The Belleville Telescope from Belleville, Kansas on July 26, 1984 · Page 10
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Belleville, Kansas
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Thursday, July 26, 1984
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WA THE BELLEVILLE TELESCOPE, Thursday, July26,1984 Cuba Visitor Comes Up With Names of Three Czech Newspapers Once Published Sometime back, Milan Zeleny, 50 Ridge Road, Tenafly, N.J., paid a visit to Cuba, Kan. A native Czech, Mr. Zeleny had heard of Cuba, and was interested in Czech history. During his recent visit he got acquainted with the Cuba townspeople. Upon his return to the east he wrote the Mayor of Cuba, who turned his letter over to E. F. Stepanek. Zeleny has requested to tell his story about some of Cuba Czech history and he insisted he knew Cuba had had a newspaper in the 1860s. Stepanek, who has written some of Cuba's history in the past, knew Zeleny's claim was impossible. But Zeleny claimed to have knowledge of three Czech newspapers that were published here. So Mr. Stepanek wrote him a letter a couple of weeks ago and on July 19 he received a letter from the New Jersey man who admitted he had been mistaken about the "sixties" date. Stepanek had hoped the man might be able to provide copies of one or all of the papers he claimed to know so much about, but the easterner didn't have any copies. He did write Stepanek, however, providing the following list of three papers he believed were published here in Republic County. The information comes from a study of J. V. Capek (itself published in 1911 in Czech language). 1. Kansaske Listy. First published in August 1885 as a weekly supplement to Republic County Pilot (publisher W. S. Elliot). Subscription for both was $1.50 a year. The editor of Kansaske Listy (published in Czech) was K. 0. Antene, a well-known musician from Oklahoma City, who also wrote songs and poems to famous Czech newspaper, "Slavie". This weekly was discontinued in 1886. 2. Cesky Lev. First published in February 1891, also in Cuba. Also weekly, country-religious-political for Czech- Moravian brothers. Editors were Fr. Rundus and John Skocdopole. It came out every Saturday, yearly subscription was $1.00. It ceased its publication in May 1892. 3. Kansaske Noviny. First published in February 1892 in Belleville; a weekly of four pages. Its editors were brothers Fr. and Jos. Hanzelin. Subscription was $1.50. Publication ceased in 1895. (These two brothers also published Noviny, 1892 in Wilbur, and Wilburske Listy, 1892 in Wilbur.) According to Mrs. Stepanek she believes the first paper's name means Kansas Publication, the second Czech Sheets and the third Kansas Paper. She believes the Rundus mentioned that was connected to the second newspaper was related to the late Amos and Jerry Rundus of Munden. Further investigation by the Stepaneks located three copies of the publications on film obtained through the Belleville Public Library. There was a copy of the Lev publication dated April 4, 1891, and two copies of Noviny bearing dates of February 1,1892 and May 17,1892. This paper may have been printed by The Telescope, Mr. Stepanek said. Zeleny wrote that he thought Cesky Lev means Czech Lion. Now that the Stepaneks know that at least two of these papers were published in Czech, they are anxious to learn if anyone has a copy of either of them. As late as the 1940s there were times when The Telescope carried ads by merchants in Czech language. A newspaper still being published in Nebraska in Czech set the type for the ads and then the type was returned after the ads were run. Another Czech publication, "Dvacaty Vjek" was reported in "Homeland Horizons", a book published by the Republic County Bicentennial Committee in 1975-76. Later used as a Post Office in Munden, the building was moved from New Tabor, and originally used by Rev. Anton Motycka as a print shop in 1900-1901. Opens New Day Treatment For Drug, Alcohol Abuse Pawnee Mental Health Service opened new Substance Abuse Day Treatment Safe Thwarts Hebron Thieves Thieves broke into Christensen's Drug Store in Hebron early Sunday morning July 8, but were thwarted in their burglary attempt when they were unable to pry open the second door safe in the drug store. The thieves pried open the front door of the store, located in downtown Hebron, to gain entrance to the building. Once inside, the burglars took only a small amount of loose change ($10) and a Polaroid camera valued at $35, reported the Hebron Journal Register. No drugs or any other items of value in the building were taken. Owner Chuck Hinze said he theorizes that at least two persons entered and one stood lookout in