ROBERT H. FRANS
Nominated For Presidential Elector
On Democratic Ticket
The Ledger does not deal in
partisan politics, but is always proud of any political honors
conferred upon our citizens, regardless of their party
affiliation. The above portrait shows one of Union's highly
respected business men, Robert H. Frans, whom the democratic
state convention nominated as one of the presidential electors.
The honor came to mr. Frans "without the aid or consent of any
Frans on earth," and Cass county has cause to be proud of the
The above article was transcribed from a clipping in a
scrapbook. Unfortunately, the person who collected these
items is now gone and neglected to identify the date of the
article. It is on a page in the scrapbook with an article
written in 1904 and an obit from 1903.
The Union Ledger,
September 2, 1910
We are reliably informed that Mr. And Mrs. J. Scott of
Lincoln are the proud parents of a new daughter born last
week. Mrs. Scott was formerly Miss Elma Applegate.
The Union Ledger, Volume 23 - Number 45.
Friday, March 8, 1912
Local And Personal.
[Note: The following are items from the personals column.]
Vance Harris was a passenger to Weeping Water last
Hot water bottles and fountain syringes at Thygeson's Drug
Im Clark took passage on the Tuesday forenoon train going to
James C. Niday was a Tuesday morning passenger to the county
seat on business.
J.W. O'Connell, an Omaha real estate man, was transacting
business here Tuesday.
Mrs. Viola Resso went to Murray Wednesday evening to visit
friends a few days.
Edgar Morton was a business visitor to Omaha Monday, going on
the evening train.
Mrs. Kate Smith of Omaha came Tuesday for a visit with her
sister Mrs. M.H. Shoemaker.
Mrs. Ed Everett left on Monday for LaPlatte to visit her
brother Joe Chidester and family.
W.E. Rosencrans, the Plattsmouth real estate man, made a short
visit here Tuesday.
Malcolm Pollard of Nehawka was ticketed through here to
Plattsmouth and Omaha on Tuesday.
A.E. Stites, Ed Everett and Charley Edmisten were passengers to
Nebraska City on No. 104 Tuesday forenoon.
Miss Isadore Hall of Nehawka came down Tuesday evening for a
visit with her brother L.J. Hall and family, east of town.
Mrs. M. L. Thomas of Palmyra, who was here to attend the
funeral of her father, the late Wm. Frans, returned home
John Kenady, a brother of Mrs. C.W. Clark, arrived from Council
Bluffs last Friday and made a few days visit at the Clark
Dr. P. F. Crosby and wife came down Tuesday night from Omaha to
make a few days visit with their son, Hartley Crosby and
G.R. Ingwerson [?} of Havelock made a visit last week with his
brother-in-law N.C. De les Dernier and family, returning home
G.W. Cheney, Bert Glasgow, R.E. Foster, Henry O'Donnell, Ed
Woodard and John Clarence were Monday visitors in Nebraska
George Saxon jr. [sic] was tied up at home with grippe several
days but was able to return to Omaha yesterday morning where he
has a position in a store.
Those who want positions on the village board or school board
should get "in the hands of their friends" at once, as the time
for those two elections is not far distant.
Andrew Lynn arrived Tuesday evening from Fillmore county to
make a few days visit among his relatives and numerous friends
and to attend to some business affairs.
Mrs. Sarah McKean and her son Artie departed last Saturday
evening for Hershey, Neb., where they expect to make their
home. Jesse and Charley McKean left for that place the week
Yesterday visitors in Nebraska City were Mrs. Margaret
Applegate, Mrs. Ida Applegate, Mrs. Hattie Delaney, Matt McQuin
and wife, Miss Fannie Austin, Miss Lillie Sherwood and Geo.
Mrs. Mary Allison, Mrs. Fannie Eikenbary, Mrs. J.R. Pierson,
Mrs. W. M. Douglas, Mrs. W. R. Cross, Mrs. W. W. Wolfe, Misses
Nellie Bramblet and Hazel Dougins were Wednesday afternoon
visitors in Nebraska City.
