100 years ago (1919)

Voters in the villages of Abie, Bruno and Prague recently authorized their village boards to issue bonds for the construction of transmission lines for the Blue River Power Company. This project will allow these communities to have 24 hour electric light and power service.

Willa Hall, for several years the city editor of the Butler County Press, was married Nov. 8 to Fred Stafford of David City. Hall, a 1905 graduate of David City High School, has been associated with the Press for 14 years.

75 years ago (1944)

During nearly three years of war, 27 Butler County men have died while in service. There were 21 killed in action, two killed in plane crashes in this country, two killed in accidents and two died from natural causes. Seven are listed as missing in action.

In the presidential election on Tuesday, Butler County voters, like the country, voted to return Franklin D. Roosevelt to an unprecedented fourth term. Roosevelt received 2,754 votes and Republican candidate Thomas E. Dewey received 2,367.

50 years ago (1969)

A former Rising City resident, Mrs. Lula Long of Creston, was sentenced to one to five years in the State Reformatory for Women at York for manslaughter. She had pleaded guilty in September in connection with the death of three-year-old Carolyn Renee Walton on Feb. 19 at the Long home in Rising City.

In compliance with state solid waste laws, the David City Council has adopted a series of rules regarding operation of the city dump. They include only authorized dumping at the facility and firearms will be prohibited at the dump site.

25 years ago (1994)

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Joe Zitek has been named the official winner of the District 7 seat on the Butler County Board of Supervisors. A recount was held in the race between Zitek and Morris White, the incumbent, because of the narrow margin in vote totals.

Wes Peters has been hired as a police officer with the David City Police Department, which brings the squad’s number up to its authorized strength of five persons. Peters, who is from Henderson, was selected from 42 applicants for the position.

10 years ago (2009)

A multi-agency Rural Apprehension Program effort to bring in people suspected of dealing drugs has netted eight arrests with one more person remaining at large. Warrants were issued on Friday and six of the nine people were arrested.

The County Board of Supervisors is pondering whether to ban the use of animal traps in county right-of-way. A state law that took effect in August allows trappers to set traps in the right-of-way unless a county chooses to prohibit the practice.

5 years ago (2014)

David City Mayor Alan Zavodny was among the first dozen voters who awaited the opening of the polls at the David City Municipal Auditorium. Seeking a second term, Zavodny was able to overcome a write-in challenge from former Street Superintendent Jim McDonald.

Papa Tango’s at 412 E Street is David City’s newest eatery. Despite the location’s long and historic association as a tavern, owner and manager Kevin Orr of North Platte will emphasize a family dining atmosphere.

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

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