125 Years Ago
Friday, November 25, 1892
We are a day late this week in order to give the printers a chance to eat Thanksgiving turkey in peace. We are sure our subscribers will excuse the delay as our local editor is a democrat and this is the first chance he has had to feast on democratic turkey for eight years and it may very likely be the last.
Corn picking is being rapidly completed in this neighborhood. As a rule corn is light, and will not average over twenty-five bushels to the acre, although the best pieces will be from thirty to forty-five. Unless the country at large has a better crop than this county, corn will be much higher before spring.
John Stockton met with a serious accident last Saturday while out hunting. He thoughtlessly undertook to start a rabbit from a hole with his gun which was in some manner discharged the load taking most the flesh from his right forearm making a very painful wound but breaking no bones.
A “Chrisian Scientist” down in Oklahoma undertook to demonstrate his doctrine, the doctrine that all ills are the product of imagination by undertaking to pick up a rattlesnake. There was no difficulty either in picking him up or dropping him again. In spite of all that could be done the fellow died of the bite, and the world is none the worse off for his death.
100 years ago
Thursday, November 29, 1917
The Grand Island well has more water than it ever had. A few weeks ago the well was shot a couple of times with dynamite. It is now furnishing water for most of the Grand Island engines that pass. It would seem that Sabetha city wells might be brought back by shooting the holes.
Bill Burger, one of Sabetha’s boys, writes from Camp Funston that the boys are getting along fine. His camp has been quarantined for the measles. He is in the 353rd Infantry. Billie received a sweater and a helmet from Sabetha and wishes to thank the sender. He says the boys sure appreciate anything from home.
Beginning December 1 telephone users will pay for only one telephone. The Mutual switchboard will be used. Mr. Finney warns not to expect good service while the exchanges are being combined. It will be the first of March before the work is completed. In the meantime the telephone users are asked to be as considerate as possible in the use of phones. Only three operators can work on the Mutual board.
E. V. Kauffman has decided to rebuild the Sycamore Springs Hotel, which burned about a year ago. It will be a two story structure and conducted on a small plan. He hope to have it ready for occupancy by spring.
75 years ago
Wednesday, November 25, 1942
Edgar Bougher has received word that his nephew, Pfc. Johnnie Specht has been awarded the Order of the Purple Heart for an act of essential service. He has not learned what the act of service was. Johnnie formerly lived in Sabetha.
In spite of bad weather a large number of persons attended the program given at the Congregational church Sunday evening to celebrate the victory drive for funds and honor the founders and pioneers of the church. The trustees of the church had completed an every member canvass of the church roll in an effort to raise $1900 to pay the mortgage placed on the church for repairs and provide a fund for exterior decoration of the church. They hoped to receive the money by Thanksgiving and called it a “Victory by Thanksgiving” drive.
Sabetha will be near the middle of nine-state practice blackout to be held from 10 to 10:20 on the night of Monday, December 14. The order comes from Regional Director Joseph D. Sholtz, Office of Civilian Defense, Omaha, Nebr. It covers the Seventh Service Command (formerly Seventh Corps Area, which includes the states of Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado and Wyoming.
50 Years Ago
Thursday, November 30, 1967
Robert Keiling, administrator of the Sabetha Community Hospital, has announced that approval has been received for the government Extended Care program under Medicare. Approval was applied for several weeks ago and following a survey of the facilities it was received on approximately Nov. 1, 1967. Mr. Keiling said this gives the Sabetha facility the full range of medical patient care which includes acute patient care, primarily on the second floor, and the newly approved extended care on the south wing of the first floor and the geriatric patients on the north wing of the first floor. The extended care facility is also available for use in the event of overflow of patients in the acute patient section.
The Sabetha Bluejays will open the new basketball season Saturday night when they travel to Seneca to meet the Trojans of Sts. Peter and Paul. The 10 man varsity squad is shown above with the new head coach Wendell Smith kneeling in front. Left to right are Don Cleavinger, Mark Herrmann, Joe Strahm, Mark Scarlett, Rixey Wertenberger, John Berggren, Bill Porter, Dave Spring, Jim Cook and Mark Fenton.
These six girls from Morrill High School were co-champions with a Sabetha High School team in the recent eight-team girls volleyball tournament held in Sabetha. Left to right are Terry Snyder, Florence Nickelson, Theresa Schuster, Gloria Grimm, Brenda McKim and Sandra Miller. The other girls volleyball team that tied the Morrill girls for first place is pictured above. Left to right are June McNary, Linda Kellenberger, Connie Schmitt, Ardith Kesler, Karen Marteney, Karlene Davis, Ann Montgomery and Joan Troxell.
Members of the Board of Education of U.S.D. 488 and Supt. Jack Skillett officially went on record as opponents of the proposed Althaus Plan that in all probability will receive some consideration by the legislators during the 1968 legislative session. Supt. Jack Skillett stated that the plan proposed by Dr. Carl B. Althaus, who was the originator of the present state foundation plan, changes many of the basic aspects of the present formula and would cost U.S.D. 488 a considerable sum of state aid if enacted into law.
25 Years Ago
Wednesday, November 25, 1992
The new property tax clarification amendment may increase mill levies and taxes for some Nemaha County property owners. Thurman Miller, Nemaha County appraiser, said the law dropped residential property assessments from 12 percent to 11.5 percent, initially appearing to be a decrease in taxes for residential property owners.
Nemaha County Attorney Martin Mishler filed felony theft charges Nov. 20 against seven men who allegedly were operating a phony home repair business. Two Sabethans were allegedly bilked for more than $180,000 worth of repairs over the last year by these men, Mishler said.
The Morrill Girl Scouts were among the 1,100 Girl Scouts, leaders and parents from the Northeast Kansas Girl Scout Council who attended a recent lock-in at a Topeka shopping mall, “Midnight at the Mall.” Attending were: Kim Hartter, troop leader Joni Aue, Rachelle Speers, Jenny Bailey, Ronna Boltz, Alesha Aue and Jenny Stahl.
Sabetha Lions Club member Glen Stoller presents a plaque to Sabetha Middle School student Jamie Menold for taking first place in the Lions’ annual Peace Poster Contest. About 20 SMS students participated in the contest. Jamie’s entry has been sent to the regional competition.
10 Years Ago
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
The Office, a private membership club located in the 10th block of Sabetha’s Main Street, has been owned by the Rokey family for 20 years. But effective Monday, Nov. 5, the Rokeys sold the business to a partnership formed by Ben Argabright, Bob Bloodsworth, Scott McGuire and Chuck McNally. The new owners immediately changed the name of the business to Scooters. The four men have completed extensive renovations since their purchase, and less than two weeks after the purchase was official, they were open for business.
A large crowd attended the annual Sabetha Chamber of Commerce Window Opening in Sabetha’s Main Street downtown business district Friday evening, Nov. 23. Many Sabetha merchants were open for business throughout the evening for the official opening of the Christmas and holiday shopping season in Sabetha. The winners of the “Christmas Around the World” window decorating contest for businesses are: first place, Char Mae, representing Africa; second, Draperie Decor, representing Austria; and third, Hardware Hank, representing the United States.
Jenna Matson, a 2004 Bluejay alumna and All-American forward for MidAmerica Nazarene University, scored a rare triple double against the University of St. Mary on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Matson posted 12 points, 10 rebounds and blocked 10 shots in MidAmerica’s 66-48 victory. Thus far this season, the Lady Pioneers are 3-0 at home, while overall their season record stands at 5-4. Matson’s triple double comes soon after she posted a career high 41 points versus South Dakota Tech on Friday, Nov. 16.