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About The Plattsmouth journal. (Plattsmouth, Nebraska) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Feb. 18, 1918)
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PLATTSMOUTH, NEBRASKA, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 1918.
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FOURTEEN CHIIXREN CAME TO
BLESS UNION OF JOHN B.
COTNER AND WIFE.
LIVED HERE FOR MANY YEARS
Ten r.f Hiilrlver, UVrp Precox of
l cXZit at
the Golden Weddinq; Anniver
sary Celebration Here.
From Thursday's Daily.
Yesierday at their home in
south part of this city was celebrat
ed i he golden wedding anniversary of
John 1?. C'otner and wife. This wor
my coupie was united in marriage
February 1H. ISt'.S. at C'orydnn. In
diana, where they lived for some
time, but moved to Nebraska and to
Cass county many years ago.
To this union of ve olden davr?
there were born fourteen children.
of whom twelve are living to rejoice
with their parents at the completion
of fifty years of their wedded lif
piness. All but two of these were
present yesterday at the family home
t . 1 twl "t 1 1-n vf t 111- r-i a i v i' . . n -. I
k.l .u. '!"'cai.-
that had been' prepared.
The day, which was all taken up j
with the celebration, consisting of a I
uneral. sociable, good time with J
r.-miniscenses of other davs. visiting
a;. :1 social conversation. The occa
sion was made the more pleasing by
each of t lie children presenting the
parents with a five dollar gold piece
as a token of their love and affee-
" .drs. "otner, 'who ''maiden name
was Sarah Ann Smith, was a daugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Smith, of
( orvdon. Indiana, and a winsome
las at that time, and lucky was
Mr. ( otner in securing her fcr a
lil'e'r. partner. They began house
keeping a few miles out of Corydon
and were engaged in terming. The
children who came to add pleasure
to the life of Mr. and Mrs. Cotner
were Charles R.. Rebecca J.. John
If.. Thomas G.. James W., Sylvester
L.. Cora A.. Roy E.. Walter G.. EJ
vard E.. Clarence ('., Albert A., and
llowa-d M. Cotner. Two rr.vo past
el To the other world, while two.
clarence C. of tin.- place, and Mrs.
Martin Maple of Blue Hill are sick
at This time, the former being in a
'.o.-pital at Omaha while the latter is
(rfiiied to her heme at Blue Hill.
At noon all sat down to a good old
Kt:i;oi:d farm dinner and the wed
ding cake which was baked by Mrs.
George Lloyd, was one in patriotic
colors. Mrs. Cotner. with smiles of
radiance beaming from her happy
.';., cut the cake and distributed to
each of the children, grand-children
and others present a portion. There
were over twenty grandchildren and I
two great grand children.
Th.ru nrpnt from ont nf
the city Mrs. I. J. Homan and her
daughters. Mabel. Hazel and Nellie
Cotner. of Omaha; Mrs. A. P. Christ
weiser of Havelock; Mr. and Mrs.
Ceorsre Lloyd, of Murray; Mrs. Frank
Marler, of Murray; Mr. and Mrs.
Walter G. Cotner and Howard Cot
ner, of Bladen; Dr. and Mrs. J. W.
Cotner, of Kansas City.
Two of the grandsons have gone
to the service of their country, they
being Lester Christ weisser, son of
.Mr. and Mrs. A. P. Christ weisser,
and Frank Marler. who married a
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George
The celebration was an occasion
i !i joyed by all who were present and
us the children began taking their
departure for their own homes they
wished again much joy and contin
ued happiness in the years to come
for their beloved parents.
In these days of frequent mar
riages and re-marriages when peo
ple feel themselves tied down by
the solemn vows of matrimony with
in a very few years after they have
been taken, one can best appreciate
what it means to people to live to
gether for fifty years, toiling tide by
side, buoyed up in the realization of
their hopes, and when the time is
reached when they can count back
ward a half century to the altar of
rneir marriage, wnat better vnges
could bo expected, moreover given.
than tlie power and disposition to
reflect radiant smiles of joy, sur
rounded by the children to whom
they have given birth and the child
ren of their children, as did these
pood people yesterday in the cele
bration of this eventful day in their
IS NOW SETTLED IN THE WEST.
