Memories 1.3.2018

125 Years ago

Friday, January 6, 1893

We are sorry to learn of the misfortune to the editor of the Seneca News. He suffered a stroke of paralysis a short time ago totally disabling his right side. In his illness Mrs. Jones has the management of the paper.

Sabetha people do not intend to have any saloons around if it can be helped. The citizens have kept quiet until convinced that they have enough evidence to sustain charges and positively convict, and are now ready to go ahead for all there is in it. The law breakers have fair warning. Let them take what they deserve or get out of the town.

A committee of citizens waited on our friend of the accidental gun, yesterday morning, to inform him that there was any amount of evidence that he had been breaking the law by gambling and keeping a joint where liquor had been obtained, and to save him a journey to Seneca and a free pass to the district court room he had better quit of “get out.” These men have the ability and the money to carry out what they threaten.

The Rock Island strike has been declared off.

100 Years ago

Thursday, January 3, 1918

Last Thursday the Farmers’ shipping association of Price voted to increase then capital stock sufficient to buy the city of Price from M. J. Steiner. The state must now approve the increase in capital stock and the corporation will then sell $12,000 in stock on the purchase.

The flour to be made hereafter under government orders will be 95 percent of the whole flour. It will be practically while wheat flour – in brief, 95 per cent flour instead of 52 per cent milled down as heretofore. The remaining five per cent must not be thrown into feed but must be used for a lower grade of flour. This is the order to all mills without any exceptions. As stated elsewhere in The Herald, lookout if you have more flour on hand than the government allows, for inspectors are sure to catch you.

Both Sabetha banks have jumped in to help the government in the Baby Bond campaign. Both banks advertise together on page eight in this issue. Their ad explains the plan. This community is expected to patronize these bonds. They cost only a little more than four dollars each Boy a bond for each member of the family.

A couple of foxy young men dancers at the Sabetha ball danced just exactly the way old man Curtis, the clock mender, walks, kind of wiggly from the knees.

75 Years Ago

Friday, January 1, 1943

A beautiful full color picture of the Harlan Deaver farm home a mile and a half east and south of Sabetha provides the attractive front cover of the January issue of Successful Farming magazine. The picture is a view of the Deaver farm improvements from the south, showing the modern brick house, barn and hog house looking most colorful in red against a blue sky, with the ground covered with white snow.

The American College of Surgeons, as for many years in the past, again has approved St. Anthony Murdock Memorial Hospital at Sabetha. A news release points to depleted staffs, curtailed supplies, increased expenses and heavy demands for service as obstacles that have been surmounted by hospitals in qualifying for the high honor of approval by the college.

Mrs. Clarence Norrie was named clerk of the board of education at the meeting Monday night. She will fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of H.S. Moulton, who is moving to California.

Nemaha county has had a number of boys lost or missing in action the past year. Most recently reported is George E. Guilford, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harey Guilford of Centralia, who was reported missing in action and presumed lost in the service of his country. A member of the naval reserve, he had been working in conjunction with the merchant marine. – Seneca Courier-Tribune

50 Years ago

Thursday, January 4, 1968

Lt. Commander Jerald Lee Draney, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Draney of Fairview, has been awarded the Navy Commendation Medal. Mrs. Draney is the former Maxine Wempe, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wempe of Sabetha.

Increased rates for all classes of mail except parcel post and international mail will go into effect January 7. Postmaster George Althouse reminded postal customers today. Even with the new rates of six cents for first-class mail and 10 cents for air mail, postal service is still a real bargain. For six cents you can send a letter to any of the 50 States, to any United States territory or possession, to Canada or Mexico, or to an American serviceman stationed anywhere in the world.

Thomas M. Kidwell, 47-year-old former state representative from Wichita, was sentenced Tuesday in Shawnee County Court to five to 21 years at hard labor in the state penitentiary for the August, 1988, slaying of his second wife. Kidwell’s second trial for the first-degree murder of Betty Jean Goetsch Kidwell, 37, ended Dec. 18 with the unprecedented courtroom showing Kidwell apparently reliving the crime under the influence of a mind-relaxing drug.

A four-lane freeway on US 36 Highway from Hiawatha east and southeast, 39.2 miles to the Missouri border is the major project listed from Brown and Doniphan counties in Governor Robert Docking’s projected five year highway construction program announced in mid-December. The governor purposes that construction costs on the expressway estimated at $26.5 million would be financed entirely through issuance of highway bonds.

25 Years ago

Wednesday, January 6, 1993

Despite the bad weather and icy conditions, three wrestlers competed in the Junction City tournament on Jan. 2. Results were: 12 and under, 105 pounds, Bradley Meyer, third; 115 pounds, Eric Stahl, third. Also wrestling but not placing in the top four was 100-pound Logan Hall.

The Sabetha Parent Teacher Student Association is sponsoring a cultural arts program. Reflections Program, in conjunction with the National Parent Teacher Association. The purpose of the program is to provide an opportunity for students to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works. This year’s theme, “Imagine That…,” will give students opportunities to explore their individual interpretations of the theme.

Prayers at school-sponsored events where student attendance is required will no longer be allowed in USD 441, according to a new policy approved by the board of education Jan. 4. For the second time within less than a year, board members approved revision of the policy concerning school ceremonies and observances as they relate to religion. The board last approved a revised Policy IKD-R in April 1992. The second revision on the same policy that was approved Monday night came after recent Supreme Court rulings.

A rural Corning man was killed following a one-vehicle weather-related accident Jan. 3 along K-9 highway, one and one-half miles east of Corning. Clayton F. Dean, 22, was found by emergency personnel in his Nissan pickup that had left the road and flipped over into a steep ditch, said Nemaha County Undersheriff Steve Linden. The cab of the vehicle was submerged in water.

10 Years ago

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Area-wide cleanup efforts continue following the extensive damage caused to trees and electrical facilities when rain turned to ice Monday evening and Tuesday, Dec. 10-11, resulting in many broken tree branches, power poles and power lines. Northeast Kansas was one of the  hardest  hit areas during the storm, which damaged a very high percentage of trees as well we many power poles and lines.

The Mary Cotton Public Library held the drawing on Dec. 21 for items used in a fundraiser for a new digital video camera for the library. The contributions will be placed in a fund to which people may contribute for the camera. “We are hoping to raise about $400 for a camera that will be used to record story times, living histories and other library events,” said Kim Priest, director of the Mary Cotton Public Library.

Although they have just four games under their belt thus far this round-ball season, the Sabetha Bluejays Varsity Basketball Team has already recorded some excellent statistics. Sabetha owns an undefeated 4-0 record. Two games were postponed due to adverse weather conditions. Thus far on average the Bluejays have outscored their opponents 61-45. As a team the Jays are shooting 49 percent from the floor and 72 from the free-throw line.

In spite of a 1-5 record thus far in the 2007-2008 basketball season, the Bern Indians boys’ team has put up some decent numbers. Bern is averaging 42.5 percent shooting from the floor and 56 points per outing. From the long-range arc, they are connecting on exactly one-third of their attempts. At the free throw line, as a team the Indians are 78 percent, which is an above-average number for most teams at all levels.


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