The Plattsmouth journal. (Plattsmouth, Nebraska) 1901-current, June 13, 1912, Image 1
.ob Slate Historical Soc Bourn outb VOLUME XXXI. PLATTSMOUTH, NEBRASKA, THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 1912. NO. 6. be CIII COUNCIL APPDIHTS COMMITTEE CO Ell In Regard to the Repairing of the Wooden Buildings on Main Street, by Covering Them With Brick and Tin Report of City Treasurer Shows City in Splendid Financial Condition. From Tuesday's Dally. At the rollcall of officers at the city council session all were pres ent save Councilman Vondran of the Fifth ward, who was absent throughout the session. The min utes of the previous meeting were read and approved without amendment. Under the head of communica tions, one was read from F. E. While relative to his three build ings. In substance, Mr. While asked that he be allowed to re pair and paint the buildings, and stated that he would cover the fronts with metal in stone or brick imitation, place brick foundations under them and make them look creditable. Councilman Richey discussed the request and stated that he did not like the idea of getting the city into a lawsuit, and if there was any way to compromise the matter and let Mr. White repair the building he would like to do so, and moved that the former action of the council regarding the removal of the structures be reconsidered; the motion was seconded by Mr. Dovey. Before the motion was put City Attorney Tidd was called on for an opinion as to whether the council could grant permission to repair a wooden building de preciated more than 50 per cent of the value. The council was cited to the statute forbidding the granting of any special privilege to erect a woodn building within the prescribed (Ire limit, and it was the opinion of the city at torney that the provision in the ordinance and the statute would not permit it. It was also sug gested that as Mr. Dovey had been a signer on a petition to retain the buildings, he was disqualified from seconding a motion to re consider. At this stage Mr. Richey withdrew his motion. There was considerable discus sion of the matter, and the re building of the Jones' livery barn was cited as a precedent where a special privilege had been grant ed to erect a wood building in the fire limits. Mr. Hallstrom got the floor and suggested that it would be well to use some caution and avoid litigation if it could con sistently be done, and recom mended as a solution of the mat ter that a committee be appoint ed to confer with Mr. White and see if he would not make the fronts of brick or concrete and cover the sides with metal, and place the buildings on good brick foundations and make them look creditable to the street. Coun cilman Buttery got the floor and remarked that he thought there ought to be some way out of the diftlculty, and moved that the mayor appoint a committee to confer wifh Mr. White along the lines suggested by Mr. Hallstrom. The motion was seconded "and carried. Mayor Saltier named as such committee Buttery, Lush insky and Richey. A communication was read from Kroehler Brothers slating the firm lield a note and account against one of the city employes for 814.90, and requested the council to see that the claim was paiil. The mailer was referred lo the judiciary committee, which reported during the session. The finance committee reported I he following claims and recom mended their allowance: Ernest Milburn, street work, $15.80; John Kitzpalrick, salary night police, $10; Kroehler Brothers, merchandise, $0.75; Ben Ilainey, salary, $t5; Robert Walling, watering library lawn, $3; Olive Jones, salary, $35; James Don nely, salary, $3; public library, expense, ?1.40; Warga & Cecil, repairs, 20 cents; Hans Rothman, labor, $20; E. Kalaseck, $2; H. D. Stanley, labor, $1; R. A. Bates, printing, $8.51; Henry Trout, salary, $50; M. McCool, labor on street, $22; Lewis Melbach, labor, $29; Mark Sheldon, $1.60; James llll ii : it in l, Wynn, street work, $2(5.80 ; James Rebal, street commissioner, 133; Charles Bates, street work, $20; Ed Snodgrass, street work, 38; Al Jones, street work, $22.80; W. B. Rishel, sprinkling streets and labor; $38.50; E. B. Perry, haul ing hose, $2; M. Archer, salary, $30; Nebraska Light Co., three bills, $3.10; Nebraska Light Co., two bills, $120.40, less 80 cents discount, or allowed $125.57; F. Neuman, testing hose. $2; Platts- Poliee . 128.50 157.58 Fire Hydrant Rent 011.30 Light Interest Cemetery , . . Dug Bus. Tax. . . . Sinking (ien. School . . Teachers' . . . Paving Bis No 3 Reg. War rants 125.02 31)0.04 4,031.13 2,510.84 12.00 250. CO .75 111.01 42.00 3,455.20 41)0.0 4 223.07 889.03 1,380.25 '1,131.17 0,501. Overdraft. Total on hand, $11,580.11, less overdraft of $2,03OTSO, leaving balance in hands of treasurer of treasurer of $0,555.31. The judiciary committee re ported on Krohler claim in sub stance that the committee re commended that I he city not re tain anyone on its force unless employe paid up bills, mouth Telephone company, $2.50; B. t. Wurl, expense, $1.50. Two claims were sent to the claims committee, being John Bauer, $1.05 and J. H. McMaken for sod ding library lawn, $42.57. The chief of police reported seven arrests during the month of May. The city clerk collected and turned into the treasury $103.70 during the month. City Treasurer Carl 0. Fricke reported warrants paid and funds on hand as follows: Warrants Fund Paid. Balance. Building $ 905.04 (ieneral $ 121.3 4 312.03 Hoad 472.25 1,728.57 Fire Dept. ... 