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Vol. No. LV
PITTSMOUTH, NEBRASKA, MONDAY, APRIL 3, 1939.
Fine Program Is Rendered ty Stu
dents Under the Direction of
The Plattsmouth Junior High
cchool as well as the faculty enjoyed
a musical program Wednesday after
noon at 1:45. A large number of par
ents and friends as well as the fifth
and sixth grades and their teachers
of the Central building were pres
ent. David Fowler, instructor and
supervisor of the music department
of the high school, was in charge
and presented the various numbers
and groups heard, on the program.
The following was the program
1 Chorus Processional, "Freedom,"
Grand March, Junior band.
2 Songs that are sung just for fun:
(a) "Ring, Ring the Banjo."
(b) "Nelly Bly."
3 Songs that tell a story of differ
(a) "The Lament of All Bey."
4 Songs that teach a lesson on life:
(a) "Whistle a Little Low Tune."
(b) "Four Things."
These songs were rendered by the
Junior High chorus and were very
The Junior band was heard in a
group of band marches, they being:
(a) "First in Action."
(b) "Feast March."
(c) "Royal Guest."
A band overture, "Rustling Leaves"
was also played by the band.
The cohrus was again heard in
a group of songs that described the
glories of nature evening and sun
rise, tomprising the following hymns:
1. "Stars of the Summer Night."
2. "Love's Old Sweet Song."
3. "At Nightfall."
An opretta chorus from the "Pirate
of Penzance" was rendered during
At the conclusion of the program
all present joined in a general com
munity singing, the numbers being
"America" and "Star Spangled Ban
ner," the chorus and audience with
Plans are now in progress for an
operetta to be given later in the year.
LEAVING FOR TRAINING CAMP
From Friday's Dally
Harley Street, who last year was
one of the outstanding pitchers in
amateur baseball in southeastern Ne
braska, is leaving Saturday for
Springfield. Missouri, where he re
ports to the farm there of the St.
Harley attracted much attention
by his work in the past season and
was given the opportunity of signing
options with a number of the big
league clubs, but decided on accept
ing the offer of the Cardinals.
The Springfield club is controled
by the Cards and is a member of
the Three Eye League and where the
local hurler will probably have a
chance to perform.
Street not only showed well in
his pitching the past season but his
hitting was excellent and he showed
a natural ability as a batter, some
thing that makes the heart of the
baseball manager happy.
The friends here of the young
man certainly wish him every suc
cess in his venture into the larger
und untried fields of the big time
LOCATE IN CITY
Worn ThurJaT rrrj
Mr. and Mrs. . S. J. Judson and
daughter, Delores of Omaha moved
to this city today where they will
make their home in the future. The
Judson family are living in the home
formerly occupied by the late Mr.
and Mrs. William Oliver in the south
part of the city. Mr. and Mrs. Judson
are the parents of Mrs. O. C. Hudson,
Jr. of this city.
ATTEND FUNERAL SERVICES
From Friday's Daily
Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Soennlchsen
and Mary Rosencrans were in Falls
City this afternoon to attend the
funeral services of the late A. C.
Davis held today at 2 p. m. The
body, accompanied by the widow, ar
rived Thursday night from St. Louis
where Mr. Davis died Wednesday
DEATH OF MRS. EARNEY NEWTON
The community was greatly shock
ed Sunday by the announcement of
the death of Mrs. Earney Newton,
20, which occurred Sunday morning
at 11:30 at an Omaha hospital where
she had been hurried on Saturday
in very critical condition.
Mrs. Newton had suffered a great
deal and in the hope of giving her
some relief she was taken on to the
hospital but without avail. She has
been gradually growing weaker un
til death came to her relief.
She is survived by the sorrowing
husband and her parents, Mr. and
Mrs. John Rice of near Cedar Creek
as well as a host of friends through
out the community where she has
grown to womanhood and who share
with the family the sorrow that the
death has brought.
