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Vol. No. LV
PLATTSMOUTH, NEBRASKA, MONDAY, MARCH 27, 1939.
of Rural School
Program Launched to Cover All
the School of County Letter
Tells of Fine Results.
Mrs. William Schmidtmann, Jr.,
chairman of the junior department of
the local garden club has been, with
the kind help and assistance of Mrs.
Lord Lloyd Kieck, county superin
tendent or schools, visiting the var
ious rural schools of the county and
has had the pleasure of addressing
a number of the teachers and their
pupils In regard to the beautification
of their school grounds by planting
f various shrubs, trees, and flowers.
Although she has not been able to
interview every teacher and her
school she has already had considerable-
response and results as to her
efforts in beautifying the rural
The following letter ttat Mrs:
Schmidtmann received from Miss
Ann Harris of District 72 typifies thej
work that is being started and has
been done in her part of the county.
District 72 has named their club the
Sunny Hill Flower club. The letter
is as follows:
Sunny Hill Flower Club
"We organized our club March 10,
1939 with the following officers:
Donald Wade, president; Patrick
Wade, secretary and Joan Johnson,
"The aims of our club are to (1)
Preserve wild life; (2) To beautify
our school grounds.
"The six members then signed the
"1. To raise 6 different flowers
at school (Keep a record of each
"2. To raise one flower at home
and give a report of growth at
"3. To protect the birds.
"4. To work in their rock garden
"5. Help keep the school ground
clean and attractive.
"6. To take a field trip for the
purpose of gathering specimens of
wild flowers and tree leaves.-
"7. To have a flower exhibit of
plants raised. (Parents may exhibit
"8. To plant at least one tree on
the school grounds.
"We have had two meetings. At
this time we have taken down, re
paired and painted 13 bird houses.
Each member has planned a semper
vivium. Four o'clock seeds and or
ange flare Cosmos have also been
planted. These will be put in our
"At our first meeting we made a
'Plant a Tree poster. Second meet
ing a daffodil and tulip poster. The
tulip poster was judged as the best.
Joan Johnson brought a large bird
house which her father had made for
"At our next meeting each pupil
will bring a package of flower seeds
to be planted at school.
"JOAN JOHNSON, Reporter,
Sunny Hill School, Weeping
find this an excellent way to
pupils interested in nchool, as
most children love nature, X combine
as many subjects as possible with our
garden club such as English, spell
ing arithmetic, geography, art, etc.
"It gives them actual experience
and makes school work more pleas
ant. (Thanks for use of your maga
RETURNS TO DUTY
Vrom Thurada.y'a DJIy
Lynn O. Minor, who was just re
cently named as the manager and
treasurer of the Kankakee Water
Co., of Kankakee, Illinois, departed
last evening for his duties in the
Illinois city after a few days spent
here with the old time friends and
associates. Mr. and Mrs. Minor will
move to Kankakee to establish their
REJOICE IN NEW SON
Thursday at the Anton Kani hos-
pital at Omaha a four pound one
ounce son was born to Mr. and Mrs.
K. P. Pence of this city. The mother
and little one are doing nicely and
the event has brought a great deal of
pleasure to all of the members of the
PROTECT BIRD FLIGHT
This section has been well patrolled
by game wardens of both the U. S.
and state who have come in to pro
tect the flight of the game birds to
the north. The wardens have been
operating along the Missouri and
Platte to see that the ducks and
geese were not picked off as they
made their way to the northern feed
Has an Interesting
Session Last Nite
Committees Appointed for Year and
Several Matters of Interest Dis
cussed by the Members.
From Friday Dally
The Junior Chamber of Commerce
met for their semi-monthly business
meeting last evening in the district
court room of the Cass county court
house. A number of the members
were present to take part in the selec
tion of committee chairmen.
The meeting was presided over by
the president, Vincent Kelley. The
members took up the election of the
board of directors and the respective
comniittees, these being: Joseph
Knoflicek was selected as chairman
of membership, financial and public
relations committee: George Dobson
was selected as publicity chairman;
Cecil Hennings is chairman of the
agriculture committee; William Far
ney was chosen to head the indus
tries and planning committee; and
Robert Vallery as chairman of the
transportation and roads committee.
The young men also reviewed and
discussed the present Green River
Following the meeting, Clifford L.'
McKellips of Fairbnry addressed the
members on their proposal for con
struction of a public rest room. Mr.
McKellips discussed more fully the
financial side of the question and
pointed out to the members the
amount that would be necessary to
proceed with the project. With the
approval of many of the local organ
izations and citizens, it is the general
opinion that the plan could be suc
cessfully carried out.
