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Thursday, 12 January 2012 16:03

10 years ago this week

Jan. 17, 2002

The Helen Skelton Fanning Estate gifted nearly $290,000 to the Wauneta Village Fire Department, rural fire district and EMS squad with the Imperial city and rural fire districts and Imperial EMS also receiving bequeathals.

Tom Weigel, co-owner of Tommy’s Sports Club, was awarded his first dollar of profit by outgoing Chamber President Brenda Anderson at the Chamber’s January meeting.

An open house was held at the recently renovated SWNCBC Rehab house which is ready for purchase.

After winning the state 4-H public speaking contest this summer, Abby Barger won the Western National 4-H Horse Public Speaking Contest held this weekend at the Western 4-H Round-Up in Denver, competing against nine other state champions.

Tuesday Les and Mildred Stretch went to the home of Eldon and Edith Schomp at North Platte and met Stan and Teresa Armataz of Cedar Rapids and Rodney and Lois Doarke of Seward. The men are Army buddies. That evening they were joined by Mr. and Mrs. Devoit Backenhouser, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Schomp and girls and Mildred Maire of Mullen for supper at the Airport Cafe to celebrate the Armatazes’ 50th anniversary.

Alvina Buffington observed her 90th birthday at Heritage Thursday with callers coming to wish her a happy birthday. Joining her for pizza that evening were Kent and Sharon Buffington, Janice and Don Hewitt and Sylvia Buffington.Birthday cake and ice cream were also shared with the residents at supper.

Les and Janice Houser took Tailor and Ellen Lee fishing at Lake Ogallala Saturday. Joining them that evening for a fish fry of their catch were George and Leslie Lee.

No moisture. High: 72° on Jan. 8; low: 14° on Jan. 7.

25 years ago this week

January 15, 1987

Installation of water meters was approved by a 3-2 vote at the Village board meeting Monday evening.

Trent and Peg Minneman attended a planning session of the State 4-H Conference Coordinators at Grand Island Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. Gary DeWester and family were among the Sunday dinner guests of Jim and Elvira Mullanix in Benkelman to celebrate the 91st birthday of Lola Mullanix.

Joshua Dillon Skelton was baptized during services Sunday at the Methodist Church. His parents and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. James Skelton and Mr. and Mrs. Irving Skelton, hosted a dinner at the Irving Skelton home to celebrate the event.

Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Sandman spent the night in Denver, Colo., with Fauniel and Jim Young before they flew to New Orleans to see the Nebraska-L.S.U. game on New Year’s Day. They were met there by Edie’s sister, Charlotte, and Levi Odom, and visited Jan. 2-8 with the Odoms in Picayune, Miss.

Helen Rousey and Marilyn Walker spent Tuesday in Grant and had dinner with Ed and Pauline Haenfler at the Senior Center. Mrs. Ron Kitt and Marcie of Ogallala joined in the Haenfler home for ice cream and cake in honor of Mrs. Rousey on her birthday.

Precip: .12 of an inch.

Grain Markets: wheat-2.21/bu.; corn-1.30/bu.; milo-2.05/cwt; soybeans-4.33/bu.

50 years ago this week

Jan. 18, 1962

The Wauneta Breeze completed 75 years of continuous service with this issue. The Breeze was founded by John Hann in January of 1887. Subsequent publishers have been Mart Frasier, Eleanor Frasier, Dewayne Hodges and present publisher Stan Smith.

June McCallum held a coffee Thursday afternoon for guests, Mrs. Worth Kanost, Mrs. Carl Widger, Mrs. Fay Fanning, Mrs. Lee Kitt, Mrs. Cecil Maddux, Mrs. Orville Widger and Danny, Mrs. Mary Barnes, Mrs. Estella Murray, Mrs. Sam Escritt and girl and Mrs. Hugh McCallum.

Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Nordhausen and girls entertained at dinner Friday evening in honor of the birthday of Mrs. Keith Kerchal. Guests were Mr. and Mrs. Keith Kerchal and boys, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Polly and Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Kerchal and boys.

Connie Carrigan was named winner in the 1962 Betty Crocker Search for the America’s Homemaker of Tomorrow. She had the highest score in a homemaking knowledge and attitudes exam.

75 years ago this week

January 13, 1937

Fire destroyed the Crystal Theatre last Thursday. The theatre had undergone a complete renovation last summer. Dr. and Mrs. Rider plan to begin immediately to build a new theatre building on their lot adjoining the City Meat Market, directly across the street from the old location.

Two thousand rabbits and nine coyotes were bagged in a hunt yesterday under the auspices of the Farm Bureau and attended by a large number of men. The hunt ended at Twin Lakes, three miles west and two miles south of Benkelman and was reported to be one of the best organized hunt ever staged in this territory.

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Krausnick and son and Otto Krausnick of Trinity, Saskatchewan, Canada, were Sunday dinner guests at the Fred Krausnick home.

Basketball scores: Wauneta first team lost to Trenton 28 to 10; second team won 20 to 18 and junior high won 18 to 8.

100 years ago this week

January 18, 1912

It was 32 degrees below zero last Friday morning.

Elmer Carpenter and Elbert Moody started to fix up the Pappy Smith’s line. Maybe the phones will be in talking order by spring.

Dora Steinbeck visited several times last week with her aunt, Mrs. Winkelman.

The Mt. Zion Church has a new organ.

Maud and Harlan Stock visited with Mrs. S. Gardner Monday p.m.