Yesteryears — July 4

10 years ago

Gering’s First United Methodist Church celebrated its 120 year. Two young men, R.M. Hanks and E.P. Cromer, ventured west, married two sisters, and by the end of 1886 had organized a Sunday school which met in a log cabin.

Scotts Bluff County Commissioners approved a resolution to pick up their share of the loss of federal funding to keep the WING Drug Task Force operating through this fiscal year.

The Golden Spade Yard Award winners were Jeff and Julie Brock.

Helen Doshier celebrated her 90th birthday with an open house at the First United Methodist Church in Gering.

20 years ago

Dr. Harold and Polly Ponder Gentry were serving as Old Settlers President and Vice President during Oregon Trail Days.

County commissioners told Roads Department Superintendent Rick Meter that taxpayers expected their roads to be maintained. The discussion followed a number of complaints from rural residents about the poor condition of county roads.

Citizens for Nebraska’s Future successfully circulated a petition to place a constitutional amendment on the ballot to slow the growth of state government.

The state’s first scenic byway from Ogallala to Henry was dedicated at Scotts Bluff National Monument.

30 years ago

Edgar Sevier of Scottsbluff restored a 1937 International Farmall F-14 tractor, once owned by Marvin Ewing of Gering.

40 years ago

Old Settlers President and Vice President C.A. Emery and Dessa Allison led the Oregon Trail Days Parade. Half century club president and vice president Reuben Coppom and Mrs. Waldo Dutton were also involved.

The Gering School Board approved a $3 million budget for the upcoming school year.

Larry Fowler became the new commander of the American Legion Post 36.

50 years ago

George Rupp, 17, of Scottsbluff, and Richard Meier, 16, of Minatare, were injured in an intersection accident at Highway 71 and the North Bypass.

Virginia Schwindt, 19, of Gering, was injured in a 40-foot fall from a ledge at the north inlet of Lake Minatare.

The U.S. Interior Department Water Pollution Control Administration rejected Nebraska’s proposed water quality standards as too weak.

Deputy Sheriff Jim Robertson reported three runaways were apprehended. Barbara Portnoy and Joe Sacracino, both of Pennsylvania, were picked up by the patrol and Robertson found Patricia Wilson, of South Dakota, in Scottsbluff.

The Nebraska Caravan Club visited Gering.

The Gering School Board approved a $1,040,000 budget for the upcoming school year.

A majority of nearly 100 people attending a public hearing supported a $1.5 million project to relocate Highway 71.

Modern Plumbing owner Manford Prickett purchased property at 1100 10th Street in Gering.

60 years ago

Carl Huffman delivered the first wheat. Although it was hail damaged, it still weighed in at 58 pounds to the bushel.

Gov. Victor Anderson and several dignitaries attended Oregon Trail Days. Dr. W.D. Aeschacher, director of the Nebraska State Historical Society, addressed the Old Settlers.

70 years ago

The Oregon Trail Days celebration was expected to bring 30,000 people to Gering.

Pickets paraded in front of the Grove Theater in Gering, the first time since cavalry pickets stood sentry in the area.

A tornado struck near Morrill, lifting nine freight cars off the tracks.

Chris Nelsen filed for district clerk, opposing J. Ned Allison.

Alva M. Mitchel and Mrs. Lee Wentz, both of Gering, were killed in a car accident.

80 years ago

Mahlon C. Morgan decided to accept the filing by his friends for the office of county sheriff.

Winfield Schatzley was installed as noble grand of Odd Fellow and Margaret Abrahman as noble grand of Rebekahs.

Art Weinhold delivered the season’s first wheat at 62 cents a bushel.

90 years ago

Bids were called for the creation of the cheese company concentration plant in Gering.

John E. Logan of Washington arrived to attend Oregon Trail Days.

The Masonic Lodge was instituted at Lyman with Mahlon C. Morgan as master, and Harry Faust and Neil C. Vandermoer as wardens.

100 years ago

Thirty-five veterans attended the Grand Army of the Republic reunion at Morrill.

The young daughter of George Melcher drowned in an irrigation canal.

John Stiver and Miss Bertha Labertew were married.

A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Kingery.

Norman DeMott, a Scottsbluff pioneer, died.

110 years ago

G. Leonard Gordon of Nashua, N.H. visited in Gering and eft with Miss Florence Woolfenden as his bride.

Robert W. Furnas Lodge was instituted by Scottsbluff Masons with E.M. Cowen as master and H.L. Sams and Winfield Evans as wardens.

120 years ago

Fred M. Dorrington was appointed as register of the U.S. Land Office in Alliance.

Reuben Phinney, of Kiowa, died.

130 years ago

The thermometer registered 100 degrees in the shade.

Glanders made its appearance among the horses in Minatare.

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