The Plattsmouth journal. (Plattsmouth, Nebraska) 1901-current, May 30, 1907, Image 1

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    'Iblattsmoiitb Sroutnal
Fate cf the Twc Young Men Who Left
Heme on Christmas Day to
60 Skating.
The Ecdy of Young Roscoe Wortman Found
Floating in the Platte River Near
South Bend.
The Journal readers Lave heretofore
perused several accounts of the disap
pearance of young Wortman and his
companion, young Dewey, who disap
peared from the Wortman home last
December. Reports have been pub
lished to the effect that the boys had
been seen in various sections of the
country, but nothing positive as to
their whereabouts could' be learned
until the body of young "Wortman was
found floating in the water last Sat
urday. It seems from the following
special from Ashland, under date of
Sunday.May 2t', that the body of young
Dewey has not yet been recovered
from its watery grave:
"The body of Koscoe Wortman, the
14-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. O. J.
Wortman, who with a companion dis
appeared from his home last Christ
mas, was found floating in Salt Creek
near where it empties into the Platte
river yesterday afternoon by section
men working near that point. Strange
to say, the body was not badly decom
posed, although it had been in the
water live months, and was easily
identified. The boy's companion was
not found. At the time of his disap
pearance it was thought by many that
the Wortman lad and a companion
had run away from home, as the for
mer boy had1 done so several times pre
viously. "On the day they disappeared they
had gone down to Pawnee creek.which
empties into Salt creek, to skate.
Several holes were found in the ice in
the vicinity where they had skated.
A few weeks ago their coats were
found lodged in some bushes near the
bank by C. B. Burt, a track walker.
"The other boy, who was about the
same age, lived at Schuyler, and his
body has not yet been found. His
name was Dewey. It is a very sad af
fair and the bereaved parents have
the sympaty of the entire commu
nity." A Midnight Fire.
At about 11:30 Saturday night, the
alarm was turned in which told of a
fire at the home of Wm. Weber, corner
of Eighth and Vine streets, where
the blaze was well under way when
The fire department soon had the
fire under control, and their quick
work saved the house, which would
tave soon been a total wreck. The
origin of the tire was from a defective
flue. The loss to the building was
about $200, on which there was full
Besides the loss on the building, Mr.
Weber had some stock tobacco stored
just outside the kitchen in which the
tire originated, and which was satura
ted with water, rendering it worthless,
thus making his loss the greater.
So eager were some of the crowd to
assist in the extinguishing the fire
that they got into a dispute, in order
to get to hold the nozzle and let the
water squirt, that almost resulting in
blows, and it was necessary for the
united efforts of two of the police to
enforce the supremancy of the law.
Better at Business than at Ball.
The Peoples store ball team which
was in the city last Saturday, were
nice fellows and probably know just
how to conduct a thriving business in
the metropolitan city, but when it
cDmes to plaving base ball, they are
not in it with the world-famed Bed
Sox. The game cn the iocal grounds
was one in which the art of the ball
player was not taxed to the utmost. A
very enjoyable time was had, but the
fans who desire to witness a finely
contested game where skill and science
are brought into the game as the only
source of winning, they found nothing
to attract them. The runs piled up
by the local boys were nineteen while
those from up the river bad to content
themselves with only five for their
Send us your picture and $1.00 and
we will make you 25 genuine photo
graph post cards. Olson Photo
graph Co., 225 Coates Block, Platts
mouth, Nebraska.
Crops in Oklahoma.
The Journal is in receipt of a pack
age from its friend, Mike Swartz
fischer, now of Oklahoma, but recently
of Cass county. This package con
tains samples of corn, potatoes,
peaches and plums nearly grown.
These specimens would indicate that
these crops will be most excellent, and
hows that Oklahoma will be right
"in it," again this year, if no misfor
tune overtakes the present prospects.
In tbe letter to us, Mr. Swartzrischer
says the green bugs have taken most
of the oats and wheat crops, and many
of the farmers have replanted such
fields in corn and cotton. Our old
friend says all the old Cass county
people in his neighborhood are doing
nicely in both health and prospects.
Mr. and Mrs. Amos Rusterholtz Former
Residents of Plattsmouth Now In
Business in St. Louis
Amos Rusterholtz, who it will be re
membered worked in the Burlington
shops at this place some years ago, and
leaving here went to Erie, Pa. There
he thought to engage in the oil busi
ness, and one morning just before day
he went to investigate the contents of
his oil tank, thoughtlessly struck a
match to see how full it was, when the
gas arising from it exploded with ter
rific force, maiming and burning him
very badly.
