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Thursday, 18 December 2014 00:00

10 years ago this week

December 16, 2004

Clark and Donna McMinn met Janet and Dan McMinn and boys of Kearney at Minden and spent the weekend touring Pioneer Village and seeing the Christmas lights.

Sunday Edith and Reinhold Gloy met Ron and Pam Gloy, Gretchen Nowak and Rachel Ervin for lunch in Imperial, remembering Reinhold’s 93rd birthday that would fall on Tuesday.

Jean Wach and the Red Hatters had lunch at the Bear Cave in Culbertson and went on the holiday home tour around Culbertson Sunday.

Members of St. John’s Catholic Church enjoyed a Christmas pot luck supper Sunday evening. The young people went caroling with Jerry Vapenik, his horses and hay rack.

Dale and Virginia Krausnick and John and Karen Metzger and Shawn went to Crete Saturday where they attended the Doane College Christmas vocal and instrumental concert. Monica is a member of the chorus.

Esther Einspahr and Rick and Cindy Einspahr went to Crete where they attended the Doane College Collegiate Choral concert where Kayla is a member. They and Rogan Einspahr were overnight guests of Jen and Brad Jenny.

No precip for the week. High for the week: 69° on Dec. 11; low: 23° on Dec. 12.


25 years ago this week

December 14, 1989

The Village Board will hold a special meeting Tuesday night to receive public input on closing the landfill and to look at trash collection services. The landfill is being closed in anticipation of the Environmental Protection Agency drafting new rules that would close unlicensed landfills such as Wauneta.

Construction began on a five-tower, three state wireless cable TV system for rural residents last week. One of the towers will be located four miles north of Wauneta. The new cable system will be known as Rural Vision and is being launched by Southwest Telecommunications Cooperative Association, Inc., of Palisade.

Lacy Keiser celebrated his 80th birthday Wednesday and enjoyed dinner brought in my several family members including Ethel Bernard of Benkelman, Ardith and Frank Stute of Imperial, Bill and Ethel Louch, Glendene and Leland DeHart, Donna and Jon Haarberg and Mick and Gwen Brunkhorst.

Anita and Francis Fekkers and Nona and Keith Kerchal took dinner to Al and Emma Carrigan Sunday for their Dec. 13th and 16th birthdays. Emma observed her 88th and Al, his 90th. The Carrigans’ houseguests, Gene Carrigan of Denver, Colo., and Connie and Gary McAfee, were also present.

Friday overnight guests of Floyd and Delpha Nordhausen were Mr. and Mrs. Everett Terry of Tennessee, Mr. and Mrs. Allan Brown of Ogallala and Annabel Pump of Venango.Floyd and Margaret Greeley were Friday supper guests and Saturday luncheon guests as were the Mick and Lynn Brunkhorst families.

Precip for the week: .11 of an inch; for 1989: 14.29 inches.


50 years ago this week

Dec. 17, 1964

Several Wauneta Cooperative employees and board members were among the 7,000 people attending the 36th annual meeting of Consumers Cooperative Association in Kansas City Dec. 9-11. Attending were G.H. Bartels, James Parker, Mr. and Mrs. Ted Anderson, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Kuntz, Mr. and Mrs. James Huser and Bud Long.

The annual John Kitt dinner was held Sunday afternoon in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Kitt. Attending were Mr. and Mrs. Howard Stinnette of McCook, Mr. and Mrs. Junior Kitt and family, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Kitt and family, Mr. and Mrs. John J. Kitt and Mrs. Fae Harvey.

A Welcome Coffee Hour was held at the home of Mrs. Ted Bard Friday for new residents of that street. Honorees were Mrs. Ted Bard, Mrs. Ronald Holsinger and Mrs. Lee Nicholos. Hostesses were Mrs. Myrtle Long, Mrs. Yale Hunt and Mrs. Donald Hunt.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Novacek and Mr. and Mrs. Jim Novacek and children drove to Minden Sunday where they visited Pioneer Village in the afternoon and attended the “Light of the World” pageant in the evening.

Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Sailors attended the Christmas Vespers program presented by the Kearney State College Choraleers Sunday afternoon at the Administration Auditorium in Kearney. Daughter Jaunetta is a member of the choir.

Arline d’Allemand of Wauneta Grade School, representing the Chase County Association, was one of 210 delegates attending the Delegate Assembly of the Nebraska State Education Association.


75 years ago this week

December 20, 1939

The Wauneta Commercial Club sponsored a best decorated window contest with the Wauneta Breeze chosen as the first place award. The Breeze window depicted the Christmas story of the Nativity. Second place went to the C. E. Johnston Hardware store with a snow scene lighted by blue lights and third place went to Grimm’s Hardware depicting Santa Claus’ castle in the Far North. Prizes were $5, $3 and $2.

Marvin Athey of Wauneta was one of 37 members of the Freshmen football squad at the University of Nebraska who were awarded numeral sweaters. He saw considerable action at the quarterback post in the first year Cornhusker football.

Mr. and Mrs. Wiley Green left for Lincoln and Omaha Wednesday morning where they will spend Christmas with Mrs. Green’s parents.

Mrs. Grace Hann and Mr. and Mrs. Winfield Skelton attended the Christmas program at the Elmer school Monday evening.


100 years ago this week

December 17, 1914

This bad weather is keeping many out of the cornfields these days.

Very cold weather—from 6 to 14 below in the mornings.

Sam Stinnette had more water in his restaurant Wed. a.m. than what he wanted, the water pipe bursted. Sam was stepping around some until he got the water shut off.

Tom Darnell of Cowles, Nebr., will take his brother’s place as agent at this place.

The teachers and the school board spent a pleasant evening at the home of Rev. Christner and family Tuesday.

