The Jefferson County Historical Society Board of Directors

The Jefferson County Historical Society Board of Directors will meet Nov. 6, at the Rock Island Depot Railroad Museum in Fairbury, beginning at 6:30 p.m. 
Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 6:30am

American Lutheran Church Youth Group

The American Lutheran Church Youth Group will be Trick-or-Treating for cans on Wednesday, October 29 (7:00-8:30PM). 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 7:00am

Diller Odell Of Honor Roll- 2014-2015

Gydesen, Mackenzie Jo 12 High Honor Roll
Hennerberg, Calvin John 12 High Honor Roll
Hennerberg, Camille Marie 12 High Honor Roll
Lawton, Lance Reid 12 High Honor Roll
Ahl, Bladen Keifer 11 High Honor Roll
Schultis, Kaitlyn Elizabeth 11 High Honor Roll
Zarybnicky, Theresa Ann 11 High Honor Roll
Arnold, Paige 10 High Honor Roll
Hennerberg, Reese Brian 10 High Honor Roll
Jurgens, Madison Cay 10 High Honor Roll
Rupprecht, Kailee R 10 High Honor Roll
Vitosh, Paige lee 10 High Honor Roll
Zarybnicky, Katie Elizabeth 10 High Honor Roll
Schmidt, Spencer Douglas 9 High Honor Roll
Schultis, Adam Joseph 9 High Honor Roll
Schultis, Caleb James 9 High Honor Roll
Arnold, Ryan 8 High Honor Roll
Bures, Kirsten Ameila 8 High Honor Roll


Three generations of owners of Wells Implement-- photo taken in 1996, from left to right: Greg Wells, Mark Wells, Arthur P. (Junior) and Alverta Wells, Pam Hoge, Charlie Hoge, with Arthur B. Wells in front. Contributed Photo

120 Years Ago
The Jefferson County Journal 
The Jefferson County Journal Publishing Co. incorporated. Eighty-one stockholders paid $2.50 each down and $7.50 in later payments. C.G. DeFrance was company secretary and editor.
The Fairbury Waterworks Co. was putting down new wells, as the drouth had created a water famine.
Honor pupils in District No. 13 (2 ½ miles east of Reynolds), were Frank Arthur, Henry, Howard and John Hansmire, Roy, Ivan and May Avery, Allie Cramb, Etta Eckhoff, Loay B. Elam, Mills Lauterbach, Charley Masters, Annie Smith and Annie Thompson. S.W. Elam was teacher.
110 Years Ago
The Jefferson County Journal 
Theodore Roosevelt had a 3-1 lead in Jefferson County over Parker, and all state and county Republican candidates also won.

Mustangs Sprint Past Sterling

It took just two plays for Meridian to get its rushing game kicked into high gear.
The Mustangs amassed 432 yards of offense and tallied 10 touchdowns on their way to a 66-34 home finale win Friday night against Sterling.
Senior I back Brandon Jackson had a superb game for the Mustangs rushing for 258 yards and scoring nine touchdowns, including seven rushing, one receiving, and one on a punt return.
The opening quarter lasted 40 minutes, as the two teams combined to score 48 points.
Jackson scored all four first quarter touchdowns for Meridian on runs of 24, 49, two, and 53 yards.
The final touchdown by Jackson with 1:27 on the clock pushed Meridian back on top of Sterling, 26-22.
Meridian dominated play in the second quarter outscoring Sterling, 28-6 to open a 54-28 lead at half.
Three touchdowns were scored by Jackson off runs of four, and 18 yards, and a 45-yard punt return.

Lady Griffins Win First Ever Pioneer Conference Volleyball Title

PIONEER CONFERENCE VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONS the Diller-Odell Lady Griffins volleyball team captured their first conference title last Friday by defeating Johnson-Brock in the finals. Team members front (l-r) Head coach Kandice Jurgens, Josie Vitosh, Camille Hennerberg, and assistant coach Corinna Vrbka. Second row (l-r) Paige Vitosh, Katie Schultis, Bailey Schroeder, Theresa Zarybnicky, Katie Zarybnicky, and Madison Jurgens. Third row (l-r) Alexis Craw, Faith Novotny, Madison Hajek, Paige Arnold, Sarah Stanosheck, and Hayley Denner. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News

Diller-Odell’s Lady Griffins volleyball team ran the tables at the Pioneer Conference Volleyball Tournament played at Lourdes Central Catholic High School in Nebraska City.
The Class D1 state-rated Lady Griffins were impressive with their play on the court during last week by going 3-0, while not losing one set to any of their opponents.
In the title match last Friday evening, Diller-Odell swept Johnson-Brock in three sets by scores of 25-11, 25-22, 25-20 to win their first ever Pioneer Conference Volleyball Championship.
“The girls played a great game from start to finish. They  came out strong and took control early in the match,” Diller-Odell Lady Griffins head volleyball coach Kandice Jurgens said.
“The girls had a great conference tournament going 3-0 and not losing even a set to any of their opponents,” Jurgens remarked.

