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VOL. NO. IIV
PLATTSMOUTH, NEBRASKA, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 1938.
Elect All Candi
dates in County
Sheriff Sylvester Swept to Defeat bj
300 Votes Ray Becker New
Register of Deeds.
George R. Sayles, It.
Clerk of District Court
C. E. Ledgway, R.
John E. Turner. R.
Joe Mrasek. R.
Walter 11. Smith, D.
Register of Deeds
Ray F. Becker, Ii.
Robert M. Mann, R.
W. 11. Puis. D.
Lora Lloyd Kieck, non-political.
Fred L. Carsten, non-political.
The election or 193S in Cass coun
ty showed a comparatively light vote
cast but one that was definitely re
publican and swept into office several
new persons as well as retaining the
former republicans. The democrats
elected only those who were unop
posed, Walter K. Smith for attor
ney, W. H. Puis, assessor.
Sheriff Homer Sylvester, who gain
ed fame as the captor of two much
sought gunmen here in April 1936,
lest by some 353 to Joe Mrasek of
this city, losing this city heavily and
while gaining in many parts of the
county failed to hold the lead-
The greatest upset of the cam
paign, however, was the defeat of
Robert D. Fitch, county surveyor,
by some 418. by Robert M. Mann,
who had made no campaign and had
been engaged in his work as usual in
stead of campaigning. Mann early
took a lead that was never headed.
Ray Becker, the newly elected reg
ister of deeds also started an early
lead in the first returns and from all
sections of the county to gain some
In the race for county superin
tendent Mrs. Lora Lloyd Kieck, who
polled a heavy primary vote swept
into a lead of 1.170 over J. R. Reeder,
loral school principal and was never
in serious danger.
County Clerk George R. Sayles,
vetran of many political wars,
proved his running qualities in mass
ing a 1,0 63 majority ever Bernard
G. Wurl. his democratic opponent,
who had given him a close race four
years ago but who was handily over
come by Mr. Sayles in this battle.
County Treasurer John E. Turner
was also a republican incumbent
that had little trouble in getting a
substantial victory that will touch
the 1,549 mark.
In the legislative race Fred L.
Carsten of Avoca won re-election over
William A. Metzger of Cedar Creek
by carrying Cass county by a hand
some majority that overcome the vote
of Metzger in Sarpy county.
With the vote from Liberty pre
cinct and F'lattsmouth third ward
yet to report, the Question of the
appropriation for the maintenance
of agricultural extension work- In
the county; has a lead of 163 majority.
This will probably mean that the
yes proposition has carried, as the
other wards of this city gave strong
support to the approval. The pro
position T-a3 defeatrd heavily in
many western precincts but In
Weeping Water and Plattsmouth
cities and in the eastern precincts
showed good gains.
The vote of the county with Lib
erty precinct missing on the general
ticket is as follows:
R. L. Cochran. D. 2.474
Charles J. Warner, R 3,072
Charles W. Bryan. (Petition) 1,008
Terry Carpenter. D 2,402
William Edward Johnson, R 2,770
John B. Elliott, Jr. fFetition)l,204
(To Fill Vacancy)
Nate M. Parsons. D 3,309
J. S. Kroh (Petition) 1,919
Secretary of State
Harry R. Swanson. D 3,221
L. E. Marsh, R 2,992
Auditor of Public Accounts
William H. Price. D 2,423
Ray C. Johnson, R 3,184
Harry L. Babcock (Petition) 45S
Walter K. Jensen, D 2,939
T. W- Bass, R 3,163
Richard C. Hunter, D 2.371
Walter R. Johnson, R 3,480
Floyd L. Bollen, D 2.287
Duane T. Swanson, R 3,264
Congressman, 1st Ditrict
Henry C. Luckey, D 3,148
Geo. II. Heinke. R 2,905
Catherine F. McGerr (Peti.) 296
'Bernard G. Wurl, D 2.673
! George R. Sayles. R 3,736
i Clerk of the District Court
C. E. Ledgway, R , 5,350
j County Treasurer
Carl Keil. D 2.462
. John E. Turner, R 4,011
H. Sylvester. D 2.S76
Joe Mrasek. R 3,229
Ed. W. Thimgan (Petition) 518
Walter H. Smith. D 4,920
Register of Deeds
Lillian G. White, D 2,967
Ray F. Becker, R 3.36S
Robert D. Fitch. Jr., D. 2.882
Robert M. Mann. R. 3,300
W. H. Puis. D 5,022
Chief Justice Supreme Court
Robert G. Simmons 3,0 SO
C. A. Scrensen 2.715
State Supt. Public Instruction
Charles W. Taylor 3,617
Sarah T. Muir 2,155
County Supt. Public Instruction
Lora Lloyd Kieck 3.74 8
J. R- Reeder 2. 578
Legislature, 3rd Dist.