COURT HAS BUSY DAY
From Friday's Daily
The county court was busy to
day in hearing matters in the pro
bate department of the court.
In the matter of the estate of
Charles F. Reichart, deceased, ap
plication was heard for the appoint
ment of Mrs. Laura Gess, a niece.
as tne administrator or tne estate.
Frank F. Ross, of Louisville, has
served as the special administrator,
keep active the business establish
ment of Mr. Reichart.
Final settlement was had in the
estate of Edward H. Spangler, de
ceased, Mrs. E. H. Spangler and
Richard Spangler being the joint
Application was made for the ap
pointment of Creda Baker Johnson
Chaulk, as guardian of Edna Baker,
incompetent, the applicant is a sis
ter of the alleged incompetent.
Petition was received of Ralph L.
Nelson for the administration of the
estate of Christina Nelson, de
ceased. The appointment of C. V.
Wallick, of Weeping Water is asked.
EASTERN STAR MEETS
From Thursday's Daily
The local chapter, No. 189, of
the Eastern Star met last evening
at 7:30 at the Masonic temple where
a special meeting was held. A very
large number of the members were
present at the business session.
The business meeting was taken
up with the initiation of a new
member. Miss Dorothy Lightburn,
teacher in the Fort Crook school.
At the close of the meeting the
committee Berved refreshments.
CARD OF THANKS
We wish to thank all those who
so nobly assisted us, in the passing
of our brother and uncle, also those
who contributed flowers. We also
wish to thank Frank Cloidt for the
beautiful songs rendered and the
Rev. H. G. McClusky for the comfort-
Ino wnvAa oil rt tt A Vi r T 1 Inn tr
remembered. The Renner Family.
ence on Recrea
tion to be Held
Meeting Will Be Held at Lincoln and
Will Bring Nation&i Director
of Recreation of WPA.
A state conference on leisure and
public recreation will be held at
Hotel Cornhusber, April 14.
The conference will close with a
dinner, at which Eduard C. Linde-
man, national director of the Works
Progress Administration recreation
program, will be the principal speak
The conference will provide oppor
tunity for delegates from the var
ious communities In the state to dis
cuss problems and planning of local
programs. The delegates will be able
to obtain advice' and guidance from
the experiences of national leaders
in the field, and at the same time
prepare suggestions and recommen
dations for improvements in services
now being given by recreational
The conference Is being sponsored
by the recreational division of the
Works Progress Administration and
other cooperating agencies, includ
ing municipal governments and ad
visory committees to local recrea
The program includes five sec
tional meetings. They nclude (1)
Plannng and Use of Recreatonal
Facilities; (2) Community Planning
for Recreation; (S) Finances for
Local Recreation; (4) Activities for
Summer Programs; (5) Objectives
for Service of Paid Public Recreation
Leaders. Reservations for the sec
tional meetings are being made by
the director of recreation for the
Works Progress Administration.
The lay committee of the Platts-
mouth Recreation Center, consisting
of John P. Sattler, Sr., chairman;
Judge A. H. Duxbury, vice chair
man; Fred Snarpnack, Lowell S. le
voe, Ed Schulhof, Mrs. L. W. Egen
berger, and Mayor George Lushinsky
expect to be well represented at this
conference. They hope to derive a
great deal of benefit and get some
valuable ideas and information that
will be helpful in the recreation pro
gram In Plattsmouth.
County Judge A. H. Duxbury. act
ing on the application filed by the
Loup River Public Power district for
appraisers in a condemnation action
has made his appointment of the
board of five men.
The appraisers were elected from
among the leading residents of the
county familiar with land values
and' who were not residents of the
The men selected are W. A. Ost,
Union; Hall Pollard, Nehawka; W. G.
Boedeker, Murray; John F. Wehr-
bein, Henry F. Nolting. Plattsmouth.
The lands involved cover a large
area from south of Greenwood east
and northeast to near Cedar Creek.
TAKEN TO HOSPITAL
From Saturday's Daily
This morning John M. Leyda, well
known attorney and abstractor, was
taken to Omaha by the Sattler am
bulance where he was placed in the
Methodist hospital for observation
and treatment. He has not been
in the best of health for some time
and last night he suffered an attack
of stomach trouble that made neces
sary his being taken to the hospital
CLOSE THIRD QUARTER
Friday marked the end of the third
quarter of the Plattsmouth high
school with examinations being held
Thursday and Friday. This means
that the school year is three-fourths
completed and the parents will re
ceive the report cards of the pupils
TO TAKE TREATMENT
Byron Golding was taken to the
Clarkson hospital Weinesday morn
ing where he was placed for treat
ment and observation. His health
in the last few days has been such
that hospitalization was necessary
to relieve him of his illness.
