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The Falls City Tribune
Vol. VII FALLS CITY, NEBRASKA, FRIDAY, JANUARY 7, 1910. Number I
THE WEEK’S SOCIAL EVENTS
MS TWAS TOLD TO OUR SO
•/arious Kinds of Entertainment by
Individuals, Lodges, Clubs.
The Shakespeare Club gave its
annual New Year’s dinner at the
nnme of Mr. and Mrs. George W.
Holland last Friday evening. About
Udrty guests attended, and after
wards pronounced it the most enjoy
able social event of the season.
Miss Gladys Holland, in the c-luh
colors, wearing the badge of 1.910,at
tended the door, while Miss Anna
Margaret Gist, as “Father Time” pre
sided in the upper hall. Christmas
greens and flags were used hi pro
fusion to decorate the rooms. Upon
Hie two long tables, at which the
guests were seated, smilux and cut
flowers were used effectively with
national colors. The place cards
bad the head of the great poet,
dene in pen and ink. After partak
ing of the splendid dinner served in
‘vWlrses, amusements provided by
Hie ladies were indulged in until a
into hour. The holiday cheer per
vaded the whole affair to such an ox
font, that the Virginia reel was
danced as a fitting close of the
»venings pleasures. Among those
present were Mr. and Mrs. W. W.
Abbey, Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Gist, Mr.
and Mrs. Charles Hargrave, Mr. and
Mifs. P. S. Heacock, Mr. and Mrs. G.
W‘! Holland, Mr and Mrs. P. If, Jus
Mr. and Mrs. V. G. Lyford, Mr.
and Mrs. C. F. Reavis Mr. and Mrs.
:Tj. 1). Reavis, Mr. atrtl Mrs. Ishnm
Meavis, Mr. and jfrs. E. H. Towle,
and Mr. and Mrs. A. O. Wanner.
.'The following menu comprised the
|)tl»es Celery Wafers
lloustid Turkey, with liihlet Sauce
.utntsl Potatoes Pease in Case*
Cranberry Jelly Hot Holts
Pineapple Salmi en Mayonnaise
Mtj'.nnlilaii Icp-cmam ^Calces
Hiss lit-lu Powell’s entertainment
giVen last Friday evening for her
giiiest, Miss Hoffnell of Abeline, Kas.,
‘Jibs one of the largest and most en
joyable parties given during 'the
holidays. Over fifty young ladies and
VWhtlemen were present, including a
■ ‘n umber of out-of-town visitors in the
'“fifty. A touch of beauty and cheerful
ness was added to the rooms by
bowls of cut flowers and potted
plants placed to advantage. Cards
and Som’ersei were engaged in
during (ho evening, tlu- cheerful riv
alry in the contests causing great
merriment. At eleven o'clock Mrs.
lie well served lovely refffeshments.
was assisted in serving by Miss
V,.ela, and her sisters. Misses May
"and Grace Maddox. When the birth
of t.he New Year was ushered in the
‘pleasures were at their heighth, for
'music, dancrtig and songs were in
Hall sway and the jolly, light-hearted
young people began the New Year in
pleasant and happy frame of mind
vith nothing but pleasure on all sides,
'll whs a Jolly party of young people,
ami they lingered long aftei the m w
year announcement to < njoy its first
Pleasures. Among the out ot town
guests present were: Miss Myrtle
Hoffnell, Abeline, Kas.; Miss Jackson
St. Joe; Miss Poteet, Denver; Misses
Bowers, Manhattan, Kas.; Miss
silhulys Stockton, Stanberry, Mo.;
Messrs. Warren Jackson, St. Joe and
Foul Morebury of Milford, Neb.
rhe A. H. Whist chili gave a de
lightful party last Friday evening at
the residence of .Mi1, and Mrs. Geo.
Sehmelzel, at which the husbands of
the club ladies were guests of honor.
Whist was enjoyed until a late
hour with unflagging interest. The
honors of the evening for the most
games won fell to Mrs. Spence. A
splendid supper was served, such
as would tempt the daintiest appe
tite, to which all did ample justice
The New Year was ushered in, in the
height of pleasure, for each guest
emed bent on making the begin
nins of the' year one of the happiest
possible. The evening was notable
for many pleasures and as the first
of the large parties given by the A.
