NOTE: These are not complete. As I find articles related to naturalizations, I will post them. The naturalizaton papers for Platte county have been microfilmed and are available at the Nebraska State Historical Society in Lincoln. See: guidelines for requesting copies.
Columbus Journal, May 6, 1874
The following-named persons were admitted to citizenship:
August Runge, Gotleib F. Bittner, Gotthelf Poleuske, Samuel Reinke, Henry Pustow, C.H. Diederichs, Adolph Brown, Lazor Brown, S. Goldstein, James Lafferty, James Rutledge.
The Columbus Weekly Telegram, October 4, 1889
Today the following parties made declarations of their intentions of becoming citizens: Elias Gogt, aged 44, native of Switzerland; Joseph Cush, 25, Austria; Henry Yutcher, 27, Germany. The following parties took out their final papers and are now full fledged citizens: Christopher Mosner, native of Germany; George Klosek, Austria; Herman Johannes, Germany.
The Columbus Weekly Telegram, October 11, 1889
Edward Lymath, native of England, has eschewed female government and was granted final naturalization papers today.
Yesterday the following persons made declaration of their intention of becoming citizens of the United States:
Arnold Niffeler, aged 24, native of Switzerland; Gottleib Hug, aged 27, native of Switzerland; Louis Behrens, aged 26, native of Germany.
The Columbus Weekly Telegram, October 18, 1889
On Thursday Henry Menke, aged 21, and Henry Neemeyer, aged 21, both natives of Germany, took out their first papers declaring their intention of becoming citizens. Yesterday the following persons took out papers: Maynard P. Hurd, aged 23, Great Britain; Gustav Ernst, aged 22, Switzerland; Gustavus G. Becher, aged 45, Austria.
Theodore Friedhof, native of Germany, and George A. Scott, native of Denmark, were made citizens by the district court today.
James J. Rutland, who occupies the throne of honor behind the counter in the Fleming hotel office nights, made declaration of his intention of becoming an American citizen and eschewing all allegiance to Queen Vic.
County Treasurer Becher awoke to the fact yesterday that he was still a subject of Bohemia, having never taken out naturalization papers. His case is practically the same as that of Messrs. Friedhof and Scott, mention of which was made in The Telegram a few days ago. When his parents removed to this country, he was an infant. There is no record of the elder Becher's ever having become naturalized, hence it was necessary for Gus to take out papers, which he did, getting his first and second documents yesterday.
Yesterday Peder Pederson aged 43 years native of Denmark and Carl Loseke, aged 26 years native of Germany, took out their first naturalization papers in the office of District Clerk Speice.
The Columbus Weekly Telegram, October 25, 1889
Martin Zacaski, aged 24, native of Austria, took out his first citizen papers in the office of the district clerk this morning.
The Columbus Weekly Telegram, November 1, 1889
The following is the list of parties who declared their intention and took out naturalization papers yesterday:
Gustavus A. Schroeder, age 40, native of Germany; Jonas Welch, age 49, native of Great Britain; William A. Schroeder, age 39, native of Germany; Andrew O. Person, age 22, native of Sweden; Lewis Lindblom, age 29, native of Sweden; Nils Norman, age 24, native of Sweden; Henry Lubker, age 34.
Henry A. Mueller, G.A. Schroeder, William A. Schroeder, Jonas Welch, James Pearsall, Stephen Ryan, W.A. McAllister, Henry Lubker, Martin Spreicker and F.H. Rusche.
The Columbus Journal, November 6, 1889
In district court Saturday, Judge A.M. Post presiding: Final naturalization papers were issued to F.W. Falbaum, S.W. Rother, Leo Borowiak, A. Sauer, A. Dussel, Gustav Ernst, Thos. Bandur, P. Wysocki, F. Skampa, J.H. Galley, J.A. Griffen, P. Macken, C.H. Young, M. Watkins, A. Schack and L. Schwarz.
The Columbus Weekly Telegram, November 8, 1889
The following parties declared their intentions and took out their first naturalization papers yesterday: Henry Kay, aged 34, native of Germany; John Purchal, aged 33, native of Austria; John Serabek, aged 22, native of Austria; Martin Rushka, aged 27, native of Austria; Emil Kaufmann, aged 20, native of Germany.
