Yesteryears  — May 23

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10 years ago

Meeting in special session, members of the Gering City Council approved $30,554 for a Gering police officer to work with the regional WING drug task force.

A 54-year old jail inmate working on jail release suffered a heart attack.

Owners of analog radio scanners may have noticed a decrease in traffic over the past week. That’s because many of the county’s emergency response agencies have converted to digital radio communications.

Gering’s Austin Miller wrapped up his prep golf career in style by claiming the Class B state championship by seven strokes over Scottsbluff freshman Erik Krzyzanowski.

20 years ago

John Fertig Jr. was appointed to complete a term on the Gering City Council vacated by Larry Matthesen, who moved from the area.

About 80 classic cars were scheduled to compete in the 10th annual Sugar Valley Rally.

Scotts Bluff County communications dispatcher Chris Locker was honored for quick thinking in helping to save numerous lives during his 12 years as a dispatcher.

Gering High School prom royalty included Joe Kalinowski as king and Angie Hessler as queen.

Jay Ehler of Bayard was hired to become Gering’s new basketball coach after Dave Pauli stepped down.

State officials completed their inspection of the Scotts Bluff County Jail.

30 years ago

Gering High School graduated 134 seniors. Valedictorians were Jenny Clark and Tim Orr. Donn Raymond was the salutatorian.

40 years ago

A District Three candidate for county commissioner, who failed to win her party’s nomination by 75 votes in the primary, met with county commissioners to protest the balloting procedures.

Gering and Scottsbluff post offices sold more than 40,000 two-cent stamps due to the postage increase from 13 to 15 cents.

Mark Schmeeckle opened a new furniture shop in Gering.

Work on the Gering Downtowner Mini-Mall continued with the opening of Daylight Donut Shop. Other businesses included the Tall and Small Shoppe, Nony’s Gift Shop and Barb’s Shoe Tree.

50 years ago

Ames Hartung Jr. was elected president of the Gering Lions Club.

The Wyo-Braska Council of Boys Scouts of America was honored in Chicago at the 58th annual meeting of the groups National Council.

Donald M. Gentry, son of Dr. and Mrs. William Gentry, received his doctor of medicine degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine.

Mrs. Robert A. Datel was honored as the first magna cum laude graduate of Hiram Scott College.

60 years ago

Connie Zitterkopf and Fred Lockwood were Gering junior-senior prom royalty.

Mr. and Mrs. T.H. McCosh were in Turkey as part of an extended European tour.

70 years ago

Captain H.J. Holtorf left to attend the armored school at Fort Knox, Ky.

T.J. Lockwood was named president of the Gering Lions Club.

Bonnie Holdeman and Charles Lyman were married, as were Marabelle Woodring and Dale Quinn. Billie Piper and Ray Robinson were also married.

80 years ago

The Chester B. Brown Company started a large addition to their bean elevator plant in Gering.

Cyrus Van Pelte, a Banner County pioneer died. Rev. L.V. Slocumb, former Methodist minister also died.

90 years ago

Decoration Day speakers will included Rev. E.C. Raue in Gering, R.A. Canaday in Scottsbluff, A.B. Wood in Hull, A.J. May in McGrew, and W.J. Burke in Mitchell.

Postmaster J. Ned Allison was reappointed for a second term.

Mrs. Clyde Meglemre of Bridgeport was fatally burned in a kitchen fire.

Raleigh McKinley and Evelyn Smith were married. Also married were Glenn Randall and Bernice Henry and Howeard Giblert and Blanche Eyler.

Mrs. A.B. McCoskey of Scottsbluff died.

100 years ago

Attorney J.L. Grimm of Wilbur was a new addition to the legal community in Gering.

Scotts Bluff County Red Cross raised $27,000, exceeding their goal of $18,000.

Gering sugar factory employees were assigned a “war garden” space of 50 by 75 feet.

110 years ago

Scottsbluff was boasting the fact it had 11 automobiles.

The Alva Cochran, Lawrence Rusell, and A.W. Raymond families left Mitchell to locate in British Columbia.

Mrs. G.A. Snook, 58, died.

120 years ago

Ed. A. Mann will be the Decoration Day speaker in Gering.

Henry W. Haig and Miss Caroline Ingraham were married, Lloyd Wood and Miss Lucy L. Clure were also married.

130 years ago

All farm loan companies operating in old Cheyenne County withdrew from doing business there.

Gering Post 265 of the Grand Army of the Republic (Civil War veterans) organized in Gering with 19 members. Dr. T.S. Rankline was commander.

Seventy-five cowboys under the charge of Col. Perry Braziel made the big final roundup of Bay State cattle in the valley.