Submitted by Fred Arnold on Wed, 10/07/2015 - 12:32pm
Last week was a pretty big week for me and for another business in town to which I am linked. October 1 marked the 25th year that I have owned McBattas Publishing Co., and one of its subsidiaries, McBattas Packaging & Printing.
McBattas is a neat and a unique company. The thing is that hardly anyone knows what we do in the big tin building on the north edge of Fairbury. Both of my children used to tell me when they were young that their friends always asked, “So, what goes on in there?,” almost like there is a sense of mystery and intrigue.
I kind of liken it to the old 1970s movie ‘Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory,” where no one has been in the factory for years and years. Finally Willy Wonka opens up the factory. It’s kind of like that at McBattas.
Submitted by Fred Arnold on Wed, 10/07/2015 - 12:31pm
What if there was a National Manufacturing Day and no one cared? Sadly that seems to be just the attitude toward local industry.
Last Friday was National Manufacturing Day in the United States. Fairbury, and our immediate area, is home to some really great manufacturing industries. Among them are: Westin Packaged Meats, Prairie View Industries, Endicott Clay, Loveland Ag Products, McBattas Packaging & Printing and Lambert Vet Supply, to name but a few. This does not take into account the many smaller or home based companies that produce products.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 10/07/2015 - 12:30pm
Fairbury High School cheerleaders Delainey Stewart (left), Traislynn Nicholson (center) and Nichole Harris lead a group of young cheerleaders during the annual cheer camp on Friday, Oct. 2. A special performance was given for parents before the Fairbury versus Lincoln Lutheran game. The youngsters then cheered during the first half of the game. (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 10/07/2015 - 12:28pm
Gayle Marie (Johnson) Estergard, age 76 of Callaway, passed away into the arms of God on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015 at the Callaway District Hospital.
Gayle was born Jan. 3, 1939 in Fairbury, NE to Earle and Ethel (Shultz) Johnson, the eldest of three children.
Gayle graduated from Fairbury High School, and attended Fairbury Junior College for a time, before going to work at a grocery store in Omaha.
Mutual friends introduced Gayle to her future husband, Bob. Their relationship began as pen pals and blossomed into a marriage which lasted 51 years, until Bob’s passing in October 2010. Gayle and Bob were married on April 22, 1959 in Omaha. After their marriage, they made their home on Bob’s family farm southeast of Callaway. Gayle and Bob were the parents of three sons; Richard, Alan and Brent.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Tue, 10/06/2015 - 10:40am
Donald G. Boley, 67 of Fairbury, Nebraska passed away at his home on October 5, 2015 from a courageous battle with cancer. He was born January 16, 1948 in Fairbury.
Survivors include his daughter Brenda (Shawn) Sand of Fairbury, grandchildren Jacob & Jessica of Fairbury, sisters Joann (Jim) Davis, Joyce (Archie) Lind both of Grand Island, step-brothers Phil (Irene) Heorn of Lincoln, step-sister Judy (Garren) Goebel of Fairbury, brother-in-laws Donavan Harris of Fairbury, Dennis (Pat) DeWald of Omaha, Gary (Pat) DeWald of Lincoln, Joe (Traci) DeWald of Simpsonville, SC, Pete (Deb) (aka Pat) of Raymond, sister-in-laws include Linda (Tom) Throckmorton of Seneca, SC, Mary (Terry) Mau of Alexandria, Karlene (Mardy) Rentschler of Omaha, Patsy Hack of Kearney, Lori Elgert of Lincoln, mother-in-law Lieselotte DeWald of Fairbury, numerous nieces & nephews.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Thu, 10/01/2015 - 12:44pm
Sheila C. Vostrez, 82, of Wymore formerly of Wilber passed away on September 29, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Society in Wymore. Sheila was born in Dover, England on April 30, 1933.
Survivors include her husband, Donald Vostrez of Wymore, NE; loving dog, Tiny; daughter, Teresa (Terry) Busing of Shawnee, KS; son, Donald Jr (Tammy) Vostrez of Hubbell, NE; daughter, Tammy (Jerry) Husa of Wymore, NE; grandchildren, Brian (Kim) Vostrez, Brent (Michelle) Vostrez, Amber (Charlie) Moody, Todd (Alex) Busing, Joshua Husa, Tyler Husa and Mitchel Vostrez; 7 great grandchildren; sisters, Teresa (Bill) Wenbourne, Mary (Chuck) Pearce.