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LOUP CITY, NEBRASKA, THURSDAY. February. 11th 1915.
Firs! Spasm Bad Enough, But Second Spell Showed the First to Have Been
Only Boys’ Play.
No storms of the blizzardy sort
in the history of Nebraska, with
^ accompanying disaster no tele
graph and phone communications,
has exceeded those of the past
week, although others have been
accompanied by more severe cold
weather. In this, the state has
been most fortunate, for if the
blizzards had been side pards of
biting, intense, below zero weath
er. deaths to many people, besides
death and destruction to thousands
upon thousands of head of stock
f would have resulted. What was
t lie first blizzard last week, can be
said of the second, following on
the heels of the first, only in a
greater degree. More wires were
pulled down, more train service
put out of commission, more snow
fell, higher winds swept over the
^ country, and much more deviltry
was done by far ‘in the second
than in the first spasm.
The second storm began Wed
nesday night of last week and by
Thursday morning had drifted so
badly that so far as these branch
line were concerned train service
on the U. P. out of here was aban
doned. the motor not going out
/ either that morning nor Friday
0 morning, the oidy train Thursday
on that branch being the freight,
which managed to come up from
St. Paul about 1 o’clock with the
mail and returning, taking thefe.v
passengers who cared to risk go
ing got stuck in a big drift 3 miles
this side of Dannebrog, where it
still remained Saturday. It was
also reported Friday afternoon
that the snow plow .that was doing
missionary work on that branch
got tired between Dannebrog and
St. Paul, and was resting in too
big adrift to overcome. The Sar
gent passenger came down Thurs
day morning and got east as far
1 as Farwell, where it got stuck in
a snow drift and was still there
Saturday, while the snow plow,
which was out Billy Sundaying
and marooned train of passengers.
A. L Barnes, who for some
months past h is been the efficient
yard-master at the Leininger
Lumber Co’s yards, severed his
connection with the .yards at the
advent of the new company and
has returned to his home at Au
rora. He was one of the very
host young men borrowed from a
neighboring city, and it is with
regret we learn of his leaving us.
Wherever he goes the best wishes
of the Northwestern and the many
friends he made while here will
follow him.
It would have been worth see
ing if a moving picture could have
been made last Friday afternoon
of Frank Mickow, Herman Jo
hansen, Emil Dolling and other of
the good boys, trving to buck
snow drifts in pedestrian stunts
from their farms into Loup City.
Asked why in thun—no, not that
in winter, but just why in thu—
just why they did not remain at
home instead, they admitted that
with the beautiful in every dir
ection, the landscape view was not
sufficiently attractive to keep them
from the lure of the city, etc.
County Treasurer F. M. Henry
went to Hastings Monday to at
tend the state association of coun
ty treasurers, of which organiza
tion lie is vice president. He will
come home as the president of the
society or we miss our guess. It
is slated to meet Tuesday and
Wednesday of this week.
was sleeping quietly somewhere
between St. Paul and the unfor
nates. It is thought that W. R.
Mellor, who with his wife was re
turning to Lincoln from the Com
mercial Club banquet here, ac
companied by Prof. Barbour,
could write very interestingly of
their experience while stranded in
the snow drift, but not “Seeing
America” very extensively from
the professor’s viewpoint, nor able
to add much to Mellor's slides of
“Better Stock Products,” though
some moving pictures of .the
hours they passed in enforced resi
dence near Farwell would prove
very “moving1’ indeed.
Friday morning, Old Sol man
aged to peep through the storm
clouds, but it was not till some
time Sunday night that a snow
plow, followed by the passenger,
passed through here from the east
on up to Sargent, *
The U.P. branch was not cleared
till late Monday allowing the
motor to leave for St. Paul follow
ing the snow plow. The Burling
ton brought in a little mail on its
way up Sunday night while the
snow plow brought up the U. P.
mail when it got in Monday even
The l\ P. snow-plow was fol
lowed by a train carrying, bunk
cars, diner, and 200 laborers who
had been busy the past four days
with very little if any sleep. One
poor fellow was very sick on
reaching here and was sent to
Omaha Tuesdav morning for
medical aid.
William Brayion Probably Struck By
Train on Way Nome.
The body of William Brayton,
a farmer residing on the W. B.
Waite place, two miles west of
Cario, and along the Burlington
tracks, was discovered at 7 o’clock
Saturday morning, lying along
the Burlington tracks and about a
mile west of town and nine feet
from the rails. At first it was
supposed that he was caught in
the storm, but examination'of the
body revealed that he had been
struck by a train. Coroner Geddes
was notified at once and after
hearing the particulars ordered
the body taken to Cario, and in
the meantime he went to that
point on a freight train, arriving
there about noon. The body was
discovered by members of a work
train of the Burlington while they
were on their way down from Ra
venna. There were coyotes in the
neighborhood at the time and a
flagman guarded the body until
aid was summoned from Cario. A
party went out afoot from the vill
age at once, among them a doctor,
and on examining the body it was
found that one leg and arm were
broken, the neck and collar bone
broken and the head bruised.
