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Vol. No. LV
PLATTSMOUTH, NEBRASKA, THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 1939.
Held at St. Paul's
Miss Dorothea Marie Siemoneit and
Mr Emil Franz Schmidt Mar
ried Sunday Afternoon.
In a double ring ceremony at the
St. Paul's Evangelical church, Sun
day afternoon June 18. at 2:30 Miss
Dorothea ?.larie Siemoneit, daugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs. t ritz u. sie
moneit was united in marriage to
Mr. Emil Franz Schmidt, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Albert Schmidt of Germany.
Rev. Samuel G. Schick officiated.
Eefore the procession. Miss Leona
Meisinger played a lovely organ pre
lude, "The Voice That Breathes Over
Eden," tnd "Liebestraum" by Liszt.,
followed by "I Love You Truly," a
solo very beautifully rendered by
Mrs. Ray Herring. Then followed
the wedding march by Lohengrin.
The altar was beautifully arranged
with an arch of crimson covered
with baby ramblers mingled with
smilax. On either side of the arch
were lovely baskets of hollyhocks,
delphiniums and roses.
The ushers. Frank Steppat, cousin
of the bride and Walter Frye, both
of Omaha, were dressed in light gray
business suits, leading the wedding
In a very charming light blue
floor length Hollywood dress of 21
ruffles came little Sharon Lee Nor
ris. a cousin of the bride, of Chi
cago, carrying a basket of roses,
strewing them along the pathway be
fore the bridal party. She wore a
band of pink rosebuds In her hair. I
Miss Uernice Ann Halmes, cousin
of the bride, was next, dressed in floor
length pink tulle net made along the
Juliet lines over a pink astin slip.
Her Jewelry consisted - of a - pearl
necklace, a gift of the bride. She
carried a bouquet of Johanna Hill
roses and delphiniums.
Following the bridesmaid, came
the maid of honor. Miss Rose Mary
Steppat. cousin of the bride. She was
dressed in a floor length gown of
aqua blue turner net with an em
broidered top and a double net skirt
over an aqua satin slip. Her jewelry
consisted of a pearl necklace, a gift of
the bride and a gold wrist watch.
She carried a bouquet of Talisman
Mr. Alfred Frye, of Omaha, was
the best man. At this time the best
man and the groom, both dressed in
dark double breasted business suits
came out from the vestry to meet the
bride who was now coming up the
aisle on the arm of her father, who
Save her in marriage.
The bride wore a floor length wed
ding gown of double trusse net made
along the princess line with a long
train and a bolera jacket over a
satin slip. A long three yard double
veil of allusion net - trimmed with
rhantllly lace was held in place with
a tiara trimmed with orange blos
soms. Her only jewelry was a pearl
necklace. She carried a large bou
quet of white Angelus roses with a
shower of the genuine orange blos
soms. Mrs. Charles Senisch, who had
helped arranged and assist Mrs. Fritz
Siemoneit, mother of the bride. In
preparing a trousseau for her wed
ding several years ago, also assisted
the bride of 1939 in preparing her
The trainbearers were like a small
couple, the little girl being Marilynn
Joan Stoehr, cousin of the bride,
dressed In a long white net dress
trimmed with white ribbons and
roses. She wore a head band c-f or
chids. The little man was Georgie
Born dressed in long white trousers
and dark jacket.
After the ceremony Miss Leona
Meisinger played Mendelssohn's re
cessional. Following the wedding ceremony
a reception was held at the pretty
country home of the bride's parents
where they received many beautiful
gifts from the guests. A large three
tier wedding cake formed the center
piece of the table of the bridal party.
The rest of the cafeteria style.
The bride was born and has grown
up In this community where she is
numbered among the most popular of
younger set. Since her gradu-
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cue uao just Liiracu utri suiiuui nuift
to embark on the happiness -of her!
The groom comes from one of the
prominent families of Germany
where he was born and educated in
the schools of that country. He has
made his home here for the past few
years and has made many friends
during his stay here.
The best wishes of the friends will
be extended to these fine young peo
ple in the years that lie before them.
