The Plattsmouth journal. (Plattsmouth, Nebraska) 1901-current, February 08, 1917, Image 1
Historical Sc urn VOL, XXXIV. PLATTSMOUTH, NEBRASKA, THURSDAY, I ERUUARY 8, 1917. No. ITS. WASHINGTON AND LINCOLN'S BIRTHDAYS The G. A. R. and Woman's Relief Corps Preparing to Celebrate lioth Events at the Same Time. From Tuesday's Daily. The commander of the Nebraska department of the Grand Armv of the Republic has sent out to the dif ferent pons the request that the Grand Army members assist in the observance of the birthday of Lincoln and Washington's this year, and to stimulate the patriotic efforts that have been made for the more general observance of the birthdays of these two great Americans, both of which falls in February. In keeping with this request the local post of the Grand Army and Relief Corps are Taking steps to make these anniver saries the occasion for a public ob hervante of homage to the memory of the two men whose lives represents -o much to the American people. The plans for the observance of these two events are now under way ar.d it is expected if possible to hold thorn on some date next week as the birthday of Lincoln comes on the 12th and that of Washington on the 22nd. so that another date will prob ably be chosen for the point cele bration. As a part of the program the Grand Army has arranged with Judge J. T. Begley to deliver a short address on the life of Lincoln, while Attorney C. A. Rawls will speak on George Washington and his work for the nation. In addition to these two ery able addresses a short program of music and several readings will be given that will be patriotic in their nature and will aid in stimulat ng the interest in the proposed meet ing. The old soldiers should have the hearty co-operation of the pub lic in this work, as it is something that every patriotic American should feel a keen interest in and brrr-.g to the younger generation a clearer appreciation of the priceless gifts that these two great presidents have given to the republic the one the leader in the war for independence, the other the leader in the struggle to settle the question of the solidity of the union of states. As soon as the meeting place is arranged for and the final details of the program settled, it will b announced through the Journal and the citizens can prepare to join in making it a great .success. PAVING INJUNCTION CASE IS UP I ODAY AGAIN The far famed injunction suit in which the residents of paving dis trict No 12 are seeking to enjoin the city from levying and assessing the flaxes for the paving on Washington avenue, was on trial today in the dis trict court before Judge Begiey and attracted a great deal of attention from the residents of that portion of he city where the paving is located. The various city otT.cials. including Mayor Sattler, City Clerk Warga. Councilmen Bestor, Buttery, Patter son and Luschinsky were all on the .vtand to detail the methods used in creating the paving district at the time is was passed upon by the coun cil. The entire transaction was taken up in detail by the attorneys for both sides and the witnesses closely exam ined as well as the records of the city clerk covering the minutes of the meetings of the council. Attorney A. L. Tidd and D. O. Dwyer are conducting the suit for the protest ants against the taxing for the pav ing, while the city is represented by Attorney C A. Rawls and City At torney J. E. Douglas. The case wil consume the greater part of the day before it can be submitted to the court for judgment. Joseph Zimmerer, the Avoca bank er, was in the city last evening for a few hours visiting with his friends and attending to some business. FRANK GOBELMAN OPERATED UPON THIS MORNING From Tuesday's Daily. Last evening Frank R. Gobelman was taken to Omaha, where he will en ter a hospital in that city to undergo an operation for appendicitis. Mr. Gobelman has not been in the best of health for some weeks past and has been suffering from a chronic case of appendicitis that has gradually grown worse until it was decided that it would be necessary to have the on eration performed in order to give him relief from his suffering. The many friends of Mr. Gobelman trust that he may soon be able to be up and around again and return home re stored to his former good health. A message from the Methodist hos pital in Omaha this afternoon states that Mr. Gobelman had been operated on this morning and was apparently in the best of shape and rallying nicely from the effects of the opera tion, and from nr.' sent indications will recover rapidly. YOUNG PEOPLE TAKE GREAT IN TEREST IN LIBRARY Frnm Tuf.'ilay's Paily. One of the points oi interest in the city for the young people is the new Carnegie library, and it is worth a treat to see the boys and twirls gather there to enjoy a journey into the works of some of the great authors. A person en hardly realize the gocd that the lib.r.ry does or the n.iportant part that it takes in the lives of thse young people until they visit the li brary and witness the many school boys and girls trooping in