L. R. Fussell*, the insurance man, is located in Union and will
represent the Nebraska Mutual Insurance Co. of Lincoln and the
State Farmers Mutual of South Omaha. These companies are
writing only farm property against fire, lightning and wind
storms, at the lowest possible rates and charge no membership
fee. You can insure your horses, mules and cattle. In these
companies for full value. For particulars inquire at
Tulene's restaurant or call by phone.
Union people having watches, clocks or jewelry to be repaired,
send them to me by mail or express and I'll stand charges
both ways. All work guaranteed satisfactory. E.E. HADLEY,
* I know it looks like a typo but it really says "Fussell."
This article was transcribed as it was found with all errors in
spelling and punctuation. Transcribed and submitted by Becky
Applegate Ü copyright July 2001
FORMER RESIDENTS CELEBRATE THEIRGOLDEN
WEDDINGMr. and Mrs. Theodore Buck Celebrate
Event at Riverton, Wyoming, July Fourth. 
One of the most pleasing
and enjoyable events in the history or Riverton Valley,
was the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the
wedding of Mr. and Mrs. T. D. Buck, at their ranch
home, north of town on Tuesday evening. Mr. and Mrs.
Buck were at home to their friends between five and
eight o'clock, and more than sevent-five [sic]
gathered at their home for the occasion.
The home was beautifully
decorated in gold and white and presented a most
appropriate and attractive appearance. Refreshments
were served to the assembled guests, consist-ing of
sandwiches, pickles, potato chips and iced tea,
followed by gold ice cream and cake.
Following the serving of
the refreshments there was a typical old-time
charivari, all the old cans, tubs and pieces of metal
to be found about the farm that would make a noise
having been put into service, and Mr. and Mrs. Buck
were made to show themselves in the yard, when they
were taken in an auto, a long procession formed and a
trip made to town and through the main street
accompanied by music such as is appropriate on such
occasions and the tooting of auto horns. Part of this
joy ride was made at about forty miles an hour, which
was quite a contrast to the old buckboard in which Mr.
and Mrs. Buck took their first drive following the
ceremony of fifty years ago.
Mr. and Mrs. Buck were
the recipients of many gifts. The groom's gift to
the bride was a specially made gold ring, with two gold
hearts on the top, one of which had the initials of
Mrs. Buck and the other those of Mr. Buck. Upon
receiving this ring Mrs. Buck removed the ring she had
worn continually for fIfty years and put on the new
| Among the other gifts
was a string of pearls from their niece, Miss Edith Abel,
who for some time has been a missionary in Japan; a
blanket robe from friends in Ottawa, Kansas; elaborate
beaded bag, gold pencil and ten dollar gold coin from
friends in Union, Nebraska; a rag rug from Mrs.
Buck's sister and mother in Sheridan; beautiful hand
painted dish from Hyattville, Wyoming, relatives; gold
coin from Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Simmons in Kirkland,
Washington: $107.50 in gold coins and, checks, gold
thimble, two gold rings, recipe book, bar pin, watch
chain, gold coin purse, pair cuff links, three gold
Eversharp pencils, three silver spoons, one gold cake
plate, box of candy and numerous other articles from
Among the out of town
guests present were Mrs. Cassie Gapen, sister of Mrs.
Buck, Sheridan, Wyo.; daughter, Mrs. E. R. Carrol, Union.
Nebraska; Mrs. Sam Gapen, Hyattville, Wyo.; Miss Lucile
Fletcher of Casper.
Mr. and Mrs. Buck were
married near Union, Nebraska, June 20th, 1872. Mr. Buck
is 73 years of age, and Mrs. Buck past 67. Mrs.
Buck's mother, Mrs. Barber, aged 88, is still living
and resides at Sheridan, Wyo.
The occasion was a most
enjoyable one, and all departed wishing Mr. and Mrs. Buck
many happy returns of the day.
Whatever the years have brought of care,
Love and happiness have been yours to share.
And with love always on guard at your door,
You have all the world has struggled for.
