Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Happy, Happy Thanksgiving

     The Kornerman, in the last edition, made a first attempt at naming everyone I worked with at the Boone News Republican through some 17 years. It was inevitable that some would be missed and I am still seeking help from viewers who could add to the list.
     Bernie Lewiston, Ross Hanson, BHS-74, and Dianna Sutton, UCHS, had some ideas.
     Bernie wrote, "How could you forget Harlan Weeks? Also, there was a fellow named Francis? He had red hair and we both covered meetings. His parents lived in Boone but I can't remember his last name."
     The Kornerman answered.......questioning whether I had ever worked with Harlan and then Bernie answered back, "I thought you were doing double-duty when I was at KWBG from 1966-67 and Harlan was there then. Seems like Francis had a last name like Mohle. I used to give up on covering some of the marathon school board meetings, and would call Harlan the next morning to get filled in as to what happened after 10 p.m.. Sometimes, the meetings went until 1 a.m.. I had a good working relationship with him, and we used to swap stories when I wrote news for KWBG. One of the guys who replaced me when I left in 1967 was Al Johnson, and I think he went over to the BNR after working for KWBG for a time"
     Ross Hanson also kicked in. He wrote, "we had a neighbor who lived behind us on Carroll Street. His name was Harlan Weeks, not sure if he worked with you or not. I remember he had a weather box in his back yard and would check it each morning for the barometer, temperature and humidity figures. He also had a rain gauge"
     The Kornerman says, "hey, Harlan Weeks was a consummate news man of his time. Everybody knew Harlan Weeks. Still, I can't picture directly working with him at the BNR. Maybe I was doing BNR sports then but that's really a late day-into the evening job compared to Harlan's early morning shift so maybe we were there at the BNR at the same time but didn't often cross paths. Regarding the Francis, I'm thinking of Moul but I thought maybe it was like John Moul."
     "Harlan was the phone companies best friend.......constantly on the phone, calling the funeral homes, calling the police, fire and sheriff's office and hospital and covering anything happening newsworthy. He was strictly hands-on.......nothing like much of today's coverage which is obtained by a finger or two on a computer or other similar device. As long as I'm mentioning that, I'll give Jim Turbes, the current KWBG News Director, credit for seeming to be very much like Harlan Weeks, although in a much different era. Jim seems to be everywhere. When does the guy sleep? Oh yah,  the Kornerman remembers those days."
    "Dianna Sutton wanted to mention that her late sister, Skip Larson, worked for R.P. Brown in the BNR circulation department in the early 1950's. Skip is another former employee the Kornerman certainly does remember but, she was a bit ahead of my employment at the newspaper."
     The Korner's highly unpaid quizmaster, Tony Crandell, BHS-59, mentioned that, at one time, there were four Boone dairies that processed and bottled milk and three of the four were located within a block of each other. He wondered if our viewers could recall this.
     The Korner received some replies. Jon Wilson, BHS-62, wrote, "Peerless Dairy, which was located on Eighth Street east of the city hall on the alley, Boone Dairy, which was across the street from Peerless, Boyd's Dairy at Fifth and Story (east side) next to Boone Blank Book and Ripley's Dairy at 11th and Story between a gas station and Standley Transfer. Boyds later bought and operated from the Ripley location and also had a store in West Boone, a block east of the courthouse."
     Holden Stradlater, BHS-58, wrote, "seems like Ripley's was on the North Story, Peerless and Boone Dairy on Eighth Street near the city hall and Boyds across from the current police station."
     Tom Matt, BSH-60, gets the prize. The key to the puzzle was Otis Dairy, located at the southeast corner of Eighth and Runyon, across the street and east of Boone Dairy. So, Tom was the only one that mentioned the three within the same block, Peerless, Boone Dairy and Otis Dairy.
     We've got some catching up to do. (1) Thanks to Roger and Lou Oxenford, BHS-45. They sent a beautiful Thanksgiving card and said they are now fully transferred to California and enjoying their much closer relationship to their children and families. They do miss Boone and all but are happily moved. (2) Thanks to Mike Loehrer, BHS-63, for sending a listing of old time radio shows, 50 or more, that are easily obtainable via computer for use on a "rainy, snowy day." You just pick out your favorite old time show, tab it and receive it in total for great listening. (3) Thanks to Kathleen Wheelock who sent a marvelous picture of one of those forest fire scenes that shows lots of destruction but also shows a huge cross, seemingly untouched and towering above the ruins. (4) Thanks to Mark Tompkins, BHS-60, for a couple items. One was an audio of a speech made by famous football coach, Lou Holtz, at a graduation ceremony. Humorous but certainly on point. As Mark said, "everyone should have an opportunity to hear this." Then too, Mark has been visiting his friend and classmate, Tom Grasso, in Arizona. They pulled out a 1979 TV special program that Tom had directed which featured Tennessee Ernie Ford and the late Della Reese, who just passed away the other day. It is a 90-minute special that features good gospel music and they enjoyed watching and listening to it. Mark sent me the ability to watch it later at my leisure. Tom, of course, did lots of TV directing for some of this country's biggest stars, including several specials with Tennessee Ernie.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Inez Sesker, 92, Maxwell. Luther HS-42. Married Nelland Sesker in Boone. Worked at an ordinance plant during World War II. Farmed with her husband for 43 years.........Steven Nugent, 68, rural Boone. Served as a telecommunications engineer for the Union Pacific Railroad until retirement in 2009. Boone area survivors include his wife, Deborah, and a daughter, Darci Newcomb, both of Boone. Two other daughters also survive..........Marjorie Teeters, 94, Boone. Boone area survivors include three daughters including Mary Sealine of Stratford. A daughter-in-law, Veva Teeters, of Ogden also survives.........Dorothe Mae Smith, 88, Stratford, formerly of Boone. Born in Harrison Township. Worked at George Rolfes Company for 30 years. Boone area survivors include two daughters, Dixie McCombs and Sheryl Robinson, a brother, Dean Miller, and two sisters, Mary Jo Duncan, and Barbara Lemke, all of Boone. One other brother and two other sisters also survive.
     Worldwide Korner headquarters are located at 928 South Jackson, Boone, Iowa 50036-4932. Phone number is 515-432-1530. To email your stories/memories/comments/SUPPORT.......

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Oh, Are We Smart?

     The Korner's quizmaster, Tony Crandell, BHS-59, says, "at one time, there were four dairies that processed and bottled milk in Boone. Three of the four were located within a block of each other. Name the dairies and tell me where they were located."
     The answers will appear in the next edition.
     Ya, we Iowans, we Booneites, are a group of "smarty pants." We always knew it but now, that's being acclaimed nationwide.
     A career website, Zippia, for some reason, felt it was high time they determine which cities are smartest in each state. They analyzed the percentage of working-age adults with a college degree, along with the percentage of teens who dropped out of high school. That was the basis for making their determination.
     The Kornerman is completely shocked.............Boone was NOT number one in Iowa. But, we did rank 14th.......ahead of cities like Mason City, Bettendorf, Cedar Rapids, Newton, Des Moines, Waterloo......etc. etc.
     Here were the top 15....Johnston, Iowa City, West Des Moines, North Liberty, Ames, Marion, Pella, Altoona, Ankeny, Cedar Falls, Urbandale, Carroll, Oskaloosa, Boone and Clive.
     Oh, how I, the Kornerman, was hoping we would outdo our eastern neighbor. Well, many of those who work in Ames, go over there from Boonetown and carry all their "smarts" with them.
     O.K.  You viewers may recall that some weeks ago, the Kornerman had decided to "rack his very limited brain" in an attempt to recall all the former KWBG employees he may have worked with. With the help of others, our initial list continued to grow and we finished with a pretty lengthy rundown.
     The Kornerman had said, at the time, that maybe we should consider doing a listing of those we can recall working with at the Boone News Republican. So, here goes with our initial offering.
     Jeannie Eycheson, Mary Garvey, Harold Garvey, R.P. Brown, Rollie Petersen, Kenny Burke, Mary Alice Neiderjohn, Peg Hohanshelt, Pauline Uthe, Mary Deering, Buck Huffman, Herman Ninneman, Marv Lestina, Ben Mesenbrink, Gordon Zimmerman, Chuck Hackenmiller, Brenda Williams, Don Garrett, Vivian Wirtz, Dick Lynes, Wayne Shaw, Ed Bomberger, Boyd Van Meter, Wayne Messerly, Roger Dee, Bernard Hohanshelt, A.J. Hohanshelt(Grandpa?), Jon Kemmerer, Tex Anderson, Grace Berl, Virgil Dummett, Eric Carlson, John Deardorf, Bob Schaub, Jeannine Schaub, Claudia Lovin, Sandy Hilsabeck, Tammie? Hougham, Vivian Khan, Barb Cunningham, Eldon Cunningham, Sue Tolan.
     We are now open for additions/corrections/etc. The Kornerman knows there are others we've failed to mention.
     An addendum. (Pretty fancy wording for the Korner huh?")
     How times have changed. The Kornerman can't help but think of that time in 1970 when I left the BNR for a 30 year journey with the Iowa High School Athletic Association. My BNR bosses, Mary and Harold Garvey, told me the $10,000 yearly salary I was receiving was more money than they had ever paid any of their employees except for Advertising Director Rollie Petersen, who finished the year with more salary than that due to a salary/commission agreement. The Kornerman walked away from that $10,000 for an $11,000 yearly salary a couple doors south at the IHSAA. Wow! That upgrade was mighty big to me back in 1970.
     A pair of goodies from Will Rogers. (1) "There are folks running our government who shouldn't be allowed to play with matches." (2) "The taxpayers are sending congressmen on expensive trips abroad. It might be worth it, but they keep coming back."
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Dianne Sinn, 69, Papillion, NE. BHS-67. Was a telephone operator at Iowa State and later, a personnel specialist in Maryland. Boone area survivor is her mother, Ival Sinn of Boone.........Janet Gustafson, 90, Boone. BHS-45. She helped her husband, Roy, on the farm and was also a telephone operator, worked at a grocery store and was a cook at United Community school for 23 years. Boone area survivors include her husband, Roy, and three sons, Steve, Dennis and Larry.........Thomas Hohanshelt, 66, Boone. BHS-69. His parents were Jack and Peg Hohanshelt. Tom earned a degree from DMACC and worked as a facilities mechanic for recreational services at Iowa State after several years with Heinrich Envelope Co..Boone area survivors include his wife, Audrey, and son, Jared, both of Boone. Two other sons also survive..........Fran Sadler, 92, Boone. She and her late husband, Merle, were married in Boone. Boone area survivors include her daughter, Sharon Ver Helst, and sons, Dave and Tim, all of Boone. Another daughter and son also survive.
     Worldwide Korner headquarters are located at 928 South Jackson, Boone, Iowa 50036-4932. Phone number is 515-432-1530. To email your stories/memories/comments/SUPPORT.......


