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Thursday, 30 April 2015 21:02

10 years ago this week

April 28, 2005

A small group of 14 attended the meeting in Wauneta on moving Wauneta’s K-4 to Palisade. Wauneta-Palisade Superintendent Charles Isom also spoke to a group of three in Palisade. The vote will be held on May 17.

A family gathering was held at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Palisade for dinner to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Lee Roy and Clairene Weimer and the 70th birthday of Clairene. Present were Ivan Brunkhorst and Irene O’Leary of Stratton, Mick and Gwen Brunkhorst and Lynn and Rhonda Brunkhorst of Wauneta; Del and Joyce Richter and Blaine of Hayes Center, Bob and Diane Rowe of North Platte, Steve and Kathy Winscot of Oxford, Lon Weimer, Hugh and Nancy Anderson and boys of Benkelman and Jordan and Angela Clark of Kearney.

Confirmation was held at St. Paul Lutheran Church Sunday for Justin Haskins and Hilary Wilson. Dinners in their honor were hosted by their families following the service.

Don Rietsch of Howell, Mich., was a recent visitor of Leta Brunkhorst and visited Sunday at Elmer and Edna Keiser’s with Rod and Rich Keiser.

Clyde and Lois Hoff went to Lincoln Friday to visit Stuart and Karla Hoff and helped Sidney observe her 14th birthday.

Lois Kanost, Reva Wicke and John and Francis Lewis met Glen Lewis of Odessa, Ken and Jo Lewis of Cambridge and Nadene Brass of Hayesville, Kan., in Kearney for supper Saturday night.

Precip for the week: 1.0 inch; high for the week: 79° on April 19; low: 31° on April 22.


25 years ago this week

April 26, 1990

Topping a field of 14 or more area squads, the Wauneta EMS squad was named the squad of the year for the Southwest Nebraska region at the Emergency Medical Services banquet held at the McCook Community College April 19. Criteria for the selection included the squad’s community service involvement, continuing education, quality patient care and self-improvement.Members include Jon and Donna Haarberg, Thom and Sue Schneider, Jackie Kennedy, Jim Lucas, Doug and Shari Barnard, Charles and Deb Andrew, Linda Fanning, Mary Ann Madden, Lloyd Bley, Theresa Kennedy, Mike Borowski, Lana Skelton, Karen Steckman and driver Carroll Plisek.

The Wauneta Girl Scouts were recipients of two awards at the 15th annual meeting of the Nebraska Goldenrod Girl Scout Council in Grand Island Saturday. The group earned the 1989 Outstanding Neighborhood Award for District 5 which involves four counties. Mrs. Joan Maddux received the Outstanding Leader Award for her service to Girl Scouting.

Eighth grade confirmands confirmed during the baptism and confirmation services at the Wauneta United Methodist Church Sunday by Pastor Carroll Plisek were Kris Hartzer, Amy McKinney, Kari Brunkhorst, Jaime Walgren, Scott Todd, Ryan Mintling and Craig Plisek.

Marjorie Wheeler, Chris Lytle and Char Hamilton sponsored an AWANA walk Saturday morning along the river dike, through the park and then to Corner Cupboard for refreshments. Walkers were Melissa, Jennifer, Crystal and Rebecca Lytle, April Littrel, Danica and Mitchell Hamilton, Jill Lauenroth and Shanna Hamilton.

Eleanor Crabb and Elinor Denker attended the West Central Agency On Aging Spring Teamwork Retreat Wednesday to Friday at the 4-H Camp at Halsey.

No precip for the week.


50 years ago this week

April 29, 1965

County Attorney Guy Curtis reported on the time change: “The Nebraska State Statues prohibits an official change of standard times.” However in order to stay within the law, the public CAN go about their normal duties by doing everything an hour earlier. No change occurred in Wauneta or in Benkelman, but at a joint meeting with all the schools in the Imperial district they decided to go to school an hour earlier but all those schools would return to MST in the fall. Grant was going back to MST Sunday due to Ogallala staying on MST.

Marjy Lee and Gladys Hummel purchased Breeze Books from Alisha Smith with the new management to take place May 1.

About 200 people attended the FFA banquet Friday evening at the high school auditorium. Joanne Brunkhorst was chosen FFA Sweetheart and her attendants were Pat Denker and Linda Bacon. Awards included: David Teply, crop; Sam Teply, star greenhand; Rod Wheeler, livestock farming and Star Chapter farmer; Dennis Kennedy, leadership, state band and dairy farming; Kent Prior, state band; Dennis Wheeler, public speaker; Rod Wheeler, DeKalb award.

