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Platte Co., NE - Monroe 1905 (Jan-Mar) News NEGenWeb Project
Monroe Looking Glass
1905 Newspaper Extracts (January - March)

Please note that these are selected articles only and I do not have access to the full year of newspapers. Also, I have retained the original wording and spelling from the articles. I realize they contain many typographical errors. A special thanks to Charlotte Morton for loaning me these newspapers!
January 5, 1905

The firm of Williams and Dack have dissolved; J.J. Williams going out.

The U.S. Marshall could have found plenty of business at Monroe this week.

The W.C.T.U. meets with Mrs. Elizabeth Dubravy Wednesday.

Kelley is having a sign painted. McNeil is the painter and it looks good.

Report says that the Smith Neimoler wedding is announced to be consumated in the Catholic church at Platte Center.

It is whispered that a young couple of Monroe are married; If so they might allow friends to tender congratulations.

The Elevator scheme is still simmering; A call for a meeting at which the delegation that went to Albion will report is expected soon.

Mr. O.M. Edgerton wishes to announce that he has given up the idea of farming, and will still continue to run the business he is now in.

Axle Engberg the new Marshall has captured a boot legger in Monroe and there is splendid fishing for more.

C.W. Craig the new church Janitor is striving to show himself a workman approved; he has given us good light and plenty of warmth.
    Then he went to a few of the liberal men in town and got the money to buy a church clock, which now adorns the church wall. There is nothing commends a man like being useful.

The gamblers are so angry at being given a chance to shut up before being pulled, that they are telling on the boot leggers; when law breakers fall out justice may be meeted out to some we hoped that they would all tell upon each other and get a term in jail; Monroe has had enough. They make our town smell bad.

Victor Oline and R. DeFord arrived in Monroe this morning. Mr. Oline has seen much of the world since leaving Monroe, has been in the U.S. service in the Philippines.
    R. DeFord has no doubt seen the world also, though we have not heard where; but no question but he has seen lively times. The young men will be gladly welcomed by friends and relatives after their long absence.

Look Pleased and everybody will treat you better, when you come to Monroe people will be glad to see you; and ask you where you got your buggy painted.
    When you tell them that McNeil is a regular buggy and sign painter, and is discounting his work for Jan. to get started, they will be pleased, and when your buggy shines with new paint, every one you meet will be glad for your prosperity; your wagon will last longer if you take it to McNeil and get it painted, and run easier?

SCHOOL NOTES. Susie Smith greeted classmates at school Monday afternoon, visiting the higher and intermediate rooms.
    May Zeigler, Lyda Talbitzer, Fred Swanson, Ora Draper, Chas. Smyers, and Phydella Weber return to school with the beginning of the new year.
    Primary pupils are now taking up the story of the children of the snow." The eighth grade after having a long drill in measurements last fall are now taking up the subject of percentage.
    Pupils of the high school have been making copies of a correction manual for use in correcting capital letters and punctuation of their own wrk in language. J.R. Alcock.

The firm of Williams and Dack have dissolved; Dack retains the business, and will put the goods all in one building.
    Kelley will probably put goods into the building, vacated by William and Dack; Charley Kelley wants to spread out.

OCONEE NOTES. D.D. Roberts shipped a car load of hogs from here Tuesday.
    Frank Buggi has moved to the old Sanford place near Monroe.
    R.S. Hilliard reports a good yeild of silver mine corn from his place this year.
    Mr. and Mrs. Sam Emerson returned Monday after spending the holidays at Fremont and Waterloo.

ALBION. A company of five Platte County farmers took a trip to Albion last week; we found a nice town without a saloon; and every appearance of prosperity.
    When we got there we were taken around by the Farmers Elevator men. They are nice gentlemen; They handle grain and coal; They talk of including lumber with their other business.
    Their elevator is a model in many respects; we talked with several of the stock holders Mr. Gates and Mr. Rice both say they have got all of their money back, paid for stock; in better prices already.
    They claim that since their elevator was built the prices of grain have been from one to three cents per bushel, better in proportion to Chicago prices, than before; and often the line elevators pay more than they, can afford to pay.
    Their coal prices are about one dollar per ton less than ours except on rock spring which they have to sell at a price fixed by the R.R. The price for lump being $7.75. That is only 25 cents higher than it was twenty-five years ago when passage rates were four cents per mile.
    Corn was the same price there as in Monroe the day we went up through they say they pay higher freight than we do; Our individual conclusion is that it will pay a few of us to build an elevator, for our own shipping; Though we could not pay more for grain than the line elevators.
    One advantage we could be safe in getting, will be, that we could have as good a market as Genoa or Platte Center all the time. When the line elevators paid more than we could afford to pay we would have a good market as can be expected so long as the Rail Road pays rebates and until we secure government ownership of the Roads.
    We had a good visit, were much pleased with Albion, and her people; and glad to meet old acquantance. We met Mr. Gates, Mr. Sacket, Mr. Reed, Mr. Rice and Emil Sallach; besides making many new acquantances; Those going were Hugh Hill, John Dack, Henry Clayborn, C.W. Talbitzer and Ye Editor; and if we did not bring another elevator to Monroe we brought a good opinion of the enterprise.

