July 1, 1920 - reprinted December 12, 1984
Miss Frances L. Vrbicky of Howells and Joseph Smejkal of near Clarkson, were married Wednesday morning at 7 o’clock at St. John’s Catholic church in Howells by the Rev. J. Drbal. Attending the couple were Miss Vlasta Smejkal, sister of the groom, and Theodore Urbanek, a close friend of the couple.
After the ceremony, their attendants and their many friends joined them at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Vrbicky, where a feast was laid in their honor.
In the late afternoon, the newly wedded couple left for a wedding tour of an indefinite time which will include a visit with relatives at numerous points in Wisconsin. They will be at home July 15 at the fine farm owned by the groom’s father, five miles northeast of Clarkson. Mr. Smejkal is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Alois Smejkal.
Endeavoring to reach home safely before the approaching rain Monday evening, Wm. Svoboda and Emil Zrust were participants in an automobile wreck which took place on the cross road west of the G. A. Koza residence.
Both drivers were driving at a higher rate of speed and as the windshields were obstructed by the falling rain, either one did not see the approaching auto. Luckily the wreck was not serious. Mr. Svoboda sustained the loss of his windshield, an axle and a few other minor items, the car being able to reach home under its own power. The other car was much more damaged, the front axle and springs being completely torn from their places. We understand Mr. Zrust voluntarily called on William the following day and offered to pay the damages done to his car as he takes the responsibility onto himself, traveling on the wrong side of the road. Both vehicles were Ford cars.
The list of Ford owners seem to grow weekly, Prazak Motor Co. reports the following sales: Ford runabout to Wm. Johnson; a coupelet to Leonard Rozmarin; sedan to F. E. Schwartz; touring cars to M. J. Benes, Tom Nadrchal, Sr., Frank Juva, Jr., Rudolf Cada of Clarkson and John Novak of Howells. They also sold used Ford cars to Frank J. Brabec and F. C. Tomka.
This section of the country was visited by a terrific windstorm Thursday night which caused heavy damage to property on farms in the area. It is reported that the entire set of buildings on the Frank Vrbicky farm, northeast of Clarkson, were blown off their foundations and much damage was done to the orchard.
The large barn on the former Pavlis farm northwest of Leigh was also carried several feet from its lodgings. Reports came from various farmers that suffered windmill damages and other damages to buildings. The wind was soon followed by a heavy rain.
Rudolph F. Rosicky, a member of the 1920 graduating class at Clarkson high school, wrote a two-column story about the class which was to graduate in a few days.
July 1, 1920 - reprinted December 19, 1984
The condensed statements from reports May 15, 1920 of the five Folda Banks in Schuyler, Howells, Clarkson, Linwood and Rogers showed Deposits $2,733,314.33. Total Loans and Bonds were $2,526,791.17.
One does not remain long with a group of farmers until somebody asks what wheat or corn is going to be worth at harvest time. Rumors are floating about that there are contractors abroad in the land willing to contract wheat at $8 a bushel and corn at $2. Personally we have not seen any of these gentlemen who are so anxious for wheat and corn, but have no reason to doubt the word of men who have told us that they have been offered the price.
This week, James J. Hajek rented his nice farm northwest of Howells to Joseph Vedral of Ulm, Minn., the price in the contract being $12.50 per acre. Mr. Vedral was a one-time Howells resident, being employed at Pakes Meat Market.
The loud blasts of the siren whistle on Friday night, aroused the Howells firemen to answer a hurry call out in the country, information having been received by chief Frank Dickey, that a fire had been discovered at the Rudolph Telecky place, two miles west and 1/2 mile north.
The new truck and fire-fighting apparatus again made a demonstration in this time of dire need and nothing but the highest praise and compliments were given to the firemen and chief, especially by the Telecky household. Delay was encountered in giving the alarm as Mr. Telecky has no telephone and a car brought the news when the time used in driving could have been the time used by the truck going out.
The truck got to the scene of the fire in about five minutes after a start had been made. In that little time, 11 firemen partly clothed, were aboard the huge red machine and ten minutes later fully 30 from Howells drove over to render any assistance possible. Just a machine and contents burned, but adjacent buildings were saved by quick work. Telecky carried no insurance whatsoever except on his new Ford sedan, where a loss of $1,000 must be paid.
Frank Stehno left for a tour through the west with a final destination as Portland, Oregon, at which point his uncle lives. He plans on staying there for the balance of the year.
Mrs. W. B. Pieper of the Olean community is critically ill at this writing.
R. F. Busch and Dr. J. R. Oastler and their families left Howells by motor for Wilsonville, this state, where they expect to spend a few weeks visiting at the home of Mrs. Oastler's parents.
Ed Noh, wife and three daughters of Twin Falls, Idaho, arrived in Schuyler last week making the trip in their Cadillac sedan. They were accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Peterson and their son. The latter, after a day’s visit here, continued their trip to Chicago, thence Florida, and the southern route to California, expecting to reach their home in the late fall.
Mr. Noh Will spend a month or so here, looking after his farm affairs in Midland precinct. This is his fourth motor trip to Colfax county from Twin Falls since his removal there four years ago.
