Monday, December 31, 2007

Look Alikes?

Rick Schorzman and grandson, Corey

Three Haigler "Boys"

Paul Freehling, Wally McKay and David Farris
(Taken in 1936 - according to license plate)
--Cal Freehling

The year is 1907.

One hundred years ago.
What a difference a century makes!
Here are some of the U.S. Statistics for the Year 1907:

The average life expectancy in the U.S. Was 47 years old.

Only 14 percent of the homes in the U.S. Had a bathtub.

Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

A three-minute call from Denver to New York City
Cost elev en dollars.

There were only 8,000 cars in the U.S. , and only 144 miles of paved roads.

The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more
Heavily populated than California

With a mere 1.4 million people, California was only the 21st
Most populous state in the Union

The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower !

The average wage in the U.S. Was 22 Cents per hour.

The average U.S. Worker made between $200 and $400 per year.

A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year,
A dentist made $2,500 per year,
A veterinarian $1,500 per year,
And a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.

More than 95 percent of all births in the U.S. Took place at HOME.

Ninety percent of all U.S. Doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION!
Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which
Were condemned in the press AND the government as 'substandard.'

Sugar cost four cents a pound.

Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.

Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.

Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used
Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from
Entering i nto their country for any reason.

Five leading causes of death in the U.S. Were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza
2. Tuberculosis
3. Diarrhea
4. Heart disease
5. Stroke

The American flag had 45 stars.
Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii, and
Alaska hadn't been admitted to the Union yet.

The population of Las Vegas , Nevada , was only 30!!!!

Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and ice tea
Hadn't been invented yet.

There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.

Two out of every 10 U.S. Adults couldn't read or write.

Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.

Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over
The counter at the local corner drugstores. Back then pharmacists
Said, 'Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind,
Regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian
Of health.'

There were about 230 reported Murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A. !

Just Try to imagine.....
What it may be like
In another 100 years !!!!!!!


--Dallas Adams

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Getting Ready for Christmas

What are your plans for today?

Are you going to attend your church where they will, more than likely, have a wonderful Christmas Special service with Christmas songs and retell the "never gets old" story from the Holy Bible? Then have a hurried lunch with your family and run off to the shopping malls to pick up those last minute gifts for those on your list...

Spend time cooking favorite desserts and wrapping gifts. Bring in some wood for the fireplace and clear off the driveway and sidewalks.

Then tonight - with Christmas Carols playing in the background, light a fire in the fireplace and sit back with a cup of egg nogg or your favorite beverage and enjoy the ambiance of the light of the fire merged with those on your tree and trimming the edges of your roof outside.

Of course, there is snow on the ground and the crisp, cold sparkle of the stars and winter moon in the cloudless sky. (unless you live in Tucson - or Houston)

That would be a wonderful way for this day to go! Of course that picture is only in my mind, but what a nice picture it makes.

Only two days left until Christmas - Today and Tomorrow! Make the most of them - Enjoy them - Don't let them overwhelm you!

Remember what Christmas is REALLY about!
-- Editor

A Visit from Kent Hoffman

Yesterday, Kent wrote a note at the picture of the Haigler Jail on and I told him about our Haigler Blog. He left the following note in our guestbook, in case you missed it.

Thanks to a contact on Google Earth I was told this afternoon about your Haigler Blog. It is a great piece of work!
While I never really lived there, I was there many summers in the 40's and 50's staying with my aunt, Dorothy McKay, and her husband, Hugh, as well as my aunt - Blanche Rowett. I became acquainted with a number of residents there but really know no one there these days.
Which reminds me that I may not have told you about Panoramio, a wonderful place on the internet to take "tours" of an area without leaving your house!! If you have photographs of your favorite place "it" lets you upload them and share them with the world and "map" them on Google Earth.

You will want to look for Dan Keller's pictures of things around Cheyenne County, Kansas and I have a few there, as well.

Enjoy your "Computer Vacation"!!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Change of Plans

As many of you know, I was planning to drive to Haigler tomorrow and pick up Floy for a trip to Arizona to visit my mom, Alice Gregory, and my sisters & families. Because I have had three gall bladder attacks in the last week, the decision to do surgery on Wednesday has been made and we will not be able to go to Arizona until later - maybe March when the weather is a little better.

So keep me in your prayers and know that I will not be writing in the blog for a few days.

If I don't talk to you before, have a wonderful Christmas!!

-- Sherri

Weather Report

Looks like you are getting some white stuff along with the cool temperatures. I am sure that the ones that you are reporting will get your attention when you step outside to
get some fresh air.

