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Election of Officers and Tine Address
I!y J. V. Gamble of Omaha,
and Gd Attendance.
F:-ri Fr;.lay'- I;. i:v.
The annual election of officers of the
Commeroial club was held last even
ing as a part of the proceedings of
the January meeting of that organiza
tion, whieh va held at the auditorium
of the Carr.egi.' library. Tne meeting
was ui.-s filled with much interest
h-'th i:: the selection of the excellent
anay of Hirers for the ensuing year
and ir: the enjoyment of the able ad-dre.-s
o-Iiv-ered by J. Y. Gamble of
Omaha. I'Pf of the live wire-- of the
m;.ha Cr rr.mercia! clu!).
Ti:e men-ting was called to order hy
President Wescott, and the settlement
r.f the roatine business of the orgui:
i nation taken up by the members.
Chief of Police Barclay, who ra
chi-.rge of the lookout committee, re-l--.t-.-d
that in the pact two months
tuenty-vight families have moved into
the city tii make their homes, all of
which was very r-.Ieasir.g to the rep
resentatives of the club, as it indicat
ed I tie
'i 'n
rid continuous growth
of the club, following
,. j .-no; i
ca1 it
th:1 nomine -
r.s i oi-
the officers of the- club, and
flice take tin was that of
1 re-w-R
i y
id"!;t. .1. P. Falter in a few
i-hj.-ii; words placed "William A.
. ; i-or. in nomination for the of
(f president, and he was elecU i
i unanimous vote. The newly
el ? re-i ient was compelled o v.
rjv.'d to the demands for a speech,
when he expressed hi appreciation of
the honor extended him and promised
to all possible in the ensuing ;'.r
', promote the l est interests of th'
c:;y and also spoke, of the neressitv
hearty cooperation of cr. h
of the c!r:i tc make it U12
es? that 1
.-.auld le in the fli
i'o r the office of vice president of
the club the name of. Frank M. P. -
t.r was presented by T. H. Pollock,
and the nomination carried by the
t'.'.ardniou- ote of the members pies-
K. A. Wuil presented for th" diffi
cult and strenuous no? it ion of secre-
t; t v r f the ( 1
A. Sv.hneide
the name of Henry
who has been one cf
the live vires in the club work in this
ciy during his residence here, and it
was with pre at enthusiasm that Mr.
S- hr.eid.-r was elected for the position.
Mr. Schneider stated that while he
appreciated the feeling of the club
rrirr.hers in the matter he would have
ir..- :i more pre ferred to have some
r ?,- else selected, but that he would
do ail in his power to assist the club,
and urged t'ne co-operation of all cf
the club member? in making 1117 a
big year in the club work. The nom
ination of Mr. Sehnei ler was seconded
hy Philip Thierolf in a short and very
'easir.r sneech, and despite the oppo
sition of rIr. Schneider he was piven
position of secretarv.
In compietinsr the list of officers
Amrust Y. C' oii It was nominated for
t easurer of the organization by Frank
sto'-, and was elected by a unani
mous vote of the bo ly.
President Wescott at the clse of
the eh-ction of orTirers took the oc
casion to congratulate the club mem
Krs or. the pentlomen selected and
rave a short review of the past year
in the city, which had been one of
the mo.'t successful in every way of
any previous year for the last twenty
five years in lines of trade, as well
as building improvement. The num
ber of men employed in the shop had
been greater than for many years and
the pay roll of the Burlington here
the best for several years. He ex
tended to the new officers the best
wishes for future success and urged
the active aid of all the members in
their efforts for the improvement of
the city and the business conditions.
