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Do you remember when your parents celebrated an anniversary, or when a boy came home from service?  Do you remember when the basketball team won the state championships or when the "new" opera house was old?  Want a little help remembering or just being reminded of things you did?  Want to know what your parents~~grandparents or even  your great grandparents were doing when?  Take a look ...these are from the weekly section of The Minden Courier that reminds us....Remember When?  Enjoy! 
Wednesday, November 13, 2002:
Sixty Years ago--1942:
Burdette Garrett began his new duties as substitute mail carrier. Garrett's appointment followed the pending retirement of W. E. Tarkington. At a meeting of the Minden Civilian Defense Council, it was decided to ask all organizations, as well as individuals, to set aside the last Monday of each month for civilian defense activities. Charles R. Smith became editor for THE MINDEN COURIER and Ralph Woolman took over the duties of linotype operator.

Fifty Years ago--1952:
Mrs. Walter Torney was the winner of a new Frigidaire electric range, donated by Weedlun Motor Sales, the sponsor of a free cooking school. A record number of voters cast ballots in Minden. The total vote reached 1,229. The highest previous record was in 1948 when the agregate total was 984. Even though only .05 of an inch of moisture fell during October, it was not the driest on record. In 1942 no moisture was recorded during the month of October.

Thirty Years ago--1972:
As part of its "Day for a President" activities on Veterans Day, the Kearney County Republican Women's Club donated the book, "Eye On Nixon," a photographic study of the president and the man. The Wilcox Eagles upset the favored Sumner Mustangs in a 14-3 win. Lyle Titkemeier ran for a 62-yard touchdown; Brent Harms garnered a two-point conversion; and Neal Woollen scored the second touchdown after Harms had retruned the kickoff 75 yards to the Sumner 10.

Twenty Years ago--1982:
An estimated 75 percent of the registered voters in Kearney County went to the polls to cast their vote. Voters followed the statewide trend in electing Bob Kerry for governor, Kay Orr for treasurer and Paul Douglas for attorney general. The Axtell Wildkittens won the district volleyball tournament defeating Wilcox, Hildreth and Roseland. A Minden Public School band uniform was donated to the Pioneer Village. In addition to the uniform, the school also donated an obsolete reel-to-reel Sony video tape recorder and an old Olivetti adding machine.

Ten Years ago--1992:
A one percent sales tax was approved by voters in Minden. The sales tax issue passed by approximately the same margin as the lottery issue was defeated. Doug Ehlers joined the staff of the Kearney County Community Hospital as a physical therapist. Marcy Etzelmiller, a Minden High School graduate, was named outstanding elementary school counselor of 1992 by the Nebraska Association of Counseling Development.
Wednesday, November 27, 2002:
Sixty Years Ago--1942:
A service titled "Victory Sunday" was held at First Christian Church. Former pastor, the Rev. Armand Bass, and his wife returned to help the congregation celebrate the retiring of its building debt. The musical part ofthe service included anthems by the choir, under the direction of Alice Pinkerton, a solo by Lawrence Strine and a special number by Mrs. Bass. The War Production Board issued an order forbidding the use of outdoor lighting during the Christmas season. Christmas lighting requireed the use of critical materials, electricity and manpower, and was not in line with general conservation programs, according to the WPB. A standing-room-only crowd attened the junior play, "One Mad Night." Before the curtain went up, the high school band, a boys' quartette, a baton-twirling act and the girls' trio entertained the audience.

Fifty Years Ago--1952:
The Brown cousins, Jerry and Joe, scored all the Minden touchdowns in the Whippets' conquest of Broken Bow, 34-7. Helen Bergsten of Minden was elected president of the district YWCA conference. Karen Casper of HIldreth was elected recorder. Fred Martin, who had served 12 years as Kearney County Judge, was elected president of the Nebraska County Judges Association. Voting delegates at the Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation convention were R. W. Ramsey, Dale Wells, Frank Foote and Wilmer Talbert.

