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Wednesday, 19 February 2014 23:22

10 years ago this week

Feb. 19, 2004

Al Wilkins was elected Village Board chairman, replacing Tony Cribelli. Ann Grasser was appointed as vice chair.

Family and friends gathered at Heritage of Wauneta Sunday to help J. R. Crabb celebrate his 100th birthday. He moved from Imperial to Wauneta and once owned Crabb Jewelers in Imperial. A lover of music, and able to play anything, he once conducted a song for John Phillip Sousa who had come to Lincoln to perform and had fallen sick.

Ed Buffington was crowned king and Lorean Anderson, queen, at the Valentine festivities at Heritage of Wauneta. The Chase County Stompers provided entertainment.

Gary and Jan DeWester spent Thursday and Friday at the Claremont Inn at Stratton, Colo., for a get-away as a gift from their family for their 40th anniversary.

Ken and Cleophia Denker ate out in McCook Sunday to observe their 51st anniversary.

Bill Bischoff, Mike Gage, Michael Gentry, Bob Hamilton, Robert Hohl, Bob Jones, Jeff Maris and Chuck Vette were among those attending the mid-winter fire school in Holdrege Feb. 1.

Eight Broncos from the GPAC champion teams received all-conference honors.Staci Alberts and Melissa Long were first team honorees; Ashley Kitt, second team and Stephanie Padilla and Kiane Alberts, honorable mention.Boys team honors went to Joe Humphrey and Matt Klima, first team and Andrew Isom, honorable mention.

No precip for the week: high was 41° on Feb. 10; low: -2° on Feb. 11.

Grain Markets: Frenchman Valley Coop­: wheat-3.49; corn-2.65; milo-2.52; sunflowers-10.90. Palisade Elevator: wheat-3.51; corn-2.67; milo-4.54; soybeans-8.00.


25 years ago this week

February 16, 1989

Howard Lawson and Lillie Ruby were crowned king and queen at the Heritage of Wauneta’s 1989 Heart Fund Jamboree. They were special guests at the Heart Fund dinner held at the Legion Hall Sunday.

Ed and Pauline Buffington celebrated their 60th anniversary this week, having been married on Feb. 12, 1929. They farmed southwest of Wauneta and moved to Wauneta in 1974 upon retirement.

Family of Hilda Nordhausen took her to dinner at The Club for her 85th birthday Sunday. Present were Charlene and Dean Pursley, Elvera and Jim Mullanix, Donna and Dennis Gockley and daughters, Joel Gockley, Julie Wier, the Mike and Chris Pursley families and Henry and Leta Brunkhorst. Friends and family called on her later at her home, enjoying birthday cake and ice cream.

Mrs. Bob Hohl attended classes on Library Management in McCook the last two Mondays.

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Dicke returned home Sunday after a two-weeks visit with Connie and Les Linscott at Gainsville, Fla., enjoying a visit to Cape Canaveral, dining at Cedar Key on the Gulf coast and at Cocoa Beach and other sites. They also visited Bob and Lucille Newman at Leesburg.

Jim McKinney, Dale Wicke, Bob Nordhausen, Gene Bartels, Stuart Bartels and Hank Wicke attended a woodworkers show in Denver over the weekend.

Precip for the week: .05 of an inch; for 1989: .79 of an inch.

Grain Markets: wheat-3.82/bu.; corn-2.44/bu.; milo-3.65/cwt; soybeans-6.79/bu.; oats-1.90/bu.


50 years ago this week

Feb. 20, 1964

The Farmers Cooperative Exchange in Wauneta held their annual meeting Feb. 13 at the Wauneta High School auditorium with an estimated 130 guests. Following the ham dinner the business meeting was conducted with two being elected to the board: Marvin Large replaced Elmer Bischoff who declined nomination and Junior Kitt was re-elected.

Thirty-two youngsters, all second graders, were entertained at a belated Christmas party by the Wauneta Commercial Club as winners of their Christmas contest. They were taken to dinner at Rudy’s Drive-Inn where 47 hamburgers, cheeseburgers and barbecue sandwiches; 32 orders of French fries; 22 bottles of pop; 27 malted milks (all flavors), 26 candy bars and four rolls were enjoyed. Then, on to the Chateau Theatre where they were treated at the refreshment counter to boxes of popcorn, bottles of pop and assorted candy bars (200 total) and to a movie. Each child attending received a silver dollar from the Commerical Club and Dr. and Mrs. Rider presented each with a free movie pass.

