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Thursday, 26 February 2015 03:59

10 years ago this week

February 24, 2005

Wauneta-Palisade school district released its annual report. The district is comprised of parts of four counties, Hitchcock, Dundy, Chase and Hayes, a total of 453.10 square miles and about 1,200 people. There are 242 students, 23 of 27 2004 graduates are attending higher education, three working and one in the military. Employs 32 certified staff and 27 classified staff (cooks, bus drivers, office staff, aides and nurse).

Eating out in Imperial to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Elmer and Edna Keiser were Rod Keiser, Rich, Janet and Brennan Keiser, Aaron Keiser, Curtis Snodgrass and Leta Brunkhorst.

Nine of Wauneta’s Red Hat Fun Ladies went to McCook Thursday where they had lunch at Country Whimsey. They were Ethel Louch, Beryl Knotwell, Ila Widger, Lois Hoff, Sharon Walgren, Betty McCallum, Doris Ough, Marge Hanna and Jackie Kennedy. Colleen Goings joined them for lunch and shopping.

Virgil Sandman observed his 87th birthday Saturday at home with family. Helping him celebrate were Nik, Co and David Sandman, Kirk and Cindy Sandman, Derek and Allison Sandman, Haylee and Alexa and Cindy West came from Lincoln to spend the weekend.

Bobby and Kari Miller and Emma of Omaha spent the weekend with Tom and Sharon Miller. Bobby spoke Sunday at the Methodist Church telling of the project his third grade class had and receiving 30 stuffed bears from the U.M.W. to send to children in Thailand following the tsunami disaster there.

Three Wauneta-Palisade wrestlers medaled at the state wrestling meet. This year’s grapplers have the distinction of having the most wrestlers placing at state in WP team history. Jesse West took silver, Jake Smith placed fifth and  Peter Barger, sixth. West is the second WP wrestler to capture second place at state; the first, Chad Lucas, in 1994.

No precip for the week: High: 69° on Feb. 14; low: 19° on Feb. 16.

Grain Markets from the Frenchman Valley Co-op: wheat-3.22; corn-1.87; milo-1.63; sunflowers-9.20; from the Palisade Elevator: wheat-3.11; corn-1.86; milo-2.89; soybeans-5.32.


25 years ago this week

February 22, 1990

Prospects of a three-way merger by schools in Palisade, Trenton and Hayes Center look dim after patrons of the Hayes Center district opposed the idea. Trenton made a two-way merger proposal to Palisade. Palisade Superintendent Stan Kravig indicated the board would pursue a cooperative agreement with Trenton. Hayes Center’s board planned to meet over the weekend to draft a cooperative agreement with Palisade. Hayes Center and Palisade have been cooperating in junior high athletics. This year, three seventh and eighth grade students have been attending school in Hayes Center.

Nellie Ele and Dewey Hill were crowned queen and king at the Heart Fund Jamboree at Heritage of Wauneta Saturday.

Brennan John Keiser, son of Richard and Janet Keiser, was baptized at St. Paul Lutheran Church’s morning service Sunday by Pastor LaVern Brack. Sponsors were Darrel and Sharla Klima. A dinner followed the service.

Fourteen Chase County students began preparing for the Freedoms Foundation trip to Valley Forge, Pa., and Washington D.C. on April 15-22. Wauneta students include Kerry Beldin, Jon Polly, Karla McCallum, Heidi George, Janel Applegarth and Theresa Haarberg.

LeeRoy and Clairene Weimer, accompanied by Kim and Katelyn Weimer of Beatrice, traveled to Madison, Wisc., where they spent the weekend with the Monte Weimer family. They enjoyed badger and ice fishing.

Precip for the week: .05 of an inch. For 1990: .71 of an inch.

Grain Markets: wheat-3.46/bu.; corn-2.13/bu.; milo-3.20/cwt.; soybeans-5.04/bu.; oats-1.20/bu.


50 years ago this week

Feb. 25, 1965

John Deere Day planned for Monday. See new line of John Deere implements and improvements on old lines, lunch and movies in the afternoon.

