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About The Plattsmouth journal. (Plattsmouth, Nebraska) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (May 16, 1912)
ROBERT H. FITCH, PIONEER CITIZEII
OF GASS GOIIV, PASSES AIM
PREPARED IN THE INTERESTS OF THE PEOPLE OF MURRAY AND VICINITY ESPECIALLY FOR THE JOURNAL READEBS.
Mr. Fitch Was a Native of Virginia, Having Been Born There in
May 1832 -Later Coming West to Kansas Where He Met
and Wedded Miss Mary Lewis, Who Survives Him.
( If uny of the raiders oftlie Journal kww of a social event or an item of interest in this vicinity and will mail same to this office it mU appear inula- this heading
'1 e want all items of interest. Editor Jour ial.
r .if- - , at T
Murray State Bank
Capital $10,000 Surplus $5,000
CHAS. C. PARMELE, President
F.L NUTZMAN, Vice-President
W. G. BOEDEKER, Cashier
Wc Solicit Your Banking
oTOur Deposits are protected by the Depositor's Guaran
tee Fund of the State of Nebraska.
Interest Paid on
Frank Dugay was a I'lalts
iMiiuth visitor Sunday.
Ir. (iilinan made a professional
visit .o Union Monday.
Lloyd and Mao Lewis were pas
Bcngcrs to Omaha Tuesday even
ing. Mrs. Hronson Kline lias been
numbered with tin sick this
Ad Monicker shipped a far of
hogs to Hit' South Omaha market
William Nickels was transact
ing husiness in Platlsmonl li
Mr, and Mrs. Frank I.illie were
guests of W, F. Moore and fam
Mrs. Leonard Horn of Platts
month was a visitor with Mrs. M.
Mrs. E. E. Leach of Union was
visiting her mother, Mrs. Hatlie
Mrs. John Campbell has been
nn the sick list this week, but is
getting along nicely.
Lloyd Lewis had the misfor
tune to run a nail in his fool,
making a very painful wound.
Gussie Lord drove to Piatt s
moulh Tuesday, whpre ho look
(he. eighth grade examination.
.Mrs. Mark While of Rock
Willi's spent Wednesday visiting
with Mr. ami Mrs. 1. S. While.
Mrs. F.d Kings of lrewler,
Neb., arrived Sunday for an ex
tended visit with relatives and
There was a slight frost Tues
day night, doing some damage lo
garden truck. The extent of I he
injury is nut known.
C. M. II ial I and w ife were Sun
day visitors with his father and
mother and also his brother, hem
in ie Hialt and wife.
E. II. Ouecn and Pearl Dugay
were Omaha passengers Monday,
where they visited Wayne Lewi
at St. Joseph's hospital,
Theodore Amick's 7-year-old
son, Al l bur, w ho has been suf
fering from a serious attack of
pneumonia, is now considered out
School closes (his week. Friday
afternoon the principal, Mrs.
I take her pupils out
while the primary
have a program of
O. A. lais
erect a new re
Hie home of h
J. Pitman. II
is arranging to
ddence of I be iimd
lype, just north of
is falher-in-law. 1.
will be an up-to-
date residence of eight rooms.
Moiinly Mommissioiier Fried
rich was in town Monday confer
ring with Die committee on good
roads. js molln is. "to help
those who try to help them
selves." The road question is a
very important one in this lown
John Poller, who has been
siiD'ering from a serious attack of
appendicitis, is somewhat better
at this lime, ami great hopes are
entertained I hat he will recover
without going through the ordeal
of an operation. The Journal re
grets lo learn of Mr. Porter's mis
fortune and hopes for the best.
The Journal office carries all
kinds of typewriter supplies.
William Troop was a I'lalls
nioiith visitor Wednesday.
Frank ami Ivay Davis were
Murdock visitors Monday.
S. O. Pitman was a business
visitor in Nebraska Mily Mon
day. J. I. Pitman attended lo busi
ness affairs in Platlsmouth Tues
day. Mrs. Charles Spangler spent
Monday with her mother at Eight
Mrs. M. Hiatt, who has been
quite ill for several days, is some
better at this writing.
Mr. ami Mrs. S. O. Pitman, Mrs.
Nellie Davis and I)ick Pitman
were Omaha visitors Monday.
Will Hamilton, in company with
Mr. Hostwick, were Omaha and
Council Hluffs visitors Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs S. O. Pitman
were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Fos
ter of Nebraska City Saturday and
Mrs. Mary Dull anfl Mrs. Frank
Hanker spent Sunday with Mr.
John Rutherford and family at
Mrs. Frank Gohclman of
Platlsmouth visited with her
grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ivan
Uncle William Wiley is in a
very serious condition, and but
little hopes are entertained for
his ultimate recovery.
