How Towns Were Established in 1884 Nebraska

In the Loup Valley Eagle newspaper from 1884, it tells about how the town of Walworth, NE was conceived. The newspaper archive copy is very difficult to read, so I tried to decipher and rewrite it. Some of the words are just unreadable.

From Loup Valley Eagle

Oct 18, 1884

Walworth’s Welcome

Mr. & Mrs. Wm. H. Predmore gave a dedication party at the new town three miles west of West Union Post office last Monday night – Sargent being well represented. By __ o’clock, forty acres of people and teams were on the ground, some coming 19 miles. The store building and dwelling house both were crowded – so much so, that standing room was at a premium. The light _______ was tripped in the store building, arranged for the purpose, with ample room for ____.  Were it not for such a large delegation of the fair sex, from two to three deep on either side of the hall, while we have all due regard for the ladies, the room was entirely inadequate for “spread Eagles”. The young folks enjoyed themselves under the musical dictation of Pointers string band. The most noticeable features of the occasion was the  “_______” step from “bust-own”. An 11:40 supper was announced. 12 healthy waiters were detailed to attend the wants and appease the appetites of the hungry multitude. The lunch was splendid, and all present seemed to enjoy themselves largely, especially Leroy Leep.

After supper, the committee on town sites met to take under advisement the name of the new town. ___ They decided on Denmore and Walworth.  Denmore was kind of a drag on the market, but when Walworth was voted upon, it carried unanimously. Three hearty cheers were given for Walworth.

Mrs. Wm. H. Predmore has a $1200.00 stock of goods, consisting of millinery, ladies furnishing goods, ___now on hand. Mr. Thomas W Dean has ordered a $1200.00 stock of groceries, has the lumber on the ground for his store building. Mr. Owens a harness maker is now there, will work in the rear of the store building, until they get his shop up. Mr. Rigby will soon start a boot & shoe shop up there. Mr. Wm. Halls of Sedalia, MO will invest up there. Several more branches of business have been promised. $430.00 has been raised to build a hall for all purposes. Mr. Predmore has sent in a petition for a post office with 75 signers. Mr. Predmore owns the land on the north side of the road, and Mr. Dean on the south side.

In speaking of those who patronized the dedication, we wish to say that when the most of West Union “went up”, we did “go for” the union, now we are going for Walworth, and they will “gopher” ___

United we stand, divided, we fall. Go to Sargent and Walworth

The Alec Smarts of 1922

After last week’s scandal, the November 30th issue of the Sargent Leader in 1922 lamented another problem of the youth in Sargent. Apparently, a gang of young boys was yelling insulting remarks at passersby, striking some ladies, and being little thieves.  

“We will not be surprised to hear of some of these little Alec Smarts sent sprawling to the sidewalk.”

Sargent Leader Nov. 30, 1922

Oh The Scandal

Times have changed a little in the past hundred years.

In the November 23, 1922 issue of the Sargent Leader, the Comstock school was accused of sponsoring a party and dance after the football game, and the town of Sargent was quite upset about it. It turned out that the Comstock school only sponsored a party that ended at 9:00. The dance afterward was not supported by the school.

“We are of the opinion that had our football team had their mind upon winning the game at Comstock instead of what was to follow, we would not have been beaten 12-0 by a little town of some 400 population.

We appeal to the parents for cooperation to back us in our efforts to discourage such affairs that tend to demoralize our young people and detract them from the higher planes of refinement and good citizenship.”

You can go to the Sargent Leader Archives to read more articles from the past.

Sargent Leader 11/23/1922

Open House to Show New Children’s Books

Recently the Sargent library received a grant to purchase new books for our children’s non-fiction section. Even though these are non-fiction, all of the books are in a colorful graphic novel (comic book) format. Subjects range from science, technology, animals, math, and history. These are classified as “children’s books”, but many adults will also find them engaging.

We invite you to come to the library for our open house on March 19th from 10:00 a.m. till Noon.  You can look through the books and see why kids are excited about them.  

This project is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Nebraska Library Commission.

Entertaining Math Books

“Math” & “Entertaining”, – Do those words belong together???   Thanks to a grant, our library is able to purchase a number of books for children that promote STEM learning. Our newest purchase is the “Sir Cumference” series.  

Each book is well illustrated and tells a fictional story about the adventures of Sir Cumference, his wife Lady Di of Ameter, and their son Radius.  A different math concept is introduced in each story, which helps children see how math can be useful and fun. This is a series of eleven books, and all but one is on Accelerated Reader.

(I’ll let you in on a secret: I’m 59 years old, and I enjoyed reading some of the books. I may have even learned a few things. 😉 )

Sir Cumference Book series

This project is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Nebraska Library Commission.

One more reason to love your library – no late fees

Did you know that the Sargent Library doesn’t charge late book fines?  When someone checks out a book, it is stamped with a due date of two weeks. However, if you forget to bring it back or need extra time to finish it, that isn’t a problem.

 I do appreciate it if you let me know when it is checked out, that you will need extra time.   Otherwise, if the book is late, I may contact you to remind you to return it, but there is no fine.  Happy Reading!

There are never any late book fines charged at the Sargent Library

100 Years ago – The controversial hot lunch in schools

One hundred years ago, the idea of a hot lunch in school was controversial. Some of the parents felt it was a new-fangled idea and most unnecessary.  Some of the teachers complained that they didn’t have time to prepare the lunch.  Wait, what? . . . The teachers had to prepare the lunch?????

Sargent Leader November 3, 1921
Sargent Leader – November 3, 1921

If you would like to read more articles from the past, be sure to visit the Sargent newspaper archives.

Art ~just for fun~ by Cindi Holmes

Our library is pleased to be able to host a series of art workshops by Cindi Holmes. This is totally for fun and no experience is necessary. There is a limit of 4-5 people per class, so be sure to give Cindi a call at 308-380-0862 if you are interested. The cost is $10 per class.

Wednesday, Sept. 15, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Zentangle Art: Little, abstract, unexpected designs that evolve as you work.

Monday, Sept. 20, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. – Alcohol Ink: A free-flowing medium that will surprise you!

Wednesday, Sept. 29, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Little Landscapes in Watercolor: Basic watercolor techniques with a fun outcome!

Wednesday, October 6, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Watercolor Postcards: More fun with watercolor!

Custer County Reads

Everyone is invited to participate in the first annual Custer County Reads.  This is a collaborative program among four public libraries and the Broken Bow Area Rotary in Custer County. The goal is community building through shared conversation.  We hope to get everyone in Custer County to come together and read the same great book – “Wild Land” by Rebecca Hodge.  There will also be Zoom events throughout the upcoming months that are related to the book.

We have multiple copies available at the Sargent Library, so come in and check one out. Our final Zoom session will be on May 17th when we will discuss the book with the author.

We have the fastest internet speed in the City of Sargent

The Sargent Library has recently upgraded to the fasted internet speed available for this area. Our download speed is now 50mbps (twice the local average speed), and our upload speed is 50mbps (10 times the local average speed)! We have obtained this upgrade due to a Cares Act Grant that will continue through May 31, 2021.

We hope our patrons enjoy the faster speed. You can come in to the library and use one of our computers, or you can access our free WiFi from your car parked outside. Your feedback will be needed for us to know if we should continue the faster speed after the grant period ends. Your feedback can be as simple as a quick note saying “I like it.”

This project is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Nebraska Library Commission

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