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Thursday, 26 March 2015 17:46

10 years ago this week

March 24, 2005

The Wauneta-Palisade school board met in special session to approve the voter resolution to move Wauneta’s kindergarten through fourth grade to attend school in Palisade. A special election will be held May 17.

The Chateau Theatre ticket price will bump up to $4 beginning April 3 with the time change.

An 80th birthday celebration was held for Beulah DeHart at the Country Buffet in Cheyenne, Wyo., hosted by Bill Jeffries with family members of Beulah and members of Bill’s family attending.

A coffee was hosted at the Senior Center Friday morning by friends of Lois and Marlin Wine as the Wines will move from their farm to Overland Park, Kan., to be near their children.

Bill and Linda Ham of Bullhead City, Ariz., spent several days with Ruby Ham and Kenny and Diana Ham.

Friday Gary and Judy Raymond of St. James, Mo., and Jean Wach helped Naomi Nelson celebrate her 92nd birthday.

Penny Smith of San Angelo, Texas, spent her spring break with her mother, Betty Mintling.

Wauneta’s Red Hat Ladies joined the group from Imperial for Mexican food Tuesday at Enders Lake Golf Course. From Wauneta were Beryl Knotwell, Ila Widger, Ethel Louch, Doris Ough, Pat Kitt, Sharon Walgren and Lois Hoff.

Dwana Flaig, Beth Padilla, Bill Ward and Shawn Flaig took nine MYF members to Keystone, Colo., for a skiing weekend.

No precip for the week.


25 years ago this week

March 22, 1990

Wauneta Social Studies Teacher Gary Goodchuck was named as the 1990 Outstanding Secondary Teacher by the Nebraska Rural Community Schools Association. He will receive the award at a noon luncheon during the association’s spring conference in Kearney. Four school board members and Superintendent Dennis Wentz and Principal Jim Manker will attend the award presentation.

Janel Applegarth, a Wauneta High School senior, was named Miss Southwest Nebraska 1990 at the fifth annual Miss Southwest Nebraska Scholarship Pageant in McCook. She will advance to the Miss Nebraska Pageant June 7-8 in North Platte.

Beryl Knotwell attended the annual meeting of city clerks in Kearney Wednesday to Friday. While there she as the recipient of the 1989 award for outstanding clerk, presented the 1990 award to a clerk from Omaha.

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Louch returned from three weeks spent in Yuma, Ariz., where they visited her brother, the Irvin Haywards. They also visited the Haywards’ son in San Diego, Calif., sightseeing on their return to Yuma.

Hazel Novacek and Mindy Young and Dreu went to Albuquerque and Santa Fe, N.M., to visit and then returned to Denver, Colo., where Hazel visited Virginia and David Jesser. Virginia and granddaughter Alicia brought Hazel home. Ed and Hazel observed their 67th anniversary March 17.

Kory Kitt was named to  the all conference basketball second team and Brett Wentz and Kelly Brunkhorst earned honorable mention. Shana Wilson and Bobbi Wilson were named to the girls’ second team and Deb Garrison, honorable mention.

Precip for the week: .03 of an inch; for 1990: 2.10 inches.


50 years ago this week

March 25, 1965

Judy Pearson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Pearson of Palisade, was chosen to attend the National Senior Girl Scout Round-up at Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho, July 17-26. She was one of eight girls chosen from the We-So-Braska Council to attend.

Mr. and Mrs. Jess Webber returned home Sunday from Arizona where they have spent the past six weeks.

Attending the Nebraska State Bowlers Convention in McCook were Mrs. Neil Kitt, Sylvia Moody, Wanda Larson, Ruth Justice, Maxine Heldenbrand and Leah Wicke.

Callers of Mrs. Minnie Christner and Grace Walling have been Minnie Kinsinger, Hazel Liston, Lillie Ruby, Irene Gerih and Lola McBride.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Nordhausen spent the weekend in Lexington visiting with her brother, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Walbridge and their families.


