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Nebr. State Historical Society
Vol. No. LV
PIJLTTSMOUTE, NEBRASKA, THURSDAY, JULY 27, 1939.
Saturday P. M.
Kiss Birdie Mae Johnson and Mr. Roy
Olson Married Saturday at Holy
Trinity Church, Lincoln.
Miss Birdie Mae Johnson, onlj
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James John
pon of Avoca. and Mr. Roy Olson,
son of Mrs. T. E. Olson of this city,
were united In marriage In a quiet
ceremony performed on Saturday
afternoon at 2:30 in Lincoln. The
wedding ceremony took place In the
Church of the Holy Trinity In the
presence of the bridal party alone.
The simple and impressive Episcopal
service was performed by the Rev
Harold Gosnell. pastor.
The bride v-orc a navy blue street
dress made bolero style and she also
wore corsaee of pink roses. Her
bridesmaid. Mrs. H. D. Murrell, was
attired in a dress of aqua with wine
accessories. The groom wore the con
ventional dark suit while the best
man. Mr. H. D. Murrell. wore a light
Following the marriage ceremony
the bridal party returned to Platts-
mouth where they immediately took
possession of the newly-built resi
dence at Sth and Oak streets which
the groom had prepared for the wife.
The bride, only daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. 'James Johnson, was born
and reared in Avoca where she also
received her education. She gradu
ated from the Avoca high school and
following her graduation entered the
University of Nebraska teachers col
lege. She was a member of Pi
Lambeda Theta. an honorary profes
sional sorority at the university.
The bride wa3 a teacher in the
Plattsmouth ciry school. 1936-37,
37-38. havinj: taught in tho Colum
bian school. "The past year she bu;
been teaching in tne Norfolk city j
school system. Iu her school work
Miss Johnson was a very capable and1
successful teacher and made many
friends in her work here.
Mr. Olson is the second son of Mrs j
T. E. Olson and he was born and rear-,
ed in this city. A graduate of thej
Plattsmouth high school in the class
of 1923. Mr. Olson was in Alex-!
andria, Virginia . for a number of
years before returning to Plattsmouth
in 1930 to assume the position as
stort keeper for the Burlington Re
frigerator Express company.
TO SPONSOR CAMP
Miss Alice Marie Funk, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Funk, ot
this city, who has been here visiting
her pirents and other relatives,,, de
parted Sunday evening for Denver.
Miss Funk is engaged as a deaconess
and secretary at the Trinity Meth
odist church, at Denver, and was call
fd to assist in a program that the
church is arranging. Miss Funk will
sponsor the young people of her
church at Pine Crest Epworth League
institute at Palmer Lake. Colorado,
from July 31 to August 6.
Miss Funk will also spend a week
with a friend at Manitau Springs,
Colorado, as a part of her summer
SHOCKED BY BOLT
During the storm on Monday night,
lightning struck at the home of J. J
Smock in the south part of the city,
doing a great deal of damage to the
chimney, but fortunately not starting
Dick March, who is a roomer at
the Smock home, was asleep at the
time of the bolt striking and the
force of the shock threw him out of
VISIT TOMAN FAMILY
John Jorgensen and son, Joseph
of Hay Springs. Nebraska, who have
been at the South Omaha market
with two carloads of cattle, took
the opportunity while here to visit
the John Toman, Sr., family near
Mynard. They returned to their
home Tuesday evening.
On Page 6 of this issue of the
Journal you wilLfind a coupon of the
FETZER SHOE CO. which will save
you up to V the regular price of
shoes purchased at their store this
ATTEND FAMILY GATHERING
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Cacy and
daughter, Wanda Lou, and Mr. and
Mrs. Chares Walden were visiting at
Auburn Sunday where they were at
tending a gathering of the members
of the Cacy family, there being there
besides those from Plattsmouth Mr.
and Mrs. Elton Cacy of Auburn, son
and Mr. and Mrs. Cacy here and
wife, a family of a brother of Mr.
