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Vol. No. LV
PLATTSMOUTH, NEBRASKA, MONDAY, MAY 1, 1939.
Graves is Held
Pioneer of Cass County Laid to Last
Rest in Early Day Cemetery at
Rock Bluffs Thursday.
The funeral services for Mrs.
Arminda J. Graves was held Thurs
day afternoon at the First Christian
church and very largely attended by
the old time friends and neighbors
from the community in which she
has so Ion? made her home, gather
ing to pay their last tributes to the
memory of the departed.
The services were conducted by
the Rev. J. W. Taenzler. pastor of
the church, who brought to the mem
bers of the family and the friends
the comforting message of the scrip
tures and the promise of the en
riching life of the Christian brought
to the last reward.
During the services Mrs. Hal Gar
nett and Mrs. Ed W. Thimgan gave
three of the old hymns, "Pass Me
Not O Gentle Savior," "The Lord Is
My Shepherd" and "It 13 Well With
My Soul." Mrs. Hugh Stander was
The interment was at the Rock
Bluffs cemetery .south of this city,
nearby the community where as a
young woman she had come to Ne
braska to make her home. The Hor
ton funeral home was in charge.
The pall bearers were selected from
the friends of the family, they being:
Dewey C. Read. Reuel Sack, John W.
Alwin, Edward G. Ofe, Roy Carey
and Joe Shera. '
Arminda J. Bomer was born June
1, 1S48 near Little Rock, Arkansas.
At the age of 13 she came with her
parents to southeast of Glenwood. At
the age of 14 years she united with
the Lowden M. E. church, now known
as the Hillsdale M. E. church.
In Lowden she united in marriage
June 22, 1S65. with A. H. Graves. To
this happy union was born nine chil
dren, one of whom died in infancy.
They made their home on a nearby
farm. A few years later they came
to Nebraska for little over a year
and then returned to Iowa.
In 18S4 they moved to Nebraska,
settling on an acreage near Rock
Bluff 3 and Nebraska has since been
their home with the exception of one
year, 1901, living again in Hillsdale.
In 1904 they moved to Murray where
they lived until the death of Mr.
Graves, August 22, 1934. Mother in
1903 united with the Christian
church at Murray.
Since the husband's death she made
her home with the different children
until two years ago when she moved
into an apartment in Plattsmouth,
Nebr. She has been in failing heajth
since 1934. The body, worn by the
years, ceased from its labors, and
mother closed her Journey on this
earth, April 24, 1939, age 90 years,
10 mouths, 23 days.
Preceding her in death are, her
husband, A. H. Graves, one child in
infancy, three daughters, Jennie, age
12, Mrs. Grace Baxter, and Mrs. Iva
Leaving to meet this loss to the
earth are five children, two daugh
ters, Mrs. Sadie E. Vallery of Omaha;
Mrs. Emma Crawford of Sherwood,
Oregon; three sons, Ed and George
Graves "of Peru, Nebr.; James II.
Graves of Plattsmouth, Nebr.; twenty-one
grandchildren, fifteen great
grandchildren; also one brother, C.
David Bomer of Glenwood, Iowa; a
number of other relatives and
friends, most of the older friends
having preceded her in death.
During her last illness, she pa
tiently bore her cross and for the
past six months often spoke of being
ready to lay down her cross for her
crown, as her faith was in the Lord
whom she claimed as her Shepherd.
BIRTH OF SON
Friday, April 21 occurred the birth
of a boy to Mr. and Mrs. Glen Kraeger
at the Clarkson hospital. Mr. and
Mrs. Kraeger are well known farm
people of near this city and the oc
casion ha3 brought considerable hap
piness to members of the two fam
ilies. Mrs. Kraeger was the former
Miss Hilda Frederick and the little
one is a grandson of Mr. and Mrs.
Loui3 Frederick of Cedar Creek and
Mr. and Mrs. Jake Kraeger.
