The Plattsmouth journal. (Plattsmouth, Nebraska) 1901-current, February 02, 1939, Image 1

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    fir. State H;storicEl Saciety
NO. 104
John Gayer is
Named to Enter
Naval Academy
Plattsmouth Young Man Selected by
Congressman Luckey Prior to
Retirement from Office
John Gayer was here lor an over
Sunday visit at the home of his par
ents, Mr. and Mrs. II. L. Gayer. The
many friends of this young man,
who is a former graduate of Platts
mouth high school with the class of
1937, pleased to learn of his
appointment to the U. S. Naval
Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, as
one of the last official acts of Con
gressman Henry C. Luckey b-efore he
retired from office at the beginning
of the present year.
Having passed preliminary exami
nations in satisfactory manner, there
remain but two more hurdles foi
John to surmount before becoming a
full-fledged Midshipman early in
June. The first of these will be the
final mental test at Fort Crook in
April and the second his final phy
sical examination at the academy on
his arrival there for entrance. His
high grades at the University of Ne
braska this semester may permit of
waiving the April mental test. Upon
passing the final physical examina
tion he will be immediately enroll
ed as a student at the academy and
start a training course that will re
quire four years to complete and be
followed by two years service aboard
ship as a probational ensign, before
he is finally commissioned in the U.
S. naval service.
James Robertson, a Plattsmouth
young man. is to complete his four
years course there in June tnd enter
upon a two year period " of ""service
in this-latter capacity.,'.. ..: "
John is now in his second year at
the University of Nebraska, where
he is enrolled as an engineering Btu
dent. He is a member of the Alpha
Sigma Phi social fraternity and the
Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity.
This last fall he won his numeral
in football as a member of the Corn
husker squad. He is also a sergeant
in the Field Artillery section of the
University Cadets.
John is now 19 years old, one
year under the age limitation set for
entrance to Annapolis and will have
the advantage of two years college
training lacked by so many naval
academy entrants who go there soon
after graduating from high school.
His father, H. L. Gayer, served as a
captain in the First Division over
seas during the World war and is
well versed in military tactics. He
received a personal citation from
General Pershing for bravery in ac
tion in the battle of Catigny. Mrs.
Gayer is a daughter of the late J. H.
Humpe, Lincoln real estate man and
for a number of years manager of
the Lincoln Traction company. John
was born after his parents came, to
the farm near Rock Bluff to reside.
His grade schooling was in the Rock
Bluff school. During his four years
in Plattsmouth high as a college pre
paratory course student he earned
citizenship honors and was elected to
membership in the National Honor
ary society during his senior year.
He was a valuable member of the
P. H. S. football squad during his
junior and senior years.
One of the exacting requirements
of midshipmen is that they remain
single throughout the four years of
their course at Annapolis and their
two years of probationary ensign ser
vice. John aays he expects to live
up to all the requirements.
Bob Wunderlich, of Kchawka, .was
named by Congressman Luckey as
first alternate, but with John safely
through all but the final exams, there
seems little likelihood but that he
will be accepted in June, following
the close of his second year at Ne
braska University, which both of his
parents attended.
It has long been his ambition to
receive this appointment.
Elmer Sundstrom "was out in the
various cities of the county Monday
looking after some Important mat
ters of business in regard to recrea
tional work.
Miss Lois Giles, who was an honor
student or the Plattsmouth high
school during her attendance here
and who has been attending the Merrill-Palmer
school, at Detroit, return
ed home Sunday. Mis3 Giles has
completed her work at Detroit with
high honors and will enter the Uni
versity of Nebraska for the coming
semester to complete her senior year.
Mr. and Mrs. Giles motored to Lin
coln Monday with the daughter and
to assist her in getting arranged for
her work. She is in the Home Eco
nomics department of tle university.
President's Ball
a Social Feature
of the Season
Large Number Are Present to Spend
a Most Delightful Evening in
Aiding a Good Cause.
The President's ball, nationally ob
served, saw a fine patronage at the
local ball held at the American Le
gion building.
These dances, given in all sections
of the land were for the purpose of
raising funds for the fight on infan
tile paralysis and the event was fix
ed on the birthday of President
Rocsevelt, who was a victim of the
malady and whose aid has been en
listed in helping others to be given
the opportunity of relief and cure.
