Corydon Times

Corydon Old Settlers bringing back the rock—and carnival rides
The Whizzer
“Bill Gode had been doing what I’m doing for decades,” local attorney and community volunteer Dusti Relph says. “Bill just came right into the office and asked if I’d be interested in it. By 2008, I’d settled into the law practice, and I was ready to start giving back to the community and getting more involved in those sorts of things. He caught me at a weak moment.”

Gode began mentoring Relph in 2008, making this her sixth year as one of the event organizers.

“Old Settlers has changed over the years,” Relph says. “People that are on the committee change. Things are coming along, and we’re very excited about that.

“The big thing that we’re excited about is Corydon’s Got Talent. That’s a new thing we’re doing this year—we’ve replaced an afternoon band with a talent contest. It’s open to anyone who has roots in Corydon. We have several contestants lined up, but we’d like to make it a big event.”

Jul 28, 2014, 12:43

Drake Hook reaches unexpected heights in Iowa Swine Jackpot Series
Drake Hook and his Yorkshire.
Drake Hook will be a sophomore this fall at Wayne Community High School. By that time, his father, Brad Hook, a 1983 Wayne graduate, will be on the road from Ohio to Nebraska to Texas for his day job as a professional freelance videographer and photographer, an annual trek for the last five years. To make up for time lost, father and son spent this spring together on the road for the Iowa Swine Jackpot Series, a group of shows across Iowa from the end of April through June 25. It was Drake’s first year of competition, and he could not have hoped for much more.

“Every show, you get a certain amount of points,” Drake says. “If your hog wins its class, or gets in the top five at the end of the show, you get points.”

It’s a bit like the season scoring system in NASCAR. At the end of the year, the person with the most points accumulated wins their class.

Jul 21, 2014, 14:20

Jenny Bailey, outside her comfort zone, redefines beauty
Jenny Bailey’s biceps curl.
Jenny Bailey grew up in Pennsylvania, before her family moved to Corydon when she was 13 years old. She is a 1998 graduate of Wayne Community High School, and an Iowa State University graduate in finance. She now lives in Norwalk, with her seven-year-old daughter, Faith, and five-year-old son, Eli. She works at Bankers Trust as a commercial portfolio manager.

“It’s a very traditional, conservative working environment,” Bailey said. “I wear a business suit every day. That’s the culture of banking.”

For her coworkers, regarding her other, less conservative job as a female weightlifter, Bailey said, “It’s very surprising to some folks. There’s been a lot of questions about it, trying to understand the sport—because I’m a professional athlete. There’s a lot of pleasant inquisition about it. The typical response is that they’re intrigued, they’re inspired."

Jul 14, 2014, 08:58

1957 Iowa State graduates reflect on journeys to Corydon
1957 Iowa State grads pictured above, from left: John Harman, Roger Winslow, Bill Gode and Harriet Gustafson. Photo by Jason Selby
In 1957, four prominent figures that still live and work in the Corydon area graduated from Iowa State College of Agriculture & Mechanic Arts: Bill Gode, Dr. John Harman, Harriet Gustafson and Roger Winslow. They sat down to reminisce last week at Winslow’s office in the Thatcher Implement building.

When students in their time graduated from high school, they could go straight to college—there were no entrance exams.

“As a result, lots of kids landed at Iowa State or Iowa or wherever,” Winslow said. “In freshman year, because they were overcrowded and living in the hallways and lounges—with a vengeance, [college administration] tried to flunk out half the freshman class. And they were pretty successful at it.”

Jul 10, 2014, 11:18

Local group dedicated to reclaiming pioneer cemeteries
On June 23, KCCI Channel 8 aired a story on the Pioneer Cemetery Commission. Above, front row, from left: KCCI reporter Eric Hansen, KCCI cameraman Glen Beirman, Jill Henkle, Rita Arnold, Jeannie Jackson and Dick Cunningham. Back row, from left: Cary DeVore, Brenda DeVore, Dale Clark and Frank Snook.
Brenda DeVore, manager of Prairie Trails Museum in Corydon, helped to found the Wayne County Pioneer Cemetery Commission in 2010. The current president, Dale Clark, with his son, Daniel, had reclaimed the lost cemetery of Dodrill near Promise City a few years before that—the land had been farmed over, the grave markers removed. Clark’s interest was in Native American artifacts, before he started work on pioneer cemeteries. A love of history brought the group together, and defines its mission.

“Lois Keho, who recently passed away, had been interested in a cemetery commission for a very long time,” DeVore says. “She was thrilled, and she was our first president. To do it correctly, we went before the [Wayne County] Board of Supervisors and we were established in December of 2010 through a resolution. I guess I’ve just always had an interest in cemeteries, because there are always so many stories there. [And] some of those stones are just beautiful—such artwork."

Jun 30, 2014, 09:06