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Offices located at 111 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 148 Su A feature of The St ;rior Express Thursday, February 13, 2014 Price 50 Entered into the mail at Webber, Kansas, and Superior, Nebraska Feddes celebrate nearly 60 years of marriage went to live with his sister in Wichita where he secured a job with. an insulat- ing company. Wichita house building was booming because of the employ- ment at the Boeing plant. This job would serve Roger well providing him summer work through his, college years at K-State. "My sister lived in Derby and it was 20 to 25 miles via gravel road from her house to where I reported to work. I rode a motorcycleto and from work. I left the house around 3'.30 each morn- ing to be at work by 5 a.m. Of course, the purpose of going to work so early was to get off during the afternoon when it was so hot. "That didn't happen and most of the time those attics where we were blow- As part of the Valentine week edi- tion, each year this newspaper features a Jewell County couple with a story they would like to share about their courtship and long marriage. This year's story features Arrilla and Roger Fedde, Ionia. Arrilla and Roger Fedde were mar- ried at the Ionia United Methodist Church on Sept. 1 1956, just before starting their senior year at what is now Kansas State University. Roger was born one mile west of his parents', home at the home of his father's sister. He was delivered by Dr. Plowman, a physician from Jewell. He attended 12 years of school and gradu- ated from Ionia High School. The sum- mer following his graduation, Roger A recent photo of Roger and Arrilla Fedde. Even in their retirement years, they manage to keep busy. Roger and Arrilla Fedde on their wedding day in 1956. Theywere married at the Ionia United Methodist ChUrch. in8 in that insulation became so un- bearable you could hardly stand to be there. I traded every 5 or 10 minutes with the guy I worked with. But it was good money," said Roger. Tuition for one semester at K-State was $90 including all fees and activity tickets. His pay for one week on the insulating job would pay for one se- mester at K-State. "Working one summer I could pay for a whole year of college, room and board and have $200 left over," said Roger. Arrilla was bom in Norton County, the only child of Wayman and Kathleen (Coleman) Delp. They lived in the town of Lenora. At the age of 4 1/2 Arrilla lost her mother and she went to live with her grandparents in Norton. She completed kindergarten there. For grades 1 and 2 she attended school in Kansas City and lived with her dad's brother. After her father remarried, Arrilla returned to live with him and finished her grade school and high school education at Lenora. The fol- lowing fall she enrolled at Kansas State. Arrilla and Roger are the same age. At K-State Roger pursued the animal science field and Arrilla was enrolled in medical technology. In the fall of 1955, the two were enrolled in a bio- chemistry class and met while work- ing in a lab group. Arrilla said for their first date "We went to a movie." Hearing Arrilla's answer, Roger looked at Arrilla kinda puzzled and said "Did we really? I don't have the slightest idea where we went." Arrilla went on to say"He probably thinks it was a studying date," and both laughed. The spring semester of 1956 rolled around and classes ended. Arrilla was off to attend summer school at Boul- der, Colo. Roger stayed in Manhattan and worked on the Ft. Riley hospital for the same company he had worked for in Wichita. "I was always on the phone calling her," said Roger. During one of these many telephone calls Roger said, "I suggested we get maJ'ried and she said yes." They decided to marry in Ionia be- fore they started their next year of college. Why Ionia? Most of Arrilla's relatives lived in eastern Kansas and Roger's relatives lived in the Ionia area. Their wedding was nothing fancy. At the completion of summer school in August, Arrilla made her wedding dress and her bridesmaid's dress. The mate- rial was a heavy cotton. The dress wasn't shiny or silky. Her bridesmaid was her girlfriend from Lenora, Gloria Heikes. Her dress was a mauve color. Gloria's husband, Don Heikes, was the vocalist with Esther Dauber (Roger's aunt) as the pianist. Gerald Grasch, a high school classmate and Roger's three-year roommate at K- State was the best man. The Methodist minister from the Student Center at K- State, which is where Roger and Arrilla attended church through the school year, drove to Ionia and performed the