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Vol. No. LV
PLATTSMOUTH, NEBRASKA, MONDAY, MAY 8, 1939.
in Memorial Day
legion Post Approve Proposal of
Committee to Hold Public
Ceremony Sunday Nite
At Thursday night's American
Legion post meeting, approval was
voted the plan of the Memorial day
committee to hold the public Me
morial day observance on Sunday
evening. May 2Sth. instead of the
afternoon of May 20th.
In presenting the plan, Chairman
Larson of the committee called at
tention to the small number accus
tomed to turn, out for this important
service when held in the afternoon.
Last year, less than a half hundred
persons gathered at the community
building to hear the capable speaker
the committee had brought here for
There was some attempt to analyze
this seeming indifference, before a
motion to approve the change was
carried, but the concensus of opinion
Kcemed to be that the trouble lies
with changed transportation condi
tions, which are undoubtedly more
at fault than any deficiency in the
Legion sponsored programs compared
to G. A. R. programs that attracted
packed houses in the days of yore.
"Nowadays." said Chairman Lar
son, "folks are In the habit of mak
ing Memorial day the occasion of an
automobile trip to distant points
and so do not have time to attend
an afternoon program to pay tribute
to the nation's departed soldiers and
sailors. We believe if the time is
changed to Sunday night, people will
turn out in large numbers to kar
the capable speaker we .expect to
To Continue Morning Tribute
There is no intention of discon
tinuing the morning tribute at the
cemeteries paid by Legion and Aux
iliary members to fallen comrades,
which includes placing wreaths and
flags upon the graves, and the Leg
ion's ritualistic service with the fir
ing of a salute and the sounding of
There was even some discussion of
incorporating the speaking program
with this ceremony at the cemetery,
where, likewise the number present
each year is meager.
So, finally, after dissecting the
problem, it was unanimously voted
to give the committee free hand this
year and see what the result will
be, so far as interest and attendance
Those churches which hold even
ing services will be requested to re
frain on this night, so that all may
participate in the memorial tribute
of the community to its deceased
Modern day conditions have had
similar effect on Thanksgiving day
services, until in many communities
a shift was made to the evening be
fore, resulting in greatly increased
attendance, and it is hoped the plan
to be tried here will work out sim
ilarly as regards Memorial day.
The Legion has always felt It Is
in no position to criticize public con
duct when many of the service men
themselves follow the trend of this
era to make Memorial day a "holi
day" in its strictest sense, and so is
turning to the plan advanced by its
committee in the hope that greater
interest and reverance may thus be
The post also voted to continue its
American Legion Junior baseball pro
gram again this year, with assistance
from the Recreation Service office.
Last year's team won the district
championship, but was counted out
early in the area contests. Boys who
received their early baseball training
here under the Legion's Junior pro
gram have made good in professional
baseball, particularly Harley Street,
row a promising "farm-out" pitcher
of the Cardinals, playing this year
with the Decatur team in the Three
The committee named to look af
ter registering the boys and getting
the season under way is composed of
L. S. Devoe, Frank Rebal, Fred
I.ugsch and Clyde Jackson. Clyde has
been connected with every year's
Junior team as a sideline coach and
his work with -the boys this year
will be of valuable assistance to the
SUFFERS BROKEN ARM
Plattsmouth friends will regret to
learn that Mrs. C. J. Southard, wife
of the well known Omaha attorney,
suffered the fracture of an arm
Thursday at the home in Omaha
Her daughter, Mrs. Glen Woodbury,
of Nebraska City, is at Omaha with
the mother to assist in her care.
Plan to Hold General Meeting and
Dinner at Next Date on May 18
Hear Interesting Reports.
The directors of the Chamber ot
Commerce had a very interesting
meeting on Thursday at their-week-ly
luncheon at the Hotel Plattsmouth
and at whkh time a great many
matters of importance came up for
It is being arranged to hold a gen
eral meeting of the Chamber of Com
merce on Thursday evening. May
18th, which will be for all members
and will be in the nature of a dinner
and purely all Plattsmouth program
of interest and entertainment. L. S.