The body was brought to the
Horton funeral home here to await
the arrangements for the funeral
Roy Elledge Shot
in Neck by His
Shooting Occurs at the Home of Har
vey Elledge as Brother Sought
Entrance to Residence. .
Prom Thursday's Dally
Roy Elledge, 2S, was shot this
morning by his brother, Harvey El
ledge. as he sought entrance to the
home of Harvey at 615 South 6th
It was claimed by the brother do
ing the shooting, that there had been
bad feeling between the two and
this morning Roy had come to his
home and that Harvey, who was
carrying a .22 calibre rifle, had
warned him not to come . into ..the
house. Roy Elledge ignored the or
der of the brother and continued to
come forward and at which Harvey
The bullet lodged in the neck of
Roy Ellege and he was taken to the
office of Dr. W. S. Eaton where the
wound was dressed and the victim
of the shooting cared for until he
could be taken home.
After the shooting Harvey Elledge
came to the court house and called
at the office of Sheriff Joe Mrasek
and surrendered himself to the au
thoritles. Deputy Sheriff E. J. Doody
then hurried to the office of the
physician to check up on the con
dition of the injured man which,
however was not considered serious
unless complications occur.
From Friday's Dally
The members of the Frank Konfrst
family were winners of the pinochle
tournament held last evening at 8
o'clock at the local Recreation Cen
ter where a large group had gather
ed to spend, the evening. Mrs. Tony
Konfrst won the award in the ladies'
division and Jerry Konfrst won the
award in the gentlemen's prizes.
The following are the individual
scores of all present:
John Seitz, 4970; P. D. Sullivan,
4560; Jack Reno, 5300; Bob Kelly,
4810; Thomas Solomon, 5650; Lee
Phillips. 4520; Chester Taylor, 4780;
Mrs. Frank Konfrst, 5050; Betty
Reno, 4980; Wlllene Rusk, 3310;
Clyde Brlttaln, 4470; Frank Kon
frst, 5680; Joseph Phillips. 4250;
Gavin Farmer, 4620; E. A. Cadwell,
5040; Mrs. Emmet Rice, 4470; Mrs.
Taylor, ' 4820; Mrs. Dooley, 4770;
Florence Rhoades, 4810.
HONOR ROLL OF HIGH SCHOOL
The honor roll of the high school
for the third quarter of the 1938-39
school year has been given out and
shows the following young people
who have attained by their excellent
work a place in this outstanding
group of students: -
Freshman Wilbur Claus, Yvonne
De Les Dernier, Ellen Dodds, Maxine
Graves, Margaret Rea, Bill Robert
son, Danny Terryberry.
Sophomores Rita Berlett, Maxine
Cole, Herold Flockhart, Bernlce
Halmes, Edwin Hiber, Ronald Les
ter, Betty Jo Libershal, Joe Noble,
Frances Bierl, Clayton Sack, Albin
Chovanec, Verona Toman, Dorothy
Ulrich, Shirley Walling. Ruth West
over, Clark Wiles, Robert Cook.
Juniors Frank Dall, Corrine
Drucker, Darlene Hennings, Rich
ard Hitt, Whipple Leonard, Betty
Ruffner, Allan White.
Seniors Emily Gradoville, John
Tldball, Janet Westover.
Covered Dish Supper Liirgely Attend
ed and Officers of the Church
Named for Year.
The annual congregational meet
ing of the First Presbyterian church
was held Wednesday evening at the
Fellowship room of the church and
where a very fine group of the mem
bers gathered in spite of the un
favorable weather conditions.
The ladies had arranged the re
past and at Its close the members
iook up the business of the church
for the past year and the naming of
The reports of the various officers
and departments of the church were
most gratifying and showed that the
church had advanced In membership
and spiritual growth and as well in
the business affairs of the organiz
ation as all finances were in excel
The officers of the church and
Sunday school named were as fol
lows: Elders T. H. Pollock, George L.
