The Falls City tribune. (Falls City, Neb.) 1904-191?, August 13, 1909, Image 1

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The Falls City Tribune
The Question Discussed, But the
Street Corner “Kicker" Was
Not In Evidence.
The call for a mass meeting to
talk over the water question, issued
by Mayor Keeling was rewarded by
a fair sized crowd at the er.r’t house
Tuesday evening.
Harry Pence was appointed chair
man of the meeting by the mayor,
and A. E. Gantt was elected secre
tary by acclamation. Mr. fence de
clared the meeting open for popular
discussion and the following account
is a synopsis of the result:
That the water, as it comes from
tho well,is good,pure and wholesome
there is no doubt, as was proven by
the testimony of several who were
present, armed with their personal
experiments with it.
Louie Wirth said that liis experi
ence, as a plummer, proved to him
conclusively that the trouble lay in
the pipes and not in the water. He
declared that in his opinion the pres
ent water was far superior to that of
the bid wells. His reason for that
belief is that in their work as plum
mers they have been called upon to
repair meters, time and again, and
that invariably the brass cogs had
been corroded and eaten up by the
effects of the hard water of the old
well3. He said further, that after re
placing old and rusty surface pipes
with new ones, at his residence, that
the present water, which was before
very bad, has now become excellent.
He told of getting a sample of water
from other new pipes in the north
part of the city, and of Ward Knight
testing the same with a developing
powder, the result being that the
water could be used in Mr. Knight’s
work as a photographer without fear
of bad results in developing. The
water from the faucets in the gallery
is not fit' for the same use. On a
whole, Mr. M irth's opinion was, that
the trouble now being experienced is
caused by the action of the new water
upon the rust and accumulation left
in the pipes and mains by the old
Dr. Burchard was present, prepar
ed to give a test. He had with him
a sample of the water taken from the
well, a sample from the faucet in his
office and a sample from the Mr. C.
T. U. fountain, at the court house.
His test was with tannic acid, the ac
tion of which, on water containing
iron, is to turn it almost black. He
added some of the acid to the water
taken from the wells and the result
was that it remained as clear as a
crystal. He did the same thing with
the water taken from .the faucet in
his office, the result being that it
turned dark, very dark. The same
test was made with the water from
the W.C.T.U. fountain on the Stone
street main, and still the water re
mained clear. Dr. Bureluird’s test
proves without a doubt, that the trou
ble is in the pipes, not with the wat
er, and that in this case it was in the
surface pipes leading from the main
to his office.
Martin Gohling s.-iid that he had
sent a sample of the water, taken
from the faucet at the brewery, to a
brewery chemist in Chicago and that
the chemist analyzed it for organic
substances, saying that*it was free
from those and that it was in his
opinion, a first-class water. Mr.
Gehllug said further, that his (exper
ience with the old water was that it
was hard and left a crust upon his
boilers at the brewery, causing him
to clean them very often; that since
using the water from the new well Its
action upon the pipes was to clear off
the accumulation, and that it is not
necessary for him to give the boiler
as much attention as before.
W. H. Putnam, of the bottling
works, said that when the water trou
ble first made its appearance, he sent
a jug of the water to the bottler’s as
sociation chemist in Chicago. The
chemist reported to him that the wat
er was good and that he would run
no risk in using it in the making of
his pops, etc. The bottling business
requires an extra good water and the
fact that the present water meets the
requirements of that business, proves
that the water is alt right—the trouble
is in the pipes.
Water Commissioner Van Winkle
was called to the floor and plied with
a few questions. Some present had
the opinion that drainage conditions at
the wells were of such a nature as
to allow the surface water to run into
the well. This, Mr. Van Winkle ex
plained, is absolutely impossible. Mr.
Van Winkle said that he had superin
tended the flushing of the mains sev
eral times, and that the mass of filth
and sediment that came from the
pipes was beyond description. He
thinks that, without a doubt, the
trouble is exclusively in the pipes,
not with the water.
That the w'ater is good in some
places and bad in other localities in
the city is a fact. The water from
the Stone street mains, from all re
ports, seems to be of a good quality,
but the water in the east and south
parts of the city is the worst.
