Published On: Thu, May 8th, 2014

Wausa’s history book to honor our military

WAUSA — Memorial Day, Wausa pays a special tribute to those who have served, and are still serving, in our military.

As a salute to all who have given a part of their lives to defend our country, a special section of Wausa’s 125th anniversary history book will be devoted to our servicemen and women. Information with pictures, if available, are needed.

Ken Carlson submitted his photo and the following: Kenneth Carlson—U.S. Navy Bos’n Mate P.O. 2nd Class. Enlisted Jan. 15, 1951 and discharged Nov. 16, 1954. Served aboard the Carrier U.S. Yortown CVA-10. The picture was taken at Yokosuka, Japan in March 1953.

Another story for the book is Edwin Oliver Newquist. He enlisted August 5, 1918 at Omaha and performed active duty in the Navy to Feb. 24, 1919. He served aboard the following ships and stations: training camp at Charleston, SC, and Receiving Ship at the U.S. Naval Air Station, Pensacola, FL., reaching the rank of Landsman Machinist Mate (Aviation). Edwin was a charter member of the Wausa American Legion, Earl Norman Post No. 63.

If you have information on other charter members of the local American Legion or Veterans of Foreign Wars posts, please submit this history. Many graves will be decorated with flags this Memorial Day. It would be good to also honor these veterans by including their stories.

As you are gathering information—your family histories, present and past businesses, agriculture (especially farms owned by the same family for several generations), and other memories of life in Wausa, be sure to include a separate article on those who served in the military.

People are needed to research and coordinate information on various sections of the book. If you have a special interest—or are just interested in Wausa’s past, your help is needed. Contact a committee member for more information.

Pictures add so much to history and old photos are priceless. If you have photos, they may be taken to Commercial State Bank in Wausa to be scanned while you wait and returned to you. You will be asked to fill out a short form with information about the picture.

In order to have a complete history, it is important to have articles that appeared in the Wausa’s centennial book updated and published also in the current book. Any stories of past residents must be submitted again in order to be included. Original pictures are needed.

If you have ideas for things to include in the history book, or if you would like to help, please contact a member of the book committee: Herb Bengston, Murray Peters, JoAnn Kumm, Marge Nelson or Vicky Mainquist.

Submit your stories and ideas by email to: or by mail to Vicky Mainquist, 301 E. Broadway St., Wausa, NE 68786