If you have ancestors who lived in Wood River, Hall County, Nebraska, the Wood River Gazette (1884-1892) and the Wood River Sunbeam (1895-1995) newspapers are available on microfilm at the Grand Island library. Here is a clipping from the Wood River Sunbeam covering news from the local townships of Cameron and Jackson.
Wood River Sunbeam, March 2, 1906Women's Club Elects Officers
The Wood River Women's club held their annual election of officers at their regular meeting Wednesday and the result was as follows: Mrs. George W. Conrad, president; Mrs. C. E. Towne, first vice-president Mrs. M. Diefenderfer, second vice-president; Mrs. J. W. Earel, recording secretary; Mrs. Ed Oswald, corresponding secretary; Mrs. M. C. Wingert, treasurer.
Mrs. J. E. Blue was a Shelton caller Saturday.
Lawrence Lee shipped cattle to Omaha this week.
Ada Turner visited with Mamie Rader Thursday night.
Miss Annie Behr is visiting at Aurora and Chapman this week.
Final examinations were given in district No. 13 this week.
Stella Dean visited at the home of Mrs. Stonebarger of Gibbon last week.
Walter and Ralph Dubbs were called home on account of the death of their mother.
Miss Alice E. Finan spent Saturday and Sunday with Miss Lena Conroy at Shelton.
Mr. Behr held the lucky number that won the graphaphone which was raffled off at Cameron store.
Mr. and Mrs. Benton Dubbs returned to Chicago Monday, after attending the funeral of Mrs. W. Dubbs.
A crowd of young folks drove down from Shelton to attend the dance last Monday night. Mr. and Mrs. Henninger chaperoned the crowd which included the Misses Ella Bastain, Lena Conroy, Alice Finan, Bertha Echernact, Bessie Ecthenact and Hannah Conroy.
Mrs. Will Dubbs passed away at her home in Cameron last Thursday night, after a long illness. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon, the services being in charge of Rev. Alton. Mrs. Dubbs was a woman loved by all who knew her. The deceased was sixty years of age and leaves twelve children, seven boys and five girls, besides her husband to mourn her death. The bereaved ones have the sympathy of the community in their affliction.
C. M. Warren's Airship.
Is liable to be here some of these days and until it arrives he still insists on selling the nicest fruit and candies of anybody in Wood River. If you are from Missouri or doubt his word just call at his store and see for yourself.
THE GIRLS LIKE CHARLEY
Hans Claussen will move this week up by Abbott.
Miss Mable Moore of Harrison is visiting in York.
D. Shriner from near Alda is moving into Harrison township.
Frank Shick of Wood River is a frequent caller in Harrison.
George Rickard has been under the doctor's care for a few days.
The Forrest brothers expect to start soon for the western part of the state.
Mr. and Mrs. S. M. Nelson and son Elmer visited friends in Harrison over Sunday.
John Workman and family of Central City are visiting relatives and friends in Harrison.
S. P. Deems and family expect to leave next Monday for Alma, Nebraska, where they will make their future home.
PUBLIC SCHOOL NOTES
Mrs. G. W. Conrad visited Miss Roche's department Tuesday.
Misses Kate and Maude Wilkinson were guests of the high school Monday.
Miss O'Connor has some interesting work her pupils have done in geography.
The senior class is preparing a play which is to be rendered in the near future.
J. M. Weldon, chairman of our school board, was a caller at the high school Monday.
The school exists for the good of the whole, and not for the good of an individual.
The subject of rhetoric heretofore offered in the tenth will be offered in the ninth grade.
The senior class are enjoying Cicero's letters to his friends and family, written while in exile.
Alma, Pearl and Edward Balster, who have been attending school in Wood River the past two years, moved to Utica this week.
Zach Taylor was a visitor at the high school Tuesday. We are pleased to have the patrons inspect our work and see what the pupils are doing.
Misses Bowen and Francis gave a very entertaining program Friday in honor of Washington. A goodly number of parents were guests on the occasion.
The University of Nebraska, through Inspector Hodgman, submitted the annual report blank and graduates blank to be filled preparatory to commencement.
Mesdames McDermitt, Winn, Mullen, Madsen, Blass, Dunn, Root, Bruner, Wilson and Quackenbush were among those who enjoyed the program in the first and second primaries.
Upon the approach of warm weather more attention will be given to calesthenics and gymnsatics in the grades. This removes possible restlessness of the forenoon and afternoon periods.
Parents will observe that no standing excuses are granted for pupils who are tardy or absent. The institution of such a course would be decidedly short sighted and productive of unspeakable
Charles Babel, who assisted Ed Wilson in moving to Holdrege, returned home Sunday.
Preparations are being made for a big wolf hunt Thursday near the Gardner neighborhood.
Mr. and Mrs. John Conway of Denver are visiting at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Graham.
Belle and Myra Griffin of Grand Island visited with relatives in this neighborhood the past week.
Grandma and Lawrence Cox of Bladen are visiting with George Cox and other friends in this neighborhood.
J. W. Suffel and family left Saturday for Zanesville, Ohio, where they expect to make their future home.
Rev. Sparr conducted services at the Northfield church Sunday. The revival services are again in progress.
Joseph Graham received the sad news Thursday of the death of his brother, James Graham of Witchita, Kansas.
Mr. and Mrs. Rollin Brekenridge attended a supper Friday evening given by the Alda ladies of the M. E. church.
Willis Moore is the newly appointed treasurer for district No. 32, to fill the vacancy by Oliver Cox moving out of the district.
P. Nelson made a business trip to Prosser Saturday.
W. Jordon of Grand Island visited friends in Jackson Sunday.
John Tyrrell left this week for California with a carload of hogs.
Mrs. John Carey has 130 little chickens, hatched by the wooden hen.
Mrs. M. J. Carey visited a few days this week at the home of her father, D. Moore.
Mr. and Mrs. James Wilson visited Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. P. Nelson.
Mr. and Mrs. Sheeks and family left this week for their new home in Lagrand, Oregon.
J. Donigan of Abbott visited a few days this week with Mr. and Mrs. Ed Donigan.
Mrs. Weber of Sheldon visited Tuesday at the home of her father, E. J. Henderson.
The sales at Joseph Nolan and Ed Guinan this week were well attended and things sold well.
A number of Jackson people attended the dance given by Steve Lyons in Langan's hall Monday evening.
The sewing circle met Thursday at the home of Mrs. Joseph Nolan. Some thirty-five ladies were present.
Mesdames R. Moore, M. T. Neville and P. Mahoney spent Monday and Tuesday visiting friends in Grand Island.
Miss Mary Slattery gave a party to some thirty young people at her home Friday evening in honor of the Misses Balster.
Mr. and Mrs. John Duggan gave a card party to a number of their friends Friday evening. Those present report a pleasant time.