125 Years Ago
Friday, August 26, 1892
The farmers of southern Kansas are getting their names in the papers. Some of them have destroyed the most costly bit of mill dam property in the state, at Oswego, on the Neosho, and last Saturday night four masked farmers held up a train, robbing the express safe of about $3,000. They did the work in a finished manner, but were arrested in a few hours. They are now in the Winfield jail.
The Methodists are going to build a church right smack up against the opera house at Seneca, in defiance of the contingency that some of the members of the congregation may make a mistake and get into the theater. – K.C. Star
T. M. Wherry started for a horse back ride the other morning. The horse objected to exercise at so early an hour and Mr. Wherry rode — to the ground. This accounts for his resemblance to a subjugated opponent of Sullivan.
A new lot of fine cloaks arrived this week at Dreibelbis’. You will find them in all varieties to suit the taste of the purse. Come and see them.
100 years ago
Thursday, August 30, 1917
Dr. Fred Wrightman of the Sabetha hospital has received a commission as first lieutenant in the regular army. He will serve in the medical division of the army.
The boxes being forwarded by Sabetha direct to France are badly needed. Orders have been given that trains carrying such supplies must be given the right of way over other trains. The Sabetha council of defense is forwarding big boxes as soon as they can be prepared. They are sent forward with the least red tape. The immense boxes filled with necessary articles for wounded soldiers went right to the point where they are needed passing thru no unnecessary hands.
Grandma Ray who lives with daughter, Mrs. Will Reynolds, is 89 years old. She was anxious to do something in the Defense league work but was unable to get to the school house. Mrs. M. J. Lewis took her rags and she snipped at least half a bushel of fine rags for pillows.
Walter Duryea caught four coons in one tree last week. He had been missing corn. One of the coons would climb on a stalk and bend it down while the others would grab an ear and husk it. Duryea located the coons in a hollow tree. He cut the tree down and killed two of the coons and captured two alive. During the night one of the coons gnawed a hole in an oak barrel and was about to escape when Duryea discovered the attempt at jail delivery.
75 years ago
Wednesday, August 26, 1942
Miss Kay Strahm, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ulrich Strahm, is in St. Anthony hospital recovering from injuries received when she jumped from the mowing machine she was driving, to assist her brother Hal. The team he was driving had become frightened by bumble bees encountered in the field. As Kay jumped from the machine to go to his assistance her foot struck the blade of the mower and the heel of her right foot was severely cut. She was brought to St. Anthony hospital where Dr. Murdock closed the wound. She is very weak from loss of blood but is doing as well as can be expected.
Temperatures the past week have ranged from 56 to 60 for several morning with a high of 78 to 88 degrees during the day. Rain began to fall at noon Tuesday and precipitation continued most of the afternoon. Showers during the night brought the total rainfall to 1.22 inches. The late gardens and pastures will benefit by the rain.
Golf News – The annual Handicap Tournament and club championship date has been set for August 30th. Several members of the club are encamped with the state guard to Topeka this week and the date was set so that they could take part in the tournament.
50 Years Ago
Thursday, August 31, 1967
The Fairview American Legion Post No. 322 at Fairview, Kans. was the scene of the presentation of the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star Medal to the widow of Sergeant E 5 Edward R. Lukert, who was killed in action in Vietnam, June 11. Colonel Edsel F. Hart of Fort Riley presented the medals to Mrs. Edward Lukert while WAC Sergeant Betty Nemeyer also of Fort Riley read the citation.
Mrs. Gene Herrmann’s birthday was observed at the home of Mr. and Mrs. William McKinnie Thursday evening, Aug. 24. Others present to help Cheryl celebrate her birthday were Gene Herrmann, Mr. and Mrs. William Livengood, Ray Randolph, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Randolph, Jeanna Kay. Decorated birthday cake and homemade ice cream were served.
Sabetha is on the go! New businesses are starting, many new faces are taking over old business places. During the past couple of months the changes have taken place even more rapidly than usual. Sabetha merchants are happy to again take this opportunity to extend the handclasp of welcome to these new business fraternity brothers. Included in the changes in recent weeks are the following: The purchase of the Sabetha Implement Co. by Duane Todd of Seneca and the changing of the name to the Todd Equipment Co. of Sabetha. Purchase of the Kreitzer Paint Store by George Stoller of the Stoller Floor Covering. Mr. Leonard Kreitzer will continue to help out in the operation of the paint and wallpaper section of the business. Mr. Stoller has also announced that he will move into a new location on Main Street in Sabetha in the near future. Another new Sabetha businessman is Mr. Leon Ball of El Dorado. He has purchased the former Haxton Barber Shop. Wilbur Haxton has retired after many years as a Sabetha barber. Bob Swogger, Bill Thomas and Melvin Kistner, Jr., have recently opened a joint business venture in “The Place.” They will have their Grand Opening on Monday, Sept. 11. Bill “Jack” Levin of Topeka is the new shoe cobbler in Sabetha. His business is operating full blast just west of The Herald office and is a much needed service for the community. Besides these businesses there have been other important changes including the new administration of the Sabetha Community Hospital under the leadership of Bob Kelling of Kinsley and the new manager of the Farmers Coop Elevator in Sabetha, Mr. Keith Oakley of Lincoln, Kas. All of these changes have taken place in just a few weeks but they indicate once again that Sabetha is a good place to live and a good place to do business.
25 Years Ago
Wednesday, August 26, 1992
Star-Tech, the research and development sister company of Extru-Tech, is doubling the size of its current research facility in the Sabetha Industrial Park. The research facility will grow from 6,000 to 12,000 square floor feet, Tod Morgan, general manager of Star-Tech, said.
It’s a story of perseverance and hard work. Four years ago Matt Garber walked on the football team at Kansas State University. After an impressive performance on the 1988 Shrine Bowl, Garber was offered a full scholarship for K-State. As a red-shirt freshman, Garber watched the battle between Paul Watson and Carl Straw as they fought for the position of starting quarterback. Each season since coach Bill Snyder has turned the rally hats of the Kansas State Wildcats the battle for the QB slot has continued. It rages now between Jason Smargiasso and Sabetha’s own Matt Garber. Garber, the son of John and Elaine Garber, is a 1988 graduate of Sabetha High School and a fifth-year senior in secondary education.
The Nemaha County 4-H Fashion Revue was held July 3 at the community center in Seneca. Winners in the competition were Carrie Edelman, senior champion constructed outfit, reserve champion clothing carousel; Kerry Priest, junior champion constructed outfit; and Elly Dunmire, junior reserve champion constructed and champion clothing carousel.
10 Years Ago
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Matthew Michael Murchison, who was born in Hutchison on Oct. 11, 1985, always wanted to be a police officer, says his dad, Mike Murchison, a Sabetha High School alumnus. Matt enlisted in the army in September 2005 and was deployed to Iraq in 2006. He was killed in action on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2007.
Sabetha police believe they have caught those responsible in the Sabetha Cemetery vandalism. A 23-year-old man has been arrested and charged with providing alcohol to the four minors prior to the crime.
In a letter to the editor, Sabetha resident Mark Slavin urges Donald Trump to run for president. “If you feel like I do, in this political season, that the list of Presidential candidates, to date, are not fit to run this country, then I urge you to write to Mr. Donald Trump as I have. Ask him to run for president.”
Lafe and Debra Bailey announce the birth of their daughter, Eve Augusta, on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2007, at Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka. She weighted 8 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 21 inches long. Eve’s brother, Landon, and sisters, Grace and Ivy, welcome her home.