Devoe is the chairman of the commit
tee in charge.
Attorney A. L. Tldd, of the indus
tries committee, gave a very interest
ing report on the work of his com
mittee, telling of the interest shown
in a recent interview with the Bur
lington railroad officials, as well as
everal other matters which were
very, promising for the development
of the city.
Carl Schneider reported on the suc
cess of the Fire Prevention day
here, the excellent results secured
and the interest shown by the peo
ple in the voluntary examination of
their premises and the suggestions
jiven for safety moves.
T. H. Pollock gave a most interest
ing account of the flood control meet
ing held at Nebraska City and in
which residents of the territory along
he Missouri valley were heard as to
their suggestions as to the flood con
trol and prevention. The meeting
was one of a large number held by
the U. S. Engineers in the interest
of preventing future floods in the
valley if possible.
LOSES INDEX FINGER
IN PRESS ACCIDENT
From Friday Dally
"Andy" Robinson, Journal job
printer, lost the major portion of
the index finger of his right hand
in a press accident this afternoon.
With the motor running he sought
to move the pony cylinder press and
the index finger protruded past the
framework to be caught, by one of
the spokes of the idler reverse gear,
stripping the flesh from the bone
back as far as the second joint. He
was hurried to the office of Dr. L.
S. Pucelik and taken on into Omaha
to St. Joseph's hospital for amputa
tion. This is the first major accident
and second lost time accident to oc
cur in the Journal office in the 37
years of ownership of the late R. A.
Bates and Mrs. Bates who succeeded
him as publisher in 1934.
VISITING AT W. S. SMITH HOME
From Saturday's Dally
This morning Mr. and Mrs. Troy
Holmes arrived from Chicago to
visit at the home of his sister, Mrs.
VV. S. Smith of Murray. They were
accompanied by Mrs. Nora Douglas of
Waukeegan, Illinois. They will visit
at the W. S. Smith home for a num
ber of days and also will be guests
at the home of a brother, J. W.
Holmes and wife of Plattsmouth.
CARD OF THANKS
We wish to thank the neighbors
and friends and residents of Murray
for assisting in every way possible to
save our property from destruction
by fire. These acts of kindness will
long be very pleasantly remembered.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Campbell and
John K. Chapel
M. E. Federatn
Large Number Attend Meeting and
Enjoy Story of Experiences of
One Time Russian Resident.
The Women's Federation of the
.First Methodist church of this city
met Thursday afternoon at the
church parlors where a large group
of members and visiting guests were
present for the regular meeting and
the excellent program that was given
during the afternoon. The Naomi
circle served as hostesses, the mem
bers of this circle comprising Mrs.
Joseph Wiles, who was the chairman,
assisted by Mrs. Howard Wiles, Mrs.
Ray McMaken, Mrs. Albert Funk,
Mrs. James Yelick, Mrs. Walter
Propst, Mrs. Daisy Sherwood, and
Mrs. Pearl Mann.
The business meeting of the after
noon was presided over by the feder
ation president, Mrs. William Hein
rich. Mrs. J. C. Lowson led the de-
votionals. Reports of the work and
progress that the federation has
made during the past year were
Following the business session all
enjoyed a delightful program. Mrs.
E, H. Wescott rendered a beautiful
solo, "America for Me," her husband,
E. H. Wescott, serving as her ac
Following the musical number
Mrs. Ray McMaken presented the
main speaker of the afternoon, John
K. Chapel who spoke on "Internation
al Affairs," as he has lived and wit
nessed it during the years previous
to the Russian revolution and the
many months of bloodshed following
the Communistic reign. Mr. Chapel
told of. hi? experiences while travel
ing through Europe In the summer
of '37 as the guest of his godmother
the Dowager Queen Marie of Ru
mania, King Christian X of Denmark.
