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Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Friday, 05 February 2016 17:38

10 years ago this week

Feb. 2, 2006

The National Weather Service says January 2006 could go down in the record books as one of the warmest ever documented in Nebraska with Omaha reporting 42 days of above-freezing winter days.

Here in Wauneta we can top that. NWS data shows we have gone 44 days with daytime highs climbing above freezing including 43 days with temps 40 degrees or higher.

25 years ago this week

Feb. 1991

The U.S. has been sending blood to Saudi Arabia since mid December. At the outbreak of war, supplies sent went from 300 units per week to 100 units per day for a couple of days, according to Rob Prillman from the Red Cross office in North Platte.

The bloodmobile, in Wauneta Monday, has set a goal of 63 units.

50 years ago this week

Feb. 3, 1966

Wouldn’t it be something to go to coffee with a friend and then on the way back to work you met on an intersection and had a wreck? That’s what happened to Jerry Usher and LeRoy  Jussel the other day.

Two students from Wauneta were among the 500 graduates who received degrees at the University of Nebraska’s fourth largest mid-year commencement exercises Saturday, Jan. 29 in Lincoln’s Pershing auditorium.

Marcia Rueter Brunkhorst received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Jerry Lynn Skelton received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the College of Business Administration.

75 years ago this week

Feb. 5, 1941

With this issue the Breeze begins its fifty-fourth year. Started way back in 1887 when business houses and homes were few and Wauneta was just in the making. The founder of the Breeze, the late John W. Hann, watched the town grow and chronicled the happenings  of a flourishing small until 1920 when it was purchased by the late W. M. Frasier, whose family have been at the helm since 1929. We find that living up to the precedent set for us and trying to reflect the life of the community is a job that calls for much cooperation. This we have had and in beginning the new year, we ask that you continue to bring your news.

100 years ago this week

Feb. 3, 1916

Miss Ruth Egle has been helping Mrs. Johnie Kitt with her housework for the past week or so.

Farmers are shucking corn again but the snow is quite deep in the fields yet.

Victor Ady has been confined to house with the grip.

Chas. Johnston says that even Ford cars won’t run without gas. It caused him a six-mile walk Wednesday evening.

110 years ago this week

Feb. 2, 1906

Willus Rector seems to be strayed or stolen, as he has mysteriously disappeared from these parts unknown.

The large dog of Mr. Brown’s bit Mrs. Steinmann on her hand on Wednesday. This town could just as well spare fifty dogs and they would never be missed. There are a number of dogs that run out every time a person goes by—and make you think they are going to eat you up. They should be dispatched by those in authority.

125 years ago this week

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Friday, 29 January 2016 16:01

10 years ago this week

Jan. 26, 2006

Wauneta’s street resurfacing project is coming up for bid Feb. 2 with work slated to begin in late July. Village of Wauneta employees are getting things in order for the project.

Earlier this month the folks from Common Scents in McCook were in Wauneta to help relocate a young burr oak tree from Main Street to the park. This time next year Wauneta’s downtown should have a dramatically new look.

25 years ago this week

Jan. 31, 1991

Two of the four winners in a local Population Predication Contest estimated the number of the people in their community at the exact number as released last week by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Dennis Gockley of Wauneta figured his hometown population at 675. Francis Baker of Lamar guessed the population of his community at 31.

Howard Welsh of Imperial had the closest guess of Chase County’s population, with his estimate of 4,370. The Census Bureau has determined the county population to be 4,381.

50 years ago this week

Jan. 27, 1966

Twenty-one members turned out for the organizational meeting to begin the 1966 year for the Wauneta Commercial Club. Committee members were announced for 1966. Retail Committee consists of: Ted Anderson, Bill Crapson, Gene Harchelroad, Tom Rose, Bob Walgren and Bill Winscot. Finance committee members are: LeRoy Jussel, Bob Walgren, Dale Bischoff, Jiggs Crapson, Arch Counce, Junior Berry, Ray Maxfield and Wilbur Larson.

