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Vol. No. LV
PLATTSMOUTH, NEBRASKA, THURSDAY, SEPT. 21, 1939.
Members of Pioneer Families Reveal-
ed as Cornland Rulers at Color
ful Ceremony Last Evening
The fanfare of trumpets, the
rounds of applause and the colorful
pageantry of bright hued formal
gowns and the more sedate cosHimes
of the men of the royal party and
then the kins and queen, new rulers
of the land of the tall corn. This
is a picture of the sight 10,000 in
terested spectators gathered from
this section glimpsed in the crown
ing of the new king and queen of the
Kass Kounty Korn Karnlval last
It was a fitting opening of the
eighth Korn Karnlval and the fifth
coronation ceremony that had been
carried out in enthroning the mon
arch! of the realm for the coming
The royal throne this year was
located in the block from Fourth, to
Fifth street and where a. wonderful
and srect&cular setting was given
the royal reception. The background
of the platform was one of the most
artistic that has graced a similar oc
casion, the background as gorgeous
and colorful as sunset in the sum
mer kissed cornfields of the state of
Nebraska, gold, orange, blue and
silver blending in rarest charm, amid
this scene the chairs of the newly
named royalty awaiting their com
ing. Preceding the coronation the Am
erican Legiondrum and bugle corps
gave a drill and exhibition on the
court created on the streets and
showed a very clever presentation
of marching and musical numbers
and which had won them second
place in the contests at the Nebraska
state fair and the Legion state con
.As the thousands began to fill the
F.eats along the sides of Main street
for the block and a half as well as
points of vantage in the windows and
balconies and roofs of the buildings
along the street. R. Foster Patterson,
former school principal here and now
of the Tarklo college faculty, took
over the "mike" on the platform for
the preview of the coronation. This
is a task that Mr. Patterson has
graciously performed for the com
munity since the first coronation, a
job thai" no one else seems to do
quite as we'.l as this gifted weaver
of the word picture of a royal day.
The approach of the past kings
and queens of Kornland, Frank A.
Cloldt and Miss Martha Kaffenberger,
the reigning monarchs, leading the
way, followed by the other mon
archs of the past, Arthur Hild and
Eleanor Swatek Nelson, William F.
Evers and Miss June Keil, H. L.
Gayer and Lois Troop Bestor.
Then as the former monarchs
reached the throne the visting roy
alty came to render their tributes
to the Plattsmouth festivity, Leon
II. Smalley and Queen Mary Givens,
of the Hamburg, Iowa, peony show;
Queen Bernice Leonovicz, South Oma
ha; Queen Florana Hayes, of the
Omaha Junior Chamber of Com
merce; Irma Faye Hatter, Sidney,
Iowa, rodeo; Dorothy Elmore of the
Humboldt fair; Reda Kreifels, oi
the Nebraska City apple festival and
their escorts for the evening.
As the royalty gathered around
the throne King Frank and Queen
Martha gave their abdication ad
dresses to the residents of the realm
of King Korn and expressed the ap
preciation of the communities of
Cass county in the support of the
The trumpeters sounded the ap
proach of the royal party and the
royal guards in their attractive blue
and gold costumes marched to their
Btatlons near the throne.
Then came the counts and coun
tesses selected from the various
towns in this section of the county
who presented a very lovely picture
as they entered, the ladles In varied
colored frocks and the darker gar
ments of the counts. This group
Ruth Wesel. Geo. Klrkhoff, Avoca;
Hazel Neitzel, Francis Relnke, Mur
dock; Betty Jean Webb. Ralph
Welte, Louisville; Virginia Trumble,
Noel Fischer, Eagle; Donna Flelsch
man, Robert Hill, Elm wood;
Edine Copsey. Robert McShane.
South Bend: Norma Welte, Victor
Shoemaker, Manley; Dorothy Toman,
Robert Ramge, Mynard; Lucille Gru
ber. Art Johnson, Union; Lois Wag
oner, Leo Edgerton. Cedar Creek.
