Monday, August 30, 2010

Haigler Happenings - August 30, 2010

Charlie and Myrna Mulligan, accompanied by their son, Rich, and granddaughters, Hannah and Lucy, drove to Denver on Tuesday morning, August 10th. That afternoon, Rich and the girls returned to their home in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, by Delta Airlines.  Many events occurred during the visiting time that the South Carolina Mulligans enjoyed with parents, grandparents and other relatives. Some of those events included a cabin stay in Estes Park, Colorado, and exploring the Rocky Mountain National Park; a golf outing; a tour of the Rock Creek Fish Hatchery and a visit to the Sage Hill Winery; a birthday celebration at a party hosted by Stan and LaNeta Carlock, honoring Hannah Reed, the "birthday girl" who turned 11 on August 6th, as well as celebrating the July birthday of Rich and the September birthday of Lucy; a luncheon held at the home of Sophie Zuege; a "tea revisited" at the White House home of Stan and LaNeta Carlock; attending the Haigler Bluegrass Festival; enjoying pizza night at Jake's Place; a visit to the grounds of Paul and Nancy Freehling; and a "game night" at the home of Stan, Galena and Darrell Webster. Charlie and Myrna returned home to Haigler on Tuesday night.

Alicia Crouse was a recent visitor in the home of Charlie and Myrna Mulligan.  Alicia and Myrna enjoyed some piano time before Alicia's departure to attend college in Hastings.
Alfred and Jeannie Zuege were down from Hot Springs, SD to visit family over the week-end.  Alfred stayed with his mother, Sophia.

Floy Fisher and her daughter, Sharna Richardson attended a Food Pharmacy dinner, demonstration and lecture given by a team from Eden Valley Institute, near Loveland, CO, featuring the health benefits of a vegan diet at Goodland, Kansas on Sunday, the 29th.  Floy and Sharna did some shopping afterwards.
The communities of Laird and Wray, CO and Haigler, NE were saddened again by another loss, that of Rusty Heaton of the Laird community.   

Some memories of Grace Bannister:
Mrs. Bannister was my third grade teacher. She was a good teacher. - Calvin Freehling

Well, she was one of my teachers, and then knew her while growing up in Haigler.  Not sure I ever heard her say anything bad about anyone.  A true lady.  Saw her frequently here in Wray when they moved her to Hilcrest.  Remembered who I was until about this last year. - Rick Schorzman

She was elementary school teacher for many years in Haigler, and in country schools before that.  Each of the Collicott children had her as a teacher, and I am certain we are better people because of her teaching us in those early years.  Many of her former students still reside the the Haigler and/or SW NE communities.  Brother in law, Marv Carlock, tells the story of his first day of kindergarten with her and when his mother left him, he was sitting on Grace's lap, and kicked her shins so badly that they were bruised.  Sister Myrna tells of Grace always letting her read a book instead of taking a nap in later years, after Stan and I moved back to Haigler, Grace lived in the trailer house over next to where Keatings now live.  The sisters would always take her some of the jams, jellies, and baked goodies we made, and she shared many of her recipes  with us, wanting us to try them, too.  She enjoyed walking by our gardens and stopping to visit early in the mornings.  One time Stan and I were working in the arboreteum, and he had just sat down in a chair.  I was still working,  and she asked who the yard ornament was (meaning Stan.)  From then on, she called him "my yard ornament."   She had a great sense of wit and humor.  When our cat, Mr. Spook, was 5 years old, we had a big birthday party with invitations, etc.etc., and through all of her Hillcrest Nursing Home years she never forgot that - thought it was really something and would always ask about the birthday cat.  One day when she walked by, slower than usual, with a tear in her eye, she told us it was time to go to assisted living at Hillcrest.  Then later years she had to move to skilled care.  She was at Hillcrest when Mother and Daddy were there so we visited her often, too.  She always enjoyed the 3 sisters as clowns, too.  Galena was working the night shift a few days before Grace died, and she tells the story that Grace asked her that night to take her home with her and take her "up the hill."  She was ready.  She died a few days thereafter.  Interesting!   She was a great teacher and individual.  Haigler has once again lost one of its' best!. - LaNeta
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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Haigler Year Book Project

I just completed scanning the last annuals I have and will be returning some to Veda and Dan next weekend.

