The Plattsmouth journal. (Plattsmouth, Nebraska) 1901-current, December 22, 1938, Image 1
fTclr. Sfnte.nisfcrica Society TT, mourn omn VOL. NO. LIV PLATTSMOUTH, NEBRASKA, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1938. NO. 92 A County Farm Bureau Holds Annual Meet One Hundred and Fifty Attend Event Reports Received From the Group Chairmen. The twentieth annual Cass county Farm Bureau meeting:, held in the auditorium of the Methodist church in Weeping Water, Saturday after noon, was attended by about 150 peo ple who came from all parts of the county. The meeting was opened by the president, John B. Kaffenberger, of Plattsmouth, who mentioned the notable progress which has been made in -the county alorg agricul tural lines, and the changes which have been made in presenting the work, during the twenty year span that the Farm Bureau has been in existence in this county. He intro duced J. M. Quackenbusb, the agrir cultural agent, commenting upon the fact that since Mr. Quackenbusb. is leaving the -county thi3 was not only his initial address, but probably his last to such a group within the coun ty. The county rural women's chorus, under the leadership of Mrs. J. R. Reeder of Plattsmouth, won much well earned praise with the presen tation of three numbers, "She Sleeps My Lady Sleeps," "Over the Summer Sea," and "Cheriberribin." This was the first public appearance of the group. Mrs. Ray Norris, Weeping Water, Cass county's legate to the annual meeting of the State Farm Bureau Federation meeting at Organized Agriculture, gave a concise report, especially bringing out the high lights of the talk on "Germany's Po litical and Economic Expansion Down the Danube," given by Bracket Lewis who has spent the twenty years since the World war in Europe, and the last ten years of it in Czecho slovakia. She also touched on the address given by Niles Wallace on the topic, "As Rural Youth Sees the Future," and mentioned the address on "Better Schools for Rural Amer ica." given by Mrs. Glenn Hills, state winner in the public speaking contest sponsored by the Nebraska Farm Bu reau Federation and who is now in New Orleans to compete in the na tional contest. The extension agents, Mr. Quack enbush and Jessie Baldwin, gave brief reports of the various activ ities carried on the past year by the Farm Bureau, following which they spoke a few words in recognition of the service and cooperation rendered by the 4-H club leaders and their as sistants, and presented each with a pencil as a token of appreciation from the state and county offices. 4-H club boys and girls who had been declared county champions were next introduced and presented with medals donated by varlcus commer cial concerns interested in further ing 4-H club work. Master feeder certificates, won by livestock club members, and given by the Omaha Livestock Exchange, were also pre sented at this time. H. G. Gould, assistant director of extension work, was the principal speaker on the program, discussing the extension outlook. He stressed the fact that the extension service is not just a state organization, but that everybody in the county had a part in putting across the education al program, and the results achieved are good or bad according to the degree of cooperation and Interest shown by the people themselves. He stressed the importance of building a good 4-K club program and compli mented the county on what has al ready been done along that line. He brought out the fact that while 4-H club folks are busy working on con structive activities they haven't time to think about crime or plan organ ized destruticon such as that result ing from nations at war. A short business meeting conclud ed the afternoon's program when the minutes of the last annual meet ing were read and approved and a financial statement was given. Open house wag held at the Farm Bureau office following the meeting, as a farewell to Mr. and Mrs. Quack enbush. In the receiving line with Mr. and Mrs. Quackenbusb. were Mr. Kaffenberger, president of the Farm Bureau, Mrs. Ralph Keckler, county chairman of women's work, and H. G. Gould, assistant director of exten sion work. Miss Evelyn Wolph and Mrs. Everett Spangler invited the guests to help themselves to refresh ments served from a table made at tractive with centerpiece and ap pointments in keeping with the holi day season. HOME FROM UNIVERSITY Home from the University of Ne braska to spend their vacation here with their parents are Miss Mary Kathryn Wiles. Miss Alberta Tim- mas and Miss Rachel Robertson. Knights Templar Select Don Seiver as Commander Mt. Zion Commandery No. 5 Select Officers for Ensuing' Year at Meeting Last Night. From Tuesday' DfclTjr Mt. Zion commandery No. 5, of the Knights Templar at their meet ing last evening selected their elec tive