A Court of Honor was held at the Scout House last Wednesday evening, attended by parents and relatives. Tenderfoot badges were awarded to Ricky Heldenbrand, Karl Hoff, Rex Walgren, Lynn Salyer, Doug Brown and Steven Burham.

Mrs. Bob Kitt and Mrs. Edwin Kanost entertained the mothers of the fifth grade children at a Valentine coffee Friday afternoon at the Kanost home. Teachers Mrs. Wine and Mrs. Woolery were also guests.

Three juniors of WHS were named to the FVA all-tournament team following the finals at Benkelman Monday evening. They were Tom Heldenbrand, Larry Fanning and Danny Jeffries. Wauneta led all teams with three; Stratton, Benkelman and Imperial placed two and Trenton, Palisade, Culbertson, Grant and Madrid each placed one.


75 years ago this week

February 22, 1939

Wauneta Co-Operative Equity Exchange and Wauneta Co-Operative Oil Co. hosted Co-Op Day with a free lunch at the Co-Operative Oil and a free moving picture show at the theatre. Over 800 were served for lunch. At a 10 o’clock stockholder meeting held at the theatre the name for the Wauneta Co-Operative Exchange was changed to Farmer’s Co-Operative Exchange and other business conducted.

Wauneta and Hamlet Boy Scouts were among the 21 scouts of the Frenchman Valley District to receive special awards at the Court of Honor held at the Wauneta high school auditorium. Second class badges were awarded to Donald Anderson, George Cochran, Delbert Crowell, Lowell Grimm, Lawrence Philpott, Marvin Stevens and Dean Zaracor, all of Wauneta and Gene Troxell of Hamlet. First class badges were presented to Robert Bush, Martin Rousey, Vernon Shoemaker and Lyle Smith, all of Hamlet.

Two cases of scarlet fever were reported by Wauneta physicians.

Will Cobb of Stratton, the new Rawleigh Co. man, was calling in the vicinity.

On Sunday a large number of friends and relatives gathered at the Elmer Harrison home with well filled baskets and surprised Mrs. Harrison on her birthday.

Local Markets: cream-.20; eggs-.11; hens-.08; springs-.07; wheat-.54.


100 years ago this week

February 19, 1914

Mail weighing is the order of the day now with Uncle Sam.

A telephone was put in at the depot Friday. You can now ask all the questions necessary and some that are not necessary.

Gruer & Sons has been fixing up the Fall Bank building inside and out this week.

Mr. Haarberg and family visited at John Bischoff’s Sunday.

Mrs. Adamson was among the comfort tiers at Mrs. Ritten’s one day last week.

Mrs. Berge Brannon has the first young chicks this year.

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Thursday, 13 February 2014 00:00

10 years ago this week

Feb. 12, 2004

Palisade American Legion Auxiliary President Helen Miller presented pins of service to several members at the Feb. 3 meeting. Recipients present were Leveta Sailors and Mary Post, 55 years; Sue Horn, 35 years; Eva Pezza and Margaret Rodgers, 24 years. Not present were Geraldine Smith, 65 years; Nadine McCreary, 60 years; Mae Bechtold, 40 years; Theda Hawkins and Cheri Hahn, 35 years; Mildred Baxter, Helen Dixson and Rosetta Abbuhl, 30 years.

Weekend guests of Chad and Sunni Nordhausen and family were Kaye Jahn of Littleton, Colo., Tracy Villines, Aspen, Cinnamon and Lily, Satin Miller and friend Nick of Bailey, Colo., Todd and Kris Jarosz, Jake and Amber of Ogallala. Family hosted a 30th birthday party for Sunni Saturday evening with friends and relatives attending.

Doreen Mohr and Karen Christner attended an LWML board meeting in Kearney Saturday.

Beryl Knotwell attended her D.A.R. meeting in McCook Tuesday. She gave the program on the quilt that tells the story of the “Underground Railroad.”

Don and Bonnie Majors met friends Owen and Woody Stevens of Wray, Colo., in Imperial for lunch and to visit.

Precip for the week: .34 of an inch. High for the week: 38° on Feb. 2; low: 0° on Feb. 6.


