The Plattsmouth journal. (Plattsmouth, Nebraska) 1901-current, January 05, 1939, Image 1
tfefcr. State Historical Siety my VOL. KO. LTV PLATTSMOUTH, NEBRASKA, THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 1939. NO. 9G Eastern Star Installs Officers for the Year Mrs. W. F. Evers Is New Worthy Matron Mrs. Laughlin of Grand Island Installs. Home chapter No. 1SS of the East ern Star held their installation of officers Tuesday evening at their lodge rooms in the Masonic building with an unusually large number of members and visiting Stars being here .for the impressive - ceremony. There were over 150 in attendance at the meeting. Mrs. Laughlin. of Grand Island, past grand chaplain and representing the grand chapter, served as the in stalling officer with Mrs. Ralph M. Wiles, past worthy matron, as mar shal and Mrs. J. E. Schutz as cere monial chaplain. The officers installed were: Worthy Matron Mrs. William F. Evers. Associate Matron Mrs. W. 1. Seybolt. Murray. Worthy Patron John Janacek. Associate Patron L. L. Wiles. Conductress Miss Marie Nolting. Associate Conductress Mrs. Wiley Sigler. Secretary Miss Clara Weyrich. Treasurer Miss Mary Petersen. Chaplain Mrs. Geo. Lushinsky. Marshal Mrs. H. F. Nolting. , Organist Mrs. R. O. Cole. Odah Mrs. Carl Schneider. Ruth Mrs. W. H. Kraeger. Esther Mrs. L. S. Devoe. Martha Mrs. Howard Wiles. Electa Mrs. Edgar Meisinger. Warder Mrs. Clara Jan&cek. Sentinel Howard Wiles. Several very beautiful gifts were presented to the incoming and out going officers following the installa tion. Mrs. Floyd Becker, retiring matron, received a fine leather trav eling bag from her associate officers of 1938. Mrs. W. F. ETers, new matron, received a bouquet of chrys anthemums and the star points each received bouquets in colors symbolic of their offices. Mrs. W. L. Seybolt made the pre sentation of the bouquet to Mrs. Evers and the other officers, while Mrs. Evers presented Mrs. Becker with her lovely gift. Mrs. Evers also received a most delightful surprise from Mr. Evers when presented a beautifully pre pared wooded casket which contained a gavel, the wood of which came from the farm of the Evers family and had been prepared by Mr. Evers. The gavel was ornamented with pearls for the Christian name of the recipient. It was truly n most appre ciated token of a very happy occa sion. The casket also contained a collection of dates marking important events in the life of Mrs. Evers. The casket bore also the engraved plate with the name of Mrs. Evers. HAMBURG HERE FRIDAY The Platters will entertain the Hamburg (Iowa) basketball quintet on Friday night on the local court in what should be one of the fea tures of the current season. Both the first and second Ham burg teams will be here for two games, the Junior starting at 7:15 and the first team game at 8:15. As an added feature there will be a tap dancing specialty given be tween halves by Junior High girls with Miss Shirley Seiver as the ac companist for the dancers. Hamburg has had a very fine record this year and played a fast game against the veteran Shenan doah quintet, rated one of the best In southwest Iowa. Hamburg was defeated by Nebraska City, but has showed well in their games against their Iowa opponents. RETURN FROM MISSOURI From Tu ay DalTT Mrs. Fred Howland. Billy and Betty returned yesterday from West Plains, Mo., where they have been visiting during the holidays with Mrs. Kowland's parents. Mr. and Mrs. John Gentry. On coming home New Year's day the train on which they were passengers was in a head on collision with another train. None was seriously injured but quite wel shaken up. The train with which they collided carried the Georgia Tech football team. HERE FROM NORTH BEND Mrs. Elizabeth Robinson, one of the early day settlers of the vicin ity of North Bend and Fremont, ar rived here Tuesday to visit for a short time at the home of her grand son, Andrew Robinson and family. She has been visiting with her daughter, Mrs. Jake Thompson and family at Nebraska City, Mrs. Thomp son bringing her to this city and later returning home. Mr. and Mrs. Robinson motored as far as Omaha today with the grandmother on her way home to North Bend. L. E. Vroman, Old Resident, Dies Sunday Stricken With a Heart Attack Sun day Morning He Dies in Eve ning at Home Here. Sunday afternoon at 6:30 as the New Year's day was drawing to a close, Li. E. Vroman, 76, a long time resident of the city and a veteran otA the Burlington, passed away at the home in the south part of the city, where the family has made their home for many years. Mr. Vroman has not been In the best of health for two years past but his condition was not serious until Sunday morning when he suffered a heart attack and from which he failed to rally and as evening came he peacefully passed away. Mr. Vroman was born in DeKalb county, Illinois, and tame to Nebras ka in 1884, locating near Farnam, Nebraska, where he homesteaded and resided until in 1900 when with his family he came to Plattsmouth to lo cate. He