January averaged 0.7 degrees above normal. The maximum was 57 degrees on January 29th, one of five days of maximums in the 50s. There were 12 days of maximums below the freezing mark, which is the normal number of such days. The minimum temperature recorded was -14 degrees on the 18th, one of three subzero mornings, while the normal is four. There were 30 daily minimums below the freezing mark, which is normal.
A $130,760 bid for a 2016 Mack 13 speed dump truck with a box for the District 1 shop from RDO Truck Center of Omaha was accepted Wednesday, Jan. 27, by the Nemaha County Commissioners. Bob Hutton, District 1 commissioner and a District 1 shop employee both favored the Mack truck. Hutton called it a rugged built vehicle while the road employee noted having good experiences with Mack, a brand which has proven itself over time. Chair Dennis Wittmann said the county likes working with RDO Truck Center.
With a 91-76 win Saturday over the visiting William Penn University Statesmen, the Peru State men’s basketball team finds themselves in a tie with the Statesmen on top of the Heart of America Athletic Conference. It was Peru State’s fifth win in a row which is their longest winning streak of the season. With the Jan. 30 win, the 21stranked Bobcats improved to 14-7 overall and 11-3 in the Heart. The 6th-ranked Statesmen fell to 17-4 overall and are also now 11-3 in conference action.
The Johnson-Brock Lady Eagles took a 6-12 record into the Pioneer Conference basketball tournament. Thursday night, Jan. 28, Johnson-Brock lost 20-48 to Class D-2 top-ranked Falls City Sacred Heart at Prichard Auditorium. Friday, Jan. 29, the Lady Eagles returned home and dropped a 45-47 game to Pawnee City.
Gloria Henry was born February 3, 1928 and died January 25, 2016. Formerly of Peru, Nebraska; Vermillion, S.D. and Bullhead City, Ariz.; Gloria was currently residing in Elkridge Assisted Living in Elkhorn, Nebraska. She is survived by her two daughters and son-in-law, Danna and Tom Mosser of Elkhorn, Nebraska and Lanna Machmuller of Kearney, Nebraska; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and sister Gerilee Gustason of Sequim, Washington. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 64 years, Ramon (Dutch) Henry; her son, Jeffrey Lynn Henry; brothers Bill and Dale; and sisters Jane and Maxine. Gloria was a fascinating and innovative woman. Besides being a wonderful mother and terrific partner to her husband Dutch, Gloria helped Dutch manage the Peru Hunt Club for 25 years and the Henry Fish Market. Later Gloria helped run and manage their company, Big River Construction. Gloria obtained her college bachelor of science degree in teaching at the age of 44. At age 50 she earned a cosmetology degree, opening her own salon Gloria’s Kut and Kurl. Her children and grandchildren remember her as a wonderful seamstress, cook, 4-H instructor, Cub Scout leader, and loving mother and grandmother. A positive role model who will be missed. The family wishes to extend our sincere appreciation to Serene Care Hospice for their wonderful care of Mom. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 12 at Reichmuth Funeral Home, 21901 W. Maple Rd. in Elkhorn, Nebraska. A luncheon will follow the service. There will be no visitation. Internment will be at the Peru Cemetery at a later date.
Bernita Caroline (Goos) Heidzig, one of 10 children of William August and Caroline F. (Beckmann) Goos, was born June 9, 1928 in Elk Creek, Nebraska. She attended rural school until she was needed to help with things at home. On April 13, 1947 Bea, as she was affectionately known, was married to James Leland Hoover at St. Paul (Stutheit) Church south of Johnson, Nebraska. They were blessed with two sons, Richard and Robert. The couple later divorced. On September 22, 1954 she was united in marriage to Wilbur Henry Heidzig at her grandmother’s home in Auburn, Nebraska. Wilbur’s two sons, Gailen and Robert, became a part of Bea’s family at that time. Bea’s first job was as a nurse for Dr. Tushla in Auburn. She next worked at the sewing factory in Auburn for almost 20 years. When she and Wilbur purchased a farm Bea helped with the farm work. Bea next worked at a downtown bar in Auburn before opening Bea’s Tavern in south Auburn in the 1970’s, which she operated for close to 20 years. Even after she sold the bar, she enjoyed spending time there with old and new customers. She was queen of the shuffleboard table, and was seldom defeated at the game. Bea was a longtime member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Auburn, and also belonged to the Auburn Eagles Club and VFW Auxiliary. She was a faithful sponsor of a bowling team in Auburn. In her spare time Bea enjoyed crocheting or just hanging out at home with Roscoe, her dog. Bea passed away at her home in Auburn on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at the age of 87 years, 7 months, and 22 days. She was preceded in death by her husband Wilbur, brothers Arthur, Theodore, Wilbert, Herbert, Frederich, Walter, and sisters Josephine Schmiegelow and Olga Hantak. Bea is survived by her sons Richard Hoover of Lincoln; Robert and wife Cindy Hoover of Auburn; grandchildren Chad and wife Angie Hoover; Dana Hoover and friend Matt Tillman; great-grandchildren Mackenzi, Breslynn, Avery, Dylan, and Kole; sister Adeline Kuhlmann of McCook; many other relatives and many friends. A memorial service will be Saturday, February 6, 1:00 p.m. at Hemmingsen Funeral Home in Auburn. Burial of ashes will be at a later date at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation, no viewing, will be at the funeral home Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., with family greeting friends 6 to 8 p.m. Memorials are suggested to family choice. Services are entrusted to Hemmingsen Funeral Home of Auburn.