Then came the local princesses
and princes selected from the mem
bers of the graduating classes of the
past two years, who comprised the
Mary Alice Ault, Opal Byers. Dor
othea Fulton. Eleanor Giles. Fran
res Hadraba, Ruth Ann Hatt. Shir
ley Jacobs. Gloria Johnson, Norma
Johnson. Mary Kvapil. Mary McCar-
roll. Alma Moore, Maxine Nielsen,
Kathleen Nolte, Barbara Rhoden,
Barbara Stander, Rose Mary Steppat.
Margaret Sylvester. Katherlne Tschir-
ren, Juanlta Wood, Naomi Wood.
Anna Austin. Vivian Warner. Alice
Bennett, Emllie Gradoville. Maxine
Dale Lone. Keith Elliott, Roy Wil-
Bon, Virgil Stander. Max Chandler,
Bill Armstrong. Raymond bmocK,
Carl Hula. Joe Kvapil. Neil Lancas
ter, Franklin Wehrbein. Robert Mel
singer. Richard Cole, Warren Lillie,
Donald Wall, John Livingston. Rob
ert Patton, Henry Kaffenberger.
Ernest Richter, Louis Kief. John
Schoenig, George Rothrock, Harold
Huestis, Bion Hoffman, Robert Al
bert, Ed Hadraba.
The pages of the king and quen
made a colorful spot in the corona
tion ceremonies with their bright
colored orange and white costumes
and marched to the jroyal court
where they took their places before
the princes and princesses. In this
group were the children selected by
their schools for this honor and com
Clifford Dress, Frances Louise
Buechler, District 37; Wilber Mor
ris, Tressa Arlene Koukal, District
28; La Verne Meisinger, Janice Long.
District 27; . Robert Galloway. Mary
Lou Becker, District 29; Billy Baum
gart, Evelyn Katochivil. District 1;
Donald Webb, Mary Lou Walling.
District 1; Bobby Nichols, Maxine
Flint. District 45; Frank Scott. Mar
tina Sporer, 7; Duane Sack. Frances
Sack. District 8; Bobby Shera,
Gladys Kuhns. District 5; John El
edge. Norma Jean Warthen. District
1; Harlan Hennings. Florine Heil,
District 9: Bobble Morton, Barbara
Morton. District 10; Leland Meisin
ger. Eidell Speck. District 41; Buddy
McMaken. Mary Ellen Reed. District
1; Gilbert Peterson. Vera Elaine
Petereit. District 97; Lyle Meisinger.
Margaret Heineman, District 42;
Teddy Smith. Evelyn Waddell. Dis
trict 15: Richard Gregg. Corrine
Wenda. District 88: 'Leon Meisinger,
Malinda Mierderck. District 31;
Richard Meisinger. Luella Shafer,
District 1; Charles Fulton, Melva
June Price, District 1; Richard Quin
nett, Helen LIpert. District 2; Emer
son Wiles. Patricia Gansemer, Dis
trict 26; Walter Melvin. Alice Fern
Melvin, District 6.
As the court formed a colorful pic
ture near the throne there appeared
at the Sixth street entrance of the
court, Norman Ashbaugh. son of Mr.
and Mrs. D. B. Ashbaugh. bearing
the crown of the king with its flash
ing gems on the satin cushion, her
alding the near approach of the king.
Suddenly at the entrance to the
court appeared Frederick Wehrbein,
his court . costume being of the dark
gray and gold trimmed coat and the
traditional white knee pants and
white stockings, truly a regal king
for the 1939 Korn Karnlval: The
appearance of the king brought a
great round of applause along the
line of spectators that had thronged
the way to the throne.
The king had reached the throne
when . Marilyn Stoehr, winsome
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard
Stoehr, appeared bearing the gem
studded crown of the queen.