25 years ago this week

February 9, 1989

Kevin Janicek purchased Bill Jeffries’ seed dealership Jan. 31. Jeffries had represented DeKalb for more than 30 years. The new business will be known as Wauneta Seed, Inc.

Jack and Carol Maddux attended the National Cattleman’s Convention in Phoenix, Ariz., and also spent a weekend with Bill and Joyce Matthews.

Joan Maddux attended a Girls Scout Leaders Retreat at Grand Island Friday and Saturday.

Helen Hummel and Julie had Sunday dinner with Bob and Gladys Hummel and Kenny, bringing a cake to help Bob celebrate his Feb. 7th birthday.

Carey Harrison and Beth Maris hosted a coffee with rolls at the Eden Church last Tuesday especially for Co Sandman and new baby, David. Ladies of the community attended.

Precip for the week: .12 of an inch; for 1989: .74 of an inch.

Grain Markets: wheat-3.84/bu.; corn-2.40/bu.; milo-3.65/cwt.; soybeans-6.83/bu.; oats-2.00/bu.


50 years ago this week

Feb. 13, 1964

Mr. and Mrs. T. S. Stinnette were honored on their 50th anniversary at an open house held at their home where 200 guests were welcomed by sons Howard, Harold and Leon.

Wauneta Clothing Store, under the ownership and operation of Bernice Stock, is celebrating its first year in business this week.

Coffee guests of mrs. Eddie Nichols Friday morning were Mrs. Rodney Einspahr, Mrs. Bill Dicke, Mrs. Clyde Maris, Mrs. Richard Bardsley and Mrs. Junior Kitt in honor of Mrs. Kitt’s birthday.

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Sandman took a load of Pep Club girls to Hayes Center Thursday evening.

Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Hoff, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Walgren and Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Grimm spent Sunday to Tuesday in Colorado Springs where they attended the AG Grocers Convention at the Broadmoor Hotel.

Mrs. Dwight Hoff, Susan, Karl and Lynn attended the Grade School spelling contest Saturday in North Platte. Karl who was a participant was awarded third place.


75 years ago this week

February 15, 1939

Twenty seven-year-old Roy Troxel of Wauneta is Nebraska’s new checker king. Troxel defeated Adolph Carlson of Funk, three times state champion, with a final score of 11 to 7. The tournament was said to be one of the most successful ever held and had 24 entries from all over the state.This is the first time the event has been held in a small town and also this far west.

The checkerists were guests of the Wauneta Commercial Club at their dinner meeting Wednesday night.

Mr. and Mrs. Jo Green and family were guests at the lovely new home of Mr. and Mrs. T. S. Stinnette Saturday evening at a fried oyster dinner on the occasion of the silver anniversary of the Stinnettes.

Mrs. Fred Hohl entertained 12 children Saturday afternoon at a party in honor of her son Robert’s birthday.

Leslie Walgren, Harry Tatum and Willlis Lorance helped Guy Smith put up ice Saturday.

Local Markets: wheat-.52; corn-.33-.36; barley-.30; cream-.21; eggs-.13; hens-.11.


100 years ago this week

February 12, 1914

Frank Ryan has purchased the barber shop from Mr. Solace.

Skating is getting to be quite a fad out in the Calvert area. Some of the old married men have been going lately.

Hazel, Ruby and Glenn Fye spent Sun. a.m. with Hanna’s young folks and in the afternoon Forest took them over to John Metcalf’s to hear the new graphone.

Mr. Floyd Green and wife from Montana are visiting at the home of John Green this week.

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Thursday, 06 February 2014 18:21

10 years ago this week

Feb. 5, 2004

B-K Mini Storage, LLC is nearing completion in east Wauneta. There are nine walk-in units along with 14 drive in units.

Wauneta-Palisade Bronco girls and boys basketball teams repeated as double champions at the Golden Plains Activities Conference tournament, defeating Wheatland teams.

Wauneta Women of Today garnered a slew of awards at the winter convention held in Grand Island Jan. 23-24. Sunni Nordhausen was one of two statewide chosen for the Outstanding Young Woman award.

Marlin and Norma Fortkamp observed their 50th wedding anniversary on Jan. 31. Norma was a patient at Bryan LGH East but several travelled to Lincoln including Marlin, Steve Fortkamp and Ashley, Vaunda and Don Hyde, Dawn Hyde, Doug and Faith Hyde, Nita and Jerry Frost, Stephanie Herr, Mary and Roger Estes and Gary and Gloria Fortkamp.

