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History 6-01-17

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100 YEARS AGO - 1917
The long-awaited generator for the new electric light system in Bertrand arrived Monday and was soon placed in position at the plant. It weighs about 2,500 pounds and it has been nearly six months since it was ordered from the factory. Although it is here and in place, about a week more will be required to get the plant in operation.
Weather interfered with Memorial Day as rain, mud and cold prevented carrying out the full program. A pelting rain which began before daylight made any outdoor exercises impossible. A great part of the program had to be given up and no attempt was made to go to the cemetery nor gather floral tributes for the occasion. A shortened program was presented in the afternoon at the opera house with Rev. F. D. Healey of Naches, Washington, giving the invocation. He was the pastor at the Congregational Church here 20 years ago. Rev. R. S. True, Methodist pastor from Minden, was the speaker of the day. It was agreed that those wishing to take flowers to the cemetery would do so on Thursday afternoon.
90 YEARS AGO - 1927
Plaids are again among the ginghams on the cotton goods counters in Bertrand after the absence of several seasons.
Lorena Sandstrom, Mae Norall and Dorothy Sandstrom left Monday night for Moline, Illinois, where they have accepted positions at a hospital.
According to Swiper Jack of the Smithfield News, resetting of hitching posts north of the bank is good for farmers who do hauling to Smithfield.
80 YEARS AGO - 1937
This coming Sunday, Smithfield has invited Bertrand to join in a local golf tournament that they are having there.
Mrs. W. A. Shreck and Mrs. Neil Shreck entertained 20 ladies at the home of the former, honoring Mrs. W. D. Beyrer of San Diego, California.
Rev. Swanson of Westlanda gave the address for the 18 seniors who graduated from Bertrand High School. Jean Peterson ranked first in the class and others receiving scholarships were June Isaacson, Elizabeth Johnson and Frances Scherich.
A good rain of about an inch and a quarter fell, accompanied in some areas by hail. Some farmers will list corn where they had wheat.
Announcement was made of the marriage of Miss LaDora Ringstrom and Orville Shannon at Kimball last month.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Schnable, Mr. and Mrs. Craig and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Jenson spent the weekend fishing on the Republican River near Orleans.
Mr. and Mrs. Irwin Johnson entertained the New Deal Bridge Club at a dinner this week.
70 YEARS AGO - 1947
This community was the recipient of a torrential downpour of rain Saturday evening with .55 inch falling. This brings the season’s total to well over the 6.5-inch mark. Some areas of the county reported as much as two inches. Corn in many fields will have to be replanted, but corn that escaped heavy rains and was planted early can now be rowed. A lot of good, sunshiny weather would be of great benefit.
Loomis entertained the original Fisher’s Negro Ghosts professional softball team Monday evening to the delight of a capacity crowd. They clowned a great deal and their antics were much enjoyed by those in the stands.
The attention of Bertrand’s village board has been directed towards the sanitary sewer system. The village fathers have ordered the purchase of a complete unit of sewer cleaning equipment capable of cleaning tree roots and other residue from the lines.
60 YEARS AGO – 1957
Work actually got under way last week on the new oil mat road between Bertrand and Smithfield. Lippincott Co. of Hastings is doing the grading work and Biggs Construction Co. will lay the 5.5 miles of oil mat. The detour road on the west edge of Bertrand runs north for two miles, then west into Smithfield.
James Henry Dyer, 92, a former resident of the Loomis-Bertrand area, died recently at Wheatridge, Colorado. Services were held at Loomis Methodist Church with Rev. R. O. Louthan in charge and burial was in Highland Cemetery at Bertrand.
Memorial Day services at Bertrand did not go off just like they have for the past 37 years as Chris Jederman did not raise the flag. He started the job of raising Old Glory at the Memorial Day ceremony at Highland Cemetery in 1920, when he returned from the service after World War I, and had done so on every Memorial Day since then.
50 YEARS AGO – 1967
Over 2.25 inches of rain fell on Bertrand the past week, and it was still coming down as the Herald was being composed. The soaker brings the year’s total moisture to 5.99 inches, compared to 2.48 inches a year ago to date. All agree the moisture has been beneficial as the rain fell slowly and the thirsty ground soaked it up.
About 240 Bertrand Alumni and guests gathered for the annual meeting last Saturday. The group was informed by Mrs. Lawrence Carlson that next year, the alumni will be greeted by the old school bell, as the National Honor Society has gathered enough funds with which to mount the bell on the northwest corner of the school grounds. The bell has been in the keeping of veteran school board member J. H. Thompson, who has returned it to the school.
Members of the First Methodist Church of Bertrand dedicated the new entryway to their church at services last Sunday.
Mrs. Aloya Schilke, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Crantz of Bertrand, received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Midland College at Fremont.
40 YEARS AGO - 1977
Memorial Day had a special meaning for a group at Loomis, who for several years have felt that the small cemetery there should be restored. The historic place has been fenced, cleaned of weeds and had the trees trimmed. A flagpole was erected last week and a road providing access to visitors will be built in the future.
Turbulent weather hit an area west of Smithfield Monday, bringing very strong winds and hail in some areas. Corn was battered to the ground, leaving some farmers wondering if it will recover. With a total of over 14.66 inches of moisture so far this year, many farmers are still behind in their spring field work.
John Johnson, former Bertrand teacher and coach, has been named head football coach at Cambridge High School. He spent six years here as head football coach, three years as assistant wrestling coach and three years as head wrestling coach.
Mr. and Mrs. M. B. Kuhn will observe their 50th wedding anniversary June 5th, with an open house hosted by their children at the Bertrand village hall.
30 YEARS AGO - 1987
Bertrand’s “Bicycling Grandma” Rosie Arehart, will join this year’s Rotary Club “Bicycle Ride Across Nebraska” June 7th-13tht. This is the seventh year for the 500-mile bike ride across the state, each year on a different route. Money raised by the Rotary from the ride goes to sponsor a college scholarship.
Bertrand’s will be one of 27 volunteer fire and rescue departments to compete at the Central Nebraska Volunteer Fireman’s Association annual competition. This year’s event will be held in Oxford. Events will include: ladder raise; water fight; run, hook and spray; and ventilate and spray. There will be a separate competition for people involved on various rescue squads.
20 YEARS AGO - 1997
The team of Don Staples, John Lund and Keith Hiner claimed the first team prize of $190 at the 19th annual Bertrand Chamber of Commerce Fishing Tournament held last Saturday at Johnson Lake. The team had a total catch of 26.03 pounds of fish. A total of 41 teams competed in the annual event. Josh Vinzant won a rod and reel for the largest fish of any kind with a catch weighing 3.09 pounds.
10 YEARS AGO - 2007
Dennis Shipp, a native of Ravenna, will replace Gregg Barnes as superintendent of Bertrand Community School. Shipp is currently superintendent at Tri-County.
RaDonna Dahlgren was awarded the Nebraska Health Care Association Care Staff award. She has worked at the Bertrand Nursing Home for two years and was one of only 24 health care workers across the state to receive the honor.
Larry Crawford, Seth Ehlers and Kyle Warning made up the winning team for most pounds of fish caught at the 29th annual Bertrand Chamber of Commerce Fishing Tournament at Johnson Lake. They had a catch of 12.05 pounds and claimed the top prize of $140. There were 39 teams entered in the tourney.
5 YEARS AGO – 2012
Two Bertrand drivers were successful and claimed purses at the third annual Overton Mud Bog competition. Matt Peterson won in the open class and Travis Kuck took second in the Open Class and third in the Super Stock Class. The yearly event is part of Overton’s Goodwill Days festivities.
Dustin Renken, 2010 Bertrand High School graduate now competing on the UNL equestrian team, won both of his class events at the national level this year. Renken was competing in Western Horsemanship.

