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 By Kerma Crouse    History    May 28, 2020 

Jewell County's first high school commencement held in 1887

This issue of the Jewell County Record is generally full of the news of graduations, alumni events and Memorial Day ceremonies. This year it is not the case. In honor of graduates, commencements, alumni and Jewell’s Sesquicentennial here is an...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    News    May 28, 2020 

NCYC will hold Virtual Day Camp

The annual North Central Youth Camp will be held this year. It will have the same director and many of the same leaders but a new format. The camp will be virtual! The virtual camp will be held on June 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Campers will be those...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    History    May 21, 2020

Mayview Church

The Mayview Christian Church, often called Mayview Church or in later years simply Mayview, was located in Jewell County's Brown's Creek Township, Section 17. The church was in existence for more...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    History    May 21, 2020

Pioneer Couple come to Jewell County in 1871

Bill Loomis, Jarrett Arasmith, Grant Arasmith, Darica Bohnert Hagler, Damon Bohnert, Deb Moyer Bohnert, Becky Moyer Cockroft, Jessie Simmelink Eilert, Jensen Eilert, Jada Eilert, Marsha Willmeth...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    Features    May 14, 2020

Shaffer Union Cemetery gets a much needed facelift

Shaffer Union Cemetery, often just called Shaffer Cemetery, is located in Section 22 of Harrison Township. Isaac Shaffer donated the land, part of his homestead, for the cemetery. The cemetery is an old one, with at least three burials in 1873. Davis...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    History    May 7, 2020

Big Bend, Kansas

Jackson Township is the northeastern most township in Jewell County. Nebraska borders it on the north and Republic County's Big Bend Township borders it on the east. Sections one, two and three of the...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    History    May 7, 2020

Jewell's Oldest House

"Jewell – We've Got A Story To Tell" and one story is about the house on the southeast corner of Main and Sheridan. It is thought to be the oldest house in the community. Records and newspaper...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    News    April 30, 2020

Fish holding school in Reubens

John's Creek meanders north through Jewell County's Richland Township. It was doing so 150 years ago when the first permanent settlers were establishing homes in Jewell County. At that time, White...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    News    April 30, 2020

Dane G Hansen grant at work in Formoso

On Main Street in Formoso, an old limestone wall is getting a face lift. Old meaning at least 120 years old. Michael Hansen, Concordia, has reset building blocks, filled in mortar, and restored the...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    News    April 16, 2020

Social Distancing, Isolation or Quarantine

We are in a time when "social distancing" should be a way of life and not merely a "buzz word." Though it may feel like the term is new, the concept is quite old. Consider those with leprosy in...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    Features    April 9, 2020

Holy Week

Last Sunday was Palm Sunday and now we are ready to celebrate Easter on this coming Sunday. Holy Week, in the Christian Calendar is the week leading up to the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. During the week, Holy Communion, the Eucharist, the Lord's...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    History    April 9, 2020

The History of Jewell's "Plowman" House

The home at 518 Broadway in Jewell, the "Plowman" house was built in 1901 by Edgar and Emma Haskins Young. The 119-year old home is currently owned by Jason and Jessie Eilert. The builder and first...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    History    April 9, 2020

Spring of 1870, April, settlers arrive in Jewell

Peter Kearns is reported to have been the only settler to stay for the winter of 1869-70 in Jewell County. The Kearns homestead was located somewhere along White Rock Creek. Kearns, born in France, lived the rest of his life in Jewell County in the...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    Features    April 2, 2020

Palm Sunday

Christians around the world will celebrate Palm Sunday on this coming Sunday, April 5. (Or on April 12 in Eastern Orthodox or Russian Orthodox congregations.) It is often observed with children carrying palm branches down the aisles of churches but w...

 

1918-1920 and the "Spanish Flu" Pandemic

A pandemic occurs when a disease spreads in significant numbers world-wide. If a disease is more limited in area, not found in large numbers in multiple continents, it is an epidemic. An outbreak simply means there are more cases of a disease in a...

 

Fly the Flag for National Vietnam War Veterans Day

Sunday is National Vietnam War Veterans Day. This national observance is to remember and thank all Vietnam War Veterans and their families for their service during the war. First observed in 2012, National Vietnam War Veterans Day was made official...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    News    March 5, 2020

Buffalo returning to the Buffalo Valley

"Jewell - We Have A Story To Tell." One story, from the beginning of Jewell's history, tells of a pioneer, Billy Street, walking out on the prairie and climbing to the top of Scarborough Hill. The hill, west of Jewell, is named after another early...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    Features    March 5, 2020

Not one, not two, not three, but FOUR!

Fort Hays State University graduate student, Michael Saint, has earned his fourth national championship ring competing with the university's Shooting Club and Team. He is the son of Curtis and...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    News    February 27, 2020

75 Years Ago, In the Pacific Theater of WWII

Seventy-five years ago, forces from both the United States Marine Corps and the United States Navy were involved in the fierce and bloody battle for Iwo Jima. The island was small, only 8.1 square...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    News    February 27, 2020

Saint family long-time Jewell area farmers

“Jewell – We’ve Got A Story To Tell”! This story is of the Saints who have gone marching through Jewell’s Sesquicentennial history. Nathan Carlyle Saint of Jewell is the sixth generation of...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    News    February 20, 2020

Historical Home Tour a Success

More than 100 people attended the first event of Jewell's Sesquicentennial celebration. The historical home tour visited five homes and drove by other properties owned and lived in by people...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    News    February 13, 2020

Watson, Formoso City Clerk, retires

After more than 31 years, Elaine Watson is retiring from her job as the City Clerk of Formoso. Her first day on the job was in October of 1988. The job was different those years ago! The biggest diffe...

 

Jewell's Sesquicentennial Celebration Begins!

Jewell, 150 years old, is celebrating her Sesquicentennial during 2020. The first event of that year-long celebration is the Jewell Sesquicentennial Historical Home Tour to be held on Sunday....

 

Feb. 1st - National Freedom Day

National Freedom Day is not a national holiday but one of the many “observed” holidays in the United States. Holidays such as Ground Hog Day (Feb. 2) or Halloween (Oc. 31) are also “observed” holidays. National Freedom Day observes the...

 

Omio, Omio, Where art thou

For those who don't know, Omio was a Jewell County town located in Vicksburg and Grant townships. It centered around what is today the intersection of Omio Road (270 Road) and M Road about 3 miles sou...

 

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