100 years ago (1918)

Butler County School District 26 is closed on account of an outbreak of scarlet fever. The teacher, Ruby Sellhorn, and one of the students, Grace Casement, are now ill with the fever. Both cases are said to be light form.

Nebraska Lieut. Gov. Edgar Howard of Columbus spoke at a food conservation meeting held at the Garrison M.E. Church on Monday. There was very good attendance at the event, related to the current war situation.

75 years ago (1943)

Shoe rationing is now in effect, and Dr. S.B. Manning, chairman of the local war rationing board, expressed his confidence that David City residents will give their full cooperation toward the program. Shoes that are rationed include unused shoes made in whole or in part of leather or with rubber soles.

Dale Nichols of Tucson, Ariz., has written a letter to David City Mayor S.B. Manning stating that he is willing to present one of his paintings to the city in honor of the new city park auditorium. The David City native and noted artist indicated he will do a painting that fits in with the spirit of the occasion.

50 years ago (1968)

Two U.S. Post Office Department employees from Dwight, Postmaster Marvin Capon and rural carrier Ed Voboril, Jr., were honored by the Post Office for having aided in the successful birth of Carl Nemec. The two men, members of the Dwight rescue squad, helped deliver Carl in the Dwight ambulance while his mother, Mrs. Cy Nemec, was being transported to the David City Hospital.

A bounty payment for coyotes and foxes will be reinstituted in Butler County as of March 1. The county will pay a bounty of $3.00 for any fox or coyote killed in the county after that date, and until June 30, 1968, if available funding holds out that long.

25 years ago (1993)

Progress continues toward providing an Emergency 911 phone system in Butler County. The County Board of Supervisors have approved an interlocal agreement that allows persons living in the Linwood Fire District, who are served by a different phone company, to be served by the Butler County Emergency 911 system.

The “Heartland Grocery” is being planned for Dwight. The town has been without a grocery store and related services since November 1991. A group of residents are forming a partnership to establish a new grocery store and are offering shares in it to other residents.

10 years ago (2008)

The County Board of Supervisors have voted unanimously to recommend that the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services not change its operations in David City. A representative of the agency recently told the Supervisors that the department is looking at moving most of its nine-person local staff to offices in Seward, while retaining a smaller staff in David City.

The David City Area Chamber of Commerce, at its recent Chamber banquet, awarded Joe Roberts with its Founding Father award for his community service. Michael Moravec was presented the Volunteer of the Year Award for his many volunteer-related tasks.

5 years ago (2013)

Longtime community promoter Chris Dahmke, 93, died Jan. 23. He and his late wife, Eulalia, had served as representatives of the Chamber of Commerce from 1983 to 1996. The Dahmkes had lived in David City since 1970, when Chris had worked as manager for the local natural gas provider.

The Butler County Chamber of Commerce has given out its annual community awards. The Anchor Award was given to Dr. Raymond Metzler for successfully operating his KV Vet Supply business. Jim and Mary Redler were given a Community Service Award for their local work, while St. Luke’s United Methodist Women were given Volunteer of the Year for their annual Cookie Walk fundraiser.

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


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