Draft notice delayed wedding plans
Sixty-five years ago, Feb. 5, 1951, John and Rosalie Edwards,
Jewell, were married in a simple ceremony with only immediate
family in attendance. John and Rosalie had planned to get married
in the spring of 1951 but because of circumstances they couldn't
control the spring wedding was changed to a winter wedding.
"We were planning to get married in the spring but John received his draft notice. Two weeks after receiving his notification, we were married and then he left Feb. 12 for Kansas City where he was inducted into the Army and served in the artillery," said Rosalie.
The wedding ceremony took place at the Lutheran church in Norway. Attending the wedding were just the immediate family members, a brother, Bill Edwards and wife Evelyn who stood up with John and Rosalie, Rosalie's parents, Elda and Harry Buer; her grandparents, Wilbur and Mary Kelly and Amelia Buer, and John's parents, Howard and Nellie Edwards.
After John left for his induction, Rosalie stayed at home with her parents and helped her mother. When John got to Ft. Sill, Okla., probably three months later, Rosalie joined him there and the two have been together ever since.
The Edwards first date was in July 1950. It was a blind date, set up by John's best friend who was dating Rosalie's cousin.
"The two of them were dating at the time and they would always take me along on their dates. I was 25 at the time and they set my up with high school girls or girls just out of high school and I didn't like that very much, felt like I was robbing the cradle. I wanted to date someone older," said John.
John got his wish when he was set up for a blind date with Rosalie Buer who lived in Norway and was 21 years old.
"The first few times we double dated with them and after that it was just the two of us. By the third of fourth date I told my folks that's the guy I'm going to marry. John didn't know it yet. One night he was taking me home from a date in Beloit and as we were driving over the hills towards my house John said "I think we ought to get married," said Rosalie.
Having graduated from Courtland High School, Rosalie attended Bethany College for two years and then transferred to Kansas State College. By this time she had met John and wanted to get married.
"Dad said one more year of college or I couldn't get married," said Rosalie. So one more year it was and she completed that in December, 1950.
After John got out of the service, they moved back and settled on a farm north of Ionia where they lived for a year. In 1954 they moved a mile east and one and a half miles north of Jewell into their present home where they have lived for the last 62 years.
"This was my grandfather's place who moved here in 1872. Dad bought the place which came with 80 acres of land and then I bought it from him in 1955," said John.
John settled into farming with his father. They feed cattle year round and raised crops. The two men attended cattle sales all over the area.
Rosalie settled into becoming a typical farmer's wife, cooking, cleaning, raising the children and gardening.
"I raised vegetables and other things but the main thing I planted and raised was tomatoes. I canned between 60 and 70 quarts of tomatoes a year. One year I put up more than 100 quarts," said Rosalie.
She also enjoyed flower gardening which is evident inside her home today as she still has many potted plants.
"I quit raising flowers a few years back. It became to hard for me to do," said Rosalie.
Did she sew?
"Oh my yes, I wore out two sewing machines," said Rosalie.
She made most of the girls dresses, including two wedding dresses, prom dresses and other clothes. After the girls were gone from home, she made decorative pillows.
She also worked outside the home. For 22 years Rosalie was employed at the Girls Industrial Youth Center in Beloit. She was a supervisor of one of the cottages. In 1993, at the age of 63, Rosalie retired.
"When she first started, she worked the night shift so she would be home and sleep during the day. The kids and I fended for ourselves, but it wasn't long before she was working days," said John.
The family seldom bought new furniture. John attended auctions with his dad. Before Rosalie started working outside the home, John and Rosalie went to work refinishing all of their furniture. After the wood was refinished whatever had to be recovered, like the overstuffed chairs, settees, couches, and the like were taken to the Hancock Upholstering business in Mankato for the finishing touches.
"All of our furniture has been bought at auctions and refinished. All of the woodwork throughout our home has all been striped and refinished," said John. "It took us 10 to 15 years to complete the job. It was a lot of work but it was fun."