Cacy and as well the family of a
sister of Mr. Cacy and families of
cousins. In all about thirty attended.
Killed in a Car
Bohumil Volsicka, 22, Dies as Car
Crashes Steel Girder of Bridge
North of This City.
Bohumil Volsicka. 22. a soldier at
Fort Crook, was fatally injured Sun
day morning at 4:30 when the car
in which he was returning to the
army post from Plattsmouth crashed
into the steel girders of the highway
bridge south of the fort Crook over
The young man had apparently
fallen asleep as he rode homeward
and the car without guidance smash
ed into the east side of the bridge
and leaped part way up the girders
on the side before it crashed into
the roadbed of the bridge.
The injured youth was tossed 200
feet from the bridge and was picked
up by motorists passing the scene
shortly after the accident and was
hurried to the post hospital where he
died a few hours later.
County Attorney Guy Tate of Sarpy
county was of the opinion that the
youth had either fallen asleep or been
blinded by lights of an approaching
He was the son of Mr. and Mrs
Joseph Volsicka of Clarkson. Other
survivors are five brothers, Ellison,
also a soldier at Fort Crook, and
Richard, Francis, Robert and Albin.
all of Clarkson.
Funeral services were hejd Tues
day at Howells.
WRECK NEAR LOUISVILLE
Sheriff Joe Mrasek was out in the
western part of the county Monday
afternoon to investigate an auto
wre-.'k that occurred about 4 o'clock
three and a half miles southwest of
The wreck occurred on an inter
section and involved tb car of Ken
neth Robers. driving a 1934 Ford
coupe and the car driven by Joseph
Hccel, who had with him at the time
his v.ife. Mrs. Bertha Hotel. All of
iho parlies were from the Louisville
Mr. and Mrs. Hocel suffered slight
injuries as the result of the crash and
Mr. Robers escaped without serious
VISIT NEW GRANDDAUGHTER
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence McKinney,
who reside at 1423 Main street, have
as their guest for the next two weeks
Mrs. McKinney's mother, Mrs. A. S.
Rea of Waverly, Missouri who ar
rived here Saturday. Mrs. Rea, who
was made grandmother for the first
time by the birth of a daughter to
the Clarence McKinneys, also came
to see and visit with Norma Gale,
one-month-old daughter of the Mc
Kinneys. VERY HAPPY EVENT
A nine-pound son was born to
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Janda at the
St. Joseph's hospital Tuesday morn
ing. The mother, who with the son
are progressing nicely, was the for
mer Miss Frances Krejci and the
new arrival is a grandson of Mr.
and Mrs. Severin Krejci and the
third grandchild of Mr. and Mrs.
HERE FOR FUNERAL
Mrs. H. C. Leopold and grand
son, Robert Black, of Lincoln, drove
to Plattsmouth Monday with Mr.
and Mrs. George A. Spangler, to at
tend the funeral of Mr. Spangler's
sister. Miss Elizabeth Spangler.
Wedding Held at
Groom Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. W
Wasley cf This City Young Peo
ple to Visit Family Here.
The following from the Daily Mis
soulian of Missoula, Montana, tells of
jtiie wedding of a former Plattsmouth
young man, and the many fiieuds
here will learn with pleasure of the
"Miss Bette Miles, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. R. Miles of Tarkio, Mon
tana, and Russell Wasley, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Wasley of Plattsmouth
Nebr.. were united in marriage Sun
day morning, June 11, 11:30 o'clock
at the R. Miles home at Tarkio. The
rites were read by the Rev. T. T.
Fike of the Methodist church in the
presence of the immediate relatives
of the bride. The couple were at
tended by Bette Jean Thomas of
Cabin City and Bill Bennett ot
"Immediately after the ceremony a
dinner was served and the couple
left for Corvallis. Oregon where tht
groom Mill attend summer school be
ginning June 19th.