to secure their books from the shelves of the library. Coming from their studies in the public schools they find here a spot where they can enjoy a treat in looking over and reading the gems of the masters of literature of all na tions and all times. Miss Olive Jones, the librarian, is the friend and confi dant of the many boys and girls who visit the library and through her splendid effort the best books find their way into the hands of the young sters. It was only yesterday when a striking example of the interest of the young people was shown, when the librarian was handed an envelope containing S2, and which represented the dues of the U. S. A. club, com posed of Alice Pollock, Emma Wohl- farth. Clara May Morgan, Virginia Beeson and Theodosha Kroehler. The voung ladies had decided to add their part to the betterment of the library and gave this sum to the library for the purchase of new books, and it is certainly a splendid showing of the interest of the Plattsmouth boys and girls in the library. NATURALIZATION DAY IN THE DISTRICT COURT From Tuesday's rally. Yesterday was naturalization day at the district clerk's office and the ap plications of several for their second citizenship papers was passed upon by Judge Begley in district court. Of the applicants for citizenship only one was able to come under tne wire a full fledged citizen of the United States, and that was Tim Wooster of this city. The government regula tions for citizenship are becoming more strict each year and it is no easy matter to secure the papers that entitle one to citizenship. All over the country there is a rush of foreign born residents of the republic to be come citizens in case that a state of war should develop between this coun try and any foreign power. The great er part of the applicants for citizen ship are from the Danes, Swedes and Austrians. The tendency of the fed eral laws is to be more strict with the would-be citizen and he must be able to have a clear idea of what the principals of the American republic are founded on and a knowledge of the constitution of the republic. Have you tried the Special Sunday Dinner at the Hotel Riley? SEIOUSLY INJURED WHILE ASSISTING IN CLEARING WRECK From Tuesday's Daily. Don Bngncll, of Lincoln, who is employed in the Iowa district of the Burlington route, was injured very seriously Sunday near Cromwell, la.. while assisting in clearing the road of the wreck. Mr. Ragnell fell from a bridge on which he was working and his injuries were of a serious nature and for a short time it was feared that he might not recover from the effects of them, but is now show ing some signs of improvement al though still in a dangerous condition. Mrs. Bagnall was called to Creston where the injured man was taken to the hospital and was accompanied by her mother, Mrs. J. E. Johnson, of Alliance, and they expect to re main at that place until Mr. Bag- nail's condition shows some improv ment. The injured man is well known in this city where he has been a fre quent visitor at the home of his wife's grand parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Johnson. MRS. R. W. KNORR SURPRISED QN ANNIVERSARY From Tuesday's rai!y. Last evening Mrs. R. W. Knoor was given a very pleasant surprise by a number of her friends on the occasion of her birthday anniversary, ami the occasion was one that was filled with much enjoyment to everyone present to take part in the jolly event. The friends proceeded to the Knorr home during the absence of Mr. and Mrs. Knoor, and when the "victim"' of the Knorr, and when the "victim" of the surprise reached home she was com pletely surprised to find the house filled with the members of the jolly party, but at once enteerd into the spirit of the occasion and enjoyed to the utmost the pleasant evening. The time was spent in playing games of all kinds as well as in the enjoyment of several very delightful musical numbers until an appropriate hour, when the visitors produced from nu merous baskets a most dainty lunch eon, which was enjoyed to the utmost by the members of the party. Mrs. Knorr was presented by her friends with a handsome pearl necklace as a remembrance of the happy event, and received several other beautiful gifts as well, which will be long treasured r.s tokens of the esteem in which she is held by her friends. It was a late hour when the guests departed home ward wishing Mrs. Knorr many more such happy events. SEVERAL DIVORCES GRANTED IN THE DISTRICT COURT This morning in district court a decree of absolute divorce was grant ed to Elizabeth Miller from John Mil ler on the grounds of abandonment neglect and non-support. In the pe tition it is stated that the parites were married at Beatrice on July 13th, 1916, and that on October 15, 1916, the defendant deserted the plaintiff i n A line rrtt in -f. , . , ., . : ner caie or support. jl lie maiuen name of the plaintiff, Elizabeth Walker, was restored in the decree of the court. A decree of divorce was also grant ed to John F. Hoover from Luella Hoover. Both of these parties re side in the