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Vol. No. LV
PLATTSMOUTH, NEBRASKA, MONDAY, APEIL 10, 1939.
Death of Mrs.
W. E. Gapen, Old
Member of One of the Pioneer Fam
ilies of Cass County Dies at
Rapid City, S. D.
The announcement of the death
or Mrs. W. E. Gapen, 67. at Rapid
City, South Dakota, has been re
ceived here by members of the fam
ily, Mrs. Gapen passing away on
March 24th at the M. E. hospital at
Rapid City. Mrs. Gapen "has not been
in the best of health for the past
two years but was confined to the
hospital for some two months suf
fering from cancer.
Ola Calkins, daughter of the late
Sanford and Hannah Calkins, was
born in the state of New York in
October 1871. and was brought to
Nebraska when a young child by the
parents, the family settling south of
this city, in the Young community
where she spent her girlhood years.
She was married in this county to
W. E. Gapen and they spent a few
years here, later moving to Merrick
county, Nebraska, and then to South
Dakota where they have since re
sided. Mrs. Gapen was a very devout
Christian and a kind and loving wife
and mother and found her happiness
in the rearing of a large family.
There survives her passing the hus
band, six sons and three daughters
and several grandchildren. There
are also two brothers surviving,
Winslow Calkins, residing in Wash
ington and Frank Calkins, of Mex
ico, Missouri, as well as a number of
other relatives and old friends.
The funeral services were held on
March 27th at the Presbyterian
church at Rapid City and "The Inter
im ment in the cemetery at the place
y Mrs. Gapen was sister-in-law of
i Osar Gapen, Sr. and Mrs. George
? W. Snyder of this city.
MANY ATTEND SERVICES
The funeral services for Mrs.
Earney L. Newton were held on
Wednesday afternoon at the First
Methodist church and a large num
ber of the old time friends and rel
atives were present to share with
the family the sorrow of the un
timely death of thi3 young woman.
The taking away of this young
woman, just in the dawn of her
mature life had brought a deep sor
row to the community and who have
joined in their sympathy for the be
reaved family circle.
The services at the church were
conducted by Rev. J. C. Lowson, pas
tor of the chur;h who brought the
message of hope and faith to the be
During the services Mrs. Earl Carr
and Mrs. Edgar Glaze gave two duets,
"God Will Take Care of You" and
"Some Day Some Time," E. H. Wes
cott playing the organ accompani
ment for the numbers.
The interment was at Oak Hill
cemetery and under the direction of
the Horton funeral home. The pall
bearers were selected from the old
school friends and relatives. Earl
Taylor, Allan McClanahan, Fred To
man. Warren Taylor, Harry Porter
and Clifford Dasher.
June Iris Rice Newton was born
in Wayne, Neb., in 1918 and lived
there with her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
John Rice, only a short while. They
have since lived on farms near
When June came to Plattsmouth
to attend high school, she met and
became friends with Earney Newton.
This friendship grew into romance
and culminated in their marriage on
Oct. 15, 1938. Their happiness to
gether was short lived, for on Fri
day, March 31, 1939, June sudden
ly became violently ill and was rush
ed to the Methodist hospital in Om
aha, where she lay in critical condi
tion, despite all medical aid and skill
On Sunday morning, April 2, our
Maker who holds the destiny of us
all. called June home to Him.
The lonely, sorrowing young hus
band, and the grief stricken parents
whose happiness lay in the happiness
of their only child, may have com
fort in the thought that June is at
rest. No suffering, no sadness, no
TAT" NAMED COUNCILMAN
Robert Foster Patterson, former
principal of the Plattsmouth high
school and now in the history de
partment of Tarkio college, was
honored Tuesday by the voters of
Tarkio, Missouri. Mr. Patterson was
named as a member of the city
council at Tarkio to take up his first
public office. With the ability and
judgment of Mr. Patterson he should
make Tarkio a most capable city of
Golf Club Has
Meeting; A. W.