A cablegram of congratulatory
wishes was received from the groom's
parents in Germany who also are giv
ing the happy couple a trip to Europe
which is to "be taken at a future date.
About 80 guests were present. Out-of-town
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Schmidt, Mrs.
Charles Senisch, Miss Theresa Toten
haupt, Edward Totenhaupt, Emil
Totenhaupt, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Step
pat and family, Mr. and Mrs. August
Reinsch, Mr. and Mrs. Ewald Dorn,
Mr. and Mrs. Glen- Johnson, Mrs.
Jack Frye and son, Alfred and Wal
ter, Mrs. George Norelsch, Miss
Emma Noreisch, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur
Frye and family, all of Omaha; Mr.
and Mrs. Ernest Benke, Elkhorn;
Mrs. Martha Norris, Sharon Lee and
George, Mrs. J. Stattler and famijy
Wedding Ceremony Held at the First
Presbyterian Church To Reside
on a Farm Near Murray.
Rainfall in '
Smiles to All
ation from the Plattsmouth schools,
the bride has been engaged in teach
ing in the county schools and in
which she has been Tery successful.
Generous Rains Tuesday Night and
This Morning Seen as Boon to
Crops in Country.
From 'Wednesday's Dallj
The past week has brought an in
crease in moisture in this part of
the state and which culminated in
the 1.35 inch rainfall of last night
and the generous showers that fell
through the greater part of the morn
ing over the eastern section of Ne
braska south of the Platte river.
The rain here followed an after
noon of threatening clouds but it
was not until near 9 o'clock that the
storm opened up and from then until
morning a very generous downpour
came to relieve the growing crops
land to bring cooler weather.
In the city the rain brought much
water down from the paved hill
streets and which flowed into the
main section of the city but aside
from debris and mud did little dam
age and at no time threatened dan
ger. Water from the south part of
the city flowed down Chicago avenue
and Sixth 'Street into Main for a
few moments but soon dropped.
The new sewer extension tnat
is completed to near Tenth street on
Chicago avenue caught a great deal
of the overflowing water and carried
it off, lessening the overflow a great
The Weeping Water and other
creeks in the southern part of the
county were bank full today as the
result of the heavy rain.
DROP GAME TO SYRACUSE
The local American Legion base
ball team dropped their contest at
Syracuse on Tuesday afternoon by
the score of 5 to 3 and in which a
number of bobbles in the opening
innings allowed the Otoe county
team to gain a lead that they held
to the finish.
Joe Noble and Ed Smith hurled
for the locals and Noble allowed but
one hit in his part of the game but
the costly errors allowed the Syra
cuse team to annex three runs in
the opener. In the second Syracuse
was able to put over two more runs
but after that were held scoreless by
the Plattsmouth ball tossers. In the
sixth inning the Plattsmouth team
unlimbered and proceeded to put
three runs across the plate but were
held in the finish.
TO WED IN COLORADO
The marriage of Miss Jean lie
Lenon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
W. M. McLenon of Lincoln, former
Elmwood residents, to James Liston,
son of Dr. and Mrs. O. E. Liston of
Elmwood, will take place Tuesday at
the Transfiguration Episcopal church
at Evergreen, Colo. The couple will
be at home at Evergreen, where Mr.
Liston is owner of the Liston lodge.
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Sunday evening at 7 o'clock at the
First Presbyterian church Miss
Edythe Lynn Lushinsky and Mr.
Gomer Worthan of Murray were
united in marriage by Rev. II. G.
The young couple were attended
by Mr. and Mrs. George Lushinsky,
Jr., brother and sister-in-law of the
The bride was lovely in a heavenly
blue chiffon dress trimmed in rose
colored velvet. She wore a large
brimmed white hat, with matching
accessories. The something old of
her costume was a sapphire brooch
worn some fifty years ago by her
grandmother, as well as a lucky
clover leaf worn by her great-grandmother.
She carried a corsage of
bride roses and lilies of the valley.
The bridesmaid wore a dress of
pink net. with white accessories. She
wore a corsage of pink roses.
