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THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 1939.
P1AXTS1I0TTTH SEMI - WEEKLY J0TJRI7A1
First Legal Cass
Harry Hill Executed at County Jail
Here for Murder of matt AKe
son, March 1, 1895.
From Wsdnesflay's DaTty
Today marks the forty-rourth an
niversary of the first and only legal
execution in Cass county, when
Harry Hill was hanged by the neck
in the yard of the Ca$;s county jail
in this city on March I, 1893.
The crime for which Hill was
executed was that of the murder of
Matt Akeson, a well known farmer of
ami r h of Louisville, in the fall of
1893, the execution culminating the
legal battle that had been made to
keep Hill from the scafl'old
Hill, with a companion, John Ben-
well, had come to the Akeson home
and hired out to help in the corn
gathering, working for a couple of
days and then quitting their em
ployer. Iater the same evening Hill
and Benwell again visited the home
and entered as the Akeson family
were at supper. The two men entered
and commanded the members of the
Akeson family to hold up their hands,
at the same time starting firing with
a revolver. Matt Akeson, the father,
was shot through the left side,
severing the main artery to his heart,
causing instant death. Another shot
struck the son in the abdomen.
The two' men. Hill and Benwell,
were arrested sometime later, hiding
under a bridge in the Manley-Weep-ing
Water -community. Sheriff Wil
liam Tighe and a pose making the
The trial of the case was one of
the most sensational in Cass county
history. Judge S. M. Chapman pre
siding on the bench and Harvey D.
Travis, later a district judge was
the prosecuting attorney, while Mat
brilliant criminal law-
yer, was delegated to carry on the
In the course of the period from
the conviction to the final judgment
of the supreme court Judge Travis
and Mr. Tighe retired from office,
and at the time of the execution in
March 1895, J. C. Eikenbary was
the sheriff that had charge of the
The execution was witnessed by a
large number of persons, admitted
by the card of Sheriff Eikenbary, it
being held in the yard of the old
Jail, then located on Pearl street be
tween Third and Fourth streets. One
of those who witnessed the execu-
Hon was Judge C. L. Graves, then a
newspaper man at Union.
Later the body was taken to the
undertaking rooms of J. I. Unruh, in
where is now located the Schmidt
mann store, a crowd of some 2,000
passing through to gaze on the body
of the unfortunate man. This is re
called by Anton Trilety of this city
who was then an assistant of Mr.
Unruh in his business.
Benwell received a life sentence
and was in years laler given a par
don and released.
A "WHALE" OF
A Little Paint, Properly Applied, on
a Lady's Face or the Interior or
the Exterior of a Building Makes
a "Whale" of a Difference.
During the depression many build
ings were neglected E.nd are now bad
ly in need of Paint and Wall Paper.
THE GOBELMAN PAINT STORE,
Phone 580 at Plattsmouth. has the
stock and equipment to serve you
Spring is "just around the corner."
Undoubtedly you will want to bright
en up your home and other buildings
a bit. Mr. and Mrs. Gobelman, who
have been in this business at Platts
mouth for over 30 years, invite you
to drop In to discuss your needs and
to form your plans.
Prices are on the up grade, place
your contract with him now and se
cure a big dollar's worth for your
money. Nothing improves the ap
pearance of a place like a good coat
coat of paint or wall paper. Paint
also protects the surface and is really
a profitaBle investment. MR. GOBEL
MAN carries a larf.e stock and will
gladly assist you with your selection.
His experience is to your advantage,
as he is a specialist in his line and
there are many examples of his abil
ity throughout this community. Fig
ure with GOBELMAN, who ha3 Cass
county's leading paint store, on your
next Job and you will be highly
pleased. W-e take pleasure in recom
mending Gobelman 's Paint Store to
BUY FROM A HOME OWNED
CONCERN, and yon see what you are
getting, and you'll save money too.