11.75 09.57 Library 58.30 57.2 Park 49.43 Councilman Kurtz, chairman of the streets; alleys and bridges committee, reported that the county commissioners had been cominmunicated with concerning the county bridges within the city limits and that the board would take time to view the bridges at the present session of the board. Chairman Lushinsky of the committee to provide a place for the ineeling of the city council, reported that the livery barn which he had been in favor of the city owning and remodeling for a council chamber, had been sold and I lie committee would like further time, which was granted. Councilman Johnson reported, as chairman of the cemetery committee, that the gentleman from Lincoln could be had at any time now, and it was moved to have Mr. Wiggin come to Plalts moulh and visit I lie cemetery with the committee in a week or so. Chairman Dovey of the finance committee, reported that a meet ing of the committee had been held and (he estimate for the year's expense had been prepared, which would lower the tax by a mill over that of last year. The estimate was then read and voted to be published with the estimate of last year. The rontract for building con crete walks ami crossings was awarded to H. C. McMaken & Sons company. After some discussion of (lie question of building concrete j walks, the council adjourned. Acoepts Position t -Merger's. Miss Anna Weidman has ac cepted the position of clerk al the Charles Herger bakery, entering upon her duties Monday. Miss Weidman is a capable young1 lady in whatever line she may choose lo take up, and tho trade will And her genial and obliging. utc II III L Making Permanent Walk. From Tuesday's Dally. II. C. McMaken it Son company are engaged today laying the con crete walk adjacent to their con crete works on South Fifth street. This is a much needed improve ment, as the street is one of the direct lines of travel from the shops to the postolllce and is much used. The new walk covers half a block and closes up the gap and make a good walk from Main street to Garfield park. - L Omaha Boosters Say Missourl lowa Rocky and Far From a Good Motor Road. ' The Omaha World-Herald con tains the following account of the return trip of the Omaha Boost ers, who feel very much enl bused over the niaha-Platlsnioulh-Ne-braska City-Kansas City Motor Route: Addition proof that the Ne braska motor .route to Kansas City totally eclipses Hie road on the Missouri side of the river is at hand. ' Omaha's good roads boosters, who motored to Kansas City last week, reached home yesterday, enthused beyond description at the wonderful success of I heir trip. And they declare the Ne braska road to be far better than that on the opposite side of the "Big Muddy." The Omahans made the return trip on the Missouri side, just to see for themselves what the road really is like. And the thrills they experienced in narrowly escaping plunges down bluffs and acci dents through collisions with huge bowlders still set their their blood tingling. Mud and rocks and uneven highways were, their lot on the return, but on the way to Kansas City, they insist, they found ideal traveling. The down trip was made in ten hours' actual running time. But on the return it look them ten hours to make the 08 miles to St. Joseph. The Missouri-Iowa road to Kansas iCty 'is 241 miles in length, while the Nebraska-Kansas highway is but 214 miles long. And it's the ideal, too, in asmuch as it's the shortest route, the ieal boosters say. In the parly that preached a belter highway gospel on their trip was Ward C. Clifford, assist ant commissioner of the Com mercial club; H. E. Fredrirkson, who furnished the car for the trip; J. A. Sunderland, J. E. George, R. P. Hamilton and T. II. Pollock of Plattsntouth. The next cross-country road trip, ns scheduled, will lake the boosters across Nebraska to Salt Lake City. Resolutions of Condolence. Whereas, It has pleased our Heavenly Falher, in his inllnile wisdom and love, to remove from our midst our esteemed and be loved neighbor, (ieorge Wagner, of this camp; therefore, be it Resolved, By the members of Cedar Creek CampNo. 2005, Mod ern Woodmen of Aemrica, that in his death the camp loses a staunch and worthy member, the community a loyal friend and his family a true and loving falher and husband. Resolved, That in respect to his memory and in appreciation of his honest and upright life, the camp extends to his wife and family Iheir heartfelt sympathy; and be it further Resolved, That a copy of (he foregoing resolutions be entered upon the minutes of our camp and published in our official paper, and a copy of the same be Irans icilled to the wife of our de ceased neighbor. J. H. Ilessenflow, (Ieorge P. Meisinger, II. G. Frey, Committee. C. E. Heebner of Nehawka nnd C. II. Jordan of Alvo arrived from their homes last evening and met with Mr Friedrich in regular county commissioners board ses sion