Thursday, March 19, 2009

Bunt Reining's Cars

Click on picture to read about the collection and restoration of old cars by Al "Bunt" Reining. and an article, "The Sale of the Century" - The estate sale of Bunt Reining's cars.

Cal's New Truck

1929 Ford Model AA Truck

Monday, March 16, 2009

Historical Society: Progress Report for the Dundy County Online Cemetery Listing

Progress Report: Gravestone Photos

We're finished with Dundy county. Digital pictures and other information from the following cemeteries in Dundy County have been uploaded to the Internet: Ash Grove, Benkelman, Boston, Haigler, Hayward, Hiawatha, Highland, Hughes, Kerst, Max, Mt. Zion, Ough, Parks, Pleasant Valley, Rollwitz, Sandwich, Sleepy Hollow, and St. Paul. A total of 4,279 photos have been uploaded resulting in 7,393 individual records. Thank you, Verna Lemon, for taking and uploading the pictures of the gravestones in the Ash Grove cemetery.

Some of the cemeteries were essentially abandoned and overgrown. Unfortunately, we could not find all the grave sites listed in the burial book records for those cemeteries.

We invite everyone to log on to to view the gravestone photos. Towards the top of that web site, click on Cemeteries, which will bring up a screen with a drop-down list of counties. Then click on "Dundy". Clicking on the name of the cemetery will bring up an alphabetical listing. Clicking on any alphabetical listing will result in a picture of that item.

If any one notices mistakes or omissions, we would appreciate it if you would let Bill Hardwick know. His email address is **[email address removed for security] or he may be reached at **[address and phone number removed]

In addition to Dundy county, Bill has taken and uploaded pictures of Eden cemetery in northwest Hitchcock county and Meadow Lawn cemetery in Hayes county at Hamlet, NE. He is also working with three other people in Champion, Imperial, and Palisade to upload pictures they have taken of four other cemeteries.

We hope all of you enjoy the pictures that have been taken and unloaded. So far here in Nebraska more than 100,000 pictures have been taken and uploaded by Nebraska volunteers.

In addition to the photos of gravestones, Bill is also redoing the obituaries for this area which were collected over the years by Everett Sutton and Lucille Edwards. Those obituaries and cemetery information are being submitted to for inclusion at that location. Sherri Gregory, a former Haiglerite, is responsible for maintaining that site for Dundy county and is doing a tremendous job. Please visit that location to see all the information Sherri has already accumulated and posted and has planned. Genealogytrails is an ongoing project around the country, also manned by volunteers.

Sherri is also responsible for which has a wealth of information about Haigler and vicinity.

We much enjoy all of these genealogical and historical undertakings. The people behind these projects are always looking for volunteers to work in all states and all counties and welcome any information anyone may wish to provide.

Check 'em out!

Betty Deyle
Dee Fries
Dundy County Historical Society

--Printed in the Benkelman Post, March 11, 2009.

**If you wish to contact Bill Hardwick, please email the editor.

Hardwick Estate Auction

Saturday April 4, 2009
Starting at 9:30 A.M. MDT
Dundy County Fairgrounds Building
Benkelman, Nebraska

Go to this website to see flyer:
Young's Auction Service, McCook

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Can You Identify This Building?

This picture was sent in by the great grand daughter of Judge Will Putnam, who was a judge in Dundy County from 1938 to 1953. This picture was probably taken around 1950.

Can you identify the building located in Benkelman, Nebraska?
Does this building still exist? If so, what business now occupies it?
Is it possible that the building is in Stratton?

The men standing in the doorway are Harry Muir and Judge Will Putnam.

Enter your answer in the comments at the bottom of this post.
Thanks Kent, Vernon and La Vella for the comments: The building has been identified as the back door (east) of Knoles Ford Garage. If someone who lives in Benkelman would take a picture of it "as it looks today" and the front of the building, we will happily add it to this post.
But NOOOO We don't have an answer yet!!!
We have received more comments:

  1. There are similarities to the east side of the present Ford garage, but the surroundings are not the same and
  2. That it is the former Co-op building in Haigler which was torn down several years ago. It was just across the street from the railroad tracks.
  3. That to the left of the picture is another building which is not the Krotter and Sailors lumber yard which was across the street from the Ford garage so it can’t be Knoles.

If you have pictures of this building and know what and where it is, EMAIL US.


