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VOL. NO. LIV
PLATTSMOUTH, NEBRASKA, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 1938.
of Cass County
Totals Received by Candidates for
Various Offices and Proposi
tions for Amendment.
The following is the official vote
cast at the general election on Tues
day, November Sth by the voters of
Cass county with the totals of all
candidates. The returns were can
vassed by the board composed of I. J.
Hall and Walter L. Propst with
George R. Sayles as county clerk:
R. L. Cochran, D 2,612
Charles J. Warner, R 3,294
Charles W. Bryan (Petition) 1, 178
Terry Carpenter, D 2,056
William Edward Johnson, R 3,001
John B. Elliott. Jr. (Petition)l,233
(To Fill Vacancy)
Nate M. "Parsons, D 3.410
J. S. Kroh (Petition) 2,122
Secretary of State
Harry R. Swanson, D 3.299
L. E. Marsh. R 3,213
Auditor of Public Accounts
William H. Price, D : 2,570
Ray C. Johnson, R 3,403
Harry L. Babcock (Petition) 376
Walter H. Jensen, D 3,011
T. W. Bass, R 3,388
Richard C. Hunter, D 2,632
Walter R. Johnson, R 3,713
Floyd L. Bollen, D 2,448
Duane T. Swanson, R 3,787
Congressman, 1st District
Henry C. Luckey, D 3,337
Geo. II. Heinke. R 3,108
Catherine F. McGerr (Peti.) 334
County Clerk "
Bernard G. Wurl, D 2,847
George R. Sayles, R 3.987
Clerk of the DisUict Court
C. E. Led sway. R 5,681
Carl Keil. D 2,616
John E. Turner, R ; 4,320
Commissioner 2nd Dist.
W. H. Porter. D 889
Ray Norris, R : 962
Commissioner, 3rd Dist.
Harry Williams, D 781
H. C. Backemeyer, R 1,685
County Sheriff I
II. Sylvester, D 2,990
Joe Mrasek. R 3,480
Ed W. Thimgan (Petition) 578
Walter II. Smith. D 5,225
Register of Deeds
Lillian G. White. D 3.126
Ray F. Becker. R 3,630
Robert D. Fitch. Jr., D 3,040
Robert M. Mann, R 3.542
W. H. Puis, D 5,337
Chief Justice, Supreme Court
Robert G. Simmons 3,319
C. A. Sorensen 2,796
State Supt. Public Instruction
Charles W. Taylor 3,862
Sarah T. Mulr 2,211
County Supt. Public Instruction
Lora Lloyd Kieck 3,956
J. R. Reeder 2,781
Legislature, 3rd Dist.
Fred L. Carsten 3,478
W. A. Metzger 3,086
Eastern Nebraska Public
Charles Ward 3,574
Harry C. Parmenter 2,333
E. H. Boettcher 2,076
T. E. Wheeler 2,518
William Bischof. Jr. 2,547
II. W. Grundman 1,898
(To Fill Vaf&ncy)
Geo. W. Armburst 3,185
Clark F. Susong 1,330
(To Fill Vacancy)
Guy Jones . 2,231
Carl A. Balfour 2,705
(To Fill Vacancy)
C. K. Brodd 3,763
(To Fill Vanancy)
Lamoine Beachy 1,112
Frtnk H. Johnson 3,403
The vote on the various proposed
amendments to the constitution was
The bank liability amendment lost
lu this county by a vote of 2,442 to
The short ballot amendment lost
in Cass county by a vote of 986 to
The changing of the members of
the board of educational lands and
funds, lost In Cass county by a vote of
1,775 to 2,777.
The amendment to change the
members of the board of pardons lost
in this county by a vote of 1,327 to
The recall of officials amendment
lost in Cass county by a vote of 2,788
The amendment to the constitu
tion to license slot machines in Ne
braska lost in this county by a vote
of 5.290 to 1,337.
The vote on the appropriation for
the continuation of the Farm Bureau
in Cass county won by a vote of
3.422 to 3,253.
Holy Name of
Large Number Here to Take Part and
Many Priests of Deanery Here;
Jlrgr. Agius Serves as Dean
The Holy Name rally of the Platts-
mouth deanery was held yesterday at
the St. John's school chapel. There
were seme 800 men from different
parishes of Cass and Otoe counties.
Ten priests were in attendance.
The dean. Rt. Rev. George Agius,
D.D., J.C.D., V.F., presided over the
meeting and welcomed the group.
