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Vol. No. IV
PULTTSMOUTH, NEBRASKA, MONDAY, SEPT. 11, 1939.
Boyd HubJer, River Worked, is
Found Slain in Rear Seat of His
Car on Highway North of Town
Discovery Sunday Morning Reveals Death was
Caused by Shot in Head Face Showed
Evidences of a Severe Beating
DEPUTY STATE SHERIFFS HERE TO AID
Investigation Indicates Murder
Body Brought to Scene
to Go to Omaha
The IkhIv of Bovd Hubler,
shot ami badlv beaten in the car of
a half north of Plattsmouth. The
on the shoulder, just off the paving on Highway 75, and had ap
parently been parked there for
torists observing it, had presumed
pulled off the road to sleep, so did
The car had been left parked along:
the roadway some time between 5
and 8 o'clock as travelers on the
highway between here and Omaha
report seeing the car there as early
as 5 o'clock, but none of the passers
by had thought to stop and examine
the car and it was not until shortly
after 8 o'clock that the gruesome dis
covery was made. A resident of the
vicinity starting out on a milk route
had noticed the car near where he
drove out of a side road and stopped
to look at the car. Glancing In the
car he saw the body of the young
man. blood stained, in the back seat
of the car and apparently lifeless.
The alarm was given and Sheriff Joe
Mrasek was at the scene in a very
few moments to take charge of the
body and open the car.
Hubler lay with his head partially
bent under the body as though the
body might have been thrown Into
the back seat with force by his as
sailants or murderers. There was a
great deal of blood and It was not
until a more thorough examination
was made of the body that the bullet
wound on the top of the head was
revealed and also the fact that the
nose of the young man was broken
and one eye black as though from
the effects of a battle that he might
have waged to save his life. The
dead man had a handkerchief tied
over his eyes and fastened at the
back of the head as though to con
ceal from the man his assailants.
The death weapon was lying on
the seat near the body, this being
the chamber part of a .22 rifle, from
which the barrel had been cut and
also the stock of the rifle gone. One
discharged cartridge was found in
the gun. apparently that which had
entered the skull of the unfortunate
man. The gun was wrapped In dark
cloth and had attached a small piece
of rope as though the gun may have
!cen used as a "sap" as well.
The car did not show the effects
or a struggle as severe as that which
Hubler must have made for his life
and which leads to the possibilities
that the man was killed elsewhere,
the body forced Into the rear part
of the car and the Hubler car then
driven to the scene where It was
. The murdered man had been here
for the past two years but for the
last four years, has been working
along the Missouri river as an em
ploye of the engineering depart
ment. He is reported by his acquain
tances as a very quiet young man
and who was not addicted to drink
ing or in the habit of visiting at the
bright spots where he might have
Mr. Hubler had roomed at the
residence of Mr. and Mrs. George Jor
dan and on Saturday evening had
informed them that he was taking
some friends to Omaha, this being
the last known contact had with
the young man until the dead body
was found. Investigations have so
far failed to reveal the companions
of Mr. Hurler or where he might have
gone. Reports which have not been
able to be definitely fixed were to
the effect that the young man in
the course of the evening had been
seen at one of the pleasure resorts
north of the Platte but who was with
him has not been fixed.
The pocketbook found on the
young man contained no money and
It is thought that perhaps robbery
Committed Elsewhere and
Received Phone Call
28, was found Sunday morning
the voting man, about a mile and
car was headed south, parked
several hours. Early morning mo
the occupant became sleepy and
not stop to investigate.
might have been a motive for the
The body was taken to the Hor
ton funeral home where an autopsy
was to be held today and held for
The home of the young man was
at Chenaic.. Missouri, where his
mother is making her home and
where the body will be sent after the
Two Weeks on
Offer -will -Positively Expire on the
Closing Night of Korn Kar
nival, September 23rd
In response to a number of re
quests, the Journal will , extend the
closing time on its free dictionary
offer from September 10 to Septem
ber 23. This extension of time will
enable those coming to Plattsmouth's
King Korn Karnival to still take ad
vantage of the offer to pay their
subscription and the required 19c
additional for packing and mailing
costs, and secure a copy of the 900
page New Universities dictionary.
This new and up-to-date edition
will be mailed direct from the pub
lishing house in the east. A sample
copy is on display at our office and
may be seen and examined.
To date well over a hundred dic
tionaries have been sent out on this
special offer, which positively ends
with the Korn Karnival on Saturday
night, September 23. Up to then, you
can get yours by paying one (or
more) year's subscription and the
extra 19 cents handling and mail
Those who find it inconvenient to
bring or send in their money, may
hand it to our field man, M. S.
