Platte Co., NE - 1899 News (July - December) NEGenWeb Project
PLATTE COUNTY, NEBRASKA
1899 News (July - December)


Columbus Journal Wed., December 20, 1899
Philip Schmitt, whose death at David City Monday morning of last week was mentioned in last week's Journal, came to Nebraska in 1871, from Wisconsin, settling on a homestead north of Osceola. Rev. Ross made some remarks in German at the funeral, Rev. Smith preaching the sermon in English. Mrs. Schmitt expects to move to Platte Center.
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At the general meeting of the Orpheus singing society Sunday evening last the following officers were elected for the ensuing year: Al. Frischholz, president; Gus Preibe, vice president; Joseph Berney, treasurer; Will Ragatz, secretary; Fritz Ulrich, stewart. The society will have a tree for the little folks New Year's eve.
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Births: Oehlrich-December 8, 1899, to Mrs. Hugo Oehlrich, a son.
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Died: Easton--December 11, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. S. Easton, aged three days.

Columbus Journal Wed., December 13, 1899
Miss Josephine Kumpf, daughter of Mrs. John Kumpf, and Mr. Edward McCann were married Thursday evening at the home of the bride's mother, in the eastern part of the city, Judge Robison, officiating. The happy couple left Friday morning for a trip to Denver. Both young people are well known in this vicinity, having been residents of this county all their lives. The Journal, with their many friends, wish them a happy furture.
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Julia, daughter of William Newman, aged seven years, died Wednesday night last of scarlet fever and diphtheria combined. Five more children in the family have scarlet fever in a mild form. School was closed in the district on Wednesday, Charles Welch, teacher. The funeral of Julia was conducted Thursday afternoon by Rev. J. P. Yost.
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Miss Emma, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nick Blaser, left Thursday last for a sojourn with her brother Nick, jr., of Oregon. Father and mother are lonesome with the young lady away from home, and will of course be glad when she returns after a good visit in the west.

Columbus Journal Wed., December 6, 1899
Married, 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, by Rev. C. A. Weed, at the rectory of Grace Episcopal church, Gustave R. Priebe and Miss Mary White. They began housekeeping at once in Mrs. Merrill’s dwelling, south of the rectory, and The Journal wishes them abundance of happiness.
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Mr. Frazell, living on east Fourteenth street has a child afflicted with diphtheria, and his place was put in quarantine Monday.

Columbus Journal Wed., November 29, 1899
A surprise party on M. Brugger Monday night was attended by Dr. and Mrs. Voss and Mrs. Boone, Dr. and Mrs. Nauman, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hockenberger, Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Hockenberger and Mrs. E. C. Halm.
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William Marlar, living two miles north of the city accidentally walked into an open cellar door Thursday night and fractured the ankle bones of his right foot. He walks with crutches.
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Mr. and Mrs. Will Murray moved here last week from Schuyler. Mr. Murray had charge of A.M. Gray’s store in Schuyler and will continue in the same work in the Gray store here.

Columbus Journal Wed., November 22, 1899
Charles Brunken, a boy of about fifteen, son of John Brunken, was accidentally shot in the foot Monday afternoon, the ball passing through the foot near the great toe. The gun was a 22 calibre rifle usually kept loaded and hung up in the barn. We learned no further particulars excepting that the lad was brought to this city Monday by his brother Gustav, that the wound was dressed by Dr. Tiessing, and the two returned home Tuesday morning.

Columbus Journal Wed., November 15, 1899
E.C. Halm of Humphrey will move his family to this city as soon as a residence can be procured. He started Saturday to work in the Eimers store. He is a half brother of Henry and Ed. Hockenberger, and from former residence here is well known in the city and will be welcomed.
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Paul Roen, the second son of Mr. and Mrs. O.T. Roen, was seriously hurt Sunday afternoon about 3 o’clock at the farm of John Browner northeast of town. He and Willie Hockenberger were riding horses in the pasture. Paul had tied the halter of his horse around his waist and in falling off he was dragged along the ground for some distance. When picked up his clothes were torn, his shoes worn into shreds, his face dreadfully bruised and a part of the scalp about four inches square cut clear off his head. He is now at home resting as well as could be expected, in a semi-conscious state.