75 years ago this week

March 20, 1940

Russell Bodeman, Earl Rudisil, Eugene Stewart, A. R.  d’Allemand, Dr. C. Robt. Carlson, Dr. Richard Fitzgerald, Chas and Guy Barnes, Ted Voorhees and Arch Counce were among 300 sportsmen attending a buffalo feed in McCook Tuesday.

Rex Shelborn and Donald Osmera flew an airplane over to Mr. and Mrs. J. I. Kerchal’s place and spent Sunday with them. Other visitors were Dan and Billie O’Neil and Mr. and Mrs. Ed Polly. Donald, a nephew of the Kerchals, is learning to fly.

Friends of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Polly surprised them Friday evening reminding them of their 35th anniversary of their marriage. Four tables of pinochle were in play.

Mr. and Mrs. John Hahn of Hamlet were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Athey, the occasion was Mr. Hahn’s birthday.

Mrs. E. R. Voorhees entertained ladies taking part in the Easter Contata Wednesday afternoon after rehearsals.


100 years ago this week

March 25, 1915

As we go to press Thursday p.m. a small blizzard is raging.

We turned down a whiskey ad this week that was worth about $50.

Notice from the Village Board of Health—All refuse of all kinds located on all property, streets and allies must be removed to the dump or otherwise properly disposed of. All dairies furnishing milk within the village must conform to sanitary rules at once.

Archer Morrison brought home a disc Sat. and Geo. Smith helped him put it together Mon.

Grandma Morrison, Mrs. Frank Buffington and little daughter and Mrs. Art Nesmith and little children spent last Thursday with Mrs. Archer Morrison while the men folks went to the sale.


125 years ago this week

March 27, 1890

E.T. Dimick of Exeter, Neb., will soon start a bank here.

The prairie fire north of town Friday did considerable damage, burned up some livestock of James Foxal, consumed Mrs. Whitehead’s stable and other damage.

Imp. Republican news—Wauneta will soon boast of a new bank and lumber yard. The quiet little city by the falls is coming to the front.

(Breeze)—Now you’ve said it. And you might add something about our new hotel and dry goods store, two new hardwares and the electric light plant that is to be put in at the falls, right away, if not sooner.

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Thursday, 19 March 2015 00:00

10 years ago this week

March 17, 2005

The Wauneta-Palisade school board voted unanimously to proceed with moving Wauneta’s kindergarten through fourth grade students to Palisade. A resolution will be drafted and then it will go to a vote before the registered voters. If approved students will attend school in Palisade with the 2005-2006 school year.

Chips-a-Flying, a carving club started by Jim McKinney in November 2002, hosted a guest carver, Mark Gargac, at a two-day workshop with members working on an Indian head from a stick of cottonwood bark. Over the two years they have been carving 27 different people have carved with the group with 14 or 15 solid members coming from Wauneta, Champion, Lamar, Imperial and Palisade.

The Palisade Community Club donated towards two community projects, $500 to go towards Palisade Pioneer Days 2005 and a $250 check to librarian Deb Alberts to help with ongoing library projects.

Sharon Travis joined Dixi and Rusty Wellman and Skye of Waverly on a trip to Disney World and other sites in Orlando, Fla., going on Thursday and returning on Sunday.

The Bronco boys won their first-ever state basketball tourney win, winning 62-46 over Spencer-Naper, then falling 63-70 to Humphrey St. Francis in the D1 semifinals.

Trace of moisture recorded for the week; high of 62° on March 9; low: 22° on March 13.


25 years ago this year

March 15, 1990

Wauneta Village Board approved Sunday beer sales by a 3-2 vote from 6 a.m. to 12 midnight at their Monday night meeting.

Dotty’s Dugout opened this week. Owners Dotty and Gene Bartels said the business will cater towards kids. The business located in the building that formerly housed the Steak Out will offer a variety of video games, air hockey, a small dining area and a TV area and will serve fast food and homemade pizza.