After the close of the election the
members of the club were riven the
opportunity of heanng an address hy
J. W. Gamble, who is a former Platts
mouth and Cass county man and
whose visits to this city are always
enjoyed to the utmost by his many j
friends, with whom he had spent so I
many pleasant years. Mr. Gamble J
look r.s his subject a discussion of
business conditions after the great
world war, both in America and in
Europe, and carefully analyzed the
situation as he saw it of the affairs
c-f the world in finance and industria
lines following- the coming of peace
between the warring nations. He
jointed out the conditions that had
followed other great wars in the
shifting of trade balances from one
nation to another, of how the wars
of the early half of the nineteenth
century m Europe mm resultea in
making Kngland the leading trading
nation instead of Holland, that had
held it for many years, and as a re
sult of the war and devastation in
Europe during- the present struggle
Mr. Gamble saw the opportunity of
the United States, which has become
u.e greatest exporting- nation on
;-arth, to remain as the great trading
nation of the world. TKe piosition of
this country has been greatly changed
by this conflict, as the speaker stated,
and the United States has become a
world power, with new duties and re
sponsibilities imposed upon it by that
tact. The conditions, in this country
toward foreign nations must be so
regulated as to give the American
manufacturer and producer the oppor-
I tunity to meet the competition of the
nations who would adopt the system
of government buying1 at the close of
the conflict.
In speaking of the financial situa
tion, Mr. Gamble stated that the end
of the war would bring a higher
money rate in this country as the na
tions in Europe who are now at war
would require a great deal of capital
to rebuild, and this would afford the
surplus of American capital an at-
1 ti active field to work in, and which
would of necessity make the money
rate higher in this country. The ad
dress of Mr. Gamble was filled with
the spirit of feeling that greater opportunities-
awaited the American na
tion in the future in developing- the
traJe and business expansion of the
nation. It was a very clear and inter
esting address throughout and dis
ployed a great deal of thought along
l the lines in which Mr. Gamble has
devoted much time, and g-ave his hear
ers an insitrht into the future of the
business world. At the close of his
address Mr. Gamble was greeted by
the old friends and spent a few min
utes very enjoyably with them.
The auditorium of the library beine:
such an attractive spot, the Commer
cial club has decided to hold its meet
ings there hereafter, as the rental is
very reasonable and the place ideal
for such fatherinjrs.
The retiring crTcers of the club.
President E. II. Wescott, Secretary T. j
II. Pollock and Treasurer R. F. Pat
terson, have labored very faithfully
fcr the best interests of the organiza
tion durinc: their term of office, and
certainly are deserving of the appre
ciation of the members of the club
and the business interests of the city
for their faithful service. Mr. Pat
terson has served as treasurer for the
past few vears and has been active in
the work of the club, while Mr. Wes
cott retires after seven years of serv
ice as secretary and president, and for
the past two years he has served as
the presiding head of the organization.
Mr. Pollock has served in the capacity
of secretary and as a member of sev
eral of the most important commit
tees in the club during his member
ship, and on the good roads commit
tee has been especially active in se
curing results.
I'lnni Friday's Daily.
The home of Mr. and Mrs. E. C.
Hill was the scene today of a very
pleasant family reunion when a num
ber of the relatives of the family
gathered to observe the birthday an
niversary of Mrs. Thomas Hill, mother
of E. C. Hill. The event was a com
plete surprise to the guest of honor
as she was not aware of the intention
of the family to tender her the pleas
ant surprise. Those who arrived to
day were: Mr. and Mrs. S. M. Hart
zell of Lincoln, Mr. and Mrs. J. P.
Dinges of Atlantic, la., uncles and
aunts of Mr. E. C. Hill; Mrs. V. W.
Glenn of Wymore, a sister, and Mr.
and Mrs. George Wood of Wota, la.
The everit was one filled with the
greatest of pleasure to every member
of thc family.
Dawson Will Fix It.
The Deceased Was One of the Highly
Respected Citizens of Cass
Count v.
From Sjitunlay's Daily.
Robert H. Frans, one of the best
known residents of Cass county, pass
ed awav last night at 10:10 at the
home in Union after an illness cover
ing- several years of suffering1 from
paralysis with which he was first
stricken three years ago. Since the
time of the first visitation of the pa
ralysis Mr. Frans' health has been
failing- and compelled his retirement
from active business life. He has
long been one of the leading business
men to Cass county and his mercan
tile business in the town of Union
was one of the largest establishments
of its kind in that section of the
country. His activity in business
life as well as in the politics of the
county has guven him a wide circle
of acquaintenances who learn with
the greatest regret of his passing.