President Karl Ulmanis of Latvia
and President Kallio of Finland.
Through these channels Mr. Chaoel
has been able to meet many of the
friends and family relatives with
whom he associated and thus met
heads of various governments on
He described the inner workings of
Communism, and the World war rela
tions with the present unrest. Mr.
Chapel has lectured throughout the
United States, Mexico, and South
America as well as traveled to every
corner of the earth while In the
service of the Russian government
and the family of Prince A. N. Duro-
Following the talk Mr. Chapel an
swered a number of questions that
his audience had asked.
Refreshments were served follow
ing the program of the afternoon.
CLASS STUDIES IMPLEMENTS
The boys of the eighth grade
agriculture class visited the Vallery
implement store on Thursday after
noon to complete their study ot
implements. No time or energy was
spared by Mr. Vallery in getting the
machinery assembled and prepared
tor the demonstration. He demon
strated the implements, showing the
class how each one worked. The
boys were very much interested and
asked many questions about each.
The tractors seemed to be the favor
ite with all, and some of the boys
almost decided to be farmers so that
they might drive a tractor.
Mr. Vallery made the boys very
happy by giving each a cap, a pen
cil, a yardstick, and a candy bar.
VISIT AT SULLIVAN HOME
From Saturday's Dal!
Mrs. J. A. Collins of Houston,
Texas and Mrs. J. M. Green of Falls
City left for Falls City after spending
the week here visiting with their
sister, Mrs. Arthur Sullivan and fam
ty. Mrs. Collins expects to spend some
time in Falls City before returning
to her home in Texas. ,
HERE FOR WEEK END
From Saturday's Dally
Mrs. Floyd Sealock and children,
William, Dorothy Jean and Floyd,
Jr., of Omaha, arrived here last eve
ning for the week-end at the home of
Mrs. Sealock's parents, Mr. and Mrs.
William P. Sltzman.
PLANT MANY TREES
The Plattsmouth cemetery board
have just made an- additional im
provement for the future beautifica
tion of the cemetery, plot. One hun
dred and fifty Chinese elms have
been placed over the various sections
of the cemetery to add in the future
to making it more attractive. There
has been a great many trees in the
old cemetery but the newer section
has been in need of more trees to aid
in the beautification of the last rest
ing places of the loved ones.
Ladies Enjoy a
Fine Style Show
Ladies Toggery and Group of Platts
mouth Girls Demonstrated Miss
Jessie Ealdwin, Sponsor.
The Weeping Water Woman'stclub
enjoyed a treat Tuesday afternoon
when Iheir subject was "Staple Fab
rics and How to Know Them," by
Miss Jessie Baldwin, who gave a
most comprehensive talk about wool
ns, silks, linens and the newer fab
ric, rayon, whkh included the new
est product of all, the spun rayons.
Miss Baldwin had prepared a fine ex
hibit of materials which were ex
hibited, and which were viewed more
tlosely at the close of the program.
Mrs. Stanley Wood talked on the
subject of "Accessories Which Are
Necessities," saying that the present
type of clothes require certain ac
cessories to make them complete and
that these acessories must be chosen
Mrs. Neil Munkres was on the pro
gram for a style show and she de
lighted the members of the club by
bringing Fred Busch.-manager of the
Ladies Toggery of Plattsmouth, wlht
his assistant, Miss Marie Vallery and
six models from the Plattsmouth
store, who put on a fine display of
ladies ready-to-wear. Dresses, suits,
coats, house coats, pajamas, and
negligees were modeled with the
proper accessories with all street
clothes, and the Weeping Water club
women appreciate the fact that Mr.
3usch and his helpers were willing
to bring the display to-Weeping Wa
ter. Music was furnished during the
style show by Mrs. H. S. Harmon,
and during the intermission Mrs.
