Memories 6.5.2019

125 Years

Friday, June 8, 1894

Jock Matthews is having his house remodeled. A north window is being put in the east room; a bed room added to the south, and a portico built from north to south the entire length. Jock believes in having things convenient and he will certainly have a very neat and comfortable home when these improvements have been completed.

The “Old Turner building” has been torn down to make room for the Reber & Kreitzer new brick block. This building was one of the first ones erected in Sabetha. The “big cottonwood” that stood in front of this building for more than a quarter of a century was hewn down in August 1889. R. W. Moorhead was given the honor of felling the tree and was presented with a road tax receipt for his services. This receipt Dick prizes very highly keeps it framed in his room as a memento of by-gone days. Thus one by one the old historical landmarks must go to make way for our onward march of progress.

It was very lively around the G. I. stock yards Monday night, as unusually large stock shipments were made. G. E. Stevenson shipped three car loads of fat, cattle, Jacob Meisner three cars of cattle, John Fulton two cars of cattle and Fred Kernan, two cars of cattle, Reid Fretz also shipped one car of horses. All were bound for Chicago markets, which we hope will continue to improve.

A Subscriber writes, asking the meaning of the “silent watches of the night.” We answer with pleasure that they are those which the owners neglect to wind up before retiring.

100 Years

Thursday, June 5, 1919

Miss Mattie Stitt is still confined to her bed, as a result of falling down the cellar stairs. She had a bowl of milk in her hand and opened the trap door to the cellar. The strap holding the door slipped. In saving the bowl of milk Miss Stitt lost her balance and fell down stairs. her hip she thinks is hurt and she is not progressing as well as her friends would wish.

The Junior Endeavor of the Congregational church had a picnic in Horton’s woods Thursday afternoon under the supervision of MIss Lois Robinson, their superintendent. There were fourteen members present who played games and told stories until supper time when a substantial meal was served followed by ice cream. The presence of Dr. Mae Milne and her brother added much to the pleasure of the occasion. This picnic was a reward promised for perfect attendance during May.

Booze is Not a Good Cure. From the Ames, Iowa, Intelligencer. When a man comes to you all doubled up with pain and declares he will die in your presence unless you procure his a drink of whiskey, send him to a doctor or else give him a dose of Chamberlain’s Colic and Diarrhoea Remedy. There is a mistaken notion among a whole lot of people that booze is the best remedy for colic and stomach ache. – Adv.

Lumber went up ten dollars a thousand this week. Fred Minger who is making repairs to the house he bought took back several boards he had bought and made $1.25.

75 Years

Wednesday, June 7, 1944

The first concert of the season will be presented at Humboldt, Nebr. by the Humboldt school band in the City park Saturday evening under the direction of M. O. Wood, director of the Sabetha school band. Wood will come to Humboldt Friday and give lessons, conducting band practice Friday night and the public concert Saturday night. – The Falls City Journal.

The employees of the Nemaha Co-operative Creamery held a picnic at Sycamore Springs Wednesday evening, the first since M. A. Burger became manager. Employees and their families attending numbered 80.

After nearly six months of silence from their son, Raymond, an army air force pilot, Mr. and Mrs. Tony Woltkamp of Seneca were informed Saturday by telegram that he had died courageously in the performance of his duties about 25miles from Venice, Italy, less that two months after arriving overseas. Mr. and Mrs. Woltkamp had received many letters from the families of other air men in Raymon’s crew and held hope for their son’s safety. Information has come to families of four of the crew that they were interned in German prison camps. It was this information that gave Raymond’s family encouragement. The word received in Seneca Saturday night, came from the German government through the International Red Cross.

A downpour of .70 inch of rain fell in Sabetha Sunday night. People living near the state line reported about the same amount of rainfall and the Maple Ridge vicinity south of town reported an inch of rain. County line farmers reported an inch and a half of rain fell in forty fire minutes the same evening. A bad wind storm did some damage near Bern, but Sabetha and the vicinity south of town reported no damage from wind. In the Sabetha vicinity some farmers have had to replant corn although on the whole the corn is in good shape and farmers with early corn have cultivated it for the first time.

50 Years

Thursday, June 12, 1969

Hopes for a bowling alley in Sabetha next fall are beginning to flicker again. This spring Verne Koeppen announced that after eight years operating the Sabetha Lanes, he would not open the bowling alley next fall. Ernie Block, owner of the building in which the business was operated then said he planned to install newer equipment, remodel the interior to provide a more extensive snack bar and then sell the business to somebody wishing to operate it.

Miss Peggy Brant, Mrs. Alberta Minneman, Mrs. LaVera Bennett, Mrs. Mabel Tanking, Mrs. Alice Haxton attended the BPW State Convention in Wichita Friday through Sunday, June 6, 7, 8. The BPW Clubs are celebrating their Fiftieth Anniversary.

This area received a need 1-2 inches of rain late Wednesday afternoon and early this Thursday morning. A heavy shower after 5:30 yesterday afternoon provided over a half inch of moisture and the remainder came during the evening and early morning hours. The rain is expected to be a fine boost to the newly planted corn and milo fields and was needed after a couple of weeks of dry weather.

25 Years

Wednesday, June 8, 1994

The Sabetha City Commission Monday night tabled a request from the Mary Cotton Public Library board for an increased mill levy. The libray’s board requested a one-mill increase (to a total of four mills), raising the library’s budget an aditional $8,400 annually. Rev. Duane Tramp, library board member, said that increased usage over the past year requires addition to the library’s book collection. He also cited improvements needed including a new furnace, removal of asbestos from the library’s basement, the addition of handicapped accessible restrooms and computer automation.

Cindy Remmers, Donna Tyler and Jeff Tyler stand in front of a flagpole that was recently donated to the new Sabetha baseball complex in memory of their husband and grandfather Wendell Tyler. Tyler was a manager and coach of the American Legion baseball program for over 30 years, donating his time because of his love of children and the game. The flagpole was purchased through contributions from family and friends totaling $700.

Carrie Edelman was named the State FFA Beef Production winner at the recent Kansas FFA Convention held in Manhattan. Carrie was presented a plaque and check from Nasco International and Pitman-Moore, Inc. She will now advance to the national competition.

10 Years

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Sabetha Farmers’ Market will return to the Mary Cotton Public Library Park on Saturdays, beginning this Saturday, June 13, and hopefully running through Sept. 12. Anyone who grows vegetables and fruits on their local farms are in their gardens is invited to sell those items at the market.

The commissioners discussed two options presented by City Administrator Doug Allen regarding sidewalk repair. One option is mandatory, the other is voluntary. Mayor Doug Clark said he feels it would be easiest to start with the voluntary program. Commissioner Steve Harvey, who has been a catalyst for the project, said he feels it should be mandatory. Clark then asked Allen if the commissioners could hear an estimate on the amount of sidewalks that need to be repaired to better help them make a decision of which way to go. Allen said he would work on this for the next meeting.

Sabetha American Legion Post 126 played the final game of the opening round of the Northeast Kansas Pre-season League Tournament against Atchison on Friday evening, June 5, and got seven solid innings out of starter Brock Boldra to come away with a 3-2 victory. Boldra went the distance for Sabetha and only gave up two hits and two walks while striking out 10 batters. Offensively, Sabetha was led by Austin Broxterman who went 3 for 3 with a walk and two RBIs.


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