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THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 1939.
PLATTSMOUTH SEMI - WEEKLY JOURNAL
Ihe Plattsmoutti Journal
PUBLISHED SEMI-WEEKLY AT PLATTSMOUTH, NEBRASKA
Entered at Postoffice. Plattsmouth. Neb., as second-claa mail matter
MRS. R. A. BATES, Publisher
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MARRIED AT DENVER
A wedding in Denver of interest
to .Xebraskans was solemnized at
Grant Avenue Methodist church, Jan.
5 at 6 p. m., when Miss Ruth Birm
ingham of Greybull, Wyo., became
the bride of Clarke Gapen, Hyatt
ville, Wyo. Rev. V. C. Birmingham,
North Loup, brother ct the bride,
read the marriage lines in presence
of relatives and intimate friends.
With subdued lighting from Christ
mas trees and candles at pulpit and
chancel an appropriate setting was
intensified by soft violin music ren
dered by Mr. Munday accompanied
by Mrs. Nelson Wurgler, both of
Colorado Springs. The bride's broth
er, J. C. Birmingham, Beatrice, gave
her in marriage. The bride's sister,
Mrs. Frank A. Ewen. Shell. Wyo.. ac
companied her to Denver. Mrs. J. C.
Birmingham and Mrs. V. C. Birm
ingham were present.
The bride is well known in Ne
braska, as a daughter of the late
Rev. and Mrs. T. M. C. Birmingham.
The bridegroom is Nebraska born,
having removed to Wyoming from
York .county with his parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Sam Gapen; former Cass
county residents, when a small boy.
He operates a ranch in the Big Horn
region. Mr. Gapen was elected to the
Wyoming legislature last November.
They will take apartments at the
Plains hotel during the lgeislative
session and about March 1 upon ad
journment, will be at home at the
ranch home on Paint Rock creek,
Mr. Gapen is a nephew of Oscar
Gapen, Mrs. George W. Snyder, Mrs.
Martha G. Wiles and Mrs. Anna Dean
of this city.
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HIGH SCHOOL DEBATERS
AT LINCOLN TOURNEY
Plattsmouth high school debate
teams made a very satisfactory rec
ord at the Lincoln high school in
vitation tournament Saturday. The
Plattsmouth A-l team, composed of
John Morris and Homer Barton lost
to Omaha Central and to Lincoln,
but won from Omaha North and
from Grand Island. The A-2 team,
Harriet Case and John 'Bestor, lost
to Omaha Central and Lincoln, but
won from Beatrice and from Omaha
An individual scoring system
was used. 63 beinigiii a perfect score
for an individual for one debate;
252 a perfect score for the four de
bates. Homer , Barton of Plattsmouth
ranked among the upper group in
scoring, both for one debate and for
all four debates. His total for the
four debates was 192. John Morris,
Barton's colleague, scored second
high for Platt3mouth, with 175.
Harriet Case scored 167 and John
Bestor scored 156..
Plattsmouth's "B" team debaters
also did well. Bill Hula and Richard
Hitt lest to two different Lincoln
teams, one of which was an A team,
but won from Friend and Beatrice.
Hitt scored 173, Hula 157. The two
teams cf Freshmen girls, Gertrude
Cloidt .and Ruth Lowsonr Margaret
Fricke and Mary Anne Winscot, did
cot win but made creditable records.
All teams learned much about public-
speaking and much about the de
bate propositicn. "Resolved, that the
United States should Establish an
Allianee with Great Britain."
Coach Price and Rev. j. C. Low
son accompanied the team and both
judged some cf the debates, not in
cluding Plattsmouth. -"
"N'lxt Saturday the debaters go to
ty Auburn invitation debate. tour-
HEAR COOHTTEE REPORTS
The Plattsmouth Rotary club met
for its weekly session at the dining
room of the Hotel Plattsmouth Tues
day where th meeting was held in
the form of committee reports, pre
sided over by Arthur- Troop, presi
dent of the organization.
The four central committees chair
men made reports of the activities
that they have been carrying out
through the past Rotary year start
ing July 1.
Frank A. Cloidt, chairman of club
service, spoke of the programs that
(have been carried out according to
!the outline sent out by Rotary In
ternational. j Elmer Suadstrom reported on
community service in which he stress
ed the boys' work and the activities
of the various members in the dif
ferent organisations In the commun
ity. J. R. Reeder, chairman of inter
national relations, spoke of the Ini
jternational correspondence that is
j being carried on through the schools
and the international work that is
being developed through the Rotary
Fred I. Rca reported on the rural
relations committee and R. W. Knorr
The program next week will be
in the' form of a debate between
Omaha North high school and the
Plattsmouth high school.
