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Vol. No. LV
PLATTSMOUTH, NEBRASKA, MONDAY, MARCH 6, 1939.
the City Council
Attendance at Both Democratic and
Republican Meetings Veiy Small
Due f5 Bad Weather.
The democratic and republican
caucuses for the purpose of naming
candidates for members of the city
council were held Wednesday night
and a small crowd was out from most
of the wards to attend the meetings.
The democratic meeting was at
the court house and was presided
over by J. Howard Davis, city chair
man and Frank Libershal aB the sec
retary. The meeting moved along
rapidly and at once the ward groups
were organized and started to select
tbeir candidates. The third and
fourth ward groups had their usual
brisk time in balloting while the
first and second wards in a few
moments had their nominations made.
There was no nomination made in the
fifth ward as there was no repre
sentatives present from ttat ward.
The following were named as the
First Ward W. H. Puis.
Second Ward John V. Svoboda.
Third Ward Arnold J. Llllie.
Fourth Ward Frank Denson.
Fifth Ward Vacant.
The republicans met at the library
with Searl S. Davis as the chairman
and John Ledgway as secretary. Here
as at the democratic meeting the
organization was quickly accomplish
ed and the ward groups called to
meet for naming their touncilmen
candidates. The following were se
lected: First Ward George K. Hetrick.
Second Ward C. D. Palmer.
Third Ward Elmer Sundstrom.
Fourth Ward O. E. FInneyfrock.
Fifth Ward E. O. Vroman. ,
The nominations In both conven
tions were made in record time and
permitted adjournment in time to
allow the members to attend the
MANY ATTEND OPERA
From Saturday's Dally
A number of the Plattsmouth peo
ple were in Omaha last evening where
they attended the opera "Carmen"
presented at the Paramount theater
by the San Carlo Opera company.
All who attended the opera report
it one of the finest performances
Those who attended the opera
from Plattsmouth were: Misses Ruth
Patton, Edith Solomon, Pearl Staats,
Estelle Baird, Margaret Bauer, Dor
othy Clock. Christine Soennichsen,
and Ruth Colby, Mrs. Flora Colby,
Dr. and Mrs. H G. McClusky, Mrs.
L. W. Egenberger, John Bauer, Sr.,
and David Fowler.
IMPROVES FROM ACCIDENT
Darwin Rhoden, son cf Mr. and
Mrs. K. J. Rhoden, is showing im
provement at the present time from
the effects of a broken wrist that he
suffered last Sunday. The young man
had been riding about on a pony
when he suddenly fell off and had
fallen in such a manner as to In
jure the arm.
TO TAKE CHURCH POST
The Rev. A. N. AntochowBki of
Detroit, Michigan, arrived in Platts
mouth Friday to assume, the duties
of acting pastor of the Holy Rosary
church until the return of the Rev.
Joseph R. Sinkula who left a week
ago for the south where he will be
located for the next few months re
cuperating from his illness.
HERE FROM DAKOTA
Frank Ttak, of Armour, South
Dakota, is here to enjoy a visit at
the home of his brother, Emil Ptak
and his sister, Mrs. A. J. Snyder and
family. Mr. Ptak has made his home
in South Dakota for a great many
CALLEJ BY DEATH
From SalorAar'a Xan?
Rev. and Mrs. J. W. Taenzler de
parted this afternoon for Glen wood,
Iowa, where they were called by Ihe
death of Mrs. Taenzler's cousin, D. L.
Moses. The funeral services were
held this afternoon at Glenwood.
VISITOR FROM DENVER
Mr."" and Mrs. John Fischer were
very much surprised Saturday when
their nephew, Paul Muchlbauer ar
rived from Denver. He drove the
distance in 12 hours. Then yester
day Mr. and Mrs. John Fischer and
family and Paul Muehlbauer visited
Mr and Mrs. Frank Fischer and
family of Omaha.
of Work of the
Highway Patrolman 0. H. Witt Ad
dresses H. S. Science Club and
Shows Safety Pictures
From Saturday's Dally
Members of the Science club, com
posed of high school students, enjoy
ed a talk yesterday afternoon by
Patrolman O. H. Witt of the Nebras
ka Safety Patrol, who, in addition to
his talk to the students, showed pic
tures demonstrating safe bicycling.
Patrolman Witt was assigned this
engagement by Captain R. F. Weller,
chief of 'the Nebraska Highway Pa
trol and his address was very inter
esting and much enjoyed.
