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Plattsmouth Journal, Monday, October 22, 1917
From Friday's Daily.
      John Thompson and wife returned last evening from a trip to Rochester, Minnesota, where they were for the past week or ten days. Mr. Thompson was there some time ago and received treatment at the celebrate Mayo brothers institution, at which time he had an operation and remained quite a while.
      Since his return from the first trip there he had been home a year, and while he was able to get around and come down town (sic) whenever he felt like it, Mr. Thompson had not felt just like himself and so he concluded he would go back again and consult the specialists further regarding his condition.
      After remaining there for a while, he concluded he would be as well off at home, and so he and Mrs. Thompson returned home and he will receive further treatment here.

The Plattsmouth Journal, June 11, 1917


      Under the plans for the formation of the Sixth Nebraska regiment of infantry for service in the war, the city of Plattsmouth has been designated as one of the towns that will probably be assinged a company for service in the regiment.
      It has been endeavored several times to secure a company in the fifth regiment, but this was unsuccessful, and now the opportunity is at hand to give this city a representation in the state quota to the federal army. Under the registration of Tuesday, Cass county produced 1,700 even in men of the military age and should be able to produce several companies if need be.
      Plattsmouth with a registration of 322 should be able to turn out a company of their own if need be and still allow plenty of men to cover the exemptions and disability losses that will follow the drafting. The war strength of the companies will be 150 men and form the 322 these should easily be selected for service.
      The state will under the conscription furnish several additional regiments for service and by the companies being selected from the towns and counties will prove much more pleasant to the men, as it will keep them in touch with each other, even in sent on foreign service, and allow them to represent their community in a fitting manner.
      The plans for the new regiment are being formulated in the office of the adjutant general of the state and it is thought that by July 15 it will be possible to get the new organization under way to take the place of the Fourth and Fifth when they are called out for active service. The Fourth regiment is already in the federal service and will probably be among the first to be sent abroad with the American expedition to France.

Plattsmouth Journal, June 11, 1917

From Friday's Daily.

      Avoca, one of the thriving little towns of Cass County, has a distinction that few other towns can boast of, and that is the fact that every unmarried male resident of the town of military age has enlisted in the naval or military service of the nation. Several of the patriotic young men were rejected on account of physical defects, but their spirit was shown in answering the call. All of the enlistments were made before June 5th, and were purely voluntary on the part of the young men.
      This is truly something that the Avoca people can well feel proud of and the splendid list of young men that will serve the nation is one that will be cherished in the history of Cass county. In honor of the men a reception was held in the town hall in Avoca this week, when a fitting farewell was given the young men who are soon to leave to take up their different duties under the folds of Old Glory.
      As a record-breaking demonstration of patriotism, Avoca and her brave sons have set a new mark and the families and friends of the soldiers and sailors can rest assured that they will sustain the reputation of the state and the nation, in their service for the United States.

Plattsmouth Journal, Thursday, June 28, 1917

      The recruiting for the Cass county company of the Sixth Nebraska is being responded to in very pleasing shape by the young men of this community and some sixteen form this city have signed up and the greater part have been examined and ready for the call to the colors. In the county the response is also being heard to the appeal of the governor and the state for the formation of the regiment.
      It will be given until Saturday for the organization of the company and then if by that time there is sufficient number of real red-blooded Americans in Cass County to form a company the fact will be known. The organization of companies for the Sixth have been completed in communities much smaller than Plattsmouth, and with very little troubleas the youths and men have responded to their country's call.
      The fact that the opportunity to go to the front together is afforded at this time, and should be take advantage of by the men of military age and not lay back waiting for the draft to gather them in and scatter them in different organizations throughout the army. The home associations that a local company will give will be a comfort to those who are going forward to serve their country and the young man who does not take advantage of them should not complain when the draft has placed him in an organization of strangers.
      There are some that believe that the fact that others volunteering wil save them from the draft and therefore hang back to place the burden of defending the country on the shoulders of someone else, but these will find out that they are badly fooled in this respect and will be compelled to toe the mark and do their share. There will be no place for the "let George do it" element, and should not be, as everyone should do their equal share.

Plattsmouth Journal, July 19, 1917
Large Crowd at Depot to Bid Boys God Speed This Morning, When 34 of Our Men Departed For Omaha.
From Wednesday's Daily.