He states that Idaho is a wonderful country, especially along the Snake river valley, which land is now mostly under irrigation. William Roether's farm is about four miles from the Noh farm and many other Colfax county people are in his near neighborhood.
Much grain from Idaho is shipped to the Schuyler wheat market, and Mr. Noh states it is as good as any in the country. While in Schuyler, Mr. Noh and his fanily are visiting at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Anton Kopac.
A 14-year-old son of a Schuyler couple was taken to the boys’ industrial school in Kearney by Sheriff Bartunek, Wednesday morning. The parents had the son arraigned before County Judge Fiala claiming that he [w]as incorrigible. The court found that there was ample evidence to warrant his being sent to Kearney.
Wiegert Bros. & Fajman purchased the livery barn from Harry Philson at Leigh for $3,000. The firm will use the barn for storing automobiles, as they find their garage is too small to take care of their growing business.
Dr. J. H. Lowery purchased the Henry Heitman house in Leigh, the consideration being $7,000. Mr. and Mrs. Heitman will move to Iraquois, S.D. to be near their children.
The Klabenes property at Leigh, consisting of about 4 acres with improvements, was sold at administrator’s sale. Frank Hanel bid the place in at $3,050. The place is located in the eastern part of Leigh.
Jerry Vacha, Rudolph Suchan, F. J. Sindelar and Walter Kunhart of Howells, were in North Bend the other day, taking in the day’s festivities.
Miss Anna Cakl of Howells left Friday night for a few weeks visit at the Homer G. Pont family residing near Albion in Boone county.
Paul Nagengast and Edwin Bogner returned from Omaha, where they journeyed on Friday night, having consigned a carload of livestock to the markets.
E. Quesner was president and L. R. Coufal, cashier of the Howells State Bank at Howells, which had resources over one million dollars.
July 1, 1920 - reprinted December 26, 1984
The new brick church of SS Peter & Paul at Howells was dedicated Tuesday of this week and one of the largest assemblies ever seen here was present to witness the ceremony.
The new church is a most splendid brick structure, completed at a total cost of $50,000.00. The building is of the Gothic style of architecture and construction. The architect was G. M. Nachtigall of Omaha.
Well over 1,000 cars were parked within the grounds and place provided. The Sindelar orchestra officiated at the dance and a very good social time was enjoyed.
At the Village Board meeting, two disinterested parties, Julius Wacha and Jos. Mlnarik canvassed the returns of todays’ election and the following is reported: There were 18 votes cast for village trustees for two years. Of these A. J. Vlach received 15 votes, Jos. R. Vitek 18,E. J. Pokorny 1.
For Board of Education District #58, Colfax county, for three years: B. A. Filipi 17, Anton Dusatko 16, V. J. Chleboun 1.
Thereupon the chairman declared A. J. Vlach and Jos. R. Vitek elected members of the Board of Trustees and B. A. Filipi and Anton Dusatko, members of the Board of Education.
A few of the claims allowed at the Village Board meeting included: Central Coal Co., two cars of coal, $300.16; Donoho Coal Co., coal, $153.35 and Lion Coal Co., coal, $116.10.
Carl Vanderbeek received $5.00 for cleaning all the crossings in Clarkson and Jos. K. Vlach, $4.00 for dragging the streets.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hahn went to Omaha to consult a specialist in regard to their daughter, who removed her tonsils, which caused her considerable trouble of late.
Emil Klobasa returned Sunday from a week’s vacation with his folks in Schuyler.
Frank Powolny, Jr., departed for Denver, Colo., to resume his work at one of the leading art galleries in that city. Although still in his teens, Frank has accomplished wonderful talent in artistic coloring of photos and drawings.
Jos. Walla became owner of the residence he is occupying for several years, having purchased same from the heirs of the Jos. Kudera estate and paying $2,200 for same. The property is situated north of the Jos. Slama residence.
Ed Zelenda returned home after a two weeks visit in Idaho. He said he was very pleased with the country and all former Colfax county residents there are prospering and well satisfied. He was accompanied to Schuyler by Wm. H. Roether, who made the trip to settle business matters remaining unsettled at the time of his departure west.
Friends of Miss Marie Kouba of Verdigre, at one time a teacher in the Clarkson schools, will be glad to learn of her marriage to Ralph Helena of Augusta, Kansas.
F. J. Marchek, former superintendent of the Clarkson public schools, requests that we change his mailing address from Sutton to Lawrence, Kansas, where he had been tendered the cashiership of the Lawrence State Bank.
Phil Svoboda is at Dodge this week assisting at one of the lumber yards at that place.
Mrs. Louis J. Sedlak of Leigh came down to Clarkson to spend a day with friends.
Mrs. Rudolph Hamsa was a passenger to Omaha this morning.
Jos. Rozmarin and family of Humphrey departed for a trip by auto and expect to be gone three weeks, visiting Denver and other points of interest.
Jos. W. Konicek, Rt. 1, Clarkson, announced that "Blanchard" No. 24880, thoroughbred French draft stallion, is standing ready for breeding services. He is sound and has a state license. Blanchard will make the season at the Konicek farm, nine miles southeast of Clarkson. Terms: $18.00.
