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Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Thursday, 14 August 2014 00:00

10 years ago this week

August 12, 2004

Families of the late Ralph and Gertie Sandman held a reunion Saturday at the Wauneta Legion Hall, hosted by the family of Jack and Verna Sandman. There were 68 present.

Amy Maxfield was among 30 of 400 employees to receive ConAgra’s Champion of Change award, awarded for productive new ideas to make the company more efficient and profitable.

Reva Wicke and Lois Kanost accompanied John and Frances Lewis to Kearney where they attended the Lewis family reunion held at the Ramada Inn. They returned home Sunday.

Matt and Stacy Cutinella of Columbia, Mo., came Tuesday evening to the Dennis Gockley home. On Thursday they joined Dennis and Donna, Joel and Julie Gockley and family and Scott and
Taya Northrup and family on a camping trip to Grand Lake, Colo., and enjoyed activities at Winter Park and Grand Lake Village.

No measurable precip for the week; high temperature: 95° on Aug. 2; low: 60° on Aug. 7 and 8.


25 years ago this week

August 10, 1989

A new sign was erected Tuesday at the Wauneta Falls Bank. The new sign shows the time and temperature.

Ladies of the Wauneta High School class of 1964 who met in Kearney Friday and Saturday at the Ramada Inn included Ann Puls and Donita Peterson, both of Lincoln; Sue Rose of Superior; Susan Dunn of Kearney; Donna Gockley, Darlene Haarberg and Sylvia Buffington, all of Wauneta.

Hazel Novacek hosted a breakfast at the Steak Out Thursday for Marge Engell on her birthday. Guests were Virginia Jesser, Ann Martin, Jo and Jamie Arenz.

Herman Nordhausen and Dora Denker accompanied Jim and DeLores Taylor to the Wicke Reunion at Ludel, Kan., Saturday.

An open house was hosted by the family of Anna Hewitt in honor of her 80th birthday Saturday at the Wauneta Legion Hall. Among guests and visitors of Kent and Sharon Buffington and girls were Neldon and Linda Hewitt and Nicole of Seattle, Wash., Fred Hewitt, also of Seattle; Harold and Charlotte Hewitt and family of McCook; Stanley and Darlean Hewitt and family of Sterling, Colo., Gary and Alona Hewitt and grandson of Utica and Donald and Janice Hewitt of Holyoke, Colo.

Precip for the week: .94 of an inch; for 1989: 9.98 inches.


50 years ago this week

Aug. 13, 1964

Mrs. Bertha Kerchal was honored on her 92nd birthday Friday with her eight children coming to help her celebrate. Dinner was enjoyed with the afternoon spent visiting and taking pictures. A birthday cake, made and served by her great granddaughter, Doris Todd, was enjoyed later in the afternoon.

Harvey (Bud) McBride returned to camp in Arizona after spending a two week furlough with his family, the James McBride.

A few friends surprised Mrs. Florence Stock Saturday evening, Sunday being her birthday. The evening was spent looking at slides, listening to record music and visiting. Cake, sandwiches, ice cream and coffee were served at the close of the evening.

Several ladies including Beverly Williams, Freda Bush, Ora Ruettimann, DeLores Taylor, Jessie Large and Erma Newman enjoyed a coffee in the home of Mrs. Anna Mohr Aug. 3 to help her celebrate her birthday.

Mr. and Mrs. John Bieckhoff and family of Elk Creek, Neb., visited with the Denker families in Wauneta Thursday, en route home from a vacation in Loveland, Colo.


75 years ago this week

August 16, 1939

The 1939-40 term of school will open in Wauneta on the first Monday in September.

Wayne Einspahr walked off with first place honors at the Soapbox Derby Monday afternoon at the hill west of the Nesmith home. George Cochran  placed second.

A quilting party consisting of Mrs. Earl Tatum, Mrs. Ruby Tatum, Vella Walgren, Mabel Dicke,  Helen Lorance and Lillian Walgren enjoyed a most enjoyable day and covered dish dinner at the Elmer Harrison home Thursday.

Mrs. Greta Resler returned to her home Thursday after spending the past few weeks at Yellowstone Park. Mrs. Mary Athey who accompanied her will remain for a few more weeks.


100 years ago this week

August 13, 1914

If you are an outsider and intend to come to Wauneta to school this next school year the Sec J. W. Hann. would be glad to enroll your name. The board will put in the 12th grade if the scholars enroll.

The young  people from John Bischoff’s and Haarberg’s spent Sunday p.m. at Pribbeno’s.

An ice cream social at Person’s Wed. eve. was attended by the young folks.

The farmers are feasting on roasting ears, fried chicken and watching the melon patch.

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Thursday, 07 August 2014 15:42

10 years ago this week

August 5, 2004

BWTelcom held a grand opening for their new building on Wauneta’s mainstreet. An open house was held from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. with a free barbecued from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Wauneta’s Harvest Fest offered lots of activities, over 625 people attended the barbecue. There were 60 parade entries with Wayne and Marie Smith serving as Grand Marshals.

HomeTown Agency hosted an open house last Friday celebrating their new location.

