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Vol. No. LV
PLATTSMOUTH, NEBRASKA, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 1939.
Ladies Hear a
Mrs. Dan Dunham of Omaha, Synod
ical President, Here to Address
Wednesday afternoon the Woman's
Federation of the Presbyterian
church had the pleasure of a visit
from the Nebraska Synodical presi
dent, Mrs. Dan Dunham of Omaha.
At 12:15 luncheon was served In
the Fellowship room of the church
for the 2C officers of the Federation
and Circles. This delicious two
course repast was served by Circle 4.
Mrs. Duncan, the guest speaker of
circle. Mrs. John Wolff had charge
of the table arrangements. The val
entine theme was featured; red roses,
red hearts and candles made the
tables most beautiful.
A conference following the lunch
eon was presided over by Mrs. H. G
McCluskj. who with a few appro
priate words opened and lced the
conference. The questions asked by
Uiosc present were answered by Mrs.
Dunham in a most clear and concise
Manner, and the officers felt that
they had received much help in their
vork from this round table d'iscus
At 2:30 in the afternoon came the
regular meeting of the Federation,
Mrs. R. W. Knorr, president of the
Federation presiding over the busi
ness session. Mrs. Wylie Sigler, spir
itual life secretary, tad charge of
the devotional hour and presented a
short dramatization entitled, "Hang
ing the Sign.' In which Mrs. Wil
liam Schmidtman, jr., had the lead
ing part; Mrs. Luke Wiles, Mrs.
Carl Schneider, Mrs. Carl Ofe, Mrs.
Ernest Giles, Mrs. George "Farley.
Mrt.Hilt Martin, and MnuH..G.
McClusky aided in this part of the
A vocal duet was pleasingly ren
dered by Mrs. J. R. Reeder and Mrs.
Mrs. P. T. Heineman. missionary
chairman of the Federation presided
over the program hour, and called
on Mrs. L. O. Minor, who i3 treasurer
of the synodical board, to Introduce
rMs. Duncan, the guest speaker of
Mrs. Dunham delighted her list
eners as she related some of the
highlights of the national meeting of
the Presbyterian women held at
Buck Hin Falls, Penn., last May.
Then she brought the plan for work
among all ages of the church. Mrs.
Dunham possesses a charming per
sonality, a splendid speaking voice
and a marvelous fund of knowledge
of all the working plans of the
The local church is well organized
for work in ajl the departments but
one the Intermediate age group.
Circle 4 again served delightful
refreshments for the large attend
ance present, and the tables again
reflected the valentine theme.
RETURN FROM WEDDING TRIP
Mr. and Mrs. Bronson H. Tlmm
returned home Wednesday afternoon
from a short wedding trip to Kan
sas City. Missouri, where they were
guests of friends. Mr. and Mrs.
Timm were married Monday evening
and lett at once for their trip and
this is the first opportunity that the
many friends have had of extending
their well wishes to the young peo
ple. Mr. and Mrs. Tlmm are to
make their home here.
SHOWS FINE IMPROVEMENT
Henry Goos, well known local
merchant, is reported as showing the
most favorable reaction from his re
cent operation and while he is still
s!t the hospital at Omaha, his pro
gress has been very fine. The oper
ation, it is hoped, will result in his
permanent recovery after a long
period of ill health and that he can
soon resume Mb usual activities.
HOUSE FOE SALE
My all modern 7-room home at
516 So. 1st street, Plattsmouth. As
my work takes meo ut of town, will
sell at a bargain. Must be seen to
be appreciated. A. R. Johnson.
WEDDED AT ST. JOHN'S
On Wednesday afternoon at the
St. John's parsonage in this city was
held the religious, marriage service
for Miss Gertrude Brink and Mr.
Bronson H. Timm, whose civil wed
ding was held at Papillion Monday.
The young people were attended by
Miss Beatrice Am and Mr. John A.
Libershal, an uncle of the groom.
The marriage lines were read by
the Rt. Rev. George'Agius, pastor of
Farm Sales are
Among the Best
in Recent Years
Auctioneer Bex Young Finds Prices
Are Good and New High for
Stock Is Shown.
The farm sales which are- being
held in this section of Nebraska are
much better than in past years. Auc
tioneer Rex Young states, the vet
eran auctioneer finding much inter
est in the sales and a fine quality
of stock and equipment offered at
A fine price for a team at the
Sam Martin sale near Weeping Wa
ter, was $300, one of the best that
Mr. Young has found and the bid
ding was brisk in all of the stock
The Marion Stone sale at Nehawka
on Tuesday was one of the largest
and at which over 1,000 persons
were present to make their bids and
participate in the sale. Cows at
this sale topped at $96 and bred gilts
at $31.50. So large was the at
tendance that the ladies aid that
bad arranged for the ' lunch was
soon out of provisions and all avail
able supplies used up in an attempt
to satisfy the crowd.