Both the groom and best man wore
dark business suits.
Other young people attending the
wedding were Mr. and Mrs. Raymond
Lancaster, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Kou
kal of Omaha. Miss Mary Ellyn Kauf
man. Miss Ella Marie Visoscky of
Omaha, Charles and Elmer Van Fleet
of Omaha, Bert Worthan, Imogene
Worthan and George Hobscheidt.
After the wedding a reception was
held at the home of the bride's par
ents for the Immediate families and
a tew close triends. ine home was
beautifully decorated In a color theme
of blue and pink with pink roses.
used in the decorations. A large
wedding cake was served as center
piece of the table.
The bride is the eldest daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Lushinsky of
this city, and the granddaughter of
Mayor George Lushinsky. She wasj
horn and reared in this city and was
graduated with the class of 1939 of
Plattsmouth high school. While in
high school she was active in dra
matics and is one of the popular
members of the younger set.
Mr. Worthan is'the son of Mr. and
Mrs. M. II. Worthan of Murray. He
received his education in the Cass
county schools, and has since been
engaged in farming with his father.
He is one of the younger and popular
farmers of Cass county.
The young couple will make their
home on a farm three miles west of
Murray, which the groom has fur
nished and prepared for his bride.
This young couple has many young
friends who wish them much happi
ness in their new home.
HONOR PIONEER FATHERS
Sunday a memorial father's day
for a group of the pioneers of Ne
braska was commemorated in Oma
ha at the home of Mr. and Mrs. T.
Marquette Tefft, when a number of
Io"al people, Miss Pearle Staats, Fred
jjid. Anna Heisel, arid Miss Olive Gass
were in attendance.
The ancestor of Mr. Tefft, Hon.
T. M. Marquette, r.nd of Fred and
Ar.na Heisel, Conrad Heisel, and that
oi Miss Olive Gass, Judge P. P. Gass,
ill came to Plattsmouth about 185C.
An interesting lime was spent in
reviewing the hectic incidents and
1 -story of the early days of Nebras
ka in which the families of the
members of the party had had a large
rlaec. The town of Marquett was
named in honor of Hon. T. M. Mar
cuott, noted lawyer and attorney for
the Burlington in early days.
t tne close or tne arternoon a
picnic supper was served by Mrs.
Marquette that was very much en
at St. Luke's
Groom a Member of Pioneer Families
of Cass County and Nebraska
To Make Home in Omaha.
INSURANCE IN PLATTSMOUTH
Pays Mynard a
Dinner Party and Fine Program En
joyed at the Community Build
ing Tuesday Evening.
FUNERAL OF MRS. GEO. TROOP
From Monday's Dally
The funeral of Mrs. George Troop
was held this morning at the St.
John's church on Oak street, where
a large group of the friends of the
family had gathered to pay their last
tributes of respect.
The requiem mass was celebrated
by Monsignor George Agius, pastor
of the church.
The pall bearers were brothers-in-law
of the departed lady, Robert
Troop, of Syracuse, Victor Wehrbein,
Lester Gaylord, Kenneth McCarthy,
Thomas Troop, William Gorder.
The services were in charge ot
the Horton funeral home and the In
terment was at the Catholic ceme
tery in the west part of the city.
SALE ATTRACTS ATTENTION
Saturday night Nehawka was filled
by a very large crowd that came to
participate in the "Wampum" auc
tion sponsor! by the business men
of that place. For several weeks the
merchants have been issuing with
their sales, slrip that is known as
"Wampum" or the old Indian meth
ods of buying and selling. This was
redeemable at the auction sale where
no money could be used aside from
the scrip and the articles brought a
good price in the paper tokens.
Rex Young conduced the auc
tion and there was a very brisk
competition from the large crowd as
the "beads" were bid for the var
ious articles. The success of the
event was very pleasdng to the
prompters of the plan of sale.