July 8, 1920 - reprinted January 2, 1985
Miss Marie Kracl, the 17-year old girl who was found unconscious on the doorstep of her home near North Bend early on the morning of June 25, following a ride home from the American Legion celebration in North Bend, with August Thompson, was unable to appear in Justice Kidder’s court yesterday afternoon and his hearing was continued till August 19, when he will be arraigned on a charge of criminal assault. He has been released on bond of $1,000, furnished by his uncle, John Thompson.
Miss Kracl has not recovered from the injuries sustained as the result of jumping out of the automobile which Thompson admits having driven from North Bend. The young woman was badly bruised and cut about the head and body and is still under the care of physicians,who state that while Miss Kracl is out of danger, she is not fully recovered. She is suffering from nervousness and has not been closely questioned concerning the incident.
Thompson having accompanied Miss Kracl home following the celebration says that as they neared the dwelling the young woman without warning, jumped from the automobile. He feared violence onthe part of her brothers and for that reason left the girl unconscious on the doorstep, drove away without calling members of the household, he told Sheriff Condit when taken in custody.
The Village Board of Trustees prepared the following estimate of the able money necessary for all purposes to be raised and expended in said Village of Clarkson, Nebraska, during the fiscal year ending May 1, 1921, to the amount of $27,600.00 to be expended follows:
For the payment of bonds and interest - $3,500.00; For Salaries - $5,000.00; For streets and alleys - $1,500.00; For fuel - $10,000.00; For supplies - $5,000.00; For attorney fees - $100.00; For general purposes - $2,500.00. Total $27,600.00.
Clarkson ball team traveled to Leigh and came home with a victory, 49 to 45. Clarkson team members were Arnold, R. Tomes, Vlach, B. Tomes, E. Vitek, Knapp, Ryan, L. Tomes and A. Vitek. Leigh ball club members mere Mieslbach, Crable, Hobel, Hahn, F. Vlach, Fowler, Alexander, W. Vlach, Wiebolt and Hagen.
Miss Margaret Holstein, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Holstein of Dodge, became the bride of George H. Johnson of San Bernardino, Calif. The wedding took place in the home of the bride’s parents.
During the primary election campaign, the bridegroom was chairman of the Hiram Johnson campaign in California. The couple will make their home in San Bernardino.
James Walla left for Detroit, where he will drive back a new Dodge Bros. car for the agency of the Richtig Brothers.
Filbert Wacha and Jos. Knipping returned home after a two weeks motor trip to Colorado. The journey was made in Filbert’s Ford coupe and it was a part of their pleasure to make the entire trip without any serious trouble with the exception of several punctures. Both returned to their duties at the Fajman garage with renewed vigor.
Ben Jonas purchased 80 acres of land located two miles south of Clarkson and owned by Messrs. Palik and Fiser of Howells for the consideration of $275 per acre. The place is more favorably known as the Najman 80.
July 8, 1920 - reprinted January 9, 1985
The Muehlich farm, located northeast of Schuyler, was sold by Referee William Roether, the purchaser being Chris Urkel, representing Mrs. Minnie Muehlich. The land was sold in two tracts, one containing 61.3 acres bringing $240 per acre, and the other containing 80 acres at $185 per acre. This is a total of $29,539.20.
This tract was sold several weeks ago for $27,000.00, but the district judge refused to confirm the sale, stating that it was an insufficient amount for the quality of land involved.
John Muehlich of Schuyler heads the list in harvesting hereabouts, beginning the putting of the golden wheat into shock. Others anticipate cutting later this week. Reports are coming that are very flattering. Many are predicting a crop of around 25 bushels per acre, with an occasional field very much more, according to the quality of the soil.
Fred Hespen, one of the workers engaged in laying the sewer pipe in Schuyler, suffered a badly sprained arm when a large quantity of earth caved in on him and partially buried him. Mr. Hespen was so badly squeezed about the chest, fellow workers feared he was fatally injured. He was hurried home and a physican was called to attend to his injuries. He was seen on the streets carrying the injured member in a sling.
Mr. and Mrs. Gus Hahn and son Harry, of Leigh, left for Nevis, Minnesota, where they will spend the summer months at the lakes.
The Leigh Village board has had a cooling system erected at the power house for the purpose of cooling the water that is used to cool the large engine.
It is expected that the city water will now be much cooler than heretofore, when the hot water from the engine was emptied into the reservoir.
Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Vlach, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Naber and Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Hobel returned to their homes in Leigh after a motor trip to Colorado. They traveled by motor cars and camped along the route. They enjoyed their outing but were disappointed that they dd not get to see Yellowstone Park. The season is very backward in the west this year and everything in the parks was stilk frozen up when these people were out there.
Mr. and Mrs. Vlach made a trip to Chugwater, Wyo., and were accompanied home by Mrs. Vlach's aunt, Mrs. Ellen Nichols.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Shuster and Ben Bayes of Howells were in Fremont by motor on a pleasure mission.
Joseph Suchan, L. J. Evert, A. Zavadil and Walter Kunhart of Howells motored to Humphrey and other points up the branch on Wednesday.
Dr. Myers reports the birth of an 11-pound boy at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Kunhart at Howells.
Anton Kunhart made the deal whereby he sold the J. A. Drahota farm of 160 acres, located south of Dodge to Thomas Hekrdle of Madison. Mr. Hekrdle’s farm of 320 acres in Madison county, being involved in the deal.