No one present had a decided opin
ion ns to a remedy for the unfortu
nate condition. Nearly everyone who
ventured an opinion thought that, by
a systematic flushing of the mains by
the city and a continuous running of
the water through the surface pipes
by individuals, the water would in
time become wholesome and satisfac
tory to all consumers.
In the absence of no positive rem
edy a motion was put asking the
chairman to appoint a committe of
five, with Dr. Burchard to act as
chairman, to devise ways and means,
if possible, to correct the present
conditions of the water system; the
committee to report either at a fu
ture meeting, in the press of the
city, or both. The chair appointed
the following to act on the committee
with Dr. Burchard: Dr. H. R. Miner,
Louie Wlrth, War Hutchins and W. L.
The 1909 and 1910 Edition is Now
The Tribune has just issued the
Shakespeare club year book for 1909
1910. The book is a very neat one.
The inserts are of the finest deckel
edged white paper, printed with pur
ple ink to match the cover of the
came color which is printed in white
ink. It is tied with a white silk cord
and tassel.
The club meets every alternate
Friday at 2:30 p. m. with one of the
members. The first meeting will be
on September 10, 1909, with Mrs. P.
S. Heacock.
Purple is the club color and the
violet is the club's flower.
The officers of the club are: Mrs.
John Gilligan, president; Mrs. G. W.
Holland, vice-president; Mrs. W. W.
Abbey, secretary-treasurer.
The membership: Mesdames W.
W. Abbey, Charles Banks, Harry Cus
ter, John Gilligan, T. J. Gist, A. Gra
ham, Charles Hargrave, P. S. Hea
cock, T. L. Himmelreich, G. W. Hol
land, P. H. Jussen, V. G. Lyford, H.
R. Miner, C.' F. Reavis, Isham Reavis,
D. D. Reavis, R. R. Rule, E. H. Towle,
A. G. Wanner and J. C. Yutzy.
The plays for this year’s study will
be King Lear and The Winter Tale.
The text book used is, “What is
Too Much is a Plenty.
There were plenty of “knockers”
while Noah was building the ark, but
he finished the work according to the
plans and met with success. The
crop of “knockers” were scarce im
mediately after the flood, but has
increased rapidly since that time.
Falls City has her share—yes, and
some one else’s share, too—but if
a certain fellow, whose liver must
have surely turned to gall, don’t de
sist from continually “knocking” on
everything that happens in Falls City,
or is going to happen, we are going
to take him to task.
Will Wherry III.
Mrs. W. E. Dorrington received
word Tuesday of the serious illness
of her brother, J. W. Wherry, form
erly a resident of Falls City, but now
of Modesta, Cal. His nervous system
has been in such a serious condition
as to demand his removal to a hospit
al at Byron Springs, Cal., where he
is at present. His friends here will
be sorry to hear of his condition.
Report in Due Time.
The Tribune is authorized to an
nounce that as soon as all bills have
been presented to the Chautauqua as
sociation, and paid, a report in full
will be furnished the weekly papers
of this city for publication.
Christian People Busy.
Hev. Day went to Lincoln Tuesday
to get plans and specifications for the
new church and work will begin in
a short time. Watch for the account
of the sale of the old building.
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A Neat Sum Turned Over to Park
Board Elaborate Plans for
Improving the Park.
The park board and the manage
ment of the Chautauqua association
met this morning and finished check
ink up the ticket sales and other
business of the association, which
amounted to $3,019.15, of which the
park board received 5 per cent of
tiie first $2,500.00 and 15 per cent of
all over Unit amount, which netted
the park board $202.87, all of which
lias been turned over to the city
treasurer for park improvements.
The report that was circulated, to
tiie effect that there would bo differ
ences between the two managements,
did not show up, as everything was
harmonious. The only thing to mar
the happiness of the meeting was
that some one reported that a certain
newspaper of this city had said that
the action that paper had taken in
regard to the city water had cost
the Chautauqua association the sale
of 1,000 single admission tickets,
which the board deprecates. How
ever we do not think it becomes any
good citizen to brag on tHe amount
of injury that they may be able to do
any enterprise that may be started
in this city. This Chautauqua does
not belong to any set of individuals,
but to the city and surrounding coun
try, and was never started or main
tained for the benefit of any individ
uals or company, but for the good of
the whole community, and we feel
sorry that anybody tries to make peo
ple believe that this is a money-mak
ing institution or a scheme to make
money. All that is asked from year
to year is simply the expenses.
