100 YEARS AGO
The Hastings Athletics will play the Loomis team on the latter’s grounds Tuesday of next week. Hastings has been winning steadily on their present tour through southwest Nebraska, but the Phelps County boys have one victory over them and expect to repeat. Loomis is also planning for a big baseball tournament in early September.
The body of C. L. Sanford, son-in-law of R. S. Collister southwest of town, was received here Saturday from Alliance and funeral services were held at the Congregational Church, conducted by Rev. H. M. Triplett of Ravenna. A stroke of lightning caused Sanford’s instant death August 16, while he and his family were camping in the hay meadows.
80 YEARS AGO
Old News is New--Milton Feusner brings in a newspaper that was printed 111 years ago. A few days ago, Milton found a newspaper while rummaging around through some boxes which have been in the family for years. It is a part of a copy of “The Ohio Patriot,” published at New Lisbon, Ohio, and is dated Saturday, February 19th, 1825. The paper was printed in the five-column size. While the paper must be handled like thin egg shells, it is very well printed and easily readable. Advertising rates were at fifty cents a square, it is problematic just what a square meant in those days, as there is considerable misunderstanding among newspaper circles about this to this day. The term is not used today. The first page is made up entirely of legal notices and small advertisements. Most of them refer to the “Court of Common Pleas.” John Stock had an ad headed ‘Stop the runaway!’ His apprentice to the waggon (notice the two g’s) had run away and he was notifying all to not employ him but to return and receive six cents and a chew of tobacco as a reward. Another item said; General William H. Harrison has been elected U.S. Senator for this state for six years from this March 4th next.
70 YEARS AGO
Harry Gilmore is advertising this week that he has started a new dray line here in Bertrand. He has purchased a truck and is ready to do your hauling.
Workmen have been busy putting up the lights at the new football field. It is the plan to initiate the field Friday night during the Phelps-Gosper fair, but an opponent has not been secured. A six-man team is being sought and those in charge are confident one will be secured before Friday night.
Bertrand business places will be closed Monday to provide a working holiday in order to complete the razing of the old sale barn and starting the framework of the new facility.
60 YEARS AGO
A good attendance of 55 persons was on hand for the annual Cub Scout picnic in the park and field day. Bertrand boasts 23 scouts in three dens, which is nearly double what it was a year ago.
Nineteen Bertrand firemen received certificates after completing a six-session fire school under the direction of James from the Department of Education. Care and maintenance of equipment and updates to the latest techniques of firefighting were covered during the course of study.
Rev. Joseph H. Bowman will arrive this week to assume the pastorate at the Westmark Evangelical Free Church north of Loomis. He comes here from St. Hilaire, Minnesota, where he has served for the past six years.
55 YEARS AGO
75th Jubilee--Dodging rain all three days of the Loomis 75th anniversary celebration last Saturday, Sunday and Monday, the observances came off on schedule and every event scheduled came off as planned. Large crowds attended the observance with a program geared to entertain the visitors during the entire event. Saturday started with ‘open house’ at the business firms in Loomis, and many prizes as well as mementos were given of the occasion. A free pancake feed was the feature of the day and 1,400 plates were given out to visitors. In the evening, the Alumni Banquet was held at the school auditorium with 225 in attendance. The class of 1936 was honored and Harvey Corder gave the history. The class of 1929 was in attendance 100 per cent. A square dance followed and a capacity crowd was on the floor at all times. Sunday was given to religious observances, and the Methodist Church and the Ev. Mission Church was given over to the ‘pioneers’. Family reunions were held in the park at noon, with a reminiscence program in the afternoon. The evening observance was a union outdoor gospel service. Taking part were the pastors of the churches in the area: Rev. Jos. Bowman of Westmark; Rev. Milton O’Conner, Methodist; Rev. Glenn Hawthorne, Moses Hill; and the Rev. H.E. Sodgren of Ev. Mission Church gave the message. Darrell Thorell was in charge of the numbers. Going into the Monday program one of the features of the day was the noon barbecue. According to Stanley Kaufman, who was the chairman, approximately 2,800 persons went through the line. The parade featured 73 entries in the Jubilee division and 30 in the children’s division. The style show played to a packed crowd in the auditorium and the horseshoe pitching contest definitely proved that the art had not been lost. Next in line was the beard judging contest, Kermit Johnson was first in overall or best-dressed category. Tied in the shaggy class were Earl Thorell and Cliff Nyberg. Attracting much attention was the Hall of Memories which proved most interesting and according to the committee, approximately 3,000 visited the relics and antiques of yesteryear. The celebration ended with a display of fireworks put on by the American Legion.
