125 Years ago
Friday, September 1, 1893
There will a caucus of the people’s party voters of Berwick township at Berwick on Saturday, September 16th, at 1 o’clock, for the purpose of electing four delegates and four alternates to the county convention to be held in Seneca September 19th. – By order of Committee.
In a recent issue of this paper an item appeared which stated that L. A. Phillips, among others, went down to Holton to attend the races. We find that as to the object of Mr. Phillips trip, we were misinformed, he having simply gone after his horse.
The Robinson Index objects very strongly to the Axtell Anchor’s candidate for treasurer of Nemaha county, and brings out one of its own. Both are very good nominations, gentlemen, but if you will just keep your shirts on the people of Nemaha county will attend to this little matter in their own good time and in their own way.
The Brown county Republicans renominated the present incumbents of county offices with the exception of register of deeds, O. J. Nugent, of Horton, receiving the nomination for that office.
100 Years ago
Thursday, August 29, 1918
The city has been made over into three wards, the first ward lies east of Washington avenue and south of Main; the second ward lies south of Main and west of Washington avenue and the third includes all the north side from the center of Main street. This puts Main street in all three wards.
Ab Lanning came to town Saturday afternoon thinkin’ about nothin’ particular. He was hailed on arrival to put a price on his eighty, unimproved, out toward Price, “Oh, $13,000,” says Abner still not thinkin’ about anythin’ in particular. In an hour’s time he was again hailed to come in and sign the papers. Property sold. Mr. Lanning says he is afraid to say what his home farm is worth for fear someone might overhear him and scoot him out of it. John Reinhart bought it.
The party who stole the tire off of a Maxwell car north of Sabetha: We have your number. You can save yourself trouble by returning the tire to my house, three blocks north of G. I. depot. G. J. Lehnherr. – Adv.
Ed Williams received a personal cablegram from Joe Williams stating “I am all right.” This would indicate that our boys are engaged in the fight, altho the papers absolutely make no mention of what the Americans are doing. The drive seems to be done at present by the hands of our French and English allies.
75 Years Ago
Wednesday, September 1, 1943
Nathan Moore, south of Seneca, was disappointed last week when he went to pick melons. Most of those ready had been picked in the night. Mr. Moore believed from 50 up had been stolen. Most people do not begrudge kids a few melons but cleaning the patch is different. Mr. Moore reported to the sheriff’s office. – Seneca Courier Tribune.
All arrangements have been completed for the opening of the school year Monday, Supt. W. O. Stark announced this week. Enrollments are nearly concluded, a complete faculty has been hired, and the school buildings and busses are in tip top shape.
The September term of Nemaha county district court will open the 6th of the month, with the jury called to appear the 13th. The clerk’s office is preparing the preliminary list of cases and the docket will be printed this weekend. It will contain some 28 cases at issue, with perhaps no state cases. A number of the actions will be quiet title proceedings. This will be a larger docket than for the March term, but still light for a September term of court, which catches the pile-up of cases due to summer adjournment.
The Sabetha Cubs will play Hiawatha on the local diamond Sunday. A few weeks ago the Cubs defeated Hiawatha 13-4 on the Hiawatha diamond, but since then the Hiawatha team has improved considerably and will give the Cubs some stiff competition Sunday.
50 Years ago
Thursday, August 29, 1968
Donald Williams, owner of the Williams Cleaners, has moved his business to the former McQuillen Cleaners location, next door east of The Sabetha Herald office. Mr. Williams has purchased the McQuillen equipment from owner Earl McQuillen and will operate his cleaning business from the new location. Mr. McQuillen will continue to live in the upstairs apartment of the building but will not be associated with the business.
A report received this Thursday morning is that the Todd John Deere Tractor Company in Seneca was broken into last night. The unofficial report said that the safe, a pickup truck, and several smaller items were stolen. This same firm was broken into a few months ago but the loss was not great. Duane Todd, owner of the Seneca franchise, is also the owner of the Sabetha John Deere dealership.