Mr. Frans during his lifetime was
1 follower of the democratic party
and held high in the councils of that
organization and for years he has
been a warm personal friend of Wil
liam Jennings Bryan. During his
lifetime Mr. Frans has been identified
with the religious work having joined
with the Baptist church when a boy
of seventeen and since that time has
been active in the support of the
church as well as in Sundav school
vork and in his labors for the Mas
ter found a great jov and pleasure
.vhich reflected in his upright chris
tian life. He was for the past seven
tenn years a member of the M. W. A.
Robert II. Frans was born March
li, 1S."4, at Plum Hollow, Iowa,
where the present town of Thurman
is located and was reared to manhood
in that locality and in the hardy life
of the pioneer boy built up a rugged
and strong character that was to
make him later a man of force in
he community where he lived. In
1S7G Mr. Frans came to Cass county
Nebraska, and made his home here
for a short time. He was united in
marriage on October 1-1, 1877 to Miss
Jennie Fitch and a year later the
young1 couple moved to Buchanan
county, Missouri, where the parents
of Mr. Frans were residing1 and here
thev made their home for five vears.
n 1SS2, R. H. Frans and wife re-J
turned to Cass conty and located near
the town of Factorvville. where Mr.
Frans established the store that has
now grown to such proportions and
year later was joined by his father,
William Frans, who associated him
self in the business interests. Dur
ing the residence of R. H. Frans at
Factoryville he served as the post
master holdinp this position for sev
eral years. In 1SS7 the business in
terests of the Frans family were
transferred to the new town of
Union and since that time has been
the leading business house in that
place. For the past few years Mr.
Frans has been assisted in the con
duct of the store by his two sons,
Ray and Rue Frans. who with the
widow are left to mourn his death..
Mr. Frans is survived by three
brothers and six sisters, Augustus
Frans, Kingfisher, Oklahoma; Harry
Frans, Union; Colman R. Frans.
Plattsmouth; Mrs. Joseph Sans and;
Mrs. Wyett Hutchison, of Rock
Bluffs; Mrs. Robert Cogrdill, Union;
Mrs. M. L. Thomas, Palmyra, Ne
braska; Mrs. W. W. Wolf, of Berkley,
California and Mrs. Emma Cross, of
Trolock, California. One brother,
Charles W. Frans, residing- at Wyom
ing: preceeded him in death two
years ago.
The funeral will occur tommorw
(Sunday) at 1 P. M. at Union.
From Friday's Dallv.
Miss Margaret Hodgert has been
confined to her home on High School
hill for the past few days suffering
from an attack of the grippe, but she
is now reported as being somewhat
improved. This is very pleasing news
to the friends of Miss Hodgert, who
hope hope to soon see her up and
around as usual.
Da wson Will Fix It.
From FrMav's T:iitv.
The friends of John II. Buche
throughout this section of iho county
will regret very much to learn of
a misfortune that befell that gentle
man a few days ago and which lias
kept him confined to his home since
that time. Mr. liusche had taken a
horse to Cedar Creek to have it .shod,
and while the operation of shoeing
was going1 on the animal became rest
less, and while they were quieting the
horse it stepped on the right foot or
Mr. Busche. fracturing several of the
bones and he has ..since been confined
to his home
Celar Creek.
on the farm sou:
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From Friday's T;!i!y.
The community center movement
which is being so urgd by
teachers and thin!.e; for the closer
unity of the residents of eomniurities
and which has adopted t lie neighbor
hood school house as the cnimunitv
center, is gaining ground in ('as-
county and near tr.;s city one of ire
community clubs has been formed..
This is at the Tris(h school, Fairview,
eleven miles west of this citv, and the
residents 01 mat iccaiitv nave Pec-mo
verv entnusiastu over tn idea that i
destined to be so much bene" it to
their community.