5-18-17 History

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110 YEARS AGO - 1907
Farmers driving into town wearing fur overcoats and wrapped in heavy fur robes on the 15th of May furnished a sight not so often witnessed in the course of a century.
Since the last issue of the Herald, there has been some extremely hot and some bitterly cold weather, with high winds day and night. At this writing, it is again warm and the wind only moderate from the west.
The Elwood Bulletin understands that John Tucker has purchased a three-fourths interest in the Smithfield bank and will move there from Holdrege to take charge soon.
P. C. Schroeder has commenced excavating for his brick building, to be erected on the lots where several frame buildings were burned last winter. The new building, we understand, is to have a frontage of 75 feet and to be one story in height.
The county board this week ordered the vacation of 20 feet of Marshfield Avenue in the village of Bertrand, as petitioned for by residents.
100 YEARS AGO - 1917
The owners of the Ogden Hotel have decided to wreck the structure and clear the site where it stands. The work of tearing it down will begin next week. The Ogden is one of the old landmarks of Bertrand. It was built during the first year of the town’s existence, 31 years ago. The present owners are Dr. Shreck, Phillip Swanson, W. Ross Pedley and W. M. Bruce. They will leave the site clear for the location of another hotel, an auditorium, or any other purpose that may offer itself.
The Bertrand Public Schools close today. Yesterday, the entire high school indulged in a picnic at the Republican River. The term was begun under F. A. Jones as superintendent, who retired at the end of the first semester. His position was taken up by C. L. Wright, who oversaw the second semester.
Fourteen carloads of automobiles were unloaded at Lexington last week. Of these, ten carloads of Fords went to Elwood, Bertrand and Oxford.
Wm. Von Loh, a well-known farmer northwest of town, was examined at Elwood last week and adjudged insane and is now at the asylum at Ingleside.
90 YEARS AGO - 1927
In Smithfield news reported by Swiper Jack, there were two stock trains Saturday night. Leon May is planting corn this week on his Turkey Creek farm. The 1926 tax on the Whittaker a quarter a mile east of town was $200. For pastime, the men are pitching horseshoes back of B. F. Matthews’ cream station.
80 YEARS AGO - 1937
The Junior-Senior Banquet was held at the Bertrand Methodist Church. A Japanese theme was carried out and Meredith Robinson was the toastmaster.
The Omaha boosters made their visit here and were greeted by the high school band.
Ruth Peterson went to Omaha to attend the graduation exercises at Immanuel Hospital. Her sister, Helen, is a member of that class.
Junior Fox of Lincoln spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Walt Rehnberg and family.
Lydia Meyer of Hastings spent the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. H. P. Meyer and Irene.
Funeral services for Mrs. Carl J. Anderson were held Thursday at the Westlanda Lutheran Church in Bertrand.
70 YEARS AGO - 1947
Beet growers in the Loomis and Bertrand territory are requested to attend a meeting to be held at the Loomis Town Hall Monday night. This is an important meeting, since allotments of Mexican national beet workers will be made at this meeting.
School District No. 55 of Loomis will graduate six seniors Thursday evening. The six are Wayne Carlson, Carolyn Mattson, Maxine Anderson, Marie Urbom, Rosemary Isaacson and John Johnston. Willard Wilson, attorney from Holdrege, will deliver the address.
Three Bertrand Boy Scouts were advanced in rank at a Court of Honor held last Thursday. Melvin Davison was advanced to Life Scout and Lanny Kingsley and Bill Perry were advanced to Star Scout.
The Bertrand baseball team opened its season with a 12-0 shutout of visiting Elk Creek. Melvin Davison was the winning pitcher, allowing two hits and striking out twelve in a complete game.
Last Saturday, while returning home from a Sunday School convention at Lexington, Rev. C. I. Coates’ car skidded on fresh gravel and went into the ditch near the A. O. Matson place north of Bertrand. He was accompanied by his wife and Mrs. Amel Condra. Mrs. Coates received a gash on her head, which required two clamps to close, and Mrs. Condra suffered a broken arm.
60 YEARS AGO – 1957
The Herald presented its annual graduation edition, which also included the finalized floor plan and architect’s rendering for Bertrand’s new school building. Plans call for the existing grade school to be incorporated into the new structure with the old high school being razed. The old school was built in 1907.
Twenty-four members of the Bertrand High School class of 1957 graduated last Sunday. James Carlson was valedictorian and Sandra Matson was salutatorian.
Twelve seniors were graduated from Loomis High School, also last Sunday. Dennis Nelson was named valedictorian and Evelyn Brewster was named salutatorian.
There is a report from Loomis of a rash of dog poisonings with strychnine over the past three or four weeks. Seven canines have been poisoned, mostly in the northwest part of the town.