- - -Riverton
HONOR A. L. BECKER
| Sunday was the
birthday anniversary of one of the best known and most
highly esteemed residents of Cass county, Abraham Lincoln
Becker. who fittingly observed the day at the family home
with the members of his family circle with him.
Mr. Becker was born on
February 16, 1863, a year memorial [sic... memorable] for
the final thrusts that brought victory for the Union army
at Gettysburg and Vicksburg.
He has spent the greater
part of his life in Cass county and in the locality where
he still makes his home. He has been engaged in farming
and stock feeding for many years at the farm near Union
and at which he was quite successful.
He was married to Miss Eva
Taylor over fifty years ago and who has shared the many
happy years on the farm and in the home.
The day was featured by
the delicious dinner prepared by the ladies of the family
in honor of the father. The traditional birthday cake had
been prepared by the daughter, Mrs. Ethel Ehlers, adding
a very attractive touch to the festal board.
Those taking part were Mr.
and Mrs. John Becker, Register of Deeds and Mrs. Ray F.
Becker of Plattsmouth, Miss Mary Becker, and Mr. and Mrs.
Henry Becker and family, Mr. and Mrs. Otto Ehlers and
family, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Becker and family, Mr. and Mrs.
Glen Hoback, all of Union.
January 4, 1907
N. G. Burns Falls From Car And Wheels Mangle His
Body.Coroner's Jury Says Accidental.
Another chapter was added
to an already long record of accidents that have occurred at
and near this place, the victim last Saturday being a brakman
named N. G. Burns whose home was in South Omaha. Burns was a
brakeman on the local freight train No. 194, and when it
started south from here at about 1:20 p. m. Burns was on top of
a car, and the next seen of him was a few moments later when
another brakeman discovered him lying a few feet from the east
rail directly opposite the whistling post 1/4 mile south of the
depot. It was at once apparent that Burns was seriously
injured, and several men were soon at hand with a push car and
conveyed him to the depot where Drs. Walker and Dungan
endeavored to dress his wounds, but his condition was such that
little could be done except relieve the pain as much as
possible. The doctors found that the injuries consisted of
fractures of the right leg at the hip and between the knee and
ankle, and the right arm was broken in two places, the flesh
and bones of the arm and leg being ground to a pulp, and in
addition to that he suffered internal injuries. He was
conscious only at short intervals, and was able to state that
he slipped and fell, also that his wife lived in South Omaha
and his mother in Sioux City, requesting that telegrams be sent
to them, which was done. He continued growing weaker, expiring
at 3:30, just a few moments before the arrival of his wife.
Coroner Clements arrived
on the midnight train to hold an inquest, the jurors summoned
being W. B. Banning, Clarence Newlon, W. F. Garrens, Reese
Delaney, Wes Clark, and C. L. Graves. After viewing the remains
and hearing testimony the jury found that Burns' death was
accidental, and returned their verdict accordingly. The remains
were given in charge of Undertaker L. R Upton, who prepared
them for shipment to Omaha, where they were taken Sunday
The unfortunate man's age
was 23 years and 10 months, and he had lived with his young
wife in South Omaha for some time, but he had been on the
freight run for only one week prior to the accident.
1954 (the rest of the date is illegible) society column
from the Plattsmouth Journal. [extracted]
First Event: Schafer Children come home for Easter with
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Otto Schafer.
- Visitors include
- Mr. and Mrs. Robert Schmitz
- Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Gift and son
- Mr. and Mrs. Richard Boetel
- Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Beatty
- Mr. and Mrs. L. T. James
- Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Schafer
- Mr. and Mrs. Howard Fullerton, Jack and Steven
Second Event: An afternoon at the home of Stuart
- Visitors included
- Mrs. Carl Wessel
- Mrs. Benny Graham
- Beverly Jean [Graham]
Third Event: Meeting at the train. Mrs. Elmer Johnson of
Casper, WY was on her way home from a funeral and had a stop
over, so the following family members went down to the depot
for a brief visit between trains.
- Visitors included
- Mr. and Mrs. Robert Schlichtemeier and children
- Mrs. lena Schlichtemeier (sister-in-law to Mrs.