Columbus Journal Wed., November 8, 1899
William T. Craig of Monroe, the republican candidate for county superintendent of schools, was born at Paris, Bourbon county, Kentucky, January 19, 1870, and it is something to say of a Kentuckian born, that his father fought for his country in the war for the Union. Young Craig came to Illinois with his father’s folks in 1876. He received his education at Branches’ college at McCoan, graduating in the business and commercial course. He taught school two terms to obtain money to attend college, and, after graduating, taught in the primary departments of the college and in the common schools of the county about five years. In 1885 he came to Nebraska, locating at Friend, and to Platte county May 28, 1896. He is in the land, loan and collection business at Monroe, and is well-known for his strict attention to business, and his general ability as a young man. If elected to the office of county superintendent of public schools, he will not regard the office as a place for personal aggrandisement; he will not assume the position of a boss of the teachers of the county, or endeavor to perpetuate his official hold; he will devote his time and talents to the good of the schools of the county, assisting in every legal and legitimate way, both school-officers and teachers in their work, but in no way being autocratic or dictatorial, but simply acting in the line of duty. Mr. Craig was married December 16, 1897, to Miss Ida Smyer, and appreciates, as a father, the importance of education to the youth of the land.

Columbus Journal Wed., November 1, 1899
H.E. and James Bradigan, who plead guilty to stealing the butcher's wagon at Humphrey some time since, are serving a thirty days' sentence in jail for petit larceny. Robert Weast, one of the men engaged in the affair of last year, when officer John Brock was shot while in the discharge of duty as policeman, is awaiting trial before the district court at its next session. These three are the only enforced guests of the sheriff at present.
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I.Gluck, S.J. Ryan, Henry Loseke and L.H. Leavy have laid a brick sidewalk in front of their residence properties on Tenth street, south of the opera house. These walks cost 11 cents a square foot or 44 cents for every foot in length of the walk, for material and work, making, in the end, a very durable and good sidewalk.

Columbus Journal Wed., October 25, 1899
James R. Smith of Monroe has passed the 80th anniversary of his birthday. The occasion was celebrated Monday week at his home near Monroe, Rev. Weed of this city, on behalf of the guests, presenting Mr. Smith with a gold-headed ebony cane.
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Next week Wednesday is the Fiftieth anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. John Elliott. Mr. Elliott is a veteran of the Mexican war and was 76 years old October 14.

Columbus Journal Wed., October 18, 1899
Friends of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hoth helped to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of their marriage Sunday.
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Married, Saturday last, by County Judge Robison, Frank Croschaw and Miss Anna Talbitzer, both of Monroe.
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Died, October 10, after an illness of eleven days of cholera infatum, Otta Viola, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James M. Hyatt. The interment was in the Columbus cemetery--Monroe Looking Glass.

Columbus Journal Wed., October 11, 1899
Charles Swain has sold his residence property in the eastern part of the city to Andrew Proputzka of Tarnov, who will move to the city in May. Mr. Swain and family leave Oct. 25, for Fitzgerald, Georgia, where they expect to make their future home.
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Fred Schantre, whose casualty of a broken spine was mentioned in last week's Journal died Tuesday of last week at St. Mary's hospital, after living five days with the greater portion of his body in a plaster cast.

Columbus Journal Wed., October 4, 1899
A very sad accident occurred Sunday afternoon here in the B. & M. yards near the ice-house of the company. Mrs. Catharine Bear, an aged German woman, a resident of this city for many years, while going toward her home from church, when passing near a caboose, standing on the track, cars were thrown against the other end of the train, which was being made up, knocking her down and mangling her horribly, severing the lower limbs from the body and causing almost instant death--one gasp of breath was all she was noticed to take before death came to her relief. Her home was on the street north of the court house. Mrs. Louis Stracke of Stuart, Neb., a daughter of deceased, has been notified.