Fium Friday's Taily.
S. Y. Smith returned this morning
from imperial, where he went with
II. Schopp some time since, to
look after a car in the shipping as
Schopp had so many in the ship
nient that he could not care for them
all. Mr. Smith remained and assist-
ed Mr. Schopp to get the cars unload
ed and the goods to his home. Mr.
Smith says the farm which Mr.
Schopp has purchased in an excel-
lent piace. ana tnat tne wncat is
looking exceptionally fine. Night
before last at Imperial a fire de
stroyed the post office and three
business houses besides. ,
ueorge w . tnyuer was also a
visitor at that city during the time
and returned this morning as well.
WARM IN ARKANSAS NOW.
I'luTii Fridav's Jiilv.
J. M. Craig arrived in this
last evening on his return from a trip
to me soutti wnicn included a good
deal of the state of Arkansas, where
he was tQ ,ook over gomp lands fof ft
friend. Mr. Craig gives his impre8
Si0n 0f tne south as being a great
land Gf many opportunities, and with
rich fertile lands, but especially the
eastern and southeastern portions
liable to over flow of the Mississippi
river, which caused the lands to be
much of the time worthless. Mr.
Craig is staying over in this city un
til tomorrow, when he will depart for
his home at Burwell.
BUYS A FARM IN CASS COUNTY
Kret-i Fridav's Da II v.
Fred Spangler has just completed
the purchase of a farm just south of
this city, known as the Beins prop
erty, which contains one hundred and
forty acres, for which he is paying
one hundred and twenty-five dollars
per acre. This place is verv con-I
venient to town making it close to
market, and while not to smooth con
tains much rich soil and looks like
the prire -was not too high for the
farm surely is worth the monev. This
will make a good home for Mr.
spangler. He will not live on the
place, but will farm the same having
engaged Charles Allen to farm the
place and he will also live at the
AUGUST HESSE SICK AT CAMP.
From Fridav's Dailv.
A message was received from the
captain ot the company in which
August Hesse, directed to his mother
Mrs. Dora Hesse, telling of the sick
ness of her son at Camp Siever, at
Greenville. North Carolina. How
serious the sickness of Mr. Hesse is.
is not known, but it is of necessarily
of some moment to justify the officer
of his company in sending a message
the effect of his sickness.
ALMON BENSCOTER DIED
AT OMAHA HOSPITAL
From Friday's Daily.
A brother of J. S. Benscoter, Al-
mon Benscoter, aged 65 jears, died
at Omaha on Wednesday morning.
after having been sick at the insti
tution for a number of weeks. Mr.
Benscoter who is a bachelor, had
made his home at Falls City for a
long time and with his failing health,
was taken to Omaha for treatment,
some six weeks since.
The man who has departed leaves
four brothers to mourn his loss, they
being J. S. Benscoter of this city
John Benscoter of Falls City, George
Benscoter of Hay Springs and Fred
Benscoter of Loup City. The funeral
will be held at Falls City Saturday
and the burial made at that place as
A Hint to the Aged.
If people past lsxty years of age
could be persuaded to go to bed as
soon as they take cold and remain
in bed for one or two days, they
would recover much more quickly,
especially if they take Chamberlain's
Cough Remedy. There would also bo
less danger of the cold being follow
ed by any of the more serious dis-
WRIT UPHELD IN
JOHN KOUKAL RELEASED FROI.
SENTENCE IMPOSED UPON
HIM FOR CONTEMPT
Case Grew Out of Fire that Destrov-
ed Barn on Place where He
Resided To Appeal
I From Thursday's Dnilv.
cmday. on a Pubpea
ed by Harry F. Reqiiartte, deputy
state fire commissioner. John A
Koukal was called to appear before
Mr. Requartte and answer questions
regarding the origin of the fire that
consumed the barn on the idace
where Mr. Koukal was living and al
so destroyed the property therein.
which was owned bv Mr. Koukal.