the front of the building while the other tried to pry open the safe. Two empty packs of sunflower seeds and broken shells littered an area near the front of the store. "I don't think this crowd was looking for drugs. All of our controlled drugs and everything in the pharmaceutical area looks undisturbed and the inventory checks out 100 percent," Hinze said. The thieves left the back door of the drug store open after they apparently exited the building. Damage to the front door was listed at more that $1,000. The door and frame will be replaced. NEW LIONS PRESIDENT—Bert Mason of Dohaghadee, Northern Ireland was elected President of the International Association of Lions Clubs at the organization's 67th Annual Convention held July 4-7, in San Francisco. Mason Is the first Irishman to head the Lions and he will travel the world representing the association. There are more than 36,000 Lions Clubs In 157 countries. Mason has been a Lion for 26_years__aMl he isjhe chief officer of a printing and packaging company. Giant "Garage Sale" at the Auction House Vi mile west of Concordia on Uth St. Open 9 to 5 Dally (Closed Sunday) Our building is absolutely overloaded with good furniture, appliances and misc. All PRICED FOR PRIVATE SALE. ALSO: , We have just received a large shipment of hew mattresses priced as low as 159.95 for mattress or box spring In regular size. Phone 243-7110 Program in Junction City, Monday, July 23. The program designed for persons with drug and alcohol dependency problems who need counseling and support but do not need the formal structure of a residential setting. For some, it will be a half-way point while making the transition from an institution back into the community. For those who have given up alcohol for a time and then relapsed, it will be a place to get assistance. Agenda Mrs. George Nordquist SIS-OK TIRE catcher Don Slaughter leaped high in the air in an attempt to snag a throw from the outfield as Kevin Krumm of Royal Flush scores on the play. Keeping an eye on Krumm at left is a Royal Flush bat boy. Kansas Unemployment Figures To Appear Slightly Higher June unemployment statistics to be released by the Kansas Department of Human Resources at the end of this month will differ from those reported in the past. This change will be reflected in a slightly higher unemployment rate, said Jerry Shelor, secretary of DHR. "Traditionally, we have released unadjusted statistics on unemployment in Kansas," said Shelor. He said the Department has had more requests for unemployment figures for the low population areas of the state and more requests for data comparable to other states and national data. This information is available only with Kansas adjusted statistics. Adjusted statistics will be reported in the future. "This set of statistics is adjusted for national purposes and used for the determination of federal grants and projects," said Shelor. "Funding for the collection of both sets of statistics comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. BLS also mandates the methodology." Figured into adjusted statistics is the number of persons collecting unemployment, the number of persons ineligible for unemployment and out of work, those who have .exhausted their unemployment benefits, census and other factors. In addition, this information also is adjusted to account for differences in unemployment laws from state to state and this adjustment largely accounts for the difference between the two sets of statistics. "Currently, the adjusted statistics will run a bit higher than the unadjusted statistics even though the employment picture is the same for both," he said. July 25—Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Meyers attended funeral services, Saturday in Elgin, Nebr., for Elden Meyers. Mr. and Mrs. Bob Wills of Rockford, iy., were visitors of Mr. and Mrs. Don Cibolski Saturday. Good Samaritan class met with Sadie Brautigam Thursday with Gladys Anderson presiding. Members gave a number for worship and programs. The hostess served to seven members. Mr. and Mrs. Terry Conder and Nick Cibolski, Des Moines, Iowa spent the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. Don Cibolski also called on Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Meyers and Clara Cibolski. Debbie Black of Fairbury spent several days with Mr. and Mrs. Edward Krob last week. Gladys Anderson was a Friday guest of Edith Anderson at Clyde. Mr. and Mrs. Glen Boutz, David, Duane and Mitchell Mulvane were weekend visitors of Mr. and Mrs. George Nordquist. Friday Peggy Bishop and Bill Pickard joined them on Saturday Mark Boutz of Lawrence was a visitor and on Monday Evan Kolsky of Belleville was a guest. Sunday