Communicated. A slight accident which might have been serious but for the prompt action of a few near by, occured last Sunday evening at the Presbyterian church during the second song of the service. The floor matting next to the hot air register had gotten shoved over the edge of the register unobserved and began to burn, but was extinguished in a moment or two without trouble, after it had scorched the floor a little in one or two places. The service went right on without break, and in fact, even if there had been a serious fire, there would have been no occasion for alarm or rush about getting out in safety, as there are four windows on each side of the building, all opening up from the bottom, and through which the church could be emptied quickly at any time. On Monday the register was taken up and a careful examination showed that the trouble came entirely from the burning of the matting as mentioned above. In order however to take the utmost precaution for every safety, the trustees have had the floor and joists cut back and the register set into an iron grating more than two feet square, insuring the utmost safety.
    Announcements will be made on next Sunday regarding any meetings after those of this week in observance of the week of prayer.

BOOT LEGGERS. On Monday report said that a number of the boys were drunk on Saturday night, and a new Boot Legger was in the field.
    By night he was caught in the act, Justice Kelley sent him up for thirty days; On Tuesday some of the others had Jack Hart arrested.
    All day there was talk about others being arrested, one boy wanted to make complaint against Jake Smyers, but some techinicality intervened.
    There are at least half a dozen who are more than suspected of having engaged in the traffic; under the law the Express office is liable.
    We have no sympathy for those who foster the infamous business, whether it is the new hotel, the restaurant, the bowling alley, or some professional bums back room.

January 12, 1905

F. H. Gerrard was in Columbus Wednesday.

W. T. Craig started today for Des Moines Iowa.

Mr. Neilsen is in Omaha this week.

W. A. McAlister of Columbus was a Monroe caller on Friday last; He has great hopes of Republican reform through Roseveldt.

The meeting on Saturday at Monroe Hall will interest those who raise hogs; and those who buy coal, of farm machinery, dont miss it.

The supreme court of the U.S. has handed down a decision in an original package case that may be of large consequence to the country.
    The decision as reported by the Daily papers is to the effect that a state cannot prevent the shipping in of original packages of liquor, we have not seen the decision, but if as reported it would be against public policy; let us wait.

    All farmers who are interested in goo prices for grain and all those interested in a good market at Monroe are invited to meet at Monroe Hall on Sautrday the 14th, of January at 2 o'clock.
    If the weather is stormy the meeting will be postponed. The meeting is to hear the report of those who went to Albion to investigate the Elevator business, and if through best to organize a Co., here.

Look Pleased and everybody will treat you better, when you come to Monroe people will be glad to see you; and ask you where you got your buggy painted.
    When you tell them that McNeil is a regular buggy and sign painter, and is discounting his work for Jan. to get started, they will be pleased, and when your buggy shines with new paint, every one you meet will be glad for your prosperity; your wagon will last longer if you take it to McNeil and get it painted, and run easier?

    The class studying "Little People of the Snow" are able to find something this week that beats black-board illustrations. ... Hazel Studley visited the upper room Monday afternoon. ... The high school took a written best in mathamatical branches Tuesday. ... Miss Ziebler of Stanton, Nebr, visited the primary room and L.T.L. Friday. ... Lawrence Toline and Leslie Fox enrolled in the upper room the past week. ... The County Teachers Associations will hold its next meeting at Humphrey Jan, 28th inst. ... The traveling library will be retained another three months from Jan, 6th, to give opportunity for others who want to read these books. ... Lydia Smith returned to school Monday.--J.R. Alcock

W.H. Groves came over the River on Monday, he walked with crutches.
    He met with a serious accident about three weeks ago, was riding through a stalk field.
    He says a corn stalk caught on his toe and swung his foot around suddenly snapping some of the cords of the leg about the knee.
    He says he heard it snap plainly and has been unable to use it since. The Doctor tells him it will be five or six weeks before he will be able to use it.
    This is pretty hard on him, but he seems to have the courage to face what he meets, few men keep up like W.G. Groves, but he has grit.

There are certain characters of romance which the stage will never out-grow. One of these is "Don Caesar De Bazan" whose fortunes Mr. Charles B. Hanford will portray at the North Opera House Columbus, Nebr. in wednesday Jan, 18. ...

