Front Page Files for Dec. 6, 2018
100 years ago (1918)
Three more deaths have been reported in David City from the Spanish influenza epidemic. Emma Mohler, 38, principal stockholder in the David City Hospital, died Dec. 7. Roy Dewitt Griffin, 27, and his wife, Lillian Griffin, 26, died about 24 hours apart.
Word has been received from Clyde Zeilinger of David City, who had been reported as missing in action since Sept. 20. Zeilinger wrote of having been taken prisoner in Germany and of having rejoined the field hospital unit he was with when taken prisoner.
75 years ago (1943)
The Butler County salvage committee’s drive for discarded clothing and rags will be held in David City tomorrow. Those with clothes suitable to wear, or clean rags, which are needed for many purposes by the armed forces, are asked to bring them to city hall.
I.J. West, one of Butler County’s oldest residents and only surviving Civil War veteran, observed his 98th birthday Wednesday. He has been bedfast for several months.
50 years ago (1968)
The ranks of the David City police force were augmented by the return of Merle (Butch) Hlavac to duty over the weekend. This means the city now has two full-time police officers, plus some part-time officers.
Dr. O.E. Longacre, 89, a retired Rising City physician, died Friday in Grand Island. He had practiced medicine in Rising for about 43 years, during which he had delivered about 2,000 babies in the community.
25 years ago (1993)
The last Union Pacific Railroad train passed through Loma on Friday. Workers began dismantling about 12 miles of track between Brainard and Valparaiso after Union Pacific received regulatory permission to discontinue train service on the line.
What a difference a few days can make. Last Thursday temperatures in David City were about 60 degrees. On Monday a winter storm dumped up to six inches of snow and ice on Butler County.
10 years ago (2008)
Two of David City’s largest employers and a smaller shop recently reported layoffs that added up to 82 lost jobs. The layoffs hit hardest at Timpte, where 50 people were laid off Nov. 12. Fargo Assembly reported 28 layoffs, and Beksal RIM reported 4.
Hunters in Nebraska harvested a record 57,527 deer during the recent November firearms season. In Butler County, the sheriff’s office checked in 876 deer.
5 years ago (2013)
The board of Genesis House is conducting a fund raising drive to build up its mentoring program for the people it serves. Genesis House, with a David City residential facility, has been helping area victims of domestic abuse for more than 11 years.
The Ulysses Village Board hopes to prevent a tragedy on the north side of the town. The issue involves the BNSF Railway crossing at G Street. The village is seeking to install stop signs on both sides of the grade crossing because of a recent increase in train traffic through Ulysses.
Compiled by Jim Reisdorff, historian for the Butler County Historical Society.