Fred L. Carsten 3,243
W. A. Metzger 2,886
WORLD LECTURER TO
SPEAK AT MURRAY
The Cass County Fellowship asso
ciation presents Miss Helen F. Top
ping, an international leader and
world lecturer, at an interesting
meeting next -Sunday afternoon at
2:30 at the Christian church in Mur
Miss Topping, the American-born
daughter of Japanese missionaries
is on hr second world tour, to study
the conditions of the under-privileged
classes of the world. As a per
sonal representative and secretary of
Dr. Toyokiko Kagawa, she is devoted
to the Japanese social workers" cause
and the abolition of poverty.
Being born in Rochester, New
York, she spent her childhood in
Japan and relumed to the United
States for advanced education. She
received her bachelor's and master
degrees from Columbia University
Teachers' college in New York City.
Besides teaching she lived in Califor
nia for five years, working among
Japanese women there.
In 1918 she was assigned by the
national board of the Y.W-C.A. to
organize the Jaapnese branch in
Kobe, for twenty years she has been
a strong advocate and follower of
Kagawa and is now engaged as a
world traveler, author and Christian
minister of World Justice.
The subject next Sunday, Novem
ber 13 at Murray is entitled, "Peace
by Christianity in Social Practice."
Sunday evening she will be the
guest speaker at the Ebenzer Evan
gelical church in Manlock, Nebras
ka, and will speak on the "World
Family vs. World Fight."
The Churchman, New York City,
refers ot Miss Helen Topping and
says: "Although nominally Dr.
Kagawa's secretary. Miss Topping is
actualy an apostle. This highly ener
getic and efficient woman Is by no
means the bustling, busybody type.
There i3 poise In her energy and In
telligence in everything she does
and says. Besides she has humility
and kindness. Soft-voiced, cultured,
Miss Topping believes in helping
The Cass County Fellowship as
sociation meets monthly and is what
the name implies. The public is wel
come to any monthly meeting.
HERE FOR MEETING
Mrs. George B. Mann, teacher in
the schools at Odell, Nebraska, was
here Monday evening to look after
some business and to attend the
meeting of the board of education of
which she is a member.
Fine Talks Given by George L. Far
ley and Miss Jane Boedeker of
Murray at Meeting.
The annual meeting of the Cass
County Historical society was held
on Saturday afternoon at the dis
trict court room at the court house
and very largely attended.
The officers had arranged a very
fine program that was enjoyed for
every minute of the session.
George L. Farley, who was super
intendent of schools some thirty
eight years ago, gave a very interest
ing talk on the early schools of the
county, his father, Hon. Henry Far
ley, having been a pioneer school
man of the county and Mr. Farley
nimself followed the teaching profes
sion and finally to the superintend
ency. County Clerk George R. Sayles
had prepared a list of the superin
tendents from the earliest record and
which made a most interestnig fea
ture of the talk.
