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IASXA, MONDAY, APRIL 5, 1920.
BY M. P. TRAIN
ROBERT GOOD PROBABLY FATAL
LY INJURED AND OMAR Z.
YARDLY SERIOUSLY INJURED
OCCURS NEAR NEBRASKA CITY
Men Were On Track Load of Hogs
Enroute to Nebraska City When
Hit by Train on Crossing
From Friday's Daily.
A very serious accident occurred
yesterday morning at 10 o'clock near
Nebraska City, when a truck load of
hogs in charge of Robert Good and
Omar K. Yardley of Murray, was
struck by the south bound Missouri
Pacific train and as a result Mr. Good
is in the hospital suffering from what
may prove fatal injuries while Mr.
Yardley is very seriously hurt.
The men had driven onto the cross
ing, which is a very dangerous one
and just as they were making the
crossing the scuth-bound train run
ning at a high rate of speed came
down upon them and before the truck
could be gotten off the crossing the
train crashed into the truck demol
ishing it and hurling the two men
quite a distance as well as killing
three of the hogs and badly injuring
the remaining. Mr. Good was thrown
against a telephone pole having his
leg broken in two places and the
bones badly shattered and some ten
or twelve cuts on the head. Omar K.
Yardley, the owner of the truckload
of -hogs; yras thrwir somr-dtrttt-tfrjTgvsrsiia ' cities or?5broska and
and the calf of his leg badly mashed
but no bones broken. He was as
tride a dead hog when he regained
The accident occurred at the Gra
ham mill crossing a few miles north
of Nebraska City and one of the most
dangerous crossings on the Missouri
Pacific-line. As soon as the accident
occurred the train was stopped and
Mr. Good placed on board and
brought on into Nebraska City, where
he was rushed to the hospital.
The injured man suffering terribly
from his injuries was made as' com
fortable as possible by Dr. Wilson at
the hospital. It is the opinion of the
attending physicians that it will be
several days before the full extent of
the Injuries can be determined.
CRYING FOR A FREE
BRIDGE OVER PLATTE
Cass County Commissioners Want
Help for Project, Says the Ne
braska City Daily Press.
From Friday' Dally.
That the federal aid highway sys
tem cannot be extended from Platts
mouth to Sarpy county and thence
Into Omaha until there is a free
bridge across the Platte river, north
of Plattsmouth. was the declaration
made In Nebraska City yesterday by
officials from Cass county who were J
interviewing Otoe county men yes
terday with a view to petitioning
the state engineer for some relief.
The government highway officials,
it is pointed out, will not sanction a
federal road project from Platts
mouth to the Platte river unless a
free bridge is provided. The present
structure is owned privately and Is
said to be a mint for its owners.
Traffic is heavy and the tolls are not
light but there is nothing to do ex
cept pay the bill, for the bridge is
the only connecting link except one
at Louisville, some twenty-five miles
to the west.
For some time there has been a
genuine demand for better roads in
Cass. Sarpy and Douglas counties.
The men who were here yesterday
say this wish is impossible of ful
fillment until a federal highway pro
ject is laid out.. Without a free
bridge across the Platte the govern
ment is adamant, they say.
Petitions are being drawn and the
state department of highways will
be urged to take such action as is
needed to give the travelers for a
large territory south of the Platte the
relief desired. t ' - :'.'
The men here yesterday were
Messrs. C. F. Harris, Julius Pit! and
C. F. Valley commissioners from Cass
county; and Arthur Troop. They met
with a warm reception at the court
house here and were told that the
petitions from this county would not
be hard to obtain. At the same time
they called upon the B. M. A. and it
is quite likely some action will be
taken at the next director's meeting,
a resolution endorsing the proposition
or something of that sort. Nebraska
ARRIVAL OF NEW SON
From Friday' Daily.
A fine little son and heir arrived
Wednesday evening at the home of
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Cole in this city.
The mother and little son are doing
nicely and the happy father busy re
ceiving the congratulations of the
many friends. Mrs. Cole was for
merly Miss Lloyd of Murray.
ESTATE OF AGED
. MAN WILL BE LARGE
Valuable Property Held by A. J. Sea
man, Omaha Eccentric Will Reach
a Large Sum It is Thought
Trom Fridays Daily.
The estate of the late Albert Sea
man. Omaha eccentric, who died six
weeks ago, will probably reach into
the hundred thousands of dollars in
stead of the mere $50,000 to $100,000
that was found in cash and securi
ties in his safety deposit box, and lo
cal building and loan associations.