We notice by a window display neatly arranged, that Suchan Bros. have recently added a complete array of all Catholic goods, including rosaries, founts, prayerbooks, crosses, etc.
Conrad Knust of Howells was seen driving a dandy new Buick touring car, having made the purchase of the Howells Motor Company.
A. F. Janata, owner of the pool-hall in Howells, this week installed a huge four-paddle electric fan in the front section of his business place and has smaller fans in motion on either side of the pool tables.
Mr. and Mrs. James Kucera of Howells were passengers to Lindsay to pay a vist to their daughter, Agnes, married to Edward Pospisil. At this writing we are grieved to hear that the lady is quite ill at her home.
James Krajicek, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jos. F. Krajicek of Howells, was united in marriage to Miss Antonia Hoffman at Bee, Nebraska. Mr. and Mrs. Krajicek came to Howells on their wedding tour and spent a few days visiting with friends and relatives of the groom. They will return to Bee, where Mr. Krajicek is employed by the Farmers Lumber and Grain Company.
According to the Colfax County Commissioners’ proceedings, four women in the county were receiving mother’s pension, in the amount of $25.00 per month. Jos. Salak received $240.00 as salary for May and June at the County Poor Farm. Most of the men employed by the county doing road work, averaged from $66.50 to $305.00 per month.
According to records, those doing road work included: Chris Haidley, Anton Kasper, William Lambrecht, Roy Lambrecht, Clarence Smith, Oliver Enochson, Ray Mentzer, Frank Divis, Sikmund Divis, Jos. Divis, John Horak.
Joe Dudik, Henry Ditrich, Alfred Loseke, Anton L. Jedlicka, Siegfried Loseke, Dan Bowman, Ed. Muhle, Fred Schindler, Herman Speckman, F. F. Lee, J. W. Dobry, Frank Kadlec, Jerry Kadlec, Luddy Kadlec, Frank Makovsky, James Brdicko, Vaclav Malena;
V. J. Malena, Jos. Ruskamp, John Mendlik, Jos. Vogel, V. J. Vrba, Jack Parr, John Mlnarik, Wm. Pieper, Amos Dostal, Henry Brester, Steve Liekhus, W. F. Pilgrim and O. W. Pilgrim.
July 8, 1920 - reprinted January 16, 1985
The Colfax County Road Dragging Fund paid anywhere from $7.00 to $46.75 for labor for a month to G. Reiter, Edward Bausch, Bohumil Sindelar, Chas V. Mejstrik, Wm. Smith, Vaclav Jonas, George B. Eller, David Kluck, Chris Haidley, Edward W. Faltys, A. J. Kasper, J. P. Heavican and Carl Mullenhoff.
The Rev. B. A. Filipi is laid up at his home and is suffering with rheumatism.
The famous Jirovec Orchestra filled an engagement at Leigh last evening, having furnished music for a bowery dance.
Clarkson Markets were: Wheat $2.40, Oats 90c, Corn $1.40, Rye $1.70, Hogs $14.50, Butter 37c, Eggs 30c.
Charles Svik and his friends, Steve and John Stanesic are here from Omaha visiting. They plan to remain for a week.
Harold and Johnny Chleboun were Dodge visitors yesterday.
Fred Baumert, Anton Podany and Fred Lerch are proud owners of dandy Hammond players, having made the purchases for same from F. J. Miller, who has been delivering them about as fast as he is receiving them. He also reports the sale of a fine Victrola to Carl Ludwig.
Miss Josie Sterba and Miss Kalixta Teply returned to resume their duties at the university.
The home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Chleboun was enlightened by the arrival of a fine baby girl on Tuesday. The attending physician was Dr. Knight.
The most distant visitors we have seen of late were Mr. and Mrs. Bobumil Makovsky of Stillwater, Okla., who are here spending part of their vacation. Mr. Makovsky is superintendent of the musical department at the state university, located at that place. They spent part of their vacation at the Jos. Brdicko home and will also visit in Crete and Wilber before returning to her southern home.
Mr. and Mrs. Lada Hanel motored one day last week to visit in Clarkson. They were accompanied by Rupert Svoboda, who also lives in Lynch.
Misses Libbie and Olga Novotny, Blanche Humlicek and Jos. Novotny were Fremont visitors Tuesday.
Anton Tichota and family of Randolph made a brief stop here on their way home in Pierce county. They were accompanied by Theofil Cech, who will remain there for some time.
Jos. Mundil and his mother and Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Lukl spent the 4th and 5th of July at a summer resort on the beautiful Blue River near Crete. They made the trip in Mr. Mundil’s car and report a very good time.
Frank Hanak and his friend, Miss Vlasta Kmoch motored from Omaha to spend a few days visiting with relatives and friends.
July 15, 1920 - reprinted January 23, 1985
Clarkson won over Howells in an 11-inning baseball game. The crowd present at the game should be complimented for the splendid conduct manifested during the progress of the game as very little crabbing, abusive or insulting language usually heard at similar games prevailed on the grounds Sunday which added immensely to the pleasure of the game.
Clarkson ball players were Arnold cf, R. Tomes 1b, Vlach 3b, B. Tomes c, E. Vitek lf, Knapp ss, Ryan p, L. Tomes 2b and A. Vitek rf.
