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October 15, 2020

Jewell History:  The Masons of Jewell City and vicinity met in the county hall at Jewell City, on Saturday evening, Dec. 21, 1872. J. D. Robertson acted as chairman of this meeting and L. M. Butts acted as secretary. The group balloted for officers for the proposed new lodge with the following result:  J. C. Postlethwaite, W.M.; W. M. Allen, S.W.; J. H. Fox, J.W.; J. S. Foster, secretary; O. L. McClung, treasurer. The worshipful master-elect then appointed the following officers; L. M. Butts, S.D.; E. Barker, J.D.; E. D. Randall, S.S.; J. B. Harrington, J.S.; A. Broderick, tyler.  On Dec. 11, 1874, the lodge was granted a charter as Jewell Lodge No.11.

Susan “Sue” Slate, 66, died at Billings, Mont., on Oct. 5. Her funeral was held Oct. 14, at Smith Funeral Chapels, West, Billings, Mont. Sue was the wife of Roy Slate. Roy was a graduate of Jewell High School with the Class of 1974. Our sympathy goes out to the family.

The Jewell Christian Church CWF will have their October Monthly meeting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, at the Jewell Apartments community room Sharon Tullar has charge of the refreshments and the devotions.

At 1 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 21, there will be a government commodities distribution at the Jewell Apartments. This distribution will be curbside.

The Seekers Sunday School Class of the Christian Church will be starting a new study, Sunday morning. The study is called “Life Lessons from Ephesians” by Max Lucado.

The yearly Corn Show and the 150-year celebration of Jewell was held this week. The weather was great all three days of the celebration. There will be more about the celebration in the paper elsewhere. The parade Saturday was well attended; the barbeque ran out of food and the games during the afternoon were well attended. The exhibits were open Thursday afternoon, Friday afternoon and until 2:30 p.m. Saturday. There was a nice group of booths, exhibits, flowers, garden produce and farm crops. The J-Janes had a great display of wedding dresses from early days to present times.

There was a car show plus various venders in and around the park. The Palmer Museum was open all three days for viewers. There was also a dedication of the buffalo statues just before the parade.

There were two showings of the evening program, which local people portrayed some of the early settlers and a little of their history plus honoring the Jewell County veterans who gave their lives for our country.  Between the two evening programs, there was an auction of articles that had been donated for the occasion. There was a Corn Hole competition on Saturday, Pair-A-Dice ride on Friday evening and Leroy Bourbon had a meal to go on Friday evening.  There was A”Maize”ing Corn Race and The Roaming Buffalo Race, which started on Monday of last week. On Saturday there was a Cowboy Action Shooting performance by Travis Cady.  Sunday morning was breakfast through lunch of biscuits and gravy and pie, which was enjoyed by many.  There was something to do most every day or evening last week. I know I didn’t get near all the things listed that went on and I apologize to the ones I missed. It was a busy weekend.

Aaron and Larissa King, Salina, were here for the Friday evening and Saturday activities of the Corn Show.  They also visited with relatives, Jessie Eilert and family, Don Simmelink, and Vanan Shamburg family.

Wayne and Dorothy Owen, Salina, were in Jewell Saturday for the Corn Show and to visit with their cousin, Marilyn Griest.

Jerry and Jane Patton, Wichita, were weekend guests of her brother, Don Simmelink. They also took in some of the Corn Show.

Neita Colin, Wichita, and sister, Peggy Selvidge, Manhattan, stayed for the weekend in Jewell and attended Corn Show events and also visited with their nephew, Gary Waugh.

Ann Boomer and son, Kade, Hays, stayed for the weekend in Jewell visiting her sister, Cindy Barrett. Friday evening and Saturday, they were joined by another sister, Barb Tatro of Beloit.  The women all enjoyed the Corn Show activities.

Kristen Divel and daughter of Lincoln, Neb., were weekend guests of her mother, Carol Divel. They took in the Corn Show activities.  Kristen also took part in the program on Saturday evening. Kara Loomis stayed for some time with her mother and sister.

Word was received in Jewell of the death of Katherine Kreamer Clark of Holton, Kan., on Oct. 5. Katherine was a 1934 graduate of Jewell High School. Katherine was married to the late Forrest W. Clark, who graduated from Jewell in 1932.

Ava Matthews was the candle lighter for morning worship at the Trinity United Methodist Church on Sunday. Lola Abram had the special music. She told about and sang “It Is No Secret What God Can Do.”  The song was written by Stuart Hamblen in only 17 minutes after a conversation with John Wayne. 

In October, the needed items at the Jewell County Food Pantry are chili beans and peas.

Jewell High School Class of 1968 was quite visible around town during the Corn Show Saturday. Mike Nulty, Ron McMillan, Steve Bartsch, Debbie Abram, Bill Edwards, Calvin Bohnert, Jim Dooley, Peggy Selvidge, Butch Burks, Annette Burks, Roy Arasmith and Kerma Crouse attended and participated in various events.