officers for the ensuing year, the following being named: Commander Don Siever. Generalissimo L. L. Horton. Recorder W. F. Evers. Treasurer Frank A. Cloidt. Captain General L. L. McCarty. The other officers will be appoint ed by the new commander and all will be installed at the session of the commandery on January 16th. Following the election of officers the members enjoyed a very much appreciated luncheon. HOLD IMPRESSIVE SERVICE Candlelight vespers were celebrated Snnday at the First Presbyterian church at 5 o'clock with a very large congregation in attendance. The church had been attractively ar ranged for the event, two large trees with blue lighting making a pretty scene and four large candelabrum through the church lent a pretty touch to the scene. Tall candles were in each window and with trimmings of green branches made a fine set ting. A lighted star in the east of the church was an effective part of the decoration. The choir entered the church bearing tapers and took their places in the organ loft. The organ prelude was played by Mrs. H. F. Goos and who also accora paniet the choir in their numbers. "The Joyful Morn." "Christmas." "While by My Sheep." and "The Shepherd's Story." Miss Jean Knorr gave a most im pressive organ solo and David Fow ler a fine violin number, "Cavatina." A vocal trio. Miss Florence Lamee, Mrs. Hilt Martin and Mrs. J. R. Reeder sang. "Bethlehem." Frank A. Cloidt sang "O Holy Night" and John Jacobs "In Bethlehem." The decorating of the church was in charge of Mrs. L. L. Wiles and Mrs. L. D. Hiatt with Floyd Shan holtz and J. E. Schutz assisting. STOCK DIVIDEND CHECKS OUT BEFORE CHRISTMAS The Plattsmouth Loan and Build Ihg association directors at their meeting Friday night declared a 4 l-er cent dividend on paid up stock and a 5 per cent dividend on install ment stock. In order to make the money available before Christmas, dividend checks will be ready for distribution by tomorrow. Reports made to the directors in dicate a reserve in excess of 50 per cent, and the financial affairs in splendid shape. Loans have increas ed materially during the past year, the officers state. The annual meeting of the associa tion will be held Tuesday evening, Jtnuary 3rd. YOUNG PEOPLE WEDDED Tuesday afternoon at the Presby terian manse occurred the marriage of Vernon Gustav Harms of Auburn and Virginia Pearl Maxey of Brock. The marriage lines were read by Dr. H. G. McClusky, pastor of the First Presbyterian church and witnessed by Mrs. McClusky and Mrs. Wiley Sigler. Santa Claus has Royal Greeting Here Saturday Some 1,400 Children Are on Hand to Greet Santa and to Re ceive a Treat. The visit of Santa Claus to Platts mouth Saturday brought out a very large crowd of the residents from all parts of Cass county, some 3,000 be ing estimated in the business section of the city as the visitation occurred shortly before 2 o'clock. Santa made his arrival in true 1938 style via river navigation, land ing at the Lewis, flag3hip of the fleet north of the dock and then was brought on into the city by the old fire truck, the first appearance of which brought on the greatest of enthusiasm from the large groups along the street. j Santa was met by the group of , fifteen flag bearers, selected from i the members of the drum and bugle corps and which made a most im pressive sight. The Plattsmouth municipal band with its swinging marching tunes followed the flag bearers and preceded the good old Santa. Santa In the ride up to the court house greeted the hundreds along the walks and on the court house lawn with waves of his hand in true Oass county style. The parade took up the route from the court house north to Vine and west on Vine to Sixth, back to Main and then to the platform erected at Fifth street. " The guard of honor, composed of the little folks chosen from the schools of Cass county, met at the Hotel Plattsmouth and were then marched to the platform where they were present when Santa - arrived. On the arrival of Santa Claus at the platform he was greeted by Mayor George Lushlnsky, who presented the key to the city to the monarch of the Christmas joys, who accepted the honor. King Frank A. Cloidt and Queen Martha Kaffenberger of the King Korn Karnival, W'ere also pres ent to greet Santa and extend their welcome. Gifts to the honor guard were pre sented by the king and queen for the Ad club. With the close of the ceremonies at the platform Santa and his escort moved east to the east room in the Journal building that had been pre pared for his use. Here Santa greet ed the youngsters and presented each one with a treat, some 1,400 being given away during the course of the afternoon. Many of the little folks stopped for a short chat with Santa and to tell their wishes. The members' of the police force de partment deserve much