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FLATTSMOUTH, NEBRASKA, THURSDAY, SEPTEMEER 20, 191
TRIP TO DESK
EXPERIENCES AND INCIDENTS
ON THE WAY AS TOLD BY
A FORMER JOURNAL
From Tuesday's Daily.
Enroute, Sept. 15, 1917.
The special train bearing the Sixth
Nebraska First Battalion, Including
the Machine Gun Company, of which
so many Plattsmouth boys are mem
bers, is now speeding on its way to
Deming, New Mexico, for the few
months of intensive training that is
to rit them for service in the defense
of the land of the free. The boys en
joyed their first meal at St. Joseph,
Friday afternoon at 6 o'clock, when
Mess Seargent Mackay served the
good things to eat and it is needless
to say that there was but little left
of the roast and other eatables. The
train reached Kansas City shortly
after 8 o'clock and here a wait of
several hours was had, but there
was no one permtted to view the city
save from the train. Here the mem
bers of the regiment took to their
bunks and as the train departed
westward the troops were all in
slumberland with the exception of
the guards. The first stop out of
Kansas City was at Emporia, Kan
sas, which was reached at 2 a. m.,
ami seen by the glare of the electric
lights, gave token of a real little city.
Leaving the bluffs of the Missouri
valley by night, the troops were sur
prised on awakening in the morning
to find themselves in the heart of
the Kansas oil fields, the first town
of importance being Eldorado, where
there are several hundred oil wells.
At Wellington, Kansas, breakfast
was served and a stay of some time
enjoyed In the fine little city, which
is very progressive and up-to-date.
The difference between the crops in
the fields of Nebraska and Iowa and
those in Kansas is very noticeable,
and the corn through the Kansas
fields does not look as good as that
n the other two states and is much
lighter. The many fields of broom
corn through southern Kansas prov
ed an interesting sight. The boys
are all in the best of spirits and are
filled with enthusasm over the op
portunity to get into active service.
There was but little chance of en
joying an outing at any of the towns,
but the residents of the different
places were out to greet the special
train and the Kansas maidens fell
easy victims of the winning smiles
of the Nebraska lads. Captain Met
calfe and the officers of the company
take the best of care of all of the
machine gun company and with the
tourist sleepers and plenty of good
eats, the trip so far has been most
pleasant. We are fast nearing the
Oklahoma line and will soon enter
into a new change of scenery. The
second section of the troop train
from Lincoln, Joined our party at
Kansas City and followed our train
through Kansas. We are due to ar
rive at Deming by noon Monday.
FRANK H. SMITH.
OBSERVATIONS OF DEMING.
Frank Aschenbrenner, of the Fifth
Nebraska, Who Has Been There
for a Month, Also Writes
Deming, New Mexico, Sept. 11
Dear Lorenz Bros:
As I have a little spare time, I am
writing you a few lines. Friday is
our pay day here so we all feel good,
as all the boys have been broke for
a long time. It is sure a great place
here. The town of Deming is a great
deal larger than Plattsmouth. There
are four picture shows here and
Catholic church and there are sure
some swell residences here. They
are mostly ranchers here. Our ban
has already played for several dances
here. There aren't many girls here
but they surely dress swell nothing
but silks. We also played at three
wild west shows. The town is surely
gtbwing. New stores are going up
everywhere. I don't know how hi ally
butcher shops there are here, but I
bet. this would be the place for you
I don't know how about beef, but
talk about sheep ranches, that is al
you can see oh the way here. With
every flock there is a sheep herder
They don't see town sometimes for
six months. Each herder has severa
thousand sheep. It sure is a hard
As we haven't yet been on a hike,
I haven't seen much, but will soon
get down to real training, then I
will Avrlte you more. There are also
large snakes here. The boys of one
of the companies shot one fourteen
feet long and three inches thick.
There are only four regiments here
so far, also four bands. The camp is
about one mile from town. The time
is one hour later here than at Platts
mouth so when you have five o'clock
we have four here. The air is so
light here I hardly know I am breath
ing. I sure feel much better here.
There is also a gold mine here in one
of the mountains, which was just re
cently discovered; and they now have
over a hundred and fifty men work-
ng there. I must also let you know-
that I am now playing first cornet in
the band. We sure have some storms
here. When a storm s going on you
can't see a man ten feet away from
ou. Say, I am sending you a pic-
ure of the camp. From the left the
first tent is our dining room, the
second is the tent I am in, the third
is the place we have band practice.
Well this is all I can think of for
this time. Remaining your friend,
FAREWELL TO SOLDIER BOYS.
From Tuesday's Daily.
