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Ketr. State Historical Society
VOL. NO. II
PLATTSMOUTH, NEBRASKA, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 1935.
Miss Geraldine Edith Rhoden and Mr.
Gleim Frederick Kaffenberger
On Sunday, October 20, occurred
the marriage of two popular young
people of this community, Miss Ger
aldine Edith Rhoden and Mr. Glenn
Frederick Kaffenberger. The an
nouncement was made by the young
The impressive marriage service of
the First Lutheran church was cele
brated by Rev. Thomas D. Rinde,
pastor of that church at Nebraska
The ceremony was witnessed by
Miss 'etelle Parkening of this city
and Mr. Ford Heim of Louisville.
The bridesmaid wore a gown of
black silk crepe with gold trimmings,
with accessories to match.
The bride wore a gown of ochid
satin with silver slippers to match.
The bridal veil was of white tulle.
She carried a bouquet of daisies,
brides roses and baby breath.
The groom and best man wore dark
The bride is the youngest daugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Rhoden of
Murray and was born and grew to
womanhood in the vicinity of Murray.
The groom is the eldest son of
Mr. and Mrs. George Kaffenberger
of Plattsmouth where he was born
and grew to manhood. Mr. Kaffen
berger is engaged in helping his fath
er on the farm.
The newlyweds with Miss Estelle
Parkening and Ford Heim departed
lmmeditaely after the ceremony for
Omaha where they had their wed
ding supper at the Virginia.
Mr. and Mrs. Kaffenberger Intend
to make their future home in this
WELL KNOWN SINGER HERE
From Monday's Dally:
Paul E. Newland, well known mo
tion picture vocalist, was here today
to attend the last rites for his mother,
the late Mrs. Emery Newland of Los
Angeles. Mr. Moreland is better
known la studio circles as "Tiny"
owing to his large build and has had
a part in a large- number of the musi
cal selections in the latest hits to be
produced in Hollywood.
He was with Lanny Ross in "Mel
ody in Spring." as well as with Ran
dolph Scott in "The Last Round Up."
Mr. Newland singing the title song
of the picture. He also sang "Croon
er's Lullaby" in the picture "Mil
lions In the Air." the song being
originally written for Bing Crosby.
Many local people have had the
pleasure of hearing Mr. Newland in
the sound pictures but few were
aware that he was a native of this
city, where he spent his childhood
FINDS FOR HEROLD
From Monday's Dally
The verdict in the case of Ray
Herold vs. M. R. Bloom, in an ac
tion for damages was opened this
morning in the district court and
found for the plaintiff, Herold, in
the sum of $500.
The case was tried last week and
the verdict returned Wednesday
night, but owing to the fact that
the court had adjourned over the
week end it was not possible to have
the verdict read until this morning.
PURCHASES STEWART CAFE
Mr. C. B. Moffett of Omaha has
completed the details of the purchase
of the Stewart cafe in this city and
Sunday assumed operation of the cafe
Mr. Moffett and family are locating
here and will be a part of the com
munity life in the future and receive
from the residents here a most
cordial welcome. Mr. Moffett expects
to operate the cafe along the most
modern lines and to serve the public
at all times.
The dance which was to have been
given Saturday evening, at Cedar
Creek, has been indefinitely post
poned. Postponement made on ac
count of death of George H. Mei-
STUDENTS RETURN HOME
The delegation of Plattsmouth stu
dents who are attending Tarkio col
lege at Tarkio, started their return
Sunday after the Thanksgiving holi
day season spent in this city with
relatives and friends. Stuart Porter
and George Adam, members of the
football squad played at Hastings on
Thanksgiving and on the return east
stopped here for a visit. Kenneth
Armstrong, still suffering from the
effects of his injured leg, was unable
to accompany the team to Hastings
and was here with the members of
the family circle.
With a large part of the students
returned Sunday, a number will go
back this evening with R. Foster Pat
terson, of the history department of
S. W. Copenhaver
Old Resident of
Services Held Sunday Afternoon at
Union Methodist Church Resi
dent of County 30 Years.
On Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock
the funeral services for the late
Stephen V. Copenhaver, resident of
Union and vicinity for the past thirty
years was held.
Rev. B. N. Kunkle, pastor of the
church and assisted by the Rev. Wil
liam A. Taylor, conducted the ser
vices at the church and at the grave
in the East Union cemetery.
Mr. Copenhaver passed away Fri
day night from a sudden heart at
tack at his home.
Stephen W. Copenhaver was born
May 30, 1866, at Marion, Virginia,
the son of Mr. and Mrs. Marion
Copenhaver. He was married at Seven
Mile Ford, Virginia, on January 1,
1890, to Betty Porter, who survives.
The family moved from Virginia
to the Union community in lao.
where they have resided since. Mr.
Copenhaver was a farmer all of his
Mr. Copenhaver was a member of
the Methodist church.
Surviving, besides the widow, are
five daughters, Mrs. Charles Swan,
Mrs. Ardon Ruhmann, of Dnion; Bes
sie Copenhaver. at home in Union;
Mrs. Ralph McNamee, Brush, Colo.,
and Mrs. Don Eigle, Sioux City, Iowa;
three sons, Arthur of Plattsmouth;
George of Nebraska City, and Wes
ley, at home; four brothers, Thomas
in Virginia; Meeke, of Tennessee;
Oscar and Charles in Kansas; and
two sisters. Mrs. Ella Gentry, of Vir
ginia, and Mrs. Nannie Rudy of Kan
TO ATTEND ASSEMBLY
J. Russell Reeder, principal of the
Plattsmouth high school, who was
elected as delegate from the second
district of the State Teachers associa
tion, will attend the meetings to be
held at Lincoln on Saturday.
This meeting is composed of dele
gates from the various districts and
will meet to select the officers and
map the policies of the association
for the year.
The local school feels well pleased
that their efficient principal has been
selected for this Important office in
the school association and that he
will ably fill the duties of the posi
tion there is no doubt.
TEACHERS LEAVE FOR DUTY
The Plattsmouth young women
who are engaged in teaching in var
ious parts of the west and who have
been home for the vacation period,
returned Sunday to their posts of
duty. Miss Helen Wiles departed for
Lexington where she is employed in
uarhine this year. Miss Maxine
Cloidt to McCook where she is teach
ing in the high school and Miss Jean
Hayes to Cornell, Iowa, to resume her
RETURN TO SCHOOL WORK
Sunday afternoon Miss Marjorle
Am, who is teaching in the Alvo
schools, returned to her duties after
a visit here over the Thanksgiving
holidays. She was accompanied home
for the holiday by Miss Nelda Shoe
maker of Odell, Nebraska, also teach
Ing in the Alvo schools and the ladies
had a most pleasant time here with
the relatives and friends.
A. F. Knof licek
at Home Today
Well Known Resident of This City,
Stricken on Arising This Morn- i
ing, Dies in Few Moments.
From Tuesday's DaiJy
This morning shortly after 7
o'clock, A. F. Knoflicek, one of the
well known residents of the north
west part of the city, was stricken
with a heart attack and died in a few
moments from the effects of the ill
ness. He had been in his usual health
in recent weeks, altho some time ago
he suffered from rheumatism and it
was a great shock to the family and
friends when the fatal attack was
visited on him.
August Frank Knofiicek was born
on April 9, 1869, in Moravia, and
when but a child of twelve years,
was brought to the United States by
his parents, they coming directly
west and located shortly after in
Plattsmouth, which has since been
the home of the deceased. When his
age permitted Mr. Knoflicek entered
the services of the Burlington rail
road, being engaged here for the
greater part of the time altho spend
ing a short time at Alliance. He fol
lowed his trade as painter for the
rest of his lifetime.
