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Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 19:09

10 years ago this week

May 19, 2005

Wauneta voters said no to a proposition to move Wauneta’s kindergarten through fourth grade students to the Palisade Attendance Center by a vote of 153 against to 93 in favor. Next step is to step back and decide what we need to do for the kids, according to Wauneta-Palisade Superintendent Charles Isom.

A matching donation challenge for the Wauneta Medical Clinic was proposed by Jim Baldonado on behalf of the Baldonado Family Trust and Home Agency in Elwood. Over the next 30 days donations of up to $5,000 will be matched by the Baldonado family and possibly more if donations stay strong.

Wauneta-Palisade’s Envirothon team placed second at the state competition in Halsey. climbing from sixth place last year. Members include freshmen Katie Erickson, Brennan Keiser, James Strand, Jesse Skelton and sophomore Luke Wright. Envirothon coach is Teresa Hayes.

Several went to Heritage last week on the transit bus including Phyllis Yoder, Ruby Anderson, Ruby Ham, Ruth and Harold Speicher and Lois and Raymond Bley for root beer floats and pop corn as part of Nursing Home Week.

Debbie Kemp of St. Louis, Mo., spent Friday to Monday with Wilva Harchelroad and they attended graduation exercises and reception in Imperial for Dillon Harchelroad.

Trudy and Jerry Skelton of Arizona came Saturday to spend time with Edith and Reinhold Gloy and the Troy Skeltons.

The Broncos track team qualified four for state following districts last week. They include Kiane Alberts in the long jump and high jump, Travis Rotter in the high jump, Cory Flaig in the 1,600 meter run and Stephanie Padilla in the 300 meter low hurdles.

Precip for the week: .79 of an inch. To date: 6.22 inches reported.


25 years ago this week

May 17, 1990

Work is now completed on a new Wauneta business, Wauneta Storage and Rental. Wayne and Barry Hackney are the owners of the new business which features 10 rental units and is located in east Wauneta behind Barry Hackney’s home.

The Imperial Right to Life organization sponsored their annual newest and oldest mothers contest in Chase County. The newest mother chosen is the one who gives birth at the Chase County Hospital closest to Mother’s Day and the oldest mother is chosen from nominations received. This year Janie Mullanix is the newest mother with Laurence Thomas born on April 30 and the oldest mother is Edna Maxfield at 101 years old.

The Methodist Junior High Sunday School class and their teacher, Dorthy Dudek, had their mothers and grandmothers as guests during their class time Sunday and enjoyed coffee and rolls. Mabel Scriven presented thoughts on Mother’s Day.

Howard and Fern Stinnette of Pocatello, Idaho, Junior and Margie Kitt, Kent Kitt and Ervin Kitt were Sunday guests of Paul and Elnora Kitt.

Ralph and Kay Long of Denver, Colo., Tony and Jan Cribelli and Jeff and Laurie Maris were Mother’s Day guests of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard O’Neil.

Thirteen Wauneta High School seniors received their diplomas during commencement exercises Sunday afternoon. Shana Wilson was named valedictorian and Janel Applegarth, salutatorian.

Five new members were inducted into the Frenchman Valley Chapter of National Honor Society. New members include Kelly Brunkhorst, Renea Haarberg, Michelle Vette, Kerry Beldin and Jason Brown. They join members: Shelly McCallum, Kory Kitt, Lisa Buffington, Karla McCallum, Shana and Bobbi Wilson, Cindy Cameron, Roxey Wheeler and Janel Applegarth. Sponsor is Gary Goodchuck.

Five athletes qualified for the State Track Meet in Omaha. Those five included Jon Polly in the 800; Ryan Haarberg in the high jump; Stanly Colby in the shot; Renea Haarberg in the 100 and Deb Garrison in the shot.

Taya Gockley was selected to attend the 23rd annual Law Cadet Program in Lincoln in June.

Precip for the week: .69 of an inch; for 1990: 4.37 inches.


50 years ago this week

May 20, 1965

The Chase County Historical Society held opening day for its newly established county museum Sunday in Champion. An estimated 250 persons visited the small town.

