125 Years ago
Friday, March 31, 1893
Last Monday it snowed all day although it was the 26th of March. By night from two to three inches lay on the ground and the resemblance to winter was complete. By noon on Tuesday it had all disappeared. The rains and snow have made the ground very wet and have delayed seeding.
A New Jersey part has conceived the idea of a nineteenth centennial of the birth of Christ at Jerusalem. The object is to bring traffic to the new railroad and boom Jerusalem corner lots. As no one would care to go under those conditions the scheme will probably be a failure as it ought to be.
Little Ida Wilcox, the eight-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Wilcox of Bancroft, was instantly crushed to death Monday, by coming in contact with an unprotected shaft in Wilcox & Little’s steam elevator which carried her into the machinery. Every bone in her body was broken.
The editor of this paper intends to vote on the suffrage amendment the way his wife wants him to. This determination is irrevocable and it will only be a waste of time for the persuasive mothers of the political equality movement to interfere. – Havensville Torchlight.
100 Years ago
Thursday, March 28, 1918
The big strike of labor unions in Kansas City, threatened for sometime , broke Wednesday morning. As The Herald goes to press serious rioting is reported in the streets of Kansas City, the trouble started weeks ago when a dozen laundry drivers struck. The entire labor unions have now struck in sympathy, and all the industries in Kansas City are paralyzed.
Proclamation. It is hereby ordered that all public meeting including churches, Sunday schools, prayer meetings, moving pictures, shows, public library, and all public gatherings are prohibited until Monday, April 8, 1918, in the interests of the public health. Dr. G. R. Conrad, Mayor.
The Librarian is about to ship THIRTY books to the soldier camps. Sabetha’s quota was 300. Can you not spare a book for the soldiers. They need them. Give a book you know the boys will enjoy. Spare the annoyance of throwing away books that nothing could induce you, yourself, to read.
The freshman class had a party at the home of Camilla Chandler. Every one had a good time; in spite of the fact that some of their refreshments were stolen.
75 Years Ago
Wednesday, March 31, 1943
Horton-Edgar H. Goslin fireman 1st class, United States Navy, Kickapoo Indian youth who was reported missing in action at the time of the fall of Bataan now is definitely reported by the navy department to be a prisoner of the Japs in the Philippine Islands as a result of information supplied by the International Red Cross. The father, Hilard Goslin, who was a member of the Kickapoo tribal council, a prominent Brown county farmer, now is employed in Topeka and lives with his family at 123 East 21st St, Topeka.
Victor Sheeley, Seneca, was seriously injured Thursday night when the ‘41 Ford he was driving plunged from No. 63 highway near the Humphrey school south of Seneca, struck the grade of a side road that enters the highway from the west, and went rolling and bouncing like a child’s block.
This is one of the finest weeks of plays at the Civic. Not a play should be missed by young or old. It is also Red Cross clean-up at the movie houses over the nation including outs. Don’t forget to take dimes and dollars to put in the “hat” when it is passed. The Red Cross funds must be collected. As a matter of fact it should be kept up all the time. The movie houses always come through to help such causes. Regardless of what you have given in the regular job, add more every night at the Civic to the greatest “cause” in this sad old world.
The Skelly Oil officials here to present the award to Harlan Deaver last Saturday morning had a breakfast at the Buzz Cafe that morning. Mayor Hibbard, M. F. Mock and Mr. Deaver were guests at the breakfast. Following the meal they went to the Deaver home where the award was made in connection with the regular radio program as announced in last week’s Herald.
50 Years ago
Thursday, March 28, 1968
Sabetha high school students captured no less than seven superior ratings at the district Speech and Drama festival held Saturday at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. Sixty-two schools were represented from northeast Kansas in the competition.
Bone fragments were found Monday afternoon, March 25, in the still simmering basement of the Mr. and Mrs. Ardelle James’ farm home near Verdon, Nebr., which was destroyed by fire early Monday morning. Mrs. James has not been seen since the fire and a search of the area has turned up nothing.
Mark Fenton, SHS senior, was named to the all Big 7 Conference team selected by the coaches. Mark averaged 11.5 points per game in leading the jays to a surprising 14-6 record and second place in the conference. Others on the all league quintet were Dale Northup, Pat Langvardt and Chris Landvardt, all from champion Wamego, and 6-10 John Duncanson from Tonganoxie. John Berggren, 6-4 senior Jay center, and Mark Scarlett, junior guard, both received honorable mention in the balloting.
Charles (ed) Baskett, senior architectural student at the University of Kansas, is serving on the KU Department of Architecture’s visitation committee to visit Kansas high schools during the spring semester to talk to students interested in the study of architecture.
25 Years ago
Wednesday, March 31, 1993
The creation of corporate jobs and deletion of small farm operations fuels arguments for and against the corporate hog farm bill, which has passed the Kansas House and Senate and now moves to the Governor. Area farmers anxiously await a decision from Gov. Joan Finney whose signature is needed before the bill becomes a law. Gov. Finney has expressed reservations about allowing corporate hog and dairy farming and indicated that a veto is possible.
Construction is to begin on a new watershed structure north of Netawaka by mid-summer and three more sites in Nemaha and Brown counties are expected to be open for bids in the coming months. Board members of the Nemaha-Brown Watershed Joint District No. 7 conducted their annual meeting March 25 at Woodlawn during which they announced the construction schedule, approved a mill levy increase and held elections.
“It was the only church I ever knew” is how Clementine Meckling describes the African Methodist Episcopal Church that stood just down the street from her house in Fairview until last week. Though the Fairview AME church has set vacant for at least a decade, Meckling has little by little seen that remnants from the establishment were saved. These included contents found inside the cornerstone and any usable lumber that once framed the altar where she was wed.
An amendment to the Sabetha city law prohibiting cereal malt beverage consumption on business premises was unanimously approved during the March 29 regular city commission meeting. Commissioners agreed that specific times clarifying the hour of vacating a Class A establishment should be consistent with the county’s regulations.
10 Years ago
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
The Sabetha Chamber of Commerce will host a Health and Wellness Fair from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, in conjunction with the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Sabetha USD 441 walking trail. The wellness fair, which will be held at the Sabetha Middle School , offers a community-wide opportunity to encourage lifestyles and family activities that highlight services and options available in the immediate area.
United 4 Youth and the Sabetha Police Department are planning a Town Hall Meeting at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 4, at Sabetha City Hall to discuss ways to prevent underage drinking. Speakers will include Special Agent Joe Garman Kansas Department of Revenue Alcohol Beverage Control and Sabetha Police Chief Dennis L. Thompson. According to surveys the average age of first alcohol use is 13. The prevalence of underage drinking increases with age making it more important than ever to begin teaching youth at an early age about the dangers of alcohol.
The Brown County Republican Central Committee convened at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, and selected Hiawatha police officer John Merchant Sr. as their nominee to fill the unexpired term of Sheriff Lamar Shoemaker, who has accepted a job with the State Fire Marshal’s office.
The Ground-Breaking Ceremony for the new Community National Bank facility at the intersection of Old Highway 75 and Main Street in Sabetha is held Thursday morning March 20. Following remarks by Chairman of the Board Walter Rottinghaus. Bank CEO Ron Johnson and Sabetha Branch Manager Dave Herbster, board members line up with shovels and hardhats to break ground.