Leland Kitt of Palisade was elected president of the Nebraska Rural Electric Association at the organization’s 29th annual meeting in Lincoln Friday. Kitt, treasurer of the Southwest Public Power District of Palisade, was vice president of NREA last year and chairman of the public relations committee.

Ikes state convention at Enders May 1 and 2.

Bonnie and Dale Wicke, Duane Wall of Haigler and Allan Fischer of Benkelman attended the Rural Youth Mid-Winter Institute at Grand Island. Over 200 young adults, 17-30, took part in the activity.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Fortkamp are spending time in California visiting their son Floyd and family and daughter Mary Ann at Santa Rosa.

Seven neighbor ladies helped Mrs. Grace Neville observe her birthday Wednesday afternoon. Each guest presented her with a lovely handkerchief and enjoyed a social afternoon.

Mr. and Mrs. Don Kanost and family of Cheyenne, Wyo., spent the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Kanost and children and also visited Mr. and Mrs. Bob Walgren and boys.


75 years ago this week

February 21, 1940

John Deere Day in Wauneta drew a large crowd with demonstrations by the Wauneta Equity and Wauneta Co-op Oil Co. The school band furnished music at noon with lunch of weiners, buns, coffee, donuts and ice cream served at the Co-op Oil. Lunch amounts consisted of 1,000 buns, equal amount of weiners, 15 lbs. of coffee, 45 lbs. of beans and 64 dozen ice cream bars and cups. Food ran out before everyone was served. The picture show was so crowded it was necessary to show it a second time.

Jay A. Person has filed for the legislature from the 37th district.

A Valentine box and a 10¢ gift exchange followed the lesson at the Cheerilot Club’s Feb. 14 meeting held at the home of Mrs. Bernard Polly with 13 members, 1 visitor and 2 children present.

Two of possibly the oldest clubs in town, the Happy Hour and the Embroidery Club, enjoyed an afternoon together Wednesday.

Mrs. Omar Kitt and Mrs. A. Engle were surprised Wednesday evening when 12 ladies were the unbidden guests at the Kitt home. The evening was spent playing pinochle.

The Standard Bearers held a hard time party in the church parlors Tuesday evening with everything in keeping with the name. The boys were guests. Lunch was served in paper sacks.

Local Markets: wheat-.85; corn-.58; eggs-.14; cream-26; h. hens-09; l. hens-.06.


100 years ago this week

February 25, 1915

Colder and snowing as we go to press.

S.S. Stinnette has sold his restaurant to F. C. Kline of Haigler, who takes possession in about two weeks. Mr. Stinnette does not know where he will locate or do.

A. Deininger and wife have returned from their trip to western New York and Penn.

Hal Fanning is shucking corn for H.H. Waggoner this week.

Miss Mary West left Friday for Newpoint, Mo., to visit relatives.

Truman Kitt has an auto.

Cedar Bluffs, Neb., pop. 500 has just dedicated a new $39,000 school building.

Wauneta Markets: wheat- $1.35; rye-1.00; corn-.62; barley-.58; hogs-5.70; eggs-.18; butter (in prints 20)-.18.


125 years ago this week

February 27, 1890

The school house was discovered to be on fire Monday morning, having caught from the stove pipe where it passes through the roof. The fire started before school hours and was immediately extinguished by the citizens.

Joseph Dudek will put in a new hardware store in the near future.

Go to Kennedy’s cash store with your eggs and produce. It will pay you.

The young people are enjoying themselves hugely at skating this frosty weather.

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Thursday, 19 February 2015 00:00

10 years ago this week

February 17, 2005

Wauneta-Palisade school board members held a public meeting Monday night for public opinion on moving the Wauneta Attendance Center grade school to Palisade. To further review the matter, the vote to move K-4 students to Palisade was delayed until the March meeting.

Spring Creek 4-H Club is very community oriented. Past projects include erecting rural direction signs, working at the theatre, trash pick up, planting trees, playing bingo at the nursing home. The club was organized in 1954 as the North Fork Club by leader R. L. Gloy.  Extension records show Gloy and Woodrow Moody as leaders in 1963 and Marvin Large in the ’70s. The club’s name was changed to the Spring Creek Club in 1984 with DeWayne Fanning, leader. Present leader is Kathy Barger.

