The Plattsmouth journal. (Plattsmouth, Nebraska) 1901-current, May 06, 1909, Image 1

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No Cause Whatever for Flight of
Edward Stanton
Union can be depended upon in
dull times to supply news for the
country as that enterprising little
city always has a fresh sensation on
tap. This time It is Ed. Stanton, the
restaurant man, who is the chief act
or in the day's news. Stanton and his
wife were the proprietors of a res
taurant on the north side of Main
street in the first block east of the
depot. Last night they ept the res
taurant open as usual until eleven
o'clock when Mrs. Stanton retired.
She expected Edward to follow soon
but the hours wore on and no Ed
ward came to share the couch. As
the hours wore on Mrs. Stanton be
came worneu and finally dressed
and went down to the restaurant
where she found the lights burning
but the doors locked . Fearing that
that the worst had come, she .hur
riedly aroused a male relative and
the door was broken in, resulting in
finding the Btore vacant but a let
ter awaiting the lady from her hus
band. He told her briefly but to the
point that he was going hence with
out delay and she need not look for
him to return.
In addition to this curt notice of
his departure Ed. ventured no fur
ther reason for his conduct. He also
left his wife a check for a small
amount of money and had made out
In a Critical Condition.
From Monday's I a 1 1 y .
Former Chief of Police Jos. Fitz
gerald came in last evening from
Omaha. Mr. Fitzgerald Is in a very
critical condition and his family are
quite worried over the probable out
come of his complaint. He is a suf
ferer from tuberculosis and does not
seem to make headway against the
disease. Last Monday he took a vio
lent hemorrhage and was so low that
he was hurried to Omaha where the
Sermon of Rev. A. A. Randall at the
Methodist Church.
bills against all his customers which
he also left her. There were a num
ber of citizens present when the big
uncovering took place and consider
able excitement was aroused as to
why he adopted such tactics. So far
as knewn there was nothing which
should have caused Edward to act
thusly and his wife Insists that there
were no Jars in the household which
should have caused his unseemingly
departure. It is generally supposed
that Edward was seized with the wan
derlust and hied him away to green
fields and pastures new as the poet
has well phrased it. Anyway Edward
Is gone where the woodbine twineth
and the place that kenw him yester
day knews him no more.
Mrs. Stanton will continue to run
the restaurant business and things
will move on the same as If Edward
existed not. This Is the second time
the gentleman has developed erratic
tendencies, a former wife having been
left to mourn his disappearance as
witnesses from Union say. He seems
to have a mania for changing his
habitat without notice to his family
and apparantly tires of the monotony
of life very easily. He is thought to
have flown further south and it Is
barely possible that the weather is
responsible for his sudden departure.
The ournal Is pleased to submit
to its readers a brief resume of the
sermon delivered last evening at the
Methodist church by Rev. Randall.
physicians treating him entertained i Thl8 the ,lrst ot four Ninons that
small hopes of his recovery. His
family were summoned at once and
hurried to his bedside. Last night he
had so far recovered that he was able
tocometothiscityandhe was brought
down on No. 14 His many friends
trust that his rally will be perma
nent and that he is now on the way
toward recovery.
THE P. E. O.
Old Resident of County
at Home in Lincoln
Granite Shower.
Last Saturday evening a granite
shower was given Frank Steppat by
a number of his friends. They gath
ered at his home by pre-arrangement
and surprised him in royal style. Al
though taken quite unawares he man
agd to see that his many guests were
made comfortable and that the even
ing was most pleasantly spent. Danc
ing was the principal entertainment
and the evening was one thoroughly
enjoyed by all attending. At mid
night a splendid luncheon was placed
upon the table and everyone thor
oughly enjoyed it. As is always the
case at the Steppnt home, the eat
ables were the finest to be had and
were such that a stone man would
Relic of, the Iong Ago.
While workmen were tearing down
the old Gold Dust saloon this week
they found soma very peculiar things
hid away In the walls.' The first
find was a receipt to make two gal
lons of whiskey out of one, aid If
we are to Judge from the amount of
"squirrel" whiskey that has been
sold at different times at this old
saloon, the receipt was probably used
to a good advantage. The next day
a red ribbon pledge was found and
signed by Anna Saylos in 1878.