all attended the Boutz reunion at Belleville, and they will also visit their son Mark at Lawrence. Carl Kopsa, Harper, Mr. and Mrs. David Kopsa, Hoisington, Mrs. Gayle Kopsa, Odessa, Tex., spent the weekend with Dale Kopsa. Sunday they attended the Ryser reunion at Concordia. Mrs. Glen Boutz, and family called on Clara Cibolski over the weekend. Mrs. Gayle Kopsa, was a Tuesday visitor of Mrs. Lottie Nordquist. Popular 'Candy Man' Retires After 37 Years on Route SAFE BY A FOOT at 2nd base is Royal Flush player Rick Albertson. Albertson was stretching a single into a double, and slid in just ahead of Sis-OK shortstop Ron Ball's tag. Albertson was one of the few brave Eagles Leaguers to wear shorts and slide on the hard infield dirt at the Fairgrounds Field. Looking on in the background are Kevin Kuhlman (left) and Shawn Price (right). Introduces Small Mouth Bass To Glen Elder (Editor's Note: The following article about Buck Roberts first appeared in the Hastings, Nebr. Tribune. Roberts, a familiar face In the area, is retiring from his candy route after 37 years.) People have made more money at their jobs, but nobody's had more fun, says Buck Roberts, 69, who is retiring after 37 years of traveling the same candy route through northern Kansas and southcentral Nebraska. Roberts, from Mankato, who is better know as "Tom the peanut man," drove a 1947 Cheverolet when he first started selling Tom's brand peanuts. It cost a nickel then for something that costs 35 cents today, he said. Origionally from Texas County, Texas, Roberts moved to Kansas when he decided to go into business for himself selling peanuts and chips. "I always figured iH -couldmakeiTioney ^or-theoi fella, I could make money for myself," he said. Roberts said he and his wife chose his route, which goes through Mankato, Red Cloud, Harding, Superior, Burr Oak, and Belleville while sitting in their living room in Texas and looking at a map. He could have any route he wanted because the Tom's franchise had just opened in this part of the country. It didn't take long for them to adjust to life in Mankato, Roberts said. "My wife was kind of in the dumps, moving to a new place and all. So I got this old horn and wig out that I had gotten while in Germany, put them on and told my wife we were going out," Roberts said with a rough Texas accent that has stuck with him through the years. "I told here 'we're either going to have to make friends tonight or have to move out tomorrow.' By morning we knew every Tom, Dick and Harry in town. ' Money to start his candy route was earned by betting on baseball games with his army buddies, Roberts said. He was in the 84th Infantry during World War II and was stationed throughout Europe. After^ the war, he was stationed in Germany during his army occupation. "Some of my buddies would just drink and sleep all day and I knew that if they kept that up they'd all go crazy. So, I organized baseball teams. We'd play three games a day and I'd bet $50 a game," he said. "I saved enough to open my own peanut business when I got back. My wife done thought I robbed a bank or something." His business has evolved through the years. He started selling only peanuts and chips but now has a full line of candy and gum also. There was a time when Kitty Clover was so popular in Nebraska that you couldn't sell any other brand of potato chip, Roberts said. Kitty Clover was owned by two Omaha men. Nebraskans were loyal to that brand until the Omahans sold out, he added. ime-trnditions -staFted -by— Roberts- may not change when he retires, such as his habit of giving free samples to children and dogs along his route. "I believe I've fed every dog and kid in this part of the country at one time or another. It's the best way to advertise. You get it in their stomach," he said. "My wife and I always loved children but could never have any of our own so I really enjoy them a lot." Fred Putman of Beloit, Kan., who will replace Roberts, said he plans to continue feeding patrons and pets along the route. "That's a tradition you just can't stop," Putman said. "Part of why Buck has been so successful is the extras he does for people." It may take some time for customers to get used to Roberts' replacement—and that includes dogs. Roberts said recently a dog he feeds candy bars to in Courtland, wouldn't let Putman on the candy truck because the dog knew it belonged to Roberts. Putman had to bribe the dog with a candy bar. Roberts sold the route to Putman, who asked him several years ago to contact him when he retired. Roberts has been training Putman on the route for about 4 weeks. In-his-cetirement, Roberto plans_to_ visit relatives across the states. Even though his