The Plattsmouth journal. (Plattsmouth, Nebraska) 1901-current, September 08, 1913, Image 1

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NO. 70.
John Rys, a Former Plattsmouth
Boy, One of the Number
Their Death a Mystery.
A telegraphic message was re
ceived here Saturday evening
about. 0:30 y Frank Wooslcr of
this city. brother-in-law of Mrs.
Joseph Rys of Havelock, :in
nouneing 1 1 1 finding of the body
of her 1 i-year-ol. son, John, in
a pasture near that city. Tho boy
hal hot'!! missing from home
since last Thursday and was
found with tin body of a eoru
panion. both of which were in a
badly decomposed condition. Mrs.
Wooster a tul Charles Oradoville.
mother and brother-in-law of
Mrs. Rys, departed yesterday
for Havelock, where they will
make arrangements for the fun
eral. The young lad was )orn in
this city and lived here until a
few years auo. when the family
removed to Havelock. The fol
lowing account of lb tragedy
appeared in the State Journal of
.The dead bodies of John Rys,
acred lt years, and Cieorge Dimer,
aped 1 both of Havelock. were
found at r:.'b) o'clock yesterday
afternoon by (ieurge Stroll in the
pasture of Kd Hoffman, one mile
north of llavelnck. The boys had
been missing since Thursday
morning and at the time the
bodies were discovered they wore
so badly decomposed that it was
impossible- to slat what bad
caused dealh. Coroner Matthews
at once organized an inquest and
ordered a post mortem examina
tion. The father of the Dimer boy
had been looking for the lads ever
since Thur.-day afternoon and
had been quite close to the place
where the dead bodies lay. Con
stable Hughart and Marshal Wy
more had also been searching for
some time and when news was
brought to Havelock thai the
bodies had been found, "word was
at once conveyed to Coroner
Matthews, who immediately re
paired i.o the scene of the tragedy.
The father of the Dimer boy is
employed in the- Burlington
shops. Rys' father has been
absent for some time and his
whereabouts is unknown. The
youth lived with his mother andj
four sisters.
A post mortem was attempted
after the bodies were tak'en to the
undertaking rooms of V. V. Oregg
in Havelock, but the stench of de-j
caviiicr flesh was too great to al
low of much of an inspection to
be made. The bodies were placed
in formaldehyde to enable a fur
ther examination later on.
No gunshot wounds were found
in the hurried examination, but
the condition of the bodies did not
permit of a close inspection, and
wounds may be found later on.
Coroner Matthews had a theory
that death might have been
caused by the intense heat. The
boys bad been nut. hunting all day,
and, nearly exhausted from want
of food and water, were overcome
by the intense heat of Thursday,
when the mercury went to 101.
Dropping exhausted in each
other's embrace they had died. Or,
one of the boys may have been
overcome and his companion may
have tried to carry him on. The
effort proving too much he may
have been overcome by the effort.
Another possibility was that
one of the boys may have been
overcome by heat or acidentally
wounded, and that his companion
in trying to carry him home was
overcome with heat and dropped,
fatally stricken.
Many theories besides the one
of heat prostration were advanced
by Havelock people at the scene
of the tragedy. It was suggested
that the boys might have eaten
some poison berries or taken a
drug of some kind. No drug re
ceptacle was found near the
' bodies, however, and there was
nothing to support this theory.
The fact that Rys' pockets
were turned out led some to the
belief that the boys had been
murdered and robbed. Mrs. Ry
however, said that she was sure
her son had had no money when
he left home, and the coroner did
not mink it iiKeiy t liar, anyone
would suspect the two roughly
dressed lads of having money.
Others thought that perhaps
the boys had been killed by gun
shot wounds, but, the shotgun
had no1 been fired and no wounds
were found in the superficial ex
amination made last night.
The two lads bad never gone
hunting together before, so far
as anyone knew and Dimer' s
father said that no one at bis
home had any knowledge that the
lad was going hunting.
Mrs. C. C. Johnson, Rys' sister,
said: "The little girls told me
that the boys bad gou hunting
together, and when John bad not
come home Thursday night I was
badly frightened. Two years ago
he was accidentally shot while
hunting with Conrad Seifert, a
little neighbor boy. He has al
ways been over fond of hunting
and his injury didn't discourage
him a bit. He was always buy
ing or selling a gun and seemed
to shoot more than ever after he
recovered from his injury. He
was in bed for a month as a re
sult of the shot, which penetrated
his cheek and jaw bone. I was
at. my home Thursday morning;
and mother had taken a train to
Plattsmouth. She returned the
next day and found John gone."
