125 Years Ago
Friday, September 23, 1892
The Globe says an Atchison woman found a worm over two feet long in a cabbage and took it to the grocer and wanted to know if it was a cholera germ.
During the storm of last Wednesday night the house of Mrs. J. W. Wohlford, near Centralia, was struck by lightening and burned down. As the family were up at the home, assistance was summoned and most of the contents saved. – Seneca News
A terrible wreck occurred yesterday on the Santa Fe forty miles west of Topeka. Ten or twelve were killed and many injured. It i supposed the train was wrecked by malicious persons for plunder.
Prohibition headquarters have been opened in the Whittenball building on Main Street. Meetings will be held there every Saturday at 2 p.m. during the campaign.
100 years ago
Thursday, September 27, 1917
Dr. Hibbard is getting along fine soldiering. He and Mrs. Hibbard are located at 1011 Qunicy street, in Topeka. Dr. Hibbard says he has learned the difference in saluting his superior officers and his men, so it is just as easy as if he had been born in the army.
Officers of the Atchison Protective Association have been notified of the theft of Ralph Tennal’s Ford car. No details of the theft have been received in Atchison. The Tennal Ford was in Atchison last Friday enroute from its home in Sabetha to Kansas City. It may have run away, as it was certainly overworked. Besides making daily trips to the towns surrounding Sabetha, it has been to Kansas City, St. Joe, Atchison, Lawrence and Topeka several times this summer and to Omaha and return and to Colorado and return. Atchison Globe. Note by No. 1 – Some mistake here. The Herald Ford could not get stolen. No. 2 is not out of it long enough to give the poor thieves a chance.
This whole community was shocked and grieved to learn of the accident Saturday night, which resulted in the death of Martha Specht, the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Specht. By some way one of the lines dropped and the team ran away. The other who were in the buggy were not hurt. Such accidents are at times unavoidable.
75 years ago
Wednesday, September 23, 1942
Corp. Joe Menold, who is with an engineer’s group at the air base at Shreveport, La., is home on a brief furlough. Joe has been in the base hospital since a serious ear trouble developed while in the air in a plane. He had a severe cold at the time and has some sinus trouble which doctors believe is responsible for his illness. His eyes were also affected but are much better. Doctors say his ear trouble will clear up and it is improving now. He has the sensation of his head being under water.
Folks who attended the afternoon performance of the circus Wednesday got the best of the bargain. The show was about to start when a slight “pouf!” was heard. Smoke, and the band men and all other circus men rushed out. The lighting engine had blown up. Most of the audience stayed in their seats to watch in comfort, others went out. The circus men got the engine separated from the truck, with the assistance of an elephant. They dug up sod and covered the fire with dirt. When it was completely out, the engine was dragged away and circus men filled the hole dug and replaced the sod.
The weather for the past week has been unseasonably cold with light frost. Some localities report the frost heavy enough to kill sweet potato plants. A rain Tuesday night measured .18 of an inch in Sabetha.
50 Years Ago
Tuesday, September 26, 1967
It appeared this Tuesday morning that the Sabetha Community Hospital Development Program campaign was going to hit its goal. The unofficial unaudited figures as of Monday evening showed $242,365 had been pledged toward the goal of $250,000.
The Sabetha Bluejays pulled the upset of the year Friday night when they defeated the Wamego Red Raiders 12-7. Wamego is the defending Big Seven Conference champion and was the unanimous preseason pick of the coaches to repeat as titlist.
At the regular city commissioners meeting Monday afternoon, Sabetha Mayor Lew Hilt reversed his previous position and agreed to sign city employee checks. Mayor Hilt said he had consulted with a lawyer before reaching his decision.
The Fairview Drive-In was ransacked sometime after closing time Sunday night and opening time Monday. The thief or thieves were evidently looking only for money as nothing except the money from the music box was taken, possible some cigarettes but the place was ransacked from one end to the other. Entry was made via a small service window.
Orlo McNary, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry McNary of Sabetha, has completed the requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois. Dr. McNary’s research was concerned with thermal contract resistance in a vacuum environment.
Miss Mara Jean Strahm, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Loren Strahm, has chosen Oct. 1st for her wedding date to Mr. Albert Edelman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Levi Edelman of Forrest, Ill. They will be married in the home of the bride’s parents.
25 Years Ago
Wednesday, September 23, 1992
Land where Pony Creek Lake will be located was annexed into the city limits during the Sabetha City Commission meeting Sept. 21. City commissioners also discussed annexing other land, but decided to wait to take action until property owners involved are informed about the procedure.
Nemaha County residents probably can count on paying more for waste disposal in the future because of new Environmental Protection Agency regulations. The county landfill will close by Oct. 9, 1993, unless changes are made to meet the new regulations. Whether the county decides to continue to operate the landfill under the new regulations or to close it and haul the trash elsewhere for disposal, waste disposal will be more costly then at present, according to Gary Satter, Glacial Hills Resource Conservation and Development Council coordinator.
Bern High School homecoming candidates are Gail Hartter, daughter of Stephen and Lois Hartter; Michael Edelman, son of Wayne and Linda Edelman; Jason Strahm; Becky Strahm, daughter of Wilfred and Verona Strahm; Keith Farwell, son of Rex and Debbie Farwell; and Christina Boehmer, daughter of Alan and Lois Boehmer. The king and queen will be crowned at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25. Kindergarten attendants will be Jessica Tegtmeier, daughter of Clint and Mary Tegtmeier, and Jared Enneking, son of Doug and Lois Enneking.
10 Years Ago
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Kristen Kennally and Chris Rebant are crowned Sabetha High School Homecoming Queen and King at halftime of Sabetha’s football game versus the Holton Wildcats Friday evening, Sept. 21. Crown bearers are Ellen Glynn and Gabe Garber.
City Administrator Doug Allen told commissioners that he has been informed of a committee that has formed to start looking into options for a water park for Sabetha. Allen also told commissioners that construction on the skate park should begin in about two to three weeks.
With the recent rainy weather and a break in the harvest, a group of volunteer men from the Goff-Wetmore area once again got together and accomplished a long-awaited job, replacing and redesigning the overhang of the old shop building at Wetmore school. The building currently is used as a weight lifting room as well as a storage room, and a leaky roof has been a problem for several years. This group of volunteers has gotten together several times int he last few years to work on various building projects for the school. Past projects include putting in more than 1,000 feet of underground drainage tile, painting and cleaning the fire escapes and removing unwanted trees. The men provide their own tools, equipment, some materials, time and expertise for the projects. For this particular project, approximately 15 men were involved.