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1930: O’Furey shares success stories of past News’ employees

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Nov. 20, 1930

HARTINGTON — The trial of E.E. Collins, the former cashier of the closed Hartington National Bank, was in federal court at Omaha on charges of violation of the national banking laws.

The trial ended abruptly Thursday when Federal Judge Woodrough instructed the jury to free Collins because the prosecution had failed to prove its case.

The particular charge that occupied most of the trial was an alleged misapplication by Collins of $14,000 worth of certificates of deposit belonging to Fred Joosten, who mysteriously disappeared in 1918.

The government attempted to prove by various witnesses that Joosten was dead and that the money he had left in the bank had been wrongfully used by the defendant. An investigator for the federal department of Justice was called to give detailed accounts of what had been done with the money, stating that among other things, “$3,000 had been transferred to the Collins Investment Company.”

Collins himself was on the witness stand when the trial was ended so suddenly.

His attorneys interrupted his testimony to call for a directed verdict from the judge.

The Judge also declared that while it was not explained how Collins came to have the certificates, the government had failed to include testimony that detailed fraud on his part.

Nov. 20, 1930 HARTINGTON — Recognition of the

HARTINGTON — Recognition of the Cedar County News as an outstanding newspaper was accorded in two ways at the Newspaper Institute held under the auspices of the Journalism Department at the University of South Dakota last weekend.

J.P. O’Furey, editor and Publisher of the News, was invited to come to Vermillion for a banquet Thursday and at that time, he was also made a member of the Sigma Delta Chi, national Journalistic Fraternity.

The honor conferred upon Mr. O’Furey was a notable one as but two other men, both South Dakota editors, were taken into the fraternity at that time. Mr. O’Furey was also asked to speak before the Institute on Friday afternoon, but because of unavoidable circumstances, his place was taken by R.C. Patterson, associate editor of the News.

At the request of the USD Journalism Department, the topic of the talk was, “The Cedar County News Postgraduate School of Applied Journalism.”

The point was brought out that on the News staff, many graduates of collegiate schools of journalism are given practical experience that fits them for a place in the newspaper world. Extracts of letters written by a number

Extracts of letters written by a number of young people who have worked on the News, and then gone on to other positions in the newspaper industry were then read to show their impressions of this practical School of Journalism.

Nov. 20, 1930

HARTINGTON — Wynot sold its Municipal Electric Plant to the Interstate Power Company at a special meeting of the village board last week. The Interstate Power Company agreed to pay $5,000 for the plant and distribution system.

Nov. 20, 1930

HARTINGTON — Very Reverend Ferdinand Schnuettgen pastor of Holy Trinity Church for the past 21 years, died Thursday at a hospital in Olpe Westphalia, Germany where he had gone last Spring in the hopes that his health failings would be benefited by a return to his native climate. A cablegram giving news of the passing of the veteran pastor was received Friday by Mrs. Otto Bogner of Crofton., sister of Rev. Schnuettgen, who accompanied him on his trip last April. News of Rev. Schnuettgen’s death was received with sadness by parishioners of Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Realization of the seriousness of Father Schnuettgen’s illness became apparent during the latter part of July when his resignation of pastor at Holy Trinity was sent to Bishop Joseph F. Rummel, head of the Omaha Archdiocese.

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