101 YEARS AGO
John Deere, the village blacksmith
at Grant Detour, 111., was called upon
by his friend, Lewis Chandall
make a "plow that would scour," or
he threatened to "go back east.'
Wood and cast iron plows refused to
scour in the heavy Mid-Western soil.
Mr. Deere was called to the saw mill
to repair a broken shaft and saw a
steel saw glittering in the sun. He
then and there conceived the idea of
a steel plow lay and perfected it. It
worked efficiently and from such
humble beginning there sprang up a
great industry with John Deere im
plements leading the field for more
than a century, produced in eleven
large factories devoted exclusively to
Glen Vallery, your John Deer
dealer in Plattsmouth (South fith
Street, phone 92) invites you to drop
in frequently and look over his large
stock of implements and machinery
regardless of whether or not you are
in the market for new machinery.
All the latest improvements in farm
machinery will be found at GLEN
VALLERY'S. His is one of the best
known Implement Houses of this
territory and provides farmers with
the best implements at money-savin
prices, specializing on service to the
customers. In his many years in bus
iness. Glen has never felt his obli
gation ceased with the sale of a piece
of machinery, but sees that you re
ceive satisfactory service from all
implements he sells. He also features
genuine parts and a very prompt re
pair service on all implements. Mr.
Vallery also features Cooks paints,
batteries and repairs and carries a
fine line of oils and greases at very
special prices at this time.
YOUNG PEOPLE MARRIED
Sunday afternoon at 4:30 at the
home of the bride's parents in the
south part of the city, occurred the
marriage of Miss Anna Margaret Sell
youngest daughter of Mrs. Carl Sell
and Mr. John William Bressman, Jr.,
of Bellevue. son of Mr. and Mrs. John
William Bressman, Sr.
The impressive marriage service
was conducted by Rev. J. W. Taenz
ler, pastor of the First Christian
church and a large group of the
relatives of the young' people' were
present from Omaha, Bellevue and
The young people were attended
by Miss Lova Sell, sister of the bride
as bridesmaid and Chester Bressman,
brother of the groom as best man.
Following the marriage ceremony
the bridal party were entertained at
luncheon at the Sell home
Mr. and Mrs. Bressman are to
make their home in Bellevue and
expect to start housekeeping at once.
ENJOYS FINE TRIP
Miss Anne Knieke arrived home
Sunday after a very enjoyable sight
seeing trip to the west coast. Miss
Knieke spent the past two weeks
vacationing and touring the many
high points in Wyoming, Utah, ar.d
California. She had the pleasure of
witnessing the World's Fair at San
Francisco, California, this being the
most thrilling part of the trip. While
in Wyoming Miss Knieke had the
pleasure of visiting with Mr. and
Mrs. Harold Albert, formerly of
Plattsmouth, who were married just
recently, Mrs. Albert being formerly
Miss Esther Oltejenbruns, sister cf
Mrs. Arnold Lillie of this city. In
California she was a guest and visi
tor at the home of Mr. and Mrs. T. J.
Will and family, former residents of
Dr. and Mrs. Frank R. Molak and
family had as Sunday guests and
visitors Mr. and Mrs. Neil Finnegan,
Mr. and Mrs. Bud Guld, Gerald Mc
Ginn, Marion Grace Finnegan, and
Mary Haney, all of Omaha, and Page
Ilillsenbeck of Oxford, Indiana.
enables us to reduce
from 5 to
Effective Feb. 24, 1939
South Omaha Production
Z411 L Street, Omaha, Nebraska
Winners to Participate in the Dis
trict Declamatory Contests
Many Fine Numbers.
From Tuesday's Dally
Despite the disagreeable weather a
large groun of the school friends and
natrons attended the annual de
clamatory contest last evening at the
Plattsmouth high school auditorium
at 7:30. The inclement weather
forced many to remain home.
John Jacobs opened the program
with a beautiful solo, "The End of a
Perfect Day." with Ruth Westover
3erving as the accompanist.