ceremony. "Roger bought me a red orchid that I carried. I still have my dress," said Arrilla. "I had to buya suit for this ordeal," said Roger. The best man wore a red necktie to match the bridegroom's tie and that of the soloist. "Oh, I still have my suit stored away upstairs," laughed Roger. At the time of their marriage, Roger drove a 1951 Ford. On their wedding day, he hid it in his dad's garage but friends found the automobile and deco- rated it anyway. "We were going to Colorado in a station wagon but they found that car as well and decorated it also," said Roger. Following the wedding ceremony which took place at 10:30 in the morn- ing, cake and punch were served. After the cake and punch Roger's mother invited everyone out to the family home vest of Ionia where the guests were served a light lunch of sandwiches. Around 3 p.m. Arrilla and Roger de- parted for their honeymoon destina-. tion of Colorado where their plans were to camp and fish in the mountains. En route they had two fiat tires but finally arrived in Colorado weary but safe. Part of their time was spent northwest of Lovel'and and then they went on to Red Feather Latke and stayed there for a day or so before returning back to Kansas in time to start college at K- State. Roger graduated from K-State with a degree in animal science. The Feddes were off to St. Paul; Minn., where Roger was offered a job in the poultry department at the University of Min- nesota. Arrilla needed a year intern- ship for her medical technology de- gree and went to work for General Hospital in Minneapolis, Minn. She received no pay foi the year needed to complete the requirement. Roger's interest was in poultry sci- ence with a focus in physiology. While he was working with a professor of the University of Minnesota in the Depart- ment of Poultry Husbandry he earned $200 a month. To hold this research job, Roger was expected to earn his own master's degree. In 1963, Roger finished his Phl) in Physiology Aviary (all birds) but his speciality was chick- ens. "Housing was tough to find. We rented an apartment for $87.50 a month," said Roger. "There was a McDonalds restaU- rant up the highway but we didn't eat there," said Arrilla. Minneapolis and St. Paul busses didn't cross city lines, so Roger had to take Arrilla to the bus stop at the divid- ing line and pick her up there each day. When Arrilla finished her year of inr ternship, she stayed on at the hospital. "I bought a movie camera with my first paycheck," said Arriila." Arrilla decided to get her master's degree at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, and completed her bacteriol- ogy degree in the summer of 1964. Cynthia, the Fedde's first child, was born while Arrilla w completing the master' s. With their schooling complete, they were wondering how they were going to get back to Kansas. Around Christ- mas time, one of the professors Roger worked for at the University of Minne- sota was hired by Kansas State and reported there was an opening for an the job. The Feddes, along with their one- year-old daughter, Cynthia, and their St. Bernard puppy returned to Kansas. Before reporting to K-State, they took a six week journe in the north and northwestern part of the United States. Upon their return to Kansas and K- iiil State, Arrilla didn't work outside the home until 1983 when she became m charge of the lab work at the K-State Student Health Center. In the fall of 1966, the Feddes moved into a newly built home which is where they lived when their two other children, Bruce and Leslie, were born. In 1973 and in 1984 the Feddes traveled to Germany for a one-year stay each time while Roger did research. The Feddes are now both retired and living in the family home of Roger' s parents, Ben and Mary (Dauber) Fedde. It is located in Ionia Township. Roger said, "For 20 years we have remodeled this home as we can afford it. We remodeled the whole house. We now have a storm shelter, added the front porch, knocked out and moved walls, finished the basement, and in- stalled lots of insulation. The excellent work was done by Donnie Mallory, Jewell, and Leroy Eaton, Mankato." Retirement years for the Feddes are still busy. Roger has served as the Jewell County Historical Society presi- dent and worked with the Jewell County Threshing Bee and Antique Machin- ery Show for several years. There are always things to do on the farm, whether it be taking care of weeds in the pasture or cutting trees. The Feddes' children live in Florida, Oklahoma and Texas so they travel to visit them and they still take trips to Colorado. However the days and