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Special anniversary edition celebrating Wauneta’s first 125 years now complete PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Thursday, 30 May 2013 19:35

Wauneta Breeze staff completed a labor of love last week when they printed the final section of the Breeze’s 125th Anniversary Edition. The special edition celebrates the Breeze’s 125th anniversary by taking readers back through the town’s first 125 years.

The Wauneta Breeze has seen several leaders since it was founded by John Hann in 1887. However, throughout the years, the paper’s commitment to the town of Wauneta and its readers has not changed.

Moreover, the Breeze appreciates its many loyal readers for bringing our pages into your homes and relying on the Breeze for your news.

The special edition is the culmination of several decades of collaboration. It includes information compiled by former publisher Stan Smith, who began the tradition of anniversary editions with the 75th anniversary Diamond Jubilee issue in 1961. Co-publishers Russ and Lori Pankonin built on that foundation to bring a special Centennial issue of the Breeze in 1987.

Breeze staff, led by former editor Tina Kitt, have been preparing for this special edition for several months, pulling information from these two previous special editions as well as updating information and pictures.

Due largely to the amount of information included in the special edition, the special section has been released to readers in sections.

The first section, which focused on Wauneta’s early beginnings, was included with the March 28 regular issue.

Each section brought us a step closer to present day. The second section, released April 18, looked at Wauneta in the early 1900s. The third section was released on May 2 and examined the town into the 1940s. The fourth section, which was included with the May 23 issue, brought the tour through history up to present day.

The final section, included with this week’s paper, serves as a cover for the previous four sections and includes an overview of each section, an index of advertisers and the history of the Breeze itself.

Each section of the special edition was included in the “regular” weekly edition of the paper for subscribers. Now that the special edition is complete, additional copies of the anniversary edition, or specific sections, can be purchased.

The entire 125th anniversary edition is available for sale at the Breeze office for $10, tax included. It can also be mailed for an additional $5 shipping and handling charge.

Those who may have missed one of the sections can also purchase additional copies of just that section for $2 per section, tax included.