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Vol. No. IV
PLATTSMOUTH, NEBRASKA, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1939.
Held at Hotel Plattsmouth With Dana
Cole, Past President of Lin
coln C. of C. Speaker.
Wednesday evening the Platts
mouth Credit Bureau celebrated its
one-year anniversary with a dinner
and program in Hotel Plattsmouth.
In spite of rather cold weather
and conflicting dates, 84 people at
tended. This sneaks well for the
recognition which is given the credit
bureau in this community and augers
well for the future.
Lincoln sent a delegation of 20
in a special chartered bus. Fifteen
came from Nebraska City to help
After a fine dinner, Fred Busch,
president of the Ad club and chair
man of the credit bureau committee,
acted as toastmaster. Mayor George
Lushinsky welcomed in behalf of
the city. J. Howard Davis, presi
dent of the senior Chamber of Com
merce also welcomed the guests. Vin
cent Kelley, president of the Junior
Chamber of Commerce also express
ed hi3 appreciation to the guests. Mr.
Busch stated that while Nebraska
City might be the "home office,"
Plattsmouth was the main olice.
The meeting was then turned over
to Max Meyer, secretary of the Lin
coln Credit Bureau who introduced
the following: H. S. Oxley, presi
dent of the Retail Credit association,
and J. H. Owens, past president; H.
H. Amos, president of the sixth dis
trict, R. C. A. who briefly outlined
the Sixth District R. C. A. confer
ence to be held in Lincoln February
19, 20 and 21 and invited the credit
grantors to attend. t
The main speaker of the evening
was Dana Cole, immediate past presi
dent of the Lincoln Chamber of
Commerce who spoke on the "New
Deal in Business." He emphasized
that there are four phases of business,
production, marketing and selling,
management and public relations. He
placed special emphasis on the last
point pointing out that business con
cerns everyone, the laborer as well
as the capitalist. It is essential to
consider all the phases of business
relationship and community cooper
ation in order to promote the wel
fare and best interest of the coun
try. Real wages are twice as high
in United States as in Europe and
can only be maintained in propor
tion as capital can continue to pro
duce. Taxes can only be reduced If we
the people determine to do more for
ourselves instead of asking the gov
ernment to do It for us. Whatever
the government does for ut must be
paid by taxes.
Agriculture should consider wealth
in terms of goods and not in terms
of dollars. If we subsidize any In
dustry, it is axiomatic thai, the sub
sidy must be paid by taxes.
Politics, irrespective ol! parties,
must be based on honesty and not
on propaganda in order that the pub
lic may be conversant with all the
phases of government relationship.
Government expenditure should ulti
mately retire the debts or taxes will
have to be increased in order to pay
In answering the question, "What
Should We Do About It?" Mr. Cole
stressed five points: First, encour
age leadership in business, reward
ing achievement and not penalizing
it. Insist on complete sep.rattion of
politics and business. Socond, in
sist on complete separation of poli
tics and economics. Keep Improper
civil functions in the hands of gov
ernment leaders and economic ques
tions in the hands of business lead
ers. Third, promote greater effi
ciency in government and business
by discouraging either politicians
or business men from assuming re
sponsibilities beyond their capacity.
Fourth, remove restraints from per
sonal liberties that we may foster
competition in all activities and ad
vance living standards, both phy
sical and cultural, in the traditional
way. Fifth, cultivate a broader at
titude on the part of leaders both
government and buslneis toward
their responsibility at large.
Following the talk, a credit skit
was staged. II. R. Amos, credit man
age of McGee's acted as credit man
ager; Mrs. Thomsen, the credit bu
reau operator; J. L. Owens and Ted
Barger as credit applicants.
The purpose of the skit was to
show how a credit bureau operates
in securing information and how it
aids the merchants in knowing
whether or not to extend credit.
It specifically showed how a person
whose credit record in one location
was not good will be unable to se
cure credit in some other town
where there is an active credit bu
reau. Death of Carl
Dies at Home on Wintersteen Hill
This Afternoon After Illness
From Friday's Daily
This afternoon shortly after 1
o'clock Carl Kopischka, Sr., 73, pass
ed away at the family home on Win
tersteen hill where he has been very
gravely ill for the past few days as
the result of an attack of pneumonia.
He has in the past few years been
in very poor health.
Mr. Kopischka was a native of
Germany and came to the United
States when 18 years of age and
located at Plattsmouth where he has
since made his home.
Locating in thi3 -city Mr. Kopischka
was for a period of some thirty-five
vears employed by the Burlington
in the local shops and was a man
very highly esteemed by his asso
ciates in the many years of life here.
