Monday, November 23, 2015

Family Reunion - Zuege, Waterworth, Stute and Stocker

There will be a Zuege, Waterworth, Stute and Stocker family reunion Memorial Day weekend 2016 at the park in Haigler.

Thursday, October 22, 2015


 Haigler hosted its 8th annual Fall Tumbleweed Festival on Saturday, October 17.  A beautiful autumn day of sunshine and temps in the mid 70's brought people from throughout the tri-state area, Omaha, North Dakota, and Denver to attend the event.   Village wide garage sales in the morning began the day.  Banners, flags,and festively decorated museum grounds welcomed attendees for all the afternoon activities. 

Tumbleweed entries were creatively displayed along a fence on Porter Avenue.  First place winner was Mattie Daniels from Benkelman.  New this year for the festival were crafters tents and a chili cook off.  Both were very successful and will be held again next year.  

There were 8 entries in the chili cook off with the first place winner from St. Francis--Dustin Wiley.  Roasters of chili and hot dogs were served under the tents next to the One-Room Country Schoolhouse Museum.  

Homemade pies (33 pies were consumed) at the Haigler Golden Inn Senior Center.  

Throughout the afternoon, former Haiglerite LaVoine Smith and the Garage Bunch Band from Burlington, CO  and Phalen Sanford from Benkelman entertained the crowd with their music and singing. 

Pumpkin decorating (30 pumpkins) out of the back of a pickup was great fun for all the kids; and over 22 spooks entered the traditional spook parade at the close of the afternoon's activities. 

Local photographer Bill Coe of Max and free lance photographer Theo Stroomer of Denver  were busy snapping pictures throughout the day.  

The 2015 Maypole Award was presented to Monica Mercer of Benkelman for all her creativity, talents, and support of projects and events sponsored by the Haigler Community Foundation.  Monica designs all the event fliers for the Foundation.
A big thank you to everyone who attended, to everyone who donated dollars for the festival, and to all the super businesses and individuals in Haigler, Benkelman, Wray, St. Francis, and McCook who donated door prizes and/or gift certificates.  This annual Tumbleweed Festival is successful because of all of you.  This event is the only fundraiser throughout the year for the Haigler Museums.  Most of this year's donations will go towards the continuing restoration work of 'the station' on Highway 34--which is a part of the Haigler Cornerstone Museum.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Tumbleweed Festival in Haigler - October 17


It's October--and that means Tumbleweed Festival Time again in Haigler.  The 8th annual Haigler Fall Tumbleweed Festival will be Saturday, October 17 on the Haigler Museum grounds south of Golden Rod Highway 34 and Porter Avenue.  Everyone is invited for this traditional event of fun-filled and enjoyable activities, great live music, and delicious food.  The museum grounds will be decorated for you, tents will be up, and flags will be flying.  Event planners encourage you to bring your lawn chair for the afternoon activities.  Admission is free but donations for Museum projects would be appreciated.
Attendees are encouraged to bring a decorated tumbleweed.  All registered tumbleweeds will be displayed in front of the One-Room Schoolhouse Museum, and cash prizes will be awarded.
Schedule of Events:
The day begins with village wide garage sales from 9 a.m. to noon MT.  Site maps will be available at The Station on Hwy. 34 and Porter Avenue and at the Haigler Country Cafe.  Jellies, canned goods, fresh baked cookies, brownies, breads, and treats will be available to purchase.   The Sunshine Thrift at the Cornerstone Center for Community Service will be having a $4 bag sale on merchandise, and the Mini-Mall shoppers will receive 50% off.  The Haigler Depot Library at the Center will also be open.
Lunch begins at 1 p.m. under the tents on the museum grounds.  New this year is a Chili Cook Off.  Your votes will choose the winner.  If interested in being a contestant, contact LaNeta at 308-340-1689.  Hot dogs, relish, & chips will also be served.  The Haigler Golden Inn will be serving homemade pies with icecream.
Live music will be performed throughout the afternoon with The Garage Bunch Band from Burlington, Colorado, and special guest guitarist/songwriter Phalen Sanford of Benkelman, Nebraska.  Afternoon activities include treasure hunts, horseshoe pitching, Maypole Merry-Go-Round rides, pumpkin decorating, games, face painting, and kids sparkly manicures.
New this year will be craft tents along with the Haigler Street Cat Assistance Program and Jellies/Baked goodies tents.  There will be name drawings for many great prizes donated by community businesses and individuals throughout the tri-state area.  Be sure to get your name in the jar.  The annual Maypole Award will also be presented.
At 3:30 p.m., the traditional Tumbleweed/Spook Parade for kids of all ages (includes adults) will begin in front of the Country Schoolhouse Museum.  People (costumed and plain), bicycles, tricycles, wagons, pull floats are all welcome; but no large motorized vehicles.
Open House at Haigler Museums:
Throughout the afternoon of Tumbleweed Festival, there is open house at the Haigler One Room Country Schoolhouse 67 South Museum, the Haigler Cornerstone Museum, The Station, and the Haigler Jail.  Festival goers will find many new items on display inside the museums and also notice the new  outside stucco and paint work at the Cornerstone Museum and the Station.  Donations to support the museums are tax deductible through the Haigler Community Foundation. 
It's Happening again in Haigler--so come spend the day in Haigler on Saturday October 17, and enjoy the Tumbleweed Festival. 

