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Thursday, 29 January 2015 17:42

10 years ago this week

January 27, 2005

For safety reasons, the Wauneta EMS squad installed 10 boxes containing rescue bags at strategic places around Enders Lake. The bags, weighted at one end, hold 75 feet of rope which can be thrown to anyone who might fall thru the ice. Squad members include Kerry Hamilton, Greg and Janet Stuckwisch, Lana Skelton, Kenny Lawless and Troy Skelton.

2003 Wauneta-Palisade graduate Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kyle Hansen participated in the 55th presidential inauguration in Washington D.C. last week as a member of the Joint Task Force Armed Forces Inaugural Committee. The JTF-AFIC is a joint service organization charged with coordinating all military ceremonial participation and support for the inauguration. When fully manned, more than 700 participate within the JTF-AFIC.

Phyllis Theobald observed her 90th birthday Sunday when family joined her at Imperial’s Community Center for a buffet dinner and visiting. Attending were Rhonda and Lynn Brunkhorst, Kari and Brian Sprenger of Sidney, Raelyn Brunkhorst, Rich, Janet and Brennan Keiser, Joyce and Emerson Schwenk and granddaughter Angela Johnson of Florida. Stopping by were Elsie Becker, Doris Craig and Mildred and Eldon Roschewski. Mildred was a student of Phyllis when she taught school.

Rod and Joy Wheeler observed their 37th anniversary on the 20th. They were Sunday guests of Ann and A.J. Knickerbocker for ice cream and cake, then went to Ogallala.

Leona Littlejohn, Bonnie Majors and Violet Long surprised  Elsie Becker Monday afternoon on her birthday.

Wilva Harchelroad spent Thursday in Stratton at the home of her sister, Shirley, and Neal Hudson. Other guests were her sisters, Vivian, and Richard Pierce, Dorothy and Keith Birks of Laramie, Wyo., and Donna and Bud Jesch. They observed Vivian’s 80th birthday.

No precip for the week: high  for the week: 67° on Jan. 20; low: 20° on Jan. 17 and 22.

Area grain markets from Frenchman Valley Co-op: wheat-2.98; corn-1.74; milo-1.54; sunflowers-10.70; from the Palisade Elevator: wheat-2.98; corn-1.75; milo-2.74; soybeans-4.91.


25 years ago this week

January 25, 1990

Nora Fox received national notoriety on her 105th birthday Wednesday, Jan. 24 when Willard Scott of NBC’s “Today Show” wished her a happy birthday during the show. Scott showed a picture of Nora and noted she was a “good looking gal.” She resides at Heritage of Wauneta and looks forward to visits from her son and daughter-in-law, Walter and Fern Fox of Wauneta. Two sons, Russell and John, are deceased. She was the third of nine children and still has one sister and one brother living—Edna Maxfield of Wauneta, age 101, and Ray Burk of Stratton, 89.

Discussion continued on a proposed plan to merge the Palisade, Hayes Center and Trenton school districts, each district holding meetings.

Eleanor Petr, Marilyn O’Neil and Jackie Kennedy took pizza to Elsie Kerchal Thursday for Elsie’s birthday and then spent the afternoon playing cards.

Dwight Hoff took Eddie Wilcox, Myrtle Hoff and Mabel Scriven to North Platte for dinner on the 15th. They also visited the park there.

Gary and Jan DeWester went to Benkelman Monday evening, the 15th, to help Gary’s grandmother, Lola Mullanix, celebrate her 94th birthday.

Mr. and Mrs. Don Ham returned home Sunday after visiting Bill and Linda Ham at Bullhead City, Ariz., and Ruby’s twin sister, Rilla, and husband at Covina, Calif.

Precip for the week: .64 of an inch.

Grain Market: wheat-3.65/bu.; corn-2.15/bu.; milo-3.25/cwt; soybeans-5.00/bu.; oats-1.25/bu.


50 years ago this week

Jan. 28, 1965

Approximately a foot of snow fell in and around Wauneta over the weekend with blizzard conditions at times with wind gusts in the 50s.

The KNOP-TV channel 2 annual spelling bee contest scheduled to take place at their studios 4 1/2 miles northeast of North Platte on Highway 83 will be Feb. 6 through April 10. From Wauneta schools (District 31) will be the following: Fifth grade: Paula Kitt; Sixth grade: Karl Hoff; Seventh grade: Linda Jensen; Eighth grade: Ruth Mayden.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Fortkamp left Wednesday for Santa Rosa, Calif., where they will spend the next two months visiting their son Floyd and family and daughter Mary Ann.

Mrs. Leonard Nelson returned Thursday night after spending two weeks with her sister, Mrs. Dick Hahn and family at Pocatella, Id., and with her sister, Mrs. Dorean Carey and family at Clearfield, Utah.

Mrs. C. Robert Carlson left Friday for a visit with her daughter, Mrs. Gordon Briggs and husband in Omaha and at Red Oaks, Ia., with her brother and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Rhoads, who are celebrating their golden anniversary.


75 years ago this week

January 24, 1940

Coasting on reservoir hill was a favorite past time Sunday afternoon. Two toboggans, one belonging to Vern Fisher and the other to Lowell Grimm, were kept busy despite the few scrapes, cuts and bruises suffered by the sledders.

Some of the more public spirited citizens are flooding the bayou at the city park to make a skating rink. With Arch Counce at the helm and one of Counce and Thompson’s McCormick-Deering Farmalls they are pumping water from the river to the surface. With a few applications and a continuance of zero weather, the skating should be perfect. On Saturday the Boy Scouts turned out and scraped the snow from the ice, preparatory to flooding.

Twenty below last Thursday morning.

Scout Master Arnold Cowles and assistant Wiley Green took a load of scouts to McCook Monday afternoon to take tests in swimming at the Y.M.C.A. pool. George Cochran, Vernon Norman and Duane Burham took the first class swimming test with Duane passing the test. Rex Lewis and Dean Zarecor won Merit badges in swimming.

About 85 Odd Fellows and their families enjoyed a  dinner and social evening at the hall last Wednesday evening.

Returning from the stock show in Denver were Mr. and Mrs. Glen Maddux and Jack and Mrs. Walter Wheeler, Mr. and Mrs. Arch Counce, Ross Ditton, Mr. and Mrs. Bryon Ditton, Ray Ditton and Mr. and Mrs. Bud Moody.

Blizzard Thursday and Friday, bad roads and cold. Everyone stayed home. No school Thursday and Friday. Mail carrier could not go east or west.

Howard Furry and sam Rowley were callers at Henry Dicke’s Saturday to get the mail as the carrier could go only so far.

Besides doing chores, farmers have been busy opening roads and thawing out well pumps.

Local Markets: wheat-.80; corn-.60; eggs-.18; cream-.28; h. hens-.09; l. hens-.06.


100 years ago this week

January 28, 1915

The river is re-frozen over.

Quite a snow storm. Winterish the past week, being as low as 20 below some mornings. It makes the coal dealers smile and the merchants grin as they are having a good trade in winter goods.

McCallum’s have put steam heat into their store.

There is a large number  of children down with the measles and others coming down.

Wauneta Markets: wheat- $1.26; rye-.95; corn-.61; barley-.50; hogs-5.57; eggs-.25; butter-.25.