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PLATTSMOUTH, NEBRASKA, THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 1914.
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Mystery of the Disappearance of John A. John
son, Who Disappeared About Three
Months Ago Is Solved.
FOUND IN RIVER
Money and Papers are
Been in Water a Long Time and Badly .De
composed Undoubted Suicide
From "Wednesday's Pally.
The rush in sr muddy waters of
the old Missouri, which in the
years that it has been pouring: its
flood toward the oceans, has
claimed many as its victims, has
yielded up another of those who
have sought forgretfulness in
death in its mighty waters and
with it the worst fears of the
friends of John A. Johnson of this
city, who disappeared some three
months ago, has proven true.
This morning at an early hour
parties at Nehraska City fishing
and working along the bank of the
river noticed what seemed to be
a human form floating down the
stream, and putting1 out in a boat
discovered the body of a man,
badly decomposed, which they
towed to shore, and at once
notified the sheriff of Otoe coun
ty of their ghastly find. On the
person of the man was found ?22
in money and papers and a check i
book that proved h:m to be John
Johnson of this city, for whom a
thorough search had been made
by his friends in this place. The
Otoe county authorities at once
notified Sheriff Ouinton and this
official, with E. C. Hill of the Bur
lington storehouse, where Mr.
Johnson had been employed, de
parted this afternoon on No. 2 for
Nebraska City to look after the
The disappearance of Mr. John
son has been one shiovvded in
mystery, as he dropped complete
ly out of sight, leaving no mes
sage as to his intentions to his
friends with whom he had been
spending a social time on the
night of December 13, 1913. He
left the room where he was en
joying himself with the friends,
leaving his overcoat in the room
and promising to return in a
short time, but since that time no
word or trace of him was found
until the discovery of the body
was made at Nebraska City this
morning. A few days before his
disappearance Mr. Johnson was
promoted from the clerkship he
held in the local store department
of the Burlington to be the chief
clerk at Alliance, Neb., in the
same department of the railroad,
but he did not seem pleased at the
prospect of leaving this city and
his friends, but being of a very
quiet nature did not say much on
the subject to anyone, but it was
apparent that he was grieving
over the matter and it was prey
ing on his mind to such an extent
that he decided to end his life. He
' was practically alone in the world,
as his mother died a few months
previous to his disappearance.
Storkeeper E. C. Hill of the
Burlington store department re
turned this morning from Ne
braska City, where he, in company
with Sheriff Ouinton, were called
there by the finding of the body
of John A. Johnson in the river
There is no doubt of the body
being that of Mr. Johnson, as the
papers found on the body served
to identify him without doubt
The body, was discovered about
eighteen " miles below Nebraska
City, near Peru, by Charles Bas
come, one of the farmers in that
AT NEBRASKA GITY
Found Intact Body Has
locality, who, hearing some
shooting near the river, went
over to investigate the cause and
noticed the body floating out on
the current of the river, and put
ting out in a skiff which was tied
nearby, secured the body and
towed it to shore, where it was
held until the authorities could be
notified of the find. Mr. Hill and
the sheriff made arrangements
for the care of the body and its
shipment to this city, where it
will arrive this afternoon at 4:40
over the Missouri Pacific, and will
be taken to the undertaking estab
lishment of Streight & Streight,
where the. funeral will be held to
morrow morning at 10 o'clock.
On the body of Mr. Johnson
when found was a gold watch, a
deposit slip for G.25 and 22.01
in money, as well as a number of
documents that gave his name, as
well as the fact that h was in the
employ of the Burlington in this
city. The body was badly crush
ed by the ice and had undoubted
ly been caught and held by the
ice until the river opened up for
spring, and the rise in the river
which has been on for the past
two weeks had evidently started
the body on its journey down the
The death of Mr. Johnson is a
very sad blow to all who knew
him here, as he was a most pleas
ant and kindly gentleman in his
dealings with all whom he came
in contact, and his untimely end
is felt very much by tiiose who
knew him best. There is no
doubt that he made away with
himself, as there were no evi
dences of foul play on the body
when it was taken from the river,
and although the grief of his
friends will be intense it is a re
lief for them to know what had
become of him, as they made
every effort to get some word of
his whereabouts, not knowing
whether he was dead or alive.
SMALL SIZED RUNAWAY
OCCURED LAST EVENING
From "Wednesday's Dally.
The delivery team of August
Bach, the grocer, last evening
furnished quite a little excitement
on Main street about G o'clock,
when they started to run away.
and for a few seconds it looked as
if they might do considerable
damage, but parties ran out into
the street and succeeded in stop
ping the team before they had
been able to run more than half
a block. The team, which is a
very spirited one, evidently be
came frightened at something
and started out suddenly, throw
ing the driver. Earl Hyde, out onto
the pavement, together with a
number of boxes which were in
the wagon. The young man was
not injured seriously, escaping
with a few bruises, and after the
team was stopped mounted the
seat and drove back to the store
on lower Main street. A horse
that was tied on the rear of the
wagon is supposed to have caused
the team to become scared.