He stated that most accidents are
caused by (1) inattentiveness; (2)
recklessness, and (3) drunken driv
ing. He said most accidents happen
when cars are being driven between
20 and 45 miles an hour, disproving
the views of some that high speed
has caused the greatest number ot
accidents. He also stated that the
time between 5 and 8:30 at night
is the time of most accidents, while
August. September and October are
the months in which the greatest
number of accidents occur.
Following the showing of safety
pictures. Patrolman Witt answered
questions put to" him by various
members of the club.
He stated the duties of patrolmen
are to see that highway laws are
obeyed and to render assistance to
motorists in trouble. They are not
regular police officers bent on track
ing down criminals like sheriffs, but
have their own important work to
perform and in the time since the
patrol was established have done
much to rid the highways of drunken
drivers and reduce the number of
PLATTSMOUTH LADY HONORED
Mrs. W. F. Evers, worthy matron
of Home chapter No. 189 of the
Eastern Star, has been given a very
pleasing recognition of her work in
the order and which is also an honor
to Home chapter.
Mrs. Ethel Thrope, of Omaha,
grand worthy matron of the grand
chapter of the Eastern Star of Ne
braska, has appointed Mrs. Evers as
one of the attendants to the grand
officers at the grand chapter of the
order to be held in May.
HAS BROKEN FOOT
From Saturday's Dally
John Gakemeyer, of near Louis
ville suffered the injury of his foot
last Monday while cutting a tree
and was snowbound at his farm un
til Thursday of this week when he
Was able to get in to have the foot
treated at the office of Dr. O. C.
Hudson. An X-ray revealed that the
bones of the foot had been broken
and it was necessary to have it
placed in a cast.
MRS. HENRIETTA OFE ILL
Mrs. Henrietta Ofe is ill at the
home of her son, Ed Ofe where she is
suffering from the effects "of an at
tack of grippe and flu. At the pres
ent time her condition is rapidly im
proving and her many friends hope
that she may soon be able to be
about her usual dally tasks.
VISIT IN OMAHA
From Saturday's Daily
Mrs. Carl Ofe, Misses Florence
Beighley, Agnes Muenster, and Gar-
nett Clare, and Mrs. William
Schmidtmann, Jr., and daughter,
Janis all departed for Omaha this
morning where they spent the day
visiting and attending to some. mat
ters of business.
Follows Wife in
Death Last Nite
Taken HI Wednesday, Sent to Omaha
Hospital Where He Died
Wife Buried Yesterday.
From Friday's Dally
Last evening at 9:30 occurred the
death of Frank Kozak, one of the
well known residents of the west
part of the city, at the Clarkson hos
pital, Omaha. Mr. Kozak was taken
suddenly 'ill Wednesday afternoon
and was rushed to the Clarkson hos
pital where he was placed under Im
mediate care and observation. Mr.
Kozak had suffered from the effects
of a severe cold which later developed
into unforeseen complications and
the shock of the sudden death of
the wife, Monday which resulted in
melancholy, made his condition very
The deceased was born in Prague,
Czechoslovakia July 27, 1892 growing
to manhood in his native land. While
still a young man he came to the
United States, coming directly to
Plattsmouth where he has lived for
the past twenty-fire years or more.
It was on June 14, 1915 that he
was married to Miss Anna Roucka,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank
Roucka at the Holy Rosary church.
Following their marriage Mr. and
Mrs. Kozak had made their residence
at the old family home on Vine street
in the west part of the city where
they . have since resided and where
Mrs. Kozak passed away at 8:10 a. m.
Monday. For a number of years Mr.
Kozak was engaged in working in
the local Burlington shop:-, but in
recent years he has not been actively
To Mr. and Mrs. Kozak there were
born three children, two sons and
one daughter who remain to share
the sorrow of h4s passing, they being
James Kozak, Charles Kozak, and
Mrs. Rose Wales, all of this city.
There is also left to mourn his pass
ing his cousin and sister, Mr. and
Mrs. Vaclav Kozak, respectively, of
The mother, three brothers, and
three sisters in Czechoslovakia also
mourn his passing, as well as two
nephews, James and Frank Kozak,
and one niece, Mrs. Anna Hruska,
all of Omaha. '
While the visitation of death al
ways brings with it the deep sorrow
to the nearest of those afflicted, the
untimely death of Mr. Kozak, 47,
last evening after a very short ill
ness, has "come as a shock to not
only those who knew him, but to the
community at large. This being the
second death during this week in the
family circle of devoted sons and
daughter, the passing of the father
and mother leaves a vacancy hard to
fill and their death comes as a severe
blow to those who are left behind to
bear the loss. The members of the
family have the sympathy of the
whole community In the sudden loss
and bereavement that they are forced
to bear in the taking away of the
Announcements have been received
here by relatives in which Mrs. Louis
Walter Aggert, of Lincoln, announces
the marriage of her daughter, Ruby
Helen, to Mr. Frederick C. Fricke,
Thursday, March 2nd at Lincoln.
