The Plattsmouth journal. (Plattsmouth, Nebraska) 1901-current, February 03, 1916, Image 1

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First Residence Built in Plattsmouth
Being Removed to Make Room
for Several New Cottages.
From Tuesday's Dailv.
In the removal of the old residence
on the O'Neill property, south of the
rhops, to iriake way for a number of
modern cottages, one of the old land
marks which has stood for over sixty
years, will have vanished into the
This building has stood as long as
memory of the oldest inhabitant can
recall and from the nature of its con
struction would have bid fair to have
withstood the ravage of time for a
hundred years. Black walnut and oak
have formed the timbers constructing
the house and all of these were se
cured just across the river in Mills
county, Iowa, and these were sawed
:nd hewed from the virgin forests
that in the early fifties lined the bank
of the Missouri river. Thi? house was
constructed by James O'Neill, who
had come west in the rush of the Cali
fornia gold seekers and had establish
ed himself as the owner of a ferry
operating across the Missouri river
just east of where this city now
stands, and the location received the
title of Platteville, but has long since
passed into the dim past.
The wife of this good man one day
while watching the ferry boat plying
between Iowa and th? then unsettled
territory of Nebraska, was visited by
an inspiration that in ''the hills and
bluffs on the west side of the river
could be founded a city that would
possess all the natuial beauty and
facilities that so appealed to the early
settler. This desire to plant a new
home in the new territory west of the
river was communicated by Mrs.
O'Neill to her husband, and in the
spring of 1S55, in company with his
partner, Mr. Martin. Mr. O'Neill came
to what is now Plattsmouth and
erected the first house that occupied
the site of this city and proceeded to
get busy and invite others to come
here to dwell. It is this house that
is now being torn down and which
marked the first dwelling in the city,
and the work commenced by Mr.
O'Neill has been carried on since that
time most faithfully by the succeeding
i ettlers until it is now a thriving city.
Mrs. William Herold cf this city is a
daughter of ;he founder of Platts
mouth and enioys very much the dis
tinction and honor.
From Tuesday' Dally.
The Journal has just received a let
ter from our former f 3llow townsman,
II. A. Schneider, who for a number of
years was one of the boosters for the
city while he was a member of the
Commercial club-here. Mr. Schneider
has decided to locate in Los Angeles
for the winter at least before making
a dip back into the business world.
He still retains a deep interest in this
city and is well pleased to learn
through the Journal of the progress
that is being made here in all lines.
He is of the opinion that the Commer
cial club has did a great deal teward
developing the spirit of confidence in
the future of the city, which was bad
ly needed for several years past.
Henry is also an enthusiastic Pollard
booster and is strong for the Cass
county man as the occupant of the
executive chair of the state.
Old-Fashioned Spelling School.
There will be an "Old-Fashioned
Spelling School" and Box Social held
at the Eight Mile Grove school, Dis
tnct.'No. zd, on Saturday evening,
February 12th. Everyone is cordially
invited. Spelling will begin- at 8
o'clock. The ladies are requested to
bring boxes and the gentlemen the
coin. Mae Barker, Teacher.
From Thursday's Daily.
The board of county commissioners
are engaged today in their regular
session at the court house to take up
" utinttuuiug men
attention and to audit the claims
Against the city which were presented
U the board. The commissioners have
been engaged in the work of checking
up the books of the different offiicals
during the last week and seeing that
they aer in proper shape.
From Monday's Daily.
Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Becker of
Osmond, Neb., arrived here Saturday
evening to enjoy a short visit at the
home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rhoden
of near Murray. These two young
people were united in marriage on
last Tuesday at Osmond at the
Catholic church in that citv, when
Miss Maggie O'Brien was united in
the bonds of wedlock to Bernard
Becker. Following the wedding the
young people were entertained at din
ner at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dave
O'Brien, parents of the bride, and
spent a few days with their relatives
in that locality before coming here to
enjoy their honeymoon for a short
time. Miss O'Brien will be well re
membered in this city, where she was
born and reared and where her par
ents, Mr. and Mrs. Dave O'Brien were
for a number of years among the
prominent residents, and her friends
will extend their best wishes for her
future happiness. The young people
will make their future home at
Osmond, where the groom is engaged
in the mercantile business.