Rev. Elmer McFadden of Syracuse
gave the response. Attorney Walter
H. Smith was the principal speaker
and gave a fine address to the group.
The rally closed with all the men
going to the church for the Benedic
tion of the Blessed Sacrament and
the pledge of the Holy Name society.
The ladies of the. pariah served a de
The following parishes were rep
resented: Holy Rosary, Plattsmouth.
the Rev. Joseph Sinkula, pastor;
Holy Trinity, Avoca, the Rev. E. C.
McFadden: St. Benedict's, Nebraska
City, the Rev. Charles Bauer, C.P.P.
S.; St. Mary's. Nebraska City, the
Rev. Alvin Bauer. C.P.P.S.; St. Leo's,
Palmyra, and Ct. Martin's Douglas,
the Rev. John Kean; St. Joseph's,
Paul, the Rev. A. M- Faessler; St
Patrick's Manley, the Rev. James
Hennessy, and St. Paul's Dunbar, the
Rev. Walter Sherry.
VISIT. SEWARD MEETING
Monday evening Commander E. G.
Ofe, of the Hugh J. Kearns post of
the American Legion, accompanied
by John E. Turner. C. E. Ledgway,
Fred Lugsch and Fred Herbster,
visited the American Legion post at
Seward. The Plattsmouth delegation
was presenting the invitation to the
Seward county Legion men to be here
for the district convention on Wed
nesday, November 30th, one of the
big events in the year's program in
the community and which it is ex
pected will draw in many hundreds
from all parts of the district. Com
mander Ofe presented the invitation
on behalf of the Plattsmouth group.
WILL TENDER FAREWELL
The members of the congregation
of the St. Paul's Evangelical church
will hold a farwell for Rev. and Mrs.
G. A. Pahl and their family on Sun
day evening, at 8 o"clock at the
church and club rooms in the base
ment. All members of the church are
invited to attend.
Gratefully we wish to thank the
many kind friends and neighbors for
their thoughtfulness to us in our
hour of bereavement, for the tender
sympathy and to all those who as
sisted In the funeral services and
sent the beautiful flowers. Mrs. "W.
T. Richardson and Family.
NOTICE TO ALL BOWLING LOVERS
There will be a meeting at the
bowling alley, 37 Main st. at 8 p. m.
Fri. 18th for the purpose of organ
izing a business men's league. Every
body invited, especially those who
wish to take part or bowl in this
J. E. LANCASTER,
Visit Boats in
Visit the "Lewis" and "McGregor"
in Their Winter Quarters Near
the Plattsmouth Dock.
From Wednesday's Dally
This morning escorted by D. R.
Thornton, chief of the local U. S.
Engineers office, a party of Cham
ber of Commerce representatives,
comprising President J. Howard
Davis, Secretary E. H. Wescott and
Waldemar Soennichsen paid a visit
to the two gigantic river dredge
boats, the "Lewis" and "McGregor,"
both of which will be docked here
for the winter.
The "Lewis" is the largest boat
that has been engaged in the river
work in this section of the Missouri
and is a companion cf the "Clark."
used in work at points farther to
the south. The dredge is 300 feet
long and So feet wide and the ma
chinery and equipment of the boat
represents an investment of some
1500,000. It has beei doing a great
deal of work this summer in making
the Missouri a navigable stream and
one that will bring true the dream
of the restoration of iiver traffic on
The captain of the "Lewis" is Ger
ald Friemonth, who with the crew
showed the local people every con
sideration and gave them an oppor
tunity to thoroughly inspect the
boat. The kitchen and dining halls
are immaculate and also are the quar
ters of the "crew and where com
fort and convenience if- provided for
the men at all times. The boat has a
working crew of fifty but this is
reduced for the winter when the
boat is docked.
They also visited the "McGregor"
where they were received by Captain
Wesley' Wohlt and chown over the
boat which is also one of the largest
boats that have been sent to this
part of the ricer.
The local party was taken to the
boat harbor by launch and had a
very fine and interesting trip as well
as a most worthwhile inspection of
the two boats.
MANY ATTEND MEETING
A large delegation of Plattsmouth
people from the Methodist, Chris
tian and Presbyterian churches, were
at Murray Sunday evening to attend
the missionary meeting of the Chris
tian church. Miss Helen Topping was
the speaker and gave a very inspir
ing address on the work of the
Christian churches in the foreign
field- She was presented by Miss
Wik, state secretary of Christian
Education for Nebraska.
