Surplus cotton was being brought in to test a mattress making project, where men and women could come to a workroom and make their own mattress. May Stanek and Paul Cook are chairmen of a county committee.
August Zierott and H.A. Peters were reelected to the board of the Hampton Elevator Company, which had a profit of $2,421.91 last year.
E.E. Bish and A.W. Kreutz were reelected to the board of the Giltner Elevator Company, which had a profit of $4,500 last year.
Flu is being reported all over the county, with almost every business reporting worker absences.
Prominent Stockham resident W.H. Cameron and Lloyd Norton pleaded guilty to charges of burning down a Stockham residence to collect the insurance money. Both will serve time in the Nebraska Penitentiary; there was $100 in damage to the house.
Former Aurora residents Mrs. Joe Wood and son Steve survived a serious Atlantic Ocean storm on their way to the West Indies to join Joe Wood. They were tied to their beds during the storm to protect them from being thrown about.
Harold Johnson, son of Mr. and Mrs. P.J. Johnson of Aurora, is moving to Buffalo with his family where he will be the chief engineer for a manufacturing firm there.
Elmer Goertzen, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. D.D. Goertzen of the Farmers Valley Precinct, died in a two-car collision in the fog near Newton, Kansas, where he was a student at Tabor College.
A coyote hunt was being staged on the Thorvold Olson farm, northeast of Aurora. Proceeds were to go to stock Hamilton County with pheasants.
Area residents were being offered a chance to see movie footage of the Nebraska Rose Bowl game from 1941 at Aurora High School; tickets were 20 cents and 10 cents.
Doris Bamesberger won the state's highest 4-H award, being named a delegate to the national 4-H Club Congress.
The Northwestern Railroad has asked the Nebraska Railway Commission to allow discontinuation of service on the line from Linwood (near Fremont) to Hastings. The closing would affect service to Stockham.
Former resident John S. Morgansen, 42, of Havre, Mont. died there after being kicked by a horse at his ranch.
The 1941 Frigidaire model refrigerator is now on sale at E.R. Springers for $149.95.
The two story home owned by Peter Larson Jr., in Marquette was destroyed by fire; the fire started in the roof from an unknown cause. No one was injured.
Merle Peard of Phillips has resumed publication of the Phillips Advertiser. The publication had earlier been combined with the Giltner Gazette and mailed from the town; Peard wanted to return the paper to Phillips.
Hans Jensen narrowly escaped death after being kicked by a horse. He and a hired man had been attempting to free the horse from the barbed wire fence it was caught in when Jensen was injured.
The state parole board is set to hear the case of Casper Hubbard, 35 year old former Marquette resident who robbed James J. Luff, a Marquette druggist.
Census workers are starting through each precinct of the county to complete the 1940 head count.
Stockham was the overall sweepstakes winner in the Central Nebraska Conference Commercial Contest at Giltner last week. Individual winners from Stockham included Marion Cranstone and Dorothy Wolfe in advanced typing.
Arnold Erickson, superintendent of the Hamilton County Rural Public Power District reports that construction of the REA lines is proceeding rapidly. The REA lines should be energized by May 1.
D.M. Davis, manager of the Hamilton County Farmers Telephone Co., has been elected president of the State Telephone Association.
Lavern Larsen of rural Marquette won the county spelling bee. He attends Dist. 100.
The York Milling Company has purchased the elevator at Phillips from W.W. Gallup of Alda.
August Hansen of the Kronborg area suffered a broken jaw and deep cuts when he was thrown under his disk. His team had become frightened and bolted.
High winds in the area were throwing tumble weeds onto many area roads, making them nearly impassable in spots, according to local mail carriers.
E.R. Springer was offering a new Frigidaire Refrigerator for $154.95.
Fifty-three seniors will be graduating in the Aurora High School Class of 1953.
Ben Hagelin, county surveyor, purchased the first government bond from the local post office.
The Aurora School Board has purchased the Bossingham tract west of Cole Park. The house and other buildings are being torn down there and it is proposed to build an athletic field on the tract using NYA labor. Entrance to the field would be from O Street.
F.E. Edgerton spoke on "Pump Irrigation and Prosperity" at the Mid-Year Regional meeting of the Nebraska Real Estate Association at Hastings.
Businessmen from several communities continue to meet and debate the future routes of some Nebraska Highways, including 34 and 6.
A group of businessmen met with the county board to discuss building a county museum on the east side of the square.
Former Aurora resident Arnold Ericksen, was elected manager of the Southern Nebraska Rural Public Power District. Ericksen was credited with leading an effort to extend the rural electric lines though Hamilton County despite a time of severe drought.
Dick Campbell is the new manager of the Hesteds Store in Aurora. He comes here from Norfolk.
John F. Goertzen, 32, who farmed in the Hampton area, died of a ruptured appendix.
Harry Manka of Phillips is recovering from a skull fracture he suffered while cranking an engine at the gravel pits near the Hamilton-Hall County Bridge. He was knocked unconscious and fell in to the water, but was rescued by Lester Mapes.
Duane Smith, 4, young son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Smith of Phillips, was injured while riding on a load of hay near his home. A bolt in the front end of the wagon came loose; the rack dropped down and the boy was thrown from the load; a wheel passed over his leg. He escaped serious injury.
Lillian Moore, librarian for 34 years, retired, Mary Catherine Asher is the new librarian.
County Judge Ivan Bengtson married Bernard Eldon Kerst and DeVonna Bell Gregory, plus Alfred Leonard Peterson and Betty Jane Gibson, all of Kearney, in a double wedding in his office last week.
