100 years ago (1921)
Last Friday a state agent for the Nebraska Automobile License Bureau arrived in David City unexpectedly and took down the numbers of cars which did not carry 1921 license plate numbers. There are about 800 car owners in Butler County who did not acquire new licenses by the Jan. 30 due date.
Henry J. Smith’s sale of livestock and farm machinery on his farm two miles southwest of Octavia on Feb. 24 totaled $3,800. A three-year-old milk cow sold for $100, while a Deering binder sold for $125.
75 years ago (1946)
H.J. Smith, a member of the Board of Directors of the Butler County Rural Public Power District since its organization in 1937, was honored on the occasion of his retirement from the board. He said electricity is becoming as much a necessity to farmers as the automobile.
J.H. Owen, editor of the Butler County Press for several years, has died at the David City Hospital. He had taken ill in December.
50 years ago (1971)
Gerald Menke, business instructor at Aquinas High School, has been named the first business administrator for Aquinas effective in June. Menke, who came to Aquinas in the fall of 1963, will continue to teach courses in business on a part-time basis.
Gov. James and Mrs. Exon and their family visited Bruno on Sunday while the sale for the Kopecek sisters was being held. No one seemed to know whether the Exons are antique collectors or if they were on hand for another reason.
25 years ago (1996)
Florian Reyda, son of Roger Reyda of Brainard, has returned from the Peruvian rainforest where he has worked as a jungle guide for the last year. The standard procedure for hiking trips involved being transported by motorized canoe to an isolated area of the rainforest.
David City is accepting sealed bids for the former Dale Carnegie library building at 360 E Street. The building will be available July 1. It has been replaced by the new Hruska Memorial Public Library.
10 years ago (2011)
David City Mayor Alan Zavodny has started the process to determine whether the David City Police Department can be housed in the Butler County Courthouse. He said putting the sheriff’s office and police department near each other would be cost effective for taxpayers.
Bryon Hartman has opened his new car and truck repair garage at 219 E Street in David City. Hartman grew up in Schuyler working at his father’s repair shop.
5 years ago (2016)
Dr. Randy Schwang, owner of Bar S Veterinary Clinic in David City, was recently honored by the Butler County Sheriff’s office. Bar S provides the sheriff’s office with food and veterinary care for Sting, a dog used for drug investigations.
Four wrestlers brought home gold, including repeat champions, at the recent Nebraska State Wrestling Championship in Omaha. Seniors Wyatt Phillips of David City High School, and Matthew Kindler of Aquinas High School, both won back-to-back titles. The Scouts captured the Class C Championship.
Compiled by Jim Reisdorff, historian for the Butler County Historical Society.