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    Loup City Northwestern
German Farmer of Iowa Tells How Patronage of Catalogue
Houses Ruined His Home Town and Depreci
ated the Value of Farm Property.
Hans Garbus, a German farmer
of Iowa, has discovered that the
benefits which appear on the sur
face as attaching to the mail-order
plan sometimes spell disaster and
has written a very interesting story
of his views in a certain farm pa
per. Here is a part of his story:
“We farmers need awakening to
the fact that we have unmistakably
reached the period where we must
think and plan. I am one of the
slow German farmers that had to
be shown, and I am now giving
my experience that others may
profit, for knowledge is more ex
pensive now than ten years ago.
“Twenty-qine years ago I began
my farm career. I had an old
team and $50. Our furniture was
mostly home-made—chairs, cup
board and lounge made from dry
goods boxes, neatly covered with
ten-cent cretonne by my girl wife.
We rented eighty acres. Being a j
boy of good habits I got all needed
machinery and groceries of our!
home merchants on credit, until!
fall crops were sold. The first!
year was a wet season and I did
not make enough to pay creditors.
I went to each on date of promise \
and explained conditions paying
as much as possible, and they all
carried the balance over another
year. They continued to accom
modate me until I was able to buy
a forty acre piece of my own. As
soon as I owned these few acres
the mail-order house began send
ing me catalogues, and gradually
I began sending my loose change
to them, letting my account stand
in my home town where I had
gotten my accommodations when I
needed it.
“We then had one of the thrifiest
little villages in the state—good
line of business in all the branches,
merchants who were willing to
help an honest fellow over a bad i
year, and a town full of people!
who came twice a week to trade
and visit. Our little country Jown
supported a library, high school,
ball team and we had big celebra
tions every year.
“A farm near a live town soon
doubles in value. 1 sold my forty,
acres at a big advance and boughl
an eighty gradually adding to it
until I had 200 acres of the best
land in Iowa. I then felt no need
of asking favors, and found iteasy
to patronize the mail order agents
that came almost weekly to our
door. I regret to say that I was
the first in the country to make up
a neighbordood bill and send it to
a mail order house. Though we
got bit every once in a while, we
got in the habit of sending away
for stuff.
“Gradually our merchants les
sened their stock of goods—for
lack of patronage. Finally we be
gun to realize that when we needed
a bolt qickly for machinery, or
clothes for sickness or death, we
had to send away for it, which
wasn't so pleasant. One by one
our merchants moved to places
where they were appreciated, and
men of less energy moved in.
Gradually our town has gone down.
Our business houses are ‘tacky’ in
appearance, a number are empty;
our schools, churches and walks
are going down, .ve ha/e no band,
no library nor ball team. There
is no business done in the town,
and therefore no taxes to keep
things up. Hotel is closed for
lack of travel. Go down to the
depot when the freight pulls in
and you will see the sequel in mail
order packages.
“Nine years ago my farm was
worth §195 an acre. Today I’d
have a hard matter to sell it at $167
an acre. It is too far to a live
town—so every farmer has said
that wants to buy. He wants a
place near school and churches,
where his children can have ad
vantages. I’ve awakened to the
fact that in helping to pull the
town down it has cost me §56,000
in nine years.”
Why buy Flour shipped here by outside mills
when you can get
Loup City White Satin Flour
for less money, and every sack guaranteed.
All dealers handle our flour.
Nyal Store
Soda Fountain
The ideal meeting place for
those who ‘‘know.” Only
the purest drinks and ices are
Swanson & Lofholm
Loup City, Nebrasks
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Rube Miller and His Pet Donkey
Attract Attention in Parade.
Rube Miller is the producing
clown of the Barton & Bailey’s
world celebrated shows, which will
show here Thurssday afternoon
and night of May 6. Rube cer
tainly has his troubles and his en-1
joyments, too. When the parade
comes along the streets at noon
you will see Rube seated on a little
burro right behind the first band
wagon. This is where Rube has
his happiness.
lie is a big, long, lank Yankee,
and naturally the crowd always
kids Rube for riding this little ani
mal. But when it comes to josh
ing, Rube is ace high at that. One
of the recent towns which the
show played, had enough children
in it to make Teddy Roosevelt
think that race suicide had totally
been extinguished. Every man on
the line of parade was holding a
baby. One great big fellow, with
a baby in his arms, cracked at
Rube when he saw him riding by:
‘‘bay, why don’t you get otf and
carrv the little mule?” Rube shot
right back, “I see that you are
holding your own.” The native
replied, “Yes, but where is
yours?” Rube said that he was
sitting on his.
