A look back at events and occurrences published in past editions of the Heminford Ledger. 

2009 TEN YEARS AGO

Vandals …. Destroyed several mailboxes in the rural area west of Hemingford over the past weekend. The incident is currently under investigation.

Quote of the Week – May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow, and may trouble avoid you wherever you go. Irish Blessing.

Photo – Friday the 13th …. Was lucky for one person anyway. Angie Fritzler, pictured with Hemingford FFA sponsor, Gordon Karney, was the winner of a used car at the FFA’s Fish Fry and Oyster Feed last Friday in the fairgrounds multipurpose building.

Photo – Five Hemingford students …. Were named to the Winter Academic All-State team by the Nebraska School Activities Association. The local students included (l-r) kneeling – Jodi Strangle and Ashley Yardley, both in basketball; back row – Joe Haas, wrestling; Hans Hansen, speech; Jose Campos, wrestling.

Obits – Gerald Wilford Todd age 85, Helena Bonadeen Walker age 73, Charles Rinehart age 84

1999 TWENTY YEARS AGO

Jacob, Emily top ’98 baby names.

One Liner: Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong. Ronald Reagan, U.S. President.

Why?? By Wilma Parkin …. Don’t you call a lonely person today?

Photo – The best of Hemingford’s best athletes …. Included All-Conference first and second teams and honorable mention basketball and wrestling selections for the Panhandle and Western Trails (l-r) front row – Nate Lanik, Eric Schmit, Branden Gibson, Justin Buskirk, Adam Wacker, John Haas; back row – J.J. Gonzales, Deanna Counts, Lindsey Lanik, Ann Moser, Amber Yardley and Trista Dye.

Obits – Elda Marie Shindler age 70, Gary Lee Roebuck age 46

1989 THIRTY YEARS AGO

The Hemingford Legion and …. Auxiliary announced Tuesday the Boy and Girl State winners and Junior Law Cadet candidates. They are Jeff Gaertig, Law Cadet alternate candidate; Dan Davies, Law Cadet candidate; Ed Olson, Boys State alternate; Josef Planansky, Boy State winner; Tonya Raben, Girl State winner and Nikki Johannes, alternate.

Obits – Harold Francis Gasseling age 68. Martha L. Gasseling age 89, Timothy W. Fisher age 31

1979 FORTY YEARS AGO

Memorial …. To Brian Joseph Davies takes the form of the 57-volume Newberry Medal Award Books spanning 1922-1979 and the 41-volume Caldecott Medal Award Books spanning 1938-1979, given each year for the best children’s books illustrations, respectively. The 98 books were presented by parents Annette and Roger Davies to Hemingford Elementary Schools principal Glen Kotschwar.

WHY?? By Wilma Parkin …. Do persons who never vote, return questionnaires or evaluations, do the most complaining???

Taking …. Part in the 4-day, 77th annual convention of the National Farmers Union at Kansas City, MO., were Don and Shirley Hansen of Hemingford. The convention adopted a program geared to winning parity for family agriculture.

Obits – Rosa Vogel age 86, Fred V. Strong age 86, Pauline E. Gresens age 53

1969 FIFTY YEARS AGO

Three top words in county …. Spelling contest 1. Lieu, 2. Bluing, 3. Contradict. Tim Squibb, Hemingford for 7th grader, tips for his class in the county and 3rd overall when he used an “e” instead of an “a” in Contradict; and Carol Zajic, Hemingford 8th grader who was county runner up when she inserted an “e” in the word Bluing.

Winners …. For Hemingford High in two contests were Mike Yardley, 3rd in the big Chadron State Inter-scholastics contest in an algebra division and Jerry Kiester, a superior rating recipient on the District VI Speech contest for television commentary.

Obits – Darwin Annen age 30, Lola P. Osborn age 62, Florence Elizabeth Timmins age 88

1959 SIXTY YEARS AGO

Returned …. From Stuttgart, Germany, recently was Specialist 4c Gary G. Heeren. He had been stationed there as a clerk typist at Seventh Army headquarters since Oct. 1957. Heeren is the son of Mr and Mrs. Harold H. Heeren.

Obits – Evelyn Aileen Jensen age 22, Charley Whiting age 81, Anna Moravek age 85

1949 SEVENTY YEARS AGO

Nebraskans continue buying bonds …. Nebraska counties are maintaining their high level of purchases of U. S. Savings Bonds, Mr. William H. Pittam, Chairman of the Box Butte County Savings Bonds Committee, announced. Box Butte County bought bonds in the total amount of $103,346.25 during the month of February, he said.

Farmers Union store has new manager …. Managership of the Farmers Union Co-operative Store here is now in the hands of Ehm Sorensen, who took over the position the first of the week. Mr. Sorensen has had years of experience in grocery work, and for the past few years has managed the meat department of the Alliance grocery store. Since the first of the year, the local store was managed by George Kersnick, who resigned and has moved from Hemingford.

Obits – Dr. George Howard Moranville age 44

1939 EIGHTY YEARS AGO

Cover-Jones Motor Co. – 1938 Chevrolet Pickup - $525, 1936 V-8 Fordor - $435, 1937 V-8 Truck - $485, 1934 Chevrolet Fordor - $265.

Gasseling Farm Home Destroyed by Fire …. Fire of unknown origin completely destroyed the farm home of Mr and Mrs. John Gasseling, Sr. There was no one at home at the time the fire was discovered. Mr and Mrs. Gasseling and son, Donald, were attending church services in Hemingford.

Obits – A.E. Johnson age 72

1929 NINETY YEARS AGO

Ledger Goes to Home Print …. It has been our ambition since taking over the Ledger to give our readers an eight page, all home print, paper and with this issue we are realizing that ambition. It will mean that we must find, each week, four times as much of interest locally, and we have had to in the past, but we believe you are interested enough in your community to warrant the change.

A.S. Harvey Buys Café …. A. S. Harvey, better known as “Shorty” has lately purchased a restaurant in Hay Springs and is now open for business.

Obits – Margaret Marie Neeman Glassmeyer age 60 years, 2 months, 26 days, T. A. Hawkins age 63

1919 ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO

New Rules …. There was a slight misunderstanding the other day about the new ruling of the railroad and we give you the corrected account this week. No telegraph business at all on Sunday, Ticket office will be closed except just at train time for tickets and baggage only. This is on account of the government trying to reduce the hours as much as possible for railroad employees for Sunday work.

Close Call …. L. Copeland had a close call in escaping the Reaper last Saturday when he got in the way of a few tons of flour when it was trying to get as close to the floor as possible. The sacks of flour were piled almost to the ceiling in tow long rows with a few sacks, piled in between. Mr. Copeland stated to remove the sacks between the two rows when one row started slipping. One pile fell, knocking the second pile over and Mr. Copeland was buried under several tons of flour. Luckily no bones were broken and with the exception of a few bruises and a sprained arm, he was alright after he had regained his breath and recovered from the sick feeling caused by the smothering.