Columbus Journal Wed., September 27, 1899
J.J. Graves and family expect to move to Oregon in October, where they will make their home. They are old and respected residents of Platte county, and we regret to see them leave.
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Frank Burgess, of Creston, and Miss Kate Linabery, of this city, were married in Omaha last week. The Democrat extends congratulations. Mr. Burgess is one of the many prosperous young farmers of Creston neighborhood.--Humphrey Democrat.

Columbus Journal Wed., September 20, 1899
Among those who went to Omaha to see Buffalo Bill's show were: J.A. Turner, F.C. Turner, J.M. Curtis, Frank Clark, Burt Galley, Mrs. Earley, Miss Angie Early, O.L. Baker, Fred. Baker, Georgie Scott, Adam Smith, Craig and Ralph Turner, Hugh Hughes, Gus G. Becher, John Wiggins, Herman Kersennbrock, Julius Ernst, Frank Clark, Herbert Clark, Robert McCray, Frank Schilz, Fred Stenger, Ben Brodfuehrer, Lee Beaty, wife and son, G. W. Elston and wife, Marv. Elston, James Nelson, Joseph Coolige, Ralph Coolidge, Merve Councilman and wife, Charles Segelke, L.H. North and wife, Wm. Hagel, Will Swater, W.T. Ernst and mother, E.H. Jenkins, George Fairchild, August Wagner, Henry Lubker, Ned Post, Mrs. Ren Hake, John Bushnell, Joe Wells, Laurence Hohl, Mrs. Geo. McKelvey, Dr. C.D. Evans, Geo. E. Barnum.

Columbus Journal Wed., September 13, 1899
Mrs. DeLong, mother of Mrs. Rev. Weed, started Thursday for Glen Falls, N.Y., after an extended visit with her daughter.
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Mrs. E.H. Andrews of Leadville, Col., arrived in the city last Tuesday and will make an extended visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Elliott.
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Miss Gertrude Whitmoyer, Miss Emily Rorer, Howard Geer and Ernest Scott left Monday for Crete, where they will attend the Congregational college this year.

Columbus Journal Wed., September 6, 1899
C.N. Abbott died in Texas, while on his way to a watering place for his health, having been ailing for a number of years His age was about 54. He was son-in-law of Joseph Gardner, brother-in-law of Scott Gardner of this city, and formerly lived at Gardner station on the Union Pacific. For the last ten years he had been a resident of Crowley, Louisiana.
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Wednesday last, Frank Mehrberger and two older brothers were fishing in the Loup near Oconee, and Frank had gone into a place where he had often been before, but in the meantime it had become a deep hole, and all that the brothers could do did not avail to save Frank from drowning. The body was not found till Thursday afternoon, about a mile and a half from where he disappeared. The remains were brought to this city Friday, funeral services held at the Catholic church and the burial in the cemetery near by.

Columbus Journal Wed., August 30, 1899
Charles, son of Rev. Dr. Pulis of this city, who served with the U.S. soldiers in the late Spanish-American war in Cuba, has been recommended for a lieutenant's commission in the regular army, by Governor Poynter, as one of eight volunteers of Nebraska, named to the authorities at Washington.
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Elder H. J. Hudson officiated at the first burial in the Columbus cemetery, in 1865, that of Joseph McFadden. The grounds had not yet been surveyed, or a fence erected.
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The many friends of Mrs. Edward Zybach, will be glad to hear of her improvement, having been in the hospital for nearly three months, and now in a fair way to recovery.

Columbus Journal Wed., August 23, 1899
Miss Lillie Keating, one of this city's energetic and faithful young ladies, goes to Boone county as a teacher for the coming winter term.
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Jay Cushing, the smiling, good-natured clerk at the post-office, has gone to Hastings, to work for W. J. Winston, who has established an office there. Ed. Fitzpatrick succeeds Cushing in the post-office.
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The chimney at Charles Klug's residence on twelfth street was struck by lightning Saturday night, knocking off some of the ceiling, but doing no further damage.