The following is the program
heard during the evening:
John Tidball was the only con
testant in the original oratory and
3poke on the topic "Democracy
Dramatized." He will represent the
school in the district contest.
The contestants in the intepret-
ative oratory were Gertrude Cloidt,
who had as her subject, "The Cock
tail Hour," and Stephen Devoe who
spoke very convincingly on the sub
ject, "The Lost Generation." In this
division Devoe was the winner of
first honors and Miss Cloidt second.
Clayton Sack was the only con
testant in the extemporaneous divi
sion and spoke on the subject, "Agri
cultural Problems in the United
States." Mr. Sack spoke mainly on
the rural electrification problems of
the farm and told of the three power
projects now in progress by the pub
lic works administration. He will
represent the school in the district
The humorous . division had four
contestants and each performed their
part well. The contestants were:
Kathryn Brink, "Brotherly Love,"
Mary McCarrolI. "One Big Happy
Family," Dorothea Duxbury, "As
Mother Always Says," and Shirley
Walling, "Robert Makes Love." Miss
Walling was first in the judging and
Miss McCarrolI awarded second.
The sirfth division of the conlest
was the oral interpretation of poetry
and prose. This was a new section this
year. The contestants drew two se
lections an hour before the contest
nd then chose one within ten min-
ues- Th contestants read their se
lection and were rated for inter
pretation, enunciation and articu
lation. The time limit was three min
ites. This section comprised James
Sandin who spoke on "The Value of
the Union," Edythe Lushinsky spoke
on "Speech in Reply to Debate,"
Mary McCarrolI had as her subject,
"The Gift of the Magic," Jacqueline
Wetenkamp, "The Old Train," and
Clare Kauble, who submitted a poem.
The highest honor was awarded to
James Sandin, and a tie for second
between Edythe Lushinsky and Jac
The dramatic division was one that
was enjoyed by all present and was
one in which great effort and skill
was displayed by the contestants.
"Submerged" was given by Edythe
Lushinsky; "A Message to Khufu" by
Allan White; "Juliii3 Caesar" by
Jacqueline Wetenkamp, and "Cata
racts" by Margaret Sylvester. Allan
White was awarded first honor and
Mis3 Sylvester second.
Allan White rendered a trumpet
solo. "The Gypsy Love Song" with
Ruth Westover as the accompanist.
At the conclusion of the contest
a one-act play, "Little Oscar" was
presented in a splendid manner by
the following cast:
Henry James Sandin
Josie Corrine Drucker
Fred Warren Reed
Gussie Dorothea Fulton
The Judges for the evening were:
Mrs. Charles Howard, Mrs. J. Howard
Davis, and Rev. Paul Dick who found
the task of naming the winners a
very difficult one.
The contest was very much en
joyed by all those in attendance. An
extensive amount of credit is due
Mr. Lumir Gerner, who served as di
rector of the affair and he was ably
LAND, FARM and
FOR SALE Eight head horses from
4 to 6 years old. All broke to work.
Twenty bred gilt to farrow in April.
See or write Otto Schaffer at Ne
WANTED Married man without
children to work on farm. Must be
good tractor man and also know how
to care for stock. Year round job.
J. W. Philpot, Weeping Water, Nebrl
Phone 1113. f27-2tw
Two Guernsey cows, one fresh, one
in few days. Call H. J. Thiele, Ne-
assisted by Miss Evelyn Ripa, Miss
Genevieve Pohlman, and Miss Jane
MANY ATTEND GARDEN CLUB
A large delegation of local garden
club members were in Omaha Sat
urday to attend the First District
conference of Federated Garden clubs
of Nebraska which was held at the
Y. W. C. A. Mrs. E. H. Wescott is
president of the organization, Mrs.
Luke Wiles, secretary, and Mrs. P. T.
Heincman is chairman of bird conser
vation. All of these women, with
the exception of Mrs. Wescott, were
able to be in attendance.
Eighty-four were present at the
luncheon served at the noon hour.