We have put in our time on the
park property and did all we could
to make ttie grounds comfortable for
our citizens and their friends, and we
hope next year to do still better.
We have under contemplation a
lake for bathing purposes in the sum
mer time and skating in the winter.
We want to lay out a ball park and
have it in goodworking order for next
year’s games.
Now all we ask is for the citizens
to furnish the means and we will
give you our tune and we .will try
and turn over to you a park that in
a few years ;ou will all feel proud
tq own. And further, we will render
an accounting of every cent of money
you may place in the hands of tin
<;ity treasurer for us to use.
Now, from the optimist, we ask
your advice and suggestions; front
the “knocker” and pessimist, we ask
Yours for a larger Falls City,
Falls City, Aug. 11. Park Hoard.
Still Grinding Old Wheat.
The Falls City Roller Mills are still
grinding old wheat, which speaks
for the quality of the flour. The price
is, of course, a "little higher than if
they were grinding new wheat, but
the quality makes up for the differ
Most all mills are grinding all new
wheat, because they were unable to
get enough old wheat to carry them
through until new wheat, is fit to
grind. This speaks well for the man
agement here, who are always trying
to keep their flour up to the best
possible standard.
Horse and Buggy Stolen.
Wednesday evening about seven
o’clock Ray Schaible tied his fine
driving horse to the court house hit
ching rack and at nine o’clock, when
he went for it, it was gone. The ani
mal was hitched to a fine buggy. The
entire outfit is easily worth $250.00.
Sheriff Fenton has offered a $50.00
S. A. Little Improved..
S. A. Little is expected home
today (Thursday) from Excelsior
Springs, where he has been spending
a couple of weeks, trying to recup
erate his health, which has been
very bad for some time. He is re
ported to have been much improved
by the vacation and recreation.
Horton to Come.
The Horton ball team will come to
Falls City, Friday, August 13th, and
play a game with the Falls City
team. A good game is guaranteed.
A Citizen, Thinking Himself Injured,
Has Something to Say.
To The Tribune: We wish to in
form the public, through your valu
able paper, that the only ice cream
sold by us during the Chautauqua
was furnished to us by the Candy
Kitchen, and was up to the standard
of the pure food law.
In an article published by the
Kalis City Journal recently the editor
says that he had eaten of this ice
cream and that it had made him sick,
and in this way he connected 11s with
the fraudulent ice cream of which he
had so much to say.
Now if tile Journal editor got sick
eating our ice cream it must have
been because he lias a dyspeptic
stomach, of which his editorials fur
nish additional proof. v
When we called upon the editor
and complained of the damage done
to our reputation by his misrepresent
ations, and asked him to do what any
gentleman would have been willing to
do—say for us that we had not been
guilty of violating the pure food law
lie bluntly refused to do so, unless we
would pay him his price. This we
refused to do, as it looked to us like
acceding to the demands of a black
Since the above* was handed The
Tribune for publication, 1 have read
the item about me in Tuesday’s Jour
nal. Aside from that part of the
item which is entirely meaningless, It
is a confession by the editor that
when he connected me with the sell
ing of bad ice cream, he was Igno
rant of the facts about the ice
cream condemned by the pure food
law inspector. The Journal will have
no trouble in convincing its readers
that it Is wholly unreliable in about
all it prints—a distinguished feature
of all saffron colored journals.
it has become plain to others, be
sides ourselves, that we have an
editor in the person of K. K., who is
pursuing the methods of the disrepu
table yellow journals, by publishing
i»*»en things about various enterpris
es for the purpose of compelling pat
ronage and securing hush money.
A Former Resident of Humboldt Pas
sed Away in Canada.
Special from Humboldt.
A sad message was received Sat
urday night from Nakoinis, Canada,
slating that Arthur Unland, son of C.
C. Unland and wife, of this city, had
died the previous day at his home
from spinal meningitis an*d that the
body would arrive in Humboldt, Tues
day for interment. Deceased was
thirty-one years of age, and with the
except ion of a few'years has resided
in Humboldt, the past five years hav
ing been spent on his Canadian
claim. In December 1909 he was mar
ried to Miss Maggie Boss, who de
parted this life four years later, a
little daughter, Lucile, being born of
the union. In March 1908 he married
Miss Mable Carnes at Humboldt, who
with her little babe accompanied the
remains here. Funeral services were
held from the Methodist church on
Wednesday morning.
