Janitor Fox and the Methodist Episcopal Church Bell
July 13, 2023
Linda Woerner, always one with a bit of Jewell history, tells of finding a news item about the Methodist Church Bell. Not the two-thousand-pound bell that exists today beside the Jewell Trinity Methodist Church, but its predecessor, a smaller, "six or seven hundred" pounder that hung in the belfry of the old M. E. Church.
That item, from the Jewell Republican of Aug. 19, 1895, relates how "Janitor Fox" was ringing the bell when the "bolt upon which the bell swings broke." The bell crashed down on the belfry's trap door, leaving the door "considerably broken" but holding.