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June 14, 1909


Unique Services Are Given at the
Lutheran Church.

Unique services were carried out at the Lutheran church, Thirty-seventh street and Wabash avenue, yesterday morning when the entire programme was placed in the hands of the children of the church.

The Rev. J. M. Cromer, the pastor, devised a sermon which was to be given in parts, and seven boys and seven girls delivered the message. The sermon was taken form the text: Beware of the mongrel dog."

James Gillettee, a 3-year-old, gave the address for the morning, which consisted of a recitation telling the members of the congregation they were to sit through a Children's day service.

Donald Scott gave the introduction of the sermon and the first phase, belonging to the mongrel dog, was told about by Shirley Glasscock. The dog was likened to the man who knew nothing of his parentage and cared less. Another side of the sermon had to do with the smiling, snapping dog, of which the congregation was warned. Then came the mad dog, being like angry men. The last of those phases dealt with the bulldog, whose stubbornness was so well copied by some men that it would be well to beware of them.

The sermon was preached by Shirley Glasscock, Eugene Feibler, Mandeville Zabriskie and George Gallet. Between each phase of the sermon a recitation was given by the following girls, in order: Tillie Neufer, Alleen Glasscock, Grace Robinson and June Baltis.

Robert Zimmerman gave an application of the sermon and Hazel Becker followed with an appropriate recitation . The talk preceding the offering was made by Earl Ocre and Nannie Owen sang a solo while the offering was being collected.

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February 10, 1909


Board Takes In New Territory in
Southeast Part of City.

Notice has been served on the county clerk by the board of education that the school limits have been extended to take in a territory in the southeastern part of the city. The land taken in lies between Prospect and Agnes avenues, from Thirty-fifth to Ninety-ninth streets, and between Agnes and Cleveland avenues, from Thirty-fifth to Thirty-seventh streets.

The property in question is now subject to taxation for city school purposes. The school board has the right to extend the limits after being authorized to do so by a vote of the residents of the district in question.

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August 24, 1908


An Hour Before the End He Was
Walking About House.

James Yates, 68 years old, president of the Yates Ice Company for many years, died yesterday at his home, Thirty-seventh and Summit streets. Mr. Yates was born in New York and attended college at Schenectady, N. Y., graduating in 1863. He took no part in the civil war, but was engaged in the railroad business for several years and then moved to Atchison, Kas.

Mr. Yates came to this city twenty-two years ago and founded a natural ice company, which eventually supplied most of the ice for the city. He was also the founder of the company now known as the Stewart-Peck Sand Company. Three years ago he organized the Economic Asphalt Company, but last year he sold out his interests in all of his companies, saying that he intended to do nothing but enjoy the rest of his life. Death was due to heart failure, superinduced by liver complaint. Only an hour before he died Mr. Yates was walking around the house.

No children are living, but a widow survives. A brother, Charles Yates, lives in Lincoln, Neb. The funeral arrangements have not been made.

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August 22, 1908


Man Named Mars, but From Omaha,
Is Inventor and Navigator.

For the last three days patrons of Electric park wondered what was in a large tent that was pitched near the monkey cage. Even the park employes couldn't guess what was in it. Yesterday afternoon, without any announcement, Charles Baysdorfer and George E. Yager opened up the front of the tent and helpers carried out a lemon-shaped gas bag to which was hung a light frame, carrying a small gasoline engine.

Baysdorfer climbed on the frame, started the engine and sailed away.

Then M. G. Heim and his able corps of press agents heaved a sigh of relief. The thing really flew.

It gyrated around over the park, then started for nowhere in particular, landing at Thirty-seventh street and Brooklyn avenue when a battery went wrong. A new batter was procured and the airship sailed back to the park and to its tent. A flight lasting half an hour was staged yesterday evening. J. C. Mars -- fine name for an airshipper -- sailed the thing on this flight.

The airship is called the Baysdorfer-Yager "Comet." The men whose name it bears made it in Omaha, their home.

They will attempt to sail twice a day, but the park management promises nothing. Baysdorfer will attempt to come down town with the ship this noon.

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June 28, 1907



Had Been Engaged in Work for Merrill
for Years and Was a Prominent
Worker in the Trinity
Episcopal Church --
An Autopsy Today

"Get a doctor quick," suddenly exclaimed R. A. Howard, 3118 Tracy avenue, last night to Sergeant Robert James in No. 9 police station, Thirty-seventh street and Woodland avenue, with whom he had been talking. As the man spoke, he reeled and started to fall, grasping a desk in front of him. A police officer ran and assisted him to a nearby bench. Two other police officers started out to find a physician, and presently returned, one accompanied by Dr. S. P. Reese, 3801 Woodland avenue, and the other with Dr. H. D. Hamilton, 3522 Woodland avenue.

Withing five minutes, however, after the physicians arrived Mr. Howard died. He had suffered an attack of heart disease.

Mr. Howard had gone to the police station to inquire into the case of Earl Day, a youth who lives across the street from the Howard home, and who had been taken to the police station by an officer fro placing torpedoes on the car tracks. The purpose in taking the boy to the station was to allow Sergeant James to give him a lecture for prematurely celebrating the Fourth, and Mr. Howard, believing that a charge would be placed against the youth, went to go his bonds.

Sergeant James had just told Mr. Howard that the boy would not be held, but would be "scared up a bit," and Mr. Howard seemed then to take the matter as a joke, and he and the officer were laughing over the affair and discussing the pranks of the boys in the neighborhood.

Mr. Howard was 55 years old. He was married but had no children. He supposedly enjoyed normal health. He worked yesterday and according to Mr. Merrill, his employer, was apparently well and in the best of spirits. He left work at 6 o'clock yesterday evening, going directly to his home.

Mr. Howard had been in the employ of the Merrill Lumber Company for more than twenty-five years, and was considered one of the best in the company's employ, having attained the position as Mr. Merrill's right hand man. He came here from Michigan just before entering the employ of Mr. Merrill, and was married about eighteen years ago.

Mr. Howard was a member of Trinity Episcopal church, Tenth street and Tracy avenue, where for several years he had been a vestryman.

Dr. O. H. Parker, deputy coroner, viewed the body and had it removed to Newcomer's undertaking establishment. An autopsy will be held today.

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