Tl H. Weirich, superintendent of
the Welfare board, and one of the
administrators of the estate, said yes
terday that a far-reaching investiga
tion is being made and new property
is being found continually.
"Mr. Seaman had bought tax ti-
ties not only in Omaha but in many
Kansas, and In .Denver, Colo.," he
"We are investigating each case
and finding gut how much is due his
estate. Many of these tax titles have
been redeemed by their original own
ers and the money is awaiting the
order of the estate.
"We have found, . also, that Mr.
Seaman owned a number of farms.
This we learn through people writ
ing in to know about renting them.
Some asked to purchase and want a
price placed upon farms."
It is believed that Mr. Seaman
bought these farms some years ago
and that, owing to the great increase
in land values, they will add to the
estate much larger sums than the
already large sums found in cash and
MRS. GRACE LEACH.
From Friday's Dally.
The shocking news of the death
of Mrs. Grace Leach of Union was
received here Tuesday. Mrs. Leach
was taken to Omaha for an opera
tion for septic poisoning, but it was
deemed unwise to operate on account
of her weakened condition.
The body was brought to Avoca
to the home of her mother Mrs. Hes
ter Conrad , Wednesday afternoon.
Funeral services were held at the
Christian church at Avoca Thursday
afternoon at two o'clock, and inter
ment made at the Nehawka ceme
Mrs. Leach leaves a husband, Har
ry Leach, an infant son two years
old, a mother Mrs. Hester Conrad of
Avoca, five brothers, Clarence Con
rad of Grant, Charles of Omaha,
Lawson of Omaha, Lucian of Chap
pel and John of Avoca
Grace as she was knOHm to every
one in Avoca was born and reared in
the village, and endeared herself to
all who knew her by her cheerful
and hapy disposition. Grace Con
rad was born April 26th, 1897, at
Avoca, Neb., died March 30th at St.
Joseph hospital, Omaha, Neb., aged
23 years, 11 months and 2 days.
Weeping Water Republican.
ASKS FOR PROBATE OF ESTATE
From Friday's Daily.
A petition has-been filed In the
county court by. Mrs. Mary Carney,
through her attorney C. A. Rawls,
asking for the determination of heir
ship In the estate of Andrew Barry,
who died in this, county. June 15,
1914, and also for the probate of the
estate of Mrs. Elizabeth Barry, de
ceased. The petition asks for the ap
pointmeat of A.--G. Bach -as admin
istrator of the estate of MrsBarry;
DEATH OF MRS.
LYDIA TODD AT
FOR MANY YEARS A RESIDENT
OF THIS CITY AND WIDOW OF
THE LATE A. B. TODD.
HER DEMISE CAME SUDDENLY
Had Made Home at Denver for Num
ber of Years and Was Caring for
Her Sister at Time of Death
from Friday's Dally.
This morning a message was re
ceived In this city by Mrs. D. O. Dwy
er announcing the death at Denver,
Colorado, of Mrs. Lydia Todd, widow
of A. B. Todd, step-father of Mrs.
Dwyer. The message gave but few
facts aside from that death had come
to her suddenly Thursday morning.
Mrs. Todd was, during the past
summer and -fall, visiting here with
the relatives and old friends, but has
this winter been staying at her own
home at Denver and assisting in the
care of her sister, Mrs. Frank Car
ruth. The Todd family were for many
years among the most prominent res
idents in the city, Mr. Todd being
very active in the politics of the late
eighties and early nineties and was
for a number of years county commis
sioner. Later the family removed to
Denver, where Mr. Todd died a num
ber of years ago and where for the
greater part of the time the widow
has made her home since that time.
Mrs. Todd was in the neighborhood
of erenty years of age a&d her death
came as a great surprise to the old
friends in this city as she had appar
ently been in the best of health when
visiting here last fall.
The deceased lady is survived by
two sisters. Mrs. Carruth of Denver
and Mrs. Dickson of Lincoln, as well
as a number of neices and nephews
at Denver. The body of Mrs. Todd
will be brought to this city for burial
but no date of the funeral services
has been announced.
Regains Consciousness Last Evening
and Fracture of Skull Has Been
Found by Examination
afrom Friday's Dally.
