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Highway 36 Treasure Hunt

            The Highway 36 Treasure Hunt will be September 15, 16 and 17, 2022 and since we had such great success with the garage sale we are going to do it again!!! We will be open but instead of genealogy we will be selling our junk for you to treasure! Early Birds we have you covered. We will be open on Thursday September 15 from 8 to 4; we are going to be open on September 16 from 8 to 5 and September 17 from 8 to at 2.

                With all that being said do you have some more “junk” you would like to donate?? No clothing but we will take anything else to raise money to keep the library operational!

Monument in Hiawatha Cemetery

By: Penny Milroy, Librarian

The Brown County Genealogical Society

            A monument stands in back of the Hiawatha Cemetery that is in memory of veterans whose bodies lay in unknown graves or were lost and never recovered due to enemy action.

            The original dedication of this memorial was in 1953 on Memorial Day. The stone was installed by the veterans of Hiawatha and paid for by donations collected from local Hiawatha businesses. The dedication ceremony was started by the playing of the Military March by the Hiawatha High School band. It was attended by a majority of the community. The original thought was for the monument to only cover Hiawatha area veterans but during planning the Hiawatha American Legion Post changed this to a list of deceased veterans from all of Brown County.

            The original list of veterans were: H.J. Dandliker, Jr., Leroy Hazlett, Howard L. Walters, Edward Wolfe, Clyde M. Roush, Emerson Cyphers, Roy Wayne Davis, Kermit Fahrmeyer, Jeri H. Lange, Thomas G. Jelly and Ross E. Torkelson; of the original 14 veterans inscribed on the memorial stone 13 lost their lives during WWII and one in Korea.

            The monument reads: They sought no glory but their country’s good. In memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice in defense of their country graves unknown we honor.

            The memorial stood all but forgotten, until Jay Brock and Sam Schuetz decided the Hiawatha Cemetery needed a 35 foot flag pole with the site right by the existing memorial; also during the memorial service for Rex Parcels Sr., WWII veteran, the honor guard noticed the stone for his son Rex Parcels, Jr., missing in action.

            Rex, Jr. was serving as a pilot off an aircraft carrier when his plane went down and was never recovered. The Hiawatha American post became aware of another Brown County sailor who had lost his life during war and his body had never been recovered. Ensign Ivan Schug of Fairview graduated from Fairview High School in 1940. He was 21 when killed in the line of duty of Sunday, June 25, 1944. He was a pilot of the USS Yorktown stationed southeast of Iwo Jima in the pacific. His plane was seen going down and it was reported that he got out of the Grumman hellcat but was not recovered.

            The two events led to the Rededication of the original monument on May 28, 2016; 63 years after the original dedication.

            Over the last few years 3 more names have been discovered for listing on the “Lost But Not Found” monument. They are: Staff Sergeant Russell H. Trant from the Everest area was lost when the HMS Rohna was sunk on November 26, 1943; 1,015 American troops perished in that incident. The government kept this disaster secret until the 1990’s when the few survivors demanded that those who lost their lives be recognized. The second soldier was Willard L. Winsor who was a prisoner of war. He was captured during the naval

battle of Leyte Gulf near the Philippine Islands. He was being transported on a Japanese vessel carrying 1,781 United States prisoners that was sunk by a United States submarine only nine survived. The third is James E. McClaskey of Horton, Kansas. He lost his life on February 28, 1942 in the Naval Battle of the Java Sea. He was just 20 years old and the first young man from Horton to lose his life during WWII. The family installed a stone at the Powhattan Cemetery just feet from a stone for Clyde M. Roush who was one of the original 14 listed on the monument.

           


Highway 36 Treasure Hunt

The Highway 36 Treasure Hunt will be September 17, 18 and 19, 2021 and since we had such great success with the garage sale we are going to do it again!!! We will be open but instead of genealogy we will be selling our junk for you to treasure! Early Birds we have you covered. We will be open on Thursday September 16 from 8 to 4; we are going to be open on September 17 from 8 to 5 and September 18 from 8 to at 2.

With all that being said do you have some more “junk” you would like to donate?? No clothing but we will take anything else to raise money to keep the library operational!

