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.