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Columbus, Nebraska, Wednesday, October 11, 1911 su HistoriCftl society
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positors Guarantee Fund of the State of Nebraska."
County Board Asks About
County Judge's Tax Rec
ord and Finds Out
Some time ugo the county hoard of supervisors, laboring under the im
pression thut all was not as it should be in the matter of the collection of
the inheritance tax in large estates in the county, passed a resolution direc
ing the county attorney to investigate the records in the office of the county
judge and make a rejwrt to the hoard.
In obedience to this order. County Attorney McElfresh yesterday filed
his report. The members of the hoard were not prepared for the report as
presented, and their surprise was very apparent when they heard Clerk Graf
read the official record. For fully two minutes not a word was spoken, then
some one suggested a resolution directing the county judge in the future to
Bee that all inheritance taxes are collected.
Supervisor Schure then presented the resolution suggested, and adding
that the county attorney he directed to immediaetly bring proceedings against
thf several estates that have been closed without the collection of this tax.
The report as presented by Mr. McElfresh is as follows:
To the Honorable hoard of Supervisors of Platte County, Nebraska.
"Beg to report that pursuant to motion passed by
this hoaid, 1 have checked over the probate records of the County
Judge, and find that no proceedings were had to collect the inherit
ance tax provided by statute in a great number of estates subject
to such tax, and from my investigation would estimate the amount
of such tax remaining uncollected to he about $4,000. These es
tates having been closed, it will entail considerable trouble and cost
to collect the same, ami am of the opinion that by reason of lapse
of time and removal of heirs it will be impossible to collect a
great portion thereof. 1 find that one estate has been closed dur
ing the yeur 1911 subject to this tax without any steps having been
taken for the collection thereof. The statute makes it the duty of
the County J udge to take the necessary steps to have this tax ascer
tained and collected in all estate which appear subject to such tax.
In order to avoid any additional costs and to insure the collection
of such tax, hereafter I would recommend that this Board instruct
the County Judge not to close any pending or future estates with
out having first collected such tax, if any be due.
C. N. McELFRESH,
Dated, October 10, 1911. County Attorney."
In its issue of September 22, The Telegram said: "No democrat need
be ashamed in making appeal for the reelection of Probate Judge Ratterman
because it is a matttr of general notoriety that he is among the first of pro
bate judges in Nebraska in point of knowledge of probate law."
Well, in the light of this information, it becomes mighty interesting.
The Telegram has put the question squarely up to Judge Ratterman: "Is this
failure on your part to protect the county in matters involving thousands of
dollars a matter of ignorance of the law you are elected to interpret and en
force or i it a question of official negligence?" Was the Telegram mistak
en when it made that assertion, or was it right and is Mr. Ratterman guilty
of official delinquency? How are Judge Ratterman and Judge Howard going
to account to the taxpayers of Platte county for this loss of $4,000 during
the incumbency of the present county judge?
When the people of Columbns wanted money to repair the road between
the Platte and Loup rivers, how much would it have been necessary for the
Columbus business men to have subscribed, had this fund been kept up as a
judge "first in point of knowledge of probate law" done his sworn duty? How
of land within
2 miles of Col
umbus is offer
ed at a bottom
price for a
Miss Elizabeth Daniels, of David
City, spent the week-end with Miss
Mrs. Tom Lyons will ieave Satur
day for Clarks, where she will visit
friends for several days.
Mrs Alfred Palm and children, of
Norfolk, will arrive Thursday for a
few days visit with Mr. and Mrs. R,
Miss Jennie Nelson, of Los Angeles,
California, arrived Friday for an ex
tended visit with her sister Mrs.
All located in Platte county,
will be told at the Court
House, under an order of the
Court, Tuesday, October 17.
For terms and particulars in
C M. Gruenther, Referee.
much would the taxpayers of Columbus township have been asked to contrib
ute? When the people of Creston and Creston township wanted a road to their
little city, how much would the business men of Creston have been forced to
subscribe to help raise the necessary money needed for their purpose? A
portion of this $4,000, which was beneficently "overlooked" by a judge
"first in knowledge of probate law" would have paid the entire bill, without
nraking a second heavy draft on the tax payers of that section.
