January 7, 2004 - Mr. and Mrs. H.O. Dunhan have purchased the lunch room formerly operated under the name of Maxine's Café, from Dr. H.R. Henthorn. The sale included the building, fixtures and equipment. The lot on which the small lunch room stands extends 70 feet and the Durhams plan to enlarge the building in the spring.
Nebraska has the honor of leading all the corn belt states in production of white corn in 1943, according to state-federal division of agricultural statistics. Nebraska produced 30,328,000 bu. of white corn in 1943.
January 21, 2004 - N.P. Petersen, well-known farmer northeast of Marquette, filed Wednesday afternoon for the office of state senator representing the 25th unicameral district comprising Hamilton, Clay and Polk counties. Petersen as resided all his life in Hamilton county on the same farm, with the exception of the time he spent in World Was I. He owns his own farm of 200 acres, and in addition to general farming raises lot of hogs and cattle.
The Farmers Elevator Company of Giltner held its 26th annual, meeting last Saturday afternoon. Three hundred stockholders and patrons of the company were served a lunch at the noon hour. The report of Manager P.J. Hohnstein showed a net profit for the year of $38,259.19. The net trading profit for the year was $40,612.76 from which adjustment of accounts and depreciation totaling $2,353.57 was deducted leaving the profit of $38,259.19.
January 28, 2004 - John Bockmann this week announced the opening of the Aurora Upholstery in the building on the southeast corner of the square, next Tuesday, February 1. The Bockmann family moved to Aurora last summer, purchasing the Lee Perdew residence at 1317 A St. Mr. Bockmann has lived in Grand Island for a number of years.
Mr. and Mrs. S. W. Keller received an air mail letter from their son, Bernard, who is a machinist mate 2-C in the navy air services on the largest island of the New Hebrides, near the Coral Sea, in the South Pacific. About six months ago, Bernard wrote of he and a couple of his mates building a small boat, and rowing to some of the smaller surrounding islands. On one excursion they caught a small wild pig, which later became quite a pet in the camp.
February 11, 2004 - Dr. H .R. Henthorn, county chairman of the Fourth War Loan drive in Hamilton county, announced Thursday morning that total sales in the county had reached $384,640.00 or about $25,000 short of the county's $409,000 quota. The county's quota of E bonds set at $220,000 has not been reached.
Wayne Erickson, 21, of Clay County, pleaded guilty last Friday in county court to charges of throwing a paving brick through a window at Waller's Amusement Park at the east edge of Aurora. Erickson was fined $10.00 and costs in court and ordered to pay for the broken window.
February 18, 2004 - Delores Gunnerson left Wednesday for Elwood to take over the duties of selective service clerk of Gosper County. Mrs. Gunnerson served as assistant clerk in Hamilton County Selective Service office until recently.
The county commissioners of Hamilton County on Friday, started to move to sell the Hamilton County Poor Farm, located in Orville precinct, legally describes as Northeast Quarter of Section 22-9-6. In 1873 Orville City was a thriving town containing three grocery stores, a drug store, hotel, blacksmith shop, real estate office, law office and a saloon. A portion of the buildings were long used on the Poor Farm, but no buildings now remain to mark the deserted village.
February 18, 2004 - One of the oldest of Aurora's business buildings is no more. The J. W. Elarton studio building, which was erected in an early day and a half block west of the northwest corner of the square, is being torn down this week to make room for a used car lot. C.A. Newman purchased the building some weeks ago and is clearing the lot for the use of his cars.
Fred S. Larkin, executive secretary of the State Salvage Committee, presented to the Cass School, Dist. No. 42, a certificate with a gold seal from the War Production Board for their part in the paper salvage drive. This school was the winner in the state, and competed for national honors in the "Truth or Consequences" radio program.
March 3, 2004 - Mr. and Mrs. L. Lauritsen announce the reopening of their grocery on the north side of the square on Saturday, March 4. Mr. Lauritsen was forced to close out the business some months ago that he might undergo surgery. He has now completely recovered from his illness and again enters the grocery business in the same location.
Burdette M. Aspergren resigned from the Hamilton County Agricultural Conservation Committee, effective March 1. He has been active since 1938 when he was elected community committeeman from the Farmers Valley precinct.