Columbus Journal Wed., August 16, 1899
George Swisher of the Monroe neighborhood suffered a sunstroke Thursday last. He had typhoid fever in the spring and had not fully recovered from it.
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John Engle, F. P. Johnson and D. C. Owen were among the Columbus visitors from the Duncan neighborhood Saturday.
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Mrs. N. H. Parks has rented her dwelling house to Mr. Meikeljohn and starts this Tuesday for Chicago, where she joins her daughter Carrie, and where, it is understood, they will stay indefinitely.

Columbus Journal Wed., August 9, 1899
Henry Gass returned Monday from his sojourn in the northwest. He saw Chris. Tscharner who lives at Long Pine. Members of his family have homesteaded 800 acres of land there. Frank Gillette is at Ainsworth, and is well off, owning 680 acres of land.
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William Hagel's new and neat six-room cottage southeast of the court house is nearing completion and will soon be ready for occupancy.
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John Abegglen, a plasterer, while in the country at work last week, fell down and suffered a fracture of a leg, which will lay him up for some time.

Columbus Journal Wed., August 2, 1899
Married, Sunday, July 30, by Rev. E. Z. Rush, of Bellwood, Mr. Loran Barnum and Miss Estella Gerrard, daughter of Henry Gerrard of Monroe. The Journal extends hearty congratulations to the happy couple. Loran's father, two years ago married a sister of his son's wife.
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Miss Abbie Hurd leaves today for Mt. Vernon, Washington, where she has been engaged as a teacher in the city schools.
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Mrs. DeLong of New York is visiting her daughter, Mrs. Rev. Weed and son, Mr. DeLong.
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Mrs. E.C. Halm of Humphrey is visiting the Hockenberger family, while Mr. Halm is visiting his old home in New York.

Columbus Journal Wed., July 26, 1899
Willie, the little son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Kruse, living just wet of Tannahill's, drank some fly poison that was within his reach, Sunday about 11 o'clock, and after several hours of terrible suffering, died at 11 o'clock Sunday night. The mother was in the garden at the time the child drank the poison. A doctor was called immediately but the child could not be saved. He was 1 year and 9 months old.
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Mrs. Don Beson, who has recently been appointed overseer of the dining room in the home for feeble minded at Beatrice, writes to friends here that she is much pleased with her work.
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Con Keating was taking a few days' lay-off from his work at Ragatz's store at Columbus and dropped up here Wednesday to see our town and some of the inhabitants thereof.
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The erection of the new Catholic church is progressing rapidly and Father Jerome informs us that the corner stone will be laid Wednesday August 9th. The event will be commemorated by impressive ceremonies and a grand dinner for the benefit of the church. --- Platte Center Signal.

Columbus Journal Wed., July 19, 1899
Mrs. D. C. Kavanaugh has been seriously ailing for some time, and the anxiety over her illness with loss of sleep has seriously affected Mr. Kavanaugh, but his friends believe the ailment is only temporary.
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Josiah McFarland says he has lived a good while, 77 years, but he never saw any season so remarkable as the present one for growth.
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Born, Thursday last, to Mrs. D. L. Bruen, a daughter, weight eleven pounds.

Columbus Journal Wed., July 12, 1899
Elmer Smith has returned from Illinois, where he finished a course in college as civil engineer. He will visit his sister, Mrs. J. G. Reeder, for some time.
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Miss Minnie McKean arrived in the city Friday from Shenadoah, Iowa, and will make her home here with her father.
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Charles Stiles of Des Moines, Iowa, has been visiting his uncle, G. E. Stiles, the past two weeks.
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J.T. Morris of Creston was in the city Monday.
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Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Hill of Monroe were in the city Thursday.

Columbus Journal Wed., July 5, 1899
Peter Iverson, living three miles southeast of town had his house struck by lightning during Monday night's storm. The lightening struck the roof near the chimney, tearing off shingles, splitting the corner of the house, damaging considerable furniture, and burning holes in the screen door. The amount of damage has not been estimated as yet. - Creston Statesman.
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Last week Rev. DeGeller received word of the death of his only uncle and last relative on his father's side, Emanuel DeGeller at Utrecht, Holland.

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