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VOL. NO. UV
PLATTSMOUTH, NEBRASKA, MONDAY, JANUARY 9, 1939.
J. Howard Davis Is Re-elected to
Position of President Pre
pare for Coming Year.
The riattsmouth Chamber of Com
merce met Thursday evening at the
Hotel Plattsmouth in their annual
meeting and at which time tbey pre
pared to launch into the program
President J. Howard Davis, called
the meeting to order and i resided
over the deliberations of the body.
Treasurer L. O. Minor reported
that on January 1. 193S the balance
in the treasury had been $102.22,
that in the past year $181.35 had
Leen .collected. The expenditures
made had been $247.42. lesiving a
balance of $30.05.
Chairman J. P. Sattler of the road3
and highway committee reported that
in the city the rocking of Wintersteen
hill road and Lincoln avenue had
added a great deal to the improve
ment of the highways of the city,
that the extension of the sower on
Chicago avenue would make possible
the carrying out of work on the pav
ing there to place it in good shape.
Chairman A. L. Tidd of the indus
tries committee, reported that his
committee had written to some 350
industries and had many responses
that indicated the parties would look
over this situation. Several had been
here looking over elevator sites and
it seemed assured that an elevator
would be erected as soon as river
navigation was started. Several other
manufacturers were being contacted
and might be expected to look over
the local situation.
T. II. Pollock of the Missouri river
improvement committee, stated that
the local engineering" force'was using (
the dock and warehouse for storage
and a large amount of material and
supplies were kept there. He also
had been assured that a large amount
of work would t done on the river
between this city and Onaha the
George K. Hetrick of the agricul
ture committee, reported that his
committee in the past year had been
active in the handling of the grass
hopper poison campaign and had se
cured this at a greatly reduced price
to the farmers. They had also se
cured several 4-H clubs in this part
of the county that were actively
A. L. Tidd. who recently visited in
the southwest part of the state, re
ported that conditions here were
much better than in that section as
far as crop conditions were concern
ed and that this part of the- state had
F.tood up much better than the others.
The reports of experts indicated that
1939 would probably be as good or
better than 1929 and all had a more
John P. Sattler suggested that the
Chamber of Commerce aad a com
munication to the county commis
sioners relative to securing a WPA
project for the fixing up of the court
house and getting it in proper shape,
it set having had attention for sev
eral years. On motion of A. L. Tidd
a communication was ordered sent to
the commissioners to try and secure
their aid in getting a project to re
pair the county building.
E. H. Wescott. secretary of the
Chamber cf Commerce, reported that
all available houses were taken and
furnished rooms and apartments
were in demand very much even at
this slack period of the year. "With
the opening of work in the spring
the house shortage would be very
The election of officer, of the club
was speedy, as all of the retiring
officers were re-named by a unani
mous vote of the members present, as
President J. Howard Davis.
Vice-President F. I. Ilea.
Treasurer L. O. Minor.
The secretary will b named later
by the president and also the mem
bers of the board of directors and
the plans arranged to move ou into
1939 with a greater outlook for a
From Friday Dally
Searl S. Davis made a business trip
to Louisville and Weeping Water
STARTS ON FIFTH YEAR
With the opening of the official
year for the officers of Cass county,
John M. Meisinger, constable of the
county and justice of the peace
courts is entering on the fifth term
of that office. Mr. Meisinger was
appointed to the position by Judge
A. H. Duxbury and Judge C. L.
Graves four years ago and has been
a very diligent officer in the dis
charge of his duty. His many friends
will be pleased to learn that he Is
to continue in the office.
Vice President of
Well Known Young Banker Is Ad
vanced to Post at Meeting of
The annual meeting of the stock
holders of the Plattsmouth State
bank was held Thursday evening at
the bank and the reports of the
year received as well as officers se
lected. The election of officers was held
and the following selected:
President H. A. Schneider.
Vice-President Carl J. Schneider.
Cashier Frank A. Cloidt.
Directors H. A. Schneider, C. J.
Schneider, Frank A. Cloidt and Henry
The bank has had -a. very success
ful year and under the capable man
agement has stoo1 out as one of the
strong banks of the state. It was
voted to place $5,000 more in the
surplus fund of the bank and which
is now some $40,000.