He was married here on December
16, 1893 to Miss Elizabeth Grebe,
who with five children survives his
passing. The children are Carl, Jr.,
of Portland, Oregon; Louis, of this
city;. Mrs.. Leon Marshall, El Paso,
Texas; Mrs. Gretchen Simons, ot
this city; Mrs. Don E. Norman, of
Cut Bank, Montana.
DOINGS IN COUNTY COURT
Application was made for the ad
mission of the will of Rasabelle
Ferguson, deceased, of Elm wood, Guy
L. Clements was named in the in
strument as executor and the same
In the matter of the guardianship
of Rachel Pell, resignation of P. F.
Rihn was received and accepted. Ap
pointment of a successor was taken
under advisement by the court.
In the estate of Jame3 Forbes,
deceased, of Elmwood, a hearing was
had onprobate of the estate and Guy
L. Clement, named as the adminis
Hearing was had on the applica
tion for the administration of the
estate of William T. Richardson, de
ceased.. The appoointment ot Mrs.
W. T. Richardson as administratrix
was made by the court.
In the estate of Charles F.
Reichart, deceased, of Louisville, the
appointment of Frank F. Ross, as
special administrator, was made.
Petition was made for the probate
of the estate of William H. Leeley,
deceased, of Greenwood.
Donald McBride, Plattsmouth flght
er, was outscored by 21-year-old
Francis Farrell of Schuyler, by a nar
row margin in a 3-round bout at
the Omaha Golden Gloves contest
McBride, whose rugged, aggres
sive style corroborates our boast that
he has engaged in very few bouts In
his short career.
He was so stubborn, willing and
courageous, however, that few in
the crowd of almost 3,500 were bored
with the proceedings.
During the entire bout, the Platts
mouth boy set the pace, but was un
able to outbox his more experienced
TO VISIT AILING FATHER
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Geis of Mc
Cook arrived In Plattsmouth Friday
morning to be here with Mr. Geis
father, Fred Geis who is quite ill
at the Clarkson hospital. Mr. and
Mrs. Geis are expected to be here
for some time visiting the many
friends and relatives in and around
of the State
Charles A. Harvey Dies at Home of
Daughter Here Early T6day
Long Time in State.
From Saturday's Dally
Charles A. Harvey, 89, one of
the early settlers of Nebraska, died
this morning shortly before 6 o'clock
at the home of his daughter, Mrs.
John Meisinger, Jr., with whom he
has made his home for some time.
He had been very seriously ill for
the past few days and with his ad
vanced years the end was not un
Mr. Harvey has spent practically
a lifetime in the state of Nebraska,
and his life was one of activity and
hard work in keeping with the spirit
of the pioneer days. He was en
gaged as a youth in freighting by
team across the states of Iowa and
Nebraska and had many thrilling ex
periences that he well recalled in
his later years, stories of the then
wild country which was gradually
Mr. Harvey fnally located in Ne
braska near Seward where he farmed
for a great many years until some
forty years ago when with his fam
ily he moved to Plattsmouth and has
since resided here the greater part
of the time., altho in recent years
he has lived with children 'at other
points a part of the time.
Mr. Harvey was twice married,
the first wife dying in 1882 and
his second wife here in 1924. He is
survived by four daughters and two
.ions, Mrs. Percy Beina. Beaver City,
Nebraska; Mrs. John Meisinger, Jr.,
of this city; Mrs. Eva Ledbetter,
Melca Park, California; Mrs. Rosanna
Goodman, Downey, California; Allan
Harvey, Denver; Oliver M. Harvey,
South Gate, California.
Funeral Bervices will be held Tues
day afternoon at 2 o'clock at the
Sattler funeral home at Fourth and
Vine streets. Rev. H. G. McClusky
will conduct the services.
PAY TRIBUTE TO HARRIET CASE
From Saturday's Dally
The Plattsmouth debate squad,
entered in the Doane college invita
tion tournament yesterday and to
day, canceled its trip due to death
of Harriet Case, one of the mem
bers. Today, at the hour when Miss
Case's funeral was being held, the
Lincoln debaters and their coach,
Garold Kvasnicka sent a telegram
from Crete to the Plattsmouth de
baters and their coach, Milo Price,
"Simply we pay tribute to an
intelligent, honorable debater.
Miss Harriet Case."