The eyes of the vast crowd turned
to the entrance to the court where
appeared Miss Naomi Day and Miss
Catherine Grosshans, the ladies in
waiting to the queen. Miss Day wear
ing a gown of pale green crepe and
Miss Grosshans very attractive in
her gown , of deep red crepe. Both
of the ladles carried bouquets of the
Then in view came the queen
that feature that the thousands had
waited the passing time to greet.
the queen being revealed as Miss
Gertrude L. Vallery, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Vallery, and
now deputy register of deeds. Miss
Vallery was lovely in the flowing
gown of white crepe and carrying a
bouquet of red rosebuds, while the
long' flowing train and' cape was of
the dark green velvet and borne by
the charming train bearers. Clemen-
fine Woster. daughter of Mr. and
Mjs. Clem Woster, Mary Phyllis
Troop, daughter of Mrs. Eva Mc
Carthy and Phoebe White, daughter
jf Mr. and Mrs. Guy White;
a the queen reached the throne
he was greeted by the king, who
jlaced on her head the crown, symbol
if her reigning as consort for the
The new king and queen then ex
ended their greetings to the large
ludience and pledged anew the faith
n the land of the tall corn and cour
One of the features of the 1939
oronation was the royal chorus
vhioh was composed of boys and
;irls from the city schools, under
the direction of David Fowler and
whlca gave a very fine musical greet
ing to the new monarchs.
Following the coronation cere
monies the king and queen with the
past royalty and the visiting digni
taries from our neighboring com
munities, were tendered a reception
at the handsome lobby of the Hotel
Dttsmouth. the newly decorated
and furnished lobby making a very
attractive place for the royal party to
receive the congratulatlons of the
friends from all sections of the coun
ty. The music for the royal proces
sional incidental marches was
furnished by the Earl Gardner or
chestra, which also played for the
coronation ball at the American Le
gion building following the cere
nles on the street. The attendance
at the ball was very large and much
enjoyed as the members of the party
Joined in tribute to the new king
ELLEN KELLY HERE
Mr. and Mrs. William Kelly of
near Manley had as their week-end
guest their daughter, Miss Ellen
Kelly, who is taking nurse's train
ing at the St. Joseph's hospital , in
Omaha. While in Cass county, Miss
Kelly also visited with her grand
parents. Mr. and Mrs. John Jlrousek
as well as her aunts. Mrs. Anton
Hula and Miss Anna Jlrousek of
SUFFERS SLIGHT STROKE .
Mrs. Anna Slavicek is in Omaha
where she was called by the illness
of her sister-in-law, Mrs. Dora Janda,
wife of Frank Janda, Omaha morti
cian. Mrs. Janda suffered a slight
stroke Monday noon and . since that
time she has remained bedfast.
GUEST SPEAKER AT ASHLAND
From Tuesday's Daily
Elmer Webb was guest speaker at
the regular weekly dinner and meet
ing of the Ashland Rotary club
held at 6:30 last evening, speaking
on Tax and Property Problems with
which he has worked for a number of
years as a member of the city coun
cil. The meeting was attended by the
County Treasurer, Cpunty Clerk and
County Attorney of Saunders county,
who drove down from Wahoo to be
present, also by a number of Ash
land city officials who are not mem
bers of the club.
Rev., Lowson is
as Pastor Here
Announcement Made This Afternoon
as State Conference Closes
Session at Lincoln.
The Methodist conference at Lin
coln this afternoon received the as
signment of pastors for the church.
in the state and among these was
that of the Plattsmouth church, the
United Press announces in a special
to the Journal.
The members of the local church
and the community at large will be
delighted to learn that Rev. James
C. Lowson, who has served a3 pastor
here for the past two year3, wa3 re
appointed to the local post.
Rev. Lowson has proved one of
the best pulpit orators that has served
the Plattsmouth community in years
nnd his able and vigorous presen
tation ef the Christian cause has
been outstanding. A man of wile
vision he has been a tower o.
the community. ,
LOIS GILES TAKES UP DUTIES
Miss Lois Giles, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. E. C. Giles of this city.
left on Friday for O'Neill, Nebraska
to take up her duties as home eco
nomics teacher in' that city's high
The official opening date of the
school was delayed on account of the
new addition to the high school
building that was being completed.