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Cities in Accord
Seven Point legislative Plan to be
Given the Unicameral Includes
Taxes, Bate- Control.
LINCOLN, Jan. 10 (UP) The
League of Nebraska Municipalities
today went forward with its plans to
amend Senate File 310, the enabling
act under which public power dis
tricts are organized in Nebraska,
after a harmonious meeting with
officials and representatives of the
three big Public Power districts of
the state here last night.
As an aftermath of the meeting,
Secretary C. E. Deals of the League
said a committee of five was named
to draw up amendments to the law
and report back at a meeting of the
executive board and legislative com
mittee of the League on January 22,
when the amendatory bill will be
drafted at an all day session.
On the following day the bill will
be presented to a state-wide meeting
of city officials and to power district
directors for their approval before
the measure is submitted to the leg
islature. Committee members are Varro N
Tyler, city attorney of Nebraska
City; Seymour Smith, Omaha city
attorney; C. A. Sorensen, of Lincoln,
attorney for numerous rural public
power districts; M. E. Crosby, of
North Platte, attorney for the Platte
Valley district, and E. A. Webb, city
councilman, of Plattsmouth.
Through Harry Trustin, of Om
aha, city commissioner and member
of . the League's legislative commit
tee, there was presented the League's
proposed seven point program em
bodying amendments to S. F. 310, at
the public meeting, attended by the
League and Hydro groups and nu
merous officials of interested cities.
Principal proposals are that the
cities be given authority to condemn
or purchase distribution systems and
other hydro-owned property same as
if owned by private utilities; ' that
taxes be paid on property which the
hydros acquire from private utilities
(but not on the new property creat
ed or built with PWA aid) and that
the cities be vested with the right of
control over local rates.
. MLnpr phases br tlw'progn&nnot
directly tied into S. F. 310 would re
quire the holding of an 'election be
fore mayor and council can enter in
to new or renewal franchises; the
setting of a definite maximum num
ber of years for wholesale contracts
for energy and providing no govern
ing body of a city or town could
make contract for energy for a per
iod of more than five years without
a vote of the people.
These questions have developed as
a result of purchase by the public
power districts of privately owned
generating, transmission and distri
Some Friction Develops
Speaking principally through Sor
ensen and George E. Johnson, gener
al manager of the Tri-County dis
trict, the power districts acquiesced
in principle to the League's requests.
Some friction developed, however, as
to how the program should be enact
ed into law.
Taxation of the districts stirred
up the warmest debate, but Johnson
cut it short when he said that "the
district court has already authorized
our officers to make arrangements
with. the tax bodies to pay the levy."
Harold Kramer, Loup River district
manager said, "We are going to pay
taxes." All were agreed it was .not
the intent to tax the newly created
property merely that which already
exists but would be entitled to re
moval from the tax list as a result of
being acquired by the public power
Condemnation of public power dis
trict property brought some sharp
exchanges between municipality and
hydro officials. Asserting that cities
could not condemn hydro facilities
under the law, Sorensen requested
establishment of a state tribunal to
fix a fair price. This drew vigorous
objection from Varro Tyler, who
said. "You don't want a permanent
state board, which would be open to
politics and pretty soon would estab
lish a rule that the power districts
should be paid what they gave for
the property instead of on ' actual
physical valuation of the property,
plus a reasonable severance charge."
Sorensen stated he would be agree
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Abitracti of Title
Phone 324 - Plattsmouth
able to any sortof fact-finding board
the cities might desire.
Nine Plattsmouth Officials There
Mayor Lushinsky, Chairman Coin
stock and Councilman Gabelman of
the Lighting committee, Chairman
Puis and Councilmen Webb and Re
bal of the Finance committee and
Chairnfan Schutz and Councilmen
Vroman and Vincent of the Fire and
Water committee comprised the nine
city officials from Plattsmouth who
attended the meeting, held at the
Objects to Ruling That Permitted
Power District to Construct
Lines in Cass County
LINCOLN, Jan. 10 (UP) The Ne-
braska Power company of Omaha to -
day nleu a brief with th supreme
court supporting its appeal from a
decision by the state railway commis
sion. The commission had overruled the
company's objection to an application"
by the eastern Nebraska Public Power
district for permission to construct
certain rural transmission lines in
The company contended at a hear
ing before the ' commission that the
proposed lines would intrude upon
territory which the company served
and maintained that the duplication
would adversely, effect the company
and its customers.
Commissioners Floyd Bollen and F.