Mr. and Mrs. Fricke will be at
home after March 15th at 1116 South
15th street, apartment 2. Lincoln.
Mr. Fricke is a former Platts
mouth young man, son of Mrs. Maude
Fricke, of Lincoln and is a nephew
of Mrs. C. C. Wescott, Mrs. F. L.
Cummins, Miss Dora Fricke and
F. A. Fricke of this city.
WILL ATTEND OMAHA FIGHT
From Friday's Dally
C. S. Sutton, Carl Hula, Harold
Llllie, and Wilbur Hall departed lor
Omaha this evening where they will
witness the boxing bouts being held
MEASLES AT ELMW00D
There are some ten cases of
measles reported from the Elmwood
community, all of a mild type but
making necessary quarantine of the
FRANK WARREN ILL
Frank E. Warren, one of the long
time residents of the city, is quite ill
at this time at his home on South
Fifth street and for the past several
days has been under medical care.
Mr. Warren has not- been in good
health for several years but has been
able to be up and around the greater
part of the time.
High Winner in
Take Class A Trophy in Annual
Speech and Musical Festival
at Tarkio College.
Plattsmouth high school repre
sentatives at the anuual speech and
music tourney at Tarkio college Fri
day captured the lassA awards.
scoring fifteen points.
The success of the contest for fhe
Plattsmouth young people was a well
deserved recognition of their hard
work and the excellent training and
coaching that they received from
L. A. Gerner, of the high school
faculty and their teachers.
Allan White, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Harry White of this city, was given
a superior rating by the judges for
his rendition of the dramatic num
ber. "A Message to Khufu," present
ing this in a very striking manner.
Stephen Devoe, on of Superin
tendent and Mrs. L. S- Devoe, was
given the rating of excellent in
oratory, his number, "The Lost Gen
eration" being a feature of his class
in the contest.
Shirley Walling, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Thomas Walling, was
awarded the rating of good in the
contest in the humorous section. Her
selection was "Robert Makes Love."
The one-act play. Wtle Oscar'
placed average. In this Mary Helen
Dill took the place of Dorothea Ful
ton, who was unable to be present,
taking this part Wednesday and giv
ing a fine rendition. Joe Phillips
was called upon to take the part of
Warren Reed who was at the bas
ketball tournament. s-
John Bestor and John Morris, de
baters were given the excellent
rating by the judges for their ex
ceptionally fine work.
Mr. Gerner and Miss Evely Ripa,
chaperoned the contestants.
Corning, la., was second with 10
points. Other ClassA scores were:
Tarkio, 9; Maryville, Mo., 4; Rock
port, Mo., 3, and Sidney, la., 2.
NOTED MUSICIAN COMING
Vincent Kelley, manager of Joe's
New Way store, received a message
this week from Andrew Zaccari of
Chicago, a prominent and active or
chestra leader and a personal Iriend
of Mr. Kelley, saying he is planning
to be in Plattsmouth in the near fu-
ure where he will be heard with a
number of the local musicians in a
regular jam-session. Mr. Zaccari has
been connected with a number of
prominent orchestras such as the
Benny Goodman orchestra and the
Artie Shaw orchestra and has play
ed at leading hotels, theaters, and
RECEIVES NOTICE OF DEATH
Prom Friday's Daily
Mrs. M. P. Fleming of this city,
received word this morning of the
death of her brother-in-law, E. F.
Oakes of Diller, Nebraska. Mrs.
Fleming is leaving Saturday morning
to attend the funeral services which
will be held on Sunday afternoon at
SETT. TO QUIET TITLE
From Friday's Dally
This morning in the office of Clerk
of the District Court C. E. Ledgway,
a suit to quiet title to real estate in
this city was meet, me nrsi action
in several days. The plaintiff is
Frank Petit and the defendants
Charles E. Leighty, et al.
MARIE VALLERY ILL
Miss Marie Vallery, clerk at the
Ladies Toggery, is ill at home suffer
ing from the effects of a cold which
resulted in grippe and flu. She is
showing considerable improvement
at the present time.
E. H. Eernhardt of Norfolk Packing
Co. Tells of Work of Organization
Dr. Gilmore Also Speaks.
The directors of the Chamber of
Commerce met Thursday at the Hotel
Plattsmouth for luncheon and a very
interesting meeting in which the
members had opportunity of hear
ing of the progress of one of the
chief industries of the tit.
