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Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 21:03

10 years ago this week

August 26, 2004

Chase County’s fair was deemed one of the biggest in the past decade. Longtime Wauneta business owner Lloyd Sinner served as Grand Marshall. Sinner, prominent in the community, has operated Sinner’s Body Shop for 51 years. More than 1,000 attended the Christian Family Show Wednesday night with the Parade and Friday and Saturday night shows drawing big crowds.

School opened on Monday. One of the changes was combining kindergarten and first grade in Palisade due to low enrollment.

The Chase County Transit service is to expand to Wauneta. A new van has been acquired and is being outfitted with a wheelchair lift. Starting in September in-town service will begin one day a week and the bus will make medical trips to Imperial on Tuesday and Thursday.

Dorothy Brown of Peoria, Ariz., spent Aug. 18-25 with daughter, Evelyn Skelton and family.

Dixi and Rusty Wellman and Skye spent Friday to Sunday with Ted and Sharon Travis, meeting friends, Des and Aaron of Holyoke at the fair.

Loyd and Karen Christner attended the AmVets National Convention in Spokane, Wash., Aug. 10-15.

Pauline Grosbach and the Duane Grosbach family hosted a “corn fest” at Pauline’s home Sunday with the congregation of the Church of the Brethren as guests, having all the corn they could eat.

Grain markets from Frenchman Valley Co-op: wheat-2.87; corn-2.51; milo-1.95; sunflowers-9.20; from the Palisade Elevator: wheat-2.97; corn-2.48; soybeans-6.41.

Precip for the week: .07 of an inch; for 2014: 16.51 inches. High for the week: 91° on Aug. 22; low: 49° on Aug. 20.


25 years ago this week

August 24, 1989

School opened in Palisade last Tuesday, Aug. 22; Wauneta schools will open next Monday.

Paul and Elnora Kitt were honored on their 40th anniversary at a Saturday evening dinner and dance, hosted by their three children, Craig Kitt of New York City, N.Y.; Paula Kitt and Ryan Busking of Lenexa, Kan., and Kent Kitt of Wauneta, at the Kitt home with approximately 100 family and friends attending.

Gilbert and Phyllis Nordhausen were guests of honor at a cookout carry-in dinner at the Enders Lake Golf Course Saturday evening, Aug. 19 to celebrate their 40th anniversary. Hosts were their children and grandchildren: Vicki Lowe of Lincoln; Pam, Ron, Gretchen and Rachel Gloy of Ogallala and Monte, Deb, Cory and Heidi Nordhausen of Wauneta. Decorated cake, punch, nuts and mints were served later in the evening with some of the glassware used the same that was used at their wedding.

Tina Kitt organized an appreciation picnic for those helping with Sunday School and Bible School at the Methodist Church. Thirteen attended the event held in the Kitt yard.

Clyde and Lois Hoff, accompanied by Lois’ brother and wife, Larry and Donna Hayes of Modesto, Calif., returned last week from a trip through the northewestern states and Canada.

Gene Bartels took Arnold and Otto Bartels and Elsie Becker to Indianola Thursday evening where Arnold and Otto participated in a fiddling contest. Arnold was recognized as being the oldest participant.

Several ladies met at the Corner Cupboard Monday morning to celebrate Ila Widger’s birthday.

Grain Markets: wheat-3.73/bu.; corn-2.22/bu.; milo-3.45/cwt.; soybeans-5.60/bu.; oats-1.35/bu.


50 years ago this week

Aug. 27, 1964

Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Gruver observed their 50 anniversary at their country home at Palisade where they have resided for 44 years with family and friends attending the open house. Children attending were Richard Gruver and family of Chicago and Mrs. Don Twiford and family of Washington, D.C. They have seven grandchildren.

Miss Susan Ham will serve as trophy girl at the Chase County Fair on Wauneta Day Friday.

The Boy Scouts received a $2 donation for a good deed they performed while at their Saturday night camp-out at Enders. They assisted a man whose car was stuck in the mud

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Buffington entertained at dinner Tuesday evening honoring Mr. and Mrs. Vearl McBride on their 25th anniversary and Mr. and Mrs. Ed Nowka on their 30th anniversary, both on Aug. 18. Other guests were Mr. and Mrs. Lynn McBride, Vaughn and Mr. and Mrs. Kent Buffington.

Kenneth Kitt, Worth Kanost, Keith Barnes, Orville Widger, Herb Karre, Glen and Junior Thompson and Jim Thompson shelled corn Thursday for Glen Thompson. Mrs. Jim Thompson cooked dinner for the men.

Out-of-state guests in the Frank Stute home the past few days were Mr. and Mrs. Harry DeVinny of Lebanon, Ore., and Mr. and Mrs. LaVern Fields of Corvales, Ore.

Mr. and Mrs. Lynn McBride, Mr. and Mrs. Vearl McBride and Mr. and Mrs. Bill Buffington spent Wednesday at the Kent Buffingtons’ working on a nursey for the new Buffington-to-be.


75 years ago this week

August 30, 1939

Five generations were present at a family dinner held at the William Kellie home in Wauneta. Present were Mrs. Luna Kellie, 82, her son William of Wauneta; his daughter Mrs. Emily Barnes of Wauneta, and her daughters Mrs. Doris Harris and daughter Bettie Lou and Mrs. Darlene Moreland and baby Janet Eileen.

Wauneta schools to open on Monday with Home Economics Course a new feature.

Superintendent Vern Hungate and Nelson Burham drove to Lincoln Friday where they consulted with state authorities in regards to the construction of the built-in cabinets for the home economics department in the new addition to the school, now under construction.

G. J. Hancock returned Monday from Lincoln where he attended the American Legion convention.

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Kanning of Fairmont, Minn., and daughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Victor Baumhoeffer and their son Victor Herbert of Alta, Iowa, and Miss LuVerna Schwieger of Fairmont, Minn.,visited at the homes of Henry Fortkamp, Dick Steinbeck, Sr., and Carl Bartels over the weekend. Mrs. Kanning is a cousin of Henry Fortkamp, Mrs. Sophie Steinbeck and Mrs. Bartels. They had not seen their relatives since they were children in Germany.

Misses Velma Wheeler, Helen Kitt and Doris Newman of Palisade returned from a five week visit to the west coast.

100 years ago this week

August 27, 1914

G. G. Athey and family returned from their trip to the mountains Friday.

The spring wheat on the E. F. Wiley ranch made a yield of 15 bu. per acre.

I can board and room a few scholars or others. Mrs. Fierling.

Mrs. Grace Walling and children left for their California home Wednesday.

Truman Kitt has been working the road on the south hill the past week.