"The bride graduated from the
Superior high school and attended
normal at Dillon. She taught th
past year in the Tarkio school. The
bridegroom has been teacher and bas
ketball coach in the Superior high
school for a number of years and will
continue teaching there the following
year. A host of friends wish them
great happiness in' their wedded
Mr. Wasley has grown up in this
city where he attended and gradu
ated in the class of 1924, being a
very prominent figure in the athletic
life of the school during his high
school years. He. later attended Peru
State college and was a member of
the basketball and football teams of
that school. He has, since graduation.
been engaged in teaching and coach
ing, at which he has been most suc
cessful. The many friends here will
join their Montana friends in their
best wishes to this estimable couple, j
PRESBYTERIAN YOUNG PEOPLE
The Nebraska City district of the
Nebraska City Presbytery's Young
People's Presbyterial Union are hav
ing a picnic Sunday afternoon, July
30 at 2 o'clock at the American Le
gion park in Auburn. The Presby
terian young people of this city are
Transportation will be furnished
to Auburn. Those attending are to
bring 35c to cover the cost of swim
ming, ice cream and cookies. If you
do not wish to swim bring only 10c.
Bring your own knife, fork, spoon.
As to the food each one attending
will be assigned to bring something.
If you wish to attend be sure and
call Eleanor Giles. C53-J or Richard
Hitt. 116-W so we will know how
many cars to provide and the like.
Be sure and do this before Wednes
day night. If it is impossible to tele
phone, contact Eleanor Giles at SOS
South 10th street.
Come, we are Bure you will enjoy
WILL MAKE VISIT HERE
From Wednnuty! DaTTr
Mr. and Mrs. C. N. Turner and two
children, of Marquette, Nebraska,
arrived heret his afternoon and will
be guests at the home of Attorney
and Mrs. J. A. Capwell and with
County Treasurer and Mrs. John E.
Turner. Mrs. Turner is a sister of
Mrs. Capwell and Mr. Turner a
brother of the county treasurer.
IS SHOWING IMPROVEMENT
Mrs. Henry Starkjohn, who has
been ill for the past several days, is
now showing much improvement and
was able to be up a part of the time
Sunday. Tne many friends over the
city will be very much pleased to
learn of her improvement.
VISITING AT LAKES
Mr. and Mrs. William Starkjohn
and Albert Weiss are spending the
week at East Battle Lake, Minnesota,
where they are enjoying the fishing
Beason and staying at the Starkjohn
cottage at Henning.
RALLIES FROM CAR INJURIES
Thomas R. Marsland, who was one
of the victims in an uuto crash which
resulted in the death of Fay Kes
tard on Friday, July 14, was in
Plattsmouth today and was a pleas
ant caller at the Journal office. Mr.
Marsland is a resident of Davenport,
la., and his father was one of the
early-day settlers v. ho resided in
Plattsmouth along the latter part
J of the nineteenth century. Mr. Mars
land was able to recuperate from his
injuries and is at the present time
in considerable better condition.
a Trip to the
KJV.ii j it-;u
Mrs. John L.
Aiuimu ana v,niiurcn
Spend Two Pleasant Weeks
Touring; the East.
Mrs. John L. Tidball and children.
John and Marjorie. returned Sunday
from a very pleasant two weeks
spent in the east in which they had a
touch of real camp life in the great
wooded sections of Aroostock county,
Maine, they being guests of Mr. and
Mrs. Karl Koch at their summer
home, Mrs. Koch being formerly Miss
Mary Tidball. They are living at
Presque Isle, located in the northern
part of Maine and where at this sea
son of the year there is a coolness
that is most enjoyable. Here also can
be found the great wooded areas as
two-thirds of this county is given
over to the primitive forests.
They also visited at Washington
where congress was in session and
had the opportunity of seeing many
of the places of beauty and historic
interest, they also visiting at the New
York world's fair.