Miss Jane Boedeker, who with her
parents. Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Boe
deker of Murray, enjoyed a motor
trip through Europe the past sum
mer, was present and gave a wonder
ful descriptive talk of the trip and
the various countries and interesting
cities that they had visited on the
After the close of ihe program the
business session was held and the
following officers named:
President Dr. G. H. Gilmore.
First Vice-President Mr3. Guy
Second Vice-President Mrs. L. O.
Secretary-Treasurer A. A. Me
The society will make marking of
historic spots and ghosts towns of
Cass county, one of the chief objec
tives of the coming year's work.
ASSIGN CASES FOR TRIAL
Judge Wilson at the calling of
the docket Monday made the as
signment of cases for the jury term
that will carry well into December.
The cases set were:
State of Nebraska vs. John Blak
ley, et al. petty larceny, November
21. 9:30 a. m.
Paul Pickering vs. L. R. Upton,
et al, alienation of affections, No
vember 22, 23, $ a. m.
John H. Busche, et al, vs. William
H. Meisinger, appeal judgement ac
count, November -28, 9:30 a. m-
Florence Noell vs. Everett Pick
ens, damage, November 29, 30, 9
Mrs. Viola Shupp, adm. estate of
Zella Brisendine, deceased vs. Hubert
Cappen, for damages, Dec. 1, 2, 9 a.
C. J. Pankonin vs. Elmer Wendt,
et al, appeal St. note, December 5,
9:30 a. m.
Frank M. Hunt vs. The County of
Cass, Nebraska, damages, Dec. 6,
9 a. m.
J. Howard Davis, adm. of estate
of Ivan L. Fuller vs. Joe Young
quist, damages, Dec. 7, 9 a. m.
CALLED TO KENTUCKY
From Monday's Dally
On account of the serious illness
of his father, D. S. Sumner, agent
of the Missouri Pacific In this city
and his brother, B. E. Sumner of
Elmwood. departed at 5:30 today for
Mr. Sumner is being relieved here
by E. F. Stava, of this city and Mr.
Sumner at Elmwood by Mr. Hoback
JOINS UP WITH NAVY
Joe Chovanec, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Frank Chovanec, left from Omaha
Wednesday for the Great Lakes Naval
Training School near Chicago where
he will be located for three months.
After receiving the necessary train
ing there he will be transferred to
one of the naval bases. He is a
graduate from the Plattsmouth high
school In the class of 1938.
TO MATTE. HOME TTTRV.
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Keller and
daughter. Claudeen, have come to
Plattsmouth from Wichita, Kansas
to make their home here. Platts
mouth is glad to welcome these peo
ple to the community.
COMMISSIONERS ARE ELECTED
Following the general trend of
the political wave the two commis
sioners elected are both republicans,
Henry C. Backemeyer of Greenwood
winning 1,680 to 772 for Harry Wil
liams, of Elmwood. his democratic
opponent in the third district.
In the second district Ray Norris,
of Weeping Water was winner 850
to C14 for W. H. Porter of Union.
The result makes the county board
all republican as ' Commissioner
George L. Farley of this city, is also
of this faith. - v
Death Calls W.
T. Richardson at
Member of Pioneer Family of Cass
County Dies After Illness of
From WednesJaj-'s Dally
This noon at the family home at
Mynard where he has made his home
for a great many years occurred
the death of . William T. Richardson,
a member of one of the pioneer fam
ilies of Cass county.
Mr. Richardson was a son of the
late Samuel Richardson and was born
on the farm in Eight Mile Grove pre
cinct and where he grew to man
Ke Is survived by his widow and
two daughters. Mrs. C. A. Cathey of
Waterloo, Iowa, and Mrs. L. G. Todd
of Venango. Nebraska, one brother,
Frank S. Richardson of Chicago and
two sisters. Mrs. Wallace Carter ol
Bellevue, Washington and Mrs. James
Hamilton of Los Angeles, California.
The body is at the Sattler funeral
home to await the arrangements for
the funeral. ;
PROGRAM OF FATHER-SON
BANQUET AT MYNARD
Following is the program for the
Father-Son banquet at Mynard Fri
Address of welcome. Rev. Paul L.
