The Falls City tribune. (Falls City, Neb.) 1904-191?, April 01, 1910, Image 1

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    Historical Society
The Falls City Tribune
Various Kinds of Entertainment by
Individuals. Lodges. Clubs.
Churches. Etc.
Hiss Ruth Reavis entertained a
number of her friends Monday ev
ening in honor of her guest. Miss
Mary 11 ungate of Weeping Water.
]< c cream and cake were served and
:. happy evening enjoyed by all.
file Shakespeare club met March
with Mrs. It. R. Rule, and oontin
u I the study of "A Winters Tale,"
w iiich is proving one of the most
h> cresting of the plays taken up. The
n xt meeting will be held April 8 at
tJi*■ home of Mrs. C. Cl. Hargrave.
Sorosis met with Mrs. Heacock on
ednesday afternoon with a good
attendance. After a short business
ssion Mrs. \V. \V. .fenne gave an
> iceiient paper on ‘‘Historical Trees”
which wits discussed by the clul).
ring the social half-hour Mrs. Hea
cock served refreshments. Mrs. H.
R Miner was a guest of the club.
Toe club then adjourned to meet with
Mrs. A. E. Hill April 111.
.'he Five W's were entertained on
S -unlay afternoon by Miss Mure hard
at her home on North Stone street,
Mrs. Russel Hyatt of Salem, the re
cent bride of the club, was the guest
of honor on this occasion, and was
presented with some handsome table
I en n l y the members of the club.
S e also received several pieces of
< glass from her girl friends. A
i. ruber of musical selections by
g- -sts present, and needlework claim
i'u their attention until five o'clock
w ■•■n refreshments in two courses
w re served. There was no lack of
enjoyment and the afternoon passed
all too quickly. Miss Lena Nortbdorf
w s also it guest., of the club.
A li-Thicf Association Held Meeting
At The CCourt House Friday
he Richardson County Anti-Thief
Association met at the court house
Friday and seven subordinate lodges
w< re represented. John Hossack,
the president and W. T. Fenton, sec
n tary, met with Mr. Layton, presi
de nt of tlie Central Protective asso
ciation and II. it. Smith of Atchison
Kansas, secretary of the Central
association and arranged to have
the seven lodges of Richardson equn
tv join the Central Association. This
body lias 15.000 members, and . will
make it very difficult for anyone
stealing a horse to get away with
his booty.
.Messrs Layton and Smith were
given a supper at the National Hotel
bv the president and secretary of
tiie local organizations.
)n account of the many horses re
ef ntly taken, interest in the organi
zations for mutual protection is
growing. Horses are valuable prop
erty at present, and the loss of a
good one. is always an item of impor
tance. Thieves are usually careful
to select the more desirable ones.
Hereafter Richardson County will
present an organized front to maurad
National Field Meet.
•avid Ueavis, Jr., Iins been chosen
to contest the pole vault event at
Hie National meet to be held in the
Coliseum at Omaha Friday night.
In the contest he will meet the best
vauIters of the nation. It may be
remembered that David tied the
state record at the meet in Lincoln
last year by clearing the bar at ten
feet three inches. Last week in
practice he raised his mark to eleven
f. ef, which is within two inches ot
the world's record for it high school
A Falls City box has been prepar
ed at- the auditorium, which will be
appropriately draped with Falls City
colors and will be occupied by Mr,
and Mrs. John \V. Towle, Bert Reavis
Misses Grace and Anna Iteavis and
Anti-Saloon Ticket.
Jacob Schaible has been appoint
ed to take the place of Samuel
Bucher, as nominee for eouncilmat:
in the first ward; and T. J. Gist tc
till the vacancy made by the resigna
lion of David D. Reavis as council
man in the second ward.
Mrs. Marie Caroline Ability was
born February 24, 1862 and died at
her home In Arago precinct on Sat
urday, March 26. 1910, aged forty
seven years. The deceased spent
most of her life in this county and
is well know to many of our read
ers. She had been in poor health
for some time and her death was not
entirely unexpected, but came as a
shock to her loved ones.
In 1885 she was married to Mr.
Harry Abluty. She leaves one son
and two step-children, besides) three
brothers to mourn her loss. Her hus
band died in 1894.
