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Vol. No. LV
PLATTSM 0 UTH, NEERASXA, THURSDAY, AUGUST 17, 1939.
Mr. and Mrs. William Schmidtmann,
Jr., and Daughter, Return
After Fine Outing.
Mr. and Mrs. William Schmidt
mann, Jr., and daughter, Janis, re
turned home Saturday evening from
a five weeks trip to the west coast
nnd which has taken them through
the great national parks that are
found in the Rocky mountain re
gions as well as viewing several of
the great engineering projects of
the government in the west coast
Their first stop in the sightseeing
trip was at the Yellowstone national
park where they found many places
of interest to occupy their time there,
going from there to Billings, Mon
tana, where they were guests of Mr.
and Mrs. Fred H. Heitzhausen, the
former a cousin of Mr. Schmidtmann,
and also at the home of Mr. and Mrs.
Karl Wurl. former Plattsmouth resi
dents. They then drove on to Glacier
national park, where they found one
of the greatest natural wonderlands
of the trip, the massive granite
mountains and the bubbling streams
that spring seemingly from the solid
rock making a very impressive scene.
Leaving the mountain country they
stopped to visit the Grand Coulee
Jam and the Bonneville dam on the
Columbia river, two of the great fed
rral projects that have attracted na
The party stopped at Portland,
Oregon, to visit an uncle of Mr.
Schmidtmann. E. II. Heitzhausen. for
few days and enjoyed the many
point of interest in that vicinity.
They spent several days at the
San Francisco fair and found that
it was truly a great exposition and
wellworthy of all of the words of
praise that had been given " It. The
city of San Francisco also proved
rery interesting to the family and
afford an unfailing delight in the
glimpses of the port that serves the
Turning southward the Schmidt
manns visited Los Angeles and south
ern California, where they were en
tertained and visited many places
along the coast that they had plan
ned for the trip. They met Mrs.
Dora Peacock and daughters while
at Los Angeles and had a very pleas
ant visit with them. Mrs. Peacock is
an aunt of Mrs. Schmidtmann.
On their return trip the family
npent some time at the Grand Can
yon of the Colorado, Bryce and Zion
national parks. both numbered
among the most interesting In the
mountain sections of the west. They
then visited at the Boulder dam in
Nevada, one of the feature spots for
the western tourist and another of
the great federal supported projects
which is to supply irrigation water
for the west and a supply for the
southern California cities.
HOFMANN LICENSE REVOKED
Aug. 1G (UP) The
of Philip Hofmann.
was revoked by the
commission today for
alleged sale to minors.
Hofmann's permit was suspended
on the same charge for a sixteen day
period last year. A youth, who gave
his age as nineteen, testified at the
hearing that he had purchased beer
at Hofmann's establishment and that
he had recently become intoxicated
at the place.
He denied Hofmann's charge that
he had represented his age as twenty
one. Herbert Johnson, night police
officer, testified that Hofmann's place
was "pretty disorderly" and that
numerous complaints had been made.
MAKE DELINQUENT TAX LEVY
For the first time in many years
a levy on personal property was
made for delinquent taxes and the
property taken by Sheriff Joe Mrasek
under the provisions of the law.
The property was taken after the
sheriff's office made several attempts
to secure some settlement and the
property so taken will be offered for
sale later to satisfy the demands of
the county for the delinquent taxes.
The sheriff had the property taken,
a piano and a radio, removed to his
custody and where It will be held
until Its sale.
JR. WOMAN'S CLUB BREAKFAST
A large group of young ladies at
tended the Junior Woman's club
breakfast which was held Sunday
morning at the Platte river. The
committee in charge of the arrange
ments consisted of Lillian Schmitt,
Marion Olson, and Florence Leamy.
After the breakfast they all return
ed home in time to attend the church
The nest meeting will be held on
August 28. It will be in the form of
a theatre party. The committee In
charge will be: Gertrude Vallery,
Edith Solomon, Anne Knieke, and
Home from Fine
Rev. and Mrs. Paul Dick, Accom
panied by Mr. and Mrs. Forest
Leonard, Return Home.
