Memories 7.11.2018

125 Years ago

Friday, July 14, 1893

“I can’t see the blackboard and it makes my head ache to study,” are complaints of children whose eyes should be corrected by Faragher.

The largest newspaper ever issued was that printed by the San Francisco Examiner, the special Columbian World’s Fair number, of June 4th, containing 120 pages besides the cover which was printed in colors.

For the benefit of our readers who are interested in the matter and every one of them ought to be – we publish in this issue the full text of the new election law. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to preserve it for reference – it might come handy.

Sabetha has a juvenile ball nine composed of boys few of whom are over ten years of age. They have informs and have great hopes for the future in the sporting line.

100 Years ago

Thursday, July 11, 1918

The hero of the Kerr farm fire is Harrison’s pup. He scratched and whined at the screen door until he awakened Mrs. Harrison Kerr. She wakened Harrison who got into the barn in time to save his horse.

Harry Browning, the livestock expert, refers to F. J. Moser as the man who brought the big Duroc Jerseys to Kansas Moser’s sale in Sabetha. Friday, July 26, is the only big mid summer sale of Durocs in Kansas this year. Fern will have some offerings in the sale by the $805 sow, the highest priced sow ever sold by Hanks & Bishop. Moser will have ten herd headers in the sale. Twenty-six bred sows will be offered also. They are the offspring of the mightiest in the Red Hog tribe.

At last we get a new bridge near the Fred Deaver farm, and it will be built by a woman. Brown county has let ten bridge contracts to Mrs. Lena Otfet, at her bid of $8,100. Mrs. Otfet was represented by her husband. The Flickinger bridge north of Morrill is another one on her list.

Tragedy: A Sabetha boy and his steady expecting to return from St. Joseph Thursday night, separately, via the Rock Island train and an automobile were victims of the storm. They both came on the Grand Island. One in the chair car, the other in the smokes. Neither discovered they were so near and yet so far until the next day.

75 Years Ago

Wednesday, July 14, 1943

George Fritch, former Sabetha Herald employee whose home is in Morrill, has been promoted from Gunner’s Mate, second class, in the U.S. Navy. He sill is a Bremerton, Wash, awaiting the destroyed to which he has been assigned. He has been improving the time by working in the sailor’s recreation center there.

There is an organization of War Mothers in Morrill with a membership of forty. They keep an up-to-date list of men in service together with the address and birth date. Cards are sent to the boys on their birthdays and letters written regularly. Other gifts are sent periodically.

With the bringing in last week of another good well on the Bohrer land south of Dawson, in what is known as the Ogle pood oil interest has stepped up in this part of the county. A new location has been staked on the land of Mrs. Thos. Wilkinson, on the 40 just north of the Bohrer well and drilling is being started today. Other tests are being planned.

The Kansas fish and game commission has changed the squirrel season. It is now June 15 to November 30. For the first time there is a restriction on number of squirrels that can be killed. Daily bag limit is eight and possession limit is 16. Quail season fails on the old dates, November 20 to 30. Daily limit is 10, possession limit 20; old season limit of 25 has been dropped.

50 Years ago

Thursday, July 11, 1968

Mr. Wessel Hungate of Beatrice, Nebr., has been appointed construction superintendent by the Wilson Construction, Inc., for the new Sabetha High School. “Wentz,” as he chooses to be called, will commute daily from Beatrice, however, his construction office is located on the building site. The company expects to hire some local employment. Anyone wishing to seek employment should see “Wentz” at the Wilson office located directly off 75 Highway.

Two Sabetha youngsters were hospitalized Wednesday evening after the pick-up truck they were riding in left the road and apparently flipped over. John Mowder, 15, and Jim Mowder, 12, were taken to the hospital by ambulance. They are the sons of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Mowder of Sabetha.

An outstanding scholastic record at Kansas State University this past year has earned Daryl I Meyer, Sabetha, a reappointment to Oscar Straube Scholarship House, one of K-State’s scholarship houses for men.

The Sabetha Saddle Club hopes that the public will again cooperate with the parking of cars on Friday, July 19th. Some have asked why the cars need to be removed from the streets during the parade. One of the requirements of having a parade are that cars are not on the streets cleared more people can see the parade. It is hoped that cars will be parked on the side streets beginning at noon until the parade ends. Thank you.

25 Years ago

Wednesday, July 14, 1993

Not unlike people in many other Kansas towns, Sabetha residents want some solutions to the overflow of sewage and water that has become an increasingly irritating problem of late. City Commissioners were met Monday night by about eight residents from the west Main Street area, near 14th and 15th streets, who had suffered property damage due to sewer back up.

Damage to the bridge just west of the Wetmore/Sabetha road in southern Nemaha County forced Commissioners to close the road until repairs could be made. Brush had collected underneath the structure and the force of rushing water caused a portion of the bridge to bow making it unsafe for motorists.

County officials have proclaimed Nemaha County a local disaster area in the wake of recent storms and flooding. The water has damaged as many as 10,000 acres of the county’s farmland and caused at least $1.4 million worth of damage to roads and bridges. The region has experienced the heaviest rainfall on record, according to the National Weather Service, as a condition spawning thunderstorms remains stationary across the upper Midwest.

After four years of construction work, the Kansas Comprehensive Highway Program has reached its midway point. “Many existing roadways have been reconstructed to modern design standards, much of our system has received increased maintenance and bridges have been repaired and replaced,” said Kansas Department of Transportation Secretary of Transportation Michael Johnston.

10 Years ago

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Steve Compo has been selected as the Sabetha City Clerk and will start serving in that capacity on July 14. He succeeds Linda Lehman, who retired effective June 30. “I am looking forward to serving the Sabetha community from the city clerk position,” Compo said. He became a city employee in the fall of 1998 when he was hired as the Director of Parks and Recreation.

Maggie Kruse, a member of the Fairview Willing Workers 4-H Club shows he pony in junior horsemanship during the horse clinic at the Sabetha Saddle Club grounds last Tuesday, July 1. The Fairview Willing Workers sponsored the clinic, which was open to all area youth, 4-H members and nonmembers alike.

The Friends of the Mary Cotton Library, Inc. has been awarded tax credits by the Kansas Department of Commerce and the Community Service Program. The Kansas Community Service program gives charitable non-profit organizations a way to improve their ability to embark on major fund-raising drives for projects involving children and family services, non-governmental crime prevention and health care. In May 2008, The Friends of the Mary Cotton Public Library, Inc., submitted an application to be reviewed by the Kansas Department of Commerce.

Dallas Lee of Bern is one of seven disabled veterans from the state of Kansas who will compete in the National Veterans Wheelchair Games July 25-29 in Omaha, Neb. This year marks the 28th year of the event, which has grown to become the largest annual wheelchair sports event in the world. The other six Kansas veterans are Bradley Remmers of Blue Rapids, Arthur Bean, Tyrone Brown and Angus MacDonald, all of Leavenworth, Michael Blake of Lenexa, and Jack Deal of Topeka.

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