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PLATTSMOUTII, NEBRASKA, MONDAY, AU(iUST:;i, 1IM)S
AT UEESPMK ATEB
A Large Crowd Present and Plenty if Amuse
ment for Men, Women and Children.
Thursday, August J7, was a lay very
propitious for the big fraternal picnic
held at Weeping Water. And notwith
standing in the early hours of the morn
ing, clouds overhung the heavens, in
dicating rain, the managers seemed very
apprehensive as to the outcome of the
day, and these apprehensions were dis
pelled in a short time when the cloud
began to disappear and Old So! appeared
in all his glory. Then it was that a
smile overspread the countenances of
all, and "on with the preparations" w as
passed all along the line and everything
began to move in that direction.
The Nebraska City band, one of the
best in the state, arrived on the early
morning train from the south, ready to
furnish all the music desired. The train
from Auburn came in about half-past
r.ine, bringing a large number from
Avoca and farther south. The train
from Lincoln arrived about the same
time, bringing in many from Elmwood,
Wabash and Manley. After which a
procession was formed, with the band
in the lead, and marched to the park,
where a large number of people had al
ready gathered to witness the events of
the day. When the train arrived at 11
o'clock from the south it brought in
many from I'lattsmouth, Murray, Union
and Nehawka. including the Red Sox
ball team. Previous to the dinner hour
Dr. Jensen addressed the crowd that had
assembled at the speaker's stand, on
fraternalism. Dr. Jensen is a pleasant
talker and his remarks were highly ap
preciated. Many seemed surprised to
learn that the Doctor was considerable
of a orator, and he was complimented
very highly. After thediving dog went
through with his performance, adjourn
ment was taken for dinner.
In the Afternoon.
At 1 o'clock the people began to w end
their way in the direction of the speak
er's stand to listen to the band concert
for one-half hour. After which Mr.
Roach, of Lincoln, delivered one of the
finest lectures we ever heard on frater
r.alism. Mr. Roach explained the many
advantages gained in being a member
of some beneficial order, and his address
done much good to the various orders.
The speaker had an excellent delivery,
which made his lecture more telling on
the large audience that was presert,
and everyone highly complimented Mr.
Roach. His remarks were so plain that
even a ten-year-old boy or girl could
understand the drift of his speech. Af
ter Mr. Roach's remarks, then came
the sports, which included a foot race,
wheelborrow race, egg race and all
manner of races, high jump, running
and standing jump, pole vault, etc. The
To Confer Regarding Celebration.
Chas. Gradavil was a passenger last
Friday for Omaha, going up to confer
with the officers of St. James' Catholic
Society of that city relative to plans
for celebrating the twe.ity-fifth anni
versary of that lodge. Several years
r.go the St. James Society of this city
celebrated their twenty-fifth anniver
sary, the two Omaha societies coming
down t assist, bringing two bands and
a large crowd. The object of Mr. Grada
vii's J- urney is to f:r.d out the date and
place of the celebration at Omaha.
The local St. James Society is row
twenty-eight years of age. St. John's
Society of Omaha being one year older.
The local lodge has sixty-eight mem
bers now in good standing, seven mem
bers le:ng the original charter mem
bers of the S'city. There is also
an.' .'.. i. r -:' e i v re. ti :rg St. John's
'.:ttv v. .: m i:;.s e-LT.,teen r
.it :r.a'.-. it is the
n f the : .-al lo.lges t-- attend
it: a !y a-d ..': e with then the C;ty
I'-.r '.. The cue! r;.i v.-i'.l likely t-ir.e
place within a very tow week-".
Albert Thomas and wife ar. I Mrs.
Harry Messersmith departed this noon
for Pueblo, Col. where they visit with
their son and brother for a week.
Miss Grace Bailey of AIvo, who has
been in the city for several weeks, the
guest of Miss Elizabeth Kunsman re
turned to her home this noon on the
fast mail. Miss Bailey is a cousin of
ladies' drill contest came ofT, too, in the
afternoon. Also, the ball game between
the Red Sox of I'lattsmouth and the
Klmwood team, whi h resulted in a vic
tory for the Red Sox by a score of 13 to
1. A large crowd witnessed the game.
The Klmwood ladies carried otf the prize
in the drill contest, there being no other
team in the county with nerve enough
to go against them. LImwood is proud
of their ladies' drill team, nnd they have
just cause to be, as there are few bet
ter in Nebraska, The ladies (Cod bless
them!) of the thriving little city de
serve as much credit for the established
reputation of Klmwood as an up-to-date
little city as the men folks of the town,
as they have established a name far
and near as being a team that is hard to
beat a ny where.