Fourth Event: Sunday dinner at the Robert Schlichtemeier
- Visitors included
- Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Orndorff and son
- Miss Bertha Huber
- Mrs. Lena Schlichtemeier
Union Ledger before 1918
A Birthday Surprise
residing (torn away) three miles east of town, was born Nov. 2,
1842, that's why he was (torn away) years young last Saturday,
and the way his relatives and freinds took advantage of his
forgetfulness was one thing he will not soon forget. First
thing that morning his brother Alex, knowing "Uncle Jim's"
penchant for hunting mink, Bull Moose and other precious game,
coaxed him to go hunting. Upon their return at noon they were
met at the door by two or three strong fellows who hustled
"Uncle Jim" into the house among the throng of people there
assembled, and all rushed upon him to shake hands, but the
"surprise of his life" came when he was confronted by two of
his brothers whom he had not seen for a long time, Geo. W.
Edmisten of Walthill, Neb., and David Edmisten of White Cloud,
Kansas, who arrived the day before but remained "in the dark"
until that moment. It was a happy meeting of the brothers, and
all the other relatives and friends shared in the joys of the
affair. A splendid dinner was served, and nothing was lacking
to make it a day of great pleasure for all. Mr. Edmisten was
given a number of very nice and useful presents, for which he
expressed his sincere thanks.
Those present were David
Edmisten, and wife of White Cloud, Kansas, G. W. Edmisten and
wife of Walthill, Reese Delaney and wife, James Ervin and wife,
James Edmisten and wife, Wm. Tillman and wife, Win Younker and
wife, Dave A. Eaton and wife, John Eaton and wife, James Roddy
and wife, Geo Edmisten jr. and wife, Mrs. John Clarence, Mrs.
Charles Dysart, Mrs. Wm. Mark, Mrs. Wm. Craig, Mrs. Hannah
Stuart, Mrs. Charles Woodard, Mrs. Obe Pickering, Mrs. Nora
Harris, Mrs. Wm. Garrens, Mrs. Perry Dukes, Mrs. Dave
Pickering, Misses Eadith Eaton, Vernie Craig, Lena Tillman, May
Garrens and Maude Harris, Alex Edmisten, Gabe Austin, Vera
Kinnison and Horace Knight.
An Annual Picnic
In the Plattsmouth Journal is a July 26, 1957 article
about an annual picnic. It was scheduled for August 19, 1957
and was the annual business meeting of the Rock Bluffs
Homecoming Association. This was to be held at the home of
Percy Wheeler, with Dr. H. G. Gilmore presiding. This meeting
was also to include a picnic and reception honoring Dr. and
Mrs. Gilmore for their years (56) of service to the community.
This was to be held at Garfield Park. Mention is made of the
groups newly elected officers: Dr. Gilmore, president; Rex
Young, vice president, and Mrs. George Mumm,
Union Ledger May 8, 1901
May 8, 1851, at Agency, Mo.,
there was a wedding in which William Frans and Miss Rebecca
Spiers were the principals, and Wednesday being the 50th
anniversary of the event, the relatives prepared to honor the
occasion by having a dinner and re-union. They assembled at the
home about noon and spent an hour in social pleasantries, then
Rev. S. R. Cook made a few appropriate remarks and offered
prayer. Then followed the wedding dinner such as could be
prepared only by the most skillful hands, and all enjoyed the
feast to their hearts' (or stomachs' ) content.
In addition to the sons and
daughters, there were present Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Holmes of
Plattsmouth, Rev. and Mrs. R. S. Cook, Mrs Eliza Barnum, Elias
Peck and wife, Thomas Baker and wife, James Frans and wife,
John Klaurens and wife of Murray, Mrs. I. N. Applegate, P. T.