Bertrand’s water system will undergo improvements with two projects this summer. A new four-inch main and a new six-inch main will be installed to replace existing two-inch mains.
50 YEARS AGO – 1967
Charles R. Larson of Bertrand was elected vice-president of the South Platte United Chambers of Commerce. A. H. Nissen of Oxford is the new president and Fred Evans of Arapahoe is the secretary-treasurer for the group.
Army private William R. McCracken, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold A. McCracken of Bertrand, completed a radio course at Ft. Huachuca, Arizona, recently. He is presently stationed at Ft. Gordon, Georgia.
Funeral services were held Saturday for Herman H. Ebmeier, 76, at Hope Lutheran Church with Rev. William Fink in charge. Ebmeier was a long-time farmer in the Bertrand area.
James Kahre and Dennis Gengenbach were named co-valedictorians of this year’s Bertrand High School graduating class.
40 YEARS AGO - 1977
Thirty seniors received their diplomas Sunday at Bertrand High School as baccalaureate and commencement exercises were combined into one for the first time.
Three students from Bertrand received degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Kathleen Ann High, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd High, received a B. S. degree with distinction in home economics; Duane Willis Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Darell Smith, was awarded a Juris Doctor degree by the College of Law; and David Allen Griffith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Griffith, received a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture.
Melva Johnson, daughter of Verdon Johnson of Bertrand, received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln.
The Nebraska Department of the American Legion conferred a citation upon Dean Junkin of Bertrand, honoring him for his work with the American Legion Service Officers Program.
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Epping of Loomis will be honored on their 45th wedding anniversary with an open house at Moses Hill Church.
30 YEARS AGO - 1987
Kathleen Ann Johnson, daughter of Eldean and Mary Lou Johnson of Bertrand, graduated Magna Cum Laude and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Chadron State College.
Kyle Lynn Hanson, wife of John R. Hanson of Bertrand, graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from Kearney State College.
Janet (Wilken) Weber, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Wilken of Smithfield and a 1972 graduate from Bertrand High School, was named Outstanding Instructor for the school year at McCook Community College, where she has taught secretarial sciences for the past six years.
Johnny Sattler and Brent Samuelson were named co-valedictorians for the graduating class of Bertrand High School. Sattler is the son of John and Sylvia Sattler and Brent is the son of Ivan and Maxine Samuelson.
20 YEARS AGO - 1997
Bertrand Glen-Junkin-Freburg V.F.W. Post 5304 received its Perpetual Post Charter at the district meeting recently. Harlan Holscher represented the post and accepted the charter.
Phelps County was recipient of a dividend check for $6,195 from the Nebraska Intergovernmental Risk Management Association, the workers’ compensation program in which the county participates.
Bertrand Community School presented its annual music program last week under the direction of instructor Tom Oberg.
Seven girls and five boys ranging in age from 10-14 years, represented the Bertrand Track Club at its first official meet at the Kearney Track Club Invitational. They competed with athletes from Omaha, Lincoln, Fremont and Kearney. Coaches for the team are Jim and Shelley Fastenau, Mark and Teresa Taute, Brad Renken and Van Fastenau.
10 YEARS AGO - 2007
Bryant Knoerzer of Elwood escaped injury when the tractor and planter he was driving broke through the planks of a wooden farm bridge northwest of Smithfield. The tractor and planter got hung up on bridge pilings, thus keeping it from falling into the E-65 ditch 20 feet below. Two large cranes were used to lift the equipment from the bridge.
Ralph Stehl found his welding shop filled with smoke Saturday morning as the result of smoldering hay in a grinder. The smoke covered everything in the Bertrand business with a tar-like substance and employees of Cozad Carpet Cleaning will take about two weeks to clean up the shop. While the cleaning takes place, Ralph and his employees are still able to work in the building.
5 YEARS AGO – 2012
The Bertrand golf team qualified for the state tournament by placing third at the district competition. Team members are Philip Ford, Nolan High, Austin Ackerman, Andy Dannehl and Michael Fitzgerald. Matt Huston of Loomis qualified individually for state play.
Carl Hultman emigrated to Bertrand from Sweden in 1912. Almost 100 years to the day later, two of his nephews from Sweden visited this area to reconnect with their American relatives. They visited with Delores Larson and her family, Craig Larson, Mark Larson, and Paula (Larson) Peterson and her husband, Ward.