entered the services of the Burlington railroad here shortly after locating Tiere and was employed by the Burlington and the BREX at the shops here until his retirement three years ago. The departed was a man who will be greatly missed in the community where he has long been a loved and honored figure and those of the fam ily circle will miss his thoughtful and loving care that he has given through the long years. He has cared for and reared many of his grand children as well as his own children and for those he loved or was bound by ties of blood, no task was too great to undertake. Mr. Vroman was active in civic af fairs for many years and served many terms in the -city council from the fifth ward, and of which body he was a watchful guardian of the welfare of the people of the community. He ia survived by four sons and one daughter, Elton R. Vroman, Minidoke, Idaho; Allard Vroman, Gerber, California; Verdon Vroman, Chicago; Eugene and Winnie Vro man of this city. The mother and one son and one daughter have pre ceded him in death. There also sur vives four brothers, three sisters and a number of grandchildren. HEAR FINE TALK ON BEES The Rotarians at their meeting on Tuesday afternoon had a most In structive program offered them on a subject that is little known by the average layman, that of the bee and it's product honey. Judge A. H. Duxbury had a four reel showing of the bee at its work and the many uses of honey and as well the many different va rieties of bees that are to be found. The pictures also showed the work at the laboratories where the prod ucts of the bees are handled and from the processes many foods and articles derived. The pictures were explained and gave a wonderful op portunity of the members of the party to see the various steps of the life of the useful and industrious bee. The high school students who are to be members of Rotary for the month of January were presented. they being Stuart Sedlak, senior and president of the senior class and Har- ley Cottingham, of Murray, the presl dent of the juniors. R. ,W. Knorr was the leader of the meeting. The films, "The History of the Honey Bee," was loaned for the oc casion by the ' U. S. department of agriculture extension service. Eveland Farm Near Elmwood is Swept by Fire Farm Buildings Destroyed as Well as Grain and Large Tank of Gaso line Blown Up. The G. R. Eveland farm, near Elm wood, one of the largest stock farms in Cass county, was swept by fire Monday that caused much damage and spread rapidly from building to building as well as exploding a large storage tank of gasoline that had just recently been filled. There was 500 gallons of gasoline in the tank as it exploded and was hurled high into the air by the force. A crew of men was engaged in sawing wood on the farm. On re turning from their noon-day lunch they found the wood shed afire. A strong wind caused .the flames to spread despite the desperate battle that was waged by volunteer work ers, and later by the Elmwood fire men. During the forenoon exhaust from the engine had several times ignited thT dry sawdust which was from trees long dead, the blaze being ex tinguished by the men promptly. It is presumed a smouldering fire in the sawdust was fanned into action dur ing the noon hour and -spread rap idly from building to building. A large barn, one of the largest in that section of the county, a five thousand bushel elevator, a hog house, four thousand bushels of corn. a team of horses. 135 tons of hay and the five hundred gallons of gasoline were destroyed in the path of the flames. Besides the horses, two brood sows were also burned. However, soine 200 head of cattle under feed on the farm were driven from the feedlots nearby to a place of safety and es caped, so the livestock loss was not nearly as heavy as it might have been. For a time it was even feared the house, some 200 feet away, might bo destroyed, and but for the fact that the wind was in the opposite direction, it undoubtedly would have. News of the fire spread rapidly and people came from miles around. an estimated several thousand visit ing the scene during the afternoon and evening. Some insurance was carried on the luildings but not nearly enough to replace them. Mr. Eveland had the barn and granaries well stocked with jprain for carrying on his cattle fat tening program, which has been in terrupted, causing additional loss, as all agree it is steady rations that produce beef animals. It is Baid the buildings will be re placed as quickly as possible. HOLD IMPRESSIVE SERVICE The First Methodist church Sun day was the scene of a very impres sive observance of the communion service, held at 7 o'clock in the morning and which was the first ser vice at this time that has been held by the church. , The communion table was ar ranged at the foot of the platform at the east of the church and with the twelve candles that represented the apostles made a very beautiful setting for the participation In the morning sacrifice. Rev. J. C. Lowson gave