Robert Patterson who was so se
verely injured on Wednesday at the
W. D. Wheeler farm south of the
city and who was taken to the Wise
Memorial hospital in Omaha that
same evening, is reported as show
ing some improvement. Mr. Pat
terson regained consciousness ,'last
evening and was reported to be suf
fering from a fracture of the skull,
but how. severe had not been fully
determined. ' When taken to the hos
pital it was feared that he had suf
fered a fracture of , the backbone,
but this was not developed in the ex
amination. Up to this morning it
had been found impossible to allow
anyone in to see the injured man
aside from the attending surgeons
and nurses. Members of the family
are remaining there to be with the
patent when he recovers sufficiently
to receive them.
RESTRAINING ORDER GRANTED
From Friday'B Dally
A restraining order was granted
yesterday in the district court by
Judge Begley in the case of William
D. Messersmith and Elizabeth A.
Messersmith vs. Jess Bashus, and in
which the plaintiff requested the or
der to restrain the defendant from
trespassing on a tract of land on the
Missouri river bottom to which they
claim title. The case will be heard
on Saturday at 9 o'clock. Attorney
W. A. Robertson appears as attorney
for the plaintiffs.
Five pedigreed poland china gilts,
farrowed ' 5topt.r 20tb, weigh 170
pounds, $40 each. Telephone 3513.
A. O. Rams.
IN SERIOUS CONDITION
From Friday's Daily.
The reports from the home of Mrs.
Fred Heinrich, sr.. this morning state
that her condition' has become very
serious and has greatly alarmed the
members of the family. Mrs. Hein
rich has been a sufferer from heart
trouble for some yifars and the pres
ent illness covering the past two
weeks has been complicated with this
affliction so thatvyiy little hopes of
her recovery are .Entertained. The
daughter, Mrs. L.'J1. Hiatt of Mur
ray has been bereft the bedside of
the mother during her illness and a
son of Mrs. Heinrich, Henry Zuck
weiler of Miller, South Dakota, ac
companied by his wife arrived yes
terday to be with the mother.
Mr. Heinrich was taken sick about
the "same time as his wife is improv
ing somewhat, but still bears the ef
fect of the paralytic stroke which he
CASS COUNTY PIO
NEER DIES IN EAST
John F. Polk, Formerly a Resident of
Near Louisville, parses Away at
His Home at Knightstown, Ind. .
''rora Friday's DailJ.
Hon. John F. PoJa, one of the pion
eer residents of theTicinity of Louis
ville and who has for the past few
years made his home at Knightstown
Indiana, passed away yesterday morn
ing at that place at the close of a
long and useful life. Mr. Polk came
to Cass county in 1871 and settled
on a farm near Louisville, where he
made his home up to the time of his
departure for the old home in the
east. During his residence in this
county he followed his profession as
a teacher as well as civil engineer
and was quite active in political circles-
of the county, tfir.g at one time
a member of the legislature from
Cass county and during his residence
here was a staunch republican. He
leaves to mourn his death, three sons.
Dr. L. F. Polk and John Polk of Lin
coln and Milton D. Polk of Nampa,
Idaho, and a daughter. Mrs. Estelle
Heath of Los Angeles. California. An
other son, C. S. Polk, former county
attorney of Cass county, died a num
ber of years ago at 'Lincoln. The
two sons from Lincoln departed yes
terday for Indiana to attend the fun
OPERATION PROVES SUCCESSFUL
From Friday's Daily.
Yesfcerday morning Mrs. Joseph
Kvapil?jformerly Miss Mary Novatney
of this city was operated on at the
St. Joseph hospital in Omaha and
the last report received from the hos
pital stated that the patient was do
ing as well as possible under the con
ditions. The operation has been a
very severe one and the patient has
stood it in splendid shape after her
long illness. Mrs. Emil Stenik was
a visitor this afternoon at the hos
pital with her sister.
ARGUE MOTION IN
PAUL LEMPKE CASE
Representative of Mrs. F. R. Guth
- mknn in Habeas Corpus Case At
tacks Jurisdiction of Court
From Thursday's Dally.
Yesterday at Lincoln the matter of
the habeas corpus proceedings where
by the father of Paul Lempke, seeks
to secure the custody of his son
from Mrs. F. R. Guthmann of this
city, who has had the rearing of the
boy since babyhood, was heard before
the district court of Lancaster coun
ty. Attorney Matthew Gering of
this city representing Mrs. Guth
mann, raised the question of the
jurisdiction of the Lancaster county
court in the matter, contending that
as the child had nt been brought to
Cass county by force or against the
protest of the parents the jurisdic
tion of the case lay with the district
court of Cass county. This matter
was argued by Mr. Gering and sub
mitted to the court and has been
taken under advisement.
