125 Years Ago
Friday, April 14, 1893
Brown county had a terrible hail and wind storm Tuesday. Hundreds of dollars worth of window glass was broken in Hiawatha and chimneys tumbled in every direction.
It is becoming so common to see men on the streets of Sabetha the worse for liquor that any advantage we may have over license states is just now too small to be apparent. Whenever the temperance people learn that talking does no good and enforces no laws, and quit talking and do something, the evil will vanish. One of two places on main street smell so strong of beer that to pass them is unpleasant and they ought to be abated as nuisances.
Fred Dubach will open a watchmaker and jewelry store two doors west of Hamman’s store. He will make a specialty of repairing fine watches.
J. M. Swearingen is very fond of pancakes but they come dished up in April fool style he says he would prefer dry bread. – Horton Commercial.
100 Years Ago
Thursday, April 11, 1918
The Herald has not many chairs for resting, but what we have are at the service of the ladies for a rest, and we have a toilet with soap and towels. Bring in the children any time, while you are in for the Red Cross Auction. You are most welcome. Our girls will be glad to direct and assist you.
It was necessary to write the Federal Reserve bank in Kansas City for an honor flag for Sabetha. This was promptly done. We want the flag with the blue stars and all the trimmings that go with it. Also we want that honor flag black with names of Liberty Loan subscribers.
Robert Blair writes to Sabetha friends that he is stationed at the Great Lakes training station and has been there since last November. Robert formerly lived in the Woodlawn neighborhood. He will be remembered as the boy who walked from Louisiana to Sabetha. He is but seventeen years of age.
Cap Miller, Mrs. Miller and one of the boys drove up from Kansas City with two cares. One is a peachy limousine.
75 Years Ago
Wednesday, April 14, 1943
An interesting story in the Sunday edition of the Kansas City Star told of the Stevens Hotel in Chicago, taken over by the government to house soldiers. Cedric Priest, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Chester Priest, is located on the 17th floor of the hotel.
Monte Foster has resigned his position at the Washburn Food Center to take a position in defense work at Omaha. Mr. and Mrs. Foster are delighted at the prospect of being near their grandchildren.
Mr. and Mrs. Warren Ploeger, of Morrill, Kans., recently purchased their third outstanding boar in as many years – a $350 fall boar pig, Sunshine Bouncer, in the sale of Harry Knabe, Nehawka, Nebr. This is rated as one of the beat boars of his age in the country.
A Victory gardener says: I am up before sunrise and working until dark to keep my garden going. But what can one raise with dogs and children running and tramping over the garden in between time when I got to my job? Of the two, the neighbor children are the most destructive. The police may arrest the dogs, but what can they do about the children? I am willing to pay for this if you will print it. (Note by Ed., who is struggling with his own garden: No charge.)
50 Years Ago
Thursday, April 11, 1968
Forrest Payne last week missed by half-an-inch guessing the exact length of Wally Ragan’s “longest wiener in the world” contest. He was awarded a ham by the Hy-Klas grocery store. Payne said he had never considered himself a particularly lucky man but thinks the tide may be turning. His herd of about 30 recently had 15 calves within a ten-day period which, he says, speaks rather well of the bull. He’s going to try to rent the same bull next time assuming he’s still around (the bull, that is.)
Authorities of Unified District 441 have announced the extending of the deadline for contract bids on the new high school building in Sabetha and a new physical education plant in Wetmore, from May 1, 1968, to May 8, 1968. Bids will be opened in the multi-purpose room of the Sabetha elementary building at 2 p.m. by the designing architects.
The surprising Sabetha Bluejay track team successfully defended their title at the Perry Relays on Tuesday with a championship performance that saw them score 32 points to second place Wathena’s 22. There were 32 teams entered in the all day event. The Jays will have opportunity to add more laurels today when they compete in the Hiawatha Relays.
St. Joseph News Press – A 34-year-old Agency man was burned to death in his pickup truck early Wednesday morning on Interstate 29, north of Faucett, Mo. The victim is Jack D. Readenour whose truck was hit by a tractor-trailer unit, knocked across the hgihway, and burst into flames when the gasoline tank was ruptured.
25 Years Ago
Wednesday, April 14, 1993
Two weeks in balmy Florida may sound like an ideal vacation for some, but for Morrill residents Dale and Betty Aue, the trip was much more than fun in the sun. The Aues and their pastor, the Rev. Larry Ditmars of Trinity Church of the Brethren in Sabetha were part of a disaster response team responsible for helping the town of Danville, Fla. rebuild after tornadoes devastated that area in October 1992.
A 13-year-old Sabetha boy has been upgraded from critical to fair condition at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Topeka following an April 9 accidental shooting at his home. A nursing supervisor at St. Francis said Monday the victim’s condition had been upgraded but he remained hospitalized. According to Sabetha Police Chief Mike Hill, two juveniles – the 13-year-old victim and a 15-year-old boy – had returned from target shooting with a .22 caliber handgun when the accident occurred about 4:30 p.m. Friday.
It was 1963 when Robert Carson was first elected Mayor of Wetmore on a write-in ticket. On April 6, 30 years later, Carson was elected to serve his 21st year as that city’s leader. More amazing than the number of years he has been elected is the fact that Carson has only filed for office once. A move he doesn’t recall, but his wife, June, contends is true because she remembers there was a particular project he wanted to see completed.
Martin Mishler of Sabetha has been appointed defense attorney for a 17-year-old Denison girl who is being charged with aggravated battery concerning an incident in Wetmore, according to a Nemaha County District Court officer. A trial date of May 3 has been scheduled in Nemaha County District Court, beginning at 10 a.m.
10 Years Ago
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Underage drinking cost the citizens of Kansas $646 million in 2005. Why the fact about money, you might wonder? Most stories about underage drinking start with a grim statistic about how many youth die each year in alcohol-related incidents. It seems that the inherent problem of underage drinking needs to be taken more seriously by adults who are more than two-thirds of the time, providing youth with the means to become a statistic.
The Sabetha High School drama students are eagerly preparing to present their spring production, Chateau La Roach, written by Lauren Wilson, Saturday and Sunday, April 11 and 12. The performances begin at 7 pm. both evenings. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for students. SHS seniors Amber Teske and Robert McPherson portray Mimi and Francois Laroche, the French proprietors of the beautiful Chateau Laroche, located on the stories of a peaceful American lake.
Tuesday evening April 1, Frances Eaton purchased a $5 2by2 ticket, getting give different plays. The Sabetha resident couldn’t believe her good fortune when she checked her ticket. She thought she was doing pretty well when she matched one red number and one white number on each of three plays, bu that was nothing compared to her winnings on the fourth play. Eaton matched both red numbers and both white numbers, winning a $22,000 top prize, bringing her total winning to $22,000.
Weather permitting, beginning on Monday, April 7, Kansas Highway 62 was to close approximately 3.8 miles north of the Nemaha-Jackson County line for a bridge replacement project. Crews will replace the existing single span bridge with a larger reinforced concrete frame box. Work will take place Monday through Friday during daylight hours.