The Plattsmouth journal. (Plattsmouth, Nebraska) 1901-current, December 13, 1920, Image 1
er8?lcft State Eiitoii- cal Society jplad&iiioi ontn VOL. NO. XXXVIL PLATTSMOUTH, NEBRASKA, MONDAY. EECEMBER 13, 1920. NO. 41 YOUNG FOLKS ARE JOINED INWEDLOCK MISS DORIS J. VA1LERY AND CHARLES T. STRETTON ARE MADE MAN AND WIFE From Thursday s Daiij Yesterday at 11:20 a. m. occurred the marriage of one of the fair young daughters of Cass county. Miss Doris J. Vallory to Mr. Charles T. Stretton of Scottsbluff. Nebraska, at the charming country home of the Vallery family near Mynard. where the bride has been reared to woman hood. The wedding was very simple and quiet, only the immediate relatives of the contracting parties being pres ent to witness the ceremony that was to join for life the hearts and for tunes of these two estimable young people. The marriage lipes were read by the Rev. II. G. McClusky. pastor of the First Presbyterian church of I'lattsmouth. and the impressive ring service used in the solemnization of the wedding ceremony. The bride was very beautiful in an exquisite dark brown traveling suit and carried a bouquet of bride's roses and wore a very Ftriking pic ture hat in keeping with the cos tume. The groom was attired in the conventional dark suit. Following the wedding ceremony the members of the bridal party and the guests were entertained at a very charming three-course nuptial din ner which had been arranged by the mother of the bride. Mrs. J. R. Val lery and the sisters of the bride. The table decorations were in pink roses and made a very pretty setting tor the happy occasion and the dinner one of the most delicious. The bride and groom enjoyed a short visit with the members of the family and in the afternoon motored to Nehawka, from where they de parted over the Missouri Pacific for Lincoln and from there go to their future home In Scottsbluff. Mrkth Mr nnri Xt r Stretton n . . - . . - ------ " 3 well kjiown and popular in university circles at Lincoln, where they have been students at the state university and it was there that their acquain tance was formed which later de veloped into the romance culminat ing in their marriage. The bride is well known in Cass county, where she has spent her life time and is one of the most wealthy and prominent families in the coun ty. The groom is one of the pro gressive young business men of the western Nebraska city, being engaged in the drug business in Scottsbluff and is a young man very popular among those who have the pleasure of knowing him. Mr. and Mrs. Stretton will carry with them in their new home the heartiest best wishes for their future welfare and happiness from the host of friends throughout Cass county. MODERN WOODMEN ELECT OFFICERS Cass Camp No. 332 of This City Hold Annual Election of Officers Last Evening and Select Leaders. From Thursday's Dally. ' Last evening the members of Cass Camp No. 332. Modern Woodmen of America held their meeting at the lodge rooms in their building at Sixth and Pearl streets and follow ing the opening of the lodge the reg ular election of officers for the en suing year was taken up and the following chosen: Venerable Consul C. F. Schmidt mann. Worthy Advisor George Klinger. Banker William Hassler. Clerk H. F. Goos. Escort Will Nolting. Sentry Henry Nolting. Watchman H. M. Wilcox. Manager for Three Years Harry S. Barthold. Th lodce has been fortuante in the fact that they have been able to rt-tain the services of their bank r. clerk and manager, who have all done yoeman service in the cause of woodrr.-ift and Mr. Hassler has filled th nositinn of. .hanker for the nast twenty years?'while Mr. Goos has been clerk ojtb organization lor almost the same length of time and has with Mr. Hassler shared the re sponsibility of conducting the fin ancial affairs of the lodge in the best possible manner that could be asked. Mr. Barthold has long served on the board of managers and was one of those responsible for the se curing of the splendid building now owned fcv th Modern Woodmen And which has proven an excellent in vestment. RHODE ISLAND REDS FOR SALE Males for sale at $2.00 each. White Wyondottes. Rose and Single Comb Rhode Island Reds, and Rouen ducks. JULIUS REINKE. lJD-w. South Bend, Neb. Journal want ads pay. Try them, SUIT TO SECURE PARTITION An action has been filed in the district court by Harriett E. Wolfe vs. Raymond Theordiski. et al. in which the plaintiff asks for the set tlement of claims against property situated in Louisville. Alvo and Plattsmouth and to which the plain tiff holds claim. The plaintiff is the sister of the late Andrew Jackson Seamen, the Omaha recluse and tax ritle dealer, and is the heir of the estate left by Mr. Seamen at his death several months ago. The ac tion is to clear up a number of tax claims held by the late-Mr. Seamen. DEATH COMES TO MRS. SNOGGRASS Passed Away at Her Home in This City After Illness Covering Per iod of Several Days Duration. From Thursday' Dally. Last evening at 10:30 the death messenger visited