125 Years ago
Friday, January 20, 1893
The mercury broke its record for this season at Champaign, Ill., on Sunday night by reaching the extreme depth of 22 degrees below the zero mark. It was the coldest weather experience in that city for eight years.
The Sabetha History Club are on the brink just preparing to take a plunge into United States History. Redpath is to be their text book. They have been nearly two years in English history.
We understand that Charley White has bought of John Hoover two carloads of hogs at $7.50. A man who has two carloads of hogs to sell at that price can laugh at calamity, and does not need free silver comage. The prices of hogs is higher now than at any time since the war and the reason is the scarcity, of course. There are very few hogs in this part of the country, or any other.
A family of five persons in Kansas City was poisoned Tuesday by rough on rats in griddle cakes. This adds a new and unexpected danger to the consumption of this popular edible.
Hon. Ira F. Collins attended the inauguration of governor at Topeka. He says he has seen every governor’s inauguration since the war but never saw such a crowd before.
100 Years ago
Thursday, January 17, 1918
An Atchison woman 87 years old is knitting for the soldiers but refuses to let instructors at the Red Cross advise her. “I was knitting long before the Red Cross originated,” she told an instructor recently.
Women letter carriers are not a success, according to Postmaster Selph, who, after giving them a fifteen day trial on several city routes, announced today their services would be required no longer. Work was too heavy for them, he declared.
E. W. Field, who is a successful farmer on a little bit of a place, will donate half a bushel of 1916 seed corn to be sold for the benefit of the Red Cross at the next commission sale held by Kistner and Crandall. Seed houses are asking ten dollars a bushel for similar corn.
Clarence Steele has the grip in all its ramifications, not to mention the ramifications of the medicines down him. He was laid up at home for several days last week.
75 Years Ago
Wednesday, January 20, 1943
Elsewhere in this issue is a story of the Fred Niehues family of Goff, which leads this county with six men in the service of Uncle Sam. A Navy department report for the period from December 16 to 31 lists Frederick Joseph Niehues, Seaman, 1st class, one of the sons of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Niehues of Goff, as among those wounded in action.
The Sabetha high school basketball team took a rough and tumble game from Holton on the Sabetha court Friday evening by a score of 29 to 18. Holton started out with football tactics and Sabetha soon followed suit. Holton’s head start gave the visitors a slight advantage. They finished with 22 fouls. Sabetha had 18. Three players from each team went to the bench via the error route. Sabetha took an early lead and maintained it with a satisfactory margin throughout.
It is with regret that the Sabetha Cemetery Board announces the acceptance of the resignation of Mrs. Estelle Conrad as Sec-Treasurer of the Sabetha Cemetery Board. Mrs. Conrad has filled this position very efficiently for a number of years and only those connected with the Board know the importance of her work and the great amount of time she has devoted to it.
Rev. Lawrence Duncan has been employed as pastor of the Sabetha Baptist church. He received his education at Southwestern Teachers’ College and Oklahoma Baptist University from which he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. He will receive his Bachelor of Divinity Degree from Central Baptist Seminary at Kansas City, Kas., in May.
50 Years ago
Thursday, January 18, 1968
Members of the Board of Education of U. S.D. 488, after the adoption of a new salary schedule for the 68-69 school year, immediately passed a resolution indicating that the Board of Education would not reconsider salaries for the 68-69 school year, regardless of any additional state aid that might be allocated during the 1968 legislative session.
New York, Jan. 12 – Silver coins, especially dimes and quarters, will soon become a rarity in Nemaha County. The Treasury Department reports that it has been quietly withdrawing a large number of these coins from circulation recently, resuming a course of action of action that it initiated two years ago. At that time, there were some 644,000 dimes and quarters in use in the local area, each of them containing 90 percent silver.
Several Sabethans went to Seneca to testify in county court on charges against two Topeka men growing out of a December break-in at Greene’s Drug Store in Sabetha. Both men were bound over to District Court. Appearing at the court from Sabetha were Roger Shear, J. E. Greene, Jr., Roy Branaum and Albert Holthaus.
In spite of the rough start of the new year, car and truck license plates have been moving well at the county treasurer’s office. As of Friday evening, 1837 car numbers had been issued, and 765 numbers for trucks. Treasurer Alvin Bauman said there was a little slackup at the end of the week but that for the first eight working days of the new year, an average of 217 tags were issued each day. – Seneca Courier Tribune.
25 Years ago
Wednesday, January 20, 1993
A task force representing both the city and Sabetha Community Hospital will meet soon to determine the feasibility of the hospital becoming a district entity. The joint committee will do research and obtain information on different avenues that can be taken to help the hospital improve its financial condition, city administrator Ted Hayden said.
Office area for the Sabetha Police Department will nearly triple by February or March after a move from the city hall to the former middle school building at First and Main. The police department will take over the former school office area, an adjacent classroom and part of the east end of the first floor hallway, which are being remodeled into one space.
A desire to operate a family-oriented business has Tim and Charleen Hartter of rural Sabetha planning to open a bulk food store this spring. Construction on Hearthside County Store will begin as soon as the weather allows. The country theme will follow to the inside of the store, which will include a wood burning stove and rocking chair in one corner- a decorating idea that helped lead to the store’s names.
Sabetha Farmers Cooperative Elevator members were assured at their annual meeting Jan. 18 that the company is above the ground financially. Board of directors president Bob Scoby told the 175 people attending the meeting that while the co-op has had financial problems, its assests and stocks were up at the end of the last fiscal year.
10 Years ago
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
When the ice storm hit, many parents might have had a difficult time finding out if the schools were closed from one day to the next. Many a parent probably also has been blindsided by a game cancellation that came unexpectedly. How can a school district quickly and efficiently alert its parents, as well as staff, students and other members of the community of important announcements? Sabetha USD 441 recently has implemented what could turn out to be the perfect, and simplest, solution – an alert system that sends text messages and emails.
The Brown County Public Building Commission, formed to provide oversight to consider the construction of a new county correctional facility, held its first meeting Thursday, Dec. 27. Creation of the commission was authorized by Resolution No. 07-12, which the Brown County Board of Commissioners passed during the board’s Sept. 4. meeting. Members will serve without compensation.
Nemaha County Attorney Brad M. Lippert released the following statement on Thursday, Jan. 10, on the findings of the cause of deat of Judge James B O’Connor. “On Jan. 4 2008, at approximately 10:25 a.m. District Magistrate Judge James B O’Connor was found dead at his home in Seneca. An autopsy completed by Donald V Pogman, M.D. indicates that the cause of death was a penetrating gunshot wound of the chest. Based upon the investigation completed by the Seneca Police Department, it has been determined that the gunshot wound was self-inflicted.
The finalist of the Kansas Native Sons and Daughters high school art contest. “Kansas As Beautiful As You Think,” have been announced. Lauri Stoller a junior at Sabetha High School was named a finalist in the Pastel category, for her entry, “Pink Daisey.” The following three SHS students received honorable mention Lena Hartter, junior, Painting category, “ Harvest Wheat” Gessica Renyer, junior, Pastel category. “Hanging Out to Dry” and Marisa Ross, senior, Mixed Media category, “ Ranch Hand with Bandana.”