the invi tation to partake of the communion and during the celebration which was from 7 to 9 o'clock, there were a large number of the members of the church to participate. During the hours of the Eucharist there was soft music played on the organ that gave added beauty to the service. MRS. SEYBERT ILL Mrs. W. H. Seybert is quite 111 at her home in the Frlcke apart ments wher she has made her home for the past fall and winter, she hav ing not been well for some weeks. The many friends of Mrs. Seybert over the county will regret that she is not so well and trust that she may Boon be able to show an improve ment. Her sister, Mrs. Ruth Thomsen has been here to assist In her care for the past few weeks. VISIT RELATIVES HERE Andy Graves of-Eellevue and Al vin Graves of Omaha, old time ball players and former residents of the Rock Bluffs community, were in the :ity Sunday to visit with their rel atives and the old time friends. The Graves were among the best known baseball players in eastern Nebraska for many years and Andy a veteran pitcher who was able to set a fast pace for any of the teams in this state. While here they visited their uncle. Judge C. L. Grave.-, who also in his younger days was considerable of a baseball player himself. Plattsmouth Loan - Building Ass'n Meeting Report Shows Institution in the Very Best of Shape With Reserves of 47 Per Cent. The annual meeting of the stock holders of the Plattsmouth Loan & Building association was held at the office of the treasurer, a large group of the stockholders being represented. The reports of the secretary and auditors showed that the association has at this time reserves of forty seven per cent, one of the largest in the state and representing the very strong condition of the local insti tution. The association also has adopted the direct reduction plan and which provides for the reduction of six per cent monthly. The terms of M. D. Erown, John Lutz and E. J. Weyrich as directors were expiring and these were unani mously chosen for re-election to the post which they have so very ably filled. The directors later elected the offi cers for the ensuing year, as fol lows: ' President C- A." Jolittson. - Vice-President John Lutz. Secretary E. P. Lutz. Treasurer Fred T. Ramge. The association is now paying five per cent on running stock and four per cent on the paid-up stock of the company. ATTEND INSTALLATION Monday evening Raymond C. Cook, deputy grand custodian of the A. F. & A. M. of Nebraska, William A. Robertson, past grand master and William F. Evers, superintendent of the Nebraska Masonic Home, were at Weeping Water to attend the in stallation of the officers of Euclid lodge No. 97. Mr. Cook served as the installing officer and Mr. Evers as the cere monial marshal. Mr. Robertson spoke briefly following the installa tion on the work, of the order. The officers installed were: W. M. C. E. Pool. S. W. Gardner R. Binger. J. W. Edwin Schulte. Treasurer Dr. M. U. Thomas. Secretary Chris Rasmussen. . S. D. Ralph Binger. J. D. E. B. Taylor. Chaplain Rev. George S. Hill. S. S. Charles H. Gibson. J. S. Floyd Cole. Tyler Ray Haslam. At the conclusion of the lodge session refreshments were served by the committee in charge. RETURN FROM DENVER Mr. and Mrs. TimoOy Kahoutek, who were at Denver for the holiday season, have returned to their home in this city. They Were guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Kahoutek, the former brother of Mr. Kahoutek and also with their niece and nephew, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Williams. fThey found the weather very fine and during their stay the thermometer showed 75 one day and very balmy through that part of the west. OPENING NEW OFFICES J. A. Capwell, who is closing his term as county attorney Thursday, is preparing to open his law offices In the Gund building, just west of the court house and expects to be settled in the new location Thurs day and ready to take up his prac tice. The offices are very nicely ar ranged and will make comfortable quarters and quite handy to the court house. Mynard Club Has Interesting Travel Lecture R. A. Kirkpatrick of Union Pacific Shows Views of the Great . Natural Wonderlands. Last Friday evening the members and friends of the Mynard Commun ity club witnessed one of the most entertaining and instructive pro grams it has been their privilege to enjoy in the nearly twelve years of the lub's continuous activities, This was an illustrated lecture, in natural I . . 1 -, . . 