. The Journal advertisers are do
Ing the business.
Found Bound and Gagged Near
the Bridge at Marble Street
and Chicago Avenue.
From "Wednesday's Daily.
The mystery that surrounded
the disappearance of Otto l'ilney
of this city was solved last even
ing, when, about 8:30, B. J. Hal-
stead, clerk at the Thomas' meat
market, who was returning home
from town, discovered the boy
bound and gagged, lying along
side the walk near the bridge on
Marble street and Chicago ave
nue. Mr. Halstead was walking
along at a leasurly gait smoking,
and as he passed along saw what
he thought at first was a log, but
as he drew near saw it was ap
parently a person, and stopped
and asked him what he was doing
there, but received no reply, and
made a closer examination and
noticed that the boy was bound
with ropes. The discovery of the
bound condition of the boy
naturally startled Mr. Halstead
and he hastened to the home of
V. J. Bookmeyer nearby, where a
lantern was procured, and in
company with Mr. Bookmeyer, he
hastened back to the boy, and by
this lime several others had come
up and the boy was gotten up and
the ropes, which were tied around
his arms above the elbows, re
moved. The legs of the boy were
fastened with a piece of heavy
wire, but this was not drawn up
tightly and the gag in his mouth
was a small handkerchief.
As soon as he was unfastened
he was taken to the home of Mr.
Bookmeyer, where medical as-
istance was summoned, as it was
thought at first that he might
have been injured in some way, as
when picked up he had placed his
hand to his head, as if he was in
jured, but he refused to say any
thing in regard to it. A telephone
message was sent to the home of
Sheriff Quinton, where the father
of the boy and Anton Peterson
were in consultation with the
sheriff in regard to making a
search for the boy, and they at
once hastened to the Bookmeyer
home, where the boy was resting.
Otto refused to give any satis
factory answers to the questions
put to him by his father and the
sheriff, statin;? that he had been
crossing the Warga pasture, near
his home, Monday afternoon, just
after he had left the house, and
did not remember anything fur
ther until he was picked up on the
avenue, and he stuck to this story,
despite the questioning.
From the manner in which he
was bound and his vague answers
to the questions it is thought that
the boy had put on the ropes, wire
and gag himself in order to avoid
receiving punishment for his hav
ing ran away from school and
home Monday. He had evidently
not been lying where he was
found very long, as parties passed
there about fifteen minutes be
fore the discovery was made and
there was no sign of anyone there
at that time, and this lends
strength to the theory that the
"stunt" of binding and gagging
was the work of the young man
He was down on the street this
morning, and when questioned by
a representative of the Journal
stated that he did not remember
a thing of anything that occurred
after he was in the pasture and
didn't even know of anyone tieing
him up. When asked as to
whether he was gagged or not he
said he did not know, but the
parties who had found him had
told him that he was gagged when
The boy, when confronted by
the county attorney and sheriff at
the court house, broke down and
came across with the story of his
trouble. He stated to ' the
authorities that he had ' some
trouble over the losing of a sum
of money belonging to his paper
route and had been scolded by his
parents about the matter and de
cided to make his getaway, and
walked down the Missouri Pacific
tracks to Union, where he'eaught
a freight train for Nebraska City
and remained in that city over
night, returning home yesterday
afternoon on a freight train over
the Missouri Pacific, and securing
the wire and rope tied himself up
in order to lessen the force of the
punishment he expected would be
meted out to him at home. He
was allowed to go with a warning
to be more careful in the future
and not try to put on any more
THE W. C. T. U. EH)
IKI DELIGHTFUL DEEP
me m wis. kerr
From Tuesday's Dally,
The W. C. T. U. held a most
delightful meeting yesterday aft
ernoon at the homo of Mrs. S. E
Kerr, and the occasion was one
filled with a great deal of pleasure
to all the ladies in allendance. A
very interesting program of
papers on the subject of "Chil
dren and Mothers" was given by
the different members and the
subjects were handled in a very
able manner by the ladies and
tilled with much profit to those
who were present. A very tempt
ing and delicious luncheon was
served by the hostess at an ap
propriate hour, which added
greatly to the pleasures of the
afternoon and brought to a close
one of the most pleasing meetings
the V. C. T. U. has held for some
time. One of the features of the
afternoon that greatly pleased the
ladies was the announcement that
Miss Ftoena Shaner of Missouri,
one of the organizer nf the W. C.
