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Wednesday, 05 September 2012 22:03

10 years ago this week

Sept. 5, 2002

Wauneta’s valuation topped $13 million. Nearly a half million dollars in new growth was recorded in 2001 - no large development, according to Chase County Assessor Dottie Bartels, mostly smaller improvements.

New teachers at W-P high school include Teresa Hayes, Joyce Gohl, Diane Ready and Rhonda Vetrovsky.

Doris Craig of Fort Morgan, Colo., met Barbara Cooper of Henderson, Nev., and Pat Maynard of Spirit Lake, Idaho, at D.I.A. Thursday of last week. Pat’s plane had been diverted to Casper, Wyo., because of storms. Due to the delay they spent the night with Doris. Diane Widger joined them at a Fort Morgan restaurant for brunch and the ladies came to Wauneta to visit parents, Elsie Becker, Audra Romine and Otto and Ida Bartels.

Arlan and Lynetta Wine, James McNab and Jake Long attended the Nebraska-Troy State game in Lincoln Saturday evening. Arlan joined approximately 200 Nebraska barbershoppers there to sing the National Anthem during the pre-game ceremony before 77,831 fans.

Rod and Joy Wheeler and Tom and Marsha Cameron had Sunday dinner in McCook to observe Marsha’s birthday. They attended the cream can supper at the Hamlet Church before the evening service.

Duane and Beverly Dinnel celebrated their anniversary by attending the State Fair and the Nebraska football game over the weekend.

Laura Keiser of Denver spent Thursday night and Friday with Leta Brunkhorst and visited her uncle, Lorenz Bischoff, at Imperial Friday afternoon and Saturday.

Precip for the week: 1.10 in-ches; for the year: 7.30 inches. High for the week: 90° on Aug. 26 and 31; low: 55° on Sept. 1.

25 years ago this week

September 3, 1987

Enrollment at Wauneta Public Schools remained nearly the same as last year, declining only four to 220 students.

Tracy Bellamy joined the WHS teaching staff, instructing 9-12 English and speech and research class, assisting with junior high and high school basketball programs and heading golf in the spring.

Nicholas Cox, son of Maury and Deb Cox of Hamlet, had the rare opportunity to meet four sets of great grandparents including Nathan and Dorothy McNutt of McCook, Elmer and Reva Cox of Hayes Center, Walter and Dorothy Haffner of Hudson, Colo., and James and Alice Parker of Imperial.

Mr. and Mrs. John Howard of Grand Island were Saturday afternoon callers of Pansy Chapman at McCook and Saturday night and Sunday guests of Mr. and Mrs. John Lewis.

Peg McCallum hosted three tables of bridge at The Club Friday afternoon following lunch there and later serving ice cream and cake in honor of the August birthdays of Marge Engell, Doris Ough and Fredi Green.

Mrs. Arlene Sukraw of Hershey was a Friday overnight guest of Art and Nina Fortkamp.

Precip for the week: .58 of an inch; for 1987: 14.62 inches.

Grain Markets: wheat-2.21/bu.; corn-1.40/bu.; milo-2.15/cwt; soybeans-4.53/bu.

50 years ago this week

Sept. 6, 1962

School days are in full swing in Wauneta with 356 students, five students down from the 1961-62 year.

The Ken Morgan and Larry Morgan families will be leaving for Bayard where they are negotiating the purchase of the Jack and Jill store there.

Several attended the judging event at the Wayne Smith farm including Mr. and Mrs. Bob Fye and boys, Glenn Fye and Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Kline and Tammie.

Mrs. M. E. McBride was honored on her 90th birthday at a no-host dinner in the Bill Buffington home Sept. 2 with immediate relatives attending. On Sept. 3 she was honored at her home with over 70 attending with daughters-in-law Mrs. Bill McBride, Mrs. Charles McBride and Mrs. Vearl McBride serving cake, coffee and punch.

A picnic was held in the Wauneta park Sunday honoring Gary Fortkamp and Tim Timm with family and relatives attending. Gary will be attending seminary in Springfield, Ill., and Tim, Concordia college at Seward.

