The Plattsmouth journal. (Plattsmouth, Nebraska) 1901-current, May 24, 1915, Page PAGE 2, Image 2

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MONDAY, MAY 21, 1915-
About One Hundred and Fifty Pres
ent, the Largest Meeting for
Many Months, Attended by
Much Enthusiasm.
From Friday's Dally.
Despite the threatening weather
that made it very difficult for those
residents of the outlying resident dis
tricts to reach the business section,
the meeting of the Flattsmouth 'Com
mercial club last evening was the
largest in point of numbers that has
ever been heid in the history of the
club, and in the gathering were rep
resentatives from every trade, profes
sion and business enterprise, all call
ed to the common meeting place by a
desire to do something for the city's
The meeting was a most pleasing
one, and although the approaching
rain storm caused many to leave real
ly before the meeting was over, still
ic proved most interesting and was
full of great promise of a united ef
fort being made to advance the work
as it should be here in this city where
we all live and make our homes. The
officials of the club certainly feel most
' grateful to the citizens for their par
ticipation in the meeting and every
month should see the same en
thusiatic response.
Preceding the regular business
of the meeting Mrs. William Baird
gave two very delightful readings
that added a very pclasant feature to
the program, and this talented lady,
one of the finest elocutionists in the
cit&; gave selections that were cer
tainly enjoyed by the large crowd, and
Mrs. Baird was compelled to respond
with an encore number to the en
thusiastic demands of the auditors.
President E. II. Wescott of the club,
in calling the meeting to order, ex
pressed his appreciation of the large
number that had braved the threat
ening storm to be present and stated
that he was glad to have it so and
felt that it showed a better under
standing of the desire of the club in
its true form, that of the common
meeting place of those who were in
terested in the advancement of the
town. Mr. Wescott stated that the
club organization was not confined to
one class or profession, or any two
or three, but it was the desire to em
bate in the ranks all those who call
ed Plattsmouth home and who had
identified their interests with those
of the city in any way. He urged
that all citizens come each month to
this common form, where they could their ideas of the things de
siied or wanted and find in the inter
" change of thought much benefit and
pleasure. Mr. Wescott then introduc
ed ex-Mayor John P. Sattler, who
pave a few remarks on "A Backward
dance," in taking up questions that
. weie vital to the city and which ha:l
been carried out in the conduct of the
city government.
Mr. Sattler gave a very interesting
review of many of the measures that
had been carried out in the conduct
of the affairs of the city in the past
few years and which had resulted in
great things in both upbuilding the
public improvements, as well as in
reducing the indebtedness of the city
In 189D, Mr. Sattler stated, the bond
ed indebtedness was ?lli'J,000, and the
interest paid annually on this sum
amounted to nearly $12,000. In 1900
$10.3,000 of this had been refunded
and a lower rate of interest secured
The city had at this time insisted on
the privilege of paying tff 32.000 a
jcar on the bonds. In 1901 the mat
ter of refunding the remaining $1K,-
000 worth of bonds was brought up
pnd the same agreement as to paying
them off was made, but this was later
found illegal through an error, as the
bonds could not be retired in this
manner, and as a result the city was
compelled to pay $45,000 interest on
these bonds at the time of maturity
Through the efforts of the city
council and- mayor the principal of
the bonded indebtedness had, in 1914,
been scaled down to $168,000, and the
city was paying only $8,000 instead of
$12,000 in interest on the enormous
amount of bonds that had been piled
upon the people by their officers years
ago. In 1910, Mr. Sattler stated, the
council had created a sinking fund by
making a 2-mill levy that brought in
each year from $2,800 to $3,000 to ap
ply on the work of taking up the
Londi, and this fund had been invest
ed so that it brought in something
like $800 interest each year to the
city, which was to be applied on the
payment of the bonds, and if the sink
ing fund, as well as the method of
retiring $2,000 worth of bonds each
vear was continued that in 1921 the
city would have on hand, when the!