The Wauneta Volunteer Fire Department elected officers at its Monday night meeting. President is Bud Long; VP, Gene Harchelroad; Secretary-Treasurer, Ray Hromas; Director, Bob Walgren; Fire Chief, Lloyd Sinner; Assistant to Chief, Speed DeHart.

75 years ago this week

Jan. 22, 1941

Floyd Nordhausen, the only contestant from Wauneta in the McCook boxing tournament, won his first fight from Ferguson of Beaver City by a knockout in the second round Thursday evening. Nordhausen weighed in at 126 pounds.

The second-year typing students have begun their cooperative secretarial work. Each girl has been assigned to work for a business person. Rosemary Littrel will work for the Coop; Elva Hardy, Farm Loan Office; Vara Mae Miller, Rev. Embree; Naomi Kitt, Johnson’s Hardware; Arlene Vlasin, Hoff’s Store; and Irene Carpenter, Dr. Fitzgerald.

100 years ago this week

Jan. 27, 1916

Bud Johnston fell out of the hay mower at their barn Monday night and broke both bones in his right arm between his wrist and elbow. The Boy Scouts are helping him do his chores.

The doctors are doing their utmost to hold the terrible scarlet fever in check and hope to stop it so it will not spread any more. The school where the Bricker children, who had scarlet fever, attended is closed.

110 years ago this week

Jan. 25, 1906

While a bunch of cattle was being brought in from W. King’s on Tuesday, one of the cows was taken sick and when in front of the bank, it decided to try the cement walk, and before it was gotten off, it broke out a pane of glass. It was driven up as far as Johnston’s and died. The animal belonged to Sheriff King and had been sold to Robertson’s.

125 years ago this week

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Thursday, 21 January 2016 18:47

10 years ago this week

Jan. 19, 2006

After months of work and fine tuning by Rod Keiser and staff at Champa Group, Wauneta’s official website, commissioned by the Village of Wauneta, is up and running.

The website address should be easy for most folks to remember at www.wauneta.com.

In addition to information about Wauneta and local services, numerous links to local business websites can be accessed here as well.

25 years ago this week

Jan. 24, 1991

When war broke out in the Middle East last week, people rallied to show support for the American troops.

Members of Gary Goodchuck’s American History class were no different. They not only wanted to show their support but to share their efforts and show that others could show their support as well.

With this goal in mind, class members gathered Friday to tie yellow ribbons to be distributed at the ball game Friday night.

Class members said people sending mail to the troops can give their letters to the class and they will provide postage and mail the letters.

Several of the students reflected on their purpose while completing the ribbon tying Friday morning.

50 years ago this week

Jan. 20, 1966

Wauneta’s 1966 Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow is Connie Dickie. She scored highest on a written knowledge and attitude examination taken by senior girls on Dec. 7, 1965 and is now eligible for state and national scholarship awards. Connie has already earned a special award pin from the program’s sponsor, General Mills.

75 years ago this week

Jan. 15, 1941

The basement of the Methodist church was filled on New Year’s Eve with members and friends who came to enjoy an evening together and watch the old year out. The evening began with games under the leadership of Eddie Phillpitt and everyone had a good time from the start. Jay A. Person generously gave an hour and a half of movies in and around Wauneta which are always more than appreciated.

100 years ago this week

Jan. 20, 1916

Wauneta is going to have a real opera house. Johnston and Grosbach have purchased the lot south of A. Deininger’s store from Fred Walker of Benkelman and will commence at once to build a building for an opera house. The building will be 24’x80’, one story with a basement. This building will be the finest and best opera house in the state west of McCook. The structure will be of brick.

110 years ago this week

Jan. 18, 1906

At the present time there seem to be no prospects of the mill being rebuilt. The wheat corner is still burning.

McCallum’s have put a new roof on their back room. They will use it as a flour room.

F. W. Dick will build an addition to his house soon. He will put on a kitchen 14’x16’ and a porch on the north side.

A. H. Manning has traded his residence property for J. H. Seaton’s farm down the river. They will move about March 1st. Mr. Manning will also continue to run the butcher shop.

125 years ago this week

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