T. U. work and a prominent work
er along the lines of the advance
ment of the women, would be in
the city on Monday evening,
March 23, and would give a lec
ture at the First Methodist
church, to which the members of
the society and the general pub
lic is cordially invited. Miss
Shaner is one of the ablest speak
ers in her state and her visit here
is being looked forward to with
IS RELEASED FROM
THE INSANE ASYLUM
From Wednesdays Daily.
The following special from
Hastings, Neb., will be of interest
to the residents or this city, as
the young man mentioned in the
item was stricken while he was
employed here in the Burlington
shops, being overcome with the
heat, and was taken to Hastings
by his father:
Clarence Whelan, son of Mr.
and Mrs. O. A. Whelan, formerly
of this city, who now live at
Bladen, has been released from
the Ingleside hospital, having en
tirely recovered according to Su
perintendent Baxter. He is now
at Bladen. While working in the
railroad shops at Plattsmouth
last summer Whelan became
violently insane after being over
come with heat.
High Price for Hogs.
The following, taken from the
South Omaha Drovers' Journal of
last Saturday, will certainly dem
onstrate that there has not been a
great decline in the hog market
up to the present. It also shows
that Cass county is still at the top
in raising fine stock: "R. H. Ing
werspn' of Nehawka was at the
yards today with a load of hogs of
his own raising and feeding that
averaged 333 pounds and sold at
8.70, the top price. They were
Durocs of very pood quality as
shown by the price. This was Mr.
Ingwerson's first shipment to this
One IGO-acre farm three and
one-half miles southeast of
Greenwood, Neb. Call on or
write, A. D. Welton, or Farmers'
State Bank, Greenwood; Neb.
TIME ST THE
Mrs. Kate Oliver Celebrates Her
Seventy-fifth Birthday at
From VVednesaaya Dally.
St. Patrick's Day is always an
event that is looked forward t'1
with pleasure in the family of
Mrs. Kate Oliver of this city. ,i
the day is not only the anniver
sary of the patron saint of old
Ireland, but is also the birthday
of this estimable lady, and each
year the members of the family
gather at the old home to as-ist
in celebrating the event.
Yesterday was the passing of
the seventy-fifth milestone in the
life of Mrs. Oliver, and in honor
of the occasion her handsome
home on North Third street was
the scene of a most delightful
gathering of the relatives and a
few old-time friends. The home
was very prettily arranged for the
occasion, as there was a lavish
display of flowers throughout the
rooms, sweet peas and tulips be
ing used for this feature of the
decoration, while throughout the
rooms the prevailing note was o
St. Patrick's Day, green forming
the chief feature of the dero ra
tions. The dininsr table, -where
the company sat down at noon to
a thoroughly enjoyable repast.
was arranged in a very artistic
manner that made a very beauti
ful setting for the happy event.
The places were designated by
tiny Irish flags, while the sham
rock occupied a prominent place
in the decoration of the tabl but
the main feature of this part of
the decorations was the large
birthday cake with its seventy-five
candle, and which bore the
Iegand "1039-1914," in green and
white, and some real Irish sham
rocks from the "old sod."
These birthday anniversaries
have always been great events in
the Oliver home, and the one this
year was particularly celebrated
from the fact that the mother has
only just recovered from a very
serious time with her arm. havim.'
suffered a fracture of that mem
ber a few weeks ago, and there
was no limit to the enjoyment de
rived in the occasion by this
worthy lady and her family.
Those who were present from
out of the city to take part in the
celebration were: Mrs. D. P.
Aylsworlh, Kansas City; Mrs.
Charles Eads and daughter. Mrs.
W. W. Ward, and little son. South
Omaha; Mrs. A. W. Hallam and
son. Oliver, Omaha; Mrs. Anna
Miller, a sister of Mrs. Oliver, and
son, Roy Miller and wife, and
daughter. Miss Kate Miller, Fort
Crook: James W. Mitchell, sec
retary of the Council Bluffs Com
mercial club, and wife.
After the delights of the din
ner the company spent the time in
visiting with each other, and a
photograph of the mother and
daughter was taken to remind
them of the pleasures of the day
in the years to come.
Called to Chicaqo by Death.
From Tuesday's Daily.
Lat evening Mrs. M. Archer
departed on No. 2 for Chicago.
Ahere she was summoned by a
message announcing the death of
a sister in that city. The mes
sage announcing the death was
received at noon and Mrs. Archer
at once began preparations tr.
journey to the Illinois city to be
present at the funeral, which will
occur this afternoon at Chicago.
The death was a great shock to
Mrs. Archer, as she was not aware
of the serious illness of her sis
ter, and in her loss she will re
ceive the sympathy of he many
Eggs for hatching from S. C.
Rhode Island Rec's, 51.00 per 15:
$3.00 per 100. Extra choic- mat
ings, 52.00 and ?3.00 per 13.
A. O. Ramge.
Letter flies at tho Journal office.
