Mother-daughter duo find medallion

By RICHARD LUKEN
Register Reporter

Register/Richard Luken
Misty Hobbs and her daughter, Allyson, found a hidden medallion in Community National Bank’s Sesquicentennial Medallion Quest this week. They are pictured with CNB officers. Pictured are, from left, Mike Hardman, Tom Strickler, Allyson and Misty Hobbs, Katie Donovan, Jim Gilpin and April Hawkinson.

Iolans Misty and Allyson Hobbs figured they’d spend a few extra minutes to do some exploring on their walk Wednesday along the Prairie Spirit Trail.
Their inquisitive spirit paid off when the Hobbses solved Community National Bank’s Sesquicentennial Medallion Quest.
They found the small medallion hidden beneath a park bench along the Prairie Spirit Trail.
Misty Hobbs told the Register she and her daughter had a hunch the medallion was hidden somewhere along the trail based on the two clues that had been published.
Two passages — “A simple trail led them here” and “A bench is best, yes that would do” — were particularly telling, Hobbs said.
Allyson, Misty’s daughter, found the medallion affixed to the top of one of the bench’s back legs.
“You had to look for it,” Misty said. “It wasn’t just hanging there.”
The bench sits near Country Lanes and is a popular resting spot for trail users.
“We figured we’d look at that bench and another one farther up the trail,” Misty said.
The Hobbses get to keep the medallion and received a gift basket filled by CNB and other local merchants.
The Hobbses are frequent trail users, particularly in the spring and fall. They said they’d likely frame the medallion or put it in a shadow box with other collectibles.
They were so adept at finding the medallion that Sesquicentennial Committee members did not have to release the final three clues. One clue was to be released each week until Labor Day.
They were:

Clue 3

2009 has really been great.
150 is the number of late
But in this case I must relate,
the number you seek is 108. (The trail bench is near mile marker 108).

Clue 4

The Kansas Territory was their quest.
They packed their wagons and headed west.
Landmarks served as their best guide,
plus the grace of God was on their side.
We celebrate our founders, who knew not of their fate.
Search south of Miller and east of State.

Clue 5

Like most pioneers,
our founders were unique.
That same prairie spirit
is what we all should seek.

THE MEDALLION Quest was the latest in a year filled with activities to mark Iola’s 150th anniversary as a community.
“While the year is winding down, we still have several events planned this fall,” committee member Beth Ann Turner said.
Events for Labor Day Weekend and Christmas season are planned. A beard-growing contest is ongoing until Farm-City Days in October.