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About The North Platte semi-weekly tribune. (North Platte, Neb.) 1895-1922 | View Entire Issue (Oct. 26, 1915)
From "People I Have Known" by
Tho subject of this brief sketch
seems to have no place In the official
nnnnb of Nebraska, Which Is con
firmation strong of the truth of tho
statement In Gray's Elegy, to tho ef
"Full many a gem of purest ray se
rene The deep, unfathomotl caves of
Full many a flower Is horn to blush
And waste its sweetness on tho
Front my standpoint Sam Watts was
a pioneer of Lincoln county. I don't
know where he came from or when
he arrived, but as the old homestead
er In the house that only leaked wlicn
it rained, said to tho Arkansaw Trav
eler concerning a certain hill in tho
neighborhood, "It was there when I
come." The same may bo said of
Sam Watts. He was a resident of
North Platte tho fall of 1879 to my
certain knowledge, and I believe was
successor to John La Munyon as coun
At that time tho cattlemen owned
the country, having a stretcli of ranges
extending from Kearney to the Rocky
mountains. There tho cattle grazed
summer and winter, seeking tho miser
able shelter of draws and canyons
when It stormed nnd perishing of ex
posure by hundreds when the season
happened to be unfriendly.
These rangers had little respect
, for the rights of a citizen Who had the
nerve to take up a homestead within
the territory over which the cowboy
was long the acknowledged master,
and I remember one olburn who tried
to reign supreme over a quarter sec
tion of land that has since become
valuable, and came out of the melee
with several painful gunshot wounds
about his ample feet and ankles.
For reason already hinted at there
was little for the surveyor of Lin
coln county to do but sit in his office
chair at tho court house and look out
of the' window at the wagon bridge
across the South Platte river, or swap
wildcat and wild Indian stories with
Jim Cannon, the trapper and scout who
told stories that noboby could believe.
Watts got a job in the summer of
1S80 surveying A. J. Miller's addi
tion to the vllage of North Platte, to
the south of the original town site,
Where investors were given the op
portunity to secure perfectly good res
idence lots at the price of two tons of
soft coal. Few believed the village
would ever get that far away from it
self, yet purchasers were not lacking
when the sale was held, and today
North Platte extends far beyond the
southern limits of the Miller addi
tion. Sam Watts was small of stature and
quiet in his ways. If he ever said any
thing mean about people I never heard
it. Ho wore whiskers, and was by no
means Handsome, nut wnen no spoKe
he had "an appealing smile that won
friends and retained them. '
Tho only really prominent thing
about the man was his democracy. I
doubt If ho knew why he was a demo-
crat, but he knew he was one, and he .
wns willing the world should share in !
The Sunday .Meetings Close
"Billy" Sunday closed hi3 seven
weeks campaign in Omaha Sunday,
and the good people of that town pre
sented him with a free-will offering in
excess of twenty thousand dollars. In
addition to this $30,7SS was collected
for tho expense of operating tho meet-
Intra T"ll n fntfll n 1 1 fIl ll fl TIP !fi (llirilllT tllO
,,0bc ,nc Toonnn ,i,A n.lnlt1
trail hitters numbered S.288 and there
were .1,954 girl and boy trail hitters,
Sunday unquestionably did good
work In Omaha, but if the local minis-
tors of the city were given tho same
support financially, physically anil
morally, that was extended Sunday
tho result might bo nearly as great
and certainly more lasting.
Mako .Mud Holes for Lhinir.
That mud holes in the roads are
carefully nurtured in many communl -
ties in Missouri hy persons who find
It profitable to pull automobiles out
of them when they get stuck is charg
ed by Highway Commissioner Buffum
in a road bulletin.
The Issuance of this bulletin follow
ed tho action of a Callaway county
farmer who refused to pull the auto-, week, woro brought hero jTiday even
mobile of Mrs. James Houchin out of Jng and taken to Ringgold Saturday
a creek hed until she gavo him $25. for burial.
Tho entertainment by the "Old Glory
Quartet" October 2Sth , is a modern j southeast of town burned ton days
American program and will make youago mvo taken possession of Mr. Rob
glad you are an American. The quar-1 om. i0UB0 jn tho 700 block on east
tet has some original patriotic songs, Sxtll str0ot.
which you cannot afford not to hoar,
cm, nc "iimn,hrav Cheers tho Flac."i Mr. and Mrs. Guy Swopo returned
"An American Girl Makes a Homo,
Swoot Homo," "He's tho Hero of Many
a Parade" and "Lord Grant Us ePace
Through tho World."
Cabbago at 75 cents por hundred
pounds, Llork-Snndall Grocery.
of Sara Watts.
