It is hard to believe- seems like just yesterday we were celebrating the start of summer, and now we are looking towards the start of a new school year. Time keeps marching on.
It is looking to be a somewhat quiet month, with the final activities at DLD Park. The first weekend of August DLD Park will play host to the Travis Carpenter Memorial Tournament. Keep an eye on the calendar for more details as we get closer to this tournament.
City Council will meet for their monthly meeting on the 8th at 8:00 pm. The public is always welcome to attend.
August also brings many teenage drivers logging their first few hours behind the wheel and students resuming their walks to the bus stop and school; because of this, we would like to urge everyone to be cautious on their morning and afternoon commutes.
School is just around the corner and that means new pool days and hours. This is a tentative list and is subject to change.
As we march into July, we see the end of summer start to twinkle in the distance. Families will start to take the last of their vacations, shops will start to put out their back-to-school supplies, and kids will try with all their might to make the summer days stretch out just a bit longer.
DLD Park will truly start July off with a bang, kicking off the month with the finale of the Pony Tournament on Friday, July 1st with games starting at 6 and 8 pm. Saturday and Sunday we launch into the girls 18 & Under softball tournament and the Sutton Legion Seniors tournament. The Legion Seniors tournament will be played at both DLD Park and the old Legion field (by the water tower). Schedules for both games will be posted below. July 5-8th brings the Pee Wee tournament to DLD Park. On Tuesday, July 5th DLD Park will also host Legion Juniors and Seniors at 5:30 and 7:30, and girls 10 & Under softball at 6:30. Wednesday Legion Juniors and Seniors play again at 5:30 and 7. After that, ball games at DLD Park will start to slow down, Legion Seniors will wrap up their games at the park with a 7 pm game on July 13th, and another 7 pm game on July 14th. **Please note that dates and times for games are subject to change with little or no notice. For the most up-to-date information on games and times, please visit the calendar.**
In observation of Independence Day, City Hall will be closed on July 4th.
City Council will meet 8 pm at City Hall on July 11th for their monthly meeting. The public is welcome to attend.
We are also excited to announce that starting July 22nd, At Home Hearing will begin having satellite clinic hours at the Sutton Community Senior Center. Hours will be 9:30 to noon the 4th Friday of each month. National Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist Misti Chmiel will bring over 20 years experience to our community. She will be offering evaluations, sales, service, repairs, and adjustments on all makes and models of hearing instruments. To schedule an appointment, please call (308) 382-9282.
We at the City Hall would like to wish everyone a fun and safe 4th of July!!
Everything that happens in a town, happened once for the first time. The History of The State of Nebraska published in 1882 by A. T. Andreas had a section on Sutton, the source of many of these items. Nellie and Anne Sheridan repeated some of these and added to the list in their book, “Along the County Line.”
The first settler in Sutton was Luther French who homesteaded the N ½ of the NW ¼ of Section 2, Township 7, Range 5 on March 14, 1870. He raised a few acres of wheat during 1870 and again in 1871 before the first townspeople arrived starting a community first called School Creek in ’71.
Robert G. Brown and his brother F. M. Brown arrived to homestead in School Creek Township in April, 1871. Robert G. Brown became the first attorney in Sutton; F. M. Brown later published the Sutton Register newspaper.
Hosea Gray, his son John and son-in-law George Bemis joined Luther French on May 4, 1871.
Mr. P. McTyge had the first Sutton store in May, 1871 selling whiskey and groceries.
Fellows named Kearney and Kelley had the first saloon. P. H. Curran’s saloon also started at the end of May, 1871 in a building constructed by Henry Potter, the town’s first builder.
First church services were a Catholic mass on June 15, 1871 in a tent by Father Kelly for eight railroad me and a Congregational service held in a grove in the park in July, 1871 by Rev. Mr. Jones.
A letter dated August 8, 1871 created the Sutton Post Office with Luther French as postmaster.
The Burlington & Missouri River Railroad Company laid its first track on the Sutton town site on August 12, 1871.
Thurlow Week arrived in Sutton on August 23, 1871 with a carload of lumber constituting the first Sutton lumber yard. John Gray’s load of lumber arrived the next day, the second town yard.
Thornton Linton and his four houses began the town’s first livery business on September 20, 1871.
Sutton’s first caucus was in the fall of 1871 in French’s dugout.
The first election in Clay County occurred on October 14, 1871 in the home of Alexander Campbell near Harvard where the county seat was located in Sutton with 56 votes out of 89 cast. The county seat remained until November 7, 1879.
Dr. Martin V. B. Clark was Sutton’s first physician, and pharmacist arriving on November 1, 1871 from Ohio with his brother I. N. Clark.
