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Vol. No. LV
PLATTSMOUTH, NEBRASKA, THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 1939.
Winner of Cass
Edward Gradoville of Ihis City First
in Written Contest; Imogene Van
Every Wins Third Place.
The Cass county spelling: contest
was held Saturday afternoon, Feb
ruary 25 in the district court room
of the local court house. The con
testants numbered fifty-seven, a very
large group for the spelling .contest
this year. The court room was filled
with throngs of farm as well as city
folks, most of them friends and rel
atives of the contestants.
The contest was conducted by Dr.
Roy Eaton of Omaha, originator of
the Eaton spelling book from which
the words were chosen. Dr. Eaton
conducted the contest in his usual
efficient manner, keeping the crowd
interested and In suspense as to who
the winner would be. The contest
ants all showed marks of brilliancy
and knowledge of the subject of spell-
ing and their work well showed the
efforts of their teachers in preparing
them for this yearly event.
The local schools, comprising the
junior high school and the St. John's
parochial school were represented by
Mary Jean Halt, Lois Wolever and
Edward Gradoville and John Berlett,
respectively. However, Edward Grad
oville was the only local contestant
that stood up until the final round
of the spelling conttest and who was
pronounced the winner of first place
in the written contest.
Kenneth Tefft, son of Mr. and Mrs.
C. R. Tefft of Avoca, representative
of District 20 was awarded the honor
as the champion speller of the Cass
county schools. The young man
showed remarkable ability and had
mastered each word that was given
to him splendidly.
The following were pronounced
winners in the various sections of
the contest: In the written division
Edward Gradoville, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Edward Gradoville of Platts
mouth, placed first. Kenneth Tefft,
son of Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Tefft
of Avoca was awarded second place.
Imogene Van Every, daughter of
Mrs. William Van Every was grant
ed third place.
In the oral division Kenneth Tefft
won first honor. Ruth Ann Finkle.
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Finkle of
Weeping Water, won second honors,
and Imcgene Van Every received
third in the contest.
In addition to their awards each
nf these winners have received the
honor of attending and representing
their respective schools in the differ
ent contests conducted by the state
;.nd World-Herald of Omaha. Ken
neth Tefft will represent District 20
in the contest sponsored by the
World-Herald on April 29. Edward
Giadoville and Kenneth Tefft will
be representatives at the interstate
contest to be held in Sioux City, Iowa
on April 27 and 28. Imogene "Van
Every and Ruth Ann Finkle will go
to the state fair this fall at Lincoln
as representatives of District 22 of
The judges of the contest were the
few selected from the large audience
in attendance. County Superintend
ent of Schools Mrs. Lora Lloyd Kieck
presided over the event.
HEAR A FINE PROGRAM
Monday morning at 9 o'clock the
student council of the Plattsmouth
high school presented a convocation
to the student body. The Parkinson
Music Ensemble were here to enter
tain the group. The ensemble played
double-reed instruments, . consisting
of the oboe, English horn, basson
and hechlaphone. The program was
presided over by the president of the
student council, Stuart Sedlak.
Members of the musical ensemble
have won national recognition as
young artists and highest honors at
the national high school contests.
MARRIED AT LOUISVILLE
On Sunday at Louisville occurred
the marriage of Vera S. Carue of Car
son. Iowa, and Lamont Storm of
Macedonia, Iowa. The marriage lines
were read by Rev. N. B. Callaway of
the Louisville church. David Carse
and Doris Dean Storm were; the wit
HAS FINE REMEMBRANCE
Margaret ' Davis of this city, who
has for the past two years been in
correspondence with Mary You,
young girl living in the Hawaiian Is
lands, has received a very pleasant
remembrance from the friend. A box
received by the Plattsmouth girl con
tained a bracelet, string of beads and
a purse, all made from seeds collect
cd by the donor and also sent a very
attractive purse made from leaves
collected on the islands.