The annual meeting of the Presbyterian church will be held on Tuesday the seventeenth during the day. Dinner will be served, and a general invitation to the church members, their friends and all those who belong to the congregation that attend.
    There will be much business, and plenty of pleasure, we suppose a program will be prepared. The intention is to get all the debts paid off by or before the annual meeting and then have a regular jubilee.
    It is much credit to a community to keep their churches in good shape, both spiritually and financially, many have been quite liberal and yet there is room for more, let us come up freely and do our selves proud with our churches.
    Rivival services will commence on the twenty third Monday evening no preventing providence, and from present indications this community is in for a big revival this winter.

    Next Tuesday, Jan, 17th, marks the close of the years work at the Presbyterian church, when the regular annual meeting will occur. This will also be made a social occasion and time of general reunion for all the members of the church and congregation and their families. Dinner will be served at noon in Monroe Hall followed immediately by a general social time and the transaction of business. This will include reports from all the societies and branches or work in the church, election of officers, general business for the year, etc.
    Arrangements for the dinner have been put in charge of the Ladies Aid Society, the following ladies being asked to serve as a special committee. Mrs. Graham, Mrs. Humphrey, Mrs. Hoppock, Mrs. John Kelley, Mrs. Talbitzer, Mrs. Thurston, Mrs. E.E. Watts.
    Each family attending is asked to bring provisions for dinner from home so the contents of the baskets may all be put together at the Hall and served from tables to those who attend. It would be a help and convenince if all would confer with the ladies committee in regard to what each family may wish especially to supply, but if this is not practicable the basket be made up to include what each family finds it moswta convenient to bring. The dinner will be served by the young people of the Endeavor Society, promptly at noon at accommodate all and so the business to be done may be completed as early as possible.
    There is good hope for the success through the hearty cooperation of all in the special effort now being made by the officers and members to close the year with subscriptions and all bills paid. everyone can help in this way and by hearty good fellowship and ready good will to make the day one of rejoicing for all and of great help in the work.
    Every member in the church and of the congregation and their families, are cordially invited and urged to attend.

January 19, 1905

Mrs. S.L. Humphreys was in Columbus Wednesday.

Mr. C.S. Jencks is recovering form a sick spell, and is able to be out again.

Mrs. Wilson and sister of Oconee was in town Wednesday.

Charles Watts is to move to town.

John Smyers has sold his residence to Cha's Watts.

The mill is coming so says Charles Zeigler.

Mrs. Manington is expected home the last of the month.

Ice, Ice, Kelly is rushing ice into the ice house. All the teams are at it, makes business.

J.J. Williams expects to start for California next week where he has an opening.
    Mr. Williams has been here about fourteen years, and has made many friends.
    He has been actively engaged in business, has always been one of the liberal energetic men of the town; Those who have been his customers sincerly regret his departure, and wish him abundant prosperity in his new field.
    It is an old but trite saying, when a good business man goes to a new place, that what is our loss is their gain, and in this case it is eminently true. Looking-Glass will especially miss Jack.

SCHOOL NOTES. Paul Edgerton has again entered school. He has taken up fifth grade work.
    Mr. Thos Hill was a pleasant caller in the In't room Monday.
    Charlie Nunnally enrolled in the eight grade Monday.
    Pupils in the higher room tried their hand at a written test in the science branches Tuesday.
    A fair sized delegation of school children lined up at the Presbyterian dinner Tuesday.
    We have always considered it a heoric proposition to invite the public school to a free lunch, but the Presbyterian ladies were equal, we should say superior, to the emergency, as the school children attest. J.R. Alcock

The Annual Meeting of the Presbyterian church was held on Tuesday in Monroe Hall.
    A dinner was served by the ladies of the congregation; as usual, there was an abundance of good things provided.
    After some time spent in sociability the business was taken up; The church has now fifty five resident members.
    The Sunday School has 96 members enrolled. The average attendance is forty, teachers seven, Ed W. Jenkinson, Sptp, Laura Zeigler, Secy, and Treasurer, Contributed to missions $12.92, expenses of school $35.69.
    The Ladies Missionary Society reported $19.53 cents sent to missions. Mrs. D. Jenkinson, Treasurer.
    The Ladies Aid Society reported $49.00 paid out for church. Mrs. S.L. Humphrey, PResident, Mrs. Susan A. Talbitzer, Treas,
    The Young People Christian Endeavor reported $26.95 paid out for Missions; $8.66 paid for expenses, on hand $7.25, also reported. The Society actively at work. Miss Lizzie Hall President, Miss. Carrie Sacrider, Treasurer.
    The Junior C.E., reported number of active members 12. Trial members 8. Collections for the year $2.61. May Zeigler, Supt.
    The Cradle Roll of the Sunday School reported 21 names on the roll.
    The church as four elders, Jno' M. Kelley, C.W. Talbitzer, J.W. Kelley, and E.A. Gerrard Mr. Talbitzer being re-elected at this meeting for three years.
    Trustees, Edward D. Jenkinson, W.W. Manington, W.T. Strother, WIlliam Kelley, C.O. Hart, W.H. Groves, Manington and Strother being elected for three years at the meeting. W.W. Manington was elected Treasurer for the year. The Treasurers being elected annually.
    The church has contributed to the various boards during the year $66.97, and has been struggling with a debt for a tower and expenses, all of which is now provided for, except that a small portion is uncollected, but expected to be paid this week. Evangelistic meetings are announced for next week.

