Aftermath of Pearl Harbor remembered
By Kerma Crouse
Those who remember The Battle of Pearl Harbor also remember and lived the days after Dec. 7, 1941. For most of us living today Pearl Harbor Day is barely more than just another day on the calendar.
We don't remember the shock, the fear, the fervor, the patriotism or the deaths of the war that was declared on Dec. 11, 1941. These are some of the memories of those who lived during the days, months and years that came after the bombs fell in Hawaii.
For those already in the armed forces, like Stanley Ozmun, Bill Lange and Clarence Loomis, a one-year training program became an enlistment that would last until the end of the war. Ozmun's discharge papers had been written but were ripped up. Life moved faster. Lange noted, "Before Pearl Harbor, we walked where we were going. After Pearl Harbor, we ran."
Loomis was stationed in Little Rock, Ark. He had gone out on Saturday night, Dec. 6, and purchased wedding rings. He was to be discharged at the end of December and was going home to marry Aletha, his fiance. When he heard the news about Pearl Harbor, he threw the rings into the bottom of his foot locker. They would be used, but not for some months.
Manhattan resident Esther Headrick is a former Jewell Countian. On Dec. 7, 1941, she and a friend were enjoying a beautiful day roller skating around Norton. They stopped to see the friend's grandmother and heard about Pearl Harbor being bombed.
Like others, the girls wondered, "What was Pearl Harbor?" Headrick recalls the Norton Telegram published a special edition. Newsboys were calling "Extra! Extra!" People were milling around the streets trying to learn more than what they had heard on the radio. She remembers thinking, "I might never see this again."
For Headrick, Dec. 7, 1941, was a dividing point. In her work in doctors' offices, she often needed to note patients' birthdates. When writing down the day, she always considered if the patient would, or would not, remember when Pearl Harbor was bombed. She still divides people into those two groups, though more and more are in the "don't remember" category.
For those not in the military, life began to include rationing. Items like gasoline, tires, sugar, shoes and meat were rationed. Ration books and coupons were a fact of life. Pat Willmeth, Jewell, still has rations which belonged to her parents, A. L. and Helen Berry.
Willmeth commented, "We didn't mind shoes being rationed. We could go barefoot all summer long." When shoes were purchased, it was right before school started. They were purchased "big" in the hope they wouldn't be too small before the next pair could be bought.
Willmeth and her husband, Bob, said they believe being on a farm or in a small town like Jewell lessened the impact of rationing. There was room for large gardens, like the one Pat's Aunt Ruth and Uncle Ansel Kent had right across the street. There was a path between the homes and "Aunt Ruth always had something for us to do in the garden."
There were also flocks of chickens in town. "You could always hear roosters crowing in Jewell," Bob Willmeth said. Neither remember being upset at the lack of sugar.
Aletha Loomis, Mankato, also remembers sugar rationing. She and Clarence Loomis married after he completed officers' candidate school. She followed him from base to base Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and Indiana. Loomis remembers that in the officers' mess, the sugar bowls were always full.
But on the home front, not only sugar, but tires were rationed. It was tough to keep tires on the car Loomis drove to her job as a school teacher, she said. And gasoline was rationed. Drivers had to plan in order to make the ration coupons last.
Generally, however, people didn't complain. Headrick, Loomis and both Bob and Pat Willmeth all commented on how patriotic people were. "They knew rationing had to happen," Loomis said. Pat Willmeth remembers saving foil gum wrappers because, literally, every little bit helped.
Bob Willmeth told of the City of Jewell donating the Civil War cannon and cannon balls from the city park to the iron drives that were part of the home front war effort. "Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without" was the motto of those at home across the United States.
There was another way people supported the war effort and acted out their patriotism: war bonds. As Loomis put it, "Everyone that had a little bit of money bought war bonds."
Pat Willmeth recalled how proudly families displayed the small banners with blue stars that denoted someone was serving in the armed forces. "They put them right in the front window so everybody could see."
Those blue stars were covered with gold if someone was killed or died in service. There were at least 30 banners with gold stars in windows in Jewell County before World War II ended.
Let us not forget the cost of freedom.
City of Jewell
misses deadline for quarterly water sample
The Jewell City council met last Monday with the following in attendance: Darrell Bohnert, mayor; council members Josh Burks, Max Burks, Wade Wilson, Gaye Daniels and Derek Birdsell; Amber Loomis, city clerk.
Minutes of the Nov. 6 meeting were approved.
Steve Robbins and Alan Wanklyn were present to discuss the future of the old James Clothing building which houses the Masonic Lodge.
David Knappert presented his monthly maintenance report. Knappert asked the council for approval to purchase a new fire hydrant for approximately $1,500 to be installed on the east end of the 300 block of Buffalo Street. The council approved the request.
Amber Loomis informed the council the city has been awarded two grants, and also the library was awarded a grant through the Dane G. Hansen community grant program.
Discussion was held regarding rental of the community center and whether or not to require a security deposit and have some type of contract.
A letter from KDHE was presented regarding failure to monitor HAA and TTHM for the third quarter of 2017. The letter states that public notice will have to be issued via mail or hand delivery because of this violation. This was because the third quarter water sample was not sent in on time.
Billing Ord. No. 1062 was approved as presented. Approval was given to pay property taxes in the amount of $2,595 before the January meeting.
Cereal malt beverage license was approved for Jewell Grocery.
Council committees were designated for the new year. The next Jewell City Council meeting will be held Jan. 9.
Attending the Jewell Apartments board of directors meeting were Darrell Bohnert, Josh Burks, Max Burks, Wade Wilson, Derek Birdsell, Gaye Daniels, Zach Gibson and Amber Loomis.
