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PLATTS1IOTJTH, NEBRASKA, MONDAY, MAE C II 13, 1939.
Honor Those Who Have Sei-ved the
Lodge in Past as Head of Order
Manv Guests Here.
Friday evening Plattsmout.h lodge
No. G, A. F. fc A. M. held their an
nual past masters night at the lodge
rooms, a fine dinner and program
being featured that made the occa
sion one of the most pleasant in
the list of fifteen that the ledge has
" ttaged in the past.
The dinner at 0:30 was served in
the lodge room where the long rows
of tables with their china., silver
and sparkling glassware made a very
attractive scene. Floral decorations
were also used in the table decor
ations. The tables that were used are a
very fine addition to the equipment
of the building, these being new
light sectional tables that have been
built by W. F. Evers. past master
and superintendent of the Masonic
Home. The tables when knocked
down occupy a small spare and are
fully capable of handling the large
groups that attend these fraternal
The committee in charge had ar
ranged a fine repast for the members
rf the banquet party which com
prised the following menu:
Combination Salad - Rofls
Home Baked Beans
Apple Pie - Ceffe?
The serving wa3 by high school
students. Joe York. James Mutzy,
Richard Cole. Corbin Davis. Harold
Baker, Bill Knorr, Carter Minor. Ben
McCarty. Granville Sigler, Ralph
Farkening and Ralph Johnson. '
The toast list of the evening was
presided over by Raymond C. Cook,
a past master and the deputy grand
custodian of the grand lodge, who
was at his best in the role of direc
tor of the program and gave many
very clever presentations of the par
ticipants on the program.
Dr. Harry G. McClusky, D.D.. gave
the invocation as the members stood
nt the tables, opening the very pleas
ant and inspirational evening.
The address of welcome was given
by J. Russell Reeder, the present
master of the lodge, who greeted the
members of the lodge and the past
masters to the yearly gathering.
The response to the welcome was
given by Oliver C. Dovey, one of the
long time members of Plattsmouth
lodge, who served as the master from
190S to 1912 and from 1914 to 1917.
Mr. Dovey touched on much of the
old time history of the lodge.
Allan White, talented young high
school student, was presented on the
program , in a cornet solo that was
artistically and well given and thor
The roll call of the past masters
was given by the secretary of the
lodge Leslie W. Niel. these com
prising: Edmund A. "Donelan, Wil
liam D. McCord. John W. Marshall,
Daniel II. Wheeler. Elia C. Adams,
Elbert T. Duke, Robert R. Living
ston. John W. Shannon, Jacob Val
lery, Jr., Francis E. White, J. Fin
ley Johnson, V. V. Leonard, Justus
G. Richer. Henry J. Helps. Adam
Kurtz. Michael Archer, William L.
Pickett, Oliver C. Dovey, William A.
Robertson, George W. Thomas, Wil
liam J. Streight, Nelson Jean. John
McLean, William F. Evers, James T.
Begley. Leon L. McCarty, Leslie W.
Niel. Luke L. Wiles, Oliver. C. Hud
son. Willis R. Holmes, Raymond C.
Cook. Henry F. Nolting, Aubrey II.
Duxbury, Raymond P. West.over, Har
rison L. Gayer. Robert M. Painter,
Leonard F. Terryberry, Leonard A.
Born. Carl J. Schneider, Lester W.
Meisinger, Robert Foster Patterson,
The presentation was made of
visiting masters of lodges in the
nearby territory to extend their
greetings to the Plattsmouth Ma
sons. Past Master Robert M. Painter pre
sented to Anderson Lloyd, retiring
master the jewel of his office and
the token of the esteem cf the asso
ciates in the order. Mr. Lloyd re
sponded and touched on the pleas
ant associations that be had with
the members in his term.
Foster Patterson Speaks
The main address of the evening
was given by Robert Foster Patter
son, of Tarkio college, who had been
the grand master in 1937 of the
local lodge. Mr. Patterson was at
his best in a very able address that
covered many of his observation in
Washington during his recent stay,
the occasion giving him the oppor
tunity of seeing and observing the
various department of the govern
ment at first hand and the enormous
forces that are now engaged in the
conduct of the business of the nation.
Mr. Patterson, touching on the great
mernprials to Washington and Lin
coln in the national capital city,
spoke of the great part that these
two men had played In the history
of the nation and the inspiration
that they had brought in the guiding
of the affairs of government down
to the present time.
Owing to illness of members, the
Masonic quartet was unable to ap
pear on the program of the evening
and Mr. David Fowler, musical in
structor of the city schools gave two
very lovely violin numbers as the
musical portion of the program, Mrs.
