy Lawrence. Waugh, D'Ann Basart, and Staci The Junior Mister candidates com- Whelchel. peted in poise, fitness and participated in the opening number. During the rehearsal the Junior Miss candidates chosen to receive bonds were Lauren Jeffery, Guaranty State Bank and Trust of Beloit, Burr Oak and Esbon, $100; Wilson, Farmway Credit Union of Mankato, $50; Nicole Jeffery, Central National Bank of Mankato and For- moso, $100; Collins, State Exchange Bank of Mankato, $100. Many local businesses donated to this event. Assisting in the mock inter- views were Steven Little, Susan Harper, Kevin Phillips, Deanna Freeman, James Berry, Amanda Diehl, Julie Mohlman, Bill Wall~er and Marilyn Walker. Official Judges were Dot Anderson, Courtland; Pat McCord, Superior; Delvin Strecker, Concordia; Jennifer Thompson, Beloit, and Don Wassom, Chester. book about Jewell County churches, cemeteries available Facts in the book reveals that within the first five years of Jewell County earliest years, there were 100 school districts formed. In 1894, Jev)ell County employed about 187 teachers. In the mid 1930s there were 43 churches in the county which included 13 denominations. Township by town- ship, the book records the schools, post offices, churches and cemeteries, past and present. The impetus for the book devel- oped from the women' s interest in pre- serving the history for future genera- tions. Shute (Davis) and Dillon (Parsons) are both fifth generation Jeweil County natives. Shute grew up a farmer's daughter and her family moved many times, so she attended six country schools during her elementary years. Dillon remembers attending only one country school--a school the two at- tended one year together. They gradu- ated from eighth grade together at the county graduation in Mankato. Dillon went to Burr Oak to high school and Shute, Esbon High School. They mar- ried and lived a few miles apart, along the Northbranch road• Shute's first thought was to record the history of Highland Township. "That was where I lived and there is a • lot of family history there," she said After sharing her interest with Dillon, Shute said, "She said why not do the whole county, so we started out doing rural schools and one blended into an- other and the same happened with the churches.', An example with the "blending" came about when it was learned that the pews, originally in the Lutheran church westofMankato, were moved to Otego and after that church closed, the pews traveled to the church in Montrose. They discussed dividing up the du- • ties of research into a..eas, but they were doing a lot of cross researching, so they decided that wasn't working-- they worked on it all together. Assisting with the leg work and providing useful information and pho- tos was Virginia Alexander and doing the much needed scanning of the pho- tos was GlennMarihugh, both ofEsbon. The two women used E,mail to share information. "We also had individuals m-Schlaefli a historical work by natives, Jeri Shute and now shines revealing the the history of Jewell County offices, churches and and Dillon, of the Highland communi- two years compiling in- for the publication which by Superior Publishing and is now available to the ains information and little known facts of r educational institutions, worship from crude sod° he finest brick chapels with lass windows. It tells of often in people' s or early day business e only existed for a then disappeared. Cem- 1 on and some are and maintained today are in pastures with their by the tall prairie lion (left) and Jeri Shute show a copy of Prairie Jewels, a book theycompiled, documentin.g rural sCh~vOlS, and cemeteries in Jewell County. The building in the background is a rural school bu=lamg Known as est in each community who h'~rped greatly in providing information. Sometimes we wouldn't even have to notify them, they would hear about what we were doing and they'd contact us," Dillon said. Local museums in Burr Oak, Jew- ell and Mankato were good sources for information. Hours were spent at the register of deeds office. Letters were sent to church offices, state and na- tional. Washington, D.C., was con- tacted to furnish information on the post offices. "People were so wonder- ful to help us. Everyone in Jewell County seemed to know who we were and what we were doing," adds Dillon. The women expressed appreciation for people who had kept family and local records through the years. Their only regret is that they waited so long. "We lost ageneration that could have helped us so much," Dillon said. Though, they did their best, still there were some schools and possibly cemeteries where information was not found. "We just couldn't come up with anything on Mt. Home." Originally they wanted photos of the school buildings, but more of these included the school children, showing the dress of years past, including bare- foot children at play or with their horses. • They decided to use those as they added to the history of the schools. The women agree that Roekdale School, Washington Township, was one of the most unusual school build- ings, built of stone. Shute was sur- prised to learn of a Baptist Church in Highland Township were she lived. Then there was the Voriek District No. 162, the history of which seemed non- existent. After much research, they learned the patrons voted not to build a school but to transport students to Hardy, Neb. Dillon believes churches were the most difficult to research. "Many were started in homes and then mov~l into school houses. Or the church buildings were just plain moved to other loca- tions." The Webber Bethel church, a Wesleyan church building, was moved to Switzers Gap, then to Formoso and later Mankato and is being used as an antique store today. Dillon said, "It's been fun and I have no regrets. We wish we could have gotten information on every school and church--we tried." "There' s been some headaches, but we are glad it's finally done. We reached our goal," Shute said. Copies of Prairie Jewels is avail- able at the Guaranty State Bank of Burr Oak and Esbon, Jewell County Record Office and Jewell County Museum, Mankato; Superior Publishing Com- pany, Superior; and The Scoop, Jew- , ell. Shute and Dillon will be conduct- ing a book signing Mondayand books may be purchased then at the bank in Burr Oak from 9 to 10 a.m,; The Jewell County Record Office, Mankato, 10:30 a.m. to noon;Jewell City Library, 1:30 to 3 p.m. and FormOSO Senior Center, Formoso, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Esbon