125 Years ago
Friday, June 2, 1893
Among those who left yesterday to see the sights at the White City were Misses Lila Sargent, Gertrude Sargent, Ruth Gill, Louie Hutchison, Laura Critchfield and Lillie Miller.
There is an old man who at this time of the year gets on the train every morning near Wathena, carrying several baskets filled with garden truck for the St. Joseph market. If encouraged he is a garrulous old fellow, and will give his experience on many subjects with much attention to detail. He was a-going one morning not long ago, and told of his troubles with sitting hens, winding up with a sovereign cure for this desire on the part of hens, which he had discovered. It consists in simply placing some stones of convenient size heated to an uncomfortable degree, in the nest. The first return will be the last. He says there is no patent on this process.
Hon. Ira F. Collins, who has been pretty much all over northern Kansas in the past few weeks, says that there are but two or three counties north of the Kaw river that will raise any wheat to speak of.
C. F. Joss returned from a visit to the World’s Fair Thursday. He like others from here who have visited the fair, found that the stories about extortionate charges in Chicago were simply fabrications.
100 Years ago
Thursday, May 30, 1918
There will be band practice in the city hall at 8 p.m. this Wednesday evening. Everybody who can play an instrument is urged to be present. The band will play on Decoration day.
All willing to drive old soldiers and the older folks to the cemetery on Decoration Day are asked to have cars at the city park at 3 o’clock Thursday afternoon. Carl D. Wells will assign persons to the cars. Please notify him at the park.
Miss Violet Mize of the 1918 graduating class, made her Commencement dress. The entire dress was of crochet except the lower edge of the skirt. The waist and tunic were exquisitely made from No. 50 crochet thread and the skirt was made from No. 25. The design was a very lacy spider web.
The really important trades union has never been organized a Parents Union, when the rule of hours for youngsters being out at night shall be limited and the rule enforced, or a strike called and no nights out given.
75 Years Ago
Wednesday, June 2, 1943
Don’t think soldiers, at home and abroad, aren’t watching conditions at home. When news indicates the home folks are doing their part, soldiers feel like fighting and dying for a wonderful nation and a just cause. When home folks shirk, it burns the boys up. In the following letter Cpl. Billy Deaver undoubtedly expressed the opinion of millions of fighting men about strikes and strikers. There are no strikes in Sabetha but do not think the wrath of those who are serving their country won’t descend quickly up that community which shirks its obligations and fails to put forth its full effort toward winning the war.
The Northeast Kansas Guernsey Breeders Association will hold a meeting and cow show at the Keith Van Horn farm six miles northeast of Sabetha on Tuesday of next week. Breeders are expected to bring cattle from a wide territory for exhibition on judging. The American Guernsey Cattle Club and Kansas State College authorities will choose a judge for the event. Ray Stover of the college extension service, formerly Brown county farm agent, will be present as will Dick Hadden, field man for the American Guernsey Cattle Club of Lafayette, Ind.
Madison Idol, 60 years old, was killed Wednesday afternoon at 1:15 o’clock at his farm north of Robinson when a tractor which he was driving planting corn, overturned and crushed him. He had made one round of the field when the tractor struck a ditch and upset. He was killed instantly. The son, Bindum, saw the accident and summoned help. Dr. Ray Meldinger of Highland, the family physician, was summoned. A rod on the corn planter nearly decapitated the unfortunate man.
The members of the American Legion Auxiliary brought 1000 buddy poppies for sale this year and sold all of them. Half of the proceeds was sent to the disabled veterans, ten dollars to the Camp Fire Girls organization for the work of the members who sold the poppies. The balance is placed in a fund used by the Auxiliary for their hospital and holiday gift fund for disabled veterans.
50 Years ago
Thursday, May 30, 1968
Charles Edward Baskett has been selected by the faculty of the architectural department at the University of Kansas to receive the 1968 Alpha Rho Chi Medal from the National Professional Fraternity of Architecture. The medal is awarded to a graduating senior of each school of architecture who has shown an ability for leadership, performed willing service for his school and department and gives promise of real professional merit thru his attitude and personality.