Briggs, who covers a large part of
the county each week.
Publishers advise copies of this
edition are nearly exhausted and it
was only by special arrangement we
were able to get the offer extended
this additional two weeks and a
guarantee from them that they
would be able to fill our orders.
If you want a copy, get under the
wire before the expiration of this
two weeks' extension in time.
NAMES ARE OMITTED
In the account of the Shrader
family reunion appearing recently in
the Journal the names of several of
the families were omitted, the fam
ilies of Glen Kaffenberger, Omer
Yardley, of Ashland. Mrs. Harry Al
bin, John Potter and family of Ash
land and the Vernon Gish family of
The association this year is head
ed by Homer Shrader as president
and Lula Wolfe as the vice presi
dent. TO ATTEND KARNIVAL
Mrs. R. T. Shrontz of Kansas City,
Missouri is visiting with her son, Wil
son Green and Mrs. Green and Mr.
and Mrs. H. R. Johnston. Mrs.
Sbrontz is a sister of Mrs. Johnston
and is expecting to stay for the
Korn Karnival with her family.
of Legion and
Late Set for Sept. 17 Also Plan a
Karnival Float and Reception
for Commander Nutzman
From Friday's Dally
Twenty were present at the regu
lar monthly meeting of the American
Legion held last night at the home
of the Post Adjutant.
The more important business trans
acted included: The setting of Sun
day, September 17 as the date for
holding the annual Legion and Aux
iliary picnic; plans to co-ordinate
with the Auxiliary in placing an ap
propriate float in the Korn Karnival
parade; preliminary arrangements for
holding the county Legion conven
tion here, instead of at Weeping
Water, and plans for a countywide
reception and dinner honoring Gene
Nutzman. Cass county man who was
elected state commander at the Lin
coln convention of the Legion.
It was originally planned to hold
the county meeting at Weeping Wat
er again this year, but since Weep
ing Water is to entertain the dis
trict convention. County Commander
Sterling Amick has suggested a shift
to Plattsmouth for the county meet
The committee named by Com
mander Conis to make plans for the
Nutzman reception and dinner com
prises John Turner, E. G. Ofe and
Elmer Webb. The committee that is
to work with an Auxiliary commit
tee in arranging a float comprises
L. S. Devoe. Clyde Jackson and
Delegates John Turner and R. T.
Cuthrell reported on the state con
vention, including a number of pro
posed changes ' in' the by-laws.
Reports of the winning of the Dr.
Arlo M. Dunn trophy for outstand
ing Boy Scout work and the winning
of second place by the Junior Drum
Corps at state fair competition were
Sick committee reported four from
here now in Veterans' hospital An
ton Rys, Adolph Cechal. Leo Boyn-
ton and W. O. Reeves. A number
have called on these veterans dur
ing recent trips to Lincoln and others
are urged to do so.
A buffet luncheon and cards fol
lowed the business meeting.
Helped Open Bridge
At 11:30 most of the group left
for Louisville, arriving there just in
time to join in the "shirt-tail" pa
rade arranged by Louisville Cham
ber of Commerce for the midnight
hour, which brought to a close the
final toll watch on the bridge. Whis
tles were blown, bells rung and sirens
sounded and a large group gathered
at the bridge where a banner was
stretched indicating that henceforth
the structure would be toll free.
After an hour or so of gay frivol
ity, the Legionnaires returned home.
HERE FROM MONTANA
Mr. and Mrs. Karl Wurl of Bill
ings. Montana, arrived Wednesday
from their home in the west and will
visit here for. a few weeks and at
Sioux City. They are visiting here
at the Lome of Mr. Wurl's parents,
Mr. and Mrs. B. G. Wurl and at
Sioux City with the parents of Mrs.
Wurl. The visitors coming from the
higher climate have found the ex
treme heat of the past few days very
hard to take.
William E. Metzger, popular and
well known young farmer of near
Cedar Creek, is at the Methodist hos
pital at Omaha, where he was oper
ated on Wednesday for appendicitis.
Mr. Metzger was taken suddenly 111
and hurried to Omaha for the oper
ation, which has proved very suc
cessful and he is doing nicely.
RECOVERING FROM INJURY
As the result of a severe fall that
she was a victim of Saturday eve
ning, Mrs. Ollitf Atkinson of this city
is recuperating from the effects of a
wrist Injury on the right arm. Fol
lowing her unfortunate experience,
Mrs. Atkinson was rushed to the
office of Dr. R. P. Westover where
the injury was treated.
