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Thursday, 03 July 2014 15:35

10 years ago this week

July 1, 2004

Rev. Keith Wellman was honored on his 30th year in the ministry at a picnic potluck supper held at the church with approximately 95 in attendance. Following his ordination he has served parishes at Wilmot and Milbank, S.D., (dual parishes), Lexington, Mo., and a dual parish in Klickitat, Wash., and Bingen, Wash., and presently at St. Paul Lutheran Church, rural Wauneta. Following supper a lifetime history presentation written by wife Lillian was enjoyed and a power point presentation was shown by Kim Wilson and Janet Keiser and narrated by Rick Einspahr and Monte Nordhausen. Gifts of appreciation were presented.

Ellen Prior of Hastings celebrated her 85th birthday Sunday by attending church and a dinner at the Senior Center, followed by an open house at the center hosted by her children and grandchildren.

Jeff, Kay, Todd and Jennifer Maxfield of Illinois enjoyed a trip to the mountains, returning on Thursday and visiting with Raymond Maxfield and Jim and Connie Maxfield. Lowell and Myra Grimm were callers Thursday.

Russell and Viola Fanning met daughter Judy and Bob Zohner of North Platte for lunch in McCook to observe Russell’s 85th birthday on Monday.

Dale and Virginia Krausnick returned Sunday from a week spent at Branson, Mo., observing their 57th anniversary.

Jim Gauger attended a “fly-in” at Vilas Smith’s near Champion Sunday.


25 years ago this week

June 29, 1989

Storms over the weekend produced heavy rains and a tornado that did considerable damage southwest of Palisade. The farmstead of Verne and Bernice Wicke and another farmstead owned by Dale and Hank Wicke of Wauneta were damaged. The tornado damaged trees, destroyed several buildings, a small hog barn and corrals and toppled a windmill at the Verne Wicke place. At the Dale and Hank Wicke farm the twister tore two grain bins from their foundation, throwing one west of the farm and carrying another one-half mile east of Verne’s. It moved a grain auger, tore the roof off a storage shed and toppled a barn the Wickes were tearing down, along with damage to trees. Heavy rains up to five to six inches was also reported.

Pastor Carroll Plisek, wife Judy and sons Ryan, Craig, Joel and Brendon have moved to Wauneta where he will serve as pastor at the Methodist Church. The Pliseks come from Hastings.

Lois Kanost was honored with a plant and a 20-year pin for 20 years of service as bookkeeper at Farmers Co-op Exchange.

Dennis and Linda Leitner and family returned to Viburnum, Mo., after visiting the Wendell and Jim Long families and Mr. and Mrs. Barney Leitner in McCook.

A cooperative birthday dinner and party were held Sunday in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Oren Hopkins in honor of Oren’s 83rd birthday, attended by family members. Joyce and Barbie brought a beautifully decorated cake for their father and grandfather.

Jay Bartels and Jodi Smith advanced to the national high school rodeo competition. Bartels finished third in calf roping and Smith took second in pole bending. Both earned a buckle, belt pins and a duffle bag. Smith also earned runner-up honors as the girl rookie of the year.

Precip for the week: 1.25 inches; for 1989: 5.25 inches.


50 years ago this week

July 2, 1964

Two hundred fifty-six children are enrolled in the Red Cross swimming lessons at the Wauneta Pool.

Scoutmasters Floyd Wilcox, Bob Walgren and Duane Burham accompanied 14 Boy Scouts to Enders Saturday evening where they camped, enjoyed a cookout and fishing and spent the night.

The sons of Mrs. Elizabeth Mohler spent a few days with her. They were Mr. and Mrs. Levi Mohler and family of Boise, Idaho, Mr. and Mrs. Phares Mohler and family of Omaha and Nathan Mohler of Lincoln.

Mrs. Anna McKee, Mrs. Genevieve Sailors, Mrs. Joe Carter and Elsie Schipman returned Saturday evening from a 15-day bus tour to the Washington D.C., area, New York’s World Fair, Niagara Falls and many other points of interest.

Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Forsyth and children of Phoenix, Ariz., are visiting Mrs. Forsyth’s father, Frank Novacek, and other relatives in the area.

Mr. and Mrs. John Budenella and family of Colorado Springs are visiting in the Jim McBride home.


75 years ago this week

July 5, 1939

Except for the popping a fire cracker here and there about town the Fourth of July passed very quietly in Wauneta. There were some fishing excursions and picnics but for the most part people preferred to stay at home and keep out of the heat.

Harvesting is about a week old with 29 cars having been loaded out by Thursday afternoon. Yields could run as high as 35 to 40 bushels.

Grading of five miles of the Wauneta-Max highway south of Wauneta has been completed and graveling to start.

Verle Athey left Saturday night for Lincoln where he witnessed the National A.A.U. meet at the Nebraska University stadium Tuesday.

Rev. J. J. Christner and wife left by bus Monday night for Denver where they boarded the train for San Francisco, to witness the Golden Gate exposition.


100 years ago this week

July 2, 1914

At the school board meeting Monday evening by vote of those present, a large number being out, it was decided to have the board put in the 12th grade if there was any demand for the same. This is the right spirit.

C. E. Johnston and The Gibson Pharmacy have each put up a canvas awning.

The Burlington cement gang are here making the foundation for the new water tank.

Geo. Theobald and family have moved into their new house.

Mrs. Fanning and Mrs. T. Stinnette helped J. Stinnette put up cherries last week.