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Nebr. State Efcterical Society
Vol. No. LV
PLATTSMOUTH, HEBRASKA, MONDAY, JULY 10, 1939.
ick Dies at Omaha
Injured in Auto-Bus Crash on Monday
Night, Former Murray Young
Man Goes to Best Today.
Prom Saturday's Dally
Herman Frederick, 23, ton of Mr.
and Mrs. Ray Frederick, of Nebraska
City, died this morning at 2:15 at
the St. Catherine's hospital at Omaha
where he has been in critical condi
tion since Monday night as the result
Mr. Frederick was driver of the
automobile involved here in the
crash with a Missouri Pacific bus on
the night of Monday. July 3rd, suf
fering a terrible laceration of the
neck, a broken leg and a double
fracture of the left arm. He had suf
fered a severe head injury also and
from the time he was taken to the
hospital his condition has been grave.
The young man failed to regain
consciousness at any time and while
for a few days he seemed some better,
in the last two days he has gradu
ally lost ground as his strength fail
ed. The members of his family were
called to his bedside last night short
ly after 10 o'clock and remained with
him until the end.
Other members of the wrecked car
and bus group are doing very well
and are expected to recover.
LEAVES FOB EUBOPE
from Thursday Dally
This afternoon Father Marcelles
Afius departed over the Missouri
Pacific for St. Louis, this being the
first lap of a Journey that will take
him to Europe on an extended visit.
The genial priest goes direct to New
York from the Missouri and there
will sail on the Comte DeSovle'for
Naples. This is one of the crack
ships of the Italian line and which is
very popular with the European visi
tors. On reaching Naples Father Mar
celles will depart for Malta, his old
home and where he will spend the
time of his visit. In the pleasant cli
mate and familiar' surroundings of
Malta. Father Marcelles hopes to re
gain his health and enjoy the quiet
and rest at the home of his sister and
The many friends of the kindly
priest are extending their best wishes
for a successful voyage and a full
realization of his improvement in
health before he again returns to
the United States.
LEAVING FOB CALIFORNIA
Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Palmer, Char
lotte and John, of this city, with Mr.
and Mrs. Earle Koebel, of Omaha,
are leaving the middle of the com
ing week for California. They are
planning on locating in the Sacra
mento valley in that state and where
they plan to make their future home.
They have many friends who will
regret to see them leave this com
munity where they have made their
home for a great many years. Mrs.
Karle Koebel was formerly Miss Viva
Palmer, a member of the Journal
staff prior to her marriage.
We wish to express our deepest
gratitude to the dear friends and
neighbors who were so considerate of
us at the time of the death and burial
of cur dear father, Edward H. Krug.
We wish especially to thank the
children's choir, those who donated
cars, the ladies for their kindly acts
at the home, and those who sent the
beautiful flowers. The children of
Edward H. Krug. Mr. and Mrs. Frank
Mullen and family, Marion and John
CABD OF THANKS
With the feelings of deepest ap
preciation we wish to take this means
of extending to our many friends and
good neighbors, the gratitude that
we feel for the many acts of kind
ness and words of sympathy. The
kindness of the friends to us all and
our dear father will long be remem
bered. We wish to thank also those
Mho took part in the funeral ser
vices, the beautiful flowers that were
sent and assure them all that these
will long be remembered. The Chil
dren of John Ledgway.
BESIGNS TEACHING POST
The board of education has re
ceived the resignation of Miss Evelyn
Ripa, teacher in the commercial de
partment of the Plattsmouth high
school. Miss Ripa was elected for
the coming term but has been given
the opportunity of a teaching posi
tion at her home town, Wilber. The
members of the board and the patrons
of the school will regret to see Miss
Ripa leave but are pleased she will
have the position in her old home.
Team to Swim'
Weeks Prove a
Under Bed Cross Supervision Instruc
tors Prepare Youngsters to Care
for Themselves in Waters.
Whoopee! First "in! Youngsters
plunge into the lakes of Cass county,
disregarding sunburn in their eager
ness to learn to swim during the free
"Learn to Swim" week which is be
ing sponsored by the Cass county
chapter of the American Red Cross
for the sixth consecutive year.
