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About The news-herald. (Plattsmouth, Neb.) 1909-1911 | View Entire Issue (Jan. 27, 1910)
Cass County Citizen Tells
of What He Found Down
in the Big State.
E. A. KIRKPATRICK
DOWN IN TEXAS.
Fig Tree and Mocking Bird Stunt
Called off of the Program.
When my wife and I left home in
the early part of Dec, for a trip to
Texas the ground was covered with
enow to a depth of eight inches. I
told my friends to imagine me in a
couple of days standing under a fig
tree listening to tho mocking birds
singing, but when we got to Texas
the fig tree and mocking bird stunt
was not on, as there was three
inches of snow on tho ground, the
streams were frozen over and the
ground was frozen. The 6th of Jan.
there was a Minding snow Btorm
in northern TVxas, and as we went out
of Fort Worth we could not see twenty
rods on account of the thick falling
snow. It reminded me of a Nebraska
blizzard. Hut in four or five days
the snow was gone and the weather
was warm and balmy.
The more enterprising of the farmers
were plowing and disking the ground
and getting ready for spring planting
We saw gangs of negros picking cotton.
There were men, women and little
tots six and eight years old. The
children have an advantage over the
the oliler people because they do not
have to stoop to get at the cotton. It
isabackbreaking business and the men
and women walk on their knees most
of the time when the ground is warm.
The stores keep in regular stock knee
pads which the negroes put on when
gathering the fleecy stuff. The price
of cotton has been so high that all of
Texas is to be planted in cotton next
year. This is right where the Texas
fanners arc. missing it, putting all
their cgjy in one basket. They could
make more money if they would
raise a greater variety of crops. They
arc shipping in feed for their teams
from the north, and are paying from
SIS to SJO per ton for alfalfa hay
when there are millions of acres of
land all round them that would raise
from four to eight tons per acre every
year. An energetic man could go
mere aim soon ma! e a lortune raising
alfalfa, and corn, evil oats to sell to
his neighbors who are raising cotton
Conditions in Texas in almost every
thing are so cil.c.rcnt from Nebraska
that one enjoys them.
Their voices have a soft drawl and
burr to them that is very pleasant,and
their consideration and thoughtful
ncss of others is so marked though
unobtrusive that it is delightful
nut me people don t nave llie snap
and vigor and push of our northerners.
The climate is I think to blame for this
A great many of the cattle show the
iongnnrn strain yet, nut they are
rapidly breeding it out. The horses
nre mostly a very inferior lot, being
small and scrawny. We spent an
afternoon in a cotton mill and saw
every process of manufacture, from
the opening of the bales of new cotton
at the top of the mill to the coming
out of the finished produce on the
ground floor. To one who has never
seen a cotton mill in operation the
various stages of manufacture arc
intensely interesting. The thousands
of spindels running, and the thousands
of flying shuttles make a deafening
rattle. Here I saw the much talked
of child labor in hideous operation
Hundreds of girls and boys who ought
to have been out in the fresh air ant
going to school, were shut up ten
hours a day in a dark building in w hich
the air had a peculiar and un whole
some smcll.and was filled with minute
particles of cotton. The girls look
10 oe irom i to in years old, niu
some of the boys not over eight
rtM l lit i .
inry nau a dull dispirited look am
looked as if they were tired of lifi
When I lookeil at those children
1 l .... 1 V
working lor iu cents a day 1 was
thankful that we had a law in Nebraska
that kept children under 10 out of
the factories, and I was thankful that
we had a compulsory education!
