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VOL. XXX VJX
PULTTSMOdTH, HEBRASEA, MONDAY, JULY 19. 1920.
ING OF LIFE
FOUND LAST EVENING SHORTLY
AFTER 5 O'CLOCK BY HIRED
' MAN AND LIFE EXTINCT
BODY FOUND HANGING IN JJARN
William Heil, One of Old and Well
Known Residents of Eight Mile
Grove Ends His Life.
From Friday's Dally.
The community was greatly shock
ed late yesterday afternoon by the
news of the finding of the lifeless
body of William Heil, one of the old
est residents of Eight Mile Grove
precinct, at the barn at his home,
where he was found suspended from
the hay elevator, having endei his
life by hanging.
For the past few years Mr. Heil
has been in very poor health and at
his advanced age this gave little
hopes of recovery and his condition
has gradually grown worse until it
had evidtntly become too severe to
bear and the sufferer ended the suf
fering by death.
The death of Mr. Heil occurred
some time between 4:30 and 5:30
as he was engaged in talking shortly
after 4 o'clock with the carpenters
who were building a new barn on
the farm and had evidently gone di
rect from there to the barn that was
used for the storage of corn and fas
tening a rope to the center of the
beams of elevator used by loading hay
had swung intoefef nTfy"is there Was
no sign of life when found. Henry
Stull, employed on the farm made
the discovery shortly after 5:30 and
the family at once summoned medi
cal aid Trom this city but the life
had departed before the finding or
To the family the discover came
as a heartbreaking shock and their
friends throughout the county will
extend to them the deepest sympa
thy in the severe blow that has be
fallen them. Mr. Heil while very
despondent over the condition of his
health and the apparent hopelessness
of recovery had at no time given any
intimation of his intention to end
his life and it was a terrible blow to
the family when the discovery was
Mr. Heil was seventy years of age
and a native cf Germany from which
country hi tfather, Adam Heil, mi
grated when William was but a child
and for a number of years the family
resided in Tazewell county. Illinois,
coming to" Cass county Nebraska in
1870. and has since made his home
here. William Heil has been one of
the sturday farmers of the county
that have assisted in its development
and has earned the respect and es
teem of all those who have had .'
pleasure of knowing him. He was
married in Cas3 county to Miss Katie
Meisinger. daughter . of the late
Baltz Meisinger and who with the
five children remain to sliare the
bitter grief that the death of this
good man has brought. The child
ren are: Louis H. Heil of Omaha;
William Heil. Jr., of Mynard; An
nie. Helen and Guy Heil. all resid
ing at home. The deceased also
leaves three brothers. Wendell Heil
of Cedar Creek; W. H. Heil of Louis
ville and G. P. Heil and one sister.
Miss Elizabeth Heil of Louisville.
GIVES BRIDAL SHOWER
From Fray's Dally.
Mrs. G. P. Brown entertained a
large number of young ladies at her
home on Monday night in honor of
Miss Frances Seybert of Platts-
mouth. who was her guest for over
Miss Seybert will leave Platts
mouth the latter part of this week
for Daytno, Ohio, where she will be
married to C. A. Marshall. Jr.. son
of Dr. C. A. Marshall, of Platts
mouth. The young man is in the
employ of a cash register company
in Dayton and they will reside there.'
The prospective bride is the young-
est daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wil
liam Seybert. one of the pioneer fam
ilies of Cass county. She is a charm
ing girl of education and accom-
plishments and haswoften visited in
this vicinity. -
The evening's affair given by Mrs.
Brown was a shower for: the, bride-to-be.
A mock wedding was ar
ranged, the part of the groom being
taken by one of the 'young lady
guests and a great deal of fun and
laughter ensued. One unexpected
feature of the evening was the char
ivari in which a crowd ot" the boys
around town figured prominently. A
rumor had escaped that there was a
wedding on at the Brown home and
no wedding is complete in a small
town without a charivari so the gang
gathered and proceeded to serenade
the wedding party in proper style
and they refused to leace the premis
es without a glimpse of the bride and
Refreshments were served and at
a late hour the party broke up with
many wishes for a happy wedded life
for the young couple. Lou I wills
TOR BADLY INJURED
Fred Weir Victim of Ashland Acci-
dent in Hospital at Lincoln
No Hope of Recovery.
From Friday's Dally.
Fred Weir, well known over this
portion of the Burlington lines as
"Red" and who was so severely in
jured at Ashland yesterday morning,
is reported to be in a very dangerous
condition at the St. Elizabeth hos
pital in Lincoln and the hope of his
recovery held out by the attending
surgeons is very light.
At the time of the accident. Mr.