Draws Ten Days in Jail.
From Tuesday Daily.
The ca-f of ib, state vs. J.--.
Milb-r and lii"r" Za har can..
up for hearing !h: m.-miri- "
Justice Ardo r's c.i.rJ. an I :!
two oiin- rio-n wiT" f ; i T : . ! u'liit;
of havin-r stolen some bra-- a' !
copp-r from .1. W. M r "f
Greenwood on 1 .1 S t M "I;d'V. Tff
two men were s:en a -':,;. n-.- ..
ten days jn jail and t" pay th-co-ts
of the j.f. .--ru! i. .ii. arid will
tie 'lie-ts at the Hotel d- M.I1-
speaker until the am- i.r? f t!i
sentence is served oi;t.
PETITION FOR TEMPORARY
RESTRAINING ORDER FILED
IN THE DISTRICT COURT
From Tus-lay's Dahy.
A petition for a l'-!i''cr,iry re-
sfrainimr order was hod in th-
district court thi- afternoon en
titled William Nickels v-.Chirl.-W.
Ti-ro-r. The petition ,.f the
plaintitT gives that h- has ha 1 a
tract of f.me fifty ruT'- of hind
eat of Murray which wr.s i : . J . -. t
to the liTe interest o f To! t ri M.
Wiley, who has in-e died, ar d
-ince lor death the plaintiff ha-
e-e! in fllll i.o.-ess j,.., ,,f Jij..
land. The fifty acr.-s was lea-..
by the plaintifT to Ai t!:-;r C...p.-n.
haver and iuy toke- f..r th a-
on of llli. and on the if.th d y
of March the defendant. Ti-r.er.
broke and detVoed f.-eee,
round in tr the land ar.d o n::,;!!-!
damn-re to the extent of s7."o. Th
hearing on inaki:--j t he te i j., r ir
re-draining order t r : t T . - -r.er
from ! i r: -jt further dan.a-e
will be heard on March 27th. A!!
the parties to the -uit a-e Weil
known re-dden's ,,f tie- Murru
neji-hborhood. a:.d the hear.:-- of
the ae will doubtless attract
much attention from it... resi
dents of that seetion.
HAVE DELIGHTFUL TIME
From WedncJi'.iv-ii D-"v.
A large number of th- t!:-::.!",r
and friends . f the f.ad,e-' Auxi
liary of the prebv!erja!i rhur. h
were very pleasantly ent-rtam-d
by Mesdames F. B. ;. .. Will
Warga. J. M. Roberts and Mis
Margaret Ilod-ert. at the t.otr.e . f
Mrs. Uoirts veterday -i:-rri"":i.
this beinu- their regular n.eetii;-.
The regular lu.M'i , i.,n w.i
held. after which a hort program
consist inir of a piano -eject i-.n bj
Miss Honor Sejbert. re:v!:r:-- b
Miss Anna Hi-el. ..cai i by
Miss Mathild- Yaibry and read
me by Mis Ve-ta D-ej-ja-s. wa--riven.
This program was a very
plea-inir feature of the after
noon's entertainment. Following
the program the ladies indnl-ed
in sevvintr. social conversation a::d
other ;!T:iu-en n ' -. wlih made
the hours pas- all tn quickly.
Delightful refreshments were
provided by the hutesses. which
materially aided in the pleasure-.
Fn deference t.i the season each
gllest wa presented With little
green fags a a souvenir f th
occasion. There were -. rue sixty
four in attendance, wh . n their
deparijre. declared Mesda-ie-Shopp.
Warsra. Roberts .,rd Mi"
Hodgert as beinir -jdendu! enter
tainers. Bert Cooper Visits City.
This inornin- Itert i"i r. a
former Piatt -ni-'iil h 'i;;i.- man.
and wife arrived in th- ci'y t
spend a few hours visitirjr with
th oid friends of Mr. Cooper. Mr.
and Mr-. Cooper are r tur:n::- t
their home at Seattle. Wa-hir.
ton. after a visit in New Y- rk with
the brother of Mr. Oo.r, Levi
Cooper, and al at different
eastern cities abnz tlo'-.r rou'e.
The many friends of the yor:-,-
man were very much pleased t
see him and to meet Til- -!iarr!un-wife,
although re-retti;: that
they could n t make a l-uii-er
stay here with them. Mr. Cooper
was a son of Henry Cooper arid
wife, who were ani"n: the arl
residents of th city, and he was
pared to manhood h 're.
See our assortment rf Ze hand
kerchiefs in, laii. childrc-; an i
cents'. Zuckvreiler 5. Lutx.
A Large Numbr of Fr-'erds of
Harry Johnson Assist in Wail
ing It a Pleasant Event.
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p-;-e fio'M a r .: : f I.
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proceeded to : . , V t . - .- s
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