Tuesday evening the Plattsmouth
Rotary club was at Mynard where
they paid a visit in the series of in
ter-community contacts, each mem
ber of the Rotary having as a guest
one of the men of the Mynard com-
The event was staged at the com-
ir.unity building where the ladles of
the community had prepared a feast
of Nebraska fried chicken and all of
the trimmings to mate a real feast
Adfsing to the charm of the dinner
was the decorative plan of the early
The meeting was under the leader
chip of Richard Spangler and who
very cleverly presented the various
features of the program.
The group singing was led by
Frank A. Cloidt and John E. Frady
of the local club and -which served
to place all in a most congenial mood
for the pleasant evening.
Dr. P. T. Heineman gave a show
ing of pictures of the last Mynard
community club picnic and which
was very much enjoyed in the can
did camera shots of the club group
aud their guests.
R. W. Knorr, chairman of the
King Korn Karnival committee, gave
an outline of some of the plans that
had been arranged for the coming
fall program and the advance activ
ities of the club.
Dr. H. G. McClusky, past prexy,
gave greetings to the Mynard guests
and explained the aims and objects
of the Rotary club and its purpose
in building up the better community
spirit and personal friendships of
the club and their neighbors.
Royal Smith of the Mynard club,
gave the response for his organiz
ation and expressed the pleasure at
having the club visiting them and
the hope of many equally pleasant
The grace and benediction was
offered by Rev. Paul Dick of the
U. B. church at Mynard.
Miss Ruth James, daughter cf Mr.
and Mrs. Leslie James of Omaha, and
Mr. Henry Guy McMaken, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Henry McMaken, former
Plattsmouth residents, were united
in marriage at the St. Luke's Epis
copal church in this city at 4 o'clock
The couple were attended by Miss
Margaret Reed of Omaha, and Mr.
William Stuart McMaken, brother of
the groom, and who accompanied
them to the altar where they were
married by Father D. J. Gallagher
of St. Andrew's Episcopal church,
The bride, wTio was given in mar
riage Dy ner latner, iesne James,
was lovely in a floor-length pink and
white knit dress trimmed with a
long blue sash of silk. She wore a
small white turbin. She had a beau
tiful corsage of white gardenias and
Following the wedding ceremony
the groom's aunt and uncle, Mr. and
Mrs. Ralph Gansemer had their small
son, Ralph William, christened.
From the church the bridal party
proceeded to the home of the groom's
randmother, Mrs. Emma McMaken
who, with the help of the bride's
mother, Mrs. Leslie James served a
lovely wedding supper.
The groom is the eldest son of
Mr. and Mrs. Henry McMaken, former
resident of this city and in which
?ity he spent his younger years. He
is the grandson of Mr3. Joseph "Mc
Maken of this tity and Mrs. Janet
Clement of Omaha. He is a gradu
ate of the Benson high school where
he completed his education.
The couple will reside in Mon-
Out-of-town guests present at the
wedding were Mr. and Mrs. Brennan
of Sioux City, Iowa; Miss Mary
Taylor of Wymore; Mr. and Mrs.
H. C. McMaken. Mr. and Mrs. Leslie
James. MTss Margaret Reed. William
and Edward McMaken. and Mrs.
Janet Clement of Omaha.
Residents of Plattsmouth received
cash life insurance payments in 193S
equivalent to $16.60 per capita, ac
cording to an estimate made by the
Lincoln National Life Insurance com
pany of Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Total payments to policyholders
and beneficiaries of Plattsmouth were
$63,000 as reported in the life pay
ments number of the National Un
derwriter. In commenting on the
survey, Arthur F. Hall, chairman of
the board said: "The size and growth
of life insurance in the United States
is definitely a source of national
strength. In life insurance, America
more than any other nation has a
bulwark of defense against mass pov
erty." In 1938, life insurance companies
put $3,030,006,234 into circulation, I
or more than $300,000 every hour
of the day. Life payments for this
state in 1938 were $23,000,000.
Enjoys Its 26th
Held Sunday at Home of Mrs. Caro
line Cole Near This City At
tended by 100 Relatives.
to Install New
Rev. Walter Kieker of Omaha, Vice
President of Nebraska District
Will Conduct Services.
