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Nebr. State Historical Society
Vol. No. LV
PLATTSMOUTH, NEBRASKA, MONDAY, MAY 22, 1939.
Pay Tribute to
Gold Star Moth
ers of Vicinity
Mesdames Ripple, Kearns and Ko
pischka Honored at Meeting
of Legion Auxiliary
The three Gold Star Mothers of
this vicinity Mrs. Rozlna Ripple,
Mrs. Mike Kearns and Mrs. Carl
Kopischka were paid tribute at the
May American Legion Auxiliary
meeting held Friday afternoon at
the home of Mrs. Otto Lutz, west of
Mynard. Assistant hostesses were
Mesdames Ras'mond Larson, James
Rebal and Charles Nelson.
The meeting opened with a 1:30
dessert luncheon, followed by the
regular business session and later
the program, under direction of Mrs.
Wiley Sigler, program chairman.
At" the business session plans were
made for the preparation of wreaths
to decorate the graves of World war
veterans on Memorial day. Veteran
made poppies are used in abundance
in the wreaths. The organization
will also provide flags lor marking
the graves of the nearly 200 veter
ans of all wars buried in Oak Hill !
end nearby cemeteries, as has been
the custom for several years past. A
total of 34 wreaths is required for
the World war veterans.
The Auxiliary will also have a
part in the. public Memorial observ
ance at the Legion building Sunday
evening. May 28, when Mrs. L. S.
Devoe will present the ritualistic
memorial tribute of the organization
to the honored dead.
Plans were also completed for the
Poppy Day sale under way today and
for the Junior Auxiliary benefit card
party to be given Tuesday-evening
at the Legion building.
The ladies are working hard on
membership, hopeful of winning the
gavel bell for greatest increase in
members. This bell has been in pos
session of the local unit two success
ive years, and if won again becomes
their permanent property. Mrs. Ray
mond Larson, district vice president,
it membership chairman and is being
assisted by the unit officers in round
ing up the membership before the
end of May, when the contest closes.
The lesults have been most encourag
ing aod with a little greater response
they hope to keep the bell perma
nently in Plattsmouth.
Tribute to Gold Star Mothers
Frank Cloidt was present as guest
singer and rendered three beautiful
numbers. The first two were "Moth
er Machree" and "Mother o' Mine"
as a tribute to the Gold Star moth
ers, and for the younger mothers in
the group, "Sweethearts," from the
production "Blossom Time." by Rom
berg. He was accompanied by Mrs.
Sigler. who, as program chairman,
read a poem in honor of "Mother."
A gift for each honored guest
was given by the unit. Mrs. Kearns
and Mrs. Ripple were unable to at
tend, but were visited after the meet
ing and their gift taken to them.
Following the program, the mem
bers engaged in card playing.
Election Next Month
The June meeting on the 16th
will be held at the Legion building,
with a special Fidac program under
direction of Mrs. Lora Lloyd Kieck,
This is also the time for the an
nual election of officers, and the
nominating committee appointed by
the president is composed of Mes
dames Wiley Sigler, E. G. Ofe and
EXCELLENT SCHOOL RECORD
Miss Wilma Reeves, freshman In
the Plattsmouth high school, has an
unusual attendance record for the
past two years. Miss Reeves is the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William
Reeves and lives at 4th and Granite
streets. Wilma has not been tardy
to school for the entire nine years
she has been attending the Platts
mouth public schools. Her record for
the last two years is perfect, she
has been neither absent nor tardy.
This is a record toward which more
of the students might strive.
Popular-Bohemian Surprise Dance
will close the Legion Ballroom, Sat
urday. May 27th. Adm. 25c
Bond was posted Friday in the
county court by the Loup River Pub
lic Power district, appealing the
award made in two of the cases in
the condemnation proceedings start
ed by the company. The awards were
$110 to Mrs. Genevieve Aberdein and
$225 to Mrs. Carrie Appleman, both
With but two exceptions the pow-
er aisinci nas inea nonce 01 tne ap
peal of the award made to the land
owners by the board of appraisers
appointed by the court.
of Elva Olson-
Popular Local Young Woman Suc
cumbs During Operation Today;
Lived Lifetime Here.
From Friday's Dally
Death came suddenly this morning
to take away one of the well known
and popular young matrons of this
city, Mrs. Marvin Ray Patterson, 19,
formerly Miss Elva Olson. The death
of Mrs. Patterson occurred while un
dergoing an operation for appendi
citis at an Omaha hospital, she com
ing through the main part of the
operation in fine shape and suddenly
sinking into death.