Mrs. Bob Keating entertained 21 ladies at a coffee Friday morning in honor of her mother, Mrs. Lucille Malone, of Yakima, Wash.

75 years ago this week

Sept. 8, 1937

Rev. and Mrs. M. W. Rose left Monday forenoon for Fremont to attend the Nebraska conference of Methodist churches.

Mrs. Adolf Engel entertained six young ladies Friday evening at dinner honoring her daughter, Emma. The guests were Margaret Emerick, Phyllis Green, Virginia Cox, Florence Turner and Marjorie Gregory.

Mr. and Mrs. Mike Gerih and family spent Sunday visiting relatives in Eckley, Colo.

Mrs. A. W. Hoff, Mrs. Fred Krausnick, Mrs. J. W. Green and Mrs. Eleanor Frasier left Tuesday for Lincoln to attend the Nebraska State Fair.

Members of the Wauneta high school and grade school faculty and wives held a steak fry out on the Stinking Creek Monday evening.

Thirty footballers opened practice Wednesday, Sept. 1, reporting to Coach C. L. “Red” Grovert. Nine lettermen are back from last year including K. Buffington, D. Kitt, D. Oyer, E. Nordhausen, B. Van Cleave, M. Athey, H. Philpot, B. Kitt and H. Busking.

Local Markets: wheat-.95; corn-.95; barley-.60; springs-15. hens-.14; eggs-.12; cream-.32.

100 years ago this week

September 5, 1912

The hitching posts have been taken off main street.

H. F. Haarberg brought in a few stalks of corn. It has three good ears and a nubbin. Can you beat this?

The new gasoline plow outfit that was sold to Lary Ryan and Geo. Dougherty is doing good work on the south divide. You should see it work.

H. E. Athey and family, E. G. Seward. wife and son. W. C. Higley and Mrs. Hoff and children left for the state fair Monday.

Mrs. G. Selby helped Mrs. Adamson dry corn last Fri.

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Wednesday, 29 August 2012 21:10

10 years ago this week

Aug. 29, 2002

The Wauneta Village Board approved the hiring of Bill Bischoff as Wauneta’s utilities superintendent, assuming duties the end of September.

Enrollment numbers of the Wauneta-Palisade schools showed a total of 277 students, the lowest in the district’s 12-year history. Figures show 94 high school students, 41 junior high students and 142 grade school students.

Donna Gockley, Charlene Pursley and Leta Brunkhorst went to Sterling, Colo., Saturday to visit their cousin and nephew, Russ Chaney and wife, Caroline. They were joined for lunch by the Chaneys’ daughters, Barbara and Nancy and his sister, Arlene Williams, of Colorado Springs, Colo.

Michelle Harchelroad attended a Women of Faith meeting in Denver over the weekend. Brian and the children attended the Nebraska football game in Lincoln.

Guests of Eunice Bodeman last Monday were Karl Polly, Kris and Laura Polly and children and Karen (Fanning) Johnson of Golden, Colo.

Saturday evening supper guests of Travis and Melanie Miller of Imperial to celebrate the Aug. 26th wedding anniversary of Tom and Sharon Miller were the honorees, the Dave Hamilton family, Justin Hamilton and Ray and Ann Miller.

Moisture to date: 6.20 inches; year to date average: 11.59 inches.

25 years ago this week

August 27, 1987

Jorg Rohrbach of West Germany dreamed of coming to the United States and has spent the past several months fulfilling his dream. During the month of August he was a guest of Danny and Sharla Roschewski and family of Wauneta. During his stay he learned to drive a tractor, helped irrigate and assisted with other farm chores.

Six former Wauneta school classmates enjoyed an afternoon of visiting Monday at the home of Erma Kitt. Present were hostess Erma Lorance Kitt and Edna Metcalf Christensen of Wauneta, Alta Von Stade Dart of Enders, Lelia Mae Oliver Frasier and Fern Hamilton Buffington of Benkelman and Shirley Pennington Cooper of Los Angeles, Calif.

Merrill Maris took part in the Longs Peak Celebrity Golf Tournament as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society earlier this summer. He golfed with Kevin Hagen who played “Doc” in “Little House on the Prairie.”