The City of Weeping Water.
The merchants and business men
generally had their stores decorated in
honor of the event, and business in the
afternoon was almost entirely suspended
to celebrate the occasion. The reception
committee was alert to its duty in mak
ing everyone feel at home, and they
succeeded admirably. The city can
boast of a most beautiful park, and one
thing we like about it, is its proximity
to the business center of town. It is a
natural park, with an elevation at the
speaker's stand, that makes a natural
ampitheatre. Beautifully shaded, with
a grassy lawn, makes it an ideal spot
for public gatherings and picnics. It is
a pride to the city of Weeping Water
and it receives the proper care.
All the arrangements for the picnic
were carried out to perfection, and as
the shades of night drew near, every
one seemed to feel that their day's en
joyment had been all that could be de
sired. The Journal man felt that it v?s
"good to be there." as he had the pleas
ure of meeting many friends from nearly
every section of the county. As pre
viously remarked, the celebration was a
success in every particular, and not
withstanding the rains of the day be
fore, and tlv threatening weather in
the early rr. i:ing. the immense crowd
was variously estimated at 3.U00 to 5,
ooo. We would judge the latter figures
would come nearer the mark. And be
fore we close, we desire to say a word
of praise in behalf of the Merchants'
band of Nebraska City. The managers
were indeed fortunate in securing this
musical organization. They are all fine
musicians, and many compliments were
passed upon them. It is the same band
that played here on the Fourth of July,
and our people considered it one of the
best in the state. The members are all
gentlemen and ever ready to play at a
moment's notice. It is an organization
that any city would be proud of.
Improving Some Now.
Mrs. Wm. Mann had the misfortune
several weeks ago to cut her hand very
badly upon a weed. The weed penetrat
ed the palm and made quite a severe
cut which was not considered serious
at the time but which later, developed
symptoms of poisoning, and became
swollen and much inflamed. It finally
reached such a stage that medical at
tendance was necessary and the attend
ing physician had Jto lance the injury
several times. It has now improved
very much and there is no longer any
fear of serious results. This intelli
gence is very gratifying to the many
friends of the lady.
Csndida-e for Represen'.ativ.
( ). W. Laughlin. democratic can
didate :': representative in the legis
altr.re. was in thecity today for a few
hours transacting some business and
.m'.e time getting ac-
1 with the voters of this
city. Mr. i.a ujh'.'n is one of Cass
O u:vty"s stalwart citizens, a man
who stands excellently in the esteem
and respect of his neighbors, and who
will make a fine representative in the
legislature. The prospects are bright
that he will receive a very heavy vote
and the probabilities of his election
seems to grow greater as the time for
election draws on. The voters of this
county have no better man before them
for representative than 0. W. Laughlin
and it behooves them all regardless of
party lines to cast a vote for him as he
will do what is right and just in the
enactment of laws.
A Ssttlsmsi! Mjd3.
(leorge I'oisall Thursday was in re
ceipt of a visit from the claim agent
of the I'.urlington who called upon him
to settle his claim for the horse killed
in July last upon the big bridge. There
was very little trouble in making a set
tlement, and he immediately accepted,
as the agent offered Mr. I'oisall
fifty dollars in full settlement.
The check to cover the settlement will
be forwarded him today or tomorrow.
It will be recalled that the animal
which was killed strayed upon the
tracks early one morning and was cross
ing the bridge, when it was struck by
a train and killed. It was a remark
able case, as the animal had walked
aimost the full length of the bridge he
fore being caught. The company made
a very prompt settlement, which great
ly pleased Mr. I'oisall, who in his turn
was willing to he fair and assume a
portion of the responsibility for the
loss of the animal.
THE WILES AH-
Several Hundred Members Present
and a General Good Time Enjoyed.
Thursday occurred the annual re
union of the Wiles family. This has
come to a befixed occasion and one looked
forward to by the members of this fami
ly, which has grown and expanded until
it numbers its members by the hundreds
and is scattered over a vast expanse of
country. For the reunion yesterday
there were several hundred members
present and there was a most enjoyable
The meeting was held in the magnifi
cent natural grove of Thos. Wiles,
southwest of the city and just west of
the Missouri Pacific trrcks, a grove de
signed by nature for the convenience of
just such gatherings. The members
came from all over this state and Iowa,
coming from as far north as Whiting,
la. They had been coming in for several
days before the reunion to be sure and
be on hand when the big gathering took
place, and yesterday morning they were
on the ground early.