Rev. and Mrs. Paul Dick and two
children, Barbara and Erna Lee, ac
companied by Mr. and Mrs. Forest
Leonard of Mynard returned home
Saturday afternoon following an
eleven-day visit and vacation, spent
largely in Colorado. The Dick chil
dren had been in Lyons. Colorado for
the last six weeks visiting with their
grandparents. Mr. and Mrs. O. A.
Dick and uncles. Victor and Justin
Dick. It was through them that
Rev. and Mrs. Dick had taken the
motor trip to secure them and at the
same time they enjoyed a pleasant
visit with the parents and brothers
of Rev. Dick.
Rev. Dick, pastor of the Mynard
United Brethren church and his fam
ily, and Mr. and Mrs. Leonard en
joyed a trip through Estes Park and
the many other places of scenic in
terest in Colorado.
Following their return Rev. and
Mrs. Dick took charge of the C. E.
Cook farm in Mynard as the Cook
family are vacationing in the west.
They left on their tour on Monday,
August 7 and are in Washington at
the present time vacationing with
relatives and friends.
CALLED TO OCONTO
From 'Wednesday's Pally
Mrs. Glen Vallery left this morn
ing for Oconto. Nebraska where she
was called by the serious illness of
her mother, Mrs. E. E. Thurman,
aged seventy-eight. Her sister, Mrs.
V. D. Parrish of Lincoln, also accom
panied her on the journey to be with
the mother at her bedside. Mrs.
Thurman suffered a stroke Tuesday
and has been critically ill since that
VISITORS FROM INDIANAPOLIS
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Denny and
son. Richard, of Indianapolis, are
here for a few days visit at the home
of Rev. S. G. Schick and family at
the St. Paul's parsonage. The Denny
family are former parishioners of
Rev. Schick at Indianapolis and they
have been -visiting at Denver, stop
ping here en route home to visit with
their former pastor and family.
RETURNS FROM CALIFORNIA
Robert W. Hirz, who has for the
past several years made his home
at Burbank, California, returned
home Tuesday to enjoy an extended
visit here with his parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Fred Hirz, as well as the other
relatives and old time friends. Mr.
Hirz has a very large t circle of
friends here who will learn with
pleasure of his return.
From Tuesday's Darty
This morning Miss Lucille Mel
singer underwent a tonsilectomy at
the office of a local physician and
came through the operation in very
fine shape. Miss Meisinger is re
cuperating at the home here and it
is hoped that she will soon be able to
resume her usual activities In a few
ATTEND STYLE SHOW
Among the guests at the style
show luncheon given at the Fon
tenelle In Omaha Saturday were Mrs.
J. L. Capps and Mrs. M. S. Kerr.
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People Tour the
Mr. and Mrs. Everett Pickens and
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Wunder
lich Have Pleasant Trip.
Mr. and Mrs. Everett Pickens of
this city and Mr. and Mrs. Walter
J. Wunderlich of Kehawka. have re
turned from their motor trip into
the southwest that has taken them
through many interesting sections,
places that lie off the usual tourist
line of travel and opened new vistas
of country and many interesting
classes of people.
The party motored to Masonic
park, a park reserved for Masons and
their friends, located In southwestern
Colorado. The cabins of the Ne
braska ns were situated in the heart
of the Rockies, along the Continental
divide where the Rio Grande river
has its source. At this point the
Rio Grande is slightly wider than a
mountain brook, it offers a marked
contrast to the Rio Grande that is
familiar to the visitors In southern
Texas. The natural beauty of WolT
Creek pass and Boc canyon with tow
ering Mt. Blanca is indeed a beauti
ful sight. At the foot of Mt. Blanca
is located the famous sand dunes
used for skiing, the only sand dunes
known to be used for that sport.
