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Nebr. State Historical Society
Vol. No. LV
PLATTSMOUTH, NEBRASKA, THURSDAY, MAY 11, 1939.
as Motif for the
Colorful Social Event of the School
Year Staged by Juniors to
Honor Senior Class
Saturday evening the ' annual
Junior-senior banquet of the high
6chool was held at the American
Legion hall, proving a very colorful
climax of the school year and the
graduating days of the school.
This year the Junior class members
and their sponsors, Miss Jessie
Whelan, who has served as sponsor
for this class for the last three
years, and Mr. Lumir Gerner, had
chosen as the motif for the banquet
Bettings, that of Hawaii and which
was most strikingly carried out In
Realistic Hawaiian Scene
The banquet hall was walled by
a very realistic appearing fence
carved out of burlap sacks. The ceil
ing of the hall was formed by the
dark blue paper with silver stars,
making a very beautiful setting, a
huge luminovs yellow moon also
shining its rays on the banquet
pcene. In the center of the building
stood a volcano, which sent forth
clouds of smoke and this was sur
rounaeu Dy palm trees wnlch were
also In profusion, the trees being
placed at each corner of the build
The tables were colorfully decor
ated, with Hawaiian dolls at each
place. Little quaint huts served as
nut cups. The centerpiece was a
large pineapple and the program
sheets were also paper pineapple de
The Hawaiian theme was carried
out in the menu served by the ladies
of the Methodist church, this being:
Papaia - Mynah Birds
Crater - Lava
Hawiian Dreams - Lois Salad
Tuberoses - Pumice
Cocoanuts - Aloha - Kona
The Toast list
The toast list was one that
brought out many very clever re
sponses from the young people of the
school and the faculty and board of
education representatives. Harley
Cottingham, Junior class president,
presided and introduced the various
Responses from the various heads
of the three classes were heard dur
ing the evening, these presidents be
ing: Thomas Solomon, president of
the senior class; Miss Betty Jo Llber
ihal, president of the sophomore
class; and Robert Mrasek, president
of the freshman class.
Joe York rendered v a typical
Hawaiian number, his selection being
"Farewell," Mrs. L. S. Devoe serving
os the accompanist.
Miss Dorothea Fulton spoke in be
half of the seniors and she told of
the feeling of regret felt by the
seniors now that the happy, carefree
days of school are coming to a close
and the stern realities of life mu3t be
faced by the seniors. "Loyalty" was
Allan White addressed the gather
ing on "Enthusiasm," serving as the
main discussion of the evening. He
pointed out the many qualities that
the students of the high school held
during the year but "Enthusiasm"
seemed to stand out more.
"Hawaiian Dreams" was the solo
Riven by John Jacobs, with Mrs. J. R.
Reeder as the accompanist.
Miss Evelyn Ripa, commercial In
structor In the local high school, was
also present and centered her talk of
the evening on "Interest," which,
she said, was very well carried out
by the honored class and other
Dr. O. C. Hudson, newly elected
member of the board of education,
was heard in an address delivered on
"Success." He stressed the many
qualities and' points that lead to
success, these making the men and
women of tomorrow.
During the serving the "South
Pacific Hawaiian Orchestra" played a
cry delightful program and at the
close of the banquet they played for
t e dancing party that followed and
wMch was a most delightful close of
tL evening, the dancing continuing
inril the midnight hour.
Promptly at 11 p, m. the crowd
wa favored with a floor show given
by tie orchestra members. The floor
show comprised young ladies fea
turing the hula hula dance and other
Hav liian numbers.
'rue chairmen of the committees
in c".iarge of the banquet were as
fcllu.vs: Hall, Wilma Swatek; tables,
CorrLne Drucker; menu, Helen Blot
zer; program, Helen Hiatt; orches
tra, Lilian White; invitations, Stephen
Dev-s property, Joe Phillips.
TL officers for the Junior class for
thib ear are as follows: Harley Cot
tingliam, president; Helen Dill, vice-
president; James Jones, secretary
Chapter, 0. E. S.
