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Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Thursday, 03 September 2015 00:00

10 years ago this week

September 1, 2005

Construction began on Viaero’s Wireless cell phone tower south of town Thursday. Work was expected to be completed on the tower’s guide wires, sector boom antennas, coax cables and communication dishes by Wednesday, readying the 345-foot tower for service.

Upgrades continue at BWTelcom as a crew from Iowa returned to run fiber through conduit which was laid in a massive trenching and conduit laying project last summer. Later a crew will be splicing the fiber in preparation for fiber to be placed to homes and businesses.

Knotty and Beryl Knotwell observed their 59th anniversary on Thursday, the 25th. They were Friday guests of Dennis, Colleen and Billing Goings for a steak supper.

Larry and Lauraine Tatum spoke at the Methodist Church Sunday on a trip they made in January with another couple from Minden as a mission team to the Sagar-Brown United Methodist Committee on Relief (U.M.C.O.R) in Baldwin, La., distributing health, school and sewing kits and more for overseas relief and “flood buckets” for disasters in the U.S. They and Bob and Dorothy Baumfalk were guests of Bob and Sharon Walgren at the cafe Sunday.

Rudy and Judy Evers went to the “Volleyball Showcase” at the Quest Center in Omaha Friday and Saturday. They met Mert and Anita Smith for lunch Saturday.

Nebraska truckers were honored at the Nebraska State Fair in Lincoln with a truck pull on Saturday and a “Show and Shine” on Sunday. Les and Janice Houser were awarded first place in the late model division.

25 years ago this week

August 30, 1990

More than 100 people attended the 50th anniversary celebration for Joe and Linda Rietsch Sunday afternoon at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Following the open house, a potluck supper was hosted by Edna and Elmer Keiser for the family and Rev. and Mrs. Laverne Brack. The Reitsches’ three children: Joe and Barb Reitsch and family of Grand Blanc, Mich., Don and Pam Rietsch of Howell, Mich., and Marilyn and Dave Luce and family of Lakewood, Calif., were all present.

Arthur Maendl, a minister at Sheridan, Wyo., spent a day with Art and Nina Fortkamp. “Miss Nina” started Maendl out in school 43 years ago.

Mrs. Bud Frasier and Laura Arnett of Fort Collins, Colo., stopped in Wauneta en route home from Arkansas. Mrs. Frasier taught school in the area years ago and helped her husband at the Breeze office.

Lavern and Elinor Denker, Rodney and Esther Einspahr, Jim and DeLores Taylor and Paul and Elnora Kitt attended the Hayes Center Couples Golf and supper event Sunday.

Elaine Hink, administrator of Heritage of Wauneta, attended an administrator’s conference in Calhoun, Ga., Aug. 19-23.

Mr. and Mrs. Nathan McNutt were honored on their 60th anniversary Tuesday evening at the Copper Mill in McCook. Dinner guests were Mr. and Mrs. Darrel Cox, Bob and Kae McNutt of Oberlin, Kan., Louise Tucker of McCook, Maurie and Debbie Cox and family and Mrs. McNutt’s sister, Billie, of Florida.

Precip for the week: .11 of an inch; for August: 2.02 inches.

50 years ago this week

September 2, 1965

The Wauneta school system began the 1965-66 term with 379 students registered - — 259 in grades kindergarten thru eighth and 120 in high school.

Mrs. Onna Moody celebrated her 85th birthday by attending the Chase County Fair Saturday and was guest of daughter, Mrs. George Newman, and family in Imperial Sunday and had a phone visit with daughter Mrs. Fausta Miller of Salem, Ore. One of the happiest birthdays possible, she stated.

Dick, Don and Connie Buffington and Jerry Livingston attended the World Championship Little Britches Rodeo at Littleton, Colo., Aug. 17-22 bringing home ten trophies and one buckle between the four of them.

About 100 relatives and friends attended a covered dish picnic supper held Wednesday evening at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Fortkamp of Springfield, Ill., and Mr. and Mrs. Wally Jones and family of Memphis, Tenn. Vicar Gary Fortkamp was guest speaker at Redeemer’s Mission Festival Sunday.

Tuesday afternoon visitors in the Vearl Kitt home were Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Laird of Portland, Ore., and son-in-law Gordon Allison of Dallas, Texas. Mr. Laird and Mr. Kitt were schoolmates at Wauneta High School.

75 years ago this week

August 28, 1940

Watermelon Day was enjoyed by a huge crowd with all the watermelon they could eat. More than 3,000 pounds of watermelon was consumed..

Anyone desiring to keep high school girls for room and board or part room and board in exchange for work or anyone with sleeping rooms or light housekeeping rooms, leave names with Mr. Hungate.