OFFER COLLEGE WORK
The Plattsmouth' high school,
through the University of Nebraska
extension department, is offering col
lege work to adults and ex-high
school students who wish to pursue
their work in higher institutions of
learning. At the present time fifteen
people are taking work in this divi
sion leading to an advanced degree.
Anyone wishing to register for the
course should get in touch with Mr.
Death of Will
A. Oliver After
a Short Illness
Long Time Resident of Community
Dies Just Twenty-three Days
After His Eeloved Wife.
Death Thursday afternoon brought
to a close the life of William A.
Oliver, 82, a long time resident of
this community, uniting him in
death with his wife 'who had been
called away on March 1st. Mr.
Oliver had been in very serious con
dition for the past several days and
late Thursday sank into the last long
Mr. Oliver was born in London.
England, September 15, 1S5C, and in
his younger years came to the new
world, locating first in Canada and
where he was married. The family
came to Plattsmouth some fifty years
ago and have since made their home
in this community. He was engaged
in shop work here for some time and
later In farming, but in late years
has been retired from active work.
Since the death of his wife he has
been at the home of his daughter,
Mrs. Harry Henton and family.
Mr. Oliver is survived by two sons
and two daughters, Frank Oliver ef
Janesville. Wis.; William Oliver, Jr.,
of Louisville; Mrs. Charles Contry
man, of Oshkosh; Mrs. Harry Henton
of near this city. There also survives
one sister, Mrs. Fred T. Ramge, of
this city as well as several grand
FUNERAL OF WILL OLIVER
Saturday afternoon 'at the Horton
funeral home at Seventh and vine
streets, the funeral services lor Wil
liam. A. Oliver, old time resident of
the community were held.
There was a large group of the old
friends and neighbors present to pay
their lasf tributes of love and es
teem to the departed.
The Episcopal funeral service was
conducted by Father George Tyner
of Omaha, who had but three weeks
before been here for the services for
Mrs. Oliver. In his remarks the
rector paid a very high tribute to the
memory of the departed and to his
long and useful life in the commun
ity. During the services Mrs. John E.
Schutz and Mrs. Rae F. Patterson
gave two of the old hymns, "Rock
of Ages" and "God Will Take Care
The pall bearers were selected from
the relatives and old friends of the
family, they being Frank Toman,
Roy O. Cole. Alvin Ramge, John Al
win. Earl Leesley and Frank Claus,
who bore the body to the last rest
ing place in Oak Hill cemetery.
SPRING TRAVEL ON
Police officers report that the num
ber of those seeking shelter at the
city jail in the past week has shown
a decided Increase over that of the
colder weather. The coming o
spring has evidently brought an In
crease in the number of those who
are traveling over the country to
seek warmer climes or the possible
chance of jobs. There were twelve
sheltered at the jail Thursday night
and this morning they were busy
seeking ways to pursue their Jour
ney. DEPARTS FOR CALIFORNIA
Mrs. Ruth Soennichsen departed
Wednesday evening for California,
where 6he is planning an extensive
visit with old friends and relatives.
Mrs. Soennichsen will enjoy the visit
to the west coast in recuperating
and resting and visiting the many
interesting scenes of the coast country.
Win in Charity
Game 44 to 26
Former Stars of Plattsmouth. High
Return to Battle Alumni and
High School Players.
Friday evening at the Plattsmouth
high school gym the quintet of Platts
mouth students who are attending
Tarkio college, clashed with a team
of the players of the 1938-39 high
school team and other veterans of
past years. The result of the game
was the Tarkio Owlets were the win
ners 44 to 2G. The proceeds will be
devoted to the milk and shoe fund
of the Woman's club.
The game opened close and it was
not until in the last half of the
ctruggle that the Owlets started their
drive away from their foes, "Moose"
Armstrong leading the Tarkio assault
and with deadly effect. Rebal was
the most effective for the blues in the
The Tarkio team scored on an
under basket shot by Don Cotner
early in the opening quarter and
which was countered by a basket by
Rebal and the pack was off to the
Henry Donat, center of the team
back in 1932, butted against Arm
strong at the center post and both
of the heavy veterans showed the
effect of the hard battle ere the
game drew to its close.