Minutes of the Nov. 6 meeting were approved. Bills were also approved.
Gibson reported that Jerod McMillan had taken care of various miscellaneous maintenance tasks that had been logged for the month.
It was questioned whether or not to continue advertising in the Hansen Directory for the cost of $154.20 a month. The board decided to discontinue the ad because Gibson didn't think they were getting many potential tenants from the ad.
Current tenant, Rosina Anderson, died recently, so the current occupancy is 16 tenants.
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OKs revolving loan funds for assisted living facility
The Mankato City Council met last Tuesday with Don Koester, mayor, presiding. Council members present were Lyle Dauner, Marvin Loomis, Chris Klos, John Tyler and Jim Ross. Darrell Miller, city attorney, was also present.
Minutes of the Nov. 7 meeting were read and approved.
Don Jacobs, sheriff, was present to discuss any concerns of the council. The obstruction of the speed limit sign on the north side of Highway 36 between Lincoln St. and Center St. was discussed and the sign is to be moved as per the suggestion of Rex Flinn, KDOT area superintendent.
On behalf of the Jewell County Community Development Finance Committee, Brian Shulda presented a revolving loan fund application by REV-E3, LLC. The council approved the loan application.
Rick Diamond, Lisa Goodheart and Trevor Elkins, on behalf of the Jewell County Community Development Assisted Living Committee, requested a grant of $25,000 from the revolving loan fund to serve as matching funds for a USDA loan for the construction of an assisted living facility. The council allocated $25,000 from the revolving loan fund subject to the approval of the city attorney following his review of guidance documents.
Neil Becker was present to discuss the 1958 fire truck, surplus building supplies from the construction of the fire station, and converting an existing rescue truck into a quick attack truck. Becker proposed the truck be donated to the JCHS and that the surplus materials from the fire house construction be placed on auction with the proceeds going to the fire department. The council agreed with the truck being donated and the surplus materials suggestion. Council requested more information regarding the cost of the quick attack truck conversion.
The council was presented with a draft bid letting document for mowing services at the city park, swimming pool and community center. The bid document will be published beginning in January.
Discussion was held regarding utility rates. Council considered a water rate ordinance with increases based on the recommendations of the utility rate survey. Council approved Ord. 716, an ordinance repealing Ord. 692 and amending the rates for water in Chapter 15, Article 2, Section 15-225 of the Code of the City of Mankato.
City administrator presented recommendations for the open full time and part time positions based on applicant interviews. The council accepted the recommendations and offers will be made to the preferred applicants.
An application for CMB license for consumption on premises for Bob's Inn, LLC was considered and approved. Council also approved an application for a CMB license for carry out for Bob's Inn, LLC.
C&K Jensen, Inc., presented an application for a CMB license for consumption on premises and it was approved.
Mac's Kwik Stop had an application for CMB license for carry out to be considered. Matthew Pierce also had a application for a CMB license for carry out to be considered. Both applications were approved.
Council was updated on the status of the Community Development Block Grant process.
Council was also updated on the Rolling Hills north property and discussion was held. The city is using the building for storage of equipment.
Council was presented with an invoice billed to Hometown Spirits for contract work done on their sewer connection. During the excavation, leaks were found on the City's sewer line requiring repair, causing a much larger excavation. Council approved to split fill material costs.
Council is supportive of onging membership in the City Clerk and Municipal Finance Officers Association.
Official election results were shared with the council. Lyle Dauner retains his position on the council while Susan L. Abel and Neil Becker will occupy positions formerly held by Jim Ross and Marvin Loomis. New members will be sworn in Monday, Jan. 8, and the January council meeting will be rescheduled to Tuesday, Jan. 9.
Discussion was held regarding the condition of the furnace at 205 N. Commercial. More information will be provided at a future meeting.
Council approved the bills.
Board holds 4 executive sessions with Mitchell Co. health administrator
The Jewell County Board met Monday with commissioners Mark
Fleming, Steve Greene and Keith Roe present. Carla J. Waugh, Jewell
County Clerk, was also present for the meeting.
Shannon Meier, Ambulance Director, reviewed the activity report for November with 31 total runs.
Mary Ann Meier and Cindy Becker discussed office activities.
Nichole McDaniel, NCRPC, discussed REV-E3s application for a Solid Waste Grant. Tony Salcido and Lee McMillan, REV-E3, discussed their business plans.
Steve Greene moved that the proper officer sign the County Solid Waste Management Planning Committee Support Form for the FY18 Large Solid Waste Grant application of REV-E3. Mark Fleming seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.
Don Jacobs, sheriff, discussed operations. Don said Darrell Miller reviewed the fingerprint scanner service agreement and approved it.
Commissioners approved abatements 2296 through 2301.
Joel Elkins, General Superintendent, reported on projects. Commissioners reported road concerns. Dwight Frost telephoned about a bridge on U Road in Burr Oak Township.
John Senger, Senger Construction LLC, reviewed the blueprint plans for the proposed Jewell County Shop.
Casey Frasier, Foley Tractor, discussed parts and supplies.
Minutes of the Dec. 4 County Commissioners meeting were approved.
The meeting was recessed at 11:40 a.m. and reconvened at 1 p.m.
Cortney Murrow, Mitchell County Health Department Administrator, joined the meeting. Commissioners held four 40 minute executive sessions with Cortney Murrow present to discuss personnel matters of non-elected personnel with no action taken upon returning to regular session at the end of each executive session.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:25 p.m.
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