Mr. Knoflicek wa3 married in this
city on October 15, 1897, to Mary
Jiran, and to them eleven children
were born, ten of whom survive the
passing of this estimable citizen. The
survivors are the widow, ten chil
dren, Mrs. Anna Johnson, Chicago,
Mrs. Mary Spethmann, Omaha, Mrs.
Emma Lang and Mrs. Helen Martin,
Chicago, August Knoflicek, Chicago,
Joseph, Beatrice, Louis, Bernard and
Mildred, of this city. There are also
five grandchildren, one of whom,
Billie Reddie, has been Teared in the
home here. One daughter, Agnes,
preceded him in death. There are
two sisters, Miss Mary Button of
Hastings. Mrs. Mary Horn, Hay
Springs, Nebraska and one brother,
Frank Knoflicek of South Bend, In
diana. Mr. Knoflicek was a lifelong mem
ber of the Catholic church and has
been active in the work of the Holy
Rosary church of this city.
The family as yet have not made
final funeral arrangements, awaiting
word from those at a distant point.
ENJOYING A HOLIDAY
W. A. Bennett of the Iowa-Nebraska
Light & Power Co.. is enjoying
his annual vacation and is spending
the time , in visiting with the rela
tives and friends in Iowa and Kan
sas. Mr. Bennett and daughter,
Dori3, have just returned from a visit
with relatives at Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
the parents of Mr. Bennett, Mr. and
Mrs. P. C. Bennett, are residing at
Cedar Rapids, and the members of
the family all joined in a visit at the
home of Mrs. O. W. Moore, a daugh
They are going to Kansas where
they expect to spend some time at the
home of the father of the late Mrs.
Bennett. On their return from the
outing Doris will resume her school
work at Lincoln.
LEAVE FOR MISSOURI
From Tuesday's Daily:
This morning Mrs. E. P. Stewart
and son, Donald, departed by auto
for Portland, Missouri, near which
place they are to make their home
in the future. They will join Mr.
Stewart who has been there for the
past several days and assisting in
getting the home ready for the fam
ily. They have a very attractive small
farm in the pleasant Ozark section
of Missouri and here they will spend
the winter at least in the milder cli
mate of that section of the central
REPORTED SOME BETTER
Fritz A. Fricke, who has been ill
at his home as the result of an at
tack of rheumatism. Is reported as
some better, but still far from well
and it is necessary for him to remain
confined to his home. Mr. Fricke has
suffered from the malady for some
lit i ie time and it is hoped that in a
short time he may be able to show
definite improvement and resume his
SENT TO REFORMATORY
From Monday's Daily
This morning Carl Merscheim and
William Wirt, of Omaha, charged
With breaking and entering, were
araigned before Judge D. W. Living
ston in the district court. The two
young men were charged with having
broken into the Coryell Service sta
tion in this city, being later cap
tured by Sheriff Sylvester and De
puty Sheriff Walling at Omaha, j "Huckie'uerry Finn" which will be
When they were arraigned in the ; presented at the high school audi
county court they made a plea cf:torium on Friday, December 6th, at
not guilty. 8 p. m. has been more widely read
They had a change of heart and than any other of Samuel demon's
this morning made a plea of guilty j works. And there has never been any
before the district judge. Judge Liv- j controversy over the fact that this
ingston gave a sentence of one year . is the greatest American tale ever
in the state reformatory at Lincoln penned. All of the many friends that
to the two men and they will be j Huck" made between the covers of
taken there as soon as postible to;Mr. Clemen's book will be charmed
start serving their sentences.
Found Guilty of
George Gerdes, Auburn, Found Guilty
on One Count, But Not Guilty cf
Leaving Scene of Accident.
From Tuesday's Daily.
The jury in the C:.;riet court
which tried the case of the State of
Nebraska vs. George Gerdes, of Au
burn, a truck driver, returned a ver
dict this morning and iu which they
found him guilty of the count charg
ing him with reckless driving while
he was acquitted of the charge of
leaving the scene of an accident.