Mrs. H. L. Coggins, war fund chairman in the county is calling a workers conference Friday morning at the American Legion Hall. In this call for funds we are asked to not confuse this with a membership drive putting it plainly a single dollar into the fund will not relieve our obligation, for $6,300, the county quota will not be raised by single dollars - we must give and give generously.
March 10, 2004 - Hans O. Jensen of Aurora and Peter Parkert of Hooper, have filed as delegates to the Democrat National Convention to represent the third Congressional District. In a statement issued jointly by the two men they stated. "We believe that farmers in Nebraska which is primarily agricultural, should take a more active part in party politics, both Democrat and Repubican, if this government by the people is to survive. We believe farmers must aid in selecting candidates who will best represent agriculture during the present world conflict so that agriculture, with proper leadership can make a maximum contribution to winning the war."
March 17, 2004 - T-Sgt. Morris H. Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Smith of Hampton, has been awarded the Air Medal according to an announcement made this week from somewhere in England by Brig. General of a Liberator Bomb division. The award was conferred for "exceptionally meritorious achievement, while participating in five separate bomber missions over enemy occupied Continental Europe.
P.J. Refshauge was named nominee for mayor by the committee of the Citizens and Independent partied at a meeting last week. Mr. Refshauge at first refused to accept the nomination but after pressure from the committeemen finally agreed to accept.
Mr. and Mrs. Milo Kissel, who reside a half mile east of Aurora on the highway, suffered a heavy loss last Sunday morning, when their brooder house containing 400 baby chicks and more than 350 hen burned to the ground. None of the chickens were saved.
March 24 - Miss Louie Murphy, science instructor of Aurora High School, appeared on an educational policies program presented by Delta Kappa Gamma national honor fraternity at its regular meeting with Marie Overturf in Grand Island recently. Miss Murphy explained now the recently proposed bill for federal aid to schools would affect the schools.
Francis Leroy Kirk of Giltner, Donald E. Tuttle of Marquette, and Warren E Carlson and Bob Humrichs of Aurora left Monday for Fort Leavenworth for service in the army.
The aviation class of the Aurora High School under the direction of William Thomssen has a Pratt Whitney 600 horsepower airplane engine on display in the window of the Iowa-Nebraska Gas Company on the west side of the square. Boys form the class will be on hand Saturday to explain various parts.
March 31, 2004 - Clyde Cogil and Clair Zehr this week announced that they have formed a partnership to buy, sell and trade used cars. They will carry on business from the Sinclair Service Station, which Zehr has been operating for several years.
Rev. Nathan Sundberg will deliver his last sermon as pastor of the Evangelical Mission Church of Aurora on Sunday, April 30, terminating a pastorate of almost 5 years.
April 7, 2004 - Ernst Hahn, former county commissioner of Hamilton County, sold 240 acres of his highly improved 309 acre farm near Hordville for $100 per acre to Gilbert Benson. Mr. Hahn traded 69 acres of his farm for another piece of land.
Carl Herron, who has served as night officer on the Aurora police force for the past eight years resigned effective Friday, April 7. It is reported Herron will accept a job with the Burlington railroad at the local round house.
The War Food Administration extended indefinitely the period in which farmers can slaughter hogs and deliver pork to others without permit or license. WFA's restrictions on farm slaughter of hogs and delivery of pork were first suspended for three months form Nov. 17, 1943, to Feb. 17, 1944. The period was then extended to March 17.
April 14, 2004 - The Bremer Dairy this week announces the Discontinuation of all retail route deliveries in the city of Aurora, effective April 14. The city is now being served milk every other day. One part of the city one day and the other part the next. The decision to discontinue deliveries was brought about by a shortage of help and the truck tire situation considered critical by OPA. It is necessary for the dairy to pick up milk from the county every morning and this is one way of insuring an adequate supply of milk for the community at all times.
Dairy feed payments are still being made on February's production of diary products and will continue to be made at the AAA office at the rate of 5 cents per pound for butterfat sold and 35 cents per hundred-weight of whole milk sold.
April 21, 2004 - The past week brought rain and snow totaling 1.52 inches of moisture to bring the total moisture for 1944 to 6.89 inches. E.A. DeWater, government weather registrar, reported 44 inches of snow had fallen during the months of March and April. Farmers have not been able to get into their fields for the past two weeks, and it is doubtful if any field work will be done this week.