today. The commissioners will sit as a board of equalization this week. IDEA AN IIITERESIG CASE T Mrs. Sarah -McElwain Against the Platte Mutual Insurance Co. Tried by Jury. From Tuesday'! Dally. The. following jury was em panneled yesterday afternoon in the district court to try the issues between Mrs. Sarah McElwain and the Platte Mutual Insurance com pany, which was tried some time ago in the county court and judg ment awarded the plaintilT: J. Q. Lansing, James Sperry, B. C. Hyde, Dietrich Koester, (J. M. Minford, Lee Cotner, Asbury Jacks,' W. J. Maguey, S. I. Comp ton, William Bullish, E. B. Tay lor and John Wolf. The plaintilT bases her claim for judgment on a contract of in surance which th.' defendant, by its olllcers, claims was never paid for, and the policy in fact can celed. To support her contention the plaintiff introduced the policy and also supported her claim by her own testimony and also that of her son, B. A. McElwain. Mr. McElwain testified that he pro cured the policy of insurance fol ios mother, and also paid the premium for her himself, per sonally, in cash, but took no re ceipt. Mrs. McElwain testified to receiving the policy, examining it and placing it in a drawer of her bookcase with oilier papers. .Mrs. McElwain was cross-examined very rigidly by Mr. Dwver, i'.llorney for the Platte Mutual, and the witness was asked whether or not she had staled to Mrs. V. V. Leonard, in hep own home , during the summer, after her residence was destroyed by lire, .that she and her son, Bert, were sorry and disappointed because- they had not kept the in surance policy paid up. Mrs. Mc Elwain emphatically denied such a statement. On her re-examination the witness staled that she is 70 years old. The plaint ill" then rested her case. The defendant called Mrs. V. V. Leonard, who testified in sub stance I hat she was a caller at Mrs. McElwain's home during I he summer, a year ago, after the fire and after the building had been repaired, when Mrs. McElwain had informed- her that she and her son were disappointed be cause they had let their insurance lapse. At, this stage of the trial the court took a recess until 9 o'clock this morning. On account of one of the jurors, Mr. Wolfe, misunderstanding the hour of beginning court this morning and going to his home, lelurning on No. 4, court did not proceed with the trial until 10 o'clock. The defense continued with its witnesses, taking the testimony of II. R. Goring, Frank McElroy and others. The testimony of Mr. (lering directly contradicted the evidence of B. A. McElwain as to the payment of the premium, Mr. del ing being just as positive that the premium had never been paid as Mr. McElwain was yesterday that he had paid it. Mr. McElroy leslilled to meeting Mr. McElwain on the street shortly after the fire and having a conversation with him, in which Mr. McElroy ex pressed sorrow al the loss of the McElwain home, and received the information from Mr. McElwain that the insurance had been al lowed lo lapse. The case was still in progress when the Journal went to press. ' Card of Thanks. We lake this opportunity of re turning our most sincere and heartfelt thinks to our neighbors and friends for assistance and sympathy in our affliction, caused by the sudden death of our dear husband and father. And especial ly lo the Sons of Herman do we owe a debt of gratitude for Iheir many kindnesses during our deep atlliction, and also for the many flnral tributes, Mrs. fieorge Wagner and Children. James Terryberry returned from Hazelton, N. D., on the morning I rain today, where he had been looking after real estate belonging lo the William Volk estate. Ifl DISTRICT C CI LI F! MAYOR SATTLER FAVORS QLD-FASHIOII ED FOURTH OF Nothing Gorgeous, Nothing Costly, But One of Pleasure and Socialbility, and Enjoy Good Speaking, Good Music and a Genuine Good Time in Honor of the Great Natal Day. It is the suggestion of Mayor Saltier that the people of Plalls niouth get together and have a Fourth of July celebration. It. is not his idea to have the event too extensive and so gorgeous as to require everybody to dig up u lot of money, but, cut out the "mid way" features requiring outside attractions, which are usually ex pensive, and bring little real pleasure. The mayor would be in favor of securing a couple of good and entertaining speakers, a chorus of home singers and the Burlington llnulc band for the enlerlainnient of the crowd, with fireworks al night, lie suggests that I he city has a line park, which would be a delightful place to hold the celebration, and nothing would be nicer than lo enlertain the people of the city there for a few hours on our natal day. This simple program would not require such an amount of funds as is usually expended and would be more enjoyable than the street fair attractions usually pulled off Howard Beaty, Former Engineer on Burlington, Died In Lincoln Saturday. From TueHday's Dally. Howard Beaty, formerly a resi dent of this city, and for the past twenty-live or thirty years a Bur lington engineer, died suddenly at his home in Lincoln Saturday aft ernoon. Mr. Beaty had been in his usual health until last Tues day, while in Omaha with his wife, he had a bad turn and