Retrospective – Fairbury Journal News

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1924
Durant, Flint and Star were automobiles sold in Fairbury by new dealership Fred Schoenrock.
E. Bervin moved his business to the south side building he had purchased from Vine Pease and later established a large auto parts and hardware wholesale business.
ER Henrichs of Deshler had become a Ford dealer there, succeeding CG Catlin, who was retiring after selling Fords since 1909.
1934
Large margins were common in elections in this county, with the exception of the repeal of Prohibition, where the margin was only 170. The single-chamber legislature was favored by a margin of 925 votes here; the horse betting problem was lost by 186, but carried statewide. Margins of over 1,000 and up to 2,000 and up were enjoyed by Democrats CG Binderup for Congress, over James W. Hammond, Republican; Albert C. Schoenrock for the State Legislature, on CH Brandes; Frank Wells for State Senator on RJ Liliedoll of Thayer County; and by over 800 votes, George Skultety for County Attorney on Frank M. Rain; Fred Jones on EH Jones for County Assessor and FE Deffer for Commissioner on AE Pennington. Gladys Hughes, Democrat, defeated Julia Newton as district court clerk; George W. Patterson had no opposition for First District Commissioner. On the Republican side, the large margins were for William H. Nider for County Clerk on Fred Busing, CG Catlin on August Kroll for County Treasurer and Emil Ackman for Sheriff on Dwight B. Young, Mrs. Genevieve C. Clark a was re-elected county superintendent with 4,512 votes.
Shortwave radios for Fairbury Police have been ordered by the City Council.
1944
The constituency assessors elected were WF Bersche, Plymouth constituency; Herbert Koenig, Gibson; Charles Schwisow, Washington; Ed Houser, Eureka; AL Landis, meridian; Charles Coffin, Richland; William H. Nider, Cub Creek; William Beckman, Jefferson; AA Eick, pleasant; JW Rohrbaugh, Rock Creek; Fred A. Ridder, Fairbury; Ernest Schoenrock, Lincoln; Joseph H. Mosher, Buckley; Harold Bower, Antelope; and Charles Waddell, Newton. Bersche, Houser, Schoenrock and Mosher had also been elected in the 1934 elections.
For the fourth time, voters in Jefferson County rejected an agricultural extension officer as county office.
Grace Lutheran Church of Fairbury launched the Sixth Ward Bond campaign, buying bonds with a total value at maturity of $1,525.
1954
An open house was held at the new clubhouse at 16th and D streets, redeveloped by the Optimist Club from the former trailer camp utilities building. A new playground was adjacent.
Fairbury native Francis Lynde Kroll autographed his new book, ‘Young Crow Raider’, as part of the Library Week celebration at the Fairbury Public Library.
“Rubinoff and Her Violin” was featured in a concert, sponsored locally by the Business and Professional Women’s Club.
1964
Reverend Warren Herrick and his family traveled from Gillette, Wyoming to Fairbury. He was to be pastor of St. Charles Episcopal Church.
The Kiwanis club-sponsored community music production “New Moon” was presented with Dick Wood as producer.
Steele City’s $19,000 municipal water system has been commissioned.
The sentencing process was to provide a site for the senior housing building, later to be called “Park View Manor”.
1974
Fairbury’s Tim Fairley was one of 31 4-Hs from Nebraska to win trips to the National 4-H Convention. Its price was in dairy production.
James McKernan’s write-in campaign elected him Jefferson County District Attorney over incumbent William Panec. The winners of the other contested races were Clyde Kellie against John Thorp for sheriff and Mary Schmal against Howard Klinginsmith for clerk. The other winners were Dwaine Siemsen, Treasurer, Elsie Wood, District Court Clerk, and Irene Hunsberger, Assessor. The county commissioners elected were Willard Gumaer on Don Bakewell and Con Callaway on Sig Quam. Dr. Gordon Johnson, William Zimmer-man, and Gwen Schwab were elected to the School Board of District No. 8; Henry E. Jantzen, Max L. Waldo, and Louie Esau Jr. in the Tri County School Districts and John H. Westerhoff in the Meridian District.
1984
In a report by the University of Nebraska’s Bureau of Business Research, Jefferson County jumped in the decade from 1972 to 1982 in per capita income, rising from $3,731 in 1972. at $9,896 in 1982. ranked 42nd among the state’s 93 counties.
Ben Franklin’s Coast-to-Coast business in the Hested building was advertising a discontinuance sale, with everything in the store 20% off.
1994
Mike Gapp, tenor saxophonist from Fairbury, was selected for the All-State Band of the Nebraska Music Educators Association.
Melissa McGee showed off the reserve champion Hereford heifer at the Nebraska State Fair 4-H Show.
A proposed city renovation project for West Lake in Crystal Springs Park was one step closer to reality. Larry Naiman, Deputy Superintendent of Utilities, reported to Fairbury City Council members that a grant application submitted for the project received a favorable preliminary report.
2004
Second Wind Dreams, Heritage Care Center and two students representing the FBLA and FCCLA granted Mary Earhart. Earhart’s dream was to see Bette Midler in concert. She attended the November 10 concert at the Quest Center in Omaha. Heritage Care Center Activities Director Tammy Suey, FBLA Counselor Teresa Hansmire, Casey Welsch and Staci Butcher presented him with the concert tickets.
Fairbury Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 12 at Den’s Meat Distributing. The ribbon cutting was in honor of their 25th anniversary and newly renovated facilities.

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