The death came with terrible shock
to the family and leaves the young
husband and a baby daughter, born
April 5, 1939, as well as the other
relatives who have reared and loved
her through the years.
Elva Pauline Olson was born in
Plattsmouth on November 8. 1919
and when an infant her mother pass
ed away in 1922, leaving her to the
care of her grandparents, Mr. and
Mrs. T. E. Olson, who with tender
care raised her to womanhood. She
grew up in this city and was a gradu
ate of the Flattsmouth high school in
the class of 1937, being one of the
outstanding students in her work, a
musician of unusual talent and active
in the social life of the school. She
was engaged in clerical work until
her marriage to Mr. Patterson which
occurred in the summer of 1938.
There is surviving besides the hus
band and babe, one sister, Marion
Olson, of this city, her grandmother,
Mrs. T. E. Olson, uncles, Albert, C. R.
and George Olson of this city, aunts,
Mathilde Olson of this city, Thelma
Olson of Sedgwick. Colorado, Clara
Olson of Nyssa, Oregon, as well as
her father .who resides in the east.
The body was brought here to the
Sattler funeral home to a-wait the
funeral services to be held some time
Monday, the hour to be announced
PURCHASES LIQUOR CARGO
From Frldaya Dally
This morning Sheriff Joe Mrasek
and Deputy Sheriff Emery J. Doody
conducted the sale under court order
of the cargo of whisky and liquor
captured . some weeks ago while in
transit to Kansas and which failed
to have the proper Nebraska stamps.
The sale brought $520 for the stock
which was estimated to be worth
between $700 and $800 at the mar
ket value. The Ace Liquor store of
Omaha was the purchaser of the
A number of outside liquor dealers
were here to bid on the stock and
that it brought the price that it did
was due largely to the efforts of Fred
Herbster who had bid the price up on
the outside liquor interests and gain
ed the county a very good sum for
With the fine and costs as well as
the sale price the total received was
in the neighborhood of $900 but
some expense such as stamps and ad
vertising costs will have to come out
of the sale proceeds.
KILLS LARGE SNAKE
Friday afternoon while Mrs. Lu
cille Heikes was engaged in walking
down the Burlington tracks south to
ward the railroad bridge, she no
ticed a snake curled in the crotch
of a small tree along the east side of
the track. She secured a club and
started after the snake and pro
ceeded to slay the reptile. The snake
was of the bull snake variety and
measured five and a half feet
length and was of good size around.
Named by PHS
Select Leaders for ly39-40 Teams
Stuart Sedlak Selected as 1939
The lettermeu of the Plattsmouth
high school athletic department held
their meeting Thursday evening to
name the captains for the various
teams for 1939-40 season and the
selections were boys who made very
effective showing in their work in
athletics, footbail, basketball, track
For the 1939 football team the
members voted to select Bill Stein-
kamp, backfield man of the 193S sea
aon and who will be a senior the
coming year, as the pilot of the team.
The new eaotain was one of the
Sard hitting players of the past sea
son and his work in the backfield was
outstanding in both offense and de
fense. The basketball captain for the
1939-40 season will be Edward
Smith, a member of the senior class
of 1940. Edward served as forward
a great deal of the 1938-39 season
and was one of the hardest working
of the younger members of the squad.
Joe Phillips who has been playing
a tine brand or DaseDan mis season
for the P. H. S. was named as the
baseball captain for the 1940 season.
a nne recognition oi nis excellent
work. He has served both in the in
field and outfield in the present sea
son. As the track captain Allan White
was named by the lettermen, a recog
nition of his work for the past few
seasons on the track squad of the
local high school. Allan has set a
good pace for the locals and with
Warren Reed, retiring captain, has
been a leader in this sport.
The tennis team will be headed by
Stephen Devoe as captain, he having
been one of the most successful play
ers of the past season in this sport
and has participated in many events
in the present season.
The captain of the 1939 baseball
team was named also and for this
position Stuart Sedlak, who has been
outstanding in his work in this sport
was named by the lettermen. Stuart
has served as pitcher, third baseman
and shortstop and has had a very
brilliant record both as pitcher and
fielder as well as a batter.
CAR HAS WRECK
From Friday' Dally
This morning about 1 o'clock Sher
iff Joe Mrasek was called out on the
report of an auto smashup on high
way No. 75 north of this city, near
the Grosshans farm, which was the
scene of a fatal accident Friday
The sheriff found on hi3 arrival
that a '37 Buick had been badly dam
aged and ten of the heavy guard rail
posts broken off. The car was desert
ed when the sheriff arrived.