NTV’s Colleen Williams  and crew with “The Road Less Travelled” were in Wauneta. They visited with Raymond and Jim Maxfield at the Wauneta Roller Mills and at the senior center with Edna Christensen on the early history of Wauneta. They also took in the Little Grand Canyon, the park, Chateau Theatre, Walgren’s and the main street gazebo.

Fifteen members of the W.H.S. Class of 1949 met over the weekend for a 55-year reunion. Attending were Sharon (Voorhees) and husband Bob Walgren, Iris Large, Yvonne (Hopkins) Wilson, Marj (Bartels) and husband Lamont Neverve, Charlene (Nordhausen) and husband Dean Pursley, Ed Miller and wife Patricia, Marlin Widger, Dick Hahn, Jack Maddux and wife Carol, Pat (Christner) and husband Don Bornemeier, Sandra (Harchelroad) and husband Bill Williamson, Norman Gage and wife Mary, Connie (Haarberg) and husband Kerm Kuecker and Donna (Graves) Maucher. Special guests were former teachers, Doris Ough and Betty Jo Tompkins.

Karl and Judy Polly and Larry and Diane Radcliff of Imperial attended a 75th Delta Kappa Gamma International conference at Minneapolis, Minn., July 25-31.

Precip for the week: .30 of an inch; for 2004: 16.44 inches.


25 years ago this week

August 3, 1989

A large contingent of Legion Post color guards and Auxiliary members led the Harvest Fest parade. The American Legion was observing their 70th anniversary. Also receiving special recognition were two local surviving WWI veterans, Jake Bley and Al Carrigan. E.N. Berry Jr. served as Grand Marshal and was accompanied by Mrs. Lue Carlson. There were 38 floats in the parade and approximately 675 attended the barbecue.

Mabel Scriven and Willie Littlejohn were awarded the Good Neighbor Awards from Ak-Sar-Ben and recognized during the parade.

An open house was held at Veils Unlimited in east Wauneta Saturday where Willa McBride designs and markets a wholesale line of veils and hats with her sister from Colorado Springs, Colo.

Relatives of Ellen McCallum arrived from Germany Monday to spend several weeks in America. Several neighbors and friends joined Bruce and Ellen and their company, Rainer and Regina Wilkens, Julia 7 and Johanna 5 and Valker and Ute Wilkens for a Tuesday morning backyard breakfast.

Jeanie Broadbent, Ella and Edie of Rosemount, Minn., were guests last week in the Tom Miller home and visited Friday evening with the Russ Pankonins.

Last week Tuesday Carol Maddux hosted a surprise birthday party for Effie Kennedy. Others present were Ruby Jones, Rhonda Brunkhorst, Peg McCallum, Anna Van Cleve and Goldie O’Neil.

Margie Kitt hosted a coffee Thursday morning in honor of Connie Linscott of Gainsville, Fla. Guests were Mabel Dicke, Donna Nichols, Virginia Gauger and Erma Kitt.

Precip for the week: .91 of an inch; for 1989: 8.66 inches.


50 years ago this week

Aug. 6, 1964

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Kennedy and family attended a 4-H picnic Sunday which was held at the Ansel Brunkhorst home and then went on a tour that took them to each member’s house to view the articles each member has made for the Hayes County Fair.

Wednesday and Thursday Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hanna and children were in Lincoln where Robert attended the University Tractor field day at Mead. Thursday night they were guests of Freda Ihrig at Johnson, Neb. Freda taught for several years in Wauneta. Mr. and Mrs. Chester Graves left Tuesday for Salem, Ore., and will visit their son, Jim Graves and family and other relatives.

Miss Shirley Brown and Miss Judy Phares were models at a store in McCook Saturday in a style show.

Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Kanost and family returned home Friday from a vacation spent in Denver visiting Mr. and Mrs. M. R. Vandiver, in Cheyenne in the Don Kanost home and camping in the Black Hills.


75 years ago this week

August 9, 1939

A Soap Box Derby will be held at the Nesmith hill in southwest part of town Monday afternoon. Business men of Wauneta have donated prize money: first-$2.25; second-$1.75; third-$1.25 and fourth-$.75.

The Wauneta school grounds has an improvement. New swings were purchased to replace the old ones made of wooden poles. The new ones with six swings were made of all steel tubing, welded by Pennington’s Garage. A distinct improvement over the old ones.

Misses Yvonne Sailors and Roberta Rice of Palisade spent Tuesday night with Miss Rose Ruettimann. The girls came up on their bicycles.

Chester, Byron and Billie Stock and Clarence Sandman and Omar Colson spent Thursday and Friday in the sandhills of Arthur County.

J. A. Person accompanied a party of Perkins County men to Phillipsburg, Kan., Wednesday of last week where the group attended the cornerstone laying ceremonies of the first co-operative refinery in the world. The $700,000 to be spent on the project has all been subscribed, much of it by midwestern farmers.


100 years ago this week

August 6, 1914

Farmers that are not threshing are busy cutting thistles and weeds this week. Some are cutting millet.

F. O. Nesmith was in the Calvert Neighborhood selling remedies last week.

Miss Grace Kanost returned from Kearney where she had been attending the summer normal.

Miss Opal McCartney gave a hard time social Tues. night. Mush and milk and ice cream was served. The guests were dressed in all kinds of apparel. A pleasant evening was spent.

We understand the county high school board are going to ask for a $20,000 building. Whew!