law which puts all children in school
I appreciate it now as I never hav
before. The principal of the Cleburne
m'I oo'.j tiid us that theic were 210,000
chi! Inn h, Tcns who wci-' not going
W schooi. Hunk of that you people
who grumble at hifth sikool taxes
end be thankful that you arc piivi
Icilgcd to pay hinli school taxes. It
means a lot, not o"!y to our own am
our neigiiDcrs cniiurcn nut it means a
lot for our state ami our nation
They have here what they eal
"First Monday." The first Monday i
every month everybody who ha
anything to ell or Irade, or who wan
to buy or trade for anything goes to
First Monday. There is in these Texas
lowns of the larger si.e a full bloc
devoted to market purposes. I attended
ed a First Monday at Cleburne. The
market square, and all the streets for
a half block away were jammed full
of men and teams. They had to
trade and sell, horses, colts, mules
cows, calves, geese, turkeys, chickens,
ducks, old wagons and buggies, cord
wood, cotton seed.baled hay, fodder,
corn in the shuck, old harnesses, hoes
axes, plows and a thousand other things
Every one was busy talking, and
bantering and dickering, and exchang
ing property. I am not sure but
that First Monday would be a good
idea to adopt in our county. There
arc great opportunities for investment
in land. The homescekers are all
headed into southern and western
Texas and they arc overlooking better
land in a better climate. The tide
( will turn someday and a big share of
northern Texas will go into the hands
of northern men. Fine land can be
$40 per acre. And they will tell you
"it will raise a half bale of cotton
per acre." I saw as good black land
as Cass County land that could be
bought for $25 per acre. There is
a tract of land called big prairie,with
soil and grass just like the land
around M unlock, almost level and
can oe naa at $.ju per acre. 1 was
told of 240 acres just like the above
that could be got for $20 per acre
cash. If I had $100,000 it would all
go in Texas and Oklahoma land
mi 'ii ii ii
inis iana win an oe worm o per
acre before three years, and it will
raise cotton, corn.oats, winter wheat
and alfalfa, clover timothy and blue
grass will not grow here, if they would
this would be the garden spot of the
E. A. Kirkpatrick.
THERE IS SNOW
Letter from old Plattsmouth
Citizen Disputes Former Claims
I see by your paper which I receive
twice a week that two articles written
by persons that have visited Colorado
say that there is no snow here. Well
wish to say that they arc mistaken
or they were color blind, or else they
went through in the night asleep
for there is snow tre, and plenty
of it. The old settlers here say that
there is more snow here tins winter
than there has been for sixteen years
llie snow ranges in depth from 8 to
16 inches and you would hardly sec
pine for the snow drifts. Jiut it
uis not Itecn so awtul cold here
the coldest was only 12 below. This
is a very healthy country, business
is good, and the farmers are prosperous
and happy. They raise wheat, corn
pelts, oats, cane in abundance ant
potatoes. Nell it would do your
eyes good to sec some of them.
louglit some last fall that two
potatoes would make a meal for i
family of four. That is going some
guess c have everything in ubund
ance here except one thing that is t
good live wide awake newspaper
good republican paper nt that
This country is on the boom and they
need a good paper to help boost
along. We have good water,although
we have to go quite a depth to get it
about lio leet on an average, so you
see any one that is thinking of coming
west steer them to the Haxton country
and I think that they will find what
Wishing you success I will close
(live my regards to Judge Douglass
J. T. Hates.
Mrs T. M. Campbell Dead.
Mrs. C. I). Campbell received,
wire this morning the sad news of the
death of her mother-in-law Mrs. T.M
( ampbell who died this morning at
Bclfrc, Kansas. The remains wil
arrive in l'lattsmouth tomorrow mom
mg, and the funeral will occur tomorrow
afternoon from Mrs C. 1). Campbell's
home on Elm Street, between Elev
enth and Twelfth: The funeral will
will be conducted by Rev Austin of
the Methodist church. Interment
will take place in Oak Hill cemetery,
by the side of her son, who died a few
years ago. A more extended obituary
will appear tomorrow.
Takes Charge Today.