Either an engine with snow plow
attached or train No. 41, which
followed, struck the man, those on
| the ground believing it was the
| former. This accident must have
occurred shortly after 4:27 last
Friday , when the plow started
west and the passenger train fol
lowed a half hour later.
Mr. A. L. Barnes of the Lein
inger Lumber Co. was quite ill
for a few days last week and his
good mother came up from Au
rora to be with him. He was able
to be out again in a few days.
A Very Pretty
Home Wedding
Last Wednesday evening, Feb,
3, 1915, at the home of the bride’s
parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. M.
Lewis, a few miles southeast of
this city, occurred the marriage
of Miss May Lewis, and Mr.
Merle Jacobs of Hamilton county,
the Rev. L. V. Slocumb of the
First Methodist church of this
city officiating. The bride is the
only daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Lewis, and a very charming girl.
and in the few short years she has
lived here has gained a large
circle of friends. The groom, who
is one of the bright young men
of our sister county, may be sin
cerely congratulated over securing
as his life mate one of Sherman
county’s very best. The North
western extends best wishes to the
new homemakers who we under
stand will make their home in
Hamilton county.
The High School Girls’ Glee
Club Conceit, which was to have
been given last Fliday evening was
postponed, because of the extreme
bad weatner until Thursday even
ing of this week, Febr. 11. It is
to be hoped that all will turn out,
and help these young people to
make a success of their postponed
Bob Jackson came down from
his farm, 13 miles north, last
Tuesday with his team, and was
still in town Friday working up
his nerve to tackle the big drifts
homeward the following day. We
have received no aeroplane wire
less as to result of nerve or action.
We received a pleasant call last
Saturday from Mr. Howard Smith
formerly from Davis Creek, who
has rented the old J. A. Arnett
farm on Route 2, of O. F. Peter
sen for the coming year. We are
glad to welcome him as a new
reader of the Northwestern.
A gang of nearly a bakers dozen
were out to the farm of Lawrence
Smith last Monday disposing of
some banks of snow ’steen feet
j deep and about a mile in length.
We understand a civil' engineer
from Omaha will be here the
evening of the tenth to confer with
the city council and give estimates
on the probable cost of a sewerage
system for this city. He comes on
his own motion and at his own ex*
Marriage licenses was issued
last Wednesday, February the
3rd, 1915, to Merle Jacobs of
Hamilton county and Miss Ger
trude May Lewis of Sherman
county, and to Max John Molek
of Platte county and Miss Lucy
Victoria Micholski of Sherman
Property owners are warned
that the city ordinance regarding
the cleaning of snow from side
walks will be rightly enforced
from now on. Get busy..
Joe Reiman who has been cos
fined to his home for the past few
weeks with a game knee, is slow
ly improving.
Miss Blanch Fletcher entertain
ed a few of her friends at her
home last Monday evening. An
exceptionally good time was re
ported by those present.
AccMoutil Diseliirgi of Cun While
Hunting Ends Youthful Life.
Last Sunday, while Fred Dur
yea and Oscar Gregory were
hunting along a creek near Ar
cadia, the former’s gun became
entangled in the underbrush in
such a way as to be accidently
discharged, the charge of shot en
tering the side of his head tearing
away a large portion of the skull,
causing death shortly afterwards.
We regret that we are not more
fully informed of the particulars
of this sad and terrible accident.
Fred Durvea was about 23 years
of age, and has spent most of his
life at Arcadia. He was a nephew
of Elmer Duryea, the ball pitcher,
and was a young man of sterling
qualities, well and favorably
known in this section, and his
sudden and terrible demise is a
great shock to his many friends,
who join with the Northwestern
in extending their heartfelt sym
pathy to the bereaved parent and
other relatives.
News Along
Route Two
The history of the service on
route the past week is hs follows:
I have been carrying mail on
route two out of Loup City for al
most 9 years, and never have I
seen such blizzards as we have
bad the past weel. Sunday it
commenced to snow’ and by Mon
day it was 4 howling blizzard.
One of the papers stated that the
carriers did not try to leave the
postoffice. This is wrong for I
hitched up my team and made
every effort to serve the patrons
on this route, but after an hour of
hard work I had to give up. The
next morning, Tuesday I started
out and only got as far as Frank
Casteel's, here I stayed all night.