Plan Campaign to Increase Member
ship and Make Possible Contin
uance of Community Asset.
A meeting of the Plattsmouth Golf
club was held Wednesday night and
the preliminary steps taken to get
the club on the way to the summer
program and to see that this very
valuable community asset is not al
lowed to lapse.
The club has need of a good sized
nembership or other strong finan
:ial support if it is to function as it
.hould and maintain the local course.
ne of the best in the state in the
condition that It should be kept. It
Li one of the very popular places in
the community in the spring, summer
and fall, not only for the golfers but
ror many social gatherings that are
in joyed by the members of the fam
ilies of the members and their guests.
The club started the program in
excellent shape by naming A. W.
Cloidt as the president and Milo Far-
ney as the secretary of the organiz
ation and who will with the assist
ance of the committees get busy on
the membership drive and need. for
financial aid for the club.
In order to carry on the work a
tentative membership rate to cover
several classes was proposed: Full
membership, 15: non-resident
$7.50; beginners, $7.50; junior mem
bers, $5; and a social membership
of $10. Transient non-resident 3
per month; $1.50 for ten days; boos
ter contributions, $1 to $100.
INDIAN RELICS AND LORE
Dr. G. H. Gilmore, of Murray, a
well known authority on early Indian
settlements and customs, will be a
guest speaker at the April meeting of
the American Legion Auxiliary on
Friday evening, April 21st, at the
home of Mrs. Leslie Niel, when Jun
ior Auxiliary members are to be spec
ial guests. Dr. Gilmore has a very
interesting address on Indian lore,
augmented with a fine display of
relics that have been unearthed from
mounds in this part of the country
all of which should prove most in
teresting to the members of both or
ganizations. PARENTS OF TWIN BOYS
Friends here have received an
nouncement of the birth of twin
boys to Mr. and Mrs. Joe E. Hart
ford, of Kansas City, former Platts
mouth residents. The two fine boys
were born on March 31st at Kansas
City and with the mother are re
ported as doing fine. Joe Lynn Hart
ford weighed five pounds and fif
teen ounces and Bill Lynn Hartford
five pounds eight ounces. The occa
sion has brought the greatest pleas
ure to the members of the family
circle. The boys are grandsons of
Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Hartford, now
living at Panama City, Florida, Mrs.
Joe Hartford was formerly Miss Mar
guerite Lynn of thi3 city.
STUDENTS HERE FOR VACATION
The Easter season has brought a
number of the Plattsmouth young
people, attending universities and
colleges home for the vacation with
their parents and friends.
Among those here are Rachel Rob
ertson, Mary Kathryn Wiles, W. E.
Evers. Eleanor Giles. Edwin Kalina,
Bill Carey, Robert Woest, Ray Woos
ter, from the University of Nebraska;
Jean Knorr of Llndenwood college,
St. Charles, Mo.: Edna Mae Petersen
and Virginia Trively of the Peru
State teachers college; Kenneth
Armstrong. Stuart Porter, Wayne
Falk, Joe Case of Tarkio college. '
Bridge Soon to
be Toll Free
Last Toll Structure Over a Nebraska
Stream Is to Be Purchased by
State and Made Free.
The long struggle maintained by
the residents of Louisville to have
the traffic bridge over the Platte
river made toll free, culminated in
victory Wednesday" when the state
legislature passes L. B. 100 to ap
propriate the sura of $G3,000 from
the gasoline tax fund to pay the re
maining cost of the bridge, which
would make it free. The bill was
signed Wednesday afternoon by Gov
ernor Cochran and will become effec
tive ninety days after the adjourn
ment of the legislature.
The bridge in Itself is the result
of the energetic efforts of the en
terprising people of Louisville, who
tiring of the ancient wooden one
way traffic bridge that was almost
always partially washed out each
spring by ice, formed a company and
erected the modern steel and con
crete structure that was built just
a few years- after the Plattsmouth
Platte river bridge. Both bridges
were built by private companies un
der the provision of law that per
mitted the state to later pay half of
the cost and the counties adjoining
pay the other half and then collect
their share of the tolls.