Gerdes was charged with these of
fenses in connection with an accident
en hichwav No. 75. south of this
city and in wuich a truck load of
cattle was overturr,-d- and August
Herzog. prominent Otoe county farm
er was injured.
The truck overturned was owned
by Ray Price of near Nebraska Ci'y
and was driven by Oney Meade, an
employe of Mr. Price and who was
accompanied by Mr. Ilerzog. Their
car was struck from the rear near
the Cook farm south of this city and
the Price truck overturned and the
cattle escaped while Mr. Herzog was
injured by a gash on his face. The
number of the truck striking them
was taken and later Mr. Gerdes was
Mr. Gerdes claimed that he was
not aware that he had hit anyone
and had gone on to Omaha unaware
of the accident.
OLD RESIDENT VISITS HERE
George O. Unruh and little daugh
ter, Mary Helen, of Omaha, were in
the city for a few hours attending
to some matters at the court house
and looking over the city where for a
number of years his family had been
Mr. Uuruh is a son of the late Mr.
and Mrs. John I. Unruh, the father
having for a number of years been
engaged in the furniture business
and also was for several terms county
coroner of Cass county.
The family left here some thirty
four years ago and since that time
George Unruh has made his home in
Omaha for the greater part of the
WOMAN'S CLUB MEETS
The Plattsmouth Woman's club
met Monday evening, December 2, at
the home of Mrs. Glenn Vallery with
Mrs. Vallery, Mrs. Frank Bestor, Mrs.
R. A. Bates, Mis3 Rose Prohaska and
Miss Agnes Muenster as hostesses.
After devotionals led by Mr. C. C.
Wescott, Mrs. Robert Hayes led the
parlimentary division. This was fol
lowed by Janet Savard, consultant
and psychologist, who gave messages
of guidance to the members in at
tandance. Refreshments were served.
VERY HAPPY EVENT
A fine eight pound son was born
on Monday afternoon at the St. Cath
erine's hospital at Omaha, to Mr. and
Mrs. Richard Livingston of near this
city. The mother and little one are
doing nicely and the occasion has
brought much happiness to all of the
relatives and especially Dick. Mrs.
Livingston was formerly Miss Anna
Ulrich, daughter of Mr. and Mrs Ed
Ulrich of Mynard.
to Present a
"Huckleberry Finn," to Be Presented
at High School Auditorium,
Friday, December 6th.
to make his
acquaintance on the
is not just a fictional
illustion in a play
He is your boy, my
boy, every American boy who ever
played pranks and exhibited boyish
charm. For "Huck" is that most
lovable of ail humans, a typical Am
erican lad, brave and courageous in
times of adversity, loyal and sincere
to those who have Lefriended him.
The play contains all the human
qualities that have endeared "Huck"
to lovers of real, clean entertainment.
Fancy the thriil you will get from
racing all of the well-known char
acters of the novel step before your
eyes in the flesh! And this is not
only a nlay for children. Running
through it is a romance that will in
terest adults, comedy that will cause
everybody to double up with mirth
and just a tear or two thrown in for
good measure to send you out of the
theatre with you could see this mem
orable play all over again.
The nlayers have '.ssembled a fine
cast. Dob McCarroll who will por
tray "Huck" is a fine choice for the
role as is Billy Evers who will appear
as Huck's pal, "Tom Sawyer." Don't
miss this sparkling performance of a
great play and be sure to tell your
friends the date. "Huckleberry Finn"
will live in your hearts long after
the final curtain ha3 fallen at the
high school auditorium.
Other members of the cast include
Aunt Polly (Mariah Watson) who is
"so nervous," Edna Mae Peterson;
Ruth Watson, her sister, Mary Jane
Mark: Mary Jane, their young niece,
Marjorie Ann Tidball; Fred Ray
mond, in love with Ruth, Charles
Bennett: Melba White, colored maid
at the Watson's, Rachel Robertson;
Clara WoDtnneer. deaconess of the
church, Jeanette Hirz; Amy Wop
pinger, her irrepressible sister, Betty
Kalina; John Finn. "Huck's" father,
Mr. Lumir Gerner is director.
