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Two local Jewell County writers celebrated Kansas Day together 60 years ago at Sweet Home School

Kansas Day 60 Years Ago


February 4, 2021

Fawna (Arasmith) Barrett with her students celebrating the Kansas Centennial in January of 1961. The students in the (back row, from left) are Louis Birdsell (deceased), Steve Birdsell (deceased), Kerma (Headrick) Crouse, Dianne (McCune) Brown, Louise Birdsell. The front two rows: Kenneth Shaffer, Mary (Eilert) DeBey, Dirk Durant, Phillip Birdsell (deceased), Kathy (Smiley) McCune, Dotty (Durant) Baxa, Leonard Shaffer (deceased) and Melinda (Headrick) Rose. Fawna Barrett lives in Randall and writes a regular column for the Jewell County Record. From: Kerma Crouse To: , Sharon Sahlfeld , Date: Sunday, January 31, 2021 9:51 PM Subject: Photo for article Kansas Day 60 Years Ago

There did not seem to be many articles or comments about the 160th Birthday of the State of Kansas which was observed on Jan. 29, 2021. However, on Facebook, a photo surfaced showing students from Jewell County's Sweet Home School celebrating the Kansas Centennial. The photo was taken 60 years ago at the little country school.

In 1961, Sweet Home School District 75 was located at what is now the northwest corner of the intersection of H Road and 150 Road. This is "the four-mile corner" west of Jewell.

Sweet Home was a typical "one-room" school. One classroom, an entry way and a flag pol...

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