$90,000 bonds matured, the sum of
$77,000 to care for them, and that in
1920, under the present methods of
conducting the finances, that the city
would be free from the bonded debt
If the same effort had been made at
the start to care for the indebtedness
of the city as was made at the pres
cnt time the city would be free from
all debt.
In 1910, Mr. Sattler explained, the
city had issued $5,500 bonds to care
for the paving of the intei'sections of
Main street when the paving was re
placed,, but these had not found a
ready market, and the council had, by
taking $4,000 from the general fund
of the city, found it possible to care
for this amount. In 1912 the city hav
ing no suitable tool house or place to
store the fire equipment of the city,
had 'decided to buy the Egenberger
building at Vine and Fifth streets, at
a cost of $3,500, and now, by means
of the levy made, all but $800 had
been paid off and almost enough was
on hand now to look after this. All
of these ha dbeen secured gradually
without hardship to the taxpayers of
the city, and all public improvements
were made as it was possible to do
so without adding to the bonded in
debtedness of the city. In the last
three years, the speaker stated, three
blocks of good paving had been placed
in the city, as well as eighteen blocks
of curb and gutter that could be rank
ed as among the greatest improve
ments jnade.
Mr. Sattler alzo touched on the
light question and gave an outline of
the efforts that the council had made
to, get together with the light com
pany in getting a contract covering
a period from last October to about a
month ago. The ordinance providing
for a new twenty-year franchise was
drawn up . by the city attorney and
presented to the Nebraska Lighting
company for their approval, and all
reemed agreeable to the corporation
and at the first meeting in March the
city attorney was instructed to draw
up the stipulation to have the com
pany surrender their old franchise.
In the meantime, however, the fight
with the McKinley interests had
ceased and the city was left holding
the sack with a rate that did not give
them satisfaction, and the same old
franchise in operation as before the
negotiations had been ta"ken up by the
council- lie !id not favor entering
into a contract unless the company
would agree to accept a franchise
providing the rate to the private
consumer, and for this reason had
favored a resolution passed by the
council not to pay more than $100 r.
month for light until the company
cculd reach an agreement, and if they
wanted to shut off the light, all right,
but that by keeping up the levy in c
short time the city could wire the
town and purchase their own electric
curient from Omaha at a very low
Mayor Emmons Richey, who was or.
the program for an address on tht
subject cf "A Forward Glance," was
the next speaker, and in prefacing hi.-
temarks stated that in the meeting
and interchange of ideas much good
could be accomplished and all should
get together and work up a feeling
for the development of the city and
beautify ing the surroundings. It was
a matter of regret that the city could
not do more, but the fact of the con
dition imposed in the past had cast
burdens upon the present generatior
that bad made it impossible to carry
out many of the things desired, but
progress, as far as possible, had beer
made. The board of directors of the
Commercial club had in the past year,
done a great deal of work at their
meetings and through the activity of
the committees and the merchants of
the city had been most generous in
their support and allowed the goo'ii
roads committee to carry on much
wcrk and they still had a sum of $150
on hand to cs.rry out other work on
the roads leading into the city where
needed. The mayor stated that the
feeling of boosting for home and
home industries was necessary, as
every dollar sent away to outside con
cerns was lost forever and did not
contribute in the least to the upbuild
ing of the city, and the home mer
chant was entitle! to the support of making their homes here. Mr.
