Peek at the Past


“What is past is prologue.” 

Since 1886, The Lusk Herald has recorded the story of Niobrara County. Following are bits of that story. (All misprints and typos in this section are in keeping with the original printing.)

100 YEARS AGO – December 26, 1918

•Peter Peterson of Lusk has bought from George H. Howes lot 6 in block 5, adjoining the HERALD property on the south.

•Rev. J. Coleman Horton has been giving able assistance at the post office during the Christmas rush.

•VAN TASSELL: George Shorow, who recently bot the Otto Harnagel ranch, has moved his family to that place where they expect to make their home permanently.

75 YEARS AGO – December 30, 1943

•After almost 25 years’ continuous service, Miss Maude Greybill last week received word of her release and retirement from the post she has occupied at the Lusk postoffice.

•The Continental loading office, laboratory and tool building at the loading rack in Manville, burned Tuesday morning at 11:30. It is a small building.

•Mr. and Mrs. Ray Chitwood have purchased theLusk Gamble Store from G. A. Turner, it was announced last week.

50 YEARS AGO – December 26, 1968

•The Town of Lusk’s ice skating rink in north Lusk has been flooded and the recent cold weather has made excellent ice skating. Town crews intend to keep the ice in the best possible condition as long as the weather permits.

•Saltee Sage 24023, bred and owned by Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Dainton of Hat Creek, was previously announced as the winner of a fifty-mile, one day wndurance race at the Peaceful Valley Lodge, Lyons, Colo. H was sired by Salteese, a stallion owned and bred bythe late Dr. O. E. Torkelson.

•HARRISON:With seven champions, the Warrior wrestling team of Sioux County High School won the quadrangular meet which they hosted here on December 17. Harrison collected a total of 95 points compared to 72 for second place Pine Ridge. Mitchell, which is just starting nwrestling this year, had 59 points and Hyannis 22.

25 YEARS AGO – December 29, 1993

•Father John Dennett has reported the loss of a 2 ½’ lighted plastic Christ Child from his nativity scene at 125 Onyx St. on the night of Dec. 25. The statue was weighted for stability and weighed about five lbs.

•The Lusk boys notched two big non-conference wins at home to enter the holiday break with a perfect five and zero record.

•Christmas was a much happier day due to the generousity of so many fine people in the community. The Early Childhood Center and Lusk Family Services worked together to start off the toy drive and food collection, by placing money donation cans and toy boxes in various locations. Thank to everyone’s help, 47 families with 109 children received toy boxes and 43 families received food boxes.

“If you don’t see it in The Herald it didn’t happen.”  


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