notes about photos 101 - 200
as of 1/2/2017
Photo 109, last steam threshing machine harvest in the county. On the back of the photo they are identified as Jim Kotalik, Bob Vondrasek, Jess Vondrasek, Dale Goodenkauf, Johnny Kotalik, Ron Gilbert, John Marfice, & John Duder. After Facebook posting, it developed that it is probably Norman rather than John Marfice.
Photo 120. In the Table Rock Cemetery, there is a David Robertson, March 22, 1812 to May 16, 1901. In the FindaGrave.com photograph, the marker is actually wood, not stone! (It is Photo 542.) There is only one other Robertson, Nan Albin Robertson, March 5, 1901 to June 10, 1921; if those dates are correct, perhaps she is a daughter-in-law or, more likely, a granddaughter-in-law. Note: the January 1901 Omaha Bee reported on Table Rock residents over 70 and David Robertson was one of them.
Photo 119, Peter hales, wife, and Fannie, Embossed at bottom: Welch’s Lightning Studio, Extra Finish
Photo 124, view from lower brickyard, shows the depot. To the right is a raised track. An image of a similar system in Wymore identifies it as a coal chute, and Lloyd Vrtiska says it was, but also says that the large structure with two sides was. The Wymore coal chute: https://www.google.com/search?q=image+coal+chute+train&espv=2&biw=1366&bih=667&tbm=isch&imgil=1JBApUunhURb1M%253A%253Blsq1x3C93ouMOM%253Bhttp%25253A%25252F%25252Fwww.camaksrailroaddays.com%25252F&source=iu&pf=m&fir=1JBApUunhURb1M%253A%252Clsq1x3C93ouMOM%252C_&usg=__BjwM7AMiICQaiSrYd3N0rDF5rRo%3D&ved=0CCsQyjc&ei=VrTmVK-5AsGdNruvhNgC#imgdii=1JBApUunhURb1M%3A%3BdifIutTcX4E0wM%3A%3B1JBApUunhURb1M%3A&imgrc=1JBApUunhURb1M%253A%3Blsq1x3C93ouMOM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fcamaksrailroaddays.com%252Fyahoo_site_admin%252Fassets%252Fimages%252F100_4070.263112443_std.JPG%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.camaksrailroaddays.com%252F%3B800%3B971.
Photo 163, Table Rock band. Argus 163a, TR band, tag with names is Argus 163: Seated left to right, #1 - ?, #2 - Ezra Fellers, #3 - Eddie Benes, #4 - Chester Fisher, #5 - Bert Layman, #6 - Herman Brothers. Middle row: #1- Lawrence Griffing, #2 - Ross Phillips, #3 - ?, #4 - Art Longwell, #5-Chris Buerstetta, #6 - ?. Top Row: #1 - ?, #2 - ?, #3 - John Vrtiska, #4 - Frank Martin, #5 Arnold Petrasek, # 6 - ?, #7 Otto Vondrasek, and leader, center back, Dr Covert
Photo 164, 1909 girls basketball team. I could not find any of the girls in Find a Grave.com, except one for Bess Irwin which is age appropriate for this photograph. Sadly, if it is the grave of this young lady, she died at age 23, only 10 years after this photograph of her. She is at the Table Rock Cemetery, November 23, 1896 to January 1, 1919. UPDATE; Belle Shorter Poteet is buried in Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln.
The girls: Back row: Eunice Norris Peters, Ella Snyder Sikes, Belle Shorter Poteet, Front row: Ella Beck Smith, Nelle Shreck Griffing, Bess Hickman Irwin.
Photo 166, TR Band 1929.
Floreine Vrtiska: Middle row, fourth student from the left, per Kim Vrtiska.
Fred Muscheites, second row (not counting the older boy trombone player), 2nd from right (behind and between two front row students holding what look like miniature baritone horns).
Bernice Barnard Musceites, (girl), third row, fourth from right, not counting the older trombone player; she is to the right of a trumpet player in the row behind her.
Lawrence Stehlik is the sousaphone player, according to Tim Nord, his son-in-law.
Edward Tomek wonders if the boy to the left of the sousaphone is John W. Tomek (son of Joe W. Tomek). Later in March 2015, Edward said, “Next to Lawrence is John William Tomek, a son of Joe W Tomek and a brother of young Joe Tomek.”
