100 years ago (1917)
There are 3,000 automobiles in Butler County, according to County Treasurer P.A. Tomek. He added there are more cars per capita in Butler County than in any other county in Nebraska. There is one auto for every five persons in the county.
Ice cutting began at Surprise on Monday. W.F. McCoy is in charge of the work and is using a gasoline saw for cutting the ice. It is being cut into cakes 15-by-30 inches in size.
75 years ago (1942)
Rev. Benedict Bauer, OSB, pastor of Assumption Catholic Parish at Dwight since 1931, has been transferred to Hangen, Wis., and departed Monday for his new duties. Rev. Alphonse Biskup, OSB, of Hangen, will replace Bauer as pastor at Assumption and will arrive this week.
News of local men in service that appears in the Butler County Press without mentioning their address and unit is done in compliance with the National Office of Censorship. Friends and relatives who want to write to men in service must get addresses from the parents. This must be done so as not to give the enemy any information that may lengthen the war.
50 years ago (1967)
Fire stuck a disheartening blow in David City on New Year’s Eve when the Knights of Columbus building, located on D Street between Third and Fourth Streets, was gutted in a fire that caused $80,000 in property loss. The ground floor was occupied by the Stockade Lounge and Cafe, and the offices of Dr. L.L. Forester, optometrist. The second floor housed the KC hall.
Anthony Aeschliman is the winner of the 1968 First Baby of the Year Contest at the David City Hospital. The seven-pound, eight-ounce son of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Aeschliman of Rt. 2, David City, arrived at 6:30 p.m. on New Year’s Day via the stork express.
25 years ago (1992)
After 16 years, Tom Birkel attended his last meeting as a City Councilman on Dec. 9. According to city records, no person has served longer on the Council from the same ward. Birkel began serving the Second Ward just five years after his family moved to David City.
A theme has been chosen for the drive to raise money to construct a new David City library building. The fund goal is $1 million, with $800,000 earmarked for construction and $200,000 for an endowment fund to help operate the new facility.
10 years ago (2007)
Phillip Kozisek from Octavia was home for Christmas this year. He hadn’t been home for the holiday since he joined the U.S. Coast Guard in 1999. Kozisek graduated from Aquinas High School in 1996.
Vintage World War II aircraft flew a missing man formation over Presentation Catholic Church following the recent funeral of, and in honor of, the late Leo Adamy, 87. He had served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II as the tail gunner on a B-24 plane. His plane was shot down over Bulgaria in 1944 and he became a POW for several months.
5 years ago (2012)
Dr. Kylee Stanley is nearing the end of her medical residency in David City by wrapping up a month working with Dr. Jo Witter at Witter Family Medicine. The 27-year-old native of Alliance also did some of her student training at the same clinic in 2010.
One of David City’s newest and more unique businesses is Gene’s Hubcaps, Antiques and Collectibles located at 315 S. Fourth Street. Gary and Mary Lou Null purchased the property from the city in June. In addition to antiques, the business sells all kinds of used auto hubcaps.
Compiled by Jim Reisdorff, historian for the Butler County Historical Society.