Mr. Frank S. Ramsay, of Silver
City, Iowa, an experienced drygoods
man moved his family to l'lattsmouth
last week and today Mr. Hamsay
took charge of the drygoods side of
E. (i. Dovey A: Son's store.
Mr. Hamsay has had many years
experience in the drygoods business,
having gone to Silver City about two
and a half years ago from Omaha.
lie will be pleased to meet Mr.
Dovey 's old customers and as many
new ones as shall call on him. The
trade will find Mr. Hamsay a g; nial
gentleman to deal with, and i.. he
comes to his new position with best
Mrs C. A. Suddith and daughter
Mamie, of Lincoln came down lust
evening with Mrs John Gil.ion who
has been at the hospital nt Lincoln
for sometime. Mrs Suddith nnd
daughter returned home this muni-ing.
Rustling Little City on the
NEW BUILDINGS GOING
Meets Former Old
Just as the sun was ushering a very
beautiful day, the train which
brought us from the capital city last
Saturday, stopped at the beautiful
city of Greenwood. The people were
astir at the early hour and showed
by their activity the reason for the
lively little citywhich we found during
our stop therein.
We first visited our old friend,
the stanch republican, Mr C. F. Hall
who was glad to see the representa
tive of the News. We passed a few
moments vf ry pleasantly with this
life long Republican, who desires
the welfare of his party and the
prosperity of his country, as well as
the perpetuity of its cherished in
We next met Harry CIcman, who
a short time ago moved trom the
farm into town, and will with the
coming spring depart for the north
west portion of the state where he
has a farm near the city of Rush
ville, on which he expects to make
his future home.
At the office of the Farmers' Grain
and Stock Company, who operate
an elevator and do a shipping business
in both grain and stock, we found
W. E. Hailing, a former Hlattsmouth
boy in charge and was told by him
that the company was doSng a very
satisfactory business. The company
have a very well appointed elevator
of the latest pattern and are in
corporated with sufficient capital
for the proper transaction of the
business in which they are engaged.
The officers of the company being
Frank Nicola, president and manager
E. K. Reese secretary and H. H.
Landis as the treasurer.
Our friend W. E. Hand who is
the manager for the line elevator
was glad to see us and is doing a
nice business with the elevator when
it is considered the fever o excite
ment which the new elevator caused.
Mr. Hand is an experienced grain
man, and knows fully how to conduct
the business. He also looks after
the correspondence for the Green
wood Chronicle, and which is ably
reported from that place. Mr.
Hand is one of the wheel horses of
the republican party in that portion
of the county, and one which can be
depended upon as well. .
The sick of the city and vicinity,
arc looked nfter by. Dr. N. D. Talcott
Dr. Jones and Dr. Huston. They
are all doing a good business as there
is no other city very near, giving
them a good territory.
R. I). McDonald has the leading
Hardware of the city, and does a good
business, having a large stock and
being especially clever in his treat
ment of the trade, enjoys the confid
ence of all who make that their
We met Lyman James with whom
we conversed for sometime regarding
the early history of this state nnd
country, having lived here in an
early day with George l'oisal was
one of the party who engaged with
J. It. I'orter and Joseph Gilmore,
just after the colse of the civil war
in fighting the Indians and hauling
wood for the government at Ft.
1'hil Kearney, in what is pow
Wyoming, and was a participant
in what is known as the Wagon Hox
Fight" though he was driven to the
mountains, nnd did not get to the
cover of the corrall where the fighting
was mostly done. He recited to us the
incidents of those times and of the
light, telling of S. H. Vannatta, and
two sons also being along with the
The J. V. Stradley Company,
of Greenwood is an institution which
for the city does a very large business
carrying an immense stock of goods
in the lines of machinery, and con
ducts a blacksmith and general
machine shop on an, extensive scale.
M. Dalby and company has a
lumber and implement business as
as well as handles coal, which .is one
that keeps a number of men busy
most of the time during the year,
and is one' of Greenwood's commer
Win. Roberts, one of the barbers
of Greenwood, has been with the
town for near a quarter of a century,
and at the present is doing work
of a superior character, sticking to
his post through think and thin.