A pantry, model dining room,' kitchen
and sewing room are in this new
Miss Giles received her degree of
bachelor of science in home eco
nomics when she was graduated In
June from the college of agriculture
at the University of Nebraska.
S. S. GOODING QUITE ILL
S. S. Gooding, one of the veteran
railroad workers of the city, whose
health has been failing In the past
year, is quite ill at the home of his
son. Everett Gooding where he has
resided for the past several years.
Mr. Gooding suffered a severe attack
last night that has kept him bedfast
for the greater part of the time since.
His condition has caused much ap
prehension to the members of the
ELECTED CLASS PRESIDENT
John L. Tidball, III, who is enter
ing Doane college where his grand
father was an officer and his father
graduate, has just been named as
president of the freshman class. John
Is t7 graduate of the Plattsmouth high
school In the class of 1939 where he
was a high ranking student and his
many friends here are pleased to
learn that he ha3 been honored by
his fellow students.
ATTEND FAMILY REUNION
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Larson
and sons, Lars and Ray, were at
Nebraska City Sunday to attend a
picnic and family reunion of. mem
bers of the Keys family, held at
Riverview park. Mrs. Larson is a
granddaughter of the founders of
the family group.
Since the last report of contri
bution to King Korn Karnival fund
the following have been reported:
Ray McMaken, $25 in drayage; Harry
Way, driver for Storz beer, $10;
driver for Seven-Up, $10 and the
Barmettler Biscuit Co., $8 in mer
Large Group Present at Holly's Cabin
Along the Platte Sunday for
Sunday the members of the Platts
mouth American Legion and the local
Legion Auxiliary unit, staged their
annual picnic in the very attractive
grove that adjoins W. " R. Holly's
cabin on the Platte river, north of
The ladies of the Auxiliary -and
members of their families had pre
pared a vast array of the good things
to eat and which was spread on the
long tables cafeteria style, where all
could enjoy to the utmost the de
light repast that had been prepared,
embracing everything from fried
After the delightful dinner and
its trimmings the youngsters of the
group were entertained in planned
games while the older members of
the party spent the time in cards and
Commander George Conis of the
Legion and President Mrs. E. O. Vro-
man of the Auxiliary should be con
gratulated on the line result of the
picnic and the very large attendance.
LOCAL SICK PEOPLE BETTER
Mrs. Adam Kafremerger, who re
turned home from the St. Catherine's
hospital last week following a severe
operation, ' is showing the necessary
improvement hoped for at her home.
Mrs. Kafftmberger had been in the
hospital a week.
Following the effect of a slight
Rtroke that she suffered recently.
Mrs. Ignac Straka is said to be
gaining and .improving at her home
on north Maiden Lane street. Mrs.
Straka's condition came on very sud
denly one evening.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Koke were
In Omaha Saturday and while there
visited with Mrs. Louis Schiessl, who
is in the St. Joseph's hospital. Mr3.
Schiessl Is a Bister of.qharles Koke.
Although her condition called for an
Immediate operation, . circumstances
were such that it was not advisable
to go ahead with the two severe
operations until her strength and
condition improved considerably.
SCHOOL PARADE AWARDS
The following floats were award
ed prizes in the rural school parade
at the Cass county fair at Weeping
Water on Friday:
1st Louise Rishel, District 3.
2nd Velma Fulton. District 27.
3rd Ruth Stuhr, District 34, Mr.
II. A. Grier, District 56 (tie).
4th Mrs. Rhoden, District 60.
5th Alice M. Campbell, District 8.
6th Mildred Wilson. District 45.
7th Miss Schafer. District 80.
Tth Mr. James Softley, Dist. 20.
9th Ethel Stevens, District 21.