Alberta Grosbach spoke to the Women of the Church of the Brethren Wednesday evening at the Lois Wine home on her trip to Peru with the McPherson College Interterm group.

Duane and Pat Fortkamp brought supper to Erma and Martin Fortkamp Sunday to honor their 54th anniversary on Valentine’s Day. Guests were Don Smith, Art and Nina Fortkamp and Violet Long. Gayla Swisher and Sarah brought supper Monday night to share with Erma and Martin. Violet also was a guest.

Lucille McBride was a guest of Diana and Kenny Ham at the United Methodist Youth Fellowship’s spaghetti supper at the church Sunday evening.

Five WP wrestlers heading to state include Jesse West who took first place at districts, Hondo Fanning, Jake Smith, Peter Barger and Jake Rundback.

Ten Broncos were named to the GPAC All-Conference teams. Girls included Janae Harris, Betsy Anderjaska, Stephanie Padilla, Kiane Alberts and Allison Ellicott. Boys named were Andrew Isom, Marc Klima, Cory Flaig, Russell Ridlen and Trevor Ridlen.

Precip for the week: .05 of an inch; to date: .30 of an inch.


25 years ago this week

February 15, 1990

Rainfall for 1989 totalled 14.61 inches, the lowest since 1976 when 11.83 inches was recorded. The previous five-year average (1984-88) is 18.96 inches.

Baptized Sunday at the First United Methodist Church by Pastor Carroll Plisek were Brad, Grant and Taylor Dixon and Barbie Wood. Barbie Wood, Betty Vette and Barbara Maddux were recognized for completing membership classes. A family carry-in dinner followed the service in honor of Brad, Grant and Taylor.

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Maxfield hosted a dinner for the birthdays of Bette and Raymond Maxfield Sunday. Other guests were Edna Maxfield, Heidi and Mark Southard and Nathaniel. They took five generation pictures.

Riley and Betty Mintling returned from a week spent in Santa Fe, N.M.

Wauneta’s FFA welding team earned a ticket to compete at the state FFA convention in Lincoln in Lincoln. Team members: Jim DeHart, Danny Jussel and Shaun O’Neil.

No precip for the week.


50 years ago this week

February 18, 1965

John Deere Day - March 1.

Approximately 200 stockholders and guests attended the Farmers Cooperative Exchange’s annual meeting Thursday at the Wauneta High School auditorium. Three men, Jack Maddux, Gilbert Nordhausen and Eddie Nichols, were re-elected to the board. Also serving on the board are Junior Kitt, Jim Parker, Virgil Sandman and Marvin Large.

Walter Pollman Jr. and Harley Phares attended Legislative school for the Hitchcock Farm Bureau in Lincoln last week. They had the privilege of sitting in and hearing a bill in the Education committee and later the Legislative session Tuesday morning. They were recognized by the group and asked to stand.

Mr. and Mrs. John  Green were Sunday dinner hosts to Mrs. Mae Grimm, Mrs. Edith Krausnick, Mrs. Jessie Kitt and Mr. and Mrs. Wiley Green. The occasion was in honor of Mrs. Kitt’s birthday.

A special assembly was held Friday morning at the high school to recognize those who made the first semester honor roll. Students had to be on the honor roll all three six-week periods. Named were Pat Denker, Beverlee Polly, Joanne Brunkhorst, Ann Arenz, Karrol Kitt, Jerolyn Kitt, Susan Skelton, Jane d’Allemand, Connie Dicke, Dianna Gauger, Laurel Bush, Kathleen McCallum, Keith Kitt, Rodney Wheeler, Larry Fanning, Larry Channel, Nik Sandman, Mike Ough, Bill Stock, Ray Gunderson and Billie Dicke.


75 years ago this week

February 14, 1940

All members of the faculty of both high and grades were elected for another year. Superintendent Hungate at the end of the school year will finish his 10th year.

A number of friends surprised Mrs. Stella Gregory Tuesday afternoon at a house warming at her new apartment. The afternoon was spent playing checkers. Present: Mrs. Bertha Theobald, Mrs. E. E. Fye, Mrs. Mary Decker, Mrs. James Burham, Mrs. McMullen, Mrs. E. Fanning and Mrs. E. F. Van Cleave.

