This week’s From the Archives brings you stories from the front page of 1956!
From The Chadron Record – Thursday, April 12, 1956
Pledges Now Total $64,000, Assure New Church Building
Pledges totaling more than $64,000 received by Tuesday to the Building Fund Campaign of the First Congregational Church have assured the members of the building of a new church.
Pledges are still coming in and with the funds which the church has available otherwise, the final total available will be much more than the figure to date.
Sunday, April 8 launched the actual canvassing drive with 22 teams of two men each, making the contacts. Of 149 calls made, there were 131 pledges received. This represents a participation of 88 per cent. Forty-two calls are still outstanding and represent 21 per cent of the contact list.
The campaign will close on Sunday, April 15, with a dinner served in the church Fellowship Hall at 6:30 p.m. The 22 teams who have worked in two groups, one led by A.J. Norton and Don Doling, and the other by W.W. Naylor and Vern Specht, will partake of beans or chicken, decided by their winning or losing in their contest.
“We are much pleased with the success of the campaign and we now can look forward to the building of a much-needed new church,” states D.M. Burkhiser, chairman of the Building Fund Campaign.
“To one who heads up such a drive, the support and cooperation of the workers was very gratifying. Only members and friends of the church have been contacted. Anyone interested and desiring to help with the fund may do so thought any member of the Church,” he said.
District Music Contest Here Attracts Over 2,200 Entries
More than 2,200 high school students representing 37 schools plus more than 300 sponsors, are expected in Chadron this Thursday and Friday, April 12 and 13, for the annual District 6 Music Contest.
Chadron State Teachers College is acting host to the contest for the second consecutive year. Most events will take place in Memorial Hall, while the remainder will be in the Chadron High School auditorium.
The Chadron Chamber of Commerce this week is still seeking additional listings of private rooms to house from 150 to 200 students who will stay overnight Thursday. Most of the students will commute to their homes, depending on weather conditions.
The two vocal judges will be Dr. Hayes M. Fuhr and Daniel Moe.
Dr. Fuhr is head of the Hastings College Conservatory and Chairman of the Department of Fine Arts. For many years he has been identified with choral festivals and touring choirs. A director, producer and teacher of signing, he has also written a book, “Fundamentals of Choral Expression” which has been adopted by many universities and colleges.
Mr. Moe is choral director of the University of Denver Lamont School of Music and has gained national recognition for his choral compositions and work with the DU choir. In December 1955 he was guest conductor with the Denver Symphony in a presentation of his widely-hailed opera, “The Coventry Nativity.”
The two instrumental judges are Lowell Little and Wayman Walker. Mr. Little is a director of bands at the University of Denver and has composed many band selections. Mr. Walker is the director of bands at Colorado State College of Education in Greeley.
Robert Wharton, instructor at Chadron State College in piano and organ, will be judging all the piano events.
Dr. Harry Holmberg, music education instructor at Chadron State College and also band and choral director at Chadron Prep, is contest director.
From the 37 schools there will be 27 bands; 36 choral groups and 379 solos and ensembles.
Schools participating are: Class A – Alliance and Sidney; Class B – Bayard, Bridgeport, Chadron High, Crawford, Gering, Gordon, Kimball, Minatare, Mitchell, Oshkosh, and Valentine; Class C – Big Springs, Chadron Prep, hay Springs, Hemingford, Lyman, Morrill, Mullen, Rushville, and St. Agnes of Alliance; and from Class D – Chadron Assumption, Broadwater, Dalton, Dix, Gurley, Harrisburg, Harrison, Hyannis, Lewellen, McGrew, Melbeta, Merriman, Potter, Sunflower and Thedford.
‘Miss Chadron Pageant Gains More Entrants
Warren Umshler, chairman of the Entries committee of the Jaycees “Miss Chadron Pageant” has announced that four more girls have entered the pageant.
Miss Cleo Reifschnedier, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Reifschnedier of Bayard, is a graduate of Bayard High School. She was a drum majorette and a Football Princess at Bayard and appeared on TV as a member of a vocal quartet. She attended Chadron State and is presently employed as receptionist for Dr. David. Miss Reifschnedier plays the piano and gives dramatic readings.