vicinity of Elmwood. Aside from the proceeding in the divorce cases the time of the court was occupied with the continuation of taking testimony in the injunction suit of the city and the property owners along Washington avenue This case will occupy the greater part of today as there is still a large number of witnesses for the city in cluding real estate men and property owners from different parts of the city. William Otterstein of near Mynard was in the city today for a few hours looking after some matters of business with the merchants. CONSOLIDATION OF THE RURAL OOEfOftS O The Patrons Wry Interested in the Matter Big Meeting Was Held in Eagle Saturdav. From Wednesday's P.iily. The question of school consolidation among the rural schools of the county is one of the absorbing tcpic in the country districts throughout Cass county and the agitation for steps in this direction in the different districts is growing very rapidly. The patrons of the schools in the vicinity of Murdoch are planning a consolidation meetirg on Mond-.iy eve ning at that place, at which time the question of uniting seveial of these districts into one will be thoroughly discussed, and a representative of the office of the state superintendent wil be prestnt to assist in the meeting and explain the phases of the plans to the school patrons. Last Saturday evening Miss Eda Marquardt, county superintendent, was at Eagle in attendance at the meet ing of the school districts, and here the question of the uniting of the schools was taken up and discu.-sed by Mr. Dickson of the state superin tendent's office, who pointed out the advantages of that system over the present, one in use, as it gave, for a very small amount of money expended, a great deal better seho.us, an 1 mace it possible for the young people of the country districts to enjoy a high school education as well as the boy or girl in the city. A number of the patrons and rnembeis of the Alvo con solidated school boats! were present at the meeting and gave a detailed ac count of the work of handling a school of the size of that of Alvo and Eagle. The Alvo schools have become very efficient under th eoncolidation plan and the standard of the work has been -aised greatly by the fact that more teachers for the higher grades have been secured, and now gives the boys and girls a full high school education at the home school. At Alvo, too, the children are hauled to and from school in bad weather, and conditions in handling the scholars are almost per fect in their detail. Superintendent Worley of Alvo was present at the meeting and laid the figures of the cost of operating the schools, a? well as the courses of study and the management of the con solidated system before the Eagle school patrons in a very convincing manner and his statements were fol lowed very closely by those who were interested in the work. Not only is the interest in this con solidation movement growing, in the western portion of the county, but all over the different country districts this is being taken up and discussed, and from present indications there are a large number of the districts that figure on uniting and securing a more efficient school system in every way. The cost of maintaining the consolidated districts is only a few mills greater than that of the old dis trict system, and it gives several ad ditional teachers and the four high school grades to the school, which in creases its usefulness to the commu nity fully 100 per cent. THEFT OF 72 HOGS IN BUNCH CHARGE AGAINST BOY OF 18 Omaha, Feb., 5. Stealing seven ty-two hogs and spiriting them away from Nebraska City to South Omaha is the phenominal theft charge up against Frank Moore, 18-year-old stripling, who now faces the indict ment of grand larceny. Moore, who says his home is in Eldora, la., was arrested at the South Omaha yards by Sheriff Fisher of Nebraska City and Sergeant Manning of South Omaha. Leo Weber, proprietor of the Ne braska City Hide and Tanning com pany, says the hogs were stolen from his place Monday night. Frank and Bertram Gillispie, of Weeping Water who were arrested with Moore while he was trying to sell the hogs, say Moore asked them to. come along with him and share in some of the spoils WOMAN'S RELIEF CORPS ENTERTAINED BY MRS. MOSTIN From V-dnosd:;'s faily. The members of the Woman's Re lid' Corps were entertained very oiea.-antly yesterday afternoon at the home of Mr. Betty Motin with Mrs. Mostiu and Mrs. Asbury Jacks as the hostesses of the occasion. The aftor- ik on was devoted bv the ladies to the transaction of the business of the or ganization and in the enjoyment of a leal pleasant social time among the mtmuers. 