A September 4, 1929 news article about the band winning first place lists the band members (not correlated with the picture): Dwight Bonham, Virginia Cotton, Bernice Barnard, Marjorie Horton, Evelyn Kalina, Evelyn Kalina, Bernice Johnson, Floreine Vrtiska, Frances Hruska, Elsie Hanna, Helen Wopata, Wanetta Oilmor, Josephine Hylton, Lorna Kalina, Lawrence Kalina, Hallena Horton, Frank Hruska, Charles Duder, Glenn Binder, Howard Binder, Harland Keiser, Arthur Irwin, Howard Bedea, Lavon Houke, Wayne Covault, Joel Wright, Leonard Mertes, Charles Norris, Marion Bonham, Junior Mascheites, Loriane Harlow, Loriane Hunzeker, Arnold Zelenka, Charles Hanna, Harold Hastings, Phillip Rabstenjek, John Wm. Tomek, Lester Krofta, Arlie Goodenkauf, Richard Covault, Howard Harris, James Hinda, Cyril Pardue, and Lawrence Stehlik
The band leader may be August Hagenow; a telegram at the end of the September 4, 1929 article refers to the “grand leader” August Hagenow. However, the article also refers to Harry Madden and Wm. Vondrasek and as the ones at practice.
Photo 170, 1943 football team.
1943 Football Team
Back of Photo identifies as:
Top Row: Clarence Krofta, Edwin Hanna, Kenneth Gottula, Jerry Mullins, Willard Binder, Joe Sochor, and Bill Marfice.
Second Row: Supt. Priestley, Bill Snook, Emmit Morrison, Elmer Klapka, Bob Wilcox, and Rudy Senft
Bottom Row: Alvin Kent, Leland Binder, Donald Brown, Frank Petrasek, and Roger Sandusky
Photo 177, Czech band in front of Moto-Dome about 1915. Names are crossed out, and redone, apparently there was a discussion about who was who. Front row: Joe Tomek, Frank Tomek, Jess Vondrasek, Emil Rabstejnek, Arnold Petrasek, Earl Irwin, and, withy the drum, Chester Fisher. Back row: John Tomek (one comment says Fred), Tom Krofta (one comment says Rudy Kalina but it is Tom Krofta), Art Krofta, Charles Rabstejnek, Ralph Cotton, Charles Klaine, Otto Vondrasek.
Marilyn Wenzbauer McCage thinks it is Fred, not John, Tomek; she doesn’t remember John ever playing in the band.
Photo 180. Junifors in 1910. Ella Beck Smith, Bessie Hickman Irwin, Ada Mort, Callie Barrett, Addie Wiar Wilcox, Lila Jobe, Gertrude Glenn Trump, and Hazel Taylor Kuhn
Photo 185 – circa 1909 Argus office photograph includes Tressler. It looks like “Dow” but it is “Dorr” as evidenced by a September 1919 article in which Frank Taylor relates a visit by Dorr about the fate of the Longwell family in a Corpus Christi, TX hurricane tidal wave. Dorr was noted as living in Corpus Christi himself in 1914.
Photo 192, 1910 Mandolin Club. Back row: Leroy White, Gertrude Norris Cotton, Jack Phillips, Dr C C Covert, Laura Phillips, Art Longwell, Middle row: Mrs Covert, Lawrence Griffing, Ruby Conklin Taylor, Ralph Cotton, Nelle Cotton Martin. Front row: James Goodrich, Rose Phillips, Mary Goodrich
I'm making a fresh post from an interesting string of comments about Photo 194. The question was where was the store in that photo. Kim Vrtiska pointed out that there were three pool tables in the back. I can't quite make them out, but assuming this was a pool hall, then the most likely one was Fulton's Billiard Hall. It was on the southside of the square in the Purcell building, which burned in the February 1920 fire. (Purcell rebuilt to make a general merchandise store.)
The Historical Society has a little booklet about fires for the sale, with before and after pictures of and articles about the 1920 fire and also articles about major fires at the movie theater, the hotel, and the building which eventually became the Karas garage.
Here is an excerpt identifying the buildings on the southside of the square in February 1920, which I derived from newspaper articles:
“The” fire in Table Rock occurred on February 6, 1920. At that time, the business district on the South side of the Square was packed with store buildings.
On the East end was the new Lincoln Hotel Building Block built in 1916 to 1927, a complex which included a hotel, a theater, and a store building.