.Mr. Koukal hau counsel tmt was
I not permitted to have same at the
hearing, as the commissioner, with
a stenographer and Mr. Koukal, held
the hearing behind closed doors. Af
ter proceeding for a while, with Mr.
Koukal answering the questions put
to mm. until the commissioner m-
Quired as to the contents of the barn.
when, on the advice of counsel, he
refused to answer that question, re-
flying in kind to a number of others
asked of him. Finally the question
was put. "Do you refuse to answer
these on advice of attorney," and he
replied. "I do." The commissioner
therefore said. "I will fine you one
hundred dollars for contempt."
A writ of habeas corpus was tlien
sworn out, but as the following day
was Lincoln's birthday and a holi
day, the writ came up for hearing
yesterday before Judge A. J. Beeson
of the county court.
At the hearing Mr. Koukal show
ed that he had only claimed the
right guaranteed him by the Consti
tution of the United States and the
state of Nebraska in declining to an
swer a question which might have a
tendencv to incriminate him. The
hearing was prolonged into the af-
ternoon and after the arguments cf
both rides and the evidence had all
been given. Judge Beeson rendered
a decision sustaining the writ and
releasing Mr. Koukal.
It is understood that the state will
appeal the case to the district court
in order to get a decision on the
question. The grounds upon which
Judge Beeson rendered his decision
was the constitutionality of the lav.-.
The statute provides that the com
missioner shall have the right to
make inquiry in secret, and that the
refusal to answer a questi. a is con
sidered contempt, and that a fine can
be imposed not to exceed one hun
The habeas corpus writ was sus
tained in the county court, we will
have to await the next chapter of
this rather unusual case, which will
doubtless come some time in the
RETURN TO THEIR HOME.
Fioni Friday's Daily.
J. J. Horn and Emil Hartstalk,
both prosperous farmers living near
Creighton, this state, who have been
visiting here with relatives and ac
quaintances, for the past week, de
parted for their home this afternoon,
they were while here, guests at the
homes of the Horns west of this
city and also with other of their
WAS ELECTED AS THE
From Friday's Daily.
The Omaha papers of this morning
in speaking of the Nebraska Retail
Clothiers Association which is meet
ing in that city this week, has to an
nounce the election of C. C. Wescott
of this city as its secretary-treasurer.
In this selection we have to say they
have acted wisely and have selected
a man who is alive to the interests
of the clothing business, a man cap
able of looking after that end of the
organization for which he has been
selected. Mr. Wescott is a man full
of energy, push and work, and these
traits in his make up are ever seen
by careful study, thought and discre
sion, making him an eminently prop
er person for the position. Thus
qualifying him far the position
above the ordinary clothing mer-
chant. The success with which Mr.
Wescott has conducted the advertis
ing campaign which has resulted in
such a successful meeting of the Ne
braska Clothiers that the one just
closing, is itself a commendation for
the wisdom of this choice.
NAILED THE FLAG TO THE WALL.
l-Y'im Friday's Daily.
Some one. or more than one last
evening with a pot of yellor- paint
made yellow crosses on the windows
of Vm. llassler blacksmith shop.
They also nailed an American flag
on the front cf the shop. While we
do not believe that this is the best
proceedure in cases where there is a
suspicion of disloyalty, there is a
course which should be pursued in
cases where people are supposed to
be not loyal to the government. The
National Defense council
thre is one in this county, and has
secretary in this city, vyith a mem-
oer in eacn waru. ;ow wnere sus
picions are entertained it would look
like it was the duty, without any
"gallery play", but in all kindness,
interview the parties, as the council
is clothed with the authority to do.
