Saturday, December 31, 2016


     In our last edition, we mentioned the names of several of our viewers that we hadn't heard from for some time.
     A few of those came "out of the woodwork."
     Not only is that bird house alive, Wanda Lingren is too. She emailed with the banner, "Yes, I am Alive and Well." "Surprised to see my name. We are in Texas for the winter. I still read you every Wednesday and Saturday. Most of the things I see are something I know nothing about to contribute to. I am not a young chicken, but a little too young to remember a lot of what was going on in Boone way back when. But, I do enjoy reading about it anyway. We still do take the Thursday Boone News Republican, but only because it has the TV guide in it. I think the Ogden paper does a much better job. At least it takes longer to read it. We figured that $1.00 a week to get the guide was much cheaper than buying one at the store. I don't care what happens in Ames and there's too much in there (the BNR) about Ames. We live in West Boone and never had the shopper delivered to us once all last year. We love garage sales, so we need the shopper but now can't even pick up one at the convenience stores. Keep up the good work,we need you now more than ever."
     Laurie Erbe Maurer, BHS-71, wrote, "Bill Wallace alerted me to your mention of me so I thought I'd better send a comment. We 4 "Erbe girls" as we are often referred to, were in Boone this past July for the wedding of Susan Thorngren and Dave Reed. Of course, we had to drive through McHose Park and visit Cap Erbe Park. One thing we always do when in Boone is get some AE cottage cheese (best anywhere), AE dip and Fastco chips. We also made a stop on the way back to the airport at Kammin's sweet corn stand to bring home some Iowa sweet corn. We all enjoy reading KK. Thanks for keeping it going."
     The Kornerman knows this is a busy time but we hope some others we mentioned will also find time to respond to get back "in touch."
     Meantime, Mary Casserly Mowrer, BHS-56, said she and her sister, Alice Casserly Murken, BHS-54, were trying to think of who Ron Flockhart married. The Kornerman was able to answer that one. Ron's wife is Kay Honohan Flockhart. Both Ron and Kay are BHS-50 grads. And, of course, the Flockhart's daughter is Calista Flockhart, who has been a celebrated Hollywood movie actress for many years and is married to another Hollywood celeb, Harrison Ford. Someone out there in Kornerland may remember, when, in her youth, Calista spent some time each summer in Boone visiting her grandparents, Harold and Ev Honahan.
     Sorry to hear of the death of Larry Paulsen's wife, Pat. We had just listed Larry, BHS-61, in the last edition as someone we hadn't heard from for some time. Sandy Crandell, BHS-59, had seen Larry's name in the Korner and wanted to let us know of the death. She said, "that might explain his absence. Its my understanding his wife was in a rehab center after a recent hospitalization."  Her obituary stated the death of the 77 year old was unexpected due to cardiac issues. In addition to Larry, a daughter and step-daughter are among the survivors.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS:  Lonnie Nichols, 52, Boone..........David Crocheck, 59, Boone.......Sarah Tinker, 33, Atlanta, GA. Boone area survivor is her grandmother, Linda Baer of Madrid.
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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Its Alive. The Bird House is Alive

     The Kornerman was lamenting what we thought was the loss of the bird house, which for years had been located high above the southwest corner of Park Avenue and South Story Street. What made this bird house so unique was the fact that it was built to duplicate the house, itself, that stands on that corner. Aside from the size difference, the house, itself, and the bird house were identical twins.
     Alas, Janelle Henry tells us, "that bird house has been all over the country. It started out at the corner, then moved to the house next door when that house was built. Then, it moved to another "outside" location before coming back to Boone. It is at that house but is in the side yard and may not be seen from the street. I heard this whole story about the bird house when I looked at the real house once when it was for sale."
     I, the Kornerman, did drive by and took a look-see but yes,  I was unable to view it from the street.
     Its almost the end of another year and most HUGE or is it YUGE operations like the Korner offer a year-end report to their constituents. So here goes: Its rather hard to determine but the Korner seems to become a regular "stop" twice a week for 400-500 viewers. The latest check reveals that 5,005 folks have taken a look in the last month. Overall, since we started the online version on March 6, 2010, there have been 287,602 views.
     Since things are a bit slow right now, I'm thinking of doing something I've considered at various times before. In looking through my files, I notice so many names of viewers, or I guess former viewers at one time or another, that we haven't heard from for some time.  Some of them may simply be too busy with work and family, some may have been "turned off" by this project.....maybe even mad at us for some reason. I don't know. Anyway, the thought of their absence spurs my curiosity, if for no other reason, just wondering if these folks are still alright. I don't want to think about the worst alternative.
     So, I've decided to list a few we haven't heard from for awhile (in some cases, quite awhile.) It would be great to hear from them again or, at least, hear that they are enjoying a wonderful life, even without us.
     Where have you been?.....Lauren Taylor, Larry Paulsen, Larry Jackson, Linda Caldwell, Marsha Wilson, Wanda Lingren, Bill Clark.
     Are you O.K.?......Tony Riker, Paul Jackson, Dick Chamberlain, Patty Harris, Priscilla Thomsen, Peter Wirth, Jon Wilson, Mike Elsberry, Bill Olson, H. Stradlater, Laurie Maurer.
     There are more but I'll stop right there for now but may add to the list sometime later. You're all part of the Korner's history and we care about you. Just wondering?
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Dr. Enfred Linder, 92, formerly of Ogden. Served as a doctor in Ogden for 34 years prior to retirement in 1988.........Delmar Gifford, 96, Boone. Moved to Boone in 1975 to work for the railroad as a dispatcher. A charter member of the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad..........Glenda Jones, 70. Lived in Boxholm for a time, then settled in Pilot Mound in 2003. Boone area survivor is her husband, Stan Jones, of Pilot Mound...........Herrald Rickey, 90, Ogden. Born near Woodward. Worked for Northern Natural Gas for 37 years. Services in Ogden and burial near Woodward.........Mary Anderson, 73, Garner, formerly of Boone and Pilot Mound. Worked at Heinrich Envelope for 23 years. Boone area survivor is a sister, Darlene Sego, of Ogden. Services in Boone and burial in Pilot Mound.
     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, December 24, 2016

Best Wishes to All

     The ENTIRE  Korner staff extends best wishes to all our viewers, near and far, with the hope that you will all enjoy a wonderful holiday season with family and friends.
     Jim Harken, BHS-91, wrote, "I'm trying not to be so busy that lots of great memories get past me. Having three little ones, we're all excited for Christmas. Their thoughts of Santa and getting to teach them about the birth of Jesus, it is truly a special time. I have lots of great Christmas time memories of good old Boonetown. Sledding on killer hill at McHose Park. Christmas programs, caroling and the candle light service on Christmas Eve at First Presbyterian.The luminaries along Story Street on Christmas Eve. The lights and displays at the Athletic Association during the holiday season. Shopping in the stores downtown with all the decorations and the Christmas music playing. Snow piled in the middle of the streets downtown. Singing in the choir and playing trumpet with the band and orchestra in the Winter Concert at school. "Coming home" to mom and dad's house as I got older, married and had kids. So many good times and good memories."
     Thanks to Kathleen Wheelock for the nice ecard holiday greeting and very special thanks to Jack Kelly, BHS-58, from clear out in Locust Grove, VA. for his Peanuts Christmas greeting card. Jack wrote, "I'm a loyal fan of your blog and enjoy hearing about the people and places in my hometown."
     Question of the Week: The Kornerman was traveling south on South Story and all at once, it hit me. It is gone.  Dr. Whitaker had lived on the southwest corner of Park Avenue and South Story and, for years, I was accustomed to seeing, on that corner, a bird house that replicated the Whitaker home. It looked exactly like it. Now its gone.......and, the question is...."how long have I been asleep?" "how long has it been gone?" Many years I imagine but the Kornerman just never paid that much attention before.......kind of took it in stride. But, suddenly, the other night, that bird house came to mind again.
     Loren Frazier, BHS-58, had some thoughts on the material some visionaries have provided that we have been passing on to our viewers. Loren wrote, "they said that 70-percent of us will have smart phones and also that people will not need cars as they will use those phones to call for a car to pick them up. I assume that the 30-percent without smart phones will be us septuagenarians and octogenarians and nonagenerians so we will not be calling for a car, but we probably, due to force of habit (commonly called stubborness), will still be driving our own cars. This may end up increasing the accident rate rather than decreasing it as the information suggests. Just kidding. I really think older drivers do a better job at it than younger people, especially those concentrating more on their phones than their driving. Another comment. The need for a facial expression reading app to tell if a politician is lying is a completely unnecessary product. Already, we can tell if a politician is lying by just observing if his/her lips are moving. If they are, he/she are lying. And, finally, the reduction of the number of lawyers by 90-percent would, undoubtedly, be a good thing."
     Vern Modeland, BHS-50, wrote, "you muse about the future", "our kids will never own a car and will never have a driver's license."" I thought we were already there."
     Here's this edition's more complete dose of that material. "The Tricorder X price will be announced next year. There will be companies who will build a medical device (called the "Tricorder" from Star Trek) that works with your phone. It scans your retina and your blood sample and you breathe into it. It then analyzes 54 biomarkers that will identify nearly any disease. It will be so cheap, that, in a few years, everyone on this planet will have access to world class medicine, almost free."
     Then too, "electricity will become incredibly cheap and clean. Solar production has been on an exponential curve for 30 years but you can only now see the impact. Last year, more solar energy was installed worldwide than fossil fuels. The price for solar will drop so much that all coal companies will be out of business by 2025. With cheap electricity comes cheap and abundant water. Desalination now only needs 2kWh per cubic meter. We don't have scarce water in most places, we only have scare drinking water. Imagine what will be possible if we can have as much clean water as we want, at almost no cost."
     The Kornerman says, "the thing that strikes me is that many of these things mentioned by these visionaries as future possibilities seem to point toward the elimination of many, many "human" jobs. Think of the effect that might have?"
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: None to report.
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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