Last evening at their rooms over
the Holly Clothing store, the Cos
mopolitan club of this city gave a
farewell banquet to two of their
members who are to depart for the
service training camp tomorrow.
Messrs. E. J. Hild and W. R. Holly.
The feast was furnished by the
Wagner Restaurant, which was a
feast for a King. Among other
things which tempt a man to eat
was a salad, which was unique as
well as eatable." The receptical in
which the salad was made, was large
and round, giving ample space, and
on top of the salad, Mr. Wagner
constructed the national emblem, the
American Flag, making the red of
the stripes of ripened tomatoes.
which evinced Mr. Wagner's patrio-
ism as well as his ability as a de
signer and cook. Wm. Heinrich was
he toastmaster, and responses were
made by the entire number present,
which was sixteen. The club pre
sented Mr. Hild and Mr. Holly each
with a wrist watch, as a token of
their friendship. The occasion was
one ruled with a shade or, sadness
for the loss of the friendly associa
tion of the departing members, and
good cheer which was wished Messrs.
Hild and Holly.
MARRIED THIS MORNING.
From Tuesday's Dally.
This morning at the Holy Rosary
Catholic church were united in the
holy bonds of matrimony, by the
Rev. Vlcek, pastor of that church,
two of the prominent young people
6f Plattsmouth, who were both born
and grew to man and womanhood
estate here. At just nine o'clock the
fateful words which united the lues
of E. L. Stanek and Miss Lillian
Novotney, were spoken. At a short
time after the ceremony, the recep
tion of the newly married couple
was held at the home of the bride's
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph No
votney, which was for the immed
iate relatives of, the contracting
parties. The bride was dressed in
white Organdie silk, and carried a
shower bouquet of bride's roses. The
bridesmaid, Miss Helen Ptak was
attired" inwhite Taffeta and carried
a bouqueT'bf pink roses, while the
wedding march' was played by Mrs.
Vincent Slatinsky.' The newly mar
ried couple will depart in the morn
ing for a trip of some time, which
will include Chicago. Racine and
HERE FROM ILLINOIS.
From Tuesday's Dally.'
John A. Lohnes, wife and daugh
ter, from Pekin, Illinois came in this
morning, and will visit in this city,
being the guest of G. G. Meisinger,
for some time. Mr. Lohnes was
born in Illinois, and this is the first
time he has visited in the west. Mrs
Lohnes who was formerly Miss
Bailey lived here during her girl
hood, ami attended school at the
Becker school, west of Plattsmouth
Martin Shogren, of Louisville, was
down to Plattsmouth yesterday,
coming with his son, Arthur, who
went to the concentration camp to
day, and was accompanied by anoth
er son. Daniel . Shogren, who came
down to the banquet. ,
LARGE ATTENDANCE AND EN
JOYABLE "LAST NIGHT"
SPENT WITH BOYS.
RED GROSS LADIES AT FRONT
They Served a Most Delicious Meal
Speeches by Matthew Gering;
and R. B. Windham
From Wednesday's Daily.
' Last evening at the banquet given
n the Coates hall in honor of the
soldier boys who left this morning
for the training camp at Fort Riley,
there was a good sized attendance and
patriotism ran high among old . and
young alike. The banquet was ar
ranged for by the Commercial club,
as Plattsmouth's farewell "bit" for
the boys who are going out in de
fense of the nation, and as such it
was a great success. The ladies of
the Red Cross who had charge of
preparing and serving the feed prov
ed themselves masters of the situa
tion and the cuisine and service
were such as to make the event one
ong to be remembered and cheerish-
ed in the minds of those present, and
more especially by the boys when
they are far from home. When the
entire assemblage had marched to
the tables, Toastmaster C. C. Wes-
cott requested that they remain
standing while Rev. Truscott pro
nounced the invocation. In words
which proved his thankfulness for
he blessings of this life, both tem
poral and those which in import ex
tend to that which is to be, Rev.
Truscott implored the protection of
Almighty God for those at home and
those who go forth to fight for the
liberty of the world.
The supper was served by young
ladies wearing Red Cross emblems,
and while everyone proceeded to ap
pease their appetites with the many
good things spread upon the ban
quet board Miss Honor Seybert en
tertained the banquetters with piano
music in a most pleasing manner. As
the eating neared a close, Toastmas
ter C. C. Wescott arose and address
ed the assemblage, saying that it
was in behalf of the boys who are to
jo this supper was given and extend
ng thanks to the Commercial club
for the action they had taken in
making it possible. He expressed re
gret that such a reception could not
have been given in honor of the boys
who had gone during the period of
enlistment, which was impossible on
account of the uncertainty of the
time of their departure.