1 . r , f .Via Tl 1 t I n n C outstanding lecturerers and natural ists, R. A. Kirkpatrick, through the courtesy of Mr. Jecery, president of the Union Pacific railroad. Arrangements for his appearance were made by Roy O. Cole, chairman of the program committee, who had contacted Mr. Kirkpatrick last sum mer for an appearance before their group and it was due to the fact that he, while en route from the east to California, found time to drive down from Omaha for this appearance and which, otherwise, he would not have been available for some time 'as his lectures have been in such demand over various, sections of the United States that he is booked well into the J year-1940. Mr. Kirkpatrick chose for his sub ject the Utah - Arizona National Parks, including Zion, Bryce Canyon and Grand Canyon National Parks and the Kaibab national forest, whkh is truly the most colorful and magnificent natural scenery to be found in the North American con tinent, if not the whole world. He prefaced his pictures with vivid de scriptions of the different geological formations which is typical of that section of the country and held his audience spellbound as he described some of the canyons whose. walls rise almost perpendicular to heights of over 4000 feet and in the upper reaches of the canyon where the walls are so -close they can be touch ed by the outstretched hands. In this narrow canyon it is so dark one can, in mid-day, see the stars in the sky through the narrow opening at the top, nearly a mile above, with the brilliancy of a clear moonless night. Of particular interest was the fact that the present floor of the icanyon was once the bottom of a sea as is evidenced by countless millions of fossilized sea shells and other crus tacean animal life which lived hun dreds of thousands or perhaps mil lions of years ago. Pictures show ing the strata of the canyon walls prove that there were fourteen sepa rate inundations of this territory which, before the dawn of history, was a vast sea and which covered it to a depth of nearly a mile. After each inundation vast forests grew and in turn were covered over and their present petrified trunks and limbs are but mute evidence of a great forest of the dim past. It is almost beyond the possibil ities of human perception to realize the magnitude of the erosive effect of water on the rock In cutting these enormous canyons. The speaker stated that this erosion was meas ured at Boulder dam and it was found that the river was carrying 330 tons of sand, on an average, for every minute of the four and a half years which the dam was under construction. This, going on for esti mated millions of years, has cut a canyon twenty-eight miles wide, nearly a mile deep and hundreds of miles long. Dozens of natural color pictures were thrown on a large screen showing the wonderful color ings of rock lormations which in places included every color of the spectrum and which, as his pictures showed, changed in color with the angle which the sun's rays struck it. Of particular beauty were the mag nificent colorings shown by the desert flowers, especially cacti, and their natural lifelike beauty brought home to the audience the marvelous advancement in color photography in recent years. Previous to the lecture a short business session was held by the club which was presided over by Glen Wiles, the outgoing president, and who expressed his appreciation for the cooperation his co-officers and various committees had given and wished the new officers a happy and successful New Year. The names of the club's officers for the coming year were read and are as follows: Royal Smith, president; Mrs. Nettie Mumm, vice-president; Mrs. Ogla Wiles, secretary; Arthur Wetenkamp, treasurer. RETURN HOME James Straw, w ho has been spend ing the holiday season with his cousins, Lester, Wilma and Kath riene Reeves departed Monday for his home in Sioux Falls, South Da kota, by bus. Funeral of Chester Renner Largely Attended Hundreds Present to Pay Trilmte to Young Man Killed in Accident at Hamburg;, Missouri. The funeral services for Chester Renner were held on Tuesday after noon at the Sattler funeral home where was gathered a large group of the friends of the family and the associates of the departed young man. The chapel was filled to over flowing and large numbers gathered on the lawn to render their tribute of esteem and affection. Rev. Faul Dick, pastor of the United Brethren church of Mynard, had charge of the services and brought to the members of the fam ily a message of consolation in the grief that had come so suddenly to them and to the many friends. During the services a quartet com posed of Richard Spangler, Arthur Hild, Raymond Cook and Rev. Dick, gave two of the old and loved hymns, "In the Sweet Bye and Bye" and "Going Down the Valley One by One." The body was laid to rest in the family plot in Oak Hill cemetery, the pall 'bearers being selected from among the old friends and associates. COMMISSIONERS MEETING From Tuesday' Dall The board of county commission ers are holding their December meet ing today at the court house and winding up the affairs of the county for the current year. The bonds of the newly elected and appointed of lcers are being approved and all made ready for the changes that will be made in the various offices on Thursday when the newly elected officers take over the duties of their positions. In the changes that will be made is that of the retirement of Elmer Hallstrom of Avoca, who will leave his post of commissioner from the second