Classes of instruction are held at
Graham mill pool July 5-11 north of
Nebraska City; Merritt Beach.
Plattsmouth. July 12-18: and Lake
Park. South Bend. July 19-25.
School buses, trucks and automo
biles go from each of the 17 towns in
Cass county haul the classes to the
nearest lake. Each town has a local
chairman of swim week as follows:
Tlattsmouth, Elmer Sundstrom;
Avoca, Elmer Hallstrom; Nehawka,
Mrs. George Sheldon; Union. Miss
Augusta Robb; Murdock. Mrs. Henry
Tool: Elmwood. Mrs. Emily Gon
zales: Alvo. Mrs. Chas. Edwards;
Eagle. Mrs. Bert Lytle; Weeping
Water. Mrs. Clair Wolfe; Manley.
Wm. - Rau ; Wabash. Sherman Hard-
away; Greenwood. Dr. Talcott; Louis
ville. Mrs. H. B. Koop; Mynard. Mrs.
Loren Hnizda of Lincoln is the in
structor and examiner. He is assisted
by a corps of life guards at each
pool. Mrs. Ray Norris is county
JOE PHILLIPS BEST HITTER:
O'DONNELL HOME BUNNEB
The Plattsmouth Merchants ball
team are now batting at a .319 clip,
there being eight players over the
Joe Phillips has .407 for the lead,
with Thimgan second with .366 and
Ault third at .361.
"Chuck" Ault has the most hits
having 17, O'Donnell second with
15. and Chovanec third with 12. Jack
O'Donnell leads in the scoring with
15. and Ed Smith next with 14, and
Ault third with 11. O'Donnell has
three home runs. Ault. Phillips, Sed
lak and Thierolf one each.
G AB R H Avg.
Phillips 8 27 7 11 .407
Thimgan 8 30 9 11 .366
Ault 10 47 11 17 .361
O'Donnell 10 43 15 15 .348
Thierolf 6 26 7 8 .346
Chovanec 9 37 8 12 .324
B. Smith 10 35 8 11 .314
E. Smith 10 36 14 11 .305
Sedlak 7 27 9 8 .296
B. Brittain 7 21 9 6 .285
Parriott 9 27 9 7 .259
Hayes 7 30 7 5 .167
386 113 123 .3186
FRANCES WILLARD MEMORIAL
Don't forget the Frances Willard
Centennary Memorial on Tuesday
afternoon. July 11 at Fellowsmp
room of Presbyterian church. Marie
Berry-Bredbech of Omaha will read
"Pioneer Girl" and Marie Lee Sei
bert will speak of the world-known
Frances Willard and there will be
musical numbers.- A social half hour
with refreshments will follow.
TO VISIT IN ILLINOIS
From Saturday's Dally
Mrs. John L. Tidball and son, John
Tldball. III. departed Friday for
Evanston, Illinois, where they will
visit at the home of Mr. and Mrs.
Carter Strand, the latter formerly
Miss Ruth Tldball. They will enjoy
visiting the many points of interest
in that section of the country and
also In parts of Wisconsin before re
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from West Coast
Mrs. B. F. Patterson Has Three
Months Stay in California, Meets
Many Old Time Friends.
Mrs. Rae F. Patterson has return
ed to her home in Plattsmouth fol
lowing a visit of almost three months
largely spent on the west coast. She
left Plattsmouth the fore part of
April for Denver, Colorado where she
was met by Miss Carolyn Barkalow,
who accompanied her on the most
interesting, educational, and long
The two ladies left Denver on April
17 and took the southern route, thus
taking in the painted desert and
viewing the petrified forest. They
went to National City, a suburb of
San Diego, and visited two days
with Rae Patterson's sister. Mrs.
Charles King. While in California
they spent several days sightseeing
in Monterey, Del Monte, Carmel and
Santa Barbara. The ladies also 6 pent
three days in Los Angeles visiting
with Mrs. Patterson's Bister. Mrs.