Eli Hartter has announced the sale of his Hartter Recreation Parlor to Lawrence Hatz. The sale is effective Sept. 1. Mr. Hatz formerly operated the Hamburger Inn in Sabetha. Mr. Hartter said he was not certain what he would do, he has operated the pool hall here for the past we years.
Just as it did a year ago, rain welcomed the nearly 1,300 students starting back to school today. Aug. 28, in Unified District 441. Although not much moisture has fallen early this morning it was enough to make the first day of school a little unpleasant and to probably eliminate recess. Students will attend school today and tomorrow but will have Monday off in observance of the Labor Day holiday.
25 Years ago
Wednesday, September 1, 1993
Albany Threshing Bee planners are setting their sights high again this year. “We plan to have the biggest show we’ve ever had,” said Kay McCoy, publicity chairman for the threshing bee. As in the past, the threshing demonstration will be only a part of the weekend’s activities, designed to highlight the area’s pioneer heritage. The “Life of Pioneer Children” is the theme of the 27th annual event, Sept. 11 and 12, at the Albany Historical Site, two and one-half miles north of Sabetha on Sixth Street.
The big black numbers on the outside of his bus read 85-4. Inside, an orange flash card displays behavior code number 8 – “No bad language or bad gestures.” At the helm, in the driver’s seat, is a retired livestock feed specialist who tunes pianos. And behind driver Frank Williams are the school kids who depend on him to get them to school each morning and home each afternoon. Williams begins his 48-mile trek, the longest in the Sabetha district by about 25 miles, at 6:30 a.m. His route covers the area south of Sabetha to Woodlawn and Granada. He has had the same route for the last two of the four years he’s been driving buses full time.
Sabetha native Elton Aberle, head of the Department of Animal Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is the newest president-elect of the American Society of Animal Science. Aberle’s selection was announced during the society’s recent annual meeting Spokane, Wash. The society has more than 6,500 members in the United Sates, Canada, Mexico and 80 other countries. Its annual budget is $1.4 million.
Sabetha’s electric power system is having a problem again. But it’s a good problem. “Nobody’s crying,” City Administrator Ted Hayden told city commissioners Aug. 30. “All industry is busy.” With the system running at peak capacity for the past three weeks, city officials are facing a costly expansion of the electrical system sooner than they had anticipated, though. The addition of air conditioners at the elementary school, in addition to middle school, built last year, was evidently the last straw.
10 Years ago
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
After months of looking at various options to improve Brown County’s jail facilities, the Board of Brown County Commissioners voted Wednesday, Aug. 13, to pursue the construction of a new 41-bed jail to replace the current 35-bed facility, which was constructed in 1929 and expanded in 1982. At the Aug 25 meeting, the board approved a motion to put a 1/2-cent sales tax proposal on the November ballot. The proposal needs a simple majority to pass. The sales tax would be used to repay bonds issued for the project.
The Sabetha City Commission was asked when residents would be allowed to drive alternative vehicles in town to help cut fuel costs. Some other cities have considered ordinances allowing alternative vehicles to be driven without license plates, or with special licensing through the city itself. City Administrator Doug Allen said that he along with other city employees, has been looking into the matter. City Attorney Martin Mishler voiced his concern that this might raise liability issues, because the city would be saying in essence, that “this person is qualified to drive this vehicle.”
As of Tuesday, Aug. 19, a Sabetha man accused of kidnapping a young girl at gunpoint earlier this month remained in the Nemaha County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond. A preliminary hearing for Clinton Bivens, 23, was scheduled for Friday, Aug. 22, in Nemaha County Court. Bivens is charged with six felony counts, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated burglary, aggravated criminal threat, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and carrying a concealed firearm.
Weather permitting, beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 2, County Road 160 will close near Seneca in Nemaha County for a bridge replacement project. The bridge to be replaced on County Road 160 is located one mile north of the Kansas Highway 63/U.S. Highway 36 junction and 0.5 mile east on County Road 160. Crews will replace the existing 20-foot wide single lane bridge with a 30-foot wide 2-lane concrete bridge. Work will take place Monday through Friday during daylight hours.