The church was filled to its capa
city by the audience who felt that
it was a real treat to have heard this
RETURNS FROM WEST
From Tuesday's Dally
Mrs. Andrew Kroehler, who has
spent several weeks in the Pacific
northwest as a guest at the home of
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Boyd at Everett,
Washington, returned home last eve
ning. She was met in Omaha by
Mr. Kroehler and Mr. and Mrs. Wal
ter Tritsch and brought on home.
She has had a most delightful out
ing and enjoyed very much, the In
teresting scenes of that part of the
Pacific coast country.
On behalf of the Mynard Com
munity club, I want to thank the re
freshment committee and all mem
bers of the club, who helped pre
pare and serve the banquet for the
Fathers and Sons, held last Friday
evening at the Mynard community
TO THE VOTERS OF CASS COUNTY
I wish to express to the voters my
deepest appreciation of their fine
support received In Tuesday's elec
tion for office of Register of Reeds.
It will be my earnest desire to serve
the people to the very best of my
ability in the coming four years.
RAY F. BECKER.
MAKES QUICK ARREST
From Tuesday' Dlly
This noon Sheriff Homer Sylvester
and Deputy Sheriff Cass Sylvester,
made the capture red handed of a
man who had broken his way into
the A. R. Case produce station on
The officers were across the street
in waiting as the man arrived and
cut the screen on the door and which
allowed him to get the main door
open and into the office of the sta
tion. As the man came out he was
arrested and taken into custody.
When brought in he gave the name
of Carl Bailey and is being held
pending the filing of a charge of
breaking and entering. Nothing of
value, however, was taken from the
is Selected as
Winner of Cass County Young Citi
zenship Honors Now Goes to
State Meet at Omaha.
Homer (Jack) Barton, who was
the winner of the Cass County Ycung
Citizens contest at Weeping Water.
Saturday was named district winner
at the meeting held in Lincoln. He
will compete starting Tuesday in the
state contest at Omaha.
The young man is one of the lead
ing students of the local high school,
a member of the senior class and an
outstanding member of the debate
and public speaking teams of the
high school. He has had a brilliant
career and Is one of the most popular
as well as highest ranking students
in the school.
Mr. Barton is a son ct Mr. and Mrs.
Elmer Johnson and his many friends
here are pleased to , e arn that he
will be qualified to take part in the
WILL BE BURIED HERE
From Tuesday's Dally
Mrs. Winifred Riley, 62, former
resident of this city, passed away
last night at Norfolk where she has
been at a hospital under treatment.
The body will be brought to this
city from Omaha, where she has
been making her home, and funeral
services will be held at the St. John's
church' at 9:15 Thursday mornirg,
with interment at the Catholic. ceme
tery. Mrs. Riley was the widow of John
Riley, who passed away a number of
yeara ago and is buried at the local
Mrs. Riley was a sister-in-law of
the late Mrs. William Shea, Sr.. and
aunt of William Shea, Jr., of this
VISIT RELATIVES HERE
Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Taplett and
son, Vernon, of Sioux Falls, South
Dakota, arrived Saturday from their
home to spend a few days visiting
at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James
E. Warga. south of the city. Mrs.
Warga being a daughter of the
Mr. Taplett is in charge of one of
the large beer distributing companies
in that part of the west and which
has a large number of branches in
To the voters of second district I
extend my sincere appreciation
for your expression of confidence and
loyalty. I assure you that I will do
my best to serve you Impartially.
RAY E. NORRIS.
To the voters of West Rock Bluffs
1 wish to express my deep appre-'
elation of the support given me
at the November election. I will
strive to fully merit the confidence
shown by the voters.
I wish to thank the citizens of
West Rock Bluffs precinct who voted
for me at the recent election. I ap
preciate this expression of your good
will. O. A. DAVIS.
is Badly Injured
in Union Fight
Member of Extra Gang of Missouri
Pacific Hurried to Omaha Hos
pital Last Night.
From Tuesday's Dally
Shortly before midnight Monday
night, Sheriff Homer Sylvester and
Deputy Sheriff Cass Sylvester were
called to Union where it was report
ed that a fight between members of
an extra crew of the Missouri Pacific
had resulted in the serious injury of
one of the gang.