Friday, March 06, 2009

Virginia Clegg Harford

McCook Gazette, Friday, March 6, 2009

Aug. 8, 1918 - March 3, 2009
HAIGLER - Virginia Clegg Harford, 90, of Haigler, died Tuesday (March 3, 2009) at Hillcrest Care Center in Wray.

She was born Aug. 8, 1918, at Sanborn to Lee and Florence Clegg. Her given name was Lorna Virginia, but family tradition had the middle name as the one commonly used.

She attended her first three years of school at the Sanborn School before moving to Haigler with her family where she was enrolled in Haigler Public Schools. Upon graduation she moved to California and did some post graduate work at Bell High School in Los Angeles, where she received another diploma. Having had music lessons all through her schooling years, and having played for Sunday evening church services and the Haigler Orchestra, she continued her career with music lessons at Bell High School and also from the Los Angeles Music Conservatory.

When she returned from California, she went to Chadron State Teacher's College to get a teaching certificate. Upon completing her certificate, she taught first and second grades at Parks Public Schools in Parks for two years. During that time she went back to Chadron over the summer to obtain her Primary School Teaching Methods certificate.

On Sept. 1, 1939, she was married Don Harford at her parent's home in Haigler by the Rev. John Stayton. They made their home north of Haigler in the Sandhills in the home Don's parents had homesteaded.
She was a member of the Sandhill Butterfly Extension Club; the 75 Club; WSCS, later known as the United Methodist Women; the Nebraska Farm Bureau; the Nebraska Federation of Women's Clubs; and the National Cattlewomen's Association. She also was a 4-H Leader while her children were active in 4-H.

On May 20, 1934, she joined the Haigler United Methodist Church where she sang in a quartet for funerals.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lee and Florence Clegg; brothers, Stanley Clegg, Neal Clegg and Kent Clegg; brother-in-law, Ray Harford; and her father and mother-in-law, Harry and Margaret Harford.
Survivors include her husband, Don Harford, daughter Karen Harford and son, Gail Harford and wife, Wanda, all of Haigler; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be Saturday at 2:30 p.m. (MST) at Haigler United Methodist Church in Haigler with the Rev. Carole Coates officiating. Interment will follow services at the Haigler Cemetery.

There will be no public visitation or viewing. The casket will be open at the church.

Memorials may be given in her name to the Haigler United Methodist Church.

Arrangements are under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Virginia Harford - Service

Virginia Harford's funeral will be held at the Methodist Church in Haigler on Saturday, March 7, 2009 at 2:30.

The Haigler Community and anyone who has lived there will be saddened to hear that Virginia Harford passed away peacefully on March 3 at 9:45 pm.

Our hearts go out to the Harford family in this time of sorrow. May your friends and family gather around you and comfort you.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

MARCH Birthdays

Joann Webster - March 5
Lloyd Douglass - March 18
Russ Hoover - March 21
Sally Leinen - March 25
George Sharp - March 27

ADD a Birthday

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Charles L. Wilson

I got the following note today and thought someone could fill us in about Charles L. Wilson.

Write a note to me or comment below.

I was so tickled when I came across your blog on Haigler, Nebraska. My great, great, great grandparents lived there, in Haigler. He was a tanner named Charles L Wilson. I have some photos I can scan for your site, if you like. Do you, or anyone in town know of these folks?

Thanks for your incredibly informative and helpful site.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Sandhill Cranes

If you have ever visited the Grand Island - Kearney area in the fall, you have seen the migration of the  sandhill cranes, moving south from their summer homes to their winterhomes in Arizona and Mexico.

Leah and Dwight took Mom and Floy for an outing today and visited a lake where there are hundreds of sandhill cranes. 

Click Link to see all the State Flowers

Thought you'd enjoy this:

State Flowers

Haigler Weather

WOW!!! Haigler might be the place to be this week. The forcast is 72 degrees on Wedesday! That's pretty good for the first week in March!

Happy Birthday, Leah

I have been out of touch for a few days - babysitting my grandkids in the country where I didn't have internet access, so didn't get a birthday greeting posted for my sister Leah.

She was born on February 29, 1940 so has only had seventeen real birthdays. On the other years than Leap Year, she celebrates on February 28.

I did talk to her on the 28th and she and Dwight were out having fun galavanting around the country, visiting places like Tombstone, AZ and having a nice lunch and drive together. What a nice way to spend the day!

Happy Birthday, Sister!!

Luv, Sherri

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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
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  • Ray Harford
  • Richard Gregory
  • Sam Clegg
  • Sherri Gregory
  • Veda Douglass
  • Virginia Harford

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Haigler Twins

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  • 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