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THE SALINA JOURNAL GREAT PLAINS THURSDAY. MAY 3. 2001 B3 DEATHS & FUNERALS Jacob D. Becker HILLSBORO — Jacob D. Becker, 93, Hillsboro, died Wednesday, May 2, 2001, at Hillsboro Community Medical Center Hillsboro Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements. Paula J. Bush JUNCTION CITY — Paula J. Bush, 82, Junction City, died Saturday, April 28, 2001, at her home. Mrs. Bush was born Paula J. Charette on March 23, 1919, at New Chauteu, Belgium. She retired from the Civil Service after 20 years of service and was a member of St. Xavier Catholic Church, Junction City Her husband, Richard W., also died April 28, 2001. Survivors include a son, Jimmy of Junction City; a sister, Marie Charette of New Chau­ teu; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. The service will be at 2 p.m. today at Fort Riley Cemetery the Rev. Michael Honor officiating. Johnson Funeral Home, 203 N. Washington, Junction City 66441, is handling arrangements. Richard W. Bush JUNCTION CITY — Richard W. Bush, 77, Junction City died Saturday, April 28, 2001, at his home. Mr. Bush was born June 4, 1923, at Pueblo, Colo. He was a 22-year veteran of the Army and later worked for the Civil Service for 20 years. He was a member of St. Xavier Catholic Church, Junction City His wife, Paula J., also died April 28, 2001. . Survivors include a son, Jimmy of Junction City; a brother, Charlie of New York; a sister, Marie Bush of Los Angeles; five grandchildren; and a great­ grandchild. The service with military rites will be at 2 p.m. today at Fort Riley Cemetery the Rev Michael Honor officiating". Johnson Funeral Home, 203 T 100TH ANNIVERSARY Today's obituaries SALINA Eva Alice Will KANSAS ABILENE: Ella Marie Tyler BELLEVILLE: Emma F. Shepek CONCORDIA: Frances Kay "Fran" Walker HILLSBORO: Jacob D. Becker, /: Ernest P. Suderman JUNCTION CITY: Paula J. Bush, Richard W. Bush KANORADO: Juan Gamboa KIPP: Jerry Kohman WaKEENEV: Johanna "Jennie" Hillman N. Washington, Junction City 66441, is handling arrangements. Juan Gamboa KANORADO — Juan Gamboa, 76, Kanorado, died Monday, April 30, 2001, at Goodland Regional Medical Center. Mr. Gamboa was born Dec. 27, 1924, at San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and was a former resident of Matamoros, Mexico, and Kanorado from 1970 to 1980, returning to Kanorado in 2001. He was preceded in death by a daughter and a grandson. Survivors include four daughters, Margie Lopez of Kanorado, Rosie Amos of Littleton, Colo., Monica Luna of Bonita Springs, Fla., and Eletisia Gamboa of Corpus Cristi, Texas; three sons, Johnny of Hurley Idaho, Eric of Kanorado and Ismael of Commerce City Colo.; a brother, Santos Tovar of Matamoros; five sisters, Adela Benevides of Scottsbluff, Neb., Maria Martinez and Aurora Rojas, both of Santa Rosa, Texas, Jesusa Alvarado of Peoria, Ariz., and Francis Guiterrez of Belton, Texas; and 16 grandchildren. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Mountain time Friday at Bethel Assembly of God Church, Burlington, Colo., the Rev. Randall Holmes officiating. Burial will be in Kanorado Cemetery A memorial has been established and will be determined at a later date. Memorials may be left at or mailed to Bateman Funeral Home, RO. Box 278, Goodland 67735. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m.. Mountain time today at the funeral home. Johanna "Jennie" Hillman WaKEENEY — Johanna "Jennie" Hillman, 92, WaKeeney died Wednesday May 2, 2001, at Trego Lemke Memorial Hospital, WaKeeney. Mrs. Hillman was born Johanna Kelsch on June 10, 1908, at Ellis. She was a homemaker and member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, WaKeeney She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert E., in 1978; and a son, Ddle V., in 1981. Survivors include a son, Walter J. of Ogallah; a sister, Mary Zachman ' of Denver; four grandchildren; and two great­ grandchildren. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Schmitt Funeral Home, WaKeeney the Rev. Randy Gibbs officiating. Burial will be in WaKeeney City Cemetery Memorials may be made to Bethlehem Lutheran Church or Lutheran Home, both of WaKeeney. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. until the service Monday at the funeral home, 336 N. 12th, WaKeeney 67672. Jerry Kohman KIPP — Jerry Kohman, 46, Kipp, died Tuesday May 1,2001, as the result of a tractor-trailer crash south of Bartlesville, Okla. Mr Kohman was born Nov. 17, 1954, at Abilene. He worked for AirGas Corp. and was a member of Ray Avenue Baptist Church, Salina. He previously had been a deputy sheriff in Ottawa, Clay, Dickinson and Geary counties and also owned and operated a commercial al­ falfa farming operation at Dalhart, Texas. Survivors incli^de his wife, Debora of Kipp; three children, Marshall Kohman, Chelsey Kohman and Cheney Kohman, all of Kipp; two stepchildren, , Curtis Bishop of Kipp and Christina Bishop of Salina; his mother and stepfather, Arlene and Nathan Ade of Gypsum; two brothers, Kenneth and Dennis, both of Abilene; two stepbrothers, Kenneth Ade and Eldon Ade, both of Gypsum; and a stepsister, Lois Show of Salina. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Ray Avenue Baptist Church, Salina, the Rev Bob Aills officiating. Burial will be in Abilene Cemetery Memorials may be made to an education fund established for his children, in care of Danner Funeral Home, RO. Box 758, Abilene 67410. Visitation will be at the funeral home. Emma F. Shepek BELLEVILLE — Emma F Shepek, 94, Belleville, died Tuesday May 1, 2001, at Republic County Long Term Care, Belleville. Miss Shepek was born July 11, 1906, at rural Munden. She was a retired schoolteacher and a member of First United Methodist Church, Belleville, United Methodist Women, Star Study Club, Delphian Club, Retired Teachers Association and Theta Chapter of Omicron Nu. She was also president of Mississippi Home Economics Association from 1962 to 1964. Survivors include nieces and nephews. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, Belleville, the Rev. Paul Morris officiating. Burial will be in National Cemetery rural Narka. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church or Republic County Long Term Care, both of Belleville. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. today and Friday at Bachelor-Faulkner-Dart-Surber Funeral Home, Belleville 66935. 1329 19th, Ernest P. Suderman HILLSBORO — Ernest R Suderman, 96, Hillsboro, died 'Tuesday May 1, 2001, at Parkside Homes, Hillsboro. Mr. Suderman was born Jan. 4, 1905, at Hillsboro. He was a farmer and a member of Trinity Mennonite Church. His wife, Edna Ruth, died in 1995. Survivors include a daughter, .Shirley Goering of North Newton; a sister, Elsie Nickel of Hillsboro; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. The memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Mennonite Church, Hillsboro, the Rev Tim Kliewer officiating. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in Haven of Rest Cemetery Hillsboro. Memorials may be made to Parkside Homes, Hillsboro. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Hillsboro Memorial Chapel, 401 S. Washington, Hillsboro 67063. Ella Marie Tyler ABILENE — Ella Marie Tyler, 77, Abilene, died Tuesday May 1, 2001, at Beverly Health Care, Abilene. Mrs. Tyler was born Ella Marie Winteroth on Aug. 21, 1923, in the Milford community and was a longtime resident of Abilene. She taught at rural schools and was a member of Calvary Free Will Baptist Church, Abilene. She was preceded in death by her husband, Vencel, in 1987; and a son, Timothy in 1998. Survivors include four grandchildren. The funeral will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Calvary Free Will Baptist Church, the Revs. Bill Lepping and Gary Dow officiating. Burial will be in Prairiedale Cemetery Talmage. Memorials may be made to Calvary Free Will Baptist Church and may be left at Danner Funeral Home, 401 N. Buckeye, Abilene 67410, or the church. Visitation will be at the funeral home. Frances Kay "Fran" Walker CONCORDIA — Frances Kay "Fran" Walker, 59, Concordia, died Wednesday May 2, 2001, as the result of an automobile crash. Chaput-Buoy Funeral Home, Concordia, is handling arrangements. Eva Alice Will Eva Alice Will, 98, Salina, died Sunday April 29, 2001, at her home, Mrs. Will was born Eva Alice Beil on Nov 25, 1902, at rural Saline County and was a resident of the Salina area most of her life, moving into Salina in 1985. She farmed with her husband on West Magnolia Road for almost 60 years and was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, First Confirmation Class of the new St. John's Lutheran Church, and Tabitha Group and Calendar Group, ' both of the church. She also was a member of Saline County Home Demonstration Group and "Live Wire" 4-H Club of Bavaria, where she was sewing leader and acting director for several 4-H plays. Her husband, Herman Herbert, died in 1985. Survivors include a son. Max R. of Russell; two daughters, Ella L. Dean of Homeland, Calif., and Lynne S. Bentsen of Louisville, Colo.; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Salina, the Rev. Wendell Berggren officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park, Salina. Memorials may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at Ryan Mortuary 137 N. Eighth, Salina 67401, and before the service Friday at the church. Hotel rooms going for $10,000 Wilson is about to embark on restoration of Midland Hotel By SHARON MONTAGUE The Salina Journal WILSON — As residents here celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Czech Opera House, they'll also celebrate the beginning of a project to restore another Wilson landmark — the Midland Hotel. A groundbreaking is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. Sunday Construction is expected to begin next week and take about a year. The hotel opened Aug. 8, 1898, as the Hotel Powers. In about 1917, the interior of the limestone building was gutted by fire. It quickly was restored, and a brick addition was constructed in the 1930s. The hotel was in operation until 1978. The building