R. W. Knorr and Mrs. L. S. Devoe, of
Plattsmouth played two piano duets
which were greatly enjoyed by all
present. The young ladies who acted
as models were Frances Hadraba,
Dorothea Fulton, Lewanna Kelley,
Lillian Chovanec, Maxine Nielsen and
Shirley Jacobs, all of Plattsmouth.
BROODER HOUSE BURNED
From Thursday's Daily
Last evening shortly after 8 o ciock
the brooder house at the home of
Otto Pitz on Livingston road, was
discovered to be on fire and despite
all efforts the structure was burned
nd also 250 baby chicks, purchased
yesterday, were consumed by the
flames. The fire was started, it is
thought, from the brooder stove and
60on had the structure a mass of
flames. The fire department was call
ed to the scene and succeeded in sav
ing the barn nearby the brooder
house which was threatened by the
TAKE TRIP TO LINCOLN
Miss Doris Wall, teacher of the
Pleasant Ridge school, Dist. 41 took
her sixth, seventh and eighth grade
pupils to Lincoln Saturday, April
29 where they visited the state capl
ol, museum, fire house, police sta
tion and many other points of inter
est. The trip was enjoyed by all.
Members of the classes are Shirley
Jpeck, Emilie and Regina Eierl, Shir
toy Chamberlain. Wayne Meisinger
and Elmer Iske.
TO VISIT IN CITY
Mrs. Ann Minor of Rochester, New
York is in Plattsmouth to spend sev
eral days visiting with her two
nieces, Mrs. Carl Schneider and Mrs.
Arthur Wetenkamp. Mrs. Minor ar
rived, Sunday and expects to remain
here for some time visiting with the
two families as well as her many for
mer friends before returning to her
home in the east.
Long Time Resident of County and
Widow of Late Phillip H. Mei
singer 111 for Months.
Mrs. Elizabeth Meisinger, 75, died
Friday night at the home of ner
daughter, Mrs. Lena Tritsch on Lo
cust street after an illness that has
covered a period of the past few-
years. Her ondition, however, has
been critical only the past few days
when she was stricken with plural
pneumonia and gradually sank into
the last rest.
Elizabeth Lutz was born near
Pekin, Illinois, October 12, 1863, her
childhood and early girlhood being
spent in that locality. When at the
age of two years her father passed
away and when she was twelve years
Df age her mother was called by
ieath. She was a member of a fam
ily of ten, five brothers and five
In 1882 she came west to Nebras
ka where, on February 2, 1S82, she
was married to Phillip H. Meisinger,
a friend of her childhood back in
Illinois, who with his six brothers
had come west to found a home in
the fertile farming section of Cass
county. They were married by Rev.
Spreigel, of the Lutheran church.
They settled on the farm where they
lived until moving to Plattsmouth
where they made their home for the
remainder of their life.
Five children were born to Mr.
and Mrs. Meisinger, two, Mary and
Walter, preceding the mother in
death. There are surviving two
daughters and a son, Mrs. E. H.
Tritsch, Mrs. Lena Tritsch, of thjs
city, Carl Meisinger of Omaha and a
foster son, Henry Fornoff. There also
survives one sister, Mrs. J. P. Falter
of Lincoln, brothers, Phillip Lutz, of
Fairmont and Nicholas Lutz of
Exeter, as well as two sisters-in-law,
Mrs. John Lutz, of Idaho, and Mrs.
Henry Lutz of Pekin. There are also
two granddaughters and threeg reat
Mr. Meisinger preceded the wife in
death on August 21, 1928.
The funeral services will be held
on Monday afternoon at 2:30 from
the St. Paul's Evangelical church of
which the deceased was a member for
a great many years.
The Sattler funeral home will be
in charge of the services.