the home of E. B. Snodgrass in this city and took from the family circle the wife and moth er, who has for the past two weeks been in very serious condition. The death comes as a very severe blow to the bereaved husband and the seven little children, the youngest of whom is the babe of two weeks as well as to the brothers and sisters who are parting with their loved one until the dawning of a better day. Minnie Ault. the youngest daugh ter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Ault. was born in Mills county. Iowa, and was at the time of her death thirty two years of age, and has resided for her lifetime in Mills county and in this city where she was united in marriage to Edward Snodgrass. To this union were born seven children, Eugene, Ellwood, La Verne. Emmett, Margaret. Albert, and the little babe of two weeks, who with the husband survive the death of the estimable lady. Two brothers. James and Charles Ault of this city and three sisters. Mrs. Frank Sheehan of Fort Collins. Colorado, Miss Emma Ault of Glenwood and Mrs. William Men denhall of Plattsmouth are also left to mourn her passing. Tlx? body of - Mr.. Snoderep.3 "will be taken to Glenwood Saturday morning on No. 4 over the Burling ton and will be laid to rest in the cemetery in that city where the fath er and mother of the departed lady are buried. There will be a short service here at the home at S:30 Sat urday morning. In the hour of their sorrow the bereaved family will receive the sym pathy of the entire community in the close that has come to them and the many friends of this kindly lady who have known her for her lifetime will find her place hard to fill in their circle of friendship. YOUNG PEOPLE SHOW VERY MUCH INTEREST Round Table Dinner at M. E. Church in Interest of Epworth League Campaign Proves Successful ' From Thursday's Dally. Last evening at :la the members of the Epworth League and their friends gathered at the Methodist church to enjoy one of the very in- tertaining and pleasant meetings of the week's campaign in " in My Chum" week which is now being con ducted by the society. The attend ance was very pleasing and the in terest shown was a testimony to the fac that the young people of the church were fully awakened to the spirit of the campaign. The meeting was led by E. H. Wescott and was very interesting throughout in leading to the iiispir ational thoughts of the week's cam paign. Two young people at the meeting signified their intention of joining in the life of the church and proved a very pleasing addition to the mem bership of this excellent organiza tion of young people. The luncheon which was served was provided by the committee of the league and the members did themselves proud in the manner in which they conducted the pleasant event. SHOWING IMPROVEMENT From Thursday's Dally. William Stohlman, one of the prominent business men of Louis ville, was in the city yesterday after noon for a few hours. .This is the first visit of Mr. Stohlman here since his return from the Methodist hos pital in Omaha, where he was oper ated on for an injury sustained a number of years ago when he was kicked in the face by a horse and as a result of which small portions of the bone of the nose were found to be pressing on the nerves leading to the eyes with the result that he was threatened with blindness. He was operated on and while the operation war. a very 6evere one, he came through nicely and is now feeling much better and rapidly regaining the full use of his eyes. This will be pleasing news to the many friends over the county and they trust that their old friend may continue to improve. VETERAN RAIL MAN RETIRES FROM LABORS GEORGE W. H0LDREGE, GENERAL MANAGER OF "G" LINES WEST, RESIGNS. George W. Holdrege, one of the best known railroad men in the west, has signified his retirement from his position as general manager of the Burlington lines west of the Missouri river. The retirement of Mr. Holdrege will be learned of with much regret in this city where this able railroad leader first entered into his life work that has led him into one of the high est positions in the western railroad systems. From the time that Mr. Holdrege entered the service of the Burlington as a clerk in the offices in Plattsmouth he has been a warm friend oT this city and its interests and the splendid service he had given his aided in making the shops here an important part of the system. His resignation was made known Thursday aftefr.oon in the following announcement.issued from his office in Omaha: To personal friends in the terri tory served by the Burlington rail road between the Missouri river and the continental divide: For fifty-one years, since Septem ber. 1869. it has been my duty to aid in the mutual development of the Burlington system west of the Mis souri river and the country it has the good fortune to serve. I shall retire from active service December SI, 1920. and want to most sincetely thank the people living in this vast area for their kindly co operation