A watercolor painting by Kathy Woodward entitled 'In the Beginning.'
1965 CAMBRIA-CORYDON GRADUATE WILL SPEAK AT 2015 OLD SETTLERS ABOUT POSITIVE IMPACT OF HOMETOWN
Fifty years after Kathy Willey Woodward graduated from Cambria-Corydon High School, she will take the bandstand as this August’s Old Settlers speaker. If those five decades have set a precedent, Woodward will make use of every second on stage.
Gary Henderson had the honor of breaking the news to Woodward.
“My very first thought when I heard that, since I love to talk, was ‘oh, goody,’” Woodward said. “I love Old Settlers. You don’t know that you’re ever going to get to speak there, but that’s a real honor.”
The theme for this year’s Old Settlers is ‘Bigger, Better, Bolder.’ It runs from Aug. 6 through Aug. 8. Jul 27, 2015, 08:55
Wayne grad Dallas O’Brien with his Class 1A coach of the year award.
THIS PAST SEASON AT SOUTHEAST WARREN, 1999 WAYNE GRADUATE WON CLASS 1A WRESTLING COACH OF THE YEAR
When Southeast Warren head coach Dallas O’Brien sensed lethargy during a practice this past season, he did something his wrestlers did not expect. O’Brien walked out of that gym in Lacona without saying a word. His student-athletes got the message loud and clear.
The Warhawks would go on to finish fourth in Class 1A at the 2015 state wrestling tournament.
“After that day, it stuck in their heads,” O’Brien said. “It worked.”
O’Brien is a 1999 graduate of Wayne Community High School. As a Falcon, his head wrestling coach was current superintendent Dave Daughton. O’Brien wrestled in the state tournament his last three years of high school, finishing third at 171 pounds his senior season for Wayne. Jul 20, 2015, 08:56
Marshall Ruble of Iowa State University. Photo by Jason Selby
1974 WAYNE GRADUATE AND COLLEGE BASKETBALL STAR AT GRACELAND NOW OVERSEES HANSEN CENTER IN AMES
In a cowboy hat that makes him seem even taller than six-foot-six, wearing a mustache, Marshall Ruble does not look like a typical college professor. That is because he is not. He is erudite but competitive, a former scholarship athlete who knew how to get into the heads of his opponents. Today, he still plays the game smart.
Ruble is manager for Iowa State University’s beef teaching farm. July 15 will mark his 37th year on the job.
For almost two years, Ruble has also been managing ISU’s newly built Jeff and Deb Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center. Originally an eight million dollar facility, Ruble’s ambition is to double its size. His own fundraising efforts accounted for almost $500,000 toward the Hansen Center’s construction. Jul 13, 2015, 10:26
Sarah Rupalo displays a copy of her first novel 'Keeper’s Choice.' Photo by Jason Selby
NATIVE OF SEWAL AND AUTHOR OF ‘KEEPER’S CHOICE’ INSPIRED BY A WONDERFUL LIFE IN RURAL WAYNE COUNTY
On a circular concrete slab where a corncrib once stood, Sarah Brees Rupalo and her four siblings acted out plays. It was their stage. Their only audience was their father’s herd of cattle. He did not buy the family’s first black-and-white television for Ed Sullivan to entertain them until much later, and though Sewal was once a bustling little town, and there was always something to do on the farm, Iowa summers could be long for a normal child with too much energy.
A good imagination was essential. Sometimes, the farm kids even had to resort to reading, a love for which Rupalo carried on throughout her life. Rupalo is a 1972 graduate of Seymour Community High School and a former teacher’s aide at her alma mater.
She is the daughter of Koran and the late Ila Mae Brees, who worked at Deflecta-Shield after retiring from the farm. Her father still lives in Corydon. After the service, Koran was a sharecropper at a time when it was essential that neighbors farmed and hayed together. Jul 6, 2015, 14:03
Merilynn and Lowell Frame stand with a painting of their old farm. The Frames have been married for over 75 years. Photo by Jason Selby
Merilynn and Lowell Frame have been married for over 75 years. Merilynn is 92, Lowell 91. They have been parishioners of the New Providence Baptist Church in Confidence for almost as long as they have been betrothed. Their membership began in the early 1940s.
The Frames’ marriage has lasted half as long as another of this year’s milestones—Confidence’s Baptist Church was founded in 1865, at the end of the American Civil War. The church is celebrating its 150th anniversary. Appropriately enough, Lowell’s great-grandfather fought for the Union against the Confederacy, and then returned home to help found the church. His name was Humphrey May. His obituary, which appeared in the newspaper once published in Melrose, described May as a Christian gentleman. Jun 29, 2015, 08:32