Yesterdays

Former Tekamah man John O. Chatt purchased the former Co-op building on Highway 75 in 1989 and donated it to the city for use as a senior citizen’s center. The only proviso being the center was to be named after his parents, Orville and Willa Chatt.

1 Year Ago (2018)

Burt County Board of Supervisors approved a new 1-and 6-year Road Plan year road plan after a month of consideration. The board wanted to wait until all seven members could be present to vote.

Oakland Mercy Hospital is benefitting from yet another grant from Leona and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. A $154,403 grant was awarded to the hospital to purchase emergency equipment.

5 Years Ago (2014)

Tourists at Ft. Atkinson State Historical Park in Ft. Calhoun will soon see some of the handiwork of Tekamah’s Shawn Qualley who operates Black Dog Wood & Steel west of Tekamah. Qualley fashioned the soldiers and cannons that advertise the park to motorists through Ft. Calhoun.

A retirement dinner for outdoor legend Ralph Kohler was held at Pheasant Bonanza. He shared memories from over 70 years of guiding waterfowl hunts along the Missouri River.

10 Years Ago (2009)

A unanimous vote by Burt County Board of Supervisors means an upgrade to the 911 system The equipment will cost $94,255 but the Public Service Commission, the body that mandated the upgrades, will pay a percentage of the cost.

20 Years Ago (1999)

Five teams of Tekamah-Herman fifth and sixth grade basketballers took part in tournament action. The fifth grade girls won two games to claim the championship in their bracket. Two teams of sixth grade girls made the journey but could win only one game between them.

On the boys side the fifth grade lost two games and the sixth grade boys also lost their games.

30 Years Ago (1989)

John O. Chatt, of Eugene Ore. purchased the former Kevin Thomas property on the south edge of the city along Highway 75. He wanted local senior citizens to have a new recreation facility. The only thing required was to name the building after his late parents Orville and Willa Chatt.

40 Years Ago (1979)

Bancroft man Eugene Sim was named Farmers Home Administration supervisor for Thurston, Cuming and Burt counties. Sim had been the assistant county supervisor at Pender.

50 Years Ago (1959)

The United States Post Office has selected a site on which a new post office will be built in Decatur. The department’s real-estate officer took an option on a parcel of land on Main Street.

An increase of about ten percent in loans made through Tekamah’s office of the PCA South Omaha Credit Association. The office loaned a record ten million dollars in 1968.

60 Years Ago (1959)

The 93 Girl Scouts and Brownies in Tekamah will be observing Girl Scout Week March 8-14 to celebrate the 47th anniversary of the founding of the organization.

Nine students from rural schools and one from Herman plus 11 from Tekamah received superior ratings on artwork which was exhibited at the Burt County Youth Art Festival.

70 Years Ago (1949)

Tekamah City Auditorium will be the scene of a thrilling boxing tournament Monday and Tuesday nights said Dayle Hampton, the chairman of American Legion boxing. Teams from Omaha, Blair, Ashland, Macy, Sioux City and Offutt Field have already been entered.