Richey was particularly strong in
urging the citizens to see that the
idea of a city beautiful was promoted
by improving the surroundings of the
homes and residences by tearing down
the unsightly fences wherever pos
sible and having lawns and grass
plots placed around the homes of the
citizens. This would result in the
increased value of the homes and
residence property 200 per cent, as
the mayor stated it wa3 now worth
100 cents on the dollar and the prop
erty values of the city in the past five
or six years had increased until today
it was at par, something that had
not occurred for years. Ho wa3 very
sorry that the Commercial club had
not been able to secure a man to pro
mots the interests of the city and de
vote his entire time to seeing that the
things that might be of advantage
were secured and: the industries and
advantages to the city, as well as its
value as a home town, could be laid
before the world and the citizens here
have pointed out to them things that
are needful to be done to promote the
welfare of the city, and among these,
Mr. Richey took occasion to touch on
that of improving the streets, and of
the fact that since the policy of nar
rowing down the residence streets had
been adopted, he believed that it
would be of great advantage to the
taxpayers where they desired to put in
curb and gutters to go a step further
and have the streets paved with con
create paving, as the cost would be
such a small sum over that expended
for the curb and putter and cited
figures on the proposition that opened
ihe eyes of those present to the pos
sibilities of getting a permanent
pavement at a very low cost, and it
would in a short time be repaid in the
reducing of the taxes for the main
tenance of the roads, as the paving
would do away with the necessity of
constantly doing over the road work,
as was necessary under present con
ditions. Mr. Richey stated that the
roads might be in the best of condi
tion, and a rain come that would re
quire the city to have the work of
grading the roads all done over again,
and that if the pavement was there
this would be unnecessary. It was to
develop and promote these public im
provements that the club should have
a paid manager or secretary who
could devote his time to the proposi
tion of educating the people to the
needs of the hour.
lie also stated, in speaking of the
financial management of the city, that
he expected to continue the policy now
in vogue of cutting down the indebt
edness of the city as far as possible.
Mr. Richey also pointed out the
streets, alleys and bridges committee
of the council had been authorized to
secure prices on a traction engine that
could be used in the read work and
take the place of a great many teams,
and in the end be a big saving to the
city in operating drags, and the
grader and could be run in the hottest
weather, when at times it was impos
sible to use a team.
He closed by urging all to work for
a city beautiful and also for the citi
zens to get into the work of the Com
mercial club and boost for the better
ment of the city.
President Wescott of the club ex
pressed the appreciation of the mem
zers to both Mr. Sattler and Mayor
Richey, and stated that the counci
and Commercial club should both
work hand-in-hiiiiJ -in -.developing the
city, as the council was the chief
legislative body of the city, while
club was only a public organization
where the ideas of the citizens could
be discussed and gotten in i-hape
where definite action might be taken
on them.
City Clerk John Nemetz was th?
caled on for a few remarks on the
building enterprises cf the city, and
in his talk stated that the city had
no form of a building permit and for
thi:j reason it was out of the question
to give the exact figures on the num
ber of new buildings erected in the
last year, but spoke of his own per
sonal experience in the line of im
provement which had resulted in
greatly improving the property, and
the little work he had done had
brought him a much better, feeling
He also touched cn the matter of pav
ing the alleys and added tnat this
would bring added value to the prop
erty on Main street adjacent to the
alleys and stated that he hoped to see
the work accomplished the coming
year. lie also pointed out that the
late of taxation here was iot higher
than in other towns of the same size,
and this in view of the fact that al
most half of the taxes went to pay
on the old bonds voted years ago. Mr
Nemetz also remarked that during
his fourteen years', residence here he
had noticed that Decoration Day was
observed here in a most appropriate
manner each year, but as time had
gone on the old soldiers had passed
away or become more feeble, and he
thought that the younger generation
should take up the work and see that
the necessary funds were raised to
permit the observance of the day in a
manner fitting to honor the heroic
soldiers of the great conflict, and wa
glad to see that the Commercial club
had arranged to secure the' theater
for the exercises on Monday, May 31.
At the close of the address of Mr.
Nemetz, President Wescott , stated
that he desired to announce his com
mittees for the ensuing year as fol
lows: Membership) E. A. W'url, chair
man; II. F. Goos, G. E. Falter, George
Lushinsky, J. E. McDaniel.
Publicity A. L. Tidd, chairman;
Col. M. A. Eates, Frank Smith, R. A.
Bates, R. B. Windham, J. P. Falter,
Guj Olron.
Railroads T. II. Pollock, chairman;
C. C. Parmele, A. L. Tidd, Harry
Thomas, R. W. Clement.
