Saturday, July 22, 2017

Basketball Memories

    The Kornerman heard from a member of the West Boone County Muench clan this week. Merle Muench, who lives in Hastings, MN, had a question about Iowa high school basketball.
     Merle wrote, "how many classifications were there in Iowa high school basketball in the early 1950's? I'm thinking there were three. Weren't Boone, Ogden and Boxholm each in separate classes? I know they were all (the classifications) thrown together at the state tourney. I'm up at Hayward, WI. with several good friends from northwest Iowa on a short fishing trip. One of them, Brian Pauling, played for Paullina High School in the late 60's when they had three undefeated seasons and won three consecutive state championships. We were having a friendly discussion about high school sports and, of course, I had to tell them about us, Boxholm, losing to the Roland Rockets in the sub-state final two years in a row, 1952-53."
     Here was the answer the Kornerman provided. Prior to 1956, there was one overall state champion. From 1956-60, there was a class A champion and a class B state champion. From 1961-66, back to one overall champion. From 1967-74, there were two classes and two state champions. From 1975-84, three classes and three state champions, and since 1985, there have been four classes and four state champions.
     Back to Merle's specific question. In those early 50's, as mentioned, there was one overall state champion. However, in the tournament series leading up to the state meet, there was a classification system........three classes. So, at that time, Boone, Ogden and Boxholm were all in separate classes in pre-state tourney play. Had any of them advanced to state, they would have all been in the same class, seeking one state championship.
     I think Merle is referring to the 1951-52 season when he talks about the three Boone County schools being in separate classes prior to state tourney play. That was the Kornerman's junior year in high school and, as I recall, our Boone team lost to Spencer, Boxholm lost to Roland and I'm not sure who Ogden lost too in the sub-state finals. Anyway, in a somewhat strange opportunity, all three Boone County schools, with wins in those games, would have earned state tourney berths. However, all three lost and none ever made it to the state tourney stage.
     The Kornerman goofed in the last edition. We promoted a BHS 1968 class reunion as being held this weekend and were quickly corrected by Marty and Shelley Dannatt.  We were a year ahead of time. That reunion is next year, July 21, 2018. As soon as we heard from the Dannatt's, we eliminated the mention in the Korner so, hopefully, no one was badly effected by our error. You had to be an early riser/early reader to catch that misinformation.
     We are correct on this one. Don't forget that Jamie Kelley, BHS-98, is going to be performing locally to benefit the Boone Area Humane Society next Friday, July 28, with a concert at TK's Event Center. Tickets are available at Hy Vee or call 432-4332 and buy in advance to save a few bucks.
     Received a quick note from John Hinz, BHS-64. He wrote, "we are watching Wheel of Fortune and a very nice, very cute young lady contestant introduced herself, announcing she is from Boone, Iowa. Brandy Holmes was the name and she is winning. Anyone know about her family? She said they are all still living in Iowa."
     The Kornerman thinks John was seeing a rerun of a show from quite some time back. I recall hearing about this when it was really held "live" but I don't have much information on it to provide. Maybe a Korner viewer can fill us in on the final result/family etc.
     Here's another case of really missing our old Boone News Republican which, under its current weekly status, won't come around again with local information for four or five more days.
     The Korner knows that Stan Brandmeyer, former BHS teacher/coach, and husband of Vivian, former Boone campus DMAAC President, passed away recently in Versailles, MO. We have learned that his funeral services will be held in Boone at Augustana Lutheran Church on Friday, July 28, at 11 a.m.. Wife, Vivian, and two sons survive.
     Apparently, the Korner is media/alone with this information at this time. Sorry its that way but we're happy to do what we can do to keep at least some folks informed.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Amy Lou Garlock, 85, Winfield, IA. Born in Ogden in 1931. OHS grad. Married Rev. Brown Garlock in Ogden in 1954. Was a teacher and was also involved in her husband's ministry. Two sons, two daughters and two sisters survive but none in the Ogden area........Steven Snyder, 35, Ames..........Lori Filmer Vonk, 56, Lake City. Served for many years as Office Manager for Rolfes Company in Boone. Boone area survivors include her husband, Harrie, son, Jason, and daughter, Alicia George, all of Boone.........Greg Leonard, 32, Ogden. Was a victim of ALS. East Greene HS. Boone area survivors include his wife, Caley Leonard, and daughters, Aubrey, and Bailey, all of Ogden and his mother, Becky Leonard, of Grand Junction.
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Chasing the Clouds

     Vern Modeland, BHS-50, has a question for you/us oldtimers. He wrote, "How many survivors are there of the days when, as adventuresome kids, we could climb a mountain in Boone?" Vern went on, "there were two of major size, as I recall. Okay, so they were slag piles of the coal mines we had back then. The one I spent time at was on the west side of Division Street, probably about at the city limits. There was this neat "mountain" of say 100 feet in height. It had a little rail line that went from the vertical opening of the mine shaft to the top of the "mountain." The cart once carried the slag to the top, then tipped it over, to add it to the growing "mountain." For a 10-12 year old, climbing the sides of that was quite an adventure. And, being before do-gooders were everywhere to save us from ourselves - you could prowl at the abandoned mine site, including throwing stuff down the mine shaft and trying to estimate how long it was before it went "splash" in I-know-not-what. The other mine/mountain was north of the railroad right-of-way just west of town. Both were visable for some distance and made quite an observation point if you climbed to the top. What happened to the coal mines? Someone filled the shafts and laterals into the coal vein, right? Old Boone explorers wonder. Anyone younger than 75 or so probably never even knew." He signed out, "Vern, BHS-50, withering away in the Ozarks." The Kornerman says, "golly we hope not Vern. Your mind is certainly still clear and I'm sure we all appreciate the memory of  those "mountains."
     Really, I, the Kornerman, has a similar memory. A relative of mine on my mother's side, Ben Erickson, farmed that first place Vern described and, as a 10-12 year old, I, too, recall climbing the "mountain" that Vern mentioned which was on that property. As Vern indicated, it was quite a thing to do and, obviously, the memory has always stayed with me. Geographically I'm talking about a spot just west off Division Street and north of 198th Road.
     For an update, Jo and I took a drive to the site of those two mountains Vern mentioned. The one that I had successfully climbed has disappeared. At least we could see no sight of it behind the very tall corn stalks. The other one that can be seen south of 198th or north of old Highway 30 in West Boone, still looms high with a U.S. flag perched on top. A good look can be obtained on Coal Road.
     Here's a Pufferbilly Days "heads up." By the way, the big event this year is September 7-10. Put it on your calendar.
     Anyway, the "heads up" is courtesy of former Boone resident, Ginny Martin Kuzniar, BHS-69. Ginny wrote this week, "I've been an avid reader of Kelley's Korner for years now and I finally have an opportunity to send you something "newsworthy." My sister, Barbara Martin Perry, BHS-65, will be a guest author at the "Book Shoppe" during Pufferbilly Days. She will be available to sign her delightful new book, "A Perfect Puddle," all day Saturday, September 9. The book is about two darling raindrops, Willie and Arnold, who capture young hearts and teach important lessons on science (STEM) at the same time! I will be joining her to help out....besides, isn't that what little sisters do? We are looking forward to reacquainting with old friends and enjoying the Pufferbilly experience."
     Ginny added,"I have lived in the Chicagoland area for the last 45 years and this year, my sister retired and moved closer to me. This has enabled her to see grandchildren more often and, at the same time, reinventing herself as an author of children's books! Mr. Stock's journalism class is finally paying off."
     In conclusion, Ginny said, "it's important to mention that a percentage of the sale of "A Perfect Puddle" will be going to the Ericson Public Library. Barb's book is dedicated to our parents, Mike and Marilyn Martin, who were lifetime residents of Boone. Our father, Mike, was an avid reader and was a wonderful storyteller. He was a local baseball umpire and a Captain of the Boone Fire Department back in his day."
     That annual Iowa By the Sea Picnic in Southern California at the site of the battleship Iowa is coming August 12 BUT if you plan to attend and want a ticket discount you must purchase by August 1. Adults (13 and over) pay $30 and youth (6-12) $12 but discounts of $5 and $2 respectively are available if you sign up by August 1.
     More info about this event can be obtained
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Mary Welch, 82, Boone. Attended school in Fraser and Boone. Worked at Randall's Foods in Boone for 32 years. After retirement, moved to Brooklyn, IA and lived there 25 years. Boone area survivors include two sons, Jeff and Kevin, both of Boone. Another son and a daughter also survive...........Marion Russell, 99, Ogden. Worked at the Woodward State Hospital prior to retirement........Lars Garton, 85, Ogden. Was a music teacher before becoming a school administrator. Served five schools in that capacity including Ogden High School......... Roger Hoshaw, 81, Webster City, formerly of the Stratford area. He and his wife, Irene, farmed for 79 years in the Stratford area. He also worked at Colonial Heating and Sheet Metal in Fort Dodge. His wife, Irene, of Webster City, is a survivor.  Boone area survivors include a daughter, Shelley Marvin, of Boone and son, Kevin Hoshaw, of Stratford. One other son also survives........Roger Halverson, 68, Slater. Worked at the Iowa DOT for 41 years.........Richard McVey, 57, Woodward. Madrid HS-78. Worked at Progressive Foundry for 15 years and was Plant Manager of Central Iowa Ready Mix for 23 years. Wife Pam of Woodward survives as do a son and three daughters.
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Saturday, July 15, 2017