Solo Richard Cole.
Spokesman for fathers, Glen Wiles.
Quartet Lawrence Leonard, Art
Hild, Charles and Ed-Howard.
Spokesman for the sons, Bob Val
lery. Piano duet, Paul r.ick and Robert
Address Judge E. F. Carter, Ne
braska supreme court.
Duet Lawrence and Allie Leon
Raymond C. Cook will act as toast
master. Paul Dick will have charge of
Banquet scheduled for 6:30.
Menu will be roast beef with all
the trimmings that go to make up
the kind of a meal men and boys
SUFFERS FROM FALL
Robert M. Walling, the abstractor,
is conducting his work today under
a handicap as the result of a fall
Saturday night. Mr. Walling was at
his home in the Herold apartments
and had gone to the rear door and
started to step out onto the walk, not
noticing it was very icy and slick
and as the result he fell and struck
on his right shoulder. The muscles
wer? badly bruised and wrenched
and it was found necessary to have
the shoulder bandaged and the arm
placed in a sling. There was for
tunately no bones broken.
The United Presbyterian church
of Murray is sponsoring a Men and
Mission rally on next Sunday Nov.
13th at the 11 o'clock morning ser
vice. Prof. Walter Beggs of the Uni
versity of Nebraska has been se
cured for the speaker. Special music
will also be a features of the service.
A large attendance is expected.
RECEIVES FINE REMEMBRANCE
Mrs. Arthur Trooo of near this
city was made very; happy Tuesday
by the receipt of a box of fine pom
granetes and persimons, sent from
California. They were a gift from
her brother. Robert W. Sherwood,
of Long Beach and made a most de
Death of John
Rotter a Long
Resident of Plattsmouth for Fifty
Years Dies Saturday after Long
Period of Poor Health.
Saturday night John Rotter, 85,
who for a period of fifty years has
been a resident of Plattsmouth, died
at the family home ia the west part
of the city, following a long period
of ill health and In the last weeks
of wnich his condition has been quite
Mr. Rotter was born in Bislov,
Moravia, on May 16, 1S53, and made
his home in his native land in his
younger years, being married In
?oravia to Mi3S Anna Norusek, they
spending some years in Vienna.
In the year 18SS Mr. and Mrs.
Hotter with their three children left
the old world to reside in the United
States and came to Plattsmouth to
make their home and where they
have since resided, being a part of
the fine citizenry of the community.
For the greater part of hi3 years Mr.
Rotter was in the employee of the
Turlington In the Plattsmouth shops,
retiring in 1923 from this work and
has since led a very quiet and re
tried life. Mr. and Mrs. Rotter have
resided in their present home for
the past twelve years.
There is surviving, the aged widow
and six children, John Rotter of New
castle, Wyoming; Vincent Rotter of
Cody? Wyoming; Mrs. Mary Wor
sham. Mrs. Eva Egenberger, both of
Des Moines; Mrs. Anna Leatak of
Omaha and Mrs. Hermie Kubicka of
this city. There are thirty-one grand
children and twenty-one great grand
children. The body will be taken to the
late home this evening - to Jaj i4
state until the hour for the funeral
services which will be held at 9:30
Tuesday morning at the Holy Rosary
JUNIOR CLASS PLAY
The Plattsmouth higti school un
der the direction of Mr. Lumir Ger
ner will present the Junior class
play "The Family Upstairs," on De
cember 9th. This is a comedy drama
and will afford an opportunity for
the class to bring out their best
talent and a good entertainment for
Mr. Gerner has started rehearsals
with two casts. From this group he
will pick the ones who are to be In
the play. The following is cast No.
