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Vol. No. LV
PLATTS1I0UTH, NEBRASKA, THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 1939.
in High School
Comes to Close
Eoys Lose at Lincoln in Debate, With
Large Entry of Schools Girls
Show Well at Crete.
The 19.18-39 debate season ended
Saturday for Plattsmouth debaters.
The district winners and runners
up will work diligently on the Anglo
American alliance for two more
weeks;then the state tournament
will give the final answers.
riattsmouth was represented at
the regular district tournament held
in Lincoln last Friday and Saturday,
by John Morris and John Bestor. In
the first qualifying round they had
the privilege of having the governor
of the state as one of the three de
bate judges. Auburn won two of the
three votes in this debate. The
other two qualifying rounds found
T'lattsmouth opposed by Geneva and
Beatrice. Against Beatrice, Platts
mouth again lost by a two to one
vote. Due to some -confusion OTer the
judging of the Geneva Bebate one
more vote for Plattsmouth in the
Beatrice debate would have allowed
Morris and Bestor to enter the semi
finals, but they didn't get one more.
Bestor turned in the best debating
cf his outstanding debate career. It
is the opinion of his coach, Mr. Price,
that he could have made the team
in any high school in Nebraska. In
only one or two high schools would
he probably have had to speak first
instead of filling the more exacting
second speaker's position.
John Morris out-debated any first
year debater in the tournament, but
it wasn't a beginners tournament.
Morris has a remarkably cleartmind
and a clear, forceful speaking man
ner but has not yet learned the art
of persuasion. Few of the human
race can be much moved by being
told what the facts are, they must be
moved by some emotional appeal. The
best debaters use facts and make
their audience hear them and also
The Lincoln high school debates
walked thru the tournament in just
that way. They used a few well
chosen facts and really put them
In the girls tournament at Crete
Plattsmouth was represented by
Mary Ann Winscot and Ruth Low
son. They are both beginners and
both freshmen, but even though this
wasn't a beginners' tournament
either, they won their way into the
semi-finals. The fact that they were
the only freshmen girls there makes
their accomplishment truly remark
able. Girls teams were entered from
Geneva, DeWitt, Edgar, Western,
Lincoln aud Plattsmouth.
The Plattsmouth girls won two of
their three qualifying rounds, win
ning from Edgar and Western and
losing to PeWitt in the semi-finals.
They lost to Lincoln. Geneva won
from Lincoln in the final debate.
Bill Hula made the trip to Lin
coln as official time keeper for the
boys team. Hula, Morris, Miss Win
scot and Miss Lowson will form the
basis of a strong debate squad for
next year. Two other boys and two
other girls have already demon
strated real debating ability, Richard
Hitt, Cary Marshall. Gertrude Cloidt
and Margaret Fricke.
The general respect for Platts
mouth debating which has been "re
built during the past three years is
in safe hands for the next three, for
six of the above eight will be sopho
mores next year.
THANK SCHOOL FRIENDS
The pupils and their teacher. Miss
Ruth Alexen of school district 87,
desire to take this means of express
ing their deep appreciation to the
parents, frjends, and school patrons
for their fine cooperation and loyal
support in helping our school win
the seventh weekly contest.
MISS RTITH ALEXEN,
Teacher of Dist. 97.
Mrs. Elmer Stoehr and little son
returned home from the St. Cath
erine's hospital Sunday after spend
ing the past several days recuper
ating following the . birth of the
son on Thursday, March 9. .
VISITS RELATIVES HERE
Miss Marcia Lyman, of Vail, South
Dakota, is here for a short visit with
the Rex Young family and the other
relatives and in Omaha, she being a
niece of Mr. Young.. Miss Lyman
has been visiting in the southwest
and recently was at Monterey, Mex
ico, where she visited with friends
and enjoyed a fine trip through that
section of 'Mexico.
St. Paul's Church
Extends Call to
Rev. Sam'l Schick
Indianapolis Pastor Here for Trial
Sermon and Has Unanimous
Vote for Pastorate.
Sunday the congregation of the
St. Paul's Evangelical church of this
city voted unanimously to extend a
call to the pastorate here to the Rev.
Samuel S. Schick, of Indianapolis, In
diana. Rev. Schick was here Sunday and
gave a fine sermon both in German
and English at the morning service
end his addresses were eloquent and
very inspirational to the congrega
tion of the church.
Rev. Schick is a man in his late
thirties and has a very fine family
of a wife and two children.
The official board of the church
extended the formal call to the pas
tor and is now awaiting the accept
ance of the post by Rev. Schick.