History 5-11-17

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110 YEARS AGO - 1907
A. B. Smith of Denver, who has been the Lincoln Townsite Company’s surveyor for the past 38 years, is in Bertrand, and with the assistance of County Surveyor Billing is laying out some additional lots for the company. Eight half blocks are to be staked off on the west side of town, and six large lots in the northeast limits. Mr. Smith is the surveyor who laid out the city of Lincoln.
All kinds of business, building, etc., is taking on new activity since the change in the weather. Farmers are all planting corn, and contrary to appearances last week, the planting season will not be late at all, unless interfered with in the next few days by extremely wet weather or another winter spell. The past week has been favorable in every way.
George Kellogg and son, A. B. Kellogg, have sold the Bertrand telephone exchange to O. S. Bardshar and F. B. Rohrbacher, to whom the property will be transferred June 1. The Kelloggs installed the telephone system two years ago, since which time they have conducted it successfully and with general satisfaction to their patrons.
Mrs. Mary Kehr, aged 87, died at the home of her son George Kehr, about ten miles southwest of town, Sunday night. The funeral was held Tuesday.

100 YEARS AGO - 1917
There has been only one warm day this week so far. The rest have varied from comfortable to cold. This is May 11th and scarcely a cherry blossom has yet peeped forth. Potatoes are still being planted, and those planted a month ago are not showing up yet.
The generator for the electric light plant has been shipped at last, and there is now some prospect that we’ll have lights sometime this summer. This piece of mechanism comes from Schenectady, New York, and the time it will be on the road is problematical, but it ought at least to be nearing the coast in another week or ten days. We have learned to live in hope and wait patiently for the municipal meterized juice which anon is to throw light in the dark places of Bertrand.
Roy Ford has a big job to tackle with his new Ford truck. He has 8,000 bushels of wheat and 6,000 bushels of corn he expects to market at Lexington. If a load of 50 bushels or better can be hauled over the Burns hill, and three loads can be delivered per day, it will take 90 days to haul this big lot of grain.
Work is commencing on the extension of the Fairchild garage walls to the alley. This job had to be left uncompleted last winter. (Editor’s note: this was the building located south of the Countryside Market. The building was torn down two years ago.)

90 YEARS AGO - 1927
Axel Joseph Strand was born March 23rd, 1883, in Sweden and departed this life this week at his farmhouse east of Bertrand at age 44.
A bad storm hit last Sunday with a high wind and driving rain. One of the big cottonwood trees in front of the Herald building was blown over and fell into the front of the Herald, doing some slight damage to the roof.
Newton C. Westfall, one of our city’s oldest citizens, died Sunday, May 8th, at the age of 83 years.

80 YEARS AGO - 1937
Funeral services for Robert G. Peterson were conducted Tuesday at the Peterson home with Rev. Emil L. Swanson officiating.
Announcement is made of the marriage of Miss Clara Lavene of Atlanta and Delbert Meyer of Bertrand, which occurred last year on August 7th, at Evanston, Wyoming.
Mr. and Mrs. Warren Anderson came Friday from Alliance to spend an indefinite time with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Sargent.
The Young Women’s Missionary Society of the Westlanda Church is sponsoring a Mother-Daughter Silver Tea on Tuesday evening at the home of Rev. and Mrs. Emil Swanson. Everyone is welcome.
Word was received here of the birth of a son on April 23rd, to Mr. and Mrs. Ammon Warren of Richdale, California.
William Morris was recovering after having his right foot amputated.
The Bertrand Boy Scouts went to Minden to attend a Court of Honor. Five scouts were advanced, including Dean Lovenburg, Meredith Robinson, Veryl Dannehl, Donald Carlson and Howard Sherman.
The first high school tennis tournament will be held in Bertrand May 7 through 19.

70 YEARS AGO - 1947
In the not too distant future, the congregation of Westmark Church northeast of Bertrand will listen to the sweet strains of an electric organ. The new organ arrived there Monday and is now awaiting installation. It was purchased by members of the congregation and will be known as a memorial to the two boys from the church who gave their lives in the recent world war: Ralph Freburg and Donald Olson, who were both killed in action. A proper dedication will be announced in the future.
Burton Holthus, a senior at Bertrand High School, has received a Regent’s Scholarship to the University of Nebraska. It is worth approximately $100 a year, in that it pays all fees for the student during the year.
Local residents will have an opportunity to see the Bertrand ball team in action for the first time on the home diamond Sunday. Elk Creek from south of Elwood will be the opposing team. Bertrand will take the field in new uniforms, bought by the businessmen of Bertrand. This is the first “official” town team in quite a number of years, and Lou Meyer is the team’s manager.
Rev. Milton Matuschka will remain in the pulpit of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Bertrand. He had been offered a parish at Blue Hill, but decided to decline it following a three-and-a-half hour meeting with the congregation during which he was persuaded to stay.