The four little sister of John
Rys were the last people, de
finitely known, who saw the two
boys alive. They said that short
ly after 7 o'clock Thursday
morning the Dimer boy had come
to the house and said that he was
going hunting with John. They
ealled the brother, who had laid
olT from his work in the boiler
shop for the day. He came out
and greeted the Dimer boy cheer
fully, joking with him about the
"big game" which they would
shoot. He handed him the rifle
and carried the shotgun himself.
As he was leaving the yard the
hunting dog who has always ac
companied him on his hunting
expeditions started to follow the
two boys. John turned back and
tied the dog to his kennel. The
girls said that they were sur
prised at this because John had
always wanted the dog to go
along. He hail made no an
nouncement of his intention of
going hunting Wednesday night
and the girls knew nothing of bis
plan until the Dimer boy ap
peared. Mrs. Rys was notified of her
son's death shortly after the
bodies were discovered. She be
came hysterical, but later in the
eyoning was able (o tell what she
knew of tlw affair. She said:
"John had always liked both the
Dimer boys and L know that
whatever happened out there was
not a result of a quarrel between
John and Oeorge. I went away
and I was afraid that something
terrible had happened when the
girls told me when I came home
that they hadn't seen John since
Thursday. They said that he had
zone off with the little .Dimer
boy and so I went to ask Mr.
Dimer about it. He was already
hunting for the boys and he was
afraid, too. The officers were
notified then and I've been wait
ing every minute since, afraid of
what I should hear. It breaks
my heart to lose my boy because
he was always so good and kind.
He never did anything to make
me ashamed of him and he al
ways brought his money home to
me to help me with the expenses.
He was always liking to hunt and
the only money he spent on him
self was to get guns and shells.
He had quite a number and often
traded them."
The latest dispatches from the
scene of the tragedy state that
the coroner has found bullet
wounds on the bodies of both of
the boys and it is thought by
some that a suicide pact existed
between the lads and that Rys
killed himself first and .then
young Dimer fired the discharge
from the rifle he carried into his
body and fell upon the body of his
companion, placing his arms
around his neck as he died. The
stories and suppositions in re
gard to the matter are numerous
and make it hard for the author
ities to really tell what was the
motive for their death.
The Government Has Spent Many
Thousands of Oollars on
the Grounds.
c'rom Saturday's Daily.
The past summer season has
saw a great deal of work done at
the rifle range, north of this city,
and to really appreciate what has
been done there a person should
pay a visit to the ransre and look
over the improvements that, the
government has put in there.
Last, year when the range was
opened most of the land was
covered bv a growth of under
brush, and when the first detail
of soldiers arrived here from
Fort Crook for practice it was
necessary for them to clear off
a patch of land before they could
pitch their camp. This condition
was not improved during the sea
son last year, although the
soldiers put up temporary butts
for the purpose of shooting and
a small tract of land was cleared
off so that it could be used, but
was still far from satisfactory.
The government then decided to
make more extensive improve
ments on the range and ad
vertised for bids for certain con
crete work, as well as grading
and other minor improvements
to the grounds. The contract was
secured bv the firm of McLaugh
lin of Red Oak. Iowa. for the
work, and they at once com
menced the work of getting the
range in shape and moved a fore
of men here early in the spring
to take charge of the work. One
of the biggest improvements.
nnde is that of the permanent
concrete butts that are used for
the purpose of target practice.
There are five of these butts put
up at different parts of the range
;n such a position that all can b(
used at one time with perfect
safety to the soldiers. The
largest of the butts is that set at
1,000 yards, which in the rear has
two small target houses where
all the targets are stored when
not in use. while the smaller
butts, which are also made of
concrete, are supplied with one
house. These target houses are
made of reinforced concrete am'
are made not only fire-proof, but
also absolutely dry and free from
moisture that might injure the
targets, of which there are r
large number of different kinds
used at. the range. The govern
ment also ordered the erection of
a range office on the hill west of
the rifle range, where the camp
ground of the soldiers will be
established the coming season
The range house is 21x31 in size
and is a frame building, the car
penter work on the building be
ing done by L. (I. Larson of this
city, and the building will make
a neat and comfortable office for
the officers placed in charge of
the range.