I'm still looking for the following years:


If you have a copy of one of these we can borrow for scanning, please click on "Contact" at the top of the blog and let me know.

-- Editor

Impromptu Runion

The three oldest Gregory sisters plan to meet on Labor Day weekend for an impromptu reunion.  It's hard to tell what will happen while they are together, but you can count on hearing laughter and alot of talking coming from Leah's little house in Sainty.  Hopefully their Aunt Floy will be around for a long overdue visit from the sisters.  Other relatives and friends in the area also might be on the look-out for their approach!!

You have been warned!

-- Editor

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Grace Bannister

The Haigler community, both local and distant, are saddened to hear of Grace Bannister's death on Monday.

Her funeral will be on Thursday.  Details not known at this time.

Our sympathy goes to her family and friends

-- Editor

Monday, August 23, 2010

Haigler Happenings - August 23, 2010

The BWTelcom crew has been busy laying lines for fiber optics in Haigler in spite of the above 90 degree weather.  The improved internet service will be appreciated.
A going away to college party for Alicia Crouse was hosted by Stan and Laneta Carlock last Thursday evening with a cookout, salads and a big cheese cake.  Those attending were Steve and Jody, Alicia, Angela, and Jared Crouse, Marlin Crouse, Merna and Charlie Mulligan.  Alicia is attending Hastings College.
School has started at Haigler Elementary school with 15 students, Kindergarten through 6th grade. 
Noel Klein of Yuma celebrated his 3rd birthday on Friday, August 20.  His great grandmother, Laura Pearl Wall drove to Yuma to help him celebrate at the home of his grandparents, Carol and Jay Flaming.  Other guests were Jailyn and Laney Mekelburg and brother Logan.  His mother was teaching school but she and Greg joined the group for a delicious lunch.  The Klein boys love cars and trains so the birthday cake was decorated with a huge red car.  Jailyn brought a set of bowling pins and a red ball which furnished a lot of fun along with the train and car put together sets of trains and car tracks.
The Haigler community lost one of its oldest and best residents this past week.  Lester Adams died August 19, 2010.  He shall be greatly missed.  Funeral services were held Monday morning at 10 a.m. At the Haigler Lutheran Church, with military honors and burial at the Haigler Cemetery.  Deepest sympathies are extended to Lester's family.
The Collicott sisters, LaNeta, Myrna, and Galena spent Thursday in McCook.  They enjoyed a Mexican fare lunch, celebrating Galena's August 21  birthday.
The Haigler Red Hatters carpooled to Benkelman on Friday for their August outing.  Hostesses Jeannie Blecha and Carolyn Rosenfelt had a delightful luncheon and afternoon planned.  The group met at the Senior Center for a delicious chicken fried steak meal; then toured the Dundy County Museum at the old Morehouse Hospital in Benkelman.  Many of the group were born in that hospital and/or had memories of stays or visits there when the hospital was in operation.  Following the tour, everyone enjoyed having an old-time frosty at the soda fountain.
Members of the Haigler United Methodist Women group visited the Hester Nursing Home in Benkelman on Friday afternoon.  President of the group, Karen Harford, led the program with puppet shows and singing.  Fellow member, Sally Daniels also helped with the puppet show.  Myrna Mulligan played the piano; and members Marilyn Bannister and Deb Bush assisted with the singing.  Also helping with the program was Myrna's sister, LaNeta Carlock.  The group served icecream and cake to the Hester Home residents to celebrate August birthdays.  The birthday table was also decorated with colorful balloons.
Lois Zuege, granddaughter Rikki, Lois's sister Edith Roundtree and daughter Evelyn Stamm of Benkelman attended a Carlock family reunion that was held in Yuma last Saturday, August 21.
On Tuesday afternoon, Sophia Zuege and Laura Pearl Wall drove out to the Dale Faylor home for a short visit.
Rumor is that Sophia Zuege had her 92nd birthday last week.  Son, Albert, came and took her to his home for the occasion.  We were unable to contact her for details and confirmation before newstime.   

