Written by Jerry Engler Tuesday, 29 July 2008 13:43
Randolph Schmidt, hoping to preserve the heritage of Mennonite families, helped start the Mennonite Heritage Museum and Goessel Country Threshing Days. This year he has been named “Captain Goessel” in honor of his contributions.
Randolph Schmidt might not be honored with the title of “Captain Goessel” for Goessel’s Country Threshing Days this weekend, Aug. 1-3, if he hadn’t had a concern to preserve history more than 30 years ago.
Schmidt, now 86, was chairman of Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church back then. At the time, he was observing the estate sales of old-time Mennonite families, and not feeling good about it.
He was bothered that out-of-state collectors and antique dealers were buying up the heritage pieces of the Mennonite community. Everything from farm implements to long-hemmed dresses were being dispersed across the nation with little hope of local descendants ever seeing them again.
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 29 July 2008 13:51
The 78th Marion County Fair came off as planned, with hot temperatures and a Saturday rain shower thrown in for good measure.
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 29 July 2008 13:40
Editor’s note: Incumbent Randy Dallke and challenger Larry Larsen will appear on the Aug. 5 Republican primary ballot for the right to face Democrat Aaron Allen in the November general election. District 3 on the Marion County Board of Commissioners. Despite making numerous attempts since last Thursday to reach Mr. Larsen, including a trip to his home in Peabody, we regret that we have not been able to establish contact with him. If we hear from him prior to the Aug. 5 election, we will post his responses to these same four questions on our Web site: www.hillsborofreepress.com.
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 29 July 2008 13:29
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 22 July 2008 13:59
John Reznicek, who died unexpectedly in January, has been sorely missed for his many contributions to the Marion County Fair Board.
The vast majority of people who take in the Marion County Fair each year seldom think about the army of volunteers behind the scenes who make it happen.
As the 78th edition officially kicks off today with the annual parade down Hillsboro’s Main Street, the contributions of one of those volunteers have been keenly missed by those in charge.
John F. Reznicek, a member of the fair board for the past nine years and secretary-treasurer for eight, suffered a fatal heart attack in January. He was 64.
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