Saturday, October 29, 2011

Skyline Grill a New Place to Eat

The grand opening of the new Skyline Grill on the west edge of Benkelman will open on November 7th.    Their specialty will be steak, but the menu will have a variety of delicious choices.

They will be able to accommodate up to 120 people.  The community is looking forward to having another place to eat.
We wish the owners success in their service to the community.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Jack Maupin

The Haigler community is saddened by the death of Jack Maupin.  Our sympathy goes out to his family and friends.


Jack Maupin, 85, of Haigler, died Oct. 26, 2011, at the Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman. Committal of remains will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. (MST) at the Haigler Cemetery with Pastor Chris Farmer, officiating. A military tribute and flag presentation will be given by the Haigler American Legion. Bullock-Long Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Published in North Platte Telegraph from November 10 to November 11, 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Haigler Happenings - October 24, 2011

The 4th annual Haigler Fall Tumbleweed Festival was a grand day!  The weather cooperated with a picture perfect autumn day.  Haigler Elementary students had decorated many pumpkins for the festival. Garage sales had 6 sites and 10 families participating.  Food, music, enterertainment, tumbleweeds, and tours of the completed Country Schoolhouse Museum and future Haigler Cornerstone Museum were enjoyed by all attending.  The Spook Parade down Porter Avenue had costumed participants of all kinds and ages.   Over 45 businesses and individuals from the tri-state area contributed prizes for the festival events.  Through the generous donations of all who attended, $1,000 was raised for the Cornerstone Museum.  Many thanks to everyone who participated.  This year's Maypole Award was presented to Shaw Construction (Jerry & Ben Shaw) of Benkelman.
The five children of Marvin and Harriet Carlock enjoyed being together again for the Haigler Fall Tumbleweed Festival weekend.  The three Carlock sisters--Cheryl Raile of Burwell, NE; Sandy Magley of Bird City, KS; and Linda Miller of Arnett, OK; were guests of their brother Stan Carlock and wife LaNeta at the Haigler White House.  Their brother Marv and wife MaryAnn of Laird, CO brought pizza and birthday cake to celebrate Cheryl's birthday on Friday evening. Everyone pitched in Thursday, Friday, and Saturday to help with the Tumbleweed Festival; and Sunday morning all enjoyed breakfast at the Haigler Country Cafe.
The Haigler United Methodist church is hosting a board game night Sunday evening, October 30 at 5:00 P.M.  Bring your favorite board game and yourself - or just yourself - and join in the fun.  The members of the community are invited.  Finger food will be served.
Dale and Dode Faylor's daughters, Sherrie, from Burlington and Daneen, from LeCompton, KS, came Thursday evening. They helped Dale finish roofing the house on Friday and Saturday. Sherrie went home Saturday evening.  Daneen stayed and went to church with her parents Sunday morning, had dinner with them in Wray, CO; then went to Burlington, CO, to visit her sisters, Yvonne and Sherri.  She returned home to LeCompton on Monday. 
Jeannie Zuege visited Sophia Zuege Monday afternoon.  She has been visiting her mother, Laura Pearl Wall.
Sophia Zuege, Iona Maupin, and Linda Morris visited the Brown home on Sunday.  Lorene Putnam visited Iona Maupin on Monday. 
Garry and Sharon Fisher with Garry's mother, Floy Fisher, joined a church group visiting the nursing home in Yuma on Saturday afternoon.  There was a song service in which residents chose their favorite gospel song for all to sing, an interesting, short inspirational message with a story and a snack of home made cookies enjoyed while personally visiting with the individual residents who attended.  The group devotes a Saturday afternoon each month for this activity.
Several former Haigler community residents who have moved away from the area subscribe to the home town weekly newspapers that carry the Haigler News to keep up on happenings in the area.  Participation of a variety of people who are willing to share their news is much appreciated and makes it more interesting to the readers.  You do not need to have done something great to report an item as news. 
E-mail; call 308-297-3605, mailing address: Floy Fisher, P O Box 44, Haigler, NE 69030.  The news mailbox is up at 338 Washington Ave., - on the other side of the driveway than before. 
A  big, beautiful, fat raccoon visited Floy's back yard Monday morning, checking out things under the dining room window.  If he had known he could have found a feast of kitty food up a few steps on the deck.  Obviously he has been finding plenty to eat elsewhere.  It must be the culprit that has been digging up kitchen trash that has been buried in the garden area.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Haigler Happenings - October 17, 2011

The wonderful long fall with its warm, sunny weather was broken Monday morning when it began to rain and the temperatures tumbled.  But the rain will be appreciated, especially because of the fire danger that had prevailed.

