THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA EXTENSION SERVICE celebrated 100 years of service to the state’s citizens this year with an entry in the Nemaha County Fair Parade and other activities. On one night approximately 500 dishes of free ice cream were served at the fairgrounds to celebrate the milestone.
By Darrell Wellman
Tasa and Jake Armknecht are new faces with Nemaha County Farm Bureau Financial Services. They come to Auburn as independent contractors, succeeding Lavell Clark, who retired as of July 31. The Armknechts said the process to acquire the Farm Bureau office at 1919 J Street began several months ago. They previously learned that Clark intended to retire this summer and were encouraged to consider coming to the Nemaha County office. The couple received word in January that they had been selected to succeed Clark. Tasa and Jake actually began writing insurance for Farm Bureau Financial Services in July and took over operating the Auburn office on Aug. 1. Although officially retired, Clark will be in the office on occasion this month to help with the transition process.
AUBURN RESIDENTS Larry Dorsch (second from left) and Tim Hager (second from right) took first place in the 27th annual Cats Incredible Fishing Tournament held on the Red River at East Grand Forks, Minnesota. The locals were among 111 teams competing for nine hours on both Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 2-3. Each team was allowed to enter two Channel Catfish measuring at least 24 inches and three catfish under 24 inches in length each day. Dorsch and Hager actually used nine catfish total for the two days with their largest weighing 20.5 pounds. The biggest catfish caught in the entire tourney weighed 23+ pounds.
For the second year in a row, the golf team captained by former Bobcat student-athlete Bryan Diekmann (Shenandoah, Iowa), won the annual Peru State Football Booster Club Golf Tournament. Twenty-one teams competed on Friday, August 8, at the Auburn Country Club. Diekmann’s team shot a 53 for 18 holes to claim their second title and easily won by five strokes. Those joining Diekmann on the winning team were Ty Ratliff, Jon Weinrich, and John Skillern – all of whom are from Shenandoah.
Donnabell I. (Groff) Andrew, daughter of Richard Groff and Pina Ann (Simmons) Groff was born on June 11, 1921 in Auburn, Nebraska. She was one of seven children born to this union. Donnabell attended school and graduated from Auburn High School. On January 8, 1941, she was united in marriage to Melvin L. Andrew at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Omaha, Neb. To this marriage four children were born. They lived on a farm seven miles east and one mile south of Auburn. She worked at the Hinky Dinky in Auburn for 14 years. Donnabell was active in the O.E.S. Brownville Chapter and received her 50 year pin in 2002. She had been living with her daughter Donna for the past several years and due to failing health and ongoing illness recently entered the Good Samaritan Society in Auburn. It is there that on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 Donnabell passed away having reached the age of 93 years, one month, and 25 days. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, an infant son, one infant daughter Alice Faye, one grandson, three sisters and three brothers. Those left mourn her passing are her children Richard L. Andrew and wife Sharon of Nemaha, Neb.; Donna Lee Andrew of Brownville, Neb.; two grandsons, Pat Andrew and Mike Andrew, two great-grandsons, one great-granddaughter, one great-greatgrandson, other relatives and friends. A funeral service was held Saturday, August 9, at the Hall Funeral Chapel in Auburn. Burial followed at the Nemaha Cemetery near Nemaha. Hall Funeral Chapel of Auburn was in charge of arrangements for Donnabell Andrew. Further information is available at www.hallfuneral.net.
Bill L. Milam, age 83, Falls City, died Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, at Falls City. He was born April 3, 1931, at Auburn, to the late Lewis and Mamie (Avey) Milam. Milam married Shirley Majors on March 11, 1956, at Auburn. He graduated from high school at Eudora, Ark. in 1949. Milam enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1949 and was honorably discharged in 1953. Following his discharge, he returned to Auburn and the couple established their home in Auburn after they were married. Milam purchased Milam’s Green House in 1963. In 1974 he purchased Simanton and Pence Green House in Falls City, which became Milam’s Green House. In 1978, Milam was instrumental in bringing Little Duffer restaurant to Falls City. He retired in 1999. Milam was a member of Falls City Elks Lodge No. 963; the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion of Falls City, and served on the Falls City Hospital Board. Surviving are his wife, Shirley of Falls City; sons, Steve and Joni Milam, and Max and Michelle Milam, all of Falls City; brothers, Bob and Penny Milam of Chula Vista, Calif., and Jon and Lynne Milam of Stockbridge,Ga.; sisters, Vivian Nordbrock of Auburn, Marcene Sterkel of Fort Collins, Colo. and Shirley Ann Hayes of McAllen, Texas; grandchildren, Staci and Derick Deger of Lincoln, Judd and Jamie Milam, and Jace, Hayley, Hannah and Noah Milam, all of Falls City; and great-grandchildren, Drake and Gage Deger. Milam was preceded by his parents and a brother, Keith. A public memorial service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 16, at 11 a.m. at Dorr and Clark Funeral Home, Falls City, with the Rev. Rodger Good officiating. Family members will receive friends on Friday, Aug. 15, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Dorr and Clark Funeral Home, 2303 Harlan St., Falls City. Dorr and Clark Funeral Home, Falls City, is in charge of arrangements. More information may be found at: www.dorrandclark.com.