The Plattsmouth journal. (Plattsmouth, Nebraska) 1901-current, June 12, 1922, Image 1

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    Webragka State H3itfl.
cal Society
NO. 95
$50000 FOR NEW
From Thursdays Daily.
The grand lodge of the Nebraska
Ancient, Free & Accepted Masons, at
their session at the Masonic temple
ia Omaha last evening after a delib
eration of some hours voted the sum
of 530,000 for an additional build
ing for the Nebraska Masonic Home
in this city, which has in the last
three years grown into a great mon
ument to the Masonic order in their
work of tender ministry to the aged
and afflicted of tteir order and has
been a real home to those who were
in need of care in their old age.
The grand lodge was much pleas
ed with the presentation of the mat
ter of the new building made by
Judge James T. Begley. past master
of Plattsmouth lodge No. 6, who
urged the necessity of the building
in the great institution that the
great heart of Masonry has reared as
a duty of love and kindness to its
members. Judge Begley made a mas
terly plea for the cause and which
won the approval of the delegates
of the grand lodge and their offer to
do all possible to advance the con
veniences of caring for the old Ma
sons and the ladies and children of
the order.
In addition to the sum of $50,000
appropriated by the grand lodge
there is also $20,000 available for
building purposes, $10,000 appro
priated by the last conclave of the
Knights Templar, and $10,000 do
nated to the order by the late George
V. Lininger of Omaha for a chapel
It is expected when the plans are
drawn for the new building to have
one in keeping with the dignity of
the order and a structure that will
be a credit to the great order that
it represents. The new building will
have a portion set asidj for use as
an infirmary, where the bedfast 'pa
tients can be cared for much more
conveniently than at present and al
so have operating rooms and other
aids to the care of the sick.
Included in the building will be a
auditorium for the entertainments,
for the entertainments of the home
as well as services that are held by
the different ministers of the city
and also administration offices that
are used in conducting the affairs of
the home.
The action of the Nebraska Grand
Lodge is one that will bring a sense
of the deepest gratification to every
citizen of Plattsmouth and the Ma
sons of the state can rest assured
that they will be given anything
that the city and its people can give
to make the home the greatest insti
tution of its kind in the state. The
warm cordial feeling of co-operation
demonstrated last year by Platts
mouth toward the Home and the or
der made a deep impression on the
grand lodge and they are showing
that they appreciate this feeling and
the citizens of Plattsmouth should
see that they lend all possible aid to
the officials in making the Home a
place that is truly a home.
Incidentally while on the subject
of the great Nebraska Masonic Home
Dr. George Condra has sent a force
of landscape engineers from the
state university to the Home and
who are engaged in making a sur
vey of the grounds with a view of
making plans for driveways, walks
and the placing of the trees and
shrubbery that will be used in deco
rating the grounds of the Home.
President James M. Robertson of
the board of control of the Home and
Superintendent . t . Evers nave la-,
bored long and earnestly in the past
two years to make the conditions at
the Home the best possible and have
received the strong support of the
members of the governing board and
the result is zn institution that will
be hr.rd to equal in the state.
Last evening the employes of the
office of Storekeeper W. F. Huneke
of the Burlington shops, enjoyed a
very pleasant outing and picnic in
the cool shade of the bluffs along the
Missouri river and spent several
hours most delightfully in the open,
near the ferry landing. The members
of the party had taken their well
laden baskets with them to the scene
of festivities and -when the heat of
the day had subsided they spread
their repast, and with the delicious
coffee brewed by Mr. Grometer, pro
ceeded to have a feast that will long
be well remembered by all of the
jolly party. During the course of the
gathering while the feast was being
disposed of. Mr. Huneke gave a very
spirited talk that was much enjoyed
by the members of tha party. When
the evening had arrived and the
moon cast its soft glow over the land
scape the party wended their way
homeward. Those enjoying the occa
sion were: Misses Mary Clark. Nel
lie Cowles. Madeline Minor, Mariel
Streight, Mrs. Grace Sperry. Messrs.
F. Jupiter Warren. John Wickmann,
Jr.. A. W. Hallmeyer, Paul Grometer.
