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Friday, 14 November 2014 22:39

10 years ago this week

November 11, 2004

Final voter turnout for the county was 68.6 percent, the highest since 1992 when 75 percent of the voters turned out. George W. Bush was reelected president over Sen. John Kerry who was running for the office.

Elmer and Edna Keiser, Rod Keiser, Marsha Comly and Rich and Janet Keiser and Brennan were among relatives who went to Yuma, Colo., Sunday to help Edna’s mother, Harriett Legg, celebrate her 104th birthday.

Dean Widger of Fort Morgan, Colo., Doug Widger of Fort Worth, Texas, and Josh Taylor of Parker, Colo., were weekend guests of DeLores Taylor and spent time hunting.

Helping Lois Greeley celebrate her 70th birthday on Saturday were Lucille Klima, Jean Hardy, Betty McCallum, Lee Wilkins, Vi Bischoff, Darlene Haarberg and Betty Mintling.

Richard Christensen came Thursday to spend time with his mother, Edna. John and Sherry Oliver of Scottsbluff are in the area for hunting, joining Richard and Edna for Sunday dinner on the birthdays of Richard and John. Richard and Kathy Fanning of Atwood, Kan., joined them for the day.

Jean Wach returned Wednesday after spending two weeks visiting Claude and Ardi Chappel at Salem, Ore. She also visited Ralph and Jim Wach at Albany, Ore.; Carol and Noah Fortin at Eugene, Ore.; and Carol and Bert Henderson in Springfield, Ore.

No precip for the week. High for the week: 78° on Nov. 6; low: 21° on Nov. 2.


25 years ago this week

November 9, 1989

More than 150 youngsters attended the Wauneta Community Service Club’s annual Halloween party featuring a parade, costume contest and other games and each receiving a bag of treats.

The Palisade Panthers survived a white nuckle contest against Eustis to earn a trip to the state volleyball tournament. Wauneta’s bid for a trip to state fell short with a loss to Loomis.

Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Johnson left Oct. 18, travelling west to the Tetons, Idaho and Seattle, Wash., to visit daughter Julie Johnson, then down highway 101 to visit son George and Johanna Johnson in Monterey, Calif., then through New Mexico to Delhart, Texas and home.

June McCallum hosted a coffee Monday for the birthdays of Mary Ellen Fanning, Verna Anderson and Lola McBride. Other guests were Ida Bartels, Ruby Anderson and Lee Wilkins.

Mr. and Mrs. LeeRoy Weimer spent the weekend of the 28th with Mr. and Mrs. Steve Winscot and family at Scribner and all attended the Nebraska-Iowa State game on Saturday.

The United Methodist youth group, New Generation, went roller skating in Grant Sunday evening following a pizza supper with 20 members and guests attending. Sponsors were Rhonda Brunkhorst, Polly Kitt, Carol Muths, and Pastor Carroll and Judy Plisek.

No precip for the week; for 1989: 14.18 inches.


50 years ago this week

Nov. 12, 1964

The Palisade Methodist Church presented 50-year membership pins by Rev. L. R. Hansberry, former pastor at Palisade from 1912-13, at the Sunday services at Palisade and Trenton to 37 members. The longest membership is Mrs. Emma Walbridge, a member for 83 years. She is now 103 years old and lives in Imperial.

Sunday Mr. and Mrs. Victor Wicke entertained in honor of his parents’ anniversary, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wicke. Guests were Mr. and Mrs. Jake Tepley and Mary Ann and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Wicke and girls.

Mrs. Eddie Nichols was hostess at a surprise birthday coffee Friday morning at the Fern Nichols home honoring Mrs. Violet Nichols and Mrs. Isabelle Denton. Ten ladies were guests.

Fred Nordhausen was surprised for his birthday Saturday evening at the Warrie Walbridge home with 18 present. Sunday evening his brothers and sisters and spouses surprised him, bringing lunch and spending the evening socially.

Mr. and Mrs. Willis Myers were honored on their 30th anniversary Sunday at the home of their daughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Dick Thompson and family. A dinner was held at noon with all the couple’s children and families present, followed by an open house.


75 years ago this week

Nov. 15, 1939

Most business houses agreed to close for the Curtis Aggie-Wauneta football game Friday afternoon two o’clock to 4 o’clock.

Fred Nordhausen, Dundy County farmer, was accorded honorable mention for his outstanding Pasture-Forage-Livestock practices at the P-F-L meeting held Thursday evening at Holdrege.

Mrs. H. Dicke Sr. was pleasantly surprised Sunday, her birthday, when all her children and their families came to spend the day. All brought well-filled baskets and a nice dinner was enjoyed by all.

Forty friends and relatives were at Mr. Chas. Barnes Sunday to help him celebrate his 73rd birthday.

Mrs. Maud Cocklin, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Imm and Elton of Holdrege and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Grosbach and family of Enders were guests of Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Cocklin Friday at a dinner honoring the 30th wedding anniversary of the Cocklins.


100 years ago this week

November 12, 1914

Pence’s have had a cement walk put it on the lot west of the Falls Bank, a much needed improvement.

Grandma Dougherty arrived home Tuesday from her visit to eastern Nebraska. She looks as if the trip had agreed with her.

Clarence Fanning put up a new windmill Sat.

Some of the ladies at Mt. Zion will meet with Mrs. Arthur Morrison Thursday p.m. and help her with her sewing.

