125 Years ago
Friday, June 16, 1893
Rudolph Myers received a telegram Tuesday conveying the sad intelligence that his son who lived at Hampton, Ia., had accidentally shot and killed himself. The telegram was dated on Tuesday, the funeral to be Wednesday, and he got it too late for him to get there in time for the funeral. He started Wednesday expecting to be absent for a week or more.
A visitor to Sabetha from a distance of fifteen or twenty miles, who had not been here before for a number of years, was much surprised at the beauty of the town and was especially pleased with our fine park. People who are not in the habit of coming to Sabetha ought to try it a few times. It is a nice town to look at and a good town to do business in.
Does your head ache? Do your eyes smart and water? Do you see double? A pair of spectacles properly fitted may give you relief. Faragher is very successful in the work.
Reed & Cook have two fine bath tubs in their new shop and can furnish hot or cold baths (soft water) on short notice.
100 Years ago
Thursday, June 13, 1918
The National War Savings Committee is carrying on through its State and local committees. A Nationwide campaign to get all the people on or before June 28 to pledge themselves to save to the utmost of their ability and to buy War Savings Stamps with their savings.
Twins, a boy and a girl, weighing respectively 8 and 6-1/2 pounds, were born Sunday to Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Root at Soldier, Kansas. Mr and Mrs. John Root drove down to Soldier Tuesday to see their new little grandchildren. They pronounce them perfect babies.
The expected has happened. P.E. Buskles was thrown out of the back seat of an automobile to the road and his collar bone broken, driving in a car in Centralia over a high crossing. There are folks who drive so fast that the occupants of the back seat have to hold on like grim death not to be thrown out. It is a wonder more accidents do not happen like this.
Dr. Arthur Haynes and wife are guests of Fred Minger and Dr. Haynes. The young doctor expects his army call to the medical service soon. Arthur has completed his studies and his hospital work.
75 Years Ago
Wednesday, June 16, 1943
There recently appeared in these columns a story about Louis Lafferty and his training as a Naval Air Cadet. The Herald said Louis expected to go to St. Mary’s, Kas. for his primary flight training, after having completed basic flight training at Independence, Kas. All of which is correct except that Louis now has gone to St. Mary’s, Calif., for further flying instruction, instead of the Kansas town by the same name.
Major Manvel H. Davis of Kansas City is a cousin of Miss Mildred Jones, Sabetha junior high school teacher who next year will teach in Sabetha High School. Maj. Davis is overseas with the U.S. Army Air Forces, and Miss Jones feels fortunate to have the following letter from Maj. Davis, written to Mrs. Davis in Kansas City, about a recent visit while on leave to the Shakespeare country in England. Miss Jones kindly passed the interesting account on The Herald.
The time is approaching for the biennial purchase of Kansas drivers licenses and G. R. Sewell has again been appointed as Driver’s License Representative for Sabetha. Licenses are for a two year period and all expire June 30. Licenses purchased now are good only until June 30. However, beginning June 21. Mr. Sewell says the licenses for the new period may be applied for at the office of Breitweiser & Sewell in the National Bank Building.
Albert Hidy, 17, who faces check forgery charges, has been bound to district court, with bond of $1,000 to be provided if he is to be released. Bond had not been furnished last week.
50 Years ago
Thursday, June 13, 1968
Don Close, manager of Todd Equipment Co. of Sabetha, reports there was an attempted robbery of Rodd Tractor, Inc., of Seneca last night. Mr. Close said that a side door of the pant was pried open to gain entrance. The thief or thieves then moved the safe into the ship area and attempted to get the dial off by using an acetylene torch on it. However, Mr. Close said this morning, that the attempt was unsuccessful and apparently there was no loss. Duane Todd, owner of both the Seneca and Sabetha John Deere franchises, was waiting on the Sheriff and Kansas Bureau of Investigation this Thursday morning. Mr. Todd is a brother of Dr. Eldon Todd, Sabetha veterinarian.