Coming west Mrs. Tidball and the
family stopped at' Chicago. where they
visited Mr. and Mrs. Carter Strand,
the latter formerly Miss Ruth Tid
ball. FUNERAL OF MISS SPANGLER
Monday afternoon a very large
number of the old friends gathered
at the United Brethren church at
Mynard to take part in the last
rites for Miss Elizabeth Spangler, a
life long resident of that section of
the county and a lady known and
honored by all who had the pleasure
of her acquaintance. '
Rev. Paul Dick, pastor of the
church with Rev. J. C. Lowsou, pas
tor of the First Methodist church of
this city, conducted the religious ser
vices and brought to the family and
friends a consolation of faith and a
tribute to the long and useful life
ot Miss Spangler that had been closed
with her entry into the last rest.
During the service the Mynaru
quartet composed of Mrs. Chester
Wiles. Rev. Dick, Raymond C. Cook
and Mrs. Paul Dick, gave two of the
old hymns. "Sometime We'll Under
stand" and "Nearer My God to Thee."
The interment was at the Horning
cemetery beside the parents and
where nephews of Miss Spanglei
formed the pall bearers, Richard,
Evertt, Francis Spangler, Lloyd Wil
son, Guy and Howard Wiles.
The Horton funeral home had
charge of the services.
VISIT HERE FROM OMAHA
Mr. and Mrs. Loren Otto motored
from Auburn Sunday morning and
spent yesterday and today with the
latter's relatives in this city. Today
Mr. Otto was In Omaha where he
attended a conference in regard to
government work. They left this eve
ning for their home in Auburn.
TO ATTEND GABDEN MEETING
Mrs. L. W. Egenberger and Miss
Sophia Kraeger of this city have been
selected to have charge of a meeting
of the Omaha Garden club to be
held at Elmwood park on Wednes
day, at which time the local ladies
will have charge of the flower ar
TO GIVE DOG DEMONSTRATION
Loy Coutts, a professional dog
trainer from Omaha, will be in
Plattsmouth Sunday and will give a
demonstration of retriever work with
bis dogs at 8 a.m. at the rifle range.
All owners and lovers of dogs are in
vited to attend the.emonstratlons.
Red Cross Swim
Every Child in County Given Oppor
tumty to Take Swimming and
Tuesday afternoon saw the close
cf the Cass county swim week pro
gram with Mrs. Ray Norris as chair
man, in-charge of all arrangements
and with a local chairman in each
! of the seventeen towns of the coun-
i ty, who assisted in every way pos
jsiole to make a grand success of this
I tducational-vacational project for the
'children of the county.
j Every child in the county was
(given an opportunity to take swim
ming instruction, with free transpor-
tation to and from the swimming
pools, and free instruction. For some
of the children this has been the only
vacation which they will have this
I summer, and it has been a super
vised, and health giving vacation.
The people of Cass county may be
surprised and interested to know
that 160 signed permits in the Louis
ville district. Nebraska City district
(in Cass county) had 1C0 also, Platts
mouth had 170 and South Bend dis
trict had 26S, making a total of 758
who signed permits in the whole
county, and some came who did not
sign permits, especially at the classes
for adults. Twenty-nine passed the
life saving test this year, making a
total of 145 who have graduated
during the six years of Swim Week.
There was no pageant this year at
the close of the month's work. Each
district held their own closing pro
gram and the giving of their awards.
At Lake Park, at South Bend, on
Tuesday of this week. Bob Mitchell.
guard at Lake Park, put on an exhi
bition of high diving and of speed
swimming, there- was a ' demonstra
tion of life saving methods, a pre
sentation of emblems and honors
earned. The chairman of each dis
trict was presented, and the final
tests were given. A talk was given
by the county chairman, Mrs. Ray
Norris, after which pictures were
taken and 1939 Swim Week program
was closed, but the children of Cass
county will have many happy mem
ories and will eagerly look forward i
to attending again next year.