Mr. Wescott then read the list of
names of those who left this morn-
ug, and in' a few well selected words
called up Matthew Gering to address
As he arose to speak, Mr. Gering
was greeted with applause and dur-
ng the course of his remarks the
audience continued to show in no j
small way that they were heartily j
at sympathy with the sentiment he
expressed. Mr. Gering said in sub
stance that he came to this city a
third of a century ago, when he was
about the age of the boys who left
today, and in the passing years had
had occasion to watch the young
men of Cass county grow up. He told
of how Nebraska has always done
her full patriotic duty, citing the
part General Thayer took at Shiloh.
Among other things, he stated that
being born in Germany, it was hardi
er for himself to be as extremely pa
triotic an American than for some
others who were born under the- very
shadows of Old Glory unfurled to the
breeze and forefathered by patriotic
ancestors who, too, served their coun
try in the days gone by when war
was rife and the nation called. The
struggle of German blood, although
strong, he said, must be overcome.
With great emphasis, Mr. Gering de
clared that although it had taken him
a matter of some time and required
some thoughtful deliberation, he was
first, last and all the time an Ameri
can. In his address he complimented
Charles E. Hughes and Elihu Root in
their interpretation of the meaning
and scope of the constitution insofar
as it touches the proposition of con
scription. "God only knows the end
of this war" he said as he declared
there must be heartaches as the
fighting goes , on and some of the
youth of America ive their lives in
defense of country.but he wished the
boys success and a safe return ev
ery one of them. The finest thing
he said and which was apreciated by
every one who heard him was that
this night when he felt he should be
with his mother, the dearest friend
to him on earth, but had given up
the pleasure that he might give the
boys such greeting and encourage
ment as might aid them.
Robert B. Windham followed Mr.
Gering, telling a humorous story by
way of prefacing his remarks, which
illustrated the relations of an audi
ence to the speakers. Mr. Windham
said that he had two sons in the ser
vice of the nation, and that but a
short time ago he had received a let
ter from Ben in which he told of
having been over to France, and hav
ing returned in safely, but that since
then he had received a second letter
stating that the boat on which he
was doing duty had just coaled and
he believed would soon be on its way
for another trip over-seas. The letter
from Sam, who with about 15,000
others, is in training on the Hawai
ian island, stated there were rumors
that they would soon depart via the
Suez canal for France or via the
Trans-Siberian railway for the east
ern front in Russia. Mr. Windham
read a humorous poem and stated
that a great grand father of his had
fought in the Revolution, that his
grandfather had fought in the war
of 1S12, his father had fought in the,
Black Hawk war, and that he had
fought in the Civil war, while now
his sons were fighting in this war.
and he hoped his descendents even
unto the third and fourth genera
tion would be fighting if necessary
for the preservation of freedom and
liberty. In closing, Mr. Windham
admonished the young men to re
member the mother at home and not
to forget to write her as often as
they possibly could for the mothers
were the ones who are bearing the
burdens of the war in all of its
He said to the young men: "Go
forth and do your duty as best you
can, remembering that it will not be
all the worst side of life, and that
the battles of life are to be fought
every day, hoping that when you re
turn from the war you will be bet
ter men than when you depart on
From Tuesday's Dally.
Last Friday evening at 5:30 the
Euterpean Glee club of the M. E.
church gave a supper in the church
parlors, in honor of Miss Mina K.
Kaffenberger and Miss Irene Trus
cott, their leader, Mrs. E. H. Wes
cott acting as hostess. After the
delicious and sumptuous supper hud
been served, a delightful social time
was indulged in, which provoked
much merriment and the parlors
rang with laughter. After the
dishes were washed, they wended
their way to the choir loft where
they held their last rehearsal with
the two young ladies, who left for
their schools " yesterday. Several
farewells have been given for these
two popular young ladies. Miss
Mina Kaffenberger departed for Uni
versity Place, Neb., this morning,
where she will enter Wesleyan and
Miss Irene Truscott departed this
afternoon for Morning Side, la.,
where she will enter an M. E. uni
versity at that place. The members
of the Glee club are very sorry to
lose their companions, but, what is
their loss, is another's gain.
VISITS HUSBAND IN HOSPITAL.
From "Wednesday's Daily.
