125 Years Ago
Friday, September 15, 1893
Concert by Blind Willie. – Blind Willie, the celebrated musical prodigy, will give one of his vocal and instrumental concerts at Berwick school house of Tuesday evening, September 19. Everyone invited. You can’t afford to miss it. Admission 10 and 25c.
E. D. Wickens, who is a telegraph operator at Nephi, Utah, this week sent his parents a box of fruit from garden of the house he lives in, consisting principally of peaches and plums. The editor was favored with samples of the fruit, and can testify that Utah is undoubtedly a fruit country.
Another evidence of the desirability of Sabetha and surrounding country as a summer resort can be found in the large supply of fine melons now in the market. Life without water melons is a dry affair.
It would be funny to read without eyes, but in reading with Faragher’s spectacles you don’t realize that you have any.
100 Years Ago
Thursday, September 12, 1918
The smaller merchants of the country, not listed in trade organizations have been asked by the War Industries Board to report at once their stocks of hand knitting yarns, both woolen and worsted, in oxford, khaki, natural and gray colors, stating counts, make, quality, and cost price. Lots down to fifty pounds will be considered.
With the tractor and truck, farmers are going to be able to do nearly all their farm work. Cap Miller tells this example of Charley Corman’s work in one day with one of Cap’s trucks: Corman hauled seven loads of corn twelve miles to market in one day, hauling a total of 525 bushels, about eighty bushels to the load. This was equal to the work of five men and teams one day or one man and team five days.
There will be no overseas Christmas boxes this year. Instead the American soldiers will play Santa Claus to the French people. The war department advises contributions to war relief associations instead of Christmas presents for the boys in France.
Charley Felmlee will take engineering at K. U. Thus be will not only serve a valuable purpose in the war but after the war will render valuable services in the reconstruction days. Engineers will be the men of the hour in Europe.
75 Years Ago
Wednesday, September 15, 1943
For the past two years the Sabetha post of the American Legion has been gathering old phonograph records. Six hundred pounds – more than a quarter of a ton of old records have been shipped by the Sabetha Legionnaires, says Ben W. Grimm adjutant. The records are melted down and made into new records all of which are sent to American soldiers and sailors who are on duty “overseas, on the seas and under the seas” in the words of The National Legionnaire.
A green and inexperienced squad of 35 Sabetha High School gridders have been working out the past week under the tutelage of their new coach. Thomas Bulkley. Bulkley sent the squad through their first light scrimmage Friday stressing timing and the importance of sound condition before any rough work.
The large enrollment in kindergarten has made it necessary to divide the class into two sections, a morning and an afternoon session. Mrs. Leonard Cobun will teach both sections and for the time being will drop her afternoon elementary music classes. Supt. W. O. Stark said that this was only a temporary arrangement and after the new pupils have become accustomed to school life the two sections would be consolidated again. Teachers of the elementary grades and Mr. M. O. Wood, music director, will teach elementary music until Mrs. Cobun is free.
The Corning Correspondent reports the second case of infantile paralysis at the south edge of Nemaha county. Mrs. Albert Eisenbarth, near Wetmore, was first to suffer the disease. New case is in the Geo. Hughes family, southeast of Corning, near Soldier, where a seven year old boy has one arm affected. He was taken to St. Francis hospital, Topeka, for treatment. – Seneca-Courier Tribune.
50 Years Ago
Thursday, September 12, 1968
U.S. naval Hospital Corpsman Ronald L. Leuze has been awarded the Purple Heart Medal by the U.S. Marine Corps for injuries he received in combat August 7, at DaNang, Vietnam. Ronald is now recuperating from knee surgery in the U.S. Naval Hospital at Yokosuka, Japan. He wrote his parents he was recovering all right and wishes to thank all his friends and relatives who have sent him letters and cards.
The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education of Unified District 441 was held last week. All members of the board were present along with Supt. J. A. Cleavinger, clerk Rollin Hall, Beryl Drumm of Sabetha, Conrad Johnson of Sabetha, and Robert Clark of Wetmore, and the president of the Education Association, Gene McClain. Present representing the Capioma Township Board were Virgil McClain, Ernest Lukert, Gale King and Gale Miller. They met with the board to discuss the transfer of the Woodlawn School building to Capioma Township. The board voted to transfer the buildings and ground to Capioma Township for the minimum legal requirements and instructed the Supt. to arrange the necessary legal papers for the transfer by Sept 30 when the next township meeting is scheduled.