We have seen mid 20's in the mornings and barely above freezing for a high. Not much in the way of moisture, just little skiffs of the white stuff that usually melts early in the day. Most of the ski resorts are not operational as of yet. Crater has a limited snow shoe program and some of the others offer cross country, however no down hill until more snow shows.

The OSU long range forecast is for above normal snow fall and below normal temperature for first 3 months of the new year. All because of the LaNino that is out there in the ocean and is the strongest in two decades.
Take care and stay warm, nearest to the point of origin.

PS: Including some late Nov. Photo's after snow fall at Crater Lake which is 35 mile to the north of us. You will note from the poles along the road that the snow level is lower than is anticipated. Later in the snow season those poles will be covered and out of site.

Gift shop and restaurant, both closed for the winter.
Looking towards Mt. Scott
Just outside south side of Crater Lake viewing area

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Smith Motor Wheel

I got the following message from Dallas... If anyone knows of someone who might have what he is looking for, let him know.

Sherri, I am in need of a very hard to find antique part for a 1914-1918 Smith motor wheel. I have the Engine, fender, gas tank, but I don't have the tire and wheel. It is one of the very first bicycle engines of the 19 th century.

Sometimes you just don't know what might be in somebody's barn, garage, basement, or they have something and don't know what it is. This wheel is disc shaped with a tire mounted on the wheel. It is a 20" inch disc wheel, possible red in color.I have reached a dead end searching the e-bay, yahoo, google. etc. This is a very extinct item, but by chance maybe one of the blog readers might have one or knows somebody that has one, or not sure what it is, or what it is for, etc.

This is where I am thinking that possible you could do a classified for me? I know it stretch's away from the original purpose of the haigler blog, but thought it worth a try. If not, Thank you anyway.

Thank You
Dallas Adams

Monday, December 10, 2007


LaVoine Collicott celebrated his 93rd birthday at Hillcrest Care Center in Wray, Colorado. His daughters, LaNeta Carlock, Myrna Mulligan, and Galena Webster hosted a birthday party of cake, ice-cream, punch, and coffee for family and residents of Hillcrest. Even snow and bad roads did not keep the Collicott family from giving LaVoine his 93rd birthday wish. When asked what he would like to have for his birthday, he said "Come home to Haigler and see the Christmas lights." So Sunday afternoon, his daughters transported him from Hillcrest Care Center in Wray to Haigler. The family enjoyed being together at the home of Galena and Stan Webster for oyster stew and playing the piano and singing Christmas carols before returning LaVoine to Hillcrest.
Happy Birthday LaVoine!

Sunday, December 09, 2007

A New Addition to the Blog

I don't know how long this feature has been available to add to the blog, but I just discovered it this morning when Cal Freehling was asking how to find the articles about "Chicken Thieves" that was written over a year ago. As the editor, I have a list of labels, so it is easier for me to find a certain article, but the feature wasn't available to readers.

The search engine for the blog has much to be desired as it pulls up stuff completely unrelated and you have to physically "search" the search results.

Now you can scroll to the bottom of the blog and find an alphabetical list of all the labels put on the blog entries.

If you find an article that needs to be labeled, please let me know. I haven't always remembered to put a label on every post.

Enjoy this new feature!!

Happy Birthday to Dallas

I am going to have to find a calendar that pops up and knocks me on the head like my dad used to do when I misbehaved. I missed another important Birthday!!

I hope no one else let Friday, December 7, go by without wishing Dallas Adams a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

Thanks Dallas for all the contributions you have given to the Haigler Blog. You helped keep the interest going until the blog got off the ground and continue to contribute interesting tidbits. The Haigler Blog wouldn't be what it is today without you!!

Happy Birthday!!

--Sherri Gregory


I see that it is 10 degrees in Haigler and it is almost Noon!! I don't believe it will warm up much before the day is over.

Hope all you Haiglerites are staying warm!!


Saturday, December 08, 2007

Momma's Memory!!

As you know, I work on Momma’s book “From Where I Rock” from time to time and today I was reading and adding some things to “The Fancher Place” chapter. One of the things Momma gave me was several drawings of what that place looked like and maps of their place. Here is one compared to the Google Earth shot of the same area. She might have just as well been sitting in that satellite that took the Google picture. What a memory!!!!

(Images can be enlarged by clicking on them)
--Sherri Gregory
Added note: The Boyds place in the upper left corner is where Karen (White) Lindell grew up and was purchased by her father from Mrs. Boyd. That property is now owned by Rae White. The place marked "Freemyers" on the Parks Road is where the Fergusons and Millers lived in later years. The section where the "Old Schoolhouse" sat - across the road east from the "New Schoolhouse" built in 1925 is where my great grandfather Peter Crabtree claimed his homestead in the 1890s. My grandfather's story "Crabtrees arrive on an Immigrant Train" tells about them living in Boyd's house while building their own. (intersection of Road BB and Parks Road - south of "Uncle Vester's" place).