A. L. Blxby in the Stato Journal.
that knowledge. N'o caucus, convon-
tion or other meeting of his party
failed to see him present among the
In the year 1SS0 Lincoln county had
a strong republican organization, and
naturally expected to carry everything
for the party. It nomlnntcd A. II.
Church, who was editor of tho North
Platto Nebrasklan, for tho lower house
of tlio legislature. Mr. Church was a
man of considerable ability who be
lieved that to go to the legislature
and make lawa for tho people would
merely open the way for larger polit
ical honors. He felt that certain
things woro duo him. Ho was one of
tho mnny "youngest volunteer" sol
diers of the lato rebellion. Ho did
time In Andersonville, and held the
south and the democratic parly Jointly
responsible for all he had suffered.
Tho democrats in county convention
assembled, looked anxiously for a man
with which to beat A. II. Church.
Peach Hinmau was strong timber, but
was In bad with a good mnny people
for his success as a criminal lawyer
In cheating Jack Ketch of several
promising outlaws. William Neville
was a crackerjack on tho stump, but
hadn't been a resident of tho county
long enough to entitle him to such re
cognition. Finally after much discus
sion somebody suggested Sam Watts,
and not a voice was raised in protest
When a motion was made that the
nomination bo by acclamation. In re
sponse to cries of "speech, speech,"
Watts responded that lie was no great
shakes on tho stump, but would get
out and see the boys and try to be
News of the nomination of Watts
tickled Church. He didn't attempt to
restrain his Joyful emotions, but said
funny things in his paper about tho
lnsgnificnnco of his bearded oppnent.
The other republican paper, edited by
Jim Pay, was naturally a bit unfriend
ly toward the editor of tho Nebras
kan, merely remarked that Watts was
a "singed cat," and that Church should
wait until after the election before
crowing too vociferously.
During the campaign Mr. Church
took the stump in his own behalf, in
tho few localities where there was a
ftump, and through it all treated his
opponent and the party he stood for
with the measure of contempt either
deserved. Watts was seen a little ev
erywhere, and not much anywhere.
Ho urged nobody to vote for him; said
nothing moan about his opponent, said
lie thought he could make good in the
legislature, and merely hinted he
would appreciate 'a complimentary
boost from any of his friends who felt
inclined to show him that favor. Some
people wondered that Watts won in
the election, but ho did. and so far as
I know his one term in the legislature
satisfied all the ambition ho ever had
for political distinction.
t . . . 1 I ... I.l . . 11 ,. ...In
u nun ms in mo iu b.-u i
Church wept with sorrow and chagrin,
And while he lived In old North Platte,
Sought no high honors after that.
Watts also disappeared from view,
As all of us in time must do.
No more to shine in politics,
And, maybe, not remembered. BIX.
LOCAL AND TEUSONAL.
Perry Sitton arrived here Saturday
evening from Green River, and will
remain for a few days.
Misses jmri0 and Florence Stnck
gpent Sumltty as the guests of the Mc-
Fauaen faniny jn Sidney.
Mrs. J. T. Murphy and mother left
the later part of last week for Omaha
to vuu menus mis ween.
rtev. Fr. T. D. Sullivan, of Elm
Creek, spent the week end In town as
the guest of Rev. Fr. McDaid.
C. S. Jessup, of Richmond, Ky., who
was tho guest of his son, Joseph Jes
sup, left the latter part of la3t week.
Mr. and Mr3. Win. Artz and chil-
Ulren. formerly of this city, came
'from Denvor Sunday evening to visit
' relatives for two weks.
Georgo Voseipka has purchased the
R.(y ,oblngon rCBldenco on West Fifth
street for a consideration of thirty
four hundred dollars.
Tho remains of the lato Mrs. George
Adamson, who died in Choyenno last
E. A. Roborts, who wore niado homo
less lon tho houso on their farm
yesterday from Omaha whero tho for
mer attended tho seslons of tho 1. O.
O. F. grand lodg. Enroitto homo
thoy attended tho foot ball game at
Lincoln Saturday and saw Nebraska
defeat tho Notro Hamo team by tho
narrow margin of twenty to nineteen.
William (nrmun Passes A nay.
William Garman, of Hastings, for
merly of this city, died at the home of
his son George Garman, southeast of
town Friday night after an Illness of
several months. Mr. Garman became
afflicted with llrlght's disease May 1st
and after taking treatment In Hast
ings for n month came to this city.
While here he was given the best of
medical intention nnd received tho
cure of devoted relatives, but nil ef
forts to stay the course of the disease
was futile and the end came at twelve
o'clock Friday night.