And get the facts from the first
hands. We h'ave known Mr. Hassler
for many years and have considered
him one of our best citizens. We
are loath to believe him disloyal.
but had the rumors, which have
floated around been handled in the
proper manner by the council of de
fense, the painting of the windows
might have been averted. The coun
cil of defense have the power, and
can handle these things tactfully
wnn out subjecting a citizen w.io
night not be guilty of disloyalty to
MODERN WOODMEN HAVE TIME.;
Fi-.'Mi Fii.iav i.:iiv.
A couple of nights ago the Mod-
ern Woodman of America lode;e of
tins place held a meeting at their
hall at which were present some of
... ... . .
the prominent pook iivteresid in
ti e lodge from out in the state and
also some from out of the state.
ir. I.. Hester, well known in N-
braska, as deputy organizer was one
of those present together with the
national Field Lecturer Mr. Harris
There was a class of twelve initiat
ed into the order and a big time was
had. A feast fit for Morern Wood-i
men or any other man was served.
A number of slides were used, pro
jecting upon a screen scenes of the
buildings and offices at general head
quarters at Rock Island. Illinois.
Anong the interior views one show
ed Dr. E. W. Cook at his desk busilv
engaged at work with the same smile
not wear off when he
WILL ARRANGE A BASE RATE
From Friday's Daily.
The meeting which was held at
Weeping Water on February 2nd to
- . . .
arrange tor the making of a base
rate in the assessing of people of
the county to assist in the various
benevolences endorsed by the Gov
ernment is being continued at the
court house here today, representa
tives being present from various
parts of the county. Judge J. T.
Begley is chairman of the meeting,
which has in view the further per
fection of its plans at this time. The
earliness of the-hour at which the
Journal goes to press precludes all
possibility of an extended account of
the business transacted, but we will
endeavor to give all the proceedings
in tomorrow's paper.
HAVE FINISHED THE HOUSE NOW
I'rnm Friday's laily.
The new residence of Charles
Hennings jr., which he has been
having constructed and which has
been building for some time past has
beeji completed, the'workmen return
ing to this city this morning. There
arrived the carpenter force, among
who were Henry Trout and O. H.
Tower, and M. M. Beal. the painter.
This is making an elegant farm
home of Mr. Hennings and he is
getting the construction of it out of
the way for the spring work, which
is soon to be on the move.
FARM FOR SALE.
My finely improved eighty acre
farm, four miles south of the Platts
mouth city postoffice. For particu
lars and easy terms, apply to Major
Journal Want-Ads Pay!
FOLKS MARRIED AT
MORRIS LLOYD, OF NEAR MUR
RAY WEDS MISS SOPHIA
Went from There to St. Louis and
Other Points on Wedding Trip
Returned Last Night
From Thursday's Daily.
Last evening Mr. and Mrs.
Lloyd arrived from a trip to St
Louis and other points in the south
I stopping at Kansas ityC and Atchi
son on tneir way home. J he voune
people were united in marriage at
Nebraska City on Saturday afternoon
by the Rev. Fa tier of that place. The
young married couple spent a most
delightful time in the south and re
turned to greet their surprised
friends whom they had not inform
ed of the wedding
It had been known for some time
that the wedding was to occur and
the friends of the bride had given
her a dinner at the Henshaw hotel
recently at which a most merry time
was had, as well as at another time
when a shower was given in honor
of Miss Jirousek. Later a theatre
partv was planned bv her young
lady friends in Omaha, at the Bran
dies theatre, much to the enjoyment
of the bride-to-be and all the others
The young couple will depart
about March hrst for the western
part of the state, and will make
itneir nome near orant. .enrasiva..
where they will engage in farming
This young coup-re is well and
favorably known to a host of the
people hereabouts, who are x tend
hng their good wishes and congratu
Itntions to them
The journai joins .with their
mai!V friends in wishing that their
Ufe may be one of success and hap-
THEY ALL WORE APRONS.
Frem S;i i u rda y' Paily.