There are
thirtv enrobed in the club
md thev
propose to nold meetings and socir.i
gatherings as often, as p .s.-ib!e 1,-
no re luilv ueveloi e tne c-mnumiTv
dea that is now just in the bud.
At the last meeting a very interest
ing- program was enjoy d hy tne clut.
number from this city attending and
king part in the entertainment of
the evening1. Mr. and Mrs. C. A.
iawls, Mrs. E. II. Wescott and Mrs.
William Eaird taking: part in the
pleasures of the meeting Mrs. Wes
cott grave a number of deliirhful vocal
olos while Mrs. Btiird contributed
everal of her always enjoyable read
ings to tne program.
Mr. C. A. Rawls gave an interest
ing address on rural schools and the
ommunity center movement that
. 1 in
was enjoyed to tne utmost and 1 in -nished
the members of the club with
r.uch inspiration for the continuance
of their work in the future in devel
oping1 the community spirit. Mrs. J.
W. Tritsch and Miss Barbara Ptak.
teacher of the school assisted in the
program with two vocal
The work of the community center
is one that should be taken up in
every school district and in the dis
cussion of the common needs and
wants of the community the members
can accomplish a great deal of co-.d
for themselves as well as their neigh
bors. The meetings held at the
school house draws the members
closer to one of the vital elements in
American life, the public school sys
tems and a clear understanding of
the needs of the schools will give the
rural communities a system of schools
equal in all ways to that of the towns
and cities.
Percy B. Dimmitt, the expert roller
skati-ng1 man, who has been here for
the past two months assisting in the
management of the Crystal Star roller
rink, departed Sunday morning over
the Burlington for Kirkville, Mo.,
where he goes to join the C. M. Lowe
! roller rink, which opens there this
week. It has been two years since
Mr. Dimmitt left Plattsmouth and it
was hoped that on his return he would
remain in out midst, and it is with
much regret we part with "Percy," as
he is known by all, and we hope that
by good fortune we will again see him
back in this city in the near future
chasing the "little rollers."
Dr. Eleick, 53G Worid-Herald build
ing, Omaha, soecialist in eye. ear,
nose and throat diseases, will be at
Plattsmouth every Tuesday, at B. A.
McElwain pewelry store. Eye glases
scientifically fitted. l-29-d&w
The grand mask bail given at the
(iermau Heme Saturday eeninj; by
the Plattsmouth Turn-Verein was one
fill affairs of its
riven in the citv
in.i has hen
this season, both in
attendance as well
tumes displayed -n
the rr.aske: -. The
P'ir:t of the large
as ariety of cos
the dance floor by
merry maskers
i;: the facinations
.-pent sever
d h-
of the
dance and the spectators de-
lived much ph
asuiv in attempting to
tv of the different ones
the l.ien
the floor, and a great deal of en-
.'."'inent was found in this pastime.
The ma-k.- were ordeieu removed at
11 o'clocl;, following the grand march,
when the were awarded to
tho.-e who had been selected bv the
: udge.-
Will Mason as L'n
received the first prize, and the sec
ond prize w;;s captured by John Vran
;.k as "Mutt." For the first ladies'
prize Miss Krrr.a Rakow was given
the honor, he1' costume being "Ger
many, tne second prize was
awarded to Mrs. Harry Meisinger as
"Old Mother Hubbard." Folliwing the
king the floor was thronged un
til the close of the dance with the
jolly crowd of young and. old, who
v.Iiiled away thc time dancing to the
music furnished by the Holly orches
tra. The was a great success
in every way and one that was most
ihuhtfu! to every one present.
The work of preparing for the
repainting a nil decorating of the
county court house is being pushed
v ; -"ii t along by the contractor, Frank
R. Gebelman, and this morning the
workmen are engaged in moving in
the paint and equipment to commence
the painting while others are washing
the walls and ceilings which are cov
ered by the dirt and grime of many
tears. The first office to be painted
will be thr.t of the county treasurer
: nd then the commissioner's room, the
office of the county clerk, judge and
i egi. ter of deeds will be visited by the
painters. The job is one that will considerable time owing to the
extremely eii'-ty condition of the walls
and ceilings and the woodwork which
1 to i.e thoroughly cleaned ue
le paint can be applied.
