The Sands of Time — April 11

~1999~ This pile driver has been echoing around Berea the past couple of weeks. The steel beams are the first structures of the overpass installed. This is going to take a while to get used to.


Lembke takes top honors in CSC Scholastic Contest …. Taya Lembke of Hemingford High School was among the medalists at the 49th Annual Scholastic Contest at Chadron State College. Lembke was awarded gold in equine management and gold in animal science. She is one of only four students to win two gold medals.

Obits – Perry Junior Childress age 84


(photo) The clang of steel on steel from …. This pile driver has been echoing around Berea the past couple of weeks. The steel beams are the first structures of the overpass installed. This is going to take a while to get used to.

Hemingfordite receives First Place …. Barb Katen of Hemingford was announced as First Place Winner at the 5th Annual Panhandle Festival of Quilts with her quilt, “Card Trick”. Over 100 competition, antique, heirloom and challenge quilts were on display.


It was a clean sweep for …. Hemingford Cub Scout Pack 210 at the annual Scout Show held in Alliance. The proud pack came away with first places in poster design, booth design and concept and the coveted traveling Presidential Trophy awarded to the best overall pack in the District. Scout Pack 210 even took first place in the Pinewood Derby, making it a clean sweep for the Hemingford organization.


No gas crisis here, price up …. In the wake of President Carter’s address to the nation on the energy crisis, and his recommendations to deregulate governmental controls on the price of oil and gas, the Ledger took a quick survey of service stations and bulk oil dealers in Box Butte County. The highest full service price at the pump found in the county was at two places, $0.83.9 per gallon for regular gas and $0.87.9 per gallon for unleaded and premium gas. All stations surveyed said they were not on allocations, had no shortages to date and not a one in the county said they had planned any changes in hours of opening so far.


Wheat signup 97%; cutworm threat …. The invasion of the pale western cutworm into western Nebraska wheat fields has begun in earnest – however Box Butte County hopes are pinned on being on the fringe of the invasion. Entomologists say that wide-spread rainfall can cause many cutworms to die, but not enough to prevent extensive damage to wheat plants. Meanwhile, the Box Butte County ASC office reported the end of the wheat program signup was reached April 4th with a 97.6% signup.


Father Bob to Handle Treasure …. Fr. Robert O’Neill, pastor of Chadron St. Patrick’s Church and former Catholic pastor in Hemingford, has been named a special administrator for the John Sweeney estate in Chadron. Sweeney’s dilapidated closed house there coughed up a fortune of around $25,000 in silver dollars buried in the basement last week. The story attracted nation-wide attention, letters and phone calls have been pouring in, a special police guard was placed on the house, curious crowded around the place, and wholesale searchers of other vacant homes is expected, according to the Chadron Record.


To honor Gold Star mothers …. The War Dads Auxiliary met with 45 present for a covered dish supper. The group decided to send $12 to the Hot Springs Veteran Hospital. Hostesses for the evening were Mrs. Bert Lance, Lean Peltz, Mae Melick and Mrs. Ed Lucke. Cards were played for entertainment after the meeting.

Obits – Miss Clara Margaret Nagelschneider no age given, she was a retired teacher in Hemingford.


New buildings being erected at Western Nebraska Hollostone Plant …. R.B. Hyland, manager of the Western Nebraska Hollostone company stated today that primary work has begun on the erection of a large warehouse and office and another cement warehouse as additions to the Hemingford Hollostone plant. Foundations are in now for the two new buildings. The warehouse and office will be combined in a 36 by 36 foot space and the cement storage building dimensions are 20 by 40 feet.


Prairie Fire Sweeps Sand Hills Country – Many farm buildings, hay and feed destroyed, More than seventy-five sections of land in path of destructive fire demon. The fire was the worst fire in history of this country and swept the Sand Hills south of Lakeside and was not checked until it reached the lakes in the North Platte river country. The origin of the balze was unknown but had its befinning on the Donald DeFrance place and, because at the timeone of the most terrific wind of the year was raging, it was almost impossible to check it. By afternoon tractors were brought to the scene to help throw up hasty guards. However, the wind was so high and changed its direction so frequently that the fire leaped the guards, the streams and even small lakes and sped on its destructive way leaving devastation in its wake. Conservative estimates give the waste of the fire as covering 75 sections, hundreds of tons of hay were burned and many buildings. No human lives were lost and the damage to stock was far less than was feared.

Obits – Della Mae Nash Laeger age 25, died of leakage of the heart terminating into diabetes and droppsey.


Storm has wide extent …. The storm of Sunday and Monday was of wide extent. In the Black Hills, it is reported they had the worst storm that had been known for years. East of here the storm took on another form. “Twisters” were reported in several places destroying buildings. Omaha was visited by a cyclone, following almost the same path as in 1913. Hail storms were reported in Douglas, Cas and Otoe counties ding much damage to the crops.