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Haigler Happenings - August 16, 2010

Friday, August 13, at 3:15 p.m., the restoration of the Country Schoolhouse 67 South building in Haigler was completed.  All inside and outside work is done.  It was 3 years ago this month that the schoolhouse was moved from the cornfield west of town to its current location on Porter Avenue.  On Saturday morning, a piano was moved into the schoolhouse; and in the coming weeks, more school desks, furniture, and furnishings that have been so generously donated will be cleaned, repaired where needed, and moved into the building.  Hopefully, the project will be near completion for the 3rd annual Tumbleweed Festival scheduled for Saturday, October 23.  Plan now to attend and see the Country Schoolhouse 67 South Museum.

Tea at the Haigler White House Revisited was the theme of a morning tea party brunch on Saturday morning, hosted by LaNeta Carlock.  Honored guests were her grand nieces visiting from Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina:  Hannah Reed and Lucy Walker Mulligan; and her niece, Daniela Webster from Iowa City, Iowa.  Others attending were LaNeta's sisters, Myrna Mulligan and Galena Webster.   Everyone enjoyed the menu of peppermint tea, sparkling strawberry kiwi water,  cucumber sandwiches,  butterfly chicken salad sandwiches, oatmeal cookies, fresh melons,  and mints.  The tea party was in memory of the Christmas Tea of 2005 when all were in attendance at what was to be the last tea party together with their mother, grandmother, and great grandmother- Opal Collicott.    Pictures, memories, and stories of that tea were shared; and a short story  was read by Hannah.  The story was written by her grand uncle, Stan Carlock; and looked into the future years from now when the girls would be old, return to Haigler, and remember their teas at the Haigler White House.

Lois Zuege and her sister Edith Roundtree drove to McCook, NE, last week for business and shopping.  Veda Douglass visited Lois in her home on Tuesday.
Visitors at the Dale Faylor home on Wednesday of last week were Lois Zuege and granddaughter Rikki .
There are some new historical article postings on the haigler blogspot if you have not checked it lately.     
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Monday, August 16, 2010

Mark Your Calendar - Haigler TumbleWeed Festival

October 23, 2010 is the date to remember for the 3rd Annual Haigler Tumbleweed Festival.

More details will be published later.

-- Editor

Sunday, August 15, 2010

New "OLD" Stories

We continue to add stories and updates to the Genealogy Trails site for Dundy County.  If you haven't visited the page for awhile, you might want to hop over and read "The Roundup", "When the Town was Shot Up", "The Dew Drop Saloon" or "Dundy County Recreation"; the latest, newest OLD stories.

The Dundy County Historical Society and most particularly, Bill Hardwick have been instrumental in contributing to the Genealogy Trails site.  Their focus is preserving the history of the county, so they have a wonderful collection of memorabilia and documents at the Dundy County Museum.  If you haven't been there for awhile, pay a visit soon to learn more about the "roots" of our county.

Genealogy Trails Biographies and Stories

-- Editor

Monday, August 09, 2010

Haigler Happenings - August 9, 2010

Restoration is nearing completion on the old district 67 schoolhouse and surrounding schoolyard.  A few items are yet to be added and finishing touches  to be made on the building.  The Carlocks have put an enormous amount of time, and loving effort into  this project, making it a spectacular point of interest in Haigler.
Charlie and Myrna Mulligan traveled to Denver, CO, on Monday, August 2nd, where they met their son, Rich, and granddaughters, Hannah Reed and Lucy, from Mt. Pleasant, SC, who had made the flight from Charleston, SC.  From Denver, the group enjoyed dinner at Mimi's in Boulder and then journeyed on to Estes Park, CO.  They spent from Monday to Wednesday in Estes Park enjoying the Rocky Mountain National Park; Fun City; roasting marshmallows and hot dogs in a fire pit by the Fall River, where they stayed in cabins at Castle Mountain Lodge and exploring the area.  They all arrived in Haigler on Wednesday evening and will be guests in the home of Charlie and Myrna until Tuesday, August 10th.