Mrs. Mary Dull and Mrs. Nellie
Jennings made a business trip lo
I'laiismouin luesiiay morning,
returning on the lfl:'JU train.
There will be services al the
Presbyterian church next Sunday
by the pastor, Rev. Ransom. Sun
day school at the usual hour.
Will Smith is now on Hie road
for the Ohio Match company and
is evidently making good. He is
pretty well pleased with his job.
Oliver Haxler, well known in
this vicinity, bul now living on a
ranch in Wyoming, was stricken
with paralysis recently and a let
ter to his mother informs her
thai he will probably recover.
The people who inhabit Ibis
little burg are certainly alive to
the good roads movement, ami
not letting any grass grow under
their feel while hustling for bet
ter roads. other towns much
larger will do well lo sit un and
J. W. Merger made a trip lo Ne
braska City Sunday to isil bis
son, William Merger ami family.
Mr. Merger has been lied down lo
business pretty closely ami this
is the Ill's! lime he has been' out
of (own since he returned from
California over a year ago.
Word reached here Monday
that Mr. and Mrs. Hoy Davis of
Fullertoii, California, are the
happy possessors of a tine baby
boy, born May '2. Mrs. Davis was
formerly Miss Inez llnsser, a
former Cass county lady, and the
proud father of the lit lie one is a
son of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Davis
ami a brother of our fellow
citizen, (). A. Davis. The Journal
i extends congratulations.
Me.sdaines Jennie Jenkins and
Fail Jenkins entertained the.
idies' Aid society Wednesday at
the home of the former. A de-
ighlful afternoon was spent in
the devotional, business ami
social affairs of the society. Many
outside of the organization were
present. Refreshments were
served and a very pleasant after
noon was had with the Mesdames
Mrs. Charles Spangler enter
tained Misses Pauline and Fay
Oldham al dinner Tuesday.
Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Davis spent
the da Wednesday with Mr. and
Mrs. O. A. Davis. The many
friends of Mr. Davis were glad lo
see him able to be out again.
Mesdames John Lloyd, Frank
Marler and Herl Lloyd entertained
the Missionary society Friday at
the home of Mrs. John Lloyd. The
day will long be remembered bv
those fortunate enough to be
I here. Maurice, Lloyd and Karl
Marler each drove a carriage from
their home lo Murray for the pur
pose of conveying the guests to
ami from the meeting. - The de
votional exercises were conduct
ed by Mrs. W. S. Smith; the busi
ness part of I he society was taken
up by I be president, Mrs. D. C.
Ilhodcn, and the social side of the
afternoon was participated in by
all present. Delicious refresh
ments were served at 5 o'clock.
Mrs. James DelesDernier, Mrs.
Frank Aleirp, Mrs. Fd 'full, Mrs.
Frank Marler ami Mrs. Iter! Lloyd
were secured as new members
and will be a great addition to the
society. Mrs. Dave Lloyd was
able to be present at the meeting,
and the ladies were glad lo have
her with them. The meeting Fri
day afternoon was one of the most
successful of the year.
Burlington Band Concert.
The Murlington Route Maud of
Platlsmouth, Neb., in concert. K.
II. Schulhof, director, assisted by
Mrs. Edna Eaton, soprano, and
Miss Margie Walker, accompanist.
Al Jenkins' Hall, Murray, Neb.,
Saturday evening, Mav 18. I9D
Following is the program:
March The Guy
Da I bey
. , . May
"Simple Avon" . . .
Coprano Solo When the Heart
Is Young Muck
Mrs, Edna Eaton.
Miss Margie Walker, Accompanist
Waltz Our Wedding Day..'fnhani
Descriptive The Forage in the
Synopsis The dawn; the. clock
strikes 5; the morning prayer; the
smith al the anival.
Selection 15 Minutes From
"Pigeon Wing Rag" Johnson
You are cordially invited to re
main for the dance afler the con
cert. Gentlemen, 75 cents; ladies
"Had dyspepsia or indigestion
for years. No appetite, and what
I did eat distressed me terribly.
Purdock Mlood Hitlers reached the
cause." J. H. Walker, Sunbury,
is wanted in Murray by
and the highest market price will
be paid at all timas.
Your stock will he nccedted at
any time you wish to make the
delivery, and we will guarantee
to pay you the very best market
All Wc Ask is a Trial to
Be Fair With You
Telephone No, 14 or IS
Wi t M'DONALD
JOIN C. NI'DULD
Burlington's Report Optimistic
"Soil is in excellent condition
throughout the district; there are
no exceptions," is the first sen
tence of the most optimistic crop
report issued by the Murlington
in years. Continuing, the report
"Conditions were favorable
during the week ending May 11
and winter wheat has made good
progress. Reports from every
section are more favorable than
last week. No reports from any
quarter indicate that the crop is
being injured by the various pests
that usually do more or less dam
age at about this time.