The Plattsmouth ball was headed
jy County Attorney Walter H. Smith,
as the chairman and in the work of
arranging and sale of tickets he had
received the warm support of many
volunteer workers in the fine human
itarian move.
The Avalon orchestra under the
direction of Peter Gradoville, fur
nished the music for the ball .and
which was most thoroughly enjoyed
by the large dancing party.
Chairman Smith is very appre
ciative of the aid of the committee
and public in making the ball a suc
cess financially as well as socially.
Sheriff Joe Mrasek and Deputy
Sheriff Emery Doody were at Elm
wood Saturday where they were call
ed when the Elmwood Grocery, own
ed and operated by Ted Hall, was
found to have been robbed. The rob
bery was discovered on Saturday
morning on opening the store and on
the arrival of the officers an investi
gation was started.
After a search and trailing down
footprints near the scene of the
crime, the sheriff and deputy were
able to apprehend a young man of
the community in the afternoon and
he was brought on to this city. The
money taken from the store, $9.45,
was recovered by the officers.
The young man was to have been
arraigned today but the hearing was
postponed until Wednesday, owing
to the desire to secure evidence that
might involve other parties.
There were a large number here
from Elmwood today to look into the
matter and among these were George
Blessing, Jr., of the Elmwood Leader
Echo, G. R. Eveland, H. F. Capwell,
Rev. H. A. Fintel, Harry Arnold,
Henry Linder, Jake Sterner. Kenneth
Monday afternoon in the county
court a complaint charging petty lar
ceny was filed by County Attorney
Walter H. Smith against Elvin
Shryock. The defendant was charged
with taking a gallon of rasoline
from a car on North Tenth street.
Ihe defendant made a plea ol guilty
to the charge and was given a sen
tence of thirty days In the county
From Tueaday'a Dam
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Sullivan are
the parents of a 7 lb. 6 oz. baby girl,
born to them last evening at 8
o'clock at the Anton Kani hospital
In Omaha. The mother and little -one
are progressing nicely and the event
has brought a great deal of happi
ness to the members of the family.
Mrs. Sullivan was formerly Miss
Gwendolyn Hansen of near Murray.
Cemetery Has
Been Improved
the Past Year
Cemetery Board in Handling Affairs
Have Added Much to Make
More Care Possible.
The city cemetery board is issuing
a circular letter to the lot owners
of the Oak Hill cemetery relative to
the handling of the afTairs of the
cemetery and which furnishes an
interesting view of the improve
ments that have been placed there
since the cemetery was turned over
to the management of a city board.
In the two years the board has
purchased and installed an especially
designed set of record books of the
cemetery, giving a complete record
of all lot owners and the interments
'made on the lots, at a cost of $337,
thus crivinsr a permanent and efti-
cient record which had been lacking
before. The board has had every in
vestigation made to determine the
ownership of the lots and the num
ber of persons who might be in
terred there, a very advanced step
in efficiency.
The board has also added new
equipment for interments which has
cost the board $780.54 and provided
the best modern aids in the care of
the last rites.
A program of marking the lots
has been arranged with 2,800 lot
markers being placed so that the
boundaries of the lots are all clear
ly defined.
All roads in the cemetery have
been made all weather roads by the
addition of 150 tons of crushed rock
and the construction of new pave
ment. The lots in the cemetery -have
been leveled up In fine shape, the
trees trimmed and , shrubs in the
cemetery cleared up to present a
much neater appearance.
The board has also with the aid
of a WPA project had erected a new
brick stucco, structure which has
cost in the neighborhood of $1,000
and provides a proper storage space
for the equipment of the cemetery
and facilities for the use of the super
intendent, something that has long
been needed to add to the efficiency
of the care and handling of the
In addition to the equipment and
physical improvement of the ceme
tery, the board has provided the full
time supervision of a trained super
intendent to care for the upkeep of
the cemetery.
These first steps will make pos
sible for a greater Improvement in
the cemetery in the future and
which will eventually make it one of
the best arranged and beautiful last
resting places in the state.
These improvements and progres
sive steps have been made through
the aid and co-operation of the lot
owners and which it Is hoped will
continue in the movement for a
greater improvement in the future
in Oak Hill.
Mr. and Mrs. Edgar S. Wescott, of
Lincoln, were here Sunday to visit
for a few hours with E. H. Wescott
and Mrs. John L. Tidball and family.
