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PLATTSMO UTH, NEBRASKA. THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 1920,
S. WHITE I
PASSED AWAY AT 8:45 THIS
HOEING AFTER LONG ILLNESS
AT HOME NEAR MURRAY.
AN OLD RESIDENT OF COUNTY
Deceased a Resident of Cass County
Since 1856 For Mirny Years Re
sided Near Rock Bluffs.
From Tuesday's Daily.
This morning at S:4 3 Mrs. Ion S.
White, one of the pioneer women ol
Cass county came to the end of life's
journey and laying aside the burden
cf years and the wearied spirit ol
months of illness and suffering sank
into the sleep that knows no awaken
ing on this mortal sphere.
For weeks it had been known to
the members of the family that the
mother and grandmother was not to
abide with those of her loved ones
many days and the tenderest of care
from the members of her family cir
cle. mini.-Jertd to her in the last
days, soothing the approaching jour
ney into the land of eternal rest.
Ann Smith was born May 29,
lS2f. in Boone county. Kentucky,
the daughter of one cf the pioneer
families of that state, and her girl
hood was spent amid the scenes of
that state, the family later moving to
Livingston county. Missouri, where
oa February 19. 1S54. she was united
In marriage to I von S. White."
Mr. and Mrs. Whit? madr their
home in Missouri for a period of two
years and in 1S"0 came to Nebraska,
settling near the then flourishing
little city of Rock Bluffs, Cass coun
ty, and near where they have made
their home for the years since that
The home life of Mr. and Mrs.
White was beautiful to all who knew
them and the deep devotion cf the
happily wedded couple continued un
til the death of the husband and fa
ther. some five years ago. Since the
death of the husband Mrs. White
has made her home with her son,
Mark White and wife, who have car
ed very tenderly - for the beloved
mother, devoting to her a wealth of
affection and love.
To bless tha life of Mr. and Mrs.
White three children were born,
Mrs. Celiccia Iliatt of Sidney, la.;
Mark White, residing near Murray,
ard one child. Lanzel, who died in
In 1S.10 Mrs. White was united
with the Christian church and has
continued a cry devout believer in
this faith up to her death.
Beside the two children and one
brother, Howell Smith of Granite,
Okla.chaplain of the Oklahoma state
penitentiary, if left to mourn the
death of this good woman, as well as
right grandchildren, namely: Mrs
Jay Grow of Mansfield, Tex.; Misses
I.ovy, Marjette, Martha, Ann and
I von Hiatt of Sidney, la.; Mrs. F. R
Gobleman of Plattsmouth. and Mrs
I,. O. Iliatt of Omaha.
. The beautiful life of Mrs. W'hite. '
her wonderful love of home and the
members of her family circle, has
been an inspiration to those who
jiive had the opportunity of know
ing her and sublitne Christian faith
and unfaltering courage as she ap
proached the final scene of life, look
ing forward to the reunion with
those she had held dear in life and
the beautiful words of Tennyson
speak truly of the passing of this
grand pioneer woman:
"Sunset and evening star
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning at
When I put out to sea.
For tho' from out our borne of
time and plase
The flood may bear me far
I hope to see my pilot face "to face
When I have crossed the bar."
Farmers, mechanics, railroaders,
laborers, rely on Dr. Thomas' Eclec
tric Oil. Fine for cuts, burns, and
bruises. Should be kept -in every
home. 30c and 60c.
MARRIED AT LINCOLN
'rm.i Tuesday's Dally.
Miss Grace E. Bailey of Alvo and
Henry L. Clapp, Jr., of Elm wood,
were married Saturday at 2 p. m. at
the Methodist Episcopal church. Uni
versity Place. Kev. P. VanFleet per
formed the ceremony. Miss Alma G.
Swanson and William Odjendyk of
Lincoln and Dr. and Mrs. J. It. Har-
ger cf Chicago were present. Mrs.
Harger is a sister of the bride. Mr.
Clapp attended the state university
and was a member of Sigma Alpha
EpsiTon. He served nine months
overseas with the SSth division, re
turning home June 1. 1919. Mr. and
Mrs. Clapp will make their home at
Elm wood. Neb. State Journal.
FILES FOR REELEC
TION AS DIST. CLERK
James M. Robertson Files as Candi
date for Re-Election Subject to
p'rom Tuesday's Daily.