E. H. Bernhardt, manager of the
Norfolk Packing Co., was the speaker
and gave a resume of the work of
the plant for the past year and the
prospects for the coming year at the
plant. Mr. Bernhardt spoke very
optimistically of the outlook for the
canning season of 1939. The plant
has installed new machinery to ex
pedite the canning work that should
be a great aid in the increasing of
the output for the year. This year
the plant will can spinach, a run
that has always given a large ele
ment or labor employment. The Nor
folk company is maintaining a high
standard of quality in their output
which it expects to carry on the
coming season. They were opposed
to lowering quality of the goods
canned here and expect to see that
it is kept at this high peak that has
established the output as one of the
best in the middle west.
Dr. G. H. Gilmore, of Murray,
president of the Cass county histor
ical society, was present and showed
a large number of very interesting
and valuable documents, letters and
papers, covering many government
and school papers as well as letters
from the early day governors, soldiers
who were on the frontier t guard
against the Indian troubles. Dr. Gil
more urged that these and other his
torical documents be "preserved and
that a safe place be provided where
they might be cared for. A commit
tee composed of Searl S. Davis, chair
man, Carl J. Schneider and Judge A.
H. Duxbury were named to. see if a
proper room and vault facilities for
the are of the documents could not
FRIEND OF NEW POPE
The selection of Eugenio Cardinal
Pacelli as the new head of the Ro
man Catholic church, recalls very
vividly to Rt. Rev. Monsignor George
Agius of the St. John's church, his
period of study in Rome.
Monsignor Agius was studying at
the Appollinaris College, one of the
greatest in Rome in 1900 and 1901,
preparing for his degrees in Doctor
of Divinity and Doctor of the Canon
Law. At the same time the new pope.
then a rising young priest of the
church, was also a student at the
same college and completing his
work in special degrees. Monsignor
Agius became well acquainted with
the brilliant churchman, altho at
that time little did either dream that
one day the then young Italian priest
was to ascend the papal throne as
the head of the church.
From the college work Monsignor
Agius returned to the diocese of
Lincoln to carry on his work while
the friend was soon to start his ad
vancing to the cardinal post which he
received in 1929 and later became
tue secretary of state.
RETURNS FROM CHICAGO
From Saturday's DaMy
Miss Clara Toman, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Toman, return
ed home this week after an exten
sive business and social trip to Chi
cago. During her stay in Chicago
she had the pleasure of visiting her
many friends and was a special guest
of the business manager of the Mar
shall Field department store, the
largest department store in the
RECEIVES PLEASANT NEWS
The members of the "VTescott fam
ily here have received a message of
the birth of a fine son to Mr. and Mrs.
Shirley Wescott of San Bernardino,
California, Wednesday, March 2nd.
The young . man has been named
Stephen Louis. He is a grandson of
Mr. and Mrs. Earl C. Wescott, for
merly of this city and a nephew of
C. C. and E. II. Wescott of this city.
FALLS FROM "HORSE"
Theodore Ptak, one of the city
mail carriers, is taking an enforced
rest from his duties at the local
postoffice, the result of a fall from
a saw horse. He was standing on the
"horse" to nail some boards on the
ceiling of the playroom at his home
when he fell from the horse and had
the ankle injured.
from Wahoo by
Score of 47 to 26 Gives Blue and
White Revenge for Defeat at
Wahoo Earlier in Season.
From Saturday's Dally
The Plattsmouth high school bas
ketball quintet last evening won the
consolations of the Fremont district
tournament from Wahoo, incidentally
securing satisfaction for the 32 to
27 defeat that Wahoo had given them
on the Wahoo court.
The Wahoo team was turned back
last night by the score of 47 to 26, a
twenty-one point margin for the
In the game the five seniors of
the squad played practically the en
tire game, only a few moments be
ing given the younger prayers to
assist in the victory.
The Platters showed well on the
large playing floor with a fast floor
game played by Jacobs and Hayes,
Hayes also being effective in the
scoring as was Rebal and Reed. Reed
was probably the most outstanding
in the game with nineteen points to
his credit and playing an excellent
defensive game. Wall was effective
in holding down the threat of the
For Wahoo, Beranek, who had
beejiefTective against Plattsmouth
in the previous game, was held to
The first half of the game was
close between the teams but in the
second half of the struggle the Plat
ters Bwept away any Wahoo hopes
for victory in their bombardment of
The box score of the game was as
FG FT PF TP
Rebal, f 6 0 1 12
Jacobs, f 110 3
Hayes, c 5 1 3 11
Noble, c 0 111
Reed, g 8 3 1 19
Wall, g 0 12 1
Minor, f 0 0 10
Davis, e 0 0 10
7 10 47
FG FT PF TP
Beranek, f 4 0 3 8
Hansen, f 0 0 2 0
Lawson, f 3 10 7
Isaacson, f 10 12
Kling. c 11 1 3
Urban, c 0 0 10
R. Kerstein, g 10 0 2
Farley, g 0 0 3 0
Dvorak, g 2 0 0 4
Keinstein, g 0 0 1 0
12 2 12 2C
Columbus was tournament winner
by a score of 24 to 15 over Fremont.