They were at Omaha in the after
noon to visit Mrs". E. H. Wescott at
the Methodiet hospital, finding her
very much Improved. On their re
turn to Lincoln Mr. and Mrs. Wescott
were accompanied by Harriett Goos
and Marjorie Tidball, here from
Doaie college for the week-end.
Authorities of the Kemper Mili
tary School, Boonville, Missouri,
have announced that among the
cadets who have achieved member
ship in three honor societies during
the first semester at Kemper is
Stephen M. Davis, son . of Mr. and
Mrs. Searl S. Davis of this city.
Henry F. Goos, who was operated
on Saturday at the Clarkson hos
pital at Omaha, is reported as show
ing a nice response from the effects
of hte operation and rallied well.
Members of the family were at the
hospital Sunday and were pleased to
find his reaction so pleasing.
Sunday morning at the Methodist
hospital in Omaha, a fine little nine
pound, fourteen ounce baby girl was
born to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Sprieck
of this city. The mother and little
cne are doing nicely and the event
brings the greatest liappiness to all
of the members of the family circle.
Mrs. Sprieck was formerly Miss
Freda Born, youngest daughter ot
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Born of this city.
The little one is also a granddaugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Sprieck of
near Louisville.
Wedding of
Popular Young
Folks Monday
Miss Gertrude Prink and Mr. Bron
son H. Timm Married at Papil
lion Surprise to Friends.
From Tuesday's Dally
Two of the popular young people
of this city. Miss Gertrude Brink,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. N.
Brink and Bronson H. Timm, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Timm, were
married last evening at Papillion.
The wedding came as a great sur
prise to the host of friends who were
unaware of the plans of the young
people who had motored to Papillion
where the ceremony was performed.
Miss Beatrice Am and Mr. Mitchell
Stewart of this city were the at
tendants. Mr. and Mrs. Timm left for Kansas
City, Missouri, where they will en
joy a visit with friends for a few
days before returning to this city to
make their home.
The bride is the third daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Brink and has
grown up in this city where she re
ceived her education i the Bchools
of this city. She has been engaged
as stenographer at the law offices of
A. L. Tidd for the past three years.
The groom is the. eldest son of Mr.
and Mrs. Timm and is one of the
popular young men of the commun
ity, having made his home at Mur
ray and Plattsmouth. He was gradu
ated Trom the Plattsmouth schools in
1930. He is at this time engaged in
business with his father and brother
The many friends in this commun
ity will join in extending to Mr.
and Mrs. Timm their best wishes for
many years of success and happiness
in the future.
Sunday at the morning worship
hour at the First Presbyterian
church the young people's organiz
ation of the church had charge of the
regular services and a most impres
sive program had been arranged.
Misa Janet Westover served as the
leader of the service. The scripture
lesson had the choral responses.
Richard Hitt, one of the active work
ers in the young people's depart
ment gave a very fine reading, "It
Is God's Kingdom." "A Kingdom of
Deeds, Not Dreams" was given by
Doris McPherson. A litany response
service was given by Cary Marshall,
most impressively. The prayer was
offered by John Benton Livingston
and the benediction by Betty Gayer.
A number of the young people
from the Cedar Creek -church were
here for the services.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rhoden of
near Sturgis, South Dakota, are here
for a visit with their relatives over
Cass county. They were accompanied
by Frank Rhoden of Omaha, brother
of Mr. Rhoden. The family came
from Murray but many years ago
located near Greenwood where they
lived until going to South Dakota.
Mrs. Lora Lloyd Kieck, county
superintendent of schools, was at
Louisville Monday afternoon where
she spent a few hours visiting the
schools in that community. This was
the first opportunity that the new
superintendent has had of visiting
the schools since taking over her of
fice. Big Carnival Dance, Sat Febr. 4th
Legion Bldg. Good Music. Adm, 25
Arrest Kansas
Man for Theft of .
Car at Union
Sheriff Mrasek and Deputy Doody
Apprehend Man Found to Have
Also Robbed Filling Station.
Tuesday evening shortly after 6
o'clock Sheriff Joe Mrasek and De
puty Emery Doody were notified that
an automobile belonging to Charles
Atteberry, had been stolen at Union.
The officers at once responded to
the call and on their way south on
highway No. 75 just south of this
city, came on the car and the driver
headed this way and apparently for
The man was arrested and with
the car was brought on into this
city for questioning and holding.