Give Back to Move Forward

The Society participated in the local Give Back to Move Forward campaign with the Hiawatha Community Foundation the end of May. We would like to thank everyone who made a donation during this promotion. We ended up with over $6,700.00 in donations which includes the match money we received as well.

**Returning to normal hours April 6th – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10 to 3

Memorial Day Flowers

Memorial Day is May 31st. The Brown County Genealogical Society will be having our Memorial Day flower fund raiser. We (volunteers from the society) will place flowers on your ancestor’s grave in Brown County, for a donation. It is $10 per cemetery for one grave/headstone and $1 for each additional grave/headstone in that same cemetery. We have a number of nice flower arrangements that have been donated by members. Please be sure to tell us which cemetery your ancestor is in and if you know, a brief description of the headstone/grave marker as well as location in the cemetery (if you don’t know it is not a problem we have many maps and we should be able to find it.)

Garage Sale!

                The Brown County Genealogical Society board has decided to participate in the Hiawatha City wide garage sales on April 30th 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and May 1st 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. as a fund raiser. We are looking for your “junk” to become someone else’s treasurers! We are only asking no clothing donations. We will begin accepting donations beginning April 6th at the genealogy library. We will at that time return to normal hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 to 3. If you need a different time to drop off donations let us know and we will figure out a time.

Santa’s Attic!

            I am pleased to announce that as of now we planning on having Santa’s Attic. The date is set for November 6th at the Hiawatha High School in the commons and hallways.

Dues Reminder

            As 2021 comes to a start it is time to make sure your dues are paid for 2021. We would miss you and you would miss all the fun stuff we do. People receiving the newsletter by email please check the subject on your email it will say if you have NOT paid for 2021. People receiving the newsletter via snail mail check your label if you see 2020 highlighted on your mailing label you have NOT paid for 2021.  Thank you to the members who are Life members. We don’t want this to be the last newsletter you receive. IF you need a copy of the dues form one can be found on OUR website www.brcountyksgs.org

WINTER HOURS!!

            The Brown County Genealogical Society board of directors has decided to implement winter hours for the months of January, February and March. Due to the cold weather and rising costs of heating an old building we will only be open ONE day a week; Thursday from 10 to 3. IF you are wanting to come to the library a different day to do research PLEASE call and leave a message and we will gladly schedule a day for you to come in and do research.

COVID 19 INFORMATION

COVID 19 Information

                The governor of Kansas issued a mandatory wearing of a mask in public buildings and where 6 foot social distancing can’t be met to start on Friday July 3, 2020. The Brown County Commissioners on July 6, 2020 decided to NOT follow the mandate. We are going to let the public decide if they want to wear a mask in the genealogy library. We will NOT be having any meetings in July, August or September. At this point in time we will not be having any programs the remainder of the year.  We hope to be back to having programs in April of 2021. Thank you for your continued support.

Donations

                Donations are how we keep our door opened at The Brown County Genealogical Society. Fund raising opportunities are changing and we no longer have many options. We do NOT receive any city, county, state or federal funding. We do this on our own with the help of our generous donors. Due to Covid 19 things are getting harder for everyone and we feel it too. We are staffed by volunteers and we are very thankful for their time and energy into keeping things in order at the library. We are no longer doing the ice cream socials and auctions are few and far between. We do not have the capability to accept credit cards or Paypal BUT we have set up our Facebook page to accept *Facebook pay if you use Facebook; of course we continue to accept checks, money orders and cash. We are a 501 ( c ) 3 non-profit organization. Thank you for your continued support. *Due to a few unforeseen circumstances it will be approximately August 1, 2020 before we have the setup complete BUT please give us LIKE on Facebook and follow for any upcoming events.

Santa’s Attic

CANCELED due to Covid-19

Hiawatha High School

$1.00 Donation Admission

(Children 5 and UNDER FREE)

Sponsored by:

The Brown County Genealogical Society

Over 40 crafters and vendors

Lunch served:

By the

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Please note that due to the changing situation with the Covid 19 virus we may have to cancel this event. Please watch our website for announcements.