The deceased young lady was one
of the leading debaters of southeast
ern Nebraska and won the admira
tion and respect of all against whom
she contended for points by her cap
able, yet unobtrusive style of argu
ment. Her loss will be keenly felt,
not only in Plattsmouth high school,
but among the debaters of Nebras
ka, and the tribute paid her by Lin
coln debaters is sincerely appreciat
ed. MAKES FINE RECORD
Miss Jean Knorr, the honor stu
dent of the Plattsmouth high school
for the class of 1938, is making a
superior record in her work at Lln
denwood College at St. Louis, Mis
souri. Miss Knorr is carrying
courses in theory, organ, English
composition, choir, piano, physical
education, and European history. In
all of her grades she was far above
the average ot the class and received
her outstanding grades in English
composition, theory of music, and
European history. St. Charles is a
girl's college located near St. Louis,
VISITING OLD FRIENDS
From Saturday's Dally
Erl Teepel, of Alexandria, Vir
ginia, was in the 'city for a few
hours today to visit with old friends
and to look after business affairs
with C. R. Olson, storekeper of the
BREX shops in this city. Mr. Teepel
is the lumber Inspector for the com
pany and is visiting their various
shops over the country.
VERY HAPPY EVENT
Friday shortly after noon, a tine
little daughter was born to Mr. and
ifrs. Richard Livingston at the St.
Catherine's hospital at Omaha. The
happy event has brought much pleas
ure to the father and little brother,
Tommy, as well as the grandparents,
Mr. and Mrs. B. W. Livingston and
Mrs. Ed Ulrich. The arrival of the
little one was on the birthday anni
versary of her grandmother, Mrs.
Platters to Meet
West Point in
In Fremont Tournament to Start Feb
ruary 28, Locals Secure Bye
for First Round.
from Friday UatJT -
Coach B. A. Hoffman of the Platts
mouth high school was at Fremont
last evening to attend the meeting
of the coaches of the teams parti
cipating in the Fremont district tour
nament and make the drawings and
assignments for the opening rounds
of the tourney.
The tournament will open on
Tuesday, February 28th and the
finals be held on Friday night, March
3rd, it was decided at the meeting
held by the coaches and Hamilton
Mitten, the director of the event.
In the assignments for the first
round Plattsmouth was assigned a
bye and will not play until the sec
ond round games when they will
meet West Point, one of the strong
teams, who also drew a bye for the
The officials for the district meet
will be Frank Knapple, of Omaha
Central and Harvey Grace of Omaha.
Both of these officials are,- well known
here where they have officiated sev
The first round assignments are as
Plattsmouth vs. Bye.
West Point vs. Bye.
Ashland vs. Bye.
Oakland vs., Columbus.
Wahoo vs. Tekamah.
Schuyler vs. Bye.
Blair vs. Bye.
David City vs. Fremont.
It is expected that the first games
of the tournament will start at 6
p. m., but this was not definitely de
cided upon by the tournament direc
tor. AN APPRECIATION
We, the teacher and pupils of
Eight Mile Grove school, Dist. No.
25, wish to thank our many kind
friends for their loyal support in
making it possible for us to win the
fourth weekly prize in the rural
school contest. Nellie Carlson,
teacher; Marian Baker. Charles Bev
erage, Raymond Beverage, Ruth Bev
erage, Ruth Ann Blotzer, Deloris
Hild, Ralph Hild, Robert Leonard,
Richard Novak, Andrew Ruffner,
Henry Safarik, Francis Safarik, Mar
cel Yinduska: d&w
SECURE MARRIAGE LICENSE
The report of the marriage license
bureau of the office of the county
judge of Douglas ocunty, states that
marriaee license was issued there
Friday to Lee G. Worden nd P. Madge
Keck, both of Des Moines, Iowa.
The bride is a former resident of
this cityr but has been engaged at
Des Moines for the past several
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Schlichtemeier
are very happy over the fact that
they are grandparents of a fine little
girl born to Mr. and Mrs. Frank
Koch of West Bend Iowa. Mr. Koch
is the editor and publisher ot the
Journal at West Bend. All are re
ported as doing very nicely.
VISITS AT HOSPITAL
Mott Frady was in Omaha Thurs
day evening where he spent a short
time visiting -with his wife at the
Clarkson hospital where she is re
covering from an operation. She Is
showing excellent improvement.
Phone news Items to Ho. 8,
Harriet Case is
St. John's Church Filled as Com
munity Shares Grief of Taking
Away of Talented Girl.
From Saturday's Dally
This morning at the St. John's
Catholic church was held last rites
for Harriet Case, popular young
woman and the president of the
senior class of the Plattsmouth high
school, whose death on Thursday had
brought a great grief to the entire
Friends from the schools, members
of her class and the friends of the
family early filled the church to pay
their last tributes of love and respect
to their friend, taken from life
while yet in the first glow of
The requiem high mass of
church was celebrated by the
Rev. Monsignor George Agius
tor of the church and the spiritual
adviser of the departed in the years
that she has been a communicant.