      The Cass county detachment of the Sixth Nebraska machine gun company departed this morning at 8:16 over the Burlington for Omaha, where the company is to be assembled and formally mustered into the service of the nation. The Cass county members were examined in this city yesterday by a board of officers of the regiment, and as a result, six of the members were disqualified from membership, owing to physical infirmities.
      The machine gun company of the Sixth will be assembled at the Auditorium in Omaha, and remain there until orders to move to Fort Crook or to the training camp at Deming, New Mexico, are received, which it is thought will be only a few weeks at the least. At Omaha, the members will be vaccinated and inoculated before starting south for training.
      Those comprising the Cass county detachment leaving for the metropolis were; Matt Jirousek, Daniel B. Cooney, Lieutenant F. H. Stone, James Robert Applegate, George F. Wolfe, Harold W. Hulfish, Roy A. Wade, John Gruber, Simon Gruber Jr., Warren Trumble, Ernest L. Trumble, Roy A. Vickers, William H. Sheldon, T. Frank Mead, A. Earl Cool, Floid L. Coon, Edgar L. Glaze, Otto E. Lutz, Lloyd Gilmore, James Robert Jones, Carl A. Wohlfarth, Emil Finder, Arthur Sampson, Albert Carnes, Harry Johnson, Percy A. Wohlfarth, Richard H. Wells, Frank Smith, Malcolm Brown, Paul C. Spreacher, Robert B. Wolfe, Hiram A. Sheldon, Frank Miller, William H. Brinkman.
      At the station, to give the boys from this city and Cass county a royal start in their departure for the war, and that encouragement which is their due, were gathered a large crowd of the patriotic citizens of Plattsmouth with the city band, which played a number of enlivening airs while Old Glory floated to the breeze, held by a number of the boys from the Fourth regiment from Omaha, who stood behind on a truck, and while in front were the boys who have enlisted in the Sixth.
      As they were arranged they made a very pretty scene, and Emil Weyrich, climbing the semaphore, took pictures of the boys who are to defend our nation. Then after climbing down, pictures of the crowd from other angels were taken. While all seemed to think that it was the only thing, and were enthusiastic in encouraging the boys in whose eyes were not dry, when they thought of the possibliltiies which might come to their loved ones.

Plattsmouth Journal, July 19, 1917
From Tuesday's Daily.

      Last Evening the board of education held their regular meeting to transact the routine business coming before them, chief of which was action upon the resignation of Superintendent W. G. Brooks, who has been elected to the position of head of the Nebraska City schools. The resignation of Mr. Brooks was received with the greatest of regret by the board, but it was decided to release Mr. Brooks in order that he might take the new position which is an advance in the educational line and will place him at the head of one of the leading schools in this section of the state.
      Mr. Brooks has been at the head of the Plattsmouth schools for a number of years and is one of the most capable school men in eastern Nebraska and one in whom the patrons of the school have had the greatest confidence. He has a special degree from Columbia University of New York in the line of superintendent's work and his excellent handling of the Plattsmouth schools has shown his ability as a school man who understands perfectly the modern school methods.
      A number of applications for the position in this city have been received, but none have so far been acted upon. It is with regret that the friends of Superintendent and Mrs. Brooks will see them depart, but wish them the greatest of success in their new home in Nebraska city.

Plattsmouth Journal, Thursday September 6, 1917
First Day Will Be Spent in Giving Out Books and Preparing to Get Down To Work.

      The Plattsmouth City Schools will open for the year's work Monday morning, September 10th. Monday will be used for giving out books, assigning lessons, registration and organizing classes. Supt. D.E. Wolf and Prin. Richardson will be in their offices all day Friday and until 3 p.m. Saturday of this week in order to consult with parents and pupils who may desire to do so. Teacher's meeting are scheduled after 3 o'clock on Saturday.

      Below is given the assignment of teachers for the year, and aslo the Course of Study for the High school.