OCONEE NOTES. W.A. McWilliams and W.D. Cole were callers here last week.
    A. and C. Beckwith were trapping all through the cold weather, last week.
    Glen Hilliard thinks he has the fastest sleigh horse that ever came down the pike.
    J.C. Dawson is putting up ice this week.
    Dan'l Murdock has now about 100 head of cattle; milking 20 cows and shipping the cream to Omaha.

January 28, 1905

Poor Russia.

The Boycott works both ways.

Another show coming Jan. 30th and 31st, at Monroe Hall.

Kelley looms, he is the business man now.

Monday Mr. Rance Harrington came up from south of the Platte.

Gov Folk of Missouri is well on the way to become a Prohibitionist.

Chas Terry bought the Jack Williams horse and buggy; it is a nice outfit.

Friday Dr. Benthack of Platte Center made a short call at Monroe; he is always a welcome visitor.

On Monday J.J. Williams said good by to his many friends, and started for California.

The meeting on Monday was fairly well attended; Presiding Elder Milard preached a very searching sermon.

The news from Russia was that the troops had fired upon the people who were gathering to present a petition to the Zarr, killing many men women and children.

Last week after we went to press Mr. Haunstine formerly of St Edwards, made Looking Glass office a pleasant call.

On Friday Mr. S.W. Lightner of Lynch came by this way to see relatives and friends; He was on his return from a meeting of the state Lumber Association.

FARMERS INSTITUTE. Mr. Sacrider has a letter from the University people saying they will hold A Farmers Institute on Feb, 13 and 14 here at Monroe Hall. Look out for further notice.

John Munter is about buying the Slayton butcher buidling.

A representative of the standard sugar beet interest was aroudn on yesterday making inquiry about who would grow beets.

Report says the Ames factory has engaged more beet ground in the vicinity of Norfolk than the Norfolk factory had when located there.

The Monroe Independent Telephone Company held a special meeting of which due notice was given; It was held in Monroe Hall on the 20th. The purpose was to increase the capital stock from ten to sixty thousand dollars; The vote was unanimous 207 shares being represented.
    There are three hundred and ninety odd shares sold and 350 phones in use, bringing in a rental of $1.00 each; The expense of the central or switch board tender is 33 cts per phone, as there are five, Genoa, Newmans Grove, Lindsay, Platte Center, and Monroe, making an expense of $70.00 average for each. The putting up the line and putting in the phone averages about fifty dollars in the country and twenty-five in towns.
    The business is expanding rapidly and is evidently not run on any narrow gauge expense account, but it is expected to pay about eight per cent net on the investment, which will be a return of two dollars on a share in a year, leaving the expense of a phone to a share holder ten dollars per year.
    If the board of directors take out a phone wherever a man sells out his share it may be possible to keep the County from being bought up, but outerwise the shares will gravitate into a few hands; at least that is the usual way where an institution pays and we think this Co, will pay, whe it gets down to business and practices economy.

OCONEE NOTES. Farmers think snow will be a great benefit to fall wheat and rey, some damage was done by grasshoppers shorly after the wheat came up.
    Miss Bodner was the guest at the home of her brother near Creston last week.
    Robert Alberts of Columbus was here Thursday.
    The sale at A.C. Bangharts last week was well attended. Stock brought fair prices. Mr. and Mrs. Banghart have made many friends in the short time they have been here. We wish them success in their new venture near Blackstone West Virginia, where he has bought a large farm.

February 2, 1905

Mr. Fish was shelling for the Omaha Elevator Co this week. ... The corn shellers were shelling out corn of the Omaha elevator early Monday morning.

Mrs. Manington returned from her eastern visit Monday. ... Mrs. R.G. Strother returned home Tuesday after spending a few days in Council Bluffs visiting relatives. ... Mr. Frank Strother of Primrose was in Monroe Wednesday. ... On last Friday Miss Gertie Fellers came down to Monroe and visited with Miss Weeks. ... On Saturday Mr. Ed. Moncrief of Grand Island was a Monroe visitor.