One of the highlights of the trip
was an eighty mile drive over an un
marked narrow mountain trail to the
once prosperous Lake City, an in
land, seemingly isolated town. At
Lake City the party visited an old i
silver mine from which fifteen years
igo silver ore valued at eight mil
ion dollars was mined. The mine
was in excellent condition due to
ihe fact that deterioration seldom
jeeurs at such a high altitude.
The "Ski HI Stampede." the na
tion's third largest rodeo, at Monte
Vista. Colorado, was very picturesque
ind fascinating to the members of
the party, located in natural settings
and no importation of professional
participants needed to make it a won
derful showing of the west.
In Taos. New Mexico, the party
found the interesting homes of the
Mexicans made of adobe brick, the
many curio shops that appealed to
the visitors from the outside world,
the Tao Indian pueblos, homes of
the ancient race and of which many
very fine technicolor pictures were
secured. Here they enjoyed special
Mexican dinners served in the true
style of the southwest.
They also visited San Louis val
ley which is given over to the raising
of lettuce and peas, under the bene
fits of the irrigation systems and
which has sent land values soaring in
To the Cass county people it was
truly a journey of worthwhile in
spiration in the new and unknown
PLAN WATERMELON CONTEST
Charles Barnard, the chairman of
the Farmers' day of the King Korn
Karnival, is planning a new feature
for Thursday, September 21st, when
a watermelon eating contest will be
staged and which is open to .the
world. It will be a contest that will
5ive the lovers of this luscious gar
den product the fullest opportunity
of doing their stuff. The full rules
and regulations will be announced
later for the contest.
VISITS AT ROTARY
Tuesday at the Rotary club Father
Ferguson, of the St. Columbian mis
sion at Bellevue was a guest of the
club and gave a very Interesting re
sume of experiences in his fishing
trips and his favorite sport of golf
ing, both in this country and his
native land of Ireland. The meeting
was under the leadership of Fred I.
Rea and who presented the speaker
of the luncheon.
NOTICE TO PUBLIC
Dr. R. P. Westover, local physi
cian, is announcing that his office
will be closed for a few days after
Sunday, August 20. He and his fam
ily are anticipating taking a trip
to the Minnesota country. All pa
trons of Dr. Westover are urged to
take notice and all who desire to
see him, should do so before that
VISIT WITH COMMISSIONERS
From rueday' Daltr
This morning a group of the offi
cers of the Cass County Agricultural
society were here to visit with the
board of county commissioners to
discuss with the board the matter of
the appropriation for the fair and
the new building that the associa
tion is just completing at Weeping
Water and which it is hoped will be
ready for the use of the fair this
year, or at least a part of the build
ing. Henry Ragoss, Frank Woods,
secretary of the association and
Mayor Troy L. Davis, of Weeping
Water comprised the visiting party.
Funeral Woman is
Killed Near Union
Mrs. Elizabeth Ogden, Corning, Iowa,
Rilled as Car Crashes From Road
way at Highway Junction.
The highway junction of No. 75
and 34 east of Union, was the scene
of a fatal accident Wednesday after
noon and in which - Mrs. Elizabeth
Agdon, 70, of Corning. Iowa, was
killed and her brother, B. P. Bur-
gett, of Grace, Idaho, suffered a knee
lujury which, however, is not dan
The brother and sister were com
ing east on No. 34 after attending
the funeral of a sister-in-law, killed
in a traffic accident near Yuma,
Burgett stated to Sheriff Joe
Mrasek that at the time of the acci
dent, several cars were coming from
the south and north at the same
time and all approaching the junc
tion as he reached the spot and he
was traveling too fast to stay on the
road and miss them. The car he
was driving left the highway and
crashed Beventy-fivefeet through a
Tence to the east of the highway and
then smashed into a bank, causing
the death of Mrs. Burgett in the
wreckage of the car.
DEATH OF JOHN MEFFORD
The death of John Mugg Mefford.
81, occurred on Wednesday at the
home of a daughter near Greenwood,
where for some years he has made
his home, his death coming as the
result of a long illness.