Frank Palacek. W. F. Huneke and
Mr. G. E. Hahn of Chicago, new
traveling storekeeper, and who was
the guest of honor of the occasion.
From Thursdays Daily.
Mrs. P. J. Flynn of this city and
her family are enjoying a visit from
her nephew. Ensign Milton S. Nich
olson, U. S.- N. Mr. Nicholson is one
of the class of 150 midshipmen grad
uated from the Annapolis naval acad
emy this year and is enjoying a short
visit before taking up active duty.
The young man will leave for New
York tomorrow to -report for duty
on the battleship Arizona, and ex
pects to leave soon for Australia,
where the battleship is going to join
the Asiatic fleet.
Pleasant Gathering Held Last Eve
ning at Christian Church and
Quite Largely Attended.
From Thursday's Daw.
Last evening there was a very not
able gathering held at the Christian
church in this city when the church
through the official board and the
pastor, tendered a reception to the
members of the church who have
been received during the pastorate of
Rev. A. G. Hollowell, the present ef
ficient minister of the church.
There were forty-eight of the men
and women who have been led into
the life of the church, present and
this showing of growth was one that
was truly inspiring to the older mem
bers of the church and speaks well
for the splendid efforts that Rev.
Hollowell and the church member
ship have made to build up the ac
tive working membership.
During the evening there was a
short program enjoyed, Mrs. George
Decker, Miss Ruby Winscot, Miss
Hazel Clugy and Miss Nina Hollo
well furninshing several very de
lightful readings and Misses Leone
Hudson and Florence Connor a vo
cal duet that was very much enjoy
ed by all o the large congregation
present. In addition to the program
there were a number of the old fa
miliar hymns given by the members
of the congregation.
At the close of the evening tkere
were very delightful refreshments of
strawberries, ice cream and cake
served and which aided in making an
evening filled with the most un
bounded good fellowship and enjoy
ment to all of the church member
National Guard of Nebraska May be
Brought Here For Annual
Drill on the Range.
E. J. Richey. one of the leaders in
the activities of the city, has receiv
ed a call from Adjutant General
John H. Paul, at Lincoln, inquiring
as to the possibilities of this city
caring for the annual encampment
of the Nebraska National Guard that
will be held in late July or August.
The government range north of the
city is one of the best that can be
found and the situation of the city
with its excellent railroad service
makes it a point highly desirable for
a place for the encampment if a
suitable site could be found for the
various organizations to be quar
tered. There will be at least 1,500 men
in the encampment and their pres
ence would be of material benefit to
the city and as well as affording the
residents here the opportunity of see
ing the military life of the guard
that they undergo in the period of
the summer camp.
Mr. Richey has laid the matter be
fore the chamber of commerce and
it will be taken up with General
Paul to see if suitable arrangements
could be cade that would allow this
city to entertain the national guard
for the first time in the history of
the state.
The securing of the encampment
should be pressed and if possible this
gathering of the soldiers of Nebras
ka brought here for their two weeks
of intensive training. Certainly no
better spot could be found in the
state for a gathering of this kind.
From Fridays Dally.
This morning when Burlington
train No. 4 arrived from the west
they reported at the station to Agent
R. W. Clement that there was a very
suspicious looking character lurking
in the west yards near the pumping
station and who answered to some
extent the description of Fred Brown
the well known gentleman who has
been keeping the officers of the law
guessing for the past few weeks.
Mr. Clement securing the assistance
of Frank Detlef, county constable,
visited the scene of action and round
ed up the gentleman, who, however,
was not as dangerous as the train
crew had represented as he was
merely one of the many thousands
of former Harding voters who are
floating around over the country at
the present time.
Auditor Finds That Condition of Of
fice is One That Should Please
Taxpayers of the County.
From Thursday's Dail;.
For the past few days "Walter B.