Twenty-five Cub Scouts, Webelos, their leaders and family members gathered Saturday to pick up 90 bags of trash starting from the north bridge to the city dump. The group was headed by Webelo Leader Curtis Christner and Den Mothers, Clyta Baker and Shelly Yoder. Wauneta businesses provided a pop break mid afternoon. The scouts earned points towards their citizenship and community badges.

Melody Kenney, Beth and Paul came Thursday as a surprise to help Edie Sandman celebrate her birthday. They and the Kirk Sandmans had pizza and cake with Edie and Virgil.

St. Paul Lutheran youth group went to Keystone Friday, skiing Friday night and Saturday and attended church Sunday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Denver. Youth were Ryan and Renea Haarberg, Taya Gockley, Kirsten, Jonathan and Cory Nordhausen, Renelle Christner and Trish Bartels and sponsors Monte Nordhausen and Kent and Elaine Haarberg.

Palisade boys lost to Falls City Sacred Heart 40-92 in the first round of Class D-2 state tourney, the eventual state champions.

Precip for the week: 1.04 inches; for 1990: 2.07 inches.


50 years ago this week

March 18, 1965

Mr. and Mrs. Dolan Carter, Mrs. Lizzie Busking and Bill, Mrs. Katie Bischoff, Mrs. Nellie Decker and Mr. and Mrs. Chester Stock were Saturday evening surprise visitors in the Dean Barnes home to help him celebrate his birthday. Games were played and lunch followed at a late hour.

Mrs. Doris Bartels and Mrs. Otto Becker went to St. Francis, Kan., Saturday to visit Mrs. Bartels’ sister, Mrs. Mary Winkelman, returning home Sunday.

Mrs. Bob McBride spent the past week in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Robert Morris, in Denver. Bob joined her over the weekend and they attended the boat show at the Denver Coliseum.

Palisade students received three firsts at the spelling contest. They were Dennis Potthoff in the second grade, Dirk Shoemaker in the fifth grade and Larry Busking in the sixth grade.


75 years ago this week

March 13, 1940

Very disagreeable weather-foggy and icy.

Clyde and Basil Hubbard has leased the Kugler Oil Station March 7 and took possession at once.

Friends and neighbors dropped in to help Mrs. Jane Goodman celebrate her 89th birthday at her home. The afternoon was spent socially and for her guests Mrs. Goodman recited “The Curfew Shall Not Ring ToNight” and at her request the group sang “Nearer My God to Thee.” She is confined almost entirely to her home but a constant joy to all.

Mr. and Mrs. Nels Christensen were pleasantly surprised when their children all came home to remind them of their fifty-fourth anniversary. Dinner was brought and prepared by the children and enjoyed at the noon hour.

Lois Lorance, teacher at District 9, gave a party Friday afternoon for Darlene Donze who is moving and will attend another school.


100 years ago this week

March 18, 1915

The office of County Coroner has been abolished by an act of the legislature. The county attorney has the work attached to his duties.

Ladies Aid Society will hold a bazaar in the office back of the Falls Bank Saturday. Homemade candy, cake, aprons, childrens clothing, sunbonnets, etc.

Fifty lbs. of cabbage at McCallums for 75 cents.

Lyle Kirks has bought out the Ryan barbershop..

Art Polly has a new ring as he has the phone Ray had, Mrs. Corwin has the one Art had.Change due to Ira Danniels taking his off the line.


125 years ago this week

March 20, 1890

While there are snowbanks and the rivers look like it will take the May sunshine to thaw them, Chase County farmers are all busy plowing.

A straw hat was seen upon our street Monday with a man under it.

There has been a new post office started at Enders, nine miles northwest from here with George Parsons.

George McNaul and wife came home from Holdrege Tuesday.

Miss Rackert of the south divide visiting her sister, Mrs. Goodwin.

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Thursday, 12 March 2015 17:35

10 years ago this week

March 10, 2005

On the agenda for Monday night’s Wauneta-Palisade Schools Board meeting will be a discussion to put a vote to the people whether to move the kindergarten through fourth grades attending in Wauneta to Palisade.

Wauneta Volunteer Fire Department Chief Donn Allen stepped down as chief after serving for 14 years. He has been on the WVFD for a total of 23 years. Bill Bischoff will become the new chief.