Friday evening was Recognition Banquet for the seventh and eighth grade, held at the Eastern Star Hall. Letter winners and several essay winners and honorable mention were announced. The highlight of the evening was the crowning of the outstanding eighth graders. Attendants were Ruth Mayden and Craig Kitt; prince and princess were Glenda Bartels and George Louch and King and queen were Randy Kitt and Kathy Jeffries. Escorts were Janice Sandman and Cheryl Hettinger.

A large crowd attended the combination farewell dinner for Rev. John Meether and the confirmation service at Redeemer Lutheran Church Sunday. Confirmands were Cindy Taylor, Kathy Jeffries, Debbie Majors and Kathy Thomas. Rev. Meether will be the new pastor at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Ogallala.

Mr. and Mrs. John W. Green arrived home Wednesday from a two-week visit with daughter Mrs. Harry Bonham and family at Glendale, Calif. They enjoyed a visit from grandson Ensign John M. Green whose ship the USS Ashtabula was docked at Long Beach.

Mr. and Mrs. Dean Pursley and Mr. and Mrs. Jim Mullanix entertained  family and guests in honor of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chris Nordhausen’s, 35th wedding anniversary Sunday, April 25 at the Pursley home.


75 years ago this week

April 24, 1940

The annual Frenchman Valley Tennis Tourney will be held in Wauneta April 30. One singles player and one doubles team can be entered per school, players can’t enter both. Entry fee 50¢ per school.

The Vocational Homemaking program which the Wauneta public school included in their curriculum last fall includes more than just nine months of student instruction. Jeanette Jorgensen, supervisor of the Voc. Home. Ec., will be in Wauneta for six weeks, May 2-June 28 and will help students with summer homemaking projects. Also, a class for young adults interested in clothing construction and remodeling is planned if there’s interest.

E.N. Berry took the zephyr to Chicago Monday to be gone several days.

Mrs. Mable Dicke and Mrs. Leslie Walgren spent Friday at the Harry Tatum home while the men folks helped overhall a tractor.

About 36 relatives and friends of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Rowley went to their home last Friday evening to remind them it was their 20th anniversary. They were very much surprised.


100 years ago this week

April 29, 1915

The 96th anniversary of Oddfellowship was fittingly and properly celebrated at Wauneta Monday, the 26th. Congressman Norris gave a talk at the M.E. Church to a crowded house in the afternoon. Degree work and a big banquet were the events of the evening.

The opening baseball game is set for Sat., May 8 between the Wauneta and Ridgeway teams. Game called at 2:30 p.m.

Blue Ridge had a very exciting time, a short time last week, while the “gypseys” sojourned in that district.


125 years ago this week

May 1, 1890

Did your house leak?

The rain last week reminded us of the time two years ago this spring at which time we lived in a sod house, located in I’ll-bet-you-can’t-see-out canyon and got our skin full every time it rained. Oh, you can’t guess how much harder it can rain in a sod house than it does out doors.

The addition on the rear of McClellan’s store will soon be ready for occupancy.

Mrs. John Goodwin visited her parents on south flat Saturday and Sunday.

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Thursday, 23 April 2015 16:18

10 years ago this week

April 21, 2005

Community members turned out in large numbers for the Valley Bank’s hamburger feed Friday night as a fundraiser for Wauneta’s medical clinic. The community more than met the Bank’s $5,000 matching challenge with a total of $5,361 raised through a grill raffle, barbecue set raffle, donations and a donation from the Winscot family in memorial gifts given for the late Bill Winscot.

Father Greg Pawloski of St. John and St. Patrick’s Catholic Churches returned from a three month sabbatical program for spiritual renewal. He was based at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. He and two friends also travelled to the Holy Land.

Donna and Robert Whiting spent the weekend in North Platte where they helped with the 11th annual train show held at the D & N Event Center. Robert is a member of the McCook and North Platte railroader groups.

Dan and Joanne Liebig flew from Omaha to Denver and on to Lake Tahoe recently for a week of sightseeing.

Lee Roy and Clairene Weimer attended the opening of the Korean War Memorial in Oxford and then had lunch with Kathy Winscot. Clark and Donna McMinn and Becky and Weldon Taylor of Denver also attended the opening celebration.