Larzelere, auditor and adjuster of
the Fidelity and Deposit Co. of Mary
land, has been engaged in checking
over the books in the office of Coun
ty Treasurer Mike Tritsch, and the
result is one that is very gratifying
to Mr. Tritsch and his assistants as
well as to the taxpayers of the coun
ty to learn that the office is in such
splendid shape. Mr. Larzelere has
been thorough and systematic in his
work and has checked the office and
its records thoroughly. '
In the check of the books from
January 1. 1921. to June 5, 1922,
the auditor reports that on the date
of January 1, 1921, the balance was
$231,4C4.49, and the receipts to date
have been $601,291.33, making a
total of $832,755,82. In the period
of the time since January 1, 1921.
there had been disbursements of
$402,939.92, and which left a bal
ance of 428,815.90 at the close of
business June 5, 1922. Of the balance
on hand is $417,879.51, carried on
deposit in the banks of the county
and carries a cash and cash items
the sum of $10,936.39 and which
tallies the balance on hand at date
of $428,S15.90.
The total amount of monies to be
raised by the 1921 tax levy was the
sum of $841,471.92, and included all
state, county, school and special tax
es, and of this amount the treasur
er's office shows splendid results as
$746,323.53 has been collected and
leaves only $95,148.39 as uncollected
and which is a very fine showing
and verified by careful check of the
books by the auditor.
In the delinquent taxes the col
lections have gone back as far as
185S and brought the sum of $S,-
There are few counties in the
state that can show better records
than Cass county in the way., in
which the taxes are collected and
the business handled and' the effi
ciency of the office of the county
treasurer is responsible for the ex
cellent showing.
Birthday of the Flag Honored by the
Elks Lodge and Other Patri
otic Organizations.
On next Wednesday, June 14th,
will be celebrated the national holi
day known as Flag day and one of
the anniversaries that the patriotic
societies of the nation honor. It was
on June 14th, 1776, that tne com
mittee from the congress of the
struggling colonies visited the home
of Mrs. Betsy Ross in Philadelphia
and placed their approval on the em
blem that she had prepared under
the direction of congress and from
which the present national flag has
been secured. With the passage of
time changes have been made in the
number of stars and stripes until the
present day when the alternating
red and white stripes represent the
valor of the thirteen original colon
ies while eac hof the states of the
union is represented with a star of
white on the azure field.
The B. P. O. E. has made flag day
a notable event in the annals of their
order and wil lobserve it fittingly
and other of the patriotic societies
will also urge the observance of the
day by at least the display of the
flag and lessons that will bring the
ideals for which it stands more forci
bly to the minds of the residents of
the community.
From. Thursday's Dally.
The ladies auxiliary of the Pres
byterian church was very pleasantly
entertained yesterday afternoon at
the church parlors by Mesdames Jas.
Burnie, John F. Wolff and J. H.
Becker, who left today for Denver,
and Mrs. J. J. Meisinger, who is to
leave in a few weeks for California
to reside in the future. During the
afternoon a short program was given
consisting of a piano number by Miss
Ethel Quinton and a reading by Ef
fa Patterson, both of which were
very much enjoyed. Dainty refresh
ments served at a suitable hour add
ed much to the deilghts of the oc
From Thursday's Daily.
Today was the birthday annivers
ary of C. C. Wescott, president of the
Plattsmouth Ad club, and in honor
of the occasion, Mr. Wescott gave a
treat to the members of the club at
their weekly dinner at the Hotel
Wagner this noon and delicious ice
cream .and cake was served to the
members of the club and their guests.
Just how old Cliff is, we are not in a
position to say but he acknowledges
that it is more than his sixteenth
From Friday's Dally.
Last night Officers Al Jones and
William Heinrichsen, in their rounds
discovered two men camped in the
Burlington station and who wre
apparently at a loss where to find
accomodations for the night and
when questioned by the officers they
stated that they were residents of the
Glenwood institute and had sneaked
away from the institution shortly
after 5 o'clock yesterday and walked
over to enjoy a flyer in city life
here but were tired and ready to seek
rest. The men were taken to the city
jail and quartered for the night and
this morning turned over to the
Glenwood authorities who took them
back to the shelter of the institute
Miss Faith Allen Murfin and Mr
Seward P. Day United in Mar
riage on Wednesday.