Howells players were Haas rf, Zavadil 3b, J. Suchan lf, Iwansky c, R. Suchan p, Folliott ss, Sindelar cf, Zoubek 1b and Peltz 2b.
While atempting to start a Ford car, Emil Ferenc suffered the fracture of his right wrist. The motor back-fired and “kicked” Emil with such force that four bones in the wrist were broken.
The injury was dressed by Dr. Kavan, who tells us that it was a severe pain and Mr. Ferenc withstood the ordeal without taking ny anasethetic [sic].
This morning, E. J. Pokorny, John Schaffer and James Teply left via the motor route for Colorado to view some real estate. If they find the country suitable, they may invest.
James Hamsa, the intelligent bookkeeper at the Farmers Union office, is enjoying an outing in Colorado for which place he left early last week. He plans to be gone for the whole month pursuing Nature to its most concealed recesses and is making the trip in his Ford. Traveling with cars instead of rail has now become a fad and is proving successful.
On July 7, in San Francisco, California, occurred the marriage of Robert Noh of this place and Miss M. Callahan of Morse Bluff, Nebr., in the presence of only a few relatives who have been wintering in California.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Ms. F. W. Noh of Clarkson. His bride is a winsome young lady, coming fran Morse Bluff, having spent the winter in California.
The couple will make their home in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.
The directors of the Farmers Union Cooperative held their annual meeting. They re-elected all the former officers, namely: Frank J. Drapela, president; F. J. Lacina, vice president; Jaroslav Novotny, secretary-treasurer; Frank Houfek, Jos. Kalisek, John Svoboda, Jos. Kabes, Henry Hefti and F. M. Kopietz, directors.
Anton Vlach is having a good-sized garage erected on the lots he owns in the south part of town. His intentions are to store his household goods in the same during the time of their absence from Clarkson.
We understand that the family is planning for an extended visit to the western states with the probability of locating somewhere else providing a suitable location is found. If unable to find what they are looking for, they will return to Clarkson and place a contract for the erection of a modern residence here.
Clarkson markets were: Wheat $2.25, oats 78c, corn $1.38, rye $1.70, hogs (Shipping Association) $14.50, butter 38c, eggs 33c.
A grand picnic will be held Sunday evening, July 18 at the J. J. Dudycha farm, 4 miles south of Clarkson. Up- to-date music will be furnished by the Jirovec orchestra. Refreshments and lunches plentiful.
Ralph, the 15-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Bessey of Stanton, lost his life Sunday while bathing in the Elkhorn River.
Ralph, and his two smaller brothers, his brother-in-law, Emil Anderson, and Ed Belmer went to the river about one o’clock. They entered the water about 200 yards west of the bridge and it was here that tragedy occurred about 1:45, when they were preparing to quit and return home.
Due to the heavy rains up the valley westward, the river had been continually rising, but all apparently were enjoying themselves until suddenly Ralph disappeared beneath the water. Ed Belmer, being the only swimmer in the bunch, tried to save the boy’s life, but every time he came to the surface it would be a different place, owing to the swiftness of the current and assisting was impossible.
The alarm was immediately given and a large crowd turned out to join the search for the body. BOatmen patroled the river east as far as Pilger. The river bridge was lighted from the city’s power plant which aided materially in the search, which contined day and night.
Sheriff Best circulated a petition among the citizens of the community and raised $330.00 with which the search for the body of the unfortunate lad was continued until about 2:30 Wednesday afternoon, when George Alderman, George Dodge, Lusch Caldwell and H. F. Chaney, who had been on duty since Tuesday morning, found the body lodged against a large cottonwood tree which was lying in a swift moving current about 15 feet from the river bank and about 4 1/2 miles east of Stanton, but was about 12 miles from the city by river route. They Were drifting down the river in patrol boats when they found the body and rescued it from the water.
The Colfax County Board of Commissioners paid Wm. H. Roether $66.66 salary for the second quarter of the year.
Rev. Boling and daughter, Wannita, age 14 years, residents of David City, were both drowned in the Platte river near the east end of the Smatlan island late Monday evening while bathing. Rev. Boling and family, together with other friends of David City had gone to the river for the evening, Rev. Boling was anxious to teach his daughter to swim.
They were attempting to locate a place in the river which would favor their desires. Miss Wannita became separated from the others, and was seen to drop into one of the treacherous washouts in the river for which the Platte is famous.
Rev. Boling rushed to rescue his daughter, and he too, was drawn into the whirling waters and carried to his death together with Wannita.
The alarm was soon given and anxious helpers were soon at hand to assist in finding the bodies, but this was not accomplished until Tuesday morning at 10:30. Both were found not more than 50 feet from where they were last seen and were not more than five feet apart.
Funeral services were conducted in the Methodist church in David City. Rev. Boling, 35, is survived by his wife and three small children.
July 15, 1920 - reprinted February 6, 1985
The county tractor with O. W. Pilgrim and his gang, has been moved from the Howells road west to the Clarkson-Schuyler road. Beginning at a point about 1 mile in Adams precinct from the Midland north line, the grader will work south, passing through Midland and into Grant, south of Wells.
