Photo caption: Evelynn Kapke, still young at heart as she tries out the fire truck that is in the toddler room at Kids Connection. She and her husband visited the Kids Connection Open House, Thursday, July 31. It was held to celebrate 25 years in business at this location. They currently have 45 children enrolled and have capacity for up to 95. Photo by Sandy Zabokrtsky/Fairbury Journal News
I greatly dislike cooking. Actually, cooking often makes me angry. Just ask my husband. He sometimes comes into the house while I am mid-meal, and I have the same look he has when hes working cattle.
I am always amazed when I hear of people who like to cook, or people who would rather cook than do laundry. Laundry is my favorite domestic chore; I find laundry therapeutic. I usually have to do laundry to get over the meal I just made.
Part of my frustration with cooking is that it often requires the dirtying of so many dishes. Sure, we have a dishwasher, but the making of one meal sometimes nearly fills a load if there are lots of bowls required.
When I was a kid, back in the 1930s and 1940s, there were honey bees, bumble bees, and even hornets in abundance. We lived on a farm, between Diller and Odell, and always has bee hives and honey. It has been a few years now since I have seen any honeybees flying around.
We had no problem in getting our limit when hunting pheasant and quail. I dont remember when I last saw a quail. I have seen one pheasant this year but it was dead along side the road.
Oh! There went a spray plane spraying a field just north of Diller.
Where are the butterflies??? I think I could count on two hands the number of butterflies we have had in our flower beds. Used to have all kinds of them. It was nice to watch then while we sat on our deck. We even put planters on the deck rail with flowers to attract them.
Oh! There went the spray plane again and this time southeast of Diller.
Normally in this space I try to stay away from the political arena. Truth is I try to stay away from it, at least on a national front, in about every way, shape and form that I can. I have enough things in my life that I get nauseated over thank you very much.
But last Friday morning while I was standing at the sink brushing my teeth, getting ready for work I heard a radio interview by Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns. Now maybe the senator, whom I consider a friend going back to his Nebraska governor days, has decided to speak up because he is not running for re-election...or maybe because hes finally fed up.
At any rate I was somewhat stunned when Sen. Johanns said of president Obama, He thinks hes gotten elected king, and he didnt. This was in reference to members of the GOP bringing a lawsuit against the president for his ignoring of constitutional restraints.
Head to Beatrice and what do you see? A lot of Fairbury people filling up their vehicles with purchases. Go a few more miles up the road to Lincoln and its the same thing. Thirty-three county vehicles out spending money.
Spend a Saturday or Sunday around Fairbury (Jefferson Countys main trade center) and you see...mostly empty streets with few people in any of the stores. Same for Wal-Mart, by and large locals do not shop at home. And to be fair a lot of traffic at Wal-Mart is from...out of town.
Every time we as consumers spend money out of town we hurt Fairbury. We hurt the roads, the schools, the businesses and industry that pay taxes and create jobs. Certainly not everything that we need in our daily lives can be bought here. But a lot of things can.
*More of the money spent local stays local. forty five cents out of every dollar gets reinvested in the local community where its spent.
Photo caption: EAST WARD SCHOOL prior to 1961, Contributed Photo
120 Years Ago
The Jefferson County Journal
Jefferson County Populist party members nominated Dr. Jefferies of Diller for coroner, E.A. Yontz for clerk, Phillip Orth for Commissioner, W.H. Barnes for the state senate and Chris Clary for state representative.
Fairbury citizens raised a substantial amount of money for the widow of the Rock Island fireman killed in a wreck near Lincoln. She had several children, and no means of support.
110 Years Ago
The Jefferson County Journal
Charles Oerter was selling apples raised on his farm near Thompson for 40 cents a bushel in Fairbury.
The July 12-Aug. 18 drouth did in the corn crop.
The new Methodist Church in Fairbury was dedicated. It replaced the one on the same site destroyed in the fire which leveled the south side of the square the preceding year.