Anna lived In the building when it
was used as a residence
The most important find, however,
was a counterfeltter's outfit which
was tucked away between the walls
have ben compelled to eat them. The;Th,3 con8lptP(1 of two moulds, of five
guests brought with them a magnl
ficent number of granite articles as
presents and Mr. Steppat was quite
overwhelmed with their kindness.
Those present were:
Lena Hirz, Ida Egenberger, Bertha
Noltlng, Eleanor Todd, Katie Kaffen-
and twenty-five cent denominations.
They also found one nickel and one
quarter that were made In the
moulds. This was probably the prop
erty of Frank Greek, who lived In
Louisville about thirty years ago, and
since has served a long sentence in
Many things transnlred In the old
building In days gone by that would
not look nice in print. Many heart.
acses and sorrows have been occa
stoned because this hellhole existed
within our city limits, but now it is
eonp and gone forever. Louisville
Courier. '
berger, Anna Sterppt Maggie Kaffen-, the Little Rock. Arkansas, nenlten-
berger, Mary Kaffenberger, Louise Marx for Bteallng several thousand
Kehne, Sophronla Pelton, Isabelle dollars worth of cotton
Todd. Ethel Dentley, Tillle Ploeger, I
Alice Trillty, Helen Trility, Marie
Novotony, Anna Deutsch, Grace Nolt
lng. Ella Noltlng, Mildred Stohr, Will
Melslnger, Ed. Melslnger, Leonard
Melslnger, Emil Melslnger, George
Kaffenberger, Charles Miller, 'John
Holmes, George Holmes, Henry Nolt
Ing, August Kehne, Willie Kehne,
Willie Propst, Willie Noltlng Nick
Baumgart, August Hach, Tom Muck,'
Albert Tlmmls, Frank Lorenz, Frank
Petrlet, Fritz Slemonlet, Eddie Step
pat. Fredolph Nord. Chester Todd,
Lester Gansmer, Frank Steppat,,
Messrs and Mesdamcs Philip Melslng
er, Henry Hirz, Jr., John Herman
Gansmer, Adam Stohr Runs Todd,
Fred Noltlng. A. L. Todd, and Mrs.
E. R. Todd. They departed at a late
Admits Will to Probate.
County Judge Bceson today over
ruled the objections to the will of the
lute Dnbner Thacker and admitted
the will to probate. The will has
been under fire for several days, a
vast array of witnesses being heard
who testified both for and against the
will. Weighing the evidence Judge
Beeson concluded that he would ad
mit til a U'lll In nrnlinto a hp Hid lint
hour and all reported a glorious .. , ,,,. ,,,, ,,,
Travis Home Scene of Delightful Time
of the Sisterhood and Friends
During the tventy years that have
elapsed since the formation of chap
ter F, of P. E. 0. in the city, many
and varied have been the social affairs
in which the P. E. O.'s and their
friends have participated, none how
ever, more thoroughly enjoyable than
a gathering of the clan, last Friday
For three consecutive years chap
ter F has been reading Shakespeare,
under the supervision and leadership
of Mrs. H. D. Travis, and when in
vitations were issued by that estima
ble lady for Friday evening, April
30th, to celebrate the birth of the
Bard of Avon at her home, each mem
ber being requested to come accom
panied by husband or escort, it was
generally understood that a time was
before us.
In order that the gentlemen guests
of the evening might feel perfectly
at home. It was decided to initiate
them that evening Into the mysteries
of M. M. hood, and before the cere
monies were complete each married
martyr and maiden martyr fully real- j
lzed the Import of the sidesteps which
they had taken and the onlookers
had enjoyed a bushel of fun at their
expense. Mrs. Travis as presiding of
ficer of the Initiatory staff, wns most
successful In exhorting oaths and
promises from the candidates, the
fulfillment of which will go far
toward making wholly perfect crea
ture of them, even though thev are
accorded the privilege of smcking
smoking here rather than hereafter
by the Indulgent sisterhood.
Delightful refreshments were serv
ed during the evening, Mrs. Travis
being assisted In the dining room by
the young oh, pardon by the un
married ladles (all are young.)
The presence of Mrs. Gen. Oilman,
formerly a member of chapter F,
now of Auburn, Neb., and her daugh
ter, Miss Gwendolyn, guests In the
Travis home, added greatly to the
pleasure of the evening.
Prominent among the guests of the
evening were: J. M. Roberts. J. II
Salsbury, H. II. Herold, W. 0.