REJOICES IN NEW HONORS
L. E. Vroman, well known resi
dent of the south part of the city has
the distinction of being honored with
the title of great grandfather in the
last few days.
At the home of Mr. and Mrs. T. C.
Deal in this city a fine seven pound
son was born on Thanksgiving eve
The young man has been christened
Carl Lucian. Mrs. Deal was formerly
On Novembre 20th at Ravenna, Ne
braska, a ten and a half pound son
was born to Mr. and Mrs. Emil Kunes
with all doine: nicely. Mrs. Kunes
was formerly Miss Beulah Vroman
also a granddaughter of Mr. Vroman
COMMITTEE VISITS HOME
Sunday the committee of the grand
chapter of the Royal Arch Masons of
Nebraska were here to pay a visit to
the Nebraska Masonic Home.
The committee comprised Benjamin
F. Pittman of Chadron and Hartford
Rosebush of McCook, who also visit
ed at the Eastern Star orphanage at
Fremont, being brought here by
Superintendent W. F. Evers.
The committee had a very pleas
ant time in visiting with the old
friends who are now residing at the
RETURN FROM VISIT
Mr. and Mrs. John E. Carmack
have returned from a visit to Chi
cago and Waukeegan, 111. They spent
Thanksgiving with their son, Carl
Carmack who is employed as a chem -
ical engineer at Chicago. They also
stopped at Davenport, la., to visit
friends en route.
NOTED COMPOSER DIES
From Tuesday's Daily.
The message was received here to
day announcing the death of Jack
Hazard, noted musical comedy com
poser and writer. Mr. Hazzard wa3
well known in this city, a3 he mar
ried the former Alice Dovey, daugh
ter of the late Mr. and Mrs. George
E. Dovey. Mr. Hazzard composed
many of the best known and popular
musical comedies of the period from
908 to 1915, v.hich scored great
success, .Miss uovey nis wue was
featured in "The Pink Lady" and
The Land of Nod" as well as a large
number of other successes.
In recent years Mr. Hazzard has
esided at Great eck, Long Island,
fashionable New York suburb and
where he has largely been engaged in
writing, a number of his articles ap
pearing in tne baiuruay evening
Post and he also did considerable
Man with Load
of Stolen Coal
Claude Hall Found With Truck Con
taining 1,000 Pounds of Coal
From School House.
Sunday evening while George
Mayabb was taking his sister to her
school, he passed the school north
west of this city on the Platte bot
tom and noticed a car driving around
the school which aroused his sus
picions. The young man notified his father,
Claude Mayabb and his uncle, Lester
Burrows of the man and his action
and they maintained a watch on the
school building. A short time later
the man and truck returned to the
scene and the driver proceeded to
break" the lock on the door of the
coal housa and started in to load up
the truck with coal.
Deputy Sheriff Walling was noti
fied and alarm was sent out to watch
the highway for the truck and it was
captured near the Platte river bridge
by the deputy sheriff and the parties
that had detected the stealing.
The man was brought in by Mr.
Walling and lodged in jail to await
the filing of charges against him. It
is expected that a charge of break
ing and entering will be filed in the
FUNERAL OF MRS. NEWLAND
The funeral of Mrs. Emery New-
land was held on Monday afternoon
at 2 o'clock from the First Chris
tian church of which she had been a
member in the years of her residence
in this community. There was a large
group of the old friend in attend
ance at the services.
The Rev. C. Loyd Shubcrt, pastor
of the Christian church at Murray,
was in charge of the service and gave
thoughts of hope and consolation to
the members of the bereaved family
circle in the loss that they have suf
During the service Frank A. Cloidt
and Mrs. Hal Garnett gave three of
the favorite hymns of the departed,
"Jesus' Lover of My Soul," "Safe in
the Arms of Jesus" and "Asleep in
Jesus," Mrs. O. C. Hudson serving as
The interment was at the Oak Hill
cemetery in the west part of the city
in the family burial plot.