The car had crashed Into the guard
rails to knock out several, then
swung back Into the road and hit
the rail on the other side of the
car, doing a great deal of damage to
The wrecked car was brought on
into the R. V. Bryant garage to be
WILL UNDERGO OPERATION
Miss Amelia Friedrich of this city
is at St. Mary's clinic at Rochester,
Minnesota, where she has been for
a short time under treatment for an
injured arm and shoulder. Miss
Friedrich will undergo an operation
in a short time at the clinic in the
hope of giving her permanent relief.
The many friends here are hoping
that the treatment and operation may
restore her to her former good
ARRIVAL OF TWINS
BRINGS JOY TO HOME
At an Omaha hospital twins were
born to Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Meade,
of Murray. Mother, son and daugh
ter are doing very well. Their ar
rival has brought much Joy to the
parents and six brothers and sisters
who compriseed the family circle
prior to this latest visit from the
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I i.i 3, 1 . L. i A - J
ate at Creighton
George E. Sayles, Marvin Tritsch of
This City and Constance Mullis
of Union to Graduate.
OMAHA. May 20 (Special) Two
Plattsmouth students, George Sayles
and Marvin Tritsch, will be candi
iates for degrees at the annual com
mencement exercises of Creighton
university June 1.
Sayles will receive his doctor of
K.satal surgery degree, as will
Tritsch. Both are members of Delta
Sigma Delta, national dental frater
nity. Sayles is a member of Alpha Sigma
Nu, national Jesuit honorary society
and represented his fraternity this
year on the Pan-Hellenic council,
student governing body. He also be
longed to the Senior Inlay Study and
Tritsch belonged to the Pasteur,
Get aian, and Senior Inlay Study
clubs. He also played in the ROTC
university band, and was a member
of the Junior American Dental as-
Constance Josephine Mullis of
Union, is the third Cass county stu
dent who will graduate from Creigh
ton this year. She will receive her
graduate nurse's certificate.
Commencement week at Creigh
ton university will begin Sunday,
May 28, with a special day of spir
itual recollection for graduates, to
be conducted by the Rev. Francis G.
Deglman, S. J., student counsellor.
All relatives and friends of gradu
ates are " cordially invited by the
Very Rev. Joseph P. Zuercher, S. J-,
Creighton president, to attend com
mencement week exercises.
EASTERN STAR INITIATION
Thursday evening Home chapter,
No. 1S9 of the Eastern Star held
their initiation at their rooms in the
Masonic temple and which was quite
largely attended by the members of
the chapter and visitors, there being
guests from Omaha, Glenwood and
Fremont. From Owassia chapter No
296 of Omaha was the worthy ma
tron and from Glenwood the worthy
patron of the chapter there. The
members had the pleasure of the
presence of Mrs. George Thomas, a
past worthy matron of Home chap
ter, now residing at Los Angeles.
Mrs. Thomas was the worthy matron
some twenty-six years ago and it was
great pleasure for the local chap
ter to have her with them for the
Mrs. Evers, worthy matron and
Mr. Evers made the presentation of
several very beautiful lamps to be
used on pedestals in the lodge room.
These were hand made by Mr. Evers
ind had shades in the colors of the
colors of the star.
Mrs. Evers, who had been very ac
tive in the recent grand chapter
meeting at Omaha, was presented
with two very lofely gifts, a pearl
and bead evening bag from the chap
ter and a leather covered ritual given
by Mr. Evers as well as a number of
At the close of the evening re
freshments were served by the mem
bers in charge of the program of the
TEN POUND DAUGHTER
Wednesday afternoon shortly aftei
2. o'clock a ten-pound daughter was
born to Mr. and Mrs. Glen Kruger
at their home in Omaha. The mother
and little one are doing very nicely.
Mrs. Kruger was the former Miss
Margaret Meisinger and the little
one is a granddaughter of Mr. and
Mrs. John Meisinger, Jr., and Mr. and
Mrs. Harry L. Kruger of this city.
WEHREEINS HOSTS AT
SEASON'S FIRST PARTY
Spring is here definitely, and
summer can't be far behind. Supply
ing the final bit of evidence on that
ccore was the first party of the season
Jov.n in Cass county last Friday eve
ning, with Bill and John Wehrbein
and their boys acting, as usual, as
Like spring, the party was a little
late as against the "opener" of past
easons, but that fact was more than
made up in the ultra-fine steaks that
constituted the main dish of the eve
ning, as well as the Old Professor's
extra-special pains in preparing
them. Or maybe it was the skill of
his first lieutenant and bodyguard.