West Enjoying Unlimited
and Finds Them all Doing
ncn we met him in our recent
visit at the city we were struck by
the way in which he catered to the
trade of his business and how well
pleased they were with his work.
T i II' - i 1 l ,
iA.oi.tT aeioi, wno conducts a
shop in the basement of the build
ing, has as exceptionly fine location,
and a room of more tha'i ordinary,
nice appointments, and is doing a
fine business Iming been only a
few years in the city, but has a
number of friends, and is well
satisfied with the city of his choice
and is doing well.
Win Stone is doing a nice business
in bis store, and the appear: nee
speak volumns for his ability as v.
merchant. Not alone is this so in
the neat appearance in which he
keeps I. is stock, but the character
and kind of goods carried, as well
as the treatment extended to the
public. These arc all making the
business which returns lorn a neat
revenue each year.
At the store of the White Hros.
we were sorry to see the business
in the hands of a stranger, because
of the fact that they had recently
gone to the wall, and the goods were
being disposed of through the hands
of a receiver.
Ed Metcalf, was busily engaged
at his place of business and was
dispensing catibles in a way that
one would think the entire country
was hungry. This kind of business
surely is bringing the right kind of
results to its enterprising proprietor.
C. E. Cnlfee the proprietor of the
new harness shop, or the one which
he established last spring, is pros
pering and has a stock which so
completely fills his store room that
it seems like the emptying of Santa
Claus's pack, with scarcely half room
enough for the stuff which he has.
Mr. Calfee is a gentleman who came
from Inidilla, less than a year ago,
and has won in Greenwood for him
self a number of friends and a busi
ness which brings many a dollar
in the course of a year. Mr. Calfee
hopes to get another anil a better
room soon, and we will be glad to
hear of his doing so, for tho business
has grown so that the present quart
ers can 'hardly contain it. lie de
serves to succeed from his unwaver
ing application to business, and his
kindly treatment of the people who
trade with him ns well ns everyone
W. W. Wcidnmn was busy at his
store with the assistance of his clerks
was'caring for the wants of his patrons
They are well pleased with the goods
and the pleasant way the proprietor
has of meeting them.
N. S. Flood & Son, who conduct
one of Greenwood's livery stables
were busy and prosperous, with pros
pects of a good business to continue.
We were sorry to learn of the
misfortune, which had come to our
aged friend Abraham Kinnison, the
other livery stable proprietor, which
was in the shape of a stroke of
paralysis, and from which it is feared
he will not recover. His son James
of Walt Hill is now at home and will
stay and do what he came for, the
relief of his father, who we hope will
At the First National Hank, the
financial institution of Greenwood
is on a firm standing, we met the
gentlemanly cashier, Mr. L. II. Daft,
who kindly made iiujuiries regarding
Mr. I'. A. Harrows editor of the.
Daily News and News Herald. Here
we also met N. II. Meeker, who for
many years was interested in the
bank, but who has recently disposed
of the institution, and is not now
interested in it. Mr. Meeker has
long been n resident of this stirring
city and is highly esteemed by its
citizens, and the country generally,
He also thinks much of the city
and ' community in which he has
spent so many years.
Greenwood has cement walks over
the city which speaks well for the
public spirit of the citizens, and on
the walks we continue to see the
name of Gus Hrockhaga the manu
facturer of them. We can say that
the work was of such a character
that no one need be ashamed of
owning it the result of his handwork.
Frank McLaughlin was seen by
the News man, nnd spoke well of
the business prospects of the city,
saying that in the near future another
brick business block would be begun
by Mr. Blair, in which he expects to
conduct a general mercantile business.
The order of Odd Fellows are strong
in the city and doing some very
good work, as well as the Masons,
who are progressing nicely. The
Modern Woodman of America are
doing exceptionally well and at their
meeting had a c.ass of five, Ray
Comstock, Clyde James, Daniel
Stuart, Reno VanDorn and Albert
Alstrop, and will at the next meeting
instruct another class of four in the
mysteries of Woodcraft. They have
a present membership of just 99.
