September 10, 2020
Early Jewell businessman, John Calvin Postlethwaite was born in August 1848 in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania. He died Nov. 26. 1910, at Jewell. In 1869, he came to Kansas and entered employment at the Blue Valley Bank at Manhattan. He was the bank’s cashier and bookkeeper.
In 1870, he married Louise D. McClung, sister of W. C. McClung of Jewell. In the spring of 1870, he filed on his homestead 2 1⁄2 miles north of Jewell.
Sometime in 1873 he moved to town. In 1880 he built the first building on the south side of the square and organized the Jewell City Bank. He ran it until 1885...