in this work, which has been an inspiration and a pleasure, and to add that it is my intention to continue to make my home in this county. I intend, also in the future, as in the past, to be of assistance as far as possible, in the mutual interests of the Burlingtou railroad and the people it serves. C. W. HOLDREGE. , Concerning the departure from ac-! tive service of Mr. Holdrege. a well known official of that road, long in the service under Mr. Holdrege. says: "No man ever left such a position with more loyal co-workers regret ting his departure than George W. Holdrege. Somehow he begat loy alty. Men who worked under him thought of the road first, and when they thought of the road that was thinkin gof Holdrege. working for Holdrege and doing his bidding. lie was a strict disciplinarian, just and impartial, and no one ever went be fore him with a real grievance who did not get a hearing." The Story of a Busy Life. George Ward Holdrege. general manager of the Burlington & Missou ri River railroad lines west of the Missouri river, was born in New York citv. March 20, 1847. son of Henrj- and Mary Holdrege. His early education was acquired in private schools, principally in Stebbens' aca demy lrvingtc?nJon-the-Hud;n)n where he prepared for college. He took the regular academic course in Har vard university and graduated in 1869. In the fall of 1869 he located in Nebraska as paymaster and store keeper in the office of the Burlington & Missouri Railroad company at Plattsmouth. A year later he was transferred to the offices of the com pany at Burlington. Ia.. and entered the train service, serving for one year as conductor of a train on the main line. He was then made super intendent of construction of the Char iton branch westward from Clariton. Iowa. In 1S72. Mr. Holdrege was made trainmaster at Burlington, was ap pointed assistant superintendent with headquarters at Plattsmouth in 1873. and when headquarters were transferred to Lincoln, in 1S7S, be became general superintendent of the lines west of the Missouri river. Mr. Holdrege's advancement from a minor position to one of the highest of the offices of the great system was due to his complete mastery of details of his positions as well as to remark able executive ability. His superior officers soon recognized in him the material for the making of a thor ough railroad man, and the great net work of railroad west of the Missouri river comprising the Burlington sys tem has grown up under his manage ment. The' early building of the Burling ton lines over a very large part of Nebraska was a primary factor in the development of the state. In the ac quirement of right-of-way the diplo macy and business tact of Mr. Hoi drege was aparent. It was his pol icy to encourage by all legitimate means every industry that promised to be beneficial, and this has been especially true of the chief interest of this state, its agricultural re sources. During the trying times resulting from the general business depression and failure of crops, the liberal pol icy pursuea py me tjuriington sys tem under Mr. Holdrege's manage ment was of the greatest value in enabling the people, especially in the newer portions of the state, to held their own until the return of better conditions. The work of construc tion was never abandoned during the hard times, and trom'1892 to 1894. a period of general suspension of railroad building, the line of the Burlington from Nebraska to Bill ings, Mont.. 'as constructed. Popular With Employes. Employes uude" Mr. Holdrege. from the lowest to the highest in po sition, hold him 'in high regard, both personally and officially. He has been aptly characterized thus: George Holdrege is chain lightning without the thunder. Hv is unostentatious and courteous. n.'idet unt! compan ionable. He is a man of few words, with the faculty of saying much by silence, and his business cares rest lightly upon hiiu. During his col 1 ge days he wcsTond of fieid sports and acquatis. and in these he has never lost interest, lie is fond of hunting and his occasional vacations are given up to his sport more than to any other. Wnih- f nd of agree able companions, he is not known ;is a society or' club man. but on the other hanl is d'.-vottd to his homo and family. -y Mr. Holdrege "-".as married April 11. 1 872. to Mifs Emily Atkinson, daughter of Prof. William P. Atkin son, of Boston. She died November 14. 1 S T 3 . leaving, one son, Henry A. Holdrege. an electrical engineer of Chicago for severe! years, but. now general manager tf the Omaha Elec tric Ligi:t and Power company. Mr. Holdrege was agcjnst married Aprjl 11. 