10 years ago this week
September 29, 2005
A group of 67 Wauneta-area farmers and residents banded together to form the Wauneta Cooperative Oil Co. in 1930, pooling toether $6,025 for start-up capital. Today, celebrating its 75th anniversary, total assets have grown to $1,061,165 compared to $18,162 in 1930. Original board members in 1930 were Jay Person, John J. Kitt, R.O. Hardy, Dan Egle, W.H. Hoff, Fred Nordhausen and Chester Stock. Current board members include Joe Barger, Brian Wright, Kevin Kerchal, Wayne Bartels, Terry Nichols, Ray Ridlen and Bob Stinson. The first manager was Dorsey Resler (2 years) then Walter Deininger (15 years), Ed Lowe (3 years), James Parker (2 years), LeRoy Jussel (9 years), Ted Anderson who had the longest tenure as manager (27 years), Rich Greeley (12 years), Wyatt Croft (2 years) and presently “Peco” Anderson, manager and Joyce Bley, assistant manager. In 1975 Palisade opened the Palisade branch with Wauneta Co-op Oil purchasing the business in 1977 with two members representing Palisade serving on the board. Present Wauneta crew members besides the managers include Dennis Pfeiffer, Kenny Lawless, Brad Dixon, Kent Buffington, Rhona O’Neil, Linda Fanning, Lynn Denker and Ed Arenz and at Palisade: Maxine Scott, Judy Doetker and Roberta Werkmeister.
Lucille McBride was honored at an open house held at the Wauneta Senior Center on her 85th birthday by her children Lynn and Janie McBride of Shelton and Vaughn and Dee McBride of Osage City, Kan., and grandchildren.
Coach Pat McKinney officially retired from coaching and teaching at Wauneta-Palisade schools last spring. For the past three decades as girls sports evolved across the state at the high school and junior high levels, she has played a pivotal role in building the programs. In 1970-71 she and husband, Jim, started the girls track program. A state track meet for girls wasn’t held until 1971. She has also coached girls high school volleyball, junior high volleyball, basketball and track.
Four Wauneta-Palisade seniors traveled to Washington D.C. this summer as part of the Rural Electric Youth Rally, the trip sponsored by Southwest Public Power District in Palisade. Seniors making the trip included Kiane Alberts, Stephanie Padilla, Betsy Anderjaska and Kyle Steinke. While at the nation’s capitol they saw Kyle Hansen at a Marine ceremony at the Iwo Jima Memorial.
25 years ago this week
September 27, 1990
Wildcatter Howard Kaler of Gainseville, Texas hit an oil well about one-half mile south of the Lavon Haarberg farm. His success finally came after drilling five dry holes.
The well,which is located in Hayes County, will be the first in the Wauneta area since oil was found southwest of Wauneta on land owned by Elsie Breesie.
Kaler feels the Haarberg well rests on gthe edge of a good field and plans to do more drilling in the area.
Gov. Kay Orr and running mate Jack Maddux of Wauneta campaigned in Imperial.
During the visit, they visited a number of Imperial buinesses before a noon fundraising event at the Imperial Eagles that drew 60 people.
Maadux said he joined the race as the lieutenant governor candidate with Gov. Orr because he felt she was having to take too many cheap shots about her record from her opponent.
Wauneta-Palisade Co-op Oil Co. finshed the fiscal year ending April 30, 1990 with a net savings to members of $33,738.
Manager Rich Greeley said the co-op did not have to write off any bad debts in the fiscal year.
50 years ago this week
September 30, 1965
Junior scout meeting was held at Mrs. Breese’s. Seven girls and our leaders were present.
We decided to call our group “The Meadow Larks.”
Loretta Kuntz was elected Troop leader; Vicki Fanning, secretary-treasurer; and Debra Stock, scribe.
We discussed which badges our troop would work on. We decided on Troop Dramatics.
Mrs. Breese served us a delicious lunch.
75 years ago this week
September 25, 1940
This Thursday night September 26, the Wauneta eleven will play host to the Trenton grid team on the local field in the first home game and also the first Frenchman Valley Conference game of the season.
South Divide News-—We received 5-8 inches of rain Monday afternoon for which everyone is very grateful.
100 years ago this week
September 30, 1915
We had an old time dust storm Friday, that kept most of the Wauneta folks from county fair and Saturday a cold drizzling rain that kept us all from Trenton.
Narrow divide notes-—Miss Myrtle Hanna dismissed her school Fri. so the children could go to the fair. She took the advantage of it and visited her sister, Mrs. C. Fanning from Fri. until Sun, when Clarence brought her home by auto.
Theshing Reports--—On the Grosbach place near Enders on 35 acres of fall wheat was threshed 1300 bu. This is the best wheat that has been brought to town. Better than 31 bu. to the acre.
125 years ago this week
September 25, 1890
Our road commissioner is having some work done on our main street.
Ed. Baker says that he’s worth a million now-—it’s a girl. Father, mother and child doing well.