Just about that time the little
burro commenced to bray and
Rube immediately pulled out a
nursing bottle and the burro,
trained to the minute, quickly
grasped the bottle and imbibed its
contents. Then Rube shouted
back at the resident, “Say, I bet
that I am more thoughtful than
you are. You forgot to bring
your bottle, but I always carry
mine.” All Rube got from the
spectators was silence.
At the regular spring election
Ravenna voted dry by a majority
of thirteen votes. The election
was declared illegaal because of
certain irregularities and another
election was held on Tuesday,
which resulted in the wet policy
being put back into ell'ect by a
majority of nearly fifty votes.
For Sale.
One low truck farm wagon, one
Jennie Lind walking cultivator,
one 14-in. stirring plow, Deering
mower, five or six acres of ground
in alfalfa, fenced chicken tight.
For terms and particulars see Al
fred Anderson.
The Ladies’ Industrial society
of the* Presbyterian church held
an open kensington at the home
of Mrs. W. F. Mason Wednesday
afternoon. About one hundred
ladies were present, and the so
ciety’s funds materially increased.
Ten head of young horses and
mules,some seed corn, kaffir corn,
milo mize,feterita and millet seed.
21 Christ Zwink, phone 7o02.
Feterita Seed.
Have*a quantity of feterita seed
for sale at Callaway’s store. See
sample and get prices.
True Leatherman.
Approved Several Road Petitions
and Transacted Considerable
Other Business.
Loup City, April 27, 1915.
County board of supervisors met
this p. m. with all members pres
entexeept Emil Kozel. Also pres
ent Lamont L. Stephens, county
attorney, and L. B. Polski, county
Minutes of last meeting read and
on motion approved as read.
Woznick road petition now came
on for consideration. Said petition
prays for the establishment of a
road commencing where road No.
419 crosses the half section line
running north and south in sec
tion 9-10-15 and running thence
north about 40 rods and there ter
minating. The board finds that
all the provisions of the law have
been complied with, that said road
is a public necessity, on motion or
dered said road established, platted
and recorded and allowed the fol
lowing damages:
Mike Ghilewski, 8100.00 per
acre and 810 for moving fence.
•Toe Woznick, $100.00 per acre.
County surveyor ordered to sur
vey the road commencing at north
west corner of northeast quarter
17-14-14 running thence east half
mile then south half mile.
Hayhu rst road petition was next I
up. Said petition prays for the
establisntnent of a road commen
cing at northeast corner of section
ten and the northwest corner of
section ll-15-15and running thence
south one mile on section line to
intersect with road No. 12 and there
New Perfection
Oil Steves
WOMA VS time is so taken
up with housework, and !i
will) tier other duties the hours,
fly so last— that before she
knows it it’s meal time again!
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No. 4 New Perfection
Complete, $15.00
Tlie New Perfection Oil Cook
stoves are especially designed ?
for the busy woman with three 1
meals a day to prepare for her !
Call and see
The New Perfection
terminating, said road to be 40
feet wide. Upon consideration
the board finds that all the pro
visions of the law have been com
plied with that said road is a pub
lic necessity. On motion ordered
said road established, platted and
recorded and allowed James Janda
$25 as damages.
Board on motion adopted reso
lution transferring $814.75 from
the county farm fund to the gener
al fund.
Board on motion allowed S. E.
Thrasher $6 per month for street
sprinkling for the length of time
the sprinkler is run not to exceed
six months.
County treasurer ordered to re
ceipt First National bank of Loup
City for $9.65 balance to the credit
of K. M. Iliddleson and (). F.
Peterson, ex-county treasurers and
county clerk ordered to receipt
bank for $2.71 balance due John
Minshull, ex-county clerk.
Hoad No. 373 and road No. 62
were on motion ordered surveyed,
NIellor consent petition was now
up for consideration. Said peti
tion prays for the establishment
of a road commencing at the quar
ter corner on the south line of
sect on 8-15-14 and running thence
north on the half section line to
intersect with road No. 17 and
there terminating; said road to be
50 feet wide. The board finds
that all the provisions of the
law have been complied with; that
the parties ad,joining said proposed
roacl have waived all rights for
damages and consented to its es
tablishment; that said road is a
public necessity. On motion or
dered said road established, platted
and recorded.
In order to give the remonstra
tors of the Glass road petition a
chance to be present at the final
hearing on said road and give the
bridge committee an opportunity
to complete their inspection of
bridges in the county and make
their report, board on motion ad
journed till May 17, 1915.