nights are not spent so primitive. Roger erjoys fishing but Arrilla has taken to quilting. "I belonged to a quilting club when we lived in Manhattan and then after we retired and moved up here I quilted in Downs and at the senior center in Glen Elder for a while." "I watch K-State basketball on TV 4 , and once m a while I 11 watch the other school...KU," said Roger. The Feddes were asked, "What has been a contributing factorto the'Feddes' 57 plus years of marriage?" After a few seconds of thinking, Arrilla replied, "What Roger says, I say yes to, and assume he knows what is best." Roger replied "I don't know about that but we get along pretty good." Part of Arrilla and Roger's wed- ding party is still living. Gloria and Don Heikes are residing in Lenora and School board renews contracts for superintendent, principal TheRockHillsBoardofEducation in the junior-senior high school by March 10, and Katie.Whelchel asjun- met Monday with Ervin Underwood, Huffman's Floor Covering for ior high asSistant girls volleyball, bas- Janelle Greene, Lori Slate, Todd $11,313.66. ketball and track coach for the 2014- Mauerhan, Brenden Wirth, Nadine Roush also reported the coach bus 2015 school year. The board approved Smith, Sam Meyers, Bob Roush, Josh Burks and Lynette Bartley present. The board reviewed sealed bids for the district's liability and workers com- pensation insurance received from Conrade Insurance in Newton and Citi- zens States Agency in Jewell. Citizens State Agency was unanimously awarded the bid for liability insurance at a renewal rate of $36,961 and work- was still at Bourbon Trucking and the probler of air brakes freezing because of water in the lines had not been resolved. Roush said he will look into another epair shopto address the prob- lem. Superintendent Nadine Smith praised the Jewell County road and bridge department for doing a good job of opening bus routes during the recent ers compensation insurance at a re- .snow events, and school district main- newal rate of $28,151, with allow- tenance staffmembers for working long ances for standard industry rate in- Crease. After discussion with Bob Roush, facilities director, the following pro- posals were approved: upgrade to the junior-senior high school fire alarm system by R&L Security for $48,839.43; concrete and asphalt work to north parking lot of thej unior-senior high school by Stripe. and Seal for $80,612; new carpeting for five rooms days to ensure sidewalks and parking lots were safe. The board met in executive session to discuss matters affecting a student. No action resulted from the executive session. A second executive session was held to discuss non-elected personnel. Afterward, the board voted to accept resignations from Gene Foster III as bus driver and custodian effective a contract for Nadine Smith as superin- tendent through June 2016, with salary to be determined at a later date for the 2014-15 school year, but not to be less than her present salary of $95,000 per year and to include duties as elemen- tary principal. A contract was also ap- proved for Sam Meyers a junior-se- nior high school principal through June 2016 with a salary to be determined at a later date. A third executive session was held to discuss employer-employee nego- tiations. No action resulted from this executive session. The purchase of technology equip- ment and software totaling $97,501 as presented by the technology commit- tee was approved. The next regular meeting of the Rock Hills School Board will be March 10 at 7 p.m. at the district office in Mankato. assistant professor of physiology at K- State. Roger applied for and received Gerald Grasch makes his home at Decatur, III. . Photo courtesy of Beverly Frost The Rural Water District No. 1 water tower near Esbon looked more like a candle than a standpipe after a frozen pipe cause water to pour from the top and run down, freezing as it went. Not only did ice form on the tower, but it drifted onto the ground around the structure and into the adjacent cemetery. This newspaper's Esbon correspondent also reports the incident in her column. Sen. Moran meets constituents in Randall By Fawna Barrett Sen. Jerry Moran met with more than 20 people at a town hall meeting held in Randall on a snowy Friday morning. Representatives from sev- eral communities in Jeweli County and two from, other counties were present. The senator was on his second round of visiting all 105 counties in the state since being elected. He expressed his frustration with the non-action in Washington, D.C. as those in the audience were. He quoted Harry Reid as having said "There will be no action taken until after the elec- tion in 2014." Sen. Moron's main concerns were the future of this country, health care in small towns, survival of small busi- nesses and technology after the FCC KDOT crews plow 565,000 miles of snowy roads Kansas Department of Transporta- tion snow crews plowed and treated 565,000 lane miles of highway during last week's snow storm at a cost of nearly $3 million. KDOT drivers operated 591 trucks around the clock in 12-hours shifts to treat and clear roads of snow and ice in every region of the state. About 1,100 show plow operators logged more than 37,000 hours from Feb. 3 to 6. 