The tables were elaborately decor
ated, Mrs. L. W. Egenberger of this
city serving on the decoration com
mittee. Mrs. Fred Grouseman, president of
the Nebraska Federated Garden clubs,
presided over the business discussion
and the program which was given
during the afternoon. A business
discussion on the garden problems
of the day was discussed after the
luncheon. Mrs. Gardener of Des
Moines, Iowa, spoke on "Unity in
Garden Clubs," and Mrs. Lily Reug
Button of Fremont gave a talk on
"Bird Songs," identifying the birds
through their songs. Moving pictures
entitled "Nebraska Beautiful" were
Thoso attending from this city as
delegates of the Garden club were
Mrs. L. W. Egenberger, Mrs. P. T.
Heineman, Mrs. A. H. Duxbury and
daughter, Dorothea Mae, Mrs. Lil
lian Freeman, Misses Clara Weyrich
and Amelia Martens, Frank Kar-
vanek. Anna Harris, and Mrs. Luke
MYNARD COMMUNITY CLUB
The February meeting was held
February 24 with a very large at
tendance, the program being pre
sented by the East Side committee.
The "Battle of the Sexes" contest
held the crowd in unusual interest.
The ladies were Mrs. Katherine How
ard, Mrs. Jennie Wiles, Mrs. Alice
Perry, Mrs. Vivian Hild, and Miss
Grace Louise Wiles, answering their
The men's team was kept a secret
until time for the program and com
prised Edward Wehrbein, Clayton
Sack. Will Nolte, Roy Cole and Rev.
Paul Dick, the men answering their
questions so accurately they won the
decision of the evening by a few
points. The announcer for the ladies
was Helene Perry and for the men
was Raymond Cook.
To give the contestant a chance
to see what the audience could do,
Cook asked them several questions
that proved exciting. The judge and
timekeeper was Richard Spangler
who gave a well deserved decision.
MYNARD COMMUNITY CLUB
The regular meeting of the My-:
nard Community club was Jield on
Jan. 27. A large number attended
the program sponsored by the West
Side committee. David Fowler, the
Plattsmouth high school music super
visor gave several violin selections,
being accompanied by Mrs. L. S. De
voe. Of great interest' to the friends
were the pictures shown by Dr.
Heineman of the community club
picnic held in August, also of his
flower garden and of the Minnesota
flower gardens and other pictures
SUFFERS INJURED FOOT'
George Tartsch is confined to his
home as the result of an injury to
a foot. He stepped on a nail that
penetrated into the bottom of the
foot and has made the Injury very
painful and placed the victim of the
accident on the inactive list.
Notice is hereby given that the Honorable W. W. Wilson, Judge of
the District Court of Cas3 County, Nebraska, entered an order on
February 24, 1939, in the matter of the application of Clara E.
Murdoch, executrix of the estate of George A. Murdoch, deceased,
for license to sell real estate, which said order postpones the con
firmation of the sale of the following described real estate, to-wit:
The Northwest Quarter of Section Six (6), Township Ten
(10), Range Thirteen (13), and the Southeast Quarter of
Section Thirty-one (31), Township Eleven (11), Range
Thirteen (13), all in Cass County, Nebraska
which was heretofore offered for sale by the executrix of said estate
on February 11, 1939. It was ordered by said Court that the matter
would be continued until March 6, 1939, at ten o'clock a. m., at
which time the sale heretofore had would be confirmed, unless ad
ditional bids wore received on said real estate.
ANY PERSON INTERESTED IN BIDDING ON SAID REAL ESTATE
PLEASE COMMUNICATE WITH ONE OF THE UNDERSIGNED.
Clara E. Murdoch, Executrix
J. Howard Davis, Attorney
PLATTSMOUTH. NEBRASKA ,
From Monday's Daily
Attend Dancing Party
Mr. and Mrs. George Lash of Ne
braska City were here Sunday as
guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs.
