Monday, September 17, 2018

1936 8th Grade Promotion Exercise's Program

Country school kids were aiming toward the Eighth Grade examinations and promotion to high school. This is the program from the 1936 Promotion Exercises for Clay County's 8th graders.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Anonymous Sutton Soldier's Letter Quoted in Ad for War Bonds

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.

1968 Sutton Football Team Roster

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

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

U. S. O. for Colored Service Men Opens at Harvard Air Base

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.

History of Harvard

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

Sutton Members of the Nebraska Legislature

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 or even try

1918 Clay Co. Primary Election Results

Need a little break from 2018 politics? Take a break with a look at the results from the 1918 primary election in Clay County as reported in The Clay County Patriot newspaper on August 22, 1918.

See any names you recognize? That Vauck with the narrow win in the Democratic race for the Nebraska House of Representatives - 43rd District was Henry Vauck. Apparently unsuccessful in the general. County officials tended to last a while. Henry Vauck was later county judge for a long time, outlasted by his brother-in-law Roy Oakley who served as county clerk from 1922 through 1955. 

Yes, this was well before Nebraska went single-house in 1934 (effective 1937) for the state legislature. There were 100 members in the Nebraska House of Representatives from 1875 through 1936 (raised from the original 39). Notice that Clay County had parts of two legislative districts, the 42nd and 43rd. 

Friday, August 10, 2018

Clay Co. Court House cornerstone laid August 19, 1918

The Cornerstone of the new Clay County Court House

was laid on August 19, 1918

This photo is from The Clay County Patriot newspaper of August 15, 1918.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

1993 - Back to School in Sutton

Were you in Sutton Schools around 1993? Do you remember your teachers, cooks, janitors, etc.

We have a quiz at the end of the post. Help us out with your memory of how long these people were with Sutton Schools.

Who of these people were with the school the longest?

Testing my memory from 1961:

Superintendent - E. A. Schaad

Principal - P. V. Woller

Business - Garry Sinnen

Special Ed - Mrs. Virginia Schaad

Mrs. Erna Griess - 8th Grade

School Physician - Dr. H. V. Nuss

Custodian - Harold Heinz 

Any others continuous from that era? Who do you remember from your time at Sutton Schools, and when?

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Sutton's 1943 Roller Skating Rink - Outdoor model.

Sutton's Open-Air roller rink opened for business 75 years ago in 1943...

From The Sutton News:

1918 State Fair Circus shortly after a disastrous train wreck

The Sutton paper in 1918 had this article about the upcoming Nebraska State Fair with the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus. The article mentions a disastrous wreck. 

There are several references to the wreck which occurred on June 22, 1918, just a few weeks prior to this item in the paper.

One of the stories about the wreck is at this IndyStar article.  

There are many more.