Mrs. W. F. Evers, Worthy Matron o
Home Chapter One of Attendants
of Grand Worthy Matron.
A very large group of the members
of Home chapter No. ISO of the
Eastern Star of this city were at Oma
ha Tuesday evening to attend the
sixty-fourth annual meeting of the
grand chapter of the Eastern Star of
The opening session and reception
of the Most Worthy Matron of the
Grand Chapter of the United States,
Mrs. Anna W. Smalley of Roundup,
Montana, was a very colorful event
and the city auditorium largely fill
od by the members of the order. Mrs
Smalley had come by plane from
Minneapolis where she had visited
the Minnesota grand chapter.
Mrs. Ethel Thrope, of Vesta chap
ter, of Omaha, Nebraska grand
worthy matron presided over the
opening of the grand chapter and
presented the distinguished visitors
to the chapter members. .
Mrs. William F. Evers, worthy ma
tron of Home chapter of this city,
was one of the members of the group
of attendants on the grand matron,
being honored by her selection sev
eral months ago.
Among those from Plattsmoufch
were: Mrs. Luke L. Wiles, Mrs
Wiley Sigler, Mrs. Frank A. Cloidt,
Miss Clara Weyrich, Mrs. Ralph M.
Wiles, Mrs. Fred Bourck, Mrs. Fred
Worth, Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Evers,
Mr. and Mrs. John Janesek, the for
mer worthy patron of Home chapter,
Mr. and Mrs. L. W. NIel, Judge and
Mrs. A. H. Duxbury, Mrs Margaret
Brendel, Mrs. William Minford, Mrs.
Will Seybolt, Mrs. E. S. Tutt, of Mur
ray, Miss Mary Petersen.
FUNERAL OF MRS. MEISINGER
The funeral services for Mrs.
Elizabeth Meisinger held Monday
afternoon at the St. Paul's Evangel
ical church, were very largely at
tended by the many old time friends
of this splendid lady who for so
many years has been a resident of
Rev. Walter Kiekcr, of Omaha, wtfb
has served as pastor here for several
months, conducted the services and
brought words of comfort to the be
reaved family and paid a tribute to
the long and useful life of the de
parted lady now gone to rest.
Duiing the services a trio composed
of Mrs. Otto Pitz, Miss Helen Horn
and Mrs. George Klinger, gave two
of the old hymns, "Rock of Ages"
and "Nearer My God to Thee" as
well as one of the loved German
hymns, a favorite of the deceased
The interment was at Oak Hill
cemetery and the pall bearers were
selected from members of the family
circle, nephews of Mrs. Meisinger
3ervlng in this capacity. They were
E. Meisinger, Henry G. Meisinger,
L. A. Meisinger, H. A. Meisinger,
John P. Meisinger and Will H. Mel-
The Sattler funeral home was
LEAVE FOR CALIFORNIA
Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Rakow, of
Marysville, California, who have been
here for the past two weeks visiting
with their parents, Mr. and Mrs.
August Rakow, departed Tuesday for
their home In the west, Mr. Rakow
and wife have made their home In
the west for the past several years
and has been engaged In construc
Fine Program Presented at Church
for Group from Southeastern Ne
braska Have Supper Party
From Mnday's Daily
A youth rally for the Presbyterian
Ycung People of the southeast Ne
braska district was held at the Pres
byterian church yesterday. Churches
sent delegations from eight commun
ities. A trophy was presented to the
Falls City group for traveling the
most miles per person. It was a
beautiful candleabrum and will be
competed for at the next district
rally. The Rev. Dr. H. M. Markley
of Nebraska City delivered an ad
dress at 3:20. Dr. J. M. Douglass
of Auburn led a devotional service.
Three group discussion sessions were
held simultaneously at 4 o'clock, led
by- Rev. McDonald of Hopewell
church. Miss Pearle Staats and Dr. II.
G. McClusky of Plattsmouth.
At the business session the new
officers for next year elected were:
Richard Hitt, president and William
Robertson, Jr., secretary and treas
urer of Plattsmouth; Mrs. Lathrop
and Dr. H. M. Markley, sponsors
from Nebraska City. Miss Ruth
James of Auburn was president last
year and presided at the business
The delegates were given a view
of Plattsmouth by auto from 5 to 6.