He gave the names of James Hesley
and his home as being in Kansas.
The man was searched and letters
were found on him with the address
of Carl Bidding, Shannon, Kansas.
The sheriff of Atchison county, Kan
sas was called and he stated that
the man Bidding had been robbed
n few days ago in an oil station
looting and that at that time a suit
had been taken together with a
camera and flashlight. The descrip
tion of the man held here fitted a
resident of that section of Kansas
according to the sheriff.
The search of the effects of Hesley
revealed that he had the suit, cam
era and flashlight in the car. It was
also claimed by the Kansas officer
that the man had stolen a car of a
deputy sheriff in Kansas and which
had been abandoned in Atchison
county. Hesley claimed that he had
caught a north bound train and had
ridden as far as Union where he
picked up the Atteberry car.
County Attorney Walter H. Smith
is xpectlng to fil a charge for auto
theft against Hesley in this county.
District No. 45, of which Miss Mil
dred Wilson is the teacher, won the
second weekly prize in the Rural
School Playground Equipment con
test, sponsored by Plattsmouth busi
ness men.- This schoo turned in a
total of 331,525 votes during the
week ending January 28.
District No. 8, Alice Mae Camp
bell, teacher, turned in the second
largest number of votes for the week,
115.728. Third high vote for the
week. 108.268, was turned in by
District No. 2, Grace Louise Wiles,
The complete vote standing of the
schools in the contest, both as to the
number turned in last week, and
present standing, is shown in the
advertisement elsewhere in this issue
of the Semi-Weekly Journal.
District No. 45 will be eligible to
receive either a standard teter-totter
or complete outdoor basketball set.
Neither this district or District 37,
first week winner, can win another
of the eight remaining $25 weekly
awards, but all votes turned in will
count on the grand prize awards at
the close of the contest on April 8.
. District 37, first weekly prize win
ner, by a vote of the pupils, selected
an outdoor basketball set as their
Interest in the contest is increas
ing daily and merchants report near
ly all customers are asking for the
sales slips and vote coupons.
Who will win this week's prize
and the next, and the next? Your
guess is as good as ours, but one fact
is sure, and that is the prizes will
go to those schools that get out and
hustle for votes. There is nothing to
buy or sell just ask your friends to
trade with sponsoring merchants and
save their sales slips and vote cou
pons for your school.
Teachers may share in the treasure
chest distribution of unclaimed votes
by calling at the different stores on
Mrs. Minnie Richter, aged lady
living in the south part of "the city,
is quite ill at her home from an at
tack of flu and grippe as well as old
age. Her granddaughters, Miss Ruth
Richter and Mrs. Freda McCormick
are caring for the aged grandmother.
The University of Nebraska grant
ed 179 degrees at the mid-year on
Saturday and in which degrees were
granted to several residents of CasB
county. In master of art Roger
Charles Smtih of Elmwood received
his degree, John Edwin Gilmore, of
Murray, bachelor of science, Glenn
Raymond Jameson, Weeping Water,
bachelor of science in engineering.
Mr. Gilmore is also completing his
senior year in the college of medicine
of the University of Nebraska and
will receive his degree this June at
the graduation.
Local Teacher
Speaker before
Lincoln Club
Milo Price of the Department of His
tory and American Government
Speaks on "Democracy."
As a recognition of his ability as
a public speaker, and capability to
analyze social problems, Milo Price,
instructor of government and Amer
ican history in the Plattsmouth high
school, addressed the Lincoln Rotary
club Tuesday noon.
The invitation was extended by
Dr. G. W. Rosenlof, professor of Sec
ondary Schooling at
he University of
Mr. Price used
or his topic "Dem
ocracy." This is a
alk that Mr. Price
as given on other
occasions and has
been found to be
very interesting to
MILO PRICE students of social
Guest Speaker questions. Because
he has made an unusually wide
study on national and political ques
tions Mr. Price is very able to
handle these talks before large aud
iences. Because the Lincoln Rotary
club usually has the best of programs
this invitation is a recognition of Mr.
Trice's ability as a speaker and
Elmer Sundstrom and A. H. Dux
bury, representatives of the Platts
mouth Rotary club, were present.