The funeral services were conduct
ed from tlie home Monday, and were
in charge of Kev. Nanninga of Falls
City, and interment was in the cem
etery at St. John's Lutheran church
in Arago precinct.
John H. Bahr died Monday in a
hospital in Kmsas City, where he
was being treated for cancer.
The funeral services were con
ducted tit the Baptist church in this
city Wednesday at two o'clock by
Kev. Day
Mr. Bahr grew up on a farm west
of town, lie chose railroading as
his occupation and was an engineer
at the time lie was taken sick, sev
eral months ago. la the hope of
getting relief lie went to Kansas
City about throe weeks ago, but
His mother and sister were with
him at the time of liis death, and
accompanied tne remains to this
8 pedal from Stella.
Derry Montgomery died ;tt his
home norrth of Stella, Wednesday
March L’.'i. 1910, after an illness of
several months, suffering from heart
trouble. Although in poor health, Mr.
Montgomery was able to be up and
around most of the time, and was in
town just a few days before his
death, and for that reason his friends
were slocked on Wednesday morning
to hear of his death.
He was an old pioneer, coming to
Nebraska in IStiti and living on his
home farm for the past thirty years.
He leaves a wife, two sons and three
daughters. The funeral was held at
the residence Friday afternoon and
the remains brought to Stella for
burial. The sympathy of the entire
community is extended 1o the family.
Special from Salem.
David Layson died at the home of
his granddaughter, Mrs. Mattie
Locks at Upland, Neb., March
25, at the age of eighty-eight years.
Mr. Layson had spent the great
er part of liis life in and around Sa
lem, making his home during his
old age with his children and grand
children. Two weeks before his
death he left the home of his daugh
ter, Mrs. Martin Harris, and went to
Upland for a visit, lie was taken
sick the following Saturday and con
tinued to grow worse until the end
on March 25.
The remains were brought to Sa
lem Monday morning, and funeral
| services were conducted from the
i Gospel I nion church at 11:00 a. m.,
[with interment in The Salem cemetery
The children, Mrs. Martin Harris
and Mrs. Robert. Gentry, both of this
place and a son, Jack Layson were
his children Who attended the fune
Special from Humboldt.
John Bowers, an aged resident of
this city died at the home of Charles
liosford Monday morning. Deceased
was about eighty years of age and
lias been in feeble condition for
several months. Funeral services
were held at the liosford home on
Tuesday afternoon. The remains
were taken to the city cemetery for
| interment.
The infant child of Mr. and Mrs.
William Moore of Lincoln was
brought to Falls City and laid
away in the Steele cemetery Wed
Mr. and Mrs. Moore resided in
Kalis City before their removal to
Lincoln. Their many friends here
i extend their sympathy to them in
j their sorrow.
B. c. Parrish moved to Salem
Monday. He has rented the house
of C. B. Kmmert for three years.
Mr. Kmmert gives possession of
the drug store today.
Desperate Man Takes His Own Life
After Attempt At Murder
Possibly Demented.
Tuesday night Gilbert Irwin at
tempted to murder his wife and her
two daughters, and hanged himself,
Mrs. Irwin lives about four miles
west of Nims City with her two dau
ghters, Nellie and Nettie Feldman.
Some months ago Mrs. Irwin began
proceedings for divorce from Irwin,
who since that time lias been making
his home elsewhere.
Some time Tuesday evening Irwin
drove to the old home, hitched his
horse some distance from the house,
where Sheriff Fenton found it. later
in the night, lie placed a ladder to
one of the second floor windows and
cut the telephone wires. He then
procured an ax and beat in the out
side door. The women having locked
themselves in the bedroom, he pro
ceeded to demolish tlds door ttiso.
Inside lie attacked Mrs. Irwin, but |
in tlie dark his blows went wild until'
Mrs. Irwin succeeded in grasping the
helve of the ax, hanging on for life.
The daughters eaine to their moth
er’s assistance but on account ot
the darkness in the house, accom
plished little. Irwin beat his wife's
face terribly witli his fists in 1 is
effort to compel her to let go of tile
ax. The struggle continued throi h
tile house and out into the yard
where there being more light, the
girls' efforts to lie ip their mother
were more effective and Irwin was
finally compelled to forego his hold
on the ax and flee. The women re
turned into the house, barricading
the doors against another attac k.