A. S. Will, an
Dies in Oklahoma
Passes Away at Home of His Son,
Fred, at the Ripe Age of
The death of Asgil S. Will, 91, a
resident of Cass county for many
years, occurred on Thursday, Feb
ruary 22, 1939 at Hennessey, Okla-
home, where he has been making Jiis
home with his son. Fred Will and
family for some time.
Mr. Will was born in Highland
county, Virginia, April 23, 1848, and
spent his youth in the state of his
nativity and where he was married
June 16, 1870 to Miss Barbara Har
old. They came west in 1883 and
settled in Cass county, Mr. Will lo
cating on a farm in Mt. Pleasant pre
cinct where the family resided for a
great many years and where their
children grew up.
Later Mr. Will and wife retired
from the farm and built a fine home
on Chicago avenue in this city, mak
ing their home there until in 1922
when they moved to California where
in 1930 Mrs. Will passed away.
There is surviving the passing of
Mr. Will five sons and three daugh
ters, Fred Will. Hennessey, Okla
homa; Newton Will. Kettle Falls.
Washington; Mrs. Chris Spangler,
Oak, Nebraska; Grover Will, Kirby,
Oregon; Tom Will, Van Nuys, Cali
fornia; Dora Will and Mrs. Minnie
Windham, Long Beach, California:
Robert Will, Burbank, California.
The funeral services were held on
Saturday at the B. W. Coon funeral
home at Hennessey, with Rev. A. S.
Pearce conducting the services. The
body will be taken to California for
Interment beside Mrs. Will.
4-H CLUBS GETTING UNDERWAY
1939 4-II club organization has got
ten off to a pood start with 26 clubs
organized and many more scheduled
to meet soon to perfect their set-up.
Forestry clubs lead in number with
baby beef, swine, dairy, bird and rope
clubs attracting their proportionate
Girls clubs who confine their work
to (1) a beginning, (2) an intermedi
ate, and (3) an advanced project will
this year be studying Learning to
Sew, Girls Room a Place to Live, and
Meal Planning and Preparation. Lead-,
er training meetings will be held for
leaders of groups carrying these pro
jects as soon as the club3 are organ
ied. These training meetings bring
asistance in subject matter and gen
eral club management problems.
4-H application blanks are avail
able at the extension office. Why not
organize now and get off to a good
start with your 1939 project.
MORE NAMES TO FUND
Additional names as received by
Mrs. Frank Mullen, treasurer for the
milk and shoe fund of the Woman's
club is as follows: Mike Bajeck, 50c;
A Friend, 25c; Dr. and Mrs. P. T.
Heineman, $1; Mrs. Henry Jacobs,
25c; Ofe Oil Co., $3; Joe's New Way,
$1; Vine Kelley, 50c; Judge Jesse
L. Root, Omaha, $1; Simon White
trink, 25c; Mrs. R. C. Jahrlg, 50c;
Fern Jahrig, 50c. So far the funds
collected have reached the amount of
WILL WORK IN OMAHA
From Monday's Dally
George Sabatka, well-known young
man of this city and former clerk
in the Hinky-Dlnky grocery store,
was transferred to Omaha where he
will be located in the future. He
started his duties as clerk In the
Hinky-Dlnky store at 45th and Mili
tary avenue in Omaha today.
Mrs. Frank Kozak
Dies at Home in
West Part of City
Suffers Stroke Friday and This
Morning Heart Attack Proves
Fatal to Patient.
From Monday's Dally
Mrs. Anna Kozak, wife of Frank
Kozak, passed away this morning at
8:10 at the family home on Vine
street after a very short illness of
the pa,st three days. Mrs. Kozak suf
fered a severe stroke Friday evening
and since had remained bedfast un
til her death. Early this morning
her condition was said to be improved
but shortly after dawn she suffered a
heart attack and passed away to her
eternal reward at the age of 53 years
and 5 days.