Thence they will go east connecting with the Colfax highway at the Frank Vrba corner, making a splendid highway from Schuyler to Clarkson. Because of lack of funds in Lincoln and Adams, but little work will be done this year further than maintenance work.
Police Magistrate G. H. Wells, one of the venerable citizens of Schuyler, met with a very unfortunate and painful accident when his driving horse kicked him. The force of the blow striking his kneecap, splitting the bone. He is now resting at his home.
Emerson Smatlan, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Smatlan of Schuyler submitted to an operation for appendicitis at Paynesville, Minn. The Smatlan family are enjoying an outing in Minnesota. Emerson was suddenly taken ill and an immediate operation was necessary.
Anton Kopac of Schuyler and his brother, Frank of Columbus, left for Chicago to personally take charge of a shipment of Dodge cars that were shipped from Detroit by boat. If freight cars can be secured, the autos will be shipped to Schuyler and if not, drivers will bring them overland.
A committee composed of Charles Grotelueschen, J. E. Higgins, Fred Hoppe, J. Folda, Henry Littleman, J. K. Semrad, John Fuchs and Joseph Blecha were appointed to establish a Colfax county livestock show and agricultural exhibit, to be located in Schuyler. The organizational meeting was held Heun.
A half page ad in The Press by the Odvarka Bros., advertised: WANTED! A good suitable residence property in Clarkson for exchange as part payment on a well improved 120 acre farm located in this community. The farm is located in a rich country, and only 6 miles from town. As the owner wishes to move to town he will consider residence property in Clarkson as part payment. The property must be priced right.
A referee partisian sale was conducted by County Attorney W. B. Sadilek at the Mrs. Frank Tuma farm, whereby the said 120 acres were reverted to the ownership of Mrs. Tuma, beng bid in at $250 per acre.
Mrs. John Thiem. Sr., and Mrs. Emil Novak, both of Howells have been on the sick list last week, according to Dr. Myers.
A gay fishing party left Howells Sunday morning for the day’s outing at the lakes east of Crowell. There were nine automobiles and too many in the expedition to give mention of all. They all speak of a grand and gloriou time, many enjoying boating and fishing, while ladies present basked in the sunshine while others preferred the swings and hammocks in the sandy grove.
Fish brought to the outside kitchen by men engaged were plentiful and we are told that R. C. Norman secured the best as number and weight. Before making the drive home, the large assembly sat down to dinner or feast of fried fish and the taste still lingers. Other edibles were taken along as well as refreshments to make the day’s plans a decided success.
James Palik, The Store for Everybody, at Howells, had the following Harvest Bargains: No. 2˝ can sauerkraut 18c, No.2˝ can Tomatoes 18c, No.2˝ can Corn 13c, No.2˝ can Peaches 45c, No.2˝ can Apricots 45c, 10-lb. can Apricots or Peaches $1.25, No. 1 tall can Pink Salmon 25c, Lighthouse Cleanser 5c, 1 lb. Seedless Raisins 25c, Guatemala Peaberry Coffee lb. 50c.
The U. S Civil Service Commissioner announces an examination for rural carriers which will be held on Aug. 14 at Howells and Schuyler, the salary has again been advanced, and payyment is $1869 per year.
Dr. Myers returned to Howells from a trip to Rochester, Minn., where he took down Mrs. George Busch of Schuyler, who will submit to an operation under the hands of the world famous surgeons, the Mayo Bros.
J. J. Sindelar, Jr., J. A. Novak and L. J. Sindelar of Howells returned home aftor a five-day sojourn in South Dakota, near Lake Andes. They had a pleasant outing and fishing was good but not at its best due to high water.
E. M. Nelson, J. F. McKinley, R. H. Goodge. Louis Hahn, Thos. Mortimer and Charles R. Kuhle were in Newman Grove in the attendance at the hearing before the railway commissioners in the complaint of Charles Randall vs the railroad company.
Mr. Randall’s complaint was to the effect that the company does not give the patrons along the branch adequate service and is asking for an additional passenger train.
Representative businessmen were there practically from every town on the branch. Messrs. Nelson, Mortimer and Kuhle testified before the hearing in reference to the complaint.
Leigh will again have a dentist. Dr. L. C. Blackman has sold his office equipment to Dr. H. C. Mason of Omaha, who arrived here Tuesday evening.
He has a wife and two children, who will move to Leigh as soon as they can find a residence.
Joseph Mundil and his mother motored over to Linwood, where Joe will take charge of the bank during his brother’s absence, who is taking his annual vacation.
July 15, 1920 - reprinted February 13, 1985
Jaroslav Krofta, residing 4 miles from town, is announcing a grand bowery dance at his farm next Saturday evening, with the Krofta orchestra furnishing the music.
The Jirovec Orchestra will provide music for a dance at the Chas. Vogel farm, Saturday evening. The farm is located 8 miles northeast of Clarkson. The next evening, a dance will be held on the picnic platform erected on the John J. Dudycha farm, four miles south of Clarkson. Jirovec Orchestra will also play for this dance.
Mrs. Anton Dusatko was a passenger to Omaha for a few days’ visit at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Joe Votava.
Mrs. Mary Platz, who had been visiting at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Anton Odvarka, Jr., was called to Cedar Rapids, Neb., by the serious illness of her eldest daughter, Mrs Merl Grover, who had been sufferng with an acute attack of ptomaine poisoning.
