100 YEARS AGO - 1917
The long-awaited generator for the new electric light system in Bertrand arrived Monday and was soon placed in position at the plant. It weighs about 2,500 pounds and it has been nearly six months since it was ordered from the factory. Although it is here and in place, about a week more will be required to get the plant in operation.
Weather interfered with Memorial Day as rain, mud and cold prevented carrying out the full program. A pelting rain which began before daylight made any outdoor exercises impossible. A great part of the program had to be given up and no attempt was made to go to the cemetery nor gather floral tributes for the occasion. A shortened program was presented in the afternoon at the opera house with Rev. F. D. Healey of Naches, Washington, giving the invocation. He was the pastor at the Congregational Church here 20 years ago. Rev. R. S. True, Methodist pastor from Minden, was the speaker of the day. It was agreed that those wishing to take flowers to the cemetery would do so on Thursday afternoon.
90 YEARS AGO - 1927
Plaids are again among the ginghams on the cotton goods counters in Bertrand after the absence of several seasons.
Lorena Sandstrom, Mae Norall and Dorothy Sandstrom left Monday night for Moline, Illinois, where they have accepted positions at a hospital.
According to Swiper Jack of the Smithfield News, resetting of hitching posts north of the bank is good for farmers who do hauling to Smithfield.
80 YEARS AGO - 1937
This coming Sunday, Smithfield has invited Bertrand to join in a local golf tournament that they are having there.
Mrs. W. A. Shreck and Mrs. Neil Shreck entertained 20 ladies at the home of the former, honoring Mrs. W. D. Beyrer of San Diego, California.
Rev. Swanson of Westlanda gave the address for the 18 seniors who graduated from Bertrand High School. Jean Peterson ranked first in the class and others receiving scholarships were June Isaacson, Elizabeth Johnson and Frances Scherich.
A good rain of about an inch and a quarter fell, accompanied in some areas by hail. Some farmers will list corn where they had wheat.
Announcement was made of the marriage of Miss LaDora Ringstrom and Orville Shannon at Kimball last month.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Schnable, Mr. and Mrs. Craig and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Jenson spent the weekend fishing on the Republican River near Orleans.
Mr. and Mrs. Irwin Johnson entertained the New Deal Bridge Club at a dinner this week.
70 YEARS AGO - 1947
This community was the recipient of a torrential downpour of rain Saturday evening with .55 inch falling. This brings the season’s total to well over the 6.5-inch mark. Some areas of the county reported as much as two inches. Corn in many fields will have to be replanted, but corn that escaped heavy rains and was planted early can now be rowed. A lot of good, sunshiny weather would be of great benefit.
Loomis entertained the original Fisher’s Negro Ghosts professional softball team Monday evening to the delight of a capacity crowd. They clowned a great deal and their antics were much enjoyed by those in the stands.
The attention of Bertrand’s village board has been directed towards the sanitary sewer system. The village fathers have ordered the purchase of a complete unit of sewer cleaning equipment capable of cleaning tree roots and other residue from the lines.
60 YEARS AGO – 1957
Work actually got under way last week on the new oil mat road between Bertrand and Smithfield. Lippincott Co. of Hastings is doing the grading work and Biggs Construction Co. will lay the 5.5 miles of oil mat. The detour road on the west edge of Bertrand runs north for two miles, then west into Smithfield.
James Henry Dyer, 92, a former resident of the Loomis-Bertrand area, died recently at Wheatridge, Colorado. Services were held at Loomis Methodist Church with Rev. R. O. Louthan in charge and burial was in Highland Cemetery at Bertrand.
Memorial Day services at Bertrand did not go off just like they have for the past 37 years as Chris Jederman did not raise the flag. He started the job of raising Old Glory at the Memorial Day ceremony at Highland Cemetery in 1920, when he returned from the service after World War I, and had done so on every Memorial Day since then.