At 6 o'clock the ladies of Circle No.
2 served a delicious supper. The
young peopl e sat at ten separate
tables and vied in songs with each
other for supremacy of song effect
during the supper hour. Two reels of
motion pictures were shown describ
ing a typical summer conference.
Judge A. H. Duxbury kindly brought
his movie projector for this feature.
A demonstration program was pre
sented by the Falls City group.
The evening service was a World
Communion in which six youth dress
ed In costume of other nations bring
ing a message from their people.
Rev. Mergler of Humboldt gave the
communion address, following which
the communion was served by elders
of the local church.
A very interesting feature during
the supper hour was selections of mu
sic played by Rev. Kenneth Keeler on
saw with a violin bow. A male
quartet from the School for the Blind
at Nebraska City gave three beauti
ful numbers at the evening service.
Mrs. Kenneth Keeler of Falls City
deserves most of the credit for mak
ing' this rally a decided success. It
was voted to have a mid-summer
picnic at Coryell Park next summer.
ANNOUNCE PRIZE WINNERS
The Nebraska State Fire Prevention
association, which conducted the
fire inspection here on April 20th,
has announced the awards made for
the best home Inspection blanks re
turned to the association by the
school children of Plattsmouth.
The list has been sent by the as
sociation to Carl Schneider, local
chairman of the fire inspection day
and the following have been named
as the best in their work:
First Edward Berlette, St. John's
Second Donna Bea Seiver,
Third Donald Burcham,
WILL VISIT IN CITY
be found the ad
John P. Johnston,
the Hotel Platts
vertisement of Dr.
of Omaha, well
who is to be at
mouth in this city on Wednesdav.
May 17th. Dr. Johnston has been
Very successful in his work and a
large number of the Cass county
residents have been given examin
ations and treatment at his hands.
MRS. STAVA HOME
Mrs. Edward Stava, who has been
in a St. Louis, Missouri hospital,
was brought to her home here In
Plattsmouth Friday. Mrs. Stava un
derwent a severe operation In St.
Louis several weeks ago and since
that time she has been recuperating
and Improving slowly following the
From Tuesday's Dan
The annual spring hike of the
sophomore class of the Plattsmouth
high school was observed today when
the class, with Miss Florence Beigh
ley as its sponsor, hiked out to the
Thomas Grosshans farm this after
noon, following the regular school
activities. A large group were able
to be present and partake of the fine
luncheon that was in store for them
at their arrival.
Miss Betty Joe Libershal, presi
dent of the class, assisted Miss Beigh
ley in the arrangements and lunch
eon. Forty Hours
Devotion at the
Number of Visiting Priests Here to
Take Part in Religious Ser
vices at Local Church.
The Forty Hours' devotion, which
was held at the Holy Rosary church
on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday
evening. May 7, 8, and 9, concluded
last evening with solemn procession
of the Blessed Sacrament. A large
number of visiting clergymen were
present at the impressive services.
The Rev. Albin Bauer, pastor of
the St. Mary's church at Nebraska
City, delivered the closing sermon of
the Forty Hours.
The procession, which consisted of
eleven flower girls, acolytes, and
clergymen, was in charge of Miss
Miss Svoboda also had charge of
the floral decorations of the altars
of the church. They were decorated
with , spring flowers and large bou
quets of snapdragons which beauti
fied the main altar.
The devotions began Sunday morn
ing at the 8 o'clock mass which was
celebrated by the Rev. A. N. Antoch
owskt of Orchard Lake, Mich. Sun
day evening services were held at
30. the Rev. Vladislav Potockl of
Nebraska delivering the
Monday services began with a
30 a. m.- mass with Rev. Clemens
Siwinski of Denton addressing the
congregation. The Monday evening
devotions were conducted in Bo
hemian, the Rev. Jerome Pokorny of
Wilber preaching the Bohemian ser
The Rev. E. C. McFadden of Syra
cuse delivered the sermon x uesuay
morning at the 7:30 mass. ,
The services were largely attended
during the three day devotions.