The next day Wednesday I got to
Loup City at 4:30. Changing
teams I was out again on my
route the same day at six o'clock
in the evening, traveled all night
getting to Harry Shipley's at 7
o’clock at 12 o’clock it commenced
to snow hard and kept it up until
morning at 5:15, the wind whipped
to the northwest and the second
blizzard of the week was upon us
at times it was hard to see a few
Jfeet ahead and wa^ with the
greatest difficulty that I reached
Harry Shipley’s, and at one
o’clock reached Jorgen Plembeck’s
the storm was raging with renewed
force. I was forced to stay all
night. The next morning Friday
the blizzard was still raging, but
I decided to get home if I could
so with the assistance of Mr.
Plembeck’s bo^s and Fritz Holm
we started to Loup City a distance
of a little over two miles. It
took us three hours hard work to
get there. Saturday after the
blizzard I started out and with the
assistance of Jim Burnett, Homer
Hultz and my boys I managed to
get to Chris Oltjenbruns by 12
o’clock, and by night I was at
Alfred Jorgenson and Vern All
man. Sunday morning at 11:35 I
continued on around the route
getting home Sunday at 11:45.
Monday morning found me again
in the harness I made the trip in
one day or 14 hours. Miles upon
miles of the route was completely j
blocked. At this writing I have to !
go miles out of my way to cover1
the route. To the road bosses,
route patrons and all who assisted
me in my route duties the past
week I want you to know that I
appreciate what you have done
for me and my horses, without!
your help it would have been im-!
possible to give yon the service I,
have given you the past week.
The experiences of the past week
would fill agood sized book. Sleds,
wagons, corn cribs, chicken
houses, have been almost com
pletely buried. One house on the
Route the snow was three feet
above the eaves on the north side
Will Have Prominent Place in Cast of
Annual Dramatic Production
Miss Elizabeth Erazina, the tal
ented daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Anton Erazim of this city, has
recently won a place in the Uni
versity of Nebraska Dramatic
Club, l>eing one of four successful
contestants of eighty aspirants.
As a result she will be assigned a
prominent place in the annual dra
matic Club. The Misses Erazim
entered Wesleyan University, at
University Place, at the begin
ning/of the school year, but have
i now transferred their activities to
the University of Nebraska, at
Lincoln.—Ravenna News.
The Northwestern is this week
indebted to Dr. S. A. Allen for
excellent write-ups of the Com
mercial Club banquet and many
other interesting news items,kind
ly taking upon himself these edi
torial duties at the request of the
editor who was called away for a
few days. And the good doctor
knows how 10 do the act in regu
lar editorial style, as this week’s
Northwestern gives substantial
In ful^settlement of all claims
anil demands against the C. B. &.
Q. R. R. Company on account of
of the accidental death of her hus
band at the Twelth street crossing
a few weeks ago, Mrs. Matt Mc
Dcugal has agreed to accept
#8,o0n. The agreement was
reached by direct conference be
tween the parties interested and
no legal proceedings were institu
ted.—Aurora Republican.
Rev. L. V. Slocumb was called
to Clinton, Iowa, last Thursday’,
by the serious illness of his mother,
taking the noon snow-plow special.
Third Annual Banquet Held February Third in The Baddeur Opera House
Festive, Entertaining and InstrucSve.
The third annual banquet of the
Loup City Commercial Club, held
February 3rd in the Daddow
opera house, was a happy combi
nation of the festive, the enter
taining and the instructive.
Over 175 guests were ‘served a
tempting four-course dinner at
7:30 by the ladies of the Methodist
church. A multitude of charming
young ladies ably assisted by
several gallant young men acted as
waiters, bringing on food with
quickness and dispatch, eliminat
ing delay and cold soup, making
this feature of the event an inter
esting part of the program.
To carry out the instructive
feature, W. R. Mellor, Secretary
of the State Board of Agriculture,
whose home is really Loup City,
and Professor Edwin H. Barbour
of the State University, were pre
Mr. Mellor’s snappy talk along
with two films of “Better Nebras
ka” motion pictures enthused his
hearers several times to hearty
Mr.Mellor made every one proud
of Nebraska, many were acknow
ledging^ surprised with the won*
derful possibilities of agriculture
in this state. Of all the encourage
ment we have ever Dfelt to attend
i the state fair, the persuasion Mr.
Mellor uses in his spirited address
on “Better Nebraska” is the
strongest. The pictures are good
and certainly show the five stock
industry to be of greater magni
than many imagined.
Professor Barbour’s address on
Grandma Shettler
Breaks Wrist
By some means, the Northwest
ern failed last record the serious
accident which befell Mrs, Jerry
Shettler, who suffered a severe
fracture of her left wrist the pre
ceding Sunday evening. The good
lady had gathered up some feed
for her chickens and was preced
to the hen house, when in some
unexplained manner she fell break
ing the big bone in her left wrist,
the bone protruding from the
wrist in a frightful manner. She
hastily returned to the house,
where Uncle Jerry forced the
bone back and straightened the
wrist as best possible and Dr.