In the event that this motion is
over ruled by the court the matter
will be heard on Monday at Lincoln,
but should the motion be sustained
the case will be heard in the court
here should other steps be taken by
the father to secure his son.
: OCCURS ATS. S.
i CHASE HOME
GARAGE TOGETHER WITH OVER
LAND CAR, AND OTHER AR
ORIGIN GF BLAZE IS UNKNOWN
Owner Carried No Insurance and Suf
fers Total Loss Second Fire
Caused by Electric Wires
From Thursday" Daily.
Last evening shortly after 6 o'clock
the fire alarm arojised the citizens
of the community to the fact that
the dread visitation of fire had come
onto the city and it was soon found
that the blaze was located at the
property of S. S. Chase on Pearl
street, between Ninth and Tenth
street. The fire originated in the
frame garage located on the alley in
the rear of the premises and when
discovered by Superintendent C. E.
Pratt, who resides just north of the
Chase property the flames had gain
ed great headway and the whole in
terior of the garage was ablaze. The j
neighbors securing the garden nose
from the residence of E". H. Wescott
attempted to cope with the blaze, but
without success and it was not until
the arrival of the fire department
shortly after the alarm was turned in
that the flames we're checked but by
that time the building was practi
cally destroyed and the contents re
duced to smouldering ruins. The
blaze from the burning building
caused the cable lines of the Lincoln
Telephone &. Telegraph Co., which'
run through the alley to melt and
fall and a number of poles which
had been loosened by the high wind
last Sunday fell, putting the tele
phone lines in that portion of the
city out of commission. The fire al
so spread to the poles of the electric
light company and interfered with
the service, one of the transformers
being burned quite badly.
The residence of -Mrs. William
Cowles was also in great danger as
the roof of the house caught on fire
twice from the flying fragments of
burning wood and was put out only
by the prompt action of the fire de
partment. . The residence of 'Mr.
Chase was also threatened with the
fire as the paint on the exterior of
the house was badly scorched by the
heat from the burning garage.
"The origin of the fire is unknown
but started in the interior of the
garage as the whole structure was
. , i - i f
on fire insiae wnen aiscovereu. iu
Chase, the owner of the building will
suffer a total loss as there was no in
surance carried on either the build
ing or the contents. The loss will
include the garage which is valued
at from $1,200 to $1,500 and an Ov
erland touring car which Mr. Chase
had just had painted and rpaired
and which has been used only a few
times this spring. The loss on the
car will be in the neighborhood of
$1,000 while the other articles of
household goods stored in the build
ing will make the loss reach at least
A second fire, occurred in the same
neighborhood about 10 o'clock last
night but which was extinguished by
the prompt action of the neighbors.
The electric line running through
the alley had become entangled in a
tree on the property of Superintend
ent C. E. Pratt and a shortage oc
curing in the line, the tree was
caught on fire and started to blaze
quite freely and the falling pieces of
burning bark and twigs caught a
pile of leaves on fire and for a- time
seemed ready to start another fire
but the prompt use of the small gar
den hose soon had this fire checked.
SECURES MARRIAGE LICENSE
From Thursday's Dalr.
Yesterday afternoon a marriage li
cense was issued In the county court
to Mr. Webb Russell and Miss Gladys
Mae Prichard, both of "Weeping Wa
ter. License to marry has also been
granted to Benjamin F. Ruby, aged
75 and Mrs. Jane. Ingwersen aged
77, both of near Weeping Water.
The popular line of Dennison stick
ers and cards at the Journal office.
DIES SERVING COMPANY
From Monday's Daily.
Con SohL who was fatally injured
Friday morning in the railroad ac
cident and whose death occurred Fri
day night at Lincoln was one of the
old and trusted employes of the Bur
lington having spent the last thirty
years of h"is life working for this
company. The death of Mr. Sohl
was due to his desire to protect the"
property of the company as he and
Charles Bullock were endeavoring to
get the railroad motor car off the
track in the advance of the oncoming
Rock Island freight train when they
were injured and Bullock killed out
right. The other members of the
party had gotten off of the car and
left it to its, fate and consequently
were not killed. The funeral of Mr.
