Memories 6.15.2022

125 Years

Thursday, June 17, 1897

A new sidewalk has been built along the west side of the Griffen lumber yard lots.

No better, purer, fresher or more wholesome groceries can be had anywhere than those sold by A. M. Eisiminger at the Red Front Grocery.

Robt. Biggart came from Liberty, Missouri, last Thursday, where he has been attending Jewell College, and will remain at home during the vacation.

E.F. Purgsley and Noah Walters are mourning for the contents of their cellars, including some newly preserved fruit, which were taken by sneakthieves Tuesday night.

A young man named Schmitt who went with the Sunday school excursion to St. Joe last week, proved an easy mark for the bunco men and was fleeced out of every cent he had. He hailed from the village of Seneca, and explained his misfortune by stating that is was his first visit to a town and the sights confused him.

100 Years

Thursday, June 15, 1922

The city commissioners and engineer are busy guys and they may not be able to get in paving or tourist park this year. City water works may not be working by July 15. Two of the big boilers in the light plant have been inspected by a state inspector and pronounced shaky. The city plans to buy one big boiler with capacity for two, then trade the present small generator for a big one. The consumption of watts or whatever the hickeys are called is as great now in eight hours as it used to be in twenty-four hours. Looks like the paving will go over until next year.

The Sabetha Duroe boys and girls pig club met at Joe Bockenstette’s Friday evening. Grover King, junior was a new member. The club will contest for the Nemaha county $25 prize. Some of the members will exhibit at the county and state fairs.

Bert Conrad maintains an Edison talking machine that discourses for friend and foe alike. His friends operate it and anyone is welcome to enjoy. Just like the free horse. One evening he left seven records on the mourners bench. He went to supper in the hotel next door. He returned to find the records missing. The party who took them can restore his faith in mankind by returning the seven records.

Luther Corwin was viewing our Main street Sunday. He excused himself from Sunday School when he met three generations of his former playmate, Adam Cramer, on the way. Adam was a boy with him. Glen Cramer is a Shriner with the doctor and the baby grandson offered to fraternize with the gentleman from Goff.

Morrill’s election to vote bonds for a water works system resulted in a big majority for the bonds. Of the 202 votes cast 166 votes were for the bonds and only thirty-six against the bonds. Work on the plant will be started August 1. “A splendid representation of women voted,” said J. R. Goslen, the philosophical town blacksmith, “they showed by their ballots that they were tired of carrying water. We should have had this improvement five or six years ago.”

The country around Sabetha is about to bring in one of its best wheat crops. The heads are heavy. The grain is rapidly turning. Ten days of dry weather will put the wheat in the shock. Wheat cutting will begin next week if the dry, hot weather continues. The hay crop is being put up. Cultivation is the order of the day. It is summer. Men and bees are busy and intent on the most primitive activities. With all our knowledge nature’s chemistry remains fundamental.

75 Years

Wednesday, June 11, 1947

CAA Airport Maps Arrive. Maps of the proposed Sabetha airport, showing tentative locations of runways, hangars and other facilities; have been received by the city commission, and will be used in negotiations for purchase of the necessary land. The maps divide the airport development into three stages, starting with basic runways and other facilities, and permitting expansion as traffic increases.

Pure White Cocker at Strahm’s. A pure white cocker spaniel, almost unprecedented, was born on the L. B. Strahm farm north of town Monday. It was one of a litter of seven, of which four were white with spots, one blonde, one red, and the pure white one. Mrs. Strahm is watching anxiously for any spots that might develop, since it is too early to be certain that the pup will remain solid white. Life magazine recently carried a feature on a pure white cocker emphasizing its rarity. The Strahm cockers come from a long line of pedigreed ancestors, with a great many champions on both sides.

50 Years

Thursday, June 15, 1972

The Topeka sectional center will process all out of town mail for the 14 largest post offices in its system beginning June 24, Topeka Postmaster Robert W. Domme has announced.

The County Clerk’s office has completed the tabulation of the January 1, 1972, census. Nemaha County has dropped from 12,624 to 12,601 a total loss of 23. Last year, all townships showed a loss. This year, we have four townships that show a slight gain, and one township holding even. Yet, all the total loss was in the townships, as last year the township populations was 5,958, this year 5,902 or a total township loss of 56. The eight cities last year totaled 6,666, and for 1972, a total of 6,699, or a gain of 33. With a gain of 33 in the cities, four showed an increase namely, Centralia, Goff, Seneca and Wetmore, while Bern, Corning, Oneida and Sabetha showed losses in population.

