Obituary For Gustav Rohnke

Gustav Steven (Guss) Rohnke, age 58, resident of Fort Scott, died Sunday, December 31, 2017 at the University of Kansas Medical Center.  He was born September 26, 1959 in Fort Scott, the son of Gustav Adolf Rohnke and Thelma Marie Ruby Rohnke.  Guss was a 1978 graduate of Fort Scott High School.  He worked for Boone and Dauben Restaurant while going to school.  Guss worked waterproofing construction and masonry work most of his adult life.  He excelled as a bricklayer.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, watching the Kansas City Chiefs football and the Royals baseball.  In his youth he enjoyed dirt bike racing and also bull riding.  Guss was a long standing member of the Bricklayers Union #15 and the Masonry Union.
Survivors include a brother, Steve Riley and wife Sue, Fort Scott; sister, Tina Marie Land and husband Darrell of Leavenworth, Kansas.  Also surviving is a brother-in-law, J. D. Hess of Hume, Missouri, several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Nancy Hess.
Rev. Kevin Moyers will conduct graveside services at 11:00 A.M. Saturday in the Evergreen Cemetery under the direction of the Cheney Witt Chapel.  The family will receive friends from 10:00 A.M. Saturday until leaving for the cemetery at the chapel.  Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at 

This Week In Fort Scott By the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce

Fort Scott Middle School Pizza Hut Night

Chamber Coffee, hosted by the Chamber Board of Directors at the Chamber, 231 E. Wall St., 8am

4 Coffee with Doug, live music at Common Ground Coffee Co., 7pm

(Dangerous Doug Harper of Nevada, MO)
5-6 Livestock Sale, Fort Scott Livestock Market, 2131 Maple Rd., 10am
6 The Bunker Conceal Carry Class, 8am, $75 fee
6 Boiler Room Brewhaus Grand Opening, 11am, 102 S. National Ave., music, food & craft beer
Upcoming Events:
1/8 Informational Breakfast: Stay Strong, Stay Healthy Strength Training Class for Older Adults, Buck Run
1/9 Quarterly Downtown Meet & Greet, Papa Don’s, 10 N. Main St., 8:30am
1/11 Biggest Loser Competition Begins at Buck Run, $15
1/12 Theology on Tap, Papa Don’s Pizza, 10 N. Main St., 7pm
1/15 Lunch & Learn, Martin Luther King Jr. Day speaker, Gordon Parks Museum, FSCC Ellis Fine Arts Building, 12pm


City Commission Agenda for Jan. 2

The Fort Scott City Commission will meet this evening at 6 p.m. at city hall, 123 S. Main Street.

On the agenda:

A. Approval of minutes of the regular meeting of December 19th, 2017.
B. Approval of Appropriation Ordinance 1206-A totaling $407,293.46.
C. Resolution 1-2018 designating the official City newspaper.
D. Resolution 2-2018 designating the official City depositories for public
E. Certificate of Appropriateness – Proposed changes to building and
signage at 2 N. Main Street
a. Swearing in of new Commissioners
b. Election of Mayor
c. Election of Commission President
d. Election of Bourbon County Economic Development Council
Inc. Representative
e. Election of Fort Scott Housing Authority Delegate
B. CITIZEN COMMENTS (Concerning Items Not on Agenda – 3 minute
limit per citizen)
1. Approval of Fort Scott Plumbing Board reappointments – 3 year
2. Approval of Fort Scott Electrical Board reappointments – 3 year
A. Director Updates:
B. Commission:
C. City Attorney:
D. Director of Finance:
E. City Manager:
Justifications for Executive Sessions:
• Personnel matters of non-elected personnel
• Consultation with an attorney for the body or agency which would be
deemed privileged in the attorney-client relationship
• Matters relating to employer-employee negotiations whether or not in
consultation with the representative or representatives of the body or
• Confidential data relating to financial affairs or trade secrets of
corporations, partnerships, trusts and individual proprietorships
• Preliminary discussions relating to the acquisition of real property

Microbrewery Opens January 6

Bryan and Barbara Ritter stand in the taproom of the Boiler Room Brewhaus.

This Saturday, January 6, Fort Scott’s first microbrewery will open at 11 a.m.

Named the Boiler Room Brewhaus, the brewery is located in the lower level of the Beaux Arts Center, 102 S. National. Entry is from the alley on the south.

Public parking is at First and National Streets and additionally,  Judson and Second Streets nearby. The Fort Scott Post Office parking lot is off-limits, however it is through the post office parking lot that one must enter the facility.

“It’s  a comfy atmosphere,” Barbara Ritter, who along with her sister-in-law Peggy Ritter are the owners, said. “No TV’s. We want to encourage people to talk to each other.”

In addition there will be board games.

There is a 40 person capacity in the tap-room, she said.

Right now, Barbara’s husband Bryan Ritter is the primary brewer.

He is making ales.

“Beers fall into two categories,” Bryan Ritter said. “Ales and lagers…most people in Bourbon County drink lagers such as Budweiser and Coors. I’m not going to focus on that right now.”

The cooler seasons are ale seasons, Bryan said.

“You want something thicker and richer,” he said. “There is 4-6 percent alcohol content.” He can produce one barrel per brewing session or about 33 gallons.

For opening night, they will have close to 100 gallons, he said.

In addition, Jake Johnson will provide the music that evening.

Only prepared snacks will be offered in the taproom with the beer.

“By Bourbon County law, 30 percent of sales have to be in food,” Barbara said. “We don’t want to be a restaurant. So we are hoping  to get some support by getting it put on the ballot to change the law for microbreweries.”

The hours for the brewery are Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, 12 to 7 p.m.

Bryan Ritter holds a handful of toasted malt barley in the brew room of the Boiler Room Brewhaus. The hops Ritter uses is from the Kansas Hop Company, Ottawa.  The Honey Weiss he produces is from honey produced on the Ritter property, south of Fort Scott, Black Dogs Farm. Visitors can view the brewing system as they come in the brewery.
Barbara Ritter shows the jars that people may take the brew home in.
One of the three flavors currently offered at the Boiler Room Brewhaus.
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