The Harold Spangler sale near
Louisville brought a top of $107 for
cows and In Sarpy county sales the
average on the cows offered was
$92.50. an excellent price.
Mr. Young has but two open dates
In his schedule between now and
the first of March.
McBRIDE WINS HONORS
Donald McBride of this city, who
was entered In the Council Bluffs
boxing tourney, made his first bow
in the ring Wednesday night to
annex the 112-pound title of the
tourney. With but three entries in
his class McBride was not able to
appear in the earlier bouts and was
to meet the winner in the finals.
Last night he won the class honors
in a clean cut battle that was his
all of the way and won him the
unanimous award. McBride was the
only one of the Plattsmouth boys to
emerge as winner in the finals of
the district meeting. He won from
Freddie Lanning of Council Bluffs.
Earl Wiles, fighting in the 147
pound class of the tourney, was out
of - the fight in the second round of
his bout with Leonard Fleharty, of
Red Oak, Iowa. In the opening
round of the bout Wiles was able
to land on his opponent several
times but not with stopping punches
and Fleharty kept boring in to the
body of Wiles until in the second
when the contest was stopped and
Fleharty awarded the technical
knockout. Wiles had been winner in
his previous bouts in which he show
ROTARY HAS QUIZ
The Rotary club at their weekly
luncheon at the Hotel Plattsmouth,
had a very interesting quiz as the
feature of the program. Superin
tendent L. S. Deroe appeared as
"Prof. Quiz" and with the assistance
of several of the members of the
club conducted a discussion of busi
ness ethics and with the questions
Stuart Sedlak, senior, and Harley
Cottlngham, junior of the high
school, members of the club for Jan
uary, gave their farewell talks and
told of their reactions to the pre
cepts of the Rotarians and the many
interesting talks and meetings that
they had enjoyed.
In the absence of President Arthur
Troop, R. W. Knorr, vice-president,
Mynard to Back .
Agricultural Committee of Chamber
of Commerce Sponsors Event
Several Clubs Formed.
Friday evening at the Mynard com
munity building: a group of some
seventy of the young people and their
parents in this immediate vicinity
gathered to discuss the formation of
4-H project clubs for the young people
of the community.
The event was arranged through the
agricultural committee of the local
Chamber of Commerce of which
George K. Hetrick, is the chairman,
to see that increased interest is de
veloped in the youth movement on the
farms of Cass county.
R. N. Johnston, who is acting; ag
ricutural agent in Cass county and
Miss Jessie Baldwin, home extension
agent also of the County Farm Bureau
office, were here from Weeping Wat
er to asist in the meeting;.
Mr. Johnston grave a very interest
ing; talk on forestation work and the
conservation of the soil, both of which
are being; urged by the government
as a means of bettering; the farm.
This was followed with a great deal
The local Chamber of Commerce
has urged the formation of the 4-H
clubs and particularly of the baby
beef, swine and bee clubs and great
interest was shown in these.
H. A. Schneider of The Plattsmouth
State bank, spoke briefly in urging
the club work to develop better stock
on the farm and increasing; the out
put of the farm This is a part of the
program urged by the state banker's
association and Mr. Schneider point
ed to its importan.ee as keeping; the
young: people on the farm.
Mr Hetrick also spoke urging; the
importance of the club work to the
community as did J. Howard Davis,
president of the Chamber of Com
merce. After the talks the young; people
met and. organized a baby beef and
dairy calf club, a forestry club, swine
club, hobby club and a bee club. The
interest was keen and the project
leaders will be announced soon and the
work started on the club progrom.
GIRLS IN SPELLING CONTEST
Plattsmouth eighth grade girls
will enter the Cass county spelling
contest. They will have two repre
sentatives, one for the written ana
one for the oral. Last week Miss
Helene Perry, teacher of spelling.
conducted a test and from the entire
group selected eight girls who will
receive three weks intensive train
ing at the end of which time four
will be selected to be the represen-
tativs and two alternates. Miss
Perry pronounced 500 words taken
from the most difficult group ofand also the loss of his drivers li
the Eaton speller. The following j cense. He was turned over to the
were the winners in this test in the
order of their rank: Lois Wolever,
Mary Jean Hatt, Joan Tiekotter, Ger-
aldine Wfcite, Donna Seiver, Rhoda !
lies, Doris Lutz, and Nellie Rainey.
