Yesteryears — June 27

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10 years ago

Doane College graduate Meagan Bauer was named to the 2007-08 ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-American Team for track and cross country in the college division.

United Way of Western Nebraska has kicked off its 2009 campaign with this year’s theme, Live United.

Centenarians, people who live to be a hundred, are believed to be a growing population in America and the Gering area at least a dozen.

A Mitchell man, Jason Steele, faces felony charges in a stabbing at Lake Minatare.

20 years ago

Recent arrests showed that small towns were fighting an epidemic of drugs.

Construction continued on the pavilion at the Theater at Five Rocks.

The Disabled Veterans Administration presented a new van to Scotts Bluff County Veterans Services.

Gladys Moritz, Elderhostel coordinator and assistant director of West Nebraska Arts Center, resigned.

30 years ago

The Gering City Council gave city administrator LaVerne Ijames the authority to negotiate a contract with First National Bank of Omaha for purchasing a parcel of land. The city administrator was also given a salary increase from $36,000 to $41,580.

The Downtowner Plaza celebrated its grand opening with story openings by the Gering Coffee Shop and Oregon Trail Hobbies.

40 years ago

Former State Senator Terry Carpenter, who died earlier in the year, was honored for distinguished service by Nebraska for Public Television.

Scotts Bluff County recorded a $202,026 tax loss due to exemptions.

Hiram Scott College students held a reunion at the county fairgrounds. Attending were Larry Gibbs and Diane Pappas of Gering, and Dave Ketchum of Lyman.

50 years ago

Members of the Gering City Council established a $927,200 budget and also proceeded with negotiations to annex Highland Park and Bellevue.

Candidates for the Miss Oregon Trail Pageant were Meredith Smith of Mitchell, Judy Reed of Mitchell, Victoria Berger of Gering, Beverly Nichols of Melbeta, Kathy Schmall of Bayard, Nancy Loomis of Gering, Carol Santero of Mitchell, Gail Martin of Scottsbluff, Nancy Elliott, and Carol Peterson of Banner County.

Fire struck Terry’s Arena, which housed the Copper Kettle and Pioneer Food Company.

60 years ago

Honest John and Hercules missiles from the Sioux Ordinance Depot were scheduled to appear in the Oregon Trail Parade.

The Lampert Lumber firm purchased Hinshaw Lumber.

70 years ago

Valley pioneer Mrs. O.O. Ferbrache fainted in Gering, but was revived when her granddaughter, Virginia, applied a popsicle to her forehead.

Ruth Wiedeman and ND Gerhard T. Schmunk were married. Virginia Offill and Billy Hayes were also married.

80 years ago

The Union Pacific began work on $24,000 more improvements at Gering.

W.S. Pickering of Minatare brought in an old document for the Oregon Trail Exhibit. It was a subpoena commanding Jesse Pickford of Gering to appear in court to testify in the case against George S. Arnold, who was charged with murdering his neighbor in 1888.

A.B. Wood published “Pioneer Tales.”

On the ballot for honorary president of the old settlers were W.T. McKelvy, S.W. Peters, Milton E. Shafto, J.G.F. Neighbors and Al Preston. On the vice president ballot was Mrs. A.P. Fihser, Mrs. C.H. Speith, Mrs. C.A. Franklin, Mrs. Cora Walsh, and Mrs. Fremont Scott.

90 years ago

Raymond Chatfield and Lauretha Briggs swam the mile-long reclamation tunnel west of Gering in 14 minutes.

James Fullen was given the contract for building the Melbeta schoolhouse.

Gering Farm Equipment Company purchased the Robertson and Gibbs site.

100 years ago

Twenty-nine more draft men were called for training on July 22.

A bond proposition for a new Gering city hall was defeated by 18 votes in a very light turnout.

Kenneth Sayre and Miss Clara Davis were married.

Mrs. A.G. Downer, 71, of Harrisburg died.

110 years ago

Track laying on the Union Pacific resumed east of Oshkosh.

E. Clifton Green purchased the John Downer farm south of Gering for $80 an acre.

Guy Shirley and Miss Minnie Young were married. Arthur McDonald and Miss Bessie Emery were also married.

120 years ago

News of the American naval victory at Santiago inspired Jack Hilton in a celebration that resulted in the anvil coming back through the roof of his blacksmith shop.

John Ray, Caldwell postmaster and pioneer resident died.

130 years ago

The four-mile long Farmers Ditch began running water in Ford Precinct.

Local homesteader Lot L. Feltham opened a law office in Gering.

George S. Arnold shot and killed George Burton near Minatare in a quarrel over money alleged to be due Arnold.

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