Friday, December 07, 2007

Haigler Blog Visitors

Have you noticed the little number counter at the bottom of the sidebar? It shows how many visitor have stopped by The Haigler Blog since shortly after it began over a year ago. Today it shows 13,089 page loads. The Stat Counter also shows where the visitors are from (but not who they are). It is interesting to look at the map every week or so and thought I'd share this week's map with you.

It is set to show stats for one week and has a list of what page people came from. Most of them come directly to the page from a link on their computer. Others come from and searching for something that shows up on The Haigler Blog. Others come from and looking for information about a certain name - probably an ancestor they are looking for. I'm sure some of them come from links in an email that you share with friends and family.

Another stat is how many times someone visits the blog. The highest number it records is 255 visits and there are about 20 people who have visited that many times or more. Others have visited anywhere from 1 - 150 times in the last 12 months. There are about 52 regular visitors (more than 1 visit per week) and many more than that who stop by occasionally.

Monday, December 03, 2007

This should be an interesting site for the readers who want to par-take in looking at Haigler. I even looked at the house I was born in at Nebraska Ave and King st.

I followed hiway 34 east for a ways looking for School Dist 42 area, and surrourding areas. The farm circles are very visible.
Just type in Haigler Nebraska in the search column. zoom in and out on sattelite picture and choose the mapping of area of your choice. Some areas let you zoom in pretty darn close. They even have the three dimension features also. A pretty neat site to even revisit occasionally even if it is not new.
This site will take you to other parts of the country or world.
Revisiting areas of interest

(Not recommended if you have a slow internet connection)

More About District 42

Teacher: Agnes O'Brien or Wauneta Kirkpatrick, Dave Bush was not sure which.
Students: Calvin Kuhns, Glenard Christianson, David Bush, Jack and Eddie Card, Carol and Elaine Stute, Duane Christianson.

Dave's mother, Allie Bush, lived to be 104. This picture was taken when she was 100 years old.

Dave bought the school house and tried to move it but the tractor he had would not pull it so he tore it down and built a grain bin which ended up as a shop. Recently a tree fell across the roof but the rest of building still stands.

--Written by Floy Ruggles - Pictures provided by Dave Bush

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Lt. Colonel promotion, Frank Schorzman

A most enjoyable day here at Ramstein Air Force Base Germany
-- The Schorzman's

Mom and Dad "Pinning" on.

Colonel Langford swearing in

A solemn moment of reflection

A happy occasion in the Wolf Den.

Bring on the Beer, Brats, Bread, and Cheese

--Submitted by Deb Schorzman

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Stories about District 42

Thanks to Joann Webster, we have some stories about District 42. She scanned the pages from the Country Schools book and sent them to her brother, Dallas Adams, who shared them with me.

The large files have been changed into .PDF files which can be read with the Acrobat Reader, which most of you probably already have. If you don't have a copy of this free "reader", just click on the icon at the upper right of the blog sidebar to download a copy.

The stories are linked from the "Interesting Articles" section on the sidebar. Just scroll down until you see this list and click on the links.

Rumor has it that this building was moved to the Bush farm. Can anyone verify if the building still exists?

My First Years of School by Forrest J. Scriviner

District #42 by Donald O. Bush

District #42 School by Alfreda (Stute) Schroeder

District #42 by Opal (Myer) Collicott

District #42 Teachers

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Pass The Humor

From time to time, I get email from friends that contain the best "stuff" that makes me laugh or just say, Yes, I agree with that!!!

So, I decided to collect some of it and "blog" it to a sight created just for that purpose. I named it "Pass the Humor" and would like to invite you to hop on over and enjoy the "Humor" as it is uploaded.

I'm sure I will get alot of "stuff" that is not appropriate, but I'll try to weed out the things that might "hit a nerve" with someone. I hope you enjoy the Pass the Humor blog.

-- Editor

Remember When

Remember when the "weatherman" was wrong more than he was right? Well technology has certainly improved "his/her" odds. They were very accurate in predicting the ice storm coming through last night. "They" said it would hit Lincoln about 3AM and even though I didn't stay up to see if they hit the "hour mark", they certainly were right about and Ice Storm.

I woke up this morning to see everything covered with a layer of ice. The trees are drooping with it and my fence is thick with it. The buildings are shiny and sparkling with it. Now we will see if the 3-6 inches of snow "they" predicted will fall on top of it.

Needless to say, I am staying home today where it is cosey and safe!!