John E. Hazzard (Alice Dovey).:
From there they went to Oakland, i
where Miss Barkalow spent the
largest portion of her vacation, and
Mrs. Patterson spent the major por
tion of her time in Alameda. Cali
fornia where she was a guest of her
son. Edward Patterson, who is en
gaged with the telephone and tele
graph company. During her visit
with her son and daughter-in-law
Mrs. Patterson was fortunate in being
present when her grandson. Michael
JefTery was born on May 26. 1939.
She spent the time (April 28 to
June 19) with her son and his fam
ily. The birth of the son to the Ed
ward Pattersons makes it the second
in the family.
Many former Plattsmouth friends
were seen by the ladies, among these
being Mrs. R. Stewart. Mrs. Ray
Misner. Mr. Augie Weidman. James
Dew. The San Francisco World's
fair was also visited by the two
ladies, and while on their coast drive
they also had the pleasure of spend
ing some time In Mexico. On their
trip" they visited Boulder Dam in
After a most enjoyable trip on
the west coast the two ladies return
ed to TVnver and Mrs. Patterson
spent some time with her friend. Miss
Barkalow before returning to Platts
mouth. Tuesday. June 26 was the
date that Mrs. Patterson set foot on
DISTBICT ASKS INJUNCTION
From Saturday's Dally
This morning in the office of the
;lerk of the district court, the Loup
River Public Power district filed an
ipplication for a restraining -order
igainst Carrie Schafer. Otto Schafer
and Otto V. Hell, asking that they
be restrained from interfering with
the company or its agents in the
construction of a transmission line.
The injunction sought, covers the
construction of a line through the
west half of the southeast quarter of
section 32, township 12, range 11,
situated southwest of Louisville.
The hearing on the matter of the
injunction will be held by Judge
W. W. Wilson at the district court
room on Wednesday, July l?th.
RETURN FROM OKLAHOMA
Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Richey and
Mrs. J. L. Eley Bpent the Fourth of
July visiting the John V. Beveridge
family in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Mrs.
Beveridge is a sister of Mrs. Richey
and Mrs. Eley.
Mr. Richey reports the condition
of the corn In Oklahoma and southern
Kansas is silking out and never look
ed as nice as it does now. There is a
wonderful growth of grass on the
ranges and there seems to be an
unusually lot of nice cattle all along
From Friday's Dally
This morning at 6:30 Gary Lee
and Kenneth Hilt underwent tonsil
ectomy operations in the offices of
one of the local physicians. ' The lads
eame through the operation in excel
lent condition; their parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Ralph Hilt were with them dur
ing the operation.
PAY VISIT TO CITY
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Short, of
Davenport, Iowa, with their son,
Robert, were here for a short time
Wednesday evening and this morn
ing, stopping for a call at the home
of Mrs. R. A. Bates and also at the
San ford Short home. They have been
at Omaha visiting with Mr. Short's
father and other relatives. They de
parted this afternoon for LeMars,
Iowa, to visit relatives of Mrs.
Jr., Dies from
Sting of Wasp
Plattsmouth Young Man Working on
River Stung and Dies in Office of
Doctor at Fort Calhoun.
From Friday Dally
Oscar Gapen, Jr., 37, well known
resident of Plattsmouth died this
morning shortly before 11 o'clock in
the office of a physician at Fort
Calhoun, the result of a sting a few
moments before from a wasp.
The deceased had been working
on the river improvement program
on the Missouri in the Fort Calhoun
locality and was at his work when
the wasp had stung him. As soon as
he was stung his serious condition
was recognized and he was taken to
the office of a physician and while
there collapsed and passed away very
The death message was received
here by the family shortly after 11
o'clock and came as a great shock I
as be had left this morning for work
in his usual excellent health.
Mr. Gapen was the only son of
Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Gapen, Sr., and
was born and spent his boyhood and
youth on the farm xear this city,
later moving here "wUK hia parents.
He was married here and is survived
by the wife and two small children,
the parents and four sisters, Mrs.