Fred and Betty Krausnick were guests of Elwyn and Viola Krausnick at the club Sunday in honor of their 23rd anniversary. Todd and Wayne were also present.

Ron and Faith Klaassen of Newark, N.J., were Sunday overnight guests of Bill and Charlotte Christner. Ron and Faith work with the Worlds Work Impact in Newark.

Dean, Diann. Don and Darci Widger of Littleton, Colo., spent the weekend in the Jim Taylor home. Dean and Diann took Don to Concordia College at Seward Saturday, returning Sunday. Dodi Mohr was a supper guest Sunday evening.

Precip for the week: .95 of inch; for 1987: 14.04 inches.

Grain Markets: wheat-2.15/bu.; corn-1.40/bu.; milo-3.20/cwt; soybeans-4.68/bu.

50 years ago this week

Aug. 30, 1962

Hamlet Grade School started school Monday with 42 students. Teachers include Mrs. Susie Graves, Kindergarten, first and second grades; Roberta Ekholm, third, fourth and fifth grades and new teacher Merle Cox sixth, seventh and eighth grades and coach.

After 3,550 miles and 20 rolls of film, Ivo and Iola Pennington arrived home Saturday evening. They visited a sister in Eugene, Ore., taking her to the World’s Fair. En route home they spent 2 1/2 days in Yellowstone Park.

Mr. and Mrs. Elvin Weber and Pat and Mr. and Mrs. Karl Polly returned Saturday night from a trip to the west coast. They visited relatives in Washington and attended the World’s Fair in Seattle. They traveled through Yellowstone Park and the Tetons, driving over 4,000 miles.

Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Nordhausen, Mr. and Mrs. Keith Kerchal and boys and Mrs. Nelson Burham were Sunday dinner guests of Mrs. J. I. Kerchal. Sunday afternoon they went to Atwood, Kan., to attend the silver anniversary of a niece, Mr. and Mrs. Anton Lankos.

Mr. and Mrs. Keith Birks and family of Springfield, S.D., came Saturday to visit her sister, Mrs. Gene Harchelroad and Gene and family.

75 years ago this month

September 1, 1937

School opened Monday, Aug. 30 with total enrollment of 280; grade enrollment of 143 and high school enrollment of 137. New high school teachers are Mr. Grovert and Miss Steinberg. Miss Beryl Crowell is the new grade instructor.

Mr. and Mrs. Art Polly and Bernard returned home last week from a vacation in Colorado and Wyoming. They visited a sister of Mr. Polly in Shriver, Wyo., whom they had not seen for 27 years.

Mr. and Mrs. Levi Mohler of Denver spent a few days the first of the week with their parents here, the James Thomas and I. G. Mohler families.

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Sandman, Richard and Gary, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wicke and Mr. and Mrs. Lee Richards of Stratton returned last week from a trip to Alberta, Canada and Yellowstone Park.

Mrs. Nova Good and Mrs. Eleanor Frasier were Sunday dinner guests of Dr. and Mrs. C. Rob’t Carlson.

Local Markets: cream-.33; eggs-.12; springs-.15; hens-.14; wheat-.90; corn-1.00; barley-.60.

100 years ago this week

August 29, 1912

The Wauneta school opens next Tuesday with four teachers.

The west elevator shipped out a car of wheat Tuesday. This is the first car of new wheat to be shipped out from this point.

Ruth and Vera Nesmith returned home Tuesday p.m. and Frank came out to help Art a few days. They put up the windmill Fri. a.m. with the help of John Kitt Jr. and Wm. Trembly.

Miss Eva Hanna, Mae Pryor and Ralph Lantz spent Sunday at C. Fanning’s.

Harvey Selby and wife and Roy Polly have been at Carl Selby’s several days. The men folks are busy making hay over east of Frank Petsch’s, on shares for Jas. Nesmith.

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Wednesday, 22 August 2012 21:59

10 years ago this week

Aug. 29, 2002

Two new teachers, Troy Barger and Rebecca Rhods, joined the staff at the Palisade Attendance Center. Barger will be the sixth grade teacher and Rhods the Title I Resource and special education teacher.