Brooks Will Ramsey, Jno. Crablll, E
II. Wescott. II. D. Travis, W. J
Strelght. Glenn Rawls, Earl Travis,
Ralph White and Dr. E. W. Cook.
Should suggestions of a halo be ob
served nbout the heads of aforesaid
men, know ye that it is the direct
result of Friday evening's "at home'
with Mrs. Travis.
Journalist Chapter F, P. E. O.
Conic A Kill ii, Gentlemen.
a sufficiently strong rase. There was
a mass of testimony to the effect that
the late Mr. Thacker wns of unsound
mind at the time of the execution
The Journal was favored this af- of the will and was not capable of
ternoon with a call from a number knowing what be did say and how he
of citizens from the vicinity of Mur- disposed of his property. On the
ray and Union and they were quit other hand there were a large num
welcome. The party Included Dr. ber of witnesses who testified that he
George H. Gllmore, the prominent was of sound and disposing memory
phyBlclnn. Lutle Crawford, the well nnd capable of knowing what he was
known and popular young man from billing away. After considering the
that section, George Saxton. one of testimony and hearing the argument
the best citizens of Cass County and of counsel Judge Reeson decided to
James Nldav, than whom no better sustain the will and he so ordered
man exists. The Journnl only re
grets that these gentlemen cannot
call oftener. The latch string Is al
ways no the otitsll for any or nil
of them.
this morning. Doubtless, the case
will go to a higher court and possibly
mav go to the supreme court. It
Is a very Interesting matter.
Shorthorn fr Nil.
Three good registered Shorthorn
yearling bulls for sale. Also good
fresh milk cows. Mark White.
TliriT Keiiiml I'lrcM.
There wi re three separate and dls
Mint fires this afternoon at the Bur
lington station and vlclnltv. Tim
damage was not great and full par
tlculars will be printed tomorrow.
The Soulless Mim.
The following beautiful sentiment
Is from the pen of that gifted editor
and present United Stntes senutor
Bob Taylor: "I would rather fill my
purse with money and keep Its gates
ajar to my happy girls while yet they
linger under my roof than to clutch
it with a miser's hand until all the
harpst rings of youth are broken and
all Its music forever fled. I would
rather spend my last nickel for
bag of striped marbles to gladden
the hearts of my bare-footed boy
than to deny them their childish
pleasures, and leave them a bag of
gold to quarrel over when I am dead
I abhor the pitiless hawk that ir
circles In the air only to swoop down
and strangle Its talons In the heart
of a dove. I dlsplse the roulh'ss man
whose gree.l for gold Impels him to
strangle the laughter and song of hi
will be delivered. The young people
are especially Invited to attend and
hear these. A number of special
musical numbers are being arranged
for also in connection with these
meetings. The sermon of last night
was a powerful and moving one, full
of fine sentiments. In part Rev. Ran
dall said: "The Psalmist seems to be
speaking disparagingly of men. He
has been viewing the works of God
and comparing men with these he
says: . 'When consider the heavens
the work of thy fingers, the moon
and the stars which thou hast or
dained, what Is man that thou art
mindful of him, and the son of man
that thou vlsltest him?' Then com
pared to the angels he says: 'Thou
has made him a little lower than the
"But the New Testament teaching
gives us a better estimate of man. In
that Paul says: 'We are the children
of God, and If children then heirs,
heirs of God and joint heirs with
Christ.' Heirship comes to those who
are akin, and we being Joint heirs
with Christ makes us akin to him; it
stands us side by side with Jesus
"So what a man Is depends on what
we compare him to. I don't know
but that might be said of everything.
It is great or small accorning to
the standard with which we measure
It. Take a man, measure him with
the kitten and he Is a giant, meas
ure him with the universe and he Is
Insignificant. What is the matter?
You are measuring man by the phy
sical. That is his smallest possl
bllity. It has been permissible of
very few men In the world to say of
them individually 'He Is a Giant.'
And even then with his physical
force of a giant he Is Insignificant
as compared with the ox or the horse
or the elephant.