- This morning filing was made in
the office of County Clerk George
Sayles by James M. Robertson, clerk
of the district court In which Mr.
Robertson submits his name for the
consideration of the republican vot
ers at the primary election on April
20. Mr. Robertson has filed this of
fice for a number of years and dur
ing his terms has made the county a
very efficient official in the handling
of the business affairs or this depart
ment of the county government and
has won the hearty good will of the
attorneys and the public who have
had business dealing in the clerk's
office. Mr. Robertson is ne cf the
best known of the county officials,
having served the people ror a quar
ter "cif a century as county clerk and
later in the office of clerk of the dis
trict court. It is not thought likely
that there will be any other filings
for this office on the republican tic
ket and the nomination of Mr. Ro
bertson seems to be assured.
HERE ON ROAD MATTERS
From Tuesday's Dally.
The session of the board of county
commissioners thi3 morning was oc
cupied in hearing tne statements in
regard to several changes desired by
residents of different portions of the
county. A number from Manley
were present to urge upon the board
the necessity of an overhead cross
ing over, the line of the Missouri Pa
cific south of Manley and the mat
ter was referred to County Attorney
A. G. Cole, who will take it up with
the state railway commission to see
what assistance can be secured from
that source for the residents.
A request from the Meyers Stone
company of Weeping Water for the
change of the road near the quarry
was brought up and will receive fa
vorable action from the board and
give the company and the residents
of that community a much better
Matt McQuinn of Union was before
the board presenting the request for
a brlge near his farm over the Weep
ing Water creek southeast of Union
but this was laid over until more
funds were available for this line of
VISITING RELATIVES HERE
From Tixdsv'n Daily.
William B. Short of Buffalo, N.
Y., is in the city enjoying a short
visit here with his uncle, J. II. Short
and family. Mr. Short spent his boy
hood days here but for a great many
days has made his home in the east
and this is the first opportunity in
20 years he has had of meeting with
the relatives and renewing acquaint
ances. He i3 engaged in the whole
sale fruit and produce business in
GOES TO HOSPITAL
From Tuesday's Lally.
This afternoon Rev. J. H. Steger
departed for Omaha in company with
Mrs. Steger, where he expects to un
ccigo an cxam'natit.ft and may re
main there for t'atmeut at one of
the hospitals. Mr. Steger has been
suffering from a very severe nervous
breakdown for the past six months
and his condition has become such
that, he finds it necessary to secure
treatment of a specialist.
OF TAX TITLES
ANDREW J. SEAMAN, FAMILIAR
FIGURE AT THIS PLACE,
DIES IN OMAHA.
WAS REPUTED TO BE WEALTHY
For Years Lived on Sum of Seven
Cents a Day and Eccentric Habits
Are Long Noted Here.
From Monday's Daily.
On Saturday at the St. Catherine
hospital in Omaha passed away one
of the strangest figures that has
been found in that city and one that
was well known over the eastern
portion of Nebraska as a wholesale
purchoser of delinquent tax title3
and in which he was reputed to
have become immensely wealthy al
though his real wealth was known
only to this aged recluse who. in
dying, left little trace of the money
he is supposed to have accumulated
in the tax title purchases.
For many years each season as the
taxes on property became delinquent
Mr. Seaman would come down from
Omaha and spend days pouring over
the tax records and selecting those
he thought would render a profitable
return on his investment and he sel
dom made a poor purchase. His ec
centric manner and peculiar dress
was sure to draw the attention of the
stranger to this strange man whose
life is apparently a partial mystery
even to. those wh) had nam. .In. I rc
quent contact with him.
Andrew Jackson Seaman wes one
of the least attracts e of men persrn-
al!y as his attire wa; aged and un
til) ar.d his personal appearance : ot
tore pleasing wh'b hi silent isd
si rijge disposition kept him from
n ..cling with 1 n fellow men. the
.'.cumulation of ! -.Ci being his
only object in life and the pursuit of
this greed for gold did little to
brighten the life of the unfortunate
old man who so strangely refused to
gather any of the sunshine from life
and passed into the great beyond
friendless and without having gath
ered any comfort from the use of the
wealth he has so long labored for.
For years he made his home in a
rude dwelling made of empty goods
boxes at a place adjoining the Union
Pacific yards in Omaha but of late
years he has maintained his home
in a room rented of a private family
but maintained the most exacting
thrift and often boasted of the fact
tht he lived on seven cents a day.
