The Plattsmouth journal. (Plattsmouth, Nebraska) 1901-current, September 17, 1909, Image 1

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Floats of the Durlington Shops
Works of Ocauty and Skill
The big Burlington parade, which
had to be postponed from Labor day
until last Saturday, took place at the
appointed time under the most favor
able auspices. Clear, blue skies,
with a warm sun and a large crowd
all conduced to make the occasion
one of conspicuous success. Al
though advertised only in the Jour
nal and without the aid of hand bills
or other announcement, the streets
were packed with people anxious to
witness the parade, of which so
much had been said and written.
And they were not disappointed,
The parade was a success beyond
the most sanguine anticipations of
the promoters. It was a grand
showing and reflects great credit
upon Superintendent of Shops Baird,
General Foreman Hayes, the heads
of the several departments and the
men of the Burlington. They made
a showing which many much larger
shops would have signally failed to
'approach. The parade was an im
posing one and represented a great
portion of the strength of the shops.
There were floats in line represent
ing every department and 'without
exception they were magnificent
and showed great skill and taste in
their arrangement. Considering the
small amount which they cost In ac
tual money the showing was a great
Promptly at 3 o'clock the whistle
at the shops blew the signal for
easing work and preparing for the
parade, and within a very few mo
ments the workmen were lined up
with their respective foremen and
ready for the signal march. Most
of the men kept their working
clothes on, this lending a realtis'dc
effect to the event which It would
not otherwise have had, and It was
a splendid move, as these big, strong,
brawny employes of the Burlington
looked veritable giants as they
marched up the street in all the full
pride and vigor of lusty manhood,
fresh from the forge or the yard.
They were warmly greeted by the
large crowds, too, and many of those
in line were recognized by friends
in the crowd with an individual bit
of appreciation. Others had pre
pared for the occasion by obtaining
spick and span new uniforms for the
occasion, and they met with hearty
welcome as they stepped up the
street looking fresh as If they had
Just come from home rather than
from the shops. '
The parade had a number of ex
cellent floats, and he would be in
deed a wise man who could choose
between them. Every department
had adopted its own particular de
sign for a float and the several crea
tions were unique and interesting.
A number of the shops had floats
emblematic of their ' trades, which
were literal representations on a
small scale of the industry of their
particular shop. The boiler shop,
the tin shop, the brass foundry, the
machinists' and the blacksmith's all
had men in full swing at work, and
they made a mighty impression. Too
much praise cannot be bestowed on
the foremen and men of these shops
for their untiring fidelity to the na
ture of their work.
The parade was headed by the
Woodman band and as they came up
the street they played many airs
which warmed the cockles of the
hearts of the big crowd.'
Following the band came the
beeauty auto containing the hand
some young women stenographers of
the office Misses Helen Chapman,
Rose Vorndran , and Mrs. Bertha
Tedd being allotted the dignity of
leading the fine display. And the
auto, which was driven by Ed. Bar
ker, got a good, big share of the ap
plause also.
Then came Superintendent r
Shops Baird with Storekeeper Reg
nier and General Foreman Hayes
heading the office force of their re
spective offices. The officers made a
handsome appearance and indicated
that the clerical department of the
work was In the hands of a body of
fine looking, Intelligent men. The
laborers In line also presented a good
appearance, the men appearing In
their overalls Just as they had quit
their work.
Of the several .shops, the coach
shop lead the way and the men, like
the rest, were a handsome, fine look
ing body. Their float was a beauty,
being a miniature passenger coach
drawn in the van of the shop. It
was filled with rosy cheeked, laugh
ing children who hugely enjoyed the
part they were taking in the big
shop. Originally intended to con
tain sixteen people it really contain
ed twenty-six, not unlike the actual
coach conditions sometimes. The
coach was handsomely painted In
Burlington colors, the product of the
paint shop, and to their fine work
much of the effectiveness of the float
was due. Following the float with
its merry load came the men of the
shop, headed by Foreman Harry
Barthold, and a fine body it was.
After the coach shop came the paint
ers, headed by Foreman Sol Adam
son, and all resplendant in brand
new white overalls. This body
showed up in great shape with their
handsome new uniforms and met a
warm reception all along the line.
