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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...

 

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...

 

Another bit of History is gone from Lawrence Main Street

Constructed in the 1890s the oldest frame building on Main Street in Lawrence ended its life Friday. The demolition of the little building nestled between the post office and old cafe building is no...

 

Lawrence Telephone Co. Building burned

The Lawrence Telephone Company ceased existence in 1958 when the business was sold to the Glenwood Telephone Membership Corp. However, a reminder of the business continued on in the presence of the ph...

 

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...

 

Museum given post card of 150-year-old log cabin

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the building of the log cabin which became Superior's first post office. It was built by William Louden, the founder of Superior. The cabin was first located...

 

Beeler House, Mankato, gets revived

The historical Beeler House, Mankato, has recently undergone a lot of restoration and unique updating. This 120 year old Queen Anne Victorian House was one of the several historic houses featured...

 
 By Keith Schultz    History    June 2, 2022

Ruskin High Class of 1948 helped to build gymnasium

The Ruskin Alumni banquet was a wonderful event. I was asked to share my dad’s (Keith Schultz) story about the Class of 1948 and their connection to the gymnasium built in 1949. Here is his story in his words: School Memories By Keith Schultz The...

 
 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...

 

American Legion honors two, 50 year members

1969 was the year . . . Mick Streff and Don Faimon both were graduates of the Lawrence High School that year. And . . . they both had low "lottery numbers" in the Military Draft. The military draft...

 
 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...

 

Mankato, Kansas 150 Years in the Making

The Jewell County Monitor on March 20, 1925, reported the following: The worst thing which has happened to Mankato in a long time was the loss of the large modern Metz Packing Plant on North High Street by fire Sunday morning. The fire evidently...

 
 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...

 

NRDs Celebrate 50 Years of Natural Resources Partnerships  

Nebraska’s Natural Resources Districts (NRDs) have worked hand-in-hand with conservation partners to support landowners for 50 years to accomplish the mission of protecting lives, property and the future. NRDs deliver several state and federal...

 

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...

 

History of Jewell County townships

Jewell County was named and the boundaries established by the Kansas State Legislature on Feb. 26, 1867. The government of the county was organized on July 14, 1870, when James Harvey, Kansas governor, appointed C. L. Seeley, E, T. Gandy and A. I....

 

Nuckolls Co. painting may have attracted Grand Duke to Nebraska

This week marks the 150th anniversary of a buffalo hunt that some credit for being the inspiration of famous paintings created by Alfred Bierstadt, a western landscape artist. But an event which happened in Nuckolls County in 1863 is claimed by local...

 

Looking back to 1951 Expanded Penney's Store big news for Superior

October 17,1951, was a big day in Superior. Both the Crest Theatre and the new J.C. Penney store were having grand openings. The J.C. Penney Company arrived in Superior in 1929. The store was moving t...

 

An overview of the physiographic features of Jewell County

Physiographic features of Jewell County By Kerma Crouse In a relatively obscure 1955 publication, "Geology and Ground-Water Resources of Jewell County, Kansas," authors V. C. Fishel and Alvin R. Leona...

 

Preserve Family History using digital formate

You can't turn on the television today without seeing advertisements for Ancestry.com or hear about how DNA is connecting people from all over the world. You may not have an interest in genealogy, but...

 

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