credit for their fine work in handling the crowds and keeping away from the congestion and danger of injury to the small children at least. The announcing for the afternoon was in charge of Walter H. Smith, the official announcer of the Ad club. TO CHRISTMAS AT ELMW00D Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Reeder and twin daughters, are to enjoy the Christ mas holiday at Elmwood where they will be guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Williams, parents of Mrs. Reeder. Miss Anna Williams, who is teaching music and English In the high school at Elida, New Mexico, is to be home also for the holiday sea son to make a pleasant family re union. HOME TOE VACATION Miss Maxlne Cloidt, Instructor in the high school at McCook, Nebras ka, and Miss Frances Cloidt, stu dent at Stephens college at Colum bia, Missouri, are expected home Thursday. They will remain over the holidays with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank A. Cloidt. ATTEND MEETING Mrs. Elmer Sundstrom and Miss Edith' Solomon were at Nebraska City Tuesday evening, attending a meeting there to discuss the social security and unemployment prob lems. District representatives were present to explain the act. To our Readers, Advertisers and Friends, we extend the Oeasdn's Sfeetirigs A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to All MRS. R. A. BATES Publisher Journal AXD THK KXT1RE POHCK Frank Smith Klmer Webb Grace Perry Carl Graves Viva Palmer "William Nelson M. S. BriffKS Floyd Yeliok Andy Itoblnson Theodore ielick Carriers and Correspondents Fathers and Daughters Hold Fine Banquet Bethel of Job's Daughters Have Fath ers as Guests Initiate a Class of Candidates. From Wednesday's Daily Last evening Bethel K. 24 of the Job's Daughters held a very fine Fath ers and Daughters dinner at the par lors of the First Methodist church and later a very interesting meeting at which a class of six was received into the order. The dinner was served by the Naomi circle of the Methodist church and the dining room was very, prettily arranged for the occasion The tables were arranged In the form of a cross and the Christmas theme was carried out in the minia ture tree3 and decorations of holly as well as with the Christmas candles. The scene was most attractive, as the daughters were seated with their fathers around the long tables. A very large number attended. Following the dinner the members of the bethel and the fathers ad journed to the lodge rooms in the Ma sonic building for the regular meet ing and initiation. Miss Clara Wey rich, guardian, opened the meeting and which was then turned over to Miss Shirley Seiver, honored queen and the officers of the bethel. Following the regular work of the evening a short program was held that was much enjoyed. Honored Queen Shirley Seiver extended the welcome to the fathers on behalf of the bethel and the response was given by Rev. J. C. Lowson, on be half of the fathers. Jeanette Wetenkamp, a daughter, gave a very delightful song that was dedicated ot the fathers of the girls and was very charmingly given. Miss Margaret Ann Vallery was also heard in the. vocal selection, "Thy Will Be Done," that added to the program of the evening. Judge A. H. Duxbury spoke briefly on the work of the organization and its splendid value to the community. The members of the class were Dorothy Duxbury. Helen Hiatt, Ruth Lowson, Helen Dill, June Griffin, Wilma Tritsch. HEBE FE0M CALIFORNIA From Tuesday's Daily Don Bushnell of Burbank, Cali fornia arrived here this morning to spend the Christmas holidays' visit ing with his mother, Mrs. G. O. Schwenneker and other relatives'. HERE FROM ST. PAUL Mr. and Mrs. Ralph H. Anderson, of St. Paul, Minn., are here to en joy a visit over the Christmas holi day with the old friends and neighbors.'" Phone news Items to llo. 8. Eastern Star Entertains at the Masonic Home Fine Program Is Given Sunday Eve ning for Aged Residents of Home and Infirmary. The members of the Nebraska Ma sonic Home family were given a most delightful pre-Christmas party on Sunday afternoon and early evening when officers of Home Chapter No. 189 Eastern Star, presented a large group of the talented Plattsmouth residents in songs, music and reci tations. Each of the officers had secured a part of the program and presented the parties to take part in the en tertainment of the occasion. Mrs. Floyd Becker, worthy ma tron of Home chapter presided. The program offered showed a fine array of talent and extensive numbers that were very much appreciated. The program was as follows: Worthy Matron Mrs. Floyd Beck er. Recitation "Why Do Bells of Christmas Ring,, Harlan Hennings. Piano Solo "Danube Waves Waltz," Harlan Hennings. Vocal "O Little Town of Bethle hem," Shirley Chamberlain. Worthy Patron John Janecek. Vocal "Cathedral of the Pines," Theresa Slatinsky, accompanist Helen Slatinsky on aocordlan. Associate Matron Mrs. W. F. Evers. Violin solo "Meditation," David Fowler. Associate Patron Luke L. Wiles. Vocal Duet "Silent Night," Frank A. Cloidt. Elizabeth Sigley; accom panist. Mrs. L. S. Devoe. Conductress Mrs. William Sey boldt. Welcome George Minford. Recitation George Minford. Associate Conductress Marie Nolting. Recitation "My Puppy," Leland Meisinger. Piano solo "Jingle Bells." Recitation "One Square Meal," Wayne Meisinger. Secretary Clara Weyrich. Vocal solo "Christmas Carol," Marjorie Devoe. Treasurer Mary Petersen. Vocal Solo "Star of the East," Mrs. John E. ScMitz. Chaplain Mrs. George Lushlnsky. Vocal Solo "A Bird Lullaby," Juanita Sigler. Marshal Mrs. Carl Schneider. Recitation Ronald Schneider. Organist Mrs. Henry Nolting. Tap Dance Donna Bea Seiver. Ruth Mrs. Earl Becker. Vocal Solo "A Gold Mine in the Sky," Mary Lou Becker. Esther Malinda Friedrlch. Quartette "Silent Night." "O Loving Father," Schafer Sisters. Martha Mrs. Wiley Sigler. Vocal Solo "O Holy Night." Frank A. Cloidt. Electa Mrs. Raymond Larson. Recitation "In Storage," Richard Duxbury. Warder Mrs. William Kraeger. Piano Solo "Mystery of the Deep." Sentinel Henry Nolting. Vocal Solo "Star of My Blue Heaven." Robert Tritsch. Boxes of candy were' presented to everyone in the Home and the in firmary by Mrs. Floyd Becker in be half of Home chapter, the treat being one that all enjoyed very much. LOOKS OVER SITES HERE J. W. McCann, of Valley and Om aha, well known grain and elevator man, was in the city this week to look over the sites near the local Missouri river dock that might be available for warehouse and elevator purposes. He was well pleased with the location and the promise of open ing the way for grain shipments from this fertile section of the state. CASS COUNTY GIRLS HONORED LINCOLN Miss Alberta Timmas, Plattsmouth, and Miss Ruth Ann Sheldon, Nehawka, were honored for high scholarship during their fresh man year at the University of Nebras ka at the recent honors convocation held at the college of agriculture. Miss Sheldon and Miss Timmas are now sophomores in the college of agriculture. RETURN FROM CALIFORNIA Mrs. D. S. Sumner returned the latter part ot last week from Cali fornia where she has been visiting with relatives at Redlands. She also visited friends and points of interest in neighboring cities. VISIT WITH INJURED SON Mr. and Mrs. Fred S. Vallery, who have been at Kearney, called by the Bevere injury of their son, William, returned home Saturday evening. They found William recovering very nicely from the effects of the severe accident that he suffered last Tues day when his arm was torn off at the elbow and amputation made necessary. The lad Is a mass of bruises from the waist up to his head and it is remarkable that he was not killed. It is expected that in a few days he can be moved from the Kearney hospital to the infirmary at the state industrial school. Community Choral Sins Tuesday Night Very Impressive Part of the Christ mas Week Festivities Held at Court House Lawn. From Wednesday's Daily Despite the penetrating . chill of the winter evening, a large group of the residents of the city and students of the Plattsmouth schools were as sembled at the court house lawn last night, joining in the choral singing and short program appropriate to the occasion. The group gathered around the gaily lighted cedar tree that adorns the lawn of the court house and a spot light furnished the means of the singers following their musical scores. The high school band and groups of the chorus of the school were joined by many from the choirs of the city church In the group that gave in song the glory of the Christ mas tide. , The horal numbers embraced "The First Noel," "Little Town of Bethle hem," "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear." "Silent Night." "Joy to the World." David Fowler, musical di rector of the city schools had charge of the directing of the songs. Rev. J. C. Lowaon, pastor of the First Methodist church, gave the in vocation. Rev. J. W. Taenzler, pas tor of the First Christian church, gave the Christmas story from St. Luke and Dr. H. G. McClusky of the First Presbyterian church gave the beneditcion. A PRESENT IMPRESSIVE SERVICE The birth of Christ was portrayed Sunday at 5 p. m. in a very beautiful and reverential candle lighting ser vice at the First Methodist church. While the wonderful story was read, and amid singing of Christmas songs, scenes of the Nativity were enacted on the platform. Candles were lighted in the win dows of the church and in candelabra on the platform where was present ed the story of the birth and ador ation of the Christ child. The candles gleamed beautifully amid the green of the evergreen