Memories 3.20.19

125 Years
Friday, March 23, 1894

The Sheriff was expected here today or tomorrow to publicly destroy the Updegraff and Thompson stock of liquors, but word has been received that he will not be here until next Friday or Saturday – probably Saturday.

A great deal of plowing and oats sowing has been done the past ten days, the ground being in fine condition. Spring seems to have opened up in earnest, but the :oldest inhabitant” informs us that we are likely to have some more freezing. Later: Since that above was put it type the o.i. has been in to say “I told you so!” Wednesday and Thursday nights witnessed quite severe freezing.

A dispute in regard to business transactions between the firm of Masheter & Christ and A. J. Adamson last Monday, led to blows, and Adamson came out of the meelee pretty badly bruised. M. Masheter plead guilty to assault in Justice Smith’s court, and paid his fine, but Mr. Adamson says he is not willing to let it drop there. It was a most unfortunate affair.

The Courier-Democrat does not seem to be pleased with the character of accessions to the population of Seneca which come from Sabetha. We can’t help it. That kind of cattle can’t stay long in Sabetha, and when they leave here they naturally gravitate to Seneca – a sort of born affinity, you know.

100 Years
Thursday, March 20, 1919

Efforts of citizens to pry the city administration loose from its “sit tight and say nothing” policy regarding the bond election and the proposed building have brought no results during the past week. One commissioner says the citizens are not interested in meeting for information and discussion. Another offers the objection that if 350 citizens met there would be 350 ideas to contend with.

The Eastern Star added to its regular meeting Monday night a St. Patrick’s entertainment. Invitations of green cardboard pigs had been sent to members. The festivities included carrying potatoes on a ruler and kissing the blarney stone. There were only local members present and no refreshments were served, but everyone had a gay time.

At the request of the Postmaster General the United States Civil Service Commission has announced an examination to be held at Horton, as on April 28, 1919 for the position of postmaster at Wetmore. This office has an annual compensation of $1,200. To be eligible for this examination an applicant must be a citizen of the United States, must actually reside within the delivery of the office and have so resided at the time the present vacancy occurred.

For several months past relatives of Sergt. Earl Taylor, a Seneca boy, have been hoping that he would be found alive, either in hospital of German prison camp. Hopes were shattered by recent receipt of official information from Washington that Taylor was killed in action. He was a member of the 35th division. He is the son of John Taylor, deputy sheriff of Nemaha county. Earl was a fine lad, whose parents are friends are proud of.

75 Years
Wednesday, March 22, 1944

Last week’s Wetmore news in The Herald contained the following item: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Christian received word Friday that their son S. Sgt. William Christian, was missing in action. His father had left Friday for Knightstown, Ind. to visit their other son, Robert Jr. Monday a letter came from a pilot of the same crew who didn’t go out on the trip, but he said the accident happened over France and they bailed out. “Bill” had made 15 missions. He was a tall gunner. The letter gave new hopes that he may have been taken prisoner or be in a hospital. The accident occurred February 25th.

Because of heavy drainage on the civilian supply of gasoline by black market activities and additional military demands, the mileage provided by “A” coupons will be reduced beginning March 22. Actually the coupons will retain their old three gallon value each, but the coupons allotted will have to last three months instead of two months as before. OPA stressed that consumer endorsement of coupons with license number and state of registration will now be more important than event before to insure that black marketeers will not be able to cut deeper into the dwindling civilian supply. Motorists expecting to receive new license platers this spring should put their old license numbers on the coupons now in possession and write their new numbers on the cover of the ration books when they get their new tags.

The 1944 goal calls for planting 350,000 acres of flax in Kansas, an increase of 28,000 acres over 1943 and 70,000 over 1942. According to John O Miller, extensions plant pathologist, Kansas State College, Manhattan, the difference must be made up by producing more bushels per acre because probably there is not sufficient land either suitable or available to plant 350,000 acres.

Postmaster George L. Althouse calls attention to new postal rates that will go into effect March 26. Postage on first class mail originating and terminating in the same post office, formerly two cents, will be three cents after the 26th, Air mail rates will increase from six cents to eight cents per ounce except for air mail sent to or from service men with overseas army post office addresses. Air mail to soldiers within the United States increases to eight cents.

