Farm and labor health expert and advocate Richard B. Goding, M.D.
For a decade, new Wayne County Hospital and Clinic System surgeon Dr. Rick Goding worked at a 25-bed critical access hospital on Kauai, the westernmost island of the State of Hawaii.
It was a cross between 'The Island of Dr. Moreau' and 'Point Break.' While corporations like Monsanto and Syngenta experimented with bioengineering in native volcanic soil, Goding surfed the Pacific Ocean on his lunch hour.
“A rural critical access hospital just like Corydon,” Goding said of his former employer—though there are obvious differences between Corydon and Kauai. “It’s a very tropical island. Imagine having all the great things of rural living, and then having it be on one of the most beautiful islands in the world. It was really hard to leave there.”
But Goding chose his profession over paradise. Oct 17, 2016, 09:18
Left, Homecoming Queen Chelsea Sloan stares in wonder at her crown. In a touching moment, for Wayne Community High School’s 50th Homecoming, Katie Gassman, right, won Homecoming Queen, but chose to share the honor with Sloan. Selected Homecoming King was Trevor Wilson. Photo by Heidi Bellon
KATIE GASSMAN SHARES CROWN WITH FRIEND CHELSEA SLOAN, AND TOGETHER THEY BECOME VIRAL OVERNIGHT INTERNET SENSATION
Wayne Community High School’s 50th Homecoming lived up to the hype—not because of football like two years ago, when the Falcons' Clayton Kiefer set a national record for touchdowns in a single game—but because of the selfless act of one student for a special needs friend. The drama unfolded in Corydon, a small town in southern Iowa.
An estimated three million people around the world have now seen Wayne’s Boom Night from Sept. 29, which is the school’s annual coronation ceremony.
After Katie Gassman was named Homecoming Queen, something unexpected happened—special education teacher Melanie Halferty began reading a note from Katie to friend Chelsea Sloan. Oct 10, 2016, 13:19
Allerton native and World War II veteran Bill Knapp holds a photograph of himself as a teenager in the United States Navy. Photo by Bill Schaefer
WORLD WAR II VETERAN, IOWA REALTY FOUNDER AND PHILANTHROPIST’S NAME NOW HEARD FROM KNAPP CENTER TO KNAPP PARK
Des Moines real estate king Bill Knapp grew up during the Great Depression on a dairy farm two miles south of Allerton. He milked cows two times a day, 365 days a year. His family was poor in spirit and pure of heart—the lessons his parents instilled in him solidified his place in the world, which at one time involved a teenaged Knapp coaxing Marines with a .45-caliber pistol into the slaughter of Okinawa.
Bill was born in Detroit, the son of William, a 1918 graduate of Allerton High School, and Anna Knapp. His father had relocated to Michigan to work on an assembly line at the Ford Factory’s Highland Park plant. His family moved back to Wayne County when Bill was five-years-old.
Now that he has reached 90-years-old, the Des Moines real estate mogul can measure his success by the fact Drake University’s Knapp Center is named after him, as well as a small park in his hometown of Allerton, where he graduated from high school in 1944. He has gone from a farmhouse with no electricity or indoor plumbing to a smart phone. Sep 26, 2016, 13:18
A 1910 photograph of Allerton High School. The building would later serve as Wayne Community School District’s junior high when it was formed in 1966, and then as Wayne’s first grade, before being torn down. Photo courtesy of Prairie Trails Museum of Wayne County in Corydon
FORMER FARM BOY AND SCIENCE GRANT RECIPIENT RETURNED HOME IN 1966 TO COACH THE FIRST WAYNE FALCONS
While Dick Shockey coached the first Wayne men’s basketball teams, including one he took to the 1968 state tournament, and Paul McFarland assumed the role in the late 1970s and also traveled to Veterans Memorial Auditorium—led by all-time leading scorer and future Iowa record-holding free safety Tork Hook—the Falcons were coached in-between by Terry Hiltabidle. He fielded some great teams and outstanding players and students in their own right.
When the Wayne Community School District formed in 1966, administrators hired Hiltabidle to work at its junior high. At that time, it would be three more years before man walked on the moon. But Hiltabidle was satisfied staying grounded, teaching math and coaching men’s basketball in Wayne County. Sep 19, 2016, 09:25
The 1880 Corydon school, which was torn down in the 1930s by the WPA. Brick from the razed structure was used to build a heating tunnel from the new high school building to Corydon’s grade school, and to build a campanile housing the old school bell. Most of the remaining brick was given to Seymour for a gym, probably the old gym in Seymour today. Photograph and information courtesy of Prairie Trails Museum’s Brenda DeVore
In 1966, Clarabelle Henderson, Marjean Poston and Lois Hart were good friends when voters chose consolidation to form the Wayne Community School District. They were also elementary teachers who taught that first year in the old building connected by underground tunnel to the high school. The trio came from an age of one-room schoolhouses. Fifty years ago, they took their turns to help raise the children of southern Iowa.
Each educator worked diligently to hone her craft, giving up summers while carpooling to Drake University classes.
If not for the hard work and drive of these few brave souls, whose boon was often of a spiritual nature rather than monetary reward, the children that passed through Wayne County would never have been the same. Sep 12, 2016, 09:19