The Circle K Ranch was the recipient of the 2004 Upper Republican Natural Resources District Conservation Rangeland Award. The ranch covers 2,900 acres and an additional 870 acres that Wayne owns or rents and manages over 4,700 total acres of grassland. Recognized at the presentation were the late Elwyn Krausnick who started the ranch in 1936 near Wauneta and his wife, Viola, Fred and Betty Krausnick of  Wauneta and Chris Krausnick of Enders with son Jesse and Todd and Marie Krausnick of York.

A guest carver, Mark Gargac of Colorado, met over the weekend with 10 of the local carving class at the school shop.

Dennis and Donna Gockley returned from a trip to the southwest states, sightseeing and visiting family and friends. Denny also participated in the Spring Grand Trap Shoot at Tucson.

The Bronco girls won their first game at state, defeating Overton, 54-35, but fell to Humphrey St. Francis 45-68 in the semi-finals, ending an 18-5 season. HSF went on to defeat Freeman for the Class D-I title.

The Wauneta-Palisade boys are headed to Lincoln after defeating the defending Class C-2 champions, Cambridge, 74-60, in the DI-6 district finals.

No precip for the week. High for the week: 69° on Mar. 4; low: 21° on Feb. 28.


25 years ago this week

March 8, 1990

The Wauneta School Board will consider adding a preschool at their meeting next month. Superintendent Dennis Wentz and teachers Deb Monasmith and Renea Harchelroad visited three schools in the eastern part of the state who have preschool programs in place. Concerns for and against were expressed.

The Wauneta Cub Scouts held their Blue & Gold Banquet Saturday. The group has increased from eight members to 16, according to Cubmaster Bill Bischoff. Jack Maddux was the speaker for the evening.

Ellen McCallum, Peg McCallum, Marge Engell and Doris Ough returned Saturday night after attending an Elder Hostel at the College of Santa Fe, N.M. They attended classes and roomed in a dorm on campus and attended the college musical production of “Sweet Charity.”

Junior and Margie Kitt and Budd and Eunice Crow returned Saturday evening from a three-week trip to the southwest, sightseeing and visiting in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California, returning home by way of Las Vegas and Colorado Springs.

The Eden Sunshine Club met with Jean Hardy Wednesday. Linda Egle had pictures and told of her trip to India with her brother, Duane.

The Palisade Panther boys are headed to Lincoln, the second time in the school’s history. They defeated Brady 61-58 and Wheatland 42-39.

Precip for the week: .30 of an inch; for 1990: 1.03 inches.


50 years ago this week

March 11, 1965

Connie Dicke was named Wauneta’s delegate to the 1965 Cornhusker Girls State June 12-18. Patty Denker was selected as alternate. Sponsors include the American Legion Auxiliary, Wauneta Fire Department and Mrs. Jaycees.

John Kitt represented the Sunset District Boy Scouts in Lincoln March 5-6 at the 1965 report on the Governor Ceremonies. He was one of 14 Eagle Scouts from Nebraska. Jerry Post was chosen by the Palisade American Legion to attend Boys State June 12-18 and Charles Bard was selected as alternate.

Judy Curtis was selected to attend Girls State by the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 318 with Susan Carse as alternate.

Mr. and Mrs. Don Kennedy and children were in North Platte Saturday where Jannette was a contestant in the KNOP Spelling Bee.

The Palisade Girl Scouts held a birthday party celebrating the 20th year of Girl Scouting in Palisade at the Legion Hall March 2 with the presentation of badges, songs by the Brownies and a lighting candles ceremony. Judy Pearson has been chosen to go to the International Round-up in Idaho in July.


75 years ago this week

March 6, 1940

At the Village caucus six names will appear on the ballot: E.W.Cox, Russel Bodeman, Nelson Burham, E. E. Rudisil, C. E. Johnston and Al Carrigan. Albert Scriven was elected to the office of clerk of the village board replacing Dale Theobald who is moving to Imperial in the spring.

Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Stewart returned Wednesday from Omaha where they went to seen the Sonja Henie Ice Review.

Marvin Athey has been chosen again as one of the Counselors at “Boys State.” He attended the first year as Wauneta’s selection and last year as one of the counselors.

Robert Bradley has been chosen as the representative student from Wauneta High School to attend “Boys State” by the local Commercial Club and American Legion.

Mrs. Leonard Kerchal entertained the neighborhood club Thursday afternoon and as a surprise the guest presented them with a box of canned goods from which the labels had been removed.

Bruce Resler returned Monday from Omaha and Mrs. Resler went on to Philadelphia to visit her daughter, Mrs. Joe Smuckler.


100 years ago this week

March 11, 1915

Because of the snow roads have been impassable. Frank Emerick did not go out with the mail on Friday, Saturday or Monday. Emerick and Wade made their routes Tuesday but it took Wade all day.

No Sunday School or school at Empire this week; no school at Blue Ridge Friday.

In the Calvert area so many folks are out of coal, the farmers turned out pretty well Mon. and broke the road to town.

Various kinds of sleighs have been used the past few days.

The band boys held a meeting Wednesday night at Drs. Hollingsworth & Bailey and steps were taken to organize a band such as Wauneta never before dreamed of having. In addition the “Old Boys” will attempt to organize a beginning class consisting of every body who will join.


125 years ago this week

March 13, 1890

A prairie fire from the northwest came down upon us Tuesday night, causing the inhabitants to get a hustle on themselves and keep it from setting the town on fire. It broke out again yesterday but the wind was not strong enough to carry it across on our side of the river.

J. W. Hann went to Omaha on business Tuesday.

Mrs. John Oswald arrived from Ottumwa, Ia., to join her husband who came out some weeks ago.

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Thursday, 05 March 2015 18:26

10 years ago this week

March 3, 2005

The first annual Palisade Chili Cook-off and Poetry Contest, a library fundraiser, was held Saturday, Feb. 26 at the Smith Building with seven cook-off entries and eight poetry entries. Mike Nothous won both the Judges’ Choice and Peoples’ Choice awards. Joseph Sramek read his poem.

Loyd and Karen Christner spent Thursday to Sunday with Renelle and Barry Mooney and Rylee at Russell, Kan. They attended Grandparents Day at the library with Rylee.

Guests of Richard, Janet and Brennan Keiser Saturday to observe the 50th anniversary of Elmer and Edna Keiser were the honored guests, Rodney Keiser, Richard and Marcia Comly of Boulder, Colo., Barb Smith, Leta Brunkhorst and Edna’s sister, Elma Hinde and daughter Laretta Mallory, both of Yuma, Colo.

Anna Belle Vapenik and Marie Smith met their sisters, Betty Stubblefield of Denver, Colo., and Jean Johnson of Ogallala, in Grant Saturday where they visited their sister, Margaret Stransky, at the Golden Ours Nursing Home.

Cody Egle of Wauneta-Palisade was the District 5 Voice of Democracy winner. Kelly Bernt of Stratton placed second and Brandon Bishop of Chase County High School, third.

Both the Wauneta-Palisade boys and girls basketball teams will be heading to the state basketball tournament, both teams defeating Cambridge in districts. This feat was accomplished only one other time in school history when the boys and girls teams defeated both boys and girls teams from Crawford in the district finals in 1994. The boys defeated Cambridge 74-60 and girls won 43-37.


25 years ago this week

March 1, 1990

After three years of planning, rural residents are now receiving RURAL VISION wireless cable television. Southwest Telecommunications Cooperative Association, Inc. of Palisade began broadcasting their microwave cable signals earlier this month after completing a transmission tower just north of Wauneta.

Wauneta native Jack Maddux filed with the secretary of state for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor.

Hoping to boost tourism to the area several representatives of the Chase County Development Corporation, the Red Willow Lodging Tax Authority and the Greater McCook Area Chamber’s Convention and Tourism Committee manned a booth at the five-day show at the Denver International Sportsmen’s Exposition. Representing the Chase County Development Corporation were Rex and Diane Walgren and Jim McKinney.