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Thursday, 11 December 2014 00:12

10 years ago this week

December 9, 2004

A capacity crowd attended Sunday’s Harvest of Hymns piano and organ concert featuring Lucille McBride and Diana Ham held at the Wauneta Methodist Church. Due to a winter snow storm the concert was rescheduled from the Thanksgiving weekend.

The Spring 4-H Club recently erected new vinyl rural direction signs, replacing those the club had erected 15-20 years ago. Helping with the project were Peter Barger, Jessica Maddux, Dawnta Harchelroad, Laura Barger, Trevor Maddux and club leader Kathy Barger.

Pat Kitt hosted a Christmas luncheon and dessert at her home for the Red Hat Ladies. Attending were Carol Thompson, Beryl Knotwell, Ethel Louch, June Cox, Doris Ough, Lois Hoff, Sharon Walgren, Jackie Kennedy and Betty McCallum.

Sharon and Leland Maris drove to Shelby, N.C., visiting daughter Julie and Dan Ashline, Ethan and Eliese. Sheila and Skip Dargas, Scott and Eric were also guests and Michael and Kim Maris, Brittnae and Breann flew in to celebrate Thanksgiving with them.

Friday supper guests of Gary and Jan DeWester were Laddie and Anita Wilson, David and Bobbi Kistner and Kaitlyn, Everett Stamm, Chad and Jennifer DeWester and Brian and Michelle Harchelroad and children.

Precip for the week: .02 of an inch. High for the week: 54° on Dec. 4; low: 11° on Nov. 29.


25 years ago this week

December 7, 1989

A Women of Today chapter was formed last Tuesday when 12 women met for an informational meeting at The Steak Out. Several members of the Imperial Women of Today chapter were present and shared information. The Wauneta chapter decided to establish a Christmas Sharing Tree as their first project. Election of officers will be held at next Tuesday’s meeting.

Kerry Beldin of Wauneta and Annette Prior of Imperial were selected as the recipients of the 80 percent scholarships for the annual Freedom Foundation trip. Jon Polly is first alternate and Karla McCallum, second alternate.

The Wauneta Webelo Scouts toured the Wauneta Breeze as a requirement for their communication badge. Scouts included Neil Brunkhorst, Jeff Rammage, Toby Hamilton, Brendan Plisek, Aaron McKinney, Scott Hamilton and Anthony Rowley. Curtis Christner is their leader.

Mary Ann Madden, Marlene Kuskie, Stacy Lawless, Sue Schneider, Tina Kitt, Laurie Maris and Joan Maddux took 26 Girl Scouts to the “Nutcracker” in Imperial Saturday night.

Junior and Margie Kitt and Bev and Harold Maris went to Minden Sunday afternoon to attend the Christmas pageant that evening.

Bob and Jean Hardy, Lavern and Elinor Denker and Lynn, Ike and Norma Denker and Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Winkelman had Sunday dinner at Jack’s Place in Imperial in honor of Ella’s 80th birthday and then visited in the Winkelman home and enjoyed cake and ice cream.

Keith and Sylvia Buffington and Lisa were visitors in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Smith at Champion Sunday afternoon, the occasion to observe the 92nd birthday of Martha McCurry. Other visitors were Mr. and Mrs. Willard Yost, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Borell of Denver, and Mr. and Mrs. Bill McCurry of Kansas City.

No precip for the week.


50 years ago this week

Dec. 10, 1964

Rod Harvey was reappointed to the Wauneta Utility Board by the Village Trustees for a five year term.

Elmer Medlock observed his 93rd birthday last Tuesday. Mrs. Rachel Hatch and Mrs. Metta Smith were dinner guests and also afternoon guests along with Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Lentz, Mr. and Mrs. Orville Bressie, Mrs. Kenneth Hicks, Mrs. Carrie Kellie and Mrs. Bryan Smith.

A baptismal service was held Sunday at the Methodist Church for Mary Ann Maddux.Dinner guests in the Jack Maddux home following the service were Mrs. Eva Maddux and Mrs. Ed Burke and children and Dr. and Mrs. Fay Smith of Imperial.

Mrs. Stella Gregory returned home Sunday evening from Munden, Kan., where she had been visiting in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Rex Stransky and family.

Mr. and Mrs. Russell Fanning took the cheerleaders to Curtis Saturday evening for the basketball game and were met there by their children, Lynn and Judy, who drove from Kearney.


75 years ago this week

Dec. 13, 1939

The Wauneta Commercial Club Wednesday morning cancelled a Christmas cash drawing similar to the one held last year upon advice from neighboring towns that drawings of a lottery nature are being stopped in towns all over the state. Commercial Club officials thought the money already collected from merchants would be used to buy an extra supply of candy, nuts and fruits and the treats and would be extended to grownups as well as children on Santa Claus Day, Dec. 23.

The first bricklaying and stone work on the exterior of the new Falls bank building got underway Tuesday.

V. B. Johnston was elected worshipful master of the Wauneta Lodge at their regular meeting.

Mrs. Russell Bodeman was elected worthy matron for the coming year of the Order of Eastern Star.

Two Wauneta Broncs, Gerih at guard and Anderson at halfback, were named to the Frenchman Valley League all-conference team. Nordhausen was selected as guard on second team, Bradley, center, and Terry, tackle. Moreland and Hohl were honorable mention.


100 years ago this week

December 10, 1914

The ground was covered with snow Monday morning and fell Monday and Tuesday. About 5 or 6 inches and makes for much-need moisture.

Truman Kitt left for Lincoln on Wed., being called there on the grand jury. Grover Deininger is looking after his work.

The young people met at Kanost’s Tues. night and at Gordon’s Sat. night to practice for the X’mas entertainment.

H. E. Athey and Ashby Morrison are attending the county commissioners meeting at Fremont this week.