Final naturalization papers were issued to Frank W. Falbaum, S.W. Rother, Leo Borowiak, Adolph Sauer, Andrew Dussel, Gustav Ernst, Thomas Bandur, Peter Wysocki, Frank Skampa, James H. Galley, John A. Griffin, Patrick Macken, Charles Y. Young, Morgan Watkins, August Schack and Louis Schwartz.
The following are the parties who have renounced allegiance to foreign powers and declared their intention of becoming citizens of the United States since our last report: Lukasz Semlak, aged 35, native of Austria; John Swanson, aged 34, native of Sweden; Andreas Hansen, aged 38, native of Denmark; Johan Peter Sorensen, aged 22, native of Denmark; Theodore Vejler, aged 26, native of Denmark; Charles F. Hinsching, aged 23, native of Germany; Adolph Sauer, aged 22, native of Switzerland.
The Columbus Weekly Telegram, March 6, 1890
A certificate of citizenship was granted to Mrs. Mary Kuhne, widow of Scotia, in order that she might prove up on a piece of land situated near Duncan.
The Columbus Weekly Telegram, September 11, 1890
Declarations of intentions of becoming citizens of this great and glourious country were filed in the office of the clerk of the district court on recent dates as follows, to wit:
September 8--Charles Yelm, Sweden, age 29; David Kunzler, Germany, age 24.
September 9--Anton Broek, Germany, age 53; Christian Gisin, Switzerland, age 24.
September 10--Christ Hamling, Germany, age 23; Anton Jarecki, Germany, age 48.
The Columbus Weekly Telegram, September 25, 1890
Born, not to life, but to citizenship in this great country, yesterday:
In the district court, Freidrich Otte and Lewis Sander, who formerly owed their allegiance to the emperor of Germay and Ingomar Sibbernsen, nativity Denmark, took out their final papers.
Chris Aeschcacher, nativity Switzerland, made his declaratory statement, under oath, in the office of District Clerk Speice, and signified his intention of becoming a full-fledged supporter of our dear Uncle Samuel.
Yesterday, in the district court, documents were issued and the official seal attached thereto, which made Otto Born and Michael Kula citizens of this great and glorious liberty-loving country.
From September 1 to the 22d, inclusive, the following named persons have made declaratory oaths and taken out their first naturalization papers:
Andrew Wierzba, Myles Ryan, George Kosiba, Charles Yelm, Anton Brock, Christian Gisin, Christ Hamling, Anton Jarecki, Charles Sempek, Henry Wehrman, August Glur, Jak Staub, John Mostonka, John Nouenberg, Macob Cielocha, Petery Bryg, John Kosiba, John Christian, Heinrich Fleck, John Kozn, Gerd H. Voss, M.T. Kearns, John Braun, Melchoir Egger, Anton Muksch, Johann Borchers, Johannes Abegglen, Fred Moos, Henry Hartig, Alois Miksch, Gotfried Siegenthaler, Gustof Stoll, Frederick Berhard Cattan, Andrew Klostek, Alois Frischolz, David Kunzler--thirty-six in all.
The Columbus Weekly Telegram, October 2, 1890
Yesterday final naturalization papers were issued and declaratory statements taken as follows:
Final papers--Mary A. Lalor, P.H. Bohlburry, F. Dasenbrock.
Declaratory statements--Eilert C. Hellbusch, Carl D. Hellbusch, Peter Schilz, Gerhard Fittje, Frederick Freota Fearkin, Frank Muller, Diedrih Henkensiefken, Mary A. Lalor, Wilhelm Pieper, Johan Breer, Friedrich Dasenbrock, John Reins, Theodor Jacobi, Herman Jacobi, Hans Hanssen, Martin Jarak, all of Germany; Alexander M. Allison and Albert Zimmer, Austria; Anton Olsen, of Denmark.
During the month of September sixty-nine declaratory statements were taken and recorded in the office of the clerk of district court.
During Monday and yesterday final naturalization papers were issued and declaratory statements taken as follows:
Final papers--H. Eiche, Anton Pelle and John Fischer.