Patrons of the Palisade school district met Wednesday morning to adopt a cooperative agreement proposal to submit to the Hayes Center and Trenton school boards.

Patty Kramer of Las Vegas, Nev., and Diana Dieder of Dighton, Kan., are visiting their father, Leonard Gauger.Visitors Sunday to help him celebrate his birthday were Mr. and Mrs. Bob Hardy, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Maris, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Maris and family, Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Petsch, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Gauger, Rhonda Fawcett, Lavina Bardsley and Donald Donze.

Kindergarten girls in the Daisy Girl Scout troop enjoyed an outing to the Jim Widger farm Monday after school. Their leader, Laurie Johnson, took them to see the new baby lambs. The girls enjoyed bottle feeding the animals and each brought home a handful of wool.

Precip for the week: .02.


50 years ago this week

March 4, 1965

Consolidation of the Wauneta Rural High School and the Wauneta Grade School District No. 31 is being offered. An invitation is also being extended to the surrounding area schools to join in the redistricting plan.

The Enders Lake Association Incorporated is moving ahead with plans to provide a completely new area of recreation, but membership is not going as quickly as anticipated. Only a few weeks remain to reach the 400 initial membership goal.

Mrs. Mabel Scriven has asked for a leave of absence to pursue graduate work with board approval. She has taught many years in the Wauneta grade school.

Ray Gunderson has been selected to attend Cornhusker Boys State as the 1965 delegate. The American Legion is the sponsor.

A number of neighbors called on Mrs. Gladys Brown Tuesday to observe her 80th birthday. Her daughters, Mrs. Jack Sandman and Mrs. Lawrence Ingold, served birthday cake, ice cream and coffee at the close of the afternoon.

Mr and Mrs. Dick Nordhausen, Mr. and Mrs Henry Fischer, Allan and Gordon, Elmer and Reinhart Lunzman and Mr. and Mrs. David Kuenning and family of Ogallala were Sunday evening supper guests of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Brunkhorst. The Kuennings were residents of the South Divide several years ago.

The Broncos won the Class ‘C’ district title, defeating Hayes Center 60-49 in the first round, defeating Beaver City 78-52 in the semi-finals and winning 64-55 over Alma in the final game. They will play Hebron to see who goes to state.


75 years ago this week

February 28, 1940

Earl Skelton attended the Road and Tractor Show in Wichita, Kansas and the Board of Trade in Kansas City last week.

Mr. and Mrs. J. I. Kerchal entertained family and friends  at Sunday dinner, complementary to Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Kerchal whose birthdays were close at hand. The afternoon was spent visiting and playing games.

Fourteen ladies surprised Mrs. Cloid Nesmith Monday afternoon, the occasion was her birthday. After a social afternoon Mrs. Nesmith was presented with a tea towel from each of her guests.

The losing side of the dinner pinochle club entertained the winners at a six o’clock dinner at the E. M. Carpenter home. Covers were laid for twelve. Wauneta got a thrilling win last Friday night, beating the Palisade five 30-28. Forward Bradley scored 13 for Wauneta.


100 years ago this week

March 4, 1915

The Peoples Bank will soon build an addition to their building in the shape of an office room to be built on the west side of the Oxford hotel.

Birge Brannon, E.E. Fye and C. Lantz did their summer butchering Monday.

Henry Haarberg and family, Mr. and Mrs. Nordhausen and Mrs. Steinbeck all spent Sunday at C. Bartels.

Keen Tackert and Geo. Yant had a runaway Tues. while on their way to Johnnie Kitt’s, breaking the buggy, but they got off lucky.


125 years ago this week

March 6, 1890

It looks winterish.

School closed this week Wednesday.

The school house came near catching on fire again on Monday.

Irving D. Smith of Hayes County sold his deeded quarter and a timber-claim last week for the neat sum of $2,500.

Joe Dudek bought another broncho on Tuesday and was severely kicked by the animal,  by way of introduction.

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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.