There had been erected for the occa
sion temporary tables in the grove, up
on which there was a fine picnic dinner
spread, and around which the party
gathered. After disposing of the feast,
which was literally and truly a feast,
the company was entertained with many
recitations by various ones of the party,
the musical features, which were to
have been a part of tne program, being
Among the really notable events of
the afternoon was an address by the
venerable Capt. Isaac Wiles, the patri
arch of the family, who talked most en
tertainingly and interestingly upon the
family history, commencing with the
family record, some two hundred years
old, originating in North Carolina. In
this record the fact came out that the
family had been raised by the Quakers,
or Friends, as they were then known.
He thought that he had much reason to
be proud of the meek and lowly, as they
had inherited much the soil of the earth
and the blessings of its riches. Mr.
Wiles then traced the growth of the
family from its cradle in the old north
state, through Indiana, Missouri and
Iowa, to this state. He related much
interesting information of his father,
Thos. Wiles, who was the grandfather
of the host of the day, Thos. Wiles.
There was much more information in
regard to the family and its very inter
esting history, which space forbids re
producing. The address was one which
met with deep attention from the many
members of the family present, as it
came from the lips of the oldest mem
ber of the devoted band.
Another feature of the occasion was
the annual odeupon the gathering by
Mrs. Ursula E. Wiles Errett. of Salem,
Ore. This striking memorial of the oc
casion will be reproduced tomorrow, as
it deserves a place in the annals of Cass
county. Lack of space prevents its
publication today. Mrs. Errett is quite
well known in this city and vicinity,
where she made her home for so many
years, and it was a matter of deep re
gret that she eoukl not be present in
person to read htr ocm. After the
reading of the poem, the company vis
ited and related their various experi
ences until a late hour, when they de
parted to meet again next year, happy
in their home gathering.
Mrs. J. J. Hem and daughter, Verna,
departed on the mail train this noon for
Omaha where they will visit friends
for several days previous to going to
Tacoma, Wash. Mention was made in
the Journal of last Saturday of their
trip and the position Mr, Hein enjoyed
in that city.
Scrry He Did Not Go.
Chas. S. Forbes is in receipt of a let
ter from Mrs. Forbes, now at La I'orte,
Ind., describing the events of home
coming week in that city. Mrs. Forbes
also encloses a fine album of views of
La Porte. She reports she is having a
fine time visiting with relatives and
meeting old friends, and is very sorry
that Mr. Forbes did not take the time
to go back and get some of the enjoy
ment for himself. The event consists
of a week set apart for a general re
union of all old settlers, and those who
have lived in La Porte, but who are now
residents of other places, and the citi
zens of the town have prepared an ex
tensive program of events for the en
tertainment of their visitors. Mrs.
Forbes expects to be absent for several
days longer, as she has found her re
ception to be so delightful.
Mrs. E. A. McCroskey Passes Away
After Illness of Only Two Says.
Died -McCroskey, Mrs. E. A., at the
home of John Livingston, south of
this city, on Thursday, August 27,
1908, of obstruction of the bowels,
aged 59 years, 10 months and 15 days.
After a brief illness, death yesterday
claimed as his victim. Mrs. E. A. Mc
Croskey, long a resident of this city,
and a woman with a host of loving
friends. Her death, coming as it did
so swiftly upon the heels of the news
of her illness, was a great shock to all
whom this good lady was known.
In her loss the community loses one
of its best and noblest members a
woman whose every action in life was
sincere and pure, who stood at the top
most pinacle of esteem in everyone's
Mrs. McCroskey was born upon Oct.
12, 1848, in the state of Indiana. Her
parents moved to Iowa when she was
twelve years of age, settling in Jasper
county, from which place she moved to
this county in 1S85.
Her husband will be remembered by
the old settlers here as a gallant soldier
in the union cause during the civil war.
He died here several years preceding
his beloved wife to the better world,
where she has joined him. To theurion
there came four children, viz: Mrs. F.
A. Beins,, Mrs. J. S. Livingston of
Mitchell, Neb.. W. R. McCroskey and
II. E. McCroskey of Chadron, 2seb.
Arrangements have been made to
hold the funeral tomorrow (Saturday)
afternoon from the residence of John
Livingston south of the city, at three
o'clock p. m.