The visiting clergymen who parti
cipated in the closing ceremonies In
cluded: Rt. Rev. Monsignor George
Airhis nastnr of the St. John's Church.
Plattsmouth; Fathers Albin Bauer
and Barge of Nebraska City; Wal
ter Sherry, Julian; Charles Bauer,
Nebraska City; John Kean, Palmyra;
James Hennessy, Manley; John Koz
lik, Milligan; A. N. Antochowski, Or
chard Lake, Michigan; and Joseph R.
Sinkula, pastor of the Holy Rosary
Following the services the visit
ing prelates were entertained at
luncheon served at the rectory by
Miss Theresa Demuth.
VISIT WITH SICK
Mayor and Mrs. George Lushinsky,
Officers Herbert Johnson and Frank
Boetel, were at Omaha Tuesday where
they spent a short time visiting with
Chief of Police W. M. Barclay at the
Clarkson hospital and E. H. Schulhof
at the St. Joseph hospital. Mr. Bar
clay is now showing a fine progress
and it is hoped that he may be home
today or Thursday to finish recuper
ating here at the family home.
Mr. Schulhof is still under treat
ment and observation and the cause
of his illness still is undetermined.
He has suffered from inability to
eat and as the result is still quite
weak, but is able to be up and around
the hospital and grounds.
VISITS UNCLE HERE
Attorney D. O. Dwyer bad the
pleasure Saturday of a visit with hia
nepehw. Dr. J. H. Blackhurst, of De
troit, Michigan, who is en route to
the west to visit with relatives and
stopped for a very pleasant stay. Dr.
Blackhurst is engaged in educational
work in Michigan.
W. C. T. U.
Missionary Societies of the City Are
Guests of the Organization
at Hayes Home.
The W. C. T. U. members of this
city met on Monday afternoon at
2:30 at the home of Mrs. R. B. Hayes
on Park Hill, the local unit serving
as hostesses to the members of the
missionary societies of the city. Rep
resentatives from three church mis
sionary societies were present and
heard on the program.
The meeting was presided over by
the president, Mrs. R. B. Hayes. Mrs
Ed Thimgan had charge of the de-
votionals. and she gave as her Bible
lesson, "Temperance Quotations."
During the business session, Miss
Olive Gass, correspondng secretary
of the W. C. T. U., read a letter from
Dr. Izora Scott, legislative represen
tative of Washington, D. C. Miss
Gass also reported on the Gold Star
Union, a national education fund of
the society, and the Lightline Union,
temperance union in the mission
ary field. Miss Gass also presented
another talk that was much enjoyed.
Mrs. R. B. Hayes reported on the
plans and arrangements for a dis
trict institute which will Include
Following the business meeting,
Mrs. George Farley, program chair
man, presented the various numbers
and speakers which v comprised the
Miss Eleanor Giles favored the
group with two vocal numbers, "My
Creed." by Elizabeth Garrett, and
"God Bless America," by Irving Ber
lin, her mother. Mrs. E. C. Giles
serving as her accompanist.
Mrs. Ed Thimgan reported on the
work of the Foreign Missionary so
ciety of the First Methodist church."
The Home Missionary Society re
port, which was prepared by Mrs.
V. T. Am, was given by Mrs. J. C.
Lowson. Mrs. Arn being unable to
Mrs. Roy Carey, a representative
of the First Christian church society,
was present and. gave the report of
her church society.
The Presbyterian church temper
ance and missionary society report
was given by Mrs. Glen Vallery and
Mrs. H. G. McClusky. The reports
were" very interesting and proved to
Miss Juanita Sigler, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Wiley Sigler, was pres
ent and rendered the song, "Abide
With Me" her mother being her ac
companist. The program closed with a demon
stration given by the W. C. T. U.
members, indicating how the mis
sionary societies and the W. C. T. U.
were working together., The selection
indicating this demonstration was
"Wind the White Ribbon Around the
The W. C. T. U. benediction was
given and all participated In the
singing of "Blessed Be the Tie That
The afternoon was concluded with
the serving of refreshments by Mrs.
