Nov. 30, 1916
HARTINGTON — On this day a century ago, Hartington area residents took note of a big anniversary — an anniversary that most of them would sooner forget.
The twentieth anniversary last Friday of the occupancy of the present grade school in Hartington passed unnoticed by everyone except the Veteran janitor, J.H. Eby, who has been in constant service since 1887.
The old four-room frame building was destroyed by fire on Friday evening before Christmas in 1892, the fire being discovered about 6 o’clock in the evening. A one story building being used as a primary building was saved.
Prof. A.H. Collins was then superintendent and was assisted by Prof. Strain, who was assistant superintendent, Mrs. D.W. Ray, and Misses Emma Butler and Emma Hines. Prof. Collins was last heard from at Pasadena, CA. Miss Hines still lives near Coleridge. Prof. Strain and Mrs. Ray have been called to their reward.
The present building was completed by Contractor J. Keefe of Sioux city during the fall of 1896 and was first occupied on November 1, of that year.
August Lubely who served a total of 21 years as a member of the school board, was a member at that time and had a share of the worries caused by the destruction of the old building and the erection of the new one at a cost of $12,000.
Among those who sat on nearby fences and watched the destruction of the old building with feelings of mingled consternation and pleasant anticipation of long vacations were Dave Ewing, Dr. Eby, Elmer Robinson and J.D.C. Smith.
Mrs. John Sullivan, east of town and Mrs. Olga Pierce were students who still reside here.
Sessions were resumed after the vacation in Hirschman’s hall, where three rooms were used and in the basement of the Methodist church as well as the old primary building.
The pupils were in session in the Hirschman hall a short time later, when the fire bell rang. They made a rush for the stairs and failed to return for the remainder of the day. During the excitement Lydia Campbell, now Mrs. Samuel Harns of Spencer, NE, and a sister of Mrs. C.M. Olsen jumped out of the back window to the ground luckily escaping injury.
School claims to have clinched the High School Football Championship of Nebraska by defeating Wayne here 46 to 7. This is Hartington’s 10th victory with no defeats or tie games.
Wayne played a scrappy game but was completely outclassed.
Hartington’s offense was in good working order as they made 18 first downs to just four for Wayne.
Nov. 27, 1941
COLUMBUS — When 25 musicians banded together at the State Lions Club Convention in Columbus last summer they made music for the delegates at the annual confab.
Now it’s planned to send the band, which will be considerably enlarged, to the international Lions Club Convention to be held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada next July.
Eleven members of the Hartington Clown Band were drafted into the newborn organization at the Columbus meeting and will be included when the group heads northward next summer.
Nov. 27, 1941
HARTINGTON — The federal government will collect approximately $9,600 by Jan. 31 from Cedar County motorists in the inauguration of the new federal stamp tax on motor vehicles.
This figure is based on the approximately 4,600 cars and trucks registered in the county.
The tax rate is $5 per year, but due to a peculiarity in the law, the first collection will be $2.09 to cover the period from Feb. 1 to July 1, 1942 to July 1, 1943.
This latter collection will cost county motorists another $23,000.
Nov. 27, 1941
HARTINGTON — The general better financial condition which has been evident in this area the past few months is being reflected in the payment of 1941 personal taxes, the first half of which became due Nov. 1, according to County Treasurer L.G. Riibe.
Not only are personal tax payments far ahead of last year, but, Riibe said, more delinquent taxes are being paid up than for several years.
Nov. 27, 1941
HARTINGTON — Incomplete records on Cedar County’s 1941 Red Cross roll call drive, echoing the needs and chaos of the days of World War I, reveal a shortage of approximately 300 memberships as the campaign heads down the home-stretch.
Workers and leaders, however, were confident on the eve of Thanksgiving that Cedar Countyans would rally to the aid of the Red Cross, putting the county “over the top.” The drive, which started Armistice Day, ends Saturday night.