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About The Plattsmouth journal. (Plattsmouth, Nebraska) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (April 20, 1911)
J. MORTON. ORIGINATOR OF
Tree Planting Began by Him for Log Hut When Nebraska Was
a "Desert" and Indians and Prairie Fires Roamed at Will.
Tn a recent issue
City Slur appeared
f Arbor I ,(1k'. tl'1'
.f the Kansns j
a line picture
home the late
Hon. J. Sterling Morton, tin- or
iginator of Arbor day, a ia
which is more generally cele
brated in Nebraska, perhaps, be
cause the originator came to this
state in pioneer days, and wa
one of thi) most noted and able
statesmen of his time. As next
Saturday, April 22, is the date set
apart for the observance of Arbor
lay in this state, we are of the
opinion that a reproduction of the
Star's article would not be alto
gether out of place at this tune:
On the outskirts of Nebraska
City, Nebraska, is a wonderful
estate of flowers and trees and
shrubs an estate that forms one
of the thin?s which everyone in
Nebraska City is proud of and
which every visitor "just must
see." It is the estate of a man
whose body died years ago, but
vhose memory continues to live
on J. Sterling Morton, the or
iginator of Arbor day. The name
of the place is Arbor Lodge and
there enough trees grow to stock
a small-sized forest.
Arbor Lodge was not always as
it exists today. The building it
self, which was the home of Mr
Morton, has had many changes in
its existence. Now it is a place
of spacious veranda of groat
columns of stone and marble.
Once it was a little log cabin, anil
hereby bangs a tale.
Tn 1854 a young newspaper man
of Detroit, Michigan, attracted by
the information brought out in
the Kansas-Nebraska debates in
congress, determined to strike out
for the west and his fortune. His
vife was willing. They took such
household goods as they could
and traveled to the new land. Ne
braska at that time was the In
dian's country. There were not
more than 1,500 white persons in
the whole state; all the country
west of the Missouri river wa9
called "The Great American
Desert," and it took a great deal
of faith to believe that anything
ould be made to grow where an
nual fires destroyed even the
prairie grass and the fringes of
cottonwoods and scrub oaks along
the rivers. There were no roads
and no bridges in the state. It
was "waste land."
The Story in Trees.
And in this sort or country
young J. Sterling Morton built his
Ids cabin. The tu winter was
a mild one and lite jiimic man
raised a fair crop considering the
next summer. Then be built a
frame house, the only one be
tween the Missouri river and (lie
Hockv ' mountains. More time
passed, and another and bigger
house was built. Finally, many
years after, when Nebraska had
been recognized, a fourth house
was built, greater than all the
others put together. Mr. Morton
called these four ventures in
building seed, bud, blossom and
fruit. The fifth house, the
present Arbor Lodge, was built by
Paul Morton and Joy Morton after
their father's death.
However, that is not the real
part of the story. It was not the
soil that was bad when Sterling
Morton went to Nebraska, it was
the fact that prairie fires had de
stroyed everything yearly. These
curbed, it was found that the land
was rich. Then Mr. Morton be
gan to evidence his love for trees.
He sent to his friends in the east
for slips and seeds. They were
forwarded to him. Soon about
the houses as they were built were
formed groves of various trees,
and willi the trees, as they grew,
also grew Morion's hive for them.
From the first cottonwoods trans
planted from the creek he con
tinued to beautify, the place, and
when he could, after his start was
made, he imported rare varieties
from every part of the world.
Our Arbor Day.
then the idea began to grow
stronger within him. He sought
to teach the neighbors the valui
oi trees and lie did teach tnein.
After that came the inspiration
for Arbor day. He consulted th
legislature. The members were
willing to aid. The bill was draft
ed. It was passed in the early
70's and thus was created Arlior
day. I he first Arbor day was
April 10, 1872. The state boari
or agriculture had taken an in
terest in the idea and had offered
a prize of 100 to the person who
would plant the greatest number
of trees. As a result of this
stimulus more than 1,000.000
trees were planted on that firs
The success of the idea need
hardly to be mentioned. Nearly
every stale in the union has an
Arbor day now and even Englani
Japan and other countries have
adopted the custom of tree plant
Visit Foster Son.