 Albert and Jeannie Zuege of Hot Springs, S.D. and a relative, Corlett Appy,  from Harrisburg, PA, visited Sophia Zuege on Tuesday, August 3. They all went to St. Francis to visit with Ella May Keller. 
The 9th annual Haigler Bluegrass Breakdown held on Sunday afternoon in the Haigler Park was another outstanding performance.  The Chapmans of Ozark, Missouri and The McLemores from Colby, Kansas provided wonderful bluegrass music for the crowds attending.    Presented by many sponsors and the Haigler Improvement Committee, proceeds go towards village improvements and continuing the HIC scholarship.
Haigler was once again the site of birthday party celebrations this past week.  Friday, August 6, Sophia Zuege hosted a brunch at her home.  Attending were Laura Pearl Wall,  LaNeta Carlock, and Myrna Mulligan of Haigler; Myrna's granddaughters from South Carolina:  Hannah and Lucy; Merry Lu Simmons of Beecher Island, CO and her granddaughter, Amber; and Sophia's daughter in law, Jeannie Zuege of South Dakota.  August birthdays celebrated were Jeannie, Hannah, and Sophia.
Friday evening, August 6, another birthday party celebration was held on the properties and in the gardens of Stan and LaNeta Carlock.  Their nephew and grandnieces from Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina were the honored guests:  Richard Mulligan and daughters, Hannah Reed and Lucy Walker--celebrating birthdays #39, #11, and #8.  Everyone enjoyed a hamburger and hotdog cookout, followed by birthday cakes and icecream, and opening of cards and gifts.  Richard, as was his brother, Skip, who was in Haigler a couple weeks ago with his family; used to come to Haigler as small boys and spend the summers with their grandparents, LaVoine and Opal Collicott.  So, this birthday celebration brought back many happy memories for Richard--and sharing of stories with his daughters.  Others attending the celebration were Stan and Galena Webster, Darrell Webster and friend, Lisa; Daniela Webster of Iowa City, Iowa; and Richard's parents, Charlie and Myrna Mulligan of Haigler.
Jeannie Zuege of Hot Springs, SD came on Thursday to visit Sophia Zuege, Laura Pearl Wall and other relatives and friends.  Attending the Blue Grass Festival on Sunday was high on her list of things to do.
Bob and MerryLu Simmons, Laura, Madison and Spence Perila, Amber Simmons and Jeannie Zuege visited in the home of Laura Pearl Wall after the Blue Grass program on Sunday.
The Caleb Wall family of Eustis, NE and Dwight Wall of Lewellen, visited Laura Pearl on Saturday.
On Sunday afternoon, following the Haigler Bluegrass performance, Jeannie Zuege of South Dakota, MerryLu and Bob Simmons and 4 of their grandchildren visited the Carlock gardens, Green's Arboreteum, the Roach House, and the Haigler White House.
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Saturday, August 07, 2010

Dundy County Stories

Some pretty cool stories about early days in Dundy County have been uploaded to the Genealogy Trails site for Dundy County Nebraska.  Go to the Biographies and Stories page to read about "The Dew Drop Saloon" and early day "Recreation", the two latest stories sent by Bill Hardwick.

Biographies and Stories

-- Editor

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

1935 Republican River Flood Documentary

 The National Weather Service in Goodland, Kansas has spent two years on a project to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the 1935 flood that drastically changed the Republican River valley and the communities surrounding it.
The program will be presented Saturday, August 14th at 2:00 pm and will be held at the Cloud County Historical Museum located on East 7th Street in Concordia, Kansas. Personal accounts of the flood given by guests will be recorded and included in the Weather Services’ documentary. Additional activities include a small scale recreation of the 1935 flood, and the construction of 1928 Lincoln Page biplanes similar to the one Charlie Blosser used in his rescue efforts.
This event is free and appropriate for families. If there are any questions, please contact the Cloud County Museum at (785) 243-2866.

