Saturday, November 29, 2014

Boone Area Deaths

     Boone Area Deaths: Bonnie Howe, 81, Boone...........Charlotte Laughlin, 96, Boone. Perry High-35. Telephone operator, bookkeeper, sales clerk and first female mail clerk and carrier in Ames. Boone area survivor is son-in-law Larry "Rabbitt" Wilkening of Boone...........Philip Lynn Brown, 65, Boone.........Eleanor Stocker, 82, Boone. DMACC grad. Earned Nurses Aide degree. Worked in Des Moines as a property manager for many years. Boone area survivor is a daughter, Linda Patterson of Boone......Tom McLaughlin, 69, Boone. Fonda OLGC grad. Worked as a meat cutter. Boone area survivors include his wife, Patty of Boone and brother-in-law Mike Sorenson of Ogden...........Lois  Ohlson, 86, Ogden. OHS-46. Lois and her husband, Dean, operated Ohlson Drug in Ogden for many years............Dwight "AJ" Hagge..............Norma Okerblad, 85, Boxholm and Story City. Whiting IA grad. Taught in Grand Junction. Then, was a homemaker and "park officer's wife" as her husband worked at several parks including Don Williams Park.........Anne Lundahl, 88, Madrid. Maxwell High. Teacher, homemaker and farm wife in rural Madrid. Boone area survivor is her husband, Willard Lundahl of Madrid.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Have a Great Thanksgiving

     Folks are busy and have no time for the old Kornerman. We'll  see if anythng develops for a Saturday edition.
     Be safe and enjoy the holiday.

Saturday, November 22, 2014


     I wish we had better news...........
     John Hinz wrote, "Unfortunately, my sister Liz (Elizabeth Hinz Reiss) died this afternoon (Thursday). She had not been feeling well for the past month. She just turned 74 on November 8. She lived in Bloomfield, NJ for many years where she was still active as a cellist. She is survived by her husband Joel and sons Brian and David, their wives, and four grandchildren. She was a big Mo Kelley fan and loved participating in providing information to you. Best wishes. John."
     Liz was a great Korner contributor and we will miss hearing from her. Our condolences to John and the entire family.
     Boone Area Deaths: Deanna Scott, 71. Boone. BHS-62. Worked at Archway and then for 28 years at Hawkeye Laundry. Boone area survivor is her sister LaVonne Lilly of Ogden..............Walter Riker, 96, Boone. Jordan High-37. A railroad engineer he was also the owner of Iowa Earth Boring Company and was involved from the beginning of the Scenic Valley Railroad.  Boone area survivors include his son, Mike, and a sister-in-law Lois Riker both of Boone...............Bob Hudson, 89, Stratford. He and his wife operated a small grocery in Stratford, he taught at Stratford High briefly and worked over 20 years for Job Service programs in Fort Dodge and Webster City.
     That's it!!
     Worldwide Korner headquarters are located at 710 Aldrich, Boone, Iowa 50036-4703. Phone number is 515-432-1530. To email your stories/memories/comments/SUPPORT........