From Tuesday's Dally.
A number of the' residents here in
Plattsmouth, with the memory of the
years gone by in their minds, have
suggested the-advisability of holding
a coasting carnival some evening soon,
es the conditions all seem favorable
for the success of such an entertain
ment and ihe pleasures of the sport of
coasting would certainly be enjoyed
Ly the younger residents of the city,
?.nd a large number of those who still
have youthful outbreaks occasionally.
The affairs of this kind held in the
past were all very successful and en
joyable and on one occasion in par
ticular a arge number from Omaha
were here to enjoy the sport and the
thrilling rides down High School Hill
on the old "bob" are fond recollec
tions of i great many of our now
sedate and middle-aged men and wom
en. The young men of the city might
take this matter of a coasting carnival
up and se-3 if it could not be possible
to have the idea tried out for one eve
ning. Of course since the last very
successful sliding party the hill lead
ing up Main street has been cut down
a great deal and the ride down there
will not be near a3 fast and thrilling,
but there are a great many other lo
cations where this might be held with
equal sucess and quite as enjoyable as
on High School Hill. Before at the
time these coasting carnivals have
been held the track led over the Bur
lington tracks to the river bottom, but
this has been changed in the progress
of time and if this track was used it
would be necessary to use the subway,
which, however, would prove more
safe to the coasters.
It will pay you to drop us a card
for our descriptive catalog of Garden
and Field Seeds, with special prices
arid free offers. Sent only on request.
Johnson Bros. Seed Co., Nebr. City.
FARM LOANS, at 5 per cent and 5V2
per cent. No delays. T. H. Pollock.
i From Tuesday
Friday evening at the farm home
of Mr. and Mrs. demons Koke, seven
miles from Plattsmouth, was cele
brated the eighteenth birthday of
Clarence Mason. The evening was
spent in games, music, both vocal and
instrumental, and dancing and at
suitable hour a three-course luncheon
was served by Violet Koke and Alice
Lister. Clarence received many very
beautiful and useful presents to re
mind him of the happy and joyous oc
casion in ..he days to come. As the
clock was striking the hour of 1 the
merry crowd wended their way home
ward in their bobsleds over the beauti
ful white snow, wishing Clarence
many more happv birthdays. Those
present at this joyous occasion were
Louise, Rose and Lily Schiessl, Dora
Nolting, Dora Meisinger, Tillie
Holmes, Violet Koke, Alice Lister,
Henry Nolting, Fred Hanna, George
and Louis Schiessl. John Holmes.
Louis Buechler, Frank Hilbert, Theo
oore .Lister and the &uest of honor.
Clarence Mason.
From Tuesday's Dally.
Another Omaha couple have been
made happy in this thriving little city,
as liarlan Lu Jones and Mrs. Addie
M. Jones journeyed down from the
metropolis and seeking the office of
the county judge, wen united in the
bonds of matrimony. This couple
have been married before, but later
reparated and now seek to again take
up their voyage on the matrimonial
ea under more favorable circum
stances. Following their wedding Mr.
and Mrs. Jones returned to their home
in Omaha.
From Tuesday's Dally.
The Plattsmouth sick people in the
Omaha hospitals are all reported as
doing very nicely, which has proven
most pleasing to their friends and
afmilies in this city.
Mrs. Allen J. Beeson, who has just
undergone an operation at the Im
manuel hospital, is doing fine and has
begun to show the first real gain since
being operated on and now seems on
the highway to recovery.
Miss Gladys Kaffenberger is also
showing signs of improvement and
despite her long and wearing sickness
it is now thought that she will be able
to recover if the present improvement
continues as it has in the last few
Harry Horn of near Cedar Creek,
who is at the hospital taking treat
ment, is still suffering from a severe
cold that will not permit of his being
operated on, and as soon as the cold
i?nd cough can be mastered it is ex
pected to operate on his right leg.
New Manager at the Riley.
From Wednesday's Dally.