From this accident he was kept
from work so long that all his meagre
savings were spent. One day when
they were about gone, his wife who
had baked some cookies, by some mis
take got more dough mixed than they
could use, so sold tbe surplus which
went so well that they tried It again,
and as they were just baked and not
yet cooled, they went like hot cakes.
This was tbe starting of a good busi
ness, which they did for a number of
years and which made them a fortune.
Recently they disposed of their hold
ings in Erie and have moved to St.
Louis where they are now in the
wholesale bakery business.
Mr. Rusterholtz is a nephew of Levi
Rusterholtz, a prosperous farmer liv
ing west of Murray. Tbe many friends
will be pleased tc learn that he has
wrested the laurels of success from tbe
path of adversity.
Mormons Active Procelyting.
.The Mormons who have been here
for some time past are very active in
their endeavors to secure converts to
their faith. Elder Fullmer, who has
charge of the speakers in the various
parts of the country, and whose head
quarters are in Omaha, was an over
Sunday visitor in the city in consulta
tion with Elders Redd and Fewkes,
who have been conducting a street
campaign here for some time past.
Elders Redd and Fewkes will depart
for Palmyra where they will work for
about thirty days, when they will re
turn and continue their work at this
The Green Bug.
George E. Sayles has found out
about the green bug which is destroy
ing the crops. At Cedar Creek his
home, he tells us he made special ob
servations relative to the propogation
of the bugs. He says the red Lady
bug. the one with the black spots on,
lays eggs which hatch cut the green
bugs in four hours and are ready for
service in the destruction of every liv
ing thing. He also has a way of des
troying the eggs or preventing them
from hatching. He puts them on a
stone and hits them with a hammer,
and the chances of them hatching are
very remote.
Forty Years Ago.
A very pleasant and enjoyable fam
ily reunion occurred Tuesday, the oc
casion being the fortieth anniversary
of the wedding of Bernard Wurl to
Miss Bertha Ebener, which event oc
curred at a suburb of Berlin, Ger
many, called Noi al Vene, on the 2Gth
day of May, 1S07. After forty years,
they have, in a distant land from that
in which they plighted their vows, as.
sembled with ther children (except
Otta Wurl, who is in Indianapolis,
where he is teaching and could not
get home) and recounted old days, and
talked of the new times as well.
An elegant dinner was served, and
the day was spent in converation,
games and music. Those present were:
Mr. and Mrs. Bernerd Wurl, sr., Paul
Wurl, wife and little son of Byron,
Neb., Bernard Wurl, jr., and.wife, and
Ernest Wurl all of this place. An ele
gant center table was presented tbe
happy old couple, all wished their
aged parents a continued pleasat jour
ney through life.
Peter P. Peterson Passed Away this A. M.
at the Age of 73 Years.
Monday at 10:30 the death mes
senger came to the home of Peter
Petersen where he had been on two
similar errands only a short while
since. Mrs. Petersen had responded
to the call only 25 days since, now the
husband and father is summoned. It
was only a short time ago Mrs. Browne
a daughter, then residing in . incoln,
who had come here to nurse her moth
er and was stricken with pneumonia.
At the time relatives were called from
Oregon and South Dakota.
Peter Petersen, the father, who fol
lows, was born in Gothenburg.Sweden,
seventy-three years ago and was mar
ried to his wife Miss Pearson, Novem
ber 24, 18;0. Coming to this country
and to Plattsmouth about nine years
later, they have made this their home
since. The relatives of Mr. Petersen
with the evception of Mrs. Christen
sen, after the death of his wife, de
parted to their several homes. The
youngest Miss Lillian, the last to de
part, left for Portland, Oregon, the
latter part of last week and has scarce
ly gotten to her home when the mes
sage follows, bearing the sad tidings
of the death of her father. No ar
rangements have been made for the
funeral as yet. The absent relatives
have been telegraphed for and their
arrival is awaited.
Wedding in Weeping Water.
At high noon today, (Wednesday,
May 22, 1907) at the residence of Mr.
and Mrs. E. E. Clizbe, in this city in
the presence of about a hundred in
vited guests, occurred the marriage of
Mr. Lester Iloback and Miss Lena
Williams, Rev. J. II. Andress officiat
ing. Promptly at twelve, to the strains
of Lohengren's wedding march, played
by Miss Daisy Buck of Murray the
procession came down the stairs and
entered the parlor. First came the
maids of honor, Miss Hazel Williams
Miss Alice Hoback. Then followed
the groom and best man, Mr. Oscar
Iloback, and fehese were in turn fol
lowed by the bridesmaid, Miss Bessie
Williams, and the ring bearer, Master
Blyss Williams. The bride, leaning
on the arm of her father, was followed
by Rev. J. II. Andress. The ring cer
emony in all beauty and simplicity
was tbe form used to bind together
the two loving hearts.