Assignment of Teachers.
Charles Richardson, Principal
Jessie Moore, Science
Estelle Baird, Languages
Pearl Staats, Normal Training
Flossie L. Butte, Commercial
Charles Spacht, Mathematics and Athletics
Mabeth Beach, English
Bertha Driftmier, History

Elmer Frans, History, Civics and Arithmetic, 7th and 8th Grades, Room 1 L
Anna Heisel, Grammar, Writing, 7th and 8th Grades, Room 12
Mae Morgan, Reading, Art, and Music, 7th and 8th Grades, Goom 10
Clara Weyrich, Geography, Spelling and Physiology, 7th and 8th Grades, Room 9
Goldie Noble, Sixth Grade, Room 8
Teresa Humple, Sixth Grade, Room 6
Ivah Sutley, Fifth Grade, Room 5
Alpha Peterson, Fourth Grade, Room 7
Mary Born, Third Grade, Room 2
Margaret Wohlfarth, First and Second Grades, Room 3
Amelia Martens, C and First grades, Room 4

Nettie Hawksworth, Prin. --- Fifth Grade, Room 16
Agnes Smith, Fourth Grade, Room 17
Lillian Dwyer, Second and Third grades, Room 18
Vesta Douglas, C and First grades, Room 19

Florence Rummel, Third and Fourth grades, Room 21
Miss Sprecher, C, First and Second grades, Room 20

Anna Rys, C, First and Second grades, Room 22

Rose J. Prohaska, C, First, Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth grades, Room 23

Loleta Jacks, C, First, and Second Grades, Room 13
Edna Morrison, C, First, and Second grades, Room 14

Marie Swoboda, C, First and Second grades, Room 15
Marie Kaufman, Penmanship Supervisor
G.E. De Wolf, Superintendent.

Plattsmouth Journal, March 4, 1918 E.W. FRANS WRITES TO THE PUPILS HERE.
From Friday's Daily.

      Atlanta, Ga., February 22, 1918

Dear Pupils:
      As this is Washington's birthday, we are having a vacation - as you no doubt are, also. Since it is a vacation and most of our weekly examinations are over, I shall try to tell you something about the school here. The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the oldest and finest schools of its kind in the United States. In this part of the South it is considered quite an honor to be a graduate of the school.
      There are two large barrack buildings capable of furnishing rooms and dining halls for at least 600 men - for the school has been for men only. Besides these there are at least eight large school buildings, a library as large as ours; two large power plants; a large, fine hospital and a very large athletic grounds, who grandstand and bleachers will seat 30,000 people.
      I nearly forgot to mention the parade ground - about a block square and a four-story Y.M.C.A. building. All of these building are made of brick or concrete. At the present time, the grass and hedges are turning green and the trees are budding out so that it will soon be beautiful. I consider myself very fortunate indeed, since coming here.
      Our day begins at reville (sic), which sounds at 5:45 and the day ends at taps, which is sounded at 10:00 p.m. Most of the day is taken up with classes now, as we drill only an hour a day. Most of the day is taken up with classes now, as we drill only an hour a day. We learned the same drill in three weeks that it usually requires three months to master. Since we have the drill pretty well, the time can be used for classes. We also have study periods, but these come mostly in the evening after supper.
      At the end of each week's work, we have an examination and if anyone fails in a subject, he must take the whole week's work over again. You see, Uncle Sam is rather particular about the kind of men that he has for officers. I wish to sincerely thank each and every one of you who wrote me a letter. As there were so many of them, please consider this an answer to each and every one of you. It would be a great pleasure to answer them separately - but lack of time will not permit. I hope to hear from each one of you again, and yet again. Your letters bring a great pleasure with them.

Plattsmouth Journal, Thursday, May 23, 1918
A simple Little Story Skillfully Acted is Verdict of Those Who Have Seen Rehearsal.

From Wednesday's Daily.

      On Friday evening at the Parmele theater, the senior class of the high school will present the play "Back to the Farm." The play is a clean, refreshing little comedy of three acts. It has no war setting but it is particularly appropriate at the present time when every one is learning how to farm and get all that they can from Mother Earth.
      The play is a simple little story of rebellion of one generation against the ways and methods of a farmer. The weary monotony and nervous strain of trying to make a living on an old-fashioned farm results in an explosion in a tense and dramatic scene. As a result, a whole family is alienated but in the end are brought together again and live happily ever afterward. A delightful little romance runs through the whole play but that would be telling.

