#227 Inavale, Webster County, Nebraska
The story was of interest to us because we were married in 1948 at the church shown in the video. We lived in Inavale before moving to Hastings in 1957. You guys do a great job reporting. Reed and Betty Munsell.
As a remark only: I and my brother learned to Telegraph (Morse Code) at Inavale in March of 1951 by Mr L.N.Nash then Depot agt, CB&Q RR. Later Retiring with BNSF.
I have been waiting for you to draw Inavale and I almost missed it. I lived south of Riverton from 1970 to 1976 during my junior high and high school years. On Wednesday nights there would be roller skating at an old high school gym in Inavale. We would beg our mom to take us there...it was clamp on skates and an outside bathroom, (outhouse) but we always had a blast. It was run by three elderly, (old, probable 60-70 yrs?) ladies and they really tried to keep a rein on all the kids and did a pretty good job of it considering their age! They weren't above throwing unruly kids out if they deserved it. There were different skates; backwards, couples the "car"...I can't remember them all since I am at that old, not quite...it just feels like it, stage too:) It was usually crowded because parents would skate too and you tried to meet your friends, if they could get their moms to take them. I think being between Red Cloud and Franklin they had a good turnout, at least it was something to do. Rollerskates were on the top of our Christmas list because they were much better than the old clamp on style you had to rent. They didn't have much of a record selection. They played the song "let me tell you 'bout the birds and the bees" over and over, I don't know if it was for the tune or for all the kids partying outside who only told their parents they were going skating. I don't know who the ladies were who ran it or WHY they did, they couldn't have made much money and it was probably a big hassle, but thinking back it was wonderful they did. That little town of Inavale has many fond memories for me. I hope you were able to find somthing about the skating in the gym on your visit. I don't know when they started doing it or for how long after I moved away that it lasted. I just know it was alot of fun. Thanks and I reall enjoy the Road Less Traveled. It will be much missed when there are no more small towns!!
Mrs.Funero was the one lady i remember as a kid when we would come see grandma Dorothy in Inavale she was alwasy so nice and let us bring our own records to play too sometimes ,i remember Limbo contests and the only one who could ever go that low was Larry Patterson when we were kids ,my grandparents lived right across from the audatorium for over 40 years and i never thought i would grow to love this little town ,but isnt that the best part of childhood remembering the best parts of the little town you come from?