Wednesday, the 12th, Sherri Morabito arrived at the home of her parents, Dode and Dale Faylor.  She came to help her Dad start roofing the Faylor’s house.  She returned home Saturday afternoon.

On Sunday morning Sherri and her sister Yvonne Clemans and family came back to the ranch to help however they could.  Sherri and Royce Clemans helped Dale and Dwight fix fence that was downed due to the fire at the ranch.  They all spent time putting out flames that showed up.

Faylor’s cannot thank all the men enough who worked so hard to get the fire out.  It took hours as the flames would crop up after it was supposed they were contained. 

Faylors greatest concern was that no one got hurt fighting the fire - at night is bad enough but fighting it at night where there are deep canyons made it much more dangerous.  Prayers for everyone’s safety was a top priority.  Many fire trucks from surrounding areas responded to the call from Kay Kamla for help at the Ranch and surrounding areas.

Kim Zuege and Laura Pearl Wall were Friday lunch guests of Sophia Zuege.  After lunch they all went to MerryLu Simmons home for a visit.

Dode Faylor visited Sophia Zuege on Monday.

The phone service was dead at the time the news was ready to send.

Cleo Palmer

Many of you will remember the Palmers.  Here is a note left in the guestbook with a notice of Cleo Palmer's death on September 3, 2011.

Cleo (White) Palmer, born Oct. 19, 1922; died on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011. She was preceded in death by her husband, William “Tab” Palmer; and her son, Joseph Palmer. She is survived by her children, Liz Wood, Stan Palmer, Harry (Donna) Palmer, John (Conney) Palmer, Janice Palmer, JoAnn Palmer, Donna (Joe) Skubal, Sharon Martinez, Cecilia (Christian) Nordstrom, Pamela Schwartz, Patrick (Tammy) Palmer and Michael (Kris) Palmer. She also is survived by her numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral services Sept. 16, 2011, at St. Pius X Church located at 3130 Morris Ave., Pueblo, CO 81008. Rosary at 10:30 a.m. with Mass and celebration of her life to follow. Arrangements through Griffy Family Funeral Home, Fowler Colo., 719-263-4221. Please visit cleopalmer. for additional information.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Fire at the Faylor Ranch

The fire at the Faylor Ranch last night was put out by all the volunteer firemen and neighbors who showed up to help. Early news says that alot of pasture grass was lost, but no livestock. Will update when more news is available.

the "Faylor Fire" next came within 1/2 mile of the ranch...
Fire Tears Through Pasture and Fields South of Haigler
A fire tore through the pasture and fields south of Haigler, yesterday, west of the Faylor Ranch. Haigler VFD was called to the scene yesterday, about 3pm, to respond. It became apparent immediately, with the gusting winds, that additional resources would be needed. Mutual Aide was notified, with responses by Cheyenne County, Ks, Benkelman, Wray, Wauneta, Co, Wages, Yuma, and others.
Highway 27 was closed from south from Haigler for approximately 5 hours. The fire was contained about midnight, however approximately an hour later, the winds fanned the flames again, with firefighters again responding. About 5 am, this morning, the fire was extinguished. An estimated guess of 300 acres were burned.
~Published on Facebook "Haigler, The Cornerstone of Nebraska" - used by permission.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Don Harford

The news of Don Harford's passing Friday morning leaves many friends, family and acquaintances with sad hearts.  He was a loved and respected member of our community and will be missed.

Services are Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 2:30 PM (MDT) in Haigler, Nebraska at the Methodist Church, 361 King Ave.

Don Everett Harford - Obituary - McCook Gazette


      It’s Tumbleweed Festival Time again in Haigler, Nebraska.

     The 4th annual Fall Haigler Tumbleweed Festival will be held Saturday, October 22, 2011, at the Haigler Museum grounds south of Highway 34 and Porter Avenue.  The tents and tables, hay bales, and scarecrows will be out.  Everyone is invited to bring their lawn chairs and attend this fun day of celebration.  There are no admission fees—just free will donations that will go towards the Haigler Cornerstone Museum project.

     Schedule of events include neighborhood garage sales from 9a.m.-noon MDT.  Maps will be available at “the station” on Hwy. 34.  Chocolate, jewelry, Party Lite and decorator sales will be held in the Senior Center.  A barbeque begins at 1 p.m. with hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, baked beans, and drinks.  Homemade pies and ice cream will be served at the Golden Inn Senior Center.  Live music performed by LaVoine Smith and the Garage Bunch from Burlington, Colorado will fill the air throughout the afternoon.   Other activities include treasure hunts, horseshoe pitching, carousel merry-go-round rides, ticket drawings for many prizes, and Maypole Awards. 