'The snow amounts, wind and frigid temperatures made this a dangerous W " ' storm for our ere s, satd Transporta- tion Secretary Mike King. Totals from the storm: 591 dump trucks; 565,000 miles treated and plowed; 37,000 labor hours; 8,600 tons of salt spread, 1,300 tons of sand used, 19,500 tons of salt and sand mix dis- tributed, 345,000 gallons of brine, 2,000 gallons of magnesium chloride, 500 KDOT postings to Twitter and Facebook, 8,200 calls to 511 travel information phone line. The cost of cleating the storm equated to about $1.15 per registered vehicle. Mankato Library Board to discuss upcoming projects The Mankato Library Board will meet at 5 p.m. Monday at the library. Patrons and guests are welcome to attend and learn about the projects the board is working on. The meeting will last approximately one hour. imposed new regulations that hurt ru- ral telephoneservices trying to offer broadband connection in rural areas. He said his No. 1 concern is the fiscal condition of the big-spending govern- ment. After three years, a Farm Bill was passed. He was the only Kansan sena- tor or representative to vote for it. It does have strong crop insurance provi- sions with increased coverage and it includes a disaster program. It does not cut spending enough with 81 percent of the total cost of the farm bill allotted to food stamps. While the senator is in favor of helping people in need. he said he is not in favor of making it an ongoing support Most of the com- modity groups urged Sen. Moran to vote for the farm bill. He touched briefly on the failed school lunch recommendations from USDA and the endangered species bills. The latter has been an issue since he first was elected to Congress. He charged too many elected official s fa- vor saving wildlife over protection of human life. OSHA is in the news again claim- ing any farm that has on-farm grain storage is not a farm. OSHA, under law, is not supposed to deal with any farm that has less than 10 employees, but the senator said the agency is ig- noring the law. When asked about the spike in pro- pane prices and the oil industry' s claim that a broken pipeline and a lack of supply cause the spike, he indicated he did not know if the information was correct. Ie did emphasize the need of approval of the Keystone pipeline that may cross Kansas. There was a lengthy discussion on Obama care. He said only one person, he had visited with had actually saved money on insurance premiums He is hearing of a growing number of doc- tors and hospital administrators who are resigning, as the hospitals are los- ing money from inadequate and slow Medicare and Medicaid payments. The senator predicted rural areas will be losing their hospitals and doctors if changes aren't made soon. Another problem is the President changing laws to suit his agenda and making appointments to key positions /../ -.. ... :. on weekends, as he interprets the law to mean that Congress isn't in session. Democrats refuse to challenge these decisions. Lawsuits have been filed against such action, though the senator predicted the courts will drag the ques- tion until the current president's term has expired. Questions on the growing regula- tions on farmers and banking were raised. Commissions, which do not un- derstand rural American, are institut- ing regulations that hurt small banks. small businesses and farmers. Interest rates are controlled at low rates to allow the government to manage the deficit payments. Senator Moran answered a ques- tion on education and government regu- lations. He advocated the Federal gov- ernment qmt setting rules and regula- tions for public schools. After thanking those who braved the weather to attend this meeting, he departed for a meeting with Smith County hospital officials, a town meet- ing in Agra and an evening meal with his father. Sen. Jerry Moran listens to a question from one of his constituents at the Town Hall meeting held in Randall, Friday morning.