A Good Plan

     In answer to last week's Korner whining, Loren Frazier, BHS-58, wrote, "I understand your frustration, not being able to get the grocery ads. I gave up on print newspapers a few years ago when I got a letter from our local rag that they were going to charge me extra for the "black Friday" edition to cover their cost of the large amount of ads. I called them and pointed out that I was sure the companies placing the ads had already paid that cost and I was not willing to "overpay" the newspaper. In the same call, I cancelled my subscription. This was with both the Council Bluffs Nonpareil (daily, six days a week) and the Omaha World Herald. I still peruse their online offerings and find that enough to keep me informed of local events. Regarding the grocery ads, I shop nearly exclusively at Fareway. I signed up on their website and each week, they send me an email with a link to their weekly ad. I click on the link and make my shopping list. They, occasionally, have coupons you can print out. I assume HyVee has a similar availability on their website."
     The Kornerman says that sounds like a good and more reliable plan. I'm sure the stores will gladly supply their website information. Like it or not, the "online era" is underway. I just read that the 50-percent mark has been passed. Just over half of America now relies "online" for many or most of their daily information needs.
     The Kornerman's remembrance of eating on road trips while a Toreador athlete garnered a couple responses. Doug Miller, BHS-71, wrote, "I remember when our basketball team traveled to Tama-Toledo, that was the only time we had  a  post-game meal. Never did we have a pre-game meal. I also remember traveling with the golf team and I believe we were given a sack lunch. Kind of forgot about those days until you brought it up in the Korner."
     Mike Loehrer, BHS-64, added, "Not often, but once in awhile the football team ate after games. The obvious trips were to Grinnell and Oskaloosa but I do remember we did eat once at Marshalltown. Maybe its because we won, 14-7, and if I'm not mistaken, that guaranteed the CIC 1963 championship. It was a big deal for most of the guys because they were able to order steak. But, for seven or eight of us, who happened to be Catholic, we munched down on fish sticks since the church rules were somewhat different in the 60's."
     Last edition, we very briefly presented several predictions visionaries had posed regarding our countries future in "everyday living." Several viewers expressed interest in that. As a result, we'll go into more detail, today and in future editions, about what is called the Fourth Industrial Revolution or "Welcome to the Exponential Age."
     With the advent of self-driving cars, the visionaries say that around 2020, the complete industry will start to be disrupted. Quoting, "you don't want to own a car anymore. You will call a car with your phone, it will show up at your location and drive you to your destination. You will not need to park it, you only pay for the driven distance and can be productive while riding. Our kids will never get a driver's license and will never own a car. This will change the cities, because we will need 90-95 percent fewer cars for that. We can transform former parking space into parks. 1.2 million people die each year in car accidents worldwide. We now have one accident every 100,000km but with autonomous driving, that will drop to one accident in 10 millionkm and a million lives each year will be saved. Most car companies might become bankrupt. Insurance companies will have massive troubles because, without accidents, insurance will become 100x cheaper."
    Wow! As wild as that may sound, just think..........television, smart phones, internet.......they've all "come out of the woodwork" in my lifetime.
     Barry Wills, BHS-58, sent me some "Ramblings of a Retired Mind." (1) Application blanks always ask who is to be called in case of an emergency. I think you should just write, "an ambulance." (2) I was thinking women should put pictures of missing husbands on beer cans. (3) I spent a fortune on deodorant before I realized people didn't like me anyway. (4) I was thinking about how a status symbol of today is those cell phones everyone has clipped onto their belt or purse. I can't afford one, so I'm wearing my garage door opener.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Gale Mangus, 86, BHS-49. Passed away in late September. His wife, Marilyn Otis Manges, BHS-49, had passed away in 2013. Survivors include former Boone residents, a brother-in-law, Bill Otis, and a sister-in-law, Judy Otis.........Donald Schoof, 94, Boone. Don and his wife, Verna, now deceased, moved to Boone in 1964 and he began work at ISU. Was there 25 years prior to retirement.........Royal Fortune, 88, Born in Boone and attended grade school in Boone.........Donna Perry, 88. Lived at the Cedars in Madrid prior to living her last year at Westhaven in Boone.......Dixie Danielson, 84, Madrid. Was an honored poet. She and husband, Virgil, deceased, were lifelong residents of Madrid........Emma Olson, 92. Boone area survivor is a grandson, David Romp, of Boone.......Harold Dunkelberger, 89, Formerly of Pilot Mound/Boone. Attended Boxholm schools before graduating from ISU. Was married in Boone and was a farmer. His wife, Nanette Pestotnik Dunkelberger, survives. She lives at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown. Boone area survivors include son, Dave, of Ames and son-in-law, Jay Clausen, of Boxholm.
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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Improved Service??

     NEWS FLASH: Aside from the one-day-a-week (Thursday) news publication, the "new" Boone News Republican promised a free Wednesday shopper that, supposedly, is hand delivered to everybody's door. Jo likes the shopper because it leans toward the weekend grocery store ads. However, in the Kelley's case, home delivery is a hit-or-miss proposition. It was missed again this week. In other such times, the Kornerman could pick up a copy at one of the grocery stores or a convenience store. This time, three separate attempts at that failed. So, I called and was  told, "we don't supply them in the racks at stores around town anymore. However, you can pick one up at our office." Just thought you  locals would like to know. I guess this is part of that "improved service" we were assured of, as stated by the letter subscribers received when the switch to a one-day newspaper was disclosed.
     The Kornerman loves reading/hearing ideas from visionaries about the possibility of future industrial changes in this country.
     For example, it is pointed out that what has happened to Kodak will, no doubt, be happening to a lot of other industries in the next 10 years. In 1998, Kodak had 170,000 employees and sold 85-percent of all photo paper worldwide. But, within just a few years, their business model disappeared and Kodak went bankrupt. Paper film disappeared and digital cameras were invented and have improved.
     The article further states that software will disrupt most traditional industries in the next 5-10 years. Basic legal advice can now be obtained in seconds with great accuracy meaning there will be 90-percent less lawyers in the future, with only specialists remaining....... By 2030, computers will become more intelligent than humans........ In 2018, the first self-driving cars will appear publicly and around 2020, the complete auto industry will start to be disrupted. You won't want to own a car. You call a car via phone, it picks you up and takes you to your destination. Kids will never get a driver's license and never own a car......... As a result, cities will change. Ninety percent fewer cars will be needed. Thus, fewer parking places will be needed and there will be less vehicle accidents. Without accidents, insurance companies will suffer. Electric cars are forecast to become mainstream by 2020. Less noise will be noticed......... Electricity will become incredibly cheap and clean. Last year, more solar energy was installed worldwide than fossil fuels. Cheap electricity will result in cheap and abundant water.......A medical device is being developed that works with your phone for analysis that will quickly identify nearly any disease......... Politicians beware! By 2020, there will be apps that can tell by our facial expressions if we are lying........ By 2020, 70-percent of all humans will own a smartphone.
     Who are we to think such things can't happen. Just think of the many changes that have already occurred in our lifetime.
     Mark Tompkins, BHS-60, liked the Kornerman's mention of breaking a bike in two those many years ago. He wrote, "it reminded me of a guy biking back to England from the far eastern reaches of Russia - Magadan. I rode a little over 3,000 miles last year but Magadan to London is over 4,600 miles and he wandered through Korea, Japan, Southeast Asia. So, the guy has just come down a long mountainside in Nepal and started up the long hill ahead when his bike breaks in half. Along comes a native, throws the man and his broken bike in the back of an ancient truck and takes him a few miles to a guy with a welding machine, the only one around for 500 miles or so. Serendipity. Oh, he started the ride at 40 below zero and camped in that weather for days. I trust when your bike broke, you were warmer in McHose Park. Keep up the good work. Appreciated and needed."
     Many of you remember former Boone resident Mary McCoy. She lived in Boone until 2009 and was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church here. Her children, Mike, BHS-69; Marsha, BHS-64; and Roger, BHS-61, are hosting a 100th birthday party January 1st at her residence in the Denver area. Please......all you viewers who remember Mary, send her a card..........Mary McCoy, Life Care Center of Littleton, room 218, 1500 W. Mineral Avenue, Littleton, CO 80120.
     Sorry to hear of the death of Tim Buff, 80, in Rogersville, MO. Tim spent some summers in Boone in the late 50's, early 60's as a terrific fast pitch softball pitcher for some of those championship teams Everett Long managed. He was 6-5 and very intimidating, standing on that pitcher's mound. Prior to coming to Boone, he had already been named the International Softball League's Most Valuable Player two times in the early 50's. He was known as a fiery competitor and one of the most dominant fast pitch softball pitchers this nation has ever produced. A son and daughter survive.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Don'e Mae Payne, 98, Boone. Boone area survivor is a son,  Stephen of Ogden........Allen Schultz, Algona. Boone area survivor is his father-in-law, Robert Moritz, of Boone........Dell Kelley,  90, Springfield, MO. Served several churches in Iowa. Burial will be in  Boone.......Judy Thuney, 76, Boone. Worked at Woolworth's and Sandler Built Homes in Boone and later with her husband in the operation of Vern Thuney Trucking. Boone area survivor is a daughter, Camella Elsner, of Ogden.
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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Final Character Education Info