Bluegrass Festival - Haigler, NE - August 8

This upcoming weekend will find the Haigler City Park filled with music lovers from all over the tri-state area and beyond.

 The Chapman's
and The LaMore Family will be there this year.

Bring your lawn chair, and friends and family and enjoy a day of music in the park!  Begins at 12 PM and usually goes until 4 PM.

Monday, August 02, 2010

Haigler Happenings - August 2, 2010

The family of Don & Joann Webster hosted an Open House Sunday, August 1, in honor of their 60th Wedding Anniversary at the Haigler Legion Hall. Several relatives and friends, out of town and local, attended making it a very special celebration.
George & Elaine Corkle from Walden, Colorado were weekend guests of Don & Joann Webster.
On Sunday, August 1, Don & Joann Webster and George & Elaine Corkle visited Lester Adams in the Wray Community District Hospital.
Daniela Webster of Iowa City arrived on Saturday, July 31, to attend her grandparents 60th Wedding Anniversary Open House and spend several days visiting in the home of her parents Stan & Galena, Darrell and other relatives and friends.
Wednesday, July 27, Dale Faylors sister, Joan Spears and her husband, Bob, from Boonville, CA and Joan’s son, Tom Kerns from Orinda, CA arrived at Dale and Dode Faylor’s home.  On Thursday Faylor’s daughter, Sherri Morabito, from Burlington, CO, and Daneen Hilger, whose home is between Topeka and Lawrence, KS arrived at Faylor’s.   Later that afternoon, Kathe Kerns, Tom’s wife arrived.  Kathe flew to Denver then rented a vehicle to come on to the ranch.  They came for the Brown reunion that was on Saturday, July 31.  On Friday, Yvonne Clemans and foster son, Anthony, from Burlington, CO were at the Faylors for dinner.  That afternoon Yvonne, Anthony and Sherri Morabito returned to Burlington.  On Saturday, July 31, there were approximately 50 relatives at the Brown reunion in St. Francis. The reunion was held at the Senior Center.  On Sunday, Aug 1, Joan and Bob Spears left Faylors to visit more relatives in several different places, before returning to their home in California.  Daneen Hilger returned to her home on Sunday also.  Tom and Kathe Kerns visited with a cousin of Tom’s in Wauneta, NE on Sunday; then left Faylor’s early Monday morning, August 2, to catch a plane in Denver.  They then flew to Kentucky.  Tom is doing a lot of searching into ancestral background.  They have several other places they will be traveling to after Kentucky - some pleasure and other concerning Tom’s search into family history before they return to their home in California.

Among the visitors at Sophia Zuege's home on Sunday were her son, Albert, Jr. and wife Ginny, Marlin Crouse, a neice, Marie Schultye, from Hays, KS, Eleanor Keller, Linda Castor of Albuquerque, NM, Ted and Esther Wallace from Denver.  Laura Pearl Wall dropped by a few times throughout the week.

The Mulligan families, Skip, Melissa, Alayna and Chaz from South Carolina, and Charlie and Myrna from Haigler, attended the Demolition Derby on Sunday night at the Dundy County Fair in Benkelman.

Skip, Melissa, Alayna and Chaz Mulligan departed by Delta Airlines from Denver on Wednesday, July 28th, to return to their home in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.  They had been guests in the home of Skip's parents, Charlie and Myrna Mulligan and had enjoyed visiting with other relatives during their stay.

Laura Pearl Wall accompanied Quentin, Tonya and Taya Simmons to Westmister on Saturday to attend the 10th birthday party of Laura Perila.  Othere relatives who attended were grandparents, MerryLu and Bob Simmons, Laura's brother, Spencer and sister, Madison.  It was a fun party held in the spacious back yard at the Perila Home.  Many friends enjoyed the swimming Pool and delicious food.

Mel Fisher visited his Mother, Floy Fisher, one afternoon last week.  He has had a short break between jobs to be at his home south of Laird.

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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
  • 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