Yesteryears - June 13

File photo Gering soccer player McKenna Copsey and Northfield Vista resident Peggy Nelson play cards together back in 2016. The team took time off practice to give back to the community and spent time with the residents. Nelson called the players visit, “a breath of spring.”

10 years ago

The Scotts Bluff County Board of Commissioners voted Monday to delay a proposed rate hike for the county bus system until other potential sources of funding can be explored.

Riverside Zoo is gearing up to host the 2008 Business Meeting of the Association of Zoo and Aquarium Docents

Scotts Bluff County officials received a $250,000 reimbursement check Monday afternoon for housing federal inmates in the county jail.

“On Golden Pond,” a poignant love story across the generations, is now showing at Western Nebraska Community College as part of the 2008 Theatre West summer season.

20 years ago

The United Way kicked off its campaign with a goal of $199,999.99, a $20,000 increase over the previous year.

County commissioners supported creating a task force to advise the board on options for the county jail.

The sponsoring National Cheerleaders Association at their annual clinic at Chadron State College, selected Gering as the top team.

30 years ago

Scotty’s Drive-In in Scottsbluff was celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Mrs. J.C. Rodebush of Gering received 102 roses from family members in honor of her 102nd birthday.

Gering officially dedicated a Union Pacific caboose just north of U Street on Highway 71 for use as a tourism information center.

County commissioners honored Ish Schmidt, known as the man with a thousand jokes, for his dedication and service to the county.

40 years ago

More than 20 persons appeared at a public hearing before the county commissioners to oppose an application to sell package liquor at Lake Minatare.

The Gering School Board adopted a resolution to be sent to Nebraska senators in hopes of dissuading support for local tax lids.

Harlan Noddle of Noddle Development Company in Omaha announced they would build a shopping complex on the Scottsbluff-Gering highway. The major tenant was Alco Discount Store.

50 years ago

Joy Sandberg, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Sandberg, was named first place winner in the state essay contest for the International Order of Job’s Daughters.

Charles S. Simmons of Scottsbluff and Mrs. Alta Cooper of Gering headed the list of Old Settlers for Oregon Trail Days as Honorary President and Vice-President.

More than 10,000 acres of sugar beets in the area were damaged by hail.

60 years ago

Mrs. R.B. Fancher was installed as regent of the DAR Katahdin Chapter.

Gering residents Jerome R. Barton and Donn C. Raymond were admitted to the state bar association.

Construction started on the Morrison Livestock Commission Company in Gering.

Gering Game Warden Jim McCole won the state trapshooting title.

70 years ago

The assessed valuation of Scotts Bluff County was set at $45 million.

J.B. Dobbin started a Venetian blind plant in Gering.

Mrs. Louis LaSalle was named president of the Gering Legion auxiliary.

80 years ago

The Courier’s golden anniversary edition was awarded the National Editorial Association trophy for being the nation’s most outstanding edition of 1937.

Floyd Property was installed as commander of the Gering Legion. Mrs. Frank White was the auxiliary president.

90 years ago

State officials were making preliminary inspection of the site of the Wildcat game reserve.

The Red and White Grocery chain organization of Colorado leased the Cross building in Gering and hired C.I. Rogers as manager.

Three officials of the failed First National Banks, including president Irving F. Hall, were acquitted of charges in federal court.

Cost of the new roundhouse and shops in Gering was placed at $15,000.

Ward Tracey of Mitchell was killed and members of his family injured in a car accident near Red Cloud.

100 years ago

Charlie Laughharn, Carl Henatsch and Clare Emery placed a flag at the summit of Dome Rock. It was not the first. “Shorty” Bracken had placed one 12 years ago.

110 years ago

A proposal to vote bonds for a bridge on the old line between Gering and Scottsbluff was overwhelmingly defeated.

120 years ago

C.H. Simmons drew up plans for the news court house building.

The Enterprise Irrigation District was organized on a vote of 18-2.

130 years ago

George F. Wingate advertised for final proof.

The Methodist Church was organized in Gering. R.M. Hanks, E.P. Cromer and N. Morriss were named as trustees.

Mrs. Clayborn Wood and Miss Maggie Wood, mother and sister of the two Wood boys, arrived in the valley from Iowa.

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