125 Years ago
Friday, January 13, 1893
Dr. Runkle, of Washington, came Sunday night summoned by the illness of Mrs. Evans, his sister-in-law. He and Mrs. Euan’s, sister of Mr. Evans, arrived several hours after the death of Mrs. Evans.
The Sabetha Herald says the Hiawatha wives have dispensed with the services of the female cook and now the husbands are all getting the dyspepsia. There may be other reasons why the services of the female cook have been dispensed with. The Hiawatha wife knows a things or two. – Horton Headlight.
Sol Miller says the latest discovery of the scientific Smart Aleck is, that old greenbacks are full of bacteria and it is dangerous to handle them. However he says to delinquent subscribers that he has been vaccinated and any old greenbacks they may feel unsafe in having around may be sent to him, he assuming all the risk. The editor of this paper is willing to make the same generous proposal.
The editor of the Hiawatha World had sand in his mouth when he said that Sabetha was as dirty a rum hole as there is on the face of the earth. The impression has prevailed that Herbert was a teetotaler. – Headlight.
Another cigarette fiend in St. Joseph has lost his mind, what little he ever had, and all the doctors says he never will recover. Doctors are very comforting sometimes after all.
100 Years ago
Thursday, January 10, 1918
Roy Voorhees, son-in-law of Julius Hilt, was seriously burned in a powder explosion on Adolph Brenker’s place west of Bern Monday. Roy attempted to set off a last for a ditch. He made a fuse out of a newspaper. When he lighted the paper the explosion was too quick for him to get away and he got part of the blast in his face. His face is almost entirely powder burned and incased in bandages.
The Moser boys have no definite plans as to the occupancy of the buildings occupied by Corwin & Haxton’s barber shop and Miss Zimmerman’s millinery store which they bought. They need more room and eventually will have to have it to take care of their business.
Notice of Teachers’ Examination – The regular midwinter teacher’s examination will be held at the court house January 25 and 26 beginning at 8 o’clock each day. Paper, pens and ink will be furnished. Subjects Friday will be Grammar, Spelling, Geography, Music, Methods, Agriculture, Kansas History and English History.- Adv.
Some of Fritz Herrmann’s new Ford owners: Earl Roberts, D.M. Eisenbise of Morrill, Will Edelmann of Bern, Henry Wenger, Fairview, George Weineke, Fairview, and Sam Johnson of Oneida.
75 Years Ago
Wednesday, January 13, 1943
A record breaking attendance of members of the Farmers Cooperative Association, commonly referred to as the Farmer Elevator, celebrated the most successful year of the organization with a delectable dinner served by women of the Congregational church in the church parlors Tuesday noon. The capacity of the large dining room and adjacent room was taxed to accommodate them all. Secretary Charley Ott walked around as though he was going to have to wait for the second table and Clemens Rucker ate in the kitchen.
The American Legion at a meeting held in the city hall Tuesday evening laid the ground work for the establishment of a Victory Corps in Sabetha high school. This will be a voluntary organization for the purpose of providing high school boys, whose military service is imminent, with what is known in the army as basic training.
A happy solution to a city problem that ought to make most everyone happy was worked out at the meeting of the Sabetha city commissioners Monday evening when almost $30,000 was invested in war bonds. Most of the money comes from idle funds on deposit for the construction of an armory under the WPA programs, the remainder came from the light fund. Sabetha voted to issue $25,000 in bonds as the city’s share in the armory project.
Another group of men is shortly to be called, through the county selective service board, for service with Uncle Sam’s forces. It appears that from now on that is the way practically all men will get into service – through their local boards as their time comes.
50 Years ago
Thursday, January 11, 1968
A burglar or burglars broke into a warehouse just east of the Rock Island stationhouse sometime last week and escaped with an estimated $1,000 in mud and snow tires. The warehouse is used by Lloyd Agee of Agee’s Champlin Service. Mr. Agee said he is not certain when the theft took place although he discovered the loss on Thursday.
A Kansas legislative subcommittee charged Tuesday, January 9, that children in united School District 442 in Nemaha County are not receiving an educational opportunity equal to that provided in most other districts of the state. The school district in question included the communities of Seneca, Kelly and Corning through three of the six school board members has created impasse.