MAY EETURN SOON
The reports from the Methodist
hospital at Omaha are to the effect
that Mrs. E. H. Wescott, recover
ing from her recent operation, may
soon be able to return home. Mrs.
Wescott is now improving rapidly
and it is thought that in a few days
she may be able to come home and
recuperate here from the effects of
her illness and operation.
LN SERIOUS CONDITION
Charles Ellington, an old time
resident of Cass county, is reported
as being very seriously ill at his
home in Omaha, where he has re
sided in recent years. Mr. Ellington
is the last of his immediate family
and has a large circle of friends
who will regret to learn of his Ill
ness'. TO VISIT IN IOWA
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Gobelman are
departing for Sidney, Iowa where
they will spend the week end at
the home of Mrs. Gobelman's mother,
Mrs". David Hiatt.
ATTEND MUSIC MEET
From Saturday's Daily
The Recreation Center music com
mittee motored to Murdock last eve
ning where they were participants
in a school program given at 7:30
at the Murdock school building. The
event was in the form of a district
program and was the scene of a very
Those present from this city were:
Elmer Sandstrom, Peter Gradoville,
and Anton Bajeck.
Boy is First in
Lyman Rehmeier of Weeping Water
Scores Top Honors in West
ern Fed Lamb Show.
First place in the second annual
Western Lamb Show for 4-II club
members, at Omaha last week, was
won by Lyman Rehmeier, Weeping
Water. Third place went to Stuart
Mills of Murdock. Prizes arid rib
bons were awarded, Lyman receiving
ten dollars and Stuart eight. Merritt
Pollard, of Nehawka, who also ex
hibited, received three dollars in
These were the only Cass county
boys enrolled in the Western Lamb
Feeding project this winter and all
three made a substantial profit. The
lot of sixteen lambs bought last Oc
tober 12 cost $83.44. Thirty-five
bushels and 4 pounds of corn cost
$15.75. 500 pounds of oats, $4.40,
1000 lbs. of threshed alfalfa, $4.00.
barn rent, $2.00, salt, 10 cents, mak
ing a total expense of $110.71. The
lambs sold for $11.00 per hundred,
bringing a profit of $51.19.
Now is the time, to--organize a
ewe and lamb club. The" most profit
able lambs come in February and
the project should be gotten under
way at once. The Farm Bureau will
be glad to assist you in obtaining
finance to purchase breeding stock.
ARREST DRUNKEN DRIVER
Sheriff Joe Mrasek and Deputy
Sheriff Doody Wednesday afternoon
noticed a driver leaving with a car
from a parking space that gave evi
dence of having been indulging in
the flowing bowl and the officers
drove after the car and driver. With
the car getting out onto the high
way the driver started to lose con
trol and narrowly missed colliding
with other cars on the road and was
then forced over to the side of the
road by the sheriff and deputy and
placed under arrest. The man and
his companion, a lady, both gave
their residence as Omaha
was arraigned in the county court
on the charge of drunken driving
jand received a fine of $50 and costs
'Custody of the "sheriff to rest until
the amount of the fine and costs
was supplied. He later secured his
YOUNG SAILOR HERE
From Thursday's Dally
Joseph J. Chovanec of Great Lakes,
Illinois, arrived In the city by plane
today to be a visitor and guest of
his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank
Chovanec, and his brothers, Vladis
and Albin, and sister. Miss Lillian
Chovanec. Mr. Chovanec had enter
ed the United States navy last Octo-
jber and has been stationed at Great
Lakes where he is undergoing his
training period at the present time.
The many friends and close asso
ciates of Mr. Chovanec will be glad
to see him back again for a period
of ten days.
TO TAKE MEDICAL TREATMENT
Rev. Joseph R. Sinkula, pastor
of the Holy Rosary church, was taken
to the St. Catherine's hospital where
he was placed for treatment and ob
servation for a throat ailment. Fath
er Sinkula has been a sufferer from
sinus for the past several years,
which has caused him much suffer
ing and discomfort.
Big Valentine Dance, Sat. Feb. 11th.
Legion Bldg. Good Music. Adm. 25c.
Sketch of Life
of Mrs. Vincent
Young Woman Called by Death at
the Full Prime of Life After
Only Short Illness.
The death of Mrs. Vincent Pilny,
Jr., 3G, at the St. Catherine's hospital
Thursday afternoon at 1 o'clock came
as a great shock not only to the mem
bers of the family circle but to the
many friends over the community
where she had made her home for
almost a lifetime.