Just what the wealth of Mr. Sea
nsri will amount to is unknown as
the estimates range from $100,000
to $500,000 but the exact figures
will not be known until the matter
is fully' investigated by D. W. Mor
row, attorney, who on Friday filed
an application to be appointed
guardian of the aged man. Seaman
was found by Mr. Morrow to be suf
fering from a badly infected hand
on Friday and was brought to St.
Catherine's hospital for treatment
and where he died early Saturday
morning. For the past three weeks
Seaman had been attempting to pre
paret a well but was unable to decide
what he desired and accordingly
passed away without making any
disposition of his property. He leave3
a sister, Mrs. Harriett C. Wolf, re-
! siding at Los Angeles, and this is the
only known relative. The only show
of sentiment ever made by Mr. Sea
man was the request that he be
i buried at Wahoo where his name
sake and nephew is buried and in ac
cordance with his request his attor
ney will have the body taken there
ROAD OVERSEERS RESIGN
From Monday's Daily.
Two of the road overseers of Cass
county have filed with County Clerk
George R. Sayles their resignation
from the office and desire to have
the same accepted by the board ot
county commissioners. I. T. Royer
of Avoca, who has for the past seven
years been the overseer in district
No. 13, and former County Commis;
sioner C. R. Jordan, overseer in dis
trict No. 6, are thos resigning.
NOW BACK AT DUTY
From Monday's Dallv. .
This morning Miss Delia Frans
was back on dujy as bookkeeper, at
the C. E. Wescott's Sons' store after
an enforced vacation of some ten
days due to illness. .Miss Frans has
been suffering from a slight uttack
of appendicitis and it was thought
at first that it would be necessary
to operate but after an examination
by the specialists at Omaha and a
course of dieting it was decided that
this would not be necessary and the
patient allowed to return home
whre she has been recuperating for
the past few days and was feeling
so much better this morning that she
decided to resume her duties. The
fact that she has improved .co much
fill be very pleasing to her many
TION DAY IN
A. H. BODE OF IMMIGRATION DE
PARTMENT EXAMINER AT
TWO HAVE PAPERS REFUSED
Had Claimed Exemption from Mili
tary Service on Account of
Being Alien Enemies.
From Tuesday's Dally.
The district court and the office cf
District Clerk James Robertson were
very busy places yesterday when the
hearing" dnth"e 'TTl:ipaper3 '6f a
large number came up for hearing.
The hearing was conducted by A. II.
Bode of the immigration department
3f the government who submitted
the applicants to a series of ques
tions covering their knowledge of
the government and the laws of the
United States and the new citizens
gave clear and concise answers that
indicated that they had been giving
the matter of citizenship their best
study and were all earnest in their
desire to become citizens of the great
republic of the United States.
Final citizenship was granted to
John W. McLean, Joseph Sedlak,
Thomas Krachtville, Vincent Slat-
insky, of this city; August C. Bernei
of Avoca; Joel Johnson of Louisville,
and Frederick O. L. Wolhemer.
In the matter of the application
of Franz J. Svoboda, action was post
poned until June owing to the fact
that the witnesses were not present.
Max Dusterhoff had his application
continued also until June on account
of one of the witnesses failing to
appear as was also the application or
Axel Okerbaum. In th'e application
of Frank Dvorak, an error in the
deposition taken in the state of Iowa
was discovered and this will have
to be corrected and the applicant
await until June for the final hear
ing. In the application of Otto and Au
iust Peteriet, both of whom reside
near this city, the court denied the
application for citizenship on the
grounds that at the time of the se
lective draft during the war these
two men had filed their question
naires claiming exemption from
military service for the United States
on the ground that they were alien
enemies and could not bear arms
for this nation. As has been the
ruling of the federal government this
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the denial for all time of application
for citizenship in the United . State,-?
of America and in accordance with
this the application were rejected.
DEPARTS FOR WEST j
From Monday's Daily.
John F. Cook and wife and little
daughter, who have been enjojhg
a visit for the past two weeks in
this community with their relatives
and friends, departed this morning
on the early Burlington train for
their home at Beaver City, Neb. Mr.
