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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 selection.

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 Friday.
Hot water bottles and fountain syringes at Thygeson's Drug Store.
Im Clark took passage on the Tuesday forenoon train going to Nehawka.
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 Wednesday.
John Kenady, a brother of Mrs. C.W. Clark, arrived from Council Bluffs last Friday and made a few days visit at the Clark home.
Dr. P. F. Crosby and wife came down Tuesday night from Omaha to make a few days visit with their son, Hartley Crosby and family.
G.R. Ingwerson [?} of Havelock made a visit last week with his brother-in-law N.C. De les Dernier and family, returning home Friday.
G.W. Cheney, Bert Glasgow, R.E. Foster, Henry O'Donnell, Ed Woodard and John Clarence were Monday visitors in Nebraska City.
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 before.
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. Olson.
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, Nehawka.

* 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 copyright July 2001



Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Buck Celebrate Event at Riverton, Wyoming, July Fourth. [1922]
      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 one.
      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 local friends.
      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 (Wyo.) Chronicle



      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.

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 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 morning.

          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.

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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 Schlichtemeier

  • 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. Johnson)

Fourth Event: Sunday dinner at the Robert Schlichtemeier home

  • Visitors included
  • Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Orndorff and son
  • Miss Bertha Huber
  • Mrs. Lena Schlichtemeier

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Union Ledger before 1918

A Birthday Surprise

          James Edmisten, 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.
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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, secretary-treasurer.

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Union Ledger May 8, 1901

Wedding Anniversary.

          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.
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Nebraska City News, July 2 1950

Miss Ruan Frans is Wed in Ceremony on Thursday.

          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.
  • Attendants:
  • Mrs. Robert Way, of Syracuse - matron of honor
  • Miss Sylvia Antholz, of Grand Island - bridesmaid
  • Miss Irene Eden, of Lincoln - bridesmaid
  • Miss Marcia Moulton, of Denver, Colo. - bridesmaid
  • Mrs. Donald VanHousen, of Syracuse - bridesmaid
  • Miss Suzanne Kendall (cousin of the bride) of Union - junior bridesmaid
  • Miss Vernita McSwan, of Omaha - junior bridesmaid
  • 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.

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[NOTE: various clues lead the transcriber to believe that this reunion occurred after 1912 and before 1929]



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 Murray.
          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 Plattsmouth.
          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.

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ELMWOOD LEADER-ECHO, 17 December 1909 (vol 19 no. 20 page 4)
Playbill (advertisement)

Home talent play will be given under the auspices of the Elmwood Dramatic Club.


Esmeralda is a rural comedy drama in four acts, presenting thecomedy of rural characters on the farm and in society.


  • Mr. Elbert Rogers, a North Carolina farmer...............GUY CLEMENTS
  • Mrs. Lydia Ann Rogers, his wife.................................MRS. MAIRS
  • Miss Esmeralda Rogers, his daughter.........................MARJORIE STARK
  • Dave Hardy, a young North Carolinian.....................REYNOLDS DELES
  • Mr. Estabrook, a man of leisure..................................NOEL TYSON
  • Mr. Jack Desmond, an American artist in Paris............BERT REID
  • Miss Nora Desmond, his sister....................................VERNA WARD
  • Miss Kate Desmond, his sister....................................EDNA LEFLER
  • "Marques" De Montessin............................................HENRY CLAPP
  • George Drew, an American Speculator.......................HENRY CLAPP
  • Sophie, a maid............................................................ALMA CLEMENTS

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.

            Admission 15, 25 and 35 c.


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