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.