The Rev. J.W. Briant was reported sick Sunday evening.

Rev. Madely of Genoa will preach Friday evening. Come.

C.W. Ziegler shipped hogs last week saving about thirty dollars over what he could get in Monroe.

The Baptist people at Palestine baptised nineteen on Tuesday last, so says Geo. Alexander.

The collection for Home Missions was $12.18 last Sunday morning, with one dollar added in the evening.

Saturday Pro Alcock took Miss Nash, Miss Fellers and Miss Weeks to Humphrey to attend the teachers meeting.

The Bans for the marriage of Mr. Wm. Mylet and Miss May Gleason were published in the catholic church at Platte Center last Sabbath.

FOR SALE - Seven sows; thorough bred, and high grade Dueock Jersey red. bred to registered stock. Price $13.00 each at Gerrard's and Zeiglers Ranch.

Jan 31st, John Kyle from over the river is loading a car of oats at Monroe today to ship for himself, we think he will realize more than the market here 23 cts.

SCHOOL NOTES. Report of Monroe High School for month ending Jan, 27. 1905: No day taught, 20; No enrolled, 29; Ave daily attendance, 25; No days attendance, 505; No days absence, 37; No cases tardiness, 113; No visitors, 1.
    Names of pupils neither tardy nor absent. Elmira Conrad, Nellie Gealson, Susie Niemoller, Willie Sutton, Hezze Nunnally, Eddie Kelley, Raymong Gibbon, Charles Nunnally.

In't De't: No enrolled, 46; No days taught, 20; No days attended, 800; Average daily attendance, 40; No days absence, 93; No cases tardiness, 106; No visitors, 1.
    No. neither absent nor tardy Fern Van Allen, Katie Gleason, Mary Gibbon, Susie Zeigler, Anna Smith, Bertha Kelley, Olive Cole, Harry Conard, Leslie Gibbon, Anna Hayes, Bessie Zeigler, Ralph Patter, Alfred Schram, Willie Draper.
    James Gillespie entered school last week.

Primary Dep't: No of days taught, 20; No of pupils enrolled, 51; Notal No of days attendance, 760; Average daily attendance, 39; No of days absence, 126; No of cases of tardiness, 88; No of visitors, 3.
    Names of pupils neither tardy nor absent during month ending January 27th, 1805 [sic]: Gladys Gibbon, Clara Gleason, Willie Smith, Gladys Kelley, Maud Percy, Frank Smith, Howard Smith, John Gleason, Leon Cole, Francis Zeigler, Corrie Hollingshead, Gladys THurston.
    Florence Gillespie, Ernest McWIlliams, Byron Weber and Margurite Newton have been present every day but have been tardy. J.R. ALcok.

February 9, 1905

Miss Grace Lawrence was married this week at Platte Center.

Edna Jencks is working in central office this week.

Geo Emerson says he will take stock in the Farmers Association it if includes lumber, etc.

MARRIED - On Tuesday Feb, 7th Mrs. J. Bruning and Mr. Fuller. They will keep house in the building formerly occupied as a meat market.

Change--The livery stable owned by the McCones, was sold this week to the Fair boys who have lived in the country near here; They will soon move to town.

BANK. Tarnov is to have a bank. The incorporaters are F.M. Galager and H.M. Little, Capital $5000.

Rev C.E. Bentley, Dead.
    The report came from Los Angeles on the 5th, that he had dropped dead the night before in a cheap lodging house.
    The report farther says that his watch was gone; farther that he was accompanied by a strange lady; The strange lady was probably a fake account for the missing watch.
    The Rev. Bentley was candidate for President in 1896 on the Western Prohibition ticket, he was candidate for Govenor and for U.S. Senate; and was a very able honorable man.
    We have been well acquainted with the Rev. Bentley for many years; and are proud to say he was an especial friend in whom we have every confidence. He was a minister of the Baptist church, A good man gone to his reward.

SCHOOL NOTES. Quite a large number of pupils have been compelled to remain out of school this week because of severe colds.
    The primary pupils are now studying about lives of great poets and statesmen, Lincoln, Longfellow, and others whose birthdays occur in Feb.
    Rev's E.P. Hammond, J.B. Currens, Rev. Angell and Rev. Brient were visitors at school this week. Mr. Hammond and Mr. Currens gave short addresses to the pupils Monday morning. J.R. Alcock.

REVIVAL. Hammond and Currens went on their way Tuesday noon. They work to get children to sign pledges to be christians; The school children here mostly signed; We understand they go to Gibbon next.
    There have been several here come out on the Lords side; The meetings will continue, it is a good time.
    Those professing conversion were Miss Talbitzer, Mrs Hill, Mrs. Watts, Mr. Shram, Mr. Edgerton, and one of the Nunnalys. A number of the school children also seem to understand what they are doing and to be hopefully converted, and we are anticipating a considerable ingathering.

