Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 02 October 2012 14:26Local historian Raymond F. Wiebe has established a $50,000 endowment through the Hillsboro Community Foundation to ensure the future of the Adobe House Museum and preserve the history of Mennonite culture.
The arrangement was made official Friday.
Wiebe has named the endowment the “David V. Wiebe Memorial Fund for Hillsboro Pioneer Adobe House and Museum,” in honor of his father.
According to the memorandum of understanding, income from the endowment can be used for the creation...
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 25 September 2012 14:03For the descendants of Swiss immigrants, Sunday’s dedication service at Calin Cemetery was a “great day,” to honor the 17 children believed to have been buried there in September 1874.
More than 200 people attended the dedication ceremony with Brian Stuckey, chairman of the monument task force, introducing the speakers.
The stone measures 4 feet, 6 inches by 2 feet, 6 inches and cost $2,170, which was donated.
Jim Juhnke, a retired history professor at Bethel College, spoke about events leading to the death of so many children.
“When the immigrant ancestors reached Peabody in the fall of 1874, they lived in temporary housing near the Peabody railroad station,” he said.
Most of the men left to look for land with help from...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 28 August 2012 13:12The Hillsboro City Council approved a zoning change at its Aug. 21 meeting for a portion of the Carriage Hills housing development on the city’s south side.
Hillsboro resident Darrell Driggers has plans to develop the south portion of Carriage Hills into single-family and multi-family residences. The development previously had been zoned only for single-family residences.
The city’s Planning Commission had recommended the zoning change to the council after reviewing the plan.
The council concurred with a 3-0 vote; Councilor Shelby Dirks was not present.
In an effort to control odor issues at the city’s lagoon ponds, the council approved an engineering contract with EBH Associates to develop a test that would introduce...
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 28 August 2012 13:05A 30-year-old Hillsboro man was indicted in U.S. District Court in Orlando, Fla., on two felony counts of criminal activity involving the Internet by sending obscene material and influencing a minor to engage in sexual activity.
Nicholas Knittig was arrested at 7 a.m. Aug. 22 at his place of employment by the Marion County sheriff’s office, Hillsboro Police Department and FBI agents, according to Sheriff Robert Craft.
A search warrant was carried out at his residence at 302 N. Washington, he said.
In the federal indictment filed almost two weeks prior to Knittig’s arrest, Jim Cross with the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Kansas District said Knittig was sent back to Florida.
The indictment stated Knittig is alleged to have...
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 07 August 2012 16:17For one local centenarian, the secret to a long life is taking care of the body and eating healthy.
Goldie Dodson, the oldest resident at Salem Home, celebrated her 101st birthday Wednesday with a party in her honor.
“I have never really had a birthday party,” a surprised Dodson told Josh Friesen, Salem Home’s assistant to the life enhancement director.
Friesen said Dodson told him she preferred organizing birthday parties for her family than have one herself.
She was also served her favorite birthday dessert: white cake with white frosting.
When Dodson noticed two candles sitting atop the cake, Friesen said she asked him what they represented.
“The first candle symbolizes 100 years,” he said, “and the second candle...
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