Forty Years Ago--1962:
The Minden swim team, including Roger Etzelmiller, John Knudsen, John Oder and John Tucker, competed with the Hastings YMCA at the Midwestern Winter League meet. Awards included: Etzelmiller, first in freestyle; third in backstroke; and second in butterfly; Tucker, fourth in freestyle and sith in breaststroke. Herman L. Keen was reassigned to McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas following his graduation from the United States Air Force technickal training course for missile systems analysts at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas. Mr. and Mes. Burdette Anderson, Steven and Kimberly Kay of Fort Morgan, Colo., moved to Minden and advertised the opening of his ServiceMASTER business.

Thirty Years Ago--1972:
Paul Olsen, in his second year of competition, captured high point junior Youth in nebraska honors, and his horse, Okie Osage, was the high point youth performance horse in the state. Larry Burgess and Jack Lammers bagged two bucks north of Minden weighing about 145 pounds each, field dressed. Del Kopf, president of the Kearney County LIvestock Feeders, presented a plaque tothe Minden Beef Company from the Nebraska Livestock Foundation for its service and cooperation to the foundatino by collecting the ten cents per head checkoff. Bill Mahar, manager, accepted the plaque on behalf of the company.

Twenty Years Ago--1982:
Karen Yant's first grade students at Minden East Elementary School observed a miniature village made of stained leaded glass. Don Hansen, creator of the village, had added light bulbs inside the buildings to make the colors shine across the white artificial snow. Minden's school nurse, Margy Lentz, made families in the district aware that scabies (the itch mite) was prevalent in the area. About 320 meals were served as the junior class presented "Hey Teach" during a dinner thearter in Hildreth.

Ten Years Ago--1992:
The beef processing plant was sold at a sheriff's sale. Leroy Wadzinski of Ravenna purchased the facility. Russel Zulauf of Wilcox began the process of liquidating antiques he had accumulated for more than 40 years. One of his favorite stories included, "I once bought a three-story house just to get a lamp." Receiving honors in the selection of Southwest Conference "all conference squads" were Deb Meisenbach, first team; Buffi Nelson, second team; and Jennie Bunger, honorable mention.


Weedlum Motor Sales Company had two school buses in storage which they were unable to deliver to the Minden schools because of a priority order interpretation made by offices in the nation's capitol. Fifteen friends and neighbors of Dick Ryan gathered at his farm and husked 35 acres of corn which he had been forced to leave in the field when called to the armed services. Dr. H. S. Andrews, retiring president of the Minden Chamber of Commerece, pointed out an emergency which would soon face the city as a whole. Several of Minden's businessmen had been notified to report for examination before induction into the armed services and constituted a real threat to the commuinty, according to Andrews.


Re-elected as officers of the Kearney County Historical Society were Mrs. J. S. Canaday, John P. Boisen, Mrs. Warren Newbold, David Larsen, Mary D. Anderson and Golda Canaday. Kearney County's Extension agents won high honors and cash in a statewide information contest sponsored by Ak-Sar-Ben. Home agent Alma Jorn won first prize in the home agents' division for radio tape recording and county agen Clem Wimberley took first place in the black and white photography division. West Christensen and other city workers cleared land for an ice skating rink on the vacant lots on the corner behind and north of the high school.


Sylvia Nelson and Mary Lewis were given keys to the Axtell school in recognition for earining the highest averages of the first nine weeks. Roland Christensen received top honors at the 1962 Nebraska Wheat Show in Hastings for his sample of seed wheat. His wheat, testing 63.4, had the distinction of bing highest of all entries in the test weight. The county board of supervisors honored Carl Holmes with a retirement dinner party. Holmes had served as country clerk for 28 years.


Anna Wilkinson was locally honored for 25 years of service as a 4-H leader. Wilkinson also recieved a certificate and emerald pin from the Nebraska Cooperative Extension Service for her volunteer service. Sara Weidenbach was appointed as Kearney County treasurer, following the resignation of Gary Anderson. Weidenbach had served in the treasurer's office for 18 years and as deputy since 1964. Mr. and Mrs. James E. Bang celebrated their 63rd anniversary at an open house at their home.