At the conclusion of the ceremony
the happy couple received the con
gratulations of the assembled guests,
after which the party was seated at an
elegant three-course dinner prepared
by Mrs. Clizbe.
The bride is tbe daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. J. D. Williams and is a
talented and accomplished young lady.
The groom is one of the respected and
capable young farmers of this com
munity. They have a host of friends
who join in wishing them a happy and
prosperous journey through life.
They will, in a short time, be at
home to their friends on the Hoback
homestead south of town. Weeping
Water Republican.
Much Interested.
John Snead was in the city over Sun
day visiting a very dear friend. John
says when he lived here none of the
girls got married but since he has left
he hears of a wedding every day, and
has to make frequent visits to keep in
line as he fears otherwise all of the
many pretty and amiable Platts
mouth girls will have married and
gone. As he is especially interested in
one particular one, he is anxious to
know just the trend of the matrimon
ial market.
"Here's to your health and happi
ness" De Wit's Little Early Risers
famous little pills. Nasty, sick head
ache or billiousness may come on any
time: the cure is an Early Risr, sold
by F. G. Fricke & Co.
Seal Estate Transfers.
Dora Albin to A. L. Becker, part ne
1-4 of nw 1-4, IS, 10, 14. Consideration
Geo. J. Stohlman to Mary E. Keedy,
part of sw 1-4 of ne 1-4, 15, 11, 11. Con
sideration S200.
C. C. Sherfey to Margaret Frahern,
part of se 1-4, 25, 10, 11. Considera
tion $13,939.
A little Kodol taken occasionally,
especially after eating, will relieve
your stomach, belching heartburn. J.
B. Jones, Newport, Tenn., writes: "I
an sure three one dollar bottles of your
Kodol positively cured me of dyspep
sia, and I can recommend it as that
was three years ago and I haven't
been bothered since with It." Kodol
is guaranteed to give relief. Sold by
F. G. Fricke & Co.
- Return from Visit.
Engineer E. B. Thrall and wife re
turned Saturday from an extended
visit in Chicago and other points in
Illinois and stopping at Sabula, Iowa.
They were away about two weeks and
while in Chicago, were guests at the
wedding of Miss Margaret Simon, a
neice of Mrs. Thrall, who was married
to Richard Geske, who is an engineer
on the Chicago & Northwestern rail
road, running out of Chicago. Mr.
Thrall says that all the time he was
In the windy city that everybody wore
overcoats and were huddled up to keep
warm, but notwithstanding this they
h.d a a good time. While there Mr.
Thrall met a sister that he had not
seen nor beea able to hear from for
about twenty years.
Frneral Services Conducted by Rev. J. H.
Salsbury of the Presbyterian Church
Albert Likewise was laid to rest in
Oak nill cemetery Sunday afternoon
by loving hands. The funeral was
preached by J. II. Salsbury of the
Presbyterian church, who seelcted as
his text Isaiah 63-9, "In All Their Af
fliction he was Afflicted, and the Angel
of his Presence Saved Them." The
quarttt from the Presbyterian church
choir rendered the music, the quartet
consisting of George L. Farley, Miss
Estelfe Baird, Mrs. Gamble and B. A
McElwain, who sang very prettily,
"Come Ye Disconsolate," after which
Rev. Salsbury delivered his address in
which he said that Albert Likewise
was born July 2, 1871, making him 35
years, 10 months and 22 days old, and
as an illustration of the strength de
rived from a mother's love and a
mother's prayers, he told the follow
ing story:
"A boy went to sea and his mother
told him when going, as she placed a
bible in his bands, thatshe would pray
for him at noon every day and that she
wanted him to read his bible and pray
at the same time. Years afterward,
when he had became a fine sailor, there
was a storm and the mast of the ship
was broken which threatened its sink
ing, r-nd had o be cut down. The
captain called all the sailors on d&ik
and asked some one to volunteer to go
u p and cut the rope else the shi p would
sink. As no one volunteered, this
young man said that it was then 11:55
a. m. and that he would go in five min
utes, and at the time the clock struck
12:00, he started hand over hand, slow
ly ascending on his perilous trip, and
when he had gotten to the top, cut
the ropes that held the broken mast,
and the wreckage dropped into the sea
and the ship was saved, and he had de
scended in safety, tbe captain asked
why he naa waited till noon, our
young hero said that when bis mother
was praying for him at noon, he was
stronger and would be helped by her
prayers and her love."
Of Mr. Likewise's immediate family
there were present his mother, Mrs.
