Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 07/20/2016 - 10:41am
It were as though someone had turned the heat off at the Jefferson County Historical Society and everything had cooled down.
Members of the reorganized JCHS board met Tuesday for a special meeting. It was in stark contrast to the one held just 12 days earlier, when four board members and the former curator resigned in a stifling hot, crowded room at the Rock Island Depot.
“Things are coming together,” said Megan Sothan, the vice president of the board and interim director of JCHS.
The board discussed relatively few items on an agenda made available to the public: an update on changing the three main exterior locks; asking for volunteer help mowing grass and attending to various properties; approving the inspection of an alarm system; updating the public on the society’s request for county funding; and agreeing to waive an audit for this year since the new board just got started.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 07/20/2016 - 10:39am
The Jefferson County Fairgrounds hosted the county’s annual agricultural fair from July 14 through July 17. In addition to 4-H activities, animal showings, livestock auctions and a carnival, the Jefferson County Fair included JayHusker midget car racing and a rough stock rodeo. Above, Jeanna Brown, 12, of Utica, gets dragged through the horse arena dirt Saturday evening as she tries to mount a buckskin during the Wild Pony Race. She and her two sisters—Masa and Kia—had only minor injuries from the event. At left, William Claycamp of Beloit, Kan., shows son Caleb how to fine tune a racer during the JayHusker event Saturday night.
Submitted by Fred Arnold on Wed, 07/20/2016 - 10:14am
The numbers look good. The crowds look good. And the events are well attended.
Fairbury City Museum President Ben McBride had nothing but positive things to tell members of city council during their meeting Tuesday as he gave his annual report. McBride said total visitors had nearly doubled from the previous year, as had donations.
“Our visitors were at 1,158 as compared to 759 from the previous year, and in donations we took in $4,465 compared to $2,800 from the prior year,” he said.
McBride also said this year’s grand opening of the new fossil room, which was the culmination of five years’ work, is quite unique for a museum of the city’s size to have.
“I think we’re definitely doing something right at the museum and it is starting to show,” he said.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 07/20/2016 - 10:14am
The former Alexandria Groceries could belong to the Village of Alexandria next month—if the village is the winning bidder of a sheriff’s sale.
Village board members unanimously passed a motion July 13 to set its bid limit at $100 for the property at 309 Harbine Street. If the village has the winning bid, it also will be responsible for two years of back taxes.
“It’s already kind of in disrepair, and if it got any worse, it would affect [the village’s] building,” said board Chairman Jeremy VanWesten, referring to a common wall the building share’s with the town’s library.
VanWesten said both the roof and the floor have collapsed on the building, which has been vacant for about 10 years. If the village is able to acquire it, he said it will have to tear it down.
“It’s in pretty bad shape, beyond salvation,” said VanWesten. “If I was a millionaire, I’d probably try to save it.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Tue, 07/19/2016 - 3:18pm
Mary Jane Wendland, 88, of Columbus, died Saturday, July 16, 2016, at Morys Haven Nursing Home, Columbus.
The Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 21, at the Federated Church, Columbus, with Pastor Edward Yang officiating.
Private family interment in the Columbus Cemetery will precede the service.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Gass Haney Funeral Home. The family will greet friends beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church. There will be a family prayer service at 10:45 a.m. Thursday at the church. Memorials are to be directed to the Federated Church.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Tue, 07/19/2016 - 3:17pm
Deloris Jane Witt was born in Reynolds to Osa and Maude Cline Witt on Jan. 7, 1929.
She died May 26, 2016, at her home at the Heritage Care Center at the age of 87 years, 4 months, 19 days. She was baptized Jan. 7, 2013.
Deloris lived at home with her parents until both her and sister Doris were placed in the Beatrice State Developmental Center. When her sister Doris passed away, Deloris was relocated to the Heritage Care Center on Nov. 10, 1969. She lived at the Heritage for over 46 years, which became her home. Through those years Deloris had many roommates that she became close too, as well as their families.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Tue, 07/19/2016 - 3:17pm
Patricia M. (Haddan) Watson, 56, of Fairbury, passed away July 9, 2016, at Bryan LGH West, in Lincoln after a lengthy illness.
She was born to Donald and Norma (Polage) Haddan on June 8, 1960, in Fairbury. She grew up on the Haddan Family farm south of Alexandria and was a graduate of Meridian High School in 1978.
She loved her animals and enjoyed gardening, inheriting the green thumb from her mother. She also enjoyed going to flea markets, garage sales and auctions. She will be deeply and lovingly missed.
Surviving are husband, Doug; son, Seth; brothers: Russell (Linda) Haddan, of Ogallala, Doyle (Joyce) Haddan, of Lincoln, and sister Maxine Haddan, of Fairbury; aunt Gladys Schweer, of North Platte; aunt Erma Pauley, of Fremont; mother-in-law Phyllis Watson, of Fairbury; sisters-in-law Judy (Scott) Ryan, of Omaha; Pam (Larry) Fisbeck, of Oklahoma City; Joyce Graves, of Hastings; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Tue, 07/19/2016 - 3:14pm
Robert (Bob) Ray Stahl, 84, of Fairbury, passed from this earth Monday, July 11, 2016, at JCHC. He was born Nov. 21, 1931, in Diller to Herman and Norma Harvey Stahl.
Bob was educated in the Diller school system and graduated in 1949. After graduation, he met and eventually married Phyllis Valentine on Aug. 5, 1952. Two days after the wedding ceremony, Bob shipped out to serve in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1952 to 1954. During is absence, his bride resided in Diller with her new father-in-law.
Upon his return, the couple moved to an apartment in Fairbury where they started a family. Bob was employed as a truck driver. In subsequent years, he also worked at the Creamery, the CoOp and Barber Furniture.
Besides being a devoted family man, Bob enjoyed boating, water skiing, fishing and taking his wife dancing. He was a member of the Fairbury Elks Lodge and belonged to the VFW and the American Legion.