The Plattsmouth journal. (Plattsmouth, Nebraska) 1901-current, May 25, 1916, Image 1
b Historical Soc 1 Neb State yoL. xxxiv. PLATTSMOUTH, NEBRASKA, THURSDAY, MAY 23, 1916. No. 99 - r if In i I . ; r REMONSTRANCE FILED AGAINST THE AVENUE PAVING Council Placed the Remonstrances On File for Further Action, and Other Business "Was Transacted. From Tuesday's Daily. The session of the city council last evening was one of the most import ant sessions as far as the amount of business filed with the future devel cpment of the city was concerned that has been held for some time, and the dads dispatched the various mat ters with speed. One of the most important of the matters taken up was the letting of the contract for the paving of the half blocks on Third, Fourth and Fifth streets, which was let to the firm of J. II. McMaken, as well as the acceptance of the recommendation of the park commission for the purchase of the city of the Coates pasture on North Fifth street for park purposes. Mayor Sattler also settled the ques tion of the city attorneyship at the meeting, presenting first the name of D. O. Dwyer, which was rejected by the unaimous vote of the council, and he then sent the name of J. E. Doug lass to th council and the same was confirmed by an unanimous vote. At the assembling of the council and after the reading of the minutes by Clerk Warga, Hon. R. B. Windham was introduced by the mayor to ad dress the council on the subject of the fall festival and '"home coming" week, and the speaker urged the city to take an active part in the plans that were being made by the Com mercial club, and the committee in harge to make it a srreat gala' occa sion. The speaker recited a number of the different steps that would be taken up to secure the presence of the former residents of the city here during this gala occasion, and also urged the council to appoint a com mittee to co-operate . with the other committee? in making the event a success in every way. Mayor Sattler was authorized on motion of Lushin sky to appoint such a committee, with himself as an ex-officio member, and the mayor named Councilmen Patter son, Buttery and Bajeck to assist on behalf of the city in perfecting the plans for the festal 'week. The bids for the paving was then taken up by the council as the bidders from out of the city were desirous of returning to Omaha, and after the bids had been read they were referred to the streets, alleys and bridges com mittee, to tabulate and report, which they did later in the session, recom mending the awarding of the contract to Mr. McMaken, and the paving to be of class B brick block paving, in the sum of $7,400. His was the low est bid, beating that of the J. J. Parks company of Omaha by $28 on this class of work. The petition of II. A. Schoemann and M. L. Williams for a saloon li cense was then read and referred to the license committee, to take up and act upon at the next meeting of the council. The park commissioners, J. P. Fal ter and C. E. Martin, presented a statement to the council that the Coates property could be secured for $800, and as there was $1,200 avail able in the park fund of the city they recommended that the property be purchased and the sum of 1800 be transferred to purchare the same for park purposes. A petition was also presented to the council to have the keeping? bf bees on the property of Charles Land be declared a nuisance, setting forth that the bees prevented the cattle'ctf the petitioners from drinking at the' hydrant used for that purpose; that the bees had stung several of the petitioners' families and also spoiled the fruit on the property of the peti tioners. This was signed by W. H. Miller, W. B. Rishel and J. W. Tulene, all residents of Orchard Hill addition to the cit7. The matter was referred to the police to look after. Complaint was also made in a peti- tionsigned by Charles Ulrich, Henry Hilbert, Mrs. J. A. Murray and 1. H. Karnes, against J. F. Clugy, for keep ing his wagons and scrapers in the roadway, blocking it up and making . (Continued on Page Two.) WILL HAVE TURKEY FOR CHRISTMAS DINNER From Tuesday' Dall r. Gailen Rhoden, one of the enter prising young farmers of the county, a short time ago purchased ten tur key eggs from Charles Mutz of this city, and, taking the eggs home, set rhern, with the result that out of the ten eggs he secured nine fine little turkeys, which is a remarkably good showing and has greatly pleased Mr Rhoden, who has visions of a fine, juicy bird for the holiday dinner this winter. He also has several hundred fine young chickens at his home, which are rapidly approaching the stage when they are ripe for frying, nd will furnish a rare treat to this enterprising gentleman and those who re fortunate enough to secure them. JIMMY GETS TOP HEAVY AND SLEEPS OFF JAG IN JAIL From Tuesday's Dally. This morning James Korec became involved in the machinery of the law and as a result is resting in the city bastile. The young man has been flirting with the jail for the past two days, and the final break occurred today