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Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Wednesday, 31 December 2014 23:08

10 years ago this week

December 30, 2004

This issue was the tenth year Breeze readers have been submitting pictures taken of their various vacation trips which were then printed in the “Vacation Issue.” This year 36 photos told of vacation trips taking readers to the South Pole, Iceland, Antarctica, Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, Germany, Oregon, Washington, California, Tennessee, and many of the surrounding states.

The third annual Wauneta Holiday Social Hour was held Monday with a good attendance, especially by former Wauneta area residents who were back in town for the holidays.

A new Palisade business, RJ Construction continues to thrive. The business, owned by Rodney Hunt and Joe Vrbas,  is just over a year old, having started in October 2013.

Gary Klumpe and Jim Dyer of Southwest Public Power District successfully completed the Merchant Job Training and Safety Program which is one of the most comprehensive training programs in the world for power line personnel.

Chris Hoff of Bozeman, Mont., spent Thursday to Monday with Lois and Clyde Hoff. Stuart Hoff, Sydney and Thomas also were later visitors.

Visitors over Christmas of Mick and Gwen Brunkhorst were their family: Kelly, Carey and Seth Brunkhorst of Lincoln and Brandon and Kim Kuykendall of Mahomet, Ill.

Following Christmas Eve services at St. John’s Catholic Church, Father Greg Pawloski was a supper guest of Joe and Kathy Barger and their houseguests. Christmas Day dinner guests of the Bargers were the Dumont family, Gonzales family, Joan Barger, J. W. Stephens and Tim and Terry Stevens and Josh.

Precip for the week:.08 of an inch. High for the week: 57° on Dec. 20; low: -8 on Dec. 23.

25 years ago this week

December 28, 1989

New Years/Vacation Issue

About 25 Wauneta residents attended a special board meeting held at the Legion Hall where discussion was held on closing the dump and on a trash pick up service. New regulations indicate all unlicensed landfill sites will have to be brought to licensing compliance or closed. If the village closes the dump before the Environmental Protection Agency issues the new regulations, the city can close it under the current regulations which would require covering the site with two feet of dirt and reseeding the area. Thirteen were in favor of closing, one opposed and the others did not vote. A trash pick up service representative was present to discuss their service.

A building, built in South Dakota to house the receiving and transmission equipment for the new wireless cable TV tower north of Wauneta was placed at the site Dec. 19.

The Wauneta FFA Chapter was given a banner and plaque by the Class of 1977 in memory of Larry Richards. FFA President Jim DeHart and Advisor Dan Andrews received the memorial gift on behalf of the chapter.

50 years ago this week

Dec. 31, 1964

This issue featured pictures of children of area families, from babies to older children, individuals or in groups.

Bill and G. B. Crapson will take-over publication of the Wauneta Breeze, Wauneta’s weekly newspaper since 1887, Jan. 1 after purchasing it from Stan and Alicia Smith. They will serve as the fifth owners in the paper’s long history of continuous operation.

A cooperative movement among community builders of Benkelman, Imperial and Wauneta are inquiring into the possibility of the installation of a country club  to be built along the shore line of Enders Lake. Plans are in the early stages but the project would include an 18-hole golf course, a large club house with restaurant facilities and would include all features associated with such an installation, a marina, swimming pool, tennis court, quarter-mile horse racing strip, teenage dance facilities, showers, lockers etc. Low-cost membership would be offered with at least 400 memberships needed to launch the project.

Nadine Sexton was installed as honored queen of Bethel No. 43 of Job’s Daughters. Claudia Bosley of Hayes Center was installed as Senior Princess, Vonna Jo Moody, Junior Princess; Susan Skelton, Guide and Susan Hoff, Marshall. Robert Kitt sang “The Lord’s Prayer,” accompanied by Marcia Rueter.

Truman Hohl of Mercury Nev., arrived home to spend a 10-day leave with his mother, Mrs. Bernice Hohl, and other relatives.

Mrs. Betty McCallum. Mrs. Karen Christner and Mrs. Donna Winscot met at the home of Mrs. Mary Harvey Dec. 15 to make and fill  felt stockings for the pupils at the Palisade Opportunity Center. This is a project of the Mrs. Jaycees.

75 years ago this week

December 27, 1939

The mercury dropped to four below in wake of the first snowstorm, a shock to many Nebraskans who have enjoyed Indian summer weather up to near Christmas time.

Jay Person was named as a member of a permanent executive committee of Nebraska’s “committee of 100,” organized last Thursday at Columbus. Its purpose is the development of Nebraska resources.

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Christner and family enjoyed a turkey dinner at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ochs.

The Ralph Sandman family celebrated Christmas at the parental home.

Chester and Harlan Stock brought their cattle home from the sandhills pasture Monday in the snow. They didn’t think the weather man could do it.

100 years ago this week

December 31, 1914

R. H. Williams filled his ice house Monday and Tuesday.

A. H. Manning filled his ice house from the Barnes bayou this week.

Mrs. Geo. Theobold and children left on Wednesday to visit her people. They will be gone a couple of months to Ill.

Mable and Chester McCarty  spent Xmas Day with their uncle, F. O. Nesmith, and family in Wauneta and attended the Majestic in the afternoon.

There was no vacation at the school in the Calvert district except Xmas Day. Mrs. May Kitt gave her pupils a nice treat Thurs.