60 YEARS AGO – 1957
Officials of School District 54 of Bertrand have seen fit to do away with the old tradition of holding a picnic on the last day of school. The custom will be dropped because of the heavy enrollment in the school, which makes a large picnic virtually impossible, since the children’s parents are also included.
The Omaha Goodwill Ambassadors will visit Loomis and Bertrand on May 17th. The group of 70 Omaha businessmen will be led by the famous 22-piece Dan Desdune band. They will parade down Bertrand’s main street, handing out taffy kisses and balloons to the children along the way.
Funeral services for John P. Peterson, 84, were held May 9th, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Bertrand with Rev. Arnold H. Nelson officiating. Peterson came to Phelps County in 1892 and has resided here ever since. He died following a two-year illness.
A. H. Walentine was named chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Village of Bertrand and Don Mintun was again named village clerk.
Ivan Samuelson of Bertrand High School set a new school record in the shot put at the district track meet at McCook. His effort of 45 feet, 10 ½ inches earned Samuelson first place and qualified him for the state track meet at Lincoln May 10th.
The marriage of Miss Patricia Ludeke and Don Thorell of Loomis took place at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at Bertrand with Rev. Joseph Gerkin officiating.

50 YEARS AGO – 1967
Gary Dean Bachman has been awarded the Army Commendation Medal for Heroism while serving in Vietnam. S-E4 Bachman is the son of Dean W. Bachman, a former Bertrand resident, and is the grandson of Mrs. Emma Bachman.
Speaker for the annual commencement program for 35 seniors at Bertrand High School will be Dr. Reuben Swanson, president of the Nebraska Synod, Lutheran Church in America. He is a graduate of Bertrand High school.
Bruce Broberg, son of Mr. and Mrs. Quinton Broberg, is the valedictorian and Teresa Fitch, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Fitch, is the salutatorian for the graduating class of 18 at Loomis High School.
Machinist’s Mate Third Class John A. McDonald, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clayton McDonald of Bertrand, recently took part in a joint amphibious training exercise in the Caribbean aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Guam.

40 YEARS AGO - 1977
Six Bertrand teachers have resigned their positions, effective at the end of the current school term. They are Martha Ford, Diana Kuhl, Jean McGee, Janet Renken, Annette Liggett and Jean Westre.
The Aid Association for Lutherans Chapter 2616 of Bertrand presented the Bill and Martha Ford family with a check for nearly $11,800 as the result of benefits and matching funds following a fire that destroyed the Ford family home last year.
Area graduates from Kearney State College included Marilyn Peterson of Bertrand with a BA in education, Mark Larson of Loomis with a Bachelor of Science degree and Kathi Larson of Loomis with a Master of Science in education.
Richard Bachman, former Bertrand resident, died at the age of 40 at Rawlins, Wyoming. He was the grandson of Elnora Osborn, a resident at the Bertrand Nursing Home. Services were held at First United Methodist Church of Bertrand with Rev. John Meyer officiating.
Mike Dannehl is valedictorian and Wendell Johnson is salutatorian for the graduating class of 30 from Bertrand High School.
A daughter, Christina Ann, was born to Mr. and Mrs. William Bachman of Loomis on May 8th.

30 YEARS AGO - 1987
Staff Sergeant Bryan Meyer of the U. S. Air Force National Guard presented a program to Bertrand first and sixth grade classes, describing his recent duty in Honduras. Meyer’s unit spent 16 days in that country.
Reed Philips, a senior track standout at Bertrand High School, won the first Junior R. Mollring Outstanding Male Track Athlete Award at the RVL track meet. Philips won four events at the conference meet.
The Eagle Scout Award was conferred on Johnny Sattler, son of John and Sylvia Sattler of Bertrand. The ceremony was held at All Saints Catholic Church at Holdrege on May 3rd.
Emma E. Colgan, aged 94 and formerly of Smithfield, died May 11th, at Lincoln. Funeral arrangements are still pending.
The Strikettes Bowling League held its banquet May 8th, at the Alley Cat in Bertrand with 30 bowlers attending.
The Bertrand Garden Club met May 8th, to clean and plant flowers in the various plots around the community.

20 YEARS AGO - 1997
The Reflections Club of Bertrand announced that Project H.O.P.E. has begun and should be completed soon. The project involves installing new playground equipment at the city park. The equipment was purchased from and is being installed by Dan McElroy Playground Equipment of Omaha. Bennett Construction of Bertrand is handling the site preparation and relocation of the existing equipment.
Robert Dahlgren of the Bank of Bertrand was recently recognized for outstanding service to the Nebraska Bankers Association at the group’s annual meeting held at Lincoln. He received a plaque as he completed his service on the association’s executive committee.
Eight energetic Gosper County 4-Hers will be on hand for a car wash May 10th, with benefits going toward participation in the Citizen’s Washington Focus trip in June.
Angie Tonjes was crowned queen and Josh Sand was crowned king at the Bertrand High School prom. Named to the court were attendants Amy Davis, Michelle High, Travis Louthan and Curtis Smith.

10 YEARS AGO - 2007
Rev. Cathi Braasch, pastor of Hope Lutheran Church of Bertrand and an associate member of the Nebraska Law Enforcement Chaplains Association, participated in a disaster preparedness exercise conducted recently at North Platte. The four-day session covered response to a variety of disasters.
Commencement exercises at Loomis will be held Saturday, May 5th and at Bertrand on Saturday, May 12th.
The “Smithfield Smoothies” (Red/Purple Hat Society) held its monthly meeting at the Flippin’ Sweet Café in Bertrand. Ladies in the group included Mary Fox, Marie Kuck, Phyllis Maaske, Erie Junkin, Illa Anders, Thelma Kaps, Ruth Willets, Darlene Forster, Given Deselms and Cheryl Brell.
Gabby Contreras, Brianna Smith, Haley Dannehl, Shelby Stehl and Sarah Dannehl were pictured showing their Master I certificates earned studying ballet at the Dance Academy in Holdrege.
The Bertrand girls’ track team finished second and the boys third at the annual Dale Harsin Twilight Invitational at Alma. Bertrand’s Taylor Tacha won four events to earn the meet’s Outstanding Female Athlete Award.