Declaratory statements--Gerhard Borehers, Charles Hegemann, Johann U. Staub, Stephen Hamling, Augut J. Hamling, all of Germany; Henry K. Bringen of Norway; Lorenz Gembica, Josef Horing, Valentine Torcan and Joseph Paprocki of Austria.
The Columbus Weekly Telegram, March 19, 1891
The court granted John Heinen, German, his second and final naturalization papers making him a citizen of the United States.
The Columbus Weekly Telegram, April 9, 1891
Yesterday James Haney, one of the oldest residents of Nebraska and Platte county, completed his naturalization and became a full fledged citizen of the United States.
The Columbus Journal, February 17, 1892
Among those who were admitted to citizenship at the present term of court are Joseph Sobus, Germany; Thomas Frawley, Ireland; J.C. Willy, Switzerland; Joseph Siemer, Germany, and P.A. Anderson, Sweden.
The Weekly Telegram, November 23, 1893
Henry Loseke, Rudolph D. Bastin, and F. Hersching, all natives of derfaderland, were given their citizenship papers.
Columbus Journal, September 19, 1900
Naturalization papers have recently been granted to the following-named persons: August Leffers, August Fittje, Henning Bergstrom, John Person, William Hake, Heinrich Cattau, Herman Hake, Swan E. Carstensen, Adolf L. Tritten, Frank Schober, F.B. Cattau, Sven P. Olesen, Ladislaus Czech, Joseph Schacher, Franz Aerni, Charles R. Stankowski, W.B. Feldman, Franz Schmid, jr.
Columbus Journal, November 27, 1901
Jens Jeppesen Lund, Madz Jenson, Jens H. Stigsen and Lars M. Hansen were granted citizenship.
Columbus Telegram, November 29, 1901
Judge Grimison has this week granted rights of citizenship in the United States to Peter Bach, Jens Stigsen, Lars Hansen, Jens Lund and Madz Jenson.
The Columbus Journal, November 4, 1903
Judge Hollenbeck issued citizenship papers last week to the following named parties: Henry Finke, John H. Egger, John Kotlar, Louis Maier, Burkard Mellinger and Casper Kehrli.
The Columbus Journal, December 16, 1903
August Larson and Martin Albers were granted citizenship papers in district court last week.
The Columbus Journal, November 16, 1904
Citizenship was granted to Johannes J. Blohm of Germany. John Wurdeman and Edward Watake witnesses.
The Columbus Journal, November 30, 1904
Second papers of citizenshp were granted by Judge Reeder to Adolf Gabriel today.
Columbus Telegram, June 2, 1905
Among our American citizens can now be counted Andrew Terpager and Nels Terpager. These gentlemen were granted papers of citizenship by Judge Reeder last week. [Lindsay.]
Columbus Telegram, August 18, 1905
James Mitera, a native [of] Poland, was granted naturalization papers by Judge Reeder yesterday afternoon.
The Columbus Journal, January, 1906
Eleven new citizens, six of them natives of Switzerland, were granted naturalization papers by Judge Ratterman Saturday. Those receiving final papers are John Staub, Henry Kruse, Emil Komarek, Albrecht Gerber, Frank Aerni, Phillip Dietz, Carl Hoth, Eilert Brackenhoff, Arnold Nyffeler, and William Saalfeld.
The Columbus Journal, January 17, 1906
New Naturlization [sic] Law.
C.M. Gruenther, clerk of the district court called the Journals attention to two new naturalization bills before congress, one of which is likely to become a law this winter. Mr. Gruenther has made careful investigation of the subject for the benefit of the large number of unnaturalized residents of this county, calling on Congressman McCarthy who has been most generous in furnishing him information.
The bills are framed along lines suggested in President Roosevelt's message and therefore will doubtless receive his sanction if passed.
The Journal has a large circulation in those sections of Platte county where there are many foreign born persons who will be interested in the new law.
The law will provide first, for a federal bureau of naturalization at Washington. The state courts, which now have jurisdiction must act in conformity with the federal statute and under the direction of the federal bureau.
The applicant for citizenship must file his petition either with the federal bureau or with the state courts as at present; application must be published in a newspaper and posted in a public place 90 days before citizenship papers can be issued.