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Thursday, 25 December 2014 00:00

10 years ago this week

December 23, 2004

Ann Grasser was elected board chair at the Village Board of Trustees’ re-organization meeting last week, replacing Al Wilkins. New board members sworn in at the meeting were Lloyd Sinner and Lynn Brunkhorst. Ted Grimm serves as the other board member. Tony Cribelli and Rod Rector have served the past four years.

Stuffed animals, including bears, dogs and rabbits, were made by a group of ladies from the Methodist Church and taken to the nursing home for each resident to choose their own animal. A total of 52 animals were made by 14 ladies. The project was planned by Susie Doetker.

Krafty Klub members held their Christmas party last Monday evening at the Prairie Bell Bed and Breakfast near Haigler. Hostesses were Donna Bartels and Annette Long. Others attending were Deb Nordhausen, Sheila Pfeiffer, Jan Nordhausen, Becky Berry, Kara Engbrecht and Judi Nordhausen.

Iris and Darrell Barnes and guests, Doug and Dane  Barnes and John Barnes, all of Denver, Colo., hosted a dinner at the Pioneer Cafe Saturday night for Harry and Elsie Petsch for their 61st anniversary.

Ed and AnnaBelle Vapenik hosted their family Christmas dinner Sunday with all their family attending.

Knotty and Beryl Knotwell and family met in McCook Saturday and Sunday at the Chief Motel for their pre-Christmas get-together. There were games and visiting around the pool and Saturday night they met at the Country Kitchen for dinner.

No precip for the week. High for the week: 55° on Dec. 15 and 17; low: 17° on Dec. 13.


25 years ago this week

December 21, 1989

A total of eight inches of snow was recorded for the week. Temperatures dropped below the zero mark.

Hilda and Bill Roschewski, Violet Long, Art and Nina Fortkamp, Martin and Erma Fortkamp, Rolland, Betty and Annie Fortkamp attended church, the dinner and open house in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Emil and Opal Fortkamp at Zion Lutheran Church in Imperial Sunday.

Becky Erickson and Ruthanne of Omaha were weekend guests of Dean and Charlene Pursley. Saturday evening the Pursleys, Becky and Caleb Pursley attended a concert of the Omaha Symphony Chamber Orchestra at Ogallala where Becky’s husband, Steve, plays the trumpet in the orchestra.

Ruth Madron of McCook spent Sunday to Wednesday with the Kirk Sandmans to attend the grandchildren’s church and school programs.

Mr. and Mrs. Dale Duhm and four children of Livingston, Calif., were Sunday guests of his aunt, June Cox. Twenty relatives and friends were callers in June’s home to visit the guests.

Rod and Joy Wheeler met daughter Anita at the Denver air port Thursday. She will spend two weeks here before returning to Franklin, N.C.

Precip for the week: .28 of an inch; for 1989: 14.57 inches.


50 years ago this week

Dec. 24, 1964

Wauneta’s first snow of consequence fell late Friday evening and Saturday measuring .30 in moisture and 3 inches in depth. Highs in the 60s, low -9° on Dec. 17.

High school youth from surrounding churches attended an all faith Christmas party at Mt. Zion Church Sunday evening. About 40 attended. Games were played following supper.

Relatives of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Becker participated in a impromptu pot luck supper Friday evening, Dec. 18 on the date of the Beckers’ 25th anniversary. Present were the seven brothers of Mrs. Becker, their families, her mother Mrs. Doris Bartels and Mr. and Mrs. Don Majors and family.

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Maxfield were hosts Saturday evening to the employees of the mill and their husbands and wives. Fourteen were present to enjoy a social evening and lunch.

Mrs. Woodrow Moody was hostess at a coffee at her home Monday in honor of her mother, Mrs. Metta Smith, who was observing a birthday. Guests were Miss Nellie Dick, Mrs. Iva Robertson, Mrs. Onna Moody, Mrs. Effie Kennedy, Mrs. Anna O’Neil, Mrs. Sylvia Moody and Susan Jackson.


75 years ago this week

December 27, 1939

Christmas, 1939, will be remembered as a “white Christmas,” the first in this part of the state since 1932 or seven years ago. Amounts were estimated from 8 to 12 inches.

Wauneta waited until mid-afternoon Saturday for their usual morning mail. The truck carrying the mail skidded into a ditch near the Oliver farm east of town. Only slight damage to the truck with the occupants receiving minor injuries.

Santa Claus came to town Saturday afternoon in style. The parade started at the depot with the band leading, followed by Santa in a truck camouflaged to look like an enormous cutter sled. The parade halted at the main intersection with the band performing Christmas music around the Christmas tree. Over 1,200 sacks were distributed to young and old and Santa also scattered generous handfuls of pennies amidst the crowd.

Mr. and Mrs. Hal Fanning and family entertained on Christmas with guests: Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Metcalf, Mrs. Cora Metcalf, Mr. George Metcalf and Margaret, Mr. and Mrs. Dell Oliver and children and Mr. and Mrs. Glen Christensen and Richard.

The Bischoff families enjoyed Christmas dinner at the  Grandmother Bischoff and Minnie Denker home.


100 years ago this week

December 24, 1914

Heavy snow Sunday, 5 or 6 inches. 21 below Monday morning.

$2 wheat is predicted in the near future.

Mr. Allen will deliver milk for Teddy while he’s away.

Shorty Gruer has gone to Fleming, Colo., to see ma and pa, he also shipped his tools.

Otto Krausnick came in on Fri. to visit his folks, his wife & son from Alberta.