It was found that a colored man,
Albert Smiley, had been terrifically
beaten by a companion and was in
very grave condition. The head of
Smiley had been beaten by a sharp
three-cornered rock and which had
crushed down and into the side of
the right jaw, crushing and tearing
it very badly. The man then appar
ently had been brutally kicked in
the ribs and also pounded and kick
ed as he lay helpless on the paving
of j the street where the fight had
The sheriff found that the men
had apparently been drinking some
but not to excess.
The Sattler ambulance was called
from Plattsmouth and the injured
man hurried to the St. Joseph hos
pital in Omaha where his condition
was regarded as grave.
The other party to the fight had
apparently fled from the scene of the
battle and could not be found last
This morning Sheriff Homer Syl
vester and Deputy Cass Sylvester
were at Union and made the arrest
of a man named George McReynolds,
who gave his residence as Omaha.
The man was brousht here and
lodged iii jail to await the outcome
of Smiley and the filing t charges
that may be made.
ATTEND GARDEN CLUB MEETING
From Monday's Daily-r-
A number of the members of the
Plattsmouth Garden club this morn
ing motored to Omaha where they
will attend a meeting of the Omaha
clubs which is being held at the
Hotel Rome. This is an all day meet
ing of the clubs and filled with many
very interesting talks and confer
ences. This evening a banquet will
be held at the hotel for the Omaha
and visiting Garden club boosters.
Mrs. E. H. Wescott of this city is on
the program of the day.
WINS REGULAR POST
Wayne Falk, former Palttsmouth
high school football and basketball
star, who has been playing with the
Tarkio college team for the past sea
son, has been awarded a regular post
as guard on the team and which is a
fine recognition of his excellent work
through the season. While In school
here Wayne was one of the main
cogs In the 1936-37 football team
and the captain of the basketball
team In the 1937-38 season.
VISIT AT STANDER HOME
Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Alstrup of
Sioux Falls, S. D., Mr. and Mrs. Ross
McDonald of Sabetha, Kans., and Mrs.
Carl Windrum and son Larry of
Falls City were visitors at the Hugh
Stander home Friday. Mrs. Aistrup
and Mrs. Windrum are sisters of
Mrs. Stander and Mrs. McDonald a
MAKES GUILTY PLEA
George Mark was arraigned this
morning on a charge of forgery and
to the complaint he made a plea of
guilty. Judge A. K. Duxbury bound
the defendant over to the district
court for trial.
Stephen Devoe is confined to his
home on high school hill with a
touch of pneumonia. He is reported
today as slightly improved.
SUFFERING FROM PNEUMONIA
William Halmes is 111 at his home
here. He is suffering from an at
tack of bronchial pneumonia.
FORMER RESIDENT DIES
William Manternacht, 82, a resl
dent of Plattsmouth for a great many
years, living in the north part of the
city near the present Hartwick prop
erty, died Tuesday at Omaha.
Mr. Manternacht has resided at
Omaha for the past thirty-one years
and will be remembered by the older
residents and neighbors of the com
munity. While a resident here he
was employed in the Burlington
The funeral services will be held
at Omaha and the body brought to
this city for interment in the Cath
olic cemetery Thursday.
Very Pretty Ceremony Held at St.
John's Church With Rel
From Wednesday's Dairy
At a pretty fall wedding this
morning, Miss Margaret Ann Ort
man, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. A".
Ortman, Omaha, became the bride of
Walter H. Smith of this city, son
of Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Smith, Bell
wood, Nebraska. Rev. E. P. Mul
laney, S. J., married the couple at
a double ring ceremony at St. John's
church in Omaha.
The bride, who was given in mar
riage by her father, wore a floor
length gown of white satin and a
long, flowing veil v.ith a lovely
crown. She carried a bouquet of
white calla lilies.
She was attended by her sister,
Miss Anne Ortman, who wore a light
blue taffeta gown. Her bouquet was
of tea roses.
Groomsman was John Smith,
brother of the bridegroom and the
ushers were Bernard Vinardi and
After the ceremony, a breakfast
was served at the Hotel Wellington
for friends and relatives of the
Miss Ortman Is a graduate of
Central high in Omaha and for the
past five years has been employed in
the personnel department of the
Farm Credit Administration. Mr.
Smith Is a graduate of Creighton Arts
College and Creighton School of Law.
He was recently elected attorney for
Cass county and has a great many
friends in this community who ex
tend well wishes for the young
couple's happiness. They will make
their home in Plattsmouth.
