Memories 01.19.2022

125 Years

Thursday, January 21, 1897

The members and friends of the Sabetha Horticultural society are hereby requested not to fail to be present at the next meeting of our society at the Keim hall, formerly Lahr & Neil’s hall, on Thursday, January 28th, at 2 p.m. We failed to meet and elect officers at the last monthly meeting, hence the election of officers for the year will come off at our next meeting. Give this enterprise your prompt attention and hearty support and it will benefit the community and prosper, otherwise it will fail in its object. Let us have an earnest and enthusiastic meeting is the requested of Henry Isely, President.

Ario Robinson came up from Hiawatha, Saturday, to spend Sunday with his parents. He returned to his school duties Monday morning.

Justice Cook and Constable Miller were both sworn in last week. Hard boiled shirts and white collars are an every day thing with them now.

Cripple Creek is a cold place in winter. John Emmett had to return here till spring – says he could not stand the 9000 feet of blue sky in which the town is situated.

100 Years

Thursday, January 19, 1922

I missed thirty odd chickens from my farm last week. Tuesday I identified the chickens at the Marysville Poultry house and took them home. I tied a string around the leg of each chicken and watched the chickens return to their roots, showing they had been there before. I do not want to cause trouble, and will carry the matter no further if the party who took the chickens will call either on me or the Marysville Poultry company promptly and settle. John Lorcher, Jr. – Adv.

Various candidates for city commissioner to succeed Bill Oylear are being mentioned. Jud Davis, Dr. Roy Dillingham, Drex Burke, G.S. Hughes and John Williamson are among the citizens called good timber.

The most imposing array of minstrels ever in Sabetha was the George Harvey parade at noon today, Wednesday. Leave the supper dishes and go to the minstrels tonight. You can do dishes tomorrow when the minstrels are gone. The Kansas City Star Sunday on the sporting page contained a history of the football at K.S.A.C. at Manhattan. In the history Bert Conrad is given as one of the first captains and full back of a team, seven of whom weighed over 200 pounds. Burt weighed 212. In the team was F. A. Dawley, who is now a professor at K.S.A.C. He recently played in a football game at the age of 49 years.

Fairivew city council recently bought a large electric horn which has been installed on the roof of the telephone exchange to be used as an alarm in case of fire. The council has also bought a chemical fire engine and an effort is being made to have farmers living within a radius of three miles to subscribe toward buying a truck so that the engine could be used for any fires occurring within that distance.

75 Years

Wednesday, January 15, 1947

Men In The Service. Eugene Robinson, who has spent more than a year with the army of occupation in Germany, recently returned home. He had written his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Byron Robinson, that he hoped to be home for Christmas, but a storm at sea delayed his return.

Donald Wempe, who is with the 8th Army in Japan, writes his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wempe, that he expects to come home before long.

Merritt Scott has sent his mother, Mrs. Lucinda Scott, a picture of the Cape Meares, the ship on which he sailed to Honolulu, where he is now stationed. Merritt has been in army service six months.

A truck belonging to the Watson Brothers Transportation Co. caught fire Wednesday night on U.S. 75 two miles north of Sabetha with damage estimated at $800 by Fire Chief Earl McQuillen, whose fire company put out the blaze. The truck was mounted on a flatbed trailer and was being towed by another vehicle when it caught fire, the cause of which was undetermined.

Plane Crashes Near Here. Two men were injured, one of them seriously in a plane crash three miles north of here Thursday afternoon. The plane was piloted by James Steele, of Fairfax, Mo., the most severely injured, and carried one passenger, Norman Hall of Powhattan. The two were spotting coyotes for a party of hunters when the accident occurred on Leigh Mills’ farm. Witnesses stated that the pane was circling at a low altitude when it suddenly dived into the ground. The hunters reached the scene within a few minutes and removed the victims to the Sabetha hospital. The plane was demolished.

50 Years

Thursday, January 20, 1972

It was just nine years ago this week, January 1963 that the Sabetha Bluejays enjoyed one of their finest hours on the basketball court. The Jays participated in the Tournament of Champions at Dodge City and came within an eyelash of walking away with the title trophy. As it was, the second place trophy was so large they still haven’t found a place to display it. Sabetha, coached by Neil DeWerff, knocked off host Dodge City in the opener then upset Lawrence High in the semi-finals before losing to Washburn Rural of Topeka in the finals. Coach DeWerff is now the basketball mentor of the Colby Eagles.

