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Merrick County News


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 44


Found Stricken With Chill
Along Road Near Farm
Home Thursday.


Special Dispatch to the World-Herald.
   Silver Creek, Neb., Dec. 30.
Charles Wooster, 79, former legislator and known all over the state as the "Sage of Silver Creek," died at his home here today. He had been ill since


Charles Wooster.

Thursday when he was stricken while walking to his farm home from the village as was his custom. He had been overcome with chills and collapsed along the road where he was found. A passing autoist picked him up.
   Mr. Wooster had attended the Taxpayers' league meeting at Grand Island Wednesday and had arrived at Grand Island about 6 o'clock Thursday.
   Good roads was a hobby of the Silver Creek sage.
   Mr. Wooster won prominence throughout the state in the session of the Nebraska legislature preceding the trans-Mississippi exposition when his opposition to the $100,000 appropriation for it, delayed passage for many weeks.
   He was a familiar figure at state meetings, especially of the farmers, where he took an interest in public questions. He was a frequent contributor to the Public Pulse column of the World-Herald. Mr. Wooster was a democrat, though in later years he became rather more independent In his views.
   The long avenue of cottonwood trees west of Silver Creek on the Lincoln highway, famed throughout the state for its beauty was planted many years ago by Mr. Wooster.
   Mr. Wooster was born in Michigan in I843. He was a civil war veteran and came to Nebraska in 1872 and took a soldier's homestead in Merrick county, where he since resided. He was formerly editor of the Silver Creek Times, but always considered farming his business.
   Mr. Wooster was a delegate to the last Farmers Union convention held in Omaha.
   A Masonic funeral will be held at the home of a son, Charles Wooster, jr., and then the body will be taken to Omaha for cremation. A service also will be held in Omaha. Date of the funeral will not be set until the other four children, Mary, Dorothy, Edith and Pauline, are heard from.



   The community was sadly shocked to hear of the death of Burdette Knowles Sr. which occurred at the farm home of his daughter, Mrs. V. H. Bruning, who resides three miles north east of Clarks. After suffering a number of years, but only being confined to his bed the last week, death relieved him at 11.30 P. M. Friday, January 29th, at the age of 51 years, 3 months and 24, days. His wife. preceded him in death 8 months before.
   He was born in Polk County October 5, 1874. Later moving to Ord, Nebraska, and finishing school there he then moved to Grand Island, and there was united in marriage to Lillian Koeplin. To this union five children were born, Burdette, who now lives in Idaho; Mrs. Allie Wilson of Central City; Mrs. V. H. Bruning of Clarks, and two babies who died in infancy twelve years ago.
   For a number of years Mr. Knowles was engaged in the barber business in Grand Island. He later moved to Clarks and was in the paint and decorating business until two years before his death. He was always a hard worker and although a constant sufferer for a number of years, never complained. Four months ago he accepted the Catholic faith and was a very devoted Christian.
   He leaves to mourn his death besides his three children, two granddaughters, Patricia Marjeane Bruning and Allie Jeane Wilson; Also a host of friends.
   The funeral was held at the Catholic Church, Monday morning, burial taking place in the Polk County Cemetery.

(NOTE: See cemetery extracts on the Polk County website.)



   Albert Martin Johnson was born at Kewanee, Illinois, July 27th 1869.
   In the spring of 1874 he came to Nebraska with his parents who, with their family, settled on a homestead five miles west of Stromsburg. At the age of 18 he taught in. the district schools for some time and later was engaged several years in bridge work for the Union Pacific.
   In 1892 he was married to Laura May Harrier and again took up his residence in Polk County. He served two terms as county assessor. In 1905 he removed to Merrick County where he engaged quite extensively in stock raising. He was very successful financially having accumulated considerable property. Five years ago he retired from active business and located in Clarks where he was considered and held in high esteem by his associates. He was a 32nd degree

Mason and took a deep interest in the work of that order until a year ago when he suffered a general nervous break-down. His wife, who anticipated his every wish, has been at his side constantly and every means was employed to restore him to health
   While on a visit at the home of his sister at St. Edwards, he passed out of this life June 4th, 1924. The body arrived here over land last Friday and was accompanied to Stromsburg by the members of The Masonic Lodge of Clarks who conducted the services at the cemetery where they were met by the Masons of Stromsburg.
   Five sisters survive; Mrs. A. M. Anderson, St. Edward, Nebr.; Mrs. J. A. Regnell, McPherson, Kansas; Mrs. D. D. Little, Great Divide, Colorado; Mrs. A. M. Little, Omaha, Nebraska; and Mrs. Mary Shaw of Stromsburg who with many relatives and a host of friends, will look for to that day when the last enemy shall be overcome.



   Miss Bertha Oshy of Edgar, and Zirrill Hipke of this city were united in marriage at the home of the bride's father Thursday morning at 8 o'clock June 30. The service was the ring service at the M. E. Church, Rev. Beebe officiating.
   The newly married pair went to Omaha for a few days visit before leaving for their future home, and where Mr. Hipke holds a responsible position in a bank. The Enterprise joins the many friends in wishing them happiness and prosperity.