Farley, E. C. Giles. R. W. Knorr.
Trustees L. W. Niel, Virgil W.
Treasurer Frank A. Cloidt.
Supt. Sunday School Carl J.
Assistant Supt. Miss Pearl Staats.
Secretary Mrs. F. A. Cloidt.
Assistant Secretary Floyd Shan-
Pianist Miss Estelle Baird.
Assistant Pianist Mrs. R. W.
Cradle Roll Mrs. Virgil Perry.
Chorister Frank A. Cloidt.
Ushers Floyd Shanholtz. Corbin
Davis, Richard HIU. Edward Wehr
bein, Arthur Warga.
THWART PLOT AGAINST DIETER
Otoe county authorities are in
vestigating what may have been a
plot to kidnap or attack Dr. L. D.
Dieter, well known physician of the
village of Otoe, who recently has
been heard in talks on the present
European condition regarding the
German and Jewish races,' over this
section of the state.
The attempt of the men to carry
out their" designs was foiled by the
quickness of George Sporhase, 20,
driver for Dr. Dieter.
Sporhase had returned with Dr.
Dieter from a drive on a country
call and had gone to his room ad
joining the garage and started a fire
when he thought he heard a noise
in the garage. Opening the door
into the garage he heard some one
3ay, "Let's get out of here," and
movements. Sporhase ran to the
Dieter home and secured a revolver
and started in pursuit of the men,
a number of shots being fired.
The driver said he fired four
times and was shot at twice. The
men, described as "tall, wearing dark
overcoats and hats," escaped in a car
A magazine page bearing the story
titled "The Words He Couldn't For
get" was found pinned to the rear
seat of the doctor's car.
Dr. Dieter, who returned from Eu
rope a few weeks ago, had recently
delivered several lectures on the nazi
DIES IN OMAHA
Plattsmouth friends will regret to
learn of the death of Gerald W.
Heath, 20, of 216 North 19th street,
Omaha, which occurred Tuesday at
a Council Bluffs hospital. Mr. Heath
has been ill for the past six weeks.
He is survived by the widow, for
merly LaRue Bomer of this city,
and a son, Roger, as well as his
mother, Mrs. William Hutchison, two
sisters and three brothers.
The deceased was a resident of
Council Bluffs the greater part of his
lifetime and had been In the employ
ment of Harkert Houses for some
SHOWING FAVORABLE PROGRESS
The many friends of Attorney John
M. Leyda will be pleased to learn that
he is showing a very pleasing im
provement at the Methodist hospital
at Omaha where he has been for the
past week. He has rallied nicely from
the operation and the attending phys
icians are well pleased with his pro
MAKES PLEA OF GUILTY
Late Friday afternoon Harvey El
ledge was arraigned in the county
court on a charge of shooting with
intent to wound his brother, Roy
Elledge. The defendant shot the
brother on Thursday morning as the
brother visited the home of the de
fendant. A plea of guilty to the charge was
entqred by the defendant before
Judge A. H. Duxbury who bound the
young man over to the district court
for a hearing Monday when Judge
Wilson is here to call the docket for
the April term of court.
Worker on River Suffers Third Degree
Burns on Arms, Legs and
Face Last Evening.
Stephen Reed, engaged in work on
the Missouri river near this city, was
severely burned Thursday evening
shortly before 7 o'clock as he was
working In a launch used in the
Reed was engaged in working in
the hold of the launch and draining
out some oil wheu.the launch ex
ploded and the unfortunate man was
caught in the fast raging fire that
for a few moments threatened his
life and has left him very severely
Third degree burns, very deep and
into the muscles of the legs and
arms of the man were found and his
face too has suffered Jhe deep burns
that are painful and severe.
The injured man was brought into
the city to the office of Dr. L. S.
Pucelik where he received first aid
and was made as comfortable as pos
sible and then rushed ' to the St.