They also tried to give the alarm but
failed because of the telephone wires
having been cut.
One of tlie daughters ran to n
neighbor and from there called dp
Sheriff Fenton. Tlie sheriff and
his deputy reached the Irwin home
about midnight. In searching for
Irwin In- was discovered hanging
from a rafter in the hay loft ot the
barn, dead.
Mrs. Feldman was a widow at the
time of her marriage to Irwin in Aug
ust. 1907. She is the possessor of
considerable property, which it would
appear Irwin desired to get in his
possession. When she refused to
yield to his demands he became
abusive and threatening. It was
his extreme behavior that induced
Mrs. Irwin to apply for a divorce, lie
repeatedly returned and demanded ad
mittance', going as far as to break in
the door on previous occasions. it
is the opinion of those who know
him best that brooding over the mat
ter unhinged him mentally.
Blizzard in The West.
A severe blizzard raged in the
mountains \V< dnesda.v. Four inches
of snow is reported on tin 1 vel in
western Nebraska. The telegraph
wires were blown down and tire snow
badly drifted Traffic on the west
ern roads' was suspended.
The cold wave spent itself before
reaching eastern Nebraska, and all;
the damage done in Richardson conn j
ty was a light frost Thursday morn-i
More Boom Needed.
The postoffiee lias, for some time,
been feeling tae general spirit of
expansion in the need of more room.
This week several alterations were
made in order to provide needed mail
ing facilities. The changes were
made in the night, thus avoiding any
serious confuse.» during office hours.
| Those whose boxes were moved en
joyed the diversion of breaking off
the old habit and fixing a new one
Nebraska Teachers Meet.
The seventh annual session of the
i Southeastern Educational Association
is in session since Wednesday even
ing at Beatrice. The high school
’ was dismissed Wednesday noon to
give the teachers an opportunity to
Miss Louise Kale will represent
tin* Falls City high school in the
oratorical contest, which will be one
of the features of the meeting.
Max Werner, who has been threat
ened with appendicitis and confined
t.o his bed at the home of his par
ents In this city since Sunday, will be
able to return with his family to
their home in Nebraska City soon.
The Causes Leading Up to These
Changes What Straightening
of Channel Will Do.
There are those who can recall
conditions in the Nemaha bottoms as
they were twenty-five years ago, and
from what they say the conditions
were very different from what they
have been of late years.
In those earlier days protracted
floods were entiiely unknown. it
is true tlie bottoms overflowed oc
casionally when the precipitation
was unusually heavy, but the dura
tion of the flood was always short.
If the water came out. one day it
would be back again within the
river's banks by the next day. These
floods rally did any serious dam
age. On the contrary they were
frequently of real advantage because
of the deposits left behind.
The question Mint is of interest
is, what lias caused the great
change? The answer is not ditfi ;
cult to find and should encourage all
friends of the big ditch in their ef
forts to overcome the tendency to
excessive flooding. Then are sev
eral causes, which have been slowly
bringing about radical changes in
I he conditions in the Nemaha hot
toms. Those changes have develop
ed so slowly that most people have
failed entirely to notice them, nev
ertheless they have been quietly at
work these years and are largely to
blame for the present condition of
In tin* earlier days the timber in
the bottoms was very much lighter
than it. is now. Since, settlement,
farmers have encouraged the growth
of trees in many ways, and as a re
sult, now much of the course of
the Nemaha Is through densely wood
ed land. This was not always so.
Hut is so now and il lias had its ef
fect uiioii driving the farmer out of
tiie low lands.
The river has become in a very
real sense choked with timber. Trees
have been falling and bodily sliding
into the channel of the river until by
degrees the channel has been filled,
in with timber and the natural accu
mulation of soil, etc. This varies
greatly at different places. There are
places where the river channel has
been almost entirely filled up. In
other places huge barricades of
timber are collected through which
the water finds its way at best but
slowly. Any casual examination of
the channels of the two Nemahas as
they now are will convince any one
of the absolute necessity of overflow
in case of any considerable freshet.
The straightening of the channel
will again open up a free way
for the passing of all flood water, it
will bring back the conditions as they
were in the sixties and seventies,
when floods such as we now have
were unknown. Besides there will
be the added advantage of a straight
channel, carrying off the water by
the shortest possible route, and at
the greatest possible speed.
