100 years ago (1919)

A tri-city school athletic field meet was held Saturday at the Butler County Fairgrounds in David City. Schools from Columbus, Schuyler and David City were represented. It was the first time David City has participated in such an event.

Miss Bozena Dresky of Linwood was recently made the sole beneficiary of the more than $1,000 estate of Charles Hoboulek. He had known Dresky’s parents in Bohemia, but did not know she was in Fremont until meeting her in a hospital there. He immediately contacted a lawyer and made out his will.

75 years ago (1944)

Pvt. Frederick Pleskac, 27, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Pleskac of rural Ulysses, was killed in action in Italy on March 25. Pvt. Pleskac was born near Nimburg in 1917 and grew up on farms in Butler County.

The 9.09 inches of moisture received in David City and vicinity during April broke all known records for the amount of rain received here during the month. This now makes a total of 13.82 inches for the year to date.

50 years ago (1969)

David City officials will now get salary increases. A new schedule calls for the Mayor to receive $35 for each regular meeting attended and $17.50 for each special meeting. City Council members will get $16 for each regular meeting and $8 for each special meeting.

Mrs. Mildred (Miny) Smith, David City High School secretary for the past 12 years, was given recognition at the 19th annual Junior-Senior-Alumni Ball on Saturday. The tribute came as a surprise to Smith despite the fact that she is in charge of most details of the alumni portion of the program.

25 years ago (1994)

With the rising cost of education, Aquinas Middle-High School and St. Mary’s Elementary School officials are looking to begin charging tuition to attend the Catholic schools. The David City schools are just one of two school districts in the Lincoln Diocese that do not charge tuition. The other is Wahoo Neumann.

A lawsuit filed by 23 landowners in Butler and Saunders counties has been moved to U.S. District Court in Lincoln. They are requesting legal title to the land used for an abandoned Union Pacific Railroad line between Brainard and Valparaiso. The right of way is slated to be converted into a hike-bike trail.

10 years ago (2009)

Henningsen Foods, Inc. has made an offer to pay up to $50,000 for the David City Police Department building at 425 N. Third Street. The former medical clinic houses the police department, a Nebraska State Patrol office and the Victims Assistance Office. The issue will be discussed by the City Council.

The adoption of countywide zoning doesn’t appear to be likely anytime soon. At a recent meeting between the Planning Commission and the County Board of Supervisors, the Commission was not offered much guidance by the supervisors on what they would like to see in the proposed zoning regulations.

5 years ago (2014)

Redeemer Lutheran Church in David City will host a fundraiser May 10 to help the family of Melissa Dion. Melissa, 26, is in need of a double lung and liver transplant. Her parents are Tom and Theresa Dion of David City.

Butler County will be saving about $3,000 for the May 13 primary compared to past elections, thanks to the consolidation of precincts. County Clerk Vicki Truksa said the number of precincts has been reduced from 20 to 11. With fewer precincts comes fewer poll workers and worker training sessions.

Compiled by Jim Reisdorff, historian for the Butler County Historical Society.

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