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Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Thursday, 25 June 2015 16:51

10 years ago this week

June 23, 2005

The Wauneta Village Board gave its approval for the construction of a new cellular phone tower for Viaero Wireless to be constructed on a hill on the southeast edge of Wauneta.

Morse-Smith family members held their annual Father’s Day gathering over the weekend with over 100 present with activities at the Imperial park, the Wes and Marjorie farm, Wauneta park and the Champion Community Center.

Descendants of Henry and Bertha Haarberg met at the Zion Lutheran Church in Imperial for their 17th annual reunion with 83 present.

Karen Christner attended the LWML National Convention in Tampa, Fla., attending board meetings and activities.Over 3,000 attended with about 50 attending from the Nebraska South District.

June Cox was guest of honor at a coffee at the Wauneta Senior Center for her 80th birthday. Family gathered at the home of Bev and Dan Curd at Ogallala over the weekend to celebrate her birthday.

Bob and Coke Troudt met Shelly and Dan Clem, Dick and Cookie Clem and Brian and Brandon O’Neil at Hell’s Canyon, Ore., for a fishing trip.

Jeff and Kay Maxfield of Taylorville, Ill., spent several days with Raymond Maxfield and visited with other relatives, Jim and Connie Maxfield, Dorthy and Mary Dudek, Merrell Maris, Lowell and Myra Grimm and Jackie Medcalf while here.

Precip for the week: .03 of an inch. High for the week: 88° on June 19; low: 49° on June 13.

Closing grain markets: from Frenchman Valley Co-op: wheat-3.04; corn-2.05; milo-1.81; sunflowers-9.50; from the Palisade Elevator: wheat-3.02; corn-2.03; milo-3.25; soybeans-6.85.


25 years ago this week

June 21, 1990

Stockholders of the Farmers Co-op Exchange of Wauneta narrowly approved a resolution to sell their assets to the Frenchman Valley Co-op of Imperial. A total of 120 of the 364 eligible stockholders cast ballots with 84 approving the sale with 34 opposing with four votes necessary to meet the two-thirds majority requirement.

Janel Applegarth, Miss Southwest Nebraska, made it into the finals of the Miss Nebraska Scholarship pageant in North Platte last Saturday. She achieved her goal of making it into the top nine. Michelle Ebadi of Omaha was crowned Miss Nebraska 1990.

Tornadoes ripped through southwest Nebraska Friday night. Wauneta escaped damage but an area about two miles wide and 20 miles long northwest of Stratton to northwest of Culbertson was devastated. Wauneta teacher Cermit Brown who lives about a mile north of the Hwy. 6-34 junction was among those losing their home in the tornado.

Loren Nordhausen, Justin and Jonica of Austin, Texas, spent the weekend with Ora Nordhausen, visiting other relatives and friends.

Marvin and Arlene Large spent five days in the Portland and Salem, Ore., area attending the Laird family reunion and visiting relatives.

Junior and Margie Kitt and Everett and Lola Alsbury returned Thursday from a three-week trip that took them to Junior’s Army reunion at Statesville, N.C., through South Carolina and Florida.

Precip for the week: .34 of an inch; for 1990 to date: 10.10 inches.

Grain Markets: wheat-3.06/bu.; corn-2.60/bu.; milo-3.95/cwt; soybeans-5.40/bu.; oats-1.00.


50 years ago this week

June 24, 1965

Connie Dicke and Raymond Gunderson returned from attending Girls’ and Boys’ State. Attending from Palisade were Susan Carse and Jerry Post.

Jack Sandman and Cecil Steckman were re-elected to three year terms on the Wauneta District 31 Grade School board. Duane Burham who was appointed to replace Chet Balius was re-elected to fulfill the remaining two years.

Nine members of the Wauneta Explorers Post 98 helped with the Pioneer Oregon
Trail Trek last Saturday and Sunday. They handled all traffic control, parking of cars, emergency car help and prepared the Trek
campfire in Bridgeport Saturday night. The trek started at Front Street in Ogallala and followed the Oregon Trail as closely as possible with major stops and historical talks along the trail, ending at the Scotts Bluff National Monument. They were guests of Ranger Harris on a trip to the top of Scotts Bluff and through the museum. Scouts were Ed Arenz, John Kitt, Larry Kitt, Don Polly, Steve Applegarth, John Romine, Mike Ough, Bill Ough, Neil Christensen, and Post Advisor E. N. Berry.

Approximately 73 persons attended a trail ride during the weekend. There were 45 horses with some parents and children arriving in cars. They started from Wayne Smiths and rode to Enders Dam where they had a hamburger fry and spent the night at the Ike’s cabin. After a worship service Sunday they rode to the Victor Haarberg farm and enjoyed a picnic.

Nancy Stock, was chosen to represent the Theta Rho Clubs of Nebraska, on the United Nations Pilgrimage for Youth.

Jim Carlson and friend, Walter Grove of Long Beach, Calif., were Monday overnight guests in the Dr. C. Robert Carlson home, leaving for Boulder, Colo., Tuesday afternoon.


75 years ago this week

June 19, 1940

Last week Wauneta saw its worst flood in 50 years. The first flood waters came Thursday evening with a cloudburst at 6:30. By 7:00 the Frenchman River came over its bank and streets were running full of water. By 8:00 families on the east side of the river were asked to leave their homes. By Friday morning the water was receding but a warning came from Champion that a wall of water was on its way. By 10:45 water was waist-high on main street. Basements of stores filled with water to a foot of water on the main floors. Homes with basements filled and some foundations collapsed, new river channels were cut, railroad tracks were washed out east and west of town. Damage estimates went beyond $200,000.

At the town board meeting Monday evening, a number of citizens met to discuss drainage problems and preventative measures. An engineer’s advise will be sought.

Robert Bradley returned Saturday from Boys’ State where he was Wauneta’s representative.

Dr. Edward Person and family of Montana are guests this week of his mother, Mrs. A. Person and brother, Jay and family.

Mr. and Mrs. John Fox and family and Mrs. Fox’s mother of Joplin, Mo., are guests this week of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Fox and Mrs. Nora Fox.


100 years ago this week

June 24, 1915

The Wauneta Equity Union has purchased the Shannon Elevator. Mr. Shannon was here Saturday and closed the deal. The price was $6,500. This looks like the Equity meant business.

Sixteen rural school districts in Chase County with a total school population of 138 and 120 square miles voted to consolidate and build a high school which will be in Lamar.

Rain and hail Wednesday night. Fields and gardens look pretty sick.

Gooseberries at Wm. Ough’s.

The big grader is working on the south hill.

Mr. and Mrs. Jess Stinnette visited Tom Stinnette’s Sun.

W. Hartzer and family autoed to Stratton and back Sunday and viewed some of the fields that were hailed out.

Wauneta will celebrate Saturday, July 3.


125 years ago this week

June issues not available.