For a number of Elgin area residents, Monday is a day they won’t soon forget.
The Elgin Chamber of Commerce/Community Club annual Turkey Giveaway was held Monday afternoon.
Years ago it was live turkeys, but in recent years frozen turkeys have been given away at drawings at participating businesses.
Winning free turkeys were:
• Sandhills Hide-A-Way Guest House — Sally Bohnenkamp
• Elgin Insurance — Nancy Thiele
• Sapp Bros. Petroleum — Lyle Hockemeier
• Elgin Review — Bob Heying, Jr
• Jerry’s Feed — Mark Schrage
• Insurance Mart — Mavis Bergman
• The Station — Bonnie Dinslage
• One Stop/Sleepin Inn — Rick Rech
• Coffeehouse Café — Gene Boes
• Elgin Pharmacy — Karen Koenig
• CVA Hardware — Glen Schindler
• Dvorak Construction — Jodine Meis
• Golden Living Center (EHS) — Tera Henkenius
• Golden Living Center (PJCC) — Kyle Warren
• Golden Living Center (Elgin Community Center) — Lonnie Dinslage
• CVA Agronomy — Sandy Kerkman
• Bank of Elgin — Goldie Bowman
• Draper Insurance — Sharon (Ron) Wilkinson
• First Dakota National Bank Loan Production Office — Lois Schrunk
• Kyle & Deb Warren (St. Boniface Elementary School) — Elissa Wright
• Town & Country Veterinary Clinic — Connie Farmer
• Boone & Antelope Mutual Insurance — Vicki Miller
• Lordemann Insurance — David Borer
• City Limits — Randy Dinslage
• Dean’s Market — Sandy Couch
• Elgin Equipment & Machine — Toby Jochum
• Steel Steed Steakhouse & Saloon — Betty VonBonn
• Elgin Appliance & More — Joe Buelt
• Precision Repair — Bob Bode
• Antelope County Veterinary Clinic — Steve Lodge
• Shear Genius Salon — Deb Beckman
• Elgin Veterans/Boone County Health Center — Janet Dozler
• Homestead — Bernice Siems
• CVA Grain & Feed — VeraDell Stuhr
• Elgin Auto Parts — Ron Schrad
The Thanksgiving Day Bazaar at St. Boniface Church in Elgin has a long and treasured history.
This year will mark the 86th bazaar event as families will again gather in the St. Boniface Gymnasium to feast on some of the best homemade foods prepared locally for the event.
For many of the years, the bazaar has featured a raffle for numerous prizes. Members of the church are asked to sell books of tickets. Many families just buy the tickets for themselves. A packet of 10 tickets plus one free ticket costs $10. But that wasn’t always the case.
Not long ago, Mildred Pelster came across one such ticket which was printed for the annual bazaar to be held on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, 1942.
The ticket, like the ones for this year’s event, features items being donated by families and businesses.
However, that’s where the similarity ends.
The 1942 bazaar sold tickets for 25 cents apiece or five for $1.
Consider the items which were donated from 1942. They offer a unique insight into the times back then. Among the items donated were: 1/2 ton Utah coal, baking casserole, 175-pound pig, $1 pair hose, a sack of Gooch’s flour, a bushel of pop corn, $2 cash, an electric table lamp, a $1.50 basket of groceries, chassis lubrication and upholstery cleaned, a pair of ducks, a young gilt, quilt top, Indian robe blanket, $2 cash, $1 in groceries, five gallons of gas, two quarts of ice cream, a hassock, 48 pounds of Omar flour, S.H.& F.W. bottle oil, carton of cigarettes, 50 baby chicks, five quarts of oil, two bushels of Irish Cobbler potatoes, China drip-o-lator, pair of feather pillows, 25 pounds of pop corn, hair tonic, 100 pounds of flour, a pig, pair of geese, a $1 fountain pen, one black Poland China male pig, and a 300-pound calf.
In contrast, many of the items on this year’s raffle tickets are for cash prizes, a 40-inch LCD-HDTV, digital camera, and numerous other items.
Among the businesses at the time making donations were Peterson’s Variety Store, Council Oak Store, Flaherty Service Station, Carroll’s Cafe, Brooks Hardware Store, Elgin Feed Store, Elgin Beauty Shop, Armstrong’s 2×4 Diner, Watkins Cleaners, Meyers Hatchery, Anderson & Erickson Station, Farmers Hardware, Elgin Co-op, Paul Schlenz Barber Shop, Stringfellow Service Station, Elgin Drug Store, Farmers Merchandise, and The Elgin Review.