Joseph hospital at Omaha where he
is being given treatment for the
Reports from the hospital today
were to the effect that the patient
was doing as well as possible and
that while the injuries were very
painfuPthey are not likely to prove
DRAWS DOWN FINE
From Thursday's Daily.-r-
This morning a group of colored
folks from South Omaha were pres
ent in the county court to answer
to a charge of intoxication that had
been filed against Robert Slader, ope
of the party. The complaining wit
ness was a member of the highway
patrol and who testified that he had
found the defendant and three com
panions on highway No. 75 north
of this city, where the car was in
a ditch. The defendant was not
driving when picked up however
and the car had been driven back
home by his wife while Slader was
brought here. The defendant enter
ed a plea of guilty and was given a
fine of $10 and costs.
VISITS WITH FATHER
Jack Troop was at Nebraska City
Wednesday where he visited at the
St. Mary's hospital with his father,
Arthur Troop of near this city. Mr.
Troop has been at the hospital for
several days undergoing treatment
and it has been decided N that his
ailment seems to be the pressure of a
bone on one of the nerves of the arm,
causing a very painful condition. It
was thought at first that the ail
ment was arthritis but the tests
seem to have indicated otherwise.
SHOWS FAVORABLE RESPONSE
Byron Golding, local merchant,
who has been at an Omaha hospital
for a short time taking treatment
and rest, is reported as doing very
well now and regaining his strength.
Mr. Golding has been a sufferer from
a heart malady for several years and
which has made his condition quite
grave in the last few months. His
many friends will be pleased to
learn that he is now improving.
SUIT IN PARTITION
An action in partition has been filed
in the district court in which Esther
- TTtokes, et al are plantiffs and Clara
Murdoch ,et al defendants.
Death of A, W,
Smith. Old Time
After Illness of Several Years Passes
Away at the Family Home
on Pearl Street.
From Saturday's Dally
This afternoon at, 12:45 A. W
Smith, 85 passed away at the family
heme on Pearl street after a long
period f failing health due to his
advanced years and heart attacks.
Mr. Smith has resided in this city
since 1910, coming here from Iowa
where he was a resident for a great
many years and one of the successful
farmers of the western part of the
state. First coming1 here the family
purchased the present Prohaska resi
dence on west Oak street, later se
curing their present home at 10th and
Pearl street and which Mr. and Mrs.
Smith have occupied for the last few
While his health permitted Mr.
Smith was an active figure in the
community and had a large circle of
friends who have regreted very much
that his condition had prevented the
many pleasant associations of the
In his lifetime Mr. Smith was a
very careful and thrifty farmer and
had been able to retire in comfort
at the close of his active life.
It was pleasure to the members of
the family to join just a few weeks
ago in the observance of the eighty
fifth anniversary of Mr. Smith.
Mr Smith is survived by the aged
wife, two sons, Arthur of this city
and Fred of Ashland; two daughters,
Mrs. Mate Boruff, Chicago, Illinois,
and Mrs. W. T. Richardson, of My
nard. The body was taken to the Horton
funeral home to await the ' arange-1
ment of funeral services.
VISITS OLD FRIENDS
August Welsh, of Chicago, one of
the leading representatives of the
Dennison company iti the western
states, was here for a short time Fri
day to look after some business and
also to meet old friends. Mr. Welsh
is well known here and has many
pleasant recollections of Platts
mouth, the home for many years of
his grandparents, the late Mr. and
Mrs. August Bach, Sr., and in their
lifetime he often visited here.
