Dynamited Crows – February 1939

It’s most likely illegal now, but in 1939 the city killed 6000 to 7000 crows with dynamite. They didn’t announce ahead of time when the dynamite would be exploded, because they felt that would result in possible accidents. “George Hale believes that at least two crows were killed for every cent actually spent for this first attempt.”

Please donate to help digitize the past issues of the Sargent Leader from years 1900 to 2000. Donations (checks made out to “Sargent Library”) can be sent directly to the library at P.O. Box 476, or you can donate through PayPal on our website. We have $1150 yet to raise.

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Free Electricity in Sargent – 1938

This is fantastic – December 22, 1938 – “Free electricity for December to all users within the corporate limits of Sargent.” Do you suppose that we could get the city council to agree to this again?

Please donate to help digitize the past issues of the Sargent Leader from years 1900 to 2000. Donations (checks made out to “Sargent Library”) can be sent directly to the library at P.O. Box 476, or you can donate through PayPal on our website. We have $1272 yet to raise.

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Facebook in 1988

Back in April 1988, we didn’t have online social media. We relied on our local paper to find out what all of our friends were doing. 
Please donate to help digitize the past issues of the Sargent Leader from years 1900 to 2000. Donations (checks made out to “Sargent Library”) can be sent directly to the library at P.O. Box 476, or you can donate through PayPal on our website.

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School Days October 1954

Here’s a clip from the Sargent Leader in 1954. Click on the picture to read what was happening at the school. Apparently the author didn’t think too highly of the freshman class. There are some pretty funny remarks.

Please donate to help digitize the past issues of the Sargent Leader from years 1900 to 2000. Donations (checks made out to “Sargent Library”) can be sent directly to the library at P.O. Box 476, or you can donate through PayPal on our website. 

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Happenings in Sargent 1954

Here’s a snippet from the Sargent Leader in 1954. I love the quote “Always a Crowd in Sargent – Where People go by Choice.”  Please donate to our newspaper digitization project to put all of the past issues from the Sargent Leader from years 1900 to 2000 on a searchable hard drive

Donations (checks made out to “Sargent Library”) can be sent directly to the library at P.O. Box 476, or it can be sent to the First National Bank of Sargent for the library’s account. If you would prefer to give by credit card, you can call the Sargent City Offices at 308-527-4200, and they will accept donations for the library. Finally, you can give online though PayPal by simply clicking on the “donate” button on our website. Let’s keep Sargent’s history alive so that it can be shared with many generations to come. Thank you!

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Sargent Leader, Jan 7, 1988

Once the Sargent Leader is digitized, all of the history of Sargent from the years 1900 to 2000 will be on one searchable, external hard drive that can be plugged into a library computer. This is what was happening in Sargent 27 years ago. Please donate to this project to help preserve our history and make it accessible for many generations to come. For more information, follow this link http://libraries.ne.gov/sargent/2014/12/20/keep-sargents-history-alive/

Sargent Leader Jan. 7, 1988

 

Keep Sargent’s History Alive

Imagine putting your grandmother’s name in a search box and finding out that in 1921 she caught the biggest fish in a fishing contest in Sargent. Then you could type in your grandfather’s name and discover that he was the best speller in Custer County in the 5th grade. This could be the future for Sargent Library patrons.

Frequently people will come in the library and ask about information on a deceased relative. We don’t have many resources at our library that can help them. Usually they are told that they can go to the Sargent Leader office and look through old newspapers. The other option is to go to the historical museum in Broken Bow or Lincoln and look through rolls of microfilm. These are all nice options. The only problem is that in order to find any information, you need to know specific dates. Some people come searching for information when all they know is that their uncle lived in Sargent in the 1940s. Looking through all rolls of microfilm pertaining to the 1940s would take months of tedious research.

That is why our local paper, the Sargent Leader, needs to be digitized. If the local newspaper was digitized, all of the history of Sargent from the years 1900 to 2000 would be on one simple external hard drive that could be plugged into a library computer. People could search the database by typing in a name or event. Immediately any article or picture that ever mentioned that name would come up on the computer screen in PDF form. If patrons found an interesting article, it could be easily printed from one of our computers and taken home.

There are 33 reels of microfilm from years 1900 to 2000 that need to be converted. The cost is $125 per reel for a total of $4325. The Custer County Foundation has offered us a grant for $500, so this leaves $3825 yet to raise. This is doable. If every resident of Sargent gave $8, we would have more than enough to complete the project. Some donors may want to “adopt a reel” of microfilm for $125 and specify which years they would like to sponsor. Donations can be given in your name or in memory of a loved one. These names can then be placed onto the hard drive.

Donations (checks made out to “Sargent Library”) can be sent directly to the library at P.O. Box 476, or it can be sent to the First National Bank of Sargent for the library’s account. If you would prefer to give by credit card, you can call the Sargent City Offices at 308-527-4200, and they will accept donations for the library. Finally, you can give online though PayPal by simply clicking on the “donate” button on our website. Let’s keep Sargent’s history alive so that it can be shared with many generations to come. Thank you!

Help Improve Local Cell Service

We all know that cell phone service is lacking in our area. Yes, we have good service right in the town of Sargent, but start traveling outside of town and cell service is spotty and poor. Here is a way that individuals like you can help. The Nebraska Public Service Commission Is trying to map out where mobile phone service is lacking in Nebraska. They are doing this through an app called Mobile Pulse. When you download this app to your phone, it runs automatically in the background collecting anonymous location and device-type data – no personal data. To download the app, search for “Mobile Pulse” in the app store of your device. For more information, click on the link below. 

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Broadband Connecting Nebraska Conference

Thanks to a scholarship from the Nebraska Broadband Initiative, I am currently attending the Broadband Connecting Nebraska Conference. There was a lot of good information presented today, but I felt the talk by Ryan Mead (CEO/founder, Vitru, Inc.) was the best and most inspiring. Times have changed. No longer do people always have to move to where their job is. With a good broadband connection, people are able to do their jobs from anywhere in the world. According to Mead, small communities should not focus on bringing in a big employer with 100 jobs.  Instead the communities should focus on becoming more friendly and attractive to young families (good broadband access, child care, quality education, etc.) Try to bring back into the town those who may have graduated from your local high school 15-30 years ago. Our world is quickly changing, and we need to update our strategies for community growth.

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