Dave and Virginia Mars returned this week from a three-day buying mart sponsored by Gambles. Dave reported that many new items have been added to the Gamble line. Some of these new items are Contact Brand self-adhesive plastic, Rust-Oleum paint, Blue Lustre shampoo, Zebco camping stoves and heaters, a new program of bulk screws, bolts ,nuts and other related hardware, and many more new items. Dave said he ordered much of the new line, and hopes it will be in stock in the store within two to three weeks. Dave is also planning to increase inventory in the regular lines, in order to have merchandise when the people want it.

25 Years

Wednesday, January 15, 1997

Teachers in the Axtell-Bern-Summerfield district have ratified a contract, just in time to begin negotiations for next year’s contract. By a vote of 24-13, classroom personnel agreed Friday to accept one of two contracts offered them last week by the USD 488 school board. They approved a pact that increases the base salary $100, provides $475 in “additional compensation,” gives teachers one additional day off — probably around Easter — and in return lengthens the school day by a few minutes. The contract will be retroactive to the first of this school year.

A water line improvement project proposed for the first time Monday night may prove to be a solution to water volume problems in the west side of the city. Ted Hayden, city administrator, briefly outlined the proposal to the Sabetha City Commission at its meeting Monday.

Farmers State Bank, Sabetha, has been awarded a five-star superior rating by Bauer Financial Reports Inc., Coral Gables, Fla. The highest award attainable, five-stars recognizes Farmers State Bank for superior strength, performance and safety. The most recent award is based on an analysis of financial data as filed by Farmers State Bank with federal regulators for the quarter ending June 30, 1996, along with data from prior periods. This is Farmers State Bank sixth consecutive five-star rating, a record of superior banking performance and strength.

10 Years

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The new Sabetha car wash located at the corner of Main Street and Old Highway 75, is nearing completion. While an opening date has not yet been scheduled, most of the construction has been completed. When complete, the car wash will feature a large bay for trucks and farm machinery, two bays for regular sized pickups and cars, an automatic bay and an equipment room.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has published the results of its 2011 Community Recycling Survey that shows 85 percent of Kansans surveyed are recycling household waste and 96 percent of respondents consider recycling to be important. Recycling also has vastly increased in Nemaha County, said Nemaha County Solid Waste Director Doug Jeanneret. “Recycling is definitely up,” Jeanneret said. “We are so far behind that I have two people working today [Monday], even though it’s a holiday. They wanted to work.”

A fire destroyed the residence of Wetmore High’s High School Special Education teacher, Russel Pickett. While the cause of the fire is still under investigation, the home is considered a total loss. Mr. Pickett lived in his house for eight years. His plans are to buy the house in Wetmore near to Wetmore School. Despite the fact that he has no house currently, Mr. Pickett remains upbeat about the situation. “Just when ya think it can’t get any worse, guess what? On the bright side though, thank goodness for friends and family,” he said. Since Mr. Pickett is a native to the Wetmore area and has taught at Wetmore Schools for 12 years, the staff of Wetmore Schools is having a free-will benefit soup supper for him on Jan. 24 during the high school basketball games at Wetmore against Royal Valley.

The Bern City Council met Tuesday, Jan. 10. Three councilmen were present: Larry Grose, Dallas Wood and Dan Stallbaumer… Stallbaumer, on the housing committee in Bern, brought an idea to the council. Tax Credit Housing would use a team of local investors to build and maintain a low-income housing duplex. The payments the investors “contribute” actually go toward a tax credit annually for the duration of the note (usually paid off in less than 10 years). The property must remain low-income housing for 15 years. An Independent Market Survey must be done to determine community eligibility. The cost of the survey could be $4,000-$5,000. Stallbaumer made a motion that the city contributes the cost of the survey as deemed by the federal rules for the tax credit housing. Wood seconded the motion, and the motion carried. Securing a location for the duplex will be an early, important part of the process.



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