Guy Wiles, of this city, Mrs. Otto
Marek, of Detroit. Mrs. Glen Lock
hart of Sioux Falls. South Dakota
and Miss Helene Gapen of this city.
Mrs. Oscar Gapen. Jr., was former
ly Miss Errilla Stoehr before her mar
riage to Mr. Gapen.
GAS CONVOYS PASS CITY
From Friday's DsJlr
Last evening shortly before 7
o'clock the third convoy of gasoline
tank barges passed the local dock
headed from Kansas City to Omaha.
The four huge barges were pushed
by the St. Louis Socony. the largest
boat of the fleet of the Socony
Vacuum Oil company which is pio
neering in navigation on the Mis
souri river. The St. Louis and its
barges had made excellent time and
had no trouble in mastering the
current of the river.
The St. Louis is larger and more
powerfully equipped than the Kansas
City Socony which made the initial
trip here several weeks ago and back
of the large tanks moved them up
the river with the greatest of ease.
LEARNS OF DEATH OF SISTEB
Mrs. Catherine Perry, who resides
with her daughter, Mrs. Charles
Spangler in Murray and who is
ninety-two years of age, received the
sad news of the death of her only
sister. Mrs. Lou Lindley. Mrs. Lind
ley passed away on Thursday, June
22, just ten days before her ninety-
eighth birthday at Snow Camp. North
Carolina. On the second of July falls
the birthday anniversary of Mrs.
With the passing of the sister, this
leaves Mrs. Perry the only survivor
of her immediate family. Funeral
services were held and interment
made In North Carolina.
APPROVE PALMER SETTLEMENT
A 12,000 settlement, in lieu of
workmen's compensation, for an in
Jury received October 5, 1937, by
Charles Palmer" while Blinging a
sledge, was approved in the district
court at Omaha on Friday.
Mr. Palmer of the Burlington Re
frigerator Express Co., at their local
shops, claimed that he was partially
disabled. He has drawn $1,290 tem
porary disability and has been given
$1,084 for medical and hospital bills.
Home Dairy milk Unanimously
O. K'd by an army of useri.
9.1 -Year Member and Long Time
Active Worker Named Last
Night at Post Meeting
From Friday's Daily
George Conis, 21-year member and
an active worker in American Leg-on
circles, was elevated last night
to the position of commander, suc
ceeding E. G. Ofe, who has been com
mander the past two years. This
recognition is a well deserved tribute
to George's long years of service in
the organization. Away back in 1921
through his -generosity, Plattsmouth
post was able to boast of one of the
f.rst stands of colors in the state.
The fine silk flag and banner are
still possessed by the organization,
a bit the worse for wear.
In those early days of the Legion
few posts had enough money in their
treasury to permit the purchase of
colors, then selling at $45 for the
Hug. $90 for the banner and $9 tax
(to help pay the war debt) on the
banner $144 in all. George con
tributed the $99 for the banner and
the post was able to put up the cost
of the flag and that is how Platts
mouth became one of the first towns
ia the state to own such magnificent
colors. In the years that have come
and gone, prices have been reduced
and now many of the smaller town
posts have colors.
At all times George has been a
willing worker, interested in the
good of the Legion. Born and reared
iu Greece, he came to America a few
years before the World war, and al
though established in business here,
be answered the call of the nation
and turned the conduct of his busi
ness over to other bands, while 'be
served in Co. K. 70th Infantry, 10th
Division. N. A. at Camp Funston.
Following the war he came back
to Plattsmouth to continue the busi
ness and has been very successful.
The new commander is married and
has three children.
The meeting was held at Holly's
C.-.bin on the Platte and was largely
attended. Vice commanders named
at the election are: R. T. Cuthrell,
of the Army. Senior Vice Commander,
nnd Joseph F. Kramolish of the
Navy, Junior Vice Commander. These
arc alternated each year between
the two branches of service.
Executive Committee members are
Eugene Vroman, E. G. Ofe, Milo Ful
ton, Fred Herbster, Frank Rebal,
Dave Pickrel, John Turner, Louie
Biuragart and Harrison Gayer.
