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COUNTY RECORD Thursday, S~tember 11, 2003 exhibits gift b?sketoftheFor- rhummeZ celebrates century bwthday Workers 4-H Club ex- a 4-H gift basket, one of more displayed at Kansas Slate Fair. the quality of the gift baskets in the 4-H Exhibit Building, might never guess that the is relatively new to the 4-H nutrition project. K-State Research and outh development ape- the northeast area of the coordinating 4-H foods and entries at the fair this year. project encourages us- as gifts and provides an op- for 4-H members to person- gift for the recipient. The s usually serve as a thank you for friends, a teacher, 4-H leader g, such as a new said. baskets on display are not for leas for holidays and occasions. Americana, and school themes have been Others are personal, for ex- in Riley County Eric Ladd, the Flint Hills 4-H Club, created grandfather, who is , riser. Ladd included breakfast healthy snacks. In Cowley Whitley Spengler a member 4-H Club, created a 4em- basket, complete with glasses )itcher, fresh lemons, napkins with lemons, lenlon seed muffins and bar cookies. bg those displayed at State Fair. club baskets also ht on, said Carol Bauerle, K- gent in The lager baskets are filled club and given to in appreciation for their sup- By Gloria German Sehlaetli The family of Mildred Thummel, Esbon, recently gathered to help the family matriarch celebrate her 100th birthday. "I don't feel like I'm 100 years old," was Mildred's comment about the milestone. Mildred is a spunky lady who still lives in her own home and pulls weeds from her flower beds. She cannot see or hear as well as she used to, but this doesn't keep her from enjoying some tasks, such as cooking for herself on her "glass topped cook stove." Mildred is a talented lady and has many of her oil paintings hanging on her walls, as well as on the walls of many in her family. Her son and his wife live close by and along with her daughter, who recently moved to Esbon, they are able to keep an eye on Mildred. Has rich memories Mildred still has rich memories of her past 100 years. She was born on Aug. 17, 1903,--before electricity, tele- phones and or automobiles. Her earli- est memories began in Athinson, Kan., where her father was working at a flour mill. Her maiden name was Ulin. Her mother, from Athinson, worked as housekeeper and cook. "My father came from up the river in Iowa," she said. Answering a call to move westward to a better life for his family, and be able to farm, the Utin family moved to the Tipton area in Mitchell County, when Mildred was 3. "My father's aunt had a farm there and that was where we moved." When Mildred was about 8, her father was told by Mildred's uncle that there was a better life in Oklahoma. "Where he got that notion, I'!! never know. We about starved there," quipped Mildred. Mildred was the oldest of three brothers and three sisters and worked hard on the farm. "They grew cotton down there and it had to be picked by hand," she said. The "good times" came on Sunday's when the children of the families would get together and play. Mildred began school in Oklahoma in aone room schoolhouse. Hermother sewed theclothes for the family, either by hand or on her treadle sewin~ ma- chine. Mildred remembers standing on a chair as her mother measured the hem of a new dress. "You didn't learn how to sew or cook by taking lessons- -you were taught by your mother." Her mother provided the family with lood from her garden. Back to Kansas Soon the family moved again, and it was back to Athinson to be close to family. Within a few months, the fam- ily was on the move again and it was back to the Hunter-Tipton area, where Mildred' s grandfather had a home stead. "It was in Green Valley. The old Hunter was close by." Mildred ex- plained that before the railroad went through, Hunter was located straight south of Tipton. Later the town was moved to the present location to be close to the railroad. "We walked or rode a wagon to Hunter to get grocer- ies." She attended grade school in the Green Valley School and walked there from home, which was across the creek. Later she lived in "old" Hunter with her sisters and neighbor girls to attend high school. They lived in an apart- ment above the local drug store and went home on weekends. After her first year of high school, Mildred went to Falls City, Neb., to care for an aunt' s children and to attend school. She couldn't wait to get back home. Mildred helped her father in the fields "Dad was pretty particular about how things were done," she said. She . drove a team of horses, pulling the hay stacker. She was operating a harrow and cultivator when she was 10. "I always wore a dress, too, never slacks." She enjoyed attending school and would have liked to participate in sports. "They had a good girls basket- ball team that won a lot of their games. But, my parents could not afforcTt'6"b-fiyy the uniforms." Her father grew