Cast of Characters
      Charles Merrill, a farmer of the old school - Leroy Winscott; Merton Merrill, his son - Henry Herold; Mrs. Merrill, the farmer's thrifty wife - Grettal Hackenburg; Rose Meade, the school teacher - Mary Rosencrans; Gus Anderson, the hired man - Raymond Cook; Reuben Allen, a neighbor - Albert Olson; Mr. Ashley, a lawyer and real estate agent - Vern Hutchinson; Robert Powell, a senior at college - Ludwig Halas; Margerie Langdon, a society debutante - Florence Kalasek; Hulda, the maid - Margaret Buttery.

Acts and Scenes

Act I - The Merrill Farm. Mid Autumn. Morning.
Act II - The University of Nebraska. Five years later. At the fraternity hall.
Act III - Merton's study at the Merrill farm. Two years later.
Tickets go on sale at Weyrich and Hadraba's tonight at 7:30.

Plattsmouth Journal, June 17, 1918


"What is So Rare as a Day in June" Happily Depicted by Youngsters Carrying Flags in March.
From Thursday's Daily.

      Last evening just at the close of a most beautiful June day and as the eveing rays of sunshine touched the hilltops, a large number of assembled on the lawn surrounding St. Luke's parish rectory, to enjoy the Children's Entertainment rendered by the children of the Chuch school of St. Luke's church. This little entertainment consisted of the Folk Dances and kindergarten games and was given out on the lawn.
      Each number was rendered in a charming manner and denoted much time and practice on the part of both the children and those in charge of the program. The program was opened with the Grand March, the following children participating in this march; Ursula Herold, Delia Claus, Violet Begley, Dorothy Peters, Helen Ledgway, Elizabeth Waddick, Ida Edenberger, Laura Grassman, Dorothy Baumgart, Jane Fricke, Ruth Smith, Charlotte Fields, Eloyse Young, Ruth Finder, Laura Clark, Helen Jane West, Vestetta Robertson, Harry Clark, Virgil Clark, Morris Cummins, George Claus, Edward Patterson, Herbert Patterson, Robert Livingston, and James Begley.
      All carried a flag and the stirring strains of a military march were played by the Kroehler orchestra. The Grand March was followed by the singing of the Star Spangled Banner, the audience, also, taking part in the singing of the national hymn. The Kindergarten games furnished amusement, especially when the children played they were hopping and flying birds and the graceful movements of the children looked very pretty on the lawn.
      The three little Folk Dances were well done and seemed to be favorites, each little dancer was more than enthusiastic in their sweet childish ways. The vocal solos by little Miss Dorothy Peters and Master James Begley received much applause and added greatly to the program. The three children, Ursula Herold, Elizabeth Waddick and Ida Egenberger, who rendered the play entitled "King Midas," deserved much credit as each part was very well portrayed.
      The music for this delightful Children's Entertainment was furnished by the Kroehler orchestra, assisted by Mr. Ed Schuhlhoff, while Miss Ione Dovey presided at the organ. Those in charge of the entertainment are much indebted to those who furnished the music as the music greatly added to making the program such a splendid and excellent one.
      Mrs. W. S. Leete and Miss Margaret Donelan also deserve much credit and praise for planning such a delightful entertainment to be enjoyed by the large number in attendance. Also, for their untiring efforts in training the children for we know they must have worked very hard. This little entertainment was a most unique and novel lawn fete and many times are the praises we have heard today on their good work. At the close of the program an offering was taken, a neat sum being realized. This will be used for the children's work. It was a most ideal evening for holding a program of this nature on the lawn.

The Union Ledger, December 23, 1910
      Gilbert M., the two months old son of Eli M. Smith and wife, died at the home east of here last Friday. Funeral services were held Saturday at the Mt. Hope church conducted by Rev. W.A. Taylor (article cut off)

Plattsmouth Journal, Monday, May 28, 1917
      (Nehawka News) A number of people from Nehawka and vicinity attended the funeral of Mrs. Fred Linville, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Z. W. Shrader, at the Otterbein church Thursday afternoon.

      (Union Ledger) Mrs. M. G. McQuin was called to Omaha Tuesday afternoon by the serious condition of her brother, Robert Trook, who was hurt in an accident last week.

      (Union) A. L. Becker returned home from Wichita, Kan., last Friday afternoon after spending a couple of days there at the bedside of his brother, who was shot by highwaymen there last week. His brother is still living but hopes for recovery are small.