Mrs. Pilny was taken ill last Friday
with what seemed to be a minor illness
and it wasn't until late Saturday even
ing: that she suffered a severe relapse
and was rushed immediately to the
St. Catherine's hospital where an op
eration was performed. In the past
several days her case had been very
critical and it was necessary to give
her several blood transfusions, but
despite all skill and loving hands
could do she passed away to her last
reward at the aee of SG vears. c!
months, 26 days, leaving: to mourn j
her passing:, besides a large number
of relatives, a host of friends and
Helen Slavicek was born July 7,
1902 in this city and where her life
time has been spent among: the friends
of childhood days. She was the eldest
daughter of Mrs Anna Slavicek and
the late Mr. Frank Slavicek and had
spent her entire lifetime in the west
part of the city where Mrs. Pilny was
born and raised and where she had
lived at the time of her dei.th. Miss
Slavicek was united in marriage to
Mr. Vincent Pilny, Jr. in 1925 at the
Holy Rosary church. Following thei
marriage 4he couple lived at Lincoln
for a short time, returning to Platts-J
mouth shortly afterward -where thej
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have resided since, Mr. Pilny being
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engaged at'work in Omaha.
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personality and had made a wide ac
quaintance among the residents of
this community in the years that she
has made this city her home, devot
ing herself to the care of her home.
To know Helen was to love her and
her-going leaves a place hard to fill
in the younger generation of life. The
family circle was broken when the
father, Mr. Frank Slavicek was called
to rest in 1927 and for the first time
sorrow had laid its hand upon the
sunshine of the home.
During her residence here, Mrs.
Pilny was a devoted member of the
Catholic faith. She was a long and
faithful member of the Holy Rosary
church where she was a prominent
and active figure in its various so
cieties and organizations. She was
an active member of the Altar society
and at the time of her death was a
member of the Holy Rosary choir.
There is left to mourn the passing
of this good woman the beloved hus
band, Vincent Pilny, Jr., her mother
Mrs. Anna Slavicek; two sisters, Mrs.
Agnes Uhlik of Peoria, Illinois and
Miss Ruth Slavicek of this city, and
one brother, Robert Slavicek of this
city, as well as a host of friends and
The members of the family were at
her bedside when death came. ;
CHANGE SCE00L ARRANGEMENT
Because of the Increase in the en
rollment in the high school the gen
eral assembly at the close of the day
has been eliminated. The general
assembly was possible in the
days when the high school had 225
to 250 students but with an enroll
ment of now with 387 the general
assembly Is practically an impossi
bility. Students now will return
their books to either their home
room or assembly and go directly
from school. This eliminates dfffi
culty in passing as the halls will not
be as congested and the pupils will
find it much easier to leave the
At the time the high school build
ing was built it adequately accom
modated the junior and senior high
schools but from all indications the
Plattsmouth high school will pass
the 400 mark next year. Changes
must be made to accommodate chang
Want ads are read and almost
invariably Qet results.
PREPARE FOR SPELLING
CONTEST FEBRUARY 25
County Superintendent Lora Lloyd
Kieck is busily arranging for the
Cass county spelling contest which
will be held at the district court
room in this city on Saturday,
February 25th. There will be two
selected from each school that enters
and these will compete here for the
ho?ior of representing the county at
the contest in Omaha. At the Omaha
contest th winners will be eligible
for the interstate contest.
Suit to Quiet Title Filed in the Dis
trict Court Against Loup River
Public Power District.
From Saturday's Daily
In the district court today an ac
tion entitled Chris Parkening, et al
vs. the Loup River Public Power
District, was filed and in which the
plaintiffs seek to have the lease held
by the defendant declared null and
The petition of the plaintiff alleges
that the plaintiffs, Chris and Bertha
Parkening were visited by O. G.
Clark, claiming to be representing
the defendant public power district.
That by reason of alleged threats
and intimidations the plaintiffs
claim that they signed a lease for a
transmission line through their farm
property in Cass county. It is fur-
jther claimed that the signing of the
lease was against the desire and
free will of the plaintiffs and that
the representative of the company
knew at the time that the act was
an involuntary one on the part of
A lie LUUi L IS tt3HCU LU Dtl UUC
! lease and grant for the construction
of the right of way for the trans-
mission line and declare the same
null and void. It is alleged that the
lease now stands as a cloud on the
title of the property of the plain
JUNIOR HIGH BASKETBALL
The Junior high school is con
tinuing to find their major interest
in basketball. On Wednesday they
had four thrillers with the combin
ation of Larson. Highfield, White,
Steppat. and McMakcn, winning the
first decisive victory over Jacobs,
Rice, Traudt, Dashner, and Richards
by 8 to 2. In the finals this same
combination defeated Cotner, Evers,
Brizendine, Grassman, and Blunt 13
DAUGHTER TO WINTERS
Mr. and Mrs. Merlin Winters are
the proud parents of a baby girl born
to them on Tuesday morning at their
home on Main street. Mr. and Mrs.
