125 Years Ago
Friday, April 28, 1893
It is a wonder that as large a town as Hiawatha cannot support a good democratic paper. The Kansas Democrat is a sort of fusion mongrel that must be of very little interest to the regular stalwart, and the Journal is a populist.
It is rather late to mention it, but the only reason it was not spoken of earlier by the Herald is that we heard only the other date of the re-instatement and vindication of Miss Livengood at her old place in the Rock Island office as day operator. Investigation proceed that the train men were to blame and not the operator. The conductor was discharged that the engineer given a lay-off and Miss Mary Livengood very properly given her position again. The Sabetha girl is ahead as usual, and has our congratulations.
Sabetha and Falls City both have circuses that will start out the first of May. Hiawatha people would like to see both of them. – World. Come up and see the show. Tickets only a quarter and the street parade all for nothing.
May 1 is to be celebrated as the twelfth anniversary of the adoption of the prohibitory law in Kansas.
100 Years Ago
Thursday, April 25, 1918
The Nemaha county war board has recommended that every town in Nemaha county have union patriotic services once a month on Sunday. This matter has been overlooked in Sabetha owing to the rush of other matters. The matter will now be taken up in Sabetha. It would be especially fitting to hold the monthly patriotic union service in a Sabetha church. The churches are the only buildings in which meetings can be held here at present. There is no more sacred rite than the patriotic service. It should be held here monthly by all means.
The Herald has about twenty-three Strahms in its “family.” If there are any Strahms not on the subscription list they are invited to “enlist” with The Herald at once. Come on in the water’s fine and the news authentic and up to the minute.
Nearly all the boys have dropped out of high school to work on farms. Only five are left in school and most of them are members of the U.S. Boys Working Reserve and will go to the farms as soon as school closes.
Found – Child’s monogram ring on South Washington avenue. Owner can have same at Herald office by paying for this ad.
75 Years Ago
Wednesday, April 28, 1943
The friends of Mrs. Emma Thompson Galbraith, who was born and reared in the Harmony district south of town, will be sorry to learn that her only son, Thomas Claude, was killed in a plane accident April 12. He had received his wings and commission last December and was sent to South Carolina. His father died soon after World War I, and the son was buried beside him April 16.
Miss Mary Reasy suffered serious lacerations on her face Monday morning when the tie rod on the car in which she was riding came loose rendering the driver, Clyde Kooser helpless in steering the car. The Kooser family had visited Mr. Kooser’s parents at Valley Falls and drove by Topeka to bring Miss Reasy home from the city. The accident happened near the overpass north of Horton. Others in the car received bruises but no serious injuries.
Ten Sabetha men interested in the establishment of a branch ration office in Sabetha were given hope that satisfactory arrangements could be made for such a branch when they went to Seneca Monday evening to meet with Regional Director Clifford Baldwin. Mr Baldwin was formerly Nemaha county’s rationing director and was advanced to the regional post some months ago. The present outlook is that an office may be established here as soon as the matter is approved by district headquarters at Wichita. The Sabetha request will be considered along with others from over the state.
Henry Osterhaus has filed a suit in district court against Frank H. Holthaus, Seneca, and F. B. Holthaus, Baileyville, based on an alleged note given in 1926, for $3500. Interest payments are listed. It is claimed that principal and interest due amount to $12,553.53 as of March 1st of this year.
50 Years Ago
Thursday, April 25, 1968
The board of education of Unified District 441 met in special session Saturday night, April 20, at the special services building in Sabetha. Included in the actions taken by the board were the following: 1. Approved and authorized purchase of four new 48 passenger school Ward bodies from South Kansas City Bus Sales for $11,521 different after trade in of three old busses. This was the low bid of six ranging up to $14,111.20. 2. Approved purchase of bus chassis from local dealers, Brey Motors, Nemaha Motors, McFall Motors and Gilbert Motors for a total of $12,255.00. Purchase price allows $200 to each dealer but does not include freight on chassis to body factory estimated at $100 each. Average total cost of the four units is $5,944 to the district. Delivery on all units is scheduled this summer.
Five Sabetha High School students will participate in the State FFA Agriculture Mechanics and the Vocational Agriculture Judging contest to be held April 29-30 on the campus of Kansas State University, Manhattan. Galen Rokey will enter the FFA Speech contest with “A Good FFA Citizen.” Only representatives from the District FFA Speech Elimination Contest may enter the State FFA Speech Contest.
Miss Sue Ann Popkess, a Junior in the School of Nursing at the Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas has been selected to participate in the exchange program in nursing with the Phillipine Islands at Manila. She will study one year there and will leave in June.
An innovation in driver licenses has been adopted by the Kansas Motor Vehicle Department. The first of these new style licenses was presented to Governor Robert Docking today by L. A. “Bud” Billings, department Superintendent.
25 Years Ago
Wednesday, April 28, 1993
The state fire marshal’s office has determined that a house fire April 15 northwest of Berwick was intentionally set and a reward of up to $5,000 is being offered in the case, according to a state fire investigator. Dick Blevins, deputy state fire marshal and fire investigator, said signs of incineration and multiple points of origin were evident at the property 1 1/2 miles north and 2 miles west of Berwick. There are no suspects at this time, Blevins said, but the state is offering a reward of up to $5,000 through the Kansas Committee on Arson Prevention for the arrest and conviction of person(s) responsible.
The collection of data from surveys sent to parents and patrons of USD 441 provides a starting point for school officials who want to develop a school profile and improvement plan. Sabetha High School Principal Dennis Stones, who is helping disseminate the survey results, said people are generally satisfied with the school as it stands today.
Sabetha has been selected as one of 36 Kansas communities to receive Russian native performers during the state’s first “Celebration of Friendship Russian Artistry in the Heartland” May 1-20. More than 100 Russian singers and dancers will entertain across the state, beginning with a kick-off concert at the Topeka Performing Arts Center. They then divide into four touring groups.
Sabetha City Commissioners will soon be notifying Rural Fire District No. 5 board members that a contract for 1994 fire protection will be terminated as of Dec. 31, 1993. The passing of an April 15 deadline and the lack of an agreement for cost of fire protection prompted commissioners to vote on the termination, which was unanimously approved.
10 Years Ago
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Postal rates will increase effective Monday, May 12. A stamp for first-class mail (one ounce or less) will cost 42 cents, but if you purchase Forever Stamps prior to May 12, they will cost you 41 cents and can be used “forever,” even after the price increase. Effective May 12, the Forever Stamp will cost 42 cents. These stamps will continue to be available in booklets of 20 and sheets of 18, USPS said. In order to help meet the needs of the public, USPS said, the Postal Service will have 5 billion Forever Stamps in stock to meet increased demand before the price increase.
Amber Teske, a senior at Sabetha High School, proudly stands with State FCCLA President Brennen Clouse, after she qualifies for National FCCLA STAR Events. Teske will present her STAR Event in the category of Career Investigation.
Sabetha Mayor Doug Clark presents Chuck Johnstone with a certificate honoring his service to the City of Sabetha. Johnstone is retiring after 32 years as a custodian for the City. He worked at City Hall before the 1998 tornado that destroyed the building, and has worked at the Midtown Building since.
The library board of trustees has approved closing the library from April 28 to April 30 for the “Big Move” to our new temporary location at 502 S Washington Street (Dr. Ross Basement). It is out goal to be open to the public on May 1. With your help we can do it. We plan to try to move the bulk of the collection, shelving and computers during that time. We are asking in advance for volunteers to bring trailers, pickups and time to help us accomplish this task.