Anna Roucka, daughter of the late
Frank and Anna Roucka. was born
on February 22, 1886 In what used
to be Austria-Hungary where she was
reared through earlier days. In 1906,
with her parents, she came to Amer
ica to settle and make her future
home. The family came directly to
Nebraska, residing in Plattsmouth
where they have since made their
home in the west part of the city,
and where Mr. and Mrs. Roucka pass
ed away several years ago. On June
14, 1915 she was united in marriage
to Frank Kozak and since their mar
riage they have made their home in
the place where she passed away.
There is left to mourn the pass
ing of the wife and mother, the hus
band, Frank Kozak; two sons, James
and Charles; one daughter, Mrs. Dil
lard Wales, all of this city. There is
also one sister, Mrs. John Neitzel
of Omaha as well as three brothers,
Charles Roucka of St. Louis, Mis
souri; Joseph Roucka of Sedalia. Mis
souri and Peter Roucka of Wiscon
sin. There is also an aged aunt,
Mrs. Josephine Ceehal who survives
The passing of Mrs. Kozak comes as
a severe blow to the members of the
immediate family as well as the many
friends and neighbors. , Her sudden
death removes a loved figure from
the household activities of her home.
She was a kind and loving mother
and had led a quiet life tending to
her home and children. The undying
love for her children will always live
as a precious memory to those who
are left behind to bear this loss.
PLAN SUMMER ACTIVITIES
Mrs. Ralph Keckler, Mrs. Neil Nun
kres, Mrs. Nelson Berger, Mrs. John
Woest, Mrs. Skyle Miller Jr., Mrs.
Harry Fisher, Mrs. G. R. Eveland
ivirs. R. A. Kuehn, Miss Evelyn Rolph,
Miss Rossie Gerard and Mrs. Everett
Spangler, members of the Cass Coun
ty Economics Council met at the Ag
riculture Extension office, Thursday
Feb. 23 rd to discuss plans for club
activities for the summer months.
High lights in the discussion brought
out plans for achievement days, state
meetings of the Nebraska Council of
Home Demonstration Clubs, availab
ility of summer study material, and
The afternoon session was shared
with project club presidents on par
liamentary practice pretaining to
nominations and elections, and ac
quainting themselves with factual
data of our own county. This discus
sion brought out some interesting in
formation which will be used as s
guide in working out future home
demonstration programs for the coun
ty. ATTEND BEAUTY SHOW
Mrs. Hulda Weidman, Miss Florine
Tritsch and Mrs. Floyd Yellck were
in Omaha Sunday where they attend
ed a meeting of the Trans-Mississippi
Beauty convention, at the Fontenelle
hotel. There were many fine exhibi
tions shown and talks on the beau
tician work of the present-day.
The convention is for four days
and a number of other operators of
this city are planning to attend some
of the meetings.
VISIT IN CITY
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Royal of Lin
coln and Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Graves
of Omaha were here Sunday to spend
the day visiting with Judge C. L.
Graves and old friends.
STILL SUFFERS FROM INJURIES
Hillard Grassman, who was in
jured the last week in the fire at
the Bates building, is still suffering
from the effects of the burns he sus
tained in attempting to extinguish
the fire. One ear and the side of his
face is still very sore and swollen
from the effects of the burns and
makes necessary the bandaging of
the face for some time yet. He is,
however, looking after his work at
the Bates Book and Stationery store.
of Martin Fred
Ruby are Held
Services at Mynard Church Inter
ment Later at Horning Cemetery
When Weather Permits.
Funeral services for Martin Fred
Ruby, 30, were held Tuesday after
noon at the United BrethSen church
at Mynard and attended by a large
number of the old friends of the de
ceased and his family.
Rev. Paul Dick , pastor of the
church, conducted the services and
brought a message of comfort to
the members of the bereaved family
circle and the friends.
A mixed quartet composed of Mrs.
