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Rex Freeman, Mankato, shows off his Massey mower, mounted on a 44 Massey tractor, that he uses to mow at the Freeman residence on the southeast edge of town. Massey is the featured tractor this year at the Jewell County Historical Society Threshing Bee and Antique Machinery Show this weekend in Mankato, Freeman's antique tractors not shiny, restored; used every day By Gloria Garman Schlaefli Rex Freeman, Mankato, owns two Massey tractors, the featured brand in the 26th Annual Antique Farm Ma- chinery Show and Threshing Bee this weekend. Although they are antiques, Free- !nan uses one or both almost every day m maintaining an acreage south of Mankato. He may use the tractor with a loader to hoist shingles up on a roof, to mow grass, pick up bales, or, in the winter, to remove snow These two°tractors are mechani- cally sound, but lack the painted luster of the collected and preserved antique tractors. Freeman has plans to some- day have them repainted, but right now he is too busy using them: i The tractors are a 1952, 33 Massey and a 44 Massey, 1951 or 52. The 33 Massey was purchased by Freeman in the early 1970s. "I bought it as aj.unker from Cbet Hanson. The motor m the tractor had blown up," he said. After Freeman restored the engine, it now runs "just fine." The tractor originally belonged to J.C. Smith and was pur- chased by Smith when it was new. Lawrence Moser helped Freeman work on the tractor motor, was a challenge, "But, we got it going," Freemen said. The 44 Massey, was purchased from Bob Harvey about 15 years ago. "It hadn't been used for a long time and I got it going again," Freeman said. He has a Massey Harris mowing machine he uses with this tractor. When the Ill II ! I II I I I I Welcome To lewell County Plan To Attend The 26th AnnualAntique Farm MacAi~ry Stiow a~'lfireslh'r~ Bee and the Jewell county Fair Thursday-Wednesday July 17, 19-21 i ~1ill |11 [lll]lR I U~ILTffli|~IIIiPPI~|B i[IL-I IlUi~! itiLfl~liRi ill li'i U R~n$1 Ken'= Body Works ~nny and Tracy Walker Rt 2 Box 2, Highway 36 - Mankato, Kan. 785-378-3930 * Fax # 785-378-3190 Toll Free 1-888-378-39"30 I I Ill I I tractor was first purchased, Freeman's intention was to use the tires and the rest for parts. He made a bulldozer for the 44 and according to Freeman, "It works great." During winter months, Freeman does custom snow removal with one of the tractors. He also has a WC Allis tractor he uses with abaler. "I just like old tractors," he said. Tractors are dependable Freeman said the Massey tractors are easy starters in the winter and have good horse power for what is needed. "They are dependable," he said. Freeman admits his hobby is m work on the tractors and keep them operating. Freeman and his wife, Tbelma, farmed near Mankato. Rex worked as a lineman for the local Rural Electric until he retired in ! 989. As for reasons to have the two tractors--"I guess once you've been,a farmer, you never lose that intdrest, he said. Freeman is a true native Jewell County resident, as he has only lived out of the county when he was in mili- tary service. Rex and Thelma enjoy having their acreage on the edge of Mankato. Together they built their house in 1962. They raised sheep and calves on the acreage. The Freemans have four sons, James of Florida; Max, Belleville; and Dale and Bob, both of Mankato. They have 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grand children. Family photos line the walls of the family living room and are dis- played on wooden shelves that Free- man makes. Woodworking is another hobby of Freemans. NOTICE OF BUDGET HEARING The governing body of MONTANA TOWNSHIP JEWELL COUNTY will meet on the 5th day of August, 2003 at 7:30 p.m., at Robert Harvey Residence for the purpose of hearing and answering obiections of taxpayers relating to the proposed use of all funds and the amount of ad valorem tax. Detailed budget information is available at the Jewell County Clerk's Office or from a Township Board Member and will be available at this hearing. BUDGET SUMMARY l'roposed Budget 2004 Expenditures and Amount of 2003Ad Valorem Tax establish the maximum lmnts of the 2004 budget. Est Tax Rate is subject t° change depending on the final assessed valuation. 