Clinton Totton of Wakeeney,
Kansas, arrived last evening to
visit his foster son. Charles Ed
wards, the 9-ycar-old son of Clay
l.dwards, who recently died in
Mills county, Iowa. The father
requested Mr. Totton to take his
son and raise him as his own,
which was agreed lo by Mr. Tot
ton. who has no children of his
own. The little boy will go to
Kansas when the spring term of
school is out and try his new
place for six months, then if he
is content Mr. Tot ten will adopt
UN INTERESTING CASE
IN THE DISTRICT COURT
SPANISH WAR SOLDIERS'
Wednesday and Thursday, April
23 and 27, and Everyone As
sured a Pleasant Event.
The Spanish War soldiers of
Lincoln and Lancaster county are
making big preparations to enter
tain their comrades on April 26
and 27 1911, at the fourth annual
reunion to be held in Lincoln. The
reunion is for' all Nebraska
soldiers everywhere and all
Spanish War soldiers in Ne
braska, no matter from what state
or whether a member of any or
Headquarters will be at the
.indell hotel, where all soldiers
should report for registration
immediately upon arrival. The
committee is already assured of
the biggest al tendance yet, and
have added the feature of getting
news letter from each comrade
unable lo come, which will be on
file at heaibiuarlers for perusal by
his comrades. A large number of
these letters have already come,
some from foreign shores, and
the boys at headquarters say they
are mighty interesting reading.
Many enquiries as to where this
or that comrade is have reached
headquarters. Some could not. be
orated, but the secretary has
written between 150 and 200 per
sonal letters arranging for com
rades to meet at tins reunion.
Every company, troop and band
will have its reunion and there
will be a big camp fire, where all
will attend. Theater tickets for
one evening will be furnished all
comrades from outside of Lan
caster county, and the other even
ing will be devoted lo a banquet,
to which all are invited.
The committee is unable to gel
the address of many Nebraska
soldiers, and so have been unabb
to send them notice. It is hoped
that every soldier who reads this
article, and who has not receivci
a letter from the committee, wil
at once write Frank I. Ringer
Lincoln, Neb., secretary of tin
genera! committee, giving his
company, regiment and present
Which Has Occupied Attention of
Judge and Attorneys for Two
Days and Not Yet Concluded.
The district court yesterday
was engaged in the trial of a case
entitled Amanda Crablree vs. Jes
sie I. Porter, et. al., oxer an in
terest in the Samuel J. Fleming
estate. The petition alleged.
among oilier tilings, that the
plaintiff and two of the defend
ants, Mrs. J. T. Porter and Mrs.
lHixid H. Porter, are sisters and
heirs at law of Samuel J. Flem
ing, deceased, who died March 28,
1U00.- That the deceased was the
oxvner at the time of his death of
personal property valued at $10,
000 and a quarter section of good
farm land in the vicinity of Mur
ray. The land xvas occupied by
the widow of the deceased until
September, 1910, when she died.
The estate of Samuel J. Fleming
was settled - shortly after his
death, when the real estate was
assigned to the plaintiff and de
fendants in equal shares, subject
to the life estate of their mother.
Clarence Fltts (his colored serv
ant) William Rrown
John Foxton (a young married
gentleman) Glen noedecker
Major Pepper, U. S. A
Mrs. Foxton .Margie Walker
Mrs. Arabella Pepper (a maiden
lady) Fay Oldham
Paula (waiting maid at High
land Station) . ..Pauline Oldham
Curtain at 8:15.
Prices, 25 and 35 cents.
At the settlement of the estate
note signed by Samuel J. Fleming
as principal, and plaintiff and de
fendants as surety, for $2,000 in
favor of the Hank of Cass county,
was proved as a debt against the
state, and arrangements made
by the heirs to pay same.
Plaintiff, Mrs. Crablree, alleges
that she xvas a non-resident of
the state and did not knoxv the
value of the land, and that she
signed a quit-claim deed of her
interest in the land, which was
ibsolule in form, but xvhich she
intended as a mortgage. The land
has proved to be more valuable
than she anticipated, or xvas led
lo believe, and she prays the court
lo decree the quit-claim deed to
be a mortgage, and that she may
be let in lo redeem the land.
Many xvitnesses were called on
the contending' sides. Matthew
tiering represents the plaintiff
and Messers. Hymn Clark and W.
. Robertson the defendants.
The plaintiff occupied all day
yesterday and until noon today in
producing xvitnesses. The de
fendants hoped to lie through
xxith their evidence in chief to
day. It is likely there will be
some rebutting testimony for the
morning session, and the case
may take all of loniorroxv before
it is up to the court.