     Wrapping up this Character Education discussion, John Kueck, BHS-61, wrote, "a student was  chosen to introduce the minister, I believe freshmen. I was picked and was very nervous to stand up before the entire student body and make the announcement. My parents encouraged me to practice the introduction to reduce my anxiety. I did practice religiously (no pun intended) as follows: "This morning, I have the privilege of introducing Reverend -- who will introduce his  own topic." I had the introduction down pat. I was invited to the Principal's office before the assembly to meet the minister. However, the original minister was ill and their was a substitute minister. Yes, I mistakenly introduced the original, the missing minister. So much for practice! I also remember an assembly on alcohol. It featured Skid Row to show what alcohol could do to you. It also stressed that it damaged your brain."
     Dave Oppedahl, BHS-59, added, "a minister from a local church would come to the auditorium. We called it Character Guidance."
     Nate Hutcheson made quite a name for himself as a basketball player at Linn Mar Marion high school and then played collegiately at Western Michigan. He's the son of former star Toreador athletes Mark, BHS-81, and Amy Hughes Hutcheson, BHS-82. Now, Mark's brother, Todd, BHS-80, has a son that is currently starring at Linn Mar. Trey Hutcheson, a 6-5 sophomore, has led his basketball team as the leading scorer for three straight games, including a recent 55-47 win over Cedar Rapids Xavier. He scored 17 points and nabbed eight rebounds in that victory.
     The Hutcheson boys, Mark and Todd, are the sons of Eldon and Ann Hutcheson and Amy's parents are Randy and Nancy Hughes, all Boone residents.
     Now, catching up with the holiday greetings. Boone's Roger and Lou Oxenford, both BHS-45, sent a beautiful e-card greeting; Mark Tompkins, BHS-60, of Council Bluffs sent a card and also guided the Kornerman to YouTube where I could watch the classic Johnny Cash presentation of "the Christmas Gift," John Kueck of Minnehaha sent a greeting; we heard from Ogden buddy, Tom Kieffer; and we heard from Ron Hopkins, BSH-59, from clear out in Edmonds, WA. Thanks to all.
     By now, the Kornerman doesn't have kids still involved in athletics here in Boone and the school age grandkids are in Kansas so I have no current knowledge in this area. But, just wondering, when our athletic teams go "on the road" to events, are they given a sack lunch from the cafeteria or what? Some of those trips can be long or, at least, grab a lot of time from leaving to returning.
     Which brings me to a lasting memory. I recall, when I was a Toreador athlete in the early 50's, at least for one of our longer journeys, to Oskaloosa, about 100 miles or so, we stopped in Pella to consume a pre-game meal. It seems to me like it was usually a slice of roast beef and maybe a baked potato. I'm not as sure about the post game.......whether we stopped again or not.This might have been an unusual circumstance because I also recall that the owner of the Pella restaurant was a former Boone coach, Wayne Hill. I imagine the same questions could be asked about music and speech teams as they travel out-of-town as well.
     The Kornerman is seeking verification, addition, deletion, correction of this very  pertinent information.
     Well known actor Alan Thicke, 69, passed away of a heart attack Tuesday after playing hockey with a son. Chest pains developed and Thicke passed away in a hospital.  Thicke was best known for his work in the TV sitcom, "Growing Pains." At the height of his career, Thicke, for some reason, adopted Boone, Iowa as his hometown and actually followed up by coming to Boone for a personal appearance. Remember?
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Lois Jean Fredregill Knowles, 89, Urbandale. Survivors include six children, three step-children and her husband since 1995, Kenny Knowles,BHS-52........Jenelle Henry has reported the death of her uncle, John Jacobson, 79, BSH-56. He passed away in Slayton, MN. His parents were Earl and Jennette Jacobson. His wife is Jenelle's aunt, Elizabeth Latham. He is survived by his wife and five children..........Judy Eastberg Thuney, BHS-58..........Mike Arnette.......Michael Bargman, 61, Ogden. He and his wife, Nena, moved to Ogden in 1989. He was a 30-year veteran of the Union Pacific, working as a conductor. He retired in 2015. Wife Nena survives........Roger Sturtz, 75, Humboldt.........Nickolas Lewis Watke, 17, Ocala, FL..........Lee Anne Hutt, 62, Pella. Born in Woodward. Worked at Christian Opportunity Center in Pella.
     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, December 10, 2016

Character Education

     Thanks to several Korner viewers we have more complete information about a subject we broached in the last edition.
     The Kornerman had attempted to recall details of monthly school assemblies with a religious intent that were prevalent when I was in school in the early 50's and, probably, before and even after that time until its final demise.
     Larry Lindmark, BHS-63, explained, "during my time at Boone High School, when local ministers took turns coming to address the students, the assembly may have been called, "Character Education." It may have lasted 20-30 minutes and maybe once a month. Students were given the opportunity to "opt" out of the assembly. They may have had to sit in the Principal's office until the next class period. The ministers did read scripture and gave a short homily or sermon. We also had assemblies that were like travelogues to the Everglades, etc. It seemed like it was the same person (Editor's Note: Does the name Al Bell ring a "bell?") coming back several times to present them. The topic of one assembly was about the consumption of alcohol. I believe the presenter was a ventriloquist with his dummy. He made a play on words with the names of current beers. Such as Schlitz in your pockets or Hamm's in your freezer. There were a variety of beer names to work with back then. Different times. More recently, in the 80's when schools were trying to incorporate "sex education" from elementary up through high school, it caused quite a controversy."
     Curtis Dale Cox, BHS-63; Tony and Sandy Crandell, BHS-59; and my classmate, Roma Achenbach Hare, BHS-53, all verified the assemblies were "Character Education" assemblies. Curtis said, "I don't ever remember being allowed to miss one. That was in grade school at Franklin"  The Crandell's said, "they were sponsored by the Boone Ministerial Association" and Roma added, "I remember some musical numbers being part of the assemblies."
     We had also questioned that time when baccalaureate services were an important part of the graduation process. Don Cross, BHS-58, wrote, "your recollections regarding Baccalaureate are correct. It was usually held 2-3 days before the Graduation Ceremony to honor the graduates and it did have a religious orientation. I'm doubtful that such ceremonies are still observed other than at  specifically religiously-oriented institutions.......not likely in a public high school."
     The Kornerman remembers when I was a very young guy (when was that?) that for a family Christmas get-together there were 80 people or more in attendance. But, in those days, most family members remained pretty close to the home base their entire lives. These days, travel is much easier and opportunities have expanded and family members are scattered hither and yon.There probably are fact I know of one.
     That Howard family is a dedicated group and they did come from hither and yon a while back for their annual family holiday get-together.......95 of them. They pretty much filled up the community building.
     One proud Howard dad, Don, told the Kornerman about son, Craig, BHS-79, who is doing marvelous mission work as Executive Director of Help Ministeries in Olathe, KS. If you're interested in more details, go to Google and call up Missions Southside, Olathe, KS. I remembered Craig as a great Toreador and college (ISU) baseball player who had an opportunity to sign with a major league team but turned it down to follow his current path. Don and Jo Ellen have every right to be proud.
     Nice to receive holiday greetings from Mike Loehrer, BHS-64; Ann Onymous, ??: and Gary, BHS-53, and Delores, BHS-52, Grosnickle. Just happened to remember the time when I and my old buddy, Gros, were BOTH riding a single bicycle toward the McHose Park swimming pool when that thing actually broke right in two, scattering us both on the pavement. Too much weight I assume and that was 65 years and many less pounds ago.
     Without much competition anymore, the old Kornerman feels very honored and obligated as one of you viewer's only real connection to your hometown roots. That's especially true to those of you who are quite a distance from "home."
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Timothy Pepper, 59, Remsen. Formerly of Boone. United-75. Raised on a farm near Boone. His parents were Bernard and Marjorie Pepper.  Worked his entire life in grain elevator type work in Boone, Sutherland, Woodbine, Remsen and finally, Dodge, NE. prior to retirement. Survivors include Juli Boyd Pepper, two daughters and a son........Helen Day, 85, Spokane, WA. Born in Boone. Parents were George and Mae Hagaman. Was part of a military family that traveled the world until retirement and settlement in Spokane in 1974. Two children and a brother, George Hagaman, survive. Burial is planned in Boone in 2017.
     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, December 7, 2016

Christmas is A-Comin'

     Thinking of Christmas, this popped into my old head. Remember in the 50's, maybe even before and a bit beyond, it was not unusual for schools to have a monthly visit, an assembly, from a minister who read scripture and/or did a short sermon. There may have been a musical number also. What was it called? Was it something to do with chapel.....chapel talk or ? Anyway, I remember it as a regular, monthly assembly. Seems to me like attendance was not mandatory so those who didn't want to be there went to study hall. Why can't it still be that way? It seems so simple, if you want to take part, fine, if you don't, fine. You decide.
     Then, too, in those days, there were baccalaureate services, a celebration honoring a graduating class, typically, a Christianity-based interdenominational service. Wasn't it held a day or two prior to graduation day?
     Can anybody out there verify or provide more details?
     That type of thing, unfortunately,  has been long lost and would certainly be condemned by some these days.
     Earliest Christmas/holiday greetings from John and Linda Hinz, BHS-64, in Minnesota, Rick Houser, BHS-63, in Virginia, Max, BHS-46, and Larry (lefty) Moore, BHS-52, in California and Tom Peterson, BHS-67, right here in good old Iowa.
     John and Linda have made a move from Lake Minnetonka to the city of Minnetonka just prior to leaving for Arizona for the winter months.
    Thanks to all. The Kornerman is very appreciative of their great, longtime, support of the Korner.
     California's Jerry Manriquez, BSH-57, has provided additional railroad hotel/depot information. He sent a sketch that shows the area and some of the accompanying structures. We notice that across north and adjacent to the tracks are two lumber companies side-by-side, Otis Lumber and P.T. Nelson's Sons Lumber. This was in 1925.
     Super Bowl talk is increasing and that brings to mind the fact that a couple years ago, I, the Kornerman, suggested to the Boone Historical Society that one of their monthly or beyond "specials" should be a tribute to the late Jim Doran, a Boone Countian most of his life and a frequent Boone visitor who still counts many relatives in this area. Nothing regarding my suggestion was ever developed.
     Briefly, for those of you unaware, here is his story. He became a football All-American receiver at Iowa State University, went on to the NFL, primarily with the Detroit Lions. A few years prior to it being called the Super Bowl, the NFL had what was simply called the league championship game. In that title game in the early 50's, quarterback Bobby Layne threw a game-winning touchdown pass to Jim Doran. So, you could say that a Boone Countian received the winning touchdown pass in what eventually was named a Super Bowl game. Quite a feat for "one of our own."
     Speaking of Jim Doran, I see there is an award given to an ISU football player each year honoring Doran. Its called the Jim Doran Outstanding Special Teams Player award. Again this year, that award was given at the recent ISU football post-season banquet.
     No more daily/multi-weekly paper so you view things here you won't find anywhere else in Boone County........twice weekly.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Jean Heldenbrand, 92, rural Madrid. Johnston HS. Was a U.S.  Navy veteran. Farmed with her husband, Don Heldenbrand, in the Van Meter area. Boone area survivors include her husband, Don, her sister and brother and six children.........Tyler Scott Nelson, 32, Pleasant Hill. Boone area survivors include his parents, Deb and Tim Gioffredi of Madrid.......Ann Dennert, 84, Boone. BHS-50. She moved to Boone at age two. Was a musician in high school and with the Boone Municipal Band. Worked at Woolworths prior to a long career as a telephone company employee. A brother, John, survives as does a Boone sister-in-law, Mary Ellen Dennert-Burman.
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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Let's Visit the Old Railroad Depot Complex