The Ladies Aid Society will have a chicken pie supper at Waidley’s hall Friday, Nov, 20. Will start to serve at 5 o’clock. 25 cts. a plate.

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Thursday, 06 November 2014 00:00

10 years ago this week

November 4, 2004

Wauneta will have its own public transportation system beginning this week. The bus will run in Wauneta three days a week and has been in place in Imperial for 10 years. The expansion to Wauneta was requested by the County Commissioners wanting it available to all residents in Chase County, not just Imperial. When word was received from the government they’d be getting a new bus, it was decided to put it in Wauneta.

People of the Church of the Brethren went on a hayrack ride Sunday afternoon to Enders Lake, across and below the dam, then returned to the church for cornbread and beans.

Phyllis Nordhausen and Delpha Nordhausen attended the 80th anniversary service of Zion Lutheran Church at Grant Sunday, going as a guest of niece Nancy Burge.

Jim and Pat McKinney took a load of pheasants and quail to Omaha over the weekend. They visited son Aaron and watched the Nebraska-Missouri game with him. On Sunday they visited Pat’s father, O.C. Smith, in Hastings.

Laura Keiser of Denver, Colo., visited her uncle, Lorenz Bischoff, at Imperial Thursday and on Friday had lunch with her aunt, Leta Brunkhorst, and cousin, Rod Keiser.

Letha Sailors and Mabel Spears of Benkelman returned home this week after vacationing in Nashville, Tenn. They toured the Canton Plantation and battle field at Franklin and the Confederate Cemetery and attended the Grand Ole Opera.

No precip for the week: high for the week: 81° on Oct. 28; low: 36° on Oct. 31.

25 years ago this week

November 2, 1989

Medical services will return to Wauneta next week when the Wauneta Family Practice Associates begin clinic hours two days a week. Dr. Doug Fairbairn will be at the clinic on Tuesdays and Dr. Paul Grow on Thursdays. Later in the year Carol Newman, PA, will be at the clinic one day and Laura Williams, PA, will spend a day. Resuming their duties at the clinic will be Josie Lytle, receptionist, and Ruby Terry, nurse.

Students in grades K-6 are striving to reach a goal of reading 1,500 books by Nov. 15. If they reach that goal, Superintendent Dennis Wentz has agreed to dress up like a clown. As the third week ends, 607 books have been read.

Clark and Donna McMinn spent the weekend in Hillsboro, Kan., especially to attend a family dinner honoring the 90th birthday of Clark’s mother, Eva McMinn, a former Hamlet resident. All of her children and families were able to attend the special dinner.

Ed and Anna Belle Vapenik and Wayne and Marie Smith attended the Polka Dance Festival in Utica Saturday and Sunday.

Doris Ough and June Cox returned Saturday from a bus tour to the Ozarks, Nashville and Memphis. They also attended the Passion Play at Eureka Springs, Ark., and visited Branson and Silver Dollar City.

Precip for the week: .03 of an inch; for 1989: 14.18 inches.

50 years ago this week

Nov. 5, 1964

Approximately 100 little ghosts, witches and goblins participated in the Halloween parade on main street sponsored by the Jaycees. Treats were enjoyed and a teen-age dance held afterward.

Thirteen members of troop 98 Wauneta Boy Scouts were among 70 scouts from six towns going on an overnight camping trip and 10-mile hike sponsored by the Tri-Trails council in conjunction with the Chase County Historical Society. The first seven miles followed the original Texas Trail, then stopped at the grave of a cowboy killed on one of the cattle drives. Camping near the Frenchman River LeRoy Mather of Imperial and member of the Chase County Historical Society spoke on the Texas Trail. Rev. Wood of the Hamlet Union Church conducted church services Sunday morning, after which the boys hiked 3 1/2 miles north to the Stinking Water valley and back to camp for lunch.

Myrtle Hoff was surprised when a group of ladies gathered at her home Tuesday evening for a canasta party to celebrate her birthday.

The young people of the Eden Missionary Church met at the parsonage for a “Sombrero Party” Friday night. Spanish food was served and the evening ended with breaking a large owl pinata.

Monday the Jack Brogans of Keystone, Bernard O’Neils and Pat O’Neils held a cooperative meat canning at the Pat O’Neil home, finishing the day with almost 100 quarts of canned beef.

75 years ago this week

Nov. 8, 1939

The bank building is coming down, brick by brick. The second floor of the building has disappeared and Tuesday found the wrecking crew down to the ceiling of the first floor.

George Metcalf returned to Wauneta last week after a summer spent with the archaeological excavation party on dug sites near Wauneta, and other parts of the state including a site near Lewellen and another near Cotesfield in the North Loup district.

Mrs. Edith Krausnick entertained Wednesday night at dinner honoring Mr. and Mrs. Elwyn Krausnick on their first anniversary which is Thursday. Guests were Mr. and Mrs. Fred Nordhausen and family and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Steinbeck.

Forty friends dropped in uninvited at the home of Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Cocklin to remind them of their 30th anniversary. Chinese checkers furnished entertainment after which refreshments were served.

100 years ago this week

November 5, 1914

The young men of Wauneta deserve credit for their good behavior on Halloween night. They did no damage to property nor pull off any stunts.

The Halloween social at Mt. Zion was a grand success. The Earl sisters of Benkelman furnished the music. Col. S. B. Walker the general auctioneer disposed of the pumpkins, some of them bringing as high as $3.00.

Treff Gangnon will thresh for himself and Chas. Nesmith this week, finishing with a successful run of 78 days.