wheat, sorghum, oats and corn. "Neighbors helped neighbors The ladies did the cooking for the men." Mildred tells of traveling about the neighborhood helping cook. Her family lived in a two room lime- stone rock house, built by her grandfa- ther and an uncle. They quarried the stone. Later a "summer kitchen" was added on. "Yes, we shared bedrooms- -we had to." There were kerosene lamps to read by at night and a wood stove was used to cook on and to keep the house warm during the winter months. Wood had to be cut and brought into the house. "There were a The family attended church at Green Valley Church, across the road from the schoolhouse. Mildred remembers playing games as a child around the schoolhouse andchurchbuildings. Box suppers and other neighborhood get- togethers were held there. "You made up your own entertainment and games," she said. Receives teaching degree After high school graduation Mildred decided she wanted to be- come a teacher so she attended Fort Hays College and received a teaching degree. "I wanted to do something different with my life." She returned to her home area to teach and she enjoyed it very much. She taught at Round Springs, east of Hunter about eight miles, and at a schoolhouse west of Hunter. According to Mildred, teachers had to build and maintain the fire in the stove and do the cleaning besides teaching all different ages of students. She lived with families close to the schools and paid rent. She walked to the schools, which were about a mile away from where she stayed, "rain or shine." Meets future husband It was during wheat threshing time, while staying with her parents, that she met GregThummet. Greg's father had a threshing machine and was working at her father's farm. Greg and his family lived northwest of Tipton on a farm. They saw each other again when they attended a local carnival. Gre~ and Mildred were married May 17, 1926. Though this was a very happy and special time lbr Mildred, it still brought a sad moment for her. "I was not allowed 'to teach afterI mar- ried" The Thummels married at St. Boniface, Tipton, and their first resi- dence was in Tipton, as Greg had a job with Standard Oil. In March t 932 the Thummels and their first child moved to a farm ill Jewell County near Dentonia. She remembers the day they moved. It was during a snowstorm and their Model T Ford got stuck. They had to walk to their rock hods6. They lived and farmed there five years~'and an- other child was born there. Mildred remembers having to get rid of a lot of snakes out of that house. The Thummels decided they needed to move close to a church and school, so they moved close to Esbon. They of their lives and Mildred compile a history book about the church in Esbon. Flowers are a love of Mildred' s and for years she maintained a large iris garden She was active in the local extension club for many years. She collected goblets and spoons from places they visited. Remembers hard times, good times Mildred remembers many hard times in their early married years. "There was the cholera that took the hogs. There were the 1930s. But, you know, we didn't know any different. We were all the same and were going through the same things together." She also remembers the good times and treasures those. Greg died in 1995. They were mar- fled 69 years. Mildred has 14 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and four great- great-grandchildren. She has a sister, 93, who lives in Topeka. Mildred is well known by her fam- ily for her homemade pies, particularly her sour cream raisin and lemon me- ringue and her wild plum and crab apple jellies. "Now I let someone else do the baking and cooking," adds Mildred. , Lutheran women learn about Gideons Jean Overmiller and Audrey Gibson, Smith Center presented a pro- gram on Gideons International Memo- rial Bible Program when Women of ELCA, Mankato, met recently. They explained that Bibles may be given in memory grin recognition of a loved one or friend. Five dollars will give a Bible to someone here or over- seas. Faryl Lange presented the lesson, "I Thank God for You!" Barbara Tho- mas presented devotions Verla Houser, president, presided and routine business was conducted. A check was received for volunteer work at the thrift shop and proceeds from lunch stands of the Hanson and Letourneau auctions were reported. "Voices," an audio cassette, was given to Loretta Wilson for review so the group can decide about participat- ing in this program for sight impaired persons. Other business included approving a donation to the October Fest; an- nouncement that the Lutheran World Relief truck, which picks up the quilts, will be in Salina Oct. 9; the annual Fall Supper is Oct. 22; nominating com- mittee will bring a slate of new officers to the October meeting; approved pay- ing Jewell County Resource Calendar $12 to be on web site; money showers for marriages of Shawna Dempsey, Danny Huntsinger and Justin Scarrow were discussed; September