Mr. Mefford was the assessor of
Salt Creek precinct over a long period
of years and as Ions as his health
permitted he was continued in that
office by the residents of the pre
cinct. He leaves to mourn his death, two
sons, S. E. Mefford of Ashland and
J. r. of Kansas City; four daughters,
Mrs. Lillle Kelley, of Walnut. Illi
nois, Mrs. Louisa Homan, of Oma
ha, Mrs. Ellen Kirk and Mrs. May
Bauers of Greenwood; a brother.
George G. Mefford. of Ashland.
The funeral services will be held
on Friday afternoon at 2:30 at the
Greenwood Christian church with
the burial at Greenwood.
TRAIN TO MAKE STOPS
The Burlington east bound passen
ger train due here at 8:40 a. m.
will in the future make this city a
place for regular stops from the west.
This will be greatly appreciated by
those who may be coming here from
the west. The Burlington now has
two of their through trains making
atops here, that of No. 5, westbound
at 6:40 a. m. and No. 6 at 8:40
RETURN FROM THE LAKES
From Wednesday's Daily
Mr. and Mrs. Frank A. Cloidt and
daughters, Maxine and Frances, re
turned this morning from a very
pleasant outing at East Battle Lake,
Minnesota, they being there with a
group of other Plattsmouth fishing
enthusiasts. They had a fine time
and plenty of fishing to make the
outing a most delightful one.
HAS TONSILS REMOVED
Franklin Wehrbein, son of Mr.
and Mrs. John Wehrbein, had his
tonsils removed Monday morning at
the St. Joseph hospital in Omaha.
The young man returned home to
day following the operation and
period of recuperating in the hospital.
While Many Are Indifferent as to
Date, Majority Favor the Day
In general Plattsmouth democrats
and republicans alike heartily dis
agree with President Roosevelt's pro
posal to change the original date of
Thanksgiving to the next to the last
Thursday in November instead of
the traditional last Thursday of the
month. In a poll taken among some
of the citizens of this city the follow
ing opinions were given:
Do you approve or disapprove of
the president's plan to advance
Henry A. Schneider, president of
the Plattsmouth State bank, 609 Oak
street: "I am absolutely opposed to
it, no sense to it at all 100 votes
'no for me." ,
Mrs. William Woolcott, supervisor
of sewing project: 323 South 8th
street: "If the change is in effect
this year, it is immaterial to me as
Thanksgiving day will fall on my
birthday and it will give me the op
portunity of observing both occa
sions at one expense. However, the
change makes no difference to me
as it will afford all of us another op
portunity to enjoy a breathing spell
between Thanksgiving and Christ
Paul Vandervoort, county assist
ance director: "As far as the holiday
is concerned, it makes no difference
when people celebrate Thanksgiv
ing." Vincent Kelley, president of the
Junior Chamber of Commerce, Hough
spartments: "Most of the Retail
Credit Association members are in
favor of the proposal, and I am in
clined to fall in line with them."
Miss WUhelmlna Henrichsen, presi
dent of the Junior Woman's club,
and secretary to Superintendent L. S.
Devoe: "I don't think it makes much
difference, although I am opposed to
it. We have gotten along very nice
ly with the present date, and think
it should be kept the way it is."
Mrs. Elmer Sundstrom, past presi
dent of the Plattsmouth Woman's
club. 923 Main street: "Although I
haven't given the subject much
thought, it doesn't make a great deal
of difference whether they change
it or not. It is immaterial to me."
Fred Busch, president of the Ad
club and Manager of the Ladies Tog
gery, 405 Main street: "I would
like to see it left just as it is. I am
apposed to any change whatsoever."
Mrs. Henry Kaufmann. housewife:
"It's just a 'bunch of hooey' that
doesn't mean anything. It is a tra
ditional season and should be re
spected as such."