William Garman was born at Cam
bridge, Eng., October 27th, 1S45, and
came to the United States when seven
years of age. He was married on
March 14th, lSfiT, to Miss Susan
Campbell, of Parkville. Mich., who
died July 30th, 100S. To this union
were born seven children, one of
whom, Clyde, died sevm years ago.
Those surviving are George, Halph,
Clarence and Mrs. 13. N. Ogier of this
city, Mrs. Grnce Sutherland of Elyria,
Ohio, and Frank Garman of Oninha.
His second wife, Mrs. Lottie Garman,
to whom he was married in 1909 at
Hastings, also survives him.
Mr. Garman came to Lincoln county
from Michigan twenty-six yenrs ago
and located In Well precinct. Ho la
ter moved to Hooker precinct and
thence to Suthorlnim" where he enga
ged In the mercantile busincss.but
was burned out. Ho then went to
Hastings, whore ho had resided for
He was a veteran of the civil war
and a member of the Grand Army of
Hoaglumls and Odd Fellowship.
It is not often that one family re
ceives tho distinction from a fraternal
organization that has been bestowed
upon the name of Hoaglnnd in this
city by tho I. 0. 0. F. and Its several
branches. At tho meeting of tho
grand lodge in Omaha last week W.
V. Hoagland, of North Platte, was
elected deputy grand master of the or
der, Mrs. W. V. Hoagland was elected
vice-president of tho Itebekahs, and
J. S. Hoagland was re-elected presi
dent of the board of trustees of the
Odd Follows' home at York. Hy
right of succession W. V. Hoagland
will become next yenr grnnd master
of the Nebraska Odd Fellows, a body
of thirty thousand men, nnd Mrs.
Hoagland by official advancement will
become president of tho Itebekahs,
who have a membership of eighteen
or twenty thousand.
Mrs. Charles Perkins went to Grand
Island Saturday afternon for a short
Frank Garman of Omaha whs called
hero Saturday by tho death of his
Mrs. M. N. Johnston and son have
gone to Omaha to remain this week
J. E. Sebastian returned tho latter
part of last week from a visit t the
east part of the state.
A business meeting of tho Eldeen
Club will bo held at tho home of Mrs.
Arthur Artz this evening.
Here's Good N'cns for North
Have you a pain In the small of the
Headache3, dizziness, nervous spells?
Aro you languid, irritable and weak?
Annoyed by urinary disorders?
Don't despair profit by North Platto
North Platto people know Doan's
Kidney 'Pllhj have used them re
Here's a North Patte resident's state
ment: V F. Blalock, North Platte, says:
"I had an awful, heavy ache across
my loins which seemed to take every
bit of strength from me. My back
was weak and I was so lame I could
hardly stand erect. Tho kldny se
cretions seemed to get more disor
dered as the pain In my back Increas
ed and they were unnatural and too
frequent In passage. I was advised to
try Doan's Kidney Pills and got a box.
They cured me of tho complaint and
I have been well since."
Price 50c, at all dealers. Don't simply
ask for a kidney remedy get Doan's
Kidney Pills the same that Mr. Bla
lock had. Foster-Milburn Co., Props.,
Buffalo, N. Y.
Order of llcnrliiK n I'riltliin fur Sel-(li-iiicnt
State of Nebraska, Lincoln County, hh
In the County Court.
In the Muttcor of the Kstnto of John
It. McYVIlllnins, Deceased.
On reading and Ming tho petition of
Klizuheth MeWIUIiunH praylnK n final
Hcttlciiu'ti t nnd allowance of her llnal
account. Mud ontho 2lHt dnv of October.
HUG, and for a decree of descent and
' .11... ull.a.l I ....
ordered, Tlmt Nov lit a. n. Hur., at 9
o clock A. M., is untuned for lienrlnir
said petition, when all pornons inter-
mica in Hum mutter may appear at a
ZT&umTmS H,ow,0c!!iS w"y th'e
prayer of petitioner Hlioiild not lie
Kiaiitcd: and that notice if the mm.
dnncy of mild petition, and tho henrltiK
thereof, lie uiven to nil iici'homh inter.
1o'f,,t1"or'tf,, tVo Ciffttr
Tribune, a IokhI hoioI. weekly iiowh- i
iiupur in-unco in sain county, ror tnreo'
HticcoHHlve wookH. nrlor to until dnv of
Dated October SI. 1915.
C1EO. 13. FJtfi.S'CH,
o2G'3w County Judge.