A. Good with Commissioner Will
Maupin descending overruled the ob
jection on the ground that the "com
mission is without jurisdiction or
authority to become public conven
ience and necessity" as it concerned
The power company asked the sup
reme court to remand the case to the
commission with instructions to con
sider that the commission is empow
ered by statue to, make such orderr
as in its judgement would best pro
tect the rights of all parties interest
ed and those of. the general public."
The company contended that, by de
nial of the power district's applica
tion, such rights would "best b2 pro
tected by the cp?mision
Adolph J. Hallas. former well
known young man of this city, was
elected vice-president of the Stock
Yards National bank in Omaha at the
annual meeting of the board of di
rectors held Monday morning. Mr.
Hallas' promotion came as a complete
surprise to his :many friends and
relatives in this. city.
Mr. Hallas is the youngest son of
Mrs. Joseph Hallas of this city and
where he was born and raised. He is
graduate of the Plattsmouth high
school in the class of 1921. After
completing his high school reer,
Mr. Hallas attended the Creighton
University and in-1922 he started hie
business career in Omaha.
For the past five years Mr. Hallas
has been president of the South Om
aha Savings bank, and prior to that
time was associated with the United
States National bark. He has been
active in mary civic ent?rprise, par
ticularly the South Omaha Merchants
association, of which he is " the re
tiring president. I
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Death of C. M.
Seybert Occurs at
Resident of Near Cedar Creek for a
Many Years; Member of Prom
inent Cass County Family.' -
Camden M. Selbert, 78, a resident
for many years of Cass county, died
Monday afternoon at the family
home, 629 South 19th street, Omaha,
after an extended period of ill health.
He was a member of one of the old
families of this portion of Cass coun
ty and for many years was engaged
in farming near Cedar Creek and
Mr. Seybert was married in Cass
county to Miss Lena Sprieck, also a
resident of the Cedar Creek commun
ity, who with two daughters, Mrs.
Margaret Schultz of Omaha and Miss
Ida Seybert of Lincoln survive his
passing. There are also surviving a
granddaughter, Jean Schultz of Om
jaha and one brother A. F. Seybert of
this city. The deceased was a brother
of the late W. H. Seybert and Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs. Seybert lived for a
great many years at Ilavelock and
then moved back to the farm for a
short time, moving from there to
Omaha where they have since re
sided. C. Y. 0. MEETS
The young men's C. Y. O. of the
Holy Rosary church met for their
first meeting of 1939 on Monday eve
ning at 7:30 at the club rooms where
a business meeting was held. A num
ber of the members were present de
spite the cold and disagrcable weath
er. Election of officers was held and
Henry Krejci was re-elected presi
dent and Joseph F. Kvapil was
chosen as secretary-treasurer by a
unanimous vote. Rev. Joseph R. Sin
kula was re-elected as moderator for
Father Siukula was present and
spoke oh the various plans and sug
gestions that had been outlined by
the officers of the group for the pres
ent year in the way of amusement
and entertainment both financially
and socially, plans that will guide
and help the youth of Plattsmouth
as well as the parish in general.
: Plans were also completed for a
party to be held the first part of
February in honor of a former mem
ber. The committee .chosen for the
event are Albin Chovanec and Joseph
The young men will go to com
munion in a body, Sunday, January
15 at the Holy Rosary church. The
members are requested to meet at the
church club rooms at 7:50 a. m.
WEDDED AT CITY HALL
On Saturday afternoon at the city
hall occurred the marriage of Miss
Lois Hiler of Sherwood, Iowa, and
Virgil Meusburger, of Rockwell City,
Iowa. The marriage lines were read
by Judge C. L. Graves and Chief of
Police W. M. Barclay and Officer Her
bert Johnson were pressed into ser
vice as witnesses.
Judge Graves also was called upon
to perform the ceremony for Dorothy
Mae Hewitt and Leland G. Gottula,
both of Elk Creek, Nebraska. Mr.
and Mrs. Wilbert Hewitt, parents of
the bride, were te witnesses of the
ceremony. The Hewitt family were
former residents here.
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DISTRICT COURT DOINGS
From Wednesday's Daily
District Judge W. W. Wilson was
here today to hold a short session of
the district court and among other
matters coming up was that of the
objection In the case of Ruth Scheel,
et al vs. Sophia Scheel, et al, to
confirmation of the sale of land at
partition sale. The objection of the
defendant was heard and the court
ordered the sale set aside -and re
advertised for future sale. The land
at the sale brought the sum of $35
A suit to quiet title was filed en
titled Thomas Herbert Pollock vs.
the City of Plattsmouth, et al. This
suit involves the farm lands east of
the Burlington right-of-way.