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Coal and Ice

     Tony Crandell's latest trivia question drew some response this week.
     Tony, BHS-58, asked, "during the heydays of the passenger trains coming and going through Boone and before mechanical air conditioning, Boone was where the trains took on hundreds of pounds of ice to keep the cars cool. Likewise, the refrigerated cars hauling meat and other perishables were loaded at the beginning of the trip but, sometimes, the ice was replenished at Boone. Name Boone's ice plant company and where was it located?"
     Ken Swanson, BHS-59, responded with, "you probably don't remember me Mo but I worked with Gary Grosnickle at Dad and Lad in my senior year, 58-59. The answer to the question is Rocho Brothers Coal and Ice Company. My dad delivered ice for them before World War II and briefly, after the war."
     Loren Frazier, BHS-58, wrote, "Rocho Brothers was located on the southeast corner of Eighth and Runyon Streets. My parents bought coal for the furnace from  them and they shoveled it into our basement through a small door in the foundation to the furnace room inside. I remember it made quite a mess with the coal dust that stirred up when the chunks of coal landed in the basement coal pile. A neighbor bought ice from Rocho's and the driver would, sometimes, give neighbor kids a small piece of ice. Keep up the good work. Its appreciated by all your followers."
     Then there was Holden Stradlater, BHS-58, who wrote, "been thinking about Tony's latest offering. I, like you, recall the golden age of railroads as they impacted Boone. The passenger trains with the exotic names of "City of Denver," "City of Los Angeles" and the Challenger which only woke up the wanderlust in many of us. I recall passengers temporarily disembarking when trains stopped in Boone to unload and load passengers and wondering who they were and where they were going. Well dressed men and women going into the depot or dashing across the street to the Bide-A-Wee for a quick beer. As Tony remembered, these trains, both passenger and freight, took on ice. If I recall correctly, the ice came from Rocho Brothers and I believe the plant was on 10th street west of the depot. I hope the trivia questions have promoted lots of interest and responses. I'm excited to hear about the new hotel and other new construction in Boone. Now, if there was just a daily newspaper. Keepem' coming Mo. The Korner is an institution. Maybe more than you realize and we can't thank you enough."
     Tony himself explained, "I was a depot rat and I loved to hang around the depot and watch the passenger trains come through. On the platform, were a number of yellow and green steel carts with green steel triangle shaped tops. These carts were there to supply ice for the crews and the diner cars. A depot rat could help themselves to a pretty good-sized chunk of ice to suck on while waiting for a train to come and go and move off the penny that had been placed on the track to be flattened by the train.When the passenger trains left, so did the ice carts and eventually Rocho Brothers."
     The Kornerman says, "regarding moving coal into the basement, I recall the fancy way it was done at our house. We had some kind of conveyer apparatus that received the coal and fed it, via the conveyer, from outside right on into the furnace. Wow! Pretty impressive."
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Flossie Wulkow, 95, Lytton/Sac City. Boone area survivor is a son, Rick Wulkow, of Boone........Carol Pestotnik, 75, Twin Falls. Born in Luther. Parents were V.C. and Olive Brundage. United HS-60. Was a teacher, worked as a military entrance test administrator and as a GED test administrator. Her husband, Tom Pestotnik, BHS-58, survives.........Glen Yarger, 106, formerly of Boone. Eight children survive........Bette Lou McCoy, 88, Perry. Formerly of Beaver. Married Dale McCoy (deceased) in Boone. Was a homemaker. Six children including son, Mike, and daughter, Barb Appenzeller, both of Boone survive.........Gerald Westrum, 91, Stratford. Born on a farm in rural Boone County. Married Dorothy Gill (deceased) in Boone. Farmed northeast of Stratford. Three children survive, Norene Powell, Mark and Matthew Westrum, all of Stratford. Another survivor is a sister, Marietta Grabau, of Grand Island, NE., formerly of Boone..........Vernon Cacek, 92, Sutherland IA. His wife, Gladys, survives.........Frances Sadler, 92, Boone.........Ruth Kuhl Sutherland, Loveland,CO...........Dennis Brelsford, 72, rural Perry...........Thomas Bell Jr., 48. Worked at McFarland Clinic in Ames. Boone area survivor is a brother, Steve Bell, of Madrid.
     Worldwide Korner headquarters are located at 928 South Jackson, Boone, Iowa 50036-4932. Phone number is 515-432-1530. To email your stories/memories/comments/SUPPORT.......


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Ah, What a Smell, What a Taste

     Recently, the Korner has been involved in some talk about coneys and restaurants that served them in Boone years ago.
     Now, as promised, the Kornerman will provide the official coney/chili recipe used at that time by Mary Kokanakis.  Mary, of course, worked with her co-owner husband, Pete, at the Coney Island restaurant at the southeast corner of Eighth and Keeler. Mary continued the operation for some time after Pete passed away.
     All credit for passage of her recipe to the Korner goes to Betty and John Nelson, BHS-55. They say that Mary disclosed the recipe on KWBG in November of 1982 but they discovered it in a recipe box belonging to Harriett Nelson, John's mother. John said, "best coney's around."
     Mary used all Tone Brand spices. Here goes.....
     Mix together five tablespoons of paprika and five of chili powder, one to 1 1/2 tablespoons of comina, two tablespoons of garlic powder, 1 1/2 tablespoons of ground black pepper, 3 1/2 tablespoons of salt, one tablespoon of hot cayenne pepper and 40 pounds of good ground chuck.
     Put four pounds of beef suet over a slow fire. Dice in two onions. Cook until the onions are brown and the suet melts. Add meat a little at a time. When the meat is done, add the spices. Cook four hours in a stainless steel pan. Put in small containers to freeze. If used as chili, add as many cans of Mrs. Grimes chili beans and water as you like.
     Note: Add a little water to the mix if its used as hot dogs. More water for chili soup.
     The Kornerman, of course, was familiar with comedian George Carlin but I was not a Carlin follower. On stage, he seemed a bit too crude for my taste.
     However, Max Moore, BHS-46, sent me some Carlin material, some words he had written in 2008 and I found them very interesting. We don't have the space to use them all but here are a few of his thoughts.
     The paradox of our time is that.....
     (1) We have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider freeways but narrower viewpoints, we spend more but have less, we buy more but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences but less time.
     (2) We talk too much, love too seldom and hate too often. We've learned how to make a living, but not a life. We've been all the way to the moon and back but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We've cleaned up the air but polluted the soul. We've learned to rush but not to wait. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses but broken homes.
     (3) Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side. Remember to say, "I love you" to your partner and loved ones, but most of all, mean it. Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.
     The Kornerman says, "yes, I was very surprised and delighted to "see" this "other" side of George Carlin."
     Both George and his wife passed away in 2008.
     Speaking of surprise.......did you note that former Boone resident John Haila became the Mayor of Ames via the Tuesday election?
     Mr. Haila,an architect, lived in Boone for quite some time before moving his business to Ames. He eventually sold the business and, in retirement, ran for elective office and was a big winner Tuesday.
     Let's catch up on a quiz that Tony Crandell, BHS-59, has presented.
     Tony wrote, "during the heydays of the passenger trains coming and going through Boone and before mechanical air conditioning, Boone was where the trains took on hundreds of pounds of ice to keep the cars cool. Likewise, the refrigerated cars hauling meat and other perishables were loaded at the beginning of the trip but, sometimes, the ice was replenished in Boone."
     "Name Boone's ice plant company and tell us where it was located."
     The Kornerman will offer the answer next time.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Daniel Lee Sellers, 74, Cedar Rapids. Formerly of Boone. His parents were Nienan and Mary Sellers..........Mary Lou Kline, 83, Boone. Was married to Donald Kline in Boone in 1956. Boone area survivors include her husband, Donald, three sons, Ken, Kris and Andy all of Boone. Other survivors include a daughter and a sister.
     Worldwide Korner headquarters are located at 928 South Jackson, Boone, Iowa  50036-4932. Phone number is 515-432-1530. To email your stories/memories/comments/SUPPORT......


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Grads From the 60's Speak Out

