60 Years Ago (1959)

George A. Gillespie, Ashland High School senior and son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Gillespie of Greenwood, has been named third alternate for a U.S. Military Academy vacancy, Representative Bob Harrison announced this week.

Mrs. Lloyd Scott installed as the Ashland Garden Club’s new president during the club’s annual Christmas luncheon held at the home of Mrs. Rosa Fries.

50 Years Ago (1969)

Months of speculation on the site of the new Ashland Post Office were set at rest this week by the announcement from the Wichita regional office. The new post office will be located on the northeast corner of 16th and Silver Streets, the McGill Lumber Company location. The McGill yard is the successor to the Greenslit Lumber Company (1926 to 1956), which, in turn had succeeded the Ashland Lumber Company on the site. The corner is historic, for during the 1880s a two-story frame hotel, the Exchange, flourished for a few years until destroyed by fire.

The 50th anniversary of Dr. Everett E. Jackman in the ministry will be observed Sunday at several events at the United Methodist Church in Ashland. Dr. Jackman’s first sermon as an assigned minister was preached at the Methodist Church at Rockford, near Beatrice, on Jan. 5 1919.

40 Years Ago (1979)

The Ashland-Greenwood girls’ varsity basketball team has recorded a 5-0 season to date. Last Tuesday, the Lady Jays beat Gretna 39-36, led by Kate Kuhl, who made 10 of her 17 points in the fourth quarter. Ashland then beat Omaha Duchesne Thursday night, thumping them 61-30. Kristi Stewart, starting for the first time this season, led the offense with 15 points.

Ralph Raikes, a member of the Omaha Farm Credit Bank Board of Directors for the past 26 years, was honored during a special session at the board’s December meeting. Raikes, who is retiring, was presented the Banks’ Distinguished Service Award.

30 Years Ago (1989)

Lisa vonRentzell, Pam Zimmerman, Laura Bahm, Niki Miller, Michele Ready, Tracy Schaub and Scott Allington were recently inducted into the Ashland-Greenwood High School Honor Society.

New officers were elected at the Ashland Saddle Club’s meeting that followed their Christmas Party on Dec. 17. Elected officers for the coming year were Roger McKay as president; Maury Rogers as vice-president; Margo Ems as secretary and Gail Wagner as treasurer.

20 Years Ago (1999)

The new ice skating rink at Mahoney State Park was filled with skaters of all ages and ability levels over the holiday weekend. The rink opened for the first time to the public on Christmas Day, and was open from noon to 6 p.m. Christmas day and Saturday were busy although the chilly temperatures and wind kept skaters very cold.

10 Years Ago (2009)

A special prosecutor has been assigned to a case involving an Ashland police officer and her boyfriend who were both taken to jail after a fight that started in their car and ended at home with gunshots.

NSAA fall Academic All-State Award recipients for 2008 include the following: Football – Cole Washburn, Clint Pettit; Girls Golf – Kayla Kresak, Hayley Pettit; Softball – Amanda Sliva, Hayley Pettit; and Volleyball – Taylor Pike, Nicole Starns.

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