On Sunday, June 25th, at 8 p. m.
at the St. Paul's Evangelical chufch
in this city. Rev. Samuel G. Schick
will be formally installed as the
pastor of the church. The installa
tion will be conducted by the Rev.
Walter Kieker of Omaha, vice-president
of the Nebraska district of the
The twenty-sixth annual reunion
of the Cook family was held Sunday,
June 18 at the home of Mrs. Caro
line Cole, near this city, where It
has been staged for the past sev
eral years. Mrs. Cole, one of the
children of the founders of the fam
ily in this county, with her family,
left nothing undone to make this oc
casion a most delightful family gath
Altho the weather was very threat
ening a hundred relatives and friends
were in attendance to celebrate the
happy day which is always looked
forward to with pleasure. Not so
many from a distance were here this
year owing to the uncertain weather
Mrs. Caroline Cole, C. E. Cook and
J. II. Cook, of this city of the orig
inal family were present. J. F. Cook
of Heaver City being unable to at
tend. The meeting of the association was
opened as usual with the singing of
"America" and the prayer offered by
Rev. Paul Dick, of Mynard.
The business session was presided
over by Frank E. Cook, Alvo, the
president. During the busiiuss ses
sion the re-election of all 'of the
officers was made by the group.
The marriages among the members
of the family in the past year were
read and recorded. Mr. and Mrs.
LOUISVILLE TOLL BRIDGE TO
BECOME FREE SEPTEMBER 8
Evangelical and Reformed church,
who has been caring for the local j Francis Cook were presented by In
church pending the arrival of the
l;cv. Schick and the family arrived
here the past week and are now
settled in the parsonage here and
becoming acquainted with the mem
brs of the congregation and the
The public is Invited to join in
the services next Sunday evening
and to join in the welcome to the
new pastor that is taking over the
charge of the church.
ATTEND FUNERAL SERVICES
Friday afternoon at 1:30 at the
home of Rev. W. A. Taylor at Union
occurred the marriage of Miss Bar
bara Isabelle Rhoden and Mr. George
The bride is the second daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Gailen Rhoden of
this city. The groom is the son of
Mrs. Benjamin McGraw of Chamois,
Mo. The bride is a graduate of the
1939 class of the Plattsmouth high
They were dressed in French blue
tailored suits to match, white acces
sories. The bride carried a bouquet
of red roses and baby breath. The
groom wore a white boutonalre.
The double ring ceremony was
used to join the hearts and lives of
these two young people. The groom
is in the employ of the U. S. Engi
The Journal with their many
friends join In wishing them a long
and happy wedded life.
They left immediately after the
wedding for Dunnegan, Mo., to visit
the grandparents of the bride.
September 8 is tfce date on which
the Louisville toll bridge will become
free and plans are being made to
properly celebrate the occasion. The
date falls on a Friday and it is quite
likely a two day celebration will be
held. The county fair occurs the fol
lowing week and the King Korn
Karnival in Plattsmouth the week
after that, so Cass county folks may
be assured of plenty of entertainment
The bridge becomes toll free under
an appropriation bill for its purchas-j
passed at the legislative session that
has just been concluded, the bill be
ing introduced by Senator Fred Car-
sten of this district, who worked as
hard for its passage as anyone could,
and was rewarded by success far be
yond the most sanguine expectations.
when the vote was unanimous. Had
the bill carried an emergency clause,
the bridge would have become free
on the date it was signed by the
governor. Not having it, it is neces
sary to wait ninety days after the
HOLD DEDICATION SERVICE
At the morning service at the
First Presbyterian church Sunday, a
very impressive dedicator service
was held as part of the ceremonies
of the day. The dedication was made
of the handsome new doors at the
main entrance of the church, a mem
orial to the late John L. Tidball, pre
sented to the church by Mrs. Tidball,
as well as the new French windows
that have been placed by the Wom
en's Federation of the church. The
dedicatory service was In charge of
Dr. H. G. McClusky, pastor of the
church, and the dedicatory hymn,
"Open the Gates of the Temple" was
given by Frank A. Cloidt.