Congressman Hitchcock tried to have a postal savings bank clause attached to the post office appropriation bill, but the parties in power ruled it out.
    A Postal savings bank would probably lead up to a financial system that inteligent men need not be ashamed of; Our U.S. monetary system if worthy the name is simply absurd; in the interest of skinning the people.
    The workings of those is to use it in control of the peoples money to rob the people with; there is no excuse for it among inteligent people except that we have put up a government to tryanize over us in our name.

Then it is a generally admitted fact that plowed land holds water better than unbroken prairie, and much land will be plowed that now is not available because so frequently inudated; we expect to pay our share of the expense, and will only object if some man wants to work a graft upon us, with a huge bill.

OCONEE NOTES. Oconee Feb, 1905. Editor Looking Glass: Monroe. Dear Sir, Will the proposed drainage ditch be a benefit to land subject to over flow from Lost Creek and tributaries. This question is a matter of discussion at present. Opinions differ; are about equal as to the feasability of this undertaking. We think if the assessment is not too high the sooner the ditch is construted the better for every one concerned. W.D. Wilson
    In answer to the above, we need hardely recall that Oconee has been submerged, time and again; by the immense overflow from Lost Creek and other outputs from the hills, and that this ditch does little draining except to carry the large volume of overflow to the river.
    Every one recognizes that if Lost Creek could carry its water, like the Loup does, there would be little overflowed land from the line of the proposed ditch to where it gets to the river in Colfax county; We all know that it is not these large overflows that make our crops; Not the water that comes rushing from the hills, but what falls upon the crop that helps.

February 16, 1905

Miss Mamie Studley is visiting with her sister Mrs. B. Preist. ... Mr. Dickinson of Columbus was in Monroe today. ... D.O. Lawrence of St. Joe, Mo. is visiting his sisters here.

E.A. Gerrard is on the sick list this week.

Evangelist Hammond continually reminds us of H.J. Hendryx, in looks manner and voice.

Miss Wilson of Columbus won the piano, in the contest of the Columbus Journal.

Mrs. H.C. Preston returned home Monday after visiting several weeks in the southern part of the state.

Report says Mr. Cole has bought the Mrs. Taylor land north of town. He will make it go.

The snow plow was working in pretty hard drifts Wednesday west of Monroe. ... The snow storm prevented the train from coming through here Tuesday and Wednesday. ... The Mail carriers were prevented from going on their route during the two days of the storm.

MARRIED. Feb, 15th 1905, Mr. Lester Kelley and Miss Susie Talbitzer, were married at Columbus.

The Platte Center school house burned last Monday; We suppose it was duly insured; but it is bad anyway.

SCHOOL NOTES. The janitor at Platte Center and the driver of the Monroe School wagon have put forth heroic efforts this week to weather the storm. Visible results indicate that they have succeeded in a measure; they should be encouraged.
    A few pupils in each room are still able to sing at the morning exercises regardless of the variations of the weeks temperature.
    Tests are given this week in the higher dep't in mathematics and science branches.
    Valentine boxes in each room Tuesday helped to keep the pupil's hearts warm.

February 23, 1905

The state of Kansas is in rebellion against the Standard Oil Co.

Report says Durham has bought the Fellers property in the west end of town.

Hugh Hill is moving to town; into the Terry property that he bought recently.

Miss Mamie Studley returned to her home near Columbus Monday.

Every fight against an evil makes the good stronger; The boot leggers in Monroe have lost much of their grip; soon no one will do them honor.

A case in justice court on last Friday. Robinson was fined $5 00 and costs; He will walk softly in time no doubt and it is follish [sic] to put up money for him, it all tends to ruin.

In'd Telephone Co Officers elected. Pres, E.B. Dannals, Treas, Wm. Webster, V.P. Wm. Joy, Sec'y Art Felleas,. Drectors Phine Rade Lindsay. Peter Matson Newman Grove. M.E. Cooney Platte Center.

SCHOOL NOTES. The month of Feb, because of the birthdays of Washington and other distinguished Americans, receives special attention along patriotic lines. Prominence has been given to the lines of Washington, Lincoln and Longfellow in the primary dep't in the fourth and fifth grades language lessons and sixth grade history of the intermediate and in a more general way in the eight grade history.
    Mable Williams from the country has entered the Monroe school and is taking sixth grade work. We learn of a number of other who will soon enter the intermediate dep't, and will probably tax its seating capacity.
    Last Friday at noon just as the school was about to assemble a telegram bearing to Miss Weeks the sad news of her sisters death, aroused a profound sense of sympathy througout the entire school. Such experience reveal true character in its best light. Miss Weeks was unable to teach Monday but resumed work Tuesday, although weak from sickness. J.R. Alcock.