There is not a single town in the county but what woald have been ma'
terially benefitted had this tax been collected during these years. Humphrey,
Platte Center, Lindsay, Monroe, Cornlea, Tarnov, Oconee and Duncan might
have enjoyed the use of this fund with less taxation, and at the same time have
better roads, and hence, better trade conditions.
Mrs Louif Raney it entertaining a
few friends this afternoon in honor of
Mrs. Homer Saunders, of Edgemont,
South Dakota, and Mrs. F. W. Hess,
E. J. Scott left Tuesday for Nor
folk, where he goes on business con
nected with the Maccabees. Mr.
Scott has been appointed deputy state
Rev. S. Harkness will leave Thurs
day for North Platte to attend the
Presbytrian Synod, which Wlil be in
session Thursday Friday and Saturday
of 4his week.
Mrs,. Earl Wilson and children, of
North- Platte, spent the week-end
with Mrs. Frank Gerharz. Mrs.
Wilson was on her way home after
spending several weeks with relatives
H. W. Abts and Co. have bought a
new team to take the place of the
horses killed at the fire last Friday
evening. The new horses are heavy
weights and are certainly beauties.
Mr. H. W. Abts reports that they paid
$1,200 for the team.
Mrs. W. H. Winterbotham and
daughter Miss Maude arrived Monday
from their home in Julesburg, Colo
rado, for a few days visit with rela
tives. This evening they will leave
for Ohio for an extended visit with
Robert Pinson, of Plate Center,
and Mrs. Mary McCarty, of Canton.
Ohio, were married at the Methodist
parsonage Sunday evening by Rev.
Chas. W. Ray. They left the same
evening for Platte Center where they
will make their borne, Mr. Pinson be
ing the post master at thatpiace
Last Monday little Helen Ray daugh
ter of Rev. and Mrs. C W. Ray, was
three years old. In honor of this
event nine of her little neighborhood
playmates gathered at her home to
spend the afternoon in games dear to
children's hearts. A dainty lunch
was served and the guests departed
wishing the little hostess many happy
returns of the day.
Last week we stated that two local
employes of the Unoin Pacific who
had walked out with the strikers had
left the city. It develops that we
were misinformed as regards one of
the men, F. E. Mathews, the mach
inist who struck. Mr. Mathews js
still here with his family, and de
clares he has no intention of leaving
Columbus, for the present, at least,
put will stay right here and watch
the progress of the strike. He is
confident that the strikers will win re
cognition of the federated union, and
with it the other contentions for
which they are fighting.
For the second time in ten months
the fire department was called out to
the Abts wholesale house last Friday
evening. The fire this time was con
fined to the barn at the rear of the
store, and nothing in the big building
was damaged. The big delivery team
was housed in the barn, and one of the
horses was burned too death, while the
other was seriously burned. The
building is a total loss, together with
a quantity of hay, grain and harness.
Mr. Abts places his loss at $900, with
$200 insurance on the building. A
quantity of matches which had been
damaged at the previous were stored
in the building, but Mr. Abts is firm
in his opinion that this fact and noth
ing to do with the origin of the fire.
WINTER IS COMING
and along with it you will wanff COAL
for your comfort. See us about it
and you will have
SOME MONEY LEFT
after your coal is bought. Coal of all
kinds for range, f umaae or heater.
T. B. Htri Gnii Ci.
mwmalmY BLB i
Mist Clara Blpedorn and Mr. Will
Stubblefield entertained the Five
Hundred Club Tuesaay evening, at the
home of former.
Mrs. Xanders entertained the Af
ternoon Whist club Monday afternon
at a five o'clock tea. This was the
opening meeting of thee season.
Matt Abts, who underwent an
operation for appendicitis recently,
has been discharged from the hospital,
and is rapidly regaining his strength.
Rev. Xanders left Tuesday after
noon for Fremont, Where he goes to
attend the Convocation of the clergy of
this diocese, at which Bishop
Williams will preside.
Homer Saunders arrived Saturday
from his home in Edgemont, South
Dakota, and will spend the week in
this city visiting relatives and renew
ing old acquaintanes.
Mr. Beebe who has been the guest
of his sister Mrs. E. M. Sparhwak left
Monday for San Diego, where he will
visit his sister Mrs. Haight. He was
accompanied by Miss Carrie Simmons
of Council Bluffs.
Mrs. George Winslow entertained
her two aunts, Mrs. E. J. Scofield,
of Malvern, Pennsylvania, and Mrs.