The fee provided is $15, one half of which goes to the federal bureau, accompanied by copy of petition and affidavit of witnesses.
The cost and difficulty of becoming naturalized will be much increased by the new law and Clerk Gruenther is conferring a favor by this preliminary notification to those interested in it. The Journal always awake to be interest of its readers, suggests that this article be saved for future reference.
Columbus Journal, February 7, 1906
Forty-five New Citizens.
Forty-five persons were given naturalization papers by Judge Reeder last Saturday afternoon, the largest number ever naturlized [sic] in Platte county in a single day. This rush for final papers was due largely to the fact that C.M. Gruenther, clerk of the District court had thoroughly advertised a probable change in the near future in the naturalization laws which would add considerable to the cost of naturalizations.
The difficulty of obtaining papers even is greater than than [sic] it was a few years ago and that difficulty will be increased under the new law.
Another opportunity will be offered during the week beginning Feb. 26 for naturalization.
Fred Mindrup, one of the applicants was taken sick before his papers were issued and had to go home without them. Paul Hagel had received his papers years ago but had lost them and simply had them reissued.
The following named received their second papers: Carl Roth, Frank Gores, Paul Hagel, Herman Klug, Engelbert Kuhnel, Herman Gigax, Fred Nyffeler, Heinrich Hagelmann, Fred Michaelson, Johann Fittje, Carl Roelle, Fred Hemme, John Luchsinger, Caesar Ernst, Otto Ernst, Geo. Borchers, Felix Krist, August Lunn, Alfred Anderson, Axel Lunn, Oscar F. Anderson, Nels Anderson, Per Emil Hansen, Jacob Boesinger, John Hansen, Fred Staab, Otto Hairdessen, Frank Ruth, Wm. H. Oeltjen, Andrew J. Hamling, Robt. Kaiser, John Urban, Carl D. Hellbusch, Fred Leffers, Adolph Hoge, John Oeltjen, Gustav Stull, Henry Herchenhann, Rasmus Joergensen, Fred Siefken, Jeppe Sorrensen, Fred Siefken, Wm. Cattau, Geo. Siefken, John Sorrensen, Peter Johnson.
The Columbus Journal, February 14, 1906
The District court of Platte county will be in session during the entire week beginning February 26, 1906, and probably during the fore part of the week, beginning, March 5, 1906, during which time applicants for citizenship may apply for naturalization. Persons born outside of the United States who arrived here before the age of 18 years may take the first and second papers at the same time.
C.M. GRUENTHER, Clerk
Columbus Journal, March 14, 1906
The following named received citizens papers last week:
Fred Mindrup, Frank Nather, Alois Scholz, Joseph Schmid, Joseph Fisher, John Meyer, Carl Boettcher, John Garlepow, Henry Fleck, Hermann Otterpohl, William Wendt, Joseph Hockenscneider, Ubbo Franzen, George Zuerlein, Gerhard Schroeder, Gustav Battsch, Walter Tschudin, Franz Meier, Michael Schaffer, Joseph Hastreiter, Joseph Nicklas, John Ludwig, Frank Hastreiter, Edward Harvey, N.C. Clany, Hugo Schaad, Alfred Nelson, John Gustaveson, Gustave Schleyter, Andrew G. Larson, Benda Peterson, Peter Swanson, August Swanson, Jacob Trumpi, John Hinklemann, Contans Korge, August Wahl, J. Herman Garms, Samuel Gertsch, Fred Wahl, J.W. Ramaekers, Herman Behrns, Joseph Paulson, Theodore Cremers, J.H. Ramankers, Kristen Jensen, John Hogeri, Hubert Ramaekers, Joseph Kurtenbach, Hugh Williams, Henry Garms, Henry Fittji, Henry C. Christenson, Joseph Keller, Joseph Frauendorfer, Edward Jones, Peter Christenson, Owen Jones, Fred B. Drongessen, John James, Constance Peterson, Gerhard Bruns, John Johnson, Gerhard Menke, Franz Feik, Berthold