was untouched until about three years ago, when it was acquired by the Wilson Foundation, which received a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation for 80 percent of the $2.4 million needed for restoration, according to Larry Ptacek, president of the foundation. The grant requires a 20 percent match from the foundation. About $250,000 siill is needed to make that match. Ptacek said. People can contribute to the restoration by adopting a room in the hotel for $10,000. Ptacek said the family's name will be placed outside the door of the room, and the interior of the room will have a plaque or photo of the family "We've sold five to seven rooms," Ptacek said. "We've got a lot to go." Ptacek said the hotel is^ listed on the state's historic registry so plans for restoration had to be approved by the Kansas State Historical Society Plans call for replacement of the brick on the addition, repoint- ing of the limestone portion and renovation of the interior to create a 28-room hotel, a basement lounge and a main floor restaurant with seating for 70 people. Ptacek said the foundation is working to find a company to lease and operate the restored hotel and restaurant. If the foundation isn't successful, a manager could be hired to operate the facility for the foundation. Workers already have prepared the building for restoration. Ptacek said money was raised to replace a leaking roof. Workers also have spent many a weekend at the former hotel, cleaning, tearing out carpets and moving furniture. A final community work day is planned for Saturday Wheat tour group makes 32.6 bushels-per-acre call By The Associated Press MEADE — Participants in the annual Kansas wheat tour are finding few, if any surprises as they tromp through fields from one end of the state to the other. The tour began Tuesday as 60 people took off from Manhattan headed for Colby in 15 cars across six routes. The next day they headed south from Colby to Wichita. The tour will inspect southeastern Kansas fields today ending up at the Kansas City Board of Trade. By the time participants reached Meade Wednesday the group had estimated an average wheat yield for Kansas of 32.6 bushels per acre based on what they'd seen so far, said Brett Myers, vice president of the Kansas Wheat Growers Association. That is far below last year, when the group estimated after the first full day an average yield of 40.8 bushels per acre. "In the central part, we've seen what we expected to see: some good wheat, really some decent wheat," Myers said, adding that this year decent wheat nieans average. But as the tour group got farther west in Barton County, wheat condition deteriorated. Czechs / Opera House turns 100 ON THE RECORD FROM PAGE B1 "They were a happy people who loved to socialize, dance and sing," Kingston said. They built the Opera House as a social hall and home for numerous Czech lodges. The SOKOL gymnastic lodge met in the building's basement. Its members formed gymnastic teams that dressed in uniforms and exercised and performed with pummel horses and high rings. Some of that equipment still remains in the room. The present-day basement holds a dining room and a museum packed with Czech memorabilia. Labor of love "Hard labor, lots of love and lots of long, long hours built the Opera House," Kingston said. "The basement was dug with one shovel, one scoop, one horse and one man." Early day settlers discovered a limestone formation, which they named "post rock," under the surface of the farmland. They learned to drill holes in the rock and fill them with water When the water froze in winter, it cracked the limestone into post lengths. The rock was so heavy that four posts were one man's limit to haul in a day. With stones hewn from the rock, the community built a bank, a hotel and the beloved Opera House. For the Opera House, a builder and three helpers were hired, along with others who decorated the interior and painted the ornate tin work. Contributions paid for the building. ''It was a beautiful place to go and have a good time," Kingston said. Through the years, the building hosted a full schedule of entertainment and activities, but by 1979 the lodges showed declining membership. The theater closed with the advent of television, and finally the Opera House was abandoned. In time, the roof deteriorated, bats moved in, and the building fell into disrepair "It was a bat haven," Kingston said. Restoration efforts began in 1986 and were completed three years later Volunteers salvaged all they could, but even the dance floor had rotted through and had to be replaced with new oak flooring. These days, the Opera House building plays host to community and family events and is open during the annual Czech Festival on the last weekend of July The museum is open from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and weekends by appointment. Call (785) 658-3343 or (785) 658-3501. Admission is by donation. Animal shelter These animals were picked up May 2 at the locations listed and taken to the Salina Animal Shelter, 329 