J. R. Reeder serving as the accom
panist. The banquet was honored by the
presence of Walter R. Raecke of Cen
tral City, grand master of the Ma
sons of Nebraska, who extended the
greetings of the grand lodge to the
gathering and expressed his pleas
ure at being able to be here for the
occasion. He discussed the work of
the order in the state in his remarks.
W. H. Wanner, of Falls City, grand
senior deacon, Lewie E. Smith of
Omaha, grand secretary, Henry Car
son, Nebraska City, grand tyler were
also present and gave short remarks
in greeting the Plattsmouth Masons.
The benediction of the evening
was given by Rev. J. C. Lowson, pas
tor of the First Methodist church.
During the serving of the banquet
the Plattsmouth high school orches
tra gave a very delightful program
that was much enjoyed and added to
the pleasures of the occasion very
Past Grand Master W. A. Robert
son of this city, also past master
here, was among the distinguished
The members of the orchestra
were David Fowler, director; John
Jacobs. Ralph Stava, Marvin Petereit,
Arthur Skalak, Stephen Devoe, Allan
White. Ted Libershal, Joe Noble, Ed
There were representatives present
from several Omaha lodges, Nehaw-
ka. Weeping Water, Murray, Falls
City, Nebraska City, Dunbar, Green
OLDEST NATIVE SON
From Thursday's Daily
Today marks the seventy-ninth
birthday anniversary of Albert F.
Reinackle, Plattsmouth's oldest na
tive son and who despite his ad
vanced years is active and able to
be around and care for his daily
tasks. Mr. Reinackle is a son of the
late Mr. and Mrs. August Reinackle,
pioneer residents of the city and was
born at the family home here on
March 9, 1S60. At the time of his
birth the city was a frontier village
and the residences and business sec
tion was located along the streets
adjacent to the Missouri river, which
furnished the chief means of trans
portation from the east. At that
time freighting to the west was
made from this point.
CARD OF THANKS
We wish to thank all those who
were so kind to us in the hour of
our sorrow in the death of our be
loved parents. We wish to thank
the Rev. Louis Kvetensky of Omaha
for the .comforting words, the pall
bearers, and the many friends and
neighbors. Especially do we desire
to thank Mrs. Louis Kvetensky and
her daughter for the beautiful
hymns they sang during the services.
All these acts of kindness will ever
live in our memory. Mr. and Mrs.
Dillard Wales and son, Irvin Dean,
James and Charles Kozak.
SUPPER AND BAKE SALE
The Murray Christian church
Iidies are sponsoring a pie supper and
bake sale at the church parlors on
Friday evening, March 17th. There
will be a program and special music.
The public is cordially invited to at
of Commerce Has
Discuss Project for Public Rest
Rooms, an Objective of the
Chamber This Spring.
From Friday" Dally
The Junior Chamber of Commerce
met last evening at 8 o'clock in the
district court room in the Cass coun
ty -court house. A number of the
young men turned out to help plan
and discuss the important measure
that the organization is undertaking
at the present time, that of the Pub
lic Rest Room project. Due to the
Hinky-Dinky convention in Omaha
last evening, the secretary, Ordell
Hennings was unable to be present.
President Vincent Kelley intro -
duced Clifford L. McKellips of Fair
bury who was the guest speaker of
the evening. Mr. McKellips outlined
and stressed the need for such a
movement in any city and especially
in the city of Plattsmouth, a
that is progressive and thriving and
one whose activities have been num -
erous. He pointed out to the members
that such a project would have to
be solely supported by everyone in
the community in its financial back
ing and its maintenance. He told
the members that such a task would
be responded to in a whole-hearted
manner by' the federal government
because the government insists on
sanitation. Due to the short time
in which Mr. McKellips had in pre
paring his speech, he was unable to
estimate just what the cost of such
a project would be. However, an
appropriation from the federal
ernment would be certain. The city
would be asked to. cooperate and sup
port such a worthy and much needed
project by appropriating a small sum
toward it, which will be later taken
up with the city council at one of
its regular meetings. Th session
was a very interesting and enjoyable
one and one mat is tne center oi
enthusiasm of every member in
being able to bring about such a pro
gram that will be of benefit to the
The meeting adjourned until
Thursday, March 23 when the mem
bers will again meet in the same
place when a more extensive discus
sion will be heard on the financial
side of the question.