M,. Mason, of Norfok, Sunday. Mrs.
Scofield was enroute to California to
spend the winter with her son.
Ed. Newman returned Tuesday from
Colorado, where he has been spending
several weeks in the Mountains for
the benefit of his health. Most of the
time he spent at Kremmland, Colorado
where he enjoyed camp-life, return
ing to this city much benefited by the
Miss Mary Schiffelle, who has been
visiting her cousin, Mrs. Adolph
Jaeggi for the past six months will
leave Friday for New York where she
will sail for home in Switzerland the
first of the week. Miss Schifelle has
been in America for one year visiting
Miss Eileen Kavanaugh will leave
Thursday for Omaha where she goes to
attend the wedding of Miss Ruth
Gentleman and Mr. Edward Cooley
which will take place Tuesday morn
ing at nine o'clock, at the Sacred
Heart church. Miss Gentleman is a
daughter Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Gentle
man of Omaha and a niece of Mrs. D.
C. Kavanaugh of this city.
Three members of the Apha ken
sington club have enjoyed birthdays
during the past month and as it is the
custom to surprise each member by an
informal call on their birthday Mon
day was chosen as the day to cele
brate the three. The club met at the
home of Mrs. Carter prepared for ac
tion. The first stop was made at the
home of Mrs. E. G. Malone, the first
of the birthday fortunant. Accom
panied by Mrs. Malone they wended
their was to Mrs. P. A. Peterson's
and then to the home of Mrs. H. A.
Fritz where the afternoon was pleas
antly spent. Before leavng the club
presented each lady with a silver
spoon with "Alpha" engraved in the
People don't often fly to literary
heights in preparing legal documents,
but there is certainly a literary gem
filed in the office of the clerk of the
district court. It was prepared by
Attorney Hensley, and is in the form
of a divorce petition. The petition
relates that "but a short time had
elapsed after said marriage, when the
thin venering of an apparently at
tractive exterior, suddenly falling
apart, revealed in said defedant those
characteristics and innate eccentrici
ties, ever-varying moods t f mental
abnormality, which characteriize and
define the persistent and perenniel
scold, fault-finder and termagat."
In other place it is charged that she
used his money to buy "songless
singing birds, tongue tied parrots,
artcles of furniture and wearing ap
parel, although she was already
abundantly supplied with like articles
of finder make and pattern and
breed, ' ' and that if refused the money,
"said defendant would invariably turn
her linguistic batteries upon plaintff
and not retire from the firing line un
til her beleagered husband surrender
ed unconditionally. ' ' The plaintiff in
the case is M. F. Bittner, of this city,
who seeks a divorce from Adeline
Bittner, whom he married some thirty
years ago, in Michigan. She now
livaa in Toledo, Ohio, where he left
her seven years ago, since that time
he baa been living in Oklahoma and
Mrs. Ben Moore and daughter of
Helen, of Perry Iowa, arrived Tues
day evening to be guests of Mrs. Ed.
Miss Georgia Boone returned yes
terday from Council Bluffs and Omaha,
where she had been visiting relatives
for a week.
Judge Ratterman yesterday ordered
Fay Sexton, a young girl who had been
brought before him on the charge of
being incorrigible, to the girls' indus
rial school at Geneva.
P. H. Albers, of Burrows township,
has been in the city during the week,
at the home of his son, Henry Al
bers, while taking medical treatment
of Columbus physicians.
Marshal Ferd Mueting, of Humphrey
was in the city yesterday, having
brought the Kuehn boys down to turn
over to the sheriff to be committed to
the state industrial school at Kearney.
Miss Gertrude Herrod is a patient
at St. Mary's hospital, having sub
mitted to an operation for appendicitis
Saturday morning. Her many friends
wil be pleased to learn that she is re
A number of architects have appear
ed before the county board during their
sessions this week, attracted here by
the reports of a possibility of plans for
a court house. Among the number
were M. N. Bair, of Hastings, and an
architect from Beatrice.
Did you notice that M. D. Kan
walks this afternoon like he had a
broken collar bone or shoulder blade
or something or other? Well, he has
not. It's only a pear as big as a
pumpkin that E. H. Newlon brought
back with him from New Mexico this
morning. The fruit weighs nineteen
John R. Lueschen, T. C. Hogan
and M. W. Thomas were among the
crowd to register in the new land
opening in South Dakota last week.