REPORT BOX CAR ROBBERIES
From Monday's Daily
Sheriff Homer Sylvester and Spec
ial Agent Kirk of the Missouri Paci
fic railroad were busy today in run
ning down a series cf box car rob
beries that have occurred on the
railroad at Union and Louisville on
last Wednesday and arrests are ex
pected to be made today.
At Louisville it r.as found that
six gallons of paint, a box of hard
ware and bath room fixtures had
been taken and later some of the
loot was found ditched along the
road east of Louisville. The parties
had taken the paint, however, and
made their way into Council Bluffs
where the paint waj later located
by the officers- It is expected that
the charges will be filed this after
noon and the trio of men brought
here for arraignment.
MAKES GUILTY PLEA
The three men arrested In con
nection with box car robberies over
this part of the west, sought by
Sheriff Homer Sylvester for a box car,
robbery at Louisville, elected to stand
trial in Iowa for another offense.
The three men made a guilty plea at
Denison, Iowa, Tuesday. They are
sentenced to three years In prison
for box car robbery.
NOW ON EAST COAST
From Tuesday's Darir
Oliver Taylor, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Roy Taylor, of this city, is now back
in service and is stationed on the
U. S. S. Dickerson, at Norfolk, Vir
ginia. Oliver has made a very fine
record In his service In the navy
and is continuing his enlistment in
this branch of the national defense.
Mrs. Francis S.
White is Dead at
Age 94 Years
One of Oldest Residents of the City
Passes at a Ripe Old Age
From Wednesday's Daily
Mrs. Diana White, 94. died Tues
day afternoon at 3 o'clock at the
Nebraska Masonic Home where she
has resided for the past several
months following a severe accident
that rendered her helpless since that
Mrs. White was one of the oldest
residents of the city and has made
her home in Plattsmouth for many
years and who was a lady highly
esteemed among the friend she had
won in the years past.
Diana Edgerton, daughter of Wil
liam and Diana Shulleross Edger
ton. was born In England on July 25,
1844. coming at an early age to the
United States and where the family
first settled in Albany. Indiana. The
family came west later, some making
the trip by steamboat from St. Louis
while others made the trip overland
On the death of her first husband.
she was later married to Francis S.
White, a pioneer resident of Cass
county, who preceded her in death
several years ago. Mrs. White was
preceded in death by her daughter
of her first marriage, Mrs. Lottie
Killer as well as her daughter, Mrs.
Florence White Redfem.
Several months ago at her home
where she had resided alone Bince
the death fo Mr. Whke, she fell and
suffered a fracture of her hip, which
at her great age made her condition
very critical and since that time she
has gradually been in failing health
until death came to her relief.
The body was taken to the Horton
funeral home where it will lay In
state this afternoon and evening from
5 to 8 o'clock.
The funeral services will be held
on Thursday morning at 10:30 at the
St. Luke's Episcopal church of which
she was a member.
SOCIAL CIRCLE CLUB
The Social Circle club held an
Interesting meeting at the cozy home
of Mrs. Tony Klimm cn Wednesday,
November Sth. Thi3 was the first
all day meeting and everyone
brought a covered dish, providing
the means for a fine dinner at the
noontime that all enjoyed and did
ample justice to.
This was a Christmas lesson and
different kinds of candy made and
tested by the members of the club.
The leaders also showed the different
way to wrap and decorate packages,
making them very lovely Indeed.
The club was very much honored
by the presence of the group (hair
man, Mrs. John Woest of Platts
mouth, all members enjoying very
much having her with them.
After the dinner the meeting was
called to order by the president,
Mrs. Karry Gobelman, with business
matters being discussed. It wj.s de
cided to Join the Red Cross ai has
been the custom each year. The
song leader, Mrs. Ezra Albin then
took charge and with Mrs. Martin
Sporer at the piano, the afternoon
was spent mostly in singing and
learning -the art of wrapping pack
ages. Several visitors were present to
enjoy the meeting.
The next meeting will be a Christ
mas party at the home of Mrs. Mar
tin Sporer on December 13th. Every
one is requested to bring a gift for
a grab bag, none to cost more than
10c, also please bring a covered dish.
All are urged to attend.
The ladies of the Baptist church
in Union are serving dinner and
supper on Thanksgiving day. ltw
PROGRAM AND PLATE SUPPER
Friday, Nov. 18 at the Stull school,
Dist. No. 28, 8:00 p. m. Everyone
welcome. Lucille A. Melslnger,
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