House Guests.....So, a Day Off

     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Vera Marie Lindahl Sullivan, 80, Urbandale. Born in Boone. Parents were Verne and Evelyn Lindahl. Lived with husband, Raymond Sullivan, in Urbandale. He and four children survive. One child has passed away as did her brothers, James and Donald, of Boone.........Dale Paul Eppert, 88, Luther. Worked in road maintenance for Boone County for 40 years. Also did some farmng. Boone area survivors include his wife, JoAnn, of Luther, son, Dale, of Stanhope, and son, Denny, of Luther. He is also survived by a daughter..........Frances Nelson, 95, Raymore, MO. Born in Boone. Parents were Albin and Edith Mathson. Was an elementary teacher for a few years. She was an active member of Evangelical Free Churches in Boone, Madrid and Martensdale. No Boone area survivors.........Beverly Boorn, 87, Grand Junction. Boone area survivor is a daughter, Kathy (Jr.) John, of Boone..........Thomas Pritchard, Temple, TX. Formerly of Boone...........Betty Jean Miller, 86, Boone. BHS-49. Her parents were Arthur and Theodora Patten. She and her late husband, Donald, raised four boys in Boone.........Arlene Dames, 96, Boone. Moved to Boone from Sioux City in 1996. Boone area survivor is a daughter, Patricia Thomas, of Boone.
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Some Interesting Material

     Mark Tompkins, BHS-60, has been a very regular contributor to the Korner, always providing interesting material that isn't necessarily timely, but much worth holding for future use.
     So, here we are, with a void in our correspondence this past week. Its a perfect time to "catch up" with some things that Mark has provided but we have kept "on the shelf" for a time like this.
     First, he sent a video that is an easy followup to the recent Fourth of July holiday. In the end, its an actual singing, for the first time, of God Bless America sung by Kate Smith.
     The Kornerman not only enjoyed the singing of the song, I also learned some things I was unaware of concerning this classic, a song that some people think is our "real" National Anthem.
     The year was 1940 and our country's economy was still a mess from the depression. In addition, Germany's Hitler was causing all kinds of problems with his invasion of neighboring countries and threat to the rest of the world.
     Aware of the malaise affecting our country and its citizens, Kate Smith, whom Sinatra, himself, called the "best singer of her time," wanted to find an uplifting, patriotic song to sing. She went to the famous songwriter Irving Berlin who indicated he had written such a song 22 years previous, in 1917, that he thought might fill that bill.
     This was prior to television but on the radio, Kate Smith, a radio super star, eventually introduced God Bless America and it seemed to give the nation a boost in pride that was badly needed at that time.
     Then too, did you know that any money raised by that song was delivered to the Boy Scouts of America and through the years, that organization has continued to receive that benefit?
     To see this.......
     Mark also sent a video titled, "Made in Iowa" and it is about the demise of the Electrolux plant in Webster City and the way that community pulled together in an effort to rebound from that disaster.
     The shutdown came in 2011 when the plant was jettisoned to Mexico. At its peak, the Webster City plant employed up to 2,000 people from that community, Boonetown and the entire central Iowa area.
     At the beginning of the video, former employees and other townspeople are interviewed about the dire impact the closing had on families and businesses. One of those interviewed said, "businesses closed, home were foreclosed and people were forced to leave town for other opportunities."
     The gentleman added, "things really hit rock bottom when a big "For Sale" sign appeared on the theatre marquee."
     Some folks were not going to "let go" without a fight. Starting with a facebook plea, a drive to save the theatre was started. The originator of the idea said, "I got 100 "likes" and that pushed me forward." A committee was formed, a business plan set and a money raising drive got underway.
     Fast forward.........the theatre, behind much volunteer work and lots of money contributions awarded, eventually reopened via a huge community celebration.
     Yes, it was just a theatre BUT the entire community got involved, all coming together, to make that happen and show the world that Webster City could overcome the factory closing and lift a lot of spirits as a result.
     Someone said, "we found we're a lot better off with thriving smaller businesses than relying on one big one."
     It was a very interesting video and the Kornerman thanks Mark for "filling in" the Korner this time with a pair of great stories.
     To watch this.......
     Last time, we mentioned Bernie Lewiston's birthday. He repled with thanks, "Evelyn sure surprised me. I had no clue she was going to do that. Regarding Dick Johnson, another KWBG alum, Mark Campbell told me that Dick had passed away in Oklahoma. I enjoyed working for Dick when he was the station manager. You're right, lots of great memories. Keep up the good work."
     P.S. Guess what? The Kornerman delved into this old mind of mine and tried to write down all the former KWBG employees I could remember from my time there......mainly the 1950's.
     I have 33 names on the current list and am stretching for more. Someday, I will release what I have come up with and will ask for additions.........any I might have missed.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Judith Brooks, 73, Des Moines. Boone area survivor is a son, Bret Brooks, of Boone.........Virginia Randolph Carris Cox, 95, Des Moines. Born in Boone in 1922.........Fayetta Faye Springer, Platteville, WI. Formerly of Boone and Ogden........Calvin Stone, 90, Boone. Clinton HS-46. Was a longtime educator. Was an industrial arts teacher in Boone from 1955-88. Also taught adult education classes for 20 years. Army vet. Boone area survivors include his wife, Margaret (Maggie) Doran Stone, and sons, Mark and Matt Stone, all of Boone. Other area survivors include a son, Ben, of Des Moines and daughter, Cara Stone, of Ames.........Del Maurine Stark, 92, Boone. Born in Stratford and farmed with her husband, Leon (Bud) Stark, in the Stratford area. Attended A.I.B. and served as office manager for Stratford Mutual Telephone Company. Boone area survivor is a daughter, Janis Anderson, of Boone........George Steininger, 82, Boone. BHS-54. Navy vet. Worked as a machinist at ISU from 1964-98 when he retired. Boone area survivors include his wife, Carol, and sister, Madonna Smith, both of Boone. Another area survivor is a daughter, Jolene Steininger, of Ames...........Terry Swartz, 74, Boone. Grew up in Webster City. WCHS-60. Worked in banking in Webster City and Boone. Also had a refinishing business and drove a bus for Boone County. Boone area survivors include his wife, Karen, of Boone, two sons and four daughters. Daughter Shelly Harper of Boone is an area survivor.
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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Variety ---- The Spice of Life

     We have a variety of subjects to subject our viewers to in this edition of the Korner. Jackie Gleason used to say, awaaaaay we go.
     Evelyn Lewiston, over Ogden way, wrote, "I don't know if you post birthdays in the Korner or not."
     The Kornerman says, "hey, bring em' on. We post about anything that meets the "good taste" list."
     "Husband Bernie turns 75 on Tuesday, July 11, and he loves to read the Korner," Evelyn added.
     Well, a big happy, happy birthday to an old KWBG buddy, big Bernie. We've both got some great memories of our days there and, of course, don't get together often enough to share the belly laughs.
     Now, it just so happens that we heard from another BG grad this week also.
     Larry Kelley (no relation) wrote, "do you remember when Wes Nielson (another BG grad) lived in a little house somewhere in southeast Boone?" The Kornerman does not remember that.
     Larry added, "I'm being nostalgic now in life and wanting to re-visit some of the places I have been from years ago. I heard Kio Dettman say that BG once was for sale for $75k. I wish I had known that. I had a chance to own part of it when Ken Kilmer was the General Manager. He offered me a partnership. The things we could have done in life that we missed out on."
     The Kornerman says,"whatever happened to Ken Kilmer? Vic Sayer has passed and I'm not sure about Dick Johnson. I think I was station manager a short time between Dick and Ken. I remember Dick was my boss and I don't think I was still at the station when Ken took over. Anyway, lots of great memories."
     P.S. Here's the latest on Larry's famous son, Jamie.
     His East Coast Fan Club recently held their annual party at the home base, Vineland, NJ.
     Jamie has a new album with a dozen tracks, 10 of them originals.......songs he has written.
     And, always the dedicated Booneite, Jamie, again, will favor his hometown with a charity concert. This time he'll benefit the Boone County Humane Society. It will be held at TK's Event Center on July 28. Tickets are available for $25 at HyVee or by calling 432-4332 and here's a secret, kids ONLY can show up at the door the night of the concert for a special price of $15. Again, its another Jamie Kelley Boone charity to benefit the Humane Society.
     Tim Johnson showed up at the Kornerman's door the other day with the question, "when was baseball play started on the Memorial Park diamond?"
     Well, of course, Memorial Park has been Memorial Park for quite some time. When the Kornerman was 13-18, all of the youth baseball that was available was American Legion ball and yes, we played at Memorial BUT at that time, the early 50's, home plate was on the Greene Street part of the park and there was no outfield fence. Just bushes in left-center field along 21st street and in dead right field, along Boone Street. So, the diamond then was laid out completely different than it is today.
     Boone High School had baseball teams in the early 1940's but shortly thereafter, that sport was discontinued. They played their games at the old Vets park site which later became the first Jimmy Archer, what?, 10th and Tama?
     A former Minor League baseball player, Mike Jacobs, moved to Boone as an administrator with the railroad. He had a deep interest in baseball and started a semi-pro team, the Boone Falcons, and also was very instrumental in developing the Memorial Park baseball diamond as we know it today. In that time, it was often said that some of Mike's railroad workers were spending more time working on building a baseball diamond than they were actually working on the railroad. I remember they used remnants of old railroad cars to build the first dugouts and eventually, it was Jacobs and his crew who got lights installed there.
     If my memory is still valid, Bill Sapp, a teacher-coach at Grand Junction, was hired at Boone High School in 1958 to teach and to again begin a high school baseball program. By then, the diamond, itself, was in place and was "one of the best" around.
     So, I guess the answer to Mike's query would be that baseball has been played on the Memorial Park diamond since the early to mid-1950's.
     At our most recent class meeting, class of 1953, we did something unusual, at least, to our group. We tried to think of individuals who were in our class at one time or another but, due to a family move or some other  reason, did not finish with us. This brought back some additional memories.
     Names we came up with were Clarice McBirnie, Jack Butler, Emilee Jackson, Ron Keneipp and Ramona Reckner.
     We know Jack has  passed. He used to keep in contact as did Ron Keneipp. In fact, Jack would email the Korner every so often.
     Maybe some of you viewers remember these folks.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS:.Kent Hubby, 63, Kansas City. Formerly of Boone. BHS-72. His parents, Merle and Elaine. Kent was a wood finisher for several Kansas City companies. Boone area survivors include his mother, Elaine, sisters, Debbie, Vicki and Nancy, and his brother, Danny........Gwendolyn Capps, 87, Boone. Her husbands, both deceased, were James Casey and John Capps. She married John in 1971. Gwen was a head cook at Iowa State University and later worked at Walmart. Boone area survivors include her son, Chris Capps, of Ogden, daughter, Jo Ellen Wells, brother Duane Wilcox and sister Charlene Alexander all of Boone.
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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Boone Municipal Band - Dave Richardson