Red & White Food Stores had lettuce for 12 cents, radishes, three larges bundles for 10 cents, frozen fish for 53 cents per pound and raisins in a two pound bag for 27 cents.
April 28, 2004 - Wednesday night officially ended the term of office of Dr. J. F. Cole and saw P.J. Refshauge officially installed as mayor of the city of Aurora. Fitting ceremonies marked the occasion as the out-going mayor presented a floral tribute turned out to be a small bunch of prairie hay for Mayor Refshauges horse.
Jean Bremer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Bremer, has joined the air corps branch of the Woman's Army Corps and was sworn in last week at Ord, where she has held a secretarial position for several years. Miss Bremer came Wednesday to spend the remainder of this week with her parents, after which she will report to Fort Des Moines, Iowa for service.
May 5, 2004 - Emil Kluck, Jr. son of Mr. and Mrs. Emil J. Kluck, is the high ranking student of the 1944 class, with an average for the four years of 94 13/36 percent, will be salutatorian.
Fire totally destroyed the brooder and 450 six week old chicks for William F. Enderie living on the L.T. Johnson farm north of Marquette, last Sunday morning about 5 a.m. The fire was noticed by an oil tank driver who stopped and awakened the Enderle family. The loss was considerable, as 450 chickens at 6 weeks of age represent a large investment, as well as the brooder and brooder house which were owned by Mr. Enderle. The oil brooder was new and it is not known just how the fire started.
May 12, 2004 - Rev. Daniel Anderson with Mrs. Anderson, is expected to arrive about July 1st from Chicago to take over the charge of the Evangelical Mission Church in this city, succeeding Rev. Nathan Sundberg.
"Jap" Wall was elected president of the Aurora Country Club at a meeting of the board of directors held last Thursday evening. Del Danker was reelected vice president, Wilmer Griess secretary and Frank Farr treasurer.
Robert Eggert, 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. M.H. Eggert of Phillips was one of the three youths in the state to be selected as top ranking 4-H sheep club member, by the Agricultural college last Saturday.
May 19, 2004 - L.D. Otto of Hampton, senior member of the Hamilton County Selective Service board, resigned effective May 1. Roy DeMaranville was appointed to fill the vacancy.
Farmers living outside the area affected by the "corn freeze" order, can make a valuable contribution to the war effort by maintaining a normal flow of corn to the market for feeding proposes, according to AAA officials. The need for corn in the war effort is very urgent and for that reason it was found necessary to limit corn sales in certain designated counties in Nebraska and four other states.
Mr. and Mrs. G.R. Blomstrand who had not heard from their son, Sgt. Greg. Jr. since about the first of the year, heaved a sigh of relief late last week when a cable gram came from him stating that he was well and safe.
June 2, 2004 - The 240 acre farm known as the Ormsby land, in the southwest part of the county, sold at referee sale last Wednesday to a Hastings investor for $9000 ot an average of $37.50 per acre. 160 acres of the farm was rolling while the one 80 was choice land. The buildings were only in fair condition.
Thursday, Roy McCormick ended 48 years of service with the Burlington railroad, and goes onto the retirement list. An engineer, Mr. McCormick had the Sargent and Burwell run for many years, and after the passengers were taken off that line about 3 years ago, Mr. McCormick took the switch engine in the yards.
June 9, 2004 - Einer and Elmer Palmberg of Aurora are now launching a successful wholesale automotive supply business, with headquarters inAurora. They sometime ago leased the McCann building on the west side ofthe square and have the shelves lined with carious supplies. They areconsidering opening the store in Aurora as a retail outlet as soon as they can find a manager.
In 1944, the cash rate for a 25 word want ad in the Aurora News-Register, going to over 3400 subscribers was 25 cents. A 1937 Ford Tudor was only $490 at C.A. Newman Motor Company. The Bremer Dairy Company would pay five cents a piece to redeem milk bottles. At Safeway you could buy a 50 pound bag of flour for $1.98.
June 16, 2004 - Workmen the past week completed the job of building an addition to the rear of the Dr. Henthorn building just west of the C.A. Newman Motor Co. The entire building erected from concrete blocks has been given a coat of white paint and with the new sign makes a very attractive building. The increased floor space now provides adequate room for display and storage of veterinarian supplies.
