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i Offices located at 111 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 148 E. Nebraska 68978 A feature of e Memorial Day, alumni events planned Memorial Day services and alumni plans have been scheduled in Jewell County. The Memorial services for the Balch Cemetery. north of Formoso, will be held Memorial Day at 8:20 a.m. followed by services at the Courtland Cemetery. with the American Legion of Scandia. serving as the color guard. On Sunday there will be a commu- nity Memorial Service held at the Trin- ity United Methodist Church. Jewell. 10:30 a.m. and is sponsored by the Jewell Ministerial Union and the Jewell American Legion and Auxiliary. The Jewell American Legion and Auxiliary's annual Poppy Day Dinner will be held Saturday, May 29 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the Jewell Community Center. The Memorial Day Services at the Burr Oak Chmetery will be held at 10 a.m.. sponsored by the Emory Clemons School rooms, will be open Saturday, 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday and Monday 2 to 4 p.m. by appointment only. For ap- pointments contact Alma Garman Mankato. or Peggy Wi Ison. Burr Oak. Alumni from schools in Jewell County will be gathering and those scheduled are as follows; Webber Alumni. Friday, 11:30 a.m., atthe Elks Lodge in Superior. Nebraska; Mankato-Rock Hills alumni will host an open house at the former Mankato High School building, 301 N. West, and at the present Rock Hills High School building, 608 E. Madison. 2 to 4 p.m. There will be ahospitality time at the Mankato Community Center building, 214N. High. Mankato, and a banquet will begin at 6 p.m. at the Mankato Community Center building. The Athens and Ionia Alumni will hold a school reunion Sunday, with a potluck meal, 12:30 p.m. in the United Methodist Church Annex, Ionia. The Esbon alumni reunion will be held Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the lormer Esbon High School bUilding; Jewell High School alumni will have an open house Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m., fol- lowed by a banquet that begins at7 p.m. in the Je'wetl Communi6, Center building; Montrose High School alumni will be meeting Saturday at noon at the Rock Hills High School,- Mankato; Formoso Alumni will not be meeting this year but will -meet next year. Randall High School alumni held their meeting over Easter week- end; The Burr Oak-White Rock High School Alumni Banquet will be held at 6 p.m. The classes of 1945, 1950, 1955, 1960 and 1970 have reserved tables. The Lovewell High School alumni will be meeting on June 5 at 5 p.m. at the Vestey Center in Superior. 263. The Jewell County VFW Post and Auxiliary arein charge of the Memo- rial Day services to be held at tile Jewell County Courthouse yard at 9 a.m. and then at Mount Hope Cem- etery, west side of Mankato. The Perry Lamb Uit 386 is m charge of the Esbon Cemetery Memo- rial Day services. 11 a.m The speaker will be Chuck Fogo. Webber Cemetery will be holding a Memorial Day Service. Serving as the color guard will be members of the American Legion and VFW. Superior. Hours for museums in Jewell County open during Memorial week- end are: Palmer Museum. Jewell, Sat- urday,10:30 a.m. to3 p.m.; Jewell County Museum. Mankato, Friday and Thursday 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 2 to 5 p.m.; The Burr Oak Museum, featur- American Legion and Auxiliary, Unit ing the Burr Oak and White Rock High Solid waste director reports glut of trees after wind storm The Jewell County Commissioners copierbroke. She is to get quotes for a each employee will receive a nonce about the no smoking policy with their next paycheck. This concluded office head meeting. David Fullerton discussed current cases. Rex Fischer. general supennten- dent. discussed maintenance. Steve Greene advised of repmrs to roads and tubes that others .had brought to his attenti on. He also said field entrances need attention. Rex discussed used dozers. He said that Fole,. Tractor has a 1997 Cat D6 dozer witll 4.400 hours for $137,000 and a 2006 Cat D6 dozer with 3.300 hours for $175.000. Resolution 10-04 for the appoint- ment of Doyle Rahjes and R. Robert Butler to the board' of directors of the Mid-States Port, Authority was ap- proved by the commissioners. Darrell Miller. county attorney, dis- cussed