An out of town wedding of inter
est was that of Miss Faith Allen
Murfin and Seward P. Day, both of
Weeping Water, which took place at
2:30 .Wednesday afternoon at the
home of the bride s parents, Mr. and
Mrs. C. S. Murfin of Weeping Water
Rev. W. H. Riley, pastor of the Con
gregational church, performed the
ceremonv. The briue was attenaea
by the Misses Ranit na and Frances
Chamberlain of Blue Springs. David
Noble of Omaha va best man. and
little Leonard S wither carried the
ring in a lily.
As the bridal party entered the
living room. Miss Marry Louise Bry
an of Lincoln played the wedding
march ,from Lohengrin. During the
ceremony she played "To a Wild
Rose," and the Mendelssohn wedding
march as the recessional.
Yellow and white daisies were the
decorations thru the houre. The wed
ding ceremony was performed be
neath a white wedding bell, with a
background of ferns and daisies. The
windows were hung with smilax in
terwjned with f3.isrjp
The bride wore an attractive gown
of peacock blue canton crepe with
panels of white lace and carried a
shower bouquet. Ices and cakes in
yellow and white were served follow
ing the ceremony. Mrs. A. O. Specht
and Mrs. John Robinson cut the ices,
while the Misses Maude and Jessie
Baldwin and Catherine Thomas serv
ed and Mrs. W. W. Swisher-served
th'e punch. A sister of the bride
groom pinned yellow love knots on
the guests after the wedding.
About sixty guests were present,
including a number of friends from
Lincoln, Omaha, Wabash and this
Mr. and Mrs. Day will make their
home in Weeping Water, where Mr.
Day is in business. They left Wed
nesday afternoon by motor for Oma
ha and from there went by train to
Colorado to spend a month.
Mrs. Day is a graduate of Lincoln
high school and has attended the
University of Nebraska and taught
school in Weeping Water. Mr. Day
has also attended the university.
Lad Who Wandered Away From the
Iowa Institute Causes a Stir
Near Cullom Yesterday,
From Thursday's Ially.
Yesterday near the noon hour a
young man called at the Fritz Sie
moneit home in the vicinity of Cul
lom and asked for something to eat
as he claimed he had been walking
some time and was tired and hungry.
The hospitable family gave the
stranger his meal and he then re
quested a place to lie down to rest
and was allowed to repose and in the
meantime Mrs. Seimoneit called up
one of the neighbors, talking in Ger
man 6o that the stranger would not
get wise to the subject under discus
sion, and asked that Sheriff Quin
ton be notified of the visitation of
the stranger. As the report circulat
ed of the fact of the stranger being
in the neighborhood it caused more
or less excitment, but the young man
gave no indication of doing anything
out of the way and was apparently
desirous of only securing some shel
ter. Investigation by the sheriff on
his arrival at the'scene revealed the
fact that the stranger was one of
the residents of the Iowa State In
stitute at Glenwood who was A. W.
O. L., to use an army expression, and
had decided to see what Nebraska
looked like. The young man was re
turned to Glenwood last evening well
satisfied with his 6purt out in the ;
open and ready to remain at tne in
stitution and receive his three square
meals a day.
Word was received Friday from Ed
gar Wescott announcing that th
young man had arrived in Los An- ;
geles safely and was beginning to en- !
joy to the fullest extent the coast
Popular copyrights and the latest
fiction at the Journal office.
Representative of Fidelity and De
posit Co., of Maryland, Com
pletes Audit of Books.
The Fidelity and Deposit company,
of Maryland, which company has the
J bonds of both the county and city
treasurer for the present year, has
through their representative, Walter
B. Larzelere, of Omaha, auditor and
adjustor, just completed a check of
the books of City Treasurer C. E.
Hartford and which is given below.
The company is one of the few that
makes a yearly check for their pa
trons and thereby renders a great ser
vice to the public as well as to the
officials who have an accurate check
made on their books thereby.
In the statement of the auditor on
the city treasury, there is much that
shows improvement in the clearing
up of the overdrafts on various funds.
The report is as follows:
The report covers the period from
January 1, 1922. and ending May 31,
1922. and since the close of the per
iod for which the report has been
made there is a greater amount of
funds ready to be turned over by the
county to the city treasurer.
On January 1. 1922, there was a
balance in the treasury of $37,681.75
and during the period to May 31st,
there was collected $167,523.21, mak
ing a total of $205,214.96. There
were disbursements made of $166,
462.36. and which leaves the balance
as of May 31st, $38,752.60.