     Jo and I had the pleasure of attending the annual Fourth of July band concert at the Herman Park Pavilion last night. The concert is staged each year by the Boone Municipal Band, which is in its 100th year of existence.
     When I, the Kornerman, was an employee of the Iowa High School Athletic Association, we always attended our national meeting, which was always scheduled over the Fourth of July.  As a result, over a 30 year period, our personal Fourth of July celebrations were held in places like Las Vegas, Denver, Kansas City, Minneapolis, near Detroit, San Antonio, Nashville, Florida (three or four different sites) and other places I've since forgotten.
     Back home, in recent years, we've had the opportunity to attend our Boone Fourth of July concert and our much biased observation is that that none of those nationwide have been any better.
     Much credit goes to director Dave Richardson, who is retiring after this summer's concerts and ending his 39 year dedication to the municipal band. This may be new news to, at least, you out-of-state Korner viewers.
     There surely are many Korner "regular's" who, perhaps, had Dave as their Boone High School band director or, maybe even as a member of the municipal band. I know one of his earliest BHS years was 1979......maybe even a year or two before that and he's been retired now from BHS for several years but has still continued his directing skills via the municipal band.
     May we suggest that you drop a note of congratulations or thanks to Dave at 922 Union Street, Boone, Iowa 50036, for his long dedication to the municipal band. And since we no longer have a BOONE newspaper, please mention in the note that you learned of this by viewing Kelley's Korner. Thank you.
     P.S. Dave announced at the concert that his replacement will be the current Boone High School band director, Chris Truckenmiller, himself, a BHS graduate, 2005.
     This was interesting. A list of longtime municipal band players was distributed and some of them have very long tenures.  For example, Jo Howell (47 years); Dave Howell, 45; Linda Younger, 39; Tom Mowen, 38; Judy Howard, 37; Dalene O'Brien and Brenda Babbitt, 34; Kara Swenson and Larry Moeller, 31; Julie Thompson and Mark Astelford, 29; Lowell Davis and Deidre Malmquist, 28; Steve Weigel, 25; Dave Swenson, 24; Bill Martin, 22; and Dan Sprengeler, 20. Anybody there you know?
     In the last edition, we wrote of the very hot weather that had besieged our nation recently. In reply, we heard from Dick Young, BHS-57. Dick wrote, "I read about the heat down here in the southwest. Yes, it gets pretty toasty in these parts (Phoenix - Sun City/AZ) around this time of year. We had an 11 day stretch that was 110 degrees + every day. On June 20, it reached 121.3 degrees. We also have MANY days of 100 degrees plus. But our winters are the best time of the year with temps in the 70's and 80's. Keep cool."
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Marcene Doerder, 95, Boone. BHS-38. She and her husband, Francis, farmed in Boone County for over 40 years. Boone area survivor is a son, Daryl, of Boone. Two other sons and a daughter survive..........Marvin Aurand, 76, Boone........Gwendolyn Capps, 87, Boone........Val Cushman, 69, Ogden. A Navy vet. Was a railroad employee as a conductor. Boone area survivor is a son, Jason, of Ogden. Two other sons survive..........Audrey Richardson, 81, Boone........Services for Dr. Enfred Linder, formerly of Ogden, who passed away in December, will be held Saturday, July 8, in Twin Lakes, IA.
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Saturday, July 1, 2017

A Busy Time

     The Kornerman can't believe how quickly the summer is moving. Sweet corn is about ready, tomatoes to follow, the Boone County Fair is just a couple weeks away, July 13, then RAGBRAI and the Iowa State Fair.
     This time of year always brings class reunions as well and Mike Sundall emailed this week to inform that the class of 1968 is heading toward its 50th bash, July 21.
     Mike said he wants all 68ers to pass the word and encourage classmates to make plans. He indicated that more information would be forthcoming. Shelly Lovin Dannatt is aiding Mike and they're asking others to join the planning group.
     Jo and I attended the visitation for Ken Shuey last week. The Kornerman had lots of connections there. Ken's wife, Judy, was an employee of the Iowa High School Athletic Association when I worked there. In addition, Ken helped us out for a numbers of years as a member of the statistical crew at the boys state basketball tournaments. He also had responsibilities for a long time working at the officials bench for both Iowa State University football and basketball.
     Ken officiated high school athletic events. In football, he partnered with Bill Ott, Eldon Hutchison and Stan Brandmeyer. I know that Bill Ott, the former longtime Executive Director of the Boone County Y, was in town for the Shuey funeral from his home base, Cherryvale, KS.
     The Kornerman was watching some of the NBA awards show on television last week. Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder was awarded the Most Valuable Player award and he had great praise for his teammates. In fact, four or five of them were in attendance and he invited them on stage with him. Noticed one of them was Nick Collison. Nick just finished his 13th season in the NBA and all of them were with Seattle, and then Oklahoma City. That was the same franchise and that's highly unusual for a player to spend his entire career with one franchise. Nick will be 37 years of age in October and he's not expected to be retained by Oklahoma City. Its possible, if not probable, that another NBA team could make him an offer for the coming season.
     Nick's parents, Dave and Judy Peterson Collison, of course, are BHS grads and Nick still has relatives in the Boone area.
     Lots of talk about the unbelieveable heat.........especially in  the southwest U.S.
     That reminds me of my "hottest" experience. The Boone Babe Ruth All Star team of 1962 that I managed had just won the state tournament. We boarded a bus for a long trip to Wellington, KS for the regional tourney. I'll never forget the first sight I saw in Wellington. It was one of those bank signs with the time and temp provided. It stuck out like a sore thumb.........113 degrees. AND, those days we were there, we were provided sleeping arrangements in an old barracks as I recall. No air conditioning of course.Sort of like a musty old summertime gymnasium or locker room. But, we survived. In fact, won the regional and advanced to the Babe Ruth World Series in Bridgeton, New Jersey.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Charles Eddy, 86, Glendale, AZ. Formerly of Boone. BHS-49. Son of Arthur and Margaret Eddy.........Kim Harris, 66, Tucson, AZ. Formerly of Boone. Attended BHS. Was a Marine vet and a drywall finisher.Two sisters survive, Laurie Platter of Boone and Julie Harris.......Jayson Pendarvis Sr., 54, Boone. BHS-82. Boone area survivors include sons, Jayson Pendarvis, of Ogden and Dustin, Anthony and Brandon all of Boone........Laurie Walkenhorst, 56, Ankeny. Formerly of Boone. BHS-78. Worked for IBP and Katecho. Among the survivors is her father, Bob Brown, of Boone........Joe Rouse, 55, Boone. BHS-81. Survivors include four sisters and six brothers, many from the Boone area..........Ralph Musser, 68, Boone. BHS-68. Was a painter at Percival Scientific. Boone area survivors include his wife, Patty, and sons, David, Carl and Chris, all of Boone and Steven of Madrid,  a daughter, Laurie Wilson, of Boone, sister, Margaret Hilsabeck, of Boone and sister-in-law, Linda Musser, of Ogden........Jaye Watson, 61, Boone. Moved to Ogden in 1962 and attended school there. Worked at several area businesses at Story City, Kelley, Nevada and for the railroad. Boone area survivors include his brother, Don, and sister, Vicki Conley, both of Boone.
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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Summer Slowdown

     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Meridith Hughes, 81, Ankeny. Services were held in Boone. Boone area survivor is a son, Chris Hughes, of Ames........Harold Dean Kent, 84, Ogden. Moved to Ogden in 1963. Worked for Peoples Natural Gas for 25 years as a service tech. Boone area survivors include his wife, Vicki, and a daughter, Tina Keister, both of Ogden........Sandra Foltz, 72, Boone. BHS-63. Was a DMACC grad and worked as an accountant at ISU for 25 years prior to retirement in 2015. Boone area survivors include sons, Brian and Corey, a daughter, Denise Ballew, and sisters, Eloise Davis and Adeline Hilts, all of Boone. Two other sons also survive.......Ernest Ingram, 81, Boone. Settled in Boone in 1969 so he could finish schooling and graduate from ISU. Worked in the Workforce Development Offices of Boone and Ames before retirement in 2001. Boone area survivors include his wife, Evelyn, son, Brian, and daughters, Linda and Kim, all of Boone.......Dennis Brown, 78, Boone. Born in Fraser. Pilot Mound HS-57. Was a construction foreman for Quad States Construction for 30 years and also owned and operated Browns Elevator Service for 15 years. Boone area survivors include son, Curtis, of Ames and, Darryl (Terry), of Boone.
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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Bits and Pieces