fingerprint fees for employ- ment purposes and prisoners. He also reviewed bids foi Real Auction Ser- vice. Carla Waugh asked for permis- sion to use ACH payments for ac- counts payable. This is a new option in met Monday. Office head meeting with the fol- lowing were conducted: Jim Vaughan, solid waste director: Gall Bartley. nox- ious weed director: Chris Petet. custo dian, Lynn Scarrow, treasurer; Don Snyder, emergency preparedness di- rector: Anna Morgan-Standley, regis- ter of deeds; Linda Woerner, health nurse: David Fullerton. sheriff, and Rex Fischer. general superintendent. Vaughan reported receiving a lot of trees following the wind storm. Mate- rials Ibr recycling are ready to be shipped out. He asked if the commis- sioners could contact Smith County to request they maintain the road for ac- cess to the landfill. Chris Peter reported the new mower has cut mowing time in hall. He re- ported that he hired Elizabeth Einspahr for the'part-time custodian position. Don Snyder said he plans to attend a meeting. Linda Woerner reported that An- gela Murray will start on June 1. She reported that Deb Hatfield and Julie Mohlman attended the WIC confer- ence. Anna Morgan-Standley said the new copier. Rex Fisher reported on current projects. David Fullerton reported the jail has four prisoners. Carla Waugh reported that the au- ditors were here last week. She said that Melinda Latham certified the real estate and personal property values. The office is working on budget and election preparations. Doyle Alcorn said he attended the anriual county commissioners meeting and the KWORCC meetiflg. Steve Greene said he also attended the annual county commissioners meet- rag. Dwight Frost said he attended the Mid-States Port Authority meeting. Dwight said tile budget is tight so each department needs to be aware of this when preparing the 2011 budget re- quest. He also reminded department headsthat newly hiredem01oyees can't begin Work until pre-employment drug testing results are received. Dwight also advisgd that the statewide no smok- ing policy goes into effect July I. This the financial management program. includes n o smoking within 10 feet of Thecommissionersgavetheirapproval public buildings. Carla Watlgll said totrythisoptiononafewvendors. The i Faro ly remembers fatal plane crash Of 1949 Commissioners discussed the disposal of county owned surplus property. Commissioners accepted Gerald Zimmer Auction and Real Estate's bid of 1 percent of the auction sale price p.lus the advertising costs for the auc- uon of land. Matt Becker will assist the sheriff as auctioneer for the tax sale on June 23 at $75 per hour with a minimum fee of $150. The board abated and remove from the tax rolls'the following mineral rights that have expired: 1/2 mineral rights in W1/2 of 4-1-10:1/2 mineral rights in WI/2 SWI/4SE1/4 & SWl/4of4-3-7; 1/2 mineral right in NEl/4:of 8-3-7:I/2 mineral right-in NWI/a & Wl/2NWI/ 4NE1/4 of 9-3-7 and 1/4 mineral rights in ElI2 of 27-2-7. Chris Petet, Custodian, reported a leak in the bathtub in the old living quarters. He said the water is still on so either the bathtub and sink need to be removed or a shut offvalve be installed The commissmners requested a shut off valve be installed. Larry Wackel telephoned about the pot holes on the road from Webber to the Nebraska state line.. Five Hiawatha men board the Cessna to Denver, which will prove to be their last trip and bind them and the next generation of their families to Jewell County. The Cessna went down in a pasture near Burr Oak in 1949. For Kay Bascom, a daughter of oneof the men aboard, this has led to a long journey and the rediscovery of the site with hetp from aocal airplane enthusiast. plane, which belonged to Joe Bockensetteof Sabetha, Kan. As tbe groupprepared to leave. Clement told them in spite of the alleged hazards of flying, they were safer making the jaunt by air than to risk traveling the rough stretches of U.S. 36. Fog and low visabilit3 forCed, the men to make an emergency qanding in Seneca, where they decided to Continue with the trip in spite of the weather. As the airplane reached Jewell County, the fog must have hampered the pilot's visability as the :area near Burr Oak where the plane crashed was off the intended route. Several Burr For Kay Bascom. Manhattan. this Memorial Day brins thoughts of the fatal airplane crash m