      The mention of the Bide-A-Wee in our last edition was caught by Susan Anderson Mersereau, BHS-67, who wrote, "my grandfather, Orval Jordan, managed the Bide-A-Wee in the 60's. People called him Bud. He had also been the President of the Eagles before that and a member of the Boone Fish and Hunt Club. I would go with him to the Bide-A-Wee on Sunday's to clean. Well, he cleaned and I got all the money I found on the floor! He taught me how to shoot a mean game of pool. He died in 1966 at the age of 62. If any of your readers remember him and have any memories I would love to hear them. My email is........sue@promopower."
     The Kornerman says, "golly Sue, I hate to go there but must tell you, my experience at the Bide-A-Wee was well before the 60's. It was more like the early 50's so I don't recall your grandpa."
     Also heard from another viewer from the 60's this week.
     Rick Houser, BHS-63, gave me a call about something he thought was important and might be of interest to some of our viewers, here or out east.
     Actually, as you know, many of our viewers are out-of-area......some are way out-of-area. Many are in the Virginia area that Rick calls home, Fairfax, VA. So, we are relaying his message even though Boone, Iowa is a  long way from Virginia. 
     Rick informs that an American Legion Post #77 is organizing a group of individuals to lay wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans Day and he says, "I'll be there." He's wondering if there aren't others who would also like to make that commitment. "Transportation to the cemetery is being provided and even a free meal," Rick said.
     Further information can be obtained by calling......703-273-2250.
     Rick concluded, "It would be great if some of your Korner viewers, even just one or two, from this area or even Boone area visitors at the time would volunteer for this project."
     Hey, you Booneites, especially those of you some distance from Boone, Iowa, if you've heard some of the doomsday stories about your hometown, you might want to hear an interesting update. Sure, just like all communities this size, there are some modern problems but how about a bit of the "rest of the story," a more positive story.
     Ground was recently broken for a 40 room Boulder Inn and Suites Hotel which will also feature a 31,230 foot conference center.
     In addition, construction will soon start on Alice Project, a 50-unit apartment complex.
     But that's not all. The Kornerman notes that cement has been poured for a new bank, the United Bank of Iowa, which will be the fifth bank in town, in addition to our credit union.
     Land is being moved on a site that will house a new Ogden Telephone Company building in Boone and two new laundromats are also currently under construction.
     How bout' them apples?
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Michael Craig, Newton. Former Boone area survivor is a sister, Connie Schutte, of Marshalltown, who lived in Boone while her husband, Theron, served as Boone Community School District Superintendent.........Doris Crouch, 83, Boxholm. Born in Stratford and SHS grad. Lived with husband, Roy (Bill) Crouch, in Pilot Mound 11 years before moving to Boxholm in 1967. She was a secretary for Grand Community school in Boxholm for over 30 years. She and Roy owned and operated convenience stores in  Pilot Mound, Boxholm and Paton before retiring in 1997. Boone area survivors include  her husband, Roy, and son, Robin, of Pilot Mound. One other son also survives...........Bob Bakley, 90, Boxholm. Farmed with his wife, Ardis, near Boxholm his entire life before they moved to Ames. Boone area survivors include his wife and brother, Bill, both of Ames. Two daughters and one son also survive. Bob was a military vet...........Raymond Lukawski, 70, Boone. A vet, he served as Plant Manager at Composite Technical in Boone before working at Hach Chemical in Ames. Boone area survivor is his wife, Maria, of Boone........William (Bill) Bielfelt, 87, Boone. Born in Boone. BHS-50. Was a National Guardsman for a time and worked over 34 years for Fareway. Boone area survivors  include his wife, Jean Peterson Bielfelt, sisters, Helen (Peg) Bielfelt and Rosie Bielfelt, both of Boone and his wife's sister, Beth Judge of Napier. One daughter also survives.........Pete Michel, 66, Boone. Born in Boone. His parents were Charles and Mildred Michel. Was a vet and worked as a drywaller for over 20 years. Boone area survivors include his wife, Deborah Aspengren Michel, daughter, Christy Gronseth, son, Jason, brothers, Chuck, Floyd and Steve, sisters, Char Braland and Judy Frist, all of Boone. One other sister also survives.
     Worldwide Korner headquarters are located at 928 South Jackson, Boone, Iowa 50036-4932. Phone number is 515-432-1530. To email your stories/memories/comments/SUPPORT......

Saturday, November 4, 2017

WHOA! One Minute Please

     Was it Yogi that said, "it ain't over until its over"?
     For many, this Mamie Doud Eisenhower birthplace controversy is far from over. Questions abound.
     When presented with the news release regarding the proposed closing of Mamie's birthplace, the first thing the Kornerman noticed was no mention of the Boone County Historical Society's Board of Directors. The release appeared to be a product of Mara MacKay, the Director of the BCHS. There is a board, a governing body of the Society, isn't there? Seems to me at one time there was a dozen or more members.
      The Kornerman is very capable of missing things but when I perused the Society's website, I couldn't find any word of the Board and who the current members are. Thanks to interested citizen Becky Eckstein, I now have that information.
     There is, apparently, a seven-person board led by President Katie Stines. Donna Cottington, Karen Dannen, Fred French, Jody Fox, Pat Hahn and Janet Tait are the other members.
      Becky wrote,"In 1980, the Mamie Eisenhower Birthplace Museum opened its doors after five years of research, fundraising, restoration, and acquiring  artifacts. Countless hours over the next 37 years have been spent by volunteer tour guides manning the museum, volunteer tradespeople caring for the buildings and volunteer gardeners tending the gardens. Yet, in one meeting of the directors of the Boone County Historical Society, the vote was taken to close the birthplace for two years. No notification was given society members or supporters of the birthplace museum that a discussion or vote to close the Mamie Eisenhower Birthplace Museum would be made."
     The Kornerman says, "that last part of Becky's message resonates with me. History dictates that something this significant, this important, normally is discussed thoroughly after presentation and prior to any decision making. The opposite seems true in this case. First, a decision is made, followed by discussion whenever interested parties hear of it."
     Anyway, Becky added, "if you have questions or concerns regarding this decision, I urge you to contact the Board of Directors of the Boone County Historical Society.......Katie Stines, 233 S. Story  St., Boone, 50036; Donna Cottington, 940 H Avenue, Ogden, 50212; Karen Dannen, 1181 J Avenue, Ogden, 50212; Fred French, 505 S. Marshall, Boone, 50036; Jody Fox, 303 Crawford St., Boone, 50036; Pat Hahn, 1505 S.E. Linn, Boone, 50036: Janet Tait, 315 2nd St. Apt. #7, Boone, 50036."
    There are two logical questions that should provide some clarification regarding this issue. (1) Meeting minutes would show what board member made this proposal for change and what the final board vote was. (2) A look at the Society's finances would disclose how much money is available and how it is distributed. There can always be conflicting views on which direction money should secure current assets or ignore some of those and travel down numerous new trails. The latter was, apparently, the final choice.
     Holden Stradlater brought it up........wondering what the phone number for the Boone News Republican was before dial phones took over.
     Dick Longworth, BHS-53, answered, "it was 1.That's it. Just one digit, and the first one at that. How's that for clout? In those days (your's and mine actually), the BNR was one of the most important institutions in town, the town crier that brought the news and the chronicle that told us who we were and where we'd been. Now, as you've reported, it's a once-a-week afterthought, with a boring phone number to boot."
    And, Dick had this to add, "Danny's restaurant on North Story wasn't really a coney place. It actually was more of a grill, where Danny Canakes dispensed burgers, fries and an occasional steak (a good one too). The Canakes lived in the house next door, so both Danny and his  wife were always in the restaurant. As Tom Matt said, they always welcomed kids, if only to play the pinball machine by the door. Out of respect for Mr and Mrs. Canakes, we mostly behaved ourselves. Our parents were happy we were there. It was one of those safe places, like Hugh Courter's Bide-A-Wee pool hall, run by good people who made us welcome while keeping us in line."
     The Kornerman says, "where do I start in reply?" I'm probably going to hate I wrote this but......does anyone remember those stringy, sticky things that hung down from the ceiling over the grill. They were fly catchers. Hey, nobody spent any more time in Danny's than I did and I loved the food so.........But, probably sadly, that was a memory that has stuck with me all these years. Then there was the Bide-A-Wee where I, and lots of Boone Junior College students, spent time between classes shooting eight-ball or snooker. Anybody else remember Morg or Parrott or any of the other fulltime occupants there? Talk about the popular TV show "Cheers"........the Bide-A-Wee was the Boone, Iowa version.
     This may be something many Boone folks don't realize. Good buddy and classmate, the late Lloyd Courter, was an NCAA pool champion. Yes, that know, NCAA football, basketball etc. I don't know in what pool category he was the champ but, of course, he had lots of training, spending many, many hours in his dad's pool hall growing up and then competing in the NCAA tourney while a student at the State University of Iowa.
     Here's a preview of a coming Korner attraction. Have your note paper and pen handy. John and probably even more so, Betty Nelson, sent us the original recipe for Mary Kokanakis chili and, of course, we're going to share it with you in a future edition.
     You can make more friends in a month by being interested in them than in 10 years trying to get them interested in you.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Richard Robert Sherrard Sr., 87, Childress, TX. Born in Boone. Parents were William and Agnes Sherrard. Military vet. Worked for the State of Iowa for 24 years. Boone area survivors include his wife, Penny Moorman Sherrard, Robert Jr., David, Christy Roxanne and Sandy Sherrard and Don Ely all of Boone.......Harlan Rasmusson, 83, Nevada...........Anita Clayberg, 76, Boone. Worked at Hallmark, for Doctors Kollbaum and Barker and was a teacher at a pre-school. Boone area survivors include her husband, Dan, two daughters and two brothers..........Melvin Nutt, 77, Ames. Formerly of Boone. His parents were Jesse and Verna Nutt. Born in Boone. Raised on a farm near Luther. UnitedC-58. Degrees from Boone Junior College and ISU. Worked for the DOT in Ames for 39 years as a road design engineer. Boone area survivors include his wife, Beverly, of Ames, daughters, Teresa Erdman of Nevada and Stacey Ross of Ames, and two sisters including Mary Ann Swanson of Ames..........John (Bud) Haase, 87, Boone. Born in Boone. Parents were Paul and Gertrude. Was a 66 year member of the Brotherhood of Brick Layers. Boone area survivors include his son, Doug, of Ogden and one other, and two sisters, Gretchen Leininger and Paula Haase. John's wife, Lois, is deceased........Michael McCombs, 51, West Des Moines. Formerly of Boone. BHS-84. His parents are Kerry and Dixie McCombs. Was a computer programer at Drake University and recently did construction work. Boone area survivors include his mother, Dixie, brother, Kelly, and aunt, Sheryl Robinson, all of Boone, and his maternal grandmother, Dorothe Smith of Stratford.
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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