"Take a man and stand him out
here on the earth. The spnee he oc
cupies on that earth Is only about a
foot square. Pretty small as com
pared with this house, pretty small
compared with a state or a nation;
pretty small when compared with the
world on which ho stands. Now
leave your man standing hero nnd
climb to the sun, where the old earth
has lost its form, where mountains
and countinents and seas have disap
peared, where there Is nothing t.f the
earth left but an outline. Now tell
me where In that outline Is that In
significant creature we left standing
here called a man?. The greatest tel
escope ever made, If It were a million
times greater that It Is, couldn't find
him. There Isn't a mote In all the
air small enough to compnre him to.
That lord of creation Is lost to view
swallowed up In the Jumble of things.
Compared to the physical and innn Is
an Insignificant creature. But meas
ured by the Intellect and the soul, the
Immortal breath of God that Is In
him, he Is grenter thnn kingdoms or
empires or angels.
Then what a man Is depends not
alone on what you compare him to
but on how you view him. If you
look at him out of a heart of love and
sympathy or as a friend or loved one
then he is the greatest of all crea
tures of God. But If you look at
him from the standpoint of infidelity
and shut out the Bible and heaven
and salvation and redemption and
eternal life, see him without any fu
ture, any destiny, see him as Voltaire
saw him, then he is a mere brute that
lives and breathes and dies, Do you
not know that it is the truths of the
Bible and the things of Christianity
and the church that makes a man?
Where did you men come from who
have touched the heart of the world
and lifted men Into moral heights and
up to God? Not from Ildla or China
or Africa but from the land of Bibles
and churches and Christian Influence."
From Tuesday's Dallv.
Word was received in this city this
morning of the death at Lincoln
of Henry Lesnhoff. an old time resi
dent of this county and mention of
whose critical Illness was made In
the Journal several days since. Mr.
Lehnhoff had been ill for some time
past and quite a while ago hope of
his life was abandoned. He suffered
from a tumor which had affected his
spine and from which death was In
evitable. His good friend Conrad
Schlater had received word several
days since that his condition was
very serious and he was not surprised
when the sad Intelligence reached
him this morning. Mr Schlater and
wife and son County Treasurer Frank
Schlater will attend the funeral at
Louisville on Thursday.
Mr. Lehnhoff was a Nebraska pio
neer and practically all his life was
spent In this fine prairie state he had
reached the age of seventy-five years
when death took him away. Born
In Germany, he came to America In
an early day In company with his
brother Fred.
He Immigrated to Nebraska from
Wisconsin In the year 1859. But
Nebraska did not suit his roving and
ambltiuos spirit. He was seized with
a desire to visit Pike's Peak and ex
plore the rich gold mines of that
region. With his brother he took an
ox-eam and together they started
across the arid and trackless wasto
for the Eldorado of the west. Drlv-
house was erected on the farm and
a start made toward prosperity which
was to come to him later In llfo.
Henry Lehnhoff was married, his wife
living in Wisconsin. She came to Ne
braska In the next year, arriving In
the spring. Then commenced farm
ing in real earnest and for twenty-five
years they tolled and saved and
every year saw a little stock of
world's goods accumulate.
At the end of this time they con
cluded that there was no lender use
In making the fight for wealth as they
were well fixed and they moved to
the city of Lincoln. In that city they
purchased a home which Is the most
beautiful in that city of handsome
homes. Their residence was on E
street and It was there that the Angel
of Death came upon him and closed
his eyelids.
His disease approached Insldously
and before he knew what was coming
he was stricken and the end came.
A further sketch of the life of this
estimable citizen will appear in the
Journal In the future.
His funeral will take place on
Thursday morning at the German
Luthern church three and a half
miles southwest of Louisville, Rev. F.
Hartman delivering the sermon
which will be In German. Interment
will be In that quiet little cemetery
by the church which he so well lov
ed. Services In English will be held
also In Lincoln on Wednesday and
Ing acres the land they were caught i the body will be brought to Louisville
at Elm Creek by the great stampede on the Schuyler train Thursday morn
which took nlnce In this country at ! In. A great number of old friends
that time and turned back. '
Plattsmouth was their objective
point and here they located. They
fell In love with Nebraska and Its
green prairies and Mr. Lehnoff filed
will be prespnt tq pay a Inst token of
respect to a fine man.