Mrs. C. L. Pitman, was a visitor
at the hospital at Council Bluffs,
Iowa, yesterday, to 'see her husband,
who had fallen from an elevator
there some days since. Speaking of
the condition of her husband she
says that the doctors would not al
low him to get up, but were giving
him more to eat, and said he could
probably leave the hospital in a
John Shogren and Ira Parker, of
near Louisville were in the city yes
terday looking after some business,
Mr. Shogren desiring to purchase
some milk cows, and was accompan
led by his friend, who came to see
the boys before they departed.
LEFT THIS MORNING OVER THE
MISSOURI PACIFIC MANY
BID THEM GOOD-BYE
Assembled at Court House Square,
Where Pictures Were Taken
and the Band Played.
From Wednesday's Daily.
This morning t lie soldier boys de
parted for Camp Funston, after
bidding good byes to mothesr, fath
ers, brothers, sisters and sweet
hearts. They assembled at the court
house, where the roll was called and
instructions given, with a distribu
tion of tags for their grips, and af
ter having their pictures taken.
they with the playing of the band
and with flags flying to the breeze
marched to the Missouri Pacific sta
tion, amidst cheering, and God speed
and good wishes, but with many an
eye wet with tears. We noticed one
father who could not stand the part-
ng, and leaving the crowd, went
away until he could command more
fortitude to say good bye, that he
might give the son the more en
couragement. It has required brav
ery on the part of all, on the part
of the young man who leaves all, to
fight for the cherished principles of
this Republic, and on the part of
folks who remain at home. Espec
ially does it draw ju the heroism
of the mother, in the parting, and
all along during t he continued ab
sence of the boy who is away, and
she knows not where, not how sit
uated. On her bended knees, the
mother implores the great God, who
has always been her stay, to care
for her son while away, and to bring
out for the best t he struggle in
which we all have to sacrifice.
The boys have elected Mr. Clay
Foreman, of Alvo, as their leader
until they get to Fort: Riley, a young
man clean, and full of patriotism.
just from the farm, with all the
rugged traits of sterling manhood.
The entire company as they depart
ed challenged to the observer these
young men, with robust health, earn-
t intentions and high character.
These men must make their mark in
the building of a better civilization
and for insuring the principles of
good government, democratic ideas,
and free institutions.
Those" Who Went.
Following is the list of names of
those who departed this morning for
Floyd E. Morgan Wm. August Wuf
Albert J. Godwin Dan Mahau
Harlo E. Gray Clarence E. King
Wm. II. Garrison Emil J. Hild
Sam'l L. Rhotten Chas. W. Everett
Jas. II. Biggs Joseph V. Stanek
Wm. Lee Stewart Harold B. Bryan
Oscar Mack George N. Palmer
Fred Newman Bernard C. Rakow
Harley Pickering Peter Nelson
Robert B. Will Golden Snodgrass
Harry II. Slater
Geo. P. Beucke
John F. Sweeney
Clifford E. Forbes
Orvil F. Prouty
Jas. J. McLemon
Wm. R. Holly
Clay C. Foreman Edward P. Marler
Chester D. Austin James Ccrnik
YOUNG MAN GLADDENS HOME.
The home of Farnk Kozak, in
the west portion of the city, is now
one of brightness and cheer, with
plenty of music and conviviality.
The cause being that of the visit
of the stork at his domicile, and
the leaving thereof a young man,
who is to be hear of the goods and
chatties of that home. In fact he is
the dominant character there at this
writing, and has his way in most
things which pertain to him. Very
sociable, for he induces the father
to take long walks with him even
WILL VISIT IN IOWA.
From Wednesduv'H Daily.
'Mr. George Winkler, wife and two
daughters, of near Avoca, this coun
ty, passed through this city this
morning, enroute for Iowa . City,
Iowa, where they expect to visit with
friends and relatives for some two
weeks. Mr. Winkler is the director
of Cottage school, near Avoca," and
a prosperous farmer of that section.
STROKE OF PARALYSIS.
From Tuesday's Daily.
C. Parkening, a prosperous farm
er living some five miles west of the
city, suffered a stroke of paralysis
a short time since, and after having
retired apparently as well as ever,
he sometime in the night has suffer
ed the stroke, which was very se
vere, as in the morning, when the
family awoke, they found him un
able to move, or talk to any ap
preciable extent, and summoning a
physician the malady was pronounc
ed a stroke of paralysis., Mr. Park
ening has been receiving the best
of care, a trained nurse having been
secured, and what medical attention
can do is being done, with the re
sult he is showing some rallying
power, and it is hoped he will suc
ceed in throwing off the effects and
will soon be able to be around again.
MRS. ISAAC WILES BETTER.
From Wediiesdn v's Daily.'