Happy Birthday - Cal Freehling

Belated Birthday greetings somehow just feel like they miss the mark, but want to send one Cal Freehling's way. When I listed the November/December birthdays on November 24, I made a mental note to myself to remember to put a Birthday greeting up on the 29th for him, but that day came and went without doing it.

I hope your birthday was a wonderful day, Cal! You deserve a big Birthday Greeting from us even if it is late!!

Trivia Question

Do you know who signed your High School Diploma?? ie; President; Board of Education. ie; Secretary of Education; ie; The principal and the Superintent

If you know all four signatures, then you graduated. If you don't know, well then, what are we going to do now??? We will call your parents and let them know. Uff Da!!!!

--Submitted by Dallas Adams

Go to TOP

Haiglerites 90+

Haiglerites 70+

Haiglerites 1 - 69 (Some of these have moved past the 70 mark!)

  • Aaron Irwin - May 7th
  • Bernice (Smith) Douglass - February 15
  • CD Samler - January 19
  • Cal Freehling - November 29
  • Claudine (Wiley) Sterner - June 8, 1940
  • Dan Leinen - September 10
  • Dick Gregory - May 29, 1946
  • Elaine (Adams) Corkle - July 29
  • Eunice (Gregory) Richard - December 14, 1951
  • George Sharp - March 27
  • Glenda Smith - December 31
  • Janice Irwin - December 27th
  • Jerry R. Sampson - August 17
  • Joanie Henderson - January 2
  • Joann (Adams) Webster - March 5
  • Joie Brown - December 4
  • Joyce (Tucker) Lovenburg - Sep. 17
  • Karen (White) Lindell - June 13, 1946
  • Karen Harford - May 20
  • LaVern Smith - January 12
  • LaVeta (Smith) Blecha - January 12
  • LeNeta Carlock - May 7
  • LeeAnn Steinbeck January 30
  • Leone (Gregory) Carlson - January 27, 1943
  • Lloyd Douglass - March 18
  • Marlin Crouse - May 7
  • Mel Fisher - August 8, 1946
  • Paul Freehling - May 23
  • Sally Leinen - March 25
  • Sharna Richardson - January 15, 1959
  • Sherri Gregory - January 20, 1945
  • Stanley Carlock - December 12
  • Tim Steinbeck January 31

GOC Observers

  • Alice Gregory
  • Barbara (Dexter) Platon
  • Claudine (Wiley) Sterner
  • Dallas Adams
  • Dick Gregory
  • Don Harford
  • Evoi (Billy) Clark
  • Gail Harford
  • Gladys Freehling
  • Glen Childers
  • Hazel Daniels
  • Karen Harford
  • Leah (Gregory) Brewer
  • Leone (Gregory) Carlson
  • Lillian Mahon
  • Lillie White
  • Linda (Harford) Jones
  • Lloyd Douglass
  • Melba Harford
  • Myrna Oster
  • Posts about GOC
  • Ray Harford
  • Richard Gregory
  • Sam Clegg
  • Sherri Gregory
  • Veda Douglass
  • Virginia Harford

Flying Haiglerites

Haigler Twins

  • Haigler Twins
  • Laurene Rohn & Larry Crabtree
  • Marilyn and Gerrald Logan
  • Gail & Galena Roach
  • Kyle & Kaleb Greenwood
  • Ryan Jean & Lucas Walker Mildenberger
  • LuAnn Green Wall and LuRue Green Krutsinger
  • Edgar and Edna Williams - b. 1895
  • William & Stanley Palmer
  • Frank & Frances Tiff - (Shauer)
  • Fernando & Mahala Trembly - (McBride)
  • Donna and Dennis Workman
  • Marlene and Darlene Workman
  • Rodney and Ronney Workman
  • Rusty and Randy Flamig
  • Robert and Richard Ambrosek
  • Chase & Seth Barron (Grandsons of Delford Trembly)
  • Robert & Delbert Tucker (Alvie's)
  • Ali and Alvie Tucker
  • Albert and Elva Enfield
  • Natalie and Nicole Harford
  • Sharon & Shirley Williams
  • Lloyd and Floyd Smith
  • Jami and Joni Pevler
  • Stella and Zella (Altman) Wall
  • Janice & Julia Relph
  • Pearline and Pauline Freehling
  • Sharon Ruth and Sheila Louise Rose
  • LaVerne & Laveta Smith
  • LaVoine & LaVonne Smith
  • Elois & Elaine Adams
  • Dorothy & Donnie Brown
  • Carolyn and Marilyn Samson
  • Galena & Gail Collicott
  • Grand-daughters of Rae White
  • John "Keefe" and Kiara Grace Schorzman