To the sorrowing children whom
death has robbed of a kind and loving
mother, the sympathy of a host
of friends goes out. When death
comes so sudden and swift as it has in
this case, more words fails to con
vey any adequate expression of the
depth of feeling which all must have,
but so far as these can go, the deep
grief which all feel at the demise of
this truly noble woman find expression.
A Surprise to Ed Dcnaf.
Frank Janda, jr., who has been in
structing the new band of young men
in the west end of the city, brought his
band down town Friday eve. and treat
ed Ed Donat to a royal surprise party.
He took the band into the saloon through
the back way and had them quietly ar
ranged so that when Ed came in he was
startled to find a band in full possession
of his place. The;.- played a number
pieces and surprised the veterans with
the good quality of their music. For
the short length of time they have been
practicing they do remarkably well.
Will Go Back to Old Quarters.
The Kraft Clothing company is ar
ranging to return to their old sand in
the Morgan building after a brief stay
in the room in the Coates block. They
found the latter room too dark for their
goods, and on this account they have
concluded to go back to their former
location. When they have finished
moving they expect to he in a position
to exhibit a fine stock of f -ill and win
ter goods, which they expect t ) com
mence receiving soon.
Cass Crjily Appks.
James Dysart brought to this office
Tuesday three apples of the Wolf River
variety that look like prize winners.
One of them weighs 17 ounces and
measures 15 inches in circumferance.
On Wednesday . James T. Reynolds
brought in fine samples of the same
variety, one of which weighed 22 ounces
and its measure was 14 J in circumfer
ence. They are fine fruit, and are at
tracting a great deal of attention and
merited praise. Union Ledger.
A HOBLE CmZEN
White, Win. A., at i'latts
mouth. Neb.. August t!S, I'.mjs, of
cancer, aged !'. years, li months and
'11 days. Funeral arrangements will
be announced Suturdav.
Again has death made toll of one of
nature's noblemen. Friday morning, at
1 1 :2 o'clock the spirit of William A.
White entered into the land of shad
ows. After an illness of much extent,
during which he suffered at times ter
ribly, his life closed. It has seemed
passing strange that this man, whose
whole life was so blameless, whose
every word and deed was as pure as
the sunlight, whom none knew but to
love, should have to suffer so before
the long rest would come, yet this was
the case. Painful indeed was his life
and death came even as a relief to the
great sufferings which he had endured.
Few men were so well thought of as
Will White. Known by all in this city,
there was never a word which could in
any way be construed as but to his credit.
He was most truly beloved, and
to the many friends whom he leaves
behind, there will be left a void such as
time can never fill.
Mr. White was born on May .11, 15!',
at Salina, Iona county, Michigan. In
early life he removed to Ann Arbor,
where his boyhood days were spent,
and where the years of his growing
manhood found their bloom. All the
years prior to 18S0, he lived in that city
save a few years immediatly following
the civil war when he was in Missouri.
In November, 1SS0, he removed to this
city, and entered the paint shops of
the Burlington, being made assistant
foreman of the shop in January, lvv7,
which position he held at the time of
On February 2, ll. fie was married
in this city to Miss Clara Babhington,
and of this union there was born five
children, who, with the widow, survive
this noble husband end father. The
children are Edward, I'avid, Harry pv(
Arthur, son?, and Adelia. a daughter.
In addition to these, he leaves surviv
ing him two brothers, James White liv
ing at Detroit, Mich., and Brad White
of this city, and two sisters, Mrs. Sa
Several are Arraigned to Answer to
Thursday morning Chief Fitzgerald
was notified by a lady residing on Win
tersteen Hill, that there was a man lay
ing upon the sidewalk in that neighbor
hood in a beastly state of intoxication.
He promptly investigated and found
Henry Ames to be the identical person
who had assaulted John Barleycorn
with disasterous effect to himself as
John had gotten him down and was se
curely holding him there. The chief
assisted Henry to rise and tried to in
terest him in the beauties of nature,
calling his attention to the magnificent
panorama as the world dashed madly
around Henry's befogged vision. The
effort was in vain, however, and HenrT."
sought to alter the featnres of the vali
ant chief as soon as the view disclosed
the classic portals of the Hotel do Man
speaker to him. To impress upon
Henry the idleness and futility of such
a course, the chief practiced the noted
cure of laying on of hands, one hand
holding his night stick. In the melee
Henry was considerably bun.red up re
ceiving a cut on his head and Icing
otherwise bruised. He then '.vent peace
ably with the ofiicer to the donjon keep
where he remained until this morning
when he appeared before Judge Archer
and .leaded to the CVurf to mulct hirn
in the sum of On? Hundred Dollars,
asking that the sentence be suspended
pending his good behavior, and upon
condition to keep out of the saloons.