     BITS AND PIECES: (1) It was good to see old friend and former longtime Boone resident Kriss Phillips this week. He was in town from his residences in Arizona and Colorado enroute to a high school class reunion in southeast Iowa. Kriss hasn't changed much but his wife has. Beset by some serious health issues, she is recovering much better now after some surgery. (2) We had mentioned in  the obituaries recently the death of Norman Erickson, 92, of Stratford. We didn't mention that Norman and his wife, Margaret, were members of a famous area musical group for 25 years. The Farmers Four quartet (remember?) sang at celebrations, weddings, funerals and on special occasions. (3) It was good to receive a personal letter from Don (Red) Houser, BHS-49, this week. He is so proud of his granddaughter, who is an exceptionally talented lacrosse player in southern California. We had mentioned some of her accomplishments in the Korner. He wrote to thank us and he included some more newspaper clippings highlighting her success.
     On aging. You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than in bed. Its called pre-sleep.
     Pastor Arnold Thoren was a longtime member of the Boone community while he served the Augustana Lutheran Church congregation. He lives in East Moline, IL now and has been battling some health issues. Jamie and Larry Kelley and Bill Sturtz recently visited Pastor Thoren, now in his 80's, and provided some special music as a effort to lift his spirits a bit. They're asking that Boone folks who remember Pastor Thoren drop him a note of remembrance and support. Send them in care of his wife, Barbara, at 2130 26th Street, Rock Island, IL 61201.
     On aging. The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you really do care that you don't care to do them anymore.
      BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Greg Mohrman, 41, Ankeny-Polk City. BHS-93. Attended DMACC and the PGA Golf Academy in Arizona. Worked at car dealerships and was last employed as Sales Manager at Pella Motors. Survivors include his wife, Kelly Buckner Mohrman, three children, his brother, Jeff, his parents, Robert and Cheryl Mohrman, his parents-in-law, Tim and Marcia Buckner, sister-in-law, Shannon Bartley, and his grandmother, Betty Smith.........Marcia Fredrickson, 63, Chicago. Born in Boone in 1953. Her parents were Bob and Jane Low........Dorothy Germer, 99, Boone. Seven daughters survive, Joann Irvine, Barb Low, Nora Dearborn, Portia Martin, Rose Brekke, Linda Crandell and Kay Hammond. One son, David, also survives........Clarice Coffey Gerstein, Ames. Formerly of Boone. Survivors include her husband, Dr. Bernard Gerstein, and former Boone residents, her brother, Robert Coffey, and brother-in-law, William Otis.........Verdeen Knox, 77, Iowa Falls. Attended Luther and United Community schools and AIB in Des Moines. Worked for the Bureau of Public Roads and in Newton as a school lunchroom hostess and church secretary. Her husband, Gary Knox, survives. Boone area survivors include a daughter, Karen Brandt of Ogden, sister Jana Ranieri of Madrid and brother, Mike Rieck of Madrid.........Teresa Rilea, 57, Granger. Her husband, Mark, of Granger survives. Boone area survivors include sisters, Dianne Gibbons of Madrid and Leanna Carpenter of Woodward.........Mark (Larzo) Larson, 48, Urbandale. He and friends, Dana and Rick, ran a hobby stock race car at the Boone Speedway for a time.............
Meredith Hughes, 81, Ankeny. A homemaker..........Berniece Shadle, 93, Boone........Sandra Foltz, 73, Boone.......Betty Jean Johnson, 94, Boone. Jordan HS and ISU grad. Worked in Ottumwa, Des Moines, in Illinois and Minnesota as a dietary consultant. Returned to Boone in 1979 and retired in 1984. Boone area survivor is a sister, Betty, of Boone........Marvin Samuelson, 87, Madrid.
     Remember. Its not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived.
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Boone Connected Deaths

     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Esther Gunnink, 80, Boone. Was an elementary teacher for several early years. Boone area survivor is her husband, Norman. Also survived by a son and three daughters.........Ken Shuey, 78, Boone. BHS-56. Was a 31-year veteran of the Iowa National Guard and U.S. Army and served in Viet Nam. Worked for the Iowa DOT for 36 years prior to retirement in 1996. Was a Little League coach and an official of several sports. Also served Iowa State University as the head statistician for Cyclone football and basketball for 35 years. Boone area survivors include his wife, Judy, of Boone and sons, Steve and Monty, and daughter, Sue, all of Ames..........Marjorie Hibner, Ogden Manor. Formerly of Charles City..........Larry Kruse, 76, Ogden. After graduating from Dana HS-58, he attended Boone Junior College for one year. Worked for American Airlines for 35 years before retiring and moving back to Ogden.......Shirley Gibbons, 81, Fort Dodge.........Norman Erickson, 92, Stratford. Stratford HS-42. Farmed in the Stratford area with his wife, Margaret (deceased). Boone area survivor is a son, Doran Erickson, of Stratford........Patricia Blaker, 78, Perry. She and husband, Larry (deceased), were residents of Boone from 1963-70. In Perry, she worked many years for the Perry school system. Three sons survive including, Joe Blaker, of Woodward.......
Katherine Naeve, 100, Des Moines. Born in Boone. Parents were Clifford and Margaret Phipps. Farmed with her husband, August (deceased), near Woodward. She also worked at the Woodward State Hospital for 20 years..........James Garvin, 95, Urbandale. Born in Ogden. Boone area survivor is a sister, Eula Butrick, 102, of Boone........Marvin Samuelson, 87, Madrid. Born in Madrid.
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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Changes Galore

     Classmate Dick Longworth, BHS-53, spoke from Chicago, "it's mind-boggling that little old Ankeny, which was only a wide spot on the road to Des Moines in our time, is probably one of Iowa's ten biggest cities now. Some of your readers may remember a wonderful Des Moines Register columnist, Donald Kaul, who once sponsored a contest of some sort, with Ankeny as first prize. Kaul kept this gag going for a while, then admitted the winner couldn't get his prize because Ankeny was lost in the mail. A quick Googling shows that Ankeny had about 1,200 people in those days and close to 60,000 now. The last time I was there it was a maze of office parks, including the HQ of Casey's General Stores, the gas-and-calorie-station chain that was born in Boone."
     Dick added, "all those booming towns you mentioned - Grimes, Johnston, Norwalk, Waukee - are really part of greater Des Moines now, in Polk County, or right next door, in Dallas or Warren counties. You're right that Iowa is growing, but almost all of this growth seems to be in the Des Moines area. Google says the state is up 208,000 since 2000, but just four counties - Polk, Dallas, Story and Warren - account for 160,000 of this. Throw in Linn and Johnson counties (the Cedar Rapids-Iowa City corridor) and you've got a six-county gain of 215,000, which means the rest of the state is losing people. Well, not all the rest of the state but 71 of the 99 counties are down. Boone County hangs in there - down about 1,000 since our day, in the 50's, but up about 400 since 2000. I've been doing a lot of work on Midwestern cities and this is the overall pattern. State centers like Des Moines, Indianapolis, Columbus, Minneapolis are gaining a lot, with suburbs and neighboring counties joining in, but the rest of the states are emptying out. I guess this is the wave of the future but those of us who liked small towns can't help but feel that we're losing something important."
     EDITOR'S NOTE:  I guess the first time the Kornerman ever even thought about Ankeny, Iowa was in 1948 (I was 13 years old) when one of Boone High's greatest basketball teams battled Ankeny and the three Fontana brothers (remember?) in the Iowa State Boys Basketball Tournament at Iowa City. Out teachers let us listen to the game on the radio. We lost.
     Regarding aging.....don't you miss the days when everything worked with just an "on" or "off" switch?
     Max Moore, BHS-46, tells the Kornerman that " "Red" Houser, BHS-49, told me he is so proud of his granddaughter, Grace, who was voted the top LaCrosse player in California. Many colleges have offered full scholarships and she chose the University of California at Berkley. She was one of the first girls at her school to have her jersey retired. Hope you are doing well, Mo. Keep it up as long as your health is good. I saw your mention of Chuck Lovin's passing. He was well liked in Boone. For many years, we called each other on our birthdays. I'm not a Dor fan, go good old Toreadors for me. Brother Larry, BHS-52, says, "Hi Mo.""
     EDITOR'S NOTE: The Kornerman, at an age when I was really "looking up" to star athletes, was so thrilled when Red Houser, a former Toreador, took a kickoff in the Iowa State Cyclones opening game of the '53 (?) season and carried it all the way back to the opponents end zone for a touchdown.
See, I still remember that sixty years plus later.
     About that you can afford expensive jewelry, it's not safe to wear it anywhere.
     We didn't attend the band concert this week but I'm told, by usually reliable sources, that Dave Richardson, Director of the Boone Municipal Band, told the audience this will be his last year at that post. He's been the director for 39 years.
     What can we say other than.......many, many thanks for all the joy the band, under your outstanding direction, have provided us for such a long, long time. You will certainly be missed but you have definitely earned a rest from those duties after such dedicated service.
     All about aging.........have you noticed as the years passed by that everyone seems to be whispering?
    The Kornerman headlined in a story late last month that former Boone resident, Jack Lashier, was retiring as Director of the Iowa Hall of Pride as of August 1st.
     SURPRISE! His replacement as Director will be the husband of a Boone High School graduate, Holly Wulkow Anderson. The new Director will be Taylor Anderson, who has completed the latest school year as a teacher/coach at Ankeny Centennial High School.
     Holly's parents, Rick and Barb Wulkow, reside in Boone of course. Rick is the retired Executive Director of the Iowa Boys High School Athletic Association.
     About aging.......going out is great but coming home is even better!
     The United Community/Luther areas have been hard hit this week. Sadly, we have a pair of deaths from that area to report.
     Good Korner friend, Gary Knox, tells us that his wife, Verdeen Knox, died on June 11, the day after their 56th wedding anniversary. He wrote, "she played post guard for Luther HS and United Community. She played third base on the very competitive Luther girls softball team and also her senior year at United Community."
     Then too, Kerry Ray Nicholson, 58, of Ankeny, a 1977 United Community High School graduate, passed away that same day, June 11. Kerry recently completed his 30th year as a U.S. Postal employee. Kerry's wife, Cheryl, and their son, Steven, survive.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Irene Kelly, 90, West Des Moines. Boone area survivor is her son, Bob Kelly, of Boone.
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