The Palmer Museum has an amazing exhibit organized by Annette Burks and Peg Bohnert. Items from yesterday’s kitchens and dining rooms plus children’s toys and more, plus in the hallway by the museum Steve Bartsch has information about many of those from Jewell County who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States and all of those from Jewell who have given their lives for our county.

It was good to see Scott Dooley visiting his parents, Jim and Brenda Dooley, and all taking in the parade.

Mary DeBey and Rosie Eilert Bosse were among several in the Eilert family who attended the Corn Show Program where Joe Eilert portrayed W. D. “Billy” Street.

Desire Tobey Sears Chapter (NSDAR) members worked tying fleece blankets for veterans on Saturday. The day celebrates the day of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution was founded. Local members involved include, Sherry Koster, Rhonda Durant, Taylor Crawford, and Brenda Dooley. Also helping with the project were Beth Strnad, Retha Blecha, Joyce Graff and Melinda Rose.

Evert and Alice LaCoe from Beloit were in Jewell on Saturday and Sunday for Corn Show events. Evert took part in the parade on Saturday and attended the Corn Show Program. His sister, Debbie LaCoe Abram, also from Beloit, was one of the  grand marshals in the parade. She portrayed Annie Jones Billings, the first white woman in Jewell in the Corn Show Program.

Dave and Dee Eberhart from Lindsborg were in town on Saturday. Dave, a former United States Marine, marched in the parade behind the color guard.

We enjoy seeing the United States Flags flying around Jewell! We appreciated those who made it happen.

John Mick from Carleton, Nebraska was part of the Corn Show activities on Saturday afternoon. He was running a sweet sorghum mill. Some of the sorghum run through the mill was grown by Dave Akasmut of Jewell.

Ron and Maggie McMillan from Concordia took part in the Corn Show too. Ron portrayed his grandfather, Henry Boogaart, in the Corn Show Program.

It was “Youth Strong” in the Corn Show Stampede! Jada Eilert and Ashlyn Loomis were first across the finish line on their bikes. Caleb Burks and Jensen Eilert were the first runners to cross the line.

Two authors were in town on Saturday. Rosie Eilert Bosse (JHS 1974) has seven children’s books in publication as well as two adult novels. Another children’s book and another novel are about to be released. Also, in Jewell was historian and author, Jeff Broome of Beulah, Colo. His newest book is “Indian Raids and Massacres.” A painting by local artist Jim Nelson, is on the cover of the book.

Butch and Annette Burks planned a trip to Hawaii (the 50th state and the only state they had not yet visited) for their 50th wedding anniversary this Oct. 9. COVID put an end to that dream, or so they thought. Their children and grandchildren had an alternative plan. After leading them on a scavenger hunt that ended at the NCK Tech College Student Union, Annette and Butch were treated to a surprise party complete with leis, Hawaiian shirts and Hawaiian decor with grass skirted tables! All the family was able to come except three granddaughters. Through the blessings of technology, even they were able to share in a part of the celebration. A video produced by Eric with the help of Melissa and Josh, shared greetings and stories from the couple’s friends and family, both near and far. In the end, Butch and Annette said it was even better than a trip to Hawaii!

Rhonda Durant, Hutchinson, and her daughter, Taylor Crawford, Manhattan, were visiting in Jewell for the Corn Show.  They also were part of the group making blankets for veterans with the Desire Tobey Sears Chapter NSDAR.

Tillman and Margaret Garst, Concordia, and Gary and Virginia Wilson, Cawker City, were in Jewell Saturday to enjoy Corn Show activities.

Terry and Lois Moyer and several of their family members, Salina, were in Jewell over the weekend for the Corn Show. Terry participated in the program on Saturday evening and several of the family participated in the parade.

Visitors at the Steve and Marsha Bartsch home Corn Show weekend were Connie George, Lakewood, Colo., Bill and Diane Edwards of Bloomington, Ill., Kim Menhusen Stoeber, Salina, Jack Willmeth, Seneca, Cheryl and Duane Daugherty, Roland Park, Ron and Maggie McMillan, Concordia and John and Teresa Crumrine, Beatrice.

The 2021 community calendars are ready and are now on sale. Contact Amy Arasmith if you are interested in one.

Jewell friends received word recently  of the death of Robert R. Cook of Manhattan.  He died Oct. 3, at Ascension Via Christi, Manhattan. Robert “Bob” graduated from Jewell Rural High School in 1946.

Much appreciation to all the chair-people who put together all the activities and all their helpers for the 78th annual Corn Show. The Jewell Corn Show wouldn’t be such a success every year without the leaders and all the ones that work with them to put it on.


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