On the west end were the two buildings now occupied by Table Rock Electric and the Argus Museum of the Table Rock Historical Society. The former was the Richardson Building, the latter was the Taylor Building. Both were built in the 1890s.
Between were a variety of buildings, six of brick and others frame.
The six brick buildings, not necessarily in order:
1) The W. H. Wilson “Block,” a building with multiple establishments and a living quarters. On the ground floor, on the east and west sides of it were the Belshaw Pharmacy -- which often advertised goldfish for sale -- and the Basket Store. R. C. Cotton had a jewelry store within the Belshaw Pharmacy but was in the process of moving to the block west of the south side. James Walker lived on the second floor of the Wilson building.
2) To the west of the Wilson Block was the Frank. Kovanda building, which was occupied by Norris Aylor’s store.
3) The lavish establishment of W. C. Fellers
4) The Beustett Block, a building that contained Wilson’s store on the first floor, and a lodge hall (the A.O.U.W.) on the second floor.
5) The Purcell Block, a building that had J. L. Fulton’s billiard hall on the first floor, and the Belshaw Hall above.
6) The J. C. Beck building, which housed J. B. Carter’s store.
There were three frame buildings.
1) A building owned by Mary Chandler of Steinauer and occupied by the Frank Sherman Barber Shop.
2) A building owned by James Tank and occupied by Mrs. Martin’s Millinery Shop
3) A building owned by F. A. Steah and J. N. Phillips, which may have been unoccupied.
Terry Korell: Makes me wonder. James Purcell originally built the store as a hardware store. We have an old wooden cubby hole type shelf that supposedly came from his hardware store that held nails, bolts etc... I wonder when it ceased to be a hardware store and he rented it out as a pool hall. His son Jack was the one who rebuilt it as a General store.
TERRY KORELL: The Picture has a 1921 date on it so it couldn't be the Purcell building that burned if the date is correct. Hmmmm
Stacy Fankhauser: Noticing the man standing on the right is an amputee and the man sitting behind the stove ... What's he found back there?
If someone had a good magnifier, there is a calendar on the left wall by the mirror above the barrel. Wonder if a person can see the year on it?
Terry Korell: The rounded glass case on top of the counter looks like it has Eddy & Eddy St Louis etched in the glass.
The poster on the right wall looks like it could be for a movie. The only movie called The rosary came out in 1931.
- A few things I was going to point out that Stacy noticed as well, guy by stove has only 1 arm, guy behind stove, looks like maybe 4 pool tables, 3 horizontal and 1 way in back going vertical. Looks like maybe a beer cooler on left side, has taps coming out side. Paper on wall says "The Rosary" and has a young couple. Looks like building has upstairs as it looks like a stairwell in back left corner. It is a very narrow building and nothing like is around today. Does have electric lights, not sure when they came about.
Kim Vrtiska Eddy and Eddy of Stl Louis was a medicinal company and you can buy glass medicine bottles on ebay.
- The bench and table on the right have a sugar bowl and perhaps salt and pepper shakers on it, so it looks like food was served here also.
Kim Vrtiska or those disgusting pickled eggs!
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Sharla Sitzman Cerra Hmmmm. Looks like we may have to back up to square one! I zoomed in at 400% using my browser View tool, and it looks like what is on the right is actually a MOVIE POSTER for a movie called The Rosary as Terry Hunt Korell points out. I can't find a g...See More
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Sharla Sitzman Cerra Kim Vrtiska thanks for the observations! I can't believe I missed all this, you guys! And what the heck is that guy doing behind the stove! Weird.
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Sharla Sitzman Cerra Terry Hunt Korell, there was a 1922 movie, too.
Sherry: definitely pool tables, you can see the balls on them, and the pockets
- Kim Vrtiska That The Rosary does not look like the one on the wall, it has a young couple.
Sherry Winkinhofer definitely pool tables, you can see the balls on them, and the pockets
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Sherry Winkinhofer We know that back then there were multiple versions of posters for the movies
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Sherry Winkinhofer According to IMDb there were films called "The Rosary" in 1910, 1911, 1913, 1916, & 1922, as well as 1931.
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Terry Hunt Korell Ah back to square 1
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Kim Vrtiska Also pool cue racks on the right of each table on the wall
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Stacy Fankhauser Has any body checked out the calendar on the wall yet??
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Sherry Winkinhofer Maybe it will show better on the original, I put it in photoshop, but not enough resolution through facebook