Monday, September 17, 2018
Sunday, September 16, 2018
The Schmidt Bros. store quoted a letter from a Sutton soldier in this ad during World War II. The ad appeared in The Sutton News on September 16, 1943.
The writer says he'd been overseas for eighteen months putting his arrival in theater at about March of 1942, pretty early in the war. We have to guess from the context that he was in Europe or North Africa, or perhaps in some staging area - England? The Normandy invasion was still nine months away.
The ad was soliciting for the Third War Bond that businesses and individuals were helping the government sell to help equip and support the troops in both war fronts.
The reference to the No. 18 Shoe Stamp tells us that at least some ration stamps had expiration dates probably to discourage or even prevent hoarding, black marketing and other forms of deceit or fraud.The Soldier's letter tells us something about the hardships of simple living conditions for the troops in WWII. The worst housing hardship I can claim from my military days was two years in a mobile home in Wichita, Kansas which we outgrew one afternoon in the Fall of 1969 when our twins were born.
For your perusing enjoyment:
The team roster appeared in The Clay County News before the first game of the season vs. Geneva on September 12, 1968.
These Sutton businesses sponsored the ad for the Geneva football game and team roster in 1968:
Friday, September 14, 2018
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Earl Buchtel, long-time Clay Center resident and WWI vet celebrated his 100th birthday in September 1993.
Mr. Buchtel was born September 8, 1893 and died October 15, 1993, a few weeks after this birthday.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
The military, like much of society, was segregated through most of our history. This article in the Harvard Courier described the U. S. O. for colored service men at Harvard Air Base in 1943.
Executive Order 9981 was issued on July 26, 1948, by President Harry S. Truman. It abolished discrimination "on the basis or race, color, religion or national origin" in the U. S. Armed Forces.
The Harvard Courier newspaper carried an article on the history of Harvard in their August 29, 1918 issue.
G. J. Thomas can be found identified as Griffith J. Thomas or J. Griffith Thomas. He was born in Wales in 1847 and was living with his wife Anna in Berlin, Green Lake County, Wisconsin in 1880. He listed his profession as Postmaster, formerly printer.
Thomas's first appointment as Harvard Postmaster was in 1898 and he appears to have served in that position through 1923, shortly after Anna died.
In any event, Postmaster Thomas was qualified to write this history of his adopted town. He and his wife are buried in the Harvard Cemetery.
Thursday, August 23, 2018
Nebraska had a two-house legislature until 1937 when the unicameral first met, the first and still the only one-house legislature among the 50 states. This reform was championed by George W. Norris, a U. S. Senator who was impressed by the one-house legislative system he saw in Queensland on a visit to Australia.
Sutton has had eleven members of the legislature as listed on the website: Nebraska Legislators: Past and Present.
We will claim 12 adding Jan J. McKenzie who served our district from 1993-1997 even though the website recognizes her Harvard mailing address.
Sutton's members of the original House of Representatives were:
E. A. McVey 1893-1895
E. E. Hargrove 1895-1897
James Weston 1913-1915
Guy H. Matteson 1915-1917
Jacob Bender 1925-1927
Ralph J. Buck 1929-1931
Member from Sutton who served in the original State Senate were:
Wellington C. Walton 1877-1879
John B. Dinsmore 1881-1883
R. G. Brown 1887-1889
Members of the Unicameral from Sutton, in addition to Jan McKenzie mentioned above, were:
Theodore C. Wenzlaff 1968-1971
Rod Johnson 1983-1992
Yes, this is a product of early research for the Sutton Sesquicentennial Book. There are still openings on the committee for the book including the subcommittees for research, drafting, writing, formatting, editing, proofreading, photos, publishing, donuts and other tasks as required. Contact Jerry Johnson at 402-773-0222 or email@example.com or even try firstname.lastname@example.org