Frank L. Barkus, who has been
engaged in work as operator and
agent for the Burlington at Prague,
Nebraska, has been advanced to the
post as agent for the Burlington at
Plalnview, Nebraska. This will give
Mr. Barkus a day position and make
it mch more pleasant. The family
are preparing to move at once to the
new home and expect to leave some
time the coming week for Plainview.
The many friends will regret very
much to see this estimable family
leave our community as Mr. Barkus
has been very active in the Masonic
and Legion circles and Mrs. Barkus
in the Methodist church and social
activities. The change will take the
children out of school here to enter
the Plainview schools. Miss Kath
erine Barkus is a member of the
senior class of the local school.
Rev. K. K. Ballenger reports a
gain in membership double that of
August 1938.
Donations were taken in the town
for wiring the church with elec
tricity. This work should be finished
this week. Plans have been made
to buy cr build a parsonage in La
Platte. Plans are ready to go for
ward wtih the work now. Subscrip
tions will be taken for funds to
start this work. Come, hear the old
fashioned Gospel preached by a fear
less man of God.
L. W. Egenberger is ill at his
home where he is suffering an at
tack of flu and grippe. Mr. Egen
berger was unable to be on the job
at the store this week but it Is
hoped that he may Improve rapidly
and be able to resume his active
duties again.
Weeping Water
Men Visit Platts
Junior C. of C.
Largely Attended Meeting at Recrea
tion Center and Large Group
of Visitors Present.
from Wednesday's Daily
The members of the Junior Cham
ber of Commerce met for another of
their regular business meetings last
evening at 8 o'clock at the Recrea
tion Center where number of the
young men of the community were
present despite the many social ac
tivities going on in the city last eve
ning. The guests of the evening in
cluded a large delegation of the
Weeping Water Chamber of Com
merce members.
President Vincent Kelley opened
the meeting with Secretary-Treasurer
Ordell Hennings reading the
minutes of the preceding meeting.
The main business discussion of
the evening was the plans and ar
rangements for the benefit dance to
be given by the Junior Chamber of
Commerce in the near future. Chair
man of the dance committee, Charles
Howard, submitted a report on the
expenditures and cost of running the
affair. One of the main features ol
the dance will be that all local talent
will be represented. Those assisting
Mr. Howard on the dance committee
are: William Farney, Everett Elliott,
Donald Cramer, Edward Howard,
Robert Yallery, and Ray Bourne.
The parking problem was also
brought up and Randall York was
chosen as chairman to look into the
matter and submit a lengthy report
at the next session.
The district convention of the
Chamber of Commerce was also an
nounced and a number of tte mem
bers ar making plans and reserva
tions to attend the convention on
February 3, 4, and 5 at Omaha.
During the evening William Joyce,
president of the Weeping Water
Chamber of Commerce was called up
on and made it possible for the local
members to be introduced to his
group. Mr. Joyce also gave a short
talk for the fine treatment and
courtesy that was extended to his
group at the local meeting, and had
extended a cordial invitation for the
Plattsmouth members to attend
their social and business gatherings.
Following the meeting a delight
ful luncheon was served to all pres
ent at the Farney cafe where all
enjoyed an evening of social gather
ing. The host of the evening was
the president, Vincent Kelley.
The next meeting of the Junior
Chamber of Commerce will take place
on Tuesday evening, February 14 at
8 o'clock. This will be a special pre
dance meeting and all of the present
members of the organization are re
quested to be in attendance. Re
ports of the various committees will
be given that evening.
The Weeping Water guests present
were: William Joyce, president of
the Weeping Water Chamber of Com
merce, Wilbur Long, Clair Wolfe,
editor of the "Republican." Neil
Robscn, educational advisor of the
CCC camp; Wilson Pickford, assist
ant postmaster; Oscar Ilufffelinan.
Chris Lien, and Forest Stock.
From Wednesday's Darty
Mrs. Henry Iske, well known resi
dent of west of LaPlatte, was In the
city today to look after some busi
ness matters and while here called
at the Journal to arrange for the
printing of sale bills. She 13 disposing
of her personal property and farm
equipment but will continue to make
her home on the farm which will be
operated by a son in th? future. The
sale will be on Tuesday, February
14 th.
We desire to thank the neighbors
and friends for their kind assistance
and beautiful floral tributes at th
death and burial of our mother and
sister, Mrs. Ida H. Seybert.