On the Street and Chasing News

     Last edition the Kornerman wrote about the growth of cities like Ankeny in the metro area.
     Vern Modeland, BHS-50, had this response, "Ankeny growing? It had to come. Just driving around the beltway in Des Moines is depressing to this old night-reporter. I'll bet there are streets and such I couldn't even find any more. At WHO news, circa 1950's and 60's, I used to be the "guy covering the street" on anything happening after about 2 a.m. since I went in to work at 6 a.m. with a stop at the cop house first to check the logs. Ah, them good old days. Not "show business or news release reading, but journalism as an ethical career that honed ethical writers. Remember the real Fourth Estate? Regarding your note on never spoiling honey......even 32,000 years old.......I'll bet if you did find it, it would be expensive."
     Vern concluded, "home again after a hospital stay for one thing or another and still kicking."
     The Kornerman says, "I loved that, "not show business or news release reading, but journalism as an ethical career that honed ethical writers." What in the world has happened to at least some who claim to be real journalists but fall far short of that ethical mark?
     Terry Larson, a former Ballard Bomber, responded to our mention last edition regarding the Ames leaning Boone News Republican. He wrote, "around 20 years ago when the Ames paper started a rival Boone newspaper, I wrote a letter to the editor to the Boone News when Schaubs still owned the BNR. The point of my letter was that we should be reading and supporting the Boone News and if we didn't do so, we would find the Boone news relegated to the third page of the Ames Tribune. And, if we wanted to read about the sports exploits of our children and grandchildren we should not expect the Ames paper to adequately cover Boone sports. This is about to come completely to fruition in that the Boone News is already regularly featured on the third page of the Ames Tribune and Boone sports are not at all covered in the Ames paper."
     He added, "I have always subscribed to the Ames paper, along with the Boone News, DM Register and USA Today but recently dropped the USA Today. The younger generation thinks you can get all they need from reading only parts of the whole paper shared on the internet. Most newspapers don't put all their news up on the web, let alone their money stream of advertising. Its very sad to see too many people thinking that they can get all their news from the internet, TV or the radio. Your column is great but is additional fodder rather than the main source of daily news for myself and your followers. Nothing is better than the morning coffee and newspaper. From their, research is started on many stories, mainly on the internet, at least in my case, but, newspaper first."
     The Kornerman replied that there was nothing in Terry's letter that I can disagree with. True but sad.
     In case you have forgotten, "when the Ames paper started a rival Boone newspaper," Terry was referring to the start of the Boone Today and Shopping News..........remember?
     I bet you are wondering how pound cake got its name? Its because the original recipe included a pound each of butter, eggs, sugar and flour. Sounds like something the Kornerman would be very interested in.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Helen Virginia Smith, 102, Boone. She and her husband moved to Ogden in 1952 and purchased the Ford dealership. Helen also worked for the US postal service in Ogden and Des Moines. Two daughters survive.......Lois Carlson, 93, Palmyra, PA. In 1958, she married Rev. Luke Carlson of Ogden..........Rowena Hurlbut, 100, Ames. She owned and operated several Hallmark gift stores, including the one in Boone. She retired at age 88. Two sons and a daughter survive........Howard Kyle, 86, Ames. Worked for the city of Ames for over 30 years. Boone area survivor is a daughter, Naylene Crispin, of Madrid. One son also survives.
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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Some Interesting Figures

     Local viewers of the Korner are probably well aware of Iowa's population growth but those who made the mistake of moving outside our borders may not be.
     In the "old" days, there were lots of miles of cornfields between sizable towns with, perhaps, some smaller communities (very small) dotted between.
     Many of those smaller communities have, basically, disappeared while some of the "sizable" towns have shown great growth..........maybe to your surprise.
     According to new census estimates, Ankeny, for example, is the 14th fastest-growing community nationwide.........tops in the midwest. With a 4.5 percent growth rate, Ankeny's population is up to 58,627.
     Here are some others you may find interesting: Waukee is up 10.9 percent with 19,284; Johnston 7.2 percent at 21,114; little old Grimes 5.4 percent at 11,909 and Norwalk 4.3 percent at 10,590.
     Some others like Des Moines, West Des Moines and Ames all show a population increase, just not as pronounced as the ones we mentioned.
     Speaking of corn, an average ear of corn has an even number of rows, usually 16.
     If you have access to the Boone News Republican, perhaps you noticed. In the latest edition, there are three major front page stories, all submitted by Ames office writers. SURPRISE? Not really. Makes you wonder how much longer the Boone office will survive. In their defense, the latest BNR editor, who the Kornerman thought was doing a good job, departed and they have yet to find a replacement.
     Did you know? That honey NEVER spoils. They say you can eat 32,000 year old honey safely if you can find any.
     Had a chance to visit with Gayle Rinehart recently and asked about son, Chad, who made us all proud with a nice six/seven year career as an offensive lineman in the National Football League.
     Gayle told us that Chad is working in strength training and conditioning as an employee of the   Waverly-Shell Rock High school system.
     He's married, has a small child and is living in Cedar Falls.
     An apple a day? There are 7500 varieties of apples and if you ate one different variety each day, it would take 20 years to chop on all of them.
     Jo and I attended the visitation and funeral service for Chuck Lovin and, as anticipated, attendance was high for the well known BHS teacher/coach who passed away at 97 years of age.
     It was a light-hearted service and a grand tribute to someone who lived a great life "his way."
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Maxine Anderson, 98, Fayetteville, AR. Born on the family farm in Boxholm. After living in California, returned to the Pilot Mound area to farm with her husband, Harold Brown. Harold passed away but Maxine stayed on the farm until her two boys were in school. Eventually, she moved to Des Moines and started a career with a telephone company. Burial will be at Pilot Mound cemetery............Judi Peterson, 71, Ames. Worked at one time in the accounting department at the Boone County Hospital.........Betty Jean Ray, 90, Boone. Was a teacher. Boone area survivors include daughters, Barb Herrstrom, Sharon Erb and Darlene Doerder, as well as a fourth daughter.
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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Boone Connected Deaths

     Charles (Chuck) Lovin came to Boone in the early 50's and made a definite impact here as a teacher/coach at Boone High School and a community supporter.
     Chuck passed away Saturday at age 97.
     Tom Peterson, BHS-67, was the first to inform the Korner of his passing. That was followed immediately by notes from Loren Frazier, BHS-58, and Mike Loehrer, BHS-64.
      Loren wrote, "I didn't have time for sports in my school days. I worked after school, starting in fourth grade and continuing until I got out of ISU.......but I think I had him for a teacher in the ninth grade. I  think it was World Geography and if that recollection is correct, what he taught me "took." I still know quite a bit about world geography. He was a legend in his own time and will be remembered and mourned by hundreds of people whose life he has influenced."
      Mike remembered, "if i'm not mistaken, the passing of Coach Blaker last week and then Mr. Lovin means that all of our teachers and coaches from the class of '64 are gone. I know its a part of life but we were so blessed to have such fine role models as parents and teachers. I'll never forget my first encounter with Mr. Lovin. I was in ninth grade and in the Guidance Office with Dick Musser. Mr. Lovin said something to the effect, "Loehrer, I hear you're goofing around in Mr. Brown's science class. I don't remember my comeback but it wasn't a good one. He dropped me like cut wheat. The next I knew, I was seeing stars on the ceiling while on my backside. Gosh, I loved that guy."
     I,  the Kornerman, also remember having Chuck in a geography class. Not only a good teacher, he was an excellent coach with some outstanding girls basketball and boys golf teams. A good golfer himself, he was also quite the card of many who played poker quite often in my dad's basement over a 50 year period,  believe it or not.
     The Korner extends sincere condolences to his daughter, Shelly Dannatt, son, Chuck Jr., and all those who admired and loved him.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Rose Perkovich Catron, 85, Altoona. Luther HS. Boone area survivor is a sister, Ann Harris, of Madrid.......Larry Adix, 77, Boone. Was a farmer, drove a milk truck and milked cows. Also drove a tour bus for CIT and school buses for Ames and United Com.
........LTC David Cottington, 82, Copperas Cove, TX. Tall Dave was a very good basketball player at Jordan High School. Services in Texas..........Julie Rickertt, 58, Boone. Worked at Hawkeye Laundry, Merit Baking, HyVee and cleaned homes. Boone area survivors include a son, Jeremy Bogue, and daughter, Stacey Vote, both of Boone........Mary Laube, 92, Boone. Born in Boone County. Was a homemaker. Boone area survivors include sons, Randy of Boone and Jay of Jefferson, and a sister, Vera Lindgren, of Boone.........Bonnie Richard, 68, Pleasant Hill. Her husband, Galen Richard, survives.
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Saturday, June 3, 2017