RECEIVES FINE GIFT
The Plattsmouth high school is
in receipt of a fine work on Amer
ican government and American Citi
zenship which has been placed in the
civics department for the use of the
students. This very valuable book
was presented to the school by Frank
V. Raker, Omaha, state regent of
the Daughters of the American Revo
lution, who was the speaker before
the high school on Armstice day.
INJURY PROVES SEVERE
Mrs. E. J. Ferric, who was Injured
a few days ago in an accident at her
- country home, 13 reported as still suf-
jfering from the eflects or a iaii aown
i the stairs of the house. The knee
1 seems to have been more seriously in-
jured than first thought and it is
necessary to have the patient under
Visit of Santa
Claus Dec. 14
Business Men's Ad Club Sponsoring
Call from Jolly Old Fel'ow with
a Gift for Every Child.
Santa Claus will make a pre
Christmas visit to Plattsmouth!
As per a promise given the Cass
county children when here last year.
Old Santa has reassurred the com
mittee of citizens he will be here for
one day this year SATURDAY, De
cember 14th, arriving shortly after
three o'clock and holding a public
reception for all the good little buys
and girls of Cass county.
The appearance of this genial old
I prince of good fellows is sponsored
by the Business Men's Ad club, who
will be joined by other civic organi
zations in seeing that Santa is pro
vided with candy and a toy for every
boy and girl who calls on him hero
that day since he cannot give out
any of his own presents until he
make3 the rounds on Christmas eve.
The good fellow group is expected
to include every civic organization in
the community and the canvass for
funds is now under way.
Preparing for Brisk Trade
Holiday business this year is ex
pected to be the best in recent years,
and the business men of Plattsmcuth
are making preparations to handle
the increased volume of trade, hav
ing purchased unusually large stocks
of seasonable gift items to meet the
Moderate and higher priced goods
of all kinds may be found in the var
ious stocks, awaiting to find their
place in the Christmas scheme of giv
ing. Co-incident with the appearance
cf Santa Claus here on the 14th, the
street lights will be turned on that
night and burn continuously every
night from then until January 1st.
Stores will be open evenings start
ing on Monday night, December 16,
up to and including Christmas eve.
Journal advertising columns will
bring news to our readers from the
various stores regarding the many
and timely gift items they have as
sembled for frugal Christinas shop
pers. Merchants are busy with 3tore
decorations and every place of busi
ness will take cn a festive arpear
ance. Buildings and counters will be
garbed in full Christmas raiment
well before the time set for the visit
cf Santa Claus a week from Saturday
and the time when stores will begin
keeping open evenings.
Most stores have placed their or
ders for Chri3tmas trees which will
occupy a part in the decorative plan,
being set in the street decoration re
ceptacles at the curb line.
"Do your Christmas shopping
early and avoid the last minute
rush" 13 the slogan, and by reading
the various ads to appear in the
Journal during the next fortnight,
you will find many worth-while
values and perfect suggestions of
"what to give."
DEATH OF GE0HGL II. MEISINGER
From "Wednesday's Dally
This afternoon at 12:30 at the
Clarkson hospital at Omaha, o' lurrcd
the death of Ceorge H. Meisinger,
a prominent resident of the Murray
community for a great many years.
Mr. Meisinger has been E'lflering
from ulcers of the stomach and van
taken to Omaha some ten days azo
and apparently doing nicely. A sud
den change for the worse late this
morning brought his death.
lie is survived by the widow and
two sons, Herman and Alvin Mei
singer. He was a pon of Peter Mti
singer of this city.
A more extended obituary of Mr.
Meisinger will arpear later in the
RETURN TO CHICAGO
From Tuesday's Dally:
Mr. and Mrs. Jamo3 Ptacel:, who
have been here visiting with their
daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and
Mrs. Theodore Yelick, departed last
evening for their home at Chicago.
While here they had the pleasure of
meeting many of the old time friends
in the community where they had bo
long made their home.