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Platte Co., NE - Monroe 1932 News NEGenWeb Project
The Monroe News
1932 Newspaper Extracts
April - June

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! Also a special thanks to Shirley Martys who has been a huge help in transcribing these articles. You can tell which ones she does--she takes the time to bold the names! Thanks, Shirley!!

April 7, 1932

Miss Marion Hoare and Alfred Hoare were in Lincoln last Saturday on business. ... Misses Anna and Mattie Potter visited with relatives at St. Edward Saturday. ... Mrs. Blanch Mohler of Spalding visited here the last of the week with her mother, Mrs. Matilda Baker. ... Misses Ruth Anderson and Faith Nuernberger spent the week end at the formers home in Omaha. ... Gordon Bailey is on the sick list. ... Mr. and Mrs. Henry Brunken and little son were Genoa callers Tuesday. ... Mr. and Mrs. B.J. Baker and Rev. Reed visited one day last week with Mrs. stillinger who is bedfast at the Elmer Noreen home. ... Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Pearson were Monroe callers Saturday evening. ... Wm. Engberg drove to Grand Island Sunday evening after the church services, taking Rev. Reed's father home who had been visiting the Reed family here. Rev. and Mrs. Reed and baby son accompanied them there, returning Monday evening. ... Carl Brandt is reported getting along necely at the Columbus hospital after such a serious accident. ... Louise Hill returned from the Columbus hospital last Friday much improved in health after an appendix operation. ... Mrs. Gust Olson is keeping house for her brother, John Clayburn, since the recent death of their mother, Mrs. Anna Clayburn. ... Mrs. Roy Johnson and daughter, Mardette, and Mrs. Stella Hobbensiefken spent Tuesday afternoon in Platte Center. ... Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Nunnally gave a brithday dinner Sunday honoring his mother, Mrs. A. Nunnally, on her 77th birthday anniversary. Mrs. Matilda Baker, who was quite ill last week is much better and was removed to her daughter's home Mrs. J.R. Smith, northeast of Monore. ... Mrs. Joe Sallach of Albion spent the last of the week here with her mother, Mrs. Matilda Baker, who is ill. ... Thos. Gleason moved over to Platte Center the first of the week and Geo. Dickinson moved to the house vacated by Mr. Gleason. ... The Henry Weber farm, located three miles north and one-half mile east of Monroe, will be sold at public auction next Tuesday afternoon, April 12, at 2:00 o'clock at the Monroe Liberty Hall. We believe this is the first auction of real estate ever held here at Monroe. Mark Carraher of Central City is conducting the sale and is the auctioneer. ... It has been reported that one of Columbus' cut-price Filling Stations was caught by the state inspector, giving short measure at the pumps and selling an inferior grade of gasoline. We have not leared if the station has been closed by the state or not, but certainly something should be done to protect the public from these cut-price, cut-qualtiy, tax-evading stations, who sell at a price that quality will not allow, and then beat the customer with short measure and poor merchandise.

April 21, 1932

Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Sunderland of Kearney are visitors this week at the home of their daughter, Mrs. M.C. Killon. ... Quite a number of pupils from the nearby school districts took the 8th grade examinations here last Thursday and Friday. ... Miss Gladys Lindsley and Earl Lindsley of near Columbus were callers at the F.B. Kelley home Sunday. Mr. and Mrs Harold Miller and children of Elhorn, Nebr., were visitors at the M.W. McNealy home Sunday afternoon. ... The Dishcner house is now awaiting favorable weather and road conditions for its trip to the bank committee farm. The permit has now been received from the state to move on the highway. ... Born, to Mr. and Mrs Geo. Bitter, Tuesday, April 19, 1932, a daughter. ... Mr. and Mrs. Russell Robison of Sioux City, Iowa, came in Sunday for a visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.W. McNealy. ... Mr. Robison returned home that evening, but Mrs. Robison remained for a longer visit. ... Mrs. John Ditter, Sr. returned home Sunday noon from a visit with relatives in Grand Island. Mr. and Mrs. Erwin Schweiger and daughter accompanied her here, returning the same day. ... Mrs. Emmeline Travis went to Omaha last Friday on business, returning home Monday morning. Her granddaughter, Elaine Travis, who had been taking treatments in an Omaha hospital the past week returned home with her.