A Nice Place to Raise a Family

     If you remember the 1960's in Boone you, no doubt, remember the Harris family. They had a definite impact. Merle, as Boone High's most successful high school football coach, Litta, who probably "baby sat" or, at least, guided many Boone "young'un's" as a longtime director of the Christian Church Child Care Center, and the "kids".........Mike, BHS-66, Larry and Terry, BHS-71, Patty, BHS-79 and Tim, BHS-81.......via their athletic and academic achievements.
     It was extremely interesting to hear from members of that family this week. Tim or Patty indicated that they had received some material from Mary Jo Newbold, BHS-60. Included was a copy of the football game program, Boone vs Ames, Oct. 21, 1960. The Kornerman noted that the starting BHS offensive lineup included Larry Paulson, Steve Trulin, Dave Adams, LaVerne Ivis, Steve Hilts, Tom Burke, Gary McLeod (Mary Jo's brother), Joe Reedholm, George Hannum, Roger McCoy and Terry Ferry.
     There was also a column penned by former Boone News Sports Editor Wayne Shaw, dated Nov. 7, 1959, that indicated that Coach Harris initially guided the Toreadors to a 2-6 record in 1958 but followed up with a 4-2-1 mark in '59 which was the best BHS season since 1953. There was also a copy of a BNR game story detailing the Toreadors 1960 season ending victory over Oskaloosa which completed a 7-1 overall season, including a 4-1 second place finish in the Central Iowa Conference. That 7-1 was the best BHS season since the 1928 campaign........32 years prior.
     Coach Harris, of course, guided several other outstanding Toreador teams in his remaining years at the helm.
     Tim or Patty proudly concluded the email repeating a comment heard in some of the pre-Harris years, "this (Boone) isn't a very good athletic town but its a nice place to raise a family........that was before dad's football teams won how many games in the 60's?"
     EDITOR'S NOTE: Oh yes, such exciting times and I, the Kornerman, had such a great experience broadcasting all of the games during those great Harris years.........a career highlight....definitely.
     Classmates Mark Tompkins, BHS-60, and John Clymer are touring Europe and keeping the Korner up to date on their adventure.
     Mark sent a clipping regarding an important bridge, it read, "in order to secure control of the crossing, General Gavin launches an all-out assault. Casualties on both sides are horrific, but the men of the 507th PIR and the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment, supported by tanks brought in from Utah Beach, succeed in occupying the village of Cauquigny on the other side. This battle at LaFiere lasted for three days."
     Mark concluded, "as chance would have it, we stayed in the manor within 50 yards of this famous bridge."
     Thanks to Karen Anderson we have a full schedule of upcoming events along the Lincoln Highway. Karen commented, "most are in State Center, Marshalltown and/or Colo. It would seem Boone would be "into" Lincoln Highway events since Boone prospered by having the highway go right through town."
     The Kornerman has a list of events or you can find them at the Iowa Lincoln Highway Association website if interested.
     Would you believe? Two national baseball home run leaders played for the Des Moines Community College Bears at Boone campus?
     Scott Schebler plays right field for the Cincinnati Reds these days and leads the National League with 16 homers. Then there's Jake Adams who has belted 27 home runs for the Iowa Hawkeye baseball team this season. That's an all-time record at SUI and he currently shares the national collegiate leadership in homers. Both played at one time for DMACC at the Boone campus. Schebler was here for one season while Adams racked up 17 and 25 home runs for the Bears in the 2015 and 2016 campaigns.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: John Smith, 67, Bouton. Formerly of Boone. BHS-68. Worked for his dad at Chuck's Electric, then as an electrician at Woodward State Hospital. Boone area survivors include his son, Sean Smith, of Woodward and a sister, Nancy Larson, of Stratford.......Darrell Berglund, 74, Boone........Candace Van Meter, 67, Berkley, IA. Was born in Boone in 1950. Her parents were Robert and Deloris Johnson.
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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Time Passes, People Retire

     Two long time stalwarts of the Boone business community have decided to retire.
     A few weeks ago, Gina Springis, who partnered with her husband, Arnie, for many years at Lowe Berry Garden Center and Floral Creations and had kept the business alive, alone, since Arnie's passing, announced she was retiring.
     Now, its been announced that Holly Larson of Holly's will be closing out in the very near future. Thankfully, there will be an owner or owners (still unnamed) taking over Holly's business after a "freshup" of the building at 701 Story Street and a restock of many of the same fashions Holly has always offered.
     The Korner wishes nothing but the best for Gina and Holly in their well deserved retirement and offer our congratulations on great and dedicated careers.
     EDITORS NOTE: The Kornerman would feel remiss if I didn't state that for the past many years no  person has done more for promoting Boone's downtown business than Holly Larson. She's been completely involved in any and all events attempting to keep that area as viable as possible and, for that, we citizens should be forever grateful.
     She should certainly top any list for future Pufferbilly Grand Marshal consideration.
     Stay well Holly, enjoy your retirement and many thanks.
     Another Monte Anderson Memorial Golf Tournament has concluded successfully.
     Monte, BHS-69, worked for International Truck and Engine Corporation until retirement in 2010. Unfortunately, he succumbed to lymphoma cancer in early October of 2013.
     He loved to golf and after his death, some friends organized the golf tourney. Money raised at the event has benefitted the Boone Hunt and Fish Club, Boone Little League, Boone County Freedom Flight and the Shriners.
    This year, Monte's friends raised $2,000 to be donated to the Boone County Hope Foundation, a nonprofit group made up of Boone school employees with the mission of assisting Boone students facing emergency situations.
     Steve McMahon, Marty Dannatt and Marge Bollenbaugh were chairpersons for the tournament. Marge and Gayle Rinehart represented the school employees.
     They won't let it die.
     Dayton High School closed doors several years ago but each year since, there has been a Dayton all-school reunion. Organizing such an event is a tough job and on some occasions, it was feared the event would meet its demise.......mainly due to lack of volunteer organizers.
     But, again this year, some 200 former DHS grads gathered for the event at the old Dayton High gymnasium and wife Jo, a DHS grad, and I, the Kornerman, were in attendance.
     There was visiting, eating, visiting, listening, visiting and more visiting and everyone seemed to enjoy it.
     The meal, catered by a group from Lidderdale, was excellent. Three meat choices, chicken, ham balls and roast beef, salads galore and great deserts.
     There were musical numbers, a tribute to veterans and all class groups that were in attendance and a highlight was a wonderful rendition of God Bless America offered by Scheila Hufford. What a voice! She was outstanding.
     Regarding that call for volunteer organizers? The Master of Ceremonies concluded the evening by asking several members of the audience to stand for recognition and then immediately tabbed them, "the committee for next year's reunion"..........unbeknownst to them of course.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Lawrence Dean Nystrom, 87, Boone. BHS-48. Worked 37 years for Northern Natural gas/Enron in Ogden. Also worked at the Chicago, Northwestern and for Nystrom Motors. Boone area survivors include his wife, Charlene, sons, Marck, Cris, Curt and Jerry, and daughter, Paula Goldsworth, all of Boone. Also surviving are a daughter, Sue Nystrom, of Johnston and a brother, Don, of Ames.........Catherine Wirtz, 72, Ottumwa. Services in Boone.
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Saturday, May 27, 2017

A Job Well Done

     Former Boone resident, Jack Lashier, has announced that he will be retiring from his position as Director of the Iowa Hall of Pride as of August 1st. He will be replaced by Ankeny Centennial teacher/coach Taylor Anderson.
     The Hall of Pride opened in Des Moines in 2005 but Jack actually started working on the project as early as 1996 and lived in Boone during that time of early planning before eventually moving to Des Moines.
     Another former Boone resident, Bernie Saggau, the Executive Director of  the Iowa Boys High School Athletic Association at the time, started formulating the idea of a Hall of Pride in 1995 with an original plan that would locate the facility in Boone. However, Des Moines hierarchy became involved and were able to overcome a strong Boone effort via financial and location considerations to lure the hall to Des Moines. It is located next door to the Wells Fargo Arena.
     EDITOR'S NOTE:  The Hall of Pride is an amazing place and a visit there should be on all Iowan's bucket list.........if they do feel a sense of special pride in our state's history. It is NOT just devoted to athletic history but also cites the accomplishments of numerous Iowans in various fields, government, agriculture, entertainment etc.
     Whatever you might think it'll find its much, much more. Truly an Iowa lovefest.
     This IS about athletics......... track and field, tennis, golf, soccer, baseball and softball.    CONGRATULATIONS to all our Boone County athletes, high school and DMACC, who competed in spring state and/or national competition and performed exceedingly well..........some as state champions. The Korner is proud of your accomplishments. You represented us very well.
     Mark Tompkins, BHS-60, and his classmate, Dr. John Clymer, have been touring Europe and Mark indicated in an earlier Korner edition that he would keep us informed of their travels.
     He wrote, "Dr. Clymer's presentation at the Wessex Institute went "swimmingly" as the Brits say. Yesterday we toured Salisbury. The two great sites were the world's oldest operating clock, circa 1340, and one of just four of the 1215 Magna Carta that started freedom for common folks around the world. We bicycled through the New Forest national park to Lyndhurst........only to run smack into the Maserati-Ferrari dealership. Toto, we aren't in Iowa anymore."
     The pairs adventure began in England where John, a world leader in electrical engineering, made a presentation on the Mathematics of Complex Adaptive Systems at the 2017 International Complex System's Conference. After that, they began their two-week trip touring the five D-Day beaches.
     Oh, what a time! The Kornerman joined many others for a reunion of Boone Merchant fast pitch softball players at the Adobe Lounge last evening (Friday) was great.
     Remember now, this is an 82-year old mind in operation, minus any notes........just trying to remember most of those who attended. I apologize for anyone I might miss. But here goes......
     Al and Marty Dannatt, Dan McMullan, Jack Rusnak, Rick Neely, Topper Lyness, Larry Land, B.J. Bjorkgren, Iver Oppedahl, Bill Martin, Bill Carpenter, Pat Olofson, Terry Burke, Harold Johnson, Larry Knight, Doug Elsberry, Mike Wilhite and a few I really didn't know.
     Those guys had some tales to tell.......some of them pitch by pitch.......from Little League to Babe Ruth to high school and even to their Boone Junior College days.
     Those coming from the longest distance probably were Larry Land, who now lives in Florida, Pat Olofson of Wisconsin and Al Dannatt from Houston.
     Actually, it was Al Dannatt who organized the softball reunion but his brother, Marty, and sister, Terri, were also celebrating their mother, Mae Dannatt's, 87th birthday. Mae was there and enjoying every minute of it.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Clarence Schwien, 89, Pella, formerly of Boone. BHS-46. Was married in Boone. Was a carpenter, cabinet maker. Owned and operated a motel in Mason City. His wife, Betty Nystrom, is a survivor.........Charles (Chuck) Eddy, 86, Glendale, AZ. Formerly of Boone. BHS-49. He passed last month in Arizona..........Sharon Boersma-Smith-Anderson. 82, Badger, IA. Grew up in Boone. BHS-53. Worked as office manager at Warden Plaza in Fort Dodge. Lived in California for 21 years. Moved back to Iowa in 2003. Boone area survivors include her brother, Larry (Butch) Boersma, and niece Christy Duncan both of Pilot Mound and niece, Kelle Cook, of Boone..
Jerry Peterson, 78, Boone. Worked for the Iowa State Highway Commission in the Humboldt area. Moved to Boone in 2008. Boone area survivor is a son, Dr. Eric Peterson, of Boone..........Tim McIntyre, 66, Ogden. Born in Boone. BHS-69 . Worked at Quinn's for 25 years, retiring in 2008. Boone area survivors include his wife, Linda Hodges McIntyre, and daughter, Denise Elsner, both of Ogden,  son, Dennis Misner, and brother, Paul (Pete) McIntyre, both of Boone........Leota Eich, 93, Clive. She and her husband, Harold, moved to Ogden in 1962. She lived there until moving to Clive in 2014. She worked at Ohlson/Swanson Drug in Ogden for 40 years. Boone area survivor is a son, Randy, of Ogden.........Ronald Chelsvig, 79, Ames. Huxley HS-56. Was a farmer. Boone area survivor is a brother, Clyde Chelsvig, of Boone.
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

