2009 TEN YEARS AGO

Smoke... Billows out as a Hemingford firefighter opens the attic of the Box Butte Ave. home during a fire Monday. The fire was put out quickly but the home, owned by Harold Adamson, received considerable smoke damage. No one was injured in the fire.

(photo) New owners… of the hardware store in Hemingford, formerly known as Sorensen’s Hardware, are (l-r) Tom, Paige, Alexis, Toby, and Shawn Phillips. The Phillips family took ownership after the first of the year and have renamed it New Generation Hardware.

Obits – Nancy Devoe age 88

1999 TWENTY YEARS AGO

Two Good Men… Two Great Honors - Dr. John Ruffing receives “Distinguished Service to Medicine Award” from the Nebraska Medical Association and Arnie Kuhn named Master Editor Publisher, highest honor bestowed by Nebraska Press Association.

Hemingford’s 7th Annual Gigantic Yard Sale this Saturday.

(photo) Arbor Day was… celebrated a little early this year in Hemingford. Approximately 100 people gathered at the city park to help plant around 72 trees and shrubs.

County Commissioners look into buying the Slagle building, formerly the city library but not yet prepared to make an offer.

Obits – Rose Montague age 92.

1989 THIRTY YEARS AGO

A gift... that keeps on giving—so the saying goes. The Abbott Ban/Hemingford President Gene Coplen handed a check over to Prom Project II co-chair Karen Hansen. The money will be used for prizes to be given away during the “Jungle Beat” after prom chemical free party. Charlene Adamson, daughter of Everett and Rosalie Adamson of Hemingford has been accepted for the Fall semester at Spencer School of Business in Grand Island.

1979 FORTY YEARS AGO

(photo) Hemingford High Senior Brian Cullan, named one of 198 across the state winning a University of Nebraska 1-year Regents Scholarship.

(photo) Jaycee awards flowed as… Hemingford Jaycee of the Year was awarded to Rick Benda on the left and at right is outgoing president Dana Sorensen.

Joe and Ed Planansky sold 3-bar-C Corral after five years of operation to Francis (Hoppy) and Mary Jane Hopper. They have renamed it Hoppy’s Bar and Grill.

1969 FIFTY YEARS AGO

Mary Annette Darveau, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Darveau of Hemingford was crowned Box Butte County Wheat Queen. First attendant is Miss Judy Hennings another HHS Senior.

(photo) The Hemingford Bibkits with volleyball and track coach Don Baruth. From left, back – Ramona Christensen, Vicky Hansen, Mary Wood, Linda Roes, Phyllis Roberts, Sylvia Klemke, Judy Smith; front – Jan Schledewitz, Pat Delsing, Karen Prochazka, Karen Danbom, Brenda Stumf, Danette Swanson.

1959 SIXTY YEARS AGO

New Post office will open on the 27th. Hemingford Postmaster Floyd Gowin revealed today the last mail to be distributed in the present local post office location will be Sunday, April 26th. The new post office will be just across making the move a minor one.

Hemingford Chamber of Commerce’s second annual meeting, becoming a traditional salute to youth, drew a good 220 attendants.

1949 SEVENTY YEARS AGO

State authorizes oil surface through town. Work to involve a storm sewer made doubly necessary by the village pavement and state construction. State construction crews will be applying a temporary blacktopping to the highway’s 67-foot width through town. Within the next two years the whole twelve-mile stretch of highways 87 and 2 will receive standard blacktopping as originally planned. Construction was put on hold due to the unexpected expenditures during the blizzard of ’49.

Obits – Ed (Ezekial Edward) Mabin found dead at the age of 69 inside home in Hemingford.

1939 EIGHTY YEARS AGO

85 Students Entered in District Music Contest – Vocal soloists are Donald Wilson, Lee Ogilvie, Vera Johnson, Melva Nicholson, and Marie Uhrig; instrumental soloists: Zeldon Shetler, Hollis Osborn, Arnold Kuhn, Robert Burri, and Georgia Wilson. A girl’s sextet, a mixed octette, a clarinet quartet, brass quartet and brass sextet will make up the small group section from the local schools.

Obits - George Flaherty died suddenly Friday morning at his home 23 miles south-west of Hemingford. He was 62.

1929 NINETY YEARS AGO

School Puts on Good Pays… As the school year draws to a close various plays and activities are being planned and enacted. On Tuesday evening, through the courtesy of Mr. Drury, the juniors took over a part of the regular show time and put on a very enjoyable program consisting of songs and readings before an appreciative audience.

On Friday evening the high school chorus will stage an operetta under the direction of Miss Belvin entitled “Polished Pebbles.” The musical score is very interesting and the chorus has done much preparatory work and it promises to be very well rendered.

Obits - C.H. Burleigh, founder of the present Hemingford newspaper died at the age of 80.

1919 ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO 

Sale of Lots in Melick’s Addition Progressing Very Rapidly… Only a short time ago, approximately six weeks, a forty acre tract divided into fifty foot lots was put on the market by Frederick W. Melick. This addition adjoins the old Hemingford plat on the south-west. During the brief period this new addition has been on the market, more than one half of the whole tract, containing more than 160 lots, has been sold through the firm of Pierce and Jenkins, Sale’s Agents.