DO fOU LIKE 10 EE
(We are speaking now strictly to
the men.) Our QUALITY CLOTHES
hug your neck and stay there. They do.
not stand out away from your neck and
collar as ordinary suits do, but they ar
shaped and made to fit close and snug
about your neck, giving that tailor mads
effect that is the mark of all good clothes.
If you have been getting a poor fit in
the neck or otherwise "getting it in the.
neck" so to speak, come here and try
our QUALITY CLOTHES. They fit
and stav fit.
G. E. WESGOTT'S SOUS
THE HOME OF SATISFACTION
Kicked liy a Mad Horse.
Samuel Birch, of Bectoxvn, Wis.
had a most narrow escape from losing
his leg, as no doctor could heal the
frightful sore that developed, but at
last Bucklen's Arnica Salve cured it
completely. It's the greatest healer
of ulcers, burns, bolls, eczema, scalds,
cuts, corns, cold-sores, bruises and
piles on earth. Try It. 25c, at Ger
Ing & Co.
APRIL 22, 1911
Sweet and IiOw Barnby
Dear Starry Eyes
Arranged by Westnian
The Qulltln' Bee
. .C. A. March, F. Martin Town
Mrs. Shallow (hostess...) Mrs. Holmes
Heyzekiah Shallow (her hus
band) W: C. Brown
Rev. Mr. Lovegood (In love with
Prudence) Guy Stokes
Prudence Plump (who likes the
minister) Mattie Mlnnlear
Hannah Wasp (a gossip age
doubtful) Fay Oldham
Mrs. Snaggs (who owns a goose)
Widow Horner (in her brand
new dress) Mrs. Kennedy
Ann Maria Shallow ("my dar
ter") Margie Walker
Bass Jsolo Selected
Mr. S. G. Latta.
Saved His Mother's Life.
"Four doctors had given me up,"
writes Mrs. Laura Gaines, of Avoca,
La., "and my children and all my
friends were looking for me to die,
when my son Insisted that I use Elec
tric Bitters. I did so, and they have
done me a world of good. I will al
ways praise them." Electric Bitters
Is a priceless blessing to women
troubled with fainting and dizzy
spells, backache, headache, weakness,
debility, consllpatlon or kidney dis
orders. Use them and gain new
health, strength and vigor. They're
guaranteed to satisfy or money re
funded. Only 50c at Gerlng & Co.
Estate Finally Settled.
The Wilson Easlenlay estate
xvas finally settled in the probate
court yesterday, ami decree of
distribution entered. The de
ceased left no widow or child,
having never been married, and
his estate was distributed to his
brothers and sisters and the de
scendants of those deceased. After
paying the debts .and costs of ad
ministration there, remained
about $700 to each share, and
there xxere seven shares.
Thirty Minutes for Refreshments.
John Downley (a bachelor) ....
Government Corner Stake.
County Surveyor Fred Patler
son came in from Louisville last
evening, where he lias been run
ning some lines for the citizens in
the vicinity of the village, and
hmupht with him a corner stake
of one of the government corners
south of Louisville. II xvas not
heavy, in fact the weakest infant
in the country could have carried
it xx it bout effort, for all there xvas
left of the stake was a piece of
mllcn xvood about 1 inch square.
Mr. Patterson planted a stone
xx here the rotten stake had been.
I Prof. Raymond J. Pool and wife
of Lincoln returned home the first
of the week, after spending
the Faster vacation at the home
of J. R. Yallery. Prof. Pool and
Mrs. Valb'ry are cousins.
The Stork's Doings.
In the rush of news Monday xve
inadertantly forgot to mention
the good fortune xvhich came to
our estaamed fellow townsman,
Hugh Norton, and wife Sunday,
April 10. The slork visited their
home that day and left xxith them
a beautiful 1 if t In daughter, who
has taken up her abode with them
for the next eighteen years. May
the little miss live long lo bring
gladness to her parents.
From a Plattsmouth Citizen.
Is your back lame and painful?
Does it ache especially after
Is there a soreness in the kid
These sysniploms inidcale weak
There is danger in delay.
Weak kidneys fast gel weaker
Give your trouble prompt at
Doan's Kidney Pills act quickly.
They strengthen weak kidneys
Read this Plattsmouth lesli
C. Tyler. Rock street, Plaits
mouth, Neli., says:
"About two years ago, when
suffering from lameness across
my loinand acute pains through
my back when I moved, I procured
Doan's Kidney Pills from Rynoll
&, Co.'s Drug Store and used
them. They benefited mo so
greatly that I publicly recom
mended them. I have been so
free from kidney trouble since
then that I do not hesitate to
verify my former testimonial.'