Gray & Bemis opened a nursery on November 1, 1871 with an assortment of fruit trees, small fruits, shrubs and ornamental trees.
The first lawsuit in Sutton was taken before the Probate Judge John Maltby on November 2, 1871 and was won by Robert G. Brown for the plaintiff for a fee of $10. Hosea Gray consulted on the case and soon founded his law firm with A. A. McCoy. J. S. LeHew was admitted to the bar in early 1875 and practiced in Sutton.
William Weed started the first school on January 20, 1872 with an average attendance of 14.
Sutton’s first birth of a white child was on February 15, 1872, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Gross who died young.
The first Sutton death was Maude Tracy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Asa Tracy on April 21, 1872.
A Leicester, English immigrant William Woolman was the first shoemaker and also preached the first sermons in Sutton. Woolman and his brothers first tried farming in northwest Clay County where they likely named that township.
The first Sutton shooting occurred when a saloon keeper named Flynn shot his partner Mullen in the face in some disagreement about an Omaha belle. Mullen was not seriously injured.
Conner and Sheppard opened the first exclusively grocery store in March, 1873.
The first plastered building in Sutton was the county court house built in early 1873 and plastered by masons from Crete.
First newspaper was the Sutton Times on June 20, 1873 with 14-year old Walter Wellman as editor. Wellman later made his name in hot-air balloons trying to get to the North Pole and to start a trans-Atlantic passenger service.
The Burlington depot was built in the fall of 1873 after a prolonged dispute between the railroad and the citizens of Sutton.
Twenty-two families of Germans from Russia arrived in Sutton in the fall of 1873, the first such settlement in Nebraska. The group was led by John Grosshans, Henry Griess and Henry Hoffman. They purchased more than 16,000 acres of farmland from the Burlington & Missouri River Railroad for about $112,000.
J. F. Evans & Co. started their grain business in Sutton in the fall of 1874. The company operated five elevators in Iowa and two in Nebraska between the Mississippi River and Sutton.
County Commissioners appointed the first Board of Trustees for Sutton in November, 1874: F. M. Brown, Martin Clark, James Melvin, John C. Merrill and William Way.
The Sutton Congregational Church was Sutton’s first built in 1875.
J. E. Ryan opened the first exclusively dry goods store in the county on May 1, 1876.
Mrs. F. A. Gross opened her millinery and dress-making establishment on May 19, 1876.
The Sutton Brick Company began operation on June 1, 1876, J. S. LeHew superintendent.
The Farmers Pioneer Bank of Sutton started on January 1, 1877, by J. B. Dinsmore and L. L. Grimes.
June is typically when summer starts getting into full swing. Looking forward into this June, we see the summer start to be fully formed. This June is packed to the gills with not only Dug Out Days and all the events surrounding that, but swimming lessons, and everything summer brings!
Starting off, June brings the majority of baseball and softball games at our new DLD Ball Complex. The schedule of games is posted under the ‘Calendar’ tab at the top of the page. Each field is not only color coded, but labeled with a corresponding ‘F’ followed by the field number or an ‘L’ for the legion field. The public is welcome to attend any games. Please note that the DLD Park, DLD Park staff, coaches, referees, nor players are held responsible for any damages or injury caused by balls hit or thrown, or bats thrown and spectators attend games at their own risk.
A City Council meeting will be held June 13th, at 8pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend this meeting.
Citywide garage sales are scheduled for June 18th. To download a registration for a garage sale or for more information, please visit the Chamber of Commerce website at www.suttonchamber.org . The Chamber website is also the place to go for information on Dug Out Days which will be held June 24th-26th. The theme for this year is ‘Livin’ the dream in 2016’. For a full schedule of events, please check out the Sutton Chamber of Commerce website.
Swimming lessons will be held at the Sutton Aquatic Facility June 20th-23rd, and the 27th- July 1st. There will be no lessons on Friday, June 24th due to Dug Out Days. To sign up for lessons, please visit the pool house or call 402-773-4706.
As the saying goes “April showers bring May flowers”, and we here at City Hall are optimistic that this May is no different. The first flowers of spring help lighten the spirits and are a welcome indication of nicer weather with longer days.
May 14th is a special day for a group of kids at our Public School as they close their educational career at Sutton Public Schools and set their eyes to the future. We at City Hall wish all our graduating seniors the brightest future and a lifetime of successes. For the remainder of the kids in our community, May heralds the end of school and beginning of summer vacation. It is because of that reason we would like to remind everyone to be extra vigilant when they are behind the wheel. This summer especially will bring kids not only on their way to the pool, but also out to the DLD ball park for games and practices. In addition to the kids in our city being more active, spring also brings motorcycle weather and a prevalence of farm equipment sharing our roadways. We would like to again urge everyone to build a few extra minutes into their commute and take an extra glance at the roadway ahead, that little extra may just help save a life.