It Was a Scary Night in Boone

     BREAKING NEWS......The Kelley's hosted some 30 Halloween costumed kiddies at our new residence Tuesday evening. That compares to about 100 we had at our Aldrich address a year ago. No, that isn't the reason we moved!!
     Because of the New York tragedy, let's continue with this "light" beginning.
     Jim Harken, BHS-91, was "moved" by our mention last edition of the California law firm of Payne and Fears. He wrote, "when I worked in Arizona, we always talked about the firm of Dewey, Cheatum and Howe. When I was a little kid, on Bugs Bunny, there was a lawyer named A.Shyster from Walla Walla,Washington. He always said it with a really funny lilt to his voice and, as a youngster, I always repeated it cause it was fun to say. Fast forward 25 years and a really good friend of mine got married in Walla Walla and I was able to spend some time there. I looked for the Shyster firm but none was to be had. Fun memories! Hope all is well in good old Boonetown."
     Back to quiz info.
     Tom Matt recalls, "I remember Danny's on North Story Street very well. The older kids at Sacred Heart school would take their sack lunches in there at noon, buy a dime coke and eat in a booth. Mr and Mrs Canakes loved to have the kids in there. Jim Douroumis had a wonderful daughter, Mrs. Frances Stumbo. She came to help her dad in the cafe after her family was raised. Jim was a brother to George and together, in the early 40's, they operated the "Candy Kitchen" on the south side of the interurban tracks right across from the depot and next to Wilson's Tavern. The brothers split up and Jim opened his Coney Island on Ninth Street while George opened the "Washington Tavern" or later,"George's" on old Highway 30 and Delaware Street. George married Margaret Wilson and they had three children, Patricia, Paul and Joellen. Pat is now Mrs Tom Judge, BSH-60."
     John Kueck, BHS-61, wrote, "when I think of the Washington Tavern, I think of a place near the old interurban offices on North Story Street, east side. Was there also a Short Stop in Boone? I walked by those northside taverns daily with my paper route and occasionally went inside to sell papers if I had extras. Given that, it is hard to recall their names. Keep up  the great work."
     Quizmaster Tony Crandell, BHS-59, says,"there were two well-known hair care product companies in the 1950's that got started in Boone. What were their names and where did they start up?
     Holden Stradlater added, "I guess my quiz offering would be,"what was the phone number for the Boone News Republican before dial phones? Keep up the great work Mo."
     Which type of person are you? It is said that there are two types of people.......those who come into  a room and say, "Well, here I am," and those who come in and say, "Ah, there you are."
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Scott Pepper, 67, Boone. His parents were Frank Pepper and Mary Ann Givens. Navy vet. Boone area survivors include his brother, Frank, of Ames and a sister, Sue Loonan, of Gilbert.........Melvin Nutt, 77.............Michael Hasstedt, 61, Boone. His parents were William and the late Doris Hasstedt of Boone. BHS-74. Was a long time Fareway truck driver. Boone area survivors include his wife, Debi Brown Hasstedt, a daughter, Tiffany, step daughters, Carrie and Danielle Walters, his father, William, brothers, Bill and John, and his aunt, Mary Gildea, all of Boone. Another daughter also survives.
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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Those Kokanakis Coneys........Chili Too

     Anybody else noticed that Tony Crandell's quizzes seem to deal with food? Pizza, now Coney's. Well, I think he's pondering an investigation into auto dealer's next.
     Anyway, the question was, "in the 50's there were four places in Boone where you could get a genuine "Coney Island."" Name them.
     Here goes....(1) The Kokanakis Coney Island on the southeast corner of Eighth and Keeler. (2) Jim's Coney Island on Ninth Street, east of Ninth and Story at the alley. (3) George's east on old Highway 30 next door to the East End Cafe. (4) Danny's just north of Northside Cleaners on North Story Street.
    There were questions about some names. The Kornerman thinks he has Kokanakis right. I think Jim and George were Douroumes brothers and Danny was Dan Canakes.
     Tony, BHS-59, wrote, "I can barely remember Danny's place. I am guessing it was in the late 40's or very early 50's that I was in there. I remember having a Coney Island at Danny's and was somewhat surprised as I thought Pete Kokanakis had invented the Coney in Boone. My grandmother lived at 809 1/2 Keeler so I was a very frequent visitor to Pete's Coney Island and when I worked at the Rialto, I was a frequent visitor at Jim's. I remember Jim's daughter worked there and they would argue back and forth in Greek. It always sounded so nasty, but I guess it wasn't. My dad's aunt lived on east old Highway 30 just short of Delaware Street, across from the old service station, so I was at George's occasionally. Then, since dad knew Bill Heitcamp of the East End Cafe, if I was that close, I generally ate there. Harley McCoy was in my class and I remember his brother married one of the Kokanakis girls. I think she was a cheerleader."
     Jerry Manriquez, BSH-57, added to the conversation. He wrote, "Danny Canakes owned the restaurant next to North Side Cleaners. Nine of his children graduated from Boone High School. I only knew Dean Canakes, BHS-54. I had heard that during World War II, Danny would give service men in uniform a free meal. Pete Kokanakis owned the restaurant called the Coney Island on Eighth and Keeler. Three of his children graduated from Boone High. I only knew Martha Kokanakis, BHS-54. My wife's cousin worked for Pete for years but  is now deceased but  her daughter, Ethel Morgan, probably knows some things about Pete's place. Yes, George and Jim Douroumes were brothers. George's bar was actually called the Washington Tavern. I drank lots of beer there but I don't remember eating chili. George married a Wilson and they had three children. I knew Patricia Wilson, BSH-60."
     Perusing all that, the Kornerman can just add this. I do remember that Martha Kokanakis was a cheerleader. Ethel Morgan's mother was Mrs. Vest and I remember the Vest family because they lived on the northside near where I grew up, which was 1710 Crawford. Jerry mentioned the Washington Tavern and there was talk of George's place being located on old 30 at the east edge of town. When I think of the Washington Tavern, I think of a place near the old interurban offices on north Story street, east side.
     I don't know that I'd feel comfortable hiring a California law firm of Payne and Fears or the Arkansas firm of Rush, Rush and Delay.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Bruce Richeson, 69, Peoria, AZ. Formerly of Boone. BHS-66. His parents were Lavonne and Perry Richeson. Air Force vet and a banker...........Gaylord Nelson, 85, Marion. Formerly of Webster City and Boone. BHS-51. In Webster, owned and operated Kueen's Mobile Homes/Kueen's Trailer Ranch. Retired in 1996 and moved to Marion........Inez Louise Sesker, 92, Maxwell........James Irving Sr., 82, Stratford.......Julie Robinson, 85, Stratford. Formerly of Boone. Was a teacher at Churdan, Yale, Jamaica, Bagley and the Iowa School for the Deaf. Five children survive.......Elva Johnson, 99, Boone. Resident of Eastern Star Home.......Tom Edson, 67, Polk City, formerly of Boone. BHS-70. Farmed and drove trucks, over the road and for Tom Walters Co. of Boone and Chitty Sanitation of Nevada. His parents were Floyd and Helen Edson. A son and daughter survive. Boone area survivors include his sister, Jean Brown, of Ogden and niece, Brooke Brown, of Madrid.
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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

We're Quizzing Again

     Tony Crandell, BHS-59, wants to know, "where you could get a genuine "Coney Island" sandwich in Boone in the 1950's? Tony says there were four such places.
     The Kornerman will provide the answers in the Saturday edition.
     There was a great Letter to the Editor in the Des Moines Register the other day. A lady from Waverly was "disheartened" to read of the closing of the Mamie Doud Eisenhower birthplace. She indicated that she had taken a group to the home on at least a couple occasions via hosting a bus tour.
     Then too, Cynthia Foder of Channel Eight in Des Moines did a very nice piece on the situation recently. She interviewed interested patrons Helen Barnes and Larry Adams, BHS-65, and also Mara MacKay, the Director of the Boone County Historical Society.
     There was some great photography showing both some outside and inside shots of the facility.
     Diane and Gene Strandberg, BHS-58, wrote, "at a Strandberg family reunion last summer, my sister, Marcia, BHS-62, brought a 1974 clipping from the Boone News Republican. It contained a photo of the dedication of the stone plaque in front of Mamie's birthplace. In the picture are Ike Eisenhower himself, Mamie, Mrs. L.A. Douglas, Mrs Sam Smiley, Mrs Awilda Strandberg (my mother) and Mrs Retta Shaw. I can forward a copy to anyone who might be interested. Phone 941-753-9482 or
     The Kornerman can't let this pass. The name Retta Shaw provides such a unique personal memory.
     Back in my youthful, radio, days we did not have downtown studios. All the broadcasting was done at the Ledges Road studios.......field mice and all.
     Being a newcomer, I had my choice of working days and chose Sunday (ha). Rhetta was a storyteller with a love for music and poetry and she had a program on KWBG on Sundays which featured those "loves."
     She wanted to be "close to nature" so yes, the Kornerman would take a table outside and drag a microphone with a long cord (none of this current fancy stuff......not needing a plug-in cord) the designated spot. So amidst the birds and sunshine (hopefully), Rhetta would have her program outside.
    Vern Modeland, BHS-50, wants the Korner to quit listing Boone area people who "die around the age of 80-something." He wrote, "I and Chuck Brainard, BHS-50, are in that age group and don't need the reminder. Chuck is still climbing his 185-foot tall tower where his ham radio antennas lurk down in lower Texas and I'm just trying to not fall down. We don't need this attention to age."
    The Kornerman recently mentioned Boone native Ev Hickman, BHS-54, and that stirred a memory for Vern who worked at WHO radio with Ev.
     He wrote, "I was the early shift and Ev came in at noon. I was driving back from a day of swimming at a lake near Indianola. As always, the two-way newsroom radio was in my car and I was listening to Ev do a "feed" from the site of a big brick chimney being demolished at Fort Des Moines. News Director Jack Shelley, BHS-29, another Boone native, loved events like dramatic. After much coordination, Ev was on the air counting down with those doing the demolishing. "Five, four, three" and then Ev went off the air. Jack started calling and calling and I was laughing and laughing. I could easily see from Highway 65 that the chimney was still standing. Ev's radio had apparently quit due to the big noise. The chimney didn't even have a little lean. When Shelley finally took a breath, I finally got space to call in. I reported that all appeared okay. I offered to drive over and double check, but Ev apparently found a phone by then. That was before cell phones of course.........the good old days."
     Some borrowed thoughts. I started with nothing and still have most of it. But, you can't have everything. Where would you put it? Do you realize when you are charged and go to court, you are putting yourself in the hands of 12 people not smart enough to get out of jury duty? How can cemeteries raise their burial costs and blame it on the "cost of living?"
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Dwight (Mac) McVicker, 94, Story City. Born in Boone. BHS-41. A veteran, he returned to Boone after service, married and settled on the family farm. A son and a daughter survive..........Phillip Pickerill, 82, D.V.M. PhD. Austin, TX. Boone area survivor is a granddaughter, Florence Mass, of Madrid.
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Saturday, October 21, 2017

