Memories 1.15.2020

125 Years

Friday, January 18, 1895

We have taken the trouble to inquire, and find that the Mrs. E. Gassett who has been getting a quarterly allowance from the county lives at Goff and is said to be a needy and deserving woman.

The average editor, in the course of his business, comes to a knowledge of more of the woes and strifes of humanity than most people are aware of, and this is one of the most unpleasant things in connection with the business.

The commissioners of Marshall county think of introducing a reform in the matter of county poor, in case they are authorized at the pending election to build an asylum. All persons applying for aid will have to go to the poor farm or hustle for themselves. The only temporary aid to be had will be from the township. This would seem to be an equitable arrangement. There is considerable grumbling in this county about the bills for temporary aid of the poor, and a scheme of this kind might put an end to the complaints. It is likely that some people who now receive aid would fail to get it under such an arrangement.

A number of the citizens of Centralia and Seneca have chartered a company for the purpose of building and operating an electric railroad between Seneca and Centralia. Some of our exchanges are disposed to polk fun at the scheme. It looks to the uninitiated like an impractical one.

100 Years

Thursday, January 22, 1920

The Fairview members of the American Legion Sabetha chapter gave a dance at the Fairview hall that was so successful it will be repeated Friday of this week. Fifteen couples went down from Sabetha, many from Hiawatha and Morrill. During the intermission the party adjourned to the restaurant for the refreshments. Fairview has a fine hall with excellent floor, plenty of ventilation and a daisy orchestra. The music will be augmented this week by Ralph Sinclair’s violin.

Leonard Kehler returned this week from his homestead near Moorecroft, Wyo. He was there several weeks. He will farm the place again next season. Leonard says the drouth conditions last year were the worst ever known, but there is plenty of snow this winter and normal crops are expected. Leonard’s claim is only eight miles from an oil well. A million dollar refinery will be built in that section this year.

Misses Gladys Starns and Emma Cashman entertained their Sunday school class of the Brethren church of which Robert Lichty is teacher, at their home in the south part of town Friday night. A very enjoyable evening was spent in games and contests followed by refreshment of ice cream, cake and wafers. Eugene Kistner, who was one of the guests has to call on the other members of the class for assistance in leaving the party as he found his Ford frozen in the mud. Armed with shovels borrowed from their hostesses they soon got his car started.

The west room in the Dr. Welch building will go up only one story. This is the room to be occupied by the Meyer furniture store. In this way the second story office rooms on the west will have a west light.

75 Years

Wednesday, January 17, 1945

Bronze Star To Sgt. Eugene Milne. Sgt. Eugene H. Milne has been awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service in France, Belgium, Holland, and Germany from June 26, 1944 to November 25, 1944 in connection with military operations against the enemy, a press release from his field artillery battalion relates. Milne trained at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo, before going overseas with his field artillery outfit.

Warren Mayer Prisoner Of War. Pvt. Warren Mayer, brother-in-law of Mrs. Bernice Kirk of Wooddawn, is a prisoner of war in Germany, according to word received by Mrs. Kirk last week. Mrs. Mayer heard directly from her husband. This is the first case, the Red Cross reported, that the relatives received word from a prisoner of war before the Red Cross or the War Department received the news.

Sends Paper From Iceland. Maj. Clyde Bloxsom sent Max Mock The White Falcon, a newspaper published by and for the American Forces in Iceland. The top story in the paper, the November 18, 1944, issue, is the sinking of the Godafoss, Iceland’s largest passenger vessel, by a German submarine. The ship was sunk only two hours sailing from Reykjavik in Faxafloi and went down in four minutes’ time. Bloxsom attached a note to the paper saying, “I saw it all.” Also in the paper is a comic strip, pictures of service men in Iceland, cartoons, sports news from the States, a picture of Dale Hall, Army back, being tackled by Duke players, and other news articles.

Mr. and Mrs. Eli Strahm entertained with a family dinner Sunday in honor of their son, LeRoy Strahm, who is home from the South Pacific. The guests included Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Vogel and family, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bieri, Mr. and Mrs. Dave Leuthold and son of Bern, Mr. and Mrs. Don Wenger, Mr. and Mrs. Cleve Nickels of Powhattan.

50 Years

Tuesday, January 20, 1970

The Nemaha County Sheriff’s Office reported Wednesday that 69 packages of meat stole from the Heideman Locker Plant the Friday before were recovered last Saturday afternoon. Undersheriff Herb Bontrager said the meat was found at the house of one of the men arrested for theft, William R. Watkins. Bontrager said the meat was found under the floor of the house. Also recovered were four knives which had been stolen from the locker.

Rixey Wertenberger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kirt Wertenberger of Sabetha, received his first starting role of the year for the Butler County Juco basketball team of El Dorado, Kans., last week.

It was a cold storm night outside but a number of people braved it and came to hear the Moody Gospel team Saturday night. The music and testimonies were enjoyed as well as Christian Fellowship with them.

25 Years

Wednesday, January 18, 1995

On Jan. 16, the new Sabetha Sonic opened to area residents without, however, the glitz and glitter usually associated with such events. Store owner Glen Feuerborn, Holton, opted to conduct a “soft opening,” in which the event was not publicized, giving his new employees time to gain a “little experience” before the rush.

Photo: Adam Wiltz, Sabetha, heaves the ball towards the basket during the Knights of Columbus Freethrow Contest Saturday morning at the Sabetha High School. Numerous Sabetha youths participated in the annual event.

10 Years

January 20, 2010

The Sabetha PTO Spelling Bee was held Saturday evening, Jan. 16, at the Sabetha Middle School auditorium, with 23 contestants participating. Each school district is allowed to send six spellers to the county spelling bee. After the fourth round, six spellers remained standing, qualifying them to participate in the Nemaha County Spelling Bee at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Nemaha County District Courtroom. Those six are, from first place to sixth place, Michaela Strahm, Billy Hatfield, Amy Wysong, Alec Kirwan, Blake Plattner and Lauren Payne.

On the consolidation issue, the board voted to move forward and create a plan for consolidation with USD No. 488 Bern-Axtell-Summerfield, as well as possible USD No. 451 Baileyville-St. Benedict. If the districts want to consolidate for next school year, it would require a plan approved by the State Board of Education in mid February and a question approved for voters by Feb. 22. The voters would then make the final decision at the April election. In later discussion with Superintendent [Dennis] Stones, he said no action would probably be taken this year. “USD 488 did not vote to move forward with a plan, although they seem very interested in continuing to talk,” Stones said.

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