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Kansas Day – January 29th

Tuesday, Jan. 29, was Kansas Day. Kansas, having become a state on Jan. 29, 1861, was 162 years old. President Abraham Lincoln signed the law which made Kansas the 34th State in the Union. During all those years, Kansas has acquired many symbols....

 
 By Kerma Crouse    News    January 18, 2024

Cold, Colder, Coldest

Yes, it has been cold outside! Temperatures well below zero at night with wind chill readings even colder. It doesn’t seem the days are much warmer. I am staying in as much as possible, I don’t need to go outside just to see how cold this cold fee...

 

The juryʼs finding was manslaughter

The two principals in this tale of early Jewell County, were homesteaders in Odessa Township. Their names are Patrick Carrigan and Benjamin F. Hall. Carrigan, an Irishman, was born somewhere in Ireland, perhaps Kilkenny, in about 1810. When he came t...

 

"You can't argue with a homemade noodle"

Bob Burda, Cawker City, said “You can’t argue with a homemade noodle.” He loves homemade noodles. One might not be able to argue with a homemade noodle but there can certainly be lots of “discussion” about how to make one. Noodles should be simple...

 

Veterans Day once Armistice Day is Saturday, Nov. 11

Memorial Day, Armed Forces Day and Veterans Day all have to do with honoring our military service personnel but they are not at all the same. The days celebrate those “who died wearing the uniform,” those “who are currently wearing the unifo...

 

1926 painting created in Harrison Township by Cleveland returns to JC

Carl Weeks (1927 – 1995), who was born in Missouri and died in Florida, seemingly had no connection with Jewell County, Kansas. However, he owned a painting created in Jewell County by a Jewell County artist. The painting, “Mother” by Serena Cleve...

 

The mysterious Garley Post Office

“The first post office in the Jewell County was established here.” This fact was part of Mayor J. W. Berry’s speech at the Old Settlers gathering held in Jewell 1898. That first post office, according to the Sept. 9, 1910, Jewell County Repub...

 

Corn Show -- activities begin Thursday in Jewell

It is time for the Jewell Corn Show – the 81st Annual Corn Show. This one has something for everyone. If you like exhibits – they will be in the Jewell Community Center – see them on Thursday evening, Friday afternoon and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2:...

 

Another JC author: Metz

Jewell County has several authors – ones from the past like, M. Winsor and James A. Scarbrough who wrote The History of Jewell County, Kansas in 1878. Or more recent ones like Erma Parsons Dillon (Burr Oak High School Class of 1952) and Jeri Davis S...

 

First white child born in JC, Jewel Bell

Jewell County was organized on July 14, 1870. Twenty- three days later, on Aug. 6, 1870, the first white child was born in the new county. The baby girl was appropriately named, Jewell Bell. Jewell Bell Thomas. She was born near White Rock, Kansas, t...

 

Jewell County has at least 58 named creeks

Jewell County has at least 58 named creeks. The 1884, 1908 and 1921 Jewell County Atlases were used to locate and identify named creeks. However, flowing water in Jewell County isn't confined to...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    News    August 10, 2023

Jewell gathers to celebrate Wilson's 90th

To Jack Wilson, "it didn't seem like I was that old!" But he was and friends and family gathered at the Jewell Community Center on Sunday, Aug. 6, to remind him of the fact. The group enjoyed cake and cookies as part of the celebration. It was on...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    News    August 10, 2023

Jean Menhusen Knowlton celebrates 100th birthday

Jean Knowlton observed her 100th birthday quietly. Aug. 1, found her greeting friends and family in her room at the Residential Care (RCC) in Beloit. Cards arrived, people came and went - and there were cupcakes! Cupcakes with "100" written in...

 

Plows work in the field near Jewell

Friday was a great day for the 2023 edition of Jewell County Plow Day. Joe Eilert, organizer, was glad to see the plows, tractors and operators that kept showing up all morning. At one time there...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    History    July 13, 2023

Janitor Fox and the Methodist Episcopal Church Bell

Linda Woerner, always one with a bit of Jewell history, tells of finding a news item about the Methodist Church Bell. Not the two-thousand-pound bell that exists today beside the Jewell Trinity Methodist Church, but its predecessor, a smaller, "six...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    Calendar    July 6, 2023

Timed right! Threshing bee right around the corner

The Jewell County Historical Society’s Threshing Bee is right around the corner. On Saturday and Sunday, July 15 and 16, there will be lots to do in the Mankato City Park. One key activity of those days is threshing wheat. That means the Jewell Count...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    Sports    June 29, 2023

Local woman contends for NCK Rodeo Queen

Chloe Weber of Jewell, local horsewoman, is in the running for the NCK (North Central Kansas) Rodeo Queen. Weber is part of three area "horse" clubs, The Mitchell County Riders, the North Central...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    History    June 8, 2023

The changing face of Jewell County's Methodist Church

In recent days, the media has reported on the split in the United Methodist Church. The split is real and it has had an impact on all United Methodist Churches in the area. Those reports seem to emphasize human sexuality as the reason for the split....

 
 By Kerma Crouse    History    June 1, 2023

Memorial Day - Robert L. Greene

Many observe Memorial Day. Businesses close, families gather, reunions are held, graves are decorated and cemeteries are visited. Though all are important and meaningful activities, those are not the...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    History    May 11, 2023

City of Jewell: Buffalo come to Buffalo Valley

Jewell, Kansas is in the Buffalo Valley with the East, Middle and West Branches of Buffalo Creek flowing nearby. Though now only six blocks long, Buffalo Street is one of the east-west streets in the north part of Jewell. The town is also situated...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    Calendar    May 4, 2023

Special skate part Road Trip

This year, to celebrate the Big Kansas Road Trip coming to the area, the Formoso Skating Rink will have a special skate from 7 to 9 p.m., on Saturday. Plus, there is a pulled pork supper beginning at...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    News    April 27, 2023

Author of 10 children's books, returns home to sign books

On Tuesday, April 18, Rosie Eilert Bosse was in her hometown of Jewell. She was welcomed by the Jewell Library Board at the Jewell Public Library. Bosse is an author, an author of 10 children's books...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    News    April 20, 2023

Langdon presents program to Jewell Chamber of Commerce

The April meeting of the Jewell Chamber of Commerce was called to order by President Peg Bohnert. The Palmer Museum Committee was thanked for the meal they prepared. Forty-six members and guests were present Brenda Langdon, a family resource...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    History    April 20, 2023

"On the Eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five"

“On the Eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five.” Do understand that the line is not referring to 1975 or even 1875 but 1775! The words come from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere.” The poem, famous in American...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    History    March 23, 2023

Scarbrough Hill named after early Jewell City settler

The story is told that Billy Street, in the early days of the settlement at Jewell, walked west and climbed Scarbrough Hill. To the north, south and west, a vast herd of buffalo was all he could see....

 

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