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About The Plattsmouth journal. (Plattsmouth, Nebraska) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Sept. 12, 1907)
PLATTSMOUTH, NEBRASKA THURSDAY, SKI'TKMlSKIt 1L, 1907.
Francis S. White, Born in England in 1 824, and
lias Been a Resident of This City
Over a Half Century.
HONORABLE, EVENTFUL CAREER
Retired From Active Business Life lie in Old Age
Takes Pride in Beautifying His Home.
All true Americans revere the mem
ory of Gilbertde Lafayette and are glad
to do honor to his name. For the ac
tion that he took when this country was
struggling for its liberty. For the as
sistance which he rendered, his name is
remembered with the deepest feelings
of gratitude. When he made his fare
well tour of the United States, over
forty years after the time he befriend
ed this country with his influence and
his money, he did not appear in any
place except he was given an ovation.
On the old battlefields and in the cities
he was cheered by thousands of free
men. During the time when he was receiv
ing these ovations in the early part of
January, 1824. a child' was born in Edge
field, Norfolk county, England, who
should in after years be a citizen of this
town, and one which its other citizens
should also revere and honor. This man
has seen many phases of life and been
situated in most all the degrees of pros
perity and adversity. Being the middle
child in a family of three, losing his fath
er when he was eight and his mother
when eleven, Francis S. White was
bound out to his cousin as an apprentice
in his brush factory, ami began his
strggle for a livelyhood. Here he con
tinued for a space of two years when
Fred White, his luckless cousin and em
plover, went to the wall and became a
bankrupt, thus throwing this lad, then
thirteen years old. out of employment
and also out of a home, as he was mak
ing his home with his cousin while learn
ing the trade.
He had an aunt and grandmother liv
ing in Norwich, England, and he went
and made his home with them. Being
here but a short time he concluded he
could not live otf of them, and so took
some of a small allowance which was !
;-... k!rv k t-MfiirVit i Vw notions !
V-V.il II Willi. - . . u
o wMW mnLm.r h? hMi1- i
..uarters with his relatives for about two !
years, wnicn mane mm imeen ear. in .
age; and feeling he was getting to be
quite a man he removed, to Brail ford, .
where he made his headquarters for an- '
other two years, still continuing to ped- !
die, but all the time carrying a better'
and a larger stock of goods. At the end .
of these two vears and being about sev- '
. , . !? - .
enteen years old. he
time to Dorchester.
removed again, this
in Yorkshire coun
Idiing fir a while
ty. There after peddi
and saving his money,
an.l at me time
when he was aboi
a room a"d
during the time which he had been ped
dling were considerable and he was en
abled to earn a fairly good stock. His
experience as a peddler equipped him
with the experience that was very val
uable to him when he started the store,
and ftom the first the venture was a
success, and he was able to double his
stock in a very short time.
In January, IS 1 he was twenty-one
years o'd and in the following May he
was united in marriage with Miss Anna
Butterfield. Of this union during the
ten years that followed,- in which he
still continued to live in the same place
and in the same business, there were
born to them seven children. During
this time also, the angel of death enter
ed his household two times, each time
one of the little ones of his Hock was
laid to rest under a well kept mound
where flowers grew that reminded him
of the little ones he loved. During this
ten vears his business had thrived and '
he now saw himself possessed of some ;
twenty thousand dollars in cash when
he had sold his business and was ready j
with his wife and five children to em- '
bark for America. In the early spring j
of 1355, they took passage on the good j
ship, a sailing craft, the "Samuel ;
Kearns," which required thirty days for
the voyage f rom Liverpool to New York.
Arriving in New York they remained
a week, and took passage on a coast
line steamer for Philadelphia, where
they arrived :n about three days; from
here they took the train for Pittsburg,
this being the only railroad they had to
ride on until years afterward when the
Burlington was built into Plattsmouth.
Prom Pittsburg, they went down the
Ohio river, and finally found their way
to St. Louis, where they stopped and
stayed for a week. Here they took a
boat ud the river, this time the Mis
souri, and in due course of time landed
at Atchison, Kansas. Here they stopped
for about a week and with an emigrant
train of Mormons, they departed for
Salt Lake City, with an ox train, ar
riving at their destination in the fore
part of October, 1855. Here he bought
two small farms and built a house which
was two stories, 28x28 feet square.