10th Margaret Dall, District 28,
Norma Bornemier, District 19 (tie).
11th Beatrice Beverage. Dist. 38.
12th Fern Tlustos, District 43,
Frances Shellhorne, District 79 (tie).
VISIT EN THE CITY
Lee Brown and brother-in-law,
Emil Anderson of Oshkosh, Nebras
ka, were here for a short time on
Monday afternoon to look after some
business and visiting old time friends,
stopping here to visit Dr. G. H. Gil
more, in charge of the historic exhi
bition of the King Korn Karnlval.
Mr. Brown is a former resident of
SUFFERS INJURED HAND -
Phil Hlrz, well known meat mar
ket operator, suffered a very severe
injury to the thumb of his right
hand on Sunday while working on a
slicing machine. The sllcer cut along
the edge of the thumb and removed
a large slice of the flesh and the
injury bled very profusely and made
necessary medical aid to stop the
flow of blood.
OPERATED ON AT OMAHA
Mrs. Charles Goodman, -former
resident of this city, .underwent a
severe operation Monday at the Im
manuel hospital in Omaha. She was
able to withstand the ordeal in . a
good condition and at the present is
showing considerable improvement.
Mrs. Goodman is a daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. J. W. Taylor of this city.
ASSIGN METHODIST MINISTERS
The ministers of the Methodist
church who have been Berving the
various charges in Cass county in
the past year, have all largely been
returned to their posts where they
have been most successful in their
The assignments made at the close
of the conference were as follows
Louisville, II. L. Dic-kerson; Union-
Wyoming, L. R. McGaughey, both in
the Omahadistrict. The charges in
the Lincoln district receiving ap
pointments were: Weeping Water-
Nehawka, W. D. Lenker; Alvo, J. V
Hamel; Elmwood, H. ' A. Fintel;
Greenwood, Ernest Moles.
Act to Feature
Captain E. H. Hugo Here With Gigan
tic Aerial Ladder i Truck to
This year as a feature of the King
Korn Karnival there will be a real
thrill offered the spectators in the
high dive act of Captain E. H. Hugo,
one of the Ifest knowp. entertainers in
his line in the United States.
The Captain arrived Saturday
afternoon with his gigantic fire truck
and tower and from the top of which
he will make his leap of over 100
feet into a net. an act that has never
failed to win the ploudits of the
audiences where he has shown.
This free act will be given twice
daily, starting on Thursday and over
Saturday. The tower is to be erect
ed at Seventh and Main streets in
stead of at 4th and Main streets,
owing to the fact that guy ropes and
wires cannot be fastened to the pave
ment and accordingly the attrac
tion moved to the vacant lot where
the truck and tower can be better
anchored and ready for the dally
thrill for the Korn Karnival spec
CASS COUNTY GIRLS PLEDGED
The sororities on the campus of
the University of Nebraska at Lin
coln, last week, completed their
"rushing" of the girls at the Univer
sity and particularly of the new
students who are coming to Nebras
ka for their first year.
Two Plattsmouth and one Weep
ing Water girl are listed in the
pledges which were released Sunday
by the sororities, the students pledged
being Jean Knorr, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. R. W. Knorr, who is to
join the Kappa Alpha, and Miss
Frances Cloidt, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Frank A. Cloidt, who Is pledged
to the Pi Beta Phi. Miss Cloidt is
affiliating with the sorority of which
her sister. Miss Maxine Cloidt, was
a member while at Lincoln. Miss
Doris Marshall, of Weeping Water,
has been pledged by the Alpha Oml
HOLD RELIGIOUS SERVICE
Sunday the Glenwood district of
the Reorganized Church of Latter
Day Saints held an all day meeting
at Pacific Junction, the event being
very largely attended by members of
the church and Sunday school. A
number from this city were at the
meeting, and participated in the very
interesting program of the day.
A number of the Sunday school
group were given the rite of bap
tism by immersion in the waters of
Keg Creek, the baptism being per
formed by the church beads in this
Those from Plattsmouth to receive
the rite of baptism were: Howard
Burcham, Jr., Mrs. Dorothy Young.