A little boy, Dale Regis Rilinger, 15 month old son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Rilinger of about four miles north of Seneca, was the victim of an accident Thursday evening, June 8. The boy fell into a stock tank and when found could not be revived. The family physician and fire department made attempt at resuscitation but could not save the boy.
The Wally Ragan family of Sabetha escaped serious injury last week when they were involved in an accident while on vacation. Mr. Ragan reports a car came around a corner too fast, swirled completely around and hit the left side of the Ragan stationwagon. The two left doors and the back fender of the Ragan car were damaged but they were able to drive their car home. The accident occurred in Yellowstone Park.
Former Teacher Here to Retire – Victor C. Hiett, professor of business and business education who has taught at Kansas State Teachers College, Emporia, since 1935 will retire on May 31.
25 Years ago
Wednesday, June 16, 1993
Nemaha County will build a solid waste transfer station but planning is currently on hold over the question of how big. That question will be answered once Seneca Sanitation’s Ray Olberding finds out whether he will build his own transfer station near Humboldt, Neb. Olberding’s company currently accounts for between 75 and 80 percent of the solid waste that goes into the Nemaha County Landfill.
Sabetha is one of the few small Kansas towns that does not have a shrinking economy or population, which can be attributed to its large and still growing industrial presence. For instance, more people (approximately 2,500, according to the 1990 census) actually work than live (2,341, 1990 census) in Sabetha. An easily overlooked side effect that accompanies the large workforce, however, is a chronic housing shortage, particularly in rental properties.
The Nemaha County Sheriff’s Department is requesting a $383,501 budget for fiscal year 1994. The budget proposal, presented to Nemaha County Commissioners Monday by County Sheriff Albert “Butch” Clark, represents an increase of $96,001 over the current year’s budget of $287,500. The proposal does not indicate, though, how much the sheriff’s department has gone over budget in past years, a figure estimated by a county auditor as high as $48,000 a year.
A three car accident on U.S. 36 highway east of Seneca June 13 sent four persons to Nemaha Valley Community Hospital. An eastbound 1981 Chevrolet Suburban driven by Paul Gudenkauf, 53, Seneca, was attempting to turn left off the highway when it was struck from behind by a 1987 Mercury Grand Marquis driven by Donald Smith, 70, Woodbine, according to a Nemaha County Sheriff’s report. The impact sent the Gudenkauf car into the westbound lane, where it was struck by a 1985 Chevrolet van driven by Myrna Sovereign, 56, Omaha, Neb., the report states.
10 Years ago
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
The Bike Across Kansas (BAK) group, almost 900 strong including cyclists and support staff, will stay in Sabetha this Thursday night during BAK 2008’s 470 mile trek, mostly along U.S. Highway 36, from the Colorado Border to Atchison. Local bicyclists planning to participate on the entire BAK 2008 route include Susan Johnson and Bob and Nadine Champlin of Sabetha, Sabetha High School alumnus Rich Ayers of Kansas City, and Tresa Jones of Seneca. This year is the fifth consecutive trip for Johnson, who said, “I have ridden every mile of every time except six miles.”
Emily Surdez, an alumna of the Sabetha FFA Chapter and now a student at Kansas State University, has been elected to serve the Kansas FFA Association as State President for 2008-09. She graduated from Sabetha High School in 2007.
Flora Kirwan leads “chair-obics” Tuesday morning, June 3, at Cobblestone Court. After approximately a year of battling breast cancer, Kirwan has resumed leading “chair-obics” exercise classes at Cobblestone Court and the Apostolic Christian Home.
Bruce and Judy Teeter of Morrill were married June 16, 1968, at the First United Methodist Church in Goodland. The couple’s children and grandchildren are hosting an open house Saturday, June 14, in honor of their parents’ 40th wedding anniversary. The Teeters have seven children, Sherry and husband Jeff and children of Forest, Va., Lonnie and wife Melanie and children of Morrill, Curtis of Orchard, Neb., Jerry and wife Jennifer of Omaha, Neb., and Justin, Dustin and Delora of the home.