Mr. Lueschen is ofthe opinion that the
present opening will not attract any
where near as many entries in propor
tion as some of the previous openings
have done, and that there will, con
sequently be a better opportunity of
securing a homestead.
There will be a new face behind
the counter at the Commercial Nat
ional bank after the first of the year.
Daniel Schram, who for many years
has been cashier of the institution, has
resigned the position, to take effect
with the beginning of the new year,
and the board of directors at 'a recent
meeting selected Hon. D. A. Becher
to fill the place. Mr. Becher is well
known to the busines men of Colum
bus, having served two terms in the
state legislature from this county, and
two terms as county treasurer, and
the bank is fortunate in securing him
for this position. He has purchased
the home which he and his family oc
cupied during the four years he was
county treasurer, and will move to the
city about December first. The home
farm will be occupied by
one of his
Both the democrats and republicans
of Columbus township held their town
ship caucuses yesterday, as also did
the other townships in the county.
The democrats in Columbus township
named the following ticket: justice of
the peace, J. O. Ernst; clerk, S. P.
Drinnin; treasurer, B. Mueller; con
stable, Fred Bean; road overseers,
district No. 1, R. P. Brigham; No.
32, Herman Wendt; No. 33, Louis
Blaser. The republicans met in the
evening and nominated the following
ticket: justice of the peace, C. E.
Devlin; clerk, Charles Galley; treasur
er, William Kipple; constable, J. K.
McFarland; road overseers, district
No. 1, John Randall; No. 32, A. A.
Francis. In the city the democrats
held a meeting last even ing, and placed
the following ticket in nomination:
justices William O'Brien and John
Schmocker for re-election, and Edward
Rossiter and William Baker for con
stables. The republicans have put
up no citfy ticket in opposition to
Fine land, fine improve
ments, two miles from
for sale at a very reas
pHE REAL COST of paint is the average cost of
protecting and beautifying the surface. The
paint that costs the least per gallon is not the cheap
est. It's the paint that covers the most surface and
wears longest, and that's
B. Gisch, living across the river in
Butler county, returned today from
Omaha, where he had been with one
of his sons, who went there 'to take
A number of young ladies attended
a dance at Platte Center Monday eve
ning. Among the number were Misses
Nellie and Maggie Quinn. Kate and
Maggie Lyons and Kate Merz.
Mr. and Mrs. C. G. Hickook will
leave Thursday afternoon for Oberlin,
Ohio, where they will visit for several
weeks. They will be guests of Mr.
Hickok's aunt who is ninety-three
Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Imig and child
ren spent several days last week at
Seward, visiting old friends. Mr.
Imig reports great improvement in
that enterprising little city during the
past few years.
P. L. Reece and Mr. Waltz, of
Netcong, New Jersey, spent Sunday
the home of J. A. Reece. They left
Tuesday for Billings Montana, for a
short business trip before returning to
D. D. Bray and Charles Reid left
this morning for Gregory, South
Dakota, to register for some of these
homesteads that Uncle Sam is going
to give away to those holding the
C. J. Garlow, Edgar Howard and
Dr. C. D. Evans were in Omaha Sun
day to attend the funeral of the late
Gustav Anderson, who was a very
prominent member of the various
Masonic bodies. Dr. Evans was one
of the honorary pallbearers at the
Hon. Thomas L. Hall, of Lincoln,
republican candidate for railway com
missioner, was in the city Monday,
meeting and greeting a number of
Platte county voters. Mr. Hall is a
product of Nebaska, having been born
in Richardson county, is a graduate of
the state University, and has spent
his entire life in the state, thus being
in a position to know at first hand the
needs of the state.
Mr. and Mrs. F. M. LeGrange, of
Redlands, California, parents of the
young man who died so suddenly in
Columbus a couple of weeks ago, were
visiting relatives in Columbus this
week. They were on their way home
from Lacon, Ilinois, where they had
been to attend the funeral of their
son. From here they went to Fuller
ton and Genoa for a short visit before
proceeding on their journey to the
Councilman Bergman still has an
abiding faith in oiled streets, notwith
standing the fact that the Columbus
experiment as carried out appears to
most people to have been a failure.