wife died a few years ago, Roberts said he plans to continue living in Mankato because "it's home." "I couldn't have been luckier with my life," Roberts said. "I did pretty good considering I just looked at a map and picked places with the friendliest people around." In May Glen Elder Reservoir was stocked with approximately 45,000 smallmouth bass fry, a new species of fish, reports the Kansas Fish and Game Commission. Airman Completes Basics At Lackland Air National Guard Airman Jay D. Jensen, son of Loren E. Jensen of Clyde, has completed Air Force basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Tex. During the six weeks at Lackland, Jensen studied the Air Force mission, Rev. Richard Wilke Elected Methodist Bishop-Highest Post BactMtor -FaulknUr-Dart Horn. Furnlthlnoi Balttviife Kansas Rev. Richard'Wilke, former Scandia Methodist Church minister will become a bishop, the highest post of the United Methodist Church as the result of being elected Wednesday, July 18, at the South Central jourisdictional conference in Lubbock, Tex. Wilke is presently minister of the First United Methodist Church of Wichita. Wilke was chosen on the eighth ballot. In seven previous ballots Tuesday afternoon and evening, the Rev. J. Woodrow Hearnof Baton Rouge, La., and the Rev. Walter Underwood of Houston were named by the convention to fill two other bishops' seats vacantia the eight-state central area of KansaB,, Nebraska, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas,,Louisiana, Texas and New Mexico. The three bishops were consecrated Thursday in Lubbock by Monk Bryan, retiring bishop of the Nebraska area/ Wilke, an El Dorado native, is a graduate of Southern Methodist and Yale universities. Before his appointment to Wichita he served in Scandia and Salina and at Pleasant Valley United Methodist. He was also district superintendent in Wichita from 1971 to 1974. He and his wife, Julia, have four children.' Jay D. Jensen organization and customs and received credits toward an associate degree through the Community College of the Air Force. The airman will now receive instruction in the audiovisual field at Lowry Air Force Base, Colo. KassebaumNamed To Post At Repiihtimn Convention The Republican National Committee has recommended that Sen. Nancy Landori Kassebaum.(R-Kan.) be named Deputy Permanent Chairman of the 1984 Republican National Convention. Kassebaum will work with Permanent Chairman Bob Michel, Republican Representative from Illinois and Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, in presiding over convention sessions in Dallas the week of August 20. The smallmouth bass stocked into Glen Elder join largemouth bass already established in the reservoir. Smallmouth differ from the other bass in that there is no dark horizontal band along the side, the upper jaw never extends beyond the eye, and there are 13-15 soft rays in the fin on the back. The smallmouth is native to streams of southeastern Kansas. Smallmouth bass generally prefer rocky stretches of shoreline while largemouth bass prefer more protected areas of shoreline that contain aquatic weeds or submerged brush. Usually there is little competition between the two species. Fishing Report GLEN ELDER RESERVOIR: 83 degrees F—Walleye fishing is slow. White bass fishing at night is good. Good numbers of white bass have been taken during the day in the upper end in shallow coves. Striper fishing is slow. Channel cat fishing is excellent in all areas using prepared" baits and shad sides. Some good stringers of channel cat have been taken by pole and line in the river forks. LOVE WELL RESERVOIR: Channel cat fishing is good throughout the lake,' especially in the inlet area. Walleye fishing is slow to fair with occasional good stringers of fish being taken at both the inlet and outlet canals. Wipers and white bass are being taken above the dam at the mouth of the outlet canel. WASHINGTON STATE FISHING LAKE: Channel cat fishing is fair to good. Bullhead fishing is good. Bass and crappie fishing is poor. Kling Staff Passes Mechanic Exams The general manager, service manager and all mechanics of Kling Motor Co., Belleville, received certification following examinations by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence held in May in Salina. Pat Mikesell, Bob Kauer, James Dittmer, Larry Blecha, Rick Jones and Randy Farrell' completed the examinations administered in Salina in May to qualify for the recognition. The testing and certification are voluntary compliance measures stressed by the state and federal government as a means of the automotive industry to "police" their service work, noted Mikesell.

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