The other officers being appointive,
subject to approval of the executive
committee, that body was called into
session after adjournment of the reg
ular post meeting and the following
Elmer Webb. Post Adjutant
A. H. Duxbury, Service Officer.
Raymond Larson. Chaplain
Albert Olson, Sergeant at Arms
Tom Walling, Assistant Sergeant
at Arms and Color Bearer.
Leslie W. Kiel, Graves Registra
L. S. Devoe, Legionnaire Publicity
Frank Smith, Local Pub. Officer.
Under the by-laws the finance of
ficer is elected by the executive com
mittee from among its own member
ship, and the unanimous choice was
E. O. Vroman, who has served in that
capacity the past six or seven years,
as well for a year or two back in the
Committee appointments will be
A vote of thanks was extended to
retiring commander Ofe as the new
officers took over conduct of the
meeting. After the business session
"chow" line formed and all enjoyed
& fine buffet lunch, with card games,
etc., keeping many of the members
there till a late hour.
ICE CREAM SOCIAL CAFE
TERIA LUNCH AT ST. PAUL'S
At the St. Paul's church basement,
Wednesday, July 12. Serving starts
it 5 p. m. Menu. Potato salad, baked
beans, country . ham sandwich, chick
en sandwich, cake, Ice cream, pie
roffee, lemonade. Each article 5c.
TO BE GUESTS AT MEETING
A number of Legionnaires who
have recently located here or are
temporary visitors in this vicinity,
are to attend tonight's Legion meet
ing and election of officers at Holly's
cabin on the Platte. Commander D.
C. Huffman of Louisville post may
also attend, accompanied by one or
two others from there.
Cars will leave the Legion build
ing by 7:15.
Henry J- Knabe,
Citizen, is Dead
Prominent Farmer Succumbs to Acute
Heart Attack After Several Years
of Failing Health.
Henry J. Knabe,-78, one of the best
known and prominent residents of the
Nehawka community, died Thursday
evening1 at 11:15 at the hospital at
Otoe Nebraska, of an acute heart at
tack. He had been ill for several
years from this malady.
He was born May 7, 1861, north
west of Nehawka, the son of John
C. and Annie Knabe. He spent all
of his life within a mile of his birth
place. He was married January 20, 1887,
to Louisia Marparet Heebner, at Ne
hawka. Three children were born,
Florence Lorena and Edward John
both cf Nehawka, and a son who
died in infancy. Mrs. Knabe died I
Mr. Knabe was well known as a
stock raiser and land owner. He was
a member of the German Lutheran
church, being confirmed when he was
14 years of age.
Surviving are the daughter and
son, 'Florence Loren a and Edward
John Knabe of Nehawka, a brother
John C. Knabe, Lincoln, and a num
ber of nieces and nepliews.
Funeral Sunday at 2:30 at the late
home. The Porter Funeral home in
Burial was at the St. John's
cemetery northwest of ' Nehawka.
DEATH OF JTMMIE MASON
From Saturday's Dally
James Earl Mason, seven-month-
old son of Mr. and Mrs. Glen Mason
who reside on Lincoln avenue, died
Ia6t evening at 8:45 at the Univer
sity hospital where he was taken Fri
day morning. The little lad had suf
fered a severe attack of pneumonia
when he was one month old and
since that time he has not been in
the best of health.
He is survived by the parents; two
brothers. Bobby Donald and Richard
Leroy; grandmother, Mrs. Mae Blunt;
as well as several uncles and aunts,
and cousins in this city.
The funeral services were held this
afternoon at 4 o'clock at the Sattler
funeral home where a group of the
members of the family and friends
gathered to share the sorrow that his
parting had brought.
The service was conducted by
Elder Claude Carter of the Church of
the Latter Day Saints. During the
service Mrs. Lois Troop Bestor gave
two songs, "Does Jesus Care" and
"Jewels." Mary May Carter was the
The interment was at Oak Hill
LIBRARY TO PURCHASE
$150 WORTH OF P00KS
At the meeting of the Plattsmouth
public library board, which was held
on Wednesday. July 5, it was decided
to instruct the librarian. Miss Olive
Jones to spend $150 toward the pur
chase of a number of new books to be
added to the shelves of the library.