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Some Updates

     Barb  Buechler Fosdick is a resident of San Diego and former Toreador football standout, Chad Rinehart, plays offensive guard for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League.
     Barb was kind enough to send me some pages of the San Diego newspaper that contained a huge story and picture of Chad. The headline was, "Rinehart Just Looking for Some Consistency."
     Rinehart, 6-5, 321-pounds, who was an All-American at the University of Northern Iowa, came to the Chargers a year ago to begin a two-year contract worth $5.1 million.
     A year ago, he was credited with allowing just one sack, five quarterback hits and 11 "hurries" in 694 snaps. This year, while playing every single down in nine games, he's allowed three sacks, three hits and 17 "hurries" in 594 snaps. He's not happy that those figures are more negative than a year ago, especially since he's healthier this year. He missed six games a year ago with a bad toe. His coach explained that the guards and center are a "team" and this year, Chad has been forced to play with three different centers because of injuries. That isn't the best possible situation. Nevertheless, Chad continues to have a very nice NFL career.
     Here we go again. This item has been the subject of many previous Korners. Davi Mondt Lowman wrote, "there is a facebook page called, "I grew up in Boone, Iowa," and it usually has some good information posted. People keep asking how the Toreador nickname came about. I was told that Ames and Boone played football many years ago and Boone won. Some coach over there said something about "those Boone boys came out there like bulls." Then, someone said they should be called Toreadors and that stuck. Can you enlighten me as to the validity of this story?"
     The way the Kornerman understood it from some old newspaper clippings, it was a Boone vs Marshalltown game in the late 20's and the Marshalltown newspaper made a remark similar to what you (Davi) have mentioned and the Toreadors were born.
     Patty Harris wrote, "Hey, Mo! Thanks again for keeping all current and former Boonites updated on Boone."
     Patty is in Des Moines and seeking a teaching job in the Des Moines school system. She was writing to thank the Kornerman for putting Mike Loehrer in touch with her regarding some very positive information Mike had gathered about her dad, former BHS football coach Merle Harris. The Kornerman  had mentioned that story in the last edition.
     The big show of the year, presented by our own Jamie Aaron Kelley last Saturday night to benefit the Boone Y, was a huge success according to several attendees the Kornerman has visited with.
     Jo and I had tickets but it was a blustery night and there had been ice followed by snow and this guy, the Kornerman, is beyond taking any extra chances of falling this winter. Been there, done that a year ago. As a result, we, although very disappointed, bypassed the concert.
     Our sources tell us Jamie put on a full two-hour show himself before a crowd that filled about 3/4 of the Boone High School auditorium.
    Jamie's dad, Larry, gave us a rundown. He wrote, "the young Boone boy, Hawk McIntyre, went on first and it was his first such appearance and he was nervous. Then, the King sisters from Branson did a medley of 50's songs before singing some Patsy Cline numbers. After intermission, it was all Jamie. As the show was ending, Jamie left by going through the audience, one row at a time, and then back on stage and gone. The audience seemed to love it. We know of about 40 other people or more who had tickets but could not get here from in town or other parts of Iowa. Nine people from Des Moines and 11 from the Ames/Huxley area were among that group."
     Boone Area Deaths: Roger Volker, 80, Ames. Long time ISU teacher. Boone area survivor is his son, Dr. Paul Volker...........Jack Gordon, 77, Nevada, formerly of Boone. BHS-56. Worked at Boone Construction, Wade's Skelley and Redeker's before a long career at the DOT. Was the father of three children with his first wife, Sharon Peterson. Married Betty Jean Tungesvik in 1974 and she survives. The other local survivors are daughter Tammy of Ames, son Ricky of Boone, brother Dean of Dayton and his in-laws, Carroll and Judy Tungesvik of Boone..........Jane Karnik, 71, Ogden, formerly of Boone. Spent most of her life at the Woodward Resource Center. Moved to a group home in Boone in 2005 and Ogden Manor in 2013...........Garold Becker, 82, Spencer, formerly of Boone.........Daniel Jacobsen, 49, Boone. Worked at Heinrich Envelope and Sonoco in Boone and Burke corporation in Nevada. Boone survivors include his wife, Patricia Keahna, daughters Frances Keahna, Nicole, Jessica and Alexis Jacobsen all of Boone and his sister Kathy Vickers of Boone...........Mildred Davis, 90, Fort Dodge, formerly of Boone. Beaver H.S. grad. Moved from Beaver to Boone and Mildred worked at Ward's, on  the farm with her husband and for Boone State Bank. Two sons survive, Richard and Roger.
     Worldwide Korner headquarters are located at 710 Aldrich, Boone, Iowa 50036-4703. Phone number is 515-432-1530. To email your stories/memories/comments/SUPPORT.......