UNHURT IN ACCIDENT
Charles F. Stastka, operator for
Missouri Pacific lines at Nebraska
City, and formerly of this city, es
caped injury early Thursday morn
ing when his automobile slid on a
graveled road and was ditched near
Murray. Mr. Stastka was in Mur-
ray visiting his brother, J. G. Stastka,
Missouri Pacific agent there, who
will soon move his family to Ne
braska City while keeping the Mur
ray post. The car was slightly dam
aged. M. E. Federa
tion Has Instal
Mrs. William Baird Serves as Install
ing Officer for Society's First
from Ttouraday'a Dally-
Due to the Passion Play. "Gol
gotha." which they are sponsoring
this afternoon and evening, the Sep
tember meeting of the Methodist
church Women's Federation was held
Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 at the
church parlors. A group, represent
ing the Dorcas circle members, served
as the hostesses.
The main feature of the afternoon
was the installation of officers for
the ensuing year. The installing of
ficer, Mrs. Ona Baird. had charge of
this ceremony. Officers installed
were: Mrs. William Heinrich. presi
dent; Mrs. Ralph Wiles, first vice-
president; Mrs. A. H. Duxbury. sec
ond vice-president; Mrs. Edgar
Glaze, secretary; Mrs.' Don Seiver,
treasurer. The three circle chairmen
Naomi, Mrs. John Hatt; Dorcas,
Mrs. Fred Howland; and Gleaners.
Mrs. Carl Hall, were also installed.
Other officers are Mrs.J. C. Lowson.
newly-elected chaplain: .Mrs. Vernon
T. Am, Sr., missionary chairman;
and Mrs. J. Howard Davis, publicity
chairman. The business meeting was
presided over by Mrs. Heinrich.
A delightful program was given
following the business meeting. Mrs.
Perry H. Murdick of Benton Harbor,
Michigan, was present and gave sev
eral readings. Miss Lola Firchau, di
rector of the play, "Golgotha," spoke
a few words to the ladies and guests
present. Resumes of Interest taken
from their recent trip to California
were given by Mrs. A. H. Duxbury
and Mrs. Zella Traudt.
Refreshments were served by the
ladies of the Dorcas circle at the
close of the business and social
RECEIVES HIGH GRADE
Miss Marie Vallery, of the Ladies
Toggery, of this city, who has been
in attendance at the school con
ducted by the Gossard Corset Co., has
received a very fine ' recognition to
her interest and work at the school
for the salesmen.
There were some six hundred at
the school held at Omaha and after
the check had been made of the work
of the students Miss Vallery was
awarded a percentage of 99 for her
work, the highest grade given to
any of the young women taking part
in the school. This certainly speaks
well for the efficient work of the
FIRE AT EAGLES PARK
One of the summer residences at
the Eagles park, just north of the
Platte river bridge, was destroyed
by fire Wednesday. The house and
all of the contents were destroyed
In the blaze, fanned by the high
wind, swept rapidly through the
At the time of the fire which was
in the earlv mnrninr. the ladv of
the house was forced to fleefrom the
building with only her night gar
ments, it is thought that the fire
originated from the explosion of a
LEAVE FOR ILLINOIS
rrom Friday T5HT
This morning at an early hour Mr.
and Mrs. Jake Hild and son, Arthur,
of west of Mynard departed for a
trip to Illinois and which will take
them to Peoria and Pekin, Illinois,
the old home of the Hild family.
They were joined here by Michael
Hild. who will enjoy the visit to the
old home in the mid-west.
for Floats in the
'Committee Wishes to Have Individual,
Enter as Clowns or Comics
to Aid in Parade.
The committee in c'uarge of the
Merchants day parade of the King
Korn Karnival are busy on the final
plans for the big event which it is
hoped will be larger than usual and
in which the greater part of the
business houses of the city will be
In addition to the floats, of which
there has been a fine number prom
ised, the committee desires that in
dividuals participate in comics or
other roles during the float section
of the parade.
George Dobson and J. W. Holmes
are the chairmen of the parade and
those w ho can or ; w ill participate
should get in touch with them to
arrange to help make it a grand and
glorious success in every way.
New floats pledged for the parade
comprise the Bauer Auto and Supply
Co.. Cass County Motor Co., Cloidt
Service, Erneal Service Station,
Frady Garage, Gerbeling Standard
Oil Station, Coryell-Giles Service
Station, Hendrix (Conoco) Service
Station. Hild Service Station, Iowa
Nebraska Light & Power Co.. Claude
Ruse Motor Co., Charles Vallery
Service Station. Winscot (Texaco)
! Service Station, the Cass County Offi
cials and Employes.