Lucille Wiles, Mrs. Beryl Dick, Ray
mond C. Cook and Rev. Paul Dick,
gave three numbers during the ser
vices, "Going Down the Valley,"
"Sometime We'll Understand" and
"Sweet Bye and Bye."
The pall bearers were Chester
Wiles, Ray Abel, Earl and William
Lindner, David and Arthur Toman.
The interment will be made later
at the Horning cemetery south of
this city when the weather condi
tions permit, the snow .preventing
reaching the cemetery. The Sattler
funeral home had charge of the
Martin Fred Ruby, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Thomas F. Ruby, was born at
Cberlln, Kansas, October 18, 1908 and
died at Lincoln, Nebraska, February
25, 1939, aged thirty years, four
months and nine days.
He grew to manhood in and near
Mynard where the greater part of
his lifetime was spent. He was of a
kindly disposition and friendly to
all he knew.
He leaves to mourn his passing
his parents, his only sister, Mrs. Mar
garet Beckman, two nieces and one
nephewj all of Mynard and his grand
parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Ruby of
McCook, who were here for the fun
The relatives and many neighbors
join in extending sympathy to the
immediate family in their bereave
ment. CALLED ON SAD MISSION
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Howland and
family and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Shan
holtz and family were called to West
Plains, Missouri, Saturday by the
news of the sudden death of Mrs.
Gentry, mother of Mrs. Howland and
Mrs. Shanholtz. The death of the
mother was very sudden, the result
of a heart attack.
The deceased was the mother also
of Mrs. Con Lynch and Charles
Gentry, who formerly resided here
but are now living in Washington.
FISHING SEASON OPENS
From Wednesday's Dally
Today was the official start of the
fishing season in Nebraska, altho the
general 'weather conditions were far
from ideal for the anglers. The
bass season is from March 1st to
April 30th and from June 15th to
Nov. 30th. The season also is open
ing today for catfish, crappies. sun
fish, bull heads, perch and blue gills.
The trout season will open on
VISIT IN KEARNEY
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Rabb of Omaha
and Miss Margaret Hoschar and Mar
vin Stapp of Plattsmouth motored to
Kearney Saturday evening to visit
Mrs. Leslie Potts, sister of Mrs. Rabb
and Margaret who is taking treat
ment at the hospital there. They
found Mrs: Potts very much improved
and planning to return to her home
in a few months. The foursome re
turned to Omaha Sunday evening.
ed Last Night
Voters Select List of Able Candidates
From Which to Pick Three
Members for Eoard.
The voters of school district No.
1, met last night at the auditorium
of the high school to name the can
didates for the board of education at
the coming election in April. Due
to the resignation of Mrs. Pearl
Mann, there will be three members
named at the election this year or
half of the board.
The meeting was called to order
by J. A. Capwell, brterd president,
who stated the purpose of the meet
ing and also read the report of the
school expenses and interesting facts
as to the growth of the enrollment
with lower costs and smaller teach
The report made by the board of
edu ration gave some very pertinent
facts as to the operating cost and en
rollment of the schools as well as
the teachers engaged in the schools
from 1930 to the' present date.
Moneys Spent by Years
Teachers engaged 1930-31, 40;
Enrollment 1930, high school,
2S4. total. 859.
Enrollment 1939, high school,
392; total, 996.
1924 assessed valuation of district,
$3,363,432. Levy, 22 mills.
1939 assessed valuation of district,
$2,081,808. Levy, 16 mills.
- Amount In sinking -fund-created
by high school bonds, " to be " left
available for an emergency, $1,973.
The meeting was organized by the
selection of Searl S. Davis as the
chairman and L. W. Niel as the sec
retary of the meeting and at once
the nominations were made for the
The chair pointed out that it
would be necessary to name four
candidates for the three year term
and two for the two year term or
vacancy. For the two long term mem
berships the following nominations
were made: Dr. O. C. Hudson, Marie
E Kaufmann, Mrs Henry Starkjohn,
R. W. Knorr, S. S. Davis, Henry
Jacobs. Dr. R. P. Westover, John V.