The junior choir of the church as
sisted in the observance of the mass.
In the remarks of the pastor a
tribute was paid to the memory of
the departed young girl whose life
had been one of activity in her
church and school work, her deep
devotion to the members of the fam
ily where she had been a loving
daughter and sister to her loved ones.
The pall bearers for the funeral
here were from the young men of
the senior class, they comprising
John Bestor. Homer Barton of the
high school debate team of which
the deceased was a member, Ronald
Rebal, Robert Hayes. Stuart Sedlak
and William Arni3trong.
Following the services here the
body was borne to Lenox, Iowa',' for
the final rest in the Catholic ceme
tery at that place and where rests
the mother who preceded her in
SLIPPERY ROADS CAUSE
Deputy Sheriff Emery Doody was
called Thursday afternoon to the
scene of an auto accident eight miles
south of this city on highway No. 75.
it was found that a car belonging
to Delmar Skon and driven by Mrs.
Skon as well as a truck driven by
R. S. Baldwin, of Hamburg, Iowa,
had turned .over and at the time
of the accident both vehicles were
on a rather slippery section of the
road and in attempting to avoid an
accident both had skidded into each
other and overturned.
Mr. and Mrs. Skon were en route
, T, , ,
from Kelly Field, Texas to Selfridge
Field, Michigan, where Mr. Skon is
to be attached to the U. S. air force
there. The parties fortunately es
caped injury and were able to con
tinue on their way.
CITY WORKER INJURED
John Kubicka. member of the city!more wlth him tnan we were abie to
street department force, was struck
by an automobile Friday afternoon
while working on the intersection
at Sixth and Vine streets. Mr. Ku
bicka was cleaning the crossing when
a car driven by a Weeping Water
man came along and on the slippery
street the car struck the workman
and hurled him to the snowy and icy
paving. The car was going at a
very slow rate of speed fortunately.
The injured man was taken to the
office of Dr. L. S. Pueelik. cityJ
physician and it was found that there
were no broken bones altho the vic
tim of the accident was bruised very
SUFFERS HEART ATTACK
Mrs. Albert Wetenkamp Is quite ill
at her home west of Riynard where
she is suffering from the effects of a
heart attack she suffered a few days
ago. Her condition is such that she
will have to remain bedfast for a few
days, retiring from her usual active
ATTEND HARWARE CONVENTION
Jess Warga and William Swatek
were in Omaha Thursday where they
attended the state hardware dealers'
convention which was held there.
EXAMINATION DATE SET
Applicants for the position of post
roaster have been notified of the date
set for the examination, Saturday
February 25. Due to insufficient
room to accommodate the more than
a dozen in the civil service examina
tion room in the basement of the
post office building, the test will be
given in the council chamber room
at the city hall, where individual
desks are available.
Death of Mrs.
Z. W. Shrader at
One of the Very Early Settlers of
That Portion of Cass County
Dies at 85 Years.
The death of Mrs. Z. W. Shrader,
85, occurred Friday at Nehawka
where she has been making her
home and cared for by her daughter,
Mrs. Dick Chriswisser, in the last
few years. Mrs. Shrader was one
of the early residents of Cass county
and the span of her lifetime is filled
with the development of the county
from small and isolated farms to a
populous and successful county.
Rachel Murray, daughter of Jona
than and Elizabeth Murray, was born
in Jackson county, Missouri on April
10, 1853, and when a small child
was brought by her parents to Mills
county, Iowa, they later coming to
Cass county and settling at Rock
Bluffs where the family located and
engaged in farming.
On February 2, 1871. she was
married to Z. W. Shrader, member of
another of the pioneer families and
they at once started housekeeping
on the farm and were very successful
in their work and number among the
best known and highly respected
residents of the county. Mr. Shrader
preceded his wife in death several
SHERIFF RECEIVES PRAISE
It is seldom that an officer of the
law receives much commendation' for
their services and Sheriff Joe Mrasek
is feeling much pleased over the let
ter given below from Father Flana
gan's Home, relative to the boy that
was picked up here and cared for
during an attack of pneumonia:
Mr. Jos. Mrasek,
Sheriff Cass County,
My Dear Sheriff:
We are in receipt of your letter
of February 14th. and wish to thank
you most sincerely for writing. How
ever, the day after posting our last
letter to you, we heard from Mrs.
Gates, and we were glad to know
,tna ne had 8afely "turned home.