1957 Class Celebrates 60th Reunion

     Mesquite, NV.? Seems like I've heard of that town before. Oh yes, its been in the news a bit lately as the Vegas shooters hometown. But, let's not dwell on the negative. When I think of Mesquite, I think of highly honored former University of Iowa football coach Hayden Fry who lives in Mesquite in retirement.
     Then too, Boone native Roxanne Aplanalp resides there so that's a plus for the community.
     Roxanne was kind enough to give the Kornerman a rundown on the BHS/BSH 60th class reunion celebration held last weekend in Boonetown. The Kornerman and wife were invited guests to that event and would have thoroughly enjoyed that opportunity but we were enmeshed in our big move and all the collateral activities so we were unable to attend.
     Roxanne wrote that the reunion was held at the Livery "with  28 class members plus 17 spouses/guests in attendance. On Saturday morning, 24 of the group enjoyed breakfast, followed by a tour of the Boone High School facility. Six of the attendees live in Boone, nine in other Iowa towns and 13 from other states. We are going to meet again in three years. We're looking to have it the same weekend as YesterBoone. My sister, LaVonne Shearer, and I visited seven of the YesterBoone events and found it interesting. I catch your blog to keep up on local happenings since I live in Nevada."
     Roxanne sent a complete class list and also a separate listing of those classmates now deceased. There were a total of 60 who have passed out of some 160 in the class.
     Holden Stradlater appears in the Korner as a contributor on occasion and his latest mention was in regards to the pizza puzzle Tony Crandell, BHS-59, provided. The Kornerman followed up by wondering who this Stradlater guy REALLY is.
     Keith Smith, BHS-56, wrote, "you piqued my interest with your Holden Stradlater puzzle. So, do we have somebody else from the BHS-56 class, besides me, who has an interest in English Literature? In the J.D. Salinger novel, "The Catcher in the Rye," there are the characters Holden and his roommate, Stradlater. Could this be the source of the pseudo-name Holden Stradlater?"
     Keith added, "I did an English Lit minor in college at ISU along the way to my Ph.D in Mathematics. I was inspired to do that minor by one of my favorite BHS teachers, Zoe Stevens, even if she did cost me valedictorian status. I took a year of English from her and liked her a lot, even to the point of having a teenage crush on her. And so, at one point, she wanted me to modify my term paper. I had disagreed with her and did not make the changes, feeling she would understand because I imagined that she liked me too, and would tolerate my opinion. But, in non-romantic reality, she gave me a B+, my only non-A in high school, costing me the valedictorian designation. Today, I have very fond memories of her, and I am grateful to her for inspiring me to do my English Lit minor, with my favorite course being Shakespeare. I scanned pictures from the 60th 1956 class reunion looking for a candidate who might have taken English Lit in college. Now, my first guess is Gerald Smith, mainly because he has been in academia for many years. If its not him, would you give us some clues? Now, I'm heading back to London later this week, until the end of the month, and, of course, will continue reading your Korner while I'm there."
     The Kornerman says, "hey Keith, I do have one guess as to the real Holden Stradlater identity but its strictly a guess with no real clues whatsoever. I also remember Zoe Stevens........seems to me with shiny and beautiful gray hair."
     The mention of the Mamie Doud Eisenhower birthplace situation reminded John Kueck, BHS-61, that his mother had mentioned to him that their family had a brief Mamie connection.
     John wrote, "details are sketchy but my grandmother was Emily (Emma) Carlson, who immigrated from Sweden. She died from pneumonia when my mother was only two years old. Emma was 24 when Mamie was born in 1896. Mamie's mother was a Carlson too and born of Swedish immigrants. I suspect my grandmother was related to Mamie's mother and that may be the connection, the reason she became Mamie's nanny and settled in Boone as an immigrant. The Doud's were a wealthy family who could afford a nanny. They moved from Boone when Mamie was very young, so I assume my grandmother was Mamie's nanny for a very short period of time."
     Finally.......which day are there more collect calls than any other day of the year? Father's Day. And, did you know that half of all Americans live within 50 miles of their birthplace....half. And, the average number of people airborne over the U.S.A. in any given hour? 61,000.
     Now, aren't you glad you viewed the Korner today? Its so educational.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Donald Lewis.........Patricia Crim, 92, Stanhope. Her birth parents were Hugh and Edith Borg Hayes of Boone. Patricia was adopted and raised by Theodore and Ethel Lundquist on a farm near Stratford. Stanhope HS-43. She worked for a time for Look Magazine in Des Moines but then married Halbert Crim and became a farm wife. Survivors include three boys and one girl........Josephine Lois Tilley Bennett, 83, Wautoma, WS., formerly of Boone. Her parents were Joe and Gracia Tilley.........Billie Dean (Bill) Rinehart, 89, Island Park, ID. Formerly of the Boone area. His parents were Loel and Vera Rinehart. Bill and his wife, Joyce Howe, now deceased, graduated from Pilot Mound HS and farmed before moving to Boone. Their family of three boys and a girl were partially raised in Boone. Son Mike is deceased but sons, Kim and Kevin, and daughter, Duanna Long, BHS-65, survive. Bill and Joyce eventually moved to Farmers Branch, TX. Bill also lived in Idaho and Canada before his passing. While in Boone, he was involved in Babe Ruth baseball.
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Smooth as Silk

     There was a time a few years back, (quite a few by now I guess), when WHO radio/TV featured newscasts by Boone native Ev Hickman. Day or night, there he was, a voice smooth as silk and very authoritatively, relaying the news of the day to HO listeners. I believe there's a prestigious all-Iowa award, named for Boone native and fellow WHO broadcaster Jack Shelley, presented to outstanding Iowa news broadcasters annually and yes, Ev Hickman is on that list of recipients.
     Anyway, it was great to hear from one of Ev's Boone buddies this week. Ken Aldag, BHS-54, wrote, "was reading your memories of KWBG and you questioned if Ev ever worked at BG. Yes, he did, DJ/announcing I believe his and my junior and senior years of high school, 1953-54. After BHS graduation, he went to Drake but continued to come back for weekend duties at BG. If memory serves me right, WHO hired him for announcer duties in 1956 and he continued there, primarily as a news reporter/broadcaster, for both WHO and WHO-TV into about the late 1990's. He and I were college dorm roommates at Drake for three years and he was the best man at LaVonne's and my wedding, 58 years ago. Ev now lives in Charlotte, NC, where his daughter also lives. I last saw him at our 60th BHS class reunion in 2014, but we occasionally talk via telephone. Enjoy your work Mo, keep it up. You're about my only connection to my home town now."
     The Kornerman says, "hey, I bet good Korner friend, Vern Modeland, who I'm sure worked at HO along with Ev, will have some "tales to tell.""
     I've read this before but thoroughly enjoyed reading it again courtesy of Barry Wills, BHS-58. It is a story written by Michael Gartner about his dad and its wonderful. I wish I could send the entire thing to all of you viewers but its pretty lengthy.
     Gartner, of course, is the one-time publisher of the Des Moines Register, a one-time co-owner of the Ames Tribune, a one-time President of CBS news and a 1997 winner of a Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing.
     Maybe on occasion the Kornerman can include some snippets of the story.
     Since this is baseball playoff season let's go with this. Gartner wrote about his dad waiting in the car while his wife was in the beauty parlor. "if it was in the summer, he would have her (his wife, cause he never drove) leave the car running so he could listen to the Cubs game on the radio. In the evening I'd stop by and he'd explain, "the Cubs lost again. The millionaire on second base made a bad throw to the millionaire on first base so the multimillionaire on third base was able to score.""
     One of Boone's most popular restaurants, Legal Limits, has closed. Word is the owner/operator simply "ran out of steam." I hear she's hoping someone will step forward to get it reopened. Then too, Facebook, reportedly, indicated the Tic Toc has been closed for at least a few days, supposedly due to the departure of their chef.
      The "Travel Iowa" website, on its page devoted to Boone's Mamie Doud Eisenhower Birthplace, says, "CLOSING: site needs repairs and administrators have decided to close Mamie's for up to two years. The primary function of the facility could change."
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS:  Norman Knight, 83, Des Moines. Boone area survivor is a daughter, Kelli Belden, of rural Madrid..........Cedric Guy Hall, 87, Ames. Formerly of Boone. BHS-48. Drove trucks for Fareway for over 43 years. Retired in 1993 but then served as an RV Tech for Twin Anchors RV Center near Colo. Boone area  survivors include his wife, Helen Springer Hall, of Ames, formerly of Boone, and daughter, Becky Caskey, of Ames, formerly of Boone. Three sons survive as well as his sister, Doris Eastlund of Boone.
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Saturday, October 14, 2017

What's REALLY Happening?