Roads-7-William Baird, chairman;
John Bauer, jr., Mike Lutz. Julius
Pitz, Joe McMaken, John Crabill, W.
E. Rosencrans, Charles Warner, Ted
Wiles, Coon F. Vallery.
City Beautiful Mrs. Elizabeth
Travis, chairman; Mrs. William Baird,
Mrs. D. C. Morgan, Mrs. R. B. Hayes,
Mrs. A. L. Tidd.
Lookout William Barclay, chair
man; J. H. McMaken, H. C. McMaken,
I. N. Cummings, E. B. Perry, Charles
Lewis, Claus Boetel.
Have and Want John Nemetz,
chairman; J. P. Falter, John P. Sat
tler, Frank ' E. Schlater, Fred G.
Council John P. Sattler, chairman;
R. F.. Patterson, Frank Bestor.
Reception and Social T. II. Pol
lock, chairman; Phil Thierolf, L. O.
Minor, B. A. Rosencrans.
Entertainment William A. Robert
son, chairman; C. II. Fuller, John
Hatt, Guy McMaken, Fritz Fricke,
Nelson Jean, George O. Dovey, Jess
Warga, Fred P. Busch, Dr. O. Sandin,
Luke L. Wiles, A. G. Cole.
Manager R. C. Wood of the Ne
braska Lighting company was called
for and stated that his company had
desired to furnish light as low as
possible, but on the street lighting
proposition the small number of street
lamps used made it hard to jfiva a
low rate, as the lights wew scattered
over a wide stretch cf territory and
the cost of maintenance and service
was as great as if a large number
were used, when it might be possible
to give them at lower rate. Mr. Wood
stated that his company was still
willing to enter into a twenty-year
franchise with the city if the proper
sort was prepared, and was glad 'at
all timej to work with the city or
Commercial club in any way.
At this time the rain had began to
fall heavily outside, and many being
desirous of hastening home, President
Wescott closed the meeting by thank
ing the citizens for then attendance
and inviting them to be present on
the third Thursday in June, as well
as to announce that Mr. Wurl of the
membership committee would remain
to take the names of those desiring
to enlist in the army of boosters, and
quite a number took advantage of the
occasion to do so.
This certainly was a splendid meet
ing and its success fills the workers
for the betterment of the city with
an inspiration for greater efforts and
a united front in the battle for a big
ger and better Plattsmouth.
From Saturday's Hal'y.
lorn win, wile and uttie son, o
near Hennessay, Oklahoma, are here
enjoying a ten days' visit at the hom
of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. S
Will, in this city, as well as with othe
relatives throughout the county. Mr,
and Mrs. Will are returning hom
from an extensive trip to the west
in which they visited the exposition
at San Francisco, as well as the citie
of the coast. Leaving their hom
they proceeded west by way of E
Paso, Texas, and touched at San
Diego and Los Angeles, California, as
well as at Long Beach, where so many
of the former residents of this city
rue located. While there they were
the guests of ex-Senator S. L. Thomas
and family and report having been
given loyal treatment while there
and the senator drove them some 500
miles in his fine touring car through
the principal points of interest along
the southern coast country. Mr. Wil
reports that the Thomas family, as
well as the other former residents of
Plattsmouth living at Long Beach and
Los Angeles, are getting along fine
and the visit there with them will
never be forgotten. The Senator is
reported as being hale and hearty,
which will be good news to his friends
here. On the trip east from San Fran
cisco Mr. Will and family visited at
Salt Lake City, Denver, Colorado
Springs and Akron, Colorado, where
they were the guests of a brother of
Mr. Will for a few days. They will
remain here in Cas3 county for a
short time before returning to Okla
Haymukins and harvest will scch
be upon us. I low are you fixed, Mr.
Farmer, for a hayrack? -If you are
going to be in need of one, I shall .be
pleased to have your order. Do not
wait until the last day, as I carry only
one stock. My racks are home built,
well bolted and painted. Hayrakes
and sweeps in stock.