Love Gift is Bible, sent where needed, in recog- nition of Audrey Hamilton, Jack Morris and Berniece Shirley; Sept. 21 set for baby shower for Kole Michael Vance, son of Nickia and Stuart Vance. Hostess was Barbara Thomas. Parents as teachers By Amanda Anderson, county educator Library: Your child is never too young to visit the library. In addition to board books and picture books, look for: tapes and CDs of music and sto- ries; toys and puzzles to check out; toddler story hours and special events. Math happens: Your child is learn- ing math every time you say some- thing like: how many place mats do we need tonight; can you find a sock just like this one; let' s cut this in half; hand me the square one, please; we need one cup of flour. Taken from The Well-Centered Child Commodities available Sept. 18 Government commodities will be given away to low income families in the Jewell-Ionia-Randall area Sept. 18 at the Jewell Apartments recreation room at 1 p.m. .f~/ Commodities will be given to those who meet certain income guidelines on a fit,-st come, first served basis. The maximum monthly income a person can have and still qualify is $973 for a household of one person Add $341 for each additional family member. The Jewell Ministerial Union is in charge of the distribution of govern- ment food commodities for the Jewell area. If you have questions contact Pastor Dan Daniels at the Jewel l Chris- tian Church. KAFCE Conference features Heloise When homemakers from around the state gather i~ Hays Oct. 21 they and the public, will have an opportunity to attend a presentation by Heloise, the renowned household hint newspaper columnist. Kansas Association for Family and Community Education holds the an- nual meeting in one of five areas. This year it's Northwest's turn to host the two day even Oct. 21-22. Heloise, who is the daughter of the column's originator, has continued in her mother's path and heads the em- pire responsible for helping so many with an obscure recipe or ad~,ice on stain removal. KAFCE president-elect Peggy Mar- tens authored a lesson entitled House- hold Hints this year and Heloise' s visit at the conference grew from that. The Tuesday evening program takes place at the Hays Holiday Inn at 7:30 p.m. The public may attend this event by purchasing a $15 ticket from the Ellis County Extension Office at 785- 628-9430. Non-members of FCE may also attend the two-day conference. The registration fee is $110 including Heloise, and wide-ranging presenta- tions reflecting the conference theme, "Visit Our Past, Reach for :Our Fu- ture," will be given. Contact Elaine Fischer for further information at 785- 891-3754. received some very posi- ~t the club baskets. and that's an important convey to our supporters," 'le said. exhibit building is located at of the fairgrounds. The ling 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. the 2003 Kansas State Fair gh Sunday. Esbon Seniorettes meet fiorettes met recently Friendship Meals 14 members and three guests Guests were Betty McCarty, 3rnia; Joan Reece and Nila Concordia. )hine Frost and ,n| Sept. 15 through Sept. 19 Monday: Meat loaf, scalloped po- tatoes, barbed carrots, wheat roll, hon- eydew. Tuesday: Chicken tetrazzini, green bean plaki, wheat roll, fresh apple. Wednesday: Roast beef, gravy, mashed potatoes, creamy cucumbers, wheat roll, chocolate orange cake. Thursday: Veal luncheon steak, mashed potatoes, carrots, wheat bread, strawberry-banana gelatin. Friday: Pepper steak, rice, mixed fruit, wheat roll, oatmeal crispie. Meals delivered by Catholic church. Call by 9 day of meal. Center phone 378-3385. Jamestown area has permit system Hunters using the Jamestown Wild- life Area are now required to obtain a free permit, available at eight hunter survey stations at major access sites at Never sell your teddy bear, letter sweater, or high school yearbooks at a garage sale. You'll regret it later. ~hank you for the phone catls and for the1 visits, for the cards and for the flowers I[ For the prayers and for the letters I! I've enjoyed them for hours II Thank you for making my lOOth il birthday very special II Mildred Thummel and family 1[ were Thelma Lamb, Niles, Mabel Marihugh'and Bartley. Leland Bartley won for guessing the most amount n in August and Mayme Reinert the closest day for the rain in August. moved where Mildred presently lives in ]942. Here they later built their house together. They had four chil- dren, and one died in infancy, Eliza- beth Susanne. Their children are Orva Jean Brogdon, Theodore Thummel and Carol JoAnn Bennett. Greg and Mildred enjoyed working together and traveling as they were able to visit Cuba while serving on the Farm Bureau board, and Costa Rice, while serving on the R.E.A. board. The church was an important part the area. The purpose of the permit is to collect good use and harvest data, in- fornmtion that will be used in future management decisions. The permit system is in effect for teal season which opens Saturday. Hunters must stop at survey sta- tions prior to hunting to pick up the two-part permit, part of which must be filled out before hunting. The remain- der of the permit must be completed and returned after hunting group discussed putting a new lot of cho~es for us,t0 do." ': | in the kitchen at the cen- . vt o _ ~ attheOcto- f~ " "~ C I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyon; .'r was rented twice in Au- Thank you to all for your help and many acts of I ;the Kennedy Reunion and Mildred II kindness during our recent illness and [ |l involved with The Mankato Elementary School Carnival-Open II House. . " ~ls 100th birthday open house. 