1S77. to Miss Frances Tl. Kim ball, daughter of Thomas Kimball, late manager of the Fnion Pacific railroad. Three daughters have been born to them. May. Susan and Leeta, who are all living. In politics Mr. Holdrege has always been a republi can, but has nenr sought office or political prominence. For more than twenty-five years Mr. Holdrege yielded a political pow er that no man before him or since has essayed in Nebraska. Governors and United State? senators, not to mention rrrany other minor state of ficers, were made and unmade in his office in rnaha. In that period be tween the eclipse of Van Wyck and the rise of George Sheldon and Norri? Brown he reigned supreme. No man thought to run .for any important state office until after he had gone to Omaha to see George W. Holdrege and his office -wai the mecea of leg islators and oth fv active in repub lican politics:" ' Sought No Personal Advantage Mr. Holdrege differed from the tra ditional political boss in that he nev er sought profit personally by reason of the power he wielded. A Bur lington man first, last and alway? his power was employed solely to ad vance and protect the interests of that railroad. He made no alliances with disreputable elements. He made no effort to conceal either what he was doing or how he did it. Him eelf he kept always in the back ground. Very rarely did he appear at Lincoln when the legislature was in session, or at other times. He dealt largely through agents. J. H. Ager. who recently died in Lincoln, being his most trusted man for many years. The machine operated by Mr. Hol drege was organized along business lines, in each county through which the road ran it was represented by a group of active politicians, all of whom were holders of annual pas ses. One of the group, usually a lawyer or a banker, was the chief pass distributor for the county. He was supplied with blank bonks passes issued in Mr. Holdrege's name, and he w-as free to use these as he pleased, but that power was subject to the rule that it must not be em ployed recklessly or unwisely. If h used it so he lost his power and his pass, and they passed to another The same fate awaited him if he fail ed to bring the delegation from that county to the state convention, and could not offer a reasonable explana tion therefor. This group was usually composed of one or two lawyers, hankers, busi ness men, a doctor or two. men who knew the political game and how to play upon the prejudices and ambi tions of men. They made up the local machine, which fattened on its power to award offices and give out passes. Through the tax system of primaries by which delegates to coun ty conventions were selected, an or ganized group, except where a vital issue that stirred voters to action, could invariably get control of the county conventions. They sot up dummy candidates in precincts in or der to control the votes of the pre cinct delegation, and then put these into a pot with the delegates brought in by the candidates thev had pre viously decided to nominate and thus controlled without any trouble. Their principal job was to bring in the county delegation to the state convention, and thus the railroads controlled that gathering. They also recommended or picked candidates for the legislature, and were also permitted to salve their vanitv be setting up as little local bosses, sub ject to correction and punishment for abuse of power. The railroads had been in politics from the beginning of the state, but they never appeared so strongly in the open as they did after they had replied first the granger movement that lifted Van Wyck to eminence and later the populist movement. From then until 1906 a republican state convention, packed by railroad pass-holders, dictated party policies and the personnel of state officers. The Burlington was the rr.as'er fore for a number of years, due to the leadership of Holdrege, but in time the Union Pacific and Northwestern challenger its snppremacy and in a number of state conventions the bat tle was less between candidates than it was between railroads, as to which should control and dictate the prin cipal nominees. End of Railroad Politics. This condition of affairs was gen erally known and accepted and it was not until 190C, when Sheldon as a candidate for governor and Brown as a candidate for senator challenged the right of the railroads to opemte the state government and name the men who should fill the of fices. The battle was a hot one. It was really lost in Lancaster county, where just before the convention the two contending forces, each desirous of getting a foothold in the state convention and each being fearful of defeat, had agreed on a truce by which the delegation was to be split. When Mr. Holdrege was informed of this agreement, sensing with his keen vision of politics that a victory in Lancaster was necessary if the con vention control was to be gained, he ordered his lieutenants to fight it out. They did. and lost by the nar row margin of a dozen votes in a convention of over 80 0 delegates. The railroads were routed in that tate convention and the next leg islature put them out of politics by adopting a number of new laws. principally the direct primary and the abolition of the pass. Mr. Holdrege's reign ended then. It was only by the pass and the convention system that the railroads could control. Past successes had convinced ambi tious young men that