There will be only one serious
obstacle to meet, and that is the
increased precipitation Then* is
no disputing that mm h more rain
falls in Was torn Nebraska today than
fell twenty-five or more years ago.
This extra amount of water will oi
course tax tin- capacity of the big
ditch, nevertheless wo believe in the
ultimate success of the undertaking,
and urge every one interested lo
hurry the work along, because of thej
advantages both economic and other
wise that will result therefrom.
Farewell Meeting,
Rev. <1- F. Reieliel held his farewell
service at the Baptist church Wed
nesday night. Friends from the dif
ferent churches and city were pres
ent. Rev. Relabel has not. yel de
cided upon his future field of labor,
lie will visit a mission field in Kan
sas over Sunday. His many friends
in Falls City wish him an early set
t lenient in a pleasant place.
The Glidden Pathfinder Here.
The (Hidden Pathfinder automobile
passed through Falls City yesterday
forenoon, coming from Kansas City
and St. .Joe. The car is the celebrat
ed Mitchell Ranger which made the
trip from New York to SanFraiicisco
last summer bearing army dispatches.
The coming Glidden tour will start
June 15, and will pass throhgh tliir
teen states.
Reports From Both The District And
Supreme Courts.
The ease of Drainage Dial. No. I
vs. Richardson County was decided
in favor of the drainage district by
the supreme court last Monday. The
judgment against the county in the
lower courts was for $18,000.
District Court.
In the cust> of George l*. Coon vs.
Drainage District No. 1, the motion
for n new trial was granted and file
verdict of the jury set. aside. Coon
had received it verdict for $1112 hut
was not satisfied neither was the
drainage district
llacob Majcrus vs. II C. Barton,
motion for new trial overruled.
Margaret Wilson vs. Mattie Hogge
et al, referee ordered to sell proper
W. C. Fergus vs. L. .1. Gurvor,
case submitted.
Lewis >Ielneman vs. Charles lleine
niiiu. judgment for plaintiff
State vs. Vaughn, new trial grant
Anna .1. Thomas vs. Drainage Dis
trht No. I. appeal dismissed
Anton) Kllttler vs. Alls Al. Stev
ens, continuance granted.
John tiilligan vs. John Gilligan
Bridge Co., motion for new trial ov
George I,. Coon \s Drainage Dis
1 lift No. I, new {rial granted.
Sinner vs. Fas ley, new trial grant
Court adjourned Tuesday morning.
Federation of Woman’s Clubs Busy
At The City Pari'..
The establish men! of a childrens'
play ground at the City park during
the chautauqua assembly will be un
dertaken by the City Federation of
Woman's clubs. With the consent
and assistance of the chautauqua
board, this project should be one of
the successful features of th1* yc. r’;
program. A "children's day" will
also probably he established and ev
erything done on that occasion for
the entertainment and instruction of
the youth.
For the purpose of raising funds,
the Lyric theater will he in the hands
of club women on next Friday ev
ening. April S. Special films have
been ordered, and an appropriate
program will he given. A ticket pur
chased on that occasion will help
a worthy enterprise.
Useful Information.
On the last page of this Issue ap
peal's an article written liy I>r, Mors
man of the Morsnian Drug Co , that
readers will find instructive and in
teresting Similar articles will up
pear eueli week for an indefinite time
and ttie doctor will take up various
subjects pertaining directly or indi
rectly to tlie drug business and to
drugs and medicines.
There will lie no advertising in
•in sc articles, till talk of an adver
tising character being eliminated and
tic reader need not fear that lie will
stninhie onto a concealed advertise
The aim is to impart information
regarding these matters that will be
honest, straightforward and useful
to the public. Judging by tin article
already submitted to us. they will
be well worth reading, and even worth
preserving as scrap-book data. The
doctor writes entertainingly dud does
not hesitate to expose shams and
frauds. The charm of the article is
in the frank statement of facts.
Temperance Meetings.
There will he three temperance
meetings held In the city Sunday ev
cnlng. They are union meetings and
the local situation will lie disc ussed
calmly and deliberately
At the Christian Church Itev IIrook
will speak and Rev. Day will leud, at
the Methodist church Rev. Watson
will speak and Rev. Rally will pre
side, and at the Brethren church Rev.