Miss Janet Thomas, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Everett Thomas of Mitchell, has also entered the Miss Chadron Pageant. Miss Thomas is a graduate of Mitchell High School and is a freshman student at Chadron State where she is majoring in Business Education. She plays the piano and is active in speech work. She was a high school cheerleader and was recently an attendant to the College Court Queen. Miss Thomas’ future plans include attending a modeling school in Denver.
Miss Luwanna Seegrist, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.W. Seegrist of Hot Springs has announced her participation in the Miss Chadron Pageant. Miss Seegrist is a sophomore at Chadron State and is a graduate of Hot Springs High School. She was a high school cheerleader for three years and took part in several dramatic productions. Miss Seegrist was a teacher in the Beaver Valley School in 1955. In 1954, Miss Seegrist won the title Miss Hot Springs and was a Runner-up in the Snow Queen Contest at Aberdeen.
Miss Barbara Cobb, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Cobb, of Merriman also has entered the Pageant. Miss Cobb is a graduate of Gordon High School where she was a member of the band, chorus, and Pep Club. Miss Cobb is a freshman at Chadron State and plans to teach in the elementary grades upon completion of her college work. Although kept quite busy by her regular college studies, Miss Cobb has found time to take organ instruction under Robert Wharton.
The Jaycees have announced that tickets for the Pageant have been placed on sale at Saults Drug, Service Drug, First National Bank and O’Neill Photo.
Dawes Spellers Place Well at District Meet
Dawes County representatives in the Western Nebraska Spelling Contest at Harrison last Saturday placed well.
In the Fifth-Sixth grade spell-off, Barbara Limbach of District 58 placed third, missing two words out of 25. In the Seventh-Eighth grade spell-off, Susan Moore, District 31, placed second, missing one of 25 words.
In the grade winners, Margaret Dillon, Assumption Academy, placed second among fifth grade spellers; Barbara Limbach, third, for sixth graders; Judi Johnson, Chadron Prep, second for seventh graders; and Susan Moore, second for eighth graders.
In the championship oral spelling, Judi Johnson was fourth, Susan Moore was sixth, and Barbara Limbach, eighth. Bonnie Reed of Scottsbluff was the champion oral speller.
Mrs. Krauss, 89, Pioneer Resident, Buried Wednesday
Mrs. Emily Krauss, 89, a resident of Dawes County for many years, passed away Sunday, April 8 at the Chadron Hospital.
Services were conducted Wednesday afternoon at the Erlewine Funeral Home by the Rev. Elmer E. Hoats and burial was in Greenwood Cemetery.
Amelia Jancik was born in Czechoslovakia November 7, 1866. At the age of 13 she came to the United States with her parents, settling at Glencoe, Minn. On November 23, 1885, she was united in marriage to John Edw. Krauss, coming to Chadron the following springs where the three living children were born and reared.
Surviving are her three children, Henry F. of Parmalee, S.D., George J., Cottage Grove, Ore., and Emma of Chadron. One son, John passed away in infancy. Her husband passed away in June 1944.
Other survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Fanny Hlavacek, billings, Mont.; and Mrs. Charles Meer, of Chadron; one brother, Dolph jancik, Parmelee, S.D., and four grand children, eight grand children and many nieces and nephews. Her parents, three brothers and three sisters preceded her in death.
Mr. and Mrs. Krauss made their home in Chadron and vicinity until 1918 when they moved to Grey Eagle, Minn., where he passed away. The following year, she and her daughter Emma returned to Chadron to make their home.
She was an active member of the Congregational Church in Burtrum, Minn.
Relatives from out-of-town attending the services were Mr. and Mrs. George Hlavacek of Iowa, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd O’Connor, Custer, S.D., George Krauss, Cottage Grove, Ore., Mrs. Robert Cooper, Custer, Bill and Libby Jancik and Mr. and Mrs. Harry Christiansen, Hay Springs.