25 Years

Wednesday, June 11, 1997

Action Monday by the Sabetha City Commission will help the city’s newest industry “get on its feet.” The commission approved an ordinance giving IMAC a 5 percent discount on its electrical bill for the next two years. The action came at the request of the Sabetha Industrial Development Corporation. Doug Garrett, SIDC president, made the case for the rate discount.

At least one Sabetha resident finds the four-times-a-day sounding of city sirens a nuisance. Paul Fluke, who lives near the downtown siren in the 100 block of S. Seventh Street, asked the Sabetha City Commission Monday to consider ending the practice of sounding the siren at 7 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. “It’s something of a nuisance,” he said. “I can’t seem to get an answer as to why it is done this way.” Commissioner Stan Remmers, who admitted he had never given the sirens’ schedule any thought, said he assumed it was sounded four times a day because that “is the way it’s always been done.” No reason for the sirens’ schedule could be given by any of the other commissioners or city administrator Ted Hayden. Noting that the sirens are operated manually at the city dispatch center, Commissioner Ron Brooks said they weren’t timely enough to be used by businesses and industries. The city has four sirens, of which only the ones located downtown and at the city shop are sounded four times daily, Hayden said. The two outer sirens are tested on Wednesday morning. Some kind of testing schedule would have to be maintained, he said. Fluke said he has talked to his neighbors and “all are in agreement something needs to be done.” He said he was prepared to circulate a petition calling for an end of the practice. Brooks said he would have a better chance of convincing the commission of ending the practice if he did so. “I guarantee there will be complaints if we go away from it,” he said. Fluke’s suggestion that he would return to the commission with proof of his neighbors’ support coincided with Mayor Norm Schmitt and Commissioner Hugh Mitchell’s suggestion that the commission get public reaction before making the change. They suggested the commission consider the matter next week.

10 Years

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

At the regular Sabetha City Commission meeting held at 6 p.m. Monday, June 11, members of the commission heard a protest of a Planning and Zoning Commission recommendation. The recommendation was to deny a conditional use permit to Tim Wenger to construct an additional garage on his property on North Washington Street. City Attorney Martin Mishler advised the commissioners that they could approve the decision of the Planning and Zoning Commission, revoke the decision and approve the conditional use, or send the issue back to the Planning and Zoning Commission for further deliberation. The commission heard from Vernon Jarboe, attorney for Tim Wenger. Jarboe spoke to the commissioners about setting specific conditions in the conditional use permit that the property owner must abide by, or the conditional use permit can be revoked. The commissioners also heard very short statements from Wenger, Dr. Allan Ross and Kathy Strahm. The commissioners entered into executive session for 20 minutes to consult with Mishler on any legal issues they should be aware of with this issue.

There will be something for everyone at the 10th annual Brown County Bluegrass Festival to be held Friday and Saturday evenings, June 15 and June 16, at the Fairview Community Building. “After 10 years, Joann [Keim] and I are getting pretty efficient in putting on a bluegrass festival. We think there will be something for everyone, both musically and culinary speaking,” coordinator John Keim said. The show will feature bands playing traditional bluegrass music and Beatles tunes. The festival will kick off at 4 p.m. both days, an hour earlier than in previous years. To satisfy your hunger, you can enjoy pulled pork, coleslaw and baked beans, as well as a wide range of homemade desserts from the Women’s Guild of United Church of Christ of Fairview.

Amber Waves of Grain: The wheat pictured above is about six days prior to harvest as the heads fill out. The local wheat harvest is about 75 percent complete as of Monday, June 11, according to Dan Dalinghaus, Location Manager at Ag Partners in Sabetha. Dalinghaus said this year’s yield is excellent, averaging 50 to 60 bushels per acre. The “normal” yield around here is 40-50 bushels per acre, he noted. The test weight, he said, is 64 to 65 pounds per bushel, with the “normal” being 60 to 61. “Test weights are the highest I’ve ever seen in 24 years,” Dalinghaus said. “Wheat likes dry weather and produces better in dry conditions.” The moisture content is low, which he said is positive for the producers.

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