Since the resignation of Rev. G. A.
Pahl and his removal to Hartley,
Iowa, the church here ha3 depended
on a supply from Omaha to carry
on the Sunday services.
ATTEND GARDEN CLUB MEET
From Tuesday's Drty
A number of the members of the
local garden club attended the
meeting l the Elmwood Garden club
in Omaha at the home of Mrs. John
W. , Barch last evening. The meet
ing was a regular business one fol
lowed by a number of prominent
speakers who addressed the club
members. Mrs. Barch presided.
Mrs. Grouseman, state president
of the Nebraska Federation of Gar
den clubs, spoke on ''Design in the
Garden." .Mrs. P. T. Heineman, well
known speaker and diligent worker
in the local garden club, was present
and gave a very inspiring and educa
tional talk on "Nebraska Birds," and
her talk was one that was highly
praised and commented on.
Following the meeting tea was
Mrs. L. W. Egenberger, Mrs. Luke
Wiles, Miss Sophia Kraeger and Mrs.
P. T. Heineman were the members
attending from Plattsmouth.
CLUB WEEK DATES
The annual 4-H Club Week will
be held at the Nebraska college of
agriculture at Lincoln, May 29 to
June 2. Five Cass county club mem
bers and leader will attend with all
expenses paid as a result of out
standing work last year. Others are
entitled to attend by paying the
Club Week registration fee.
May 6th will be set aside in Ne
braska this year as 4-H day in the
Twenty-five Year Extension Progress
program when special recognition
will be paid boys and girls 4-H clubs.
Ttere will be special radio broadcasts
at that time and we especially urge
that all 4-H clubs in organized be
fore that time so that they may plan
to enjoy the programs as a club.
LINCOLN VISITORS HERE
From Tuesday's Dariy
Mrs. Charles S. Sherman and sister,
Mrs. Peh' Miller, with Mrs. Lois
Troop, motored down from Lincoln
today for a few hours visit with old
friends here. They stopped at Ne
bawka for a short visit and brought
Mrs. W. O. Troop with them to this
city. Mrs. Troop was a pleasant
caller at the Journal to renew the
subscription of Miss Mary Troop. .
HERE OVER SUNDAY
Misses Norine and Virginia Kaf
fenberger, who are now steadily em
ployed In Omaha, were Sunday visi
tors and guests of their parents. Mr.
and Mrs. Fritz Kaff enberger. -
Draw a Large
Plattsmouth Is Scene of Two Very
Largely Attended Sales the.
Past Two Days.
The advantages of the public sale
as an attraction to the residents of
the community was demonstrated this
week iu Plattsmouth when two of
the largest sales in many months were
staged. The sales drew crowds esti
mated at some 2,000.
The Glen Yallery sale on Monday
at the parking lota east of his im
plement store found a great crowd
Monday afternoon when the sale
started and interest was keen in
the crowd estimated at 2,000 that
filled the lot from the opening of
the sale to the close. Mr. Vallery
was offering a large array of farm
machinery and equipment and which
found a ready market from the bid
ders from all sections of Cass and
Sarpy counties. Rex Young served
as the auctioneer and was kept busy
in handling the sales. It was a very
successful sale In every way.
Tuesday afternoon a stock sale
was held at the sales pavilion on
highway No. 75 just north of the
city under the management of Karl
Grosshans, it being in the opinion of
those who have been at the other
sales, probably the largest "that has
been held. There was a fine array
of hogs and cattle offered at the
sale and bidding was brisk on the
Several very fine herds of cows
from Sarpy county were to be found
in the animals offered, the Seebach
herd being one of the largest. The
cows brought a top of 1 82.50 and all
brought a good average for their
The brood sows at the sale brought
from $25 to $35 while the pigs of
six weeks found a ready market at
Rex Young served as the auc
tioneer at the stock sale and was as
sisted by W. E. Reynolds' as the
clerk of the sale.
We desire to express our deep ap
preciation and thankfulness to -the
members of the -Plattsmouth fire de-
department as well as the neighbors
for their fine service at the time of
the fire at our home. The prompt
action and hard work saved what
might have been a most disastrous
fire. Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Ramge
MYNARD COMMUNITY CLUB
The regular meeting of the My
nard Community club will be held
this month on Wednesday, March
29th at 8 p. m. at the community
building. The west side committee
will be in charge and will present
Plattsmouth high school students in
a one act play and also a musical
program. Lunch will be served.
SUIT TO QUIET TITLE
From Tuesday's Dally
This morning In the district court
a suit to quiet title was filed, en
titled John G. Hansen vs. James
Fleming, et al. The petition asks for
the reform of deed and the quieting
of title to real estate.
