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 By Kerma Crouse    News    September 24, 2020 

New events for Jewell's Corn Show!

In 2020, Jewell’s Sesquicentennial Year, the annual Corn Show has added a couple of new events. One will be the First Annual Cornhole Tournament and the other is a demonstration of Cowboy Action Shooting by Jewell native, Travis Cady. Cornhole...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    News    September 24, 2020 

Auction-new event

Something new for the 2020 Jewell Corn Show will be an auction. The auction will consist of three items donated to the Jewell Chamber of Commerce in honor of Jewell's Sesquicentennial. Mark Baxa,...

 

And it was over! 75 years ago and six years of fighting - WWII

Seventy-five years ago, after six years of fighting – four and a half years of world-wide fighting and United States involvement, the ravages of World War II were finally coming to an end. The...

 

Saint named head coach for shooting program at Hastings

Michael Saint grew up just west of Jewell and graduated from Rock Hills High School with the Class of 2014. He is also a graduate of Fort Hays State University (FHSU) with both bachelor's and master's...

 

Author visits Jewell

Rosie Eilert Bosse, now from Onaga, Kan., grew up on the Gallagher-Eilert family farm west of Jewell. She graduated from Jewell High School with the Class of 1974. Among other roles, she is now a...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    News    July 16, 2020

Jewell County is 150 years old!

On June 16, 1870, before Jewell County existed, Col. Eldon Barker was commissioned the county notary public. He was the first county official in Jewell County. Barker homesteaded just west of present-day Jewell on section 28 of Calvin Township....

 
 By Kerma Crouse    News    July 16, 2020

7th Annual Jewell County Plow Day

It is time for another Jewell County Plow Day and Saturday, is the day! This year's event will be held at the Joe Eilert Farm south and west of Jewell. The location is 160 Road and G Road. For those...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    News    July 9, 2020

Jewell County Historical Museum to remain closed

Jack Alcorn, the Jewell County Historical Society (JCHS) president, announced early last week the society’s museum, located at 118 North Commercial in Mankato, will remain closed for this season. The museum committee of the JCHS will be working on...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    Features    July 2, 2020

Historical jail gets new roof

The old "Jewell County Jail" in Mankato was used from 1900 to 1978. In 1899, Jewell County commissioners paid a Topeka architect, J. C. Holland, $500 to design the building. The builder for the project was W. C. Berry of Jewell. Berry, with a bid of...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    History    June 26, 2020

Harrison - Post Office and Town

Early in Jewell County history, there was discussion on the matter of what to name Town 1 South Range 8 West in Jewell County. Two suggestions were Kleveland and Norway as K. O. Kleveland, from Norway, was an early settler. But another suggestion...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    History    June 18, 2020

The Greene Family

Yes, it is a story – with many starting places. Pennsylvania, New York, New Hampshire, Virginia and Cornwall, England to name a few. One beginning was in 1867, when Civil War Veteran Ogden Norman...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    News    June 11, 2020

Sesquicentennial Fourth of July planned in Jewell

“We Have a Story to Tell”! In 1870 there was a celebration at Fort Jewell on the Fourth of July. The group, several were Civil War veterans, was celebrating the anniversary of the birth of the United States. But pertinent to the settlers, they...

 
 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...

 

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