June 24, 1911
Rockville jail – from Ravenna News
Hobo Won Bet & Made Easy Money
Gave the Village of Rockville a Lesson in Art of Jail-Breaking
Rockville had recently built a town hall which included a jail. They were
very proud. Walls were solid masonry, floor was concrete, doors heavily
barred and grated with iron bars. Rockvilleites were sure their new jail was
Then this seedy looking individual came along and casually commented that he
figured he could get out of that jail in 15 minutes. A committee of
Rockville citizens called on him and suggested that if he had any money they
would make a little bet that he could not get out in 15 minutes or 6 hours.
He said he did not have any money but if he could find a backer he would
make that bet. Sam heard about the matter and, after speaking briefly with
the hobo, agreed to back him and put up $50.
So the money was put up, the hob searched and relieved all knives,
implements and tools of any kind, and locked in the jail. Interested
Rockville citizens stood around outside to see what would happen.
There was a dull thud or two inside and a couple minutes later the prisoner
was seen at another unprotected window in the building, an easy winner of
Yes, the heavy masonry walls and concrete floor, the barred window and door
were all intact. But a couple of well-placed kicks of the shoe against the
lath and plaster ceiling were all he needed to crawl out of the cell.
Sunday Church services – times and ministers listed along with several
sermon titles. Most churches had both morning and evening services.
First United Brethren – 8 p.m. “Who Breaketh an Hedge a Serpent Shall
Bite Him” (illustrated with chemicals)
Congregational – J. S. Bayne, pastor. Luther’s famous monument will
be described Sunday morning as seen by the pastor at Worms, Germany, and he
will speak of the four great forerunners of the reformation—Waldo,
Wickliffe, Huss, and Savonnarola, emphasizing their courage and faith. At 8
he will resume his religious lecture, on the Yellowstone park with
practical, spiritual lessons, illustrated by the stereopticon. Mrs. Bayne
has also kindly consented to give some of her experiences in the park.
[Music at the morning service was to be a
cornet solo “the Lost Chord” and another in the evening “Rocked in the
Cradle of the Deep”. Also at the evening service another gentleman would
give a whistling solo.]
Christian Church Ice Cream & Cake Social – to be held by the ladies
on the new church property east of the Midway Hotel.
Arrivals & Departures
--Mrs. Louisa Collins is much improved but still confined to her bed.
--Rosco C. James has returned to his home in this city after a year or more
of wandering about the country. He spent several months in Arizona, New
Mexico and Colorado. His health is much improved.
[1900 census – James was living at
Stella, Richardson Co, NE., born in Nov 1888 in Nebraska, 11 yrs old]
1920 Census – James was back living in Richardson Co. Born in Kentucky,
Married, a child age 9.]
City Hospital Will be Opened in August Sometime
Soliciting Committee Has Been Quietly Gathering Subscriptions
The hospital would open under new management. The old one had financial
Chautauqua tickets were on sale
A 10 ½ lb Catfish was caught in the Wood River at Gibbon
Even up trade – a man in Gibbon traded his 40 acres in town to a
farmer on the island south of town for his 80 acre farm.
A Miller man traded his Metz automobile for an Amherst man’s motorcycle
K & BH RR – was being extended. Six young men from Miller went to
Calloway to work on it
Motorcycles were becoming increasingly popular for use by
1) Mail carriers
2) Line men
3) Young men who do not want to invest in as high
Ordinance Amended – City amended the ordinance prohibiting the riding
of bicycles and tricycles on city sidewalks to allow mail carriers to ride
bicycles on city sidewalks while carrying out their duties.
Insane – A well-to-do Ravenna farmer was adjudged insane and
committed to the Hastings asylum
Remove rust – Mix lemon juice and salt or starch spread over the rust
spot. Wash with clear water.
Post Office –
Ready to turn over
to government in August.
Lots of men at work
in all different areas.
Upstairs marble work
in halls, maple floors in rooms.
Stairway was not
Marble work on walls
of lobby and marble part of floor being done.
portion of floor was being pushed to completion.
Oak wainscoating of
Outside the walls
were almost all pointed and washed down.
Flag pole with
gilded ball on top was up.
East side would have
slight rise where mail wagons would pull up to the back “portico”
aka loading dock.
Normal School Construction –
A south wing was about to be built on the
Normal School building. Digging the basement was to begin an a work. It
would duplicate the north wing in exterior finish and on the inside except
with marble baseboards instead of oak. There was also to be a basement and
an up-to-date ventilating system. The first floor would be divided into
school rooms and include the model school department.
Second floor: Departments of education,
German and math.
Third floor: physical science. The space in
the north wing where they had been would be used by the department of
Glenwood Park –
The place to go for camping, fishing,
boating. No admission charge except for picnicking parties.
Weather – ¼” of rain in the county Friday night
County Board Minutes, June 12 –
Voted to share with Kearney County the repair
of the Platte River bridge by replacing 830 feet with 3” thick oak planks.
Voted to move Mr. & Mrs. Macklin to the
[1910 census – 2001-2003 Central
James – 50, head, born in England, imig 1878, married 29 yrs,
worked 15 mo of past year, labor, street work
Anna – 62, wife, born in Iowa, married 29 yrs, 2 children, 1 living
Louise E. – 21, daughter, born in Iowa, married 0 yrs, no occupation given]
Lost—Friday night at the Carnival grounds, gold locket and chain. Return to
the Hub office. Reward. Lois Kindt.
Found—Gold locket and chain at carnival grounds. Owner may have same by
paying for this ad. Haze Ralston at Crable barber shop.