110 YEARS AGO
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.
100 YEARS AGO
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.
90 YEARS AGO
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.
80 YEARS AGO
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.”
70 YEARS AGO
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.
60 YEARS AGO
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.
50 YEARS AGO
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.
40 YEARS AGO
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.
30 YEARS AGO
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.
20 YEARS AGO
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.
10 YEARS AGO
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.
5 YEARS AGO
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.