ARREST WANTED MEN
Sheriff Joe Mrasek and Deputy
Sheriff E. J. Doody were busy Wed
nesday in rounding up several par
ties wanted on fraudulent check
charges. Louis Harris, who has been
sought for some time was apprehend
ed at Mynard where he had stopped
to visit friends while en route from
Dakota to Arkansas, where he has
been employed. He has a large num
ber of charges preferred against him,
The officers also rounded up W. B
Kinney at Weeping Water on similar
charges and brought him on to this
city to await filing of a complaint
Students to be in
Nineteen of Local Young People Are
to Have a Part in the Annual
Cass county students at the Uni
versity of Nebraska college of agri
culture are taking an active part in
the twenty-first annual Farmers Fair.
The fair, a tradition on the agri
cultural college campus, will be held
this year on Saturday, May 6.
Students from the county who are
participating are: Wayne Borne-
meier, Lucille Backemeyer, Louis Cly
mer, Roy Rockenbach, William
James, Merle Eveland, Harold Do
mingo, Boyd Mayfield, Frances Reh
meier, Robert Pollard, Edith Seho
maker, Ruth Ann Sheldon, Mina
Jean Young, Loa Davis, Louise Fro
lich, Robert Kiser, Louis Knoflicek,
Lois Giles, Alberja Timmas.
Feature of the fair will be the pre
sentation of "Aaron Slick of Pump
kin Creek," a rural play of Broad
way fame. This will be presented by
the Kampus Kapers, a student or
ganization. In addition there will be
a great many exhibits and an exten
Of .special interest to farm folk
will be the open house to be held by
each of the departments of the col
lege. This feature is planned to dem
onstrate the functions of the de
partments as carried on throughout
Probably the most extensive ex
hibit will be that at the Home Eco
nomics building. This display of tex
tiles, foods, and household furnish
ings annually attracts a large num
ber of women from a wide area.
The fair opens with a parade
through downtown Lincoln at 10
o'clock. Other important events on
the fair's schedule include an old
fashioned rodeo and presentation of
the Goddess of Agriculture, a prom
inent senior girl at the college.
The fair is characterized by a
great deal of color, the students be
ing required to wear overalls and
Singham dresses during the preceding
week. "Shirkers" are ducked in the
horse tank for failing to do their
part. The closing event of the fair
is a dance held in the student activ
ities building at the college.
ELMW00D LADY DIES
County Attorney Walter H. Smith
and Sheriff Joe Mra3ek were at Elm
wood Sunday where they were called
to investigate the death of Mrs.
Lylete Williams, 45, who had died
at her home shortly after 4 o'clock
Mrs. Williams has been in very
poor health since 1932, members of
the family stated to the officers and
has been taking tablets for sleep
lessness, she having apparently taken
an overdose of the pheno-Barbital
tablets. She had taken some of these
Saturday evening to induce sleep but
this had not had the desired effect
and she later took a larger dose and
with fatal effect.
The deceased lady is survived by
the husband, N. J. Williams, veter
inarian, six children, all residing at
ARRIVE IN HOLY LAND
Miss Marie Kaufmann has re
ceived a card from the Misses Gerda
and Alpha Peterson, dated at Jeru
salem on April 11th, stating that
they had arrived at the holy city and
were preparing to spend the Easter
season there. They have had a fine
trip so far and enjoying seeing a
world vastly different from the
Interesting Program Follows Covered
Dish Luncheon at Legion Build
ing Nehawka in Fall.
From Thursday's Dally
Although the attendance was be
low expectations, all Cass county
American Legion Auxiliary units
were represented at the spring coun
ty meting held in Plattsmouth yes
The meeting opened with a cover
ed dish luncheon at the Legion com
munity building, where the business
session of the afternoon was also
held. Mrs. Robert Reed, vice presi
dent of Plattsmouth unit, led the
singing of Doxology and community
songs during the dinner hour.