Lewis Johnson, SHS band director for the past 18 years, is shown presenting his baton to Jerry Tietjens who will take his post next fall. Mr. Johnson will remain in Sabetha as a full-time math instructor. Mr. Tietjens will direct the SHS band for the first time in the Memorial Day parade. He formerly taught music in the Morrill school system. The change was announced at the student awards assembly Tuesday.
Ted Davis, a junior from Sabetha, was awarded his third track letter from Washburn University of Topeka. Davis, a middle distance runner was hampered by injuries during most of the 1968 track season.
The Sabetha Unified District 441 Teachers’ Association has granted two scholarships of one hundred dollars each for the school year of 1968-69 to Shirley Allen of Sabetha and Dianne Kaul of Wetmore. These scholarships are based on scholastic ability, leadership, citizenship, self-application, personality and need. Scholarships are granted only to a student who is preparing or planning to prepare to become a teacher.
25 Years ago
Wednesday, June 2, 1993
Flags of all sizes decorated the Sabetha Cemetery over the weekend. George Bien, commander of the American Legion Post 126, and other volunteers placed over 300 flags at the Sabetha Cemetery prior to Memorial Day services. Dan Anderson of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post No. 7285, and his volunteers placed nearly 250 flags on the graves of veterans at Sabetha and Albany cemeteries. The Sabetha Cemetery board was responsible for displaying the avenue of flags.
Joe Wenger, co-founder of Wenger Manufacturing Inc., died Tuesday, May 25, at Sabetha. He was 86. Services were held May 27 at the First United Methodist Church. Wenger will be remembered for his nearly 60-year involvement with the manufacturing firm, which has and continues to be a staple of the Sabetha economy. He remained active with the company until shortly before his death.
A study undertaken to address and alleviate some of the problems befallen smaller water districts by state restrictions has indicated that a wholesale water supplier would be a viable solution. Water districts within a seven county area were surveys upon recommendation from the Kansas Water Office. The geographic scope of the study consisted of Atchison, Brown, Doniphan, Jackson Jefferson, Leavenworth and Nemaha counties.
The usage of a regional landfill may be increased if commissioners from Nemaha and Brown counties approve a request from neighboring Doniphan County to join the solid waste management phases already underway. The request came during the May 27 meeting of the Rural Development Association, which spearheaded the regional landfill movement. Originally, up to 10 surrounding counties had indicated interest in the joint venture, but over time the momentum tapered off.
10 Years ago
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Gus and Layla Giorgakopoulos, owners of Gus’ Grill in Sabetha, plan to close the restaurant soon, due to health issues for both of them. Sunday, June 1, will be the final day of restaurant service at Gus’ Grill, said Layla Giorgakopoulos. They plan to close the facility during the month of June while they remodel the building to house a business that will be less stressful for them, Giorgakopoulos said. On July 1, they hope to open their new establishment, “G&L Wine & Spirits Shoppe.”
According to Brown County Emergency Director Jennifer Ploeger’s recent communications with Kansas Division of Emergency Management (KDEM) and Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) personnel, local residents have no reason to fear the safety of the Rockies Express pipeline running through northeast Kansas. The KCC representative stated that the line is safe at this point. To check for cracks, breaks, etc., the lines are tested with water pressure one and a half times the amount that the line will be used for.
Sabetha High School junior Libbie Stover can already mark down her season goals for next season. Stover joined the ranks of an elite squad of state champions after an impressive showing in the 3A girls javelin Saturday afternoon at the 2008 State Track and Field Championships, held Friday and Saturday, May 23-24, at Wichita State University’s Cessna Stadium. One of three Jay javelin throwers competing in the meet, Stover won the event with a toss of 127 feet, two inches, either inches better than the second place finisher.
In April, Sherri McNary of rural Sabetha became certified as a wildlife rehabilitator for the State of Kansas. She will work with Stone Nature Center in Topeka to provide licensed rehabilitative services for wildlife in Northeastern Kansas. Wildlife rehabilitators give animals (injured or orphaned) a second chance to live free in their natural habitat. McNary also hope to eventually offer educational programs for local schools on wildlife conservation.