We are very grateful to you for
the wonderfui kindness and courtesy
'extended to Wilton Gates in his hour
of need and it is coming in contact
with such kind people as yourself
that gives us the encouragement
needed to continue on in our work
here at Bovs Town. We feel sure
that the time Wilton spent underlpe" won high score in bridge and
your care has proven to be a valu
able experience to him and has made
him think nnrl has accomnlished
Thanking you again, and assuring
you that we are very grateful to you
and your fine community, we are
Most sincerely yours.
FATHER FLANAGAN'S BOYS'
HOME, WELFARE DEPT.
Miss Ethel Vignery, of Concordia,
Kansas, who has been here at the
home of her sister, Mrs. George K.
Hetrick, was operated on Thursday
at the St. Joseph hospital at Omaha.
She fs reported as having stood the
operation in excellent shape and It
is hoped will continue to improve.
MRS. HIBER IMPROVING
Mrs.- John Hiber, Sr., who has
been confined to her bed from the
effects of an attack of rheumatism,
is showing the necessary improve
ment hoped for. She is able to be
out of bed and is up and around,
caring for the small tasks about her
TO HOLD COURT HERE
Judge W. W. Wilson will be here
on Friday, February 24 th for a
session of district court, word re
ceived here by Clerk of the District
Court C E. Ledgway states.
No Group More
Opposed to Var
than Service Men
But, Should It Come, We Want Our
Nation Prepared for It, 'Cap.'
Gayer Tells Auxiliary.
From Saturday's D!ly
Failure of members residing in
the country to get in for yesterday'3
American Legion Auxiliary meeting.
cut down the attendance consider
ably. The meeting was held at tb
11. L. Gayer home on Chicago ave
nue. Assistant hostesses were Mrs.
Edgar Creamer, Mrs. Rozinna Ripple
and Miss Mathilda Soennichsen.
At the business session various
routine reports were rendered. The
membership committee reported 5')
now enrolled for 1939. A leatherette
case for the new unit colors wis
approved. The flag and banner are
to be taken to the state conference
at Grand Island next Tuesday by
District President Mrs. Nutzman to
show other units what can be done
n making a stand of colors at a
mere fraction of the cost if bought
from commercial manufacturers.
There was some discussion of an
early spring get-together meeting of
the Legion and Auxiliary, but the
date and definite arrangements will
be left to the March meeting to de
cide. After the business meeting, a pro
gram was given. Mrs. Robert Reed
favored the members with three
piano selections and Mr. Gayer ad
dressed the group on "Americanism
and National Defense," the theme for
February Auxiliary meetings thru
out the nation. Mr. Gayer spoke of
the Universal Service bill now be
fore congress that would prepare the
nation for any emergency that might
arise. "Nd group of citizens desire
continued peace for our nation more
than the ex-service men themselves."
he said, "but should war ever come
we desire to see America better pre
pared to meet it than back in 1917,
when months were required to set
in motion the program that would
immediately become the law of the
land should such an emergency again
arise." Mr. Gayer pointed out that
many lives were needlessly sacrificed
and much economic waste resulted
for lack of just such a plan as this
when our country joined the Allied
nations in war against the Central
Powers of Europe in 1917.
"Our best security against repeti
tion of the wastes of war lien In
teaching our children the costly les
sons that we as the then young gen
eration had to learn back in 1917
18," he said in conclusion.
Mrs. Roy Knorr, Auxiliary Ameri
canism chairman and Mrs. Gayer,
National Defense chairman, arrang
ed the program.
Bridge and pinochle were played
after the program. Mrs. Robert Cap-
Mrs. R. T. Cuthrell in pinochle. Each
received a beautiful potted plant as
a prize, from the large assortment
that decorated the home of the hos
tess. Delicious refreshments of cake,
topped with cherries and whipped
cream, coffee and mints were served
to bring to a close this most enjoy
March meeting will be held at the
home of Mrs. L. S. Devoe.
HOME FROM CALIFORNIA
Mrs. C. L. Wiles has Just returned
from Long Beach, California where
she has been visiting for the past
Mr,s. Wiles had gone to be with
her daughter, Mrs. Thomas Gross-
hans while Mr. Grosshans was recov
ering from a compound fracture of
the leg. at Golden State hospital In
Los Angeles. Mrs. Wiles states that
Thomas has returned to his home In
Long Beach, and is able to walk
with the use of a cane, and is feel
While in California, Mrs. Wiles
enjoyed the mild winter weather.
which she says reminded her of
spring weather in Nebraska. Upon
her' return home, she was greeted
with a beautiful falling snow, which
he enjoyed greatly, It being a con
trast to the weather on the western
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