Dr. and Mrs. C. Rob’t Carlson and family returned Sunday evening from Glenwood, Ia., where they visited relatives.

Mr. and Mrs. Ennis Decker returned to Wauneta from Evanston, Ill., where he attended school this summer.

Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Grimm and children are in Denver this week.

100 years ago this week

September 2, 1915

The Wauneta School will start Tuesday, Sept. 14th instead of the 7th, owing to the principal and assistant resigning and for various other reasons. — Wauneta School Board.

If teachers accept contracts, all vacancies are filled in the Wauneta schools.

The F. C. Krotter Co. is rushing work on his Enders elevator.

The Wauneta Telephone Company should put a direct wire to Stratton to connect with the Bell system. It is much needed.

L.S. Terry and wife and son returned from a trip Friday to Colorado.

Mr. Kanost and Grace returned from their trip to Virginia, Mo., and other points on Wed.

125 years ago this week

August 28, 1890

There was a glorious rain on Monday.

Mr. Knapp has bought a windmill of A. C. Pence.

Pence has received a carload of windmills.

Rev. Jennings will give a temperance lecture Sunday evening.

The Sunday schools composed of Lantz’s, Grimm’s, and Tanner’s held a picnic down at Hudson’s grove Sunday.

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Thursday, 27 August 2015 00:00

10 years ago this week

August 25, 2005

First day of school - Aug. 22.

The Chase County Fair was deemed a success despite interruptions by rain. More than 1,100 attended the Christian family night show on Wednesday, with nearly 3,000 people at Friday night’s show and over 1,800 Saturday night. The Young Farmers & Ranchers served more than 1,150 at their barbecue, one of their largest.


25 years ago this week

August 23, 1990

Monday, Aug. 27 will mark a new beginning for the Wauneta and Palisade school systems following the adoption of a one-year trial cooperative agreement between the two schools. This year Palisade high school students will attend school in Wauneta all day and Wauneta junior high students will travel to Palisade for a half-day of classes. Sixteen high school students and possibly two more from Palisade will attend classes in Wauneta. Three Wauneta teachers will travel to Palisade and nine Palisade teachers will travel to Wauneta throughout the day to teach various classes.

The 1990 census showed population declines: Wauneta from 746 residents to 658, Chase County 4,758 to 4,374 residents, Imperial 1,941 to 1,853 residents and Lamar 60 to 31 residents.

Over 200 were in attendance at the Redeemer Lutheran Church’s 50th anniversary celebrated Sunday with Pastor Walter Clipp of Colorado Springs, Colo., presenting the message. Pastor Clipp had served as vacancy pastor before Pastor James Lucas came in 1980. Among attendees were the only four living charter members—Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Knepper of Wauneta, Nellie Haarberg of Turlock, Calif., and Elsie Peterson of Curtis.

All of the children of Joe and Linda Rietsch were home for the first time in 10 years, coming to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of their parents.


50 years ago this week

August 26, 1965

Wauneta schools to begin Monday, Aug. 30. Mr. Delbert Schmidt will begin his second year as superintendent. Mr. Robert Tapp will begin his first year as elementary principal. New teachers include Mrs. Judy Pierantoni, Jerry Pierantoni, R. Ronald Troutman, Mrs. Betty Krausnick, Shirley Petsch (former teacher and substitute), Mrs. Rita Beard and Mr. Larry Turgoose.

George Metcalf of Washington D.C. is spending a few days with relatives in and around Wauneta.

Connie Dicke won grand champiom honors at the Dundy Coundy Dress Revue at the Dundy County Fair with reserve champion honors going to Miss Karrol Kitt.


75 years ago this week

August 21, 1940

Saturday, Aug. 24. FREE watermelon - all you can eat. Bring your forks.

Nathan Mohler of Chicago is visiting his  parents, Mr. and Mrs. I. G. Mohler.

Twenty-one ladies surprised Mrs. J. W. Green Monday evening on the occasion of her birthday. Bingo was the past time for the evening followed by a one course lunch.


100 years ago this week

August 26, 1915

Booster Trip No. Two. Benkelman, Stratton and Culbertson, Hayes Center. The road to Benkelman was smooth and we burned it up in 1 hr. and 55 min.

E. L. Novotny has resigned as principal of the Wauneta schools at the next to the last minute, having gone into business.

Quite a washout east of Palisade Sun. night on the railroad. The train got here about 1 p.m.


125 years ago this week

August 21, 1890

Mr. Knox has arrived and has taken charge of the Wauneta roller mill, he is an experienced miller.

Joseph Marshall and wife returned from Wisconsin this week. Joseph says “That there’s no place equal to Wauneta and Nebraska.”