Harold Worthington, Hamilton County Assistance Director, has resigned to take a position with the Accounting and Auditing Aircraft Division of the War Department in Wichita, Kan.
The Iowa-Nebraska Light and Power Company will move the gas office from the north side of the square to the west side, into a building formerly housing the Johnson Hardware.
Norman Nelson, who had reported his car stolen, later found it in high weeds in a different location then he believed he left it in after he ran into a ditch in Saturday night.
WPA workers are scheduled to shingle and paint the Ag Building on the county fairgrounds this summer.
Norman W. Lawson of Fremont, has been names the new assistance director in the county.
Wallace Davis, son of Mr. and Mrs. D.M. Davis, suffered a broken shoulder and other bruises when the derrick of the telephone company's big truck fell across his shoulder.
The Mazada Theater has its 27th anniversary. Talking pictures replaced the original silent films and air conditioning made the summer showings more enjoyable. No other theater in the state has been under the same management for that long.
The Aurora Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with several businesses, will put up a neon "Aurora" sign on 12th and Q street, just south of the new Streeter Park entrance.
Sam Stalhnecker and Burt Juett of Giltner escaped serious injury when their tractor and combine rig wrecked and caught on fire.
About 1,150 sacks of grasshopper bait are being distributed for use in hay field in the county. Grasshoppers are already moving into county cornfields.
Charles Russell, one of the county's foremost students of Native American lore has opened a curio shop in the Alden Building on the east side of the square. He will be selling Indian arrow heads, scrapers and knives collected from 48 states and identified in Nebraska.
Eldorado resident Maurine Rath returned from two months in treatment at the Warm Springs, Foundation in Warm Springs, Ga., where she received special therapy and treatment for infantile paralysis, which she contracted at age four.
About 40 boys are expected to be part of the Aurora High School football team this year.
Jim Patton of Denver, Colo., president of the National Farmers Union, will speak at the annual county picnic.
A "Save The South School," group was organized last week. Members sought an injunction to force the Aurora Schools to reopen the building next fall. The board had sought to move the 20 students between the East and West Schools; parents living on the south side of the track were upset by the move.
School will open in most rural county districts next week; teaching vacancies in five districts may delay the start of school.
Windows were broken out of the Hordville School after a hail storm tracked across the north part of the county. Crop damage was being studied; late crops are expected to have heavy losses.
Ted Hustead, former Aurora resident who operates a drug store at Wall, S.D., received national recognition for his unique business. An article noted his advertising signs which lead in from 200 miles from Wall, plus two Indian salesgirls who sell Indian trinkets to tourists.
Lois Bamesberger and Shirley Berggren were judged state champions in the girl's room judging at the state fair. Jean Casteel and Josephine Asher were on the state championship team on baked goods.
Millard J. Carlson of Phillips, a senior at the University of Nebraska, won a $100 prize for his design of a business women's club for the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.
The corn loan rate in the county will be 72 cents per bushel, an increase of 11 cents over a year ago.
Samuel E. Brigs, 80, longtime Union Pacific agent at Hordville, died last week.
More than 300 farmers, bankers, businessmen, well and pump interests and soilexperts met in Aurora for a first-of -its-kind ground water meeting. The supply ofwater should be plentiful for at least 50,000 acres, it was said.
Wayne Houston of Marquette, a member of the crew of the cruiser U.S.S. Omaha, was part of the seizing of a German merchant freighter that was flying under false colors in U.S. waters.
Earl Hammond of Aurora will be putting on a parade of his large and small animals in a pre-Christmas event sponsored by the Aurora Chamber of Commerce.
Neighbors husked 40 acres of corn for Warren Jeffers who is hospitalized in Aurora.
Line Coach "Link" Lyman of the University of Nebraska football team will speak at the Aurora grid banquet this week.
Nine Hamilton County registrants in the Selective Service program received their health examinations: Charles A. Huenefeld and LeRoy Schultz of Aurora, Evald Jensen, Gordon Peter and Kenneth Anderson of Marquette, Ernest Willcock and Arley Huebert of Stockham, Floyd Pressler of Trumbull and Duane Nelsen of Hampton.
The county Red Cross membership drive netted 181 members last week, bringing the county's total to 456.
Glen Shaneyfeldt, Don Roberts, Merle Otto, Deryl Strong, Gerald Newman, Bud Pence, Dean Damoude and Floyd Bagby are returning veteran basketball players expected to help the Aurora Husky squad this season.
T.A. Williamsen and J.E. Stranberg were reelected to the board of directors at the annual meeting of the Hordville Farmers Grain and Livestock Association. The cooperative showed a net profit of $6,018.53 in its 35th year of operation.
Cartoon characters will be seen on the streets of Aurora during a unique Christmas pageant-parade on Dec. 18. The event is sponsored by the Aurora Chamber of Commerce.
Agricultural production will be stepped up in the coming months to help the efforts for national defense after the Dec. 7 attack on Pearl Harbor.
Aurora youth Keith Myers, Arthur Fye and Edward Strotman won first place team honors in the poultry judging at the Nebraska State Poultry and Turkey Show.
The Aurora Lions Club is looking for discarded toys to be renovated for distribution to less fortunate children at Christmas. There are about 150 children on a list of those who could use the toys.
Nineteen Aurora properties were sold at a sheriff's sale; a lot which sold for $1000 before a garage was added several years earlier sold for just $55.
Jacob B. Epp, 55 of Henderson died of injuries he received last weekend in a car crash near his home. Two days later a relative LeRoy Schmidt, 13, (of Marion,S.D.) died in a car crash on an icy road near Humphrey while he and his family traveled to the Epp funeral.
J. C. Penneys advertised winter coats on a winter sale for $7-9.