The Hotel Riley in this city has a
new manager, Mr. Joseph Grippen,
who has taken up hi? duties and is
now in charge of the active manage
ment of the hotel for Mr. W. F. Kin
slow, the owner. Mr. Grippen comes
to this city very highly recommend
ed from the Millard hotel in Omaha
and has had experience in several of
the leading western cities in this line
of work and should prove a real live,
wide-awake man for Mr. Kinslow in
the conduct of the affairs of the hotel.
For Rent.
The Cobb place, 56 acres, north and
east of the M. P. station: 25 acres in
alfalfa, 20 acres farm land and bal
ance pasture. Inquire of Payne Invest
ment Co., 17th and Farnam Sts.,
I Omaha, Neb. 2-3-2twkly
From Wednesdav Dally.
The Ladies Auxiliary of the Presby-
terian church held their regular meet
ing yesterday afternoon and were very
' pleasantly entertained by Mesdame;
W. J. Straight and Kate Minor, at
the beautiful new home of Mrs.
Streight. In spite of the very cold
.1 it 1 1
weather, tne aiienuance was very
good. A portion of the afternoon was
devoted to the usual business session,
at which time various plans were
made for the future, and it was ar
ranged to hold another all-day session
on February 23, with Mesdames Eliza
beth Travis and A. G. Cole as hostes
ses. After the business session the
ladies indulged in social conversation,
plying the busy needle and various
other amusements, which made the af
ternoon's entertainment a most de
lightful one. Delicious refreshments
were served by the hostesses, which
was most thoroughly appreciated by
the guest3. A little further social
time and then the ladies dispersed,
very much indebted to the hostesses
for their kind hospitality.
From Wednesday's Dally.
Henry Kaufman, who resides south
of this city a few miles, and who has
been quite successful as a market
gardener, has decided that he will in
the spring remove to Montana, where
le thinks, and he will locate in the
Lewistown, Montana. Mr. Kaufmnan
was out in Montana this fall and the
general appearance of the country was
such as to be most attractive and the
result of the crops has encouraged
him in locating there in the future
and making his home there. This is a
new country . and the opportunities
there are such as cannot be passed up,
he thinks, and he will ocate in the
udith basin, a distance of sev
eral miles from the town, and in one
of the fertile valleys thata re numer
ous' in that state. Eddie Vallery, a
son-in-law of Mr. Kaufmann, resides
in that locality.
Taken to Omaha Hospital.
from Tuesaay's Dally.
Mrs. Mary Parsons was taken to
Omaha Sunday afternoon, where she
will be placed in a hospital there for
treatment and possibly an operation,
Parsons has been in poor health
for some time and Sunday morning
her condition became such as to de
mand medical aid.
from Wednesday's Dally.
This morning Steve Hazeska and
ames Burns, the two young men who
plead guilty in district court last
Thursday to the charge, of burglary
in breaking into a bunk car in the
Burlington yards, were started to Liin-
coln, where they will commence serv
ing an indeterminate sentence of from
one to ten years in thes tate peniten
tiary. The two men vere escorted by
Sheriff Quinton and Chief of Police
Barclay, and will be turned over to
the custody of Warden Fenton to start
serving their sentences.
Card of Thanks.
To our kind friend3 and neighbors
who by their sympathy and comfort
aided us in our hour of grief at the
death of our little babe, we desire to
express our deepest appreciation of
their many kind deeds and words. We
also 1 desire to thank the Woodman
Circle for the beautiful flowers at the
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Timmis.
He Says the Money of That Country
Is Hardly Worth the Paper It
Is Printed On.
From Wednesday's Dally.
A. S. Will, who has just returned
from Mexico City, where he was call
ed to look after his business interests
in that trouble-ridden republic, gives
a number ot very interesting tacts
concerning conditions prevailing from
the border to the capital city, and
states that to really appreciate them
person should be three and actually
see for themselves wnat condition of
want and misery prevails.