Weir, who is a conductor on the
Omaha division of the Burlington,
was engaged in making up his train
and an emergency application of the
air to the portion of the train on
which he Was riding 'caused him '"to
lose his hold and fall on the track
and the car passed completely over
him. cutting off both legs. Mr. Weir
also suffered the breaking of an
arm in the fall.
As soon as the accident occurred
an engine and coach were secured
and the injured man sent to Lin
coln. The comrades of Mr. Weir
broke all records in getting to Lin
coln, as the train reached seventy
five miles an hour in rushing the
man to the hospital.
Dr. F. B. Hollenbeck. who has
charge of the case, stated at the hos
pital that the injured man had but
little chance of recovery. The left
limb is cut off above the knee and
the right just below the knee.
A dispatch received here at noon
announced the death of Mr. Weir.
HAIL NOT SO BAD
From Friday's Dally.
.County Surveyor Fred Patterson
was in Weeping Water yesterday for
a .few hours and while traveling
from this city took occasion to ob
serve the effects of the recent hail
storm. Mr. Patterson found that
the storm had been rather severe in
spots and that some of the corn was
split by the effect of the hail stones
but that the damage did not appear
extensive as the hail had apparently
traveled in a very narrow strip thru
the Weeping Water neighborhood
and east toward Murray. The hail
is reported to have done some dam
age at the farms of Glen Perry and
Alvin Ramge, between this city and
Murray, hut just the extent of the
loss has not been estimated.
MAKES THE DONATION
Frora Friday's Daily. J:'''
In an article concerning tfie rec
tion'of the American Legion dance
platform which appeared In this pa
per yesterday it was stated that the
timbers used in the construction of
the platform had been secured thru
the courtesy of the mechanical de
partment of the shops and Mr. Baird
when the facts are that the timbers
' came from the store department and
were secured by the Legion members
through Mr. II. R. Duncan, the store
keeper and Mr. 11. II. Rush, the chief
I clerk. It is an act that has been
much appreciated by the members of
the Legion and they feel very grate-
I ful to Mr, Duncan and his depart
ment for their kindness in this mat
If it's in the stationery line, call
at the Journal office.
OF LANDING OF
R. F. PATTERSON OF PLATTS
M0UTH A MEMBER OF
PLANS FOR THE BIG EVENT
Executive Committee of State Ap
pointed by Gov. McKelvie to Get
a Thorough Organization
From Friday's Dally.
The ter-centenary celebration of
the landing of the Pilgrims on the
soil of the North American contin
ent is to be made at matter of the
greatest interest throughout the na
tion and the important event that
has had such a marked effect on the
life of the nation is to be observed in
a manner that will leave its im
pression on the minds of the new
generation. To this end the execu
tive committee of the state appoint
ed by Governor McKelvie and of
which R. F. Patterson of this city is
a member, has prepared the follow
ing explanation of the purpose and
scope of the celebration. In the
great parade planned In Omaha it
is hoped to have this city represent
ed by a float:
Purpose and Scope of the Celebration
First: The celebration is not on
ly to be statewide, but also will be
participated in by the nation and by
English speaking peoples in England,
Canada and Australia.
The general . purpose is to Inspire
and renew Interest in the stud y of
our nation's ancestral ' beginnings
and to swell the deep and full biood
of genuine Americanism.
The landing of the Pilgrims was
a primal epoch in our country's cre
ation and development.
It was the founding of a colony
which has wrought wonderful chang
es in the history of the world.
The Mayflower was freighted with
the future glories and grandeur of a
The miracle of the Revolution can
be traced back to the Pilgrim Fath
ers. The compact which they signed
on the Mayflower is the first writ ten
outline of a constitution" known td
It is one of the most momentous
documents of all history, the foun
dation of the American system of
urewster and Carver. Miles Stan-
dish and Bradford, and other heroic
associates came to America to be free
from the autocratic rulers of Eu
rope and the principles taught by
their descendants, through three
hundred years permeate a nation of
one hundred ten millions of people.
The American Legion, the modern
Pilgrims, re-crossed the Atlantice to
dethrone the Kaiser and to give to
the countries fo the European con
tinent that freedom of govrnment,
which our ancestors had established
Nebraska must do her manly aud
proud part in this worldwide celebia
tion with a vim and a spirit whirh
will do credit to the state.
The Christian Churches
Second: Your committee recom
mends to the clergymen throughout
the state that they set apart, at least
one Sunday, to deliver an address in
commendation of the belief arcl
teachings at the Pilgrims in favor of
that freedom of conscience which
was a moving spirit in pointing the
way to a landing place on a ne
continent where there should be. op
portunitles for freedom of thought
ant equality in government; a prin
ciple which can be traced along
through years until it found a place
in the American Constitution, which
forbids congress to pass any law re
specting the 'establishment of re
Third: The Pilgrim Fathers were
the first to establish the system of
free public schools and to l3y the
foundation lor the greatest univer
sity of the country.