Mr. and Mrs. Louis Grimm entertained Sunday at a birthday dinner for their daughter, Mrs. Raymond Maxfield whose birthday it was. Mr. Maxfield was also a guest.

Wauneta won fourth place in the annual Valley Basketball Tourney. Defeated Stratton 42-18 first round, defeated Haigler 39-12 second round, fell to Benkelman 35-29 in the semi-finals and fell to Culbertson 34-21. Parks won first place, Max, consolation. James Johnston and Buster Terry were named to the All Frenchman Valley Honor Roll of players.


100 years ago this week

February 18, 1915

Sign of Spring — the seed catalogue.

Miss Alice Laurence and Amil Hoff attended the teachers meeting at Imperial Saturday, both being on the program.

Elmer Pribbeno has been repairing telephone lines the past week.

E. Krausnick and family took dinner and spent the p.m. at Art Nesmith’s Sun. after.

The government has gone into the employment business. If you are out of a job, call on the postmaster for a blank and fill it out—perhaps you’ll get a job. We believe it would be a good plan to have some of our citizens without a job, apply.


125 years ago this week

February 20, 1890

J. E. Lukens is building a barn 28x36.

W. W. Fisher started for Denver the front end of the week to contract twenty car loads of flour made by the Wauneta Roller Mills.

C. A. Fisher and O. A. Van Scyoc were at Imperial attending a foot-shaking last Thursday night.

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Thursday, 12 February 2015 22:07

10 years ago this week

February 10, 2005

The fourth in a series of W-P focus group meetings was held at the Wauneta Attendance Center. Community input is being sought on concerns of loss of students, budget crunching, examining each school having an elementary, combining grades etc. After discussion and visiting with parents over the last several weeks, W-P Superintendent Charles Isom found more support for the grade school to be in one building and located in Palisade. Consideration is being given to moving K-4 to Palisade.

Story teller and puppeteer Regina Leininger, artist in residence with the Nebraska Arts Council, spent the week at Wauneta-Palisade telling stories using puppets and giving lessons on storytelling. She visited Joanne Liebig, a former schoolmate, on Monday.

Wednesday to Monday guests of Ed and Jo Arenz and Ora Ruettimann were Dennis and Jeannine Gordon and her mother, Emily Crocker, of Verndale, Minn. Visitors during their stay included Courtney Arenz and Jacob of Kearney, Jami Arenz and Kacie, Tom and Marsha Cameron of Broken Bow and Rod and Joy Wheeler.

Thursday Clark and Donna McMinn were in Oxford and visited the site where the Korean National War Memorial will be located. Dedication is being planned for April.

Lavern and Elinor Denker and Ann Miller went to the waffle supper at the Enders Church last Thursday.

No precip for the week. High for the week: 64° on Feb. 4; low: 18° on Feb. 6.

Area Grain Markets from Frenchman Valley Co-op: wheat-3.00; corn-1.76; milo-1.51; sunfowers-10.10; from the Palisade Elevator: wheat-2.99; corn-1.76; milo-2.70; soybeans-4.72.


25 years ago this week

February 8, 1990

Wauneta’s landfill is officially closed. To comply with current regulations, the landfill will have to be covered with two feet of dirt and reseeded to grass. City crews began hauling dirt to the dump last week. Dan’s Sanitation of McCook began picking up trash last Thursday.

The Enders Post Office marked its 100th anniversary Thursday, Feb. 8. The post office opened Feb. 8, 1890 with George Parson as the first postmaster. Current Postmaster Jerry Giedd was preparing special envelopes for cancellations, marking 100 years. The special envelopes also included a brief statement of history, including “The town was platted by the Lincoln Land Company and named for Peter Enders, a local rancher.”

Teachers Lois Wine and Marge Hanna submitted their resignations to retire at the end of the school year.

Rodney and Esther Einspahr took Mr. and Mrs. John Knotwell out to eat Sunday for their 58th anniversary, then visited in their home in Imperial in the afternoon.

Annette Long and daughters visited her grandmother, Lillie Castens, at Ludell, Kan., Monday and Tuesday to help her celebrate her 82nd birthday.