HERE FROM WESLEYAN
Misses Esther Perkins of David
City and Florence Lowson of Platts
mouth who are attending Wesleyan
university spent Sunday here visiting
with Miss Lowson's parents. Rev
and Mrs. J. C. Lowson and family.
PARENTS OF FINE DAUGHTER
Sunday morning at the Anton Kani
hospital at Omaha a fine six pound
daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs.
Glen Pals of this city. The mother
and little one are doing nicely and
the occasion has brought much pleas
ure to all of the family circle. ,
PARENTS OF SON
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Sorensen are
the parents of a fine son, born to
them at the Immanuel hospital at
Omaha Tuesday morning. All are re
ported as doing nicely.
'RETURN FROM WEST NEERASKA
. Mr. and Mrs. Ray Bryant and
children have returned home from a
combined business and pleasure trip
to the west part of the state. They
visited at Scottsbluff and North
Platte where Mr. Bryant had busi
ness matters to look after and the
family enjoyed visits with relatives.
On their return they were accom
panied by Miss Virginia Miles, niece
of Mrs. Bryant, who will visit here
for the week.
Show in Motion
Rotarians Have Interesting Talk and
Showing of Pictures by Col. W.
M. Hoee, U. S. Engineers.
The Rotarians Tuesday at their
weekly luncheon, had a very inter
esting program presented under the
direction of D. R. Thornton, head of
the local offices of the U. E. Engi
neers, a program that was devoted to
river improvement and navigation
on the waterways of the nation.
Col. W. H. Hoge, of the Omaha
office of the engineers, who has
been in charge of the river Improve
ment program on many of the navi
gable streams of the country was
present and gave a rery interesting
talk and brought pictures that show
ed Just how far navigation has pro
gressed in maay of the streams.
Yiews of the ports along the great
lakes, Mississippi, Ohio and Missouri
rivers as well as the Illinois river
was shown, the ports showing their
activities in shipping where river
navigation and . railroad terminals
are operating together in handling
the large flow of traffic created by
the water routes. Many interesting
pictures were shown also of the work
along the streams to place them in
proper shape for navigation and
keeping clear of all the-year water
In addition 'to the interesting pic
tures and talk of Col. Hoge, the
members had the pleasure of having
as a guest, C. K. Morris, secretary
of the University of Nebraska, who
later addressed the high school stu
dents. FIRE ON WINTERSTEEN HILL
. Late Tuesday afternoon the fire de
partment was called to the .south
part of Wintersteen hill where a
small residence occupied by the Glen
Ferguson family, was reported on
fire. It was found, that the fire had
been extinguished by members of
the family. The fire was caused by
starting a fire with kerosene, the
open can catching fire and spreading
to the window curtains. The loss
was confined to the curtains and
HERE FROM LOUISIANA
Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Bailey of
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, arrived in
Plattsmouth this week to spend sev
eral days visiting here at the home
of Mrs. Bailey's parents, Mr. and
Mrs. John Meisinger, Jr., as well as
the many other friends arid relatives
in and around this community.
VISIT AT OMAHA
From Tuesday's Dany
Mrs. Charles Hitt, Sr., and grand
children, Norman Gamblin, Robert
and Donald Grassman, were at Om
aha today where they visited at the
St. Catherine's hospital with Mrs.
Hillard Grassman, who is recover
ing from an operation.
SUFFERS FROM FLU
Ward Whelan, employe of the
BREX shops, has been confined to
his home for the past few days' as
the result of a severe attack of the
flu that has made necessary his re
maining quiet and abstaining from
his usual duties.
REJOICE IN NEW DAUGHTER
From Tuesday's Daily
Mr. and Mrs. Marion Taylor are
the happy parents of a six-pound girl
born to them at their home last eve
ning. The little one and the mother
are doing rery nicely.
Addresses Students of Plattsmouth
High School and Particularly
Senior Class Members.
C. K. Morris, secretary of the
University of Nebraska at Lincoln,
was in Plattsmouth Tuesday and was
a special guest of the faculty of the
Plattsmouth high school where he
spoke to the students of the school.
"Difference Between High School and
College" was the topic discussed to
the general group by Mr. Morris.