The actual amount on deposit in
the banks is $35,068.17 and the cash
on hand is $2,684.
The various funds of the city are
divided as appears below:
General City $ 1,929.03
Police fund 248.59
Library fund 99.28
General School fund 2,504.22
Paving Dist. No. 14 119.67
Total Overdraft
$ 4,900.89
$ 3,392.61
646. oV
469. OS
s 5,031.84
Road fund
Siiswalk fucd
Business fund
Iiefundinz Bonds
Sewer Dist. No. 2
Fire Hydrant Rental
Park fund
Fire Department fund
Street Lighting .
Sinking fund
Cemetery fund '.
Building fund
Dog Tax fund
Teachers' fund .
Curb and Guttering Int'sns
Refunding Warrants, Int.
Sewer Dist. No. 1
176. S9
Paving Dist. No. 5
Paving Dist. No. 6
Paving Dist. No. 7
Paving Dist. No. 10
Paving Dist. No. 11
Paving Dist. No. 12
Paving Dist. No. 13
Paving Dists. 15-1C
Paving Dist. No. 17
Pavinc Dist. No. 18
'aving Dist.
aving Dist.
No. 19
Paving Dist.
Paving Dist.
Total Balances $43,653.49
Less Overdrafts 4,900.89
Balance on hand May 31 $38,752.60
Ed. Note In addition to the sum
named above there will be available
soon from the county treasurer the
sum of $16,000 that will aid in
boosting up the showing of the var
ious funds.
From Friday's Daily.
This was the title of a well known
fiction work by Jerome K. Jerome,
the well known English humorist,
but in our tale there happened to be
five men. These five young men had
gone down toward the river in search
of a suitable place that they might
disport amid the rippling waves of
the Missouri and enjoy the delights
of swimmin' e.s of old. When they
reached the locality where the
"dump"' is located, tbe five young
men found that they wrould have to
take a skiff and row over to the first
channel of the riper if they desired
any good swimming. With shouts of
glee they hurled themselves in an old
row boat that was nearby and start
ed out but had traveled only a few
feet when they discovered that the
boat was a delusion and a snare and
that they were in a few minutes
in the dirty, stinking water that had
formed from the accumulations of
debris that had. been dumped there.
It is reported that the gentlemen
had to be assisted to shore but more
reliable information states that af
ter the first fright was over they
were able to wade out and were as
sisted to the river by a number of
other boj's who were returning home
from bathing. The gentlemen return
ed late in the evening to the city,
having been compelled to make a
detour of the town on account of
the peculiar odor that they threw
An extensive line of high class
stationery on hand at al1 times at
the Journal office.
From Thursday's Tally.
Yesterday at the Methodist par
sonage occurred the marriage of Miss
Florence Wheeler and Mr. Louis H.
I Howe, both of Lincoln. The bridal
couple accompanied by Mrs. Helen
Wheeler and Miss Annetta Wheeler,
motored to this city and at once vis
ited the home of Rev. Calvert where
the wedding was performed. The ring
service was used in the tying of the
nuptial knot. The bridal party re
turned in the late afternoon to their
i home in the capital city.
Miss Freda Fifer and Mr. Roger
Reeve are Joined in the Holy
Bonds of Wedlock.
On Wednesday evening promptly at
eight o'clock occurred a beautiful
home wedding at tire home of Mr.
and Mrs. George Fifer, when their
daughter was joined in the bonds of
wedlock with Mr. Roger Reeve. The
wedding march was played by Mrs.
Emily Gonzales and the bridal party
marched through little gates to the
beautiful arch where hung a wed
ding bell and where the wedding
ceremony was performed by Rev. F.
E. Sala of the Elmwood Methodist
church. The bridal party was at
tended by Verne Fifer and Miss Edith
Reeve, and Herbert Reeve and Miss
Delta Fifer, the bride being given
away by her father.
The relatives of the contracting
parties and intimate friends were
The bride is a daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Fifer and is a young lady of a
lovable disposition and many fine at
tainments. The groom is a son of Mr. and
Mrs., Horace Reeve and has spent
most of his life in this community.
