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Ellendale class of ‘47 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 October 2014 19:37

Group holds annual reunion


The Ellendale High School class of 1947 held its annual reunion on September 27, 2014 at noon at George’s of Geneva. There were nine members and four visitors present. Each one shared a little of their life since graduation, which included family, employment and where they have lived for most of the past sixty-seven years. A good time was enjoyed by all and they look forward to their reunion next year on the fourth Saturday of September 2015 at George’s of Geneva. Front from left: Donna (Anderson) Perrine, Harriet (Werting) Carlson, Rose (Anderson) Mangskau, Doris (Willert) Krause. Back: Martin Reese, Howard Jacobson, Duane Muri, Robert Fischer, Eddie Jensen. (Submitted photo)

Last Updated on Sunday, 19 October 2014 13:17
Queen Ryann, King Nick PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 25 September 2014 16:18

Homecoming royalty crowned


Ryann Hagen, left, was crowned NRHEG’s 2014 Homecoming Queen Monday night at the high school gymnasium in New Richland. Nick Bartness, right, was crowned Homecoming King. The Panthers face arch-rival Waterville-Elysian-Morristown in the Homecoming football game Friday night at 7 p.m. For more on Homecoming, past and present, see Pages 6-7 of this week's Star Eagle. (Star Eagle photo by Chris Schlaak)

NRHEG Homecoming candidates set PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 September 2014 12:00


WHO WILL WEAR THE CROWNS? — Homecoming coronation is set for Monday, Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the high school gymnasium in New Richland. Candidates pictured are, front from left, Alyssa Esplan, Anna Stork, Ryann Hagen, Kaylee Hanson and Jade Hill. Back: Matt Jensen, Nick Bartness, Spencer Tollefson, Macoy Schwierjohann and Trevor Tracy. (Star Eagle photo by Chris Schlaak)



It’s Homecoming time at NRHEG High School.

Queen and king candidates have been named and festivities set for next week, culminating when the football Panthers face Waterville-Elysian-Morristown at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26.

Coronation is set for Monday, Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the high school gymnasium in New Richland Dress-up days are scheduled for each day at the elementary and secondary schools.

Parades are Friday, Sept. 26, at 12:30 p.m. in Ellendale and 2:15 p.m. in New Richland.

Last Updated on Friday, 19 September 2014 12:01
Still a survivor PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 September 2014 12:05

Warke recounts his wartime stint in Japan


HONORED — Eugene Warke stands near some of the World War II memorabilia that can be found on the walls of his New Richland home, which he built. Warke, 87, said he was honored to be one of 13 NR area people honored for their service in WWII as grand marshals of this year’s Farm and City Days Parade. (Star Eagle photo by Jim Lutgens)



In 1945, Eugene Warke didn’t wait to be drafted into the Armed Forces. At age 17 years, 3 months, he skipped his senior year of high school to enlist.

“There was a group of guys from around here going in,” he explained. “I wanted to be with the ones I knew. Age was not a question then.”

Though the war was over by the time they got overseas, some enemies either didn’t know or refused to acknowledge it. Warke and his friends dodged plenty of sniper bullets and endured their share of hardship on Japanese islands. Of 14 who went, three came back. Warke came home carrying 119 pounds on his 6-foot frame.

“After swearing in at Fort Snelling, we were sent to Fort Hood, Texas for training,” said Warke. “We should have had about five months of training. We had five weeks.”

Last Updated on Friday, 19 September 2014 12:05
Richard Crumb: A long and winding life PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 04 September 2014 17:02

Longtime NR area resident recalls his service in World War II


RIGHT AT HOME — World War II veteran Richard Crumb is comfortable in his rural home near Matawan, and for good reason. His grandfather built the home in 1875 and he was born there, as was his father. (Star Eagle photo by Jim Lutgens)



Richard Crumb was born and still lives on the family farm built by his grandfather, John, in 1875 — two years before New Richland came into existence. He and his siblings walked about two and a half miles to to Matawan for school, something he enjoyed.

“I liked going to school,” said Crumb. “It was a good thing. That was brought forth from my parents, that education was a good thing.”

Since New Richland had no school buses, he went to high school in Freeborn, where he was elected class president and delivered the speech for the graduating class of 1942.

Crumb, 90, still gets around on his own. He still drives. He’ll take visitors out to one of his fields and kindly send them home with sweet corn. He has an easy smile and a twinkle in his eye as he talks about the past — which he remembers well. He can tell you about the time he and his brothers defeated the New Richland team in baseball. And he can tell you about World War II.


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