Minden High School winners in the Kearney State College Forensics Tournament were Nancy Hove, Marianne Schneider, Linda Hartman and Mike George. An all-school play, "A Theatrical Pot Pourri" was presented at Axtell. Cast members were Tony Anderson, Cathy Erickson, Sonya Ericson, Senia Freeland, Elizabeth Martinez, Amy Nelson, Adina Olsen, Deb Schneider, Jenny Sphon and Lisa Sprague. Ted Griess, pagent director, reported that LaVern Holsten and Marvin Favinger were retiring as participants in "The Light of the World" Christmas pagent. Holsten had been one of the prophets for 30 years and Favinger, a wiseman, for 35 years.


Six Minden football players received recognition in the selection of the Southwest Conference All-Star team. Chris Fitzsimmons and Collin Johnson were chosen for the offensive team; Cord Coslor and Scott Johnson were chosen for the defensive team; and Erick Mach and Chuck Leierer recieved honorable mention. Cast in the junior class play at Hildreth High School were Tracy Evers, Rick Adam, Kristi Kelso, Kara DeJonge, Julie Albers, Staci Lang, Kimberly Anderson, Karli Loschen, Tabor Fisher, Josh Johnson, Scott Garrett, Jason Seim and Leslie Hinrichs. Three volleyball players from Axtell were listed among the final leaders in performance for the 1992 season, as recorded in the statistical records of the Nebraska School Asctivities Association. Lori Jackson was ranked fourth in the entire state in total blocks. Danel Reeves was also listed as a top blocker with 83 total blocks. Stephanie Weldon was recognized as one of the top performers in total assists on the year.


The Minden Rotary Club held its annual banquent in honor of the football lettermen. At the close of the program, Rotary president Clarence Bauer showed a 1600-foot reel of Rose Bowl pictures. The Kearney County Civilian Defence Committee completed its arrangements for the regional blackout. Farmers in the area were asked to cooperate to make the blackout a total success. All yard lights were to be extinguished and all outbuilding lights dimmed. Elected as officers of the Interchurch Reserved were Charles A. Chappell, president; Arlo Christensen, vice president; the Rev. Wilbur Swan, secretary; and William Wolfe, treasurer.


The 1953 Pontiac was unveiled at the Fleming and Robb Garage in Minden. The new Pontiac was known as the Dual-Streak Chieftain. Mr. and Mrs. Albert Bjorklund celebrated their 50th anniversary with an open house at the home of their son and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Bjorklund. Photographs of Kearney County World Ward II servicemen were on permanent display in the lobby on the second floor of the courthouse.


Ron Woolen and Pete Falk shared scoring honors with 13 points each as Wilcox downed Elm Creek 48-28. Receiving awards at the Cub Scout Pack 151 meeting in Axtell were James Erickson, Wolf Badge; Brian Popple, Brent Popple, Rickie Fahrenbruch and Danny Carlson, Gold Arrow and Silver Arrow; Frank Almquist and Brain Danielson, Gold Arrow; and Billy Dahl, Silver Arrow. Laura Taylor became the new supervising nurse at the Bethany Nursing Home.


The Minden Whippets made their basketball debut by edging Superior 58-51. Blake Butler let the Whippets with 20 points, followed by Kerry Kimple with 10. Mr. and Mrs. Philip Bergsten of Norman observed their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house hosted by their children, Mr. and Mrs. Duane Bergsten, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bergsten, and Mr. and Mrs. Tom Gaston. Tom Kruse paced Hildreth scoring as the Hounds defeated Amherst in a Fort Kearny Conference basketball battle.