Geo. Shoeman, five brothers and two
sisters; one sister, Mrs. John Mrmm
being at Ft. Steele, Wyoming.
The pall bearers serving were Henry
Stendyke, Louis Rheinacle, Gideon
Archer, Antone Nitka, Frank Benfer
and Will Holchuh.
As the friends were taking the last
view of the remains the choir sang
with much feeling, "Rock of Ages
Cleft for Me."
Relief From Rheumatic Pain.
"I suffered with rheumatism for
over two years," says Mr. Rolland
Curry4 a patrolman, of Key West, Fla.
"Sometimes it settled in my knees and
lamed me so that I could hardly walk,
at other times it would be in my feet
and hands so I was incapacitated for
duty. One night when I was in severe
pain and lame from it my wife went
to the drug store here and came back
with a bottle of Chamberlain's Pain
Balm. I was rubbed with it and found
the pain had nearly gone during the
nUht. I kept on using it for a little
more than two weeks and foud that it
drove the rheumatism away. I have
not had any trctble from that disease
for over three months." For sale by
F. G. Fricke & A. T. Fried.
Excellent Business Management.
At a meeting of the Plattsmouth
city council a few evenings ago the re
port of Treasurer Clements showed
$23,101.32 on hand no outstanding
warrants against the city, which has
not occurred before in forty years, ac
cording to the Journal. This shows
that Platts has bad a most excellent
business administration of late, with
its democratic mayor; Lincoln Her
ald. Spring wind chap, tan and cause
freckles to appear. Pine salve Carbo
11 zed applied at night will relieve that
burning sensation. Nature's own rem
edy. Acts like a poultice and draws
out infiamation. ' Gering&Co.
Frank Lahoda Meets Death While Setting
On Burlington Track
The Body Cut in Two and Fearfully Man
gled No One Blamed tor Accident
The Angel of Death took toll Monday
night on the Burlington tracks south
of tbe city at a point where Happy
Hollow passes under the line leading
to the Missouri river bridge. Freight
train No. 81 had to have help over the
river from the east side and switch
engine 5!H) with Engineer Julius Neil
son, had been ordered to go and push
her over. Tbe water glass on the
switch engine had been broken and
there was much of an escape of steam
and water which made the engineer
keep his head out of the cab window.
Just at the point of the curve as the
track turns into the hills Mr. Neilson
looked out of the cab and saw a man
sitting on the track just ahead of the
engine, which was going at a rapid
rate. The air was applied, and while
every wheel of the engine slid on the
track, it was impossible to stop it, as
there was no load on, which made it
more difficult to stop instantly.
The engine hit the man and rolled
him over," dragging him for a distance
of about two car lengths and running
over and cutting him entirely in two
across the abdomen. Tbe engine was
stopped as soon as possible and upon
investigation it was found that the
man run over was Frank Lahoda, who
lived with his mother just above the
tracks on Wintersteen hill. The time
the accident happened was about
eleven at night, and why anyone
should be sitting on the railroad track
in such an out of the way place, is
hard to determine.
The remains were taken tc the un
dertaking rooms of M. Hild and the
coroner notified.
Coroner B. 1. Clements of Elmwood,
arrived this forenoon and Sheriff Quin
ton secured the following jury: E. A.
Wurl, J. II. Thrasher, J. P. Falter,
Philip Sauter and John Bauer, jr.
The coroner's jury brought in a ver
dict that Frank Lahoda came to his
death by being run over by a switch
engine on the Burlington track while
in a condition unknown to the jury.
The funeral of the unfortunate young
man was held this afternoon from the
home of his mother, at which the
workmen in the shops where he work
ed turned out enmasse. We will give
more regarding it tomorrow.
Serious Accident.
A Greek laborer in the shops was
the victim of a very peculiar accident
this morning. He, with a number of
Others of his countrymen, were en
gaged in shoving a bubble car loaded
with scrap iron. It appears that tbe
man who received the injury, was
watching the switch engine working,
and allowed the rubble car to run
against his leg which was caught be
tween the moving car and one stand
ing still, with the result that his left
leg was broken near the knee. Tbe
foremap telephoned for a conveyance
and the man was taken to the office of
Dr. Livingston, and the injured mem
ber set, and he was made as comfort
able as possible. The Burlington
took the man to Omaha to a hospital.
Without any means of communica
tion with these men it is a difficult
proposition to do work with them in
The Lawyers Eat.
At the bar banquet last night given
by the Cass County Bar association at
the departure from our city of Attor
ney C. S. Polk, there was about fifty
people present and a very enjoyable
time was had. R. B. Windham was
toastmaster and in all there were
about twelve toasts responded to and
one read from County Attorney ('. A.