Saturday, November 15, 2014

It Took Time to Complete A Sad Story

     Locals may already know about this but "outsiders," the Kornerman is sure, may be unaware. And, the story goes back almost 10 years.........a time when some of you may have still been in this area and, thus, may have a recollection of the individual involved.
     In October of 2005, the body of a man was pulled from the Des Moines River in Des Moines near a homeless camp. There was $10 in the man's pocket but no identification was present. In the nine years since, officials have still not been able to pin an identity on the individual.........until now.
     In a story on cold cases on a local television station in 2010, an autopsy picture of the man was shown and a lady notified police she thought it might be a picture of her ex-husband. However, police, initially, thought that the body was that of a hispanic male. The lady, not to be denied, contacted police again four years later, even more certain that the individual was her ex-husband.
     It has now been confirmed that the individual was, indeed, Robert Brian McMahon and his remains have been presented to his family.
     If that name sounds familiar it's because McMahon, at one time, had a restaurant in the Livery in Boone. He had increased his culinary skills by attending a school in France prior to coming to Boone. Brian  was part of a family that once operated the Chef's Inn, located on old Highway 30 west of Ames. It is reported that alcoholism robbed him of his business, family and his life. Survivors include his ex-wife, two grown children and two sisters.
     A Korner viewer sent an interesting tidbit about football fans. Taken from facebook, it shows the percentage of football fans in each state who like certain football teams.
     According to this report, Alabama fans top the list at 34-percent, followed by Nebraska at 28, Oklahoma 27, Arkansas and Iowa at 26-percent.
     The internet provides tons of material that could provide columns and columns of Korner "fill." Normally, I bypass that type of material unless it had a local "tie." However, on occasion, something will "strike" the Kornerman sufficiently that I decide to use it. This was interesting to me.
     A very successful businessman disclosed three things he thought were his best tips for success. They are (1) read something nobody else is reading. (2) think something nobody else is thinking and (3) do something nobody else is doing.
     He stated, "the best sermons are lived, not preached."
     You  still have time. The Kornerman is sure that some of you viewers had contact with Gordon Severson,  perhaps as a student/athlete of his at Luther or United Community High. He has also served his Luther community in many positive ways.
     Gordon has his 90th birthday Monday. What a good guy. Please consider sending him a greeting at 8 Boone Street, Luther, IA 50152.
     With the help of the Korner, Mike Loehrer has made contact with a pair of individuals, Gary Long and Patty Harris, he was interested in visiting with.
     In sorting through some memorabilia, Mike came across a program from the very first Shrine Bowl football game (1973) ever played in Iowa and he noted that former Toreador Gary Long played in that game. The Kornerman provided Gary's address etc., Mike contacted him and they had a nice visit as Mike volunteered to send Gary a copy of that program.
     Mike had also wanted to share some information with Patty Harris about her late dad, Merle, the former Boone High School football coach.
     Loehrer was coaching at Rock Island, Alleman High School when they played a game at Geneseo High School in Illinois. He noticed that some of the pre-game drills looked the ones Coach Harris used at BHS. He then discovered that the Geneseo coach was Bob Reade who had been an assistant coach to Merle Harris when both were at Maquoketa High School.
     After a super spectacular career as the head coach at Geneseo, Reade became the longtime and very successful coach at Augustana College in Illinois. His teams there won four consecutive national championships and was runnerup on another occasion.
    After Coach Reade retired, he was honored via a huge reception in Rock Island and used that occasion to speak mostly about Merle Harris and that he "owed him (Harris) everything for any success I have achieved." He talked of Coach Harris character and how much his family mean't to him........not speaking a word of his own success.  Coach Reade indicated he knew nothing about football until he became an assistant to Harris.
     Loehrer didn't think Patty or any of the other Harris siblings knew about this story so he wanted to relate it to them, personally, and by including some newspaper clippings of Coach Reade's reception.
     How many times can the Kornerman say it..........we love it when we can "match" viewers together for positive purposes.
     Boone Area Deaths: Norma Jean Nelson Wright, 87, rural Jefferson. Farmed with her husband for 50 years. Boone survivors include her daughter, Marcia Buckner, and a sister, Phyliss Pevestorf both of  Boone.
     Worldwide Korner headquarters are located at 710 Aldrich, Boone, Iowa 50036-4703. Phone number is 515-432-1530. To email your stories/memories/comments........