Henry J. Donat, the party with Mr
andMrs. Vern Hendricks attending
a dance at Peony Park at Omaha in
Honored on Anniversary
Mr. and Mrs. Perry A. Minniear
entertained at a 12 o'clock luncheon
Sunday at their home on Main street
in honor of Mr. and Mrs. C. O. Carl
burg who observed their 2Gth wed
ding anniversary Saturday.
Those present were: Walter Min
niear and daugnters, ranees ana
Helen. Mr. and Mrs. Perry A. Min
niear, and the guests of honor, Mr.
and Mrs. C. O. Carlburg.
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Shaeffer
entertained a group of friends and
neighbors at a home gathering party
at their home on Wintersteen hill
Saturday evening. A number of the
close associates were present.
The evening was spent in playing
cards, bingo and Chinese checkers.
Following the party Mrs. Shaeffer
served refreshments. Those present
were: Delbert Nord, Howard Nord,
victor Nord, Mr. and Mrs. Albert
Schlessl and daughter, Phyllis Louise,
Frank Smith, Mr. and Mrs. John
Kalasek, Harold Schaeffer, Vivian
Hoenshell, Earl Lindner, Mr. and
Mrs. Walfred Nord, Mr. and Mrs.
T. Bomberg, Helen Franke, Mr. and
Mrs. Harold Seay and the host and
hostess, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond
Enjoyable Family Dinner Party
A large number of relatives were
present at the family dinner party
at the W. N. Brink home Sunday.
The occasion was in honor of two
of the Brink daughters, Gertrude
and Dorothy, who have become brides
during the last few weeks, and their
husbands, Bronson Timm and Jack
Don't Put All Your
Eggs in One Basket
Engage in Diversified Farming for
More Profit, Advises Norfolk
Packing Company Head.
The Norfolk Packing Co. plant In
Plattsmouth, managed by E. II. Bern
hardt, is bringing many dollars into
this community, not alone to the
farmers who sell their products to
them but to this entire section and
the people they employ.
Any farmer who wants ready cash
for his products should contract with
the Norfolk Packing Co. each year
for the acreage of these products. In
addition to being crops one can cul
tivate along with their other crops,
the pay is very satisfactory on all
the products they contract for.
Their plant is equipped with the
most modern machinery for the pro
duction of high grade canned goods.
The products they pack are recog
nized all over the country as being
the best obtainable and a growing
demand for Norfolk pack goods is
ample proof of this fact.
People of this section owe a debt
of gratitude to the Norfolk Packing
company that can best be paid by
keeping them supplied with products
sufficient to operate at lull capacity.
They endeavor to secure the best
that is produced, which is prepared
in a most sanitary manner for the
trade. Everything around their plant
is spotlessly clean and sanitary.
We are pleased to call attention of
Journal readers to the Norfolk Pack
ing Co. and the valuable service they
are rendering the people of this ter-
Hess. The Timms were married Jan
uary 30 and the Hesses last Tuesday,
February 21, at New Albany, Indi
ana, where Dorothy has been located
several years as an X-ray technician.
Mr. and Mrs. Hess arrived here the
latter part of the week for a brief
The dining room decorations werJ
yellow jonquils and orchid sweet
sweet peas. Nearly two score enjoyed
the fine repast, extending congratu
lations and best wishes to the bridal
Those present included the Henry
Timm family, the Joseph Knopp fam
ily cf Hastings, the Peter Meehan
family of York, Miss Leona Price,
Mr. and Mrs. Bronson Timm, Mr.
and Airs. Jack Hess and the W. N.
Mr. and Mrs. Hess return tomor
row to New Albany, where they will
make their home.
The Holy Rosary Altar society
held a coffee luncheon Sunday after
noon at the parish club rooms from
3 to 6 p. m. Due to the very good
weather, a large crowd attended the
affair. Hostesses for the afternoon
were: Miss Anna Jirousek, Mrs.