The local bridge was paid out sev
eral years ago and since that time
the Louisville bridge has remained
the only toll bridge in the state.
It was decfded by Sarpy county that
the fund3 were not available to pay
out the remaining cost of purchase
and accordingly the bridge has re
mained a toll structure.
The bridge bill was defeated two
years ' ago " by the legislature but
this year the efforts of the boosters
from the towns lying along highway
No. 50 that crosses the bridge were
able to reach their goal and bring
Into sight the free bridge in a few
months. IN MEM0RIAM
A poem in memory of Jess Terry-
berry whose death occurred April
We like to think of when his
life was done.
That he had filled a needed post.
That here and there he paid
With more than idle talk and
That he had taken gifts divine.
The breath of life- and man
And tried to use them now and
In service for his fellow men.
We never could have thought,
That he must wither up,
Almost before a day was flown.
Like the morning glory cup;
We never thought to see him
His fair and noble head.
Till he lay stretched before
Wilted, and cold, and dead.
-Mrs. Lucile Terryberry
SUFFERS SEVERE INJURY
Phoebe White, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Guy White, suffered a
severe injury Wednesday while play
ing, falling from a chair, which re
sulted in a serious gash In the in
terior of her mouth, her gums be
ing badly mashed and mangled. She
was rushed to the Immanuel hospital
where she was given immediate care
-md hospitalization by Dr. Shearer.
Nine stitches were necessary to close
the wound. The little one is showing
rapid Improvement and progress at
her home since the injury.
ACCEPTS NEW POSITION
Miss Margaret Ann Vallery, daugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs. John Vallery
and a well known and popular young
lady of this city, has accepted the
position as stenographer for the
Thomas Walling Abstract company.
She replaces Miss Bette Bulin whose
marriage to Mr. Raymond Bourne oc
curs Easter Sunday. Since her gradu
ation Miss Vallery had been em
ployed in the Lincoln Telephone &
Telegraph company of this city and
has proven herself to be a very
capable and efficient worker.
LOUISVILLE VOTES FOR PARK
The voters at Louisville Tuesday
adopted a proposal that the city pur
chase a site for a new city park,
the proposition carrying 131 to 101.
The members of the board elected
were W. S. McGrew, former mayor,
G. W. Hart and William Schwalm,
over Gayle Fleischman, O. G. Wies
neth and Herbert Eager. For the
board of education Mtb. L. K. Fro
lich and William Wirt -were named
by the voters.
Lady to Attend
Miss Edith Solomon Named as One
of Five From Nebraska to In
From Saturday's Dally
Miss Edith Solomon, branch man
ager of the Nebraska State Employ
ment Service, departed today with a
party of especially selected represen
tatives from the service in Nebraska
to attend an international confer
ence of Public Employment Service
ocices on April 12th to 14th, inclu
sive at New Orleans.
This is a very pleasing recognition
of the services of Miss Solomon, who
for the past five and a half years has
been engaged in the work of the
local office, as only five were picked
rrom the many offices over the state
to attend this important conference.
The meeting will bring together
representatives of many countries in
the western world and which will
give a splendid insight into the em
ployment problems of nations.
During the business trip the party
of young people will also spend some
time in Texas and Louisiana.
REPORT OF COMMODITY
LOANS FOR CASS COUNTY
John B. Kaffenberger of the Cass
County Agricultural Conservation
Association reports that the final
loan has been made on 1938 corn
with the total reaching a peak of
501 loans, 334,750 bushels sealed
and a total of $190,807.50 loaned.
The 1937 corn under seal in Cass
county on 91 loans, represents a total
of 64,626.1 bushels of ear corn and
18,502 bushels of shelled corn, mak
ing a total of 73,128.1 bushels in the
amount of $44,186.34.