Another auction filed Is that or
V. B. Kinney, commissioner of labor,
against Ole Olsen and the Olsen
Quarries. It is alleged that on No
vember 1, 1938 the plaintiff in his
official capacity Issued ' a subpoena
for the defendant, Olsen to appear at
the labor commi?eioner's office at
Lincoln on December 1, 1938 with
his records and books. This it 13
claimed he failed to do and the dis
trict court is asked to have him
ordered to appear at the re-employment
office in this city on January
27, 1939 with the said records and
An action for divorce entitled Max
ine Cowden vs. Raymond Cowden has
been filed in the court In the peti
tion of the plaintiff it is said that
the parties were married on June
19. .1937 at Downers Grove, Illi
nois. It is asked that the plaintiff be
given a decree cf divorce and the
restoraticn of her maiden name,
Suit to quiet title has been filed
entitled Robert P. Corr vs. Marie
Trumble, et al. The property in
question is located in Eagle.
LINCOLN CITY PHYSICIAN QUITS
LINCOLN, Jan. 10 (UP) Dr. Por
ter S. Canon, ity physician for the
last fifteen months, 'hr.s resigned to
enter private practice at Nebraska
City. February 1. Hi3 resignation, a
member of the advisory board de
clared as "bringing to a head the ridi
culous situation cf salaries paid in
the health department," which has
resulted in the fourth vacancy in the
five years since the office was estab
lished. The position involves a salary
of $2,400 a year.
EOT BOWLING CONTESTS "
The Monday results at the local
duck pin alley shows the Hinky
Dinky team winner over the Herb
ster liquor store, 2115 to 1941 with
W. S. Hall as the high scorer for
Hinky's and Louie Lohne3 and Del
Nord as leading the liquor house.
The Black and White won from
the Plattsmouth Creamery by the
score of 1920 to 1827.
MARRIED AT COURT HOUSE
From Monday's Daily
This morning at the office of Coun
ty Judge A. II. Duxbury occurred the
marriage of Wayne Ashley Willis
and Alma Jacobson, both of Omaha.
The marriage lines were read by
Judge A. H. Duxbury in his usual
impressive manner. The marriage
was witnessed by Register of Deeds
Ray Becker and Mrs. Charles Nelson.
5 Times Every
Weekday . . .
7:30 a. m.
10:00 a. m.
12:30 p. m.
6:45 p. m.
10:00 p. m.
Death of a
of This City
Mrs. Anna Podlesak Dies at Omaha
Saturday Evening: After Illness
of Some Duration.
Late Saturday evening occurred
the death of Mrs. Anna Podlesak, 80,
former long time resident of thl3
Mrs. Podlesak, who had for the
past several years lived at the homo
of her granddaughter, Mrs. Anna
Miratsky at Omaha, was injured se
verely by a fall at her home on South
Twelfth street, a number of wccl.s
ago, having a leg broken.
The injury was doing well and
Mrs. Podlesak had seemed to bo on
the highway to recovery when a
sudden turn for the worse dewloTK-rt
a few days ago and sin:c that time
she had steadily grown worse until
death came to her relief.
Mrs. Podlesak was born in Kolinec,
Czechoslovakia, 80 years ago, and in
her birthplace was reared to woman
hood and married there to Joseph
Podlesuk. After several years the
family decided to seek their fortunes
in the new world and in 1903 Mrs.
Podlesak, with her daughter. Mrs.
Thomas Scdlak and two grandchil
dren, came to the United States; com
ing directly to Piat':;rnouth where
for many years they made their home
on Maiden Lane street in tho west
part of the city. Mrs. Podlesak mak
ing her home with her daughter.
Since the death of her only child sev
eral years aso. Mrs. Podlesak had
raised her large family of grandchil
dren. In her later years when ad
vanced age forced her to retire, sho
was taken to the home of her grand
daughter several years ao and had
sines made her home in Omaha until
the time of her death.
During her residence here Mrs.
Podlesak was a most devout member
of the Catholic church, she remain
ing firm in that faith until death.
She was a long and active member
of the Holy Rosary church of this
There are surviving the passing of
Mrs. Podlesak six grandchildren and
one son-in-law, Thomas Sedlak, all
i residing in Omaha. There are also a
number of nieces and nephews of
The'body was taken to the Frank
Janda mertuary in Omaha." -
HAS HAND INJURED
Charles Forbes, engaged in work
ing on the Chicago avenue sewer proj
ect, had his right hand injured se
verely Monday afternoon. He was
cranking on a cement mixer when
his hand flipped and sim:k some
cogs of the machine which resulted
in the tearing of the flesh of the
palm and thumb.
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