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Thursday, 06 August 2015 19:47

10 years ago this week

August 4, 2005

Wauneta’s “Patriotic and Proud” spirit was strong and shone throughout Harvest Fest festivities over the weekend. Veterans of World War II were honored this year on the 60th anniversary of the end of the war. Serving as Grand Marshals were WWII Vets Jim Johnston, Wilbur Brown, Dewaine Schneider, Lowell Grimm, Gus Bartels, Les Stretch, Vic Gestring, Cliff Shackelford, Lavern Denker, Clyde Hoff, Pat Ele, Paul Applegarth, Leland DeHart, Bill Stock and Harold Maris. Other Wauneta veterans not present were Al McCrumb, Marion Long, LaMont Neverve, Wayne Einspahr, Harry Petsch, Dwight Hoff, Loran Wright, Bill Jeffries, LeRoy Jussel and Paul Yost. Six Wauneta men who were killed in the war, Edgar Nordhausen, Gerald Wade, James Kellie, Verne Krausnick, Frank Hatch and George Cochran, were also remembered and honored. Lt. Eric Kitt of the U.S. Marine Corps joined Legion members providing the military color guard.

A good turn out was reported for Harvest Fest — 40 entries in the parade, 550 people at the free barbecue, over 200 at the dance to hear Wauneta Idol finalists, Melanie Miller and Dawn Applegarth, perform with the band with Miller winning the competition.

The Wauneta EMS was the recipient of a computer and free internet access donated by BWTelcom. Randy Raile made the presentation.

Lloyd and Durenda Bley and Christina and Gary Hunter were Sunday evening guests of Lois and Raymond Bley on Lloyd and Durenda’s 25th anniversary.

Jim and Annette Long hosted a cream can supper Sunday at their home for the Redeemer VBS staff. Attending were Pastor Greg and Janet Stuckwisch, Del and Joyce Richter, the Charles Isom family, the Kevin Kerchal family, Ted and Joyce Grimm, Destiny Beacham and Mick and Gwen Brunkhorst.

Precip for the week: .30 of an inch; high was 104° on July 30; low: 72° on July 26.


25 years ago this week

August 2, 1990

Wauneta Harvest Fest another big success! Theme chosen was “Summer Celebration.” Grand Marshal was Miss Southwest Nebraska, Janel Applegarth. The parade had 49 entries. Redeemer Lutheran Church members won grand prize honors with their float celebrating the church’s 50th anniversary. Around 850 attended the barbecue. Fourteen teams competed in the “Anything Goes” competition with the Co-op Oil team first, Falls Bank team second and Wauneta Auto Renewal, third.

Dale Bischoff was honored by American Legion Post 304 with a life membership in the organization, the highest award a member can receive, being recognized for his years of work and devotion to the local Post, especially with the Legion building.

Alvin Nordhausen was honored Friday evening on his 75th birthday with family and friends helping him celebrate. It was hosted by sons Errol and wife, Pat and Clinton and wife, Nettie; daughters Nancy and husband, Wayne Burge and Lana and husband, Paul Vlasin and eight grandchildren.

Mr. and Mrs. Karlyle Kennedy, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Kerchal and Mr. and Mrs. Don Kennedy hosted a birthday  picnic Wednesday for Effie Kennedy in honor of her 89th birthday. Other guests were Mr. and Mrs. Dan Kennedy and family, Fern Mintling and Mr. and Mrs. Dale Shelton of Walla Walla, Wash.

Dorothy Wadhams of Golden, Colo., and Leona Ward of Denver, Colo., visited their mother, Pearl Stretch, last week helping her celebrate her 92nd birthday. Some who called and enjoyed birthday cake, ice cream and tea were Lola Kennedy, Ellen Prior, Audra Romine, Leona Littlejohn and Emma Carrigan.

Arlene and Marvin Large met friends in Omaha Monday afternoon and toured the S.A.C. Museum; the men attended meetings Tuesday and Wednesday.

Pastor Steve and Rosella Werdal, Benjamin, Byron, Nathaniel and Cheri of Ft. Liard of Canada’s northwest territory spent Friday to Thursday with Leland and Sharon Maris. They served the Eden Church in the early ’80s.

Precip for the week: 2.63 inches.


50 years ago this week

August 5, 1965

Wauneta schools to start Monday, Aug. 30; will switch to MST on that day.

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Applegarth celebrated their 50th anniversary Sunday with all of their children home for a visit. Guests for dinner Sunday were Mr. and Mrs. Blaine Applegarth and family of Burlington, Ia., Mr. and Mrs. Lee Applegarth and family of Kearney, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Applegarth and sons of Palisade, Karen Johnson and children of Beaver City, and Jack and Jay Fanning and Mrs. Applegarth’s brother, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Kuzie of Fleming, Colo.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Gregory of Largo, Fla., spent several days last week visiting his mother, Mrs. Stella Gregory and sisters and families, Mr and Mrs. Ed Novacek and Mr. and Mrs. Delman Engell and children.

Nancy Stock was among the group going on the United Nations pilgrimage for youth trip July 19-Aug. 4.

Wauneta’s Explorer Scouts and their leader, E.N. Berry, Jr. returned Wednesday from a ten-day hiking and camping trip in the mountains near Estes Park. They walked over 100 miles during the trip.


75 years ago this week

July 31, 1940

A large crowd witnessed the soap box derby Saturday on the big hill in the south part of town with eight boys eligible for the race. Marvin Stevens came in first, Bob Kenney, second and Dale Krausnick, third. Prizes were $3.00, $2.00 and $1.00. Duane Burham won $1.50 for the best looking racer.

Mr. and Mrs. Luther Barnes moved their flock of 1,500 turkeys to the Milt Moreland place west of Imperial where they will be on the range for the rest of the summer.

Mrs. Leon Athey entertained Mrs. Mary Athey and Mrs. Edith Krausnick at a dinner Saturday complementary to Mrs. Mary Athey whose birthday was that day.

Temperatures have been over the 100 degree mark for several days with 110 the high peak on Wednesday. Rains on several occasions, some accompanied by winds and hail, totaled 1.68 inches.

By order of the Village Board: All property owners are hereby ordered to have all weeds cut on their premises at once.


100 years ago this week

August 5, 1915

Big rain Monday night making 1.52 for the week in 4 showers. Several lost crops to hail.

A number of bridges are out on the Stinkingwater caused by the heavy rains.

William Pribbeno and Ben Arnold of Preston, Neb., came to help with the harvest. Arnold is helping Bricker harvest.

Ice cream social and program at Prairie Rose school house Friday evening, Aug. 13. Proceeds for benefit of the Prairie Rose Christian endeavor society.


125 years ago this week

July 31, 1890

It didn’t rain very hard last night, but the post-office sprung a bad leak.

A. W. Baker and family of Decatur County, Kansas, are visiting relatives at this place.

The ball game which was to have been played between Shelly’s Colts of Imperial and the home team on the grounds of the latter, this week Wednesday, did not occur on account of the pressure of work which could not be neglected by some of the home nine. We think that a game may be expected next week.

A large crowd was on hand at the wrestle last Saturday was won by Jack Gray who got the two first falls.