125 Years ago
Friday, January 27, 1893
The Chautauqua Circle had a pleasant meeting Saturday evening with a full attendance. At the close of the lesson the members enjoyed a musical treat in the way of a brilliant piano solo from Miss Loose.
Mrs. Wickins has been deputized by the Grand Master to institute the new Rebekah lodge at Seneca next week. She, accompanied by the Rebekah staff of twenty-five members from Sabetha, will go for that purpose next Wednesday. A lodge of forty charter members has been formed there.
Kansas should be known as the “Wheat Queen” of the world. She is pre-eminently the banner wheat state for 1892 – so decided by the secretary of agriculture at Washington, D.C. – the yield being over 29,000,000 bushels ahead of that of any other state.
Who would have dreamed that the editor of the Goffs Advance could ever fail to find language to do justice to any subject. Yet he says: “Readers will notice that the Advance has little to say in regard to the trouble down at Topeka. It is not because we have no ideas on the subject, but simply because we cannot find language vivid enough in which to clothe these ideas.”
100 Years ago
Thursday, January 24, 1918
Dan Kendall purchased 100 acres of the Sycamore Springs farm of Joe Slusher for $200 per acre. The hotel is on the 60 acres kept by Slusher Mr. Kendall takes the 20 acres on the east of the quarter and the north eighty.
Rev Shelton passed a perfect examination physically and mentally and will go into the navy. He will take six months’ schooling first. He left his sisters at Seattle last Tuesday. Oneida is always glad to hear of the achievements of her sons or daughters. Roy will go to Mare Island, Calif., for his schooling.
Rufus Emery, Nemaha county fuel administrator, will have tags printed for every home in Nemaha county, the tags to be tied to every shovel in the county. “Save at least one shovel of coal a day” will be the slogan. The tags will be distributed by means of school children, January 30.
You are hereby notified that the registration of German alien enemies is to commerce at six a.m. on February 4th, 1918, and to continue on each day successively thereafter between the hours of six a.m. and eight p.m. up to and including the 9th day of February, 1918, at eight o’clock p.m. The registration shall take place in the postoffice at Sabetha. This includes all alien enemies over 14 years of age.
75 Years Ago
Wednesday, January 27, 1943
Mrs. F. E. Wrightman announces that home nursing classes will begin again soon. She will be at the Sabetha library building on Monday, February 1, from two to five in the afternoon to enroll all persons interested. She says there will be classes for all, regardless of education and other qualifications.
After giving the Hiawatha Indians a number of uneasy moments in a basketball game on the Hiawatha court Friday evening, the Sabetha high school first team finally was defeated by a score of 40 to 26. The score at the first quarter was 11 to 8 and at one time in the third period the Blue Jays again were only three points behind. The Hiawatha World says the Indians played their best basketball of the season.
Quite a complicated farm case is going from justice court to district court by appeal of F. J. Moser and Fern Moser, Jr. who originally brought the case against George Mergenmeier. The Mosers claimed they were entitled to possession of some farm machinery and junk, value of $116, on the place farmed by Mergenmeier. Mergenmeier filed answer that he had sought repeatedly to have the Mosers remove the stuff, which was on the farm when he moved onto it, and then finally denied the Mosers right to take it.
The University of Kansas has gone on a 24 hour service. Classes are held in shifts day and night, the year around. Easter holiday will be eliminated, the spring semester to be completed in time for opening the full semester May 24, 16 weeks summer school.
50 Years ago
Thursday, January 25, 1968
Four representatives from the Sabetha Chamber of Commerce attended the city commissioners’ meeting Monday afternoon at the city hall. Following discussion, the commissioners agreed to again attempt to enforce the two-hour parking limit that was originally passed several years ago. The limit involves the three main blocks of the business section.
All of the students of Sabetha Unified District 441 will receive a special pamphlet next Monday telling 50 interesting facts about Kansas. Supt. J. A. Cleavinger pointed out that while classroom work concentrates on the rest of the world sometimes the home state is neglected. Monday was chosen since it is January 29 or Kansas Day. The information included in the billfold size brochure was prepared by the Kansas State Chamber of Commerce.