Travis Rotter and Janae Harris were crowned Prom 2005 king and queen at the conclusion of Saturday night’s promenade. Attendants were Jake Rundback and Megan Wilson and Courtney Schneider and Sheridan Wright.

Wauneta-Palisade’s Future Business Leaders of America members, Joe Bartels, Peter Barger and Sheridan Wright, took third in state in Network Design at the State Leadership Conference. Bartels also took second Java and Wright took fourth in business math.

No precip for the week; high  for the week: 81° on April 17; low: 31° on April 11.

Area grain markets: from Frenchman Valley Co-op: wheat-2.85; corn-1.85; milo-1.59; sunflowers-9.70; from the Palisade Elevator: wheat-2.84; corn-1.82; milo-2.80; soybeans-5.83.


25 years ago this week

April 19, 1990

Wauneta and Imperial students returning from the Freedoms Foundation trip to Valley Forge, Pa., and Washington D.C., will present a program on their trip at the general meeting of the Chase County Freedoms Foundation chapter Monday. Wauneta students are Kerry Beldin, Jon Polly, Janel Applegarth, Karla McCallum, Heidi George and Theresa Haarberg.

About 50 people attended the Methodist Church’s sunrise service held at the church due to the early morning rain. Devotions were held in front of the church with a service by the Jr. and Sr. High youth in the sanctuary.

Jerry Bauman of Santa Fe, N.M., and Mindy and Marc Young and Drew were Easter guests of Hazel and Ed Novacek.

John Maddux of New York spent Wednesday to Sunday with Jack and Carol Maddux. Her mother, Jo Smith of Lincoln, spent the weekend. They joined Ed and Sylvia Burke and families Saturday evening.

Don and Charlotte Myers accompanied Don and Mary Poore of McCook to Colorado Springs, Colo., where they spent the weekend with their children, Chuck and Kathy Myers. They also attended the Ice Capades in Denver Saturday.

Beryl and Otis Knotwell, Gordon and Millie Deininger, Erma Kitt, June Cox, Dorothy Baumfalk and Lillian and Sharon Walgren were among those taking the tour to the Ice Capades Saturday.

Precip for the week: .07 of an inch, for 1990: 2.94 inches.

Grain Markets: wheat-3.48/bu.; corn-2.42/bu.; milo-3.60/cwt.; soybeans-5.25/bu.; oats-1.20/bu.


50 years ago this week

April 22, 1965

Chase, Perkins and Dundy County will change to Central Standard Time effective Sunday, April 25, 1965, at 12:01 a.m., following a meeting Tuesday night. Reason given: “to match Colorado’s change to Daylight Savings Time.” Representatives from Benkelman, Imperial, Grant, Madrid, Venango, Haigler, Max, Champion, Lamar, Enders and Wauneta conducted polls in their communities and decided unanimously to make the change.

A large crowd attended a Komac grand opening at Sinner’s Paint and Body Shop last weekend.

Rodney Wheeler received the State Farmer degree at the Nebraska State FFA convention in Lincoln. Only the top 2 percent of members earn the award. There are approximately 5,800 FFA members.

Mrs. Chester Stock returned on the 14th from a three week visit with relatives and friends at San Francisco and Los Angeles, Calif.

Mr. and Mrs. Kent Buffington and Kendal and Mr. and Mrs. Bill Buffington attended Easter services at the RLDS church at Imperial and witnessed the Blessing of baby Dirk Buffington.


75 years ago this week

April 17, 1940

Wauneta Grade School was host to the Invitational Play Day tournament April 13 with 450 pupils from nine towns and 14 rural districts participating. Seventy adults from outside of Wauneta sponsored the other schools entries and 44 teachers assisted with the many programs. Benkelman won first place in the town scholastics with Wauneta, second. In the Rural Division, District 54 with Barbara Moreland, teacher, was first and District 26 was second with Mabel Scriven, teacher. Other activities included boys kitten ball, girls volleyball, jacks tournament, marble tournament and races.

Relatives of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Skelton gathered at their home Sunday, April 7, bringing well filled baskets for a picnic dinner and spent the day in honor of Mr. Skelton’s 77th birthday.

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bretzer and children of North Platte and Mr. and Mrs. Iville Green and Dickie spent Sunday at Wellfleet Lake picnicking and fishing.