     Regarding our most recent discussion of the old Chicago and Northwestern depot and hotel, Vern Modeland, BHS-50, has given us a very unique "walking/virtual tour" of that railroad complex.
     Vern wrote, "come with a fella who remembers every step and scene. We'll meet at the two-story wooden gatekeeper's castle. It was on the southeast corner of the meeting of rails and street. Across the street west was a 10-foot or so walkway that stretched all the way past the Chicago and Northwestern (stet) complex. All red brick. Some redder than others, the "hotel" building the reddest. There was a little manicured park with a couple of elm trees. Sitting north-south, next to it, was the building where the dispatcher for the on-call crews came in the middle of the night. I remember those too. Dad would answer with just one word and Curly Davis would know who that was and would expect him on time. After a little green space, came the imposing building to the west, on the south side of the tracks, which housed the ticket windows, luggage storage, benches for passengers and stairs up to the second floor which, when I was young, was offices but I suspect was a hotel once with a few units. On west was more support structures for the railroad with a two-story addition, then parking, then the crew quarters where passenger crewmen stored their tools-of-the-trade, a tin can with "few-zees" in it (with spikes on the unlit end so they could be thrown between the rails and stick upright. The tin can also held a red flag for appropriate use, and some "torpedoes." They were dynamite caps packaged in a clip that could be left on the rail and, when the next engine  put its huge weight on one at speed, it would blow up. Made a noise loud enough to be heard by the on-coming crew. A series of one or more of the "torpedoes" would alert them to various things per the Chicago and Northwestern (stet) Employee's Handbook and "rule book." Beyond that wooden building was, what, Boone Street? And, of course, there were rails for the east-bound trains, since the Chicago and Northwestern was built by the English and, therefore, went opposite to U.S. rules of forward-on-the-right. There were two and a half runs of light rail there too, for switching out the cars for Otis Lumber Yard, which occupied most of the block north of the depot complex. There was another section of paved or brick space north of the station waiting room for passengers heading to Chicago. No cover either, it rained, you got wet. Stored at the crew quarters down toward Carroll street were the red and green signal lights that operated on a fuel and were changed at train stops. Red for port and green for starboard side of the train, ahead of the on-coming traffic. This was a time before radio communications, remember."
     Vern concluded with, "Alll uh boart!"
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Anita Morgan, 69, Des Moines. Services this evening (Saturday) in Boone at Stonebridge Church.
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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Detailed Depot/Cafe Memories? We've Got Them

     Remember when we, the Korner, were struggling back and forth as to whether there was actually a Northwestern Hotel as part of the old Chicago and Northwestern depot? Pshaw.......the very even question whether there was a question.
     Well, your faithful editor, via lots of help,  has discovered that not only was there a hotel there, it was a 33-roomer.
     Courtesy of some "old hands," we have the very latest and detailed info on this depot/cafe story. Anthony Crandell, BHS-59, and Jerry Manriquez, BSH-57, are "on deck" this time with more Boone news you won't find anywhere else, and then, in our next edition, Vern Modeland, BHS-50,  will provide some neat information, a walking tour, of the entire depot complex.
     Tony told us, "my grandmother and my dad's aunt ran a railroader's rooming house that took up the entire second floor at 809 Keeler street (Editor's note: now occupied by Ron Do Styling Salon.). There were 12 regular rooms and one common bath. Since she lived just a half-block away, she also made the beds at the depot hotel. When I was five or six, I loved to go with her and pull the wagon, loaded with sheets and pillow cases, up and down the hall. The bed linens would come from Hawkeye Laundry in big cloth hampers on wheels. There were 33 rooms that ran the length of the whole second floor. There was one very large, common bath. I loved to go with her as each dresser drawer was a treasure trove of half-used lantern batteries, the big square ones, and generally, a fuzee or two, the ones with the spike in the end......and, once in a while, a railroad torpedo......little squares of dynamite that clipped onto the rail and would go off and, thus, alert a train of a stopped train ahead. As Boone was a division point, train crews were always coming and going. Sometimes, my grandmother had to go there three times in 24 hours to remake beds. That depot hotel and the 24-hour restaurant on the main floor were operated by the Union News company. In the 1945-50 era, she was paid the grand sum of 10-cents per bed. She was not required to clean the room, just change the bed linens. The room was cleaned during the day, weekly. The room fee for an eight-hour stay was $1. The rooms were never locked so the "caller" could open the door and wake the crew member without knocking, thus, disturbing the other occupants of the whole floor."
     Jerry wrote, "I remember the Northwestern Hotel very well. In 1955, when I was a high school sophomore, I worked at the Northwestern Cafe and Hotel from 4 p.m. to 12 p.m., five days a week. I think I made 35 cents an hour. Russell Jennings and his wife, Mabel (?), ran the cafe and hotel. Russell worked on the railroad so he was not there very much. The cafe was on the first floor and had about 14 stools. I washed dishes, cleaned and mopped the floors, and even did a little short order cooking. The lounge area was for the railroad workers who stayed in the hotel, which was on the second floor. I think the lounge was for passengers in earlier years when there were passenger trains coming through Boone. The lounge had couches, big chairs, newspaper and magazine racks and was connected to  the depot waiting room and the cafe. There was a stairway in the lounge leading up to the rooms on the second floor. The hotel rooms were on both sides of a long hallway and they started above the depot ticket area on the East and ran to the West end of the building. A large restroom, with showers, was located at the far West end. My duties were to make the beds and clean the hallway, rooms and the restroom. At the time I was working at the hotel, the only people who stayed there were railroad employees who had a layover in Boone, since it was a division point. But, there were a few retired railroaders who made the hotel their permanent home."
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: None to report.
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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Boone and the White House (Boone Area News You Won't Get Anywhere Else)

     Betcha can't name the Boone resident that spent some time with President Obama at the White House Wednesday of this week.
     Yes, Boone's Gretta Irwin was at the White House when President Obama pardoned a pair of Iowa turkeys from possible Thanksgiving Day doom. Its a tradition that started when Harry Truman was President of the United States and its continued each year since.
     For the sixth time, Iowa turkeys, this year named Tater and Tot, were selected for pardoning. John Reicks, Chairman of the National Turkey Federation, decided on the Hawkeye state's birds.
     Gretta is Executive Director and Home Economist for the Iowa Turkey Federation and led the Iowa delegation to the event which featured the annual pardoning by the President.
     Gretta and her husband, Charles Irwin, and their three children live in Boone. She has been employed by the Ames-based Turkey Federation for 19 years after graduation from Central College and a time as a high school Home Economics teacher. She also has three years of experience in food service. Gretta has continued to  put her home economics background to good use at the Iowa Turkey Federation; she compiled the Iowa Turkey Federation's first cookbook in 2007 and is currently working on a second.
     It was a quick trip to Washington D.C. and back. Early the morning after the pardoning, Gretta was interviewed on WHO-radio on the Van and Bonnie show about her White House experience, including all the security measures that were imposed.
     A former Boone resident, David Fisher, BHS-55, now a Des Moines businessman, captures more than half of one of the Des Moines Register's editorial pages yesterday (Friday) with a column he wrote, "UI: Say "No" to Friday Night Football."
     Recently, the Big Ten Conference, along with some other collegiate conferences across the country, announced they would start scheduling some of their football games on Friday night. You can be sure, financial considerations were part of their decision for wanting to do so.
     However, forever, Friday night has been proclaimed THE night for high school football. You can see the possibility of numerous clashes here and the possibility of this proposal being especially hurtful to high schools and their expected revenues from that night. And that's not even to mention some spectator decisions that will be required........"I have season tickets to the college game but a son playing in the high school game etc."
     Fisher's "Iowa View" column is very much opposed to the Big Ten's decision and he concludes his column with, "UI President Bruce Harreld and Athletic Director Gary Barta should stand up and just say "no" loud and clear to this proposal."
     Quick Notes: (1) Ran into Tim Duffy, BHS-74, who said he and  his wife, Cindy Howard Duffy, BHS-75, were "home" for a big Howard family Thanksgiving bash. We provided the Korner's website address and Tim promised that Cindy, the families computer whiz, would give us (the Korner) a look now and then.
     (2) Mark Tompkins, BHS-60, sent me a picture of classmate Tom Grasso in celebration of Tom's 75th birthday. The picture shows Tom proudly displaying some new Superman pajamas.
     (3) Vern Modeland, BHS-50, sent a myriad of pictures, primarily Boone railroad pictures of all kinds and sizes.
     Here we thought we had this Northwestern Hotel location finalized. Last week, Tom Matt, BHS-60, had a picture of a building at West Second and Main Streets with a sign on the building site that read, "Northwestern Hotel." Question settled? No, wait one minute.
     Now, the Korner has received another picture from Larry Lindmark, BHS-63, of the downtown depot and clearly on the front of the depot is a sign that reads, "Northwestern Hotel."
     So........apparently there were at least two Northwestern Hotels in Boone.
     We still have additional depot material, in depth, for our next edition thanks to Anthony Crandell, BHS-59, Vern Modeland, BHS-50, and Jerry Manriquez, BSH-57.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Janet Grimm Jacob, Ill. Boone area survivor is a sister, Betty Burt, Ogden........Mabel Moeller, 86, Boone. Born in Boone. BHS-48. Was a teacher for 32 years, 25 of those at Trinity Lutheran School. Boone area survivors include daughters, Pattilee Frei and Danelle McBirnie, both of Boone, sister, Maxine Anderson, of Des Moines, and sister in laws, Beverly Sturtz, Carol Moeller and Mary Ann Granzberg all of Boone.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Additonal Depot Information