Saturday, September 12, 2015


When?  Saturday evening, September 19 at the Cornerstone Center in Haigler.

Cheyenne has its Frontier Days event; Haigler is having its  Wild West event.  It is said there is a little bit of cowboy and cowgirl in each of us just waiting to be set free.  So put your boots on, saddle up, cowboy up, giddy up and head to Haigler for an evening of great entertainment.  Wanted posters are out for the best dressed cowboy & cowgirl-----but you don't have to dress country to attend.  Everyone is welcome!
The event begins at 7 p.m. mdt and ends at midnight.  The historic gymnasium at the Cornerstone Center will be festively decorated like the old time barn dances.  Enjoy eating barbecued beef hamburgers and hotdogs, baked beans, chips, drinks, and brownies.  Wet your whistle and enjoy drinking a beer or glass of wine in the outdoor tented beer garden.  Enjoy listening and dancing to live music with the Ron Scott Band, along with Kelly Hayward. 
Whether you are an 'old coot' or 'young whipper snapper,' bring pictures and stories of your cowboy/cowgirl events to share.  BYOR (bring your own rope) and join the fun of arena olympics.  Bring a stick horse and participate in the stick horse parade.  Try the Paul Jones Dance and the Boot Scramble.    Whether you are a participant or an observer,  it will be a good time.  Cash and prizes will be awarded for many of the activities.  Enter your name in the drawings to win  a hand woven saddle blanket donated by Tecker Ranch; angus beef steaks donated by Windmill Angus Ranch; various cowboy/cowgirl tack items; and other gift baskets.
There is no charge for this event; admission is free.  Over 20 local ranches, farms, feedlots, cattle companies, and individuals are helping to sponsor this event for our tri-state communities. There will be boots available to give a free-will tax deductible donation to the Haigler Community Foundation.  This event is the fundraiser kickoff for heating and air conditioning the historic gymnasium at the Cornerstone Center, and all donations will go towards that project.
Watch for fliers coming out soon.  Hope to see ya'll at the Roundup in Haigler!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

2015 Haigler Bluegrass Festival was a Success!

People from far and wide attended the 2015 Haigler Bluegrass Festival.

Resetting the Visitor's Meter

Some of you may have noticed a Statcounter meter on this page.  I got an email from "StatCounter" today letting me know we have used 100% of our log space.  I can either upgrade (and pay money) OR reset the counter.  So today I am resetting the counter.  

Since August 8, 2008, (Seven years ago) there have been  119, 903 Page Visits and 68,791 Unique Visitors from many different countries.  Since July 20 you have come from 12 countries.

Thanks to our fans!  

FYI:  The StatCounter also lets me know where you are coming from, but not who you are.  Our visitors come from all over the world.  It is very interesting to see basic information about our visitors. I am going to watch so see where our new Number ONE visitor comes from.

-- Editor

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Alfred Lee Zuege, May 20, 1945 - July 8, 2015

We received word that Alfred Lee Zuege passed away.

May 20, 1945 - July 8, 2015

Alfred Lee "Al" Zuege, formerly of the Hot Springs area passed away Wednesday, July 8, 2015.  He was 70 years old.

Al was born May 20, 1945 to Albert F. and Sophia (Keller) Zuege at Saint Francis, Kan.  He and his brother Albert Jr. grew up on the family farm in Cheyenne County.  Haigler, Neb, was their hometown.  He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church.  He died July 8, 2015, at the age of 70.

The 1960s saw high school graduation from Haigler in 1963, McCook Junior College and Kearney State College, marriage to his high school sweetheart, Jeannie Wall and the births of two precious children, Kurt Eugene and Kimberly Elaine.  Al was athletic excelling in football and track.

Al taught at Cozad, Neb. before moving his family to Hot Springs to the beautiful  Black Hills where he taught mathematics and sometimes industrial arts for 20 years.  He then went to work for the Golden West Telecommunications for about 20 years until his retirement.

A special grandson, Zachary David, came to live in the Zuege home when he was a baby in 1989.  Zachary and Al enjoyed fishing and hunting.  Al also enjoyed gardening and woodworking.

He is survived by his wife Ginny, his mother Sophia; his brother Albert Jr., his children, Kurt and Kimberly, his grandson Zachary and many other relatives and friends.

Preceding Al in death were his father and his in-laws, Richard and Laura Pearl Wall.

He requested no services, but some will gather at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15, at the graveside in the Haigler Cemetery when his ashes will be buried.

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