October 8, 1931
Mrs. Hattie Day moved into her residence here in west Monroe the first of the week. Mrs. Day has been ailing for some time and her sister, Mrs. Travis, is taking care of her. Mrs. Travis' grandchildren are also here with her. Mr. and Mrs. Rudy Gerber who formerly occupied the Day residence, have moved into the Carter house. ... Mrs. C.E. Hiese departed last Friday for her home in San Francisco, Calif., after enjoying a visit with her mother, Mrs. Otella Toline. Mrs. Toline and Mrs. Edith Niemoller accompanied her to Columbus. ...Miss Bernice Hoare came up from Lincoln Saturday afternoon for a visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.E. Hoare. She returned Sunday evening. ... Mrs. Conrad Harding was called to Lincoln Saturday evening by the illness of her daughter, Mrs. Ole Henderson. Mr. Henderson has been ill for two months or more and now both Mr. and Mrs. Henderson are in a hospital there. ... The remains of the printing equipment of the defunct "Monroe Booster" was taken to Omaha Wednesday. We understand that R.G. Strother will use the equipment in printing his booklet. ... Miss Irene Kelley was taken to the Genoa Hospital Saturday where she underwent an operation for appendicitis. She is reported getting along nicely. ... FALSE RUMORS - Rumors have been spread that Wm. Bruhn had stolen chickens from the undersigned. I wish to state that these rumors are absolutely false and that no chickens have been stolen from me. Wm. Engberg ... Corn husking has started in this community. John Weber and Chas Sliva leading in that line of work.
OBITUARY - John E Dack, 90 years of age, resident of Platte county for 58 years, passed away at the Williams hospital, in Genoa last Wednesday, September 30, 1931. Death was due to uremic poisoning and terminated a brief illness. Mr. Dack is survived by two children, Mrs. Sarah J. Terry of Monroe, and Edward R. Dack of Long Beach, California, two brothers, Thomas Dack of Los Angeles and Fred Dack of Galva, Ill., 12 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and 2 step-grandchildren. Mr. Dack, the son of Illnois pioneers, was born in Saxon, Stark county, Illinois, Nov. 29, 1840, where he grew to manhood. He was united in marriage to Miss Jane Wiley of Kewanee, Ill., at Toulon, Ill., Dec. 24, 1862. They made their home on his farm until the spring of 1873 when he brought his family, consisting of Mrs. Dack, their two daughters, Mrs. Terry and the late Mrs. C. W. Hollingshead, to Platte county, where he homesteaded in the Okay neighborhood. There their son, Edward, was later born. Mr. Dack became an extensive land holder in that locality. He also took an active part in the affairs of the community and was moderator of the first school board, a position he held until he retired from farming in 1894, and came to Monroe, where he made his residence until his death, although he had spent the last 17 winters in California. He united with the Okay Methodist Church, and served as treasurer of Monroe township for several terms. From early manhood Mr. Dack was keenly interested in politics. As a youth he was a member of a mounted escort of 100 young men who went to meet Abraham Lincoln and bring him to Galva where he delivered a speech while running for the national congress. He was active in the republican party until the incipiency of the farmers' movement, known as the farmers' alliance, following it into the populist party and later years cast his ballet with the democratic. Above all, Mr. Dack was a home man, interested in his chidren down to the third generation, greatly devoted to his wife with whom he lived happily for nearly 63 years as she preceeded him in death six years ago in November. He then divided his time at the homes of his children. In early years in Nebraska, Mr. Dack made Genoa and Columbus his trading centers, as well as Oconee which grew to a considerable place. With other farmers he became desirous of a nearer shipping point and was appointed with the late John Gleason as a committee to petition the Union Pacific railroad to build a spur for a station at what is now Monroe. By special permit of Superintendent Kimball, they were issued the first tickets to Monroe and the train stopped for the first time for their convenience at what is a long established station. Many cooperative ventures helped to get the town going and he was prominent in them all, buying the first residence lot opened in the town where he built his beautiful cottage in 1894. After coming to Monroe he and his son-in-law, C.W. Hollingshead, engaged in the cattle business, buying and selling stock as well as feeding for many years. He also engaged in the mercantile business with his son for a time. He was a charter member of the Platte County Pioneers' association and was an honored guest at the 75th Jubilee celebration dinner in the Mid-Nebraska exposition just closed, being the oldest. The pall bearers were: James Gillan, Charles Terry, B. J. Baker, Fred Harris, Clarence Terry and Thomas Harris., all nephews of Mr. Dack. Among those from out-of-town attending the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. E.R. Dack of Long Beach, California, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond C. Terry of Havens, Mr. and Mrs. Corrie H. Hollingshead and daugher Joyce, of Pawnee City, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stillinger and son, Frederick, of Oakland, Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Sallach and Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Ladd of Albion, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Harris and daughter of Boone, Clarence Sheldon, G. W. Phillips, Paul Gertsch, Ben Fellers, Hon. Richard Regan, Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Williams, Mrs. Jon Gibbon, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Jenkinson, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Zinnecker, County Assessor and Mrs. George Weber, Miss Anna Potter, Mr. and Mrs. Gus Olson, Mr. and Mrs. Emil Olson and Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Smith all of Columbus. Mr. and Mrs. August Sigea and son, Glen, of Fullerton, Mrs. Ida and Mrs. Tillie Watts, Nels Nelson and Miss Mae Becklam of Genoa. The News joins the many friends in extending sincere sympathy to the bereaved family.
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