     Some questions were posed in the last edition. Was the old Chicago and Northwestern Depot a single story structure or more?
     Tom Peterson, BHS-67, and Curtis Dale Cox Jr., BHS-63, both sent pictures of that old depot and it appears it definitely had more than one story.......Cox said "maybe three."
     Other questions were, "if it does have more than one story, are there rooms on a second floor AND was at least part of the building called the "Northwestern Hotel?" Pictures of the depot that  Larry Lindmark, BHS-63, and Mike Loehrer, BHS-64, sent also mentioned the "Northwestern Hotel."
     Tom Matt, BSH-60, apparently has an answer to the hotel question. He wrote, "here's a positive location of the "Northwestern Hotel." It was located at West Second and Main Streets" and he had a picture at that location that showed "Northwestern Hotel" on the side of a building there.
     Tom added, "the hotel faced south on West Second behind a Pestotnik "Deep Rock" gas station, which sat on that same corner facing east toward the Court House. The Lincoln Highway ran in front of the gas station and is now called Main Street."
     In this discussion last time the Kornerman had also wondered if, perhaps, the hotel that was located just west of Sacred Heart school was the "Northwestern Hotel?"
     Loehrer answered that, "one of my Sacred Heart classmates, circa 1958, was named Bob Blanche and his dad owned that hotel.....the Boone Hotel. I remember the first time I went there, Bob took me in his bedroom and it was one that was used for those who stayed overnight. I thought he was the luckiest guy in town. Regarding the theatres, my dad once told me there was a contest to name the third theatre after the Rialto and Princess and the winner of the contest received a year's pass. He said somebody came up with the name the Boone Theatre and won the pass."
     John Kueck, BHS-61, wrote, "maybe viewers will have some imput on this subject. Hal Lyness taught one of the best classes I ever had. It was history or civics. In any case, it was during an election year and we held a mock election for president. Prior to that, we had lessons on the electoral college and related topics. Hal made it a fascinating course. Coincidentally I also worked for a company that made the scanners for scoring number two pencil tests, tests that we're all familiar taking. My company, in partnership with state organizations, sponsored classroom voting during presidential election years. Do your viewers remember similar voting in school for president? Any results for this year's Boone High School mock election.?"
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Mabel Moeller, 86, Boone........Carole Ann Gibbons Hurst, 79, Arkansas. Was born in Madrid in 1937.........Elinor Gilbert, 95, Madrid. MHS-39. On two different occasions, she taught music in the Madrid Community School System. Also worked for Sundberg Funeral Home. Sang and played the piano for over 75 years at services at her dad's Sundberg Funeral home (now Sundberg-Kirkpatrick Funeral Home). She and her husband, Ed, operated Sundberg Floor Covering and Draperies, managed the Woodward Golf and Country Club for four years and Elinor worked in the activity department of the Madrid Home for a time. Three children survive..........Irene McLeod Jacobson, 100, Boone. Born in Madrid, moved to Boone in 1927. BHS-34. Worked at Northwestern Bell Telephone. She and husband, John McLeod, lived in Boxholm for seven years before returning to Boone. Worked at Bacon Jewelers for 23 years. Survivors include a son, John Douglas McLeod, and a daughter, Pamela Turek..........Deloris Burt, 84, Ogden. Worked in Ogden at three different cafes. Boone area survivors include sons, Bill, of Ogden and, Ric, of Stratford, brothers Ray Elsberry and Ed Elsberry of Ogden and sister, Phyliss VanderBroek of Madrid.........Gloria Jones, 86, Ogden. Pilot Mound HS-48. Farmed with her husband, Carroll, northwest of Ogden until 1963 when they moved to Ogden while continuing to farm. Gloria worked for the Ogden schools for 10 years and also did wood finishing and painting in many Ogden homes. Boone area survivors include her son, Kent Jones, and daughters, Jana Rector, and Jodi Sward, all of Ogden...........Albert Gomez, Ogden.........Elvira Marie Heide, Wisconsin. Boone area survivor is a daughter, Valerie Arnold, of Ogden........Nancy Sayre, 63, Ames. Married Dick Sayre in Boone in 1972. The couple moved to Ames in 2006........Donald Hadaway, 85. Born in Boone. Gilbert HS. Boone area survivors include his wife, Opal, daughter, Cindy Miller, of Luther and sons, Tom of Madrid and Clarence and Kenny Hadaway of Boone.
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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Leading the Way

     The Kornerman always likes to begin the Korner on a positive note...........and, we have such a story that you may or may not have heard about.
     The Kent State University men's basketball team used our national anthem for a show of unity, as each player was asked to pick someone of a different race from the crowd and invite them down to the court to stand with them for the anthem prior to a recent game.
     Senior guard Deon Edwin was quoted as saying, "it was a special moment. We all came together as one. It wasn't about color of skin. If we can do that at a small school, everyone can do it."
     School spokesman Eugene Canal added, "it went very well. It came off very organic. All of the players went into the stands and picked people from the crowd. Everyone came down on the court and was arm-to-shoulder. It was cool because I don't think anyone in the crowd knew what was going on. None of the fans knew about it beforehand."
     Its planned that the team will do this prior to each home game this season.
     We (the USA) are certainly in dire need of any signs of unity during these troubled times. Its great that this basketball team took a leadership role in this endeavor.
     In addition to sharing a lengthy history of Jimmy Archer's baseball career in the last edition, Larry Lindmark, BHS-63, also had some thoughts about Boone's history.
     Larry wrote, "I have a couple postcards of the Chicago and Northwestern depot in Boone. However, on one of these cards, it just says,"Northwestern Hotel." I remember being in the first floor of the old depot. But, I don't remember being on the second floor so there must have been hotel rooms up above. I wonder how many rooms? It must have been in competition with the Holst Hotel, the Mondt and Crary. I imagine many years ago a horse and buggy would take travelers to the "outlying" hotels and, in later years, a taxi would take them a few blocks to the other hotels. Any history on the "Northwestern Hotel?""
     Then too, Larry had a comment on the Boone theaters. He wrote, "I came across an ad in my mom's 1939 Scrollette that listed the Rialto, Princess and Boone theatres. Just three words in the same ad so it makes me believe that all three were owned and/or managed by the same person or company."
     He concluded, "thanks for all of your coordination in putting together the thoughts and remembrances sent in by those of us with ties to Boone."
     The Kornerman replies, "Korner viewers have visited and revisited the theatre situation at various times and are well aware of the three theatres Larry discussed. I don't believe we've ever tried to determine if they were all part of one conglomerate or were distinct, separate entities. On the other matter, I, too,  recall the old depot and spending some small minutes there. I can't recall it being a two-story building. I just remember it as being dark and dank. Maybe it was my mind that was "dark and dank." Anyway, was the old motel on Story Street, west of Sacred Heart school, ever named the "Northwestern Hotel?" Just asking."
     The Kornerman likes this. I think it may have been attributed to a member of the Chicago Cubs hierarchy. "What makes a great organization is a thousand little sacrifices that you make when no one is looking." That thought could probably apply to individuals as well.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Jackie Reeves, 78, Boone.
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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Many Different Topics