Speis, A.C. Cristenson, P.A. Pederson, M.P. Christenson, William Clausen, Hugh Lloyd, Nels Pederson, Julius Gigax, John Schweizer, Gerhard Wardenburg, George Boiz, Valentine Kuhn, Gustav Schlueter, Fred Moeller, Carl Klug, Fred Kuenzil, Herman Oldigs, Fred Ernst, Vincent Klowlacheck, Ernst Maier, Edward Borke, Frederick Groth, Frank Schlick, Carl Groemmel, Ernst Gigax, Carl Scheffler, Joseph Froemmel, Charles Todedhoft, Carl Hendrickson, Peter Peterson, Adolf Sander, Gustave Schmitt, Daneil Thanel, Chris Jansen, Hans Peter Jensen, Hans Buhl, Jens Buhl, August Wiener, Patrick Roddy, Fred Ball, Diederich Harms, William Siebler, Casper Goddemeyer, W.J. Weber, Chas. J. Carlson, Gerhard A. Preister, Nels Peter Holmquist, Rudolph Ludwig, David W. Lloyd, Fred Van Ackren, Lars John Anderson, B.J. Micek, Frank J. Rahike, Frank Ludwig, William Groteluschen, Charles Herzberg, J.C Freydig, Louis Swanson, Diedrich Oltman, G.A. Peterson, Fritz Voight, Heinrich Voight, George Hamling, Herman Jacobi, George Kirkman, August Lindberg, Nels Person, Peter Pearson, Robert Wollberg, John Hamling, Johann Borning, Fred Egger, John Muhle, Henry Hobbensiefken, William Reese, Charles Anderson, Martin Olsen, Nels Krestenson, Johann Feye, Carl Feye, Wilhelm Englehart, Robert Gruenther, Peter Bechtel, Rudolph Jenny, Diedrich Logeman, Andrew Anderson, Andrew Peterson, Soren Hansen, Bernhard Schrant, Andrew Christenson, Nels Hansen, Olaf Alfred, Carl Alfred, Fred Clausen, Adolph Rupprecht, Martin Benggren, Charles Benggren, Gustav E. Benggren and Carl Loseke.
Columbus Journal, April 4, 1906
John J. Peterson, Lars Nelson, William Reick, Freidrich Backenhus, Henry Went, Herman Went, Carl Will, Edward Nelson, Julius Rohrech, Albert Kimmer, Heinrich Backenhus, Gustave Trafholz, Freidrich Krumand, John Mindrup, Stanislaus Mitera, Fred Lanz, Amlin Erbs, Fred Olliger, Herman Loseke, John Henke, Fred Henke, John C. Hamling, Nicholas Adamy, John Kaesar, Robert Jark, Albert Reick, C.H. Sanpeck, Fred. Schwarz, Ernst Schweizer, Fred Raumgart, Henry Juchter, August Hamling, John Hollatz, August Schnitzler, F.J. Nienaber, Johann Suenski, Carl Baumgart, Fred Lachnit, William Wenk, Frank Greger, J.M. Pierson, Albert T. Alfred, Henry Werner, Fred Venz, Jim Green, Peder C. Pederson, S.O. Larson, John C. Johnson, C.V. Anderson, Anton Buhl, J.C. Johnson, Jacob Meier, John Gorks, Otto Kiihn, Frank Valasek, Axel J. Nelson, Joel W. Nelson, Joseph Knefel, Robert Rupprecht, Alfred F. Peterson, Andrew Swanson, L.A. Johnson, Carl Lund, Joseph Zalucha, and Peter Lund.
Columbus Journal, June 13, 1906
District Clerk Gruenther reports that the new naturalization law has passed. In the future it will cost about $15 to become a citizen, half of that amount going to the federal government and the procedure will be about the same as taking out a patent for a homestead.
Columbus Journal, August 29, 1906
C.M. Bruenther, clerk of the district court asks the Journal to remind its readers that the new naturalization law will go into effect September 27. For the benefit of those who still are unnaturalized Judge Reeder will be at the court room on Saturday, September 1 to grant naturalization papers. The new law will make naturalization much more difficult and expensive. Mr. Guenther has saved Platte county aliens hundreds of dollars by calling their attention to the new law as he has done. And he deserves especial thanks at this time for spending his money to advertise this matter because he has already collected all the fees to which he is entitled by law and will have to turn over all fees to the county treasurer. Unnaturalized residents should not forget the date September 1.