1 and the committee in charge:
Joe Heller Joe York
Emma Heller Shirley Petersen
Louise Heller Mary Helen Dill
Willie Keller Edward Smith
Annabelle Heller Phyllis Speck
Charles Grant Allan White
Mrs. Grant Helen Hiatt
Herbert Bernard Kubicka
Mi S3 Calahan Wilma Swatek
Committee: Shirley Mason, Ralph
Stava. Darlene Hennings. Joe Phil
lips, and Stephen Devoe.
Prompter Helen Slatinsky.
Student Director Corrlne Druck-
Cast No. 2 will consist of the fol
lowing: Bruno Reichstadt, Ruthe
Webber. Corrine Drucker, Stephen
Devoe, Helen Blotzer, Keith Broman,
Helen Slatinsky, Warren Allbee and
FUNERAL OF JOHN ROTTER
From Tuesday's Daily
Funeral services for John Rotter
were held this morning at 9:30 at
the Holy Rosary church on west
Pearl street. A large number of the
old friends were present to attend
the mass and pay tribute to the
memory of the aged neighbor. The
requiem high mass was celebrated by
Rev. Joseph R. Sinkula.
The burial was at the Catholic
cemetery with the Sattler funeral
home in charge. The pall bearers
were Edward Donat, John and Mike
Bajeck, Charles Vltousek, L. W. Lor
enz, E. J. Ferrie.
Gratefully we wish to acknowl
edge the many acts of kindness shown
us in the illness of our loved one, for
the many expression! of sympathy
extended to us and for those who
assisted in the funeral. We also wish
to thank those who sent the beau
tiful Coral remembrances. Mrs.
John Rotter and Family.
WILL MAKE QUARTERS HERE
The port of Plattsmouth will be
winter quarters for a number of the
dredges and quarterboats which have
been engaged in the river improve
ment work the past summer. "The
McGregor," one of the large vessels
of the river fleet Is to tie up here
near the Plattsmouth dock as well
as the "Lewis" and will make this
city the headquarters for the crew
during the winter Beason, bringing a
number of new citizens to the com
munity. Must Remove
Old High School
State Fire Marshal Serves Notice on
Board of Education That Old
Structure Must Go.
The Plattsmouth board of educa
tion has received official notice from
the office of the state fire marshal at
Lincoln, that the old high school
building, which has fttood unused for
the past twenty years, must be de
The building which housed the
high school from .1899 to 1918, has
been unused and gradually has
yielded to the ravages of time and
much of the material, seats, sliding
partitions and other equipment has
been used in other of the schools
over the city.
There has been little left of the
building save the brick walls and
the general condition of the struc
ture has become such that its re
moval has been ordered.
The board of education has been
notified that the building must be
torn down within 40 days and the
fire hazard eliminated. It is expected
by . the board that- the removal of
the building will be made a NYA
project and afford employment for a
number of boys of the community.
HEAR "GRASSHOPPER CASE"
The county court was busy Mon
day with hearing the case of Harry
Kaslen vs. First Trust Co., and Her
man Agen. The case is one in which
the plaintiff Bought damages in the
sum of $500. The plaintiff, leasing
land of the defendant trust company
had harvested a grain crop, stubble
being left in the field, and also part
of his land in corn. The trust com-
nany had leased the land to other
parties and they had gone in and
proceeded to burn off the stubble.
The plaintiff claimed that by reason
of the fire he had been damaged in
the amount of $250 for loss of straw
and that the fire had caused the
grasshoppers to move from the
stubble into the green corn and dam
age the crop to the amount of $250.
After hearing the case in which
some fifteen witnesses had been call
ed, the jury returned a verdict find
ing for the defendant company.
ENGAGED WITH BANK
Prom Wednesday' Dally
Thornton Baker of Sharpsbutgh,
Iowa, today was enrolled as a mem
ber of the staff at the Plattsmouth
State bank, coming here from his
home town, where he has been
engaged In bank work. He comes to
this city very highly recommended
and will make a fine addition to the
efficient force' of the bank.
Mr. Baker has bad banking ex
perience in Nebraska as he was em
ployed at the Bank of Brainard, and
is very much pleased to be back in
Nebraska again. Mr. Baker is single
and will make his home at the resi
dence of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Gapen.