HERE FROM SOUTH BEND
Prom njhursday's Daily
M. E. Bushnell, assessor of South
Bend precinct, with his son, Clark,
was here today to attend the assess
or's meeting. While here Mr. Bush
nell and son called at the Journal to
renew their subscription. Mr. Bush
nell was himself a printer back in
the hand set days on the Nebraska
Herald, then published in this city
and still enjoys a visit in the once
TO VISIT AT BEATRICE
From Saturday's Daily
Mr. and Mrs. Everett Spanglei
and children, Charles and Charlene,
of Murray with Mrs. F. W. Nolting
of this city, are departing this eve
ning for Beatrice. They will be
guests of Rev. and. Mrs. J. J. Tlmk,
the latter a nlater of Mrs. Noltlne.
They will enjoy the Sunday services
at the church of which Rev. Timk is
HERE FROM COLORADO
Mrs. Mary Osborn of Sheridan
Lake, Colorado was a visitor here at
the home of Mr. and Mrs. Alois
Smetana afad family Friday, she leav
ing for her home last evening.
Mrs. OsbOrn was called to Omaha
on account of the death of a relative,
Frank Vejvoda and on her return
trip stopped here to visit with old
VISIT IN CITY
From Saturday' Daily
Mrs. E. E. Thurman and Mr. and
Mrs. Glen Vallery and family have
as week-end guests Mrs. J. E. Kurth
and sons, Robert and Donald of
Waterloo, Iowa. Mrs. Kurth. is a
daughter of Mrs. Thurman and a sis
ter of Mrs. Vallery.
WILL VISIT LOCAL PRIEST
The Rev. A. N. Antochowski, act
ing pastor of the Holy Rosary
church, had as guests Friday the
Rev. Vladislav Potocki of St. Mary's
Nebraska, Rev. John Kozlik of Milli
gan, Rev. Clemens Slwlnski of Den
ton, Rev. Joseph Plewa who were
pleasant visitors In Plattsmouth for
A high mass was was celebrated
by the Rev Vladislav Potocki with
Rev. A. N. Anatochowski singing and
presiding at the organ.
Farm Owners and Tenants on Land
Thru Which Transmission Lines
Proposed Here for Hearing.
From Saturday's Dally
The district court room was filled
today with a large group of the
land owners of Cass county across
whose land there is proposed to build
a high tension transmission line by
the Loup River Public Power dis
trict and for which purposes the pub
lic power district has asked that five
appraisers be apointed to view the
land and make the findings accord
The attorneys and engineer of the
power company were present at the
hearing to represent the company
while W. A. Robertson of this city
appeared for a group of the land
The land owners are very anxious
that the matter be thoroughly un
derstood and discussed before the
line is placed and what effect the
line might have on the land values,
the practicability of the operating
of the farms for crops and other de
tails aired before the awards are
The five appraisers have made
their investigations and heard the
representatives of the power district
and the land owners as well on what
damage might be done or not to the
farms through which the lines pass.
The course of the line la from
south of Greenwood to just east of
Cedar Creek where it crosses the
Platte river. It travels through the
county east to near Louisville and
thence northeasterly to the river.
SELECT LOUISVILLE LADY
Mrs. W. S. McGrew, past presi
dent of the Louisville Woman's club
and also a past Cass county presi
dent, was named as the president of
the first district federation meeting
The convention was held at Au
burn Tuesday and Wednesday and
the election of officers culminated
In addition to Mrs. McGrew, Mrs.
R. D. Mershon of Cook was chosen
vice-president and Mrs. V. E. Tyler
of Nebraska City, treasurer.
Nebraska City placed first in the
news clipping contest with Nehawka
second. The Stella research club won
the scrapbook contest, Shubert placed
second and the Auburn Business and
Professional Woman's club was
awarded honorable mention.
SON TO KENNEDYS
The friends and relatives here of
Dr. and Mrs. John Kennedy will be
pleased to learn of the birth of a
eon to them at the Methodist hospital
in Omaha. This makes the second
child in the family, both of them
being boys. Dr. Kennedy, son of Mrs.