Rev. Samuel G. Schick, pastor of
the St. Paul's Evangelical and Re
formed church, 516 Ave. A: "I pre
fer the old method of observing the
holiday. There is too much commer
cializing done right now among the
holidays and by extending this sea
son it would still commercialize the
period from Thanksgiving to Christ
mas, l Deneve we ougnt to stand Dy
the old form because that was the
plan drawn up by the old constitu
tion and we should stay closer to it
rather than gradually drift away
Waldemar C. Soennichsen. co-
chairman of the King Korn Karni
val. 914 Ave E: "I guess it is just
one of those things that will happen
and we can't do much about It." .
Arthur Troop, past president of
the Rotary club and Cass county
farmer: "It is just plain 'crazy to
change the date of the Thanksgiving
holiday. As a farmer it will not
affect me, but it has proven satis
factory during all these years so
leave it the way it is."
Dr. R. P. Westover, Plattsmouth
physician, 803 Main street: "No!
No! leave it the way it Is. No need of
Mrs. Luke Wiles, president of the
Plattsmouth Garden club, 1006 Rock
street: "It really doesn't make any
difference to me; I haven't studied
the question enough to see whether It
would be beneficial to the people or
Attorney W. A. Robertson, 624
North Sixth street: "My Idea Is that
ever since the New Deal we haven't
had enough money to observe one
week of Christmas, let alone four."
Mrs. E. H. Wescott. an active
worker in community affairs, 905
Main street: "No matter if Roose
velt or anybody else changes the
date of Thanksgiving, I will cele
brate the last Thursday of Novem
ber. That is when our dinner will
be prepared. It is a custom of long
standing and there is no reason in
the world for changing it. I don't
believe the president tells the truth
when he says the business men de
County Attorney Walter H. Smith
says: "I can't see any good purpose
accomplished by the changing of
Thanksgiving date. It seems to me
that it has been a tradi tonal day and
nas been observed as such in pre
vious years, so I don't se? any neces
sity of changing the regular date."
Entrance Gained Through Small Win
dow in West of Building; Bat
teries, Tires, Stolen.
From Wednesday's Daily
This morning when the Ofe Oil
Co. service station at Pearl street
and Chicago avenue was opened for
business, it was found that some
time during the night it had been
eisited by burglars and a number of
articles taken from the station.
The discovery of the robbery was
made by George Michael Blotzer on
opening up, as a number of articles
scattered over the station indicated
the visit of strangers.
It was found on investigation that
entrance had been gained through a
window in the northwest part of
the station, a pane of glass large
?nough to admit a child or a very
small person having been removed,
rhe person making the entrance had
then unfastened a large section of a
window cn the west side of the sta
tion and here the parties had evi
dently made their entrance and
As far as could be determined in
the hurried check there had been
three tires taken, two batteries and
a number of tubes.
The parties had failed to get into
the safe in the office altho they had
evidently visited the small office at
the rear of the main sales room, a
small BB gun that had been left
there was found on the desk and
from this it is thought that some
youngster might have been playing
with the gun.
The matter was reported at once
and Sheriff Joe Mrasek and Chief of
Police William Barclay visited the
station to look over the situation
and possible clues to the robbers.
The visitation was evidently made
by local people familiar with the
surroundings of the station.
RETURN FROM IDAHO
Miss Velma Fulton, rural school
tencher, returned home Friday morn
ing following a two months' vaca
tion spent in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
While in that city she was a guest
of her brothers, Everett Fulton and
his family, and Glen Fulton. Miss
Fulton, whose home is in Mynard,
reported a very enjoyable trip.
BIRTH OF DAUGHTER
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Sporer of
Murray are the parents of a daugh
ter born to them on Thursday, Aug
ust 10 at the St. Joseph hospital in
Omaha. Both mother and daughter.
the former Miss Susie Stull, are pro
gressing rapidly. The little one is a
granddaughter of Mr. William Sporer
SUNDAY AT OMAHA
County Attorney and Mrs. Walter
H. Smith were in Omaha Sunday
where they spent the day visiting
at the home of Mrs. Smith's parents.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Ortman. They
also enjoyed a picnic dinner at the
country home of Mr. and Mrs. J.
HERE FROM MINNESOTA
Mr. and Mrs. Percy Taplett, of Du-
luth, Minnesota, who have been here
visiting at the home of Mr. and Mrs.
