Little Blue Country Kids held an Open Horse Show at the Blue River Arena in Hebron, Sunday, July 27. The Open Horse Show is a way for many of the young riders to prepare for the upcoming Thayer County fair, August 7-9. The kids get an opportunity to practice their showmanship as well as their riding skills in front of an official judge just prior to the fair. Many more photos at: www.fairburyjournalnews.com. Photo by Trevor Gill/Fairbury Journal News
Photo caption: South side of the square in Fairbury, Ne
120 Years Ago
The Jefferson County Journal
Two intersecting footbridges at the intersection of Sixth and G streets were damaged by high water from heavy rains.
John E. Heasty, Fairbury lawyer, was busy. He was mayor, chairman of the county Republican Central Committee, recently married, and his law partner, W.O. Hambel, had been killed in the Rock Island wreck near Lincoln, throwing all the legal work of the firm on him.
Jefferson County Republicans endorsed George Cross for state senator and nominated J.O. Cramb for the legislature, E.W. Hinshaw for county attorney, E.P. Griffin for district court clerk, John Nider for commissioner and Dr. Pritchett for coroner.
110 Years Ago
The Jefferson County Journal
J.W. McDonnell, Fairbury store owner, was a colonel in the Nebraska National Guard.
July 17: Report of an intrusion alarm in rural Fairbury.
July 18: Richard D. Jiskra, of Swanton, was driving a 2000 Ford pickup truck north on 578 Ave. north of 724 Rd. when the vehicle hit ruts in the road and the vehicle went off the roadway and rolled in the ditch. Jiskra was transported by Plymouth Ambulance to Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center. Damages to the vehicle were estimated at $5,000.
July 18: Jane Headrick, of Superior, was driving a 2006 Ford east on Highway 136 one mile east of Fairbury when she braked rapidly to avoid colliding with a green 2001 Ford pickup truck, which braked rapidly in front of her vehicle before turning. This caused a 2005 Pontiac driven by Kachine M. Bartels, of Fairbury, and owned by Ryan A. Bartels, of Fairbury, to collide with the back of Headricks vehicle. Bartels was taken to Jefferson Community Health Center. Her vehicle was totaled. Damages to Headricks vehicle were estimated at $3,000.
My cell phone rang last Saturday night at 12:10. Actually, it was Sunday morning at 12:10. I had been asleep for about an hour and a half when the call came in. It was my brother who was calling to tell me that he needed me to come pick him up only a few miles north of Beloit, Kan.
It is 74 miles one way from my house to Beloit city limits.
My brother drives a race car as I tell people, although I guess it is actually called a midget. He had raced in Beloit Saturday night, and my family, as well as a friend, had gone with him. They were headed home when a small deer sacrificed its life to dent up the vehicles front and put a whole in the radiator.
Do you remember the movie The Jerk with Steve Martin? In it his character (Navin Johnson) thought he had really made it when he got his name and address printed in the phone book. For me it was kind of like that with the mail.
When I first moved out on my own, I got a mailbox at the post and waited for that vast cornucopia of material to arrive. It could have been anything: Ed McMahon telling me I had become a millionaire; a letter from home; some foreign post from a far off land; a special letter from a special someone...anything.
But now Ive come to understand the mail for what it really is. A drag. Usually the daily post contains bills, political mailers (in season and it seems its always political season) or people wanting to sell me stuff. Its that sales stuff that has grown particularly tiresome.