VISITS FUTURE HOME
Mrs. L. O. Minor is at Kankakee,
Illinois, where she joins Mr. Minor,
the newly appointed manager of the
water plant in that city. Mr. and
Mrs. Minor are endeavoring to se
cure a suitable home where they can
move as soon as possible from this
city. As soon as the house Is ready
the household goods will be shipped
and the family become settled in
the new home. Mr. Minor is ex
pected back the next week to arrange
for the moving of their effects. The
son. Carter Minor, sophomore in the
local high school, will finish out the
school year here before joining his
Mr. Minor is well pleased with
Kankakee which is a very attractive
city of some 29,000 and has many
industrial plants to make it a very
active and business like city.
CARD OF THANKS
Deeply grateful for the expres
sions of sympathy shown us In the
illness and death of our beloved hus
band and father, we wish to thank
all of the friends and neighbors. Es
pecially do we wish to thank those
ho took part in the funeral services
and for the floral remembrances.
Mrs. Frank E. Warren and Family.
GOES TO GENEVA
From Thursday's Daily
Sheriff and Mrs. Joe MraBek de
parted this morning for Geneva, Ne
braska, where they accompanied
Clara Baker who has been placed in
the state school at that place.
Mrs. Joseph M. Sedlak, who has
been ill for several days at her home
In the south part of the city, is re
ported as being somewhat better
altho still unable to look after her
HAS FREAK EGG
A real freak in the egg line was
discovered at the home of Mr. and
Mrs. Harold Hull, when one of the
eggs gathered from the hen house
was opened up. The egg was un
usually large and when it was opened
it was a surprise to Mrs. Hull to find
that in addition to the yolk and
white of one egg, a second perfect
egg, shell and all was encased in
the large egg. This is a very un
usual case and attracted much atten
tion from those who had the chance
to see the egg.
Days Loom for
: p.n peiief TnrAz Est-
hausted and 85 Per Cent of
General Fund Levy.
Payless paydays loom foi the Cass
county officials and clerks and others
cityiwnc have claims on the general fund
() tne county unless the flow of cash
jroils into tne gtrone box of Countv
Treasurer John E . Turner to be
credited to this fund that provides
for the general operation of the
The fund has been exhausted and
S5 per cent of the levy anticipated
has been spent and now no war
rants will be issued until the funds
are on hand to pay the same.
The poor relief fund is also over
drawn and wlaims are paid as avail
able cash is accumulated to handle
the bills due for the relief work.
The general fund has in the past
gov-!been used to al(l the reijef fUnj anQ-
with the result of the present con
dition. The county treasurer has received
no orders to register warrants and
the status is that the claims on the
funds will be paid only as the cash is
HONOR FIRE CHIEF
The members of the fire depart
ment at their meeting this week paid
honor to the passing of the birthday
anniversary of Chief O. Sandin whose
anniversary was Tuesday. It was
the fifty-sixth anniversary of the
chief and also marks the twenty
sixth year of his service in the fire
Mr. Sandin enrolled as a fireman
in the Plattsmouth department in
1913 and has since continued in this
work, and in 1917 was selected as the
chief of the department, serving
twenty-one years in the capacity of
the head of the department.
In honor of the anniversary the
members or the department had ar
ranged a luncheon and a remem
brance for the chief for his years of
Dr. Sandin has had "a notable
record in the department and the
time of his service has been marked
by rflany severe fires that! lie has
helped to fight and he has always
been found at the front in doing his
part as a member of the department.
HERE FROM DAKOTA
Mr. and Mrs. William Rummel
have as guests and visitors Mrs.
William Falter, sister of Mrs. Rum
mel. and Mrs. Minnie Walters, cousin
of Mrs. Rummel. from Huron, South
Dakota. The ladies arrived in Platts
mouth Wednesday to spend the next
several days visiting their many
friends and relatives in and around
this part of the community.
Mr3. John Jordan underwent a
serious operation Friday morning at
the St. Catherine's hospital where
she Mas taken a few days prior. Mrs.
Jordan has not been in the best of
health for some time and an operation
was necessary to relieve her of her
Illness. Her many friends here wish
her a speedy recovery.
CLOSING DATES FOR
LOANS ON 1938 CORN
The original closing date of March
31, 1939 for completion of loans on
1938 corn will not be extended. It is
urged that all eligible applicants
have requested loans completed prior
to the final date.
Neb. 'Who's Who'
in Cass County
Nebraska Press Association to Pub
lish History of State and Its
Most Prominent Citizens.
