10 years ago this week
December 23, 2004
Ann Grasser was elected board chair at the Village Board of Trustees’ re-organization meeting last week, replacing Al Wilkins. New board members sworn in at the meeting were Lloyd Sinner and Lynn Brunkhorst. Ted Grimm serves as the other board member. Tony Cribelli and Rod Rector have served the past four years.
Stuffed animals, including bears, dogs and rabbits, were made by a group of ladies from the Methodist Church and taken to the nursing home for each resident to choose their own animal. A total of 52 animals were made by 14 ladies. The project was planned by Susie Doetker.
Krafty Klub members held their Christmas party last Monday evening at the Prairie Bell Bed and Breakfast near Haigler. Hostesses were Donna Bartels and Annette Long. Others attending were Deb Nordhausen, Sheila Pfeiffer, Jan Nordhausen, Becky Berry, Kara Engbrecht and Judi Nordhausen.
Iris and Darrell Barnes and guests, Doug and Dane Barnes and John Barnes, all of Denver, Colo., hosted a dinner at the Pioneer Cafe Saturday night for Harry and Elsie Petsch for their 61st anniversary.
Ed and AnnaBelle Vapenik hosted their family Christmas dinner Sunday with all their family attending.
Knotty and Beryl Knotwell and family met in McCook Saturday and Sunday at the Chief Motel for their pre-Christmas get-together. There were games and visiting around the pool and Saturday night they met at the Country Kitchen for dinner.
No precip for the week. High for the week: 55° on Dec. 15 and 17; low: 17° on Dec. 13.
25 years ago this week
December 21, 1989
A total of eight inches of snow was recorded for the week. Temperatures dropped below the zero mark.
Hilda and Bill Roschewski, Violet Long, Art and Nina Fortkamp, Martin and Erma Fortkamp, Rolland, Betty and Annie Fortkamp attended church, the dinner and open house in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Emil and Opal Fortkamp at Zion Lutheran Church in Imperial Sunday.
Becky Erickson and Ruthanne of Omaha were weekend guests of Dean and Charlene Pursley. Saturday evening the Pursleys, Becky and Caleb Pursley attended a concert of the Omaha Symphony Chamber Orchestra at Ogallala where Becky’s husband, Steve, plays the trumpet in the orchestra.
Ruth Madron of McCook spent Sunday to Wednesday with the Kirk Sandmans to attend the grandchildren’s church and school programs.
Mr. and Mrs. Dale Duhm and four children of Livingston, Calif., were Sunday guests of his aunt, June Cox. Twenty relatives and friends were callers in June’s home to visit the guests.
Rod and Joy Wheeler met daughter Anita at the Denver air port Thursday. She will spend two weeks here before returning to Franklin, N.C.
Precip for the week: .28 of an inch; for 1989: 14.57 inches.
50 years ago this week
Dec. 24, 1964
Wauneta’s first snow of consequence fell late Friday evening and Saturday measuring .30 in moisture and 3 inches in depth. Highs in the 60s, low -9° on Dec. 17.
High school youth from surrounding churches attended an all faith Christmas party at Mt. Zion Church Sunday evening. About 40 attended. Games were played following supper.
Relatives of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Becker participated in a impromptu pot luck supper Friday evening, Dec. 18 on the date of the Beckers’ 25th anniversary. Present were the seven brothers of Mrs. Becker, their families, her mother Mrs. Doris Bartels and Mr. and Mrs. Don Majors and family.
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Maxfield were hosts Saturday evening to the employees of the mill and their husbands and wives. Fourteen were present to enjoy a social evening and lunch.
Mrs. Woodrow Moody was hostess at a coffee at her home Monday in honor of her mother, Mrs. Metta Smith, who was observing a birthday. Guests were Miss Nellie Dick, Mrs. Iva Robertson, Mrs. Onna Moody, Mrs. Effie Kennedy, Mrs. Anna O’Neil, Mrs. Sylvia Moody and Susan Jackson.
75 years ago this week
December 27, 1939
Christmas, 1939, will be remembered as a “white Christmas,” the first in this part of the state since 1932 or seven years ago. Amounts were estimated from 8 to 12 inches.
Wauneta waited until mid-afternoon Saturday for their usual morning mail. The truck carrying the mail skidded into a ditch near the Oliver farm east of town. Only slight damage to the truck with the occupants receiving minor injuries.
Santa Claus came to town Saturday afternoon in style. The parade started at the depot with the band leading, followed by Santa in a truck camouflaged to look like an enormous cutter sled. The parade halted at the main intersection with the band performing Christmas music around the Christmas tree. Over 1,200 sacks were distributed to young and old and Santa also scattered generous handfuls of pennies amidst the crowd.
Mr. and Mrs. Hal Fanning and family entertained on Christmas with guests: Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Metcalf, Mrs. Cora Metcalf, Mr. George Metcalf and Margaret, Mr. and Mrs. Dell Oliver and children and Mr. and Mrs. Glen Christensen and Richard.
The Bischoff families enjoyed Christmas dinner at the Grandmother Bischoff and Minnie Denker home.
100 years ago this week
December 24, 1914
Heavy snow Sunday, 5 or 6 inches. 21 below Monday morning.
$2 wheat is predicted in the near future.
Mr. Allen will deliver milk for Teddy while he’s away.
Shorty Gruer has gone to Fleming, Colo., to see ma and pa, he also shipped his tools.
Otto Krausnick came in on Fri. to visit his folks, his wife & son from Alberta.