Friday, January 31, 2014

Ernestine Smith

Ernestine Smith, a long time resident of Haigler/ Benkelman area passed away on January 30, 2014.

Our sympathy goes out to the Smith family and friends.  Ernestine will be missed by the community, family and friends.

Funeral services will be Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, 10 a.m. (MT) at the Zion Lutheran Church of Benkelman with Pastor George Matthews officiating. Interment will follow at the Benkelman Cemetery.

Visitation will be Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, 2 to 6 p.m.(MT) at the Zion Lutheran Church of Benkelman.

A memorial has been established in her memory.

Online condolences can be left at Liewer Funeral Home

Benkelman Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Obituary can be found at: Liewer Funeral Home website and the McCook Daily Gazette.

-- Editor

Monday, January 27, 2014

Kenneth Pottoff

We got word this morning that Kenneth Pottoff passed away earlier today.

Kenny was a member of the Haigler High School class of 1948.

Our sympathy goes out to the Pottoff family.

More details as we receive them.

Funeral services: 10 AM (MT), Friday, January 31, 2014 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Haigler.  Interment at the Haigler Cemetery with full military honors.
Obituary in the McCook Gazette  

-- Editor

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Eugene Schwartz

We were saddened to hear of Eugene Schwartz's passing after a long battle with illness.
Our sympathy goes out to his wife Karen and his family and friends.
He was born on November 26, 1939 and passed away on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at the age of 74.
Gene was a member of the Haigler High School class of 1959 and will be remembered by his classmates and friends.

A notice in the Anderson Valley Post in Anderson, California reads:

Eugene Larry Schwartz
Eugene Larry Schwartz, 74, a former resident of Anderson, died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Sutter Roseville Medical Center, Roseville, Calif. Arrangements , Chapel of the Valley, Roseville (916-797-1448).

-- Editor

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Trail Life USA

An Article in the Lincoln Journal Star outlined the new organization, Trail Life USA with a chapter in Benkelman.

" A scouting organization created as a Christian-based alternative to the Boy Scouts is establishing itself throughout Nebraska.
Trail Life USA has organized chapters in Lincoln, Omaha, Norfolk, Nebraska City, McCook and Benkelman."

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

The Cornerstone Center for Community Service


     To preserve and re-purpose the former Haigler Elementary School and historical gymnasium buildings for community betterment and economic development in Haigler,  Dundy County,  and southwest Nebraska.


     New owner will be the Haigler Community Foundation.  The fund drive has begun to raise $50,000 for the purchase dollars and first year’s operating expenses.  All donations are tax deductible.  It is hoped the doors will be open again by spring 2014.
     Ideas for optimum usage of the facilities will always be welcomed by the organizing group.  Initially, the facilities will be available for business office rental; meeting rooms, event rentals, kitchen usage, library development, art gallery, exhibit space for continuing museum collections to preserve the history of Haigler and of Dundy County, craft & art fairs, flea markets, auctions, community thrift store, youth activities, adult education classes, recreation, community and economic development opportunities.

     Please consider having your name listed as a friend and donor to The Cornerstone Center for Community Service by making a tax deductible donation payable to Haigler - Dundy County Community Foundation.  Send to:   The Cornerstone Center Project, PO Box 144, Haigler, NE 69030-0144.
(tel: 308-297-3226;     Thank you for your support.

     Yes, I want to be a friend and donor to The Cornerstone Center for Community Service.  Here is my  tax deductible donation to Haigler-Dundy County Community Foundation.

PHONE #:  

      Yes, I would consider serving as a Board of Trustee for the Haigler Community Foundation.  

Fund Drive to preserve and re-purpose Haigler School Building

TO:                  FELLOW HAIGLER ALUMNI     
FROM:            Stan and LaNeta Carlock ( Class of 1958 and 1960)
DATE:            December 1, 2013

You are invited to be a very important part of the future of Haigler, Dundy County, Nebraska—the small town community that helped in your past to get you started in life—and is now asking for your help to sustain future generations.

As most of you know, the Haigler Elementary School building and historical gymnasium were closed at the end of the 2013 school year.  All Haigler Alumni artifacts were graciously given to the Haigler Country Schoolhouse and Cornerstone Museums—where the memories of the Haigler Public Schools (1887-2013) shall continue to live on.  While the loss of the school to the Village of Haigler is great; times change; we must change with the times; and sometimes, change presents opportunities.  Yes, there are those who will shrug and say, “Why bother?”—but there are others of us (and we hope this includes YOU) who say,”We must try!”  It is like the saying, “When you have been handed lemons, you make lemonade.”

So, on behalf of a group of concerned citizens/taxpayers in the Haigler and Dundy County community; a proposal to purchase the Haigler Elementary School and gymnasium was submitted to the Dundy County Stratton Public Schools Board of Education.  Though the Board could have sold to others for a much higher dollar amount, they accepted our offer to preserve and re-purpose the buildings for community service.   New owners will be the Haigler Community Foundation—now being organized.

The fund drive has begun to raise $50,000 for the purchase dollars and first year’s operating expenses.  Though we are confident the needed funds will be raised; WE NEED YOUR HELP!  All donations are tax deductible; and you choose whether 2013 or the New Year 2014 is best for you.  Some of you can give $1,000 or more; some $500 or more; some $100 or more; some $25 or more.  Every dollar helps to meet the fund drive goal.  Please--WE NEED YOU TO DONATE!  Beginning with our pioneer heritage and continuing for over 125 years, this community has a strong tradition of caring individuals who make things happen.  We are counting on you to help continue this tradition—to help sustain the Village of Haigler for future generations—through your financial support of the Cornerstone Center for Community Service and the Haigler Community Foundation. 

It is the ‘season of giving.’  We trust your name will be among the Haigler Alumni donors who gave when asked to help.  Thank you—and all best wishes for the holiday season and the New Year 2014.

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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