Allan and Judi Nordhausen travelled to Liberty Hills, Texas, Jan. 21 where they were guests of Loren and Sue Nordhausen and attended the wedding of Justin Nordhausen and Amy Roccaforte in Austin, Texas. They returned home on the 27th.

Kent and Sharon Buffington travelled to Oklahoma City, Okla., on Jan. 21, then to Decatur, Ark., where they visited Margie and Bud Lovitt, then spent a few days at Bronson, Mo., a Christmas gift from their four daughters and families.

Leola Moody observed her 86th birthday Thursday, Jan. 29 with several having lunch with her at Heritage. Those were her cousins Trudy Nelson of McCook, Nonie Hamel and Margaret Trautman of Imperial and also Jean Adams and Vonna Moody.

Precip for the week: .08 of an inch. High for the week: 48° on Jan. 27; low: 0° on Jan. 27.

Grain Market at Frenchman Valley Coop in Wauneta: wheat-3.51; corn-2.52; milo-2.41; sunflowers-10.10. At Palisade: wheat-3.50; corn-2.51; milo-4.34; soybeans-7.52.


25 years ago this week

February 2, 1989

Rex Walgren and Jim McKinney represented Chase County and Southwest Nebraska at the Lincoln Boat, Sport and Travel Show in Lincoln over the weekend, promoting tourist opportunities in this part of the state.

Mr. and Mrs. William Jeffries attended the DeKalb-Pfizer Genetics Winner’s Circle Conference in Denver where Bill was recognized in the Top 10 percent of DeKalb-Pfizer seed dealers.

Maxine (Pierson) Steggs of Slayton, Minn, visited Mabel Scriven last week. Mr. and Mrs. Homer Hoff joined them Wednesday evening for dinner. The Hoffs and Mrs. Steggs were school classmates. Grace Oliver and Edna Christensen were coffee guests Thursday of Mrs. Scriven and her houseguest.

June Cox hosted a coffee for Ida Bartels on her birthday Jan. 24. Virginia Gauger and Erma Kitt were guests.

Several ladies gathered Tuesday evening at the home of Anna Mae Wach to honor Ruby Terry on her birthday. Games, gifts and refreshments were enjoyed.

Steven and Scott Todd led the Sunset Trails Scout District in popcorn sales with Steven selling 101 buckets, Scott 71 buckets.

Mr. and Mrs. Laddie Wilson and girls and Mr. and Mrs. Gary DeWester and Chad spent Sunday afternoon with the ladies’ parents, the Stamms, had supper and birthday cake for Louise’s birthday on the 29th and Everett’s on the 30th. Other guests were Mr. and Mrs. Burdette Wilson and Mr. and Mrs. Glen Osborn.

Precip for the week: .50 of an inch; for 1989: .62 of an inch.

Grain Markets: wheat-3.86/bu.; corn-2.44/bu.; milo-3.70/cwt; soybeans-6.97/bu.; oats-2.05/bu.


50 years ago this week

Feb. 6, 1964

Town Board members hurried to move along the curb and gutter projects in Wauneta after property owners along Wauneta’s main street by petition withdrew their objections to the formation of a curb and gutter district filed earlier with the village clerk.

A community planning and development commission to improve the economy, commercial or agricultural, was formed Tuesday evening at the Wauneta Commercial Club. Named were Wiley Green, chairman, Cliff Shackelford, Dwight Hoff, Duane Burham and E. N. Berry. Bernie Steinert, Club secretary, ex-officio member.

Dundy County chapter of the National Farmers Organization (NFO) was chartered Tuesday evening with 19 NFO members present. John Kitt was elected president.

Six Wauneta High school students maintained an all-A record including Laurel Bush, Marilyn Rietsch, Susan Skelton, Billie Stock, Joyce Daniel and Neil Christensen. Thirty-four students were named to the A-B list.

The “Neighborly Neighbors” of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Jones met at the home of Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Jussel for a cooperative farewell supper. The Jones are moving to the house formerly owned by Mrs. Louisa Schwenk.

Eleven members of Mrs. Grace Oliver’s sewing club surprised her Saturday evening on the occasion of her birthday. Mrs. Velma Wade and Mrs. Jesse Webber were also guests.