PLEADS NOT GUILTY
From Saturday's Daily
This morning in the county court
Charles Wheeler was arraigned on a
complaint filed by County Attorney
Walter H. Smith, charging the de
fendant in nine counts of poultry
stealing, resisting an officer and as a
Wheeler is one of the two men cap
tured a few days ago by Sheriff Joe
Mrasek and Deputy Sheriff Emery
To the charges, Wrheeler made a
plea of not guilty, the preliminary
hearing being set for Wednesday,
May 17th. Bond was fixed at $1,500
and in failure to supply this the
defendant was remanded to the cus
tody of the sheriff.
Weis, the second of the men, who
has been at Omaha, being treated
for injuries received from shooting
in his capture, will be moved to the
hospital at the state prison at Lin
coln until he can be arraigned on
similar charges as that against
ATTENDS FUNERAL SERVICES
From Friday' Dmr
Miss Margaret Scotten was at
Omaha this morning where she at
tended the funeral services of the
late Miss Lillian Murphy, former
resident here. The services were held
at the Holy Name church in Omaha
at 9:30 and the body brought here
CARD OF THANKS
We gratefully wish to express our
deep appreciation of the aid and as
sistance given us In the time of
need during the fire at our home
Wednesday night. The members of
the fire department and friends and
neighbors . all have our heartfelt
thanks. Mr. and Mrs. Otto Pitz.
The city of Plattsmouth has re
ceived the recommendation from the
State Fire Prevention association
that the brick building on lower Main
street, formerly the Perkins House,
be torn down. It is found to be a
fire trap and dangerous and should
The city has taken no steps in
the matter as yet and this will prob
ably be taken up at the meeting of
the city council next Monday.
Schools of Cass
Teachers and Students Work on the
Beautification of School Grounds
Three rural school districts in Cass
county have sent in their response by
writing and describing the progress
made in cooperation with the junior
department of the Plattsmouth Gar
den club, who are promoting and
urging the beautification of rural
school grounds among the schools of
Cass county. The reports were re
ceived by Mrs. William Schmidtmann,
chairman of the junior department
of the Plattsmouth Garden club.
District 42, with Miss June Keil
is its teacher, reported that four ash
trees, two spirea bushes, a number
f currant bushes, rose bushes, and
iris, have been planted and have
built and set up a number of bird
houses on the school grounds.
Miss Velma Fulton, teacher of Dis
trict 27, reported that her school
has planted a weeping willow tree,
two mock orange bushes, lilac bushes,
and a variety of other plants.
- Twenty-five elm trees, ten spirea
bushes, a vegetable garden, as well
as a number of other plants were
set' out by District 38 of which
Beatrice Beverage is the teacher.
This makes a total of five district
schools from which Mrs. Schmidt
mann has received a response per
taining to their efforts in cooper
ating with the local garden club In
the beautification of the rural school
grounds. The five letters received up
o date were from Miss Ann Harris,
teacher of school district 72, Hilda
Neeman, rural school teacher at Pal
myra and the three mentioned to
day. A very fine report from each
was submitted, and it i3 hoped that
the other schools in the county who
are assisting in the .beautification of
the rural homes and gardens will
submit their progress along this line.
The appraisers appointed to esti
mate the damage of a small tract of
land near Murray, condemned for
road purposes, made their report late
Friday afternoon in the court ot
Judge A. H. Duxbury. The appraisers
XV. F. Nolte, Charles Reed and John
Hobscheidt, Sr., viewed the premises
in company with County Attorney-
Walter H. Smith.
The hearing was attended by
Clara and Fred Druecker, owners of
the property and representatives of
the state highway department.
The amount of the damage was
fixed at $1,180 for the owners of
the property by the appraisers.
MURRAY WELL APPROVED
After many trials a good and sub
stantial well has been obtained for
the Murray water -system. The
agents of the government were in
Murray and gave the well an ex
haustive test. The flow of water
when the pumps were applied was
r,uch as guaranteed a sufficient sup
ply of. water for all ordinary pur
poses. With the well now approved
by the government, the city now
goes forward and invites all who may
need water to see City Clerk C. H.