displays new fire truck Volunteer firemen in Esbon recently received a new fire truck through grant funds. They hosted an open house event to allow community members to view the vehicle. Wagner heads for Junior Miss competition in Mobile June 28 Moriah Wagner, Mankato, will rep- resent Kansas at the 2003 America's Junior Miss atMobile, Ala., June 28. The event is televised nationally and Wagner will compete to win a portion of the more than $200,000 in cash. Scholarships will be awarded, including the $50,000 title scholar- ship. Wagner said the road to the AJM National Finals has already been re- warding. By winning at the local and state levels, she has received $5,750 in cash scholarships to apply to the cost ofhercollege education at Kansas State University. Wagner graduated from Mankato High School in May and was the class valedictorian ,and a member of the' Kansas Honor Society, When she is J:ot busy studying or perfecting her talent on the violin, shevolunteered for the American Red Cross blood drive. "I am thrilled to be traveling to Mobile, Alabama, to be a participant in the America's Junior Miss competi- tion nation telecast. As Kansas' Junior . Miss, I have had the chance to put my best self forward. Now I am excited to show the nation what young women my age have accomplished through our commitment to studying, develop- ing our talents and serving our com- munities," She and the 49 other contestants will compete in five categories--scho- lastics, interview, talent, fitness and poise. According to Lynne Beilew, executive directorofAJM,''The young women who participate in the AJM program set an example for other young women to follow," Past AJM participants include Diane Sawyer, Debra Messing, Deborah Norvi!le, Julie Moran, the late Mary Frann, Kim Basinger and Kathie Lee Gifford. "The America's Junior Miss Program attracts some of the finest, well-rounded young women in the country," Beliew said• "We are proud of every girl.who participates in this program at the local, state, or national level." Participants in the 20133 National finals have an average GPA of 3.88 on a 4.0 scale. Each contestant will be introduced to the Mobile, Ala., com- munity when they arrive Sunday. The 46th Annual America's Junior Miss National Finals will air live on PAX from the Mobile Civic Center June 28, 8 p.m. Miss America 1992 and talk show host Leanza Cornett will host the telecast. RCA recording artist Aaron Lines will perform his top five hit, "You Can't Hide Beautiful." Burr Oak man arrested, charged in sex offense case Jeramy Lee ~flin, 21, rural Burr Oak, was charged with rape and aggra- vated criminal sodomy. The JeweU County Sheriff's De- partment received a report June 6 that a juvenile had been sexually molested and ain investigation followed. Laflin's first court appearance was June 9 where bond was set at $50,000. His preliminary hearing is set for June 17, 9 a.m. in Jewell County District Court. Jewell park project nears completion Mayor Bill Loomis reported on the park improvement p.roject at the June 2 Jewell City Councd meeting. The new playground equipment was to be shipped this week; the main sprin- kler system is in; 90 percent of the electrical work in completed; and curb and gutter on the south side of the park is nearly completed. The old fire station property and delinquent water accounts were dis- cussed. Darrell Bohnert reported on the day care center. The city workers will mow the lawn as needed and the council denied the request for new door handles at the day care center. The council members reviewed the final report on the cost analysis houses. The proposed library budget for 2004 was distributed to the council members. The budget was approved as presented. It was reported that rock hauling was not completed. The bills • were reviewed and approved for pay- ment. Curb and gutter was discussed. Patrons were present to address dog complaints with the council. Minutes for the past meeting were approved. Council members present at the meet- ing were Darrell Bohnert, Max Burks, Jerry Richecky, Frank Shelton, John Stoeber. Others present were Bill Loomis, Amy Arasmith and Carl Knarr. Jewell Apartment board meets Jewell Apartment Board of Direc- tors met in regular session. Routine business was conducted. There are no plans for an open house at this time. Remodeling the bathroom in room 111 has not started yet. Apart- ment 211 has been vacated. A new tenant selection plan was submitted and adopted. Brothers Butch a~ Jackie Anderson, Formoso, raise a flag which was ,flown above the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor in Apdl 1985 when Butch reenlisted in the navy. Butch presented the flag to his brother, Jackie, as a way to show his appreciation for Jackie's support. American flag flies at Fo oso home By Gloria Garman-Schlaefli Robert D. "Butch" Anderson pre- sented a special American Flag to his brother, Jackie Anderson, last week- end in a family ceremony at Jackie's home in Formoso. The flag now flies after 18 years. Butch was presented this flag at his reenlistment in April 1985 aboard the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor. Jackie and his wife, JoVena, were invited to Butch' s reenlistment, as w&e Butch's wife, Bessie, and two daugh- ters. Butch surprised Jackie by pre- senting him with two plaques to honor his brother "for his support of me." The plaques made Jackie and his wife honorary members, submarine quali- fied, from USS Astro and USS Ari- zona. Jackie well remembers that day and believes that it was the most memo- rable moment in his life and it certainly meant a lot to him. The flag that had flown aboard the USS Astro submarine, was given to Butch by Lt. Bryant. Butch retired from the navy after serving 27 years in the submarine service. He received three medals, one for serving two tours during the Vietnam War, when the submarine he was on operated out of Cambrom Bay, supplying soldiers dur- ing that war. Butch moved to Formoso in Octo- ber of last year. This last weekend, while their sister and her husband, Linda and Virgil Scott, South Haven, Kan., visited the Andersons, B utch pre- sented Jackie with the USS Astro, American Flag. A flag pole was made for this flag and it now flies at the Formoso residence• On Flag Day Butch will give his brother another flag to fly below the Americ,~ Flag. This flag, bearing the phrase_ Don't Tread on Me," is from the USS Grayback submarine which is being decommissioned.