2002 2003 Prior Year Actual 'Current Year Actual Tax Estimate of Expenditures Rate* Ex~:amditures 89 0.421 2,000 p ,, Funds General Road Special Mach .......... Totals 89 ~ess: Transfers Net Expenditure " ' 89 Total Tax Levied 423 Assessed Valuation Township 1˘005,269 City 0 Total 1,005,269 Outstanding Indebtedness, Jan 1 G.O, Bonds No-Fund Warrant Lease Pur Princ Total *Tax rates are expressed in mills. I III I I I 2001 ol Actual Tax Rate* 0.413 0.421 2,000 0.413 2,000 423 1,024,808 ol 1,024,808 ] 2002 0 II IIII Proposed Budget 2004 Amount of Est. 2003 Ad Tax Expenditures Valorem Tax Rate* 1,817 423 0.~404 1,817 423 0.404 1;817 423 1,047,440 0 1,047,440 2003 ° 0 NOTICE OF BUDGET HEARING Robert Harvey, Township Officer The governing body of VICKSBURG TOWNSHIP JEWELL COUNTY will meet on the2nd day of August, 2003 at 8:00 p.m., at Phil Vetter's Residence for the purpose of hearing and answering objections of taxpayers relating to the proposed use of all funds and the amount of ad valorem tax. Detailed budget information is available at the Jewell County Clerk's Office or from a Township Board Member and will be available at this hearing. BUDGET SUMMARY Proposed Budget 2004 Expenditures and Amount of 2003 Ad Valorem Tax establish the maximum limits of the 2004 budget. Est Tax Rate is subject to change depending on the final assessed valuation. 2002 2003 Proposed Budget 2004 Prior Year Actual Current Year Actual Amount of Est. Actual Tax Estimate of Tax 2003Ad Tax Funds Expenditures Rate* Expenditures Rate* Expenditures, ValOrem Tax Rate* Gea~eral "/' ' ,1,817 3,300 3,627 '0 0.000 Road , , , i w Specia! Much ....... Totals 1,817 0.000 3,300 0.00 Less: Transfers" l'qei Expendioare ........ L817 3,300 TotalTax Levied 0 ' 0 As~d Valuation Township i,i56,386 .... [ 1,217,761 c~vo !i o Total 1,i56,386 [ 1,217,761 Outstanding Indebtedness, Jan 1 GO. Bonds No-Fund Warrant Lease Pur Princ Total *'Fax rates are expressed !n mills. _ ~_.J [ [ I i ii I] I i i i ii 2001 , ,, ! • 3,627 0 0.000 3,627 , 0 1,229,372 0 1,229,372 2003 Charli Barrett Township Officer Game department Thursday, July 17, 2003 JEWELL COUNTY RECORD1 taking applicaitons for special hunts Each year, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) offers a number of special hunts on KDWP lands. Hunters looking for a high-qual- ity hunting experience are encouraged to explore the variety offered by these special hunts. Dozens of these spe- cially planned hunts for upland birds. waterfowl, deer, and 2004 spring tur- key are available by application. There is no charge for the hunts but applica- tions must be submitted by July 25. Most of these hunts provide oppor- tunities on public areas that are nor- mally closed to hunting or are smaller wildlife areas. By limiting the num- bers of hunters on these areas, the department hopes to present a less crowded hunt than might often be found on a public wildlife area. Hunts are available at Lovewell, Jamestown, Griswold and Brzon Wildlife Areas Most of the hunts are open all hunt- ers, but some are designed specifically to accommodate young or disabled hunters. Descriptions, locations, and hunt dates are outlined in an applica- Alec Robbins, Mankato, is ready to show this antique 1951 30 Massey Harris tion booklet available at the Lovewell Bee and Antique Farm Machinery Show this weekend. Alec, with the help of his father, Steve, and Area Office, other KDWP offices, restored the tractor. county clerk's offices and most license