For sale by all dealers. Price
50 cents. Foster-Milburn Co.,
Iluffalo, New York, sole agents for
the. United Slates.
Remember the name Doan's
and lake no other.
FOR AGED PEOPLE
Old Folks Should be Careful in
Their Selection of Regulative
Wo have a safe, dependable and
altogether ideal remedy that is
particularly adapted to the re
quirements of aged people and
persons of weak constitutions
xvho suffer from constipation or
oilier boxvel disorders. We are so
certain that it will relieve these
complaints and givo absolute
satisfaction in every particular
that we offer it with our personal
guarantee that it shall cost the
user untiling if it fails to sub
slantiate our claims. This rem-
dy is called Rexall Orderlies.
Rexall Orderlies have a sooth
ing, Healing, strengthening tonic
and regulative action upon the
bowels. They remove all irrita
tion, dryness, sorenes sand weak
ness. They restore the bowels
and nsociale organs to more
vigorous and healthy activity.
I'hey are eaten like candy, may be
taken at any time without incon
venience, do not cause any grip
ing, nausea, diarrhoea, excessive
looseness, flatulence or other dis
agreeable effect. Price 25c and
10c. Sold only at our store The
Rexall Store. F. O. Fricke & Co
FRANK P. SHELDON GOES
TO BRING DAUGHTER KL
R. C. and S. C. R. I. Red Cockerels,
$1 00 each. Eggs, per setting, 7
rents; 4.00 per 100. Inquire of
Mrs. C. E. Schwab, Murray, Neb.
Phone 311 Murray.
Hardwood lumber for building on
the Dr. Wiley farm, one mile east
and two miles south of Murray. Any
person wanting Bald lumber, call on
the undersigned at the farm.
MRS. G. M. WILEY
Notice Ih hereny Kiven Hint Kdw.
llvnott A Co. have filed their petition
an rennlred by 1 1 m atatutaa of the atate
of Nebraiika. with the city clerk of the
t'llv of V nttxmoutli. Nebraaka. retiueat
Inir a pi' iim It to anil malt, aplrltuoua
and vlnoua llmiorn for medical, me
chanical and chemical piirpoaea for the
coming municipal year In the building
a tuated on the weat halt wi or lot
twelve (12), - in block twenty-elKht
C!X), In the City of l'lattamouth.
Mr. F. P. Sheldon, the merchant,
from Nehawka, motored to Platta
I'loulh yesterday afternoon and
boarded No. 2 for Knoxville, Il
linois, to bring his daughter, Miss
Isadore, home. Miss Sheldon has
been in the hospital for sumo time,
suffering from ptomaine poison
ing, and her condition does not
improve as her parents would like
to see her do, and the end of the
school year is so near that Mr
Sheldon decided to bring her
Doan's llegulels cure constipa
tion, tone the stomach, stimulate
the liver, promote digestion and
appetite and easy passages of tht
bowels. Ask your druggist for
them. 25 cents a box.
Ask your dealer about Wahoo
Flour, and see If ho thinks It la all
right. Try a sack the next time ycti
The Best Flour in the
Market. Sold by all
Narrow Escape From Suspension.
Three of the High school boys
were on the verge of suspension
from school yesterday by the
superintendent and the hoard for
being found smoking on the
school grounds. I be rule is a
very strict one, and the boys
would hax'e gone out of I he school
had not their parents interviewed
the board and interceded in their
behalf. Superintendent Abbott
will not tolerate a violation of this
rule, and I he next boy or boys
xvho violate it will have to quit
Have you tried a sack of that
Wahoo Mills flour Ask the man
about It the next time you need
flour. You will find It to be the best
on the market.
Stewart Horse Clippers at $0.50
and $9.75. Regular prices were
$7.50 and $10.75. Only a few left.
Al John Bauer's.
Telephoning the Veterinary!
Injury or sickness to a valuable horse on the farm demands
immediate action. Delay in Retting the services of a skilled vet
erinary may mean the loss of a high-priced animal.
By means of a long distance Bell Telephone service, the vet
erinary is reached, and he tells the farmer what to do until he
No far-sighted farmer gets along without local and long dis
tance Bell Telephone Service. Daily, he sees proof of its usefulness.
M. . JiRAXTNr.R.Pi attsmouth Manager
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