The judge consented and Henry got one
Hundred Dollars worth of the celebrated
brand of justice, upon his own conditions.
He was then turned loose with a long
term staring him in the face if he
touched any more liquor.
Lincoln Petty and Joe Perry yester
day became engaged in an altercation
which ended in a fight. Neither party
was much injured and the police aided
of Our Most Estimable
to the Great Beyond.
rah White of Ann Arbor, Mich . and
Mrs. Angelia Smith of Ami Ar!r.
While no arrangements I nv I . u
made at this wiiting for the funeral, i!
is probable that it will be held Sunday.
Mr. White was a ma l prominei t in
several walks of life. !! had been a
member of a number of fraternal in
surance lodges for a if ruber of years,
being a member of the Modern Wood
men, of which order he was clerk in the
local lodge for the past n-vcn years; of"
the A. O. U. W., of the Royal Arcanum
and of the Loyal Mystic Legion. In all
of these lodges Mr. White was insured,
leaving an estate valued at several
thousand dollarn. He was also a mem
ber of the: Burlington Relief Associat ion.
He was also a director in the Livingston
Loan and Building Association and oi:e
of its principal members, bis judgment
being in constant demand in its affairs.
Mr. White in politics was a republican
and had taken quite an active pait in
the counsel of that party !oc-d!v. He
never held an office except that of coun
cilman of this city, which he was elected
to for two terms and which he was fill
ing at the time of his death. His second
election was unanimous, he being nomi
nated by the republicans and endorsed
by the democrats. He was .j:o of the
mainstays in the city affairs, being an
earnest, conscientious man, and one
whose unswerving fidelity and horesty
made his service doubly valuable. Ai
the time of his death he occupied t Im
position of chairman of the fi uaf-i :n
mittee of the council.
From all these it, can be seen that the
untimely taking off of this gra l. i" d
man means a gre it !o-s to the c.ty. !'
is not alone those v. ho e; i.i ( ! ti e
pleasure of a personal i.cquaii.ta'.e-- with
him who feel his loss, but to e -r- .
who lives within the city he wa 1 : .
by reputation t lei'.-t, ;.n-l : !!rr: ' feel
his going as the pa-sing of a j
friend. To tic- he--v i i !o : :
chili Iron the pub!i-- send.- 'n :.'
knowing that in their hear:-, the : .'.!
husband ar.d father always i.e,
and that his splendid ex. m.: ' ??.':-' ever
be the source of their gre.ve-t pri '( .
1 them to court where Judge Archer gave
them each ten doilars and o-ts, su---'
pending the sentence for two weeks to
i enable them to earn the money to pay
i up with.
The sheriff this morning brought in
i Will Stoll, the young man charged with
j adultery with Mrs. Sadie Schumaker
; near Nehawka. The young man has
i not at this writing made bail and is stiil
in the custody of the sheriff. Mrs.
Schumaker has not yet been brought
in and likely will be in sometime this
afternoon. Stoll has engaged attorney
! Byron Clark to represent him and the
case will be hard fought. County At
j torney Rawls is expected back soon
j when he will assume charge of the c ase
! for the State. If Stoll secures bail he
! will have the case continued until i.ext
In the case of Wendt vs. Wrigley.
Justice Archer continued the case until
next Mondav. This is a case upon a
note given by parties in the west end
of the county.
Now a Ccunly Charge.
George Williams, the man who acci
dentally broke his arm last Saturday
near Cedar Creek, has been released
from the city jail, where he had been
sent to get him sober, and on the rep
resentaticn of several citizens of his
condition. Commissioner Frie-drieh is
sued an order to .''end him to tl
county farm, vh'-re he could be ..red
His arm whs treated this morning 1 y
Dr. Ha'!, who found it to 1.,.- in lad
shape. It is broken at the elbow, ar.d
he has given it so little attention t!
it had gotten, in Lad shape. There i.;
still a good chance of saving the arm,
! while with proper attention, the man'.;
' life ought not to be endangered.
j Williams adheres strongly to his orig-
inal story of how he was hurt, denying
that he was hurt in a fight. At no
time, he claims, did he ever state his
injuries arose from fighting. He walk
ed out to the farm today.
Clerk of the Court Robertson was a
visitor today to his farm near Louisville,
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