T. Frank Wiles and wife came
in this morning from their home
in Omaha, and will visit at the home
of Mr. Wiles' parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Issac Wiles, just west of the city,
coming to see their mother, who
is very sick, and who has been for
some time, but is reported as slight
ly better this morning. They also
come to visit with a brother of Mr.
Frank Wiles, Mr. Ray Wiles and
wife and daughter, Theima, who are
visiting here just now from Saint
DOING THEIR EIT.
The Cosmopolitan Club, in the
furnishing of the hall for the ban
ouet last evening evinced that tiieii
Waits were in thi right piace. and
p;sf, alone has thH bee.i the single
iiiictice of their generosity and
ufh of kindness, but. many tuuilar
acts have gone to enforce the idea
that they are extremely loyal.
BUYS FRUIT ALL OVER.
From Wednesday's Daily.
J. T. Keene, working for the Al
bert Decker Company, buyers of
apples is packing apples in the or
chard of Julius Pitz, and the coun
ty farm. His firm is located in Chi
cago, and he has driven from there
in his car to buy apples here. Last
spring he purchased and shipped
strawberries in Tennessee for four
weeks, and then removed to Mich
igan, where he worked for his firm,
until just recently. Making the en
tire distance, as well as other trips
with his Ford, which had ran over
one hundred . thousand miles, the
number of his license is 213, S08. III.
RETURNS FROM HOSPITAL.
From Wednesday's. Daily.
Mrs. A. B. llass. who, last sum
mer was injured in an automobile
accident, when she was run over by
the car in which she had been rid
ing and who was some time since
brought home, had to return to
Omaha and the hospital for further
treatment, is again home, having
returned last evening. Mrs. Hass is
improving, but is far from well yet,
and had to be carried on a litter,
but expects to be able after while
to get around again. ,
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From Wednesday's Daily.
The annual conference of the
ministers and other of the Meth
odist churches of Nebraska, adjourn
ed yesterday, after a very profitable
session. The reading of the ap
pointments of the ministers, was'had
yesterday at noon Just before ad
journment. Among the allotments
we read the name of Rev. T. A.,
Truscott, for . Plattsmouth. This
will be pleasing to his friends in
this city, who have worked with
him during the past years and have
learned to love, honor and respect
him and his ability as a minister.
The following is the oppointments
for this the Tecumseh district:
E. T. George, district superintend
ent. Adams, A. V. Hunter.
Alvo, C. E. Connell.
Ashland, B. W. Salmon.
Auburn, A. A. Randall.
Auburn Avenue. A.B. Whitmer.
Bennett, F. E. Pfoutz.
Bookwalter-Armour, H. L. Case.
Brock, C. A. Almond.
Brownville, C. B. Lenfest.
Burchard-Violet, S. McKeown.
Burr. C. B. Lenfest.
Cook, O. W. Rummell.
Crab Orchard, C. E. Austin.
Douglas, George Morrell.
DuBois, B. L. Redmond.
Eagle, L. V. Harmon.
Elk Creek, R. A. Trowbridge.
Elmwood, L. Morrisou.
Falls City, II. G. Langley.
Filley, Richard Kellogg.
Greenwood, J. C Dillon.
Humboldt. W. L. Elliott.
Johnson -Graf. C. E. Bo wen.
Louisville, S. Keiser.
Murdock, Earl Harper.
Nebraska City. J.. It. Wilcox.
Neliawka, J. G. Munsell.
'. Nemaha City. Joseph Snowden,
Palmyra to be supplied.
Pawnee City. C. N. Dawson.
Peru, L. A. Jones.
Plattsmouth. T. A. Truscott.
Pleasant View. J. H. Hall.
Rockford. L. S. Wagner.
Rulo, E. II. Hinkle.
Salem, B. L. Redmond.
South Bend, 'William Bernhardt.
Stella-Shubert, G. M. Gates.
Sterling-Plum Grave, M. R. Crisp.
Syracuse, W. H. Wright.
Table Rock, S. E. Taft.
Talmage. J. II. Hall.
Tecumseh, V.- R. Beebe.
Unadilla, to be supplied.
Union-Lewiston-Wyoming, G. A.
Vesta-Maple -Grove, G. M. Gates.
Wabash-Ep worth F. L. Harris.
Waverly, A. E. Wachtel.
Weeping Water, W. F. Haskins.
RESTING EASILY NOW.
From Tuesday's Daily.
Ezra Albin, who was operated up
on at the St. Joseph Hospital, at
Omaha, for appendicitis yesterday
morning, is now reported as resting
nicely and is giving promise of
getting along all right. His father.
Carter Albin, returned from the hos
pital this afternoon and says the
prospect for the son's recovery is
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