B. club was a decided success. Mr.
and Mrs. James B. Davis of Hum
boldt wore present.
Tlie Elk’s lodge gave a dance to
its members and their ladies on New
Years night. Nothing that could
add pleasure to the occasion was
omitted. The hall was effectively dec
orated with purple and white, colors
of the order, the floors were In per-!
feet condition, and Ilarnack’s orches-j
tra never played more “dancy” mus
ic. A huge box of carnations was
provided for the ladies, and hot
chocolate was served during the
evening. About thirty couples at
tended. The University bunch of
boys and girls added youth and gay
ety to the affair.
Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Dittmar gave
a delightful dinner for the clerks
of the Dittmar store New Years Eve
Covers were laid for twelve at a
table tastefully decorated with u
large floral centerpiece and many
pretty shaded candles. The dinner
of four courses was a sumptions one,
made up of the choicest delacicies
of tlm season. The company linger
ed long at the table, and during the
evening which followed enjoyed cards
and games. Mr. Dittmar is not only
ail exemplary employer, but witli Mrs.
Dittmar extended to the ladies and
gentlemen in his employ a cordial
hospitality that made the event one
of unusual pleasure for all, and open
ed the New Year with a feeling of
personal pleasure and oenefit and
general good feeling.
The C. K. Society of the Presby
terian church was most pleasantly
entertained at a watch party given by
Carl Miller and his sister, Miss Dor
othy, last Friday evening. Som’erset
was the chosen game of the evening,
and was thoroughly enjoyed until
eleven o'clock, when lovely refresh
ments were served. The New Year
carne in amid song and laughter and
Jolly good wishes all around. The
guests took their departure at a
late hour, after spending a delightful
Miss Florence lloose paid a com
pliment to her Sunday School class
of boys last Thursday night by en
tertaining them royally at her home.
Many interesting games wen**- prepar
ed for their amusement and a jolly
evening spent. Refreshments were
served which appealed strongly to
the boys. They considered the oc
casion a very enjoyable one.
Mrs. Charles Wilson entertained
the Degree of Honor kensington on
last Friday afternoon with a splendid
musical program. There was a large
attendance and a very pleasant after
noon spent. Nice refreshments were
served at five o’clock.
Mrs. George Wahl gave a very
enjoyable New Years eve party at
the home of her parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Quiett, for her sister and hus
band, Mr. and Mrs. Tirney of Kan
sas City. Som'erset was played dur
ing the evening and with the usual
pleasure. A number of vocal sel
ections, as well as piano numbers
were a pleasure to all. The guests
remained until the new year had ar
rived before saying good-night, after
such a pleasant evening.
Miss Louise Rule gave a delight
ful little dinner last Friday evening
for her friend. Miss Helen Jackson
of St. Joe and Miss Myrtle Hoffnell
of Abeline, Kas. The guests were
limited in number, but a delightful
evening was passed. ' lovely dinner
was served at six o'clock, and until
tile liour for the evening parties the
time was passed most abgeeably
with games and visiting. The dinner
party was a very pleasant one.
Tlu> Knights of Columbus gave a
dance in the1!- lodge room in the
Wahl building last Thursday even
ing and it royal good time is re- j
ported. Almost all tin* members from j
over the county were there, as well
as the Daughters of Isabella. Dim
ing the evening a nice lunch was
served in tic* dining room, also a
large bowl of punch was place in
the main room.
Mrs. End Mosiman delightfully en
tertained a number of lady friends
last Wednesday evening for Mrs.
‘Verne Ripley of Council Bluffs.
Many games furnished entertainment
for the guests and a jolly, social ev
ening was the result. Refreshments
of most tempting nature were served
and at a late hour th* ladies returned
to their several homes.
Miss Edna DeWald gave a very
enjoyable and informal dinner last
Sunday evening for Miss Myrtle Hoff
noil of Abeline, Kas. The guest list,
was limited. A delicious dinner was
served, and an enjoyable evening
passed by Edna’s guests.
('ontinned on Lfwt I’agi* •
MURDER MYSTERY SOLVED
VICTIM A FORMER RESIDENT OF
The Self-Confessed Murderer Also
a Resident of Falls City
Shock to Community.