With some hired help he farmed for
the next two years. The country was
dry and they raised nothing. At the
end of that time, with an absolute fam
ine staring him in the face, with
eighteen people depending on him for
something to eat, flour was worth $100
The Mormons who had been driven
out of Nauvoo
some years before this j
had come on to Utah and established a
colony and built the city of Salt Lake
City. Here they became lawless and
troops had to be sent against them. At
about the time that Mr. White and his
family were preparing to return to the
states, occured what is known in his
tory as "The Mountain Meadow Mas
sacre," in which Mormons waylaid a
California emigrant train and massacred
: t a i . - i
almost me enure Dana, reserving some
of the women to enhance the number of
ThlS WHS the
condition of the times
when this little band, consisting of Mr,
White. his wife and five children,
started back across the plains to the
states as they were called at that time.
After a long trip, filled with dangers
and privations of every kind, suffering
from hunger and thirst, and in constant
danger of losing their lives at the hands
of hostile Indians, they arrived at this
; place, journeying eleven hundred miles
I over a bare and dreary prairie. He had
f left Atchison two years before with a
wallet rilled with $20,000, and arrived
here at the end of two vears with onlv
one thousand left, but happy, and glad
that he had his wife and little ones and
in a country where they could get
something to eat. Arriving here, Mr.
White, whose boys were still small,
with his ox teams, did grading, farm
iing, freighting, moved houses, and
anything that was to do.
The territory of Nebraska had just i
been organized, and there was not
much of a town here at that time. Dur
ing the next vear, he farmed, and
while he raised a crop and could eat it, ;
it had no market value, for corn onlv j
brought ten cents per bushel and wheat
thirty cents. This was enough farming
for him and he freighted to Denver
until 1860, and during the war in the
winter time freighted from here to St.
Joseph, Mo., crossing over the river
here on the ice and going down on the
In the year 186:, when Governor
Butler was chief executive of the
state, the first capitol building was in
process of erection, and Mr. White ob-
tained the contract for furnishing the
stone for the contractor. He opened a
quarry on Salt creek, got out the stone
and hauled it, until the contractor went
broke on the job; then he returned to
Plattsmouth, working at anything he
could get to do. In 1864 he built the
house which Dr. T. P. Livingston has
recently had remodeled and rebuilt,
which he later sold to Alpha Drew, who
in turn sold it to M. L.White, who with
his. widow retained it for a number of
In 1865, Mr. White opened a store
here and has since been engaged in
business, although for the past few
years the business has been in charge
of his son, A. W. White. From 1861 to
1866 he was street commissioner and
did a business as auctioneer for nearly
twenty-five years. He was a member
of the city council for two years and
and during the first year received 5
cents for his services, and for the sec
ond year city warrants for $100, which
were worth about 25 per cent or $25.
When James E. Boyd was governor
he was appointed deputy oil in
spector, under Louis Heimrod, which
position he held for two years of the
In 1867, his wife died, leaving six
children, Walter J., the eldest, now
living here; Alfred W., also living here
and conducting the mercantile business
for his father; Francis E., living in
Omaha, who is grand secretary of the
Grand Lodge of Masons, Rose A. .wife
of V. V. Leonard, who is now with her
husband on a trip to the east, Arthur C,
now living at Ft. Morgan, Colorado;
and John, who lives in Milwaukee.
In 1871, Mr. White married Miss
Diana Edgerton. Of this union there
is one daughter, Miss Florence White.
Francis S. White now lives at his home
in the city and for a man of his age
gets around nicely, keeps the yard and
garden in fine shape, and is a lover of
flowers of which he grows a great va
riety in abundance.
He and His Sister Run Lemo
nade Stand in Capitol
George Lawson Sheldon, jr., it would
seem contains the same gift of energy
as that possessed by his illustrious
father, Governor Sheldon. The follow
ing special from Lincoln to the World
Herald would indicate such energy:
"Hundreds of state fairvisitors, ascend
ing to the dome of the capitol building
slaked their thirst with generous gob
lets of lemonade dispensed with alert
ness by a blackeyed, rosy cheeked lad.