Fennimore from Columbus was a Monroe caller on Tuesday. He is as wild as a Texas steer to fight the ditch to drain the water from Lost Creek and the other gulch.
    He was one of the red hot men for the ditch: Then wanted to drop it, now he is fonrenst it tooth and toe nail. He can make a hot talk over it. But we want the ditch.

On Friday last Miss Weeks received a telegram announcing the death of her sister. Mrs. May Shephard of Skaneateles N.Y.
    Mrs Shepard was also a neice of Mrs. E.A. Gerrard of Monroe. The whole community have expressed their sympathy for Miss Weeks in the loss of her sister. Mrs. Shephard left an infant child.

OCONEE NOTES. Rev. Angell was here Friday ato attend a congregational meeting of the Psesbpterian [sic] church.
    Johnson and Gerrard were hauling their corn to the elevator Tuesday.
    R.S. Hilliard has leasek [sic] his property to M. Hitchcock and will move with his family to West Virginia. Mr. Hillard has every confidence in the south as being the land of homeseekers in the near future, and in fact the rush has begun as land is steadily increasing in value every yerr [sic]. Our best wishes follow this family to their new home in the land of the cottsn [sic] and the corn.

March 2, 1905

Frank Emerson came to Monroe Saturday. ... Mike Cassin of Columbus was in Monroe MOnday. ... Geo Truman was a Monroe caller the last of the week. ... G.G. Beecher of Columbus was in Monroe Friday last. ... Lee Gerrard returned to Monroe Wednesday. ... Marshall McWilliams ans wife came up from Omaha Friday and are visiting with Mr. and Mrs. Dillon. ... F.H. Gerrard made a trip up into Holt County the latter part of last week, returning the first of this.

Mr Gelispie is now running the restaurant on Main street.

Mr. Head a brother-in-law of Mr Evans, was in town this week, He thinks of moving here.

Miss Iola Dillon returned to her home in Monroe Wednesday after spending the winter in McCook with her sister.

March 9, 1905

Mrs. Hammer of Petersburg is visiting with Mrs. John Munter. ... E.A. Gerrard was in Columbus Tuesday and Wednesday. ... Mrs. W. and Mrs. E. Cole were in Genoa Monday. ... Will Humphrey of Beatrice was in Monroe the last of the week. ... J.E. North of Columbus was in Monroe Thursday. ... Marshall McWilliams is visiting his brother in Albion. ... Mrs. Van Allen and Mrs. Hammer were visiting in Genoa Monday. ... Mr. C.A. Gerrard and family of Lindsay visited in Monroe over Sunday.

Mr. Hinkle leaves this week for his new home near Spaulding. ... Mr. and Mrs. Graham and son moved to their Iowa farm the first of the week.

DIED. Mrs. V.H. Weaver of Columbus on Friday last; She was Effie May Beardsley before marriage. She leaves three children. Allen aged 6, Howard aged 5 and an infant child.
    The funeral was from the residence on Sunday. Rev. Munro officiating; The husband and family have the sympathy of their many friends.

Several changes were made in the residence part of town this week. Mr. E. Cole occupying the Dickinson property, Mr. Durham moving into the Fellers property. Mr. Cummins moving into thte Slaytons property. Mr. McKee into Mr. Jennings property and Mr. McNelie into Mr. Mansfields property routh [sic] of the track.

World-Hearld Council Bluffs Burea, 103 Pearl Street.
    The body of William F. Steinbaugh residing at Eight and Mill street, was found early yesterday morning in the bed of Indian creek, a few feet west of the Ninth street bridge.
    Steinbaugh's shoes were covered with mud and deep tracks in the mud led down the north bank from the bridge approach. These tracks were evidently made before the earth was frozen and the inference from this is that Steinbaugh must have gone there Saturday evening.
    Steinbaugh was 47 years old and was well known in this city. He leaves a widow and three children. He had been working at his trade and drew his month's salary Saturday.
    The remains were brought to Monroe and interred on Wednesday at the Monroe cemetary.

OCONEE NOTES. Farmers report winter wheat and rye in good shape.
    Many interested parties attended the drainage ditch meeting before the supervisors Tuesday; opposition to the construction of ditch was in evidence.
    M. Campbell will add some improvements to his property here.
    J. Eusden was here last week enroute to Columbus after spending a few days with his son-in-law E.W. Hoare.