Outside of farming, John enjoyed his time spent attending livestock sales and auctions.
They are members of the Methodist church in Jewell and both have taught Sunday School. John sang in the church choir before his eyesight failed him and he couldn't read the music. They also were members of a card club called Chit Chat where they played the game 'pitch' with other couples from around the area.
Rosalie and John raised four children. Virginia, the oldest, is married and lives in Seattle, Wash. She has a daughter. Dick is married and lives in Jamestown but has no children. Cheryl is married and lives in Kansas City, Kan. She has two daughters. David is married and lives in Concordia. He has two boys.
Things have slowed for John and Rosalie and they are taking life one day at a time.
Rosalie fell and is still recuperating from a broken shoulder. The shoulder has since healed but the strength in it has not returned.
John has retired from farming and is "mainly giving out advice" to son Dick who has taken over the farming.
As far as being married and staying married for 65 plus years, they had little advice to offer.
"I never wanted to leave him. We got along real well to begin with and it just carried on. He is a great man," said Rosalie.
As one wonders what did they do when they were mad at each other,the answer is simple.
"We didn't stay mad very long. I think the secret for a happy, long marriage is to share lots of compassion and lots of forgiving," said John.
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picks liability insurance provider
The Rock Hills School Board met Monday. Those present were Brenden Wirth, Bobi Fogo, Todd Mauerhan, Janelle Greene, Lori Slate, Ervin Underwood, Nadine Smith, Sam Meyers, Bob Roush, Billie Cox, Sara Grout, Lori Yelken, Josh Burks, Darrell Conrade and Lynette Bartley.
Board members reviewed the proposals submitted for liability insurance for the school district from Citizens States Agency in Jewell and Conrade Insurance Agency in Newton. Josh Burks, Citizens State Agency, and Darrell Conrade, Conrade Insurance Agency, were present to answer any questions regarding their proposals. The proposal from Citizens State Agency for the district's liability insurance was approved for the term of Feb. 18, 2016, to Feb. 17, 2017, at a renewal rate of $40,526. The vote was 6-1, with Todd Mauerhan casting the opposing vote.
The board also approved an agreement for internet service with Cunningham Cable for 2016-2017 at a cost of $13,586.57 (hardware) and $24,360 (maintenance).
In his maintenance report, Bob Roush, facilities director, said he has been approached by patrons wanting a key to the practice gym to shoot baskets or walk. Roush said he told the patrons the district no longer allows that because they don't have the staffing to oversee the evening and weekend hours.
Sam Meyers, junior-senior high school principal, said he requested a quote from Huffman's Floor Covering in Smith Center to carpet three rooms at the junior-senior high school this summer the broadcast room, the meeting room and the social worker's office.The proposal for carpeting all three rooms is $3,208.98. The carpeting proposal was approved.
The board opened the one bid received by the deadline regarding the posting of the 21.17 acres of brome grass published for two weeks in the Jewell County Record. The bid of $980 for a one-year period submitted by David Warne was unanimously approved.
It was announced that parent-teacher conferences will be held district-wide today (Thursday) from 2:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The board convened in executive session to discuss matters affecting students. Those included in the private session were Lori Yelken, Bobi Fogo, Todd Mauerhan, Brenden Wirth, Lori Slate, Janelle Greene, Ervin Underwood, Sam Meyers and Nadine
Smith. No action resulted from this executive session.
The board also met in executive session twice to discuss non-elected personnel, with the following action taken afterward: The work agreement hours for Laurie Neilson will commence at 9 a.m. and conclude at 5:30 p.m. effective immediately and for the rest of the 2015-2016 school year.
The board met two more times in executive session to discuss non-elected personnel. No action resulted from these executive sessions.
There will be a special meeting scheduled to open and possibly approve bids regarding the elementary school HVAC project on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 1:30 p.m. at the district office in Mankato. Additional items may be added to the as needed.
