1905 Plat Book of Cass County, Nebraska;
PLATTSMOUTH, the county seat of Cass County, dates its birth
from November, 1854.
The Plattsmouth Town Company, organized October 20, 1854,
comprised the following persons: Samuel Martin, James O'Neil,
C. Nuckolls, J.S. Sharp, Manly Green and Lafayette
The survey of the town was made by Oliver N. Tyson.
March 14, 1855, by a special act of the legislature, the
boundaries of Cass County were approved and the seat of justice
located at Plattsmouth and the town duly incorporated.
Samuel Martin, under a special permit from the secretary of
war, crossed the Missouri River early in the spring of 1853 to
establish an Indian trading post below the mouth of the Platte
River in Nebraska.
The first building he erected was of logs from a former log
house on the Iowa side.
In this work he was assisted by James O'Neil, Col. J.L.
Sharp and L.G. Todd.
This was the first residence and also the first store
building in Plattsmouth.
First merchant, Samuel Martin, 1853, succeeded after his
death December 15, 1854, by Slaughter & Worley, the latter
having, it is said, suggested the name for the town.
First postoffice, established in fall of 1855, Wheatley
Michelwait, P.M.; John A. Worley, first deputy P.M.
First mayor, Wheatley Michelwait, elected December,
First ordinance approved March 2, 1857, levying a tax of
one-half of one per cent on all taxable property in the city,
to be used in improving the streets and steamboat landings.
First religious service, October, 1854, at the house of
Thomas Ashley, by Abraham Towner.
Numerous additions have been laid out since those days until
to-day, the platted portion of Plattsmouth covers about 1,128
acres and about 1,840 acres are included inside the corporate
The Burlington railroad repair shops are located here, which
employ as a rule from 400 to 600 men, adding materially to the
business of the town.
The business men of the town are progressive and up-to-date,
some of the business establishments being such as would grace a
city much larger.Among the institutions that have helped and
are helping to make Plattsmouth should be mentioned:
THE FIRST NATIONAL BANK, George E. Dovey, president; F.E.
White, vice-president; H.N. Dovey, cashier. Established in
THE BANK OF CASS COUNTY, with a capital of $50,000.
SATTLER & FASSBENDER'S attractive furniture store.
GERING & CO., Druggists.
PLATTSMOUTH STATE BANK.
AUGUST GORDER, agricultural implements.
E.A. WURL, general merchandise.
C. HUISEL, pioneer miller.
CHRIS MOCHENHAUPT, brick manufacturer.
JOSEPH FETZER, the shoe man.
F.G. FRICKE, drugs.
W.W. COATES, wholesale and retail books.
EBINGER HARDWARE COMPANY
J.V. EGENBERGER, coal, wood and flour dealer.
SNYDER & CO., jewelers.
J.W. CRABILL, jeweler.
C.A. MARSHALL, dentist.
F.M. RICHEY & SONS, lumber dealers.
JOHN WATERMAN, lumber dealer.
ED DONAT, wholesale beer.
PHILIP THIEROLF, wholesale dealer in Anheuser Busch beer
JOHN BAUER, Jr., hardware, tin and furnace work.