Rev. B. A. Filipi is able to be up and around again after being confined to his bed for a couple of days. Yesterday he was in Omaha to consult a specialist.
Word was received here that Emil Folda and his esteemable family expect to arrive home from California by the first of August. They are scheduled to leave San Diego by the 20th of the month and expect to make the trip home in a week or ten days.
Frank Hampl, the congenial optometrist of Howells, informed us that he and his family will depart for a recreational trip, during which time he will not be able to make his regular visits to Clarkson.
The family is planning a three weeks’ vacation, traveling by motor to visit numerous friends and relatives in Kansas and from there will cross into Colorado to visit the famous resorts and points of interest.
Mrs. Josie Novotny and her sister went to Omaha to pay a visit to Mrs. Frank Hubenka, who is receiving medical treatment in the city at the hands of a specialist.
Miss Mildred Lestina of Madison is here assisting at the home of her sister, Mrs. Frank Chleboun.
Mr. and Mrs. Mike Zrust went to Omaha to consult a specialist regarding Mrs. Zrust’s health.
Peter Knecht and Carl Rudersdorf left for a few weeks sojourn through Missouri and Kansas, taking in the sights as they go along. They me making the trip in Mr. Knecht’s car.
Mr. and Mrs. Adolf Dudek and their daughter motored to Omaha, where they spent the weekend, returning home Sunday afternoon. While at the metropolis they had a specialist remove the little girl’s tonsils.
July 23 [22?], 1920 - reprinted February 20, 1985
Frank Brichacek, an old-time settler of Midland precinct, died at the home of his son, Joseph, near Heun, after a lingering illness.
He was born in Bohemia 78 years ago and came to Colfax county in the early seventies. He gave away much of his time freely in aiding the parish at Heun of which he was one of the charter members and organizers.
After he retired from farming, he lived a quiet life with his good wife at their son’s home. Besides his wife he is survived by five sons, Frank L., James, Mike, Anton and Joseph and two daughters, Mrs. Albert Lodl and Mrs. Jos. Sobota, all of whom are regarded as respectable citizens of this country.
This morning F. J. Lacina rented his farm three miles northeast of Clarkson, to Chas. Schultz, the rental being $12.50 per acre.
The farmers of this community are busy harvesting small grain. Judging from reports coming in, the oat crop will be a good deal lighter than was anticipated, due to the extremely hot wave we have been having for several days. If the present dry spell continues for any length of time it will result in heavy damage to the corn crop which in places is not as its standard. A good rain is needed.
The Clarkson “hello” girls, Misses Emma Storek and Mary Bartak went out to the Jos. Bartak place near Madison for their annual vacation. Miss Storek returned this morning and Miss Mary remained for a longer stay.
Wm. Hahn, who is making arrangements to leave the farm and move into the residence he has erected on the edge of town, had decided to dispose of some of his household goods at public auction July 24.
John E. Bukacek returned from a trip to Neligh. He tells us that the country in that portion of the state was visited by a hail storm last week which wrought destruction over a large strip of land for many miles. The fields resemble a barren desert and the crops are a total loss, even the trees were severely damaged. It is said to have been the worst hail storm in the history of Antelope county.
Mrs. C. Vyskocil and daughter, who had been visiting at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jos. R. Teply, returned to her home in Omaha.
We wish to announce the birth of babies in the homes of Frank Studnicka and Jerry Lodl, north of Clarkson. The Studnicka family greeted a baby boy and the Lodl household a little girl. Dr. Kavan, who has the cases in charge, reports the families doing well.
The home of Rudolph Novotny in the vicinity of Howells was enlightened with the arrival of a baby girl last Friday and on Monday the stork called on Mr. and Mrs. Emil Musil, residing south of town, with whom he left a little baby girl. Dr. Knight was called to assist at both homes and reports the families progressing as well as can be expected.
A party of vacationers consisting of Jos. R. Vitek, his wife and daughter, Frank Ference and Adolph Vitek, parted for a motor trip to Idaho and western places. Their excursion, according to a statement made by them before leaving, will last all of three weeks.
They intend to make stops in Denver, Cheyenne and other prominent cities along the route, carrying with them various provisions and a complete camping outfit.
Before their departure, the party bought a second-hand Cadillac touring car from the Fajman Motor Co. in which the journey is being made.
Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Pekarek left for their home in Omaha after a visit at the farm home of J. Maska.
Mr. and Mrs. F. V. Uridil and little son and Mrs. John Jirovec of Clarkson were in Howells paying a visit to numerous friends.
Thos. Tichacek and family of Linwood, with Miss Adeline at the wheel, were in Howells by motor as guests at the L. R. Coufal home.
Last week, Mr. Palik of Howells had a half page ad in The Press and since he had so many customers taking advantage of his bargains during the Harvest Sale, he is offering a special on sugar at $19.50 per hundred pounds.
According to the Humphrey Democrat, some person or persons, whose identity has not yet been established, set fire to the monument which had been erected by the citizens of Lindsay in honor of their soldier boys and completely destroyed it.