Bruce Resler and Miss Esther Harer of Chicago were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Theobald in Imperial Wednesday evening and of Mr. and Mrs. Wiley Green Saturday night. Miss Harer returned to her home Sunday after spending 10 days here at the Resler home and in Franklin.

Mrs. D.C. Harvey entertained several ladies Wednesday afternoon complementary to Mrs. Cora Harvey, a house-guest in the Harvey home. The occasion was her birthday.

Local markets: wheat-.91¢; corn-.56; eggs-.13; cream-.25; h. hens-.10; l. hens-.07.


100 years ago this week

April 22, 1915

Beginning next Wednesday and until further notice, all the stores of Wauneta will be open Wednesday evenings. Plans are to close at 5 o’clock for supper and open again from 6 to 8. This is to accommodate farmers and others during their busy season so they can trade one evening in the middle of the week. The band will arrange for a concert in the open air.

You’d better get that new auto license.

The city fountain was turned on Tuesday.

A prairie fire having been started by burning thistles broke out in Mr. Metcalf’s field Sun. morning, causing considerable excitement and detaining some from Sunday School.


125 years ago this week

April 24, 1890

The businessmen of the west side of Tecumseh Ave. will be obliged to “look a little oudt” or the east side will outstrip them in building. There are now the following business houses on the east side of the avenue: a lumber yard, barber shop, wind mill agency, farm implement store, notary public office, Lincoln Land Co’s. office, W.W. Fisher’s office, town scales office, Tecumseh house, band practice hall, club room and many more to follow. Oh, we’re booming.

The women of this town have at last got “those scissors sharpened.” A genuine life size scissors grinder took in the city and the dimes the other day.

The bloods of this town were humping their backs in making a lawn tennis ground last Thursday and Friday.

Thomas Whitehead has set a number of evergreens in front of his hotel.

It is now too late to plow gardens.

A.C. Pence is acting postmaster during Kennedy’s absence.

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Wednesday, 15 April 2015 20:37

10 years ago this week

April 14, 2005

Fund-raising continues for the new medical clinic building planned in Wauneta. Valley Bank and Trust is planning a community hamburger feed this weekend with the bank matching the total received up to $5,000. A goal of $500,000 has been set by the Wauneta Community Foundation board to build, furnish and endow a new medical clinic with $200,000 raised to date.

Carol Thompson and Beryl Knotwell were among 38 Red Hat Ladies from Ogallala, Grant, Imperial, Benkelman, Haigler and Wauneta going on a Heartland bus tour  to Rosebud last Wednesday. Jackie Kennedy served as hostess.

Family attending the 60th anniversary party for A.J. and Ann Knickerbocker and Marjorie and Wesley Wheeler Sunday included Marty and Renee Wheeler and Maycee and Marjorie’s brothers Lee and Myrth Morse of North Platte, Elwin and Gerietta Morse of Imperial and sister, Esther Lytle.

Les and Janice Houser left March 31 on a trip to the Mid-America Truck Show in Louisville, Ky. The Craig Collins family of Augusta, Ky., joined them on Friday for the weekend.

Girls Head Coach Roger Lauhead and Boys Head Coach Dave Kuhlen were chosen by the McCook Area Gazette as the area coaches of the year. Both coaches led their squads to the final four appearances at the state tournament this year. Girls named to the Gazette’s All-Area first team girls roster were Janae Harris, Stephanie Padilla, Betsy Anderjaska, and Kiane Alberts. Andrew Isom and Marc Klima were named to the boys first team and Brad Licht, Tyler Riener, Cory Flaig, Trevor Ridlen and Russell Ridlen, honorable mention.

Precip for the week: .27 of an inch on April 10.


25 years ago this week

April 12, 1990

Palisade high school students, parents and faculty visited the Wauneta High School Wednesday, April 11 in preparation for the cooperative agreement between the two schools next year. Wauneta Student Council members guided tours for the students, board member Karen Christner guided the parents and Principal Jim Manker, the faculty. A similar activity for next year’s junior high students (grades 7-8), parents and faculty will travel by bus to visit the Palisade school.

Jim DeHart and Shaun O’Neil received the State FFA Degree in ceremonies in Lincoln, Thursday, April 5 during the state FFA convention.