Among the many groups of three or more brothers in the armed forces are the sons of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Sanderson, longtime residents of the Marquette community, who now reside in Central City. Three whose pictures appear in this issue and another son, Kenneth was inducted into the Navy on June 9, M-Sgt Rueben Sanderson is stationed at Hobbs, New Mexico, with the air force, while his brother Cpl. Harold Sanderson, is stationed in England.
June 23, 2004 - The Chicago and Northwestern Railway Company has filed in Hamilton County a first and second mortgage which covers the property in all the states in which the company operates. The amount of the second mortgage is not to exceed $109,807,900. The amount of the first mortgage not being stated. Coupon bonds in $100, $500 and 1,000 bonds drawing four per cent interest are represented.
Mr. and Mrs. Elza Zornes received word last week of Pvt. Raymond Odell Smith that he was seriously wounded in the battle on the beached in Italy and received the Purple Heart for wounds received. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. B.H. Smith, formerly of Aurora.
June 30, 2004 - The total assessed valuation of all real estate, personal property, class A and class B intangibles, is $21,325,030 as compared to $20,824,876 in 1943, on an increase of $490,154, according to comparison of the assessment abstracts form the office of Clerk Scovill.
The Aurora coal dealers are this week urging all the people of this community dependent upon coal for heat this next winter to lay in their coal supply now. Orders should be placed with your dealer at once so they can get orders into the mines to refill their bins. Dr. C.J. Potter, Deputy Fuels Administrator for war urged coal dealers to warn their customers that it is better to buy what coal they need now then to burn the Christmas tree next winter instead of hanging presents on it.
July 7, 2004 - Nels P. Petersen, well known farmer-stockman of the Marquette community, and a candidate for the state legislature in the 25th District, passed away at a Grand Island hospital from injuries received early Monday afternoon when his car collided with an oil tanker driven by Dallas Monger of Kimball, South Dakota.
Brig.Gen. Guy Henninger, state selective service director, warned Nebraska registrants today that men, deferred for occupational reasons, are inviting induction when they forsake their jobs for work less essential to the war effort.
July 14, 2004 - Albert Jennings of Cutbank, Mont., located near Shelby, shipped a carload of horses to Aurora several weeks ago. Mr. Jennings had not been in this section of the country for a number of years but he remembered Aurora and thought it would be a good place to sell his horses. Upon his arrival in Aurora, he wired his older brother, Clint, at Colby, Kansas, that he was in Aurora and Clint came up to see him. It had been 31 years since the brothers had seen each other and they had a fine visit.
C. A. Newman filed a request with the city council for permission to erect a brick building 40 X 66 feet on the lot just north of the station and will erect the building to be used as a repair shop.
July 21, 2004 - Manager Harold Schoonover of the Mazada theatre is this week observing the 30th anniversary of the Mazada theatre.
Hans O. Jensen, elected delegate from this congressional district to the democrat National convention in Chicago left Aurora last Monday morning to attend the convention. He is the only farmer in the entire Nebraska delegation. Jensen stated Monday morning in Aurora just before leaving for the convention that he would support Wallace for vice-president because he has done more than any other man to provide an adequate and workable farm program for the farmers of the middle west.
July 28, 2004 - Announcement is made this week that Rev. E.R. Swick, pastor of the Assembly of God church, has accepted the pastorate of the church in Walthill, and the pastor of the Walthill church, Rev. Charles Cox, will fill the charge in the Aurora church.
Dorothy Wilson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Wilson of this city who has recently enlisted in the WAVES reported at Fort Des Moines, Iowa Tuesday and will continue to New York City this week for special instruction at Hunter College, The Bronx. She is a graduate of Aurora High School and was employed as society reporter for the Aurora Republican for a time before going to California.
August 4, 2004 - Bill Weller this week announces that he has purchased the Cox Sinclair Station located at the northeast corner of Aurora. Mr. and Mrs. Weller will operate the café as well as the service station. Mr. and Mrs. John Cox have operated the station since last December.
D.M. Davis, manager of the Hamilton County Farmers Telephone Association, reports that the board of directors of the company has authorized the purchase of a new switchboard for the Aurora exchange.
