The Plattsmouth journal. (Plattsmouth, Nebraska) 1901-current, July 15, 1915, Image 1

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    Plattsmouth Will Celebrate Every Saturday Afternoon During the Summer Months
Nob Stale Historical Soc
NO. 8.
While Meeting Was Not So Lengthy
There Was Considerable
Business Transacted.
From Tuesday's Dally.
The session of the city legislative
body last evening was -ry short,
compared with that of previaus weeks
and the dads, in the two hours they
were in session, were able to trans
act a great deal of business, as well
as hear a large number of petition
and communications that were pre
sented for their consideration.
The C, B. & Q. railway, through
William Eaird, the superintendent of
the shops, presented a petition to the
council to have an additional hydrant
placed on Third street for fire protec
tion. This was referred to the fire
and water committee to investigate
and report at the next meeting.
L. O. Minor, superintendent of the
water company, informed the council
that pursuant to the orders of that
body the extension of the main on
West Oak street was made and the
hydrant there placed in commission,
as ordered by the city. The fire and
water committee will investigate the
hydrant as to its acceptance and re
port at the next meeting.
The Plattsmouth Loan & Building
association presented a request to
have some grading done along the
south side of their property on Mar
ble street between Sixth and Seventh.
A motion was made by Bajeck that
the request be granted and the work
ordered done as soon as possible. This
brought on considerable discussion,;
which at times was rather heated.
Councilman Buttery moved to amend
the motion of Bajeck to make it read
to refer the matter to the streets, al
leys and bridges committee. Coun
cilman Johnson stated that the walk
was on the south side of the lots on
Marble street and did not think that
a great deal of money would be
necessary to do the work, and as they
were putting up two new houses there
he was in favor of having the work
carried out. This led to a rather sharp
reply from Buttery who remarked
that work in some parts of the city
was done quickly while in others it
was allowed to drift, and that some
repairs in the Fourth ward had been
carried out even before ordered, while
in his ward there was work ordered
done a long time ago that had not
even been started. Councilman Ba
jeck stated that he thought that
when the job would amount to over
$50 it should be looked into carefully,
but did not think that this was neces
sary to refer a small job to the com
mittee and delay it. Mayor Richey
stated for the benefit of the members
of the council that it might require
.considerable dirt to make the fill
there for the walk as prayed for, but
he did not know just what it would
cost. The amendment of Buttery to
refer to the streets, alleys and bridges
committee was deefated, as Mauzy,
Buttery, Weaver and Shea were the
only ones' voting for it, and the
original proposition to have the work
done prevailed by a unanimous vote.
The communication of J. W. Peters
and James Jelik, asking grade for a
permanent walk on the north side of
Peail street, adjoining their property,
was referred to the streets, alleys and
bridges committee.
Chief of Police Barclay reported
that during June five arrests had been
made; four had paid fines and one se
cured for payment. This was placed
in the hands of the police committee,
as was also the report of Police Judge
M. Archer, who reported five arrests,
four paying fines and one giving se
curity for the amount with a receipt
of the city treasurer for the sum
of $25.
City Clerk John Nemetr. reported
that during the month of June the
sum of $G1.90 had been received by
him from various sources and turned
over to the city strong box.
City Treasurer Soennichsen report
ed that there was a balance on hand
in the city treasury of $20,489.76, and
gave a statement as to tha different
funds of the city.
Chairman Bestor of the streets, al
leys and bridges committte, gave a
short report on the sewer situation on
the north side, in which he iitated that
they could not do much at present
with the sewer in the alley north of
Main street, as in two of the build
ings between Fourth and Fifth streets
the sewers in the cellars of the build
ings were lower than that of the city
sewer and it would be necessary to
lower the sewer at its junction with
the south side sewer before this could
be remedied. The plans and specifica
tions for the paving of the alleyway
on the north side was presented and
adopted by the council.
Councilman Bestor, speaking on the
situation of the Seventeenth street
bridge, stated for the benefit of the
councilmen that the property owners
there did not want to sell or lease the
land needed for the making of a road
there, but would prefer to wait until
such time as the city could put in a
bridge in that locality.