Walter Schram was a Columbus caller Tuesday. ... Mrs. Anna Hoare plans to move to Lincoln as soon as school is out and the family will make that their home. We are sorry to see them leave Monroe. ... Wednesday we received two letters one from Ohio and one from Washington, and they were both much alike in that they both stated there was not work and no hopeful sign of any. ... Orville Fleming had the misfortune to have the back of his hand severely cut Wednesday evening when a cirlce saw fell on it as he was working with his wood saw outfit. He went to the doctor at Platte Center to have the wound dressed and is getting along nicely. ... SCHOOL NOTES - Fifth and Sixth Grades - Betty Knight received a grade of 90 or above in all of her subjects during the past six weeks. Those who received stars in Spelling during the past week in the sixth grade are: Betty Knight, Anna Laudenklos, and Velva Mueller. In the fifth grade are: Peggy Hill, Alvin Hoare, Kenneth Hurner, Bruce Johnson, Junior Kramer, Katherine Laudenklos, Catherine Lewis, Bettie Pearson, Hazel Rupp, Mary Smoots, Robert Smoots, Dureath Sutton and Betty Anne Stillinger. ... Mr. and Mrs. Ed Hurner spent Monday evening at the Harry Nicholson home. ... Woodrow Schmidt has been helping Harvey Anderson with the farm work the past two weeks.

OBITUARY - MRS. R. W. STILLINGER Mary Jane Harris, daughter of Thomas and Sarah Wiley Harris, was born in Boone County, September 3, 1877. She was united in marriage to Robert W. Stillinger in Monroe Nov. 11, 1897. They made their home on their farm near Boone for several years. They later made their home in Boone, Albion, St. Edward and Monroe, where Mr. Stillinger engaged in banking and the mercantile business. They resided in Oakland, Nebr., the last several years. Mrs. Stillinger is survived by her husband and two sons, Robert and Fred, of Monroe; three grandchildren, two brothers, Fred C., of Monroe, and Thomas H., of Boone; four sisters, Mrs. E.D. Jenkinson, Mrs. Elmer Noreen and Mrs Gorden Hill of Monroe, and Mrs. George Cumings, of St. Edward. Mrs. Stillinger was a devoted and faithful wife and mother. She was unusually kind and gentle, winning and holding as friends all who knew her. She united with the Presbyterian Church in St. Edward in early womanhood and transferred her membership to the Monroe Union Church where she retained membership until her death. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, 1 o'clock at the home of her sister, Mrs. Elmer Noreen, and 2 o'clock at the Monroe Union Church. Rev. H.E. Kramer was in charge. Burial was made in the St. Edward cemetery. Among those here from out of town to attend the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Vick Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Nygreen, Mr. and Mrs. John P. Anderson, Mrs. Emil Anderson, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Noreen, Mrs. John Hammer, Bonnie Gustofson, and Harry Gustofson from Newman Grove; Mr. and Mrs. George Parrott, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Parrott, and Mr. and Mrs Jack Stillinger from Albion.

June 2, 1932

The patrons and children of school Dist. 55 enjoyed a picnic Sunday. ... Harold and Hazel Smith were visitors in Central City Wednesday. ... Mr and Mrs. Olaf Jernberg of Central City visited with relatives here the first of the week. ... Mr and Mrs John Harding and children of Central City visited with relatives here Sunday and Monday. ... Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Hagenbuck visited with his father in Fremont Monday. ... Mrs. J.M. Riffle gave a dinner Saturday honoring Mr. Riffle on his birthday anniversary. ... Harold Potter came up from Lincoln and spent the week end with homefolks. ... Mrs. Mary Thompson is enjoying a visit from her daughter, Mrs. Raymond Benson and children from Iowa. ... Edwin Nunnally visited this week with Mr. and Mrs. Elvin Hill. ... A large crowd was in town Tueday evening to take in the first free picture show. Next weeks picture will be a western play entitled "$50,000 Reward." Plan to be here next week and bring your friends. ... Mr. and Mrs. Art Williams and children of Fremont visited with her mother, Mrs. Mary Hurner the first of the week. ... Keith Lightner completed his studies at the state university and returned home Monday. He departed Tuesday morning on a business trip to Sioux City, Iowa. ... Mrs. Ed Farmer returned home Friday from a two weeks stay with her daughter in Grand Island. ... Mr. and Mrs. Ed Reiken from north of Genoa were visitors Tuesday at the Martin Stohr and Reynold Ditter homes. ... Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Hawkes departed last Friday for Enola, Iowa. Mrs. Hawkes plans to visit with her parents there while Mr. Hawkes attends summer school in Lincoln.

