Thursday, May 28, 2015

Memorial Day 2015 in Benkelman

Dear Friends,

Again this year, my daughter Brittany shot a 20-second video of Stan Jones' flyover at the cemetery on Memorial Day 2015.  This year was much cloudier than last year, and this year Britt managed to include the giant American flag as a leading actor in the event. Crank your sound up to hear the strains of Taps.

Many of your know this, but for those who don't--Stan is flying a T6, the same training plane that his father Vinton flew in World War II.  I know I was not the only one who became a bit choked-up as the T6 roared its way through the crowd.  Well done, Stan!

PS: I hope to see you all at this event in 2016.  I have been asked to speak again, and will be featuring the Dundy County boys in the European Theatre of World War II.

If any of you missed the 2014 flyover, let me know, and I'll cheerfully forward it to you.

Jim Buffington
Civil War Enthusiast

Tuesday, May 26, 2015


This is always a wonderful homecoming for Alumni.  I can never tell you how much it means to me, coming home and seeing people I haven't seen for years, and some that I see every year.  Isn't it great to look at someone that you haven't seen for years and still recognize them.  I think this is called 'never aging'.  (I'm pretty sure I'm in that category----haahaa)  

This year's MC, Terry Douglas, seemed to appear a little on the nervous side, and probably doesn't realize what a nice job he did in recognizing different classes, different people for the distance they traveled and little stories he told.  There is always an enjoyment to see Albert Jr. Zuege go to the 'front of the class', because we never know what he is going to say.  You just set there and think 'Oh Lord-----hope it's not something about me'.  

Our other hometown people, Almeda Bier, giving recognization of the ones that we have lost, Duane Wall telling us about the windmill he has donated to the museum, Sherri Gregory sharing more details about her mother's (Alice Gregory) book, "From Where I Rock", and the reports that LaNeta Carlock shares with us to keep everyone updated--------all enjoyment to hear about.  If I left anyone out---I apologize.

I know miles and health are a great benefit in attendance to the community activities. It's a blessing that those who attend make such an effort to 'come home' to honor our Military Men who we have lost through the years and to show respect to our loved ones that are buried here.  It is our 'root's, which we call 'home'.  And until next year-------stay healthy so you can 'come home' next year.

~~ Karen (White) Lindell, Class of 1962

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Gene Penell, Class of 1946

Gene Pennell (Class of 1946) is now in a home and would enjoy hearing from people from Haigler.  He no longer can use Facebook or email.

You can send cards and letters to:
TouchStone Living Center
1800 Indian Hills Drive
Room Aspenwood #1
Sioux City, Iowa 51104

Or call him at:
Phone:  712-226-2220

His wife, Vie’s phone is 712-258-1580.

Monday, May 11, 2015


Yes, it is time once again to welcome home all Haigler Alumni, friends, and community to the Alumni/Memorial weekend planned events.  Hoping you will be able to attend some, if not all, of the following activities:

On Saturday, May 24, 9a.m.-3 p.m. MDT  there will be Haigler Village Wide Garage Sales.  If you are interested in being a site, please contact LaNeta at 297-3226.  Maps will be available at the station and the Country Cafe.

The Cornerstone Center for Community Service will be celebrating its first anniversary.  Open house, with cookies and coffee, will be from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The Sunshine Thrift will be offering 50% off all merchandise, and the mini-mall has many specials.  The library and open rec are also open.  Local photographer, Bill Coe of Max has his auto collection photos on display.   Haigler Alumni  are welcome to gather and visit in any of the suites at the Center. Self-guided facility tours are also available.

Saturday evening following the Dundy County/Stratton Alumni Banquet in Benkelman, there will be a live dance band at the Cornerstone Center Gymnasium playing all of your favorite music- for listening and dancing (8-11 p.m.).  Admission is free.  Food, wine, and beer will be available.

Sunday, May 24 , at 12 noon is the traditional pot luck luncheon at the Haigler Legion Building on main street.  The 50th year class of 1965 will be hosting this event.  Alumni, friends, and community are invited.  Following the luncheon and program, the Haigler Museums will be open for your viewing.  New items have been added since last year; and of special note is the new look of the Cornerstone Museum and the Station along Highway 34.  "The Station" continues to be a work in process and will eventually have the look of 'an old Conoco gas station.'  And, at 4 p.m. at the Haigler Methodist Church, Karen Harford will be giving a presentation on her travels to Egypt and Jordon.  Karen's presentation is hosted by Nancy Freehling and Barbara Harris.

Monday, May 25, Memorial Day services will be held at the Haigler Cemetery at 10 a.m.  Updates on the directory will have been made, and a new concrete cemetery bench will grace the area in front of the directory.  The bench has been donated by one of our Haigler Alumni--who at this time wishes to remain anonymous.

Friday, May 08, 2015


Haigler, NE……Remember the movie ‘Field of Dreams?’  “If you build it, they will come.”  Well, come they did to the 1st Spring Festival Extraordinaire held Saturday, May 2, at the Cornerstone Center for Community Service in Haigler.  Billed as Dundy Roo—the Best Darn Art, Craft, Wine & Brew Festival; a large crowd of hundreds from the tri-state area and beyond  followed the highway signs and came through the front door of the Center to view and purchase art,  photography, and craft displays.  Vehicles lined the streets, a Nebraska State Patrol followed turning cars off Highway 34 to see what was going on, and even  a group of college students from Boston, Massachusetts detoured to Haigler from Highway 36 enroute to Denver—after hearing the radio advertising.  NTV Kearney came to Haigler to do coverage on the festival, as well as a special on the Cornerstone Center (former Haigler Elementary School, now owned by the Haigler Community Foundation).   Organizers of the event said, “it pays to advertise; we worked with all media contacts.”

Festival attendees were welcomed by llamas and alpacas from River Valley Alpacas as they walked up the sidewalk.  Inside, they were almost overwhelmed with all the activities.  A total of 40 artists and photographers (from our local tri-state area plus Greeley, CO and Weatherford, Texas) exhibited their work in the building suites, library/conference area,  and hallways.   The Sunshine Thrift offered 50% off everything in the store, and was busy with shoppers.  The mini-mall offered specials on all merchandise, and the gymnasium hosted displays of 30 crafters, health, beauty & home products.  And, ‘under the canopies’ were tastings of wine from Sage Hill Vineyard and Winery of Parks and micro brews from Loop Brewing Co. of McCook.  Though an unusually warm day of 85 degrees; the festive atmosphere, cold drinks, an array of delicious snack foods, and some fans kept everyone in good spirits.

Throughout the festival, live and recorded music would be paused to listen to local auctioneer, Glenn Mahon, auction donated art and craft items or draw for the many door prizes given away.  Attendees were invited to cast their vote for ‘People’s Choice Award’ on the original art.  Winner of this Award was Ron Evans, artist with the McCook Art Guild.

May is always a very busy time of the year so a big THANK YOU  to all who participated and attended this 1st Dundy Roo—Art, Craft, Wine & Brew Festival.  You all helped to make the festival a big success!  

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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

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  • Dorothy & Donnie Brown
  • Carolyn and Marilyn Samson
  • Galena & Gail Collicott
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  • John "Keefe" and Kiara Grace Schorzman