The Columbus Journal, September 26, 1906
Platte county's Alien inhabitants are proud of their American citizenship. This fact is evidenced by the hundreds who have been naturalized here during the past year. About eighty more names were added last Saturday to the roll of American citizens. The names follow:Barney Sliva, Joe Sokol, Frank Grava, Joseph Kush, E. H. Ladebeck, Matt Moris, Henry Laudwehr, Chris Staroscik, P. Niedwiecki, Joe Kratchril, Soe Jenecek, Jos. Olsolfka, John Kozel, Jos. F. Korus, Frank Slowinski, S. Podroza, Max Borowiak, Mike Romonek, Jacob Leas, Martin Christensen, Joe Dush, Chas. Biolas, Anton Broger, Wm. Herbst, Joseph Dubsky, Urban Ziemba, John Sokol, Wm. J. Murray, Chas. Angustine, John Borowiak, Edmond Perranand, John Paprocki, Jacob Systo, S. Barnas, Pater Uryasz, Mike Paprocki, Joseph Kute, A. C. Leas, Ernest C. Bergman, Jacob Ealek, Ellia Owens, C. J. Zoucha, Peter Meyer, Joseph Stanice, Chas. Pytel, John Startz, Joe E. Zoucha, Matt Geras, Lukas Semlak, Steve Sysunns(sp?), John Nosal, I. Jaretzki, John Morris, Martin Jarek, John Zoucha, Anton T. Christensen, Peter Christensen, Jacob Charnek, Herman Koch, Herman Wienchen, Joe Syslow, John Maslonka, Frank Jerecki, John Kuta, John A. Zoucha, Volentine Chicoroski, John C. Kudron, John Tworek, V. Torcon, Mike Furman, Mark Nosal, Andrew Dus, Theo. Kessling, John H. Imig, Jacob Madnra.
The Columbus Telegram, November 15, 1912
Tomorrow will be naturalization day in district court and the applications of six men for admission to citizenship are on file. The applicants are Heinry Tebben, a native of Germany; Will Bitter, a Russian; Stanislaus Gallus, a native of Switzerland; John Schreiber, a Russian; Axel Carlson and Carl Anderson, natives of Sweden. A naturalization inspector will be here to conduct the examination before Judge Thomas.
The Columbus Telegram, November 22, 1912
One applicant out of six passed safely through the maize of pitfalls placed in their path by Naturalization Inspector H.A. Willson, of St. Louis, at an examination for admission to citizenship held before Judge Thomas in district court last Friday afternoon. John Schreiber, a native of Russia, was the lucky one. Those who fell by the wayside were Sanislaus Gallus, William Bitter, Henry Tibben, Axel G. Carlson, Carl E. Anderson. Reasons for their failure to become subjects of Uncle Samuel were varied. Axel Carlson found himself up against it early in the game. He was unable to talk or understand the English language, even to the extent of recognizing his own name when it was put to him by Inspector Willson in the tongue of his adopted land. His failure to understand English was fatal to his desire to become a citizen. He was challenged by the inspector and Judge Thomas denied his petition for citizenship. Carl Anderson, a native of Sweden now residing in Walker township, got past the stumbling blocks in apple-pie order till the inspector began hurling queries at him regarding the constitution and the functions of state and federal courts. Finally Carl had to admit the inspector's interrogatory battery was too much for him and he surrendered. His application was dismissed. Gallus' case was continued till the next hearing date in order that he might get affidavits proving he resided in Colorado during a certain period. Bitter's case went over till the next hearing because the applicant was absent. Habitual absence from court on naturalization day caused Heinery Tebben, a German, his opportunity to become a citizen. His case had been set for hearing several times and each time he failed to put in an appearance. This time Judge Thomas had his application dismissed.
The Columbus Telegram, October 3, 1919
Nine men, two of whom have resided in this country since 1880, were admitted to citizenship by Judge George H. Thomas at a naturalization session of the district court last Saturday. They were:
Chris Christensen, Monroe.
