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Scrapbook of Mrs. C. J. (Elizabeth) Dittmer

Assumption - that all these were published in the Clark's Enterprise ...
or the newspaper of Shelby, IOWA
None of the articles bear a publication date or name of newspaper.

Scrapbook, page 33

(Fred Lind Obituary
title is not legible)

   The sad news of the death of Fred Lind of Platte precinct, prominent farmer and stock grower of the Beulah neighborhood, was received here Saturday morning his death having occurred at 7 o'clock in the morning of that day. Mr. Lind was badly injured by the collapse of rafters which the workmen were using for the construction of the immense new barn at the Lind farm, which has already been mentioned in these columns. The accident happened after the men had returned to work following the dinner hour. Mr. Lind was struck on the head and back and was rendered unconscious. He was taken to the house and medical assistance quickly summoned and he regained consciousness sufficiently to be able to recognize those about him, but no enough to talk. In the evening he sank into a slumber and slept most of the time throughout the night. Weakness of the heart action was detected in the morning, which continued to function more weakly till he passed away at seven o'clock.
   The walls of the massive building had been completed, being made of tile and were very substantial and the contractor states that if brick had been used in the walls, the impact of the falling rafters might have caused the collapse of the whole structure. The rafters being placed in were for the support of the tile roof and the placing of this frame work was well along, each rafter supported from the sides, being placed in by itself. The reinforcement of these was a temporarily arranged matter, the intention being to strengthen the reinforcement before the sheeting was commenced. Mr. Lind and one of the workmen were assisting in the raising of the rafters and had perhaps three fourths of the number in place when the rafters at the other end of the building commenced falling, probably from a gust of wind. Each of the rafters falling against the next, knocked down the whole line and before the workmen under the other end had time to get out the whole mass of timbers fell and caught Mr. Lind and A. S. Stoll underneath. The former was struck on the head and pinned under the timbers. He was taken out unconscious and carried to the house where he passed away as

stated. The other workman, Mr. Stoll, who was working nearer the wall, was not struck so hard and he got out with a broken leg and internal injuries the exact extent has not yet been determined. He is being cared for at the home of his sister, Mrs. C. O. Carlson on the valley.    Fred Lind was born in Sweden, Sept. 12, 1860 and came to America in the fall of 1880 and went to St. Paul, Nebr., where he lived for a few years and then went to Wyoming where he lived for fifteen years when he returned to Polk County where he has since resided. He was united in marriage to Miss Christine Olson in 1885 and to them four children were born. They are Carl Emil, Harry Fred, Harriet Margaret and George Philip, who with his widow survive him.
   Funeral services were held from the home near Beulah at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon, Rev. K. A. Stromberg of the Swede Plain Church conducting the service, the sermon preached being from Psalms 39-7. The singers were the members of the choir of the Swede Plain church and were Mrs. Arthur Anderson, Mrs. Walter Nyberg, Miss Edith Lind and Henry and John Lind. The service was a very impressive one and the scores of friends who came from all over the west part of the county and near by towns, attested the high regard in which the deceased was held. A veritable bank of flowers hid the casket during the services. The pall bearers were M. E. Daniel, Chalmer Daniel, George Mace, Oscar Carlson, Alfred and Clarence Heitzman. The interment was in Osceola cemetery.
   The death of Fred Lind closes the earthly career of one of Polk County's ablest and most progressive farmers and a man who hewed his own way to remarkable success by the labor of his own hands and the assistance of a faithful family. Owning oneof the finest farms in the county, he was in the middle of a building program which has already been told in this paper, when the hand of death cut him down. He is loved by many and respected by all and the sorrowing relatives have the heartfelt sympathy of all in the great loss which they have sustained.


 (NOTES: Additional information about Fred Lind can be found in "Our Polk County Heritage" pp143-4, & 264 (cem extracts). Mr. Lind died in 1920. The cemetery extracts are available from the Polk County website.


   The funeral of Albert Brinkman who died Tuesday June 7, 1921 at 4:10 P.M. at Rochester Minn. where he had gone after consulting several Physicians and getting no relief was advised to try Mayo Brothers which he did and was there only one day when he passed to the great beyond. The remains were brought to his home at Clarks Nebraska and short funeral services were given by Rev. J. Kunkel who gave an impressive sermon on the good Christian life which he had led. From there the deceased was taken to Arapahoe Nebraska where services were conducted by Rev. L. Jensen June the 11, 1921 at the Catholic Church and was laid to rest in the Miller Cemetery. Aged 58 years 6 month 7 days. Deceased was born November 30, 1872 at Cassville Wisconsin where he grew to manhood coming to Holbrook Nebraska in the year of 1890 and in the year 1892 November the 15 was married to Detta Brinkman to this union were born 5 children. He leaves to mourn his demise a loving wife and 4 children 2 daughters and 2 sons one son dying in infancy also 2 brothers and one sister in Wisconsin and a host of relatives and friends. He lived on his farm 3 miles north of Holbrook until the year 1915, moving to Clarks Nebraska where he resided until death.


