Memories 6.9.2021

125 years

Thursday, June 4, 1896

The Democrats of this township at their caucus last Thursday evening passed a free silver resolution. A suggestion that the administration be endorsed was received as a joke, and the caucus passed on to other business.

The first report of lives lost in the cloudburst at Seneca, Missouri, last Saturday, gave T. J. Williams, father of W. H. Williams, of Oneida, as among the dead, but the latest report, stated to be a correct list of the dead, does not include his name. The name of Archie Williams, a child, and presumably his son, is given.

John Tyler was up from Wetmore the latter part of last week, looking quite well. He had the cancer taken from his lip and thinks it is all gone, but the place is not quite healed yet. He returned to Wetmore the first of the week.

Mr. David McFadden and family have moved into their house, and will soon have things comfortably arranged. The new part is not finished yet, but will be in a few days.

100 Years

Thursday, June 9, 1921

Dr. Murdock Jr. The highway from Sabetha to Oneida must be improved. It has been declared a road of public utility and should have the prompt attention of the county commissioners.

All weeds from the center of the alley to the center of the street adjacent to property in the city of Sabetha must be kept cut. This is the law. The law will be enforced by the city authorities. You who are not cutting your weeds are hereby notified to cut said weeds promptly.

Sixteen picnicked at Sun Springs Tuesday, including the Clyde Reinharts, John Mecks, Tolles, Mishlers and several others. It was too cold for swimming to their great disgust.

75 Years

Wednesday, June 5, 1946

Mrs. W. R. Coupe, daughter of Ray Albin of the Honey Creek vicinity, took an airplane ride last Wednesday. In order to get a four o’clock plane from Kansas City to San Francisco, it was necessary to fly from Falls City to make connections when the bus she was riding broke down. Eugene Ewing flying his Taylorcraft, made the trip to Kansas City in one and one-half hours going down, and returning in 55 minutes.

Last week, The Herald reported that Mrs. Pearl Smith’s Christmas cactus was blooming again. Mrs. Jennie Root says her Christmas cactus is doing the same thing, the first time it has bloomed twice in one year during the 12 years she has had it. It bloomed at Christmas time first.

George Wiltz, who recently moved from the Fidelity neighborhood to the Cal Lichty place, just northeast of Sabetha, was winner of the Junior Commercial Club contest carried on the past two months to raise funds for the construction of livestock show sheds at the city ball park. He will receive the V-8 Ford sedan which was the prize in the event. Announcement of the results of the contest were made on Sabetha’s Main street Saturday evening. The names of four other contestants, who were unsuccessful, were announced prior to that of Wiltz. They were, in the order announced, Audrey Heptig, Sabetha; Dean Kimmel, Hiawatha; Harry Dandliker, Hiawatha; and the Nemaha Co-operative Creamery, Sabetha.

50 Years

Tuesday, June 8, 1971

Sabetha police continue to be bombarded with complaints about dogs running loose in town. The problem is especially acute in the summer months as plants, gardens and flowers suffer from the animals running wild. The police department notes that dog owners are responsible for keeping dogs tied or on a leash at all times and off other people’s property. Upon signed complaints, dogs will be picked up and owners will be required to pay damages, license fees, etc. If dogs are not claimed, they will be disposed of.

The court appointed appraisers in the Board of Education of USD 415 vs. Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert Kneisel emminent domain suit have returned their appraisal. At the public hearing at 10 o’clock Tuesday morning, June 1, in the Brown County Courthouse, the appraisers Jerome Meisenheimer, Uberto Bailey and Henry B. Jacobsen, set the price for the land at $58,000. After the hearing they filed their report with the same figure posted for the land. The $58,000 figure is for approximately 28 acres of land east of Morrill Avenue on the east edge of Hiawatha and is the proposed site of a new high school building. The emminent domain suit was filed after the two parties were unable to agree on a price for the land.

Forrest S. Ayers, an employee of the Sabetha Post Office for over 35 years, is on annual leave this week and will retire effective June 1, 1971. Forrest plans to do some traveling, fishing and golfing. Employees of the office presented him with a travel case in recognition of his many years of faithful service. Forrest will be missed by his many friends and fellow workers. He began his postal work on May 23, 1936.

An intensive search by Missouri and Kansas law enforcement agencies, the KBI, and the FBI has failed to locate two unidentified men who reportedly hijacked a truck at the Kansas Port of Entry north of Sabetha on highway 75 early Thursday morning. Apparently the two men, both Negroes, boarded the truck, owned by Joe Collins of Holton, around 1:47 a.m. Thursday, June 3, while the driver Jerome Flynn of Holton, was momentarily away from the vehicle. Flynn reports that the two men, armed with guns and a knife, ordered him to drive them to Chicago.

25 Years

Wednesday, June 5, 1996

The construction of a bypass doesn’t necessarily mean local businesses will be adversely affected. Five years after improvements to U.S. Highway 56 built bypasses around both towns, officials in the central Kansas towns of Hillsboro (population 2,800) and Marion (population 1,900) say the overall economic conditions in those towns have improved.

Local economic development and traffic volume have made the U.S. Highway 75 corridor through Sabetha the hottest commercial property in Nemaha and Brown counties. Both Thurman, Miller, Nemaha County appraiser, and his Brown County counterpart, Dave Sheppard, said land along the highway corridor is selling for around $20,000 per acre. The last four sales along the highway saw land sell for $14,000, $19,000, $22,000 and $23,000 an acre, Miller said. And that was for unimproved land, he emphasized.

After several minutes of deliberation, school board members decided Monday night to fill a music position in the Sabetha Middle School. It was a close call. The discussion ensued as part of a larger discussion about teacher contracts and hirings. Superintendent Von Lauer told USD 441 board members that some thought was being given to not filling the vacancy created this spring when middle and elementary school instrumental instructor Teri Good resigned. Good is moving to Topeka.

10 Years

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Two area track-letes topped the medal stand at the State Track and Field Championships held Friday and Saturday, May 27 and 28. Sabetha High School junior Kayla Renyer earned first place in the discus, and Wetmore High School sophomore Dana Kramer took first in the long jump. Many more area state track qualifiers medaled as well.

Wenger Manufacturing’s new construction east of Old Highway 75 is nearing completion, with an estimated completion date of mid summer. The new building will house primarily dryer assembly and fabrication, according to Chief Financial Officer John Pierson. Over the next couple of years, Wenger plans to add about 12 to 15 employees, Pierson said.

Ellen Glynn, a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Sabetha, is the state winner of the Knights of Columbus annual vocation poster contest, in the first- and second-grade category. This year’s theme was “Keep the Faith Alive — Become a Priest or Religious.” Sabetha-Fidelity Knights of Columbus Council No. 10279 received 45 entries and forwarded four to state level, including Glynn’s entry.


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