Jewell County which took the life of her father and four other men 61 years ago. Two weeks ago, returning to Man- hattan from Nebraska. Kay and her husband. Charles. made the decision to stop m Burr Oak to see if there was anyone who would help her find the accident scene near Burr Oak where her father was killed in a plane crash. Bascom had finally gathered the courage to visit the accident scene of the fatal crash. Kay explained, "It was on a Sunday when we drove into Burr Oak. and I prayed that I would find someone who would know about the crash.' The Bascoms found Rick Warneking, a long-time Burr Oak resi- dent. and inquired as to whether there would be anyone in Burr Oak who would know "about the fifty-year old crash. Kay said, "It didn't take him long to come up with the name Kelly McNichols." McNichols is known lo- cally for his interest in airplanes, par- ticularly older planes with a history or story behind them. Warneking drove the Bascoms to McNichoFs home. McNichols happened to have re- cently been researching the crash when he met the Bascoms. McNichols of- fered tO take the couple to the accidenl scene, but a recent rain kept the three from visiting the pasture where the crash had taken place. Kay and Charles decided to delay the visit and made plans to return to Burr Oak next month. With McNichols help, Kay hopes to finally visit the site. Kay was 17 years old when she lost her father, Dr. Paul E. Conrad. Dr. Conrad, a family physican in Hiawatha and president of the Highway 36 Asso- ciation, had been a long ume supporter of his hometown and was actively pro.- rooting the Highway 36 improvements being made in 1949. Kay remembers family outings on Sunday afternoons to visit construc- tion sites along the highway. "I sus- pect his interest in the highway was because his young brother was killed inn highway accident and he wanted to Mr. Wright was carrying his daugh- ter, CarlaFay. Justbefore they reached the accident scene, the plane exploded. Wright stated in a newspaper inter- view that one engine was almost com- pletely buried in the ground, and the other engine lay near the wreckage. After surveying the scene. Wright realized there were no survivors. Gaso- line had been thrown on the pasture brush andtrees and an area approxi- mately 30 yards 10ng was on fire. Farm- ers working close by arrived 6n the scene, including Clyde Michael, Sheridan Sell Fielden Figgms and Waldo Burgess. The men workedwith buckets fix)m the Wright place, filling them with water from the iiearby creek trymg to put out the-fire. Word spread about the airplane Crash anti lack Morris. Jewetl County Sheriff, arrived at the scene, BecaUse of the moisture. Glenn Hudiburgh used the Wright's tractor to pull in the J.J. appeared in the Jewell County Record either. The remains of the five men were taken from the wreckage and trans- ported to Esbon. Because of the fire, identification of the bodies was unable to be made immediately. Later a small fragment of a leather coat bearing the name Forrest Gore, Hiawatha. was found. Telegraphs were sent to Hiawatha and the men Were all identified. Personal belongings were delivered to Esbon, and the funeral home at Hiawatha sent a vehicle to Esbon to transport the remains back to Hiawatha. The accident scene became a mecca Express Thursday, May 27, 2010 | ing of a Friday, May 20, to attend a U.S. Highway 36 Association Meeting to be held in Denver. The men in- cluded William Clement, a partner in the Cowan Implement Company and the president of the Hiawatha Cham- ber of Commerce, C.C. Jarvis, an Hiawatha automobile dealer. M.E. Scarbrough, a reporter for the Hiawatha World-newspaper. and Forrest Gore Sr.. the manager of the Hiawatha air- port. keep the highways safe," Kay said. Oak area residents reported seeing and Dr. Conrad and four influential hearinfftlreaiilane making soundS as Hiawatha men boarded a twin engine ifit-werehavingengineproblems.Later CessnaBobcatairplaneearlythemorn- reports'caNe in from people in the Mankato area who stated they too had heard an airplane in trouble Clark Calahan. a farmer east of Burr Oak. told the Burr Oak Herald the plane flew low over his place and he thought the engine was not Sounding Tbe:Lyle:W@t family, whotived on a Pirn's0utliwegt of Nbrthbrjich,, had just finished lunch at about 12:30 p.m.. when they heard the sound Of an airplane. Mr: