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.