     Bring your decorated tumbleweeds to be displayed.  Cash prizes will be awarded.
     At 3:30 p.m., the Tumbleweed/Spook Parade for kids of all ages (including adults) will begin in front of the Country School House Museum.  No motorized vehicles—but bicycles, tricycles, wagons, walkers, and pull floats can be entered.  Prizes will be awarded.


     One of the latest projects in Haigler is development of the Haigler Cornerstone Museum.  From the Texas Trail Canyon cattle drives in 1876 to the first pioneer homestead in 1881, Haigler has always been an integral part of Dundy County, Nebraska.  Haigler was one of the original four Dundy precincts established on October 6, 1884.  The townsite of Haigler was established in 1886 and has become known as “The Cornerstone of Nebraska.”

          The Haigler Cornerstone Museum will be housed in the former Crabtree Repair building, located on Porter Avenue & Highway 34 (known as The Golden Rod Hi-Way in earlier days).  The building, now owned by Stan and LaNeta Carlock, is being donated for the museum project.  The Haigler Cornerstone Museum building sits north of the Country Schoolhouse Museum and museum grounds—so location is a perfect fit.  Though the initial project focus will be on the Cornerstone Museum building, it is hoped that financial resources will also enable preservation and restoration of the adjacent former Conoco gas station, former liquor store (to become a museum gift shop), the underground bootleggers hideout, and the old Haigler Jail (built in the early 1900’s).  These buildings are also owned by the Carlocks, and will be donated for the restoration projects.

     Passing on our heritage is a gift we can give to future generations.  Dundy County, Nebraska has a rich heritage.  Haigler has a rich heritage.  We are indeed fortunate to have printed words, pictures, and stories of this rich history and heritage.  The Dundy County Museum in Benkelman is a treasure of artifacts reflecting some of this heritage.  Though a few Haigler artifacts have been placed there in past years (because there was no Haigler Museum); the Dundy County Museum is running out of room.  Artifacts from the past are the links that bind today with yesterday.  Artifacts from the present will be the links thata bind today with tomorrow.  They need to be preserved.

     The idea for the Haigler Cornerstone Museum evolved during the preservation and restoration project of the one-room Country School House Museum, District 67 South, for Haigler.  It was during this 3 year project (completed in October, 2010), that it became quite evident the little one-room school house could not possibly hold all the artifacts people were giving.  Individuals would call or just show up with something to donate, or a story of some event that revolved around the old schoolhouse and/or Haigler—threads extending outward in all directions from that 114 year old building.  People, with a connection to Haigler, had something they wanted to give, to be preserved, to be displayed for future generations.  Thus, the Country School House Museum grounds were expanded to include not only the traditional playground equipment, but farm tractors, graders, corn shellers, wheat and corn planters, a buzz saw, and hand plows.  The giving continues.

     The answer to the question of “Where and how can these continuing donations of artifacts be displayed?”  became clear.  The large building north of the School House Museum would be donated and become the Haigler Cornerstone Museum.  Here there would be room for the 1800’s doctor’s and child’s horse drawn buggies, original safe from the Drovers State Bank of Haigler, old cash register from the Kamla Grocery Store, 1920’s kitchen cook stove, hoosier cabinet, telephone booth from the old Haigler Telephone Office, church pew from the Haigler Methodist Church, Victrola and records purchased in 1930 at the Haigler Sale Barn, piano, banjo, violin, trumpet, horse harnesses, plows, books, wedding gowns, hats, WWI, WWI, and Korean military uniforms, pictures, paintings, and items of Haigler history and memorabilia. 

    The mission of the Haigler Cornerstone Museum project is to collect, preserve, and display artifacts which reflect the history of Haigler and surrounding farming and ranching community—past, present, and future.  Work has already begun to make the needed repairs and improvements of the building.  The kickoff for the Haigler Cornerstone Museum project was held over Memorial/Alumni weekend in May, 2011.  Open house was held at the completed Country Schoolhouse Museum, and the proposed Haigler Cornerstone Museum main building.  Donations of $1,000 were received.    Total proposed budget is $40,000.  To date, almost $7,000 has been donated towards the project.  The Hansen Charitable Foundation has awarded an initial funding grant.  Other grants are being written, and fund drives underway. 