On 39 farms in Cass county there
is a total of 18.201.1 bushels of
wheat stored, representing $7,295.29;
while 12 farmers have warehouse re
ceipts covering 5.653.8 bushels in
the amount of $3,719.01; making a
total of 23,854.9 bushels with $11,-
Indications are that the majority
of the farmers intend to stay within
their allotments of corn and wheat
for 1939, thereby making them
eligible to seal. In view of the large
carry-over of both corn and wheat
the farmer can never hope to get cost
of production, much less a profit on
their investment, unless they reduce
their acreage to their allotment.
HOLD INTERESTING MEETING
There was a very large number
present at the regular monthly meet
ing of Hugh J. Kearns post, of the
American Legion Thursday evening
to enjoy a very interesting session.
Post Commander E. G. Ofe pre
sided over the meeting.
The post decided to send at once
for additional grave markers for the
graves of veterans of the civil, Span
ish-American and World war which
are not marked and have them in
place for Memorial day. May 30th.
Following the business session the
social committee headed by George
Conis served a very delightful repast
that all enjoyed to the utmost and
which closed the evening.
HERE FROM WEST VIRGINIA
Mrs. J. M. Patterson of Morgan
town, West Virginia arrived in
Plattsmouth Tuesday evening to
spend the next few days visiting
here among the many friends and
relatives. At the present time she
is a house guest of her uncle and
aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Goos. Mrs.
Patterson was the former Miss Char
lotte Fetzer. daughter of the late
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Fetzer.
a Trip to the
Charles K. Bestor and Addison Kiser
Arrive Home After a Most De
lightful Winter Stay.
This noon Charles K. Bestor and
Addison Kiser of near Mynard, ar
rived home from a trip that had
taken them to Florida and the pleas
ant gulf coast country where they
escaped the severe weather that pre
vailed here for a short time.
They motored through the gult
country and made their headquarters
in and near Miami, Florida, having
secured a cottage at Lake Worth,
where they enjoyed the passing of
winter and the coming of the spring
Btason. The weather was fine, they
3tate, and great numbers of tourists
from the north were at the resorts
to enjoy the balmy breezes and .the
While in Florida Charles Bestor
enjoyed a trip to Cuba, finding a most
fascinating country and with its
5 panish customs so different from
mat of the United States. The trip
co and from Miami was made by
steamer at night, it requiring some
twelve hours for the trip each way.
At Havana Mr. Bestor had the pleas
ure of viewing the spot where the
Maine was sunk in 1898, as well as
ancient Morro castle, which for sev
eral centuries served to threaten the
possible foe that might wish to pene
trate Havana harbor. The castle now
Is a great spot for the tourists and
where guides point out the many
places of Interest to the visitors, the
dungeons where in the long ago
prisoners were confined, many tor
lured and killed by the rulers of the
On the return trip Mr. Bestor and
Mr. Kiser came by way of Washing
ton and stopped here for a sight
seeing visit which included a visit to
the national capitol and many of the
public buildings. While at the cap
tol they enjoyed listening in on the
senate for a short time and had the
pleasure of seeing V(ee-President
Garner. They were unable to see the
president as Mr. Roosevelt was out
of the city on a holiday.
HOLD TRACK TRYOUTS
From Friday's Daily
The high school track squad had a
good workout Wednesday at the
Athletic park and which showed ex
cellent work on the part of the
youngsters in all of the departments
and encouraging to the boys and
The result of some of the events
was as follows:
1 Mile Run Steinkamp, 6.025;
Allbee, G.035T Wiles, 6:04.
Shot Put Reed, 36 ft. 11 in.;
White, 35 ft. 11 in.; Rebal, 35 ft. 5
100 Yard Dash 1. White, 10:08;
2. Reed. 3. Minor. 4. Jacobs. 5.
Half Mile Cottingham. 2:43;
Phillips. 2:45; Rhoades, 3.