Nunniuga will speak and l)r Mathers
will lead.
Presbyterian Church.
It is tin earnest wish of pastor and
session that a full attendance of the
church membership shall be present
next Sunday morning. After the us
ual good music, the pastor will
preach, and then reports of all the
different lines of work will be pre
sented, and a general survey of our
new building will be had. Come one
and all. and plan to stay for the re
ports It. Cooper Hailey, Pastor.
What Your Friends and Their
Friends Have Been Doing
the Past Week.
Dr. Dandy of Humboldt was in
town Monday.
Stove Milos took tin* early train
Monday for Halo.
Ered Allison of Verdon was in
Kalis City Sunday.
Krcd Sebold came down fromOuia -
ha to spend Easter.
Little Mamie Hedges lias been quite
sick the past few days.
Kev. Watson was quite ill with ton
sllitis the first of the week.
Will Hurst came up from 1‘adonia
and spent Sunday with lien I’oteet
and family.
Misses Gertrude and Grace Lyford
returned Tuesday to their school
duties in Lincoln.
John Bruumgau came down Iroia
I'eni to spend Easter with Mr. and
Mrs. .lames I’owell.
Mrs Lesley and two daughters, Ma
bel and Verna of Salem were in th«
rity Saturday shopping.
Mis.. Mildred Holland returned
Tuesday to her studies at. tin Slato
t'niverHity in Lincoln.
As I he fishing season draws near
Ho number of amateurs out, only
for practice Increases.
John Wicks and Elmer Kaiiaiy of
Presto. took tin* Sunday afternoon
train . re for Lincoln.
Mrs. Lillian Stephenson of Huss
lioldt spent Sunday with her parents,
Mr. and Mrs. T. .1. Oliver.
Wilbur Wollon and wife of South
Dnkota are visiting with Mr. and Mrs.
Albert Maust for a short time.
Patrick O'Brien, now of the (!ra
ham Lumber Co., of this city, spest
Sunday at his old home in Dawson.
Mrs Win. Iliirmuk and children of
Hiawatha visited Sunday with her
parents, Mr. and Mrs Pete Kaiser.
Mr. and Mrs. John Jones enter
tained Mrs. lager of Lincoln and
Mis. Freeborn of Auburn this week.
Mr. and Mrs. Rimer Kanaly frost
near Preston, were in the eilv Sun
day. They were guests at the horno
of Jerry Kanaly.
Mrs. George Crocker and two child
ren of Pawnee City are visiting at
the home of her parents. Mr. and
Mrs N. It. Judd.
Harry Gullinams and wife, living
six miles northwest of Falls City
are happy over the arrival of a little
girl, Tuesday night.
Mrs. Frank Musselman of Kansas
City was an Raster guest at the
home of Iter sister, Mrs. P. II. Jus
sen Site returned to tier home on
Itudy Peer and wife front south of
Salem, were in town Saturday. They
are having the foundation for their
new house laid.
You were a child once, so. it is
natural you should want to help a
child. A ticket purchased at the Ly
ric theater next Friday, April K. will
help many children.
Mr and Mrs. Marry Stein of New
York are visiting with Kev. ami Mis.
Day. Mr. Stein is a brother of Mrs.
Day. Mr Stein was a resident of
Falls City several years ago and will
be remembered by many of our peo
.(cssi Harris of Slmls it, who has
been attending the Business College
in this city, left this week for Au
burn. l’rof. Hamer secured hi in a
position with McCarthy & Lambert, a
law firm at that place. Jesse made
many friends while in the city that
will wish him abundant success.
Rhine Zoeller and Miss Weddle of
Preston was in the city Sunday morn
ing. They took ltr. Mathers and his
family in their touring ear to the
Zoeller home for dinner. At three
o’clock Ur. Mathers led the music at
the Brethren church in Preston,where
Uev. Watson now preaches every two
, weeks.
C M. Linn and Chester Powers of
the Humboldt Drainage board. and
i the supervisors of Drainage District
| No. 1, met Monday night to fix the
limits of the two districts. The land
upon which the two districts intersect
belongs to M. L. Libbee of Dawson,
who was present, i liable to agree
with Mr. Libbee as to the valuo of
his damages, it was left to the ap
praisers to fix the value.