Then came Foreman Tlppens and the
men of the planing mill, and they,
too, were generously greeted. The
planing mill made a handsome show
ing and looked like real masters of
their trade in their working clothes
and many with their dinner buckets.
The float of the storehouse, "The
largest wholesale and retail business
in Plattsmouth," came next, and it
was a handsome one with an assort
ment of materials handled which
covered everything almost under the
sun. Several of the employes were
on the float and displayed to the ad
miring crowds the many articles of
commerce which they handled. Be
hind the float came the men of the
supply department with many ban
ners bearing inscriptions and the
one which caused a great deal
of merriment and laughter was
"Soap, Matches and Steel Rails."
There were many others equally as
funny and all met with due apprecia
tion. The force working In the lum
ber yard showed up well and made
a fine appearing set of men ready to
labor and labor well for the welfare
of their employer.
The tin shop came next and they
had a great turnout, every man of
their force being In line. It surpris
ed many to find how good a force
this Bhop can present, and they were
generously rewarded by applause.
Foreman William Ballance headed
this representative body of labor.
Foreman Charley Bell could well
be proud of the machinists. They
had a great float representing the
several lines of business which their
department had charge of, and they
made noise enough to attract atten
tion and hold people awhile. They
had miniature locomotives on the
float which whistled and rang the
bell as the parade moved up the
street and their handiwork elicited
great applause. An unfortunate ac
cident delayed them a few moments,
but It was quickly repaired and the
general run of people never knew It
took place. This float was one of
the best in line, and the men deserve
great credit fpr it. Following the
float came the machinists on foot,
and they looked the veritable, hard
working men they are in their
greasy overalls and with their din
ner buckets.
The blacksmith shop was another
which represented Its work In a real
istic float, showing the men hammer
ing iron and having their anvils, for
ges and hammers in evidence. Fore
man Mauzy could well be proud of
his turnout which shared the honors
of the best with a few others. The
blacksmith's got a hearty greeting
too. One of their banners was pe
culiarly appropriate "Stop Your
Knocking," a grand good Idea and
worthy the strong men who work
and don't knock.
The brass foundry showed up with
another working model of the plant
and they gave a miniature reproduc
tion of brass casting which ,won
them a warm place in the
affection of the people. They had
all the material In use in their work
with the furnace and the kettle and
everything else mounted on a float
which was not meant for prettiness
but for actual reproduction of the
Industry and It was a great and bril
liant success. Foreman Lutz and
his men cannot be praised too highly
for their Industry and striking idea
in producing a float. This was one
of the best, If not the ,best In the
After the brass molders who got
their share of the applause for their
numbers, they being short but one
man, Victor Anderson, who is so ill
at his home, came the City band, the
veteran musicians playing airs in
their own inimitable manner and
getting a good hand from all.
An immense freight car, a splendid
reproduction of a refrigerator car,
headed the freight car shop which
made a grand showing and fully de
served the good words said of them.
Foreman Parker can indeed be
proud of his men and their showing
for it was fine. The float was a good
one and duly appreciated. This shop
had several good banners, also
among them, one reading "We Are
The Men Who Buy $1 Wheat" on
one side and on the other "So That
The Farmers Can Ride In Automo
biles." This sentiment caught the
crowd which responded quickly with
vigorous applause, the great number
of farmers present Joining in it.
This closed the parade which,
everything considered, was fhe best
ever given in the city. There were
many strangers present who pro
nounced the turnout the best of its
nature they had ever seen.
Indeed, the parade without doubt
breaks all records for this city and
the officials of the shops Including
Superintendent Baird, who took such
an interest in the matter, General
Foreman Hayes under whfcse im
mediate direction the general plans
were carried out, and the several
foremen of the departments who
gave the details their undivided at
tention And the men who gave of
their labor, their time and thelr
money all tave coming to them the
thanks of the business men of the
city for their efforts. The only re
gret heard was that the parade could
not have taken place Labor day when
the city was thronged with visitors
f.o that all might see the grand
Immediately after the parade of
the shops came the firemen with
their several stunts and they kept
the crowds on the street for a long
The fire department made a high
ly creditable appearance and car
ried out their part of the program
In good shape. The hub and hub
race took place on Main street be
tween Fifth and Fourth streets In
stead of on Sixth street as advertis
ed, and the Judges, who were B. G.