The business session was called to
order at 1:30 by Mrs. Roy Com
stock, county chairman, of Green
wood. Colors were advanced by Mos
dames Eugene Vroman and Fay Mc
Clintock of Plattsmouth unit. The
pledge of allegience to the flag was
led by Mrs. John Downing of Green
wood. Mrs. Adelaide Boynton, of
Plattsmouth, county chaplain, gave
the prayer, followed by a moment of
silence, and Mrs. Wildrick of Weep
ing Water led the group in reciting
the Auxiliary preamble.
Mrs. Elmer Webb, unit president,
welcomed the guests, and Mrs. W.
II. Kruger of Nehawka responded.
During the busines meeting unit
reports were heard from the Platts
mouth, Nehawka and Weeping Wat
er units. Officials of Louisville unit
who had planned to attend and
would have rendered their report,
were detained at home due to other
Mrs. Eugene Nutzman, the district
president, outlined the procedure of
obtaining a unit citation from na
tional headquarters. As at other
county meetings in her district, she
presented each lady with a Chinese
elm to be planted in their respective
For the musical part of the pro
gram, Allan White, high school stu
dent and band member, played a
trumpet solo, his number being "Per
fect Day." by Carrie Jacobs Bond.
Ruth Westover accompanied. Miss
Eleanor Giles, another high school
student, sang "'God Save America,"
to accompaniment played by Mrs.
J. R. Reeder.
Address by Milo Price
Milo Price, Plattsmouth high
school history instructor, addressed
the ladies on "World Conditions To
day." Mr. Price outlined some of
the conditions precedent to present
world unrest and urged a greater
understanding of the need3 and mo
tives of all nations before condemn
ing them too harshly. He recited a
number of acts of our own country
in the bygone years that have
not been any too humanitarian in
execution, and especially our treat
ment of the Indians in the grab for
lands and resources.
He stated he was neither condon
ing or condemning the action of any
nation, since mitigating circum
stances and needs have governed
pretty generally the actions of in
dividuals and nations all through
His address was much enjoyed by
all who heard it.
Before the close cf the meeting,
Nehawka was choser as the. place
of holding the fall meeting and
Mrs. Elmer Webb of Plattsmouth was
named as county chairman for the
ensuing year. Mrs. "Webb is conclud
ing her second year as president of
WITH GAMBLE STORES
Virgil Urish, one of the pop'ular
young men of the city, has -accepted
a position with the Gamble store here
and is assisting Randall York In the
store and looking after the needs of
HERE FOR FUNERAL
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Graves and
Mrs. Harry Royal of Lincoln, were
here Thursday afternoon to attend
the funeral services of Mrs. Arminda
J. Graves, their aunt.
ADDRESSES SCHOOL CLASS
Miss Wilhelmina Henrichsen, per
sonal secretary to Superintendent of
City Schools L. S. Devoe, addressed
the Commercial English class of the
high school Wednesday afternoon.
"Business Ethics," a topic very im
portant to the pupils majoring in
this line of work was discussed by
Miss Henrichsen, and who gave many
helpful hints as to the routine of
Lumir Gerner is the instructor of
Prominent Farmer Residing at South
Bend Drops Dead while at
Work in the Field.
From Thursday's Daily
This afternoon shortly after the
r.oon hour Charles Campbell, age 56,
a well-known and prominent farm
er residing near South Bend, died
as the result of a sudden heart at
tack. Mr. Campbell was engaged in
operating a tractor in the field when
he suffered the severe and fatal
heart attack that resulted in his in
stant death. He was found later by
his son, Russell.
The death of this well-known fig
ure in the boutn Bend community
comes as a severe shock, not only to
the members of the immediate fam
ily, but the community at large, of
which he had long been a resident.
Mr. Campbell was married April
22. 1903, to Miss Cora Long in this
city and since that time they have
resided on the family farm.