The lighting committee, through
Chairman Lushinsky, reported that
the committee, after negotiating with
the light company as to rates, could
not report, as to rates as not having
a set number of lights to figure on,
but as the merchants seem to think
favorable of the electrolier proposi
tion, they would like further time to
look up the question, and in the
meantime would recommend that the
street lights be kept turned on. This
brought on some discussion as to the
pros and cons of such action. Coun
cilman Buttery did not think the city
could do this without violating the
resolution of the council as to the
payment of more than $100 for street
lights. Councilman Bestor stated
that the lights did not run over $100
per month under any consideration
and was not in violation of the resolu
tion of the council.
Councilman Lushinsky, for the
benfit of the other members of the
council, stated that the cost of the
street lights in use for the past few
weeks at 7c per killowatt had
been $9C.
Councilman Buttery again stated I
that the members did not take into
consideration the fact that the time
lights were kept burning had been
cut down and the lights off Main
street had been shut off at midnight j
and some were burned only ' till 4
o'clock, instead of C, as formerly.
Councilman Lushinsky, stated that
the lights were operated the same as
formerly, with the forty-watt lamps
going off at 12 o'clock and the sixty
watt lamps turned out at 4 o'clock
during the summer months.
This was cerified by Manager R. C.
Woods of the Nebraska Lighting
company, who stated that the only
change in the lights was that owing
to the early daybreak some of the
lights were turned out at 4 instead
of G o'clock in the morning.
Mr. Lushinsky, for the benefit of
the councilmen, gave an approximate
estimate of the cost of the street
lighting as the committee had figured
it out, and the different lights as
figured by the committee were:
71 40-candIe power lamps at $12.80
each, amounting to $908.80.
20 CO-candle power lamps at $18.00
each, amounting to $4C8.00.
42 electroliers of three CO-candle
power lamps, two of which should
burn until 11 o'clock and one all
night, at $30 each, amounting to $1,-
512.00. Making a grand total of $2,
888.80. This, however, was merely a rough
estimate based on figures of the cost
of the current and operating ex
penses of the light company and was
not a completed report.
Councilman Buttery requested that
the city clerk be instructed jto secure
a list of all automobile owners from
the county treasurer whose license
numbers had expired and look into
the matter of who were entitled to
operate these vehicles on the streets.
Mayor Richy stated that he had
not been able to secure a man for the
position of motorcycle cop in the city,
as two men who had been in view
wanted a guarantee that they would
receive sufficient salary to pay them
for purchasing machines, and he had
not been able to give this assurance.
The ordinance to provide for a
standard size and prescribing the ma
terial of which foundations for the
monuments in Oak Hill cemetery was
to be made was placed on its third
reading and passed by a unanimous
Chairman Harris of the cemetery
committee stated that two years ago
it was agreed by the council to close
the ends of two streets in Oak Hill
cemetery, and he would like to have
the city attorney draw up an ordin
ance to this effect, as one man was
buried in the street, and he desired
to have the change made legally. Thi3
was carried by a unanimous vote.
The question of the location of a
telephone pole near the Propst gar
age on Vine street occasioned quite a
little discussion, as Councilman
Mauzy, in addressing the council,
stated that the pole was in a bad
place, and as Mr. Propst had put in
permanent walks clear to the curb he
would like to have the pole moved,
and asked that the streets, alleys and
bridges committee take up the mat
ter with the company. After discuss
ing the matter it was decided to leave
the placing of the pole in the hands
of the committee.
Councilman Lushinsky called the
attention of the council to the fact
that there was an ordinance in force
in regard to running vehicles out on
Main street and leaving them stand
there for a considerable length of
time, and he desired to have the
chief of police notify persons violat
ing the ordinance to comply with it
or suffer the penalty of the same.
This was ordered by a unanimous
Councilman Bestor called the at
tention of the council to the bridge
on Maiden Lane between Main and
Pearl streets, and the matter will be
taken up at once to have it fixed in
proper shape.
Councilman Shea of the Fifth ward
secured orders for the cutting of
weeds and willows along streets lead
ing to the shops in his ward, as well
as crossing on Clara street.
Councilman Harris desired to have
the council take some steps to open
up the street south of the Columbian
school, where the road there has
never been legally platted as a street,
as the residents there desird to put
in permanent walks if they were as
surred that the street established
was not to be changed.