The election of Carl Schneider as
the vice-president of the bank is a
well deserved recognition of a very
able and energetic young member of
the banking Interests of the state.
Since completing his college work
Mr. Schneider has been engaged in
banking and has shown the keenest
interest in his work and his business
ability and judgment has been a very
valuable asset in the bank.
With the fine and efficient staff of
officers at the Plattsmouth State
they may be depended upon to carry
on the usual efficient handling of
the banking affairs of the commun
ity. HAS CAR STOLEN
Thursday evening the automobile
of Walter Tritsch was stolen from
in front of the Cononado apartments
on Vine street. The car had been
left parked when the family had
gone home in the evening and later
about 10 o'clock Mr. Tritsch came
out of the apartment to discover the
car missing. The police as well as
Sheriff Joe Mrasek and Deputy Emery
Doody were notified of the theft and
at once started in on the search for
the car. The sheriff and fleputy at
once called the nearby cities and
notified the state highway patrol of
the theft and then commenced a
search of the highways in this sec
tion for possible trace of the car.
This morning the car was reported
to the office of the sheriff as being
parked near the Herold apartments
in the north part of the city and
Sheriff Mrasek at once had it brought
on down to the court house for the
The car was without oil or water
and had evidently been driven hard
by the parties taking it. The sheriff
and deputy had traced the car down
into the Union and Nehawka com
munities last night and it evidently
was later brought on back to this
CALLERS AT JOURNAL
From Thursday' Daily-
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Stohlman of
Louisville were among the visitor?
in the city today to attend to some
matters at the court house. While
here they were callers at the Journal
to renew their subscription. They
report moisture is very badly needed
for wheat in all sections.
Mrs. W. T. Schlichtemeier and
daughter, of Omaha, were here today
to attend to matters at the court
house and while here called at the
Journal to advance their subscription
for another year. They are enjoying
very much their home In the metro
Report of Red
Cross Drive in
Dr. N. D. Talcott, Roll Call Director,
Gives Report and Notes on
Herewith is a summary of the
Red Cross drive in Cass county for
193S and some notes on financial
In 1937 our total membership was
811 and in 1938 it was 735.
We are thankful to think that we
were able to reach 735.
This writer came to Nebraska in
March. 1S97, and has been at the
same work in the same place ever
since. That was nearly 42 years ago
and in all that time I have never seen
the farmers and laboring classes quite
so destitute as at present.
At that time relief cases were un
known. Now 40 per cent of the peo
ple in Greenwood are on relief of
some kind or another.
What affects the farmers and the
wage earners, affects the rest of us,
more or less. Hence, I think our
solicitors have done very well. We
vv.'ll have to give Louisville the ban
ner for the largest membership, but
several other towns have made fine
Following is the list of towns and
memberships, also additional cash
Alvo 21 $
Avoca 8 1.50
Cedar Creek 8
Eagle 13 .50
Elm wood 11 .CO
Greenwood 30 1.75
Louisville 230 .50
Murray 1 "17
. Nehawka . 24
South Bend 8
Weeping Water 86
TOTALS 735 J 8. 00
DR. N. D. TALCOTT,
Roll Call Director for Cass
HAVE A FINE SON
From Saturday's tally
The home of Mr. and Mrs. Ross
Bourne of near Murray was made
very happy this morning by the ar
rival cf a fine eight pound son and
heir, who with the mother is doing
nicely and the occasion brought a
?reat deal of happiness to all of the
family "circle. The young man is a
jrandson of Mrs. Bessie Bourne of
this city and Mr. and Mrs. Charles
Gradoville, being the twenty-fourth
grandchild of the Gradovilles. Mrs.
Bourne was formerly Miss Dorothy
DAUGHTER AT PICEENS HOME
From Saturday's Dally
This afternoon at 12:15 at the
Methodist hospital at Omaha a fine
little daughter was born to Mr. and
Mrs. Everett Pickens of this. city.
The reports from the hospital are to
the effect that the mother and little
one were progressing nicely. The
many friends will join in their well
wishes for the little lady and the
CARD OF THANES
We desire to express our heartfelt
thanks to the many friends for their
assistance at the time of the death
and burial of our father; also to
those who sent floral remembrances
and Rev. Lowson, for his words of
sympathetic understanding and hope.