Scrapbook, page 45


Miss Alice Osterman Becomes
Bride of Clarence
E. Rose of Clarks

   A New Year's wedding of more that usual interest was solemnized at the parsonage of the First Methodist Episcopal Church at Clarks, Nebraska at 10:00 A. M. today, when Miss Alice Osterman of this city became the bride of Clarence E. Rose of Clarks. The Rev. Mr. Gaithers performed the sacred rites in the presence of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Rose, who were the only attendants of the bride and groom.
   The bride was charmingly attired in a suit of brown velvet velour, richly banded with grey squirrel, and wore a corsage of English violets. She is the daughter of the Hon. Theo. M. Osterman, and is one of Central City's most popular and attractive young ladies. For seven years she was a student at Mount St. Mary's at Omaha, being graduated from that institution in 1919. She was honored by being chosen Valedictorian of her class. She also completed her musical education there, and specialized extendedly in Dramatic Arts. Being a young lady of considerable talent and possessing an exceptionally vivid personality, Alice has held a high place in the social life of Central City, making and holding her friend as few people are privileged to do. For the past few years she has been engaged in teaching in the rural districts of this county, and ranks very high in her chosen profession.
   The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rose of near Clarks, and was born and raised in Merrick County. He is a graduate of the Clarks high school, and at present is engaged as a Ford salesman with headquarters at Fullerton. Being an energetic and capable young man, his friends are predicting a bright future for him.
   Following the ceremony Mrs. Carl Hansen served a course dinner at her home in Archer to immediate relatives of the contracting parties. The tables were attractively adorned with cut flowers and smilax.
   Later in the day Mr. and Mrs. Rose left for Omaha and Des Moines, where they will spend a short honeymoon. Following March first they will be at home to their many friends at Fullerton, Nebraska.
   A number of pre-nuptial events were given in the brides honor previous to her marriage.




   Miss Fay McLean, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert McLean, of Laramie, Wyo., and Francis Bender, son of County Clerk George Bender and Mrs. Bender, of this city, were married in Laramie Wednesday at the St. Lawrence O'Toole church by Rev. Fr. Nicholas, according to announcement received by ____ents today. The bride is a former Columbus girl, the McLean family making their home here about a year, during which time Mr. McLean traveled for the Paxson-Davis wholesale house. She is a graduate of the Clarks, Neb. high school graduating from there about two years ago. Mr. Bender attended the Cornlea public schools but for the past year has been making his home in Laramie where he is employed by the Gem City Grocery Co. Mr. and Mrs. Bender will make their home in Laramie.
   The above is from the Columbus Telegram of April 18 and of much interest to the brides many friends and school mates at Clarks who wish the contracting parties happiness and prosperity all along lifes journey.

(1925 - handwritten)

(Republican Boomerang)
Laramie, Wyoming

   Frances P. Bender, popular employe of the Gem City Grocery, and Miss Fay R. McLean, talented musician and teacher of music, were married at the Catholic church Wednesday evening by the Rev. Father Nicholson. Edward Murphy was best man, while Miss McLean was attended by Miss Alice Cahill.
   Mr. and Mrs. Bender are staying at 559 North Fifth street, the home of the brides parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. E. McLean. Mr. Bender is a son of George H. Bender, county clerk at Columbus, Nebr. where both the newlyweds formerly lived.


Madison - Jones

   On December 11 at Central City occurred the marriage of Miss Dorthea Madison and Mr. Floyd Jones. Mrs. Jones has been attending the Clarks High School and was in her Senior year. Mr. Jones has lived near Clarks for a number of years, and both young people have a host of friends who wish them happiness thru their wedded life. They left at once for their home at Hemingsford, Nebraska.


   Leonard W. Luft of Central City and Miss Ella Gerdts of Kearney, Nebraska motored to Bellville, Kansas, Tuesday morning where the ceremony that made them one was celebrated.
   The bride at present is a nurse at the German Lutheran hospital at York. The groom is the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Jake Luft of this community and has for the past month been employed at the nursery of York and is a young man of high standing and possessing a very large circle of acquaintances, who are joining in wishing Mr. and Mrs. Luft much happiness in the years that lie before them. Mr. and Mrs. Luft will go to housekeeping for the present at York.



   An argument following a collision of cars proved decidedly humiliating for Wm. Stumpff of Clarks Sunday evening, when he was forced to take the count after Alfred Frake had administered a severe beating.
   Mr. Stumpff, who was reported to be in an intoxicated condition, was apparently driving on the wrong side of the road on the K-N-D Highway north of town and smashed into the car being driven by Alfred Frake. Getting out of their machines they talked it over for a time, but Mr. Stumpff being reluctant to take the blame resorted to unfriendly language. Witnesses claim that he drew a gun after Mr. Frake had knocked him down. This was taken from him a A. J. Frake, brother of Alfred, who retained it in his possession. Mr. Stumpff was then declared to have taken the beaten (sic) of his life, after which he appeared real docile and friendly, offering to shake hands with his foe and pay all damages to his car as the result of the accident. Mr. Frake was returning home from having called upon a doctor in Central City for medical treatment.
   No arrests have been made at this writing.


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