The next regular meeting of the Rock Hills Board of Education will be at 7 p.m. on March 14 at the district office in Mankato.
Jewell County has 'old time blizzard'
For the first time this year, Jewell County and surrounding
areas dealt with what has been called an "old time blizzard."
At times last Tuesday and Wednesday, visibility was poor. This
storm pretty well shut things down to a snail's pace.
School for USD 107 was cancelled for Tuesday and Wednesday. Mankato Livestock Auction did not have a sale Friday.
The amount of snowfall varied throughout the county. Once again, going south on Highway 14, the amount of snowfall changed at the top of the Jewell hill. Amounts varied throughout with the least around four inches to the upwards of 13 inches in the northern part.
Jewell County Road Department crews have been out working on roads as the melting snow has allowed them to have their equipment out on them and in operation. Roads are continuing to be opened.
KDOT had crews out Monday night and started plowing roads around 2 a.m. and continued to plow all over the county clear through late Wednesday afternoon. The snow was very wet and hard to move. Then the winds came and blew what had been moved from the roads back onto the wet surfaces and crews fought the drifting. Very little material was used on this storm. For this department Tuesday night was the worst of the storm as the winds picked up and blew snow back onto the wet highways causing a lot of drifting.
Mankato city crews were out around midnight last Tuesday to clear off the emergency snow route in Mankato and this was the start of a very long few days for the crew. Around 3:30 a.m. Mankato had their first electrical power outage. From that time and into the evening Tuesday night, between the wind and downed cedars the city had five outages. One of the outages, around 11 a.m., shut down half of Mankato. Tuesday the crew pretty well worked straight through to keep up with the storm taking little time for lunch shutting it down around 5 p.m. The following day they were back at it again and worked until around 6:30 to 7 p.m., clearing more snow and drifts. After the streets were bladed, salt and sand was distributed with intersections taking priority. This Tuesday, the last of the drifted snow was moved and some of the unwanted piled up snow was taken care of.
Rolling Hills crew received their first call around 5 a.m. Tuesday morning, Feb. 2, of no service. During the storm period Rolling Hills lost three poles in Jewell County, with service lost off and on throughout Jewell and Smith counties. Some farmers helped the trucks get through to the affected areas. The last truck returned to the Mankato shop around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Daylight Friday morning found residents of the Mankato area thinking their eyes were not seeing what they thought. With no expected snow in the forecast the white stuff was coming down and continued until around 9 a.m. with very little to no accumulation.
Now, the snow continues to melt, refreeze and has turned to ice, making walking very treacherous. On some of the side streets in Mankato, particularly the south side of the 100 block of East Main Street, the gutters are full of ice and several feet into the street is a solid sheet of ice. With the lack of sunshine reaching this side of the street it will be spring, which is just 38 days away, before most of this ice is gone.
Historical society reschedules Erickson talk
Howard Erickson, professor emeritus of physiology and history
of veterinary medicine at Kansas State University, was scheduled
to be the guest speaker at the Jewell County Historical Society
meeting planned for Jan. 21. Because of a snow storm, the meeting
was postponed. Erickson is now scheduled to be the guest speaker
at the meeting planned for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at the
Rock Hills Junior-Senior High School Little Theater. The meeting
is open to the public.
The title of Erickson's presentation will be The Horse Whims, Teamboats, Treadwheels, Horse Train and Treadmills: The Horse in Agriculture, Industry and Transportation.
Erickson earned his bachelor of science and doctor of veterinarian medicine degrees from KSU and his PhD degree from Iowa State University. Following his retirement from the United States Air Force, he returned to KSU and joined the Department of Anatomy and Physiology and focused on teaching cardiopulmonary physiology to veterinary students and researching the cause and prevention of exercise induced pulmonary hemorrhage in running animals. Erickson has won many teaching and research awards both from K-State and nationally.
At the conclusion of Erickson's presentation, coffee and refreshments will be served. The Jewell County Historical Society will hold their annual meeting following refreshments.
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