Svoboda, Dr. W. V. Ryan, Robert
Cappell and Mrs. John L. Tidball.
There were some 148 persons pres
ent and while a few did not vote the
tellers found it a real task in the
counting of the votes for the candi
dates and which resulted in the nom
Dr. O. C. Hudson.
Searl S. Davis
R W Knorr
These candidates all received good
majorities of the total vote cast by
For the two year term the names
of J. C. Comstock, E. H. Bernhardt,
F. I. Rea, E. G. Ofe, Dr. W. V. Ryan,
John V. Svoboda, Mrs. Henry Stark
john, and Elmer Sundstrom were
placed before the caucus.
The nomination of E. G. Ofe and
E. H. Bernhardt was made very easily
as they were winners by wide mar
gins. The caucus was one of the best
held here in recent years both in
number attending and the excellent
democratic feeling and fellowship
shown by all attending the meeting.
HERE FROM LINCOLN
From Wednesday's Dally- .
Ben Schwartz, of Lincoln, was
here today to visit with old friends
for a few hours and returning this
afternoon to Lincoln. Mr. Schwartz,
who was formerly ' connected with
the Norfolk Packing Co., here is ex
pecting to return soon and take up
his work with the local company
AIDS MILK AND SHOE FUND
The board of directors of the As
sociated Charities ymet Tuesday at
the Recreation Center and voted to
turn their funds over to the milk
and shoe fund and hospital uses.
They will also be glad to receive
shoes that can be repaired and used.
ENGLISH CLASS AT LIBRARY
The sophomore English class of Mr.
Lumir Gerner made a delightful visit
to the Plattsmouth public library
Friday where they spent the after
noon seeing and learning the var
ious uses and methods of finding dif
ferent books In the library. Misses
Verna Leonard and Olive Jones, li
brarians, assisted the young people
in their endeavor to increase their
knowledge about the uses of the li
brary. Mrs, William
Oliver Dies at
Long Time Resident of Community
Passes Away After Illness of
Some Ten Days.
From Wednesday's Dally
This morning at 5 o'clock occurred
the death of Mrs. William A. Oliver,
83, one of the old residents of this
community at her home south ot
this city. Mrs. Oliver suffered a
stroke some ten days ago and since
that time she had been In serious
condition, gradually growing weaker
until death came to "her relief. Her
daughter, Mrs. Harry Henton had
administered care to the mother dur
ing her illness and had been with
her at the time of her death.
Mrs. Oliver was among the early
day residents in this city where she
has made her home for the past sev
eral years. During her residence
here she has made a legion of friends
who mourn her loss greatly. The
passing of the mother brings deep
regret among the members of the
family circle of two sons and two
There is left to mourn the passing,
the husband, William, two sons,
Frank Oliver of Janesville, Wiscon
sin, and William Oliver of Louisville;
two daughters, Mrs. Harry Henton
of this city, and; Mrs. Charles Con
tryman of Oshkosh, Nebraska. There
is also one sister, Mrs. Nellie Launda
of Detroit, Michigan, and one brother,
Frank McAller of London, Ontario,
Canada, as well as a large number of
The body was taken to the Horton ;
funeral home where funeral services
will be conducted on Saturday after
noon at 2 o'clock.
NOTICE, FRIENDS OF THE
G LEND ALE CEMETERY
In the year 1938 the cemtery board
asked each lot owner for 50c per lot
for the purpose of keeping the ceme
tery clean for the year. Folks have
responded fine. Folks have shown
an Interest. What will we do for
1939, let it go as has been in some
years past? No! Everyone interested
come to the Glendale church March
6th. 1939 at 2 o'clock p. m. to make
plans' for this season. B. N. Ahl,
N. F. Hennings, George Hennings,
trustees, Glendale cemetery.
