80 Years Ago (1938)

The Republican county meeting of committeemen and women was held in Wahoo Friday with County Chairman C.N. Walton in charge. George Heinke, congressional candidate for the first district, was the speaker, Mr. and Mrs. G. Wm. Loofe attended as West Ashland committee members. Theodosia Meade and Julius Oleson were East Ashland’s representatives.

The Churchill sisters moved the first of the week into their new store just east of the Nebraska Power Company. They have purchased the building and have had extensive remodeling and decorating done. The new front is scored brick and two display windows, complete with French doors, make an attractive building. Nu-wood has been used on the ceiling and walls and modernistic indirect lighting fixtures are in place.

70 Years Ago (1948)

Five Ashland Legionnaires – Commander Lee Wagner, Adjutant Joe Perryman, Harry Decker, Walt Sipe and Ed Ballou – were named Tuesday night to represent the local American Legion Post 129 at the district convention which met Wednesday in David City. Decker reported on the Saunders County convention, which was held last week in Colon.

Second Lt. Earl Sohl, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Sohl of Ashland, is now on duty with the occupational troops in Japan. A graduate of Ashland High School, he joined the Army in 1937 and has continued up the promotion ladder to his present rank. He is currently stationed at Okusa, Japan as platoon sergeant in the 25th Mechanized Reconnaissance Troops.

60 Years Ago (1958)

A child welfare citation from the Department of Nebraska was announced Tuesday night at the meeting of American Legion Post 129. The award covered child welfare work done by the Ashland post during 1958. Post 129 ranked as one of the top three in Nebraska last year, it was announced.

Ashland voters will decide at a special election Nov. 4 whether the City of Ashland should issue $57,000 in bonds for a swimming pool. Construction costs are estimated at $54,970 plus $1,225 for equipment; site acquisition and fill would be additional. The bath house would run $17,000 of the total cost.

50 Years Ago (1968)

Archie Hightshoe climaxed his years of big game hunting in North America last February when he brought down a large, heavy male polar bear near Teller, Alaska. The mounted animal was prepared by a taxidermist in Butte, Mont., but when the seven-foot high crate arrived in Omaha it was too tall to fit into an Ashland Transfer closed truck and had to be brought in an open vehicle Sunday. It now resides in Hightshoe’s game room, which has 11-foot walls.

Representatives of both the Ashland Woman’s Club and the Ashland Junior Woman’s Club attended the District IV convention of Federated Woman’s Clubs at York Monday and each had a member elected to district office. Mildred Porter was chosen as treasurer of the Woman’s Clubs, and Pat Proctor of Ashland Junior Woman’s Club was named director of Juniors in the district.

40 Years Ago (1978)

Nebraska State Historical Society Superintendent Marvin Kivett of Lincoln headed the dignitaries who took part in the dedication of the Oxbow Trail historical marker on Highway 6 near Lincoln City Water Works on Sunday afternoon. The marker sits astride the Oxbow trail, also known as the Old Fort Kearney or Nebraska City Road. Beginning in the 1840s, this route carried thousands of emigrants and millions of pounds of freight destined for settlements in the west.

The homecoming royalty for 1978 were crowned at halftime of the Ashland-Elkhorn football game at Memorial Stadium Friday night. They are Dixie O’Hara, daughter of Virginia Rainey, and Mike Brown, son of Mrs. Russell Brown. Other candidates were Lori Frank, Robin Boston, Teri Robbins and Karen Anderson for queen and Dan Bundy, Darold Abbott, Kevin Kitrell and Mark Gilmore for


30 Years Ago (1988)

More than 35 community leaders, concerned citizens and parents learned how they can help Ashland area young people “say no” to drugs and alcohol during a recent meeting at Ashland-Greenwood High School. The meeting was organized by a local drug and alcohol task force comprised of six leaders and area residents.

In Ashland-Greenwood High School sports action last week, the volleyball team beat Plattsmouth, Wahoo and Boys Town to win the first Ashland-Greenwood Invitational volleyball tournament. Missed opportunities and miscues plagued the Bluejay football team as they dropped a one-point decision to Syracuse Friday night 13-14.

20 Years Ago (1998)

Bob Doyle, attorney for developers from Iron Horse Development LLC, presented plans for the new subdivision to Ashland City Council members at last Thursday’s meeting. The housing development will sit on a 215-acre tract of land adjacent to Ashland on present Martin-Marietta property. In the middle of the property is a 40-acre spring fed lake with a 60-foot waterfall. A former rock quarry, the lake is 85 feet deep, Doyle said. The development calls for 250 luxury homes and an 18-hole golf course.

10 Years Ago (2008)

The Ashland Grain Elevator was sold at auction to American Exchange Bank of Elmwood. The bank originally loaned the money to Alvo Grain and Feed owner Gordon Ganz, who owned and operated the elevator.

Ashland Police K9 Officer Randi Hieb and her partner, Ela, spoke to Ashland-Greenwood Elementary School fifth graders during DARE class last Friday. Hieb and Ela just finished three months of training together and showed off some of their skills to the DARE students.

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