Already there had been pledged
floats from the following: Grosshans
Sale Barn, Plattsmouth Fire Dept..
Knorr's Variety Store. P. E. O. Or
ganization, H. M. Soennichsen & Co.,
Norfolk Packing Co., Recreation Cen
ter, International Harvester Co..
Junior Woman's club. Brink Hatch
ery, Joe's New-Way Grocery, Junior!
Chamber of Commerce, Job's Daugh
ters, Ofe Oil Co., Ladies Toggery.
Ad Club, Thomas Walling Co., Lin
coln Telephone & Telegraph Co.
THE MARDI GRAS PARADE
One of the attractive features of
the King Korn Karnival that is
planned by the commi'se in charge,
will be that of th- Mardi Gras
parade and festivities that will be
presented on Thursday evening, Sep
tember 21st, the second day of the
It is desired that the residents of
ihe city and the nearby communities
prepare to have a part in the event
and which will be a challenge to
the Individual to produce some strik
ing contribution to the evening of
It is planned to make the parade
of individuals and small groups
something that will long be remem
bered in the line of attractions for
Prizes will be offered for the parade
for the best and most original x cos
tumes that will carry out the festive
idea of the event. The family store
house of old or comic garments
should be searched to provide a
fitting garb for the big parade.
It is being arranged that the eve
ning culminate in a free street dance
after the parade that will be a win
ner, the promoters believe.
ASSUMES NEW POSITION
Miss Marjorie Fitch has been
named to the position as office girl
in the offices of Dr. Wilbur S. Eaton,
physician and surgeon and Dr. Frank
R. Molak, dentist. Miss Fitch fills
the vacancy created by the resigna
tion of Miss Anna Marie Rea, whose
marriage to Edward Ossenkop will
occur In the near future. Miss Fitch
began her duties Tuesday.
HERE FOR ANNIVERSARY
FYom Thursday t.rry
Mrs. Robert Foster Patterson, of
Tarklo, Missouri, arrived here this
morning to attend the fiftieth anni
versary of Chapter F, P.E.O. which is
being held today. While here Mrs.
Patterson is a guest at the home of
Mr. and Mrs. Carl J. Schneider.
VISITS PARENTS HERE
Mr. and Mrs. Merton Jacobs, of
Elsie, Nebraska, are here for a visit
at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry
Jacobs, parents of Merton, and with
theo ther brothers and sister.
DEPARTS FOR THE EAST
From Friday's Dally
This morning Miss Hazel Dovey,
who has been here for the summer
with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. O. C.
Dovey, departed for Canton, Ohio,
where she is teaching in the city
schools at that place. Mrs. L. O.
Miner and daughter, Eleanor who
have been here as guests at the T. H.
Pollock and Virgil Perry homes, ac
companied Miss Dovey as far as their
home at Kankakee, Illinois, where
Miss Dovey will stop for a short
Good at PHS as
Coach Hoffman Has Turnout of Some
62 to Take Part in Early
Workouts for Team.
Despite the fact that the temper
atures have ranged in the hundred
neighborhood since school opened
and the training season started, there
has been a fine response on the part
of the boys of the school and some
sixty-two have been out to get their
first workouts and tests for places on
the regular squad that will be finally
selected as the season gets under way.
Three baekfields have been tested
out by the coach and seem to click
well and gives promise of a fast
and aggressive group of ball carriers
for the coming season.
Newer players that have looked
well are Kozak, Parriott. Lester, Lar
son. Richter. While Noble, Smith
and Martin have also been showing
well in the first workouts of the sea
The team will have their first
game on Friday, September 15th
when they will play Weeping Water
at the county fair. .
COUNT COURT NOTES
Trom Friday'a Dally
Today was probate day in the
county court and a number of hear
ings came up for the consideration of
Judge A. H. Duxbury.
In the estate of William Leesley,
deceased, of Greenwood, the hearing
on final settlement was held and
Mrs. William Leesley, administratrix,
was discharged. Mrs. Leesley and son.
Robert were here for the hearing.
Hearing was had on the appoint
ment of Mrs. Anna Wiles, as admin
istratrix of the estate of Elizabeth
Spangler, deceased and appointment
made by the court.
Hearing was had on the appoint
ment of an administrator in the
estate of Fay Kested, deceased, of
Manley. William J. Rau was nomin
ated as the administrator of the
Hearing on claims in the estates
of James H. Heneger, deceased of
Weeping Water and James Forbes,
deceased, of Elmwood were held.