Baccalaureate services for the graduating seniors was Sunday, May 16 and commencement exercises for 18 high school graduates and 16 from the eighth grade class were held Tuesday, May 18.

Mr. and Mrs. Art Newman shared their 35th anniversary with 185 guests at their home at an open house. Hosting the open house were children: Mrs. Bob Kitt, Mrs. Rodger Gage and Bob Newman of Littleton, Colo.

Mr. Carl Brammer of Amarillo, Texas, and his cousin from Germany were visitors and supper guests of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Bley. They showed slides of Germany.

Neighbors of Mrs. Louis Grimm paid her a call Thursday at 1:30 bringing refreshments and spending a social afternoon in honor of her birthday. Hostesses were Mrs. Howard Gerih and Mrs. LeRoy Jussel.

Mrs. Cliff Shackelford, Mrs. Lloyd Carter and Mrs. LeRoy Jussel hosted a farewell coffee Saturday for Alicia Smith with 22 friends and neighbors attending. The Smiths are moving to Ogallala in the near future.


75 years ago this week

May 15, 1940

The Commercial Club served a Mothers-Daughter banquet to 142 ladies Monday evening at the I.O.O.F. Hall. The affair was planned and carried out entirely by the men of the Club. Tables were beautifully decorated and a corsage of sweet peas placed at each setting. The menu, printed in French, centered around the entree of roast turkey. Waiters were spotless in white jackets. The unusual social function was a huge success.

Class night was held Wednesday, May 15 and commencement exercises was held Thursday, May 16 for 14 seniors.

Mr. Vernon Hungate completed his 10th consecutive year with the Wauneta schools and has been re-elected superintendent for the coming year. His first two years he served as coach, three years as principal and the balance as superintendent.

Mrs. Mary Athey left by bus for Fairbury where she will visit with her son and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Glen Athey.

Sunday was a happy day for Mrs. Fannie Osmera when 26 children and grandchildren gathered at her home to celebrate Mother’s Day and her birthday.

Mabel Dicke and Dorothy Baumfalk were dinner guests of Lillian Walgren Sunday while the men folks were fishing.

Mrs. Earl Tatum entertained nine ladies at quilting last Tuesday. A nice dinner was served at noon.


100 years ago this week

May 20, 1915

Graduating exercises were held Tuesday evening for the 8th grade and 11th grade.

The city dads have put in a cement cross walk between Ray McCallum’s and Dudeck’s. A good job.

The Wauneta Cemetery Association requests that all lot owners of this cemetery gather at the cemetery any time on Tuesday, May 25th, to clean all the weeds and level their lots ready to sow grass seed.

A new White sewing machine to trade for a cow at this office.

F. O. Nesmith delivered mail on route No. 3 Sat. as Red was on the sick list.


125 years ago this week

May 22, 1890

A great serial story to commence June 19th. We take great care in making selections and hope that the story will be a success.

Marriage certificates for sale at this office.

Mrs. R. H. Williams is visiting friends in McCook.

St. Clair Stock made a couple of trips to Stratton this week with wheat.

W. W. Fisher and wife returned from their trip to Hastings Friday.

A Prohibition Amendment League was organized here Monday night.

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Wednesday, 13 May 2015 20:27

10 years ago this week

May 12, 2005

Graduation exercises were held Saturday for 18 WPHS graduates. Sheridan Wright and Janae Harris were co-valedictorians and Cody Egle was saluatorian. Guest speaker was Aaron Davis of Lincoln, a member of the 1994 national championship Cornhusker football team. Former classmate Andrew Sandman was remembered during the ceremony. At 18, the WPHS of 2005 is the second smallest class to graduate from the consolidated school district with the Class of 1994 the smallest at 16.

Twenty-four eighth grade students graduated into high school with a ceremony held during Honors Night with a reception following the evening’s events.

On May 8, 1955, the Palisade United Methodist Church dedicated the current building and May 8, 2005, 112 people gathered to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Guest speaker was Rev. Hinds Park of Lincoln, daughter of Rev. M. R. Hind who was the Palisade UMC pastor when the church was built. Former pastors, Rev. Hughes B. Morris, Jr. of Omaha, Rev. Charles Graff of Richland, Texas and Rev. Marvin Coffey of Phillips, Neb., were also special speakers.

