October 5th, 2011
The citizens of Custer County havelong been aware of the tireless effort Mary Landkamer has put in to preserving our areaâ€™s history - and now the rest of the state of Nebraska knows it too.
This week, Mary was presented with the 2010 Nebraska Genealogist of the Year award by Nebraska State Geneological Society president Floyd Smith. The presentation took place at the Historical Museum, where Mary served as curator for 26 years.
Earlier this month, you may have been concerned about the smoke slowly filling the sky east of Broken Bow. Grass fires are not uncommon this time of year and the weather has been a bit drier. However, you can rest at ease as what you were seeing was the result of a controlled burn just outside of Berwyn, a fire started on purpose by Robert Harrold and his crew at Prescription Pyro, a custom burning business in Broken Bow. Habitat management was the goal.
Geoffrey J. Eng, 24 of Broken Bow, appeared in Custer County District Court Sept. 22 for a pretrial conference hearing. At that hearing, Eng entered a plea of no contest on an amended charge after reaching a plea agreement with the state.
CHADRON--It was a long four-hour drive to Chadron last Friday for the Broken Bow football team. The Indians made sure the bus ride back would be fun after toppling Chadron 29-14 and in the process keeping their playoffs hopes alive.
Broken Bow opened the scoring when sophomore quarterback Marcus Miller connected with Nate Hanson for a 20-yard touchdown pass. The extra point was missed and Broken Bow led early 6-0.
Chadron would respond when Coby Riesen scored on a five-yard run. The Cardinals added the extra-point and led 7-6 after the first quarter.
JB Morgan, 81 of Broken Bow, passed away Friday, Sept.23, at Golden Living Center in Broken Bow.
JB was born Aug. 15, 1930, to French and Mae (Bassett) Morgan in Erick, Okla. He was the fourth of six boys.
He attended and graduated from Erick Public Schools and attended college. After graduating from college, JB taught school for a couple of years before trying his hand at several different jobs. His favorite, however, was driving a truck.
JB loved his family - his grandkids and great-grandkids were the joys of his life. He loved to dance, and he never met a stranger.
Heaven became a little brighter Sept. 18.
Mary Alice Atkins, 90, formerly of Halsey, died Sept. 18, 2011, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Mary Alice was born July 12, 1921, at Callaway, to Walter and Maude Manion Brittan. She graduated from Arnold High School in 1939.
In 1942, she married Roy Atkins. They farmed near Arnold until buying a ranch near Halsey and moving to the Sandhills in 1951, to ranch, farm, raise a family, and enjoy the "good life."
Walter E. (Walt) Mannel passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, at the Melham Medical Center in Broken Bow. He was 86 years of age.
Walt was born Oct. 24, 1924, in the same house he resided in until his retirement to a house in Broken Bow in the 1990s. Walt spent his life farming and raising cattle near Victoria Creek in northern Custer County.
Irdell Dona Chase, 88, of Lexington, died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, at Lexington Regional Health Center.
Irdell was born Dona Irdell, to Raphael and Amanda (Schmidt) Chartraw, near Cat Creek in Custer County, on the family farm. Irdell graduated from Mason City High School in 1940.
She took Normal Training after high school. Her first teaching job was northwest of Broken Bow and her last two years of teaching was north of Cat Creek.
Duane E. Hall, 74 of Brewster, passed away Sept. 24, 2011, en route to Kearney by Life Flight.
Duane was born April 17, 1937, to Loren and Lois (Sellers) Hall, in Wellfleet, at the family home. He was the eldest of two sons.
Duane graduated from Maxwell High School in 1955. He was Valedictorian of his class. He furthered his education at the Grand Island School of Business.
April 8, 1962, Duane was married to Lula Waine "Luane" Grandley, until her death Aug. 19, 1995. They have one son, Brian W. Hall.
HALSEY - - The Sandhills Open Road Challenge (SORC) board of directors, came to the Halsey Elementary School gym Sept. 21 to invite area residents to â€śgrab the chance to enhance your economy.â€ť Since its conception, SORC has stimulated a positive economic impact to Custer County. Board members Joe Shown, Donny Olson, Clay Mohr, and Alan, Becky and Brock Dailey, came to invite the residents of Thomas and Blaine counties to do the same.