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#25 Wauneta, Chase County, Nebraska

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Wauneta, Chase County Nebraska
Stop #25
Population 605

Notable Wauneta Facts
Motto on welcome sign:
"half way between here and there"
That means, half way between Omaha & Denver!

The community is raising half a million dollars to build a new medical facility. The building will house a medical clinic, physical therapist, pharmacy, optometrist. This building should serve people from all around. They have already raised $150,000.00.

*for more on the medical center- see notes from Tony Cribelli

LITTLE GRAND CANYON- must see! 1 ½ mile north of town

The first registered Boy Scout troop in the state of Nebraska.

Raymond Maxfield "We've been here since 1925. We produce flour, that's our main item. It's distributed through Nebraska and Colorado. Basically the plant is not different then is was back then- except for quality control."

"We needed gears for the bran packer and this was a long time ago. My dad died in 1960- so we sent out a letter and then wrote back, "Where did you get these gears? They were made in the 1800s!"

Reporters notes: The factory is filled with whirling machines as the wheat is grounded into flour. I was reminded of ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" mainly because the equipment captures your imagination. What's just as fascinating is how well preserved this mill is- still using original techniques and equipment from when it was first opened.

Newly renovated and restored.
Beautiful inside. "Pudge" had been the caretaker for 32 years.
The theater is run by volunteers.
Admission is $3.00.

"I grew up hearing tales of my grandfather who was a government surveyor. Grandfather's name was Steven McElroy. He was a Civil War Veteran. He was sent out near the ‘Falls on the Frenchman". There was an Indian Chief by the name of Whistler. The Indians never hurt anyone, but they would move the stakes and their equipment."

"The river was called the Frenchman because a fur tracker (and you can still see where he had his dugout) lived along the river. No one knew his name, they just called him the Frenchman."
"A family named Rowley lived near the falls in a sod- Mrs. Rowley had an organ- the music she played was enjoyed by her family and cowboys who came for miles to take part in their hospitality and fun. One of the songs was "Juanita." The story is that our town got it's name from this- the spelling had to be changed to Wauneta, because there already was a town in Nebraska by that name. Also most of Wauneta's streets are Indian Tribes names. It was Indian Territory in this area yet at that time. The early settlers faced drought, prairie fires, grass hoppers and Indians. But hung on- facing what ever came- with as much courage as they could come up with. Enjoying many good happenings along the way also."

"This building was did with volunteers and the other side from USDA and donations and loan and grant. We feed about 30 people a day, they are family oriented people. We do a lot of good and want to grow even bigger."

People come from all around to have some of the homemade German sausage.

BALL PARK- has been renovated
GAZEBO - now sits in what used to be an empty lot
PARK- features sand volleyball, tennis courts, public pool. The area used to barren but now has underground sprinklers and beautiful landscaping. Most of the work was done by volunteer labor.
The pool has new heater and other renovations.

Information on the Medical Clinic Project
I. Goal
A. Build a 50'x100' building that will house a medical clinic, physical therapy clinci, pharmacy and optometrist.

II. Cost
A. $500,000 to $600,000
B. Have received $150,000 thru donations
C. Will begin grant search shortly
D. Need more donated funds to ensure a successful grant process.

III. Administration and Staffing
A. We have formed a 501C Corp. to administer the clinic
B. Chase Co. Hospital has agreed to staff and equip the medical and therapy clinics.
C. An Imperial Pharmacist will operate the pharmacy as a satelite.
D. An Imperial optometrist has also agreed to opening a satelite here.

IV. Wauneta Gropu Behind This Goal
A. Wauneta Community Foundation Medical Clinic Committee
B. Please send donations to:
Eyelyn Skelton, Secretary % Wauneta Community Foundation
34422 730 Rd.
Wauneta, NE 69045

C. For more information contact:
Brian Harchelroad, Pres. WCF
POB 331, Wauneta, NE 69045

Eddie NIchols
POB 397, Wauneta, NE 69045

Tony Cribelli
POB 247, Wauneta, NE 69045
phone: 308-394-5666

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