50 YEARS AGO – 1967
Over 2.25 inches of rain fell on Bertrand the past week, and it was still coming down as the Herald was being composed. The soaker brings the year’s total moisture to 5.99 inches, compared to 2.48 inches a year ago to date. All agree the moisture has been beneficial as the rain fell slowly and the thirsty ground soaked it up.
About 240 Bertrand Alumni and guests gathered for the annual meeting last Saturday. The group was informed by Mrs. Lawrence Carlson that next year, the alumni will be greeted by the old school bell, as the National Honor Society has gathered enough funds with which to mount the bell on the northwest corner of the school grounds. The bell has been in the keeping of veteran school board member J. H. Thompson, who has returned it to the school.
Members of the First Methodist Church of Bertrand dedicated the new entryway to their church at services last Sunday.
Mrs. Aloya Schilke, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Crantz of Bertrand, received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Midland College at Fremont.
40 YEARS AGO - 1977
Memorial Day had a special meaning for a group at Loomis, who for several years have felt that the small cemetery there should be restored. The historic place has been fenced, cleaned of weeds and had the trees trimmed. A flagpole was erected last week and a road providing access to visitors will be built in the future.
Turbulent weather hit an area west of Smithfield Monday, bringing very strong winds and hail in some areas. Corn was battered to the ground, leaving some farmers wondering if it will recover. With a total of over 14.66 inches of moisture so far this year, many farmers are still behind in their spring field work.
John Johnson, former Bertrand teacher and coach, has been named head football coach at Cambridge High School. He spent six years here as head football coach, three years as assistant wrestling coach and three years as head wrestling coach.
Mr. and Mrs. M. B. Kuhn will observe their 50th wedding anniversary June 5th, with an open house hosted by their children at the Bertrand village hall.
30 YEARS AGO - 1987
Bertrand’s “Bicycling Grandma” Rosie Arehart, will join this year’s Rotary Club “Bicycle Ride Across Nebraska” June 7th-13tht. This is the seventh year for the 500-mile bike ride across the state, each year on a different route. Money raised by the Rotary from the ride goes to sponsor a college scholarship.
Bertrand’s will be one of 27 volunteer fire and rescue departments to compete at the Central Nebraska Volunteer Fireman’s Association annual competition. This year’s event will be held in Oxford. Events will include: ladder raise; water fight; run, hook and spray; and ventilate and spray. There will be a separate competition for people involved on various rescue squads.
20 YEARS AGO - 1997
The team of Don Staples, John Lund and Keith Hiner claimed the first team prize of $190 at the 19th annual Bertrand Chamber of Commerce Fishing Tournament held last Saturday at Johnson Lake. The team had a total catch of 26.03 pounds of fish. A total of 41 teams competed in the annual event. Josh Vinzant won a rod and reel for the largest fish of any kind with a catch weighing 3.09 pounds.
10 YEARS AGO - 2007
Dennis Shipp, a native of Ravenna, will replace Gregg Barnes as superintendent of Bertrand Community School. Shipp is currently superintendent at Tri-County.
RaDonna Dahlgren was awarded the Nebraska Health Care Association Care Staff award. She has worked at the Bertrand Nursing Home for two years and was one of only 24 health care workers across the state to receive the honor.
Larry Crawford, Seth Ehlers and Kyle Warning made up the winning team for most pounds of fish caught at the 29th annual Bertrand Chamber of Commerce Fishing Tournament at Johnson Lake. They had a catch of 12.05 pounds and claimed the top prize of $140. There were 39 teams entered in the tourney.
5 YEARS AGO – 2012
Two Bertrand drivers were successful and claimed purses at the third annual Overton Mud Bog competition. Matt Peterson won in the open class and Travis Kuck took second in the Open Class and third in the Super Stock Class. The yearly event is part of Overton’s Goodwill Days festivities.
Dustin Renken, 2010 Bertrand High School graduate now competing on the UNL equestrian team, won both of his class events at the national level this year. Renken was competing in Western Horsemanship.