Broad Jump Jacobs, 17 ft. 4 in.;
Steinkamp, 15 ft.; Libershal, 14 ft.
10 in.; York 13 feet 7 in.
High Jump York, 4 ft. 10 In.;
Jacobs 4 ft. 10 in.; Libershal, 4 ft.
440 1st, Noble, 62 seconds;
The following track contestants
will compete at Tarkio Saturday,
April 8th: Allan White, Warren
Reed, Carter Minor, Ronald Rebal,
John Jacobs, Joe York.
CARD OF THANKS
With deepest appreciation we wish
to thank the many friends and
neighbors for their many acts ot
kindness during the Illness of our
husband, father and grandfather, as
well as for. the flowers and expres
sions of sympathy at the time of
his passing. Also we wish to thank
Rev. Taenzler and those taking part
in the funeral services, Mr. F. A.
Cloidt, Mrs. J. R. Reeder, pianist
Mrs. H. F. Goos. Mrs. A. W. Smith,
children and grandchildren.
TO UNDERGO TONSILLECTOMY
County Treasurer John E. Turner
Is at the U. S. Veterans hospital at
Lincoln where he will undergo a
tonsilectomy. It is hoped that he
may soon be able to return home
and resume his usual activities at
the court house.
LIBRARY BOARD MEETS
The Plattsmouth puolic library
board met on Wednesday morning in
the auditorium of the library where
all of the board members were pres
The librarians, Misses Verna
Leonard and Olive Jones reported an
increase in circulation this year over
the same time of the previous j-ears.
This month's circulation was also a
decided increase over the previous
Miss Mildred Marie Cacy and Mr.
Charles Edward Walden United in
Marriage by Rev. Lowson.
In a simple and impressive wed
ding Saturday afternoon at 6:30 Miss
Mildred Marie Cacy and Mr. Charles
Edward Walden were united in mar
riage. The marriage lines were read
by the Rev. J. C. Lowson, pastor of
the church, the double ring cere
mony being used.
The bride and groom were at
tended by Miss June Sumner and
Mr. Robert Vallery as bridesmaid and
The bride was charming in a gown
of powder blue crepe with fusha ac
cessories and wore a corsage of pink
The groom and Mr. Vallery wore
dark suits and white carnations.
After the ceremony the bridal
party motored to Lincoln where they
were joined by Miss Gertrude Val
lery and Mr. Wayne Gorton, of Om
aha, at a delightful wedding dinner.
shortly after Mr. and Mrs. Walden
departed for a short motor honeymoon
and on their return will be at home
to their friends In this city.
The wedding marks the culmin
ation of a school day romance as
both were members of the class of
1935 of the Plattsmouth high school
and are among the popular young
people of the community. The bride
is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. J.
Cacy and has made her home here for
the past few years and has been em
ployed at the Plattsmouth State bank
up to the time of her wedding and
was a very popular and efficient em
ploye. Mr. Walden has been asso
ciated with his uncle, George K.
Hetrlck at the Plattsmouth Creamery
where he has been a very efficient
worker and numbered among the
most popular young men of the com
munity. CANDIDATE IN SCHOOL FETE
Miss Virginia Trively, of this titjr
a student at the Peru State Teachers
college, is among the eight young
women voted as candidates for the
queen of the May at the college.
The student body will vote for their
choice among the eight and the one
selected will reign nver the fes
tivities which is one of the colorful
features of the closing weeks of
HERE FROM OKLAHOMA
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Robert Herold
and family, of Oklahoma City, ar
rived Friday evening to visit here
over Easter and several days with
Mrs. Henry Herold, mother of Mr.
Herold and Misses Mia and Bar
bara Gering, aunts. This evening
Mrs. Herold will entertain at dinner
for the family party and Sunday they
will be guests at the Gering home.