Mrs. Norris wishes to express her
appreciation to the owners of the
swimming pools, the use of which
were given free to each class, to the
assisting chairman, owners of cars
and of trucks, who so generously gave
of their time and of their vehicles,
the generous publicity given by
every newspaper in the county, the
guards, the life-savers of former years
who assisted with the instruction and
acted as life guards, Loren Hnizda,
instructor for the past four years,
and the Cass county Red Cross offi
cers. Miss Augusta Robb. chairman;
Elmer Sundstrom, vice-chairman;
and Mrs. Henry Tool, secretary-treasurer,
who stocd by to assist in every
VISITS OLD FRIENDS
Mrs. Nora Niday and daughter.
Donna, of Nebraska City, and Mr.
and Mrs. Wayne Fusner of Basin,
Wyoming, were guests this week at
the home of Mr. and Mrs. Tony
Klimm at Lewiston. Mrs. Fusner is a
daughter of Mrs. Niday.
Mrs. Tony Klimm of Lewiston. who
has been troubled with a cough for
the past year, was in Omaha this
week to consult a specialist as to the
throat and cough ailment. She has
received much benefit already from
WILL HOLD PICNIC
The annual Mynard Community
club picnic will be held in Albert
Wetenkamp grove August 1st, 1S39.
All community club members please
come and bring extra dinner for
HERE FROM 10WA
Mrs. Mable Ryan, of Mason City,
Iowa, is here to visit with her rel
atives and many friends and is a
guest at. , the home of Mr. and Mrs
David Pickrell, the latter a sister.
Subscribe for the Journal.
RALLIES FROM OPERATION
E. 11. Shulhof is reported as rally
ing very nicely from his operation
on Saturday at the St. Joseph hos
pital in Omaha. Mr. Schulhof ha
been quite weak but rallied in excel
lent shape from the operation.
The interest of the many friends
has been greatly appreciated, but it
ia desired that all refrain from call
ing on Mr. Schulhof for this week as
he needs all possiLle rest and strength
and it is thought best not to have
is Drowned at
Robert Ostronic, 17, Good Swimmer,
Death Due to Cramps as Had
Eaten Before Swimming.
Robert Ostronic, 17, son of John
Ostronic, 1405 Vinton street, Oma
ha, drowned Monday afternoon short-
y after 4 o'clock at the Merritt beach
north of this city.
The Omaha fire department squad
was called and worked on the body
for two hours with its newly acquired
The young man was a good swim
mer and had recently returned from
Lake Okoboji where he had been on
an outing. After a very hearty lunch
Ostronic with a chum, Joe McElligot,
8, had driven to the beach. Thej'
had decided on one more swim across
the lake and back about 4 o'clock.
The chum saw Ostronic stop strug
gling and go down and called life
guarus. I he guards round the oody
of the young man in twenty feet of
Dr. R. P. Westover of this city
responded to the call for assistance
and assisted in the efforts to revive
the drowned youth.
The body was brought to this city
o tne battier funeral nome to oe
cared for and later turned over to
the Dworak-Chapuran mortuary ot
Omaha who will have charge of the
VISIT IN CITY
Mr. and Mrs. M. L. McCleave of
Omaha motored to this city Tuesday
fternoon and were accompanied by
Mr. and Mrs. John Todd, of Canada.
who have been visiting in this part
of the west with their relatives.
While here the party were guests of
Mrs. R. A. Bates for a short time.
From here Mr. and Mrs. Todd mo
tored to Union where they were
guests at the country home of Mr.
and Mrs. Melvin Todd and Mrs. L. G.
RECOVERS FROM HEART ATTACK
Grant Wetenkamp, who resides
with his mother at 818 Elm street,
is recovering from the effects of a
heart attack that be suffered the lat
ter part of last week. His condition
is quoted as "good."
VISIT AT NEHAWKA
Register of Deeds Ray F. Becker
and Mrs. Becker were at Nehawka
Sunday evening where they were
guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs.
Clarence Willis, the former a brother
of Mrs. Becker.