Wurl, Frank Libershal, John Mc
Nurlin, M. Bajeck and Joseph Mc
Maken, awarded first place to the
white cart under Captain Raymond
Henry. The red cart protested the
award on the ground that the while
cart obtained a start of several feet
on them, but the Judges overruled
the protest. The race was interest
ing and the partisans of each cart
howled themselves hoarse in "root
ing." The water fight, which was the
first of the kind ever pulled off in
the city, kept the large audience In
an uproar of laughter and applause,
and It took a long time to complete.
The several men on each side took
their punishment like majors and
were more than drenched when It
was over. The representatives of
the red cart, C. M. Manners and
Paul Wohlfarth won, finally wearing
out their opponents, Raymond Henry
and Frank Maurer of the whites.
The contest was one of the funniest
ever seen here, 'and fully merited
the applause which greeted the par
ticipants. At 6 o'clock an alarm of fire,
turned in from the corner of Fifth
and Vine street, took the depart
ment there and an Immense crowd
saw how quickly the flames could be
extinguished. The department made
good time and covered itself with
glory by its work.
All told the department did Its
share toward making the crowd en
Joy Itself and if anyone failed to do
so It was his or her own fault, for
there was plenty doing. Chief Kou
bek deserves credit for the able
manner In which he handled the
several events on the department
schedule and the untiring efforts he
put forth to make the visitors In the
city enjoy themselves.
One feature of the afternoon
which was a disappointment was the
failure of the Havelock people to
put in an appearance. "It was learn
ed late Friday afternoon that they
could not be here, but the news
came in time for a bare announce
ment merely, and did not get the
publicity which it was desired. The
Havelock people don't know what
they have missed.
The ball game between Cedar
Creek and Plattsmouth was witness
ed by a crowd miserably small and
disappointing in the extreme. The
boys played good ball despite the
disappointment they experienced,
and had little trouble In beating the
visitors, who found Williams an
enigma and who narrowly escaped a
shutout. The final score was 6 to 1
In favor of Plattsmouth. Despite
the one-sided score the game was
better than it appears, and Cedar
Creek played good, strong ball
throughout. The locals backed up
Williams in good shape and won the
game by clean fielding, aided with
good hitting.
Democrats Hold Caucus.
In obedience to the call of Dr. J.
S. Livingston, chairman of the Dem
ocratic county central committee, a
large number of Democrats met last
Saturday evening at the council
chamber and held a caucus for the
purpose of seleclng a candidate for
city assessor, one for district asses
sor, two for Justice of the peace and
two for constable. The meeting was
enthusiastic and harmonious to a
degree, and every one present seem
ed to feel that victory was In the air.
Mayor Sattler was unanimously
elected chairman of the meeting and
delivered an enthusiastic and vigor
ous speech, urging united action by
the party and the election of the en
tire ticket. The veteran Democrat,
P. E. Ruffner, was chosen secretary
by acclamation, and the meeting pro
ceeded to nominate the following
candidates by acclamation:
For city assessor P. E. Ruffner.
For district assessor Albert D.
For Justices of the peace John
Cory and William Rishel.
For constable Albert Scuttler
and August Tartsch.
The above tlct Is composed of
old and respected citizens of the
city, and men whom the Democrats
can well be proud to call their can
didates. The general opinion after
the meeting had adjourned was that
no better selections could have been
made, and that the ticket would be
elected from top to bottom.
He's From Missouri.
W. C. Hutchison, wife and daugh
ter of Livingston county4 Mo., came
down Saturday morning from Lin
coln to spend a few days with Wyatt
Hutchison and family, near Rock
Bluff, ' before returning to their
home. Mr. Hutchison is a brother of
Wyatt, and Is a magnificent speci
men of manhood, towering 6 feet 6
inches in height. He was in attend
ance on the Nebraska state fair as a
representative from the Missouri
state fair, In which association he is
a prominent and active member. He
attracted a great deal of attention
upon the streets Saturday after
noon owing to his great height. Mr.