Cook and family have been visiting
in .Oklahoma and Texas prior to
coming to the old home in Cass coun
ty and are' feeling that they have
had a pleasant outing -and are now
ready to enjoy the home scenes once
LARGE NUMBER GATHER AT H.
S. AUDITORIUM TO ENJOY A
TO MAKE EVENT PERMANENT
Sentiment for the Holding: of Com
munity Gatherings at Least Ev
ery Three Months Urrpd.
Fro.n Monday's Daily.
The community sing which was
held yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock
at the auditorium of the high school
proved to be one of the most delight
ful community gatherings that has
been held here in many months and
the large number present attested
the popul.ity of this form of enter
tainment. The committee in charge of the
community sing. Rev. II. G. McClus
l;y. Miss Kittie Cummins, Mrs. E. II.
Wescott. Rev. A. V. Hunter and Mrs.
A. D. Caldwell, had prepared a very
pleasing program which was heart
ily joined in by the residents of the
city who took advantage of the oc
casion to be present and the passage
of the afternoon hours was made
most delightful in the singing of the
old and well loved songs as well as
in hearing special numbers prepared.
Miss Ognes Knoflicek, one of the
most gifted violinists of the west and ,
who" Is" a'TTanshtcr-of riatfsmortth;
was present at the sing and gave two
very beautiful selections and her ar
tistic numbers on the violin demon
strated the great gift thot has won
this talented lady the highest praise
of the masters of music who have
had the pleasure of listening to her
playing. Miss Kittie Cummins was
the accompanist for the violin sclos
and her artistic playing added great
ly to the beauty of the numbers.
Mrs. Christine Coughlin was anoth
er of the pleasing features of the
afternoon program in two well se
lected and beautifully rendered pi
ano numbers which wrre received
with delight "by the audience. The
male quartet composed of Rev. II. G.
McClusky. Rev. A. V. Hunter. F. A.
Cloidt and D. C. York offered two
of their always pleasing selections
to the program which proved a great
delight to the audience. The sing
ing of the old songs was heartily
joined in by the audience and under
the direction of Rev. A. V. Hunter,
the songs were sang with a volume
and beauty that made a deep impres
sion upon the audience. "The Battle
Hymn of the Republic," "America,"
and "How Firm a Foundation" were
stirring to the soul and the tender
memories were stirred by the beau
ty of "Loves Old Sweet Song" and
"Old Black Joe." During the pro
gram the salute to the flag was given
by Master Randall York, who in t.
snappy military manner gave the
honors to Old Glory, the flag being
held by No.rris Cummins as standard
bearer and this feature of the enter
tainment was one that pleased ev
eryone present. The finale of the
afternoon was in the singing of "The
Star Spangled Banner."
Those who were present yesterday
at the high school as well as the
larger part of the citizens of the
community are hopeful that this will
: not be the last of these community
sings and that the committee, can
be prevailed upon to remain in the
service and arrange these enjoyable
gatherings at least once every three
months as it is the most uplifting
and ejoyable form of community en
tertainment that can 'be found and
the community center at the high
school an ideal place for holding it.
SUIT TO QUIET TITLE
Fronr. Tuesday's Dally.
An action has been commenced in
the district court in which Peter
Halmes is the plaintiff and John
Rouse, et al, are the defendants. The
action is to quiet title to certain
farm lands near Greenwood. Attor
ney C. A. Rawls appears as the attor
ney for the plaintiff in the action.
ENJOYING LIFE IN GERMANY
Leslie Hall, a former Plattsmouth
hoy, but who is now in the United
States army, writes very Interest
ingly from .Thur, Germany, where he
is at present stationed to his aunt,
Miss Anna Hall in this city. Leslie
is engaged in special work as an
j electrician and finds life very inter-
i csting in the old world and enjoys
very much the scenes in the Rhinish
i provinces cf the German republic.
The conditions there are not bad
writes the young soldier and in many
ways the conditions are more enjoya
ble than in the United States, al
though of course, the young man
1 misses the home folks a great deal.
FIRE SWEEPS OVER
AN OLD RESIDENCE
Horns of Chaplain Wright. Landmark
cf City, Visited by Fire Sat
From Monday's Daily.
Shortly before 6 o'clock Saturday
afternoon Harry Long, who was go
ing up North Eighth street to the
Charles Ulrich heme discovered
flames bursting from the roof of the
old Chaplain Wright home, which
has for several years been the prop
erty of the Plattsmouth Water Co..
and which was occupied by Superin
tendent L. II. Cushman and family.
