125 Years Ago
Friday, August 18, 1893
The Seneca Courier-Democrat has discovered that our assessment is a thing of inconsistency and an altogether luminous example of injustice and inequality. After noting a long string of inconsistencies in the assessment of this year, our contemporary proceeds to berate the law. What’s the matter with the law, brother? The law says, in as plain United States as can be found anywhere, that all property shall be assessed at its actual cash value.
We have consulted a clairvoyant and find that a treasure amounting to about $25,000 lies buried within five miles of Sabetha. Any person who will dig it up and put it in circulation will be liberally rewarded.
There is to be a match game of ball at the fair ground tomorrow between the Horton and Sabetha clubs. This will be the closing game of a series of three, and will decide which is the best club. The contest promises to be an interesting one.
Everybody knows where they sell everything for cash they can sell cheaper. One door south of the National Bank is the place.
100 Years Ago
Thursday, August 15, 1918
The iceman has discovered during the hot weather just how many people there are in the world who are willing to take only their share of this world’s comforts, as a result of universal rationing, and no more.
A town can hardly have too much entertainment. The Fletcher stock company show under canvas in the ball park all next week will bring much pleasure to the community. Few tent companies can put on the plays given by the Fletchers.
The Bern Chautauqua was a success again this year. The show made money – perhaps near $200. The Bern people have not contracted with the same Chautauqua people for next season. They are talking of giving a bigger entertainment next season. The tent was packed every night.
Mrs. Allen Smith has had a letter from her son, Earl, who is in France. Earl is Bert’s twin and both are in the United States Navy. Bert is in Mexican waters. Earl says France is beautiful but he gets pretty home sick for the U.S.A. He is fascinated with his work however and would not be out of things for anything.
75 Years Ago
Wednesday, August 18, 1943
The Sabetha schools will start the first semester of the new school year Monday, September 6. Mrs. Ruth Cobun has been employed to teach the kindergarten and assist Mr. Wood with the music instruction in the grade school. Supt. W. O. Stark is spending most of his time in his office at the high school building. He will be glad to consult with students, prospective students and parents about school problems. Next week a complete story of the opening of school will appear in these columns. Busses will traverse about the same routes as last year.
To continue the standard of the U.S. Army as the healthiest Army in the world, 7,500 additional physicians and surgeons will be needed during the coming three months, and an additional 2,500 by January 1, 1944. Major General Norman T. Kirk, Surgeon General, says. “The casualty rate in the Army to date has been very low, and one of the main reasons has been the availability of trained surgeons on the battlefields and in hospitals behind the lines to give our wounded men quick, efficient and expert care.”
“Retail food prices as a group representing about two-fifths of total living costs-declined by 20 percent,” Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins said recently in discussing changes in the cost of living from June 15 to July 15. “Clothing costs rose 0.5 percent. Other costs, including house furnishings, utility rates and services, were stable or increased moderately.” With meat prices cut back by OPA and vegetables seasonally lower, the cost of living for city workers dropped 0.8 percent.
“Dried fruit packers must set aside for government procurement their entire holdings of raisins, prunes, apples, apricots, peaches, pear and currants during the 1943-1944 season under a continuation of last year’s program,” the WFA said recently. Last year more than 234,000 tons of dried prunes and raisins were released for civilian consumption.
50 Years Ago
Thursday, August 15, 1968
Any District 441 senior who is unsure of vocational plans after high school graduation is invited to meet with the counselors Tuesday morning, August 20. The counselors will be at the trailer office next to Sabetha High School. On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday morning. The FACT aptitude and Kuder Interest advanced form tests will be administered. These tests assist students to look realistically at post high school vocational goals.
Sabetha received another rain early this Thursday morning. The rain began around two o’clock in the morning for a brief shower and then started again around 7:30. The gauge at the Farmers State Bank showed just over .60 of an inch at nine o’clock Thursday morning.
The annual Sabetha Kiwanis Club auction will be held tonight on the corner of Grant and 11th streets starting at 7 p.m. Most of the items sold are donated by Sabetha businessmen with the net proceeds used for the many worthwhile activities of the service organization.
The above picture appeared in a recent issue of the U.S. Navy newspaper, “The Missile.” It shows civilian mathematician Dennis Locher (left: checking a special remote typewriter in a navy controlroom. This is part of a complex of new equipment recently installed for improved contact with the Navy Navigational Satellite system.
25 Years Ago
Wednesday, August 18, 1993
From now until early November, television viewers may recognize some familiar landmarks and faces on WIBW Channel 13 as the Northeast Kansas commercial campaign hits the airwaves. The first of the commercials to have Sabetha connections was broadcast between 7 and 9 a.m. three times last week. It featured the Rural Development Association of Northeast Kansas, headquartered in Sabetha; Wenger Manufacturing of Sabetha; JBN Telephone in Wetmore; and Water Conditioning of Seneca.
The Nemaha County Commission recorded a first Aug. 16, before adopting the county’s $4.5 million 1994 budget as presented. “This is the 14th time I’ve been in on this and this is the first time we’ve ever has anyone show up for the public hearing,” Commission Chairman Jim Brownlee said.
John Priest’s 1,190-pound Limousin steer was named Reserve Champion Market Steer at the recent Nemaha County Fair. John is a member of the Busy Jayhawkers 4-H Club and the son of Bill and Kim Priest, Sabetha.
A record 200 preschool, elementary and middle school children responded to the Mary Cotton Public Library’s invitation to join the summer reading program and “Protect Our Earth: Read, Recycle, Respect.” The program was sponsored by the Northeast Kansas Library System and partially funded by money received from the Ed A. Holbrook Trust.
10 Years Ago
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Excellence Electrified! Electrify your life! National STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events Leadership Meeting centered on this exhilarating slogan. Bern attendees Amanda Meyer, Emily Lee, May Walker and sponsor Pam Walker all experienced this electric charge in their lives. The National STAR Events Meeting is sponsored through the group of FCCLA Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America. This national event was held in the sunny city of Orlando, Fla.
In April 2007, the Community National Bank hired the architectural services of Charles Hall of Manhattan for the planning and design of their new banking facility located at the intersection of Main Street and Old Highway 75 in Sabetha. Dave Herbster, branch manager of the Sabetha bank said, “I have been asked by many local residents to reveal the identity of the guy in the black cowboy hat, so it inspired me to write an article in The Sabetha Herald.”
Four more Sabetha area athletes brought home medals won at the 2008 Kansas Sunflower State Games. Sean McNally, a senior at Sabetha High School this fall, won the gold in archery in the Young Adult 15-17 Age Division. In track and field, Steve Plattner and his daughters Megan and Courtney garnered seven medals between them. Courtney, a fifth grader at Sabetha Middle School, was awarded three first place finished, a silver medal and a bronze. Her gold medals were in the long jump, the triple jump and the high jump. She earned the silver in the 800-meter run and received the bronze for the 400-meter dash. Megan, an eighth grader at Sabetha Middle School, placed third in the long jump, while placing fourth overall. Steve got his bronze medal for finishing in third place in the 800-meter run.