The purchases are to be made be
tween now and the first of October so
that they may be ready for use for
RECEIVE PLEASANT NEWS
Mrs. George K. Hetrick has re
ceived the pleasant news of the birth
on Friday morning at Concordia,
Kansas, of a fine little son to Mr. and
Mrs. Raymond Culley. Mrs. Culley
was formerly Miss Elaine Walden, a
sister of Charles and June Walden.
She ia well known here where she has
been a frequent visitor.
While at Work
Veteran Employee of Iowa - Nebr.
Light & Power Co., Killed While
at Work on High Line.
Late Saturday afternoon William
Highfield. 58, veteran employe; ot
the Iowa-Nebraska Light & Power
Co., was electrocuted while at work
on the high line of the company from
Murray to Nehawka.
Mr. Highfield. his son, William.
Jr., and William Richter. had been
repairing the farm line southwest of
Murray which had been damaged in
the storm of July 4th, they replacing
an insulator on a pole that was carry
ing the hot line wires. Mr. High
field was on the pole working and
had his safety belt fastened around
the pole when in bin work his leg
struck a guy wire on the pole and he
was thrown back into the live wire
carrying 6. COO volts of electricity.
The current carried through hi body
and caused the death, He had given
one cry and then hung limp in the
safety belt. Mr. Richter climbed up
the pole and started the battle to
resuscitate the unfortunate man and
with William Highfield, Jr.. they
labored first on the pole and later
when the victim of the accident was
lowered to the ground. While the
two companions battled to revive
Highfield word was sent for help and
Dr. R. W. Tyson of Murray arrived
to add to the battle for life and a
short time later Dr. R. P. Westover
of Plattsmouth and F. I. Rea. district
manager, reached the scene to do
their part. Mr. Richter had done all
possible for aid to his stricken fel
low workman but without avail.
The body was brought iu later to
the Horton funeral home to await the
funeral services. ,
Mr. Highfield has been in the em
ploy of the Iowa-Nebraska Co.. for th
past twenty-two years and was the
assistant superintendent and line
foreman in both the electric and gas
services of the company.
Mr. Highfield is survived by the
widow. Mrs. Ruth Highfield. two
daughters, Mrs. Gilbert Hirz and
Peggy of this city and three sons,
William, Joseph and Jack, all at
The funeral service will be held
on Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at
the Horton funeral home at Seventh
and Oak streets, with interment at
the Oak Hill cemetery.
HERE FROM WEEPING WATER
From Thursday's Daily
Mr. and Mrs. George W. Towle, of
Los Angeles, who are upending pev
eral weeks at Weeping Water, their
old home, were here today and ac
companied by Mr. and Mrs. Thede
Davis. The members of the party
were looking after business at the"
court house and while here were
pleasant callers at the Journal.
VISITING AT ST. LOUIS
Arthur Warga is enjoying a visit
at St. Louis and vicinity wtih hia
relatives and will take In the many
points of Interest in that part of the
country. He is visting his grand
mother, Mrs. F. J. Langhorst. as well
as hia uncles and aunts. This is his
first visit to St. Louis since he was a
VISIT WITH SICE
From Friday's Dally
This afternoon Chief of Police
Barkley, George Conis, new American
Legion commander, City Treasurer M.
D, Brown, E. A. Wurl and William
Schmidtmann, Jr. were in Omaha.
They visited at the Clarkson hospital
with Henry F. Goos and at the St,
Joseph's hospital with E. H. Schulhof.
The reappointment of Charles J.
McDonald of Omaha as district de
puty of the Knights of Columbus was
announced Thursday by State Deputy
Richard A. Daugherty, Kearney. He
has been serving the past year and
has In the first district council at
Omaha. Plattsmouth, West Point and
Deeds, Mortgages and all sorts
of legal blanks for sals at the
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