Carl Web er s
By EDITH V. ROSS
When the i;ieat European war broke
out Carl Weber, whoso father was a
baker In Berlin, being a member of
the reserve, was given ton days to pre
pare to leave for the front. The ion
son of his having broil given so Ion:;
a time when there was such a hurry
for troops was that the unmarried
members of his corps were recommend
ed to lake wives before going to tho
war in order that the depletion of men
eoiiHi'iiui'iit upon llu dangers of tho
serviie might be balanced by a crop
Curl chose for a partner for life- or
more likely for death Grotchen. the
daughter of Hans Hupp, who kept a
giiniry store next door to tho bakery.
Il.ins uas twenty years old; CJreteh
eii was seventeen. There was no
time for courting Indeed, no time for
either groom or bride to deliberate on
the subject. Call's father made the
proposition to tiietchen's father that
the youngsters be married, and since
both men considered that the marriage
was a duty to the fatherland a mar
riage it must be.
Neither Carl nor Gretchon was averse
to a marriage. Being young they did
not consider the tact that the young
husband would probably bo killed or
die of disease. A great many soldiers
who go to war return. Why not Carl?
f-'o they were married and passed a
week's honeymoon together, which slid
away very quickly, and Carl was oblig
ed to tear himself from his bride to bo
entrained for Belgium. The last he
saw of his wife sho was standing on
tho sidewalk weeping.
Then for tho first time Carl realized
what It all meant It was terribly se
rious. Tlie first mowing down of men
by modern machinery had taken place,
and the death toll was terrible. On the
way to the front ho met tralnloads of
wounded, and the sight sickened him.
What a change In every way had eonie
over htm! A fortnight before he had
not thought of either war or marriage.
Now he was deep In both. How he
wished he could return, take his weeiv
Ing wife In his arms and remain with
her forever! But, no; very likely he
would never see her again, while she--what
would become of her? Would
she weep for him throughout eternity?
We are prone to picture those loved
ones from whom we are separated as
we Inst saw them. Carl throughout his
army service never thought of G retch
en but that she was standing on the
sidewalk looking, after him through hot
Carl escaped death, but after awhile
was severely wounded. He was taken
to the rear and placed In a hospital.
There he lingered for a long while and
at last began to mend. Ho was able
to be about long before he was fit to
return to the front, so ho was permit
ted to go home for tho rest of the
period necessary for him to be pre
pared to go forth to be shot at again.
Carl wrote to his parents nnd his
wife that he would bo at homo on n
certain day. lie did not like to sur
prise her, for ho foared that the Joy
of meeting him suddenly might have u
deleterious effect upon her. The dny
ho arrived his father met him at the
station, embraced him, kissing him on
both cheeks, then led the way to his
delivery wagon, which wns waiting, for
Cnrl was not equal to walking home.
Now, it so happened that the stork
visited tho houso with a ton pound boy
the very dny of Carl's arrival. Indued,
tlio little fellow wns Just llfty-flvo min
utes old when the train bearing his fa
ther rolled into the station. It had
been arranged that Carl should be kept
lu Ignorance of tho fact till the last
possible moment in order that ho might
have a pleasant surprise. Gretchen
had continued to live with her parents,
nnd his father was to take him home
nnd await notice Just when ho might
be Introduced to his wife and child.
The idea of being a father hnd never
entered the young soldier's head. For
months ho had remembered his wife
In tears, and he was possessed with
one Idea to get homo and dry those
tears. When his father drove up be
fore the bakery over which ho 11 foil
ho suggested to Carl to go In and meet
his mother before meeting his wife.
Respect for parents Is so strong In
Germany that Carl consented, but aft
er giving the old woman a hasty kiss
ho broke away and hobbled to the
next houso to see his wife.
Finding no one in tho shop below, lie
pulled himself upstairs by means of
balllster and tried to open the door
It was locked. Ho tried the doors to
the other chambers and found them
nil open, but no one wns In any of the
rooms. Carl began to bo frightened.
Ho had nsked his father innumerable
questions about Grotchen, nnd the old
man had seemed noncommittal.
Ho rapped at the door of his wife's
room again, then listened. He heard
a hoarse sound as If a deaf mule was.
trying to speak. He knocked agali
nnd heard a man's volco say. "Yon i
may eomo in In about ten minutes." I
.Great heavens! A man In his wire's I
bedroom, telling him when he might
come In. Surely something frightfu1
1 ,nd happened. Weak as he was. he
, ., , ,,. , ..
Ifoil tho hall like a caged tiger; then
middenly the door was thrown open.
"1 l'i're. 13-H.B I" bod. was Gre.eben
on her arm taking his llrst breaUfnxl
n baby boy, ami, instead of tears courv
I Im. ilnten her eliooltv nn Imp llnu mu
tho happiest .smile that had ever been
Tlie doctor nnd tho Kraiidinother re
1 1 rod anil
left tlio family alone to
Days aro getting shorter now.
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