CASS COUNTY ALLOTTED FUNDS
WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 (UP)
The WPA has set aside $140,945 for
a state-wide tabulation of the extent
and location of publicly-owned land,
tax delinquencies, mortgages, and
assessed valuations in Nebraska, Sen
ator Edward R. Burke was advised
Another appropriation of $133,275
is for a county-wide Improvement of
roads in Cass county.
HAS UNCLAIMED ROD
Postmaster Ray Larson has on
hand an eight Toot copper ground
rod, three quarters of an inch in
diameter. This rod arrived on a train
from the south with no address to
be delivered to or any return address
and has since been held here In the
hope that someone would show up
that was looking for the rod. So far
there has been no dice.
INSTALLS NEW MACHINE
The office of Dr. O. C. Hudson has
just been fortunate in installing a
new X-ray machine that will be used
in line with the medical care and
treatment of patients. The machine
is the newest of its kind and sup
plies a very much needed article for
to Victory in Fre
monMTourney Defeat West Point by Score of 41
to 25 in Hard Fought and
Well Played Game.
The Plattsmouth basketball squad
emerged victorious in their opening
round of the Fremont tournament
Wednesday night by turning back
the West Point team by the score of
41 to 25.
The game was hard fought and
well played by the two excellent
teams who battled from the very first
whistle at their top speed.
The two teams played to a close
margin in the opening section of the
game and it was 14 to 12 in favor of
the blue and white at the half time.
In the second half of the contest
the Platters began to hit their stride
and Rebal, v. ho led the scoring of
the blue and white started an at
tack that brought his team out in
front with Hayes and Smith also add
ing to the scores of the team.
In the last quarter the Platters
adopted a rlose guarding game and
in this held down the attack of the
West Point team to try and close
the margin that kept them from vic
tory. In their close guarding the
Platters drew many fouls and Wall,
battling guard of the blue and white
was retired from the game and Reed
and Smith were charged with three
The shock troops of Coach Hoff
man were rushed Into action in the
last part of the game and showed
well against the hard fighting West
By their victory Wednesday night
the Plattsmouth team will meet Co
lumbus, tourney favorite, in the semi
finals this ; evmlng-. .-n----
The box score of the game was
Rebal. f 8
Davis, f 0
Smith, f 3
Tidball. f 1
Hayes, c 5
Minor, c 0
Reed, g 0
Noble, g 0
Wall, g 0
Jacobs, g 1
18 5 16 41
West Point (25)
FG FT PF TP
J. Bass, f 2 0 14
Libbe. f 0 1
H. Wagner, f 0 2
Breetzke, f 1 1
Paul, c - 3 3
Buchholtz, c 0 0
E. Wagner, g 1 1
Wendt. g 0 0
Strehle. g 0 0
Johnson, g 1 1
FUNERAL OF ROBERT SHRADER
The funeral services lor Robert
Shrader were held on Sunday after
noon at the country home of his Bis
ter. Mrs. Georgia Creamer, south of
this city, a large number of the old
friends as well as relatives being in
attendance at the services.
Dr. II. G. McClusky, of the First
Presbyterian church of this city had
charge of the services and brought
the message of the scriptures to the
members of the bereaved family
During the services the male quar
tet composed of Frank A. Cloidt,
H. G. McClusky, R. C. Cook and
L. D. Hiatt, gave three of the old
and well loved hymns. "The Old Rug
ged Cross," "Beautiful Isle of Some
where" and "Going Down the Val
ley." Interment was at the Lewlston
cemetery and at the services there
Frank Cloidt gave the number, "la
CARD OF THANKS
Dear Friends (and it seems there
are many): My first thought is that
I would like to come to each one
and thank you personally, but this
would be impossible, so please ac
cept my sincere thanks for every
thing at this, the time of our great
loss, the death of Harriet, a wonder
ful daughter in every respect.
A. R. CASE.
BIG BARn DANCE, Colored Orch.
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