Hayes, this being followed by a social
hour among the members and visit
ANNOUNCES SCHOOL EVENTS
From Tuesday's Daily
Announcement was made today re
garding the baccalaureate by Prin
cipal J. Russell Reeder that the ser
vice will be held on Sunday evening,
May 21 at the First Presbyterian
church. Mr. Reeder also revealed that
the graduation exercises fo the 1939
senior class will take place on Thurs
day evening. May 25 at the Platts
mouth high school auditorium.
MOTOR TO RICHARDSON COUNTY
C. F. Glaze and son, E. L. Glaze,
drove to Preston, Nebraska, Satur
day for a visit with with old friends,
C. F. Glaze staying for a few days.
On the way back E. L. Glaze stop
ped at Humboldt, bringing on with
him Mrs. Walter Schmelzell, a sister
of Mrs. C. C. Cotner and Mrs. C. F.
Glaze, who will visit here for some
Gift Dance at the new decorated Le
gion Ballroom with Eddie Duffs 10
piece orchestra. 30c before 9:15 p. m.
DEATH OF BABE
From Monday's Dally .
This morning a child was born to
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Egenberger at
Nebraska City, the little one being
dead at birth. The funeral services
were held today at Nebraska City.
Mrs. Edward Kelly, mother of Mr
Egenberger and Sheriff and Mrs. Joe
Mrasek, parents of Mrs. Egenberger,
motored there this morning. Mrs
Kelly will remain at the Egenberger
home to care for the small children
of the family. The family will have
the condolences of the friends on the
death of the little one.
Drive to Raise
Money for the
Jr. Drum Corps
Week-End Will See Solicitation to Be
Made to Aid This Most Worthy
This week-end on Friday and Sat
urday there will be a concerted drive
made for funds for the aid of one of
the most Interesting groups in the
city, one that has in recent years,
eerved as a great advertising and en
tertaining force in the city that of
the American Legion Junior drum
and bugle corps.
The boys have need of additional
equipment and uniform replacement
that requires funds and also to pre
pare them for the coming summer
and fall activities.
The committee In charge will have
workers out possibly on Friday and
for an intensive drive on Saturday
to raise the much needed funds. It is
hoped to make the event one in
which all can participate and any
sum large or small that can aid this
good cause .will be gratefully appre
ciated by the committee and help out
the good work.
This fall the drum and bugle corps
will be busy in filling dates for the
entertainment in this section of the
state and which will includo the
local King Korn festivities, the boys
cheerfully responding and serving
without pay or question in helping
to put over any activity that they
may be called upon to do.
Prepare Saturday to Join in the
group of citizens who will aid the
rum and bugle corps in their sum
mer program by a donation, large or
The program Saturday will end
with an exhibition of the drum and
bugle corps on Main street.
JOIN IN PROGRAM
Eighteen cooperators are now en
rolled in the state wide pasture-forage-livestock
program in Cass coun
ty. Several of these farms will serve
as demonstration fields this fall for
those in the community. One you
are certain to be interested In will be
on the Herman Schweppe farm east of
Murdock on Highway No. 1. A field
of grain sorgo Early Kaio will be
hogged off this fall. Shoats will be
weighed and selected by represen
tatives of the animal husbandry de
partment and the number of pounds
of gain per acre determined at the
close of the feeding experiment.
Other planting field demonstration
plots of grain sorgo near the road
io they can be watched this summer
are: Richard Spangler, Plattsmouth;
Harry Bricker, Greenwood; H. A.
Larson, Cedar Creek; John B. Kaffen
berger, Plattsmouth; Walter O'Brien,
Wabash; Herman F. Schweppe, Wa
bash; Wildon Switzer, Nehawka;
Wm. Wetenkamp, Plattsmouth; Fred
Rehmeler, Weeping Water; F. D.