Lue Carlson was honored on her 91st birthday with her three children here for the week. The three children, Minnie Ellen and Gordon Briggs of Omaha, Roberta and George Innes of LaMirada, Calif., and Jim Carlson of Woodbridge, Va., hadn’t all been together for 10 years.

Kerry Beldin, Karla McCallum, Theresa Haarberg, Janel Applegarth and Jon Polly were the Wauneta youth travelling early Monday to Denver, Colo., to enplane to Washington D.C. on the Freedom Foundation trip.

Margaret Greeley, Letha Sailors and Marilyn Walker were among those attending a brunch in the Marita Todd home Tuesday morning in honor of Lola Walker’s 80th birthday.

The rite of confirmation was held Palm Sunday at Redeemer Lutheran Church by Pastor Jim Lucas for confirmands Lisa Doetker, Benji Haarberg and Kerri Pfeiffer. Special family gatherings were held after the service.

Local scouts Jeff Rammage, Toby Hamilton, Scott Hamilton, Anthony Rowley, Aaron McKinney, Dustin Noble, Neil Brunkhorst and Brendan Plisek and leaders Curtis Christner and Brian Harchelroad were among about 700 volunteers from several states who planted 12,000 trees at Fort Robinson State Park.

Precip for the week: .39 of an inch.


50 years ago this week

April 15, 1965

The new Palisade Superintendent, Francis Kroll, is a nationally known author. He will be guest for an autographing party to be held at Breeze Books in Wauneta Saturday. He is a nationally recognized author of books for young readers. Some of his books include: “Young Sioux Warrior,”  “The Young Sandhills Cowboy,” “Young Crow Raider” and “Young Medicineman.”

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Harrison, Mrs. Ellen Schmitt and Mrs. Earl Tatum were weekend visitors in Cheyenne, Wyo., the Harrisons and Mrs. Schmitt visited in the Vernon Hunt home and Mrs. Tatum with Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Walgren.

Mr. and Mrs. Otto Becker were hosts Thursday evening at a family get-together in honor of Mr. and Mrs. George Hartman and Mr. and Mrs. John Kreuch, all of Lincoln. Guests were Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Bartels, Mr. and Mrs. Otto Bartels and Allen, Mr. and Mrs. Gus Bartels, Mrs. Bonnie Majors and Reinhold and Alfred Bartels.

Mrs. W. S. Wheeler and Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Wheeler and family attended the state FFA convention in Lincoln Thursday where Rodney Wheeler was awarded his State Farmer Degree.

Mr. and Mrs. John W. Green left Wednesday for an extended visit with their daughter, Mrs. Harry Bonham and family at Glendale. Calif.


75 years ago this week

April 10, 1940

233 go to the polls in Wauneta at Primary Election April 9; 900 votes cast in the County.

Mrs. Myrtle Sims and Clair and Mr. and Mrs. Merle Frasier spent Sunday at the home of Guy and Grandma Sims. A lovely dinner honored Grandma on her 90th birthday.

Mrs. Joseph Vlasin celebrated her 80th birthday at her home north of town Sunday, April 7 when seven of her children came to spend the day with her. A birthday cake holding 80 candles was served at the birthday dinner.

Miss Josephine Kitt who has been in Florida for the winter returned home Tuesday evening by bus.


100 years ago this week

April 15, 1915

School closed at Ash Grove Friday. A program and box supper was given that evening. Proceeds go to ball team.

Prairie dog killing has kept quite a number busy the past two weeks.

Turn on the city drinking fountain.

The Peoples Bank have the brick on the ground for the west addition to their building which will be used for hotel office. Work will commence at once.

McCook went wet by 40 and Culbertson dry by a few votes on the 6th inst. McCook is the only wet town between Hastings and Denver.


125 years ago this week

April 17, 1890

Buds and leaves are starting. The meadow lark is happy.

There was a horse race in town yesterday.

The band was out serenading the citizens Monday night.

A ball team has been organized here and will begin to strut and crow pretty soon.

Wauneta has a bona fide building boom — J.D. Licklider of Stratton bought a business lot. Will erect a store building to house a mercantile business. A.C. Pence & Co. have bought a lot opposite this office to build an implement house thereon.

The post office has been moved into the room formerly occupied by the barber shop.

F.T. Dimick of Exeter has purchased the Snider building and will conduct a bank therein. He is expected to arrive with his family next week.

The barbershop will now be found on the east side of Tecumseh, opposite this office.