John Ditter, Jr., and Ed Boss enjoyed a fishing trip to Swan Lake the last of the week. ... Mrs. Robert Brazil came in last Friday morning from Lyman, Nebr., and is visiting with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. F. B. Kelley. ... Miss Elizabeth Matson has accepted a position as teacher in the Fullterton high school for the coming year. ... A birthday party was enjoyed at the Swanson home Monday evening honoring Victor Swanson on his birthday anniversary. Mrs. Orville Cummings gave a dinner last week Wednesday evening honoring Mr and Mrs. Lowell DuBrava and Mr. and Mrs. Dale Eisenmann, newly-weds. ... A lunch room has been built at the Monroe Filling Station the past week. Frank Kelley has acted as head carpenter, Walt Gertsch, time keeper, Dan Ziegler Sr., superintendent of construction, Walt Lewis chief knot hole inspector. ... Paula Jean Gertsch, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Gertsch, had the misfortune to fall from a pony Saturday evening while racing on the Jenkinson race track, and break her collar bone. She is under a doctors care and is getting along nicely. ... Miss Vivian Gullen of Fremont has accepted a contract to teach the 5th and 6th grades in the Monroe school. Miss Gullen comes highly recommended, having two years college traning and taught three years in the same school in Dodge county. She has specialized in public school music, had eight years piano traning, also vocal training.

WEDDING - DUBRAVA - EISENMANN Miss Dorothy Eisenmann, daughter of Mr. W.J. Eisenmann, and Lowell DuBrava, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed DuBrava, both of Monore, were united in marriage last Saturday afternoon, May 28, 1932, at York, Nebr., at the Methodist Church parsonage. Rev. Wm Keve performed the ceremony. They were attended by Miss Esther DuBrava, sister of the groom, and Leland Jerberg of Genoa. Mrs. DuBrava and Miss Martha Ernst of Columbus also witnessed the ceremony. The bride has made many friends here, having lived in this community for some time. She was a graduate from the Columbus High School with the class of '16. The groom has grown to manhood here. He attended the Monroe schools, and for the past few years has assisted his father with the farming. Mr. and Mrs. DuBrava will make their home with his parents for the present where he will continue to work the farm.

OBITUARY - PAUL GERTSCH - Paul Gertsch, son of Christian and Pauline (Meunig) Gertsch, was born in Glarus, Switzerland, October 12, 1852, and passed to his reward at home in Anaheim, California, at 5 A.M. May 25th at the age of 79 years, 7 months and 13 days. He has suffered a general decline in health for about three months and death came gently during his sleep. Mr. Gertsch was one of the few remaining Platte county pioneers who helped conquer the virgin prairie. He came to America with a number of others from his native village and settled in Columbus. He found work shortly after his arrival and was so pleased with the new home that he advised his parents to join him. They did this in the following year bringing his three brothers with them. By frugal living and great industry he was able by 1877 to purchase the first tract of the large land holding known as Willow Grove farm. Mr. Gertsch was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Von Bergen, January 18, 1878. They established their home on his farm in Okay, where they lived until her death February 15, 1913. On this farm their twelve children were born, ten of whom survive, four sons, Carl W. of Arriba, Colo., Walter A. and Paul E. of Monroe, Helmuth A. of Hollywood, California, and six daughters, Mrs. Gustav Schoembs of Colinga, California, Miss Alma Gertsch of California, Mrs. Joachim Brandt of Monroe, Mrs Henry Weber of Clay Center, Mrs Niel Nielson and Mrs Homer Farrand of Hollywood. Two children are deceased; Warner, who died in infancy, and Miss Elinor who died in 1918. In 1915, he retired from the farm and made his home in Columbus. Later he spent his winters in California. On April 22, 1922, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Elizabeth Hunger of Anaheim, Calif. where they established their home. Mrs Gertsch survives him, as do two brothers, Sam Gertsch of Anaheim Calif., and Rev. Albert Gertsch of Hickman, Nebraska and sixteen grandchildren. Funeral services were held in Anaheim which were attended by the members of the family living there as well as a large number of friends who formerly lived in Nebraska. Mrs. Gertsch was physically unable to return to Nebraska for the funeral. His daughter, Miss Alma, accompanied the body home. The body was brought here to the home of his daughter, Mrs. Brandt, northwest of Monroe, and funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Okay New Hope Church. Rev J.C. Jannon of Lincoln had charge and was assisted by Rev. H.E. Kramer of Monroe. Burial was made in the New Hope cemetery beside the mother of his children and among the friends with whom he lived and labored to make his community all that it is today. Among the relatives here from a distance to attend the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. Albert Gertsch and daughter, Adeline, and Miss Kruse of Hickman, Nebr., Carl Gersch of Arriba, Colo., Rev. and Mrs. Henry Weber of Clay Center, Nebr., and Mrs John Von Bergen of York, Neb.