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Most Material about Boone and Booneites, Here, There and Everywhere

     The Kornerman really appreciates a recent note from Gary Knox. He informed us that in Hot Rod magazine there was a feature story about a Boone native and BHS graduate. The Korner, of course, is always very interested in receiving information about Booneites or former Booneites who have been cited for various reasons. Through the "heads up" of viewers like Gary, the Korner obtains interesting info that would probably not appear anywhere else locally. We love being exclusive.
     Gary wrote, "this individual is associated with Hot Rod magazine and was featured in the latest issue. He says he is from Boone and his grandpa ran a Skelly gas station. He commuted to ISU and majored in journalism. He loved hot rods as a kid."
     That individual is Jeff Smith, who apparently graduated from Iowa State in 1979. So, he was, perhaps, a BHS grad about 1975. The grandpa mentioned might have been Graham Lane who operated a service station near the intersection of 11th and Story streets. If so, Jeff's parents may have been Graham's daughter, Jo Ellen, and Jerry Smith. We know that Jeff has relatives that remain in the Boone area. None of this "personal" information is in the article. The Kornerman is just attempting to piece things together from info lodged in the back of my head. If I'm wrong with my assumptions, I apologize.
     The article states that Jeff started his career with Petersen Publishing in 1979 as Feature Editor for Car Craft. He then became Editor in 1984 and in 1987, took a job as Editor of Hot Rod for over six years. Jeff then took a break from editorship before Chevy High Performance came calling. He was Editor there from 1998 to 2003 but then returned to Car Craft as the first Editor to hold that title twice, but only for about a year when he moved to his current Senior Technical Editor position. Jeff now spends most of his time focusing on his passion of testing products, building engines, and performing many of the more involved technical stories for Car Craft. He and his wife, Valerye, have two grown children who live here in Iowa. His stable of cars include an evolving number of Chevelles, including his track day and autocross blue '65 Chevelle and his flamed '65 El Camino.
     Jeff has contributed over 625 stories on his work through the years.
     For additional info..........  federated=1
     And then, in the most recent edition, we had mentioned that Boone native and BHS 1961 grad, Jerry Leroy Converse, was to be honored on Veterans Day by having his name added to the ISU Memorial Union Gold Star Hall which honors fallen Iowa Staters, many of whom died in military service in a war zone.
     Jerry, an ISU grad, was killed in 1967 aboard the USS Liberty off the shore of Egypt during the Six-Day war.
     Some of you may have noticed that a huge, complete story about Jerry, including a big picture of him graced the front page of the Veterans Day (Tuesday) edition of the Des Moines Register. The story was titled, "A Proper Tribute," and went into great detail about one of the most controversial attacks in American history.
     Jerry, a tall, 6-6 student with a reputation as a good singer, was an electrical engineering major at ISU.
     In a recent edition, we mentioned that  former BHS student, Sharon Patten Cazett, had been seeking a copy of the 1954 Scroll. Jerry Manriquez read about that in the Korner and he reminds all Korner viewers, including Sharon,  that his website contains numerous old yearbooks for BHS, Sacred Heart and Boone Junior College that can be viewed. He also reminds Mike Loehrer that upon receipt of the material, he would be happy to scan and include his, Mike's,  scrapbook on his web site. Mike had earlier indicated he had some information he would like to present for public viewing but didn't known an avenue for that.
Here's Jerry's website....
     A reminder that tommorrow, Thursday, Jamie Kelley will be appearing on the Great Day program on KCWI-TV in Des Moines at about 8:20 a.m.. He'll be singing some songs and promoting his show to be held this Saturday evening at the BHS auditorium to benefit the Boone Y.
     Any "outsiders," those who can't pull in that Des Moines/Ankeny based TV station, may be able to access his Thursday appearance at....
     P.S. tickets are still available at Eckstein's or the Boone Y for the Saturday night show. Jo and I will be there. Join us.
     We had a quick mention of this in an earlier edition. More details now.
     A Boone teacher, Peggy Watkins, is one of 10 winners of Iowa's 2014 Women of Innovation Awards. The awards were presented by the Technology Association of Iowa last night (Tuesday) in a ceremony at Prairie Meadows Conference Center.
     Peggy received an Academic Innovation and Leadership in Secondary Education award. She's a BHS teacher and has led the development of the virtual reality program at Boone High and Middle School. She has also led a collaboration between entrepreneurs and students on 3-D modeling and animation projects.
     Congratulations Peggy.
     Haven't seen this or, actually, any of today's material in the local newspaper. Keep watching us.
     Boone Area deaths: James McGuire, 97, Des Moines. Worked many years at the D.M. Register. Boone area survivor is his daughter, Mary McGuire of Boone..........Blake Hanel, 59, Boone. BHS-73. Was a railroad employee. Boone area survivors include his wife, Kim, and brother-in-law, Brett Vinchattle, his parents, Darrell and Jane Hanel and sister, Diane Olofson all of Boone, his mother and father-in-law, Dixie and Bob Vinchattle and his sister-in-law, Coleen Collen all of Dayton.......Arlene Campbell Brenneman, 86, Iowa City, formerly of Boone. Born here. A longtime employee of the University of Iowa. No Boone area survivors.
     Worldwide Korner headquarters are located at 710 Aldrich, Boone, Iowa 50036-4703. Phone number is 515-432-1530. To email your stories/memories/comments/SUPPORT.......