Dr. E.K. Steenburg stated on Wednesday that they would probably move into their new hospital building sometime in the next two weeks. Work on the elevator will be completed this week and workmen are now in the process of cleaning up the rooms. A fine apartment has been built for Mrs. Kathryn Shaneyfelt who will be in charge of the hospital
August 11, 2004 - Harold Dickerson of Smith Center, Kansas came to Aurora Tuesday afternoon to take over the management of the Safeway store in Aurora. Dickerson for some time was head clerk under Roy Holmes. He left one year ago this week to take over the management of the Safeway in Smith Center, Kansas. Roy Holmes who has been manager of the Aurora Safeway has now accepted the position of manager in Denver.
Gene Marvel, 10, of Giltner, was accidentally shot in the cheek with a .22 long rifle bullet last Friday. X-ray pictures taken by Dr. Steenburg showed that the bullet entered the right cheek, striking the cone and then deflecting downward breaking a piece out of the jaw bone and then traveling back lodging near the first vertebrae at the base of the skull. Dale Brown was trying to load the rifle when he accidentally shot Gene.
August 18, 2004 - Sam Somerhalder of Guide Rock, a former Wesleyan football and
basketball star will take over the duties of athletic coach at the Aurora high school next week.
All equipment and patients of the Aurora hospital, located one block north of the northeast corner of the square, were moved to the new Aurora hospital near the Burlington depot last Sunday. The new hospital is completely modern in every respect. A modern operating room is completely modern and much new equipment has been installed.
September 8, 2004 - Mr. and Mrs. Reid Evans, who reside in Stockham, had a
strange experience one evening last week a freak fire which was caused by lightning striking their home during their absence. The lightning entered the house through their radio cord, burned the cord and the side of a cabinet on which the small radio was standing.
Arnold Wilshusen this week announced the opening of a produce business on the east side of the square in Aurora next Sunday. Mr. Wilshusen purchased the D. A. Johnson occupied by D. A. Johnson Clothing company some time ago and has done considerable remodeling to the building.
September 15, 2004 - The 72nd Hamilton County Fair which opened Tuesday drew a
good crowd on the opening day and a large crowd was on hand Wednesday despite the 1.39 in. of rain which fell Tuesday evening. The three-quarter mile horse race was won by Frank Brant with Glittering. The one-half mile was won by Ray Stevenson.
For the second time this week the war is brought home to Hamilton County and the community is again saddened, by the telegram which was received by Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Anderson from the war department on Tuesday which told of the death of their only son, Sgt. Wesley Wayne Anderson, 22, of the 2nd Marine Division, in the Pacific area.
September 22, 2004 - T. F. McCarthy, former night police officer in Aurora, was
fined $10.00 and costs of $4.00 by County Judge Bengtson last Friday. McCarthy was arrested by Officers Titman and Anderson Thursday night. Tuesday morning Deputy Sheriff McConaughey and Night Officer Titman attempted to arrest McCarthy for causing an alleged disturbance at the café operated by Mrs. Anne McCarthy his former wife, at the east edge of Aurora. When the officers attempted to arrest McCarthy he ran and a number of shots were fired on the east side of the square. McCarthy proved to be too fast on foot and made his getaway.
A tax foreclosure sale was held at the courthouse in Aurora last Tuesday. Prices on several of the properties were considered fair, and very poor on some of the others. A property located at 709 J St., consisting of a 4-room house and a small barn, sold to Albert Johnson for $136.00. A 4-room house located at 1714 Ninth St., sold to Bill Marler for $100.00. A large 9-room house, in good condition, with barn and about three acres of land at 1012 E St., and a small three-room house located at 1002 E Street, sold to Charles Titman for $500.00.
September 29, 2004 - Herman L. Swanson, 51, giving Ogden, Utah as his residence
was sentenced to serve 20 days in jail by county judge Bengtson after pleading guilty to looting alarm clocks from a number of Aurora homes. Swanson wasn't going to use them to help him to get to work on time, he was selling them to a number of Aurora residence. Swanson would go to the front door of a home and knock or ring the bell, if no one answered after a time he would walk right into the house.
Cyril Bish of Giltner has been appointed acting county agent for an indefinite time to succeed Lt. (j.g.) LaVerne Peterson who has a leave of absence while serving in the Navy.