James and Lana Skelton and family hosted a barbecue in honor of Irving Skelton’s 75th birthday. Guests included Don and Marilyn Criswell of Chappell, Bob and Kay Tapp of Lewellen, Marv and Vesta Athey of Imperial, Jack and Carol Maddux, Lowell and Myra Grimm, Paul and Bonnie Yost and Leland DeHart.

Kent Kitt and sister Paula met in Lincoln to attend the Nebraska-Arizona State game. They met Jim and Barb Koetter of Pocatello, Idaho, whose son, Dirk, is the coach of Arizona State. They were brunch guests Sunday of Candy and Tom Henning.

A coffee, hosted by Edna Christensen, Ethel Louch and June Cox, was held in honor of the birthdays of Ila Widger and Doris Ough last Tuesday morning at the Senior Center. There were 22 present.

Monte and Karleen Cooper went to Grand Junction, Colo., over the weekend, visiting relatives there and celebrating Karleen’s Aug. 26th birthday. They brought home Colorado peaches and pears.

Orville and Ila Widger, sister-in-law Leona Thone and friend Mildred Divoll of Omaha spent last week at the Widgers’ cabin at Black Hawk, Colo. John Thone joined them on Thursday.

Precip for the week: .31 of an inch. Moisture to date: 6.20 inches.

High for the week: 99° on Aug. 20; low: 56° on Aug. 22, 23, and 24.

25 years ago this week

August 20, 1987

School begins Aug. 24.

Travis Miller left last Tuesday from Denver for his home in Harve, Mont. He had spent the summer with the Tom Millers.

Friday evening Reinhold and Edith Gloy visited in the Willard Jackman home at Grant with Edith’s classmates of the Class of ’32. Saturday evening they attended the alumni banquet in Grant.

Twelve families including Mr. and Mrs. Harlan Stock of the “Over the Hillers” motored to Sterling, Colo., for breakfast Monday morning and on to Estes Park where they stayed until Saturday.

Roger Higgens and son, Matthew, of Ypsilanti, Mich., spent the week in the Charles Johnson home. Roger is a nephew of Charles.

Harley Ough of Phoenix, Ariz., was a guest of his grandparents, Lloyd and Doris Ough, Tuesday through the weekend. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Ough, were weekend guests.

Dan and Joanne Liebig returned home Aug. 10 after visiting their daughter, Mary Kay, and Forrest Lauher in Chicago, Ill. They also visited Roseanne and Bill Benzel in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Precip for the week: .07 of an inch; for the year:13.09 inches.

Grain Markets: wheat-2.22/bu.; corn-1.40/bu.; milo-2.20/cwt; soybeans-4.68/bu.

50 years ago this week

Aug. 23, 1962

Don Majors will become manager of the Coop IGA Super Market Sept. 4. He will replace Ken Morgan who has been the store manager since 1948.

Mrs. Bertha Kerchal celebrated her 90th birthday at her home in Imperial Aug. 7. Relatives and friends enjoyed a dinner at noon with an open house held in the afternoon. All of her children were present including Marie Priest, Fred, Frank, Rudolph Kerchal, Sophia Goings, Rose Lauenroth, Lydia Greeley and Claudia Mihm.

Miss Connie Carrigan went to Memphis, Tenn., on a week’s vacation trip.

Mrs. Doris Robertson was the guest of honor for her birthday Monday evening at a surprise supper and theatre party.

Mr. and Mrs. Louis Denker took Kathy Egle who had spent the summer with them to the train Saturday, to return to her home in New Lennox, Ill.

Mrs. Dorthea Nordhausen spent the weekend with her daughter, Mrs. Ed Denker and Mr. Denker.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Allen and family of Atlantic, Ia., came Saturday to visit her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Grimm and sister, Mrs. Raymond Maxfield and family and brother, Lowell Grimm and family.

75 years ago this week

August 25, 1937

School students from little tots in the primary room to dignified seniors will heed the call of the “old school bell” next Monday morning, Aug. 30.

The contract was let Thursday to hard surface Main Street and highway connections; the price approximately $6,420.00.