     Here we go again. Its up to the Korner to cover a pretty significant Boone Iowa story that, unfortunately, you haven't read about in the Ames/Boone News Republican and, perhaps, never will.
     On their website, the Boone County Historical Society has reported, "The Mamie Doud Eisenhower birthplace is closing for the regular 2018-19 touring season and COULD be CLOSED through 2020 as the Boone County Historical Society considers a variety of possible options related to the Birthplace Museum. The Mamie Doud Eisenhower Birthplace Museum has been open to the public by guided tour for 37 years. The LAST tour will be given on October 31, 2017."
     Yes, some of the Museum's most ardent supporters, via their passing, have departed through the years but many remain viable today and fear that the "new guard" doesn't have the same passion, same loyalty to this historical project its previously maintained and these new developments could even be a forerunner to complete dismantlement.
     Communities this size have few opportunities for statewide and even national attention but the Eisenhower Museum has received some through the years. It remains one of only two Museums in the entire nation dedicated to the birthplace of ex-President's wives.
     Its true, as cited in the news release, "at the height of its popularity, there were 12,000 people going through the birthplace and over the last several years, declining visitor numbers have caused concern for the Boone County Historical Society." And in fairness, the news release also notes,"our efforts will be focused on keeping the birthplace available for tours at some level, and to keep Mamie's birthplace in the public domain. The Society is committed to finding ways to ensure long-term sustainability for the site."
     According to the news release, "at this time, the Society is making an overall assessment of the birthplace, due to the fact that significant repairs are needed at the site and funding requests have fallen far short of asking."
     The release concludes, "we hope to gain more local and state dollars to repair problems with the structure and to address other concerns that involve the collection and then, ultimately, to reopen the site with renewed interest and perhaps, with a broader base of community support for whatever the future holds in promoting the Eisenhower legacy as Boone"s First Family," MacKay said." Mara MacKay is the Director of the Boone County Historical Society and authored the news release.
     Longtime Boone resident George Eckstein, BHS-58, is one who has a special feeling for the Birthplace as well as the Boone County Historical Society. He is a former Past President and board member of the society and he's very much concerned, fearful this latest development could be the "beginning of the end" of something Boone has been well connected too and well known for.
     "I'm certainly aware of some of the concerns expressed. However, I'm wondering how much effort is really being made to sustain the birthplace. I'm aware of an individual willing to write a check to cover the repair problems and I believe there are still sufficient volunteers willing to provide assistance," he said.
     The recently completed and newly created YesterBoone, a product of the Historical Society, seemed very successful, participation wise, in, at least, some cases, but Eckstein and others have questioned the cost involved. Eckstein commented, "it seems to me quite a sum of money was involved in that and even on other new items such as huge decorative banners surrounding the society's building. The birthplace has never sought huge sums of money but, perhaps, things are being "overspent" in some areas of the Society in lieu of better maintenance of an already established national treasure our city and community have been proud to claim these many years."
     The news release stated, "the temporary closure is intended to provide time for the board to consider other possible ways to engage the public around education and programming at the Eisenhower site."
     Eckstein concluded, "I'm not in favor of the upcoming closure as stated and I, and others, anxiously await the board's consideration of those possible options and what they would be."
     With the aid of Tony Crandell, BHS-59, we issued a Korner puzzle last time. The question was, "which of the following was  the earliest to-go pizza places in Boone?" Was it the Tic Toc, Manriquez's, Belluci's, Van Gordon's or Schwitt's Drive-In?
     According to our non-paid pizza expert Jerry Manriquez, BSH-57, "Van Gordon Pizza and Manriquez's Pizza both started the same day in 1956. I thought Belluci's later took over Van Gordon's at their current location on Story Street by the Rialto Theatre. Manriquez Pizza was "take out" only from 1704 Carroll Street. We converted our house basement to house the pizza ovens. The entry was  on 17th Street with parking for about six cars. We had a garage built next to the house and a door that led to the basement steps. We did deliver pizza but only to bars. We had signs in most of the bars and patrons would call in an order and we would deliver. My mother, who's parents were from Italy, started the business in early 1956 and closed it in 1959. The three Manriquez boys, Jerry, Jim, BHS-56, and John, BHS-56, would come home from school and start making pizza from 4 p.m. to midnight, seven days a week. After high school, the Manriquez boys joined the Army and Navy leaving my mother to run the business alone until she became too ill to continue. Schwitt's Drive In did not exist at that time and the Tic Toc started pizza in 1957 with pickup from their alley."
     Thanks to Tony and Jerry. Similar puzzles will follow.
     We hadn't heard from Holden Stradlater, BHS-56, for some time. By the way, there's a good puzzle question, who is this Stradlater guy?
     Anyway, he commented, "the very first taste of pizza for me was from Manriquez basement kitchen. I remember the basement doors covering the outside entry. Great pizza besides being the first one in town. I like Tony's idea for the receipt of puzzle questions. You're going to be getting some good ones I hope. Keep up the great work Mo."
     Holden did offer a question that we'll come back to in a future edition.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Father James Fangman, 86, Carroll, formerly of Boone. BHS-49. Was ordained a priest in 1963 and served at parishes in Estherville, Willey, Ogden, Kingsley, Marcus and elsewhere after saying his first mass at his home parish, Boone Sacred Heart. Brother Robert, a Carroll priest, survives..........Kevin Cleveland, 51, West Virginia. Formerly of Boone. Kevin's dad, Thomas Wirtz, passed away in 1971. Kevin was adopted by Judy and Paul Cleveland and his name was changed to Kevin Cleveland. Kevin lived in Arizona and Washington as well as Iowa. He and his wife, Connie, were team truck drivers........Robert Koenig, 49, Boone. Born in Boone. BHS-85. Was an auto mechanic. Boone area survivors include his wife, Elaine Banner Koenig, son, Jared Koenig, and a step-son, James Gregory, all of Boone. Also surviving are a step-daughter, Mary Johnson, of Dayton, and two other daughters.
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

A Puzzling Edition

     Former KWBG compadre, Tony Crandell, BHS-59, had an idea for the Korner. He wrote, "why don't you run a Boone quiz like on Wednesday and then provide the answer on Saturday?"
      The Kornerman says, "yah, we could do that" and Tony even gets us started with, "which one of the following, was the earliest to-go pizza places in Boone? Tic Toc, Manriquez, Belluci's, Van Gordon's, or Schwitts Drive'in." Schwitt's was a "sleeper" he conceded.
      Tony has secured the services of Jerry Manriquez, BSH-57, to provide the proper history.
      Anybody out there got thoughts on this?
      O.K., we'll follow up in the Saturday edition.
     Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me. I want people to know why I look this way. I've traveled a long way and many of the roads weren't paved.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Richard Wilkening, 77, Boone. Formerly of Perry. Army vet. Worked at and then owned Bauer Built Tire Station in Perry. Wife Linda survives. Boone area survivor is a son, Jeff, of Boone. Two brothers, one sister and two other sons also survive..........Richard (Dick) Matt, 88, Ames. Formerly of Boone. Born in Boone. BSH-48. Air Force vet. Was an engineer at WOI radio/television until his retirement in 1992. Wife Priscilla of Ames survives. Two sons, two daughters and three brothers, including Tom Matt of Boone, also survive.
     Worldwide Korner headquarters are located at 928 South Jackson Street, Boone, Iowa 50036-4932. Phone number is still 515-432-1530. To email your stories/memories/comments/

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Back in Business

     The move, itself, is complete but lots, and I, the Kornerman, mean lots of boxes to be emptied. So, the Kelley's are now officially located at 928 South Jackson Street, Boone, Iowa 50036-4932. That doesn't mean the newspapers, mail, etc. are here yet........but I'm sure they'll all follow eventually.
     Thanks for all the good wishes.
     We mentioned in the most recent Korner about Gary Long, BHS-73, and all his travels chasing after the Minnesota Vikings and all of the major league baseball diamonds. Gary, a good friend and one of my favorite guys, answered with a "thanks" and this, "my trip to the Rogers Centre in Toronto to see the Angels and Blue Jays play on July 28th was really exciting for me. I was able to get in the first row, right behind the Angels dugout. We were so close that when my friend yelled, "Cedar Rapids" at Mike Trout, he ackowledged with a smile and thumbs up. Trout once played in C.R. for the Kernels, a  class A affiliate of the Angels. Attending that game, mean't that I had been to all 30 current MLB stadiums. I've also been to 15 former MLB stadiums. My first game ever was at the Met in Bloomington, MN. I watched the Twins play there many times, including several games in two different World Series. Now, I've followed them at Target Field, their current home, a few times That's a total of three stadiums the Twins, themselves, have played in that I've watched."
     He concluded with some comments very meaningful to the old Kornerman but nothing that needs to take up the time of you viewers.
     Last time we heard from Becky Reynoldson, she was emailing from Jeruselem. She's back home in the good old USA and Boonetown and shared some memories,"this goes back to the early and mid 70's. We lived in the 1600 block of Fifth Street. At that time, there were 28 kids in that one block, from some very young'uns up to seniors in high school. In the summertime, we had ballgames in the street, football fun and kids loved playing school in the garage. There were water fights, annie, annie over, riding big wheels and just having so much fun as there was always someone to play with. We watched eggs bake in the street on those hot summer days. At that time, kids walked to their neighborhood school. How lucky that they were able to do that."
     John Hinz, BHS-64, wrote, "it was fun catching up with you at the 1967 BHS reunion. I knew more members of Linda's class (John's wife, Linda Swain Hinz) than I thought. It was fun catching up with Tom Peterson, Kelly McMullan, Tom and Sue Ferry, Hal Lyness, Julie Berg, Dick Duffy, John Peterson, John and Christi Munson Winters and many others. I enclosed an old photo of the KWBG staff posted by Larry Kelley on facebook. You've probably seen it, but it reminded me of he days our family listened to the station to get the "breaking Boone news.""
     The Kornerman says, "it was interesting to see the BG broadcast crew at that time, headed by owner-manager Ken Kilmer. Larry K. was Program Director, Dennis Borwick did sports, Rick Roberts was News Director while Lowell Ellis and Mike Pace (yes.....that Mike Pace) were staff announcers."
     Two short stacks: (1) Thanks to Kathleen Wheelock for the beautiful "new home" card and (2) good friend Loren Frazier keeps his 1958 class "hoppin'." Right now, he's promoting an update of the class roster......address changes etc. etc.
     How time passes. 100 years ago, everyone owned a horse and only the rich had cars. Now, everyone owns a car and only the rich have a horse/s.
     Loren Frazier, via Bob Cramer, tells us that John Finley passed away in California last Wednesday. John's wife is Loren's classmate, Pat Curran, BHS-58, sister of Boone's Bill Curran. Bill and his wife, Diane, are Boone residents.
     Condolences also to Tom Matt, BHS-60, and family on the death last night (Friday) of Tom's older brother, Dick.
     OTHER BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Curt Stuhldryer, 65, Ogden. Navy vet. Attended Clinton schools. Lived in Florida and Tennessee before settling in Ogden. Was an over the road truck driver. Boone area survivors include his wife, Pat, of Ogden and his brother, Reggie, of Boone. A son and daughter also survive.........Bonita Keel Thomsen, 89. An Ogden High School grad........Verle Burgason, 88, Ames. Well known in the area as a lifetime newspaper man and good friend of many Boone area folks. Worked for the Ames Daily Tribune for 40 years, including some time as a co-owner.........Leo Nervig, 89, Perry. Formerly of rural Kelley. He and his wife farmed near Slater. Boone area survivor is a daughter, Connie Gardner, of rural Madrid. Another daughter also survives........Beverly Hansen, 74, Boone. Boone area survivors include her family at Cornerstone Alliance Church in Boone, including several special friends and members of the Tuesday ladies Bible class.........Geneva Wilson, 87, Bondurant. Formerly of Boone. Born in Boone. BHS-48. Was a homemaker and volunteered for the DAV for over 20 years. Her husband, Robert, passed away earlier this year. Two daughters and a brother survive.........Tony Martz,58, Boone. Born in Boone. His parents were Milton and Iva Martz. He drove stock cars at the Boone Speedway and worked at the Sinclair station. Was a National Guardsman and worked at the Iowa State Facilities Department. Boone area survivors include his sister, Twila Ingham, his aunt and uncle, Jonathan and Judith Martz, and son, Talbot Martz, all of Boone. Another sister and brother also survive.........Tamara Wilson Martz, 58, Boone. Went to Saydel schools. Worked at Taco John's in Boone. Boone area survivors include sons, Talbot Martz, and Cody Wilson. Her father is Ron Lehman. A sister and two half-brothers also survive.........Martin Lundvall, 91, Waterloo. Born in Boxholm, Boxholm High-44. Was a member of the Boxholm American Legion.
     Worldwide Korner headquarters are located at 928 South Jackson Street, Boone, Iowa 50036-4932. Phone number is 515-432-1530. To email your stories/memories/comments/