Mr. Long, who is a stranger in the
city, and not familiar with the lo
calities turned in the alarm but it
was some little time before the ex
act location of the fire could be as
certained and by this time the blasf
had gained quite a headway.
The fire had evidently started ty
sparks falling en the shingle roof of
the building and which had been
fanned into flame bv the brisk wind
blowing and i.t soon spread the fire
into the interior of the house and a3
a result practically the entire roof
and upper story of the house was de
stroyed while the plastering of the
rooms of the lower floor was dam
aged by the water which it was nec
essary to extinguish the flames. The
neighbors and members of the fire
department who responded to the
alarm were able to remove the great
er part of the household goods of Mr.
Cushman from the burning building
and this circumstance is very fortu
nate as the owner had no insurance
on his household effects and that
which was destroyed will be an en
tire loss. The biiilding was covered
by insurance and the damage is esti
mated to range from $1,500 to
CARD OF THANKS
We wish to extend to those of
our friends, who duriag the illness
of our husband and father, J. B. Cot-
ner, and at the time of his death,
who so kindly ministered to his needs
and extended sympathy, for the flor
al tokens, of love both during the ill
ness and after the call, for the many
ministrations of friends at all times,
to tho.e who, at the burial, furnish
ed music, and all who ministered
and especially those of the Burling
ton shops, our most sincere thanks.
Mrs. J. B. Cotner and children.
With Perfect Safety!
Your Own Home Town!
A home represents an investment which or
dinarily increases steadily in value and pays its
owner steady dividends in the form of increased
contentment, satisfaction, independence and
The man who rents eventually pays for a
home without having anything to show for his
money but rent receipts.
Buy or build a home of your own. Pay your
rent money to yourself. Houses are badly need
ed in Plattsmouth. Plan yours now.
First National Bank
"The Bank Where
JOHN B. COT
NER IS LAID TO
FUNERAL HELD THIS MORNING
AT 11 :30 FROM LATE HOME
LOCATED HERE IN YEAR 1888
Had Deer, in Pocr Health for Past
Nine Years Passed Away
From Morula v'h Dallv.
This morning at 11:::0 from the
late heme occurred the funeral ser
vices of John 1J. Cotner, one of the
old and highly lespected resident"? of
this community who passed away
yesterday mornfnr after a long and
lingering illness and at the advanced
age of 73 years, one month and 20
days. The services were in charge
of Rev. A. V. Hunter, pastor of they
Methodist church and were very
largely attended by the sorrowing
relatives ar.d friends to pay their last
tribute to the splendid citizen and
friend who had been called to his
last Ions rest.
John B. Cotner was Lorn In Harri
son county, Indiana. January 9;
1847. and departed this life Febru
ary 29, 1920. He grew to manhood
in the place of his birth and when
the call came to battle for the pres
ervation of the union Mr. Cotner was
one of the first to respond and served
three years in the great civil conflict.
At the close of the war he returned
to-ilia home and was on February
18C8, unitedjiu marriage to Surah A.
Smith, and to this union there were
born 14 children, 12 of whom grew
to manhood and womanhood. De
ceased was among the old residents
of this community, coming to Cass
county and 1838 and has since madi
his home here. He was injured by
a runaway team nine years ago and
has been a great sufferer from the
complications following. He leaves
to mourn him, besides a host of
friends, a loving wife and 11 chil
dren, Rebecca J. Chriswlsser of Ben
nett, Colo.; Mary E. Lloyd. Murray.
Neb.; John H. Cotner. Plattsmouth;
Dr. James W.. Kansas City, Mo.; Lee
S., Plattsmouth; Walter G., Belden,
Neb.; Edward E.. Plattsmouth. Mrs.
Cora Maple of Helve, Neb., Clarence
C. and Albert A. Cotner. Plattsmouth
and Howard M. Cotner, Bladen, Neb.
All of the children have been at the
bedside of the stricken father. Three
sons have preceeded the father In
rest, Charles Robert, infant, Roy Ev
erett, aged 12, and Thomas Grant,
aged 36 years. There are also left
to mourn the death of this good man
20 grandchildren and twj great
grandchildren. FOR SALE
Some alfalfa hay, also two incu
bators. Call phone 480-J.
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