Raymond Maxfield, Ralph Grimm and William Sturtevant returned home Friday after spending a few days in Denver.

Rev. and Mrs. C. H. Ripper and family of Emporia, Kan., spent a few days in the Walter Wheeler home.

Vearl Kitt and small daughter Elaine called at the Hugh McCallum home Tuesday afternoon. J. C. Kitt returned home with them after spending two weeks with his daughter, Mrs. Hugh McCallum.

Frank Emerick made a hole-in-one on the local golf course Tuesday afternoon with a match with A. R. d’Allemand and J. W. Green. This is the first one made on Wauneta’s nine-hole course in its 14 years of existence.

Local Markets: cream-.33; eggs-.12; hens-.14; springs-.15; wheat-.90; corn-1.00; barley-.60.

100 years ago this week

August 22, 1912

School begins Tuesday, Sept. 3.

The school house is being cleaned up this week.

Earl Wiley is quite busy erecting his new sorghum factory. The building is 12x16 concrete walls with a good shingle roof and when complete will be a first-class factory.

J. W. Hann and wife, John Green and wife and Mrs. D. C. McCallum were among those attending the chautauqua in McCook.

C. E. Wingers will soon move into F. T. Dimick’s residence.

Dinner at Mrs. Abell’s Sunday, 25 cents.

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Wednesday, 15 August 2012 20:06

10 years ago this week

Aug. 22, 2002

School started on Tuesday, Aug. 20. First day enrollment figures showed an increase of 10 students with 92 at Palisade and 203 at Wauneta.

Five generations present at a family gathering included baby Mason John Trevor Moon; mother Sandy Moon of Buffalo, Wyo., grandmother Jannette Lantis of Hershey; great grandmother Jackie Kennedy of Wauneta and great, great grandmother Lucille Spaulding, age 90, of Benkelman.

Jean Wach and Loren and Nancy Wach and family enplaned from Denver to Salem and Woodland, Ore., where they attended a Wach family reunion. Gary and Ricki Wach also attended. They and Ardi and Claude Chappell had supper with Denny and Heidi Graves and family for a Graves reunion.

Loyann and Gaylin Hartzer and her mother, Ann Rieger, spent July 19 to 31 on a cruise to Alaska, a gift from Ann to the Hartzers for the 40th anniversary.

Loyd and Karen Christner were among a group of Am-Vets and Auxiliary who went by chartered bus from Lincoln to the national Am-Vet Convention in Louisville, Ky.

Precip for the week: .02 of an inch; for 2002: 5.89 inches.

High for the week: 103° on Aug. 16; low: 51° on Aug. 16.

25 years ago this week

August 13, 1987

Dr. Gary Bjerrum and staff have opened an office at the local dentist office and will be open all day on Wednesdays and Friday afternoons. Sandra Reinke will serve as dental assistant, Laurie Maris receptionist.

Local VFW members Leland DeHart and Bill Jeffries received recognition from the state VFW organization; DeHart, a commendation and plaque as the outstanding medical technician in the state and Jeffries, the outstanding post service officer award.

Members of the Daniel S. and Magdalena Christner family held a reunion Sunday at the Legion Hall with 135 in attendance. Of the 12 children, eight were represented.

Bob and Pat Kitt, Erma Newman and Erma Kitt returned from a trip to Charlottesville, Va., where they attended an Israel family reunion. There were about 50 people present from 15 states.

Craig Kitt of New York City is visiting his parents, Paul and Elnora Kitt. Paula Busking and Ryan of Norman, Okla., came for the weekend. They enjoyed a picnic at Stratton Sunday evening with Mr. and Mrs. Erwin Cushing, Don and Carey Harrison and girls, Loren Cushing, Kent Kitt and Michael Cushing of Denver.

Ellen McCallum entertained two tables of bridge Monday evening as a farewell honoring Joan Green and Peg Minnemann.

Precip for the week: .10 of an inch; for 1987: 13.02 inches.

Grain Markets: wheat-2.15/bu.; corn-1.40/bu.; milo-3.20/cwt; soybeans-4.68/bu.