Plattsmouth Journal, Monday, June 4, 1917
      (Weeping Water Republican) Mr. and Mrs. Tom Wiles were called to Nelson Tuesday morning to attend the funeral of Mrs. Wiles sister, Mrs. (sic, they skipped her name) northeast of town, where Mr. Brookhart were well known in the community years ago. They lived three miles northeast of town, where Mr. Brookhart started a nursery in the early seventies. The farm is now occupied by Mr. William Otto.

      Mrs. Will Mark received word Tuesday that Mrs. Edgar Mark, of Imperial, Neb., choked to death durning an attack of quinsy at 1:30 o'clock Saturday morning. The funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 1:30. Edgar Mark is a brother of Will Mark, of this place; and is well known in this vicinity. His many friends will grieve to hear of his loss.

Plattsmouth Journal, Monday, June 13, 1917
      (Elmwood Leader Echo) Oscar Zink is very sick at his home in the country, having a severe case of typhoid pneumonia. Miss Bornemeier, a trained nurse, has been employed to care for him.

Plattsmouth Journal, June 18, 1917
      (Union Ledger) Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Stone of Elmwood drove down Saturday to attend the burial of J.R. Becker that afternoon. Mr. Becker was an uncle of Mrs. Stone.

      (Louisville Courier) Ben Seybert of Dunbar, cousin of C. M. Seybert, is in the Methodist hospital in Omaha under treatment for ulceration of the stomach, and is considered to be in a serious condition.

      (Nehawka News) F. R. Cunningham and wife were called up north in the country to attend the funeral of the latter's uncle, C. H. Vallery.

      (Elmwood Leader Echo) George Miller left on Friday of last week for Pittsburg, Kan., being called there by the serious sickness of his aged father.

Plattsmouth Journal, June 25, 1917
      (Eagle Beacon) G. C. Trimble is confined in a Lincoln hospital and we understand that his condition is quite serious.

Plattsmouth Journal, Monday, July 2, 1917
      James McCartney, Sr., who has been sick at this home in this city for the past few weeks, is very low and slight hopes are entertained for his recovery. This is sad news to the many friends of the McCartney family, both here and elsewhere. Mr. McCartney is one of the finest and best respected citizens, and the news of his condition is received with sadness by all.
      Thomas McCartney is here from Grant, Neb., at the bedside of his father, James McCartney, who is very low.

Plattsmouth Journal, Monday, June 16, 1917
      (Weeping Water Republican) Miss Effie Saunders returned Saturday from Tecumseh, wehre she had been visiting relatives. She reports her father still at the santiarium at Lincoln and doing very poorly.

      (Weeping Water) Vic Duffield, who was working as an engine night watchman at Union, Wednesday night, was found by the engine (sic) this morning with one side of his body paralyzed. He was brought home on the early train.

      (Louisville Courier) We are sorry to report the serious illness of Mrs. E. A. Stander, who suffered a paralytic stroke about two weeks ago. Just at the present time she is rallying and seems to be a little stronger.

      (Louisville) News of the death of Jack Urwin, a former pioneer of Cass county, has been received here. Mr. Urwin died at his home at Creighton, Neb., July 7. He formerly resided near Louisville, leaving here about twenty-two years ago.

      (Louisville) Mrs. S. C. Keckler, who was called to South Dakota several weeks ago on account of the serious illness of her mother, is not expecting to return for about two months. Her mother is suffering from cancer, and while she is a little better at present, her recovery is not expected ultimately.

Plattsmouth Journal, Monday, August 20, 1917
      (Louisville Courier) Mrs. S. C. Keckler returned home this week from Ipswitch, S.D., where she was called over two months ago by the illness of her mother, Mrs. August Brunkow, who passed away Thursday, August 2, at 1:30 a.m.

Plattsmouth Journal, November 15, 1917
      Mrs. C. E. Hartford, and Mrs. Wm. Schmidtmann departed this morning for Omaha, where they go to attend the funeral of Mrs. Christiana Simmons, who died at that place a few days since. Mrs. Simmons is the aunt of Dr. Herold Thompson, who formerly lived in this city, and the auntie who has passed away was a visitor at the home while the Thompsons lived here.

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