Philpot, Nehawka; and F. J. Hild,
UNDERGOES SERIOUS OPERATION
From Wednesday's Dally
Mrs. Thomas Svoboda, former resi
dent of this city, underwent a ser
ious operation shortly after 7 a. m.
today at the University hospital in
Omaha. Mrs. Svoboda, while on her
way to work several months ago,
suffered a severe injury to the head
as the result of a fall. Since that
time she has been in the hospitals
at Omaha and had undergone two
similar operations, this making the
third operation that she was forced
to undergo, and her condition at the
present time remains quite (critical.
Mrs. Svoboda is a sister of Mrs.
Hermie Svoboda, Mrs. Kate Hiber,
and Anton Janda of this city.
Sixty Boys and
Girls Clubs are
Formed in Year
Great Interest Shown and More Mem
bers Enrolled in Organization
Over the County.
Sixty boys and girls 4-H clubs.
with a membership of well over 500,
have been organized for the year 1939
and more clubs are being organized
The new clubs reporting organiz
ation since last week are:
Merry Mixers Cooking cluli Dor-
etta Schlaphoc, Wabash, leader.
South Ashland Junior Cooking
club Mrs. G. E. Mansfield. Ashland,
Canners Clan Canning club Dor-
etta SchlapholT, Wabash, leader.
Yum Yum Cooking club Inez Alt-
house, Eagle, leader.
Curly Club (lamb club) Merton
Gray, Greenwood, leader.
Snappy Sewers Clothing club-
Helen Nelson, Palmyra, leader.
Snappy Seamstresses Clothing club
Mrs. Renos Anderson, Weeping
Ever Lay Poultry club Raymond
Winkler, Eagle, leader.
Many different projects are being
carried by these boys and girls in
cluding pig, baby beef, poultry,
sheep, forestry, garden, rope, weed,
canning, cooking, clothing, girls
room and keep-well.
In addition to the satisfaction
achieved from work well done, many
4-H youngsters each year win special
awards such as medals, trips to Club
Week, Wildlife Conservation Camp,
National 4-H club camp at Washing
ton. D. C. the National 4-H Club
Congress at Chicago, and special trips
and prizes in connection with exhi
bition of projects at state and coun
' In checking over past records we
find that since the beginning of 4-H
club work in Cass county, CS boys
and girls have won trips to Chicago,
two to Kansas City, six to St. Louis
and two to Ontario, Canada, as state
representatives. One hundred fifty
one trips to the annual 4-H Club
Week in Lincoln have been won by
Cass county 4-H'ers and seven trips
to the Wild Life Conservation camp
at Seward inaugurated in 1936. In
addition to these trips the highest
honor a 4-H club member can achieve.
that of representing the state at the
National 4-H Club Camp in Wash
ington, D. C. has come to six Cass
county 4-H'ers. This latter figure in
cludes this year's trip winner, Clyde
Althouse of Eagle, who will leave
June 8th to attend the 1939 camp.
The county commissioners at their
session have taken action to rescind
their former action in disallowing or
refusing the bill of the Cass County
Farm Bureau for action on their
claim. The board of commissioners
have followed the legal rulings on
the matter of whether the payment
of the amount asked for the main
tenance of the bureau be made.
The first opinion was that the
proposition had failed of retaining
the appropriation, a later opinion
was that the proponents had failed
to defeat the appropriation.
The board voted to allow the Feb
ruary claim of the farm bureau as
asked and will await the ruling of
the courts on Just the exact legal
status of the claims and whether
the farm bureau appropriation was
voted out or is still an obligation of
JOHN JACOBS OPERATED ON
John Jacobs, popular and talented
member of the senior class of the
local high school, was stricken very
suddenly Saturday evening at the
Junior-Senior banquet with an attack
of appendicitis and Sunday morning
was operated on at the Anton Kani
hospital at Omaha. The reaction of
the patient was excellent and latest
reports are that he is showing ex
cellent progress altho still feeling
the effects of the attack and oper
ation. WILL HOLD BAKE SALE
The Catholic Parent-Teachers asso
ciation will hold a bake sale at Wurl's
store on Saturday, May 20th. Sale
starts at 11 a. m. Watch for fur
ther announcement. m9-ltd-ltw
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