After the completion of the
concrete work on the range,
which called for some 1,000 yards
of concrete, the work on the im
proving of the grounds was com
menced, and the work of grading
and hauling of all material turn
ed over to the firm of J. H. Mc
Maken of this city, who carried
out the contract in a most satis
factory manner and the ground
was plowed, harrowed and placed
in excellent shape for the purpose
for which it was intended. On
the field firing lines were made
at 800, 500 and 300 yards, where
the troops can maintain their
nosilion while firing at the dif
ferent targets. During the time
Mr. McMaken was engaged in the
work, or covering a "period of
about four months, they employ
ed from six to fifteen teams and
from twelve to fifty men in the
The work which was done on
the range here called for the ex
penditure of about $30,000, and
some $20,000 of this remained
here in. this city, where it was
paid out for material and labor.
The prospects are that the sea
eon next year will see the United
States irovernment take un IhP
work of parking out the campincr
grounds on the west side of the
track if the situation in Mexico
will permit of the return of the
troops at, present stationed on
the border.
Charged With Wife Desertion.
from Jjrldav's Dally.
This morning complaint was
filed by the county attorney in
behalf of Mrs. W. V. Sanders
against, her husband. Warren W
Sanders, charging him with wife
and child abandonment. Sanders
was formerly employed in the
Burlington shop in this city, but
last May left his home and went
to Omaha and since J hat time has.
made no effort tri assist his fam
ily in this city and the wife
finally decided to appeal to the
law to compel him to provide for
their needs. This offense is
dealt with quite severely by the
laws of Nebraska and the matter
may go hard with Sanders if he
is found.
p'roro Friday's Dallf.
A very pretty and quiet home
wedding occurred last evening,
when Mr. Earl Barger and Miss
Josie Reuland were united in the
bonds of holy wedlock at the
home of the grooms' parents, Mr,
and Mrs. Jaspar Barger, on Vine
stroet. The wedding ceremony
was performed at 7 o'clock by
County Judge Allan J. Beeson, in
the presence of a large number of
the relatives of the contracting
pair and were showered with con
ratulations by their relatives at
he close of the ceremony. The
jompany was iavited into the
vflnfng-room at the "clos of the
vvedding to partake of a most
tempting and delicious three
jourse luncheon, one of the chief
'eatures of which was a large and
exquisite wedding cake. The
'iridal couple were attended dur-
ng the wedding ceremony by Roy
'teuland as best man and Miss
villa Barger as bridesmaid and
he wedding party made a very
jretly picture as they stood be
fore the judge to, have the words
that were to unite them for life
The bride, Miss Reuland, is
l Plattsmouth girl, having been
horn and reared in this city, and
possesses a large circle of warm
"riends. The groom has resided
'iere for several months and is a
oung man of more than usual
ability and has been connected
vith the lighting company at
heir plant here since his arrival
in this city, and possesses the
respect and esteem of all with
whom he has come in contact.
The young people will start to
housekeeping in this city at
once, as the groom has prepared
a home for his bride in the
Coales' block, and they will be at
home to their many friends, who
arc greatly pleased that they have
decided to make their home here.
The out-of-town guests at the
wedding were: Mr. and Mrs. II.
H. Barger of Derby, Iowa, and
Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Barger and
baby of Osceola, Iowa.
Has Operation on Eye.
From Saturdays Daily.
Yesterday A. J. Ingram of Ava-
da, Wyoming, who in company
with his wife is visiting here at
the home of Mr. and Mrs. M. S.
Briggs was a passenger for Oma
ha where the gentlemen under
went an operation for an obstruc
tion that has been growing on
his eye for some time past. The
operation was performed by Dr.
Gilford and the obstruction re
moved from the sight of the eye
and while in the opinion of the
surgeon it was best not to cut it
off entirely it was defected in its
growth so as to not interfere
with the sight of his eye and in
time can probably be removed en
tirely. Card of Thanks.
We wish to. express our heart
felt thanks to all those who so
kindly assisted us during the ill
ness and death -of our husbanJ
and father; also for the beauti
ful floral tributes.
Mrs. William Wynn and
. i
List of Teachers Who Will Have
Charge of Departments of
the City Schools.