Kearney County's representative Beverly Muller was elected president of the Nebraska County Welfare Directors Association of County Officials. Cheerleaders supporting the Axtell Wildcats were Lisa Martinez and Debbie Schneider, wrestling; Beth Turnquist, Kathy Erickson, Kari Rush and Becky Kerr, boys' basketball; and Janey Lampman and Debbie Nickel, girls' basketball. The HIldreth girls' basketball team opened its season with a 43-27 win over Bladen. Diane Casper let the Hounds in scoring with 12 points, follwed by Lisa Kersenbrock with 10.


A prospective merger of the Hildreth and Wilcox schools was under consideration. Hildreth had a K-12 enrollment of 143 and Wilcox had a K-12 enrollment of 217. Elected officers of Minden Chamber of Commerce were Arlen Osterbuhr, president; and Glenda Jacobsen, president elect. Brian Jewett of Wilcox was named outstanding performer at the Fort Kearney Conference one act play competition.

The Minden Courier was confirmed as one of the selling agents for United States War Bonds by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Rex Grocery placed an ad in the local newspaper announcing a closeout sale. The ad read, "TODAY, on account of the war, food products are hard to purchase. Owing to this fact (which is a fact) I have decided to close out my entire grocery stock." Catherine Binderup, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. V. W. Binderup and a Minden High School graduate, wrote a letter home describing the chaos following the great Boston night club fires in which nearly 500 persons lost their lives. Catherine a registered nurse, was on duty on the floor that cared for 40 surviving victims of the fire.


Shep's Sport Shop opened for business on the south side of the square in the building formerly occupied by the Cope Tiny Tot Shop. Milan Sheppard, former owner of the Rec Club, was the proprietor. Axtell opened its basketball season with a 53-27 victory over Wilcox. Rolland Lindgren paced scorers with 15 points. A crowd estimated at 10,000 watched the pageant, "The Light of the World." Near-perfect Decmeber weather played an importand role in the success of the production.


Patti Wiggins, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. H. R. Wiggins, was installed as Honored Queen of Bethel No. 74, International Order of Job's Daugthers of Minden. Senior princess was Jill Jensen and Diana Layton, junior princess. Gary Lindau scored 23 points for the Hounds and Ron Woollen scored 20 for the Eagles, as Hildreth downed Wilcox 61-52 in a Fort Kearny Conference clash. larry Wilcox headed the scoring list with 12 points as the Minden Whippets downed the Kearney Bearcats by three points, 45-42.


Mr. and Mrs. Roger Palmblade were awarded the 1972 conservation award for conservation practices followed by the Palmblades on their 1,100 acre farm. Capt. Randahl N. Lindgren received the U. S. Air Force Commendation Medal at Ching Chuan Kang AB, Taiwan. Lindgren's parents are Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Lindgren of Axtell. Vern G. Binderup was honored by the Southern Nebraska Rural POwer District for serving as a director for 21 years.


Kate Miller celebrated her 90th birthday with friends and relatives. The mother of six, Kate had 36 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. William Schwartz, Mrs. Phil Schwartz, Robert Schwartz, Jack Schwartz and Lawrence Schwartz were presented with certificates of appreciation by the Hildreth Lions Club for the many years of service provided to the Hildreth community by Schwartz Bros. Implement Company. Jeff Bassford, Shawn Johnson, Bob Kenney and Jeff Bloomfield all scored in double figures as the Minden basketball team downed Aurora 55-47.
The Minden Middle School's "Toward a Drug-Free Nebraska" team received honorable mention from the Governor's Prevention Awad--School Prevention Team for 1992. Members of the Minden youth team were Amy Alderman, Jeremy Wood, Jessica Lieske, Noah Maulsby, Michala Craig, Mark Bloomfield, Shawna Albers, Lindsay Larson, Kendall DeYoung, Sara Brewer, Stacy Eckhoff and Zac Osgood. Jason Gilbreath was named outstanding performer in the Fort Kearny Conferenct one act play contest. Free throws, including 13 of 17 charity tosses in the final quarter, helped Minden defeat Aurora 55-44. Kevin Brewer paced the Minden scoring with 17 points, including nine free throws.