2009 TEN YEARS AGO

Bomb scare turns out to be false alarm. There was a suspected pipe bomb found near the railroad tracks on the east edge of town. The Nebraska State Patrol shut down the area for five hours before traffic could be restored. NSP reported that the pipe was not of the explosive nature. It turned out to be a pipe from a trailer that was used to store registration papers.

Hospital board discusses Swine Flu preparedness.

Hemingford High School… students Zane Jaramillo and Jose Campos will take part in a trip to Washington, D.C. sponsored by HCTC. Students are pictured with Co-General Managers Randy Dannar and Tonya Mayer.

Bobby Vela of Hemingford hauled in a 23-inch, 12 lb. catfish and a 43-inch, 21 ½ lb. Northern Pike from the Dam.

1999 TWENTY YEARS AGO

The 1999 Prom Royalty… was crowned Saturday evening Underneath the Stars (that was this year’s theme) at the Multipurpose Hall in front of peers, family and friends... they are, l-r – Sophomores Bret Sorensen and Randi Furman; Seniors Queen Kristen Kulas and King Dusty Gonzales; Juniors April Baer and Austin Engel. The crown bearers in front are Danny Manning and Baily Wood.

It hasn’t been fun for Dist. 10 bus drivers due to the recent rains. The driver of this bus was easing down this road northeast of town when the back end slid into the ditch. It’s all relative, of course. At least we still have roofs over our heads and loved ones still alive, unlick the towns hit by tornadoes.

Bomb scares plague area schools.

1989 THIRTY YEARS AGO

Merle Haggard to headline Box Butte County Fair.

Snow covered ground breaking ceremony held for $1.2 million Hemingford Community Care Center.

Hemingford adds new face to merchant row, Virgil “Doc” Smith of Doc’s Electronics.

1979 FORTY YEARS AGO

1979 Prom… King and Queen at HHS Saturday were seniors Brad Delsing, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Delsing, and Sue Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Merle Smith, all of Hemingford. The prom, following the annual junior-senior banquet held at the Methodist Church was in the elementary gym with a theme of disco dancing.

One of three… high school junior boys chosen from American Legion District 4’s Post nominees as Junior Lawmen for 1979 was Bruce Delsing.

New bank to be built here in July. Bank of Hemingford will be located north of the post office.

27 to graduate from Hemingford High in three days.

Hemingford police cruisers no. 1 and no. 2 were both damaged after a high speed chase. Randy Shortbull lead officers through the streets of Hemingford an on up the Box Butte Dam road before getting away. Shortbull later turned himself in.

Obits- Harold Laursen, 66; Thomas Simonson, 54;

1969 FIFTY YEARS AGO

State denies liquor license for “The Red Wood Shed”.

Plow—in for the Wallace Wrays family hit by a tragic fire that destroyed their home 10 days ago. Wally said 200 acres were plowed by 21 tractors and 99 plow bottoms in about 4 hours. A 15-20 day job for him along. Those on the job: Norman Anderson, Boyd Reynolds, Ed Darveau, Joe Bremer, Dana Sorensen, Tom Wray, Sam Hashman, Don Hansen, Harlen Christensen, Morris Pipitt, E. L. Jespersen and Jim Pipitt, Art Schumacher, Raymond Hennings, Ralph Hennings, Jim Schekall, Arlee Phillips, Floyd Roland, Lorrence Phillips, Everett Roes, Ed Morris, Dale Campbell and Randy Jensen. A noon meal was donated by Hemingford Jack and Jill.

Obits- Abram Garcia, 15

1959 SIXTY YEARS AGO

Farmer’s Co-op construction photo snapped by The Ledger staff.

$43,115.15 was distributed to Box Butte County schools from county licenses and fines, and state apportionment of state fines and school land rentals to County Treasurer Gwen Warthen by Co. Sut. H. N. Murray. Hemingford’s share was $3,348.27 and $18,382.41 went to Alliance.

Petition for a Hemingford swimming pool are going around town in hopes of 150-180 names.

Worley’s Portrait of the Week is Danny Lee Swanson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dallas Swanson, of Hemingford.

1949 SEVENTY YEARS AGO

Savings bonds bought in Box Butte County totaled $138,368.75 during the month of March.

George “Bus” Osborne new village board member named mayor.

Capacity crowd attends St. Bridget’s Church dedication. The total project cost $120,000. (Equivalent to roughly $1,260,000 in 2019)

Joe Koudelka observes 69th birthday.

Obits- Lois Lorene Parkhurst-Dowell, 82;

1939 EIGHTY YEARS AGO

The Ledger Office received an interesting letter from London, England asking about descendants of Mr. Denton.

About eighty business and professional business men will be visiting Hemingford. They will arrive on the “Omaha Good Will Special” train Tuesday afternoon to tour Hemingford. Upon arrival the visitors will parade through the main part of town headed by Dan Desdunes, famous colored band. Various souvenirs will be distributed to children and grownups, and the group will visit around the business places during their brief stay here.

1929 NINETY YEARS AGO

The Western Public Service Company has purchased one of the lots just south of Dr. McEwen’s office known as the Wiltsey lots. They will erect an office with living quarters above.

Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Sorenson have come from Mason City to make their home here. 

From Coridon, Iowa comes Mr. and Mrs. Grant Tuttle to a farm east of town.

1919 ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO

Miss Edith Slaymaker and Milo Marshall both of Hemingford were united in marriage on April 9, 1919. Mr. and Mrs. Russell Miller announce the arrival of a baby girl on April 16th.