1 he Mostin home was well filled by the ladies of the Corps and the ai'terroon passed very pleasantly to all. During the aft-Mnoon dainty and delicious refreshments were serv ed that acided to the further enjoy ment of the members of the party. Th" members of the Relief Corns are ssisting in the planning of the planning of the Lincoln-Washington birthday celebration and in this they a. re to be joined by the D. A. R. and the Boy Scouts as well as other pa triotic societies who will see that the occasion is made a notable one in the historv of the citv. FIFTH NEBRASKA TO RETURN TO FORT CROQK TODAY The Fifth Nebraska of the Federal Militia which has been doing service -;n the Mexican border for the past eight months is to return today to Nebraska to he quartered at Fort Crook until the government decides on what course to take in regard to mustering them out of the service. John Palncek of this city is one of the members of the Lincoln companies and will return with the boys frm the front. The troops will reach Omaha and the fort at about 6 o'clock and from the route followed by the Fourth Nebraska will probably be sent via the Burlington through tbys city. The federal government is taking overy step possible to safeguard the bridges on the great transcontinental lines and special guards will be stationed at the Illinois Central and Union Pacif.e bridges in Omaha and also at the Burlington bridge in this city to see that they are protected atd that ro one without a pass is al lowed on the bridges. These bridges re on the highway to the west and over which the government will trans port mur.it ior.s and troops in case of ctu:.l warfare and their guarding is very strict to see that the lines of railroad are kept open for travel. THE WATERWORKS TIED UP ALL DAY TUESDAY The Plattsmouth Water company had an unfortunate experience in hav ing one of the castings in the middle vrdve of the pump at their power sta tion break, and which put the pump out of commission for several hours and created a shortage in the water supply to the city, although the supply at the standpipe was able to carry the service until in the afternoon. The management of the company did their utmost to have the damage repaired and were able to secure the new cast ing shortly after 5 o'clock in the aft ernoon, and by 7 o'clock the pump was hard at work filling the standpipe, and the residents of the city were giv en the usual service at their homes and places of business. It was very fortunate that there were no fires dur ing the period of the water shortage, and for which everyone can feel thankful, and the patrons of the water company are appreciative of the prompt action that was taken to give them service. COMMISSIONERS' MEETING. From Tuesday's Daily. The board of county commissioners assembled this morning for their reg ular monthly grind, and at once got down to business. A large number of claims were taken up by the board and passed upon as well as other rou tine business that was demanding the attention of the commissioners. MOVING BACK TO CASS. Albert Satchell, who for the past several years has been on a farm near Stanton, Neb., has decided that he will return to Cass county, and will during the coining season be located on the Chris Metzger farm near Mynard. The many old friends of Mr. Satchell will be pleased to learn of his decision to once more make his home in theii midst. Mr. Satchell was in the city yesterday and called at the Journal headquarters, where he subscribed for the Old Reliable, to be sent to his daughter at Stanton. AUXILIARY SPENDS PLEASANT EVENING AT THE MANSE Fi fim Wednesday's Iuily. Last evening about f:.,0 the Ladies Auxiliary of the Presbyterian church their husbands and a few friends wended their way to the Manse on West Rock St., to spend the evening with R''- H. C. McClusky and family. A number of the ladies had gone to the Manse during the later part of the afternoon to prepare the supper and as the company entered the Manse with their sharpened appetites. a most delicious supper and one which the ladies of this splendid or ganization, only, know best how to prepare was ready to be served. After supper had been served and the good things to eat had disappeared, the remainder of the evening was spent in a social time, interspersed with vocal and instrumental music, this program being manipulated in a most capable manner by one of the ladies of the organization. The ladies decided they would spring a surprise on Mr. and Mrs. McClusky and the guests were re , que.-tcd to bring a pound of something nd as each guest arrived at the j manse, these various pounds were placed on the dining room table. During the evening Mr. McClusky was requested to be seated at one side. of the table and Mrs. McClusky at the opposite side and to guess what each package contained. This guess ing contest created considerable amusement and merriment for the jolly company. Marion Dickson, Miss Mauiine Hughes. Mrs. G. L. Farley, Mr and Mrs. McClusky and a quintet composed of Messrs McClusky, Frank Cloidt, R. W. Knorr, G. L. Farley and Carl Schmidtmann contributed a number of musical selections, which greatly added to the evening's pleas ures and were most thoroughly ap preciated by the company Mr. Z. E. Sutley and Mr. Stryker, who are strangers in our midst, gave short talks in which they spoke of enjoying these occasions and that the members of the Ladies Auxiliary surely made them feel ct home as