The lineup of Tarkio included
Donald Cotner, Joe Case, '35; Stuart
Porter, '33; Kenneth Armstrong,
'34; Wayne Falk, "37. The five play
sd out the entire game and showed
that they had lost little of the old
. The blues team was composed of
Henry Donat, '32; Robert Rummel,
'33; Dusty Tthodes, 34; Kou';
Rebal, Robert Hayes, John Jacobs,
of the 1938-39 team.
The game at the half time stood
11 to 10 in favor of Tarkio, but who
rapidly pulled away from their foes
in the third stanza of the struggle.
As the result of the strenuous ef
forts of the brawny young men, the
milk and shoe fund will realize some
thing like $15 and which will be a
much appreciated aid to the good
DISTRICT DECLAMATORY MEET
The Plattsmouth high school de
clamatory contestants , who won
superior in the sub-district contest
held at Auburn Tuesday afternoon,
March 14, were at Nebraska City
Friday where they participated in
the district contest. The group was
accompanied by their director, Lumir
The group making the trip were
the one-act play contestants and Joh j
Tidball, who represented the orig:
inal oratory. Both were rated as ex
cellent in the contest. The one-act
play cast "Little Oscar" consisted of
Henry . James Sandin
Josie Corrine Drucker
Fred Warren Reed
Gussie Mary Helen Dill
James Sandin was chosen as the
best actor out of the other groups
"Four other schools were represent
ed in the contest, Fremont, Colum
bus, Nebraska City, and Schuyler.
Herbert Yenny, instructor of
speech at the University of Nebraska,
served as the judge for the contest.
CEDAR CREEK TREE PLANTERS
The Cedar Creek Tree Planters
club met on Saturday evening, March
lEth at the Cedar Creek schoolhouse.
The meeting was for the purpose of
organization and the following of
ficers were named:
Robert Wagnor. president; Lois
Wagnor, vice president; Shirley Mei
singer, secretary, and Shirley Cham
Lester Wagnor was named as the
club leader and Robert Wagnor as
RECEIVES SUSPENDED SENTENCE
Richard Rhodes, who was charged
with a complaint of assault and bat
tery in the county court, has been
given a sentence of ninety days for
the offense and the same suspended
under good behavior. j
Arnold Lillie with Willard Oltjen
bruns, a cousin of Mrs. Lillie, from
Scottsbluff, were in Omaha Friday
evening for the Vinciquerra-Belan-ger
bout. They were disappointed
in the abrupt termination of the
fight in the first round, Belanger
losing with a few punches. Mr.
Lillie had attended the former match
of the two which was a fast battle
in which Vinciquerra was given the
mouth Lady Dies
Mrs. Rose Krivanek, Resident Here
for Several Years, Passed Away
Sunday at Los Angeles.
Mrs. Rose Krivanek, 79, former
resident of Plattsmouth, passed away
Sunday at her home in Los Angeles,
California where she had made her
home for the past several years. Mrs.
Krivanek had not been in the best
of health for some time and due to
her advanced age she was unable to
withstand the illness and death tame
to her relief at the ripe age of 79
Mrs. Krivanek was born in 1860
in what was then Austria where she
spent her younger years and where
she was married to Mr. Krivanek.
While in Europe she suffered the
bereavement of her husband and fol
lowing his death some years later
she with her family came to America
In 1S89 and had settled in various
places before coming to Plattsmouth
where they had lived for several
years. During her residence here,
Mrs. Krivanek and her family lived
on South 9th street where they made
their home in the residence now oc
cupied by Mr. and Mrs. Ray Baird.
A son, .George was employed in the
local Burlington shops for several
years and another son, Victor had
worked in the business places of the
city during his residence here.
During their residence here, Mrs.
Krivanek and her family were de
vout and faithful members of the
Holy Rosary Catholic church where
they made their place of worship
until their removal to Los Angeles,
California, sixteen years ago.
There is left to mourn the passing
of Mrs. Krivanek four daughters,
Mrs. Agnes Brabec, Mrs. Tony Krbel,
Miss Anna, and Rose; four sons,
Victor, Ed, Joseph, and George, all
of Los Angeles, California. Her son,
George was united in marriage here
to Miss Norine Schulhof, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. John Schulhof in
June, 1923 and immediately located
in California. There is also left to
mourn her passing one niece, Mrs.
Joseph Kanka, and one nephew,
Peter Gradoville, both of this city.
as well as a sister In Europe.