"Crop percentages, based on re
ports or agents on a full crop
ratio, show the following aver
ages: Omaha division, 91 per
cent; last week, 9(1. Lincoln di
vision, 95 per cent; last week, 92.
Wyniore division, 81 per cent; last
week, 80. McCook division, 97
per cent; last week, 88. Rains
late last week chiefly account for
I he betterment. Plowing for corn
is from 75 lo 90 per cent finish
ed and from 5 lo 35 per cent of
the crop is planted in the Burling
ton district, according to agents'
reports. Fruit has not been dam
aged by frosls prior lo Saturday
night, ami prospects were con
Must Put Back Phones in Eagle.
The slate railway commission
has informed the Lincoln Tele
phone company that it must re
instate or reconnect the Hell
phones which were taken out at
the town ftf Eagle. After this is
done the telephone company must
apply to the commission for per
mission lo remove the phones.
The commission directs the com
pany lo reinstate I be phones and
reconnect them with the Lincoln
exchange as they were before the
change was made unless an agree
ment can be arrived at between
the patrons at Eagle and Hie Lin
coln company. The company dis
connected in all not to exceed
eight phones al Eagle, so that the
patrons must depend on a. local
telephone exchange and must pay
loll when talking lo Lincoln. The
patrons object on the ground that
Hie local exchange does not have
night or Sunday service. Lin
The C. 11. Nold Lumber com
pany have changed managers of
the local business in Murray. J.
Host irk, the former manager,
resigns to accept a position at or
near his old home in Indiana. Mr.
W. H. Stoutl'er of Fairfax, Mo., is
the new manager, and from his
appearance and manner we believe
he is just the kind of a man as
will prove beneficial in both social
and business ways lo the people
of Murray and vicinity. Mr.
StoutTer bears every appearance
of a gentleman and a first-class
Ex-Commlssloner Hayes Here.
John Hayes of Long Reach,
California, a former citizen of
Cass county, and one of the early
settlers of Stove Creek precinct,
and for two terms county com
missioner of this county, arrived
last night from his California
home and will look after business
matters in Platlsmouth for a
short lime. Mr. Hayes left for
Omaha Ibis morning and will visit
his sons. Henry and. William, at
F.lniwood for a lime.
To Those Interested.
The notes and accounts due
Hie lale linn of Edmunds & Hrovvn
are left al the Stale Hank of Mur
ray for the convenience of those
who may desire to settle. This is
done because I will not. be in
Murray all the lime, having busi
ness on my farm.
J. W". Edmunds.
Card of Thanks.
I take Ibis method lo return my
grateful thanks to those kind
friends and neighbors who so
generously aided me during the
illness and death of my dear hus
band, and especially lo the Ladies'
Missionary society, M. V. A. and
others for their niagnillcent tloral
tributes. Mrs. Mary Dull.
R. I. Red eggs for sale, 50 cents
per selling, or $11. 00 per hundred.
Mrs. C. E. Schwab. 'Phone 3-If,
For the second time within a
week the grim monster, Death,
has robbed the community of a
highly respected pioneer citizen,
in the person of Robert II. Fitch,
who died at his home near Mur
ray May 15, 1912. He was born
May 12, 1832, in Rockingham
county, Virginia, and had passed
his eightieth birthday but three
days before his death. Mr. Fitch
had been a sufferer with parlaysis
of the throat for several years,
but his condition was not con
sidered serious until a few days
ago, when he began to fail
When a young man he left his
native stale for the west and set
tled in Doniphan county, Kansas,
and in 1856, at Iowa Point, Kan
sas, Mr. Fitch was married to
Miss Mary L. Lewis, who still sur
vives him. Eleven children were
born to this union, ten of whom
are living. He removed from
Kansas to Nebraska in 1803, re
siding here a short time and then
removing to Missouri, but in 1864
returned to Nebraska ami pur
chased a farm near Murray, which
has been his homestead since un
til (he time of his death.
At an early age he united with
the Christian church and was,
An Old Pioneer and Stage Driver
of Wore Than Fifty Years Ago
Would Like to See It.