     Always good to reminisce about those golden, olden days at KWBG and the Boone News Republican.
     Received a note this week from a former resident who worked at the BNR. Jeff Miller by name. He wrote, "I stumbled across your blog the other day and I'm hooked. I still keep in touch with some of our staff at the BNR. I worked there from 2005-2007. I was there when Cory Frolic and Kristy Young were on the staff. And no, I don't have any relatives in Boone."
     The Kornerman absolutely loved Jeff's
     Many times the Kornerman has guided Korner viewers to Gerald Manriquez awesome website......... It contains a treasure trove of great information about all of Boone's schools.......past and present. Jerry just brought me up to date on some of his latest additions and this will give you an idea of the things you can recall via a visit to his website.
     Here are some recent additions:
     Scott Linn, BHS-74, sent him 1971-74 BHS scrolls and 1973-74 Bumble "B"s.
     Larry Adams, BHS-65, sent a 1912 BHS scroll.
     Pictures and a video of class reunions of 1940, 1950, 1955, 1956, 1960 and 1961 were added.
     Delores Headley Miller, BSH-58, sent Sacred Heart parish directories for 1974, 1994, 1997, 2000 and 2008. She also shared two scrapbooks of the 1950's and some 1960 classes.
     Betty Ann Schmitz sent pictures of every Sacred Heart eighth grade graduation class.
     A television channel 13 story about Boone's ice skating rink was sent by Tom Peterson, BHS-67.
     Jerry said he also is in the process of improving and updating all of the Sacred Heart graduating class pictures, 1893-1970.
     Of course, a main feature of Jerry's site is a listing of all BHS and BSH graduates.  
     P.S. If you, members of our vast audience, have items you think Jerry would love to receive, his address is Jerry Manriquez, 3211 Kips Korner Road, Norco, CA 92860.
    For years, Gwen Ifill has been a renowned national journalist, with her main work appearing as a member of Jim Lehrer's NewsHour staff on PBS. She passed away this week at age 61 of endometrial cancer, which is the most common of female reproduction system cancers.......even more prevalent than ovarian or cervical cancer.
    When the Kornerman learned of Ms. Ifill's passing, I immediately emailed condolences to my classmate, Roma Achenbach Hare, BHS-53.  Roma, during a long career as Mr. Lehrer's top assistant, worked with Ms. Ifill and for Lehrer for many years. Lehrer is retired, but Roma still does some part time work for him.
    Roma replied that she had last seen Ms. Ifill in late October and that the Washington Post had a lengthy rememberance of her on the front page, "beneath the fold."
    I remember Gwen Ifill via her daily appearances on the NewsHour and I also recall she was a moderator of two U.S. Vice Presidential televised debates. She was in charge of the 2004 debate between Dick Cheney and John Edwards and the 2008 debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin.
    I bet you didn't know this.....the Kornerman didn't or if I did, I had forgotten.....the famous Jimmy Archer is buried in Boone's Sacred Heart cemetery. He passed away in Milwaukee in 1958 at the age of 74.
    If you haven't heard of Jimmy Archer, you haven't been in Boonetown very long.
    Many Boone little leaguers played on one of the earliest LL facilities in town, Jimmy Archer Field, which was located in the vicinity of 10th and Tama.
    In the early years of the Kornerman's Babe Ruth coaching career, the late 50's/into the 60's, Larry Lindmark, BHS-63, was one of my star players.This week, Larry emailed lots of information on Jimmy Archer's career. Its too lengthy to share all of it but I will mention some highlights and it was Larry who informed that Mr. Archer is buried in Boone.
     Archer was a member of the Chicago Cubs from 1909-1917 and that team's regular catcher most of those years. Prior to that he had played baseball with various teams at various places including a stint with a Boone team in the Iowa State League in 1904. It was in Boone that he met Lillian Stark and the two eventually married. That's Mr. Archer's connection to this community.
     As indicated, Larry's long email contains lots of very interesting information about Mr. Archer's career but he also recalls some other items that we will share in future editions.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Henry Schmidt Jr., 47, formerly of Boone. Attended Boone schools, then moved to Missouri. Returned to Boone in 2014 and worked at APC in Boone. Boone area survivors include his parents, Henry Schmidt Sr. and Linda Patterson, a brother, Tim, and sisters, Lori Beckett and Julie Murphy...........June Wildman Ulrick, 91. Webster City HS-44. Worked for the telephone company. Her husband, LaVern, is deceased..........Charles (Chuck) Hennick, 59, Huxley........Winifred Neely, 75. Ames HS grad. Married Dan Neely of Boone in 1959 and they made their home in Ames. She worked in retail sales in Ames for over 40 years. Her husband survives.........
Shirley Samuelson, 90, Boone. BHS-44. She spent early years in Washington D.C. but then returned to Boone and worked at Boone State Bank. She and her husband, Robert, farmed in Jackson Township for 48 years before retirement in 1992. One son, James of Minnesota, and a sister, Joan Blosser, of Arkansas, a former Boone resident, survive..........Clara Byas, 67, Ohio. Formerly of Boone. Was a day care provider, a pastor and school teacher assistant. Services were held in Boone.........Paul Scott, 94. Born in Madrid. Was a farmer. Boone area survivors include his wife, Margene Alsin Scott, and a daughter, Sandra Indvik of Boone.
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Saturday, November 12, 2016


     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Shirley Samuelson, 90, Boone........Clara Byas, Boone.......David Padgett, 77, Boone. Worked for Fareway for 30 years. Boone area survivors include his wife, Janet, and a daughter, Tami Hull, of Ogden.......Helen Haynes, 91, Ogden. Formerly of Boone. Boone area survivors include her sons, James Savage and Charles Pratt, and a daughter, Connie Fowler, all of Boone.
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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Did Joe Maddon Win?

     After a long night, the Kornerman will spend some of today searching for any votes Joe Maddon received for President of the United States. The Korner, of course, had endorsed him for that position in the last edition.......the last one before the election.
     The Korner has received word of the death of  John Wallace Arringdale, M.D., 79, BHS-56. He passed away in Texas on September 18. His parents were John and Carolyn Arringdale and he is survived by his sister, Carol Ann Furrer. He lived in Corpus Christi, TX.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Carolyn Bittinger, 58, Des Moines. Boone area survivor is a brother, Mark Overton, of Boone.........Dr. Lynn Healy, 87. Born in Boone. Parents were Dr. Maurice and Mabel Healy. Was a dentist. Services in Boone........Mary Hovick, 66, Madrid, formerly of Boone. BHS-68. Daughter of Jane Moran. Was a case worker. Boone area survivor is a daughter, Amy Hovick, of Madrid.......James Paprocki, 62, Boone. Boone area survivors include his wife, Martha, and sons, James and Jeffrey.........Mary Ann Anderson,87. Born in Madrid. Raised in the Madrid/Slater area prior to moving to the Roland area. McCallsburg HS. Owned a tearoom........Doris Jean Meyer, 71, Ames, formerly of Boone. Taught at Boone Sacred Heart 27 years. Retired in 2008. Boone area survivors include her husband, Ron, and a daughter, Kim Sitzman, both of Ames.........Stanley Simmons, 84, Boone. BHS-50. A builder. Boone area survivors include his wife, Doris Krug Simmons, of Boone, son, Stephen, of Madrid, and daughters, Joan Dearborn, of Grand Junction and, Lisa Hoffman, of Boone.
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Saturday, November 5, 2016

Cubs DID Win Today

     Hey Chicago, what do you say? Cubs are gonna win today.
     The Korner is very light on anything else this time.......its been all Cubbies this week.
     Jim Harken, BHS-91, echoed the sentiments of a zillion others with, "I know this doesn't have much to do with Boone, but how about those Chicago Cubbies? What a season! What a World Series and now the champions. So happy and so excited. Go Cubs Go! Hope this finds you well in good old Boonetown."
     Rick Houser, BHS-63, clear out in Virginia, called me with his thoughts and we heard from various others from all over this planet.
    The Kornerman is wondering how many votes Cubs Manager Joe Maddon will receive in Tuesday's presidential election? I mean, after all, the Korner did endorse him.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Eric Sayre, 64, rural Boone. Worked in the parts department of several central Iowa car dealers. Boone area survivors include his wife, Mary, of rural Boone and his mother, Louise Sayre, of Boone..........Karen Matson Clabaugh, 73. Was a kindergarten teacher for 35 years with work at United Community, Denison and Ottumwa.........Bonnie Lou Brown Peterson, 85, Des Moines. Born in Boone. Her parents were Harry and Marie Brown. BHS-49. She was a registered nurse and worked at Iowa Methodist for many years. Was a member of the Central Christian Church of Boone..........Richard Staples, 87, Jewell. He married Doris Kreutner at St. Paul's Lutheran church in rural Boone.
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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

A Boone Gathering in Minneapolis

     The Korner is always promoting achievements by Booneites and we even like to hear about good things involving the offspring of Boone natives.
     Dick Musser, BHS-64, told us about Jay Peterson's, BHS-56, son, Tyler, who was quite a good athlete on Des Moines metro high school teams that won state championships in football and basketball.
     Tyler was in Minneapolis competing in a racquetball competition and won the "B" division with a victory over a player from Pennsylvania. The tournament was very competitive with players from 18 countries involved.
     It was also noted that Sue Beckwith, BHS-76, was there to compete as part of a doubles team. Sue, of course, was a great basketball and track athlete in her Boone high school days and then, was a starter on some State University of Iowa basketball teams.
     Some of the vast Boone/Minneapolis contingent was on hand to view a portion of the action. Dick said he attended quarterfinal round play and was aware that John Hinz, BHS-64, and Linda Swain, BHS-67, were also in attendance.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Phyliss Abrahamson, 91, Boxholm. Farmed with her late husband, Richard. They moved to the Eastern Star Home in Boone in 2011. Boone area survivors include a son, Richard, of Boxholm and a daughter, Karen Jutting, of Ames..........Steve Van Pelt, 60, Ogden. OHS-74. Worked for Fareway in Carroll, at Sherbring Chevrolet, Vermillion Welding and Monsanto prior to retirement in 2014. Boone area survivors include his wife, Denise, mother Jo Zunkel, and brother, David, all of Ogden........James Whittlesey, 86, Boone. Born in Boone. Was an insurance agent and a lead actor of the Boone Community Theatre. Boone area survivors include his wife, Alice Martin Whittlesey, and daughter, Cynthia Vinson, both of Boone.........Larry Bishop, 79, Luther. Moved to Luther in 1971. Worked for Halletts and operated Bishop's backhoe service. Boone area survivors include his daughter, Sheila Wilkins, of Luther and his sister-in-law, Sue Bishop, of Boone.........David Elm, 65, Boone. Was an agronomist. Boone area survivor is his wife, Jo, of Boone........William Smittle, 66, Round Rock, TX. Formerly of Ogden.
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Saturday, October 29, 2016