They paid and went their way little
dreaming that the stand keeper was
the governor's son
"George Lawson Sheldon, jr., needed
a little pocket money. He went down
town and discovered that many were
planing to get cash from the state .fair
visitors. He saw hundreds going up to
the capitol dome and detected a busi
ness opportunity. From Land Com
missioner Eaton he obtained permisson
to open a stand. He selected a spot
where the weary paused after a stiff
climb through a hot corridor.
"By noon young Sheldon had cleared
$1.75. Business became more brisk and
j he sent a small boy to the governor's
mansion for his sister, Mary Ellen Shel-
don. She helped her brother dispense
; lemonade and received a share of the
j "Later in the day George Sheldon sold
'daily papers. He went to the state fair
j grounds and joined a number of other
; "newsies" selling to customers. His
j adventure arroused no commotion."
The Apple Crop.
j The price of apples this fall and win
j ter is going to be very much different
I from that of last year, and those who
I nave a smtuI ,eiu "U1 ucn out
! 1 11 1-1 .11 . 1 .
! of a lew bushels sold as thev did a vear
I ago. Congressman Pollard says they
j will have a
good many apples of a few
Their extensive orchards
! comprise such a iarge variety that an
! off year can hardly put them out of
! business. Weeping Water Herald,
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The Tighe Brothers.
There was a gathering of the Tighe
boys at their home last Monday night,
and Mrs. J. R. Tighe must have had a
blessed good time visiting her sons.
There was John Tighe, of Pilger, P.
j w., of Manley, J. C. of Bancroft, and
j N. J.. A. E. and . D. F. living near
I Manley. They were all in town Tues
I day to get a piciure taken. J. C. Tighe
! has sold out at Bancroft, has a home
stead in Colorado. and leaves for that
state to reside. Weeping Water Her
Back Frcm Scuth Dakota
John Albert and wife returned from
a trip to Miller, South Dakota, last
evening and report they find the con
ditions of crops up there in fine shape.
Everything looks prosperous, and the
flax crop looks fine. While driving in
the country he passed the land of J.
W. Gamble and said that there was a
good crop of flax growing upon it.
The Journal's Attempt to An
I have read your excellent paper for j
several years and perused the many com- j
pliments you have paid to the teachers j
of Cass county. Now, I want to ask
you this question: "What do you think
constitutes the teacher?" Please answer
through the columns of the Journal, and
oblige A Lady Teacher.
Well, here goes. We will write as
though we were talking direct to the
140 or 150 lady teachers of Cass county, '
many of whom are among the most !
capable instructors in Nebraska. There
is a world of deep thought hidden in j
the question which forms the headline j
to this article. Probably there are j
nearly as many opinions as to what !
constitutes the real teacher as there '
are teachers. Too many people be
lieve that the real teacher is the one
who can solve every problem in arith
metic, in algebra, in geometry, parse
correctly given sentences, bound every
state, spell every word in the adopted
speller, name all the lakes and rivers,
analyze all the sub-divisons of civil
government and be conversant with all
the text-books that find their way into
tho school room. If the qualifications
we have named were the only ones
needed then indeed there would be no
dearth of real teachers. They form a
very necessary part of the real teach
er's education, but more is .needed to
vitalize and qualify the teacher for the
heaven-born mission she is expected to
fill. First of all the teacher is dealing
with an undeveloped child mind that
must be started properly to attain the
highest idea that is possible in life. She
must be judge of human nature. She
must understand human disposition and
its proneness to wander away into un
forbidden paths. She must understand
that "as the twig is bent the tree is
inclined." She must understand that
honesty, truthfulness, integrity, soberie
ty and gratitude are attibutes of the
human mind and that youth can not ap
ply them properly without training.
This training can come only from those
who understand human nature, whose
inner workings are as mysterious as
the handiwork of God. Unless the at
tributes we have named above are found
in the teacher she falls short of filling
her place in the school room. And the
teacher who is not filled with the de
sire to make her pupil a moral progidy
as well as intellectual giant does not
fill the place she holds. What does the
man or woman amount to who is a
walking encyeclopedia, without one iota
of honesty in their, entire entity? Hon
esty will admit you where a text-book
education alone will not tolerate you.