The money of the republic is hardly
worth the paper it is printed on and
for an American dollar one can se-
cure twenty pesos in the new con-
stitiutionaMst coin. The prices of
everything in that country are very
cheap and this is especially so in the
way of railroad fare. A traveler can
ride five miles or eight kilometers for
6 cents in constitutional money, which
is about one and one-half cents in
American money. To travel 100 miles
first-class costs $9.P0 in Mexican
money, which is less than an Ameri-
can halt dollar. ine railroads in
Mexico are operated by the govern
ment and at present are in very poor
hape, owing to the continued war,
I hut the new adiminsLration is trviner
to put them in better shape as the
country quiets down. The passenger
trains during the daytime in making
their trips run at a good rate of speed
and at times get to fifty and sixty
miles an hour, but at night the trains
stop and do not attempt to travel, I
owing to the dangers of robbers and
bandits, which have been in the habit
of making the passenger trains an
object of prey. It is quite difficult to
secure a berth on the train, and often
after purchasing one it is found that
someone else has appropriated the
berth of the purchaser and he is com
pelled to get' along r.s best he can.
WTiile at Monterey on the trip back
to the states, Mr.' Will was on the
train that had the honor of having one
of the officials of the railroad with his
militaryescbrt as passengers in their
private car, and the party were ac
companied by quite a number of the
barefooted soldiers, who stood the
trip riding . on the platform of the
train, although the weather was ex
tremely cold. ,
In speaking of the people of Mexico,
Mr. Will states that they are certain
ly the victims of misfortune from the
day of their birth, and the result of
years gone by of the fugatives from
all other countries on the globe com
ing to Mexico bred under these condi
tions and a very low standard of in
telligence and morality prevails, but
if one treats the people right they will
generally try and act with the same I
spirit, but that years of oppression
and abuse from the ruling class, as
well as Americans coming there,
makes the work of getting their con
fidence very difficult.
The greater part of the population
a. r
m tne country is on ui veigc ui
starvation and this has caused a great
deal more deaths than the war, Mr.
Will states, and especially in Mexico
City is this condition noticeable. To
those that can afford it the price of
food in the restauranst and hotels
seems very reasonable, as a few prices
as given will show. These prices are
in Mexican money and one peso is
worth only 5 cents in American
money: Bread and butter, 40; tender
loin steak, 2.50-; bacon and eggs, 3.00;
one-half spring chicken, 3.00; pork
ausage, 2.50; steamed potatoes, 50;
. x 1 1
green peas, l.uu; conee, tea, mutt,
These prices are taken from the
card of the American club in
Mexico City.
In Tampico, one of the ports of
entry of the country, the prices are
not quite .is high as in the capital, as
the following will show: 2.00, or 10c;
red snapper, whole fish, 1.50, 7c;
cold roast beef, 1.00 or 5c. For a few
cents in American money it can be
seen that one can procure a good meal,
but the natives of the country are not
able to secure the wherewithal to en
joy a feed, and consequetnly are suf
fering greatly.
From Wednesday's Pally.
This morning Caspar Rapavey, an
employe of the stone quarry at Louis
ville, was a visitor at the court house
seeking to make his declaration of in
tention of becoming a citizen of the
United States of America and re
nouncing all allegiance to the emper
or of Austria and king of Hungary.
He was bron in Hungary July 7, 1881,
and came 4.o America in 1912, embark
ing from the port of Havre, France,
and arriving in New York in Septem
ber, 1912. He has been employed at
the quarries for the past few years
and feels that he is now entitled to
become a full-fledged citizen of this
From Wednesday's Dally.
A very amusing story is related on
one of our fellow citizens a few days
ago which shows what absent-mindedness
will do for a person, and as a
lesult of the experience of the gentle
man he is .shy a pair of perfectly good
overshoes for which he had only the
day before squandered two hard-earned
dollars. It seems that he arose a
little later than usual and consequent
ly was hurried in his dressing and
grabbing up his overshoes in one hand
and a bunch of waste paper in the
other he proceeded to rush out on his
way to the dining room, stopping only
long enough to drop the papers and
rubbers on the floor near the stove,
and just before eating he thrust the
papers and rubbers together into the
stove and did not realize even then
that he was a child of misfortune until !
on returning from the dining room I
he glanced around and hurriedly pull
ed open the stove door and gazed
within, where the gleaming ashes of
the overshoes ' stared at him. Here
after he will not remove the rubbers
from his. feet until ho retires for. the
The largest congregation of the
Mission week was present last evening
at St. Luke s Episcopal church, and
one of the most interesting sermons
and instrutcions of the week was de
livered by Father W. S. Leete, who
took as the subject of his sermon "The
Prodigal Son," and spoke of the de-
cision of the prodigal to turn from his
ways of error and return to the home
of the father, and of the father's re
ception of the young man, who shorn
of his wealth and youth by the world,
was ready to heed the voice of the
father in guidance cf his footsteps.