had to call a doctor, but speedily grew bet ter after arriving at his home in Lincoln and thought he was over his trouble. Just before he expired he was sitting in a chair at his home and conversing with a neighbor wom an. Mrs. Beaty had gone out to Ihe grocery store for something, and Mr. Beaty remarked to the neighbor that he was feeling fine now and would go back lo work Monday, and he had hardly ceased speaking of Ibis when he fell forward from his chair and died without uttering a sound and wit bout a struggle. Mr. Beaty was born in Penn sylvania fifty-nine years ago, and came to Plaltsmoulh about 1874, as a Burlington engineer, and he was one of Ihe few men retained by the company after the strike, lie was removed lo Havelock when the shops were built there and given a run from Lincoln. He leaves a wife and one daughter, Mrs. Hoscoe Alexander of Topcka, Kansas. He was a man who stood high in the estimation of the Burlington management, as well as with his brother engineers. Bis funeral occurred al St. Paul's church, Lincoln, this aft ernoon, (ieorge Dodge and wife of this city, old friends of the family, .attended the funeral. Chicken Farm Prospering. Oscar Wilson, who is running a chicken farm as a side line with his barber simp, has a fine lot of full blooded barred Plymouth Rock fowls already on hand, and the new incubator, which he stocked up with 130 eggs three weeks ago yesterday, began lo grind out a full grist of the same kind of birds. Oscar has several pens in close proximity to his shop and the chicks are doing fine. Lawn Social at Mynard. A social will lie given, on the lawn of Robert Propst on Satur day evening, June 15, for tho benefit of the Mynard baseball club. Ice cream and cako will bo served, and everybody Is invited to come and enjoy a nice, social time. FORMER RESIDENT OF PLATTSMOUTH DEAD JUL! GELEBRATIOIJ on (he paved street. It would not be necessary to send out delega tions over the county as boosters, as the newspaper advertisements would be sullicient to bring the people out. The, celebration would not in any way be a money-making enterprise, but a patriotic gathering to enjoy the holiday, hear the speeches, patriotic songs and enjoy a general social after noon. The idea is a good one and will be entered into with more zeal by all of the citizens taking part I ban a celebration promoted by only one order. About all of the funds needed will be for Ihe band, I he fireworks and expense of car fare and hotel bills of the orators and the amount could easily be est imal ed. All hough Mayor Sat tier has not suggested how Ihe mailer should be handled, there is no doubt that a mass meeting of the citizens, called by the mayor for the pur pose, would quickly set Ihe mai ler in million. Proper Way to Look at It. The Tecumseh Journal-Tribune very truthfully remarks: "Incomprehensible as it. may seem, I here are a few people who do not lake kindly lo Ihe slogan, 'Work the roads,' giving as a rea son that only those owning auto mobiles are benefited by keeping the roads in a passable condition. This sort of feeling should not exist, (iood roads are of vast, benefit lo every farmer who take grain, produce or slock to mar ket. While il is true that aulo users will reap a benefit, si ill it follows that all who have oc casion to use the public highways will receive al least partial bene fit. We own no aulo neither do we hope to be able lo so do in Ihe near future, yet we find those who do own those vehicles of rapid I can si I among the most liberal givers when it comes to paying out money for keeping up the highways. They should be coin mended for Iheir public spirit rather than be found fault with. The value of every farm in John son county is enchanced by good roads, and Ihe man who stands back when solicited to do his part loward improving them should make a careful inspection of him self and see if he cannot take something which will relieve him of that 'grouchy' feeling." Convention at Omaha. The forty-fifth annual stale Sunday school convent ion w ill meet in the Auditorium in Omaha one week from today, June 18, continuing three days. Some noted men are on the program fur addresses during Ihe three days, among them being Prof. K. I.. Rouse of Peru, formerly super intendent of Ihe Plaltsmoulh schools. One the night before the convention opens, June 17, there is to be a grand concert of from 500 to 1,000 voices and accom panied by the Omaha Symphony Study orchestra, directed by Mr. Cox. The musical organization is popular in Plattsmouth, and together with the 500 voices o the best singers in Omaha, will be something worth hearing. The concert is for the entertainment of the visiting delegates and will be free. The Sunday schools of the city will no doubt send many delegates to the convention, as it seldom convenes in so convenient a city as Omaha. Make Valuable Improvement The German Turners have just completed a fine concrete walk en the oast and south of their hall property on Washington avenue and Eighth street. The walk on tho east will be very much ap preciated by those living on North Eighth, as well, ns those al tend ing the Christian church from tho south. McMaken & Son com pany did tho job.