The real teacher must understand hu
man nature, be a model in disposition,
have high ideals of a moral life, always
mindful of the fad that the child of to
day is the man or woman of to-morrow
upon whose shoulders the burdens of
social, religious, politicial and commer
cial activity will l-est: and above all
must have the natural ability to impart
intelligently to the listening child these
J grand truths of real life. The teacher
who cannot do this has mistaken her
mission and should get out of the work
before she or he sows seeds that will
require years of intelligent' effort to
eradicate. False teaching is infinately
worse than no teaching at all.
Ke Knew It Was Yellow.
A man just from the fatherland, who
recently arrived, was looking over the
farms just west of the city not long
since. Whe.'i his attention was attract
ed by the peculiar condition and appear
ance of a certain field, which had been
planted to corn, but which had been
over run by sunflowers, and which pre
sented a stretch of the yellow discs, and
showed no corn at all, aked, in all
earnestness, what was in that field. He
was told that it was a cornfield, and
wKcn he thought a few minutes said:
"O, that is yellow corn."
On Their Wedding Trip.
I Henry Sutzer, brother of Mrs.
Columbus Neff, and his bride of two
weeks, came in last Saturday from the
west, where they have been spending
their honeymoon, and visited at the
home of their sister. They departed
this morning for Des Moines. Iowa.,
where they will visit with friends for a
few days, and also at Burlington before
returning- to their home at MonnSoth,
Illinois, where Mr. Sutzer is engaged as
The following is the vote cast for the
various republican candidates in the
county at large:
Von Mansfielde 81
JUDGE DISTICT COURT
Dales Dernier 353
S HER IFF.
Quinton (no opposition) 1124
Adams (no opposition) 112.".
Bricka (no opposition) 113
CLERK OF THE DISTRICT COURT.
Hilton (no op.) -. 1093
Clements (no op.) lOof.
Kropp (no op.) 1065
Travis (no opposition) 387
The following candidates on the dem
ocratic ticket had no opposition:
Schlater, treasurer 392
Rosencrans, clerk 394
Metzger, district clerk 379
Box, sheriff. . . 38;
Foster, supt. of schools 357
Ratnour, coroner 373
Soennichsen, assessor 380
Jordon, commissioner 95
Archer, justice of the peace 112
Barr. " " " 83
The proposition of allowing bounty
for destruction of wild animals seems to
have carried by a good majority.
The democratic candidates nominated
at the recent primary election, met in
this city last Saturday afternoon, and
selected the following gentlemen as
members of the county central commit
tee: Tipton Henry Snoke, Dr. Jester.
Elm wood Warren Richards.
Avoca W. H. Betts, jr.
Nehawka M. G. Kime.
Liberty W. B. Banning, M. G. Mt
Quinn. First Rock Bluffs D. J. Pitman.
Second Rock Bluffs L. F. Fitch.
Eight Mile Grove-W. 11. Heil.
Louisville -Mike Trietch.
South Bend Oscar Zaar.
Salt Creek R. D. McDonald.
G r e e n wood II a r ry A pp 1 e m a n .
Stove Creek W. C. Bartlett, George
Mt. Pleasant- C. M. Seybert, W. II.
Center C. J. Gaebel.
Weeping Water City John Donelan,
J. I. Corley and Herman Kieitsch.
Weeping Water Precinct Louis F.
First Ward Dr. J. S. Livingston.
Second John P. Sattler.
Third -W. K. Fox, John Janda.
Fourth Dr. W. B. Elster, Pat Egar..
Fifth George Klinger, JohnLutz.
Plattsmouth Precinct W. F. Gilles
pie, Will Rummell.
The committee thus selected are re
quested to meet in Plattsmouth on Sat
urday, September 11, in accordance with
the provisions of the primary election
law, for the purpose of electing chairman
and secretary of said committee, and
the transaction of such other business
as may come before the committee.