GO TO ST. LOUIS
Eugene Ault and Joe Phillips, local
baseball players and recent contend
ers at the Cardinal training camp at
Omaha, departed Tuesday for St.
Louis, where they are to attend the
Cardinal-Giants series this week.
FILES FINAL SETTLEMENT
From Monday's Datty
Petition for the final settlement in
the estate of J. Henry Herold, de
ceased, was filed today in the county
court. Attorney A. L. Tldd is the
administrator of the estate.
LEIGH COUPLE HERE
Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Wurdeman of
Leigh, Nebraska came to Plattsmouth
Sunday to spend the week with Mrs.
Wurdeman's brother, Lee Nickles,
and sisters. Miss Etta M. Nickles and
Mrs. Fannie Crosser.
a Lifesaver to
the Corn Crop
j Lightning Does Much Damage in Raia
That Registers from 1 to Three
Inches Over the County.
From Tuesday's Daliy
An intense electrical and rain
storm swept over the eastern part of
Nebraska and through Cuss county
last night, hitting here about 11
o'clock and in two storms brought a
rain that registered an inch in this
locality and brought a great relief to
the corn and other crops.
The rain west of Plattsmouth was
even heavier than here and many lo
calities report as much as two inches
nnd in some localities smaller corn
was down with the rain and the
heavy wind that prevailed. In the
vicinity of Cedar Creek there was a
very heavy wind as well as rain and
which damaged some small buildings
The electrical display was one of
the greatest of the Eummer and the
heavens blazed for hours with the
intense lightning and in many canes
caused damage to farms. The large
barn on the Russell Todd farm,
northwest of this city, was struck
near midnight and burned to the
ground. In the barn was nome twenty
tons of hay belonging to Hush
Stander as well as farm machinery
which was loet. There was insur
ance on the barn, it was reported.
Near Cedar Creek the lightning
struck the barn on the Guthmann
farm, which place was being farmed
by R. N. Hubble. The barn contained
a large amount of hay and burned
very rapidly during the Intense
storm. Fortunately the flames did
not carry to the house.
- TheVest part of the county which
has suffered very much from lack of
rain was visited by in Inch to an inch
and a half of moisture during the
night and which will bring a great
benefit to the crop. Cood rain was
also reported from Murdock.
FINAL BATTING AVERAGES
Following is the final batting
averages of the American Legion
Junior baseball team:
All H AT.
. 23 10 .435
. 35 IS .42
. 8 2 .375
. 23 8 .348
. 32 10 .313
. 30 7 .255
. 23 d .214
. 20 3 .ISO
. 26 2 .077
. 27 2 .074
. 23 1 .043
275 67 .244
ARRIVE FROM CALIFORNIA
From Tuesday's Dally
Last evening Mr. and Mrs. Chris
Bulin, Jack and Richard llatt and
Merle McCrary, a group of former
local young people, now residing at
Burbank, California, arrived here for
a visit with the home folks for a
short time. They will visit at the
James Bulin. J. A. Capwell, J. V.
Hatt and Jess Elliott horn while
RETURN FROM WEST
Mr. and Mrs. James Randolph, who
have been enjoying a honeymoon
trip to the west, returned Monday
after several weeks in the pleasant
mountain country of Colorado. They
have made a trip of several hundred
miles through the wild and rugged
mountain areas and found a very cool
and pleasant climate for the heat of
From Tuesday Dally
County Treasurer John E. Turner
was at Elmwood this afternoon wher
he attended the funeral of Frank
Gillett. who was fatally injured Sat
urday in an auto wreck near Eagle.
Mr. Turner has known Mr. Gillett
since his earliest boyhood days.
VISIT WITH BROTHER
Mr. and Mrs. George Walllnger of
Ashland were in Plattsmouth Sun
day visiting with relatives and
friends. They were special visitor
at the home of Mrs. Wallinger'a
brother, Fred G-uentaer, who Is quite
ill at his home. ,