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The Gehlsen family has a generations-long relationship with the Five Mile House and the Schuetzen Verein. Reynold Gehlsen, 91, grew up a half-mile from the Five Mile House, and his grandchildren represent the fourth generation of the family to attend some kind of activity there. Seated in front, from left, are Cooper Gehlsen with his father, Troy (one of Reynold’s three sons); Reynold Gehlsen; and Loni Meier, of Waterloo, whose mother is Reynold’s niece. In the second row are Rich Stoffers, Reynold’s nephew, who lives in California; Abigail Gehlsen and Riley Gehlsen, daughters of Troy and Deb Gehlsen; Emily Gehlsen, daughter of Brent and Katie Gehlsen; Jackson Meier, son of Loni Meier; and Deb Gehlsen. In back are Dylan Gehlsen, son of Brent and Katie; and Brent and Shawn Gehlsen (Reynold’s sons).
Katarina Klimpel, of Omaha, Nebraska, a member of the German American Society, and her husband, Andrew, ended up shooting at targets at the same time. Katarina said her husband, who served in the military, shot a higher score than she did. Helping them in the shooting house are Taylor Williams, of Aspinwall (left), and Lynn Odendahl, of Manning. Photos by Gordon Wolf
Alyssa Buren, of Vail, celebrates for a contestant in the softball throw. The object is to throw softballs into a barrel. The contest winner is named the queen for the following year’s Schuetzen Verein.
LeRoy Rupiper, 91, of Carroll, accompanied the Wendinger Band on the spoons for several numbers.
Dale Wegner takes a turn in the King Shoot.
The Wendinger Band, of New Ulm, Minnesota, performs at the 2019 Haye's Township Schuetzen Verein. The popular polka band was able to accommodate the Schuetzen Verein's change in date this year from the first Sunday in June to the Sunday of Labor Day weekend.
Allison Ehlers, Westside, 2019 Princess; Marshall Owen, 2nd place in the king contest; Jackie Petersen, Westside, 2019 Queen; and Brad Buren, Vail, 2019 King. The princess and king are determined by the rifle-shooting contest, and the queen is determined by the ball-throwing contest.
Jackie Petersen, Westside, was the queen, based on her performance in the softball toss. Entries in the contest totalled 71. Pictured from left are Megan Ehlers, Manilla, 3rd; Donna Buren, Vail, 2nd place; Jackie Petersen, Westside; queen; and Delaney Nelson, Kearney, Missouri, 4th. A toss-off determined places two through four.
Ring targets: 1st, Elliot Kock (left); 2nd, Robbie Rohe (right); 3rd, Doug Fredericks (not pictured).
The youngest dancer Two-year-old Brooks Ruhland, of Glidden, scampers across the dance floor at the Five Mile House on Sunday at the 136th Schuetzen Verein. The youngster couldn’t keep his feet still while watching the other dances and listening to the music of the Wendinger Band, of New Ulm, Minnesota. His parents are Tim and Erica Ruhland. Erica is originally from the Westside area. See more photos on Page 6. Photo by Gordon Wolf
On Sunday, for the 136th time, Hayes Township hosted another successful Shuetzen Verein (King Shoot) at the Five Mile House south of Westside. The annual event celebrates German heritage and family traditions plus dancing and marksmanship.
Schuetzen Verein results
Winning the title of 2019 King at Sunday’s Schuetzen Verein was especially meaningful for Brad Buren, of Vail.
This year marked the first time for decades that his mother-in-law, Cleone Podey, did not run the softball throw for the queen contest. She died in November last year. The contest on Sunday was run by Donna Buren, Cleone’s daughter and Brad’s wife, and Brad and Donna’s daughter, Alyssa.
A total of 71 contestants entered the softball throw, which finished out the last page of a book of contestants that dates back to 1952.
King: Brad Buren, Vail. Buren and Marshall Owen, of Arcadia, tied with scores of 29. Buren won the title in a shoot-off. The plaque for third place in the King Shoot was given to Aaron Dixon. Dixon, Tim Ruhland and Andrew Klimpel tied with scores of 26. Ruhland and Klimpel were not presented at the end to compete in a shoot-off.
Queen: Jackie Petersen, of Westside. Donna Buren won 2nd place, Megan Ehler, of Manning, won 3rd place and Delaney Nelson, of Kearney, Missouri, won 4th place.