J Mr. Morris also conducted a special
address to the seniors of the 1939
graduating class. His message to the
seniors was in regard to the "Attend
ance of College and the Expect
ations." Mr. Morris, in his remarks,
brought out the facts very clearly
and vividly and his talk was so in
spiring and helpful that some of the
students who were in doubt as to
their vocation had put forth some
effort and serious concentration and
almost knew what goal they would
strive for in order to achieve success
Following the discussion and talks
given to the student body during
the day, the teachers met briefly at
4:15 in the room of Dow Armstrong
and they had the pleasure of hearing
a special address to them by Mr.
Morris. Supt. L. S. Devoe presided
at the meeting and introduced the
speaker to the group.
Mr. Morris made the statement
that 16,000 boys and girls out of
80,000 that graduate from the high
school attend the University of Ne
braska, thus making it one out of
every eight who attend this uni
versity, or between 60 and 6G per
cent 'enter. Be also gave several
ideas as to bettering and helping a
pupil to do good work as a prepar
ation for college work.
Mr. Morris also said "We feel
that possibly if money is to be re
stricted that unconditional entrance
should be given those who are in the
upper half of their respective classes
and all others shall be asked to take
examinations or to prove their right
to enter by taking University of Ne
braska extension courses and doing
a superior piece of work." He com
mended the local high school for the
fine students that they have turned
out so far and said every one is
progressing satisfactorily with no
failures. At the present time there
are approximately 30 students in
the University of Nebraska. He also
said the local high school had an
unusually good record and that the
faculty of the high school were to
be very much complimented on their
untiring efforts to place the school
in a creditable standing.
ATTEND CORPORAL COMMUNION
Sunday morning the members of
the Monsignor M. A. Shine council
of the Knights of Columbus, with
the members of the St. John's altar
society, attended corporal communion
at the St. John's hurch. This was
the annual communion for the
Knights and a large number of the
members were present to take part.
Several were here from Manley and
also LaPlatte for the ceremony.
Following the church services the
members of the council were served
breakfast in the club rooms in the
basement of the church, a fine break
fast of grapefruit, bacon and eggs,
rolls and coffee being served by the
ladies of the church.
HERE FROM KANKAKEE
Lynn O. Minor, superintendent of
the Kankakee Water Co., of Kanka
kee, Illinois, is here for a short visit
and to arrange for the removal of
the family from this city to their
new home. Mrs. Minor, who has been
visiting her husband also returned.
Mr. Minor is well pleased with the
new position as active head o the
large water plant, one of the best
in Illinois, and the location in the
attractive city of. Kankakee. They
are finding the securing of a suit
able home a matter of difficulty as
the desirable homes are largely own-
ed by their occupants.
Mr. Minor will return in a few
days and the family go later to the
east to take up their residence.
RETURNS FROM HOSPITAL
Mrs. George Jordan, who has been
at the St. Catherine's hospital at
Omaha for the past ten days recover
ing from the effects of an operation,
was able to return home Monday.
Mrs. Jordan has had a very rapid
recovery and is feeling very much
improved and it is hoped will have
a complete restoration to her former
Vernon T. Arn
Had, Gone Home From Meat Market
and Working in Garden When
Suffers Fatal Heart Attack.
Vernon T. Arn, Sr., 57, one of the
prominent residents of the city and
an active figure in the business life
of the community, died suddenly
Wednesday evening at 6:45 at the
family home, 724 Pearl street, as
the result of a heart attack.
Mr. Arn. who operated the Black
& White store meat department, had
closed up as usual and started home,
where he started to look after some
work in clearing the yard for gar
dening. While at his work he was
suddenly stricken and died within a
The news of the death came as a
great shock to the community and
to the friends who but a short time
before had found him in his ap
parently usual health and busy at
work in the meat market, greeting
the friends in his usual genial man
ner. Mr. Arn came to Cass county as a
young man some thirty years ago
and for a number of years was lo
cated at Union where he was married
to Miss Flora Anderson, he being
engaged there in the conduct of a
meat market. The family moved to
Plattsmouth some twenty-three years
ago and have since been numbered
among the highly esteemed families
of the community. Mr. Arn was en
gaged in the meat market of the
S. S. Chase store for some time and
later entered the Black & White
store as manager of their meat de
partment and where he has been as
sisted by his son, Vernon T. Arn, Jr.
Mr. Arn is survived by his widow,
Flora; three daughters, Mrs. Albert
Kraeger, Mynard; Mrs. Walter
Speece, Bennet; Miss Beatrice Arn,
at home and one son, Vernon T. Arn,
Jr., of Plattsmouth.
The body is at the Sattler funeral
home to await the arrangements for
VISIT RELATIVES HERE
From Monday's Dally
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Reed, of Bur
bank, California, arrived here this
afternoon for a visit at the home of
Mrs. Reed's parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Ivan Taylor, as well as with old
time friends. They have been at
Grand Island to attend the funeral
of Mr. . Reed's mother.