political prefer ment could Le gained only through the existing railroad machine, and when the fetich was destroyed along with the organization, it ended all hope for the sort of controlled poli tics that had existed for so many years. Accepted New Conditions. No rail manager ever accepted ab- solutelv chanaed conditions more readily than Mr. Holdrege. Some of his friends said that taking poli- tical work away from railroads came as an absolute relief to the Burling ton general manager. He devoted himself to railroading more arduously than ever, matters of railroad de- j velopment and transportation re ceiving attention that formerly had ! been divided by attention to matters political. : When the Hill ownership came many said that a manager schooled as Mr. Holdrege had been in the old way of doing things could never take up the newer ways. To the surprise of some who knew him least he at once became a manager of the Hill type, an exponent of the Hill ideas in railroading, a manager who fitted in well in the new regime. He. re organized his. forces and began the campaign of rebuilding and better ment that started with Hill owner ship as energetically as he had en tered the campaign of new building and expansion of the system in the rush building period of the SO's. Hill ownership and Hill methods had preceded' the legislature of 1907, which put the railroads out of poli tics, and Mr. Holdrege found no lack of work to be done after he had been relieved of his political responsibili ties. Mr. Holdrege Has no regrets. In an interview in 1914. Mr. Hol drege was asked if he were to start life over again if he would be a rail road man. "I have no reason to say I would not be,' was the reply. "I like the work and always have." "Are there opportunities today for the young man to forge ahead in railroad work as there were when you entered the service?" "There is always a chance for young men to forge ahead." he said. "The future of our country is great and will become more important as time goes on." "Would you advise a young man to enter railroad business for a life work?" "That depends on the circum stances. There are splendid oppor tunities for young energetic men to day in our business Just as there al ways have been. If a young man likes the work I can see no reason why he should not choose it for his calling. I can say this: The rail road field is a good one for any ener getic young man of today. To sue ceed in it requires hard work and plenty of it fidelity to duty and a willingness to learn everything poi sible that can be learned about all that have to do with railroading." GOOD MUSIC, BUT SMALL CROWD. F"rm Friday's Dally. The attendance at the American Legion dance last night was rather slim, but those who were present enjoyed very much the fine music furnished by Holly's Syncopating Quintette. Hrick Dunn, of Nebraska City, who was to have joined the organization at the start, as trap drummer, and whose place has formerly been filled by Harvey Tetan, of Nebraska City, was present last evening and his work was more than pleasing. To the fact that the Advent sea son is now on, was largely due the smallness of the crowd, the spectator tickets far outnumbering the dance tickets, which is an unusual occasion. The result is a considerable deficit in meetins the expense incurred. Read the Journal want-ads. OLD RESIDENT PASSES TO THE GREATBEYOND HENRY HIR2, LEADING FARMER IN THIS PORTION OF COUNTY DIED THIS MORNING From Thursday's Dally. This morning Henry Hirz, one of the prominent farmers of this por tion of Cass counts- died at this home west of this city following an illness of several months and death was caused by a complication of diseases. Death came at 10:10 o'clock this morning, closing a life filled with actively and usefulness to the com munity in which the deceased has 60 long resided. Henry Hirz was born in Germany, Februayr 10. 1854, aod was reared to manhood in his native land, learn ing the butcher's trade and working at that for a number of years until ambitious to realize a greater future he cam to America in 1&72, arriv ing at New York in the fall of that year after a long voyage over the Atlantic. He stopped for a time at Philadelphia, where he was employed at his trade and later went to Day ton, Ohio, and from there to Pektn. Illinois, where a large number of his old friends had located- He en gaged in farm work for a time and in September 1675 came to Platts mouth for the first time. Joining a surveying party here and going to the western part of the state where he assisted in surveying for several months and then returned to this city to take up the agricultural pur suits and has since resided in this locality. His energetic nature en abled him to overcome the hardships that were thrown in his way and in a few years his thrift and industry enabled him to purchase a farm of his own and take up the life work at which he has been exceptionally successful. In October 1880, Mr. Hirz was united in marriage to Miss Catherine Horn, who after a long and very happy married life was called to her final reward three yeafs apo and since that time the husband has re-' sided with his daughters at the old home, awaiting the time when the Master might permit him to join his helpmate in the great beyond. To mourn the death of Mr. Hirz there remains two daughters and one son. Misses Km ma. aud Elizabeth and Philip Hirz. all of whom reside near this city Two brothers and two sisters are also left to mourn the death of this good man, John Hirz, Plattsmouth. Mrs. Catherine Stohl man of Long Beach, California, Mrs. Winnie Freddley of Baltimore. Mary land, and Philip Hirz of Elberta. Alabama. One sister bas preceded her brother in death. 