The Children and Families of L.
HERE TO VISIT MOTHER
William Jennings Seybert and
Mrs. Honor Young, of Dayton, Ohio,
are here to visit at the home or their
mother, Mrs. W. H. Seybert and with
Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Marshall, the lat
ter a Bister. Mrs. Seybert has not
been so well and the children are
here to enjoy a visit.
SUFFERS SEVERE LOSS
Wednesday night shortly after 9
o'clock a large plate glass window in
the entry to the C. E. Wescott's Sons
store was found broken by the night
police, apparently happening just
a short time before. The gass is
quite large and a section of it has
been broken out, it would appear by
someone kicking it or having their
heels against the glass and forcing its
breaking. The breaking of the glass
will mean a considerable loss to the
firm as the glass is one of the largest
in the cky. s
Raymond C. Cook, Deputy Grand
Custodian, Serves as the In
From Thursday's Dally
Plattsmouth lodge No. 6, A. F. &
A. M. held their installation of offi
cers last evening with a large num
ber of the membership of the lodge
being present to take part in the
Raymond C. Cook, past master and
deputy grand custodian of the grand
lodge, officiated as the installing of
ficer with W. F. Evers as the marshal
and O. C. Hudson as the chaplain.
The following officers were duly
installed into office.
W. M. J. R. Reeder.
S. W. Ralph Wehfbein.
J. W. Wayne A. Bennett.
Treasurer Frank A. Cloidt.
Secretary L. W. Niel.
S. D. John Parkening.
J. D. J. Howard Davis.
Chaplain Dr. H. G. McClusky.
S. S. Ivan Deles Dernier.
J. S. Dr. O. C. Hudson.
Tyler John E. Schutz.
Following the instisKation of the
officers the members enjoyed light re
freshments to complete the evening.
FUNERAL OF L. E. VROMAN
Prom Thursday Dally
The funeral services of L. E. Vro-
man were held this afternoon at the
Sattler funeral home where a very
large number of the old friends and
associates in the railroad were gath
ered to pay their last tributes to his
Rev. J. C. Lowson, pastor of the
First Methodist church had charge
of the services and paid a fine tribute
to the memory of the departed and
his splendid services to the commun
ity and loving care that he has given
to his loved ones.
During the services Mrs. E. H.
Wescott gave two of the songs that
had been favorites of the departed,
"There Is No Disappointments in
Heaven" and "The Last Mile of the
Way," Mr. Wescott being the ac
companist. The body was borne to the last
resting place in Oak Hill cemetery
by old time associateo in the service
of the Burlington, T. B. Farmer,
Joseph M. Sedlak. George Lushinsky,
C. A. Johnson, W. C. Tippens, John
REGISTER FOR COMPENSATION
The local re-employment service
office has been busy for the past
two cays in receiving registration of
those who are under the provisions of
the unemployment insurance com
The opening day Tuesday brought
sixty-two to register with Miss Edith
Solomon, the local representative, and
Wednesday there were sixty-seven to
register under the law.
These parties to register are those
coming under the law that requires
the employers of eight or more to
pay in a certain percentage for each
worker and which has been accumu
lating in the state fund which is
matched by federal funds. The reg
istrations are from all sections of
Those who have been engaged In
WPA, PWA government projects or
domestic labor are not covered by
the provisions of the law.
TO VISIT IN CALIFORNIA
Fred Druecker of this city, de
parted Friday for the west coast
where he will visit at San Diego and
other points in California for a few
Max Hollenbeck Found Dead in Yard
at Farm Home by Younger Bro
ther No Reason Given.
Max Hollenbeck, 21, a well known
young farmer in the Elmwood com
munity, ended his life early Sunday
morning at the farm home three
miles north of Elmwood.
The body of the young man was
discovered by a younger brother in
the yard of the home Sunday as he
was looking after the farm work.
The death had been caused by Hol
lenbeck shooting himself in the fore
head with a .22 rifle.
The parents of the young man, Mr.
and Mrs. Ernest Hollenbeck, could
give no indication of any intention
of thi3 kind.