Mrs. Jack Sheldon was reportedly in satisfactory condition in the Sabetha Community Hospital recuperating from injuries received in a pedestrian accident early Tuesday morning. Mrs. Sheldon was on her way to work at the Buzz Cafe around seven o’clock in the morning, she was crossing Main Street at the city hall corner when she was struck by a pickup truck drive by LeRoy Ruse of Sabetha.
The Sabetha Kiwanis Club sponsored skating rink, located just north of the National Guard Armory, is once again ready to greet lovers of the ice. The rink has been recently reflooded and the ice reportedly is in good shape for skaters. The shelterhouse also has a new supply of wood for those who prefer the warmth of the fireplace.
25 Years ago
Wednesday, January 13, 1993
Sledding was a popular activity in the area Sunday, Jan. 10, after a snowstorm Friday and Saturday dumped 15 to 18 inches. Amber Evans, 5, (left) and Kayla Evans, 3, the children of Keith and Gayle Evans of Fairview, had fun sledding at the new sports complex at Sixth Street and Berwick Road. Another busy sledding spot was the Sabetha County Club. Winter weather continued into the beginning of the week, with sleet and freezing rain.
Basic television cable rates in Sabetha will increase next month by 5 percent, from $17.85 to $18.75, city commissioners learned at their Jan. 11 meeting. The new rates go into effect the first of February, said Cablevision spokesman Mark Heideman The premium channel rates will stay the same, and subscribers will still get 24 channels, he said. Heideman said that Channel 4 TV in the Kansas City area lost its contract to carry the Royals baseball games, and the cable company is considering picking up Channel 62 TV, which gained the rights to the Royals broadcasts.
The Kaw Valley Girl Scout Council launched the 1993 Girl Scout cookie sale on Jan. 8. This year, customers will find the cookies wrapped in newly designed boxes that communicate the value found in contemporary Girl Scouting. Though close up portraits of girls engaged in a variety of Girl Scout activities, the boxes depict the supportive, “girls-only” environment in which girls practice new skills, establish lasting friendships, learn from positive female role models and have fun.
A Kansas State University student from Sabetha was recently awarded the Max Straube Achievement Award. Brian Rokey received the award which is given to the outstanding junior majoring in feed science and management at K-State. As recipient of the award, Rokey received $200 and a plaque. The award is provided by an endowed gift from the family of Max Straube, who was president of Pay Way Feed Company in Kansas City, Mo., from 1958 to his death in 1971.
10 Years ago
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
22nd Judicial District Magistrate Judge James B. O’Connor of Seneca died Friday morning Jan. 4, at his home. Nemaha County Attorney Brad Lippert gave the following statement on Friday, “Judge O’Connor died this morning between approximately 7 and 10 a.m. at his home. The cause of death remains under investigation. However, there was no sign of foul play.” O’Connor was first elected as a District Magistrate Judge in November 1986 and commenced in that position on Jan. 12, 1987. Reelected in 2006, he had served for more than 20 years on the bench.
Sabetha Police officer Nazario Wilcock is the City of Sabetha Employee of the Year for 2007. He received the Bunce Palmer Distinguished Service Award plaque and was honored during a brief awards ceremony Monday afternoon, December 31, at the City building. He has been a member of the Sabetha Police Department for just over 11 years, said City Administrator Doug Allen.
Under the state’s amended primary seat belt law, passengers from 14 through 17 years of age who fail to wear a seat belt are subject to a $60 fine – same as drivers of the same ages who fail to wear a seat belt. The amended Safety Belt Use Act, which allows law enforcement officers to stop cars solely for seat belt violations by occupants under 18, took effect July 1, 2007. Fines for the seat belt infractions took effect Jan 1, 2008.
Chera Hill, who operates Country Kids Home Daycare 9a group family child care in Sabetha, has been awarded a scholarship through the TEACH Early Childhood (R) project, sponsored by the Kansas Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (KACCRRA). Hill has operated Country Kids Home Daycare for six and a half years. The scholarship award will pay a portion of the cost of tuition and books and provide a travel stipend.