100 years ago (1920)
Claude Allen is the last Butler County boy to return home from military service. He arrived in David City on Saturday from Siberia, having served in that country a year and four months. Another Butler County boy, Carl Glock, also served in Siberia.
An era is ending at Surprise. When the Henry Trowbridge property is sold at public sale on Jan. 26, all the land around Surprise will have passed from ownership of those who homesteaded the area.
75 years ago (1945)
Reports have been received that T4 Fred Forney, 33, has been missing in action in Germany since Dec. 16. His wife, Mrs. Carolyn Forney, and their two young daughters, reside at Surprise.
One of the largest wolf hunts ever staged in Butler County was held Sunday when 300 men branched out from St. Mary’s Church in the valley. They covered eight sections and were able to kill three wolves.
50 years ago (1970)
Larry Pokorny of Bellwood has been named Outstanding Young-Farmer Rancher of the Year by the David City Jaycees. The organization also named Rev. Raymond Roh, superintendent at Aquinas High School, as Boss of the Year. Pokorny and his wife, Jean, and five sons, reside southeast of Bellwood.
One of the oldest buildings in Bellwood became history Jan. 10 when the former Bellwood Hotel was razed. Constructed in 1882, the hotel did a thriving business until about the World War I era. It closed in about 1949.
25 years ago (1995)
A special election is set for March 28 to decide the fate of a bond issue totaling $2,910,000 for renovation and construction projects at David City Public Schools. The issue came up last fall because of drastically increased enrollments at both the elementary and secondary public schools and the advanced age of the senior high building.
Makayla Marie Kost was the first baby born in 1995 at the local hospital to Butler County parents. Makayla, who was born on Jan. 18, is the daughter of Donald and Debra Kost of Brainard.
10 years ago (2010)
Officials of both the Federal and Nebraska Emergency Management Agencies will survey the damage and extensive cost of one of the snowiest months in memory. David City has received 20” of snow since Dec. 23, none of which has had a chance to melt since temperatures were below freezing from Dec. 21 through Tuesday.
The first baby of the year born at Butler County Health Care Center was Breakin George Winslow. He was born at 5:14 p.m., Jan. 6. His parents are Kimberly Lewis and George Winslow of Osceola.
5 years ago (2015)
The first phase of the long awaited paving of the River Road will be completed next year, weather permitting. The County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Monday to approve a $662,835 contract to rebuild the one-mile stretch of County Road 44, extending east from U.S. 81.
The Shelby-Rising City Public Schools Board has been working on plans for a proposed bond election in May for expansion of the school facilities in Shelby. The district plans to consolidate its facilities in Shelby by eventually closing the middle school operated in Rising City.
Compiled by Jim Reisdorff, historian for the Butler County Historical Society.