Representatives of the Nebraska
Press association, to which nearly all
the newspapers of'thestate belong,
are in Cass county at the present
time compiling data and securing
the services of locjal historians to
collect a compendium of the history
of outstanding individuals in the
county and a history of the county
itself. Material gathered will be
used in a state-wide Nebraska pub
lication. "Who's Who in Nebraska."
This compilation will be issued in
look form, with data of the whole
state in one compact voSume. It will
be compiled alphabetically by coun
ties. Names and the listings frorr
each county will be preceded by the
history of that county.
The Colorado association recently
completed a publication of this kind
for the state of Colorado that prov
ed most informative and useful. The
Nebraska association, with offices in
Lincoln has been requested by var
ious groups throughout the state to
undertake the tremendous task of
compiling a complete history of thi3
state and its leading citizens, and a
few months ago consented to cora
pila the data and publish the book.
The field men sent into this county
have already completed their work
in a number of counties in this part
of the state, including Dodge and
Sarpy. It is their job to collect in
formation through talking with citi
zens of the community. Newspapers
of the county and other civic groups
are lending their co-operation to the
representatives sent here to conduct
this research by making available to
them as much as possible of the ma
terial needed to carry on the work.
Through contacts with various
state and local organizations, a se
lect list of Cass county people has
been chosen for the edition. They
have been selected, the Journal is
advised, because of their active civic
life or because they have attained
unusual recognition in their respec
tive fields. j
The volume of several hundred
pages, will contain no commercial
advertising whatever, being devoted
solely to the history of Nebraska and
her more prominent citizens.
The publication of this book some
time late this coming fall will com
memorate the SOth anniversary of
the Nebraska Press Association.
RETURNS FROM HOSPITAL
Louis W. Lorenz, prominent busi
ness man in this city, returned home
Tuesday from the St. Joseph 'hos
pital where he spent the past few
days under treatment and observa
tion. Mr. Lorenz has not been in
the best of health for the past few
months and it was necessary to have
immediate hospitalization for a time.
ATTEND BASKETBALL TOURNEY
From Saturdays Dariy
Dr. and Mrs. W. V. Ryan, Mr. and
Mrs. M. A. Webb, and Mr. and Mrs.
Walter Tritsch motored to Lincoln
last evening to witness the state bas
ketball tournament. The teams that
they saw battle were Creighton Prep
vs. Falls City, Jackson vs. South
High, and Oakdale vs. Hardy.
CARD OF THANKS
We wish to sincerely thank all of
the kind friends and neighbors for
their thoughtfulness in the illness
and at the time of death of our be
loved wife and mother. Kindness at
this time is appreciated more than
words or thanks can express. Wil
liam Oliver Sr. and Family.
ATTENDS STORE MEETING
From Friday's Dally
Ordell Hennings, manager of the
local Hinky-Dinky grocery store, was
in Omaha last evening where he
attended the board of directors meet
ing of the American Stores Benefit
association. Mr. Hennings has been
a member of the board for the past
COURT SUSTAINS DECREE
The Nebraska supreme court Friday
sustained a divorce decree granted by
District Judge Rhodes at Omaha to
George Hild, form-iily of this city,
from his wife Marie.
The parties separated at Omaha
after 11 months and the wife filed
suit for separate maintainance and
alimony, alleging cruelty. It was her
Hild countered with suit for divorce
charging cruelty and was awarded
the decree by Judge Rhodes.
P. E. 0. Chapter
foi- Coming Year
Mrs. P. T. Heineman Selected as
President of Chapter F at Meet
ing Friday Afternoon.
, Friday afternoon chapter F, P.E.O.
met at the home of Mrs. Frank L.
Cummins on Pearl street for the an
nual election of officers and to -carry
oh a short business session.
The following ladies were select
ed as the officers of the chapter for
the ensuing year:
President Mrs. P. T. Heineman.
Vice-President Mrs. Clement
Recording Secretary Mrs. Roy O.
Corresponding Secretary Mrs. El
Treasurer Mrs. H. F. Goos.
Chaplain Mrs. William Baird.
Guard Mrs. R. W. Knorr.
Pianist Mrs. L. S. Devoe.
The state convention of the P.E.O.
will be held at Norfolk in early June
and the chapter at this time proceed
ed to elect the delegates and alter
nates to the meeting. First dele
gate, Mrs. P. T. Heineman, alter
nate, Mrs. L. S. Devoe. Second dele
gate, Mrs." Clement Woster, alternate,
Miss Estelle Eaird.
HERE FOR BANQUET
Robert Foster Patterson, professor
of history at Tarkio college, was here
Friday to attend the past master's
banquet of Plattsmouth lodge No. 6.