The earlier part of the morning
was taken up with the Children's
day program and that of the Vaca
tion Bible school program which
was very interesting and well pre
sented by the young people of the
Mrs. O. C. Dovey and Misses Mia
and Barbara Gering were at Eagle
Tuesday afternoon where they at
tended the funeral services for the
late Mrs. Edward Carr, held at 2
o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the
Methodist church at that place. The
church was filled to Its capacity and
many seated In the basement rooms
where they might hear the services.
Mrs. Carr was one of the old time
residents in that section and her
high standing was attested by the
large number that attended the ser
vices. Mrs. O. C. Dovey of this city Is a
sister of the deceased lady.
DISTRICT COURT DOINGS
From Tuesday's Daliy
This morning in the office of the
clerk of the district court an action
in divorce entitled Orville J. Aber
nathy vs. Mary Maxine Abernathy
was filed. The petition states that
the parties were married at Osceola,
Arkansas, on November 19, 1930.
Cruelty is alleged as the cause of ac
tion. The plaintiff is a resident or
Cass county while the defendant is a
resident of Douglas county.
Suit for determination and con
firmation of shares of estate is asked
in the case of Alma Amelia Heilman
vs. Harwood M. Penn, et al. The suit
also asks permission for partition
and sale of real estate if necessary.
TAKES STUDEBAKER AGENCY
Raymond Wiysel, local welder and
repair shop operator, has secured
the agency for the Studebaker auto
mobile company in this territory and
now has a demonstrator here to as
sist in. the showing of this well
known make of cars.
JOHN LEDGWAY IMPROVING
The reports today from the bedside
of John Ledgway, Sr., were that
the patient was improved very much
and his condition much more en
couraging. He rested very well
through the night and this morning
was found to be a great deal better.
troduction, Mr. and Mrs. Roger Wil
liams. Mr. and Mrs. West ley Cook,
Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Arthur Bruce,
who were not present.
Births reported for the past year
were a daughter, Nancy Fern, to Mr.
and Mrs. Robert Wheeler, a son to
Mr. and Mrs. Dick Elliott.
Two musical numbers were given
during the afternoon, one by Charles
Patterson and one by Raymond C.
A very Interesting feature of the
reunion this year was the presence
of S. F. Huebner, of Burlington,
who v had with him an old family
Bible of the father of the late Joseph
Cook, and the grandfather of C. E..
J. H., John Cook, Mrs. Caroline Cole
and Mr. Huobner, the latter's family
having had the Bible in their pos
session for a great many years. This
Bible was more than 100 years old
but contained a very accurate record
of the Cook family back as early as
1814. Mr. Huebner read the record
and also related some early history
and presented the members of the
family with copies of the family
Mrs. Chester Wiles gave a very
lovely vocal number and Rev. and
Mrs. Paul Dick, a vocal duet that
was very much enjoyed by all of the
The Mynard quartette were to have
given some numbers, also letters
from some unable to come were to
havo been read, when sounds ot
heavy thunder and black clouds roll
ed up bringing wind and sweeping
rains that brought the meeting to a
close and everyone rushed for shelter,
but happy to have spent a Joyous
day and line dinner.
ATTEND CHURCH MEETING
From Wednesday' Daily
Thi3 morning Misses Mia and Bar
bara Gering, Mrs. J. M. Roberts,
Mrs. Walter Tritsch and Mrs. Mable
Cummins departed for Crete, Ne
braska, where they are to attend a
conference sponsored by the Epis
copal ichurch of Nebraska. The con
ference is covering several days and
today the subject of the talks and
discussions will be that of the Wom
an's Auxiliary of the church.
RECEIVES HAPPY NEWS
Mrs. Ida Schlieske of this city has
received notice that she is the grand
mother of a seven-pound girl born
to Mr. and Mrs. Alex Schlieske on
Thursday, June 15 in California. The
many friends and relatives cf this
happy couple will be glad to learn
of the good news. Mrs. Schlieske
was the former Miss Ruby Carter,
daughter of Claude Carter, also of