decorations. Angels hovered over the manger where the baby Jesus lay and where Joseph and Mary knelt. The shep herds and wise men came to pay tribute to their king and were all grouped on the stage. Soft blue light from a star shone down on the lead ing angel add formed a beautiful picture. Some fifty-five people took part in the presentation and the church was filled with those who came to enjoy the service. PHILATHEA CLASS ELECTS The Philathea -class of the Meth odist church held their election of officers on Sunday morning at the regular meeting hour. The class has for the past five years had the lead ership of Mrs. Howard Wiles as presi dent and who has served most effi ciently in that office. In recognition of her fine services to the class, the members presented Mrs. Wiles with a very handsome bouquet of red roses. The officers selected by the class comprise Mrs. Fred Howland, presi dent; Mrs. Glenna McMaken, vice- president; Mrs. George Brinklow, sec retary-treasurer; Mrs. Tom Cacy, corresponding secretary. C. C. Wes cott, who has served as the teacher for many years was again selected as the teacher. Cities Want Rights Protected Before a Sale Not Opposed to Purchase of Private Utilities by the Hydros Under Regulatory Safeguards Much has been written regarding the requests telegraphed to Federal Tower Commission in Wanhington from the League of Nebraska Munici palities meeting in Lincoln Sunday afternoon asking a postponement for two weeks in the time of hear ing on the Iowa-Nebraska's applica tion to sell its properties to the pub lic power districts. Some of the news paper reports have been very mis leading, causing a feeling that the cities and their organization, the League of Municipalities, is opposed to the transaction. Nothing could be further from the truth; for the cities interested are not concerned over who owns the properties, so long as the rights tc control and regulate which they now hold over the private utility are not destroyed in the transaction, ps they will most certainly be until agreements can be reached and cor rective legislation passed by our state legislature, now about to convene. The League and its interested member cities are only concerned over enjoying the continuation of these rights and believe they should be guaranteed BEFORE instead of after the deal has been made and the properties pass out of control. Take a concrete example: If service or rates in Plattsmouth ere unsatisfactory the city holds con demnation rights over the private utility company and power to issue revenue "'bonds to take over the property on a vote of the citizens. That right should continue after the pioperties pass into the hands of the hydros, but tinder existing laws will cease to do so. The hydros say they are willing to 6ell their "distribution system" to the cities, and be wholesalers only of current, but they fail to state if the valuation would be physical or subject to an added severance charge. The present law specifically prohibits the hydros from selling any prop erty they acquire and until amend ed will continue to estop such a sale from taking place. Legal minds are agreed also that n change in our present laws will be necessary before citieB are vested with condemnation rights against the public power district, regardless of how uusatisfactory their service might become. A third matter of concern to cities is that of rates. Although there has been much talk about rates, no defi nite proposal has been made as to what the maximum or "ceiling" rate may be. Cities to be effected, or the major ity of them at least, feel that these are matters which could and should be worked out before they consent to the sale of the properties, and it is their demand that these rights be established before and not after the sale takes place, that gives rise in the minds of some that the towns, the League and even the Governor, who joined in requesting a postpone ment of the "request-to-sell" hearing until conferences could be held and the legislature provide tha necessary safeguards to the towns. Another matter of equally vital importance is that of taxation. The hydros have stated they are willing to pay the equivalent annually of the taxes now being paid by the private , utilities, yet there are no laws on out statute books at present to com pel or even permit the payment of such tax sums. More important to Plattsmouth is the tax revenue from the Iowa-Nebraska properties (including its sub station located within the city lim its) than any small reduction in the price of electricity to the In dividual consumer. HERE FROM R0CKF0RD From Monday's Daily Miss Eleanor Minor returned yes terday from Rockford College In Rockford, Illinois to spend the holi days here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. O. Minor.