October 6, 2004 - Meri Jassen, and Vernon Jassen, of Hastings were arrested and
charged with "breaking and entering" the Leland McCrea service station in Hampton last Monday morning between 1 and 2 o'clock. McCrea only recently opened the station. It was formerly known as the Wall Texaco station. According to Sheriff Andrews the two boys left Hastings last Thursday, first going to Harvard. They then cut across the country to Bradshaw, sleeping in straw stacks two nights. Sunday night they slept in a straw stack east of Hampton until 1 o'clock Monday morning when they got up and walked to Hampton. They broke into the service station and cooked themselves a meal. Before leaving they took nine cartons of cigarettes, three boxes of candy and some matches. They were later caught in Bradshaw.
October 13, 2004 - Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Jones of Omaha have purchased the Moderow 5c to $1 store. The store will be closed form Monday, October 16 to Saturday October 21 for invoicing and restocking. The store will open under the management of Mr. and Mrs. Jones and will be know as the Jones Variety Store.
Stacey Barker, president of the movement for a Youth's Recreation Center in Aurora, this week announced plans are being completed to solicit funds to finance the project and it is hoped that the opening can be celebrated with a Halloween party. The students of the Aurora schools conducted a contest for a name for the Center. The name Skip-Inn was chosen.
October 20, 2004 - The well-improved Matticks 240 acre farm located 2 ¼ miles east of Hamilton corner, sold at referee sale Wednesday afternoon for $52 per acre. Fred Stewart of Grand Island, former Aurora businessman, was the high bidder. Only three bids were placed during the sale. Stewart opened the bid with $50 per acre. One other bid of $51 was made by Father Campo, and the Stewart bid of $52 was the last bid.
The second fatal highway accident in Hamilton county in 1944 occurred this week in the death of Stanton Bell, shortly after midnight on Tuesday morning. The child was fatally injured in Highway 14 about four miles south of Aurora last Thursday morning as he jumped from a truck which was hitched behind a steam engine, into the path of an oncoming car.
October 27, 2004 - The debt on the Federated Church edifice has been liquidated and in observance of the accomplishment, a mortgage burning ceremony will take place at the church next Sunday. October 29th.
Master Sergeant Reuben Johnson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Johnson of Hordville, who is with the 134th Infantry in France, has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal. The citation reads, "Master Sergeant Rueben Johnson, Infantry, United States Army, for heroic service in connection with military operations against an enemy of the United States in.sector, Normandy, France, during the period 15 July to 3 August 1944. During this period, Sergeant Johnson was responsible for the installation and continuous maintenance of wire communication and the smooth functioning of the message center. On all occasions, despite intense enemy fire of all types and over difficult terrain, regimental-battalion communications were maintained in" an outstanding manner.
November 3, 2004 - The four room house on the Clyde Cogil farm, located 7 miles west and a mile north of Aurora, was destroyed by fire Tuesday afternoon. The buildings were unoccupied and Mr. and Mrs. Cogil had gone to the farm to burn weeds in the lots and along the fence row. They had carefully back fired the weed patches and how the fire spread to the coal shed which was first caught they could not determine.
An explosion caused by natural gas from an open pipe nearly wrecked the home of Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Fenster, two blocks north of the highway on the main street of Hampton last Tuesday morning at 1:30 o'clock.
November 10, 2004 - Franklin D. Roosevelt was re-elected president of the United States last Tuesday, unofficial returns credit him with 413 electoral votes, to 118 for Thomas E. Dewey. Hamilton County and Nebraska went strong for Dewey, Dwight Griswold and all other state candidates. The republican margin in Hamilton County was large for both Dewey and Griswold, with other state candidates trailing their leaders. Dewey received 2851 votes and Roosevelt 1229. Griswold 3243 and Olsen 761. Carl Swanson totaled 3359 and his opponent, Davies, 590.
November 17, 2004 - A safe weighing 800 to 1000 pounds was taken from the Safeway Store in Aurora sometime between midnight and daylight last Monday morning. The safe contained receipts from Friday and Saturday sales, but the amount of the loss was not made public. However, there was a large amount of the receipts in the form of checks, as the store had cashed many personal and salary checks.
Margaret Saunders was recently elected Home Agent for Hamilton County by the Farm Bureau Board.
