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November 11 - Lusk Elks Annual Veterrans Day Breakfast; Middle School Girls Basketball, Lingle at Lusk; Middle School Wrestling, Douglas at Lusk.

November 12 - LEMS K-5 Early Release, 11:15.

November 13 - Middle School Girls Basketball, Harrison at Lusk.

November 14 & 15 - NCHS Speech & Debate at Cheyenne South. November 15 - High School State Championship 1A Football Game, at Laramie, 1 p.m.

November 17 - Middle School Concert, LEMS Gym, 7 p.m.

November 18 - Middle School Girls Basketball, Guernsey at Lusk.

November 20 - Middle School Girls basketball at Lingle.

November 21 - Middle School Wrestling, Morrill, NE Invitational; Jr. Class Play at NCHS, 7 p.m.

November 22 - Middle School Basketball, North Quad at Lusk; Middle School Wrestling, SEWAC at Burns.

November 23 - Lusk Elks Annual Thanksgiving Dinner, 6:30 p.m.

November 26 thru 30 - Thanksgiving Break for Niobrara County Schools.

November 29 - Lusk Elks Christmas Tree Auction.

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Niobrara got hit with the big blast of winter weather that is affecting much of the US. However, we had a beautiful fall and we are featuring many photos of the gold on the prairie....

Niobrara Birthdays presented by
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November 1 - Jim Smith, Artie Dixon; November 2 - Tiffany Judy, Karen Titchener, Dean Jordon, John Midkiff, Randy Kraft; November 3 - John Fedde November 4 - Adam Pfister, Artie Johnson, Kelly Dean; November 5 - Phil Brewster, Amy Baumgartner; November 6 - November 9 - Bobbie Stallman, Matt Dooper, Barb Crofutt; November 10 - Cindy Cushman; November 11 - Virgil Ningen, Rae Broyles, Julie Tollman; November 12 - Ardis Meier, Bailey Bridge; November 13 - Patti Mathews; November 14 - Stan Graves, Joce Dorwart; November 15 - David Thomas; November 16 - Bill Martin, Lexi Dockery, Joyce Hammer; November 18 - Lara Roetman, George Dixon, Susan Rex, Michael Johnson; November 19 - Royce Thompson; November 21 - Tom Wasserburger; November 23 - Josh Lingelbach; November 24 - Austin Erlewine, Beth Sides, Jim Tangney; November 25 - Kim Bruegger; November 26 - Joe Andrews, Bill Burt Jr., Keith Stetson; November 27 - Ron Nelson, Mandy Tadawald; November 30 - Taylor Kinchen.

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Fall 5 Point Pitch Tournament

September 21 - Liquor Store; September 28 - The Pub; October 19 - Lost Springs;
October 26 - Three sisters; November 9 - The Pub; November 23 - Silver Dollar; December 7 - Lusk Elks.
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Fred was driving home from one of his business trips, in Northern Arizona, when he saw an elderly Navajo man walking on the side of the road. As the trip was a long and quiet one, he stopped the car and asked the Navajo man if he would like a ride. With a silent nod of thanks, the Indian got into the car. Resuming the journey, Fred tried - in vain - to make a bit of small talk with the Navajo man. The old man just sat silently, looking intently at everything he saw, studying every little detail, until he noticed a brown bag on the seat next to Fred."What in bag?" asked the old man.Fred looked down at the brown bag and said: "It's a bottle of wine. I got it for my wife." The Navajo man was silent for another moment or two.Then, speaking with the quiet wisdom of an elder, he said:"Good Trade."


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Back by popular demand! Gold in the Black Hills!

The food carried by the freighters was simple, but nourishing. It consisted chiefly of sides of fat bacon, three to four inches thick; Arbuckle’s coffee, which then cost twelve and a half cents a pound; beans, prunes, dried apples, sugar, blackstrap molasses, and hard tack bread, which came in squares, about six by six inches and about a half inch thick. There seldom was an extra man to do the cooking on the Black Hills hauls. Two whackers would cook for a week while two would herd the cattle at noon and in the evenings until the night herder came to take over. Then they changed of.

They did most of the cooking in Dutch ovens, six to eight inches deep and twelve to twenty inches wide. These ovens had thick lids and rested on the coals of the campfire. Bread was baked in them, if there was time, and if sufficient wood could be had to make coals. While the bread or biscuits were baking in one oven, meat would be frying in the others. The grease from the fat bacon was use on the bread as a substitute for butter. The huge coffee pot held about two gallons and together with the bean kettle3 was hung on an iron rod laid across two iron stakes over the fire.

The freighters did not carry tents, but rolled up in heavy tarpaulins called "tarp," that were supposed to keep water from their beds.

Vermin was one of the worst things the freighters had to contend with. Sometimes the men, in desperation, threw their undergarments on ant hills and let the red ants destroy the vermin.

One of the most popular early freighters on the Cheyenne to Black Hills route was Curly (Silvin Bishop) Ayres, a brother of George V. Ayres of Deadwood, and of Alva Ayres, for whom the Natural bridge near Douglas, Wyoming is named.

Curly Ayres was always a wit of the train and was a practical prankster. One winter day while encamped on the west bank of Crow creek, in the "suburbs" of Cheyenne, Curly tried to get close to the campfire but found that the men were packed so thickly around it that he could not get within warming distance. He reached in his overcoat pocket and gathered a handful of Spencer cartridges, 50 caliber, and tossed them into the log fire. Within a few minutes, Curly had plenty of room, as few of the fire circlers realized that there was little danger from the explosion which followed. If, however, the butt of a cartridge had happened to lodge against a log the result, it is said, might have been serious. Another time when Curly was late in reaching camp for supper, he tipped over eight plates that were filled with food and in the hands of hungry drivers. He was looking for a plate with his name on it.

According to Harry Williams of Basin, Wyoming, pioneer Hiller, on one occasion the freighters went on a strike and took the bolts off of the hubs of th wagons and sat with their oxen at Deadwood, until their demands for better pay were met.

Small freighters, who were working for themselves, often were robbed of valuable freight or money or sometimes were murdered by bands of renegade Indians or white outlaws.

One old timer who sold his outfit for two thousand dollars and was paid in twenty-dollar gold pieces, kept on driving the teams for their new owners. Not being near a town where he could depo0sti the money, he kept it in the jockey box covered with dirt and muleshoes for Six months.

The wheels of the freighters continued to rumble along over the deeply worn Deadwood trail, as the daily, through-stage became a reality during those first gold rush days. The life blood of the stage line flowed through the freighting channels.... continued next edition.

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