I'm an Octogenarian (Is that good?)

     When something becomes fuzzy in my mind, no, I don't take it as a pain, I take it as a challenge, a way to gain additional knowledge. To do so, I needed to visit with my good friend, Dick Shenary.
      Another good friend, Colonel LaVerne Anderson, BHS-54, had initiated this ruckus by  sending me some information about the United Flying Octogenarians organization. What? Octogenarians.
Friend Dick explained that an octogenarian is a person who is 80 to 89 years of age. Hey, I am one and didn't even know it.
     LaVerne included a letter from the UFO (what a coincidence huh?) congratulating him for becoming a member of their of only six such members in the entire state of Iowa.
     The UFO claims they are one of the most exclusive international aviation organizations. To gain eligibility, you must have flown legally after your 80th birthday.
     LaVerne has apparently done that, he's joined the group, has received the 2017 Friendship Directory and has been encouraged to send a picture and biography for use in the "Slipstream," which is the organizations quarterly newsletter.
    Hey, this lad has come a long way from those days in the back rooms of Boyd's Dairy.
    Congratulations LaVerne.
     Why is someone who is feeling great "on cloud nine?"
     BECAUSE, types of clouds are numbered according to the altitudes they attain, with nine being the highest cloud. If someone is said to be on cloud nine, that person is floating well above worldly cares.
     The old Kornerman was surprised to see the Musser boys, Bob, BHS-58, and Dick, BHS-64, at my doorstep Saturday afternoon.
     The Kornerman has to tell you, the three of us pretty well fill up a room.
     Dick gets to town quite often from his base in the Minneapolis area but Bob lives out east in Virginia and doesn't come this way too often. A graduate of Grinnell College and a member of the school's Board of Trustees, he was back for the Grinnell graduation ceremony.
     He said he's been retired for 20 years after employment with Mobil.
     Brothers Chuck, BHS-57, and John, BHS-52, and sister Janet Musser Linn, BHS-54, are all deceased.  All of that Musser clan were outstanding Toreadors athletes, especially proficient on the basketball floor.
     Why is shifting responsibility to someone else called "passing the buck?"
     BECAUSE, in card games, it was once customary to pass an item, called a buck, from player to player to indicate whose turn it was to deal. If a player did not wish to assume the responsibility of dealing, he would "pass the buck" to the next player.
     This should be fun. Tom Peterson, BHS-67, tells the Korner that the Boone Merchants softball players will have a reunion at the Adobe Lounge here at 5 p.m. this coming Friday.
     That covers a lot of territory. There were many, many Boone Merchant teams including a 1958 edition that won the state fast pitch championship.
     DID YOU KNOW? That McDonald's sells 75 hamburgers every second of every day.
     Barry Wills, BHS-58, informed the Korner of the death of Larry Blaker, 82, Saturday. After graduation from the University of Northern Iowa, Larry began his teaching/coaching career at Boone High School. He served BHS until 1970 when he moved to Perry to become a school administrator. Later, he became Principal of the Woodward-Granger schools until his retirement in 1995.
     In addition to classroom teaching, Larry was an assistant football coach and the head wrestling coach of the Toreadors. In fact, he led a resurgence of the wrestling program at Boone High. There was a very successful wrestling program at BHS in the 1920's but the sport was eventually dropped. It began again under Larry's guidance. Survivors include his wife, Pat, three sons including, Joe Blaker, of Woodward, and a sister.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Michael Westaby, 67, Madrid Home........Elaine Jondall, 88, Ames. Born in Boone. Boone area survivor is a sister, Colette Williams, of Boone........Marie Harris, 95, Boone........Michelle Whyte, 46, Des Moines. Born in Boone. BHS-89. Worked as a chef at the Marriott Hotel in Des Moines. Boone area survivors include her parents, Tom and Sandy Whyte, and sister, Sheri Reutter, all of Boone. She is also survived by another sister, Sheila Whyte, of Des Moines and a brother, Tom, of Omaha.........Estel Prouty, 89, Ogden. Graduated in 1946 from Washington Township school located south of Perry. He farmed in the Woodward/Perry area, worked at John Deere, was a truck driver, worked at Ag-Serve in Ogden and helped build Honey Creek golf course. Boone area survivors include his wife, LaVerda, of Ogden, sons, Jeff and Randy Prouty, of Boone and Marty Prouty of Fraser.
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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Kate Shelley Doll Club

     In one of our recent editions, in the obituary section, it was mentioned that a lady had been a member of the Iowa Kate Shelley Doll Club. That posed a question. I, the Kornerman, have been in the area 70 years and that caught me completely by surprise. So, what about this Kate Shelley Doll Club?
     Gretchen Otis provided some info obtained from a one-time Board Secretary of that club, Kristin
     Gretchen wrote, "the club originated with Margaret Keigley of Madrid. It existed from 1969-89. Ms. Keigley donated her archives to the Madrid History and Clay Castle Museum which has a  wealth of information on the club. The museum is staffed by volunteers and is open just two hours each Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon. The phone number for more information is 515-795-3249. The website is A virtual tour of the museum can be viewed on the site."
     Why do ships and aircraft use "mayday" as their call for help? Because this comes from the French word m'aidez - meaning"help me" and is pronounced, approximately, "mayday."
     We are coming into the reunion season. Jo and I will be attending the Dayton all-school reunion later this month, the 27th of May.
     Now, Rich Larson, Grand Community-65, informs the Korner of the upcoming Boxholm Consolidated School/Grand Community School all school reunion which is slated for that same evening, the 27th, in Paton.
    Rich wrote, "perhaps a mention in your Korner could reach some alumni that have not been notified by normal channels. Your coverage of sports in northwestern Boone County in those days was so much appreciated."
    Oh yes, the Kornerman remembers spending lots of good times in the Boxholm and Dayton gymnasiums as well as the Stratford, Ogden, Grand Junction and various other area arenas. And, most importantly, I was able to nourish some friendships with some good folks from those areas that continue to this day. AND, of course, who could ever forget those fabulous pies and other "goodies" the local ladies provided for halftime and after the game consumption.
     Back to that reunion, its a one-day outing with various activities at the Boxholm site that morning followed by a social hour, buffet lunch and program at the 209 Main Restaurant in Paton starting at noon.
     Jim Smith, BHS-52, wandered over to our McDonald's  table the other day and had just come from a 1952 class meeting with Gretchen Stark, Gretchen Otis and others making plans for their next anniversary get-together in September. That would be a 65th celebration.
     We had mentioned in an earlier Korner that the BHS class of 1967 has set their reunion for September 15-16 and we've also received notice of that 117th annual Iowa By the Sea picnic to be held August 12 at the Los Angeles Harbor location of the Battleship Iowa in California.
     The Kornerman was sitting at his usual WORLD HEADQUARTERS position in the Korner Tower, fifth floor, Wednesday when security informed me that someone at the gate wanted to visit with me. After being assured his credentials were valid, I gave permission to allow Dave Gibbs, BHS-56, entrance. Talk about frustrated. Dave had just come from the News Republican office and was completely desperate. There seemed no apparent way to inform friends and relatives of the passing of Dave's brother, Larry, BHS-60.  Dave said,  "they (the BNR) apparently had an editor walk out (quit) and the place was in complete chaos. The poor lady there had no answers for me as to how to get the obituary in the paper. You have such a great audience I wondered if you could put a mention in your Korner about Larry's death." The Kornerman, of course, was happy to comply.
     Larry, 75,  was born in Boone, baptized at the United Methodist Church, was confirmed at College Hill  Lutheran Church in 1966 and was a BHS grad. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1960-64, attended Boone Junior College and graduated from the University of Northern Iowa. He worked in the life insurance field for seven years and spent 20 years with Schwan's Sales Enterprises in Marshall, MN. He passed away at the Sioux Falls VA Medical Center and is survived by one son, Mark, and his brother, Dave.
     Later, I did note that Larry's obituary, somehow, did make it into the Thursday edition of the BNR despite the ladies inability to help much except to recommend that the Ames office be notified.
     Thanks to Linda and Jerry Bravard we received notice Friday evening that Linda's uncle, Eldon Krug, 86, BHS-49, had passed away early Friday morning. Wife Jo and sister Doris Simmons also survive. Visitation Wednesday eve at Schroeder Stark-Welin with the service at Trinity Luthern at 1 p.m. Thursday.
     Barbara Rodgers Mondt, an Ogden native and wife of Willie, BHS-53, wrote a note with some disappointing news pertaining to Willie's health. He's been suffering from various ailments and we suggest all Korner viewers remember both Barb and Willie in prayer. The Kornerman hopes that will result in an improved situation for the pair who reside in northern California and have many relatives back this direction.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Boyce Williams, 71, Boone. BHS-64. Worked for Modern Sign Company and was a fulltime National Guardsman. In retirement, he worked at Hach Chemical in Ames and was a truck driver. Boone area survivors include his wife, Dodie/Dee Williams, a brother, Ross, and his aunt, Collette Williams, all of Boone.........Marilee Taylor, 76, Boone. Worked in food service at the Evangelical Free Church Home and at Iowa State before retirement in 2006. Boone area survivors include a son, Chad, daughters, Tawnya Sullivan and Kim Miller, all of Boone and a daughter, Brenda Smith of Nevada.........Richard (Rich) Warrick, 60, Cresco. formerly of Boone. BHS-74. Worked for Fareway for 34 years. Boone area survivors include sisters, Martha and Sandi Hilsabeck, of Boone and Carla Warrick of Cresco........Roberta Pearl Bushore-Smith, 76, Boone. Born in Fraser. Worked several jobs in South English, IA. Boone area survivors include a daughter, Denise Hunter-Phoenix, and a sister, Jackie Tabor, both of Boone and sister, Vivian Fazil, of Moingona.......Nanette Mae Dunkelberger, 88, Marshalltown. Formerly of Boone. BHS-46. She and her late husband, Harold, farmed in rural Pilot Mound. Nan later worked at the Evangelical Free Church Home until retirement. Boone area survivors include her son, Dave, of Ames and son-in-law, Jay Clausen, of  Boxholm......Rick Duff, 62, Ogden. Boone area survivors include his mother, Dorothy Duff, and his brother, Gerald Duff, both of Ogden.
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