A. F. & A. M. of which he was
master in 1937.
Mr. Patterson is working on his
thesis for his final degree and for
which he has chosen as his subject
the life of Senator Gilbert M. Hitch
cock, senatcr from Nebraska from
1911 to 1923. He has recently been
at Washington where he studied the
work of Senator Hitchcock as the
chairman of the foreign relations
committee of the senate during the
World War period In his study Mr.
Patterson contacted the leaders who
had been in the senate at the time
of the peace treaty and league of
nations battles and in which Senator
Hitchcock represented the Woodrow
Wilson administration. He discussed
the exciting happenings of that per
iod with Senator George W. Norris
of Nebraska and Senator William E.
Borah, of Idaho, leaders in the fight
against the treaty, as well as Senator
Henry F. Ashhurst, of Arizona and
Senator Pat Harrison of Mississippi
who had been among the administra
PARENTS OF FINE SON
Thursday evening at the St.
Joseph hospital a baby boy was born
to Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Stoehr of
near this city. The mother and little
son are progressing nicely and the
event has brought a great deal of
happiness to the members of the fam
ily, this being the first child in the
family. Mrs. Stoehr was formerly
Miss Laura Peterson, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Anton Peterson of
VISITS IN CITY
From Thursday's Dally
Miss Patricia Cloidt, student nurse
at the St. Joseph hospital In Omaha,
was here today to spend a few hours
with her father, A. W. Cloidt and
her brother Bill, as well as other of
the relatives and old friends.
HERE FROM WAH00
Mrs. Emil Havelka of Wahoo, Is
in the city for a visit with her
father, Edward Donat, Sr., and fam
ily and other of the relatives and old
Death of John F.
Hirz, Long Time
Died Sunday Morning at Family
Home After Illnes of Some Ten
Days Former Farmer.
The death of John F. Hirz. 78, one
of the best known and highly re
spected residents of the city, occur
red Sunday morning at the family
home on Marble street following an
Illness of some ten days.
Mr. Hirz had suffered a stroke
that had rendered him bedfast and
early Sunday he suffered another at
tack and from which he passed away
in a short time.
Mr. Hirz was born in Hessen
Darmstadt, ermany, oming to the
United States in the year lSfcO and
oettling at Plattsmouth where he ha
since resided. He was marrifd here
Vn 1888 to Nettie Holschue, daugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Holschue,
early residents of this community.
The deceased has made his home
In this community since a very young
man, locating on a farm west of thin
city where for a great many years
he and his family resided. In recent
years Mr. and Mrs. Hirz have made
their home in this city where Mr.
Hirz followed carpentering and cab
inet work very successfully.
The death of Mr. Hirz biings a
great regret among the host of friends
who have known him through the
years and will greatly miss his pleas
ant and friendly greeting, sharing
with the family the sorrow that hi
Mr. Hirz Is survived by the wife,
one son and one daughter. Fred
Hirz and Mrs. Lena Becker of thia
city, as well as a number of grand
children. ..One child preceded Mr. Hirz In
Infancy, and one son, William, died
In 1930. There also survives one
brother. Phillip of Rapid City. S. D.
The funeral services will be held
on Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 from
the Sattler funeral home at Fourth
and Vine streets.
Opens Here; Re
lieves High W ater
Platte at High Stage as Missouri
Ice Moves and Releases the
Flow of Water.
The Missouri river yesterday open
ed up as the warming weather re
leased the Ice in the stream and
started the release of water that had
been backed and Jn many cases had
flooded over the lowlands.
The Platte river has been very
high and water from that source has
backed Into much of the lowlands
east of the city, filling the old hutes
of the river and spreading into ad
joining fields. A great deal of the
land on the T. H. Pollock farm south
of the pumping station has been cov
ered by the waters.
With the release of the ice the
waters started receding and a drop
of more than a foot was recorded
Miss Phyllis Robbins, who Is ma
joring in beauty culture in Omaha,
is here for a short vacation visiting
her parents. Mr. and Mrs. Frank
Robbins. Miss Robbins has been in
Omaha for the past month and dur
ing that time has been working on
her beauty course.
SPEND FEW DAYS HERE
From Saturday Daily
Miss Ida Mae Whisinand depart
ed for her home in Hastings this
morning after spending several days
visiting in Plattsmouth. While here
she was a house guest at the home
of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Knorr and
VISIT AT LINCOLN
Mrs. Phillip Hofmann and chil
dren, Phyllis and Bubby motored to
Lincoln Wednesday wher they visit
ed with Mrs. Hofmann's parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Otto Dresselhaus.