Like today, dinner and supper were served. The cost of dinner back in 1942? Forty cents. And supper? Twenty cents. Dinner was served from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. while supper was served from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
As for 2010? Dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the evening buffet will run from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Traditions are years in the making and this Thursday a journey towards keeping a local tradition alive and well will reach the 86-year-mark. Thursday will play host to the 86th annual St. Boniface Thanksgiving Bazaar. While tweaks are made each year, this event is appears destined to be part of Elgin’s future for some time.
What began as a simple church dinner has grown into a much-anticipated event for residents of Elgin, alumns of Elgin and numerous people in the surrounding areas.
The numbers of those who played an active part in the first several years of the Thanksgiving Bazaar are small but for some Elgin residents, those early years bring back precious memories.
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November 23, 2010 by lmorgan · Comments Off
WHERE TO EAT:
SERVING EITHER Rib Steak or Prime Rib every Monday 6 pm – 9 pm. $10.95. Knotty Pine, 402-386-5488, Petersburg, NE. 1tfc
HUNTERS: HALF Price Pheasant Hunting Thanksgiving Week. Limited to half day hunts only. Got family and friends visiting? Treat them to great pheasant hunting at Sandhill Seasons Guest Ranch and Hunts. 13 miles west and 6 south of Elgin. 402-386-5457. 5-7p
3 ADORABLE Kittens. Call 843-5350. 7p
GET WELL Card Shower for Herman Starman, Golden Living Center-Lakeview Rm #508, 1405 W. Hwy 34, Grand Island, NE 68801. 7p
The City of Elgin has for sale two dry vans. Trailer #1 has damage to the roof and Trailer #2 has possible leak around previous cooling unit area. Bids will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. December 6, 2010. The City Council will review the bids at the regular meeting held at 7:30 p.m. on December 6, 2010. Bids may be mailed to City of Elgin, P.O. Box 240 or dropped off at 104 Pine Street, Elgin, NE 68636. Trailers maybe seen at 111 S First Street, Elgin, NE 68636. The City of Elgin has the right to accept or reject any or all bids. 6-8c
FOR SALE: Original Sunheat heaters and air purifiers. Dwaine & Deb Trease. 402-485-9264. Service on any brand heater. 4tfc
HELP WANTED: Antelope County is accepting applications for a full time maintenance person for the courthouse buildings and grounds. General work hours are: 7:00 AM to 4:30 PM, 5 days a week. Applications will be accepted until 4:30 PM, December 13th, 2010 and may be picked up at the Antelope County Clerk’s office or send resume to the Antelope County Clerk, PO Box 26, Neligh, NE 68756. Applications on file at the Clerk’s office prior to notice will be considered. Antelope County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 7-9c
HELP WANTED: Full Time loader and backhoe operator. Health & other benefits Niewohner Bro. Feedlot, Elgin (402)843-5671. 44tfc
HELP WANTED: Full Time position available for general equipment maintenance. Health & other benefits. Niewohner Bro. Feedlot, Elgin (402)843-5671. 44tfc
HELP WANTED: Full time position; experience preferred in checking, treating or processing cattle. Health & other benefits. Niewohner Bro. Feedlot, Elgin. (402)843-5671. 44tfc
FULL TIME DELIVERY DRIVER WANTED: CDL-A or -B with hazmat endorsement. Starting at $12/hr, based on experience. Insurance, vacation and paid holidays. Call Jerry, Sapp Bros, 402-843-5621 or 866-927-3775.46tfc
SEMI DRIVER Wanted: Full time position available. CDL, good driving record and experience hauling livestock required. Contact Len at 402-843-5672. Niewohner Trucking, Elgin, Nebraska. 48tfc
PASSPORT PHOTOS: Official U.S. and foreign passport and Visa photos available here. Available in under ten minutes. $10 for two images. Appointments recommended. The Elgin Review, 116 South 2nd St, Elgin NE. 402-843-5500. 1tfn
CALL US for fresh flowers, plants, balloon bouquets. Will deliver to Elgin. Flower Corner, 402-887-4441 or 1-800-590-2384. 1tfc
FOR RENT: Smith’s Storage Buildings, Elgin. Clean, dry and secure. Sizes 8’ x 16’ and up to 12’ x 24’. Prices start at $28/month. Contact Lee or Marie Smith. 402-843-2391. 1tfc
CARD OF THANKS:
As we celebrate this Thanksgiving, our family is so Thankful for the medical miracle that was performed on 11/8/2010. A double lung transplant was performed on Julie (Preusser) Bombeck in Minneapolis. We are so Thankful for the many thoughts, prayers, hugs, messages & just simply being there for all of us. We know that this could not have happened if it wasn’t in the plan from the Almighty Lord. The power of prayer is so great & we all felt that, in our long wait for the transplant to take place.