We met our friend Wm Leesley,
who was in high spirits, and very
well satisfied, as only a few days ago
his wife, who has been visiting in
the east a guest of his sister Mrs.
Belle Kisson, of Bedford Maine.and
who was accompanied by their son
Harry Leesley, returned home..
Withal Greenwood is a city in
which if would be a delight to live,
and where the community is as free
as most cities of its size, from the
element which makes it an undisirable
place to liv3.
Surrounding this place is one of
the most furtile sections of farming
community, out of doors, and that
is n big plr.ee. With this to draw
from the merchants of this city
need not fear but with the kind of
treatment they are extending to the
public but they will receive their
proportion of the business, notwith
standing the close proximity of the
We congratulate Greenwood on
her Iocr.tion, good business houses,
and kindly disposed, but energetic
and public spirited citizens.
KILL A FEW DOGS
FOR GOOD LUCK.
Pack of Hungry Curs Becoming
a Menace to the City.
Last Sunday night M. Fangcr
returned from Omaha on No 14 and
as he entered his residence, heard a
great commotion over in his nicgh
bor, Max Herman's cow lot. He
went to see what the noise was and
discovered Mr. Herman's cow sus
pended from a bank in the lot at the
same time the a'ninial was harassed
by a pack of dogs.
Mr. Fanger drove the dogs off with
clubs and snow balls, and called N.K.
Peoples to assist him thinking tluit
the cow was owned by him. By
this time the cow 'was almost choked
to death", when Mr. People suggested
that if he had a knife in his pocket
Mr. Fanger had best cut the rope.
This was done and the animal released
and put in the barn.
On the same night T . C hlTord s
cow was attacked by dogs and its
head and back almost stripped of
skin. W. I). Jones was called this
morning to doctor the cow as it seemed
to be in a dangerous condition. One
of Mr. Clifford's neighbors had a
cow attacked by dogs the same night.
There seem to be need of the dog
killer becoming active, as the dogs
go in packs over the city at night,
and are liable to attack and kill any
child which they would happen to
come upon alone.
The Royal Neighbors, held a public
instalation of officers at their lodge
room in the Coates block last evening.
A royal good time is reported by those
present. The ceremony was rend
ered most impressive and much in
terest added by a degree team of
twenty members from South Omaha
Clover Leaf Lodge No S, headed
by Mrs. Hathaway who conducted
the ceremony. After the instalation
ceremony, a fine banquet was served
and the members indulged in dancing.
The visiting members were: Mrs.
Howkcr, Mrs. Hathaway, Mrs N. A.
Truex, and (laughter Miss Belle,
Mrs. Rosa Clark, Mrs. C. A. Cline,
Mrs. Edward Lander, Mrs Julia
Pulliam, Mrs, May Goddard, Miss
Isabell Findley, Mrs Findley, Mrs
F. A. Stanfield, Mrs. S. Munger,
Mrs. J. V. Chizek, Mrs Bulla K.
Hunda, Mrs. Emma Fischer, Mrs.
Frank Jones, and Mrs. H. F. Taylor.
Wednesday evening as Sophronia
Pelton with her grandmother Mrs.
v R. Todd and Mrs. Chas Hazards
and little son were driving to the home
of A. L. Todd in a two seated sleigh
just west of the poor farm they came
upon a load of straw struck in the
drifts and in turning out the horses
floundered in the drifts and broke
away from the sleigh and started to
run, hut Miss Pelton is a superior
horsewoman and prevented the acci
dent from ending seriously.
John Kuhncy Here.
John Kuhncy, the Nehawka barber,
arrived in the city Saturday evening
and spent Sunday with friends in this
city, departing for Omaha this morn
ing. John spent about six months last
summer at Enid, Okla., returning to
Nehawka a few months ago. He lias
not fully recovered from his old trou
ble, and is contemplating undergoing
an operation for gall stones.