Sunday morning, Lance Wach, son of Loran and Nancy Wach, was dedicated to the Lord at the Hamlet Union Church.

Agnes Burham was surprised by her children, grand children and great grandchildren when all came to help her celebrate her 92nd birthday in Lincoln. She reminisced on events in her life, including the trip to the U.S. from her home place in Czechoslovakia.

Precip for the week: .02 of an inch and for January:.66.

Grain Markets: wheat-3.46/bu.; corn-2.09/bu.; milo-3.20/cwt.; soybeans-5.00/bu.; oats-1.20/bu.


50 years ago this week

Feb. 11, 1965

Alvin Knepper, manager of the local Farmers Cooperative for the past 31 years, announced his retirement as active manager. He will assist the new manager, Tom Rose, for another year.

The Sports Club is Wauneta’s latest Main Street addition. New owners, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Channel, held an Open House last Monday. They purchased the building and lot housing the Wauneta Lunch Room, formerly owned by Howard Vest, added a lounge room south of the building which housed the older establishment and improved the inside.

The new county shop is under construction by the Harris Construction Company on the County ground site on south Main Street.

The Mrs. Jaycees are planning an organizational meeting to form Brownie Scouts in Wauneta on Feb. 12 at the Jaycee Hall.

Last Saturday evening guests of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Rueter were Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Robertson, Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Carrigan, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Maxfield, Mr. and Mrs. Keith Sexton, and Mr. and Mrs. Ed Nowka. The Robertsons showed pictures of their European tour.

Mr. and Mrs. Bob Walgren, Mr. and Mrs Dwight Hoff and Mrs. Bernard O’Neil left Saturday night for Colorado Springs. The Hoffs and Walgrens attended the Associated Grocers convention and Mrs. O’Neil visited her daughters, Mrs. Tony Cribelli and family and Miss Carol Sue.


75 years ago this week

February 7, 1940

This issue was dedicated to the Boy Scouts on the 30th anniversary of Boy Scouts of America. Scouting in Wauneta goes back to 1910 when Mrs. D.C. Harvey had boys of scout age in her Sunday School class. Her interest in this group caused her to write to headquarters and obtain the necessary literature to organize. She gave to the scouts the first Boy Scout charter. The first scoutmaster was Roy Cocklin and the second was H. E. Athey. In the early twenties, D. C. Harvey was scout master, Delbert Oliver, assistant. Others included Ivo Pennington and Ennis Decker. In 1938 Arnold Cowles became scoutmaster and Wiley Green, assistant.

Dr. Frank Rider was elected president of the Commercial Club, Arnold Cowles, vice-president and Donald Cox, secretary/treasurer.

Mrs. E. R. Voorhees was in Hastings the fore part of the last week where she played for Installation of her O.E.S. chapter there.

Mrs. Leland Kitt has recovered from her injury received when coasting to be able to return to her home in the country.

Mabel Dicke helped Margaret Dicke can beef Thursday.

W. Walgren, Elmer Harrison, Harry Tatum and Will Dicke helped Leslie Walgren put up ice Monday.


100 years ago this week

February 11, 1915

Sugar is going up.

There will be no full moon this month for the first time in 69 years. But to make up it will get full twice in March.

State Supt. Tomas has ruled that scholars going to school outside their own district will have to pay their own tuition.

Last Wed. was quite a butchering day at Art Nesmith’s. Art kill three hogs, C. E. Hart two and Geo. Smith one, assisted by Archer Morrison, Johnnie Kitt and Sherman Thompkins. Mrs. Morrison and Mrs. Harte helped with dinner.

Literary at Eden has stopped for the want of attendance.

Wauneta Markets: wheat- $1.41; Rye-1.05; corn-.65; Barley-.60; hogs-5.57; eggs-.22; butter-.25.


125 years ago this week

February 13, 1890

Fred Luger has sold his farm to Joe Clemons. Fred will move over on the north side of the Frenchman.

John Goodwin moved into his new house Thursday last.

The Band boys feel somewhat encouraged under the instruction of Mr. Livesay.

The Kirkbride house in Stratton is now open to transients.