Monday, December 2, 2019
The Weber Bros. Mill on the north side of the tracks west of Saunders Ave. was sold to a Denver man in November 1944.
As I recall, the mill was called The Sutton Mill in the '50's until it burned down one Sunday morning in a blaze that generated a huge black cloud of smoke that covered the whole southeast sky from our farm northwest of town.
Off the top of my head, I'd date the fire to about 1950, give or take.
The story on the right describes how 2nd Lt. Morris Bauer met his former school mate in a German POW camp. Locals in Sutton figured out the school mate was Sgt. Paul Schwarz - Bauer was restricted from identifying the other POW.
From the November 16, 1944 issue of The Sutton News.
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
A major story in 1919 was the vote and Constitutional Amendment instituting prohibition. What were the details of that legislation? Here, the Harvard Courier newspaper published their version of those details.
The Sutton Corn Show was held November 3 and 4 of 1944. Mary Ann Sharkey was named "Corn Queen for the event.
Mary Ann was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Sharkey. She accumulated 81,000 votes to win. I'm suspecting people could vote multiple times, or something.
Details of the show in the article below.
The Harvard Courier carried this ad for a major silent movie
at the Strand Theater in Hastings on November 6, 1919.
The first full-length feature movie with sound was The Jazz Singer with Al Jolson in 1927. Though, recently two talking movies by Thomas Edison from 1913 were found. Those were not commercial enterprises. The prize goes to Jolson.
Monday, November 4, 2019
From the October 19, 1944 issue of The Sutton News
The Lewis Jewelry Store was on the North end, West side of downtown Sutton. The Sutton Museum has several items from the families of A.H. Lewis and his wife Laura (Schwab) Lewis. Among those items is the Grandfathers Clock that stood in the window of the store. Folklore has it that railroad men would walk the 1/2 block during stops to set their watches to the Lewis clock.
We have an interesting item and photo of Mrs. Laura Lewis from the 1939 celebration of Sutton's 65th anniversary - HERE
The story of the Lewis Jewelry store gives us clues to the puzzle of the historic configurations of downtown stores. Another on in the same issue of the News is:
So, where was the Blue Valley Store? I remember when it was my parents' grocery store of choice in town (there were three of them). Grover Schneider operated the Blue Valley IGA Store at the north end of the south side on the west where Jessica Moore has her optometry business today. It was Scott Schmer's State Farm business, OK Tire Ted's operation and other uses over time.
Grover Schneider was the brother of Paul Schneider, south-of-town-farmer and uncle of Paula (Schneider) Bergen. Grover's son Don was in the same class as Paula and myself before his family moved to San Diego.
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Your 1968 Sutton High Mustangs on Oct. 4
You may have noticed that Randy Boals was the only kid over 182 pounds on the Sutton team. 5'10" and 160, plus or minus a little caught most of that team.
On the other hand, many of these fellows definitely could hold down their end of the teeter-totter.
Sutton High Class of 1941
We have the photograph of the 50 Year Reunion of the Class of 1941 in 1991 and the Commencement Program from their class graduation.
Top Row: Dr. James Barbee, Kathleen (Gemar) Flowers, Wayne Erickson, Robert Hunzeker, Hallis Barnell, Cleo Stevens, and Art Ehly.
Center Row: Gloria (Boline) Hallack, Louise (Firme) Hertel, Ruthella (Steiger) Dedrickson, Florence (Harwig) Goesch, Eunice (Serr) Gray, and Marion (Heinz) Baumann.
Front Row: Betty Jean (Gregory) Fryrear, Mary (Carl) Miller, Betty (Willey) Perrella, Betty (McLaughlin) Sheridan, and Suzanne (Pope) Lindahl
The Commencement Service program had a date issue - blame it on the printers, I guess, or maybe the class was in a hurry and moved up the date....
Thanks to Betty (McLaughlin) Sheridan for the program by way of Beth (Sheridan) Bartell who continues to sort through her mother's stuff, occasionally dropping off tidbits for the Sutton Museum, where the hard copy will make it into the files - likely a pile for a while, but these items get better circulation in this venue...