Charles Mastny of Schuyler and brother, John of Stanton, who were called to Enid, Oklahoma, because of the illness of their father, arrived home and reported that their father is much improved. He underwent an operation for the removal of his appendicitis and complications set in.
V. J. Prokoupek of the Rapid Shoe Repair shop in Schuyler, suffered a severe laceration of his right elbow when he got too close to a fan he had placed on one of his machines. He had taken a fan from an auto and put it on the machine. Several stitches were required to close the three gashes that penetrated to the bone.
Longin Sindelar, a farmer residing northwest of Schuyler, is a patient at St. Mary's hospital in Columbus, following an operation for injuries received while driving his binder. Mr. Sindelar was using a piece of fishing rod to prod up his horses when one of the horses kicked the rod and the end of it struck him in the abdomen.
The injuries caused internal hemorrhages and an operation was necessary to save his life. The intestines were also bruised.
July 25 [?], 1920 - reprinted February 27, 1985
F. Ralston Moore, official census enumerator for the Schuyler school district has filed his reports with the board of education and with the county superintendent.
The report shows that there are 371 families in District No. 2, with a total of 927 children of school age, of this number, 479 are boys and 488 are girls.
This is a gain of two children over last year’s report. There were 292 boys and 286 girls in the district between the ages of 7 and 16 years. During the year, 50 families with children of school age moved into the district and 48 families with children of school age moved out of the district.
The names of Robert Vath and Stephan Madr are the only ones removed from the list because of deaths, therefore the census report would indicate that the population of Schuyler is practically the same as a year ago.
Dr. Mont Smith, for the past l7 years practicing dentist in Schuyler, last week closed his dental establishment to remain so until Sept. 15, and is leaving for Haynes City, Fla., to join Mrs. Smith who had been there for the past several weeks.
Several years ago Mr. Smith purchased a tract of land in the Bartow section and now has a well developed orange grove wIh prospects of large returns from the experiment. Mrs. Smith went to Florida several weeks ago to oversee the ranch and possibily sell it.
When she arrived there, old Nebraska friends prevailed upon her to hold the grove, as returns were far above what the land was selling for. After communicating this fact to the doctor, he also acquired the southen fever and soon determined that he would try the country for a limited time.
Wald Kunhart of Howells went to Schuyler by motor early Sunday morning and from there took the train for Omaha at which point he was joined by other drivers for Parr Bros. of Dodge who will drive over several Buick cars for their stock.
R. B. Folda has a new Reo touring car, the purchase having been made of the Service Motor Co. in Howells. The firm also reports the sale of an Overland sedan to William Studnicka of the Dodge vicinity.
H. E. Phelps of Howells received a telegram from Manitou, Colo. which conveyed the sad tidings that his mother, Mrs. C. J. Phelps had suffered a relapse and was in very critical condition. She is past the 80th milestone.
Mr. Phelps left immediately for Colorado to be at the bedside of hiS mother.
The Grotelueschen boys at Leigh are surely striking a streak of ill fortune with their autos. Only a few weeks ago they had a Ford stolen and Tuesday night Wm. Grotelueschen’s Chevrolet caught fire as he was driving from town about 11:00.
He had filled his gas tank while in town and just as he was speeding up the hill near John Claussenn’s place, the car broke into a blaze. Bill tried tO shut off the engine but it failed to stop and his next move was for his safety which he gained in time.
He had no fire fighting apparatus with which to work except which he hurled at the flames but that only seemed to feed it. Fire went to the tops of the giant cottonwood trees along the road. The car was a complete wreck except the wheels, they being only parts the fire did not reach due to the protection of the fenders.
The car was insured for $400 and Billy says a man is foolish if he hasn’t his car insured. —Creston Statesman
Dr. & Mrs. J. H. Lowery, A. H. Wieboldt, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Malena and Mrs. John Malasek of Leigh went to Omaha where Mesdames Malena and Malasek entered the hospital for medical treatment.
Mrs. Bohumil Beran and children and Miss Bessie Bos left for Omaha, where they will visit for some time.
Jos. Maliha and wife were eastbound passengers, going to Omaha to visit the gentleman’s sister confined in one of the city’s hospitals.
Mrs. Anton Odvarka and son, Vlasislav, and Erwin Kouba departed for Omaha after spending a month here with relatives.
Mrs. Anton Rychtig returned from an Omaha hospital, where she underwent an operation for the removal of her appendix two weeks ago.
Vincenc Prokopec and son were passengers to Fremont early this morning.
V. L. Prazak is again confined to his home with an attack of sciatic rheumatism.
Mr. and. Mrs. Charles Hrabak and his son, William and family, visited with Howard Hrabak, the enterprising young manager of the Ryan Co. store in Clarkson.
We were made a pleasant visit by Frank Uhlik of near Howells, who was here on a business mission. He was accompanied by his daughter, Anna, and Mrs. Chas. Uhlik and her son, William.
Jos. E. Ruzicka, William Cinfl and Rudolph Zastera were in Fremont, consulting a specialist, the former relative to his hearing and the latter two regarding their eyesight.
Jos. Zrust, residing south of town, is carrying both of his hands bandaged up as a result of coming in contact with poison ivy while cutting one day last week. This is about the most serious case we have ever seen caused by the pest and it will be sometime berore Joe will be able to return to work.