125 Years ago
Friday, March 3, 1893
We are sorry to see the Hiawatha Democrat standing up for the populists and abusing Justice Horton. Down deep in his heart Harrington believes the decision both right and law, but politics makes fools of wise me. The more’s the pity.
It was a shock to a large number of Sabetha people who have learned to esteem them highly to hear that Mr. and Mrs. Hastings and family are planning to leave Sabetha, Mr. Hastings have sold his property this week to Mrs. A. N. Reber. It is rumored that they will turn their faces to the new land of promise in Oklahoma.
H.C. Haines has leased a new house, now being built and nearly completed in Chicago, and will move into it in a few weeks. He and his family will take this method of taking in the whole of the World’s Fair display. We hope the great attractions of the city will not keep the family, so long identified with Sabetha and her interests, as permanent residents.
Mrs. Lawrence has been very ill from rheumatism of the heart and at one time her life was despaired of. We are glad to learn that she is a little better.
100 Years ago
Thursday, February 28, 1918
So far the Baby Bonds are selling very well. Thursday sixteen dollars worth were sold. The slogan is to be Over the Top with the Baby Bonds in Sabetha High School.
The twenty years ago items in Sunday’s Topeka State Journal announce that “Miss Moon and Miss Frances Moon spent Saturday in Sabetha.” That must have been a short time before the big event that gave Sabetha Mrs. Charles Haines.
You should be very careful about having money on hand March 1 if you do not want to pay taxes on it. You have one more day to pay subscription to The Sabetha Herald, thereby passing the buck to us.
The Eureka school district rabbit hunt netted the Bern Red Cross nine dollars.
75 Years Ago
Wednesday, March 3, 1943
Member’s of the Sabetha American legion Auxiliary are this week conducting the Red Cross Drive in this community. Sabetha’s quota is $900. You are asked to give liberally, double the usual contribution if possible. This is the only solicitation for the year.
The fire department was called to extinguish a grass fire along the Rock Island right-of-way about three blocks west of 14th street at the southwest edge of Sabetha Sunday night about ten o’clock. Firemen worked until midnight getting the blaze put out. They used the water from the tank on the country truck, applying it with a hose. The fire whistle was not blown. Fire Chief Earl McQuillen says electric power line poles supplying the Sabetha filtration plant west of town would have been damaged by the fire had it been permitted to burn. Other buildings might also have been threatened.
School Notes. Those having perfect spelling for the week were Jo Ann, Mary Ann and Glenn Lee Keim, Verda, Lynn and Leo Kellenberger, Robert and Leola Aberle. Mrs. Bert Keim visited school Friday afternoon.
In a public sale advertisement in this issue, Mr. and Mrs. Norman Morgan announce that they will offer at auction all of the furniture, fixtures, dishes, equipment and supplies of Morgan’s Cafe, which they have operated for the past several years. Mr. Morgan said Monday that ration restrictions, reduced supplies and, most important, the present difficulty of obtaining help make it impossible for them to continue. They will sell out “to the bare walls” and simply discontinue their business.
50 Years ago
Thursday, February 29, 1968
A grass fire, believed to have been caused by a carelessly tossed cigarette, resulted in a shed burning down Wednesday afternoon. The Sabetha rural fire truck fought the fire for two hours before they were able to bring it under control. A strong wind out of the northwest made the fire fighting difficult and cold. The fire started along the roadside two miles north of Berwick, just west of the James Menold farm. The alarm was turned in a 1:55 p.m. and the Sabetha firemen left the scene at 4:05 p.m. The high wind blew burning debris into the shed, believed to have contained hay, and resulted in it catching fire.
Sabethans awoke this morning to find winter weather had returned. Temperatures were below the 10 degree mark. The cold snap rode in behind strong northerly winds Wednesday afternoon that produced snow flurries but not a great accumulation of snow. The cold is expected to remain for a day or so although the sun in shining brightly on this Thursday morning.
In custody at the Jackson County Jail in Holton, pending preliminary hearing are Jerry F. Murdock, of Bern, and Tom Small, Topeka both in their early 20’s. They have been charged with burglary in regard to breaking and entering the Netawaka Elevator.
Richard D. Bartholomew, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard L. Bartholomew of Morrill, has recently been promoted to the rank of Sergeant with the Kansas Highway Patrol. Sgt. Bartholomew joined the Patrol in July 1959 and has been stationed in Kansas City, Kansas since that time, serving first as a Driver’s License Examiner and for the last five years as trooper.
25 Years ago
Wednesday, March 3, 1993
A physical part of Morrill’s main street history will be gone by week’s end. The City of Morrill has contracted to have two brick buildings – one a former grocery store and the other a former furniture story and mortuary – demolished.” The roofs were collapsing and no business had occupied the one building for at least 15 years,” said Morrill city clerk Carolyn Moravec. “When the buildings came up for tax sale last August, the city purchased them.”
Dave and Virginia Mars, owners of Burger Junction, have announced the sale of their business to Mr. and Mrs. Pete Stavropoulos, owners of Trails Cafe in Holton. The new owners assume the property March 15. The last day of the present operation will be March 12. Dave Mars said the new owners plan to remodel the restaurant and hope to be open in two to three weeks under a new name. The Mars have retained the name “Burger Junction.”
City commissioners this week continued their stand against allowing any more employees to live more than three miles outside Sabetha by denying a request from a power plant employee to move to Salem, Neb. At the March 1 meeting, Mayor Dave Emert said that the commission is sympathetic to the request, but that the policy has to be upheld. He cited the administration’s position that the employees should be able to come to the plant immediately in case of power failure.
Courtney Riley has been named the director of the Rural Development Association of Northeast Kansas. The RDA is a combined effort that came about last year between the economic development groups of Nemaha and Brown counties. As its first director, one of Riley’s duties will be to recruit new counties to become part of the association.
10 Years ago
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
The Mary Cotton Public Library is currently holding a “Cleaning House” book sale in preparation for the move to the library’s temporary home while the library remodeling project progresses. “As we prepare to move to our temporary home we invite you to come in and take advantage of the situation,” said Library Director Kim Priest. “All are welcome to come and buy books by the boxful. There is a large variety of mostly adult fiction and nonfiction, but some children’s books may be added as we sort through the collection again.
Sabetha has been selected as a host city for the 34th annual Biking Across Kansas tour which will take place June 7-14. The BAK directors requested and received permission from the USD No. 441 Board of Education to stay overnight and the Sabetha school complex the night of Thursday, June 12. The BAK (pronounced B-A-K) tour organizes expect the group to number approximately 800 bikers and support personnel.
Honored at the annual Kansas Honors Program Monday evening, February 18, at Holton are Sabetha High School seniors (L-R) Jacob Nagely, Amber Teske, Jordan Meyer and Christian Busch. Scott Henry, a senior at Wetmore High School, and Bryson Haverkamp, a senior at Bern High School, were unable to attend the event. Each student who attends receives an American Heritage Dictionary in both hardback and CD versions. The honored scholars rank in the top 10 percent of their class.
TEC owner Linda Orton shows Sabetha High School wrestling champion Jordan Meyer how to prepare a customer’s order, during the wrestling team’s fundraiser at TEC Tuesday evening, February 19, to send Meyer to compete at nationals.