Memories 6.30.2021

125 years

Thursday, June 25, 1896

A letter received from Ed Dean by a friend of his here, says that he is enjoying good health, but Mrs. Dean’s health is poor. S.E. and Abner West are in the horse and cattle business and have a nice ranch. They talk of adding sheep to their stock next fall. They are about sixty miles from Hay Creek, Oregon, where Mr. Dean is.

Richard Gugerty had the misfortune to fall and break his arm, last Thursday morning, and in consequence he will be laid up for some time.

Ladies, you cannot afford to stand over a hot cook stove and bake bread this weather, when you can get two loaves at the Keystone restaurant and bakery for a nickel.

Bring on your grain. J. P. Cummings has rebuilt his buildings both at the Switch and Sabetha, larger and better than before the storm, and is on the market for grain at both places. Highest market price paid. Also carry a full line of coal at both places for threshing and domestic purposes, and hard coal in season.

100 Years

Thursday, June 30, 1921

It is said the names of two Sabetha boys were connected with the Sylvan Garber robbery, because they answered the descriptions of a spiritualist. Of all the idiotic nonsense this is the worst. The boys were home the night of the robbery.

Two interesting attendants on the Sabetha Fourth of July Celebration will be Comrads Roots and Williams of Seneca. The Comrads are unable to walk far but they will be down to Sabetha on the early morning train Monday. They will be met by an automobile at the depot. And they will not have to walk a step. It is suggested that some American Legion or Knights of Columbus at Seneca bring the “boys” down in an auto. The Seneca grand Army post will celebrate in Sabetha.

75 Years

Wednesday, June 26, 1946

Work began Monday to level that portion of the city ball park occupied by the baseball playing field. Marvin Brunner, operating Pat Moser’s recently acquired caterpillar bulldozer, is doing the work. The field will be skinned off so that it has only a slight drop from the present home plate at the southeast corner of the park, 300 feet north and west to the outfield. Before the work began there was a drop of four to five feet in this distance.

Phillip Bestwick, three year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Neil Bestwick is recovering nicely from injury received when he suddenly darted into the path of a truck which was being backed by the child’s uncle. One wheel passed over one leg near the hip but no bones were broken. The child’s mother is in a hospital in Kansas City. The father had returned from Kansas City only a few minutes before the accident happened. The child’s grandmother, Mrs. Edgar Bougher, was taking in clothes from a line a short distance away. Fortunately, the truck was not loaded and the wheels were cramped in such a position that the full weight did not bear on the lad.

The Falls City Wholesale Meat company has closed its plant at Falls City and the Hiawatha plant is now producing only about one third of its usual capacity and may yet be forced to close, although the manager of the Hiawatha plant, Herb Edwards, hopes to “keep the doors open,” and will keep turning out meat products as long as possible. Considerable meat is provided from these plants for Sabetha consumption.

50 Years

Tuesday, June 29, 1971

Hot and windy has been the “order of the day” for the past week. Temperatures continue to climb into the high 90’s and air-conditioner business booms. The summer weather has spurred the wheat harvest but already farmers are hoping to get a good rain to boost corn and milo prospects. The forecast indicates more hot weather for the next couple of days.

Readers of the Fairview Enterprise were told in the Thursday, June 24, issue that publication may be suspended for awhile, Editor Leaine Fanning advised readers, “There is a big chance that this will be your last Enterprise for a time. We’re sorry, but your editor is having trouble with her back again and will probably enter the hospital this weekend for treatment.”

The mental health association held their annual picnic June 22 at the highway rest stop south of Sabetha. The special guests were the Secretary of the Kansas Mental Health Association, Marion Craney, and his family. After the supper Father George Klasinki from Baileyville gave a tentative report on the Bellringer Campaign. A final reprot will be published later. The members discussed the Mental Health booth which would be set up at both county fairs. The drug problem will be the theme of them.

25 Years

Wednesday, June 26, 1996

By a margin of almost 200 votes, patrons of the Axtell-Bern-Summerfield school district on Tuesday approved a local option budget (LOB) for the next four years. Voting in three precincts in Marshall and Nemaha counties, patrons gave the district board the funding support it asked for USD 488 spans the Nemaha-Marshall county line.

Somewhat to the surprise of local officials the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks intends to manage Sabetha Lake as a fishing resource. Ted Hayden, city administrator, shared that information with the Sabetha City Commission Monday. Hayden said after an annual review, Dave Hoffman, Wildlife and Parks enforcement officer, informed him that the city was not in compliance with the Community Lake Assistance Program Agreement at Sabetha Lake. Specifically, the city was not enforcing creek lengths at the old lake.

10 Years

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Bluegrass Playground members (L-R) Dan McElroy (founder) on banjo, Matt Allen on mandolin and Earl Witt on guitar provide that special bluegrass harmonic sound at the Bluegrass Festival at Fairview Friday evening, June 17. Band members not pictured are Max Dooley on dobro and Ryan Durst on bass. Most of the same bands played at the Festival on Saturday evening, June 18.

Jane Swartz O’Dell, President of Westfall GMC, receives the Morrill High School Distinguished Alumni Award from Morrill High School Alumni Secretary John Lehman, in her office at Westfall Motors in Kansas City, Missouri.

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