  Mrs. Detta Brinkman was born in Seemore, Wisconsin June 5, 1872 and passed away at her home at Clarks, Nebraska January 4, 1925.
   She came to Gosper county Nebraska with her parents at the age of seven years, where she grew to womenhood. Later she was married to Albert Brinkmann November 15, 1892. To this union were born 5 children three boys and two girls one boy dying in infancy and her husband preceeding her to the great beyond in 1921. The deceased leaves to mourn her loss the four children two brothers and two sisters besides a host of friends and relatives.
   Funeral services were at the Catholic Church, conducted by Rev. J. Kunkel, from there the remains were taken to Holbrook, where a short funeral service was held and she was laid to rest in the Miller cemetery.

(NOTES: The above obits are almost without punctuation and capitalization!

Scrapbook, page 34

Central City High Team
Community Club Membership


The Central City High School Basketball Team.

   The Enterprise takes pleasure in publishing the names of those who have already become members. The dues are payable to Welter Chamberlin, sr., Treas.

W J Pollard

E A Martin

J C Inbody

E Chamberlain

A L Boberg

G J Smith

M M Kokjer

W F Feehan

O A Bittinger

W F Feehan

G L Jordan

J H Gregg

J H Kraemer

W Chamberlin, sr

R C Christie

James Wolfe

E E Davis

M L Abbott

J H Freese

G E Goodell

B H Ferguson

Thos. Keefe

W W Ferguson

Wm. Williams

Joe Sweet

J W Marshall

A E Hartwell

Frank Adams

Wm. Burger

Pete Sadm??

Helmuth Koehler

Ora T Graves

W E Davis

H P Hansen

J A Coakley

M C Dexter

Rodger Headley

M Shonsey

M Chamberlin

M P Sears

Laurence N Dexter

Van J Hoffer

Emil Becker

R R Douglas

H M Morse

C W Flesher

D H Stevens

Frank Tague

Nathan Bordy

W G Alton

George Dudney

N H Dexter

F J Roach

Ross C Noble

E B Starrett

A E Nordgren

C L Kahley

J W Myles

J H Zinnecker

O H Sowl

Vernon H Bruning

Shaw Little

Vincent Douglas

W J Henderson

Clarence H Bruning

E M Little

W T Taylor

C E Souser

C B Knowles

M B Douglas

Earl Chenley

C L Leece

G A Schrawger

F A Noble

Fred Philbrook

H M Kokjer

W F Harman

J E Stanton

Wm. Rosenthal

Luke Lamb

C M Shull

Paul Trullinger

J W Trullinger

M G Shonsey

W J Fosbury

Thos. Lavelle

Dr. Collins

Fred Crowcock

O K Tucker

Walter Wassum

Albert Winkler

Frank Keiffer

Dewey Kisor

E B Kugel

Frank Trullinger

Wm. Grant

Executive Committee
A E Nordgren, Pres.
Fred Philbrook, Vice Pres.

C L Kabley, Sec'y

W Chamberlin, Treas

J W Mylet

Wm. Williams

E M Little

H Koehler

P W Stumpff

J H Kraemer

J R Wunecker

     After a poor start in the first four games, the Central City High school basketball team made a strong come-back and was rated as one of the leading teams in their part of the state.

Central City 18, Osceola 12
Central City 22, York 27
Central City 34, Grand Island, 14
Central City 23, Shelton 13

The results of their games were:
Central City 40, Clarks, 13
Central City 22, Clarks 22
Central City 18, Hastings 21
Central City 14, Shelton 51
Central City 27, Newman Grove, 34
Central City 17, Columbus 28
Central City 17, Grand Island, 10
Central City 24, Kearney 17

   Those in the picture are: Top Row - Max Houghton, coach, Next Row - Patrick Heaton, guard; Albert Everett, center and forward,. Next Row - James Farnham, guard; curtis Petty, forward; Captain Raymond Crites, guard. Bottom Row - Harold Giersdorf, center; harvey Benness, forward; Henry Heaton, forward.




   The people of this community are please to learn of the heroism of Elmer Gates a former resident now at Kearney, when he proved his quality by pulling Paul McDermott of Hastings from a swimming pool in time to save his life. It is not an infrequent occurrence to read or hear of a double loss of life when one attempts the rescue of another.


(All from page 34 of the scrapbook of Mrs. C.J. (Elizabeth) Dittmer, contributed by Lois Dittmer Fairfield. Thank you!)

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