Winters live in what was formerly
known as the Bach apartments. The
mother and little daughter are get
ting along very nicely, and the event
has brought a great deal of happi
ness to the members of the family.
RETURN FROM FUNERAL
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Palmer re
turned home Thursday from Afton,
Iowa, where they were called by
the death of Mr. Palmer's father.
Returning with them were Mrs. W.
J. Bennett, mother of Mrs. Palmer,
of Davis City. Iowa, and J. E. Pal
mer, Mir. Palmer's brother, of
Augusta, Kansas who are to remain
here at the Palmer home for a short
MRS. GODWIN ILL
Mrs. E. M. Godwin, well known
resident of the south part of the city,
is confined to her home as the result
of a stroke that she suffered on
Thursday. Mrs. Godwin is doing as
well as possible under the circum
stances but is kept under constant
SUFFERS FROM GRIPPE
Charles Troop, old time resident
of this city, is quite poorly at his
home on Chicago avenue, suffering
from an attack of flu and grippe.
on the Louisville
Committee Seeks Opinion of Attorney
General as to Right to Vote
Gas Funds for Purchase.
The matter of making the Louis
ville bridge over the Platte rivr,
the only toll bridge in the sta-.e,
free of toll by its purchase by the
state, occupied the attention of the
appropriations committee of the leg
islature last week.
This bridge is the last of the toll
bridges in the state and the demand
for it being made free of toll has
been growing in recent years and
now seems to be in a very favorable
position for action.
Built under the provisions of the
Hughes-Davis bill which also allowed
the building of the Plattsmouth
Platte river bridge, the Louisville
structure was built by a private com
pany of the residents of that com
munity. It was then possible for
the department of highways to pay
half the bridge purchase price, Cass
and Sarpy counties to collect the
other half through tolls.
The bill, house roll No. 10 0, was
introduced by Fred Carsten, Avooa;
Frank Sorrell, Syracuse and Emil
Brodecky and Ernest Adams of Om
aha, and would appropriate JC3.000
of gasoline tax money to pay the
balance of the cost of the purchase
of the structure and make the bridge
free of toll.
The committee decided to seek the
legal ruling. Chairman Brady said,
"because it looks like the agreement
specifies that gasoline taxes should
not be used to pay off the balance."
May Ee Elegal.
We""'certainly don't went to pro
ceed illegally." Brady asserted.
- A. T. Lobdell. chief of the s.ate
bridge bureau, said he believed it
would be illegal to appropriate gaso
line tax funds for that purpose in
view of the agreement.
Fred Mueller, committee member,
raised the question whether it would
"be setting a bad precedent to ap
propriate money like this, when other
Platte river bridges have been built
with the affected counties and the
Proponents of the measure said
they understood Sarpy county was
unwilling to help finance the bridge
"because it is already spending more
money on bridges than for anything
else." It was pointed out the county
is surrounded by streams on three
Principal arguments preEented for
Tolls havec ut down traffic to such
an extent that it would take 28 years
to make the bridge free.
Highway 50 will be deprived of
improvement or maintenance until
the bridge tolls are removed.
Called Black Spot
" Transportation of livestock by
trucks into the South Omaha mar
kets is impaired.
The bridge is the "only black spot
on Nebraska's white spot;" It is the
only inland toll span in Nebraska.
The tolls are 40 cents for round
trip and 25 cents one way.
Speakers included J. B. Watkins.
Gerald Collins. Charles Metzger, and
Allan Hupp, all of Omaha; Ralph
Nickerson, Papillion; A. R. .Stander
M. A. Funke. Louisville; Willian
Joyce. Weeping Water; Elmer Hall
strom, Avoca; and W. B. Banning,
COUNTY COURT PROCEEDINGS
In the county court Friday James
Scott Heslop was arraigned en the
charge of stealing an automobile,
the property of Charles Atteberry
from the streets of Union a.cd to
which he entered a plea of guilty.
court after hearing the facts
in the case and considering the youth
of the defendant gave a sentence in
the state Industrial school at Kear
ney. The young man was taken to
Kearney this afternoon to start
serving his sentence.
In the case of Everett Brinton,
charged with petty larceny, the court
after hearlns: the evidence and the
representations of a nurr.ber of the
residents of Elmwood, entered the
order paroling the young nun dur-
ing the time of his good behavior.
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