district in which he has bo excellently Berved. not having sought re-election. Mr. Hallstrom was appointed to the commissionership at the time of the death of Commissioner Chap man and has proven a very valu able public official In every way. His long training in the banking and financial world Jias enabled him to give Cass county the very best of service in checking the business affairs of the county. ARRIVAL OF MISS DAVIS - From Wedneaday'a Dally The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. J. Howard Davis will be delighted to learn that they are the happy par ents of a fine seven and a quarter pound daughter, Carol Ruth, born this morning at the Lincoln General hospital. Mrs. Davis and the daugh ter are both doing well and Mr. Davis is also feeling very fine. Both Mr. and Mrs. Davis have long been active iii the training of little folks in the Sunday school and now have one in their own home to care for and train. STUDENTS BACK TO WORK The larger part of the Platts mouth students who are engaged in university and college work depart ed Tuesday for their institutions of learning after the Christmas vaca tion. The students have had the po portunity of many pleasant visits with their families and old school friends In - the vacation period and during the Christmas season many very enjoyable social events have been held. County Officers to Start Terms on Thursday Will Take Over Offices Several Changes to Take Place in the Court House. From Wednesday's Dally Thursday will be Inauguration day at the Cass county court house and several of the offices will have a new personnel after this date while oth ers will go along as just another day in the routine of work. County Clerk George R. Sayles has asked that the new-elected officials appear at their offices at 8 o'clock and ready to go and at 10 o'clock they are to repair to the office of the county commissioners where County Judge A. H. Duxbury will administer the oath of office. The chief changes will be at the offices of the sheriff, register of deeds. surveyor, county attorney and county superintendent where new faces will be Installed for the coming terms. In the sheriff's office Joe Mrasek and E. J. Doody will take oyer the work of sheriff and deputy to replace Home and Cass Sylvester. Ray F. Becker assumes the post of register of deeds and will have Miss Gertrude Vallery as his deputy, Mtas -Illian White, register and Miss Geor- gia White, present occupants, re tiring. In the office of county superin tendent of schools, Mrs. Lora Lloyd Kieck will take over the position of Miss Alpha C. Peterson, who has long held the office and who was not a candidate for re-election. Mrs. Kieck has not announced her office assistant. Robert M. Mann will take over the work of Cass county surveyor from Robert H. Fitch, who has filled the position since the death of Fred Patterson. County Clerk George R. Sayles, dean of the county officers, will re main at hla post and serve tfce public in his usual efficient manner. No changes are to be made in the office force of Mrs. Blanche Hall and Al bert Olson. County Treasurer John E. Turner, who has made a very able official In handling the county funds, also re mains at his post and retains his force of workers. Miss Ruth Patton, Henry Woster and Catherine Gro6B hans. Walter H. Smith, popular young attorney, will take over the dutlen of the post of county attorney to succeed J. A. Capwell. He will re tain Miss Mary Jane Mark as steno grapher. Clerk of the District Court C. E. Ledgway, also was one of the county officers returned unopposed to hla post and with his efficiency will con tinue to handle his duties. .lis Helen Warner will continue as the deputy. County Assessor W. H. Puis also is retaining his office in which he was unopposed and will continue to guide the affairs of the office as efficiently as in the past. The board of county commission ers have a change in Ray Norris, well known resident of near Avoca, who will represent the second district and brings to the position a record of ability and efficiency in his work. Commissioner H. C. Backemeyer of the third district was re-elected and will continue to serve the people of Cass county and help guide the busi ness affairs. Commissioner George L. Farley holds over and will not be re-inducted into office at this time. CELEBRATE 25TH ANNIVERSARY From Wednesday' Dally At the home of the parents of the bride on Jannary 4. 1914 occurred the marriage of Miss Leona Gibson to Mr. Thomas Cacy, a young sales man in one of the larger department stores of Kansas City. The newly married couple made their home in the big Missouri town for some years, after which they came to Nebraska and were located on a farm near Au burn for a number of years and later came to Cass county and have made their home here since. This couple, Mr. and Mrs." Thomas Cacy were quietly celebrating the 25th anniver sary of their wedding here today. Please accept our congratulations and best wishes for many years of happiness.