1877
“Best in the world” was how a washing machine for sale was advertised by Steele's Furniture in Fairbury. It was complete with washboard and hand wringer in a wooden tub.
1886
Rock Island trains were in regular service from St. Joseph to Horton, Kan., but only work trains had progressed as far as Fairbury. Meantime, the first station west of Fairbury was to be called Gladstone. A stone mason began laying the foundation for the Rock island roundhouse at Fairbury. It was to have 28 stalls for engines.
1894
The United States issues $50 billion in 5 percent bonds to make up for government revenues decreased by hard times.
1906
Jim Chambers went from his farm near Fairbury to Mahaska, Kan., to help Bonham & Son shear mules. They sheared 100 head in one day.
1912
The Kansas City Star reported that the Union Pacific would build a line between Hastings on the original St. Joseph & Grand Island line, and Gibbon, on the UP's main line.
1922
Fairbury Methodists bought lots west of the church with the idea of putting up and annex.
1932
Sunday movies lost on a special Fairbury election by 154 votes.
1942
Coffee rationing began in Fairbury. The coffee shortage in stores was offset by a surplus accumulated in pantries. There was also a shortage of kitchen grease, as it was needed for the war effort.
1957
Alterations and expansion of the Fairbury Post Office complicated handling of the Christmas season rush.
The Bonham Theatre played a midnight showing of “Jailhouse Rock,” starring Elvis Presley. On Thanksgiving, the theater also offered a two hour “Cartoon Carnival” kids show. Tickets were 25 cents for children and 50 cents for adults. 
1967
Numerous Fairbury Residents wrote to the Nebraska Board of Health, asking that the Lynch Hospital be kept open. 
1970
On Monday evening, Nov. 30, Daykin firefighters dedicated their fire hall in a short ceremony to lifelong firefighter Glenn Brown. Brown, who passed away three years earlier, was heavily involved in the promotion and building of the fire hall.
1976
Three young Democratic attorneys were selected for County Judge for the 18th Judicial District-Gage and Jefferson Counties. The nominating commission for the district chose Paul Korsland, 27, Beatrice City Attorney; James McKernan, 33, Jefferson County Attorney from Fairbury; and Steve Timm, 31, Deputy Gage County Attorney from Beatrice. They were selected to replace Dennis A. Winkle of Beatrice. District voters rejected Winkle's bid for retention in the general election.
The Bonham Theater played the movie, “The Missouri Breaks,” starring Jack Nicholson and Marlon Brando. There were high hopes for this movie, featuring two recent Oscar winners as leads, Nicholson for “One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest” and Brando for “The Godfather.” Instead, the movie bombed with both audiences and critics.
1980
On the agenda of the meeting of the Fairbury City Council on Tuesday, Dec. 2, was the swearing in of Fairbury' new mayor, Shirley Howell, Fairbury's first ever woman mayor. 
1983
A freelance writer and former staff writer and editor of Look magazine was in Fairbury Thurs., Dec. 1, to gather information for an article about Region V Mental Retardation Services. Leonard Gross said to the Journal-News the article was to appear in Parade Magazine, a supplement to the Lincoln Journal Star.
1984
After 27 years in the watch and jewelry business, Roy and Pearl Stiles decided to retire.
It was reported in The Fairbury Journal-News that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration )NASA) was seeking a teacher to be the first private citizen to fly in the space shuttle. The spot was eventually filled by Christa McAuliffe, who died in the Challenger disaster in 1986.
1988
While being moved on a sidetrack near the Farmers Cooperative Elevator in Fairbury, a Union Pacific grain car went off the end of the track, but was stopped from going into the street by a fire hydrant. 
1995
Western retiree Air Force Col. Robert J. Thomas belatedly received the Distinguish Fly Cross, 30 years after his service in Vietnam. Thomas, a 1952 graduate of Western High School, was formally recognized for his contributions in saving the life of a fellow Air Force pilot during intense hostile ground fire on the night of Oct. 22, 1965. “The time seems to have traveled very fast,” Thomas said to Brig. Gen. Dwight M. Kealoha and a crowd of well-wishers at a ceremony at Fort Shafter, Hawaii. “It seems like only yesterday I was in Vietnam.” Prior to presenting the medal, Kealoha, commander of the 15th Air Base Wing, explained that the United States Air Force was belatedly recognizing Thomas for “putting himself in harm's way for the benefit of other.”    
1999
Senior Jeff Talkington was named the Fairbury Jr.-Sr. High School Volunteer of the year in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program. The awards recognize outstanding community service.  
2002
The Fairbury chapter of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) attended the 75th National FFA Conference in Louisville, Ky., with “One Mission: Student Success” as the theme. Fairbury had the opportunity to send 12 members. Fairbury FFA members who attended were: Jennifer Glaesemann, Christie Kujath, Andy Kettlehut, Joel Bramhall, Jordan Dux, Melissa Williams, Jessica Williams, Kristin Mathiesen, Melanie Johnson, Maggie Zabokrtsky, Megan Hanson and Kylie Ruhnke. Also attending were sponsor Steve Dux and advisor Robyn Graham. The schedule was filled with tours, leadership workshops, a career show, general sessions and a trip to a mall. When not attending sessions or workshops, members had the chance to browse through the 320 exhibits in the career show, ranging from dealership, colleges and even the Army. The Army had a rock climbing wall that members could try out. One night, the chapter attended the Steve Holy/Brad Paisley concert. The next night was Emerson/Lonestar. Seven members won tickets as the helped out a truck dealership by rolling hundreds of George Straight posters.
2009
Ira “Babe” Hanford died on Nov. 26, 2009. He was raised in Fairbury and was the youngest of ten children.  Prior to his death, he was the oldest living Kentucky Derby-winning jockey, riding the winning horse, Bold Venture,” in 1936. He was also the first apprentice to win the “Run for the Roses.”   
2010
TransCanada's Keystone Pipeline project presented a $10,000 donation to the Village of Steele City to help fund the completion of a multipurpose addition to the Steele City Fire Department.