It is, therefore, the recoinmend.i
tion of the executive committee, that
the state superintendent of public
instruction, co-operating with coun
ty superintendents, shall outline i
p'an. along educational line--, for a
su'tuble maner of celebration lit nil
of me common schools of the state of
Nebraska, at such times as may seem
most desirable and appropriate.
The Pilgrims were wise enough to
know that education and literature
became free institutions and an orna
ment to civil liberty. -Cities,
Towns and Public Schoola
Fourth: The executive commit
tee recommends that in each of the
municipalities and school districts of
the state there shall be an appropri
ate form of celebration in which all
of the people may participate.
It may be in the form of public
meetings at which addresses may be
It may assume the form of pag-
eants to be conducted with an inter- ,
est and enthusiasm that will link our
ancestral beginnings to the glorious
present with a golden thread of mem
ory.' Public school, within the munici
palities should be invited to take an
active part, associating the educa
tional spirit v. ith the sentiment of
patriotism and love of country.
The Plan of Celebration for Omaha
FiftH 1 fa the rPffimmnHatinn
of the committee that the manner of'
celebration of the city of Omaha '
shall consist of a grand street par
ade of floats, each of which shall
represent, in appropriate form, gome
Important incident in the lives, ex
periences and teachings of the Pil
grim Fathers, from the time of the
embarkation at Delft Haven to the
signing of the compact upon tiie May
flower, and thence through the ex
periences of the gallant and heroic
band of Pilgrims until they laid the
foundation of a republican form of
government, and ending fs a final
ity with a float representing the
world, with the republic of the Unit
ed States as its dominating influ
ence; and floating over it the Amer
ican flag, and with a banner pro
claiming, in substance, "Observe
what the spirit of the Pilgrim Fath
ers has accomplished', not only in
America, but in the world, in a per
iod of three hundred years."
All the patriotic and civic societies
and organizations of the city of Oma
ha, as well as the respective munici
palities of the state, are requested to
severally contribute fop the construc
tion of one of these floats represent
ing some historic incident, and which
floats shall be manned by men and
women of the several societies, or
ganizations, or municipalities, dress
ed in the garb of the original Pil
grims, and that each float as it pass
es along and through the streets shall
have an appropriate emblem giving
distinct recognition and credit to the
society, organiaztion. or municipal
ity which contributed to its construc
tion. In this street demonstration, not
only may the lives, habits and cus
toms of the Pilgrims be delineated
in picturesque form, but the same
may be accompanied by marching
Indians dressed in the garbs of the
Wampanoags, Nairaginsetts, Mohi
cans- and PetTxrotsrnHH.- may-typify
the experiences of the Pilgrim Fath
ers from the first appearance of Sam-
oset to the end of King Philip's war.
The Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben,
prompted by a patriotic impulse and
that generosity of spirit and liberal
ity of purpose which at all times
has prevailed among them, have con
sented that their artificers shall su
perintend the construction and de
signing of these floats, and will fur
nish the necessary bands of music
for the occasion, and will take
charge of the parade and the historic
Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben shall ride at
the head of this great demonstra
tion, inspiring interest and enthus
iasm to this sratewide celebration.
Celebration in the City of Lincoln
Sixth: At a later date, and after
Nebraska's great university snail
have opened its autumn session, a
historic pageant shall be presented
iu the city of Lincoln.
It was the sentiment of the general
committee, and particularly voiced
by the mayor of the city of Lincoln.
and by the Chancellor of the univer
sity, that the pageant form of cele
bration and demonstration would be
the most appropriate ceremonial to
be conducted in that city. .
Thousands of students, enrolled
from all parts of the state, would
thus have an opportunity to get in
spiration, not only from an educa
tional, but from a historic stand
point, that afterward would be dis
seminated throughout the common
No other city in the state can fur
nish such ample opportunities to this
form of celebration as that proposed
for the city of Lincoln, and perhaps
in no better manner could the lives.
habits, hardships and experiences ot
the Pilgrim Fathers be presented to
the admiring public in magnificent
and picturesque form than by the
proposed pageant and demonstration.
Celebration an Epoch in Our History
Seventh; This celebration com
memorates an event in history never
to be forgotten and which will grow
In grandeur'as the world appreciates
the elements of its true greatness.