that snapped the long-standing patience of the police and resulted in the arrest of James. He was involved in quite a little disturbance last night, but had promised to go home and sober up. but this morning was in a more militant mood than ever and raided several varities of sheol in different places before he fell into the hands of Chief Barclay, and on the way to jail it was necessary to jar him "up a" little as he was still full of war. The coolness of the city bastile will probably have the effect of taming him down and showing him the error of his ways, as when he is sober he is a perfectly peaceable and gentlemanly young fellow. DEATH OF JACOB G08ELMAN, WELL KNOWN IN CITY From TueodaVn DaJlT. Frank R. Gobelmann' departed on Sunday afternoon for Highland, 111., where he was summoned by a mes- age announcing the death at that phice of his uncle, Jacob Gobelmann. The deceased was quite well known in ihis locality, as he had often visited his brothers, Christopher Gobelmann of this city and Val Gobelmann of near Murray. He was a veteran of the civil war and a gentleman held in the highest esteem by all those with whom he came in touch. For a great many years he had made his home at Highland with his sister, having never married, and leaves only the brothers and sister to mourn his death. He passed away early Sunday morning after an illness of some duration. The funeral services were held today at the late home. SALE OF SEWING MACHINES POSTPONED TO NEXT SATURDAY From Tuesday"c Danr. Tne auction sale of sewing ma chines which was to have been held in this city last Saturday was post poned, owing to the rainy weather of lastweek, until next Saturday, when the opportunity of purchasing these fine, high-class machines at practic ally your own prices will be afforded. The auction will be conducted by Rex Young, the Cass county auctioneer. Elsewhere in this issue will be found the advertisement of this sale, which should be looked into by those who desire to purchase a sewing machine. Horses For Sale. I still have a few horses for sale, also some farm machinery. If you need them see me. Frank Vallery, Murray. Office supplies at the Journal office. CLOSING DAYS OF HIGH SCHOOL Commencement Exercises Will Be Held at the Parmele Theater On Wednesday, May 31. From Wednesdays Dally. The seniors of 1916 have said fare well to the old school as far as their active school work is concerned, and only a few more days will elapse un til they graduate from the Platts mouth high school and prepare to take up their active work in other lines, some to advance their education in college, while others will at once embark in the active life of the world. The commencement exercises of the school will be held at the Par mele theater on Wednesday, May 31, when the class will receive diplomas for -faithful work of the last four years. The program for the final exercise of the school will be as fol lows : Invocation Rev. C. E. Perlee Trio "Grand Gallop Brilliante" Wollenhaupt Misses Seybert, Sayles, Ramge. Salutatory "Character" Miss Elizabeth Hall Valedictory "Stand for Some thing" Charles Dovey Violin Solo (a) "Romanze" Beethoven (b) "The Bee" Shubert Miss Agnes Knoflicek. Class Address A. A. Brooks Presentation of Scholarship Supt. W. G. Brooks Presentation of Diplomas Board of Education Benediction Rev. C. E. Perlee The class is one of the largest in recent years in the school, number ing thirty-eight -eleven boys and twenty-seven girls, who have been trained for useful manhood and wo manhood in the schools of this city. The class roll of the year gives the ist of graduates as follows: H. Floyd Stone, Jeanette Patterson, Glenn Joy Barker, Aubrey H. C. Duxbury, Mar garet Pearl Dugay, Vera .Claire Moore, Charles S. Dovey, Elizabeth Grace W. Hall, Jennie Doris Vallery, Arthur B. White, Eleanore Margaret Schulhoff, Lillian LaVern Adams, Sophie Wesch, Iva Marie Davis, Helen Frances Morley, Jessie Edith Whelan, Vera Mae Hatchett, Adele Osa Fitzpatrick, Ethel Margaret Sey bert, Major Isaac W. Hall, Harry W. Winscot, Philip T. Campbell, Blanche Sayles, Edith Alice Ramge, Ethel Rose Lewis, Barbara A. Ptak, Flor ence H. Egenberger, Mattie Gapen, Raymond J. Larson, Howard E. Wiles, Pauline Swoboda, Ruth L. C. Roman, Martin G. Sporer, Margaret Ger trude Dotson, Ina May Dalton, Alice Barbara Weyrich and Fred V. Speck. The class has chosen as its colors avender and white, while the flower is the pink rose. The motto of the class is "Character Is the Only True Diploma." The class officers are: Floyd Stone, president; Miss Ethel Seybert, vice president; Charles S. Dovey, secretary-treasurer, and Miss Lucille Gass, class adviser. CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR SOCIETY ON A HIKE From Wednesdays Dally. Last evening the members of the Christian Endeavor society of the Presbyterian church met at the church about C o'clock and took a hike, going to the vicinity of the big Burlington bridge. Here a suitable picnic grounds was selected and two lively fires were kindled, over which some weinies were