He leaves to mourn his passing
the wife, Cora; two sons, Paul Camp
bell of Minatarer ' Nebraska, and
Russell at home. There are also two
3isters, Mrs. Charles Schaeffer .and
Mrs. Ed Rau of Murdock; one broth
er, David Campbell, of South Bend.
Another brother, George, preceded
him in death a short time ago.
A more extended account of the
life of this good man will appear
RETURN FROM PRESBYTERY
Mrs. H. F. Goos, Mrs. Glenn Val
lery, Mrs. Virgil Terry and Mrs. II.
G. McClusky returned home Wed
nesday night from Beatrice, where
they were attending sessions of the
Nebraska City presbyterial.
The meeting was for two days and
provided some very fine programs
and interesting discussions of the
work of the church in its various
fields was enjoyed. There was a very
large attendance of the members
from this section of the state.
Mrs. II. G. McClusky, who as treas
urer, was a member of the executive
council, had a very interesting part
on the program Wednesday, her topic
being, "Your Money Talks Best."
Mrs. Virgil Perry had an exhibit of
the work with children's organiza
tions in the church, which was very
Mrs. Goos, Mrs. Perry and Mrs.
Vallery were delegates from the local
church to the meeting.
REMEMBER 4-H BROADCAST
Cass county 4-H clubs are now be
ing urged to meet together on Satur
day afternoon. May 6, for a special
radio broadcast which will be devoted
I to the 25th anniversary of Agricul
tural Extension work. The program
will hi on the air from 1 until 1:30
p. m. .central standard time over a
network of Nebraska stations.
Plans now are being made for the
broadcast which will be on the "Farm
Facts and Fun" program over the
following stations: WOW, Omaha;
WJAG, Norfolk: KGNF, North
Platte; and LGFW, Kearney.
VISITS IN CITY
Miss Frances Shaffer of St. Libory.
Nebraska Is in Plattsmouth visiting
with her uncle and aunt, Mr. and
Mrs. I. L. Koclan and family. She
will spend the next week visiting here
with them and the many other
friends. Yesterday Miss Shaffer and
Mrs. Kocian were in Omaha where
they attended the Golden Spike celebration.
Party Visits City and Inspect Dock
and Grounds Near Railroad Main
Line Through City.
Friday afternoon J. B. Lamson, of
the commercial development depart
ment of the Burlington railroad and
Harry R. Freed, assistant general
freight agent of the company were
in Plattsmouth to look over the local
situated here as regards to possible
The Burlington is very fortunately
situated her as regards to possible
development of the river navigation
or industrial expansion as their lines
are located in easy distance of the
deck and facilities for handling the
products that may be ready for trans
The Burlinsrton officials made a
personal visit to the land east cf the
city between their main line and the
Missouri river and where the estab
lishments of industrial plants would
give the advantage of the very best
railroad facilities and also that of
the river service. They were very
well pleased with the situation and
the possibilities of the development
of more industrial plants in thi
The visitors were guests of At
torney A. L. Tidd, local Chamber of
Commerce representative of the in
dustries committee and who discussed
with them the many advantages that
this point has as a port and shipping
point for the output of manufactured
HOLD FINE MEETING
A very largely attended commun
ity meeting was held Friday eve
ning at the school house in district
No. SO in the Philpot community
southwest of Murray. Dr. G. H. Oil
more, student of early Nebraska his
tory, was the main speaker and dis
cussed the history of Nebraska and
its residents long before the coming
of the American Indian. His talk
was demonstrated by relics "and speci
mens of early American life.
E. J. Weyrich was also present
and gave a fine showing or scenic
pictures of the national parks and
western mountain scenes.
Members of the school also were
heard on the program.
At the close of the evening refresh
ments were served to add to the en
joyment of the members of the party.