During mp stay at the hospital in
Omaha I was very lovingly remem
bered by many letters, cards and
gifts from the friends in this com
munity. It was a very much appre
ciated remembrance and will never
be forgotten. Again I wish to let
you know how much this has meant
to me. Mrs. Otto Wohlfarth.
HAVE NEW DAUGHTER
A fine little daughter was born
to Mr. and Mrs. John Bergman of
this ity on Thursday at the St.
Joseph hospital in Omaha. The
mother and little one are reported as
doing very well. This makes the
family circle a fine son and the little
BACK ON THE JOB
Ordell Hennings, manager of the
Hinky-Dinky grocery store who has
been ill for the past several days, was
able to be at his regular duties this
morning at the store. Mr Hennings
had suffered from a severe case of
flu and grippe which caused him to
Dr. and Mrs. H. G. McClusky Have
Served in Community in Many
Ways for Quarter Century.
True worth and valued service
found in any citizen always deserves
recognition; especially is this true
when such worth and service cover
a period of years.
In harmony with this thought it
seems appropriate to call attention
to Sunday, the 5th of March, 1929.
which marks the 25th anniversary of
Dr. H. G. McClusky's pastorate in
the First Presbyterian church of
Plattsmouth, Nebraska; and the 2E.Hi
anniversary of his service to his
church, and to the community at
During the quarter of a century
that Dr. McClusky has labored in
this community be has not only
fohnd his way into the hearts of his
congregation, but also into the hearts
of the members of the community at
large. He belongs to the community
as well as his church and congrega
tion. His merit and ability are recog
nized in all fields of activities.
His worth to the church may be
found in the many responsible offices
and duties to which his church has
called him. Among these, outside of
his activities In the local church,
the following may be named.
He has been made moderator of
the Presbytery to which he belongs,
and vice-moderator of the synod of
Nebraska; has served all Important
Presbytery committees, and at pres
ent is chairman of the Council of
Presbytery, as well as a member of
the examining board for examining
new candidates for the ministry.
Twice he has been chosen to repre
sent his Presbytery in the General As
sembly, which is the highest ccnirt tn
the Presbyterian church.
Fraternally Dr. McClusky is a Ma
son and represents his classification
in Rotary and has been called upon
to preside over such organization, as
president. He is a member of both
the Masonic and Rotary quartets
which are called upon for many en
tertainments. Dr. McClusky is highly esteemed
by his brother ministers of the state.
His sermons are always interesting
and instructive, and his work in the
Sunday school and among the young
people is outstanding. During all
these years Dr. McClusky has grown
both intellectually and spiritually.
During these years of service Dr.
McClusky has been very fortunate In
having an efficient helper In the per
son of his devoted wife, Margaret
McClusky, whom he calls his "asso
Mrs. McClusky is one of the bril
liant women of the church and state
and her talents, strength and heart
are consecrated to the service of her
Master and the church. Mrs. Mc
Clusky is an outstanding leader in
any work in which she is Interested,
and her executive ability is recog
nized by the church, as shown by
her service for eight years as secre
tary of Literature and Mission study
in the Synodical Society, and at pres
ent is serving her third year as
treasurer of the Nebraska City Pres
byterial society. Much of her hus
band's success is due to her loyal
support. The community also recog
nizes her as a valued member.
In whatever field of endeavor she
may be engaged not only the force
of her intellect, but also the sweet
fragrance of her loving heart is felt.
May these two good people with
the good influence of their lives and
work remain with us for many years
more. ' A. CITIZEN.
DIES AT OMAHA
Word has been received here of the
death of Jack Lentz at his home in
Omaha and which will be learned
with much regret by the friends
here. Mr. Lentz was employed at the
Nebraska Clothing Co., for a forty
year period and has been a frequent
visitor here. During the residence
of the George A. Dodge and F. G.
Egenberger families here he was a
caller in this city many times with
the old friends. The funeral services
are to be Saturday afternoon at 3:30
at the Bralley &. Dorrance chapel