Yesteryears - July 18

10 years ago

An apparent prank resulted in a 14-year old boy being taken to Regional West Medical Center Monday. The victim, Zachary Wagner, said he had been hit by a van driven by a 13-year-old boy. A passenger in the van, an 11-year-old boy, filmed the incident on his cell phone. The 13-year-old driver was charged with not having a driver’s license.

The Panhandle-wide WING Drug Task Force will continue operating through mid-2009, thanks to a grant from the State of Nebraska.

Robert and Barbara Manasek of Gering and Tom and Roxanne Stauch of Kingsley, Iowa, announced the engagement of their children Joe Manasek to Tristan Stauch.

The United States Achievement Academy recently announced that Kaleb Shaw of Gering had been recognized for academic achievement as a Untied States National Honor Student Award winner.

20 years ago

A Courier headline stated the future looked bright for the theater at Five Rocks.

A large jar, serving as a time capsule from 1949, was unearthed at the former McKinley Elementary School.

Wade Wacker, former wrestling coach at Rushville, took the position at Gering, replacing Joe Planansky.

David Gable, a 1984 Gering graduate, made a stop in Gering between seasons as head trainer with the Rhine Fire of NFL Europe.

30 years ago

John Stinner, president of the newly chartered Gering State Bank, said the bank would open on July 25.

Ish Schmidt of Scottsbluff and Betty Vickery of Gering served as honorary president and vice-president of the Old Settlers during Oregon Trail Days.

Gov. Kay Orr presented Russ KcKeehan III and Longs Peak Council of Boy Scouts of America the United States Department of Agriculture’s Gold Seal Award during Oregon Trail Days.

40 years ago

Gering electrical superintendent Al Gates informed the city council the wholesale price of electricity could rise by as much as 200% in the near future.

About 100 people packed the Gering council chambers in a discussion over wine and beer sales.

Terry Hillman and Lee Swanbom, both of Gering, were named to the Western Nebraska All-Star Football Team.

The county board requested that County Attorney Brain Silverman investigate procedures in the sheriff’s office regarding jailer’s fees, matron service and meal claims.

50 years ago

Charles Simmons and Mrs. Alta Cooper of Gering were honorary Old Settlers officers for Oregon Trail Days.

Gering Mayor Richard Prohs issued a formal citation honoring Warren Wood as “Trail Boss” for the city.

Frank Jessup of Banner County and Mrs. Pansy Gering were elected honorary Old Settler officers for 1969.

First place winners in the Oregon Trail Days parade were Helen’s House of Style, Inter City Lumber, Gering American Legion, Boy Scout Troop 1, Scottsbluff Center Church of Christ and McGrew Livestock Club.

County Court Judge Richard Wiles assessed $20 fines to 27 people for cock fighting.

60 years ago

Sidney R. Henderson of Gering made the top score in the Boys Nation civil service test.

Mrs. Will Hampton and Claude Westervelt were named honorary officers for Oregon Trail Days.

Larry McDonald, 15, was seriously injured in a swimming pool accident at the Gering pool.

Lt. James W. Ponder, three officers and 34 enlisted men of Tank C in Gering left for two weeks of active duty at Camp Riley, Minnesota.

70 years ago

The Wildcats Ranch was making improvements and listed many out-of-state guests.

County Commissioners set the county budget at $727,931.

80 years ago

Ninety members of the Gering Odd Fellows and Rebekahs led the parade at the regional rally in Cheyenne.

The Union Livestock Company was planning to open for business in August.

Herman Jurgens was named manager of the Lyman sugar factory.

90 years ago

Scottsbluff voters approved Sunday picture shows by a 852-717 margin.

Nellson and Breese purchased the F.B. Raser market in Gering.

Both railroads were offering half rate fares to home seekers in the valley.

Ray Bandleman of Wellington, Colorado and Florence Johnson of Minatare were married.

100 years ago

The bridge bond issue was passed but a road bond was defeated.

J.B. Boyer, Dan D. Davis, R.G. Neeley, John Brady and J.G. Woodman were all aspiring for the Republican nomination for register of deeds.

Daughters were born to Mr. and Mrs. George Streeks, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Westervelt, while sons were born to Mr. and Mrs. Leon Moomaw and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Beeman.

110 years ago

Lightning killed a number of cattle belonging to John R. Kelley in Banner County.

Charles S. Simmons and Miss Stella Snyder were married.

Pioneer resident James Westervelt died.

120 years ago

Grasshoppers were causing alarm in Mitchell Valley.

Union Pacific president Burt and a company of officials visited the valley and gave welcome assurances to Gering citizens.

130 years ago

Edward W. Sayre of Brooklyn, Ill. Purchased the Keefer Hastings and Company general store.

William W. Carter, Williams V. Know, Ira C. Bachelor and James C. Thompson all advertised for final proof.

Colonel D.D. Johnson and Mrs. Franses Kinney were married.

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