Hutchison was a caller at the Jour
nal office and demonstrated he was
a most pleasant, affable and enter
taining gentleman. He pronounced
the parade Saturday as one of the
finest he had ever witnessed, and
warmly complimented the shopmen I
and the officials upon their splendid J
display. He states that Nebraska!
had a fine state fair, but that his
state easily outclassed them in the
matter of buildings and facilities for
showing displays. He is an enthus
iastic Mlssourlan, and when any
question arose over the superiority
of the two states he had to be shown.
He and his estimable family depart
ed for their home this morning on
No. 6.
Fntertiiina Saturday and Hunday.
Will Sltzman and wife last Satur
day and Sunday entertained the
members of their respective families
at their home in South Park, all
having a very enjoyable time and
putting in two happy days. The
members of the party from Omaha
returned to their borne Sunday
evening and united In declaring that
they had never spent two happier
days than these two.
Those comprising the week-end
party wero MlBses Clara and Helen
Tuma and Agnes and Bessie May
struck and Frank Tuma of Omaha
and Frank Sltzman and family, Paul
Sltzman and Ray Campbell of this
The Ball Club.
Mr. R. A. Bates, Editor of the Platts
mouth Daily Journal:
Dear Sir I, Frank E. Warren, as
manager of the Plattsmouth baseball
team for the season of 1909, wish to
sincerely thank you for the cour
tesies you have shown us In your
paper and for not crowding us for
the little bill we owe you. We hope
in the near future to be able to be
square with the world, although luck
Is against us. We intend to give
dances once a month and give a fair
next month to help us pay our debts,
providing the people will help us.
C. W. Baylor has been our treasurer
all summer until a week ago, when
he resigned, for what reason I can
not say. He has handled all money
except In yesterday's game, which
was not very much to take care of.
We started out early In the spring to
play ball and go t to be a first-class
amateur team. We have played good
base ball, for which we deserve more
credit for playing. I will admit we
have played one or two games poor
ly, but why not look at the attend
ance. We had a number of games.
We did not make expenses, and our
players receiving not one penny for
their services not even a thank
you from the general public, but
every one of them always received
it from me, because we had a set of
gentlemen on and off the baseball
field. I would ont allow any rowdy
Ism when I was there, and If I do
say It myself, althought not a man
that Is worth a million dollars but
has to work the same as they do for
a living, they respected me for it,
and I respected them. I consider
all of those gentlemen that took
part in any of the ball games a man
that tried to do his part to build un
the game in Plattsmouth and help
get the people enthusiastic over
baseball, and I hope, dear Mr. Bates,
our attempt has not been In vain.
Now, Mr. Bates, I think that the
general public could have patronized
us better than they did. They plead
ed with us to a certain extent to
keep Mr. Williams, here after he
came and played his first game with
us, but do you think they would pay
for keeping him? They have not
given very much yet towards keep
ing him. We have had bis board to
pay for about seven or eight weeks
at Dr. Barnes' restaurant, and I wish
to state right here that that old gen
tleman has been very kind to us.
He has not rusned us one bit at any
time. In fact, none of our creditors
have, but a baseball team that repre
sents and advertises the city when It
Is conducted right, as we have tried
to conduct it, should not have to
worry during their season, or after
ward be afraid that every man you
meet upon the street you are in
debted to because you were in the
ball team. Why should we have to
go down in our pockets to pay these
debts, when not one man that play
ed ball received a penny for his
services? Now, gentlemen, and the
public in general of the city of
Plattsmouth, If you want a baseball
team to advertise and represent you,
which Is the best advertisement in
the world that a city can get, pro
viding your team gets encourage
mentwhy, I say? what you want to
do is to start after it now so as to
be ready when the time comes to
start out. It takes some money to
run a ball team, and I do not see
why Plattsmouth cannot have one
as good as they have in any of these
little towns around here. Look at
Louisville! It quits- the season with
280 in their treasury, Nebraska
City, Weeping Water, Glen wood the
same way. They have all got money
In their treasury. But us! No, we
have to hustle around and give
dances and Buch things to get our
debts paid that we have contracted
on the ball field, and by that time is
spring, ready to do the same thing
over. Now, Mr. Bates, I am ready
to Bt-jp down and out as ball man
ager of our local team, so the peo
ple need not be backward If they
want to help Mr. Williams with a
few dollars bo that he can get out of
here and we can finish paying his
board. We will appreciate It very
much. Every one on the team de
serves some money for playing as
faithfully as they did. Right here
is where I want to thank William
Baird, superintendent of the Bur
lington shops, and Robert Hayes,
the general foreman, and II. M. Reg
nler for their kindness in letting our
boys off from work whenever there
was a game. Now, gentlemen, per
haps our grounds are too far out
for the people to walk, but here I
know of a ground that 1b within
two blocks of Sixth and Vine that
can be bought for little or nothing,
and would make the finest ball park
that ever was in the city. There
could be an athletic association
formed and use them for all pur
poses, -such as baseball, football and
all kinds of sports, and picnics and
public speaking. So, gentlemen,
citizens of Plattsmouth, If you wish
to have a good baseball team here
next season to advertise you as you
should be, why I sincerely hope you
will leave no stone unturned to get
I remain your obedient servant,
Retiring Manager of the Plattsmouth
Ball Team, Season 1909.