City Attorney Tidd stated to the
council that in opening up the street
they would be'hampefed by the fact
that the state "supreme court had af
firmed the county court of this coun
ty in granting a permanent injunc
tion against the condemning or tak
ing of lot 77, for the use as a street,
and unless other means of securing
it was found they could do nothing.
The finance committee of the city
council recommended the following
claims for payment and warrants
ordered drawn for the same: Wil
liam Barclay, salary, $75; Alvin
Jones, salary, $65; M. Archer, salary,
$30; William Wilson, salary, $20;
Plattsmouth Water Co., hydrant
rental, third quarter, $S70; F. G.
Fricke & Co., supplies, cemetery, $1;
C. Boetel, burying one dog, 50 cents;
Plattsmouth Water Co., water for
drinking fountains, $2.50; M. E.
Manspeaker, street sprinkling, $32;
Warga & Schuldice, supplier, labor,
$3.50; Lincoln Telephone & Telegraph
Co., rents, $3; Weyrich & nadraba,
supplies to police, $2.43; Nebraska
Lighting Co., light city hall, $2.52;
Joe Koubek, street work, $36.40;
Lambert Lister, same, $19:35; Charles
McBride, same, $19.35; William
Hiner, same, $19.15; Harrison Shel
don, same, $15; Jno. Zitka, same, $15;
Q. K. Parmele, same, $27.20; Ed
Snodgrass, same, $20.20; Mike Lutz,
same, $36; Peters & Richards, side
walk, lots 5 and C, block 50, $44;
Bruce & Standeven, surveying, $63.20;
E. J. Richey, material to street com
missioner, $12.25; John Bauer, ma
terial street commissioner, $2.25;
John Bauer, sewer pipe, etc., $274.13.
From Wednesday 8 Dally. , :
There was a small but very ap
preciative audience present last even
ing at the Air Dome to witness the
presentation of the Mutual master
piece, "Gods Witness," in moving pic
tures, and the beauty of the picture
was fully appreciated by the persons
fortunate enough to be present. The
next of these series will be tomorrow
evening, when Ibsen's "Ghosts" will
be presented by the Mutual people,
with an all-star cast, including Henry
Walthill and Mary Alden.
Mrs. M. S. Kerr and son, Merritt,
of Houston, Texas, and Mrs. Ray
Breese and little daughter, Margaret,
of Red Oak, Iowa, who have been vis
iting at South Bend, Nebraska, came
in this morning and are visiting at
the home of Mrs. S. E. Kerr and family.
From Tuesday's Dallr.
Some time ago a notice appeared
in this paper of the disappearance of
Harry Warner of near Elmwood, a
1 4-year-old son of J. F. Warner, but
the young man appears to have been
satisfied with his experience and a
few days ago returned home to Elm
wood. There was no trace found of
his whereabout until the automobile
races at Omaha, when several of the
boys from Elmwood met the young
man in the metropolis, and a few
days later he returned home to dwell
under the parental roof again.
Prom Tuesday's Dan.
The usual peaceful atmosphere of
Judge M. Archer's court was disturb
ed this morning by several who were
seeking justice and others whom jus
tice was seeking.
Levi Patton was the first to appear
before the judge, as a result of his
dallying with the flowing bowl to ex
cess yesterday afternoon, and despite
the warning of Chief Barclay to seek
some spot off of Main street and rest
up from the effects of his well-lit con
dition, he persisted in the attack- on
John Barleycorn and the officers of
the law gathered him in. He was
handed a little package labeled $2 and
costs, and this was paid and the man
sent on his way rejoicing.
Another affair to come before the
court was the complaint of Mrs.
Frank KushinskyJ residing on Winter
steen Hill, who alleged that her hus
band had applied to her the most vile
and revolting of names and she de
sired a warrant for his arrest, which
was made out and Mr. Kushinsky
brought in, and who protested that at
the time he had sworn at his wife she
was engaged in slapping him and
otherwise making life anything but a
pleasant dream to him. The judge,
after hearing the contradictory state
ments of the two parties, set the case
for next Tuesday morning, whAi, af
ter a week's reflection they may be
able to derive some benefit from their
experience in the court.
From Tuesday's Daliy.