The past week there was a slow-down in the issuing of license tags. As of the close of January 23, there were 2,762 car tags and 1,194 truck tags issued. In 1967, Nemaha County issued 5,209 car tags and 2,415 truck tags. On February 15, there will be a 50c penalty added on each tag purchased. That leaves a little over two weeks for the owners of cars and trucks to get their tags. This reminder is for all owners of cars and trucks who haven’t yet purchased their 1968 tags.
With the temperatures “soaring” into the 40-50 degree range this week nearly all of the snow has disappeared. The weatherman is calling for continued warm weather for the next few days.
25 Years ago
Wednesday, January 27, 1993
The low bid for general obligation sewer bonds valued at $200,000 was accepted by the Sabetha City Commission during its Jan. 25 meeting. First Securities of Wichita was awarded the bid with a 5.54 percent interest rate. Two other companies also placed completed bids, which were opened earlier in the day. A bond issuance ordinance was approved by the commission for the bonds that cover the Rolling Hills sewer improvement district and construction of the waste water treatment plant.
Nemaha County Commissioners last week tentatively agreed to join the Douglas County regional juvenile detention facility. Commissioner Jim Brownlee of Sabetha said the commissioners will receive the contract to join the facility after a February advisory meeting in Lawrence. Before the contract is signed, however, it will be reviewed with the county attorney and the district court judge to determine if the plan meets the needs of the county.
Mr. and Mrs. Darly Bechtelheimer returned Sunday evening from a 10-day trip to Jonesboro, Tenn., and Washington, D.C. for the inaugural events. They met her brother, David Bennett, and wife Shirley in Olathe, and left Jan. 16 for Jonesboro, arriving Jan. 17 at the home of Dr. and Mrs. AJ Bennett, a brother of Grace. The group departed for Washington D.C. Jan. 18.
Thomas Thagard, 13-year-old-son of Alan and Donna Thagard of Sabetha, presented a program to members of the Sabetha Kiwanis Club Thursday noon. He spoke on the hobby of model airplane flying. He also brought several models for members to see.
10 Years ago
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Donna Holthaus, a patient care technician at the Sabetha Dialysis Center, recently received the Heartland Kidney Network’s annual Award of Excellence which honors patient care technicians who demonstrate professional excellence in their facilities. This year’s award, entitled “An Integral Piece in the Renal Puzzle: Heartland network Annual Award of Excellence,” cited Holthaus for her “outstanding attitude, dedication, and commitment to quality patient care in the Renal Community.
A good sized crowd attended the Bill Isles folk music concert, hosted by Friends of the Mary Cotton Library, Thursday evening, Jan. 17, at the Sabetha Middle School auditorium. Through the outdoor temperature was in the mid teens, the indoor temperature and atmosphere were warm. Award-winning folk singer-song-writer Bill Isles and his wife, Kate, gave an entertaining, humorous and relaxing performance for the Friends fundraiser to help purchase computer equipment for the new technology room after the library renovations are complete.
The Kansas State legislature voted into law that all public schools in Kansas must institute a program to combat bullying. The policy has to be in place by Jan. 1, 2008. The USD No. 441 Board of Education approved at their December meeting a district-wide policy to implement the Olweus Bulling Prevention Program. “We have great staff and students, but bullying does occur in our school system,” said Sabetha Elementary and Middle School Teacher Monica Haug who is a member of the district’s anti-bullying team, a group of staff and parents who meet to plan programs for the year.
Retired Kansas State Senator Leslie A Droge, 90, of Bern died Monday evening Jan. 14, 2008, at his home. He was elected to the Kansas Senate in 1963 and served from 1964 to 1976 while continuing to farm. He chaired the Senate Committees on Agriculture and Military Affairs. In June 1941 following graduation from Kansas State University, Droge entered the U.S. Army, where he served in the 82nd Airborne during World War II.