5 YEARS AGO – 2012
Linda Black, fourth grade teacher at Bertrand Community School for 42 years, is retiring at the end of the current term. Also retiring is Lisa Atchison, who has taught sixth grade here for the past 13 of her 25-year career.
The children of Carl and Norma Wittfoth of Bertrand are requesting a card shower for the couple, who will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on May 16th.
Laura Ebmeier of Bertrand and Mark Bloss of Pawnee City have announced their engagement. Laura is the daughter of Pat and Cathy Ebmeier of Bertrand and Mark is the son of Dan and Lisa Bloss of Pawnee City. A June 2 wedding is planned.
Nolan High, Danielle Benson, Haley Samuelson and Ashton Peterson were Immanuel Lutheran Church seniors who received quilts from the congregation in recognition of their high school graduation. The ladies’ quilting group from the church made the quilts during the year.


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110 YEARS AGO - 1907
May 3rd and out of doors, snow is piled thick and heavy on everything. There is as much as six or eight inches on the level and a little more is falling. There will be no early corn planting this year.
At the meeting of the village board Tuesday evening, Henry Bossung was granted a saloon license for the ensuing municipal year.
H. J. Kick, the B and M agent who has been absent several weeks, returned a week ago, packed his goods and shipped them to Bridgeport, where he has been given a station in place of this one. A new agent for Bertrand will probably be sent here in a few days.
There is quite a demand for extension of the gas system to different parts of town. Some of the northsiders want it bad just now. While it is expensive, it certainly is a convenience worth coveting.
Prospects are good for an opera house in Bertrand. A brick building 40 by 80 feet and two stories high is contemplated and land for the building has been purchased. The lots adjoin that of the Ogden Hotel and were purchased this week from F. D. Child for $600.
100 YEARS AGO - 1917
The state went dry Monday night. Up to that time, large amounts of liquor were shipped into every community for home consumption. Bertrand was no exception. A number of shipments did not come until May 1st and, of course, under the law, these could not be delivered.
The Ideal Theatre, Bertrand’s motion picture house, has changed hands for sure this time. Gail Baily and Emil P. Nelson purchased it from J. H. Hruza and took possession Wednesday.
Campbell Brothers Original New Orleans Minstrels will exhibit in Bertrand one night only, Wednesday, May 9th. This tent show is the largest and best colored minstrel show on the road today. There will be a street parade by Professor Anderson’s Military band and a free attraction on the street by the Campbell Show horses.
On Tuesday evening, May 1st, the juniors of our high school entertained the seniors at a party given at the school house. Games were played, a program presented and a meal was served.
90 YEARS AGO - 1927
Funeral services for Gill Lewis were held at the Methodist Church in Smithfield with interment in the Detenbeck Cemetery. Lewis was 87 years old, a veteran of the Civil War and Gosper County judge for 16 years.
Richard Carlson’s family members are quite sick, some of them having measles, others mumps and tonsillitis. The youngest boy had all three at once.
Milton Jackson carried mail for Ed Frazell on Friday.
R. H. Duff of Bertrand was granted a license to operate a pool and billiard hall in a building situated on lot 8, block 11. Also, a license was granted to D. Eichelberger to operate a pool and billiard hall in a building situated on lot 12, block 14. Both are subject to a surety bond of $500.
80 YEARS AGO - 1937
Ralph Clayton and Helen Carpenter were married Saturday at Fremont. The couple will reside in Riverside, Illinois.
Martin Seeman, 42, died of pneumonia at a hospital in Lexington. He is survived by his widow and one son, LaVern.
The weather here for the past several days has remained unseasonably cold and very little moisture has fallen.
The Methodist Ladies Aid will hold their annual plant and seed exchange at their regular meeting Wednesday.
Funeral services for Byron Lee Hock, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hock, were held at Hope Lutheran Church.
Mrs. Earl High entertained 26 guests at a pirate party honoring her husband’s birthday.
Miss Nellie Thayer and Carmen Bonser went to Omaha, where Carmen competed in the state written spelling contest. She placed 20th out of 68 students in the contest after having won both written and oral contests at the county level. Donald Waters won third in the Phelps County written contest.
About 150 mothers and daughters attended the banquet at the Methodist Church in Bertrand sponsored by the Business Girls.
70 YEARS AGO - 1947
Fred Spady has finally received permission from the State Railway Commission to go ahead with his bus route to serve Highline towns. The schedule is incomplete, but he intends to start his route next week. He has purchased a new nine-passenger bus and will make daily runs to Curtis and back.