L. B. Polski, County Clerk.
Tender Vegetables.
The spring has been exceeding-1
ly uniform in temperature since
the melting of the snow, but it is
well to remember that it is custom
ary to have frost in May. Do not
be in to great a hurry to set out
the plants from the hot bed. A
checked plant is said never to
fully recover' The tender vege
tables are beans, corn, cucumbers,
eggplant, melons, orka, pepper,
pumpkin, squash, sweet potato
and tomato,
While it is generally useless to
try to rush the season, still it may
be well to risk a few hills of corn
and beans for an early crop, but
be sure to cover with news papers
or litter on cold nights.
Farmers and Breeders.
I will stand my black Percheron
stallion, Constantinople and sorrel
Belgian stallion, Keller, both im
ported and ton horses, as follows:
Monday, Tuesday, Friday and
Saturday of each week at Mc
Laughlin’s barn in Loup City, Ne
braska, and Wednesday and Thurs
day of each week at my home
place.—J. W. Johnson.
For Sale—Team of horses, three
and four years old, 60 bushel white
seed corn $1 per bushel.
Fred Zwink.
Mayor Allen Reads His Message and Recommends Numerous
Plans for Beautifying and Improving the City.
Marshal to Be Appointed Later.
The following remarks were
made hy Mayor Allen after assum
ing his duties of office, Tuesday
evening. The Northwestern be
lieves that they are both appro
priate and timely:
Members of the Loup City
1 have been honored by the peo
ple of Loup City in being elected
mayor and wish to come into this
body as a co-worker for every
I thing which can be considered best
for the place in which we live.
I trust that 1 will prove a help
and that harmony will prevail
among us. The purpose of this
reading is to place before you
several items and recommendations
more in the nature of suggestions,
coming from a citizen interested in
the general welfare of his home
town and is not intended to in
clude every item of business.
I would recommend a ‘careful
auditing of the city’s books, by a
committee, who,in a report, shall
suggest any changes in our system
of bookkeeping which they deem
I would recommend the enaction
of an ordinance providing for the
hiring of the marshal by the month,
and if this recommendation be
deemed advisable by the board I
would recommend that our present
marshal be continued in office un
til sueh time has transpired to
make the. new ordiance legal.
Consideration should be given
to a plain whereby the street
sprinkling be under the super
vision of our street commis
sioners and that whoever contracts
J to sprinkle the streets will on such
i days as the commissioner thinks
best devote his own services an 1
the services of his team at such
other work as the street commis
sioners shall direct.
I would suggest that committee
on water and light see that the
water commissioner is prompt
about collecting water rents. At
Cozad, Nebraska a certain dis
count is made to those bringing
their water rents to the city de
pository by a certain date. This
would give our marshal a little
more time on streets, etc. Continu
ing under the head of water and
light I am informed that quite an
expense must be met for the re
placement of electric bulbs. A
reward for anyone destroying the
property, their apprehension and
punishment, might have a desirable
effect. That all meters be installed
in basements when it is possible
to do so.
1 would suggest the considera
tion of a preliminary survey for
proposed sewerage.
I would suggest a committe com
posed of members of the council
to look after the trimming of trees
on the streets. This is a new
ordinance and will require som?
diplomacy and courtesy to carry
out without too much friction with
owners of trees in front of their
respective properties.
That the street crossings in the
residence part of town be cleaned
after each rain as w ell as crossings
in the central business part.
That the committee on streets
(Continued on page 8.)
Watch Club
()UR last years watch club was a suc
cess, as we sold over the required
number of fifteen South Bend. watches,
which have given such good satisfaction
that we are again putting on a watch club
on the same plan. Our stock is complete
with newest models, both large and small.
Owing to the terms given us by the South Bend
Watch company, you pay no more than if you
Were buying for spot cash.
Come in and let us mal^e good our statements and
show you our plan, how you may own a good
watch and not miss the money.
Lou Schwaner
I Jeweler
1 Loup City - - Nebraska
Deposits in this bank have the additional security of the De- 1
positors Guarantee Fund of the State of Nebraska. ,
or more, apparently with no chance of *
improvement ahead, wonders if future i
years will find him still at the daily (
grind and nothing accomplished. A 1
new method of handling their income
has helped many thousands to better {
conditions. Our bank account plan i
will enable YOU to handle your in
come systematically and mass your {
savings into a usable lump sum. {
Loup City State Bank i
Loup City, Nebraska. \
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We pay 5 percent interest on time deposits <