Memories 3.25.20

125 Years
Friday, March 29, 1895

The question as to whether or not Senator Rogers is being justly or unjustly assailed depends altogether upon whether the charges are true or false. We are surprised to see the Capital make the childish plea that the investigation should be dropped because Republicans have escaped punishment for getting drunk. Will the Capital please state explicitly whether a Republican regent of the state university ever got drunk and raised Cain?

It may be a matter for surprise to some people that Sol Miller would except office at the hands of such a beastly administration, but perhaps he is like the woman who marries a tough case to reform and save him.

C. T. Whittenhall and his son Charlie, returned from Colorado last week, and Mr. Whittenhall having been absent from business twenty days, has been very busy. Charlie had been very sick with a disease of the kidneys, and is still very miserable, but is improving slowly.

A deaf and dumb man was around last week whose formula for opening a conversation was: “I am a Deaf Mute. Are you a Married Man?” We presume the poor fellow’s idea was that two persons thus afflicted might find comfort in each other’s society.

100 Years
Thursday, April 1, 1920

A shower planned by the aunts and girl friends of Mrs. Harvey Lukert was given at the home of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Babst Tuesday night. A very pleasant social evening was spent by about twenty-five guests. Besides the recipes written by her friends the bride receive many beautiful presents of cut glass, silver, hand painted china and aluminum. Punch and wafers were served.

Fred Minger, of Sabetha, says that the wind that has been blowing the past two or three weeks has been the best thing that ever happened. Fred says he has a farm in western Kansas that was all hills and now it is perfectly level. The hills have all blown down in the valleys and now he has one of the best farms in the state. It is an ill wind that blows nobody good. – Du Bois Press.

Sabetha turned the juice on the Berwick Transmission line this week so those wire are now carrying a load of 6600 volts. It would be dangerous to come in contact with the live wires now as with any of Sabetha’s power lines. The farmers along this line now have power and light the same as city residents. Berwick even goes one better and has the stock yards there lighted by electric lights.

Mr. and Mrs. A.L. Austin, having rented their farm, are staying at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Nohl until they can get a home in Omaha, Neb. They wish to make Omaha their home because their son T.V. Austin lives there.

75 Years
Wednesday, March 28, 1945

S. Sgt. Melvin Livengood, who was seriously injured some months ago when he stepped on a land mine in France, is now in a hospital in Spokane, Wash. (See addresses) He underwent an operation Tuesday morning, has recently undergone other operations. He writes cheerful, hopeful letters to his family, says he hopes to be home for Christmas. His wife, who has been employed in Kansas City while her husband is in service, left Monday for Spokane to visit him.

Pvt. Robert Pendland’s Feet Frozen. Pvt. Robert Pendland, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Pendland, who was reported wounded in action a few weeks ago, has written his parents that his feet were severely frozen and that he did not know that he had been listed as being wounded in action. Although his feet are not entirely healed he has returned to his company.

Mrs. Sophia Schute of Bern has received a letter from he son, Pfc. Norval Schute, in which he tells of meeting Pvt. Bert Rokey of Sabetha in New Guinea. Norval said they sat right down in the middle of the road and talked. Both had taken part in several campaigns and had been in a hospital at one time or another. Both are now out of the hospital and in a replacement center. — Bern correspondent.

Notice to Dog and Chicken Owners. You are hereby notified that you must keep your chicken and dogs on your own premises. People are planting their gardens now, seed is very high and they don’t want it destroyed by your dogs. Norman Morgan, City Marshal. By order of the City Commissioners. — Adv.

50 Years
Thursday, April 2, 1970

Mother Nature pulled the biggest April Fool joke in several years Wednesday as the biggest snowfall of the year hit the area. An estimated 10 to 12 inches of wet snow fell throughout the day. The snow didn’t stop until around 6:30 Wednesday evening and by that time, nearly everything was buried under a deep blanket of white powder.

Disrupting news was received by the Sabetha Community Hospital Guild yesterday when it was learned that “Doc” the monkey that is to be sold at the community auction Friday was feeling much like the weather – awful. Jack Mock, vice president of the Farmers State Bank of Sabetha, the organization that has donated the monkey to the auction, took off early Wednesday morning for St. Joseph to bring “Doc” back alive. The blizzard conditions made highway travel so hazardous that he was forced to return to Sabetha after only getting as far as the four-mile corner.

District Manager N.C. Grant reports good progress in this area of the 1970 Census of Population and Housing. Census takers started the house-to-house canvass April 1 to pick up the filled-out questionnaires distributed earlier by the Post Office.

25 Years
Wednesday, March 29, 1995

The Sabetha City Commission began serious discussion about the fee structure and regulations for Pony Creek Lake at its regular meeting Monday. Discussions indicated the commission would be guided by two objectives. It wants to keep rules simple and keep control at the lake.

All those running in the USD 441 school board elections April 4, said the challenge for the board over the next few years will be maintaining the educational standards in the district with less commitment to public education from the state and federal government. All four candidates for the election are running unopposed in the election. They agree the board will have to watch budgets closely.

A Subway restaurant will open in Sabetha sometime in April. Darin Marti, manager of the Farmers Co-operative, said the co-op has leased the south part of the Hometown Pride store on U.S. Highway 75 to Rottinghaus Company Inc. The company, which owns Subway franchises in California and Kansas, approached the co-op about buying property it owns south of Hometown Pride.

Photo: Justin Nichols, senior at Sabetha High School was awarded a $750 K-State Leadership Scholarship March 10 from Jon Wefald, university president.

Photo: Students from the Sabetha Middle School recently competed in the KATM math contest in Marysville. The students above all finished in the top 10 percent. Alex Wenger finished second in mental math and will compete in the state contest Saturday in McPherson. The students from left to right are: front row, Beth Sperline; second row: Megan Fosdick, Tamra Kaeb, Byron Stoller, Cynthia Renyer; third row: Jackie Meyer, David Rebant, Alex Wenger and Andrew Scoby.

10 Years
Wednesday, March 31, 2010

With posters lining downtown business windows multiple articles in the newspaper and general coffee shop chatter, very few Sabethans remain unaware of the parking issue currently hanging in the balance. At the regular meeting on March 8, the Sabetha city commissioners voted to enact Charter Ordinance No. 18 which would authorize the city of Sabetha to exempt the city from the previously stated provisions of KSA 8-1571. As is the case with a number of state statutes, the city has the authority to enact a charter ordinance to change the statute provisions.

Russell Swanson of Sabetha, who was 101 years old on Wednesday, March 24, still has a zest for life in general, gardening and fine woodworking.

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