Carlson-Collister-Gulden Post No. 67 of the American Legion of Bertrand received its permanent charter from headquarters last Friday. The post has operated on a temporary charter for the past seven months. Carl Sandstrom is the present commander, A. H. Walentine is adjutant and Orvin Marquardt is treasurer.
60 YEARS AGO – 1957
Fields here were mudded over again as rain started early Tuesday and continued all day. A total of .53 inch was recorded, bringing the total precipitation for the year to 5.46 inches.
At the District 14 V.F.W. convention at Kearney last week, Ronald Rehnberg of Bertrand was elected commander and Verlen Nelson of Bertrand was elected quartermaster.
Bertrand Marshal Bill Colgan bagged a coyote at the coal sheds near the Bertrand Mill and Elevator north of the tracks. He plugged the critter in the head with his revolver.
For the fifth time in six years, The Bertrand Herald won second place in the General Excellence contest at the Nebraska Press Association convention held in Lincoln. The Herald won first place in that category in 1954.
Lowell Nelson has announced that Bertrand’s town baseball team will begin play May 12th, when they host Pleasanton. Sunday, they will play a practice game against the Legion team.
Robert Rudell, Assistant Warden at the Nebraska State Penitentiary, will be a guest speaker at the Bertrand Methodist Church on Sunday. This will be the beginning of family week and Immanuel Lutheran Church will also participate in the program.
50 YEARS AGO – 1967
The voters of Loomis will decide on the installation of a third well in the village at a special election May 16th. One of the existing wells has never produced sufficiently and the second is a good well, but located far from the storage tank. If approved, the new well will be situated south, near the city limits.
Bill Burkey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Burkey of Loomis, is hospitalized at Fitzsimmons Hospital at Denver after he was wounded in Vietnam. He has been in the army for five years and left for Vietnam last January.
Sworn in as new members of the Bertrand village board were Dr. Ray Steinbach and Wayne Luethje. Elmer Weniger was reelected as chairman.
Gary V. Nelson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Verlen Nelson of Bertrand, has been promoted to Army Specialist Four and is stationed near Butzbach, Germany.
A community carnival held at the old school auditorium brought in a total of over $530 to benefit the Bertrand swimming pool fund.
Funeral services were held at Immanuel Lutheran Church on May 2nd, for long-time Bertrand mechanic and civic leader Dave Rowlands, who died after years of ill health. He was 77 years of age.
40 YEARS AGO - 1977
Funeral services were held for Jesse Dyer, 79, of Bertrand, who died after a lingering illness. His family moved to a farm near Bertrand when he was a child.
The 52nd annual commencement exercises will be held at Loomis on Sunday. Valedictorian is Brad Larson and Monica Nelson is Salutatorian.
30 YEARS AGO - 1987
A two-vehicle accident south of Elwood May 2nd, claimed the life of 17-year-old Brian E. Robinson of Bertrand. He was the son of Allen and Jane Robinson. Services were held May 5th, at First Methodist Church in Bertrand.
Winners of the 1987 Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Nylander Scholarships have been announced. Local winners are: Carrie Bennett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Bennett of Bertrand; Angela Blincow, daughter of James and Helen Blincow of Bertrand and Darla Samuelson, daughter of Darryl and Karen Samuelson of Loomis.
Marine Lance Corporal Rhonda K. Leaf has received a promotion to her present rank. She is the daughter of Derald L. Leaf of Loomis.
20 YEARS AGO - 1997
Bertrand Community School first-grade students of Janet Renken listened to Renee Davis as she explained how to plant a tree. The activity was part of Tree City U.S.A. activities held in Bertrand last week.
Bertrand Nursing Home honored its volunteers with a sandwich and salad luncheon at the Bertrand Community Building last Thursday. Over 60 guests attended and heard speaker Betty Menke of Cozad as she displayed her collection of angels.
Rabbit raiser Kelly Bliven of Bertrand recently won first place among 15 rabbit exhibitors at Seward. The championship trophy was for her black Holland lop solid junior doe rabbit.
10 YEARS AGO - 2007
Over six and a half inches of rain in less than a week caused county road ditches to overflow and roads and lowlands to flood.
Creators of Iowa Public Television’s show “Market to Market” were in the area last week to interview local farmers and agribusinesses about the drought conditions. The nearly seven inches of rain, however, caused the production crew to alter its plans and instead, they interviewed representatives of ethanol plants.
The Loomis Playground Equipment Fund received a $3,000 donation from First State Bank of Loomis and another $1,500 donation from Loomis American Legion Post No. 338.
5 YEARS AGO – 2012
Youngsters from the Rattles and Tattles Daycare in Bertrand enjoyed a fun morning on May Day as they delivered May baskets to various businesses in downtown Bertrand. Twelve kids were involved in the deliveries.
Hilary Houck Bradley, daughter of Mike and Ruby Houck of Bertrand, will be graduated from Morgan Community College at Fort Morgan, Colorado, on May 5th, with an Associate Degree in Nursing.


