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 By Kerma Crouse    History    November 24, 2022 

Four names used for the same school Lovewell High School. Lovewell Rural High School, Sinclair Township High School, Sinclair Rural High School

Lovewell High School, Lovewell Rural High School, Sinclair Township High School and Sinclair Rural High School are all names used for essentially the same school.  The high school located in the smal...

 

Calvin Bohnert Memorial Corn Picking Day

It is November and in Jewell County. That means Corn Picking Days!  The late Calvin Bohnert started the event six years ago. He and friends had talked about it for years but one day, Bohnert said, "I...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    News    October 27, 2022

Literacy Day and is November 1

Why is there a national month for Family Literacy or a national day for Family Literacy?  Simple – the most important determinant of a child’s language and literacy is parental involvement.  The more parents (grandparents and siblings too!)...

 

Aisle of Frights

Saturday, October 29, Jewell’s Lake Emerson hosts its first ever Aisle of Frights. The event is family-friendly and Halloween-themed. Participants will find zombies and ghosts lurking along the walking trail that meanders around Lake Emerson....

 

"Farm, Sweet Farm" 80th Anniversary of the Jewell Corn Show

This weekend is the 80th Anniversary of the Jewell Corn Show! The first show, called “The Jewell County Corn Show,” was held on Nov. 21, 1942. The 1943 event, as well as the following ones, was simply the “Jewell Corn Show.” This year’s...

 

Fogo, oldest living Esbon High grad A look back at Esbon High

Before the town of Ezbon (later Esbon) even began, there was Ezbon School District No. 98. The district was organized on Sept. 4, 1873.  Little is known about the early years of the school as only a few comments survive.   One, a comment in the... Full story

 

Ivan Frost receives Quilt of Valor

Brenda Frost Carlson pieced, quilted and bound a Quilt of Valor to honor her father, U. S. Navy veteran Ivan Frost. The quilt was awarded at a family ceremony on September 4, 2022, at Brenda's home in Sutton, Neb. Ivan Frost and his wife, Leta, are...

 

Constitution Day

Coming up Saturday, Sept. 17, is Constitution Day. Constitution Day became a National Holiday with the passing of the Omnibus Spending Bill of 2004. It is also called “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.” Senator Robert Byrd proposed the...

 

Brad Shelton receives coaching honor

Brad Shelton of Tonganoxie, Kan., has been recognized by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) as a National Assistant Coach of the Year. The ABCA has been recognizing the merits of assistant coaches since 1999. The ABCA uses criteria...

 

Sixteen High Schools have served Jewell County youth (Salem pehaps the less well-known)

To date, there are thought to have been a total of 16 high schools which provided education for students in Jewell County. Of course, not all were in existence at the same time. But spanning Jewell...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    Features    July 28, 2022

Mayview, Kansas and the Mayview Post Office

The little, now long-gone, town of Mayview, Kansas, was getting “a new store” and the “population was increasing” in March of 1881 (March 24,1881, Jewell County Review and the March 11, 1881, Jewell County Monitor) In fact, 1881 might seem a...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    Calendar    July 14, 2022

Jewell County Plow Day next week

Coming up next Friday, July 15,  is the Annual Jewell County Plow Day.  This year’s event will take place at “the old Shaffer Place” on I Road in Jewell County.  The plow field is four miles west of Jewell on H Road, one mile north on 150...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    News    July 7, 2022

Volunteers bind wheat for annual threshing bee

Last Tuesday some tourists crossing Jewell County got to see a scene from the past as 13 workers came together on Fred Eilert's wheat field just west of Mankato.  The group ranged in age from 14-year...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    News    June 30, 2022

Quilts of Valor awarded

Three Quilts of Valor were awarded in Jewell on Saturday, by the Desire Tobey Sears Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The recipients were Korean War veterans,...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    News    June 9, 2022

Jacob Burks, new businessman in Jewell

Jacob Burks has joined his father, Josh Burks, at the Citizens State Agency of Jewell. A third-generation employee, Jacob is a recent graduate of Cloud County Community College with an associate's...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    News    May 26, 2022

Something New in Jewell

Something new is coming to Jewell this Memorial Weekend – the Jewell Farmer's Market. On Saturday there will be a Grand Opening Celebration for the market. The ribbon cutting will be at 8:45 a.m., Saturday, in front of the arch at Jewell's Maag Par...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    History    May 19, 2022

End of Era - Athens - Ionia alumni association

In 1950, the Athens Rural High School Alumni began to gather annually. The meeting was sometimes called the “Athens School Reunion” but whatever the name, the group met continually for 42 years. At the 1992 meeting, faced with dwindling...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    History    May 5, 2022

Strand Hill - A familiar sight to many

Strand Hill is familiar to many, especially those living or growing up in the Randall area. The long sloping hill lies immediately south of Randall and is situated in both Allen and Prairie...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    History    March 24, 2022

Northbranch Academy graduated some 220 students between 1889 and 1942

None of the 15 Jewell County high schools were alike. There were different mascots and colors, some had mottos, some didn't, some had buildings built for first through twelfth grades, others had...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    History    March 24, 2022

Limestone Post Office organized in 1874

The Limestone Post Office was located in Section 18 of Limestone Township. Anyone who has driven through western Jewell County on Highway 36 has driven by Section 18. It is between 80 Road and 70 Road on the north side of 36 Highway. Today there...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    History    March 10, 2022

Nebraska leads nation in windy conditions

“In like a lion and out like a lamb.” Or “In like a lamb and out like a lion.” Those adages are not the only weather ones for March. There is also “A dry March and a wet May; fill barn and bays with corn and hay.” Plus, “As it rains in...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    History    March 10, 2022

Marihugh remembers hitching Nellie and dashing to Detonia

The Dentonia Post Office was organized on Aug. 25, 1882, and discontinued on Dec. 31, 1903. Bruntzel's Quick Reference to Kansas gives the location as Section 29 of Odessa Township. Dentonia is not...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    History    March 3, 2022

Formoso Rural High School District 7

The Black and Gold Falcons of Formoso were part of the educational scene of Jewell County for 50 years. The four-year high school began in the fall of 1910 and closed in the spring of 1960. The...

 

Jewell County Poor Farm operates from 1881-1968

Jewell County was organized on July 14, 1870. The U. S. Census for 1870 found 205 persons living in the county. By 1880, the population had grown to 17,475. A tremendous increase in population in a relatively short period of time. Not all the...

 

Happy Birthday, Kansas

It is January, time for cold weather, New Year's resolutions and the birthday of the State of Kansas. It was on Jan. 29, 1861, President Abraham Lincoln signed the document establishing Kansas as the 34th State in the United States of America. This...

 

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