SCHOOL NOTES. Pupils of the intermdiate dep't are making a list of animal and vegitable [sic] life, noting the date of the first observation as the spring opens up. The lists will form the basis of Nature Study.
    In the higher dep't a course of construction drawing is begun this week to continue through the spring months.
    Maud and Ida Hill enter the eight and sixth grades respective this week.
    Joe, Lida and Myrtle Watts enrolled in the intermediate and Deborah in the primary dept's.
    Mrs. Dubravy and her niece Fannie Matson were visitors in the primary and In't dep't Monday. J.R. Alcock.

March 16, 1905

Mr. and Mrs. Obrist are visiting their daughter Mrs. W. Kelley.

L.D. Johnson moved here from Genoa Tuesday.

P.H. Kelley has been on the sick list for several days.

Born on Friday last to Mr. and Mrs. Durham a daughter. ... Born on Thursday 16th, to Mr. and Mrs. E.R. Dack a daughter.

John Truelove bought a farm in Hitchcock County, the first of the week. ... Mr. Dillon sold his residence to Mr. Head who moved here and will make Monroe his home. ... R.T. Harrington of Butler Co. is in Monroe visiting Ed Fox and family, he is looking for a location.

A Brakeman slipped under a moving train at Genoa and was cut in two the first of the week.

Jas. Naylor of Columbus died on Tuesday; He was the father of Mrs. Geo. Smith, and Mrs. Frank Strother; well known by Monroe people. Mr. Naylor was for long years a particular friend of the writer; The funeral will be today.

SCHOOL NOTES. Pearl and Vera McCone return to school after an absence of about two months.
    Mary Gibbon will spend a few weeks at Newmans Grove, but will return in time to prepare for and take part in the promotion exercises of Monroe schools.
    Mrs. Mary E. Gleason and Mrs. McDonald, the latter from S. Dakota were visitors in all departments last Thursday.
    Preparations are being made for an entertainment to be given by the Monroe school, the proceeds to be used in establishing a permanent library for the schools and patrons of the vicinity. THe expectation is to hold the entertainment at the school house Saturday eve, April 15, 1095 [sic]. Program will be published three weeks in advance. J.R. Alcock.

The boys tell that Squire Kelley got hurt while tending a sick horse; the horse jammed him against the stall brusing his leg and hip seriously; The family wanted him to go the hospital in Columbus for treatment.
    A neighbor coming in examined him; the bruise was very black and blue. The Squire looked at the place and said; you see I could not go the hospital, looking like that; They would operate on me for appendicites the very first thing; The neighbor said 'so'.

March 23, 1905

P.H. Kelley was again on the street yesterday, getting well. ... Len McCone is quite sick this week.

Link Lee is here looking after his Monroe farm. ... Miss Lucy Potter is visiting at her home this week. ... Mr. and Mrs. Obrist returned to their home near Silver Creek the first of the week.

DIED. As we go to press, word comes of the death of M. Henry Biggs who was an early settler north of town. He was father-in-law of Mr. Wm. Joy.

The Rev. McGovern the Episcopal Minister leaves for his new home in California this week; we have liked the Rev. McGovern and think he has been much appreciated by our people.

OCONEE NOTES. Mrs. B.F. Beckwith was called to Gilmore last week by the death of her father.
    C. Payne was doing carpenter work on the Presbyterian church last week.
    H.B. Fenimore was a caller here Sunday. R. HIlliard writes that he is about to bargain for a large improved farm in Virginia comprising 500 acres at $12,000.
    Mr. L.N. Hitchcock expects to move onto the R.S. Hilliard place this week.

SCHOOL NOTES. Lyda Talbitzer returned to school Monday after about a months absence.
    The primary pupils are beginning their seasonal study of birds. Meadow-larks and robins are now with us to furnish the material for study.
    Mrs. Conrad visited the Primary dep't and L.T.L. Friday afternoon.
    The L.T.L. will resume full program sesions for the remainder of the spring term.
    The next meeting of the North Nebraska Teachers Association will be held at Norfolk the 29th, 31st inst.

March 30, 1905

L.D. Smith is hauling hay for North.

The new milinery store put up a nice sign this week. McNeil is the artist.

Miss Emmaline Lawrence wishes to say that her opening days will be Saturday April 7 and 8th.

Mr. Fish is going around with his arm in a sling; He came in conflict with a corn sheller we hear.

MILLINERY OPENING. Saturday, April, 8th, 1905. I have opened a Millinery store in the W.T. Strother building where I invite the Ladies of Monroe and vicinity to call and inspect my stock, and get prices before making your purchases elsewhere. Cleaning and trimming a speciality. Each lady calling between the hours of 2 and 3 o'clock P.M. April 8th, will be entitled to a gift taken free. Dont forget the date. Mrs. Alice Ault.

The Biennial Election law was passed this week; This holds the County Officers in office one year longer than they were elected for.

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