Memories 1.6.2021

125 years

Thursday, January 2, 1896

W. C. McDermand wants to get things in shape so he can spend the next winter in a warmer climate, his health seeming to demand a change. He has his eye on California.

A gang of boys made night hideous last Sunday night, two being in a quarrel over some trivial matter. The ones who were making the disturbance should have been locked up.

The Catholic church property in Sabetha is for sale, the building and grounds together, or the building without the grounds, preferably the latter. The opposition to the sale of the property when the question was agitated before has disappeared, since it is apparent that in a few years nothing but a pile of kindling wood will be left of the building. We hope someone will make a liberal offer for the property without delay. There is enough lumber in the building to make two or three good sized dwellings.

A number of farms in Morrill township are being held for rent at $600 for a quarter section, and we hear that one, not of the best, has been rented for that. The renter has about one chance in three to get out, at such a price on the average farm.

100 Years

Thursday, January 6, 1921

No, it wasn’t a civil war that caused all the disturbance Tuesday evening. It was only the enthusiastic friends of John Leuze giving him and his bride a noisy welcome. Mr. and Mrs. Leuze attended the picture show and when they came out the boys were waiting for them with a two wheeled cart. After a ride up and down Main Street, the bride and groom were taken home. They will entertain the crowd with an ice cream supper next Wednesday evening.

The Berwick Motor Co. will give 25 per cent off on all overhauling jobs, from now to March 1st. Drive your car out and we will tell you what it needs, free of charge. We are prepared to do any kind of work on any kind of car. We have some good second hand cars at a bargain.

We wish Charlie Haines and George Jones wouldn’t have their special sales on days when the roads are so bad country women can’t get to town. – Country Correspondent

St. Augustine school, the new parochial school at Fidelity opened Tuesday morning. The school term will certainly be a success as the school received two of the best teachers from the mother house of the Benedictines at Atchison. Sister Marcellina and Sister Mary Joseph. Forty pupils registered the first day. Father Dixon expects eight or ten more will be enrolled before the end of the week.

75 Years

Wednesday, January 2, 1946

Mrs. J. A. Rogers writes from Merrill, Ore. as follows. “We are all well and still working. We are fortunate in having all three of our boys in the USA. Roy, a staff sergeant in the Marines, came in November and will soon be discharged. Joe (Gus) is an ensign in the navy and will have served six years in March. He is at Camp Peary, Va. Leo has two years yet to serve and is in Washington, D.C. We have had bad weather for two months, down to zero a few times with much snow and rain, very little sunshine. Wishing all a very happy New Year.

Wittmer Motors was robbed Wednesday night of over $300 worth of equipment and supplies. The establishment was entered by removing a window sash on the south side of the building. This is the second time in the last three months that the garage has been broken into. The previous time the thieves apparently were in search of money and they ransacked the place but were unsuccessful.

Dr. Cecil C. Hunnicutt expects to locate in Sabetha and will do surgical work at St. Anthony’s hospital. Dr. and Mrs. Hunnicutt were here last week making arrangements to make their home in Sabetha. They have purchased the W.O. Stark house on Washington avenue.

50 Years

Tuesday, January 5, 1971

One of the most severe blizzards in several years struck this area Sunday and resulted in an estimated 500 motorists being stranded in Sabetha. Through the united efforts of local churches, police, the National Guard and residents these people were taken in out of the freezing cold and given food and shelter. The severity and suddenness of the storm was compounded by the fact a much larger number of travelers than normal were on the highways because of the New Year’s holiday week end U.S. 75 from Sabetha north was closed by the highway patrol about mid-afternoon Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. B. W. Terhune, Nancy and Steven of Manhattan, arrived to spend Christmas in the home of Mrs. Terhune’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Snyder, and Miss Dorothy.

The following article was contributed by Sabetha business, Sanborn Cook. The Cook family played host to a Nebraska City couple and their four children who were trapped in Sabetha by the blizzard Sunday and most of Monday. This experience was at least partially responsible for inspiring Sanborn to take pen in hand and start listing his blizzard blessings.

25 Years

Wednesday, January 3, 1996

The red and green found on a mature tomato vine are the same colors that symbolize the just passed Christmas season, but few would associate the summer garden plant with Kansas winters. Yet tomato vines laden with ripe fruit reach to the rafters of the greenhouse on the farm of Doug and Jeryl Grimm, Morrill.

The Sabetha Middle School wrestling team recently completed its season. Team members are Wes Broxterman, Clint Dempewolf, Brad Leuthold, Brett Althouse, Remington Clements, Wade Moore, Abram Strahm, Rick Kidwell, Joe Rettele, Coach Bill Ross, Joshua Keehn, Derek Carlson, Gerry Rilinger, Josh Wertenberger, Andy Koch, Shannon Thompson, Brandon Primeaux, Steven Lehwald and Ryan Hill.

Local National Guard units will see changes as they assume a higher priority in the country’s national defense. In 1996, the 130th Field Artillery Battalion will replace its present weapons system of 8-inch howitzers with the Multiple Launch Rocket System. Lt. Colonel John Foster said that conversion and the elimination of a National Guard armored battalion in central Kansas due to military downsizing will result in a reorganization of the battalion. Under the plan, armories in Lenexa and Holton will no longer be part of the 130th, but the battalion will pick up Concordia, Abilene and Salina.

10 Years

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The warning period is over. As of Jan. 1, 2011, anyone in the state of Kansas caught texting and driving will be ticketed. Law enforcement has been issuing warnings since July 1, 2010. Officials now will issue fines of $60 plus court costs.

For the third straight year, Sabetha Middle School has proved its excellence. Sabetha Middle School is one of 12 Kansas middle schools recently recognized with the Governor’s Achievement Award. Additionally, SMS is one of four middle/junior high schools who have earned the Governor’s Achievement Award at least three of the four years it has been in existence. “I’m very proud of our students and staff for achieving this accomplishment,” said Sabetha Middle School Principal Tom Palmer. “It tells something about our community and our teachers.”

Cara Knapp, reporter for the Stateliners 4-H Club during the 2009-10 4-H year, has received a 2010 Kansas 4-H news writing award for her outstanding news writing abilities. She was one of 10 awardees.

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