(ieorge Ray, residing down near
Murray, has received a letter from
his father, W. C. Ray, of Helhany,
Missouri, suggesting to his son
and the citizens of Plattsmouth
the idea of making a Pioneer Day
celebration in this city, continu
ing over two or three days, mak
ing it a grand celebration for
both old and young to participate
in. Mr. Ray tells of the days when
he was here, way back in the early
sixties, and gives a large number
of his crew of men who were fol
lowing the work of conveying
freight and passengers across the
plains to Denver and the far west,
many of whom are probably
known to some of our older set
tlers in this city and surrounding
country. In 1862 they were work
ing under a wagon master by the
name of Hank Hasset, with Jim
Dodson as assistant. The follow,
ing named men were under them,
and as Mr. Ray terms them, bull
whackers: (ieorge Moore, Abe
Hledore, Dick Root, Jack Marshal,
Charley Genueha, Jim Gardner,
June Wilks, Ace Coleman, Amos
Coleman, Jim Duncan, Hill Dun
can, Lake Davis, Henry Laird,
Herman Schott, Arron Wade, Jack
Griff, John Dalton. Pat Lafv.
Charley C. White, Lank White,
Louis Smith, Willis Slusher, Geo.
Wamire, John Logan, Rireh Per
kins, John Atchison, Jake Mill
ion! and Will Ray. Al this time
these men were working for
Majors Ryruin and Potete, and
were freighting out of Nebraska
In the year of 1862 Mr. Ray tells
of the trip made from Nebraska
City to Fort Laramie, (hence lo
the Medicine How mountains. Tho
trip was made through the canyon
that Colonel Craig named Has
set's Canyon, and it is located in
the Rockies out in Colorado. I
remember when Dick Cm IT and
myself went lo the mouth of a
grisley's den, a place where we
seemed lo be unwelcome visitors.
We made two trips to the Medicine
How mountains, remained the first
lime and assisted in hauling tim
ber from the side of the moun
tain to build Fori Hallock.
In 1863 we made one trip to
Fort Kearney and one to Fori
Laramie. At. this time I worked
a while at Oilman's ranch, tlfleen
miles this side of Cottonwood
Springs. In the latter part of 1863
we were in the employ of McCor
mas it Johnson, at Hock Hlufl's, ai
which time a man by the name of
Mcltunalds was wagon master.
At this time Hie bull whackers
were loin Phintple, denrge Phini
pplc, Lou Smith, John Smith, Hob
Smith. Mirch Perkins', Hill Hud
son. Elshia Hudson, (ieorge Hurg
cr', Fred Miner. Polk Fletcher.
Joe Vaughn and Will Ray. (The
name after which you will II ml a
star are among those that I know
to be dead) .
during all of the years of his life,
a steadfast and devoted Christian
man. always in favor of thai
which would be of (he most benefit
to his community; he was public
spirited and enterprising. Mr.
Filch was a charter member of
I he Masonic lodge organized at
R"ck HlulTs, and was a member of
the order in good standing at the
lime of his death. He was a good
citizen, a kind and devoted hus
band ami father., and an obliging
neighbor, standing very high in
the estimation of those who knew
Mr. Fitch leaves to mourn his
death his aged widow and the fol
lowing named sons and daugh
ters (one son, William, having
died in infancy) : L. F. Fitch,
Union; John M. Ftich, Nehawka;
James I. Fitch and R. H. Fitch,
Murray; Mrs. R. 11. Frans and
Mrs. Charles Frans, Union; Mrs.
Ed Riggs, Hrewster, and Mrs. E.
R. Queen and Mrs. Joe Campbell,
of near Murray.
The funeral will occur tomor
row (Friday) afternoon at 2
o'clock at the Lewiston church,
with interment in Lewiston
cemetery. The funeral will be
conducted by Rev. W. A. Taylor of
Mr. Ray is a man well advanced
in years, bnl able to more than en
joy a genuine good Old Pioneer
Day celebration, and he would
like to see the people of this city
take the matter up. Many of
these now old gentlemen are no
Mount alive am woo n (ravel
long way to attend such a gather
ing, and should a good program
he prepared the younger genera
lions would enjoy the celebration
just as much as the old men. The,
older settlers of this citv and
county will' n$ doubt find some in
(his list of na'mes that are known
to them. We believe a celebra
tion of this sort would be the most
successful that could be pulled
off in Platlsmouth this season.
Missouri Rising Rapidly.
The Missouri river has raised
two feel or more within the past
twenty-four h ours. The Platte is
also rising and has reached about
the same guage that the Hig
Muddy has in the same time. The
date is early for the June rise and
may be due to the large fall of
snow within the last few days in
Never can tell when you'll mash
a finger or suffer a cut, bruise or
scald. He prepared. Thousands
rely on Dr. Thomas' Eclectic Oil.
Your druggist sells it. 25c and
The Best Flour in tho
Market. Sold by all
SPRING and SUMMER
I wish to announce that my Spring
and Summer line of Millinery is up-to-date
in every particular. All the
ladies of this city and community
are invited to call and see me in my
- on South Sixth Street -
Dressmaking is Our Specialty
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