There are no better men Minn the
late Henry Lehnhoff. He wns n ran
In every way In which ho could he
on a quarter section of land south tnkrn. cOnlnl, lovrble, thoroughly
of the present town of Louisville, 1 upright nnd a man of the strictest In-
at the Nebraska City land office Itegrlty, he stood among the peop'o of
and he Immediately commenced to Cass County na a mighty onk. tewcr-
break It up and plant It. As wns the Ing erect In the full grnndeer of
case will all the early settlers he 'sturdy manhood, nnd his misflrr; Is
plnnted sod corn so ns to have food that of one of nature's noblemen,
for his animals and he found the There Is little more to be said of
virgin soil well suited for Its cult I- thin speleivlld citizen. He wns all a
vntlon. From this the fnmlly made true man should be and one can be no
their living durln gthe year. A frame more.
Heirs Attempt to Break Will and Se
cure Division of Estate
From Tuesday's Imlly.
The henrlng In the Thacker will
contest yesterday was very long
drawn out today an the same mat
ter Is before the, court. Judgn Beea
on kept the attorneys In the case
busy last night, an evening session
being held, nnd they being kept be
fore him until eleven o'clock. There
Is a great mass of conflicting evi
dence before the court and the contest
Is a warm one. The attempt of the
contestants to prove that Mr. Thack
er wns of unsound mind has result
ed In many Interesting pieces of testi
mony and the whole personal history
of the deceased hns been gone Into
quite extensively. The Journal In Its
last evening's Issue, was In error In
regard , to the distribution of the es
tate. It was stated that the bulk of
ter Aloy Ilammon. The will furl'ier
provides thrt Wr't-r's srrr sh?M be
credited upon a note from him to his
father, and that no legacies be paid
until this note Is cnncelled.
The will wns drawn by Judge
Jesse L. Root who signed the snnu
at the request of Mr. Thacker. There
Is a great deal of Interest taken In
are case and considerable curiosity
manifested ns to the probable outcome.
Mrs. Frank Sheeley am daughter
came In this morning from their
home at Omaha for a visit with her
parents. Wm. Weber and wife. Mr.
and Mrs. Shioley were robbed last
nlifht by burglars, they securing
small booty however, owing to most
of the valuables being In the room
The Tribute of a Fiieml.
It Is with sorrow and regret I nnd
my family heard of the death of our
friend and neighbor Mr. Henry
Ix'hiihofr. Little did we think when
we were with him some Mine ago In
Lincoln and bid hi in farewell that It.
was to be our last farewell lu this
vale of tears . Standing mar his
grave, surrounded by bis family nnd
his many friends and neighbors, my
parting xsnlute was: "Dear frleni.
rest In pence. My wish and prayer Is
to he soon with you again and to
gether with our other departed nclgh
ors we will Sing a loud To Deum, In
the estate went to his son Walter, jthe blessed land where sorrow and
This Is not exactly correct as he re- tears are unknown nnd where we
celves but one-fifth the residue of the
estate after certain bequests are
paid, Tlie will makes provision for
all the heirs.
"it provides first, that the debts of
the decensed are to be paid and that
the deceased shall be laid to rest be
side his wife In Cass County. It
further provides for the appointment
of his son. Waller as executor of
the will. To George Thinker 1s
left the sum of $100 In full of his
share. The same amount Is left to
the late John P. Thacker and the
(I mil-liter Millie Mldklff
pnrt no more, ' To the bereaved
wife and children I express my heart
felt sympathy, for he was a good
husband and father and to me nnd
others a faithful friend.
Conrad Schlater.
Injured In Runaway.
Ben Hoffman was quite badly In
jured In a runaway the lattr part
of the week, lie was Just having
town and was passing the lumber
yard when his horses became fright
ened and ran at a rnpld rate on past
To another 1 the depot and up the south bill, nt
daughter Rachel Morgan is left the jthe summit of which and near the
sum of 2.0. A number of grand-1 Eltnwoud dairy. Mr. Hoffman was
children are left the sum of $2!i
each. The remainder of the estate
C. H. Wortman of South Bend I
spending the day In the city, having
come In this morning on Mm Sehuy
'er to look after business matters.
where the couple slept and which Is divided Into five equal parts
wns not Invaded by the robbers, which go to his son Walter, daughter
Mrs. Sheeley will likely visit lii the ' Myrtle Preston, son Dabtier T. Thai k-
It y several days with her parents. er, Min Kldrege Thacker, and daugh-
thrown out. alighting on one t-liouM-er,
Although considerable pain was
experienced, he did not consult n phy
sician for a day or two He Is now
doing nicely. The team escaped ser
ious Injury. Klmwood Leader Echo.