Neil McCoig, at one time owner
and proprietor of the East Side cafe
in this city, was found dead by a
hunter in a lonely spot in the out
skirts of Kansas City, Kas.. about
two weeks ago. For several clays
the identity of the man was not
known, his face was so badly dis
figured and nil marks of identity
having been removed from his per
son by his slayer, who had robbed
The police force of Kansas City,
Kns., had several theories -after tIn*
body had been definitely identified
by the description telephoned to the
Chief by a tormer business partner,
Sam West, from here—and worked
each thoroughly, the result being that
several arrests were made before the
guilty one was found.
It is not going to be The Tribune's
purpose in tli^> affair to give a "yel
low” account of it. The Kansas City
dailies have already covered that
portion of the case thoroughly—and
for us to rehash and tell of the
awful tragedy, of the details of the
confession of the self-confessed slay
er, would be of no avail. It. would
only make the burden of his relu
WAKE UP. THE WATCHWORD
CLEAN AND IMPROVE THE OR
DER OF THE DAY.
Talk About Your City and Talk
Favorably Pulling Together
Makes Town Crow.
II' you want Falls City to iin
I rove, improve it. If you waul Falls
City lively, make it so. Don't go to
sleep, lint get up and work for i t,
talk about it and talk favorably. It'
you have property, improve itjelean
up your alleys and back yards; make
uur surroundings pleasant, and you
will be worth more in (be market.
Keep your money at home as much
!.a possible, and it is likely to help
you in return. The successful towns
have been made b> the property own
ers pulling together. Public improve
i lent is an investment that pays.
Don't waste your time over dirty
quarrels and hold buck your aid from
good objects through si ite, but work
for some good and you will find
yourself benefit I d
When ^attending .lolin Majerus' sale
near Rule, Herman Hahn jumped
from his wagon out on the frozen
ground, and caine with so much
weight upon his ankle that it broke.
He was Immediately taken home
and Dr. Henderson set the bone. II
is a very painful injury and in a bad
place. It looks as though Herman
will be crippled up for some time.
CONSIDER “ THE FOLKS AT HOME "
The management of The Tribune realizes that it is the
mission of a newspaper to print the news; to impart informa
tion as to what is taking place in the world,—as to what
those in the “palace halls” are doing as well as the unfortu
nates in the “street below>" But there are times and events,
when we are prone to to our readers, “look elsewhere;
seek the horrible detatls in the metropolitan daily.”
When a great crime has been committed, there is al
ways one home and one town where the event is regretted
in a measure far exceeding that of homes and towns in gen
' eral. It is the parental roof and the home town where the
shock is greatest and the regret is keenest.
Concerning the Mower case The Tribune seeks to touch
upon the details as light as is possible, trusting that its
readers will find elsewhere that which will satisfy and en
lighten as to the awful deed and the incidents attending
We feel that by this »me "the folks in Falls City” know
all,—know the worst, and nothing that we could print would
add to or take away one iota to the history of the crime, the
victim or his slayer, and to those who revel in the history of a
great crime, and readily absorb every little detail—who yearn
to wallow, as is were in the gruesome—we say, seek else
where. In this instance, The Tribune will dodge the particu
lars and be content with what it has already printed, and
trusts its readers will be of the same frame of mind.
lives here, who are among Kails City's
most honorable and respected citi
zens, harder to bear. It could not
undo the awful deed.
Last Sunday afternoon Ward Mow
er and Samuel West accompanied a
detective to Kansas City to aid in
the search of the slayer of MeCoig.
Mower's stories were not as accurate
as tile police thought they should
be and they questioned him pretty
closely. The heavy load of his sec
ret and the sharp questioning of the
detectives weakened him until he
finally admitted that he left Falls
City with MeCoig, robbed him, and
that he alone lured him to that lone
ly spot, where death was meted out)
The Kansas City Star was never
more right than when it said, “Falls
City will be one of the most sur
prised little cities in ^Nebraska,when
it. learns of the confession.” Ward
Mower lias grown to manhood in this
community and comes from one of
our best families; his reputation has
never been questioned—why wouldn’t
we be surprised?
Some who have known Mower for
years are strongly of the opinion that
lie was surely of unbalanced mind.
