125 Years ago
Friday, February 17, 1893
Mrs. Loose met with a very unpleasant accident Saturday afternoon. After the light fall of snow, in stepping across to her near neighbor, Mrs. G. I. Adams. She slipped on the ice and fell, breaking her left wrist. It is hoped it will not prove a serious fracture.
The W.R.C. are preparing an elaborate entertainment in which all the nations will be represented including the characters of “Uncle Sam,” “Goddess of Liberty,” “John Chinaman,” etc. Elegant costumes, songs, music and personations. Admission twenty-five cents.
We are glad to learn from the Swearingen boys who were here last Sunday that their father is entirely recovered from the injuries received some time since in the Rock Island wreck that occurred near Horton. He has been back on his old run for several weeks.
Grant Harrington, editor of the Hiawatha Democrat, was in town Tuesday taking in the sights of Sabetha. Mr. Harrington is secretary and treasurer of the Northeastern Kansas Editorial association and while here calling at The Herald office told us the committee is talking of taking an editorial excursion this year to the Gulf.
100 Years ago
Thursday, February 14, 1918
The Treasury Decision Twenty-Six Hundred Fifty issued to-day extends time for filling all income and excess profits tax return including information at source to April 1st. (Signed) Roper, Commissioner
There is a deal on between the city and farmers in which it is proposed to utilize the duplicated telephone poles and wires for electric current from the city to the farm houses. The bell telephone and the Mutual telephone plants have parallel lines in several communities. The farmers could purchase the equipment as it stands and have electricity for both light and power. Mr. Finney for the telephone company says he will make farmers in on the electric current. Farmers who want the service should get busy. The entire community will have electric service eventually.
The Red Cross flags and buttons have come All Red Cross members who did not receive flags or buttons kindly ask for them at the National Bank.
75 Years Ago
Wednesday, February 17, 1943
Fire Chief Earl McQuillen says there are many fire hazards in the Sabetha business district that should be corrected. Also, he believes fire ordinances are being violated. A city ordinance establishes a fire zone in the business district with certain things such as the burning of trash in the area being forbidden. Chief McQuillen expects to make a check of the business buildings in March with a view to improving conditions. He points out that there have been four deaths from fire in the Sabetha area in less than a year, and that all unnecessary hazards must be removed to avoid future fires. He says insurance rates will be affected.
The ten high creamery producers who were listed in The Herald recently, were named, and those present were introduced. The following produce company directors were asked to stand: Harvey Bechtelheimer, vice president, M. L. Deaver, treasurer, Frank Niehues, Mrs. Grace Hutchison, A. A. Stallbaumer, Fred Reist and Harry Holforty, directors. Also present were some guests from St. Mary’s who are interested in the functioning of the poultry co-operative.
Leo Dodd received a broken right arm just above the wrist Friday night in the last few minutes of play in the Oneida-Fairview basketball game. The break was set at the Sabetha hospital. Though he has suffered a great deal the fracture is getting along as well as can be expected. He hit the wall with a stiff arm, snapping the bone. Leo is a senior in the local high school, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Chas Dodd. – Fairview Enterprise.
The American Meat Institute of Chicago says: “Pork contains important mineral, iron, copperas, phosphorus.” These are included in Rist’s Hog Mineral and the percent is stated on the tag. -Adv.
50 Years ago
Thursday, February 15, 1968
Supt. J. A. Cleavinger announced this week that two coaches in Unified District 441 have resigned their positions effective with the conclusion of the school year. Gary Johnson, head football and assistant basketball and track mentor at Sabetha High School, will enter business as an associate of The Team Sporting Goods Co. of Topeka. Lynn Wren, head basketball coach at Morrill High School, has also announced that he will not return next fall but has not made public his plans for the future.
The Kansas State CROP office reports a total of $1,100.66 from Nemaha County curing 1967. Of this amount, according to Church World Service Community Appeals of Topeka which supervises CROP collections, $447.08 was from NFO contributions in the county and were not included in the Nemaha County CROP treasurer’s books as the funds did not go through his hands.
Rodney Wenger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Wenger of Sabetha, copped fifth place in the mile run of the Kansas Freshman Junior College Invitational Track Meet at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence on Thursday night. Rodney is a freshman at Kansas State University in Manhattan. There were 15 schools entered in the meet. The Sabetha youth was timed in 4:35.2 behind the winning clocking of 4:20.4 turned in by Zyder, an Emporia State freshman.
Oliver Bennett will instruct a second semester adult education class in welding at the Morrill High School. The first meeting of the class will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Morrill High School on Monday, February 19. The class is offered under the Young Farmer Program of the State Department of Vocational Education and is open for both beginning and refresher welding instruction for a $10 tuition fee. No credit is allowed for the course and high school students now enrolled in school may not apply.
25 Years ago
Wednesday, February 17, 1993
A local lecturer has reached an estimated 100,000 students over the past seven years with his knowledge about environmental conservation and nature history. John Colyn uses his experience as a science teacher and park ranger in presenting his lectures to K-12 students across the United States. Colyn and his wife, Alice, moved from McPherson to Sabetha in May 1990 to be near their daughter, Leslie Scoby, and her family.
An audiologist serving outpatients at Sabetha Community Hospital is able to provide more accurate tests with the use of a new soundproof booth in the hospital. Susanne Kufahl said the new booth also allows her to visit more frequently with patients and provides increased convenience for them.
A newly released informational book on the well-being of Kansas children ranked Nemaha County among the state’s best in areas of early prenatal care and high school degree completion, but placed the county’s rate of children in poverty above the state average. A project of the Kansas Action for Children Inc., “A Road Map For Our Future – Kansas Kids County Data Book” is a comprehensive gathering of data on the state’s children.
10 Years ago
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Illinois Senator Barack Obama and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee swept the Kansas Presidential Caucuses last week , sending party frontrunners a message that neither candidate is going away easily. Obama, who trails New York Senator Hillary Clinton by the slimmest of margins after a weekend blitz, captured 23 delegates and 73.99 percent of Kansas voters on “Super Tuesday,” winning the state by nearly 18,000 votes.
In keeping with Nemaha County Farm Bureau’s continued tradition of honoring a baby born on or closest to Kansas Day, Donna Nordhus, Nemaha County Women’s Chairman, presents a gift bag full of Kansas food products and clothes to Alexis Ann Hecht. At 6:43 p.m. Friday, February 1, 2008, Alexis Ann was born to Travis and Angel Hecht of Seneca in the Nemaha Valley Community Hospital. Alexis weights 6 pounds, 11 ounces and was 19-1/2 inches long. Her brothers, Tanner, age 5, and Spencer, age 2, welcome her home.
An estimated 7-10 inches of snow fell on northeast Kansas starting last Tuesday, Feb. 5, and continuing into Wednesday morning, Feb. 6. Sabetha city crews worked approximately 200 man hours to make the Sabetha streets passable and hauled 120 truckloads of snow to the sports complex on the north end of Sixth Street, said Sabetha Street Supervisor Marty Sykes. Because of the volume of snow the crews made two passes on most streets, and on Thursday, higher than normal berms of snow remained along curbsides, especially at corners.
Indian gaming is alive and well in Northeast Kansas. With its advent in the middle 1990s, it has brought economic independence and opportunities for Native Americans, jobs opportunities for Indian Nations people and many local community members, and confidence in the future. And, that confidence in the future is best exemplified by the Tribal council Members and members of the Sac & Fox Nation of Missouri-Kansas.