Wright said he saw the. The group planned to stop in St. plane flyover his home and nosedive Francis for another U.S. Highway 36 into.the trees. The plane had crashed "Association meeting before continuing into a rav,neirr, a;pastare, he.rights. to Denver. Gore was the Pilot of the' quieklyt:dtesciedsb.'snioke • . ' ' 71:- : . .: .., - " "' ." : ; for hundreds Of people as they contin- ued to arrive Saturday, Sunday and ,Jew.ell Co. population into the week, despit muddy condi- Droiection shows tionsl The site drew onlookers from as " J far away as Colorado. decline will continue In Hiawatha, news of the crash TheJeweltCountyCommunityDe- spread and town residents were in dis- velopment Association with those Price 50˘ Entered into the mail at Webber, Kansas, and Superior. Nebraska As part of a last day of school relay, Laurel Gant pours water into 20 ounce bottle which Shelby Smith holds on her forehead. Thursday, Rock H ills pre-kindergarten, elementary and middle students participated in the field planned by Two teachers leave Rock Hills Schools Jennifer Knick. vocational agricul- tural teacher at Rock Hills. resigned effective the end of this school year. and will be returning to her home state of Ohio in August. Knick taught in Jewell County I:or six years first for the Mankato Schools and then for Rock Hills Schools. Her future plans are to find a teach- ing position in Ohio and help her par- ents on their farm near Ansonia. Ohio. during their August tomato harvesc Monty Webster, Cawker City, has retired from Rock Hills Schoois. He taught science classes for six years in the White Rock and Rock Hills dis- tricts. He had previously taught at Waconda and Lakeside Schools for 19 years and took an early retirement there before coming to White Rock. Webster is a native of Hanston. Kan. His wife, Kathy, retired as a spe- cial education teacher last year from the Beloit School District. She had taught for 24 years. Webster plans to devote more time to his hobbies of hunting, fishing and traveling. Webster said he enjoyed the people and students and the experi- ence of serving in Jewell County. The teaching positions vacated by Knick and Webster have been ten- tatively filled and will be officially approved at the June school board meeting. Mankato Weather High and Low Temperatures May 16 ............................ 67 42 May 17 ............................... 59 50 May 18 .............................. 70 45 May 19 ............................. 69 45 May 20 ....................... -. .... 58 51 May 21 .............................. 60 50 May 22 .............................. 73 51 Precipitation for week 1.79. Bloodmobile meets quota in Jewell Co. training aeries on organizing a local farmers markets as well as other infor- mation on direct marketing for farm- ers. Tile Kansas Department of Com- merce reported the projected popula- tion for Jewell County in 2030 as being 1.885. Brent McColloush has committed' to attend Leadershi p Mitchell County. Two more people are considering It. A website for the development or- ganization was discussed. Martha Mathews presented inlbrmatmn on sev- eral economic development sites in this region. It was decided to have the June meeting, as scheduled on the 15th as well as the July meeting which will coincide with tile Threshing Bee and the Fair. The group will have a display at the fair. Reinert retires from Esbon post office AnnReinert. temporary officer-in- charge, at the Esbon Post Office is retiring. Her last day on the job will be Friday. She previously served as the post- master relief under Lila Frost. In the combined positions she has served at the Esbon Post Office for 13 years. Ann is a native of Esbon. Ann and her husband. Dennis. lived on a farm north of Esbon for many years. Now their son and family reside on the farm. In 2000 Ann and Dennis moved to Smith Center. She plans to spend more time with her family, including taking in more grandchildren activities• Bob Garman. Burr Oak, has been appointed to fill Ann's position at the Esbon Post Office. Bob is serving the Burr Oak Post Office as the postmaster relief and will continue hi s duties there. school staff. tile deaths of their fathers. Kay and Don were to have their baccalaureate on Sunday and gradua- tion on Monday. Kay, a co-valedicto- rian. had been scheduled to give an address at the graduation. Tile