James Warga and family, south of
this city have returned to their
home. Mrs. Warga is a sister of Mr
Hold Reunion at
Country Home of John Larsh Scene
of Very Much Enjoyed Gath
ering of the Family.
A reunion of the Surface family
was held Sunday, August 13th at the
beautiful country home of John
Larsh northeast of Union.
Those attending were Sally John-
ion, Mr. and Airs, aughn Hurst,
Mrs. Glen Surface and son. Vaughn
of Lincoln; Miss Iola McQuinn, Mr.
and Mrs. Clyde Surface and sons.
Keith and Kenneth of Omaha: Mr.
and Mrs. Clarence Surface, Mr. and
Mrs. Gladys Dyke and daughter,
Wanda Lee. Misses Rhea and Lucille
KImsey, all of Thurman. Iowa; Philip
Surface of Bellevue; Mr. and Mrs.
P. E. Surface of Albion; Mrs. Mar
garet True of Harbor Beach, Mich-
gan; Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Lovell and
daughters, Sandra and Sheryl, Dale
flanna of York; Mr. and Mrs. Dewltt
Surface and son. Jimmy, li ma Burke,
Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Fletcher, Mr.
and Mrs. Ralph Surface. Mr. and
Mrs. Tom McQuin. John and Arthur
McQuin. Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Mc
Quin, Mr. and 'Mrs. Donald McQuin
and daughters, Ramona and Donna
Lee, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Schafer.
Mr. and Mrs. S. W. True, Mr. and
Mrs. Wayne Surface, Mrs. Rube
Eaton and daughter Marjorie, Mrs.
Joe Lidgett and Mrs. Sarah Rich, all
After a lovely picnic dinner was "
served the afternoon was spent in
visiting and playing ball. Everyone
departed for home late in the after
noon feeling that the day mas well
MANY ENJOY BARBECUE
Sunday afternoon a barbecue was
held at the Will Warga grove Just
south of the Taylor school house
near the Louisville road. The event
was sponsored by Henry Don at and
the preparation of the barbecued
ribs was under the direction of Wil
liam O'Donnell, Sr., a past master oJ
the art of preparing the choice ribs.
The afternoon was spent in enjoy
ing the feast and visiting until near
the close of the afternoon. Fred Kah
ler of Murray, with his accordian.
assisted in the program.
VISITING IN EAST
Mr. and Mrs. Edgar S. Wescott.
of Lincoln, are enjoying a vacation
trip in Chicago and Benton Harbor,
Michigan and also taking in a num
ber of places of interest in that
part of the central west. They are
motoring through and flopping at
Chicago with Mr. and Mrs. Carter
Strand, the latter a sister of Mrs.
Wescott and at Benton Harbor they
will be the guests of Mr. and Mrs.
Perry H. Murdick, Mrs. Murdick be
ing a sister of Mr. Wescott.
HERE FROM OKLAHOMA
Mrs. Kate Hild is enjoying a visit
from her only sister, Mrs. V,'. E.
Floyd of EI Reno. Oklahoma, who ar
rived Sunday to spend some time here
with the sister and family and old
friends. Mrs. Floyd being a resident
here in her girihood. She was accom
panied here by her son-in-law and
daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Duard
Barnes, also of El Reno, who con
tinued on to Minnesota where they
will join friends on a fablng trip.
DISCUSS COUNTY LEVY
The board of county commission
ers have been here for the patt two
days discussing the levy that will be
necessary taxation for the operation
of the county in the coming fiscal
year. The board find the problem
one that has required a great deal of
study as the mounting cost of oper
ation coupled with the lower valu
ation makes it a real problem. The
county in the past ten years haa
had a loss in valuation of some 120,
000,000. WANTED! WANTED! WANTED!
Names of those who have lived In
Cass county 50 years or more and
now live In county. They will re
ceive a Certificate at Louisville Old
Settlers Day, Sept. 9. Addresii
Louisville Chamber of Commerce,