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Galesburg Today--a small friendly community

If you visit Galesburg today, you'll find a small community of friendly people. It is located on southeast Kansas between Erie and Parsons, Kansas. Traveling from Parsons north on US HWY 59, turn left on 70th Road which is a blacktop road. About 4 miles west you'll find the little town of Galesburg. The Galesburg School was built in 1948-49 originally as both a grade school and high school combined. In 1966 the two were divided and the grade school now has an enrollment of approximately 100 students. In 2003 the grade school became a charter school. High school students may attend one of several schools within driving distance.

The city of Galesburg received a grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development program and Community Development Block Grant funds administered by the Kansas Department of Commerce. The water distribution system in Galesburg will undergo signficant changes. Replacement of 70% of the water lines will be the first step before eventually paving the city roads, according to Mayor Madaline Shockey. The city will contribute $18,000 to the project, which will cost more than $350,000. Mayor Shockey said the project reflects the city's desire to make the town "a nicer place to live."

There are two churches serving the community: Galesburg Christian Church and the Galesburg United Methodist Church. The Christian Church recently completed an extensive addition including a new gymnasium/fellowship hall, kitchen and additional classrooms. An active youth group meets on Wednesday evenings.

The men of the Methodist Church sponsor two events each year: a Turkey Shoot in early November and a Pancake Day in early February. The women have held a "Harvest Supper" in October for more than 50 years.

A convenience store, aptly named "The Store," provides residents with groceries, gasoline, etc. Coover Feed serves the agricultural area with feed and purchases grain from area farmers. Alfalfa is processed into pellets at the site. Ruskin Manufacturing Galesburg Plant occupies the land where Shaw Manufacturing was located. The Galesburg Plant which is part of Ruskin Manufacturing in Parsons employs approximately 100 people and manufactures louvers for heating/air conditioning equipment. Newberry Construction Company has been in business for 26 years and is experienced in building construction of any size. SEK Genetics meets the needs of livestock growers throughout the country. A brand new day care/preschool will soon be opened by Wendy Trout. The facility will have room for approximately 40 children.

Senior citizens enjoy weekday lunch at the Senior Citizen Center. Activities include dominoes, cards, puzzles and crossword puzzles. Adjoining the center is the Community Center which is available for meetings, reunions, etc. The Civic Club oversees the Community Center as well as providing funding and leadership for youth ball teams and swimming lessons for children in the area. Their main fundraiser is the annual Chili/Soup Supper in the spring.

A city-wide rummage sale is held in May, usually on the first Saturday. The Galesburg Alumni Association holds their annual dinner on the Saturday before Memorial Day. Graduates of the former high school as well as graduates from the grade school and anyone in the area are welcome to attend.

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