Sheriff Joe Mrasek and Deputy
Sheriff E. J. Doody, with County At
torney Walter H. Smith, were called
to the scene of the suicide to investi
gate the matter.
The case being clearly one of sui
cide, no inquest was held in the
GUESTS FROM LOUISVILLE
From Friday's Daily
Six members of the American Le
gion post at Louisville, Comrades
Blair, Crawford, Hazen. Johnson, Mc
Cafferty and -Zastera, came over
from the cement city last night to
attend the meeting of the Platts
mouth post and repay a recent visit
by Plattsmouth Legionnaires to one
of their post meetings.
Following the brief business ses
sion, the evening was spent in card
games, wherein the visitors again
demonstrated their pinochle-playing
ability. A lunch rounded out the
evening of comradeship.
The Louisville Legionnaires are
backing the move to have the state
take over the Platte river bridge
there and make it toll free which
will be considered at the present ses
sion of the legislature.
Besides the visitors, about fifteen
local Legionnaires attended the meet
ing. TU MEMORY OF CHESTER"
"He Is Just Away"
We cannot say, and we will
That he is dead, he is just
With a cheery smile and a wave
of the hand.
He has wandered into an un
And left us dreaming how
It needs must be since he
And we who the wildest yearn
For the old-time step and the
We think of him faring on
In the love of There, as the
love of Here,
Think of him still as the same,
He is not dead he is just
SETTLED IN NEW HOME
Sheriff and Mrs. Joe Mrasek are
now located in the jail building at
the north of the court house, moving
into the living quarters of the build
ing Thursday afternoon and are now
getting their household effects ar
ranged in the new home.
Mr. and Mrs. Homer Sylvester and
family have moved to the Brinkman
residence on Pearl street where they
are getting settled in the new home
WOULD ELIMINATE AGENT
The Missouri Pacific railroad com
pany on Wednesday made application
to the state railway commission for
permission to substitute a custodian
for an agent at the Manley station.
The hearing of the application will
be held at a later date.
RETURN FROM MISSOURI
Norman Renner and C. J. Baum
gart returned Friday night from
Hamburg, Mo., where they were to
view the site where Chester Renner
met death Dec. 31.
$500 Rural School Playground
Equipment Contest Open to All
Rural Schools in This Territory
Ten Weekly $25 Prizes and 3250 in Grand
Prizes to be Awarded Schools Collect
ing Greatest Number of Votes
An announcement of interest to
every rural school in this trade ter
ritory is found in today's Journal.
It concerns the Rural School Play
ground Equipment Contest being in
augurated this week by nearly two
score Plattsmouth business firms, in
cluding the Journal.
When the contest closes on April
8. there will have been awarded to
rural schools of this trade territory
a total of $500 worth of plaj'ground
equipment, without the cost of a sin
gle penny to the school boards, the
teachers, the pupils or the patrons.
For in this new and different sort of
contest, no one is asked or required
to buy anything the whole idea be
ing simply to make your regular and
ordinary purchases from those stores
which give votes, to use Plattsmouth
made products in preference to those
produced elsewhere, to pay up past
due accounts and to sell your pro
duce to co-operating dealers here
instead of other and more distant
towns for in this way and this way
only can votes be secured for your
favorite rural school.
There will be a prize for every
school that participates in the con
test, ranging from the $87.50 stand
ard merry-go-round to balls and bats
kitten balls and catch balls.
In addition there will be the ten
weekly prizes valued at $25 choice
of a standard teter-totter or an out
door basketball set. No school is
eligible to win more than one of the
special weekly prizes, but all votes
turned in from week to week will be
counted in the final vote tabulation
for the award of the grand prizes.
How to Get Votes
One vote will be given with each
penny of cash purchase made at any
of the participating stores. If adver
tised goods are bought and the mer
chant's advertisement clipped from
the Journal (or fac simile thereof) to
be signed by the dealer at the time of
purchase and attached to the sales
slip, double votes (two for each
penny) will be given. All sales slips
must be taken and ads submitted for
signature by the buyer at the time
of purchase. This rule will be strict
ly enforced. Unclaimed sales slips
will be held in a "treasure chest" by
the store issuing same, for equitable
distribution among the teachers of
competing schools. Teachers are in
vited to call at each of the partici
pating stores every Saturday and
learn how they may share in this
distribution of unclaimed sales slips.
