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Denman Nebraska     Pages 39-41


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A meeting of Denman Alumni and interested parties was held at the Denman schoolhouse, after a bounteous picnic dinner on September 8, 1974.

I had been making up a history of the Denman school from available materials at the school, some borrowed from former patrons and from the courthouse. Then a group got together at our place and decided on a picnic to reminisce and perhaps put together more information.

The picnic seemed a success with four states represented, and it was decided to make the picnic a yearly affair.

A short entertainment was held in the form of a "This Your Life, Vera Utter Wendling". Mrs. Wendling was a first teacher at Denman the Fall of 1914, along with Ethel Parks Gearhart who wrote the eulogy to her. The narrator was Gwendolyn Peebles from Grants Pass, Oregon, a niece of Veras' and also a 1929 graduate of Denman High Schools’ 10th grade.

It was Interesting to note from these first teachers that school was begun in the Denman Baptist Church that Fall of 1914. During Christmas. vacation they moved into the newly completed, nice, two story brick building surroounded by the beginning of a flourishing village of a depot, elevator, lumber yard, blacksmith shop, church and combination store, bank and postoffice. The children and teachers presented a gala program for those early patrons.

Elections were held with Kenneth Ramsey presiding. Nominations were closed after he was nominated and he was declared elected. In the same manner, Dessa Woodman and Josie Johnson were elected Secretary and Treasurer.

The later part of August was decided on for the 1975 picnic.

A collection of $35.30 from those present was presented for future expenses and the meeting adjourned for one year.      ---Dessa Woodman, Sec’y



How some buggies got strung up in the top of the barn and why?

The early athletic boys’ ride to Doniphan to play basketball with Art
Sorensen "at the wheel" of that Model T and where they spent the night?

The box suppers and the prices some brought?

Leland Cooks’ gun that "Mike" repaired?

How "Snooky" came back out of the stall?

Anyone "borrowing" face posts to get those "mules" going in the races?

Those "big boys" who were caught crawling in the air-vents
of the furnace by "Myrtle" and had to take their seats right after lunch for the
rest of the year? Where did all the apples they devoured to make the
noon hour longer, come from?

Those amazing Literaries and what went on that wasn’t shown on the stage?

Springtime playing hooky and Willard (Dippy) Palmers car catching on fire?
The penalty: 1,000 word essays?

Those Sunday get-togethers in 100 degree weather via horseback , to the
ballgames in the Holl pasture and later sometimes a swim? The elite
ones by now had cars that could hold so-o-o many !

Lloyd Morse riding a "young critter" to school?


We want to thank all those unmentioned ones who so obligingly
gave of their time to help with the history and the loan of materials
and pictures.

    A special thanks to Jean Rima who so tirelessly typed and re-
typed, also to Doug Duncan for the loan of that typewriter. To Josie
Johnson for doing some of the tiring research on enrollments at the
courthouses when a great many of the school records turned up
missing. Last, but not least to a patient editor who at one time was a
Denman school and church pupil. Thanks many times again.

Edited by
Laverne "Moon" McMullen

Compiled by
Dessa Woodman

Assisted by
Josie Johnson
Jean Rima

Information and Pictures
Vera (Utter) Wendling
Vesta (Cruse) Ernst
Ed Rayback
Bill Rumpletes
Paul Rogers
Sadie (Lippincott) Westing
Hazel (Denman) Pellymounter
Lloyd Morse
Dan Thomas
Irene Sorensen
Jacques Smith
Rosalie Liggett

All Name Index and Formatting for 
Buffalo County NEGenWeb 
by Renee Bunck


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