More National Recognition

     The Kornerman, in some recent editions, has been highlighting some Boone natives who have made us proud via their career accomplishments, many on a national scale or even beyond.
     Mark Tompkins, BHS-60, tells us about a classmate of his who is "a world leader in his corner of electrical engineering." The classmate, Dr. John Clymer, later this month, will be making a presentation on the Mathematics of Complex Adaptive Systems at the 2017 International Complex Systems Conference in Wessex, England.
     Mark added, "I will be John's travel guide after the conference when we take the ferry to Cherbourg, France where we will start two weeks of touring the five D-Day beaches. We'll start at the Liberation Museum in Cherbourg and likely visit a couple dozen World War II sites including Omaha and Utah beaches, Point du Hoc and some magnificent cathedrals dating back to about 1066."
     Mark promised he would update us on their "wanderings."
     By the way, Mark now visits with us from Dubuque. He moved there recently after a long residence in the Council Bluffs area.
     Bet you didn't know that the very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin in World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.
     You former Toreadors may be interested in knowing that the Boone Community School District has unveiled a brand new mascot and motto.
     The motto is "expect the best, achieve success" and the mascot will be named sometime in the future after public input.
     Superintendent of Schools Brad Manard said, "we needed to find ways to identify ourselves and share the good word about what we are doing."
     The Kornerman has noticed in past years that the mascot, an actual Toreador-type suit, was getting a bit "older." By the way, wasn't that suit part of a Hollywood movie from years ago? Didn't Boone native and BHS grad Tom Grasso, BHS-60, provide it direct from Hollywood?
     Nevertheless, the "new" mascot is quite an upgrade, more sturdy, more colorful.
     Bet you didn't know that the dot over the letter "i" is called a tittle.
     Yes, my good friend Dick Shenary says, "its a dot or other small mark in writing or printing used as a punctuation."
     Oh,.......heavens......all the things my good friends learn from viewing the Korner each week. Its mindblowing.
     Jerry Manriquez, BSH-67, wrote, "thanks for mentioning my website on your blog. You have such a good following of people from Boone and they have certainly responded to me with yearbooks over the years."
    Here are some of the latest contributions: (1) Kim Madden Ohge, BHS-81, has sent her class yearbook and also plans to send her daughter's yearbooks, 2004-08. (2) Robert Lay is sending his BHS 1990 yearbook. (3) Monica Nystrom McHugh, BHS-86, is sending her yearbooks, 1982-86. (4) David Howell has sent his 1965 yearbook and will also send John Howell's 1994-99 yearbooks.
     Jerry wrote, "this was great because I didn't have any 1980's or 1990's yearbooks. Also, I don't have a class list for the 1998 class or any classes after 2005. I'd sure like to get those class lists so I could add them to the website."
     The original name for butterfly was flutterby.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Richard Warrick, 61, Boone........Yvonne Howard, 80, Boone. Worked at 3M in Ames. Retired in 1998. Boone area survivor is her husband, Pence Howard........Richard Sonquist, 93, Dayton. Lived his entire life in the Boxholm/Dayton area. Was a military vet and a farmer........Arlys Krueger, 70, Ogden. Owned and operated Krueger's Kitchen for many years. Boone area survivors include her husband, Virgil, of Ogden, two sons and a daughter, Stacy Lewis of Boone.......Verle Simmer, 84, Madrid. Boone area survivors include four daughters, including Pamela Grall of Madrid, and three sons, all of Madrid, Robert, Richard and Roger.
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Saturday, May 13, 2017

PRIDE? We've Got It

     You local viewers are, no doubt, pretty much in tune with all the happenings of our little community here in the midst of central Iowa.
     However, the Korner has many "outside" viewers, perhaps even a majority, who have made the bad decision of leaving the "City Beautiful" for travel hither and yon to numerous other areas of our island, and, even overseas. As a result, they may not be as knowledgeable about the many accomplishments of those, past and present, who have called Boone, Iowa "home."
     Just in most recent times, we've had the opportunity to brag about the marathon running of Pete Kostelnick, BHS-2005, who ran from one coast to the other in a fashion well enough to earn a place in the famous Guinness book of records. It had never been done before in such dominating fashion.
     Then, just the other day, we reported about the marvelous work of Master Gardener Nan Hicks Ripley, BHS-61, who's fascinating lovefest with daylilies caught the attention of Martha Stewart who featured Nan in a great story in the April edition of her national magazine.
     As we survey many years beyond, there have been other Booneites who have made a name for themselves nationally in various capacities. 
     Now here's the newest positive news:  According to the latest, 2017, Consumer Reports survey, forever Boone-based Fareway Stores are the second best grocery store chain in these entire United States. Only Wegman's, an East Coast chain, graded out better in a 12 category survey.
    Readers were asked to rate the chains in such areas as cleanliness, staff courtesy, produce, meat and poultry quality, price charged and other such things.
    There were 50,000 reader responses. The only other Iowa based chain in the top 15 was HyVee, which rated 14th. Cosco was third and Aldi 10th.
    Fareway has reached  the top five in each of the past five years. Fareway now has 117 stores in five states after its beginning right here in Boonetown 79 years ago.
    Can't stop "swelling with pride" when Boone connected folks make their mark on the national stage.
     Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.
    Regarding our recent review of local obituary charges, John Kueck, BHS-61, adds some information. He wrote, "the cost of a paid funeral notice in the Minneapolis Star Tribune is $10.65 per line for one day in all editions. To publish the same notice for additional days the discounted rate is $5.32 per line per day. The price includes a permanent online obit and guest book. Approximately 30-35 characters fit per line."
     By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you cannot sink into quicksand.
     Kathy Wheelock joined in this week with, "I just want to thank you for the update on the Fangman family. I worked at the Rialto and my mother lived in their neighborhood when the kids were growing up so we knew them all. So sorry to hear about Tom's death. Thanks again for your obituary section."
     The first CD pressed in the U.S. was Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA."
     Those one-line inserts were provided by Max Moore, BHS-46. He described them as "strange things to get your mind off of politics." Great idea!
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Judy Ann Bowers, Madrid........Barbara Hardesty Platter, 81, Pilot Mound. BHS-54. Was the Toreador Baton Majorette. Was an LPN who worked at Stratford and the Eastern Star Home in Boone. Owned and operated Barbara's School of Dancing in earlier years. Boone area survivors include a son, Rick Robertson of Des Moines (formerly Boone), and daughters Patty Burkheimer of Ames and Colleen Smith of Boone. Barb's husband, Lyle Platter, is  deceased........Richard Lindahl, 80, Boone. Grew up in Boxholm. Boxholm HS-54. Worked in the Iowa State University vet college department from 1972 until retirement in 1994. He loved ponies and miniatures and held many high offices in organizations involved with those special animals. Boone area survivors include his wife, Rita,  and daughter, Pam McDonald, both of Boone, daughters Julie Pounds of Ames and Kia Parrish of Boxholm........Mary Dawson, 85, Urbandale. She and husband, Jim Dawson (deceased) lived in Boone from 1971-94. While in Boone, she worked at Hamilton Hardware........Yvonne Snowgren Tjernagel, 80, Dallas Center. Formerly of Boone. Seven children, a sister and brother survive.
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