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Thursday, 18 September 2014 20:11

10 years ago this week

Sept. 16, 2004

The playground project at the park became a reality as workmen constructed the elaborate playground system Wednesday. The project was spear headed by the Wauneta Women of Today who sought donations, held moneymakers and with the help of some local funds to cover the $30,872 expense.

Rod Keiser closed his Denver-based computer business, moved back home to Southwest Nebraska and opened Champa Group LLC in Wauneta. The business is located on the south side of the HomeTown Agency building on main street and offers VoIP, network and computer solutions.

Quilts and quilting projects were blessed at the Methodist Church’s Sunday service by
Rev. Judy Dye. Beryl Knotwell’s quilt took Best of Show at the Fair and upon learning her niece was diagnosed with cancer gave her the quilt to let her know thoughts and prayers were with her. Daughter Carol Thompson with the District 5 VFW Ladies Auxiliary created quilt blocks which Carol put together to make a quilt as part of Freedom Quilts presented to families who lost loved ones in the Sept. 11, 2001, disaster.

Dorene Mohr and DeLores Taylor flew to Tucson, Ariz., to visit Lori Taylor over the Labor Day weekend.

Erica and Noel DeLeon and Ethan of South Sioux City, Neb., spent the weekend with Diana and Kenny Ham. Diana and Ruby Ham attended a shower for Ethan in Stratton Sunday afternoon.

No precip for the week.

 

25 years ago this week

Sept. 14, 1989

Guest of honor Gloria Rogers of Grapevine, Texas, Cleophia Denker, Pat Kitt, Darlene Wicke, and Beulah Harris had lunch at a local restaurant and enjoyed reminiscing high school days.

Anita Wilson held a coffee Friday in celebration of Cindy Sandman’s birthday.

A dinner was held Sunday in the Virgil Doetker home in honor of Mr. and Mrs. John Doetker’s 55th anniversary. Other guests were Mr. and Mrs. Marlin Fortkamp, Mr. and Mrs. Gary Doetker, Dee Fortkamp, Derek and Ashley, Herbert Busking of Palisade and Karla Doetker of Alliance. Anniversary cake and ice cream were enjoyed later in the afternoon.

Sunday dinner guests of Junior and Margie Kitt were Lois Messerschmidt of Oakland and Ila and Don Gilbert of Walnut Grove, Calif. The ladies grew up in Wauneta, daughters of Ralph and Nellie Miller.

The Overhillers enjoyed three days of camping at Lake McConaughy. Joining the group from Wauneta were Mr. and Mrs. Dale Baney, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Bodeman and Mr. and Mrs. Gene Justice.

Precip for the week: .75 of an inch; for 1989: 13.75 inches.

50 years ago this week

Sept. 17, 1964

Wauneta’s most accomplished “Native Son,” George Metcalf of Washington D.C. and with the Smithsonian Institute, was guest speaker at the Chase County Historical Society’s meeting before a capacity crowd of 150. He spoke on the history of the primitive people who populated the country in centuries past.

A cooperative dinner was held Sunday evening at the home of Mrs. Katie Bischoff in honor of family members. They observed the birthday of Ray Bischoff, the anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Art Coone and a farewell for Lonnie Shackelford who will attend the University of Nebraska. Guests were the Shackelford family, Art Coone family, Ray Bischoff family, Bill Jeffries family and Dale Bischoff family.

Virginia Gauger held a coffee in her home in honor of Lavina Bardsley’s birthday Monday morning.

Mrs. Onna Moody returned from a trip to several states on the west coast, visiting a daughter, Mrs. Loren Miller, in Salem, Ore., relatives in Portland, Ore., and a daughter, Mrs. Wauneta Rowley, in San Leandro, Calif. At 84 years of age, she flew by jet and “enjoyed every minute of it.”

Mr. and Mrs. James Brown and children of Aurora, Colo., were weekend guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Gerih and family.

 

75 years ago this week

Sept. 20, 1939

Folks are busy canning fruit, cutting cane and corn stalks.

Rev. Milo W. Rose, pastor of the Wauneta Methodist Church, was returned to the local charge by the 79th annual conference held in Lincoln.

A reception and pound show was given Thursday night for Rev. Rice and wife at the Eden parsonage, a large crowd attended and a good time was reported.

With several cases of measles in the schools, the county nurse was calling in the neighborhoods the first of the week looking after the measles patients of the schools.

Mr. and Mrs. John Oliver, Mrs. Leota Malleck, Mrs. Maria Redlin, Walter Oliver, Mr. and Mrs. Glen Christensen, Mr. and Mrs. Hal Fanning and family, Mrs. Cora Metcalf and Margie, Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Oliver, Jimmie and John, Jr. and Mrs. Herbert Machelroy and daughter of Bartley made up a party who visited Kingsley Dam Sunday and enjoyed a picnic.

Mrs. Eleanor Frasier drove down to Hastings Monday morning, accompanied by Miss Velma Zeigler, returning Tuesday.

 

100 years ago this week

September 17, 1914

Several of the young people went over to Walter Bergreen’s and gave him and his wife a good old tin-panning Sat. night.

Archer Morrison finished filling his two silos Mon. They began filling C. E. Hart’s silo Mon. p.m. Art Nesmith cuts the corn with his new corn binder and Johnnie Kitt runs the engine and others do the hauling and the man with the large feet gets in and tramples it down.

The train will be held at the Chase County Fair on Thursday and Friday to accommodate those from the east.

Henry Bauerle of Champion, agent in this section for the Studebaker car, has one of the 1915 cars. This car has floating rear axle with Timken bearings, electric starter and lighting, extra size tires, safety tread in the rear, built in wind shield, one man top, crown fenders. The price is only $985.