Despite the devastating floods of 2019,
traditions and community spirit are alive and well in Plattsmouth
by Butch Bouvier
I first met Del Hervey while restoring the Cass County Historical Society's Cook Log Cabin about 4 years ago. We have since become close friends and my respect for him has grown exponentially. His unwavering volunteerism and commitment to his community and specifically the Cass County Historical Society has been, to say the least, infectious. Del is not the only one infected, as this virus has been spreading throughout the community of Plattsmouth for some time, and I just witnessed another example of this civic duty attitude manifest itself today.
For years now, the Historical Society has installed hundreds of lights on their large tree next to the museum. This tree has grown to over 50 feet tall and requires many strings of lights and some special equipment to accomplish the task. Hervey has headed up this volunteer project for 12 years, and Lonnie Iles has volunteered his bucket truck and time each year to bring the joy of Christmas to the citizens of Plattsmouth, along with a special tree lighting each year. Sadly, Mr. Iles has retired and sold his equipment having completed many years of faithful service to this endeavor. A replacement was needed and one was found with Sam McCandless, owner and operator of Timber Tree Service of Plattsmouth.
Mr. Hervey has been stressing a bit about how to meet his responsibility of having the tree ready for the big lighting ceremony on November 30 this year. He and Carroll Hudson spent hours testing all the strings of bulbs and getting them ready earlier this week and all was ready except for how to get them up.
I believe I witnessed the "passing of the torch" today when I saw the Timber Tree Service truck pull up to the curb, and a big guy with an infectious smile stepped out and asked, "where do you need me?"
When I asked Mr. McCandless how he got involved his response was direct and sincere and ,in my humble opinion, directly from the heart. He spoke of being moved by many civic deeds being performed in the Plattsmouth community throughout this trying spring and summer. He specifically mentioned the act of two local business owners, Robert Meisinger and Roger Schmidt, who made sure the local swimming pool was full of water for the kids this summer. Mr. McCandless said "That inspired me to want to do my part to help my community", he went on to say that his business has grown and prospered in this community and he felt that he needed to give back to many friends, customers and neighbors who have so supported his business and helped it be the success it is today. Yes, the infection is spreading, folks, and unlike many infectious diseases, the community of Plattsmouth will only grow and benefit from this one!
Cass County Historical Society Museum
646 Main Street
Plattsmouth, NE 68048
Winter Hours (November-March): 12pm to 4pm, Tuesday-Saturday; closed Sundays, Mondays, and major holidays.
Summer Hours (April-October): 12pm to 4pm, Tuesday-Sunday; closed Mondays and major holidays.
Admission is $2.50 for adults, free for museum members and children under the age of 12.
Our exhibits change regularly. Have a look at our current exhibits.
Links of Interest
You can find ancestry information on NEGenWeb.