Wednesday, November 5, 2014


     Whew! It's finally over. The Kornerman doesn't have to continue sending all my money to my favorite candidates to support their ads. Just kidding of course. Anyway, maybe we can now get back to a semblance of a "regular" life without all this excessive bellowing and badgering.
     Everyone has been busy following the election without much time for the poor old Kornerman (boo hoo). We'll just kind of clean house today.......catching up with a few items we haven't had room for previously.
     Thanks to Nancy Bluhm, Larry Kelley and Mike Loehrer for keeping our head above water this time.
     Actually, the material received from Nancy Jo is brand new this time and Larry has added some additional news about Jamie's upcoming concert.
     We hadn't heard from the former Nancy Jo Smith, who resides in Pennsylvania, for a time but she tells us even though she hasn't written for awhile, she still does read the Korner faithfully and continues to pass it on to others. She indicated she has been battling some health issues but is feeling better now.
     Nancy enclosed an interesting piece of info. It lists the Boone Senior High and Boone Junior College faculty from way back, probably the 50's. The Kornerman certainly sees some familar names.........Absher, Brunner, Bukoff, Crozier, Devaney, Ealy, Handy, Henry, Fitzgerald, Ick, Linderblood, Markwalder, McCartan, Lovell, Pagel, Peer, Roloff, Slosson, Tillson, Ulferts, Woodard, Thorngren. Well, you get the idea. Very interesting.......some real memory makers.
     Here's the latest on the Jamie concert. Thursday, November 13, Jamie and his band will appear on Des Moines TV channel 23, KCWI-TV, at about 8:20 a.m. on the Great Day program.
     Also, Jamie's lead guitar player, Michael Goodman, will be performing a solo acoustic show on Friday night, November 14, in Boone at the Southside Club at about 7 p.m.. Michael does a Johnny Cash impression among other things and there will be karaoke.
     Michael's appearance is just the night before Jamie's big show at the Boone High Auditorium on Saturday night, November 15. Some tickets are still available. A few VIP tickets and other general admission tickets. They can be obtained at Eckstein's and the Boone YMCA.
     This concert is a fundraiser for the YMCA. Jo and I have our tickets.
     Noticed that a Boone woman, Samantha Reinsch, placed eighth among all Iowa entrants in the recent New York City Marathon. Her time was 3:43.37......that's three hours folks. Anyway congratulations to Samantha.
     Mike Loehrer wrote, "I was a nine year old on the 1955 Giants Little League team and played a special position, anyplace I couldn't get hurt. The K.C. Giants, according to your stats, won the first four L.L. titles, 1955-58. I wish I could locate the L.L. scrapbook I have somewhere. And, I have many things like that I could donate somewhere. When Steve Roeder and Dick Musser turned 60, I mailed the 1963 State Basketball Tournament program to them, had saved them all these years. I, of course, still have one for myself. That's only the beginning of my memorabilia."
     Boone Area Deaths: Darlene Wullenwaber, 86, Jefferson, formerly of Boone. BHS-46. Lived in Jefferson 64 years. Boone area survivors include brothers, Melvin, Vern and Marvin all of Boone.......
Stanley Paulson, 66, Des Moines. Services and burial in Ogden............Judy Lynne Stagner, 70, Goodson, MO., formerly of Boone. Worked for the government for 25 years. Had lived in recent years on a  small farm. Her parents were Russell and Beverly LaMoile Muench and her sister, who survives, is LaMoile Muench Jones, BHS-58............Dennis Burkhart, 70, Ogden. OHS-62. Farmed and also worked at Quinn's in Boone. Boone area survivors include a son, Bradley of Ogden and a sister, Nyla Good of Boone...........Jon Kemmerer, 69, Ely, formerly of Boone. BHS-grad. Worked at newspapers, the Cedar Rapids Gazette and BNR...........Helen Olson, 93, Clear Lake, formerly of Boone. She and her husband, Soren, operated a bakery in Boone for a number of years. In retirement, lived in Arkansas and Clear Lake. Boone area survivors include her daughters Audrey Knight of Boone and Susan Knippel of Ames.
     Worldwide Korner headquarters are located at 710 Aldrich, Boone, Iowa 50036-4703. Phone number is 515-432-1530. To email your stories/memories/comments.........