Scene of the festivities, also as
usual, was the shack "Ha-Jo-Do-In"
on the banks or the lJlatte river.
Likewise, besides the steaks, there
were all the trimmings in the way
of food, plus music with the meal.
which was continuous from 5 o'clock
until the Prof ran out of beef and
"It looked like bankers' night, what
with the Schneiders, father and son,
from Plattsmouth, and the head of
the house of Boedeker down Murray
way, and E. Hallstrom of Avoca, but
the others were there, too the
Stoehrs,' the Scotts, Noltings, Wulfs,
Spriecks, Beckers, Hennings, Val-
lerys, Micins, Nelsons, Zimmermans
and other "regulars" at past affairs,
including "Sheriff" Benett and a
goodly delegaTion from the Yards.
Due to a chill breeze from the
north, the water sports were elim
inated from the program, but other
entertainment lasted well into the
night, which was prolonged by the
temporary installation of a modern
electric lighting unit.
By the time for "lights out" it was
agreed that during the long winter
months the firm of Wehrbein, Wehr
bein, Wehrbein, et al, had lost none
of their usual hospitality. Nor had
the Professor changed any. He still
cooked as well and protested as loud
ly as ever, but all efforts of the press
and others to relieve him of oven
duty were nil. Stockman Journal.
STILL QUITE ILL
The reports from the Lincoln Gen
eral hospital state that B3'ron Gold-
lng of this city, who is there under
treatment and recovering from an
operation, is still In very grave con
dition. Mr. Golding had an operation
for a kidney affliction a few days ago
and which with the chronic heart
ailment that he suffers has made his
case a very severe one.
The reports from Omaha are to
the effect that H. E. Becker, who
was taken to a hospital on Monday
night, suffering from a severe
hemorrhage of the nose, is showing
a very favorable Improvement. He
will, however, remain at the hospital
for several days.
HERE FROM OREGON
Mrs. H. F. Gansemer of this city
has as her guests her daughter-in-law
and grandchild, Mrs. Leslie Gan
semer of Portland, Oregon. The
guests arrived in Plattsmouth Wed
nesday afternoon and expect to visit
for the next week with their many
friends and relatives.
ATTENDS SCHOOL MEETING
From Saturday's Daily
J. R. Reeder, principal of the
local high school, was at Omaha this
afternoon where he attended a meet
ing of the nominating committee of
the Second district of the Nebraska
State Teachers association. The
meeting was held at the Fontenelle
TO HOLD OPEN HOUSE
Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Van Every of
Lincoln, who have many friends in
Plattsmouth, will be honored by their
niece, Mrs. James C. Lewis, on the
occasion of the twenty-fifth anniver
cary of their marriage, on Saturday,
May 27th. A reception is being plan
ned and all Plattsmouth friends of
the Van Everys are asked to call at
their home, 2C3C N street, Lincoln,
Nebraska, without further invitation,
between the hours from 2 p. m. until
5 p. m. or from 7 p. m. until 9 p. m.
Mark - Green
Marriage Ceremony Took Place at
Papillion on December 10, 1938
Young People Reveal.
Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton E. Mark
of this city announce the marriage
of their daughter, Mary Jane, to Wil
con Green of Kansas City, Mo., which
took plate December 10, 1938 at the
home of Judge Harry C. Collins of
The bride and groom were attend
eel by Miss Evelyn Meisinger of
Omaha and Dinar Madsen of Lincoln
The bride was born in Hot Springs,
Arkansas, receiving her education in
he Plattsmouth schools. She gradu
ated in the year of 1937 with high
honors and was named as the salu
tatorian of her class.
In her senior year she was selected
by her class and the Daughters of
the American Revolution of this city
as the highest ranking student in
American history. She was one of
the outstanding commercial students
and a member of the National Honor
While in high school she was very
active In dramatic work.
She has been employed in the office
of the county attorney for the past
two years, under J. A. Capwell and
Walter H. Smith. Mrs. Wilson Green
is a granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Edward Donat of this city.
Mr. Green is a son of Mr. Laurence
Green of Oklahoma City and Mrs. R.
T. Shrontz of Kansas City. He is a
graduate of the Central high school
of Kansas City, Mo. He attended the
Kansas City Junior College and the
United Engineering school of Kansas
City. He has been in the employment
of the U. S. Engineers in this city
for the past year and has been mak
ing nis nome with his aunt and uncle.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry R. Johnston of
this city. ,
Mr. and Mrs. Green departed for
Kansas City this morning where they
will be guests of Mr. and Mrs. R. T.