CASS COUNTY WOMEN
ATTEND NATIONAL MEET
Mrs. Nelson Berger and Miss
Evelyn Wolph of Nehawka attended
the National Home Demonstration
Council and the Rural Home confer
ence, sponsored by the American
Country Life association held at
Lexington, Kentucky, November 1-4,
1938. After the convention they
visited the fine stock farms around
Lexington, also "Old Kentucky
Home," home of Stephen Collins Fos
ter at Bardstown, Mammouth Cave of
Kentucky and Bangnell dam at the
Ozarks in Missouri. They report a
very Interesting trip.
Rev. G. A. Paid
Receives a Call
to Iowa Church
Pastor of the St. Paul' Church of
This City Called by Church
at Hartley, Iowa.
Rev. G. A. Pahl, pastor of the St.
Paul's Evangelical church of this
city announced to members of the
church congregation Sunday his
resignation and the tact that he had
received a call to the pastorate of the
Evangelical church at Hartley. Iowa.
The new charge to which Rev. Pahl
has received a call is one of the
best in the northwest section of Iowa,
a large new church and fine congre
gation and a very attractive parson
age in connection.
The call is a recognition of the
standing of the Plattsmouth pastor
in the church and a tribute to his
excellent work as a preacher and
In his service here Rev. Pahl has
advanced the church in spiritual in
spiration as well as in membership
and his leaving will bring much re
gret to the membership of the
church as well as the general public
in losing this splendid family. Both
Rev. and Mrs. Pahl have been active
in the community life and made &
wide circle of friends by their pleas
ant and genial personalities and will
ingness to aid in every way the ad
vancement of the things best for the
Rev. Pahl after the call from the
Iowa church also received an Invi
tation from one of the Chicago
churches to visit there with the pros
pect of the pastorate, but has elected
to accept the Iowa call.
DIES AT HOSPITAL
From Wednesday's Dally
Mrs. Sarah T. Everett, an old time
resident of this city, died this dom
ing at Norfolk, Nebraska, where she
has been a patient in a hospital for
the past three years.
Mrs. Everett was born in Lan
caster, Missouri, December 8, 1853,
and lived there and ut Afton. Iowa,
for a number of years. With her
parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. H. C.
Grimes, she moved to Plattsmouth
in 1881 and made her home here
until some thirty-eight years ago.
She was first married to Edwin A.
Smith, and in later years to Claudius
Everett, both preceding her In death.
There is surviving one son, Frank
Smith of this city, two brothers.
Ed" In F. Grimes of Omaha and
Charles D. Grimes of Fort Worth.
The body will be brought here by
the Sattler funeral home to await
the funeral arrangements.
HAVE EXCELLENT SHOW
Monday the John Deere company
staged an entertainment and dem
onstration at the store room and
yards of Glen Vallery, local agent,
located on South Sixth street. There
was a very large number at the pic
ture show which showed the making
and operation of the John Deere
farming machinery and was most in
teresting to the large group that at
tended. Mr. ValUry had arranged for re
freshments for his friends and which
was served at the noon hour and
some 250 were fed et the building.
PROGRAM AND PLATE SUPPER
' Thursday, Nov. 17, 8 p. m. at the
Pleasant Ridge or "Seeker" school,
Dist- 41. Everyone welcome. Doris
E. Wall, teacher. nl0w-nl5d
PROGRAM AND PLATE SUPPER
To be given at Taylor school, Dist.
37, Nov. 22, 8 p. m. Everyone in
vited. Martha Kaffenberger, teach
SUPPER AND BAZAAR
The Mynard U. B. Md socltty will
give a supper and bazaar. Thursday,
December 1st. lt-d&w
PROGRAM AND PLATE SUPPER
Wednesday, November 23ri, Dist.
No. 29, 8 .p. m. Evelyn Shelhorn,
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