From Saturday's Dally.
On Monday morning the school
bells throughout the city will
summon the boys and girls of the
city to their duties in the public
schools for the new school year.
The Plattsmouth schools have in
the past been turning out many
hundreds of bright, talented
young people, and under the
present efficient management of
the schools the high standard of
the schools will be maintained.
The teachers and their assign
ments for the year will be as fol
lows: High School Building.
A. O. Eggenberger, principal.
history and athletics.
Grace Newbranch, English.
Estelle Baird, languages.
Katherine Maddox, mathe
Ruth Moore, science.
Margaret Giberson, normal
Central Building.
Anna Heisel, Mrs. Mae Morgan
Clee Applegate, Pearl Staats.
seventh and eighth grades and
department work.
Alice Kennedy, sixth grade.
Mat tie Larson, fifth and sixth
Clara Weyrich, fifth grade.
Verna Cole, fourth grade.
Hazel Tuey, third and fourtl
Elizabeth Kerr, second anrf
third grades.
Amelia Martens, first grade.
Columbian Building.
Nettie Hawksworth, fifth and
sixth grades.
Claire Dovey, fourth and fifth
Alpha Peterson, second grade
Hazel Dovey, first grade.
First Ward School.
Crete Briggs, first, second am
third grades.
East Second Ward.
Christina Hansen, first anc
second grades.
West Second Ward.
Marie Hiber, first and seconr'
Mercerville School.
Anna Kopia, first; .second an(
third grades.
South Park.
Hilda Barwick, first and seconC
East Fourth Ward.
Nora Batton, first and second
Delia Tartsch, third and fourth
Marie Kaufmann, supervisor of
penmanship of all the city
schools. Miss Ellen Windham,
supervisor of drawing of the city
AM "permits" for children to
remain out of school are hereby
declared invalid. Those desiring
another "permit" must see thr
superintendent of schools. No
permits will be granted unless
positive and conclusive proof of
the need of the child's services at
Superintendent Brooks, lor the
convenience of the patarons of
the schools, has established the
following office hours: Office in
the Central building, telephone
No. 103, residence No. 274. At
office 8:30 to 9 a. m., 1 to 1:30
and 3:30 to 5 p. m., Saturday, 2
to 4:30 p. m.
Opon for Inspection by Public.
Beginning Saturday, Septem
ber 6, and continuing the follow
ing week the pumping station of
the Plattsmouth Water Co. will
be open for inspection by the
public. At 3 o'clock each day an
explanation of every detail will
be given by the superintendent.
It will be worth the time spent
there to sec the new filter plant
and have the principle of aeration
explained. The motto of the Com
MOUTH." Come and see why we
have adopted this motto.
Visiting Relatives.
From Saturdays Dally.
Ed. Cards and wife, of Scotls
Bluffs, Nebraska, is visiting in
this county for a few days with
Mrs. J. II. Adams and Mr. am
W. F. Gillespie at Mynard am
Mrs. J. W. Johnson in this city.
Mrs. Cards is a niece of the above
ladies and was formerly Mis;
Nora Henton, residing at Mynard
Mr. Cards brought two carloads
of stock to I he Omaha markei,
and they decided to drop down
here for a visit with their relu
tive.s and old friends.
From Saturday's Dally.
The many friends of Arthur B
Zimmerman of Omaha will be
greatly pleased to learn of his ad
vancement, in his line of work as
he has just been appointed as lo
cal live stock agent of the 'Chi
cago, Milwaukee & St. Paul rail
road with headquarters at Soulu
Omaha. This is a very lucrathe
position and the railroad com
pany will find that they have se
cured an exceptionally able youncr
man for the position as Mr. Zim
merman is a steady, reliable and
energetic worker in whatever he
takes hold of and will without i.
doubt make good in bis new posi
tion. Mr. Zimmerman formerly
resided here being a son of the
late Mrs. D. B. Ebersole and his
being chosen for his new position
vill give all who have known this
vorthy young man much pleasure
is he was very well liked here in
his old home. For the past few
vears Mr. Zimmerman has resid
ed in Omaha but occasionally
finds time to drop down and visit
with his relatives and friends
Tom Saturday Dally.
