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.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Funeral Services for Willie Wall


I am Willie’s oldest daughter, Greta Sawyer. My sister, Sherryl, and I want you to know that our Dad passed away Thursday, June 18 at the Benkelman hospital. The cause was congestive heart failure. Dad was not feeling his best for a few months and had good days and days he was extremely tired. But he was able to live alone until the last week and a half. My sister and I were here to care for him as he grew weaker. He had a really bad night Tuesday and we put him in the hospital Wednesday afternoon. He had medication to keep him comfortable. Sherryl stayed with him until midnight then came back home. The nurse called to tell us he had passed at 3:30 AM Thursday morning. When Sherryl and I went to the hospital he looked very peaceful. He told us he was “ready to go” so it’s a good thing for him even tho it’s sad for us. We will miss his sense of humor and his expressions of love. But we are comforted by knowing he is in a better place.

Services are Friday, June 26, 10:30 AM, MDT, at the Benkelman Methodist Church. There will be a luncheon following.

Greta Wall Sawyer and Sherryl Wall Williams

Wednesday, June 17, 2015


A reconstructed Pipe Raymond Windmill, c. 1918 has been added to the Haigler Museum Grounds.  The Pipe Raymond Windmill was the most frequently seen vaneless mill on the Great Plains in the early 1900's.  Produced by Althouse Wheeler Co., beginning in 1912; the blades face away from the wind and fold back as wind speed increases, enabling the mill to turn at a constant rate.  the mill had red cypress blades dipped in white paint and trimmed in red.
Three years ago, Duane Wall of Cheyenne, Wyoming had a vision of moving his parents (Richard and Laura Pearl Wall) windmill base from the Wall farm to the Haigler Museum Grounds.  A group of volunteers moved the base, but soon thereafter, one of our southwestern wind storms destroyed the structure.  The base was rebuilt by Stan Carlock while Duane Wall and LeRoy Wright of Wray, CO began the process of reconstructing the top of the windmill.  Many of the old Raymond parts had to be researched and rebuilt as there are few Pipe Raymond Windmills still standing today.  Again, with the help of Haigler volunteers and Duane's nephew; the project was completed just before Memorial/Haigler Alumni weekend this year.  The Pipe Raymond Windmill stands just behind the Country Schoolhouse Museum and south of the larger Dempster Windmill on the museum grounds. 
Duane is a 1963 graduate of Haigler High School, lived and farmed for a number of years on the Wall farm west of Haigler.  He has donated this windmill project to the Haigler Museum grounds in memory of his parents, grandparents, and greatgrandparents--with a history of farming and ranching in the Haigler community.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Memorial Day 2015 in Benkelman

Dear Friends,

Again this year, my daughter Brittany shot a 20-second video of Stan Jones' flyover at the cemetery on Memorial Day 2015.  This year was much cloudier than last year, and this year Britt managed to include the giant American flag as a leading actor in the event. Crank your sound up to hear the strains of Taps.

Many of your know this, but for those who don't--Stan is flying a T6, the same training plane that his father Vinton flew in World War II.  I know I was not the only one who became a bit choked-up as the T6 roared its way through the crowd.  Well done, Stan!

PS: I hope to see you all at this event in 2016.  I have been asked to speak again, and will be featuring the Dundy County boys in the European Theatre of World War II.

If any of you missed the 2014 flyover, let me know, and I'll cheerfully forward it to you.

Jim Buffington
Civil War Enthusiast


Tuesday, May 26, 2015


This is always a wonderful homecoming for Alumni.  I can never tell you how much it means to me, coming home and seeing people I haven't seen for years, and some that I see every year.  Isn't it great to look at someone that you haven't seen for years and still recognize them.  I think this is called 'never aging'.  (I'm pretty sure I'm in that category----haahaa)  

This year's MC, Terry Douglas, seemed to appear a little on the nervous side, and probably doesn't realize what a nice job he did in recognizing different classes, different people for the distance they traveled and little stories he told.  There is always an enjoyment to see Albert Jr. Zuege go to the 'front of the class', because we never know what he is going to say.  You just set there and think 'Oh Lord-----hope it's not something about me'.  

Our other hometown people, Almeda Bier, giving recognization of the ones that we have lost, Duane Wall telling us about the windmill he has donated to the museum, Sherri Gregory sharing more details about her mother's (Alice Gregory) book, "From Where I Rock", and the reports that LaNeta Carlock shares with us to keep everyone updated--------all enjoyment to hear about.  If I left anyone out---I apologize.

I know miles and health are a great benefit in attendance to the community activities. It's a blessing that those who attend make such an effort to 'come home' to honor our Military Men who we have lost through the years and to show respect to our loved ones that are buried here.  It is our 'root's, which we call 'home'.  And until next year-------stay healthy so you can 'come home' next year.

~~ Karen (White) Lindell, Class of 1962

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Gene Penell, Class of 1946

Gene Pennell (Class of 1946) is now in a home and would enjoy hearing from people from Haigler.  He no longer can use Facebook or email.

You can send cards and letters to:
TouchStone Living Center
1800 Indian Hills Drive
Room Aspenwood #1
Sioux City, Iowa 51104

Or call him at:
Phone:  712-226-2220

His wife, Vie’s phone is 712-258-1580.

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