The young people will reside in an
attractive apartment in the recently
purchased and remodeled Emery
TO ATTEND GOLDEN WEDDING
Mr. and Mrs. George Weidman ot
city are leaving for Plainview, Ne
braska early Sunday morning where
they will spend the day with Mr. and
Mrs. Fred W. Ebinger, the latter
being a sister of Mr. Weidman. The
Plainview couple will observe the
passing of their golden wedding an
niversary tomorrow and Mr. and Mrs.
Weidman will be present to help them
celebrate the event.
RETURNS FROM SCHOOL WORK
From Saturday's Daily-
Miss Lois Bestor, who has been
teaching at the Hordville, Nebraska,
high school, returned home last eve
ning. Miss Bestor has had a very
successful year and has been re-elected
to her post of teacher of mathe
matics in the high school. She will
take special work at the state" uni
versity this summer on her master's
REPORTS TO ASSESSOR
John Hopkins, assessor of Weep
ing Water precinct, has filed his re
port with County Assessor W. H.
Puis, completing an excellent piece
of work. The work of the assessors
all over the county is now nearlng
the end and the results being com
piled at the office of the county
Journal Job Printing Pleases.
Miss Mary Swatek and Mr. Theodore
Spaustat Married at the
Holy Rosary Church.
From Saturday' Darty .
This morning at 9 o'clock at the
Holy Rosary church on west Pearl
street, was held the marriage of
Miss Mary L. Swatek, daughter ot
Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Swatek of this
ity, and Mr. Theodore Spaustat. son
of Mrs. E. C. Spaustat, of Omaha.
The -church was arranged very
charmingly in decorations of the
white summer flowers in profusion
on the candle lighted altar of the
church before which the wedding
rows were taken.
The Rev. Joseph R. Sinkula, pastor
of the church, was the celebrant of
the nuptial mass.
The bridal party entered the
church as the "Bridal Chorus" from
"Lohenghrin" by Wagner, was played
by Miss Dorothy Svoboda, organist
of the church. Miss Swatek entered
on the arm of her father, William
A.. Swatek and was joined at the
chancel by the groom and his best
man, Leonard Holoubec.k, a cousin.
of Omaha. -
The bride was attended by her
cousin. Miss Bertha Kramollch, of
Omaha, as bridesmaid.
The bride was charming in her
gown of white bangaline made along
princess lines and with an Empress
Eugenie collar. The veil was of
flngertip length aud held in place
with a wreath of gardenias. She
carried a white covered prayer book
with a shower bouquet of sweet peas.
The bridesmaid s gown was of
apple green organdy with veil cap
During the celebration of the mass
the music was rendered by the choir
with solos by Miss Wilma Swatek,
sister of the bride and Mr. Bernard
Following the wedding ceremony
ihe immediate relatives were served
lovely appointed wedding break
fast at the home of the parents of
the bride, Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Swatek.
One of the features of the prettily
arranged breakfast was the handsome
wedding cake, baked by Joseph Jel-
inek, of Omaha, uncle of the bride.
The bride is a graduate of the
Plattsmouth high school In the class
of 1930, and since completing her
school work has been en traced In
teaching in the nearby rural districts
where she was very successful in her
work. She has been engaged for the
past three years in the offices of the
Prudential Insurance company at
Mr. Spaustat has grown to man
hood in Omaha and where he received
his education and at the present time
is In the employ of the Omaha Na
tional bank. He is a member of the
board of governors of the American
Institute of Banking.
At noon the happy couple depart
ed for the Ozarks where they will
enjoy a short honeymoon, and after
June 15th they will be at home at
4518 South 14th street, Omaha.
MRS. KROEHLER ILL
Mrs. Andrew Kroehler, residing at
914 Locust street is gravely ill at
her home as the result of a slight
attack of pneumonia. Mrs. Kroehler
was taken ill a few days ago with a
cold and since that time has been
bedfast. Her daughter, Mrs. Walter
Tritsch, is caring for the mother dur
ing her illness.
I wish to most gratefully express
my appreciation of the many kind
friends In my recent illness and con
finement to the hospital. Those who
called, sent letters and cards and
flowers made my stay very much more
pleasant and their kindnesses will
long be gratefully remembered.
WILLIAM M. BARCLAY.
SUFFERS FROM FLU
Dr. R. P. Westover, local physi
cian, is ill at his home at 805 Mala
street, suffering from an attack ot
flu which he contracted recently. He
was unable to be about his usual
medical duties today. .