VISITS OLD FRIENDS
Adam Meisinger, well known resi
dent of Cedar Creek, was here Mon
day for a few hour's visit with old
friends and looking after some mat
ters of business. Mr. Meisinger has
not been in the best of health for
the past year and is still under the
care of a physician.
TO VISIT IN CITY
Mrs. Ralph Maddox of Ogallala,
Nebraska arrived in Plattsmouth
early Sunday morning to spend the
next few days visiting here at the
home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
August Kopp as well as her brother
and sister-In-lawfc Mr. and Mrs. Ar
TO VISIT HERE
From Wdnedar Daily
Mrs. Eugene Burdick and children,
of St. : Edward, Nebraska, arrived
here this afternoon for a visit with
her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. A.
Schneider and at the Carl Schneider
home for a few days.
Whether your printing Job fa
large op small. It will receive) our
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Dr. R. P. Westover Presents Sub
ject That Is Now of Greatest
Interest Over Nation.
The Plattsmouth Woman's club
held a delightful meeting at the
home of Mrs. John Woest at 224 2nd
ave., with a very large attendance.
Assistant hostesses for the evening
were: Mrs. Homer Sylvester, Mrs.
Elmer Sundstrom, Mrs. Cass Sylves
ter, and Mrs. Augusta Haupt.
Two guests, Mrs. R. C. Shellenber
ger and Mrs. Joseph Abrams were
Mrs. Elmer Sundstrom, president,
presided over the meeting. The de
votionals were in charge of Mrs. John
Wolff who took as her lesson for the
evening from Matthew 28:28. Mrs.
Wolff , also read a beautiful poem.
"Evening, Morning, and Noon Will I
Pray," by Ralph Cushman taken
from Psalms 55 seventeenth chapter.
The recording secretary, Mrs. Frank
Horsak, read the minutes of the pre
vious meeting which was preceded
by the salute to the flag by the club
Mrs. John F. Wolff, Mrs. Joseph
Wiles, Mrs. Frank Mullen and Mrs.
Elmer Sundstrom were selected as
the delegates to represent the local
organization at the first district con
vention which will be held at Auburn
on March 28 and 29.
The Woman's club also Indorsed
unanimously the Junior Chamber ot
Commerce's public rest room proj
Following the business session, Jhe
program chairman, Mrs. Fred Lugs h
presented Dr. R. P. Westover who
was the guest speaker of the eve
niBg. Dr. Westover spoke on "Social
ized Medicine" and presented a very
helpful and inspiring talk in this
field of modern science. Dr. Westover
defined "socialized medicine" as a
permanent system of federal-state
compulsory health insurance. He
said that this is the plan as advo- .
cated by the present administration.
He compared this form of insurance
and safety with that of the social se
Dr. Westover also spoke very
highly and praised the work and
good that the American Medical as-
cociation is rendering not only to
the doctors in the country but to
all who are patrons of its magazine.
He pointed out that individuals
should not be afraid to take anything
Berlously when they bear a griev
ance or utterances against the asso
ciation because the individual and
not the association loses the benefit
that is gained from its health hints.
Stephen Devoe, son of Supt. and
Mrs. L. S. Devoe, was heard in three
numbers: "Prayer," "Sabred Song
of Long Ago," and "Trade Winds."
his mother serving as the accom
panist. During the evening Miss Wilhel
miha Henrichsen presented two high
school girls. Misses Shirley Petersen
and Mary Alice Ault who were guests
of the club.
At the conclusion of the profc-ram
the hostesses served refreshments.
VISITS RELATIVES HERE
B. A. Rosencrans, of Portland.
Oregon, arrived in the city Satur
day afternoon for a visit here with
his mother, Mrs. W. E. Rosencrans
as well as his sisters, Mrs. W. C. Soen-
nichsen and Mary Rosencrans and
his brother. C. A. Rosencrans. Mr.
Rosencrans has been making his
home on the west coast since leaving
here and is now on his way to Chi
cago. He will visit in Chicago with
his brother, B. U. Rosencrans and
family and may locate in that city In
RETURNS FROM HOSPITAL
Joseph Highfleld, son of Mr. and
Mrs. William Highfleld, returned
from the Clarkson hospital Sunday
after spending the past several days
recuperating from an appendectomy
operation which he underwent Tues
Free Dance, Legion Bldg., Saturday
night, featuring Lamonte Orchestra
and his Electric Gnitar. Orchestra