Wilson of Omaha, Miss Mattie Cook, Mrs. R. N. Frans, Mrs. Lelia
Dugay, Mrs. R. H. Frans, Mrs. H. M. Frans, W. A. Frans and
wife, G. W. Garrison and William Wolfe. Of the eleven sons and
daughters all were present excepting Mrs. W. P. Hutchinson of
Rock Bluffs and Gus A. Frans of Oklahoma. Those present were
Robert H. Grans and Charles W. Frans of Union, Mrs. Joseph Sans
of Rock Bluffs, Mrs. Robert Cogdill of Union, Mrs. M. L. Thomas
of Eagle, Mrs. Wm. Wolfe of Union, Call R. Frans, Harry M.
Frans and Mrs. W. R. Cross of Union.
The family record of Mr. and
Mrs. William Frans is one that probably has no equal in this
county. They are the parents of eleven children, all living and
all married, and all in good health. Mr. Frans is 70 years of
age and feels so young that he boasted that he could roll the
editor in the dust. Mrs. Frans is 66 years of age. They first
came to Nebraska in 1856 and located at rock Bluffs. From there
they moved to Missouri in 1862 and remained there until 1884,
when they came to this precinct and settled at Factoryville,
then came to Union soon after the town sprang into existence.
They are properly classed as our most worthy citizens, and The
Ledger desires to express the hope that they may spend many
more years with us, with every anniversary as pleasant as the
one just past.
Nebraska City News, July 2 1950
Miss Ruan Frans is Wed in Ceremony on
The daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Rue H. Frans of Nebraska City, was wed to Richard Arnot
Bunting, son of Mrs. M. J. Bunting, Blair, Neb., Thursday
evening at St. Mary's Episcopal church, Nebraska City, the Rev.
Eric B. Asboe presiding. Two-hundred and fifty guests
attended.The wedding music provided by: Mrs. Merritt Whitten of
Nebraska City and Miss Jeanne Memmer,of Wheatland, Wyo. The
article named the songs sung and the decorations on the altar.
- Mrs. Robert Way, of Syracuse - matron of honor
- Miss Sylvia Antholz, of Grand Island -
- Miss Irene Eden, of Lincoln - bridesmaid
- Miss Marcia Moulton, of Denver, Colo. -
- Mrs. Donald VanHousen, of Syracuse - bridesmaid
- Miss Suzanne Kendall (cousin of the bride) of Union -
- Miss Vernita McSwan, of Omaha - junior
- Miss Jean Brueggaman (niece of the groom) of Syracuse
- flower girl
- Miss Joan Brueggaman (niece of the groom) of Syracuse
- flower girl
- Theodore Brueggaman, (brother-in-law of the groom) of
Syracuse - best man
- Robert Way, of Syracuse - usher
- Jim Frans, of Union - usher
A description of the bride's gown and the attendants' attire
followed the list of attendants.
A reception was held at the Hotel Grand following the
ceremony. At the reception a Miss Jean Carol DeLong of Syracuse
sang and was accompanied by Miss Moulton. The couple went on a
honeymoon trip to California and in September of that year
began living in Omaha.
Miss Frans was educated at William Woods College in Fulton,
Missouri, at Colorado University in Boulder and received her
bachelor of music from Denver University. She sang roles in
Denver Grand Opera Company, Denver Post Summer Opera company,
and was a soloist with the Denver Symphony and Denver
Philharmonic. Mr. Bunting received his education at the
University of Denver and at the time of the wedding had begun
studying medicine at the University of Nebraska.
No date or name of newspaper was with this
[NOTE: various clues lead the transcriber to believe that
this reunion occurred after 1912 and before 1929]
FRANS FAMILY HOLDS REUNION YESTERDAY
ENTERTAINED AT HOME OF MRS. FLORA SANS
AT MURRAY PICNIC DINNER.
From Monday's Daily.
Yesterday the members of the
Frans family, the descendents of William and Rebecca Frans, who
are numbered among the earliest settlers of Cass county and
upon which they have left the impress of their splendid
characters in the worthy family that now resides here to carry
on the work that their parents and grandparents laid out in the
early days of the territory and young state, met in reunion.