N. Second. Phone 826-6535. DOGS — Red female retriever mix, 300 block of Laura Street; white and orange female Brittany with red collar, 1800 block of South Ninth Street; black and brown male Scottish terrier, 100 block of North Phillips Street; golden male golden retriever, 100 block of North Phillips Street; brown brindle female pit bull mix puppy, 200 block of Des Moines Avenue. CATS — Black female shorthair, 600 block of South Third Street; lilacpoint male Siamese kitten, 900 block of North Third Street. BRIEFLY Traveling sculpture coming to Salina A smaller, 8-foot version of a sculpture that will be placed atop the Statehouse dome in Topeka will be on display at Central Mall Saturday and Sunday Both sculptures depicting a male Kansa Indian were made by Salina artists Rich and Dick Bergen. The smaller sculpture that will be on display is being used to help raise the approximately $300,000 needed to place the larger, 20-foot sculpture atop the dome. Donations will be accepted. The smaller sculpture will eventually be placed on the grounds of the Capitol Plaza in Topeka and be surrounded by bricks inlaid with names of people who purchased them. Proceeds from the brick sales will be used to finish the project, and order forms for the bricks will be available at the mall. Former state Sen. Ben Vidricksen, finance chairman of the Ad Astra Capital Dome Project, and the Bergens will be at the mall periodically to talk about the project. The sculpture will be displayed just inside the main entrance to the mall. Concordia woman killed in car crash CONCORDIA — A Concordia woman was killed late Tuesday night in a rear-end crash with a tractor-trailer on U.S. Highway 81, a mile south of Concor­ dia. Frances Kay Walker, 59, was driving a pickup north at 11:05 p.m. when she slowed for a right turn and was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol. Walker, who was not wearing a seat belt, was dead at the scene. The other driver, William B. Spitzig, 31, Cameron, 111., was taken to Cloud County Health Center in Concordia but was not admitted, said a hospital spokeswoman. Historic district houses to be moved Two brick duplexes in a Salina historic district will be relocated to make way for expansion of the Rebecca Morrison Hospitality House, 513 S. Eighth. • The facility offers a place to stay to relatives or loved ones being treated at Salina Regional Health Center. The Salina Planning Commission Tuesday approved a rezoning request to allow for the relocation of the duplexes. The two houses are not considered contributing structures to the historic district. As such, the Salina Heritage Commission in January gave permission for the houses to be razed or relocated. The two duplexes are at 501503 S. Eighth and 207-209 Weil Place. They will be moved to vacant land at 724-728 S. Front. From Staff Reports Police blotter THEFT — A mountain bike belonging to John Hobson, Salina, was taken while it was parked in the 100 block of North Santa Fe Avenue between 9:05 and 9:50 p.m. Tuesday; $500 loss. BURGLARY — John Fagan reported that someone broke into his business and home at 1265 W. Diamond between 8:30 p.m. Monday and 11 a.m. Tuesday. Numerous items, including tools, beer and a satellite dish, were stolen; $4,493 loss. ARRESTED — Lester Martinez, 30, Salina, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault and driving under the influence after allegedly pointing a loaded assault rifle at a car in the 1100 block of North Ninth Street. Witnesses followed Martinez and called police on a cell phone. Martinez allegedly threw the rifle — still loaded and with the safety off — from his car into the grass in the 1300 block of North Third Street when he realized he was being followed. Police said the incident might be related to one in which someone shot at a car earlier in the day in the 200 block of North College Street; police are seeking three men in that incident. Connie Smith, 26, 845 S. 10th, was arrested for allegedly damaging four tires and pouring a fluid that caused stains to the paint of a Mazda Miata belonging to Amy River, Salina, about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday while the car was parked at 815 E. Wayne; $1,200 damage. INJURY CRASH — Daniel S. Daugherty, 43, Salina, was injured at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday when his car was smashed between two cars on North Broadway Boulevard southwest of 12th Street. Daugherty was stopped on Broadway facing north when his car was rear-ended by a car driven by Suzanne M. Hulsey, 26, Salina. Daugherty's car was pushed into a car driven by Jo A. Stoskopf, 57, Salina. Daugherty was treated at Salina Regional Health Center. yoiiTjx/EjB^x Numbers WBiniESDAY'S DRAWINGS DAILY PICK 3 9-3-3 WINNERS TAKE ALL 5-25-28-30-32 KANSAS CASH 4-9-11-22-25-29 Estimated Jackpot $120,000 POWERBALL 2-19-30-36-42 POWERBALL 19 Estimated Jackpot $20 million TODAY'S SCRIPTURE But he knows the way that I take; ii'lien he has tested me, 1 will come forth as gold. — Job 23:10 c

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