Phillip Krzycki, Columbus.
Edward Seiler, Lindsay.
Chris Peterson, St. Edward.
Henry Brunken, Monroe.
Valenty Lassek, St. Paul, Nebr.
John P. Wieglus, Columbus.
Joe Zabawa, Humphrey.
John Mallet, Platte Center.
Mr. Krzycki came to this country in 1880 when he was a little boy. He fought for the United States in the Spanish war and, like many others of foreign birth, thought that his residence here from childhood and his service in the army automatically conferred citizenship upon him. Not until a comparatively recent date did he learn his error, and then he promptly took the necessary steps to become a full-fledged citizen.
The Columbus Telegram, September 30, 1921
Because he claimed exemption from the draft during the world war on the grounds that he was a citizen of Switzerland, Walter Hanni, of Duncan, was denied admission to citizenship by Judge A.M. Post at a naturalization session of the district court last Saturday. Objection to Hanni's application for final papers was made by U.S. Naturalization Examiner Bode, who submitted a photograph of his draft questionnaire to prove that he had escaped military service because he was an alien. In denying him final papers, Judge Post complied with Uncle Sam's naturalization regulations.
Mark Burke, former chairman of the Platte county exemption board with which Hanni filed his questionnaire during the war, is convinced that the young man did not at that time realize the full purport of his claim for exemption as an alien. "When Hanni learned afterwards that it might deprive him of citizenship rights," sayd Mr. Burke, "he came to the board and with tears in his eyes begged to be allowed to waive the exemption claim and go into the army. We consented to send him to Camp Kearney with the last draft contingent that was called and let him take his chances of being accepted or rejected there. He would have gone with that draft, but the call was cancelled when the armistice was signed. C.J. Garlow, as chairman of the council of defense, and I later interceded for him with one of the naturalization examiners in this district, but our efforts in his behalf were in vain."
Nineteen applicants passed the examination successfully and were granted their final papers, thus becoming full-fledged citizens. There were:
Columbus--Sister M. Jacoba, Sister M. Electa, Joseph A. Wielgus, J.C. Reuter, R.F. Runge, Joseph Wilcynski, Ernest Jenny, Wm. H. Heins, Otto Stanzel and Max O. Schmidt.
Humphrey--Sister M Antonia, J.W. Wendt.
St. Edward--H.M. Skanderup.
Genoa--John W. Schild, Paul Eggli, John A. Johnson.
Monroe--Carl E. Johnson.
Platte Center--H.C. Martensen.
The cases of eight other applicants were continued until the next naturalization session of the court in order that they might have further time to study up about the form of government in this country and master other subjects upon which they are examined before final papers are granted. In reply to a question as to the three branches of government, one young man replied that there were the "judicial, legislative and exquisite". By the next naturalization session of court he will probably be able to distinguish between "exquisite" and "executive".
Columbus Telegram, January 27, 1923
Three New Citizens--Judge A. M. Post created three new citizens of the United States this afternoon by granting final naturalization papers to Fred Schaer, of Platte Center, August John Hamling, of Humphrey, and Stanley Koziol, of Lindsay, at a naturalization session of the district court. For one reason or another, the applications of Johann Klopnioski, of Tarnov, John Jazwiec, of Platte Center, Emma Margaret Waine, of Newman Grove, John Slusarski, of Columbus, and Sister M. Antoniana, of Columbus, were continued until the next naturalization session.
Columbus Telegram, January 14, 1929 (reprinted January 14, 2009)
Saturday was Naturalization Day in district court and five applicants were granted their final citizenship papers by Judge Lightner. They were Hans Kuhn, Hans Etter, Misses Nellie and Winifred Bowman, all of Columbus and Wilheim H. Kuhlman, residing near Leigh. Columbus Telegram, September 27, 1930 (reprinted September 27, 2010)
Five applicants successfully passed the examinations at the naturalization hearing in district court this forenoon and were granted their final citizenship papers. The[y] were Mr. and Mrs. Albert Gloor, of Columbus; Robert Jansson, of R.R.D. 1 Genoa; Behrend Steen, of R.F.D. 3, Columbus, and Andreas Dethiefsen of Humphrey.
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