The gathering this year was held at the beautiful new home of
Mrs. Flora Sans and family at Murray and was attended by some
seventy-seven of the members of the family. This home is one of
the most attractive in this portion of Cass county and the
natural beauty of the home was enhanced by the decorations of
fall flowers through the rooms and in the array of potted
plants that decorated the spacious porch of the home.
It was amid such beautiful
surroundings that the members of the family entered thoroughly
into the enjoyment of the day and in conversation, music and a
general good time renewed the ties that have bound the family
so closely together in the years gone by. The parents and two
of the children have passed away and of the original family
tree there were seven present at the reunion yesterday, H. M.
Frans, of Union; C. R. Frans, of Plattsmouth; Mrs. Wyatt
Hutchison, of Rock Bluffs; Mrs. Isabelle Thomas, of Palmyra;
Mrs. Rose Cogdill of Plattsmouth and Mrs. Flora Sans of
At the noon hour the many
well provisioned baskets brought by the members of the party
were produced and on the pretty lawn the family sat down to a
picnic dinner that embraced all that could possibly tempt the
appetite of man and to which all did ample justice. Following
the dinner the time was spent most enjoyably with a number of
vocal selections by Miss Neva Latta, instructor in music in the
Auburn schools; Mrs. J. D. Ironmonger of Glenwood, Iowa, and a
few piano and saxaphone duets by Mr. and Mrs. John T. Lyon of
It was decided to hold the
reunion next year at the home of Mrs. Rose Cogdill at
Plattsmouth, where the members of the family will once more
gather with each other.
Those in attendance were:
Mr. and Mrs. Duke Frans and family, Auburn; H. M. Frans, wife
and family, Union; Mrs. Jennie Frans and son, Ray of Union; C.
R. Frans and wife, Plattsmouth; Wyatt Hutchison, wife and
family of Rock Bluffs; Mrs. Isabelle Thomas and son, Lowell, of
Palmyra; Mrs. Rose Cogdill, of Plattsmouth; Charles Garrison,
wife and family, of Union; Louis Ottnatt and wife, Nebraska
City; Ted Barrows and wife and Mrs. Harry Barrows, Murray; Glen
Boedeker, wife and family, Murray; Will Hutchison and family,
Murray; Frank Marler and wife, Murray; Rue H. Frans and wife,
Union; Thurman Frans and family, Wabash; John T. Lyon and wife,
Plattsmouth; J. D. Ironmonger and wife, Glenwood; Glen Todd and
wife, Murray; Mrs. Ruth Roddy and son, Union; C. H. Boyonton
and wife Plattsmouth; Perry Nickles and wife, Murray; Will
Carey and wife, Murray; Will S. Smith and wife, Murray; Herman
Thomas and wife, Nehawka; Mrs. Harry Thomas, Falls City; Miss
Neva Latta, Auburn; Walter Sans and wife, Rock Bluffs; Mrs.
Flora Sans and sons, John and Charles and Miss Beulah Sans,
Murray; Charles Boedeker, Murray.
ELMWOOD LEADER-ECHO, 17 December 1909 (vol
19 no. 20 page 4)
Home talent play will be given under the auspices of the
Elmwood Dramatic Club.
THURSDAY, DEC. 30TH
Esmeralda is a rural comedy drama in four acts, presenting
thecomedy of rural characters on the farm and in society.
CAST OF CHARACTERS:
- Mr. Elbert Rogers, a North Carolina
- Mrs. Lydia Ann Rogers, his
- Miss Esmeralda Rogers, his
- Dave Hardy, a young North
- Mr. Estabrook, a man of
- Mr. Jack Desmond, an American artist in
- Miss Nora Desmond, his
- Miss Kate Desmond, his
- "Marques" De
- George Drew, an American
- Sophie, a
Act 1.--Farm residence of Mr. Elbert Rogers, a North
Carolinafarmer. Act 2.--Studio of Mr. Jack Desmond, an
Americanartist who has his studio in Paris. Act 3.--Mrs.
Rogers homein Paris. Act 4.--Jack's sudio.
Reserved Seats Now on Sale at Greens.
25 and 35 c.
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