the year 1908
This is not a comprehensive review of the busy year of 1908. These are merely some scattered items of interest pulled out in spare moments.
in february, jeff and tina nedved of the rural bunker hill community had a boy, which they named anthony.
Anthony died in 1945, fighting in Luzon, the Phillipines. He is buried in the American military cemetery in Manila.
in march, judge m. h. marble and his wife amy are at their home west of the square.
in may, 8 young ladies -- and no boys -- graduated from high school.
There may have been more boys around and about, but in those days, it was not uncommon to put boys to work on the farm once they had graduated from country school.
a bunch of kids graduated from 8th grade, including some boys.
in may, the nemaha river flooded. again.
This photograph was taken May 21, 1908 at Humboldt. Table Rock probably didn't look much better....
and there was an alumni banquet
Art Longwell of the Class of 1897 was the toastmaster. He was later to suffer the catastrophic loss of his entire family. "I alone am left," he telegrammed to stepbrother Dorr Tressler after a hurricane.
On a happier note, the menu in 1908 included a dessert called Brown Stone Front.
In july, trains continued to run THROUGH TABLE ROCK
Here's one schedule with Table Rock on it.
in september - hay was cut in the uplands.
Charlie McCourtney's photo shows a hay crew on break, including the farm wife who probably brought dinner. They appear to be somewhere in the uplands that surround the Nemaha River valley near Table Rock and elsewhere. No names.
in october, there was a bit of a tizzy at the railroad round house.
Sharla Sitzman ran across the newspaper article that goes with this picture. It is in the October 8, 1908 edition of the argus:
Last Tuesday morning while at work around the engines in the round house, Foreman J. A. Barnes met with quite an accident.
He had built a fire in No. 119's engine and had gone over to the next stall to do some work on the switch engine; he had not worked very long when he noticed the other engine was in motion. He tried to stop the runaway but before he could gain the cab entrance the monster had started through the back end of the round house, and before John could get out of the way, he was caught by some of the falling timbers and pinned to the ground. Fortunately all the large pieces missed him and he only sustained a few bruises which laid him up for a few days.
All of the engine left the track through the rear end completely caving it it and miring in the mud so that it took three engines to pull it back on the track.
and jane harris & bill carter got married.
a production at the table rock house was held called "county fair," whether musical or play we don't know.
in november, Charlie McCourtney's graders continued to be hard at work
Dirt was moved about by horse, mule, and hand in those days before heavy construction equipment. McCourtney's Graders traveled all around but here they are on home turf at Taylor Branch, just south of the railroad bridge, looking north. The creek has cut deep into the earth in these times, much as the Nemaha River into which it runs just a few miles down, so that the lay of the land may be difficult to recognize.
and charles blecha and mary sher got married.
They were the parents of Stanley and Mae Blecha.
and curtis bain was mugged at the depot and left for dead.
In early 1908, George and Cora Kent had a family picture taken in front of their house. “Carl is on the left, Velma standing. Marvin and Glenn sitting in front, George Kent holding Mildred and Cora on the right."
the presbyterian church looked pretty on a postcard.
It was a block north of St. John's Catholic Church. It was later torn down after the congregation merged with the Methodists.
samuel taylor's son harvey visited, said taylor branch was named after his father. (john taylor's descendants may disagree.)
there was a play at the opera called, "the princess."
Was it the Class of 1908 in the Spring? Or the Class of 1909 in the Fall of 1908? We don't know.
mable goodale looked beautiful
ernest frank was convicted of killing his young wife, then the conviction overturned and left that way.
Ernest was convicted based on hearsay evidence. The overturned conviction went quietly away. He eventually married again, and has many grandchildren, including some who are members of the Historical Society.