125 Years ago
Friday, May 12, 1893
Miss Kate Bushnell closed a very successful term of school in the Dorcas district south of Woodlawn, Wednesday of last week. A number of visitors were entertained with rhetorical exercises in the afternoon. The teacher received a handsome present from her pupils, in recognition of efficient work and as a token of esteem.
Miss Nellie Baker, who is attending the school at Emporia met with quite a painful accident, in someway badly scalding her foot. She may be compelled to return home though at last accounts she was doing well.
The new barber shop building next to the store of Masheter & Christ, is up and enclosed. The idea of putting up a brick building in a week might surprise some people.
We received a communication from the county attorney, last week, calling attention to the law requiring candidates to file a sworn statement of their election expenses within thirty days after election. Finding that the thirty days would expire before publication day, we turned the letter over to those most interested. By an oversight we failed last week to acknowledge receipt of the communication.
100 Years ago
Thursday, May 9, 1918
Leland Haldeman of Morrill who is in the engineering corps at Ft. Leavenworth, won first place in his company as a marksman. He scored 255 points out of a possible 300.
Mrs. Elizabeth Musgrove of Pawnee Ok, will arrive this week to spend several weeks with her son, Jim Musgrove. Mrs. Musgrove is 84 years of age. She will also visit her old home near Alton, Kas. It was here the Musgroves lived when Western Kansas was covered with buffalo bones.
Brown county is putting in a needed cement bridge just north of J. C. Warfel’s on the Beamer road, a mile and a half east of Sabetha. The old bridge was a favorite place for threshing machines to take a header. They will be fooled this season.
Alfred Stokes served in the British navy for five years. He was on the ship Cadmus from 1866 to 1868. He came to America when his service was completed, marrying in this country. The British flag looks like home to him.
75 Years Ago
Wednesday, May 12, 1943
Rains totaling more than one and a third inches fell in Sabetha between last Wednesday, May 9, putting a definite end to what was threatening to become a serious spring drouth. The rain of last Wednesday, more than half an inch according to the National Bank rain gauge, alone postponed damage to gardens, small grains, pasture and flax. When this was followed by .38 on Friday and .42 on Saturday and Sunday, all of which fell gently, the moisture conditions of the soil became excellent.
The post office department has notified the local office that all of rural route No. 5 is to be absorbed by route 4, carried by Robert Miller, making Mr. Miller’s route 52 miles long. Mr. Miller will deviate a little from his present route in leaving town.
In renewing her subscription to the Herald, Mrs. May Dunlap of Falls City writes: Always look forward to the paper to read about all our boys’ in the armed forces. I have one son in the army, Audmer, He is at Camp Butner, N.C. and one grandson, Harlan Dunlap still at Lincoln Air Base.
Miss Juanita Sowder. Milkmaid queen of the 1942 Black and White Show, will be graduated from Wetmore high school this year. She plans to take nurse’s training at Stormont Hospital in Topeka as soon as her school work is completed.
50 Years ago
Thursday, May 9, 1968
The Albany Museum will open for the 1968 season on May 15. The hours will be the same as last year, from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. daily except Monday. Please note that the museum will be closed on Mondays. The museum hosts and hostesses will again be volunteers-members of the organization and members of the organization and members of other clubs and organizations who have taken the Albany Museum as a project, as well as individuals who have not become members but are interested in the museum.
Several Sabetha citizens have expressed concern about the outbreaks of violence that have occurred here recently, Saturday rumors were running rampant that a gang from out-of-town (some say Omaha, Neb., others Atchison) was to arrive here with the idea of causing trouble. Several businessmen were very concerned. This did not materialize but the mere fact that it could be considered a possibility is a reflection on possible future trouble.
Gregg Wenger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Don Wenger of Sabetha, is to receive the highest rank in Boy Scouting, Eagle, this Sunday evening. He is a member of Boy Scout Troop 77 of Sabetha and is in the eighth grade. The ceremony will begin at 8 p.m. in the Sabetha Unified Methodist Church and anyone wishing to attend is welcome. Gregg will join a select group of local youths who have managed to attain this Scouting honor.
More than 1,000 Kansas high school seniors were selected as semi finalists in the competition for tuition awards for the 1968-69 college year according to Muric Hayden, State Superintendent of Public Instruction. These students, selected from more than 2,700 applicants, received a high score on a qualifying examination and ranked high in their class.
25 Years ago
Wednesday, May 12, 1993
Damage estimated continue to mount from last Thursday’s tornado that violently ripped a 23-mile stretch through Nemaha County, damaging homes, building and other property at nearly 20 residences. The cities of Sabetha and Seneca were spared by the tornado which struck about 6 p.m. on May 6, but rural areas between the two suffered upwards of $1 million in damages. No injuries were reported.
In the wake of what is being referred to as the “no notice tornado” of May 6, families and friends of victims are sorting through rubble, making homes livable, locating livestock and attempting to renew daily routines. The tornado that damaged at least 18 residences in Nemaha County sent county crews, volunteers, utility companies and law enforcement officials into a swarm of activity.
Board of directors for Rural Fire District No. 5 and Sabetha City Commissioners gained ground at Monday night’s commission meeting toward understanding each group’s needs. Board of directors Merlin Wenger, Gale Miller, Carl Evans, Frank Althouse and Galen Ackerman attended the meeting after commissioners two weeks ago called for the termination of 1994 contract between the city and fire district.
A Kansas National Guard artillery detachment that was moved to Sabetha last fall is becoming attached to its new home. “I really like it over here at Sabetha,” said Sgt. Noland Chism, and artillery wire team chief who lives at Horton. “Sabetha is working out great, as far as I’m concerned.”
10 Years ago
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
On Wednesday, April 30, the Bern community could see “the light at the end of the tunnel” – the completion of the new playground as many volunteers pitched in to build the playground that was designed by Dennis Wille of Leathers Associates from Ithaca, N.Y. Overseeing the building phase was Michael Cohen, also of Leathers Associates. According to Gary Lortscher, who greeted Cohen at the airport and brought him to Bern, Cohen has supervised the building of approximately 150 such playgrounds – including one in Australia – over the span of 20 years.
The community of Fairview held a community brainstorming session Friday afternoon in an effort to begin the process of building an Emergency Operations Plan. Approximately 10 concerned citizens attended the meeting at the Fairview Community Center. Brown County Emergency Management Coordinator Jennifer Ploeger and Kansas Emergency Management Public Assistance Coordinator Ronald Martin were also in attendance to answer questions and provide support. May Charles Rogers opened the meeting by referencing the recent ice storm and the issues associated with it, but notes that in this area of Kansas, disasters can come in all forms.
Congressman Jerry Moran has announced his staff will be in Washington, Marshall and Nemaha counties to hold local office hours on Tuesday, May 13. District Representative Steven Howe will be available to answer questions and concerns of area residents. Anyone who has questions, comments or is experiencing difficulties with federal agencies is encouraged to attend.
Brent and Tara Wikle of Morrill are happy to announce the birth of their son, Isaac Matthew at 5:31 p.m. Thursday, May 1, 2008 at the Hiawatha Community Hospital. He weighed 8 pounds, 0.5 ounces and was 19-3/4 inches long. He has a big brother, Cullen, almost three years old, to welcome him home. Maternal grandparents are Gary and Laura Pyle of Morrill. Maternal great-grandparents are Dewey and Donna Pyle of Morrill and Joyce Plattner of Sabetha. Paternal grandparents are Kevin and Marcia Wikle of Sabetha. Paternal great-grandfather is Guy Wikle of Sabetha.