This morning R. L. Propst received
a new I. H. C. oil tractor, as well as
a new separator, which will be oper
ated this season by Charles Shopp in
this section of the county in taking
care of the threshing for the farmers,
and the machines will be capable of
taking care of a great deal of busi
ness during the coming season.
Letter files at the Journal office.
Entertainment Committee
of the Commercial Club has arranged with the
Brundage Carnival Company
now playing in Plattsmouth, to give a
and exhibition by MARSHALL'S
"Happy Days in Dixie Land" Co.
""Owin to their show in the
no free attractions offered
The opening of the big harvest sale
at the C. E. Wescott's Sons store this
morning attracted a large number
through the clever and original meth
ods of advertising this great annual
offering of bargain in the clothing and
gents' furnishing lines. One of the
novel advertising methods adopted is
the placing of price tickets on differ
ent articles in the show windows, as
well as in the store, which bears the
numbers of different automobiles own
ed in Cass county, and the person who
can identify his number on any of the
cards will receive the article on which
the ticket appears. The first to dis
cover his number and receive a prize
today was Leland Briggs, who located
his number on a ping card adorning
a fine dress shirt, and. calling at the
store received the shirt. Frank
Gobelman was the second and found
his car number was on a ticket ad
vertising ties and was awarded one
as his prize. This will stimulate in
terest among the automobile owners
of the county to come in and see if
they are among the lucky ones.
"Sport" Wescott is also doing his
part during the harvest sale by wear
ing on hi3 glossy coat a painted ad
vertisement of the sale, which has
attracted the attention of many on the
street. The crowd of shoppers were
on hand early this morning to take
advantage of the bargains offered, and
the store was well filled during the
morning, as well as this afternoon.
This afternoon in Lincoln will be
held a hearing before the advisory
board of pardons of the application
of Isadore Sitzman for a pardon from
his life sentence in the penitentiary
for his part in the murder of Mike
Gano, near Cedar Creek, in 1910.
Sitzman and his brother-in-law, Louis
Keiser, were tried and convicted in
this county for the crime of murder,
which from the evidence occurred
when in an attempt to rob Gano they
had struck him over the head with a
club while he was returning to his
home at a railroad camp from Cedar
Creek. The two men awaited him at
a lonely place on the road and in the
ensuing efforts to secure the money
Gano was killed. The two men were
sentenced to life imprisonment on
December 5, 1910. County Attorney
A. G. Cole wlil represent Cass county
at the hearing, remonstrating against
the granting of the pardon. The
relatives of the petitioner have cir
culated a petition in this county
which was signed by quite a large
number for his release.
For Sale.
1914 Bull Tractor, in good condi
tion, $250.00. O. A. Davis, Murray,
Nebraska. 7-12-4tw
city on that day there will be
by the Commercial Club.
From Tuesday's Dellr.
The funeral of the late Fred M.
Hesse will be held tomorrow after
noon at 2 o'clock from his late home
on Chicago avenue, and all members
of the Ancient Order of United
Workmen, of which order Mr. Hesse
was a member, are requested to be
present at the services. By order of
Germania Lodge No. 81, A. O. U. W.
From Tuesday's Daily.
Today Julius Merwick, who has
been running the old boarding house
on Third street, is mourning the de
parture of the gentleman who has
been acting as the chef at the board
ing house, as well as $115 in Uncle
Sam's bright new sheckles, which
the chef took with him in his depart
ure. As far as can be learned of the
affair, Julius yesterday afternoon
gave the cook a check to cash and
asked him to pay the grocery account
at the store of A. G. Bach, which they
owed for provisions for the boarding
house, but instead the chef, together
with George Meill, made a quick get
away and sought other and. greener
pastures in which to operate, taking
the coin with them. An automobile
was hired and the two men departed
for Omaha before Julius was aware
of the movement, and it was not un
til inquiries at the grocery store that
he discovered that he had been
double-crossed by his friends, and was
apparently shy the hard-earned coin.
Sheriff Quinton was informed, of the
matter and at once got busy in an
attempt to locate . the missing men,
and this morning departed for Oma
ha to look into whether they could be
unearthed or not.
From Tuesday TJany.