They say that he was an extremely
nervous man, and as a boy he was
very easily plagued and joked
Tim News secured the right to the
Lyric theatre New Years day and
extended an invitation to all the
children in town under fifteen years
of age to enjoy a free entertainment
at the picture show. Quite a number
of little folks availed themselves of
the opportunity, and from all appear
ances had a fine time and enjoyed
Bishop Williams Coming.
The Right Rev. Arthur L. Williams
will make his first visit for 1!H0 to
St. Thomas parish of this city, on
the 27th day of February, the fast
Sunday in the month. These visits
are always a source of pleasure to
the rector, the congregation and the
Bishop's many friends in Falls City.
He will hold confirmation services at
the morning service It is under
stood a large class will be prepared
for confirmation. Rev. (leorge L. Ne:
de lias a number of adults in the
class and will be glad to hear from
any others who are interested in
The clerks of F. \V. Cleveland &
Son went in a body to tile home of
Fred Schock and wife last night and
gave them a surprise party. Mr. and
Mrs. K< hock were much taken hy
surprise to see their friends call on
them and made the visit all the morel
enjoyable on account of it. Mr.
Schock is soon to leave this city for
Falls City, where he will engage in
business for himself, and the visit
by his friends last night was a token
of the esteem in which he is held hy
his fellow employes at the Cleveland
store, Nebraska City Press.
Horse Hurt in a Runaway.
Last Tuesday while John Fritz was
driving a spirited team belonging to
Rev. Rottenml, they became fright
enod near Straussville and ran away.
One of the horses fell and It’s leg
was broken. The animal was con
sidered a very valuable one, but had
to be shot. This is indeed quite a
loss to Rev. Rettemal. Fritz was
only slightly hurt. The other horse
BASKET BALL SCHEDULE.
Where And When The Future Games
Following is a schedule, showing
whom and win n the Fulls City Has-1
ket Hull teams will play in the near:
Coiner University at Falls City.
Hubetha, Kas., High School at Falls
City, February 26th.
Auburn High School at Auburn on
January I nth.
McPherson College, of McPherson.
Kas., at Falls City, January 20th
Syracuse High School, of Syracuse,
Neb., at Falls City, January 28th.
Wilber High School, of Wilber, Ne
braska, at Falls City, February 2d.
Seneca town team, Seneca, Kas.,
at Falls City, February 4th.
Manager Cain is claiming the stute
championship for the girls’ team,
and is making fast strides toward the
same championship for Ids boys'
aggregation. They have played
some of the fastest high
school teams in the state and have
never been defeated by a high school
hunch. In order to win the state
championship with the hoys’ team it
will he necessary to play several
hard games, and (he team will need
financial aid. It now becomes the
duty of all patriotic citizens to at
tend all games possible and support
tlie team in a financial way.
HOLD-UP AT STELLA.
William Hill, a Farmer, Slugged
Special from Stella.
Stella’ is trying to keep up with
Kansus City. Monday Will Hill,Who
lives a few miles north of town,
earne to town and sold some hogs.
By evening he became “quite weary”
and during the early evening he wbb
slugged, and left unconscious. He
would have fiozen to death lind ' lie
not been found and taken to a hotel,
lie had been relieved of all Ills mon
ey except 8ft cents. The robber es
caped, but was probably some one
Well acquainted with Mr. Hill.
The Union Prayer Meetings.
The week of prayer Is being ob
served In union meetings by the
churches of the city. The meetings
have been very well attended and
have been very helpful and Interest
ing. Those who are not coming out
are missing that which they need
most. The meeting Thursday night
will be in the German Evangelical
church. The devotional service will
be led by Rev.Brooks and followed by
a talk on "Soul Winning” by Rev.
Reichel. Friday night the last
meeting will be in the Brethren
church. Devotional services led by
Rev. Day and followed by a talk on
“Personal Work" by Rev. Nanuinga.
We want to see yon there -Secretary
Not so Bad After All.
The Falls City High School basket
ball boys were badly beaten by the
Lincoln V. M. C. A. team recently,
lint when you consider what the Lin
coln Y. M. C. A. did to the Chicago
team, one of the strongest teams in
the west today, we think our hoys
had pluck to tackle them Lincoln
beat Chicago, all professionals, by
•L! to 30. Tlie Lincoln half hack only
got two goals off Amos Yoder, who
wa.; only substituting for George Gil
ligan, and Amos got one off of him.
