Liquor by the drink approved by county voters
Palmer Museum move complete
The Palmer Museum has completed its move from the former Jewell
County Republican newspaper building to the Jewell Community Center.
The new museum location is adjacent to the Jewell Public Library
genealogy room at the west end of the community center
The Palmer Museum was open for the Jewell Corn Show crowd, marking the first time the Jewell City history wall was open for public viewing. About 200 visitors toured the museum during the Corn Show. The new Jewell City history wall depicts a chronological history from about 1870 to 2010. Historic events are shown in stories and pictures printed on a wall covering, designed and produced by Wildside Creative in Concordia. Other exhibits include manual type setting equipment for newspapers, a history of the Jewell Corn Show and the history of agriculture.
The Palmer Museum committee met Thursday. Feedback and review of the museum exhibits for the corn show were presented. One concern is that high school pictures were not displayed. The committee has some ideas on how these may be on display at all times.
The museum received a grant from the Dane Hansen Foundation and with matching funds from the museum, the committee was able to put the history on two walls. The west and south walls were finished as of last week. Discussion on the east wall was held. That wall will be about schools and churches and will feature a place for photos.
The museum has received more items which need to be photographed and entered into the inventory book. Discussion was held for future exhibits and opening events. It was a general agreement that museum openings should coincide with chamber and other events at the community center. November openings will be after the chamber meeting Monday, and at the time of the Methodist Church chicken dinner next Sunday. In December, the museum will be open for the Christmas Sampler Dec. 21. In January, the museum would be open for the Legion pancake feed and in May the museum will be open for the alumni banquet events. The theme for this year will be schools and military.
The Palmer Museum group works to provide community members and visitors narratives explaining the history of Jewell and surrounding communities.
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Picking Days this weekend
By Kerma Crouse
During these beautiful autumn days, the fall harvests of soybeans, milo and corn have been rolling into elevators and storage facilities. In the corn fields, big machines move through eight to 12 rows of corn at a time. Those large machines have taken the place of early, one-row corn pickers of the past. The first corn picker to be patented was built in Iowa by Patrick Lawler in 1890.
By the 1920s and 1930s, machines to pick corn were becoming more common. Those early days of one-row corn pickers will be celebrated at the annual Corn Picking Days to be held Nov. 10-12. The event, open to the public, will take place at the farm of Calvin Bohnert, just west of Jewell on G Road.
But before those early machines were common or affordable for small farmers, corn was hand picked and hand shucked. Corn husking hooks and smaller husking pegs were the tools that enabled a farmer to pick and husk his corn crop.
Be aware it could take all fall to hand harvest one field. Norman Greene, Jewell, told of a field his family harvested last week in just a couple of "easy" days. That field took all fall to harvest when he was a kid.
Hand harvesting was still common in the early 1950s. Men like Ralph Dunstan, Formoso, and Rex Headrick, long-time Jewell farmer, still had teams and harvested corn by hand during those years.
The harvester wore a corn husking hook with its leather straps around his wrist and palm. The hook itself was in the center of his palm and was pulled through the husks that surrounded an ear of corn. According to Headrick, a "little twist" at the end of the pull broke the ear off the stalk and it could be tossed into an accompanying wagon.
Headrick picked his corn with a corn husking hook, but recalls his neighbor, the late Claude Slate, used a corn husking peg. Though some used both tools, farmers generally had one they preferred over the other.
As we watch the conclusion of the 2018 corn harvest, we should remember the farmers of by-gone times who used one and two-row corn pickers, or hand-picked the crops they grew.
Spring groundbreaking planned for hospital project
Jewell County Hospital announced that a USDA loan for $8 million
has been approved for construction and renovation. The Jewell
County commissioners have approved resolutions to allow for the
issuance of bonds for the project. The bonds will be issued by
a firm called Piper Jaffray in Leawood.
The construction firm selected by the board of trustees is BD Construction in Kearney. The architectural firm will be GLMV Architecture in Wichita. "It is ironic that the planning and approval for this project comes at the time of our 50th year of providing health care to the citizens of Jewell County," said Doyle McKimmy, hospital administrator. "In 1968, our facility was first opened, thanks to the collective efforts of many people, and much credit was given to Frank "Bus" Boyd. Today, thanks to the support of our board of trustees and county commissioners, we have been approved for this project."
The project will include a new clinic and physical therapy wing in the current front area of the hospital, along with an overhang for vehicles to drop off or pick up patients. The new clinic will be a 4,000 square foot addition and physical therapy will be another 3,530 square feet on the other side of the clinic. At the other end of the facility will be the remodeled and expanded emergency department, which will include a canopy to cover the entrance. A new helipad will be installed in the northwest part of the hospital property, so medical helicopters will no longer be landing in the street.
Inside, the facility will be entirely remodeled. There has been need of a new heating and cooling system and the selected system will have zone heating and cooling. New nursing stations will be developed and most of the patient rooms will have private bathrooms, including showers. The project will take around 12 months to complete.
Hospital officials continue to meet with the architects to discuss and finalize the overall plans. Because the plans have not been finalized, a ground breaking ceremony has been postponed until spring. There are no issues with the financing and the construction company explained it will be more cost effective to wait until spring to break ground.
"Health care is constantly changing in terms of technology and the ability to offer citizens quality care. We are one of the last facilities in our area to respond to updating and upgrading our facility. Recently, Smith Center spent around $30 million on a new facility. Osborne will spend $18.6 on a new facility. Several years ago, Beloit spent around $10 million, and 20 years ago, Belleville spent around $6 million on changes," McKimmy said. "So, it is expensive, yet needed to maintain facilities and services for our community. This project will allow us to better be able to recruit practitioners to our community. We are excited that this day has come for our community. As we have more plans to announce, we will continue to communicate through our local paper."
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