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!