The Lincoln half-hack got four off of
Chicago halfback who also only got 1
off of him. Our hoys are not sol
slow, and they were hoys against I
Charles 'I'. Evans of Hamlin, Kas ,
and Miss Sophia Marie Broekhahn
were married at the residence of Itev.
K. Cooper Bailey, Tuesday, Jail. 4th,
at iwo o'clock. The father of the
bride and her aunt, Mrs, Hluhn wit
nessed the ceremony.
They are well known young people
in this vicinity and have the congrat
ulations of their friends. They will!
go to housekeeping at once on the j
groom’s farm near Hamlin, Kas.
Falls City Chorus.
Tiie regular meeting of the Kails
City Chorus will be held Monday ev
ening at the home of Mrs. Charles
Banks. All members are requested
to be present, as the books have ar
rived and the new work should be
gin with the entire chorus—Director.
ODD FELLOWS CELEBRATE
HOLD ANNUAL NEW YEARS CEL
EBRATION AT HALL
A Fine Program Rendered and
Refreshments Served A
On New Years day the members
of tho local lodge of the I. <>. (). F.
held their annual celebration of tho
new year. The families of the Odd
Fellows and a few invited friends be
gan to gather in the hall soon after
ho veil o'clock,and when the entertain
ment for the evening wan begun tho
room was completely filled, and
several of the tr^en were standing in
tin* rear of tho hall.
I)r. llul ley acted as master of cer
emonies, and one of the very best
programs that has been given in tho
city was presented.
('. E. Smith was chairman of tho
program committee and it is evi
dence of his tastes and skill that tho
program from start to finish was ono
of merit and ability. The Rev. Mr.
Brooks gave a very Interesting and
instructive talk during tho evening,
which elicited appreciation front all
While it Is true that every number
of the program was given in such
uniform good style, and met with un
limited applause, it would not be wiso
for the roporter to speak of the work
of any Individual performer.
Tlte refreshment committee camo
up to their standard of excellence and
a dainty banquet was served at tho
close of the program. It was the
Intention of the committee in charge
to have had a few toasts given by
some of the well known orators of
the order present, but the combined
efforts of the refreshment committee,
and Brother John I Unton,made speak
ing during the banquet an impossi
bility. At a late hour the friends left
for their homes, having had a most
enjoyable evening, and wishing all
mif^ht have a New Year’s day much
oftener than qnce a year.
The Last of His Race.
With ail its wealth of special seen
ery, gorgeous costumes, bright and
catchy specialties—is the attraction
at the Qehling opera house Saturday,
December 8th This piece. which
has attained such an enviable reputa
tion and secured such a hold on the
hearts of theater goers from onV> end
of this broad land to the other— is
from the pe,i of Mr. Clunenee Ben
nett, author of the “Holy City,” an
other notable success. Mr. Ben
nett has located his scenes near the
city of Mexico, and based the fabric
of tiie play on events that actually
oecured during the brief reign of the
unfortunate Emperor Maximilllan.
The success of this piece has been
so phenominal in America that the
firm has decided to present it next
year in England.
Special from llurada.
On Thursday, December KM, 1909,
Otis H. Sailors and Miss Ixdtie Dunn
were married at the hone of Rev. P.
11. Ruch near Shubert. The bride
was dressed in a charmitm kuwii of
white silk. They were accompanied
by Miss Hazel Dunn and R. H. Slag
le, who acted as bride’s-maid and
This young couple have grown up
in our midst aid are beloved by ail
We wish them a very happy and pros
perous journey through life.
Special from liarada.
The dedication services will be
held in the Evangelical Church in
liarada, January 9th.
Bishop W. P. Heil of Highland
Park, 111., will conduct services as
Saturday evening 7:30,
Sunday morning 11:00.
Sunday afternoon 3:00.
Sunday evening 7:30.
The Sunday afternoon sermon will
In in German, everybody cordially
invited A. ESSLEY, Pastor.
Special front Verdon.
George L. Brenner of Humboldt
and Miss Hazel Wing of Palls City
arrived here Wednesday morning and
were united in marriage at the Evan
gellcatt parsonage by Rev. Gerribs
Immediately after the ceremony they
departed for Salem to take the train
for Humboldt, where an elegant wed
ding diuner was prepared for them
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