Last evening at the Woodman
Hall, there were gathered one hund
red and fifty people notwithstanding
the storm which prevailed, and were
making merry, at their apron carni
val. Each wore an apron, which has
cost as many cents, as the apron
string had measured. A program
was the first on the evening's enter
tainment, which consisted of a read
ing by Miss Esther Godwin, which
was of such merit, that she was call
ed back for another, then followed
Miss Fern Neill with a reading, and
little Leona Hudson with a song, and
Afpo T J " L- t f ii-itti o roo rl ? n o" oil of
whom had to give another rendi-
tion before the audience would be
satisfied. Merle Saunders then took
the pictures of the crowd after which
L. F. Pickett who was the postman.
delivered valentines. Mrs. Pickett
as an auctioneer sold an apron, Mrs.
Robert Newell purchasing it for a
dollar and a half. Following this
was the lunch and games tintil a late
WILL ENGAGE IN FARMING.
From Saturday's Iaily.
Robert Newell has just purchased
a farm in Sarpy county, just one
mile north of the State Fisheries,
across the river from South Bend. He
will with his wife, move there in a
short time, having resigned his posi
tion with the Burlington shops yes
terday. The farm consisted of eighty
acres and was purchased for $10,
000. The place is well improved, and
will be about what Mr. Newell and
wife can care for
From Saturday's Daily.
Thursday, at the beautiful coun
try home of Mrs. F. W. Nolting. a
farewell party in, honor of Mrs.
Anna Goos and Mrs. James Mrasek,
who are leaving here to make their
home at Grant, Nebraska, in the
near future, also for Mrs. Lee Hill,
who is leaving for Kansas and Mrs.
Will Oliver and Mrs. Ed. Beins, who
are moving west of Plattsmouth. A
delicious three course luncheon was
served by Mr6. Nolting and assistant
hostesses, Mrs. Peter Mumm and
Clara Mumm. The dining room dec-
orations were rosebuds and emblems
of St. Valentine. The guests. Mes-
dames Jos. Sans, James Mrasek,
Anna Goos, Peter Mumm, Ed. Beins,
L. G. Meisinger,' Win. Schmidtman,
Christ Mockenhaupt, Thomas, Mike
Lutz, John Lutz, George Klinger, J.
R. Lee. Will Oliver jr.. K. H. Larson.
Martin Roessler. Mark Isles. W. 1
Hutchinson, H. Tarns, Lee Hill, Fred
Mumm, F. W. Nolting; Misses Helen
Mrasek, Ellen Nora Meisinger, Clara
Mumm, Francis Thomas. Helen Lutz,
and Ellen K. Nolting.
DEPARTED TODAY FOR WEST.
From Saturday's Daily.
JV.CI. i,ewis who has oeen out in
the western portion of the state, but
a few days since, while there ar
ranged to go out there to live. He
will depart today for the west and
will go to Grant, in Perkins county,
where in partnership with Bert Phil-
pott, he will conduct a farm ihere.
The farm which is a large one will
contain but little corn, but will be in
small grain and pasture chiefly.
There is now one hundred and sixty
five acres of winter wheat which is
looking fine. It will be about two or
three weeks before Mr. Lewis' fam
ily will go to the west as the pres
ent occupant cf the place will not
vacate the house until that time.
DEPARTS FOR EAST LAST NIGHT.
From Saturdays Iailv.
Henry Hesse departed last even
ing for Greenville. North Carolina.
where he goes to see his brother
August Hesse, who is in the service
at that place, and of whom his cap
tain had telegraphed to his mother.
Mrs. Dora Hesse of this palce ap
prising her of the illness of her son.
Henry will go see his brother and
render what assistance he can for his
comfort and treatment, and will if
he is able bring him home.
ARE ASSISTING WITH THE
WORK OF CLASSIFICATION
From Saturday's Dally.
from the public schools are working
like oeavers at the othce of the coun-
ty superintendent, assisting in clas-
sifying the question blanks of reg-
istered men in the third and fourth
classes. The work of classifying the
first and second classes was complet-
ed some time ago. Among those of
the teachers who are contributing ?o
freely of their time and labor are
Opal Fitzgerald, Amelia Martin. Ber
tha Driftmeier. Margaret Walforth.