Mrs. Otto Bartels, Mrs. Otto Becker, and Miss Helen Damrow all share the same birthday. Mrs. Bartels hosted a birthday supper for Mr. and Mrs. Becker and Miss Damrow and guest, Jack Legg Friday evening. After supper the honored guests were surprised when friends and relatives arrived to help them celebrate.


75 years ago this week

February 8, 1939

Elmer Gantry, Chase County, Neb., blind wonder horse, recently signed to a film contract, arrived in Hollywood the first of the week. The horse’s owner, Miss Eleanor Gatzendaner of Champion, trained him as a trick horse before the horse became blind, retraining him after his loss of sight. The picture, “Gantry the Great,” is based on the horse’s life.

The Stock families held their monthly dinner at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Sandman.

Dr. Geo. Hoffmeister and a nurse were in Enders Saturday afternoon vaccinating for small pox. Sixty children and adults were vaccinated.

Rev. and Mrs. Marshall and son and Elmer Harrison and family made ice cream and took it along and spent the evening at the Chas. Tatum home Friday.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wicke drove to Ludell, Kan., Thursday evening to be present at the dance given in honor of Henry’s brother and wife, newlyweds.

Local Markets: wheat-.54; corn-.36-.38; barley-.30; rye-.30; cream-.20.


100 years ago this week

February 5, 1914

Mr. Groundhog saw his shadow.

A large crowd at the opening night at the Majestic. Open Tuesday and Friday at 7:30 p.m.; three shows Saturday. All shows different. Anyone over school age 10¢; under that age occupying seats 5¢.

Joe Dudeck, H.H. Grosbach and John W. Green each became owner of a block of Capital Stock of the Wauneta Falls Bank.

Fred Schutte was breaking a pair of wild mules Monday. John and Fred Bischoff were helping him.

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10 years ago this week

Jan. 29, 2004

Bob and Pat Kitt and Erma Kitt went to Julesburg, Colo., Thursday and spent the day with Ruby Tatum. They had lunch with her and Ruby on her violin and Erma on the piano enjoyed playing music for the residents in the retirement complex.

Debbie Kemp of St. Louis, Mo., spent Tuesday to Sunday with her mother, Wilva Harchelroad and brothers, Brian and Sid Harchelroad and families.

James and Lana Skelton went on a NC+ cruise to Mexico Saturday to Thursday.

Clark and Donna McMinn attended the board meeting for the Hitch and Hay Handibus at Stratton Monday.

Christopher Dunn of Austin, Texas, was a Saturday visitor and overnight guest of Kenny and Diana Ham. His grandmother Ruby Ham joined them for supper.

Weekend guests of Margaret Greeley were Jim and Sheila Knudson of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Jim and Mary Greeley of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Terry Greeley of Scottsbluff. Gary and Dawanna Greeley of Imperial were Saturday visitors. Joan and Wayne Daniel joined them for supper Saturday to help Margaret celebrate her birthday.

No precip. High for the week: 63° on Jan. 23; low: 9° on Jan. 25.


25 years ago this week

January 26, 1989

Testing on Wauneta Telephone’s new optics long distance system began this week. The testing will last for about three weeks before its tied in with the US West fiber optic system. Fiber was buried from Benkelman east to Max, then north to Wauneta. According to Randy Raile work has begun on splicing the cable together, in some cases in 19 different locations, with four to 14 splices at each location, depending on cable size. The new cable will allow the system to handle up to 675 outgoing long distance circuits compared to 60 with the present system.

The small filling station north of Hamilton’s Garage is being taken down. According to some long-time residents, the station was built by Wells and Hurley Cox in the early 1920s. Later it was sold to Floyd Wade and Red Strickland, with Wade buying it from Strickland. Floyd and wife Velma ran it, then Velma after Floyd passed away, then sold it to the Hamiltons.

Rod and Joy Wheeler, Rev. Dennis and Jeannine Gordon were guests of Ed and Jo Arenz after Friday’s ball game for cake and ice cream in honor of the Wheelers’ anniversary.

Jimmy and Mary Baney had lunch with Dale and Delorse Baney Wednesday and Friday guests were Rev. Tim and Cheri Bauer and family.

Houseguests of Herb and Eulene Busking the past week were Debby Busking and daughters, Amy, Abby and Kelsey of Springfield, Colo. Monday evening they were supper guests of the Del Richters at Hayes Center.