commu- nity discussed postponing graduation, but it was decided to continue as planned. The baccalaureate, gradua- tion. and five funerals were all held within days of the accident. Kay was excused from making her planned graduation address, but re- members it being a very somber and quite event. The funerals were held Monday and Tuesday, with Hiawatha businesses closed those days. Kay said, "It was all a blur. I don't even remember the graduation." She does remember the outpouring of love and sympathy during this hard time. Mes- sages from her father's patients ex- pressed how much her father had been loved and respected. One of her father's greatest achieve- ments came just before his death. Kay said her father, a native of Sabetha. had worked to make it possible for a com- munity hospital to be built in Hiawatha. Previously he had to use nmghboring hospitals for his patients. The town had rallied and the Hiawatha Commu- nity Hospital was in the process of being built when Dr. Conrad was killed. Dr. Conrad's wife. Clara (Beaver. his high school sweetheart, took on the hospital project and continued giving her support. Mrs. Conrad helped lay the cornerstone of the hospital and the hospital was dedicated on May 13. 1951. Mrs..Conrad served as the hospital's first receptionist Hiawatha Community Hospital continues opera- tion today. Mrs. Conrad died in 1991. Kay's brother. Paul R. Conrad, became the editor of the Great Bend Herald Tri- bune for many years. Conrad, cur- rently living in Washington state, plans to return to his hometown this week- end to attend his 65th class reunion. Conrad also plans to visit Scarbrough's brother, a classmate'. As for the other four men that lost Continued to page 9 Cat uses extra life; attends elementary music program By Erma Dillon You've heard the fictional story of cats having nine lives: surely Jarett Yelken'.: cat, Chip, used one of his extra lives when he made a trip from his home east of Northbranch down to Mankato one recent evening. Now Chip isn't the normal cat. He is deaf. has one blue eye and one green eye and just half of one ear. Some of the Yelken family drove their pickup to Mankato to attend the elementary school spring concert. Af- ter the concert was over and most of the crowd had left, the Yelkens headed Young Ambulance. Esbon, which had belief as their hometown doctor, busi- present were Lisa Goodheart. 'Brian been called to the scene. Waldo Par- nessmen, and five of the town's boost- Shulda, Jim Dooley and Martha sons and Flank Dillon, N0hbranch,: ers hadbeen killed: Matthews. The minutes of the previ- also arrived to help to put Out the fire. For 17 year old Kay, her family, ous meeting were read and approved., for the front door only to find Chip A crowd gathered in the pasture., and the families of the four 0ther men, Thefinancialreportwaspresentedand looking in the doors, waiting for his Parsons had taken photos of the wreck the news was devastating Kay and Jim made a motion to approve ex- ,family. but because of a mist and the fog, the Don Clement, son of William Clem- penses and the financial report. Jarett carried him to the pickup pictures were not..clear enough to be ent, were celebrating their coming se- Communications had been received where he proceeded to curl up on the used by the Burr Oak Herald newspa- nior graduations from Hiawatha High about the Kansas Energy Conference floor and sleep all the way home. per when they reported the accident. School. KayandD°nwereattend!nga to be held Oct.12 and 13 in Topeka. Tucked away somewhere on the US Boyd aildGesrge-Putt came from sen n,re a pn', s, Kansas • : . . : Markets pickup he had ridden the 23 miles and'take photos bilt no phiJts nea rcmame r ,( sponsored -a, then tracked Jarett to the school. The American Red Cross Jewell County Blood Drive held on May 6 met its goal for 51 units of blood. Two first-time donors were in tile count of 59 responders. Local ,olunteers included Heleri Ahlman, Marlys Jonson and Margaret Colson as escorts for the donors; Mel Brown, Roger Lindberg, Mahlon McDill and Allen Smith as assistants in unloading and loading the Red Cross truck. Canteen was staffed by the United Methodist Church. Rosalie Menhusen assisted at the registration desk. The City of Mankato provided the use of the former National Guard Ar- mory. Jewell County news available on the internet at