June 16, 1932

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Reeves of Flowerfield, Nebr., were renewing acquaintances here Monday. ... Mr. and Mrs. Barney Cowgill and family of Clarks spent Sunday at the D.W. Ziegler home. ... Extra lean bacon, 3 to 6 pound pieces, good cure, 12c per pound, Friday and Saturday at Bibles Store. ... Kenneth Kelly returned home Sunday evening from a few days visit in Lincoln. ... Mr. and Mrs. Paul Potter and children of Columbus visited with relatives here the first of the week. ... Erleen Penhollow returned home Tuesday morning from a two weeks visit with relatives in Albion. ... Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Curtis Tuesday, June 14, 1932, a son. ... Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Dooley of Ceresco visited Sunday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. F.B. Kelley. Ileta Dooley accompanied them home after a two weeks visit here. ... Jake Sell of Lincoln visited with relatives here Tuesday night. ... Rev. and Mrs. H.E. Kramer and sons departed Monday morning for a visit with relatives in Kansas. ... Reynold Ditter is having his house repainted this week. R. S. Hill is doing the job. ... $5.00 REWARD - The Boardof Education of the Monroe public school hereby offer a reward of $5.00 to anyone furnishing conviction of the party or parties guilty of breaking the glass in windows of the school building on or about June 11th. Such party or parties found guilty will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. ... Bennett Atkins departed Wednesday morning for his home at Sidney, Nebr., after a several days visit at the Maynard Watts home. ... Mr. and Mrs. Harry Farrar and family came down from Newman Grove Sunday for a visit with relatives here. Mr. Farrar returned that evening but Mrs. Farrar and children remained for a longer visit.

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. H. Kotas and daughter returned to Monroe last Friday after a several days absence. ... Mrs. Omer Kiser and sons of Juiceburg, Colo., departed Monday morning after a weeks visit with relatives and friends here. ...Mr. and Mrs. Erwin Schweiger and children of Grand Island were visitors Sunday at John Ditter, Sr., home. ... Mrs. Frank Dickinson returned home last Friday afternoon from a weeks visit with relatives at St. Edward. ... Mr. and Mrs. Louie Hurner and grandson of Carlton, Oregon, arrived Sunday afternoon for a two weeks visit with relatives here. ... Miss Anna K. Smith of Central City visited several days this week at the home of her sister, Mrs. H.A. Jackson. ... Harold smith departed Tuesday morning for his home in Long Beach, Calif., having been called here by the illness and death of his father.

OBITUARY - J. R. SMITH James R. Smith, prominent farmer and Platte county pioneer, passed away at his home two and one-half miles northeast of Monroe, Thursday, June 9, 1932, at 9:15 a.m., at the age of 69 years, 7 months, and 14 days. Death was due to liver trouble and complications from which he had suffered a long time. James R. Smith, a son of James R. and Martha Jones Smith, was born in Pre-Emption, Illinois, October 25, 1862. He came to Nebraska with his people in 1880, locating near Monroe. On November 11, 1897, he was united in marriage to Miss Olive Baker. They established their home on his farm, where they have lived ever since. Four children were born to this marriage, Helen, who died January 24, 1908, Harold of Long Beach, California, Kenneth and Miss Hazel at home. He also leaves to mourn his departure his wife, two brothers, George and Bert, and three sisters, Miss Anna L. Smith of Monroe, Mrs. Hattie Dickson of Rock Island, Illinois, and Mrs. Jennie Schoonmaker of Buhl, Idaho. Quiet and genial, honest and upright, Mr. Smith numberd as his friends all with whome he came in contact. He will be greatly missed from the community where he had made his home for so many years. He was a member of the Protestant Espicopal Church and later became a member of the Union Church of Monroe. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, 1:30 at the home and Church, conducted by Rev. C.E. Ruch of Genoa. Internment was made in the New Hope cemtery to Okay. The pallbearers were H.A. Jackson, Fred Harris, Clarence Terry, Chas. Terry, Ed Jenkinson, and Neal Hollingshead. Wm. Reese, Mrs. Wm. Hill, Mrs. Grace Gerrard, Lewis Johnson, with Mrs. Chas. Lightner at the piano, furnished the music. Miss Lois Lightner, Miss Gwendolyn Kelly and Miss Corinne Hollingshead took charge of the flowers. Those from a distance here to attend the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. C.J. Axen and Miss Anna K. Smith of Central City, Frank Smith of Fremont, Mr and Mrs. J.H. Hollinghead of Ord, Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Sallach of Albion, Mr. and Mrs. Foster Mohler and family of Spalding, Mr. and Mrs. James Sallach, Mr and Mrs. Ora Sallach of Albion, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Reynoldson of St Edward, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Terry of Havens, Mrs. Frank Gilmore of Columbus.

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