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Clarks Enterprise News?


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

Scrapbook page 35

Funeral of     
     Old Resident

   Alfred G. Sweet was born at Nauvoo Illinois, March 4, 1859 and passed away at the M. E. Hospital in Omaha, Saturday May 15, 1921 having reached the age of 62 years, 2 months and 11 days. Mr. Sweet came to Clarks in 1871 and engaged in ranch work more or less until 1895 when he settled on the home farm.
   He was married to Sarah Shannon October 17, 1895 and to this union ten children were born, two died in early life. He was a charter member of the Masonic Lodge of Clarks.
   Mr. Sweet had been ailing for sometime but patiently bearing up under the affliction was ready when the call came. A kind affectionate husband and father whose wife and children were most devoted that the home fires were kept sacred. Mrs. Sweet was with him during the last hours and when the call came she was resigned to the Masters plan. He Leaves a wife, eight children and many relatives and friends.
   A delegation of the Masonic Order, relatives and friends met at the home and after a short prayer by the pastor the body was taken to the Congregational Church where a sermon was preached by Rev. J. H. Kraemer pastor of the church and payer was offered by Rev. W. T. Taylor. A quartet sang splendidly which added to the sacredness of the hour.
   The Masonic order took charge of the services at the grave where the benediction was pronounced by Rev. Kraemer.


   Last Friday evening when Albert Beck returned home from Central City, whither he was taking county school examinations, he went about his duties as chore boy at the parental home, where a part of his routine work was to bring home the cows and he mounted a horse to proceed on the mission from which he did not return. After waiting some time the father became uneasy and went out to investigate, where he found Albert laying on the ground, face downward in a pool of blood and life extinct. The father heart-stricken, returned to the home and gave the alarm upon the phone, there being no other members of the family present, which increased the father's burden.
   Examination revealed a crushed skull, broken neck and dislocated shoulder with the presumption the horse had fallen upon him. Assistance by relatives and friends quickly conveyed the lifeless body to the house, and members of the family received the comfort and blessing of loving friends and neighbors.
   Albert Beck, the youngest son of John Beck, met death by accident in the home last Friday evening, age 14 years, 6 months and 12 days.
   Albert was an affectionate little fellow whose friends were numbered by all who knew him. His funeral was at Pierce Chapel Sunday at 2:30 p. m., Rev. Taylor, assisted by Rev. Kraemer having charge of the services. The singing was beautiful. His favorite hymn, "Went to the Garden Above," was sung by Mr. and Mrs. Zinnicker. School No. 25 attended in a body. Two girls in his class were flower girls. The flowers were numerous, nothwithstanding (sic) it was Mother's Day.
He leaves a father, five brothers and four sisters and a host of friends to mourn the loss of a promising, lovable boy. His mother and one brother had preceded him, where he will now be with them in glory.
   This being the third death in the family within three years, makes it the more sad indeed. The sympathy of the entire community is with beloved ones of the home.
   Besdies (sic) the father there are left four brothers, Teddy, David, Raymond and Walter, and four sisters, Mrs. Lizzie Hansen of Clarks, Mrs. Iva Branting of Polk, Zoe Beck and Ruth Beck of Clarks.
   The funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at the Pleasant Hill Church with Rev. Taylor, pastor of the Clarks Methodist church in charge,. The pupils of District 25 attended in a body with their teacher, Miss Minnie Cluff. Interment was made in the Pleasant Hill cemetery.

Charles Wooster.

   He had a voice that rasped like a file, had C___ Wooster, and when he wrote pieces for the pa____ dipped a red hot pen into boiling ink. He lov___ fight, especially to fight alone or against overwh___ odds. If his side of a scrap grew popular, attrac___ many adherents, he was inclined to become sus___ of it; to re-examine it carefully to see if aft___ there might not be something wrong with it.
   He was sometimes a burden to the flesh and ___ to the spirit, so cantankerous was he, so uncom___ising, so unremitting at times when the other ___ wanted to call it a day and take a rest. His ___ was appalling, his persistency infinite. He had ___ respect for men or gods or supermen. His work___ was that whatever is accepted is wrong and w___ is hailed is shoddy.
   But he was a man, every tall inch of him, a___ honor and fine character and a heart that was ___ under its spiny exterior. As a gadfly to Ne___ through many years he served an excellent and ___ purpose. He not only dared to be a Daniel and ___ alone but he loved it, and with all his eccent__ and perversities got away with it and earned respect and even the affection of his state.
   Charles Wooster will be missed. Men like ___ needed, if only as a antidote to the many th___ to get along by finding which is the winning si__ then espousing it.



   Cecil Curtiss Mustard was born in Polk county Nebraska, on June 9, 1889, ad was 33 years 11 months and 24 days old at the time of his death. He received his primary education in the district school, and then attended the Silver Creek High School, since which time he has followed farming as a profession. February 20, 1917 he was united in marriage to Miss Lavisa Walker, of Clarks, Nebr. For four years they lived on a farm 6 miles west of Silver Creek, moving from there to a farm north of Clarks about 3 years ago. Cecil was a steady, conscientious young man, highly esteemed by all who knew him. His health had been poor for a number of years, causing him to become despondent.
   He was a member of the I. O. O. F. lodge at Silver Creek, and had joined the Masons, having taken the second degree.
   He is survived by his wife, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Mustard, and four brothers, Clyde of Clarks, Earl of Sutherland, and Glen and Donald of Silver Creek.
   Funeral services were held at the M. E. Church in Silver Creek, on Saturday morning, at eleven o'clock a short service was held at the house at ten o'clock. Burial was at the Silver Creek Cemetery  --   Sand


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