C. R. Kennedy and the late Dr. C. R.
Kennedy of Omaha, is an interne in
the Minneapolis hospital in Minne
sota. Dr. Kennedy is a nephew of
Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Crablll and a
cousin of Mrs. Clem Woster of this
JUNIOR CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS
The regular meeting of the Junior
Catholic Daughters was held March
30 at the home of our leader, Mrs.
The meeting consisted of electing
a new news reporter and planning
our next meeting which will be held
at the home of Miss Betty Jo Liber
shal April 13.
Disenss Annual Assessment With
County Assessor W. H. Puis and
The precinct and ward assessors
of Cass county met Thursday at the
office of the county commissioners
for an all day session with County
Assessor W. H. Puis and the board of
county commissioners who v.ere also
attending the meeting.
The forenoon session was largely
taken up with a talk by R. N. John
ston, acting county agricultural
agent, of Weeping Water. Mr. John
ston discussed at some length the
matter of bindweed and .its eradi
cation, one of the big problems of
the farmers of this part of the state.
In the afternoon County Assessor
V. H. Puis took up the discussion
of the tax schedules for the year and
their various items which the assess
ors will have to present to their peo
ple in the next few weeks.
The assessors here for the meet
ing and representing the various pre
cincts and wards were: E. P. Betts,
Tipton; R. M. Coatman, Greenwood;
Lawrence Coleman,' Salt Creek; Wil
liam Bourke, Elm wood ; , Paul Mar
shall, Stove Creek; Ed Morley,
Avoca; M. E. Bushnell. South Bend;
John Hopkins, Weeping Water; Wil
liam Sheehand, Center; II. II. Ragoss.
Mt. Pleasant; Ed Ingrlm, Louisville;
V. O. Lundberg, Nehawka; W. H.
Porter, Liberty; Harry A. Melslnger,
Eight Mile Grove; Alfred Gansemer,
First Rock Bluffs; W. A. Wheeler,
Second Rock Bluffs; George W.
Snyder, Plattsmouth; Ray Haslam,
Chris RasmuBsen, Weeping Water
City; John A. Libershal. James
Rebal, Miles Allen, John E. Schutz
and Edward Cabelm&n, Plattsmouth
WRECK VICTIMS GAIN SLOW
The reports from the Jennie Ed-
mundson hospital at Council Bluffs
are to the effect that Don Wall and
Glen Carlburg of this city are doing
just as well as possible following
their very serious injuries in an auto
wreck Sunday. Donald Wall, suffer
ing a back injury, has been placed
in a cast and will be forced to wear
this and remain bedfast for several
months. Glen Carlburg is still un
der care and so far it has not been
possible to set his broken nose. Glen
also has suffered a great deal from
an injured foot and which makes It
necessary for his remaining at the
hospital. The two young ladles in
the v-reck are still at the Mercy hos
pital as one of them is still in serious
CARD OF THANKS
We, the pupils and their teacher,
Miss Dorothea Siemoneit of school
district 30 wish to take this means
of expressing our deep appreciation
to the parents, friends and school
patrons for their fine cooperation
and loyal support In helping our
school win the ninth weekly con
test. Pupils: Marylnn Jane Reed,
Ervin Siemoneit. Richard Means,
Katherino Ann Parkenlng. Donna
Lee Sprieck, Evelyn Siemoneit,
Luree Henrlchsen, Jack Henrichsen,
Robert Melslnger, Kenneth Petereit.
MOVE TO ILLINOIS
Mr. and Mrs. Francis Kennedy,
who have made their home In Ne
hawka for some time, have moved
to Galesburg, Illinois where they will
make their permanent residence dur
ing the coming years, Mr. Kennedy
being engaged in shop work in Gales
burg. Mrs. Kennedy is the daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Austin of
PARENTS OF SON
George Conis and family here have
received the announcement of the
birth of a son to Mr. and Mrs. Sam
Conis at Perry, Iowa, on Tuesday.
The son Is the first jhild In the
family and has brought a great deal
of happiness to the members of the
Easter Dance, Sat. Nite, Town HalL