50 years ago this week

Aug. 16, 1962

120 kids took part in the annual Jaycee pet parade, parading their pets and “wheels.” Ten were chosen “the most outstanding” and awarded $1.Winners were the Steckman children, Eddie Hayes, Kevin Harvey, Kristy Nordhausen, Kim Egle, Jolene Priest, Peggy Cowles, Rodney Keiser, Kim Kitt and Debbie Anderson. All the other entrants received 25¢.

Mrs. Grace Walling returned home after spending the summer months with her daughter and family, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Haarberg of Turlock, Calif. The Haarbergs plan to spend a month here visiting friends and relatives.

Guests of Mrs. Louise Hartzer and Ruth Hayes, who came Friday evening, are sisters, Helen Jorgenson of Hammond, Ind., and Tena Jorgenson of San Francisco, Calif.

Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Henne of Mullen, who will be the new grade principal in the Wauneta school, arrived Friday.

A picnic and pound party was held at the Wauneta park last Thursday by the Methodist people to honor Rev. and Mrs. A. O. Ernst and family on return to his pastorate here.

75 years ago this week

August 18, 1937

School starts Aug. 30.

The vocational agriculture course will be offered for the fourth year when Wauneta high school opens. Sixty-nine students have taken at least one year since the department was organized three years ago.

Mrs. Stella Gregory and Marjorie, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Novacek and family, Ray Gregory and Delman Engell enjoyed a picnic dinner Sunday.

Winfield Ele of the U.S. Marines now stationed at the Great Lakes spent his 10-day leave with parents Mr. and Mrs. Ned Ele.

Raymond Maxfield, Bill Sturtevant and Ralph Grimm are in Denver this week, combining business with pleasure.

Minnie Ellen and Roberta Lue Carlson are spending the week at the Frank Hromas country home. Roberta Lue says they will be very busy picking the eggs.

Rain: .99 of an inch.

Grain Markets: wheat-.94; corn-.90; barley-.50; eggs-.12; cream-.28; hens-.14-.15; springs-.15-.16.

100 years ago this week

August 15, 1912

The Flag Fund: amount last week: $3.30. Children leave your dime on the flag.

The women folk are busy putting up peaches this week.

Mrs. Art Nesmith visited at Archer Morrison’s Fri. while the children went after choke-cherries.

Mr. Steinbeck and family, Mr. Winkelman and family, Mr. Bischoff and family, Mr. and Mrs. Kuhlman, Grandpa and Grandma Fortkamp, Mr. Haarberg and family, Mr. Hillman and family visited at Carl Bartel’s Sunday.

Don’t sell your cattle at the price dealers are offering you. Good cattle are worth 10¢ a lb. on the hoof in the market and will be worth more.

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Thursday, 09 August 2012 14:45

10 years ago this week

Aug. 15, 2002

Esther Einspahr, DeLores Taylor, Phyllis Nordhausen, and Gladys Schneider attended the home and garden tour at the home of Ken and Karen Hartman in McCook Saturday afternoon. It was part of McCook’s cancer fundraising.

Janet and Rich Kesier abd boys hosted a hamburger fry Wednesday evening for Don and Pam Rietsch, Elmer and Edna Keiser and Leta Brunkhorst. Aaron showed pictures of his 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus trip.

Tabby Christner was one of 225 delegates who attended Farmland’s Youth Leadership Conference May 28-June 4 in Liberty, Mo.

The Wauneta Boys Scouts and Cub Scouts went on a weekend camping trip to Camp Whispering Cedars near North Platte. Scouts included Ryan Stepler, Hondo Fanning, Justin Haskins, Colby Skelton, Owen Madden, John Kitt, Ryan Fischer, Logan Bischoff, Brennan Keiser, Shane Lawless, Christopher Crowell, Drew Harris, Sy O’Neil, Tyler Crowell, Clint Makors and sponsors Bill Bischoff, Pat Madden and Jim Harris.

Verna Sandman, June Cox, Erma Kitt and Margie Shackelford had coffee at T.J.’s Friday for Virginia Gauger on her birthday.

The Church of the Brethren congregation met at the Enders Lake Church Grove Sunday for breakfast and worship service.


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