125 Years Ago
Friday, August 12, 1892
The editor of the Kansas City Journal says that the old farmers say that this hot weather is hardening the corn beautifully and it never occurs to the editor that the farmer is working a big joke on the editor. The kind of hardening the corn has been doing this year is harder on the farmer than the corn.
The thinking public are getting very much interested in Mars, and it is expected that there will be a large exodus from Kansas to that planet next summer. It is a little hotter than Arizona but on account of the rarity of the air one does not feel the heat. People live to a great age in Mars, in fact it is not known that any one died there since the country has been settled.
It is rumored that Sabetha has a real live joint. As this is a new thing in town everybody is invited to walk boldly up and inspect the goods there sold. In order to get a good view of the animal it will be best not to claim to be a church member. Put on an awfully agonized look and lay your hand upon your stomach.
N.E. Chapman’s elevator and feed mill at Oneida, was burned last Friday morning. There was a considerable quantity of grain and feed in the mill. Everything was burned Insurance about $2,500.
100 years ago
Thursday, August 16, 1917
Claud Anderson, who is connected with the commissary department of the navy, is visiting his father, Sherm Anderson, for a short furlough before he leaves for Norfolk, Va. to go into the fighting game in the navy. He has been stationed at Jefferson barracks near St. Louis.
The world renowned Ringless circus and the justly famous Toyland will appear in Sabetha Saturday morning rain or shine. All the great artists will positively appear under the mammoth Chautauqua tent. Watch for the street parade at 9:30 o’clock Saturday morning. The performance will begin promptly at 10 a.m.
Mary Stewart and John Reinhart have sold their furniture store in Fairview to Mr. Trenopohl, farmer near Fairview, for $18,000. Mr. Trenapohl will run the store. The farm was put at $23,000. It lies a mile and a half from Fairview and is worth the money.
To this date we have had half an inch more rain this year than last year. To this date last year the precipitation totalled 16.87. To this date this season the total to 17.40 inches. The big rain Saturday night measured 2.70 inches. It was a general rain covering most of eastern Kansas. We will have as much corn as last year, possibly more. The acreage is larger than last, but the yield will be less, is the guess of farmers.
75 years ago
Wednesday, August 12, 1942
Fify Benson lost a barn containing a large amount of alfalfa hay and oats, but saved some harness in a 4:30 a.m. fire which started when the barn was hit by lightning on his farm a mile east and a half mile south of Morrill. Firemen summoned from Morrill saved other farm buildings from catching afire from the conflagration. The fire occurred during the severe electric and wind storm in Brown county early Thursday morning. The Bensons have had two previous fires, lost a residence and another barn at different times.
After a summer of great difficulty in rounding out a complete faculty group for the Sabetha schools, Supt W. O. Stark Tuesday announced that all positions in the school teaching staffs now have been filled, and contracts signed. School will open as usual the first Monday in September which this year falls on the seventh.
Frankie Gene, small son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Parcels, Jr., of Marysville narrowly escaped death Friday evening when he fell head first off a 20 foot embankment on to a concrete slab. His right arm was broken in two places above the wrist and he received a gash on his forehead that required four stitches. He is getting along nicely now.
50 Years Ago
Tuesday, August 15, 1967
A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Ellsworth Hewitt, Sabetha, August 7. He weighed 7 pounds 5 ounces and has been named Richard Justin.
A two car collision on Main Street shortly after noon on Monday sent seven people to the hospital by ambulance, however, at last report none was believed seriously injured. The accident happened around 12:20 when Dr. Mart Rucker of Sabetha was headed south on Sixth Street and Mrs. Howard Cutshall of Fairview was going east on Main Street. Dr. Rucker was driving a 1961 Pontiac and Mrs. Cutshall a 1957 Cadillac. The Rucker car struck the left side of the Cutshall Cadillac with such force that the vehicle spun around and then struck a light pole. In the Cutshall car were Mrs. Cutshall and her three children, Lonnie, 8, Melissa, 5, and Howard, 10, also Mrs. Joe Wiltz and her two children, David, 9, and Denise, 7. All the passengers in the Cutshall car were taken to the Sabetha Community Hospital by Popkess Ambulance. Examinations reportedly revealed that injuries were confined to minor cuts and bruises although the four younger children were retained int he hospital as a precautionary measure because of bruises and bumps on the head.
This reporter was getting material assembled to write of Sp4 Jerry L. Wilson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ward Wilson of Bern, being moved from the hospital base in Japan to the Fitzsimons Hospital at Denver, Colo., on August 12th, when… hold the phone. “He’s Home!” Jerry was injured with a booby trap mine in Vietnam on July 12th and was in the base hospital at Long Binh until July 20th at which time he was moved to Japan. Bern, although not very big, has a mighty big heart, and within a relatively short time, a welcoming parade was formed and waiting for the Wilsons at the corner about a quarter mile south of town with, “Welcome Home, Jerry” signs very much in evidence.
The city of Sabetha and Center township showed the largest population increases during the past year according to the recent released assessment figures on Nemaha County released from the officer of the county clerk, Mrs. Ivy Crandall. The population for the county showed a slight decline overall going from 13,236 in 1966 to 13,180 in 1967. The city of Sabetha went up 28 persons from 2,508 last year to 2,536 this year. Center township went from 315 to 337, an increase of 22 residents.
25 Years Ago
Wednesday, August 12, 1992
The second portion of the new Sabetha Middle School building was toured and accepted by the USD 441 Board of Education on Aug. 6.
Sabetha’s city commissioners agreed to create a mill levy for $347,028 at the Aug. 10 city budget hearing. City Administrator Ted Hayden said the mill levy for 1993 cannot be determined at this point.
Bill and Della Pyle were in Hutchinson Tuesday and Wednesday of last week to visit Bill’s brother, George, who was a patient in the Hutchinson hospital following gall bladder surgery. While in Hutchinson they also visited with George’s wife, Donna, at their home. Bill’s older brother, Bernard, of Hutchinson and wife, Marinda, joined Bill and Della at Donna and George’s home for dinner. George was able to return home the day after the Pyles returned to Sabetha.
Where can you find ballerinas, pirates, football stars, clowns, race car drivers and cat woman enjoying a August afternoon? Try the carnival in Brenda Streit’s front yard. Streit, who operates a daycare service in her home, suggested the idea of a carnival to the group of children she cares for.
Photo – Larry Agee holds a 8,000 gallon gasoline tank steady while tires are put under it to keep it from rolling. Agee’s began up-grading its tanks on Aug. 3.
10 Years Ago
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Damon Miller was found not guilty of arson in connection with the fire that blazed through the Seneca Grade School and Nemaha Valley Junior High building. He was acquitted by Judge Jim O’Connor on Wednesday, Aug. 8, in Nemaha County District Court.
Your local County Mart is leading the way in the growing trend of eco-friendly bags. These environmentally friendly, reunsable sturdy bags are nice green polypropylene material with reinforced handle straps that allow for ease of carrying. County Mart recently introduced a promotion featuring the reusable Country sMart shopping bags. The results have been remarkable. In just five days, more than 5,000 bags were sold at the 19 Country Mart stores located in rural Kansas and Missouri.
Rachel Leuthold of Bern, the daughter of Jerry and Pam, competed in the 2007 AAU National Junior Olympics in the pole vault at Knoxville, Tenn., Thursday, Aug. 2. Rachel earned a medal for her tie for seventh place with a vault of 10 feet, 6 inches. Rachel will be a senior at Bern High School.