Mr. Bregman feels satisfied that if
the operation had been carried out on
a block at a time, and that block had
been properly prepared and all traffic
kept off of it until the soil had become
thoroughly "set" the results would
have been vastly different. Then,
again, he points out, there was alto
gether too much oil used in that last
coat. He adheres tofjis original opin
ion that if the coat had been used
more sparingly all would have been
Wedding bells rang merrily Tues
day morning when Mr. Milton Phillips
lead Miss Frances Schroeder to the
alter as his bride. The ceremony was
performed at St. Bonaventure's church
and was witnessed only by the rela
tives of the contracting parties. At
the stroke of nine the bride and
groom, attended by Miss Clara
Schroeder and Mr. Louis Schroeder,
brother and sister ofthe bride entered
the church. The bride wore her
traveling dress of brown with which
she wore a white beaver hat and car
ried white chrysanthemums. After I
the ceremony a wedding breakfast was
served at the home of the bride's
parents. Mrs. Phillips is a daughter f
of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Schroeder, and
is urkll IrnAum m lwt L nAA;n KH,a
ma nas nsawwvis all uuili II1C 3W1S1 CftllU
business circles of the city, having
been employed in the DeHart studio
for the past three years. Mr. Phil
lips is the oldest son of G. W. Phil
lips and for the past two years has
been in the employ of the Leesburg
Mining company, of Leesburg, Idaho.
The young couple left soon after the S
ceremony, for Omaha where they will
make their home. Those from out of
. town who were in attendance at the
wedding were Joseph and Ferdinand
Lachnit, of Humphrey, Mrs. Louis
LSchroeder, of Omaha, and Mr. John
J Lachnit, of Cedar Rapids.
TIE IEST MMT SHI
Mrs. John Janing will entertain the
R. K. club Friday afternoon.
Mrs. Jap Nichols entertained the
Blue Bell club this afternoon.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hill, of Mon
roe, spent Tuesday in this city.
Miss Martha Gass entertained Miaa
Anna Godel, of Fremont, Sunday.
Louis Lohr returned Tuesday from
a weeks visit with relatves at Clarks.
Mrs. Leo Geitzen will entertain the
Jolly Seventeen club Thursday after
noon. Miss Greta Mace entertained the
Noah's Ark club this afternoon at her
The evening Reading club met with
Mr. and Mrs. H. Hockenberger this
A little daughter
home of Mr. and Mrs.
arrived at the
Mrs. E. Chambers left this morn
ing for Lincoln to be the guest of
Mrs. C. S. Raney will entertain
her division of the Ladies' Aid Thurs
Mrs. C. N. McElfresh left Friday
for Omaha where she will visit
friends for several days.
Miss Grace Taylor (eft Tuesday for
Central City, where she will visit re
latives for several weeks.
Miss Myrtle Beebe, of Cedar Ra
pid, s arrived Wenesday for a brief
visit with Miss Grace Lubker.
The Queen of Hearts club are hold
ing a picnic this afternoon at the
summer home of Howard Clark.
Mrs. F. W. Heess, of Herdon, ar
rived the last of the week for an ex-
ended visit with Mrs. C. S. Raney.
Mr. and Mrs. George Taylor and
daughter, Lueila, of Bellwood spent
Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. John Tay
lor. Mrs. Sam Gass returned Thursday
evening from an extended visit in
California. On her return home she
visited friends in Julesburg, Colorado.
Miss Martha Turner, who has been
very ill with an attack of typhoid
fever, is now slowly convalescent. It
is hoped by her many friends that she
will soon be out again.
THIS attxacthe deaga
has been specially
prepared to meet the
iashteat demands for a
flatware pattern to be ased
Line of Diaaer and Taa
Ware, which ass proved
The rich effect of the
sqaare edge, tae auaphaty
of oataaeaad sefiaesoant
of decoration have been so
that tae tesak is s pattern
perfectly with the
Ware, bet is af
for ast with say
bright fiaiafc ware.
A radical depaitare
has been made ia the
bowls of the faacy places.
which, while ia ac
cord with the gene
al spirit of the
design, affords a
novelty ia coa
stractioB sad ap-
Ia aVT'tfofi to
the spooas aad
fuks a complete
fancy pieces is ia
cfaded. Made ta Stexfiag Sher oaly, aad stamped with
the Trade Mark: Lioa. Aachor aad fetter 5
Ed. J. NimhMT