Third Quarter Dooms Jeffs In Loss To Lincoln Christian

FAIRBURY JEFFS’ OFFENSIVE LINE are ready to have the ball snapped for a play in Friday’s home season finale versus Lincoln Christian. Photo by Fred Arnold/Fairbury Journal-News

Take away the third quarter of Friday’s home game between Lincoln Christian and Fairbury, and the Jeffs could have challenged for a win.
Unfortunately, the third quarter proved to be the turning point in the contest, as Lincoln Christian erupted for 21 points aided by its potent rushing attack.
On the other side of the coin, the Crusaders’ defense held Fairbury scoreless in the quarter, as the Jeffs were handed a 63-22 loss.
The uprising by Lincoln Christian was carried out on the ground.
At the beginning of the third quarter, Fairbury trailed, 28-14.
Lincoln Christian quarterback Jared Bubak scored all three of the Crusaders’ touchdowns in the third quarter on runs of 21, 44, and 46 yards.
Entering the fourth quarter with a lead of 49-14, Lincoln Christian continued to out score the Jeffs, 14-8.

Fairbury Runners Participate At NSAA State Cross Country Championships

FAIRBURY SOPHOMORE RUNNERS LILIBETH ESTRADA AND SHAYE STALL run side by side in the Class C girls 5k race Friday at the NSAA State Cross Country Championships run on the Kearney Country Club golf course. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News

On a warm day with temperatures surpassing 80 degrees, Fairbury’s Lady Jeffs cross country team competed in the Class C Girls Championship held last Friday on the Kearney Country Club golf course.
The Lady Jeffs qualified for the State Cross Country Championships by placing third in their C-3 District meet held on the Elks Golf Course in Hastings on Oct. 16.
Sophomore Shaye Stall led the way for Fairbury placing 41st out of 88 runners covering the 5k course in a time of 22:53.3
Lilibeth Estrada finished 42nd posting a time of 22:56.2.
Junior Anna Schouboe earned 61st place with a time of 24:00.5, Hannah Yantz crossed the finish line in 73rd place in a time of 25:27.4, and MaKayla Fletcher placed 80th with a time of 26:59.2.
Mitchell sophomore Celeste Cardona was the individual gold medalist in the Class C girls race recording a time of 20:17.8.

Trojans Survive Against Centennial

In a game that matched conference and district foes, Tri County hung on for a 41-40 road win Thursday night against Centennial.
As the fourth quarter got underway, Tri County trailed, 27-26.
The Trojans rallied from the one-point deficit scoring a pair of touchdowns on passes of 40 and 67 yards from Wyatt Kowalski to Keldon Barr.
With the Trojans holding a 41-34 lead, Centennial scored with :26 seconds on the clock, as Jake Prochaska hauled in a 10-yard pass from Kyle Gierhan to draw within a point.
The Broncos elected to go for the victory trying a two-point conversion.
Gierhan’s pass on the conversion went incomplete allowing Tri County to hold on for the one-point win.
At the start, Tri County maintained a 14-13 lead on the Broncos after one quarter
Kowalski scored the Trojans’ initial touchdown on a 45-yard run with the second score coming on a 34-yard run by Shane Jiskra.

Meridian Spikers Finish Third In Crossroads Conference Tourney

Meridian’s volleyball team came away with a third place finish at last week’s Crossroads Conference Volleyball Tournament played at the York City Auditorium.
The Lady Mustangs finished play with a mark of 2-1.
In first round action, Oct. 18 Meridian defeated Bruning-Davenport-Shickley in straight sets, 25-17, 25-18.
As a team, the Lady Mustangs were 49-51 serving in the match with Blair Hofstetter, Erin Johnson, Allison Klipp, and Rylee Pieper all with 100 percent on their serves.
Against the Lady Eagles, Meridian recorded 20 kills, led by Hofstetter with a team-high 10 kills, while Klipp contributed six kills.
Eighteen assists were handed by Johnson in the two-set match.
On defense, Hofstetter had four blocks, and Klipp and Hofstetter paced the squad with 12 digs apiece.
With their victory, the Lady Mustangs advanced to semi-final play Oct. 20th facing Class D2 state-rated Giltner.