     Look, this election thing has been gnawing at the Kornerman for a long time but I've held back, telling myself, "don't get involved in politics." But heck, all the "biggies," the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Cleveland Plain-Dealer, all the big city media outlets in each state, even Iowa.....the Register, Gazette and others....... throw their opinion out. Why not another biggie...... the Korner? I've studied all the issues and know where everyone stands........why not? So, yes, the Korner is going to break precedent and endorse who we think would be the next great President of the United States. We'll make the announcement at the end of this edition (that will give us a few more minutes to determine if we still want to do this).
     P.S. No looking ahead.
     One of our faithful viewers, Loren Frazier, BHS-58, wrote, "you, occasionally, write about your appreciation of certain musicians. Charlie Daniels is not my only favorite, but he is one of my many favorites, and this article, on the achievement of his 80th birthday, really touched me. He said, "my philosophy on age is simple. I know that time and gravity will take its toll, that you move a little slower as time goes by, but that's no reason to give up doing the things you love and that you're still physically able to do. There's no reason not to have something in your life that you can still get excited about, something that can give you an excuse to get out of bed in the morning. That's about all you need to keep on keepin' on."
     Loren concluded, "I know that you keep on and this is what I also do most every day. Let's keep on doing it together. Thanks for being there twice a are special to a lot of people."
     From Ann Coe, BHS-46, "I had occasion to see David Saggau, M.D., BHS-77, whom I'd not seen for over four years. Our conversation included "catchup news" and mention of Kelley's Korner and all the neat things you share through your blog. We both appreciate your efforts. Dave is still with Wolfe Clinics and sees patients in West Des Moines, Ames, Fort Dodge, Marshalltown and Spencer so you can see he keeps very busy! Not knowing when either of us may be in Boone or run into you, he said to be sure and tell you, "hello" for him should I see you. Anyway, thought you might like to know we were thinking of you and your newsy blog. Keep up the good work! Most appreciative."
     Mark Tompkins, BHS-60, wrote, "I, too, wander YouTube and see some great music and entertainment. A really funny skit has John Wayne singing with Dean Martin. I have a copy of pal Tom Grasso's, BHS-60, resume and sometimes try to find pieces of his nearly 300 TV specials. One I know is there and you'll see Tom's name in the ending credits is the 44-43 minute "Rockin' with Rick Nelson and Fats Domino."
     Mark guided the Kornerman to that Wayne/Martin skit and it is hilarious.
     Regarding one of the recent items in the Korner, John Kueck, BHS-61, wrote, "Minneapolis has renamed Columbus Day to Indigenous People's Day too. I don't agree. The thing that disturbs me is a minority can cause so many changes that the majority of our citizens do not agree with and have better things to do than fight it. A good update on history for all of us could put all this in the proper perspective without holiday name changes. There are a lot of great aspects about our generation and times. Were we so picky about such trivial things?"
     Re-responses to the recent upheaval about the Roosevelt statue incident. Janelle Henry wrote, "I was only a little upset about Dave German's words. Not nearly as much as Davi. No need to apologize to me. I was glad to respond to Dave directly and expressed my concerns with his thoughts."
     Dave, himself, wrote, "sorry you got grief on my comments. You shouldn't have to say you're sorry either. I didn't want to hurt your blog as I believe it is a gateway for many people to keep in touch. You do a great service to many, don't ever feel its not appreciated."
     By the way, Dave offered his email address and said, "if anyone is offended by my comments, they can scold me direct." The Kornerman did send his address to Janelle so they could have their discussion.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Charlotte Arrasmith Erickson, 73, Boone. BHS-62.Worked at Archway and Walmart. Boone area survivors include a daughter, Trudy Kramer, and a son-in-law, Jim Koenig, both of Boone and a sister, Dixie Wallace, of Ogden...........Steve Van Pelt, 60, Ogden...........
Leone Schmoldt, 96, Ogden. Born in Ogden. The family moved to California but returned to Ogden in the mid-30's. OHS-37. Leone worked at Ogden High School, for Boone County and for the State of Iowa. There are no area survivors.
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     ENDORSEMENT: The Kornerman believes the individual best suited to be our next President of the United States is..............JOE MADDON, currently the manager of the Chicago Cubs baseball team.


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Kostelnick's Run Adds to Boone's History

     What eventually became Boone was platted in 1865. The community was originally named Montana. In 1866, nearby Boonesboro was chartered and in 1871, the "Montana" area was renamed Boone. Boonesboro was annexed to Boone in 1887.
      The point is.......this community has "survived" for a number of years. Through those years, there have been local citizens who have served in high government positions in Washington D.C., a state governor, several athletes of distinction.......even nationally, entertainment figures and many others who have excelled in a number of prestigious ways.
     Add to that list, 29-year old Pete Kostelnick, BHS-2005, son of Charles and Clare Kostelnick, who still reside here.
     In recent years, Pete has become known as an ultra marathon runner with numerous achievements against national and even international competitors.
     His latest success? In completing a run of  3,067 miles from San Francisco to New York City in 42 days, six hours and 30 minutes, he shattered one of the oldest ultrarunning records recognized by Guinness World Records. Averaging over 72 miles per day, he broke the old mark by FOUR DAYS. That previous record was 46 days, eight hours and 36 minutes.
     Courtesy of Loren Frazier, BHS-58, the Kornerman received an opportunity to see a great video of Pete being interviewed by Bill Hemmer of Fox News. Pete was introduced as a "Real Life Forrest Gump." In answer to a question posed by Hemmer, Pete replied that he had designed his cross country route as a "trip down memory lane," including stops in Lincoln, NE  where he resides, and his hometown of Boone, Iowa. He said, "coming through Boone was one of the highlights......just seeing some of the familiar places and faces."
     Pete also told Hemmer his sixth day of the journey was one of the most challenging due to tendonitis suffered in the Yosemite area. In fact, he took day seven completely off, but recovered quickly through massage therapy. He had lots of praise for his four-person support team.
     Pete started the jaunt on his birthday, September 12, and was happy, not only for achieving the record, but also the opportunity to  see his wife, Nikki, for the first time in six weeks. "I need a beer and my wife right now."
     Congratulations Pete. We Booneites are so proud of your accomplishments.
     Janelle Henry, BHS-70, and Davi Mondt Lowman, BHS-67, take very loud exception to Dave Germer's comment posted in the last edition.
     Germer, BHS-69, was responding to an earlier post about a Teddy Roosevelt statue dispute in New York City staged by some protestors (Oct. 19 edition). The Kornerman thought that might be of interest locally due to the well known Teddy Roosevelt statue we have in McHose Park.
      Dave was quite direct in his feelings about the subject, basically criticizing liberals for the problem, while Janelle and Davi are also direct in their response.
      Janelle wrote, "I know your column is non-political but I do wish to express my opinion in reply to Dave Germer's comments. I am one of those liberals but I do have respect for people and property. Liberals are not trying to ruin the Constitution, they are upholding it."
     Davi wrote, "to say I'm surprised you printed Dave Germer's insults toward a whole bunch of people, me included, would be an understatement. To print Germer's inflammatory words as if they are the truth is questionable journalism." Davi signed off, "rather disappointingly yours."
     The Kornerman never likes to disappoint our viewers and we're sorry if we did. We don't have that many, so we'd hate to lose any. I have a lousy excuse that probably won't be accepted by anyone. Its the fact that some times its very difficult to put a Korner together when there are few or no submissions. You'll note on that particular day, the Kornerman even had to delve into some of his personal musical favorites to fill out a column. We always seem to be begging for help and, thus,  take what's made available. I don't think in the Korner's history we have ever outright rejected any submission. Perhaps, in this case, we should have.
     To those we upset.......sorry.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Colleen Pfrimmer, 80, Boone. Worked for the telephone company and ISU prior to retirement. Boone area survivors include her sons, Dale and Jim, sister, Janet King, and brother, Larry Walters, all of Boone........Karen Matson Clabaugh, 73, Oskaloosa, formerly of Boone........Richard Eppert, 88, Madrid. Born in Boone. Luther High-45. He farmed with his wife, Helen, east of Luther. Boone area survivors include his wife, Helen, son Ron of Madrid, and son, Craig, of Luther.........Tom Dawdy, 65, Altoona. Born in Boone. BHS-69. Was an account manager for Procter and Gamble. Retired after 29 years.
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Saturday, October 22, 2016

A Response to the Roosevelt Statue Dispute

     Regarding the Teddie Roosevelt statue dispute in New York City, as described in the last edition, Boone native Dave Germer, BHS-69, replied, "your story has just described America's biggest problem.......the politically correct liberal mob that is trying to destroy America and ruin our constitution. The liberal mob is the reason God is no longer allowed in our schools and why many kids have zero respect for anything. Growing up in Boone and going to school there I got a very fair chance to make up my own mind. Now days, schools controlled by the liberal mob try to destroy any faith our children have in our country. All lives matter."
      World traveler Mark Tompkins, BHS-60, checks in quite often about his bike trips here and yonder and the Kornerman had mentioned that Mark, in his most recent contribution, had provided a very lengthy and completely interesting story of his travels to the European D-Day beaches. I also mentioned his very detailed account of those travels would provide some good winter reading.
     Well, I am, by no means, done with it.........but I have started taking it all in when I have some extra time. The detail he provides is staggering and highlights a lot of the history behind the sites he has viewed.
     His story, which could be a book, starts with, "It was only 20 months ago, that Larry Hershberger and I toured some of the D-Day beaches by bicycle. It was a grand experience, so much so that it needed to be reprised. Figuratively, it would be like going back for a second piece of pie. This time, we'd have Dan Reese with us also. While you might overdose on pie, I believe you could spend a lifetime on the 50 or so miles of D-Day beaches and not see it all. Likewise, you could spend a lifetime reading about Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword beaches and not read it all. It is overpowering in magnitude."
     So interesting........and I'll keep pecking away at it as time allows.
     Pete Kostelnick, BHS-2005, is completing his run across America. As of Friday, he was within 230 miles of his ultimate destination........the New York City Hall.
     Today, Pete was scheduled to complete his trip through Pennsylvania starting in Spring Hills, PA. That, after battling a storm during yesterday's run. Despite that inconvenience, he's still on a record pace.
     Some things get tiresome like the current election cycle. That's when the Kornerman tries to "get away" with some good music to enjoy courtesy of YouTube. However,  the other day while scanning that medium, I happened to come across material from some of our late, great comedians as well. I especially enjoyed watching Red Skelton perform. Remember him? and how about his famous rendition of the Pledge of Allegiance? It was so great to relive some of his hilarious material and, of course, there are many other of our greatest comedians available for "watching."
     I also enjoy music on YouTube on an almost daily basis. One of my favorite songs right now is, "Then Came the Morning" by Signature Sound. I always like Billy Joel's, "Just the Way You Are" with such great saxophone work by Mark Rivera. Love the Bee Gees, "How Deep is Your Love" and "Jerusalem" by Kim Hopper and the Hoppers, Mancini's "Mr. Lucky," featuring the organ work of Buddy Cole and also listened to some of Neil Sedaka's best hits........"Breaking Up is Hard to Do," "Laughter in the Rain" and "Love Will Keep Us Together," etc.
     Mike Sundall, BHS-68, reported the recent death of his aunt, Lois Shuey Ades, BHS-56, of Ankeny. Her husband, another Boone native, George Ades, survives. That family has lived in Ankeny for 50 years.
     Heard about another death from Roxanne Aplanalp. She has been tracing 1957 BHS/BSH grads to inform them of a class reunion next year. She discovered a telephone number for Jon Ewing's wife and called. Roxanne was informed that Jon had passed away in May of 2014 via a fall. The Ewing's lived in Virginia.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: John Tom Stark, 63, Boone..........John Sturies, 79, Ogden. Moved to Ogden in 1961. Was a mechanic for Hallett Construction. In 1965, started his own Sturies Construction. Retired in 2003. Boone area survivor is his wife, Justa, of Ogden........Glen Capps, 80, Ames. Formerly of Boone. Worked in North Platte, NE for the railroad. Returned to the Boone/Ames area after retirement. Boone area survivors include his wife, Connie Ablett Capps, of Ames, a sister, Carla Hardesty, of Boone and a sister-in-law, Gloria Capps of Pilot Mound..........Justin Jacobson, 43, formerly of Boone. Survived a bad auto accident in 1991. Boone area survivors include his dad, Mick Jacobson, and a brother, Riley Jacobson, both of Boone.
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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Korner Reports.......You Decide