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Short and Scary

     Our neighbors across the way, Nikki and Tim Mullins, did it annual and wonderful contribution to our community and it's youngsters. Their Halloween display was as big and scary as ever. The Kornerman has had no report yet on this year's attendance but I understand they had some 700 visits a year ago.
     The Kelley's had their share too........a new record. We had over 100 visits and, of course, we are "easy pickin's" since we are just a couple hundred yards from the BIG display. The traffic around this area grows immensely on Halloween night.
     It's certainly not a drawn out affair. I'm sure their are some measures that can be taken, somewhat, in advance but most of the display is put up throughout THE day. Then, just as quickly, it disappears.
     The Korner congratulates and thanks the Mullins for another great display.
     Ross Hanson, Nikki's brother, comes down from Wisconsin to help with the Halloween project and the Kornerman was pleased that Ross took time to knock on our door for a great visit.
     In retirement, he lives where he has lived for several years, in Fond du Lac, although he also has a business with his "significant other" in the Philippines and spends part of his year there requiring several trips back and forth. No, he has no fear of the lengthy flying and yes, many of the far east countries he visits, or at least flies through, are "much like the USA although a few steps behind."
     Ross and Nikki's dad, Mel, who is very well known in our community, especially for his early work with getting the Scenic Valley Railroad underway, is pretty much a full-time resident of Chandler, AZ now.
     John Kueck offered, "I heard on the radio that it was today that the first domestic microwave ovens went on sale to the public. American consumers were now able, if they wished, to blow $1,295 (a lot in those days) on the Tappan RL-1, complete with glass shelf and recipe card drawer. Tappan evidently wasn't expecting much of a rush in the shops, they only bothered manufacturing 34 of them. That reminded me that not too long after that, I saw a microwave oven demonstration at Duffy's Appliance store. Rick Barry's mother, Rusty, worked there and Rick and I stopped in to see his mom. They had a new microwave oven they were demonstrating. I remember being amazed that they cooked bacon in 90 seconds."
     Sharon Patten Cazett stopped at Larry Kelley's house thinking Larry was the Kornerman. What!! The gist of the visit was that Sharon is interested in obtaining a 1954 Boone High School scroll. She was in seventh grade that year but would like to own a scroll from her time in school.
     Larry wondered if I had any ideas. The library may have a rather complete compilation of scrolls but probably wouldn't release any. The Kornerman hasn't had time to check out the basement (since my accident, I'm not allowed down those stairs) but I may have one, I'm not sure. I was going to Boone Junior College that year, my first after graduating from BHS in 1953.
     Boone Area Deaths: Richard Nichols, 77, rural Boone. Grew up in Colorado. Was a farm hand in Marshall County and worked at Kiowa Foundry in Marshalltown starting in 1956. In 1964, purchased land in Boone County. Farmed and also worked at Quinn's, for Hallett Construction and did deliveries for Boyd's Dairy. At it's peak, his Steep N' Deep ranch was home to up to 200 head of Angus cattle as well as several horses. Boone area survivor is a daughter, Jacki Moore of rural Boone.
     Worldwide Korner headquarters are located at 710 Aldrich, Boone, Iowa 50036-4703. Phone number is 515-432-1530. To email your stories/memories/comments...........