The landing of the Pilgrims sym
bollzes one of the world's greatest
adventures and which should be
gratefully remembered as long as our
great republic shall Jive and man
kind shall love freedom and liberty":
CROWDS ARE INCREASING
From Friday's Dally.
The attendance at the splendid
bargains feast offered in the stores
of the city during the Bargains Cir
cus was exceptionally large last
evening and the stores were filled
until the closing hour and the streets
thronged with residents of both the
city and surrounding country, all
finding much pleasure in visiting and
having an opportunity of enjoying
the aeroplane, flights and the big
trade opportunities offered in the
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1 nrTHDIlO rDfllf
i fit I UKNO h K U IVl
. J. Weyrich, Who Has Been at
Convention of Edison Dealers at
Chicago, Returns Home
From Thursday's Dally.
Emil J. Weyrich, who has been
in attendance at the convention - of
the Edison dealers in Chicago for the
past few days, returned last evening
and reports a most interesting, and
pleasant time on the trip east. Mr.
Weyrich stepped off at Burlington.
Iowa, enroute east, and enjoyed the
last day of races of the Mississippi
Valley Power Boat association and
saw the motor boat "Miss Toronto"
travel over the course at the rate of
sixty-eight miles an hour and sjt
one of the speed boat records.
While in Burlington he was the
guest of H. G. Streight and wife.
The Edison convention at Chicago
was very largely attended and was
most interesting to the hundreds of
dealers who were present to enjoy
the event. Members of the factory
force of the Edison company were
present at the meeting and expalined
fully the' great factor that the Edi
son has become in the world of mus
ic as well as the future plans nf
the company for enlarging their
field and possibilities of the future.
A great concert in which many of
the Edison artists, including Thomas
Chalmers, the grent baritone, was
given for the visitors and was a
great treat to meet so intimately
the artists whose voices have been so ,
strikingly reproduced on the New
Edison. The concert was given In
tiie Blackstone hotel, Sehultz Bros.,
of Omaha, the western distributors
entertained the Nebraska, Iowa and
Kansas dealers at a fine banquet at
he Stratford hotel while the Edison
company entertained the gathering
of -ult the -dealers at ThV -""Medina
temple. Mr. Weyrich had the plea
sure while in Chicago of meeting D.
H. Cook, who is now completing his
course at the Northwestern Law
school and who assisted in his en
tertainment while in the city.
SERIOUS RAILROAD ACCIDENT
From Thursday's Dalj.
This morning at Ashland, "Red"
Wear, one of Hie best known con
ductors on the Burlington sunered
the complete amputatio off both
legs and was removed to the Lincoln
hospital in a serious condition and
whether he lives or not is a serious
question. From accounts receivea
in this city of the accident it seems
Mr. Wear was on his train which
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was switcning in me yaras anu
stooped down to fix the air on one
of the cars and as he did so the
slack in the train was suddenly tak
en up and the conductor fell beneath
the wheels of the cars, both legs be
Mr. Wear was well known in
Plattsmouth, having been a brake-
man on ;no. z anu lor a num
ber of years and was well known all
over the Omaha and Lincoln division
and very popular among his asso
WILL GO INTO TRAINING
From Friday's Dally.
Andy Schmader, the Louisville
heavyweight boxer, was a caller at
the Courier office Monday. II 3 says
he has been laying off on the boxing
business for the past few months
and has had no training. In fact
when he met Lanison, the Walthill
Indian champion, he had been plow
ing corn every day and as a consc
quence was in no condition fur an
eight Toud bout as he was short of
wind, yet he stuck out ., the eight
rounds. He will go into training at
once and has challenged Lamson for
a return match to be pulled off in
this city on August 18, the daio of
the big shooting match. Schmader
is confident that he Can best the In
dian and his friends here are for him
strong. Arrangements are now un
der way to have the match pulled off
under then auspices of the American
Legion who are to promote the con
test. Louisville Courier.
From Thursday's Dally.
The dispatches from Washington
state that the pension department
has granted a pension of $12 a month
to Mrs. Mary J. Taylor of this city.
which will be made effective from j
the date of application.'
HAS FOOT MASHED
From Thursday Dally.
This morning Eugene Maurer, one
of the employes at the Burlington
shops had his right foot quite pain
fully Injured when a truck loaded
with a draw bar turned over and
caught the big toe cf the right foot
of Mr. Maurer. The injured man
war, brought to the office of the
company surgeon where the injured
foot was dressed and the victim of
the accident made as comfortable as
possible. It will be several days be
fore the foot will h,e in such shape
that itcan be used.
Dr. H. C. Leopold this morning
performed on operation for adnoids
and the removal of tonsils on Mrs.