Mr. and Mrs. Marlin Wine and Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Sharp attended the Community Concert in McCook Tuesday evening.

Precip for January: .12 of an inch.

Grain Markets: wheat-3.85/bu.; corn-2.42/bu.; milo-3.60/cwt; soybeans-6.95/bu.; oats-2.20/bu.


50 years ago this week

Jan. 30, 1964

Mrs. Vida Carrigan of Los Angeles, Calif., was guest of honor on her 89th birthday at the home of her son, A. E. Carrigan. Present were grandson Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Carrigan and Mark of Denver and granddaughter Mr. and Mrs. Gary McAfee and Tami Lee of Okmulgee, Okla.

Wiley Green furnished organ music at the Federal Land Bank meeting at Benkelman Monday.

Mrs. Jake Tepley was honored on her birthday Sunday at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wicke. Other guests were Jake Tepley and Mary Ann, Wanda Matticks and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Wicke and girls.

Four Wauneta grade school students will be represented in the annual KNOP-TV spelling contest. Representing the fifth grade will be Karl Hoff; sixth grade: Jimmy Fortkamp; seventh grade: Ruth Mayden and eighth grade: Cathy Hanna.


75 years ago this week

Feb. 1, 1939

The 40th annual Nebraska State Checker Tournament is to be held here Feb. 6, 7 and 8. More than 20 entries are already assured. The tourney will be held in the basement room below the post office with ample room for spectators.

Several attending the Denver Stock Show were Mr. and Mrs. Forest Hanna, Carl and Lawrence Rueter, Bernard Polly, Kenneth Buffington, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Kitt and son, Ralph Egle, Floyd Follett, Mr. and Mrs. Wilfred Maddux, Mrs. Effie Collins and Judd Ditton.

Mrs. Herman Putman, Mrs. Delbert Thompson, and Colleen, and Mrs. Clara Trembly spent Thursday in Haigler at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Sass.

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Skelton and Irving were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Skelton.

Mr. and Mrs. Bunny Jeffries and sons have moved to Madrid.

Local Markets: wheat-.54; corn-.36-.38; barley-.30; rye-.30; cream-.20; eggs-.10; hens-.07; springs-.07.


100 years ago this week

January 29, 1914

A mistake was made in last week’s paper. May Carpenter is teaching in the Osborne house instead of the Abbott house.

No school in the high school room Wed. afternoon — got smoked out.

The new buildings are getting on fairly well. Grosbach’s building is practically enclosed and Johnston’s will be in a few days with fair weather.

Some of the farmers are disking in their fields this week. Ike Cromwell was putting in spring wheat.

Person’s and Pribbeno’s were putting up ice Friday and Saturday.

Some of the young people have been having fun lately skating on the big pond in W. Hartzer’s pasture.

Jessie Quinn caught two coyotes this week.


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10 years ago this week

Jan. 22, 2004

The boards of Wauneta-Palisade, Chase County High School and Imperial Grade School met Monday night in the Wauneta Attendance Center gym to discuss the future of their districts at the request of the Imperial schools. No action was taken.

Ken and Cleophia Denker went to Fleming, Colo., Sunday to visit Myrtie Stock and all enjoyed dinner in Sterling.

Janice and Doug Allen and grandchildren, Tanner and Jade, visited Jack Sandman at Heritage Sunday and with Verna at home. It was Jack and Verna’s 56th anniversary.

A late birthday dinner Sunday was held at the home of Anita and Francis Fekkers for Nona Kerchal. Also attending were Keith Kerchal, Bob Stephens and Leona Littlejohn.

Guests last week in the home of Fred and Nada Krotter were Doug and Vonnie Stinette and Norm Stinette, all of Casper, Wyo., and Susan Sutherland of Torrington, Wyo.

Kris Polly and Caroline came Thursday night to spend until Sunday with Karl and Judy Polly. Kris had attended a conference in Fort Collins, Colo.

The Wauneta-Palisade boys basketball team defeated Grant on W-P’s home court 65-54 Friday night. It was the first win for W-P over Grant in the consolidated school’s history. The Wauneta-Palisade Bronco girls also came away with a victory, winning by 17, 49-32.

No precip for the week. For 2004: .25.

High for the week: 59° on Jan. 14; low: 22° on Jan. 12.


