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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...

 

80th Anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor

December 7, 1941, was a long time ago – 80 years to be exact. Hopefully President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's words still ring true. "Yesterday, December 7, 1941-a date which will live in...

 

Unofficial JC election results

Last Tuesday was general election day in Jewell County. There were only a few races to be settled and in many cases no one filed for the office. In the contested races, the following unofficial results were posted after the election on this...

 

Three days honor veterans in U. S.

There are three days in the year the United States honors its military service men and women. They are Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May. The day’s purpose is to honor all m...

 

District No. 39, one room schoolhouse stubbornly remains in Walnut Township

One room schoolhouses are hard to find as most have deteriorated through the years by weather and abandonment. These one room schoolhouses dotted the country side, and were only a few miles apart,...

 

Odessa named after large Ukrainian port city

The Odessa Post Office, the "flourishing" community of Odessa, Odessa Township, Odessa School District No. 130, the Odessa Cemetery and the Odessa Methodist Episcopal Church were all named after...

 

Athens Rural High School - District No. 164

Athens Rural High School was truly one-of-a-kind. No town, just a township seeking to have a high school for their students. It was organized by the citizens of Athens Township, independent of any...

 

Rubens, once a flourishing town, now lies under lake

During the late1800s, near where Jewell County's Limestone and John's Creeks come together, the town of Rubens flourished. Today that area lies under Lovewell Lake. Rubens began on Jan. 31,1871, when...

 

Jewell County's first school formed in 1871

Ionia High School It was early in the history of Jewell County, Jan. 28, 1871, that the county's first school district was formed. Citizens met at the county clerk's office in Jewell City and formed...

 

1946 fire upset Superior grain markets

It was 75 years ago last February when fire destroyed a Superior elevator located across the street south of what is now the Petro Plus Station. At that time the Day & Frees Lumber Yard was...

 

Fire trucks continue to grow larger

Monday night a member of the Superior Fire Department spoke to the Superior City Council and told about the need to address the budget and the need for new equipment and adequate space to house that...

 

"The Big Dig " Historical Construction Equipment Association (HCEA) International Conventioncomes to Kansas

With historical equipment crawling, rolling, moving or being displayed about as far as the eye could see, arriving at the site of the "Big Dig" was a bit of a "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in...

 

JC steam engine heads to "The Big Dig"

After a "Long Wait" (the event was cancelled in 2020 because of COVID-19) the "Big Dig" will be here Friday through Sunday! The full name of the event is the 35th Annual Historical Construction Equipm...

 

Comstock family serves three Jewell County post offices

The March 11, 1886 Burr Oak Herald proclaimed, "It is stated upon good authority that Ibaton, in this county, and Cora, in Smith, were named for Iba and Cora, two daughters of Thomas Comstock, one of the first settlers above Burr Oak, on White Rock...

 

120 Years Ago County was asking for 28 bridges

120 Years Ago August 9, 1901 Jewell County was asking for 28 bridges for the year, but the commissioners were going to cut the number down to those that seemed an absolute necessity. The commissioners were going over the ground themselves before pass...

 

Man fined $10 for shooting his wife five times

120 Years Ago August 2, 1901 Twenty-nine acres of wheat belonging to Elwood Butts yielded 829 bushels. It was estimated Kansas would raise 25 million bushels of corn during the year, a little more than twice as much as Jewell County alone used to...

 
 By Allen Ostdiek    History    July 29, 2021

What ever happened to the annual Wheat Harvest ? ? ?

Many of us here in rural Nebraska remember wheat harvest. It was usually about a two week period that came around the first week or two of July . . . each and every year. Everyone on the farm and often people from the towns were involved in the...

 

After the Oregon Trail, Nuckolls Co. commerce followed the railroads

Members of the Nuckolls County Historical Society held their annual meeting, Sunday, in Pioneer Hall, on the museum campus in Superior.. Society members and guests were present. Richard Schmeling, a...

 

Nuckolls County held its first 4th of July observance in 1872

(The following article was taken out of The Nelson Gazette June 29, 1967) The Fourth of July was always celebrated with great fervor in the old days Everyone welcomed the opportunity to break the mono...

 

Superior Fire Dept. collecting for annual fireworks show Superior Joggers will hold 39th annual Firekracker Run

The Superior Volunteer Fire Department is again making plans to present a free fireworks show at Brodstone Memorial Field as a climax to Superior’s July 4th activities. While coordinated by the members of the fire department, the annual show is...

 
 By Kerma Crouse    History    May 27, 2021

War Veteran of 1812 buried in Jewell County - Thomas Jenkins

The War of 1812 began when the United States declared war in June of 1812. The opposing forces were Great Britain, Ireland and their North American colonies plus certain Indian allies. One cause of...

 

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