     Since our Theodore Roosevelt statue has been such an important part of the McHose Park landscape, the Kornerman couldn't help but notice seeing a pertaining New York headline without mentioning it to our viewers.
     The headline blared, "Take down racist Theodore Roosevelt statue agitators tell New York Museum." It was all connected to the recent Columbus Day holiday.
      A pair of well known groups ??.......NYC Stands with Standing Rock and Decolonize This Place ......were the organizers of the protest to "draw attention to the museum's encouragement of racist tropes, and implored New York City to rename Columbus Day.......Indigenous People's Day.
     Christopher Columbus is BELIEVED to have brutally enslaved the indigenous people upon his arrival here in October of 1492 and he SUPPOSEDLY imposed harsh punishments, including torture.
     New to the Kornerman is word that there is a growing movement to change the name of Columbus Day to Indigenous People's Day. In the past year, cities in 10 different states have moved to make the change, the largest being Phoenix, AZ. One protestor commented, "it doesn't seem like this renaming is important but it is super important for oppressed  people."
     One of the organizers of the museum protest said, "it's just to echo what this is. It's really a hall of white supremacy, that's what this is." After touring the museum, activists started chanting, "Respect! Remove! Rename! while carrying signs that read, "Decolonize This Museum," "Abolish White Supremacy" and "Black Lives Matter."
     Back to the Teddy Roosevelt thing.......when the activists toured the museum, they covered the Roosevelt statue and took turns reading from a speech. Part of the speech referred to Roosevelt, "his nature was not empty wilderness. It was and is indigenous land taken through violence just like Columbus who came to enslave. To take their gold and their bodies and their souls."
     The Kornerman received a nice note from Janeann Stout who wrote, "thanks for the coverage of the Trinity Lutheran Church 150th anniversary. We had wonderful turnouts and enjoyed visiting with former members, teachers and pastors who had moved away but found the road back for the anniversary."
     Janeann reported that attendance at two services totaled 468, or double the normal attendance; some 60 or 70 were at the talent show; in the rain, 52 came for game night, 15 took part in the golf outing and the celebration dinner was enjoyed by 235 people.
     More than 200 anniversary books have been sold and church historian, Gary Mackey, was lauded for his work. Janeann said, "Gary is the "keeper" of the newspaper clippings on all the members of the Trinity. He had two huge scrapbooks on display, filled with clippings from the past 25 years.......marriages, births, anniversaries and deaths."
     Janeann concluded, "appreciate what you do, helping keep the memories and day-to-day activities of Boone alive and well."
     BITS AND PIECES: (1) The BHS/BSH class of 1957 is planning a reunion next year and has been seeking some information on "missing" classmates. Our mention of some of those classmates brought a response from Marty Dannatt, BHS-68, who provided a Florida address for one of his relatives, Larry Land. We passed the word on. Larry, a longtime employee of Polk County, has just moved to Florida fulltime. (2) East coast correspondent Rick Houser, BHS-63, sent us a DVD of an old movie, "the Long Gray Line" starring Tyrone Power and Maureen O'Hara. Rick said, "here's a movie that tops my list. I hope you haven't seen it. It'll cause a lump in your throat." (3) A couple of things about the recent reunion of the classes of  1961. First, Lori Johnson sent us an opportunity to see, via pictures, the fantastic work of Tom Burke. Tom has built a train layout and included are many familiar Boone sites.....the Rialto Theatre and other downtown locations. Then too, John Kueck of that class sent the Kornerman a copy of a movie he constructed of the reunion.......from start to finish. It was very well done in every way.......musical background etc. A very nice momento of a very enjoyable 55th reunion anniversary. (4) It appears that minus any bad luck.....injury etc.......Boone's Pete Kostelnick, BHS-2005, will set a new record for a run from San Francisco to New York City. Monday was day 36 and Pete has estimated he will end his journey seven days after. The record, which has stood since 1980, is 46 days, eight hours and 36 minutes. One observer said, "at his pace of 70.7 miles per day, Pete could break that record by two or three days."
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Mary Lindblom Rieck, 97, Ankeny. After her mother's early death, Mary and two older brothers moved to a children's home. Eventually, she moved with her dad to Boone. BHS-37. Was a telephone operator. Mary and her husband, Kenny Rieck, followed Pastor Paul Spong from her Lutheran Church in Boone to Grand View Lutheran in Des Moines in 1947.........Sandra Kay Harriman, 68, Ames. Homemaker and worked at Contemporary Designs for 15 years. Boone area survivor is a brother, Roger Temple, of Boone.........Zita Mary Powell Bucsko, 94, Boone. Moved to Boone in 2007 and moved to the Eastern Star Home in 2012. Boone area survivor is a daughter, Mary (Corky) Bucsko-Prater, of Ames.
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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Harvest Time

     Harvest time in Iowa dinners.
     And, they're those good old-fashioned just like mother used to make meals highlighted by standard fare such as beef burgers, chicken and noodles, Swedish meat balls and thick soups. Then, too, its hard to imagine anything better than a variety of favorite deserts, specially prepared by the ladies of the congregations. Delicious!
     Somebody said, "you can eat out almost every night just going from one church-type dinner to another."
     Yes, the local dinner schedule has been pretty hectic and Jo and I certainly haven't "caught" them all but we were at the Marion Street United Methodist Church for their offering a couple weeks ago. Trinity Lutheran Church was celebrating its 150th anniversary with their well attended dinner last weekend.
     We attended the Harvest dinner at the Central Christian Church Thursday night and were happy for the opportunity to see lots of friends and neighbors. Looking ahead, Pilot Mound Methodist Church is offering a breakfast meal this very morning (Saturday), the Boone County Humane Society will have its annual soup supper at the First Methodist Church next Thursday (20th) and those famous Swedish meat balls will be the featured item at the Boxholm United Methodist Church November 2.
     The Kornerman is pleased to announce we have again provided some help for one of our viewers. Roxanne Rose Aplanalp, BHS-57, had contacted us seeking an address for a classmate, Nelson Tompkins, so information could be provided him regarding a class reunion scheduled for October of 2017.
     Nelson's brother, Mark Tompkins, is a regular Korner viewer and contributer. We were able to bring Roxanne and Mark together so an address for Nelson was obtained.
     Roxanne tells us there are other classmates they are still seeing addresses for. They include Larry M. Anderson, Jon Ewing, Susan Jones Dailey, Larry Land, Sandra Richmond VanMeulebrouck and Richard (Dick) Young.
     The Kornerman may have been able to guide Roxanne to a couple of those classmates. But, if any of our viewers can provide any info on any of those folks, please let us know.   
      Several Bits and Pieces: (1) At the church dinner Thursday evening, somebody asked, "Mo, are you writing for the paper anymore?" I replied, "what paper?" Its so sad, people pass away and if they don't "catch" the BNR dead?line, their passing and time of services will be gone by the time the next edition appears. A coffee friend, talking of the fact the Boone City Council has promoted Boone Police Chief/City Safely Director Bill Skare to the City Administrator position, commented, "its even hard to get a timely message via a Letter to the Editor in print anymore." (2) The Kornerman received a couple responses to last Wednesday's lament in the Korner about the Chicago Cubs late playoff games on the West Coast. Kathleen Wheelock  wrote, "Hurray for the Cubs. We miss you today but believe me, we all understand. Go Cubs. A lot of us are right there with you." Classmate Tom Canfield, BHS-53, wrote, "we're still in the ballgame." Tom also commented on our recent coverage of Pete Kostelnick's, BHS-2005, run from coast-to-coast. He wrote, "did you  run along with Peter and how far?" The Kornerman doesn't think an answer to that is required. (3) Speaking of Pete Kostelnick, we know he was in Joliet, IL Thursday after an almost 73-mile jaunt and Friday, on day 33 of his 44 day run, he was 17 miles from the Illinois/Indiana border when we checked. Pete started his run across the country in San Francisco, will end the marathon in New York City, covering the 3100 miles in an effort to break a 35-year Guinness record.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Doyle Price, 78, Boone. Construction worker. Boone area survivors include his wife, Lisa Knight Price, his  son, Brett Price, and daughter, Mindy Mills, all of Boone and Lisa's children, Randy Welch and Stephanie McAfee, of Boone............Sheryl Tam, 66, Boone. Worked at Dollar General and McDonalds in Boone........Laura Martin, 90, Boone. Boone area survivors include a son, William Martin, and daughters, Laura Jane Leland and Marilyn Jean Ellsberry, of Boone.........Sharonlee Clemons, 81, Boone. Earned an LPN degree from DMACC.  Worked at the Boone County Hospital,  Woodward State Hospital, Evangelical Free Church Home and Eastern Star Home in Boone. Boone area survivors include her husband, Larry Clemons, sons, Jeff and Mike Burma, and daughters, Shelley Macek and Jody Busch, all of Boone and Larry's children, Kent, Joel, Lee and Todd, all of Boone..........Stephen Oleson, 66...........Iris Lind Sturtz, 87, Eagle Grove. Formerly of Boone. BHS-47. Graduated from the Iowa School of Beauty..........Larry Bockenstedt, 57, Dyersville. Formerly of Ogden. Sold bowling supplies and worked in real estate. Boone area survivor is a good friend, Lora Ahrens Olerich.
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