Articles written by Linda Woerner

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  • Jewell Trinity Methodist Church Celebrates 150 Years

    Linda Woerner|Apr 18, 2024

    The history of Methodism in Jewell is almost simultaneous with the founding of Jewell City when the townsite was filed May 6, 1870. Services were held by local preachers, often outdoors under a shade tree or in an arbor of boughs. The first Methodist preacher, assigned by the Kansas Conference, was the Rev. H.G. Breed, who arrived in Jewell April 1,1872. During those early years, the pioneers were caught up in the work of building homes and businesses. It took some time before the first...

  • Jewell Grocery - I00F building has long colorful history

    Linda Woerner|Mar 30, 2023

    After 114 years, another chapter in the history of Jewell was brought to a close as demolition began, March 13, 2023, on the building that, among other things, had provided groceries for most of its existence. Greg Wilson was the owner-operator of the huge excavator that did the job. The building had a long, colorful history. In 1909 brick was coming to Jewell by the trainload, with as many as five cars a day. A building boom was on as two new banks, a new high school and the IOOF Hall were...

  • First bank in Jewell County featured in logo

    Linda Woerner|Mar 19, 2020

    Located at 200 Delaware, south of Jewell's Maag Park, is a little stone building with a rich history. John Calvin Postlewaite, for whom Calvin township is named, saw the need for a bank and set about to establish the first bank in Jewell County on this site. He had been in business for 10 years and was noted as a first-class bookkeeper and accountant. He was said to be honest, industrious, and had as his motto, "punctuality and dispatch." Construction of the rustic appearing stone structure...