25 years ago this week

January 19, 1989

Ruby Jones, a hairstylist for 59 years, has seen many hair styles come and go over the years. Deciding it was time to quit, she ended her career the last week of December. Over the years she has worked for other cosmetologists, including Ruth Volentine, Dorothy Springer, Bonnie Majors, Helen Buffington, Elsie Coone and Bev Applegarth.

Carol Maddux and Don Ham were installed as Worthy Matron and Worthy Patron of the Wauneta Eastern Star chapter Wednesday evening. Lois and Clyde Hoff had completed three one-year terms in those offices.

Pastor Randy Smith, Amy McKinney, Jamie Walgren, Kari Brunkhorst and Sarah Haarberg attended a seminar on “Teen Suicide” at the Methodist Church in Cambridge Sunday afternoon. They enjoyed games and lunch there.

Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Brunkhorst visited in the home of Herb and Eulene Busking Sunday and with their houseguests, Deb Busking and three daughters from Colorado.

Sandra Maddux and Tina Kitt flew to Portland, Ore., meeting Lisa Bradley there to attend the Dec. 21 wedding of Mary Lou Beard and Ken Stone.

Mr. and Mrs. Mick Majors attended the National Association of Wheat Growers annual convention in Nashville, Tenn. The Nebraska Wheat Growers had over 35 representatives attending including Mr. and Mrs.Elton Haarberg of Imperial, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Hughes of Venango and Mr. and Mrs. Ray Balderson of Benkelman.

No precip. For 1989: .12 of an inch.

Grain Markets: wheat-3.81/bu.; corn-2.35/bu.; milo-3.58/cwt.; soybeans-6.95/bu.; oats-.25/bu.


50 years ago this week

Jan. 23, 1964

Construction has begun on a $60,000 fertilizer blending plant and anhydrous ammonia plant by the Farmers Cooperative Exchange with the entire program to be operational by Feb. 15.

Four Waunetans were honored by the Jaycees at their Bosses Night banquet with 65 in attendance. Rodney Harvey was awarded a plaque for distinguished service; Boss of the Year went to Cliff Shackelford; Wauneta’s outstanding farmer for 1963 was Bob Kitt and Jim Huser was named Wauneta’s outstanding fireman.

Mrs. Gordon Prior, Mrs. Robert Hanna, Mrs. Jim Arenz, Mrs. Albert Scriven and Gary Goodchuck attended the Governor’s 1963-1964 conference on education Saturday at the McCook High School.

Norma Sturtevant was installed as Noble Grand of the Wauneta Rebekah Lodge Tuesday evening with Donna Hunt as Vice Grand, Faye Hanna, secretary and Velma Wade, treasurer.

Mr. and Mrs. Neil Kitt, Terry and Lonnie and Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Hoff and Chris spent Tuesday to Thursday at the Stock Show in Denver.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Nordhausen were hosts to five generations of her family Sunday in honor of her mother, Mrs. Emma Walbridge. Besides Mrs. Walbridge they were Mr. and Mrs. Earl Walbridge, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Wells and daughter and Mr. and Mrs. Jim Wells and baby, all of Lexington.


75 years ago this week

January 25, 1939

Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Cox, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Olmsted, left by auto Thursday on a vacation trip taking them as far as Mexico City, and also spending time in Texas.

Mr. and Mrs. John Fortkamp, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Fortkamp, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Sandman and son Virgil, and Misses Doris and Viola Frerichs spent Saturday in McCook.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Harrison and Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Page helped care for meat at the Theo Snider home Wednesday.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Baumfalk and son, Mr. and Mrs. Willis Lorance and Duane Redfield spent Friday at Leslie Walgren’s. The men folks helped saw wood.

Local Markets: wheat-.54; corn-.36-.38; barley-.30; rye-.30; cream-.20; eggs-.10; hens-.08; springs-.10.


100 years ago this week

January 22, 1914

F. O. Nesmith is remodling his store building and will install a moving picture therein.

In the Calvert area Miss May Carpenter is teaching in the Abbott home, south of the Mt. Zion cemetery, since the school house burned.

William Bischoff made a business trip to Enders Saturday.

The ladies gave Mrs. Jas. Burham a pleasant surprise last Thursday afternoon.

Gordon Athey was at Imperial Wednesday and finished up the lighting plant at the Foster house.

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