November 24, 2004 - The sixth was loan drive in Hamilton County will open Monday, November 27, according to P. J. Refshauge, County War Bond chairman. Next Monday morning from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. all the towns in the county will conduct their drive. Residents of the towns are urged to be prepared to buy bonds when the workers call on you during these hours. All the banks of the county are offering to lend money at three per cent interest where the buyer has corn or hogs he will be selling in the next thirty or ninety days.
Six more area soldiers in our nation's armed forces are Cpl. Wm. Henthorne of Hampton is in the Army, MM2/c Jason Henthorne of Hampton is in the Navy, M Sgt. Chas. Otto of Hampton is in the Army, ACM Eldred Hoegh of Hampton is in the Navy, T Corp. Joe Malek of Hampton is in the Army and Cpl. Harry Johnson of Marquette is in the Army.
December 1, 2004 - The corn loan rate for Hamilton County is 88 cents per bu. for merchantable field corn production in 1944, husked and in the ear and stored on acceptable cribs on the farm, for moisture content, or grading No. 3 or better, except for moisture content, or grading No. 4 on test weight only. Ear corn is accepted as collateral for loans between Dec. 1 and March 31, 1945 and shall not have moisture content in excess of 20 ˝% in ten-foot cribs, or less if crib width is greater.
Representatives of the Quaker Oats ordinance plant explained the need for manpower to a group of city officials from five Nebraska counties who were called to Grand Island for a meeting last Tuesday evening. Mayor Refshauge of Aurora and Joe E. Gunnerson, clerk of the local Selective Service Board, represented Aurora. The head of the Quaker Oats Company told the group that they needed 1,200 additional men and women workers, and it was vitally important that 800 be secured by December 15.
December 8, 2004 - The Aurora City Council has set the wheels in motion to purchase the gas distribution system in Aurora now owned and operated by the Iowa-Nebraska Light and Power Company. The franchise with the city, under which the gas company is now operating, expires July 1, 1945, and the law requires that notice must be given by the city to the company at least six months prior to the expiration of the franchise.
W.A. Robbins, Governor of the 120th District of Rotary International, which includes 54 Rotary clubs in Nebraska will visit the Aurora club Wednesday, Dec. 15. Mr. Robbins will visit the Rotary with President Shaneyfelt and Secretary Scovill, also other officers of the club administration and Rotary service activities.
December 15, 2004 - A 1 ½ story - 6-room house, barn, cement block double garage, chicken house and coal house in Stockham sold to Lloyd Norton for $200. In addition to the purchase price listed, all purchasers must pay the taxes before possession can be given. All sales are subject to conformation by the district judge.
Superintendent Del Danker of Aurora High was named chairman of the state board of control of the high school activities association, at the three day meeting of the Nebraska State Education Association held in Lincoln last week.
December 22, 2004 - Captain Grayson of the Army Ordinance department, one of the three army officers at the Cornhusker Ordinance plant, in charge of inspection, and Henry Coffman guest speaker at the Aurora Rotary club last Wednesday noon. Coffman told the Rotarians that the army was not short of ammunition on the front lines at the present time, but the supply at the ammunitions dumps behind the lines was being sent up ahead of time. They are now using ammunitions that was intended for the February quota.
Safeway Grocery Store had 12 oz. corn niblets for 14 cents, Heinz tomato soup for 11 cents a can and potatoes 43 cents a ten pound bag.
December 29, 2004 - Roy Eckerson, well known farmer residing northwest of Aurora, was seriously injured Dec. 20, when an accidental discharge form a 12 gauge shotgun struck him in the left arm. A section of the ulna, the larger of the two bones which form the forearm was shot away. Roy was husking corn and had come to the end of the field, and in turning around, the shotgun which he was carrying in the wagon slipped down. He reached to pick it up when it discharged right up his sleeve.
As W.H. Beins is retiring from the farm, he and his son, Don, will hold a sale Tuesday, Jan. 2 at the farm located 1 mile north and 1 3/4 mile west of Aurora. The offering includes 4 horses, 17 cattle, 12 brood sows, hay, harness, chickens, a large line of machinery, both power and horse drawn, a large line of miscellaneous, and some household goods. H.E.O. club will serve lunch.