Sabetha’s newest business, the U-Save-Mart, will hold their Grand Opening this week beginning Thursday. The store, located on the corner of Main and Ninth streets, has actually been open for several weeks. The grand opening went will feature special prices on items throughout the store plus registration for free prizes to be given away.
Cpl. Jerry A. Koch has returned home from a year’s tour of duty in Vietnam and is on a thirty-five day leave which he is spending with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Koch. Mr. and Mrs. Koch, Thomas Koch, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Johnson went to Kansas City Monday evening to meet Jerry who arrived by plane.
25 Years Ago
Wednesday, September 15, 1993
An after-school program for kindergarten and grade school-age students will be given consideration by the USD 441 board of education. Board member agreed at their Sept. 7 monthly meeting to further look into the possibility of such a program, organized in cooperation with the Sabetha Community Hospital. According to Superintendent Von Lauer, the hospital has indicated an initial interest in the project, but has not committed itself pending authorization from its board.
Nemaha County will pay the cost of applying for a federal grant aimed at preventing a Seneca-area factory from relocating. The Seneca City Council and the commission reached that agreement at a Sept. 1 meeting in Seneca. Commissioners voted Sept. 13 to hire B&G Consultants of Manhattan to write the grant application. Commissioners had already agreed that the county would pay for the cost of the application. The discussion at the Seneca Council meeting centered on whether the local governments still wanted to seek a federal grant, in light of several possible roadblocks to success.
Less than a week before official enrollment figured are tallied statewide, area schools are looking favorably on preliminary counts. In USD 441, Sabetha-Wetmore, the full-time equivalency count is at 1,074 up 10 students from the official count last year. In USD 488, Bern, the total to date is 187 for all 12 grades, kindergarten and the three special education students who attend classes at Seneca.
Proponents of a regional water supply district have found little support for the concept in Nemaha County, but collected enough other interest in a recent survey to continue evaluating the project’s economic feasibility. Questionnaires were sent to rural water districts and municipalities in the seven counties which were named in the Northeast Kansas Wholesale Water Supply Study. Forty-three percent of those surveyed responded.
10 Years Ago
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Area voters have one more issue to add to their research checklists for the November election – the proposed $9.5 million bond issue for the Sabetha-Wetmore school district. In an effort to assist voters with making a well-informed decision, The Sabetha Herald will continue to provide in-depth coverage regarding the school bond issue over the next few weeks. To begin, many voters may not know the basic information about why the school district has proposed this bond issue or how the money would be used.
After 17-1/2 years in business Dick Kidwell has closed the Sabetha Dairy Queen, effective the afternoon of Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 1. Kidwell bought the Dairy Queen, which is located near the south end of Old Highway 75 in Sabetha in March 1991. “The support from the public was great,” Kidwell said. “Lack of business was not a problem. But you have to have good staff to stay open.” He said he has been struggling with employee issues for five years and after advertising several times for help and receiving no acceptable applications, decided it was time to close the doors for good.
Phil Bestwick of Fairview has surgery on Sunday, Aug. 24, to receive a new heart at St. Luke Hospital in Kansas City. Sharon Bestwick received a telephone call Saturday night notifying the Bestwicks that St. Luke’s was getting a heart and the Bestwicks were asked to go immediately to the hospital. At approximately 1:30 p.m. Sunday, the surgery was performed. Everything went well, and by Monday morning, Phil was sitting up in a chair.
Albany Days hosted a Twister Dragway Hot Wheels Race on Sunday, Sept. 7. Forty-six entries were recorded, with racers from as far away as Kansas City. Lori Hoppe was the race announcer. A lively crowd cheered as their favorite racers competed. Laeny Edelman of Sabetha beat her dad Ronnie Edelman for first place. Ronnie Edelman placed second, and Matt Walker of Sabetha was awarded third place. Drawing prizes were awarded to Brennan Elling, Shannon McCarty, Maecy Bailey, Ethan Lasiter, Mary Menold, Nakita Lawrence, Jaryn Lasiter and Ronnie Edelman Twister Dragway appreciates Albany for sponsoring this race each year.