Saturday, September 30, 2017

We're Movin' On

     You may have recent editions we've had a "countdown" of "days to go."
     A few people have questioned that........wondering, "what?"
     Fact is we, the Kelley's, are moving to a different address. After 32 years at 710 Aldrich, as of Wednesday, October 4, we will be at a new location......928 South Jackson Street.
     With all the hassle connected with moving, we will not have a moving day edition Wednesday. However, we hope everything will be back in place for a regular Saturday, October 7, comeback. Anyway, we will back........sometime.
     Nothing has changed except the address. Phone number, website.....still the same.
     Jerry Manriquez, BSH-57, when not lounging in the California sun is still working hard on a constant update of his terrific website. Here are some recent additions:
     BSH and Ryan High graduation pictures from 1893-1970.
     Sarah Eastlund of the Public Relations Office at BHS has sent class lists for 2006-2015.
     BHS yearbooks have been received from: Wendall Condon, for 1975; Stella Rilling Alexander, 1978; Lisa McGee Sebring, 1979-80; Kim Madden Ohge, 1981; Monica Nystrom McHugh, 1982-86; Barbra Madden Peterson, 1987-88; David Howell and John Howell, 1994-99; Rhaechel Ohge, 2005-08 and Chad Ohge, 2012.
     In the next month or so, Jerry said he would be uploading BHS scrolls sent by Colette Stumbo, for 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Robert Lay will be sending a 1990 edition.
     Tom Tays is sending Boone Junior College/DMACC yearbooks from 1972-75.
     The only BHS  yearbooks Jerry is now missing are, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1931, 1977, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2011 and 2017.
     Anyone who has yearbooks, class reunion picture/books, school newspapers they would like to share, please send them to Jerry, via the U.S. Post Office "Media Mail" and he will scan them and then return them to you.
     You can view any of his material at...........
     Jerry Manriquez, 3211 Kips Korner Road, Norco, CA
     Right to the point: (1) Dick Longworth, BHS-53, said his book, "Caught in the Middle," which came out in 2008, has done real well, six printings. (2) Vern Modeland, BHS-50, reminded that his classmate, Chuck Brainerd, built his own profitable specialty electronics antenna business for government and others was "mostly rooted from what our BHS teacher, H.L. Cunningham, taught a few of us who took his specialty class called, "Radio." Vern asked, "how many other high schools have a story like that that no one has shared. Not many, if any." (3) John Kueck, BHS-61, wrote, "I know Boone is a big softball/Little League town. I watched the Little League girls World Series on TV. Does Boone have a similar league? Where do they play?"
     In answer to John's query the Kornerman says, "yes, we've had similar competition but it appears that both Little League and Babe Ruth in Boone has lost some of its appeal. At least, there aren't as many leagues, teams and players as in their earlier years. Soccer is getting blamed for some of the loss. That sport seems to be growing steadily."
     4 Days to go
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Gary Knox reported, "I've been informed that Darel Browning, Jordan HS-53, passed away September 7. He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn. He was a good basketball and baseball player for JHS. He was on the team that narrowly missed the state basketball tournament thanks to Roland and Gary Thompson. Dave Cottington was one of his teammates."
     Althea Elaine Zethraus, 94, Platteville, CA. Formerly of Boone. Husband Stan, now deceased, retired from the postal service in 1976 and the couple moved to California. Son Bruce and daughter, Jilayne Paley, survive..........Tamara Martz, 58, Boone...........Tony Martz, 58, Boone.
     Worldwide Korner headquarters will soon be located at 928 South Jackson Street, Boone, Iowa 50036. Phone number is still 515-432-1530. To email your stories/memories/comments/SUPPORT.......


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

New YMCA? Really!!

     What's this about a new YMCA?
     At the latest Boone City Council meeting, that subject was broached. There have already been some meetings about that possibility and, in fact, a taskforce is in play to check on the feasability of such a project.
     Plans seem to be in solid play for various other upcoming projects........a new bank, a Squeaky Clean laundromat, new housing units, another laundromat, that new Boulder Inn and convention center and, perhaps, a real estate office housing Exit Realty.
     A pair of good Korner friends, John Kueck, BHS-61, and Ron Hopkins, BSH-59, were kind enough to send me a copy of Visions magazine, Fall edition, which provides members of the Iowa State University Alumni Association with news of interest about ISU, its past and present.
     Staring the Kornerman in the face from the Visions cover was a huge, color photo of Boone's Pete Kostelnick, BHS-2005. Inside, was a complete and terrific story of one of the nation's premiere ultra runners. Lots of great pictures too.  Pete, of course, was home just a week or so ago to lead the Pufferbilly parade as the 2017 Grand Marshal.
     He's 29 years old now, married to Nicole Larson, a 2011 ISU chemical engineering grad, and they reside in Hannibal, MO. Pete earned his ISU degree in international business and finance in 2009 and he works as a Financial analyst for the National Research Corporation.
     His parents, still Boone residents, are Clare, who teaches at DMACC, and Charlie, who has been an ISU faculty member for over 30 years.
     SURPRISE! Today, the Kornerman is going to tread very lightly on Pete's numerous national running achievements. Been there, done that......many times in the Korner and, of course, there's been lots of nationwide reporting on those events also.
     No, being a big fan of food, nutritious and otherwise, in this writing I'm going to lean toward what I think is some interesting info on the diet he followed during his border-to-border record breaking run.
     Here's what Pete was quoted as saying, "essentially, I was burning 100 calories a mile (3,067 total miles) on top of just normal calorie needs. So, I was burning well over 10,000 calories most days."
     When you're burning that much fuel, you have to "catch up" by..........eating. This is the part the Kornerman likes.
     On his run across America, here was Pete's typical DAILY menu: First Breakfast - oatmeal, toast, banana, protein shake; Second Breakfast - protein bar or trail mix, Gatorade; Brunch - breakfast sandwich; Lunch -foot-long sub sandwich, followed by something sweet and a big soda; Afternoon Snacks - sweetened, dried pineapple and banana chips, Gatorade; Dinner - steak and potatoes; Dessert - A pint of Ben and Jerry's ice cream; On His Nightstand - protein bars, water, juice and animal crackers.
     He often ate eggs, red meat, avocadoes and high calorie meals like lasagna, tater-tot casserole, mac and cheese and spaghetti.
     Sounds great........but there's something I don't like about this plan............all....... or any..... of that running.
     On this subject of eating..............let's look back to eating in the 50's. You remember those days I'm sure but do you remember this........
     (1) Pasta had not been invented. It was mac or spaghetti. (2) Bananas and oranges usually appeared just at Christmas time. (3) Chips were plain. (4) Oil was for lubricating, fat was for cooking. (5) Tea was made in a teapot using tea leaves and never green. (6) We hadn't heard of yogurt. (7) Cooking outside was called camping. (8) Water came out of the tap. If someone had suggested bottling it, they would have become a laughing stock.
     And, the things that we never, ever had on/at our tables in the 50's.........elbows, hats, cell phones.
     7 days to go
      BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Lois Kuhl, 93, Boone. Born on a farm near Ogden. BHS-41. Worked at H.V. Patterson Insurance Agency until it closed..........Cleo Carroll Jr., 73, Boone. Attended BHS. Worked at Grabau construction and for Hallet's Materials. His wife, Judy Deemer, is deceased. They were married in 1966. Boone area survivor is a son, Michael, of Boone..........Bill Littrell, 88, Marshalltown. Formerly of Boone. Was married to Rita Cole. Boone area survivor is Terri Todd of Madrid. Two other sons survive.........Richard Beachler, 66, Boone. Worked at ISU Media Graphics until retirement in 2011. Was a well known musician. Boone area survivors include his wife, Leanne, of Boone, son, Ian, of Ames, and daughter, Aleda Richardson, of West Des Moines...........Don Silver, 93, Boone. Was a dry cleaner for 42 years. Owned and operated North Side Cleaners in Boone for 25 years prior to retirement in 1987. Boone area survivors include his wife, Vivian, and daughter, Carla Toms, both of Boone. Three sons also survive..........Loras Woodard, 70, Boone. BHS-65. Held several jobs prior to 29 years at John Deere in Ankeny. Retired in 2004. Boone area survivor is his wife, Mary Jo Fritch Majors Woodard, of Boone. He raised four girls and two step children..........Tom Kieffer, 85, Ogden. Navy vet. Was an Ogden teacher for 38 years. Also did some woodworking and construction work. He and his wife, Dorothy, were married for 58 years prior to her passing. Boone area survivors include two sons, Bob and Steve, both of Ogden. Four other adult children survive.
     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, September 23, 2017

Floridians are O.K.

     In a recent edition, Loren Frazier, BHS-58, recalled his concern when his classmate, Gene Strandberg, faced the wrath of hurricane Charley in Florida several years ago. The recent hurricane, Irma, brought back those memories and again, this year, Loren was wondering about the Strandberg's fate.
     Gene and his wife, Diane, read that Korner and replied, "all newer homes in Florida, like ours, comply with building codes that make them able to withstand 135 mph winds. And, they come with metal hurricane shutters for all the windows and doors. So, we were relatively safe inside. Our only damage was a leaning tree. Also, newer developments, like ours, have buried utilities which minimizes the length of power outages. Some of our neighbors evacuated to Orlando and Atlanta but Irma went there also."
     In the last edition we offered an idea for tracking down names or addresses when they can't be found in the very scaled down current telephone books.
     Wanda Lingren wrote, "thank you for the tip on finding addresses. I will try it. A few weeks ago I was trying to find an address and, of course, it was not in the phone book. We are still listed because I won't give up my land line. A person could lose their cell power so that is why I am keeping ours. After seeing nothing on your blog a few times I got worried that you might quit so I'm glad to see that you are back up and running. I don't go back as far as some of your usual contributors that's why I usually don't have anything to say. We did not move to Boone until I was 11 so I don't remember a lot of the things talked about. But I know we all appreciate your hard work."
     McDonald's is a pretty good place to discover folks you haven't seen for some time. Recently, I had the pleasure of seeing a former co-worker, Vivian Khan, I hadn't seen for a long time. Years ago  we worked side by side at the Boone News.........I, with some instructions as to how I wanted "my" page developed and she would then follow up........placing the stories and making the page camera ready. Oh, how I miss those days and all of the other people I worked with through the years. It has given me a thought I might soon follow through with.........listing as many former BNR folks as I/we can remember.......just like we recently did with KWBG.
     P.S. Vivian said she has worked as a church secretary for 13 years and is contemplating retirement. Hard to believe but that "little kid" of hers she used to talk about is now a chiropractor and, in fact, is right now opening up his first office. Its located at the building across the street and just west of the old Dairy Queen, now a Cyclone Car lot, on Mamie Eisenhower.
     Vern Modeland, BHS-50, wrote, "I know it can get to feel like you're the only person willing to do this. But, I hear from a lot of my friends that he/she knows someone who "saw it" on Mo's blog. Thanks to IPad and all of those technologies I dislike so much, I've come to believe we're close to the end of communication between family and friends. Damn pity."
     A couple of quickies to close.(1) Gary Long, BHS-73, was an excellent wrestler, football player at BHS and Coe College and is just a heck of a good guy/friend. For years, he has been involved in Iowa high schools as an educator, leaning mostly toward athletic activities. I've know of his passion for the Minnesota Vikings. For years, he's followed their games all over the country as well as in Minneapolis. Now, his mom, Marilyn Miller Long, BHS-49, tells me he has completed a long-time goal. Via a most recent trip, Gary has now  seem a major league baseball game in EVERY major league park. (2) The Kornerman told you viewers in a recent edition about classmate Dick Longworth's book. It was also mentioned that Dick's dad, Dr. W.H. Longworth, had written a history of medicine in Boone County. Dick, BHS-53, replied, "dad took that on as a retirement project and got a lot of joy out of it. After his death, Dr. Lou Greco updated it. I believe both versions are at the Boone County Historical Society.
     11 days to go
      BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Brian Grosnickle, son of former Boone residents, Delores and Gary Grosnickle..........Lois Kuhl, Boone.........Richard Beachler, 66, Boone..........Don Silver, 93, Boone.
     Worldwide Korner headquarters are located at 710 Aldrich, Boone, Iowa 50036-4703. Phone number is 515-432-1530. To  email your stories/memories/comments/SUPPORT.........