Mathhew Coring, of Plattsmouth,
was in the city yesterday on business
connected with the Enyr.rt estate.
i-p'-esent ing some of the heirs. While
hero he looked up his friend Dr. C.
P. Crudup and they at once began a
series of chess games. Whether they
are yet through is hard to deter
mine as their method of playing re
quires several hours for a game Ne
braska City Press.
Mr. Goring is an enthusiast of this
facinating game and despite his ex
tensive law practice finds time to en
joy a few games with his friends and
ranks as a real player as those who
have played chess with him can vouch
When the frost is on the windows
and the kitchen pail is froze; when
the little icy needls come with every
breath that blows: when the chilblanes
make us sick and cold feet give us
pain, it's safe to bet we all wish for
summer days again. For while we
sweat around and fume in summer
clothes, it is an easy thing to cool off,
as everybody knows. But it's differ
ent in the winter, when the world is
full of ice, and the weather is as hard
to beat as a pair of loaded dice. We
may talk about our climate and about
our spring and fall, but the balmy
days of summer are the days that suit
us all.
Mrs. Oscar Larson of Scranton,
Kan., who was called here by the
death of her sister, Mrs. C. S. John-
! ton, departed this morning for Omaha
) to enjoy a short visit in that city with
' her sister, Mrs. J. D. McBride and
; family.
Last evening P. A. Meisinger met
with si very pa;riful accident while he
was assisting II. E. Becker and fam
ily in moving into their new home in
the Wise property in the Second ward
from their farm home west of the
city. Mr. Meisinger was looking after
sr. me of the work of arranging t he
household goods and while out in the
yard had the misfortune to fall and
in doing so injured his right ankle in
ii very severe manner. 1 he ankle be
came very much swollen and it was
impossible to determine whether it
was sprained or broken until the
swelling goes down. Medical assist
ance was summoned and the injured
man made as comfortable as possible,
aPJiough the injured member still
gives him a great deal of pain. He
was compelled to remain in the city
at the Becker home to receive treat
ment and will stay here until the ex
act extent of the injuries can be as
certained. LOYAL SONS AND
ENJOY EVENING Friday's I.iily.
The Loyal Sons and Daughters of
Chirstian church enjoyed a very
pler.sant time last evening at the
home of Mr. and Mrs. M. S. Briggs
and the occasion was one of the most
interesting that the members have
enjoyed for some time. One of the
main features of the evening
was the debate on the subject,
" Resolved, that good intentions never
made better lives" and in this
the Loyal Daughters, led by Mrs. P.
F. Rhin. representing the negative
side of the question proved the win
ners against the Loyal Sons who were
led in the debate by P. F. Rhin.
County Attorney A. G. Cole had been
invited to address the young people
and gave a very interesting address
along the lines of a travelogue, cov
ering a journey through tne natural
beauties of Colorado. Yellowstone.
Park, the Pacific northwest and the
lands of Southern California and in
which the speaker gave a great many
interesting experiences during his
visits to these localities. Mr. Cole
stated that the most beautiful scene
however had been on returning to
Cass county he had viewed the green
fields and the bounteous crops grow
ing in the heart of the great agricul
tural empire of the west. Daring the
evening the Plattsmouth male quartet
composed of II. G. McClusky, Bert
and R. W. Knorr and Herman Hough
gave a number of delightful selections
which were received by everyone with
marked approval and warmly en
cored to which the quartet graciously
The gathering throughout was one
of pleasure and enjoyed to the utmost
until the time for the members to de1
part homeward.
