November 23, 2018

100 years ago (1918)

There have been two recent deaths in David City on account of influenza. Charles Wallace, 46, died Nov. 23 after having nursed each member of his family through the same sickness. Mrs. Maude Marsh, 27, died Nov. 25, leaving five young children motherless.

The local draft board estimates that 500 Butler County boys are in military service, with 430 of them sent into service by the local board. Altogether, 3,261 men in Butler County registered for military service.

75 years ago (1943)

A final tally shows a total of 278,365 pounds of scrap metal were gathered from around the county in the scrap drive on Nov. 16 and 17. Army vehicles were used to tow in such large scrap items as a steam thresher engine, a 5,700 pound tractor and a 1910 model Buick automobile.

A committee has been appointed by the David City Commercial Club to appear before the Butler County Board of Supervisors and request the removal of trees from the courthouse lawn. The request might include the removal of the county jail and the unsightly coal pile on the west side of the lawn.

50 years ago (1968)

PFC William Warren, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Warren of David City, sustained a gunshot wound from hostile rifle fire while on patrol Nov. 17 with the First Marine Reconnaissance Battalion in Vietnam. The unit is stationed in Quang Nam province.

Replacement of center strip parking with off-street parking in the central David City business district was urged in a report presented recently as part of the city’s comprehensive planning program. The report states that additional off-street parking would provide room for safer circulation of vehicles and pedestrians.

25 years ago (1993)

After approval by John Deere, Inc., Seward Implement Company will take over RLD on Monday, avoiding the closing of the family-owned business. The Schmid family purchased the company from Coufal and Birkel in 1967. In 1971, the business moved to its present location on Highway 15.

Christmas will be especially merry around the Brian and Beth Zeilinger home this year. After nearly losing their five-year-old son, Tanner, because of a defective heart, he’s alive and well and looking forward to a trip to Disney World. The trip was funded by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

10 years ago (2008)

While David City and Butler County are at odds over the future of their 911 dispatch center costs, the center is still in operation under the current city-county interlocal agreement. Both city and county officials have assured the public that no interruption in service will occur.

The Rising City Public Schools system recently learned that its program offering up to $5,000 in college scholarships is under scrutiny by the Nebraska Auditor of Public Accounts, Mike Foley. On top of that, Foley has asked Attorney General Jon Bruning to offer his opinion on the legality of the scholarships.

5 years ago (2013)

Nov. 22, 1963, started out as another routine day in Butler County. As America observes the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, personal memories by older local residents linger to tell what transpired in this area on a day that changed world history.

Next week, walkers can re-start their laps around the Municipal Auditorium’s gymnasium. At its Nov. 13 meeting, the City Council voted 4-0 , with two members absent, to overturn the February vote to cut-off public access to the building.

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

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