This sermon carried its lesson, home
to the hearers and the thought of the
sermon was further carried out in the
instruction : on "Repentence," which
moves the soul to seek its Maker and
to accept the aid and guidance of the
Father in its life. The clearness oi
the sermon and the instruction given
by Father Leete added to the interest
members of the
manifested by the
parish who are realizing one of the
greatest awakenings in recent years
in the thoughts of what the church
means to them and their relation to
the church. The services were some
what handicapped by the fact that the
lights used in the church were out of
commission and the church, was ll
luminated by candles in the windows
and upon the altar, but the spirit of
the Mission inspired the congregation
in their work for the cause. The old
familiar hymns sang by the con
gregation aided very much in the
meauty of the services. This evening
the missoiner will give instruction on
"Sacrimental Absolution" at the serv
ices at 7:45, and another of the series
of strong seromns will be given, which
will be helpful to the church members
i in their Mission.
nupuinimfni ui i nysicians.
A " j . r t ?
Olive, Assessor of City
Weeping Water.
The county commissioner at their
meeting this week have taken jj
quite a number of matters on the let
ting of the contracts for supplies and
the county physicians for the ensuing
In the naming of county physicians
in the different commissioner districts
Dr. J. H. Hall was selected in the
First district, Dr. D. F. Brendel in the
Second, and Dr. J. W. Brendel in the
Third district.
These contracts were let by bids and
awarded to the lowest bidders in each
In the contract for the burial of the
pauper dead the contract was let t
M. Hild, as his bid was the lowest.
For the work of printing the com
missioners proceedings, tne oar doc
ket, road notices, contracts and calls
for bids, the Plattsmouth Journal was
given the contract as the lowest bid
The resident of Weeping Water city
presented a petition to the board ask
ing that George H. Olive be appointed
city assessor to take the place of T.
B. Taylor, resigned, ami on motion
the petition was granted unanimously
and Mr. Olive appointed.
A large number of the residents of
Liberty precinct petitioned the com
missioners lor the appointment o
James Wilson as constable in that
precinct, and he was aappointed with
out a dissenting vote to th offite.
The board then proceeded to elect a
county physician for the ensuing year
and Dr. B. F. Brendel of Murray was
selected as the county physician, and
the county board of health organized
by the selection of Charles E. Heebrer
as chairman; Henry Snoke, vice char
man; Dr. B. F. Brendel, physician; F.
J. Libershal, secretary.
County Judge A. J. Beeson filed his
report for the fourth quarter of 1915
of fee scollected, showing that $1,-
098.70 had been collected in his office.
Yesterday afternoon a small shack
on the Pollock land east of the Platts
mouth Water company's pumping sta
tion caught fire from some unknown
cause and for a few minutes made a
very lively conflagration which could
be clearly seen from the Burlington
station. The shack had been occupied
up to the last few months by a
bachelor who was engaged in working
around on the river bottom, but is sup
posed to be unoccupied save by oc
casional drifters who stoppwd there
to rest from the cold, and it is likely
that some of these caused the fire that
destroyed the building.
Last evening a large number of the
young folks attending the High school
decided to avail themselves of the op
portunity of enjoying a coasting
party, and accordingly, with several
bobsleds coasted down High School
Hill for several hours and a great deal
of merriment was derived from this
sport by both the boys and girls.
WThile the hill was not in the best of
shape, one of the sleds was able to
reach the subway coming down the
hill and set the pace for the other
L. H. Puis and wife came up this
morning from their home at Murray
and attended the funeral services of
the late Fred Engelkemeier, an uncle
of Mr. Puis.
The "Eagle'
Try one.
cigar, a good 5c smoke.