May 7th- 14th will be our annual City-Wide Cleanup. This year, in addition to being able to take items to the dump by the water tower, the Goodwill trailer will again be located behind George Brother’s gas station for donations of clean, usable items. The Goodwill trailer will be available starting May 6th after noon through Friday, May 13. The trailer will be open daily 8am to 5pm, but may be closed earlier if the trailer is full. The gates at the dump will be open from 10am to 7pm Monday through Friday, and 8am until 4pm on Saturday. Items that will not be accepted during City-Wide Cleanup include household chemicals, garbage, batteries, demolition waste, tires, or paint. Items that will be accepted for a $10 fee payable at City Hall will be refrigerators, motors, freezers, compressors, washers, dryers, ballasts, dehumidifiers, and air conditioners. If you have any questions about items that you would like to dump, please ask the attendant at the dump site or call City Hall at (402) 773-4225.
May 19th is looking to tentatively be the inaugural game at the new DLD Park Complex. Our 8 & under softball team will play at 6, and our 10 & under softball will play at 6:30. We welcome everyone out to the new complex to cheer our ball players on. For information on upcoming game dates and times, please check the calendar.
The 28th of May will bring the opening of the Sutton Aquatic Facility for the summer season (weather permitting). Pool passes can once again be purchased at the pool house during regular pool hours, with prices as follows:
Family Season Pass: $115
Single Season Pass: $75
Family Week Pass: $20
Single Week Pass: $16
Daily Entry 5 and Older: $3
4 & under (must be accompanied by an adult): Free
Pool hours will be Monday-Thursday 1-5 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.; and Friday, Saturday & Sunday 1-5 p.m. and 6-10 p.m. with weather permitting. Pool managers will be responsible for being the deciding factor on if the pool will be closed due to weather. If the pool is closed due to weather, no refunds for that day will be given.
As we noted last month, when we get closer to summer the calendar quickly starts to fill up! It will soon start to feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day; between sports activities, festivals, and yardwork- the spring and summer keep everyone very much on their toes!
Everyone who has lived in Nebraska knows April is the start of severe weather season. Be sure you are signed up with Code Red alerts BEFORE the weather turns bad. To be alerted for inclement weather, please sign up with the Clay County Code Red system. For Sutton alerts, sign up with the Sutton Code Red. We recommend that you sign up with both Code Red systems to get both weather and city alerts. We would like to recommend that everyone, especially those families with children, take a few minutes to make and go over a severe weather plan and put together an emergency preparation kit. Prior planning can help lessen the stress and fear some children might feel during bad weather. Your severe weather plan should include where to go in case of a tornado and what children should do if they are home alone when severe weather strikes. It might also be helpful to go through your emergency preparation kit, checking for anything that might be outdated or needing replaced; and take a moment to go over the contents with any age-appropriate children so they are aware what is included and why. Your emergency kit should include some of the following:
Please keep in mind that not everything on the list may apply to you or your family, this list is just meant to be an idea of what might be needed. This list is easily tailored to each individual. For more information or ideas about disaster preparedness, please visit www.fema.com
Starting April 5th, the tree and compost dump will start their summer hours. The summer hours are Tuesday and Thursday 2-8, and Saturday 9-5. Please remember that ONLY compost materials and tree limbs/chipping materials are allowed.
A regular meeting of the City Council is scheduled for 8 pm on Monday, April 11.
Arbor Day is April 29th, and as in years past, the city will be handing out saplings at the Sutton Community Senior Center starting at 8:30 am until the supply is depleted.
One last thing to keep in mind for the dog owners in town, May 1st is the due date for 2016 dog licenses. Applications for dog licenses can be downloaded here. Completed applications must be accompanied by the applicable fee ($5 for spayed or neutered, $15 for unspayed or unneutered dogs), a photo of the dog, and proof of recent rabies vaccination. Upon receipt, you will be issued a numbered license that must be attached to the collar of your dog.
We hope everyone has a wonderful April!
The Number One Sutton sports story occurred in April, 1922 when the Sutton High basketball team set a high standard for the top Sutton sports story of all time. The prelude to this top local sports story occurred a few weeks earlier when the Sutton cagers defeated Crete 13-11 to win the Class A Nebraska State Basketball Tournament. There were 216 teams entered in the various classes that year and under the rules of the time, Sutton qualified to play in the top class. The win made Sutton’s team the top basketball team in the state. And this was the prelude to our story.