1 hospitalization. Those who gave freely of their time ] ]l Thank you to the feai:hers, staff, volunteers and Mankato Reinert was selected the best lto transport Jim to Concordia, CIarice to Beloitfor I .. -- I] Elementary Site Council members who helped make this from Jewell County and will I surgery, the many lovely bouquets, for your phone ] II year's carnival-open house as successful as last year's. the fair in Saline in September. extcounty meeting is Aug. 25 1 calls, prayers, words of concern and encouragement I II- A special thank you goes to the individuals who donated !aks for October are Mayme land the excellent care at both facilities, Thank you, [ ][cakes and goodies for our cake walk. A big thank you goes to ][the parents and patrons of USD NO. 2'78 who supported our 1 - thank you. [ [[carnival-open house. Your attendance and donations were Thelma Lamb, Lillian Fogo ~ ~ Jim and Clarica Decker I ,1 Marihugh. 1 ][greatly appreciated. ' tTHEATER Dale True, Elementary Principal .. Mankato, Kan. ~ T '~ Shewtime: 7:30 p.m. BapN a oral of literature, including Captain Nemo, ma n, The nvi,~b,e Man Mine MorreV ~hone calls and the gifts made l, banding together lo combat criminal otthahigh.tor0erneetth*tur, ofthe ~~ so memorable! My thanks to i~n~irn~ Km Rather than remain true to,the comic =a,ao ,ncor,o,a,. ram Saw,~, an,~l~j..,..~ h of you who remembered me! 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Mike ~s veI~ g00d at gesenling music that [ in the hosp,"tats in '~l r/en#sOeforelcou/#recover Illl Mankato City Parkt l prepares people for e ia g the ] (ur thughffUmerealina and MankatO.ln ss II[ -- "oonna snyaer lll l~l[ ~an~ for all yaur #rayers/ fll I . ~V~W~. ,, 1, ~ade my days o pleasant. ~~~ ~~Y[~)~'~ ( ~-~ ~i~ God bless you J~Jarjor~eJohnson AWi~a/ls~ct~haanrm.imalsfVisitingGrandpa:sfarm'lmissthelddal Grandpa Anderson... 1[ Parents Night , men,- Se,r." T, Tm ,T ' , ApocketfulofcendY, "Free"tailfate mealto ailJWRplayers andfans FEATURING " i I~ My family and I ' Orwedgointop,a)nr~epianoanosing.Wed'playutdP' on. ourtireswing Thefunniestjok~,HisKeyovera"s' . ao(2 Hamburg#rs Baked Beans * Chips Wesf Win~~ountry band | 1:; ~uld like to thank He liked it when l leamed The DarktownStrutters Ball, How he accepted one an0 all. (even a guY~eatrin~) Fr,d_"ay, Sept: Clyde Brad ns Cun' tryHllfFamerfrml~ I" Blll~~nger-songwriter ~ I Lee ~ing banjo picker ~ I~ I of our friends for And he generally enjoyed spending time , withusa Onthe weekends, hedtake Grandma to a dr.-Sr. H,gh School Aud,tormm. Jewell, Kan. Bill M~~oyl:~et prayers, phone dance. " Idle-Threa~n(:Iplus many more ~1 cards and visits We would go and grab a bite to ea!,. They even tried !o teach us to waltz and polka Then drive around the countryside as a When they got the chance. PROUD SUPPORTERS OF JWR FOOTBALL entertainers and also a CRAFT FAIR ;, treaL ..................... ~i Delaware Street Pub Pierce Electronics Smith Repair and Harvesting Jewell-Esbon Grocery Jewell Lumber Engel Auto-The Hair Den Dave's Gun Shop Slave's Total Service after my accident, special thanks to the JCH staff and EMS for the emergency care I received Abby Newell Now, in my living room, Their old piano sits, And I picture Grandpa in his chair, Listening to it. ! stil like to playhis favorite songs, Cause I know he up there s nging along. , If the weather was nice we'd go for a walk. Then we'd play games or sit around and talk. Thanks for all the special memories, Grandpa! We had a =barrel of fun't We'll always love and miss you Thanks to the/ol/ow/ng hhe sponsors: Heartland Bank Jewell Implement Bourbon Trucking J's JifoE-Stop Citizen State Agency Bohnert Welding The Jewell Ron Metz-Metz Starter The Scoop KDNS-Rodio Boettcher Enterprises Rolling Hills Co-op-Mankato. Belleville, EIIsworth Agmark, LLC-Beloit and Concordia Central National Bank-Mankato and Glen Elder Midway Coop Propane Service-Lebanon Mankato Professional Pharmacy Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy! Food and drink available $5 donation at the gate, Children 12 and under Free Not responsible for accidents In the mornings, Grandpa was the first to wake. Eggs, bacon and toast were usually what he'd make. Then he'd do his chores and milk the cows. I~These are the things that I miss now.