Main was called, who reduced the
fracture and she is now doing
finely and getting along as well
as the nature of the accident will
of the house. I have taken a good
many scenes around with a post- j
card .camera. The creeks are level
full and cattle and hogs are walk-1
ing across them on the snow.
Geo. McFadden shipped a car
load of hogs to Omaha, Monday.
A baby toy was born to Mr.
and Mrs. Hugh Cash, at Albion,
Xebr., Febr. 1st.
Lavina Cash was quite sick last
week. Dr. Bowman was called to
About 15 teams were lined up
on the Brown bridge shoveling
snow so they could get into Loup
City, the snow from the bridge to
the Walnut trees was all the way
from 2 to 7 feet deep there are lots
of drits in the country from 10 to
15 feet deep.
Allen Cash, who went to Texas,
a short time ago, is now at Post
City, working in a garage for the
man who manufactures Postum
and Post Toasties. He says it is
pretty cold there, and that they
had had only about an inch of
snow since he had been there, and
that went off the next day.
Don Holmes and family went to
Rob Holmes' Wednesday to at
tend the sale Thursday, but on
that day, there was another ofie
of our blizzards going so the sale
was postponed. Don braved the
storm on horseback. Thursday,
returning Saturday, aud Sunday
succeeded in getting his family
The fatal beauty of Rev. “Kid”
F. W. Wedge, whose non de fight
is “Fighting Parson,” almost
landed him in jail yesterday and it
did land a woman who said her
name was Mrs. Frank G’Neil, be
hind the bars.
The Reverend “Kid,” who has
a fight for tonight at the Armony,
went to the Grand bath house to
reduce his avirdupois, where the
woman followed him until attend
ants and sheeted patrons frantical
ly called the police.
Officer Chapman took her to
jail, and would have taken the
fighter, too, only for his earnest
plea for mercy. “She’s stuck on
me, and she followed me clear
down stairs,” he said.
Officer Chapman, who also pos
sesses the fatal quality, sympathy'
ed with Wedge and let bim go.—
Omaha Bee Saturday.
Parks, Schools and Public Im
provements, given by the aid of
interesting projections on the
screen, illustrated his practical
ideas in a way which won for him
open praise and appreciation.
The club feels fortunate in having
secured Professor Barbours ser
vices and it is the opinion that his
wholesome advice on clean streets,
well kept yards and his plea for
orderly, but unaltered nature
about our buildings, will be acfa*J
upon with the opening of spring
by the people of this community.
The beauty of a winding path,
the grandeur of the rose, and the
elegance of simplicity all without
useless cost makes Professor Bar
bour’sdiscourse encouragingly in
teresting. We will venture
that many resolutions created by
by that address will clean up ‘a
number of our yards, build some
plain but convenient door steps,
and bring order and beauty out of
what now is unsanitary and un
sightly. It is said that a man's
mind is to be judged by the con
dition of his back yard— !! " » .
It certainly seems time for some
of us to change our mind.
The musical part of the program
consisted of an orchestra composed
of Mrs. R. P. Starr, Howard
Starr, Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Young
and Miss Ruby Johnson, which
delighted those present with many
beautiful selections, including sev
eral pooular numbers,and vocal {se
lections were beautifully rendered
by the Misses Depew, Mrs. C. O.
Rettenmsyer of Arcadia, Mr.
Montaque Worlock, Miss Faye
Gallaway and Mr. and Mrs. Lou
Schwaner. Each performance was
heartily appreciated, and by
spirited applause returned for an
A short, spicy talk by our out
going president, John W. Long
brought the function to a close,
leaving the Club in the hands of
I its newly elected officers.
It may sound like a fable or
fairy tale, but the North western
is able to vouch for the fact that
the day following the second
spasm of blizzardy weather. Otto
Petersen shoveled a beaten path
over the snowy divide leading
south of the editor’s home to the
corner of the public square.
Truth is always stranger than
fiction, hence this tribute to the
secretary of the Commercial Club.
Much wonder was expressed
Monday, when Col. Brewer was
industriously shoveling the beauti
ful from the county sidewalks
south and west of the court house
square, but when it was found
that he was doing so on a bet of a
cent a running foot for the com
pletion of the job, wagers were
freely offered at three to one, with
no takers, that the colonel would
Joe Stecher, the Dodge w rest
ler, has replied to Yussiff IIus
sane’s insulting challenge, by sim
ply asserting that the Turk can
get what he wants any time he is
ready. “I will wrestle Hussane
for $5,000 and stand ready to
post $500 as a guarantee of good
faith,” writes the Dodge athlete.
Friends of Stecher hardly expect
to see Hussane accept Stecher's
offer, which is as good as gold and
should serve effectually to hush
the big noise of the big quitter.
Among the new readers of the
Northwestern received the past
few days are F. N. Mickow and
the Hansen Lumber Co. Thanks.