He is a boy well known to all and ia
a young farmer and man of excellent
character and liked by all.
The bride wore a dress of white
satin with a covering of shadow
lace and an orange blossom veil. The
groom uor&.the conventional eu'iL. .
This happy young couple have the
best wishes of their host of friends
for a long, happy and prosperous voy
age over life's matrimonial sea.
Elmwood Leader-Echo.
From Friday' Daily.
Sheriff C. I). Quinton and family
were at Avoca last evening where
they attended the wedding of Miss
Margaret M. Bogard of that place
and Mr. Averil E. Thomas of Ches
ter, Nebraska. The bride is a daugh
ter of Postmaster Williem IL Bo
gard of Avoca. and the family are
old friends and neighbors of Sheriff
Quinton. The newly weds will live
on a farm just over the Kansas state
line from Chester.
James Kuykendall, superintend
ent of the Nebraska Lighting Co.,
was called to Neoga, 111., by the ser
ious illness of his father at that
place. Mrs. Kuykendall has been at
Neoga for several days past assisting
in the care of the aged gentleman
and they will remain until there is
some change in the condition of the
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Here is something you may never
have realized. A checking account at
this bank offers you a safe place to keep
your money and an arrangement whereby
you can pay it out under your personal
directions and in such amounts a3 you
may wish.
We are calling the attention of farm
ers particularly to the advantages offered
by a checking account here and if you will
come into the bank tomorrow or the next
day, we will gladly explain these advant
ages in detail.
First National Bank
Member Federal Reserve
Attorney General Gives Opinion All
Persons 21 Years Old Voters
Regardless of Property.
County Superintendent Miss Al
pha Peterson has received from the
state superintendent an opinion cov
ering the rights and qualifications
for voters at the school elections and
which will be of great interest a
the yearly school elections in the
rural districts will be held on June
12th. Heretofore those who have had
children or property interests have
been the voters but this has been
changed recently and the following
statement for the state superintend
ent makes the matter more clear to
the public:
"In our opinion the restrictions of
section 6733, revised statutes. 1M3.
restricting the right to vote at school
elections to citizens of the I'nited
States over 21 j-ears of age who ci
ther own property assessed in the
district or who have children of
school age, are in confl'ct with and
are superseded by section 1. article
VI. of the new Constitution tt
Nebraska, which extended the ripht
of suffrage to every citizen, man or
woman, over 21 years of age. In such
case the constitution takes preced
ence. "When the statute was first enact
ed it operated as an extension to wo
men of the right of suffrage in school
elections, our state constitution at
that time granting the right to vote
to men only. Since the adoption of
the new constitution, what was for
merly an extension of the right to
vote now becomes a restriction of
the right to vote. This interpreta
tion is substantiated by chapter 92
of the laws of 1921. which provides
that every person 21 years of age
shall have the ripJit to vote for all
offiers to be elected to public office
and upon all questions and proposi
tions submitted to the voters at any
and all elections, authorized or pro
vided for by the constitution or lows
of Nebraska. The language of Judge
Maxwell in the Cones case, 15 Nel.
54 4. when considered apart from th
actual determination in such case,
would lead one to think that the
constitutional provisions do not ap
ply to school elections. Such language
however, was not necessary to the de
cision. The new constitution grant
ing an absolute right to vole, in our
opinion, cannot be changed or re
stricted by legislative enactment.
Therefore, our conclusion is that
every citizen, man or woman, over
21 years of age, who has resided in
the district forty days, has the right
to vote at school elections regard
less of whether he or she owns prop
erty or has children. The legislature
may extend the right of franchise,
but it cannot restrict it. The prop
erty and parentage restrictions in
section 6733 are superseded by the
absolute constitutional grant of
suffrage to all citizens."
Miss Viola Oelke and Herbert and
Orville Oelke of Paul, Neb., passed
through this city Thursday enroute
for Omaha where they attended the
graduation of their sister, Mrs. Paul
Hunter, from the Lord Lister train
ing school for nurses. Enroute home
; last evening they had car trouble and
I the two young men with Harry Fos
ter came on to this city where thy
visited at the W. C. Foster home.
Without Cost!