Rawls, who was out of the city on
business. Those out of town to attend
were Judge Jessen of Nebraska City,
William S. Haller, reporter of Judge
Day's court of Omaha. The Ladles'
Auxiliary of the Presbyterian church
furnished the supper and they proved
that they were eminently competent
in this line, for indeed it was a sumpt
uous repast a feast for tbe epicure.
The banqueters continued at the fes
tive board and in their geniak conver
sation until long after tbe crowing of
cock announced the ushering of an
other day.
Inspect the Road.
There was a train of private cars
through here Monday consisting
of the following: J. II. Hill, chairman
board of directors of the Great North
ern in private car Yokoma; Daniel
Willard, 1st vice president of the Burl
ington, car No. 95; G. W. Iloldrege,
general manager, car No. 1; S. G.
Byran, general superintendent, car
No. 19. Mr. Byran started from Linc
oln where his private car ran as second
92 to Omaha, where Mr. Iloldrege's
car was picked up. They ran to Pa
cific Junction where the other two
cars were picked up. They go now
over the lines west of the river on a
tour of inspection.
Of the Plattsmouth High School at Parm
ele Theatre, Monday Evening,
June 6, 1907
The commencement day exercises
which will occur on Monday, June
are of exceptional interest inasmuch
as the class will be a large one and of
the character of the exercises. Be
sides the strong numbers on the pro
gram of the two graduates who are to
deliver salutatory, Miss Crete Briggs,
and the valedictory, Miss Alice Bilnk
man, there will be three musical num
bers by E. II. Wescott, Mrs. Mae. S.
Morgan and Mrs. J. W. Gamble which
are of exceptional value.
The class address which Will be de
livered by L. B. Wickersham and will
surely repay anyone for the hearing.
He is a lecturer of national reputation
and the lecture which he will give has
been delivered in Iowa alone sixteen
hundred times.
Invocation Rev. A. L. .ink
Piano Solo Selected
E. II . Wescott
Salutatory "A Real Question"
Crete Briggs
Valedictory. "A Constitutional Study"
Alice Brinkman
Vocal Solo Selected
Mrs. Mae S. Morgan
Address L. B. Wickersham
Vocal Solo Selected
Mrs. J. W. Gamble
Presentation of Diplomas
Class sermon by Rev. J. H. Salsbury
at the Methodist church, Sunday even
ing June 2, 1907.
Names of Graduates
Paul C. Morgan Alice Brinkmarr
Nellie Brinkman Crete Briggs
El'hMockenhaupt Kathryn Windham
Helen Spies Emma Bauer
Florence White Blanche Robertson
Clara Teipel Elmer Root
Clyde Brooks C'tine Soennichsen
Mabel Leesley Fred Jess
Kirk Bates Florence McElroy
Gladys Sullivan Agatha Jones
Emma Jones Elizabeth Falter
Edwin Fricke Beula Miner
M. Pattie Metzger Eernice Baker
Charles Mapes Daisy Thomas
C. Kirscbenblatt Sophia Sattler
Ernst Horn M. Pearl Barker
Had a Runaway.
Jesse Brady went down to Watson,
Missouri, the other day and as there
was a ball game to be played at Rock
port, he thought to take his best girl
along and see it. The game was be
tween the Blloomer Girls and the local
team and was enjoyed very much by
Jesse and his lady friend, who is a
school teacher at Watson. After the
game, as they were making prepara
tions for their departure home, the
young lady got into the buggy and
Jesse was just in tbe act of getting in
when an automobile came "honking"
along, the horse concluded they would
go home. Jesse jumped for the buggy
and lines, getting in and a hold of one
of tbe lines with which he turned the
horses squarely around, overturning
the vehicle and throwing the occu
pants to the ground.
The young iady received a long
scratch across her forehead and was
badly bruised otherwise, so that she
was only able to take up her duty as
teacher this morning. As for Jesse
he was bruised up quite as badly be
sides losing portions of his cuticle and
in some places where it was gone keeps
him from sitting down as comfortably
as before the accident.
Real Estate Transfers.
Rose Ilennings to A. A. McCul
lough, et al, part sw 1-4, .'52,11, 13.
Consideration $ 1.
A. A. McCulIough to Rose Ilen
nings, part sw 1-4, 32, 11, 13. Consider
ation, $1.
A. II. Spear to A. W. Bennett, lots
3 to 9 and 14 to 20, block 8, Wabash.
Consideration, 1 1,500.
W. R. Walen to J. K. Wilson, lot I,
block 19, Eagle. Consideration, on.