1 During his residence here Mr. Hirz has been a firm believer in the prin cipals of the democratic party and for years has been cne of the faithful workers in the cause of bis party. The death of Mr. Hirz brings a 6ense of great regret to the many old friends throughout Cass county, who have known and loved this genial and straight-forward gentleman whose word has been as good as his bond among those with whom he has been associated. The funeral services as far a-s could be determined today by the family will tfe on Sunday at one o'clock from the late home. WAS SOKE DUCI L. R. Snipes has lost the belt for duck shooting and big stories as be can't hold a catdle to Jim Fitzpat- Counsel With national Dank Officers Our membership in the Federal Reserve System places us in close touch with current financial and business conditions. When you counsel with us. j'ou receive comprehensive advice gleaned from a know ledge of national as well as local conditions. Advice of such character is often especially helpful and you are invited to consult with us freely;. The First m&ional Bank tTig" BANK WHERE YOU PEEL AT HOME PIJMTSMOLTH J3 NEBRASKA i:k when it conie to hooting diicks. While Jim was at the depot Wednes day morning he 'saw sonic winged foul fly over the depot and light in the creek. He hurriedly got a guti and was soon seen coming back froru the creek carrying his game and the question arose an to ha.t kind of a duck it was that Jim had haivgt-d but ere long (lie batcher. F. A. liurih. wa out hunting several Muskegu ducks that, had escaped from his ptcs at the nii.rket. There was only one thing for Jim to do and that was to pay the price lor the duck which he did but said thXt people who had tame ducks that would fly over tree tops should keep theru labeled. Am the duck wasn't large enough for a meal for the Fitzpatriek family. Jim raffled it off to pay itn- freight. When Henry Cliri:eii.-en marled his sheller Wednesday muming at the Wiles elevator, one of this same breed of ducks was scored from the sheller where It had taken quarters for the night. V.Vi ping Water re publican. RETURNING TO THE WEST COAST Mr. and 2Hrs. Clarence Atkinson After Visit Here. Started Yes terday on 2.400 Mile Drive From Thursday's uaily. lesterday afternoon mi: and Mrs. Clarence Atkinson departed for the Pacific coast, going to their former home at Del Monte. California, af ter a visit here during the fall months with relatives and friends. Mr. and Mrs. Atkinson made the trip from the coast to this city iii the late summer in the Dodge roadster and will return in the same car which will give th car a run of some 4.800 miles by the time th party reaches Del Monte and thij does not include the many trips that they have made in the car over Cali fornia and while here in Nebraska. During their stay here Mr. Atkin son has been employed a part of the time in Lincoln and learning that the roads to the coast were in goot' shape decided to get away from tbc cold weather that comes to this por tion of the globe in the winter s:a wn.. They go from luxe lo Unhal- tan, Kansas, over the Corn busker trail and thence to California over the old Santa Fe trail through Texas and Deming, New Mexico, to the laud of the petting sun. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Pease who made the trip to the coast to winter there have written back that the roads are excellent and that they h;d a very successful drive across the continent and a most interesting vis it at the places of interest along the way. Their letter encouraged Mr. and Mrs. Atkinson in starting na the long trip westward. LOOKING AFTER LIVE STOCK. Charles Mullin, district manager of the American Live Stock associa tion, of Omaha, has been in the city for the past few days assisting Fred G. Egenberger, the local agent, iu looking after the wants of the farm ers of this locality in the way of in surance on their live slock. The two gentlemen have closed a contract with A. S. Will, one of the large stock feeders of this locality to in sure his e.tock and prevent loss to the herd through death and disease. Mr. Mullin is an uncle of Mrs. T. K. Hates of this city and this was his first visit to the city and one much enjoyed. If vnn want p-nod nrinrin! let US do your work. Best eauiirped job shop in southeastern Nebraska.