Frank Chovanec, Mrs. Joseph Kanka,
Mrs. Ernest Janda, and Mrs. Michael
Surprised on Eirthday
Mrs. E. L. Creamer was given a
very pleasant surprise Sunday after
noon when a party of the relatives
and friends visited the home to as-
ist In the observance of her birthday j
planned and very cleverly carried out
Ad for Friday and Saturday, March 3 and 4
PKOHE 83 and 95 WE DELIVER
hip iir- diidai cnunii unTPS SAVE nilFl CASH REGISTER
SLIPS DOUBLE VOTES IF YOU
nninnC Fancy Yellow
5-1 b. Bag
nmriP Great Northern
Quick Cookers, 5 lbs.
Reg. or Drip, 2
Ib. Tin or Jar
flACrirC Joe's Economy
Fresh Ground. 3 lbs.
FLOUR Lighthouse, 48-lb.
flRIOPft or sPpy Shortening
M. B. C. Brand
SALAD DRESSING ..23o
AACCCC Paxton Gas Roasted, tin AC
UUrrLlL or Jar. 1-lb., 23c; 2-lbs.. .t
CM Finnf! Red Alaska Sockeye 01r
gilLlilUUli Windmill. 1-lb. tin. .lIC
MULLEN'S MEAT DEPARTMENT
Phone 95 and 93. We have Four Deliveries Daily
8:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.
BEEF ROAST, extra fancy quality, lb 170
BEEF SHOULDER STEAK, lb 190
PLATE BOIL, per lb He
BEEF STEW, Cut, No Bone, lb 170
2 lbs. 25c
LEG OF LAMB, per lb
LAMB ROAST, lb
LAMB CHOPS, lb
5 lb. Box ....
I We Also have a Full
Fresh Oysters, Dill Pickles
by Mr. Creamer in honor of the wife.
The afternoon was spent in play
ing royal Rummy and pinochle and
in which prizes were won by Miss
Cleda Koukal and Warren Wheeler.
At the close of the afternoon a
very much appreciated luncheon was
served the members of the party, this
feature of the pleasant anniversary
being prepared by Mrs. Ruth Koukal
and daughter, Cleda.
In honor of the anniversary Mrs.
Creamer received a number of very
Those attending were: Mr. and
Mrs. Al Myers, Mr. and Mrs. Ray
Huffer, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Alexander,
of Omaha, Edward Fitzgerald, Fran
cis Heatherington, Mrs. Ruth Koukal,
Miss Cleda Koukal. Warren Wheeler,
of Louisville, Mrs. E. Thrall and Mr.
and Mrs. Creamer.
P'om, Tuilty'i Dany
Entertains School Gioup
Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Collins, Mr.
and Mrs. Roy Hansen. Mr. and Mrs.
Marchie Schwartz, Mr. and Mrs.
Ernest Coltniier, Mr. and Mrs. An
drew Laux, all of Omaha were week
end visitors at the home of Dr. and
Mrs. W. S. Eaton.
Mr. Collins is the head football
and basketball coach at South Omaha
high school, and Marchie Schwartz is
athletic director of Creighton Uni
versity of Omaha.
DRAWS SUSPENDED SENTENCE
In county court Tuesday arter
noon Harold Manners was given a
fine of $25 and costs for assault and
battery, the fine to be suspended on
the good behavior of the defendant.
BRING AD TO BE SIGNED!
rrnrin Tan cans
niI;MMacaron'. Spaghetti, Brown ft
IlalSinSor Powdered Sugar, 3-lb...IU
Tomatoes or Green Beans QQ.
No. 2 Cans 4 torJC
Full lO-lb. Net
XV t. Cloth Bag
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N . T IT -
ci nrrrc millers
0XYD0L VJSOVU 21c
CAfl D P & G, Crystal White or 4.
OUil T o-K, Giant Bars, each Ht
10 for 25c
Line of Cold Aleals
- Fresh Dressed Chickens