Whose Got the Button Will
Be the War Cry For the
Next Fev Days.
SLOGAN BUTTONS ARE
NOW UP TO YOU.
Arrived this Morning and Many
People Have Got Into the Game.
The war is on.
See Plattsmouth Succeed.
The slogan which thb commercial
club of the city selected has been
enscribed upon a very noisy button
and is being worn by the enthusia
stic boosters of the city in large number
You should remember that in order
to eet in to hear the ereatest WtrinT
you ever heard on boosting oh this
Thursday evening you will have
to have one of these buttons. They
will cost you twenty five cents which
goes to the lecture fund, to assist in
paying the expenses of the meeting. By
wearing one of these buttons you will
be passed into the meeting which is
to be at the Parmele theatre.
The merchants and business men
of the city to the number of about
twenty have offered prizes from
five dollars in cash up to a marrioge
license, which alone is well worth
striving for. It means thot twenty
people are going to get a chance to
win some kind of a prize, ond bo go
ing to Secretary Wescott of the Com
merciol club you can secure the but
tons to sell. Now get busy nnd win
COMMERCIAL CLUB SAYS
NAY, NAY. PAULINE.
Steps Taken to Protect Platts
mouth Peop!e from the WIIu
Thhf morning the commercial
at the call of Pres. Falter met in special
session, to take action relative to the
proposed wreck sale scheduled to
open in the city Thursday. The
executive committee, passed a re
solution to the effect that the club
would stand behind the city Council
in the effort to p-yect the business
interests of the city against the
irresponsible transient fellow who
would beguile the innocent, unsoph
isticated, Plattsmouth purchaser
into buying foreign stuff, al
though it is offered at a figure so
cheap as to invite inspection. The
city attorney is drawing a co.i.tf.
plaint to file, for the npprchci.sirirt
of the parties for violations of fie
city ordinances already committed
by scattering their bills in the streets
and on the private grounds of the
The club also authorized the arrest
of the parties should they open up
for business Thursday. The case
has awakened considerable interest
in the city among the merchants
and others, and a lively suit is ex
pected. It is the opinion of some
that the law and ordinance will not
reach the case, while the city at
torney for the city and A. L. Tidd
for the club are as confident that
the law will be found ample and will
protect the business men.
Visit South Omaha.
Saturday evening Mrs. J. W. Gamble
Grand Assosiate Conductress of the
Eastern Star, accompanied by Miss
Helen Chapman and Miss Gertrude
Beeson and Mrs J. C. Peterson,
journied to South Omaha and
sted the Grand Matron ami CrSTT.i
. " - - uiuuu
Secretary of Ada Chapter in a meeting
of that order in that city. Durimr the
! session ten new members were initiat
! cd and much interest in the work of
the lodge manifested.
The program was enlivened by a
solo by Mrs. Gamble, After the lodge
work was complete a fine banquet
was served to the entire company. Mrs
Gamble and party returned on the
midnight train, which was about three
hours late much to their discomfort.
Married hy the Judge.
Burjington train No 4 brought
some business to ;he (Iicc of County
Judge Beeson, this morning. Mr.
Henry S. Morse, of Fremont, and
Mabel Dorothea Long, of Ailington
alighted from the train and found
their way .bn'.ge Heeson's court
room. After the usual preliminaries
the Judge pronounced the words
uniting the lives and fortunes of these
happy young people for life.
Attorney Darr In Town.
Attorney H:ut, of Om.,ha wnit j
the city today looking nft.r vpi
business at the court house Mr
Barr formerly lived n PlattsmVith.
His sons and Hon-in-!lw are cmploVl
y the st reel railway company nt oiiiVv
ha as conductors. Bob has been on the
sick list for two weeks, and Bert for
four or five days.
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