The Body of Leslie Cronin Has Been
Special from Rulo.
The body of Leslie Cronin, who
was drowned over two weeks ago in
the Missouri river at Rulo, was found
Monday at Iowa Point. The body was
badly decomposed and identification
was difficult. The body was brought
to Rulo late Monday night and buried
in the Catholic cemetery.
The relatives, and more especially
the parents have the heartfelt sympa
thy of the whole community.
Mrs. A. Powell Fell.
During a sick spell this week.
Grandma Powell, mother of John and
James, was stricken with a sick
spell and fell. While she suffered no
serious injury,it jarred her up a great
New Side Walk.
Win. Ruegge was treated to a fine
new granitoid side walk, by his land
lord, in front of his implement houses
this week.
Presbyterian Church Pews.
The pews for the new Presbyterian
church have arrived. They have beer
stored untfl the church is completed
Various Kinds of Entertainment by
Individuals. Lodges, Clubs,
Churches, Etc.
Mrs. Katherine Wylie announced
to those assembled at the kouslugtou
at her home, last Wednesday after
noon, that on August 25, her daugh
ter, Miss Florence, would wed Mr.
Everett Peckinpuugh of Ottawa, Kas.
The ltoyal Neighbors will serve ice
cream and cake at the M.*W. A. hall
Friday evening. The proceeds will go
toward buying a piano.
A few of their neighbors were in
vited to the home of Mr. and Mrs.
Norman Musselnmn Friday night to
enjoy a musical treat. Instrumental
and vocal, by the gifted Miss Edna
Wentworth. Refreshments were ser
The Sunny Slope keuslngton met
with Mrs. Ross Will Wednesday af
ternoon. Seventeen ladies were pres
ent. and all had a good time. Ice
cream and cake were served. The
next meeting will be with Mrs Win,
Ruhr, Wednesday, August 18th.
T. J. Gist's homo wuw a scene of a
very novel party on Tuesday. About
thirty little girls and boys were invit
<le in to help celebrate Elizabeth
Gist's blrtjiday. It was u cooking par
ty, all present taking part in the
baking and cooking during the fore
noon and Misses Elizabeth and Anna
Margaret serving the result of their
labors under the shade trees at noon.
It was an enjoyable occasion.
Mrs. Andrew Cameron entertained
a few friends Monday evening, In
honor of Miss Stella Wilson of Ohio,
who has been visiting lyr sister, Mrs.
Ewalt in thin city. A delightful time
was enjoyed by all present.
Miss Grama Nelde had a birthday
Wednesday and to help celebrate the
occasion several little girls were in
vited in. Games were played and
refreshments served.
Miss Carrie Slocum entertained at
bridge Monday, in honor of Mrs. Ena
Cooper Seabury, who was visiting
her. Five tallies were In operation
and Miss Ruth Heaeock had the high
est score. Refreshments were served
Miss Lucile Mettz gave a shower
in honor of her friend, Miss Florence
Wylie, who hud announced her
•approaching wedding, August 25th.
Quite a number of young ladles were
present. The affair was quite unique.
Everything the guests came in con
tact witli possessed tlie shape of
a heart, to harmonize with the occa
sion. A four course luncheon was
Soiu'r Set was indulged in by a
few friends of Harry Craig and sister
Nellie, who had been Invited in for
the occasion on Tuesday evening.
Light refreshments were served, and
Miss Grace Reavis was victorious in
the game.
The Christian Endeavor of the
Presbyterian church held a picnic at
the city park Tuesday. Everyone who
attended report an enjoyable time.
Mrs. Wentworth invited a few in
Monday evening to enjoy a little musi
cal treat by her daughter, Miss Edna.
Ttie Eastern Star held an interest
'ing meeting Tuesday evening. After
initiation a social hour was partici
pated in by those present. A num
ber of visitors from out of town were
present. ‘
Replevin Case of Pupkes v. Halbert
Was Compromised.