Every member of the committee and
all candidates are urgently requested
to be present.
Stock Cars in Demand
It is said that the Burlington is short
of stock cars and that the shortage on
the Sheridan devision, where shipment
offerings are heavy, 'is getting to be a
serious matter. A stockman who wasin
to see the Lincoln Journal reporter yes
terday, said that one day last week the
road could not furnish half as many
cars as were needed.
Sketch of George Rummell
George Rummel, now Hgent for the
Burlington route at Burlington, Iowa.,
who with his family have been visiting
at the home of his brothers, Win. and
Edward Rummel, west of the city, for
the past few days on a vacation, de
parted for Burlington last evening
where he will resume his duties with
the company. He says Burlington
is preparing to have a great celebra
tion in the near' future, which is to be
known as the "Home Coming," and
will partake also of the characteristic.!
of the old settlers' reunion, in which it
is expected to get as many of the
former citizens of the city back at the
time as is possible.
Mr. Rummel says that extensive
preparations are being made for the
entertainment of the people who shall
come from out of the city, and they art
looking for a large crowd during the
time, which will exttMid over a number
Mr. Rummel now occupies the po
sition of agent for the Burlington route
at that place, which is a very rrponsible
position. George, as he was always
called here, was bora in this place, and
resided on the farm west of town, as
were also his brothers. Some twenty
odd years ago he came to town and
began his career in business as a clerk
in the clothing store Mayer Bros., when
they were located in the old Waterman
block, before the fire which burned
the Waterman Opera house. Here he
worked for a number of years, re
signing his position with the firm to
accept one with the Burlington route as
clerk and book keeper at the then gen
eral transfer offices of the company at
He continued with the company at
that point for a number of years,
climbing from the position which he
held upon entering the service, until he
held the highest position that was to be
given at that station, whi n he was
transferred to Council Bluffs, where he
was made the agent.
By his work in competition with other
roads entering that place, made a
record for himself; by knowing all about
the business of the position which he
held at Pacific Junction, he was able in
a short time to grasp the situation at
Council Bluffs, and to more than hold
his own with the competition pitted
against him there. He remained at
Council Bluffs for a term of seven years
and so well pleased were the managers
of the company with his services that
when a vacancy in the office at Burling
ton occurred the position was offered to
Mr. Rummel. This was about six
years ago, and in accepting the place
h immediately set about to ad just him
self to the new position, and it was a
short time only until he had thoroughly
equipped himself for' the handling of
the immense business of the company
at that point. Since being there he has
rapidly developed in the line of ability
to handle questions of freight and pas
senger transportation, which his posi
tion requires. This being one of the
principal offices of the Burlington, a
man must be thoroughly posted in traf
fic over not only their entire immense
system, but he must be familiar also
with routes of travel and freight traffic
over almost all the roads ar:d routes of
the United States.
Mr. Rummel has acquired what has
f-oine to hitn in this position solely by
the efforts he has put forth to require
all the knowledge to be had in tho var
ious positions which he ovfjpiod in the
progress to the one he n-w holds. By
fully equipping himself for the occupy
ing of one position, it formed a stopping
stone for the higher one, which is
always waiting, for the per.-:on who is
I qualified to occupy it.
i His success in this line is an admor.i
! tion to all to know thoroughly every
j detail of the position which they are
I to endeavor to successfully fill.
! And They Will Marry.
j Edward Johnson, hailing from the
picturesque little town of Weeping
j Water, with a saucy air and a mein
I sedate, wended his way up the court
J house steps whistling a merry lay, this
j morning, and after getting his bearing,
crept noiselessly into the county judge s
office and modestly asked for license to
wed the fair Miss Anna Mary Olander,
of his own village. After receiving the
license he went on his way as gay as a
Freight Cars Eurglarized.
The Burlington railroad reported three
cars broken open Tuesday night at
South Omaha and the loss of a quantity
of shoes and dry goods. Quite a num
ber of robberies recently have been
committed at South Qmaha and other
near locations. Many robberies of cars
in fast freight trains have been dis
covered. For Rent A five room cottage, one
block south of Masonic Home. Enquire
of Jacob Heinrich.
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