Saturday evening Melvin Newlin,
residing in the vicinity of Elmwood
was arraigned in the court of Judge
Beeson on a complaint field by County
Attorney Cole, in which Mr. Newlin
was charged with having whipped his
stepson, Elmer Watts, in a very
severe manner. The boy who is in
the neighborhood of ten years of age,
had several large black and blue spots
on his back, which it was claimed was
the result of the whipping and the
court after hearing the evidence in
the case decided that it called for a
fine of $25 and costs, amounting to
$49, and Mr. Newlin accordingly was
compelled to enrich the treasury of
Cass county to this extent. The lad
who had received the whipping it
seems had furnished provocation for
punishment, but in the opinion of the
court, it had been more severe than
was warranted by the circumstances.
For Sale 7-room modern house
with one-half block for $2,500. Could
not be duplicated for $5,000. Wind
ham Loan & Investment Co.
Came to Cass County in isft.'j. Married
to Francis Young in IM'jH, an. I
Lhed in and Near Mur
ray Since.
1 esterday at
where she has
her home
resided f
in Murray
r the pa-t
few years since the death of her hus
band, Mrs. Francis M. Young. Sr..
was called to her last long re.-t after
an illness covering the pa-t three
weeks. Mrs. Young was taken sick
on the celebration of her seventy
seventh birthday, January loth, and
since that time ha? gradually grown
weaker until yesterday when he
passed away. The death was d to
the contracting of a severe case of the
grippe followed by a general break
down and despite all that the loving
hands of the children and medical
skill could do she gradually contin
ued to grow weaker until death came
to her relief. Mrs. loung is one of
the old residents of the Murray
neighborhood coming there more than
fifty yars ago and was a lady uni
versally loved and esteemed by those
with whom she was known through
out the county. These old fiiends
will join in the grief of the family
over the death of the beloved mother
and to the bereaved ones the sympa
thy of the entire community got s out
in this, one of the saddest hours of
their lives as they part from them
loved one and to await the reunion in
another world more fair than this.
Sarah Elvira Lewis was born in
Platte county, Missouri, Januaiy Jo.
14.", and it was in that community
that hhe spent her early girlhood days,
removing to Nebraska with her par
ents in the year IRGo, at the close of
the civil war and for a number -f
years resided on the homestead ea.-t
of the present town of Murray. She
was married to Francis M. Young,
Sr., February 27, 1S08, and since their
marriage this estimable couple has
continued to make their home in the vi
cinity of Murray, until the death of
the husband a number of years ag-
which broke the happy years of wed
ded life and since that time the moth
er has spent her time in the enjoy
ment of the society of the children
who remained to bless her 110 ing
years of life. To bless the ut . -n of
Mr. and Mrs. Young eight c'ildren
were born, two of whom preceded the
parents in death and six remain to
mourn the tleath of the beloved
mother, Mrs. T. J. White, Madison,
California; Mrs. Lloyd Cupen. Mur
ray; Burton O. Young. Murray; Mrs.
Warren Wiley, Murray; Arthur
Young and Mrs. Hairy Creamer.
Murray. All of the children vote
present at the bedside of the nvther
when she passed away with the ex
ception of Mrs. Creamer who is at
the hospital in Omaha recovering
from a surgical operation.
Mrs. Young more than fifty years
ago joined with the Christian church
and has been a devout member of
that faith until death. Her chris
tian life will be an example for the
family and friends to cherish as that
of a grand good woman in her devo
tion to duty and love of her fellow
The funeral services of this worthy
lady was held this afternoon at 2
o'clock from the Christian church in
Murray and a large numl-er of the
old friends and neighbors from miles
around were present to pay their
last tributes of respect to her mem
nry. The burial was had at the
Y'oung cemetery where the body was
laid to its last long sleep beside that
of the husband and children. The
pall bearers consisted of the two sons,
Burton and Arthur Young, three
sons-in-laws, Lloyd Gapen, Warren
Wiley and Harry Creamer and one
grandson, Oliver Gapen.
Mrs.' F. A. Jones of Ruskin, Neb.,
who has been visiting here for a short
time with her mother, Mrs. J. T. Baird
and other relatives, departed this
morning for her home and was ac
companied by her sister, Miss Carrie
Mrs. II. Thomsen was among those
going to Omaha this morning, where
she will visit for a short time in that
city with friends and lopk after some
business matters.
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