Premium votes of three for a penny
will be given on money paid on 60
day or older past due accounts thru
out the duration of the contest.
Three votes to the penny will also
be given on all produce Bold to par
ticipating produce dealers.
Casco butter cartons rate 100 votes
each; bread wrappers or slips from
other Plattsmouth Bakery products
count 50 votes each, and 50 votes
will be given on each baby chick pur
chased from the Brink Hatchery.
Three votes will be given on each
penny of new or renewal subscrip
tion to the Daily or Semi-Weekly
Journal or In payment of job work.
Triple that number on all subscrip
tion arrearages paid during the con
test. In addition a bonus of 1,000
votes will be given on each club of
five Semi-Weekly subscriptions turn
ed in at one time or with an order
for farm sale bills.
Various other vote specials will
be announced from time to time dur
ing the progress of the contest In
the columns of the Journal.
What to Do with Them
All sales slips, signed ads, wrap
pers and vote coupons are to be given
to the teacher or a pupil of the school
you wish to support, and she in turn
will check them in at Contest head
quarters. Votes will not be accepted
unless they come through the teach
er, who can thus keep a record of
her school's standing, so TURN ALL
YOUR VOTES OVER to the teacher,
school board member or a pupil of
the school you wish to help in this
First Weekly Prize Award
First full week of the contest ends
Saturday night, January 21, and the
school turning in the greatest num
ber of votes up to that time will head
the honor roll of weekly prize win
ning schools and receive choice, of a
teter-totter or outdoor basketball out
fit. In addition the teacher of the
first weekly prize winning school is
to receive an added prize of $5.00 in
beauty work. Just a little extra re
ward for promptness in getting start
ed. The large ad appearing In today's
Journal gives further details and a
list of all the prizes to be awarded.
as well as the names of participating
merchants. Teachers are urged to
call at contest headquarters (office of
Plattsmouth Credit Bureau, second
floor Plattsmouth State Bank build
ing) for their record blanks, a copy
of the rules and regulations govern
ing this good will campaign and any
other information desired.
A similar contest with $375 worth
of playground equipment ($500 here)
has just been concluded at Nebraska
City, with general satisfaction among
the sponsoring merchants and com
peting schools. There were no weekly
prize awards there an added fea
ture that is expected to lend zest to
the race here.
POLICE MAKE CAPTURE
From Faturday'n Dally
Through the alertness of Ambrose
Claus and the quickness of Officers
Pickrell and Boetel of the night
police force, the theft of several
truck tires and batteries was re
vealed last night and the parties ap
prehended in the act.
The Claus family reside in the
neighborhood of the O-K garage and
late last night Ambrose was aroused
by a noise in the direction of the
garage and the lateness of the hour.
1;30, aroused the suspicions of the
young man. He quietly left the
house and hurried down to the main
part of the city, where the matter
was reported to the police.
Officers Pickrel and Boetel hurried
to the scene and found tires and bat
teries being loaded into a car by two
men, who were at the time almost
ready to make their getaway.
The parties were brought into the
city and booked, giving the names of
Earl Arnold and Earl Price. They
will be turned over to the county
authorities for action in the case.
HAS HAND INJURED
From Saturday's Dally
Peter Halmes, 11, son of Mr. and
Mrs. William Halmes. residing went
of the city, was Injured this morn
ing when his right hand Buffered
from shot from a shotgun. The boy
with his father had been out hunting
had returned to the house and the lad
was engaged in putting away the
.14 guage shotgun when it was dis
charged. Some of the shot struck the
index and large finger of the right
hand and injured the fingernail of
the hand. The injured boy was
brought here to the office of Dr. L. S.
Pucelik where the Injured member
was dressed and the patient made as
comfortable as possible.
MEETING AT MYNARD
On Wednesday, January 11 at
1:30 p. m. the county extension
agents will sponsor an open meeting
at the Mynard Community building
for Consideration of complete and
detailed lessons on various phases of
farmstead Improvements. All those
Interested in farm and lawn Improve
ments are invtled to attend the meet
Trom 8aturday tan"r
County Attorney Walter H. Smith
was at Nebraska City today to look
after some matters in the county