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.