50 Years
Thursday, March 20, 1969

The Nemaha Drive-In Theater will re-open for another season a week from tomorrow, on Friday, Mar. 28, Ernie Block announces. Mr. Block reports that the most noticeable change in the movie industry has been the recent rating system for movies that went into effect last fall. The ratings call for G rating (general audiences, parental discretion advised), M rating (mature audiences, parental discretion advised), R rating (restricted with persons under 16 not admitted unless accompanied by parent or adult guardian), X rating (persons under 16 not admitted.)

There was a good response to the visit of the Red Cross Bloodmobile to Sabetha yesterday. A total of 133 potential donors appeared and 119 pints of blood were received. This combines with a slightly better record at Seneca on Tuesday to make this a good week for Nemaha County blood donors. A list of the workers and the volunteer donors will be published next week.

Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Smith, owners and operators of the Eat N Time Drive-In in Fairview opened for business on Tuesday, March 18. Mrs. Lloyd Ashton and Mrs. Delmar Fletchall are employees.

Mrs. Emil Koch was hostess to a cradle shower in her home Monday evening, Mar. 17, honoring Mrs. James Burton. Mrs. Jack Gilbert, Mrs. Stephen Chance, were co-hostesses. Twenty guests were in attendance. Baby contests and games were enjoyed during the social hour.

25 Years
Wednesday, March 23, 1994

Comments both for and against seeking Community Development Block Grant funds to assist EnviroTex in locating here were heard during a public hearing March 21. The hearing, which is required before application can be made to the Kansas Department of Commerce for a CDBG, allows citizens a chance to state their case for a better use of the grant money. The City of Sabetha is reapplying for $500,000 to benefit establishment of the plant. An earlier application had been denied by the state and requests for 1994 money must be in by mid-April. A second hearing will be held March 28, although it is not required as part of the reapplication process.

Aberle Ford, Sabetha, has won the 1993 Distinguished Achievement Award for Quality, the Ford Motor Company has announced. The award is given annually to a select group of dealerships across the country that have been acknowledged by customers for delivering “a superior sales and service experience.” Ford measures customer feedback through Quality Commitment Performance surveys and other management tools. These winners will be recognized at a special awards event hosted this spring by Regional Ford Motor Company Management.

An English pointer dog belonging to Dick Hughes, Sabetha, won first place in the Kansas Hunting Dog Club’s Fall Field Trial, held eight miles north of Havensville. The bird dogs are run in braces of two and are judged on their style, how well they hunt the cover, their bird finding ability, and how well they point and handle the upland game they find.

Sabetha High School will present its spring play, “Heaven Can Wait,” at the Sabetha Middle School auditorium on March 25-26 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults and $1.50 for students. The play opens when Joe Pendleton, who is a boxer, arrives at heaven, but the angels made a mistake and took Joe too soon. Incidentally, back on Earth, Joe’s body had already been cremated, so Joe must find a body to use so he can return to Earth.

10 Years
Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The city commissioners met in regular session at 6 p.m. Monday, March 23, with all commissioners present. After hearing from City Police Chief Dennis Thompson about the merits and law enforcement experience of Robert Wahwasuck, who lives in Morrill, as a possible police officer for the city, the commissioners approved Wage Resolution No. 2009-04 to hire Wahwasuck as a city police officer.

The post-event headline reads “Wade Moore Hot Wheels Race benefit is huge success.” But who would have dreamed that the Oct. 25, 2008, community event in Sabetha would be one of 10 winners in annual selections by USA Weekend Magazine, the creator of Make a Difference Day! The purpose of the local benefit was to help with the medical-related expenses for Wade Moore of Sabetha who, as a result of a two-vehicle accident on Tuesday, Aug. 5, became a quadriplegic. The fundraiser brought in more than $10,000, which was used to buy special equipment for Moore.

Spring is just around the corner, and that can only mean one thing – another seasonal production. This year the Sabetha High Drama Department will be putting on An Evening of Culture: Faith County II, about how things begin to go amiss when eight civilians try to put on Romeo and Juliet at their community theatre.

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