roasted and coffee prepared. The "eats" to go with the weinies and coffee were also arranged and as soon as the coffee and weinies were done, supper was announced, and the merry company, with appe tites whetted by the outdoor life, fell to and soon had disposed of a good share of the "eats." A few moments were indulged in toasting marsh- mallows and then, after going across to the Iowa side on the ferry and in dulging in various other amusements, the Endeavorers and their friends wended their way homeward, declar ing that they had had a most delight ful time and hoping there will be another weinie roast in - the near future. THE MASONS ENJOYED BAN QUET LAST EVENING From Wednesday Daily. The members of Plattsmouth lodge No. 6, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, last evening enjoyed a very pleasant time at their lodge rooms in the Masonic temple and a large num ber of the members were present to take part in the work of conferring the work of the lodge as well as in the delightful banquet which fol lowed. The feast was served by the lodge members in the banquet hall and was an occasion of more than usual enjoyment. The tables were very prettily decorated with the early summer flowers and made a scene of beauty as the members of the order gathered around the festal board and enjoyed the good things prepared for them. PHIL RHIN WELL PLEASED WITH OK LAHOMA POSITION From Wednesday's Dally. The Journal has received . a very interesting letter from P. F. Rhin, who has located at Bartlesville, Okla., and in this he sends a few words to his host of friends in this city to remind them that he has not forgot ten them, and it is with pleasure that we print the letter. "To the Journal and Plattsmouth Friends: I arrived in Bartlesville on the 15th at 6:05 a. m., and went to work at noon of the same day for A. H. Kress & Company, who oper ate 155 stores in this state. Am rooming at a private home and tak ing my meals out. "I find Bartlesvilij to be a well- kept town, has a population of about 15,000, about twenty miles of paved streets, good business houses, two or three zinc smelter works, supposed to be the largest in the world since the one in Belgium has been de stroyed. Most every home uses natu ral gas for heating and cooking pur poses and a large per cent for light, also, since it is cheaper than fuel (such as coal and wood), the price being 20 cents per cubic foot. There are two oil tank farms near here, one about ten miles north, called the Bijou, consisting of 180 tanks, and another about twenty miles north, called the Ramona, .consisting of 280 tanks. These tanks hold betweoq 35;000 and 50,000 barrels of oil, and the cost of building each tank was $10,000, when material was cheap. The crude oil retails for $1.15 per barrel, containing, as nearly as I can find, about thirty-two gallons, mak ing the cost about 4 cents per gal- on. "The company I am working for employs at present in this store about thirteen girls, one young man besides myself, the manager and three extra girls on Saturday on account of the nine-hour law. Our hours are from 7:30 a. m. to 6 p. m. for the men, and from 8 a. m. to G p. m. for the wo men, with the exception of Saturday, when we keep open until 9 o'clock. Trusting that you will care to print these few lines as some of my friends requested that I drop a few lines to let them know how I am getting along, I remain, Your friend, P. F. RHIN." HEAD OFFICERS IN TOWN. From Tuesday's Dallv. Last evening the Woodman Circle drill team held a very interesting meeting, taking up the work of pre paring for the unveiling of the monu ments to two of the late sovereigns of the order, Mrs. Mary WTiite and Mrs. Celia Pein. Miss Dora Alex ander, head clerk of the order, and Mrs. Kate Remington were here from Omaha, as they will take part in the unveiling exercises, which will be held in June. SEAT SALE FOR CLASS PLAY. The seat sale for the senior class play will be opened at the drug store of Weyrich & Hadraba on Friday morning at 10 o'clock. The prices will be 35 cents for the entire lower floor and first two rows of the bal cony, while the rest of the seats will be offered at 25 cents. INTERESTING FACT OF NEBRASKA EARLY HISTORY While Plowing Six Miles West of La Platte, Farmer Unearths a Skeleton With U. S. Gen eral's Uniform On. One of the most interesting facts of the early history of this section of the state of Nebraska has been discovered at the old mission house of Rev. Moses Merrill, six miles west of La Platte, where the skeleton of a man clothed in the uniform of a gen eral of the United States army was unearthed while plowing a field near the old mission. It happened that when the discovery was made that Frank Harrison, who is doing special research work in the early history of the state, was at the mission hous looking over the ground, and he at once hastened to the scene of the discovery and, learning the import ance of the find, telephoned to this city for Father M. A. Shine, the fore most authority in the state on the early settlement of