HERE FROM ILLINOIS
Prof, and Mrs. Wiley G. Brooks
and daughter, Mary Jane, are here
for a visit at the home of Mr. and
Mrs. John W. Crabill and family,
Mrs. Brooks being a sister of Mr.
Crabill. They have been making
their home at Bloomington, Illinois,
where Mr. Brooks was with the Illi
nois Wesleyan college. From here
they go to Superior, Nebraska, to
visit Mrs. Isaac King, also a sister of
HERE FOR ANNIVERSARY
From Thursday's Dally
Mrs. Roy Fellers, of Vincennes. In
diana, former Plattsmouth lady, is
here to be a guest at the fiftieth an
niversary of Chapter F. P.E.O. which
is being held today. Mrs. Feller was
formerly Miss Bernese Newell and
was a very active member of Chapter
F, during her residence here. While
in the city she Is a guest "at the home
of Mr. and Mrs. William Baird. old
RESUMES CLERGICAL STUDIES
John Kelly, son of Mr. and Mrs.
William Kelly of Manley, left Tues
day morning for St. Paul Seminary
in St. Paul, Minnesota to resume his
priestly studies. John is entering
his second year study of philosophy.
He has been vacationing in Manley,
Plattsmouth and other nearby communities.
Rejoice Over a
Structure Formally Turned Over to
the State Friday and Governor
Cochran Makes Payment.
Friday afternoon amid fe-Ftive
scenes and a large group of the resi
dents of Cass and Sarpy counties, the
traffic bridge over the Platte river
at Louisville, was formally made a
non-toll structure after a long period
of years in which it has been exacting
The event marked the culmination
of a long struggle of the people for
a free bridge dating back to the old
wooden structure that was often
washed out in the time of high water
and breaking up of the ice.
Governor R. L. Cochran highlight
ed the Friday program and gave the
main address as the structure was
turned over to the people of the state.
The governor in his remarks hoped
for the day when all toll bridges
might become the property of the
states and interstate bridges be made
free. This is the last toll bridge in
the state of Nebraska. The governor
then presented a warrant for $02,
040.57, that represented the sum ap
propriated by the last legislature to
pay the balance due on the bridge.
Fred Carsten, state senator, pre
sided and introduced State Engineer
A. C. Tilley, and Senators Edwin
Schulz of Elgin and William Diers
The untieing of the ribbons that sig
nalized the freeing of the bridge was
carried out by Governor Cochran, as
sisted by Marvelle Hicjman, C and
Marlene Boardman, 7.
The WOW entertainers under the
direction of John K. Chapel gave a
fine program and a mass band con
cert by the bands of several of the
Cass county towns, Plattsmouth,
Louisville, Elmwood, Weeping Water
and Murdock, was heard. Peter Grad
oville was the leader of the band.
A large group from Plattsmouth
was in attendance at the afternoon
and evening program.
HAS BIG SURPRISE
This week our genial f ric nd, W. W.
Wasley had the biggest surprise of
his life when his three sisters from
Wisconsin stepped in to greet him.
Guess he won't lose his smile of hap
piness for some time! The sisters.
Mrs. Martha Flatman and Mrs. Celia
Sullivan of Madison. Wis., and Mrs.
Edith Casauora of Aurora. 111., were
accompanied by a friend. Mrs. M.
Johnson, also of Aurora. As this was
their first visit to Nebraska their
cheering talk about old times should
help boost Mr. Wasley back to better
health. Mr. Wasley has been very ill
since the first of the year.
After a splendid visit with their
brother and family the ulsters de
parted this morning for their homes
In the east.
GUEST AT WILES HOME
From Saturday' Dally
A week-end guest of Miss Mary
Kathryn Wiles is Miss Ruth Larson
of Omaha. Miss Larson arrived lat
evening and w ill spend the week-end
with her friend. Miss Wiles and Miss
Larson were roommates at the Pht
Beta Phi sorority house during their
attendance at the University of Ne
braska. LEAVE FOR THE WEST
Miss Catherine Anthes and
Miss Irene, are to enjoy a two weeks
vacation in the west, stopping at
Salt Lake City for a short time to
looking over this wonderful city and
going on to San Franc'iHCO to take
in the World's fair. Miss Catherine
Anthes is the operator at the Mary
May Beauty shop on Cranlte street.
PIG AND AUTO RACE
The first four men applying who
have an old Model T hand starter or
any other kind of a hand crank car
can get into the auto-pig race Fri
day afternoon of the Korn Karnival.
Prizes totaling $10 are offered. For
particulars see Bruce Roencran or
Charles Howard. This Is going to be
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