W. T. Richardson,
Mynard, Neb.
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The'sameTpnce the world
From Saturday's raily.
This morning E. S. Hesscnflow ap
peared before Judge Archer in the
police court to have justice meted out
to him for having offended against
the peace and dignity of the city of
Plattsmouth. It seems that this gen
tk'man arrived yesterday and pro
ceeded to take on large quantities o
fermented liquor, with the result that
he decided to start out to celebrate in
what he considered a porper form
and little dreamed that the cold, damp
walls of the city prison were to chec
nis eninusiasm. lie nrst started in
on 'his round of trouble by making Jfi
onslaught on William Schuldice, who
was passing along the streat, and h
was grabbed by Hessenflow in such a
manner as to tear off the buttons on
the new vest of William, and follow
ing this outbreak he continued his
way up street and sought refuge back
of the Wescott store, where his ae
tions were reported to the police and
Chief of Police Barclay placed him
under restraint by throwing him in the
"lockup" for his conduct. This morn
ing when brought into court he
"loaned" Judge Archer $8 for the
benefit of the city and was allowed to
go on his way, a sadder and wiser
From Saturday's Lmilv.
Yesterday Edward Maurcr, while at
work at the Burlington shops, met
with a rather servere .accident that
necessitated his being 'compelled to
have several stitches taken in a wound
on the right side of his face just be
low the eye. He, together with a fel
low workman, was engaged in work
ing on a small hand truck that had
been sent in for repairs, and while
doing this was tightening up some
bolts with a wrench, when it sudden-
y slipped and flew backward, strik
ing Ed in the face and inflicting a
very ugly gash that required a num
ber cf stitches before it could be
closed, and it will be several day:; be
fore he is over the effects of the in
The Journal office has seme paper
cups of various sizes, just tnc tning
for ycur nut and candy favors at your
luncheon. We also have some 'that
p.ts larger for vour ices. Come in and
ee them when in need of anything in
that line.
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Lots of merchants throughout the country
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The quality that appeals to men of
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We have the genuine STYLEPLUS
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C. E.
Charles Sullivan, or "Sub" as he is
better known here in his old home,
has gotten into the limelight in Chi
cago by his securing a man who was
wanted in Lincoln for passing a bogus
check on Mr. Sullivan at the Lindell
hotel in Lincoln several months ago.
Mr. Sullivan has been the head clerk
at the Lindell for a number of years,
and is among the leading hotel clerks
of the state. In speaking of the mat
ter the State Journal has the follow
"C. S. Sullivan of the Lindell hotel,
Mho turned detective in Chicago Sat
urday afternoon and caused the ar
rest of a young man on the charge
of passing a bogus check, caught a
man wanted on three separate charges
in as many cities. The man gave
Chicago police the name of Hugh S,
Fernhardt. The hotelman was stand'
ing with several other men at the
corner of Madison and Clark streets
when a strikingly dressed young man
md woman crossed the street. Mr.
Sullivan looked at the couple and im
mediately recognized Bernhardt. He
seized him as the man who had passed
a bogus check for $50 on him March
19 in Lincoln. Chief Antles received
a telegram irom cniei oi uetecuves
P. D. O'Brien of Chicago yesterday
morning stating that there was a
charge against Bernhardt in Chicago
and that he would be held there. He
said that the man was also wanted at
Mobcrly ,Mo., on a similar charge.'
Bound Over to Court.
From Saturday's Ually.
This morning shortly before 11
o'clock Walter Speck was arraigned
before County ' Judge Beeson and
charged by the State of Nebraska
with assault with intent to commit
pc. The young man entered a plea .
of not guilty and waived his prelimin
ary hearing and va bound over to
the district court,-and has not as yet
been admitted to bond. Attorney A.
L. Tidd appears for the defendant,
while the state i.3 represented by
County Attorney Cole.
Letter files at the Journal office.
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cured a bottle of them at our drug
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