Gowrie – Glen C. Mundt 97, passed away Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at the Boone County Hospital in Boone. Due to state and federal guidance on gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mundt Family will not be having a public funeral at this time. Private family graveside service will be at Gowrie Township Cemetery. Palmer Funeral Home, Gowrie is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.
Glen is survived by his wife Doris of Stratford; daughter Carol Mundt of Stratford; sons, Allan (Sharon) Mundt of Gowrie, and Dave (Diane) Mundt of Callender; grandchildren, Cassie (Tom) Sredl, Melissa Mundt, Amy (Josiah) Kaufman, Brian (Heather) Mundt, and Travis Mundt; great-grandchildren, Aubrey Walter, Payton Walter, Allie Kaufman, Isaiah Kaufman, Elsie Kaufman, Elijah Kaufman, Oliver Mundt, Anna Cobb, and Miles Cobb; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his infant daughter Marilyn K. Mundt; his parents, Ralph and Esther (Larson) Mundt; and brother Paul Mundt.
Glen C. Mundt was born August 19, 1922 at Farnhamville, Iowa. He was raised and educated in Farnhamville and graduated from Farnhamville High School, with the Class of 1942. Glen served in the United States Army during World War II as an Xray Technician with the Army Medical Corps. On October 19, 1947 he was united in marriage to Doris Drayer at Doris’s parent’s home south of Gowrie. The couple established their home on a farm north of Farnhamville. In 1958, they moved to their farm south of Gowrie. The couple farmed until their retirement in 1989 and moved into Gowrie. Glen was a member of the Lanyon Covenant Church, American Legion, served on the ASC Committee, and was a past member of Farm Bureau, and NFO.
Gowrie –Ronald M. Wolf, 79, of Gowrie passed away on Friday, March 13, 2020 at the Pearl Valley Rehab and Nursing in Gowrie. It was Ron’s wishes to be cremated and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Survivors include his wife Janice of Gowrie, daughter Sonja Ballstadt and her husband Scott of Windsor, CO, daughter Darci Wolf of Ames, his grand dogs Sugar and Cinnamon, sister Sharon (Dean) Henderson of Fort Dodge, brothers Don (Donna) Wolf of Farnhamville, Jim (Rosalie) Wolf of Gowrie, and Paul (Shirley) Wolf of Farnhamville.
He was preceded in death by his parents Oscar and Edna (Nahnsen) Wolf.
Ronald Martin Wolf was born on January 19th, 1941 in Gowrie. He was raised and educated in Gowrie. Ron served in the National Guard from 1962 to 1968. On April 4, 1965 he was united in marriage to Janice Friedrichs, the couple established their home on a farm near Gowrie. Ron farmed and drove truck for Nolte’s Trucking in Farnhamville and Ranger Trucking Service in Fort Dodge. Ron was known as “Dr. Diesel”, he enjoyed restoring trucks and John Deere tractors. He was a member of the American Historical Truck Association, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Farnhamville and the Fort Dodge Harmony Brigade Barbershop Chorus.
Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family. www.palmerswankfuneralhome.com
Gowrie –Jessie M. Mohr, 90, of Gowrie, passed away on Friday, March 13, 2020 at the Greene County Medical Center Long Term Care in Jefferson.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 17th at 10:30 AM at United Methodist Church in Gowrie with Rev. Susan Rohden officiating. Burial will be at Gowrie Township Cemetery. Visitation will be on Monday from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at United Methodist Church in Gowrie. Palmer and Sons Funeral Home is serving the family.
Survivors include children Lora Smalley and her husband Dennis of Jefferson, Jerry Mohr and his wife Donna of Gowrie, Steve Mohr and his wife Ruthann of Gowrie, Catherine Pardos of Golden, CO and Dick Mohr and his wife Kelly of Kansas City, MO, grandchildren, Debra (Craig) Ott, Danille (Kent) Curtis, Darcy Smalley, Deonne (Brad) Robey, Jason Mohr, Corey Mohr, Jodi Mohr, Kristin (Chris) Behrens, Korryn (Justin) Johnson, Kyla (Brady) Dixon, Christine Pardos, Jessica Pardos, Nicholas (Taylor) Mohr, Christopher Mohr, and Amanda Mohr, great grandchildren Logan, Lucas and Landon Pontius, Hannah and Grace Curtis, Keenan and Carter Ferry, Kale George, Lennox Mohr, Codero, Maggie and Loren Reed, Russell, Karlynn, and Kaylee Behrens, Connor and Chloe Johnson, Madison and Colton Mohr, great great grandchild Scarlett Reed.
She was preceded in death by her parents Cecil and Lena (Duffield) Saville, husband of 62 years Fred in 2009, 4 brothers, her twin John, Ronnie, Charles and Rudy Saville.
Jessie Mae Saville was born on February 2, 1930 in Brooks, IA. She was educated in rural Ringgold County and graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1948. In 1949, she was united in marriage to Alfred “Fred” Mohr in Mount Ayr, Iowa at the Methodist Church. They made their home in rural Tingley before moving to Fort Dodge in 1954 and then to the Callender area in 1956. The family lived in Fremont until 1988 when they moved to their home in Gowrie. Jessie was very active in her church and community. She served 2 terms on the Fremont City Council, leader of the Youth Group at the United Methodist Church, sang in the church choir and was a member of the Rural Women’s Chorus. Jessie also taught Sunday school and helped with Bible school. She was 4-H leader for several years and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Jessie was the editor of the Fremont Gazette for 10 years and past president United Methodist Women in Gowrie. Jessie was also a member of the Red Hat Club.
Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.
By Shari Everhart
Margaret Erickson recently assumed the duties of Gowrie’s new postmaster, officially beginning on February 1, 2020.
She might need no introduction to local residents and actually may be a familiar face to many who use the services of the Gowrie Post Office as Margaret worked as the Officer in Charge for 9 months. Asked why she decided to take on the postmaster’s position, she replied, “I loved working in Gowrie and know some of the residents, and worked with the employees of the office and the neighboring offices. Also, the office (Gowrie) is close to home.”
Coming up through the ranks, she began at the lowest level in the postal service and steadily worked her way up. “I prepared by taking classes and striving to hone skills,” she shared. “I looked for (the) opportunity for promotion.”
As for experience, she began with the Postal Service in 1992 as a PMR in Paton on Saturdays as a replacement for the Postmaster. She went on to be promoted to a clerk in the Jefferson post office in 1995, then appointed postmaster of the Churdan and Jefferson locations. Read More...
By Shari Everhart
It’s a lesson in what a community can do when they are determined and have the desire to retain a piece of their history that has provided entertainment not only for their own residents, but also those of the surrounding area.
When the Capri Theatre, located at 117 North Center Street on the west side of the square in Lake City was slated to close, a group of community-minded citizens got together and decided they would be the ones to keep the movie theater open and offer affordable family entertainment.
They drafted a purpose/vision statement that addressed just that; the theater would serve the citizens of the greater Calhoun County area by providing affordable family-oriented movie entertainment by showing films every weekend carrying the ratings of G, PG, and PG-13. The mission statement also included that the venue would be kept updated and in ‘first class’ condition.
With the desire of maintaining the theater’s prices affordable for all citizens, it was decided to charge admission and concession prices under the price of “first run” movie theaters in the area. The facility is operated by volunteers, which also promotes volunteerism in the community. This ensures a low cost operation and an attitude of ownership by it’s residents. Read More...
As the days lead up to Gowrie’s Sesquicentennial celebration this coming summer, several businesses that have been a part of the community’s history will be featured in the coming weeks in this newpaper.
The year 1902, the Gowrie Telephone Company was incorporated. Directors and Incorporators were, E.W. Sorber, Jonas A. Lindquist, A.R. Daughenbaugh, P.H. McCaffery, S.E. Weitzel, N.A. Lindquist, Armanis F. Patton, and W.E. Bomberger. The group would later merge with rural folks to form the Lena-Gowrie Telephone Co. The first rural line was built about 5 miles northeast of Gowrie and other rural lines were to follow. The company would eventually sell the business to the Public Investment Company of Salina, Kansas, later to become the Western Light and Telephone Company. May 1, 1948 The Telephone Company of Gowrie hires Howard Rude as manager, Howard would manage the company through the reorganization years of 1952 and 1953 when the customers decided to form a cooperative and buy back the business. Just to note that Webster Calhoun Telephone Cooperative has only had two managers in its 66 years, Howard Rude and the present manager Daryl Carlson.
May 1, 1954 was the day that a new Telephone Cooperative would finalize the business purchase from the Western Light and Telephone and begin business in Gowrie. The business worked out of the building located on the corner of Market and Elm Streets. A membership drive to obtain enough members to qualify for the REA loan needed was to install the new dial phone system. The membership would need to show 60% of the subscribers were members and the cost to join was $10. Read More...
By Coach Blunk
As with all spring activities, things are uncertain. During this unprecedented time, everyone has questions and concerns. Although the boys golf season never got started (the first practice date was Monday, March 16), we are hopeful at least some of the season can be salvaged. At this time, we just don’t know what will happen.
The Jaguars return five lettermen from 2019, senior Quinton Clancy, juniors Lane Fevold and Braeden Johnson, sophomores Carson Suchan and Caden Larson. Team members also include senior AJ Smith. Juniors are Blake Peterson, Evan Schmid and Logan Stapp. Sophomores are Will Halligan, Lucas Jondle and Adam Sorenson. Freshman include Russel Bair, Ryan Carter, Jared Cloud, Christian Collins, Jameric Dalley, Elias Field, Caden Koneche, Jaimon Nelson, Jacob Snyder, Logan Songer, Corrie Warner, Max Lee and Xander Dorman.
Coach Blunk commented “we have some guys back who saw a lot of varsity action last year and obviously a large group of underclassmen. Hopefully things will get back to normal sooner rather than later but our first priority has to be the health and well-being of our community, students and staff.”
By Shari Everhart
Making plans for the yoouth tackle football program for the fall of 2020 has been a challenge. Due to the COVID-19 virus, being able to schedule tackle football registration and fundraiser meeting several times hasn’t happened.
Currently, the future is uncertain to when that will take place. YSF has asked to hold an online registration to gain an idea of how many participants can be expected in order to know how much equipment, etc. will be needed. In addition, it would give an indication of how many teams and coaches there might be.
Parents are asked to register their child by doing so online. As some sort of payment is required, it is asked that a $20.00 deposit be made. The cost to participate is $160.00, which may seem costly. In the past, a fundraiser has been held to offset the expense. As soon as it is deemed ‘safe’, a fundraiser will be planned, fitting and a coaches meeting. A notice will be issued when the meetings will be scheduled.
Registrations are due May 1st. Read More...