PLATTSMOUTH FLEET 'PUTS OUT'
From Saturday's Dally
Both the Lewis and McGregor are
leaving their winter quarters this
week, pulling down below the Platts
mouth dock, where they are making
ready to "put out" for the summer's
work ahead of them in Missouri river
It is understood the Lewis may go
back down the river to the vicinity
of Rulo, while the McGregor faces a
long time job near here in the vicin
ity of St. Mary's bend.
While in winter quarters, the Mc
Gregor's boilers were not fired, steam
from the Lewis supplying both the
boats, and the force reduced, but
with the resumption of dredging, a
full crew goes back on the Job and
will continue until late this fall,
when it is said the new harbor and
supply yard at Florence will be avail
able as winter quarters. x
The lawn surrounding the Amer
ican Legion building on Vine street,
has been dug up and harrowed and
made ready for replanting in grass
seed in hope of being able to have
the lawn back in shape by summer.
The work is being looked after by
Cliff Schafer and Cyde Jackson, of
Did you .read the Lugsch Cleaners
Wed. special ad? 2 garments, $1.
Rights for V. T.
Arn Largely At
One of Largest in Point of Attendance
Held Here in Many Months
Services at M. E. Church.
One of the largest funeral services
in point of attendance held in the
city in many months, was that of
Vernon T. Arn, Sr., on Saturday
afternoon at the First Methodist
church. There was a large group here
from Union, the former home of
the Arn family as well as several
hundred from this city to Join in the
The members of Plattsmouth lodge
No. C A. F. & A. M. were present at
the church and also conduded the
ritualistic services at the grave, W.
F. Evers officiating as the matter at
Rev. J. C. Lowson, pastor of the
church, -conducted t he services and
gave a very comforting and sustain
ing sermon for the members of the
bereaved family and the old friends
who have felt so deeply their loss.
The Masonic quartet gave two
numbers during the service. "Abide
With Me" and "The Old Rugged
Cross the qttartet was composed of
Frank A. Cloidt, Ji. C. Cook. II. G.
McClusky and R. W. Knorr with
E. H. Wescott as the accompanist.
Mr. Cloidt also gave "Face to Face"
as a solo number.
The interment was at Oak Hill
cemetery with the Saltier funeral
home in charge of the last rites.
The pall bearers were old friends
and members of the Masonic order,
Judge A. H. Duxbury, Waldemar C.
Soennichsen, W. A. Bennett. Albert
Funk, O. C. Hudson, and Richard
Avard of Omaha.
Vernon T. Arn, Sr., was born in
Clarington, Ohio, on February It,
18S2, death occurred March 22, 1929.
He was a son of Samuel and Mary
(nee Brechtbuhler) Arn.
His mother preceded him in death
when he was seven years of age;
and his father died in 1919.
He was confirmed in the Evan
gelical church at 12 years of age
and continued In that faith, but later
became a member of the Methodist
Episcopal church at Plattsmouth.
He was united in marriage July 4,
1910 at Union. Nebr., to Flora An
derson. To this union was born four
children, Mrs. Albert Kraeger, Mrs.
Walter Speece, Vernon Arn, Jr., and
Beatrice Arn. Also granddaughter,
Walta Jean Speece, who with the
wife survive him. He is also survived
by his sisters, Clara Arn, Mrs. Robert
Sell and Mrs. Eva Shutt.s as well as
one sister-in-law and two sons-ln
RETURNS FROM THE WEST
T. E. Todd, one of the well known
pioneer residents of this community,
returned to Plattsmouth Tuesdaj'
after spending the winter in Cali
fornia visiting the many cities and
towns in that state and especially
the city of Long Beach where he
spent the greater part of his time.
Mr. Todd, this being his fifteenth
trip to the west coast, had motored
last fall to California with his
brother, Russell Todd.
Mr. Todd 6tates that he saw the
damage that was done to the differ
ent cities where the recent floods
and fires have occurred.
The trip was one that was im
mensely enjoyed by both Mr. Todd
and his brother, Russell, they mo
toring in the new Buick that T. E.
Todd had recently purchased. The
brother, Russell is still in California
where he will remain for seme time
visiting his children and touring that
part of the country. Mr. T. E. Todd
states that, although the scenery,
beauty and climate of the vest coast
is superior, there is no place like
home and was glad to be Lack among
his old associates.
LEAVE FOR CALIFORNIA
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond M. Price,
formerly of Omaha, who have been In
Plattsmouth visiting-Mr. Price's par
ents, Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Price, left
early this morning for California
where they are to make their home
in the future.
Town Dance Sat. Nite, Town HalL