Nebraska, as well as to Hon. R. B. Windham, president of the Territorial Pioneer's associa tion. These gentlemen motored up to Bellevue yesterday afternoon and were joined by Mr. Harrison, and to gether they hastened to the old mis sion house to investigate the find. The body had been buried on a hill side, not a great way from the mis sion, and the plow, in digging into the grave, has disarranged the skel eton, but the many interesting relics that would prove of value in identifi cation remained. A large number of small bells, which had evidently been fastened on the uniform with thongs of rawhide, were found, while a num ber of bracelets of copper and brass were lying in the grave, having evi dently been the ornaments of the person who was buried there, and these bracelets were decorated with hand filings in the copper with a crude attempt at ornamentation. All of the rings and bracelets found were of very crude make and green with the marks of time that they had lain in the grave. There were also sev eral strings of beads of blue and white in the grave, denoting the im portance of the body that had been unearthed, while the most striking eature of the find was the fact that the tattered remnants of an old uni form coat of the United States army was found, the brass buttons and the gold epaulets being in a very good state of preservation, and for a short time creating the impression that the body was that of some army officer who had been killed by the Indians, but this was soon settled by Father Shine, who, on learning the circum stances of the find, and the articles in the grave, identified the skeleton as that of Chief Iotan, chief of the Otoe tribe of Indians, whose village had been located close to the mission and where the Rev. Moses Merrill had abored in an endeavor to teach Chris tianity to the benighed savage. The story of the death of Chief Iotan was quite familiar to Father Shine as it has been preserved in the records of the pioneer Baptist missionary, and, as related by Father Shine, leaves jjo doubt that the grave was that of the Otoe chief and reveals a most inter esting story of one of the early tragedies of the wild west. As re lated by Rev. Merrill in his records, this chief, Iotan, was one of the most powerful in the west and possessed', among other things, a large number of wives, and from this fact grew the tragedy. One day in the year 1837 two of the young Indians belonging to the tribe ran away with two of the wives of Chief Iotan. The chie? thereupon swore vengence on the two young bucks and threatened death to them when they met. On April 28, 1837, a bright spring day, as Rev. Merrill relates, the two young men with their stolen wives returned to the village, near the mission, and, while the chief was absent, giving their war songs of defiance. Shortly after, Chief Iotan returned from a hunting trip and, as he passed the mission, learned of the return of the young warriors, and announced his intention of putting them to death. The chief opened fire with a rifle as soon as he' learned the location of the two men in a wooded tract at the edge of the village and one of the men was killed, and in the gen eral fight that ensued the chief as well as the two bucks and two other warriors were shot to death. The chief was attired in a bright blue coat with red facings and liberally deco rated .with large brass buttons and gold braid, which had been presented to him by the great white father at Washington and of which he was very proud. The chief was buried near the village and has slept there since that fateful day until the plow of the white man disturbed the bones of he who had once ruled this section of the state as chief of one of its largest tribes. The Merrill mission was erected near La Platte in 1836 and is without doubt the oldest structure in the state, and the State Historical society is doing its best to try and secure the old building for preservation for the future generation. Here Rev. Mer rill labored in the cause of the Mas ter from 183G until his death in 1840, when he passed away as the result of consumption, contracted in his hard work and exposure to the life of the frontier. He was buried at old St. Mary's cemetery, on the Iowa side of the Missouri river, just below Council Bluffs, but the river in chang ing its course wiped out the section of land where he was buried and car ried the body down the river, far from the scene of his activities. The find was one that will be most inter esting in the following out of the early history of the state, and Father Shine is studying further the inci dents that followed and preceded this tragedy at the old mission to aid the workers in tracing the history of Nebraska. BOYS CONGREGA TING WHERE THEY ARE NOT WANTED For some little time the police have received complaints of the fact that a number of young boys of the city have the habit of congregating at the central fire house and using the room as a rendezvous, where they gather and smoke their cigarettes and enjoy themselves. The boys gain entrance to the