vendors.Thebookletcanalsobedown-Restoringtractors is family 'guy loaded from the departments website, www.kdwp.state.ks.us, thing' for men in Robbins family If the bottoms of your pots and pans are discolored or burnt, rub them spot- By Gloria Garman-Schlaefli As a young boy, Lee's son, Steve, tractor set on the farm, unused. less using a wet sponge and a paste of James Robbins purchased a new 30 can rememberseeingthe tractorhooked years ago Lee and Steve 2 parts salt to 1 part vinegar. Massey Harris tractor in 1951 from up to a buzz saw on the farm. The son, Alec, decided to make it a Fullers, Beloit, for about $1,300. tractorwasnotusedofieninlateryears, and worked together as a team! Usethesnowbrushfromyourcarto His son, Lee, was 6 and can remem- asabiggertractor~Taspurchased."We store the tractor. It wascom clean under the refrigerator. The long ber his father getting the shiny new red used that tractor for many years," Lee July 2002 and made its debut handle and narrow brush work into tractor and bringing it home to the said. Now restored, running and shiny year's Jewell County hard to reach spots, family farm southeast of Mankato. as new, the tractor is owned by James' Machinery Show and Threshing Lee learned to drive the tractor great-grandson Alee, Mankato. The tractor will again make an a Put a penny on a bee sting to take which was used for the farming and Rebuilding was family project ance at this year's event. the pain away. ' custom baling jobs. For 20 years the 30 Massey Harris "We rebuiltl said. Alec said rebuilding the ˘ was the most challen restoration. Work shop building in Mankato. Alec glad to have Alec was only great-grandfather (James) died, did not get to know him. "I'm 1 have the tractor," he said The Robbin; ing the tractor was a and they are pleased with the t The Robbins also have antique Farmall tractors and Farmall and Massey "They are better than an in Jeweil County any day." State park staff sponsor sand contest Sunday The eighth .~.: Sculpture Contest at Park is scheduled for Southwinds Beach area. i~ ..... i to 5 persons may register at .... ;~: :~., :~:" . . '~:~ . Park office from 8 am to :' ~ . ~: .... : : ~:,~.:::~:~. .... Sunday. :' :~.( ' : .~:.-- '~':4,~: Sand castles will be ":~ ': : " ~ ' ~* ':~ top three sand castles. This Massey 33 tractor, owned by Flex Freeman, Mankato, is equipped with a loader which was used for various When making cookies farming chores, including making hay stacks, a popular method of storing hay for feeding farm animals. Freeman owns for nuts, try using coarsely another Massey tractor, the brand featured this year at the antique machinery show in conjunction with the threshing pretzels for a simih bee this weekend. l ' We welcome you 'to the. Welcome Threshing- 1[ * Jewell. JewellC°untYcountyThresh'ngFa,r Bee and Jewell Co. Fair!!! July 17, 194 July 17, 19-23 i/i'~~~~ " "~l~m~'"~ Darrell B0hnert Randall Farmer's Co-op Union Bohnert Welding, and Ag Mart, LLC " Your Pioneer Seed Representative for all of Jewell Randall, Kackley and Jewell, Kan. 785428-3238 I Enjoy the Jewell County • Threshing Bee • Jewell County Fair Friday - Wednesday July 17, 19-23 Stop in and see our eelect/on of: • Pre-Sun and Sun Bum products • Bug repellant and bug bite relief products • A complete selection of allergy care products • The latest in sunglasses Mankato Professional Pharmacy 125 N. Commercialt Mankato~ Kan. 785-378-3183 I I I Welcome to the Jewell Co.Threshing Bee and Antique Farm Machinery Show and the The Jewell Co. Fair Thursday-Wednesday July 17, 19-23 Mankato Auto Parts Matt's Automotive 785-378-3187 We support the growth and development Jewell County! We welcome everyone to Threshing Bee • and the Jewell County Thursday-Wednesday • July 17, 19-23 Mankato Chamber of E-mail: Mankato @ nckcn.com the Coun and lewell County July 17,19-23 Sweden Mankato, Kan. * 785-378-3419