Edward Young. Irl Chandler, Billy
Elder Claude C. Carter of the local
church, assisted In the services and
found them very inspiring.
VISITING IN CITY
Raymond Fox, member of tlsje
1939 law class of Crelghton uni
versity,' is here as a guest at the
home of County Attorney and Mrs.
Walter H. Smith. Mr. Fox is a resi
dent of Emery, South Dakota, and
has just completed his examination
for the bar of the state of Minne
sota where he Is locating. He has
been made a member, of the bar of
Progress on Oil
Well to Date
President A. L. Tidd of Golden Rod
Company Receives Very Flat
The Golden Rod Oil Co. which
was organized by Cass county people
for the purpose of drilling for oil
In this locality, has been well pleased
In the last reports that have been
made on the progress of the well
that is being sunk on the farm near
Murray which Is operated by William
Sporer and sons. Chester and Martin.
The officers of the company are
A. L. Tidd. president: E. A. Nutz
man, vice-president; W. G. Boe-
deker, treasurer and W. C. Soi-nnlch-
Mr. Tidd states that "the well has
been drilled without stock selling
campaigns and that the company has
now under lease some 10.000 acres
n this section of Cass county. Real
drilling on the well started in Feb
ruary and It has now reached approx-
mately from 1.000 to 1.400 ft-et. and
where It Is believed that behind the
shale now being drilled will be found
real oil bearing sand." Mr. Tidd
states that the well drilling has been.
closed down "to set the casing to
bring In a real well." in which he
has real faith In the success.
Mr. Tidd states that a state geo
logist was here, stating that the well
had furnished best specimen core
that had been developed In the state.
The geologist assured the company
that the well was located on the high
est point of the Nehawka antecllne.
on the east slope or tne isenawn
area where was thought the best
chances of oil.
Mr. Tidd In commenting on the
well proposition stated: "The oppcr-
unlty to take chance Investment will
be open for another ten nay, but
no solicitation will be made, but It
is desired that no one. if the well Is
successful, will have the rie.ht to
say they had no opportunity to be
come a part of the company."
SUNDAY SCHOOL ELECTS
The Christian church Sunday
school held their annual election of
officers at the session on Sunday at
the church, the following being
Superintendent J. H. Graves.
Junior Supt. Lester E. Thlmran.
Cradle Roll Supt. Mrs. Rex
Secretary Clayton Sack.
Treasurer Miss Alleen Reed.
Librarian Glen Phillips.
Pianist Evelyn Gooding.
The superintendent of the Sunday
school, J. II. Graves, has served ten
years in this capacity and which
have been eventful years in the de
velopment of the church school. Les
ter Thlmgan has served three years
as the head of the Junior depart
ment and his work has added much
o the efficiency of the work.
RED CROSS CHAPTER MEETING
The Cass county chapter of the
American Red Cross held a meeting
on Saturday at Murdock with the
officers of the organization la at
tendance. The meeting, which was
presided over by Elmer Sundatrom.
vice-chairman, was largely given
over to the discussion of the roll
call for the year. There are many
of the chapters that have failed to
carry on the roll call and have mem
bership below the required standard
of membership to mat.' tain a chap
ter. It Is urged that these groups be
built up to the standard required by
the national organization.
TOPS SOUTH OMAHA MARKET
Henry F. Noltlng, one of ths
best known farmers of weft of the
city, was on the South Omaha mar
ket Monday with a load of twenty-
six 192-pound butchering stock hogs.
The hogs topped the market for the
day at $7.90 and were excellent
stock. They are Spotted Poland Chios,
RETURNS FROM HOSPITAL
Mrs. Emma Chrlswlsser, who has
been in the Methodist horplul re
cuperating from a recent operation.
returned home this week and was
taken to the home of her daughter.
Mrs. C. Hansen at Nehawka.
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