   The 4th annual Haigler Tumbleweed Festival free will donations will go towards this museum project.  The community is invited to come see the beginnings of the museum, view the donated items on display, and enjoy the activities of the Tumbleweed Festival.  Anyone wishing to donate dollars and/or displays may contact the Carlocks at 308-297-3226, email:, or mail:  PO Box 144, Haigler, NE 69030.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

4th Annual Tumbleweed Festival

Come to Haigler on Saturday, October 22, 2011 for the 4th Annual Tumbleweed Festival.

There will be village garage sales, a barbeque at 1:00 pm at the Country Schoolhouse, homemade pies and ice cream at the Golden Inn, treasure hunts, horseshoes, merry-go-round rides, drawings for prizes and a Maypole Award.

There will be a Tumbleweed / Spook Parade at 3:30 pm

Top it all off with music by the Garage Bunch from Burlington, Colorado.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Haigler Happenings - October 10, 2011

Myrna Mulligan and LaNeta Carlock recently visited Gary and Lorene Putnam and enjoyed iced tea and red plum dumpling tarts.  The plum dessert was made from their home grown plums. 

Stan and LaNeta Carlock returned home last week from Estes Park, CO where they had spent time at Machins Cottage in the Pines.

On Wednesday, October 5, Nancy Mahon and RN friends, Carolyn Simpson and Ruth Majors from Lincoln, NE toured the Country Schoolhouse 67 South Museum and the proposed Haigler Cornerstone Museum.

TUMBLEWEED FESTIVAL - The 4th annual Haigler Fall Tumbleweed Festival will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2011.  Watch for the ads in newspapers, fliers, and upcoming stories.  Everyone is invited to come spend the day, enjoy all the fun activities, listen to great music, treat yourself to a hamburger, hot dog, and trimmings--and homemade pie and ice cream.  There are no admission fees.  Free will donations to support the proposed Haigler Cornerstone Museum project will be most appreciated.  Bring your decorated tumbleweeds for some fine prizes.

A community bridal shower for Becky Leinen will be held Saturday evening, October, 22, 2011 at 7 pm MDT in the Haigler United Methodist Church. 

Richard and Sharna Richardson stopped by Floy Fisher’s home Sunday afternoon on their way back from Hill City, Kansas where they had spent a few days at a “shoot” event, which Richard is a member of.  They had charge of some of the events this time including serving meals.

Friday, October 07, 2011

Freehling Farm Sale - October 8

Don't forget to jump in your pickup truck and drive to Indianola (east of McCook) to Cal and Susan Freehling's farm sale this weekend.  You will surely find a treasure among the many things they have for sale.

Click here to see flyer:

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Tuesday, October 04, 2011

McCook Farm and Ranch Expo

The McCook Farm and Ranch Expo looks like something fun and useful to do in November.

Follow this link to find out more:

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Monday, October 03, 2011

Haigler Happenings - October 3, 2011

The mailbox for news items at 338 Washington Avenue is up again only moved south a little way – across the driveway.

Monday afternoon, September 26, Kaye Robinson and her daughter, Sandy, from Minnesota visited with Dode Faylor.  They were here to help celebrate Ed Robinson’s 91st birthday.  Kaye is Ed’s sister-in-law.  Quite a few of Ed’s family were here for the occasion.

Thursday afternoon, September 28, Ellen and Anneke Smits from Holland, arrived at the home of Dale and Dode Faylor.   The ladies are both retired teachers of 40 years each.  Ellen spent part of a school year with the Faylors when Faylors lived in California. Early Sunday morning, the ladies started on their trip back home.  They will go to Vancouver, Canada, where they will turn in the camper they drove to the Faylors. Then they go by plane back to their homes in Holland (the Netherlands.)

On Friday, September 30, Sherri Morabito, Yvonne Clemans and Clemans’ foster son from Burlington, CO, spent the day at the Faylor Ranch, visiting Ellen and Anneke. Ellen and Sherri were in 12th grade together.  Faylors visited with the ladies some, also. Dwight Faylor was 12 years old when Ellen lived with them.

Sophia Zuege and Laura Pearl Wall had lunch together on Thursday.

Laura Pearl Wall went to the Simmons’ home for lunch on Sunday.  The occasion was Tanya’s birthday.

The Haigler News needs your items.  Please e-mail or call 308-297-3605 – or drive by and drop in the mailbox.

The beautiful fall weather has been wonderful, giving a little extra time for late tomatoes to ripen.

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  • Aaron Irwin - May 7th
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