Mr. Robrt D. Taylor of Franklin,
Neb., who is here visiting at the
home of District Clerk James Robert
son and family, relates many in
teresting facts in regard to the floods
and high water which visited his sec
tion of the state during the last
month. It seems that the greatest
damage done there was not through
the overflow of the Republican river,
but the smaller creeks feeding it,
which were swollen by the terrific
rains, which produced ten inches of
rain throughout that section and the
great volume of water sweeping
through the lowlands made things
look very black for the farmers whose
farms were on the bottom lands. In
a great many places the rich black
soil of the farms are covered by from
four to ten inches of sand washed up
from the creeks, and for miles the
lands will be almost worthless for
farming. At Franklin the flood swept
onto the Burlington line of railway,
tearing out bridges, and near the
depot in Franklin washed out the
track for quite a distance and both
sidetracks and the main line track
were swept away and the heavy
eighty-pound stel rails were crumpled
up by the enormous force of the
water. The depot was filled with
several feet of water and it was
necessary to remove a part of the
equipment. The land of Mr. Taylor
and Mr. Robertson was not damaged
as much as a great deal of the other
lands in that section, but it was ne
cessary to replant a great deal of
the corn.
Owing to the disolution of our part
nership, to become effective on August
1st, all accounts on our books become
due and payable at once.
A. F. Nickels of near Murray was
among those going to Omaha this aft
ernoon where he will visit for a few
hours there looking after som mat
ters of business.
Z. T. Brown, Who Has Been Ailing
for Several Years, Died at the Im
manuel Hospital Last Evening.
From Wednesday's Daily.
Last evening another of the old
time residents of Plattsmouth was
summoned to his final reward, when
Z. T. Brown passed away at the Im
manuel hospital in Omaha, following
an operation performed in the hope of
affording him relief from an illness of
several years' duration. Mr. Brown,
while employed in the Burlington
paint shop in this city, acquired lead
poisoning1, from which he never fully
recovered, and his system gradually
broke down under the effects of this,
so that for the past six years he has
been in very poor health, gradually
declining, despite all efforts to give
him relief, and it was at last decided
to perform an operation in the hopes
of prolonging his life, but without
Mr. Z. T. Brown was C5 years of
age and was born in Pennsylvania,
where he made his home for a num
ber of years, and came to Plattsmouth
forty years ago, where he has resided
almost continuously since that time.
He was married here thirty-eight
years ago to Miss Leora Scovall, and
here in this city the family has been
reared to manhood and woman hood.
After his arrival in this city Mr.
Brown entered the employ of the Bur
lington railroad in their paint shop
in this city and was employed there
up to the time that his illness made
it necessary for him to give up his
vocation, and since that time he has
been unable to perform any active
work to any great extent.
The widow and seven children, Mrs.
Louis Trimpe, Omaha; Ernest Brown
of the United States navy; Clarence
Brown, Topeka, Kansas; Maldon
Brown, Mable, Vera and Abbie Brown,
of this city, are left to mourn tha
death of this good man, and in their
hour of grief will receive the sym
pathy of the entire community.
Mr. Brown, during the years of his
residence here, made many warm
friends, who learned with the deepest
regret of his passing, and though the
end was clear, the blow of his death is
none the less keen to the family and
The body arrived this afternoon at
1:12 from Omaha and was taken to
the late home, where it will remain
until the funeral, which will be held
tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock from
the family residence in this city and
the services will be conducted by Rev.
F. M. Druliner, pastor of the church.
From Wednesdays Dallr.
Sheriff Quinton returned yesterday
afternoon from Omaha, bringing with
him George Meill, who had accom
panied the missing cook of the Bur
lington House to Omaha, who had
made away wjlh the money belonging
to Julius Warwick. The cook, on ar
riving in Omaha, did not tarry for any
length of time, but at once departed
for his former home at Pittsburg,
Pennsylvania, but before going left
word that he would send Merwick's
money back to him. Meill did not
have anything to do with the taking
of the money save that of having gone
to Omaha with the cook, and no
charge was preferred against him. It
seems that the cook, George Frankes,
is an old acquaintance of Merwick,
and he brought him out here to do the
work at the boarding house, but west
ern life seems to have little attraction
for George and he took flight back to
the Smoky City, taking with him the
coin of his friends. Mr. Merwick
stated that he wculd wait a few days
to see if the money was returned, and
if not then the man would be brought
back to this city to answer for his
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