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Two legal notices appeared in The Herald. One called for sealed bids for construction of a complete water works system for the village of Bertrand. Another legal called for sealed bids for the purchase of $12,000 in water bonds for the village, due in 20 years and bearing four percent interest. The bids for the bonds are to be accompanied by $500 bank draft payable to C. C. Gibbons, village treasurer. D. C. Olmstead is the village clerk.
We understand some little disturbance has been caused this week by a wholesale whipping of school pupils on account of snowballing.
C. W. Sand will have a public sale of several teams of horses, mules, cattle and farm machinery. Auctioneers are C. J. and Oscar Carlson and F. W. Kiplinger will clerk.
No war excitement is noticeable in Bertrand. The news of the rupture with Germany was received here with the calmness and self-control for which our community is so justly noted. If there are any fire-eaters or hotheads here, we haven’t happened to see or hear them vociferating upon the questions at issue.
Public sales listed in The Herald include those of George M. Bolen of Smithfield, L. W. Harms southwest of Bertrand and Henry Jederman north of the tracks in town.
The M. E. church at Smithfield caught fire Friday night from the furnace, but by quick work of the pastor and others, the fire was out before much damage was done.
A meeting of the school board was called Monday evening to decide about building a new school house in Smithfield, which is much needed.
Miss Marie Wartman of near Bertrand became the bride of Ralph Hanson of Smithfield. The ceremony took place at Kearney. Families of the bride and groom have lived in the vicinity since the 1880s.
Mrs. J. D. Concklin disposed of her interest in the firm Irwin and Concklin. Her successor is Mr. C. B. Dalton of Inavale, Nebraska. He is an experienced hardware man.
Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Carlson of Bertrand celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. They were married at Varna, Illinois, February 4, 1877, and came to this area the following year.
Mr. and Mrs. M. T. Hendrickson were honored on their 20th wedding anniversary before leaving for California to make their home.
The Holbrook Hornets defeated Bertrand at basketball, 24-16.
Fay Myers, Elmer Dannehl, Herman P. Meyer and Earl Canada attended the Consumers Cooperative Association annual meeting at Kansas City.
Mrs. Fred Schnable entertained the Happy Circle Extension Club. The lesson was “When We Go Shopping.”
Mrs. Augusta Johnson, mother of Mrs. Guy Atkinson of Bertrand, was badly burned about her back Thursday when her clothing caught fire. She was standing too close to a natural gas radiant and her skirt and sweater took fire, causing second degree burns. Her daughter put out the fire with her hands, suffering burns to her fingers. Dr. Clark was called and, due to Mrs. Johnson’s 86 years of age, it was deemed wise to hospitalize her.
Announcement was made this week by Jim Thompson, manager of the Holdrege Roller Mills Elevator, that the Farmers Elevator at Smithfield has been leased to the Holdrege Roller Mills. He said that a manager will be hired soon and that the Bertrand and Smithfield elevators will cooperate in buying grain and supplying farmers with feed.
Eugene Swenson, seaman first class, son of Mrs. Emily Swenson of Bertrand, is serving aboard the 27,000-ton aircraft carrier USS Valley Forge.
Voters of District 54 at Bertrand went to the polls Thursday and defeated the proposition of issuing $430,000 in bonds to build a new elementary and high school building for the community. Needing a 55 percent majority as set by law, 293 voted against and 277 voted in favor.
Bertrand high school basketball player Gary Myers scored 100 points over the last three games. His 39-point effort against West Kearney is a new individual single-game scoring record, according to Coach Giles.
A new boiler has been installed at Bertrand school and kindergarten through fourth grades returned to school on Wednesday of this week.
Rev. Vernon G. Goff of Wauneta will assist Rev. Ross D. Louthan in conducting a Religious Emphasis Crusade at Loomis Methodist Church.
The Bernard Holen family was awakened Saturday morning by a fire that broke out in their kitchen. Apparent cause was a faulty burner control on the range. By the use of wet rags, the fire was extinguished and firemen were not called.
Bruce Holen of Bertrand was elected president of Nebraska Rural Youth at the group’s annual meeting at Beatrice.
The Farmers Produce station in Bertrand is open once again as the concern was purchased by Andrew Ludvigson.
Elizabeth Booth, vocal music teacher in the Bertrand Community Schools has resigned her position. The action was prompted by a recent car-pedestrian accident in which she was injured. Jean McGee was hired to replace her. She has taught vocal music previously at Milford and Lexington.
A stag party, open to the public, will be held at the Bertrand Legion Hall on February 12.
An initial payment was made to Mid-Nebraska Structures of Kearney for the new Loomis school addition. Work on the building will start as soon as the weather permits.
Katherine Huston, Director of Nursing and administrator at Bertrand Nursing Home, is to be listed in the Bicentennial Edition of Who’s Who in Nebraska.
A new organ for Hope Lutheran Church arrived last week and was installed. A donation to purchase the organ was made by Walt Hock in memory of his wife and two sons who are deceased. The organ, a Baldwin Silent Touch 626, was purchased at Straatman Music at Kearney.
Larry Johnson of Overton was elected president of the Phelps-Gosper Livestock Growers for the next year. Rod Waller of Holdrege is the new President-Elect and Hank Tonjes of Bertrand is the new secretary. Kevin Forster, Dan Louthan and Todd Holen of Smithfield and Ron Florell of Loomis are among other board members.
Funeral services were held for Wirley Orval “Chub” Hosick, who was 97 and a resident at the Bertrand Nursing Home.
Laura Jean Allmaras and Ricky Lee Franzen are to be married at Carmel, California, February 14. Franzen is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Franzen of Smithfield.
A daughter, Mandy Michelle, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Randy Kuck of Bertrand.
The Herald’s front page was completely occupied by an article generated by the Bertrand Committee to Improve Education. It presented information dealing with the upcoming District 54 school bond issue, which will be decided at the polls on February 18. The proposed addition would necessitate a bond of $2,885,000. The original school was built in 1908, then razed in 1957 when the existing school was built.
Bertrand received a snowfall of about six inches over a two-day period this week.
Dean and Rosie Arehart of Bertrand, who are vacationing in Las Vegas, are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary.
Lonnie Meyer of Run-N-Iron Customizing was featured in The Herald. He is one of only seven gunsmiths in the state of Nebraska that are considered professional.
The Young Americans singing group from California is coming to Bertrand Community School for a two-day workshop and concert. Kyle Dawson of Bertrand is touring with the group.
Creighton Peterson, a second grader at Bertrand Community School, was the first student to receive a reply to a post card sent to service personnel in Iraq as a multi-class project. Cards were sent by 133 students in grades K-6.
Funeral services were held for Gearo Peterson, 94, of Bertrand. He was a life-long resident of this area.
Steve and Carolyn Larson of Loomis will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on February 11. The family is asking for a card shower to observe the occasion.
Funeral services were held for Bobby Dale “Bob” Mainord of Bertrand. He was aged 75 and passed away in Idaho.
Bertrand’s Young at Heart Senior Center reached its half-way goal in fundraising efforts to build a new center. The goal is $250,000.