Boedeker that the connections may
ATTEND MISSIONARY MEETING
Mrs. V. T. Arn and mother, Mrs.
Anderson, Mrs. Fred Howland, Mrs.
J. C. Lowson and Mrs. Robert Hayes
were at Omaha where they attended
the meeting of the missionary so
cieties of the Methodist church.
Subscribe for the Journal.
in Track Meet
Held at Ashland
Reed and White Star as Locals Garner
Several Events Relay Team
Beats Former Record.
The Plattsmouth high school track
team garnered third plate at the
Ashland meeting Friday afternoon in
showing class in the track events
and placing in several of the other
tests of the meet.
Arlington was the winner of first
place for the third successive year
and now retains the trophy that
they have held a partial title to for
the past two years. Lauren Spang
ler of Arlington was the high point
man of the meet with twenty-five
points to place his team out in
Warren Reed and Allan White and
the other members of the Plattsmouth
group dominated the sprint events
that brought them into the third
place in the meet, Ashland bt ing sec
Plattsmouth in the 880 relay set a
new record, 1:38.1 and was a very
fine showing on the half mile dirt
track and facing a stiff wind more
than half the way. Robert Richter,
Joe York, Allan White and Wrren
Reed comprised the winning team.
The 100 yard dash was won by
Reed with White second, the time for
the event being 10.7.
Reed was also first in the 220 with
his running mate. White, in second
place. Time 25.0.
In the mile Wilkinson of Arling
ton was the winner with Warren
All bee of Plattsmouth third and
Malen Powell of Plattsmouth in
fourth place. Time 5:05.
In the broad jump, won by Spang-
ler of Arlington, Joe Phillips placed
fourth. Spangler won with a distance
of 20 feet, 6 Inches.
The 440 was won by Long of Llalr,
with Clarence Favors of Plattsmouth
In the high jump Joe York of
this city was tied for third place.
The event was won by Robinson of
ABhland. Height, five feet, four
TO OBSERVE MUSIC WEEK
From Saturday's Dally
The Cass County Extepsion Club
Chorus will observe Music Week next
week by presenting a program on
Thursday afternoon at 2:30 at the
First Methodist church in this city.
There will be no admission and
everyone in Plattsmouth is cordially
Invited to attend the entertainment.
The program is as follows:
"Star of the Summer Night"
"I Know a Lovely Garden"
"Kol Nidrel" Hebrew Melody
Mrs. R. C. Shallenbarger,
Piano Accordian Solos
There's a Gold Mine in the Sky"
Mrs. Henry Nolting,
"Dark Eyes" Riegger
"Lift Thine Eyes" Mendelssohn
Reading, "Deadman's Curve"
Mrs. Arlo Pratt, Elm wood
Solo Mrs. Henry Ruhga, Elmwood
"God of All Nature" Tschaikowsky
"Little Mother of Mine" Burleigh,
Mrs. Eugene Nutzman. Nehaw
ka: Mrs. Walter Farmer,. Ash
land; Mrs. Fred Creamer,
Two Piano Numbers
March Mllltaire Schubert
Hungarian Rhapsody Franz Liszt
Mrs. L. S. Devoe. Mrs. Roy
Knorr. Mrs. Elbert Wiles
Mrs. Roy Cole
"Happy Song" Teresa Del Rlego
'God Bless America" Irving Berlin
LEARNS OF FATHER'S DEATH
From Saturday' Dally
Dr. J. J. Stlbal of this city re
ceived the sad news this morning of
the death of his aged father, Joseph
Stibal of Lldgerwood. North Dakota.
The father and mother of Dr. Stibal
have both been in very poor health
for some time and bedfast a great
deal of the time. Recently Dr. and
Mrs. Stibal were at the home ot
the parents and remained a short
time with their loved ones.
In his loss Dr. Stibal will have
the deep sympathy of .the many
friends in this community.