This morning in the office of
Justice M. Archer, Justin Sturm
of Nehawka was arraigned on
complaint, of the county attorney
charging him with violating the
provisions of the Nebraska speed
iaws in regard to his motorcycle
.vith w hich he is charged "to have
i-aced through the village of Ne
hawka at a rate far in excess o:'
that prescribed by the law. The
justice after deliberating over
the matter decided to place a fin?
of $5 and costs amounting to
$12.50 on young Mr. Sturm wilh
the promise that he would in the
future keep the speed bug from
getting the best of his good judg
ment and after paying the line
he returned home. There has
been considerable complaint from
Nehawka in the past few weeks
in regard to the matter of the
motorcyclists making a speedway
out of the main street of that
place and the residents there fin
ally decided to take the
matter up with the county ofii
cials as the local regulations did
not seem to cover the case. Ii
would be well for the joy riders
throughout the county to be more
careful of their driving in the fu
ture as there has been consider
able complaint from several lo
calities in regard to the matter
of speeding and unless the driv
ers of machines take the matter
up it will be necessary for the
authorities to get busy in the
Two Months Instead of One Year.
From Friday's Daily.
In the article in reference to
the selection of Rev. Lorimer as
Dastor of the First Presbyterian
church that appeared in last
evening's Journal, the statement
was made that Rev. Lorimer had
been retained for another year,
when it should have been for a
term of two months. Mr. Lorimer
requested the church to only ex
tend his term two months, and as
that would- give them an oppor
tunity to secure another pastor
the offer was accepted and he will
remain here for that period of
time. This statement is made to
clear up a false impression
created by the article last evening.
The Greatest Humorous Play
Extant at the Parmele
Thursday Night.
From Saturday's Dally.
Plattsmouth playgoers promise
to give "Mrs. Wings of the Cab
bage Patch" an enthusiastic re
ception upon her appearance at
the parmele theater Thursday
night. Mrs. Wiggs is always a
welcome visitor. Ever since she
left the cabbage patch in Louis
ville she has made thousands of
friends, and the droll philosophy
of this feminine optimist has
carried around the world. Bonk
plays are not as a rub; long-lived,
but "Mrs. Wiggs" bids fair to
run for a generation. It is al
ready an American humorous
classic, and as the public waited
long for a great woman humor
ist, so, too, they will cling long
to such a striking conception as
that, of "Mrs. Wiggs of the Cab
bage Patch," and the satellite f
good humor and itwioeent jollity
around her. The play it -elf is
clean, fresh and. morally uplift
The comedy interest centers in
the mirth-provoking episode of
Mr. Slubbins and his matrimonial
designs upon little Mis' Hazy, the
meek and shiftless neighbor of
Mrs. Wiggs. Both characters aro
intensely humorous and alto
gether original. The impersona
tion of Mis' Hazy has proven a
perfectly fitting vis-a-vis to that
of Hiram Slubbins, who. in Hie
first act does and wins her, then
falls from grace and disappears
for a time from the patch, though
not of his own volition; but, r.n
his return, thanks to his brilliant
war record and pension allow
ance, is once more received by
his wife and friends and made
the hero of the closing scenes.
These two characters are well-
springs of laughter and are sec
ondary only, of course, to that of
Mrs. Wiggs herself. whose
homely philosophy and cheerful
temperament, added by her
penius and practical piety, prove
an inspiration and an object les
son to all.
The play will be presented here
under the management of the
United Play company. The sale
of seats will open next Monday.
Secure your seats early.
From Saturday's Dally.
Yesterday noon white engaged
in moving some baled straw at
the store room of H. M. Soennich-
sen on lower Main street, Clar-
nce Busche met with a very
painful accident that will cause
him to be on the retired list for
some time. As he was pushing
out some of the bales with tho
aid of the fork the tines of the
fork glanced off of the bale and
two of them penetrated his right
tnee, inflicting a very ugly wound
that required the services of a
urgeon to patch up and place
in condition. The wound is ijuito
aggrevating and horc and causes
the victim considerable pain, but
it is thought that in a few days
he will be all right.
Opening Dance of the Season.
The opening dance of the fall
season given last Saturday even
ing at Coates' hall by tho Cosmo
politan club was quite successful
in every way, and despite the ex
treme hot weather a large crowd
was present to take part in the
enjoyment of the evening. The
Holly orchestra furnished the
music for the occasion, and their
selections were received with
much pleasure by the large aud
ience. Wall Paper.
Phone 36.
Qertng & Co.