they had par ticipated in many such occasions in their old homes. Mrs. Nellie P. Ag- new, who was formerly a member of the Ladies Auxiliary, but who has been residing in California for the past 15 years, spoke of being glad that she was with them again and al though she had resided in California for so many years, preferred being in Plattsmouth with her old friends. Mr. II. A. Schneider, not being a stranger, told of the Presbyterians having troubles in the past and still having troubles, that in years gone by had often spoken of wanting a Manse for their pastor and then after look ing around the various hills about the city of Plattsmouth, concluded to locate their pastor's home on West Rock St. He then said they were still having troubles in that the pastor and his family resided so far from town, and now they were going to win the Ford car given by the E. G. Dovey & Son store and an appeal was made for each to put their shoulde to the wheel and push push hard. It being a late hour this jolly company dis persed, declaring they never did have such a good time and in hopes that they might have more of these get together social affairs. FRANK GOBELMAN IMPROVING. Reports from the Methodist hospital in Omaha state that while Frank Gobelman, who is at that institution recovering from an operation for ap pei iicitis, has been suffering a great deal of pain, it is thought by the at tendants that he is on the way to re covery. It will be several days before it will be possible to tell anything definite as to the case however. MATTES SPEAKS FOR FOREIGN BORN MEN Well Known Citizen of German Birth Tells Where He'and Others Stand. Lincoln, Neb., Feb. o'. John Mattes, president pro tern, vf tin state senate, and or.e of the h'-st Ger mans in the state, asserted today that no matter how dark the clouds of international difficulty bee. . me tin intention of foreign-born citizens to stand firmly and com a;-eou-ly for their adopted country. will grow brighter and more determined "No country and no form of gov ernment can escape critiswn for its course, even though that course is one adopted in the hour of .-eveiet trial" he said. "I am pained beyond expression that my adopted country which, only a few weeks ago, seemed to me the guiding star to the haven of world wide peace in a world at war has found it necessary to take a t step which I sincerely hope may not lead to more serious complication and re sults. "Whatever the future may have in store for us, those among our own citizenship who made this their own country and their home bv voluntarv choice, the country of which they ehosje citizenship and to which tluy swore allegiance, will in the test of this or any other hour, show a loyal ty equally as deep and sincere as the most patriotic of the country's native born sons and perhaps superior to that of many who did not make a voluntary choice of citizenship here, but accepted without thought the cit izenship which was fortunately con ferred bv birth on this soil. "The exhibition of lofty patriotism by the adopted citizens of cur country may at all times be the less spectac ular, but their deeds will speak all the louder in every hour and in every national emergency. "I entertain the thought that our universal citizenship, native or for eign-born, has received invaluable in spiration and cherishes as a sacred national tradition the memory of the valor and the loyalty exhibited by I-xfayette, Kosciusko, Von Steuben. Siegel, Schurz. ar.d many others who left to succeeding generations the hereduge of their works, their coun sel and their readv and patriotic sac rifices." FAIRVIEW COM MUNITY CLUB HOLDS LARGE MEETING The Community Center club of the Fairview school district west of this citv held a verv interesting meeting last evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Haworth, and one that was thoroughly enjoyed by th - large crowd present. The evening wis spent in a social way and in the discus.-ion of several matters of interest to the community, and in a general good time. One of the features of inter est in the gathering was a fine oyster supper, which was served to the de lighted members of the party, and it is needless to say that everyone did ample justice to the treat prepared for them. The club will hold a meet ing this evening at the Tritsch school, at which D. R. Ellis, secretary of the Farmers' Union of Nebraska, will be present and give a short talk for the benefit of the members of the club along the lines of community interest. The occasion will be one of more than usual merit and the members of the club are anticipating a rare treat in the remarks of Mr. Ellis. This club is taking up the work of the com munity needs and desires and the members are showing great interest in the meetings and developing a spir it of better understanding and appre ciation of each other in the community in which they reside and to lift the standard of life in the locality. Mrs. May Loughridge of Murray is in the city today," being called here to look after some business matters for a few hours.