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Wed
18
Feb

Letters to the Editor

I’m From Fairbury, 
A Flag City
Editor:
We retired recently to the state of Arizona. We have met many wonderful people at the resort we live in; many of whom proudly wear hats proclaiming the branch of the military they served in.
Of course the subject of where everyone is from always comes up. I always responded – Fairbury Nebraska.
Our good friends, the Broadstons from Steele City had gotten us a Subscription to the Fairbury Journal and we read about American Flags being made right in our old home town.
I showed that article to many, and I know now that when asked where I am from, I will proudly say – Fairbury Nebraska, one of only eight cities in the United States that manufactures American Flags! 
Thank you for a Terrific article!
Linda Bundy
Benson, Arizona
 

 

Wed
18
Feb

Understanding The Four-Year-Old Mind

I like the way four-year-old Kane thinks.
He was driving his tractor and wagon around the living room floor doing various voices as he acted out the conversation between the tractor and something else that I never figured out. The wagon was filled with a bunch of small rubber tires that the boys keep taking off of their farm equipment, and Kane was talking about taking the tires to the farm. 
After a while of watching this I asked Kane if he wanted to be a farmer like Daddy. 
“No, I don’t want to be a farmer,” he said with complete seriousness. “I want to be medium.”
“Medium” is the word Kane often uses instead of “small.” Unless he is talking about two-and-a-half-year-old Reid, and then he says Reid is small. For the record Daddy is big, Kane is medium and Reid is small. Mommy is a girl. Apparently girls don’t have sizes. 
So I’ve learned that Kane doesn’t want to grow up. He is going to stay medium. 
Wed
18
Feb

How Much Change Back For That General Lee?

 I was stumped and stymied. Add to that  mystified, puzzled, astonished and just about any other “mouth left agape” word you can come up with.
  Last Saturday after a brief day/evening trip I was returning home to Fairbury and stopped for something to eat. I handed the clerk at the counter a 50 dollar bill for my food. He said, “Let’s see which General we have tonight. A General Lee.”
  Imagine a needle scratching across a vinyl record........screeeeetch.
  Wait a minute! Stop right there! General Lee on a 50 dollar bill? Presumably Confederate General Robert E. Lee? Right war, wrong general. It’s not that I typically carry a lot of fifties on me but I guess I do have a fair share. But the last I knew Ulysses S. Grant, a Union General and our 18th President is on that bill.
Wed
18
Feb

How Can Welfare Abuses Be Allowed?

 What’s wrong with a system that punishes people for working with never-ending taxes, yet rewards those who don’t? We all hear the stories about people living off the sweat of others. In fact many of us have first hand knowledge of these people who are little more than bottom feeders.
 Last week three local instances came to light that should leave people indignant or at the very least scratching their heads.
  Item one: a local manufacturer lost seven people the Friday before who walked off their jobs because they had just gotten their income tax refunds.
   Item two: an employee from a local business quit their job because they had been notified they made too much money and were going to lose their Food Stamps.
  Item three: a local income tax preparer noted tax returns were done for a person who received more than a $5,000 refund yet only made enough money to have slightly more than $500 withholding.
Tue
17
Feb

Kathol and Green To Recite Vows Spring of 2016

Russ & Kim Kathol of Plattsmouth, NE. are please to announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, DeAnne to Kyle Anthony Green, son of Bernie and Sonja Endorf of Plattsmouth, NE., Rik Ryan of Bellevue, NE. and is the grandson of Charles and Kay Endorf, of Fairbury, NE.

Tue
17
Feb

Edward Roberts

Edward “Gene” E. Roberts, 76 of Salina, passed Saturday, February 7, 2015 surround by his family.  He was born July 14, 1938 in White Cloud, KS.
Edward served in the US Army as a paratrooper. He went to work a Brakeman Conductor for the Rock Island Railroad, and he later went to work for T & T Dugan as a truck driver.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edgar and Wilma (Eckley) Roberts; his daughter, Lisa Austin in 2013; sister, Sandra K. Roberts; brother, Bennie Roberts;
Survivors include his beloved wife, Sandra Roberts, of the home; daughter, Tammey (Rich) Duffendack of Salina; son, Kevin (Carma) Roberts of Salina; sisters, Pat Allen and Susie Hancock both of Salina; brothers, Richard Roberts and Ronnie Roberts both of Salina and Butch Roberts, and three grandchildren.
Tue
17
Feb

Helen Lorene LaBass

Helen Lorene Garrett LaBass of Fairbury, NE was born June 25, 1928 at Tulsa, Okla., the oldest of four daughters born to Earnest and Frances (Claypool) Garrett. She was baptized in the First Baptist Church in Bixby, Okla. She was raised on a farm near Bixby.
She was a graduate of Bixby High School with the class of 1945. She attended Oklahoma College for Women, Chickasha, Okla. and received her B. S. degree from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Okla. She received her Master’s Degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
On December 28, 1950, she was united in marriage to Joe LaBass at the First Baptist Church, Bixby. To this union three children were born.
She was active in the First Baptist Church and had served on many boards and committees in the church, for several years on the Capitol Association Board of American Baptist Women and four years on the Nebraska State Board of American Baptist Women.
Tue
17
Feb

Dennis W. Kugel

ebron, passed away unexpectedly at his home on January 19, 2015, at the age of 68 years 11 months and 14 days.
He was born February 5, 1946, in rural Hubbell to Wayne and Norma (Zlab) Kugel. 
Dennis lived in Thayer County his whole life. He was baptized on March 24, 1946, at Grace Lutheran Church, Hebron, and confirmed on March 29, 1964, at Faith Lutheran Church, Hebron.
He graduated from Hebron High School with the class of 1964 and served in the U.S. Army from Nov. 26, 1965, to Nov. 23, 1967. He was a Vietnam Army veteran. He was honorably discharged in Nov. 1971, as he was on standby from Nov. 23, 1967, to Nov. 23, 1971. 
Dennis was united in marriage to Sharon Rae Potthast on June 7, 1969, at Faith Lutheran in Hebron. They had a son and daughter. 
In 1975, he started the custom haying along with farming and raising hogs and cattle. 
Tue
17
Feb

Rosalie M. Ham

 Rosalie M. (Novak) Hamm, age 85, of Fairbury, Nebraska, formerly of Daykin, peacefully entered into eternal rest and into God’s loving arms on February 12, 2015, with her five children at her side.  She was born on June 12, 1929 in Fillmore County to Wenceslaus (Jim) and Emma (Lorenz) Novak.
Rosalie was raised in a faithful Catholic household and graduated from Daykin (NE) High School in 1947. She attended Fairbury Junior College and later worked in Lincoln as a secretary before her marriage to Darwin Amos Hamm (Tobias, 1950) in a double wedding ceremony with her sister Adelade and husband Joseph Gudlin.
Tue
17
Feb

Alma Josephine Barth

Alma Josephine (Louzek) Barth, age 87, of Fairbury, Nebraska died February 15, 2015 at Via Christi Village in Manhattan, Kansas.
She was born to Adolph and Anna (Chrastil) Louzek on April 14, 1927 on a farm near Milford, Nebraska. She was the youngest of three children, her siblings being Anne and Adolph.  After the death of her father when she was 9 months of age, her family moved to Crete, Nebraska where she graduated salutatorian from Crete High School in 1944.
Alma married Earl Edward Barth on April 23, 1946 in Crete, Nebraska after his return from the service as a Navy radioman in WWII. Their first years of marriage were spent in Lincoln, Nebraska. In 1949 they moved to Fairbury where they owned and operated a plumbing business out of their home.

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