RETURNS TO MICHIGAN
Mrs. Perry Harvey Murdi:k, Jr.,
and small son. Perry Harvey, III,
who have been here visiting at the
home of Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Wescott,
parents of Mrs. Murdick departed for
their home Thursday night. They
are residing at Benton Harbor, Mich
igan, and will be met in Chicago by
Mrs. P. H. Murdick, Sr., and taken
by car to Benton Harbor.
TO ATTEND WEDDING
Wilbur Borne of Humboldt, son of
Mrs. Bessie Bourne of this city, ar
rived here to be in attendance at
the Bulin-Bourne wedding Sunday.
He will also spend some time visit
ing with his mother as well as
brothers and Bisters.
Will Co-operate With Fire Depart
ment in Arranging for General
Inspection of the City.
The directors of the PlattKmouth
Chamber of Commerce had a very in
teresting time at their session Thurs
day and a large number of matters
ot the greatest interest were taken
up and discussed.
The Chamber of Commerce will be
active in the staging of the fire In
spection day here on April 20th, the
proposition being presented by Carl
J. Schneider of the fire department.
to the members of the directorate.
The plan calls for the visit of from
twenty to twenty-five experienced iu-
cpectors here on the 20th to make
personal checks over the city, make
their recommendations to the prop
erty owners and tenants as to pc-
si' ie fire dangers and hazards. Thoy
will also stage a motion picture show
ing and contact the schools of the
city and the students in the move
to make the public more conscious
of fire danger. A dinner will com
plete the program in the evening.
Secretary E. H. Wescott read the
communications and reports on many
of the bills that have been introduced
in the legislature and which pro
posed legislation would cover cities
of this class.
The executive committee reported
that they had secured the acceptance
of F. I. Rea to take the position of
treasuier of the Chamber, L. O.
Minor, the acting treasurer having
moved out of the -city. Mr. Rea for
merly served in this office for sev
eral years and the members were
(ileosed to secure him for the posi
tion. Attorney A. L. Tidd was selected
to represent the Chamber of Com
merce at the transportation confer
ence to be held at the University of
Nebraska, on April 14th. This con
ference will take up all phases ot
the transportation and rate prob
lem end will bring leaders from the
railroad, truck and ws-terways. It
v ii! be one of the most vitally Inter
esting meetings to the central west
plains states and is under the aus
pices of the research department of
the University of Nebraska.
CARAVAN TO BOOST
GOLDEN SPIKE DAYS
A caravan of autos from Omaha,
manned by members of the Omaha
Junior Chamber of Commerce, will
stop in Plattsmouth, on Thursday.
April 13, with news of the huge
celebration in Omaha for the world
premier of "Union Pacific," and the
"Golden Spike Days" celebration.
The party, headed by Ray Mat
son will call on leading business
men of the city and then go to other
ports of call along the route, which
covers over a dozen Nebraska com
munities. The caravan will start from
Omaha, and will visit Nebraska City,
Dunbar, Syracuse, Lincoln, Havelock.
Waverly, Ashland, Gretna.
The celebration will call for the
transformation of downtown Omaha
into a period of 70 years ago. Citi
zens will wear costumes of the 1870
period and over 50.000 visitors are
VISIT WITH CHIET
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Delaney
were in Omaha Wednesday for a
few hours and called at the Clarkson
hospital to inquire as to Chief of
Police W. M. Barclay, operated on
there yesterday morning. They found
that Mr. Barclay had rallied very
well from the effects of the oper
ation and was resting very well un
der the circumstances. Mrs. Barclay
and their Bon, Earl, were at the hos
pital with the patient.
CARD OF THANKS '
We wish' to express to our many
kind friends and neighbors our deep
sense of gratitude and appreciation
for their acts of kindness and words
of sympathy in our bereavement, to
those who assisted in any way in the
funeral services and to those who
sent the beautiful flowers. Earney
L. Newton, Mr. and Mrs. John Rice.
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