Andrew Ward was named as Palisade John L. Sullivan American Legion Post No. 318’s delegate to Cornhusker Boys State in June.

Kenny and Diana Ham took Ruby Ham and Lucille McBride out for supper Sunday for Mother’s Day.

Clint and Betty McCallum were guests of Dave and Shelly Meyer and Brooke at Hastings Saturday and on Sunday were among those attending a birthday celebration for Bob Fye at the Marty Fye home in Crete.

Leona Paustian observed her 89th birthday Wednesday, the 4th, enjoying cards, calls and flowers she received.

Precip for the week: Trace.


25 years ago this week

May 10, 1990

A 10-member committee, which included two board members, four parents of junior and senior high students, two faculty members, one junior high student and one senior high student, from each community met last Tuesday to review recommendations on the cooperative agreement between Palisade and Wauneta.

Laurie Maris and eight girl scouts attended Junior Day for area scout groups at the Y.M.C.A. in McCook for grades three to five. Scouts included Emily Haarberg, Beth Kitt, Jennifer Kuskie, Jessica Harrison, Leigh Majors, Courtney Fischer, Christine Nordhausen and Angi Bauer. They stayed at the Y, enjoyed crafts, games, swimming and competitions Friday night, returning home Saturday.

Don and Jackie Kennedy took Effie Kennedy and her houseguest, Luella Terry and Barb Hollingshead of Denver, Colo., out for supper Saturday evening.

Lonnie Lewis of South Field, Mich., spent Sunday to Saturday with parents, John and Frances Lewis.

Kory Kitt and Shana Wilson were crowned 1990 Prom King and Queen. First attendants were Lisa Buffington and Matt Fekkers and second attendants were Ryan Haarberg and Janel Applegarth.

Precip for the week: .18 of an inch.


50 years ago this week

May 13, 1965

Mrs. Ben Gauger was among more than 100 women from Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas who were honored guests at the Rural Homemakers Recognition Day in Omaha.

Mrs. Stella Gregory observed her 88th birthday last Wednesday when neighbors in the forenoon brought birthday cake and coffee
and spent an enjoyable morning and in the afternoon family  enjoyed a birthday party at her home.

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Kitt, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Burke and Carol, Mrs. Nora Fox, Harry and Robert Burke, Mrs. Edith Lorance, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Bartels and baby and Mr. and Mrs. Budd Crow attended a picnic at Enders in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Bartels and baby of Denver last Sunday.

Alvina Buffington, Lola McBride, Bernita Pflum, Mary Stinnette, Irene Krausnick and Dorothy Baumfalk drove to Sterling, Colo., Wednesday and visited Mary McBride.


75 years ago this week

May 8, 1940

According to a report received from the supervisor of census for this district, Wauneta’s population decreased from 793 on April 1, 1930, to 768 on April 1, 1940.

Fifteen eighth graders will receive their diplomas Friday night.

Nels Christensen celebrated his 83rd birthday last Wednesday. His children and their families were all home for the occasion. Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Hoover of Sterling were also guests. Two lovely cakes were presented to Mr. Christensen, one with 83 rose buds on it.

Mrs. Stella Gregory and Mrs. E. F. Van Cleave were surprised last Saturday afternoon with 14 friends came to the Gregory home to remind them of their birthdays. After a happy afternoon they were invited to the Van Cleave home where the daughters of both ladies prepared a lovely birthday lunch.

Mr. Fritz Carlson of Santa Ana, Calif., arrived Tuesday to make an extended visit with his son, Dr. C. Robt. Carlson and family.


100 years ago this week

May 13, 1915, issue not available.


125 years ago

May 15, 1890

Wauneta can boom without a railroad and she’s doing it right now.

The baseball association has built a new backstop.

Mr. Livesay, our band director, has took unto himself a new wife.

The Tecumseh Hotel has a new dinner bell and its sweet-sounding knell suits the hungry ones well.

The post office will occupy its new location on the north side of The Breeze office as soon as permission can be obtained from the department for moving.