Nearly 25 years ago in December of 1990, the Peru State Bobcat football team did what no other team on the campus had done before. They captured the NAIA Division II National Football Championship with a win over Westminster College 17-7 at the University of Nebraska Omaha stadium. On Friday and Saturday, Oct. 16 and 17, Peru State will host a weekend celebration to commemorate the championship team and coaches. The public is invited to attend all of the celebrations or any part.
Thirteen Nemaha County vendors along or near Highway 136 are included in the Friday through Sunday, Oct. 2-4 Trail of Treasures. They will have varied hours. Official vendor sites will be marked with the Trail of Treasures sign. The county shopping guide, including maps and description of “treasures,” will be available at participating locations.
The Auburn High School Girls Golf Team hosted a Sept. 28 invitational. HTRS won the event with a score of 463, while Johnson County Central finished runner-up one stroke back at 464. Neither Syracuse or Auburn fielded complete squads and didn’t receive team scores. Bulldog Coach Shawn Wehenkel said Monday was a great day for golf. Auburn’s Sydney Neal shot her personal best, a 109, and placed third. Kaia Piotrowski also golfed for the home team.
The Auburn Bulldogs won four of six matches last week to finish September with a 9-6 record. The Bulldogs return to the court Thursday, Oct. 1, to start play in the Ashland-Greenwood tournament. The Bulldogs opened last week Tuesday, Sept. 22, losing 10-25, 9-25 and 23-25 at Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer. Auburn returned home Thursday, Sept. 24, to sweep Palmyra, 25-19, 25-20 and 25-17 before placing second at the Louisville Tournament Saturday, Sept. 26.
Betty Lou Buchanan, age 89 of Nebraska City died September 22, 2015 at Duff’s Friendship Villa in Nebraska City. Betty was born June 3, 1926 in Peru, the daughter of Samuel and Mary M. (Hendrickson) Adams. Betty married Melvin “Mike” Buchanan February 14, 1946 in Topeka, Kansas. Two children were born to this union. Melvin died January 9, 1993. Her son, Kenneth also preceded her in death in 1962 as the result of a farm tractor accident. Betty was a member of the Bethel United Church of Christ in Nebraska City where she served on the church council and was a Sunday school teacher. She also served as president and secretary of the Women’s Fellowship. Betty was a Red Cross volunteer and helped others in doing volunteer work. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and was a Past President of the V.F.W. Auxiliary. Betty loved gardening, canning, reading, camping and traveling. Survivors include her daughter, Karen Ohnmacht and her husband Stanley of Nebraska City; granddaughter, Sabrina Ohnmacht of Bellevue; sisters in law, Panzy Adams of Auburn, Phyllis Adams of Peru and Lou Adams of Idaho; many other relatives and friends. Betty was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son; brothers, Don, Robert, Virgil and Frank; and sisters, Opal and Audrey. Funeral services were Saturday, September 26, 2015 at Marshall Funeral Chapel in Nebraska City with Rev. Bill Switzer of the Bethel United Church of Christ officiating. Burial followed in Wyuka Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Bethel United Church of Christ. Online condolences may be expressed at www.marshallfuneral.com. Marshall Funeral Chapel of Nebraska City is in charge of arrangements.
Robert E. Schemmel, age 92 of Nebraska City, Nebraska, passed away on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at Duff’s Friendship Villa in Nebraska City. Robert “Bob” Schemmel was born on March 25, 1923 in Hooper, Neb., the son of Henry E. and Lucille (Cooper) Schemmel. His family moved to the Nebraska City area in 1934. He attended school in Nebraska City and graduated from the Nebraska City High School with the Class of 1940. In 1941, he joined the United States Army/Air Force and proudly served his country during WWII. He was honorably discharged on December 7, 1945. He was a member of the Nebraska City American Legion. In 1942, he was united in marriage to Margaret (Peg) Grimes and to this union two sons were born: Gary E. and Robert M. (Bobby). In 1949, Bob received his Bachelors degree from Peru State College and later received his Masters from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Bob started his first teaching position at Salem, Neb., where he was superintendent, teacher, and coach of all sports, plus other assignments. In 1956, he accepted an administrative position, along with teaching at Johnson, Neb. After seven years at Johnson, he taught math and science classes at Irving Junior High in Lincoln, Neb. for 12 years. Bob retired from teaching in 1975 and moved his family to the Nebraska City area. Two of Bob’s favorite pastimes were baseball and golf. In his younger years he pitched and played first base for the Falls City baseball team. He also dearly loved the game of golf and won many tournaments with his dear friend and neighbor, George Stukenholtz. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 73 years, Margaret (Peg) Schemmel of Nebraska City; son Gary Schemmel and good friend Donna Bohling; granddaughters, Jody Eggert, Kelly Kreifel; great-grandchildren, Cody Eggert, Katelyn Eggert, Claire Kreifel and Morgan Kreifel; sisters-in-law, Janis Grimes, Rita Weber and Virginia Grimes; brother-in-law Roger Weber; nieces, nephews and other family and friends. Bob was preceded in death by his son Bobby on March 17, 2014 due to cancer; his parents; a sister Mary and a brother Douglas. Funeral services were held on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015 at Gude Mortuary in Nebraska City with Father Stephen Cooney officiating. Burial followed at Camp Creek Cemetery south of Nebraska City with military honors conducted by the Nebraska National Guard Funeral Honors Detail. Memorials may be given to Tabitha Hospice or Duff’s Friendship Villa in Nebr. City. Condolences may be left at www.gudefuneralhomes.com. Gude Mortuary in Nebraska City was in charge of arrangements.