Gertrude L. Morgan, Golda Noble,
Marie Swoboda. Anna Rvs. Mattie
Larson. Estella Baird. Miss Beach,
Worene Schuhlofl", Julia Kerr. Mary
Egenberger. Marv Brown.
When You Have a Cold.
It is when you have a severe cold
that you appreciate the good quali
ties of Chamberlain's Cough Rem
edy. Mrs. Frank Crocker. Pana. Ill-
writes: "Our five-year-old son Paul
caught a severe cold last winter that
settled on his lungs and he had ter
rible coughing spells. We were
greatly worried about him as the
medicine we gave him did not help
him in the least. A neighbor spoke
so highly of Chamberlain's Cough
Remedy that 1 got a bottle of it.
The first dose benefited him so much
that I continued giving it to him
until he was cured."
Federal Reserve Currency
Have you seen the new bank notes of our
Federal Reserve Bank? They come in denomina
tions of $5, $10, 20, $50 and $100. These notes,
issued by the United States Government and se
cured by gold and commercial paper, are the best
bank notes this country has ever had.
Our Febeial Reserve Bank always keeps on
hand an immense supply of these notes which is
always available promptly to us for the needs of
First National Bank
Send for Booklet "How Does It Benefit Me."
MOUTH MAN DIES
IN THE FAR WEST
HAD PASSED THE LIMIT
THREE SCORE YEARS
Senator S. L. Thomas. For Manv
Years a Resident of This Coun
ty and City Passes Away
At Long Beach. Cal.
From Saturday's J.ti!y
Samuel L. Thomas, aged over SI
years, passed away at his late home
in Long Beach, last Monday. Fehr.
11, of a complication of diseases.
first being precipitated by high
blood pressure and hardening of the
arteries, and followed bv stomach
trouble. Samuel L. Thomas was
was born October 14th. liOC. in
Guernsey county, Ohio, but at the
age of 11 months with his parent's
removed to Marion, Indiana, where
he spent his youth and at the age
of twenty years just approaching
manhood, he with his parents moved
to Nebraska, which was in 1S"..
when it was just being opened up
for settlement. When coming hero
they found here some stirring times,
and selecting a homestead some four
miles northwest of this city located
thereon, and there made his home for
more than a half century. In 1 vfu
Mr. Thomas was elected to the Ne
braska state senate, and served with
credit to himself and the district
which he represented. During all
the time which he has lived here he
was always active in everything
which interested the people. He was
elected also as a vice-prsident of the
State Agricultural association and
also the state Bee-Keepers Associa-
tion." He was also engaged besides
his farming in the manufacture of
Llmeca Cnm c-
IV Ai V 'V t'UUl VIUl V U I CFW TT 111
tor S. L. Thomas with his family de-
parted for the west ajrain aftpr hav.
lnff spent more than a haIf iui:uired
vpars fhis vicinity, and located in
Long Beach. California, where he
nas ijvcd since. He has been back-
nnr to visit in' friids i,(.r After
having moved to the west be wa
chosen a director of the Chamber of
Commerce of Long Beach. He was
also a member of the Business Men's
association of that place and took an
active interest in public a';:irs. S.-u-
I ator Thomas leaves besides his age.'
wife, two sons, Walter L. Thomas,
of Long Beach, who is engaged in
the automobile business, and Louis
Thomas of Salt Lake City, who is
engaged in the same btisinv . ThT?
are six grand children and f v great
grand children to survive ! iin. The
burial was made at Long Beach.
Senator Thomas was a friend r f
this paper, its Editor and proprietor
and we grieve his departure. The
friends of Senator here are legion
who will b sorry to know of his
death, though a sheaf of fully ripen
For Sale A number of white
Brahma Cockerels. Mrs. C. E. Heeb
Office Supplies at the JonrnaL
the Journal office.
Business men with payrolls
to meet will appreciate this pro
tection. Are you getting it?
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