Knjoyed .Surprise Party.
Last Saturday night a large num
ber of the friends of Mike Hob-
scheldt gathered together and gave
him a most delightful surprise party.
The occasion was that gentleman's
sixty-first anniversary, and It was
made memorable by the gathering.
They Invaded his home In South
Park and took full possession, mak
ing their surprise a complete one. As
quickly as possible Mr. and Mrs.
Hobscheldt made their guests wel
come and proceeded to have them
spend an evening, the delights of
which they will remember for all
time to come. There was an abund
ance of music and all kinds of
games suited to old and young alike
were Indulged in. Added to these
came some refreshments, and to top
off all a great, bounteous supper
was laid, which all partook of with
relish and Joy. That the repast was
sumptuous need not be said, and
that all who were lucky enough to
be present fully appreciated it goes
without saying. The evening went
all too quickly, and when the hour
for adjournment came they all
united In describing it as the most
delightful evening in years. The
best wishes and hopes for many re
curring anniversaries for Mr. Hob
scheldt were Bald previous to all re
turning to their homes.
Those preseent were: Messrs. and
Mesdames Aug. Rlchter, Sr. John
Hobscheldt of Murray, C. J. Kllnger,
Albert Schwartz, James Kresak,
Fred Henrlch, John Lutz, John
Kopp, Misses Mary Hobscheldt, Min
nie, Freda and Edna Kllnger, Agnes,
Josie and Mary Schwartz, Agnes
and May Kresak, Helen and Cath
erine Lutz, BIna and Marie Kopp,
Dora and Sophia Wolf. Messrs. Wil
lie Rlchter, John and Albert
Schwartz, Frank Kresak, Henry
Lutz, Tony Knrvousek.
A Fine Displuy,
One of the finest showings ever
put forth In this city In the way of a
hat display is now to be seen in the
east window of Messrs. Falter &
Thierolf's store. These gentlemen,
who make a leader 6f Stetson hats,
have a complete line of these world
famous goods on display there, and
it will pay anyone to stop and take
a look at them. In addition to the
fine quality of goods used In the hat,
the many different styles and Bhapes
cannot but hold the attention. There
Is a style for every one and a shape
to fit" every face. The Individual fea
tures of the Stetson have always
been one of Its distinctive qualities
and this year the Individuality of
the hat is more marked than ever.
The colors are also very attractive
and pleasing, and all told the dis
play Is something which a stole In a
metropolitan city might well envy.
Falter & Thlerolf make a specialty
in fine men's furnishings and haber
dashery, and their fall lines are
fully up to the standard of any store
in the country. While speaking of
their goods it might be remarked
they have a magnificent line of pat
terns In the Manhattan shirt, the de
signs being as pretty as ever were
shown in any store in the country.
The Manhattan is the finest shirt
out, and this firm has the latest pat
terns at the standard price. Many
connoisseurs In shirts from Omaha
buy their goods here, as they can do
better on high-grade goods than lu
their own home. Falter & Thlerolf
can give you some names if you are
Joseph Holly, a brother of William
Holly, the clothier, came down Sat
urday night for a brief visit with,
him and to meet old friends. He
was formerly a Plattsmouth boy and
Is quite well acquainted with a great
many in the city who were glad to
see him and note that he Is prosper
ing In his business in Omaha, where
he now resides.