&oh was held this afternoon at his
home in Ashland.
SARAH RAMSEY KOCH
DIES AT HAVELOGK
From Wednesday' Pally.
The fad news was received here
this morning by Judge and Mrs. B. S.
Ramsey, announcing the death of
their foster daughter, Mrs. Sarah
Ramsey Koch which occurred this
morning at 2 o'clock after a short
illness due to uremic poisoning. The
deceased lady made her home here
during her childhood and early wo
manhood with Judge and Mrs. Ram
sey having been brought up in their
care from the time she was five
years old and was held in the great
est love and affection by the foster
parents who feel greatly the loss that
has come to them. Sixteen years ago
the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. J. G.
Koch occurred in this city where they
continued to make their home for a
time, but the greater part of their
married life has been spent at Have
lortr.;. The :deeeaed Is thirty-thir4.itMk-4w;; bad -coin milled .hljaicy
years of age and leaves to mourn her
death the husband and three young
rons. The funeral services will be
held Sunday at the" late home in
From Friday's Dally.
The .annual meeting of the congre
gation of the First Presbyterian
church was held last evening at the
church and well attended by the
members of the church. The reports
of the officers and the different socie
ties of the church showed that in the
year just closed the record of the
church has been the best in its his
tory both in the handling of the
church's financial affairs and in the
carrying out of the religious mission
of the church in the community. The
congregation held the election of the
officers of the church at this meeting
and for elders. C. A: Rawls and D. B.
Ebersole were selected for a term of
three years. For trustees for the
term of three years, Charles C. Par
mele and W. F. Warga were selected.
For superintendent of the Sunday
school, Mr. C. A. Rawls was chosen
with W. T. Adams as assistant super
intendent, Miss Estelle Baird, secretary-treasurer.
Miss Ada Mann, 11
barian. Miss Clara Trilety, organist
and Rev. H. G. McClusky as chor
Seed for 1920
In the face of present costs of land, labor
and other essentials, no farmer can afford to take f 1
chances with poor seed this year.
Tested seed, even
buy than cheaper seed ot questionable vitality. n
This year, especially, poor seed will be the
most expensive kind there is.
First National Bank
"The Bank Where You Feel at Home. "
WIVES LEAD TO
HARRY DALE SNETHEN ARREST
ED AT OMAHA BY SHERIFF
QUINT0N GETS PRISON TERM
MARRIED IN CASS CO. IN FEBR.
Discovery Made That Man Has Wife
and Three Children Rwiding in
From Wednesdays Dally
This morning in the district court
Harry Dale Snethen received his sen
tence for having loved too numer
ously and not wisely and for having
taken unto himself more wifes than
the law allows to one man.
The complaint was filed by County
Attorney Cole and rrcited that the
defendant had on September 28,
1908, at Hot Springs, South Dakota,
been united in the bonds of wedlock
to Nellie May Deuel and the mar
riage ties have not been dissolved by
the courts leaving this lady a the
legal wife of the defendant. The
wife and a family of three children
now reside at Council Bluffs. On
February 21, 1920, Mr. Snethen was
married in this county to Miss Esther
M. Nord,' who was unaware of the
previous wedding of the defendant.
Since his wedGIng to Miss Nord
the plaintiff has been employed in
Omaha and it was here that he was
found by the sheriff and brought to
The defendant acknowledged the
in taking his second wife and seemed
fully aware that he had by this act
made himself liable to an enforced
residence at Lancaster as a guest of
the state. The Judgment of the court
was that Mr. Snethen would have to
serve a sentence of from one lo sev
en years at the state prison, and he
was then remanded to the custody of
Sheriff Quinton to await the execu
tion of the sentence.
Mr. Snethen is a man in the neigh
borhood of thirty-eight years old and
was not apparently greatly depress
ed in court over the prospect of the
sentence awaiting him in the peni
tentiary. TAKEN TO PENITENTIARY
From Thursday's Dally.
This morning Sheriff C. D. Quin
ton departed for Lincoln, taking with
him Harry Dale Snethen, bigamist,
who was convicted and sentenced
yesterday morning in the district
court to from one to seven years in
the Nebraska penitentiary at Lan
caster. Snethen will at once start
In on serving his sentence and have
plenty of time to meditate over his
folly In acquiring too many wives.
For Sale Three bushels of .red
clover seed, re-cleaned. $30 per
bushel. O. A. Ramge, telephone
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