room by using the key. that is left hanging iigarf. the door to use in case it is .desired to get the hose carts and other fire fighting appartus out of the building for use in time of need. It was quite a while before the fact of the boys hanging out in the hose room in the city hall was ascertained, but now the police are on the watch for them and will nab the first offender who is caught trying to make the place a smoking room, and making an added danger to the safety of the building. It seems that this is a very strange place to pick for this kind of a gath ering, and those who have been in the habit of using the fire depart ment room would do well to cut it out in the future. ENJOY COMMERCIAL CLUB MEETING IN OMAHA YESTERDAY The Plattsmouth delegation at the State Association of Commercial clubs in Omaha yesterday report a most interesting session and the larg est that has yet been recorded, as the attendance exceeded all expectations. The Plattsmouth crowd numbered eight at the meeting and greatly enjoyed the discussion of the gocvJ roads question by P. A. Wells of the George Washington Highway asso ciation, and who is one strongly urg ing the formation of laws that will allow of state aid for the good roads. ELECT OFFICERS. From Tuesday's Pally, The Daughters of the American Revolution held their annual election of officers last evening at the home of Mrs. E. H. Wescott, at which time the following officers were elected: Miss Bernese Newell, regent; Mrs. Mae Morgan, vice regent; Mrs. Jennie Dodge, secretary; Miss Alice Tuey, treasurer; Mrs. Ellen C. Miner, reg ister; Miss Leona Brady, historian; Miss Hermia Windham, chaplin; Mrs. E. H. Wescott, organist. BALL GAME SUNDAY AND DECORATION DAY WITH OMAHA TEAMS From Wednesday's Dally. If the weatherman can be prevailed upon to stay the downfall of damp ness on next Sunday afternoon the Stars and Stripes team of Omaha will be here to take on the-Red Sox in a red-hot game of baseball. The Stars and Stripes have greatly strength ened their team since their visit here last season and will be able to give the fans a good run for their money in the contest. With a long rest, due to the wet weather, the locals are on their mettle and will be all ready to get into the game and carry off the bacon. For the game Decoration day one of the strongest teams in Omaha the Omaha Gas company, will be on the job, giving an exhibition of the national pastime, and the fans will be treated to one of the swiftest games of the season as the Gas com pany team has made a record that they are proud of in the number of games won so far this season, but they will find they are up against the real thing in the game here on the 30th. This game will be called at 4 o'clock, after the exercises at the Parmele theater, and will give everyone an opportunity of attending both the exercises and the ball game ENJOYABLE EVENING IS SPENT BY THE WOODMAN CIRCLE From Wednesdays Dally. ,The Woodman Circle last evening enjoyed a very pleasant social time at the lodge rooms in the M W A. - building, and one which was quite largely attended by the members. The regular business session of the order being disposed of, the order of the evening was that of a grand so cial time for the members and their ' friends, and for several hours merri ment prevailed in the hall as the members of the order and their fam ilies proceeded to enjoy themselves with social conversation as well as in dancing to the tuneful music fur nished by the Plattsmouth orchestra. under the direction of Tom Svcboda, and this served to pass the time very pleasantly until a late hour, when the members of the party wended their way homeward. During tha evening the most delicious ice cream and cake was served by the ladies, which added very much to the pleas ure of the occasion. FARMER LISTS 110 STOCK BUT A FORD AUTOMOBILE From "Wednesday's Da-tlT. While out assessing this year one of our assessors met with a unique experience that has set him wonder ing as to the modern methods of farming. He called at one of the neat-lookine farms in this vicinity and started in to list the property. When it reached the live stock the owner failed to list any horses or hogs, and the only object that could be classified as live stock was a Ford automobile, and the assessor is won dering if this gentleman is intending to do his farming with a Ford, and, while it is used for a great many pur poses, it is wondered at how it can be put to use in active farm work. RETURNS FROM SPRINGS. From Wednesdays Dally. : This morning F. G. Egenberger and wife returned home from Excel sior Springs, Mo., where they have been for the last ten days, enjoying an outing at the famous Missouri health resort. While there Fred took treatment for rheumatism, and re turns home greatly benefited from the effects of the baths and the treat ment and is looking fins in every way and feeling greatly improved. For the Simon Pore Benjamin Franklin Lightning Rod, call on T. W. Vallery. or write him at M array, Neb. 4-24-lmowkly Bead the want ads in the Journal.