Jacob Kraeger of near Murray. The
operation was very successful and
the patient recovered nicely from the
effects of the operation.
MEMBERS GLASS OF
'19 HOLD A REUNION
Twenty-Six of Thirty-Five Graduates
Present Last Night To be
Made an Annual Affair
Frrn Thursday's Dally.
Twenty-six of the thirty-live young
men and women who graduated from
the Plattsmouth high school last year
gathered together last night for the
first annual reunion of the Class of
1919. In the more than a year that
has elapsed since these young people
received their diplomas many events
have occured. A large number have
matriculated in higher schools, of
which the state university at Lin
coln drew most heavily. Two of the
number have given up single life and
fotrmt "the'dutfsr"of nome too urgent
o permit of attendance at. the rc-
The class meeting was held at
the home of Helen Egenberger srtid
partook of the nature of a lawn so
cial. Following a well served dinner
of numerous courses there were after
dinner speeches fully as numerous.
The business meeting elected officers
for the ensuing year and took steps
to hold annual reuuions on the 14th
of July each year. The officers elect
ed were Mildred Schlater, president.
and ($tra Rainey. secretary.
Following the business session the
lass veils and songs swelled the
breeze, led bv Robert Kroehler aud
Merl Rainey. "
As darkness came, adjournment
was taken to the M. W. A. hall.
where a program of readings, music.
etc. with emphasis on the "and so
forth" was indulged in.
Following this there were games,
and dancing and cards. So it is easy
to realize that everyone present had
M . 1 X-
a most excellent time ana win iook
forward eagerly to the next reunion
a year hence.
George C. Sheldon and Vilas P.
Sheldon, two of the new village
board trustees of Nehawka were in
the city attending to some matters
connected with the establishing of
the new city government there. Gro-
ver C. Hoback, postmaster at Ne
hawka. were in the party.
THE' ANK WHERE
DINNER IN HONOR
Very Charming Announcement Party
Given by Miss Marion Mauzy
for Miss Hallstrom.
From Friday's Daily.
Last evening the pleasant home
of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Mauzy was
the scene of a most delightful an
nouncement dinner party given by
Miss Marion Mauzy in honor of Miss
Alpha Hallstrom. The rooms and
the tables were very prettily ar
ranged with decorations of butter
flies and sweet peas which with the
snowy napery and sparkling silver
made a very pretty setting for the
happy occasion. The dinner was
served at 6:30 and at this time the
hostess announced the forthcoming
marriage of Miss Hallstrom to Mr.
James G. Mauzy, which is to occur
on Thursday, August 5th.
Following the dinner the evening
was spent in music as well as with
the members of the company show
ering'tje bride-to-be with their well
wishes ami advice that she might
take with her in her new home.
Those who attended the enjoyable
event were Misses Honor Sevbert,
Sophia Chaloupka, Celia Kalasek.
Muriel Barthold, Catherine Eagan,
Edith Johnson. Ruth Roman. Alpha
Hallstrom, Mesdames J. J. Hall
strom. Edgar L. Creamer and Elmer
Hallstrom of Avoca.
From Thursday's Dally.
Yesterday morning, Roberta, the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. L.
Propst, was operated upon at the
Clarkson hospital in Omaha for a
very severe case of appendicitis. It
was found on operating that the
patient had had the appendix burst
a few days previous but fortunately
the spread of the poison had been
checked. The operation was per
formed by Dr. B. B. Davis in person
and the patient is now doing as well
as could be expected and the opera
tion is apparently a success Jn every
COMPLETES BRIDGE WORK
From Friday's Dally.
The work on the Burlington
bridge which has been in progress
since last September was completed
yesterday and the force of workmen
who have been on the Job were sent
to work near Leavenworth, Kansas.
The construction work has been in
the hands of the force of traveling
work men and who have had cxper-
lence in this line of work all over
PURCHASES NEW CAR
From Friday' Dally.
Ed Mason, the Reo auto dealer
has Just disposed of one of his new
model Reo 6-passenger touring cars
to Walter Heil, one of the enterpris
ing young farmers of this locality.
The car is one of the latest type and
equipment with all the conveniences
that go with the modern Reo.
W. T. Richardson or Mynard
writes Insurance for the Farmers
Mutual, of Lincoln. Phone 2411.
Gonsidor (he Farmer!
The farmer deserves hearty support
from all with their own or this nation's
good at heart. His production costs
have increased far more rapidly than
his selling prices.
He has no "cost-plus" basis to fall
back on, but must go ahead and invest
large sums of money in machinery,
labor and general farm supplies.
We are for the farmer, first, last and
all the time. The sooner the people un
derstand the farmer's position, the bet
ter for them and for the country at
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