The $25,000 personal injury dam
age suit of James Dixon of Weeping
Water against the Missouri Pacific
was transferred to federal court at
Lincoln Thursday from the district
court of Cass county. Dixon is a for
mer section hand who blames the
railroad for an accident Dec. 12.
1937, in which his back was per
manently injured, because of alleged
failure to provide with the right sort
TO VISIT AT NORTH PLATTE
Mrs. Cliff Jewell, who has been In
Plattsmouth for the past month,
left with her mother, Mrs. R. H.
Fitch, Sr., for North Platte, Nebraska
Thursday afternoon. Mrs. Fitch will
spend the next several weeks visit
ing with her daughter. During her
visit In North Platte, she will also
motor to Brewster, Nebraska where
she will spend some time with an
other daughter, Mrs. Jesse Turner.
CARD OF THANKS
We wish - to express our sincere
gratitude to our many friends and
neighbors for their many acts of
kindness and expressions of sympathy
during the illness and passing of
our mother and sister, Mrs. Arminda
J. Graves. These kindnesses will al
ways be a fond memory. The Rel
atives. MRS. KIECK ILL
From Thursday's Dally
County Superintendent of Schools
Lora Lloyd Kieck is ill at her home
suffering from the effects of la grippe
and influenza. Her Illness was such
that she was forced to remain at
home away from her usual office activities.
GOES TO TRACK MEET
From Saturday's Dally
This morning Coach B. A. Hoffman
with four of his track squad mem
bers left for Fremont where the boys
will compete in the Midland college
invitation meet. Warren Reed, Allen
White, Joe York and Bob Richter,
were the tracksters making the trip
Reed and White will compete in the
220 and 100 yard events, York in the
broad jump and the four form the
relay team for the Platters. Robert
Reed accompanied the party to enjoy
Meet at Nehawka With the Union
Club as the Host Club for Group
Have Fine Program.
The Achievement Day was held at
Nehawka on Thursday afternoon
with Union acting as the hostess.
Various groups and clubs of the dif
ferent towns was well represented,
they being Weeping Water, Murray,
Mynard, Union, Nehawka, and
Plattsmotuh. The event was held in
the auditorium of the city.
A fine program was presented dur
ing the -course of the afternoon. The
Plattsmouth group rendered a splen-
fiid musical selection, "Through the
Years with Music."
The Nehawka girl's glee club of
the Nehawka high school gave a
The Cass County Extension chorus
sang two numoers. cniriDeriDin,
and "God of All Nature."
Following the program the group
presented Mrs. John Woest with a
lovely gift as an appreciation of her
time and effort spent for the good
of the club this year, Mrs. Woest
serving as the group chairman.
At the conclusion of the after
noon refreshments of spiced tea and
cakes were served.
Mrs. Nelson Berger of Nehawka
presented the program.
AGED LADY CRITICALLY ILL
From Saturday's Daily
County Treasurer John E. Turner
and wife were at Elmwood last eve
ning to spend a few hours with Mrs
John Turner, 94 grandmother ot
the county treasurer and one of the
oldest residents of Cass county. Mrs
Turner fell a week ago Friday at
the home of her son, James Turner,
where she resides and as the result
uffered a fractured hip. She has
ince been in town at the home of
granddaughter, Mrs. N. D. Both-
well and family. The condition of
Mrs. Turner is quite critical, owing
to the fracture and her very ad
CITIZENS GO "SPIKING"
From Thursday's Datty
The residents of Plattsmouth and
vicinity today were headed Omaha
ward to participate in the festivi
ties of the Golden Spike days. Sev
eral hundred from here were in
Omaha Wednesday night and more
today joined the caravan going to
the big city. Early this morning
citizens dressed in the garb that sup
posedly represented the 1869 period
were seen speeding on the way to
the scene of festivities.
CARD OF THANKS
We wish to thank our many friends
and neighbors for their many acts of
kindness and expressions of deepest
sympathy during the long Illness
and the recent death of our dear hus
band and father. Also we wish to
thank those who sang so sweetly and
all who helped to comfort and con
sole us in this sad hour. May God
bless you all. Mrs. L. G. Todd, Mrs.