Please continue to pray for Julie’s recovery & also for the giving of the family that lost their loved one, the donor.
BELIEVE * HOPE * BREATHE * JULIE
The family of Julie (Preusser) Bombeck
Thank you for all the prayers and cards. Special thanks to the Boone County Health Center and Dr. Travis. God Bless!
Thanks to all who made the Library Silent Auction successful! Your bids and donations (items or cookies) were appreciated!
Elgin Library Foundation
November 18, 2010 by lmorgan · Comments Off
By Dennis L. Morgan
It’s become a story that seems to be the same. Once every 10 years the U.S. Census data shows us what we have been seeing with our eyes, how the population in rural parts of this state are declining.
This time, as reported in this newspaper and in others across the state, Nebraska’s population is growing, but not around here. The Census report shows that, in the past 10 years, approximately 10 percent of the county’s population, last recorded in 2000, are no longer living here. Statewide, the population has increased by five percent. As has been the case in past years, the areas where population has increased is along the major cities of the Interstate 80 corridor. Omaha, Lincoln, Grand Island and Kearney all show population increases. It’s a safe bet, particularly if you live in the eastern end of the state, along the I-80 corridor, population has increased. Elsewhere, people are moving away and not coming back.
It’s a major disappointment for everyone from the governor’s office down to the residents of the smallest villages.
Despite all the efforts of the politicians in Lincoln, there appears to be nothing which can be done to prevent the people drain from rural Nebraska. No matter how much the rural lifestyle is celebrated in words and pictures, few people are heeding the message.
Many communities have economic development boards established to help bring businesses and jobs to rural Nebraska. Other communities pursue other means to attract industry and jobs. Efforts are underway to harness the wind here to create jobs. Efforts have been successful, as can be witnessed by the rapid rise of wind turbines between Raeville and Petersburg. Another wind project is targeting southern Antelope County. Not as far along as Laredo Ridge, Prairie Breeze, if it comes to fruition, should be an economic boost to this area.
Will it bring more jobs? Will it boost the economic vitality of the area? All these questions and more we hope to have answers to, in time.
Whether it be Governor Dave Heineman down to the mayor of our smallest towns, efforts need to be made to try and stem population loss by any means necessary to ensure the survival of the rural lifestyle which we cherish. Local efforts to start up new businesses need to be supported wherever possible. One thing is for certain, it nothing if said and nothing is done, jobs will dry up and people will leave to find a way of life elsewhere.
It’s something all of us need to be concerned about. All of us need to be willing to work to find an answer. The future for of communities is at stake.
As a rule I don’t like to engage in politics. Each person is entitled to their own beliefs about how our democracy should operate. After all, we live in the greatest country in the world. The ‘land of the free’ is not just words, but a creed which we all, no matter the political affiliation, believe in.
But, if I may, let me share a few thoughts about the recent election.
The voice of the people has spoken loud and clear. GOP gains in the House of Representatives were at historic proportions. The Senate, still in the control of the Democratic Party, is now a Chamber where, if anything is to get accomplished, both parties must work together.
When it comes to politics, the phrase ‘work together’ is an oxymoron. Neither side has shown a willingness to work together on anything meaningful for more years than I care to remember. There have been few times in my lifetime where a clear consensus, across party lines, has been reached.
Something has to change, and it has to change soon. Voices of reason need to understand the will of the people. No more is the electorate willing to sit back and watch the men and women elected to serve do nothing of consequence, only to be rewarded with another term in office. If they don’t, then two years from now there will be another ‘bloodbath’ at the polls.
You and I deserve more than sound bites from the men and women we elect to serve. They may not always agree with the electorate, but they no longer can ignore the will of the masses.
Government needs to work for us, not the other way around.
On Saturday night, Kansas played the Huskers at Memorial Stadium. The game was not broadcast on ESPN, FOX or ABC, but it was put on pay-per-view for persons wiling to pay the necessary fee.
NU Athletic Director Tom Osborne should reconsider these pay-per-view games in November. There’s no reason why fans willing to pay top dollar to sit in the stands, should have to sit in inclement weather when the game could have been played in the afternoon on a sun-splashed field. Just as many people will order pay-per-view if the game starts at 1 p.m. or 2:30 p.m., they will if the game starts at 6 p.m. or later.
There used to be a time, not that long ago, when all Husker home games started at 1:30 p.m. I’m not calling for night games to be discontinued. On the contrary, in September and October, night games are a joy to attend. However, November is another story. If there’s a way that the game can be played in the afternoon, Osborne and everyone at NU should do everything possible to make it happen.