February 10th, 2011
Willda Idell Crone Diefenbaugh was born Sept. 2, 1923, at home in Brown County, Mary, Nebraska. She was the seventh of 12 children born to Evan and Minnie Marie (Blumenthal) Crone.
Willda grew up on the ranch 17 miles north of Brewster and attended Brown County Country School #34, that her Dad built. She attended three years of high school in Brewster and graduated from Dunning High School.
Willda and Junior Neale Diefenbaugh were married June 28, 1944, at the Custer County Courthouse in Broken Bow. To this union were born four children: Michael, Joan, Yvonne, and Debra.
Victor William Watts, 92, went to meet his Lord Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, at Good Samaritan Health Care Center with his wife of 57 years, Claudia, and his daughters, Lynn and Judith, at his side.
He was born Nov. 20, 1918, at Cumro, one of four sons and one daughter, of William H. and Elizabeth (Cherry) Watts. Vic and Claudia were married Sept. 5, 1953, at Lexington.
Donald Clayton (Sam) Brannan, 91, died at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte Feb. 2,2011. He was born Sept. 11, 1919, at Red Cloud to Clarence and Opal (Eggleston) Brannan.
He went to grade school in southern Cherry County, and one year of high school in Medicine Bow, Wyo. His parents separated when he was 14.
He spent his teen years working on ranches in the Mullen area. Most of the time at the Eck Cox ranch, where he was given the nickname of â€śSam.â€ť
Don E. Roth, 86 of Arnold, died Jan. 25, 2011, at Stone Hearth Estates in Gothenburg. Donald Everett Roth was born to William and Clara (Erb) Roth in rural Seward County, Jan. 30, 1924. He passed away Jan. 25, 2011.
He attended rural schools in Seward and Custer County through eighth grade. In his early teens, Don was baptized in a Mennonite Church near Broken Bow, where the family attended.
Elmer Collins went to work at the barber shop on the north side of the square in Broken Bow, in April 1951. Sixty years later the shop remains in the family, with Elmerâ€™s granddaughter now at the helm.
Jamie Collins took over Ache & Pain April 1, 2009, when her aunt - Elmerâ€™s daughter - Patty Knoell retired. Like Patty, Jamie has lived her entire life in Broken Bow and literally grew up at the shop.
Most of us agree that all children should have access to safe, affordable and high-quality early childhood care and education. During this critical period, children grow and learn more than at any other time in their lives.
By investing in quality experiences for young children, we can increase a childâ€™s opportunities to develop - intellectually, socially and emotionally. Early experiences create the foundation upon which a childâ€™s future success and productivity are built.
LINCOLN - - Bob Allen of Broken Bow received the 2011 Special Recognition Award for the State of Nebraska from Pheasants Forever Jan. 29 at National Pheasant Fest in Omaha.
Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioner Lynn Berggren of Broken Bow, representing District VI, presented the award to Allen at the Qwest Center.
Allen was noted for his years of support and dedication to wildlife habitat, conservation efforts and outdoor activities in Nebraska. His support and efforts significantly affected wildlife habitat and created new partnerships in central Nebraska.
The annual Custer County Spelling Bee was held February 8, 2011 at the Broken Bow Municipal Building. Representative students from all six Custer County Schools and two home-school students arrived to test their spelling knowledge. After three rounds, 13 students advanced to the finals. Two rounds later, a spell-off was held to determine the winner.
What do more than 12 gallons of chili, five gallons of lemonade, dozens of brownies, 20 scouts and families, various ELKS, snow and sleds create? ANSWER: A first-annual Elks Lodge sponsored sledding party for local Cub Scouts and their families!
A chilly - but fine - time was had by all Sunday, Jan. 15, on a slippery slope located on the Longfellow ranch. Five Elks members helped 52 kids and adults maneuver the slope for more than an hour and a half.
Reid R. Wells, 65 of Ashton, died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Ashton, with Father Martin Egging officiating. A light lunch will follow the service at St. Francis Parish Hall in Ashton.