E. M. Rathe, Melvin Todd.
LADIES AID OF MURRAY
TO OBSERVE GUEST DAY
The Ladies Aid of the Murray
Christian church are holding Guest
Day on Wednesday, May 3rd, at the
church parlors, beginning at 2:30.
An interesting program is being ar
ranged and the public is cordially
invited to attend.
160 Delegates from the Christian
Churches of Third District at
Elmwood on Tuesday.
Elmwood was host to the conven
tion of the third district of Ne
braska Christian churches last Tues
day, April 25. There were 1C0 dele
gates present from the different
churches in the district and the In
teresting program continued thru
out the day.
The convention sessions were held
in the Elmwood church of which
Rev. E. M. Hawkins is pastor.
The morning session was called to
order by Vice President Leslie A.
Hudson, with Rev. Hawkins having
charge of the devotional period.
Mrs. David Enterline, Elmwood
pianist, accompanied the group sing
ing. The president's address follow
ed, in which he congratulated the
convention committee and the Elm
wood church on arranging such a
fine program and providing enter
tainment for the delegates.
After this came simultaneous con-
ferences on three subjects, namely:
(1) "Building Religious Programs;"
(2) "Teaching Materials" and (3)
"Projects and Dramatizations." The
adult conference was conducted by
W. C. Perry, St. Louis: the youths'
conference by Paul E. Becker, pastor
of Bethany church. Lincoln, and that
for children by Mrs. Winona Mills
Gerhart of Lincoln and Mrs. E. M.
Hawkins of Elmwood. A great deal
of good was derived from these con
ferences and round table discussions
by all groups.
At the noon hour the ladiee of the
Elmwood church served a splendid
luncheon. All joined in the singing
of hymns and in becoming better ac
quainted. Mrs. T. V. Hubbell, of Auburn,
district secretary of N. C. W. M. S.,
presided. Devotions were led by Ger
ald Gardner of Lincoln, with Mrs.
Edward Nelson, of Elmwood, at the
State Secretary John C. Albers of
Lincoln delivered a very interesting
address on the subject, "Doing His
Will in Our State." Then followed
the business session, with reports,
resolutions and conferences, includ
ing several addresses.
Rev. L. W. Meyers, of Wymore,
spoke on "Christian Works Today"
and Miss Mary White on "What Shall
We Do About It?" a discussion of,
At six o'clock the entire group en
joyed dinner together with further
opportunity for fraternizing.
After the dinner hour came the
youths' session. This included a dis
cussion of Bible school. Christian En
deavor and Christian Youths Fel
lowship clubs led by Paul E. Becker
The evening session was conduct
ed by Russell M. Blythewood, the
district president. Rev. Ray Bor
gaard, led the song service, with Mrs.
Myron Boyd, of Elmwood, at the
piano. Motion pictures taken in the
Mission fields of India were shown,
followed by the closing address of
the convention delivered by R. B.
Founts, of Beatrice, on the subject,
"Holding High the Ideals of Christ."
It was a most Interesting, busy
and profitable day for all who were
privileged to be present.
Rev. Leslie A. Hudson, pastor at
Falls City was elected president for
next year's convention.
GUESTS AT PUCELLK HOME
From Friday's Daily-
Thomas Pucelik and daughter. Miss
Emma Pucelik of Spencer, Nebraska
are in Plattsmoutlv where they are
guests of their son and brother and
his family. Dr. and Mrs. L. S. Puce
lik. The guests are intending to leave
Sunday, -April SO for their home.
HERE FROM WEEPING WATER
From Friday's Dally
Attorney C. E. Tefft, Frank Do
mingo, banker and Claire Wolf, pub
lisher of the Weeping Water Repub
lican were here today to attend to
some matters at the court bouse.