Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Dundy County Fair This Weekend

Wednesday, July 25:
8:00 a.m. • Horse Show Registration
8:30 a.m. • Trail Pattern Review
9:00 a.m. • Horse Show Begins
3:30 – 5:00 p.m. • Livestock Weigh-In
7:00 p.m. • Rodeo

Take a video tour of The Arikaree Breaks

A few years ago I went on a tour of The Arikaree Breaks with Tobe Zweygardt as a guide. I have often wished I had taken my video camera with me that day. Tonight as I was cruising around the "net", I came across some videos shared on YouTube that show some of the very interesting places in "our corner of the world".

Check them out on the page, A Tour of 3 Corners Area.


As far as a story, the one that comes to mind immediately (though there are many) deals with Ercel Goodell and when he used to bring in Mexican Nationals to top his beets and every Saturday night he would bring them into town and then about midnight or 1 in the morning, he would go and round them all up with a shotgun put them back into the truck and take them back home.  One time  I was delivering potatoes to somebody's car way down north on main street and I ran into Ercel gethering up his Mexicans and I ask him why he carried a shotgun when he brought his guys into town.  His answer to me was "they know how to use a knife better than I do, but they don't want to mess with me when I have a gun".  What a change in times!!! 
~by Delford Trembly

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Haigler's Methodist Church Has Open Door Policy

Haigler Blog Editor's Note: This article  appeared in the Summer 2012 Nebraska United Methodist Messenger (www.umcneb.org) and is used with permission from Karen Harford the editor.  Karen interviewed George Peterson, Carole Coates and Laura Pearl Wall, who shared the historical background and stories for this article.

HAIGLER, Nebraska -- Circuit riders went to country schools on a monthly basis to provide the message of God and the love Jesus to framers and ranchers and their families. Schools and homes were always open then -- why change? We must remember the Bible verses in Matthew 7:7-8 where Jesus said, "knock and door shall open, seek and you shall find." What better place to find a place of comfort, a place of rest, or a place of community than a church?

The year was 1888 and the town of Haigler, Neb., had a Methodist Church. Doors were open and the community was welcome. Our doors were open then and have remained that way -- 24 hours a day, seven days a week for anyone from any walk of life, from anywhere in the world. Strangers and friends may stop to use the restroom, cook a meal or spend the night. Often times friends just want to meet and it's too chilly or windy (yes, we live in Nebraska) to be in the park.  The church is always open.

Often times the owner of the local grocery store, LaVonne Jeager, or the owner of Jake's Place, Craig Kamla, will give the president of the Haigler UMC board, George Peterson, a call and tell him that someone needs a place to stay for the night. Most of those seeking shelter are men who are "down on their luck" or destitute. Many have family problems and have no money for a motel. George's wife, Carol, will usually cook up some soup or hamburgers and George will take the meal back to the church to feed them.

On one occasion, a man came to the church seeking shelter. George didn't think he looked like he was in good shape, so he stopped by the next morning to check on him.
"He still wasn't looking very good, so I loaded him in my pickup and took him to the hospital," George said.  The hospital needed $35 in order to see him, so George paid it.

One of the most interesting over-nighters was a 77-year-old gentleman from France who spoke very little English. He wa traveling across the United States on a bicycle. His wife had passed away six months earlier; they had always talked about driving across the U.S. This gentleman did not have enough money to drive, but he could afford to bike and was doing just that, in memory of his wife, and to help fulfill their dream. He had come all the way from France to pedal his way across America, with his 30-pound pack on his back, which held a tent and his clothing.

There was a family of five that stayed at the church for several days. They were traveling in a tiny pickup with a baby and sleeping bags and were on their way to Missouri to seek family and jobs.
Because of our open door policy, we are also a designated storm shelter for the village of Haigler.

Did the congregation ever consider locking the doors? Yes. Once a couple of children from the community decided to come in to the sanctuary and light the candles with matches. The candles were melted away and several matches had been lit. No real damage had been done, but there could have been serious damage. The church board held a meeting. The congregation was split as to whether the doors should remain open or locked. Most of the "old timers" felt that the doors should be left open and stressed strong opinions on the subject. The "old timers" won and the doors are still open.

The Christian message is not without sacrifice. The sacrifice of the risk of vandalism is small compared to the sacrifices that Jesus made on the cross.

By leaving the doors open, people can visit with God in a church. They might lose their courage if they had to ask. Open doors give them a chance to talk or be with God. We've had bicyclists, cowboys, and wanderers just stop by to pray. The church is not just a building or something that only takes place one day a week. We are all children of God -- we are the church with our open door policy.

Monday, July 16, 2012

2012 Haigler Music Festival

This year's Musical Festival will include music from The Railsplitters from Boulder, Colorado and The Garage Bunch from Burlington, Colorado.

The Railsplitters
Boulder, Colorado
The Garage Bunch
Burlington, Colorado

Come join the fun on Sunday, August 12, 2012 in the Haigler Park. 

To keep up with The Haigler Festival events, visit their Facebook page. (You must be signed into Facebook for this link to work) 

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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