The replevin ease of Pupkes v. Hal
bert, Monday, which was to have been
tried before Justice Spragins, was set
tled out of court.
It seems, that after filling up on
Palls City’s beverages, they—some of
the witnesses and the principals—de
cided that it shouldn’t have been set
tled that way. At any rate a free-for
all fight ensued, and Chief of Police
Marts took a hand In it. This, time
they were taken before Judge Spra
gins, who is also police Judge, and he
required them to donate to the school
They didn’t have enough yet. A
little more “beverage” and then the
purchase of a pair of brass knuckles
by C. Werner, one of the witnesses,
i put the idea into their heads to
tackle Fred Pupkes for another fight.
This time Judge Spragins sent Wer
ner to jail until a fine and costs,
amounting to ?30, was paid. It was
paid the next day.
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Falls City Has at Last Arrived—
Will Bear Watching.
I don't mean the hammers of the
"knockers," but tho hammers of In
dustry. I have been away from home
for a few weeks and therefore the
changed order ot things probably ap
peals to me more than it would other
I drove about the city last evening
and I saw the many new houses in
course of erection. .1 noted the grad
ing on Stone street where tho paving
is to be done. I saw the teams aud
wagons where the division yards are
to be. I talked with Charles Loree,
who told me that ho had made moro
abstracts of Falls City property in
the past three weeks for prospective
purchasers than he had in the twenty
years preceding.
1 was awakened this morning by the
sound of hammers, not of knockers,
but of carpenters on the several new
houses being constructed in the near
vicinity of my home.
I have read tho local papers dur
ing my absence and had thought tho
glowing accounts of the "boom" were
or the usual newspaper variety, but I
am convinced.
We have patiently waited for these
things for many years, but their com
ing having Been delayed, makes their
presence tho more welcome.
Falls City has at last arrived and
it will bear watching. X
Putnam & Son Have Faith In the
Future of Falls City.
Putnam & Son closed a deal the
past week for up-to-date machinery
and will begin at once to install a
cement block factory. They also ex
pect to manufacture tile, fancy brick
and numerous other products of ce
ment creations.
This enterprising firm lias been in
the bottling business for several years
here in Falls City and feel that the
demand for cement products In this
community will now justify the instal
lation of a modern plant, and at the
same tlhxe keep their force employed
the year around.
A part of the machinery arrived
this week and In a very short time
the product from the Falls City Ce
ment Works will bo on the market.
Shootin’ Scrape—Almost.
Last Thursday afternoon as Will
Casey was watering his team down
hy the Christian church, preparatory
to going home, “.lack” Keho accost
ed him and was persistent in re
hashing an old grudge. Casey, not
wanting trouble and knowing that
Keho had been taking too much ‘'tan
gle-foot,” went on home. Hut Ke
ho was not to be Beaten out of his
fun in that manner, so he followed
Casey home. When he reached the
place he was confronted with a nice
bright “shootin' iron.” The 'tangle
foot blinded him to his danger and he
kept straight for Casey, who shot in
the air a couple of times to scare
him. This did not seem to bother
him any, so Casey went into the
house, leaving Keho to go his way
after cursing till the air was blue,and
when he thought it was about time
for Chief of Police Marts to hove
In sight.
Miss Wilson Home.
Word reached this city this week
of the death of Mrs. Frank Goldsber
ry of Los Angeles, Cal. Mrs. Golds
berry was a sister-in-law to J. R.
Cain, Sr., of this city, and had lived
here years ago, where, with her hus
band, she resided in the house now
occupied by Mrs. Kidder, which they
built. Mrs. Goldsberry will be re
membered by many Falls City people,
who will extend sympathy to the be
reaved relatives.
Burlington Changes Time.
The Burlington has changed the .
time of some of their passenger
trains, affecting Falls City in several
cases. Train No. 14 now arrives In
Falls City at 7:38 a. m., train No. 15
at 1:40 p. m., train No. 41 at 2:25
and train No. 16 at 4:22. The new
schedule brings these trains into
Falls City from three to five minutes
earlier than before.
For Sale.
Good smooth 80-acre farm, two and
one-half miles from good railroad
market, in Richardson county. Good
; eight room house, good barn, other
1 outbuildings, orchard, etc.
Price 18,000.00 if sold at once.