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Germany, then Jerusalem

     Remember that Wide World of Sports intro?  Just like that,  Korner viewers are scanning the world. In the last edition, we heard from Wendall (Spike) Condon, BHS-75, who keeps in touch from Germany. This edition, Becky Reynoldson chimes in from Jerusalem. She wrote, "hey Mo, this is Becky Reynoldson over in Jerusalem. What a trip of a lifetime. Awesome, overwhelming, and overload on information. I'll be contributing some info about the Fifth Street gang later."
     I, the Kornerman, received an invitation to the Boone 1967 class reunion.......their 50th......and I did attend the Friday night get-together at Toby K's Event Center.
     It was my first trip to the Event Center and its a wonderful place for such an event. One more plaudit. Boone's Diane Patrick was in charge of the appetizers. I see her working in the Dutch Oven bakery often (probably too often) and was surprised to learn she does catering work for such events. Anyway, she did a fantastic job and I would certainly recommend her catering services.
     Now......the hard part........trying to jostle my memory. It was a time, primarily, of visitation and the Kornerman had an opportunity to catch up with so many folks, many that I had not seen in quite some time. There were lots of stories being told, garnering numerous guffaws. Some tall tales, no doubt, rose even taller during the evening. I had to laugh, thinking at the end of the night it would take quite some time to separate the wheat from the chaff if you know what I mean.
     Anyway, Tom Peterson  issued the invitation and I was greeted at the door by Donna Woods Rusnak and Sue Anderson Mersereau. Along the way, some of the attendees I visited with were Kelly and Marcy McMullan, Jane McGriff (she has a grandson that's quite a talented kicker for the BHS football team), Topper Lyness, Christy Munson Winters and John, Mike Doyle, Mark Campbell (who's moving to Tennessee), Dick Duffy, Jack Rusnak and Sally Radnich. Linda Swain was there also and brought her husband, Jon Hinz, BHS-64, along. I apologize........I'm sure I missed others.
     Everybody seemed to have a great time.
     I guess you could call this the Tip of the Week.
     With the slow elimination of land lines and no directory yet of cell phone numbers, many of us have struggled trying to find addresses of people we used to obtain via the telephone book. A group of us were grumbling about this inability to locate some local people anymore.
     Here's what I've found. You can pull up white pages on your computer and sometimes obtain some help. But, not always.
     The best way I've found of locating people is through the use of Beacon Homes. If, on your computer, you type in and pull up Beacon Homes Boone County, you can then access from that  site a site that says, "Property Search." Tag "Property Search" and you will be taken to a site that asks for an address or a name. Type in the address or name and you should obtain the information you are seeking. If you don't have that much of a address or're probably out of luck.
     The Kornerman has given up on white pages but has had a good success rate using Beacon Homes.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Dorothy Myers, 90, Melrose, FL. formerly of Boone. She married Juel Haaland in 1944 and they were later divorced. She married Eugene (Bud) Myers in 1986. She is survived by two Boone residents, daughter, Martha (Toby) Ahrens, and step-son, Gary (Mox) Myers........Dean Blougher, 92, Perry. Boone area survivor is a daughter, Alma Swanson, of Ogden........Lorene Franklin, 85, Boone. Formerly of the Stanhope area. Stanhope HS. Boone area survivors include her husband, Ben, daughters, Kim Curell and LuAnn Robinson, and son, Tony, all of Boone, and daughter, Dorine Bloomberg, of Ogden........Vivian Kennedy, 93, Boone. BHS-42. Was a telephone operator for many years. Boone area survivors include her husband, James, sister Patty Bushore, and nephew, Brian Bushore.........Andrew Pfaltzgraff, 33, Boone/Ogden. OHS-2003. Was a former OHS football assistant coach. Worked at 3M in Ames. Boone area survivors include his parents, David and Georgena, and his sister, Jo-el Sprecher, all of Boone........Genevieve Cook, 97, Boone. Jordan HS. Was a homemaker.........David McClain, 67, Boone. Layed carpet and tile for a Carroll company. Boone area survivors include his wife, Janice Baker, step-son, Jeremiah Baldus, and brother, John Helm, all of Boone........Norma Jean McDonald, 91, Boone. BHS-44. Worked at Boone Dairy and DeLux Cleaners. Boone area survivor is a son, Keith, of Boone.
     14 days to go
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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Boone Native takes Hollywood for a Ride

     Wendall (Spike) Condon, BHS-75, it seems, has spent a military lifetime in Germany. He's still there now and had an interesting encounter recently. He wrote, "I've had a hard time following you the last three weeks or so. I was cut off on my military computer and had to put in a work order for your blog. They finally checked it out and determined it was a "safe" site. Actor Brian Cranston of "Breaking Bad" and "Malcolm in the Middle" TV programs, along with his wife, Robin, were here on a USO tour. They came to the Illesheim Flight Simulator facility and I took Mr. Cranston in a Blackhawk simulator flight. We were in there about 30 minutes, even had time to land on a frigate. I think he really enjoyed it. Additionally, the Flight Simulator facility is expanding. We are going from three flight simulators, Blackhawk, Apache and Chinook, to a device called the AVCATT, NCM3, another Apache and Blackhawk M model. So, I'm almost out of real estate. Hope this finds you well."
     Your editor responds, "thanks Spike. So good to hear from you and thanks for sharing that experience. See, everyone has or has had, sometime in their life, something that happened to them, with them, about them, that would be of interest to our vast viewership."
      Loren Frazier, BHS-58, always has some interesting material to pass on. He's been thinking about Irma, the most recent hurricane in Florida. He wrote, "I have several classmates/friends in Florida so it was a concern of mine. A number of years ago, during what I think was hurricane Charley, one of those friends, Gene Strandberg, BHS-58, was living in Punta Gorda, FL. and I thought I'd call him. Surprisingly, Gene answered the phone, right in the middle of the hurricane. He was hunkered down in a closet in his house along with a bottle of rum. Well, during this recent hurricane, Irma, I called again and yes, he had remembered my call years previous during Charley. When I told him I thought he had a bottle of scotch in his closet that night, he reminded me it was rum. I guess that is more of a Florida drink than scotch. Anyway, he was watching the forecasts and was hoping things would  be alright at his location. I'm sure someone else may have a hurricane story to tell........or some other story.......its up to them to keep this Korner going. If they want to continue reading it, they must contribute to it or it will be gone and they'll have nobody but themselves to blame."
     Your editor says, "right on Loren."
     Gary Knox, United-57, has a story that reminds me of way, way, way back in my "childhood." Gary explains, "my grandparents lived in a large, two-story house with an enclosed front porch on North Marshall street in Boone. Above the porch were several windows with narrow spaces between them. I found an old tennis ball and created a game of one player baseball. I would throw a pitch against the siding between the windows.......never hitting one. If I caught the rebounding ball, it was an out. If the ball hit the ground it was a hit if I was unable to catch the grounder and make a clean throw between the windows. I kept track of base runners, scores, outs and innings. I played the part of both teams. I played this game from age 8-12 during the summer........thinking it was more interesting than the conversation in the house. In wintertime, the tennis ball was my basketball and I invented a similar game in an open, empty basement room."
     Editors Note: Here I, the Kornerman, thought I was the ONLY one that concocted such "silly" games. Hey, back then, in my case anyway, no television......etc. etc. We had to while away our time in very unique and I guess "silly" ways.
     My game/s were done with three dice. If I remember right, in baseball, if I rolled three or 18, it was a home run, 13 was a strikeout, 10 a ground out etc. etc. I, too, made up names of players and kept a scorebook. Some of the players were Ben Down, Stewart (Stu) Pover, Marty Gra and Dee Moyne. I had maybe six or eight teams organized, drew up a schedule and played lots of games on all those cold, winter, Iowa nights. Using the scorebook, I even kept individual statistics and used that for the basis of selecting season ending all star teams. I also put together a yearbook with all the final statistics on each of the teams.......along with some advertisements for Heckova watches and other made up clients. I'm not much of an artist, but I even had some illustrations of some of the players included along with their autographs of course. In fact, I a page for each team with autographs of all the players of those teams. Its really amazing how many different ways you can construct autographs.
     To me, it was so much fun and occupied so much of my time when, at that time, teenagers had a lot more time for "doing not much of anything." I'm sure if my mother were here, she would still be clamoring for me to spend that much time on my scholastic work rather than those "silly" games.
     P.S. I still have that yearbook, scorebooks etc. somewhere in this house.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS:  James Frederick, 83, Boone. Parents were John and Bernice Fredericks. James lived at the Woodward State Hospital for 54 years prior to moving to a Boone group home in 1996..........Gerald Mass, 79, Madrid. He worked heavy highway and bridge construction. Gerald's wife, Flo Ann, survives.........Larry Embrey, 76, Madrid.
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