50 YEARS AGO
The Kansas-Nebraska Natural Gas Company has announced that it has opened a new office at Bertrand. The office will be associated with that recently opened by Don Wickwire, just south of the Standard station on the main street.
Wet weather has delayed the Bertrand street oiling project, however workmen were able to get back at it this Monday. The street at the football field was oiled to help keep the dust down due to game-day traffic.
Ronald Philips, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bryce Philips of Bertrand, has been employed as a staff assistant with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in Washington, D. C. He will work in the office of the administrator, James E. Webb.
Rains here over a three-day period have brought the year’s total to over 14 inches, which is still well short of the 25.25 inches received to date in 1965.
30 YEARS AGO
New See-Through--Bertrand area residents driving by the Bertrand Community School are seeing a change in the school building. More correctly, the windows. The old inefficient windows have been removed and replaced with new efficiency windows, which should keep students and teachers warmer on those cold winter days. The type of window being installed is a Gerkin double panel slide window. They are being installed by Gerkin representatives and the crew from Larry Bennett Construction Company.
Grain Storage May Be--The Nebraska Public Service Commission is licensing temporary grain storage facilities by the dozens in an attempt to ease the predicted grain storage crises this fall. By early August the commission had licensed almost 4.5 million bushels of temporary storage and given the tentative green light for another 15.8 million bushels, according to Mike Gauthier, warehouse supervisor for the commission. Commissioners prefer that grain stored under their seal of approval be housed only in the best of conditions, but the predicted grain glut has changed their attitude. Some estimates have put Nebraska’s potential grain storage shortage is as high as 96 million bushels.
10 YEARS AGO
Nebraska Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Jeffrey J. Hansen, son of Bob Hansen of Bertrand and a 1993 graduate of Bertrand High School, died recently following an accident while he was serving in Iraq. He was injured when his humvee went off a berm and was submerged in a canal. He subsequently died at Landstuhl, Germany, with his family present. Three other guardsmen in the vehicle were also injured.
Now is the time to bring that “especially big” watermelon in to be weighed at the Main Street Market in Bertrand. Shad Dahlgren will give $100 for the largest melon in the contest. So far, only three melons have been weighed, but one of them tips the scale at over 30 pounds.
The annual Bertrand Chamber of Commerce golf tournament was held Saturday at Hi-Line Golf Course. Team captains included: First-flight winner Dirk Trautman with Gene Samuelson second, Brett Vinzant third and Dave Pierce fourth. In the second flight, Craig Newcomb was first, Mike Ford second, Nick Hock third and Allen Wissmann fourth.
5 YEARS AGO
The Smithfield Post Office is set to close its doors on August 27th; this will be the last day for postal deliveries from the office. Manager of Post Office Operations, Ed Goforth, located in Grand Island, said that several years ago, the U. S. Postal Service was set to close the doors and processed it for discontinuation, but a private contract came with a successful offer to keep the doors open. The contractor cancelled, and Smithfield residents conducted a community meeting that addressed concerns about making the transition as simple as possible. Residents located on the east side of Smithfield can opt for rural delivery from Bertrand and the residents on the west side of town can have Elwood deliver their mail as a rural route; or the residents can retain post office boxes from either the Bertrand or Elwood offices.
Funeral Services for Marvin "Mac" McClain were conducted from the Evangelical Free Church in Loomis with Pastor Tom Thompson officiating. Interment was in the Highland Cemetery at Bertrand, Nebraska. McClain, 57 years of age, of Loomis, passed away on Tuesday, August 16th, at his home.